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All you need to know about All-Inclusive…

This week’s blog is an all-inclusive special on some of our best all-inclusive deals across Europe. All-inclusive holidays are perfect for when you want a holiday full of good food, drink and fantastic golf as you can truly relax and enjoy all the good things about being on holiday. Not only do they take away the fussing over food and drink but they are also perfect for when you want to pay for your holiday upfront and not worry about any hidden costs.

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Undoubtedly the home of the best and most luxurious all-inclusive holidays is Belek and one of the best is the five-star Sirene Belek Hotel. When deciding to stay here you have many choices to make about what kind of room you want and whether you want to stay in the palace or get a bungalow in the village. The Sirene also offers rooms with private balconies and some with separate living areas. With four a la carte restaurants, two buffet-style restaurants and six bars there is plenty opportunity for you to take advantage of the all-inclusive package! You will be able to sample many different cuisines ranging from traditional Turkish dishes to South American dishes to Mediterranean food. The hotel also boasts a lovely spa and wellness centre where you can enjoy a range of different treatments as well as the sauna and Turkish bath. Also, if you’re looking to take full advantage of the hotel’s facilities there is a gym as well as many different water sports available on the private beach area! As the hotel is situated between the two fantastic Antalya golf courses – Pasha and Sultan you really don’t have to go far to play some superb golf. After a round of golf there is nowhere better to relax than the several pool areas that you can enjoy here or with just a short stroll you can be on the Sirene’s private beach area. This is a superb hotel with all the best facilities and you will always receive the highest level of service when staying here.

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Hotels like the Sirene Golf Hotel are the best examples of why Belek is the home of the best all-inclusive hotels but there are some other brilliant all-inclusive options at some other beautiful hotels across Europe too.

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Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus is another five-star luxury hotel set in the heart of the Cypriot countryside. All of the rooms here are decorated with a contemporary theme and all of them have their own private balconies from which you can enjoy views of either the surrounding gardens, the golf course or the sea. This is another hotel where within just a short stroll you can be on a fantastic golf course, Aphrodite Hills is just a two minute walk from its own golf course but guests also often play Minthis Hills and Secret Valley golf course which are both a short journey away. The hotel is just a five minute drive from two beautiful beaches – Cove beach and Zias beach – which are perfect for relaxing on after a round of golf! This is a superb all-inclusive hotel with plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied and some fantastic golf courses nearby!

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Holiday Polynesia Hotel on the Costa del Sol is another hotel with a great all-inclusive package. With the fantastic Torrequebrada golf course just five minutes’ drive away as well as some other great courses in close proximity this is a great hotel for if you want to stay and play lots of different golf courses. The hotel features a range of different restaurants serving different cuisines from oriental food to traditional Mediterranean dishes. Not only is there golf nearby but there are a range of activities available at the hotel from tennis to cycling to darts. There is also a regular free shuttle down to the hotel’s beach club. This is a perfect destination for an all-inclusive golf break to the Costa deal Sol with plenty of golf, food and drink as well as the sun of course!

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The five-star Salgados Palace in Albufeira is a modern and luxurious hotel with some top facilities and golf. The hotel boasts three outdoor swimming pools which each have lovely poolside areas for you to relax on as well as the spa and wellness centre which features an indoor swimming pool as well as a Turkish bath and a sauna. All of the restaurants are beautifully designed to be light and spacious with panoramic views across the property, the golf course and the ocean. If you’re staying here then we highly recommend a car if you are looking to travel out into Albufeira for the nightlife and range of different restaurants and bars but there is also the option of getting taxis as it is only just under a 20 minute drive! The Salgados golf course is just a short walk away and the stunning beach is just five minutes’ drive from the hotel meaning that you have everything you could possibly need right on your doorstep here making it an ideal hotel for your next all-inclusive golf break.

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Fuerteventura Princess hotel Is a lovely four-star resort situated on the beach front of the lovely Playa Jandia. This hotel offers all the facilities and amenities that you would expect of a hotel of this rating and with the Jandia Golf course so close to the hotel it is no wonder that this is a recommendation for your next all-inclusive golf holiday to the Canary Islands! With several outdoor swimming pools, a spa and wellness centre, tennis courts as well as access to Playa Jandia you could never be short of something to do here. The restaurants serve delicious food and the main hotel bar offers evening entertainment. This is a superb hotel for families as there is so much to do and there is a kids club as well as a maxi club for teens. With all of this on offer with an all-inclusive package this is a great destination for your next family golf holiday.

