Best golf resorts in Europe in 2018

Everyone by now should know that at Leadingcourses.com we love statistics and rankings. And we love them even more when they are transparent, honest and based on reviews written by you, the golfer. Since 2016 – as a teaser for our own Golfers’ Choice rankings – we have been publishing a ranking for Best Golf Resorts in Europe as we felt a lot of golfers really needed such a list. We’ve used our own review data and the reviews of our hotel partner Booking.com to provide a comprehensive list of the best golf resorts throughout Europe.

How are the Best Golf Resorts rankings determined?

As mentioned, we love to analyse your reviews to come up with interesting lists. This is also how the ‘Best Golf Resorts in Europe’ ranking started. As time went by, the list has improved significantly. This year we decided to totally revamp our Best Golf Resort list. One of the major discussions within Leadingcourses.com was: when does a combination of a golf course and hotel qualify as a resort? Is St. Andrews with the Old Course Hotel a resort? Does Royal County Down with the Slieve Donard Hotel across the road qualify as a resort? We felt not.

We turned to Wikipedia for an answer or at least a proper definition: “The term resort may be used for a hotel property that provides an array of amenities, typically including entertainment and recreational activities. A hotel is frequently a central feature of a resort (source: Wikipedia). So, having a hotel and a golf course is just not enough to be called a golf resort.

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 Leadingcourses.com 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 (and referred to on the website of the golf club).
  • the resort should include more facilities in addition to having a golf course (for example a spa, tennis court, swimming pool, etc.)
  • the golf club should mention or refer to the resort or hotel on its website.

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. Resorts are also not listed if either their golf course or their hotel/resort have not been reviewed enough (i.e. inactive rating). Still, it’s a great starting point and all the resorts below can be booked via the Leadingcourses.com site which is very convenient as well!

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.

Finca Cortesin Best Golf Resort 2018

The Best Golf Resort in Europe in 2018 – just like in 2017 – is Finca Cortesin. Finca Cortesin boasts 67 spacious suites and is also home to 23,000m2 of manicured gardens, a spa offering Thai treatments, 4 swimming pools, tennis and padel tennis courts, a beach club, exquisite dining options and a great golf course which is always ranked amongst the very best in Spain. Finca Cortesin offers an excellent experience and seems to please visitors day in day out. A big compliment goes out to the whole team at Finca Cortesin.

The rest of the top-5 Golf Resorts in Europe

Monte Rei Golf Country Club is the number 2 in the Leadingcourses.com Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2018.Monte Rei Golf and Country Club has always ranked high in our best golf resort list and just like in 2017 they are our runner up in 2018. The service level at Monte Rei is high, the golf course – designed by Jack Nicklaus – is great and their Vistas restaurant was recently included in the Michelin Guide 2018. Monte Rei is also planning to build their second Jack Nicklaus course; we can’t wait to see it finished. Keep up the good work!

Trump Turnberry Resort is the number 3 in the Leadingcourses.com Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2018.The Trump Turnberry Resort – Home of the Championship Ailsa course – in South Ayrshire, Scotland jumped quite some places – from number 6 in 2017 to a top-3 spot – in our 2018 list. It seems that the £200 million that was invested in transforming the iconic Edwardian luxury hotel facilities and its golf courses with it’s iconic light house has paid off, making Trump Turnberry the ultimate golf and spa destination in Great Britain.

Costa Navarino is the number 4 in the Leadingcourses.com Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2018 ranking.Costa Navarino with its two brilliant golf courses – The Dunes and Bay Course – and two terrific hotels – The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino – has secured a place in our top-5 in 2018 and their No.4 rank is well-deserved. Costa Navarino opened for play in 2010 and already offers a world-class golf experience. Both golf courses are set in an idyllic setting next to the finest golf resort in Greece while offering excellent resort facilities.

+Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is the number 5 in the Leadingcourses.com Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2018.Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort completes our top-5 of Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2018. If you are a lover of good food, then you should definitely try Le Faventia, Terre Blanche’s Michelin-star restaurant, or one of their other three restaurants. The two 18-hole championship golf courses were designed by Dave Thomas and are inspired by the natural surroundings. The level of maintenance is second to none at Terre Blanche.

Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf & Spa cannot be found in our list anymore as they are not listed on Booking.com anymore, which is a pity. Royal County Down, Royal Dornoch and St Andrews did not make it to our list as they did not met our criteria anymore. We intend to make a list of best golf hotels – which did not qualify as a resort – soon as well.

Top-100 Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2018

Below the full list of Best Golf Resorts in 2018 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 or did not have a rating high enough to make it to the top 100 list. But, feel free to comment below this article.

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Rank Golf club Golf resort Club rating Hotel rating Overall rating Country
1 Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa 9,1 9,5 9,30 Spain
2 Monte Rei Golf & Country Club Monte Rei Golf & Country Club 9,2 9,3 9,25 Portugal
3 Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort 9,2 9,2 9,20 Scotland
4 Costa Navarino The Westin Resort Costa Navarino 9,05 9,3 9,18 Greece
5 Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort 9 9,3 9,15 France
6 Trump International Golf Links Trump International Golf Links & Hotel 8,7 9,5 9,10 Ireland
7 Bowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf Resort Bowood Hotel, Spa, and Golf Resort 9,1 9 9,05 England
8 Rudding Park Golf Club Rudding Park 8,7 9,4 9,05 England
9 St Enodoc Golf Club The St Enodoc Hotel 8,8 9,2 9,00 England
10 San Domenico Golf Borgo Egnazia 8,6 9,4 9,00 Italy
11 Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort 8,7 9,2 8,95 Ireland
12 Golf Club Budersand Sylt Budersand Hotel – Golf & Spa 8,5 9,4 8,95 Denmark
13 The Montgomerie Maxx Royal The Montgomerie Maxx Royal 8,5 9,4 8,95 Turkey
14 The Celtic Manor Resort The Celtic Manor Resort 9,1 8,7 8,90 Wales
15 The Gleneagles Hotel The Gleneagles Hotel 8,5 9,3 8,90 Scotland
16 Vidago Palace Golf Club Vidago Palace 8,3 9,5 8,90 Portugal
17 The Grove Golf Club The Grove 8,9 8,8 8,85 England
18 Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort 8,9 8,8 8,85 Bulgaria
19 PGA Catalunya Resort Hotel Camiral 8,6 9,1 8,85 Spain
20 Lough Erne Resort Lough Erne Resort 8,5 9,2 8,85 Northern Ireland
21 Carya Golf Club Regnum Carya Golf & SPA Resort 8,3 9,4 8,85 Turkey
22 Abama Resort The Ritz Carlton Abama 8,7 8,9 8,80 Spain
23 Toscana Resort Castelfalfi Il Castelfalfi – TUI BLUE SELECTION 8,6 9 8,80 Italy
24 East Sussex National Hotel Golf Resort & Spa East Sussex National Hotel Golf Resort & Spa 8,9 8,6 8,75 England
