The natural beauty of the Isle of Wight has made it one of the United Kingdom's most popular holiday destinations in recent years. While many people are drawn to the island's pristine beaches and clear waters, fans of golf are keener on the rolling hills and panoramic ocean views. As you'd expect, the Isle of Wight is home to some spectacular golf courses too, the majority of which welcome first-time visitors. What's more, there's no shortage of golfer-friendly hotels to put you up.
Embrace the Panoramic Views of Tennyson Down
The western tip of the Isle of Wight is home to a number of famous spots, from the Needles to Tennyson Down. Undoubtedly the real attraction to this part of the island is the stunning views out across the English Channel. The golf club at Freshwater Bay takes full advantage.
The links style course is spread over some 5,725 yards and offers a par of 69. Visitors are welcomed, and there's a clubhouse to provide a spot of lunch when you're done on the fairways. Freshwater Bay House Hotel is ideally located for a local place to stay.
The Convenience of Ryde
Those arriving at the Isle of Wight by hovercraft will come into the lively seaside town of Ryde, in the north-east of the island. As well as being home to some great places to eat, drink and shop, Ryde is also home to a long-established golf club.
Visitors to Ryde Golf Club enjoy affordable rates and a diverse 18-holes of excellent golf. The clubhouse bar serves up some delicious grub to help you refuel after a round.
Hotels to Help Unwind
Golf may be a calming sport and good for the mind, but it can take its toll on your muscles, just like any other sport. For this reason, golfing trips often include an indulgent stay at a spa hotel. Fortunately for golfers, there are plenty of spa hotels on the Isle of Wight.
Sandringham Hotel and The Brunswick Hotel offer stunning pools, with a sauna and/or Jacuzzi. Melville Hall Hotel and Utopia Spa, in Sandown, offers a wide range of spa treatments, giving guests the chance of total relaxation.