Preview of the Masters 2018

This week’s blog is a preview of the eagerly anticipated opening men’s major that is coming up in just under a weeks’ time – The Masters 2018. In just under a week, the world’s best players will compete for the coveted Masters Green Jacket at the magnificent Augusta National Golf Club.

The Masters is the first major of the year and unlike the others, is held at the same venue – Augusta National Golf Club – every single year which never makes it less exciting as each year, after the conclusion of the tournament, the course is developed further to make it more challenging year after year. Augusta National Golf Club is famous for the fact that it is the home to the Masters. The course is situated in a dream-like setting and it is one of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs. Although many of us will never tee up on the 1st hole, we can enjoy watching the best golfers in the world take on this challenging course at The Masters. Even if you haven’t managed to get tickets to experience the excitement unfold at Augusta National, you can still enjoy following it from afar.

There are many architects who have contributed to the development of Augusta National including Robert Trent Jones, George Cobb and Jack Niklaus just to name a few. Although keeping a ball in play is not difficult on the course due to the fact that there is no rough, the chipping is difficult due to the very fast greens. There is no doubt that this is a spectacular course and provides a true test of championship golf every year for the world’s best players.

In the last 30 years, international golfers have won The Masters 16 times and previous winners have included the brilliant Nick Faldo in both 1989 and 1990, Ian Woosnam in 1991, England’s Danny Willett in 2016 and most recently, Spain’s Sergio Garcia last year. There has been some excellent golf played by European golfers in the last few weeks and hopefully, this is a sign to come that they will prove a stern challenge at Augusta next week. Rory McIlroy will find himself in the limelight next week at Augusta due to his excellent golfing performances recently including at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. McIlroy is a four-time major champion and just needs a win at The Masters in order to complete the career Grand Slam which is sure to mean that he will feel some of the extra pressure next week on the course.

For the first time since 2015, Tiger Woods will be teeing up at the 1st hole at Augusta National for The Masters. Woods is back and ready to take on the younger talent that has qualified for this brilliant golf tour. What is great about The Masters, is that there are professionals and amateurs playing and it is a chance for newcomers to make a great first impression on the spectacular Augusta National course.

Every year, golfers young and old anticipate their chance to tackle the Augusta National course, whether it is four-time winner Tiger Woods or one of the special invitees such as Shubhankar Sharma who is a 21-year old from India, everyone is looking to compete for the Masters Green Jacket and show their best game this time around. There is a lot of talk about Tiger Woods’ return to Augusta National and Woods is sure to provide some golfing entertainment with his return that will be unforgettable.

Last year’s winner of the coveted Masters Green Jacket, Sergio Garcia, is ready to return to Augusta National next week to try and defend his title and keep the Green Jacket but there are many newcomers and other seasoned professional golfers for him to compete with this year, such as Tiger Woods. Sergio Garcia may have only one major golfing championship, which was The Masters last April, but he is sure to prove excellent competition to all of the other golfers at Augusta National Golf Club next week.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that even if you didn’t manage to get tickets with one of the fantastic Golf Escapes packages that we offered, you will still enjoy following these exciting few days of golf. If you didn’t get tickets to August this year, we highly recommend that you think about it for 2019…

All-inclusive Golf Escapes

This week’s blog is a guide to the fantastic all-inclusive resorts that we have on offer. Taking an all-inclusive golf break is great if you are looking to get an excellent deal at a fantastic resort where you can eat and drink as much as you please in-between playing rounds of golf and enjoying the resort’s facilities.

Sueno Hotels Deluxe in Belek, Turkey is a fantastic five-star resort which is located right on the beachfront. Not only does the resort offer you easy access to its own private beach area, but there are several outdoor pools and an outdoor pool for you to relax around. For non-golfers, the modern-oriental designed spa and wellness centre boasts a sauna and steam room as well as many other facilities. Each of the rooms boasts all of the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating including air-conditioning, a private balcony or terrace, tea and coffee making facilities and a fully-stocked minibar! There is so much to do here whether you are with your other half, a group or your family as there is a kids’ club for them to enjoy as well. As a golfer, you will not be disappointed as you have easy access to both of the Sueno courses – the Pines and Dunes which both offer a superb round of golf and can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. The Sueno Avenue is great because you can discover a delicious variety of food from its numerous and varied outlets and there are several other onsite restaurants, bars and a nightclub for you to enjoy. This is the perfect destination for your next all-inclusive golf break where you can enjoy the beautiful weather, great golf and all of the food and drink you could consume…

