Well known course designer, Pete Dye, once said, “Golf is not a fair game, so why build a course fair?” This has sort of become a signature, a trademark attribute of every good golf course out there – the challenge, the notorious holes, the twists and turns. Win or lose, some of these golf courses are punishing enough to make professional golfers cry on global television. Some of sport’s most unforgettable moments (of joy or of defeat). Which explains why some of the toughest golf courses are the most famous ones. Here at Golf Escapes, our team has over 60 years of collective experience in travel and over 40 years of collective experience in golf travel, so we know a thing or two about golf courses by now, including the best ones, the hardest ones, the most scenic ones, and the most iconic ones. Here are 15 of the most famous golf courses from around the world!

1. St. Andrews Old Course, Fife (Scotland)

Scotland’s courses make the big lists every single year and few have beaten the fame or the popularity of St. Andrews. The club boasts seven courses in total but it’s the Old Course that really has people talking. This par 72 course spans 6721 yards and anyone who plays here will be following in the footsteps of legends. St. Andrews Old Course is one of the oldest and most acclaimed courses in the world, and the Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised as seriously tough obstacles by golfers worldwide. Despite its status though, this course remains open to the public so it’s as accessible as it is prestigious.

And in addition to its shining reputation, the course is also incredibly well managed – in a sustainable and responsible way – to ensure that every golfer has the best possible experience.

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‘Erik Thörnqvist på golfresa i St Andrews 2015.’ by Erik Thörnqvist

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2. The King’s Course, Perthshire (Scotland)

Often referred to as “the best moorland course in the world”, King’s Course remains a favourite amongst amateur and professional golfers. The course itself is designed by renowned architect, James Baird, and is best known for blending all 18 holes seamlessly into the landscape for a scenic and utterly soul-soothing experience. An absolute visual masterpiece, with the rugged natural beauty of rural Perthshire serving as its backdrop, the King’s Course is a test to even some of the best players in the world. A unique challenge with unbelievable views of the surrounding moorlands.

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3. The Stadium Course at Sawgrass, Florida (USA)

The Stadium Course at Sawgrass in Florida is a regular contender for the Top 100 lists in well-known golf publications and the notoriously tricky 17th island green is one of the reasons that makes this course such a famous one. Designed by Pete Dye, this is one of the most recognised courses across the globe. And with 44 average balls in the water according to 2013 stats, it makes for a riveting watch during the annual Players Championships. The 17th is the course’s shortest hole and one of the most dramatic. It can easily go one way or the other. Plenty of pro players manage to score a birdie here, but you can cut the tension with a knife between player and audience every time, because no matter how seemingly achievable it is, golfers are always just one swing away from a double bogey.

The Stadium Course at Sawgrass, Florida

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4. Oakmont, Pennsylvania (USA)

This par 4 course opened back in 1903 and was built by the father-son team of Henry and William Fownes, two highly regarded designers who set the standards of golf and took it to a whole new level. Henry and William said of the game, “A shot poorly played should be irrevocably lost.” And that has been the concept behind their challenging course architecture. One slight mistake, one minor error and all chances could be blown. Created to be the most punishing and difficult course in America, Oakmont makes you work for it at the Church Pews bunker and also on the left side of the 4th hole.

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5. Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia (USA)

If the spectacular scenery doesn’t blow you away, the history and the long list of world famous players sure will. The course was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie, and has been the home grounds for the Masters Tournament ever since 1934. This is the only major tournament played at the same course every single year, making Augusta National Golf Club one of the most famous across the globe. It goes without saying that it ranks as one of – if not, the – best course in numerous publications and tournament experiences are always a fantastic and memorable experience for visitors. Our packages include hotel and breakfast with Masters tickets and transfers (with custom holiday packages also available).

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‘Augusta National Golf Club’ by Dan Perry

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6. Trump International Golf Links, Aberdeenshire (Scotland)

Made up of majestic sand dunes, rugged grassland and breath-taking sea views, golfing at Aberdeenshire’s Trump International Golf Links course is a truly memorable experience. Switch perfectly manicured greens for something wonderful and wild, and bring the whole family along for a great holiday exploring the area’s natural beauty and many nearby beaches. Set along the coast in Balmedie, this golf course is one of the most dramatic and golfers will enjoy staying at the grand five star Macleod House.

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7. Cypress Point, California (USA)

Cypress Point is another world famous course that never fails to be listed by big golf publications. Set along the stunning coastline of Pebble Beach in California, this 18 hole golf course offers the most awe-inspiring views. The natural beauty of the surrounding area is unmatched by any other golf course in the US, and the course boasts a timeless feel for classic playing. The course was designed by Alister Mackenzie, with a view of allowing the golf course to take a natural and organic route, blending the holes flawlessly with the beauty of the landscape. Watch out for the 16th hole and beware of The Pacific – the ultimate water hazard.

