Everyone by now should know that at Leadingcourses.com we love statistics and rankings. And we love them even more when they are transparent, honest and based on reviews written by you, the golfer. Since 2016 – as a teaser for our own Golfers’ Choice rankings – we have been publishing a ranking for Best Golf Resorts in Europe as we felt a lot of golfers really needed such a list. 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.

How are the Best Golf Resorts rankings determined?

As mentioned, we love to analyse your reviews 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. This year we decided to totally revamp our Best Golf Resort 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 (and referred to on the website of the golf club).
  • 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 below 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.

1Finca Cortesin Best Golf Resort 2018

The Best Golf Resort in Europe in 2018 – just like in 2017 – is Finca Cortesin. Golfers rate the club with a 9.1 and hotel guests rate the hotel with a 9.5 on Booking.com which results in a 9.3 on average. Finca Cortesin boasts 67 spacious suites and is also home to 23,000m2 of manicured gardens, a spa offering Thai treatments, 4 swimming pools, tennis and padel tennis courts, a beach club, exquisite dining options and a great golf course which is always ranked amongst the very best in Spain. Finca Cortesin offers an excellent experience and seems to please visitors day in day out. A big compliment goes out to the whole team at Finca Cortesin. 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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2Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club has always ranked high in our best golf resort list and just like in 2017 they are our runner up in 2018. The golf club itself is rated slightly higher than Finca Cortesin – a 9.2 – but the resort has a lower score, which results in a 9.25 on average, just below Finca Cortesin. The service level at Monte Rei is high, the golf course – designed by Jack Nicklaus – is great and their Vistas restaurant was recently included in the Michelin Guide 2018. Monte Rei is also planning to build their second Jack Nicklaus course; we can’t wait to see it finished. Keep up the good work!

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3Trump Turnberry Resort

The Trump Turnberry Resort – Home of the Championship Ailsa course – in South Ayrshire, Scotland jumped quite some places – from number 6 in 2017 to a top-3 spot – in our 2018 list. It seems that the £200 million that was invested in transforming the iconic Edwardian luxury hotel facilities and its golf courses with it’s iconic light house has paid off, making Trump Turnberry the ultimate golf and spa destination in Great Britain.

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4Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino with its two brilliant golf courses – The Dunes and Bay Course – and two terrific hotels – The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino – has secured a place in our top-5 in 2018 and their No.4 rank is well-deserved. Costa Navarino opened for play in 2010 and already offers a world-class golf experience. Both golf courses are set in an idyllic setting next to the finest golf resort in Greece while offering excellent resort facilities.

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5Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort completes our top-5 of Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2018. 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: Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf & Spa cannot be found in our list anymore as they are not listed on Booking.com anymore, which is a pity. Royal County Down, Royal Dornoch and St Andrews did not make it to our list as they did not met our criteria anymore. We intend to make a list of best golf hotels – which did not qualify as a resort – soon as well.

Top-100 Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2018

Below the full list of Best Golf Resorts in 2018 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 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 beginning of February 2018. The current ratings can differ.

