This week’s blog is a guide to the five best golf courses on the Silver Coast in Portugal. The Silver Coast is also known as the Costa de Prata, and it lines the western coast of Portugal, facing the Atlantic Ocean. Known for its stunning beaches and authentic Portuguese towns as well as some fantastic golf courses, it comes as no surprise that the Silver Coast remains to be one of the most popular destinations in Europe for golf holidays. All five of these golf courses offer a fantastic round of golf that can be enjoyed accompanied by beautiful mountain views and a stunning coastal location.

 

The Praia d’el Rey is located directly on the Silver Coast, boasting breath-taking sea views throughout. While its coastal location undeniably creates beautiful panorama views, golfers will often find their game vulnerable to the prevailing coastal winds from the Atlantic, adding another dimension to the challenge at hand. This classic links golf course is a consistent favourite among golfers in the Silver Coast, and the very fact that they return year after year is reflective of the fantastic golf that it offers. With a varied layout, stunning views and impeccably maintained greens, it comes as no surprise that the Praia d’el Rey has been awarded 13th place in the Best Golf Courses in Europe by Golf World Magazine.

All of the 18 holes at the Praia d’el Rey were designed by the famous golf course architect Cabell B. Robinson. He created a unique golf course that comprises of a classic links golf course with distinctive elements of parkland and coastal links within it. With a varied layout and some tricky areas, it comes as no surprise that it has been described as “wild and wonderful” by Golf World Magazine. Cabell was certainly successful in creating a fantastic golf course that offers a varied round to all those who play it. The clusters of pine forest create a unique contrast with the lush wide greens and its coastal location.

At the Praia d’el Rey, players must manoeuvre their shot across spacious bunkers, large sand dunes and undulating greens in order to finish with a steady score. This golf course is sure to test every aspect of their game; therefore, club selection must be done carefully. Just to add to the challenge at hand, golfers must focus on their game and try to ignore the stunning scenery of the golf course. Throughout the golf course, players can marvel at the panorama views of the Atlantic Ocean and the neighbouring Berlenga Islands. The back nine holes are widely considered to be the most attractive set; however, the best views of the Berlenga Islands can be enjoyed at the 2nd hole. The 2nd hole is widely considered to be one of the most memorable holes on the golf course due to its fantastic views and unique layout. This par 5 measures out to 463 metres and is full of hazards including a large water feature lining the right side of the fairway, as well as bunkers and rough areas strategically placed throughout.

 

The West Cliffs Golf Links opened relatively recently in June 2017 as a welcome addition to the fantastic range of golf in the Silver Coast. Despite the golf course opening just a few years ago, it has already established its reputation as one of the best golf courses in the region, and some have even argued it is one of the best in Portugal. This fantastic golf course has managed to steal the limelight from its competitors and its popularity is set to be unprecedented for years and years to come. Here, players can enjoy a varied round of golf across a unique landscape comprising of rolling sand dunes and natural coastal fauna and greenery. The architects of this golf course maintained the natural features of the landscape and integrated them into their vision to create a challenging golf course. The natural landscape was mostly left unscathed during its construction, so the layout has simply been carved into the terrain’s original features which simply adds to the beauty of the course. Throughout the golf course, players can marvel at the unparalleled views of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean and the Obidos Lagoon; some of the best views of the Silver Coast can be enjoyed here.

The West Cliffs Golf Links was designed by Cynthia Dye, who aimed to create a fantastic golf course that respected the natural environment, and in turn would create a truly idyllic environment for all golfers. No hole here is the same; the golf course comprises of two loops of nine that offer varying difficulty and characteristics. The front nine is widely considered to be the most memorable due to the unique layout of the par five 6th and 7th holes, however golfers must save the best of their game until last with the challenging 17th and 18th holes. The 18th hole challenges its players to no end with a large water hazard lining the right side of the fairway, however if players manage to create the perfect balance of accuracy and length, then they have a solid opportunity of reaching the green in two shots. While the West Cliffs Golf Links offers an undeniably testing round of golf, golfers can succeed well with good golf course management and ball positioning. As advised with many of the golf courses on the Silver Coast; it is important that all players bring plenty of spare balls!

 

The Guardian Bom Sucesso designed by the world-renowned golf architect Donald Steel, is one of the best-known golf courses around Lisbon. This fantastic golf course has undergone intensive renovations in the recent years to vastly improve its quality. Under new owners, the Guardian Bom Sucesso has increased in popularity and its reputation has been massively improved in turn. Throughout the course, players can enjoy stunning views of the neighbouring Obidos lagoon and the rolling hills of the Silver Coast. With plenty of bunkering and the interesting use of rough areas, the Guardian Bom Sucesso is perfect for those that like a challenge. To do well, golfers must play with both accuracy and length in order to hit past the many strategically placed bunkers and the undulating greens.

The landscape here mimics the classic Mediterranean parkland golf course, with an abundance of natural fauna and greenery. The golf course spans over sixty hectares of beautiful landscape, filled with hundreds of olive trees that have been maintained from the golf course’s natural terrain, prior to its creation. Designed by the famous golf architect Donald Steel, all golfers that attempt this course can anticipate an invigorating challenge. This parkland layout will challenge every aspect of their game with the unique design of the greens which force players to focus on their ball placement in order to manoeuvre their shot around the many bunkers.

Players at the Guardian Bom Sucesso can enjoy a varied round of golf with a clear contrast between the front and the back nine. The back nine are widely considered to be the more challenging set due to the unsteady terrain that is guaranteed to trip even the most experienced player up. Golfers are led into a false sense of security with the front nine holes set across a relatively flat landscape, however at the 9th hole they are thrown into the real challenge. Players can anticipate the best until last with the memorable trio comprising of the 16th, 17th and 18th holes, where they will find every aspect of their game challenged. The 16th hole demands careful ball positioning in order to shoot uphill where they will be met with some of the best views that can be found at the golf course which can be enjoyed best from an elevated position. However, the most unique hole includes the 17th hole, a tricky par five with a sharp dogleg which bends to the left.

