Golfing in the UK

This week’s blog is a UK Special on the great golf resorts and course that are on offer right here in the UK. Although it is a little cold outside, there is nothing better than a great round of golf in some refreshing and bright conditions which you can get without travelling too far. Take a look at some of these brilliant resorts and their courses and book your next UK golf escape for 2018 now…

 

First up, we have The Oxfordshire which is an excellent four-star hotel with luxury rooms and extensive spa facilities just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Oxford. Each of the rooms is very spacious with luxury furnishings and in each of the ensuite bathrooms, there are luxury toiletries. You can also enjoy access to your private balcony from your room from which you can look out across the beautiful surroundings of the hotel. In each of the rooms, there is also a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Whilst you are not playing a round on the fantastic championship Oxfordshire golf course, you can spend time relaxing in the hotel’s Tempus Health and Fitness Centre where you have access to a swimming pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a modern gym as well as an array of different health and beauty treatments to choose from. This hotel boasts a fantastic location nearby to many cities as well as excellent services and facilities for you to enjoy here.

The four-star Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club is situated in the heart of the East Sussex countryside and boasts everything that you would need to have an excellent golf break including two 18-hole golf courses, beautiful scenery, a modern leisure centre and an award-winning restaurant. Each of the bedrooms boast private ensuite bathrooms, cosy seating areas and work desks and some of the rooms boast balconies from which you can look out onto the stunning golf course from. The award-winning Wealden View Restaurant serves delicious British cuisine and boasts an extensive wine list that would suit any diner! You can spend time relaxing in the hotel’s elegant bar where you can find a range of different drinks and snacks available. Whilst you are not out playing on one of the impressive golf courses where you can soak up magnificent views of mature woodland and parkland, you can relax in the hotel’s leisure centre where you can find an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym. This hotel boasts two fantastic golf courses on site as well as easy access to Royal Tunbridge Wells where you can find an array of different bars, restaurants and shops as well as activities to enjoy – this is a perfect destination for your next UK golf break.

Next up is the excellent four-star Sandford Springs Hotel and Golf Club which is situated in the heart of Hampshire and boasts three challenging 9-hole golf courses on site where guests can enjoy preferred tee times. Each of the luxurious rooms within the hotel has an ensuite bathroom with a power shower and complimentary toiletries and in the bedroom, you can find a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. You can enjoy having breakfast served in your room each morning and for other meals, you can enjoy eating at the clubhouse’s Kingsclere Bar and Restaurant. This hotel boasts a great location halfway between Newbury and Basingstoke where there is so much to do and see. This is the perfect choice for your next golf holiday within the UK if you are looking for a small and luxurious hotel to enjoy with extensive golf facilities.

The impressive four-star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa is set amongst beautiful Cheshire countryside just ten miles from the city of Chester. The hotel itself boasts two fantastic golf courses (Championship & Premier), extensive spa facilities, an award-winning restaurant and an indoor pool onsite of the hotel. Each of the spacious rooms within the hotel boast impressive ensuite bathrooms which have walk-in showers and huge bathtubs. Whilst you are enjoying your luxurious room, you can also look out onto stunning views of the surrounding countryside with views of the rolling hills and the two superb golf courses in sight. After you have enjoyed a round of golf, you can take a dip in the pool or enjoy the spa facilities available before returning to your room to prepare for a delicious meal at one of the hotel’s restaurants. Whilst you are staying here, you can explore stunning surroundings, play some brilliant golf and relax in a luxurious hotel which makes the Macdonald Portal Hotel an excellent choice for your next golf break.

The four-star Macdonald Aviemore is a fantastic family hotel which is located within the Cairngorm National Park. The Macdonald Aviemore Hotel is situated within the Macdonald Aviemore Resort which boasts seven different restaurants and bars, extensive leisure facilities and a nearby championship golf course. Each of the rooms within the hotel feature a flat-screen TV, a private ensuite bathroom with either a shower or bathtub and free Wi-Fi. If you are looking to stay here with your family, you can book one of the family rooms with bunk beds or pop-up beds. The hotel’s restaurant, Spey Burger, is a contemporary American-style family diner which serves delicious burgers, burritos and milkshakes as well as other American diner favourites. There are many other restaurants within the resort including Aspects Restaurant and Giovanni’s Italian Ristorante in another nearby Macdonald Hotel. This is a great hotel if you are looking for lots to do and see within a short distance of the hotel, including the brilliant Spey Valley Golf and Country Club.

The four-star Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel and Country Club is set in a 13th century building within 300 acres of private parkland. The hotel boasts extensive facilities on-site including a spa, two 18-hole golf courses(Moorland & Priory), an indoor pool and a fitness area. Each of the bedrooms are situated within th 13th century building but boast all of the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities. You can enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel’s Priory Restaurant which is set in an ancient wine cellar and boasts excellent food and wine. You can eat in the Tempo Restaurant and Bar for a more relaxed atmosphere but still excellent food and drink. This is a beautiful and interesting hotel with the Breadsall Priory golf course within easy access from the hotel.

Another excellent Marriott Hotel is the five-star Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club. The hotel is set within a 17th century house which is situated within 200 acres of private parkland and boasts its own PGA championship golf course as well as other impressive facilities like an award-winning restaurant and an extensive leisure centre. After you have enjoyed a round on the fantastic Hanbury Manor golf course, you can spend time in the leisure centre where you can find an indoor pool, a sauna, a gym, a hot tub and steam rooms to enjoy. The hotel is the perfect blend of modern luxury and old-world charm with traditionally decorated bedrooms fitted with luxury amenities including flat-screen TVs, work desks and laptop safes. The hotel boasts a great sports bar, Vardon’s, which is an old wood-panelled bar serving afternoon teas, drinks and cocktails as well as light meals and snacks. For a more substantial meal, you can enjoy sitting out on the terrace of the Cast Iron Grill enjoying a fantastic meal and looking out onto the 18th hole of Hanbury Manor golf course. If you are looking for a luxurious and beautiful hotel with a simply breathtaking golf course then look no further than the five-star Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club for your next golf holiday within the UK.

Last, but certainly not least, is the four-star Vale Resort which is set amongst 650 acres of stunning Welsh countryside. This is a magnificent golf resort with two excellent golf courses on site – The Lake Course and Wales National. Whilst you are not playing a round on one of the great golf courses, there are plenty of other leisure facilities to keep you entertained or relaxed including an impressive gym, a large indoor pool, squash and tennis courts, a sauna, a steam room and a whirlpool bath! You can choose from the two restaurants onsite including the AA Rosette Vale Grill which serves modern welsh cuisine and boasts picturesque views over the Lake Course. Each of the rooms signifies luxury with huge luxurious beds, ensuite bathrooms with power showers and many of the rooms boast private balconies from which you can enjoy stunning views out across the Vale of Glamorgan. This resort is not only very luxurious with excellent facilities and golfing options, but it is just 15 minutes’ drive from the exciting city of Cardiff where you can find so much to do and see including extensive bars and restaurants. This is the perfect place to stay for a luxurious golf break close to a vibrant city.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will be entering 2018 by booking a brilliant golf escape with us…

Boxing Day Special

We hope that you had a fantastic Christmas Day filled with food, festivities and of course, some great golfing gifts but there is no better way to see in 2018 by booking your next Golf Escape. We have some brilliant Boxing Day deals at a variety of different hotels in different locations so there is something for everyone!

The fantastic five-star Palacio Estoril is situated in the heart of the vibrant and sophisticated resort of Estoril. All of the rooms at the hotel are spacious and beautifully designed with warm colours. The rooms are fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV and a marble bathroom with luxury amenities. Within the resort, there are four restaurants and an Asian-inspired spa. Here, you can sample many different cuisines including traditional Portuguese dishes and other international specialities. The spa boasts a sauna and Turkish bath and you can enjoy a range of different massage and beauty treatments. This is an ideal holiday destination with some great golfing available at Golf do Estoril and we have some brilliant offers right now including that if you book now you will get two nights free as well as free golf transfers!

