The Insider’s Guide to Scottsdale

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to Scottsdale, Arizona. Scottsdale is considered to be a golfer’s paradise with more than 200 courses in the city and some fantastic hotels to match. With a wide range of courses from the desert courses of Troom North, Grayhawk and TPC Scottsdale to the more traditional courses of Camelback, Talking Stick and Gainey Ranch. Make sure that Scottsdale is on your list of must-visit locations for some of the best golf in the world.

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There is so much to do, see and appreciate in Scottsdale besides the great golf. With many different historical and cultural landmarks in the area which are easy to take trips to to explore you could never be short of something to do here! Of course, being in a city means that there are copious amounts of great bars and restaurants for you to enjoy whilst soaking up the atmosphere here. If you’re looking for great shopping, beautiful architecture and some lovely eateries and bars then Old Town Scottsdale is perfect for a day trip where you can find all of the above and more!

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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is just one of the lovely five-star hotels available and is set at the foot of the McDowell Mountains. This hotel is in an ideal location as not only has it got beautiful scenery but it borders two world-class golf courses but is within close proximity of several more so you can experience a wide variety of different golf courses when staying here. The centre of Scottsdale is just under a 15-minutes’ drive away and Phoenix airport is only 24 miles from the hotel so it is within easy access of home! If golf isn’t all that you have come for then you won’t be disappointed either as the hotel boasts six different pools and a lovely spa for guests to enjoy. The spacious rooms here are beautifully decorated and come fitted with all of the amenities expected from a hotel of this class, the service from the staff here matches the hotel’s rating and you will struggle to find a more luxurious destination for your next golf break to Scottsdale.

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Another fantastic five-star hotel is the JW Mariott Camelback Inn which is set in the heart of Scottsdale and is just a short drive from Scottsdale Old Town. The beautiful rooms all have their own balcony or patio attached and are also fitted with a kitchenette which means that you have the option to self-cater here although there are seven first-class restaurants situated on-site which would question why you would want to cook for yourself! The hotel is set within beautiful gardens which have a variety of different desert plants in and the views are simply stunning – even from the pool area where you can relax with beautiful views of the mountains. For non-golfers (and those who like to relax after a few rounds!) there is a wonderful spa area where you can purchase a range of different health and beauty treatments. This is another superb hotel in Scottsdale and one that should well be considered when you are planning your next golf break here.

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Boulders Resort & Spa is a uniquely beautiful resort tucked into the Sonoran Desert foothills. With two championship golf courses, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a spa and wellness centre, seven different restaurants and four swimming pools as well as tennis courts it would be hard for you to find somewhere with more to do on-site! You can choose to relax after a round on the golf course with a massage at the spa or enjoy the whirlpools and saunas in the spa and wellness centre or even take part in one of the yoga and Pilates classes. There are a range of different accommodation options for you to choose from from casitas to haciendas and villas which are all spacious and beautifully decorated. The two championship golf courses on-site – Boulders North and Boulders South are equally challenging and you will need to be concentrating to score close to your handicap on them. Although, like the other hotels in the area as there are so many golf courses are around you always have the option of travelling a little outside of the resort to another golf course! This unique resort is well worth a trip to.

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Last in this blog but certainly not least on the list of fantastic hotels that there are in Scottsdale for you to visit is the Hyatt House Hotel which is situated in the most perfect location – just a short walk from the bars and restaurants of Old Town Scottsdale. Each of the rooms are spacious and include their own fully-fitted kitchen with a dishwasher, oven, a fridge and a microwave which means that you will easily be able to cook for yourself when staying here but with all of the fantastic eateries in Old Town Scottsdale just a short walk away you wouldn’t have the need to! There is a lovely outdoor pool area as well as a fitness centre for guests to enjoy when they are not enjoying a round of golf or exploring Old Town Scottsdale. This is a fantastic hotel that is great value and is perfect if you are looking to stay right in town so that you are close to all of the wonders that Scottsdale has to offer.

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We hope that this blog has shown you what you can expect to experience when vesting Scottsdale, from the magnificent scenery to the vast amounts of fabulous golf. Whichever hotel you choose to stay at will have easy access to at least five different courses so it would be hard to see why anyone would not choose Scottsdale for their next golf holiday to America.


