The Best Golf Courses in Europe That Won’t Break the Bank

If you work your way around all the destinations in Europe, there are so many golf courses out there that mean you can have a great Golf Escape without spending a small fortune. Every region has their signature course that all the group flock to play, but they usually come at a cost. Here is our advice on how to play great golf courses, but keeping it within a healthy budget too.el-chaparral

El Chaparral – A really fun course. The design is very different to others in the area and is a really interesting course to have in your itinerary. We always recommend to play it in the middle of your holiday as it is very tight and a tough one to start off with. The added bonus with El Chaparral is that shared buggies are included in the greenfee as well, just to make it even better value for money! After your round, stay for a drink as the staff are incredibly friendly and gives the superb clubhouse a great atmosphere. A real gem of the Costa del Sol.castro-marim

Castro Marim – In the East of the Algarve lays some great golf courses and with the town of Tavira in the middle of them all, it is a fantastic place to take your next holiday. Out of the local courses, Castro Marim is easily the best value for money. Three loops of 9 holes, the Grouse, Guadiana and Atlantico make up the resort and all three are great. The Grouse is the newest and perhaps the best if you wanted to take in the views of the rolling hills. The Guadiana is the tightest, set amongst pines trees. Several of the greens are elevated and are usually the fastest of the 9 holes. Beware of the bunkers! Finally the Atlantico. Plenty of water and similar to the Guadiana in that it is lined with pine trees. Definitely worth playing when staying in the East of the Algarve and an area in general that must be considered for your next Golf Escape.

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El Valle – Murcia is a golfer’s paradise with so many golf courses all in such close proximity to the sea front and to Murcia Airport and all brilliant value. You can play 6 different courses without travelling any further than 30 minutes from your base in Los Alcazeras. El Valle is the Golf Escape pick though. A vast open space littered with bunkers makes it a course that you have to think your way around. Tight fairways also add to the difficulty of the course. When you think you have mastered the fairways and bunkers you are then faced with huge expanses of water on the 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th. Tough, but a very pleasant walk taking in views of the hills surrounding you.

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Troia – A treat to play if you are staying anywhere in the Lisbon area and fancy a good day out. The course is situated in the Troia Peninsula and means getting a short ferry journey from Setubal. When you get there though, you will see why it is worth the journey. The course is stunning. If it was anywhere else in the world it would be a £150 round of golf easily. This is where location, location, location works in the guests favour. You can play this course for great value for money as long as you don’t mind the journey. Playing alongside a peaceful beach, it has a links feel to it at times with sandy wasteland for the 2nd cut of rough. A challenge, but a real favourite in the Golf Escapes office.

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Golf With an Air of Sophistication

This week’s blog is on some of the most sophisticated resorts that we offer and recommend. When planning your next golf break it is important to understand what you want from the holiday and if sophistication is one then we have some superb resorts to recommend to you which we are sure won’t leave you disappointed…

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The Titanic Deluxe in Belek is a fabulous, practically brand new, five-star all-inclusive resort. The resort features countless facilities and activities from the nine outdoor pools to the aqua park to the extensive spa and the outdoor sports courts and pitches. All of the rooms are decorated with a modern theme and feature an LED TV, air-conditioning as well as a minibar. The rooms also all feature their own private balcony with views of the gardens or the river. This hotel is not situated directly on the beach but guests can take the boat down the Besgoz River right to a stretch of beach 1km long which is exclusive to guests here at the Titanic Deluxe. When it comes to eating a drinking you will be spoilt for choice with a buffet restaurant as well as four a la carte restaurants serving different cuisines from Italian to Turkish to seafood dishes. There are also 14 bars for you to choose from when you are thinking about where to enjoy your post-round beverage! This is a fantastic resort for your next sophisticated golf break as everything here is of the highest standard – including the service and the golf!

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For keen golfers, the Titanic Golf Club just will certainly not disappoint, there are three loops of nine holes here so you can work out which 18-hole course you want to take on. Water comes into play on almost half of the holes across the whole course which can make it a little tricky for those who have a slightly higher handicap. This is a superb holiday course with each route of nine holes having something unique to offer – whether it’s playing along the beach with stunning views of the Mediterranean or enjoying the inland loops with equally breathtaking views of the Taurus mountains.