 

The Royal Obidos is widely considered to be the mother of all golf in the Silver Coast. Players can only enjoy views of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean on approximately half of the holes, however that is not to say that golfers forget they are playing on the Silver Coast. The lack of views of the ocean is compensated for with plenty of views of the Obidos Lagoon which can be appreciated best at the par five 2nd hole in which players must manoeuvre their tee shot to the green whilst narrowly avoiding the lagoon’s peaceful waters; this hole is certainly a highlight of the front nine.

The Royal Obidos offers an unforgettable round of golf on a truly beautiful landscape. Golf legend Severiano Ballesteros carved the fantastic golf course that stands today into the landscape’s natural features to maintain the terrain’s original character. While the golf course measures out to an impressive 6,400 metres, longer than most of the other golf courses in the region, the Royal Obidos still welcomes players of all skillsets and handicaps with a wide range of tee-off options. However, that is not to say that lower handicappers will find the layout to be a walk in the park; with an unsteady undulating terrain throughout, as well as a range of hazards, players are guaranteed to always be kept on their toes during their round. With a great challenge, stunning views and a unique layout, it certainly comes as no surprise that the Royal Obidos was awarded 57th place in the Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe by Golf World Magazine.

The back nine holes at the Royal Obidos feature some of the most distinctive holes in the Silver Coast. One that stands out for many players includes the 10th hole which like many of the holes in the back nine, offers a fantastic challenge characterised by the careful use of water hazards. For this hole, it is heavily advised that all those that attempt it bring a surplus of balls; these water hazards will not hesitate to swallow up any wayward shots that come their way! Another hole on the back nine which is sure to make any confident player question their handicap includes the par four 12th hole, measuring out to 420 metres. At this hole, players must focus on careful club selection as they must manoeuvre their shot across two huge lakes, then a twisting stream.

 

The Dolce CampoReal Lisboa is not generally considered to be a member of the Silver Coast golf family, however due to its close proximity to the other golf courses in the region and its fantastic quality, it is hardly a golf course that can be ignored. The high quality of this golf course and the challenge it offers is no secret in Portugal, and it is a consistent favourite amongst all golfers that regularly play in Portugal. Golfers can enjoy an invigorating challenge here as the landscape is set across the rolling hills in the surrounding areas of Lisbon, and the layout comprises of slight undulations which are sure to challenge the game of even the most experienced player. Due to the hilly terrain of the CampoReal, the rental of a buggy is advised for all players. However, a perk of the steep terrain includes the fantastic views that can be enjoyed from the several elevated positions across the golf course of the surrounding landscape. With frequent elevation changes, several blind shots are demanded from players, therefore good course management is essential for players to score well.

Just like the Guardian Bom Sucesso, the Dolce CampoReal Lisboa was designed by leading golf architect Donald Steel, therefore a fantastic round of golf and an exciting challenge is guaranteed here. The challenge here is mostly characterised with the golf course’s natural hilly terrain which requires players to shoot a few blind shots, and areas of dense forestry and fauna await to capture any wayward shots. The CampoReal does not let the Silver Coast golf family down in terms of the views and stunning scenery on offer, as the golf course is set in the heart of a wooded valley. The front nine holes here are widely considered to be the most challenging of the pair as water features most commonly here. With elevated tees, golfers may assume that they have an advantage as they can anticipate the upcoming challenge, however the slight elevations are not always obvious at first glance.

 

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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 Pestana golf course collection. The Pestana golf courses are situated on the Algarve and each boasts a great round of golf. Whether you are looking for a great holiday round or a stern test of golf, these courses can offer you that variety. Take a look at this great collection of courses and be inspired for your next golf holiday to the Algarve.

Alto Golf and Country Club was one of the last to be designed by Sir Henry Cotton and features brilliant, winding fairways and elevated greens which are a stern test for those playing with a lower handicap but also fair to those who are less accomplished golfers. The course’s features are similar to that to a UK parkland course, but of course, you have the weather associated with the Algarve to remind you that you are in fact, not in England. The course is beautifully positioned near to the picturesque village of Alvor and offers beautiful white sandy beaches, clear blue sea and interesting cliffs which add to the charm and character of the round. As you play the first nine holes of the course, you can enjoy the stunning views over Lagos Bay. The last nine holes travel back inland, running through gentle mountain slopes. This course is home to the longest home in Europe, the 66o-yard par 5 16th which is known as “The Giant”. This hole requires both concentration and skill in order for you to leave the hole with a respectable score. After your round, take a trip to the clubhouse where you can enjoy a few drinks whilst you reminisce over your round.

Silves is a beautifully picturesque course which opened for play in 2006 and since then, has gained a brilliant reputation for being a course that is always in immaculate condition. The course is set on gently undulating terrain in a rural area just 15 minutes inland. The course is surrounded by typical Algarve fruit orchards and small farms adding to the character of this beautiful layout. The first tee shot is a daunting one on this round as you must hit straight in order to avoid the water hazards strategically positioned on the fairway both on the right and the left. There are also many strategically placed bunkers in order to thwart those big hitters. However, this course is not an overly difficult one making it ideal as a holiday course for groups who have golfers of varying handicaps. Most of the holes along the course boast spectacular mountain views overlooking palm trees and olive groves. After your round, take a visit to the Silves Clubhouse where you can enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat whilst discussing the round.

Next up, we have the Gramacho Golf Course which is situated near Carvoeiro in the Algarve. This course was originally a nine-hole course which has been extended and beautifully redesigned by Nick Price to become a full 18-hole course. Pestana Gramacho has hosted the Portuguese Ladies Open on a number of occasions and is recognised as a championship course which is enjoyable and playable by those with a higher handicap. The course winds its way over undulating terrain with olive, almond and carob trees scattered along the way. This is a challenging course which requires its players to be technically accurate in order to score well on the round. The Gramacho Clubhouse is the perfect place to sit and relax after your round, it is situated in the heart of the resort and boasts many services including club and buggy rental. There is a great restaurant and bar which boasts the most stunning views on the misty blue backdrop of the Monchique Mountains as well as overlooking the 18th hole.

