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Welcome to the Golf World Top 100 Best Golf Resorts in Continental Europe.

What makes a good golf resort? You’d like to think I had a vague idea given I put this ranking together, wouldn’t you? Well, the categories, and weighting of them, tells you what I think, and especially that I don’t want a replica of the Top 100 Best Golf Courses in Continental Europe listing or anything with a dormy house.

I want to reward resorts that excel with accommodation. I want to identify the resorts that have the wow factor in terms of setting. And I want to recognise the resorts that have more than just golf, because many of us travel with non-golfers.

You may not agree with those categories, or that they each have 20 percent of the marks, but I’ll fight my corner on them.

I am less sure, though, of the precise value of second, third and fourth courses. We recognise them in this ranking, as we always have, but in all honesty the ‘extra’ courses are probably a little under-valued – possibly because of my uncertainty over how much our readers like having more than one course to play without leaving the resort. And also, what is better, a Top 100-ranked course that is an 8/10 or two 6/10 courses? Are two 7/10 courses more appealing than one 9/10 and a 6/10?

My feeling is the ‘extra’ courses really appeal to golfers, but I’d be very interested to hear your views – as indeed I would be with the list as a whole. We’d love to hear from you via email, on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

Quinta da Marinha is among the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

How the list was compiled

Little has changed in terms of process from the last time we compiled this list (in 2020). I have been to 90 of the 100 and combined that knowledge with views past and present of my panel: Kevin Brown, Dirk Schaeffer, Joerg Beringer, Olle Dahlgren, Borje and Gunnel Laurinsson. Also, this time I asked the three leading golf holiday operators to assess the list: Golfbreaks, notably David Ford; Your Golf Travel, led by Oliver Gunning; and Golf Escapes’ Jon Ruben. I sincerely thank them for their input, an indicator of its value being that a resort came into the 100 because of it.

Costa Navarino is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

The criteria we used

We assessed each resort using the same criteria as the 2020 ranking.

Course/s (marked out of 40)

We followed our Top 100 Courses ranking as an initial guide then assessed from there. Extra marks awarded for resorts with more than one course, which means you never having to leave the resort for variety.

Accommodation (out of 20)

Needs little explanation, but… the range and quantity of accommodation on offer was looked on favourably, rather than just 10 incredible rooms.

Setting (out of 20)

Simply, higher marks for a beachside, cliff-edge or lakeside location. Peaceful countryside gets 15s and 16s, the ‘wow’ factor get 17s and above. Also, marks taken off if a shuttle is ever required.

Non-golf amenities (out of 20)

The facilities that make a resort appealing to golfers who want to do more than play the game, as well as non-golfers who may be travelling with them.

What is a golf resort?

I always state this, because it is important. The course and accommodation have to be part of the same company or group, and have to be on site or within a short transfer. On the occasions where the courses in a resort are spread out a little, the resort receives slightly lower marks in the ‘Setting’ category.

OK, boring bit over. But I hope lots of you read this, just so you know why resorts you like aren’t in (likely because we don’t consider them a resort) and also why we use the criteria we do. You’ll find a consistency to the list compared to 2020 – as the Up and Down moves illustrate – but also key differences, not least in the top 20.

I hope the list makes for interesting reading and, more than anything, it inspires and informs your next golf holiday.

Chris Bertram, Golf World Top 100 Editor

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Dreamland is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

Who ranked the best golf resorts in continental Europe?

Chris Bertram Our Top 100 editor has been to 91 of the 100 and many of the contenders outside it.

Kevin Brown Travel Editor at Today’s Golfer for more than 25 years with a wealth of experience.

Joerg Beringer The German is widely travelled as a guide to golfing groups.

Olle Dahlgren Hailing from Sweden, Olle was a key advisor on the Scandinavian resorts.

Peter Gammie Based in France and especially strong on France and Spain.

Börje and Gunnel Laurinsson This Swedish husband and wife are remarkably closing in on having visited all 100 resorts.

Dirk Schaefer A German with a voracious appetite for the lesser-travelled road.

We also consulted with notable figures in the industry including travel operators, resort management groups and travel writers to make sure no stone was left unturned, but their input played no part in the final positions because we want placings to be decided entirely objectively.

Royal Bled is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

Can I join the Golf World Top 100 panel?

Yes! If you have knowledge of lots of resorts and courses, we’d love to hear from you. Whether you’re male, female, young, old, low handicap, high handicap, if you’re well-travelled then get in touch with us, here.

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Lofoten Links is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Resorts in Continental Europe – 100-76

100. Kempferhof

Alsace, France

2020 position: 100

Course 27 Accommodation 15 Amenities 12 Setting 16 Total 70
Getting there Strasbourg airport 20 mins away.

Headlined by a 1990 Robert von Hagge course that is always a contender for the Top 100 European Golf Courses. It winds through ancient oaks, beeches, poplars and 13 water hazards.

The 16 classy suites in the heart of the castle let you stay on site and if you don’t need amenities, this is a strong option for you.

Himmerland is one of the best resorts in continental Europe.

99. Himmerland

Aalborg, Denmark

2020 position: 99

Courses 27 Accommodation 15 Amenities 12 Setting 16 Total 70
Getting there Aalborg is 45 minutes away.

Now a regular stop on the European Tour, Himmerland has the Backtee course as well as the Garia, routed through woodland and parkland. The spacious hotel has a large spa and wellness centre. With additional amenities it would be much higher.

Tecina is one of the best resorts in continental Europe.

98. Tecina

La Gomera, Spain

2020 position: 94

Course 24 Accommodation 15.0 Amenities 12 Setting 19 Total 70
Getting there Ferry or fly to La Gomera.

The image tells the story really. This is one of the most scenic resorts in the list, with spellbinding views of the Atlantic Ocean. There are some spectacular holes and while it is very often quirky as a result of the steep fairways, we are betting you’ll be very much taken by the scenery.

There is a nice on-site hotel, Le Jardin, that naturally also enjoys the ocean splendour.

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97. Kaya Eagles

Belek, Turkey

2020 position: 98

Course 22 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 16 Total 71
Getting there Antalya airport is 40 minutes away.

The course, by David Jones, who designed some of the best in Belek, is very solid and is complemented by a luxurious and well-equipped hotel.

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Seven nights all-inclusive and two rounds at Kaya Palazzo

Grado is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

96. Grado

Friuli, Italy

2020 position: 97

Course 23 Accommodation 15 Amenities 15 Setting 18 Total 71
Getting there Venice is 80 minutes, Trieste 40.

A brilliant family option, with tonnes of activities in this continental-style holiday park, in addition to a course that feels like it’s set down in the Everglades. The course has an Everglades-style setting, so water is so often a threat.

Choose to stay in log cabins or marina suites – and which sports to play.

Black Sea Rama is one of the best resorts in continental Europe.

95. Black Sea Rama

Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria

2020 position: 89

Course 26 Accommodation 16 Amenities 11 Setting 18 Total 71
Getting there Fly to Varna, 30 minutes away.

The Gary Player-designed clifftop course is the undoubted star of Black Sea Rama – some view it as on at least a par with Cape Kaliakra neighbour Thracian Cliffs. A hotel is close to opening that will take it up many places in our next list; for now, one- and two-story apartments are the accommodation.

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Modry Las is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

94. Modry Las 

Choszczno, Poland

2020 position: 94

Course 27 Accommodation 15 Amenities 12 Setting 17 Total 71
Getting there Fly to Szczecin, Berlin or Poznan.

