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Valencia is Europe’s top destination for a golf vacation, says Forbes Advisor

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Barcelona ranked second and Madrid ranked third on the Forbes Advisor Golf Index 2023. Destinations in Spain dominate the top 10, taking six spots.

Valencia, Catalonia, and Madrid have been named the top three golf destinations in Europe according to a new study by Forbes Advisor. The Golf Index 2023 analysed and ranked European golf courses based on a variety of crucial factors, making it easier for golf enthusiasts to plan their next golf vacation.

The ten best golfing vacation destinations in Europe in 2023

Ranking

Golfing Destination

Country

No. of courses ranked by golfers

No. of high rated course ranked (8/10+)

No. of high rated courses + value for money

Average Green Fee for high rated courses (8/10+)

No. Courses Featuring in Top 100

Annual Sunlight Hours

Annual Precipitation (inches)

Golf Index Score

1

Valencia

Spain

35

9

5

€79

2

2701

18.5

96

2

Barcelona

Spain

53

22

10

€46

1

2530

24.6

91

3

Madrid

Spain

31

11

10

€85

3

2740

17.2

90

4

Antalya

Turkey

11

8

1

€121

3

2870

16.9

83

5

St Andrews

Scotland

30

19

15

£119

1

1433

28.3

86

6

Mallorca

Spain

22

8

4

€103

2

2785

22.5

85

7

Marbella

Spain

33

9

5

€130

1

2910

27.2

83

8

Guyancourt

France

33

14

7

€67

1

1735

25.2

83

9

Sotogrande

Spain

15

6

3

€217

2

2680

27.6

77

10

Faro

Portugal

13

7

1

€130

5

3051

21.8

70

Forbes Advisor, 2023 European Golf Index, please see methodology below for data sources

Valencia, on the east coast of Spain, secured top spot as the best golfing destination in Europe for experience and cost. With an abundance of courses to choose from, Valencia offers a wide range of golfing experiences, with the average green fee at less than 80 euros (79 euros). Five of the high-ranking courses have also been rated as good value for money on Leading Courses, making it a well-worth destination for golfers. Two courses in the region of Valencia also feature in the top 100 courses in Europe, El Saler and Las Colinas.

Barcelona is another great location for a golf vacation, with 53 top-ranked courses within easy reach. These courses are highly regarded and offer stunning views of the local countryside. Many offer excellent value for money, with an average green fee of around 46 euros. One of the standout courses within the Catalonia region is the Real Club de Golf El Prat, which is ranked among the top 100 golf courses in Europe.

Madrid ranked third on the Golf Index 2023, with 11 golf courses rated highly among golfers, and 10 of them highly rated for good value. With an average green fee of 85 euros, Madrid offers high-qualitycourses at a reasonable price. The city also boasts a low annual rainfall of 17.2 inches and year-round sunshine, ensuring ideal weather conditions for golfers.

The historic Scottish town of St Andrews has placed fifth on the list, and ranks as the best place in the UK for a golf staycation. With its picturesque golf courses and a rich history dating back to the 15th century, St Andrews offers a unique and unforgettable golfing experience.

Three additional locations in the UK have placed in the top 20 within the index, with Newcastle ranking 11th, Sandwich ranking 16th, and Ayrshire ranking 19th. These locations offer high-quality golf courses and picturesque scenery, making them ideal destinations for golf enthusiasts.

Kevin Pratt, business expert at Forbes Advisor commented: “Golfing vacations are close to paradise for golf enthusiasts, offering a peaceful environment in which to carry out a treasured pastime with good friends. One vital piece of kit for this type of trip is suitable and robust travel insurance.

“Standard travel insurance usually includes cover for golf equipment, but you’ll need to buy a policy that has high enough policy limits to allow for your own kit. You might also want to check with your insurer whether you can claim for the cost of hiring equipment if yours is lost or stolen.

“An off-the-peg policy should also cover you for the cost of treating any injuries sustained on the course, as well as your personal liabilities to other players.

“You can also buy specialist golf insurance, which has higher financial limits and special features (such as paying for your celebratory round of drinks if you hit a hole in one), to sit alongside your travel insurance. But make sure your golf cover has international protection if you are travelling abroad.

“While travel insurance won’t pay out for cancelled play, say due to adverse weather conditions, it will cover cancellations or delays to your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness or bereavement. That’s why it’s important to make full use of this cover by buying insurance at the point of booking.

“As our Forbes Advisor Golf Index 2023 demonstrates, some golfing destinations offer better value for money than others – but even the top entries are far from cheap. Travel insurance is a must when it comes to minimising the many risks of being left out of pocket.”

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She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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