The Vale da Pinta golf course is set in the Pestana Golf Resort near Carvoeiro is a quality course which beautifully incorporates the course’s natural landscape of rolling hills, olive groves and other indigenous trees and vegetation. The course is beautifully framed by the Monchique Hills. Shot-making and accuracy are very important on this course as there are many tight fairways, doglegs and an assortment of strategically placed hazards positioned to challenge golfers of all abilities. One of the most challenging holes is the par-five 4th hole which measures over 500 metres from the back tee. This hole requires a long and accurate uphill tee-shot towards a marker post, this is made more challenging by the fact that the fairway is bordered by rough on the right and out of bounds on the left. The rest of the hole stretches downhill, but the fairway narrows drastically towards the end before you reach the undulating green. Another brilliant hole on this course is the 13th which is a short par four which may seem easy, but there is a large lake and bunker on the far bank from the tee ensuring that a very good strike is necessary if you are to clear this combination of hazards. You can take the safer route right of the water, but this still means that you will have a tricky approach to reach the well-guarded, shallow green. There are several stand-out holes along this course but particularly special is the 18th which is a wonderful par five finishing hole measuring just under 600 metres. The hole requires three long, straight shots and if you make par, you have finished well. There is no doubt that Vale de Pinta boasts a great round of golf filled with excellent and testing holes as well as a superb location and wonderful clubhouse for you to enjoy after your round. Vila Sol is one of the most requested courses in the Algarve, there are 27 brilliant holes situated at the complex.

Vila Sol has hosted the Portuguese Open and is a brilliant test of golf designed by the famous English architect, Donald Steel. The course winds its way through an immense pinewood in which there are fig trees, oaks and almond trees. This is a typical inland golf course with narrow fairways which demand accurate driving as well as water and sand hazards and fast greens. Players of all abilities will find Vila Sol to be a stern but fair test of golf. The fairways are always maintained beautifully and of course, there are many strategically placed hazards along the course to catch any errant shots. Right from the first few holes, it is evident that Vila Sol is a challenging course. There are three holes which are par fours in excess of 380-metres long. There are many notable holes along the course including the 6th, 7th and 8th. The 6th is a long, downhill par five which features a large lake protecting the left half of the fairway, you then have to tackle the uphill approach to a small, heavily guarded green. The 7th is also a long, downhill hole during which you must carry your shot back over the lake towards a large, sloping green. Finally, the 8th is a classic park-like par five which gently doglegs right with a narrow stream running just in front of the green and back down the left side of the fairway.  The back nine holes at Vila Sol are slightly shorter but still maintain the challenge of the course. This is a solid course that challenges and rewards at every turn.

If you are looking for the perfect place to stay in order to have the opportunity to enjoy the Pestana golf courses, then look no further than the Pestana Vila Sol Golf and Resort Hotel. This hotel is perfectly located for those looking to enjoy Vilamoura’s nightlife, restaurants and beautiful sandy beaches. You can reach several brilliant golf courses easily from this hotel. The hotel boasts 189 spacious and beautifully decorated guest rooms, all of which boast stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. Many of the guest rooms are scattered across the resort in lovely, Portuguese cottages. Besides exploring the wonderful town of Vilamoura and playing plenty of golf on the surrounding golf courses, you can take advantage of the facilities within the hotel. These include an indoor heated swimming pool, a large outdoor pool lined with sun loungers and parasols. There are also private tennis courts and spa facilities. This is a superb hotel with brilliant facilities and a superb location – perfect for your next golf break to the Algarve.

Another hotel ideal for exploring the Pestana golf courses is Pestana Delfim. This hotel boasts a brilliant location situated just a couple of minutes stroll away from Alvor’s golden beaches. This is a fantastic all-inclusive hotel which is perfect for both families and groups of golfers looking to make the most of the facilities within the hotel. The Pestana Delfim is a great base from which you can enjoy the many golf courses in the Western Algarve and explore the lively town of Alvor. You can reach Alvor within ten minutes on foot and the hotel also runs a regular shuttle bus there. The rooms within the hotel are all spacious and are equipped with all of the essentials including complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV and air conditioning. During the day, whilst you are not enjoying the town of Alvor or the wonderful golf courses within close proximity of the hotel, you can spend your days lounging around the pool, play tennis or use the fully-equipped fitness centre. As the hotel is all-inclusive, you can have your breakfast served in the buffet restaurant and dine on the garden terrace during the summer months. There are three bars within the hotel including a pool bar and the Toucan Bar. You can enjoy great restaurants and bars in the town of Alvor. The Pestana Delfim is another superb option for your next golf escape to Portugal, especially if you are looking to enjoy some of the great golf in this area – including the Pestana courses.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that perhaps, some more information on these exciting holiday golf courses has inspired you to book your next golf escape to the Algarve. If you have been inspired, or if you want to talk through some other golf holiday options, give us a call or send us an enquiry on our website to get in touch.

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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 the four courses of Cyprus. In recent years, Cyprus has gained a brilliant reputation for being a superb golf break destination. Many players will return year after year to enjoy the luxurious hotels and great golf courses – make sure that you get a piece of that luxury by booking your next golf escape to Cyprus today.

 

Cyprus boasts a rich history, culture and a mild, year-round climate which makes it the ideal place for a golf escape. Whether you are travelling with golfers or non-golfers, everyone will find something enjoyable to do whether it is lying on one of the sandy beaches, visiting historical sites or taking part in the many leisure activities found within the different resorts. In Paphos, you can find a beautiful harbour situated to the south of the country, there is plenty to do here and some beautiful bars and restaurants to enjoy. There is no doubt that a golf escape to Cyprus would be an enjoyable one so take a look at these brilliant courses and the resorts associated with them – or you can just give us a call and we will sort you a great golf holiday.

 

First up, we have Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus which is situated in South Cyprus, the course opened for play in 2002 and was designed by the world-renowned golf architect, Cabell Robinson. The course is situated within the Aphrodite Hills Resort which is the largest golf resort in Cyprus and boasts a hotel, apartments and villas for guests. The course is a great mix of challenging pot bunkers, beautifully manicured fairways of Bermuda grass and generous, tiered greens. As you play, you wind your way through olive and carob trees, and you can enjoy stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea.

