Spotlight on Luxury in the Algarve

This week’s blog is a guide to the luxury that awaits you with a holiday to the Algarve. Summer is fast approaching us and in order for you to get some guaranteed sunshine as well as all of the other fabulous things the Algarve has to offer you then take a look at these luxury resorts and start planning your next luxury golf break to the Algarve

First up, we have the five-star Lake Resort situated in Vilamoura, just two minutes’ walk from the beach and easy access to the fantastic town of Vilamoura. This hotel offers its guests the height of luxury with three lovely pool areas and a private sandy beach solely for use of the guests here. The hotel has been recently refurbished and its rooms are beautifully decorated and spacious, asides from the hotel rooms, there are apartments in which you can stay in here which have fully-fitted kitchens giving you the option of self-catering. The resort boasts two restaurants: the Fusion restaurant where you can enjoy Oriental cuisine and the Marenostrum restaurant in the gardens where you can taste delightful fresh fish. The location of this resort is unbeatable, with easy access to the Oceanico courses, Vilamoura town and just 20 minutes’ drive from Albufeira. With a great location, great golf within close proximity and luxurious facilities it is no surprise that this is a recommendation by us, to you.

Next up, set amongst green pine forests in Castro Marim, just a five minute drive from Monte Gordo and a stone’s throw away from the stunning Praia Verde beach is the four-star Praia Verde boutique hotel. The suites here are all fitted with a fully functional kitchenette, giving you the option of self-catering here. They also all feature a private balcony, Wi-Fi and a separate lounge area to enjoy. If you are looking to take a break from cooking you can enjoy the homemade cuisine served at the À Terra restaurant or venture into Monte Gordo. Here, you can enjoy a few rounds at the Quinto do Vale golf course and spend time relaxing on the fantastic beach or by the pool making it a luxury destination and somewhere that you can enjoy some peace and quiet. The hotel is very close to the Spanish border where you can take a trip into Spain just for the day if you wish and when it comes to accessibility to airports, you are just under 40 miles from Faro meaning that this can be a perfect luxury golfing getaway even if just for a long weekend!

Another fantastic and luxurious resort for your next golf break to the Algarve is the five-star Quinta do Lago. All of the villas and townhouses here are fully-fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating and are in close range of the fantastic Quinta do Lago golf courses. You are also within nine minutes’ walk of the beach, where you can enjoy the privacy and tranquillity that Quinta do Lago’s private area on the beach has to offer you. If you are not so much into playing golf every day, then you will not be disappointed with the alternative facilities that are offered here like the indoor and outdoor swimming pools and the well-equipped spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments. Whilst staying in the villas gives you that all important self-catering option, you can enjoy delicious Algarvian cuisine or Venetian cuisine at one of the resort’s restaurants. This is considered to be one of the most sophisticated destinations on the Algarve and it really isn’t hard to see why.

The five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort in Vale do Lobo is one of the finest resorts in the Algarve and offers its guests top-class services and facilities. Whilst you are staying here, you have the opportunity to pre-book your tee times at the Algarve’s premium course, San Lorenzo which is just a ten minute drive from the resort. Whilst you are not playing at the fabulous San Lorenzo course, you can enjoy your luxurious golf break relaxing by the pool, on the beach or at the spa. Vale do Lobo’s plaza boasts a good selection of restaurants, bars and shops for you to mooch around and choose your destination for that evening! This resort is the height of luxury and it is no surprise that it made our list of recommendations for luxurious golfing destinations on the Algarve…

Last, but not least, we have the four-star Pestana South Beach which only opened in 2014 and is located just a few steps away from the beach. The rooms are all decorated with a modern and contemporary theme and feature Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. With Alvor just a five minute walk away you are never far from a great restaurant or bar to enjoy but there are also dining options on-site too where you can enjoy traditional dishes. Whilst you are not relaxing on the beach, spend time relaxing by one of the three outdoor swimming pools or in the spa and outdoor fitness centre. The Pestana golf courses are all within easy reach of the hotel so you can golf whilst staying here until your heart is content! This is a beautiful destination which offers all of its guests a luxurious stay in a superb location.

An added bonus to booking any of these superb hotels on the Algarve at the moment is our fantastic ATA promotion. This means that with every booking you will receive a J. Lindeberg golf shirt to enjoy and if your mind wasn’t already set upon one of these luxurious destinations then we are sure that it is now.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are looking forward to your next luxurious golfing getaway to the Algarve…

The Best Golfing Experiences for Couples

This week’s blog is the first part of two on the best destinations for your next couples golf break. Whether you are both golfers or not, these resorts are all ideal for your next golf break and each offer you something unique and interesting to provide you with the best holiday experience. Whether the trip is only for a long weekend or a full-blown two week holiday take a look at these resorts and we are sure that you wont’ be disappointed…

First up we have the four-star Doubletree by Hilton Acaya Golf Resort which is situated in Puglia, Italy and is just a 20 minute drive from the historical town of Lecce and only five minutes’ drive from the stunning Salento seaside. The rooms here are all elegantly decorated with all the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard, the views from the rooms either overlook the gardens, the golf course or the Puglia countryside. For those of you that are more interested in relaxation than playing golf on the fantastic course here there is a wonderful spa area which includes a Turkish bath, a whirlpool and a sauna as well as a range of different treatments. There are also two outdoor swimming pools for you to enjoy and the hotel is situated just under two miles from the Cesine Nature Reserve where you can take long walks. The hotel boasts a range of different restaurants and bars, the fantastic regional dishes that are served are cooked by none other than a Michelin star chef. This is a beautiful hotel with everything that you could want for your next golf break away for two and with the golf course on-site here, even if only one of you is a keen golfer there is no travelling to be done away from the hotel!

Acaya Golf Club is a challenging course set in a beautiful location amongst Mediterranean vegetation, olive trees and maquis. There are many water hazards on this course, especially on the back nine, where five of the holes are routed around lakes! The challenges aren’t only limited to water-based hazards though, there are many strategically placed bunkers throughout the course which are lying in wait for any errant shots. Although this is a challenging course, at just over 6,100 yards, it is suitable for all golfers and boasts some incredible views of the Italian countryside so it is perfect for your next golf holiday!

Next up we have the five-star Hilton Vilamoura which boasts a fantastic location just a two-minutes’ free shuttle ride down to Vilamoura as well as being a short free shuttle ride from the fabulous Oceanico golf courses. This hotel is beautifully designed with contemporary rooms with private balconies, large swimming pools and stunning architecture. Being so close to Vilamoura means that you can enjoy walking around the marina in the evenings and try some of the fantastic restaurants there but if you prefer to dine at the hotel then you definitely will not be disappointed. There are three different restaurants for you to choose from with Mediterranean dishes being served at the Cilantro restaurant, international cuisine served on the terraced Moscada restaurant and grilled delicacies in Aquarela restaurant. If you haven’t taken a trip down to the marina then you will probably find yourself sipping on homemade cocktails and liqueurs at the Rubi bar. If you are not that into golfing then you can spend your days relaxing by the pools or in the spa and gym areas. This is an ideal destination for your next couples golf break to the Algarve and the golf is just as good as the hotel…

Oceanico boasts four stunning golf courses that you can get the chance to play and enjoy whilst staying at the Hilton Vilamoura. Each of them offer a different round of golf with new challenges and with four courses to choose from you definitely won’t be bored here! Pinhal boasts spectacular, panoramic views over the sea as well as wide fairways and strategically placed bunkers lying in wait for you. Despite the fact that there are many water hazards as well as the bunkers and trees, this is a fair course and providing you play well, you should be able to match your handicap. Millennium is the most recent addition to the Oceanico courses, the first nine are set amongst pine trees which you have to be wary of and the back nine has larger greens and more hazards – this is a course on which you need to keep your cool! Laguna has a Links style feel about the course and when the wind is blowing this can be a hard course to score well on, especially with its many water and sand hazards. Despite this, it is the perfect holiday course as it is great for those with a higher handicap but still a challenge for the better golfer. Victoria is the longest course in Portugal but with five sets of tees, it can be played by even those golfers with a high handicap. This is a well-manicured, challenging course but definitely not one to miss out on.

