Having "done" the British Isles, I'd like to play in Continental Europe this year. Which are the first places you'd go?
Practically every European country (including the Eastern ones) now has quality golf, but Spain's Costa del Sol still has perhaps the largest concentration of top-notch courses on the continent. Play there is highlighted by a pair of neighboring Robert Trent Jones Sr. layouts: Valderrama—site of the 1997 Ryder Cup—and the daunting Sotogrande. Also highly ranked are Las Brisas and the San Roque Club (see T+L GOLF, May/June 2004). The Algarve region along the southern coast of Portugal boasts a series of excellent courses, too, including San Lorenzo, Vilamoura and Vale do Lobo (see T+L GOLF, March/April 2001). Wherever you go, you may want to bring balls from home: A dozen Titleist Pro V1s, for example, can retail on the continent for 57 euros (about $70) or more.