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The Verdura Resort in Sicily is another stunning five-star resort. The resort is set amongst 230 hectares of classic Sicilian countryside and olive groves and offers guests access to the private beach as well as to the infinity pool. This resort is the definition of sophistication with extensive spa facilities including thalassotherapy pools, lovely treatment rooms and a hot tub. The resort also boasts two fantastic 18-hole championship golf courses which are a great test of golf and if you’re looking to stay active, besides the golf there is also the fully-equipped gym and a running trail through lemon trees to enjoy! The rooms are all fitted to the highest standard with king-size beds and balconies with beautiful views across the resort’s surroundings. This is another fabulous option for your next golf holiday with style!

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If you’re looking for somewhere quieter then Hotel Las Madrigueras in Tenerife is a perfect little five-star hotel set within the Las Americas golf course. From the hotel you can enjoy breathtaking views of the golf course, the Atlantic and La Gomera whilst sipping on a cold drink! You will enjoy a few rounds at Golf Las Americas which is a great course, suitable for those of all abilities but definitely a little challenging for all with the water and sand hazards as well as the fast, undulating greens! If you are more into relaxation (or relaxation as well as golf!) then you won’t be disappointed with the lovely outdoor pool area and the spa which features a hot tube, a Turkish bath, a sauna as well as an extensive treatment menu. This is another superb hotel perfect for a sophisticated golf break away!

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Hotel Camiral at the PGA Catalunya Resort is next up on our list of suggestions. This is a stylish and modern hotel just a five-minutes’ drive from the lovely town of Caldes de Malavella. There is an a la carte restaurant on site but you can also enjoy the piano bar and pub as well as drinks on the terrace during the summer months. The hotel boasts a lovely outdoor pool as well as extensive spa facilities that you can enjoy at your leisure whilst staying here. The PGA Catalunya courses are just a five-minutes’ walk away and it is no surprise that these are two of the most popular courses in Europe – staying here means that you get to see why! This hotel is a beautifully decorated one and all of the rooms are decorated with warm colours and feature elegant bathrooms. This is a beautiful hotel where you can enjoy stunning surroundings, great golf and high-class facilities.

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Last, but not least, is Costa Navarino which is a beautiful five-star hotel located in Greece. This resort is popular with both golfers and non-golfers due to its extensive facilities, superb golf and other activities on offer as well as its stunning surroundings. The hotel is just five-minutes’ walk from the golden, sandy beach but there are also stunning outdoor pool areas for you to relax around as well as the beach. You will never be short of somewhere relaxing to eat or drink with there being so many different restaurants and bars in great locations around the hotel for you to enjoy. If golf is less your thing then there is the Anazoe Spa which features an indoor spa as well as a long treatment menu for you to pick from! Golfers can indulge at the on-site Dunes course which has a links feel to it but you find your way navigating around Greek countryside which gives a great setting to the course. It is no surprise that Costa Navarino made it onto our list for the best hotels for a golf holiday with added sophistication!

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and you have seen the high-class service and facilities that could be awaiting you if you book one of these resort for your next golf holiday perhaps for the fast-approaching 2017!

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Insider’s guide to Campo Real & Royal Obidos

This week’s blog is a guide to two fantastic hotels and their superb golf courses which are situated in the Lisbon region. Lisbon is a great destination for a spring golf escape where you are much more likely to get the sunny, dry weather expected of spring than you are in the UK! With the weather as atrocious as it is at the moment here in the UK make sure that you have something to look forward to for early 2017 and book your next golf break away today…

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Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel & Spa is located on the beautiful Silver Coast just an hour away from Lisbon and was the winner of the IAGTO Best Resort in Europe 201. This stunning hotel only opened in 2014 and has fast become a favourite of ours and it isn’t hard to see why. All of the beautifully designed guest rooms have private balconies that you can enjoy views out to Obidos Lagoon from or if you are on the West side of the hotel, you get infinite views over the Atlantic Ocean and of the world-class Royal Obidos golf course. The hotel’s main restaurant is the Kobe Steak & Sushi Restaurant where you can experience a superb meal in a lovely setting with fantastic views to enjoy whilst you are sipping on fine wine. There are three bars, one of which is a poolside bar, where you can enjoy a range of different cocktails, wines and beers either after 18-holes on the golf course or before you sit down for a fine meal in the hotel’s restaurant. If you are less into golf and more into relaxation then although during the spring months you might not get to do as much sunbathing by the outdoor pool as you may like to, the hotel boasts a great spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments, a Finnish sauna or the heated indoor pool. This is a stunning hotel which is perfect for your next spring golf holiday to the Lisbon region.