Another superb five-star all-inclusive hotel situated in sunny Belek is the Gloria Golf Resort. This brilliant beach resort boasts a luxury spa area, a water park with different slides as well as two championship golf courses which can be reached by the complimentary shuttle service from the hotel. You can also enjoy direct access to the fabulous sandy beach if you cross the bridge over the Acisu river. As well as all of the hotel’s facilities, you can enjoy the facilities at the sister Gloria hotels – Serenity and Verde whilst you are staying at the Gloria Golf Resort. Each of the rooms boasts its own private balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views over the grounds of the resort and the rooms also boast an LCD satellite TV and air-conditioning as well as other facilities and amenities that you would expect from such a luxurious hotel. There are six different restaurants for you to choose from which include both buffet and a la carte options. With so much to do, see, eat and drink here there is no surprise that we recommend this brilliant resort for your next all-inclusive golf escape.

Situated in Benalmadena, Spain is the brilliant five-star Holiday World Resort which is a three-hotel complex located just five minutes’ walk from the beautiful sandy beach. The holiday Polynesia, Holiday Palace and Holiday Village all offer a range of on-site facilities, modern accommodation and great service. Each of these brilliant four-star hotels offers an outdoor swimming pool, a brilliant buffet restaurant serving delicious food, a snack bar and a pool bar. Each of the spacious apartments within the resort is fully-equipped with a living room, a kitchenette, a satellite TV, a terrace and air-conditioning. If you are looking for a great location for your next all-inclusive golf break then look no further than the Holiday World Resort where you can enjoy brilliant facilities, great food, an excellent location and rounds of golf on the excellent El Chaparral and Cabopino courses.

Sandos San Blas Nature Resort and Golf is an excellent five-star all-inclusive resort situated just three minutes’ walk from the beach in Tenerife. The hotel is set in the heart of its own nature reserve and offers a very luxurious stay to all of its guests. The hotel boasts a peaceful setting due to its location and is perfect if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of a city. There is so much to do and see here from trekking through the nature reserve to enjoying a round of golf on the many local courses including Amarilla Golf, Buenavista Golf, Golf Costa Adeje, Golf del Sur and Golf Las Americas. Whilst you are not on one of the surrounding golf courses, you can relax around one of the eight different swimming pools or enjoy kayaking on the hotel’s boating lake. The choice for dining is extensive at Sandos San Blas Nature Resort and Golf with numerous bars and restaurants to choose from and the food is as luxurious as the hotel. This is a fantastic eco-friendly resort and is the perfect place for an all-inclusive golf escape to Tenerife no matter who you are travelling with.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Tamarina Boutique Hotel which is an elegant four-star resort and boasts an idyllic location in between the Indian Ocean and the fantastic 18-hole championship Tamarina golf course in Mauritius. From the hotel, you can enjoy easy access to the hotel’s private beach or you can relax around one of the four outdoor pools. Besides the pools and the beach, there is an extensive spa and two tennis courses. Each of the beautiful and spacious rooms has been decorated with warm hues and boasts either a private terrace or balcony from which you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. In the rooms, there is also a satellite TV, a DVD player and a minibar. This all-inclusive resort boasts two restaurants, the excellent Restaurant La Madrague which serves delicious international cuisine with a Creole accent and there is also the Restaurant La Plage where you can enjoy light meals around the pool. In the evenings, make sure to visit Bar Le Bar for divine cocktails and breathtaking views out across the bay. With many different activities to enjoy including water-skiing, diving and quad biking as well as the superb Tamarina Golf Club, this is the ideal destination for an all-inclusive golf escape to Mauritius.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf escape think about how easy it would be and what a great deal you could get if you opt for one of these amazing all-inclusive resorts…

Luxury Golf Holidays

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our most luxurious golf holidays. No matter where you are looking to take your next golf escape to, we have somewhere beautiful and luxurious for you to stay and enjoy with excellent golf, brilliant facilities and great locations for you to explore.

