Country Profiles : Golfing and Travel information



These country profiles include notes about the good and less good aspects of golf in the respective countries, as well as pointers regarding getting around, accommodation, weather, currency, language and useful web links to other sources of information. Use the selection box below to learn more about the country you plan to visit or click on the country name in the list below.

AFRICA
South Africa

ASIA
Malaysia

AUSTRALASIA
Australia
New Zealand

EUROPE
Belgium
England
France
Ireland
Italy
Netherlands
Portugal
Scotland

EUROPE (contd.)
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Wales

MIDDLE EAST
Bahrain
Qatar
United Arab Emirates (UAE)

USA
Arizona
Carolinas
Florida

Golf in Australia
Golf occupies a significant place at the table of this sports mad country, with an abundance of excellent world-class courses providing ample evidence of this. Great golf can be found throughout the country, with sizeable concentrations of courses around the bigger cities; Melbourne deserves a special mention with its stunning volume and array of high-quality courses. Read more... 
 
Golf in Arizona
Golfing in Arizona follows distinct seasons - with associated prices. From early-October until mid-May, green fees are at their most expensive. Green fees are often half the high season rate from mid-May until end-September but then daytime temperatures are usually very hot. Read more... 
 

Golf in Florida
There is a lot more to Florida than sun, sea, golf and Disney - but not unsurprisingly, these are the major ingredients that most visitors are looking for, and they can be found in abandunce here in the Sunshine State. The Jacksonville area, around Orlando, Miami, Palm Beach and the Tampa area all have clusters of courses to keep your golfing appetite truly satsified, outside these areas there is still golf, golf, golf. In this part of the world (as in much of the USA) golf clubs are often part of a real estate development, designed with the buggy user in mind. Read more...

Golf in Malaysia
Like many Asian countries, golf in Malaysia has seen a huge recent explosion of interest in the last 30 years. The country can now boast well over 200 golf courses, many of them designed by the world's best golf course architects of the modern era. Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones II, Pete Dye, Peter Thomson, Ron Fream, Jumbo Ozaki and Graham Marsh have all created championship courses here. Whether you are playing alongside lush, tropical rainforest or beside the South China Sea, you will be challenged, entertained and at times enthralled by all that Malaysian golf has to offer. Read more...

Golf in New Zealand
New Zealand boasts more golf courses per capita than any other country in the world; as you drive around you'll notice in every town, small or large, a signpost or two indicating "Golf Club". In all but a few cases, green fees are modest and represent excellent value for overseas visitors. Members of NZ golf clubs pay even less - benefitting from their affiliated status. There are some interesting words in the NZ golfers' lexicon : trundlers are pull carts / trollies; carts are sit-in and drive buggies; sprigs are spikes. Generally golf in NZ is great value for money. Read more...

Golf in Portugal
The Championship course at Penina, designed by Sir Henry Cotton and opened for play in 1966, is the oldest course Where2Golf.com played in Portugal. This says something about the games origins here, a game developed around tourism and the international traveller. Nowadays there are an abundance of courses, especially in the Algarve and Around Lisbon, which cater to both the travelling golfer and the growing number of Portuguese golfers. Read more...

Golf in South Africa
You may already have heard of southern Africa's big five game animals; they are perhaps matched by another big five who have straddled the world's golfing elite in recent years : Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Nick Price, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen. Its no wonder that golfers of this quality come from the southern part of Africa - the golfing environment is just made for the development of top quality players. The courses themselves are both numerous and of a high and testing standard. Read more...

Golf in Wales
The best golf is always close to the coast or more often, right next to the sea. Legendary courses such as Royal Porthcawl, Aberdovey and Pennard match the best there are, while newer courses such as St Pierre and Celtic Manor have made spectacular new entrances to the golfing scene. Read more...


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