This week’s blog is a guide to eight of our best value golf escapes. All eight of these hotels and resorts offer unbeatable value for money with their current deals, so an unforgettable golf escape need not break the bank. For great golf, excellent facilities and impeccable service, either one of these eight resorts or hotels will guarantee you with a fantastic golf holiday. Golf is undoubtedly enjoyed best in a group, so luckily there is a range of great value offers and deals on offer.

First up is the Cornelia Deluxe Resort, situated in the highly sought-after area of Belek. Here, golfers are in the ideal position to play some of the area’s best golf courses, as well as catch a tan on the neighbouring Blue Flag beach. The Cornelia Deluxe Resort offers its guests fantastic value for money as they offer a great all-inclusive option, so guests need not worry about a hefty bill at the end of the stay for all their food and drink. Furthermore, with an impressive seven à la carte restaurants and eight bars, everyone is spoilt for choice and there will never be a lack of opportunity to make the most out of the all-inclusive accommodation option. Furthermore, whether they play golf or not, with such a wide range of leisure facilities, guests will never find themselves without something to do. On their non-golfing days, guests can soak up the sun on the beach or around one of the four outdoor swimming pools, or alternatively they can keep active with one of the many sporting activities on offer. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Cornelia Deluxe Resort is the Cornelia Faldo golf course, designed by golfing legend Nick Faldo. This golf course is without a doubt one of the best golf courses in the Belek region, and its reputation has easily been maintained throughout the development of other golf courses in Belek threatening to rival it. With a unique layout and its impeccable maintenance, it comes as no surprise that it has been consistently awarded one of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe”.

Another golf escape on offer to prospective travellers that currently has some superb deals on is the Precise Resort El Rompido. This fantastic five-star hotel is nestled in between two golf courses at the El Rompido Golf Club, meaning an unforgettable round of golf is never far from reach. Both the El Rompido North and the El Rompido South are known across golfers in the Costa de la Luz Huelva as being among some of the most prestigious in the area, and luckily for the guests staying at the Precise Resort El Rompido, both of these golf courses can be enjoyed and at fantastic value as well. Not only are these golf courses great to play, but the El Rompido Golf Club also has excellent practice facilities to help golfers fine tune their game. Aside from the spectacular golf located just minutes away from the hotel, the hotel itself is truly five-star in every aspect. The resort regularly runs superb offers for golfing groups, including one golfer in eight going free, as well as complimentary airport transfers for some of the packages. Therefore, the Precise Resort El Rompido is the perfect choice for golfing groups looking for an unforgettable golf escape at great value. The hotel is positioned a short drive away from El Rompido, a classic Spanish fishing town where guests will find a great range of bars and restaurants for the evenings. To relax after a challenging round of golf on the nearby golf courses, golfers can head to the huge spa facility here for a well-deserved session in the hot tub, or a massage. 

The Residences at the Mar Menor Golf Resort is the perfect option for your next self-catered golfing getaway. The resort is known for its fantastic deals, allowing all of its guests to enjoy all of the surrounding golf in the hills of Murcia at great value. All of the apartments here are modern in design and include all of the essentials to ensure that guests have an unbeatable stay, including spacious lounge areas and a fully-equipped kitchen. There is also a communal outdoor swimming pools for guests to use, lined with sunbeds and parasols. While the apartments are self-catered, guests still have options if they want to take the night off of cooking as the resort is home to a handful of restaurants, and the city of Cartagena is also just a twenty-five-minute drive away. Here, guests can enjoy a peaceful golfing getaway in a beautiful location overlooking the neighbouring Mar Menor golf course. The Mar Menor Residences regularly offers fantastic deals for its golf course located on-site the resort, the Mar Menor golf course. Designed by the world-famous golf architect Jack Nicklaus, golfers are guaranteed to have a great round of golf here; and the best part is that it is only a stone’s throw away for the guests here. Alternatively, if guests decide to travel slightly further afield for a great round of golf, then they need not travel far as there is an abundance of choice in the surrounding areas around the Mar Menor Golf Resort, including the Saurines de la Torre, the El Valle, as well as several others.

Yet another great option for a golf escape in Spain at fantastic value is the Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort. This resort is still relatively new, however armed with the excellent reputation of the Hacienda del Alamo golf course, it has already established itself as one of the best golf resorts in the Murcia region. With great deals and offers being regularly run, there is not excuse not to come and stay. Furthermore, the Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit the needs of all of its prospective guests. Perfect for large golfing groups, in addition to 155 guest rooms, the hotel also offers a selection of apartments ranging between two and three bedrooms. Despite many opting to go self-catered for their golf break here, the resort is home to three restaurants in case they fancy a night off cooking duty. Even non-golfers will not struggle to find things to do during the day at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort with a wide range of leisure facilities on offer. Aside from the Hacienda del Alamo golf course located on site to the resort, there are plenty of things to do. The resort is the perfect place for guests to relax after a gruelling round of golf as it has a huge spa facility where they can indulge in a massage, or a well-deserved session in the jacuzzi. Alternatively, the more active guest can enjoy a game of tennis or cycling, or go hiking in the surrounding hilly areas of Murcia.

