Preview of the 2018 Ryder Cup

This week’s blog is a preview for the Ryder Cup which is starting tomorrow (the 28th) and is going to be played over the weekend at the brilliant Le Golf National in Paris. This weekend’s golfing competition will see Europe try to regain the Ryder Cup against a very powerful American team.

This biennial tournament is always an exciting one with the best European players competing against the top American golfers in order to claim victory for their team. This year, The US has 11 of the top 20 players in the world and Europe have just six of them but that doesn’t mean that Europe cannot reclaim the title this weekend after the USA won at Hazeltine in 2016 by 17 points to 11.

The Albatros Course at Le Golf National is a really beautiful course and it is widely recognised as being one of the best championship golf courses in the whole of Europe. The course has played host to the French Open since 1991 and boasts a spectacular golfing challenge to even the most experienced and brilliant golfers which makes it an ideal venue to hold this exciting event. The course lies just 20 miles outside of Paris and opened in 1991 after three years of construction. The course itself is firm but fair and measures over 7,000 yards from the championship tees, it is also arguably the toughest test of golf in the Paris region and is an exciting round of golf both for players and spectators. The final four holes of the course are surrounded by water hazards and these difficult holes will make or break for the teams’ scorecards this weekend which will be thrilling to watch.

The American captain, Jim Furyk, will be hoping for a repeat of Team USA’s performance back at Hazeltine but Team Europe’s captain, Thomas Bjorn will be sure to try his hardest to reclaim the title for his team and this weekend, we will get to watch this battle unfold. Thomas Bjorn has been on the winning side in his three appearances as a player and only on the losing side once as a vice-captain in four events. He has had plenty of leadership experience whilst being a vice-captain in 2010, 2012 and 2016 and previously, in 2004. Bjorn has had a great career on the European Tour and captaining Team Europe to victory at Le Golf National this weekend will top off this career nicely.

Jim Furyk, like Bjorn, has not captained before but he has made more starts in the Ryder Cup for the US than any other player and in the past few years, has shown his talent at different competitions including tying for second place at the 2016 U.S. Open and becoming the first player to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour event back in 2016 as well. Another great player who will be fighting hard for Team USA will be Tiger Woods and many people have been speculating whether this weekend will become a lot about Woods showing off his return to form. Woods has won an astounding 80 events on the PGA Tour, including 14 major championships and was previously named as one of the Vice Captains under Jim Furyk for this year’s event before being named as a captain’s pick. With Furyk and Woods, as well as other world class players, Team USA will be a tough team for Team Europe to beat.

Sergio Garcia has been named as one of the captain’s pick by Thomas Bjorn and it isn’t hard to see why. He is a veteran of eight Ryder Cups and has won 22.5 points during these appearances and just last year, he won his first Major Championship at the 2017 Masters Tournament where he beat Justin Rose, his Ryder Cup teammate this weekend. Justin Rose is another strong player for Team Europe has this will be his fourth consecutive Ryder Cup with Team Europe and he has been both on the winning side and the losing side twice. Rose recently reached a career-high World Ranking of second after he finished as a runner-up at The Open.

With both teams bringing out their best and most experienced players, this weekend is sure to be an exciting one with play at Le Golf National starting this Friday so make sure that you are tuned in and keeping up with play over the weekend.

Whilst you may not be out on the golf course this weekend as you may prefer to sit back on the sofa and enjoy the action, there is still plenty of time for you to plan an Autumn golf escape somewhere nice…

A Treat for Golfers and Non-Golfers Alike

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our best resorts that are perfect for both golfers and non-golfers. Whether you are looking for great golf or excellent leisure facilities and luxurious accommodation, look no further than one of these superb resorts next time you are looking to travel as a group of both golfers and non-golfers, with your family or with a partner who isn’t as keen to spend time on the golf course as you are!

First up we have the brilliant Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa which is a lovely, five-star hotel situated in the heart of the luxurious resort of Estoril just a few minutes’ walk from the sandy beaches. This hotel boasts so much charm and character, as well as access to some of the best golf courses in the area including Golf do Estoril, Oitavos, Marinha and Penha Longa. If you are a non-golfer, you can enjoy your time here relaxing in the hotel’s excellent spa which boasts a sauna, a Turkish bath, an indoor pool and a hot tub as well as massage and beauty sessions. This beautiful hotel offers four brilliant dining outlets including The Grill Four Seasons where you can find a wide range of both Portuguese and international specialities. This luxurious hotel offers great deals on golf packages where you can receive free transfers to and from the courses and for non-golfers, the spa here is unrivalled and you also have easy access to the stunning beaches and the casino. Look no further than this five-star property for your next golf break with a non-golfer!

