We look at a variety of the best golf tour destinations around the world focusing on countries like England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Mauritius.
The UK is one of the better destinations to take a golf tour as you get to experience a variety of different cultures, countries that are relatively close together and it is reasonably priced. No tour would be complete without including Scotland where you will get to experience the rich tradition involved in golf at the birthplace of the golfing world which is St Andrews
Why go on a golf tour to the UK?
- Experience the rich culture and golfing heritage
- Play at world renowned Open Championship courses
- Reasonably priced destination
- Short travel distances throughout the UK
- Experience major cities London, Liverpool and Edinburgh
Scotland is a must visit golfing destination with such rich golfing history because it is considered the home of golf with the game’s birthplace being the Old Links Course at St Andrews.
England is usually forgotten as a golfing destination when compared to Scotland. England has a variety of the most majestic courses with coastal sand dune locations in South Port located in close vicinity to Liverpool and some of the most iconic links courses located near Kent in the south.
Courses to visit include Royal Birkdale -one of the most prestigious courses that has hosted the Open championships 9 times and the Ryder Cup twice. Other iconic courses in the area include Royal Liverpool, Royal Lytham and St Anne’s, Formby Golf Club and Ganton Golf Club located further out on the East Coast.
Courses to visit near Kent include Royal St Georges, a links course that has hosted the Open Championships 14 times and Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club another course that has hosted the Open Championships in the past.
The old Course
It is every golfers dream to play a round at the Old Course, however this can be quite difficult as a result of limited space to play at the course and if you get a tee time, you will have to pay a premium price to play the world’s oldest course. If you want to take a group to St Andrews, a better option is booking a walking tour of the old course and experiencing a round at one of St Andrews other courses which include the New Course, Strathtyrum course, Jubilee course, Eden course, Balgrove course and Castle course.
Other renowned courses close to St Andrews include the Open Championship courses Muirfield and Carnoustie.
If you want to experience the countryside of Scotland in your tour, add Royal Dornock Golf Course to your list located in the scenic Highlands.
Northern Ireland is often forgotten about when planning a tour to the UK, but if you are going to experience Scotland and England you might as well add Northern Ireland to the itinerary.
Courses not to miss include this year’s Open Championship course Royal Portrush and the iconic Royal County Down Club. This course has been ranked among the best golf courses outside the US on multiple occasions and Rory Mcllroy regards it as his favourite course.
The best time to go to the UK is in the summer season between May and October, however it will be more costly during the high season therefore recommended times to go are late March into April or late October. It will be cheaper and the weather will be in the transitional period just before and after summer.
There are many reasonably priced return ticket airlines flying to the UK, via London or Edinburgh. Easy transfers throughout the UK can be done via plane or train services. Include Northern Ireland to the tour and travel via the weekly ferry between Liverpool and Belfast.
Mauritius is an ideal destination if you want to plan a tropical island golf tour. This destination combines the island lifestyle scenery with a multitude of fun water sport activities. For a small island, Mauritius has a long list of some of the most idyllic golf courses and resorts in the world.
Why go on a golf tour to Mauritius
- Idyllic location
- Tropical coastal destination
- Magnificent golf courses
- Experience the Mauritian culture
- Great seafood experiences
- Vast variety of extra activities and watersports
Golf courses set on the coast include the Four Seasons Anahita Club (Ernie Els Design), Legend Course at Constance Belle Mare Plage and the IIe Aux Certs Course.
Other notable courses worth a visit include the Heritage Club and the Avalon Golf and Country Club
Summer between November and April usually has hot sunny days however, there can be heavy showers and strong winds experienced which are not ideal.
Winter months between May and October are the preferred months to play golf because the humidity levels are low and rainfall is minimal with an average moderate temperature of 26 degrees.
Frequent Airline fares to Mauritius are relatively cheap.
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