The Top 100-ranked course, by Gary Player’s firm, is the star here, but don’t ignore the delightful cottage accommodation tucked among the woods with course views. We loved them, and they make Modry Las one of the 100’s most tranquil breaks – not to mention one of the best value.

Don’t go there and expect vast non-golf amenities – it just doesn’t have them. Do start searching for flights to Szczecin if you want something different, and at a very, very competitive price. This Gary Player design has flair and imagination, and it’s in fabulous nick. We loved the chalets, nestled in the silence of the woodland that surrounds the course.

If you want to get away from it all, this Polish bolthole is for you.

Morgado is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

93. Morgado

Portimao, Portugal

2020 position: 93

Courses 26 Accommodation 15 Amenities 13 Setting 17 Total 71
Getting there Faro is 40 minutes away.

Two courses at this Algarve resort you might not know too much about. Set in hills above Portimao, the Morgado course is backed up by the Alamos, with some very neat apartments overlooking the fairways.

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Three nights B&B and two rounds at Morgado

Poggio Dei Medici is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

92. Poggio Dei Medici

Florence, Italy

2020 position: 92

Course 24 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 72
Getting there Bologna, Pisa both 50 mins away.

A course set down in the undulating Tuscan terrain of the Mugello valley, added to a 70-room UNA hotel within a restored farmhouse.

A fitness and wellness centre, pool and Jacuzzi lead the facilities.

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Zala Springs is one of the best resorts in continental Europe.

91. Zala Springs

Hévíz, Hungary

2020 position: 99

Course 24 Accommodation 16 Amenities 15 Setting 17 Total 72
Getting there Budapest is two hours away.

Zala Springs is located in the picturesque Zala Valley close to Hungary’s most famous spa town Hévíz, with the world’s biggest active natural thermal lake, and 20 minutes from Lake Balaton.

The resort offers a distinctive modern clubhouse, a 32-room ‘design suites’ hotel and real estate villas and apartments. A boutique bathhouse for spa & wellness will open soon.

The 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr championship course offers four different tee boxes to choose from. Depending on your strategy and club selection you often have multiple options to reach the green but you are never without challenge. It is relatively flat course but punctuated by bunkers and water hazards.

But the test is not over when you reach the green; the slopes are often pronounced. The well-maintained, walkable course is very playable.

In short, Zala Springs should be on your list for a weekend trip with your partner for golf and relaxation. We don’t think you will regret it.

Dolce Fregate is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

90. Dolce Fregate

Nice, France

2020 position: 90

Course 23 Accommodation 18 Amenities 16 Setting 16 Total 73
Getting there Nice is 50 minutes away.

Ron Fream designed 18 holes here and added another nine as a fun complement.

Expect Mediterranean and Provence countryside views and four-star accommodation with exceptional dining.

Chateau du Taulane is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

89. Chateau du Taulane

Grasse, France

2020 position: 89

Course 24 Accommodation 18 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 73
Getting there Nice is 40 minutes away.

A four-star hotel set within an ancient castle, with cosy 20 rooms, an indoor pool, sauna, steam bath and Jacuzzi.

Its Gary Player course flits between woodland and open parkland.

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Salgados is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

88. Salgados

Albufeira, Portugal

2020 position: 87

Course 23 Accommodation 17 Amenities 14 Setting 19 Total 73
Getting there Faro is 20 minutes away.

Wonderful setting next to Salgados Beach and a nature reserve.

Lagoas villas, five-star beach hotel Salgados Palace and Palm Village apartments as accommodation options.

A scenic, playable course.

Salgados is a superb option for a chilled-out golf and beach holiday.

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Barbaroux is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

87. Barbaroux

Brignoles, France

2020 position: 86

Course 24 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 16 Total 73
Getting there Fly to Toulon, Marseille or Nice.

Barbaroux is headlined by a Pete Dye and P.B. Dye course among aromatic pine, oak, rosemary and lavender. Expect typical Dye fireworks; one hole includes three large lakes and one green is 80 yards long.

The 52-room Hotel Mercure does not let the side down.

The Barcelona Golf Resort is one of the best in Europe

86. Barcelona Golf

Barcelona, Spain

2020 position: 85

Course 24 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 16 Total 73
Getting there Barcelona is 20 minutes away.

The Masia course, by Jose Maria Olazabal, is backed up by a shorter nine at this resort 20 minutes from the city, which is surrounded by vineyards.

The hotel is known for its food, spa, gym and pool.

St Endreol is one of the best resorts in continental Europe.

85. St Endreol

Frejus, France

2020 position: 84

Course 24 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 17 Total 73
Getting there Fly to Nice, Toulon or Marseille.

A superb option for couples (including those with a non-golfer) as the 50-room hotel offers great pampering options with treatments, aquatic cycle, saunas, Turkish bath, fitness room and whirlpool bath.

The course is dominated by the Rock of Roquebrune, a mountain of red sandstone, and River Endre.

Villaitana is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

84. Villaitana

Alicante, Spain

2020 position: New entry

Course 25 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 73
Getting there Alicante airport is 35 minutes.

New entry for this Alicante resort, and it feels like it will not be in the 80s for long. Nicklaus Design helped shaped the two courses and there are also four- and five-star hotels, plus pools and other sports.

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Kytaja is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

83. Kytaja

Hyvinkää, Finland

2020 position: 91

Courses 30 Accommodation 16 Amenities 9 Setting 18 Total 73
Getting there Helsinki airport is 35 mins.

Think of an idyllic Scandinavian setting for a golf resort and this would be it; a tranquil lake, thousands of pines and a tumbling landscape punctuated by rocks. It makes for one of the most serene and picturesque venues in Continental Europe. There are 36 holes of a high calibre, plus opulent houses of varying sizes overlooking the lake.

Few amenities, but total tranquillity. If you are not too bothered about non-golf amenities, Kytaja is brilliant.

Son Antem is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

82. Son Antem

Majorca, Spain

2020 position: 83

Courses 25 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 15 Total 73
Getting there Palma airport is 30 minutes away.

The two courses here are fine but unspectacular – perfectly good fun, but very much in the ‘resort’ category. But while you shouldn’t expect Turnberry or Sunningdale, do expect amazing amenities – from pools to tennis courts to a big spa – plus villas or a Marriott hotel to unwind in.

Bad Ragaz is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

81. Bad Ragaz

Zurich, Switzerland

2020 position: 82

Course 21 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 17 Total 73
Getting there Zurich airport is an hour away.

This is one of Europe’s leading wellness hotels, with a world-leading spa plus wellness and medical facilities along with luxury accommodation, a casino and exquisite food. The parkland course by Donald Harradine might be overshadowed but is still a very pleasant experience.

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80. Chateau Augerville

Nemours, France

2020 position: 81

Course 24 Accommodation 18 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 73
Getting there Paris Charles de Gaulle is 80 minutes away.

A touch of class at this French resort. The course was laid out by Olivier Dongradi in 1995 among woodland, with the l’Essonne river meandering through it and dominating the finishing hole in front of the Château. There are 40 characterful rooms in the stately building.

One for the connoisseur seeking the refined things in life.

Peralada is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

79. Peralada

Girona, Spain

2020 position: 78

Course 24 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 17 Total 74
Getting there Fly to Girona, 30 minutes away.

A neat, 6,600-yard parkland course that travels over undulating ground and winds between lakes and mature trees.

The course has some excellent holes and is allied to a really swish, stylish hotel with a Wine Spa (no, really) and excellent food.

Vale do Lobo is one of the best resorts in continental Europe.