Another brilliant resort for both golfers and non-golfers is the five-star Cornelia Deluxe Resort which is situated in Belek and offers an excellent all-inclusive option. You can enjoy a wide range of activities during your stay here including tennis, aerobics, billiards and bowling and there is also a great kids club if you are planning on a golf break with your family! The best thing about staying here is the reduced green fees for the Cornelia Faldo course but for non-golfers, you have to be impressed with the hotel’s direct access to its own private beach where you can find an abundance of sunbeds and a great beach bar. With beautiful and well-appointed accommodation which boasts everything that you could need or want in order to have a perfect golf break, access to a private beach and brilliant leisure facilities including the Cornelia Faldo golf course, you need look no further than the brilliant Cornelia Deluxe Resort for your nets golf escape to Turkey.

The brilliant La Manga Resort boasts two excellent accommodation options; you can either stay win the Prince Felipe Hotel or the apartments with Las Lomas Village. The apartments are all very well-appointed with fully-equipped kitchens and living areas which means they are the perfect option for those who want to self-cater as you still get access to everything within the resort including the swimming pools, the spa and the La Manga golf courses. The Hotel Prince Felipe is widely considered to be the centrepiece of the fantastic La Manga Resort and is a beautiful and luxurious hotel. All of the rooms within the hotel boast private balconies and all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of is standard including satellite tv and tea and coffee making facilities. With two brilliant accommodation options, extensive leisure facilities and three excellent golf courses, there is nowhere better for your next golf break to Spain than the fabulous La Manga Resort in Murcia whether you re a golfer or non-golfer.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Verdura Resort, A Rocco Forte Hotel situated in Sicily. The resort is situated within 230 hectares of olive groves and other beautiful Sicilian countryside. The resort boasts lovely, spacious rooms and some of the rooms even boast their own private courtyard and terraces which overlook the Mediterranean Sea. The resort boasts great leisure facilities including tennis courts, two 18-hole golf courses, a large infinity pool and a gym. For those who aren’t planning on spending time on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy a range of different beauty treatments and massages. There are some great dining options within the resort with four excellent restaurants for you to choose from. Whether you are coming to enjoy the golf or just the local area, brilliant weather and extensive facilities within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed if you choose the Verdura Resort for your next holiday to Sicily.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that next time you are thinking about where to travel to with your group of friend, partner or family, consider one of these fantastic resorts for your next golf break…

The Best Resorts with Golf On-site

This week’s blog is a guide to some resorts that boast excellent golf course onsite. Whether you are looking for a short golf break where you won’t have to leave the hotel to find a brilliant golf course or you are just looking for ease, look no further than one of these excellent resorts golf resorts for your next golf escape where there is golf onsite of the resort…

First up we have the excellent Monte Rei Golf and Country Club which is situated between the mountains and the ocean. The resort boasts lovely, self-catered accommodation and a stunning golf course as well as great leisure facilities and four restaurants. The apartments and villas were all built in a typically Portuguese style and are furnished to the highest standard with large terraces, outdoor dining areas and modern essentials. Of course, the main reason to choose Monte Rei Golf and Country Club as the destination for your next golf break is the superb Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course which opened in 2007 and very soon after, established itself as one of the finest courses on the whole of the Algarve. The course is a stern test of golf with five lakes bordered by indigenous plants and trees. Make sure to make playing on Monte Rei golf course on your bucket list and there is no better way to enjoy this course than to stay within the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club where you can find plenty to do for golfers and non-golfers alike as well as stunning scenery and everything you need in order to have the perfect golf escape.

The five-star Pestana Vila Sol Golf and Resort Hotel is arguably one of the best golfing destinations in Europe and boasts several fantastic courses in the area, beautiful beaches and a wide array of great restaurants and bars which are situated in the marina just five minutes’ walk from the hotel. There are 189 guestrooms within the hotel and they are all luxuriously decorated and boasts stunning views of the surrounding areas. All of the rooms are fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. Within the hotel’s local area, there are courses like Pinta, Gramacho, Silves, Alto and Dom Pedro Pinhal but most impressively, the Vila Sol is situated onsite of the resort and is considered to be one of the most popular golf courses in the Algarve. The Vila Sol course is a 27-hole complex and once held the Portuguese Open. The course has some truly beautiful and memorable holes with stunning views from almost every tee. You will play through the course winding through an immense pinewood where you can find a variety of nut and fruit trees. This is a stunning inland golf course with very narrow fairways and strategically placed hazards to test even the best of golfers. If you are looking for a five-star golf break somewhere where you can enjoy a multitude of excellent golf courses then look no further than the fantastic Pestana Vila Sol Golf and Resort Hotel for your next golf holiday…

