17 of the Best Places in the UK for a Golf and Spa Break

The UK is kind of a big deal when it comes to golf vacations. Did you know that? OK, maybe you did, but were you aware that many of these golf courses also pair themselves with spas? That’s right, the spa treatments that these resorts offer are just as incredible as the golf courses. Plus, after a long afternoon swinging your club, a relaxing evening at the spa may be just what the doctor ordered.

So, before you start planning your next golf outing in the UK, consider booking a resort that has the spa to match. Here are the best places in the UK for a golf and spa break!

Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club

Built in the 1800s, the country club is situated on 450 acres of private land. It overlooks the rolling countryside of Northumberland and has won awards for the food and drink offerings on site. In fact, this country club is such a destination that it’s a popular spot for business meetings, weddings, and other important events. The accommodation options are considered luxurious, and it makes the perfect getaway for couples looking for some romance.

The Golf Course

Spread across the large private estate is an 18-hole golf course that is just as beautiful as it is secluded. It was designed by Jonathan Gaunt and is a 72 par parkland course. The greens here are USGA specific and there are 4 challenging par 3’s. Golfers here can expect some strategically placed bunkers, water hazards, a par 5 hole, and a golfer’s lounge.

The Spa

The health and fitness club is home to a heated indoor pool, Technogym, sauna, and steam room. Some of the treatments include a hot stone massage, aromatic massage, body polish, ear candle, reflexology treatment, waxing, manicures and pedicures, and more.

Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa

This mansion has been the home to royalty for centuries but is now open for visitors to enjoy. A visit to this estate offers a 50-acre lake, woodland trails, landscaped gardens, fine dining, and tennis courts.

The Golf Course

Designed by Mike Smith, this championship course stretches for over 7,000 yards. The challenging green follows USGA specifics and a front nine with an inland links feel. The back nine will take players parkland and around the estate.

The Spa

The oak framed building is an oasis of luxury that is perfectly secluded to provide the ultimate spa experience. Guests can lounge in the infinity pool or vitality pool, enjoy the heat therapy, or just relax in the gardens. Some treatments include: ESPA facials, scalp treatments, eye firming treatments, body wraps and scrubs, firming thigh treatments, hot stone massage, Swedish massage, and more.

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Situated on 1,000 acres of parkland, this hotel and country club has dazzling views of the Edinburgh Castle as well as the Forth Bridges. There are more than 200 suites and rooms that are filled with history and surrounded by a variety of restaurants and bars. With a state-of-the-art fitness center and plenty of leisure activities, visitors will always have something to do.

The Golf Course

The east golf course was designed by James Braid back in 1927 and offers a par 73. Guests can enjoy the bunkers and perfectly manicured green across the 7055 acre course. The west course stretches for 5168 yards and is a par 68. It has narrow fairways and smaller greens that make this course slightly more challenging.

The Spa

Luxury is the goal of this beauty salon and spa. They offer nail treatments, spray tanning, waxing, facials, massages, and more.

Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club

This is one of the UK’s premier resorts as it has 5-star dining options, and an award winning spa. In fact, the hotel has a little of everything including tennis courts, fully-equipped gyms, steam rooms, and a pool.

The Golf Course

The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus II and requires a lot of nerve as well as physical and mental strength to complete. Opening up in 1990, it has quickly gained respect and a status as one of the best resorts in the area. It’s seen many of the sport’s greatest players on its immaculately tended for green.

The Spa

Visit this spa at almost any time of day and enjoy their rejuvenating treatments which include: body wraps, facials, manis/pedis, waxing, massages, a steam room.

Foxhills Club & Resort

This 400-acre estate is family run and offers an experience of both luxury and home comfort. Play tennis on one of the eleven courts, or wander through the picturesque countryside where the resort resides.

The Golf Course

Take a few swings at the driving range before heading over to one of the three onsite golf courses. While two of them are 18-hole championship courses, one is a unique 9-hole course.

The Spa

Finish each day with a spa treatment to work out the kinks from the course. Try a sports muscle massage, facial, thermal therapy, Reiki, acupuncture, and more.

Celtic Manor

It’s a 5-star hotel with 330 bedrooms, all expertly designed to be unique and exude luxury. Imagine calming terraces and large, sun filled picture windows welcoming you to each new day. Listen to a piano player while you sip craft cocktails in the many onsite restaurants and bars.

The Golf Course

The Twenty Ten Course features more than 7,000 yards and has a par of 71. Expect a links-like feel in some areas as well as water hazards. The Roman Road course has a par 70 and provides views of the Seven Estuary. The Montgomerie course has a par of 69 and stretches for more than 6,000 yards. Expect bunkers, valleys and downhill shots here.

The Spa

Visit the Forum spa for an afternoon of tranquility. Ambient lighting and aromatherapy characterize the sixteen rooms that offer hot stone massages, deep tissue massages, facials and more.

Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club

This 13th-century hotel is located right between Nottingham, Derby, and the Peak District. Aside from its architecture and history, this destination is known for its luxurious spa and the perfection of the golf courses.

The Golf Course

The Priory course offers some of the best golf in the entire area. There are 6054 yards of parkland that wind their way around the hotel. The Moorland course was designed back in 1991 by Donald Steel and is known for its excellent views overlooking the countryside. It’s par 70 and has 6,028 acres to play on.

The Spa

The property has been put on the map party because of its opulent spa. Picture a candlelit room reserved for you and your relaxation. Some of the treatments here include: facials, body wraps, massages, manicures, body scrubs, and waxing.

East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa 

It’s nestled into the heart of the countryside and has become known as an epic destination for golf. The resort has been home to the European Open in 1993 and 1994, and is characterized by its luxurious atmosphere and elite spa experience.

The Golf Course

The East course was designed with the championship at the forefront, stretching more than 7,000 yards. There are two loops with nine holes, and the entire course as a whole is full of challenges. The west course is smaller and more scenic, yet slightly tighter with more challenges.

 The Spa

This spa offers some pretty exclusive packages like, “The English Garden Experience” which features a whole lineup of hot stones as well as “The Summer Body Treatment” package which features a salt scrub and full body moisturizer.

Cameron House

Look out over Loch Lomond as you ease into a new way of life at the laidback Cameron House. Take loch cruises, enjoy fine dining, stop in at the spa or play a game of golf while visiting.

The Golf Course

This 71 par course was designed by Doug Carrick, and has elevated holes that offer some pretty stunning views. While the course is certainly challenging, it makes it all worth it to look out at the beautiful views of the Scottish Highlands.

The Spa 

Take a journey into a tranquil and almost spiritual place. The spa at Cameron House will treat you like royalty and give you plenty of relaxing options to choose from. Try an ESPA facial, Carita facials, ESPA body experiences, and hair & nail treatments.

The Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel & Spa

Close to London, this hotel makes the perfect getaway into the countryside. It’s only 50 bedrooms which means it’s small enough to feel intimate but large enough to make you feel spoiled. With a sauna, swimming pool, and full gym, you will have plenty here to keep you busy. Don’t forget to visit the on-site restaurant and sample their world wine list.

