This week’s blog is a guide to nine tricky golf courses for those who like a challenge. It is fair to say that golfers often do not tend to go after the easy option; they would much rather seize the opportunity to show off to their fellow players. Here, we have hand-picked some of the most challenging golf courses in Europe. All nine of these fantastic golf courses offer a stern test of golf that can be best appreciated by players that like to be kept on their toes, and those that ultimately search for an invigorating challenge.

The Espiche Golf Lagos is a hidden gem in the Algarve, one of the most popular golfing destinations in Europe. Players must navigate around the 18 holes here, through a unique layout with a challenge characterised by the strategic placement of greenery and fauna. While the fairways may appear to be on the generous side, with dense forestry lining the edges and subtle contouring, golfers are guaranteed an unforgettable test of golf. This par 72 golf course has been designed to incorporate most of the landscape’s natural features, which in turn creates a stunning landscape, and of course a fantastic challenge. Not only must golfers anticipate masses of greenery and fauna to manoeuvre their shots around; the layout is also rife with bunkers and water features that run their natural course throughout the course. Despite the Espiche Golf Lagos being a relatively new golf course in the Western Algarve, it has already established itself as one of the most challenging and unique golf courses in the area. With this layout, players will find they will succeed more in course management if they prioritise accuracy over the length of their shots. There are some truly tricky tight spots throughout, therefore the general line of advice for those that want to attempt the Espiche Golf Lagos is to take plenty of spare balls! Golfers must anticipate the challenge at the par-4 3rd hole as it is widely considered to be the most difficult on the course with a 409-metre-long uphill fairway. Whilst the fairway here appears to be generously wide, the subtle undulations are sure to trip up even the most experienced player.

The Dolce Campo Real Lisboa golf course is situated just half an hour’s drive away from the centre of Lisbon. Here, golfers can enjoy an invigorating round of golf across a unique terrain with rolling hills and valleys. The challenge does not end here; not only is the landscape truly unique with consistent elevation changes, but there are also dense areas of greenery and forestry throughout. Golfers must play with the perfect balance of accuracy and length in order to manoeuvre their shot across the many water hazards and some tricky doglegs which demand a blind shot. Even the most skilled players will find every element of their game challenged at the Dolce CampoReal Lisboa as they must overcome the natural terrain of the original landscape. Donald Steel, one of the most famous golf architects in the world, has created a fantastic golf course built on the natural beauty of the former terrain. The golf course that stands today is rife with the original landscape’s features, including the natural greenery and fauna weaving in and out of the stunning valleys and hills. Players are wrong for assuming they have an advantage with an anticipated view from the elevated tees; the greens are subtly undulating, creating a surprising challenge.

The Shire is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in the UK, as well as one of the most challenging. Designed by the leading golf architect Seve Ballesteros, the Shire golf course is guaranteed to keep golfers on their toes throughout their game. Players can enjoy a fantastically varied round of golf; at this golf course, no hole is even remotely similar. The golf course comprises of six par threes, six par fours and six par fives, all of which offer a unique layout and a stern test of golf. Long hitters will feel right at home here as their skills will be utilised best with the challenge to overcome the many large water hazards. They can reap the benefits of the risk-reward system at this golf course, and those that cannot rise to the challenge will be penalised. The challenge here does not just end at the strategic placement of the water hazards and the sheer size of them; there are over 10,000 trees at this parkland golf course just waiting to swallow any wayward shots. Furthermore, the greens are unbeatably fast and feature subtle contours to trip up even the most skilled golfer.

The Salobre New, formerly known as the Salobre North, is a distinctive golf course that is guaranteed to set the hearts racing of all players, regardless of their skill set or experience. This golf course offers a unique round of golf to its players with an original landscape that is sure to be remembered for years to come. Despite the fact that this par 69 golf course is not nearly as long as its sister golf course, the Salobre Old, nor the other golf courses in the surrounding area, that is not to say that golfers will find a round of golf here a walk in the park. The Salobre New was designed with the emphasis on the use of accuracy instead of length, meaning golfers must be sure to play with their A-game throughout their round. Despite only opening in 2008 as a new addition to the huge variety of golf in Gran Canaria, the Salobre New has already created a steady reputation for itself as one of the most challenging golf courses on the island. A highlight of the stern test of golf on offer at the Salobre New includes the par-4 10th hole where players must utilise the use of their iron in order to cross an undulating fairway to reach the multi-tiered green.

One of the most unique golf courses in the Algarve includes the Monte Rei, which has accurately been labelled as “the jewel in the crown of Portuguese golf”. Conveniently for players, the Monte Rei is home to a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere to soothe any tempers raised from the challenging layout they have to overcome. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the most famous golf architects in history, at the Monte Rei, golfers are guaranteed to have an unforgettable round of golf. Despite the huge range of golf in the Algarve and its constant expansion, the Monte Rei has continued to maintain a big name for itself in Europe. The main challenge here is characterised by the nature and placement of water hazards and bunkers; in order to maintain a steady scorecard, golfers must play with the perfect balance of length and accuracy across the 7,224-yard-long layout. Nicklaus certainly did not hold back in the use of water hazards for this layout, as they feature in eleven out of the eighteen holes here. The challenge does not simply end here; with original fauna and greenery, strategic bunkering and undulating terrain, the Monte Rei is not a good golf course for players to choose if they want to show off to their fellow players.

The par 73 Alferini golf course is a stand-out course in the midst of all the classic Spanish layouts in the Costa del Sol. Instead of just providing an attractive layout and a pretty scenery, the architect of the Alferini, Antonio Garcia Garrido, has succeeded in striving to create a fantastic golf course that offers a great challenge. Many of the golf courses in the Costa del Sol are typically attractive, and some might say they lack a certain edge to them. However, the Alferini puts this preconception to waste with a truly unique layout that is sure to provide a stern test of golf to all those that attempt it. The golf course was designed and created with its natural features in mind in order to preserve its original beauty and to maintain the landscape’s unique features. The par 5 16th hole is a particular stand-out to all of its players. At this hole, long hitters may initially revel in the lengthy and seemingly straightforward fairway. However, as any experienced golfer can advise – looks can often be deceiving! As the fairway approaches the green, it narrows significantly, therefore the element of accuracy must be focused in on as players soon find themselves surrounded by bunkers. With a unique layout that is sure to make low handicappers break a sweat, it comes as no surprise that Michael Campbell has labelled this hole as his favourite across the entire golf course.

The Le Golf National Albatros is known as the most challenging golf course in the surrounding areas around the French capital, therefore it hardly comes as surprising that it was selected as the 2018 Ryder Cup venue. It is fair to say that this golf course has lived up to each and every one of its expectations, and this has been shown to be the case as players return year after year. Golfers push their skills to their limit to make the most out of the risk-reward system the golf course operates on. Golfers are thrown into the challenge here from the get-go; however, the real challenge lies right at the end of the round at the par 4 18th hole. This is the hole to make or break an unforgettable round of golf with a huge water hazard positioned to the left side of the fairway and areas of dense bunkering on the right side. Here, the determinant of success lies in the approach shot. Whether players are happy with the end result or not, their round at the Le Golf National Albatros is sure to be a memorable one.

