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The Best Of The Algarve…

This week’s blog is on the Algarve. The Algarve is one of the best destinations for your next golfing holiday and with an array of fabulous hotels and brilliant golf courses it isn’t hard to see why. This week’s blog is going to give you a few ideas for your next golf holiday and show you the great hotels that the Algarve has to offer…

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First up on the list is the five-star Lake Resort. This hotel is situated in the heart of Vilamoura Marina and is somewhere ideal if you’re looking for a luxurious golf holiday. Vilamoura is potentially the most popular resort for golfers and it isn’t hard to see why! It is no surprise that Vilamoura is considered to be one of the best locations for a golf break now as it has so much to offer both for golfers and non-golfers. Vilamoura offers guests here 6 different golf courses to choose from, a wide array of restaurants and bars to enjoy as well as some vibrant nightlife. The Lake Resort hotel offers beautiful, modern rooms as well as apartments which means that you can enjoy different board options. The hotel also boasts 3 restaurants and 2 bars which guests can enjoy and relax and unwind in after a long day on the beach, by the pool or on the golf course. In addition to being a short distance away from the beach, the hotel has its own private lake you can enjoy different watersports! There are also three swimming pools to relax around as well. With the hotel restaurants serving oriental, fresh fish or Mediterranean dishes as well as the marina being just a short walk away where guests can find many restaurants to choose from you could never go hungry or thirsty here! The fantastic Oceanico courses are a short distance away and are the courses mainly played by guests here. This truly is a brilliant destination for your next golfing holiday as you really get it all here: nightlife, great restaurants, the beach and a luxurious hotel!

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Conrad Algarve is next up on the list. This hotel is one of the most modern hotels on the Algarve and offers everything that you could want to make your golf holiday on the Algarve perfect. This hotel is situated in the fantastic Quinta do Lago resort where golfers can enjoy some spectacular golf courses as well as enjoy the luxury of this beautiful hotel. Quinta do Lago is one of the nicest and most relaxing places to go to for your next golf escape, there is little traffic around the resort, some fantastic shops and restaurants as well as some great golfing opportunities. Although the nightlife scene in the resort is rather quiet, there are some magnificent restaurants and atmospheric bars to enjoy instead. The guest rooms are decorated with a contemporary style and have their own private balconies which overlook either the palms or the pool. All of the rooms also have everything that you would expect from a modern five-star hotel such as a flat-screen TV free Wi-Fi and a coffee machine. The hotel offers guests 3 different restaurants which serve different cuisines as well as 3 bars to enjoy. There are also 3 different swimming pools for guests to enjoy, including a large heated infinity pool which blends in with the Atlantic Ocean! If golf isn’t the only activity that you hope to enjoy here, then you won’t be disappointed. The hotel has floodlit tennis courts for guests to play on as well as a spa and gym which features an indoor pool, sauna and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. This is a fantastic location for your next golf break to the Algarve and a stay here truly is something else.

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Next up on the list is the five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort in Vale do Lobo. The Vale do Lobo resort is the biggest and most exclusive holiday destination where guests at the hotels here can enjoy a wide range of sporting activities, dozens of bars, restaurants and shops as well as two championship golf courses and a 3-mile sandy beach. This truly is another stunning resort in the Algarve and another place where golfers can experience some fabulous golf courses as well as enjoy some relaxation and good food and drink! The rooms are decorated in an old-wood style but feature all the modern amenities that you would want, they also all have private balconies where you can enjoy panoramic views of either the Vale do Lobo golf course, the Atlantic Ocean or the village. Guests at this hotel have an exclusive benefit of pre-booking tee-times at San Lorenzo golf course which is one of the most popular course in the Algarve. Guests often also play Pinheiros Altos which is another fantastic course and is just a short drive away. The hotel’s restaurant serves wonderful buffets with regional and international dishes for breakfast and dinner and if this isn’t enough for you then there are a selection of restaurants on the doorstep of the hotel in the Vale do Lobo plaza. The Vale do Lobo spa is also just a short walk away and it offers a wide range of facilities and treatments which is perfect for those of you who enjoy a little relaxation as well as a few rounds of golf! This is a beautiful hotel in a great location which is perfect for your next golf holiday to the Algarve.

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to the possible destinations and resorts in the Algarve for your next golf escape to Portugal. These resorts and hotels are not to be missed out on and neither are the superb golf courses!