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Royal Obidos Golf Course will present a test to golfers of all abilities with around 7,300 yards (from the back tees) of stunning views and a range of different challenging holes. The signature hole on the front nine is the par-3 3rd hole where the green is on an island with spectacular views out to the Obidos lagoon as its backdrop. The 18th hole is definitely an impressive finish to the round, it’s a par-5 hole and you have stunning views across the back nine, the ocean and the clubhouse as you play the hole. With a variety of different challenges as well as beautiful views and an interesting round it is no surprise that this course won the Best Course in Portugal award in 2015.

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Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort & Spa is also situated on the Silver Coast in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by vineyards but is just 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon airport. The guestrooms are all individually decorated and have stunning views of either the courtyard or the golf course. The hotel features three great restaurants that you can enjoy as well as two different bars to enjoy a post-round cold beer at! There are plenty of activities to enjoy on-site if you are not into playing golf like tennis and horse-riding or just relaxing in the spa. The resort is in a great location as you have easy access to two fantastic golf courses – Royal Obidos and Campo Real as well as several traditional Portuguese villages nearby. This hotel is perfect if you are looking for a quieter golf break as there are some great deals here and not a lot of noise! This is another fantastic location for your next golf break to the Lisbon region – especially if you are looking to play a couple of different courses and explore some of the traditional Portuguese villages in the area.

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Campo Real Golf Course is another challenging golf course that will test all golfers regardless of how low their handicap score is and once you start to see the deep inclines, blind shots and hills you will understand why. This course is well-manicured and the service here is very high which always makes a round more enjoyable! This course is well integrated into its surroundings and makes use of the valleys and hills to make this course more challenging and interesting. The par-5 5th hole demonstrates this as you tee off downhill but then you have to get back up to a raised green after a sharp left turn in the course. The course has beautiful surroundings with rolling hills and vineyards surrounding the fairways and at the penultimate hole you can experience panoramic views across the whole of the course. This is another great but challenging course and when you are staying at Dolce Campo Real you get the chance to play both this course and Royal Obidos which makes for a perfect golf break!

 

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and it has made you think about your golf break for spring 2017 so that you can escape the dreary English weather and go somewhere like the Lisbon region to experience fabulous golf and stay in a beautiful hotel in a wonderful location!  nav-logo-bg-square

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!

Golf Escapes Top 18 European Holes, chosen by the team…

1st – PGA Catalunya Stadium 13th – Par 4, Spain.

  • The 13th at Catalunya is a stunning way to start our chosen 18 holes. With a backdrop worthy of being framed, the hole is a chance to hit a long straight drive downhill. The pitch into the green is tricky to say the least with something too short, long or right being punished by water.

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2nd – Aphrodite Hills 7th – Par 3, Cyprus.

  • The staggering 130 metre gorge dividing the tee from green at the 7th hole is an enticing challenge for all lovers of this beautiful game. Anything short is lost and to add difficulty the large bunker at the back of the green makes this a real tough tee shot, needing pin point accuracy.

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3rd – Valderrama 17th – Par 5, Spain.

  • The first of our Par 5 It’s long and narrow with two bunkers either side of the fairway where your tee shot and second shot will land. Water in front and to the left of the green to make your approach shot difficult as well. There’s no wonder Tiger Woods struggled with this hole back in 2000 hitting 3 shots over the 4 days into the hazard.

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4th – Carya 10th – Par 4, Turkey.

  • The Kracken as they call it officially. An incredibly difficult hole urging you into the water on the left in every way possible. Trees on the right hand side means a straight drive is vital. Get it wrong and you’re in the drink. The narrow fairway sloping right to left also doesn’t help matters, with bunkers lining the right hand side of the fairway. An iron off the tee is advised

 

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5th – Lumine Hills 18th – Par 4, Spain.

  • In our 18 for its beauty. The sharp dog leg right looks like a normal dog leg from the tee until you turn the corner and see the large lake on the left and a stunning open cliff face shadowing the green. A big hitter can avoid the lake if you can shoot over the trees, if not, a tricky approach shot over the water onto a slightly raised green, will mean anything too heavy will roll off the back of the green.

