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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The top 5 courses for medium handicappers…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Golfing things you must do in 2016…

2016 is fast approaching and you may not have started planning which golfing related events and trips that you want to make during the next twelve months but this list is sure to help you make some important choices and make sure that you make the most out of your 2016 in the world of golf!

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This autumn time will see the Ryder Cup travel back to the USA to Hazeltine National Golf Club and it will be a spectacle that cannot be missed. This bi-yearly competition is heading back over the pond and everyone is desperate to see whether Team Europe (lead by Darren Clarke) can continue their winning streak or if Team USA can snatch it back this year. This year, there are so many talented Team USA and Team Europe players with players in the Top 20 World Rankings there is no doubt that this could quite possibly be the most competitive Ryder Cup year yet. If you are going to book to go to the Ryder Cup next autumn, then make sure you do it with style and make it an event to remember. Those golf lovers should have a trip to see the Ryder Cup on their bucket list and with the competition being held at such a beautiful course this year it is is the perfect year to tick this certain event off!

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But before the Ryder Cup, this Spring time will see the 80th Masters Tournament which will be held at its home of the stunning Augusta National Golf Club. This course is famously exclusive and for a chance to get to walk around this beautiful course as well as witness some of the World’s finest players participate in a grand competition, you should not miss out. As it is set in the Spring the weather should be glorious, the azaleas will be out in force and as usual, the greens will be perfect. The ability to be able to enjoy all of this and stay in world-class hotels at the same time is quite possibly the experience of a lifetime. The question on everyone’s mind is, will Jordan Speith win another jacket this year after his convincing win last year? Make sure that you are one of the elite to watch this competition from the course next Spring and book your flights today to make 2016 a memorable golfing year for you.

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Lisbon

This year, make sure a trip to Lisbon is on your golfing itinerary for several important reasons. If you have never been to Lisbon before then you are really missing out, this city is the cultural hub of Portugal and is one of the most interesting and historic cities that is often missed out on. For golfers there are endless reasons to take a golfing break to Lisbon and not all of them involve the magnificent golf courses available, such as Praia d’el Rey and Royal Obidos. There are several spectacular hotels in which you can enjoy your visit to the cultural hub of Portugal in style whilst enjoying some of the finest food and drink that Lisbon has to offer. It is impossible to be bored in Lisbon and on the days where a round of golf is absent from the itinerary there are some lovely historical monuments and most week-ends there are many events and markets that take place within the city allowing for you to experience the full Portuguese culture. For a short flight and some great deals there is no place better to enjoy a cultural holiday than Lisbon this 2016.

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Make 2016 the year that you embark on the journey of a lifetime and book yourself a ticket aboard the Rovos Rail. The Rovos Rail is a majestic train which travels through Africa with you on-board for a nine days, with you stopping off at some of the most fabulous golf courses that are on offer or at game ranges where you can take a walk on the wild side! This is truly one of the most magical experiences that you can ever take part in and doing it aboard the spectacular Rovos Rail just adds to the enjoyment of this amazing trip. With great opportunities for both golfers and non-golfers there is no reason that only golfers will enjoy this once in a lifetime trip making it an experience that you can wholeheartedly share with a non-golfing companion. If you see yourself winding down through Africa this 2016 aboard a dark-wood, old-fashioned yet beautiful train where on-board you will be served with the best food and wine available then make sure that you book your Rovos Rail adventure for this year and enjoy every second of it.

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This winter may have been a grey one for you but there is no reason that winter 2016 has to be the same. Book a golfing trip away to the Canary Islands and soak up some winter sun somewhere not too far away from home. It is undeniable that playing golf in the wind and the rain doesn’t bring as much enjoyment as a stunning round in the sun and what could be better than a stunning round in the sun overlooking the Mediterranean? No matter which Canary Island you choose you will be able to find some fantastic courses with stunning hotels and great little fishing villages, which are perfect for exploring even in the winter because of the constant spring-like climate there! Make sure that your winter 2016 is a great one, filled with golf and winter sun!

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We hope that this list gave you some great and fun ideas for your golfing itinerary during 2016 and that you have a very Happy New Year.

Top 5 Golfing Holidays for Groups

When planning your next golfing group escape look no further than our tailor-made guide to selecting your next destination. We are here to suit all your group members’ needs and wants and to make sure you choose the destination right for the holiday you want!

