Preview of the 2018 Ryder Cup

This week’s blog is a preview for the Ryder Cup which is starting tomorrow (the 28th) and is going to be played over the weekend at the brilliant Le Golf National in Paris. This weekend’s golfing competition will see Europe try to regain the Ryder Cup against a very powerful American team.

This biennial tournament is always an exciting one with the best European players competing against the top American golfers in order to claim victory for their team. This year, The US has 11 of the top 20 players in the world and Europe have just six of them but that doesn’t mean that Europe cannot reclaim the title this weekend after the USA won at Hazeltine in 2016 by 17 points to 11.

The Albatros Course at Le Golf National is a really beautiful course and it is widely recognised as being one of the best championship golf courses in the whole of Europe. The course has played host to the French Open since 1991 and boasts a spectacular golfing challenge to even the most experienced and brilliant golfers which makes it an ideal venue to hold this exciting event. The course lies just 20 miles outside of Paris and opened in 1991 after three years of construction. The course itself is firm but fair and measures over 7,000 yards from the championship tees, it is also arguably the toughest test of golf in the Paris region and is an exciting round of golf both for players and spectators. The final four holes of the course are surrounded by water hazards and these difficult holes will make or break for the teams’ scorecards this weekend which will be thrilling to watch.

The American captain, Jim Furyk, will be hoping for a repeat of Team USA’s performance back at Hazeltine but Team Europe’s captain, Thomas Bjorn will be sure to try his hardest to reclaim the title for his team and this weekend, we will get to watch this battle unfold. Thomas Bjorn has been on the winning side in his three appearances as a player and only on the losing side once as a vice-captain in four events. He has had plenty of leadership experience whilst being a vice-captain in 2010, 2012 and 2016 and previously, in 2004. Bjorn has had a great career on the European Tour and captaining Team Europe to victory at Le Golf National this weekend will top off this career nicely.

Jim Furyk, like Bjorn, has not captained before but he has made more starts in the Ryder Cup for the US than any other player and in the past few years, has shown his talent at different competitions including tying for second place at the 2016 U.S. Open and becoming the first player to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour event back in 2016 as well. Another great player who will be fighting hard for Team USA will be Tiger Woods and many people have been speculating whether this weekend will become a lot about Woods showing off his return to form. Woods has won an astounding 80 events on the PGA Tour, including 14 major championships and was previously named as one of the Vice Captains under Jim Furyk for this year’s event before being named as a captain’s pick. With Furyk and Woods, as well as other world class players, Team USA will be a tough team for Team Europe to beat.

Sergio Garcia has been named as one of the captain’s pick by Thomas Bjorn and it isn’t hard to see why. He is a veteran of eight Ryder Cups and has won 22.5 points during these appearances and just last year, he won his first Major Championship at the 2017 Masters Tournament where he beat Justin Rose, his Ryder Cup teammate this weekend. Justin Rose is another strong player for Team Europe has this will be his fourth consecutive Ryder Cup with Team Europe and he has been both on the winning side and the losing side twice. Rose recently reached a career-high World Ranking of second after he finished as a runner-up at The Open.

With both teams bringing out their best and most experienced players, this weekend is sure to be an exciting one with play at Le Golf National starting this Friday so make sure that you are tuned in and keeping up with play over the weekend.

Whilst you may not be out on the golf course this weekend as you may prefer to sit back on the sofa and enjoy the action, there is still plenty of time for you to plan an Autumn golf escape somewhere nice…

A Treat for Golfers and Non-Golfers Alike

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our best resorts that are perfect for both golfers and non-golfers. Whether you are looking for great golf or excellent leisure facilities and luxurious accommodation, look no further than one of these superb resorts next time you are looking to travel as a group of both golfers and non-golfers, with your family or with a partner who isn’t as keen to spend time on the golf course as you are!