The Golf Course

This course was built by the world renowned, Rees Jones and has been the site of multiple golf championships. With strategically placed lakes and bunkers, this course offers the perfect challenge.

The Spa

The ambient and calming atmosphere set the scene for an array of luxury spa treatments. While visiting, choose from: a full body massage, eco-chic facial, pregnancy treatment, and more.

Hallmark Welcombe Hotel Spa & Golf Club

Located in the northern Cotswolds, guests to this golf club will be welcomed with 157 acres of beautiful grounds. The building dates back to the 1800s but now has contemporary décor. Guests can keep busy on the green, at the tennis courts, in the thermal experience rooms or at the pool.

The Golf Course

This championship course is 18 holes and a par 70. The course stretches for 6,288 yards and offers par 3 and par 5 holes.

The Spa

It’s bright, light, and noticeably modern, making this spa a trendy place to relax. Check out the ancient Roman treatments, infinity showers, the Finnish sauna, or dual treatment rooms.

Belton Woods 

Set on more than 400 acres of countryside, this destination makes quite the escape. Not only is it beautiful and relaxing, but it also offers an exciting lineup of activities like squash, quad-biking, and croquet.

The Golf Course

The Lakes Course is a true challenge as it has lots of water hazards to work around. It’s a championship course with a par 72, and the lanes are long with tight fairways. The Woodside Course is a 73 par that runs along the wooded area of the property. It’s just over 6,000 yards long and is especially beautiful during autumn months.

The Spa

While at the spa, you can try an ESPA facial, ESPA body treatments, a mani/pedi or waxing.

Barnham Broom Hotel

The Norfolk countryside is home to this hotel, all 300 acres of it. It’s a four-star hotel with a contemporary design that is warm, welcoming, and quaint with its 46 rooms. There is also an award winning Brassiere onsite for when you’re feeling peckish.

The Golf Course

The Valley Course is characterized by its water features that blend into the natural landscape designed by Frank Pennink. It’s a 72 par course that has been operating since the 1970s. The Hill course is 71 par course with wide fairways and a real links feel.

The Spa

This luxury spa offers a wide range of holistic treatments. After a long game of golf, head on over for a body wrap, Indian head massage, Reiki, Hopi ear candle, or some reflexology.

Herons’ Reach

Guests here can choose from 172 bedrooms that have been modernly styled to make each guest feel at home. There are multiple restaurants on site as well as a Starbucks for all of the coffee lovers. Their wellness and beauty center, as well as the golf course, are what make this hotel so popular.

The Golf Course

Expect elevated tees, challenging holes, low-hanging trees and strategically placed bunkers. It’s a championship style golf course at its finest. Plus, they even have a floodlit driving range.

The Spa

Relax in the soothing spa with treatments that will relax your muscles after a long day on the green. Opt for a full body massage or get some work done on those shoulders.

Stoke By Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa

Located on 300 acres of English countryside, this resort is a site within itself. Guests to the luxury suites are welcomed to dine at the onsite restaurants or enjoy the health and fitness center. This is the perfect resort to visit if you’re a golfer but your wife just wants somewhere beautiful to relax.

The Golf Course

The Constable Course was built in the 1970s and is full of interesting water hazards. The green is well manicured and you will get lake views. The Gainsborough Course has been voted one of the best in the region and is filled with challenges that suit all skill levels.

The Spa

This spa has got it all from international treatments to the tried and tested favorites you know and love. Check out the Hammam, the mud therapy, steam room, Jacuzzi, and sanarium.

Macdonald Portal Hotel Golf & Spa

With an award winning restaurant, three golf courses, and gigantic bathtubs in each room, guests here can expect to seriously relax. There is also the town of Chester nearby which has plenty of shops and restaurants for guests to explore as well.

The Golf Course

The championship course is spread over 7000 yards that were once the site of a battlefield. With water features and USGA standard green, this course has an immaculate landscape in addition to the picturesque countryside. The 3rd hole has a 602 par 5 and the 14th hole has a par 3. The premier course has a par 3 7th hole and although smaller, is said to be the hotel’s most challenging.

The Spa

The spa is renowned and known for its expert pampering. Try a scalp massage, Elemis facial, a mani/pedi, and a whole lot more.

Gleneagles

This 5-star resort is one of the most luxurious destinations in the area. It’s in the heart of Scotland and offers 232 luxurious rooms for guests. While visiting, you can dine at the Michelin star restaurant before checking out one of the three championship courses. 

The Golf Course

The PGA Century Course was once the location of the Ryder Cup. It’s stunning views and expert design are something that you won’t want to miss. The Kings Course is fairly hilly with strategic bunkers and beautiful fairways. The Queens Course is the shortest but is a par 68 which makes it an interesting challenge.

The Spa

Indulge in both traditional and new-age spa treatments at this oasis for tranquility. Have a facial, try a foot ritual, or get a full body massage.

After a long day of golf, a little spa time is welcomed, so what better place to stay than a resort where you can do both. And, if you are traveling with someone who doesn’t necessarily share your enthusiasm for golf, why not book them a few spa treatments to enjoy while you play? On a rainy day in the UK, you’ll be pleased to spend some time soaking in the warm jacuzzi! Get in touch today to discuss your UK golfing plans. 

The Insider’s Guide to Sotogrande & Almenara

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to a couple of great hotels situated in the resort Sotogrande which is on the Costa del Sol. Sotogrande boasts a fantastic atmosphere with a world-class marina, a wide range of different restaurants and bars as well as some of the best golf in Spain. With everything that you could possibly want or need for your next golf escape as well as some great hotels, Sotogrande is a golfer’s paradise and when thinking about your next golf break, you should consider it…

Hotel Almenara is a luxury resort located in Sotogrande with spacious rooms which boast stunning views across the gardens or the brilliant on-site golf course. Whilst you are not enjoying a round on the golf course, you can relax by the large outdoor pool or in Almenara’s Spa where there is a hot tub, a sauna and a gym. At the spa, you can also choose from a range of different treatments or take part in the many classes offered. Although you can easily venture out into the resort of Sotogrande for food and drink, the hotel offers everything that you could want or need right on its own site including several restaurants. In the Gaia Restaurant, you can enjoy a wide range of different Mediterranean dishes whilst witnessing some of the beautiful scenery from the ceiling-to-floor windows. Alternatively, you can eat at the clubhouse which boasts a beautiful terrace and an informal setting for you to try some of the healthy meals which are made from locally sourced ingredients. There are also two bars for you to sit in and have a few drinks in including a poolside bar.

Almenara golf course is made up of 27 holes so you have alternative loops of 18 to choose from. Each loop of nine holes are brilliant and can prove a test of golf to those with all handicaps which makes it perfect for a golf break. After a round, you can enjoy a drink on the terrace at the clubhouse and look out onto the golf course. Hotel Almenara is a great golf escape destination with so much to do, see, eat, drink and play!