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6th – Santana 4th – Par 5, Spain.

  • A long par 5 and a hole to think about. Keep your tee shot left to avoid the cluster of bunkers that can be reached from your tee shot. The second shot is one you want to keep right to give yourself the best angle into the green. Be aware of the small stream and two nasty bunkers protecting the front of the green.

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7th – Costa Navarino Dunes 2nd – Par 4, Greece.

  • This stunning short par 4 requires you to be accurate off the tee to avoid the bunkers lining the fairway. This hole takes its place in our 18 because of its breath-taking, sea view backdrop from tee to green.

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8th – Thracian Cliffs 7th – Par 4, Bulgaria.

  • Possibly the most photographed hole in Europe. One of the most challenging too. The tee shot which is from a tee box in the sea needs to carry 170 meters over the sea onto a narrow, elevated fairway. Good luck!

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9th – Verdura East 18th – Par 4, Sicily.

  • The tee shot is played against a backdrop of the cliffs and an ancient ruin with the coastline of Sicily lying to the right with the waves breaking on the shoreline. The demanding second shot to the green must carry a deep hollow before rising up to the undulating putting surface set directly against the cliff face.

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Ultimate Guide to European Golf Holidays

Ultimate Guide to European Golf Holidays
With over 4,000 golf courses in Europe alone, there are more than enough golf holiday destinations to last you

Ultimate Guide to European Golf Holidays

With over 4,000 golf courses in Europe alone, there are more than enough golf holiday destinations to last you a lifetime.  From PGA golf courses and award winning golf courses to five star luxury resorts, Europe’s golfing industry is wickedly overindulged; great news for serious golfers.

Europe not only offers an unmatchable choice of golf courses but the continent’s picturesque backdrops are just an added bonus. The dramatic Italian lakes, the arresting allure of the French mountains and scenic sea views of the Spanish coast; wherever you are in Europe, you won’t be far from a dream golfing holiday.

Here at Golf-Escapes, we’ve hand-picked some of Europe’s finest golf courses and hotels to bring you the ultimate guide to European golf holidays. Read on to find out more about some of Europe’s most coveted golfing destinations.

GOLF IN FRANCE

The varying regions of France provide a rich and interesting choice of golfing destinations. From the tempting vineyards of the South West region to the quiet, hidden gems of Northern France and Pas de Calais, the French golfing experience is simply one not to be overlooked.

Best Courses

Whilst Northern France is often overlooked by tourists in search of sun, sea and coast typical of the Southern coastline, this region has much to offer in terms of history, culture and a never-ending stretch of vineyards. But there’s also the fairytale allure of the South West and its hundreds of French chateaux, making it an impossible choice between the regions. Here are some of our favourites, by region.

REGION: North of France

  • Le Touquet La Mer, Pas de Calais – Designed by the legendary Harry Colt, this respected golf course dates back to the 30s and has been cited by many as an architectural wonder. To this day, the course remains a treasured favourite for serious golfers and its spiritual setting amongst the French sand dunes, makes it completely unique. With the challenge of coastal winds and firm, fast greens, this course is nothing short of stimulating.
  • Belle Dune, Pas de Calais – the Belle Dune course is ranked by many as one of the best courses across Europe. This traditional links style course sits within the Marquenterre reserve and the area is adorned by the most stunning natural fauna and flora. Much like Le Touquet La Mer, the intense coastal winds promise a challenging and exciting round any time of year.

REGION: South West France

  • Lourdes Golf Club – with a beautiful lakeside setting amidst the movingly tranquil conifers of the South, this hilly golf course provides a satisfying round for golfers of all handicaps. With its variable, mountainous terrain, the course delivers a great workout or for a more relaxing game, golfers can hire a buggy.
  • Pau Golf Club – dating all the way back to the 1850s, this Par 69 golf course if the oldest one in Europe. For anyone visiting South West France, we would definitely recommend this course.

Best Hotels

For something of a grand affair, Hotel Westminster in Côte d’Opale is the perfect French seaside resort, and with a strong relationship with Le Touquet golf course, your stay will truly be seamless. Built in the 1930s, visitors can enjoy the art deco charm of the hotel and with its exceptional NUXE Spa, it’s the perfect base for a luxury family holiday.

If you’re looking for a hotel close to Belle Dune, the gracefully charming Hotel La Terrasse makes a great base for the seaside (20 metres away), the enchanting town centre of Fort Mahon Plage, and various golf courses in the area.