Last, but not least, we have Hotel Thanos Almyra which is a stunning, five-star hotel in a great location, just five minutes’ walk to the beach and from Paphos Harbour. The rooms here are decorated with a contemporary theme and feature beautiful views of either the sea or the gardens. Spend your days relaxing by one of the four freshwater pools or on the fantastic Minthis Hills Golf Course. You can also enjoy relaxing in the spa where you can choose from a range of holistic treatments, relax in the sauna or workout in the gym. There are four restaurants at the hotel, where you can enjoy delicious local and traditional food or international dishes. Depending on the season, you can also dine alfresco on the terrace. Of course, being so close to Paphos Harbour you have many options for bars and restaurants and the opportunity to walk around the old town. This is a tranquil, beautiful hotel – perfect for a couples golf escape!

Minthis Hills can accommodate golfers of all abilities and it is a stunning course with its fairways lined with fruit trees and grapevines. The fairways are far from flat here, with many of them being uphill, downhill or sloped which means that you have to think carefully about where to place your next shot. Each hole is unique on this course and each is memorable for different reasons so you won’t get bored playing this course for certain. This is a great holiday course and one that is a perfect compliment to your stay at Hotel Thanos Almyra.

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are thinking about where to book next for your couples golfing getaway

The Insider’s Guide to Monte Rei

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the world-class Monte Rei golf course which is widely considered to be the best course in the Algarve, and more impressively is considered to be the best course in the whole of Portugal. If you want to play Monte Rei, the best option is to stay at the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club which is a stunning five-star resort…almost as impressive as the golf course! A great thing about the Monte Rei resort is that it boasts a fantastic location just 20 minutes from the beautiful town of Tavira. This is a super resort and we hope that after reading this you can see why…

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club features stunning, spacious one, two, three and four bedroom villas that guests can enjoy staying in whilst here. All of the villas are built in a traditional Portuguese style and decorated beautifully, they are also all fitted with a living room, a TV and a DVD player as well as a modern kitchen for you to do as much self-catering as you wish to! If you don’t wish to cook for yourselves, the resort features a great restaurant – Vistas Restaurant – which is a lovely dining experience with fabulous high ceilings and stunning views across the 18th hole of the Monte Rei course. Along with the restaurant, the hotel boasts a lovely bar area, swimming pools and tennis courts. Also, if you are less into golfing and more into relaxation, there is a fully-fitted spa and gymnasium where you can enjoy a range of different treatments as well as a great workout if you feel up to it! The location of the Monte Rei resort is a main reason to choose to stay and play here (asides from the world-class golf course!) as it is just 12 minutes drive to beautiful sandy beaches and just 20 from the town of Tavira.

Tavira is considered to be the gem of the Algarve and is a traditional Portuguese fishing town with cobbled streets, a beautiful riverside harbour and ancient churches for you to enjoy. Surrounding Tavira, are some of the most unspoilt, sandy beaches you will ever have the opportunity to go to and enjoy. There are many excellent restaurants here for you to enjoy, many of them with al fresco dining so you can enjoy the beautiful weather here that is experienced for most week of the year on the Algarve, there are also a range of different bars so you should make sure that you get a taxi if you are hoping to fully enjoy Tavira! If all of this isn’t enough for you then you can always take the train to another beautiful town or city from here for only a small price!

On to the main attraction… the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Monte Rei which was opened in 2007 and quickly rose to be one of the most popular and sought after courses on the Algarve and it really isn’t hard to see why. Everything about this course is high-class from the conditions of the greens to the clubhouse and the service that you can expect to experience here. The course is set amongst the mountains which gives it a special backdrop with some simply stunning views right from when you arrive at the clubhouse, this just sets the scene of the course for what is a fantastic round of golf on a course with an unforgettable layout and breathtaking scenery.

You open with a par-4 hole from an elevated tee onto the fairway which then doglegs to the right and from then on you are tackling a large amount of strategically placed bunkers and water hazards whilst trying to navigate round the course! There are so many fantastic holes here, each with different and unique layouts and challenges that are beautifully presented to you on this well-kept course. The 13th hole is a downhill par-4 which has bunkers waiting for you at the bottom which you have to navigate around before attempting to get your shot to land on the undulating lakeside green. This is followed by the 14th hole which can arguably considered to be the prettiest hole on the course, where your tee shot determines how you score on the hole as if you don’t manage to place it correctly then your ball will end up in the water. Like most great golf courses, the 18th here is a fabulous finishing hole which is a great one for you big hitters but make sure that you watch out for the lake! There is no doubt about it that this is certainly a golf course for the bucket list for any discerning golfer.

This is just one of the fantastic hotels and golf courses that are on offer if you decide to book a trip to the Algarve where you can definitely expect to experience great weather, superb golf and lovely hotels for many weeks of the year (unlike here in the UK!). Something that makes booking to the Algarve even more of a good idea is the fact that at the moment, there is a promotion with which, courtesy of Golf Escapes and the Algarve Tourist Board, you receive a free J. Lindeberg golf polo shirt with every booking…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you can see what is on offer from this beautiful region of Portugal, not only in terms of hotels and golf courses but also in terms of golf polo shirts!

 

 

Best Resorts for Unlimited Golf

This week’s blog is a guide to the best resorts with unlimited golf packages. When you are planning your golf break, the first thing that you think about is the number of rounds that you plan to play on your trip. With these packages, there will be no problem when you want to play as many rounds as you can possibly fit in to your holiday and to make things even better, the deals are great.

First up we have the luxurious five-star Penina which is situated amongst beautiful gardens in the Algarve, just over three miles from Portimão and Lagos. Here, you can enjoy your stay in the spacious and light rooms some of which feature balconies from which you can enjoy views of the surrounding gardens and golf courses. There are five restaurants available for you to choose from here with all different cuisines on offer from Portuguese to Italian to International dishes. You can enjoy relaxing around the large outdoor swimming pool or in the spa having a massage but there are also many leisure activities to enjoy here too. The hotel features a fitness centre, five tennis courts and three fabulous golf courses and with the unlimited golf package you will not be able to get enough of playing the courses here. The Penina Championship course is a fantastic test of golf with many bunkers, trees and water hazards waiting to catch your errant shots! The Penina Resort course is a very enjoyable round of golf and is a test to golfers of all abilities, making it a perfect holiday course.