Whilst the trees add to the scenery, they can pose a threat to your game as they are lying in wait for any errant shots. There are some truly magnificent holes along the course including the 3rd hole which is the lengthiest and most challenging hole along the course. For most players, you can play this hole as an uphill par 4 but for those more experienced players, you can play the hole as a par 5 from the back tees.

 

The 7th hole is another outstanding hole, it is a stunning par 3 where the green is positioned so that you must make a long carry over the ravine. The signature hole of the course is the 8th which boasts a panoramic view of the ocean from the tee, this is a breath-taking hole and is not one to miss out on!

 

Of course, if you are looking to play this great course, you should take a look at some of the accommodation options for you. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is a five-star hotel which boasts luxurious rooms, brilliant leisure facilities and world-class service. The hotel also boasts three fantastic restaurants where you can find delicious Asian cuisine, authentic Mediterranean cuisine and a buffet restaurant. Each of the rooms is beautifully decorated and boasts beautiful views of the neighbouring golf course, the sea, pool or the garden. You can choose to upgrade to a suite which are perfect for young families. There are many leisure activities that you can enjoy during your stay including the fitness centre, the tennis courts and a spacious pool area with sun beds. You can enjoy a range of health and beauty treatments within the Retreat Spa.

 

Alternatively, you can enjoy a stay within Aphrodite Hills Residences where you can choose from a range of accommodation from luxury apartments to five bedrooms villas. Each accommodation option comes with a fully-equipped kitchen as well as a private terrace or balcony. You can opt for villas that sleep up to 10 people, these five-bedroom villas boast their own private swimming pool. Whilst you are staying within the Residences, you can self-cater, but you can also enjoy all of the restaurants and bars within the Hotel and across the Resort. You can also make use of all of the leisure facilities that guests from the Hotel have access to, including the spa. One of the best things about Aphrodite Hills Resort, regardless of where you choose to stay, is that the resort provides frequent shuttle buses to and from the town of Paphos where you can find a range of superb bars and restaurants as well as a lovely harbour to walk around. For your next golf break to Cyprus – look no further than a stay at Aphrodite Hills Resort and a round on the PGA National.

 

Elea Golf Club is a brilliant par 71 golf course situated in an idyllic location above the Mediterranean Sea. The course boasts a stunning landscape and has been beautifully carved through a dramatic terrain which is full of character. The course was designed with input from Sir Nick Faldo and boasts many distinctive features typical of his designs. There is no doubt that this course poses a stern test of golf, there is an array of hazards situated along the course waiting to damage your scorecard. However, although the course is full of hazards, the more amateur golfer can enjoy this stunning course, too.

 

There is no doubt that this is a testing round of golf, every skill that you have developed as a golfer will be tested during this round. The course is considered to be an iconic parkland course in Cyprus but there is a links-feel to many of the holes due to their generous fairways and Arizona-style areas of wasteland.

The par 4 4th hole is perhaps the most outrageously bunkered hole in Europe, two irregularly shaped bunkers must be avoided from the tee in order to find sanctuary on the fairway, there is then the bridged green that slopes up at the front and then cants away towards the back – this green is heavily protected to the left and right by bunkers. The course’s signature hole is considered to be the par 4 17th hole. This hole has been nicknamed “Bobby Jones”, again, this is another hole which features lots of bunkers but also, a severely sloping fairway. You may be pleased to know that there are three bunker-less holes along the course! This is a superb golf course and one that you can enjoy whilst staying at the Aphrodite Hills Resort – either in the Hotel or in the Residences.

 

Next up, we have the par 71 18-hole championship course at Secret Valley which is uniquely situated at the base of a long valley that extends right out to the Mediterranean Sea. The course is situated just 18km from the lively resort of Paphos and opened for play in 1996.

 

Secret Valley is a two-time winner of the Best Golf Course in Cyprus and it isn’t hard to see why. The course winds its way through a spectacular valley consisting of distinctive coloured Sty Kingly rock formations. In the mornings and the evenings, you can enjoy some beautiful sights created by the shadows – another good thing about playing during the mornings and the evenings is that you can avoid the burning heat of the day.

The front nine holes of the course are quite forgiving, but you must bring your best game with you if you are to score well on the back nine. As they boast different layouts, and their own distinctive features, you are set to have an excellent round of golf filled with varied play. With an array of hazards set along the course in order to challenge your scorecard, a stunning location with a beautiful setting, it is no surprise that this course is so highly recommended for your next golf break to Cyprus. Enjoy a stay at the Aphrodite Hills Hotel or within the Aphrodite Hills Residences as you can easily venture out to play a round here or at the other golf courses in the area, including the PGA National onsite of the Aphrodite Hills Resort.

 

Last, but certainly not least, is Minthis Golf Club. Minthis Golf Club is situated on an elevated position of 550 metres above sea level which means that even during the summer months, you can enjoy a refreshing sea breeze. The course was designed by Donald Steel and it blends effortlessly into its beautiful surroundings, it is no surprise that this course is a favourite amongst golfers.

 

The course measures to just under 600 metres long and plays to a par 71. Due to the range of tee options, this course is suitable for golfers of all levels which makes it a perfect holiday course. However, this does not mean that you won’t find it a challenge. A unique feature of the club is the fact that it boasts captivating views over a 12th century monastery and the nearby Troodos Mountains. Of course, due to its position, there is the sea breeze coming into play which can make things difficult and may cause a few wayward shots! This is a fantastic course filled with a variety of holes, you can enjoy the short par 4 12th hole which boasts a steep, hazardous valley off on the left. This is followed by the signature 13th hole which is a challenging par 3, it is impossible to convey how brilliant this hole – it is one that you must try out for yourself – but it does include an island green surrounded by hazardous water.

If you are looking to play a round or two at Minthis Golf Club, we highly recommend you stay at the Dionysos Central. This three-star property is situated in the heart of the resort town of Paphos. It is a great value properly just a short walk from the beach and the harbour as well as range of great bars and restaurants. This is ideal if you are looking to stay in the midst of the action, you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife and attractions within the town, but you can also take a short walk to the lovely beaches. The rooms within the hotel offer the essential amenities for your stay including a mini fridge, a satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and a safe as well as a private balcony. You can enjoy lounging around the hotel’s large outdoor pool and take advantage of the hotel’s evening entertainment. There are three restaurants and two bars within the hotel, and you can easily venture out of the hotel to the other restaurants and bars of Paphos.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will take a further look at these outstanding golf courses and the resorts that you could have the pleasure of staying within. Give us a call if you have any questions or queries, we can always tailor make a golf break suited perfectly to you and whoever you are travelling with.

