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Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2017

27 February 2017
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Jeroen Korving
Finally, the list of best golf resorts in Europe in 2017 is out. When we launched this list in 2016 it immediately became our best-read blog post of the year. We also received a lot of input and positive feedback from golfers. It has taken quite a lot of work, but we hope the list inspires you to visit some great or unknown golf resorts in Europe!
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Finca Cortesin Beach Club (photo credits: Finca Cortesin)

Please note: we have published a more recent list of the Best Golf Resorts in Europe! Check the related articles below this article.

Based on the criteria mentioned above, the best golf resort in Europe in 2017 is Finca Cortesin. According to us, this is well deserved. We have visited Finca Cortesin and can only agree with other golfers. From the start, they have invested in quality and service and this has paid off. The same can be said for Monte Rei Golf and Country Club, they are this year’s runner-up. Both of these golf resorts are not cheap to play or to stay in, but you will certainly get value for money. The number one of 2016, Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf & Spa has dropped two places and is now number three on the list.

If you really care about the quality of the golf club, then you should head to Royal County Down or to Royal Dornoch Golf Club. We know both the hotels are not officially tied to the club, but as both hotels are almost located on the 1st tee we made an exception. The same goes for Old Course Hotel St Andrews.

If you only care about a good resort, then still Finca Cortesin is the place to go. Their hotel received a whopping 9,5 (based on 54 reviews).

Note: this is an old ranking. Surf to the most recent article of ‘Best Golf Resorts in Europe

1. Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa: Best Golf Resort in 2017

The Best Golf Resort in Europe in 2017 is Finca Cortesin. Finca Cortesin also ranks very high in our Golfers’ Choice Rankings which are published every year at the beginning of the golf season.

2. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

3. Rockliffe Hall Golf

4. Costa Navarino (Dunes & Bay)

5. Royal County Down

6. Trump Turnberry Resort

7. Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort

8.  Royal Dornoch Golf Club

9. St Andrews Links (Hotel)

10. Bowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf Resort

Note: This list below was finalized on the 24th of Feb 2017. So, the ratings can and will change with time.

Top-100 Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2017

Below the full list of Best Golf Resorts in 2017 in Europe is shown. You can use the filters or search bar to explore the list. If a golf resort is missing this might be because the resort did not have enough reviews (either on Leading Courses or Booking.com), was not listed on Booking.com or did not have a rating high enough to make it into the top 100 list. But, feel free to comment below this article. Please note that the ratings were gathered in mid-February 2017, so the actual ratings can (and will) differ as time goes by. Only golf resorts with an overall rating of 8.0 and higher are shown.