First up we have the brilliant Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa which is a lovely, five-star hotel situated in the heart of the luxurious resort of Estoril just a few minutes’ walk from the sandy beaches. This hotel boasts so much charm and character, as well as access to some of the best golf courses in the area including Golf do Estoril, Oitavos, Marinha and Penha Longa. If you are a non-golfer, you can enjoy your time here relaxing in the hotel’s excellent spa which boasts a sauna, a Turkish bath, an indoor pool and a hot tub as well as massage and beauty sessions. This beautiful hotel offers four brilliant dining outlets including The Grill Four Seasons where you can find a wide range of both Portuguese and international specialities. This luxurious hotel offers great deals on golf packages where you can receive free transfers to and from the courses and for non-golfers, the spa here is unrivalled and you also have easy access to the stunning beaches and the casino. Look no further than this five-star property for your next golf break with a non-golfer!

Another brilliant resort for both golfers and non-golfers is the five-star Cornelia Deluxe Resort which is situated in Belek and offers an excellent all-inclusive option. You can enjoy a wide range of activities during your stay here including tennis, aerobics, billiards and bowling and there is also a great kids club if you are planning on a golf break with your family! The best thing about staying here is the reduced green fees for the Cornelia Faldo course but for non-golfers, you have to be impressed with the hotel’s direct access to its own private beach where you can find an abundance of sunbeds and a great beach bar. With beautiful and well-appointed accommodation which boasts everything that you could need or want in order to have a perfect golf break, access to a private beach and brilliant leisure facilities including the Cornelia Faldo golf course, you need look no further than the brilliant Cornelia Deluxe Resort for your nets golf escape to Turkey.

The brilliant La Manga Resort boasts two excellent accommodation options; you can either stay win the Prince Felipe Hotel or the apartments with Las Lomas Village. The apartments are all very well-appointed with fully-equipped kitchens and living areas which means they are the perfect option for those who want to self-cater as you still get access to everything within the resort including the swimming pools, the spa and the La Manga golf courses. The Hotel Prince Felipe is widely considered to be the centrepiece of the fantastic La Manga Resort and is a beautiful and luxurious hotel. All of the rooms within the hotel boast private balconies and all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of is standard including satellite tv and tea and coffee making facilities. With two brilliant accommodation options, extensive leisure facilities and three excellent golf courses, there is nowhere better for your next golf break to Spain than the fabulous La Manga Resort in Murcia whether you re a golfer or non-golfer.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Verdura Resort, A Rocco Forte Hotel situated in Sicily. The resort is situated within 230 hectares of olive groves and other beautiful Sicilian countryside. The resort boasts lovely, spacious rooms and some of the rooms even boast their own private courtyard and terraces which overlook the Mediterranean Sea. The resort boasts great leisure facilities including tennis courts, two 18-hole golf courses, a large infinity pool and a gym. For those who aren’t planning on spending time on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy a range of different beauty treatments and massages. There are some great dining options within the resort with four excellent restaurants for you to choose from. Whether you are coming to enjoy the golf or just the local area, brilliant weather and extensive facilities within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed if you choose the Verdura Resort for your next holiday to Sicily.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that next time you are thinking about where to travel to with your group of friend, partner or family, consider one of these fantastic resorts for your next golf break…

The Best Resorts with Golf On-site

This week’s blog is a guide to some resorts that boast excellent golf course onsite. Whether you are looking for a short golf break where you won’t have to leave the hotel to find a brilliant golf course or you are just looking for ease, look no further than one of these excellent resorts golf resorts for your next golf escape where there is golf onsite of the resort…

First up we have the excellent Monte Rei Golf and Country Club which is situated between the mountains and the ocean. The resort boasts lovely, self-catered accommodation and a stunning golf course as well as great leisure facilities and four restaurants. The apartments and villas were all built in a typically Portuguese style and are furnished to the highest standard with large terraces, outdoor dining areas and modern essentials. Of course, the main reason to choose Monte Rei Golf and Country Club as the destination for your next golf break is the superb Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course which opened in 2007 and very soon after, established itself as one of the finest courses on the whole of the Algarve. The course is a stern test of golf with five lakes bordered by indigenous plants and trees. Make sure to make playing on Monte Rei golf course on your bucket list and there is no better way to enjoy this course than to stay within the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club where you can find plenty to do for golfers and non-golfers alike as well as stunning scenery and everything you need in order to have the perfect golf escape.