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‘View From Clubhouse to 16’ by Schnaars

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8. Pine Valley, New Jersey (USA)

Another impressive course that regularly makes the Top 100 and even Top 10 lists of the best golf courses in the world. And it isn’t without reason. Founder George Crump, who sadly died before the course’s completion in 1919, took a piece of desolate land in New Jersey and set about transforming it into a beautiful masterpiece. After public opening in 1919, it took more than three years before anyone could complete the course in 70 strokes and Pine Valley quickly earned its reputation as one of the most testing courses for even the best golfers. In the book Complete Golfer, Robert Trent Jones wrote about Pine Valley, “It fills you with dread and delight…..it takes your breath away…..it’s a monster…..but it’s beautiful”.

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9. Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle (Northern Ireland)

It’s no surprise that an Irish golf course has made it onto our list. With the incredible rugged landscapes and unforgiving coastal winds, golfing in Ireland or Northern Ireland is both a challenging and beautiful experience. The Republic of Ireland is fast becoming a key destination for golf holidays but we simply can’t go without mentioning a Northern Ireland course, the famous Royal County Down Golf Club and regular contender in Top 100 lists. It’s often compared to Royal Portrush, with the two clubs going head to head to be the best golf course in the Norther Ireland region. Nestled at the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and still upholding many of golfing’s old traditions, this is a great place to play.

Royal County Down Golf Club

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10. Kingsbarns Golf Links, near St. Andrews (Scotland)

Ranked in the ‘Worldwide Top 100 Golf Courses Outside the United States’, Kingsbarns is an 18 hole 72 par links course that every golfer should get to know. A dream to play for avid golfers, this course offers spellbinding views. And with such a beautiful seaside location along the Fife coastline, sunsets are pretty amazing too. Co-hosting the annual European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (together with the Old Course at St Andrews and Carnoustie Golf Links), this is one of the most prestigious places to tee off in Scotland.

The Kingsbarns experience is something of a traditional one and the club aims to deliver the most excellent service to all of its guests. So if you’re looking for prominent, high-status course together with a friendly service from a very passionate team, this is the place to be for your next golf holiday.

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11. Monte Rei Golf Course, Algarve (Portugal)

This signature golf course ranks as the number 1 golf course in Portugal. Set in the beautiful Eastern Algarve, a golfing holiday here is fantastic for the entire family. The towns of Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Monte Gordo are all worth a visit and the beaches will keep everyone happy. The course itself is designed by golf legend, Jack Nicklaus and shortly after opening to the public in 2007, this new course quickly established a reputation of being the best course in the country. The beautiful course features five stunning lakes and there is also a great driving range on site for practice.

Monte Rei Golf Course

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12. Muirfield, East Lothian (Scotland)

Having been ranked number 3 in the world several times, Muirfield is a must. A rite of passage even. Since 1892, Muirfield has hosted 42 national and international competitions, averaging about one every three years. And the course has seen some of the biggest golfing stars come and go, including James Braid and Sir Nick Faldo (who have both won two majors on the course), Harry Vardon, Tom Watson, Sir Michael Bonallack, Ronnie Shade, Cyril Tolley, Robert A Gardner, Lee Trevino, Tony Jacklin and many more. Known to the golfing world as a low-key yet highly admired golf course with straightforward links and challenging fairways, Muirfield is just fantastic through and through.

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13. Dubai Creek, Dubai (UAE)

The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club has had global attention in recent years and is listed as the 5th best course in the United Arab Emirates. A relatively new club, opening in 1993, Dubai Creek has already been dubbed a “golfer’s paradise”. Best known for its well-groomed fairways and manicured greens, this is a picture perfect course that creates a serious challenge from tournament tees. But don’t worry if you’re not up to a punishing play because the course goes a little easier from the forward tees, making it a good course for golfers of every level. Situated just 5 minutes away from Dubai city centre, it’s also in a very convenient location, especially for holiday makers who are bringing the whole family.

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14. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, New York (USA)

A superb golf course for anyone touring the US! The beautifully green and rugged looking Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is set in the town of Southampton on Long Island in New York. For anyone popping over to the Big Apple, this course is a must. Prestigious, extremely well managed, and a course that holds its own with other high status courses in the US, Shinnecock Hills offers an experience you won’t forget. It has hosted the U.S. Open four times in three different centuries and is scheduled to host again in 2018.

