Eight of the Best Beach Golf Resorts On EarthBeach and Golf: enjoy the best of both worlds
06 November 2017
Some people like to let their hair down in the super-clubs of Ibiza. Others like to lose themselves wandering through ancient cities, and marvelling at architectural wonders. Others enjoy slipping into their Sanwin beachwear, and spending days on the beach and in the sand… and others like cut themselves off from the hustle and bustle of the world with a few rounds of high quality golf.
Top 8 Best Golf Resorts on Earth!
There are countless golf clubs and golf courses around the world. They range from the windswept and majestic fairways of Scotland, to the hyper-modern Emirati courses designed to take golf to new and wondrous heights. However, as we’re suckers for a great beach here at Sanwin Beachwear (and we know you love nothing more than a stretch of golden sand, too), we’ve decided to do a countdown of our favourite seaside golf resorts for your viewing pleasure.
So, let’s tee off and take a look at eight flawless resorts where you can turn your birdies into albatrosses, while accompanied by the squawk of seagulls and the lapping of the waves. What could be better?
If you’re spending your holiday in Fiji, then the chances are you’re already more than familiar with the heights of luxury these islands can provide. The golf resort of Laucala is a dream-like place, and the 18 holes it boasts weave their way between the volcanic mountains and dramatic cliffs of the island, constantly surrounded by the ever-changing South Pacific.
This is a golfresort where every wish is fulfilled, every whim catered for. Check out the stats: Laucala has just 24 villas, and yet teems with 350+ staff members, ready to make your golfing excursion the trip of a lifetime.
When we think of Phuket, we’re immediately reminded of our youthful backpacking holidays spent in this beautiful and liberal corner of Thailand. Imagine recapturing that spirit, while also working on your swing… well, such things are more than possible at Banyan Tree; a resort widely considered to be the most awe-inspiring golf course in Asia.
This Par 71 course is the brainchild of award-winning architect Paul Jansen, whose playful use of natural water sources and the stunning scenery led to the creation of a golf resort like no other. Lagoons, mountains, rainforest foliage - all these things and more make up the backdrop of Banyan Tree, and the level of luxuryand impressive design is carried through to the accommodation, too. An unforgettable experience, packed with the kind of thrills and sights only Thailand can offer.
Mostly, when people think of link golfing - that is, a golf course which follows a shoreline and takes in sand dunes and other natural features - they think of the Scottish Highlands. Windy, rainy, challenging terrain… not exactly swim shorts weather. Abaco Club in the Bahamas, however, is the polar opposite - a link course which allows you to follow an amazing set of white sand beaches, and which features beautifully designed hazards created to really up your game.
The 18 holes of golfing available at this idyllic and exotic course can be followed by a meal at the clubhouse, featuring fresh lobster caught on the bay you’ve just been playing on. Does it get much better than that? We think not!
The Baja Peninsula is an amazing place to visit at any time of year. Sparkling blue waters, amazing stretches of sandy coastline, and a party scene which is known and revered the world over… it’s one of those parts of the world everyone has to experience at some point in their lives. If you’re into golfing, and want to improve your handicap in a place which drips with beauty and exoticism, then One & Only Palmilla is the place for you. This is a resort with some real history behind it: opened in 1922, the 27 holes available make up the first golf course in Latin America, meaning you could swing your way across a legendary sporting landscape.
The African cape has been upping its game when it comes to golf resorts in recent years, and has started to really impress with its range of courses. Once you’ve got the obligatory safari out of the way, you can head down to Fancourt to practise your swing in some of the most spectacular sporting scenery on earth.
Fancourt wasdesigned by the legendary course architect Gary Player, who claims that it was the crowning achievement of his career. With a links course following the stunning coastline, and a wealth beaches, vineyards and other attractions in the immediate vicinity, this massive 54 hole resort is one for those seekingthe ultimate beach golfing holiday.
OK - if you’re looking for some real luxury from your beach golfing holiday, it doesn’t get much more decadent than this. The short course at Velaa is designed to allow you to hone your golfing skills in a landscape of impeccable tropical beauty, and features a state-of-the-art academy too, should you need some further training.
If and when you get tired of golf, there’s no need to worry: Velaa has plenty to keep you occupied and in a permanent state of wonder and bliss. Not only does it boast the Maldives biggest wine collection, it also allows visitors to rent mini-subs, yachts, scuba equipment and much, much more, bringing plenty of opportunities to show off your stylish Sanwin swim shorts!
Want some real majestic views for your golf trip? New Zealand is difficult to beat in this regard. While these antipodean islands now have dozens of golf resorts, it’s perhaps fair to say (and widely agreed) that the best of the coastal ones is Kauri Cliffs. Why? Because it covers a vast 6,000 hectares of pristinely kept grounds, which hold a gorgeous balance between manicured perfection and genuine wilderness.
At KauriCliffs, you can enjoy peerless views over the Pacific Ocean - something which provides a unique hazard for your golf balls, as many of the holes are near the dramatic cliffs which plunge down to the depths below. The Ocean isn’t just a backdrop, however; it also provides the astonishing seafood on offer at the clubhouse restaurant. For many, that’s a reason to visit in itself!
Golf isn’t often thought of as a particular romantic sport, but when you combine the majestic scenery of the Paphos coastline with the ancient legends of the Mediterranean, it’s impossible not to be seduced. The Aphrodite Hills resort in Cyprus overlooks the spot in which Aphrodite - the Greek goddess of love - emerged from the sea, and this is a resort where you could absolutely fall in love. The amazing climate, the fantastic food, the wonderful people… Cyprus is a fantastically mystifying and captivating place at the best of times, and who knows? Maybe the goddess herself will help you get those birdies you’re after!
There you have it: eight of the world’s most stunning, iconic and beautifully designed beach golf resorts for you to consider for your next trip. No matter where in the world you find yourself, if you hit the beach or lounge by the pool, your Sanwin Beachwear swim shorts are the perfect accessory for a memorable holiday.Turn heads, gain confidence, look fantastic and stand out from the crowd - what more is there to say?
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