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to some of the great all-inclusive packages at some fantastic hotels that are on offer to you with us as well as how Belek truly is the home to some of the best all-inclusive hotels with the best service and best facilities that you will ever get the opportunity to experience.

 

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Insider’s guide to Oliva Nova…

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort in Valencia. Whether you’re thinking of booking a last minute golfing getaway somewhere warm and sunny or just considering your options for your next holiday then this is a perfect hotel for you to look at.

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The four-star Oliva Nova is situated in a beautiful location in Valencia and has all the amenities you would expect of a hotel of this rating. The rooms are large and decorated elegantly, each of the rooms has a seating area, a flat screen TV as well as a terrace or balcony which you can look out onto the complex, the dunes and the Montgo Mountains from. The hotel’s restaurant serves classic Valencian dishes which you are sure to enjoy and there are several bars for you to enjoy a few drinks in! Asides from the hotel’s main restaurant you can also enjoy an Irish pub or the beach bar. Of course, as the hotel is located between the two towns of Oliva and Denia you can easily leave the hotel if you want to try some different restaurants and bars. If you prefer to relax rather than play golf or enjoy the other activities that you can here, like tennis and football, then the hotel’s beautiful spa area will be perfect for you. In the spa area there is an indoor pool with two waterfalls, a jacuzzi, a Finnish sauna and a Turkish Bath – everything you could ever want for the perfect relaxation experience! You can also enjoy a range of different treatments in the aromatic beauty rooms. After a round of golf there is nothing better than relaxing by the lagoon style swimming pool or on the Oliva Nova Beach which all guests have direct access to. This is an ideal hotel in a perfect location and just 45 minutes’ drive from Valencia making it a perfect destination for your next golf break to Spain.


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Oliva Nova Golf Club course is a par-72 links course which stretches across over 50 hectares. The course has an exceptional location and backdrop which makes it one of the top golf courses in the Valencia area. The course has slightly undulating greens as well as many tight doglegs which makes this course a tight and challenging one. To further add to the challenge there are water hazards on 15 out of 18 holes which can prove a test to even the golfers with the lowest handicaps! With only 3 holes being free from water hazards make sure to bring a few extra balls for any wayward shots. As the course is fairly close to the coast, on a breezy day this course can certainly present a strong challenge for any golfer and you must always hit the most accurate of shots to score close to your handicap. With flora and fauna, majestic palm trees and stunning lakes positioned around the course there is no denying that this is a truly picturesque course where you can enjoy stunning scenery with some fantastic golf. A bonus for playing this course is that although the fairways are slightly undulating, the course is mainly fairly flat which means that it is a pleasure to walk and you won’t have the added expense of a golf buggy. The Oliva Nova Golf Club also boasts a stunning club house which features panoramic views of the course and is somewhere that you can enjoy a post-round drink or meal whilst looking out onto the fairways. There is also a pitch & putt 5 hole course which is where you can practice your short game as well as a putting green where you can practice getting out of bunkers! This is a stunning golf course and one that is quite possibly one of the best in the Costa Blanca region and is certainly not one to be passed up on!

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As the resort is situated between two lovely Spanish towns it is possible for you to get out of the resort and enjoy eating and drinking elsewhere as well as soaking up some of the culture. Oliva is a very quiet village with a few restaurants and bars that you can enjoy as well as some great nightlife which is down by the beach. The old town is very beautiful but very hilly so make sure you take some sensible shoes if you’re going to go exploring! There are also some beautiful historical churches for you to admire. Down by the beach there are a few cafes and restaurants and the beach is not crowded for most parts of the year which makes it a perfect place to relax and explore!

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Denia is a cosmopolitan town which offers a wide range of activities from water sports on the beach to mountain climbing, biking and hiking. Along the marina you can find a modern commercial area with plenty of bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. This is another lovely town just on your doorstep when you are staying at the Oliva Nova resort.

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We hope that this week’s blog has inspired your next golf holiday to Spain and that you can see the great holiday that could be lying in front of you if you choose to take a break to the Oliva Nova resort where you can experience a fantastic beach, a wonderful golf course and two beautiful coastal towns all in one holiday.