The five-star Pestana Vila Sol Golf and Resort Hotel is arguably one of the best golfing destinations in Europe and boasts several fantastic courses in the area, beautiful beaches and a wide array of great restaurants and bars which are situated in the marina just five minutes’ walk from the hotel. There are 189 guestrooms within the hotel and they are all luxuriously decorated and boasts stunning views of the surrounding areas. All of the rooms are fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. Within the hotel’s local area, there are courses like Pinta, Gramacho, Silves, Alto and Dom Pedro Pinhal but most impressively, the Vila Sol is situated onsite of the resort and is considered to be one of the most popular golf courses in the Algarve. The Vila Sol course is a 27-hole complex and once held the Portuguese Open. The course has some truly beautiful and memorable holes with stunning views from almost every tee. You will play through the course winding through an immense pinewood where you can find a variety of nut and fruit trees. This is a stunning inland golf course with very narrow fairways and strategically placed hazards to test even the best of golfers. If you are looking for a five-star golf break somewhere where you can enjoy a multitude of excellent golf courses then look no further than the fantastic Pestana Vila Sol Golf and Resort Hotel for your next golf holiday…

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Abama which is situated in a beautiful and peaceful setting away from the more commercialised areas of the island of Tenerife. The hotel boasts 300 rooms and 120 villas which have all been decorated in a Moorish style with stunning views of the ocean, the gardens or the golf course. All of the rooms feature luxurious bathrooms, bedding and all of the facilities and amenities that you would want or need in order to enjoy your stay including Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. There is plenty to do within the local area with local attractions and sites to visit but the most important part of Tenerife is the golf. The island of Tenerife is home to some of the continent’s most prestigious golf courses and if you stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Abama, you can enjoy some of these being right on your doorstep. The Abama course is situated on-site of the hotel and Golf Costa Adeje is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. With so much to do, see and enjoy on the island of Tenerife, look no further for your next golf escape than this island where the weather is great for golfing for nearly the entire year.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will think about these great resorts next time you are looking for your perfect golfing getaway…

Golf Escapes’ Best Serviced Apartments

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best resorts to go to if you are looking for well-appointed apartments. The great thing about staying within a well-fitted apartment when you are enjoying your next golf break is that you have the best of both worlds and you can choose to explore the resort’s and golf club’s dining options, but you can also choose to dine in and cook your own meals which can make things cheaper.

 

At the Las Lomas Village, there are some excellent four-star apartments which offer a superb self-catering option as an alternative to the hotel, La Manga Principe Felipe. All of the apartments boast everything that you could need or want in order to have an enjoyable and relaxing golf escape. La Manga Las Lomas Village is situated onsite of the La Manga Club Resort where you can find a fantastic hotel, brilliant golf courses, bars and restaurants and other leisure facilities. Within the resort, you can find three golf courses, a fitness studio, extensive spa facilities and a swimming pool.

The apartments are all built into a hillside which means that from them, you can enjoy stunning views over the North Course at La Manga Golf Club and out to sea. Within the village, you can choose between spacious townhouses and modern apartments dependent on your group size but wherever you stay, the facilities are the same. All of the accommodation is fitted with private balconies, complimentary Wi-Fi access and air conditioning as well as a fully-equipped kitchen, a lounge area and a dining table. If you choose to venture out of the apartments for food within the La Manga Resort, you can find ten different restaurants to choose from as well as two bars and two cafes which means that you can easily go out for food rather than cook. If you are looking for a great golf escape where you can stay in beautifully appointed apartments within a brilliant resort, then look no further than the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village for your next golf break to Spain.

 

Situated within the centre of the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course are the beautifully appointed Residences at Victoria by Tivoli. If you choose to stay within these brilliant self-catering apartments, you will get to enjoy a brilliant location just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Vilamoura and surrounded by some of the best golf courses in the region.

