Golf On-site

This week’s blog is a guide to the great hotels and resorts that you can enjoy which boast an incredible 18-hole golf course onsite. Stay-and-play holidays are perfect if you have an excellent resort and a great golf course that you can enjoy for a few rounds and these recommendations are not exceptions to that criteria.

La Cala Golf Resort has established itself as being the premier golf resort on the Costa del Sol and it isn’t hard to see why with its luxurious accommodation, brilliant facilities and no less than three excellent golf courses onsite. The resort is up in the hills just ten minutes from the bustling town of La Cala which makes it the perfect destination for a great stay and play golf escape as you have the luxury of playing on three different golf courses – La Cala America, Asia and Europa – as well as being just ten minutes from a great town where you can find the beach and an array of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. La Cala America is a hilly and brilliant course which is built high up in the hills around La Cala Resort and boasts excellent views because of this marvellous position but, don’t be distracted by the views as you must hit straight in order to score well. La Cala Asia is similar to the America course except that it is narrower and shorter, but this doesn’t mean that it is easy, as it is actually the most difficult course out of the trio. La Cala Europa was the third and final course to be built at La Cala and boasts the same excellent features including elevated tees, rolling fairways and big, undulating greens but is a little easier with wider fairways and less penal rough. With three excellent courses, a superb location and lovely accommodations to enjoy it is no surprise that we recommend this resort for your next stay and play golf break.

Next up, we have the fantastic La Manga resort which boasts a whole range of different leisure activities as well as two excellent options for accommodation and three excellent golf courses. You can choose to stay at the five-star hotel – La Manga Club Principe Felipe – which boasts stunning public areas, beautiful guest rooms and a lovely pool area and pool bar which you can enjoy after a tough morning out on one of the golf courses. Alternatively, you can choose to stay in the four-star La Manga Club Las Lomas Village where you can find excellent apartments which are fully-fitted with a kitchen and living area each to make your break an easy one with self-catering options. These apartments are built into the hillside and are a great option whether you are travelling as a group, a couple or with your family. At La Manga, you can enjoy access to their impressive spa which is built across two floors and boasts all of the facilities that you would expect from a spa on a resort as impressive as this one. The three La Manga courses offer you enjoyment right from the first tee with stunning views and tricky shots to contend with. This is another excellent resort, but this time situated in Murcia, that we highly recommend for your next golf break.

Precise Resort El Rompido is a fabulous and luxurious five-star hotel situated overlooking the two El Rompido courses just a short drive from the picturesque fishing village of El Rompido. The hotel offers excellent facilities including a brilliant spa which boasts an indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths and a sauna. There is also a lovely outdoor pool which you can relax around after enjoying a round or two on the excellent 36-hole golf course situated on-site of the hotel. The rooms are all beautifully decorated and boast all of the facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a satellite TV and a minibar. You can enjoy rounds on both the El Rompido North and El Rompido South whilst you are here, but this hotel is in a great location for golfers as there are so many other great golf courses in the area that you can enjoy as well. If you are looking for a beautiful hotel in which to enjoy an excellent stay and play golf escape, then look no further then Precise Resort El Rompido.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa which is a stunning five-star hotel set in the stunning Portuguese countryside and is surrounded by vineyards and lovely villages. The resort is located just 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon and the airport, the model hotel offers a wide range of facilities including the excellent 18-hole Camp Real golf course, tennis courts, a lovely spa and a variety of different restaurants to enjoy. Nearby to the hotel, you can reach the stunning beaches of the Silver Coast which are perfect to relax on after a difficult round on the golf course if you can drag yourself away from relaxing in this luxurious hotel. This is an excellent location for your next stay-and-play golf escape and it isn’t hard to see why with its excellent golf course, great facilities and superb location.

