Why book a winter golf break?
South Africa is the obvious choice for a winter golf holiday, although for a shorter flight time and almost guaranteed good weather Madeira and the Canary Islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria also come highly recommended.
Cyprus also offers a wonderful winter climate, and the golf courses on the island tend to be in their best condition during the winter months.
However, here at The Golf Travel People we have all been fortunate enough over the years to experience great winter weather in mainland Europe in Southern Spain and Portugal including a recent December visit to the Western Algarve seeing mid afternoon highs of over 20 degrees – a lovely way to prepare for Christmas. In these days of climate change, we might as well try and find an upside!
So, check out the whole range of golf holidays we offer as doubtless some of these options will provide an excellent winter golf holiday with plenty of warm sunshine and golf courses in great conditions. In addition to the weather, December and January prices in mainland Spain and Portugal for a winter golf break tend to be the lowest cost of the year, so not only might the weather be good, but the impact on your wallet can be minimal as well – a double win!
Top Locations for a Winter Golf Break
Frequently Asked Winter Golf Holiday Questions
100% yes! Many of the Mediterranean destinations we offer are perfect for winter golf as the golf courses hold up very well even in the harshest of the local winter weather. Winter tees and greens, mats on fairways and pick-and-place are almost unheard of in pretty much every single destination we offer, but obviously the further south you travel the better the winter playing conditions for golf. In fact, many of the golf courses we offer feature Bermuda grass on fairways - and sometimes elsewhere on the course - and although this does lie dormant through the colder winter months, it retains excellent playability all year round.
The answer to this really depends on how you personally cope with the dark winter months that affect golfers from Northern Europe... if you're happy mud-plugging through the winter then you may only wish to travel when your own golf course is closed, but for most travelling golfers anytime between the clocks changing to winter settings and back to summer is a perfect time to travel on a winter golf break! So, for a great winter sun golf holiday, it is worth looking to travel between the October and February school half terms, or even up to the Easter school holidays as after that the golf travel market switches to high season for the lovely spring weather...
Obviously the further south you go, the better the weather should be, but even some destinations further north such as the Girona Costa Brava area can offer good conditions for a winter sun golf holiday. However, a winter golf holiday in Lisbon would usually be the most northerly destination we would recommend through the winter months. The best European winter sun golf travel destinations for almost guaranteed good weather tend to be the Canary Islands. Tenerife, Gran Canaria, la Gomera, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote all offer excellent golf playing conditions through the winter months and although certain periods in the winter can be considered "high season", the prices can still be very good value for your winter golf enjoyment.
Yes, no problem! Some of our winter sun golf holiday prices can be really cost-effective and although the premier winter sun destinations - such as the Canaries previously mentioned - might be in high season through the winter months, other venues in mainland Spain, Turkey and Portugal really do offer very low prices through the winter months to attract golfers to their destinations. So, why not get in touch to discuss the best winter sun golf holiday options for a small budget - including winter long stay self-catering golf holidays which can be the very best value options?
In the opinion of The Golf Travel People there is no doubt that playing golf with the sun on your back when your compatriots are shivering in the cold and damp back home is surely the best thing about your winter golf break! You are quite entitled to feel a little smug when you sink that final putt after a golf round in the warm winter sunshine, and head to the clubhouse terrace to sink that cold beer that you deserve! Add to this the low prices available offering great value for your winter sun golf holiday and the relative peace of the golf resorts when compared to the high season periods, then you are sure to find that a winter sun golf break is a great choice to keep your golf going all year around.