Hotel NH Sotogrande is a great and stylish four-star hotel which is located right in the heart of Sotogrande and right next to the beach. The rooms are all spacious and decorated with a contemporary design with traditional Andalusian décor. Whilst staying at Hotel NH Sotogrande there are some great packages for two great golf courses: Real Sotogrande Golf Course and La Reserva de Sotogrande but whilst you are not on the golf course, you can relax on the beach, by the outdoor pool or even spend time on the paddle courts. The Sotogrande marina is just a five minutes’ drive from the hotel so you are in a good base to explore Sotogrande and some great golf from. From the hotel, you can venture out into Sotogrande and enjoy some of the great restaurants and bars that it has to offer but there is a lovely restaurant and bar right at the hotel. The Sotogrande restaurant offers guests a beautiful setting in which to enjoy their meals with fantastic views across an ancient forest and at the Sotogrande Bar there is a laid-back atmosphere where you can enjoy a few drinks and a few snacks if you’re looking for a light bite, the bar also offers an outdoor terrace. With all of this as well as easy access to arguably two of the best golf courses in Spain it is no doubt that this is widely regarded as a great option for your next golf escape…

La Reserva de Sotogrande is a superb but a very long course at almost 7,400 yards from the back tees. However, as the fairways are quite wide, you can afford to take big but not wholly accurate shots. Although water hazards feature on six of the holes but on five of those holes, water is not blocking you from reaching the green as they were positioned mainly to catch errant shots. Despite the forgiving fairways, this course can be a challenge with many holes featuring guarded greens on more than one side as well as many interesting layouts which you must navigate your way around. One of the best things about the packages with the Hotel NH Sotogrande is that you are also given a complimentary buggy around this course which can be useful with its undulating terrains as well as its length.

Real Sotogrande Golf Club is the second course that you can easily play whilst staying at Hotel NH Sotogrande and it is rated as the 2nd best course in Spain and 7th in Europe and after you have played here you won’t question how it achieved these ratings. The course was designed by Robert Trent and opened in 1964 and proof of how brilliant this course is comes from the fact that even more than 50 years on the course is still enthralling players all of the time. To avoid all of the strategically placed hazards which are set out across the course, you must plan out and execute each one of your shots with accuracy, otherwise you will be left a few balls short with an unpleasant scorecard. Each of the holes is magnificent and offers something unique but there are a few very special holes including the 4th which is a very difficult par 3 with a harsh sloped green and the 7th which is another par 4 but with a narrow green and water guarding the green to the right. The finishing stretch of holes on this course is brilliant and you will leave a round here feeling very challenged but you will be able to remember each hole individually for a long time. With a recent renovation project on the course, this course is ready for another 50 years of brilliant golf and any discerning golfer should have this course on their must-play list.

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf escape to the Costa del Sol, the brilliant Sotogrande resort and all it has to offer you comes to mind…

The Insider’s Guide to Palacio Estoril & Golf do Estoril

This week’s blog is a guide to the brilliant five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa which is situated in the heart of Estoril, Portugal. This is a lovely hotel which boasts a fantastic location in Estoril which is a great beach resort located to the west of Lisbon. Here, you can find a wide array of different bars, restaurants and shops which means that you are never far from some great entertainment or food if you don’t want to stay in the hotel.

Being situated in Estoril also means that the weather is warm almost all year round which makes it the ideal destination for your next golf break, especially when the weather in the UK isn’t as good as you would like it to be…

 

Palacio Estoril Hotel, Golf and Spa really does occupy a brilliant location just a few minutes’ walk from the lovely sandy beach and adjacent to the casino. Both golfers and non-golfers alike will find plenty to love about Palacio Estoril Hotel as for golfers, you can take advantage of the fantastic unlimited golf packages whilst staying here which entitles you to unlimited golf on the fantastic Golf do Estoril. Whilst golfers are out enjoying a round on the golf course, non-golfers can enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s wonderful spa and fitness centre where they can enjoy a range of different treatments, work out in the gym, enjoy the sauna and Turkish bar or swim in the indoor pool. There is also a lovely outdoor pool area which is perfect for the summer months of the year when you can soak up the sun and of course, the beach is just a short walk away so you have endless options of relaxation areas.

From the moment that you arrive at Palacio Estoril Hotel, you will be greeted with a warm welcome and get to experience the wonderful old charm and character that this hotel emits. The service that you will receive whilst staying here is befitting of its five-star status and the staff will do everything they can to make sure that your stay is as luxurious as possible. All of the rooms here at Palacio Estoril Hotel are spacious and decorated with warm colours, they are all fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a luxury five-star hotel such as this including a flat-screen TV and a marble bathroom.

Being situated in the heart of Estoril means that you will never be far from a great restaurant or bar to enjoy but the hotel boasts two lovely restaurants and a great bar for you to enjoy without even leaving the hotel. The Bougainvillea Terrace Restaurant is situated on a terrace and is somewhere that you can enjoy a meal or just relax with a drink whilst overlooking the beautiful gardens of Estoril on one side and the Palacio’s limpid pool on the other. Whilst the Bougainvillea Terrace Restaurant provides a more chic and cool atmosphere, the Grill Four Seasons Restaurant boasts a more sophisticated atmosphere and is somewhere that you can enjoy a delicious meal from a menu filled with both traditional Portuguese dishes as well as international cuisine. Last but certainly not least, Bar Estoril is famous for being a haunt of spies during the Second World War but now it boasts a lovely, stylish atmosphere and is somewhere that you can truly relax and enjoy a few drinks whilst enjoying views of the poolside gardens.

If you are looking for a luxurious golf break, you really need to look no further than the five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel, Golf and Spa especially when within two kilometres there is the fantastic Golf do Estoril. Whilst staying here, you must take advantage of the unlimited golf that is available to you on Golf do Estoril as well as the free transfers between the hotel and the golf course which makes your life very easy and enjoyable as you have no worries about transportation and you can play as much golf as you like.

Golf do Estoril is a well-known and prestigious golf course which has hosted The Portuguese Open no less than 20 times. It is one of Portugal’s oldest courses and although it is a little shorter than most other brilliant golf courses at just over 5,200 metres, it should not be underestimated just because of its length. This course is filled with well-designed and challenging holes, tight, tree-lined fairways, undulating terrain and small greens which makes it a very challenging course and one that you may want to get a buggy for!

There are many notable holes which will leave long-lasting memories within you for long after you putt your final ball on the 18th. A particularly good hole is the downhill 3rd hole which is a par 4 and requires you to be wholly accurate if you are going to score well. Another terrific hole is the 14th which is a stunning 359-metres long dogleg and this along with the 16th which is widely considered to be one of the best par 3s in the whole country helps to round of your fantastic round before tackling the two finishing holes. This is a beautiful and challenging course with a fantastic layout and is well-worth adding to your itinerary when you are staying anywhere near to Estoril but staying at the Palacio Estoril Hotel will give you unlimited rounds on this course during your stay which really cannot be beaten…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are next booking a golf holiday to Portugal, you consider the luxurious five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel, Golf and Spa!

