The Best Places for a Golf Holiday in October

This week’s blog is a guide to the best places for you to take a golf break to in October. Although the weather may start to be very cloudy and cold here in the UK by October, there are many places that still have the brilliant sunshine and mild climates which are perfect for golfing.

 

First up, we have the four-star Hotel Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa which is located within Mount Etna Nature Park, Sicily. The hotel’s surroundings are simply stunning and being situated so far above sea level means that you can experience a cool sea breeze all year round – especially perfect for a round of golf! The rooms are all spacious and decorated with a sophisticated style, some of the rooms and suites also have their own terraces with stunning views of the surrounding nature. The hotel’s main restaurant, La Ghandaia, serves delicious Sicilian cuisine created with local produce and after a delicious meal, take time to relax in the lounge bar. The spa here is fantastic and with our packages you can get a free spa circuit with to enjoy on your golf break. The spa features a sauna, hamman area, water paradise area, a whirlpool and more to create the ultimate relaxation area. This is a fabulous hotel and Il Picciolo Golf Club is a spectacular course which winds its way through ancient lava flows. The course is beautifully maintained and has a stunning backdrop of Mount Etna as well as vineyards, oak trees and hazelnut trees.

Up next, we have the four-star Hotel Alicante Golf which boasts a fantastic location as it is set amongst beautiful gardens and just ten minutes’ walk from the beach. The rooms here are all spacious and brightly decorated with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. Whilst you are here, you can either take the short walk, relax by the large outdoor pool or enjoy the spa and fitness centre. Here, you are near to a large shopping complex and you have so many places to enjoy good food and drink. The hotel’s Augusta Restaurant serves excellent Mediterranean dishes and whilst you are enjoying them you can look out onto the golf course. This hotel has so many fantastic facilities and is in such a great location, especially as it has its own 18-hole golf course on-site. Alicante Golf Resort provides you with a good variety of different holes both in length and difficulty. This course is not overly difficult but isn’t an easy course to score well on without a lot of concentration as you have to navigate your way around many water hazards. This is a beautiful course to play all year round with stunning scenery and a fantastic layout.

The fantastic five-star Precise Resort El Rompido in Spain is another great option for your October golf break and it isn’t hard to see why. The hotel overlooks the two fabulous El Rompido golf courses and you can take a short drive into the little fishing village of El Rompido from the resort. The rooms here are bright and attractive with private balconies where most rooms can enjoy beautiful views out to the Mediterranean Sea. You can spend your time relaxing by the large outdoor pool or enjoying the spa area which includes an indoor pool, Turkish baths and a sauna. We have some great packages for El Rompido which are semi-inclusive where you can enjoy the great buffet breakfast, dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and inclusive drinks between certain hours – perfect for when you want to have a few drinks in the evening after a day on the golf course!

Another great option for your October golf holiday is a holiday to the Albayt Nueva Alcaidesa Apartments on the Costa del Sol. The apartments here are spacious and fully-fitted with everything that you could need, including a fully-fitted kitchen. The apartments are located next to the fantastic Alcaidesa golf courses and whilst staying here you are only a five-minute walk from the sandy beaches of the Costa del Sol. You can enjoy access to the three shared outdoor pools as well as being so close to Gibraltar which is well-worth a visit! The Alcaidesa Health course was designed as a heathland style course with wide fairways. The views from the course are of the Mediterranean Sea, local mountain ranges and the river valley which are all beautiful sights! You will have to concentrate when playing a few of the holes on this course as the course meanders along the river valley which means that you could lose a few balls to the water hazards! Alcaidesa Links course is arguably one of the best Links courses in Spain. You can experience incredible views from this course out to sea and of the Straits of Gibraltar and North Africa! This is a tricky course with rolling hillsides and 2km of beachfront play which means that the wind is frequently in play.

Last, but not least, is the four-star Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort in Valencia. This hotel boasts a great location, right on the beach and situated between the resort towns of Oliva and Denia. All of the rooms here are spacious and feature their own private balcony or terrace with views of either the Mediterranean Sea, the resort or the Mongo Mountains. You can spend your days relaxing by the lagoon-style swimming pool, playing the on-site Oliva Nova 18-hole golf course or at the fully-equipped spa and fitness centres. For food, you can enjoy El Olivo’s traditional Valencian dishes or venture into one of the local Spanish towns. This is another great resort to book your next October golf break to…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that is has prompted your thoughts for where you might be off to to enjoy some golf in the sun this autumn…

Insider’s guide to Huelva…

If you still haven’t booked this year’s golf break to a place in the sun then this blog is perfect for you. The Costa de la Luz, Huelva, is considered to be Spain’s very own version of Portugal’s stunning Algarve region and is not one that should be missed out on. With some spectacular golfing hotels and beautiful courses your insider’s guide to Huelva should just be the last thing you need to encourage you to book a fabulous golf holiday to this region.

