Continental Europe

Golf Courses in Continental Europe

3,972 golf courses
The Dutch like to claim that they invented the game, but their colf was played on the ice, and while it may have provided some inspiration, the Scots are the ones who created what we know as golf nearly 500 years ago. The new sport spread fairly quickly to Britain and Ireland, and was taken by the Brits to their imperial outposts, but it was relatively slower to take root on mainland Europe, with the first course, at the Pau Golf Club at Billère in the south of France, opening in 1856. Continental Europeans have made up for lost time over the past 150 years, though, and today thousands of courses serve millions of players from Portugal and Norway to Finland and Ukraine. Germany and France are the leaders, each with some half million players and 700 or more courses, but the game is also very popular in Spain and, a bit surprisingly given the climate, Sweden. It is by contrast the warm weather that has made Spain's Costa Brava and Costa del Sol, and also Portugal's Algarve, major golf destinations, not the least for golf-starved Scandinavians during the winter. Some of the smaller countries also share a passion for the game; there are over 150 courses open for play in Austria, over 200 in the Netherlands and half a dozen in tiny Luxembourg. Among the standouts are Portugal's Monte Rei and Oitavos Dunes, Spain's Valderrama Golf Club and PGA Catalunya, Sweden's Bro Hof Slott, France's Les Bordes and Morfontaine, Germany's St. Leo Rot Golf Club and Bulgaria's Thracian Cliffs Golf Resort (known as the Pebble Beach of Europe. An enormous variety of golf experiences are in fact to be had in mainland Europe, from the aforementioned balmy climes of Spain and Portugal, as well as the south of France, to the snow-capped Alps and Iceland, where the game can be played 24 hours during the "midnight sun" of the summertime. Urban golf is to be found in such great cities as Lisbon and Paris, and secluded courses in the German countryside. Players can enjoy classic layouts by the old masters, the latest modern designs, and everything in between. The Continent has of course produced outstanding players and continues to do so. There are simply too many to mention, but most short lists would probably include Spain's Severiano Ballesteros, scion of a family of golfers and a World Number One player, was one of the sport's leading figures from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s; his countrymen José María Olazábal and Sergio García also deserve mention. Notable Germans include Bernhard Langer, two-time Masters champion and a major player throughout the 1980s and 1990s, being the game's first official number one player in 1986, who in his fifties established himself as one of the most successful players on the Champions Tour and a winner of five senior championships, as well as Martin Kaymer. The top Swedish players have been Henrik Stenson and Annika Sörenstam; the latter is perhaps the best woman to ever play the game, having racked up 10 major championships and $22 million in earnings during her 16-year professional career. In addition, many prestigious tournaments take place on Continental soil, in particular the "national opens" hosted by France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The status of Continental golf was firmly established in 1979, when the Ryder Cup for the first time included European players in addition to those from Great Britain, Ireland and the US, and reaffirmed in 1997, when the Ryder was held at Spain's Valderrama Golf Club. Going forward, the Ryder will be played in Paris in 2018 at Golf National and Rome in 2022 at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, which should have a major impact on the development of the game in those countries. Mention can also be made of Turkey, though it is not usually considered a Middle Eastern country; there are at present 18 courses here, concentrated in the coastal Belek region, some of which have been designed by such top architects as Nick Faldo, David Feherty, Perry Dye and Colin Montgomerie. The latter's 18-hole Parkland at Montgomerie Maxx Royal is particularly well regarded and hosts the European Tour Final Series Turkish Airlines Open. Growth of the game in mainland Europe shows no sign of abating: more than 150 courses are either in the planning stages or being built. Nearly half of these new courses are associated with resorts or real estate developments, and destination golf is a growing part of the market here, with particularly vigorous growth on the sunny Mediterranean coastline. The current trend in Europe is toward short, 6-, 9- or 12-hole courses that are fun for the whole family and additionally demand fewer resources. The relatively stable economy that the EU is currently enjoying will only contribute to further expansion of destination golf. Interest in the game is also spreading in former Eastern Bloc countries; there are 20 courses and many more planned in Russia itself, more than 100 in Czech Republic, some 35 in Poland, 6 in the Ukraine and one has even been opened in Belarus.

