Anyone who loves golf knows that in this particular sport, variety really is the spice of life. Every golf course has its own unique character and discovering a new one can be like falling in love with the game all over again. With so many top quality clubs around Europe, heading abroad for a dedicated golfing holiday is becoming more and more popular – and one destination well worth discovering in that respect is Geneva. |
A flight from the UK to Geneva only takes 90 minutes, so if you like the sound of any of the following golf courses you could have brekkie at home and be teeing off in the afternoon.
Bonmont Golf and Country Club
Set in 62 magnificent hectares of parkland on the fringes of the Vaudois Jura Regional Park, the Bonmont Golf and Country Club takes you back to a more genteel time. If you've ever fancied the life of royalty, this stunning twelfth-century Cistercian abbey is all your dreams personified. The castle of Bonmont offers sweeping views of Lac Leman and the snow-capped Mont Blanc, and with only 10 rooms and suites available you'll enjoy a truly exclusive experience.
The all-year 18-hole golf course is set over 6,080 metres with a par-71 rating, and requires a minimum handicap of 28. As well as golf, you can take advantage of a host of spa treatments, along with tennis courts and a swimming pool.
Find it: Bonmont Golf and Country Club is situated between Nyon and St-Cergue, around half an hour's drive from Geneva Airport. Domaine de Divonne
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Jura Mountains, under the shadow of Mont Blanc, Domaine de Divonne is a magnet for high-profile pros who come to France to enjoy this very technical par-72 course. The estate comprises 60 acres of verdant, hilly terrain, with the course covering 6,030 metres of complex and challenging play. The 18-hole championship course is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. The luxury accommodation offers a range of rooms and suites, from the basic Comfort Rooms right up to the magnificent Suite Presidentielle and prestigious 110m² Royal Suite, complete with private kitchen, marble bathroom and two-person bathtub. That's one way to iron out the kinks of a day on the greens! The hotel also includes a dedicated wellness centre and two onsite restaurants.
Find it: It may be in France, but Domaine de Divonne is just 15km from Geneva Airport. Golf Club de Genève
While you can't stay at this one, its very accessible location just 10 minutes out of the city means there are plenty of accommodation options. The club was founded in 1921 and still retains an old world glamour within the lovely 100-acre parkland surrounds of Bessinge. It's played host to countless championships over the years and is the only 18-hole course in the Canton of Geneva.
Being such an established club means the facilities are second to none, with multiple putting greens, a driving range, practice area and the challenging Robert Trent Jones Snr-designed course. The par-72 course attracts a diverse mix of golfers with a minimum handicap of 28.
Find it: In the Commune de Vandoeuvres, near Cologny, around 30 minutes from the airport. Jiva Hill If you're looking for indulgence on your golf holiday, treat yourself to a stay at the luxury Jiva Hill Resort, which is nestled within a 98-acre private estate in the sprawling foothills of the Jura Mountains. The 9-hole golf course (with 18 starts) is one of the most innovative and technically advanced in the country. Set over a total length of 3,716 metres (for 18-holes), the course is fitted with high-quality synthetic greens and tees. There's a training bunker and a practice area with 20 mats. With views over Mont Blanc and deluxe rooms and suites appointed to the highest standards, Jiva Hill provides every service and amenity you could wish for, including a spa with Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool. Find it: Route d'Haree, Crozet, just 10 minutes away from the airport.
How to Get There The best way to make sure you don’t waste any valuable tee time is to organise a Geneva airport taxi to take you straight to your chosen golf club. As soon as you've made the decision where you're going to play and stay, prebook a Geneva airport taxi with Shuttle Direct. All your arrangements will be confirmed before you leave home and, once you land, a friendly, professional driver will transport you, your luggage and golf clubs the rest of the way so that you can be working on your handicap as soon as possible.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Geneva airport taxi, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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