The Insider’s Guide to the Orizonte Collection

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Orizonte collection. The Orizonte courses are all situated in the Lisbon region and each of them offers you something different so that you will have a variety of rounds of golf when you play the Orizonte courses. The Lisbon region is an excellent destination for your next golf break and with its great weather, fantastic golf and brilliant accommodation it isn’t hard to see why.

The lovely four-star Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is situated in the beautiful fishing village of Sesimbra and is just two-minutes’ walk from the beach. Whilst you are not out playing one of the great Orizonte golf courses, you can relax by the pool or on the beach or even in the well-equipped spa here. Non-golfers are catered for well here with the spa as there are many different facilities there including a hot tub, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a range of different treatments available. Whilst you are here, you can venture into Sesimbra to explore the local bars and restaurants but the hotel’s own restaurant, Aquarius, boasts excellent traditional Portuguese dishes including delicious fish and shellfish dishes. This is a stunning hotel which boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating as well as a brilliant location as not only are you in a lovely little fishing village but you can also easily venture out to many of the great Orizonte courses.

Quinta do Peru is one of the most exclusive golf courses in the region but by booking far enough in advance you will be able to get tee times here. This is a stunning course which is a perfect addition to your holiday itinerary as it cannot be described as the most challenging course but there are still a few fair tests along the course including American-style bunkers as well as water hazards! Make sure that you especially watch out for the 8th and the 16th holes as you have to carry your ball over a large lake to reach the well- guarded greens. There are a great range of different holes here but the back nine are simply superb with a great set of finishing holes to complete your round here with. Make sure to add Quinta do Peru to your itinerary for your next golf break to Lisbon…

Up next is Aroeira I which has been widely claimed to be one of the finest courses in the whole of Europe which means that you must make sure that you play here if you are ever in the Lisbon region. As you play the course, you travel through a pine forest along undulating fairways whilst tackling a wide variety of different holes with unique layouts. There is no doubting that this course is a tricky one as it is difficult to navigate through the pine forest without losing a few balls to the trees, however, besides from the trees there are very few hazards in your way. The 11th hole is arguably the best hole on the course on which you have to navigate around the water which sits to the left of the green before you get to tackle the pine tree lined fairway before you can even get to the green! Aroeira I will provide you with a spectacular round of golf and is a course that should not be missed out on.

The younger sibling of Aroeira I is Aroeira II which was built to European Tour recommendations so is an interesting and challenging course to play. Like its sister course, the layout of this course is fantastic and throughout your round you will have to navigate through heavily wooded land whilst learning to control your ball to not let the undulating fairways affect your score. This course blends effortlessly into its surroundings with the long holes which have been cleverly shaped out using the natural landscape here which makes this a very scenic course. There is no doubt that the shining stars of this course are the finishing holes, the 18th in particular. To finish your round, you will be required to avoid the water which sits to the right of the fairway as well as stretches out to the left of the finishing green! Make sure that both Aroeira courses are on your itinerary for your next golf holiday to the Lisbon region.

Ribagolfe I is another superb course from the Orizonte collection. This course is a long one at 7,370 yards from the back tees but despite its length, this is a course that is playable by those of all handicaps – as long as they play from the further forward tees! The landscape of this course and its surroundings is simply stunning and there are a wide range of different layouts. Make sure that you look out for water hazards on the back nine as that can severely impact your score! Arguably one of the best holes on the course is the 15th hole which is a par03 and requires for you to avoid the water which is sat to the left of the raised green and for you to also avoid the bunkers which surround the rest of the green! There is no denying that the Ribagolfe complex is a little out of the way but it is definitely worth the trip in order to play the two courses here.

Ribagolfe II is the sister course of Ribagolfe I and is also routed through interesting scenery including stands of cork oak. This is a shorter and slightly easier course than its sister because there are less water hazards along the course. However, when water hazards do come into play, they make the hole much more interesting. For example, one of the best holes is the long par-5 13th hole where the stream cuts through the fairway and becomes a small lake which sits just to the right of the hole. This course completes the Ribagolfe complex and is well worth the journey to play.

Last, but not least, is Santo Estevao which is in the same area as the Ribagolfe complex. This is a superb holiday course as it is very much suited to those players with a higher handicap as you have more room for error here with very wide fairways and big greens. For when you are looking for a fun round of golf with some beautiful scenery and landscapes this is the ideal course.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next golf break you will think about the draw that the fantastic Orizonte collection of courses has and consider the Lisbon region

 

A Guide To The Best Sunglasses For Golf

A Guide To The Best Sunglasses For Golf

You NEED the right sunglasses if you want to play golf. I’m not just talking about style points here either. Think about it, you’re depending on your eyes to make the right swing, so it only makes sense to arm yourself with the best sunglasses for playing the sport.

The sunglasses you wear to the beach or in your car aren’t always the best option for eyewear on the green. Glare from the sun may not be much of a problem if you are golfing in the UK, but if you are planning a golf holiday, ensuring you’ve got the perfect sunglasses should be on the top of your to-do list.  So, while you may not have thought too far into which glasses are best for your golfing game, here is an entire guide to the best sunglasses for golf so that you can have your best game, keep your eyes protected and beat the competition!

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The Problems On The Green

Having the right pair of sunglasses for golfing is important for many reasons. Some of them include:

  • Eye Health: You’re outside, in the sun, all day when you’re playing golf. So, you’ll want to protect your peepers just as you would on any other outdoors occasion. Too much sun in your eyes, over and over again, just isn’t good for your health.
  • Standard Vision: Despite your golf game, you might have a lower standard of vision than most people. Do you need to wear glasses on a daily basis just to read or see while driving? This matters and will affect which sunglasses you need.
  • Sunlight: The sun is strong; it’s a good thing usually, but can significantly impair your ability to line up a shot or see the hole on the green. You’ll need sunglasses purely to block the sun so that you can see what you’re doing while playing the game.
  • Glimmer on The Green: Sunlight can skew reality and change what you are seeing on the green. A glimmer of white on the path to the hole can stop you from making the perfect shot. This, can be corrected with the proper sunglasses.

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The Importance Of Tint

While blocking the sun in general is extremely important for golfers, the tint in the sunglasses makes a big difference. When it comes to golfers, not all tint is created equal! Contrast is vital for golfers to play their best, so, these tints work the best for golfers:

  • Rose Copper: Sunglasses with a rose copper tint are perfect for the putting green as they remove yellow and red tones from the color green. This will allow you to read the grains and breaks of the green better while also seeing the contours of the course more clearly.
  • Brown: Contrast is important for golfers and lens with a brown or amber tint will work the best for this. These colors will heighten contrast, making them useful for reading the green when you are on the fairways. They will even help your distance vision by improving the grass contrast as well as the sky so that you can see the ball clearly as it travels through the air. They are also handy because they don’t skew your natural vision.
  • Gray and Green: These lenses are not ideal for golfing. However, they can be beneficial for people who have light sensitive eyes, especially if it is really bright outside. They also have little color distortion which is beneficial for contrast.

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What About Prescription?

