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The World’s Most Weird and Wonderful Golf Courses 

With such a wide variety of different golfing destinations in the world, there are countless weird and wonderful courses that any avid golf fan must visit. Whether you’d like a relaxing, spa style golf break, or you’re more interested in a unique and unusual setting to play a round of your favourite sport, here are 6 of the quirkiest courses around!

Prison View Golf Course – USA

Not your average, relaxing setting for a golf escape break; Prison View Golf Course in the Louisiana State Penitentiary is known for being home to the ‘bloodiest prison in America’. Its grounds are the same size as Manhattan and the immediate thing you notice upon driving in there is the Death Row Complex. The film ‘Dead Man Walking’ was filmed at this prison, but the true violence living behind these walls is far scarier than the fiction it famously housed – so much so that guests are required to go through high-level security checks before their round of golf.

Nullarbor Links, Nullabor Plains – Australia

Nullarbor Links in Nullarbor Plains Australia boasts the world’s longest Golf Course stretching to a massive 850 miles with one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre Highway. The word ‘Nullarbor’ originates from Latin meaning ‘no trees’ but there isn’t really much else here either – apart from the huge golf course that is. This impressive course was initially created to give Austrailian truckers something to do on the remote, long stretch of road as they passed by.

The Amazon Golf Course

Like the thought of playing a round of golf in the middle of the beautiful Amazon rainforest? The Amazon Golf Course located in Iquitos, Peru offers a whole new golfing experience. Not only will you be sharing the course with piranhas, caiman and snakes, but it is also standard procedure that each player is handed a machete on arrival, along with their clubs. This is definitely one for the thrill-seeking golfers out there!

Don Mueang – Bangkok

If you’re looking for adventure, then Don Muang Golf Course should be at the top of your golf bucket list. It’s owned by the Royal Thai Air Force and is positioned directly in between Don Mueang Airport’s two parallel and busy runways. The greens and fairways themselves aren’t particularly fancy; however, you can’t quite beat the location for bringing something unique to the table. What cooler interruption to your game is there than watching a Boeing 747 take off or land?

The Lost City Golf Course – South Africa

The Lost City Golf Course located in South Africa just beyond the Palace at the Lost City resort looks like something out of a film. The Lost City itself is inspired by the old African myth of a lost kingdom, and the entire setting of the palace and all of its surroundings replicates that through its exquisite architecture and impressive features. The Lost City Golf Course includes various different themes throughout from desert, to mountain and parkland. Be sure to be careful when you reach the 13th hole though – known for being unlucky for more than one reason, it is home to a group of terrifying Nile crocodiles!

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Golf Safari SA boasts beautiful safari golf breaks based in South Africa Pearl Valley, Pinnacle Point and Kruger Park Lodge. With stunning surroundings and plenty of wildlife to accompany you, their unique destinations are simply breathtaking, with each one offering something a little different, but each being equally as special.

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the fantastic deals that we have at Golf Escapes at the moment, whether you are looking for a short weekend away or a longer golf holiday, we have something for everyone this winter.

 

Precise Resort El Rompido is a stunning hotel which boasts a brilliant location situated on a 36-hole golf complex and featuring stunning views of the Piedras River Marshes. The El Rompido courses are considered to be two of the best courses in southern Spain and it isn’t hard to see why. El Rompido South boasts two distinctive sets of nine holes which are beautifully contrasting to provide golfers of all abilities, a varied and exciting round of golf. The course boasts stunning, sweeping views, many different hazards and some very memorable holes to combine to make an unforgettable round of golf. The second course, El Rompido North opened in 2006 and is the perfect companion to the South course with a round which is set on a more elevated landscape to enable golfers to enjoy the breath-taking scenery from perfect points throughout the round. Both of these courses are difficult, exciting and offer guests within the hotel, the perfect chance to enjoy some of Spain’s best golf.

The great thing about this hotel is that due to its fantastic location, not only do you have easy access to both El Rompido courses, but you can also enjoy some of the “real” Spain with the Paraje Natural Park just next door and the centre of El Rompido just a five-minute drive away. Besides playing golf and exploring the local area, you can utilise the hotel’s leisure facilities which include a mini-club, music shows and entertainment as well as sporting activities including tennis and football. Of course, there is also an outdoor swimming pool and extensive spa facilities! Within the hotel, you can find a range of accommodation from comfortable double rooms to lavish apartments which are ideal for those travelling with family or in a group. There are also the suites which you can upgrade to if you choose to. Within all of the rooms, you can find all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly need to fully enjoy your golf break including a spacious balcony or terrace, air conditioning, a TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. With extensive leisure facilities, beautifully decorated accommodation and many different dining options, it is no surprise that this is a Golf Escapes favourite! At the moment, you can enjoy some fantastic group offers if you are looking to travel early 2019 and also, some excellent unlimited golf packages so that you can truly enjoy the two El Rompido courses ‘til your heart is content.

