This week’s blog is a guide to the best nine courses that you will (probably) not have heard of! Whether you are looking for a golf course to centre your next trip around or just interested in hearing about what is out there, this is the perfect blog for any discerning golfer.

 

Real Club Sevilla Golf was designed by Jose Maria and boasts one of the finest courses in Europe as well as a central location just a few minutes from the centre of Sevilla. The course boasts beautiful scenery, tree-lined fairways, numerous strategically placed bunkers, undulating greens and nine lakes to contend with. The course is relatively flat which means that you can easily walk your way around, but it does feature a testing layout. As you make your way around the course, you will find a challenge on every corner. This is a brilliant course ideal for both amateurs and professionals alike.

The first signature hole of the course is a 160-yard par-3 from an elevated tee over a lake towards a narrow green which is set at 45 degrees – you must control your tee shot on this hole. With each hole, the course increases in difficulty and the 18th is a spectacular finishing hole. It is a long, 440-yard par-4 where you must carry your tee shot over 200 yards in order to miss the water, your approach is then uphill to a green protected by more water both at the front and to the left. One of the best things about this course is that it is a little off the beaten track, which means that it is unspoilt and well-manicured all year round. With the beautiful and historic city of Seville on its doorstep and a brilliant round of golf on offer, you cannot go wrong with this club for your next golf escape. If you are looking for a great, testing round of golf which will offer you a delightful golfing experience, look no further than a round on the Real Club Golf Sevilla.

 

Up next, we have Crete Golf Club which was designed by the highly-acclaimed golfing legend, Bob Hunt. This stunning 18-hole course boasts a very special location in Hersonissos just on the outskirts of the resort of Malia. The backdrop of the course as you make your way around is simply breath-taking with views of the Mediterranean landscape. The course opened in 2003 and has since become popular with locals and alike, since then, the course has undergone extensive renovations and reopened in 2015. There is no doubting that this course will become even more popular among discerning golfers in the next couple of years.

The course boasts a complete technical challenge with both short and lengthy holes, its layout winds its way through rocks and ravines whilst offering its guests the most stunning views of Cretan landscapes. The course has a quartet of memorable par-3s along the course, two on the front nine and two on the back. Many players would say that the best of these is the 6th which is 198 yards long from the back markers. You must carry your tee shot over a deep gorge to reach the two-tiered green which has been cut into the foot of a hillside – many would say that if you score 3 on this hole, you have achieved a birdie. Stunning scenery, year-round beautiful weather and a brilliant round of golf – why wouldn’t you choose Crete Golf Club for your next golf escape?

 

Situated in Etnas Natural Park within the North-Eastern region of the mountains in Sicily sits the Il Picciolo Golf Club. This special course is one of only half a dozen golf courses that are currently open for play in Sicily – however, there are many more under construction. The course winds its way through a mass of oak trees, vineyards, hazelnut trees and even ancient lava flows which have been carved out by Mount Etna. This is a course where the holes will be etched in your memory long after you walk off the 18th. The club is very special as it was developed in 1989 but due to its remarkably unique landscape, it feels as if it has been situated here for centuries. However, you must make sure to not be distracted by the interesting scenery as the course boasts plenty of challenges including water hazards and brutal out of bounds to steer clear of.

The course measures just under 6,000 metres from the championship tees and plays to a par of 72. There are some brilliant highlight holes including the short par-4s like the 3rd hole where out of bounds run the length of the fairway to the left making it a tight hole to play. The course’s signature hole is considered to be the very short 15th (it measures less than 100 metres from the back tees) where the backdrop is Mount Etna and there is a three-tiered green, this hole rarely yields anything less than a “3” on the scorecard. Il Picciolo is a special golf club and with more courses coming to the region of Sicily, it will soon be a popular golfing destination.

 

The Al Hamra Golf Club is a brilliant, exciting and challenging golf course which is situated in Ras Al Khaimah. The course was designed by Peter Harradine and flows through four inter-connected open water lagoons which merge with the Arabian Gulf. The course measures a long 7,325 yards from the back tees and was designed in the manner of a traditional links course. This course is perfect as a holiday course as it is playable for all standards of golfers as there are five varies tee shots meaning that those from accomplished player to novices can enjoy their round. Water hazards come into play at several of the holes; most notably on either side of the fairway on the 3rd hole. The 18th is an intimidating par-5 where water is lying in wait to catch any errant shots along the right of the hole right from the tee to the triple-tiered green.

The club is situated 50 minutes’ drive from Dubai airport and right next to the five-star Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah where you can find world-class facilities and luxurious service. This is arguably the best links layout in the UAE, so make sure that it is on your radar next time you are planning a golf break.

 

Situated in the heart of a beautiful valley on the outskirts of Stellenbosch is De Zalze Golf Club. The course measures 6,369 yards from the back tees and boasts a mixed parkland and woodland layout. Golfers of all standards will find this course a challenge as accuracy is very important if you are to finish the round with a pleasant scorecard. The course’s signature hole is the short par-4 13th hole where you walk out onto a boardwalk where you can find three tees out in a lake from which you must carry your ball onto the fairway which is to the right-hand side of the water. Those who are big hitters may be tempted to go straight for the green but that would be inadvisable!

After your round, make sure to venture into the clubhouse as you can enjoy a few beverages whilst looking out across the Blauuwklippen River and the Stellenbosch Mountains. With a very special location, an interesting layout and beautiful scenery, make sure that you take a look into taking your next golf escape to South Africa as you will be surprised at the brilliant courses that you can find there.

 

The Emporda Links course boasts fast and wide fairways which have been defined with mounding and deep rough but very little trees. This course is a complete contrast to its neighbour, the Forest course, but it is a stunning test of golf which requires the utmost accuracy if you are to score well. It is no surprise that the course consistently ranks as one of the top 20 courses in Northern Spain due to its interesting layout and excellent condition.