The Valle Del Este Golf Resort has everything that any golfer could possibly want for an unforgettable golf escape and more, including a private beach club, impeccable service, and of course, a fantastic golf course located on site. The resort is set nearby one of the many stunning beaches in the area, and the resort even has its own beach club here with private sun beds, parasols, and a bar. The Valle Del Este Golf Resort is positioned in an area with its own micro-climate, so the resort enjoys more than three hundred hours of sunshine per year, meaning guests will never find themselves short of an opportunity to catch a tan. Its location is not the only selling point of the Valle Del Este Golf Resort; its guest rooms are particularly spacious and modern in design, even for a four-star hotel. Many of the guest rooms overlook the neighbouring golf course and the Mediterranean Sea, and these stunning views can be enjoyed best from their private balconies or terraces. Located on site to the Valle del Este Golf Resort is the Valle del Este golf course, designed by one of Spain’s most famous golf architects, José Canales. The Valle del Este golf course is highly-acclaimed by all golfers that play it, so it comes as no surprise that players return here year after year to continue to challenge its greens. The golf course offers every component needed for a great round of golf; a stunning landscape, a unique layout and a stern challenge. With several tee-off options on offer, both high and low handicappers can enjoy a round of golf here.

Another fantastic option for a self-catered golf escape at great value is the Village at the Praia d’el Rey Golf and Beach Resort. The Village in the resort comprises of a selection of apartments and villas, all of which are very modern in design and spacious. Guests can enjoy a relaxing golf break here, situated away all of the hustle and bustle of the busy resorts. The Praia d’el Rey Golf and Beach Resort is positioned on top of one of the stunning beaches that the Silver Coast is known so well for, so golfers can have an unforgettable holiday with the perfect mix of sun, sea and golf. The apartments are either set within the resort gardens, or just metres away from the neighbouring beach. Not only are the guests here in the perfect position to make the most out of some of the stunning beaches that Portugal is known so well for, but the Village is also just a stone’s throw away from the Praia d’el Rey golf course. The Praia d’el Rey is one of Portugal’s classic link golf courses, designed by Cabell B. Robinson. His vision for the Praia d’el Rey was to create a fantastic golf course that offered even the experienced golfers a vigorous round of golf. It is fair to say that he succeeded with his vision as the Golf World Magazine accurately described the golf course as being “wild and wonderful”. Alternatively, another great golf course located in the area is the West Cliffs Golf Links, yet another excellent links golf course.

The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is a great choice for your next luxury golf break. With its regular deals and offers, golfers can enjoy this five-star hotel and its paired golf course with superb discounts. The hotel is set in the beach resort of Estoril, known for its upmarket restaurants and stunning beach. Estoril has an authentic character, with quaint cobbled streets and a long stretch of unspoilt beach. The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa continues the idyllic ambience from Estoril itself, and its beautiful whitewashed architecture totally blends in; the sixth instalment of the James Bond films was even set around some of the hotel’s public areas! The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is a five-star hotel in every aspect, including its guest rooms which are luxurious in design and include all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have a five-star stay, and they are well-rested to face an unruly round of golf at the Golf do Estoril. Last but not least is the Pestana Blue Alvor All Inclusive Beach and Golf Resort. As its name suggests, this five-star resort offers an all-inclusive accommodation option that gives guests great value for money as they can indulge all they want, without having to worry about the bill at the end of their stay. With three restaurants and two bars located at the resort, guests will never be short of opportunities to make the most out of its all-inclusive option.

Whether they play golf or not, guests will always have things to do or see during the day with the resort’s unbeatable position in close proximity to Alvor, its excellent range of leisure facilities, and a range of spectacular golf courses just a short drive away. Alvor is home to a wide selection of bars and restaurants set around its old cobbled streets, and a stone’s throw away from the shores of one of its stunning beaches. Alternatively, during the day, guests can lounge around one of the Pestana Blue Alvor All Inclusive Beach and Golf Resort’s swimming pools or enjoy a round of mini golf. Due to its central position in Alvor, the resort is surrounded by a range of spectacular golf courses, including the Alto, Silves, Gramacho and the Pinta. All four of these golf courses are located within a twenty-minute drive of the resort, and they are regularly included in superb package deals with the resort.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best value golf escapes we have on offer. With unbeatable golf, luxury hotels and almost guaranteed summer sunshine, these deals offer every component needed for an unforgettable golf escape. To catch up on the latest deals on offer, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to help you have your best golf holiday yet.


This week’s blog is a guide to the seven best courses in Belek. Belek, Turkey is a brilliant golfing destination for several reasons. Firstly, it is widely known for its excellent-value all-inclusive golf holiday options, secondly, you can enjoy an all-year-round warm climate. Lastly, you can find some truly stunning resorts and beaches in the region. Take a look at these courses to see whether they catch your eye as potential bases for your next golf escape…


Carya is the most recent golf course to open in Belek. The course stretches over 7,186 yards and is a demanding test of golf with some stunning holes which run between pine and eucalyptus trees and across a dramatic sand ridge. A great thing about this course is that it is independent from any hotel in the area which is rare in Belek, this means that you can book a round here very easily regardless of where you are staying. You can also enjoy a round in the evening as the course has floodlights to allow guests to do so – this may be a great option in the summer months when the heat is stifling during the day.

It is no surprise that this course is rated as one of the best courses in the region. It has a fantastic layout and is always in immaculate condition. The course boasts a very challenging finishing stretch beginning with the 13th which is a dog-leg before the uphill par-3 14th where you will struggle to land and stay on the green. The par-5 15th boasts a blind tee shot and a challenging approach to the green where you must carry the ball over water. You can finish the round with three marvellous par-4s and then go and get a well-deserved drink in the clubhouse! This course is a must-play when you are on your next golf escape to Belek and it isn’t hard to see why.


