The Best Unusual Places to Golf

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the most unusual places and courses that you will get to enjoy a round of golf on. In many incidences, it is the case that golf is the main highlight of your holiday and it is often easy to find a fantastic hotel almost anywhere but these are courses which are well worth basing your entire holiday around…

Fist up we have Jardin Tecina which is arguably one of the most special and impressive courses in the Canary Islands. You tee off at the top of a hill and then for the duration of the course you slowly zigzag back down without playing one single uphill shot. With the course measuring a long 6,900 yards from the back tees it is not an easy round of golf. However, with the wide fairways and option of closer tees it is playable by golfers of all standards. The views from every shot are simply stunning with trees, flowers and other tropical plants adding to the stunning panoramic views of the ocean. Although all of the holes are brilliant, there are a few spectacular ones which you definitely won’t forget for a while like the downhill short 4th hole where if you don’t place your ball carefully it may get swallowed up by the ravine which is on your left. The finishing hole for this course is a great one where you will have to hit two well-placed shots in order to score well on this hole and the entrance to the green is framed by two impressive palm trees. This is a beautiful but challenging round of golf and one not to miss out on!

Up next we have the Crete Golf Club which is located in the hills of Hersonnisos and boasts spectacular views from this ideal location. Not only is this course built in a beautiful location but Crete’s year-round mild climate provides excellent golfing conditions. There are a wide variety of holes that will challenge even the golfers with the lowest handicaps here from short par-3s to long par-5s. As you play the course, the fairways wind through rocks and ravines where you can experience stunning views of the mountains and the coast. This is a beautiful course with some very memorable holes and scenery for you to experience – another course definitely not to be missed out on!

The four-star Bogogno Golf Resort is situated in Lake Maggiore where you can experience beautiful surroundings which can be enjoyed even more so when you are playing on the two parkland golf courses situated on the resort – the Bonora and the Del Conte Course. The rooms are all spacious and boast their own private terraces which overlook either one of the golf courses or the pool areas. This is a beautiful resort with some stunning surroundings and great facilities including two tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi as well as a great restaurant in which you can dine outside enjoying the views. Both of the golf courses onsite are regarded as two of the finest courses in Italy and blend effortlessly into their Italian countryside surroundings. The Bonora course is the more challenging of the two courses with its undulating fairways with many strategically placed hazards for you to navigate around.

Minthis Hills Golf Club is just a short drive from the bustling town of Paphos but far enough from the town that its setting is tranquil and relaxing set in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery. The course sits so naturally in its surroundings and offers stunning views away from the hustle and bustle of the towns nearby. There are a wide variety of different holes here and many will leave a lasting impression like the short 12th where you have to navigate the valley on your left and the challenging 17th hole where you will need to be very accurate and strong to reach the green in just two shots. The fairways are far from flat and are lined thickly with fruit trees and grape vines which can make this a challenge, however, with its range of tee options it is playable by golfers of all abilities which makes it a great course for an enjoyable golf break to Cyprus.

Up next we have the five-star Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. The hotel rooms here all boast a private balcony or terrace as well as a flat-screen TV, walk-in closet and other luxury furnishings. This is a very special golf resort and whilst staying here you will experience the height of luxury wherever you go within the resort. The resort boasts many facilities including a shooting centre, water sports, tennis courts as well as a private beach and a fantastic spa facility in which you can enjoy a range of different treatments. Whilst you are here you will never be short of somewhere fantastic to dine as there are seven superb restaurants where you can find anything from seafood to Italian to International cuisines. There are three fabulous golf courses on the resort, each of which offers something different from the last and will complete your luxury golfing experience here.

Hotel Antik is a fantastic, new, four-star hotel situated in the marina of Balchik and is just three minutes’ walk from the beach. All of the rooms here are beautifully designed and fully-fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Within walking distance, you can enjoy a wide variety of different bars and restaurants but the hotel’s on-site restaurant is superb and offers delicious food. With all of this as well as three signature golf courses within a 15 minutes’ drive away it would be hard to find anywhere better for your next golf break.

Another fantastic property located in Balchik is the four-star Hotel Mistral which overlooks the marina and all of the rooms here have stunning views out across the Black Sea. You are only a three minute walk from the beach here and being so close to the marina means that you are never short of somewhere fantastic to eat or drink. However, if you prefer to stay in, you can enjoy local and international dishes at the open-air restaurant at the hotel where you can enjoy views of the marina whilst you eat. This is a stunning hotel in a perfect location being in the centre of the marina but also only 10km from three superb golf courses.

