As 2019 draws to a close, it’s that time of year again when planning begins for the 2020 annual golfing holiday with your friends and family.
Wherever you are in the world, some real gems are waiting to be explored and we’ve put together a handy guide to the must-visit destinations that you should be considering for your golfing holiday next year.
Read the Essential Golf guide to the best golf destinations for 2020:
The Caribbean islands are popular among holidaymakers, but golfers should also seriously be considering the likes of Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominican Republic and Jamaica for a break. There are some top class courses including Teeth of the Dog, Royal Westmoreland and Mid Ocean Club among the best. Laid back and underrated, the Caribbean is definitely well worth considering.
With some of the most stunning settings, a trip to Hawaii should be on the bucket-list for any true golf lover. There is no over 30 courses across the islands with the Pacific Ocean and mountainous terrain providing a consistent backdrop across them all. Kapalua Plantation course and Waialea Country Club, both hosts of early-season PGA Tour events, are among the pick of the options.
Fresh from hosting the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Ireland will undoubtedly be among the venues golfers want to visit in 2020. There are stunning tracks on both sides of the border, with Portrush the pick in Northern Ireland and Ryder Cup host K Club and future host Adare Manor impressive venues in the Republic of Ireland along with Ballybunion, Lahinch and Portmarnock.
In 2022, the Italian golfing landscape will change forever when the Ryder Cup is staged at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club near Rome. Before the prices suddenly receive a significant hike, it’s worth exploring what Italy has to offer. Villa D’Este, Golf Club Biella, Acquasanta Golf Club and the Sicilian beauty Verdura Resort are all very impressive venues and golf courses to consider.
Scotland needs no introduction. It’s the home of golf after all and offers some of the most iconic golf courses in St Andrews, Carnoustie, Troon and Turnberry. But there’s more to Scotland than just the headline names because wherever you turn you will find a truly impressive golf course to play. In fact, you will be so spoilt for choice you could holiday in Scotland for the next decade and still not have scratched the surface.
From Cape Town to Johannesburg, South Africa boasts a wealth of high-class golf courses. Some of the most amazing settings provide backdrops at the likes of Sun City, Royal Cape Golf Club, Kimberley Golf Club, Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, Fancourt Links, Leopard Creek and Legend Golf Resort, where a helicopter is taken to tee off on the 19th hole, a par-3 where the green sits 400m below.
It might be that we see so many venues during the PGA Tour season that it doesn’t have the same lustre as some others, but a golfing holiday to areas of the United States should be seriously considered. You could play some of Florida’s best, head to California, tackle New York state courses or tie in a trip to Las Vegas with your golfing break to Nevada. There is something for everyone and at any time of year too.