Although the course is quite open, there are many strategically placed water hazards which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots as you make your way around the courses. One of the best things about this course is that it is rarely very busy which means that you can enjoy a leisurely round taking in the scenery and enjoying the layout of this brilliant course. If you are thinking about taking a golf break to the Costa Brava, look no further than Emporda Links for an excellent round of golf.

 

Now, technically, this blog contains information about ten impressive golf courses rather than nine as there are two brilliant courses situated at Ribagolfe which is up next on our list. Ribagolfe is located an hour’s drive from the city of Lisbon but it is well worth the drive with 36 brilliant holes of golf situated here.

Ribagolfe I is considered to be one of the best courses that we have ever played, although the course only opened in 2004, it is already mature with 18 very memorable holes. The course measures 7,370 yards from the back tees and is not an easy round of golf. Treacherous lakes come into play on the back nine holes on the 12th, 14th and 15th and these late holes can really damage your scorecard if you aren’t an accurate player. With cork tree-lined fairways, water hazards and undulating well-bunkered greens create one of the finest courses that you will ever have the opportunity to play.

Ribagolfe II is a slightly shorter but tighter round of golf than its older sibling but still enjoys the magnificent setting. This course is more suited to the club handicap golfer due to the extensive water hazards which must be taken seriously if you are not to damage your scorecard irreparably. The course boasts large, contoured greens and a beautifully balanced set of par-3s with the toughest being the 3rd where trees partially block the route to the green on the right-hand side. With two stunning golf courses at this complex, it is well worth driving that little bit extra to enjoy these courses when you are next in Lisbon.

Situated in Almeria is Aguilon which is a course that opened in 2007. The course boasts a very special location situated at the foot of the Sierra Aguilon mountains which means that the scenery is simply stunning. This course is definitely not one for beginners as there are many strategically placed bunkers, lakes, palm trees and ravines which you must navigate your way around successfully in order to finish the round with a nice scorecard. Besides from the hazards, there are further distractions due to the spectacular sea and mountain views that you can enjoy as you make your way around the course. If you are going to choose to stay in one of the popular golf resorts further to the south, this is worth the drive up to enjoy this gem of a golf course.

If you are looking for a firm but fair test of golf on a beautiful course, make sure that you make the journey to play at Aguilon as it is truly a round that you won’t forget anytime soon!

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Hanbury Manor which was designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus II. The course opened for play in 1990 and has since become to be one of the most well-respected golfing venues in the country and it isn’t hard to see why. The course is kept in brilliant condition all year round and has hosted the English Open on the European Tour.

Measuring over 6,660 yards from the medal tees, this course is not an easy one. The 8th hole is the toughest hole of the course, it measures 425 yards with out of bounds all the way along the right-hand side. The approach shot to the green is a difficult one, even if you are lucky enough (or skilled enough!) to be in the middle of the fairway when you take the shot. The green is elevated and protected to the left by a lake and a grassy hollow to the right, the green slopes towards the lake so watch out when you are making your putt. A variety of holes, beautiful scenery and a great location makes this an ideal destination for your next golf escape.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that a few of these courses have caught your eye! Make sure to give us a ring if you want to discuss any of these further or take a look around the website for further inspiration.

This week’s blog is a guide to our seven top courses of the Caribbean and the hotels that you may choose to stay in to play these very special courses. Whether you are looking for a real challenge or a nice, holiday course, you can find it all within this blog.

 

The brilliant Westin Puntacana Resort and Club is an extensive golf resort situated just moments from the pristine sands of Punta Cana. This resort is stunning with gardens, swimming pools and other leisure activities to keep you busy. These leisure activities include a gym, tennis courts and a large spa area which is perfect for relaxation therapy after taking on the challenge of one of the local golf courses. The hotel boasts 200 well-equipped guestrooms featuring air conditioning, a rain shower, a flat-screen TV and a private balcony from which you can enjoy breathtaking sea views. Here, you can enjoy an all-inclusive board basis and the resort offers an abundance of restaurants as part of the all-inclusive programme with eight different international restaurants to enjoy. There are also an abundance of bars and public areas for you to grab a few drinks and soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful resort. The two golf courses, La Cana and Corales, are located just a short drive from the resort.

 

La Cana Golf Club was designed by Pete Dye and is a brilliant 27-hole Championship course which has been frequently described as being one of the best courses in the Caribbean and it isn’t hard to see why. There are three unique sets of 9 holes, the Tortuga, Hacienda and Arrecife. There are 14 shoreline holes, which boast consistent and stunning sea views as you take on these challenging holes. The first of these is the 5th hole which is played to a rock-walled green that protrudes out into the sea, you reach the beach again at the 7th hole. As you venture further inland, there are ponds which come into play which can mean that you lose a couple of balls here! One of the best parts about the course, are the two closing holes where if you place your ball too far left at either hole, it will end up caught in the waves. This course is playable by golfers of all abilities but will still pose a firm challenge to even the most discerning golfer. Another attraction of this course is the 19th hole at La Cana Golf and Beach Club where you can enjoy a few drinks and views of the Caribbean Sea.

Corales Golf Course was designed by Tom Fazio and is an exclusive, 18-hole course located not far from the Westin Puntacana. This course is well-known among keen golfers and was designed along the natural cliffs, bays and coves which are all signature features of the beautiful West Coast of the Dominican Republic. The course is not to be taken lightly as it stretches to over 7650 yards from the back tees, this means that this course is perfect for those who want to power a drive whilst soaking up the stunning views and scenery which surrounds this course. There are six oceanside holes which weave their way through inland lakes and coralina quarries, this is an exhilarating round of golf with beautiful views and challenging and unique holes to tackle. It is not surprising that this course has a brilliant reputation and is considered to be one of the best courses in the Dominican Republic. The 18th hole is one of the most special holes of the course, those of all abilities will be challenged with a daunting drive over the ocean and rocky cliffs to reach the distant fairway on the other side. After you round, take a visit to the clubhouse where you can enjoy stunning views over the bay of Corales.

