Top 8: Golf resorts inspired by the Ryder Cup
Looking for the ultimate golfing holiday? Inspired by the Ryder Cup, we’ve handpicked eight amazing golf resorts to help you improve your game.
1. Kandy, Sri Lanka
Play 18 holes at Victoria Golf Course, a par 72 course designed by Donald Steel. Rated among the top 100 most beautiful courses in the world by Golf Digest, the course features undulating terrain and is set among coconut trees and favoured by professionals.
2. Lake Worthersee, Austria
Golfland Kärnten is a golfing paradise of 11 courses in Austria and neighbouring Slovenia and Italy . The three courses surrounding Lake Worthersee are among the Leading Golf Courses of Austria, and are based high on a plateau among the mountains. Nearby is the Carinthian Golf School and German Golf Academy, on hand to improve your game with the help of international trainers.
3. Sun City, South Africa
Sun City offers the best golf facilities in Africa. Play 18 holes on the Lost City Golf Course, with views across the bush and enormous water features. The crocodiles on the 13 th hole make this one of the world’s most unusual golf courses. Or play 18 holes at the Gary Player Country Club, and visit the Titleist Golf Academy , providing private and group golf clinics.
4. Laguna, Phuket
Voted in the top 10 Best Golf Resorts in Asia and Best Golf Courses in Thailand by Asian Golf Monthly , Laguna Phuket Golf Club is an 18-hole, par-71 challenging course. The fairways feature lagoons, coconut groves and undulating terrain, set against the mountains and Andaman Sea.
Stay at Banyan Tree.
5. County Kildare, Ireland
Play on two of Europe ‘s finest championship courses – the Palmer Course and the Smurfit Course, designed by Arnold Palmer. The Kildare Hotel and Golf Course – better known as the K Club – is a golf Mecca tucked away in the magnificent rolling countryside, and has been the setting for the Ryder Cup and European Open. Let Guest Services organise tee times, lessons and caddies.
Spectacular scenery and weather make Barbados a golfing paradise. Stay at Sandy Lane and choose from three on-site golf courses. Play 18 holes at The Country Club, a par 72 course featuring lakes, sea views and the Bajan Green Monkeys who live in the gullies on the course. Play nine holes on the par 35 Old Nine course, winding through the old estate, or tee off on the 18-hole Green Monkey course carved out of a quarry and designed by Tom Fazio.
Stay at Sandy Lane Hotel.
Mauritius is bursting with golf courses galore among the volcanic outcrops, lakes and tropical trees. Play the 18-hole Bernard Langer championship golf course at Le Touessrok, or the 18-hole course at the Four Seasons Golf Course designed by Ernie Els and set against lagoons and mountains. Or, tee off on two of Belle Mare Plage Golf Club’s courses, with fairways set among the forest and long stretches of beach.