78. Vale do Lobo

Vilamoura, Portugal

2020 position: 77

Courses 27 Accommodation 17 Amenities 12 Setting 18 Total 74
Getting there Faro airport is 40 minutes away.

On first glance its position may look oddly low. With a good hotel it would be in the top-30. But Vale do Lobo – which is really a small town more than just a golf complex – ‘only’ has apartments as accommodation.

Its two courses – the Ocean and Royal – have some awesome holes and are two of the most scenic in the Algarve.

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Penati is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

77. Penati

Senica, Slovakia

2020 position: 78

Courses 30 Accommodation 15 Amenities 11 Setting 18 Total 74
Getting there Bratislava is an hour away.

Two excellent, contrasting courses – the nuanced Heritage by Jonathan Davison and the all-action Legend by Nicklaus Design – in wonderful, woodland isolation.

Relatively limited accommodation and amenities but absolutely outstanding value.

Campo Real is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

76. Campo Real

Lisbon, Portugal

2020 position: 76

Course 24 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 17 Total 74
Getting there Lisbon airport is 30 minutes away.

A very fine all-rounder, especially good for families. A 151-room hotel with indoor and outdoor pools, a large spa, equestrian centre, kids’ club and tennis courts.

Donald Steel-designed course set among the hills and valleys of a former royal hunting reserve north of the capital.

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Golf World Top 100: Best Resorts in Continental Europe – 75-51

Desert Springs is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

75. Desert Springs

Almanzora, Spain

2020 position: 75

Course 25 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 17 Total 74
Getting there Murcia airport is 80 minutes away.

A La Manga-esque town with an incredible year-round climate. Stay in apartments and townhouses or villas with their own pool.

The Indiana course is classic green-and-orange, desert-style golf. Expect lush green fairways, arid red soil, cacti and rock.

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Pirin is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

74. Pirin

Razlog, Bulgaria

2020 position: 74

Courses 25 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 17 Total 74
Getting there Under two hours from Sofia.

Lots of accommodation options at this Bulgarian resort, which is a ski destination in winter.

Pirin’s first advantage is its location, a pine and mountain utopia that is skiing heaven in winter. Then add in an Ian Woosnam course and a second 18 laid out with a pine and mountain backdrop, plus lots of accommodation options and amenities.

Palheiro is one of the best golf courses in Europe

73. Palheiro

Madeira, Portugal

2020 position: 79

Course 25 Accommodation 18 Amenities 14 Setting 18 Total 75
Getting there Funchal airport is 30 minutes away.

Elegant resort on temperate Madeira. It combines an interesting course lined by bushes and trees bursting with colour, with an easy-to-love hotel with lots of nice touches. Plus, Atlantic views from its hilltop location on the island.

Diamond Country Club is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

72. Diamond Country Club

Atzenbrugg, Austria

2020 position: 70

Courses 26 Accommodation 17 Amenities 14 Setting 18 Total 75
Getting there Vienna airport is an hour away.

A thrill-a-minute course that is prominent in our Austria ranking and a continental Top 100 contender, backed up by high-end clubhouse and apartment accommodation. Scenery a delight.

Lubker is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

71. Lübker

Aarhus, Denmark

Courses 33.0 Accommodation 17.3 Amenities 11.4 Setting 16.8 Total 78.5
Getting there Aarhus is 20 minutes away.

The 27 holes by Robert Trent Jones Jnr – in our Top 100 Courses – gets Lübker this top-70 slot because it is a very ‘golfy’ option with ‘only’ luxury houses or apartments to stay in. They are, however, astonishingly well equipped. There’s a big wellness centre with spa, fitness and subtropical swimming pool.

Barseback is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

70. Barseback

Malmö, Sweden

2020 position: 71

Courses 31 Accommodation 16 Amenities 10 Setting 18 Total 75
Getting there Fly to Malmö and drive up the coast, or fly to Copenhagen and drive to Sweden.

There are 36 distinctive rooms at this resort north of Malmö, host of the 2003 Solheim Cup. There are two courses, the Masters and the Donald Steel, plus a nine-hole Par 3. Relatively limited accommodation and especially amenities, but bags of golf.

Anfi Tauro is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

69. Anfi Tauro

Gran Canaria, Spain

2020 position: 72

Course 27 Accommodation 17 Amenities 14 Setting 18 Total 76
Getting there Gran Canaria airport is 30 mins.

The setting – basically Arizona-by-the-Sea – helped this Gran Canaria course by designer Robert Von Hagge usurp many bigger names in our Spain Top 70. The apartments and villas overlooking the breathtaking but exacting course offer chic accommodation. Numerous other sports facilities on site, too.

Robinson Nobilis is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

68. Robinson Nobilis

Belek, Turkey

2020 position: 73

Course 25 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 76
Getting there Antalya airport is 40 mins away.

Belek just doesn’t do things badly – the bar is set extremely high. This might be one of the lower-profile of Belek’s resorts but it’s still top quality, with a course that is as good as some of the big names in the area and a well-equipped hotel offering tennis, archery, water sports and kids’ club.

Dreamland is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

67. Dreamland

Baku, Azerbaijan

2020 position: 68

Course 27 Accommodation 18 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 75
Getting there Baku airport in 20 mins.

Yes, Azerbaijan. The country itself may surprise you – it is a fascinating mix of old (such as its medieval walled ‘Inner City’) and new (being enriched by oil money). So, Baku is one of the great cities for a golf break with a difference – and Dreamland will not disappoint.

Cynthia Dye’s excellent parkland design, on the outskirts of Baku, is in wonderful condition and has an excellent hotel right next to it.

Thracian Cliffs is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

66. Thracian Cliffs

Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria

2020 position: 66

Course 30 Accommodation 15 Amenities 12 Setting 19 Total 76
Getting there Varna airport is 40 mins away.

A course so spectacular it was No.2 in our continental X Factor list, largely on account of its setting. When the villa accommodation and limited amenities are joined by a hotel, Thracian will be top 25.

As it is, the aptly-named and sensational Gary Player course has ‘only’ high-end villa accommodation as well as decent non-golf amenities. The setting is, as the marks suggest, hard to top.

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Kusadasi is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

65. Kusadasi

Aydin, Turkey

2020 position: new entry

Course 25 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 76
Getting there Izmir is less than an hour away

Splendid views of the Aegean Sea from the two-tier course that sits among two lakes, olive and carob trees. A 400-room Wyndham hotel with lots of amenities, including six pools and an aqua park.

Palazzo Arzaga is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

64. Palazzo Arzaga

Milan, Italy

2020 position: 67

Courses 26 Accommodation 18 Amenities 16 Setting 16 Total 76
Getting there Milan Bergamo is 50 mins away.

This ranking highlights how strong Italy’s resort portfolio is and here’s another.

The 27 holes of golf is by Nicklaus Design and Gary Player and winds around the ‘palace’ that houses the hotel.

Wonderful accommodation, if you value charm and character. A top-class, low-profile option in a beautifully tranquil setting.

There’s a renowned wellness centre including pool. Arzaga oozes character.

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Villa Sol is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

63. Vila Sol

Vilamoura, Algarve

2020 position: 61

Course 26 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 17 Total 76
Getting there Faro airport is 40 minutes away.

The three Donald Steel-designed loops of nine among pine trees equate to one of the most pleasant rounds in the Algarve. To that you can add hotel and villa accommodation as well as good amenities. If Top 100-calibre golf isn’t essential, this is a very good option, particularly for families.