Whether you are travelling with family, friends or with a partner, a golf break to the Westin Puntacana where you can enjoy two breath-taking golf courses is surely one for you to consider for 2019…

 

Situated in the South East of the Dominican Republic is the special golf resort of Casa de Campo. This resort offers its guests an unrivalled golfing experience with three distinctly unique and impressive golf courses situated onsite. There is no surprise that 7,000-acre this resort has been considered to be one of the world’s leading golf resorts. The style of the resort replicates a 16th-century Mediterranean village and amphitheatre. Each of the hotel rooms boasts rich mahogany furnishings and either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the resorts’ surroundings. The rooms are all equipped with everything that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. You can enjoy an all-inclusive board basis within the hotel and there are seven divine restaurants for you to try whilst you are here. From the Mediterranean to seafood to Italian and other international restaurants, no one could go hungry here! To get around the resort, you can use your own 4-passenger cart, within the resort you can find water sports, horseback riding, a health spa, tennis and polo facilities as well as the three championship golf courses.

 

Teeth of the Dog golf course is ranked as the best course in the Caribbean and it isn’t hard to see why this course earned such a prestigious ranking. The course was designed by Pete Dye in 1971 and this course was the one that put the Dominican Republic on the golfing map. The course is incredibly challenging with 18 beautiful but unique and difficult holes for you to take on. There are seven holes which hug the shoreline, and these are particularly memorable. The course boasts numerous tricky shots including tough doglegs, signature Dye hurdles, very long fairways and when the breeze is blowing from the Caribbean Sea, you are guaranteed a challenging round. The course was renovated in 2005 and now measures a whopping 7,350 yards from the back holes so make sure that you select your tee box carefully!

Dye Fore is another of the impressive golf courses situated on the impressive golfing resort of Casa de Campo. This course was also designed by Pete Dye, but this course boasts a links layout. Dye Fore offers panoramic 360-degree views 27 exceptional holes of golf, seven of which are cliffside and drop 300 feet into the Chavon River. The course boasts a magnificent backdrop of the Dominican mountains, the Chavon River, Marina and Caribbean Sea. On this course, you can find arguably two of the greatest par-3 holes in the world (the 12th and 15th hole). The Chavon River cuts a deep path through the landscape as it tumbles down from the Dominican mountains right to the coast, the Dye Fore course sits high above the waters with many of the holes on the back nine routed along the top edge on one side of this valley. Some people consider Dye Fore to be an even more special course than Teeth of the Dog as it offers an unrivalled round along the shoreline of the South East of the Dominican Republic. After your round, make sure you take a visit to the clubhouse where you can enjoy a few drinks in a delightful setting. Playing at Dye Fore is a once in a lifetime golfing experience as you can find 27 holes of brilliant golf with breath-taking views from start to finish.

Another Pete Dye creation sits on the Casa de Campo golf resort, The Links course was created in 1975 and underwent extensive renovations in 2012 to make it as challenging as its fellow Casa de Campo courses. The course is reminiscent of a classic links-style course which you would often find on the British Isles, but the scenery is very different from that of which we have at home! The course’s beautiful layout meanders through the resort of Casa de Campo and boasts very special views of the Caribbean Sea. Although unlike the other courses, it may not be next to the ocean, it is still a very exciting course to play as you can tackling rolling fairways, elevated landscape, water hazards, small greens and numerous strategically placed bunkers which are lying in wait to catch any errant shots! Many consider The Links to be as challenging as Teeth of the Dog due to its difficult terrain and long, rough areas.

As you can see, there are three spectacular courses for you to choose from should you choose Casa de Campo for your next golf holiday. Whether you are looking for a real challenging course or a more relaxing round of golf, you can find it all here.

 

Sandy Lane is an exclusive resort nestled on the West Coast of Barbados. The resort boasts 45 holes of golfing brilliance across three world-class golf courses: The Green Monkey, The Country Club and The Old Nine. The resort is located within an ancient grove and former sugar cane plantation, you can enjoy overlooking the beach and crystal-clear waters of the ocean. Besides fantastic golf courses, you can find a brilliant spa, a fitness centre and tennis courts. This resort is particularly perfect for couples who are seeking a romantic golfing getaway!

The Country Club is a brilliant 18-hole parkland course which opened in 2001. The course has been maintained to the highest standards and boasts immaculate greens, fairways and five large lakes. This course is a lot more open than its sister courses, The Green Monkey and The Old Nine, and stretches over 7,000 yards so you can really enjoy hitting those power drives whilst enjoying beautiful views over the Caribbean Sea. This course is considered to be a golfers’ paradise so make sure that you come and find out why…

The Green Monkey course was carved from an old limestone quarry which means you can enjoy interesting scenery and a unique layout of some very special holes of golf. This course is the most famous of the three courses at Sandy Lane which is probably because this course offers all golfers an unbelievable round of golf situated in a dramatic setting. You can enjoy lush rolling fairways, steep elevation changes and dramatic views out to the Caribbean Sea. Make sure that you watch out for the 16th hole which is a striking par-3 with a grass island situated in the middle shaped like a monkey! A round on this course is unforgettable so make sure that you check out Sandy Lane as the destination for your next golf escape.

Last, but certainly not least, situated at Sandy Lane is The Old Nine. This short course was constructed in 1961 but it is still a firm favourite with many repeat guests. The course measures just over 3,345 yards and weaves its way through the colourful Sandy Lane Estate. The course boasts narrow, tree-lined fairways which means that any errant shots may be caught up in the trees. It is a course which will perfectly test your accuracy and consistency throughout. Make sure that you don’t disregard this lovely, short course when you are faced with the other courses at Sandy Lane as it is the perfect choice for those wanting just a couple of hours golfing.