When to Go

Northern France is affected by cold winters and hot summers, an oceanic climate which can be temperamental. The best time to travel is during the summer months but generally, this is peak season for tourism. So if you prefer avoiding the hustle and bustle, try visiting during May/early June or late August/early September.

South West France benefits from a Mediterranean climate and is warm all year round and there’s plenty to do any time you decide to visit.

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The South West coastline is an enviable one and with beautiful towns such as Lourdes, Pau and Perpignan, there’s plenty to explore in this area. A region of vineyards and castles, South West France is a truly magical experience for culture vultures and wine enthusiasts. The Dordogne area alone is said to have more than 1,000 French chateaux and the city of Bordeaux boasts endless vineyards.

In Northern Franc e, you can explore all the small town treasures of Lille, Roubaix, Amiens and Arras. The Nord Pas de Calais region is also home to one of the smelliest cheeses in the world, Vieux Boulogne – perfect for foodies in search of a unique experience.

GOLF IN ITALY

The up and coming golfing destination of Italy is a dream for all year round golfers. With a mild climate, and a love of great food and drink from the hedonistic nation of pleasure-seekers, a golfing holiday in Italy will be most relaxing. Fantastic scenery, beautiful golf courses and ‘La dolce vita’ attitude, make Italy a desirable choice for golfers.

Best Courses

The Italian way to life is all about enjoyment, indulgence and relaxation. And this is evident in their golf resort industry, which is marked by some of the finest golf clubs in the world. We’ve selected a few leading golf courses by region to help you start your search for luxury in Italy.

REGION: LAZIO

  • Parco de’ Medici, Rome – located just outside of Rome, the 27-hole Parco de’ Medici golf course makes the ultimate golf getaway in the Lazio region. A perfect mix of golf and city break, this golf club is an easy choice for couples or families looking for a varied itinerary. This elegantly designed course is suitable for all abilities but has a stimulating mix of ponds and waterways, so prepare for an exhilarating game.

REGION: SICILIA

  • Verdura Golf Course, Sicily – with two 18-hole golf courses to choose from (East Course and West Course), golfers can get all the practice they need whilst enjoying the coastal views of the Sciacca seaside. The West Course brings you closer to the coast with breathtaking views after the 8th or 9th hole, and the East Course has a challenging layout with variations in both direction and elevation.
  • Donnafugata, Sicily – also offering two 18-hole courses for your leisure (North Course and South Course), Donnafugata is a soulful sanctuary for serious golfers. With a 5* star resort including spa, luxury seekers will feel right at home.

Best Hotels

For your Rome golf break, Sheraton Golf Parco De’ Medici Hotel & Resort is a fine getaway with exceptional reviews. Get the best of both worlds and enjoy a serene holiday, just a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of the dazzling city. Dine at Restaurant Rinascimento, Restaurant Savoia or Restaurant Condottieri then head to one of Sheraton’s three bars for ‘Sheraton Social Hour’ when hotel guests can enjoy a wine-tasting session.

The Donnafugata Resort & Spa is a 5* star paradise ideal for families or couples looking to explore the beautiful island of Sicily. Within the resort, there are three superb restaurants serving fresh Italian cuisine.

Vendura Resort is another 5* star establishment which features a 60-metre infinity pool, 6 tennis courts and a world-class spa.

When to Go

Sicilian weather is sickeningly wonderful all year round, much to the sun-seeker’s delight. Unmatchable weather, picture-perfect landscapes and the most dramatic coastlines; Sicily is simply perfect any time of year.

Between June-August, Rome will see the highest tourist traffic. Queues for the Vatican Museum or St. Peter’s Basilica can be as long as four or five hours. If you visit Rome during peak season, be sure to book your tickets for tourist attractions in advance so you can avoid the queues.

Other Attractions / Things to Do

Italy is known for its blindingly beautiful natural landscapes, incredible works of architecture, love of great food and wine, and its striking coastlines. Together with the Mediterranean weather, an Italian holiday will not disappoint. Discover the Ancient ruins of the capital and spend a day at the Roman Forum and Colosseum, take a thrilling drive along the Amalfi Coast and taste the fresh seafood in Sorrento, or relax on the Sicilian beaches after trekking the volcanos of Etna and Stromboli.

