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Golf and Spa Breaks Go Hand in Hand: Some Top Destinations

If you were thinking of a staycation, nothing says luxury like a golf spa break. There’s something for everyone. A brisk morning of swinging the club followed by an afternoon relaxing in the spa, maybe getting a massage, before enjoying a fine dining experience. 

But a golf and spa break is a notoriously pricey choice for going away, so you’ll want to know that the resort you book is worth the money you put down. We’re breaking down some of the best golf spa break resorts so you can plan a great getaway. Read on to find our top picks for a golf spa break in the UK.

The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland

The Gleneagles Hotel comes with not only a golf course and a spa but an abundance of countryside activities to make your golf spa break memorable. Shoot clay pigeons, go horse riding, hiking, cycling, or off-road driving through the countryside, play tennis, enjoy some falconry and more.

But the Gleneagles golf course is its most famous asset and offers three of the top golf courses in Scotland. Having hosted The Ryder and Solheim Cups, the courses offer a fun and challenging game no matter what you go for. Try the challenging King’s Championship golf course, the scenic Queen’s Championship golf course, or the PGA Centenary Championship golf course designed by 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus. 

There are two spas available, one for residents and one for guests, that include indoor and outdoor pools, wellness classes, and jacuzzis. The resident spa includes a garden full of ingredients for spa treatments, a sauna cabin, a dark vitality pool, a relaxation courtyard and a spa café. 

Double Tree by Hilton Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort, Broughton, England

This is a hotel that appreciates the spa as much as the golf. Packages for a golf spa break include a Girls Night In option where you are offered one night at the hotel with dinner, breakfast, cocktails, and a spa treatment. Visit one of the six treatment rooms or take a dip in their 18 metre heated swimming pool or jacuzzi. Wake up under the ice fountain or chill out in the relaxation room. 

And then there is the award-winning golf course, featuring 27 holes with three loops of nine holes. Spend some time on the driving range for some practice and putting green, or get expert advice from the PGA-qualified coaches, or simply enjoy the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside and its roaming deer. 

When you’re done, head to The Grill Restaurant for a homely dinner, or enjoy some al fresco dining in the Lounge Bar where you can get a beautiful view. Golfers can visit The Pines Bar for a drink and some afternoon tea with cakes, tarts and scones. 

Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, Kirknewton, near Edinburgh, Scotland

This four-star resort is just a half hour drive from Edinburgh city centre and is steeped in all the history and tradition you would expect from the city itself. The 1720’s building is full of beautifully decorated rooms with golf and garden views for a beautiful golf spa break. 

Take a class with the in-house golf professionals, or simply start swinging through the club’s two challenging courses. The longest of the two, The East Course, is designed to Championship standards and offers a tough course over 6,648 yards. The West Course is shorter and more about the fun but is still a challenge.

Finish your game with a drink at the cocktail bar, the James Braid Bar, or the Douglas Lounge. Or move on to The Pentland Restaurant for some fine dining. 

With a gym that features classes, a heated swimming pool, a sauna and steam room, a jogging trail and tennis courts, there are lots of activities to keep you on your golf spa break.

The Vale Resort, Pontyclun, Wales

If you venture just 10 miles outside of Cardiff, you’ll come across The Vale Resort. This 143-bedroom resort offers far more than just a golf spa break. There are also tennis and squash courts amongst the many leisurely facilities. 

Open to golf club members, corporate members and golfing visitors, The Lake Course and The Wales National Course combined offer a fun and memorable golfing experience that ends with a visit to The 19th Hole clubhouse for a drink. 

Head to the spa for time in some of the five relaxation zones. Soak in the 20 metre pool, relax in the sauna and steam rooms, or get a facial in one of the treatment rooms. Get a hot stone, mud, or “drizzle” massage to soothe the bones from a day of golfing.