The magnificent five-star Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa is a very impressive with fantastic facilities including eight different swimming pools and an aqua park. You also have direct access onto a private area of the stunning Iskele Mevkii beach. All of the rooms are trendy and spacious and you can enjoy 24-hour room service as well as many of the rooms feature private access out to the gardens or swimming pools. There is something for everyone to eat here with nine different restaurants and 10 bars and you can take part in a range of different leisure activities including football, bowling and of course, golf at the fantastic Cornelia Faldo golf course. If you are looking for an excellent all-inclusive hotel with everything that you could possibly need for an enjoyable golf escape as well as the highest levels of service then this is the perfect hotel for you. If you book now we can offer airport transfers, 1 free in 8, 15% off drinks AND free access to the driving range!

Aphrodite Hills Hotel is situated in the heart of the Aphrodite Hills Resort in Paphos. The beautiful hotel offers you the ultimate five-star experience with luxurious accommodation, facilities, services and entertainment throughout the duration of your stay. All of the spacious and beautifully decorated rooms boast private terraces with either a pool, garden or sea view. Just two minutes’ walk from the hotel is where the stunning Aphrodite Hills Golf Club sits which is a challenging but enjoyable round of golf. Make sure that this stunning hotel is on your radar for your next golf break in 2018 and if you book now we can offer you the brilliant deal of 1 free in 8 as well as a complimentary bottle of wine!

The stylish Magnolia Hotel is situated in Quinta do Lago and is a lovely 4* hotel, it was fully refurbished in 2014 and boasts a modern & contemporary feel. In a prime location, near some of the areas finest golf courses, shops and golden sandy beaches. The on-site restaurant offers traditional dishes from the Algarve and the hotel also features an excellent bar serving drinks and cocktails. With half board – be sure to indulge in the delights on offer! Our special offers include complimentary golf transfers to the glorious Quinta do Lago courses (North, South & Laranjal), free wine with meals & a beer in the clubhouse after your long round of golf. Make sure you don’t miss out on these while they last…

The three-star Heacham Manor is a Grade II listed Country House set in beautiful picturesque gardens just over a mile from Hunstanton. The hotel also boasts an 18-hole golf course on site as well as an award-winning restaurant. Each of the spacious rooms at Heacham Manor boasts a lovely en suite bathroom with either a bathtub or a shower and the rooms boast all of the amenities that you could need including a TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The award-winning Mulberry Restaurant serves a variety of different dishes which are predominantly made using delicious local produce! Our great Boxing Day deals mean that you can get 1 free in 12, a daily spa circuit free of charge for each person as well as 10% off drinks which you can enjoy in the hotel’s brilliant terrace bar and when you go golfing at the Heacham Manor Golf Course, you will receive 50% off buggies. This is a brilliant destination to choose for your next UK golf escape…

The stunning five-star Tivoli Carvoeiro is situated just 10 minutes’ walk from the beautiful town of Carvoeiro where you can find a wide range of different restaurants and bars as well as shops and other interesting things to do. At the hotel, you can spend time relaxing around the outdoor pool or playing tennis or simply relaxing in the hotel’s lovely terrace bar which overlooks the ocean. If you are looking for ultimate relaxation, enjoy the spa facilities where you can have access to a Jacuzzi, a sauna and massage rooms. All of the rooms are modern and boast all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, a satellite TV, a safe and a hairdryer as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Although you are within walking distance of many different bars and restaurants, the hotel offers three superb dining options on site including a Portuguese restaurant and an upscale bistro which serves the freshest catch of the day. There are three brilliant courses in the vicinity, Alamos, Morgado and Salgados. Make sure that you make the most of a holiday to the lovely Tivoli Carvoeiro and book now so that you can enjoy the brilliant complimentary upgrade to half board that we currently have on offer…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and had a lovely Christmas! Make sure to book yourself a belated Christmas gift with one of these fantastic offers…

Top 7 Algarve Deals

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the brilliant hotels and resorts that are on offer in the Algarve. The Algarve is known as a brilliant golfing destination due to its great weather almost year-round, excellent golf courses and luxurious hotels and resorts. With the end of 2017 fast-approaching, it is time that you start to consider your next golf escape and this is the perfect blog to help you do so.

First up we have the five-star Hilton Vilamoura which boasts an excellent location set within five of the best golf courses in the Algarve and just two minutes’ drive from the hotel is Vilamoura marina where you can find a wide range of great bars and restaurants. At the Hilton Vilamoura you can experience the ultimate luxury with lake-style outdoor pools with waterfalls and a futuristic spa as well as your rooms. Each of the rooms is decorated with a contemporary design and boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private balcony from which you can enjoy views of the nearby golf course or the hotel’s gardens. This is a hotel where you can have a very luxurious golf escape whilst playing some of the best courses on the whole of the Algarve…

Nestled in the Monchique mountains is the fantastic five-star Macdonald Monchique hotel. The hotel boasts an excellent location in an area of outstanding beauty away from the hustle and bustle of towns but in a position which means that access to some of the best courses in Vilamoura, Lagos and Silves are within easy distance from the hotel. You can spend your days here either on one of the local golf courses or relaxing by one of the outdoor pools, subject to charge, you can get the shuttle to Alvor Beach which is a beautiful place to relax! The hotel boasts four brilliant restaurants including an award-winning restaurant to a pizzeria to a tapas restaurant and an internationally themed buffet restaurant there is certainly something for everyone. If you are looking for a hotel in a stunning location away from busy places but close to some excellent golf courses then this is the perfect destination for you.

Situated in the Eastern Algarve just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Tavira is the brilliant Monte Rei Golf and Country Club. The Country Club is situated on the same property of the fantastic Monte Rei course which was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Here, you can stay in spacious villas which are all fully-fitted with a kitchen, living room and all of the amenities you would need for a golf break here. There is a restaurant onsite if you don’t want to self-cater all of the time which is a magnificent place to eat with high vaulted ceilings, and stunning views out across the 18th hole and the ocean. With a swimming pool, a gym and spa facilities as well as the brilliant Monte Rei course, it is no surprise that this is a golfer’s favourite.

The five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort is a beautifully luxurious hotel situated in a fabulous location within the elite Vale do Lobo estate. Guests at the hotel have the exclusive chance to pre-book tee times at the fantastic San Lorenzo course which is just ten minutes’ drive from the hotel. On your doorstep, you have the stunning Vale do Lobo beach, the brilliant spa and many other sporting and leisure facilities to enjoy on the estate. When it comes to dining, the Primavera Restaurant serves amazing buffets with both international and regional delicacies for both breakfast and dinner. This is a fantastic hotel where you will experience nothing but high levels of service, a warm welcome and brilliant facilities (including excellent golfing opportunities).

If you are looking for a luxurious hotel situated in the centre of Vilamoura but perhaps not looking to pay extortionate prices then the five-star Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is the perfect choice for your next golf escape. The hotel is situated between the Marina and the beach and boasts excellent facilities such as its excellent spa where you can find a range of different treatment options, saunas and a hot tub. All of the rooms boast a furnished balcony from which you can look out onto the beautiful surroundings of the hotel and the rooms also feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including toiletries and a TV. With vast private gardens, a lovely outdoor pool, extensive spa facilities, easy access to everything that the town of Vilamoura has to offer and excellent golf courses nearby – this is the perfect hotel for your next golf break to Vilamoura.

