By Jacqueline Chambliss
The art of playing golf and that of experiencing fine wine have a lot in common. Both are meant to be enjoyed with leisurely, yet alert sensory pleasure, both improve significantly with time and both provide deep satisfaction to those who have an appreciation for the finer things in life . So, it’s not surprising that new courses are popping up in some of the world’s most famous wine regions.
Here we have compiled the best the world has to offer in golfing getaways that will satisfy both your backstroke and your palate. From the titillating European wine regions of Bordeaux, France, Tuscany, Italy and Valencia, Spain to prolific and bold wine producing west coast of the U.S. and even into the exciting continents of Africa and Australia, golfing in these stunning settings will offer you a doubly enjoyable vacation adventure that you won’t soon forget. Read on to find your perfect pair.
Bordeaux, France – world-famous for its much sought after Growth wines. This region set the standard for grape growing and wine making and is home to well-known grape varieties grown around the world; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay. It is also home to the Margaux Golf Course, an 18 hole course placed in the middle of what is considered the most feminine of all Bordeaux 1st growth wine, the commune of Margaux.
Provence, France – Dolce Fregate Provence’s 18 hole golf course is centered within the Bandol vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Provence is the largest producer of Rose wines and considered one of the most picturesque wine regions in all of France.
Tuscany, Italy – is home to the wines of Chianti and Montalcino. In its center you’ll find Poggio Die Medici Golf and Country Club where the Ladies Italian Open was hosted from 1999-2003.
3. SOUTH AFRICA
Stellenboch, South Africa – Located in the heart of the Cape wine lands is Devonale Golf and Wine Estate with its 18 holes of beauty surrounded by Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes. This region produces fruit forward wines that are gaining worldwide recognition.
Sonoma, California – the Sonoma Golf Club is in the heart of this spectacular wine region known for big bold wines, adding a fruity and complex twist to French varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and especially Pinot Noir. Club members can join the Vintner Members program which offers a sampling of the regions rare and limited-production wines.
Monterey, California – is home of the Del Monte Golf Course and home to 42 different wine grape varieties, with their prized wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Monterey is one of the oldest US wine regions. Its relaxed atmosphere inspired the clothing label Lily’s of Beverly Hills to launch, as part of their spring golf-wear, a self-titled Monterey collection.
Mendoza, Argentina – This world-famous wine region – is home to two prominent wine grapes Malbec and Torrontes. At Algodon Wine Estates Golf Club, golfers enjoy championship golf that literally plays through lush vineyards, natural water reservoirs, olive groves, and walnut, pear and plum orchards. With the snow capped Andes Mountain ranges towering on the horizon, players will experience a one-of-a-kind golfing adventure in the beauty of Mendoza’s quintessential wine country.
Barossa Valley, South Australia – the Royal Adelaide Golf Club has hosted nine Australian Open Championships. This beautifully landscaped course is in the heart of Shiraz country. Beautifully crafted Penfolds wine is produced in this region.
Valencia, Spain – The El Bosque Golf Club has hosted international championship tournaments in the recent past such as the Mediterranean Open, and the Senior PGA. Valencia produces floral, fruity white wines, made from a blend of Garnacha and Macabeo grapes.
These are just handful golf courses and country clubs woven into wine regions around the world— it just may be what the Romans intended.