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RankGolf clubGolf resortClub ratingHotel ratingOverall ratingCountry
1Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & SpaFinca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa9,19,59,30Spain
2Monte Rei Golf & Country ClubMonte Rei Golf & Country Club9,29,39,25Portugal
3Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection ResortTrump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort9,29,29,20Scotland
4Costa NavarinoThe Westin Resort Costa Navarino9,059,39,18Greece
5Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf ResortTerre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort99,39,15France
6Bowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf ResortBowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf Resort9,199,05England
7Rudding Park Golf ClubRudding Park8,79,49,05England
8San Domenico GolfBorgo Egnazia8,69,49,00Italy
9Druids Glen Hotel & Golf ResortDruids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort8,79,28,95Ireland
10Trump International Golf Links IrelandTrump International Golf Links & Hotel8,49,58,95Ireland
11Golf Club Budersand SyltBudersand Hotel - Golf & Spa8,59,48,95Germany
12The Montgomerie Maxx RoyalThe Montgomerie Maxx Royal8,59,48,95Turkey
13The Celtic Manor ResortThe Celtic Manor Resort9,18,78,90Wales
14The Gleneagles HotelThe Gleneagles Hotel8,59,38,90Scotland
15Vidago Palace Golf ClubVidago Palace8,39,58,90Portugal
16The Grove Golf ClubThe Grove8,98,88,85England
17Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach ResortThracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort8,98,88,85Bulgaria
18PGA Catalunya ResortHotel Camiral8,69,18,85Spain
19Lough Erne ResortLough Erne Resort8,59,28,85Northern Ireland
20Carya Golf ClubRegnum Carya Golf & SPA Resort8,39,48,85Turkey
21Abama ResortThe Ritz Carlton Abama8,78,98,80Spain
22Toscana Resort CastelfalfiIl Castelfalfi - TUI BLUE SELECTION8,698,80Italy
23East Sussex National Hotel Golf Resort & SpaEast Sussex National Hotel Golf Resort & Spa8,98,68,75England
24Stapleford Park Golf ClubStapleford Park Luxury Hotel and Spa8,88,78,75England
25Mount Juliet EstateMount Juliet Estate8,39,28,75Ireland
26The K Club Golf ResortThe K Club8,39,18,70Ireland
27Powerscourt Golf ClubPowerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection8,29,28,70Ireland
28Villa PadiernaVilla Padierna Palace Hotel8,29,28,70Spain
29Penha LongaPenha Longa Resort89,38,65Portugal
30Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf ResortOnyria Palmares Beach House Hotel7,99,48,65Portugal
31Hilton Puckrup Hall Golf ClubHilton Puckrup Hall Hotel, Golf Club & Spa98,28,60England
32Le Ch‰ateau de TaulaneCh‰ateau et Golf De Taulane8,78,58,60France
33Old Thorns Manor Hotel Golf & Country EstateOld Thorns Manor Hotel Golf & Country Estate8,68,68,60England
34A-ROSA ScharmutzelseeA-ROSA Scharmutzelsee8,68,68,60Germany
35Fota Island Hotel and SpaFota Island Hotel and Spa8,58,78,60Ireland
36Stoke Park Country Club, Hotel & SpaStoke Park8,48,88,60England
37Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and SpaCarden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa8,48,88,60England
38Royal Obidos Spa & Golf ResortEvolutee Hotel8,48,88,60Portugal
39Rosapenna Golf ResortRosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort8,48,88,60Ireland
40 Kaskáda Golf Resort BrnoHotel Kaskáda Brno8,48,88,60Czech Republic
41Les Domaines de Saint Endreol GolfLes Domaines de Saint Endreol Golf & Spa Resort8,38,98,60France
42The Mere Golf Resort & SpaThe Mere Golf Resort & Spa8,298,60England
43Oceanico O'Connor Junior CourseAmendoeira Golf Resort8,298,60Portugal
44Domaine De ManvilleDomaine De Manville7,99,38,60France
45Oxfordshire Golf ClubThe Oxfordshire Hotel & Spa8,88,38,55England
46St Mellion Golf ClubSt. Mellion International Resort8,78,48,55England
47Tulfarris Hotel Golf ResortTulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort8,58,68,55Ireland
48Domaine de Cicé-BlossacDomaine De Cice Blossac Resort Spa Golf8,48,78,55France
49BlackSeaRama GolfClub Residence at BlackSeaRama Golf8,28,98,55Bulgaria
50Golf du MedocGolf du Medoc Hotel8,28,98,55France
51Praia d'El Rey Golf & Beach ResortPraia d'El Rey Mariott Golf & Beach Resort8,198,55Portugal
52Trevose Golf and Country ClubTrevose Golf and Country Club89,18,55England
53Boavista Golf & Spa ResortBoavista Golf & Spa Resort7,99,28,55Portugal
54Verdura Golf & Spa ResortVerdura Resort7,89,38,55Italy
55The Vale ResortVale Resort8,28,88,50Wales
56Kikuoka Country ClubMercure Kikuoka Golf Club8,18,98,50Luxembourg
57Broome Park Golf ClubBroome Park Golf & Country Club By Diamond Resorts898,50England
58Kaya Palazzo Golf ClubKaya Palazzo Golf Resort7,69,48,50Turkey
59Golf Resort AchentalGolf Resort Achental8,38,68,45Germany
60Wyboston Lakes Golf ClubThe Waterfront Hotel Spa & Golf8,28,78,45England
61TorreMirona Golf ResortTorreMirona Relais Hotel & Spa8,28,78,45Spain
62Arzaga Golf ClubPalazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort8,18,88,45Italy
63Buenavista GolfMelia Hacienda Del Conde8,18,88,45Spain
64Royal Mougins Golf ClubRoyal Mougins Golf, Hotel Spa de Luxe8,18,88,45France
65The Belfry Golf ClubThe Belfry8,68,28,40England
66Golf du Chateau D'AugervilleChateau D'Augerville8,18,78,40France
67Son Muntaner Golf - Arabella GolfSheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel8,18,78,40Spain