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15. Corballis Links, County Dublin (Ireland)

Ranked in the Top 100 list, we simply can’t forget to mention Corballis Links in Donabate, County Dublin. Less than 30 minutes from the city of Dublin, it’s in a great location for a golf holiday, with easy access to sightseeing and the great food and drink culture of Ireland. The course is over 100 years old and you stumble across some old quirks, a smattering of old fashioned course design even though the layout has been upgraded a number of times.

Corballis Links

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If you are interested in experiencing what it is like to play golf on one of the most famous golf courses in the world, please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

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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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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!

 

This week’s blog is the second part to our U.K golfing blog. Although the last few weeks have definitely been a little chillier than we are used to with the weather having been so mild all last winter and this autumn but on the whole the weather has been much warmer through the low-season months. This is great news for golf here as the courses stay in better condition for longer and you get to play the fantastic courses here for low-season rates but whilst playing in mid-season weather!

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Tours in England and Ireland have become much more popular and we are constantly getting out to explore the hidden gems around the country looking for all the best golf courses that you can then book to play!

 

A key tip if you’re looking to book your next golf tour in the U.K is definitely to book early, big groups book their tee times very far in advance so to get the good ones you definitely have to get in there quickly!

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In this blog, we have a few different fantastic resorts and a few different great golf courses that you should definitely consider looking into when planning your next golf break in England or Ireland…

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First up we have the Dorset Golf & Country Club which is situated in a stunning, tranquil setting in the midst of a pine forest. This is a lovely resort and offers not only a lovely 16-bedroom hotel which is perfect for smaller groups but also some superb log cabins which sleep up to eight people in them. The log cabins are fully furnished and each have a fully-fitted kitchen so you have the option of self-catering very easily when staying here! The resort boasts a range of different facilities (aside for the magnificent golf course!) from fishing lakes to a fitness centre and sauna as well as an indoor championship bowls rink. There is plenty to do and see here but of course the highlight of the resort is the 27 holes of championship golf that are on-site. The Championship Course consists of three different loops of nine holes so you will be able to mix and match them to play the course you want to play. This is a beautiful location for your next golf break to Dorset and the golf here is not to be missed out on!

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Hotel Old Thorns is a four-star luxury hotel set in the rolling hills of the Hampshire countryside and has no fewer than nine different options for accommodation! All of the rooms feature lovely ensuite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. There are also several options for dining from the casual sports bar to the luxurious King’s Restaurant where you can get a fantastic carvery! The Championship Course here is a great course for golfers of all abilities and will test even those with the lowest handicaps whilst not seeming too harsh for those with a higher handicap! This is a great holiday course to play and if there are members of the group less interested in golf then they can enjoy the beautiful spa at the hotel where they can get a range of different treatments and enjoy the facilities there. This hotel is in such an idyllic location and is something very special – one to consider for your next golf break in England!

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Set in the Norfolk countryside is the four-star Barnham Broom Hotel. The bedrooms have been recently refurbished and decorated to the highest standard with a contemporary theme. Just like the other hotels, there are different room types to suit each and every person but each are fully-fitted with all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this rating and you are sure to enjoy your stay here. There is a lovely spa for guests to enjoy a whole range of different treatments from massages to facials to reflexology. For the keen golfers, onsite there are not one but two stunning Championship courses for you to enjoy here. This another superb option for your next golf holiday in England and with so much to do onsite and the accommodation being so lovely there is no reason to wait another minute to book your next golf break!

 

Next up we have three different courses which are well worth a play even if you don’t choose to stay in a resort nearby…

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East Brighton Golf Club is a beautiful downland course with some spectacular coastal views. The great thing about this course is that it is normally open for play all-year-round because it is built on chalk it rarely suffers from the poor weather conditions here that we sometimes get in England. The course is a genuine test of golf for those of all abilities and is known for being a fair round of golf to play! It is just a five minutes’ drive from the centre of Brighton where there is so much to do and see you will definitely want to stay and play here!

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The Old Course at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club is a very old course but is still consistently ranked as one of the top 100 courses on the British Isles. Although you may feel settled by the fact that the course doesn’t have a single bunker to catch your errant shots, it is still known for being a true test of golf for even those with the lowest handicaps! Along the course there are some beautiful views across Sussex, Surrey and Kent and its location is simply stunning as well. This is a great course to play even if you are not planning on staying!

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In Ireland, the Ring of Kerry course is set amongst lakes and mountains to produce a simply stunning course and a testament to that is its placing as one of the top in the province. It’s a stunning parkland course with exhilarating elevation changes and water coming into play on many of the holes. This course features a great variety of different holes and after you have enjoyed a round here you will not be questioning why this is rated as one of the best courses in the country.

