Golf on-site

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our excellent resorts that boast brilliant golf courses on-site. This is perfect for when you are looking for a relaxing golf break that doesn’t require you to leave the comfort of your resort to find excellent golf. The beauty of each of these resorts is that they each boast everything that you could possibly want or need in order to have the perfect golf break…

Hotel Alicante Golf is a four-star resort which boasts an excellent location in Playa de San Juan where you can find a great array of bars and restaurants to enjoy and you can even jump on the Tram for 10 minutes and you will find yourself in the city centre of Alicante. During the day, you can enjoy relaxing on the beach which is just 10 minutes’ walk away and there is a free transfer to the beach from the hotel during July and August or you can enjoy relaxing around the outdoor pool. There are many different types of rooms that will suit everyone from double, twins and family rooms and suites so that whoever you are travelling with, you will be well catered for and comfortable. With Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a large outdoor swimming pool, many different restaurants and bars, a gym, a Wellness Centre and an indoor swimming pool as well as the fantastic 18-hole golf course on-site, it is no surprise that we recommend this resort for your next stay and play golf escape.

Alicante Golf Club was designed by Steve Ballesteros and consists of six par-3s, six par-4s and six par-5s which means that there is a real variety in layout as well as length for each hole. Since the course opened in 1998, there have been additions to the course in the way of artificial lakes and rivers which have increased the difficulty of the course. The course isn’t overly difficult but isn’t an easy round of golf by any stretch of the imagination and you must play strategically if you hope to leave with a good scorecard!

Roda Golf is situated in Murcia and can offer you a large selection of apartments and villas to rent and all of the accommodation is within walking distance of the resort’s fantastic 18-hole golf course. Whilst you are staying here, you have access to the pools which are situated around the apartments and you are only just over one kilometre from Mar Menor Beach. All of the apartments are well-equipped with a fully-fitted kitchen and a seating area with a TV as well as a balcony or terrace. There is a huge, luxurious clubhouse which boasts free Wi-Fi, an award-winning restaurant and a bar. Just five minutes away is Los Alcazares where you can find a supermarket, bars and restaurants.

Roda Golf Course is just a few minutes’ walk from any of the apartments and villas within the resort and was designed by Dave Thomas. The course is challenging with many water and sand hazards but there is no heavy rough and there are very few trees for you to watch out for which makes this a nice holiday golf course for golfers of all abilities. This is a brilliant resort with everything that you could need in order to have the perfect golf escape…

Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is located in southern Andalusia in the centre of Cadiz and was designed to look like a small white Andalusian town with narrow streets and squares. You can enjoy the outdoor swimming pools, the comprehensive spa facility as well as the fitness centre, tennis courts and the brilliant 18-hole golf course on-site. There are three a la carte restaurants onsite which serve everything from traditional Mediterranean dishes to international cuisine. If you are looking for a tranquil location in which to enjoy a lovely resort and all it has to offer as well as the lovely town of Cadiz, then look no further than the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort for your next golf escape.

Fairplay Golf Club was designed by Baron Paul Rolin and is a beautiful parkland course which stretches just over 6,000 metres and is situated within a lovely and tranquil area in the town of Cadiz. The course was built within a forested area and boasts many water hazards which will add an element of challenge to your round here. The course boasts lovely, wide fairways and large greens which means that it is an idyllic holiday course which is suitable for golfers of all abilities. From the course, you can enjoy beautiful views of La Janda valley, the Los Alcornocales national park and on a clear day, you can even see the coast of Africa.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that if you are looking for your ideal stay-and-play golf escape in Spain, look no further than one of these three special resorts and their fantastic 18-hole golf courses to enjoy…

Lisbon Special

This week’s blog is dedicated to the fantastic region of Lisbon and its brilliant golf. The region of Lisbon is the perfect destination for your next golf escape for many reasons. There is a vibrant culture and rich history for you to soak up, both within the city of Lisbon and its surrounding towns and villages.