Last but not least, we have two fantastic and unusual golf courses situated in Bulgaria. Thracian Cliffs is considered to be “Gary Player’s gem” and its setting is breathtaking. Every one of the 18 holes runs alongside the coast of the Black Sea and we can guarantee that you will never play a course anything like this one. Although this course seems daunting, with its many different tee positions, it is possible for golfers of all abilities to play and enjoy a round here – even if your golf is poor, the surroundings are anything but! The 7th and 8th holes are particularly tricky where if you are not entirely accurate you will lose your ball very easily. It is a tough course and one where you will have to take a lot of risks (and many might not pay off!) but it is one of a kind and definitely one that has to be on ever discerning golfer’s must-play list!

BlackSeaRama is another Gary Player special. This course is relatively flat, set upon the cliffs overlooking the Black Sea, although the course is flat, being so high means that the wind will affect your play and make scoring close to your handicap very tricky indeed. There are also a fair few water hazards that come into play, especially in the later holes which add to the trickiness of this course. Its finishing hole is the signature hole here, the 18th is a par-3 over the valley and the views are simply breathtaking. This is another spectacular course that you could easily base your holiday around…

We hope that this blog has inspired your next golf break…it isn’t too late to book for this year!

The Spotlight on Cyprus

This week’s blog is about the great island of Cyprus and what is has to offer you for your next golf holiday. Cyprus has fantastic year-round weather, stunning courses and is rich in culture and history making it the ideal destination for your next golf break. It is no surprise that Cyprus is becoming more and more popular every year as people discover its fantastic hotels and brilliant golf courses so make sure that you are next on the list to depart to sunny Cyprus…

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This Mediterranean island is perfect for both a relaxing and an action-packed golf escape. You can spend hours relaxing on the beautiful, sandy beaches or by the pools at the luxury hotels or you can spend hours discovering the history and culture of local towns and taking part in the vast amount of sporting activities which are always on your doorstep here.

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In South Cyprus are four of the best golf courses you will ever have the opportunity to play: Aphrodite Hills, Elea Golf Club, Minthis Hills and Secret Valley. All of these golf courses are within close proximity of Paphos and all of them come highly recommended by us to you…

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Aphrodite Hills is considered to be a tough but playable enough that it is still an extremely enjoyable round of golf. The views from the course are spectacular and it is designed in such a picturesque way that you will struggle to draw your eyes away from the scenery and concentrate on the golf! The 3rd and the 7th holes are spectacular as the course is played on two fairly level landforms which are separated by a deep canyon which is incorporated into these two holes. With the fantastic scenery of the carob and olive trees as well as views of the Mediterranean Sea, challenging pot bunkers and a wide variety of different styles and shapes of holes this is a course not to be missed out on!

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Elea Golf Club is a stunning course that blends with the beautiful landscape around it and is one that all golfers love. One thing that you will notice when playing here is the abundance of bunkers that are strategically positioned to make play very difficult on some holes. A perfect example of this is the par-4 4th hole on which you need to navigate around two huge, irregularly shaped bunkers right from the tee and then navigate past some slightly smaller ones which guard the bridged green! You definitely need to concentrate on this course to steer clear of the bunkers and the water hazards that lie waiting for errant shots. This is another great golf course and is rated as the number one course in Cyprus so make sure that you grab the opportunity to see why!

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Minthis Hills is a beautiful course set at 550 metres above sea level which means that both the views and the sea breeze are overwhelming at times! This is another course in the area which truly blends in with its surroundings making for a very picturesque round of golf. This course is a course which is playable by those of almost all handicaps which makes it s great holiday course for you to play. Concentration is needed, especially on the back nine, in order to score well as the holes are all quite different with different challenges from the 12th with the valley alongside the left of the fairway to the uphill 14th and 17th holes. Yet another fantastic course that is perfect for your next golf break to Cyprus.

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Last, but not least is the Secret Valley golf club which starts off as an easy round before gradually getting more difficult as you start to play through the holes, if you can avoid hitting errant shots into the water hazards along the course then you have a good chance at playing to your handicap here. With a lovely variety of holes, a beautiful backdrop of rock formations and different trees it is no surprise that golfers enjoy this course. With all four of these courses offering you a very different round of golf with guaranteed fantastic weather and beautiful scenery it isn’t a shock that Cyprus is becoming more and more attractive to golfers.

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When considering where to stay to play these beautiful courses in South Cyprus we cannot recommend highly enough the Thanos Hotels or the Aphrodite Hills hotel and residences but if you are looking to perhaps go to North Cyprus which is equally as beautiful then be sure to take a look at Korineum Residences.

