We are very proud to announce the list of best golf resorts in Europe in 2019. The list has become the reference for golfers in Europe looking for a great golf trip or golf break. Since 2016 – as a teaser for our Golfers’ Choice rankings – we have been publishing the ranking for Best Golf Resorts in Europe. We’ve used our own review data and the reviews of our hotel partner Booking.com to provide a comprehensive list of the best golf resorts throughout Europe.

We kick off with the top 5 best golf resorts in Europe in 2019. A big move this year, as there is a new number one: Trump Turnberry Resort. This automatically means that Finca Cortesin has dropped a spot to second place. Bowood Hotel Spa & Golf Resort makes its first appearance in the top-3 and Monte Rei and Terre Blanche complete the first five of the Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2019.

1Trump Turnberry Resort Best Golf Resort in 2019

The Trump Turnberry Resort – Home of the Championship Ailsa course – in South Ayrshire, Scotland has claimed the number 1 position for the first time. Golfers rate the golf club with a 9.4 overall and hotel guests rate the hotel with a 9.3 on Booking.com which results in a 9.35 on average. The same as number two Finca Cortesin, but with a higher score for the golf course.

Recently transformed into a true masterpiece by renowned golf architect Martin Ebert, the Ailsa provides golfers with an exceptional coastal golf experience which you might have witnessed during one of the four Open Championships it has hosted. Ebert was also responsable for the layout of the new King Robert the Bruce course. The combination of two amazing golf courses, an astonishing hotel and top notch facilities make Trump Turnberry the ultimate golf resort in Europe.

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2Finca Cortesin

The two previous years Finca Cortesin was our number one, this year they have dropped to a – still very impressive – second place. Finca Cortesin boasts 67 spacious suites, offers an excellent experience and pleases visitors day in day out even though quality comes at a price. Finca Cortesin also ranks very high in our Golfers’ Choice Rankings which are published every year at the beginning of the golf season.

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3Bowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf Resort

Set amidst a beautifully landscaped English country estate, Bowood Hotel Spa and Golf Resort is renowned as one of the finest golf courses in Wiltshire and is the PGA Official Golf Course for the South West. The course was designed by the renowned Dave Thomas and was established in 1992. The hotel is located at the heart of the Bowood Estate. While you are there you should visit the Bowood House & Gardens, home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne.

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4Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club has consistently ranked high in our Best Golf Resorts in Europe list and this year they have made it to the top-5 again. The service level at Monte Rei is very high and the golf course itself is highly appreciated by golfers. Monte Rei will start to build their second Jack Nicklaus course this year; we can’t wait to see it finished. Keep up the good work!

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5Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort

This year Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is our number five in Best Golf Resorts in Europe. If you are a lover of good food, then you should definitely try Le Faventia, Terre Blanche’s Michelin-star restaurant, or one of their other three restaurants. The two 18-hole championship golf courses were designed by Dave Thomas and are inspired by the natural surroundings. The level of maintenance is second to none at Terre Blanche.

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NOTE: A few golf resorts have dropped out of the list. Donnafugata Golf Resort Spa, St. Enodoc and El Prat are not in the 2019 list anymore as their hotel is not listed anymore on Booking.com. There are more golf resorts not listed on Booking.com, like Marbella Club and Adare Manor – both very good golf resorts. Every list has its flaws, but at least this one is based on facts that can be checked (the ratings and reviews of other people). Other golf resorts that did not make it to the final list – due to a lack of reviews on either Booking.com or Leadingcourses.com – are Golf De Roquebrune Resort, Pula Golf Resort, Himmerland, Wiredaholm, Superior Golf & Spa Resort, Desert Springs Resort, Circolo Golf Bogogno and Rockliff Hall.

Top-100 Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2019

Below the full list of Best Golf Resorts in 2019 in Europe is shown. You can use the filters or search bar to explore the list. If a golf resort is missing this might be because the resort did not have enough reviews – either on Leadingcourses.com or Booking.com – was not listed on Booking.com or did not have a rating high enough to make it to the top 100 list. But, feel free to comment below this article. Please note that the ratings were gathered mid February 2019, so the actual ratings can (and will) differ as time goes by.