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The Spotlight on Cyprus

This week’s blog is about the great island of Cyprus and what is has to offer you for your next golf holiday. Cyprus has fantastic year-round weather, stunning courses and is rich in culture and history making it the ideal destination for your next golf break. It is no surprise that Cyprus is becoming more and more popular every year as people discover its fantastic hotels and brilliant golf courses so make sure that you are next on the list to depart to sunny Cyprus…

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This Mediterranean island is perfect for both a relaxing and an action-packed golf escape. You can spend hours relaxing on the beautiful, sandy beaches or by the pools at the luxury hotels or you can spend hours discovering the history and culture of local towns and taking part in the vast amount of sporting activities which are always on your doorstep here.

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In South Cyprus are four of the best golf courses you will ever have the opportunity to play: Aphrodite Hills, Elea Golf Club, Minthis Hills and Secret Valley. All of these golf courses are within close proximity of Paphos and all of them come highly recommended by us to you…

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Aphrodite Hills is considered to be a tough but playable enough that it is still an extremely enjoyable round of golf. The views from the course are spectacular and it is designed in such a picturesque way that you will struggle to draw your eyes away from the scenery and concentrate on the golf! The 3rd and the 7th holes are spectacular as the course is played on two fairly level landforms which are separated by a deep canyon which is incorporated into these two holes. With the fantastic scenery of the carob and olive trees as well as views of the Mediterranean Sea, challenging pot bunkers and a wide variety of different styles and shapes of holes this is a course not to be missed out on!

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Elea Golf Club is a stunning course that blends with the beautiful landscape around it and is one that all golfers love. One thing that you will notice when playing here is the abundance of bunkers that are strategically positioned to make play very difficult on some holes. A perfect example of this is the par-4 4th hole on which you need to navigate around two huge, irregularly shaped bunkers right from the tee and then navigate past some slightly smaller ones which guard the bridged green! You definitely need to concentrate on this course to steer clear of the bunkers and the water hazards that lie waiting for errant shots. This is another great golf course and is rated as the number one course in Cyprus so make sure that you grab the opportunity to see why!

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Minthis Hills is a beautiful course set at 550 metres above sea level which means that both the views and the sea breeze are overwhelming at times! This is another course in the area which truly blends in with its surroundings making for a very picturesque round of golf. This course is a course which is playable by those of almost all handicaps which makes it s great holiday course for you to play. Concentration is needed, especially on the back nine, in order to score well as the holes are all quite different with different challenges from the 12th with the valley alongside the left of the fairway to the uphill 14th and 17th holes. Yet another fantastic course that is perfect for your next golf break to Cyprus.

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Last, but not least is the Secret Valley golf club which starts off as an easy round before gradually getting more difficult as you start to play through the holes, if you can avoid hitting errant shots into the water hazards along the course then you have a good chance at playing to your handicap here. With a lovely variety of holes, a beautiful backdrop of rock formations and different trees it is no surprise that golfers enjoy this course. With all four of these courses offering you a very different round of golf with guaranteed fantastic weather and beautiful scenery it isn’t a shock that Cyprus is becoming more and more attractive to golfers.

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When considering where to stay to play these beautiful courses in South Cyprus we cannot recommend highly enough the Thanos Hotels or the Aphrodite Hills hotel and residences but if you are looking to perhaps go to North Cyprus which is equally as beautiful then be sure to take a look at Korineum Residences.

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The Korineum Residences have spacious, well-appointed rooms with private balconies and on-site there is a fantastic 18-hole golf course, an outdoor pool and a luxury spa. At the spa you can enjoy a range of different treatments as well as the Jacuzzi and sauna or you can choose to relax around the outdoor pool after a round on the golf course. If you prefer the beach then the beautiful, sandy Turtle beach is just under 2 miles away from the resort. If you’re looking for a lovely resort with a great golf course on-site with stunning surroundings and high-class service, then you really need look no further than the Korineum Residences in North Cyprus.

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Korineum Golf & Country Club is the first 18-hole golf course in North Cyprus and it has certainly set the standards high here. The course is simply beautiful with pine trees, olive trees and carob trees lining the beautifully manicured fairways and beyond the trees are the fantastic views of the Mediterranean Sea on one side and on the other, stunning views of the Five Finger mountain range. This is a perfect holiday golf course as it is playable for those of all standards so those of all abilities can have the chance to try their shots here! This course is an ideal one for your next golf break to Cyprus and the first tee is a just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel!

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We hope that this week’s blog has shown you the wonders of the golf available to you in both South Cyprus and North Cyprus and that when you are thinking about your next golf holiday you think about everything that is on offer to you here…

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The courses and hotels of the Alicante region…

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best hotels and golf courses in the Alicante region. Alicante is one of the best places in Spain to go to for your next golf break as it truly has everything that you could possibly want. From miles of golden, sandy beaches to areas full of history, culture and nature to a wide selection of different bars, clubs and restaurants to enjoy…Alicante has it all.

