As with learning any sport, you will need good tuition. If you need to learn golf, then choose a great golf resort that will allow you to enjoy a golf holiday, while getting better at the sport. Here are 10 resorts that offer the best instruction, have A-grade facilities, offer good accommodation and have other sports as well for those who love the outdoors.
Scotland is known as the home of golf, so we will start with the most authentic of places. Gleneagles was established in 1924, and was the most popular hangout for the golf-crazed 1930s. Today, it is ranked as the top family sporting and golf resort in Britain. Aspiring golfers will love the three course. An intensive two-day course comprises of 14-hour lessons on this 18 hole golf course make this a perfect place for practice on your golf holiday in Scotland.
00 44 176 466 2231; www.gleneagles.com
France: Terre Blanche Spa Golf Resort
Host of the 2018 Ryder Cup, this is France’s finest which lies about 45 minutes inland from Nice. With two 18 hole golf courses that offer 114 suites and villas with gorgeous greenery, these Dave Thomas-designed courses draw in pro golfers all the time. Dartfish video analysis, Biomeca Swing Assessment, two putting greens – including an indoor one with SAM PuttLab putting analysis, 64 tees on a two-level practice range is the amateur golfer’s paradise. A tennis institute, an exquisite spa and children’s club are just some additions to the lures of the Riviera.
00 33 4 9439 9000; www.terre-blanche.com
Mauritius: Four Seasons Anahita
Sprawling courses, friendly staff, great service, roomy villas, a class spa – the best five-star resort on this lush island is home to all this, but the real draw for novice golfers is that guests can play unlimited golf. The 18-hole, par-72 golf course is designed by Ernie Els with wide fairways and five sets of tees go around the grounds which houses the best golf academy on the island.
Start off with a free hour-long initiation, following which your family can opt for group tuitions as three-hour sessions or golfers can go for one-on-one lessons. The lessons include Dartfish video and computer analysis. The instant playback on this tool can help you recognize areas of improvement.
00 230 402 3100; www.fourseasons.com/mauritius
Spain: La Manga Club
Three 18-hole, par-72 courses and the best rigorous tuition in both tennis and golf. This long-standing institute is one of the most reputed sports holiday centers in Europe. You can opt for a three-day golfing tuition that includes nine hours of coaching and two rounds of nine holes, or a Total Learning Experience over four days. All golfing courses have video-swing analysis, instructions on choosing equipment, making the best use of clubs and short-game and long-game skills like tee shots, putting and green-reading, chipping and pitching, as well as bunker play.
There is also a Junior Academy that takes in nine to 16 year-olds during vacations. Accommodations can be in the form of the five-star Hotel Principe Felipe to village apartments.
00 34 968 175 577; www.lamangaclub.com