Unusual Golf Escapes

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our brilliant and interesting golf escapes. If you are looking for something a bit different and exciting, then look no further than one of these resorts or experiences as you will be offered a once in a lifetime experience. To learn about these interesting golf breaks read on and you may find one that piques your interest…

Rovos Rail was established in 1989 and since then, it has earnt a world-class reputation for its excellent service, superb cuisine and incredible experiences. You can choose from a range of journeys that last from between 48 hours to 15 days. There are three excellent packages that we offer with golf escapes and each of the journeys lasts nine days. The African Golf Collage begins in Pretoria before the train winds its way through some beautiful areas of Africa before ending up in Cape Town nine days later. Activities along the journey include a game drive in the Kruger National Park, a visit to the KWV Brandy Distillery and some spectacular rounds of golf at Leopard Creek, Durban Country Club, Humewood, Fancourt and Oubaai. Alternatively, you can choose from either the Golf Adventure or the Golf Safari which also offer you unique experiences at different National Parks, stunning views of the surrounding areas and rounds of golf on some of the world’s top golf courses. A trip on the Rovos Rail is not one to be passed up on and it isn’t hard to see why with its excellent service, delicious food and International wines as well as unforgettable experiences – travel in style on your next golf escape.

Next up, we have the Taj Mahal Trophy 2018 which is a unique and incredible golfing experience with a seven-night trip at the heart of the capital city of India. There are four impressive golf courses that you will get to experience: Golden Greens Golf and Country Club, Delhi Golf Club, Jaypee Greens Golf Resort and Classic Golf Resort. These are all unique and impressive golf courses that will provide you with some memorable rounds of golf and a passion for the wonderful country of India. Whilst you are on your journey, you will also have the opportunity to include some day trips. These trips include a trip to the Taj Mahal and Agra which will be a once in a lifetime experience, especially if you go at the right time of day. Whilst you are enjoying India and its fantastic culture and cuisine, you get the chance to stay in amazing five-star hotels with fabulous service, excellent golf and beautiful weather. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime golf break, then look no further than the Taj Mahal Trophy as it boasts everything that you need to have an incredible and life-changing holiday.

The Bell Inn is a Grade II listed building situated in a picture-perfect village in the heart of the New Forest and offers its guest a unique experience in an Inn with old rustic charm, comfortable and spacious bedrooms as well as stunning surroundings. The Inn boasts an informal feeling throughout and you are welcome to choose from four different areas to eat in. The large bar at the heart of the Inn boasts a double-aspect fireplace, cosy corners and comfy sofas to sink into whilst you enjoy a few drinks. The Oak Room is a warm and intimate decorated with earthy tones and burnished woods and then there is the beautiful, light and airy Garden Room where you feel as if you are dining alfresco even when you are inside, but there is a terrace you can choose to eat on during the warmer months. You can enjoy rounds of golf at Bramshaw Golf Club whilst you are here, on both the Forest Course and the Manor Course where you will enjoy a memorable round of golf and after your round, you can enjoy a few beverages and a bite to eat in the clubhouse. With beautiful rooms, a stunning location and great golf, this is a great choice for your next interesting and unique golf break.

Last, but certainly not least, located on the stunning island of La Gomera is Hotel Jardin Tecina. The resort is perched on top of the village where you can find an array of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. Its location means that the resort boasts stunning views of both the Atlantic Ocean and of the neighbouring island of Tenerife. This is the ideal place to enjoy the tranquillity and luxury of this wonderful resort whilst have the opportunity to play on a brilliant championship golf course which is Tecina Golf where you can find breathtaking views and memorable holes. Each of the beautiful rooms includes all of the luxuries that you would expect from a hotel of this standard as well as either a private balcony or terrace from which you can look out across the gardens and to sea. Whilst you are not enjoying Tecina Golf, you can relax around one of the five different pools or enjoy the sporting facilities or, if you are after the ultimate indulgence, take a trip to the spa. With excellent facilities, a wide range of drinking and dining options including five different bars and several restaurants serving traditional Spanish and Canary cuisine, you will never be short of somewhere great to drink and dine. This is an excellent choice if you are looking for the full package with golf, cuisine, weather and location.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one of these excellent resorts or experiences has appealed to you for your next golf break…

 

New Properties to Golf Escapes

This week’s blog is a guide to a few of the new properties we have at Golf Escapes. Whether you are looking for a great new resort or golf course, we have many for you to choose from and each one is sure to provide you with a unique and exciting golf escapes.

