There’s nothing better than a long day spent playing 18 holes in the sun, but relaxing after you’ve finished a round is all part of the golf holiday experience and can often be the best part of the break. Enjoying some world-class food before hitting the bar may be a great way to continue unwinding, but what about a spot of gambling after a day on the greens?
The most powerful man in the world, Donald Trump is well-known for his efforts at pairing up the two, at least in his portfolio. As a real estate developer, he began his career constructing and acquiring golf courses, by the time it came to the election he owned or operated 17 golf courses worldwide. So, while you could say he was successful, the same cannot be said of his casino empire, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying.
Trump certainly isn’t the only person in the world with a passion for both gambling and golf, so the idea of placing the two within a close vicinity of each other is genius, isn’t it? These casinos are all next to or have their own golf courses, making them great destinations for golfers who fancy mixing it up after some time on the fairway.
Shadow Creek and MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Part of the MGM Grand’s golf offering, Shadow Creek is a legendary course that certainly doesn’t feel like it is located in the middle of the desert. After enjoying a round on the lush green course that features course designs from famous architect Tom Fazio, it’s time to head back to the MGM for some serious gambling. This huge resort is one of the most famous in the world, and if there’s a game you can’t find in there, then it isn’t worth playing. Don’t forget to check what’s on at the MGM’s arena too, with regular boxing, shows and live music throughout the year.
Fallen Oak Golf Club and Beau Rivage Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Located just outside Biloxi, Miss., this course ranked fifth among casino courses in United States according to Golf Digest a few years back and is yet another Tom Fazio classic course with plenty of stunning scenery and clever hole design. After a day on the world championship-quality 18-hole course, gamblers can retire to the four-star Beau Rivage resort, complete with luxury hotel, spa, restaurants and of course a fully equipped casino. With a huge variety of slots, a private poker room for high rollers and table games including roulette, blackjack, craps and baccarat, the Beau Rivage is perfect for golfers and gamblers who want the luxury of Vegas as well as the opportunity to explore the Southern United States.
Real Club de Golf and Casino Marbella, Marbella, Spain
Southern Spain has a long-standing reputation as a sunny golf haven, with hundreds of quality courses dotted along the Costas. Real Club de Golf is just one of the excellent selection of courses near to the resort town of Marbella, and the 18-hole, members-only course design by Robert Trent Jones Sr. is perfect for both groups and individuals looking for a relaxing yet challenging course to enjoy in the Mediterranean sun.
Once the sun has set, players can head to the nearby Casino Marbella, a luxury casino right in the heart of Marbella, featuring slots, roulette, blackjack, Caribbean poker and an entire room dedicated to Texas Hold ‘Em. The resort is particularly popular with roulette players, the facilities are some of the best in the region, so to ensure you fit in you’ll want to perfect your roulette strategy before you book your golf holiday. With a great selection of online casino games giving you the opportunity to get a feel for the games, as well as giving you the potential to pay for the break with a big win! Casino Marbella is the perfect destination if you fancy the glitz and glamour of Monaco, but the affordability and easy access of Southern Spain.
Macau Golf and Country Club & The Kotai Strip, Macau
Macau is a small territory of China, which was formerly a Portuguese colony, and has long been the center of casino gambling in East Asia. Millions of visitors flock to Macau each year to enjoy Vegas-style gambling at recognized resorts like the Venetian, the Wynn and The Sands, as well as casinos with a local flavor, like the Grand Dragon. A game of golf at the Macau Golf and Country Club is usually limited to professionals and high rollers, but it’s possible to book a game if you leave enough time and of course pay the relatively high course fees, but it’s totally worth it for a truly world-class game of golf in a place with perfect weather almost year-round.
This great selection of worldwide courses will hopefully provide some inspiration for your next golf and gambling trip, so make sure you check out the links and book early – all of these courses and hotels are in high demand, so don’t end up disappointed by leaving it all to the last minute!