What do you look for in a golf course? What makes you decide that a golf course is worth visiting? All those sessions with the golf swing trainer were fun and now you want to put the practice to good use. If you’re looking for a golf course that is not only extremely challenging but was also designed by a pro, with great accommodations on-site, then here are five if the world’s best golfing locations to consider.
1. The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
This golf course can be found in Colorado Springs. This golf course has quite the history. It was where Jack Nicklaus won the United States Amateur Championship in 1959 with a birdie on the last hole, which was his first major victory. You get to choose from three different courses on a century-old course.
The property itself is expansive, spanning more than 5,000 acres and comes with lots of other things you’re bound to love, such as restaurants, lodges in the wilderness, fly fishing, spa and tennis. There are also plenty of boutiques where you can shop.
2. Terre Blanche, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
Terre Blanche is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, a beautiful area in the South of France. This beautiful location has two golf courses you will thoroughly enjoy: Le Riou and Le Chateau. Both of them are championship-level, 18-hole courses. If you’re into water features, then you will love Le Chateau. This is where the Senior European Tour and French Riviera Masters are held frequently.
The entire region is full of forests, waterfalls and beautiful lakes. There are 115 suites to choose from and four restaurants where you can indulge your taste buds.
3. Laucala Island, Fiji
Laucala is a private island, which certainly adds to its allure. Here, you will find beautiful cliff faces, picturesque mountains and an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean to play the role of the backdrop against your round of golf. Hopefully you will have been practising your swing and using your golf practice mat to get into shape for your trip.
The golf course itself is situated on what was once a coconut plantation with beautiful fairways and the 12th hole sitting right where the land meets the ocean. When it comes to luxury, it is hard to beat this location that features 24 villas catered for by 350 staff members.
4. Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand
The Banyan Tree is located in Phuket Thailand and has often been considered the best golf destination in Thailand and even in Asia as well. Considering how stiff the competition is, that is no mean feat. The golf course was designed by Paul Jansen and has plenty of water hazards.
The backdrop to this golf course is breathtaking and includes tropical vegetation, lagoons and the Phuket Mountains. There are plenty of villas as part of the resort, each with its own pool. The spa is world-renowned as well.
5. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
The Ritz-Carlton in the Grand Cayman was designed by the Australian Greg Norman, who has two majors to his name. It has only nine holes, but you will be hard-pressed to find a more challenging golf course than this, and that’s before you throw in the breathtaking landscape.