Our Top 6 Guide to the Best Facilities in Europe

This week’s blog is a guide to the six golf courses that have the best facilities in Europe. Whether you are planning your next golf escape based on a few superb golf courses you want to play or you want to know where to get to experience the best facilities in Europe this is a guide to help you out in both of those areas…

 

First up, we have the PGA Catalunya resort which boasts two superb courses – the Stadium and the Tour course. The Stadium course is considered to be one of the best courses in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. It is a long and hilly course with some very challenging holes but with five different sets of tees it is playable by golfers of all handicaps. The Tour course is slightly easier than the Stadium course but is still a challenge for golfers of all levels with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. There are many practice facilities here from the large natural grace practice tee to a 2,000 square-metre putting green and chipping area to the upgraded driving range with four greens, each surfaced with different grass! The resort also boasts a stunning clubhouse which has the perfect atmosphere for relaxing and enjoying a cold beverage after a fabulous round of golf on one of the courses.

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The Belas golf course in Lisbon is a beautiful and hilly course that offers you fabulous views of the Sintra hills as well as the nature reserve. This course is definitely one to hire a buggy for otherwise your golf as well as your legs may suffer! The Golf Academy here is one of the most well-known in the Lisbon region and has impressive training areas including two short game areas and two putting greens. The course also boasts its own lovely clubhouse where you can relax and enjoy views out onto the course whilst sipping on a cold drink or enjoying a good meal. This is a beautiful, well-kept course with some first-class facilities and is not one to be missed out on!

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Next up we have the Sueno courses in Belek, Turkey. The resort boasts two great courses, the Pines and the Dunes course which are great holiday courses to play and are always kept in perfect condition. The Dunes course is the shorter and easier of the two courses but still has some spectacular views and an interesting layout for players of all abilities to enjoy! The Pines course is a long and challenging course at 6,434 metres from the back tees with some strategically positioned bunkers and water hazards along the way! Both of the courses here will provide you with a great round of golf and a drink in the Birdie Bar afterwards is definitely not to be passed up on!

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Lumine Golf Club features two fabulous golf courses, the Lakes and the Hills courses. These are both very different courses but offer the same high quality round of golf and facilities that come with the round. The Lakes course offers some simply breathtaking views of the Sèquia Major wetland area but is a challenge with water hazards appearing on 14 holes which means that accuracy is key if you hope to score near to your handicap on this course! The Hills course boasts stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea as well as a tricky round of golf! Just like its sister course, there are many strategically placed hazards but on the Hills course they are bunkers rather than lakes, these hazards combined with the length of the course make this a challenging but fun round. At the golf club, there is a putting green, a chipping green and a driving range for you to make use of before your round if you are feeling a little rusty and not ready to take on these challenging courses!

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The Albatross Golf Resort, just outside the city of Prague is another fabulous course with great facilities. The course is set 420 metres above sea level which means that it has its own micro-climate and boasts the longest golf season in Europe. It is a truly stunning course with water hazards and sand bunkers just adding to the beautiful design of the course. At the resort, there are some of the highest class facilities available with a world-class golf academy as well as an updated driving range and an extensive short game practise area. The resort also boasts a superb clubhouse where you can enjoy a cold drink or a delicious meal after a round on this impressively designed course. This is another top-class course and a round here is certainly not to be missed out on.

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Last, but not least is the Amendoeira Golf Resort which boasts two stunning courses, the Oceanico O’Connor and the Oceanico Faldo. The Oceanico O’Connor course is heavily dominated by water hazards which makes it a tricky round where you will have to play accurately in order to achieve a scorecard that reflects your handicap which is similar to the Oceanico Faldo course as there are many holes that require you to think about your shots carefully before teeing off! There are also some great practise facilities here and the clubhouse is very luxurious with spacious changing rooms and lounge areas as well as a great restaurant and bar area for you to enjoy after your round!

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and it has provoked thoughts of your next golf break to Europe and which courses you are going to aim to play!

