When you hear the word golf, your mind likely conjures up images of pressed chinos, dull business talks, and doddery old men frittering away their Sundays on the fairway. But since the millennials have moved in on the sport, golf has undergone quite the transformation!
Thanks to savvy digital media marketing and upcoming millennial golf stars, there's been an influx of young and talented players making waves in the PGA and reshaping the culture, revitalising the sport and its tired image. Glitz and golf now go together like wine and cheese. To celebrate this return to form, we have handpicked the glitziest golf holidays around the globe…
Riviera Golf Cruise
You may have thought the fine shores of the Riviera were reserved for the stars of Hollywood’s heyday but the rich shores of France and Italy hold prime real estate in the regal game of golf. We are talking the trip of a lifetime; sailing to Europe’s richest ports of call aboard a yacht, swinging by to swing your clubs at the finest golf courses, and wining and dining in-between. This Riviera Golf Cruise takes you from Rome to Monte Carlo and everywhere in-between - cruising the Med has never looked better.
Mukul Golf Resort
While Nicaragua may scream sleepy hammocks, simmering volcanoes, and jungle flanked sands – golf lovers can go gaga for the news that Nicaragua is home to one of Central America’s most luxurious resorts. A gorgeous 18-hole course sits a few steps away from the ocean on the Emerald Coast and is even set to host the PGA Latino Tour thanks to its fabulous fairways. When you aren’t perfecting your swing in the paradise of the Mukul Golf Resort there are pampering spa treatments, five-star cuisine, boutique bedroom suite bliss, and a rum room for sampling the sweetest fiery nectars Nicaragua has to offer.
St Andrews Packages
The highland home of golf, St Andrews is always tipping the top of any golf lovers bucket list and for good reason. Hailed as a spiritual pilgrimage for putters, for 600 years the greenbelt of St Andrews has been causing followers of the sport to swoon. Pick a glorious golf package on offer that takes you exploring the finery of St Andrews and the Highlands blending jaw-dropping scenery with luxurious castle stays, whiskey tasting, spa massages, and all the hottest golf spots on this side of the pond.
It may have the title of a horror movie but Shadow Creek is consistently hailed as THE glitziest and most expensive course in the world. We would expect nothing less of the time that Tom Fazio went to Las Vegas. A masterpiece of a course; where the 17th hole has been described as nothing short of majestic, you can experience backdrops of rippled mountains, sapphire blue waters, and velvet manicured greens – without a doubt the prettiest and toughest course you will ever be set to play. You have to cough up a high price tag for the privilege to play but you can be sure that every swing is well worth its weight in gold.
If being stranded on a Fijian desert island with your golf clubs and a private jet sounds like just the kind of escape you are looking for then Laucala Island will make you fall in love. The 18-hole course is set against a majestic backdrop composed of swaying palms, sugar sands, and all the clichés in-between. Weaving across a fragrant coconut plantation, you will never tire of tee-time here, especially when you reach the weep-in-delight worthy 12th hole perched right on the very edge of the ocean. For those who wander off course, Laucala Island also boasts private dreamy villas with plunge pools and ocean views, a ratio of four to one staff per guest, a wooden yacht available for sailing, and all the lobster sushi you can eat.