One of the many beautiful things about golf is that the game is now truly global. Long gone are the days of European and North American domination as developers on every continent are now involved in building larger and more impressive courses, attracting golfers from all corners of the world in the process.
Even countries that at face value simply don’t have the climate nor terrain for golf are getting in on the act. The Middle Eastern Emirate of Dubai is now a well established destination for golfers seeking a new challenge. Over the past decade lush championship-standard golf courses designed by some of the world’s leading course architects and players have been developed in the Emirate, attached to some of the most luxurious nineteenth holes in the world.
For example, The Montgomerie, a fine collaboration between top British golfer Colin Montgomerie and world-famous course architect Desmond Muirhead, is one of Dubai’s leading courses but is by no means the only one. If you are a golfer then you are literally spoilt for choice and if you fancy cooling off a bit, as well as the Persian Gulf there’s always the huge indoor Ski World, which offers snowboarding and skiing on a variety of runs.
Alternatively North America, the home of the USPGA tour boasts a plethora of finely manicured courses equipped with many a tricky water hazard in some of the country’s top locations such as Florida, Arizona, California, and North Carolina. In addition to top quality golf, those States also offer other great leisure options such as exciting theme parks, guaranteed to keep non-golfers occupied while the handicappers are busy on the course. And, of course the climate is pretty outstanding too!
Speaking of pleasant climates the Caribbean also offers some challenging courses especially on the island of Barbados, and a bit farther out in the Atlantic the sophisticated, affluent community of Bermuda is also a golfing holiday nirvana for visitors. Other exclusive and exotic locations such as Mauritius in the Indian Ocean also offer golf courses that are fit for a professional and of course, the views are absolutely stunning.
Getting away on golfing holidays is easy too; carrying equipment is now a breeze with the world’s top airlines. Providing your golf clubs are stored in recognised golf cases most major airlines will transport them and other kit such as balls and shoes for a low fixed fee or even free, depending upon the carrier.
But you don’t have to be a scratch golfer to enjoy golfing holidays. Many courses provide lessons and welcome beginners with open arms, so even mixed ability groups will have no problem enjoying their time away as each will be able to concentrate on their own game.