Golfbreaks Spotlight

What's hot for 2022

Looking for inspiration for your next golf trip? Check out our 11 hottest destinations for 2022 below and start planning your next adventure today!

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1. Bournemouth

Bournemouth is our most popular golf tour, with incredible courses such as Ferndown, Broadstone, Parkstone and the rugged links at the Isle of Purbeck. Away from the course, the town is buzzing with beaches, bars, restaurants, and a topflight football team – all providing fantastic options for your time away from the course.

With easy transport links from across the UK, and its southerly location providing a touch more warmth than some of our venues further north, it’s not difficult to see why our customers continue to return to Bournemouth.

2. Southport

If the quality of the courses is paramount to your trip, look no further than England’s Golf Coast in the North-West for a true golfing mecca. A base in Southport provides easy access to Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and even Royal Lytham, whilst other Top 100 courses in the region such as Hillside, Wallasey, Southport & Ainsdale, and Formby are equally brilliant.

The seaside town of Southport itself is the perfect base for after your round, with 22 miles of coastline to explore. A huge selection of independent bars and restaurants create a welcoming feel to the town, whilst the late-night bars and clubs ensure there are options for every group! Those looking to stay out even later might look to take advantage of its proximity to the centre of Liverpool

3. Bordeaux

Whilst many of us have headed to Northern France on a golfing getaway, we’re excited to see the increased interest in Bordeaux for 2022. Golfers are increasingly looking for ways to fill their time off course and where better than wine country?! Some of the most acclaimed wine on the planet comes from this region in South-West France, the perfect relaxant after a day on one of Bordeaux’s courses.

Golf du Medoc Resort

In terms of golf, there are some fantastic options to choose from, notably Golf du Medoc with two outstanding layouts on-site. Whilst Les Vignes is a great course, its sister course – Les Chateaux – was voted the #1 course in France in 2014. Truly a must play in the area. Elsewhere Chateau des Vigiers is another multi-course destination with three 18-hole loops to choose from. Wherever you pick as a base for your Bordeaux break, you’ll find a rich and full-bodied experience both on and off the course!

4. Majorca

A long-time holiday hotspot, Majorca has become increasingly sought out by golfers looking to take advantage of its year-round sun! Golfers are blessed with options across the island, from Alcanada in the North, down to Arabella and Golf Son Vida, located closer to Palma. We’ve got more than a dozen courses within our Majorcan portfolio, so make sure to speak to our sales experts to craft the perfect itinerary for your group.

Club de Golf Alcanada

There’s also a wide variety of accommodation options in Majorca. Hotels in Palma enjoy the hustle and bustle of one of Europe’s best cities to visit, with the five-star Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf the ideal option to enjoy both the golf and nightlife on offer. For something quieter, check out the Son Caliu Hotel Spa Oasis – with its serene beachfront location nestled between Palma Nova and Portals Nou.

5. Costa Dorada

Just 15 minutes from Barcelona’s Reus Airport, Costa Dorada had long remained one of Spain’s best kept golfing secrets. However, recent years have seen the Infinitum Resort host the European Tour’s Q-School, helping to increase awareness about the region, encouraging golfers to check out the fantastic courses in the area. In addition to the Lakes and Hills courses at Infinitum Golf & Beach Resort, the region also boasts Costa Dorada Golf Club, with its well-connected location also allowing easy access to stunning courses closer to Barcelona such as El Prat.

Hills Course, Infinitum Golf & Beach Resort

Salou is the place to stay here, with the lively and vibrant town the ideal base for a golf break. Our top tip would be to get your golf in early, before spending the afternoon on the beaches of Costa Dorada – cocktail in hand!

6. Tavira

One of the Algarve's most charming towns, Tavira is perfect for those looking for an authentic Portuguese experience, from traditional tiled buildings and cobbled streets to family-run restaurants and bars. The best way to get around in the evening is to jump in a taxi or base your stay in central Tavira hotels such as the AP Maria Nova.

Just to the East of Faro and close to Spain, Tavira is the quintessential ‘hidden gem’. With Vilamoura attracting much of the attention in the region, this beautiful area of Southern Portugal allows easy access to some of the Algarve’s most picturesque courses. Much care was given in crafting layouts that seamlessly blend with their natural backdrops, allowing golfers to be blown away by some spectacular views.

Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

Amongst the most popular here is Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, with a myriad of hotel options surrounding this stunning par 72 Championship Course. Five par 5’s allow plenty of opportunity to keep your score on track, but beware of the abundance of lakes, native grasses and indigenous plant life which hug the fairways and playing areas.

Be sure to also check out Quinta do Vale when in Tavira. Designed by the legendary Seve Ballesteros, doglegs and tactically placed hazards keep you on your toes throughout your round!

7. Rome

With a Ryder Cup on the horizon, it’s no surprise to see an increased interest in Rome. It won’t be a surprise to learn that our customers spend as much time planning their off-course endeavours here as they do their golf with quite literally thousands of years of history to discover! Take a trip to the Colosseum and Vatican City for true bucket-list day trips, and make sure to sample plenty of the local food and drink – amongst the best in the world.

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club

In terms of the golf itself, a visit to Marco Simeone Golf & Country Club is a no-brainer. Get yourself familiar with the Ryder Cup course before the pros head there in 2023. We’d also recommend checking out the Sheraton Golf Parco De’ Medici Hotel & Resort. With three loops of nine holes, there’s plenty of variety to explore, with the White Course having been developed on the private hunting grounds of Pope Leo X.

8. Canary Islands

The Canary Islands have become an ever-increasing destination for European golf breaks thanks to their year-round sunshine and pristine layouts. For a five-star experience, check out Salobre in Gran Canaria – with two fantastic courses on-site, as well as an incredible spa and adults-only swimming pool and bar. Or, how about the luxury Hotel Las Madrigueras or Ritz-Carlton Abama in Tenerife. These two venues provide premium access to some of the island’s premier golf courses, with an abundance of off-course luxury to cater for every group.

Abama Golf Course, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama

9. Belek

The home of Turkish golfing holidays, Belek has become synonymous with golf in the country, with an incredible stretch of coastline home to a wide variety of golfing getaways! Turkey is the home of the all-inclusive golf holidays, with five-star options in no short supply. We’d recommend travelling in the UK Spring / Autumn for the perfect golfing climate and to maximise value, with a reduction in the cost of both flights and accommodation during these periods.

Belek, Turkey

There’s a huge variety of five-star options in Belek, from the Sueno Hotels Deluxe, to the Maxx Royal, and the Cornelia Diamond. These hotels offer the very best accommodation, coupled with fabulous food and drinks included – as well as preferable proximity to some of the region’s greatest courses, including Carya Golf Course, Gloria Golf Club and Cullinan Links Golf Club.

10. Dubai

The past few decades have seen the rapid expansion of golf in the Middle East. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Dubai, the home of golf in the United Arab Emirates. The DP World Tour first started visiting the region in the late 1980s and since then a plethora of world-class courses and resorts have been built, catering to golfers from across the globe.

Some of our favourite courses include The Els Club, both layouts at the Emirates Golf Club, Arabian Ranches, Trump International, and Jumeirah Golf Estates. Many of these have hosted professional tournaments, with the quality of conditioning a constant throughout all of Dubai’s golfing destinations.

Downtown Dubai is home to some of the most decorated restaurants and desirable shopping in the world, with a never-ending (and constantly increasing) list of off-course activities to keep you busy post-round.

11. Florida

Ensure some sunshine on your next trip with a holiday to Florida. The biggest golfing state in the USA, there are quite literally thousands of courses to choose from! Our customers love to emulate the world’s best by staying and playing at one of the PGA TOUR’s regular stops. These include Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club, Innisbrook Resort, PGA National, and of course, TPC Sawgrass.

Champion Course, PGA National Resort & Spa

Flights to the Sunshine State are regular and often fantastic value, with carriers travelling into both Orlando and Miami from across the UK. The summer months can be extremely hot in Florida, and with school holidays also increasing flight costs between July-August, consider a late or early season trip for the best value for money and idyllic golfing conditions.

Feeling inspired?
From a Bournemouth golf tour, to golf and wine in Bordeaux and desert golf in Dubai, these destinations are a must-visit for 2022.

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