25 Stapleford Park Golf Club Stapleford Park Luxury Hotel and Spa 8,8 8,7 8,75 England
26 Mount Juliet Estate Mount Juliet Estate 8,3 9,2 8,75 Ireland
27 The K Club Golf Resort The K Club 8,3 9,1 8,70 Ireland
28 Powerscourt Golf Club Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection 8,2 9,2 8,70 Ireland
29 Villa Padierna Villa Padierna Palace Hotel 8,2 9,2 8,70 Spain
30 Penha Longa Penha Longa Resort 8 9,3 8,65 Portugal
31 Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort Onyria Palmares Beach House Hotel 7,9 9,4 8,65 Portugal
32 Hilton Puckrup Hall Golf Club Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel, Golf Club & Spa 9 8,2 8,60 England
33 Le Ch‰teau de Taulane Ch‰teau et Golf De Taulane 8,7 8,5 8,60 France
34 Old Thorns Manor Hotel Golf & Country Estate Old Thorns Manor Hotel Golf & Country Estate 8,6 8,6 8,60 England
35 A-ROSA Scharmutzelsee A-ROSA Scharmutzelsee 8,6 8,6 8,60 Germany
36 Fota Island Hotel and Spa Fota Island Hotel and Spa 8,5 8,7 8,60 Ireland
37 Stoke Park Country Club, Hotel & Spa Stoke Park 8,4 8,8 8,60 England
38 Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa 8,4 8,8 8,60 England
39 Royal Obidos Spa & Golf Resort Evolutee Hotel 8,4 8,8 8,60 Portugal
40 Rosapenna Golf Resort Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort 8,4 8,8 8,60 Ireland
41 + Kask‡da Golf Resort Brno Hotel Kask‡da Brno 8,4 8,8 8,60 Czech Republic
42 Les Domaines de Saint Endreol Golf Les Domaines de Saint Endreol Golf & Spa Resort 8,3 8,9 8,60 France
43 The Mere Golf Resort & Spa The Mere Golf Resort & Spa 8,2 9 8,60 England
44 Oceanico O'Connor Junior Course Amendoeira Golf Resort 8,2 9 8,60 Portugal
45 Domaine De Manville Domaine De Manville 7,9 9,3 8,60 France
46 Oxfordshire Golf Club The Oxfordshire Hotel & Spa 8,8 8,3 8,55 England
47 St Mellion Golf Club St. Mellion International Resort 8,7 8,4 8,55 England
48 Tulfarris Hotel Golf Resort Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort 8,5 8,6 8,55 Ireland
49 Domaine de CicŽ-Blossac Domaine De Cice Blossac Resort Spa Golf 8,4 8,7 8,55 France
50 BlackSeaRama Golf Club Residence at BlackSeaRama Golf 8,2 8,9 8,55 Bulgaria
51 Golf du Medoc Golf du Medoc Hotel 8,2 8,9 8,55 France
52 Praia d'El Rey Golf & Beach Resort Praia d'El Rey Mariott Golf & Beach Resort 8,1 9 8,55 Portugal
53 Trevose Golf and Country Club Trevose Golf and Country Club 8 9,1 8,55 England
54 Boavista Golf & Spa Resort Boavista Golf & Spa Resort 7,9 9,2 8,55 Portugal
55 Verdura Golf & Spa Resort Verdura Resort 7,8 9,3 8,55 Italy
56 The Vale Resort Vale Resort 8,2 8,8 8,50 Wales
57 Kikuoka Country Club Mercure Kikuoka Golf Club 8,1 8,9 8,50 Luxembourg
58 Broome Park Golf Club Broome Park Golf & Country Club By Diamond Resorts 8 9 8,50 England
59 Kaya Palazzo Golf Club Kaya Palazzo Golf Resort 7,6 9,4 8,50 Turkey
60 Golf Resort Achental Golf Resort Achental 8,3 8,6 8,45 Germany
61 Wyboston Lakes Golf Club The Waterfront Hotel Spa & Golf 8,2 8,7 8,45 England
62 TorreMirona Golf Resort TorreMirona Relais Hotel & Spa 8,2 8,7 8,45 Spain
63 Arzaga Golf Club Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort 8,1 8,8 8,45 Italy
64 Buenavista Golf Melia Hacienda Del Conde 8,1 8,8 8,45 Spain
65 Royal Mougins Golf Club Royal Mougins Golf, Hotel Spa de Luxe 8,1 8,8 8,45 France