If you need prescription eyeglasses in daily life, you’ll need them on the green. This is a no brainer. Don’t just settle for your prescription sunglasses during your games. Instead, find the right pair of golfing sunglasses and then take them to be altered with your prescription.

The Cut Matters

Yet another thing to keep in mind when finding the perfect sunglasses for golfing is the cut. Usual sunglasses are cut in a way that reduces distortion as the wearer looks ahead straight. This means that there will be little distortion in the lens center and more distortion around the edges.

While this might be good for doing daily activities, it isn’t ideal for golfers because we look down when we hit the ball. The distortion around the edges could cause the ball to look like it’s in motion during the swing. So, by getting lenses specifically cut for golfers, the distortion will be in all the right places that make it easier to hit the ball correctly.

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Make Sure The Fit Is Right

Even if you find the perfect tint and cut, there is no use in wearing golf glasses if they don’t fit correctly. Golfing takes a whole lot of focus and the last thing you want to worry about is your sunglasses drifting down the bridge of your nose every time you go to take a swing. Sure, you’ll want to get a pair that look good and flatter your face, but in reality, this pair might not be the best for your game.

First off, make sure that the lenses are not too big or too small for your face. It is also important for them to sit on the bridge of your nose without sliding down or pinching it too tightly. A good rule of thumb is to look for the ‘Three Point Fit,’ which means that the sunglasses touch the wearer’s face in only three places. These places include the bridge of the nose and behind each temple.

Features That The Top Sunglasses Have

The top sunglasses for golfers have certain features that you should pay attention to when shopping.

  • Clarity: Golf sunglasses should be enhancing the green of the golf course. And, they should never obstruct your vision.
  • Durability: The more you play golf, the more you will be transporting your sunglasses around in your golf bag. The ones you choose should be durable enough to withstand the wear and tear that comes with this sort of handling.
  • Comfort: Find a fit that is comfortable or else you won’t be able to focus on your game. Large or chunky sunglasses are unlikely to be as comfortable as you need them to be.
  • Ultraviolet Protection: All in all, sunglasses are meant to protect from the sun. By playing golf, you are committing to being outside, so make sure that your sunglasses are properly blocking the sun’s rays.

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The Best Sunglasses For Golf Suggestions

So, now that you are well versed in what makes some sunglasses better than others for golf, here are some suggestions of pairs that might just do the trick.

Oakley Men’s Flak 2.0 XL

Set in a plastic frame, this line has a few different polarized, multi-chromatic lenses to choose from. The clarity is exceptionally sharp as each lens has been optimized with Iconic High Definition Optics that Oakley provides. It makes it easy to gauge distances and provides the ultimate in polarization.

The Tifosi Crit

This pair comes with three interchangeable lenses so that you can change the tint depending on the need. The gray lenses help on sunny days while the purple lenses will help point out breaks in the green. The green lens option will reduce glare and sharpen the contrast.

Oakley Batwolf

These are a signature style of the Oakley brand. They are best suited for people with medium to large faces as the frame is wide. The lens is continuous and works well in bright conditions. They have interchangeable icons though, in case you are bored with how they look and want to change them up.

Oakley Batwolf

The Tifosi Jet Wrap

They are single lens glasses with the strongest type of lens on the market, the polycarbonate. While they are strong, these shades are actually quite light and provide complete UV protection. And, you can get them in a whole variety of colors.

Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL

Having a problem with sweating and then your sunglasses slipping off? These glasses have Unobtanium ear-socks to provide the best grip to avoid this. Optics are clear as well as the peripheral view due to the XYZ optics that are quite unique to Oakley. It will help your view of the course become more clear and also allow you to swap out the lenses if you feel the need.

Kaenon Hard Kore

The lenses in this pair are SR-91, polarized, and come in copper, gray, and yellow tints. With the collection of lens tints, players will be able to enhance color contrast, see details of the terrain, and avoid any kind of glare.

Kaenon

Under Armour Igniter 2.0

These semi-rimless sunglasses have the Armour Sight lens technology that is quite unique to the brand. This pair will be best if you care about comfort as they are designed with an airflow technology and adjustable nose pad. And, they are great for wear and tear as the lens has a multifunction coating that helps reduce the case of smudging and scratching.

The Stone Crushers By Maui Jim

These glasses are said to have a great balance of function and style. They come with polycarbonate lenses as well as three different colors to choose from. There is also a Polarized Plus 2 lens that protects from glare and drastically enhances color.

Tifosi Tyrant 2.0

These sleek sunglasses are perfect for golfers who care about looks as well as function. They come with polycarbonate lenses which add to their unique design. Regardless of your style, you will have plenty to choose from as they come in a variety of lens colors and frame styles.

Tyrant

Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ

This pair is infused with nylon so it remains light while also being sturdy and flexible. They are entirely UV protected as they are made from Plutonite. And, they are made to be impact resistant so you won’t have to worry about them breaking every time they are dropped or fall. Because the bottom of the lenses doesn’t have a frame, you will have a clear view when you are looking down to take a swing. While they aren’t polarized, they are still made to increase contrast in a variety of situations.

JiMarti JM01

These are one of the lightest pairs of golf sunglasses on the market. In fact, they only weigh .60 of an ounce. The TR-90 frame is what helps them achieve their light weight but also makes them tough and flexible. And, you can expect them to adjust with perfection to your head as they are made with memory frame. There are a whole range of lens tints available, all of which are protected from UV 100%. The lens are made from polycarbonate with a mirror finish for style points.

Callaway Sungear Peregrine

The peregrine lens works to let more sunlight into the eyes while fully protecting from UVA rays. They don’t impair depth perception and work to help players increase their ability to quickly read the green. The fit is always comfortable due to the adjustable nose pads and while the glasses are sturdy, they are also quite light, weighing less than one ounce.

Peregrine

Nike Golf X2 Pro E

Nike teamed up with professionals to create a new technology that focuses on comfort during play. The frame is made up of nylon and comes equipped with a nose bridge that is ventilated. The frames at the temples are thinner so that a hat can be worn, and it is adjustable so you can keep yourself comfortable no matter what. The lenses here are made with Nike Max Optics technology that uses a distinct and somewhat unique tint that makes it easier to see the ball. Buyers can find the lenses in a red, navy, or gray tint. These lenses work to make the white color more visible while defining the green and the elevation of the area more precisely. And, the cut of the lenses was specifically made in order to maximize the view at any angle.

 

 

If you can’t decide which sunglasses you want, have a look at these social media pages to see what other keen golfers are wearing. Take a moment to think about the problems that a good pair of golf sunglasses can eliminate. Have any of these issues been preventing you from having your best game? Evaluate where you are falling short on the green and compare that to the benefits that these sunglasses can offer you. Perhaps your new shades can change up your whole golfing career.

Once you’ve got your perfect sunglasses, book a golfing trip somewhere sunny so you can show them off! 

Courses of the Costa del Sol

This week’s blog is on the courses of the Costa del Sol and the great packages that you can get for them. The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular places in the world for a golf break and it isn’t hard to see why. There are dozens of brilliant golf courses along the coast and some fabulous resorts to match them.