 

Next, we recommend the Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort which is a new, luxurious golf resort nestled between Murcia and Cartagena. The hotel boasts extensive facilities for guests to enjoy including a tranquil spa area and a large outdoor swimming pool. There is also a range of outdoor activities available like football, tennis, cycling and hiking. Of course, the main attraction of this hotel is the brilliant Hacienda del Alamo golf course which only opened in 2016. The course is a pristine golfing oasis and is surrounded by beautiful, natural landscape but do not be fooled by its beauty as this course can prove to be a stern challenge to even the most discerning golfer. The course stretches over 7,400 yards and boasts original and unique holes to combine to make one of the longest courses in Spain which winds through almond and olive groves before concluding at the exciting 18th hole.

The Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf boasts an excellent golf course, great leisure facilities but also, 155 stylish bedrooms as well as 100 apartments which are all fully-equipped with all of the modern facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. When you are dining within the hotel, you will not be disappointed as you can find brilliant Mediterranean food, international favourites and light lunches and dinners at the eateries within the resort. Alternatively, you can take a trip to the nearby towns to enjoy the variety of restaurants and bars that you can find there. With brilliant prices on all of our rates for 2019, don’t delay and book this fantastic hotel today.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa which is a stunning five-star hotel set within the Portuguese countryside and is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and villages. The resort features both indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as extensive spa facilities. With a great package staying within this lovely hotel, you get to play rounds on Campo Real, Bom Sucesso and Royal Obidos, all of which are fantastic golf courses offering golfers exciting and challenging rounds of golf. Campo Real is a real challenge with tight driving holes, undulating fairways and small greens and boasts stunning views of the surrounding vineyards and rolling hills. Bom Sucesso is a championship golf course which is always in impeccable condition with spectacular views over the sea and the Obidos lagoon as well as well-designed greens and strategically positioned bunkers to pose a stern test of golf. Lastly, Royal Obidos which is difficult right from the first hole which is a difficult, right-handed dogleg leading into a very special combination of testing holes which overlook the lagoon. With three fantastic golf courses, what more could you possibly want from your next golf break?

Not only is there plenty of brilliant golf available, but the hotel’s accommodation is lovely and well-appointed, there are some beautiful Portuguese towns nearby ready to be explored and the dining options are excellent. For your next brilliant golf escape look no further than the Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort, especially as the prices for 2019 are looking fantastic.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you have a very merry Christmas! Don’t forget t’is the season of great deals and book your next golf escape today.

 

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our long-haul specials. With Christmas just around the corner and a long winter stretched out in front of us, it is about time to consider where your next golf escape will be and what you are looking for…

First up we have the fantastic Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa which is a brilliant five-star resort situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi and surrounded by a 27-hole championship golf course. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club is a world class golf course which boasts fantastic service and 27 championship holes. The course hosts the largest sporting event in the UEA’s capital which is the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and is an increasingly popular course which is unsurprising considering its beautiful setting. With rolling terrain, ornamental palm trees and seven saltwater lakes, it is no surprise that we would highly recommend a round of golf here.

Not only does the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort boast the Abu Dhabi Golf Club but whilst you are staying here, you have easy access to the fantastic Saadiyat Beach Golf Club as well. Besides the great golfing options, within close proximity of the hotel, you can enjoy attractions like the Corniche and Yas Island. Within the hotel, there are 172 open-plan, spacious guest bedrooms which all boast their own private balconies from which you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surrounding. The rooms are all fitted with the amenities and facilities that you could possibly need including a flat-screen TV, a Nespresso coffee maker and complimentary toiletries.

There are five different restaurants situated within the resort from buffet restaurants to fine dining as well as extensive leisure facilities including two outdoor swimming pools and a private beach area as well as the Heavenly Spa. If you are looking for a luxurious and relaxing golf escape, look no further than the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort.

 

Next up we have the fantastic Constance Belle Mare Plage which is an elegant resort situated on over a mile of white, sandy private beachfront with an offshore coral reef on the East Coast of Mauritius. You will never be short of somewhere brilliant to eat and drink as the resort boasts seven different restaurants which boast a variety of international a la carte and themed buffet restaurants which all either face the ocean, the impressive golf course or the pool area. Along with the private beachfront, you can relax around one of the four swimming pools or within the onsite spa where you can find a variety of different health and beauty treatments available for a small extra fee.

Within the hotel, all of the guestrooms are air-conditioned and feature a separate living area, a satellite TV as well as the other facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. Of course, if you were to choose this fantastic resort for your next golf break, the most important thing for you would be the golf courses and you wouldn’t be disappointed. The Legend Golf Course is a world class golf course and was designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Alliss. The course boasts 18 brilliant championship holes and is situated in the centre of a tropical forest, each of the holes has definitive characteristics and its design makes full use of these wonderful surroundings. You can also enjoy a few rounds on The Links Golf Course which is the second course within the Constance resort and was also designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Alliss. This is another stunning course situated in beautiful, natural surroundings and even boasts unique volcanic rock formations dotted around the course. With luxurious facilities, a stunning beach and two brilliant golf courses, where could be better for your next golf escape than the Constance Belle Mare Plage?

