It’s February again, so golf lovers know what that means! It’s time to announce the Best Golf Resorts in Europe of the year 2020. This is the only list of golf resorts which is completely unbiased and is fully based on user reviews! It has become the reference point 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 2020. Finca Cortesin (Spain) moved to the top position again – with an overall rating of 9,4 – after being second last year! The Trump Turnberry (Scotland) Resort is this year’s runner up with a rating of 9,2. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (Portugal) moved up one place and is back in the top 3 again. The Maxx Royal (Turkey) and The Gleneagles Hotel (Scotland) complete the first five of the Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2020 both with a 9,05 rating. The Maxx Royal ended up in 4th and Gleneagles in 5th place. When resorts have the same overall rating, the rating of the course is then taken to determine their position.

1Finca Cortesin Best Golf Resort in 2020

Finca Cortesín Golf Club

The unique resort of Finca Cortesin is located in one of the most tranquil and sought-after enclaves of the Andalucia coast. Not far from the picturesque village of Casares and less than a mile from the beach. Finca Cortesin offers an award winning hotel, a championship golf course, great spa & sport facilities and a beach club. After ranking second in 2019 after two years of claiming the nr 1 position, Finca Cortesin is back at the top of the charts again. Finca Cortesin boasts 67 spacious suites, but quality comes at a price. Not surprisingly Finca Cortesin’s golf course also ranks very high in our Golfers’ Choice Rankings. These are published every year at the beginning of the golf season.

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2Trump Turnberry Resort

The Trump Turnberry Resort – Home of the Championship Ailsa course – in South Ayrshire, Scotland dropped one position to number 2. The main reason for this drop is the fact that the rating for their golf course slightly dropped, from a 9,4 in 2019 to 9,1 in 2020.

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 responsible 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 an ultimate golf resort in Europe.

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3Monte Rei

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 yet again. The service level at Monte Rei is high and the golf course itself is highly appreciated by golfers. Monte Rei offers expertly curated residences inspired by the lifestyle of the modern consumer. Monte Rei has started building their second Jack Nicklaus course which is expected to open in 2021. We can’t wait!

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4The Montgomerie Maxx Royal

Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort is a 5-star hotel offering an exceptional holiday experience for families and couples alike. Every guest room has been designed as a suite, offering spacious luxury accommodation and breathtaking views across the Belek coastline. A variety of dining options offer guests unrivalled quality and choice, with the main restaurant, two specially designed children’s restaurants, 5 a la carte restaurants, 14 bars and 1 patisserie each preparing carefully selected ingredients in a feast of flavours.

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5The Gleneagles Hotel

Gleneagles – Queens Course

When Gleneagles Hotel first opened its doors in 1924, this magnificent countryside estate in the heart of Scotland was described as a “riviera in the Highlands”. Today Gleneagles continues to offer an array of attractions, including luxury hotel accommodation, a range of bespoke suites, three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, and restaurant Andrew Fairlie, the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars. Golf is at the very heart of Gleneagles with it’s three championship golf courses and Scotland’s PGA National Golf Academy. The PGA Centenary Course was the host venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup. Golf has been at Gleneagles longer than the hotel’s 90 year history, with the first course – The King’s Course – dating back to 1919.

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Top-100 Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2020

Below the full list of Best Golf Resorts in 2020 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 into the top 100 list. But, feel free to comment below this article. Please note that the ratings were gathered mid February 2020, so the actual ratings can (and will) differ as time goes by. Only golf resorts with an overall rating of 8.0 and higher are shown.