Titanic Golf Club (formerly TAT International) boasts 27 holes of brilliant golf and was one of the first complexes to be developed when Martin Hawtree designed this 27-hole layout on 325 acres in 1997. The club boasts three loops of nine holes – River, Mediterranean and Forest. Each of the loops features two par 3s, five par 4s and two par 5s so that you can play to a par 72 no matter which of the two loops you choose to play.

This course is a beautiful one and is quite different from many of the other courses that are situated in Belek. There are some breath-taking holes which run alongside the beach which are great, especially as they are more open, and you have more room to make a few little errors along the way. The par 3 4th hole on the River loop is played with you facing inland towards the mountains. You tee off from the elevated tee situated in the dunes towards a green which sits behind a lake which you can only reach by hitting to the right. On the Mediterranean loop, the pick is the par 4 12th hole which plays along the coast, out of bounds sits to the right and there is a large pine tree on the left at the landing area so you cannot be overly cautious with your tee shot here! Finally, the 22nd hole on the Forest begins with you having to take a blind tee shot and finishes with the green which is heavily-guarded on three sides by water, your best bet is to lay-up with the second shot and then pitch and putt. This is a fantastic club and one which is well worth a visit during your next golf break to Belek.

Next up we have Sueno Pines which is a fantastic course situated within the grounds of the luxurious Sueno Hotel and Golf Club. Both courses situated here are routed over a 400-acre site and flow through umbrella pines and over the sandy terrain of Belek. This course boasts plenty of pine trees and strategically placed bunkers which are lying in wait to catch any errant shots. There is also a healthy splash of water hazards to cause you some difficulty along the way.

The opening hole of this course is a fairly easy one which is great for a holiday course as it allows you to get into the swing of things before things get a little trickier. Look out for the short, par 4, 12th hole which is situated amongst ancient pine trees and flanked by waste bunkers. The 13th is another tricky one as it is a long par 3 where you travel through a valley in order to reach a difficult tabletop green. The finishing hole is a cleverly designed, par 4 that presents a visual illusion from the tee, it seems as if the drive is impossibly tight but there is more room than first meets the eye. This is arguably a top-notch golf course and can be completed with a perfect stay at the Sueno Golf Hotel.

The Montgomerie Maxx Royal is one of Belek’s most popular golf courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The course boasts a stunning landscape and offers golfers of all abilities a challenging and enjoyable round of golf. The course opened in 2008 and quickly gained a stellar reputation as in 2015, the course played host to the PGA Tour’s Turkish Open.

Stretching over 6,522 metres long, the course is situated within 104 hectares of pine forest, dotted with sandy ridges and due to its coastal location, you can enjoy a cooling breeze during the summer months. The course gets off to a gentle start with a straightforward par 5 but it soon becomes a stern challenge from the 4th which is a difficult but impressive par 5 over water. On the back nine, you will find fewer water hazards but more strategically placed bunkers to catch any of your errant shots. The finishing hole is a special one, it is a spectacular par 5 where you must carry your tee shot through a narrow gap in the pines leaving you to hit your 2nd shot to the raised green which is guarded by a bunker to the front and water to the left. After your round, make sure to enjoy the clubhouse’s facilities and have a few drinks. This is a brilliant golf course and a round here is the perfect addition to any golf escape to Belek.

Designed by David Jones and David Feherty, the National Golf Club was the first course to be built in Belek and not only is it the most established, but it is one of the trickiest courses in the region. There is an abundance of umbrella pines, water hazards and many challenging doglegs for you to contend with if you are hoping to score well on this round. You can tell that this was a very thoughtfully designed course as it is routed across gently rolling terrain, through mature pines and eucalyptus trees. There is beautiful scenery surrounding the course with the snow-capped Taurus Mountains providing the backdrop.

This is a tight track of a course and sometimes, you have to drive through a chute of trees from the tee box or thread an approach shot through a narrow entrance to a green. All in all, it is unlikely that you will need your driver too much on this course. There are some excellent and memorable holes on this course including the 7th which is a right doglegged hole and the 9th which has a split fairway leading up to the green. On the back nine, there is the par 5 12th which requires you to swing left from the tee and avoid the ditch which crosses the fairway before rising steadily to a wickedly sloping double-tiered green which is perched on top of a ridge. After your round, enjoy a few drinks and a snack in the homely clubhouse whilst reminiscing over this fantastic golf course.


Lykia Links is situated within the Lykia Estate and boasts 18 brilliant holes of golf. The course sits a little further out from the Belek golf strip by a river estuary that runs into the Mediterranean Sea. The course measures an impressive 7,536 yards from the back tees and is the only links course in Turkey. Each of the 18 holes boasts stunning sea views and holes 13 through to 16 run alongside the ocean as the fairways meander through sand dunes and pot bunkers.

Along the course, you will find greens that are heavily guarded by deep, railway-sleeper bunkers, fairways that are bordered by large waste areas and putting surfaces that are small and sloping. The 10th hole is a superb par 4 but those with higher handicaps will struggle to score well on this hole. The 12th is another brilliant hole where you have a blind tee shot before walking over a dune to discover the beautifully designed green. This is an impressive golf course and it is no surprise that it often ranks in the top five courses in Turkey due to its brilliant layout, wonderful surrounding and the exciting challenges it presents golfers of all abilities.


Next up we have the PGA Sultan course which is situated at Antalya Golf Club. Antalya Gol Club is one of Belek’s leading golfing complexes and it isn’t hard to see why. Not only does the club boast two fantastic golf courses, but is attached to the wonderful Sirene Belek Golf Hotel. The course was designed in the late 90s by David Jones and European Golf Design. The course winds its way through woods, up and over sandy banks and around ponds. Water features at around half of the holes and there are many pot bunkers lying in wait to catch any errant shots.