1    Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa
2    Monte Rei Golf & Country Club
3    Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf & Spa
4    Costa Navarino
5    Royal County Down Golf Club
6    Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort
7    Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort
8    Royal Dornoch Golf Club
9    St Andrews
10    Bowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf Resort
11    The Celtic Manor Resort
12    Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort
13    San Domenico Golf
14    The Gleneagles Hotel
15    The Montgomerie Maxx Royal
16    Woodhall Spa Golf Club
17    Carya Golf Club
18    BlackSeaRama Golf
19    East Sussex National Hotel Golf Resort & Spa
20    Old Thorns Manor Hotel Golf & Country Estate
21    Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort
22    Moyvalley Hotel Golf Resort
23    Mount Juliet Estate
24    Lough Erne Resort
25    Toscana Resort Castelfalfi
26    Villa Padierna
27    Penha Longa
28    Broome Park Golf Club
29    PGA Catalunya Resort
30    Abama Resort
31    Royal Obidos Spa & Golf Resort
32    Rosapenna Golf Resort
33    The K Club Golf Resort
34    Golf & Country Club Lauswolt
35    Oceanico O'Connor Junior Course
36    Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa
37    The Belfry Golf Club
38    Carnoustie Golf Links
39    Verdura Golf & Spa Resort
40    Quinta do Lago Country Club
41    Fota Island Hotel and Spa
42    Prince's Golf Club
43    Domaine De Manville
44    Buenavista Golf
45    Golfbaan de Texelse
46    Tulfarris Hotel Golf Resort
47    Portmarnock Hotel Golf Links
48    Schloss Ludersburg
49    A-ROSA Scharmutzelsee
50    Golf du Medoc
51    Boavista Golf & Spa Resort
52    Cornelia Golf Club
53    Trump International Golf Links & Hotel
54    Golf du Chateau D'Augerville
55    Vale Do Lobo
56    Les Domaines de Saint Endreol Golf & Spa Resort
57    Praia d'El Rey Golf & Beach Resort
58    Trevose Golf and Country Club
59    Carton House Golf Club
60    The Vale Resort
61    La Cala Resort
62    Castro Marim Golfe and Country Club
63    Kikuoka Country Club
64    Real Club de Golf El Prat
65    Oitavos Dunes
66    Royal Mougins Golf Club
67    Lighthouse Golf & Spa Hotel
68    Dolce CampoReal Lisboa
69    Montecastillo Golf
70    Son Muntaner Golf - Arabella Golf
71    Golfbaan Kasteel Engelenburg
72    Golf de Vittel Ermitage
73    Parador de El Saler
74    TorreMirona Golf Resort
75    De Drentsche Golf en Country Club
76    Macdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club
77    Fuerteventura Golf Club
78    Salobre Golf Resort Gran Canaria
79    La Manga Club
80    Salobre Golf Resort Gran Canaria
81    Montenmedio Golf
82    Golf & Hotel de Falnuee
83    Bovey Castle Golf
84    Golf d'Hardelot
85    Aldwark Manor
86    Gloria Golf Club
87    Titanic Golf Club
88    Robinson Club Nobilis
89    El Rompido Golf Beach Resort
90    Troia Golf
91    Donnington Valley Golf Club
92    Donnington Grove Country Club
93    Aphrodite Hills Golf
94    Kusadasi International Golf
95    Golf Resort Achental
96    Pine Cliffs Hotel
97    Ahauser Land & Golfhotel
98    Argentario Golf Resort
99    Donnafugata Golf Resort Spa
100   Le Robinie

How are the Best Golf Resorts rankings determined?

Obviously, the list is not complete, and resorts not affiliated with Booking.com are not taken into account. Also, resorts that have not been rated enough are not taken into account. But, it’s a great starting point and all the resorts below can be booked via Leading Courses site which is very convenient!

The following golf resorts were on the 2016 list but did not make it to the list this year as they didn’t have enough reviews in 2017: Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, Golf & Country Club de Bonmont, Forest Hills, Vidago Palace, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Hilton Acaya Golf Resort, Domaine Cice Blossac, Superior Golf and SPA Resort, Wiredaholm Golf & Konferens and Sueno Golf Club.

Criteria to be listed in Best Golf Resorts rankings

We have checked many rankings concerning ‘golf resorts’, but most of them do not really point out what they are listing. We wanted to change that. So, below we have listed our criteria to be in our Best Golf Resorts in Europe rankings:

  • the rating of the golf club on Leading Courses must be active, so we should have enough (recent) reviews
  • the rating of the resort or hotel on Booking.com must also be active
  • the (official) hotel must be located next to the golf course or must be located on the premises of the golf course.
  • the golf club should explicitly mention or refer to the specific resort or hotel on its website (so linking to multiple hotels is not)

The criteria mentioned above mean that not every golf resort will be present in our Best Golf Resorts in Europe list. Resorts that are not listed on Booking.com – and thus do not have a rating which can be checked online – are not taken into account. A resort is also not listed if either its golf course or its hotel/resort has not been reviewed enough (i.e. inactive rating).

The overall rank is 50% based on the Booking.com rating concerning the resort or hotel itself and 50% based on the rating of the golf club overall (including the courses, facilities, etc.) on Leadingcourses.com. If resorts have equal scores, then the rating of the golf club determines who comes in first. We are all golfers, so that’s what we find most important.

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