First up, we have El Paraiso which is one of the most established courses on the Costa del Sol. The course’s fairways run through a valley from the Mediterranean to the foothills of the Sierra Bermaja Mountains and are lined with a variety of fauna. Its signature hole is the dogleg 6th hole where you must avoid losing your ball to the lake positioned on the right before navigating the two-tiered putting surface. Another great hole is the 8th hole, purely for the views from the downhill fairways. The fairways are always in spectacular condition and unless you are able navigate yourself around the various water hazards on several holes and the fast greens, this course is a stern challenge to golfers of all handicaps.

Cabopino golf course is a short and tight course at just under 5,600 yards to play over hilly terrain between the towns of Marbella and Fuengirola. Although the holes are short, there is a wide variety of different layouts with some spectacular views throughout the course but in order to score well you will have to adapt to the lengths of the holes and navigate through the very narrow fairways. Arguably, the signature hole of this course is the par-four 3rd hole where big-hitters can reach the hole in one stroke from the tee but they will have to make it over the large bunker in front of the green in order to do so! This is a tricky and beautiful course and it is no surprise that it has made our list of the best courses on the Costa del Sol.

Next, we have El Chaparral which is one of the most requested courses on the Costa del Sol and it isn’t hard to see why. Although this is not an especially long course, it is one that requires a lot of accuracy if you are to come out with a good scorecard! Undoubtedly, one of the best holes of this course is the 3rd hole which doglegs to the left but when you make your approach shot you have to make a decision as to whether you are going to try and avoid the water to the left of the green in order to make the green in two shots or whether you will take the safer route. This is an exciting course with dramatic changes in topography throughout including dramatic valleys and barrancas which must be navigated with care!

Torrequebrada is one of the most beautiful courses on the Costa del Sol and boasts a prime location in Benalmadena. The course blends effortlessly into its hilly landscape and that is not the only challenge, there are many strategically placed water and sand hazards as well as the prevailing winds to watch out for whilst you are playing this course! The 18th hole is a special one where you tee off at the top of a hill, to the left of the fairway where you can look out upon the 6th and 18th holes with the clubhouse and mountains beyond them. Your tee shot is over a ravine and accuracy is key as there is a sharp slope on the left and a large bunker on the right and it isn’t much easier to reach the green either! This is a very fun course to play with some excellent and scenic holes including many doglegs to watch out for.

Last, but certainly not least, is Lauro golf course which is situated just 12km from Malaga airport. The course’s fairways are set amongst pine, cork, olive and citrus trees and there are many strategically placed bunkers to navigate your way around as well as some dramatic elevation changes on the later holes. There are some great holes on this course including the 7th hole which is a par-five 90-degree uphill dogleg which requires for you to take two good shots to even get a glimpse at the green and with your first shot being over a tree in the centre of the fairway this can be a little tricky! Another brilliant but tricky hole is the long par-four 16th hole which is an uphill hole and therefore very difficult to reach the green in just two shots. This is a very nice, enjoyable course to play which makes it a perfect addition to your next golf break to the Costa del Sol.

Two of our fabulous hotels, the four-star Hotel MS Amaragua and the four-star MS Aguamarina Suites provide excellent accommodation and facilities perfect for your next golf break if you are looking to stay and play some of these excellent courses.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf break you remember some of the great courses and hotels that can be found on the Costa del Sol…

The Best Places for a Golf Holiday in October

This week’s blog is a guide to the best places for you to take a golf break to in October. Although the weather may start to be very cloudy and cold here in the UK by October, there are many places that still have the brilliant sunshine and mild climates which are perfect for golfing.

 

First up, we have the four-star Hotel Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa which is located within Mount Etna Nature Park, Sicily. The hotel’s surroundings are simply stunning and being situated so far above sea level means that you can experience a cool sea breeze all year round – especially perfect for a round of golf! The rooms are all spacious and decorated with a sophisticated style, some of the rooms and suites also have their own terraces with stunning views of the surrounding nature. The hotel’s main restaurant, La Ghandaia, serves delicious Sicilian cuisine created with local produce and after a delicious meal, take time to relax in the lounge bar. The spa here is fantastic and with our packages you can get a free spa circuit with to enjoy on your golf break. The spa features a sauna, hamman area, water paradise area, a whirlpool and more to create the ultimate relaxation area. This is a fabulous hotel and Il Picciolo Golf Club is a spectacular course which winds its way through ancient lava flows. The course is beautifully maintained and has a stunning backdrop of Mount Etna as well as vineyards, oak trees and hazelnut trees.

Up next, we have the four-star Hotel Alicante Golf which boasts a fantastic location as it is set amongst beautiful gardens and just ten minutes’ walk from the beach. The rooms here are all spacious and brightly decorated with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. Whilst you are here, you can either take the short walk, relax by the large outdoor pool or enjoy the spa and fitness centre. Here, you are near to a large shopping complex and you have so many places to enjoy good food and drink. The hotel’s Augusta Restaurant serves excellent Mediterranean dishes and whilst you are enjoying them you can look out onto the golf course. This hotel has so many fantastic facilities and is in such a great location, especially as it has its own 18-hole golf course on-site. Alicante Golf Resort provides you with a good variety of different holes both in length and difficulty. This course is not overly difficult but isn’t an easy course to score well on without a lot of concentration as you have to navigate your way around many water hazards. This is a beautiful course to play all year round with stunning scenery and a fantastic layout.

The fantastic five-star Precise Resort El Rompido in Spain is another great option for your October golf break and it isn’t hard to see why. The hotel overlooks the two fabulous El Rompido golf courses and you can take a short drive into the little fishing village of El Rompido from the resort. The rooms here are bright and attractive with private balconies where most rooms can enjoy beautiful views out to the Mediterranean Sea. You can spend your time relaxing by the large outdoor pool or enjoying the spa area which includes an indoor pool, Turkish baths and a sauna. We have some great packages for El Rompido which are semi-inclusive where you can enjoy the great buffet breakfast, dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and inclusive drinks between certain hours – perfect for when you want to have a few drinks in the evening after a day on the golf course!

Another great option for your October golf holiday is a holiday to the Albayt Nueva Alcaidesa Apartments on the Costa del Sol. The apartments here are spacious and fully-fitted with everything that you could need, including a fully-fitted kitchen. The apartments are located next to the fantastic Alcaidesa golf courses and whilst staying here you are only a five-minute walk from the sandy beaches of the Costa del Sol. You can enjoy access to the three shared outdoor pools as well as being so close to Gibraltar which is well-worth a visit! The Alcaidesa Health course was designed as a heathland style course with wide fairways. The views from the course are of the Mediterranean Sea, local mountain ranges and the river valley which are all beautiful sights! You will have to concentrate when playing a few of the holes on this course as the course meanders along the river valley which means that you could lose a few balls to the water hazards! Alcaidesa Links course is arguably one of the best Links courses in Spain. You can experience incredible views from this course out to sea and of the Straits of Gibraltar and North Africa! This is a tricky course with rolling hillsides and 2km of beachfront play which means that the wind is frequently in play.