Sandy Lane Resort boasts three superb golf courses, extensive leisure facilities and a stunning beach right on its doorstep – what more could you be looking for?

 

The ninth course that we consider to be in the top seven courses of the Caribbean is the White Witch Golf Course. This course was carved from the countryside of the prestigious Jamaican estate of Rose Hall and is a brilliant 18-hole championship golf course. The course was designed to utilise the dramatic elevation changes of the natural landscape which creates some spectacular views of the coast and beyond. The layout of the course weaves its way through the Rose Hall Estate and is nestled within 200 acres of beautiful Jamaican countryside. The course poses a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities but there are five different tee boxes that you can choose from to make this course playable for golfers of all abilities.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that some of these courses have caught your eye as destinations for your next golf break…

This week’s blog is the second part to “7 destinations to inspire you for 2019” and we have 7 more brilliant resorts for you to learn a bit more about and maybe even consider one or two of them for your next golf escape…

The Arabella Hotel and Spa is situated within the Cape Provinces in South Africa and is a delightful five-star hotel. The hotel overlooks the spectacular natural lagoon and is surrounded by lush landscape, this golf estate is a beautiful place and if you are looking for indulgence, look no further.

The hotel itself is the perfect blend of old-world style and modern design to produce a hotel with soaring wooden beams, bright and warm interior and an eclectic aura that promotes relaxation. You can find a world-class spa within the hotel, where you can relax in the sauna or get a soothing massage. Alternatively, you can work out in the gym, hit some balls on the tennis court or take a dip in the pool. Each of the beautiful guest rooms and suites includes air-conditioning, a seating area, a desk and a TV and of course, they all boast their own private bathrooms.

The hotel’s Jamani Restaurant serves up delicious international and contemporary South African cuisine, but you can enjoy a lighter meal and cocktails at Barnabas Bar which overlooks the pool. The main attraction here is the fantastic Arabella Country Estate where you can find one of the top-ranked courses in South Africa. The course boasts pristine grass, strategically placed bunkers and challenging water hazards. This is a brilliant course and will offer golfers of all abilities an exciting and scenic round of golf. With so much to do from wine tasting, whale watching, horse riding and bike riding as well as a fantastic golf course onsite, what more could you be looking for when it comes to your 2019 golf escape?

 

Next up, we have the luxurious, four-star Villaverde Resort which is situated in the tranquil Fagagna Moraine hills in the province of Udine, Italy. The hotel boasts a brilliant location as just 1km away from the hotel, you can find the historic village of Fagagna and within two-minutes’ walk, you can take on the challenging Golf Club Udine.

The resort only opened in 2016 but it has already proved itself to be a well-loved, fantastic hotel due to its fantastic facilities and wonderful location. You can find a fully-equipped spa which features a sauna, Turkish bath, indoor pool, a seasonal outdoor pool and a fully-equipped fitness centre. Within the spa, you can choose from three exclusive treatments, including a floatation room. As the hotel boasts a great location, you can venture out to explore different bars and restaurants but, if you stay within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed. The hotel’s restaurant is accessible over a bride, serves a range of local delicacies in a wonderful setting overlooking the surrounding countryside and the golf course. You can also enjoy the show cooking where fine Italian cuisine is prepared. After dinner, enjoy a few drinks at the Degusto Lounge Bar.

Golf Club Udine is within minutes’ walk of the hotel and it is a stunning course. The club is positioned within the Friulian countryside and is surrounded by rolling hills and boasts a stunning backdrop of the Carnic Alps. This championship standard course boasts a combination of traditional English feel combined with Italian flair and will pose a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. Whether you are looking to travel with family, friends or just in a couple, look no further than the fantastic Villaverde Resort for your next golf holiday to Italy.

 

The stylish and modern five-star Hotel Camiral is situated on the 36-hole PGA Catalunya complex which is a first-class golf resort in the delightful setting of Costa Brava. Not only does the hotel boast an excellent location for playing some world-class golf, but there are two delightful towns which are under 15-minutes’ drive from the resort: Caldes de Malavella and Girona.

Each of the 145 guest rooms within the hotel is extremely comfortable with all mod-cons and brilliant showers! You can find everything that you could want or need for your stay within your room including a flat-screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Due to the hotel’s location, it would be easy to drink and dine out of the hotel, but the hotel offers some great options as well including the hotel’s own restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious a la carte cuisine and you can find a piano bar and pub for after dinner drinks. During the summer months, take your drinks outside and relax on the terrace.

Not only is there spectacular golf onsite but also Hotel Camiral’s spa which includes a sauna, a hot tub and Hamman as well as a range of different health and beauty treatments.

Undoubtedly, the main attraction of Hotel Camiral is the very special golf that you can enjoy during your stay here with two spectacular golf courses. The Stadium course is considered to be one of the best golf courses in Spain and ranks within Europe’s top 50 courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The course opened in 1999 and was already considered to be something special after hosting the 2000 Spanish Open. The course itself is very long and hilly with plenty of challenges along the way, however, there are five sets of tees which means that those with a higher handicap can still enjoy this magnificent course.

The Tour course is a slightly easier course than the Stadium but is dominated by pine trees and lakes which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots which means that it may be easier, but it is still a stern challenge of golf. With very special golf, wonderful facilities and a superb location, take a further look at Hotel Camiral online or give us a call if you think this may be your preferred next destination for a fantastic golf break to Spain.

 

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is a five-star resort nestled amongst the stunning foothills in between the mountains and the ocean just 20-minutes’ drive from the town of Tavira. In Tavira, you can find lots of things to do and see as well as a range of authentic Portuguese restaurants and bars perfect for if you don’t feel like cooking one night. This exclusive resort boasts luxury self-catered accommodation, breath-taking golf at the Monte Rei Golf Course and stunning views across the Eastern Algarve.

