Best Golf Resort: Finca Cortesin

Note: this is an old ranking. Surf to the most recent article of ‘Best Golf Resorts in Europe

Finally the list of best golf resorts in Europe in 2017 is out. When we launched this list in 2016 it immediately became our best read blog post of the year. We also received a lot of input and positive feedback from golfers. It has taken quite a lot of work, but we hope the list inspires you to visit some great or unknown golf resorts!

This blog post is also a teaser for our upcoming Golfers’ Choice 2017 rankings which will officially be announced at the end of March or beginning of April.

The best golf resorts ranking is based on the following elements:

  • rating of the golf club on Leadingcourses.com (this must be an active rating, so enough reviews to be reliable)
  • rating of the resort or hotel on Booking.com (this must also be an active rating, so enough reviews to be reliable)
  • the official hotel or resort must be located next to the golf course or must be located on the premises

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.

Finca Cortesin is the best golf resort in 2017

Best Golf Resorts: Finca Cortesin
Finca Cortesin

Based on the criteria mentioned above, the best golf resort in Europe in 2017 is Finca Cortesin. According to us, this is well deserved. We have visited Finca Cortesin and can only agree with other golfers. From the start they have invested in quality and service and this has paid off. The same can be said for Monte Rei Golf and Country Club, they are this year’s runner up. Both of these golf resorts are not cheap to play or to stay, but you will certainly get value for money. The number one of 2016, Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf & Spa has dropped two places and is now number three on the list.

Best Golf Resorts: Royal Dornoch Golf Club
Royal Dornoch Golf Club

If you really care about the quality of the golf club, then you should head to Royal County Down or to Royal Dornoch Golf Club. We know both the hotels are not officially tied to the club, but as both hotels are almost located on the 1st tee we made an exception. The same goes for Old Course Hotel St Andrews.

If you only care about a good resort, then still Finca Cortesin is the place to go. Their hotel received a whopping 9,5 (based on 54 reviews).

Spain, a real golf destination, has the most resorts in the top 100 best golf resorts, seventeen in total. England is second, with fifteen golf resorts making the list. Portugal is third with thirteen golf resorts that made the list.

Top 100 golf resorts in Europe

Below the list of best resorts in 2017 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.