This week’s blog is a guide to ten of the best courses in the Lisbon region. Lisbon boasts everything that you could possibly need or want for your next golf escape from fascinating culture, rich history, brilliant food and drink to luxurious resorts and brilliant golf courses. Oh, and you can enjoy almost year-round lovely golfing weather here! We have compiled a list of our favourite ten courses in the region, so take a look and see if any of them pique your interest for a golf escape…

Aroeira Golf Resort stretches out over 900-acres and boasts two brilliant golf courses: Aroeira I and Aroeira II. The resort is situated just 20 minutes south of Lisbon and boasts a beautiful location on the Setubal Peninsula within a stunning preservation area.

 

Aroeira I was designed by Frank Pennink and opened for play in 1972. The course was an immediate hit and went on to host the 1996 and 1997 Portuguese Opens. The course measures just over 6,100 metres from the back tees. Its lush Bermuda fairways wind through a dense pine forest filled with pine trees. Each hole along the course presents you with a different challenge, the only common theme that the holes have in common is that there is a complete absence of any fairway bunkers. However, despite the lack of bunkers, there are many trees that were strategically left in play to catch any errant shots.

The landscape of the area is perfect for a golf course, it is gently undulating, and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild flowers, wildlife and the preservation area. The front nine are very enjoyable holes with some notable favourites like the downhill par 3 8th which features out of bounds to the right of the hole. The back nine are even better, the signature hole of the course is considered to be the 14th which is a very short par 3 where you play slightly downhill to reach the green which sits behind a very long bunker on the corner of a small lake. This is a beautiful short hole but a difficult one! After your round, enjoy a few drinks in the clubhouse which is lovely and homely.

 

Aroeira II was only opened in April 2000, the course was designed by Donald Steel and is highly regarded as being an excellent golf course. The course measures just over 6,400 metres and was built to European Tour recommendation standards. Much like Aroeira I, Aroeira II is crafted through heavily wooded, gently undulating terrain. Unlike, Aroeira I, Aroeira II boasts six large lakes which are situated along your route and are waiting for any errant shots.

The holes on this course are very long and cleverly designed to use the natural contours of the land, many of the bunkers have a Scottish pot bunker style and are very lethal! The greens are large and slick but to get to them, you must avoid the trees, the sand and the water which is not an easy challenge. It is no surprise that both Aroeira I and II made our list of recommendations; these are impressive, challenging and beautiful courses so don’t miss out on a round on either one of them.

Arguably one of the best golf complexes situated on the Iberian Peninsula is the Ribagolfe complex of 36 holes and it isn’t hard to see why. Both Ribagolfe I and II offer golfers of all abilities an exciting and unforgettable round of golf. The only con of this complex is that it is 30 minutes from Lisbon, 45 minutes from Sesimbra and an hour from Cascais/Estoril. However, it is well worth the drive for any serious golfer.

 

Ribagolfe I only opened for play in 2004 but the course has already matured, each of its holes is memorably beautiful. The course’s main features included cork tree-lined fairways, water hazards and undulating, well-bunkered greens. The course measures an impressive 7,370 yards from the tips and was designed by Peter Townsend with tournament play in mind. However, due to the range of tee boxes, this course can be enjoyed by those with higher handicaps from the forwards tees.

Ribagolfe I plays much longer and tighter than Ribagolfe II which means that accuracy is key if you hope to finish with a good scorecard. The back nine are the most challenging on this course, there are the very long par 5 12th hole and the short par 4 14th. There is also the shortest hole on the course, the all-carry par 3 15th where you must avoid the water which sits to the front left of a raised green which is also flanked on either side by sand. Whether you are a top golfer or an average one, a round at Ribagolfe I will not disappoint.

 

Ribagolfe II also opened for play in 2004 and was also designed by the European Golf Design Company but in collaboration with former Walker and Ryder Cup player Michael King. The course was designed as a members’ course and like its brother course, is routed through cork oak and boasts a fair challenge in lovely surroundings. The course is shorter than its sibling and its fairways are much more open and lead to large, reasonably contoured greens.

Water hazards only come into play on a couple of holes along this course including the short par 4 6th where the creek cuts across right in front of the green. There is also the long par 5 13th where the sane stream cuts through the fairway into a small lake sitting on the right side of the hole. Overall, this course is considered to be slightly easier than Ribagolfe I, but it can still pose a firm but fair challenge to golfers of all abilities. It is no surprise that we highly recommend a visit to the Ribagolfe complex when you are on your next golf break to Lisbon.

 

Situated between the town of Belas and Vale de Lobo, just a short drive from Lisbon city centre is Belas. This course opened for play in 1997 and stretches to a strong 6,280 metres from the tips. A round of golf here is an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all abilities making it a perfect choice for a holiday course.

The course has been carved through valleys and over the rolling slopes of Carreguiera, you can enjoy rugged hillsides, beautifully moulded fairways, large bunkers and areas of treacherous water throughout your round here. There are many impressive holes along the course, but particularly impressive ones include the short par 5 15th which features a stream that cuts the fairway right where those of you who are big hitters would place your tee shot. The green, once you reach it, is back-to-front and slopes which makes your putting difficult. There is also the finishing 18th which is a very strong and watery par 4 where you must carry your approach shot across a U-shaped lake in order to reach the final, narrow green. This is an impressive and scenic golf course situated in an ideal location for anyone holidaying in Lisbon.

 

Lisbon Sports Club is another one of our recommendations. The course was founded in 1922 and was designed by Hawtree and Sons, it is a charming, 18-hole parkland course situated in one of the most picturesque regions just outside of the greater Lisbon area – just 20 minutes from the city. This is a perfect course to play just as you get off the plane due to its location and it works as a great warm-up course at just over 5,200 metres from the back tees.

