The Masters is over and there’s no doubt that this sport is fast becoming one of the most popular on the planet, not least because of the off-course drama that seems to be making more headlines than the sport itself in recent years!
Whether you’re interested in golf or not, there’s no denying the perfectly manicured courses are a spectacle to behold. Below we list the most beautiful and unique golf courses in the world, and the good news is that if only one of your holiday party is interested in playing there are plenty of other activities (and spa treatments) to enjoy!
Santiburi Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
This luxurious 4* Plus golf and beach hotel is located within 23 acres of perfectly maintained tropical gardens, right on the edge of a private section of Mae Nam beach. An 18-hole golf course awaits, but if you’re not ready for that you can improve your swing in their practice area or get a golf-pro to teach you a few tricks.
The Datai, Langkawi, Malaysia
This 5* Plus property has one of the world’s most unique golf experiences, with marble limestone peaks towering over the course. Instead of bunkers, this 18-hole course relies on the natural flora and meandering streams and with 5 holes running adjacent to the Andaman Sea this captivating course offers a tough, but fair challenge for all levels of skill.
Moon Palace Resort, Cancun, Mexico
This 5* resort boasts an impressive 27 hole course with a combination of courses to choose from: Dunes & Jungle, Jungle & Lakes and Lakes & Dunes. It was built with conservation and care of the environment in mind, so you may be stopped in your tracks as a whitetailed deer passes through.
Sandy Lane, Barbados
This stunning 5* Plus resort offers some of the best golf in the world and boasts three golf courses. The renowned Green Monkey and Country Club courses were designed by golf architect, Tom Fazio. The former carved from a stone quarry and the latter with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. The third course, The Old Nine was constructed in the early 1960’s and meanders through the estate with tree-lined fairways.
Magdalena Grand, Tobago
This golf club forms the centre piece to this 4* plus resort. This 18-hole course is perfectly landscaped with lakes, woodland, beaches and mangroves throughout. There is also a driving range plus pitching, chipping and putting greens.
Angsana Lang Co, Hue, Vietnam
This 5* resort boasts an 18-hole championship golf course designed by 6-time major championship winner Sir Nick Faldo. Enjoyed by experienced players and beginners alike, this course meanders through the local landscape through scenic rice fields, past natural streams and impressive rock formations.
This 5* resort offers a 27-hole championship course which is home to the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The natural surroundings and scenic views is a refreshing break from the nearby glass and steel metropolis of Abu Dhabi city. This course is perfect for all skill levels and professionals alike, and all 172 rooms are golf course facing, so you are always guaranteed a spectacular view. Watch Colin Montgomerie take a swing off a Westin bed below.
The Address Downtown Dubai
This 5* plus resort offers a wealth of activities and amenities, one being the magnificent championship golf course located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. The Address Montgomerie Dubai has 18-holes flanked by swaying palms, undulating fairways and is dotted with glistening lakes. Designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with Desmond Muirhead, the course covers 265 acres and is consistently ranked as one of the best courses in the region.
Sandals Emerald Bay, Bahamas
This 5* plus resort features an award-winning Greg Norman designed golf course and is widely recognised as one of the most stunning and scenic ocean-side courses in the Caribbean. The course meanders through seaside dunes hugging a beautiful peninsula and offers players 18-holes with the front 9 through the dunes and mangroves and the back 9 along the rocky along the rocky Emerald Bay peninsula.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico
This 5* plus resort boasts a stunning golf course was also designed by Greg Norman. This course earned its name, ‘El Camaleon’ due to the ever changing scenery along the course as it ventures through jungle, dense mangrove and oceanfront sand.