#Golf clubGolf resortClub ratingResort ratingOverall ratingCountry
1Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & SpaFinca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa9.19.59.3Spain
2Monte Rei Golf & Country ClubMonte Rei Golf & Country Club9.29.39.25Portugal
3Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf & SpaRockliffe Hall Hotel Golf & Spa99.49.2England
4Costa NavarinoThe Westin Resort Costa Navarino9.29.29.2Greece
5Royal County Down Golf ClubSlieve Donard Hotel9.49.09.2Northern Ireland
6Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection ResortTrump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort9.29.19.15Scotland
7Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf ResortTerre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort8.99.39.1France
8Royal Dornoch Golf ClubRoyal Golf Hotel9.38.99.1Scotland
9St AndrewsOld Course Hotel St Andrews8.69.59.05Scotland
10Bowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf ResortBowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf Resort9.18.99England
11The Celtic Manor ResortThe Celtic Manor Resort9.28.89Wales
12Druids Glen Hotel & Golf ResortDruids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort8.79.39Ireland
13San Domenico GolfBorgo Egnazia8.69.49Italy
14The Gleneagles HotelThe Gleneagles Hotel8.69.38.95Scotland
15The Montgomerie Maxx RoyalThe Montgomerie Maxx Royal8.59.48.95Turkey
16Woodhall Spa Golf ClubWoodhall Spa Manor8.79.28.95England
17Carya Golf ClubRegnum Carya Golf & SPA Resort8.39.48.85Turkey
18BlackSeaRama GolfClub Residence at BlackSeaRama Golf8.798.85Bulgaria
19East Sussex National Hotel Golf Resort & SpaEast Sussex National Hotel Golf Resort & Spa8.88.88.8England
20Old Thorns Manor Hotel Golf & Country EstateOld Thorns Manor Hotel Golf & Country Estate8.88.88.8England
21Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach ResortThracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort8.98.78.8Bulgaria
22Moyvalley Hotel Golf ResortMoyvalley Hotel Golf Resort8.88.88.8Ireland
23Mount Juliet EstateMount Juliet Estate8.78.98.8Ireland
24Lough Erne ResortLough Erne Resort8.49.28.8Northern Ireland
25Toscana Resort CastelfalfiHotel La Tabaccaia8.78.88.75Italy
26Villa PadiernaVilla Padierna Palace Hotel8.39.28.75Spain
27Penha LongaPenha Longa Resort8.29.38.75Portugal
28Broome Park Golf ClubBroome Park Golf & Country Club By Diamond Resorts8.29.28.7England
29PGA Catalunya ResortHotel Camiral8.78.78.7Spain
30Abama ResortThe Ritz Carlton Abama8.498.7Spain
31Royal Obidos Spa & Golf ResortEvolutee Hotel8.58.88.65Portugal
32Rosapenna Golf ResortRosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort8.398.65Ireland
33The K Club Golf ResortThe K Club8.29.18.65Ireland
34Golf & Country Club LauswoltBilderberg Landgoed Lauswolt8.29.18.65The Netherlands
35Oceanico O'Connor Junior CourseAmendoeira Golf Resort8.458.88.63Portugal
36Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and SpaCarden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa8.48.88.6England
37The Belfry Golf ClubThe Belfry8.88.48.6England
38Carnoustie Golf LinksCarnoustie Golf Hotel a Bespoke Hotel8.98.38.6Scotland
39Verdura Golf & Spa ResortVerdura Resort89.28.6Italy
40Quinta do Lago Country ClubHotel Quinta do Lago89.28.6Portugal
41Fota Island Hotel and SpaFota Island Hotel and Spa8.58.78.6Ireland
42Prince's Golf ClubThe Lodge at Prince's8.48.78.55England
43Domaine De ManvilleDomaine De Manville7.89.38.55France
44Buenavista GolfMelia Hacienda Del Conde8.28.98.55Spain
45Golfbaan de TexelseHotel Molenbos8.198.55The Netherlands
46Tulfarris Hotel Golf ResortTulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort8.48.78.55Ireland
47Portmarnock Hotel Golf LinksPortmarnock Hotel Golf Links8.28.98.55Ireland
48Schloss LudersburgSchloss Ludersburg898.5Germany
49A-ROSA ScharmutzelseeA-ROSA Scharmutzelsee8.38.78.5Germany
50Golf du MedocGolf du Medoc Hotel8.18.98.5France
51Boavista Golf & Spa ResortBoavista Golf & Spa Resort7.99.18.5Portugal
52Cornelia Golf ClubCornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa8.18.88.45Turkey
53Trump International Golf Links & HotelTrump International Golf Links & Hotel8.38.68.45Ireland
54Golf du Chateau D'AugervilleChateau D'Augerville8.38.68.45France
55Vale Do LoboVale Do Lobo Resort88.98.45Portugal
56Les Domaines de Saint Endreol Golf & Spa ResortLes Domaines de Saint Endreol Golf & Spa Resort8.28.78.45France
57Praia d'El Rey Golf & Beach ResortPraia d'El Rey Mariott Golf & Beach Resort8.18.88.45Portugal
58Trevose Golf and Country ClubTrevose Golf and Country Club7.998.45England
59Carton House Golf ClubCarton House Hotel Golf Spa8.28.78.45Ireland
60The Vale ResortVale Resort8.28.78.45Wales
61La Cala ResortLa Cala Resort88.88.4Spain
62Castro Marim Golfe and Country ClubCastro Marim Golfe and Country Club7.898.4Portugal
63Kikuoka Country ClubMercure Kikuoka Golf Club7.98.98.4Luxembourg
64Real Club de Golf El PratDouble Tree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center la Mola8.78.18.4Spain
65Oitavos DunesThe Oitavos8.28.68.4Portugal
66Royal Mougins Golf ClubRoyal Mougins Golf, Hotel Spa de Luxe8.28.68.4France
67Lighthouse Golf & Spa HotelLighthouse Golf & Spa Hotel7.98.88.35Bulgaria
68Dolce CampoReal LisboaDolce CampoReal Lisboa7.798.35Portugal
69Montecastillo GolfBarcelo Montecastillo Golf88.78.35Spain
70Son Muntaner Golf - Arabella GolfSheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel8.18.68.35Spain
71Golfbaan Kasteel EngelenburgRelais Chateaux Kasteel Engelenburg7.59.28.35The Netherlands
72Golf de Vittel ErmitageHotel Mercure Vittel8.28.58.35France
73Parador de El SalerParador de El Saler8.48.28.3Spain
74TorreMirona Golf ResortTorreMirona Relais Hotel & Spa88.68.3Spain
75De Drentsche Golf en Country ClubGolf Lodge7.98.78.3The Netherlands
76Macdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country ClubMacdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club8.58.18.3Scotland
77Fuerteventura Golf ClubElba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel7.68.98.25Spain
78Salobre Golf Resort Gran CanariaSheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort7.78.88.25Spain
79La Manga ClubLa Manga Club Hotel Dona Felipe7.98.68.25Spain
80Salobre Golf Resort Gran CanariaSalobre Golf Resort Gran Canaria7.78.88.25Spain
81Montenmedio GolfHotel Hacienda Montenmedio7.88.78.25Spain
82Golf & Hotel de FalnueeGolf & Hotel de Falnuee88.58.25Belgium
83Bovey Castle GolfBovey Castle7.68.88.2England
84Golf d'HardelotNajeti Hotel du Parc7.98.58.2France
85Aldwark ManorAldwark Manor Golf Spa Hotel7.78.78.2England
86Gloria Golf ClubGloria Golf Resort7.78.78.2Turkey
87Titanic Golf ClubTitanic Deluxe Belek7.98.58.2Turkey
88Robinson Club NobilisRobinson Club Nobilis7.398.15Turkey
89El Rompido Golf Beach ResortPrecise Resort el Rompido The Hotel7.88.58.15Spain
90Troia GolfTroia Golf Residences8.47.98.15Portugal
91Donnington Valley Golf ClubDonnington Valley Hotel & Spa8.18.28.15England
92Donnington Grove Country ClubDonnington Grove and Country Club8.28.18.15England
93Aphrodite Hills GolfAphrodite Hills Golf & Spa Resort Residences7.98.38.1Cyprus
94Kusadasi International GolfKusadasi Golf & Spa Resort Hotel8.37.98.1Turkey
95Golf Resort AchentalGolf Resort Achental7.78.58.1Germany
96Pine Cliffs HotelPine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort7.38.88.05Portugal
97Ahauser Land & GolfhotelAhauser Land & Golfhotel7.48.78.05Germany
98Argentario Golf ResortArgentario Golf Resort & Spa7.68.58.05Italy
99Donnafugata Golf Resort SpaDonnafugata Golf Resort Spa7.58.68.05Italy
100Le RobinieHotel Le Robinie7.98.18Italy

