9 Of The Best European Tour Courses

From St Andrews to Wentworth to Abu Dhabi...

best european tour courses

The European Tour now travels all over the world, with 48 events taking place in the 2017 season. Here we look at some of the best courses...

9 Of The Best European Tour Courses

Wentworth - West Course

Wentworth is home to the European Tour HQ and the Tour's Flagship Event - the BMW PGA Championship. The West Course, or Burma Road as it's also known, is synonymous with golf fans across the globe as one of our game's finest playgrounds, having hosted the PGA Championship since 1984 as well as the World Match Play from 1964-2009. It also played host to the 1953 Ryder Cup. It's famous for its closing stretch featuring back-to-back par-5s.

St Andrews - Old Course

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The Home of Golf is regarded as one of, if not the, world's very best places to play golf. It's home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and hosts the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship each year, along with the equally spectacular Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. The Old Course has hosted the Open Championship 29 times, more than any other venue. Its opening hole, 17th, known as the Road Hole, and 18th are three of the standouts. It's also famous for the Swilken bridge on the 18th and the Valley of Sin in front of the final green.


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The famous Andalucian course was the site of the first ever continental European Ryder Cup in 1997 and has hosted a number of Tour events down the years including the likes of the Volvo Masters, Spanish Open, Andalucia Masters and the WGC American Express Championship. It's considered one of Europe's toughest courses. One of its most famous holes is the par-5 17th (pictured above) which features a pond in front of the green.

Le Golf National - Albatros Course

2018's Ryder Cup host has been the venue for the French Open every year, barring 1999 and 2001, since 1991. It is also scheduled to host the 2024 Olympic Games golf tournament. It's another of Europe's toughest courses with water in play on a number of holes. Its 18th plays over water and features one of the hardest second shots in golf.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club

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Abu Dhabi Golf Club features the famous Eagle clubhouse and has hosted the Abu Dhabi Championship since 2006. It opened in 2000 and features seven lakes.

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Emirates Golf Club

The venue for the Dubai Desert Classic every year, barring 1999 and 2000, since 1989. The Dubai Desert Classic always attracts a world-class field, including Tiger Woods on a number of occasions. The stunning Dubai skyline is in view from the course which was the first grass course in the Middle-East. Its striking clubhouse features seven hexagonal dome structures.

Bro Hof Slott - Stadium Course

The testing Swedish track features an abundance of water hazards and can measure over 8,000 yards. It hosted the Scandinavian Masters, currently known as the Nordea Masters, from 2010 to 2016 barring 2014 where it was at the PGA of Sweden National.

Crans-Sur-Sierre - Seve Ballesteros Course

The stunning course has the best setting of all the courses on this list, situated 1,500m up in the Swiss alps. It has hosted the European Masters since 1939. Seve refreshed the course in 1995 and rebuilt the greens two years later. That's when they changed the name from Plan-Bramois to the Seve Ballesteros course

Carya Golf Club

Regnum Carya has hosted the Turkish Airlines Open in 2016 and 2017 and is a stunner, lined with pine trees and presented in pristine condition for the TA Open.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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