66 The Belfry Golf Club The Belfry 8,6 8,2 8,40 England
67 Golf du Chateau D'Augerville Chateau D'Augerville 8,1 8,7 8,40 France
68 Son Muntaner Golf – Arabella Golf Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel 8,1 8,7 8,40 Spain
69 Lingfield Park Resort Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club 8,1 8,7 8,40 England
70 Ullesthorpe Golf Club Best Western Plus Ullesthorpe Court Hotel & Golf Club 8,1 8,7 8,40 England
71 Vale Do Lobo Vale Do Lobo Resort 8 8,8 8,40 Portugal
72 Montenmedio Golf Hotel Hacienda Montenmedio 8 8,8 8,40 Spain
73 Aa Saint Omer Golf Club Najeti H™tel du Golf 8 8,8 8,40 France
74 Quinta da Ria Resort Robinson Club Quinta Da Ria 7,9 8,9 8,40 Portugal
75 Club de Golf Peralada Club de Golf Peralada 7,8 9 8,40 Spain
76 Naxhelet Golf Club Naxhelet 7,8 9 8,40 Belgium
77 Schloss LŸdersburg Schloss LŸdersburg 7,7 9,1 8,40 Germany
78 Parador de El Saler Parador de El Saler 8,3 8,4 8,35 Spain
79 Cornelia Golf Club Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa 8,1 8,6 8,35 Turkey
80 Montecastillo Golf Barcelo Montecastillo Golf 8 8,7 8,35 Spain
81 La Cala Resort La Cala Resort 7,9 8,8 8,35 Spain
82 Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa 7,9 8,8 8,35 England
83 Cave Castle Golf Club Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club 7,9 8,8 8,35 England
84 Terme di Saturnia Golf Club Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort 7,8 8,9 8,35 Italy
85 Dolce CampoReal Lisboa Dolce CampoReal Lisboa 7,8 8,9 8,35 Portugal
86 Aphrodite Hills Golf Aphrodite Hills Golf & Spa Resort Residences 7,8 8,9 8,35 Cyprus
87 Castro Marim Golfe and Country Club Castro Marim Golfe and Country Club 7,7 9 8,35 Portugal
88 Arcos Golf Arcos Fairways 7,7 9 8,35 Spain
89 Salobre Golf Resort Gran Canaria Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort 7,6 9,1 8,35 Spain
90 Bovey Castle Golf Bovey Castle 7,5 9,2 8,35 England
91 Ufford Park Golf Club Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa 8,4 8,2 8,30 England
92 Royal Golf La Bagnaia La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena – Curio, A Collection by Hilton 8,3 8,3 8,30 Italy
93 Carton House Golf Club Carton House Hotel Golf Spa 8,1 8,5 8,30 Ireland
94 Golf de Vittel Ermitage Hotel Mercure Vittel 8,1 8,5 8,30 France
95 Oitavos Dunes The Oitavos 8 8,6 8,30 Portugal
96 Acaya Golf Resort & Spa Acaya Golf Resort & Spa 7,9 8,7 8,30 Italy
97 Chateau Des Vigiers Golf & Country Club Ch‰teau des Vigiers 7,8 8,8 8,30 France
98 RingenŠs GK RingenŠs Hotell & Konferens 7,8 8,8 8,30 Sweden
99 Udine Golf Club Villaverde Hotel Spa&Golf Udine 7,3 9,3 8,30 Italy
100 Shaw Hill Golf Club Shaw Hill Hotel Golf And Country Club 8,5 8 8,25 England
101 Badgemore Park Golf Club Badgemore Park 8,5 8 8,25 England
102 Macdonald Aviemore Resort – Spey Valley Macdonald Spey Valley Golf & Country Club 8,4 8,1 8,25 Scotland
103 Donnington Valley Golf Club Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa 8,3 8,2 8,25 England
104 Le Golf National Novotel Saint Quentin Golf National 8,3 8,2 8,25 France
105 The Abbey Hotel, Golf & Country Club Abbey Hotel Golf & Spa 8,1 8,4 8,25 England
106 La Torre Golf Resort Hotel La Torre Golf Resort & Spa 7,5 9 8,25 Spain