The front nine holes on the PGA Sultan ends with a brilliant risk-reward hole, this par 4 requires you to either take a brave tee shot that may end up in the water to the left but will allow you an easier second shot or a safe drive down to the right adding two clubs to your approach. One of the toughest on the course is the 12th which is a very long and narrow hole on which you should be proud if you manage to score par. The finishing hole is an impressive par 4 where you will find water either side of the island fairway meaning that your drive must be accurate in order to avoid landing in the water. The green is surrounded by five bunkers so your approach shot must be as accurate as your tee shot if you are to score well. Another brilliant course in Belek which will offer you a fantastic and enjoyable round of golf and another course which is linked to a very luxurious hotel.


Our penultimate course on this list is the Gloria New course at Gloria Golf Club. This course opened in late 2005 and has since ranked within the top 10 courses in Turkey. A round at this course is one that is firm but fair and the course boasts many memorable holes. Right from the beginning of the round, on the par 5 2nd hole, you can enjoy the course’s undulating fairway which is lined with trees pretty much the whole way around this course.

The course’s 17th hole is a brilliant one; it boasts its own island green, a little wind and a great trade in lake balls around the green. This water theme continues for the last hole where you must tackle a large lake which sits to the left of the entire hole providing every player with a dramatic end which can ruin even the most discerning golfer’s scorecard. Much like other courses within this blog, you can find a brilliant hotel attached to the club, in this case, it is the Gloria Hotel which is a luxurious resort and is the perfect partner to this fantastic golf club. Of course, not only is the Gloria New course situated at Gloria Golf Club, but you can find the Old course and Gloria Verde to enjoy during your stay as well.


Last, but certainly not least, the Nick Faldo designed golf course situated at Cornelia Golf Club is on our list of recommended courses for your next golf escape to Turkey. This 27-hole golf complex is an impressive one with some very memorable but challenging holes for you to contend with along the way. Although the course is not yet a decade old, it boasts the maturity of one that is. You will find heavily contoured terrain used to great effect, greens perched on top of little ridges and fairways that blend seamlessly into the surrounding vegetation.

Umbrella pines flank most of the holes and it can be a very tight and tricky round in some places which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for those of you who aren’t big hitters! Holes 1-9 are wonderful, short holes and on many of them, you must carry your ball over small gullies to reach raised greens – the special holes on this nine are the 4th where you dogleg to the right and up to the semi-blind green and the 7th which narrows off the tee before veering right and down to the green. Holes 10-18 boast the short par 3 12th which is a stunning, short hole and the 15th which is beautifully framed by pine trees. The final nine holes boast plenty of water hazards which can destroy your scorecard very easily. You may not even have to choose two loops of nine as you can opt to play the full 27 holes which we would highly recommend! On your next golf break, check out Cornelia Faldo.


We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that at least one of these nine brilliant courses has caught your eye…

This week’s blog is a guide to the courses that we consider as being the top nine courses situated in the Algarve. The Algarve is widely considered as being one of the best golf destinations in Europe due to the brilliant golf courses and luxurious golf resorts that you can find there. Another good thing about choosing the Algarve as your destination for your next golf escape is that the courses are mostly close to one another which means that whilst you are staying at one resort, it is easy for you to play a variety of great courses. With the weather chilly and winter feeling like it may ask forever, make sure to get your next golf break in the diary so that you have something to look forward to.


Monte Rei’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course opened in 2007 and quickly established itself as one of the finest courses on the Algarve. From the moment that you arrive at the club which is set in the hills to the northeast of Tavira, you will know that you are going to be taking on a stunning course due to the beautiful scenery that greets you. The course boasts five lakes which are all bordered by indigenous trees and plants as well as many strategically placed bunkers which all are lying in wait for any errant shots.

As you play the course, the holes just get better and better but some of the best holes of the course include the 13th which is a downhill par-4 with bunkers situated at the drive landing point and a lakeside green that is treacherously undulating. The prettiest hole of the course is undoubtedly the 14th which is a medium-length par-3 where you must carry your tee short over the lake in order to reach the green, anything off to the left will land right in the water. Of course, a course like Monte Rei has a special finishing hole, the 18th is a brilliant finishing hole, it is a par-5 that is in reach for big hitters, but you must watch out for the lake that can mess up anyone’s 2nd or 3rd shot! If you are looking to play a very special round of golf, look no further than a round at Monte Rei.


Next up, we have Palmares which boasts three loops of nine fantastic holes: Lagos, Alvor and Praia. The 27-hole complex is situated above and along the Atlantic coast close to the Meia Praia beach and boasts some of the most beautiful views from different points along the course. The Alvor course starts as you wind through pine tree-lined undulating fairways before dunes and links-style holes come into play, you then finish playing in parkland. The course boasts three fairways which are laid out across a road in a lovely valley in the middle of the loop and the loop’s final two holes face directly uphill towards the clubhouse.

The Lagos loop maintains the same parkland and links characters as Alvor, but also boasts two water hazards that you must contend with along the way. The Praia rolls its way down towards the beach and is mainly a classic links course with four beautiful coastline holes. All 27 brilliant holes of golf are fully matured making Palmares one of the Algarve’s must-play golf courses. It is not really surprising that this club made our list of top nine courses in the Algarve due to its fantastic setting, unique layout and brilliant clubhouse which boasts stunning views over the course.


