For golfers who are looking to venture beyond Europe on your next golf trip, we spoke to long-haul golf holiday experts, Chaka Travel for some exotic inspiration. Whether you are in search of winter sun, or a luxury resort where you can play golf onsite, or to join other golfers on an escorted golf tour or a new adventure, Chaka Travel have picked a selection of long-haul destinations and amazing golf experience to share with you.
Like us, Chaka Travel are golfing enthusiasts, who like nothing more than checking out new golf courses, golf holiday destinations and golf experiences. With over 24 years of playing the courses and sampling the resorts they can rightly claim to be experts in long-haul golf travel. Here we present their selection of the most exotic golf experiences around the world which will appeal to golfers and non-golfers alike.
Mauritius – Top quality golf in a tropical paradise
Mauritius is a golfers’ paradise combining great year-round weather and a choice of luxury hotels with many of the resorts offering world-class golf courses on-site. With so many great resorts to choose from it is hard to select one resort but Chaka Travel’s choice is one that offers more that most and which their clients return to year after year. Their top pick is the Belle Mare Plage, a superb resort with a relaxed informal atmosphere with 2 championship golf courses on site and a third in the pipeline!
Situated directly on one of the islands finest beaches, protected by a coral reef the resort is perfect for swimming and water sports. With 7 restaurants and 6 bars, the resort offers a vast array of dining options offering everything from casual beach dining to à la carte and fine wines. This along with the great golf means you will be spoilt for choice in this fabulous exotic destination.
Play the famous Teeth of the Dog in the Dominican Republic
The Caribbean is well known for its magnificent natural beauty and warm tropical climate and is becoming better known for its fabulous golf. In the Dominican Republic is the fabulous, five-star Casa de Campo Resort and Villas where you can enjoy an unrivalled golfing experience. This resort is rated as one of the world’s leading golf resorts and it isn’t hard to see why with everything that it has to offer including three excellent Pete Dye golf courses on-site, as well tennis, horse-riding, water sports, a health spa, nightly entertainment and a private beach. This is the ideal resort for you if you are looking for a busy and exciting golf holiday to the Dominican Republic where you can play a few courses including Teeth of the Dog, the number 1 ranked course in the Caribbean.
Visit Ferrari World and play Links golf in the Desert
Abu Dhabi has a wealth of breath-taking dramatic golf courses set between the desert and the Arabian coastline, including Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Saadiyat Beach, but Chaka Travel came up with something a little unexpected, a links course! Yas Links is a course with some glorious coastal stretches – eight of its holes hug the coastline. Kyle Phillips has created a natural-looking links course where you can expect lots of bunker play. Combine your love of golf and fast cars with a visit to the UAE’s electrifying sports and entertainment hub.
The stunning Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island is next to Yas Links golf course and minutes’ walk to both Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and Ferrari World. You’re 10 minutes’ drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport, and 20 minutes from the city-centre souks and shopping malls. Enjoy a swim with great views in the rooftop swimming pool where you can swim up to the Sundowner bar for a cocktail as the sun sinks into the Gulf.
Check out our blog on golf in Abu Dhabi here
Golf and Safari in South Africa
South Africa is one of the best kept secrets in golf and is fast growing into one of the world’s premier destinations. The fantastic courses and exotic locations provide a unique golf holiday experience found nowhere else in the world. For first time visitors to South Africa, Chaka Travel have designed a wonderful golfing combination starting in beautiful Cape Town where you will play some of the most scenic golf courses in the world. Having explored all that Cape Town has to offer a short flight will take you to Johannesburg where you will stay at Legend Golf & Safari Resort & play the unique Extreme 19th – a once in a lifetime experience where you take a helicopter ride to the tee box and drive off over a 400-metre cliff face!
The Western Cape
On the Western Cape, another favourite which the guys at Chaka Travel have played many times and would highly recommend is Fancourt Golf Estate. Fancourt is a golfing mecca with 3 championship golf courses, an abundance of golf practice facilities, a world class spa and superb dining options. You could spend 2 weeks here and wake up every morning excited for the prospect of new experiences and activities.
Sun City resort is another favourite South African golfing destination. It is home to two 18-hole golf Gary Player designed courses, the Lost City Golf Course and the Gary Player Golf Course. Nothing beats playing a round of golf at an 18-hole desert style golf course surrounded by spectacular views across South Africa’s bushveld. This is what you experience at the Lost City Golf Course. The course is exceptional in combining various themes such as desert, mountains and parkland.
Zebula Golf Estate, a stunning and totally unique South Africa golf destination which is a mere 2 hours’ drive north of Johannesburg. Located on 1600 hectares of pristine bush veld in the shadow of the Waterberg mountains, Zebula is one of the most fascinating places for a golf holiday. Undulating, indigenous tree-covered hills and wide-open grasslands are punctuated with frequent dams and waterholes – a diverse landscape that supports a wide variety of game, birds and small wildlife.
Golf all-inclusive in Mexico
A great option for an all-inclusive exotic golf holiday is Mexico. With direct flights from the UK, a Cancun golf holiday offers fantastic value for all-year-round golf breaks. Our top recommendations for all-inclusive dining and free golf are Le Blanc and Moon Palace resorts.
On the Rivieria Maya, 40 miles south of Cancun, for the ultimate in luxury we have the Fairmont Mayakoba resort situated within a tropical forest intersected by crystal clear waterways and surrounded by a pristine Caribbean shoreline. Those who want to hit the greens will find fun and challenge at El Camaleón Golf Course (host to the only official PGA TOUR event in Mexico); while those who want to improve their swing can book lessons at the Jim McLean Golf School.
Check out our blog on the Mexican Rivièra Maya here
Golf, Culture and Safari on a Sri Lankan Adventure
For an exotic golfing adventure with superb golf courses, stunning scenery and fantastic safaris, Chaka Travel suggest Sri Lanka. Travel on a personalised itinerary to include playing the quirky Royal Colombo Golf Course in the capital city, the stunning Victoria Golf Course in the scenic hills near Kandy, the historic Nuwara Eliya Golf Course right up in the tea estate covered mountains and at the new beachside Shangri-La Golf Club in Hambantota in the south.
Fly-drive-golf the USA
The USA is home to so many iconic courses, it is impossible to pick a favourite course. The best way to experience golf in the USA is to tailor-make a fly-drive golf holiday taking in some of these bucket list courses such as Pebble Beach (header photo), Desert golf at Scottsdale or the five courses on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
Join like-minded golfers on an Escorted Golf Tour or Tournament
If you enjoy travelling as part of a group then check out Chaka Travel’s escorted golf tours and amateur golf tournament holidays. The tournaments are fun and sociable and most include golf tuition. Golf tours and tournaments are suitable for single golfers, couples and groups of friends. An alternative programme of activities and tours cater for non-golfers as well.
Chaka Travel tournaments are run all over the world in beautiful destinations such as Mauritius, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey and Spain.
Travel in style by Luxury Trains or by River Cruiser!
Enjoy a tour through South Africa on board a luxury train on a Luxury Rail Golf Safaris or enjoy a river cruise playing golf along the way on a Luxury Golf Cruise on the Danube. Or further afield combine golf with culture and local experiences on a Golf & Culture Trails Escorted Tour in Vietnam or Thailand.
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