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5 up and coming golf resorts you have to try in 2016…

This week’s blog is a guide to five great up and coming golfing resorts which you must give a try in 2016! With a hotel and golf on site as well as many other amenities and activities on the resort what could be more perfect than a fabulous golf break to one of these resorts?

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First up on the list is the Bom Sucesso Resort in Obidos, Lisbon. This four-star resort offers a wide range of unique apartments as well as access to the brilliant golf course, Bom Sucesso. The resort is located in one of the most beautiful regions which offers so much to see and do during your stay here. With many different stunning beaches nearby guests can enjoy watersports or simply lounging around on the golden sand on their days off from the golf course! The medieval town of Obidos is just a 15-minute drive and has a wide range of different bars and eateries as well as some beautiful architecture to enjoy – definitely not to be missed! On-site is the fantastic Bom Sucesso 18-hole golf course which stretches over 60 hectares! The course features a very challenging parkland layout and features stunning views over the Obidos lagoon which can be enjoyed whilst you are trying to navigate the strategically placed bunkers and fast greens! Whilst you are staying at Bom Sucesso there are also opportunities to play other fantastic golf courses in the area so where could be more perfect for your next golf holiday to Lisbon?

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Next up on the list is another resort situated in Portugal but this time in the Algarve region. The Oceanico Amendoeira Resort is located just 7 miles from the historic town of Silves and just 35-minutes’ drive from Faro Airport. The resort features spacious and beautifully decorated apartments, all with private balconies which overlook the stunning gardens and the golf courses surrounding the apartments. With fully-fitted kitchens and large living areas as well, these truly are luxury apartments! Guests also have access to the lovely pool area as well as the two fantastic golf courses on site! The Oceanico Faldo course is a tricky course and requires good placing to score well, this course is lined with some beautiful greenery, undulating greens and some spectacular views which makes this course a great round with a little challenge and a lot of fun. The Oceanico O’Connor features water far more heavily than its sister course and so is a little trickier. Not only does the water add to the challenge of the course but also the beauty of it. With orange groves, different wildlife and great views of the golf course from the top of the 18th hole this is a spectacular show of golf and not to be missed! This resort is perfect for your next golf break to the Algarve.

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The Guadalmina Resort which is situated in Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol is next up on the list. The resort is situated on the beach and on the golf course which of course is a perfect location for when you want to combine great golf with some relaxation time! The rooms are all spacious and modern with superb facilities and great service. Guests also have access to the fitness room, sun terrace and the outdoor pools as well as great discount rates for the range of different spa treatments available! The hotel is just 10-minutes’ drive from Marbella Old Town which is beautiful and offers many different places to eat and drink which is perfect for evenings after a day on the beach or on the golf course! Guadalmina South has narrow fairways which are lined by trees which means that accuracy is certainly key here! The par 3 11th hole is the highlight of the course as it plays parallel to the beach right by the hotel but many can lose their balls here with an errant shot to the left landing you in a bunker or water hazard! The North Course on the resort winds through the resort and features many water hazards and is always kept in immaculate condition. This is a great resort for your next golf break to the Costa del Sol.

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The courses at the Lumine Golf Resort are both spectacular and offer something different from one another. The Lumine South Course, also known as the Hills Course, is so deeply integrated with its surroundings that it is a beautiful and natural course to play. Players can enjoy endless views of the Mediterranean horizon throughout their round which will require them to play accurately through olive and carob plantations as well as avoiding many strategically placed bunkers! The Lumine North Course, also known as the Lakes Course, is also integrated with its natural surroundings which are Sèquia Major wetland area which means that this course features many water hazards which feature on 14 holes! The course has some stunning views and has a great, challenging and interesting layout with a range of different styled holes. These courses are certainly not to be missed on your next golfing holiday to Costa Dorada in Spain as they are a spectacular duo!

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Last, but certainly not least on the list is the Barcelo Jandia Playa Hotel which is situated on the beautiful island of Fuerteventura. The hotel is set on the golden sands of the Jandia Beach and offers a superb all-inclusive package making this perfect for those who want to relax and not worry about eating out all the time on holiday! There are two restaurants and six bars for guests to enjoy as well as a great hotel spa and different pool areas! Although the hotel offers a great all-inclusive option the town centre of Morro del Jable is just 2km away where there are a variety of different restaurants and bars to enjoy as well! The Jandia Golf course was reopened in 2014 and is immaculate condition and surrounded by stunning views of the beach. The course can be a stern challenge but is a great round of golf and is enjoyable for golfers of all abilities. With four lakes and many dry riverbeds this course must be played strategically for anyone to score well and the winds can always make the challenge even sterner! This is a great golfing resort and is perfect for your next golf break to Fuerteventura.