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Golf in England With Golf Escapes Pt. 1

This week’s blog is the first of two parts of our guide to the best golf in England. With our new partnership with Golf Tourism England we are able to provide you with the best opportunities for golf breaks in England where you can play a range of courses on a golf tour. Before the weather gets wet and rainy again make sure that you have a golfing weekend in England in the diary…gte

A golf holiday in England is ideal if you want a weekend getaway to a beautiful part of the country where you can enjoy a range of different courses whilst avoiding all the hassle of flight delays and the expense of going abroad. With so many fantastic courses in England now and some stunning hotels with fantastic service and facilities it is no surprise that there are far more people choosing to stay and play here in England rather than travel abroad.

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Whether you’re looking to stay close to home or travel across the country for a nice long weekend somewhere new there are so many different courses and superb hotels for you to choose from you will be spoilt for choice on where to go!

In this blog you can get a taste of some of the great courses you can play and enjoy when staying in the South of England…

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First up we have Tudor Park golf course which is a beautiful 18-hole championship course which boasts a variety of different holes both in terms of difficulty and length. There are holes ranging from relaxing and easy ones to ones that you will have to concentrate on from your tee-off until your final putt if you want to score close to par! The course is set amongst beautiful countryside with narrow fairways which are lined with pine trees and views of the rolling countryside for miles. This is a fantastic course which has hosted some prestigious events and competitions in the past like the PGA EuroPro Tour on three occasions and the Kent PGA Pro-Am in 2010.

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Next up we have Bletchingley Golf Club which is a great course suitable for golfers of all abilities which has stunning views over the North Downs. This course is integrated beautifully into its surroundings and the design definitely makes the most of the undulating ground upon which the course has been built on. The surrounding area is stunning with a wide variety of nature bordering the fairways from mature fine oak trees to a running stream to the backdrop of the Weald. There are a few hidden hazards from over-sized bunkers to the occasional water hazards and the rough is difficult to navigate around in places which makes this course an interesting and scenic round. This course is another great one in the South of England and is well worth a round or two!

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Dale Hill Golf Club in East Sussex boasts two fantastic courses – the Woosnam course and the Dale Hill course. Both are situated in amongst rolling hills and beautiful woodland and feature stunning panoramic views of the surrounding areas. The Dale Hill course features nine parkland holes and nine heavily wooded holes at the back which makes it a challenging round even for those with a low handicap. The Woosnam course has hosted many professional events and has been said to be difficult for even the most discerning golfer but playable for an amateur which makes it a great holiday course for golfers who want a challenge but also a course that won’t provide them with an awful scorecard!

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Goodwood Downs course is regarded by many as being the best downland course in the UK and provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities. The views from this course are simply breathtaking as on a clear day you can see to Chichester Cathedral, the Isle of Wight and beyond. This course has undergone extensive renovations and has been extended to 7,102 metres to cater for today’s ‘big hitters’ and now there are a variety of different holes with some superb views and some tricky doglegs as well as bunkers on most holes to catch those errant shots! This is a fantastic course and is a favourite of many keen golfers and with so much to do in the area this is a great course to go and play whilst combining a round with a visit to the local area!

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Magnolia Park is set in the Buckinghamshire countryside and is considered to be one of the most testing courses in England. At every tee you can enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding you before teeing off and experiencing the undulating fairways and many water hazards, these combined with the wind can create a challenging round for even those with the lowest handicaps! This is a simply stunning course which will provide an exciting and scenic round for anyone brave enough to take to the tees here! Another great course to incorporate into your next golf holiday in England!

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Last up on this list is the Princes Golf Club but this certainly isn’t the last course that you must take a look at playing in the South of England as there are so many more for you to consider besides these courses mentioned. Princes Golf Club boasts a 27-hole Links Championship course which is made up of three separate 9-hole loops. The Dunes and the Shores loops make up the Championship course and the Himalayas loop is much shorter but no less enjoyable. The fairways and bunkers are all in superb condition which makes a round here the more enjoyable. This course is definitely a challenging one so may be more suitable for those with a lower handicap as there are many bunkers waiting to catch shots that are even just slightly off target! This is certainly a tough course and the Himalayas loop is considered to be slightly less challenging if you’re looking for a more holiday-style course!

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to the wonders of golfing in England and all of the great courses that you can play here without travelling too far at all! There are some great golf tours around England that we have set up so if you are looking to explore golf breaks to England any further then do not hesitate to get in touch to book your next golf holiday!nav-logo-bg-square

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 Titanic Deluxe Belek

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Titanic Deluxe in Belek, Turkey. This is a new, all-inclusive, five-star resort which joined the other fantastic hotels and golf courses here in Belek. This blog will give you all the information you need to know about the Titanic Deluxe as well as its surroundings and the great golf you can play when staying here.