The La Manga Club West is the perfect golf course for any golfer looking for a challenging yet varied round of golf. The front and the back loops of nine differ in both their characteristics and the skills that they demand. The front nine holes demand golfers play with precise accuracy, and while the back nine appear to be more open, any decent player knows never to take anything at face value. The back nine might comprise of a more open layout in comparison to the narrow and compact front nine, however that is not to say that they are any less challenging. Golfers will find themselves thrown into the challenge from the very first hole, and they must do their best to play consistently as the course rapidly changes in elevation. If players are able to focus on anything but the challenge at hand, they should take their time to appreciate the immaculately kept landscape here; spectators frequently comment on the fantastic condition of the West golf course. At the La Manga West, the best is saved until last at the final 18th hole. Here, golfers must push themselves for one last time in order to give a half-decent tee shot. If they cannot do this, then there is usually some leeway due to the width of the fairway, but golfers should not count on this.

At the Acaya Golf Club, the challenge lies in the difficulty of club selection. If players can manage this, then they have a chance to do well here. There is a huge range of challenges to be met at the Acaya Golf Club, therefore golfers must choose their club carefully. Players must overcome strategically placed bunkers and water hazards that come into play at many of the holes here in order to score well. Whilst the Acaya Golf Club is undeniably one of the most challenging golf courses in Italy, it is also one of the most breath-taking due to its stunning location in the heart of the countryside. The architects of the Acaya Golf Club sought to incorporate the features of the natural landscape with their vision to create a fantastic golf course that forces players to use all of the clubs in their arsenal. It is certainly a unique aim to want to encourage players to use all fourteen of their clubs, however it is fair to say that this has been achieved, and it simply adds to the challenge. With three huge lakes and dense green areas consisting of olive groves, players must anticipate a testing round of golf that they are sure not to forget any time soon. The main challenge here is characterised by water hazards as the three lakes at the golf course come into play mainly in the back nine holes. The 16th, 17th and 18th holes comprise of tricky par fours; therefore, players must be sure to save the best of their game until last.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog, and hopefully, we have inspired you to push beyond your boundaries to truly test your golfing skills on your next golf holiday in Europe.

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This week’s blog is a guide to the seven best golf escapes that have a bit of a twist on them. Whether you are looking for something luxurious and breath-taking or interesting and exciting, this blog has it all…

Rovos Rail was first established in 1989 and has since earned itself a fantastic international reputation for its world-class travel experiences, brilliant service and superb cuisine. You can choose from a range of different journeys in South Africa aboard the Rovos Rail that range from 48 hours right through to 15 days. The trains are beautifully intimate with just 76 passengers aboard the train at once. The African Golf Collage is a panoramic 10-day journey aboard the Rovos Rail. The train winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town and boasts a variety of different golfing and safari excursions. Activities along the journey include a game drive in the Kruger, Hluhluwe and Addo Elephant Park, a visit to the KWV Brandy Distillery and tours of both Durban and Bloemfontein. The 9-day golf safari by Rovos Rail is perfect for even the most discerning golfer and also boasts excellent excursions for non-golfers. You will depart from Pretoria northwards towards Sun City before turning east to KwaZulu Natal and the Drakensberg escarpment. You will then travel onwards to the Indian Ocean coast near Durban before turning north and travelling up the coast into Swaziland. Finally, you will have the opportunity to visit the Kruger National Park before heading back to Pretoria. Whichever Rovos Rail adventure you may choose, you will stay in beautifully furnished suites, eat delicious food and drink divine African wines. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime trip where you will have the opportunity to play South African’s finest courses as well as enjoy the nature that South Africa has to offer, then look no further than a journey on the Rovos Rail.

Situated in Abu Dhabi is the five-star Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa. This hotel is situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi and is home to the 27-hole championship golf course of PGA Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The hotel boasts extensive leisure facilities as well as a brilliant location making it the ideal place for your next golf break to Abu Dhabi. Due to the hotel’s location, you are never far from something exciting to do nearby. You can find many of Abu Dhabi’s key attractions within close proximity of the hotel including the Corniche, Ferrari World and Yas Island where you can find Yas Mall and Yas Waterworld. Within the hotel, there is also plenty to do including two outdoor swimming pools which are both lined with sun loungers and the Heavenly Spa where you can choose from a range of health and beauty treatments. When it comes to food and drink, you could never be bored or go hungry at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa as there are five different restaurants. The Fairways Restaurant serves a delightful international buffet menu and for fine dining, you can venture to the Sacci Restaurant which serves the finest authentic Italian cuisine. The Lemon and Lime Restaurant is well-known for its delicious brunch and tapas-style cuisine. Whatever you are looking for from your next dining experience, this hotel has everything that you could possibly need or want. Each of the hotel’s guest rooms is beautifully appointed and are equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat screen TV, a private balcony and a Nespresso coffee machine. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf and Resort Hotel boasts excellent leisure facilities, a brilliant location and beautiful guestrooms, look no further than this great hotel for your next golf escape.

Casa Velha do Palheiro is a stunning five-star golf resort situated in Madeira next to the famous Palheiro Gardens. Within the hotel’s grounds, you can find a heated swimming pool as well as a sauna, steam room and a full spa within which you can choose from a range of treatments. There are some sporting facilities including a tennis court as well as croquet and billiards available. The hotel boasts its own private motor yacht “Balancal” which is available for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching as well as deep sea big game fishing. This yacht can be found at Funchal marina which Is easily reached via the free shuttle bus from the hotel. From the hotel, you can also enjoy direct access to the stunning Palheiro Golf Course with reserved tee times from the halfway house which is just a short stroll from the gate. The golf course was designed by Cabell Robinson and opened for play in 1994. Two-thirds of the course lies within a pine forest and botanical woodland, the fairways are very generous. Although the course is not very long, there are some very difficult bunkers to negotiate and many of the greens are both raised and small. This course is a brilliant course which provides players with a stern but fair test of golf. This beautiful hotel and the stunning golf course are the perfect pair for your next golf break to Madeira.

For those looking to enjoy delicious cuisine and fine wines, we would heavily recommend a golf escape to the city of Murcia. The Murcia region lies in the South East corner of Spain between Andalucía and Valencia and often boasts more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year with very mild temperatures year-round. You can enjoy easy access through most of the UK’s regional airports making this a popular destination for both short breaks and long, relaxing holidays. There are 12 golf courses already open in the region with more than 30 currently under construction. It is fair to say that this will soon become one of the most popular golfing regions in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. There are some fantastic resorts which boast facilities for both golfers and non-golfers. The city of Murcia serves some of the best food in Spain, you can find an abundance of tapas bars but there are some great historical and cultural sights to enjoy, too. There is the cathedral on Plaza del Cardenal Belluga, the Casino on Calle de la Traperia and the convent of Santa Clara la Real. In the evenings, before your meal, enjoy a walk down the elegant riverside Paseo del Malecon before watching the sun go down from the Glorieta de Espana square. In the Plaza San Juan, you can then find an array of tapas bars to complete your evening adventure. This is a beautiful city and you can enjoy some of the great golf within the region whilst soaking up everything that this city has to offer in terms of delicious food, stunning wines and interesting architecture.

Situated on the captivating island of La Gomera is Hotel Jardin Tecina. This hotel stands complete with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and of the neighbouring island of Tenerife. The resort is perched on top of the village where you can find an array of great bars and restaurants as well as the beach. The resort is situated amongst over 70,000 square metres of lush greenery where you can find over 50 different species of plants and flowers from all over the world. From the resort, you can enjoy direct access to the fishing village of Playa de Santiago where you can find some great bars and restaurants. Alternatively, you can choose to dine within the hotel where you will find a daily buffet on offer within the main restaurant or great Spanish and Canary cuisine served within the Tasca Fandango. There are all five bars within the resort, including the terrace bar from which you can enjoy breath-taking views of the hotel’s scenery. Each of the guestrooms within the hotel boasts its own private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy garden or sea views depending on your room’s position. The rooms are also appointed with all of the facilities and amenities that you could expect from a hotel of this standard including Wi-Fi, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV. During the day, if you are not exploring the village or taking on the challenge that is Tecina Golf, you can spend your time relaxing around one of the five different pool areas or enjoy the sporting facilities. There is also a great spa in which you can opt to purchase a massage or facial. This is a superb hotel with wonderful facilities and a stunning location, look no further than Hotel Jardin Tecina for your next golf escape.

