A short drive across Dundee's Tay Road Bridge lands golf fans at the hallowed grounds of The St Andrews Golf Club, which hosts The Open Championship at five-year intervals.
Established in 1843, St Andrews has evolved to its present day status as the one of the oldest golf clubs in the world and the spiritual home of the sport. Members young and old flock from far and wide to take in one of the most famous sights in golf, witnessed on the 18th hole vantage point overlooking the famous Old Course.
Another esteemed golf course in close proximity and part of The Open Championship hosting rotation is The Carnoustie Golf Club, resting the opposite side to the northeast of Dundee and boasting a similarly rich history of golfing tradition to that of St Andrews. The scenic seaside setting allows golfers of all abilities to enjoy one of the best links courses around, with The Nestie junior course free to play for both members and non-members.
The southern coast of the Algarve incorporates some of the finest fairways in the region, with a trip to Faro ensuring golf fans can tee off at a range of picturesque coastal courses welcoming of visitors and members in equal measure.
Optimal weather conditions in the sun-kissed municipality combined with leading golf resorts, enticing beachfronts and a vibrant nightlife ensure Faro is both a memorable setting for a round of golf and an equally appealing locale for the rest of a travelling party.
If a purely golf centric trip is desired, Royal Course at Vale de Lobo contains a mesmerising surround with its iconic 16th hole surveying the cliffside, while Vila Sol Spa & Golf Resort provides a challenging 27-holes of differing levels of difficulty for a varied terrain inclusive of narrow fairways to undulated greenery.
The annually pleasant temperatures in the Canary Islands give golf enthusiasts the ideal destination to enjoy highly rated 18-hole courses, particularly on the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, each boasting several courses apiece, offering players of all abilities with suitable options for challenging golf days.
Tenerife's mountainous terrain offers a breaktaking backdrop to rounds of golf played on high standard courses with diversified fairways suitable for a range of handicaps. The north of the island includes family-friendly golfing locations such as La Rosaleda, providing a straightforward 9-hole course suitable for beginners and novices looking to work on their putting technique, while the south harbours many of the more challenging golf clubs, with the likes of Golf del Sur and Las Americas also handily situated near the airport.
Golf fans travelling to Gran Canaria will find eight courses evenly positions across the island, each harnessing an oasis of peaceful tranquility while visitors move round the professionally designed courses ranking among the best in Spain.
Despite the relatively small size of landlocked Luxembourg, the nation scores well below par with its collection of six major golf clubs to rival the European elite fairways.
A round of golf at Grand Ducal de Luxembourg is befitting as a first port of call for travellers to the region packing their golf clubs. Representing the traditional, pioneering roots of the game in the country, Grand Ducal features a welcoming clubhouse of understated elegance, with the course itself featuring tree-lined fairways which reward a straight drive and utmost concentration.
The club welcomes visitors during the week with a maximum handicap of 36, with members of recognised golf clubs throughout the world offered playing visitor access to the 18-hole and 6-hole courses.