First up is the charming, four-star Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa which is situated in the East of Sicily within the Mount Etna National Park with the fantastic Il Picciolo Golf Club situated right next-door to the property. The hotel boasts 98 luxurious guestrooms from which you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings with views of the local vineyards and orchards and although each of the rooms features stunning views, there are a variety of different room types so that you can tailor your stay here perfectly to your wants and needs. Whilst you are not enjoying an excellent round of golf at Il Picciolo Golf Club, which was the first 18-hole golf course built in Sicily, you can take advantage of the brilliant leisure facilities within the resort including an extensive spa, a gym and a large outdoor swimming pool. The hotel’s main restaurant, La Ghiandaia, serves a traditional Sicilian menu and at the Clubhouse, you can enjoy a great lunch menu followed by a beverage in the Lounge Bar. This is an excellent hotel which offers a great half board package and the opportunity for you to enjoy several rounds on the fantastic Il Picciolo Golf course.

Il Picciolo Golf Club is a spectacular golf club located within Mount Etna National Park boasting incredible views and unique landscape. As you play the course, you wind your way through ancient lava flows, oak trees, vineyards and hazelnut trees. With plenty of strategically placed hazards and breathtaking views, this is an exciting and interesting round of golf – a must-play.

Minthis Golf Club is a superb course situated on an elevated position 550 metres above sea level just 25 minutes from the town of Paphos. The course itself is located within the grounds of a twelfth-century monastery and was designed by the fantastic Donald Steel. There is no denying that this course blends effortlessly into its surroundings and is a superb round of golf. The fairways of the course are lined with many fruit trees and grape vines and feature many slopes which makes this course one that you must play strategically! Although the course is not particularly long at 5,843 metres, it is a tricky one with a constant breeze all year round because of its elevated location as well as many hazards featured on many of the holes including trees, water and bunkers. There are many notable holes including the short par-4 12th hole which features a hazardous steep valley on the left. The signature hole is considered to be the 13th hole which is a challenging par-3 on which the green is situated on an island surrounded by water which means that you will need to play with precision and accuracy in order to score well here! With great views, an interesting layout and a variety of exciting holes, there is no surprise that we recommend this as one of our best new properties for you to enjoy. If you are looking for an excellent hotel to accompany your rounds at Minthis Golf Club, look no further than Alexander The Great Beach Hotel with its unique seafront location, great new outdoor leisure facilities and an excellent range of brilliant golf courses within close vicinity!

Last, but certainly not least, is the charming four-star Parador de Lorca. This stunning hotel is located on the grounds of Lorca Castle in the area of Murcia and boasts a very special setting situated on the hilltop with incredible views of the Spanish town of Lorca. Whilst you are not soaking up the local scenery or enjoying a round of golf on the Lorca golf course, you can enjoy the hotel’s modern spa and indoor pool. Each of the guestrooms within the hotel is decorated with bright colours and features elegant décor and the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including free Wi-Fi, stunning views, a minibar, a safe, a plasma satellite TV and a great ensuite bathroom. You can enjoy a buffet breakfast every morning and the hotel’s main restaurant serves traditional regional cuisine made from locally-sourced produce. With an excellent location, just 35 minutes’ drive from Aguilas and the beaches there as well as just 50 minutes’ drive from Murcia this hotel boasts an excellent location and is an ideal destination for your next golf break to Spain.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about booking your next golf escape, you remember all of the great resorts and golf courses that we have on offer. Even if you are not sure of exactly what you are looking for, give us a call and we can use our knowledge of these great resorts and courses to provide you with your perfect golf holiday.

UK Special

This week’s blog is a UK Special and is a guide to some of the best hotels and their golf courses that you can choose for your next golf escape within the UK. There are some beautiful places to visit within the UK where you can find great pubs, lovely hotels and fantastic golf without taking a long trip. The beauty of taking a golf break within the UK is that you can choose to travel near or far from where you live but wherever you choose to go to, you will be sure to find some excellent golf courses to enjoy.