Situated in the heart of the Alt Emporda region is the five-star Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf. The hotel is nestled in the midst of one of the Costa Brava’s favourite golf courses – the Golf Club Peralada. Whilst you are here, you are just a short drive from the bet beaches in the Costa Brava. This hotel is perfect for golfers who are partial to an excellent wine due to the hotel’s position situated in the heart of the well-known Peralada wine estate. Besides from the great wine and golf, you can find a wide range of leisure activities within the resort including the outdoor swimming pool, the wine spa where you can choose from a range of treatments which use products sourced from its own wine vineyard. Within the spa, there is a jacuzzi, a sauna and an indoor swimming pool. As the hotel is a small, boutique hotel, there are just 64 guestrooms. Each of them is beautifully furnished and equipped with all of the modern essentials that guests may need in order to make the most of their stay. These essentials including air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a plasma screen TV. Due to the hotel’s position, you can venture into the village to enjoy a meal but, there is the excellent Restaurant l’Olivera which is the ideal setting for those looking for a great evening meal partnered with stunning views over the golf course. The Hotel Peralada is a beautiful hotel, perfect for a luxurious and relaxing golf escape to Girona.

Last, but certainly not least, we recommend the five-star Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech for those looking for the chance to explore the wonderful city of Marrakech whilst enjoying some excellent golf. The resort is set in the popular Hivernage district of Marrakech in the centre of the city, just a short walk to many historic monuments and the main market square. There is no way that anyone could ever find themselves with a lack of things to do and see whilst staying here. Whether you are out exploring the city’s souks and historical monuments or taking on one of the challenging golf courses situated nearby, you will always find yourself doing something enjoyable here. For those looking to relax as well as explore, the resort offers a luxurious poolside setting as well as a spacious spa. You can enjoy a full spa programme including a range of treatments within the O de Rose spa and yoga studio. Of course, due to the hotel’s wonderful location, you can venture into the market square to find somewhere excellent to eat, however, you can also stay within the hotel. The resort boasts numerous restaurants within which you can indulge in traditional Moroccan dining. There is also the Marcelona Restaurant which serves a delicious Catalan and Spanish menu. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is decorated in a contemporary Moroccan fashion and all of them boasts a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, bathrobes, slippers and a private balcony from which you can enjoy the Moroccan sun and beautiful views. This hotel offers its guests the chance to explore this fantastic city as well as the nearby golf. Look no further than the Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech for your next golf holiday.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that one of these seven fantastic options may be what you are looking for from your next golf escape with a twist…

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This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our most cosy hotel and golf stays. If you are looking for a cosy atmosphere for your next golf break or, if you are just not sure what you are looking for but you know that you want to get away from this rain – take a look at some of these great hotels and give us a call if you want to check anything out further!

 

Situated in the heart of the medieval centre of Bologna lies the stunning, four-star, boutique hotel, Art Hotel Commericianti. The hotel boasts a fantastic location just a short stroll away from great bars and restaurants as well as some of the city’s best attractions. Of course, one of the main attractions about this hotel is the excellent golf courses that lie within close proximity of the hotel. You are just 15km from Bologna Golf Club, 20km from Le Fonti Golf Club and 35km from Modena Golf and Country Club meaning that you really have excellent golf at your fingertips.

The hotel recently underwent extensive refurbishments but, its historical traditions have been preserved. Within the hotel, you will find vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and gothic stained-glass windows. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is beautifully furnished with a comforting atmosphere and many of the rooms boast beautiful views of the Basilica di San Petronio. The hotel offers a great bed and breakfast option; in the mornings you can enjoy a range of pastries, fresh bread, espresso coffee and other delicacies at the international buffet.

Whether your entire party comprises of keen golfers looking to play as much golf as possible or a few non-golfers who prefer to sightsee, this hotel offers something for everyone. Within close distance of the hotel, you can find the Piazza Maggiore which is a lively plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval buildings including the City Hall and the Basilica di San Petronio. Make sure to take a closer look at this cosy hotel for your next golf escape to Italy.

 

Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is situated in the heart of the exclusive resort of Estoril, adjacent to the impressive casino and just a few minutes’ stroll from the beautiful sandy beach.

Each of the hotel’s communal areas is beautifully decorated with traditional Portuguese style furnishings and the hotel’s guest rooms boast individual décor. This hotel boasts a wonderful old charm and character that can be sensed by each and every one of its guests. Whilst you are here, if you book now, you can enjoy free access for the spa and golfers will be pleased to find out that if you book tee times at Estoril, Oitavos, Marinha, Penha Longa or Beloura whilst staying here, you can receive complimentary transfers.

From the minute that you arrive at Palacio Estoril Hotel, you will know that you will have a fantastic time, the service is unrivalled and there is an air of exclusivity within the hotel. The hotel boasts two great restaurants and a bar so that if you prefer not to venture out, you do not have to. The Bougainvillea Terrace Restaurant is situated on a terrace and offers the opportunity for you to enjoy a meal and a drink whilst overlooking the beautiful gardens and the pool. Alternatively, opt for a meal at the sophisticated Grill Four Seasons Restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal from an extensive menu filled with international cuisine and traditional Portuguese dishes.

If you are looking for a classy golf escape, look no further than the luxurious Palacio Estoril Hotel.

 

The four-star Isla Canela Golf Hotel is the ideal place for golfers who are looking to enjoy as many rounds as possible on the prestigious Isla Canela Golf Course. There is no doubt that this hotel boasts an idyllic location situated on site to the Isla Canela Golf Course as well as in close proximity to a great range of bars, restaurants and the beach.

The great thing about Isla Canela Golf is that you really can have the best of both worlds and enjoy the cosy feel of being set away from the hustle and bustle associated with coastal resorts whilst still being within walking distance of a small selection of restaurants and bars. If you are looking to venture into a town, you can drive into the centre of Ayamonte in just 10 minutes.

There are just 56 double rooms and two suites situated within the hotel. All of the guest rooms feature modern furnishings as well as all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private balcony, a hairdryer, a satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning.

Of course, the main attraction of this lovely hotel is the Isla Canela Golf Course. However, there are some great leisure facilities for those who aren’t looking to spend copious amounts of time on the golf course. These include a large outdoor swimming pool as well as a sauna and massage treatment room.

If you choose to remain within the hotel for meals, you will not be disappointed by the hotel’s Thebussem Restaurant which offers an extensive menu with both Mediterranean dishes and international favourites. The dinner is part of the great half-board option and is a five-course table d’hotel menu. Look no further for your next golf holiday to the Costa de la Luz than Isla Canela Golf.

 

Next, we have the stunning Praia Verde Boutique Hotel. This four-star suite accommodation retreat is situated in Castro Marim, just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo and only 900 yards from the stunning Praia Verde beach. The hotel boasts an excellent location for exploring the local cities and enjoying what they have to offer in terms of food, drink, nightlife and history but also, there is some excellent golf. For example, you can enjoy rounds on the fantastic Quinta do Vale Golf Course which is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

There are just 40 spacious suites within the hotel, each of them is beautifully decorated and feature complimentary Wi-Fi, a satellite TV and a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s location. The suites also boast fully-equipped kitchenette facilities as well as a separate lounge.