Top golf countries in Continental Europe

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Germany
755 courses
755 courses
Top 50 courses
4 destinations
France Flag
France
613 courses
613 courses
Top 50 courses
4 destinations
Sweden Flag
Sweden
486 courses
486 courses
Top 15 courses
2 destinations
Spain Flag
Spain
421 courses
421 courses
Top 50 courses
6 destinations
Italy Flag
Italy
307 courses
307 courses
Top 25 courses
4 destinations
Netherlands Flag
Netherlands
215 courses
215 courses
Top 20 courses
1 destination
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Denmark
182 courses
182 courses
Top 15 courses
1 destination
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Austria
159 courses
159 courses
Top 15 courses
1 destination
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Top golf destinations in Continental Europe

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Algarve
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Hamburg
21 golf courses
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Paris
17 golf courses
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Madrid
16 golf courses
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Lisbon Golf Coast
14 golf courses
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Côte d'Azur & Provence
14 golf courses
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Amsterdam
12 golf courses
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Top 100 golf courses in Continental Europe

The All Square ranking of the best golf courses in Continental Europe

#1
Overview of golf course named Golf Club Les Bordes

Golf Club Les Bordes

Saint-Laurent-Nouan, France
5.0
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#2
Overview of golf course named Morfontaine Golf Club

Morfontaine Golf Club

Mortefontaine, France
4.9
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#3
Overview of golf course named Real Club Valderrama

Real Club Valderrama

Sotogrande, Spain
4.8
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#4
Overview of golf course named Noordwijkse Golfclub

Noordwijkse Golfclub

AL Noordwijk, Netherlands
5.0
Fabulous4 Reviews
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#5
Overview of golf course named PGA Catalunya Resort - Stadium Course

PGA Catalunya Resort - Stadium Course

Girona, Spain
4.9
Fabulous35 Reviews
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#6
Overview of golf course named Golf de Chantilly

Golf de Chantilly

Vineuil Saint Firmin, France
4.8
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#7
Overview of golf course named Koninklijke Haagsche Golf and Country Club

Koninklijke Haagsche Golf and Country Club

EC Wassenaar, Netherlands
5.0
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#8
Overview of golf course named Kennemer Golf and Country Club

Kennemer Golf and Country Club

ZANDVOORT, Netherlands
4.5
Fabulous6 Reviews
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Explore 3,972 golf courses in Continental Europe

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Overview of golf course named Le Golf National

Le Golf National

Guyancourt, France
4.8
Fabulous46 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named PGA Catalunya Resort - Stadium Course

PGA Catalunya Resort - Stadium Course

Girona, Spain
4.9
Fabulous35 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Golfclub Starnberg e.V.

Golfclub Starnberg e.V.

Starnberg, Germany
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Real Club Valderrama

Real Club Valderrama

Sotogrande, Spain
4.8
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Overview of golf course named West Cliffs Golf Links

West Cliffs Golf Links

Obidos, Portugal
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Oitavos Dunes

Oitavos Dunes

Cascais, Portugal
4.6
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Overview of golf course named Golf Club Les Bordes

Golf Club Les Bordes

Saint-Laurent-Nouan, France
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort - Le Château

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort - Le Château

Tourrettes, France
4.8
Fabulous21 Reviews
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Best Ocean-view Golf Courses in Continental Europe

We selected Continental Europe's most jaw-dropping golf courses with breathtaking views over the ocean and the sea.

Overview of golf course named West Cliffs Golf Links

West Cliffs Golf Links

Obidos, Portugal
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Oitavos Dunes

Oitavos Dunes

Cascais, Portugal
4.6
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Overview of golf course named Club de Golf Alcanada

Club de Golf Alcanada

Puerto de Alcudia, Spain
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Bro Hof Slott Golf Club

Bro Hof Slott Golf Club

Bro, Sweden
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Abama Golf

Abama Golf

GUIA DE ISORA, Spain
4.8
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Overview of golf course named Thracian Cliffs Golf and Beach Resort

Thracian Cliffs Golf and Beach Resort

Kavarna, Bulgaria
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Onyria Palmares Golf Resort

Onyria Palmares Golf Resort

Lagos, Portugal
4.8
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Overview of golf course named Praia d'El Rey

Praia d'El Rey

Obidos, Portugal
4.5
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Best Mountain Golf Courses in Continental Europe

Beautiful scenery and exceptional golf, these stunning mountain courses will make for an unforgettable European adventure.

Overview of golf course named Golf Club Crans-Sur-Sierre

Golf Club Crans-Sur-Sierre

Crans-Montana , Switzerland
4.4
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Overview of golf course named Royal Bled

Royal Bled

Lesce, Slovenia
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Golf Club Patriziale Ascona

Golf Club Patriziale Ascona

Ascona, Switzerland
4.5
Fabulous8 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Engadine Golf Club - Zuoz-Madulain

Engadine Golf Club - Zuoz-Madulain

Zuoz, Switzerland
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Golf Du Mont d'Arbois

Golf Du Mont d'Arbois

Megève, France
3.8
Very good10 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Dolomitengolf Osttirol Golf Club

Dolomitengolf Osttirol Golf Club

Lavant/Osttirol, Austria
4.5
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Overview of golf course named Golfclub Adamstal Franz Wittmann

Golfclub Adamstal Franz Wittmann

Ramsau, Austria
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Andermatt Swiss Alps Golf Course

Andermatt Swiss Alps Golf Course

Andermatt, Switzerland
5.0
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Best Golf Resorts in Continental Europe

Discover our selection of golf resorts in Contintal Europe. Hotel, spa and golf are all on-site.