In Ticehurst, sits the fantastic four-star Dale Hill Hotel which boasts an excellent location in the beautiful East Sussex countryside just 20 minutes’ drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells. Not only does the hotel boast a lovely location with stunning views across the High Weald Ridges but it also boasts some excellent facilities including a modern leisure centre with an indoor heated pool which overlooks the 18th hole as well as a fully-fitted gymnasium. On-site of the hotel, you can also find two great 18-hole golf courses which make this a great destination for your next stay and play golf escape to East Sussex. The hotel offers a great half-board package so for lunches you could explore the local towns and villages looking for a great Sussex pub or enjoy lunch at the golf club after a round on the superb Ian Woosnam designed course. The hotel’s restaurant, Wealden View Restaurants, serves a brilliant British menu which is accompanied by an excellent International wine list. With two brilliant golf courses, excellent facilities as well as a stunning location it isn’t a surprise that this hotel made our blog dedicated to the best of the UK…

Situated in beautiful Oxfordshire is The Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel and Spa which is a great four-star hotel which boasts 50 spacious guest bedrooms, a luxury spa, a brilliant golf course and the Tempus health and fitness centre. Each of the guestrooms is elegantly furnished and boasts all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including luxury designer toiletries, a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a private balcony from which you can enjoy lovely views of the hotel’s surroundings. There are some great local towns and cities that can be easily explored from The Oxfordshire including central London, Thame and the historical Aylesbury. Whilst there is so much to do and see outside of the hotel, a round on the Oxfordshire golf course and a meal in the hotel’s Signature Restaurant is an unbeatable combination. The restaurant serves a varied menu which can be accompanied by a world wine list and the seating overlooks the impressive golf course. After your meal, relax in the lounge bar or the Clubhouse Bar which boasts a brilliant terrace.  Just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Oxford and boasting excellent facilities as well as a superb golf course sits The Oxfordshire as a perfect destination for your next golf break…

Next up as one of our recommendations for a very special UK golf escape is Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club which is situated amongst 450 acres of beautiful Northumberland parkland. This brilliant four-star hotel boasts everything that you could possibly need for a great golf break whether you are a golfer or a non-golfer with a great spa, an excellent golf course and an award-winning restaurant just 15 minutes’ drive from the bustling city of Newcastle. Whilst you are not enjoying a round on the golf course which boasts stunning sea views, you can play a game of tennis or relax in the spa which boasts an indoor pool, a sauna, a gym and an array of different health and beauty treatments for you to choose from. Whilst you are so close to the brilliant city of Newcastle where you can find many different restaurants and bars to suit anyone’s taste, the 2 AA-Rosette Dobson Restaurant within the hotel serves a great international menu as well as local specialities. You can also enjoy log fires and a range of different beverages and snacks within the Linden Tree Country Pub. This is a great choice for your next golf break within the UK situated in an excellent location just 20 minutes from the sandy beaches at Hauxley and so close to the city of Newcastle.

The four-star Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club is situated just a few miles from Birmingham Airport and NEC complex as well as the other excellent things to do and see there are in Birmingham like the Bullring and Touchwood in Solihull.  Not only does the hotel boast an excellent location but it also boasts 36-holes of first-class golf situated in beautiful parkland. The Arden course is famous for being the venue for both the English Open and British Masters and in the last few years, the whole resort has undergone a major transformation to form what it is today. With a great location and glorious golf as well as Cedarwood Spa, a tennis court, a fitness centre and a pool centre, you will never be short of things to do or see when you choose the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country club as the destination for your next golf escape…

Last, but certainly not least, The Vale Resort is situated on 650 acres of the stunning Welsh countryside and exudes luxury both on the golf courses and within the hotel. The hotel boasts an extensive selection of different leisure activities for you to enjoy whilst you are not taking on the challenge of the two championship courses onsite of the hotel including a state of the art gym, a 20m indoor pool, a sauna, a steam room and a whirlpool bath. Not only is the resort fantastic, but it boasts an excellent location just 15 minutes’ drive from Cardiff where you can find so much to do, see, eat and drink! If you choose to stay at the hotel to eat, there are two restaurants onsite. The AA Rosette Vale Grill serves modern Welsh cuisine and boats picturesque views of the Lake Course or you can choose to eat in the friendly and relaxed clubhouse. This is a great choice for your next golf break to Wales with luxurious rooms, excellent facilities, incredible golf courses and the local city is the capital of Wales!