Up next, we have Islantilla Golf Resort which is a lovely four-star hotel just a 15-minutes’ walk from the beach and only an hour from Faro airport. The rooms here are all stylishly furnished and each feature their own private terrace to enjoy the hotel’s surroundings from. Whilst staying here, you can enjoy all of the spa facilities as well as the time relaxing on the private beach area or around the pools. You are also offered a range of dining options including the buffet restaurant, the Andalusian grill, the Italian restaurant and the restaurant at the Beach Club. The unlimited golf is perfect for the Islantilla course as it is a 27-hole complex which means that with the unlimited golf offer you will get to play the three loops of nine as many times as you wish to! All 27 holes wind through pine woods and feature breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean but apart from that, the three loops are very different. The first nine holes are across hilly terrain where there are many blind shots to navigate around, the second nine are across undulating terrain and the final nine are long holes but not as difficult as the others. This is a great holiday course and with the unlimited golf offer you can take full advantage of it…

Pestana Carvoeiro is a four-star resort just five-minutes’ drive from Carvoeiro where you will find bustling nightlife and beautiful, sandy beaches. The resort offers accommodation in spacious villas and apartments, each of which have their own private balconies and a fitted kitchen. You can spend relaxation time here lounging by the pool or on the local beaches or having a massage. The restaurant at the resort serves a range of traditional regional dishes as well as international dishes but with Carvoeiro just a five-minute drive away, you are never short of somewhere to eat and drink! Whilst staying at Pestana Carvoeiro with the unlimited golf package, you can enjoy unlimited golf at five different golf courses: Pinta, Gramacho, Silves, Alto and Vila Sol. Each of the five courses can offer you a different golfing experience and with the unlimited golfing offer you won’t have to miss out on getting to play any of them. This is a fabulous resort in a great location with the option for self-catering as well as five different golf courses – an ideal golf holiday in the making.

Next, we have the luxurious, five-star Cornelia Deluxe Resort which is situated on the shores of Belek. This is a superb all-inclusive resort with beautifully decorated rooms, each with their own private balcony. You could never be bored whilst staying here with many different outdoor pools, water slides, tennis courts and other activities all on offer to you. There is the main buffet restaurant which serves a range of traditional regional dishes as well as international foods and there are also five different a la carte restaurants which offer dishes from Turkey, Italy, France and the Far East. Asides from all of the leisure options you have here, there is the Cornelia Faldo golf course. This course will give you an excellent round of golf time and time again, many of the holes do require careful consideration if you are not to misplace your ball but it is a great holiday course and unlimited rounds of golf at the Faldo course will round off your golf break to Turkey very nicely!

Situated in Sotogrande, Spain, are the Albayt Nueva Alcaidesa apartments which are all located in a superb location just next to the two golf courses: Heath and Links as well as just five-minutes away from the sandy beaches of the Costa del Sol. All of the apartments are decorated with a contemporary theme and are each fully-fitted with a bathroom, a kitchen and a dining area as well as a terrace. The Heath course is designed as a heathland style course with wide fairways and spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and local mountain ranges. Although this is a great holiday course, there are plenty of water hazards waiting to catch errant shots and when the wind picks up this course can be tricky! The Links course here is considered to be one of the best links courses in the whole of Spain, this course’s level of difficulty is also determined by the wind speeds on the day of play which makes the unlimited golf package here handy for when you want to get the chance to play again to improve your score (and ego)! This is another fantastic option for your next golf break where you can make full use of the unlimited golf package.

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and you are looking forward to booking your next golf holiday where you can enjoy unlimited rounds on golf at superb courses whilst staying in some amazing resorts…

29 Golf Facebook Pages We Love (And You Should Follow)

29 Golf Facebook Pages We Love (And You Should Follow)

Listen up golf lovers; Facebook is more useful than you think. Sure, you may just know it as the place to voice your complaints, scroll through political rants and keep an eye on what your friends have been up to. But, the platform is actually useful for a whole lot more. If you want to keep up with your favorite golfers, learn about what’s going on in the industry, find out about the best places to play and keep up to date with golf-related events, Facebook is a great place to start. You can follow golf pages and see updates effortlessly as they come in on your feed. Want to know more? Here are 29 golf Facebook pages that we love and that we think you might like to follow!

1. Golfing World

Golfing World

Focusing on video, this Facebook page offers exclusive features that make you feel like you’ve gone behind the scenes. Videos here feature pros from exclusive events and golf tours all over the world. They feature destination reviews to get you familiar with new courses around the globe and help you improve your skills with their instructional videos.

2. Get Back To Golf

Get Back To Golf

This community based page hopes to get you excited about golf on a daily basis. They offer funny memes, gear testing videos, course vlogs, humor and unboxings. The videos will give you a good laugh and put you in contact with other golfers.

3. Golf Life Deals

Golf Life Deals

Visitors to this page will find weekly and sometimes daily updates to their feed, all about golf. Their feed is full of videos featuring golf tips, review of equipment, and profiles of golf companies. They also have a television series, Golf Life and will often posts clips that give resort reviews, PGA Tour personality profiles and summaries of courses.

4. Golf Channel Academy

Golf Channel Academy

Step up your golf game without ever leaving your computer. This channel focuses on instructional videos that will help you out on the green. It even lets you interact with professionals so that you can get their best tips.

5. I’d Rather Be Golfing

I'd-rather-be-golfing

This channel is all fun and games and not the exactly out on the green. The page is full of funny memes that will help you relate to all of the other golfers out there who would rather be playing the game than doing whatever it is they are doing.

6. Golf Tips Magazine

Golf tips

Established back in 1989, (the magazine, not the Facebook page of course) this magazine has gone digital and like everything else, got a Facebook page. People don’t always have the time to keep up with print magazines so this page makes it easy to find out the latest happenings in golf. Check here for tips on equipment, instruction and travel relating to everything golf.

7. All Things Golf

All Things Golf

This one is pretty self-explanatory huh? It’s a community space for golf lovers to gather, chat, and learn about what’s going on in the golf world. You can read articles, check out product reviews, get instructions and participate in discussions within the community.

8. Me And My Golf

Me and my golf

Get ready for even more golf tips by following this page. The coaches focus on the holistic realm of fitness and offer videos featuring a range of topics. Check out their feed for tips on how to improve your swing, develop your overall fitness and focus on mental training.

9. Golf

golf.com

Well, it doesn’t get any more specific than this. This page is for the passionate golfer and features tips from world class teachers. It will give you access to high profile golf personalities and courses. And, the page will provide plenty of insight on the best golf equipment too.

10. Golf Banter

golf banter

Everyone loves some good old banter now and then right? Check out this page if you want to virtually mingle with golf lovers. The talk is pretty funny and so are the videos and memes.

11. Golf Magic

golf magic

This page has EVERYTHING golf. Like their page and you can look forward to a feed full of golf news, reviews and views. They strive to bring golfers from around the world together in one place.

12. Golf WRX

golf wrx

This groups has over 100,000 members and is a premier place to get your golfing info. Join the community and find out about industry news, equipment reviews, tour photos, and classifieds. Plus, it gives you a place to get involved in debates and discussions concerning the sport.

13. The Golf Fix

Golf-fix

Join Michael Breed and learn how to improve your game through this channel. It’s a show based around improving your game and this Facebook page lets you keep up with new techniques.

14. Golf Digest

golf digest

Their Moto is “think young, play hard.” Get inspired to be your best with Golf Digest in your feed. The content here is based around improving your game as well as the culture that surrounds golfers. Learn about what’s going on with industry professionals, what kind of workouts can improve your game, and which places you should travel to for better golf experiences.