First up we have Hotel Bonalba which is a lovely four-star hotel in a great location just under 2 miles from some great beaches, a 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Alicante and just 20 minutes’ from Alicante airport. The hotel is furnished with a modern and contemporary design and all of the rooms are spacious. There is a lovely spa available to guests at a small extra cost where you can enjoy the indoor pool area and hamman or choose from a range of health and beauty treatments. You can enjoy relaxing by the outdoor pool area, the local beaches or enjoy a fantastic round of golf on the Bonalba course which is on-site! This hotel is great both in terms of the activities you can get involved in when here but also it is great value for money and you are sure to have an excellent time!

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Bonalba golf course is a great and challenging course with some spectacular views of both the ocean and the mountains in the surrounding areas. The fairways are wide and open but there are many strategically placed water hazards and bunkers for you to overcome before you reach the greens. The first 12 holes are shorter than the last 6 and they are all very technical holes but when you reach the last few holes the course opens up and you have to contend with the sea breeze!

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Las Colinas Residences are situated right in the heart of the fabulous 18-hole championship Las Colinas golf course. These apartments offer a fantastic self-catering option which is perfect when you enjoy eating out and being flexible. The apartments are all fully furnished with a well-equipped kitchen, satellite TV, air-conditioning and a large terrace attached to each. You also have easy access to outdoor swimming pools, two restaurants and a beach club – everything you could need on your next golf break! If you’re less into golf but still into activities then you can enjoy tennis, paddle tennis or the gym. With one of Spain’s top courses and the town of Torrevieja just 15-minutes’ drive away this is a superb choice for your next self-catering golf holiday to Alicante.

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Las Colinas Golf & Country Club is consistently ranked as one of the top courses in this region and it isn’t hard to see why. Although most of the fairways are wide and fairly forgiving, the approaches to the greens are often lined with bunkers and lakes which will always catch your errant shots! This course features a wide variety of different holes from short par-3s to dogleg par-5s which will offer you an interesting and challenging round of golf.

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Hotel Alicante Golf is another fantastic four-star hotel which is situated in an ideal location. The hotel is just 20-minutes’ drive from Alicante airport, 5 miles from the centre of Alicante and only a 10-minutes’ walk from the beach. Each of the rooms are spacious, with air-conditioning, a minibar and a safe. Being so close to Alicante centre means that you are so close to so many fantastic places to eat and drink but if you prefer to stay in the hotel then the Augusta Restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean food which you can enjoy whilst looking out onto the golf course! Enjoy relaxing on the beach, by the outdoor pool or by the indoor pool and sauna area after a fantastic round of golf on the course which you don’t even need to travel to get to. This is a superb location for your next golf holiday to Alicante and one not to be missed out on.

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Alicante Golf course is another perfect mix of par-3s, 4s and 5s with six of each on this course! This course is regarded as one of the best designed courses in the region and it really isn’t hard to see why when you see the layout of the course and how diverse each hole is. This is a lovely course to play but it is a tricky one and you have to think out your plan for each hole strategically before teeing off. Another great course in the Alicante region which must be played by any keen golfer.

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Last, but not least is the five-star Denia Mariott La Sella Golf Resort & Spa which is one of the most luxurious resorts in the area. The hotel is set within the 27-hole golf course and also the Montgo National Park so the scenery and setting of the resort is simply beautiful. All of the rooms are decorated with a classic theme and have marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and many either have a balcony or terrace that you can enjoy the stunning surroundings of the hotel from. The resort is just 15-minutes’ drive from Denia and the beaches there but if you want to stay at the resort there are plenty of lovely places to relax in like the spa area with its saunas, Turkish bath and outdoor hot tub or the outdoor pool area. All of this as well as several restaurants and bars to enjoy makes this the perfect destination for your next luxury golf break.

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La Sella Golf Course comprises of three loops of nine holes but all three loops have something that they are known for. The Llebeig loop is known its beautiful views of the national park, the Gregal is known for being a flatter nine holes than the other two loops but that doesn’t make it an easy loop with its many water hazards obstructing play! The Mestral loop boasts wider fairways and large greens where you can enjoy the nature that surrounds the loop.

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These are just four of the lovely hotels and their golf courses that you can enjoy when you book a golf holiday to Alicante and we hope that these have shown you what you are missing! Alicante is also well-known for year-round good weather (unlike the UK!) so there is nothing stopping you from booking your next golf break to the sun now!

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