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We hope that you enjoyed this blog and are now considering which of these fantastic resorts or courses to base your next golf holiday in the UK around…

 

This week’s blog is a guide to Mauritius. Mauritius is a beautiful a stunning country in the Indian Ocean where you can enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery, beaches and golf resorts. With practically year-round good weather, so much to do, see and enjoy as well as some of the most beautiful beaches that you will ever get to experience, this is definitely a place you must consider when you are planning your next golf escape…

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First up, on the East Coast we have the Constance Belle Mare Plage which is a stunning resort stretching over 1.2 miles of private beach. The rooms are all spacious and elegantly decorated with separate living areas and a satellite TV, some of the rooms overlook private pools and the Indian Ocean. There are seven different restaurants for you to choose from when you are staying here, some are internationally themed a la carte and the others are buffet restaurants but all boast incredible views either over the Indian Ocean, the golf course or the pool area. There resort also boasts six bars so you will certainly never be short of somewhere to get a refreshing drink after a tough round of golf! If you are less into golf but more into relaxation then you can enjoy the spa area, relax by one of the four swimming pools or spend the day sunbathing on the private stretch of golden sand. If you are considering a family holiday here, then there is also a kid’s club for the little ones to enjoy and there is the opportunity for excursions from the hotel to take part in different activities from watersports to tennis.

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When you are staying at the Constance Belle Mare Plage you will inevitably play the Legend Golf Course and the Links Golf Course. The Legend Golf Course is laid out in the centre of a tropical forest and has 18 very different holes for you to enjoy. Although water hazards threaten you on most of the holes, the fairways are fairly wide and forgiving which makes this a beautiful holiday course. The toughest hole on this course is the par-4 5th hole where you need to avoid water in order to get your ball onto the green.

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The Links Golf Course is a magnificent course set in natural surroundings with the fairways rolling over natural terrain in a links style. When the strong sea breeze is in play along with the various water hazards along the course this can test any golfer to score close to their handicap. This is a beautifully picturesque course with even the clubhouse featuring stunning views of the surroundings. This is another great championship course to top off the fabulous resort and sister course you can enjoy here!

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Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa is another superb five-star resort on the East Coast. The resort is located along the white-sand beaches of Trou d’Eau Douce Bay and is set amongst tropical gardens. All of the rooms and suites are decorated in with a traditional Mauritian theme and each boast their own private balcony from which you can enjoy stunning views of the Indian Ocean. You can enjoy the spa and wellness centre whilst you are not out playing a round of golf or relaxing by the outdoor pool or on the beach, at the spa centre you can enjoy a range of different treatments as well as the sauna, hot-tub and steam room. This hotel also features a range of different dining options from a fabulous fish restaurant to an Indian restaurant to a trendy beach grill restaurant! Whilst here you will never be short of anything to do as there are a range of activities to enjoy down on the beach like watersports as well as the on-site golf course and the gym. This is another fantastic resort perfect for your next golf break to Mauritius…

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Last, but certainly not least, is the Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort which is another five-star resort situated on the East Coast. All of the rooms are spacious and decorated with a contemporary theme, they also each boast their own private balconies where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. There are three outdoor pools, the stretch of private beach and a sun terrace for guests to relax on and around and for further relaxation you can enjoy a range of different treatments at the spa. Although there is not a golf course on-site, you are just 20-minutes’ drive from Il Aux Cerfs Golf Club and there is often the option of getting complimentary shuttles from the hotel. Like most of the hotels here, there are many different restaurants for you to choose from where you can enjoy all cuisines from traditional Mauritian dishes to international cuisines – there certainly is something for everyone! This resort is a beautiful  one for your next golf holiday to Mauritius and with so many activities on-site as well as the stunning golf nearby it isn’t hard to see why…

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Whilst staying at these last two resorts you can expect to enjoy a round or two at Il Aux Cerfs Golf Course which features 18-holes all set out across a sugar plantation. The setting and surroundings of this course are simply breathtaking, with white sandy beaches lining the fairways as well as fairways that wind through lush mangrove forests, over volcanic lava outcrops and past tidal pools to reach the final 18th hole. This is a tight course but with some of the most stunning views from a course that you will ever get to experience – definitely one not to miss out on!

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and with the weather just getting colder and colder start to consider where and when you are going to get your next fix of the sun and some well-needed vitamin D!