15. Golf Channel

golf channel

Apparently, this channel is the only worldwide media company that is dedicated to the sport all day, every day. It’s also part of the NBC Sports Group and brings you plenty of professional information on golf. In fact, it was founded by Arnold Palmer himself, so you know that the feed will bring some pretty serious stuff to your world of golf.

16. Nike Golf

nike golf

Everyone involved with sports in familiar with the Nike brand. While this page is the child of the company, it doesn’t function just to sell you gear. Get inspirational videos, updates on the industry and the occasional showcase of some new equipment that may help you improve your game.

17. Golf On CBS

golf on CBS

 

This is the feed to turn to when you want to get all of the info on PGA tournaments. Get all of the coverage you need on industry events and the big name players who frequent them. You don’t always have time to watch the news so following this page helps you stay up to date without doing much searching.

18. Golf Smith

golf smith

While this page belongs to a business, they are constantly updating their feed with intriguing articles on the sport. It’s a great place to have a golf related discussion and learn about new equipment that is coming to the market.

19. PGA Tour

PGA tour

You’re probably familiar with the PGA Tour and this Facebook page allows you to stay up to date on all of the happenings. It’s a membership organization of professional golfers with the aim to connect and share the love of the sport. This page will give you plenty of info on how to find new golfing opportunities both domestically and abroad.

20. Rory Mcllroy

rory mcllroy

It’s his official fan page and a great place to keep an eye on one of the industry’s favorite golfers. He travels the world playing golf and has 22 international career wins, four of which are Major Championships. Born in Ireland, he started playing golf just about the time he could pick up a club. Most of his early skills were learned at Hollywood Golf Club and he was supported heavily by his parents so that he could be successful. He won 3rd place at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, became the youngest ever Affiliate Member in the history of the European Tour to earn a tour card, and had a maiden professional win at the Dubai Desert Classic. Follow this page to stay up to date on everything Rory continues to accomplish.

21. Lee Westwood

Lee westwood

Starting out in golf at the age of thirteen, Lee didn’t take long to get crowned junior champion of his home county, Nottinghamshire. He turned pro in 1993 when he won the British Youth Championship. He has won 18 events including the European Tour as well as American tournaments. Westwood has also gained wins around the world in places like Asia, Australia and Africa. During 2000, he won 7 tournaments around the world and was ranked first on the European Order Merit. Aside from golf, the talented man received a Honorary degree of Doctor of Science in 2007 from Nottingham Trent University. Check out his fan page to see what he’s up to in his career.

22. Dustin Johnson

dustin Johnson

This is the official Facebook page of the elite golfer that lets you check in on how his career is going. Hailing from South Carolina, Johnson has plenty of wins ranging from 2008 until now. Some of his victories include: The Turning Stone Resort Championship, BMW Championship, The Barclays, U.S Open, and the WGC-Bridgestone Open. The feed of this page will provide plenty of articles about the game and Dustin himself and also gives you the chance to peek into his personal life too!

23. Ian James Poulter

Ian James Poulter

Follow Ian through his page! He is a global golfer, born in 1976, who is a big fan of Orlando Magic. His profile states that he’s into sports, cars and especially cares about his family. Check out his feed if you want to read interesting, golf related articles, see personal photos of his family life and get clued in on what he does to improve his game on a daily basis. Plus, there are random articles that detail what’s going on in the industry as it related to Ian.

24. Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel

The son of a pretty prestigious golfer, Charl was exposed to the sport at a young age. Starting off, he won multiple awards in South Africa as well as the Brabazon Trophy and the Indian Amateur Open Championship in 2002. He was one of the youngest players in history to win a European Tour Card as well. Worldwide, he has won 14 professional tournaments and is one of the only players to win three consecutive Sunshine Tour Order of Merit titles. He has gone on to become a family man with a daughter as well as a man with many hobbies like flying his plane, water skiing and rugby. Follow his page for updates on his career as well as his family and travels.

25. Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

A native of Ireland, McDowell was born in 1979 and found his love for golf at the young age of eight. His career started with a win of the Ulster Boys Championship at the Lurgan Golf Club back in 1996. Other achievements throughout his career include the Haskins Award for most outstanding collegiate golfer in the USA, a maiden European Tour title, sixth on the Order of Merit, tied for second at the Bay Hill Invitational and a 4th place finish at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters. He has received many other awards and wins throughout the years and has become one of the world’s best golfers. Check out his feed for personal videos and inside peeks.

26. Tiger Woods 

tiger woods

He may just be one of the most well-known golfers in the world so following his Facebook page will give you plenty of content to look forward to. Read articles about what he’s been up to in the world of golf and even watch some personal videos where he spouts out tips, updates and advice. There are interviews where he gives the lowdown on his career and even things as personal as his favorite restaurant. Follow him for the updates.

27. The Greenbrier Classic

The Greenbrier Classic

This PGA Tour is quite well known in the world of golf. If you follow their Facebook page, you will get updates on the event each year. The page also features reviews, promotions, videos and photos. Get discounts on golf gear through the page and get updated on openings for volunteers, tickets and more.

28. The Memorial Tournament

Memorial Tournament

Another stop on the PGA Tour, this tournament is one that is loved by thousands. Check out the feed for photos and videos of professional golfers as well as updates on the event. The feed will hit you with fun little facts, provide updates on contests and promotions and keep you updated on other events that may be of interest to you.

29. The RBC Heritage Golf Classic

RBC Heritage Golf Classic

Located in South Carolina, this event is one to keep updated on. This page will keep you updated on the event as well as offer some funny memes and photos. Get ready for some videos and news on other golf subjects too!

If looking at all of these golfing pages has got you in the mood for a golf holiday, then why not have a look at our range of destinations here.

South Africa – Guide to the Rainbow Nation

This week’s blog is a South Africa special. South Africa has so much to offer its visitors with beautiful scenery, endless beaches, delicious food and stunning wildlife. With all of this, as well as some of the worlds’ best-kept golf courses offering world-class facilities, coupled with superb weather, it is really no surprise that this a much loved golfing destination. Courses such as Fancourt, Leopard Creek and Gary Player Sun City are known world-side and all host major tournaments. So, if you haven’t already booked your next golf escape to the sun then look no further than one of our superb packages to South Africa…
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Rovos Rail is a world-class travel experience and gives you the opportunity to take a journey through South Africa of up to 15 days. Taking a journey on the Rovos Rail is an unforgettable experience and it really isn’t hard to see why. Board the train in Pretoria and enjoy fine wining and dining, superb service and the chance to see some of the most magical spots across South Africa as well as get the opportunity to play some truly testing golf courses. There are three journeys specifically for golfers – the Golf Safari, Golf Collage and the Golf Adventure – but they book very early, so don’t delay. With everyday taking you to a new destination with new sights and courses to play it is not surprising that this is our shining star of golf escape to South Africa.
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If travelling by train is not the way you want to spend your golf trip to South Africa, then we have a fabulous alternative; Fancourt Estate. The five star estate offers stunning scenery and surroundings as well as two very different but equally beautiful hotels and three superb golf courses. The Manor House is just that, a remodelled manor house to create a stunning boutique hotel which is perfect for those of you looking for a quieter holiday in a beautiful place. This boutique hotel offers guests the ultimate luxury and a stay here could never be a disappointment.
Fancourt-Hotel