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The Korineum Residences have spacious, well-appointed rooms with private balconies and on-site there is a fantastic 18-hole golf course, an outdoor pool and a luxury spa. At the spa you can enjoy a range of different treatments as well as the Jacuzzi and sauna or you can choose to relax around the outdoor pool after a round on the golf course. If you prefer the beach then the beautiful, sandy Turtle beach is just under 2 miles away from the resort. If you’re looking for a lovely resort with a great golf course on-site with stunning surroundings and high-class service, then you really need look no further than the Korineum Residences in North Cyprus.

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Korineum Golf & Country Club is the first 18-hole golf course in North Cyprus and it has certainly set the standards high here. The course is simply beautiful with pine trees, olive trees and carob trees lining the beautifully manicured fairways and beyond the trees are the fantastic views of the Mediterranean Sea on one side and on the other, stunning views of the Five Finger mountain range. This is a perfect holiday golf course as it is playable for those of all standards so those of all abilities can have the chance to try their shots here! This course is an ideal one for your next golf break to Cyprus and the first tee is a just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel!

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We hope that this week’s blog has shown you the wonders of the golf available to you in both South Cyprus and North Cyprus and that when you are thinking about your next golf holiday you think about everything that is on offer to you here…

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The Insider’s guide to Thanos Hotels

This week’s blog is an insiders guide to the two beautiful Thanos hotels which are situated in Paphos in South Cyprus. These are both stunning five-star hotels which feature high-class facilities and are within short distance of four beautiful golf courses. These hotels are perfect for your next golf break in the sun and after reading our insiders guide you won’t disagree.

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Thanos Hotel Annabelle is situated in the middle of tropical gardens but still manages to be right in the heart of the city centre of Paphos. The hotel has wonderful surroundings of palm trees, tropical flowers and views of the seafront which is just a few yards away from the hotel. All of the rooms here are spacious with elegant marble features and all of the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a minibar, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. As the hotel is within a short distance of four spectacular golf courses – Aphrodite Hills, Elea Golf Club, Minthis Hills and Secret Valley – you will never be struggling to find a good round of golf! You can also enjoy a range of different activities in the area as the hotel is in the centre of the city including water sports and cultural tours. For relaxation the resort boasts a fantastic pool with swim-in caves and waterfalls around it where you can relax by and of course, the hotel is just a short walk to the beach. Although this hotel doesn’t have a spa, the sister hotel next door has a well-fitted spa which guests can use. The hotel features four different restaurants including its buffet-style restaurant as well as those which serve a variety of different cuisine and there are also five different bars for you to explore and enjoy a few drinks in with some of them providing live entertainment each evening. Of course, being in the city centre gives you plenty of options regarding food and drink as there are copious amounts of different restaurants and bars serving every cuisine and drink that you could ever possibly want. This is a superb hotel with some of the best amenities possible and with service of the highest class all in the centre of a bustling and beautiful city – what is there not to like about this hotel?Almyra

 

Hotel Annabelle’s sister hotel – Hotel Almyra –  is right next door so shares the same superb location right in the heart of the city of Paphos. All of the rooms here are spacious and decorated with a modern and contemporary design, they all feature either a balcony or a terrace that has garden or sea views for you to enjoy here. Just like its sister hotel, the rooms are fitted with all of the amenities you would expect from a five-star hotel like this. The hotel boasts four large freshwater pools for you to enjoy and has the beach right on its doorstep which means that you will never be short of somewhere stunning to relax and enjoy the grounds of the hotel. Two of the pools are adults-only which means that you can relax somewhere quiet without children or if you have your children there are pools where they can swim away from those who want the peace and quiet! Guests who stay here often play the same four golf courses that those who stay at the Annabelle Hotel play as they are fantastic courses which are close to the hotels. Unlike its sister hotel, Hotel Almyra feature a spa and wellness centre with a wide range of holistic treatments, a gym and a sauna. Most guess that stay in these hotels enjoy a half-board package and the Amyra’s main buffet restaurant serves a full continental breakfast and their other restaurants serve a variety of different cuisine from traditional Cypriot dishes to different international cuisine. Due to the hotel’s location you will never be restricted on where you can eat and drink as there are numerous great little restaurants and bars in Paphos for you to enjoy if you want to leave the hotel and explore. This hotel is ideal for your next relaxing golf break in the sun and a stay here could never be anything but relaxing and enjoyable.nightlife

 

Paphos is a fantastic coast side city with a great climate both for enjoying the beaches in summer and staying out late enjoying the nightlife in the warm but also for exploring and playing golf especially in the Autumn where temperatures average at around 20C. Holidays here are also easily accessible from England as Paphos airport is just under 20km from the city centre. There is plenty to do here in Paphos from enjoying water sports on the beach to exploring the churches and history deep in the city. There are many small coastal towns for you to enjoy and some of which are within walking distance from Paphos. For those of you looking for a lively holiday then there is the strip which has many different bars and clubs on that are open until all hours of the morning and staying in the heart of Paphos means that they are easily accessible from one of the Thanos hotels. This is a fantastic city with so much culture, nightlife and history that everyone can enjoy and appreciate and a stay here in one of these fantastic hotels should never be missed out on.golf

