Mike’s golf travel tips……
Where did you go for your first golf holiday?
My first experience of golf was on a family holiday to Spain, my Dad was a keen golfer and we played a couple of rounds on what was then a brand new golf course called Capoamor on the Costa Blanca, my score was 110 but I’d been bitten by the golfing bug and never looked back……
What was you most recent golf holiday?
I spent a couple of nights at the fantastic Valle del Este Golf Resort on the Costa de Almeria in May, I hadn’t been to Valle del Este for a number of years and was hugely impressed with the hotel and the quality of the golf course, it’s a tough golf course but the golf packages are exceptional value for money.
What’s your favourite golf course?
I’ve been lucky enough to play so many great courses over the years it’s very hard to pick one that stands out as the best. In Europe it would be hard to look past the fabulous Monte Rei course on The Algarve. Further afield the courses in Scottsdale, Arizona would rank very highly especially the Raptor & Talon courses at Grayhawk and I can’t possibly forget the amazing 18 holes I played on the Montagu course at Fancourt in South Africa.
What would be your ideal 4-ball?
A tough question……….I’d have to include Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, probably the two greatest golfers to have played the game………and the 4th would have to be my Dad.
What’s your most memorable round of golf?
It would have to be Open qualifying at Sundridge Park when I was 19, I shot 2 under to come third and secured my place in Final Qualifying……….sadly that’s where the journey ended after two rounds of 79!
What’s your favourite golf destination?
For a longhaul trip I can’t think of a better golf destination than Scottsdale, Arizona, there are over 300 golf courses within an hour of Scottsdale. Add the fabulous bars and restaurants of Old Town Scottsdale into the mix and you have the perfect golf holiday. For a short haul trip The Algarve simply ticks all the boxes, great golf courses, great weather (usually), easy to get to and great value if you look further afield than Vilamoura. Both Tavira & Lagos offer much better value and are often overlooked.
What’s the best hotel you’ve ever seen?
I’ve lost count of the number of hotels I’ve visted but two that stick in the mind are Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol and The Conrad Algarve in Quinta do Lago.
What’s your favourite city?
Girona in the Costa Brava – trust me you’ll love it!
Where would you travel to to try somewhere different?
The Costa Brava would have to feature highly on this list, golf courses such as PGA Catalunya, Emporda, Golf de Pals are as good as anything you’ll find anywhere else in Europe and can be played for a fraction of the price of some of the other premium courses in Europe.
What’s you top travel tip?
Don’t forget your golf clubs!