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Abama which is situated in a beautiful and peaceful setting away from the more commercialised areas of the island of Tenerife. The hotel boasts 300 rooms and 120 villas which have all been decorated in a Moorish style with stunning views of the ocean, the gardens or the golf course. All of the rooms feature luxurious bathrooms, bedding and all of the facilities and amenities that you would want or need in order to enjoy your stay including Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. There is plenty to do within the local area with local attractions and sites to visit but the most important part of Tenerife is the golf. The island of Tenerife is home to some of the continent’s most prestigious golf courses and if you stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Abama, you can enjoy some of these being right on your doorstep. The Abama course is situated on-site of the hotel and Golf Costa Adeje is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. With so much to do, see and enjoy on the island of Tenerife, look no further for your next golf escape than this island where the weather is great for golfing for nearly the entire year.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will think about these great resorts next time you are looking for your perfect golfing getaway…

Golf Escapes’ Best Serviced Apartments

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best resorts to go to if you are looking for well-appointed apartments. The great thing about staying within a well-fitted apartment when you are enjoying your next golf break is that you have the best of both worlds and you can choose to explore the resort’s and golf club’s dining options, but you can also choose to dine in and cook your own meals which can make things cheaper.

 

At the Las Lomas Village, there are some excellent four-star apartments which offer a superb self-catering option as an alternative to the hotel, La Manga Principe Felipe. All of the apartments boast everything that you could need or want in order to have an enjoyable and relaxing golf escape. La Manga Las Lomas Village is situated onsite of the La Manga Club Resort where you can find a fantastic hotel, brilliant golf courses, bars and restaurants and other leisure facilities. Within the resort, you can find three golf courses, a fitness studio, extensive spa facilities and a swimming pool.

The apartments are all built into a hillside which means that from them, you can enjoy stunning views over the North Course at La Manga Golf Club and out to sea. Within the village, you can choose between spacious townhouses and modern apartments dependent on your group size but wherever you stay, the facilities are the same. All of the accommodation is fitted with private balconies, complimentary Wi-Fi access and air conditioning as well as a fully-equipped kitchen, a lounge area and a dining table. If you choose to venture out of the apartments for food within the La Manga Resort, you can find ten different restaurants to choose from as well as two bars and two cafes which means that you can easily go out for food rather than cook. If you are looking for a great golf escape where you can stay in beautifully appointed apartments within a brilliant resort, then look no further than the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village for your next golf break to Spain.

 

Situated within the centre of the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course are the beautifully appointed Residences at Victoria by Tivoli. If you choose to stay within these brilliant self-catering apartments, you will get to enjoy a brilliant location just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Vilamoura and surrounded by some of the best golf courses in the region.

All of the apartments are two or three-bedroom apartments set within different building blocks and can accommodate between four and six guests within each apartment. Each of the apartments is fully furnished with a kitchenette, a lounge area, a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy stunning views and a garage. Within the resort, you can find everything that you need for a great golf escape with three swimming pools as well as an onsite restaurant for those who would rather eat out. Of course, as you are so close to Vilamoura where there is a brilliant harbour with many bars and restaurants, you can eat and drink out whenever you please easily. The best thing about these great apartments is your positioning to enjoy some of the best golf in the region. From the apartments, you have easy access to courses like Victoria, Laguna, Pinhal and Vila Sol. With beautifully appointed apartments which are perfect for self-catered golf escapes and excellent golf within the local area, look no further than the Residences at Victoria by Tivoli if you are looking for a well-appointed apartment on a great resort for your next golf break…

 

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Bom Sucesso Resort which boasts uniquely designed apartments which are all modern, clean, spacious and well-equipped. All of the villas and apartments boast beautifully furnished patios that lead through to the hotel’s gardens as well as everything within the property that you might need or want. There are well-equipped kitchens and fully-furnished common areas within the apartments which are all decorated beautifully.

This is a brilliant resort which boasts so much to do and see including a great, outdoor pool as well as an 18-hole golf course and other leisure facilities including four tennis courts and a football pitch. If you are looking to eat out as well as self-cater, you can enjoy Bom Sucesso’s restaurant which serves delicious Mediterranean dishes with a Portuguese touch and you can enjoy a filling and delicious breakfast at the golf club. During the summer months, from the resort, you can get a shuttle to the beach and Obidos. This is a wonderful resort to enjoy your next golf escape within and the best thing is, that you can choose whether to self-cater or eat within the resort’s restaurant or explore Obidos for bars and restaurants.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these excellent self-catering options for perhaps, an autumn or winter sun escape where you can find great apartments situated within beautiful resorts with great golf courses…