Pep Guardiola was recently asked whether he would ever take charge of Manchester City’s fierce rivals Manchester United and he responded saying: “After training City I will never train them; I would not train [Real] Madrid [after Barcelona]. I’d be in the Maldives if I don’t have any offers. Maybe not the Maldives because it doesn’t have any golf courses.”
Guess what? Maldives goes beyond the sunkissed beaches and sea adventures! To help Guardiola, we bring you 4 world-class golf courses to enjoy a golfing holiday in the Maldives.
1. Velaa Golf Academy – Velaa Private Island
Velaa Golf Academy prides itself on tailoring golf lessons to the individual, focusing on the areas required for improvement. Designed by Jose Maria Olazabal, renowned for his short game prowess, with nine different tees, six greens, seven bunkers, and a lake, Velaa Golf Academy provides a golfing experience like no other, designed to create bespoke memories whatever your wishes.
2. The Meeru Golf Club – Meeru Island Resort
Play 9 holes over 480 yards on this 2000 sqm course (21,000 sq. ft.) located in the center of the island. The pitch houses 9 tee boxes and 6 greens which allow you to play 18 holes while working on your short game. Each green features 4 or more flag positions of increasing levels of difficulty.
3. Kuredu Golf Club – Kuredu Island Resort
Located on the eastern portion of the island, surrounded by natural forest and the noise of the ocean, playing golf could not be any more peaceful than it is here. Kuredu’s Golf Club boasts a full-size driving range and a large putting green to perfect the short game. The course is a 6-hole Par 3 course with the average length of a hole being 55 yards. Our pick: Night golf, followed by drinks at the Golf Bar.
4. Villingili Golf Course – Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
A once in a lifetime golfing experience awaits at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa – the only resort in the Maldives to boast a nine-hole golf course, elegantly designed to showcase the island’s outstanding natural beauty. Undeniably dubbed as the world’s most exotic course, this idyllic setting promises a perfect round, every time.