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. ..

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. ..

Ssssht, the first update is live for Leadingcourses app

At Leadingcourses.com we are not easily satisfied and that is also the reason why we have launched our new app ‘under the radar’. We have only communicated the launch of our new app to find golf courses amongst our loyal members. This gives us the opportunity to test the app, find bugs, improve the app with the feedback of our members.
After a few weeks we felt we generated enough feedback to build the first update of our app. Obviously we also have a huge list of features of our own that we would like to add, but we like to take it slow. We also have to be careful not just to rebuild what we have already as our site is fully responsive. Our app should offer or provide something extra.
New: option to upload a photo directly via the app We are very proud to announce the following features in this current release:
possibility to add photos on the page of a golf club possibility to complete your review with a photo or photos clear error message if there is no internet connection small ..

Study: upgrading your Partner Extranet account really does pay off

Most golf course managers know that they can edit their Leadingcourses.com profile via our Partner Extranet, but not yet everyone is convinced that an upgraded account is beneficial. We understand that managers are hesitant. They simply want proof that their euros will be spent well. Obviously we believe in our service, but up until now we could not provide reliable data proving an upgrade is well worth every penny.
Some things are very important, but you never seem to get around to doing it. Digging into our Partner Extranet statistics was one of those things. So, when some graduate students from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences dropped by, this immediately popped up as a great research project. And, they liked it too!
In this blogpost we present their findings about the effects of the different Partner Extranet subscriptions offered by Leadingcourses. The effects have been measured using four indicators: pageviews, tee-times, clicks and reviews. If you do not fancy rea..

New golf course “De Hoge Duinen” embraces nature

Sometimes we receive a call from enthusiastic golfers who have a great idea – a business concept in golf or an idea for a new golf course: Natuurgolfbaan Terschelling. Only a few of them really turn into reality. Dirk-Jan Moes, chairman of a new and unique golf course on Terschelling – one of the Dutch wadden islands – is one of such people. Late 2016, early 2017 he asked us to provide him with a quote to help him to kick-start this ambitious project. We did not expect to hear back from him, but since then a lot has changed.
World Heritage site It’s not easy to convince all the different authorities and organizations to build a new golf course on one of the wadden islands: it’s like trying to build a golf course in Yellowstone Park (USA). The whole area is a world heritage site and nature is very delicate there. The Wadden Sea – since 2009 – is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This means that the Wadden Sea is on an equal footing with other world-famous nature reserves such as Yellowston..

Study: Which country gives you the most bang for your buck?

At Leadingcourses.com we’re crazy about stats. We love digging into all the data provided by golfers that use our platform. It’s a reiterative circle, because with the data provided by golfers, we create new, interesting information for golfers. This time we bring you the best, and “worst” countries in Europe to play golf.
A lot of golfers visit Leadingcourses.com to plan their golf holiday. In Europe most golfers end up going to “the usual suspects”: Spain, Portugal and Turkey. But are those countries actually the best ones to go to when it comes down to quantity, quality and price? Our recent study shows that the answer to that question is a resounding no!
Wales gets you the most bang for your buck! So where do you get the best quality for the least amount of money, or to rephrase that, where do you get the most bang for your buck? Quite surprisingly the study shows that the country you should be visiting on your next golf holiday is not any of the above mentioned usual suspects, b..

Dom Pedro: King of Golf in Vilamoura

The summer is over in most of Europe and that means golfers escape the cold weather and find a top spot when it comes to playing golf. Vilamoura in the Algarve, Portugal is one of these places. The picturesque city is just a 30-minute drive from Faro Airport and it breathes golf. With 19 golf courses in the area, 5 of which are owned by the Dom Pedro organisation (Previously owned by Oceânico): The Old Course Golf Club, Pinhal Golf Course, Laguna Golf Course, Millennium Golf Course and Victoria Golf Course. Leadingcourses.com got the chance to play three of these courses and find out what Dom Pedro has to offer.
View from the hotel room Dom Pedro Vilamoura Hotel Resort & Golf On a sunny September morning we arrive at Faro Airport where our transfer is already waiting for us. The temperature on arrival was around 18 degrees Celsius, which was quite welcoming having left The Netherlands 3 hours beforehand at a meagre 10 degrees Celsius! We arrive at the beautiful Dom Pedro Vilamoura Hot..

Leadingcourses’ view on Scotland’s top-10 golf courses

In conjunction with Visit Scotland, we have put together a list of the top 10 golf courses in Scotland as rated by Leadingcourses.com’s users. The Home of Golf has a multitude of world renowned golf destinations. From Carnoustie, the venue for the 147th British Open to Gleneagles (host venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup), to the slightly lesser known Thurso Golf Club (the most northerly Scotish mainland course) to St. Medan (the most Southern of Scotish mainland golf destinations), Scotland really is a golfer’s dream.
So let’s see what courses are rated in the top 10 for Leadingcourses.com users. The golf courses are ordered by overall rating given by real golfers on Leadingcourses.com. So, the number 1* – in this case Loch Lomond Golf Club – has the highest rating of all when we wrote this post.
*: this ranking is based on all reviews of golfers on Leadingcourses.com, so this ranking does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Leadingcourses.com.
Loch Lomond Golf Club Loch Lomond Golf Clu..

Golf courses with remarkable hazards

Some golf courses are special because of their location, their design or history. But some courses are special because they have some very remarkable hazards on the course. Below a selection! We hope you get inspired by these courses and if you have encountered other golf courses with a remarkable hazards, feel free to share them with us!
El Camaleon Mayakoba – Mexico Cenote at El Camaleon Golf Course (copyright: Golfbreaks.com) El Camaleon was designed by legendary Australian golfer Greg Norman and inaugurated in 2006. Like the chameleon, from which it takes its name, this golf course in Mexico offers constantly changing views as it winds through three diverse ecosystems: the tropical Mayan jungle, mangrove wetlands and the Mexican Caribbean Sea coastline.
Distinctive hazards: on the El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course you will find so-called cenotes (sink holes), which really add to the overall experience. Cenotes are especially associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico and some..

A genuine hidden gem: Askernish Golf Club

Ten years ago we started with Leadingcourses.com to identify golf courses throughout the world that were worth playing, but nobody really knew. Everyone nowadays knows the most famous golf courses when heading somewhere (like St. Andrews or Gleneagles in Scotland, Old Head and the European in Ireland, Monte Rei in Portugal, Valderrama in Spain and so forth). But, discovering hidden gems in the neighbourhood of such famous courses or finding courses that are really something special is what really makes our heart tick!
A lost course for 100 years The location of Askernish Golf Club You probably never heard of Askernish Golf Club and that’s no shame at all. The course was actually really forgotten for almost 100 years. Its location? On one of the most remote islands of Scotland, the Isle of South Uist. On our site this course is located in the Perth and Kinross region. Getting to the Isle of South Uist is a hassle, but it is worth every penny and minute of your time. This is a genuine g..