This week’s blog is a guide to the best resorts for your next group golf holiday. When you’re planning a group golf holiday you have to make sure there is some fantastic golf, great bars and excellent restaurants for you to enjoy during the holiday. Spring is a perfect time to go on your next group golf break where you can enjoy the bright and dry weather that England rarely offers us at that time of year!

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Voyage Belek Golf & Spa is arguably one of the best resorts for groups and with Turkey’s climate you are almost guaranteed some fantastic weather from April through to October! This 5-star, all-inclusive resort offers everything you could need for a fantastic group holiday from the spa to the private beach to the fact that you can play two superb nearby courses – Montgomerie Maxx Royal and Titanic Golf Club. The resort boasts a wide range of different eating a drinking options with eight restaurants serving specialities from Mexican to Japanese to traditional Turkish dishes. There are also nine bars for you to all relax in after 18-holes on one of the golf courses or just if you fancy a few after dinner drinks! All of the rooms are beautifully furnished with a flat-screen TV each as well as private balconies for you to enjoy stunning views across the Mediterranean Sea or the golf course. The Voyage is a great resort for your next group golf break because of everything it has to offer in terms of a range of facilities, activities and the golf in the surrounding area is fantastic. With all of this as well as a great spa area and five swimming pools you cannot deny that this is a perfect destination for your next golf holiday as there truly is something for everyone!

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The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course has a fantastic layout making it one of the most popular courses in the Belek region. It’s a fantastic course with water featuring heavily throughout the round making it a tricky one! The 18th is certainly something to look forward to on this course as you will require accuracy in your shot to get to the well-protected green at the end. This course is a scenic one with wide fairways meandering through forests of pine and eucalyptus trees and is certainly one not to be missed. Voyage guests get prime tee times and discounted green fees at this course and if that doesn’t seal the deal for you then nothing will!

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Titanic Golf Club is another beautiful course that you can play when staying at the Voyage and has 27 great holes for you to play. This course has a real mixture of holes from beachside ones to parkland to links style holes! This is a lovely course to play and can be a real test of ability!

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Another great resort for your group golfing holiday is the Tivoli Marina Portimão which is situated on the Algarve. This stunning 4-star hotel is situated in the centre of the marina in Portimão just three-minutes’ walk from the beach and five-minutes’ from Praia de Rocha. There are three fantastic courses within close proximity to the hotel – Alamos, Morgado and Salgados – so you will never be short of somewhere to have a good round of golf! Each of the studio apartments that you can stay in feature a kitchenette so it is possible to do a little self-catering if you don’t want to venture out for dinner or to one of the hotel’s two restaurants. If there are some of the group less into golf, then they can enjoy being in such a central location or just use the hotel’s swimming pools and fitness rooms whilst the others are golfing!

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Also situated on the Algarve is the Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa which is another resort to consider when you are thinking about your next group golfing holiday. This resort boasts an ideal location as it is so close to the centre of Albufeira which is well known for its busy nightlife and wide range of restaurants and bars. The hotel’s rooms are all spacious and fully-fitted with everything you would expect from a hotel of this standard and there is also a spa and health club for those of the group who may not want to go on all the golfing excursions! With all of this and the fact that there are several golf courses within close proximity of the hotel this definitely is a resort we recommend for the perfect group golf break.

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Hotel Melia Villaitana is a 4-star hotel situated just 20 minutes from Alicante and just between two fabulous golf courses. The hotel offers a wonderful spa area, outdoor swimming pools and an artificial beach all for guests to enjoy at their leisure. The hotel is designed to replicate an old Mediterranean village and all of the rooms have private balconies or terraces as well as a satellite TV. There are a range of restaurants for you to enjoy at the hotel but Alicante is a short drive away where you can find more restaurants, bars and nightlife to enjoy! The Villaitana courses are simply stunning and will provide great rounds for guests at the hotel. This is another fantastic option for your next group golf holiday to Spain and although you can venture out to get the nightlife and bars the actual hotel is a little quieter and more exclusive than other busier resorts.

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Mar Menor Golf Resort boasts some beautiful and well-appointed apartments which are perfect for when you are travelling as a group here. They are all spacious with well-equipped kitchens and either a private balcony or terrace for you to relax out on. The Residences give you that option of self-catering which can be great for when you are travelling as a group rather than eating out all the time but there are plenty of options for food and drink nearby as well! This is a great destination for your next golf break as there are a wide range of different courses within such close proximity of the hotel as well as the well-known Mar Menor course on-site!

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We hope that this week’s blog has encouraged you to think about your next group golf holiday that you will be taking, perhaps even in Spring 2017! There are plenty of fantastic options available and some of the best resorts are perfect for group golf holidays.

 

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!

