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This time Leadingcourses.com brings you the best, and “worst” countries in Europe to play golf.

A lot of golfers visit Leadingcourses.com to plan their golf holiday. In Europe most golfers end up going to “the usual suspects”: Spain, Portugal and Turkey. But are those countries actually the best ones to go to when it comes down to quantity, quality and price? Our recent study shows that the answer to that question is a resounding no!

Wales gets you the most bang for your buck!

So where do you get the best quality for the least amount of money, or to rephrase that, where do you get the most bang for your buck? Quite surprisingly the study shows that the country you should be visiting on your next golf holiday is not any of the above mentioned usual suspects, but it is Wales!

Wales offers a staggering 850 miles of raw and rugged coastline, home to world-class links golf. But there’s more than just links golf. Newport’s Celtic Manor Resort, venue of the Ryder Cup in 2010 is just one of around 174 courses (120 of them 18 holes or more) all packed into a country that’s just 60 miles wide and 170 miles long. With an average rating of 7,88 on Leadingcourses.com and an average green fee of a mere € 34,- (or £30), Wales absolutely offers the most bang for your buck!

Northern Ireland, England, Sweden also score well

It’s not just Wales that does well in our bang for your buck index. Northern Ireland – home country of golf superstar Rory McIlroy – scores almost just as well as Wales. Their average green fee price is the same as in Wales, they just score a little lower in average course rating. With Royal County Down and Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland has two world class golf courses but many of the lesser known courses are also definitely worth a visit.

England is a pure Valhalla in terms of number of golf courses. With more than 1500 (18 hole) golf courses to choose from the options to play golf are endless. Whether it’s exclusive courses like Wentworth, Centurion Club and Royal Birkdale, Open Championship links courses like Royal St Georges and Royal Lytham & St Annes or a Rock star owned, low priced course like The Astbury, there is a golf course for everyone.

Sweden is not only famous for Ikea, Volvo and Abba, but also for producing large numbers of top notch golfers. One of the reasons for this is their approach to youth golf. Membership rates are very reasonable and juniors get free lessons. And who wouldn’t want that? Average green fee prices are well below € 40,- and with an average rating of 7,69, Sweden is a great country to visit.

Good weather comes at a price

Have you recovered from the “shock” that Wales is your new go to place when it comes to golf holidays? Well you’re in for another shocker. Remember those three countries we mentioned at the start of this blogpost. The ones everybody visits year in, year out? Well they’re at the very bottom of the list. That’s right, Spain, Turkey and Portugal offer you the least bang for your buck. Take another minute to recover from that.

So does that mean you should never visit Spain, Turkey and Portugal again? No, don’t be silly. They are still great countries as a golfer and the nice weather obviously plays a big part in the decision making of the golfer, but that weather does come at a price. Portugal for instance has an average green fee of a hundred euros, that’s almost three times the price of the average green fee in Wales!

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