Part of the draw of many European golfing resorts is the fact that your game is unlikely to get rained off. Top class golf courses are available, often near an idyllic beach or historic village keeping the whole family happy. We’ve scanned the web to find the latest golfing destinations and come up with the following three, as suggested by the Daily Telegraph.
Head for sunny Cyprus to the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills resort, six miles east of Paphos. Its beautiful 18-hole championship golf course has fabulous views over the Mediterranean and a clubhouse with an inviting bar and restaurant. If you want to improve your game, there’s a three-hole academy with a large driving range, a short-game area and a multilingual team of PGA-qualified instructors to teach you one-to-one. The hotel itself has a spa, horse riding, tennis courts and access to beach clubs. (aphroditehills.com)
Alternatively try Costa Navarino, the new four-hotel resort in south-west Peloponnese, where Greece’s first signature golf course opened this year. The resort claims to follow strict environmental specifications and has its own environmental laboratory to monitor climate change. The Dunes course has the largest green in Europe and a second course will open next summer. The resort is set in rural Messinia, with beautiful sandy beaches, coastal forests and picturesque villages.(romanoscostanavarino.com)
Staycationers can risk the rain and visit Celtic Manor, Newport which is to host Wales’s first Ryder Cup. Its new Twenty Ten Course with a par of 71, is the first course ever purpose-built to host the cup. The resort is also home to two other courses, the Roman Road and the Montgomerie and has two spas, seven restaurants and three bars including the Crown at Celtic Manor, sister restaurant to the nearby Michelin-starred Crown at Whitebrook. (celtic-manor.com)