Sheraton Golf Parco De’ Medici guests can enjoy the sights of Rome or get a day bus to the island of Capris, where the famous Blue Grotto caves can be explored with a guided tour.

GOLF IN SPAIN

Without a shadow of a doubt, Spain is the serious golfer’s ultimate holiday destination. With over 300 golf courses and stylish resorts sprinkled across the nation, Spain is a playground for golfers and luxury seekers alike.  Here at Golf-Escapes, we focus in on some of the best golf courses and golf hotels in the country.

Best Courses

Home to countless courses which have hosted world championships, a golfing holiday in Spain is quite frankly, second to none. There are high-status golf courses across all regions of Spain and here we have hand-selected just a few of the most prestigious and respected courses.

REGION: Catalonia

  • El Prat, Barcelona – nine times’ host to the Spanish Open, Real Club de Golf El Prat celebrates 100 years of club history and is managed meticulously to withhold its status as the most important golf club in Spain. With 45 holes designed by Australian golfer, Greg Norman, this is surely one of Europe’s finest resorts.

REGION: Costa Del Sol

  • San Roque (Old) – the Old Course at San Roque is truly the pride of the club and its high-status is upheld by a members-only entry, expect for daily public periods which are ideal for tourists and the general public to get a taste of this challenging course. Designed by Dave Thomas and with narrow fairways going through groves and forest, this course promises to be an excellent contest.

REGION: Costa Brava

  • PGA Catalunya Stadium Course – cited as one of Europe’s top 50 courses, the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya has seen rising success since hosting the 2000 Spanish Open. This extensive and hilly course is tough but less advanced golfers can take ease from the five sets of tees; a flexible game for all abilities.

REGION: Madrid

  • Club De Campo – with more than 10,000 members, this is Madrid’s biggest sports club. Hosting eight Spanish Opens and other major golf championships, Club De Campo is a must-visit destination for avid golfers.

Best Hotels

Stay in the 5* star Rey Juan Carlos Hotel for access to golf courses such as El Prat, Terramar, Llavaneres, or Club de Golf Barcelona; a boundless span of clubs to keep you occupied all week. Also a short walk to the Avenida Diagonal shopping zone and the energetic La Rambla.

La Cala Golf Resort in Costa Del Sol provides a luxury getaway for the whole family, and regularly has special offers for both golf and spa.

If you’re staying in Costa Brava, Emporda Golf Hotel, Golf beach Aparthotel, and Park Hotel San Jorge are all excellent choices with access to a number of golf courses including the PGA Catalunya Stadium Course.

For Madrid’s Club De Campo, there is no other establishment quite as ornate as ME Madrid Reina Victoria, with the grand and extravagant building dating back to 1919. Or for a more boutique experience at a great price, stay at the Petit Palace Puerta del Sol and enjoy free bicycle rental for reconnoitring the artistic city of Madrid.

When to Go

Barcelona is warm and humid in the summer, with high tourist traffic. Late spring is a great time to visit as the weather is pleasingly mild whilst still being outside of peak season.

The summer months see the busiest tourist traffic for Costa Del Sol and Costa Brava, both with soaring heats between June to September. March-May or September-October will be quieter if tranquil is what you’re after and temperatures tend to be mild-hot all year round.

Madrid is one of the liveliest cities in Europe, with a hypnotic energy that runs through the veins of the community, making it an exciting holiday destination at any time of year. But bear in the extreme weather; the Spanish have summed it up on one sentence, “Nueve meses de invierno y tres de infierno”, meaning “Nine months of winter and three months of hell.” So be prepared for sizzling summer heat.

Other Attractions / Things to Do

Barcelona is an art-lover’s paradise, with the awe-inspiring mosaic carvings of Gaudi and a fantastic underground feel with winding backstreets leading to the secreted local haunts (where the best tapas in the world can be found).

Visitors in Costal Del Sol can head to the neighbouring national parks such as El Torcal or Grazalema Natural Park, whilst golfers staying in Costa Brava can easily get to Barcelona for some city culture and great food.

The beguiling city of Madrid charms travellers from all around the world. It’s no wonder with its flavourful history, colourful energy and regionally inspired Spanish cuisine. Tease your taste buds with the country’s most curious concoctions; the profound and hearty fideuá of Valencia, the ever so polished veal terrine of Catalonia, or the mouth-wateringly delectable suckling pig of Castile.

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