We hope that these resorts have caught your eye and that you will try at least one of them out! With great hotels and great golf in great locations what more could you ask for?

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The top 5 courses for medium handicappers…

For those of you with a medium-level handicap will sometimes find some of the trickier courses too much of a challenge to be enjoyable and vice versa with the easier courses! This blog is designed to help you plan your next European golfing holiday making sure that you have got a few ideas of the best courses for you! Here is our list of the best courses for medium-level handicap holders!

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Situated on the Costa del Sol is the Mijas Los Lagos course. This course is a lovely, original course which was built in the mid 1970s making it a classic and very enjoyable course to play. It is set in just over 150 acres of stunning, gently undulating, green landscape with some beautiful natural scenery as its surroundings. This course is a very long course which will make an impact on you – especially if you take it on from the white tees! This course has many memorable holes but a particularly special one is the par five 5th hole where the fairway is restricted by a boundary wall on the left whilst the fairway narrows into a waste bunker with water on the right – a mighty risk-reward hole! With huge open fairways, large greens and vast lakes and bunkers this course has the power to make anyone feel small again, but it will always provide a good challenge to those of you with a mid-level handicap but also not be too tricky that you despair over your scorecard!

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Santana

With a backdrop of the Mijas Mountains and set amidst 140 acres of avocado and orange groves sits the Santana golf course on the Costa del Sol. The golf course seems to merge into its surroundings here with crushed marble white sand bunkers and some unusually shaped greens. The best hole on the course has to be the outstanding par five 4th hole which is a spectacularly long hole which features treacherously sloping greens, a little stream waiting to catch your stray balls and some strategically placed bunkers! Although this course is not particularly long, the fast, tricky greens will definitely offer a challenge on this course especially as they are deceivingly generous. The greens paired with the hazards along the way and the interestingly shaped greens and anything-but-flat fairways and you are in for a treat! This course is a fabulous course and cannot be missed off of the itinerary when you are in possession of a mid-level handicap and are looking for a fantastic course to play in the Costa del Sol!

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The Forest course at the Emporda Golf Resort on the Costa Brava is next up on the list of the best European courses for those with a mid-level handicap! These pine flanked fairways and greens are some of the loveliest in Spain and are not to be missed! This course is undeniably a very attractive course and has some quality holes to make it an even more enjoyable game. As early as the 2nd hole you get to experience a great par three with some strategically placed bunkering on the right before venturing through pine trees for the next few holes. Hole 6 can only be described as one of the best short, par fours around. This hole a great risk/reward hole and may leave you with a few lost balls! Make sure that you are not missing off the Forest course at Emporda on your next golf holiday to the Costa Brava and for an extra treat check out its sister course – the Links course at Emporda too, which is another great course for mid-level handicappers.img_Emporda

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The Hills course at Lumine Golf Club on the Costa Dorada is set in forests of white pine trees and with the backdrop of the stunning Mediterranean Sea. Not only are the fairways of the course flanked with olive trees and pine trees but due to being set in the surroundings of a bird sanctuary golfers will never be short of flying company whilst playing a superb round of golf on this course. The two closing holes on this course will stay in your mind for a long time after playing this fabulous course. The backdrop to the 17th is a natural rock-face and it is all about the approach to the very small green making it a little tricky but a beautiful hole indeed. The last hole is simply superb, from the tee all you can see are bunkers and the fairway disappearing in front of you into water but the hole veers off to the right meaning that you have a huge water hazard on your left where you can see yet more bunkers and another stunning rock-face. Make sure that this scenic and enjoyably challenging (but not too challenging!) course is on your to-play-list this coming year!img_Lumine

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Last, but certainly not least on the list is the Alamos course which is situated in the sunny Algarve in Portugal. The course is characterised by two large lakes and stunning views of the Monchique Mountains as you look over the reservoir and the vineyard – this course truly shows the peaceful side of the Algarve! With irregular and tight fairways, strategically placed bunkers as well as small greens this can be a tricky course to play but the variety of holes means that it is kept interesting! Make sure that your putting is on point for this round as the greens are fast and unforgiving but without making you cry at your scoresheet! This course is a course full of variety and beautiful scenery and cannot be missed on your next golf break to the Algarve – especially if you are a mid-level handicapper and are looking for a fine challenge!

