Golf as a sport first took off along the sandy shorelines of Great Britain, particularly along the east coast of Scotland. Since then - due to a rising middle class and better transporation means - golf has spread throughout Europe.
Today golf in Europe is well established throughout the North and West of Europe and is making steady progress into Central Europe and Southeastern regions. Countries with the highest number of golf facilities are: England, Germany, France, Scotland, Sweden, Ireland, Spain and Italy.
Based on the density of above-average golf clubs in a certain country (or region), our rating per country suggests that the following countries are well worth a visit when planning your next golfbreak or golf holiday: United Kingdom (incl. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium. Most golfers however still flock to popular and sunny golf destinations like Portugal (Algarve), Spain and Turkey.
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