Lisbon City is just a short flight away from any of the UK’s major airports which makes it easily accessible whether you are looking to go away for a week or two or just for the weekend. There are numerous golf courses to be enjoyed within the Lisbon area. The city of Lisbon is a great holiday destination with history, culture, great nightlife and many brilliant golf courses within close proximity of the city to enjoy such as Lisbon Sports Club and Belas.

Many of the courses in the Lisbon region are concentrated in the Estoril, Sintra, Cascais triangles on the coast to the north-west of Lisbon and there are many other brilliant courses situated to the south of Lisbon on the Costa Azul. Alternatively, you can travel an hour north of Lisbon to the fantastic Praia d’el Rey resort and Royal Obidos.

Upon arriving in Lisbon for your great golf escape, we recommend that you travel just 20 minutes outside of the city to the fantastic Lisbon Sports Club. The Lisbon Sports Club course is a brilliant 18-hole parkland course which was designed by Hawtree and Sons and serves as a brilliant way to unwind and relax straight from the plane as this is a short course as at only 5,278 metres off the back tees so suitable for a great warm-up round and for those who prefer the easy life! The 18-hole circuit is one of the most original in the whole country with an interesting layout of holes situated nested in a valley with a rich and beautiful forest biodiversity and an impressive brook which runs throughout 12 of the 18 holes and can pose a hazard to those with higher handicaps. If you are looking for a great warm-up course with a beautiful and natural setting, then you definitely could not be disappointed with Lisbon Sports Club’s course just 20 minutes’ drive from the airport and bustling city of Lisbon.

Just 30 minutes’ drive south from Lisbon is the four-star Montado Hotel and Golf Resort which boasts an impressive 18-hole golf course as well as seven different golf courses in the area which are all less than 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel. The resort is situated within a tranquil location and is surrounded by the region’s best vineyards just 15 minutes’ drive from the historic city of Setubal. Whilst you are not enjoying a round of golf on the lovely Montado golf course or on one of the other golf courses in the area, you can relax within the hotel’s spa which offers a large indoor pool as well as an extensive treatment list for you to choose from. The hotel’s restaurant offers a brilliant menu which is full of both regional and international dishes, alternatively, you can enjoy a light meal and a few drinks at the Pitch and Putt bar. This is a brilliant resort in a lovely location which serves as great access to the spectacular golf courses that are situated in the local area. 

One of the superb golf clubs in the local area of Montado Hotel and Golf Resort is Ribagolfe Golf Club. There are two excellent 18-hole courses situated at the club and both offer an interesting and challenging round of golf. Both of the Ribagolfe courses are laid out within a huge cork oak forest and so boasts lovely surroundings.

Ribagolfe I is a long and challenging course at 7,370 yards from the back tees but can be played by golfers with higher handicaps from the forward tees. This is the more challenging of the two courses as it plays both longer and tighter than Ribagolfe II. The course’s fairways are very narrow which means that any wayward shots will not be forgiven. During the back nine of the course, you have to navigate your ball around and over the treacherous lakes. This course boasts a top-class layout with 18 memorable holes and each of the holes poses a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities – a brilliant addition to any golf escape to Lisbon.

The second course at Ribagolfe, Ribagolfe II opened for play in 2004 and is also routed through cork oak and poses a fair challenge to golfers of all abilities. The course is shorter, and the fairways are more open on this course which can make the round a little easier, despite the fact that there is more water in play than on Ribagolfe I. This is another brilliant warm-up course that you could enjoy when on a golf break to Lisbon before taking on the stern challenge of Ribagolfe I…

If you are looking for a more resort-feel golf course, then look no further than Montado which is a Florida-style course, flat with many water and sand hazards. Although the course is entirely flat, it has a very interesting layout with several dog-leg holes to contend with. The 18th hole is of particular note as the green is situated on an island which can sometimes be tricky to reach. It is no surprise that this is an up-and-coming course which is now included on most golfer’s itinerary for a fantastic golf break to Lisbon.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and next time you are looking to have a long weekend somewhere great with excellent golf, keep Lisbon in your mind as you are sure to have a great golf trip with excellent courses, quick flights and beautiful accommodation.