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RankRank 2019Golf clubGolf resortClub ratingHotel ratingOverall ratingCountryTee Times
12Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & SpaFinca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa9.19.79.4SpainBOOK TEE TIME
21Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection ResortTrump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort9.19.39.2Scotland
34Monte Rei Golf & Country ClubMonte Rei Golf & Country Club9.299.1Portugal
49The Montgomerie Maxx RoyalMaxx Royal Belek Golf Resort8.89.39.05Turkey
56The Gleneagles HotelThe Gleneagles Hotel8.79.49.05Scotland
65Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf ResortTerre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort8.89.29France
7-Golf De L'Isle AdamLe Domaine des Vanneaux Golf et Spa Mgallery8.59.59FranceBOOK TEE TIME
812PGA Catalunya ResortHotel Camiral8.79.28.95SpainBOOK TEE TIME
921Abama ResortLas Terrazas De Abama8.79.28.95Spain
1014Golf Club Budersand SyltBudersand Hotel - Golf & Spa8.69.38.95Germany
11-Royal BledRoyal Bled8.69.38.95Slovenia
1213Druids Glen Hotel & Golf ResortDruids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort8.79.18.9Ireland
1317Costa NavarinoThe Romanos Costa Navarino8.69.28.9Greece
14-Spa & GolfResort Weimarer LandSpa & Golf Hotel Weimarer Land8.49.48.9Germany
1533Mount Juliet EstateMount Juliet Estate, Autograph Collection8.69.18.85Ireland
1619Powerscourt Golf ClubPowerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection8.59.28.85Ireland
1720Grand Resort Bad RagazGrand Resort Bad Ragaz8.59.28.85Switzerland
1824Toscana Resort CastelfalfiIl Castelfalfi - TUI BLUE SELECTION8.59.28.85Italy
1918Trump International Golf Links IrelandTrump International Golf Links & Hotel8.49.38.85Ireland
2016Vidago Palace Golf ClubVidago Palace8.29.58.85PortugalBOOK TEE TIME
2111The Celtic Manor ResortThe Celtic Manor Resort8.98.78.8Wales
22-Diamond Country ClubDiamond Resort8.59.18.8Austria
23-Fairmont St AndrewsFairmont St Andrews8.49.28.8Scotland
24-Golf PGA France du VaudreuilGrand Slam8.39.38.8FranceBOOK TEE TIME
2515San Domenico GolfBorgo Egnazia8.39.38.8Italy
2634Villa PadiernaVilla Padierna Palace Hotel8.29.48.8SpainBOOK TEE TIME
27-Golfclub Zillertal UdernsSportresidenz Zillertal8.29.48.8Austria
2825East Sussex National Hotel Golf Resort & SpaEast Sussex National Hotel Golf Resort & Spa98.58.75England
2952Carton House Golf ClubCarton House Hotel Golf Spa8.78.88.75Ireland
3028Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach ResortThracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort8.88.68.7Bulgaria
3143Le Chateau de TaulaneChateau et Golf De Taulane8.68.88.7France
3231The K Club Golf ResortThe K Club8.498.7Ireland
3354Buenavista GolfMelia Hacienda Del Conde8.498.7SpainBOOK TEE TIME
34-Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LinksPortmarnock Hotel & Golf Links8.39.18.7Ireland
3532Carya Golf ClubRegnum Carya 8.39.18.7Turkey
3646Gloria Golf ClubGloria Serenity Resort8.39.18.7Turkey
37-Golf Club LignanoHotel Golf Inn8.29.28.7Italy
3840Praia d'El Rey Golf & Beach ResortPraia d'El Rey Mariott Golf & Beach Resort8.19.38.7PortugalBOOK TEE TIME
39-Golf EichenheimGrand Tirolia Hotel Kitzbühel8.78.68.65Austria
4061Rosapenna Golf ResortRosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort8.58.88.65Ireland
4164Kikuoka Country ClubMercure Kikuoka Golf Club8.48.98.65Luxembourg
42-Golfclub SagmuhleGutshof Sagmuhle8.19.28.65GermanyBOOK TEE TIME
4358Domaine De ManvilleDomaine De Manville89.38.65FranceBOOK TEE TIME
4450Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf ResortOnyria Palmares Beach House Hotel7.99.48.65Portugal
45100Golf Resort AchentalGolf Resort Achental8.68.68.6Germany
46-The Faldo CourseAmendoeira Golf Resort8.38.98.6Portugal
4745Les Domaines de Saint Endreol GolfLes Domaines de Saint Endreol Golf & Spa Resort8.38.98.6France
48-Golf de FalgosLe Domaine de Falgos Golf & Spa8.38.98.6France