Last, but not least, is the four-star Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort in Valencia. This hotel boasts a great location, right on the beach and situated between the resort towns of Oliva and Denia. All of the rooms here are spacious and feature their own private balcony or terrace with views of either the Mediterranean Sea, the resort or the Mongo Mountains. You can spend your days relaxing by the lagoon-style swimming pool, playing the on-site Oliva Nova 18-hole golf course or at the fully-equipped spa and fitness centres. For food, you can enjoy El Olivo’s traditional Valencian dishes or venture into one of the local Spanish towns. This is another great resort to book your next October golf break to…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that is has prompted your thoughts for where you might be off to to enjoy some golf in the sun this autumn…

The Insider’s Guide to the Pestana Collection

This week’s blog is a guide to the Pestana collection of hotels, Pestana boasts eight stunning properties and all of them are situated on the stunning Algarve. The Algarve is an ideal golf break destination with its beautiful beaches, seaside resort towns, great hotels and some superb golf courses.

Five of the Pestana properties are in, or within a very short distance of Alvor. Alvor is a pretty Portuguese fishing town with cobbled streets and a lively town centre filled with shops, restaurants and bars. Alvor is also a very short walking distance from one of the largest sandy beaches of southern Portugal. Each of the Pestana properties here offers you something different but with five different options you are sure to find one that is perfect for the type of golf break you are looking for…

First up, we have Dom Joao II which is a great four-star hotel and just a stone’s throw away from one of the prettiest beaches in the whole of the Algarve. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy one of the three swimming pools, go to the gym or enjoy one of the many on-site activities that are offered here. The hotel is just ten minutes’ walk from the centre of Alvor but eating on-site here is delicious with Portuguese and International dishes offered at the restaurants at the hotel.

Just a five-minute walk away from Dom Joao II, we have the three-star Pestana Alvor Atlantico where you can stay in fully-furnished apartments which all have their own private balconies as well as a fully-fitted kitchen and dining room. With all the facilities of Dom Joao II just a five-minute walk away, this makes for a more private and tranquil stay but one where you can have the opportunity to use the facilities at a busier hotel!

Pestana Alvor Praia is a brilliant five-star hotel and is considered to be one of the best hotels in Alvor. The hotel rooms are beautifully decorated and you are just a minutes’ walk to the beach but if you would prefer, the hotel boasts a large outdoor pool to relax around as well. For relaxation, you can enjoy the hotel’s spa and relax in the sauna, steam room or Jacuzzi or enjoy a wide range of different treatments. You are just over a mile into the centre of Alvor here so venturing out is easy, but with all the facilities the hotel has to offer, you may not even need to.

The four-star Pestana Alvor South Beach only opened in September 2014 and has already made a name for itself among one of the top hotels in Alvor. The hotel is right on the beach but it also boasts three outdoor swimming pools so you will never be short of somewhere beautiful to relax and soak up the sun! You are just a short walk here from the centre of Alvor where you can find an array of bars and restaurants, or you can stay at the hotel and enjoy relaxing at the restaurant and bar here.

Last, but not least, of the hotels in Alvor is the Pestana Delfim. This four-star hotel boasts the perfect location just a few minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Alvor ten minutes from the village centre. You can either spend your time relaxing on the beach or by the large outdoor saltwater pool. This is a lively and popular hotel with a great bar area and being so close the centre of Alvor means that you are never far away from a few more bars and restaurants!

Next up, we have two fabulous Pestana properties that are in, or close to Carvoeiro. Carvoeiro is an incredibly popular resort town with a great beach where you can do watersports as well as a wide array of restaurants, bars and shops for you to explore. There are so many different activities to do in and around Carvoeiro from walking to waterparks to exploring the local history.

The four-star Pestana Palm Gardens offers excellent self-catering townhouses with furnished patios. There is a lively bar on-site as well as a large outdoor pool, tennis courts, a gym and a massage service for you to enjoy. You are only a ten-minute stroll from the beautiful town of Carvoeiro where you can find everything that you could possibly want and need for your golf break including bustling nightlife and brilliant sandy beaches.

Pestana Carvoeiro Golf Resort is the second property in Carvoeiro. This four-star resort is nestled in amongst acres and acres of beautiful gardens and is just a five-minute drive away from Carvoeiro. Here, you can stay in apartments, townhouses and villas – whatever is suited to you! Whilst you are here, you can spend your time relaxing around the outdoor pool, getting a massage or playing tennis. The restaurant here served local and regional dishes and for after dinner, you can relax at the hotel’s bar.

The final Pestana property, Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel, is situated just a five-minute drive away from the beautiful town of Vilamoura. Vilamoura is beautiful and a walk around the marina is the perfect way to spend an evening here, before choosing from the wide range of different restaurants to eat at. This five-star resort is arguably one of the finest in the Algarve and is decorated in an entirely modern theme. You can spend your days relaxing around the outdoor or indoor swimming pools and the restaurants are excellent here. If you like the beach, Vilamoura’s beach is just a seven-minute drive away from the resort.

All of these properties are absolutely fantastic and have their own reasons for you to choose that particular property. However, all of these properties have the same brilliant golf courses in common – which certainly makes your decision easier! The five course: Vila Sol, Pinta, Gramacho, Silves and Alto are all within close range of each of these properties and will provide you with some excellent and varied rounds of golf!

Another great thing about booking to one of these properties (asides from the golf and facilities) is the opportunity to get your hands on an exclusive J. Lindeberg golf shirt which we are giving out to you when you book your next golf break to the Algarve! Most of these properties are also situated in or very near to a great Portuguese town which is perfect for when you want to do some exploring and experience some traditional Portuguese culture…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you don’t forget that by booking to visit one of these great properties on the Algarve you will not only get an incredible golf break but also be sent a J. Lindeberg golf shirt just for booking to the Algarve with us…

Mike’s golf travel tips……

Where did you go for your first golf holiday?
My first experience of golf was on a family holiday to Spain, my Dad was a keen golfer and we played a couple of rounds on what was then a brand new golf course called Capoamor on the Costa Blanca, my score was 110 but I’d been bitten by the golfing bug and never looked back……

What was you most recent golf holiday?
I spent a couple of nights at the fantastic Valle del Este Golf Resort on the Costa de Almeria in May, I hadn’t been to Valle del Este for a number of years and was hugely impressed with the hotel and the quality of the golf course, it’s a tough golf course but the golf packages are exceptional value for money.

Valle del Este, Costa de Almeria

What’s your favourite golf course?
I’ve been lucky enough to play so many great courses over the years it’s very hard to pick one that stands out as the best. In Europe it would be hard to look past the fabulous Monte Rei course on The Algarve. Further afield the courses in Scottsdale, Arizona would rank very highly especially the Raptor & Talon courses at Grayhawk and I can’t possibly forget the amazing 18 holes I played on the Montagu course at Fancourt in South Africa.

GrayHawk Golf Club – Talon Course


What would be your ideal 4-ball?

A tough question……….I’d have to include Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, probably the two greatest golfers to have played the game………and the 4th would have to be my Dad.