Quinta Da Ria opened for play in 2002 and was designed by the well-known architect, Rocky Roquemore. This brilliant course can be found in the Eastern Algarve and is situated within the beautiful Ria Formosa Nature Reserve which stretches from Faro right along the coast towards the border with Spain. The course measures 6,016 metres from the back tees and is a fairly flat parkland course but there is normally a breeze coming in from the coast which can make your round a little difficult. A round here is a great choice for golfers of all abilities due to its wide landing areas but if you manage to miss these, you will be in trouble. There are five strategically placed lakes, many bunkers and carob and olive trees situated around the course which all lie in wait for any errant shots.

There are some brilliantly-designed, tough holes on the course including the 5th which is an impressive par-3 which has two differing tee areas, but both require you to carry a good tee shot over a lake towards the shallow green which is heavily guarded by bunkers. Another very special hole is the 10th which is a very difficult hole measuring 422 metres from the back tees with out-of-bounds running all down the left-hand side. Then, there is a large lake guarding the green 100-metres out! With an excellent range of holes, beautiful landscape and a superb location, look no further than the Quinta da Ria course for your next golf escape.


The coastal town of Vilamoura boasts a wonderful, central location and it is no surprise that it has earned a reputation for being one of Europe’s largest and most successful golfing destinations. The Dom Pedro Old Course is one of the gems situated near to Vilamoura and it is no surprise that this course is on our list of recommendations. The course opened for play in 1969 and has gained a brilliant reputation since partly due to its sympathetic use of the existing natural landscape. The tees and greens are always beautifully kept, and the fairways are lined with trees which means that if your drive isn’t straight, you may struggle to end the round with a good scorecard!

Each and every hole will remain with you for long after you have finished your round on the Old Course. The round begins with a straightforward set of four holes but the rest of the front nine is tricky and pose a challenge to even the best golfers. The signature hole is arguably the 8th hole which stretches over 400 metres from the medal tees, the hole slopes downhill to a fairway bunker before doglegging gently to the right and then rising back up towards a narrow green which is heavily guarded by trees! If you score a par on this hole, you have played very well. The back nine are also very tricky and you should watch out for the collection of strategically placed bunkers which come into play on the 12th hole and are lying in wait to catch your second shot. After your round, enjoy a few drinks in the well-designed clubhouse. A round here is a spectacular one and no discerning golfer should miss out.


The Penina Championship course opened in 1966 but was then completely rebuilt in 1995 and boasts two loops of nine holes. The sun is often shining during your round here and you can enjoy the smell of eucalyptus trees whilst you tackle this impressive course. The fairways are gently rolling and well-manicured but feature many strategically-placed hazards including deep bunkers and trees. Right from the moment that you tee off here, you will know that you are in for a challenge as the 1st hole is a long dog-leg left towards a heavily-guarded narrow green. Another impressive hole on the front nine is the 5rh which is the only par-5 on the front nine and only measures 451 yards from the back tees. However, this hole is the perfect risk-reward hole as if you place your tee shot well, you may want to try for the green in two shots but there is a large lake and out-of-bounds waiting for any slightly errant shot.

In contrast to the front nine, there are four par-5s, but the two standout holes are considered to be the 12th and the 13th. The 12th is a long par-4 which is a very straight hole with only one bunker but once you arrive for the approach shot, you will find that the small green sits directly behind a lake which goes on to cause further problems for your scorecard on the 13th hole. Lots of golfers fall foul of the lake which guards the 13th hole which is a long par-3 which boasts a narrow and sloped-towards-the-water green. There is no doubting that this is a very impressive course and the Penina Hotel is a fantastic option for your next golf escape…


Situated in the Quinta do Lago Estate is the San Lorenzo course which has been ranked in the past as being the second-best course in the whole of Europe. It isn’t hard to see why San Lorenzo was given this title with its beautiful location alongside the Atlantic on sandy, undulating terrain and variety of interesting and challenging holes. The first five holes of the course run through a pine tree forest, you will then find water holes which boast stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The par-3 5th hole is where you will get your first glance of the Atlantic Ocean and is a delightful short hole with a green perched at the top of a valley which is heavily guarded by trees and bunkers.

At the 8th hole, you will turn back inland and tackle the larger of the course’s two lakes. The finishing holes are particularly strong and entertaining as you head back out to sea. The 18th hole is a difficult and long par-4 at over 400 yards from the back tees. You will find water all the way up the left-hand side and a semi-island green. This is a classic risk-reward finish which tops off the very special round of golf here nicely. After your round, take a visit to the clubhouse and enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat whilst discussing this impressive course. For any discerning golfer, a trip to San Lorenzo is a must.


Quinta do Lago Estate boasts three other courses besides San Lorenzo: North, South and Laranjal. These are all fantastic courses that are different and exciting in their own ways. The North course is one of the Algarve’s most charming courses, many of the holes are framed with umbrella pine trees and some of the greens are nestled in truly magnificent sites.

One of the most beautiful holes on this course is the par-4 12th which measures 361 metres and features a 3-acre lake. The hole doglegs its way around the leg which leaves you to make a treacherous approach shot in order to land on the undulating green. The course was recently redesigned in close collaboration with European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and is considered to be a very special course indeed. This is a course that golfers can enjoy again and again making it an ideal holiday course.


Quinta do Lago South is one of the most requested courses on the Algarve. The course was designed by William Mitchell and opened for play in 1974 and became well-known after it hosted the Portuguese Open on seven occasions. This course is the most famous in the area due to the Portuguese Open and can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities due to its relatively generous fairways. This eye-catching course is great for big hitters, but accuracy is also required if you want to finish the round with a good scorecard. It is no surprise that the South course made our list of recommendations and if you haven’t played this one already, make sure that you book it in.

