For those looking to challenge themselves on some of the world’s most difficult courses, travel to these courses and be prepared to make difficult shots and get creative.
Palomarejos Golf Club
Over in Toledo, the Palomarejos Golf Club offers a unique and comfortable 18-hole par 72 course, designed to adapt to all levels of play spread over a 160-hectare estate.
The signature hole on Palomarejos is the Par 3, 4th hole, that while not much of a challenge distance-wise required a low iron or gap wedge, the green protected by a large lake on both sides, and behind. The green offers little internal movement and is good-sized, but forms a peninsula into the surrounding water to provide a sure test of nerves. For the faint of heart, an entrance to the wide green and an unhindered approach is available, but if you feel risky shooting for the flag, at least when positioned in the front of the green, can provide a solid birdie opportunity.
Evian Resort Golf Club
The Evian Resort Golf Club located in Evian-Les-Bains is an 18-hole, par 72 courses located on the shores of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps. The course offers stunning views throughout the course and is widely considered one of the most beautiful courses in all of France.
Essentially zig-zagging through the side of a hill the course is relatively flat, but the greens will be the difference maker between the skilled and holiday golfer. The signature hole is the par 3, 5th hole that features an island green situated along with a 100-meter long water hazard.
Boavista Golf and Spa
The Boavista Golf and Spa located in Western Algarve offers a championship 18 hole course that is always in the first-rate condition. The Howard Swan design was built in 2002 and offers views of the Bay of Lagos to the east and the Monchique mountains to the north. The course uses the natural contours of the terrain and the result is a challenging tract, particularly on the 6th and 8th holes, which require your tee shot to carry a ravine.
A meandering par 4, the 1st hole is bordered by the adjacent sub-tropical landscaping that generally climbs to the highest point of the resort. As you make your way through the first nine holes, the view from the 8th tee provides an amazing, panoramic view of the surrounding terrain. Making the turn and starting the back-nine, gradual descent back to the resort navigates players through water features, streams, lakes and arched bridges.