Besides Tavira, you can find four excellent restaurants or bars located on-site of the resort, the Grill Restaurant offers a range of meals and light snacks and the Veranda is the perfect place for you to enjoy a couple of drinks in the sunshine.

The range of self-catered luxury villas range from one, two, three and four-bedroom villas and all of them have been built in a typical Portuguese style and furnished to a very high standard. Each of the villas boasts a large terrace with an outdoor dining area as well as all of the modern essentials like complimentary toiletries, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.

Within the heart of the resort, you can find the “Veranda” which boasts the leisure facilities of the resort including private tennis courts, a fully-equipped fitness centre and extensive spa facilities and swimming pools. Of course, the best leisure activity that you can enjoy within the resort is playing a round of golf on the Monte Rei course. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course opened in 2007 and has since established itself as being one of the finest courses on the Algarve. The course boasts five lakes which are bordered by indigenous trees and plants. From the moment that you tee off, the holes get better and better – this course is a real must-play for any discerning golfer. The Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is a perfect choice for your next golf break.

 

Situated in Tangier, in Morocco is the Lixus Beach and Golf Resort which is a superb four-star all-inclusive golf resort just 40 minutes’ drive from Tangier International Airport. The area enjoys a mild and dry climate which makes it the perfect destination for golfers between the months of April and October.

Within the resort, you can find a tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool and an 18-hole golf course which will challenge every aspect of your game. You can also enjoy a comprehensive spa where you can find a sauna, Hamman, indoor pool and yoga room. There are 224 rooms within the hotel and each of them offers a balcony or terrace and is fully-equipped with all of the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard.

You can enjoy an all-inclusive board basis and there are two onsite restaurants: Le Tingis and Zelis which both offer style and character as well as a range of international cuisine. There is also a lounge bar and pool bar where you can enjoy a varied range of cocktails and beers.

Port Lixus Golf Club is a coastal course but is relatively flat for a links-style course. However, there are a variety of water hazards that come into play, with four large lakes at the centre of the course. There is an added challenge with the coastal breeze from the Atlantic. This is a great holiday course as both beginners and professionals can enjoy a round here.

With a great golf course, so much to do within the local area and great facilities within the resort, what more could you be searching for your next golf escape?

 

The five-star Martins Chateau du Lac is an elegant five-star property which boasts an idyllic location on Genval Lake and a charming landscaped park. You can reach the centre of Brussels within a 30-minute drive as well as a range of superb championship golf courses.

The hotel boasts an extensive wellness area where you can relax after you have taken on some of the challenging golf courses in the area. Within the wellness area, you can enjoy the sauna, a solarium, an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a range of different massage treatments.

The hotel offers elegant, five-star rooms between Genval Lake and a spacious landscaped park. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar within all of the guest rooms.

The hotel’s lounge and bar combine gourmet cuisine with a casual modern setting, you can find a wide range of drinks including draught beers in the Kingfisher bar. In the mornings, you can choose to enjoy a hot and cold breakfast buffet with scenic lake views each morning at Genval Les Bains. This is a fantastic hotel with brilliant golf and great facilities in a great location outside of Brussels.

 

Last, but not least, is the five-star Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah which located on the beachfront of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. The resort is just a 50-minute drive from Dubai Airport and boasts an 18-hole championship course with a private beach which stretches over 400 yards of golden sands along the Arabian Sea.

The hotel boasts a luxurious spa which has been designed in an underwater theme and is where you can find a range of health and beauty treatments to choose from. There are a gym and two tennis courts for you to enjoy during your stay as well.

Each of the 346 elegant guestrooms is all designed in a plush style and boasts all of the modern amenities that you can expect from a hotel of this standard. From the rooms, you can enjoy beautiful views of either the sea, the golf course or the garden. The hotel boasts a variety of different restaurants including international favourites like Japanese cuisine at UMI, Steak and grill at Lexington Grill as local cuisine at Marjan and Qasr Al Bahar.

During your stay, you can enjoy a round at the Al Hamra Golf Club which is an exciting and challenging golf course which measures a whopping 7,325 yards. The course is playable for golfers of all abilities as it has five varied tee shots which means that it is a challenge for everyone. The course flows through four interconnected open water lagoons which merge with the sparkling blue Arabian Golf. This is a special course and shouldn’t be missed out on.

The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is a great choice for your next golf break to the United Arab Emirates and will offer you a wonderful stay with brilliant facilities and golf courses.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and if you haven’t already, check out the first part of this blog which you can find on the website.

Many discerning golfers also love delicious wines and this blog is a guide to our top five destinations for a wine and golf tour. Now that we are in 2019, it is time to start thinking about your next golf break and one of these destinations may just be perfect for you.

The five-star Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf boasts a brilliant location situated in the heart of the Alt Emporda region. The hotel is surrounded by the brilliant Peralada golf course which is a popular course among holiday golfers as it isn’t overly long but boasts some unique and challenging holes along the course. The 18th is a particularly special hole as it is a long par-3 over water which has been known to ruin a few scorecards! Not only is the hotel perfect for golf, but also for exploring the local area as there are some of the best beaches in the Costa Brava region within 15-minute drive.

There are just 64 guestrooms within the hotel and all of them are modern and feature bright décor as well as all of the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including plasma-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access. Besides playing on the brilliant Peralada course, you can work out in the gym, relax in the wine spa which offers a range of treatments or relax around the hotel’s outdoor pool. Guests within the hotel also have complimentary access to the casino which is situated in the medieval Peralada Castle just 800 metres from the resort. The hotel’s restaurant, Restaurant l’Olivera boasts an extensive menu filled with delicious Mediterranean cuisine and magnificent views over the golf course. Within the restaurant, you can also enjoy beautiful wines from the region and abroad which perfectly compliment your meals. Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf is a beautifully well-appointed boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Costa Brava which makes it the perfect base for your next golf escape.