Last, but certainly not least, Quinta do Lago Laranjal was originally an orange grove but today, it is a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course which offers its players a fantastic and challenging round of golf. The course is known for its narrow, undulating fairways, five stunning lakes and well-defined greens. The course is the newest of the three on the Estate as it only opened for play in February of 2009, but it is quickly gaining a stellar reputation. This is a fun and exciting course and is the perfect addition to your golf escape to the Algarve.

Whatever you are looking for from your next golf break, the Algarve has it all from luxurious resorts to boutique hotels and self-catering accommodation. Give us a call today to discuss what you are looking for from your next golf break and let us do the work to find you the perfect holiday.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best adult properties that we have at Golf Escapes. Whether you are looking for a quiet golfing getaway with a partner or with a group of friends, these hotels offer everything that you could need or want in order to have a relaxing and enjoyable golf trip.


First up we have the five-star Iberostar Sabila which is situated on Fanabe Beach on Tenerife’s Costa Adeje. Within the hotel’s grounds, there are large gardens, an infinity pool, a chill-out area and you are situated just a short walk from the beautiful beach. Besides relaxing around the hotel, you can work out in the gym or visit the Spa Sensations which boasts a spa circuit and a range of different health and beauty treatments which is perfect for those who may not be playing as much golf.

For those who do enjoy a great round of golf, a holiday here will not disappoint you as you have easy access to some of the best courses in the region including Amarilla Golf, Golf Costa Adeje, Golf del Sur and Golf Las Americas. All of these courses are fantastic and access to these courses is one of the reasons that this hotel is so highly recommended by us. For food and drink, the hotel’s main restaurant serves delicious international cuisine and from Wednesday through to Sunday every week, there is a Gourmet Market where you can find seven different styles of cuisine as well as live music. With luxurious accommodation which includes all of the amenities and facilities that you may need as well as delicious food, activities within the hotel and brilliant golf courses nearby, there is no surprise that we recommend Iberostar Sabila for your next golf escape.


The five-star Thanos Hotel Annabelle is situated just eight minutes’ walk from the beach and overlooks the Port of Paphos. This luxurious resort boasts tropical landscaped gardens, a large swimming pool with swim-in caves as well as beautifully-appointed rooms and a brilliant location. The best thing about this hotel is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds; you are nearby to the vibrant and bustling resort of Paphos where you can find nightlife and great bars and restaurants, but you are also situated far enough from the town that you can enjoy peace and quiet and the beautiful scenery.

It is no surprise that the Thanos Hotel Annabelle is popular with golfers as the resort is so close to the four excellent golf courses which are situated within Paphos: Aphrodite Hills – PGA National Cyprus, Minthis Golf Club, Secret Valley and Elea Golf Club are all within 20 minutes’ drive of the hotel. Besides golfing, relaxing within the hotel and exploring Paphos, you can work out in the hotel’s gym or play squash or tennis. The hotel boasts 218 spacious guest rooms which all boast marble bathrooms, superb views from the balconies and all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. With everything that you could need for the perfect golf break to Paphos, look no further than the Thanos Hotel Annabelle.


Situated in Marrakech is the adults-only, five-star Be Live Collection Marrakech. The hotel is a brilliant all-inclusive resort which boasts a great position within close proximity of some of the great courses situated in Marrakech including The Montgomerie Marrakech, Royal Palm Golf and Country Club and Tony Jacklin Signature Course and it is also just four miles from the centre of the city where you can enjoy city tours or explore independently.

This is a new hotel and offers two outdoor swimming pools, one pool which has poolside activities and music and the other which boasts a swim-up bar and chill-out areas. Besides from playing golf, exploring Marrakech and relaxing around the pool, you can also enjoy the hotel’s extensive spa facilities.


There are three restaurants within the hotel, a traditional Moroccan a la carte restaurant which you have a complimentary meal at once during your stay, the buffet restaurant where you can find a variety of different dishes every night and the pool bar which serves light snacks and lunch food which you can enjoy out on the terrace by the main pool. If you are looking for a relaxing golf break where you can find exciting golf courses and wonderful culture within the city, then look no further than the brilliant Be Live Collection Marrakech for your next golf holiday.


Last, but certainly but not least is the Precise Resort El Rompido which is a fantastic five-star hotel located on-site to the two brilliant golf courses at El Rompido Golf Club. Not only does this hotel offer a prime golfing location but it is just a few minutes’ drive from the fishing town of El Rompido where you can find a few good bars and restaurants as well as beautiful scenery.

The hotel offers a range of different accommodation from double rooms to lavish apartments and suites so there is something to suit everyone and every type of golf escape! For food, the hotel features a great buffet breakfast and there are a lounge bar and restaurant where you can enjoy fresh, local dishes for lunch and dinner. Whilst you are not out enjoying a round of golf on one of the brilliant courses, you can relax within Rompido’s spa where there are an indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths and a sauna as well as a range of different health and beauty treatments available. Just an hour’s drive from both Faro and Seville Airports, with two spectacular courses on-site and brilliant facilities, look no further than Precise Resort El Rompido for your next golf break to Spain.