All of the apartments are two or three-bedroom apartments set within different building blocks and can accommodate between four and six guests within each apartment. Each of the apartments is fully furnished with a kitchenette, a lounge area, a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy stunning views and a garage. Within the resort, you can find everything that you need for a great golf escape with three swimming pools as well as an onsite restaurant for those who would rather eat out. Of course, as you are so close to Vilamoura where there is a brilliant harbour with many bars and restaurants, you can eat and drink out whenever you please easily. The best thing about these great apartments is your positioning to enjoy some of the best golf in the region. From the apartments, you have easy access to courses like Victoria, Laguna, Pinhal and Vila Sol. With beautifully appointed apartments which are perfect for self-catered golf escapes and excellent golf within the local area, look no further than the Residences at Victoria by Tivoli if you are looking for a well-appointed apartment on a great resort for your next golf break…

 

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Bom Sucesso Resort which boasts uniquely designed apartments which are all modern, clean, spacious and well-equipped. All of the villas and apartments boast beautifully furnished patios that lead through to the hotel’s gardens as well as everything within the property that you might need or want. There are well-equipped kitchens and fully-furnished common areas within the apartments which are all decorated beautifully.

This is a brilliant resort which boasts so much to do and see including a great, outdoor pool as well as an 18-hole golf course and other leisure facilities including four tennis courts and a football pitch. If you are looking to eat out as well as self-cater, you can enjoy Bom Sucesso’s restaurant which serves delicious Mediterranean dishes with a Portuguese touch and you can enjoy a filling and delicious breakfast at the golf club. During the summer months, from the resort, you can get a shuttle to the beach and Obidos. This is a wonderful resort to enjoy your next golf escape within and the best thing is, that you can choose whether to self-cater or eat within the resort’s restaurant or explore Obidos for bars and restaurants.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these excellent self-catering options for perhaps, an autumn or winter sun escape where you can find great apartments situated within beautiful resorts with great golf courses…

 

What Makes a Golf Resort Great?

There are many different golf resorts out there that offer a variety of experiences, but why are some more popular than others? Here is Golf Escapes’ guide to what makes a golf resort a great one.

Us Brits love things to be easy when we are on holiday, and why wouldn’t we? If we can stay in a hotel and walk out to the golf course in the morning, have a nice dip in the hotel pool in the afternoon and then wander out to a local bar or restaurant in the evening, then that would just be perfect. Does that exist though? Of course it does!

La Manga Club in Murcia, Spain ticks all of these boxes. Just 25 minutes from Murcia airport, or 90 minutes from Alicante airport it is very accessible from most UK airports. La Manga Club Resort is basically one big town with the beautiful 5-star Principe Felipe hotel in the middle of it. 2 courses lay aside the hotel (North and South) and 1 course (West) is a 5-minute shuttle drive away. If the luxury 5-star hotel isn’t your thing, then you can also experience the 4-star Las Lomas apartments which are a 10-minute shuttle from the hotel and boast an enormous Spa in their grounds too. The resort is made so stress-free for its guests with a constant shuttle service running around all day to take you wherever you may want to go. Whether it be the tennis courts, spa, football pitches, golf courses or to many of La Manga’s bars and restaurants, the shuttle is just a phone call away. Both the hotel and apartments have bars and restaurants to walk out to for an evening and with food from all the continents available and of course a resident Irish bar on site, what more could you want? Bearing all this in mind, there really isn’t anything not to like about La Manga and this is why Golf Escapes consider it to be one of our ‘great’ golf resorts.