The four-star Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is set in a lush green forest of pine trees and boasts luxurious suite accommodation in Castro Marim just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo and 900 yards from the stunning Praia Verde beach. Each of the very spacious suites is decorated with earthy tones and boasts a satellite TV, a balcony, a separate lounge area and a fully-fitted kitchenette. The hotel’s brilliant A Terre restaurant is a lovely place to eat where you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean food. This is a beautiful place to enjoy your next golf break with easy access to the Quinto do Vale course and the Praia Verde beach.

The five-star Lake Resort is last, but certainly not least. The hotel boasts an excellent location in the heart of the great town of Vilamoura and has become a firm favourite for people looking for a golf break with a beautifully luxurious resort. Here, you are just 350 yards from the beautiful Falesia Beach and at the hotel, there is a natural, sandy beach pool as well as a floating restaurant. Although you are located so close to some of the best restaurants and bars in Vilamoura, the hotel boasts three restaurants and two bars which range from Oriental cuisine to fresh fish to a casual pool bar so you don’t even have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to. With a prime location, great golf including all three of the Dom Pedro courses and excellent facilities onsite of the hotel, this is the ideal resort for your next golf break to Vilamoura if you are looking for ultimate luxury.

We hope that you have enjoyed this blog and that it has made you consider some of the brilliant options both hotel and golf-wise in the Algarve

Focus on Costa Blanca

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best hotels and their golf courses that are on offer on the Costa Blanca. The Costa Blanca comprises of 200km of Mediterranean coastline with some fantastic coastal destinations for your next golf escape. With brilliant weather for most of the months of the year, delicious Mediterranean cuisine and incredible resorts and golf courses there is nowhere better to escape to…

The five-star La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort offers guests brilliant value for money and boasts a superb location set in La Finca Golf Course. Whilst you are not on the La Finca Golf Course or one of the other golf courses in the area, you can spend time doing other sporting activities like tennis and the gym, relaxing at the hotel by the hotel or in the spa. The spa boasts all of the amenities that you would expect including a sauna, a hot tub and a range of different treatments available. Each of the lovely rooms here at the hotel boasts either golf course views or views of the outdoor pool area. If you are looking to leave the hotel, Alicante Murcia are just 40 minutes’ drive away and there are the brilliant beaches of Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja just 15 minutes from the hotel. Within the hotel, you can find its own brilliant restaurant which serves delicious and creative Mediterranean food and there is also a poolside bar and café for lighter meals which you can eat out on the terrace. This is a great place for your next golf escape to the Costa Blanca…

Situated just one minute’s walk away from the beach is the lovely four-star Oliva Nova Beach and Golf Hotel. Whilst you are not out relaxing on the beautiful beach to which you have direct access from the hotel to, you can spend time relaxing around the large outdoor lagoon-style pool or in the hotel’s brilliant spa. Each of the elegantly designed rooms is very spacious with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi throughout your stay. Each of the rooms boasts its own covered terrace from which you can have brilliant views out across the complex and of the nearby sand dunes or Montgo Mountains. There are two restaurants onsite, the El Olivio Restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine and a restaurant situated on the poolside’s terrace. You can also find an Irish pub on site and a beach bar. This is a brilliant hotel where you can enjoy a lovely stay and play golf break to the Costa Brava, especially with the excellent Oliva Nova Golf Club.

Hotel Alicante Golf is an excellent four-star hotel situated in a stunning part of the Costa Blanca just 900 yards from San Juan Beach and in the summer, a free transfer from the hotel to the beach is offered but even if you walk, it is only ten minutes. Each of the spacious rooms within the hotel boasts its own private balcony as well as all of the other amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a TV, minibar and safe. Within the area, you have access to a large shopping area which is also where you can find some restaurants and bars if you are looking to eat and drink outside of the hotel. With beautiful gardens, a fantastic beach nearby, Alicante Golf – the brilliant 18-hole course designed by Seve Ballesteros, a relax area and an outdoor pool – this hotel really has everything that you could possibly need or want for a great golf holiday to the Costa Brava.

The four-star Melia Villaitana is located just under two miles from Benidorm and 20 minutes’ drive from Alicante. The resort offers you a fantastic place to stay with some brilliant amenities and facilities within the hotel as well as easy access to the Villaitana courses. The Melia Villaitana was built in the style of a traditional Mediterranean village and each of the large rooms boasts its own private balcony or terrace. The 25 separate buildings that Melia Villaitana is comprised of imitate picturesque plazas and historic corners of the region which makes staying here a novel experience. Whilst you are not playing on one of the fantastic Villaitana courses (Levante & Poniente) that you are situated between at Melia Villaitana, you can relax in the wellness centre in the sauna or water circuit with thermal baths. Although you are so close to both Alicante and Benidorm where you can find a wide array of different restaurants, bars and nightlife entertainment, the hotel boasts its own excellent restaurants and bars for you to enjoy! This is the perfect place for you to stay if you are looking for great golf, great weather and somewhere to stay which is of excellent quality and value.

Last, but certainly not least on our guide to some of the best hotels and resorts for your next golf break to the Costa Brava is the Las Colinas Residences which are situated in the heart of the beautiful Las Colinas golf course and is a fantastic option for you if you are looking for somewhere great to stay and play where you have the option of self-catering. Each of the individual apartments is fully-fitted with a kitchen, air-conditioning, a satellite TV and a large private terrace or balcony from which you can enjoy stunning views. Whilst you are staying in the apartments, you have easy access to the resort’s communal pools and you can eat out at the clubhouse’s restaurants or choose to dine out on your own private balcony or terrace at your leisure! With arguably one of the best courses in Spain just a few minutes’ walk from your apartment, this really is the ideal place for you if you are looking for the ultimate stay and play resort on the Costa Blanca.

We hope that you have enjoyed this blog and whilst the weather is getting colder you are thinking about when you are going to book your next golf escape to the sun…

17 of the Best Golf Shoes

17 of the Best Golf Shoes

Half of golf is about the gear. If you don’t have the right equipment, you’ll never be able to play your best game. Sure, the clubs are important, but so are other items, like your shoes. Golf shoes can affect your game by playing a role in your posture, your comfort, and your athletic ability. And, because of the nature of this outdoor sport, weather plays a role too.

If you don’t have shoes that are well equipped for the outdoors, you may be putting your performance at risk. If you’re going on a golfing holiday, its best to take a couple of pairs with you to suit all weather conditions. Here is a breakdown of some of the best golf shoes on the market right now. Which ones will you need?

The Best Golf Shoes For Winter

1. Oregon Mudders CM300:

This golf shoe is made for any and all weather conditions. They’re lightweight and have a membrane bootie that’s waterproof. The upper portion of the shoe is made from waterproof microfiber as well. The sole is rubber spiked so that you can be sure to have good traction. They are designed for lateral stability, cushioning, and comfort

Oregon Mudders CM300

2. FootJoy Hyperflex:

These shoes are unique and stylish, which is good to have during any time of the year. The guaranteed waterproofing makes them especially perfect for winter. They are built with soft spikes so that you can keep your traction despite ice or a slippery green. The material is also quite soft and flexible so that the shoes will keep their shape no matter how many times you swing. Made with FTF 2.0 cushioning, these shoes perfectly support the arch and ball of the foot. They are slip resistant which is great if you have issues with sweaty feet. And, the design features a narrow heel that helps hold your foot in place throughout your game. They also feature a stabilizer that helps keep your ankle and foot in place while you take your swing. Best of all, these shoes are pretty affordable.

3. Nike Lunar Bandon 3:

These shoes are the equivalent of sweatpants on a rainy day, but for your feet. The inside of the shoes have been designed to keep in the warmth while the outer layer is waterproof. And, because the shoes have a zipper instead of laces, you won’t have to worry about them dragging in the mud.