For non-golfers, you can spend your days exploring the nearby coves or relaxing on the beach. There are also lots of options for different day trips including a day trip out on a boat on the Guadiana River. If you are looking to enjoy an unforgettable stay, immersed in nature, look no further than the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel.

 

La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort is the ideal choice for a luxurious golf break in the Costa Blanca. The hotel sits in the heart of the La Finca Golf Course and boasts excellent leisure facilities as well as fantastic service. There is no doubt that this is a five-star hotel in every possible way.

Golfers can enjoy boasting a prime position to play the prestigious La Finca Golf Course as well as other courses in the area but, those non-golfers will also be grateful to this hotel’s excellent location as you can easily reach the stunning beaches of Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja. Non-golfers can also enjoy access to the spa and wellness facilities which offers a wide range of body and facial treatments as well as a sauna, indoor pool and hot tub. There are extensive sporting facilities including paddle courts, tennis courts and a fully-equipped fitness centre as well as a large outdoor swimming pool.

The hotel offers 120 guest rooms which all boast either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings. Each of the rooms is equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly need or want in order to make the most out of your stay. These include air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.

This is a wonderful hotel with a great location, take a closer look at this hotel online or give us a call if you want to run anything golf-related through with us!

 

Situated in Murcia is the Sheraton Hacienda del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort. This luxurious golf resort is nestled in between Murcia and Cartagena and boasts great facilities, stunning surroundings and beautiful guest rooms.

The hotel offers 155 stylish guest rooms and 100 two or three-bedroom apartments which are all fully-equipped with the modern facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard.

No one would ever go hungry here, there are plenty of options for your evening meal with three different restaurants to choose from. The Gourmet Nikkei Restaurant boasts delicious Mediterranean cuisine whilst the buffet restaurant provides a varied selection of international favourites. The Golf Lobby Bar is perfect for those looking to grab a light dinner or lunch.

Golfers are in paradise here as there is a large selection of impressive golf courses within a 30-minute drive of the hotel including Saurines de la Torre, Roda Golf and Alhamra Signature Course. Non-golfers will enjoy staying at this hotel for the excellent facilities. There is a tranquil spa area as well as a great outdoor pool area perfect for sun-worshippers.

If you are looking for a tranquil, Spanish golf break in beautiful surroundings with some excellent golf courses nearby, look no further than the Sheraton Hacienda del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort for your next golf escape.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is Hotel Jardin Tecina located on the stunning island of La Gomera. The resort stands beautifully on the top of a cliff with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the neighbouring island of Tenerife. This hotel makes a great base for a golf escape as it sits on top of a village where you can find a wide array of great bars and restaurants, as well as a beach.

The hotel boasts a great, tranquil location situated amongst acres of lush greenery where you can find over 50 different species of plants and flowers. During the day, take a stroll into the village, relax around the pool or take on the challenge of Tecina Golf.

Each of the guest rooms boasts either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy garden or sea views. The rooms also include all of the modern luxuries that you would expect from this four-star hotel, these include complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV. The guest rooms are dotted around the gardens in small white houses which creates a beautiful setting.

There are extensive leisure facilities within the hotel’s grounds including five pool areas meaning that you will always be able to find some peace and quiet for you and your group. There are also extensive sporting facilities including four tennis courts and two squash courts as well as mini-golf and table tennis. For those looking for a relaxing break, you can take a trip to the hotel’s spa to indulge in a massage or treatment.

Due to the hotel’s prime location, you have easy access to bars and restaurants. However, there are great options within the hotel. In the main restaurant, you can find a daily buffet and there is also the Tasca Fandango restaurant where you can enjoy traditional dishes. There are five bars on offer to guests and the terrace bar makes the ideal place for meeting friends and family.

For a relaxing golf escape, the Jardin Tecina makes a superb option for you.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that some of these impressive and beautiful resorts have caught your eye. Even if one of these hotels isn’t “the one” for you, make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777, we pride ourselves on knowing how to tailor make a golf break for anyone.

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This week’s blog is a guide to some of the special properties situated in the stunning Canary Islands. If you are looking for some winter sun, beautiful golf and beautiful beaches then look no further than a golf break to the Canary Islands to either finish off 2018 perfectly or get yourself off to a good golfing start by booking for the first few months of 2019.

The five-star Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife is a luxurious hotel which boasts a stunning beachfront location set within a tranquil area of Costa Adeje. The resort boasts everything that you could possibly want or need in order to have a brilliant golf escape including three swimming pools, a freshwater lagoon and the beach as well as two very special golf courses – Abama and Golf Costa Adeje.

All of the guestrooms within the hotel is beautifully decorated and fitted with all of the amenities and facilities that you need including air-conditioning, a luxurious private bathroom, bathrobes and slippers as well as a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a safe and complimentary Wi-Fi. You also have access to your own private terrace on which you can soak up the sun which is present for most months of the year in Tenerife!

There are some brilliant dining options within the resort including Montauk which is a special meat restaurant and there is also Aliole which boasts the best Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine created using locally sourced ingredients. After your meal, enjoy a few drinks at one of the bars within the resort like the rooftop sky lounge or the sports bar.

With a stunning location, truly fantastic golf within the local area and great facilities including extensive spa facilities for those less into golfing, look no further than the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife for your next golf break to Tenerife.

Hotel Jardin Tropical is another of our top suggestions for your next golf break to the Canary Islands and it isn’t hard to see why. This four-star deluxe hotel offers guests beautiful scenery, culture and extensive leisure facilities to enjoy during a stay here.

The hotel is situated on the edge of both Playa De Las Americas and Costa Adeje so you are just minutes away from the stunning beach of Playa del Bobo as well as being just 20 minutes’ drive from Abama and under 10 from Golf Las Americas. Besides from the fantastic golf in the local area, guests can enjoy water sports at the beach, whale and dolphin watching trips as well as leisure facilities including a gym, sauna, Turkish bath and a range of health and beauty treatments available.

The hotel boasts a brilliant location and there is an abundance of great bars and restaurants at your fingertips during your stay here but if you choose to dine within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed either. There are three different restaurants and all of them serve authentic and delicious dishes including the Las Rocas restaurant which serves delightful seafood and the Las Mimosas restaurant where you can find a buffet of authentic, Mediterranean dishes. With unbeatable golf courses within the local area, stunning beaches, towns filled with culture, bars and restaurants as well as beautifully appointed guest rooms, make sure to consider Hotel Jardin Tropical for your next golf break to Tenerife and you won’t be disappointed.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star resort Ritz-Carlton, Abama where you can enjoy a peaceful and unforgettable stay in this brilliant resort situated just outside of the more commercialized areas of the island of Tenerife. The best thing about this resort is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds with a tranquil and peaceful location yet still near enough to the hustle and bustle that you can explore the island with ease from the resort. Like the other hotels mentioned, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is no different with easy access to the brilliant courses that Tenerife has to offer including Abama and Golf Costa Adeje which are within 15 minutes’ drive of the resort.

Besides from golf, you can explore the local towns and villages and what they have to offer or, you can stay within the resort and relax around one of the swimming pools and make the most out of the resort’s facilities. Besides swimming pools, you can play tennis, or relax within the hotel’s spa where you can find everything that you need to reach ultimate relaxation and more.