Another type of golf holiday people are starting to enjoy more is to have a hotel as the main hub for the week and not leave the site for the duration of your stay. This is not an easy thing for a hotel to achieve as the hotel needs to create an atmosphere to keep guests entertained throughout the day and evening. One resort that has this down to a tee is the Precise Resort El Rompido on the Costa de la Luz, Spain. How have they achieved this though? Simple… 2 fantastic golf courses (North and South) that provide a challenge to every handicap, a stunning 5-star hotel, a great pool in the middle of the horseshoe hotel and a little treat called Semi All-Inclusive. Semi All-Inclusive is every golfer’s dream. You get breakfast and dinner, plus drinks in the evening from 17:00 – 24:00. So whilst you play golf in the day, you don’t feel like you are wasting your All-Inclusive when you are on the course and as soon as its time for your sundowner in the evening, the drinks kick in at all 3 of the hotel’s bars. Perfect! El Rompido has somehow managed to create an atmosphere of an evening which brings hotel guests together and the hotel bars become a social hot spot. It’s this atmosphere that means all guests are happy to stay within the resort for their whole stay and never feel like they need to do anything else. It is this reason why Precise Resort El Rompido has made it is to Golf Escapes’ ‘great’ golf resorts.

The final golf resort to feature has been included for the golf it can offer. Well… and its stunning 5-star boutique hotel. Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel & Spa in Portugal is an hour’s drive north of Lisbon airport and has a fantastic championship golf course on-site. The Royal Obidos golf course is flashy in every sense. With huge lakes, undulating fairways, immaculate greens and outstanding practice facilities, this course will leave you wanting to play it again and again. Although it is not just the course on site to the hotel that makes this resort so appealing. With 3 other courses within a ten-minute drive, the area of Obidos becomes one of the best golf destinations in Europe. Bom Sucesso (a European Tour Property), Praia d’el Rey (one of the most famous courses in Portugal) and the new West Cliffs Golf Links (will host many big tournaments in the future and could quite easily now be seen as the best course in the country) are the 3 courses that surround Royal Obidos and they all work together. A free shuttle service runs from the hotel doors to the other 3 courses and all 4 courses in the area are a must play. The hotel on-site to Royal Obidos is a thing of beauty. Quirky, but modern, it has a very open feel to the place. The reception and bar are next to one another and the main restaurant is just down the stairs. It makes for a very relaxing stay from the off as you won’t need to spend half your first day looking for everything. All your needs will be easily dealt with by the hotel’s fantastic staff. It is a real treasure of a resort for the keenest of golfers that like a touch of luxury and is why it is the last resort that makes it into Golf Escapes’ ‘great’ golf resorts.

Winter Sun Golf Escapes

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our best properties where you can enjoy some winter sun. As the summer in the UK will be shortly drawing to a close, it is time to think about where you will be getting your golfing fix during the winter months…

Situated on the Costa del Sol is the brilliant La Cala Golf Resort which is an exclusive complex situated between the Sierra de Mijas National Park and the Mediterranean Sea. Onsite of the resort is three golf courses, several swimming pools and a luxurious spa for those who are less into golf and more into relaxing! Within the spa, there are hydrotherapy pools, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a range of health and beauty treatments available. All of the rooms within the resort are spacious and equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a resort of this standard including private balconies from which you can enjoy views across the stunning La Cala golf courses as well as satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Within the resort, there is a brilliant restaurant which serves delicious International and local cuisine as well as a clubhouse and a lobby bar. It is no surprise that this is one of the resorts that we recommend if you are looking to get some winter sun this year and enjoy some golf in the sun later in the year as being situated on the Costa del Sol means that the weather here will be beautiful for at least a few more months as well as early next year.  With a great location just 35 minutes’ drive from Malaga and less than 10 minutes’ drive to the nearest beach, excellent accommodation and facilities as well as three superb golf courses – look no further for your winter sun golf escape.

Roda Golf and Beach Resort is situated in Caledonia just over one kilometre from the beautiful Mar Menor Beach. Onsite of the resort are many different apartments and villas which are available to rent and range from semi-detached houses and individual villas to two- and three-bedroom apartments. The apartments and villas are all fully-fitted with a well-equipped kitchen as well as a lounge area with a TV and often a terrace or balcony from which you can enjoy lovely views of the resort and the golf course. Whilst staying here, you have access to the many different swimming pools located around the resort and you are always within walking distance of the fantastic 18-hole Dave Thomas designed golf course.  The resort’s restaurant is situated within the impressive clubhouse and boasts a large bar area as well as an a la carte restaurant which serves a range of international cuisine which you can enjoy whilst look out across the golf course from the dining terrace. With local shops, bars and restaurants as well as a fantastic beach just a short drive away, look no further for your winter golf escape than the fantastic Roda Golf and Beach Resort.