The course is nestled in a valley and features tree-lined fairways, the main characteristics of the course are raised tees and elevated greens. Right from the first tee, you can enjoy eye-catching holes, the first hole is a par 3 which is played downhill to a heavily-guarded with sand green. Then, you embark on the toughest hole on the course, the 403-metre par 4 2nd. This a brilliant golf course which has some tricky challenges, lovely scenery and boasts a brilliant location, make sure it is one for your must-play list.

 

Golf do Estoril has had the honour of hosting the Portuguese Open 20 times, it is one of Portugal’s oldest courses but has stood the test of time and is still one of the most enjoyable golfing experiences in the country. The course was designed by Mackenzie Ross and features a fairly straightforward layout where you will be rewarded for your accuracy rather than your power shots, this is due to the fact that the course is fairly short at just over 5,200 metres.

The course is set out amongst eucalyptus, pine and mimosa trees and boasts a few water hazards. The main challenge of the course comes from the very narrow fairways and undulating landscape. There are quite a few impressive holes for you to enjoy on this course, but we will mention a few of the standout holes here. The short downhill 3rd and right doglegged 9th are both brilliant par 4s. You also have the left doglegged 14th which is a brilliant hole and the 16th which has been ranked as one of the best par 3s in the whole of Portugal! Golf do Estoril is a fantastic test of golf which is full of history. On your next golf escape to Lisbon, make sure to book yourself a round on this prestigious course.

 

Penha Longa resort is situated to the west of the city of Lisbon and is set in the southern foothills of the Sintra Cascais Nature Park. You can enjoy beautiful landscapes of valleys, hills and rocky outcrops as well as extensive vegetation. There are two excellent courses situated within the resort, but we recommend the championship course – the Atlantic.

The Atlantic was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr and opened for play in 1992, it went on to hose the Portuguese Open in 1994. As you make your way around the course, you will find yourself travelling up and down the hills around the south side of the clubhouse, from these peaks you can enjoy the most amazing views of the coastal towns of Estoril and Cascais as well as the Atlantic. Even if the wind isn’t blowing, this course is a stern test of golf to those of all abilities but, when the wind is up, the course becomes a real test.

There are many standout holes along the course including the par 5 6th where the green is beautifully framed by a lake and boasts the backdrop of a medieval arched wall and castle tower. There is also the par 3 15th where you must carry your shot over water, but this shot is often made difficult by the winds! Undoubtedly, the hardest hole on the course is the 16th where you must carry a long drive over a valley before taking your uphill approach shot to the narrow green. This fantastic course is a challenging and beautiful one – not to be missed out on whilst you are taking your next golf escape to Lisbon.

 

Oitavos Dunes course is often ranked within the top five courses in the whole of Portugal and it isn’t hard to see why. The course is located within the Sintra-Cascais National Park and opened for play in September 2001. From the course, you can enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic and the Sintra Mountains. This course was designed by Arthur Hills who only designed two European golf courses as the rest of his accomplishments are set within the USA.

Measuring just over 6,300 metres from the competition tees, the course is not overly long, but it boasts a stunning mix of both woodland and links-style holes that have been beautifully laid in order to make use of the existing landscape. Each and every hole flows well and features strategically positioned hazards and firm, fast greens. The beginning holes are quality but not difficult holes, although they are all tree-lined and feature careful bunkering as well as tricky greens! The following holes boast more of a links feel to them with a sandy ground, dunes and much fewer trees to watch out for. The final two holes require you to venture back into the trees and pose a stern finishing challenge.

There are so many brilliant holes situated along the course but the 14th is probably the signature hole. The 14th is a brilliant par 3 which can play a lot longer than its 153 metres suggests, you play your tee shot across a storm ravine which then runs all the way down the right-hand side of the hole. This is a superb course which can be paired beautifully with a stay at the Oitavos Hotel.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Quinta do Peru which is situated to the south of Lisbon between Sesimbra and Setubal. The is one of the most exclusive courses in the region but it is possible to book tee times here if you get in early enough. The course is set within a pine forest which extends to more than 300 acres, you can enjoy the Arrabida Mountains as a backdrop to the course. There is no doubting that this is a very special course, it is routed across a high undulating plateau from which you can enjoy stunning views across the treetops.

Both sets of nine holes begin with very challenging par 5s and finish with extremely difficult holes. The 9th and the 18th are long par 4s. If you decide to take on this course from the back tees, you certainly are in for a challenge due to the huge American-style bunkers and many water hazards, don’t expect to play to handicap during your first attempt on this course. This course boasts an excellent reputation, but make sure to see for yourself what the fuss is about and book your next golf escape today…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one or more of these courses has piqued your interest for your next golf break to Lisbon. Give us a call today to get your own tailor-made golf escape.

This week’s blog is a guide to the great hotels and resorts that you can enjoy which boast an incredible 18-hole golf course onsite. Stay-and-play holidays are perfect if you have an excellent resort and a great golf course that you can enjoy for a few rounds and these recommendations are not exceptions to that criteria.

La Cala Golf Resort has established itself as being the premier golf resort on the Costa del Sol and it isn’t hard to see why with its luxurious accommodation, brilliant facilities and no less than three excellent golf courses onsite. The resort is up in the hills just ten minutes from the bustling town of La Cala which makes it the perfect destination for a great stay and play golf escape as you have the luxury of playing on three different golf courses – La Cala America, Asia and Europa – as well as being just ten minutes from a great town where you can find the beach and an array of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. La Cala America is a hilly and brilliant course which is built high up in the hills around La Cala Resort and boasts excellent views because of this marvellous position but, don’t be distracted by the views as you must hit straight in order to score well. La Cala Asia is similar to the America course except that it is narrower and shorter, but this doesn’t mean that it is easy, as it is actually the most difficult course out of the trio. La Cala Europa was the third and final course to be built at La Cala and boasts the same excellent features including elevated tees, rolling fairways and big, undulating greens but is a little easier with wider fairways and less penal rough. With three excellent courses, a superb location and lovely accommodations to enjoy it is no surprise that we recommend this resort for your next stay and play golf break.