The Fancourt Hotel features 115 beautifully decorated bedrooms and suites with all the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. There are a range of facilities for guests to enjoy from the spa and gym to the range of swimming pools and of course, the three brilliant golf courses. The Fancourt Estate is beautiful, with the breath-taking Outeniqua Mountains providing the backdrop for your stay.
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Fancourt’s Outeniqua and Montagu courses have become known as two of the finest parkland courses in the country. Getting the opportunity to play a round of golf on each of these courses is a remarkable experience. However, the shining star of the Fancourt courses is The Links course, which is rated as the best in the country. The course is perhaps the most impressively designed course in South Africa and presents players with a unique and tough South African golfing experience. The land across the golf course is so vast and rolling that it feels like there is a change in elevation at every hole and the course blends effortlessly into its natural landscape. Each hole presents you with a new challenge but you will definitely remember every one, which just shows what an experience you will have. However, there is no doubting that this is an exceptionally tough course with fast greens and lots of rough. The course allows little leeway for wayward shots so if you are a golfer with a high handicap you may find this course a little frustrating. In the area there are some other amazing courses to play such as Oubaai, Simola and Pezula.
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Another fantastic package to South Africa awaits you at the Pearl Valley Hotel. The hotel, opening soon, will be one of the most luxurious hotels in the area and, when combined with Pearl Valley’s championship golf course, will make for an enchanting stay. The hotel is situated on the Pearl Valley Estate which has stunning scenery. The new hotel will offer luxurious and spacious rooms as well as an onsite restaurant and bar and a large outdoor pool area for guests to enjoy.  If you’d prefer there is an option for you to rent a resident’s lodge, which gives you access to the course as well as the other facilities on site, which is great for golf groups or families.
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Undoubtedly, one of the best things about the new Pearl Valley Hotel is that now you have the opportunity to stay and play one of South Africa’s finest courses – Pearl Valley Golf Course. The course is nestled between the dramatic Simonsberg Mountains and the Berg River Valley. It has been recognised as the Best Conditioned Course in South Africa several years running. The course is a parkland course and has many water hazards which can shake up your round a little if you’re not careful.
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The clubhouse here has a sophisticated atmosphere where you can soak up the beautiful surroundings and enjoy some lovely food and drink.

Enquire now as this new on-site accommodation and golf combination is bound to attract a lot of attention.
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Insider’s Guide to La Manga Club

This week’s blog focuses on the famous La Manga Club resort, and also takes the opportunity to look at the 5-star Principe Felipe Hotel and the 4-star Las Lomas Village packages that are very popular with Golf Escapes clients. La Manga Club is an ideal resort for groups, offering a host of leisure, sports social and dining options to fill your day and night coupled with some superb packages available for all year round! Our packages include offers such as the “one free in eight” deal, plus Early Booking Discounts and other value adds so for value for money this is an excellent option.

If you want some quality during your stay then Hotel Principe Felipe is a modern and comfortable five-star hotel built in traditional Andalucian style with a wide range of facilities and of course direct access to the three brilliant golf courses on-site. The hotel is situated in the centre of La Manga Club which makes it the perfect destination for anyone who wants to be able to access all the facilities of this vast resort very easily. This includes the 28 court tennis centre, impressive spa facilities but especially the many bars and resturants. You will never be short of somewhere to enjoy a brilliant meal or a few drinks when staying here as there are restaurants serving all different types of cuisine from Mediterranean food to Asian cuisine, or Italian and Indian foods options. At the hotel, all of the guestrooms feature a TV as well as a private balcony which boasts scenic views of the pool or the golf course.Principe-Felipe

If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the 5-star option but you still want all that La Manga Club has to offer than we suggest you take a look at Las Lomas Village. Packages here offer full acess to the golf and other facilities but are easier on the pocket and represent great value. Overlooking the North course, here you can also enjoy time relaxing by the pools, at the Club’s private cove or at the spa when you are not enjoying a round on one of the three golf courses here. Within driving distance, there are the beautiful unspolit beaches of Calbanque or the delights of the Mar Menor where there are is also a wide range of watersports available.Las-Lomas-Village

However, despite all this, for golfers the main attraction will always be the three 18-hole courses on-site and we start with the championship South course. This course is a stern test of golf, but the fairways are quite forgiving so don’t be afraid to open the shoulders. Although the fairways are wide, there are only a few holes which don’t feature some form of water hazard and there are many strategically placed bunkers ready and waiting to catch any errant shots! The course features a wide variety of different holes varying in length and difficulty from terrific par fives to short par threes and the 14th hole presents one of the largest sand traps in Spain with almost the entire length of the fairway on the right-hand side being bunkered.  The 18th is considered to be the signature hole where the tee shot is tough and with your initial shot you will find it difficult to avoid the many water and sand hazards and then to add to the challenge the green is well protected with bunkers. This course is a beautifully honest test of golf and the course demands some accurate shots in order for you to score near to your handicap, especially when the warm wind is against you! The greens are fast but this is a very fun and relaxed course – a perfect addition to your golf escape.South-Course

Next, we have the North course. This course was refurbished again recently and is very different to its sister South course, with the two meeting on several occasions during the 18 holes, it is much shorter and hillier. In order to score well on this course you cannot afford to lose concentration throughout the round as between holes 13 and 17 there are half a dozen ponds waiting to catch any errant shots late in the round. Out of the three courses at La Manga Club, the North course is possibly the easiest but that doesn’t mean that it is to be taken lightly, when the sun is shining (which is almost always is) the originally short par 3s seem long and the palm trees are there, lining the fairways, waiting to catch any wayward shot sent off course by the wind. Although this is a perfect course to play whilst you are on holiday or have a slightly higher handicap, there are also many challenging holes along the way such as the par three 4th hole with out-of-bounds to the left and a magnetic hazard on the right! This is a well-kept, scenic holiday course with large greens, lush fairways and lovely surroundings – definitely one not to be missed out on! Both the South and the North courses here at La Manga can be access straight from Principe Felipe Hotel being just a few steps away from the entrance to the hotel which means that no travelling or fuss is necessary to find a great golf course when you are staying here!North-Course

Last, but certainly not least, is the West course. This course is a 4-minute free shuttle away from the Principe Felipe Hotel and Las Lomas Village which means it is still easier than most to access! This course, although known as some as the Wild West due to the location in the hills, is beautiful with well-manicured fairways and spectacular scenery for you to enjoy throughout the round. Each of the holes here seems to be different and each one presents you with a different challenge whether you are a seasoned golfer or one with a higher handicap! The first nine holes are easier, and slightly less inviting than the back nine but they could not be described as easy with the 3rd hole presenting you with a challenging tee shot as well as a hidden green. Then you have the 9th hole challenging you to take on an uphill tee shot before you wind down to the protected green behind a ravine and in front of a large lake! Throughout the back nine holes you are up and down the mountains playing the difficult 12th hole and then the even more challenging par three 13th which although is a beautiful hole, will not look so beautiful on your scorecard! No one could question the signature hole after you have played the 18th, the tee is at the top of a small mountain overlooking the fairway and beyond across La Manga, the countryside and the sea – this is a superb finishing hole and you can only understand why once you have taken it on. This course is a fabulous addition to the two other La Manga Club courses and completes this as perhaps the perfect destination.West-Course

Travelling to La Manga is also very easy, Murcia (MJV) airport is just 20 minutes’ drive away and is a small airport which means that there are no long queues or walks and despite the fact that it is a small airport, plenty of airlines from the UK fly into there so La Manga Club is very accessible! There is also the option of Alicante (ALC) airport, just over an hour away, this airport is one of the busiest in Spain with a large number of UK flights landing daily. Footer

We hope that you enjoyed this blog and will be considering taking your next golf break to La Manga Club as it really does offer everything that you could possibly need or want, and is much more than just a golf resort. With recent investment, this resort is just getting better and better and so contact us to find out more and see for yourselves what the fuss is about.

