This weekend, Royal Lytham & St Annes will come to life as it plays host to The Open Championship, one of the most important dates in any golfer’s calendar. Vying for the prestigious title this year will be golfing legends Tiger Woods and Webb Simpson, in addition to the UK’s own Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.
However, if you are among those who set their ambitions a little lower on the green, you might prefer to take a swing on any one of the top golfing spots across Europe this summer. As an added bonus, escaping the British summer should enable you to soak up a few rays as you make your way around the course!
However, a break at a superb golfing destination need not break the bank: with cheap holidays to Spain on offer with Thomas Cook, you need not compromise the quality of the course for a budget getaway.
Improve the Handicap
Situated on the Costa del Sol, the Finca Cortesin course is one of Europe’s longest layouts, measuring 7,000 metres. With practice facilities built around the ‘Jack Niklaus academy’, which includes revolutionary methods based on the swing characteristics of the student, you could well go home with an improved handicap! The 5-star Finca Cortesin Golf & Spa resort also offers outdoor and indoor swimming pools and spa facilities, in addition to a rooftop terrace on which you can relax with a drink after a long day on the greens.
Take a swing at 45-holes
Holidays to Turkey also include far more than the typical ‘sun, sea and sand’ combination. The Gloria Golf Resort in Belek boasts a 45-hole championship golf course, designed by leading French golf course designer Michel Gayon. Why not take time out to soothe your golf-wearied muscles at the adjacent spa and thalasso centre?
Soak up the scenery
The Algarve is famous for having some of Europe’s very best courses, including the world-renowned Monte Rei. Set in the picturesque foothills of the eastern Algarve, the stunning scenery of the course’s mountain setting set it apart from the heavy concentration of courses around the Albufeira area. We are offering cheap holidays to Portugal at the Monte Rei Golf Country Club at knock-down prices, so you could well end up playing alongside golfing legends at this exclusive destination!
Keep an eye out for unusual designs
Cheap holidays to Cyprus provide ample opportunities to enjoy one of the best and most challenging Mediterranean courses, Aphrodite Hills. If you have a taste for the unusual, keep an eye out for the 18th century kiln and old olive press situated between holes 1 and 8, included by American golf architect Cabell Robinson to add character to the course!