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RankGolf clubGolf resortClub ratingHotel ratingOverall ratingCountry
1Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection ResortTrump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort9,409,309,35Scotland
2Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & SpaFinca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa9,109,609,35Spain
3Bowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf ResortBowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf Resort9,409,209,30England
4Monte Rei Golf & Country ClubMonte Rei Golf & Country Club9,209,309,25Portugal
5Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf ResortTerre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort9,009,309,15France
6The Gleneagles HotelThe Gleneagles Hotel9,009,309,15Scotland
7The Grove Golf ClubThe Grove9,408,809,10England
8Rudding Park Golf ClubRudding Park8,709,509,10England
9The Montgomerie Maxx RoyalThe Montgomerie Maxx Royal8,709,409,05Turkey
10Lough Erne ResortLough Erne Resort8,709,309,00Northern Ireland
11The Celtic Manor ResortThe Celtic Manor Resort9,208,608,90Wales
12PGA Catalunya ResortHotel Camiral8,609,208,90Spain
13Druids Glen Hotel & Golf ResortDruids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort8,609,208,90Ireland
14Golf Club Budersand SyltBudersand Hotel - Golf & Spa8,509,308,90Germany
15San Domenico GolfBorgo Egnazia8,409,408,90Italy
16Vidago Palace Golf ClubVidago Palace8,309,508,90Portugal
17Costa NavarinoThe Romanos Costa Navarino8,559,208,88Greece
18Trump International Golf LinksTrump International Golf Links & Hotel8,509,208,85Ireland
19Powerscourt Golf ClubPowerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection8,509,208,85Ireland
20Grand Resort Bad RagazGolf hotel Grand Resort Bad Ragaz8,509,208,85Switzerland
21Abama ResortThe Ritz Carlton Abama8,708,908,80Spain
22Stoke Park Country Club, Hotel & SpaStoke Park8,708,908,80England
23The Vale ResortVale Resort8,708,908,80Wales
24Toscana Resort CastelfalfiIl Castelfalfi - TUI BLUE SELECTION8,509,108,80Italy
25East Sussex National Hotel Golf Resort & SpaEast Sussex National Hotel Golf Resort & Spa9,008,508,75England
26Golfclub Bodensee WeißensbergGolfhotel Bodensee8,708,808,75Germany
27Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and SpaCarden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa8,608,908,75England
28Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach ResortThracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort8,808,608,70Bulgaria
29Fota Island Hotel and SpaFota Island Hotel and Spa8,508,908,70Ireland
30The Mere Golf Resort & SpaThe Mere Golf Resort & Spa8,508,908,70England
31The K Club Golf ResortThe K Club8,409,008,70Ireland
32Carya Golf ClubRegnum Carya 8,309,108,70Turkey
33Mount Juliet EstateMount Juliet Estate8,309,108,70Ireland
34Villa PadiernaVilla Padierna Palace Hotel8,209,208,70Spain
35Trevose Golf and Country ClubTrevose Golf and Country Club8,209,208,70England
36Oxfordshire Golf ClubThe Oxfordshire Hotel & Spa9,008,308,65England
37Royal Obidos Spa & Golf ResortEvolutee Hotel8,508,808,65Portugal
38Robinson Golf Club NobilisRobinson Club Nobilis8,309,008,65Turkey
39Oceanico O'Connor Junior CourseAmendoeira Golf Resort8,309,008,65Portugal
40Praia d'El Rey Golf & Beach ResortPraia d'El Rey Mariott Golf & Beach Resort8,109,208,65Portugal
41Udine Golf ClubVillaverde Hotel Spa&Golf Udine8,009,308,65Italy
42St Mellion Golf ClubSt. Mellion International Resort8,708,508,60England
43Le Château de TaulaneChâteau et Golf De Taulane8,608,608,60France
44Stapleford Park Golf ClubStapleford Park Luxury Hotel and Spa8,508,708,60England
45Les Domaines de Saint Endreol GolfLes Domaines de Saint Endreol Golf & Spa Resort8,209,008,60France
46Gloria Golf ClubGloria Verde Resort8,109,108,60Turkey
47Boavista Golf & Spa ResortBoavista Golf & Spa Resort8,009,208,60Portugal
48Bovey Castle GolfBovey Castle8,009,208,60England