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First on the list we have the Pestana Dom Joao II which is situated in the Algarve. With one of the prettiest beaches just next-door and five fantastic golf courses available to play what could be more appealing? The hotel is also just a short walk into the fabulous town of Alvor where there are copious amounts of bars and restaurants perfect for an evening out after a tough round on one of the Pestana courses or rehydrating after a day lounging in the sun! The hotel has been decorated with a modern style and all the rooms are fitted to a high standard and are of a comfortable size. Not only does the hotel boasts the beachside location to miles and miles of golden sand there are also two pools; an indoor and an outdoor pool perfect for relaxing by after a good night out in Alvor. This hotel is truly in the ideal position both for fantastic golf courses, with the five Pestana courses all being within a 25 minute drive and for great nightlife and eateries in the centre of town. Look no further than this hotel for a lively group golfing escape.

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Next up we have Luna Olympus apartments which are situated just 250 metres from the beach and surrounded by the commercial areas of Vilamoura. This is the perfect location for those groups looking for the best nightlife that the Algarve has to offer as well as a great beach and some fabulous restaurants. The apartments are spacious and fully-fitted with air-con a LCD TV with satellite and a kitchenette, there is also a large balcony attached to each to enjoy the views and a cold beer after a long day at the golf course. Golf Escapes clients can receive free shuttles to Vilamoura’s golf courses making this perfect for those groups looking for some great golfing in the day and then a walk into town in the evening! As well as the beach the hotel also offers a lovely outdoor pool area which is great if you’re not looking to venture from the hotel for the day! If your group are after a great town with superb nightlife as well as a lovely beach and Marina then these apartments are ideal for you.

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Those groups looking for something a little calmer should look into staying at the fabulous Holiday Polynesia Hotel in Benalmadena. This place is perfect for an all-inclusive golfing holiday in sunny Spain. With some fabulous golf courses just a few minutes’ drive away as well as plenty of great activities on-site such as diving and tennis this really is an all-inclusive gem in the Costa del Sol. The hotel also boasts a spa complete with a sauna, whirlpool and a steam room as well as a gym which is great for a little bit of relaxation! The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle most mornings to the marina and Costa Mijas which guests should take advantage of! All the rooms are spacious and clean and the food options are varied and of a high quality. The hotel is actually situated right on the beach which is a beautiful, sandy beach – perfect for chilling on after a night in the bars! Although the hotel is not within walking distance to extensive nightlife the hotel offers a shuttle down to the bus stop where you can get into different towns from and explore a bit more – even get the train to Malaga! This is perfect for an all-inclusive group golf escape to the Costa del Sol.

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The apartments at Las Lomas village in La Manga offer a fantastic self-catering opportunity to those groups wanting to cook for themselves or even eat out rather than eat in the hotel all the time. The apartments are in a stunning location and overlook the sea and the North course. There is a huge outdoor pool perfect for soaking up a little bit of sun after a round or two on one of the great La Manga golf courses which are close by to the apartment village. There is a fantastic shuttle service on the resort which means that all the bars and restaurants are within reach by using this service. There are a vast array of different restaurants including an Indian, a Chinese, a burger bar and a tapas restaurant! Of course, there is also the option of cooking in the apartments as they are all fitted with a full kitchen. The apartments also feature a large balcony as well as spacious bedrooms making it perfect for a group as you will all have your own space. If you have a car or choose to get a taxi then the Cabo De Palos harbour is just a few minutes’ drive away and also offers a wide range of bars and fish restaurants. This resort is ideal for those groups looking for the opportunity to cook for themselves as well as having everything they could possibly need onsite and not to forget the fabulous La Manga golf courses nearby!

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Last, but not least on the list we have Hotel Melia Villaitana. This hotel is situated just 20 minutes from the vibrant city of Alicante and between two fantastic courses: the Levante course and the Poniente course. The courses offer a challenge whilst being great, fun courses to play on your next golfing holiday! The hotel features two lovely pool areas around which you can relax pre or post-round! The breakfast buffet is extensive and you have the opportunity to eat out on the terrace which is lovely. Guests can venture into Benidorm on a night out which has a vast array of bars and restaurants and some fun nightlife but the hotel bar is also reasonably priced and has a great atmosphere too. For those looking for more nightlife then Alicante is just a taxi-ride away. The rooms are all spacious and fitted to a high-standard making your stay here both comfortable and enjoyable. This place is ideal for those looking for peace, serenity, relaxation and some great golf during the day and then some fun and lively evenings in Benidorm! Another ideal location for a fun and exciting golfing trip away for groups!VILLAITANA

 

5 Best Escapes In Europe, Ideal for couples

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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