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Our Guide to the Best Tours of Ireland

With March upon us, Springtime is fast approaching and the weather will soon be improving (well, most of the time) so it’s the perfect time to think about booking your golf break to the U.K. Ireland is a beautiful country with stunning scenery, great hotels and superb golf and our tours allow you to enjoy your time there and get the opportunity to play a few different courses.

In South West Ireland, just a five minute walk from the heart of Kenmare is the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort. All of the rooms are spacious with flat-screen TVs and there is free Wi-Fi in public areas. Whilst you are not on the golf course, you can spend your time in the leisure centre in the pool or the gym or you can take a wander into Kenmare where there is a range of different restaurants and pubs for you to enjoy. The restaurant at the hotel is also fantastic, The Bay Restaurant serves delicious European cuisine with local produce. There are also a couple of bars for you to enjoy a few drinks in if you don’t fancy walking out into town. This is a lovely hotel in a great location and staying here gives you the opportunity to play three courses which are in close proximity…Kenmare-Bay-Hotel

Ring of Kerry golf course is set amongst natural heathland and overlooks Kenmare Bay. From every hole, the course boasts beautiful, panoramic views across the Bay which just adds to the enjoyment of the course. This is an extremely hilly course with dramatic elevation changes and there are plenty of hazards with water and patches of rough on the fairways. However, there are plenty of tee options which makes this course playable for golfers of all abilities. This is a fantastically designed course with breathtaking views that is a must-play.Ring-of-Kerry

The next course on the tour is Castlegregory Golf Links course may only be a nine hole course but it definitely isn’t one to pass up the chance at playing. It is a very challenging course, especially when the weather conditions are harsh but it is one of the most scenic courses you will ever get the chance to experience with Mount Brandon as a magnificent backdrop and the use of natural features throughout the course. This is an enjoyable but testing challenge of golf making it a perfect addition to this tour.Castlegregory

Last, but certainly not least, is Dingle Golf Club. The design of the course is simple yet impressive with the holes seemingly etched into the natural landscape but this doesn’t mean that is isn’t a challenging one. The course is dotted with strategically placed bunkers and the fairways are undulating which makes it a fair test of anyone’s golf. This course could be described as an authentic Irish Links course and is one that could be considered to be a real gem in the area – definitely not one to miss out on!Dingle-Golf-Club

In Dublin, Cassidy’s Hotel is a great little hotel set in the heart of the city. This hotel’s location could not be anymore perfect for a golf break in Dublin as it is within a ten minute walk of Dublin’s main attractions and there are two superb golf courses nearby for you to enjoy. The hotel is made up of three Georgian townhouses which have been converted to make this perfect, three-star boutique hotel. Of course, being in the centre of the city gives you the chance to experience Dublin in all its glory from the nightlife, to the culture and food available there. If you are wanting food right on your doorstep though, the hotel’s restaurant also serves delicious traditional Irish cuisine and the breakfast here is great! Cassidy’s Hotel is the ideal location for your next golf holiday to Dublin and so it isn’t surprising that it is the base for our Dublin tour…Cassidys-Hotel

Whilst staying at Cassidy’s, you get the chance to play two superb golf courses which are within close proximity of the hotel. Portmarnock Golf Course is situated on its own sandy peninsula and is stretched over 500 acres of land. This Links course provides players with stunning views of the Irish coastline and if you are lucky with the weather conditions you will be able to see the Mountains of Mourne to the North. With water on three sides of the course, you are certainly in trouble if the wind is harsh but even without the wind, the fast and undulating greens make this a challenging course, but definitely one to be admired.Portmarnock

The Island Golf Club is a fantastic Links course with some of the most interestingly designed holes you will ever get the opportunity to play. This course is a stern test of golf and like many of the courses here, if the wind is blowing those even with the lowest of handicaps will struggle to finish the round with a good scorecard. Although this course is a tough one with fast greens and narrow fairways, the scenery is simply breathtaking and even if you finish the round with an awful scorecard, you won’t regret this round of golf. This course manages to incorporate its stunning surroundings into the round, this a must-play course when you are staying in the Dublin area and so it is no surprise that this is the final addition to the Dublin tour.The-Island-Golf-Club

These are just two of the tours we have in Ireland and many are still being put together but there is always the option of creating your own bespoke tour with us and with somewhere as beautiful as Ireland, it would be hard to see why you would want to choose anywhere else for your golf break this Spring…Blog - feedspot

17 Incredible Places for a Golf Holiday in 2017 (1)

17 Incredible Places for a Golf Holiday in 2017

The New Year has only just begun, leaving you plenty of time to start planning your holidays for the remainder of it. Instead of just laying on the beach in the Caribbean, why not plan your holiday around one of your favorite past times; golf. Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

The Scottish Highlands

Scotland is king when it comes to the sport and enthusiasts from all over the globe come here just to check out the courses. The views are absolutely stunning and the actual courses are impeccably designed. Check out the courses here.

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Suggested Course

The Queens Course: It’s one of the most beautiful in the Gleneagles region; full of woodlands and the occasional roaming deer. It was opened in 1917, has a challenging par of 68 and is actually less than 6000 yards.

Where to Stay

Gleneagles Hotel: Stay here for a luxurious experience with fantastic views. It’s a five star resort with exclusive dining options and a great location for people heading to the golf courses.

What to do

When you aren’t on the golf course, there is plenty to explore in the Scottish Highlands. Visit Cairngorms National Park, tour the Dunrobin Castle or wander through Inverewe Gardens.

 

Catalonia, Spain

One of the most beautiful regions of Spain, Catalonia is located in the northeast and is characterized by its beaches and the Pyrenees Mountains.

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Suggested Course

Bonmont: It’s located in the hills of the surrounding mountains and offers views over the Mediterranean. The course is also quite versatile so golfers at most levels can have a good time here. 

Where to Stay

Hotel Ciutat de Tarragona: Situated in an ideal location, guests can easily walk to the beach and the historical center. It also has a rooftop lounge, pool, and spacious, modern rooms.

What to do

Take some time to visit Barcelona and taste the tapas, wander through Sagrada Familia and lounge on the beaches. If you can, rent a car and check out the beaches of Costa Brava, climb up Montserrat and visit the Dali Museum.

 

Antalya, Turkey

It’s the largest city on the country’s Mediterranean coast and is also the gateway to the Turkish Riviera. The city is also a great starting point if you want to visit the region of Belek, a natural beauty and great place to play golf.

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Suggested Course

Carya: Opened in 2008, the course is quite new and is made up of 7,186 yards and has a 72 par. You can also play golf here well into the evening as it has plenty of lights.