49Penha LongaPenha Longa Resort7,909,308,60Portugal
50Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf ResortOnyria Palmares Beach House Hotel7,809,408,60Portugal
51Hilton Puckrup Hall Golf ClubHilton Puckrup Hall Hotel, Golf Club & Spa8,808,308,55England
52Carton House Golf ClubCarton House Hotel Golf Spa8,508,608,55Ireland
53Arzaga Golf ClubPalazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort8,408,708,55Italy
54Buenavista GolfMelia Hacienda Del Conde8,308,808,55Spain
55Club de Golf PeraladaClub de Golf Peralada8,109,008,55Spain
56Verdura Golf & Spa ResortVerdura Resort7,909,208,55Italy
57Golfanlage auf der GsteigHotel Auf der Gsteig7,909,208,55Germany
58Domaine De ManvilleDomaine De Manville7,809,308,55France
59The Belfry Golf ClubThe Belfry8,908,108,50England
60Old Thorns Manor Hotel Golf & Country EstateOld Thorns Manor Hotel Golf & Country Estate8,608,408,50England
61Rosapenna Golf ResortRosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort8,408,608,50Ireland
62 Kaskáda Golf Resort BrnoHotel Kaskáda Brno8,208,808,50Czech Republic
63Golf du Chateau D'AugervilleChateau D'Augerville8,208,808,50France
64Kikuoka Country ClubMercure Kikuoka Golf Club8,108,908,50Luxembourg
65Quinta da Ria ResortRobinson Club Quinta Da Ria8,009,008,50Portugal
66BlackSeaRama GolfClub Residence at BlackSeaRama Golf7,909,108,50Bulgaria
67Naxhelet Golf ClubNaxhelet7,809,208,50Belgium
68Son Muntaner Golf - Arabella GolfSheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel8,108,808,45Spain
69La Cala ResortLa Cala Resort8,008,908,45Spain
70Schloss LüdersburgSchloss Lüdersburg7,809,108,45Germany
71Salobre Golf Resort Gran CanariaSalobre Hotel Resort Serenity7,609,308,45Spain
72Le Golf NationalNovotel Saint Quentin Golf National8,408,408,40France
73A-ROSA ScharmutzelseeA-ROSA Scharmutzelsee8,308,508,40Germany
74Vale Do LoboVale Do Lobo Resort8,208,608,40Portugal
75Golf du MedocGolf du Medoc Hotel8,108,708,40France
76Wyboston Lakes Golf ClubThe Waterfront Hotel Spa & Golf8,108,708,40England
77Ullesthorpe Golf ClubBest Western Plus Ullesthorpe Court Hotel & Golf Club8,108,708,40England
78Aa Saint Omer Golf ClubNajeti Hôtel du Golf8,108,708,40France
79Montecastillo GolfBarcelo Montecastillo Golf8,108,708,40Spain
80Acaya Golf Resort & SpaAcaya Golf Resort & Spa8,108,708,40Italy
81Golfclub Hofgut GeorgenthalHofgut Georgenthal8,108,708,40Germany
82TorreMirona Golf ResortTorreMirona Relais Hotel & Spa8,008,808,40Spain
83Royal Mougins Golf ClubRoyal Mougins Golf, Hotel Spa de Luxe8,008,808,40France
84Ringenäs GKRingenäs Hotell & Konferens8,008,808,40Sweden
85Terme di Saturnia Golf ClubTerme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort7,908,908,40Italy
86Kaya Palazzo Golf ClubKaya Palazzo Golf Resort7,809,008,40Turkey
87Ufford Park Golf ClubUfford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa8,408,308,35England
88Tulfarris Hotel Golf ResortTulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort8,208,508,35Ireland
89Oitavos DunesThe Oitavos8,108,608,35Portugal
90Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf ClubRamside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa8,008,708,35England
91Aphrodite Hills GolfAphrodite Hills Golf & Spa Resort Residences7,908,808,35Cyprus
92Montenmedio GolfHotel Hacienda Montenmedio7,908,808,35Spain
93Dolce CampoReal LisboaDolce CampoReal Lisboa7,808,908,35Portugal
94Chateau Des Vigiers Golf & Country ClubChâteau des Vigiers7,808,908,35France
95Castro Marim Golfe and Country ClubCastro Marim Golfe and Country Club7,709,008,35Portugal
96Golf d'HardelotNajeti Hotel du Parc8,058,608,33France
97Macdonald Aviemore Resort - Spey ValleyMacdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club8,408,208,30Scotland
98Troia GolfTroia Golf Residences8,408,208,30Portugal
99Golf Club CastelconturbiaHotel Golf Club Castelconturbia8,208,408,30Italy
100Golf Resort AchentalGolf Resort Achental8,008,608,30Germany
