At Insure4Retirement we love a good game of golf. Golf can be the perfect relaxing experience in a beautiful environment, enjoying the fresh air and taking in the landscape, which makes it an ideal holiday activity.
More and more people are choosing to stay active during their retirement, and golf offers an excellent opportunity to stretch your legs and take on a challenge.
There are phenomenal golf courses all over the world, and we’re keen to explore them all! Here’s our top ten, from Europe to Australia and plenty of places in between.
1. St Andrews Links, Scotland
St Andrews is known as the home of golf and has a host of excellent golf courses, all of which have stunning landscape views: from the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world, the aptly named Old Course, to the Balgove Course which caters for beginners and families.
After playing a round, it’s always great to know that you can relax in one of the clubhouse restaurants, soaking up the views and reflecting on a game well played. However, the local town of St Andrews has beautiful historic monuments including the St Andrews Castle and Cathedral to explore as well.
2. Costa Navarino Golf, Greece
Costa Navarino in Greece has two golf courses – one at Navarino Dune, the other at Navarino Bay.
The Dune course runs along areas close to the sea, through olive and fruit groves for a unique experience throughout your game. It also boasts a full-size driving range and short-game practice area for you to sharpen your skills. A short distance from the Dunes course is The Bay course, which is shorter than the Dunes, but also offers a brilliant environment and suitable challenges.
The Dune clubhouse offers a relaxing atmosphere for before or after your round, with the Flame Bar and Restaurant providing top quality food on the terrace overlooking the course.
3. Le Touessrok, Mauritius
This award-winning paradise golf course is set on the beautiful island of Ile aux Cerfs (Island of Deer). You can take a short boat ride from the Le Toussrok 5 star hotel to the course, before enjoying a 18 hole round with idyllic views of the tranquil water surrounding you.
The clubhouse features a Grill restaurant with local and international dishes as well as delicious cocktails to enjoy whilst soaking up the stunning Mauritius weather.
4. Pebble Beach Golf Resort, California
If a trip to the USA is on the cards, then Pebble Beach in California is the ultimate golfing location.
With 5 courses to choose from and a variety of terrains to experience, the vast enjoyment of your game will be matched by the excellent service from friendly staff at the bars, restaurants and cafes available at the accommodations which are just a stone’s throw away from your chosen course. You can take this time to look out over the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the famous Californian sun with fresh food and fresh air.
5. Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand
New Zealand’s reputation for its stunning landscapes makes it an ideal place for golf. The Kauri Cliffs golf course in Matauri Bay includes holes in marshlands, forest and farmland with a view of the Pacific Ocean to distract you whilst your partner tees off. What’s more, the Kauri Cliffs complex has a word-class practice range as well as putting and chipping greens.
Overlooking the golf course and the beautiful ocean is the Kauri Cliffs lodge. If you fancy taking a break from golf, there are also 2 Astroturf tennis courts and a fitness centre to keep you active.
6. Monte Rei Golf and Country Club, Portugal
The Monte Rei North golf course is set in the foothills of Eastern Algarve, providing mesmerising views of the Serra do Caldeirao Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Add in a varied 18 hole course in a serene environment and you have a truly unforgettable experience.
The Monte Rei golf clubhouse leaves you spoilt for choice for refreshments with its 4 restaurants and 2 bars. You can discover plenty of new culinary dishes prepared under the guidance of world renowned chef Jaime Perez here.
7. PGA Catalunya Resort, Spain
Often ranking in the top ten golf courses in Europe, the Stadium and Tour courses of PGA Catalunya are two beautiful courses; the Stadium proving a great challenge to seasoned golfers, and the Tour a more relaxed, but still exhilarating option.
Enjoy authentic Spanish tapas in the Bistrot restaurant, or choose from a more traditional a la carte menu to round off a great day.
8. Highland Links Golf Course, Canada
Canada is a beautiful country with wonderful landscapes which the Highlands Links golf course takes full advantage of. In its design, there are walks between each hole, giving each one a unique setting. Each hole also has a Scottish name to celebrate the Celtic heritage of the area.
Alongside the main course are chipping and putting areas to help improve your game and warm up before taking on the main 18 holes. The onsite Bar and Grill rounds off your game excellently.
9. Ballybunion Golf Club, Ireland
Ballybunion Golf Club has two courses set in the County of Kerry which are steeped in history from the club’s beginnings in 1893. Ballybunion’s Old Course is described by many reviewers on their website as their all-time favourite and it’s no surprise with its beautiful greens and stunning views.
You can fuel up after your round at the restaurant or relax in the lounge, both overlooking the 1st tee. If you fancy a drink, the bar overlooks the practice putting green – who knows, you may pick up some techniques just from watching other golfers. There is also a tuckshop for snacks and drinks to keep you going during your round.
10. Seminole Golf Course and Club, Florida
Back in the US, this Florida State University owned course has 18 holes set in the heart of Tallahassee. Surrounded by trees and a beautiful lake, this course suits any age and ability.
Perhaps not as extravagant as some of the other golf courses, this course gives you more of the American experience – with its facilities including a Grill Sports bar, serving the American portions you’d come to expect – the perfect filler when a round of golf builds up your appetite.
Don’t forget that at Insure4Retirement, we’ve got your golf equipment covered with our Contents cover insurance where you can cover up to £2000 worth of golf equipment. To find out more call us today on 0800 29 88 707.