The five-star adults-only Iberostar Sabila is situated just one minutes’ walk away from the beach on the Costa Adeje in Tenerife. The hotel boasts everything that you could possibly need or want for a brilliant golf escape with large gardens, an infinity pool, beautifully appointed guest rooms and some excellent golf in the local area including Golf del Sur, Golf Las Americas and Golf Costa Adeje. For those who are less into golf and more into relaxation, the hotel boasts excellent spa facilities which includes a wide range of health and beauty treatments and there is also a fitness centre where you can work out in the gym or take part in a number of different exercise classes. If you like to venture out of the hotel, the lively town of Puerto Colon is just 10 minutes’ walk away and there you can find many bars and restaurants as well as nightclubs if you are looking for them! For food within the hotel, there is a buffet-style restaurant as well as a selection of great bars including the poolside bar. With extensive facilities, brilliant local golf and a fantastic local town as well as beautiful rooms, the Iberostar Sabila is a great choice for some winter sun for your next golf break…

Last, but certainly not least, is the four-star Melia Atlantico in Isla Canela which is a very popular and modern hotel and boasts an idyllic beachfront location just 5 kilometres from the town of Ayamonte. This is a very luxurious hotel with high-class service, brilliant facilities and lovely guest rooms. All of the guest rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen satellite TV, a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a brilliant all-inclusive option which means that you would have no need to leave the hotel other than to go and explore the local golf courses like Isla Canela but if you choose not to go all-inclusive, there are many local restaurants to enjoy. Outside of the hotel is a beautiful sandy beach as well as a commercial centre with a selection of bars, restaurants and shops and there are several further restaurants just a short stroll away in Punta del Moral. With so much to do, see, eat and drink in the local area as well as sunshine when the UK has rain, look no further for your next golf break this winter than the Melia Atlantico in Isla Canela.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about getting some much needed Vitamin D this winter, remember these properties and book your winter sun golf escape now!

New Properties to Golf Escapes

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the fantastic properties that are new to Golf Escapes. Whether you are looking for something a bit different or just fancy a new resort for a change then check some of these brilliant properties out next time you are thinking about booking a golf break…

First up is the brilliant five-star Crete Golf Club Hotel and is situated at The Crete Golf Club which is a stunning 18-hole championship golf course situated within Hersonissos. There is plenty to do within the local area including Aquaworld Aquarium and Labyrinth Park. The hotel itself also boasts a lovely seasonal outdoor swimming pool as well as a fully-equipped fitness centre and gardens to walk around and explore. Each of the guestrooms boasts all of the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV, a spacious ensuite bathroom, free toiletries and a hairdryer. The hotel’s restaurant offers a lovely a la carte breakfast in the mornings and delightful European cuisine for both lunch and dinner. Whether you are travelling with friends or family, this is a lovely and well-appointed hotel which boasts everything that you could need for a very special golf break with an excellent golf course onsite of the resort, brilliant facilities and a great location just over 10 miles from Heraklion International Airport.

Just five minutes’ walk from La Barrosa Beach and offering stunning sea views because of its position sits the lovely four-star Iberostar Royal Andalus. The hotel was renovated last year and there are now six different outdoor swimming pools as well as a range of leisure facilities for you to make the most of during your stay here. There is a brilliant sensations spa, a gym, tennis courts and a fantastic beach club to name just a few facilities. The best thing about this fantastic resort is its onsite Novo Petri Golf Course where you can enjoy a brilliant round of golf. All of the rooms are air-conditioned and boast bright décor, a satellite TV, premium Wi-Fi, a minibar and either a balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy breathtaking views of the hotel’s stunning surroundings. At this hotel, you can opt for all-inclusive which is a brilliant option for this hotel as there are two divine restaurants as well as a snack bar which both offer excellent international buffets and a la carte menus to suit guests of all tastes! In high season, there is an extra a la carte restaurant available. If you are looking for a great all-inclusive hotel with brilliant facilities, a superb location and wonderful weather then look no further than the brilliant Iberostar Royal Andalus.