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Thailand collection of hotels that are ready for you to book your next golf break to…

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Thailand has something to offer for everyone. Practically year-round the weather is absolutely stunning and you can enjoy first-class golf courses, beautiful golden, sandy beaches and some of the most vibrant cities all in one place. Thailand has the most fascinating culture and history and a golf break here is definitely not one to be passed up on!

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We have six fantastic hotels in Thailand, two in the bustling capital city of Bangkok, two in Pattaya where there is some of the most exciting nightlife to embrace and then two by the coast in Hua Hin.

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First up we have the five-star Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa which is situated between Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The large, contemporary-designed suites each have their own large balconies where you can enjoy stunning views of Summit Windmill Golf Club. The hotel boasts three fantastic restaurants for guests to enjoy, you can sample some of the best traditional Thai cuisine or eat at the Italian a la carte if you would prefer.  There are also two lovely bar areas you can enjoy, either on the terrace or inside in a stylishly-designed bar. When you’re not out on the golf courses, you can relax by the amazing outdoor infinity pool or in the holistic spa. This is a stunning hotel where you will experience nothing but the best in terms of both service and facilities – definitely not one to miss out on!

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Park Plaza Sukhumvit Hotel is a modern hotel situated right in the heart of Bangkok city which means that you can easily explore the city right from the doorstep of the hotel! This hotel really is in an ideal location as you get to enjoy staying in the heart of the bustling capital but you are also within easy access to several fantastic golf courses. When you are not out exploring or enjoying a round then you can enjoy a dip in the rooftop swimming pool where you can see some spectacular sights of the city. The hotel features a fantastic restaurant with a show kitchen where you can enjoy Thai, Mediterranean and other international cuisine. But, of course, being in the heart of the city you are never far away from a vast array of different restaurants and bars that you can try! Another fantastic hotel in Bangkok and one that you can really sample the culture of Thailand whilst playing some great golf.

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Situated in North Pattaya is the five-star Cape Dara Hotel which is just a two minutes’ walk from the beach. You can enjoy relaxing by the pool or on Pattaya beach which is simply stunning. The rooms are fully-furnished with all of the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this standard and it is highly recommended to get a room with a balcony so that you can enjoy the beautiful views. You are just a 10-minutes’ drive from the shopping centre and 15-minutes’ drive from Cape Dara Resort. This is a hotel where you can soak up the beauty of Thailand and play some fantastic golf in a quieter location. The hotel boasts two lovely restaurants; one of which serves Cantonese and the other serves international cuisines so there is something to suit everyone. This is another fabulous hotel where you can enjoy the beautiful beach, superb golf and the peace and tranquility you often want on holiday in a lovely location!

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The superbly-located Sabai Empress Hotel is a contemporary hotel just over 5-minutes’ walk to the beach and only 350 yards from the shopping district of Pattaya. The hotel features modern, fully-furnished rooms and for some spectacular views of the city then all you have to do is take a trip up to the rooftop pool area where you can enjoy a dip and a refreshing drink whilst soaking up the incredible views. This is another hotel that you are within easy access of many great golf courses which means that you can expect a busy holiday with so much to do and see in the city as well. Sabai’s own restaurant serves both Thai and International cuisines which you must try but you are also never far from some brilliant restaurants in the city. For your next city and beach golf break to a vibrant place there couldn’t be anywhere better.

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Banyan Resort is just 3 miles from the centre of Hua Hin and just a five-minutes’ drive from Khao Takaib Beach. The accommodation here is set out as private villas which feature their own Jacuzzis or pools which makes this ideal for your next family holiday to Thailand. You can enjoy a meal of either Thai or International food at the Lemongrass Restaurant or a lighter meal at the Splash Pool Bar. You can enjoy a round on the golf course which you can get to via free shuttle from the hotel, relax around the pool or in the spa if you prefer. This is a great family resort and is within close proximity of Hua Hin where you can get out to explore and perhaps enjoy a few meals out!

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Last, but certainly not least, is Wannara Hotel which is just two-minutes’ walk from Hua Hin Beach, 10-minutes’ walk to the Hua Hin Night Market and 5-minutes’ drive into the village. Staying here, you are in a prime location with the beach, many fantastic golf courses and the village so close to the hotel. Whilst you are not out in the village exploring or playing on one of the many great golf courses in the area then you can relax by the outdoor pool or just enjoy a few refreshing drinks at the bar! Wannara is the on-site restaurant which serves lovely Thai dishes as well as Scandinavian favourites for you to enjoy during your stay here! This is yet another fabulous hotel where you can enjoy a bit of everything that Thailand has to offer.