First up, we have the five-star Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa which boasts a beautiful location just five minutes’ drive from Bahia de Casares Beach and 35 minutes’ drive from Marbella. The hotel also boasts its own fantastic championship golf course on-site. Each of the ensuite rooms boasts all of the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private balcony, a flat-screen satellite TV, free internet access as well as a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. Whilst you are not out enjoying a round or two on the excellent Finca Cortesin course then you can spend time enjoying the hotel’s facilities which include a well-equipped spa with an indoor pool and gym as well as a Turkish bath, sauna and a unique snow cave. Non-golfers are extremely well-catered for here due to the hotel’s facilities like the spa as well as the manicured gardens and outdoor swimming pools that you can enjoy relaxing around. With Marbella, Sotogrande and other towns nearby it is possible for you to venture out of the hotel to enjoy some of what the area has to offer both in terms of culture and food and drink but if you choose to stay at the hotel this would not be a mistake as the Kabuki Raw is the hotel’s signature restaurant and serves delicious food. Besides from Kabuki Raw, there is the Don Giovanni Italian restaurant, El Jardin de Lutz and The Beach Club also serves Mediterranean dishes. If you are looking for a luxurious golf break with a brilliant golf course then look no further than this beautiful hotel…

The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino is another property that we highly recommend to you if you are looking for that little bit extra when you are planning your next golf break. The Westin Resort is situated in Greece and is just five minutes’ walk from the beach in Messinia. There is so much to do and enjoy whilst you are here with the beautiful beach, two superb golf courses (The Bay Course & The Dunes Course), a hydrotherapy spa and 123 private infinity pools. Each of the beautifully designed rooms boasts a flat-screen TV as well as a private balcony from which you can enjoy stunning views overlooking the resorts’ olive groves and landscaped gardens. Whether you are looking to come here as a group of golfers and spend time enjoying the golf course and the many restaurants and bars within the hotel which serve mouth-watering cuisine from traditional Greek food to international dishes or whether you are looking to come as a family or couple and enjoy the well-equipped spa, the brilliant kids’ club and the local sites that you can easily visit from the hotel. This is the perfect destination for your next golf holiday to Greece and with all of these brilliant facilities and amenities as well as the beautiful sandy beach just five minutes’ walk away it isn’t a surprise that this is one of our recommendations…

Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya is a stylish and modern five-star hotel and is located on the 36-hole PGA Catalunya complex (Stadium course & Tour course) which is a brilliant first-class golf resort situated in the lovely Costa Brava. Each of the newly-refurbished guest rooms boasts free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen satellite TV, air conditioning, a minibar and an elegant, modern bathroom. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy Hotel Camiral’s spa which includes a sauna, hot tub and hammam as well as a range of different health and beauty treatments. Whilst you are not enjoying a round at the well-known PGA Catalunya complex, you can spend time relaxing by the pools or exploring the local area as the spa town of Caldes de Malavella is just five minutes’ drive from the hotel. If you are looking to get good value for your money as well as a brilliant hotel located in a prime golfing location, then this is the perfect luxury hotel for you this year…

The excellent Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is located on the same property as the brilliant Monte Rei, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and offers its guests lovely, spacious villas which are fitted with well-equipped kitchens and free Wi-Fi. Each of the Country Club villas boasts a living room with a TV as well as a modern kitchen. Whilst you are not self-catering within the villas, you can enjoy international cuisine at Vistas Restaurant which features fantastic vaulted ceilings as well as stunning views of both the ocean and the 18th hole. With on-site tennis courts, swimming pools, a gymnasium and spa facilities there is so much to do and see here, including one of Portugal’s finest golf courses being onsite of the residences. If you are looking for a great destination for your next golf escape, then look no further than the lovely Monte Rei Golf and Country Club.

Up next, we have the five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel, Golf and Spa which is just four minutes’ walk from the beach and is set amongst lush gardens with the brilliant Golf do Estoril. Each of the rooms is spacious and warmly decorated as well as fitted with every comfort including a flat-screen TV. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy four different dining outlets as well as Bar Estoril which was a favourite hang-out for spies during World War II and now offers a charming and classical atmosphere where you can enjoy a few drinks overlooking the poolside gardens. The hotel’s spa has a sauna and Turkish bath and you can enjoy some massage and beauty sessions. This is a hotel which is filled with wonderful old charm and character with high levels of service for you to enjoy – the perfect base for your next golf break just a few minutes’ walk from the sandy beaches of Estoril.