Within the resort, you are spoilt for choice with dining options as there are 10 restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a bite to eat including the hotel’s Michelin star restaurants – M.B and Kabuki. Whether you prefer steak, Japanese cuisine or Mediterranean dishes, you will not be disappointed here and everyone is catered for beautifully.

It is no surprise that the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is one of our top recommendations for your next golf holiday to the Canary Islands with superb golf, superb leisure facilities and a superb location.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one of these hotels will have caught your eye for your next golf escape to the Canary Islands where the weather is a lot warmer and sunnier than it is in the UK…

This week’s blog is a focused piece on the brilliant Canary Island – Lanzarote. Lanzarote boasts great golf-playing temperatures almost all-year round with a mild and dry climate which also makes it perfect for holidaying. This is a beautiful place to talk a golf break to and with so many brilliant hotels and golf courses it isn’t hard to see why…

Costa Teguise Golf is a brilliant golf course which is a firm but fair challenge of golfers of all handicaps. This is arguably one of the most prestigious courses in the Canary Islands due to the fact that it boasts spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean, excellent training facilities and a varied course design that anyone will most certainly enjoy. The course features a range of different holes including doglegs and those that are filled with hazards which means that you will have to rely on your accuracy and strategy if you are looking to score well here especially as its seaside location means that there is always at least a soft breeze making things a little trickier. This is a scenic and impressive course and one that must not be missed out when you are planning your next golf escape to Lanzarote.

Another impressive course the Lanzarote Golf Resort which is set in the heart of Puerto del Carmen and from the course you can enjoy picturesque views of volcanoes. The golf course was designed so that it is playable for golfers of all handicaps which is one of the things that makes it so brilliant as it is a fair challenge for everyone. The course blends into its natural landscape which is very hilly which means that this course has wide undulating fairways which are lined with indigenous plants and mature palm trees which are lying in wait for errant shots. The 12th hole which is a par-3 is considered to be the signature hole here as it is played from the highest point on the course where you can experience simply breathtaking views. This is a brilliant round of golf for golfers of all abilities – a true gem.

If you are looking for a luxurious and peaceful hotel to stay in in Lanzarote then you need look no further than the Barcelo Teguise Beach which is an adult-only hotel just three minutes’ walk from the beach in Costa Teguise. Whilst you are not lying on the beach or by the large outdoor pool you can spend time on one of the nearby golf courses (including Costa Teguise Golf) or if you are looking for a luxurious experience, you can enjoy time in the wellness centre where there is a Turkish Bath as well as some sensation showers and a sauna. Each of the spacious rooms boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating as well as a private balcony and outdoor furniture. This is a great hotel in a brilliant location – the perfect destination for your next golf break.

Also close to Costa Teguise Golf and LanzaroteGolf Resort and located just 200 metres from the lovely Playa Grande Beach is Apartamentos Fariones. This lovely apartment resort boasts a brilliant location close to the beach, the promenade where there is an array of shops, bars and restaurants as well as close to two excellent golf courses. There are 138 apartments here and each of them boasts excellent views as well as either a private balcony or terrace, a fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom as well as Wi-Fi. After you have enjoyed a round on one of the excellent golf courses in the area, you can spend time relaxing on the beach or around one of the outdoor pools and this resort is perfect both for families and couples as there is a designated adults-only pool as well as a kids’ club. If you are looking for a place to stay where you are at the centre of all of the action then this is perfect for you.

The four-star Sol Lanzarote Resort is an all-inclusive resort that is set in the centre of Puerto del Carmen on Playa de Matagorda. Within easy distance from the hotel you have access to a wide range of different restaurants and bars as well as 6km of beaches and some brilliant golf. There is so much to do and see within the local area including Cueva de Los Verdes which is one of the world’s largest volcanic tunnels or the Timanfaya National Park where you can enjoy untouched scenery of a volcanic park. All of the rooms at the hotel are spacious and decorated beautifully as they were all renovated recently in 2015. Each of the rooms boasts a private and furnished terrace where you can relax and enjoy either garden, sea or mountain views. With everything that there is to do and see in the area as well as three outdoor pools, a gully-equipped gym, a tennis court and a spa you will never be short of something relaxing to do here.

Another all-inclusive four-star resort is the Hotel Grand Teguise Playa. The hotel is located right on the beachfront of Teguise where you can enjoy different watersports as well as easy access to the bustling Pueblo Marinero square which is lined with restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel boasts two sea water pools and a botanical garden as well as brilliant fitness amenities and the option for a luxurious massage or a trip to the sauna. Whilst you are not out exploring the local area’s different restaurants and bars, you can enjoy brilliant food and drink in the hotel with the hotel’s El Jabillo Restaurant which serves lovely Mediterranean food for lunch and dinner. This is another stunning resort with lovely rooms (some of which boast their own private balcony with sea views) and great facilities in an excellent location.

The five-star Hesperia Lanzarote is a scenic and luxurious resort which is located close to Puerto del Carmen and the brilliant golf courses in the area. Puerto del Carmen is just 10 minutes’ away from the hotel which means that you are within easy access of lots of different bars and restaurants but there are some excellent restaurants at the resort including the a la carte restaurant El Risco which serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Each of the 331 rooms at the resort are light and airy with a private balcony or terrace attached to each room from which you can enjoy the breathtaking views. On the resort, there are four swimming pools, a spa and sports club where you can find a gym, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a Turkish Bath. There is also a kid’s club if you are planning on bringing your family. This is the perfect resort for your next golf break to Lanzarote.

Yet another brilliant resort which boasts easy access to both Lanzarote Golf Resort and Costa Teguise Golf is Seaside Los Jameos Playa which is set just a stone’s throw from the stunning Playa Pocillos Beach in the area of Puerto del Carmen. This four-star resort boasts an excellent beach front location and is only ten minutes’ walk from the town of Matagorda where you can find excellent beaches as well as many different restaurants and bars to enjoy and Puerto del Carmen is only ten minutes’ drive away. All rooms feature the amenities that would be expected from a hotel of this standard as well as either a private furnished terrace or balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views across the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are not out exploring or on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy spending time relaxing by one of the outdoor pools or in the Finnish Spa which is arguably one of the best on the island. This is the perfect resort for you if you are looking for a quieter golf escape but somewhere where you can access lively places easily.

Last, but certainly not least, is Suite Hotel Fariones Playa which is another brilliant four-star complex from which you can have direct access to the beautiful beach as well as easy access to the two brilliant golf courses – Lanzarote Golf Resort and Costa Teguise Golf as you are situated in Puerto del Carmen. The Playa Grande is arguably the most popular beach on the island and it isn’t hard to see why with its white sands and crystal-clear waters and by staying at this resort, you have direct access onto this beach. Each of the luxurious suites within the resort features its own kitchenette and private terrace from which you can enjoy the magnificent views of the local surroundings. With direct access onto the beach, easy access to two brilliant golf courses, several outdoor pools, a spa and a gym you really don’t need much more when you are looking for somewhere lovely to stay for your next golf break to Lanzarote.

With all of these fantastic resorts and hotels as well as the two excellent and scenic golf courses and of course, the year-round mild temperatures – there truly is nowhere better for you to start planning your next golf break to than the beautiful island of Lanzarote.

This week’s blog is a guide to some great courses and hotels that are close to an airport. When you are looking for your next golf break, it is sometimes good to consider courses to base your break around that are nearby to an airport. This can be ideal for short golf escapes to a sunny destination, perfect for long weekends away or even if you are not keen to hire a car whilst you are away as transfers are obviously cheaper if you stay closer to an airport.