 

The Best Waterproof Golf Shoes

1. New Balance Men’s NBG1701 Spiked Golf Shoe:

This shoe features a microfiber leather on the upper area and is made of rubber. The Ndurance outsole helps to keep the shoe especially stable during use. This pair also features EVA foam mid-sole cushioning for comfort and support. The spikes are made to be lightweight using the Slim-Lok cleat technology. They can be worn for any weather conditions but are particularly useful when it rains.

New Balance Golf

2. Puma Men’s BioDrive Golf Shoe:

This waterproof shoe was designed with functionality, style, and stability in mind. The main components of the shoe are the FusionFoam midsole and the OrthoLite sock liner. They also are breathable and help reduce odor so that the shoes will last longer and be more comfortable. The shoes have a spike-less outsole, compression EVA foam to keep them light, a mid-foot axis TPU, and a waterproof guarantee for two years.

3. Adidas Men’s Adizero Tour Golf Shoe:

These shoes are some of the lightest around as they weigh only 10.6 ounces. The sole of the shoe is made from a lightweight, synthetic material and the upper area is made from microfiber leather. There is a 2-year warranty on the waterproofing too. With ten spikes in the cleat, you won’t have to worry about slipping on the green when it rains. Coming in multiple colors, you’ll have your pick for the pair that suits you best.

4. Sketchers Performance Go Golf-Bionic Golf Shoes:

While many people don’t realize that Sketchers makes golf shoes, more people might be interested to know about these. They launched in 2014 and are now the official shoe of Matt Kuchar, a well-known PGA player. While they are undeniably waterproof, these shoes were also made to be comfortable and durable. The mesh is so waterproof that the company claims that golfers can walk through puddles all day without getting wet. They are designed with a spike-less grip that helps keep the traction strong. Looking much different than a traditional golf shoe, this look will certainly make you stand out on the course.

 

The Best Golf Shoes For Beginners

1. Callaway Footwear Men’s Chev Aero II Golf Shoes:

These shoes are known to be some of the best on the market for beginners. They have exceptional grip so you won’t have to worry about slipping when taking your swing. Shoes that are designed to be more enclosed are best for beginners because they provide the ultimate support. This way, you can worry about the game rather than what’s on your feet. And, aside from support, you can expect plenty of comfort with these shoes too. The upper have a mesh panel which makes them even more comfortable. They aren’t the type of footwear that need to be broken in extensively before wearing them. These shoes also have spikes made from durable and strong rubber. Beginner golfers also love them because they feature a 3D comfort sole. Sturdy, durable, and comfortable are the features that make these shoes so lovable.

Calllaway Chev Aero


2.Nike Golf Men’s Lunar Cypress High Performance Golf Shoe:

Most people are familiar with the Nike brand, which makes this shoe great for beginners. The shoes are versatile which makes them perfect for both beginners and professionals. So, once you up your game, you won’t have to buy new shoes. The interior is padded so that you can wear them all day long and still feel comfortable. With a rubber outsole and large spikes for grip, you will be able to stay sturdy throughout your game. They are light on the feet and can be counted on not to slip when you take that swing.

3. Adidas Men’s Pure 360 Lite Golf Shoe:

Adidas is yet another brand that will be familiar to new golfers. In fact, these shoes have been designed specifically for beginners and shouldn’t be worn by more professional golfers. They provide maximum cushion due to their cloud foam sock liner. And, they feel more like sneakers than golf shoes, making them quite easy to get used to. They are known to have great arch support which is useful for new golfers who are spending a lot of practice time on the course. Because of their synthetic leather, the shoes are durable, will last a long time, and are easy to move around in.

 

The Best Budget Golf Shoes

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response 4.0 Golf Shoe: 

These budget golfing shoes have been professionally designed and created with quality at the forefront. They are known to be comfortable and durable, making them a great budget buy. They have a reputation for fitting nicely from the very beginning, and don’t require a lot of use before feeling comfortable. Features included in this model are: AdiWear, Thintech, TRAXION, and Thintech Clea. All of which make the fit even more comfortable and the traction impeccable. Plus, they were designed with an anti-slip technology which solves the problem of playing on slippery grass.

Adidas Tech Response

2. Adidas adiCOMFORT2: 

This shoe is designed to be comfortable as soon as you take them out of the box and put them on your feet. They are waterproof and have a two-year warranty on that promise. The uppers are made of soft leather and the midsole features about 3 millimeters of extra foam. The shoe really focuses on comfort and the price is around $80 which really can’t be beat. The base of the shoes are built wider for extra comfort and stability. And, they are designed with the adiTUFF technology which protects the toe area from wear so that the shoes look good for longer.

3. Callaway XFER Sport: 

These shoes feature an X Cage design that helps create stability. The insoles are Superfeet Pro which help golfers keep their body in perfect alignment. These insoles also help with balance so that you have the best chance of achieving the perfect swing. The fluidity of your swing is also something that these shoe designers kept in mind. Mixing the Xfer Dynamic Traction Technology with the Pro Flex PINS spikes helps golfers keep their swing in line. And, you won’t have to worry about your foot moving around when you go to take your swing. The Xfer Power Wall keeps the sides of your foot in place for ultimate stability. These shoes are great for budget golfers as they will run you less than $50.

 

The Best Spike-less Golf Shoes

1. Ecco Cage Pro:

These shoes look great but also work to give golfers the best grip. They have a heel cage and a sole that is organically structured. This cage wraps around the midsole and the heel before moving across the toe box. The outsole features Ecco’s SPYDR-GRIP technology which helps keep stability no matter what the conditions. In fact, this grip technology targets the pivot points in the foot so that traction and grip are enhanced even further. And, because there are no spikes, golfers won’t have to worry about dirt clogging up the soles as much as spiked shoes. The upper portion of the shoe is made from polyurethane which is known to be both durable and flexible.

Ecco

2. Ecco Golf Casual Hybrid:

Ecco has a strong reputation for providing shoes that are casual, comfortable and stable enough to play your best game. Their golf line is particularly loved as the shoes seem to mold right to the feet. The skin of these shoes is water resistant, making them one of the best options for playing in the rain. The brand has also made comfort a top priority with this design from the laces to the soles. While many brands pay little attention to the comfort of the shoe’s tongue, Ecco is different. The plush tongue prevents the laces from digging into your feet while on the green. You can lace these shoes up as tight as you want so that you get stability without the unpleasant pressure of the tongue on your feet. The interior of the shoe is also plush and wide so that your feet are always comfortable. With a wider midsole, these shoes are great for anyone who has wide feet. And, the removable sole allows you to make more room for your feet if you need it. Although these shoes are spike-less, they still have great grip. They feature the E-DTS Hybrid Technology on the outsole which makes them incredibly stable.

3. Puma Ignite Sport Spikeless Golf Shoe:

This strong and well-performing shoe looks great both on and off the green. They are known for the comfort that comes from the Ignite Foam that is used in the insole. This feature provides a cushion for the sole while being responsive to movement. The Grip Zone Traction provides excellent stability and is designed with 24 chevron slugs and more than 30 hexagons that are carefully placed to keep things solid. The upper is made of mesh and leather which gives the shoes added flexibility and comfort.

4. Under Armour Performance SL Golf Shoe:

These shoes are said to have the grip of a spiked shoe without the spikes. The brand uses Rotational Resistance Traction to keep the shoes from slipping during your game. The sole also features a stud design which makes traction and stability even better. Inside, the shoes feature an EVA footbed and cork which can be removed for more comfort and room. These shoes are considered a hybrid in all senses. They look good enough to wear off the green but also professional enough for the courses. And, when it comes to function, they work just as great as spiked shoes.