We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that one of these resorts has piqued your interest and inspired your next golf escape…

Back at the end of May, you may have seen our blog on some of our four-star favourites resorts here at Golf Escapes and in this blog, there are even more lovely resorts for you to consider for your next golf break. The temperature is dropping in the UK now and it is time to start thinking about the next time you will get to play some golf somewhere warm and there are some excellent resorts within this post that may interest you…


First up we have the lovely Isla Canela Golf which is the ideal hotel for golfers who are wanting to seize the opportunity to enjoy a few rounds of golf on the prestigious Isla Canela Golf Course as the hotel is situated on-site of the course. Not only is the hotel situated on the same property as a fantastic golf course, but it is also situated within close proximity to a range of different bars and restaurants as well as a lovely beach. The hotel offers an excellent half-board option if you are looking to remain in the hotel for dinner which wouldn’t be a bad thing as the hotel’s Thebussem Restaurant offers a wide menu with delicious Mediterranean dishes and international favourites and there is also a separate café which boasts a lovely terrace overlooking the golf course and serves light snacks and tapas.

Besides the fantastic golf course, the best thing about Isla Canela Golf is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds as the hotel is set away from the hustle and bustle of the coastal resorts but it is still within walking distance to a few bars and restaurants and just a ten minutes’ drive will take you into the charming centre of Ayamonte where there are many bars and restaurants.


Within the hotel, there are just 56 double guestrooms and all of them are decorated with modern furnishings to a high standard and they all boast all of the amenities that you could want or need including a private balcony from which you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings as well as a satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Whatever it is that you are looking for from your next golf escape, Isla Canela Golf has everything that you could possibly need or want and boasts an idyllic location just outside of Ayamonte.


Situated in the heart of the Mar Menor Golf Resort are The Residences which are all beautifully furnished and well designed and are all fantastic value for money. Much like Isla Canela, staying within the resort means that you are away from the hustle and bustle of bigger towns, but you are still just 15 minutes’ drive from Murcia Airport and just a bit further from the fantastic city of Cartagena. The best thing about staying within the Mar Menor Golf Resort is the fact that you not only have the brilliant Mar Menor course on-site but there are so many other brilliant courses situated in the area including La Torre, El Valle, Alhama Signature Course and Hacienda Riquelme. Besides from playing golf, you can relax around one of the swimming pools within the resort or workout in the gym or on the tennis courts.

The apartments are one, two and three bedrooms and they are all spacious and well-furnished with well-equipped kitchens as well as a balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings and the golf course. All of the apartments come with all modern essentials including kitchen appliances, internet access and a TV in the lounge area. If you are looking for an excellent self-catering option with excellent golf, beautiful surroundings and easy access to nearby towns and cities as well as the airport, look no further than The Residences at Mar Menor Golf Resort for your next golf break.


Last, but certainly not least, is Macdonald Hill Valley Golf and Spa which is situated just a mile from Whitchurch and boasts two excellent golf courses as well as extensive leisure facilities and a wonderful restaurant for you to enjoy during your tranquil golf break here. The hotel is situated within acres and acres of peaceful and beautiful gardens but is still close to the motorway which means that exploring the local area around the hotel is easy. You can spend your days here relaxing in the hotel’s grounds, eating and drinking within the hotel’s excellent Borders Restaurant and the Masters Bar and of course, playing a few rounds of golf on the golf courses here.

There are two courses onsite: Emerald Course and Sapphire Course. The Emerald Championships course boasts undulating fairways, strategically placed bunkers and a stern challenge of golf to those of all abilities. The Sapphire Course is the perfect course for a great round of golf but it slightly less challenging than the Emerald Course.


Within the hotel’s grounds, there is a great leisure centre which boasts a pool, a gym and a nail bar. There is also the Hill Valley spa which is a lovely place to relax within as there are a steam room and sauna and there you can find a range of different health and beauty treatments on offer for a small extra charge. Not only are the leisure facilities excellent but the rooms are lovely and spacious and boast all of the amenities that you could want or need for your next golf break within the UK. With wonderful golf, great facilities and a lovely location, look no further than the Macdonald Hill Valley Golf and Spa.


We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will take a look at these properties further and give us a call if you are thinking about booking your next golf holiday wherever it may be…


This week’s blog is a preview of The Open which starts in just a few days’ time on the 15th and lasts for a week. During this week, you will see the greatest players of the game take on the fantastic Carnoustie Championship course which is a brilliant and challenging seaside Links course situated in Scotland.

Carnoustie Championship course is a long, natural seaside links, which is widely considered to be one of the world’s most difficult and challenging golf courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The course arguably boasts one of the most challenging but impressive back nines in championship golf and specifically, the finishing holes are impressively difficult. The course has held The Open seven times previously and it isn’t surprising that it has been chosen to host the event again this year as it gives spectators a great game of golf to watch whilst the best golfers in the world struggle to contend with Carnoustie’s many challenges.


During the closing two holes, golfers must navigate their ball over the snaking burn no less than five times and in addition to the burn, Carnoustie boasts some formidable bunkers which are both cavernous and in abundance throughout the course. These bunkers can be seen in action on the par-five 6th hole which is widely regarded as one of the world’s best holes and was named after Ben Hogan who was the Open Championship winner in 1953. Golfers must navigate their way around the two fearsome looking bunkers which lie in wait in the middle of the fairway with a third bunker to the right-hand side making sure that the tee shot is a daunting one.

The 15th, 16th and 17th holes are arguably three of golf’s best closing holes. The 15th is a 460-yard par four in which the fairway slopes from left to right into the path of two waiting bunkers and your approach shot must avoid a cluster of bunkers which are positioned just to the right of the green. The 16th hole is a long par three which has many challenges besides its length for golfers to contend with. The 17th hole is very difficult as the Burn snakes in front of the tee and then loops back to cut across the fairway which can be made especially tricky when the wind is blowing…


Carnoustie is a very tough course to which everyone (including professionals) must bring their “A game” to if they are to walk away with a pleasant scorecard and especially so if they are looking to get their hands on the Claret Jug come the 22nd of July.

