Late March and early April mean springtime in the northern hemisphere, and that means flowers. Golf courses are a great place to see beautiful flora, thanks to their highly curated landscaping and timely planting. While Augusta National is probably the most renowned in the world for its flowers, we have some worldwide ideas for where to see beautiful flowers while getting in 18 holes.
Many people think of daffodils as the first yellow flower of spring, but in Scotland, the rough shrub known as gorse (or “whin”, in Scottish Gaelic) is the first yellow to cover the earth. There’s a traditional Scottish expression: “When the gorse is in bloom, kissing’s in season.” It’s a romantic sign that the sun is coming back and the world will be back in bloom.
Gorse will cover the landscape all over Scotland in the springtime, but the Old Course at St. Andrews and Royal Dornoch are some of our favorite places to see the yellow covering the hillsides. To see the best Scottish gorse, aim to visit in mid-April. And don’t forget to bring your kissing partner in case you’re moved by the season.
Ironically, the first flowers of spring in Ireland are called snowdrops. The tiny white flowers arrive alongside daffodils and crocuses with the promise of warmer weather to come. Like Scotland, spring arrives in Ireland in mid-April, and playing amidst the local flora can be a refreshing treat for winter-weary golfers.
Druids Glen in Wicklow is often called “the Augusta National of Ireland”, due to its groomed gardens and landscaped courses. The newly-reopened Adare Manor in County Limerick is giving Druids Glen a run for its money for this title, too. Both locales offer gorgeous landscaped parkland courses alongside luxury hotels and gardens. Why not visit both and decide for yourself which has the best spring flowers?
This is a bit of a trick listing, because the Dominican Republic is a tropical location and therefore always in bloom in some capacity. However, fruit-bearing trees like mango, guayaba, and cherry all bloom in the spring, just like further north, and are beautiful on the island in March. The Bayahíbe Rose, the national flower of the Dominican Republic, also blooms in the spring, although you can only find it on the La Punta peninsula in the middle of Bayahíbe Town.
Casa de Campo is our top pick for flower peeping, with three golf courses along the coast to get your blood running. The island is a popular spring break destination for good reason, and if you’re tired of snow, trade it in for sun and beaches, and some of the best golfing in the world.
If you’re ready to plan a springtime getaway with golf and flowers, get in touch with us today. We can design the perfect itinerary to break your winter gloom.