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We hope that when you are thinking about your next golf holiday you consider Thailand and everything that the beautiful country has to offer you in terms of golf, stunning hotels, culture, nightlife and history! These are all fantastic hotels with each of them offering you something a little bit different so there really is a hotel that will suit anyone and any type of holiday…

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This week’s blog is an insiders guide to the fantastic Fuerteventura Princess Hotel. This blog will tell you everything that you need to know about Fuerteventura, the hotel and the fantastic golf you will get the opportunity to play when you decide to stay here. With the nights drawing in and the weather getting noticeably colder, it is definitely time to think about when you are going to take your next golf break to the sun and this is a perfect one to consider with Fuerteventura’s year-round spring climate!1

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands and can offer you everything that anyone could possibly want on their next golf break. You are never far from a beautiful sandy beach and the four golf courses here are all superb. Fuerteventura, like the other Canary Islands, boasts about 3,000 hours of sunshine per year which is something us Brits can only dream of! The spring-like climate makes this island ideal for a golfing holiday as you will always be warm enough to enjoy the beaches and sunbathe around the pool, but not too sweltering (especially if you go in autumn and springtime) that you can’t enjoy the fantastic golf that is on offer here! With so much to do and see here from over 150 long, sandy beaches with coves to the watersports you can enjoy on the beach to finding out about the history of Fuerteventura – you could certainly never be bored or short of fun and interesting things to do here.5

Set on the beachfront of Playa Jandia is the beautiful four-star Fuerteventura Princess Hotel. The hotel offers you a range of activities that you can enjoy from swimming gin one of the outdoor pools to playing tennis to the gym. All of the rooms are fully air-conditioned and come with a satellite TV as well as either a balcony or a terrace that you can enjoy beautiful sea views from. If you are less into activities, then the hotel features a lovely spa which boasts a sauna and a Turkish Bath! If you are making this trip into a family holiday, then there is definitely something for the kids here too with both a kid’s club with a mini disco as well as a maxi-club with a games room for teenagers.

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The hotel is set amongst tropical gardens and after a long round of golf you can take a walk around and just down to the beach or relax around one of the four outdoor pools available before enjoying a few refreshing drinks at one of the bars around the hotel. There are two restaurants, the main restaurant serves a buffet at breakfast and dinner with themed nights twice a week. Restaurant La Choza is where you can go for late breakfast, snacks and lunch and you can enjoy your meal out on the terrace which overlooks the beach. After you have had a lovely dinner, every night, there are shows in the evening and several nights a week you can enjoy live music at the hotel which provides a lovely holiday atmosphere!

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The hotel is situated in an ideal location, just seconds from the beach and only 8km from the town of Jandia. In Jandia you can find lots of different bars and restaurants, this means that if you are tired of eating at the hotel you definitely have various other options to explore being so close to the town!

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This is a fantastic hotel and is a short distance from the fantastic Jandia Golf Course…

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Jandia Golf Course is located right in the heart of Jandia and is surrounded by beautiful white beaches and stunning scenery. The club offers fantastic facilities and a great round of golf that is definitely one to play. The course and its facilities are at harmony with their surroundings, the course route runs through a valley which is bordered with exotic wildlife and some superb views. The course is considered to be of medium-high difficulty, as it is quite tight in places, but is so at one with nature that even if you are not scoring so well you will definitely still appreciate a round or two here! Furthermore, with four sets of tees at each hole it is easy to make sure that everyone has a chance at getting a fair scorecard.

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The facilities at the club include a driving range with 20 covered bays, a putting green, a chipping green and a practice field but little compares to actually playing this scenic course. The course covers 5,857 metres and many of those metres are taken up with obstacles from the four lakes to the dry riverbeds to the natural wildlife that you can enjoy (and try to avoid!) throughout the length of the course. This is quite a hilly course and so it can be recommended that you hire a buggy to avoid tiring out before you have even played many holes.

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This is a truly fantastic, challenging course with some truly breathtaking views and one that is great if you are looking for a challenge but also if you just want to casually play and enjoy a great course when you are on holiday! This course definitely tops off staying at the Fuerteventura and the course and the hotel are certainly a winning combination for your next golf break to the Canary Islands!

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We hope that you enjoyed this blog and that when you are thinking about how grey and miserable it is outside that you think about the Fuerteventura Princess and Jandia Golf and consider booking your next golf break to escape the cold and long English wintertime!