Where to Stay

Voyage Belek Golf & Spa: This hotel overlooks the beach and is only a short drive from Montgomerie golf course. It’s an absolutely huge resort with swimming pools, plenty of dining options and entertainment.

What to do

Wander through the old quarter of Antalya to view the mosque, make a visit to some of the beaches and check out the zoo.

 

Paphos, Cyprus

This coastal location is a hot spot for tourists due to its history and cultural treasures. While it has been a holiday destination for years, the area is increasingly becoming known for its golf courses.

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Suggested Courses

Aphrodite Hills: It’s an award-winning course that is well manicured and full of native plants. It also features a challenging, 130 meters-long gorge to work your shots around.

Where to Stay

Aphrodite Hills Hotel: This hotel is five stars and known for its elegance. Guests are offered fine dining and entertainment as well as pools, outdoor Jacuzzis and garden views.

What to do

Wander through the archeological park, visit the Tomb of Kings and spend some time learning a bit at the Episkopi Environmental Center.

 

Lisbon, Portugal

The weather is fantastic and the golf courses are in abundance around Portugal. While there are courses all over the country, the bustling city of Lisbon makes a great place to stay.

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Suggested Course

Aldeia dos Capuchos: It features 9 holes and is one of the newest courses in the country. The ocean serves as the backdrop here and visitors will love the strategic bunkers, sloping greens and large lake.

Where to Stay

Sesimbra Hotel and Spa: Located right on the beach, this hotel is four stars and is in walking distance of restaurants and bars. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment after a long day of golf.

What to do

It’s impossible to get bored in this thriving city. Visit the various parks and gardens, wander the historic streets and dig into the night life if you have the energy.

 

Costa Brava, Spain

It used to be an unlikely golfing destination but now has been voted one of the most up and coming spots to golf. While the resorts are modern and lush, there are plenty of quaint fishing villages and culture to explore when you’re finished your game.

Catalunya Resort

Suggested Course

Emporda Links: The fairways are fast and wide with very little tree coverage. To have success on this challenging course, make sure that your shots are precise!

Where to Stay

Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort: It’s a five-star hotel that is actually located right on a 36-hole golf course. Enjoy the spa, outdoor pool, hot tub and hammam when you finish your game.

What to do

Wander the fishing village of Tossa de Mar if you want to add a little bit of culture and beauty to your trip. The old Jewish quarter of Girona as well as the Dali museum and marine park make great destinations as well.

 

Algarve, Portugal

This destination offers fantastic value as a golfing vacation spot. The course options are pretty wide and amongst the large hotels, there are also interesting fishing villages to explore.

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Suggested Course

Alamos: This course offers a variety of holes as well as undulating fairways and small sized greens. Conditions are great and the whole course is delightfully secluded.

Where to Stay

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort: It’s one of the most famous golf resorts in Europe and has quite a loyal following. It has charm, personality and offers elegant amenities on top of the fact that it has superb golf facilities.

What to do

Make sure to visit the old inner city of Lagos and see the red stone castle, Silves. Wander through the trails of Monchique mountains and try out one of the activities like mountain biking or a boat trip.

 

Cape Provinces, South Africa

This stunning area is characterized by good weather and is home to the country’s most famous city, Cape Town. The area is also full of vineyards and stunning desert scenery.

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Suggested Course

Arabella Country Estate: This estate is home to one of the most highly ranked courses in the country. There are tricky bunkers, pristine grass and an infamous closing hole.

Where to Stay

Arabella Hotel and Spa: It’s highly rated and offers rooms with private terraces to overlook the scenery. There is a swimming pool, plenty of elegant dining options and an award-winning spa.

What to do

Make sure to explore all of the museums and restaurants in Cape Town and take a drive to the wine growing region of Stellenbosch.

 

Vienna, Austria

This city is famous for the river that runs through it as well as the distinct culture. While it may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a golf getaway, it’s actually home to some pretty amazing courses.

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Suggested Course

Adamstal Golf Club: You’ll find this course amongst the alpine foothills. The holes are actually quite flat while still offering up a challenge. There is also a bonus 19th hole!

Where to Stay

Diamond Country Club: It’s located an hour west of Vienna but is well known as the home of the PGA European Tour Lyoness Austrian Open.

What to do

There is an overwhelming amount of sites to see here but try to make it to the MAK museum, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the outdoor markets.

 

Bruges, Belgium

Known for its Medieval architecture, cobblestone streets and fairytale-like atmosphere, Bruges makes a lovely destination for your next golfing vacation.

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Suggested Course 

Royal Zoute Golf Club: Only 25 minutes from Bruges, this course is one of the most premier in the country. It was designed by Harry Colt back in 1907 and is one of the top links courses in Europe. It resembles an English golf course and has hosted the Belgian Open for many years.

Where to Stay

Grand Hotel Casselbergh: It’s a historic hotel located in the center of Bruges. Guests can enjoy the wellness center, the bar, sauna and Turkish bath. All of the amenities are perfect for relaxing after a long day of golf.

What to do

Make sure to check out the Brewery De Halve Maan to learn all about Belgian beer making and the Choco-Story Museum to learn all about how Belgian chocolate is made. There are actually enough museums to keep your schedule filled throughout the entire trip.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Another fairytale city, Prague is home to Medieval architecture, a 9th-century castle and an old town square. The outskirts of the city are home to some prestigious golf courses that have seen some pretty prominent players over the years.

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Suggested Course

Albatross Golf Resort: Opened in 2009 and located just outside of Prague, this course sits at 420 meters above sea level. Due to its own distinct micro-climate, this course has the longest golf season in central Europe. It has 65 sand bunkers, seven lakes and is comprised of 50,400 square meters.

Where to Stay

Hotel Majestic Plaza: This hotel is located right in the center of Prague and offers a prestigious and elegant experience for guests. Guests can enjoy the outdoor and indoor pools, sauna, hot tub and restaurant which serves up some international cuisine.

What to do

Make sure to wander around both new and old town, walk along the Charles Bridge, and get a photo in front of the Dancing House.

 

Basque, France

Located in southern France, the Basque region has a French elegance with some Spanish flair. The natural scenery here is stunning, especially with the Pyrenees Mountains as a backdrop.

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Suggested Course

Golf de Chantaco: This golf course is especially interesting as it’s located in the small fishing village of St. Jean de Luz. The course is family owned and was designed by Harry Colt. Golfers here can look forward to both coastal and woodland views.

Where to Stay

Grand Tonic Hotel Biarritz: This boutique hotel is located right in the heart of Biarritz. Guests here can walk to the casino, old port and 4 different golf courses.

What to do

Look at the architecture of the churches, visit the Museum of The Sea and spend some time lounging on the beaches.

 

South Coast, Ireland

This region of Ireland is full of history from castles and abbeys to stately homes. There is so much that visitors can see here aside from the pristine golf courses.

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Suggested Course

Dingle Links: The scenery here is breathtaking and makes it worth visiting even if you aren’t playing golf. The course is a bit challenging but well worth it.

Where to Stay

Hayfield Manor: It’s said that this is the grandest hotel in Cork as it’s perfectly secluded and rated five stars.

What to do

Have a look at the Ring of Kerry, view the lakes of Killarney and wander through the lovely fishing villages of Waterford and Wexford. Also, head to Cork if you want to spend a little time wandering a city.

