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The Best Winter Destinations To Play Golf In The Sun

By: Golfshake Editor | Tue 02 Jan 2024 | Comments


Playing golf in the winter in the UK can be a challenge due to the unpredictable weather conditions, with thick frost, heavy rain and soggy courses. As a result, golfers often look to travel abroad for some golf during the winter months but where to?

Here are fourteen destinations to consider for a winter golf getaway.

1. The Algarve, Portugal

Amendoira

The Algarve, located on the southern coast of Portugal, is a haven for golfers, with its mild climate and stunning landscapes making it the perfect destination for a winter golfing getaway and is home to over 50 golf courses, including some of the most iconic courses in the world.  But it's not just the impressive selection of courses that makes the Algarve a top choice for winter golf breaks. The region also boasts an array of  accommodation options and luxury resorts that cater to all golfers, providing the perfect combination of relaxation and play.

GOLF GUIDE TO THE ALGARVE

Winter temperature range: 15 - 18 degrees

UK flight time: 2 - 3 hours

UK flights priced from: £50

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2. Majorca, Spain

The Spanish island of Majorca boasts an average winter temperature of 15 degrees, making it a popular destination for winter golf. Marriott Son Antem Golf Resort & Spa is a premier golfing destination here, with two championship courses and luxurious accommodations.

Winter temperature range:15 - 16 degrees

UK flight time: 2 - 3 hours

UK flights priced from: £87

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3. Andalucia, Spain

La Cala

Andalucia boasts the highest concentration of golf courses in the country. The Costa del Sol, or "Costa del Golf," offers over 20 courses in the Marbella region alone, including the Marbella Golf & Country Club.

GOLF GUIDE TO ANDALUCIA

Winter temperature range: 15 - 18 degrees

UK flight time: 2 - 3 hours

UK flights priced from: £50

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4. Southern France

The South of France may not be cheap, but it offers class, exclusivity, and some of the finest golf courses and hotels in the country. Cannes-Mougins and Terre Blanche Golf Resort are popular destinations in this region, known for their luxurious facilities and stunning views.

Winter temperature range: 10 - 14 degrees

UK flight time: 2 hours

UK flights priced from: £98

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5. Morocco

Morocco may not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning a winter golf getaway, but it should definitely be on your radar. With an average winter temperature of 21°C and only six days of rain per month, this North African country offers the perfect climate for hitting the course. And don't let its reputation as a sun-and-sand destination fool you - Morocco is home to some world-class golf courses that are sure to impress even the most discerning golfer.

Winter temperature range: 16 - 20 degrees

UK flight time: 3 hours 40 minutes

UK flights priced from: £98

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6. Gran Canaria, Spain

Located in the Canary Islands just off the coast of Northwest Africa, Gran Canaria has become a popular spot for European travellers. It offers a vibrant atmosphere and a diverse range of activities and whilst the island is known for its beautiful beaches and bustling nightlife, it is also home to some fantastic golf courses. Gran Canaria boasts an impressive 11 golf courses, making it a top choice for any avid golfer looking to escape the cold winter months.

GOLF GUIDE TO GRAN CANARIA

Winter temperature range: 16 - 20 degrees

UK flight time: 4 hours 30 minutes

UK flights priced from: £80 - cheap flights from £44

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7. Tenerife, Spain

Tenerife

With year-round temperatures averaging around 20C, it's no wonder that British holidaymakers flock to this sunny paradise. And for those looking for a golfing holiday, Tenerife has become a top choice. One of the biggest draws for golfers in Tenerife is the luxurious golf resorts scattered throughout the island. These resorts offer a perfect blend of comfort and convenience, with all-inclusive packages that include accommodation, meals, and of course, access to some of the best golf courses in the world.

GOLF GUIDE TO TENERIFE

Winter temperature range: 16 - 20 degrees

UK flight time: 4 hours 30 minutes

UK flights priced from: £80 - cheap flights from £50

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8. Madeira, Portugal

One of the best destinations for a winter golf getaway is the stunning island of Madeira. Located in the North Atlantic, just off the Northwest coast of Africa, Madeira offers beautiful weather all year round. With its breathtaking scenery and world-class courses, it's no wonder that this island has become a top choice for golfers seeking a warm weather escape.

