A craggy peninsula on Croatia's Adriatic Coast, Istria attracts golfers from all across Europe who are drawn by its scattering of picture-perfect golf courses. With golf hotels, clubs and driving ranges available in Umag, Pula and Poreč, this is the perfect place for a golf holiday.
Tee Off on Superb Coastal Courses
Perched 300m from the sea, Golf Club Adriatic in Crveni Vrh near Umag is one of the prettiest places to tee off on the Istrian peninsula. Opened in 2009, this award-winning course, designed by Diethard Fahrenleitner and Barbara Eisserer, is par 72 and boasts a stunning backdrop of vineyards, olive groves and turquoise waters.
Play on a Historic Island Course
At the beginning of the 20th Century, the fashionable island of Brijuni was home to one of the largest golf courses in Europe and attracted the aristocratic golfing set. These days, the 18-hole championship course is accessible to all players (not just royalty) yet boasts great prestige thanks to its glorious Adriatic vistas.
Where to Find Istria Golf Hotels
Widely regarded as Istria's sports capital, Umag is a short drive from the award-winning 18-hole course at Golf Club Adriatic, plus it's host to the annual APL Open tennis tournament each July.
Golf fans looking for a little variety will also find a golf courses and driving ranges in Motovun and Poreč, close to the beaches and attractions in the lively Zelena Laguna resort.
Historic Churches, Fabulous Food: Other Attractions in Umag
If you can drag yourself away from the pitching green, why not head to Umag's old town, a maze of cobbled streets lined with crumbling Venetian-style buildings. See the town's 16th-century Church of St. Roch and ancient local artefacts in Umag Town Museum, set in a Renaissance-era tower. And after a successful round or two, check out Umag's vibrant waterfront which is buzzing with bistros, pizza parlours and laid-back cafe-bars.
With a great selection of four and five star golf hotels in Istria, as well as modern apartments and holiday villas close to Istria's golf courses, Expedia can help you find the perfect base for your golf holiday.