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5 Best Destinations For Winter Golf & Sun

It may seem as though our summer has just started as we are just beginning to get some better weather but in reality the days are already getting shorter and we are heading fast towards the grey days of winter. This week’s blog is your chance to find out about some of the great hotels and courses there are available to you this winter where you can also enjoy some sun and warm weather as opposed to staying here in England where you would have little hope of playing many dry rounds!

The Canary Islands are well known for their lovely climate all year round and so it is no wonder that three of our top suggestions for great destinations to get some winter sun and great golf are situated on the Canary Islands where the climate is of never ending Spring!

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Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf, offers a fantastic all-inclusive package which is great for when you just want to have a relaxing holiday, play some superb golf and eat and drink ‘til your heart is content. The rooms are spacious and decorated with a contemporary theme and each one has their own private balcony as well as a hydromassage bath! There is plenty to do at the hotel as there are 8 swimming pools for you to enjoy as well as tennis and volleyball courts, kayaking in the lake and mountain biking. You can dine at one of the two buffet restaurants and enjoy a few drinks at one of the eight different bars! Alternatively, you can take advantage of the free shuttle that runs twice a day into Playa de las Americas where you can find some more options for food and drink besides the hotel. With all of this to enjoy as well as two fantastic courses (Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur) just a mile away it is no wonder that this is one of our favourite destinations for a relaxing, winter golf break where you can get plenty of vitamin D!

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Located on the small island of La Gomera is the four-star Jardin Tecina. The hotel is situated in amongst 17 acres of lush gardens with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean providing it with the most relaxing and tranquil atmosphere. All of the rooms have private terraces where you can enjoy views of the gardens, swimming pool or the ocean. You can spend your day relaxing by the pool, on the stunning beach of Playa de Santiago which is just a short walk away or you can spend it playing golf on the fantastic and challenging Tecina Golf which is just several hundred yards from the hotel. With all of this on-site there is no reason to not sit back, relax, play some great golf and enjoy staying at this fine hotel. There are also other amenities on-site such as the fitness centre, squash courts, mini golf and tennis courts so no-one could ever say that they were bored here. This is another beautiful hotel where you can enjoy some winter sun whilst relaxing in a lovely environment and playing some superb golf – all at the same time!

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Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort is the next hotel up on the list, this stunning five-star resort offers high-class service, luxurious accommodation, 36 holes of fantastic golf and a great spa and wellness centre. All the rooms are decorated stylishly and have private terraces which give guests views of the mountains and the golf courses. The hotel has 3 lovely restaurants which you can enjoy dining traditional Spanish food and there are also 3 great bar areas for you to enjoy a pre or post-round drink or two! There is a stunning rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a dip in the large pool whilst looking at some of the stunning views and scenery that surrounds this exclusive resort. Not only is there the rooftop swimming pool but there are actually 6 swimming pools in total as well as a free service down to Maspalomas beach. The hotel also boasts a lovely spa area where you can enjoy a range of saunas, steam baths as well as a range of different treatment options. For those of you who don’t like to be so sedentary on holiday there is also a fitness centre and of course, the two Salobre golf courses which truly has a stunning design. This is another fantastic choice for a golf holiday this winter and not one to be passed up on.

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An ideal location for your next winter golfing break is Scottsdale which is situated just north of Phoenix in Arizona. With over 200 courses in and around the city of Scottsdale there is no way that any discerning golfer would pass up the opportunity to take a golf holiday here. The climate is spectacular and you can expect temperatures of around 30°C in October! The nightlife in the city is also brilliant, there are over 80 bars and dance clubs in the city for you to enjoy. There are many golf courses in Scottsdale which are award-winning such as Troon North, Grayhawk and TPC Scottsdale. The Troon North golf complex is often described as the best course in Scottsdale and with fast, bent greens as well as great service and immaculate fairways it really isn’t hard to see why. This golf course sets the standard for golf here and it is a very high standard to meet, you certainly won’t be disappointed with a golf course here. This is a fantastic destination, one that could be described as a golfer’s paradise and why not take advantage of the stunning weather over there during our winter months!

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Another spectacular location for your next golf break this winter is Dubai. In Dubai there is such a variety in scenery that you can experience, from rugged mountains to beautiful park areas to golden sandy beaches which means that the scenery you can experience on the many golf courses is equally as superb and diverse. Not only are there some fantastic courses like Montgomerie, Els and Tiger and Faldo but there are some beautiful golf hotels where you will experience high-class service and great cuisine. There is more to Dubai than just golf courses, there is bustling nightlife, tax-free shopping, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and some fascinating culture and history for you to experience – all in one amazing holiday! No-one could ever be left feeling short when taking a golf holiday here as there is always so much to see, do and of course, play. Make this winter a sunny one for you full of golf and relaxing and book a golf break to Dubai today.