This week’s blog is on the best resorts for couples. Whether you have children or not it’s often nice to have a getaway just the two of you to a quiet and luxurious resort where you can spend your days playing golf (or enjoying the spa!) and relaxing around the pool or on the beach. With winter now creeping up on us make sure that you book your next couples golf escape soon to get some sun! These are some of the best resorts for your next couples golfing getaway…gloria-golf-resort

Gloria Golf Resort in Belek is a luxurious with all of the fantastic facilities you would expect from a five-star hotel and more. The hotel is just a 6-minute walk from the beach and has several lovely pool areas as well as two championship golf courses which are practically on-site! The resort is just over 530-acres which means that although there is plenty to do on-site and many activities and facilities to enjoy, you can always find areas of peace and tranquility. You can make full use of your all-inclusive board option here with the six different restaurants with both buffet and a la carte options to enjoy! There are also many lovely bar areas both on the beach, at the pool and in the hotel so you are never too far from your next beer, cocktail or glass of wine! If golfing isn’t your thing, then make sure to enjoy a massage or two at the La Source Spa or just spend your days relaxing. This is a superb resort for couples and it really isn’t hard to see why.gloria-serenity-resort

Another Gloria resort – the Gloria Serenity Resort, also in Belek, is another fantastic choice for your next couples golf escape. This resort is also 6-minutes’ walk from the beach but has some lovely pool areas for you to enjoy too. This resort is extremely popular with couples as it is slightly quieter than the Golf Resort and is considered to be perhaps the most luxurious hotel in the Belek region. Within a 5-minutes’ drive of the hotel you are able to find 10 different golf courses which makes this ideal if you are looking to play a few different courses on your holiday here! If you’re less into golf and sports and more into relaxing then the middle-eastern themed spa here will not disappoint, the facilities are top-class and you can choose from a range of different treatments. The rooms here all have private balconies with stunning views of either the gardens or the sea and the superior rooms come with a private hot tub! With 10 restaurants, 6 bars and high-class service it is no surprise that we highly recommend this resort for your next relaxing couples golf break!elbs-palace-golf

Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel in Fuerteventura is another great destination for a couple’s golf holiday. This is a fantastic, adults-only hotel which features stunning spacious rooms with private balconies and all the amenities you would expect from a five-star hotel. You can spend your days relaxing by the swimming pools, taking a short walk to the beach, walking around the grounds of the hotel, playing tennis or enjoying golf at Fuerteventura Golf Club or Salinas de Antigua. With everything this hotel has to offer it isn’t hard to see why it is a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”. For dining options there is a café on-site as well as a lovely a la carte restaurant and bar area. This is a perfect, small and luxurious hotel to enjoy some peace and quiet whilst enjoying each other’s company!hotel-peralada

Hotel Peralada on the Costa Brava is another hotel that we recommend for a couple’s escape. The hotel is located right in the centre of the Emporda region and is surrounded by its own golf course. All of the rooms here are decorated with a bright and modern theme and have plasma screen TVs. You can make use of the aqua zone, outdoor pool, tennis courts and football pitches during your stay here as well as the wine spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments and massages. There are two restaurants on-site with the main restaurant serving traditional Mediterranean cuisine that you can enjoy whilst seated on a lovely terraced area. The hotel is in a great location in the town of Peralada and just 15-minutes’ drive from Figueres. This is a great boutique hotel perfect for a couple’s golf holiday.the-oitavos

The Oitavos Hotel in Lisbon is a stunning five-star hotel just 10-minutes’ drive from the centre of Cascais so you have easy access to local restaurants and bars if you don’t want to eat at one of the hotel’s restaurants. The hotel boasts a stunning spa area where you can enjoy a very wide range of treatments and massages as well as both wet and dry saunas and the hot tubs. There is a fantastic, heated, saltwater pool for you to relax around and enjoy as well. This is a superb and luxurious hotel perfect for your next golf escape and is in an ideal location, near Cascais and just 30-minutes’ drive from Lisbon as well as in close proximity to some fantastic golf.magnolia

Magnolia Golf & Wellness Hotel is located in Quinta do Lago and is another adults-only hotel which is perfect for if you are looking for somewhere which will be guaranteed to be quiet! The rooms are stylishly decorated and feature private balconies and all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this rating. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional dishes from the Algarve and there is also a great bar area for you to enjoy a few drinks at! Vale do Lobo beach and Vale do Lobo Ocean Golf Course are only a few minutes’ drive away which means that golf and other restaurants and bars are easily accessible from the hotel! There are also several other golf courses within close proximity to the hotel such as San Lorenzo and the Quinta do Lago courses.footer

We hope that when you are planning your next couple’s golfing getaway you reflect upon this list and choose one of the fantastic resorts we have handpicked out as our favourite resorts for couples!nav-logo-bg-square