68Lingfield Park ResortLingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club8,18,78,40England
69Ullesthorpe Golf ClubBest Western Plus Ullesthorpe Court Hotel & Golf Club8,18,78,40England
70Vale Do LoboVale Do Lobo Resort88,88,40Portugal
71Montenmedio GolfHotel Hacienda Montenmedio88,88,40Spain
72Aa Saint Omer Golf ClubNajeti Hôtel du Golf88,88,40France
73Quinta da Ria ResortRobinson Club Quinta Da Ria7,98,98,40Portugal
74Club de Golf PeraladaClub de Golf Peralada7,898,40Spain
75Naxhelet Golf ClubNaxhelet7,898,40Belgium
76Schloss LüdersburgSchloss Lüdersburg7,79,18,40Germany
77Parador de El SalerParador de El Saler8,38,48,35Spain
78Cornelia Golf ClubCornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa8,18,68,35Turkey
79Montecastillo GolfBarcelo Montecastillo Golf88,78,35Spain
80La Cala ResortLa Cala Resort7,98,88,35Spain
81Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf ClubRamside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa7,98,88,35England
82Cave Castle Golf ClubCave Castle Hotel & Country Club7,98,88,35England
83Terme di Saturnia Golf ClubTerme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort7,88,98,35Italy
84Dolce CampoReal LisboaDolce CampoReal Lisboa7,88,98,35Portugal
85Aphrodite Hills GolfAphrodite Hills Golf & Spa Resort Residences7,88,98,35Cyprus
86Castro Marim Golfe and Country ClubCastro Marim Golfe and Country Club7,798,35Portugal
87Arcos GolfArcos Fairways7,798,35Spain
88Salobre Golf Resort Gran CanariaSheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort7,69,18,35Spain
89Bovey Castle GolfBovey Castle7,59,28,35England
90Ufford Park Golf ClubUfford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa8,48,28,30England
91Royal Golf La BagnaiaLa Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena - Curio, A Collection by Hilton8,38,38,30Italy
92Carton House Golf ClubCarton House Hotel Golf Spa8,18,58,30Ireland
93Golf de Vittel ErmitageHotel Mercure Vittel8,18,58,30France
94Oitavos DunesThe Oitavos88,68,30Portugal
95Acaya Golf Resort & SpaAcaya Golf Resort & Spa7,98,78,30Italy
96Chateau Des Vigiers Golf & Country ClubChâteau des Vigiers7,88,88,30France
97RingenŠs GKRingenŠs Hotell & Konferens7,88,88,30Sweden
98Udine Golf ClubVillaverde Hotel Spa&Golf Udine7,39,38,30Italy
99Shaw Hill Golf ClubShaw Hill Hotel Golf And Country Club8,588,25England
100Badgemore Park Golf ClubBadgemore Park8,588,25England
101Macdonald Aviemore Resort - Spey ValleyMacdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club8,48,18,25Scotland
102Donnington Valley Golf ClubDonnington Valley Hotel & Spa8,38,28,25England
103Le Golf NationalNovotel Saint Quentin Golf National8,38,28,25France
104The Abbey Hotel, Golf & Country ClubAbbey Hotel Golf & Spa8,18,48,25England
105La Torre Golf ResortHotel La Torre Golf Resort & Spa7,598,25Spain
106Golf d'HardelotNajeti Hôtel du Parc7,958,58,23France
107Wensum Valley Golf ClubWensum Valley Hotel Golf and Country Club8,38,18,20England
108Mottram Hall GolfMottram Hall8,28,28,20England
109La Envía GolfVincci Selecci—n Envia Almer’a Wellness&Golf8,18,38,20Spain
110Gloria Golf ClubGloria Verde Resort7,88,68,20Turkey
111Empordà Golf ResortDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Emporda & SPA7,88,68,20Spain
112Titanic Golf ClubTitanic Deluxe Belek7,88,68,20Turkey
113Golf de ChibertaHotel de Chiberta et du Golf8,28,18,15France
114London Beach Country Hotel & Golf ClubLondon Beach Country Hotel, Golf Club & Spa88,38,15England
115Golf Club Wiesensee e.V.Lindner Hotel & Sporting Club Wiesensee7,98,48,15Germany
116El Rompido Golf Beach ResortPrecise Resort el Rompido The Hotel7,88,58,15Spain
117Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & SpaLuton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa7,78,68,15England
118Sankt Jörgen Park GolfSankt Jörgen Park7,68,78,15Sweden
119Fuerteventura Golf ClubElba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel7,48,98,15Spain
120Golf Dolce Fregate ProvenceH™tel Dolce Fregate Provence8,288,10France
121Valle del Este Golf ResortValle Del Este Golf Resort7,78,58,10Spain
122La Quinta Golf & Country ClubThe Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa7,68,68,10Spain
123Argentario Golf ResortArgentario Golf Resort & Spa7,68,68,10Italy
124Donnafugata Golf Resort SpaDonnafugata Golf Resort Spa7,48,88,10Italy
125Troia GolfTroia Golf Residences8,37,88,05Portugal
126Golf Club CastelconturbiaHotel Golf Club Castelconturbia88,18,05Italy
127Alcaidesa Links Golf ResortVista Real Alcaidesa7,98,28,05Spain
128Aldwark ManorAldwark Manor Golf Spa Hotel7,88,38,05England
129Golf Resort CihelnyWellness Hotel & Golf Resort Cihelny7,608,508,05Czech Republic
130Almenara GolfHotel Almenara7,48,78,05Spain
131Pine Cliffs HotelPine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort7,38,88,05Portugal
132Real Club de Golf El PratLa Mola Hotel & Conference Center888,00Spain
133Omaha Beach Golf ClubMercure Bayeux Omaha Beach7,987,95France
134Le RobinieHotel Le Robinie7,78,27,95Italy
135Islantilla Golf ResortIslantilla Golf Resort7,68,37,95Spain
136Lighthouse Golf & Spa HotelLighthouse Golf & Spa Hotel7,58,47,95Bulgaria
137Ahauser Land & GolfhotelAhauser Land & Golfhotel7,58,47,95Germany
138La Manga ClubLa Manga Club Hotel Dona Felipe7,38,67,95Spain
139Golf du TouquetLe Manoir H™tel7,97,97,90France
140Penina Hotel & Golf ResortPenina Hotel & Golf Resort7,48,47,90Portugal

