Valentine’s Day…

Valentine’s Day creeps up on us every year and if some of you with other halves which are golfing fanatics or would just enjoy a relaxing break in a beautiful hotel then here is our list of the best Valentine’s Day retreats for those looking for a little rest and relaxation as well as a few rounds on a fabulous golf course!

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Set in amongst beautiful Cypriot scenery as well as being just a short five-minute drive from some stunning beaches is the Aphrodite Hills Resort. The hotel boasts some spectacular deluxe rooms and villas which feature panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea or the great golf course. All rooms are fully-fitted and also come with a lovely private balcony or patio which means that you can enjoy the views in private. This hotel is decorated with an elegant and contemporary design in mind and provides guests with the ultimate five-star treatment and facilities making it a great golfing getaway destination in a beautiful area. With an 18-hole championship golf course – which features beautiful ocean views – on site as well as a spa which features over 27 treatment rooms as well as the option of several different outdoor pools – all with lovely poolside areas, where could be more perfect for a Valentine’s Day retreat holiday to Cyprus?

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Situated in the old Emporda region and surrounded by its fabulous on-site golf course is the stunning five-star Hotel Peralada. Not only is the hotel surrounded by the great Peralada golf course but also by a nature reserve making for some incredibly scenic views both on and off of the golf course! This hotel is a smaller, luxury hotel so is perfect for an intimate Valentine’s retreat holiday in Spain. Even though it is small, there is still plenty to do, amazing golf (of course!), a wine spa to enjoy as well as two restaurants and a lovely bar area. If you are looking to explore then the small city of Figueres is just a short 15-minutes drive. The rooms are all beautifully decorated, with free Wi-Fi and stunning views of the golf course, the village of Peralada and the Albera mountain range. For a relaxing and scenic Valentine’s break with a fantastic golf course on site then look no further than the lovely Hotel Peralada.

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A little further afield is the magnificent Oubaai Resort and Spa which is situated in the Cape Provinces in South Africa. This five-star resort is set in an area of beautiful nature reserves and pristine beaches creating a lovely natural atmosphere and setting – perfect for a couples golfing break! All the rooms are decorated in a stylish and modern design and all with beautiful rain showers and separate baths in the ensuite bathrooms. This hotel is the ultimate five-star resort with top-class service, three fabulous restaurants to choose from as well as a stunning spa. The spa features traditional African and European remedies which are used during treatments in the Freesia Spa and if you are looking for a great gym or indoor pool then the Oubaai Resort offers that too with some of the latest technology as well. This is the perfect place for a golfing break to South Africa with your other half where you can enjoy a wide range of activities in a stunning and naturally beautiful area.

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Situated in Dubai, facing Palm Island bay and overlooking the Arabian Golf course is the One&Only Royal Mirage Hotel. If you’re looking for a couples golfing holiday filled with plenty of activities and things to do and see, then this is perfect for you. The Hotel is just 20-minutes drive from Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. The Resort is split up into three residences which means that there are plenty of choices over the type of room or suite you stay in whilst at this magnificent resort. Most of the rooms are decorated with a classic theme whilst integrating modern and contemporary designs and technology into the rooms and all have a patio or balcony from which you can enjoy the scenery. There are eight restaurants which all serve gourmet food from all over the world – there is always something for everyone here! With fantastic pool areas, fabulous golf, lovely food and great surroundings there is no place better for a busy and exciting couples golfing holiday.

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The five-star luxury Finca Cortesin Hotel and Spa is situated at the foot of the Andalucian mountains. With a great 18-hole championship golf course on site as well as two outdoor pools, a private beach club with an infinity pool, a spa, a restaurant and a bar there really is no need to leave the hotel which is ideal for a couples golfing holiday. The Finca Cortesin golf course is a well-established course and has held the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and is an excellent round of golf. All suites include a private balcony and a flat screen TV as well as a fully-fitted ensuite. The Cortesin Spa maybe more your style than the golf course but it will not disappoint. There is a beautiful Turkish Bath as well as a unique snow cave and a range of treatments available to suit anyone and everyone. The signature restaurant serves wonderful Mediterranean cuisine or the beach bar is great for cocktails and lighter meals. Look no further than Hotel Cortesin for a beautiful and serene couples golfing holiday in a beautiful area of Andalucía.

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We hope you enjoyed our list and that it gave you inspiration this Valentine’s Day for your next couples golfing holiday abroad to somewhere where you can enjoy a romantic getaway!

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!

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