Many of the world’s most elegant golf resorts are more than just beautiful greens—they’re worlds unto themselves. Other than golf, leisure activities range from horseback riding to rum and chocolate tastings. Though many glossy magazines for golf enthusiasts have attempted to narrow down the most beautiful resorts in the world, one would be foolish to compare some of the more unique resorts; each is a reflection of the culture in which it is situated.
Palacio Estoril – Portugal
This is undoubtedly one of Portugal’s oldest and most stately courses. The Palácio Estoril Hotel dates back to the 1930’s and was home to royalty during the Second World War. The 18-hole golf course isn’t the only lush feature of this resort, there is a beautiful pool, and the course itself is just a five-minute walk to the beach. In fact, the Estoril Coast plays host to many high-profile international events such as the Estoril Tennis Open, The Estoril Golf Open, and the World Windsurfing Championships.
Belle Epoque – Germany
For golfers seeking the sophisticated feel of French baroque architecture, Belle Epoque in the stately town of Baden-Baden, Germany, is the ideal destination. Located in a 19th century villa at the foot of the Black Forest, this course features a grand garden with delicate fountains. Guests are greeted inside the main building by a sweeping staircase that leads to a number of suites decorated with rich tapestry and antique furnishings. A number of the rooms are even named for famous French figures such as Napoleon the Third, Marie Antoinette, and Louis XV. Once one tires of the 18-hole golf course, there is cycling, horseback riding, and a thermal spa to partake in.
Jebel Ali Hotel – UAE
This 128-acre golf resort and spa in truly a world unto itself with spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf and a private beach for guests. The championship golf course has received many accolades and some call Jebel Ali “Dubai’s Only True Resort.” Visitors can choose whether to stay in the Jebel Ali Hotel or the Palm Tree Court and Spa, either way it will be five-star experience. Additionally, the resort features professional meeting facilities for those wishing to combine business with golfing pleasure.
Argentario Resort Golf & Aps – Italy
Surrounded by olive trees in the heart of Tuscany, Argentario Resort was named “Best Luxury Hotel in Italy” by Overseas Living Magazine. The 18-hole golf course is complemented by a luxury hotel featuring 73 rooms each designed with the beauty of the Mediterranean oasis outdoors in mind. Not only ecofriendly in design but also ecofriendly in function, the resort was awarded the BioAgriCert environmental classification. It’s no wonder this resort is a golfer’s paradise because it was designed by a professional golfer and famed architect. Groups can dine in the contemporary onsite restaurant which features Tuscan and Italian cuisine, or enjoy a varied range of activities such as wine tastings, cooking classes, sailing, fishing, and horseback riding.