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The Titanic Deluxe opened in the Spring of 2013 and has been a hit for golfers and non-golfers alike since. This is one of the larger hotels in Belek with 600 rooms, 9 outdoor pools, 2 indoor pools, an aqua park as well as a spa and fitness centre. With so many places around the hotel grounds to relax and soak up the sun after a round on the golf course it is no surprising how popular this resort is. If soaking up the sun isn’t your cup of tea, then you can enjoy relaxing in the spa centre where you can enjoy the Turkish bath or an array of treatments. Asides from golf, the many swimming pools and the spa area, the hotel offers you the opportunity to play on one of the 9 tennis courts or on the professional grass football pitches. Unlike many of the other hotels in Belek, the Titanic Deluxe is not located directly on the beach but as it is by the river the hotel offers you the chance to have a private boat tour down the river and to the beach rather than walk!

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All of the rooms are fully-furnished and are very modern. They are all fitted with a LED TV, central air conditioning and a minibar with a variety of different drinks. Each of the rooms has their own private balcony where you can enjoy views of the river or the gardens. As with many other fantastic five-star hotels you will never be short of somewhere to get a drink or some food! The hotel boasts five different restaurants including a buffet restaurant and four a la cartes which serve Turkish, Italian and seafood speciality dishes. There are also 14 different bars for you to enjoy, each with a different setting and some with different speciality drinks!

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The hotel is close to two golf courses: Titanic Golf Club and National Golf Club which are the two courses most commonly played by guests to the Titanic Deluxe. Titanic Golf Club (formerly known as Tat Golf Club) features 27 interesting holes for players to enjoy here. The 27 holes are made up of three loops of 9 holes named Mediterranean, River and Forest. As the course is situated between the Besgoz River and the Mediterranean Sea it is no surprise that water comes into play on over half of the holes! This course is a little less challenging than most of the other courses in the area but is a great, fun round full of holes that vary in scenery and difficulty. There are many stand-out holes across the 27 holes but there is a signatory for each set of 9 holes. The par-3, 4th hole on the River loop is played from an elevated tee facing towards the mountains and where you have to aim your ball to the right of the hole to avoid the huge lake. The par-4, 12th hole on the Mediterranean loop is a hole that you play alongside the sea which means that if you’re not careful you could end up landing a ball onto the beach! The 22nd hole on the Forest loop is a par-5 and the hole is on a green surrounded on three sides by water. This is a great course and is a perfect ‘holiday’ course.

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The National Golf Club is a truly magnificent golf course which has been built to incorporate well into its surroundings which is rolling terrain which ventures through pine and eucalyptus trees. To add to the course’s surroundings is the backdrop of the snow-capped Taurus mountains which seem ironic as the course is bathed in hot sunshine for the majority of the year! It is imperative that you choose the correct tee box when taking on this course as if you choose correctly you will have a fantastic time and if not, you may not be celebrating during your post-round drink. This course is very well-kept and has very tight fairways which make it a challenge for all 6,300 yards of it! It is one of the tightest driving courses in the area with plenty of great holes which will certainly keep you on your toes. The bunkers are deep and should be avoided at all costs if you are wanting to score anywhere near your handicap as it is a challenge in itself to get your ball out of one of them! The 2nd and 5th holes are great par-3s and the 18th hole is a superb end to the round where you have to navigate around the water hazards which partially surround the green. This is another spectacular course that you can enjoy when you stay at the Titanic Deluxe.

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With Antalya airport just under 20 miles from the resort this is a great resort, with two fabulous golf courses and plenty to do, eat and drink all in a great location. Furthermore, the Kaleici district (also known as Old Antalya) is 25 miles away and here you can venture out to enjoy the history of Antalya and enjoy fine dining as well as a walk around the harbour.

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This resort is perfect for your next golf holiday to Belek and somewhere where you can enjoy having lots to do and see including some beautiful golf courses, the hotel’s private 1km beach as well as nearby Antalya. You need look no further than Titanic Deluxe for your next luxury golf break.