49-Landgoed LauswoltLandgoed Lauswolt8.298.6Netherlands
5041Udine Golf ClubVillaverde Hotel Spa&Golf Udine8.19.18.6Italy
51-Son Vida Golf - Arabella GolfCastillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel8.19.18.6SpainBOOK TEE TIME
5269La Cala ResortLa Cala Resort8.19.18.6SpainBOOK TEE TIME
5349Penha LongaPenha Longa Resort89.28.6Portugal
5471Salobre Golf Resort Gran CanariaSalobre Hotel Resort Serenity7.99.38.6Spain
5575Golf du MedocGolf du Medoc Hotel8.38.88.55FranceBOOK TEE TIME
5626Golfclub Bodensee WeissensbergGolfhotel Bodensee8.28.98.55Germany
5768Son Muntaner Golf - Arabella GolfSheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel8.28.98.55SpainBOOK TEE TIME
5855Club de Golf PeraladaClub de Golf Peralada8.198.55SpainBOOK TEE TIME
5956Verdura Golf & Spa ResortVerdura Resort89.18.55Italy
60-Der Oschberghof - Osch GolfDer Oschberghof89.18.55Germany
6147Boavista Golf & Spa ResortBoavista Golf & Spa - Bela Colina Village7.99.28.55PortugalBOOK TEE TIME
6242St Mellion Golf ClubSt. Mellion International Resort8.58.58.5England
6365Quinta da Ria ResortRobinson Club Quinta Da Ria8.18.98.5PortugalBOOK TEE TIME
6484Ringenas GKRingenas Hotell & Konferens898.5Sweden
6566BlackSeaRama GolfClub Residence at BlackSeaRama Golf7.99.18.5Bulgaria
6667Naxhelet Golf ClubNaxhelet7.89.28.5Belgium
6788Tulfarris Hotel Golf ResortTulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort8.48.58.45Ireland
6837Royal Obidos Spa & Golf ResortEvolutee Hotel8.38.68.45PortugalBOOK TEE TIME
69-Quinta do LagoThe Magnolia Hotel8.38.68.45PortugalBOOK TEE TIME
7073A-ROSA ScharmutzelseeA-ROSA Scharmutzelsee8.38.68.45Germany
7163Golf du Chateau D'AugervilleChateau D'Augerville8.28.78.45FranceBOOK TEE TIME
7283Royal Mougins Golf ClubRoyal Mougins Golf, Hotel Spa de Luxe8.18.88.45France
7329Fota Island Hotel and SpaFota Island Hotel and Spa7.998.45Ireland
7472Le Golf NationalNovotel Saint Quentin Golf National8.48.48.4FranceBOOK TEE TIME
7574Vale Do LoboVale Do Lobo Resort8.38.58.4PortugalBOOK TEE TIME
7678Aa Saint Omer Golf ClubNajeti Hotel du Golf8.28.68.4FranceBOOK TEE TIME
7779Montecastillo GolfBarcel— Jerez Montecastillo & Convention Center8.18.78.4SpainBOOK TEE TIME
78-Golf Du RoncemayDomaine Du Roncemay - Les Collectionneurs88.88.4France
7982TorreMirona Golf ResortTorreMirona Relais Hotel & Spa7.98.98.4SpainBOOK TEE TIME
8086Kaya Palazzo Golf ClubKaya Palazzo Golf Resort7.98.98.4Turkey
8194Chateau Des Vigiers Golf & Country ClubRelais des Vigiers7.98.98.4FranceBOOK TEE TIME
82-Golf De La BretescheHotel Spa De La Bretesche7.98.98.4FranceBOOK TEE TIME
8396Golf d'HardelotNajeti Hotel du Parc8.158.68.375FranceBOOK TEE TIME
8459The Belfry Golf ClubThe Belfry8.58.28.35England
8598Troia GolfTroia Eco Resort Residences8.58.28.35PortugalBOOK TEE TIME
8691Aphrodite Hills GolfAphrodite Hills Hotel8.48.38.35Cyprus
87-Le Kempferhof Golf ClubLe Kempferhof Golf et Chateau-Hotel8.38.48.35FranceBOOK TEE TIME
88-Chervo Golf Club San VigilioChervo Residence San Vigilio8.28.58.35Italy
8989Oitavos DunesThe Oitavos8.28.58.35Portugal
90-Golfclub Dolomitengolf OsttirolDolomietengolf Hotel & Spa8.18.68.35Austria
91113Argentario Golf ResortArgentario Golf Resort & Spa88.78.35Italy
9285Terme di Saturnia Golf ClubTerme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort7.98.88.35Italy
9393Dolce CampoReal LisboaDolce CampoReal Lisboa7.98.88.35Portugal
94109Emporda Golf ResortDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Emporda & SPA7.98.88.35SpainBOOK TEE TIME
9595Castro Marim Golfe and Country ClubCastro Marim Golfe and Country Club7.88.98.35Portugal
9638Robinson Golf Club NobilisRobinson Club Nobilis88.68.3Turkey
97-Hotel Golf Chateau de ChaillyHotel Golf Chateau de Chailly88.68.3FranceBOOK TEE TIME
9880Acaya Golf Resort & SpaAcaya Golf Resort & Spa88.68.3Italy
99The V Golf ClubVilnius Grand Resort7.98.78.3Lithuania
100134Donau Golf Club Passau-Rassbach e.V.Golf- und Landhotel Anetseder7.78.98.3Germany