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Hotel du Golf Barriere is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

62. Hotel du Golf Barriere

Deauville, France

2020 position: 64

Course 25 Accommodation 17 Amenities 17 Setting 17 Total 76
Getting there Ferry to Le Havre/tunnel to Calais.

Three nine-hole courses by Tom Simpson get this Deauville resort off to a flying start and has a pedigree matched by nothing else in the list.

The hotel has an outdoor heated pool plus gym, sauna and Turkish bath.

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Castelconturbia is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

61. Castelconturbia

Milan, Italy

2020 position: 65

Courses 29 Accommodation 16 Amenities 15 Setting 17 Total 77
Getting there Milan Malpensa is 30 mins away.

There are 27 holes laid out among woodland punctuated by water hazards at this resort to the west of Milan. All were designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr. Two loops – Yellow and Blue – have been in our Continental Top 100. The neat on-site accommodation gives it a very cosy feel. One for the purists.

Linna is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

60. Linna

Vanajanlinnantie, Finland

2020 position: 60

Course 29 Accommodation 17 Amenities 14 Setting 17 Total 77
Getting there Helsinki airport is an hour away.

A course that has been a fixture in our Courses Top 100 since it began. Set down by European Golf Design, it winds between pines and lakes on undulating land.

Off the course, the adjoining hotel maintains the standard, making for one of the list’s most tranquil breaks.

San Roque is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

59. San Roque

Sotogrande, Spain

2020 position: 56

Courses 31 Accommodation 17 Amenities 12 Setting 17 Total 77
Getting there Malaga airport is 30 minutes away.

The courses have just had a necessary refurb at great cost and we look forward to assessing them fully – we expect big things.

Limited but delightful accommodation and amenities on site.

La Quinta is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

58. La Quinta

Marbella, Spain

2020 position: 63

Courses 28 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 16 Total 77
Getting there Malaga airport is 40 minutes away.

There are three loops of nine designed by former Ryder Cup player Manuel Pinero at this resort, set in the hills away from the Marbella coastline. At times quirky and often fun, they are backed up by a five-star hotel with three restaurants and also apartments and villas. Bags of amenities to help you chill out after the golf.

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Pula is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

57. Pula

Majorca, Spain

2020 position: 62

Course 25 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 17 Total 77
Getting there Palma airport is 45 minutes away.

A Jose Maria Olazabal-renovated course that has hosted a number of European Tour events, plus a hotel set within an ancient castle.

A heated pool, Jacuzzi and spa lead the off-course amenities at a spot that is perfect for a relaxing holiday.

Titanic is of the best golf resorts in Europe

56. Titanic

Belek, Turkey

2020 position: Re-entry

Course 24 Accommodation 18 Amenities 18 Setting 17 Total 77
Getting there Antalya is 30 minutes away.

A re-entry, after we left it out in 2020 as EGD were renovating the course, now known as Cullinan Links. It’s the Belek resort that gets closest to the sea (outside Lykia) and the hotel is immense. A wonderful option for families, couples and groups.

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Lighthouse is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

55. Lighthouse

Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria

2020 position: 59

Course 25 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 18 Total 78
Getting there Varna airport is an hour away.

If you want a hotel to stay in when visiting the Cape Kaliakra trio – and we recommend that trip! – this is the option.

The hotel is really good; spacious, superb pools and a great location.

A pleasant course, by Ian Woosnam, is perfectly enjoyable with some real highs, literally.

La Finca is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

54. La Finca

Valencia, Spain

2020 position: 47

Courses 26 Accommodation 18 Amenities 18 Setting 16 Total 78
Getting there Alicante airport is 45 minutes away.

Three 18-hole courses, including one in our Spain Top 70, but they are a bit spread out so a mark is lost from ‘Setting’, which means a little drop.

A five-star hotel, though.

It might be low-profile by Spain’s standards, but it is very good!

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Pine Cliffs is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

53. Argentario

Orbetello, Italy

2020 position: 54

Course 24 Accommodation 19 Amenities 17 Setting 18 Total 78
Getting there Rome Fiumicino is an hour away.

Probably the most eco-friendly course in the list, laid down sympathetically in the Tuscan countryside and maintained very naturally.

In contrast, the designer hotel is incredibly stylish. A spa, indoor pool, outdoor pools, gym, and tennis make for a very couple-friendly experience.

And the course sits uber-naturally in the Tuscan landscape.

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Lofoten Links is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

Lofoten Islands, Norway

2020 position: 53

Course 33.0 Accommodation 17.0 Amenities 9.6 Setting 19.9 Total 79.5
Getting there Fly to Oslo-Bodø-Svolvaer.

The marks tell the story here, and if you aren’t aware of the course already we’d be surprised. It’s our No.1 X Factor course on the continent and has a setting that can’t be beaten the world over.

Limited but lovely chalet accommodation. Amenities limited to horse riding and boating. The golf, though…

Korineum is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

51. Korineum

Northern area, Cyprus

2020 position: 48

Course 24 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 19 Total 78
Getting there Fly to Paphos or preferably Ercan.

The best-value golf resort in the Top 100? It doesn’t affect our ranking, but we doubt anywhere offers a better quality-cost ratio.

Situated in the northern part of Cyprus, the course rumbles over undulating terrain and has splendid views.

There is a pleasant all-inclusive hotel and spectacular beach club.

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Golf World Top 100: Best Resorts in Continental Europe – 50-26

Pine Cliffs is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

50. Pine Cliffs

Vilamoura, Portugal

2020 position: 43

Course 22 Accommodation 19 Amenities 20 Setting 18 Total 79
Getting there Faro airport is 40 minutes away.

Jumps into the top 50 with the panel blown away by the non-golf amenities and range of accommodation.

There are only nine holes, though, so it’s not one if you want tonnes of golf – although the clifftop phase is special!

Hotel and villas are sublime and there are endless amenities, so this is family heaven.

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Montecastillo is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

49. Montecastillo

Jerez, Spain

2020 position: 50

Course 26 Accommodation 18 Amenities 18 Setting 17 Total 79
Getting there Fly to Jerez or Seville, which are an hour away.

A name with lots of European Tour heritage and glamour, the circuit having stopped here numerous times down the years.

This Jerez-based resort is a good all-rounder; add the five-star Barcelo hotel and a Jack Nicklaus-designed course to year-round sun and you have a very appealing option indeed.

Get a flight to Jerez and you have a very efficient winter break, given the weather here is superb most of the year.

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PGA Sweden National is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

48. PGA National Sweden

Malmö, Sweden

2020 position: 44

Courses 32 Accommodation 17 Amenities 13 Setting 17 Total 79
Getting there Malmö airport is 30 minutes away.

Two courses, one that is established in the continental Top 100 and another that has been in it – so the strength of this resort is clear; its golf.

The rooms on the first floor of the clubhouse are really, really nice.

Only a lack of amenities stops it from being top 20. If they aren’t a draw for you, you’ll love it.

Royal Bled is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

47. Royal Bled

Bled, Slovenia

2020 position: 55

Course 31 Accommodation 17 Amenities 12 Setting 19 Total 79
Getting there Fly to either Ljubljana or Trieste.

A rise into this top 50 for the first time for this Slovenian paradise, on the edge of the picture-postcard town of Bled.

If a gorgeous setting, a beautifully-manicured course, classy accommodation and magnificent dining are what you look for in a golf break, put Royal Bled to the top of your list of options.

There aren’t lots of non-golf amenities here, though a spa and pool lead the facilities, but frankly the golf and dining and just the ‘glad to be alive aspect’ is more than enough for us.