Next up, we have the fantastic La Manga resort which boasts a whole range of different leisure activities as well as two excellent options for accommodation and three excellent golf courses. You can choose to stay at the five-star hotel – La Manga Club Principe Felipe – which boasts stunning public areas, beautiful guest rooms and a lovely pool area and pool bar which you can enjoy after a tough morning out on one of the golf courses. Alternatively, you can choose to stay in the four-star La Manga Club Las Lomas Village where you can find excellent apartments which are fully-fitted with a kitchen and living area each to make your break an easy one with self-catering options. These apartments are built into the hillside and are a great option whether you are travelling as a group, a couple or with your family. At La Manga, you can enjoy access to their impressive spa which is built across two floors and boasts all of the facilities that you would expect from a spa on a resort as impressive as this one. The three La Manga courses offer you enjoyment right from the first tee with stunning views and tricky shots to contend with. This is another excellent resort, but this time situated in Murcia, that we highly recommend for your next golf break.

Precise Resort El Rompido is a fabulous and luxurious five-star hotel situated overlooking the two El Rompido courses just a short drive from the picturesque fishing village of El Rompido. The hotel offers excellent facilities including a brilliant spa which boasts an indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths and a sauna. There is also a lovely outdoor pool which you can relax around after enjoying a round or two on the excellent 36-hole golf course situated on-site of the hotel. The rooms are all beautifully decorated and boast all of the facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a satellite TV and a minibar. You can enjoy rounds on both the El Rompido North and El Rompido South whilst you are here, but this hotel is in a great location for golfers as there are so many other great golf courses in the area that you can enjoy as well. If you are looking for a beautiful hotel in which to enjoy an excellent stay and play golf escape, then look no further then Precise Resort El Rompido.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa which is a stunning five-star hotel set in the stunning Portuguese countryside and is surrounded by vineyards and lovely villages. The resort is located just 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon and the airport, the model hotel offers a wide range of facilities including the excellent 18-hole Camp Real golf course, tennis courts, a lovely spa and a variety of different restaurants to enjoy. Nearby to the hotel, you can reach the stunning beaches of the Silver Coast which are perfect to relax on after a difficult round on the golf course if you can drag yourself away from relaxing in this luxurious hotel. This is an excellent location for your next stay-and-play golf escape and it isn’t hard to see why with its excellent golf course, great facilities and superb location.

 

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the brilliant hotels and resorts that are on offer in the Algarve. The Algarve is known as a brilliant golfing destination due to its great weather almost year-round, excellent golf courses and luxurious hotels and resorts. With the end of 2017 fast-approaching, it is time that you start to consider your next golf escape and this is the perfect blog to help you do so.

First up we have the five-star Hilton Vilamoura which boasts an excellent location set within five of the best golf courses in the Algarve and just two minutes’ drive from the hotel is Vilamoura marina where you can find a wide range of great bars and restaurants. At the Hilton Vilamoura you can experience the ultimate luxury with lake-style outdoor pools with waterfalls and a futuristic spa as well as your rooms. Each of the rooms is decorated with a contemporary design and boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private balcony from which you can enjoy views of the nearby golf course or the hotel’s gardens. This is a hotel where you can have a very luxurious golf escape whilst playing some of the best courses on the whole of the Algarve…

Nestled in the Monchique mountains is the fantastic five-star Macdonald Monchique hotel. The hotel boasts an excellent location in an area of outstanding beauty away from the hustle and bustle of towns but in a position which means that access to some of the best courses in Vilamoura, Lagos and Silves are within easy distance from the hotel. You can spend your days here either on one of the local golf courses or relaxing by one of the outdoor pools, subject to charge, you can get the shuttle to Alvor Beach which is a beautiful place to relax! The hotel boasts four brilliant restaurants including an award-winning restaurant to a pizzeria to a tapas restaurant and an internationally themed buffet restaurant there is certainly something for everyone. If you are looking for a hotel in a stunning location away from busy places but close to some excellent golf courses then this is the perfect destination for you.

Situated in the Eastern Algarve just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Tavira is the brilliant Monte Rei Golf and Country Club. The Country Club is situated on the same property of the fantastic Monte Rei course which was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Here, you can stay in spacious villas which are all fully-fitted with a kitchen, living room and all of the amenities you would need for a golf break here. There is a restaurant onsite if you don’t want to self-cater all of the time which is a magnificent place to eat with high vaulted ceilings, and stunning views out across the 18th hole and the ocean. With a swimming pool, a gym and spa facilities as well as the brilliant Monte Rei course, it is no surprise that this is a golfer’s favourite.

The five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort is a beautifully luxurious hotel situated in a fabulous location within the elite Vale do Lobo estate. Guests at the hotel have the exclusive chance to pre-book tee times at the fantastic San Lorenzo course which is just ten minutes’ drive from the hotel. On your doorstep, you have the stunning Vale do Lobo beach, the brilliant spa and many other sporting and leisure facilities to enjoy on the estate. When it comes to dining, the Primavera Restaurant serves amazing buffets with both international and regional delicacies for both breakfast and dinner. This is a fantastic hotel where you will experience nothing but high levels of service, a warm welcome and brilliant facilities (including excellent golfing opportunities).

If you are looking for a luxurious hotel situated in the centre of Vilamoura but perhaps not looking to pay extortionate prices then the five-star Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is the perfect choice for your next golf escape. The hotel is situated between the Marina and the beach and boasts excellent facilities such as its excellent spa where you can find a range of different treatment options, saunas and a hot tub. All of the rooms boast a furnished balcony from which you can look out onto the beautiful surroundings of the hotel and the rooms also feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including toiletries and a TV. With vast private gardens, a lovely outdoor pool, extensive spa facilities, easy access to everything that the town of Vilamoura has to offer and excellent golf courses nearby – this is the perfect hotel for your next golf break to Vilamoura.

The four-star Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is set in a lush green forest of pine trees and boasts luxurious suite accommodation in Castro Marim just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo and 900 yards from the stunning Praia Verde beach. Each of the very spacious suites is decorated with earthy tones and boasts a satellite TV, a balcony, a separate lounge area and a fully-fitted kitchenette. The hotel’s brilliant A Terre restaurant is a lovely place to eat where you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean food. This is a beautiful place to enjoy your next golf break with easy access to the Quinto do Vale course and the Praia Verde beach.