101-Castlemartyr ResortThe Castlemartyr Resort7.698.3Ireland
102-Le Golf Parc Robert HersantLe Gingko - Hotel du Golf Parc Robert Hersant8.48.18.25FranceBOOK TEE TIME
103110Golf de ChibertaHotel de Chiberta et du Golf8.38.28.25France
10499Golf Club CastelconturbiaHotel Golf Club Castelconturbia8.28.38.25Italy
105123Golf du TouquetLe Manoir Hotel8.28.38.25FranceBOOK TEE TIME
106125Valle del Este Golf ResortValle Del Este Golf Resort88.58.25SpainBOOK TEE TIME
107107El Rompido Golf Beach ResortPrecise Resort el Rompido The Hotel7.98.68.25SpainBOOK TEE TIME
108-Domaine de CrecyDomaine de Crecy7.98.68.25FranceBOOK TEE TIME
109-Golf d'Opio ValbonneChateau de la Begude7.88.78.25FranceBOOK TEE TIME
110130Poggio dei Medici Golf & Country ClubUNAHOTELS Poggio dei Medici Toscana7.88.78.25Italy
111118Sankt Jorgen Park GolfSankt Jorgen Park7.88.78.25Sweden
11281Golfclub Hofgut GeorgenthalHofgut Georgenthal7.78.88.25Germany
113127La Manga ClubLa Manga Club Hotel Dona Felipe7.78.88.25SpainBOOK TEE TIME
114144Golf Resort CihelnyWellness Hotel & Golf Resort Cihelny7.78.88.25Czech Republic
115-Golf de AndratxSteigenberger Hotel and Resort Camp de Mar7.78.88.25SpainBOOK TEE TIME
11670Schloss LudersburgSchloss Ludersburg7.598.25Germany
117-Golf Barrire DeauvilleHotel Barriere L'Hotel du Golf7.598.25FranceBOOK TEE TIME
118120Royal Golf La BagnaiaLa Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena - Curio, A Collection by Hilton8.488.2Italy
119117Alcaidesa Links Golf ResortVista Real Alcaidesa8.18.38.2SpainBOOK TEE TIME
120129Le RobinieHotel Le Robinie8.18.38.2Italy
121-Golf de Saint MaloSaint Malo Golf Resort8.18.38.2France
122126Islantilla Golf ResortIslantilla Golf Resort7.98.58.2SpainBOOK TEE TIME
123133La Quinta Golf & Country ClubThe Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa7.78.78.2SpainBOOK TEE TIME
124-Club de Golf Oliva NovaOliva Nova Beach & Golf Hotel7.78.78.2SpainBOOK TEE TIME
12592Montenmedio GolfHotel Hacienda Montenmedio7.68.88.2SpainBOOK TEE TIME
126119Pine Cliffs HotelPine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort7.498.2Portugal
127124Titanic Golf ClubTitanic Deluxe Belek7.98.48.15Turkey
128-Golfresort HaugschlagGolfresort Haugschlag7.88.58.15Austria
129138Golf de Vittel ErmitageHotel Mercure Vittel7.78.68.15France
130148Ahauser Land & GolfhotelAhauser Land & Golfhotel7.78.68.15Germany
131 -Club de Golf Isla CanelaHotel Isla Canela Golf7.78.68.15Spain
132114Almenara GolfHotel Almenara7.68.78.15Spain
133141Lighthouse Golf & Spa HotelLighthouse Golf & Spa Hotel7.48.98.15Bulgaria
134145Golfclub Schloss ReichmannsdorfHotel Schloss Reichmannsdorf7.48.98.15Germany
135-Golf de BarbarouxMercure Brignoles Golf de Barbaroux & Spa8.18.18.1FranceBOOK TEE TIME
136-Tecina GolfHotel Jardin Tecina88.28.1Spain
137 -Melia Villaitana Golf ClubMelia Villaitana7.78.58.1SpainBOOK TEE TIME
138101Domaine de Cice-BlossacDomaine De Cice Blossac Resort Spa Golf7.78.58.1France
139-Riviera Golf ResortRiviera Golf Resort7.78.58.1Italy
140111La Envia GolfHotel Envia Almeria Spa & Golf7.68.68.1Spain
141135Fuerteventura Golf ClubElba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel7.48.88.1Spain
142122Parador de El SalerParador de El Saler88.18.05SpainBOOK TEE TIME
143-Golf Resort Konopišt?Hotel Five Nations Durbuy7.68.58.05Belgium
144-Five Nations GolfclubGolf Resort Hotel Konopišt?7.98.18Czech Republic
145106Broome Park Golf ClubBroome Park Hotel7.78.38England
146140Penina Hotel & Golf ResortPenina Hotel & Golf Resort7.58.58Portugal
147142La Torre Golf ResortDoubletree by Hilton La Torre Golf Spa Resort7.48.68SpainBOOK TEE TIME

If you look carefully, we added 47 extra golf resorts (rank 101 – 147). 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.

Criteria

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 28th of Feb 2020. So, the ratings can (and will) change as time goes by.

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