Golf in the Sun

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the brilliant resorts and courses that are available to you for booking for your next fantastic golf escape. No matter where you are looking to travel to, we are sure that we have something brilliant that you will love. If you are contemplating booking a golf break, then look no further than some of these spectacular resorts and courses that you could be enjoying in person…

The El Paraiso golf course boasts a stunning location nestled in a peaceful valley near the popular resort town of Marbella with the stunning La Concha Mountain as its backdrop. This is one of the most established courses on the Costa del Sol and poses a stern challenge for golfers of all abilities due to its length of 6,800 yards and the many strategically placed hazards that you have to contend with in order to score well. The greens are superbly kept and run fast and true, much like the palm tree-lined fairways. Along with the fast greens, you must watch out for the many water hazards that line and cross the fairways at different points along the course. This is a beautiful location for a round of golf and the layout matches the quality of the location with interesting holes and challenges for you to enjoy. The course’s signature hole is the par five, doglegged 6th hole where you must avoid the lake which is situated on the right of the fairway and contend with the tricky putting surface which is two-tiered. This is a spectacular hole but is not the only brilliant hole of this course as there are plenty of others including the par four 8th hole which is a stunning, downhill hole. This is an excellent golf course with a great location, interesting layout and a stern challenge – if you are looking to play here then we cannot recommend the four-star Iberostar Costa del Sol enough.

The five-star Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is located in one of the most beautiful enclaves in Europe – South Andalusia. The hotel boasts a prime location, situated in the centre of Cadiz which is well-known for its stunning beaches and beautiful scenery. The resort is designed as a small, white Andalusian town with narrow streets and squares for you to meander down and explore. Each of the guestrooms and suites boasts modern décor and all of the facilities that you would expect from a resort of this standard including a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and a minibar. Many of the rooms and suites boast lovely views of the golf course, courtyard or the countryside. There are three a la carte restaurants within the resort including a Mediterranean themed restaurant and a buffet restaurant. Besides these restaurants, you can also enjoy the poolside brasserie and the Clubhouse snack bar. Whilst you are not relaxing around one of the outdoor swimming pools, enjoying a round on the resort’s golf course or exploring the local area, you can relax within the luxury spa and wellness centre where there is a hot tub, a sauna, hydrotherapy treatments and facials and massages available. This is a stunning hotel with everything that you could possibly need to have an amazing golf holiday in Andalusia.

Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is a luxurious and beautiful golf resort situated in Turkey which boasts two excellent 18-hole golf courses on-site as well as all of the other facilities and amenities that you could possibly need in order to have a great golf escape. You can meander down to the beach whilst you are not enjoying relaxing around the outdoor pool or in the hotel’s spa as the beach is just seven minutes’ walk from the hotel. The hotel’s beach club is excellent with hammocks available and the pier for you to relax on which juts out into the Mediterranean Sea which boasts a bar and sun loungers. The hotel’s spa boasts a sauna as well as eight massage rooms and holistic beauty treatments. Whilst you are staying at Sueno Hotels Golf, you can enjoy the hotel’s buffet restaurant or one of the several a la carte restaurants. This is a stunning five-star hotel with well-equipped guest rooms, brilliant service and great golf for you to enjoy.

Last, but certainly not least, is the brilliant, five-star Ritz-Carlton, Abama which offers its guests an unforgettable stay in this peaceful and tranquil setting away from the more commercialised areas of the island of Tenerife. Each of the 300 guestrooms and suites and the 120 villas have been decorated in a Moorish style and they all boast stunning views of either the ocean, the gardens or the brilliant Abama Golf. Each of the rooms boasts everything that you could want or need to have a relaxing and enjoyable golf escape with modern essentials including free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs. Whilst you are not out enjoying a round of golf on the Abama golf course, which is truly stunning, you can relax around one of the hotel’s seven different pools. You are spoilt for choice at the Ritz-Carlton, Abama, not only with the number of things to do and see but also with the impressive 10 different dining options. These options include the hotel’s Michelin star restaurants – M.B and Kabuki. Alternatively, you can enjoy a brilliant steakhouse or authentic Japanese cuisine. This is a superb hotel with all of the luxuries that you could want or need for a brilliant golf break including a stunning 18-hole championship golf course!