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We hope that this list helps you, as a holder of a medium-level handicap, to choose the courses you are wanting to tick off the list! These course are all fantastic courses which will provide a challenge whilst not being heartbreakingly difficult!

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Golf at Spain’s finest…

Often when you’ve decided on your destination for your next golfing trip you think about the exact courses you want to play or the hotel that you want to stay at. We think that is important to experience some of the finer things in life and so here is our list of the five finest courses in Spain.Valderrama

First on the list we have Real Club Valderrama situated in Sotogrande, which is not just the first course on our list but is first on another list; the top courses in Europe. It isn’t hard to see how Valderrama got that impressive reputation with its beautiful and tranquil surroundings. This course is always in perfect condition and although it may not be the cheapest green fee around you certainly get what you pay for here both in terms of service and the golf that is on offer here. The course provides a great test to the everyday golfer as well as those more accomplished golfers as the crosswinds add an element of difficulty as well as strategically placed bunkers and fast greens – making it a perfect course in every way! Many golfers say that this is the most spectacular course they have ever played and so it isn’t really hard to see why this course is first up on our list of the finest courses in Spain.

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Next up on the list of Spain’s finest courses, we have the course at the Finca Cortesin golf club which is located on the Costa del Sol. This course is on of Europe’s longest layouts at 6.802 metres and is known for its beautiful and tranquil surroundings which include natural vegetation and views which stretch as far as the Estepona mountains. Aside from the surroundings, this course is a challenging one and can be extremely tricky with fast, rolling greens and with the inevitable high sea winds this is a challenging course even for the most experienced golfer. However, the course does offer five different tee options and so those who are less experienced are still catered for at this stunning course. This course has been described as the epitome of class; guests are met by staff and led to their named buggies before starting their round. All the facilities are in excellent condition and the treatment received is impeccable. As well as Valderrama this course also has expensive green fees but it is well worth the extra money in order to receive this first class treatment and be able to play on this great course.

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La-Reserva

Third on our list is another Sotogrande favourite – La Reserva. This course is the longest course on the Costa del Sol with 6721 metres of rolling greenery. With views of the glistening Mediterranean alongside you and in front of you for almost the entire course this truly is one of the finest courses that Spain has to offer. With water presenting itself on six of the holes and many risk/reward shots have to be taken in order to succeed on this course making it a fun and challenging course for golfers of all abilities. The back nine holes are worth coming to play this course alone as they make you climb onto higher ground giving you the access to some tremendous views and great tee shots. This course is in spectacular condition and everything about it is majestic including its lovely staff and stunning clubhouse meaning that it is easily classed as one of the finest courses around. With Valderrama as one of La Reserva’s neighbours if you’re looking to play some of the finest courses in Spain then you know which area to come to on your next golfing holiday.La Reserva

Sotogrande

Real Club Sotogrande golf course is the fourth course on this list. This course is a private members course but it is still worth trying to get tee times here to experience the beauty of this course. Real Club Sotogrande was opened in 1964 and even after 40 years is still regarded as one of the top 10 courses in the whole of Europe which shows how well this course has survived the test of time. This course has many strategically placed bunkers and water hazards making it a challenge even to the most discerning golfer and means that a lot of effort and thinking are required in order to score well on the course and avoid these hazards. Just 150 metres from the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and with a careful layout designed to integrate the natural area with a fantastic golf course it is no surprise that this course has made the list of Spain’s finest courses.

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San-Roque

Last on the list are the courses at San Roque Golf Club. The two courses there are as challenging as they are beautiful and although both courses are very different they both offer a fabulous round at one of the finest golf clubs on the Costa del Sol. The Old Course is the club’s pride and joy; it is rated among the top five courses in Spain as well as one of the best in the whole of Europe. With large fairways and narrow greens which undulate gently through forest-like surroundings as well as bunkers and water hazards this course is sure to make for an interesting round. Of course, along with any fine golf course there are some spectacular views and this course features beautiful ones of the mountains which are further inland making this not only an interesting round but a picturesque one as well. The new course at San Roque is by far the most challenging out of the two and so we suggest this course if you’re looking for a tough but enjoyable round. This course features many deep bunkers and the fairways are exceptionally narrow but to experience a fine round on this course is worth the potential poor score!