Las Colinas is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

46. Las Colinas

Valencia, Spain

2020 position: 41

Course 28 Accommodation 18 Amenities 16 Setting 17 Total 79
Getting there Alicante is 30 minutes away.

It’s very easy to describe what Las Colinas offers: a Top 100-ranked course that is playable for all levels of golfer; really, really impressive apartments, many with their own pool; top-class restaurants; not lots in the way of non-golf amenities.

For a golf and pool break in style, it’s a brilliant option.

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San Domenico is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

45. San Domenico

Puglia, Italy

2020 position: 52

Course 25 Accommodation 19 Amenities 17 Setting 18 Total 79
Getting there Fly to Bari or Brindisi.

Puglia, in the heel of Italy’s boot, is now one of Europe’s most fashionable holiday destinations and this resort fits right in.

A course by European Golf Design that has lovely views of the Adriatic, but the biggest star of this Puglia utopia is the accommodation; Masseria San Domenico, Masseria Cimino and Borgo Egnazia – whitewashed buildings and luxury.

One of the best couples breaks in the 100.

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Abama is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

44. Abama

Tenerife, Spain

2020 position: 51

Course 26 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 18 Total 79
Getting there Tenerife South is 40 minutes away.

Notable rise for this Tenerife resort, which the tour operators always get excellent feedback on.

Just one course, but it is immaculately presented, exacting but fun, and has Atlantic views.

The luxury hotel is special, set in a burnt-orange Moorish building and with plenty of amenities.

Chateau des Vigiers is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

43. Château des Vigiers

Bordeaux, France

2020 position: 46

Courses 27 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 17 Total 79
Getting there Bordeaux airport is 50 mins away.

One of the most convenient and classy breaks in the list. Fly to tiny Bergerac airport and you can be on the 1st tee/restaurant terrace within the hour!

The hotel is based in a lovely chateau, there are three distinct loops of nine, a refurbished spa and pool… and predictably good food.

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La Bagnaia is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

42. La Bagnaia

Pisa, Italy

2020 position: 45

Course 26 Accommodation 19 Amenities 16 Setting 18 Total 79
Getting there Pisa airport is 50 minutes away.

If you enjoy characterful accommodation, you will love it here.

The hotel sits within a series of beautiful ancient buildings, with handsome walls and beams that are older than the USA.

There’s a great pool area and terrific food, and then, of course, there is a Robert Trent Jones Jnr-designed course that rises and falls over tumbling Tuscan terrain.

Castelfalfi is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

41. Castelfalfi

Florence, Italy 

2020 position: 49

Courses 25 Accommodation 18 Amenities 18 Setting 19 Total 80
Getting there Fly to Florence or Pisa.

Entered the top 50 for the first time in 2020 and keeps on climbing, the panel impressed by the entertaining and scenic course, the extra nine holes, and especially the two accommodation options. Plenty of other amenities in a resort within an authentic Tuscan village. Exceptional for couples.

Aphrodite Hills is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

40. Aphrodite Hills

Paphos, Cyprus

2020 position: 38

Course 26 Accommodation 18 Amenities 18 Setting 18 Total 80
Getting there Paphos is 20 minutes away.

Just clings on to a top-40 slot as others have improved and risen… but it remains a brilliant option.

There’s a course of breathtaking views, dramatic holes and even exhilarating buggy drives, plus a hotel that’s popular with non-golfing families, which says it all. Look at its rounded marks.

Palmares is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

39. Palmares

Portimão, Portugal

2020 position: 40

Courses 30 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 18 Total 80
Getting there Faro is 30 minutes away.

Much has changed here since we first produced a Top 100 Resorts list. It wasn’t even in that ranking as it did not have a hotel then, and also since then the three loops of nine have been redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Jnr.

The result is a resort that has ‘only’ 27 holes and a small-ish hotel with relatively few amenities in the top 40. That tells you how highly we rate the three nines and hotel.

Bogogno is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

38. Bogogno 

Milan, Italy

2020 position: 43

Courses 31 Accommodation 16 Amenities 17 Setting 17 Total 81
Getting there Milan Malpensa is 50 minutes away.

Close to Milan Malpensa airport yet in tranquil, rolling Lombardy countryside, this is a high-class option in every way.

Charismatic designer Robert von Hagge is responsible for two evenly balanced courses here; they are impossible to split and could undoubtedly grace our Continental Top 100 list. To those 36 holes of parkland golf add a slick hotel and a good selection of non-golf amenities that make this an all-rounder.

Aroeira is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

37. Aroeira 

Lisbon, Portugal

2020 position: 42

Courses 31 Accommodation 18 Amenities 15 Setting 17 Total 81
Getting there Lisbon airport is 50 minutes away.

What a strong section of the list this is.

Here’s Aroeira, once ‘just’ two terrific pine-framed courses – one in the continental Top 100, one a contender for it – but now with a delightful new hotel that opened in 2019. It’s stylish and chic and although there aren’t loads of amenities, the golf will satisfy you.

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Quinta da Ria is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

36. Quinta da Ria

Tavira, Portugal

2020 position: 39

Courses 30 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 18 Total 81
Getting there Faro is 25 minutes away.

We’ve promoted this eastern Algarve resort from our first Top 100 and maintain that it’s really, really good.

Two contrasting courses – the technically proficient Cima among woodland and the scenic, Med-side Ria – sit next to a nice but unfussy hotel.

Perfect for a golf break where peak relaxation is key.

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Penina is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

35. Penina

Portimao, Portugal

2020 position: 37

Course 28 Accommodation 19 Amenities 17 Setting 17 Total 81
Getting there Faro is 45 minutes away.

Penina being 35th shows you how good resorts are on the continent. If it was top 20 you would not blink when you went there, you’d think it fully justified.

The Algarve’s original course, set among mature woodland, is more than backed up by a fantastic, large hotel where non-golfers will be very happy.

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Quinta da Marinha is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

34. Quinta da Marinha

Lisbon, Portugal

2020 position: 36

Course 26 Accommodation 19 Amenities 18 Setting 18 Total 81
Getting there Lisbon is 45 minutes away.

One for a family holiday or couples, because it has one of Portugal’s biggest and best hotels. If one or two in a family want somewhere where the rest won’t be bored at when they’re playing golf, this is ideal.

The course is nice, with some water dominated holes with a real wow factor.

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Emporda is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

33. Emporda

Torroella, Catalonia

2020 position: 35

Courses 31 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 17 Total 81
Getting there Girona is 40 minutes away.

A big jump up the list two years ago for this resort near Girona after significant investment on and off the course.

That means you’ll find the evenly-matched Links and Forest courses in excellent condition and the hotel refurbished.

A very good resort of top-30 calibre.

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Arabella is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

32. Arabella

Palma, Majorca

2020 position: 33

Courses 30 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 81
Getting there Palma airport is 20 minutes away.

Three 18-hole courses mean you never have to leave the resort in order to get lots of variety.

They aren’t Top 100-calibre, but neither are there any that let the side down.

Two super hotels with good amenities mean Arabella has much to commend it as a stress-free option.

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Budersand is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

31. Budersand

Sylt, Germany

2020 position: 34

Course 31 Accommodation 17 Amenities 18 Setting 15 Total 81
Getting there Fly to Sylt airport from Germany, or get to the island via ferry/Sylt Shuttle.

A nudge up the list for a resort with something a bit different; a proper links.

The modern seaside course is in the top 30 of our Courses list.

There’s also a minimalist hotel and although not lots of non-golf facilities, it’s a connoisseur’s dream.