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next golf escape you take a look at some of these resorts and their fantastic courses…

 

4* Favourite Golf Escapes

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our four-star favourite hotels which boast fantastic facilities, excellent locations and superb golf that you can enjoy. With the sun starting to come out, it is time to start thinking about your summer golf escape to make sure that you get to enjoy some sunshine and some beautiful golf this year…

The excellent four-star Praia Verde Boutique Hotel boasts an amazing location just nine minutes’ walk from the beach in the heart of Eastern Algarve. The hotel is set amongst lush green pine trees, so you can enjoy the feeling of peace and tranquillity, but you are just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo where there is a variety of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. This is a beautiful and classy hotel with comfortable and spacious rooms which are fully-equipped with all of the amenities that you could need including free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. As you are so close to so many bars and restaurants, you may choose to eat out but if you decide to remain within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed as the hotel’s restaurant serves homemade, delicious cuisine. This is a great little hotel with everything that you could possibly need for a brilliant golf break to the Algarve with an outdoor pool, the beach and a great town nearby and fantastic golf at Quinta do Vale.

The charming Montado Hotel and Golf Resort is situated just 30 minutes south of Lisbon and boasts its own 18-hole golf course on site as well as other excellent facilities. The great thing about Montado Hotel and Golf Resort is that it is situated in a beautiful and tranquil location surrounded by the region’s best vineyards, but it is also just 15 minutes from the historic city centre of Setubal and five minutes’ drive from Palmela village. Each of the guestrooms boasts a contemporary theme and boasts a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities as well as stunning views overlooking the golf course. At the hotel’s Pitch and Putt Bar, you can enjoy a range of light meals, drinks or pastries whilst overlooking the golf course. The hotel’s main restaurant offers a superb menu with a collaboration of regional and international dishes. Whilst you are not enjoying a round on the Montado golf course, you can access the hotel’s spa facilities or go for a swim in the pool. Whether you are looking to travel with friends, family or a group, this is an excellent four-star hotel for you to choose for your next golf break to the Lisbon area.

Hotel Alicante Golf is a brilliant four-star hotel situated on the stunning Costa Blanca. Situated just ten minutes’ walk from the beach (there is a free transfer during the summer months) and set in beautiful gardens sits this lovely hotel which also features its own 18-hole golf course as well as other excellent facilities. Whilst you are not enjoying a round of brilliant golf, you can relax around the hotel’s outdoor pool or in the designated relax area. There is also the hotel’s spa for you to enjoy which boasts an indoor pool, a sauna and a massage service. The hotel is situated along Playa San Juan where there is a fantastic array of bars and restaurants for you to enjoy which means that you will never be short of some great food and wine during your stay here. It is no surprise that Hotel Alicante Golf is one of our recommendations for a brilliant golf escape to the Alicante area with everything that you could need or want for a fantastic golf break.

Last, but certainly not least, is the brilliant Crete Golf Club Hotel where you can enjoy world-class service at a stunning hotel in an excellent location. The hotels itself is situated at The Crete Golf Club which is a fantastic 18-hole championship course in Hersonissos. Whilst you are not out enjoying a fantastic round of golf, you can spend time relaxing around the hotel’s pool which is a beautiful infinity pool which boasts stunning views overlooking the golf course, the nearby mountains and the sea. Alternatively, you can use the hotel’s well-equipped fitness centre. All of the hotel’s rooms are fitted with all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly want or need for a brilliant golf escape including flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi. If you are looking for somewhere where there is plenty to do in the local area, then this is a great one for you as Aquaworld Aquarium and Labyrinth Park are just over a mile away from the hotel. The popular resort of Malia is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel and boasts great nightlife and stunning beaches. With so much to do, see, eat and drink in the hotel and the hotel’s local area as well as the superb golf course onsite, this is the perfect place for your next golf holiday.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that this blog has piqued your interest about some of the excellent hotels and golf courses that you can enjoy somewhere sunny this year…

Re-cap of the European Tour 2018 so far

This week’s blog is a recap of the European Tour 2018 and its most notable events so far including AfrAsia Mauritius Open, Eurasia Cup in Malaysia, Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, The Masters, Open de Espana, GolfSixes and the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open which was played just last weekend For any golfing fanatic these are must-see events which are played on magnificent courses by the top golfers from around the world.