A short drive from Lisbon’s city centre is the brilliant Belas golf course, just 25 minutes from Lisbon airport. The course meanders through mounds and from many of the tees you can enjoy stunning views across the Sintra Hills. From the white tees, this course is a long one at over 6,700 yards which makes it a fair challenge of golf, especially due to the other features of the course, including the penal rough where you could lose more than a few balls. Throughout the course, there is a selection of good par 3s including a few spectacular drop holes. There are some standout holes, including the 5th which is very long and has many strategically placed bunkers. The finishing four holes is brilliant beginning with the 15th hole which is a downhill rollercoaster par 5, there is then the heavily bunkered dogleg 16th hole, then the 17th which is exceptionally tricky with water on both sides of the green. The 18th is a fantastic finishing hole, it is a short par 4 where you are hitting downhill from the raised tee whilst avoiding the pond to the right. The course features some very memorable holes and views which makes it a great course to base your next golf holiday around, especially as it boasts such a great location between Belas and Lisbon. If you are looking to plan your golf break around this great course, look at the fabulous Sheraton Cascais Resort as you can play many more courses with that hotel as your base.

Next up, is the stunning four star Hotel Gran Ultonia – 18 minutes from Girona Airport. This hotel boasts a great location just a few hundred yards from Girona Cathedral and the Barri Vell District. Each of the rooms at this hotel is stylish and functional with elegant and modern bathrooms as well as all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. As the hotel boasts such a fantastic location, you are never far from great bars and restaurants but there are also two brilliant golf courses within close proximity of the hotel. The PGA Catalunya courses are both excellent but different which means that they are the perfect addition to your stay at Hotel Gran Ultonia. The PGA Catalunya Tour course may be a little shorter and easier to play than the Stadium course but with an abundance of pine trees and water hazards lying in wait for any errant shots, you cannot afford to not play with accuracy. It is a brilliant holiday course as it provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities.

The PGA Catalunya Stadium is arguably one of the best courses in Spain but it is a very challenging one, located just 7 minutes from Girona Airport. The course is very long and very hilly, however, there are five sets of tees to choose from so even golfers with higher handicaps are catered for here and may have a chance at scoring well if they can still play with accuracy! Right from the 1st tee you can see how brilliant this course is as you start off with an elevated drive to a dogleg left par 4 hole. Not only is the course a magnificent round of golf, but the scenery is beautiful – this is a world class course and not one to be missed out on when you are planning your next golf escape to the Costa Brava.

Alicante Golf Resort is located just on the edge of Alicante City, near San Juan Beach where the weather is great golfing weather practically all year round and as the course and Hotel Alicante Golf is 21 minutes from Alicante airport, so this is the perfect destination for a golf escape any time of the year. The course is a traditional one and since it opened in 1998, several alterations have been made including the addition of artificial lakes and rivers which have made the course a very tricky one. In order to score well, you must play strategically as there are many hazards along the course that can cause you to lose your ball. This is a brilliant course and Hotel Alicante Golf is a stunning hotel with brilliant facilities. This is the perfect hotel and course combination for a great golf break to Alicante regardless of the time of year…

Sandos San Blas Nature Resort and Golf boasts a stunning location just 10 minutes from Tenerife South Airport, and it is positioned right in the centre of its very own nature reserve and allows you to feel like you are separated from the rest of the world with nearby golf courses and the brilliant facilities at the hotel to enjoy. However, although everything here is peaceful and calm, just 20 minutes’ walk from the hotel is the town of Los Abrigos where you can find a wide array of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. The prestigious Golf del Sur sits just next door to the property and there are other courses nearby including: Amarilla Golf, Buenavista Golf, Golf Costa Adeje and Golf Las Americas. Golf del Sur is just 5 minutes’ drive from the hotel and the course runs along the stunning coastline. This is a truly scenic course with stunning views and interesting black volcanic sand bunkers, cacti and palm trees dotted around. Arguably, the signature hole of the course is the par 4 3rd hole on the North nine which is a lush and long hole and has a long and narrow green to reach beyond the bunkers and other hazards waiting. This is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Tenerife, especially with the tropical climate here all year round…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf escape, consider somewhere easy to access from an airport so that you can make the most out of your time there – especially if it is a long weekend to blow away the cobwebs until we reach the summer months.

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the most unusual places and courses that you will get to enjoy a round of golf on. In many incidences, it is the case that golf is the main highlight of your holiday and it is often easy to find a fantastic hotel almost anywhere but these are courses which are well worth basing your entire holiday around…

Fist up we have Jardin Tecina which is arguably one of the most special and impressive courses in the Canary Islands. You tee off at the top of a hill and then for the duration of the course you slowly zigzag back down without playing one single uphill shot. With the course measuring a long 6,900 yards from the back tees it is not an easy round of golf. However, with the wide fairways and option of closer tees it is playable by golfers of all standards. The views from every shot are simply stunning with trees, flowers and other tropical plants adding to the stunning panoramic views of the ocean. Although all of the holes are brilliant, there are a few spectacular ones which you definitely won’t forget for a while like the downhill short 4th hole where if you don’t place your ball carefully it may get swallowed up by the ravine which is on your left. The finishing hole for this course is a great one where you will have to hit two well-placed shots in order to score well on this hole and the entrance to the green is framed by two impressive palm trees. This is a beautiful but challenging round of golf and one not to miss out on!

Up next we have the Crete Golf Club which is located in the hills of Hersonnisos and boasts spectacular views from this ideal location. Not only is this course built in a beautiful location but Crete’s year-round mild climate provides excellent golfing conditions. There are a wide variety of holes that will challenge even the golfers with the lowest handicaps here from short par-3s to long par-5s. As you play the course, the fairways wind through rocks and ravines where you can experience stunning views of the mountains and the coast. This is a beautiful course with some very memorable holes and scenery for you to experience – another course definitely not to be missed out on!

The four-star Bogogno Golf Resort is situated in Lake Maggiore where you can experience beautiful surroundings which can be enjoyed even more so when you are playing on the two parkland golf courses situated on the resort – the Bonora and the Del Conte Course. The rooms are all spacious and boast their own private terraces which overlook either one of the golf courses or the pool areas. This is a beautiful resort with some stunning surroundings and great facilities including two tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi as well as a great restaurant in which you can dine outside enjoying the views. Both of the golf courses onsite are regarded as two of the finest courses in Italy and blend effortlessly into their Italian countryside surroundings. The Bonora course is the more challenging of the two courses with its undulating fairways with many strategically placed hazards for you to navigate around.

Minthis Hills Golf Club is just a short drive from the bustling town of Paphos but far enough from the town that its setting is tranquil and relaxing set in the grounds of a twelfth century monastery. The course sits so naturally in its surroundings and offers stunning views away from the hustle and bustle of the towns nearby. There are a wide variety of different holes here and many will leave a lasting impression like the short 12th where you have to navigate the valley on your left and the challenging 17th hole where you will need to be very accurate and strong to reach the green in just two shots. The fairways are far from flat and are lined thickly with fruit trees and grape vines which can make this a challenge, however, with its range of tee options it is playable by golfers of all abilities which makes it a great course for an enjoyable golf break to Cyprus.