If you look carefully, we added 40 extra golf resorts (rank 101 – 140). Hope you like this little present 😉

If you are interested, then you can check our previous rankings here:

Note: This list was finalized on 5th of Feb 2018. So, the ratings can and will change as time goes by.

If you want to print the list, then here is the Best Golf Resorts 2018 in Europe list as a PDF.

In addition to the Best Golf Resorts in Europe, our friends at Golf Drives have compiled a list of the Best Golfing Nations. So which country is the best pound for pound golfing nation? Click the link above to find out.

21 COMMENTS

    • Hi Janette, thanks for your comment! Adare Manor is not in the list because of the following reasons (did not meet our criteria):
      – no active rating on Leadingcourses.com (not enough reviews)
      – no reference of hotel on website of the golf club

  1. Mooie lijst maar jammer dat het NIET is gebaseerd op prijs kwaliteitverhouding, neem de eerste 10, daar betaal je gemiddeld €100 per greenfee en het hotel is exclusief. Bij de andere onder aan de lijst is de vergoeding misschien wel voor een groter publiek bereikbaar. Ik stel voor om een lijst te maken met prijzen voor bv €1500 per verblijf en zo verder. Tevens mag je op banen maar 3 keer spelen bij een verblijf van 7 dagen en andere 5 of 7 keer. Nu gaan de vriendelijkere resort ten onder aan de luxe. Jammer

    • Hoi Pieter, elke lijst heeft inderdaad zijn beperkingen. Deze is gebaseerd op de rating overall op onze site en die van Booking.com. Zeker een goed idee om te kijken hoe we een lijst op prijs-kwaliteit zouden kunnen opstellen. We zoeken altijd naar nieuwe invalshoeken, dus we gaan ermee aan de slag. We vinden wel altijd dat als we een ranglijst opstellen, deze controleerbaar online moet zijn (in tegenstelling tot allerlei andere ranglijsten).

    • Hi Thomas, perhaps you mean La Cala Golf & Spa Resort? They are ranked nr 80 in our list of Brst Golf Resorts. Great resort by the way with 3 good and challenging golf courses 👍🏻

  2. Hi Jeroen,
    heb jij een lijst van de 100 courses en meer om te kunnen printen?
    Dankje wel!
    Groetjes
    GolfWolf

  3. I think Aphrodite Hills is just a little better than probably 80 of the resorts you have rated above it! …. perhaps leadingcourses.com should rethink the positioning of your top 100.

    • Thanks for your comment, but it’s not our ranking Shaun. It’s the ranking based on all reviews of other golfers and visitors of the resorts. We just publish the rankings. We believe in transparancy and in the wisdom of crowd. This is the end result and sometimes we might not always agree but in general the ranking is pretty solid and accurate. And in contrast to other rankings this one is very transparant and can be verified by the readers.

      If you do not agree with the rankings, perhaps an idea to start reviewing 😉

  4. Thanks for sharing such an informative and useful article. Definitely helped for anyone. After reading the article, I decided to visit this place.

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