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We hope that this blog has made you realise that there are some great hotels and courses waiting for you this winter where you can soak up some sun whether it is nearer home in the Canary Islands or across the world in America!

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Golf in the Olympics

This week’s blog is about golf in the Olympic games and why this year is an important year for golfing fans. The last time that golf was held at the Olympic games was all the way back in 1904 at the games in St. Louis. The Olympic games is an amazing sporting event and one that gives us all the chance to come together with the rest of our country and support our hard-working athletes in all of the different sports and hope that we gain a few gold medals!

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At the 1904 Olympic games only men competed both in the individuals’ competition and the team one. This year, the women are taking to the tees to show how the game of golf has developed over the last 112 years and become more inclusive. Although the last time golf was played at the Olympic games it was Canada and the USA that stole the show, there are some glimmers of hope that Team GB will be bringing back some medals both from the men and the women playing…

 

Team GB will be sending up to four golfers which is based on the world rankings from the 11th of July and only the top 60 women and the top 60 men are allowed to qualify. We have already seen many top players pull out from different teams for various reasons from being scared of coming into contact with the Zika virus to having a schedule which won’t allow playing in the Olympic games this August. Although many of the top ranked male golfers like Jordan Speith, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy have said that they won’t be participating in the games this August it is important for us to concentrate on Team GB’s fantastic team and come together to support those golfers who are going.

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Although in the 1900 summer Olympic games in Paris women did take part there was little to no focus placed upon their event and it was sadly overlooked. This summer is a great opportunity for some of the best women golfers to show their skills and get a chance to be a huge part of a big golfing event. Far fewer women have pulled out of the golf events at the games this summer than men and we are sure that it is because they recognise that this is a chance for the women in golf to prove that they are as good at the sport as any man is! Some of the top women that are going to be competing at the games are inspiring, talented and motivated individuals who deserve their chance to excel in their sport at a worldwide event which is so widely broadcast. Lydia Ko is only 19 years old and is the youngest person ever to achieve the world’s number one ranking and although she is not Team GB, we have to admit that to see her win a medal would be absolutely brilliant.

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Team Great Britain is made up of Justin Rose, Danny Willett, Catriona Matthew and Charley Hull. Rose has won 15 PGA and European Tours and was a strong part of both the 2012 and the 2014 winning Ryder Cup team and ranks at 12th in the world rankings so it a strong contender for a medal this summer. Danny Willett won The Masters at Augusta earlier this year which really placed him on the map in terms of his golfing career and is currently ranked at number 9 in the world, we definitely hope that his success at Augusta set precedent for how the Olympic games are going to go for him this summer!

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The women in Team GB are also definitely ones to watch with Catriona Matthew and Charley Hull who have both competed this year twice already in the Women’s British Open and the US Women’s Open. Matthew has won four LPGA Tours as well as six Ladies European Tour’s whilst Hull has only been a professional for three years and already has a European Tour victory to her name. Both women are ranked highly and are definitely two ladies to watch this August to see if they can bring home a medal or two for the first time for Team Great Britain since 1900!

 

The Olympic golf course is an open, links-style course and was designed by the American Gil Hanse who has also designed The Country Club in Massachusetts which is set to host the 2022 US Open. The course has a par of 71 and a total length of 6522m for the men’s competition and 5944m for the women’s competition. Each of the 60 players that will be competing will play all 18 holes and they will be scored on their stroke value. There was a test run on the course a few weeks ago and those who played definitely seemed to be impressed with the condition, scenery and the layout of the course, so impressed in fact that the only thing they had to criticise was the fact that there was too much sand in the bunkers! Let’s hope our golfers stay out of the bunkers then!

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The course will be open for public play once the Olympic games are over which is sure to attract many keen golfers to Rio next year and beyond that as it is not every day you will get the chance to play in the footsteps of some of the top world-ranked athletes.

 

There has been so much controversy about whether golf has a ‘place’ at the Olympics and we only have a couple more weeks to wait to find out whether the golfing event at these summer games will be a roaring success or whether the committee will decide to remove the sport from the Olympic games for another 112 years…

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