The five-star Lake Resort is last, but certainly not least. The hotel boasts an excellent location in the heart of the great town of Vilamoura and has become a firm favourite for people looking for a golf break with a beautifully luxurious resort. Here, you are just 350 yards from the beautiful Falesia Beach and at the hotel, there is a natural, sandy beach pool as well as a floating restaurant. Although you are located so close to some of the best restaurants and bars in Vilamoura, the hotel boasts three restaurants and two bars which range from Oriental cuisine to fresh fish to a casual pool bar so you don’t even have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to. With a prime location, great golf including all three of the Dom Pedro courses and excellent facilities onsite of the hotel, this is the ideal resort for your next golf break to Vilamoura if you are looking for ultimate luxury.

We hope that you have enjoyed this blog and that it has made you consider some of the brilliant options both hotel and golf-wise in the Algarve

This week’s blog is a guide to some very special golf resorts and their courses that are perfect for your 2018 golf escape. With 2017 almost coming to a close it is time to start thinking about when you will next be taking a golf break and where it will be to. These resorts and their courses are certainly worth booking right now for 2018 to avoid disappointment so that you can get the best tee times and dates at these brilliant courses.

First up we have the four-star Chervo Golf Hotel Spa and Resort which is situated in the province of Bresia just a few minutes from the shores of Lake Garda. The hotel boasts 75 rooms and suites and four different room types for you to choose from so that you can tailor your stay here to exactly what you want it to be like. There are two restaurants and three bars to choose from so you are never short of somewhere to eat and drink, even if you remain in the hotel for the duration of your stay! Whilst you are not in one of the pools or at the Wellness Spa Centre, we know that you will be out on the golf course enjoying a round at Chervo Golf San Vigilio. The course boasts 36 holes and 27 of them are championship standard. The course is always in excellent conditions and with very few out of bounds areas and wide fairways, it is an excellent holiday course with exceptional views. This is the perfect place for your next golf escape for 2018 and with all of its excellent facilities as well as 36 holes of golf to play here, it isn’t hard to see why.

The Macdonald Cardrona is a four-star hotel which is situated in amongst the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside. Not only does the hotel boast a scenic location, but it is has good links with both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is very close to the town of Peebles which is a lovely place to venture out to. All of the rooms here are spacious but cosy and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. You can see beautiful views from your room across the Scottish Borders. The hotel boasts some excellent facilities including a spa with a sauna and Jacuzzi, a gym and an award-winning restaurant from which you can look out across the golf course and the Border Hills. The hotel’s onsite golf course, Macdonald Cardrona Golf Club, is a great championship course with undulating fairways and greens that stretch out over 7,000 yards. The course is a firm but fair test of golf and with the River Tweed coming into play on a number of holes, this course requires high levels of accuracy from players if you are to score well! This is arguably one of the most beautiful golfing venues in Scotland which makes it a top contender for your 2018 golf escape, especially if you are looking to stay in the UK rather than travel abroad.

Troia Design Hotel is a contemporary five-star hotel which is situated on the Troia peninsula just two minutes’ walk from the beach. This is a truly brilliant location as you have easy access to a lovely beach, the centre of Lisbon and beautiful views of the Arrabida Hills. The hotel offers you so much to do whilst you are there including: a casino, a fully-equipped spa which is the perfect place to relax and unwind and two large swimming pools (including one infinity pool). There are two onsite restaurants, B&G Restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine and the Salinas Brasserie which boasts an international menu with many seafood dishes. With all of these facilities as well as luxurious rooms and suites that all have their own private balcony, air conditioning and flat-screen TV, this is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Portugal and the golf hasn’t even been mentioned yet.

Aqualuz Hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Troia Peninsula and is an elegant four-star suite property. The hotel boasts 365 apartments and each of them is decorated with a chic style and boasts everything that you could need including a kitchenette, a private balcony and a flat-screen TV. This means that you can cater for yourselves whilst you are here. However, for when you don’t want to cook, the hotel has two onsite restaurants serving delicious food. There is so much to do and enjoy here including the spa which has all of the amenities that you would expect including a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool, a Turkish bath and a sauna. If you are looking for a more active holiday, you won’t be disappointed as there are many other sports to do besides golf including water sports, cycling and trekking. This is a lovely place to stay, especially if you are looking to be self-catered and you are situated in a prime location.

The Troia golf course is the perfect addition to your stay either at Troia Design Hotel or Aqualuz Hotel. Troia golf course is a mix of both parkland and links golf and although there are very few water hazards, there are many strategically placed bunkers along the course and some very penal rough which is lying in wait for any errant shots. This is a course with a friendly welcome, a stunning course with some very interesting and challenging holes and a modern clubhouse to enjoy a drink and even a meal in afterwards. Make sure that these hotels and this course is on your mind when you are next thinking about your 2018 golf holiday.

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of suggestions is the four-star Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club which is situated in Wales. This hotel is set in a stunning location and you can enjoy breathtaking views across over 400 acres of parkland here. The hotel boasts two golf courses, one of which is a stern test of golf and the other is a brilliant holiday course which means that when you are staying here you really do get the best of both world. All of the rooms are luxurious and are fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Whilst you are not on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s spa area or in the fitness club. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants are both brilliant. Morgans Restaurant offers Welsh inspired cuisine in a classic and contemporary setting whilst the Zest Lounge Bar and Eatery offers a more relaxed setting with contemporary dishes. This is a great hotel and one that will offer you the best service and a luxurious stay in a lovely location with excellent golfing options. The Mathern Course at St Pierre Country Club is the shorter and easier of the two courses but provides every golfer with a very enjoyable round. This course boasts a stunning parkland design and a layout that is perfect for golfers of all abilities. The Old Course at St Pierre Country Club has been ranked consistently as one of the top 120 courses in the world and it isn’t hard to see why. This is a long and testing course with some truly outstanding holes, its standout hole is arguably the closing 18th which is spectacular at 235 yards from the edge of the lake to a raised green which means that you must make a precise finishing shot for the putt. Make sure that this hotel and its fantastic golf is on your radar for your next UK golf break.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next 2018 golf escape, you will think about these hotels and golf courses and consider at least one of them for next year.