Royal Obidos is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

30. Royal Obidos

Obidos, Portugal 

2020 position: 30

Course 29 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 17 Total 81
Getting there Lisbon airport is an hour away.

The Seve Ballesteros-designed course is the principal attraction of Royal Obidos, but there is also a fine setting on the Silver Coast, northwest of Lisbon, as well as a modern hotel.

The Top 100-ranked course is key, but it’s the all-round appeal that ensures this relatively new resort stays inside the top 30 of this list.

Sueno is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

29. Sueno

Belek, Turkey

2020 position: 31

Courses 29 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 17 Total 81
Getting there Antalya is 30 minutes away.

Yet another Belek resort in the top 30 – and this one wholly deserves its nudge up.

It has two courses of very similar standard, the Pines and the Dunes, the latter being probably mildly the better. You’d be happy playing them all week.

The hotel and its amenities are as good as you’d expect.

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Vidago is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

28. Vidago Palace

Porto, Portugal

2020 podcast: 32

Course 26 Accommodation 19 Amenities 18 Setting 18 Total 81
Getting there Porto airport is 1hr 20 mins away.

One of the most desirable hotels in the list helps this Porto resort into the top 30 for the first time. It is charming and classy – as a result of being a grand old building – but also luxurious and cosy.

This mini Gleneagles has a course that mixes historic woodland and modern parkland.

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Salobre is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

27. Salobre

Gran Canaria, Spain

2020 position: 29

Courses 28 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 18 Total 81
Getting there Gran Canaria airport 25 mins away.

A second successive top-30 slot for this Gran Canarian resort, which features two courses in a desert-style setting. Both are a mix of the spectacular and the exacting.

There is an excellent hotel set into the hillside with views of the golf. Good all-round facilities.

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Amendoeira is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

26. Amendoeira

Alcantarilha, Portugal

2020 position: 28

Courses 32 Accommodation 17 Amenities 15 Setting 17 Total 81
Getting there Faro airport is 55 mins away.

The highest place this Algarve resort has enjoyed in our Resorts ranking to date.

Sitting in the hills above the lovely town of Armacao de Pera, there are two fine, contrasting courses, the exacting Faldo and the delightful O’Connor.

There are apartments and luxury villas to stay in and amenities such as a gym, restaurant and children’s playground.

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Golf World Top 100: Best Resorts in Continental Europe – 25-11

Evian is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

25. Evian

Geneva, France

2020 position: 26

Course 27 Accommodation 18 Amenities 17 Setting 19 Total 81
Getting there Geneva airport is 30 mins away.

Its setting gets Evian off to a good start, sitting in hills overlooking Lake Geneva.

Then you can add in a course that hosts a Major championship every year and boasts terrific practice facilities.

There is a choice of hotels, all of which are fabulous, and amenities to keep non-golfers entertained.

Monte Rei is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

24. Monte Rei

Tavira, Portugal

2020 position: 25

Course 31 Accommodation 18 Amenities 14 Setting 18 Total 81
Getting there Faro airport is 50 minutes away.

The quality of Monte Rei’s course has never been in doubt and even with limited accommodation and facilities it got in our Resorts ranking from day one.

However, with 142 rooms now available on-resort, and with the restaurant Michelin-starred, this high-end resort had to climb. The ultimate in quality, service and a feeling of being somewhere very special.

A bucket-list destination.

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Villa Padierna is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

23. Villa Padierna

Marbella, Spain

2020 position: 22

Courses 28 Accommodation 19 Amenities 18 Setting 16 Total 81
Getting there Malaga is an hour away.

Made a big splash in the 2020 list and our assessment is confirmed two years on.

This resort, down the coast from Marbella, has three courses, Flamingos and Alferini plus the shorter Tramores.

So, a lot of golf – but the hotel overshadows it. It’s achingly beautiful and one of the best in this 100.

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Montgomerie Maxx Royale is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

22. Montgomerie Maxx Royale

Belek, Turkey

2020 position: 18

Course 27 Accommodation 19 Amenities 18 Setting 17 Total 81
Getting there Antalya airport is 30 mins away.

Just look at the marks to understand the strengths of ‘Monty Maxx’.

The hotel is one of Belek’s most dazzling – in a very competitive field. It has lots of amenities too, as per its neighbours.

The course is a European Tour host and is a continental Top 100 contender.

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Cornelia is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

21. Cornelia

Belek, Turkey

2020 position: 23

Courses 28 Accommodation 19 Amenities 18 Setting 17 Total 82
Getting there Antalya is 30 mins away.

Another Belek entry so high in the ranking? Correct – and, honestly, not a single one is over-rated. Belek just does golf resorts very well.

Cornelia has three Nick Faldo-designed loops of nine that are Continental Top 100 calibre, then add in luxury on-site accommodation and lots of amenities.

A superb all-round package.

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Troia is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

20. Troia

Lisbon, Portugal

2020 position: 23

Course 31 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 18 Total 82
Getting there Lisbon airport is 80 minutes away.

A one-course resort among all these multi-course complexes tells you how highly we rate Troia.

The Robert Trent Jones Snr design is one of Europe’s finest, winding between pines as it moves to, alongside and from the sea.

The turf is now more consistently good and it’s a lovely place to play the game.

Hotel and apartments are good.

‘Setting’ would score higher but for the short journey along the peninsula between the course and lodging.

El Saler is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

19. El Saler

Valencia, Spain

2020 position: 18

Course 31 Accommodation 17 Amenities 16 Setting 18 Total 82
Getting there Valencia airport is 20 mins away.

Top 100 class course? Check. Seaside setting? Check? Modern, comfortable hotel? Check. Amenities? Not so much… but for the discerning golfer, this is heavenly.

Javier Arana’s celebrated design is a mix of Mediterranean-side holes and clever inland ones.

The Parador hotel that overlooks the 9th (pictured) and 18th is really nice and this is a very fine one-course venue.

La Manga Club is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

18. La Manga Club

Murcia, Spain

2020 position: 21

Courses 32 Accommodation 15 Amenities 19 Setting 16 Total 82
Getting there Murcia airport is 35 minutes away.

La Manga just doesn’t generate the affection it used to, with some even suggesting that golf is a way down its priority list. With investment and direction, it could be top 10 again.

As it is, three courses of a good standard are backed up by extensive amenities and accommodation in the form of the hotel and really nice townhouses.

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Sotogrande is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

17. Sotogrande

Sotogrande, Spain

2020 position: 27

Courses 31 Accommodation 19 Amenities 17 Setting 15 Total 82
Getting there Fly into Gibraltar or Marbella.

Add Top 100-ranked course La Reserva to the loops of nine at Almenara, plus its onsite refurbished hotel, SO / Sotogrande, and you have this notable rise.

Loses out for the 15-minute drive between the two. But if anything we might be under-rating Almenara’s renovated golf mildly: No.17 may well not be Sotogrande’s high point.

Le Touquet is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

16. Le Touquet

Le Touquet, France

2020 position: 16

Courses 34.3 Accommodation 17.9 Amenities 12.9 Setting 17.9 Total 83.0
Getting there An hour’s drive south of Calais.

Like Golf du Medoc, this is a French resort for the connoisseur – with the advantage that you can drive here with your own clubs.

Recent investment on and off the course has paid dividends, with Frank Pont’s restoration of Harry Colt’s seaside classic La Mer (there is another 18-holer too) and a welcome upgrade of the charming Le Manoir hotel.

Oitavos Dunes is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

15. Oitavos Dunes

Lisbon, Portugal

2020 position: 20

Course 30 Accommodation 18 Amenities 16 Setting 18 Total 82
Getting there Lisbon airport is 35 mins away.

