Looking for the perfect place to tee off? From traditional links courses in the British Isles to a storied Swiss club and expert-designed layouts in Morocco, these outstanding international golf destinations are among the world’s best.
Historic Surroundings in County Kildare, Ireland
A stately Palladian mansion set amid sweeping parkland, Carton House is a gorgeous country retreat just half an hour west of Dublin. Impeccably blending period features with modern touches, the former aristocratic residence once hosted the likes of Queen Victoria, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly.
You can follow in the footsteps of these royal figures as you explore the estate’s tranquil walking trails, passing hilltop folly Tyrconnell Tower and the 18th-century boathouse. Hop aboard a Sheelin lake boat for a guided trip on the Rye Water, keeping an eye out for kingfishers, otters and soaring birds of prey.
Golfers are in for a treat here, with a choice of two championship courses. The par-73 O’Meara is a classic parkland experience whose fairways curl through centuries-old woodland and along the River Rye. An inland links course, the par-72 Montgomerie stretches 7,301 yards and presents plenty of challenges, including gigantic bunkers. Designed by acclaimed Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie, this course has staged the Irish Open event three times.
How to play: The resort’s golf overnight experience package includes one night’s luxury accommodation, breakfast, complimentary access to Carlton Wellness facilities and a round on either course.
Rugged Coastal Links in St Andrews, Scotland
If there’s one destination likely to be on a golfer’s bucket list, it’s St Andrews. Golf has been played in the Scottish seaside town since the 15th century, and today the “Home of Golf” has an incredible 10 courses. Two of the finest lie within the grounds of Fairmont St Andrews, an exquisite clifftop hotel with spectacular North Sea views.
Between them, the hotel’s two championship courses encompass some 520 acres of glorious coastal scenery. The Torrance, created by its namesake golfer Sam Torrance, features the strategically placed bunkers, waterside greens and dramatic vistas you’d expect from a Scottish links course. Equally exhilarating is a game on The Kittocks, whose 18 holes span 7,192 yards, often within chipping distance of the cliff’s edge.
If you need to brush up your skills, you can take advantage of the expansive practice area, complete with putting green and driving range. When you’ve finished your round, wrap up your day with locally caught lobster or Scottish lamb at St Andrews Bay Clubhouse & Grill.
How to play: For the ultimate Scottish golfing experience, the hotel’s Stay and Play offer includes bed and breakfast for two, access to the spa and a round on either of these legendary golf courses.
A Century-Old Club in Montreux, Switzerland
A Swiss icon since opening in 1906, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace has an unrivaled setting overlooking Lake Geneva. The stunning architecture is the epitome of belle epoque design, with spacious, understated rooms and suites.
It’s also a handy 20-minute drive from the Montreux Golf Club, founded six years before the hotel. Remodeled by American golf architect Ronald Fream in 2005, this prestigious par-72 course remains open year-round thanks to the area’s unique microclimate. Immaculate greens, water obstacles and rolling fairways are all on the menu, along with unforgettable views of the Alps.
After your game, unwind at the Fairmont Spa with a hot stones massage or a soothing body treatment incorporating innovative products from Swiss luxury brand Niance. Serene indoor and outdoor pools look toward the mountains, while the spa’s private gardens are a peaceful place to lounge in the sun.
How to play: Book the hotel’s Stay and Golf package to enjoy a two-night getaway including breakfast, spa access and one green fee per person. You’ll also receive a complimentary Montreux Riviera Card, offering free transit and discounted entry to museums and attractions.
Forested Fairways in Rabat, Morocco
Sleek and modern, Fairmont La Marina Rabat-Salé Hotel & Residences faces the Bouregreg river estuary and is perfectly placed for exploring the UNESCO-listed Moroccan capital. You can amble through the narrow alleys of the 12th-century Kasbah of the Udayas and browse stalls piled with spices, dried fruits and crafts at Rabat Old Market. Then wander the streets of the new town, built between 1912 and the 1930s during French colonial rule.
On the fringes of the city, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam is a wonderful spot to connect with nature. Designed by celebrated American golf architect Robert Trent Jones, the club’s three courses sit in the heart of a cork oak forest.
For a longer outing, the par-72 blue and red courses both offer 18 holes and no shortage of technical challenges, while the nine-hole green course is fun for a short game. Watch out for the infamous ninth hole on the red course, which involves sinking your putt on an islet in the middle of a lake.
How to play: The hotel’s two-person, two-night golf package includes a welcome tea and pastry, a complimentary upgrade to a Fairmont View Room, discounts at the spa, a buffet breakfast, and dinners at Dahlia and Le Deck. The package also covers transfers to Royal Golf Dar Es Salam and green fees for an 18-hole round.
Ocean Vistas in Taghazout Bay, Morocco
Stylish and sophisticated, Fairmont Taghazout Bay is an idyllic seaside resort overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. With its long stretch of golden sand, sparkling swimming pool and gourmet restaurants, the hotel has everything you need for a relaxing getaway. And if you’re seeking adventure, you can surf, sandboard, or stargaze beneath the clear desert sky.
On a hilly site amid native argan trees, nearby Tazegzout Golf Course provides panoramic ocean views from its 27 holes. Laid out by world-renowned specialist Kyle Phillips, the 18-hole and nine-hole courses are guaranteed to test even seasoned golfers. After your round, be sure to stay for sunset cocktails at the clubhouse.
Back at the hotel, delve into dishes like chicken tama miso and seafood toban yaki at chic Japanese eatery Morimoto. Alternatively, grab a table at Beef & Reef for tasty signature burgers, steaks and Atlantic sea bass.
How to play: Receive a 15 percent discount on your room and a complimentary buffet breakfast at The Commons with the Ultimate Golf package. The offer also includes one green fee at Tazegzout, a yoga class and biking on the promenade.
Wherever you’re planning on teeing off in the world, Discover Unrivaled Fairways with Fairmont.