There are plenty of shoes to choose from when it comes to golf. Check out the options and evaluate what’s most important to you when it comes to comfort, stability, and performance. Once you’ve found a pair which you love, you can then book a golfing holiday to celebrate!

Focus on Lanzarote

This week’s blog is a focused piece on the brilliant Canary Island – Lanzarote. Lanzarote boasts great golf-playing temperatures almost all-year round with a mild and dry climate which also makes it perfect for holidaying. This is a beautiful place to talk a golf break to and with so many brilliant hotels and golf courses it isn’t hard to see why…

Costa Teguise Golf is a brilliant golf course which is a firm but fair challenge of golfers of all handicaps. This is arguably one of the most prestigious courses in the Canary Islands due to the fact that it boasts spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean, excellent training facilities and a varied course design that anyone will most certainly enjoy. The course features a range of different holes including doglegs and those that are filled with hazards which means that you will have to rely on your accuracy and strategy if you are looking to score well here especially as its seaside location means that there is always at least a soft breeze making things a little trickier. This is a scenic and impressive course and one that must not be missed out when you are planning your next golf escape to Lanzarote.

Another impressive course the Lanzarote Golf Resort which is set in the heart of Puerto del Carmen and from the course you can enjoy picturesque views of volcanoes. The golf course was designed so that it is playable for golfers of all handicaps which is one of the things that makes it so brilliant as it is a fair challenge for everyone. The course blends into its natural landscape which is very hilly which means that this course has wide undulating fairways which are lined with indigenous plants and mature palm trees which are lying in wait for errant shots. The 12th hole which is a par-3 is considered to be the signature hole here as it is played from the highest point on the course where you can experience simply breathtaking views. This is a brilliant round of golf for golfers of all abilities – a true gem.

If you are looking for a luxurious and peaceful hotel to stay in in Lanzarote then you need look no further than the Barcelo Teguise Beach which is an adult-only hotel just three minutes’ walk from the beach in Costa Teguise. Whilst you are not lying on the beach or by the large outdoor pool you can spend time on one of the nearby golf courses (including Costa Teguise Golf) or if you are looking for a luxurious experience, you can enjoy time in the wellness centre where there is a Turkish Bath as well as some sensation showers and a sauna. Each of the spacious rooms boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating as well as a private balcony and outdoor furniture. This is a great hotel in a brilliant location – the perfect destination for your next golf break.

Also close to Costa Teguise Golf and LanzaroteGolf Resort and located just 200 metres from the lovely Playa Grande Beach is Apartamentos Fariones. This lovely apartment resort boasts a brilliant location close to the beach, the promenade where there is an array of shops, bars and restaurants as well as close to two excellent golf courses. There are 138 apartments here and each of them boasts excellent views as well as either a private balcony or terrace, a fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom as well as Wi-Fi. After you have enjoyed a round on one of the excellent golf courses in the area, you can spend time relaxing on the beach or around one of the outdoor pools and this resort is perfect both for families and couples as there is a designated adults-only pool as well as a kids’ club. If you are looking for a place to stay where you are at the centre of all of the action then this is perfect for you.

The four-star Sol Lanzarote Resort is an all-inclusive resort that is set in the centre of Puerto del Carmen on Playa de Matagorda. Within easy distance from the hotel you have access to a wide range of different restaurants and bars as well as 6km of beaches and some brilliant golf. There is so much to do and see within the local area including Cueva de Los Verdes which is one of the world’s largest volcanic tunnels or the Timanfaya National Park where you can enjoy untouched scenery of a volcanic park. All of the rooms at the hotel are spacious and decorated beautifully as they were all renovated recently in 2015. Each of the rooms boasts a private and furnished terrace where you can relax and enjoy either garden, sea or mountain views. With everything that there is to do and see in the area as well as three outdoor pools, a gully-equipped gym, a tennis court and a spa you will never be short of something relaxing to do here.

Another all-inclusive four-star resort is the Hotel Grand Teguise Playa. The hotel is located right on the beachfront of Teguise where you can enjoy different watersports as well as easy access to the bustling Pueblo Marinero square which is lined with restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel boasts two sea water pools and a botanical garden as well as brilliant fitness amenities and the option for a luxurious massage or a trip to the sauna. Whilst you are not out exploring the local area’s different restaurants and bars, you can enjoy brilliant food and drink in the hotel with the hotel’s El Jabillo Restaurant which serves lovely Mediterranean food for lunch and dinner. This is another stunning resort with lovely rooms (some of which boast their own private balcony with sea views) and great facilities in an excellent location.

The five-star Hesperia Lanzarote is a scenic and luxurious resort which is located close to Puerto del Carmen and the brilliant golf courses in the area. Puerto del Carmen is just 10 minutes’ away from the hotel which means that you are within easy access of lots of different bars and restaurants but there are some excellent restaurants at the resort including the a la carte restaurant El Risco which serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Each of the 331 rooms at the resort are light and airy with a private balcony or terrace attached to each room from which you can enjoy the breathtaking views. On the resort, there are four swimming pools, a spa and sports club where you can find a gym, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a Turkish Bath. There is also a kid’s club if you are planning on bringing your family. This is the perfect resort for your next golf break to Lanzarote.

Yet another brilliant resort which boasts easy access to both Lanzarote Golf Resort and Costa Teguise Golf is Seaside Los Jameos Playa which is set just a stone’s throw from the stunning Playa Pocillos Beach in the area of Puerto del Carmen. This four-star resort boasts an excellent beach front location and is only ten minutes’ walk from the town of Matagorda where you can find excellent beaches as well as many different restaurants and bars to enjoy and Puerto del Carmen is only ten minutes’ drive away. All rooms feature the amenities that would be expected from a hotel of this standard as well as either a private furnished terrace or balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views across the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are not out exploring or on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy spending time relaxing by one of the outdoor pools or in the Finnish Spa which is arguably one of the best on the island. This is the perfect resort for you if you are looking for a quieter golf escape but somewhere where you can access lively places easily.

Last, but certainly not least, is Suite Hotel Fariones Playa which is another brilliant four-star complex from which you can have direct access to the beautiful beach as well as easy access to the two brilliant golf courses – Lanzarote Golf Resort and Costa Teguise Golf as you are situated in Puerto del Carmen. The Playa Grande is arguably the most popular beach on the island and it isn’t hard to see why with its white sands and crystal-clear waters and by staying at this resort, you have direct access onto this beach. Each of the luxurious suites within the resort features its own kitchenette and private terrace from which you can enjoy the magnificent views of the local surroundings. With direct access onto the beach, easy access to two brilliant golf courses, several outdoor pools, a spa and a gym you really don’t need much more when you are looking for somewhere lovely to stay for your next golf break to Lanzarote.

With all of these fantastic resorts and hotels as well as the two excellent and scenic golf courses and of course, the year-round mild temperatures – there truly is nowhere better for you to start planning your next golf break to than the beautiful island of Lanzarote.

Your Guide to some Very Special Golf in 2018

This week’s blog is a guide to some very special golf resorts and their courses that are perfect for your 2018 golf escape. With 2017 almost coming to a close it is time to start thinking about when you will next be taking a golf break and where it will be to. These resorts and their courses are certainly worth booking right now for 2018 to avoid disappointment so that you can get the best tee times and dates at these brilliant courses.

