If you love golf and you love cruising, why not bring the two together and use a Mediterranean cruise as an excuse to check out some of the best golf courses in Spain and Portugal? Some experts even say that the best golf in Europe can be found in these two countries, so they are not to be missed when traveling to Europe!
Here are 5 courses to consider when planning your next trip.
Take a Mediterranean cruise that stops at one of our ports in Spain or Portugal to get your golfing tour started.
Our first stop is Valderrama, located at the southern tip of Spain, near Gibraltar. Valderrama is the only course in Spain that hosted the Ryder Cup (the very first Ryder Cup Tiger Woods ever played in, to be specific).
The course is known for its stellar conditions and grooming all year round. The signature hole is the 17th, which is a par-5 that includes a pond surrounded by steep banks that protect the green.
Located along the Mediterranean in southern Spain, Finca Cortesin is one of the longest golf courses in Europe. It played host to the Volvo World Match in 2009, 2011, and 2012, which is quite a feat since it had been held in England for the previous 45 years.
It offers dramatic views, impeccable grooming, and wide fairways. But, don’t let that make you think it’s an easy course. It also presents many challenges for even the best golfers (like 102 different bunkers)!
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention PGA Catalunya as one of the best courses you can experience in Spain. About an hour from Barcelona, Catalunya is the top course in the Catalonia region.
It is hilly and presents wide, rolling fairways that wind through a dense forest. Lakes, hills, and bunkers make this a challenging course for even the best of golfers.
Head west to Portugal for the next two courses on our list. Oitavos Dunes is located in the southwest corner of Portugal, west of Lisbon and right on the coast of the Atlantic. Designed by an American architect, Oitavos Dunes is fairly new. It was opened in 2001 and offers rolling links, sand dunes, and coastal areas.
The architect who designed the course ensured that as little nature as possible was disturbed, making it feel like you are one with nature on the course.
In the Algarve region of Portugal is Oceanico Faldo, a course designed by PGA champion Nick Faldo. The course is quite large, at a par-72. Faldo says that all of his courses are designed to be challenging to any golfer who attempts them, and Oceanico Faldo is no exception!
And if you want to get in some night golf, there is a par-3 course lit with floodlights to allow you to hit the links after the sun sets!
These 5 courses should certainly present you with some difficult choices when deciding where to spend your time golfing in Spain and Portugal! Offering some of the best golf in Europe, be sure you add these courses to your bucket list.
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