The AfrAsia Mauritius Open was hosted by the fantastic Heritage Golf Club which is located in the southern part of the stunning island of Mauritius and has been recently recognised as one of the top courses in Africa. The championship course boasts breathtaking views from every green and tee and it posed an exciting challenge for the golfers that took on this course last December. It was at Heritage Golf Club that Dylan Frittelli captured his second European Tour at the first playoff hole beating Arjun Atwal.

The Eurasia Cup was held in January this year at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club and although the European team were losing after Friday’s Fourball and Saturday’s Foursomes, on Sunday the team gathered 8.5 points in order to seal their 14-10 victory over the host team. The Europe Captain, Thomas Bjørn, expressed his delight over the team’s great performance to persevere after they were trailing behind before Sunday’s events. This was a great win for the Europe Team and they have successfully defended their Eurasia Cup.

Later in January earlier this year was the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship which was held at the fantastic Abu Dhabi Golf Club where it has been held for many years now. This national golf club is often regarded by the professional golfers as being a tough but fair challenge being 7,600 yards in length as well as boasting many strategically positioned hazards including bold bunkering, ornamental trees and saltwater lakes. Tommy Fleetwood took home the title in 2017 and came back to defend his title this year and succeeded making it his second year in a row here at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. His back nine display was nothing short of spectacular as he closed with 65, 22 under-par which left him with a two-shot victory over fellow Englishman Ross Fisher.

The Masters, once again held at the spectacular Augusta National Golf Club, was played in early April and did not disappoint viewers of this well-known and impressive golfing championship. The competition is played over four days and 72 holes where the best golfers from around the world get the chance to compete to take home the Green Jacket and a place in the Masters’ history. Augusta National Golf Club is an impressive, members-only club with immaculate greens, stunning scenery and an interesting, diverse and tricky layout which puts professionals and amateurs alike to the test every year. American Patrick Reed claimed the Green Jacket last month with his impressive win at Augusta National Golf Club, the two-time Ryder Cup star picked up his first Major at this fantastic and prestigious event and along with this, he also surged to the top spot in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.

Just north of Madrid sits the impressive Centro Nacional de Golf which boasts 18 holes of stunning golf that skirt the walls of the Monte del Pardo Park. The club has played host to some of the best golfers in the world in the past and before this year, last hosted the Open de Espana in 2007 just a year after it had opened. The World Number Four, Jon Rahm, claimed victory at the Open de Espana last April and when he did so, he also claimed his third European Tour title. This was just a short time after he finished fourth at Augusta National Golf Club at The Masters. This win for Rahm has also impacted the Race to Dubai rankings with him moving up into an impressive fifth place. There is no doubt that Jon Rahm is one to watch as he seems to be turning into his country’s next icon…

The GolfSixes boasts an innovative playing format with the addition of women’s and mixed teams which brought lots of media attention and huge crowds to the Centurion Club near St Albans earlier this month. The course was designed by Simon Gidman in 2013 and boasts a great links feel. The tees are positioned above the fairways so that there are spectacular views from them, but the golfers mustn’t be distracted by the views as there are about 80 bunkers and four major water hazards positioned along the course. Players at the competition faced a modified six-hole course and each of the holes comprised of a different skill element including a shot clock. Ireland were the ones who put on a dominant display over the six matches and two days at Centurion Club to win the second GolfSixes. In all of the six stages, Ireland came out on top.

The most recent European Tour event, Rocco Forte Sicilian Open was played over last weekend at Verdura Golf Club. Verdura Resort boasts a stunning location situated within a valley of olive groves close to the seaside town of Sciacca. The course used for the Open was a spectacular combination of the two courses at Verdura and featured a dramatic finish with the final six holes running alongside the coast with the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea. It was at Verdura Golf Club last weekend that Sweden’s Lagergren took his first European Tour title and with this title, made an impressive jump from 245th in the world rankings to 133rd as well as moving to 47th in the Race to Dubai rankings.

