Top five luxury golf destinations around the globe

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Banff Springs, Canada

The Canadian Rockies coupled with the luscious greenery courtesy of Mother Nature makes the Banff Springs Golf Course a stunning picturesque golf course, but golfers shouldn’t be deceived as the course provides a challenging game. For a truly luxury experience, travel the Majesty of the Rockies tour with Luxury Gold. With its GoldLeaf Service guests can opt to play a round during their relaxed start and leisure time while in Banff, AB, where they stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs property, home to the Banff Springs Golf Club. The course is known as one of the best in Canada.

Girona, Spain                      

Players of all levels will enjoy the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya. Northern Spain creates a breathtaking backdrop for this course, which makes the list of top 100 golf courses in the world. Within months of opening, the meticulously designed course hosted the 1999 Gene Sarazen World Open and the Spanish Open in 2000. The course is less than an hour away from vibrant Barcelona and is a must-play course for golfers visiting the region. You can visit the area and enjoy the course on your free time as you explore the stunning region with Insight Vacations on the Northern Spain journey. 

Jacksonville, United States

Canada’s neighbour to the south is home to many world-class golf courses. One bucket-list course for anyone serious about the sport is TPC Sawgrass, located in Jacksonville, Florida. The course is known as the world headquarters of professional golf and its 17th signature island green is one of the most widely-recognized holes of golf around the globe. The golf courses at TPC Sawgrass were both designed by legendary golf architect Pete Dye and are home of the PGA tour, making all courses perfect for golfers hoping to see how they fare in comparison to the professionals, or interested in a round that’s sure to challenge them.

St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland

Recognized internationally as the “home of golf,” the sport is said to have originated in Scotland in the 15th century. Dating back to 1552, the Old Course at St Andrews Links is known as one of the world’s most iconic golf courses and has been home to more open championships than any other course. The world-renowned course is recognized for its true linksland property, stunning views and ever-challenging climate conditions as its seaside location is guaranteed to put any golfers’ skills to the test. Be sure to bring your A-game! There’s also what’s known as the “Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers” – the legendary course at Muirfield is as reputable as it is exclusive. It’s recognized as the world’s oldest private golf club and was initially designed by one of the founders of golf architecture, Willie Park Jr. You’ll be hard pressed to secure a tee time at this restricted course, however, travelling on Brendan Vacations’ golf-focused Scottish Kilts and Clubs nine-day journey guarantees you access to this outstanding course. Overall, this journey offers access to four of Scotland’s most luxurious and highly-coveted courses that golf lovers won’t want to miss.

Pretoria, South Africa

The terrain in South Africa is characterized primarily by mountains, criss-crossing hills and shadow valleys, which play an interesting role in golf architecture. The golf course at Legend Golf & Safari brings extreme luxury and extreme obstacles for any golfer, incorporating Hanglip Mountain into its epic extreme 19th hole. Creating the world’s longest and highest par three, the tee is only accessible by helicopter.  It is 400 metres above the green, surely providing players with memories to
last a lifetime.