101Domaine de Cicé-BlossacDomaine De Cice Blossac Resort Spa Golf7,808,808,30France
102Cave Castle Golf ClubCave Castle Hotel & Country Club7,808,808,30England
103Wensum Valley Golf ClubWensum Valley Hotel Golf and Country Club8,408,108,25England
104Donnington Valley Golf ClubDonnington Valley Hotel & Spa8,208,308,25England
105Cornelia Golf ClubCornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa8,108,408,25Turkey
106Broome Park Golf ClubBroome Park Golf & Country Club By Diamond Resorts8,008,508,25England
107El Rompido Golf Beach ResortPrecise Resort el Rompido The Hotel7,908,608,25Spain
108Lingfield Park ResortLingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club7,808,708,25England
109Empordà Golf ResortDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Emporda & SPA7,808,708,25Spain
110Golf de ChibertaHotel de Chiberta et du Golf8,208,208,20France
111La Envía GolfVincci Selección Envia Almería Wellness&Golf8,008,408,20Spain
112London Beach Country Hotel & Golf ClubLondon Beach Country Hotel, Golf Club & Spa8,008,408,20England
113Argentario Golf ResortArgentario Golf Resort & Spa7,808,608,20Italy
114Almenara GolfHotel Almenara7,708,708,20Spain
115Shaw Hill Golf ClubShaw Hill Hotel Golf And Country Club8,208,108,15England
116Mottram Hall GolfMottram Hall8,008,308,15England
117Alcaidesa Links Golf ResortVista Real Alcaidesa8,008,308,15Spain
118Sankt Jörgen Park GolfSankt Jörgen Park7,808,508,15Sweden
119Pine Cliffs HotelPine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort7,408,908,15Portugal
120Royal Golf La BagnaiaLa Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena - Curio, A Collection by Hilton8,208,008,10Italy
121Badgemore Park Golf ClubBadgemore Park8,208,008,10England
122Parador de El SalerParador de El Saler8,008,208,10Spain
123Golf du TouquetLe Manoir Hôtel8,008,208,10France
124Titanic Golf ClubTitanic Deluxe Belek7,808,408,10Turkey
125Valle del Este Golf ResortValle Del Este Golf Resort7,808,408,10Spain
126Islantilla Golf ResortIslantilla Golf Resort7,808,408,10Spain
127La Manga ClubLa Manga Club Hotel Dona Felipe7,608,608,10Spain
128Kuşadası International GolfCLC Kusadasi Golf & Spa Resort Hotel8,008,108,05Turkey
129Le RobinieHotel Le Robinie7,808,308,05Italy
130Poggio dei Medici Golf & Country ClubGolf hotel UNAHOTELS Poggio dei Medici Toscana7,708,408,05Italy
131Jakobsberg Hotel & GolfanlageJakobsberg Hotel- & Golfresort7,708,408,05Germany
132Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & SpaLuton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa7,508,608,05England
133La Quinta Golf & Country ClubThe Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa7,508,608,05Spain
134Donau Golf Club Passau-Raßbach e.V.Golf- und Landhotel Anetseder7,508,608,05Germany
135Fuerteventura Golf ClubElba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel7,208,908,05Spain
136The Abbey Hotel, Golf & Country ClubAbbey Hotel Golf & Spa7,808,208,00England
137Golf Club Wiesensee e.V.Lindner Hotel & Sporting Club Wiesensee7,708,308,00Germany
138Golf de Vittel ErmitageHotel Mercure Vittel7,408,608,00France
139Hall Garth Golf & Country ClubHall Garth Hotel Golf Spa7,708,207,95England
140Penina Hotel & Golf ResortPenina Hotel & Golf Resort7,408,507,95Portugal
141Lighthouse Golf & Spa HotelLighthouse Golf & Spa Hotel7,308,607,95Bulgaria
142La Torre Golf ResortDoubletree by Hilton La Torre Golf Spa Resort7,208,707,95Spain
143Golf Dolce Fregate ProvenceHôtel Dolce Fregate Provence7,907,907,90France
144Golf Resort CihelnyWellness Hotel & Golf Resort Cihelny7,308,507,90Czech Republic
145Golfclub Schloss ReichmannsdorfHotel Schloss Reichmannsdorf6,908,907,90Germany
146Omaha Beach Golf ClubMercure Bayeux Omaha Beach7,807,907,85France
147Aldwark ManorAldwark Manor Golf Spa Hotel7,608,107,85England
148Ahauser Land & GolfhotelAhauser Land & Golfhotel7,408,307,85Germany
149Arcos GolfArcos Golf Hotel Cortijo y Villas7,108,607,85Spain