Overview of golf course named Le Golf National

Le Golf National

Guyancourt, France
4.8
Fabulous46 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named PGA Catalunya Resort - Stadium Course

PGA Catalunya Resort - Stadium Course

Girona, Spain
4.9
Fabulous35 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named West Cliffs Golf Links

West Cliffs Golf Links

Obidos, Portugal
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Oitavos Dunes

Oitavos Dunes

Cascais, Portugal
4.6
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Overview of golf course named Monte Rei Golf and Country Club

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club

Vila Nova de Cacela, Portugal
4.8
Fabulous21 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort - Le Château

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort - Le Château

Tourrettes, France
4.8
Fabulous21 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Finca Cortesin

Finca Cortesin

Casares, Spain
4.8
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Overview of golf course named Evian Resort Golf Club

Evian Resort Golf Club

Evian-Les-Bains, France
4.6
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Best 36-hole Golf Resorts in Continental Europe

Planning your next golf holiday in Continental Europe. We are here to help with the best 36-hole resorts.

Overview of golf course named Le Golf National

Le Golf National

Guyancourt, France
4.8
Fabulous46 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named PGA Catalunya Resort - Stadium Course

PGA Catalunya Resort - Stadium Course

Girona, Spain
4.9
Fabulous35 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named West Cliffs Golf Links

West Cliffs Golf Links

Obidos, Portugal
4.9
Fabulous16 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort - Le Château

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort - Le Château

Tourrettes, France
4.8
Fabulous21 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Golf Du Medoc Resort -  The Chateaux Course

Golf Du Medoc Resort - The Chateaux Course

Le Pian Medoc, France
4.5
Fabulous17 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Les Aisses Golf

Les Aisses Golf

LA FERTE SAINT-AUBIN, France
5.0
Fabulous6 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Quinta Do Lago - South Course

Quinta Do Lago - South Course

Almancil, Portugal
4.5
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Overview of golf course named Oceanico Faldo Course

Oceanico Faldo Course

Vilamoura, Portugal
4.7
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Best 36-hole Golf Courses in Continental Europe

Why have 18-holes when you can play 36! We selected the best golf clubs with at least 36 holes in Europe.

Overview of golf course named Bro Hof Slott Golf Club

Bro Hof Slott Golf Club

Bro, Sweden
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Golf Club St. Leon-Rot

Golf Club St. Leon-Rot

St. Leon-Rot, Germany
4.8
Fabulous12 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Royal Waterloo Golf Club - La Marache

Royal Waterloo Golf Club - La Marache

Lasne, Belgium
4.8
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Overview of golf course named Golf de Saint Cloud

Golf de Saint Cloud

Garches, France
4.8
Fabulous8 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Golf de Chantilly

Golf de Chantilly

Vineuil Saint Firmin, France
4.8
Fabulous8 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Circolo Golf Torino - La Mandria

Circolo Golf Torino - La Mandria

FIANO, Italy
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Golf de Bondues

Golf de Bondues

BONDUES, France
4.5
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Overview of golf course named Winston Golf - WINSTONopen

Winston Golf - WINSTONopen

Gneven-Vorbeck, Germany
4.4
Very good5 Reviews
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European Links Golf Courses

Europe might not be synonymous with links golf, but the continent is home to some world-class layouts. Here's where you should be playing.

Overview of golf course named Noordwijkse Golfclub

Noordwijkse Golfclub

AL Noordwijk, Netherlands
5.0
Fabulous4 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Falsterbo Golf Club

Falsterbo Golf Club

Falsterbo, Sweden
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Golfclub Budersand Sylt

Golfclub Budersand Sylt

Hornum/Sylt, Germany
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Kennemer Golf and Country Club

Kennemer Golf and Country Club

ZANDVOORT, Netherlands
4.5
Fabulous6 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Koninklijke Haagsche Golf and Country Club

Koninklijke Haagsche Golf and Country Club

EC Wassenaar, Netherlands
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Royal Ostend Golf Club

Royal Ostend Golf Club

De Haan, Belgium
3.8
Very good15 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Granville Golf Club

Granville Golf Club

BREVILLE SUR MER, France
4.3
Very good4 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Lofoten Links

Lofoten Links

Gimsoysand, Norway
4.3
Very good3 Reviews
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