First up we have the four-star Chervo Golf Hotel Spa and Resort which is situated in the province of Bresia just a few minutes from the shores of Lake Garda. The hotel boasts 75 rooms and suites and four different room types for you to choose from so that you can tailor your stay here to exactly what you want it to be like. There are two restaurants and three bars to choose from so you are never short of somewhere to eat and drink, even if you remain in the hotel for the duration of your stay! Whilst you are not in one of the pools or at the Wellness Spa Centre, we know that you will be out on the golf course enjoying a round at Chervo Golf San Vigilio. The course boasts 36 holes and 27 of them are championship standard. The course is always in excellent conditions and with very few out of bounds areas and wide fairways, it is an excellent holiday course with exceptional views. This is the perfect place for your next golf escape for 2018 and with all of its excellent facilities as well as 36 holes of golf to play here, it isn’t hard to see why.

The Macdonald Cardrona is a four-star hotel which is situated in amongst the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside. Not only does the hotel boast a scenic location, but it is has good links with both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is very close to the town of Peebles which is a lovely place to venture out to. All of the rooms here are spacious but cosy and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. You can see beautiful views from your room across the Scottish Borders. The hotel boasts some excellent facilities including a spa with a sauna and Jacuzzi, a gym and an award-winning restaurant from which you can look out across the golf course and the Border Hills. The hotel’s onsite golf course, Macdonald Cardrona Golf Club, is a great championship course with undulating fairways and greens that stretch out over 7,000 yards. The course is a firm but fair test of golf and with the River Tweed coming into play on a number of holes, this course requires high levels of accuracy from players if you are to score well! This is arguably one of the most beautiful golfing venues in Scotland which makes it a top contender for your 2018 golf escape, especially if you are looking to stay in the UK rather than travel abroad.

Troia Design Hotel is a contemporary five-star hotel which is situated on the Troia peninsula just two minutes’ walk from the beach. This is a truly brilliant location as you have easy access to a lovely beach, the centre of Lisbon and beautiful views of the Arrabida Hills. The hotel offers you so much to do whilst you are there including: a casino, a fully-equipped spa which is the perfect place to relax and unwind and two large swimming pools (including one infinity pool). There are two onsite restaurants, B&G Restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine and the Salinas Brasserie which boasts an international menu with many seafood dishes. With all of these facilities as well as luxurious rooms and suites that all have their own private balcony, air conditioning and flat-screen TV, this is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Portugal and the golf hasn’t even been mentioned yet.

Aqualuz Hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Troia Peninsula and is an elegant four-star suite property. The hotel boasts 365 apartments and each of them is decorated with a chic style and boasts everything that you could need including a kitchenette, a private balcony and a flat-screen TV. This means that you can cater for yourselves whilst you are here. However, for when you don’t want to cook, the hotel has two onsite restaurants serving delicious food. There is so much to do and enjoy here including the spa which has all of the amenities that you would expect including a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool, a Turkish bath and a sauna. If you are looking for a more active holiday, you won’t be disappointed as there are many other sports to do besides golf including water sports, cycling and trekking. This is a lovely place to stay, especially if you are looking to be self-catered and you are situated in a prime location.

The Troia golf course is the perfect addition to your stay either at Troia Design Hotel or Aqualuz Hotel. Troia golf course is a mix of both parkland and links golf and although there are very few water hazards, there are many strategically placed bunkers along the course and some very penal rough which is lying in wait for any errant shots. This is a course with a friendly welcome, a stunning course with some very interesting and challenging holes and a modern clubhouse to enjoy a drink and even a meal in afterwards. Make sure that these hotels and this course is on your mind when you are next thinking about your 2018 golf holiday.

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of suggestions is the four-star Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club which is situated in Wales. This hotel is set in a stunning location and you can enjoy breathtaking views across over 400 acres of parkland here. The hotel boasts two golf courses, one of which is a stern test of golf and the other is a brilliant holiday course which means that when you are staying here you really do get the best of both world. All of the rooms are luxurious and are fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Whilst you are not on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s spa area or in the fitness club. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants are both brilliant. Morgans Restaurant offers Welsh inspired cuisine in a classic and contemporary setting whilst the Zest Lounge Bar and Eatery offers a more relaxed setting with contemporary dishes. This is a great hotel and one that will offer you the best service and a luxurious stay in a lovely location with excellent golfing options. The Mathern Course at St Pierre Country Club is the shorter and easier of the two courses but provides every golfer with a very enjoyable round. This course boasts a stunning parkland design and a layout that is perfect for golfers of all abilities. The Old Course at St Pierre Country Club has been ranked consistently as one of the top 120 courses in the world and it isn’t hard to see why. This is a long and testing course with some truly outstanding holes, its standout hole is arguably the closing 18th which is spectacular at 235 yards from the edge of the lake to a raised green which means that you must make a precise finishing shot for the putt. Make sure that this hotel and its fantastic golf is on your radar for your next UK golf break.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next 2018 golf escape, you will think about these hotels and golf courses and consider at least one of them for next year.

Courses Close to the Airport

This week’s blog is a guide to some great courses and hotels that are close to an airport. When you are looking for your next golf break, it is sometimes good to consider courses to base your break around that are nearby to an airport. This can be ideal for short golf escapes to a sunny destination, perfect for long weekends away or even if you are not keen to hire a car whilst you are away as transfers are obviously cheaper if you stay closer to an airport.

A short drive from Lisbon’s city centre is the brilliant Belas golf course, just 25 minutes from Lisbon airport. The course meanders through mounds and from many of the tees you can enjoy stunning views across the Sintra Hills. From the white tees, this course is a long one at over 6,700 yards which makes it a fair challenge of golf, especially due to the other features of the course, including the penal rough where you could lose more than a few balls. Throughout the course, there is a selection of good par 3s including a few spectacular drop holes. There are some standout holes, including the 5th which is very long and has many strategically placed bunkers. The finishing four holes is brilliant beginning with the 15th hole which is a downhill rollercoaster par 5, there is then the heavily bunkered dogleg 16th hole, then the 17th which is exceptionally tricky with water on both sides of the green. The 18th is a fantastic finishing hole, it is a short par 4 where you are hitting downhill from the raised tee whilst avoiding the pond to the right. The course features some very memorable holes and views which makes it a great course to base your next golf holiday around, especially as it boasts such a great location between Belas and Lisbon. If you are looking to plan your golf break around this great course, look at the fabulous Sheraton Cascais Resort as you can play many more courses with that hotel as your base.

Next up, is the stunning four star Hotel Gran Ultonia – 18 minutes from Girona Airport. This hotel boasts a great location just a few hundred yards from Girona Cathedral and the Barri Vell District. Each of the rooms at this hotel is stylish and functional with elegant and modern bathrooms as well as all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. As the hotel boasts such a fantastic location, you are never far from great bars and restaurants but there are also two brilliant golf courses within close proximity of the hotel. The PGA Catalunya courses are both excellent but different which means that they are the perfect addition to your stay at Hotel Gran Ultonia. The PGA Catalunya Tour course may be a little shorter and easier to play than the Stadium course but with an abundance of pine trees and water hazards lying in wait for any errant shots, you cannot afford to not play with accuracy. It is a brilliant holiday course as it provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities.

The PGA Catalunya Stadium is arguably one of the best courses in Spain but it is a very challenging one, located just 7 minutes from Girona Airport. The course is very long and very hilly, however, there are five sets of tees to choose from so even golfers with higher handicaps are catered for here and may have a chance at scoring well if they can still play with accuracy! Right from the 1st tee you can see how brilliant this course is as you start off with an elevated drive to a dogleg left par 4 hole. Not only is the course a magnificent round of golf, but the scenery is beautiful – this is a world class course and not one to be missed out on when you are planning your next golf escape to the Costa Brava.