Up next we have the five-star Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. The hotel rooms here all boast a private balcony or terrace as well as a flat-screen TV, walk-in closet and other luxury furnishings. This is a very special golf resort and whilst staying here you will experience the height of luxury wherever you go within the resort. The resort boasts many facilities including a shooting centre, water sports, tennis courts as well as a private beach and a fantastic spa facility in which you can enjoy a range of different treatments. Whilst you are here you will never be short of somewhere fantastic to dine as there are seven superb restaurants where you can find anything from seafood to Italian to International cuisines. There are three fabulous golf courses on the resort, each of which offers something different from the last and will complete your luxury golfing experience here.

Hotel Antik is a fantastic, new, four-star hotel situated in the marina of Balchik and is just three minutes’ walk from the beach. All of the rooms here are beautifully designed and fully-fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Within walking distance, you can enjoy a wide variety of different bars and restaurants but the hotel’s on-site restaurant is superb and offers delicious food. With all of this as well as three signature golf courses within a 15 minutes’ drive away it would be hard to find anywhere better for your next golf break.

Another fantastic property located in Balchik is the four-star Hotel Mistral which overlooks the marina and all of the rooms here have stunning views out across the Black Sea. You are only a three minute walk from the beach here and being so close to the marina means that you are never short of somewhere fantastic to eat or drink. However, if you prefer to stay in, you can enjoy local and international dishes at the open-air restaurant at the hotel where you can enjoy views of the marina whilst you eat. This is a stunning hotel in a perfect location being in the centre of the marina but also only 10km from three superb golf courses.

Last but not least, we have two fantastic and unusual golf courses situated in Bulgaria. Thracian Cliffs is considered to be “Gary Player’s gem” and its setting is breathtaking. Every one of the 18 holes runs alongside the coast of the Black Sea and we can guarantee that you will never play a course anything like this one. Although this course seems daunting, with its many different tee positions, it is possible for golfers of all abilities to play and enjoy a round here – even if your golf is poor, the surroundings are anything but! The 7th and 8th holes are particularly tricky where if you are not entirely accurate you will lose your ball very easily. It is a tough course and one where you will have to take a lot of risks (and many might not pay off!) but it is one of a kind and definitely one that has to be on ever discerning golfer’s must-play list!

BlackSeaRama is another Gary Player special. This course is relatively flat, set upon the cliffs overlooking the Black Sea, although the course is flat, being so high means that the wind will affect your play and make scoring close to your handicap very tricky indeed. There are also a fair few water hazards that come into play, especially in the later holes which add to the trickiness of this course. Its finishing hole is the signature hole here, the 18th is a par-3 over the valley and the views are simply breathtaking. This is another spectacular course that you could easily base your holiday around…

We hope that this blog has inspired your next golf break…it isn’t too late to book for this year!

This week’s blog is an insiders guide to the fantastic Fuerteventura Princess Hotel. This blog will tell you everything that you need to know about Fuerteventura, the hotel and the fantastic golf you will get the opportunity to play when you decide to stay here. With the nights drawing in and the weather getting noticeably colder, it is definitely time to think about when you are going to take your next golf break to the sun and this is a perfect one to consider with Fuerteventura’s year-round spring climate!1

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands and can offer you everything that anyone could possibly want on their next golf break. You are never far from a beautiful sandy beach and the four golf courses here are all superb. Fuerteventura, like the other Canary Islands, boasts about 3,000 hours of sunshine per year which is something us Brits can only dream of! The spring-like climate makes this island ideal for a golfing holiday as you will always be warm enough to enjoy the beaches and sunbathe around the pool, but not too sweltering (especially if you go in autumn and springtime) that you can’t enjoy the fantastic golf that is on offer here! With so much to do and see here from over 150 long, sandy beaches with coves to the watersports you can enjoy on the beach to finding out about the history of Fuerteventura – you could certainly never be bored or short of fun and interesting things to do here.5

Set on the beachfront of Playa Jandia is the beautiful four-star Fuerteventura Princess Hotel. The hotel offers you a range of activities that you can enjoy from swimming gin one of the outdoor pools to playing tennis to the gym. All of the rooms are fully air-conditioned and come with a satellite TV as well as either a balcony or a terrace that you can enjoy beautiful sea views from. If you are less into activities, then the hotel features a lovely spa which boasts a sauna and a Turkish Bath! If you are making this trip into a family holiday, then there is definitely something for the kids here too with both a kid’s club with a mini disco as well as a maxi-club with a games room for teenagers.

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The hotel is set amongst tropical gardens and after a long round of golf you can take a walk around and just down to the beach or relax around one of the four outdoor pools available before enjoying a few refreshing drinks at one of the bars around the hotel. There are two restaurants, the main restaurant serves a buffet at breakfast and dinner with themed nights twice a week. Restaurant La Choza is where you can go for late breakfast, snacks and lunch and you can enjoy your meal out on the terrace which overlooks the beach. After you have had a lovely dinner, every night, there are shows in the evening and several nights a week you can enjoy live music at the hotel which provides a lovely holiday atmosphere!

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The hotel is situated in an ideal location, just seconds from the beach and only 8km from the town of Jandia. In Jandia you can find lots of different bars and restaurants, this means that if you are tired of eating at the hotel you definitely have various other options to explore being so close to the town!

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This is a fantastic hotel and is a short distance from the fantastic Jandia Golf Course…

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Jandia Golf Course is located right in the heart of Jandia and is surrounded by beautiful white beaches and stunning scenery. The club offers fantastic facilities and a great round of golf that is definitely one to play. The course and its facilities are at harmony with their surroundings, the course route runs through a valley which is bordered with exotic wildlife and some superb views. The course is considered to be of medium-high difficulty, as it is quite tight in places, but is so at one with nature that even if you are not scoring so well you will definitely still appreciate a round or two here! Furthermore, with four sets of tees at each hole it is easy to make sure that everyone has a chance at getting a fair scorecard.

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The facilities at the club include a driving range with 20 covered bays, a putting green, a chipping green and a practice field but little compares to actually playing this scenic course. The course covers 5,857 metres and many of those metres are taken up with obstacles from the four lakes to the dry riverbeds to the natural wildlife that you can enjoy (and try to avoid!) throughout the length of the course. This is quite a hilly course and so it can be recommended that you hire a buggy to avoid tiring out before you have even played many holes.

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This is a truly fantastic, challenging course with some truly breathtaking views and one that is great if you are looking for a challenge but also if you just want to casually play and enjoy a great course when you are on holiday! This course definitely tops off staying at the Fuerteventura and the course and the hotel are certainly a winning combination for your next golf break to the Canary Islands!

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We hope that you enjoyed this blog and that when you are thinking about how grey and miserable it is outside that you think about the Fuerteventura Princess and Jandia Golf and consider booking your next golf break to escape the cold and long English wintertime!

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Elba hotels. These hotels are all four or five star resorts and each have their own unique selling point whether it be their location, golfing opportunities or simply the class of the resort. With Autumn and Winter fast approaching it is about time for you to consider booking yourself a golf break away to give you something to look forward to in the months ahead and with many of the Elba resorts situated in the Canary Islands where there is a springtime climate all year you cannot go wrong with booking your next golf holiday with at one of the Elba resorts…

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Gran Hotel Elba Estepona is situated on the Costa del Sol and boasts a perfect beachfront location which makes it ideal for a quiet golfing retreat away from the stresses of home life. There is a beautifully decorated Thalaso Spa for guests to visit where you can enjoy a sea water circuit, the hot tub and sauna as well as a range of different treatments. Although the hotel is located in a tranquil setting it is just outside of Estepona and only 20 minutes’ drive from Marbella so you can easily access the towns if you want to take a trip somewhere busier! With all of this as well as an outdoor pool and many different brilliant golf courses within a short drive away it is a great destination for your next relaxing golf break to Spain.

