Sunnier outlook: second homes on golf courses
Second golf homes
The relaxation of travel restrictions means that golfers looking to enjoy a round under the winter sun can now head overseas with much more ease. Both Spain and Portugal remain popular destinations with golfers thanks to their easy access from the UK, pristine courses and inviting weather with both Iberian nations looking forward to an influx of golfers over the next couple of months.
João Fernandes, president of the Algarve’s regional tourism authority, RTA, comments: “Reservation data seems to be pointing to a clear recovery. We have good indicators for October and November.”
Many of the golfers heading to Spain and Portugal for some winter sun may be considering something more permanent than a holiday, according to the Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España: “Second homes on golf courses have been popular with British buyers for many years. While the pandemic put many players’ plans on hold, in terms of owning a second home overseas, we are now seeing a rush of second home buyers return to Spain. Spacious, light-filled golf course properties are proving particularly popular.”
Taylor Wimpey España’s September figures certainly reflect vast pent-up appetite for second homes in Spain. The company has just reported the best September reservation figures since it was founded in 1958. By way of recent comparison, the number of properties sold in September 2021 was triple the number sold in September 2019.
Nor is it just Spain that is enjoying strong demand for second homes. Over in neighbouring Portugal, golf properties at Palmares Ocean Living & Golf and Amendoeira Golf Resort, which are owned and operated by Kronos Homes, are proving very popular.
In Spain, too, golf properties provide much more than just access to the fairways. At Taylor Wimpey España’s Sun Valley development, golfers have access to the plentiful facilities of La Cala Golf Resort, including three 18-hole golf courses, a hydrotherapy centre and spa, tennis courts, a running track, a gym with qualified trainers, a professional football pitch, a golf academy and a practice range. Two-bedroom apartments are available from €235,000.