Alicante Golf Resort is located just on the edge of Alicante City, near San Juan Beach where the weather is great golfing weather practically all year round and as the course and Hotel Alicante Golf is 21 minutes from Alicante airport, so this is the perfect destination for a golf escape any time of the year. The course is a traditional one and since it opened in 1998, several alterations have been made including the addition of artificial lakes and rivers which have made the course a very tricky one. In order to score well, you must play strategically as there are many hazards along the course that can cause you to lose your ball. This is a brilliant course and Hotel Alicante Golf is a stunning hotel with brilliant facilities. This is the perfect hotel and course combination for a great golf break to Alicante regardless of the time of year…

Sandos San Blas Nature Resort and Golf boasts a stunning location just 10 minutes from Tenerife South Airport, and it is positioned right in the centre of its very own nature reserve and allows you to feel like you are separated from the rest of the world with nearby golf courses and the brilliant facilities at the hotel to enjoy. However, although everything here is peaceful and calm, just 20 minutes’ walk from the hotel is the town of Los Abrigos where you can find a wide array of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. The prestigious Golf del Sur sits just next door to the property and there are other courses nearby including: Amarilla Golf, Buenavista Golf, Golf Costa Adeje and Golf Las Americas. Golf del Sur is just 5 minutes’ drive from the hotel and the course runs along the stunning coastline. This is a truly scenic course with stunning views and interesting black volcanic sand bunkers, cacti and palm trees dotted around. Arguably, the signature hole of the course is the par 4 3rd hole on the North nine which is a lush and long hole and has a long and narrow green to reach beyond the bunkers and other hazards waiting. This is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Tenerife, especially with the tropical climate here all year round…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf escape, consider somewhere easy to access from an airport so that you can make the most out of your time there – especially if it is a long weekend to blow away the cobwebs until we reach the summer months.

A Guide to Taking Golf Clubs Abroad

A Guide to Taking Golf Clubs Abroad

The world is full of incredible golf courses. Whether you want to head to the Scotland or Ireland for some truly iconic green, or to the United States for some classic courses, you’ll need to pack your gear to go.

Taking you golf clubs abroad may not be as simple as you think, so we’ve created a little guide to help you out. Between making sure that they are correctly packed, to checking in and getting them to the right destination, here is everything you need to know about taking your golf clubs abroad.

Taking Your Golf Clubs Abroad VS. Hiring Golf Clubs

When taking a golfing trip abroad, you’ll need to decide whether to take your own golf clubs, or hire some when you arrive. For most serious golfers, taking their own clubs is usually preferred, however, there are some limitations and costs involved.

Taking your own clubs can be beneficial as you’ll be used to playing with them, and won’t have to spend money and time on hiring them once your arrive. However, depending on your airline and budget, taking your own clubs could be more hassle than what’s it worth.

If you’re playing an important game, or participating in a competition, taking your own clubs may be worthwhile. However, if you’re just taking a vacation, and looking to get in a good game of golf, it may not be necessary to bring your own gear.

Read on for a breakdown of the costs associated with taking your clubs abroad, as well as some tips for cutting the costs and making things a little easier.

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Different Allowances From Different Airlines

Ryan Air

This airline charges £30 for golf clubs if you book your flights online, and £35 if booking in the airport. The maximum weight of the clubs is 20KG but if you go over the limit, expect to pay around £10 per kilo.

British Airways

This airline allows you to use your free checked baggage allowance for your golf bag. However, if it weighs more than the allotted amount, expect to pay an extra fee. The price varies depending the on your destination and the class that you’re flying. For example, first class is allowed two free checked bags, neither of which can weigh more than 32KG. Economy class passengers can only have one free checked bag that cannot exceed 23KG. Golf bags cannot exceed 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in.)

Lufthansa

This airline will transport your golf clubs for free as long as you use them within your normal baggage limit. If you fly economy, you can bring a bag that weighs no more than 23KG and not pay extra. However, if you fly first class, you can bring three bags weighing 32KG each without being charged extra. If you want to take your golf clubs along with other baggage, you should expect to pay around £50 extra for each trip. There are limitations within this too however. For this extra fee, you can bring a pair of golf shoes, tees, golf balls, and one set of clubs.

EasyJet

This airline charges a ‘sports equipment fee’  that allows you to bring a bag that weighs no more than 32KG. If you opt for the ‘small sports equipment’ package, you can transport equipment that weighs no more than 20KG, but this will cost £30 each way.

Air France

This airline considers golf equipment to be standard checked luggage and doesn’t charge extra for it. For economy passengers, the weight limit is 23KG and for business class, the limit moves up to 32KG. If you exceed the limit, you will need to pay a fee which depends on where you’re traveling to. Travel within Europe will cost you a fee of £70 each way. It’s also important for you to get the customer service approval of the airline before taking your golf equipment on the plane.

Insurance

Another cost to keep in mind when it comes to flying with golf clubs is the insurance costs. You’ll want to get insurance just in case the clubs get lost, stolen, or damaged while traveling to your destination. However, these fees can often be quite steep. The costs will vary depending on the cost of your golf equipment, but £60 is a good figure to go by.

It’s also important to take a look at the overall fees of hiring golf clubs versus bringing your own, and deciding which one is cheaper for you.

For example, the baggage fees and insurance on golf clubs flown on Air France is £160 more expensive than just hiring a caddy and some clubs. And, when comparing these prices for all airlines mentioned, the situation is the same. Plus, if you hire instead of bringing your clubs along, you will be dropping any stress that may be associated with packing them. This, for some people, is enough to leave the clubs at home.

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Tips For Taking Golf Clubs on an Airplane

While you may recognize that the savings and stress are greatly reduced when you hire golf clubs, you may still want to bring your own. It’s understandable that you want to hit the green with the clubs you know and love.

So, if you just can’t stand to part with them, here are some tips for taking golf clubs on an airplane.

Golfing Travel Insurance:

If you look, you’ll find that there is actually specific travel insurance just for golfing. This kind of insurance will provide plenty of coverage for your clubs but also other important factors as well. Insurance for a golfing holiday often includes: damage or loss of your clubs, theft, coverage for the actual transportation and vacation, and coverage for loss of green time that you paid for.

Clearly Label Your Golf Bag:

Labeling your golf bag is just as important as any other kind of luggage. You will want to put a luggage tag on both the inside and the outside so that it can be identified by both you, your hotel, and all airplane staff. Put as much information as possible on the tag as well. Write down your name, phone number, hotel name and contact information, home address, and flight information. This will help you make sure that your clubs are returned to you if they get misplaced.

Store All Equipment in One Bag:

Most golfing bags have extra pockets and space for storage. You should definitely take advantage of this when flying with your golf clubs. Put all of your accessories and shoes in one bag so that everything is ready for you when you get off the plane. You won’t have to worry about your gear or wonder if you left one of your shoes back at home.

Packaging That is Secure and Safe:

Make sure that your bag is in tip-top shape before trying to bring your golf clubs on a plane. If there are cracks, holes, broken zippers, or pointed edges sticking out, your bag could be refused by airport officials.

Know The Weight Allowances:

Each airline has their own restrictions when it comes to transporting golf bags. Weight is a primary concern, and you should know the allowances and associated fees before even booking a flight. We break down some of these weight restrictions in the previous sections, but it all depends on the airline and their exact procedure. Knowing and understanding how their golf equipment fees work can save you a ton of money and stress on the day of travel.

Golf Club Protection While Traveling:

You’ve probably spent a good deal of money on your golf clubs, and if you’re bringing them on a flight, you probably are a bit emotionally invested in them. Be aware that just like luggage, your golf bag will get tossed around a lot by the airline staff as they enter and exit the plane. In this case, you’ll want to make sure that your clubs are protected by a hard case. If you typically use a soft one, it may be time to upgrade for your flight. See our guide to the best golf travel bags here.

Checking Your Golf Clubs:

Don’t expect to keep your golf clubs with you on the plane. They need to be checked just like your luggage. This is vital to know so that you can prepare accordingly with a hard case and a budget for the checked bag fees.