What’s your most memorable round of golf?
It would have to be Open qualifying at Sundridge Park when I was 19, I shot 2 under to come third and secured my place in Final Qualifying……….sadly that’s where the journey ended after two rounds of 79!

What’s your favourite golf destination?
For a longhaul trip I can’t think of a better golf destination than Scottsdale, Arizona, there are over 300 golf courses within an hour of Scottsdale. Add the fabulous bars and restaurants of Old Town Scottsdale into the mix and you have the perfect golf holiday. For a short haul trip The Algarve simply ticks all the boxes, great golf courses, great weather (usually), easy to get to and great value if you look further afield than Vilamoura. Both Tavira & Lagos offer much better value and are often overlooked.

Lagos, The Algarve


What’s the best hotel you’ve ever seen?

I’ve lost count of the number of hotels I’ve visted but two that stick in the mind are Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol and The Conrad Algarve in Quinta do Lago.

The Conrad Algarve


What’s your favourite city?

Girona in the Costa Brava – trust me you’ll love it!

Where would you travel to to try somewhere different?
The Costa Brava would have to feature highly on this list, golf courses such as PGA Catalunya, Emporda, Golf de Pals are as good as anything you’ll find anywhere else in Europe and can be played for a fraction of the price of some of the other premium courses in Europe.

PGA Catalunya – Stadium Course


What’s you top travel tip?

Don’t forget your golf clubs!

The Insider’s Guide to the Tivoli Collection

This week’s blog is a guide to the fantastic Tivoli collection. All of these hotels and residences are situated in stunning areas on the Algarve, where you can experience luxury accommodation, beautiful weather and great golf. The great thing about a golf break to the Algarve is that the weather is perfect golfing weather right though until October/November time which means that it definitely isn’t too late for you to start thinking about one of these superb destinations for your autumn golf holiday…

First up, we have two fantastic options for the bustling town of Vilamoura where you can take walks around the marina and enjoy some superb restaurants and bars after a long day of playing golf and relaxing by the pool.

The Residences at Victoria are located in the centre of Victoria Golf course and comprise of luxury apartments with spacious living rooms, flat-screen TVs and a fully-equipped kitchens. However, if you are not looking to self-cater there are plenty of fantastic restaurants within close proximity of the apartments which serve different cuisines and of course, Vilamoura is just under a ten minute drive away. Whilst you are not playing golf, you can relax around one of the indoor or outdoor swimming pools or even visit Marina beach which is just a 12-minute drive away. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy golf at the Oceanico courses. Oceanico Pinhal is one of the older Oceanico courses but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t one of the best. The holes and their fairways blend effortlessly into the rolling landscape, although this is a tough course with tight fairways and a few water hazards it is a great, scenic course perfect for your next golf holiday. The other frequently played Oceanico course is Laguna which is laid out over flat ground which gives it a links-style feel and with plenty of water and sand hazards to navigate your way around this isn’t an easy course either. With luxury apartments, great leisure facilities and even better golf, this resort offers you everything that you could want for your next golf holiday to the Algarve and more.

Next up we have Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, the second property situated in Vilamoura. This stunning five-star hotel offers the same great golfing options as The Residences at Victoria but gives you the opportunity to stay right in the centre of Vilamoura between the Marina and the beach. All of the guestrooms are spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows from which you can experience panoramic views of the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are not playing one of the fantastic Oceanico golf courses you can relax by the large outdoor pool or take advantage of the extensive spa facilities. Dining at the hotel is fantastic, there are three restaurants: a Portuguese restaurant, an Italian and a steakhouse, which are all divine. As you are in the centre of Vilamoura, once you have tried the hotel’s restaurants you can venture out and experience some of the great eateries and bars that Vilamoura has to offer you. This is a beautiful hotel which has fully earned its five-star rating…

Next up, we have the Tivoli Marina Portimão which is situated in a prime location, in the middle of the marina in Portimão. This four-star hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beach and only five from Praia do Rocha. All of the studios and apartments here are decorated with a modern and contemporary theme and are each fitted with a kitchenette. Although being in the centre of Portimão means that you have extensive dining options, the hotel boasts two fantastic restaurants serving international cuisines and giving you the chance to dine and enjoy panoramic views over the sea and the marina simultaneously. Whilst you are here, there are three great golf courses within close proximity of the apartments: Alamos, Salgados and Morgado which each offer a different round of golf. Alamos golf course features a variety of different holes from those with undulating fairways and small greens to those requiring large drives and strategically placed hazards. The greens are very fast and hard here which means that in order to score well you must bring your putting touch! Salgados is fairly flat but features many water and sand hazards for you to navigate your way around which makes it a tricky round of golf as you will often find yourself losing a ball or two in the water if you are not playing your best! This is a very interesting and fun course to enjoy here. Lastly, we have Morgado which is set within tranquil surroundings and can be enjoyed by golfers of all handicaps with its wide fairways and fairly flat terrain (at least one the first nine!). This is a popular course here on the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why. With all of these great golfing options, fantastic facilities and the chance to stay in the centre of Portimão, it is no surprise that this is a top choice for your next golf break to the Algarve.

Tivoli Lagos is a four-star resort hotel situated in the centre of Lagos and just nine minutes’ walk from the beach. The rooms are spacious and decorated beautifully and are each fitted with a private balcony. Through from March to October, the hotel offers a free shuttle down to its private beach of Meia Praia but you can also stay at the resort and enjoy relaxing around the large outdoor pool. Whilst you are here, you can dine at the traditional Portuguese outdoor grill, the Pateo Velho Restaurant or the international Lacobriga restaurant. This hotel shares the same golfing options as the Tivoli Marina Portimão so you will not be disappointed by the range of golf courses that you will have the opportunity to play on…

Last, but certainly not least, is the Tivoli Carvoeiro which is another fabulous five-star property overlooking the Vale Covo Beach. The rooms are all spacious and decorated with an elegant contemporary design. For relaxation, there is nowhere better than the Tivoli Spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments, the sauna or the Jacuzzi or you visit the fitness centre for a workout. Whilst you are not on the golf course or taking advantage of the spa facilities, you can relax besides the outdoor pool or take a short walk into the beautiful and picturesque town of Carvoeiro. Although there are plenty of great restaurants in Carvoeiro, you can enjoy eating at one of the three dining options at the hotel including a Portuguese restaurant and an upscale bistro where you can enjoy fresh fish caught the same day! The Tivoli Carvoeiro also gives you the chance to play the Alamos, Salgados and Morgado courses as they are in close proximity of the resort here too. This is a great place for your next golf holiday to the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you can see all the great options that the Tivoli collection has to offer you both in terms of luxury accommodation and great golfing options. Another great thing about booking to one of these properties (asides from the golf and facilities) is the opportunity to get your hands on an exclusive J. Lindeberg golf shirt which we are giving out to you when you book your next golf break to the Algarve! Most of these properties are also situated in or very near to a great Portuguese town which is perfect for when you want to do some exploring and experience some traditional Portuguese culture…