 

Another recommendation for your next wine and golf tour would be Fancourt. You can choose between staying in the Manor House or the Fancourt Hotel but whichever you choose, you will have easy access to the three fantastic Fancourt golf courses as well as beautiful South African wines. The resort boasts four different restaurants which serve international cuisine made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The hotel also boasts a bar that offers regional wines and a spacious garden terrace. Whilst you are staying at either property on the resort, you can enjoy activities such as tennis, running and walking trails, bird watching and fishing.

The five-star Manor House is set on the 1,500-acre Fancourt Estate and was remodelled to create a boutique hotel which is a beautifully luxurious space for couples, families or small groups to enjoy. The Manor House boasts a garden and terrace on which you can enjoy a few glasses of wine and enjoy the views.

 

The five-star Fancourt Hotel boasts luxurious accommodation, a wellness centre and elegant guest rooms which boast beautiful views of the Outeniqua Mountains. All of the rooms boast a minibar and a satellite TV as well as free toiletries and a private bathroom.  The hotel’s spa features an indoor heated Roman Bath as well as a leisure centre where you can find a kid’s club, a fitness centre, a cinema and an outdoor swimming pool.

The three golf courses situated at the Fancourt Resort are the main reason for you to choose this resort for your next golf holiday and it isn’t hard to see why. The Fancourt Links course is a prime example of a magnificently designed golf course and is undoubtedly the most impressive course in South Africa. This course frequently ranks as one of the top courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The Montagu course is beautifully landscape across lush countryside with the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as the backdrop and both this course and the Outeniqua courses also rank highly in the world rankings of golf courses.

 

With three superb golf courses, extensive leisure facilities, world-class restaurant and special surroundings, what more could you be looking for for your next golf break?

 

The five-star Vidago Palace is situated just an hour from the centre of the city of Porto and five minutes’ drive from the centre of Vidago. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful scenery and the hotel itself is the perfect blend between the Belle Epoque style and modern luxury. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy relaxing around the vanity pool, in the extensive spa or play a round on the fantastic Vidago Palace Golf Course. Within the spa, you can find indoor and outdoor swimming pools, vitality pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna, relaxation rooms, a juice bar and a gym as well as twenty different treatment rooms.

All of the rooms within the hotel boast essential amenities and facilities including LCD TVs and work desks as well as spacious seating areas and beautiful ensuite bathrooms. There are four different restaurants within the hotel, including the stylish main restaurant, a spa bar and the poolside bar and grill. For you wine lovers, you can enjoy the most famous export wine from Vidago’s wine cellar.

Of course, the main attraction at Vidago Palace is the very special Vidago Palace Golf. The course reopened in 2010 after extensive remodelling as a new, 18-hole championship golf course. The course has retained many original elements from the parkland holes and there are newer holes which have been carved through the valley. This course is the perfect blend of its original design and new, modern design. The greens were enlarged during the remodel and have been reshaped to USGA standards. Throughout the course, you can enjoy stunning scenery and four different tee positions from different heights as well as lengths to make sure that this course can be enjoyed by all golfers!

If you are looking for a special golf escape to Portugal where you can enjoy delicious food and wine, play a few rounds on a fantastic golf course and enjoy extensive facilities within the hotel then look no further than Vidago Palace. It is no surprise that this fantastic hotel made our list of recommendations for your next golf and wine tour…

 

Situated in the stunning region of Bordeaux is the new luxurious Golf du Medoc Hotel. The hotel is located within 200 acres of French countryside situated just outside of the city of Bordeaux and features two brilliant golf courses onsite. It is no surprise that this resort is considered to be one of the most renowned golfing destinations in France and is the perfect place for you to enjoy wonderful golf and wine in this wine producing region.

The hotel offers beautiful four-star accommodation which is set opposite the two 18-hole golf courses. Each of the 79 rooms and suites are decorated in natural tones and boast complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, a minibar, a safe and a hairdryer. Within the hotel, you can find extensive spa facilities which include an indoor heated swimming pool, a Hamman, a fitness centre and beauty treatments including reflexology.

 

You can find two different restaurants within the hotel; La Table du Medoc serves gourmet cuisine and boasts a very impressive wine list whilst Le Club serves a variety of snacks and is situated by the golf courses – perfect for a post-round snack. Besides the great wine, the two golf courses are the most impressive thing about the Golf du Medoc Hotel and it isn’t hard to see why.

Les Chateaux is the bigger course of the two and is highly regarded as being one of the best courses in France and has been awarded titles such as “The Best Course in France” in both 2014 and 2016 at the World Golf Awards. The course spans over 6,900 yards of French countryside and boasts large fairways and extreme rough areas. The idea of the course was to incorporate the best of the Bordeaux region and this course has not disappointed. This is a captivating golfing experience with heather-lined fairways, immaculate greens and strong, coastal breezes to pose a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. A fantastic course that will require you to use every club in your bag.

The other course situated at this brilliant golfing resort is the Les Vignes course. This superb course was created in 1991 and has been embedded into the landscape of this stunning, wine-producing region. The course is of similar length to its sister course at just over 6,800 yards and boasts plenty of long pars which are finished with immaculate, fast-paced greens which are almost always surrounded by strategically-placed obstacles. Much like its sister course, a round on this course will challenge your consistency and will provide you with an exciting round from start to finish.

A stay at the Golf du Medoc resort is a perfect choice for golf and wine lovers alike.

Our final suggestion for your next wine and golf tour is a stay within the Lisbon region. Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal and is considered to be one of the most vibrant and historic cities in Europe. You can find brilliant hotels and even better golf at Lisbon Sports Club within the area or, if you are happy to stay outside of the city you can venture up to the Obidos region. Of course, as a capital city, you can find an abundance of brilliant restaurants and bars where you can sample some exquisite food and drink, including very special wines.