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5 Best Escapes In Europe, Ideal for couples

Often going away on a golfing holiday as a couple makes it hard to decide where to go even if you are both keen golfers you both have different requirements but here is our guide to the five best golfing getaways for couples…

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First on our list for the best couple hotels we have to offer is the Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel & Spa in Portugal. This hotel is just a year and a half old and is set to become a favourite for those looking for serenity and relaxation in a remote and beautiful area with a fabulous golf course onsite. All the rooms are light and spacious with the option of sea view available to guests with modern décor and a well-fitted bathroom. The hotel also has its own spa which features extensive treatments using locally sourced materials and produce and after a treatment you can enjoy yourself in the beautiful indoor pool, the Finnish sauna or the Jacuzzi. For food there is plenty of choice for breakfast at the buffet and for your evening meal you can either eat from the Dinner Menu at the Golf Club or stay at the hotel and eat from their set menu which offers some delicious seafood. The golf course is adjacent to the hotel which is a beautifully designed and challenging course not to be missed! This hotel really is perfect for some relaxation time with your other half whilst getting the opportunities to enjoy a fabulous hotel and golf course.

 

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In Sicily we have the five star luxury Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa. This is a golfer’s paradise with two fantastic 18-hole golf courses on site! The hotel also features beautiful spa and wellness facilities so even if you’re not a keen golfer you will certainly not be disappointed with your visit to this fabulous hotel as the spa offers extensive facilities and treatments to suit any and all of their guests’ needs. Each of the rooms feature a private balcony or terrace with either a lovely view of the golf course or the beautiful gardens. The hotel hosts three spectacular restaurants which serve a range of cuisine from Mediterranean to their regional specialities – you will never be short of amazing food whilst staying here!  This hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some great golf, great food and great quality treatment on your next couples golfing retreat!

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Next on the list we have Elba Palace Golf and Vital Hotel which is situated right in the centre of the stunning Fuerteventura golf course. As a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” we are sure you could not be disappointed with a stay at this beautiful gem of a hotel. The rooms are light and spacious, fully fitted with amenities and old fashioned décor. This is an adults-only hotel so ideal for those looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of family life! For those looking for activities other than golf the hotel offers a variety including hiking, tennis and diving just to name a few! The hotel also offer free transfers to the nearby Sheraton Spa for those looking for extreme relaxation. Whether you are looking for spectacular golf or a quiet rest in a beautiful location then look no further than this hotel for your next couple golf getaway.

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Last but certainly not least on the list is Gran Hotel Benahavis. This beautiful hotel is situated in the hills and is just a five minute walk away from the charming pedestrianised town of Benahavis where there are many different bars and restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine meaning that you are never short of a great eatery whilst here! There are a variety of different rooms in the hotel but all are comfortable and well-appointed with lovely décor. The hotel also features two main pools one of which even has a swim-to-bar making it perfect for a post-round dip and relax! The outside areas around the hotel are stunning with a magnificent courtyard and areas through which you could walk for hours. All guests to the hotel receive free entry to the spa which offers a wide range of treatments and has all the amenities you would expect from a hotel spa of this standard! For those looking for a town livelier than Benahavis then the town of Puerto Banus is just ten minutes away with a bustling atmosphere around the clock! This hotel is perfect for a piece of calm and tranquillity with a wonderful atmosphere yet still within reasonable distance of other livelier towns – what could be better?

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Hotel Isla Canela Golf in Andalusia is next on the list which is located in Ayamonte with just the River Guadiana separating itself from the Algarve and just 3km from the stunning beaches of Isla Canela which boasts more than 7km of white sand. This place is perfect for a holiday of complete rest and relaxation to enjoy together. The rooms are spacious with fantastic décor in keeping with its historical and beautiful surroundings some of the rooms also have the view of  the fantastic  18th fairway of the golf course which truly is a sight. The wonderful thing about this hotel is that you feel in the middle of nowhere so if you are looking for relaxation and tranquillity you can find it here but you are also just a 25 minute walk down to some shops, bars and restaurants as well as the beach! The golf course is challenging especially with the wind coming in from the coast but it is a great course and with it being right on your doorstep here at Isla Canela what could be more ideal? This is a perfect hotel for a couples golf escape.

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