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The region of Huelva is full of unspoilt natural beauty, interesting historical sites, wonderful golden beaches, great hotels and even better golf courses. The region is equidistance between both Faro airport and Seville airport making it easily accessible and we all know that less time travelling means more time holidaying! Huelva is an up and coming region in terms of the golfing opportunities with the already established Islantilla resort as well as Isla Canela and the new championship course at El Rompido. With more and more plans for new golfing opportunities here every year it is a perfect destination for your next golf holiday to sunny Spain.

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Islantilla Golf Resort is a stunning four-star resort and offers everything there is to want when you’re looking for that perfect golfing break to Spain. With a great pool area as well as a fantastic beach club which features a pool, as well as opportunities for water sports, just a mile away from the resort there is no shortage of places to relax and enjoy the endless sun at the Islantilla resort. This lovely hotel is spacious and bright with all rooms featuring a lovely balcony or terrace on which they can enjoy the views of the gardens surrounding the hotel and, of course, the sunshine until late! The hotel also boasts a magnificent spa which features a lovely indoor and outdoor pool area as well as having a variety of different treatments on offer to help further your relaxation here. The hotel features four lovely restaurants serving a range of different cuisine for guests but if you would prefer, the commercial square with other restaurants, bars and a few shops is just a short walk away from the resort. This resort truly is a great one and should definitely be top of the list of considerations when planning your next golf holiday to the sunny region of Huelva.

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The Islantilla golf course opened in 1992 and has now become one of the most well-known and sought after course in Andalusia. Although the course is now 14 years old, playing it you would have no idea as the greens are in as immaculate conditions as ever and no-one could call this course tired or boring. This 27-hole parkland course has hosted a range of prestigious tournaments since its opening including the Spanish Masters in 1995. With three sets of nine holes, golfers can choose which loop to play meaning that they will always get from this course what they want to and there are several combinations to play! The Yellow course is considered to be the easiest nine holes here at Islantilla with the Blue/Green courses usually chosen to play by golfers looking for more of a challenge rather than a practice. The Blue nine holes are thought to be the toughest of the three sets with the first few holes rising and falling over hilly terrain before slightly levelling out to enjoy a great par-4 for the 4th hole with a large tree obscuring the putting surface making it a hole where accuracy is definitely key. With a variety of different holes from hilly with blind shots to undulating greens and hanging lies to the long but not especially difficult holes – Islantilla offers them all and is a great round from start to finish.

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Something a little different in the Huelva region is the five-star luxury hotel El Rompido which is more than worthy of its five-star rating. The hotel is located virtually on top of the two fantastic 18-hole championship courses on the resort – El Rompido North and El Rompido South. The hotel features bright and nicely decorated rooms, most of which have stunning sea views or great views of the golf course and gardens surrounding this spectacular hotel. With great golf on offer, a lovely spa area, a traditional restaurant and bar and the city of Huelva just 10 miles away this is perfect for your next golf escape to Huelva. El Rompido South is a course broken into two sets of nine-holes. The first nine are tight holes where you need to be as accurate as you can in order to score well before the course opens up on the back nine with stunning views of the coast and plenty of open space and scenery to enjoy on this great round. The El Rompido North course can look as if it is not as stern of a challenge as it is due to its relative flatness across all of the holes. However, water comes in to play frequently and the fairways are bordered with pines waiting to catch errant shots. Both of these courses are picturesque and challenging – a perfect combination.

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Another great place to stay and enjoy in Huelva is the Isla Canela Golf Hotel. This four-star hotel is modern and luxurious and is just a five minutes’ drive from Isla Canela as well as only a mile or so from the beach. With a traditional style restaurant, a Tapas bar and a café there is always somewhere to relax and eat at this hotel. The hotel also features a beautiful outdoor pool area as well as a fantastic golf course on site. The Isla Canela Golf course is a great course for golfers with a higher handicap as it is a more straightforward course but of course can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. There are some beautiful views of the beach and the forests which are intermingled with some fantastic dog-leg holes and stunning greens. This course has little undulation so is perfect if you’re looking for a lovely course that you can walk and take in the scenery whilst playing an enjoyable round of golf. This is another perfect destination for your next golf break to Huelva.

We hope that this blog inspired your next golf holiday to Huelva (perhaps in 2016?) and that you realise the gems on offer in this beautiful region of Southern Spain.

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What is more, if the above wasn’t enough to get you reaching for the suncream and polo shirt then here at Golf Escapes we have another great incentive for anybody booking an escape to a hotel or resort in the Huelva region. Book until the end of March with us to the Huelva region for any date and receive a sleeve of Callaway golf balls for every person in your group. Contact us for more details or visit golf-escapes.com