You might well not need to read any words about Oitavos before booking a trip to this resort on the edge of the Atlantic; there’s every chance this image has convinced you it should be the destination for your next break. It would be a wise choice.

Oitavos sits on the outskirts of the desirable seaside town of Cascais, whose myriad bars and restaurants are a bonus of a golf holiday here. It also overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, which is the backdrop to many holes on this Top 100-ranked course.

Add in a hotel that’s assuredly the most minimalist and chic in this list, plus various sports plus horse riding, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a memorable break.

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Penha Longa is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

14. Penha Longa

Lisbon, Portugal

2020 position: 24

Courses 27 Accommodation 19 Amenities 19 Setting 18 Total 83
Getting there Lisbon airport is 30 mins away.

A significant leap into its highest position in our ranking – and there is every chance its journey will not end here. Penha Longa is a magnificent resort that ticks every box, as the marks above illustrate. It is one of the list’s most rounded resorts, with no weakness.

It has a course established in the continental Top 100 as well as nine extra holes that aren’t quite the same calibre, but are still absolutely worth playing. The Robert Trent Jones Jnr Atlantic course is full of drama and spectacular shots. Kyle Phillips did much of the work when he was in the RTJ stable, and that ensured this undulating property was used to its maximum.

So there are heroic downhill drives, dramatic shots over gullies and pleasing approaches to infinity greens, yet remarkably very few tedious uphill slogs. A masterful routing by one of the modern greats.

That is barely half the story, though. Off the course, it is in a class of only about five others. Very few resorts come close to the appeal and class of Penha Longa’s hotel. It mixes classic architecture with modern interior design and luxury comforts. It is pleasingly spacious, yet somehow everything feels well-connected. You’re never more than a couple of minutes’ stroll from your chosen restaurant or activity.

Penha Longa is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

Talking of food, it is simply immense. The breakfast starts things off in style and for lunch you will want to head to Arola, above the golf reception, for some delicious fish or the best steak sandwich you’ll ever eat. It has a terrace with a view of the 1st and 18th.

At night, Lab by Sergi Arola is a Michelin-starred restaurant with three different tasting menus and 550 wines. You can start with a brilliant culinary tour of Portugal, conducted superbly by your hosts.

The active among you will love the gym, tennis courts, football pitch and volleyball.

There is also an adventure playground, even if that is possibly aimed more at your kids than you. They have their own outdoor playground including mini golf as well as an indoor kids’ club with soft play area. In the summer, there’s a bouncy castle to keep them occupied as you enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

Penha Longa think of everything.

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La Cala is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

13. La Cala

Marbella, Spain

2020 position: 13

Courses 32 Accommodation 17 Amenities 17 Setting 17 Total 83
Getting there Marbella airport is 25 mins away.

La Cala made a huge jump in the 2020 list as we recognised the progress made at this Andalusian resort over the past few years.

This time, no change, as we stand by our assertion two years ago that this is one of the leading resorts on the continent.

Few are as comprehensive in terms of courses, with 54 very evenly-balanced holes at La Cala: America, Europa, and Asia. All have been renovated in the last four years, giving the golf a fresh look that so many resorts would be wise to follow.

The third of the courses to open at this Andalusian ‘super resort’ might be its No.1. Europa was designed by Cabell Robinson and has arguably its best nine – its second half – and arguably the best hole of the 54, the intriguing and exacting two-shot 4th.

La Cala is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

But others will think America is the best and no-one will view the Asia as anything other than an excellent ‘third’.

It’s worth pointing out that all three courses are on site, which helps its ‘Setting’ mark.

The rest of its setting are undulating hills, 15 minutes from the bustle of the coast.

La Cala is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

There is a spa that is better than most in this ranking, as well as tennis and football. The large swimming pool will appeal to many and, thanks to the climate, you can be lazing around it for as many as eight months of the year.

Another key attraction are La Cala’s restaurants; La Bodega’s tapas is our favourite in a very competitive field.

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Antalya is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

12. Antalya GC

Belek, Turkey

2020 position: 12

Courses 33 Accommodation 17 Amenities 17 Setting 16 Total 83
Getting there Antalya airport is 30 mins away.

Also now known as PGA National Turkey, you get the course where Tiger first played in Turkey – the awesome Sultan – plus a very, very good (and playable) second, the Pasha. Conditioning is magnificent. They are just 100 yards from two hotels – the Sirene and the high-end Kempinski.

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Golf du Medoc is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

11. Golf du Medoc

Bordeaux, France

2020 position: 10

Courses 35 Accommodation 17 Amenities 14 Setting 17 Total 83
Getting there Bordeaux airport is 25 mins away.

Bill Coore designed the No.1 course, a staple in our continental top 25. His associate, Rod Whitman, added the second, the Vignes, also in our continental 100. The heathland-woodlands headline this golf-dominated resort because, while the neat hotel has a spa, there aren’t many other amenities.

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Golf World Top 100: Best Resorts in Continental Europe – 10-1

Dom Pedro is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

10. Dom Pedro 

Vilamoura, Portugal

2020 position: 9

Courses 37 Accommodation 15 Amenities 15 Setting 16 Total 83
Getting there Faro airport is 25 minutes away.

Nowhere on the continent offers more golf, with five courses to choose from – the fabled Old, the redeveloped Laguna, European Tour-hosting Victoria, the Pennink/Trent Jones Jnr-designed Pinhal, and the open Millennium. They all require a short drive to get to them, so a mark is lost in ‘Setting’… but they are short hops.

Add in three hotels next to Vilamoura’s gorgeous marina – Vilamoura, Portobelo and Marina – and you have 90 holes and a lot of rooms.

The elevated status of the renovated Laguna course makes this an even more attractive option.

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Verdura is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

9. Gloria

Belek, Turkey

2020 position: 8

Courses 33 Accommodation 18 Amenities 19 Setting 15 Total 85
Getting there Antalya is 30 mins away.

With three hotels and three courses, Gloria is one of the biggest – and finest – golf resorts in Europe.

None of the courses is in the Continental Top 100, but both the New and the Old are always strong contenders for it and anyone who has played them would not raise an eyebrow if either of them were.

Both are in the ‘Next 100’, so you get the idea of how good they are. They are also incredibly evenly matched… it is a hard but happy task to decide which impresses more.

Then you have three awesome, amenity-packed hotels – Serenity, Verde and Golf – which all have slightly different emphases, so you can find the perfect one for you.

Their names give a strong hint as to what they all offer, but even if you go for Serenity or Verde, be assured the three courses are all still on hand for you. All are within a couple of minutes’ drive of the golf clubhouse.

The hotels are ‘typical Belek’…which is extremely high praise; terrific facilities, a wide choice of restaurants and high-class bedrooms. There’s now even an elite-level sports centre, used by Turkey’s football team.

The amenities include the best on-site water park in Belek – one of the reasons we think this is an amazing resort for families.

The ultimate ‘never leave the resort’ option…

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Praia D'el Rey is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

8. Praia D’el Rey

Obidos, Portugal

2020 position: 6

Courses 37 Accommodation 15 Amenities 15 Setting 18 Total 85
Getting there Lisbon is 60 mins away.

In every Top 100 there is always an entry we look at and think ‘that is so unlucky to be there’. This is it. Praia D’el Rey falls two places, but only because of Verdura’s rise and even more affection for Finca Cortesin’s elegance.

Yet PDR could sit anywhere between eighth and second.

If you want more than one elite-level course, this is the best option in the entire list; West Cliffs is top 15 in the continent, Praia D’El Rey top 30. Nowhere else can match that.