If you look carefully, we added 49 extra golf resorts (rank 101 – 149). Hope you like this, just click ‘next’ or search in the table 😉

How are the Best Golf Resorts rankings determined?

We love to analyse the reviews of our users to come up with interesting lists. This is also how the ‘Best Golf Resorts in Europe’ ranking started. As time went by, the list has improved significantly. Last year we decided to totally revamp our Best Golf Resorts in Europe list. One of the major discussions within Leadingcourses.com was: when does a combination of a golf course and hotel qualify as a resort? Is St. Andrews with the Old Course Hotel a resort? Does Royal County Down with the Slieve Donard Hotel across the road qualify as a resort? We felt not.

We turned to Wikipedia for an answer or at least a proper definition: “The term resort may be used for a hotel property that provides an array of amenities, typically including entertainment and recreational activities. A hotel is frequently a central feature of a resort” (source: Wikipedia). So, having a hotel and a golf course is just not enough to be called a golf resort.

We have checked many rankings concerning ‘golf resorts’, but most of them do not really point out what they are listing. We wanted to change that. So, below we have listed our criteria to be in our Best Golf Resorts in Europe rankings:

  • the rating of the golf club on Leadingcourses.com must be active, so we should have enough (recent) reviews
  • the rating of the resort or hotel on Booking.com must also be active
  • the (official) hotel must be located next to the golf course or must be located on the premises of the golf course.
  • the resort should include more facilities in addition to having a golf course (for example a spa, tennis court, swimming pool, etc.)
  • the golf club should explicitly mention or refer to the specific resort or hotel on its website (so linking to multiple hotels is not)

The criteria mentioned above mean that not every golf resort will be present in our Best Golf Resorts in Europe list. Resorts that are not listed on Booking.com – and thus do not have a rating which can be checked online – are not taken into account. Resorts are also not listed if either their golf course or their hotel/resort have not been reviewed enough (i.e. inactive rating). Still, it’s a great starting point and all the resorts above can be booked via the Leadingcourses.com site which is very convenient as well!

The overall rank is 50% based on the Booking.com rating concerning the resort or hotel itself and 50% based on the rating of the golf club overall (including the courses, facilities, etc.) on Leadingcourses.com. If resorts have equal scores, then the rating of the golf club determines who comes in first. We are all golfers, so that’s what we find most important.

Previous Best Golf Resorts rankings

If you are interested, then you can check our previous rankings for best golf resorts in Europe here:

Note: This list was finalized on 19th of Feb 2019. So, the ratings can (and will) change as time goes by.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Great list! I’ve played & stayed at 1 of the top 10 (Lough Erne) and 11 others in the top-100. Not a bad score, but still so much more to discover!

  2. How much did trump org pay for this rating?

    With the 12% worldwide slump in golf revenues, it’s looking like Eric Trump’s claimed funding must indeed come from Russia (link removed) for course improvements.

    Even if I were to get remotely near a trump property -of any sort and which I won’t- after watching the great documentary, “Trumped”, I’d leave a wide berth around Turnberry.
    I hope your readers consider doing so, too.
    Cheers,
    Wick

    • Dear Wick,

      The overall rank of a golf resort in this list is 50% based on the Booking.com rating concerning the resort or hotel itself and 50% based on the rating of the golf club overall (including the courses, facilities, etc.) on Leadingcourses.com.

      This list does not have anything to do with politics, it’s about quality golf resorts.

  3. When i see the list i’m not sure that it is objective. I know the golf in France and it’s because a lot of people play this golfs even they will be not here. And some beautiful golfs in Ireland are missing. For me it’s false !!!

    • Hi Oliver,

      Thank you for your comment. As you can read in the article that only resorts that have an active rating (this means enough reviews have been written about it) on both Leadingcourses.com and Booking.com are eligible to be in this list. Because of that some resorts did nog make the list. Some other resorts might be missing because they do not meet our requirements of being a resort, or because the hotel is not officially affiliated to the hotel. We wanted to create a list that is as transparent as possible, and we feel we have done so. If you have the feeling that a certain resort is missing, please let us know and we will check!

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