107 Golf d'Hardelot Najeti Hotel du Parc 7,95 8,5 8,23 France
108 Wensum Valley Golf Club Wensum Valley Hotel Golf and Country Club 8,3 8,1 8,20 England
109 Mottram Hall Golf Mottram Hall 8,2 8,2 8,20 England
110 La Env’a Golf Vincci Selecci—n Envia Almer’a Wellness&Golf 8,1 8,3 8,20 Spain
111 Gloria Golf Club Gloria Verde Resort 7,8 8,6 8,20 Turkey
112 Empordˆ Golf Resort DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Emporda & SPA 7,8 8,6 8,20 Spain
113 Titanic Golf Club Titanic Deluxe Belek 7,8 8,6 8,20 Turkey
114 Golf de Chiberta Hotel de Chiberta et du Golf 8,2 8,1 8,15 France
115 London Beach Country Hotel & Golf Club London Beach Country Hotel, Golf Club & Spa 8 8,3 8,15 England
116 Golf Club Wiesensee e.V. Lindner Hotel & Sporting Club Wiesensee 7,9 8,4 8,15 Germany
117 El Rompido Golf Beach Resort Precise Resort el Rompido The Hotel 7,8 8,5 8,15 Spain
118 Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa 7,7 8,6 8,15 England
119 Sankt Jšrgen Park Golf Sankt Jšrgen Park 7,6 8,7 8,15 Sweden
120 Fuerteventura Golf Club Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel 7,4 8,9 8,15 Spain
121 Golf Dolce Fregate Provence H™tel Dolce Fregate Provence 8,2 8 8,10 France
122 Valle del Este Golf Resort Valle Del Este Golf Resort 7,7 8,5 8,10 Spain
123 La Quinta Golf & Country Club The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa 7,6 8,6 8,10 Spain
124 Argentario Golf Resort Argentario Golf Resort & Spa 7,6 8,6 8,10 Italy
125 Donnafugata Golf Resort Spa Donnafugata Golf Resort Spa 7,4 8,8 8,10 Italy
126 Troia Golf Troia Golf Residences 8,3 7,8 8,05 Portugal
127 Golf Club Castelconturbia Hotel Golf Club Castelconturbia 8 8,1 8,05 Italy
128 Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort Vista Real Alcaidesa 7,9 8,2 8,05 Spain
129 Aldwark Manor Aldwark Manor Golf Spa Hotel 7,8 8,3 8,05 England
130 Golf Resort Cihelny Wellness Hotel & Golf Resort Cihelny 7,60 8,50 8,05 Czech Republic
131 Almenara Golf Hotel Almenara 7,4 8,7 8,05 Spain
132 Pine Cliffs Hotel Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort 7,3 8,8 8,05 Portugal
133 Real Club de Golf El Prat La Mola Hotel & Conference Center 8 8 8,00 Spain
134 Omaha Beach Golf Club Mercure Bayeux Omaha Beach 7,9 8 7,95 France
135 Le Robinie Hotel Le Robinie 7,7 8,2 7,95 Italy
136 Islantilla Golf Resort Islantilla Golf Resort 7,6 8,3 7,95 Spain
137 Lighthouse Golf & Spa Hotel Lighthouse Golf & Spa Hotel 7,5 8,4 7,95 Bulgaria
138 Ahauser Land & Golfhotel Ahauser Land & Golfhotel 7,5 8,4 7,95 Germany
139 La Manga Club La Manga Club Hotel Dona Felipe 7,3 8,6 7,95 Spain
140 Golf du Touquet Le Manoir H™tel 7,9 7,9 7,90 France
141 Penina Hotel & Golf Resort Penina Hotel & Golf Resort 7,4 8,4 7,90 Portugal

If you look carefully, we added 40 extra golf resorts (101 – 140) if you click on the ‘next’ button beneath the table. Hope you like this little present 😉

If you are interested, then you can check our previous rankings here:

  • Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2017
  • Best Golf Resorts in Europe in 2016

Note: This list was finalized on 5th of Feb 2018. So, the ratings can and will change as time goes by.

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