It loses a mark in ‘Setting’ for West Cliffs being 10 minutes away, though some say that’s unfair as it all sits in a breathtaking Atlantic location.

Its hotel may not dazzle as those above it, but a recent upgrade makes it a delightful base.

We absolutely love it here.

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Finca Cortesin is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

7. Finca Cortesin

Casares, Spain

2020 position: 11

Course 29 Accommodation 20 Amenities 18 Setting 18 Total 85
Getting there Fly into Gibraltar or Malaga.

A notable rise into the top 10 for this Andalusian paradise, which has only multi-course resorts above it in the list – and which sits above many world-class resorts with more than one course.

Finca has ‘just’ 18 Cabell Robinson-designed holes, but they’re good enough to host the Solheim Cup next year and are manicured to a level surpassed by no other resort in this Top 100.

However, even a golf course good enough to be a fixture in our Continental Top 100 is arguably overshadowed by the rest of the resort.

The hotel is simply exquisite and is the favourite accommodation of several on the panel. There are amenities ranging from a spa to swimming pools to racquet sports, to restaurants and a Beach Club.

The setting, whether in the tranquility of the hills or at that Beach Club, is utterly wonderful.

Added to all of this is a level of service that well might be the best in the entire 100.

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Quinta do Lago is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

6. Quinta do Lago

Almancil, Portugal

2020 position: 5

Courses 36 Accommodation 16 Amenities 16 Setting 18 Total 86
Getting there Faro airport is 20 minutes away.

Like Carya, Quinta do Lago only falls a spot because of the rise of Verdura following its revamp.

It’s all about the golf here, with three strong 18-hole courses that top pretty much anything in the list.

The Magnolia Hotel is a cute, intimate hotel in the heart of the resort, which is more like a village than a golf resort.

QdL do not own the other hotels in the resort but they do own a brand-new sports campus with tennis, cycling, padel and football, plus a selection of six restaurants that might be the best in the 100… which is saying something!

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Carya is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

5. Carya

Belek, Turkey

2020 position: 4

Courses 35 Accommodation 18 Amenities 19 Setting 16 Total 88
Getting there Antalya is 30 minutes away.

Carya only falls a place because Verdura has returned to normal. This is Belek’s clear No.1 resort – and that is no mean feat.

The golf on offer is exceptionally good; two courses that have become fixtures in our Continental Top 100 in the shape of Carya – which is just yards from the hotel – and The National, a short shuttle away.

Then add to the courses the fact you have one of the best hotels in the list by virtue of its modern design, luxurious comfort, and most of all its amenities.

Take your pick from myriad restaurants, a mini water park and numerous pools, a bowling alley, an array of other sports and fabulous add-ons, such as afternoon tea in the most gorgeous little café.

The ‘Setting’ mark would be higher but for The National being that shuttle ride away – it really isn’t a hardship, but we know for some that leaving the resort is understandably a small drawback.

The weather isn’t a factor in our assessment in this ranking, but for a year-round destination, Belek’s climate makes Carya pretty tough to beat.

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PGA Catalunya is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

4. PGA Catalunya

Girona, Spain

2020 position: 3

Courses 34 Accommodation 19 Amenities 17 Setting 18 Total 88
Getting there Girona airport is 20 minutes away.

This is a brilliant option for groups or couples who want to play plenty of strong golf.

PGA Catalunya is Spain’s top-ranked resort by virtue of having a strong No.1 course backed up by solid No.2.

Add in two hotels which cater for different budgets – the high-end Camiral plus the less flashy, but eminently desirable Lavida – and you have an extremely well-rounded golf resort.

PGA Catalunya is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

Where PGA Catalunya misses out, comparative to some other elite resorts, is in the ‘Setting’ mark, simply because it doesn’t have water’s edge views at any point.

Against which, this truly is a fully-contained resort, so once through the gate, you never need to leave. That, to many, is a real bonus, and we understand why: PGA Catalunya might be the most stress-free of all the multi-course top 10.

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Verdura is one of the best golf resorts in Europe

3. Verdura

Sciacca, Sicily

2020 position: 7

Courses 34 Accommodation 19 Amenities 18 Setting 19 Total 90
Getting there Palermo is 50 minutes away.

There are not too many big moves from the 2020 list, but moving four places in the top 10 is a significant one. It’s also very easy to explain.

In 2020, Verdura was dealing with a freak storm that ravaged its golf courses, and we placed it seventh as we were simply guessing about what the golf would be like there in 2021 as Kyle Phillips reworked the 36 holes.

Verdura is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

Well, now we know. In our inaugural Italy Courses ranking, the East was No.1 and the West was No.5. The East is now better than either of the original courses and a certainty for a prominent slot in next year’s Continental Courses Top 100.

Off the course, the quality has been constant. The 168-room Sir Rocco Forte hotel is laid out as a succession of one-storey buildings along a path that follows the coastline and you reach it – and the rest of the resort – via your retro bicycle.

The food is peerless. The active can enjoy beach volleyball, fencing and football with stars such as ex-Juventus striker David Trezeguet. Or yoga, aquatic bodywork, trekking, Pilates and a gym inspired by Sir Rocco himself.

The more indolent can laze by the infinity pool or be pampered in the spa. The icing on the cake is the achingly beautiful white-sand beach just yards from the heart of the resort.

A return to the top three for this heavenly Sicilian seaside resort feels very appropriate.

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Terre Blanche is the best golf resort in continental Europe.

2. Terre Blanche

Fayence, France

2020 position: 1

Courses 34 Accommodation 19 Amenities 19 Setting 18 Total 90
Getting there Nice airport is 35 minutes away.

Terre Blanche has been our only No.1 since we started ranking resorts eight years ago, so it was going to take something significant to happen to topple it from the top.

Terre Blanche is the best golf resort in continental Europe.

Costa Navarino’s opening of two new courses to give them four is just that. As it happens, the improved golf that has taken place at our Verdura has made the top three a very competitive and tightly-packed trio.

They feel a little set apart from the rest, which is saying something given the world-class quality of the rest of the top 10.

Terre Blanche is the best golf resort in continental Europe.

Why has Terre Blanche been so revered by us for so long? It is an elegant resort with two courses – one in our Continental top 25 – with exquisite village-style accommodation and a wealth of amenities for couples, families and groups to enjoy. It enjoys a classic woodland Provencal setting.

A long-time worthy No.1 now becomes the strongest of No.2s.

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Costa Navarino is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

1. Costa Navarino

Messinia, Greece

2020 position: 2

Courses 37 Accommodation 19 Amenities 19 Setting 17 Total 91
Getting there Athens is a two-hour drive away, Kalamata is 30 minutes.

Two years ago we said that the addition of not one but two new courses at Costa Navarino would likely make it an irresistible No.1, and so it has proven.

Costa Navarino is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

The Greek destination has made steady progress up our Continental Resorts Top 100 to the point, in 2020, when we moved it behind only Terre Blanche.

The opening of The International Olympic Academy Golf Course and the Hills, both by Jose Maria Olazabal, gives Costa Navarino 72 holes of high-class golf to add to its immense accommodation and comprehensive amenities.

Costa Navarino is one of the best golf resorts in continental Europe.

A Greek destination being No.1 in continental Europe would have seemed unlikely 15 years ago, but it is now a reality – and one that feels unlikely to change.

Costa Navarino is remote in a golf sense, with no other courses around to add to your trip there. But with four quality courses, it is like its own mini destination – and the finest on the continent.

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