Last, but certainly not least is the Titanic Deluxe Golf in Belek, Turkey. This five-star hotel is situated by the river and offers nine outdoor pools, two indoor pools, an aqua park with water slides as well as a full-service spa and fitness centre and a 1km private beach. With all of this alone, this would be a very luxurious hotel but when you combine it with the modern rooms which boast all of the facilities and amenities that you could want or need within an all-inclusive hotel including a private balcony with garden or river views then you really have got an idyllic setting for your next golf escape. The resort offers a great buffet restaurant as well as four different a la carte restaurants which serve a variety of different cuisine from traditional Turkish dishes to Italian and seafood specialities. Whilst you are not relaxing by one of the pools or on the beach or in the spa, make sure that you take some time to enjoy the brilliant on-site golf course, Titanic Golf Club as you won’t be disappointed. Whether you are looking for a golf holiday for a couple, family or group this is the perfect and most luxurious resort.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will take a look at some of these excellent resorts when you are planning your next luxurious golf escape

3 of our Favourite Escapes to Lisbon

This week’s blog is a Lisbon special and will give you the details of some of the best hotels and golf courses that you can enjoy if you decide to take your next golf break to Lisbon. Lisbon is the perfect place for an unforgettable golf escape with vibrant culture, rich history, brilliant hotels and superb golf courses. With brilliant weather almost guaranteed between spring and autumn, this is the ideal destination for your next golf break to Portugal…

The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is a brilliant modern four-star hotel which boasts a fantastic location surrounded by the Arrabida Natural Reserve, situated on the beachfront with direct access to Sesimbra’s beautiful sandy beach and within walking distance of the town of Sesimbra’s bars and restaurants. The hotel was refurbished in 2015 which means that all of the guestrooms boast a stylish and modern décor and are fitted with all of the amenities and facilities that you could possibly need including a flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a minibar and a private balcony from which you can enjoy views over the stunning surroundings of the hotel and maybe even the Atlantic Ocean. Whilst you are not enjoying a round of golf on one of the excellent local golf courses like the Aroeira courses or Quinta do Peru then you can either venture into town to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a few drinks and a meal or relax at the hotel. The spa within the hotel offers its guests a wide range of health and beauty treatments including a hot stone massage or you can just enjoy the facilities which include a heated swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a Tropical Shower. Besides the spa, the hotel boasts a large outdoor infinity pool for you to relax around and soak up some of the Portuguese sunshine. It is so easy to venture into town to explore the restaurants there but if you prefer to eat within the hotel then the Aquarius Restaurant won’t disappoint with its lovely traditional Portuguese menu featuring some delicious fish dishes. 

If you are looking for a fantastic golf club to visit when you are next taking a golf break to Lisbon then have a look at The Lisbon Sports Club which boasts a brilliant 18-hole parkland course situated in a stunning location just 20 minutes’ drive from the city. As the course is such a short drive from the city and the airport, even if you don’t decide to stay near the course, it is easy to stop at the course and enjoy a superb round if you are on your way to your hotel or the city and is a great way to begin your golf break straight off of the plane. The course was designed by Hawtree and Sons and was founded in 1922 which is brilliant as you can really enjoy playing an excellent course in an untouched location with picturesque surroundings. The course is by no means long at 5,278 metres off the back tees which makes it the ideal holiday course as besides from the stream that comes into play on no fewer than 12 of the holes, the course is not too challenging. Make sure that you make a round here your priority when you are planning your next golf escape to Lisbon…

The four-star SANA Lisboa boasts a central location just 400 yards from the famous Marques de Pombal Square and is a perfect base from which you can easily enjoy some of the best golf courses which surround Lisbon. The hotel is situated in the centre of one of Lisbon’s best nightlife areas and boasts an excellent range of bars and restaurant within a short walking distance from the hotel and many of the best golf courses of the region are within 45 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Each of the rooms is spacious and modern and boasts incredible views of the Old City, Tagus River or Eduardo VII Park. You can enjoy a large buffet breakfast each morning and if you decide not to venture out to one of the many bars and restaurants in the local area then you can enjoy the hotel’s traditional Portuguese restaurant Contemporaneo for both lunch and dinner. Whilst you are not on one of the local golf courses then you can relax in the hotel’s spa by enjoying a massage or lounging in the hot tub, sauna or steam bath. This is a brilliant hotel which offers excellent value for a hotel situated in the city centre with local bars and restaurants to enjoy and excellent transport links within the city.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these fantastic hotels when you are planning your next golf escape and currently, we are offering an exclusive Callaway super-dri Polo Shirt with every booking to the Lisbon area which shouldn’t be missed out on…

