TOP GOLF COURSES OF THE WORLD

Whether you’re looking for a place where the family can bond together, where you can spend time with your good-old friends or to impress your business partners, Avantura has searched every nook and cranny to locate some of the most prestigious golf courses in the world, from San Roque in Spain and Stancile Kauri in New Zeeland, to Fasterbro Golf Club in Sweden, Verdura Gold and Spa Resort in Sicily and all the way to Mission Hills Golf Club in China.

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND
When it comes to history, Scotland is, without doubt, the home of golf, the place where modern golf took root. No matter what standard of golfer you are, you have to make the pilgrimage to Scotland, where there are almost 500 spectacular and beautiful courses.
Take The Old Course in St. Andrews, for example. There is nowhere in the golfing world quite like it and nowhere quite as old. If you don't get to play on the revered Old Course, there are six other wonderful links courses within a few minutes' walk, and the likes of Kingsbarns, Ladybank and even Gleneagles not so far away.

VALDERAMA GOLF COURSE, SAN ROQUE, SPAIN
The San Roque Resort can boast two excellent and very testing championship layouts, just ask the budding professionals who have attended this, the home of the European Tour's qualifying school. Also on the premises is an excellent Japanese restaurant, "Kamakura" and top-quality villa-style accommodations. Stay at San Roque and benefit from preferential rates at other fabulous golf courses on the western Costa del Sol, not least Valderrama and Sotogrande.

GLORIA RESORT, BELEK, ANTALYA, TURKEY
Gloria Golf Club, designed by renowned French architect Michel Gayon, is the largest Golf Complex in Turkey, with 45 golf holes comprising of the 18 hole "Old Course", the 18 hole "New Course" and the 9 hole "Verde Course" as well as the largest practice facilities in Turkey.
Gloria Golf Club turns golf, the sport of the elite, into an unforgettable pleasure of countless privileges with the unique Mediterranean beauty lying next to it and the comfort of the Gloria Hotels & Resorts all incorporated with the unique nature bestowed by its Mediterranean geographical position.

VERDURA GOLF AND SPA RESORT, SICILY, ITALY
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is Europe's most exciting resort, located on the south coast of Sicily near the seaside town of Sciacca.  Wining several prestigious awards since its opening in 2010, the luxury resort offers discreet exclusivity that few places can match.
The resort is set over 230 hectares of stunning landscape with 1.8km of private coastline, yet has just 203 rooms and suites, giving a true sense of space and privacy. All rooms have private terraces and uninterrupted sea views and the Olga Polizzi-designed interiors combine modern luxury with authentic Sicilian motifs.

FALSTERBRO GOLF CLUB, SWEDEN
One of the most prestigious, oldest clubs in Sweden is the Falsterbo Golfklubb. Located on the most southern tip of Sweden, this club is only 30 minutes by car from the Copenhagen Airport. The private club, which is bordered on three sides by the sea, celebrated its 100th anniversary two years ago and has been ranked as one of the top 50 golf courses in Continental Europe. Its traditional well-bunkered links course features dunes as well as a historic lighthouse, and is reminiscent of some of the great links courses found in the British Isles.
While Falsterbo does not offer accommodations, Avantura Travel can book for you at Ystad Saltsjobad in nearby Ystad. Ystad Saltsjobad is a historic, but recently renovated five-star luxury beachside resort with a full-service hotel and a beautiful spa.

ELEA GOLF COURSE, CYPRUS
Elea Golf Resort is an integrated Golf Resort with an 18-hole Championship Golf Course designed by Nick Faldo. Included are full teaching and practice facilities, modern up to date Clubhouse, Resort Village and Spa and over 200 luxury Villas resulting in a first class Golf and Country Club. The course is set in the hillside facing south with a view to the sea, and has been in the construction process since April 2007 under the control of Southern Golf who have a reputation for being the best construction company in Europe. The irrigation system, designed by Robin Hume Associates is a Rainbird satellite de-coder full irrigation system, and is the most advanced design to meet the demands of this arid climate. The Seashore paspalum (supreme) grass has been chosen (as it is one of the most advanced grasses and ecologically friendly) which has been grown under license from the USA and will be used throughout the golf course apart from the greens that are sown with A4 creeping bent grass. All greens have been constructed to USGA guidelines and the course is due to open in spring 2010.

YAS LINKS COURSE, ABU DHABI
Welcome to the first golf course in the Middle East region, designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the world’s leading golf course designers. An eighteen-hole course, a nine-hole academy course, clubhouse and golf academy, set against dramatic views of the Arabian Gulf—the course combines unparalleled visual glory with the thrill of golf’s ultimate test. Equally recommended for amateurs and champions.

SAN LORENZO GOLF COURSE, PORTUGAL
San Lorenzo, is arguably the best golf course in Portugal, and superbly located to allow you to delve into the other golfing treasures in Quinta do Lago, neighboring Vale do Lobo and further along the Algarve coast. With beautiful views across the Ria Formosa lagoon and out onto the Atlantic, San Lorenzo will test and probe your game in a wonderful scenic environment. Along the way you will glimpse some impressive real estate - home to some of Europe's leading stars of stage and screen (and football field and Formula 1 race track).

NIRWANA BALI GOLF CLUB, INDONESIA
Built high atop a sheer cliff with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Tanah Lot Temple, the 103-hectare integrated Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort is renowned for its 18-hole world class Greg Norman golf course which has won the acclaimed honors of “Best Course in Asia” and “Best Course in Indonesia”. Combine this with the much coveted Balinese sunset and lush scenery, and you’ll start to understand why this is a must experience for every golf lover.