If you love golf and luxury, read on. In recent times, the interest in luxury golf has been growing, alongside products and services in the luxury golf sector. Here’s a look at all that is new in the world of high-end golf.
1. Italian golf glamour from Chervo
In Italy, golf is synonymous with glamour. You’ll find the Italian greens peppered with stylish men and women in elegant outfits, courtesy Chervo. Dig deeper and you find that the clothing is also ultra hi-tech, providing protection from UVB and UVA rays, repelling insects, absorbing sweat, and are water-proof.
2. Turnberry’s customized golf sets
In 1906, Turnberry opened the world’s first golf resort in Scotland. Now, the brand is creating bespoke golf sets, using latest technology. Through its TaylorMade Laboratory, Turnberry is offering a £200 golf club-fitting service. The two-hour service uses motion-analysis technology to study a golfer’s set-up, swing and “impact dynamics” and makes recommendations for each of his clubs.
3. Extreme golf
Luxury travel combines with luxury golf at South Africa’s 19th Hole at Legend, on Hanglip Mountain. You’ll need a helicopter to get there. Or try desert golf at La Pause, Morocco. In China, you can visit the 10,000-foot-high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain club in the Himalayas. There’s also Nullarbor, Austalia, where a game takes three days.
4. Learning to play
If you are willing to pay €110 a day for golf lessons, send your kids to the David Leadbetter Academy in the Terra Blanche golf complex in southern France. While your kids learn the tricks, you could practice at their hi-tech driving range for €470. Other teaching facilities include Lee Westwood’s residential facilities (in Britain, and La Manga, Spain), Woodhall Spa, Luton Hoo and the SGA Golf Coaching Centers in China.
5. Luxury golf buggy
Play golf in style with this Garia LSV golf buggy. It is pricey at £37,000, but it is uber-stylish, reaches a maximum speed of 25mph and has a refrigerator on the dashboard.
6. Striking gold
It does not get more luxurious than Theo Fennel’s £100,000 Odyssey putter for Callaway with a head of 18-k white gold studded with rubies and diamonds. Too expensive? Try the Vega 24-k gold-headed putter that retails at £1,000 instead.
7. Gulf golf
The new Yas Links in Abu Dhabi is a 7,450-yard, par-72 course on Yas Island designed by Kyle Phillips. It houses a golf academy and a floodlit practice range as well. This follows on the success of the 7,211-yard Majlis in Dubai. Plus, the Abu Dhabi Golf Club recently extended its course to an exhausting 7,590 yards.
8. A Spanish golf getaway
The new Las Colinas Golf & Country Club has plenty of infinity pools and white sand bunkers. But there is also a par-71 course designed by Cabell B. Robinson. The practice facilities are outstanding and include ultra-high-speed video analysis.
9. Golf in Greece
The Costa Navarino golf resort opened its Bernard Langer links last year and is planning to open a second course soon, this one with links by Robert Trent Jones Junior.
10. Par for Portugal
Monte Rei on the Algarve coast of Portugal boasts of not one, but two Jack Nicklaus courses. Now it has developed beautiful villas as well. Plus, there’s a concierge to book your meals (cooked in the kitchens of Chef Jaime Perez).