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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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:
- Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2018
- Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2017
- Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2016
Note: This list was finalized on 19th of Feb 2019. So, the ratings can (and will) change as time goes by.