Preview of the 2018 Open Championship

This week’s blog is a preview of The Open which starts in just a few days’ time on the 15th and lasts for a week. During this week, you will see the greatest players of the game take on the fantastic Carnoustie Championship course which is a brilliant and challenging seaside Links course situated in Scotland.

Carnoustie Championship course is a long, natural seaside links, which is widely considered to be one of the world’s most difficult and challenging golf courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The course arguably boasts one of the most challenging but impressive back nines in championship golf and specifically, the finishing holes are impressively difficult. The course has held The Open seven times previously and it isn’t surprising that it has been chosen to host the event again this year as it gives spectators a great game of golf to watch whilst the best golfers in the world struggle to contend with Carnoustie’s many challenges.

 

During the closing two holes, golfers must navigate their ball over the snaking burn no less than five times and in addition to the burn, Carnoustie boasts some formidable bunkers which are both cavernous and in abundance throughout the course. These bunkers can be seen in action on the par-five 6th hole which is widely regarded as one of the world’s best holes and was named after Ben Hogan who was the Open Championship winner in 1953. Golfers must navigate their way around the two fearsome looking bunkers which lie in wait in the middle of the fairway with a third bunker to the right-hand side making sure that the tee shot is a daunting one.

The 15th, 16th and 17th holes are arguably three of golf’s best closing holes. The 15th is a 460-yard par four in which the fairway slopes from left to right into the path of two waiting bunkers and your approach shot must avoid a cluster of bunkers which are positioned just to the right of the green. The 16th hole is a long par three which has many challenges besides its length for golfers to contend with. The 17th hole is very difficult as the Burn snakes in front of the tee and then loops back to cut across the fairway which can be made especially tricky when the wind is blowing…

 

Carnoustie is a very tough course to which everyone (including professionals) must bring their “A game” to if they are to walk away with a pleasant scorecard and especially so if they are looking to get their hands on the Claret Jug come the 22nd of July.

Last year at Royal Birkdale, we saw Jordan Spieth show resilience and skill in order to bounce back from the poor start that he made during his final round in order to secure his victory and claim the Claret Jug for the first time. Spieth has had a fantastic few years of golf and is one of the most successful young players that the game has ever seen as in 2015, he won both The Masters and US Open. He has had two runner-up finishes at Augusta and this April, finished 3rd, there is no denying that Spieth has a good chance of making this is the second year running with the Claret Jug.

 

There are some fantastic players that will be taking on the impressive Carnoustie Championship course and many that have the talent and grit in order to secure a victory and lift the Claret Jug so here are a few of the golfers that we should be looking out for…

 

Rory McIlroy may not have performed very well at the US Open or the Players Championship but showed an improvement in his game during the weekend at the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open which may have given him some important confidence ahead of The Open.

 

Justin Rose is certainly another player to watch as a home favourite as many believe that it is now time for him to take his place as a multiple major champion after his spectacular display winning the Olympic golf in Rio in 2016 and becoming the US Open champion in 2013.

 

Not surprisingly, Dustin Johnson, who is the world number one again and who has had a very consistent year so far is one that we should all keep an eye on as it seems time for the world number one to add another major win to his 2016 US Open triumph.

