I’ve just been invited on my first golfing holiday! For those who are passionate about the game, you will already know that there are many awesome destinations to choose from. Although I am not hearing about my companion’s previous golf breaks for the first time, the top golfing destinations, that the pros and my golfing enthusiast friends rave about, do sound rather exciting now I am actually going to be going!
Our band of avid golfers are travelling to the United States, staying at one of the MGM Resort hotels in Las Vegas. The good news is that here we will be playing at Shadow Creek Golf Club where we have exclusive access to it! This is a famed golf course that is a must-experience and must-play for any golfing enthusiast. What’s more, you will have all the time to truly appreciate the grandeur of Shadow Creek.
The golf course was designed by Tom Fazio, who is a renowned architect, with unparalleled attention to detail and respect for the game. From graceful gardens, cascading waterfalls to wandering creeks, the spectacular scenery that the course offers is simply stunning.
Last year they went to Thailand. Apparantly it’s really easy to find premier golf courses in the Land of Smiles because there are plenty! One of their favourite courses in Thailand is Banyan Golf Club at Hua Hin. It is an 18-hole course that offers great views for a laid-back yet competitive venue. As the course was constructed on a former pineapple farm, they got to play on uniquely-shaped teeing grounds. The Thai-style clubhouse is also set close to the ocean and thus it is surrounded by spectacular views. The signature 15th hole is one of the main highlights and they were greeted with a view of the ocean and surrounding island – beautiful!
Next on the list of any golfing enthusiast is the Alpine Golf Resort at Chiang Mai. This is the city’s first private golf club and is a highly popular destination for many visitors from around the world. The 18-hole course is also situated within the hilly natural forests of Sankampaeng, and that’s why you can see an abundance of dipterocarpus alastus and teakwood trees.
Previous year’s top golf trips have included:
Travel to France is so simple and they took advantage to play the Golf Club de Morfontaine which is considered to be the best golf course in continental Europe. The golf course’s rich history dates back to 1913 when Tom Simpson helped the Duke of Guiche transformed a former polo pitch into a nine-hole recreational golf course.
Today, Mortefontaine still retains its original nine-hole course and offers a newer full eighteen-hole course for its club members. Set on the grounds of a rugged and natural landscape, the modern and well-manicured aesthetics of the course makes it a gem in the world of golf.
Their first golf trip was just part of a group holiday to Rome, Italy, and they wanted to include a game of golf in their travel itinerary and they chose the Olgiata Golf Club. Inaugurated in the 1960s, the field in the course is divided into two paths and offers a total of twenty-seven holes. As major events such as the Italian Open were regularly held here, Route West was redesigned by Jim Fazio (an American architect) so that they could adapt to newer requirements and remain qualified to host international golf tournaments.
Of course they are already planning the next trip. Situated on the world-famous Natadola Beach in Fiji, Natadola Bay offers a championship golf course which is only 45 minutes away from the Nadi International Airport. Opened daily to players of all levels, they will get to take in the sights of world-class architecture as well as dramatic landscapes such as alluring beachfront and rolling pastures.
Apparantly, as you are about to approach the 15th hole, you will be greeted by the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. But to be honest I think that it is the clubhouse after the round of golf where they will be dining and unwinding at their open air bar and restaurant that will be the true highlight!
With so many golfing destinations to choose from, I am surprised that I haven’t been before especially to Asia – that sounds really great! And as one of my chums actually runs a discount golfing site where you can book your golfing adventure and save money (if you are interested in playing golf in Asia, do check out GolfSavers as they have the best Asian golfing deals online!), I’m not too sure why I’ve not done it before!