Top 2013 golf holiday hotels


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Following the recent Ryder Cup victory, Europe is currently the best in the world when it comes to golf; which is a fitting accolade because of the many wonderful courses it bestows on holidaymakers.

From the Spanish Costas to the Algarve and the island of Cyprus, courses abound in some of the most scenic parts of Europe. From lively hot spots to secluded sanctuaries, there are courses waiting to be discovered for the discerning golfer.

All of these courses are easily accessible from some amazing hotels too, ensuring that you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds when taking a golf holiday in 2013.

The costa del golf

The Costa del Sol has long been a destination of choice for golfers. The sheer wealth of courses presents opportunities for players of varying levels of ability. The choice also makes it a regular feature on any shortlist for golfing holiday destinations.

There are over 70 golf courses in the Costa del Sol meaning you will have to play a lot of rounds to say you’ve sunk every hole. However, the sheer volume means that, no matter where you stay, you’ll never be far from a course.

The four starAparthotel Benalmadena Palace is a great place both in terms of location for golfers but also for the hotel’s offering (it even has its own mini golf).

The nearest course is only 3km away and there are many more in walking distance or a short drive in the car. As for the hotel it boasts sweeping costal views and a great selection of facilities which will appeal to both couples and families. It is perfect for spending lazy days by the attractive pool or on the beach after you have completed your round of golf.

Teeing off to terrific views

If it is golf courses with a view and a sense of natural beauty that you need to keep your swing calm, then the Algarve is a haven of such places.

The lush, verdant surroundings that are characteristic of the Algarve have lent themselves to a vast array of golf courses. Almost 40 different courses can now be found here and Albufeira is a terrific place to stay.

The resort itself has three courses including the Pine Cliffs nine-hole course set on a cliff edge – suffice to say the views are pretty spectacular as you tee-off.

Staying at the three star Auramar Beach Resort gives you easy access to these courses. With stunning, uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean it is located in one of the most fascinating and breathtaking spots on the Algarve. It is the kind of place you can go to relax after a round on the course and it is ideal for couples and families looking for relaxing days with the Albufeira nightlife not too far away.

Fall in love with golf on Cyprus

Cyprus is another holiday destination that is known to attract golfers. Glorious sunshine brings the beautiful island to life and its ten golf courses.

The Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills is the place to stay for golfers. Set in beautiful, tranquil surroundings with outstanding views of Aphrodite’s Rock and the Mediterranean sea, this luxurious five star hotel offers a wealth of facilities for all ages; none more impressive than the 18 hole golf course which is a championship course.

There is also a three-hole course for beginners, making the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills the perfect place to stay.

With such beautiful destinations to choose from and so many courses, it is easy to see why Europe is the place to be in 2013 for golf holidays.