Booking Your Golf Clubs Onto a Flight:

Booking your clubs onto a flight is pretty straightforward. While booking your ticket, look for the ‘sports equipment’ option, which should be available on most airlines. You’ll find out all of the weight and size restrictions, as well as the costs. While being charged for your ticket, the airline will take care of the fees for your golf clubs too.

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Tips on Saving Money

Taking your golf clubs with you on vacation can get costly. However, there are a few tips and tricks to cut down on the fees. Here are a few ways that you can cut costs, enjoy your golfing vacation, and still keep to your budget while doing it.

Two Sets in One Bag

If you’re able to fit two sets in one bag without exceeding the weight limit, you should definitely try it. This will save you massive amounts of cash as two bags will be twice as expensive. Even if it does exceed the weight limit, it may actually still be cheaper to pay the weight fee instead of paying to take a second bag on the plane.

Use a Pencil Bag

These types of bags are known for being light-weight and easy to handle. You could cut down on some of the bulk of a regular golf bag by opting for one of these. You may be able to fit two sets of clubs is this kind of bag more easily than others too.

Wear Your Golf Clothes

A great way to cut down on fees associated with overweight baggage is to wear your golf gear. It doesn’t really matter what you wear on the plane, so why not save yourself some cash by throwing on your gear. You could double up on shirts, add a jacket on top, and make sure to wear your golfing shoes and hat. You may just find that you have enough room in your bag for another set of clubs.

Buy a Second Set of Gear and Keep it Where You Travel

If you travel to the same destination often, it may be worth it to purchase a second set of golf clubs and keep them at your holiday destination. The upfront costs may be high, but it will pay off over time when you don’t have to pay any of the fees associated with bringing your golf clubs abroad.

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Research and Hire Golf Clubs

If you do the proper research, hiring a set of golf clubs might not be so bad. It’s usually much cheaper to hire the gear once you arrive in your destination, and if you do the proper research, they should be just as good as the ones from home.

Shipping Golf Clubs

Depending on where you’re going, and what service you plan to ship with, it could save you money to ship the clubs instead of bringing them on the plane. Consider this option while planning your next trip and find out the exact fees for your location.

Research Airline Fees Beforehand

Before purchasing plane tickets, make sure to do plenty of research beforehand. You can avoid fees by switching up which airline you choose to fly with. Some have more expensive fees than others, so choose wisely.

Consider a Road Trip

Do you really NEED to take your golf clubs on the plane? Unless you’re going on a long-haul flight, why not consider taking a road trip to your holiday spot of choice instead of flying. It could save you cash and end up being pretty fun too.

Taking golf clubs abroad can be tricky. Make sure to do the proper research, weigh the pros and cons, and be in-the-know when it comes to airline fees before booking your next golf holiday.

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Chase the Sun on Your Next Golf Escape

This week’s blog is about some of our lovely resorts at which you can stay and still enjoy brilliant sunshine. With winter fast approaching us, it is time to think about when you will next be able to get out of the rain and onto the golf course somewhere warm and sunny and it isn’t too late to get some much-needed vitamin D this side of Christmas or at least book something for early next year to avoid the January blues!

First up, we have the fantastic five-star Korineum Golf and Beach Resort which is located in North Cyprus in the foothills of the Five Finger Mountain and since opening in 2009, has established itself as one of the most luxurious and beautiful resorts in the region. The resort boasts spacious and beautifully decorated rooms which all feature private balconies from which you can enjoy views across the gardens, the mountains and out towards the Mediterranean Sea. The resort boasts an excellent location within stunning surroundings and just 3 kilometres from Turtle Beach and just 20 minutes’ drive from Kyrenia town. Whilst you are not out on the golf course, which is just a few minutes’ walk, you can enjoy the resort’s well-equipped fitness centre, play a game of tennis or relax by the resort’s large outdoor pool area. For the ultimate relaxation experience, you can take full advantage of the spa and wellness centre where you can choose from a range of treatments or just use the sauna and Jacuzzi. This is a great resort where you can stay and play an excellent golf course as well as enjoy high levels of service and high temperatures throughout many months of the year.

Islantilla Golf Resort is a lovely four-star hotel situated in an idyllic location just 15 minutes’ walk from the beach as well as just a few minutes’ walk from a commercial centre which hosts a small but substantial selection of different restaurants and shops. The hotel is also just over 30 miles from Faro Airport. With a 27-hole golf course to enjoy as well as the hotel’s other facilities including the beach club which is just a mile away which boasts a great pool area as well as watersports. Not only does the hotel have excellent facilities to enjoy and relax in but the dining options here are also excellent with the nearby commercial centre and also the fact that our prices include the half board option which can be used in the resort’s buffet restaurant. After a long day on the golf course or relaxing on the beach or by the pool and after a few courses in one of the restaurants you can enjoy the stylish and air-conditioned rooms which are all fitted with the amenities expected from a hotel of this standard. Being located on the Costa de la Luz Huelva means that the sun shines on through to late October normally and begins shining again as early as March time which makes this an excellent destination for your winter break.

Located in sunny Belek is the five-star Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa which boasts a stunning location, just five minutes’ walk onto the hotel’s own private beach area on Iskele Mevkii beach. This is a truly luxurious hotel with staff who try their upmost to make your stay as wonderful as possible and excellent facilities and rooms to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The hotel’s all-inclusive option is excellent as the hotel’s buffet restaurant serves delicious food with delicacies from all around the world including traditional Turkish dishes. The hotel boasts 571 beautifully decorated and spacious rooms and there are many different room styles to choose from to make your stay as tailored to your preferences as possible. Whilst you are not on the Cornelia Faldo golf course or relaxing by one of the resorts’ pool areas or on the private beach then you can take a trip to the hotel’s spa where there is a range of different treatments and massages or if you are looking to stay active there are many different activities run daily with the hotel’s entertainment team or you can take part in watersports and even play tennis or billiards. A stay at the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort is a truly luxurious experience and in Belek you can get some sunshine late into the year and even early next year…

Lauro Golf Resort boasts lovely, well-appointed apartments which boast an excellent location as they overlook the brilliant 27-hole complex at Lauro Golf as well as the stunning Andalucian countryside. Guests also enjoy the location here as it is just five minutes’ drive to both Alhaurin de la Torre and Alhaurin El Grande and only 20 minutes’ drive from beautiful beaches and the airport. This is the perfect place for a winter golf escape to the Costa del Sol, especially for small groups and families who are looking for a quiet break with excellent golf, great nearby towns and plenty of things to do and see in the local areas.

Oliva Nova Golf & Beach Resort, Valencia offers a great stay for any guest, for families & groups alike. Overlooking the gleaming ocean lies the 4* hotel, boasting a lagoon style pool, fully equipped spa facility, pubs & restaurants, tennis court, football fields & the on-site Seve Ballesteros designed Oliva Nova golf course. Each room offers a splendid view of either the Mongo Mountains or surrounding areas…A great place to relax in the sun.

 

Although there are many great resorts, there are also many great golf courses and you can always base your next winter golf escape around a brilliant course on the Canary Islands, especially as any course there is somewhere that you can experience lovely temperatures through Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer…

Lanzarote Golf Resort boasts an idyllic location in the heart of Puerto Del Carmen. The course is an undulating one which has wide fairways and spacious greens but these features don’t make it a walk in the park as it is a fairly long course at 6,133 metres from the back tees. As the course is not overly difficult and has a few challenging holes, it is the perfect holiday course as you can experience stunning weather year round on this course as well as get the chance to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Lanzarote’s traditional landscapes. With year round playability and stunning surroundings, this is an ideal golf course to add to your itinerary (or base your golf break around!) next time you are planning a winter golf escape…