Autumn might be the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, but for Europe’s golfers it’s also the moment to take to the fairway. With the summer heat fading, this is the perfect time for a round, from the pristine greens of Scotland to the sunnier courses of Portugal, Spain and France.
Golf is one of the world’s favourite sports and the inspiration behind the purchase of many a holiday home. Owning a property near a prestigious golf resort, especially one that offers a multitude of leisure activities, gives you not only a protected natural setting in which to perfect your shots, but also year-round rental potential.
The 2023 European Golf Participation Report shows that player numbers have soared from 10.6 million in 2020 to 14 million in 2022 – and Europe’s recent triumph over the US in the Ryder Cup is likely to swell numbers further.
The Algarve in southern Portugal has umbrella pines, beautiful Atlantic beaches and more than 30 golf courses within a 95-mile stretch. They include blue-riband courses on prime residential resorts such as Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, where premium sports facilities and high-end restaurants serve up a luxe lifestyle for property owners.