GOLF GUIDE TO MADEIRA

Winter temperature range: 16 - 20 degrees

UK flight time: 4 hours

UK flights priced from: £177

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9. Turkey

Turkey

Thanks to its combination of world-renowned golf courses and luxury all-inclusive hotels, Turkey is emerging as a top golfing destination in Europe. The Belek-Antalya region boasts courses designed by famous names like David Feherty, Nick Faldo, and Colin Montgomerie.

GOLF GUIDE TO TURKEY

Winter temperature range: 14 - 18 degrees (Belek)

UK flight time: 4 hours

UK flights priced from: £74

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10. Cyprus

Another must-add destination to your winter golfing itinerary is the beautiful island of Cyprus, known for its stunning beaches and warm Mediterranean climate. Cyprus is also home to some of the best golf courses in Europe including the Elea Golf Club, designed by the legendary Nick Faldo, as well as Aphrodite Hills and Minthis Hills. The mild winter weather in Cyprus makes it the perfect destination for a winter golfing getaway. With average temperatures hovering around a comfortable 18 degrees in January and February.

Winter temperature range: 12 - 16 degrees

UK flight time: 4 hours

UK flights priced from: £170 - cheap flights from £30

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11. Dubai

Dubai

While it may be known for its towering skyscrapers, lavish shopping, and fine dining, the city also boasts some of the best championship golf courses in the world. This makes it an ideal location for a winter golf getaway. One of the must-visit courses in Dubai is the Emirates Golf Club, which hosts the Omega Desert Classic on its prestigious Majilis Course, a stop on the European Tour.

Winter temperature range:16 - 24 degrees

UK flight time: 7 hours

UK flights priced from: £250

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12. Myrtle Beach, USA

Nestled along the sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is a golfing paradise. Boasting over 60 miles of stunning beaches, this seaside capital also offers first-class golf courses for players of all levels. One standout course in the area is TPC Myrtle Beach, a Tom Fazio-designed masterpiece that offers challenging holes amidst breathtaking ocean views. Myrtle Beach is also home to several of America's top 100 public golf courses, making it a must-visit destination for avid golfers. With its perfect combination of stunning beaches, world-class golf, and other exciting activities, Myrtle Beach truly has something for everyone during the winter months.

Winter temperature range: 14 - 16 degrees

UK flight time: 9 hours

UK flights priced from: £420

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13. Dominican Republic

The Caribbean is undoubtedly a premier destination for golfers, with its warm weather and stunning courses. And the Dominican Republic stands out as the ultimate golfing destination, boasting a thriving golf culture and some of the most impressive courses in the region. With an average temperature of 26 degrees in December, the weather is ideal for a great round of golf. Plus, the island's tropical paradise setting adds an extra touch of paradise to your game.  At the top of the list for golfers is the Teeth of the Dog course, located at the luxurious Casa de Campo resort.

Winter temperature range: 20 - 25 degrees

UK flight time: 9 - 10 hours

UK flights priced from: £570

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14. Mauritius

Mauritius

Mauritius, a 12-hour direct flight from the UK, may not be the closest winter golf destination, but it certainly makes up for it with its stunning views, luxurious resorts and first-clasee golf courses. Centered around November to March, the high season in Mauritius is the perfect time to escape the cold and enjoy a round of golf on one of the island's five tropical courses.  One popular destination in Mauritius is the Constance Hotel Belle Mare Plage, part of the Constance group which offers luxurious golf holidays in the Indian Ocean. The soft white sand, blue skies, and turquoise lagoon provide a perfect backdrop for players to relax before taking on the challenging Legend course at Belle Mare Plage.

GOLF GUIDE TO MAURITIUS

Winter temperature range: 20 - 24 degrees

UK flight time: 12 hours

UK flights priced from: £700

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Note: All flight prices are based on available published prices at the time of the article.  Flight times and winter temperatures are also based on average data taken at the time of publishing.


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