In the past few weeks, signs that we have begun to turn the corner towards spring have begun to surface. Daylight is increasing with each passing day, most parts of the Northern Hemisphere got a brief warm up before the polar vortex returned with a vengeance, and so forth. Soon enough, this brutal winter will be in the books for the rest of the year, and spring will been upon us.
In case you can’t wait that long to get your first round of golf, there are many excellent courses in the sunny south of Europe that are ready to get you started to the best year yet on the fairways and greens of the world.
To that end, here are some golf getaways in southern Europe that will get your golf game off to an early start this year…
1. PGA Catalunya Resort, Girona, Spain
Being a long-time fixture on the European Tour, the Stadium course at the PGA Catalunya resort in Girona will awaken your dormant golf skills quickly, as this challenging layout will test you on just about every shot. Resting in the shadows of the Pyrenees Mountains, the vistas here will also do their utmost to distract you from the task at hand, though it will serve as a brag-worthy excuse to those back home when they dare to give you the gears over a potentially fat early season score. Memories of an early spring holiday in sunny Spain will ease the pain though, so make consider this popular course for your first game of the year.
2. Biella de Betulle, Ivrea, Italy
Crave Italian wine, pizza and pasta for your clubhouse meal over tapas? Then getting away to Biella de Betulle, situated in the scenic Piedmont region in Northwestern Italy, is the European golf holiday that you need to take this spring. Known locally as Betulle for its abundance of birch trees, these beautiful hardwoods will inspire you along with the soaring mountains on the horizon, while providing many challenges due to this course’s complex layout.
3. Costa Navarino (Bay and Dunes Course), Greece
If playing amongst olive trees on the rugged coast of Greece is more what you have in mind for a European golf getaway, then playing at either the Bay or Dunes course at the Costa Navarino resort should definitely be considered in your plans. Located near the town from which this club gets its name, this resort gives you the chance to sample golfing gems hatched from the mind of two of the game’s sharper innovators, as the Bay course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, and the Dunes by Bernhard Langer.
While the sea views will likely calm you and win your admiration, don’t let it affect your swing in that general direction, as several holes on the Bay course play directly next to the water’s edge!
Celebrate spring by debuting your golf game in Southern Europe
While the yucky aspects of winter have the tendency to demoralize us, don’t let it get you down. Turn your mind towards the warmer days of spring by planning a golf trip that will outdo all others that have come before it by playing an award winning golf course in Southern Europe.