There has already been some amazing golf played this year and with some more exciting events coming up like the Belgian Knockout which is being played at Rinkven International Golf Club starting today, the BMW PGA Championship which will be hosted at Wentworth Club later this month, the Italian Open which is also starting later this month at Gardagolf Golf Club and of course, the US Open and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club next month! It is all about who will rank highest in the Race to Dubai…

The Best of Cyprus

This week’s blog is a guide to the best properties and golf that is on offer in Cyprus. Whatever you are looking for from your next golf escape including stunning weather, beautiful resorts, great golf and interesting culture, you will be able to find it with a trip to Cyprus.

The Thanos Almyra Hotel is a stunning five-star resort which boasts a beautiful location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and nearby to some excellent golf courses like Elea Golf Club, Minthis Golf Club and Secret Valley. There is so much for you to do and see whilst staying at the Thanos Almyra Hotel including enjoying the vibrant nightlife in the resort of Paphos, relaxing on the beach or around the four freshwater pools. There is also the chance to enjoy some watersports on the beach, some exercise in the well-equipped gym, play tennis or unwind with a treatment within the hotel’s spa. With so much to do and see, luxury rooms with stunning views, four different restaurants and excellent service, it is no surprise that we recommend Thanos Almyra for your next golf holiday to Cyprus.

The sister hotel to Thanos Almyra is the Thanos Annabelle Hotel which is another stunning five-star resort. Whilst you are staying at Thanos Annabelle, you can enjoy access to Almyra’s spa facilities but there are plenty of things to enjoy within Thanos Annabelle’s grounds including lush gardens, a lovely outdoor pool to relax around and lovely rooms to relax in as well as the beach. This is a very popular hotel and it isn’t hard to see why with its great local golf courses, superb location being so close to the harbour of Paphos, excellent service and brilliant facilities.

Minthis Golf Club is just one of the excellent golf courses within a close distance of the fantastic Thanos hotels. The course is situated on an elevated position of 550 metres above sea level which means that even in the height of summer, a breeze will still influence the difficulty of this course! The course blends effortlessly into its surroundings and is a firm favourite of golfers who come to Cyprus. Although the course isn’t especially long at just under 6,000 yards, its fairways are lined with many fruit trees and grape vines and boast slopes which can prove challenging to golfers with higher handicaps. This is a great course which will require golfers of all abilities to play their best game of golf if they hope to finish the round with a good scorecard!

The five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel is situated in the heart of the Aphrodite Hills Resort and offers brilliant leisure facilities, great service and entertainment options as well as lovely accommodation. You can enjoy having easy access to the excellent Aphrodite Hills Golf course which is situated on-site of the resort and after a round, you can enjoy relaxing around the pool whilst soaking up some rays, you can also enjoy a signature massage or facial within the Retreat Spa. The hotel boasts three fantastic restaurants which serve different cuisines including Asian and authentic Mediterranean. You can enjoy relaxing in the Carob Lounge with a lovely cocktail enjoying the live entertainment in the evenings. With so much to do and see in the lovely town of Paphos, it is no surprise that we have recommended this hotel as the perfect base for you to enjoy Paphos and everything that it has to offer.

Last, but not least, we recommend the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences for your next golf break to Cyprus and it isn’t hard to see why. The Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences are the perfect choice if you are looking for a more intimate golf break as you can enjoy either a small apartment or large private villa but still have all of the facilities and luxuries of the excellent Aphrodite Hills Resort. From the resort, you can explore the beautiful beaches of Paphos or enjoy relaxing around the pool whilst you are not challenging the Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus Golf Club. The benefit of staying within the Holiday Residences is that you can use the self-catering facilities within your property or enjoy the three different restaurants on the Aphrodite Hills Resort.

The Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus was designed by the fantastic Cabell Robinson and was opened to the public in 2002. This course is a very impressive one and is the perfect mix of pot bunkers, stunning fairways or lush Bermuda grass and tiered greens. The course meanders through indigenous olive and carob trees and is separated by a breathtaking ravine making it a visually spectacular course. This is a truly stunning course but is a difficult one for those of all handicaps so make sure that you bring your best game to the first tee!

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are considering your options for your next golf escape, look no further than the wonders that Cyprus and these fantastic resorts have to offer you…

Best Golfing Deals for Groups

This week’s blog is a guide to a couple of the best properties and their golf courses that we have on offer for groups. Besides great value, these properties offer excellent golf either on-site or within the local area, lovely facilities and the atmosphere that you would want from a resort that you were staying at for your next group golf escape.

Islantilla Golf Resort is a brilliant four-star hotel which boasts an excellent location just next to the fantastic 27-hole Islantilla golf course and only 10 minutes’ walk from the beach. There are plenty of things to do at the resort besides playing golf including two paddle tennis courts and a spa to relax in. As there are four restaurants within the resort, you will never be short of somewhere excellent to eat and drink as there is something that will appeal to everyone. There is the varied buffet restaurant, an Andalusian grill bar which is open during high season by the pool. You can also enjoy the Italian restaurant and the Beach Club where you can sit and enjoy a bite to eat and a few drinks on the lounge-terrace overlooking the sea. This is an excellent hotel with stylish rooms, a pleasant atmosphere, excellent facilities and great golf as well as its brilliant beach club where you can find a pool, watersports and a beach bar.

Islantilla is a great 27-hole complex just an hours’ drive from Faro Airport and is regarded as one of Southern Spain’s finest courses. All three of the nine loops meander through pinewoods and many of the holes boast stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The beauty of having three different 9-hole layouts is that you can choose to play the two loops that take your fancy or the ones that are most suited to your golfing ability. Each and every one of the 27-holes at Islantilla is kept in perfect condition all year round and you are sure to have a superb golfing experience here. With three different loops of 9-hole which are all excellent, a brilliant resort to enjoy and beautiful weather on the Costa de la Luz for many months of the year, it is no surprise that we highly recommend Islantilla Golf Resort for your next group golf break.

The four-star Magnolia Hotel boasts a fantastic location situated in the surroundings of the prime golf destination of Quinta do Lago which means that it is close to some of the finest golf courses, most beautiful beaches and great shops in the Algarve. Each of the 74 stylish and well-appointed guest rooms is equipped with air-conditioning, modern amenities and private balconies. The hotel’s poolside restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner where you will be served a variety of different local dishes as well as international favourites. At the bar, you can enjoy cocktails and other beverages either at the indoor bar or poolside. Whilst you are not enjoying a round on one of the excellent Quinta do Lago golf courses, you can spend time relaxing by the heated outdoor pool, workout in the gym or on the tennis court or relax in the hotel’s sauna and steam room.

The highly acclaimed Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo courses are just a short drive from the hotel which makes this an ideal option for a great stay-and-play golf break to the Algarve. Quinta do Lago Laranjal was originally an orange grove but today it is a stunning 18-hole championship golf course where you can enjoy a challenging round of golf with its undulating fairways, large lakes and well-defined greens. This is a superb golf course where accuracy is key if you are hoping for a good scorecard.

Quinta do Lago North has undergone extensive redevelopments alongside Paul McGinley and it has been developed into a superb course with some very impressive holes. In particular, the finishing holes offer you the chance to take some great risks and maybe get rewarded if you play well!

Last, but not least, is Quinta do Lago South which is one of the most requested courses on the Algarve and is perfect if you are a long but accurate hitter. With stunning surroundings, many water hazards and weaving fairways in and out of the pine trees, this is a challenge but an excellent round of golf for those of all abilities. With these three excellent golf courses as well as the other facilities and excellent accommodation options within the resort, we hope that you consider this excellent resort for your next group golf escape to the Algarve.  

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog, and that when you are thinking about where you and your group should be jetting off to for your next golf holiday, then look no further than one of these great resorts and if you book with us now, we are offering an exclusive J Lindeberg golf polo shirt to any bookings made to the Algarve…