Best Value Golfing Packages

This week’s blog is a guide to the best resorts for groups. These resorts offer brilliant deals for groups as well as great facilities and golfing options within close vicinity to the hotels. When you are planning your next group golfing holiday then make sure that you take a look at these brilliant resorts and their deals…

First up we have El Rompido which is a lovely fishing village set on Huelva’s Costa de la Luz and boasts a stunning sandy beach as well as excellent golf courses nearby and some great bars and restaurants. The Precise Resort El Rompido boasts the ultimate accommodation for your next golf break as you can enjoy the luxury of a spacious apartment which is fully-fitted with a lounge, kitchen and one or two bedrooms as well as being able to enjoy your privacy whilst having the opportunity to enjoy the brilliant facilities within the resort including large outdoor pools and a well-equipped spa. Whether you choose to stay within the resort’s hotel or in one of the apartments, there are some great offers for groups to stay and play on the fantastic golf courses in the area whilst enjoying everything that the resort of El Rompido has to offer.

The Residences at Mar Menor Golf Resort are beautifully modern apartments which are located in the Mar Menor golf course in Murcia. Each of the air-conditioned apartments boasts elegant décor as well as all the amenities that you would need for your next group golf escape including a living room with a TV and a well-fitted kitchen with a hob and microwave as well as a washing machine. When you are not spending time exploring the local sandy beaches or the brilliant golf courses like Saurines de la Torre, Alahama Signature Golf, La Torre Golf Resort, El Valle Golf Resort & Hacienda Riquelme that are situated nearby (or right outside your doorstep in the case of Mar Menor!) then you can relax on your apartment’s terrace or by the communal pool. This is a great destination for your next golf holiday, especially if you are travelling with your family or a group.

Situated on the beautiful North Norfolk coast is the lovely Heacham Manor Hotel. Each of the 45 luxurious bedrooms offers its guests comfort and affordability as well as the opportunity to stay in this stunning grade II listed building. The bedrooms boast all of the facilities and amenities that you would need including a flat-screen TV, large ensuite bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel itself is situated within the brilliant 18-hole American links-style golf course and so you can just walk out onto the course for your pre-booked tee time! Whilst you are here, you can enjoy dining in the hotel’s Mulberry Restaurant which serves a variety of dishes which are predominantly created using local produce and there is also the relaxing Heacham Manor lounge and terrace bar. Just over a mile from Hunstanton which is a beautiful seaside town and is a great place to explore. With a brilliant golf course on-site of your hotel, nearby access to a lovely town and beautiful accommodation, this is a perfect place to base your next golf escape within the UK.

The Caddy Rooms at PGA Catalunya are the newest addition to the exclusive PGA Catalunya portfolio. The hotel is due to open in April this year and was built with the sole purpose of offering guests a luxurious stay during which they could have easy access to the two world-class championship golf courses at PGA Catalunya Golf Club. The hotel boasts 50 rooms and each of them boasts a double bed, a spacious ensuite bathroom as well as the other amenities and facilities that you would expect from a great four-star property including a satellite TV, a minibar, a golf storage area and a balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. This is going to be an outstanding property and with some great facilities as well as having the PGA Catalunya Tour and Stadium courses on your doorstep, it would be hard to find a better location for your next golf break and there are some excellent offers on for groups now including free return transfers from Girona Airport so make sure that you book soon to be the first guests to enjoy this excellent property and these incredible golf courses.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Bom Sucesso Resort which is situated on the banks of the Obidos Lagoon in Portugal. The resort boasts both apartments and villas which are all spacious, modern and fitted with all the necessary facilities and amenities including a kitchen and living area as well as a private furnished patio that leads to the garden. Besides the brilliant golf that is on-site and close to the door of your apartment or villa, you can enjoy playing tennis, football and if you decide to bring your family then there is a kids club for them to enjoy. You can enjoy drinking and dining at one of the resort’s restaurants and bars as there is something for everyone from international cuisine to the traditional Mediterranean and Portuguese favourites. If you choose to stay here during the summer, you can enjoy access to the free shuttle bus which goes to the beach and Obidos where you can find more bars, restaurants and activities to do. Just an hour’s drive from Lisbon airport and boasting fantastic accommodation as well as excellent golf is the Bom Sucesso Resort – perfect for your next group golf escape to Portugal.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are booking your next group golf break you consider one of these brilliant resorts…