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Best golf resorts in Europe in 2016

01 March 2016

Leadingcourses.com has been giving a voice to golfers since 2007 and has gathered hundred of thousands reviews of actual golfers since then. As a prelude to the presentation of our unique Golfers' Choice 2016 Awards we felt it was time to present a list of the best golf resorts in Europe, made up by golfers for golfers. The list is based on our own ratings of all golf facilities in Europe and on the rating of the resort or hotel itself.

Combining the rating for the hotel and golf facility has resulted in an interesting list of golf resorts and has eventually led to our top 60 of best golf resorts in Europe. The ranking is for 50% based on the Leadingcourses.com rating of the golf facility itself and for 50% on the rating of our hotel partner, Booking.com. On our site more than 400.000 hotels, resorts and villa's can be found, located close to a golf course. Golfers really appreciate and use this feature to plan and book their golf holiday. Golfers who care more about their hotel, first select their hotel and then book the golf course(s) nearby. Golfers who only want to play on the best courses, first select a region with great courses and after that the hotel.

In the list of best golf resorts only resorts that are actually located on the premises of the resort itself, have been taken into account. There are quite a lot of resorts that call themselves a 'golf resort', but who aren't located on the golf course itself.

Rockliffe Hall the best golf resort
The best golf resort in Europe is Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf & Spa with an average score of 9,3. Terre Blanche, Finca Cortesin and Monte Rei are the runners up, all with an average score of 9,2. If you really care about the quality of the golf facility itself (and less about the resort), then Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort and Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort are the resorts to choose.

Portugal, a real golf destination, has the most resorts in our top 60 of best golf resorts, ten in total. Their best resort is Monte Rei Golf & Country Club. Spain is second in the list with eight golf resorts in total who made the list. The best resort in Spain is Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa.

The top 10 golf resorts
The following golf resorts form the top 10 of best golf resorts in Europe, according to our definitions and rankings. First the name of the golf resort is shown, then the average rating of the resort and the golf facility.

  1. Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf & Spa (England): 9,30
  2. Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort (France): 9,20
  3. Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa (Spain): 9,20
  4. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (Portugal): 9,20
  5. Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort (Ireland): 9,15
  6. Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort (Scotland): 9,10
  7. The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino (Greece): 9,10
  8. Old Course Hotel St Andrews (Scotland): 9,05
  9. Bowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf Resort (England): 9,00
  10. The Celtic Manor Resort (Wales): 9,00

 

ITALY: Royal Park I Roveri Golf Club ranked as top Italian course by Top100golfcourses

Royal Park I Roveri Golf Club won the first place in the list of selected best Italian golf courses with the great 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Old Course. In 2013, the newer Pramerica Course, designed by Dana Fry and Michael Hurdzan, enriched the prestigious Club with further 18 amazing holes. Royal Park I Roveri is confirmed once again as leading Club, not only in terms of innovation of the structure and for its very well kept courses, but also for the marvellous natural location and all services offered, the staff’s kindness and the excellent food of the Club Restaurant. 21/2/2016

 

PORTUGAL: Penha Longa Resort Debuts Best Golf Resort in Portugal

Penha Longa Resort in Sintra, Portugal has been named as #1 Golf Resort in Portugal in the 2015 Annual Today´s Golfer Travel Awards. The resort was recently named has one of the Top 40 Golf Courses in Continental Europe by Golf World, cementing the leading position of the resort and golf course in Europe. Today´s Golfer identified the top properties across the world and per country centered on components has reputation among professional travel and golf experts and resort ratings and reviews from consumers.

“Today’s Golfer ranking is a reflection of the hard work contributed by our Resorts’ Ladies and Gentlemen,” said David Martinez, General Manager at Penha Longa Resort. “We are honored and grateful for the recognition. Our resort and golf team takes great pride in providing the finest personal service and products for our guests, which is why we are ranked among the best of the best. Also, this award is especially important as it is based entirely in consumer opinion, which makes us really grateful for all the guests and visitors that voted us.”  Penha Longa Resort remains has one of the leading golf courses in Europe and Portugal for more than 30 years, hosting several PGA Tournaments and international accolades. 21/2/2016

 

USA: El Campeón rated No.2 Golf Course in Nation by Golf Advisor

The 99-year-old El Campeón Golf Course at Mission Inn Resort & Club has been ranked the second-best course in the nation and the best in Florida for 2015 by Golf Advisor, the leading website community of reviewers. In the recently announced “Best Of Golf Advisor 2015” Top 25 U.S. rankings, El Campeón received a Five-Star designation overall, the highest ranking possible. Opened in 1917, the El Campeón (“The Champion”) is one of the South’s vintage 18-hole courses. An original member of the 53-course Florida Historic Golf Trail, El Campeón showcases classic design as well as sharp elevation changes unique to the region. 21/2/2016

 

IRELAND: Galway Bay Golf Resort awarded “2015 IGTOA Parkland Golf Course of the Year”

At the Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association (IGTOA) awards ceremony held on the 19th of October at Slieve Donard Resort and Royal Co. Down, Galway Bay Golf Resort was recognized for its “standards of excellence within the golf industry” and the key role it plays in promoting Irish golf tourism. Galway Bay Golf Resort received this highly prestigious award alongside The K Club (Golf Resort of The Year), Old Head (Links Course of The Year) and Killarney Park Hotel (Golf Hotel of The Year).  21/2/2016