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The Best Destinations For a Winter Golf Holiday

By: Liam Moore | Wed 23 Aug 2023

A lot of golfers lack drive when the only prospect of playing golf involves relentless rain and wind.

Fortunately, you can escape the gloominess of winter by booking a golf break during the off-season, where you will be swapping grey clouds for blue skies.

Through the help of our friends at Golfbreaks, we have identified some brilliant locations to visit for a winter golf holiday.


Pinhal Course

There are some amazing packages available for a memorable golf break to Portugal this winter. The country boasts a year-round warm climate and through the sheer number of beaches, Portugal can act as both a golf and traditional holiday together. Some of Europe’s finest layouts reside in Portugal, and golfers will look forward to playing the likes of The Faldo Course, Gramacho and Pinhal.


Las Colinas

Spain has long been viewed as the ultimate destination for a winter holiday, and that should be the same for golfers looking for a warm retreat. Spain is littered with sun-kissed islands and golden beaches, with the gastronomy options mirroring the lush sunshine. Some notable resorts include Las Colinas and La Finca.


Montgomerie Maxx Royal

The country of Turkey is rapidly growing in popularity for golf breaks after their hefty investment which has transformed the golf resorts into world-class offerings. Not only will travellers be guaranteed an exquisite cuisine and an inviting climate, but there are many excellent golf courses located in the country too. Golfers will enjoy visiting Sueno Golf, Sirene Belek Hotel and Regnum Carya Resort. You can also golf under the floodlights at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course.

Canary Islands

There are notable positives for a trip to the Canary Islands. It’s only a four-hour flight, we share the same time zone and there is an average temperature of 21 degrees - that’s three huge benefits! The Islands are made up of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife. They are also home to some brilliant courses and resorts, such as Melia Hacienda del Conde, The Ritz-Carlton Tenerife and Hotel Las Madrigueras.


Morocco is another country with an average temperature of 21 degrees. If we couple in the fact that Morocco only experiences six days of rain per month, then we have a really good option for a winter golf break. Again, golfers can expect delectable dishes and a friendly welcome, but the golf will certainly steal the show. Some notable facilities include Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech, Kenzi Menara Palace and Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech.


America is home to the PGA Tour. It is also the country that golf is most popular in, so you are guaranteed to be amongst like-minded people. The number of renowned golf courses in America is simply too long to list, but golfers will have the opportunity to play iconic sites such as Pebble Beach, Bay Hill and Kiawah Island. A golf trip to America is often a once in a lifetime experience.



The beautiful island of Mauritius is the perfect, all-year round environment for a golf break. It boasts a collection of stunning lagoons, luxurious resorts and picturesque mountain backdrops that can be enjoyed from all courses. In total there are ten championship routings for golfers to experience alongside sophisticated resorts such as Constance Belle Mare Plage, Ambre Resort & Spa and Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort.


If there is one constant around the Caribbean islands, it’s that the sunshine will never relent. Not only will you be enjoying a holiday in a tropical environment, but there is some exceptional golf to be experienced in the process. You can find outstanding courses in Barbados and the Dominican Republic, with great resorts such as Casa de Camp Resort & Villas, Barcelo Bavaro Beach and Sandy Lane waiting to be discovered.


The UAE has fast-tracked its global reputation in the sport of golf, with many of the world’s leading courses residing in this area. Not only does basking sunshine await any lucky visitor, but they will have the opportunity to play on courses that are typically reserved for the professionals. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are littered with outstanding offerings, such as The Els Club, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Yas Links and the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

South Africa

South Africa is a country like no other that boasts unbelievably unique experiences. Fortunately for golfers, their golfing pedigree is just as high as anything else. With plentiful activities and a scorching climate, South Africa is a country that every ardent golfer should visit. Some of the more notable golf courses are Leopard Creek, The Gary Player Golf Course and Durban.

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