 

Lisbon Sports Club was designed by Hawtree and Sons and is a charming 18-hole parkland course which is situated just outside the greater Lisbon area just 20 minutes from the city centre. This is a perfect course for you to play either when you just arrive or right before you fly home as it is situated just a short drive from Lisbon airport. The course is a short one at just under 5,300 metres off the back tees, so it is suitable for those looking for a great, holiday-style course which is playable by golfers of all abilities. There is a stream running through the course which comes in to play on 12 of the 18 holes but otherwise, this is a friendly course with lovely scenery and a great location.

Venturing out of the city, you can explore all areas of the Lisbon region including the Estoril, Sintra and Cascais triangles on the coast to the northwest and on the south, you can find several brilliant courses on the Costa Azul. An hour to the north, you can find Praia d’el Rey and Royal Obidos.

The key golfing areas include Obidos and Cascais. Obidos is widely considered to be one of the most picturesque towns in Portugal and boasts beautiful resorts and courses. The Royal Obidos course is a very special course with unique and challenging holes right from the first one. The second nine holes lie in the central and southern section of the development and six of them meander between an intricate ecosystem of lakes which are interconnected by cascading streams. Also, north of Lisbon, is Praia d’el Rey which is one of Europe’s finest courses, this classic links course is spread over dunes and cliffs with pines inland which are lying in wait to collect any errant shots. This course is a real test of golf to even the most discerning golfers and it is no surprise that we recommend this course to any travelling t the Lisbon region. No matter where you choose to holiday within the Lisbon region, you can find great wine, great golf and great weather and culture.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that next time you are thinking about booking a golf holiday, you think of the great golf and wine that you could enjoy if you choose one of these resorts or destinations for your next golf escape.

Happy New Year to everyone from all of us here at Golf Escapes, we hope that this year is filled with great rounds of golf, beautiful hotels and brilliant weather. Of course, as you may know, there are few places better to find inspiration for your next golf break than right here on the Golf Escapes blog page and this week you will not be disappointed. Here are our top seven golf escapes that should serve as inspiration for your next golf holiday…

Firstly, we have the four-star Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel which boasts an idyllic location on the shore of Agadir beach in Morocco where its guests can enjoy almost 10km of unspoilt coastline. The property was renovated just last year and now boasts plenty of leisure facilities including a large outdoor pool, a fitness centre, a spa and tennis courts as well as beautiful accommodation. Each of the guestrooms is air-conditioned and boasts a seating area, minibar, TV and a private ensuite bathroom. In addition, all of the rooms boast a private balcony or terrace from which guests can enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Whilst you are here, you are within easy access of some of the best golf clubs in the area including Golf du Soleil which boasts two courses, Golf Les Dunes and Golf de L’Ocean. Golf de L’Ocean officially opened in December 2009 and within a year had already built up a brilliant reputation for being a fantastic course with three uniquely characterised sets of nine holes for players to enjoy. Golf du Soleil is another 36-hole complex which has been separated into two combinations of 18-holes to create the Tikida and Championship golf courses. One of the best things about these courses is that golfers of all skills are accommodated for, so everyone is sure to enjoy a round or two here.

With several excellent golf courses within the local area, wonderful amenities, a stunning beach and three different modern restaurants serving local and international cuisine onsite of the hotel, it is no surprise that we recommend the Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel for your next golf escape.

Up next, we have the five-star Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort which is situated in the region of Obidos besides one of the most breath-taking beaches in Europe. The hotel boasts beautifully appointed guestrooms which boast stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the 18-hole championship golf course as well as all of the other amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including TVs and air-conditioning. The Praia d’el Rey course is considered to be one of Europe’s finest and is a classic links course which is spread over dunes and cliffs. This course is a real challenge off the back tees and is a must-play for any discerning golfer due to its stunning views and setting. Along with playing the superb Praia d’el Rey course, you can also enjoy rounds at West Cliffs Golf Links, Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso.

Besides fantastic golf, the hotel offers a range of other leisure activities including the Kalyan Spa which boasts eight treatment and massage rooms as well as a range of facilities. There is also a health club with a well-equipped gym, a hot tub and an indoor and outdoor pool.

The hotel is located midway between Peniche and Obidos and within both cities, you can find an abundance of activities, great bars and restaurants to enjoy. Of course, being so close to a city means that you can easily eat out during your stay here but if you choose to dine within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed with the two restaurants that are onsite. The restaurants offer pool or ocean views and their dishes are created using locally sourced ingredients. This is a very special hotel boasting a fantastic location, whether you are travelling with a group, your family or in a couple, this is a perfect place for your next golf break.

The five-star Westin Resort, Costa Navarino is another one of our suggestions for your 2019 golf holiday and it isn’t hard to see why. The resort boasts an idyllic beachfront location in Messenia and is a picture-perfect resort as the design was inspired by old Messinian mansions, so the villa clusters use natural stone and local design elements to make this beautiful resort.

Each of the guestrooms runs in line with the design of the resort as they are all decorated with contemporary furniture, light wood and muted tones. Each of the rooms boasts its own private balcony overlooking the olive groves and landscaped gardens which surround the hotel.

Whilst you are here, you can experience the resort’s seemingly unlimited options for food and drink with over ten restaurants and bars serving delicious cuisine ranging from traditional Greek food to internationally themed eateries. There are three bars and lounges where you can enjoy some of the hotel’s signature cocktails and other beverages.

The resort boasts an abundance of leisure facilities with a health and fitness centre, an indoor pool, squash courts, tennis courts and water sports on the beach. Of course, for you, the main attraction is the wonderful golf that you have the chance to enjoy whilst staying here. The resort boasts two very special golf courses – The Dunes Course and The Bay Course. The Dunes Course was the first 18-hole signature-designed golf course in Greece and is highly regarded as one of the finest courses in Europe. The course meanders through olive trees and citrus groves and offers stunning sea and river views as well as spacious undulating greens, large fairways and strategically placed bunkers to provide all golfers with a fun but challenging round of golf. The Bay Course is a slightly shorter course than the Dunes and boasts holes of varying lengths and features as well as spectacular landscapes with holes running alongside the bay of Navarino making this a truly impressive course for you to play.