Note: This list was finalized on 24th of Feb 2017. So, the ratings can and will change with time.

Obviously the list is not complete, resorts not affiliated with Booking.com are not taken into account. Also, resorts who have not been rated enough are not taken into account. But, it’s a great starting point and all the resorts below can be booked via Leadingcourses.com site which is very convenient!

The following golf resorts were on the 2016 list but did not make it to the list this year as they didn’t have enough reviews in 2017: Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, Golf & Country Club de Bonmont, Forest Hills, Vidago Palace, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Hilton Acaya Golf Resort, Domaine Cice Blossac, Superior Golf and SPA Resort, Wiredaholm Golf & Konferens and Sueno Golf Club.

If you have any additions or suggestion to complete this list of top 100 best golf resorts, then please share them with us! Just comment on this post!

Perhaps you did not know this, but if you care more about the hotel than the golf course itself, then you can visit our hotel section. There you will find the best hotels, located near a golf course. Check out our hotel website.

15 COMMENTS

    • Hi Clive, thanks for commenting. This list is a combination of the resort and the course, according to other golfers. So, the best golf resort does not have to have the best golf course. That is correct. Then you should head to County Down or Royal Dornoch.

  1. How is it possible that number 34 (first Dutch golfresort on the list) is not the first on the list of The Netherlands?

    • Hi Anne Kim, I assume you refer to the Golfers’ Choice rankings? It’s because the lists are based on different elements and the overall set is different. For example, not all golf clubs are also a golf resort (like the Haagsche).

      So, the list for best golf resorts is a subset of all golf clubs (only golf resorts are in this ranking) and it takes into account the rating of the golf club and the rating for its resort or hotel.

      The Golfers’ Choice rankings takes every golf club into account and this ranking is not based on the ranking given for the resort, but only on the golf club, overall impression, its facilities, level of maintenance, hospitality and obviously the course(s).

      With a 8,2 for Lauswolt as a golf club, they made it to rank 16 in the GCA in the Netherlands.

    • Zeker! Volgend jaar maken we weer een mooie nieuwe lijst 😉 En, allemaal transparant en volledig na te lezen/verifiëren. Want we gebruiken de ratings van onze site en die van Booking.com. Eerlijker kan het denk ik niet.

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