Last, but certainly not least, is the Westin Punta Cana Resort and Club situated within the Dominican Republic. The resort is situated just a few steps away from the pristine sands of Punta Cana and boasts stunning gardens, an array of leisure activities and wonderful restaurants for you to enjoy throughout your stay here.

The leisure activities and facilities include a swimming pool, a gym, tennis courts and a large spa area where you can enjoy relaxation therapy after a round on one of the oceanfront courses. La Cana Golf Club is a fabulous 27-hole championship course which has often been described as being one of the best courses in the Caribbean and it isn’t hard to say why. The course is split into three unique 9’s but the best part of the course is the stunning ocean-side 14 holes which boast stunning views whilst you take on this challenging course. Alternatively, you can enjoy a round on Corales Golf Course which is an exclusive 18-hole course situated along natural cliffs, bays and coves. With two wonderful golf courses in the area, a variety of leisure activities and beautiful guestrooms, this is another Golf Escapes favourite for your next golf holiday…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about taking a golf break, you check out one of these fantastic resorts and their impressive golf courses.

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our brilliant South African escapes. These trips will offer you the trip of a lifetime where you will get to enjoy the culture, cuisine and golf that this wonderful country has to offer you.

Fancourt Hotel is a truly charming five-star hotel nestled between mountains and forests at the heart of the Garden Route. All of the rooms within the hotel boast elegant furnishings and private balconies from which you can see stunning views of the Outeniqua Mountains. Of course, they are all fitted with the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including toiletries, a minibar and a satellite TV. It is no surprise that Fancourt is considered to be South Africa’s premier leisure resort due to the three excellent golf courses situated onsite which were all carefully designed by Gary Player: Links, Montagu and Outeniqua.

The hotel offers a range of dining options from casual through to classic and all of the food is made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. There is also a bar which boasts delicious regional wines as well as a spacious garden terrace on which to enjoy these wines. Besides the three fantastic Gary Player designed golf courses situated onsite of this luxurious hotel, there is also a spa, a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool. With wonderful facilities, a stunning location and outstanding golf, it is no surprise that we highly recommend this resort for your next golf escape to South Africa.

Next up we have the five-star Fairmont Zimbali Resort which is situated within the exclusive and tranquil Zimbali Coastal Resort eco-estate. The hotel boasts 154 rooms and suites which are all fitted with contemporary amenities including Wi-Fi and a TV as well as complimentary Le Labo products and dressing gowns within the spacious ensuite bathrooms. Within the resort, you can find a luxurious spa, three outdoor swimming pools and eight different restaurants and bars which are all open to guests to enjoy. You can enjoy casual poolside dining at Ayoba, Indian Fusion cuisine from OSA and international dishes at the Coral Tree Restaurant. Not only does the resort have so much to offer its guests, but its location means that you can explore Durban and Umhlanga as well as Ballito which is just five minutes’ drive from the resort.

This hotel offers a luxurious and relaxing stay for all guests as well as the opportunity to enjoy some fantastic golf. Most of our packages to Fairmont Zimbali include brilliant courses like Durban Country Club, Zimbali Coastal Resort and Mount Edgecombe Golf Estate. For your next golf break to South Africa, look no further than this stunning resort.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Rovos Rail. The Rovos Rail can be considered as more than a holiday as it is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The Rovos Rail was first established in 1989 and since then it has earned an international reputation for its world-class travel experiences with brilliant service, delicious cuisine and some of South Africa’s finest wines. You can choose from journeys that last from 48 hours to 15 days and whilst you are aboard the train, you wind through South African countryside soaking up the best culture, golf and safari experiences that this beautiful country has to offer you. The trains are beautifully decorated, and you can enjoy being fully all-inclusive which includes champagne! There are a variety of different trips to choose from, but the golf safari is perfect for those looking to sample some of the country’s finest golf and non-golfers are equally well catered for with exciting excursions and safaris.

The Rovos Rail Golf Safari lasts for nine days and is perfect for even the most discerning golfers, but it also offers brilliant excursions for those who aren’t going to play golf at all. The train departs from Pretoria and journeys north towards Sun City before turning eastwards to KwaZulu Natal and the Drakensberg escarpment. You will then find yourself travelling towards the Indian Ocean coast near Durban before heading north and running up the Indian Ocean coast into Swaziland. The final visit for the train is to the magnificent Kruger National Park. This is a fantastic experience and for anyone looking for a once in a lifetime experience, look no further than choosing a journey aboard the fantastic Rovos Rail…