With two stunning golf courses, extensive facilities and a beautiful location, look no further than the Westin Resort, Costa Navarino for your next golf escape.

Next, we have the fantastic five-star Westin Puntacana Resort and Club which is an extensive golfing resort situated just steps from the beautiful sands of Punta Cana. This resort boasts stunning gardens, an abundance of recreational activities and beautiful guestrooms. Within the resort, you can find a swimming pool, a well-equipped gym, tennis courts and a large spa area which is the perfect place to relax after you have taken on one of the nearby golf courses. La Cana Golf Course and Corales Golf Course are within short distance of the resort and both offer superb rounds of golf. La Cana Golf club is a 27-hole championship course which has been described as being one of the best courses in the Caribbean and it isn’t hard to see why. The layout features 27 holes which have been split into three unique 9’s, the Tortuga, Hacienda and Arrecife. There are 14 ocean-side holes which boast amazing sea views making this course a must-play whilst you are here. The Corales Golf Course is a well-known course which has been designed along the natural cliffs, bays and coves which make the West Coast so popular. The course features six ocean-side holes but also meanders inland through lakes and coralina quarries. This is a long, scenic and challenging course for you to enjoy.

The Westin Puntacana Resort and Club is an idyllic resort with stunning golf courses nearby, wonderful facilities and beautiful guestrooms making it a perfect recommendation from us to you for 2019.

Next on the list of our recommendations for your 2019 golf break is the five-star Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa which boasts a great location set in the heart of Abu Dhabi and just 15 minutes’ drive from the National Exhibition Centre. There are many local attractions including Ferrari World, the Marina Circuit Yas Mall and Yas Waterworld as well as the Corniche which are all within 25 minutes’ drive of the hotel. The resort boasts the Abu Dhabi Golf Club – National onsite which is the home to the PGA Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championships.

The Abu Dhabi Golf Club provides 27 championship holes which stretch out over 162 hectares of stunning landscapes. The course is considered to be a tropical haven with rolling terrain, palm trees, saltwater lakes and lush fairways creating a very special golfing experience indeed. You can also enjoy a round at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club whilst you are here.

Each of the 172 open-plan guestrooms boasts a private balcony, flat-screen TV, Nespresso coffee machine and a large ensuite bathroom equipped with complimentary toiletries. Not only will you stay within comfort, but you will be able to sample some delicious cuisine from the five different restaurants onsite of the resort which range from a buffet restaurant to fine dining, tapas-style cuisine and authentic Italian cuisine. With extensive leisure facilities, beautifully-appointed guestrooms and brilliant golf courses both onsite of the hotel and within close proximity – what more could you be looking for from your next golf holiday?

The five-star Fairmont Zimbali Resort is another of our brilliant recommendations and it isn’t hard to see why this resort made the list due to its world-class service and stunning location within the exclusive Zimbali Coastal Resort eco-estate. The hotel boasts 154 rooms and suites which combine cosmopolitan flair with contemporary amenities, each of the rooms boasts all of the facilities and amenities that you could need in order to have a relaxing stay including Wi-Fi, a TV and complimentary toiletries. Onsite of the hotel, you can enjoy a luxurious spa and three outdoor swimming pools with serviced loungers.

You will never be short of somewhere great to eat or drink during your stay here as the resort boasts a range of dining opportunities including casual poolside dining, Indian Fusion cuisine, international flavours as well as a lobby bar and tea lounge. The hotel boasts wonderful facilities but also a brilliant location as whilst you are here, you can easily explore Durban, Umhlanga and the bustling holiday town of Ballito which is just five minutes’ drive from the resort. The main attraction, the brilliant golf, is also not far away from the resort. You can easily enjoy rounds at Durban Country Club and Zimbali Coastal Resort during your stay at Fairmont Zimbali Resort Hotel. Durban Country Club is a brilliant parkland course and boasts nine very tricky opening holes as well as undulating fairways and stunning views of the landscapes surrounding the club. Zimbali Coastal Resort boasts two brilliant golf courses. The Coastal Forest course is a challenge to golfers of all handicaps, even off the White club tees and the Zimbali Lakes course is a beautiful but challenging course as well.

With beautiful guest rooms, a stunning location and brilliant nearby golf courses, take a closer look at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort Hotel for your 2019 golf escape.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Crete Golf Club Hotel which is situated at the Crete Golf Club. The hotel boasts a seasonal outdoor infinity pool which overlooks the golf course, mountains and sea as well as a fitness centre and beautiful gardens. The hotel’s restaurant overlooks the golf course and serves up delicious European and Cretan cuisine.

There are 25 modern suites within the hotel, and they are all fully-fitted with state-of-the-art facilities including a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi and private marble bathrooms. The suites also boast a large private balcony with partial views of the golf course, mountains and sea. For guests who are not keen golfers, you will not be disappointed with the Aquaworld Aquarium and the Labyrinth Park which are situated just over a mile from the hotel. Just 15 minutes’ drive away is the popular resort of Malia where you can find an abundance of bars, restaurants and nightlife.

Crete Golf Club is a spectacular 18-hole golf course which is set to become the next big golf course in Europe, and it isn’t hard to see why. The landscape surrounding the course is breathtakingly beautiful, you can enjoy 365-day long warm climate here as well as luxurious facilities. The course itself boasts a technical challenge with tricky short holes as well as lengthy power-play holes, the course meanders through rocks and ravines featuring magnificent views of the coast and mountains.

The Crete Golf Club Hotel is a special hotel with extensive facilities, a superb location and a magnificent golf course. For your next golf escape, look no further than this hotel.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these fantastic resorts and their courses for your next golf escape…