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August 04, 2016 17:30 ET

Diamond Resorts International® Timeshare -- Best Golf Courses to Play in Europe

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - August 04, 2016) - Many Americans traveling to Europe choose destinations because of historic sites, unparalleled museum treasures, and mouthwatering cuisines. Yet avid golfers also view a Continental vacation as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play unique courses. If you're a globetrotter who invariably slips their glove into their suitcase, just in case, Diamond Resorts International® timeshare experts recommend the best golf destinations in Europe.

Two dozen superb golf courses in Majorca, a Spanish island located in the azure Mediterranean Sea, are treasured by players from Germany and the United Kingdom. In the Majorcan plains, Golf Son Gual is a champion caliber course that's frequently compared to Augusta National and features 66 bunkers and fast-tiered greens. With breathtaking views of the sea, the Alcanada course surrounds players with groves of olive trees and delivers hard-to-read greens. Off the links, visitors to Majorca enjoy exploring prehistoric settlements dating from 6000 B.C., touring underground lakes in the Coves del Hams caves, and visiting the uniquely circular Bellver Castle.

The charms of nearby Portugal are well-known by Northern Europeans but may be unfamiliar to Americans. Diamond Resorts International® timeshare recommends the Algarve, in the southern part of the country, as an ideal destination for vacationing couples and golfing aficionados. With over 25 top-rated golf courses, the Algarve presents superb choices. The 72-par Oceanico Faldo Course in Silvas features cacti and wild herbs, along with crushed limestone bunkers and a hilly back nine, while the Monte Rei's championship course is bordered by lakes that contribute to the course's 11 challenging water holes. Between rounds, pristine Algarve beaches, enchanting hand-painted pottery, and over 30 hiking trails beckon visitors.

Italy's renowned appeal to travellers is undisputed, but its inviting golf courses are often overlooked. It may be counterintuitive to imagine links coexisting with the canals of Venice, but Circolo Golf Venezia is an Alberoni treasure. Built in 1928 between the Lagoon of Venice and the Adriatic Sea, the technically demanding course mirrors classic Scottish design and challenges determined players with unpredictable Sirocco winds. Closer to Turin, Golf Club Biella is nestled at the foot of the Alps. With verdant fairways framed by forests, rocky outcrops, and heartbreaking bunkers, the serene woodland course entices golfers, as do the delicate truffles on the menus of nearby restaurants. Rome's Colosseum, Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain compete with the Castelgandalfo course, which is nestled in a volcanic crater. All 18 holes are visible from the clubhouse, a stunning 17th century palazzo, but each hole is a challenge. Golfers find that powerful shots go the distance on some holes while others require delicate precision, and that undulating greens make sinking the ball a sweet achievement. Whether you're visiting Spain, Portugal, or Italy, Diamond Resorts International® timeshare experts advise vacationers to take advantage of Europe's unique and demanding links while enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of the continent.

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Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 420 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™

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