 

With four very different golf courses nearby each with their own level of difficulty and individual layouts as well as a beautiful sandy beach and a bustling town full of culture and atmospheric bars and restaurants we cannot recommend the Thanos hotels enough. These are ideal for those of you looking for an interesting holiday with some great golf and fantastic food and drink. If you’re looking to book your next golf holiday in the sun or are considering something for this Autumn then this is perfect for you.nav-logo-bg-square

The Insider’s Guide to Korineum Golf & Beach Resort

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Korineum Residences which are situated in North Cyprus. If you’re not so keen on going to Turkey but still want to travel further south than Spain and Portugal to get the scorching weather, then this is perfect for you! For fabulous service, beautiful weather, great food and drink all in a stunning location you need look no further.

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The beautifully decorated rooms are hidden away from the rest of the resort amongst pine trees giving you all the privacy you could want during your stay here whilst enabling you plenty of easy access to the resort’s amenities and of course, the golf course. All of the rooms are equipped with a private balcony where you can enjoy views of either the gardens, the Mediterranean or the mountains – you can experience an amazing view here no matter which direction you are facing! Not only can you enjoy free use of the resort’s gym but you can also enjoy use of the clay tennis courts on-site if you’re looking for some activity besides golf. There are also many opportunities for you to just relax and enjoy the fantastic weather in a beautiful place, not only is there a lovely pool area but the hotel provides a free shuttle service to their private area of the beach.

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The hotel also boasts a lovely spa and wellness centre where you can enjoy a range of massages and treatments as well as a sauna and Jacuzzi. You can have a quick bite to eat at either the beachside bar or the poolside bar and for bigger meals you have the option of dining at the clubhouse or in one of the A la Carte restaurants in the hotel. This is a perfect location for your next relaxing golf break to Cyprus where you can enjoy the great weather all year round as well as top quality service and great amenities.

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Not only does the hotel offer a free shuttle service down to the beach but there is also one that goes to the nearby city of Kyrenia at designated times. Kyrenia is one of the most beautiful towns in Cyprus with its lovely harbour and its backdrop of the mountains. Kyrenia is also know for its history and beautiful architecture which you can enjoy when taking a trip here. You can enjoy long walks and scenic tours around the city before taking a stroll around the harbour and stopping off for a cold drink and a bite to eat at one of the many bars and restaurants sat by the harbour.

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There are a wide variety of restaurants here and most of them serve local and traditional Greek dishes for you to sample and enjoy! Although this town is not as lively as those such as Ayia Napa, it holds so much history and culture it would be a shame not to take a trip here, especially if you are enjoying a stay at the beautiful Korineum resort. There are also some smaller neighbouring villages close to Kyrenia where you can experience more of the history of Greece and become at one with the nature that you can immerse yourself in.

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Korineum Golf & Country club is situated on the resort and was the first 18-hole golf course to be built in Northern Cyprus. The views from the course are simply breathtaking, on one side of you you can see the glistening Mediterranean Sea and on the other are views of the famous Five Finger mountain range. This course was designed to be playable by golfers of all abilities and ages which makes it a fantastic holiday course as you can take it as seriously as you want to and you can also encourage your family to play along too. Most of the tee shots are aimed into the Mediterranean or towards the mountains which allows you to enjoy the scenery even more.

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The golf course is always kept in immaculate condition and with the strategically placed water hazards and bunkers it can be a little challenging even for those of a lower handicap in places! Some of the holes can be very tight and the greens are often predictable but this is a fantastic course and one which holiday-goers love.

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The course is also a very interesting shape as it has been formed to run through the existing carob and olive trees, it also undulates gently adding a little extra challenge. With the fact that on nearly every hole you can see the sea and on clear days even Turkey on the horizon as well as the fact that you can enjoy a reasonably challenging course whilst still maintaining the fun element of golf it is any wonder why you wouldn’t choose Korineum Resort and its fantastic golf course to enjoy your next golf break at!

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are now considering a golf holiday to North Cyprus, with the great weather that is practically all year round, beautiful scenery and lovely golf courses as well as some culture and history-filled towns it would be hard to find somewhere any better! We realise that many of you are concerned about travelling to Turkey and although we can reassure you that it is business as usual there, North Cyprus, and more specifically, the Korineum Resort, is a great alternative where you can still get the first-class service and stunning weather!

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