Last year at Royal Birkdale, we saw Jordan Spieth show resilience and skill in order to bounce back from the poor start that he made during his final round in order to secure his victory and claim the Claret Jug for the first time. Spieth has had a fantastic few years of golf and is one of the most successful young players that the game has ever seen as in 2015, he won both The Masters and US Open. He has had two runner-up finishes at Augusta and this April, finished 3rd, there is no denying that Spieth has a good chance of making this is the second year running with the Claret Jug.


There are some fantastic players that will be taking on the impressive Carnoustie Championship course and many that have the talent and grit in order to secure a victory and lift the Claret Jug so here are a few of the golfers that we should be looking out for…


Rory McIlroy may not have performed very well at the US Open or the Players Championship but showed an improvement in his game during the weekend at the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open which may have given him some important confidence ahead of The Open.


Justin Rose is certainly another player to watch as a home favourite as many believe that it is now time for him to take his place as a multiple major champion after his spectacular display winning the Olympic golf in Rio in 2016 and becoming the US Open champion in 2013.


Not surprisingly, Dustin Johnson, who is the world number one again and who has had a very consistent year so far is one that we should all keep an eye on as it seems time for the world number one to add another major win to his 2016 US Open triumph.


Someone who has had an impressive 2018 already with two wins is Jon Rahm who is destined to win a maiden major championship soon and there is no reason as to why it could not be The Open where he gets the chance to lift the tournament trophy with his current level of play.


We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that with all the excitement of the World Cup, you can take some time to watch some of golf’s greatest players take on the fantastic Carnoustie Championship course in a few days’ time…

This week’s blog is about three brilliant resorts that will offer you an amazing but different golf escape. With the English weather being as beautiful as it is at the moment, you may want to start thinking about making sure that you can get some more sunshine when this weather inevitably finishes and there is no better way to do so than with a great golf break somewhere beautiful…

Situated in the centre of the beautiful city of Murcia is the lovely, four-star TRYP Murcia Rincon de Pepe. This is a brilliant, modern hotel which offers everything that you could possibly want or need in order to have a brilliant golf holiday to Spain. The hotel boasts such a fantastic location as you are in a prime location to explore the city but you are also nearby to some brilliant golf courses which include Golf Altorreal, Lorca Golf Course and Hacienda del Alamo. Each of the guestrooms is decorated with modern décor and boasts all of the necessities including a flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar and a stylish ensuite bathroom. During the day, you can spend time exploring the historic Spanish city of Murcia, enjoy some of the world-class golf courses nearby, venture into the Gran Casino Murcia or workout in the hotel’s fitness centre. Although you are situated in the centre of the city where there is an abundance of brilliant bars and restaurants, you can also stay in the hotel and try one of its two restaurants. The Rincon de Pepe Restaurant boasts a classic style whilst the La Barra del Rincon Restaurant is more informal and serves lovely Spanish tapas which you can enjoy outside on the terrace. With brilliant golf, a superb location within a beautiful city and so many great things to do and see, it is no surprise that we highly recommend the TRYP Murcia Rincon de Pepe if you are looking for a brilliant but alternative golf escape…

The four-star Acaya Golf Resort and Spa boasts an idyllic location nestled in the heart of the stunning Italian countryside where you feel like you are isolated from the hustle and bustle of the world but in reality, you are just 20 minutes’ drive from the historical centre of Lecce and just five minutes’ drive from the stunning coastline of Southern Italy.  The superb Acaya Golf Club boasts 18 brilliant holes of golf and is situated onsite of the resort which means that great golf truly is at your fingertips here. After a round of golf, you can enjoy relaxing around one of the two outdoor swimming pools or enjoy the extensive spa facilities within the resort. Each of the guest rooms is beautifully decorated and all of the rooms boast lovely views of either the golf course, the gardens of the Puglia countryside. Within the rooms, you can find all of the modern essentials including a satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities and a well-stocked minibar! In the town of Lecce, you can find an array of authentic bars and restaurants to enjoy and as the town is just 20 minutes’ drive away, we highly recommend that you take the time to explore! Although, if you stay within the resort for your meals, you certainly won’t be disappointed as the hotel boasts the fantastic Gian Giacomo Restaurant which boasts a wide range of fine cuisine which is created using the region’s fresh and local ingredients. With excellent golf on-site, the beach within a five-minute drive, two outdoor pools, extensive spa facilities and a stunning historic town just 20 minutes’ drive away, you can’t really beat this beautiful resort for your next golf holiday to Italy.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort which is located in the centre of Cadiz in Southern Andalusia where you can find some of the best beaches on the Atlantic coast. The resort is designed as a small white Andalusian town with narrow streets and squares which makes this a perfect and tranquil resort for you to enjoy your next golf break within. You can enjoy everything that the resort has to offer including outdoor swimming pools, extensive spa facilities, a fitness centre, tennis courts and most importantly, a spectacular golf course on site. Within the resort, there are three different a la carte restaurant. La Atalaya serves delicious Mediterranean food, Los Acebuches offers a lovely buffet and Mar de Campo boasts local products and modern cuisine for you to enjoy. Alternatively, you can enjoy light bites at the poolside brasserie and Club House snack bar. There are four different bars available for guests within the resort. If you are looking for a lovely resort with all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly want or need to enjoy a five-star golf break, then look no further than the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort in Cadiz…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are considering booking your next golf escape, take a look at these three excellent options for a lovely golf break…