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Elba Costa Ballena on the Costa de la Luz is the second Elba property in Spain and is different from the other Elba property in Spain as it is busier and features more activities for children as well as adults. The resort is situated in the bay of Cadiz as well as within the 27-hole Costa Ballena Golf Club. Most packages at this resort include free transfers to the golf course from the hotel. With a brilliant golf course on site as well as the beach being just under a 10 minute walk it is hard to see why people would pass up the opportunity to stay here. The resort is also close to some other small Spanish towns such as Jerez and Rota which is perfect for if you fancy a change of scenery. There is plenty for non-golfers to do as the spa is fitted with a thermal circuit and sauna as well as elegantly designed treatment rooms. This is another great destination for your next golf break to Spain.

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Elba Royal Village Resort in Lanzarote is situated in an ideal location as it is just a short walk into the village of Playa Blanca and Flamingo Beach. The hotel also offers a free shuttle service to another top beach in the area – Playa Dorada. The rooms are all elegantly designed here and there is always plenty of things to do onsite from the sports arena to the Thalaso spa to the evening entertainment. This is a beautiful resort situated in a stunning location in amongst tropical gardens and is built with traditional Canary Island style architecture. There is nothing that you could want more from a resort than is available here at the Elba Royal Village and it is a great resort perfect for your next golf holiday to Lanzarote.

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Hotel Elba Sara in Fuerteventura is perfect for any kind of golf break away as it has the most perfect location. Next door to the resort is the Atlantico centre which has a wide array of different restaurants, bars, shops and even a cinema complex. Also nearby to the resort is a beautiful marina which is just half an hour’s walk away. This Elba property is also located virtually on the beach and has two fabulous golf course’s within five minute’s drive away – Fuerteventura Golf Club and Salinas Golf. All of the rooms have beautiful sea views and all the rooms have free Wi-Fi and a mini-bar. Onsite there is also a kids’ club and a fully fitted spa for guests to enjoy. There is plenty to do for everyone here and a stay here could never be a disappointing one!

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Elba Palace Golf & Vital Hotel in Fuerteventura is an adults-only hotel which is situated in the middle of the beautiful Fuerteventura golf course. The hotel is set in such a peaceful location that it would be difficult to stay here and not feel detached from the outside world but is just under a 20-minutes’ walk from the beach. The rooms are all spacious and well appointed with the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this calibre. The hotel boasts different swimming pools, an elegant restaurant and lovely surroundings. This is a stunning hotel in a perfect location and is ideal if you are looking for a small, quiet hotel for somewhere to unwind and relax as well as enjoy a few rounds of excellent golf whilst you’re at it!

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Last, but certainly not least on the list of the fabulous Elba properties are the Elba Premium Suites located in Lanzarote which are opening this November. This is another adults-only property and is set to be one of the classiest and elegant properties around. Each of the suites features a terrace as well as a flat screen TV, a minibar and free Wi-Fi. The resort features a private solarium which has sun loungers, a large swimming pool and an atmospheric pool bar. The complex is also in a great location as it is only 10-minutes’ walk from the fishing village of Playa Blanca as well as being just a 30-minutes’ drive from the airport. This is a stunning complex which exudes class and sophistication and is perfect for those looking for a quiet golf break to Lanzarote with some fantastic golf at Costa Teguise and Lanzarote Golf Resort.

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to the fantastic Elba properties which all have something unique that they can offer you whether it is in terms of the golf courses on offer, the service at the property or the location. These are all great locations for your next golf break.

The Canary Islands are the perfect destination for your autumn or winter golfing holiday when you need to escape the rain and the grey clouds and experience some spring-like weather and some beautiful golf courses. This list is of the finest courses in the Canary Islands and should well be considered for next time you are looking to leave the cold and fly away!

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Tecina Golf course is on the island of La Gomera but there is a fast ferry which runs from Tenerife to La Gomera so why not make this round into a beautiful and scenic day out? This course could be described as “golfing in paradise”, the views and the scenery of Tenerife and tropical gardens is breathtaking. Not forgetting, the views of the majestic Mount Teide which can be seen from a distance on a clear day. The course features undulating greens and being set on the top of a cliff means that wind often comes into play here making it hard for even the best of golfer to score well! It is rare to see a course with more than one signature hole but Tecina Golf has a trio of signature holes: holes 4, 10 and 12 are truly brilliant and it is worth taking the trip to this course just for those three holes. If you’re looking to play a magnificent course with unpredictable greens, incredible views and a unique layout then this really has to be on your golfing bucket list!

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AnfiTauro

Anfi Tauro is the next course on this list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands, this course is situated on the small and beautiful island of Gran Canaria. This 18-hole course has an Arizonan desert feel to it and is perfect for all golfers of all abilities due to its option of five different tees! This course is always in spectacular condition with beautiful vegetation lining the fairways and stunning waterfalls as well as volcanic-like mountains as a backdrop. Anfi Tauro sits very well within its surroundings and the design makes use of the elevation of the ground meaning that many of the holes have superb views of the volcanic-like mountains or the shimmering Atlantic Ocean making this course a beautiful and picturesque addition to your next golfing holiday to Gran Canaria. With top quality service and a fabulous location this golf course is truly an experience not to be missed for any keen golfer.

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CostaAdeje

On the beautiful island of Tenerife is where our next addition to this list is situated. Golf Costa Adeje is a very popular and beautiful course with very fast greens, strategically placed bunkers and a challenging layout. The course has a great mix of holes of varying elevation and most are accompanied by stunning backdrop of the ocean. Its backdrop and the undulating greens and old wall stones make this course seem like it is at one with its surroundings. This course is always noted for its great service and the atmosphere in the clubhouse – not to mention the great post-round buffet! Golf Costa Adeje is a great, challenging round to play and with some superb views and the great weather of Tenerife what could be better? This course truly is a gem on the island of Tenerife and as the course is always kept in perfect condition so it is no wonder that it has made our list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands.

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Meloneras

Fourth on the list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands is the second course on the list situated upon the tiny island of Gran Canaria. Meloneras Golf is an 18-hole course where the course works from the coastline inwards meaning that this course gets harder throughout the round with the inland winds and target play on the back nine. This course is great for any golfing ability with four different tees and a straight-forward par 4 hole one which prepares you for the round ahead. In Gran Canaria, very few of the golf courses have holes directly at the coast which is a major attraction for those wanting to feel as if they are actually playing on the beach but at Meloneras Golf, several of the holes have this feature. With this course it is impossible to have an unhappy round as the greens are always immaculate, the sky is (mainly) always blue and the views are amazing. No two holes are the same and the service is fabulous! It truly is no wonder why this course made this list of finest courses!

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Salobre-Golf

Last on this list is another spectacular course situated in Gran Canaria – the Old Course at Salobre Golf. The design of this course incorporates the rolling terrain and natural ravines to make this a challenging yet very enjoyable course. This course has certainly stood the test of time and is still in immaculate condition as well as being as popular as ever. With all around views and tee-times at reasonable prices as well as being a more forgiving course than the newer course at Salobre Golf this course is a must-visit for your next golfing break to Gran Canaria. This beautiful, old course is truly considered to be one of the finest in Gran Canaria and so is deserving of a place on this list of the finest courses in the Canary Islands.

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Next time you’re booking your golfing trip to the Canary Islands make sure to check out this list again and book a few tee-times at at least one of these fine courses!