Europe has much to offer the keen golfer, with an abundance of modern courses set amid beautiful landscapes, each offering a new challenge and extensive facilities. Buying golfing property abroad allows for easy access to some of the best courses in the world and, of course, a game that can be enjoyed in year round sunshine. On or off the course, European golfing property allows keen golfers of all handicaps to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle and beautiful weather, whilst being at the heart of a community where every need or desire is provided for on the doorstep.
Buying golfing property in the sun offers more than just an opportunity to purchase a homely retreat from which to enjoy the game, but also a real, and growing, investment opportunity. Golfing properties are one of the fastest growing property investment areas, whether near existing courses or on new developments, with demand often outstripping the number of available properties. The Mediterranean climate boasted by many of the courses also enables a year round rental income, if desired, and some courses also offer hassle-free management services for buyers who wish to let their properties.
Keen golfers are often quite literally spoilt for choice when considering the purchase of a golfing property abroad due to the sheer number of luxurious golfing resorts and courses where excellence comes as standard. Many boast championship standard courses that have hosted a great many of the best world-class events, as well as amateur competitions for all standards of player, and social events that ensure a thriving community is maintained all year round. Membership of these resorts also has many other advantages, including reduced green fees, a high standard of professional tuition and world-rivalling facilities. Golfing properties outside the main resorts allow access to a diverse range of courses throughout Europe.
The wide variety of golfing property available is truly staggering, and there is something to suit every taste and budget. The choice ranges from modern apartments with sun-drenched terraces overlooking well-maintained communal gardens, to light and airy villas with spectacular and long reaching views across the courses and to the open vistas beyond. It is even possible to purchase grand chateaux, set in private landcaped estates, within close range of a top-class golf course or even with its own golf course. Often golfing property comes tastefully fully furnished, ensuring that your purchase is as hassle free as possible, and you can start enjoying your new home as soon as possible. While local property purchase taxes may apply, we are always happy to advise those purchasing a golfing property about their legal obligations in the particular country they choose.
Buying golfing property in Europe is not just about purchasing a property in close proximity to an oustanding course, it is often about buying in a purpose built resort that caters to every conceivable need and pleasure of the enthusiast. Often these resorts have a village atmosphere and are packed with facilities, not just for the golfer, but for the whole family. What better way to relax after a long day on the courses than in a top-class restaurant, or whiling away the night hours with a few drinks with friends new and old? Resorts typically include sporting facilities such as tennis courts and well-equipped gymnasiums, shops and leisure and beauty diversions. European courses also often include driving ranges and putting greens, along with excellent clubhouses and provide tuition for anyone wanting to improve their game.
Perhaps one of the most outstanding and luxurious purpose built resorts in which to buy golfing property is Vilamoura. This 20 square kilometre resort is situated in Portugal’s sunny Algarve region, and boasts a staggering six golf courses of excellent quality, each with its own distinct character and challenges. Vilamoura is often regarded as a beach resort, due to the vast beach which forms the southern border of the resort, but it is, in fact, much more than that. With its extensive facilities, luxury and small community feel, buying golfing property in this area is often a popular aspiration for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Vilamoura also has an extensive marina, sporting amenities including adrenaline-filled sports such as jet-skiing, shopping centres including designer boutiques, a casino and a whole range of bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the cosmopolitan heart of the resort located near the marina. The six Vilamoura courses are some of the best in the area, and all are set amid the spectacular natural landscapes which the resort takes great pains to maintain for the enjoyment of their residents.
The Victoria course was designed to be one of the best in Europe, and is set over 90 hecteres of flat terrain, with carefully sculpted mounds that resemble hills on the horizon, and a number of lakes and waterfalls. The course is the longest 18 hole course in Portugal, with a minimum of five tees per hole from which to play, making it suitable for players of all handicaps. The ‘Old Course’, the second oldest in the Algarve, is set in a pine wood and takes full advantage of the natural contours of the land. This course provides an unmissable experience, with club selection being an important factor over the second half. The Millennium course consists of 18 holes wandering through parkland dotted with trees, while, in contrast, the Laguna course consists of numerous lakes, but few trees, and has been extensively improved and modified since its opening in 1990. The sometimes stiff breezes, bunkers and water hazards provide for a challenging game- not least because of the aquatic and bird life that inhabit the course and the surrounding area! The challenging Vila Sol course is set on undulating natural terrain with 27 holes and a tricky green, while the 18 hole Pinhal course is set back from the tourist beach and meanders gracefully through pine forests, demanding great accuracy and club choice.
Vale Do Lobo
Another of the famous Portugese resorts that is synonymous with luxury, class, and extensive facilities is Vale do Lobo. This resort is home to two both exceptional and challenging courses, that have twice hosted the Portugese Open. Both courses feature dramatic ocean scenery, with the Royal Course played along the cliff top with panoramic views to the sea, which is one of the most iconic golfing images of Europe, and the Ocean course which runs alongside nature reserves, before reaching the Par 3 15th, which runs alongside the golden sands of the beach. The Golf Club and Acadamy have extensive facilities, including short practice areas and a putting green, physiotherapy and resident professional golf coaches, as well as rental facilities, shop, bar and restaurant - all of the highest standard. The Vale do Lobo resort has a range of exceptional golfing property, often with golf course or sea views across the 2km of golden sands. The golfing property ranges from modern apartments, to secluded, detached villas, and residents and regular visitors can enjoy membership advantages such as reduced green fees and tuition. There are also a great variety of tournaments and competitions for all standards of golfer, providing the resort with a wealth of social activities, both on and off the courses. Like Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo golf property is set within an exclusive resort designed to be a self contained, friendly community, with day-to-day facilities such as supermarkets, banks and medical centres, as well as sporting and entertainment amenities.
Whether in the heart of a purpose-built golfing resort, or in close proximity to one of Europe’s other unique courses, our website offers an extensive range of golf property, and our friendly team are always happy to help and advise to ensure that every enthusiast is able to find their dream residence.