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Best Rental Cars for Golf Holidays

If you’re travelling abroad for a golfing holiday, whether a weekend break or a week-long trip, you’ll likely need to rent a car. Here we look at the best rental cars for golf holidays in the most popular golf holiday destinations of Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Scotland. Depending on how many golfers are travelling, we look at the best rental cars in each location whether you’re travelling as a pair, a fourball or larger group. Taking all aspects in consideration including, price, availability, space and of course style, our top picks for golf holiday rental cars are;

For Twosomes – Ford Focus

best rental car golf holiday ford focus

Ideal for pairs or twosomes, the Ford Focus is a popular make and model on rental fleets all over the world and for good reason. Its Ecoboost engine delivering excellent fuel economy and low emissions, whilst its generous boot with 375 litre capacity of will swallow up 2 set of clubs, shoes and luggage with ease. Fold the back seats flat and there’s plenty of room for your power caddies and much more.

For Fourballs – Skoda Octavia Estate

best rental car golf holiday skoda octavia

Ideal for groups of 4 travelling on a golfing holiday, the Skoda Octavia estate offers class leading luggage capacity of a whopping 610 litres, nearly double that of an equivalent hatchback. The Octavia estate will swallow 4 sets of golf clubs and your luggage with some create packing and avoid the need to rent a bigger car. A popular choice with rental agents the world over, the Octavia is always competitively priced and offers great economy with its range of efficient engines.

Larger Groups - Volkswagen Transporter (9 seat minivan)

best rental car golf holiday volkswagen transporter

Perfect for larger groups, the VW transporter can carry up to 9 adults plus luggage with ease. With frugal engines as you would expect from Volkswagen, the Transporter 9 seat minivan offers the comfort of an interior synonymous with the brands premium saloon and estate cars. An ideal way to get from airport to hotel with all your luggage and golf clubs safely stowed.

Best rental car in Ireland for golf golidays

There are over 350 golf courses in Ireland and it’s a popular destination for golf holidays from golfers all around the world. As it’s so close and flights are cheap from the UK, British golfers visit the emerald island in their droves to take on its courses from Royal Portrush in Co. Antrim to The K Club in Co. Kildare, golf holidays in Ireland are big business. No matter if you are staying at a single course, or touring around Ireland, renting the right car for your golf trip is essential.

For Twosomes

  • Ford Focus
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Vauxhall Astra

For Foursomes

  • Ford Focus Estate
  • Ford C-Max
  • Vauxhall Zafira

For Larger Groups

  • Vauxhall Vivaro (9 seat minivan)
  • Renault Traffic (9 seat minivan)
  • Peugeot 5008 (7 seat minivan)

Best rental car in Spain for golf holidays

Whilst golfing breaks to Spain have been popular ever since European travel was within the reach of many, the rise of the budget airlines fuelled the growth of the Spanish golf break. Topping many ‘best golf courses in Spain’ lists, the Real Club Valderrama should make any shortlist, however there are many other jewels dotted all over Spain whether you are visiting the Costa del Sol or any other region. Renting the right car in Spain for your golf holiday is straight forward with our guide.

For Twosomes

  • Seat Leon
  • Vauxhall Astra
  • Ford Focus

For Foursomes

  • Volkswagen Caddy
  • Nissan Qashqai
  • Citroen Berlingo

For Larger Groups

  • Seat Alhambra (7 seat minivan)
  • Volkswagen Touran (7 seat minivan)
  • Fiat Scudo (9 seat minivan)

Best rental car in Portugal for golf holidays

Searching for ‘best gold holidays in the world’ in Google (other search engines are available) and breaks to the Algarve will feature frequently in any top 10 list. Widely reputed to be one of the best golfing holiday destinations thanks to its climate, quality of golf courses and relatively quiet vibe compared to the most popular resorts in Spain, there’s little excuse for renting the wrong car when going on a golf holiday to Portugal, our pick of the bunch are as follows;

For Twosomes

  • Fiat 500X
  • Citroen C4
  • Vauxhall Astra

For Foursomes

  • Volkswagen Golf Estate
  • Peugeot 3008
  • Ford Focus Estate

For Larger Groups

  • Vauxhall Zafira (7 seat minivan)
  • Ford Transit (9 seat minivan)
  • Citroen Jump (9 seat minivan)

Best rental car in Scotland for Golf Holidays

Home to some of the world’s oldest golf courses and often referred to as ‘the home of golf’ Scotland has more links golf courses than anywhere else in the world. 84 of Scotland’s 550 golf courses are links courses that attract golfers from all over the world to take on the unique challenge on offer. Whether you are planning that ‘once in a lifetime’ Scottish golf holiday and taking on the famous St Andrews Old Course or returning for the umpteenth time, renting the right car could make or break your trip.

For Twosomes

  • Hyundai i30
  • Fiat 500L
  • Ford Focus

For Foursomes

  • Citroen C4 Picasso
  • Volkswagen Golf Estate
  • Skoda Octavia Estate

For Larger Groups

  • Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (7 seat minivan)
  • Volkswagen Transporter (9 seat minivan)
  • Ford Tourneo (9 seat minivan)
Best rental car in Ireland based on models available for a week’s rental from Dublin Airport in October 2019
Best rental car in Spain based on models available for a week’s rental from Alicante Airport in October 2019
Best rental car in Portugal based on models available for a week’s rental from Faro Airport in October 2019
Best rental car in Scotland based on models available for a week’s rental from Edinburgh Airport in October 2019

Phil Partridge
Posted: September 06, 2019 by Phil Partridge
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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

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