The Best Golf Resorts in Europe

02 September 2022
The Best Golf Resorts in Europe

This is the 2022 edition of the 100 Best Golf Resorts in Europe. It's golf's only ranking of resorts that is entirely unbiased and fully based on user reviews. The overall rank is based 50% on the rating of the golf club on and 50% on the rating for the resort itself.

The Best Golf Resorts in Europe ranking has become the reference point for golfers looking for a great golf trip or golf break. Leading Courses has been publishing the ranking since 2016 and ever since it has been very popular amongst their community. It's based on Leading Courses review data and their hotel partner reviews to provide a comprehensive list of the best golf resorts throughout Europe.

How the Best Golf Resorts rankings are determined

One of the major discussions is: when does a combination of a golf course and a 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? Difficult to answer.

Leading Courses turned to Wikipedia for 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.” So, having a hotel and a golf course is not enough to qualify as a golf resort.

Criteria to be listed in Best Golf Resorts rankings Below are Leading Courses' criteria to be in the Best Golf Resorts in Europe rankings:

  • the rating of the golf club on must be active, so it should have enough (recent) reviews
  • the rating of the resort or hotel on 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 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 explicitly mention or refer to the specific resort or hotel on its website (so linking to multiple hotels is not sufficient)

Finca Cortesin is the Best Golf Resort in Europe

For the 4th time, Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa is crowned Best Golf Resort in Europe. They score a whopping 9.4 overall, combining the score of the golf club and its hotel. The golf club is rated with a 9.2 and the Finca Cortesin Hotel with a 9.6 out of 10. The Finca Cortesin Hotel boasts 67 spacious suites and the golf course consists of an 18-hole Championship Course. Not surprisingly Finca Cortesin’s golf course also ranks very high in Leading Courses' annual Golfers’ Choice Rankings.

10 Best Golf Resorts

Below is the ranking of the 10 Best Golf Resorts in Europe. Click the link below to see the full top-100.

  1. Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa 9.39
  2. Trump Turnberry Resort 9.19
  3. Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg 9.19
  4. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club 9.15
  5. The Gleneagles Hotel 9.15
  6. The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links 9.14
  7. Costa Navarino 9.07
  8. The Montgomerie Maxx Royal 9.06
  9. Dundonald Links 9.04
  10. Der Oschberghof - Osch Golf 9.03

View the top-100

About Leading Courses

Leading Courses was founded in 2012 to help golfers find and play suitable golf courses around the world. The website and app provide information on more than 25,000 golf courses worldwide. Over the past years, hundreds of thousands of reviews have been written to help golfers make the best decision on where to play. Today, Leading Courses has over 400,000 website visitors per month and offers tee times for 3,000 golf clubs in 18 countries. That makes it Europe's largest platform for golf course reviews and tee time bookings. Leading Courses HQ is located in The Netherlands.

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