 

Someone who has had an impressive 2018 already with two wins is Jon Rahm who is destined to win a maiden major championship soon and there is no reason as to why it could not be The Open where he gets the chance to lift the tournament trophy with his current level of play.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that with all the excitement of the World Cup, you can take some time to watch some of golf’s greatest players take on the fantastic Carnoustie Championship course in a few days’ time…

Escape Differently…

This week’s blog is about three brilliant resorts that will offer you an amazing but different golf escape. With the English weather being as beautiful as it is at the moment, you may want to start thinking about making sure that you can get some more sunshine when this weather inevitably finishes and there is no better way to do so than with a great golf break somewhere beautiful…

Situated in the centre of the beautiful city of Murcia is the lovely, four-star TRYP Murcia Rincon de Pepe. This is a brilliant, modern hotel which offers everything that you could possibly want or need in order to have a brilliant golf holiday to Spain. The hotel boasts such a fantastic location as you are in a prime location to explore the city but you are also nearby to some brilliant golf courses which include Golf Altorreal, Lorca Golf Course and Hacienda del Alamo. Each of the guestrooms is decorated with modern décor and boasts all of the necessities including a flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar and a stylish ensuite bathroom. During the day, you can spend time exploring the historic Spanish city of Murcia, enjoy some of the world-class golf courses nearby, venture into the Gran Casino Murcia or workout in the hotel’s fitness centre. Although you are situated in the centre of the city where there is an abundance of brilliant bars and restaurants, you can also stay in the hotel and try one of its two restaurants. The Rincon de Pepe Restaurant boasts a classic style whilst the La Barra del Rincon Restaurant is more informal and serves lovely Spanish tapas which you can enjoy outside on the terrace. With brilliant golf, a superb location within a beautiful city and so many great things to do and see, it is no surprise that we highly recommend the TRYP Murcia Rincon de Pepe if you are looking for a brilliant but alternative golf escape…

The four-star Acaya Golf Resort and Spa boasts an idyllic location nestled in the heart of the stunning Italian countryside where you feel like you are isolated from the hustle and bustle of the world but in reality, you are just 20 minutes’ drive from the historical centre of Lecce and just five minutes’ drive from the stunning coastline of Southern Italy.  The superb Acaya Golf Club boasts 18 brilliant holes of golf and is situated onsite of the resort which means that great golf truly is at your fingertips here. After a round of golf, you can enjoy relaxing around one of the two outdoor swimming pools or enjoy the extensive spa facilities within the resort. Each of the guest rooms is beautifully decorated and all of the rooms boast lovely views of either the golf course, the gardens of the Puglia countryside. Within the rooms, you can find all of the modern essentials including a satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities and a well-stocked minibar! In the town of Lecce, you can find an array of authentic bars and restaurants to enjoy and as the town is just 20 minutes’ drive away, we highly recommend that you take the time to explore! Although, if you stay within the resort for your meals, you certainly won’t be disappointed as the hotel boasts the fantastic Gian Giacomo Restaurant which boasts a wide range of fine cuisine which is created using the region’s fresh and local ingredients. With excellent golf on-site, the beach within a five-minute drive, two outdoor pools, extensive spa facilities and a stunning historic town just 20 minutes’ drive away, you can’t really beat this beautiful resort for your next golf holiday to Italy.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort which is located in the centre of Cadiz in Southern Andalusia where you can find some of the best beaches on the Atlantic coast. The resort is designed as a small white Andalusian town with narrow streets and squares which makes this a perfect and tranquil resort for you to enjoy your next golf break within. You can enjoy everything that the resort has to offer including outdoor swimming pools, extensive spa facilities, a fitness centre, tennis courts and most importantly, a spectacular golf course on site. Within the resort, there are three different a la carte restaurant. La Atalaya serves delicious Mediterranean food, Los Acebuches offers a lovely buffet and Mar de Campo boasts local products and modern cuisine for you to enjoy. Alternatively, you can enjoy light bites at the poolside brasserie and Club House snack bar. There are four different bars available for guests within the resort. If you are looking for a lovely resort with all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly want or need to enjoy a five-star golf break, then look no further than the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort in Cadiz…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are considering booking your next golf escape, take a look at these three excellent options for a lovely golf break…