 

Western Gulf, Thailand

This popular area of the country is home to some of Thailand’s most visited places like Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Ko Pha-Ngan. While each of the islands are great for beach lounging and partying, Hua Hin is especially good for golfing.

Hua Hin

Suggested Course

Banyan Golf Club: Rolex named this course one of the top 1000 in the world. The course is 7,361 yards par-3 and has plenty of sand traps, waste bunkers and water hazards.

Where to Stay

Wannara Hotel: This four-star property is located in walking distance of Hua Hin beach. It’s modern in style and offers an outdoor pool, hot tub and on site restaurant.

What to do

If you can, head on over to the islands for a relaxing getaway once you finish your golfing. While in Hua Hin, try to get to the Railway Station, Klai Kangwon Palace, and Sam Roi Yot National Park.

 

Arizona, U.S.A

It’s full of desert, cacti and of course, the Grand Canyon. The weather here is ideal and the golf courses are abundant.

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Suggested Course

Boulders North Course: Designed by Jay Morrish, this course is considered one of the very best in the area. It is 7000 yards with a par 72 and is surrounding by spectacular landscapes of desert and mountains.

Where to Stay

Hyatt House Hotel: It’s located in Scottsdale and is only a short walk from a nice selection of bars and restaurants. They have suites available that offer plenty of comforts like a lounge and equipped kitchen.

What to do

Make sure to visit the Grand Canyon! It should be the top destination on your list. Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are also gorgeous, natural sites that are worth visiting too.

 

North Region, Puerto Rico

This region of the country is full of caves, lagoons and rugged coastline. It’s all about the nature here which make the golf courses particularly beautiful.

Royal Isabela

Suggested Course

Royal Isabela-The Links: It’s a challenging 18-hole course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is run by one of Puerto Rico’s most respected golf professionals.

Where to Stay

Royal Isabela: This hotel is the best place to stay if you want to be close to the golf course. Plus, it also overlooks the ocean as well as all of the other natural scenery.

What to do

Check out the bioluminescent bays, hang in the casinos and go snorkeling or scuba diving if you’re up for it.

 

Marrakech, Morocco

This city will take you back in time while offering up all of the best of the country’s culture. It has a stunning backdrop and plenty to do.

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Suggested Course

Al Maaden Golf Course: It’s a par 72 course that measures 6644m and has strategically placed bunkers and plenty of water. The course can be quite challenging, but in a good way!

Where to Stay

Riad Cinnamon: This boutique hotel is tiny, housing only 5 suites. However, it offers the chance to stay amongst the winding streets of the ancient city and has pretty gardens, a roof terrace and dipping pools.

What to do

Make sure to wander around the souks, get a glimpse at the tanneries and view the architecture of the mosques. Don’t forget to drink the mint tea too.

 

Check out our destinations page for more inspiration of where to go on your golfing holiday. If you’d like to discuss this further, please do get in touch.

The Best Places for a Family Holiday with Golf

This week’s blog is a guide to the best places for you to enjoy your family holiday with some fantastic golf on the side. With the Easter holidays fast approaching we are getting to that time of the year where you should be thinking about your family holiday for this year and this is the perfect place for you to start with some fantastic options and great deals to explore…

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First on our list of suggestions is the Holiday Polynesia Hotel which is a great four-star hotel with extensive facilities on the Costa del Sol. The hotel is just under a five minutes’ walk from the beach and features a lagoon-style pool as well as their facilities (including a waterpark!) at the beach club which is open during the summer months. All of the rooms here are decorated with an oriental theme and come with a hob and a microwave which means that although self-catering would be limited, it is possible. However, the hotel does boast a range of restaurants for you to choose from including the Maeva buffet restaurant and Uro Wok which serves oriental cuisine. With plenty of leisure facilities including tennis courts, mini-golf, a cinema and a spa with a separate children’s area this is a superb destination for your next family holiday and with many golf courses within close proximity of the hotel you will get your golf fix too…

La-Manga

Next up we have La Manga Club Las Lomas Village in Murcia where guests are offered well-furnished apartments that have been built into the hillside here and feature stunning views of the golf courses and out to sea. There are a wide range of different accommodation options here which makes this resort perfect for your next family holiday as you can tailor your holiday to what you and your family want. The village offers a wide range of facilities from the mini-market to tennis courts to a wide range of restaurants for you to enjoy but there is always the option of self-catering in your apartment. There are multiple pools on the resort including specific children’s areas and an extensive spa that everyone can enjoy. This is a super resort for your next family golf holiday and with La Manga Golf Club just a short shuttle away you are never far from the facilities you would want for your ideal golf holiday.La-Cala

Another property which makes the cut is the amazing La Cala Golf Resort, situated in the lovely La Cala de Mijas area. Taking into account the luxury accommodation comprising of the delightful 4* hotel and a list of great amenities, there is no question as to how it has established itself as the premier resort on the Costa del Sol. These amenities include the great bar to relax in after a round of superb golf at one of the three on-site courses, evening entertainment, gym and spa facilities, tennis courts, golf practice facilities, indoor and outdoor pools and a highly rated restaurant serving a large menu of high quality Spanish cuisine, plus much more!

Aphrodite-Hills

Aphrodite Hills in Paphos is a luxurious and contemporary five-star resort with deluxe apartments that boast panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea or the on-site golf course that you can enjoy from the floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the apartments and villas. The suites have the option of interconnecting rooms which are perfect for families and there is also a Kids Club and a Crèche Facility. This means that when you are wanting to relax in the spa or play a round on the golf course, your children will be well looked after and they will get the chance to enjoy some fun activities. There are many other activities and facilities that as a guest here you can make good use of and there are several bars and restaurants for you to choose from when it comes to dining options. This is a lovely resort, perfect for a family golfing holiday as there are several courses within a short distance of the hotel.

Gloria-Golf

In Turkey, we highly recommend the Gloria Golf Resort which is just a six minutes’ walk from the beach and features an on-site waterpark as well as two championship golf courses. All of the rooms are fitted with air conditioning and feature private balconies that look out onto the resort. This hotel boasts a fantastic all-inclusive option which is always great for families and there are six restaurants to choose from both buffet and a la carte options. For children, the resort offers a zoo where there are lots of supervised activities available for children of all ages so that you can enjoy a few peaceful hours away either at the spa or enjoying a round or two of golf! Whilst you are here, you can also enjoy the services and facilities of the Gloria Verde and Gloria Serenity Resorts if you fancy a change of scenery. This hotel offers high-class services and facilities to all of their guests and with there being so many activities, pools and of course, the beach available here it is the perfect destination for your next family golf break.Kristallii

 

Last, but not least, is the Kristalli Apartment Hotel which is a lovely, family-run four-star hotel in Greece. The hotel is set in the picturesque old town of Malia just a stroll away from the beach. The accommodation is modern and spacious here with a private balcony or terrace, a kitchenette and satellite TV. You can relax by the pool or take a stroll down to the beach or into town very easily here. Just ten minutes’ walk away from the hotel are a wide range of different shops, restaurants and bars so you will always be able to find something that everyone would like to eat! This is a lovely destination for your next family golf holiday with the superb Crete Golf Club just 15 minutes’ drive away from the hotel and a town full of culture and history just a short stroll away.

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s guide to the top resorts for your next family golf holiday and that you will take a closer look at anything that has taken your fancy and start preparing fully for Summer 2017…

 

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