The stunning Dolce Chantilly Hotel is situated just 45 minutes North of Paris and just 25 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport in the heart of the Chantilly Forest. The hotel has recently undergone expansion and there are now 200 modern and well-appointed guestrooms which all boast stunning views of either the golf course or the forest. The hotel’s Donatello Restaurant offers wonderful fine dining and serves delicious food which has been created using locally sourced ingredients. In the mornings, you can enjoy an amazing breakfast at La Veranda where you can enjoy your food whilst looking out across the hotel’s winter garden. Within the clubhouse, you can find the Swing restaurant and bar where you can enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere which makes this the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat after your round of golf on the Garden Golf de Chantilly course. If you are looking for a relaxing golf escape with some brilliant golf and a hotel set within lovely surroundings, then look no further than the lovely Dolce Chantilly.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star luxurious Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife which is the perfect destination for your next winter sun golf escape. The hotel is set in a quiet area in the South West of the island and is positioned on the outskirts of Costa Adeje in between the brilliant courses of Abama and Golf Costa Adeje. As the resort boasts a beachfront location, you can easily spend most of your time lounging on the beach but there are also three swimming pools as well as a freshwater lagoon to enjoy. There is also an extensive entertainment programme to keep you busy in the evenings with live music and dancing. All of the guestrooms are beautifully decorated and furnished with a private ensuite bathroom, bathrobes and slippers, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a safe and complimentary Wi-Fi. If you are more into relaxation, then golf then you can enjoy the hotel’s Rock Spa where you can find an extensive and varied beauty and massage menu as well as a fully-equipped fitness centre. This is a luxurious and fun hotel with plenty to do and see including some excellent golf which makes it the perfect place for you to enjoy your next winter sun golf break…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these superb properties for your next golf escape…

The Orizonte Collection

This week’s blog is a blog on the Orizonte Experience and the courses that the Orizonte Collection offers to keen golfers. In the Lisbon area sits the Orizonte Collection courses: Aroeira I and II, Ribagolfe I and II, Quinta do Peru and Santo Estevao. Each of these courses offers golfers something a bit different and the access to all of these brilliant courses is easy from a hotel like the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa where you can find everything you need from a hotel to base your exciting golf escape from…

The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is a fantastic four-star hotel that boasts an excellent location just two minutes’ walk from the beach. The hotel is situated within the lovely fishing village of Sesimbra where you can find plenty to see, do, eat and drink in this lovely village. There is much to explore including the castle, the fishing harbour and the beach promenade. As the hotel is situated on the beachfront, all of the rooms boast private balconies from which you can enjoy stunning views out across the Atlantic Ocean. All of the rooms are spacious and light with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, a safe and a minibar.

During the day, whilst you are not enjoying a round of golf on one of the fantastic Orizonte Collection golf courses, you can spend time relaxing on the beach, around the pool or in the spa. The spa offers guests a wide range of different health and beauty treatments as well as extensive facilities including a Turkish bath, a sauna, a Tropical shower and a Vertical Hydromassage.

Of course, as you are situated within the lovely village of Sesimbra, you have a variety of great bars and restaurants on your doorstep but the brilliant Aquarius Restaurant within the hotel boasts delicious Portuguese fish and shellfish dishes. The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is a fantastic hotel and it is no surprise that we recommend this hotel as your base for your next golf escape playing the brilliant Orizonte courses.

Aroeira Golf Resort stretches over 900 acres and boasts two brilliant golf courses. Aroeira I was designed by Frank Pennink and opened in 1973, since then the course has gained a brilliant reputation and played host for the Portuguese Open in 1996 and 1997 as well as other notable events including several Ladies’ European Tour events and the prestigious European Men’s Club Trophy in 2013. The course is not long by any means as it is just over 6,000 yards from the back tees, but it is still tricky due to the narrow, tree-lined fairways and 18 different but equally exciting holes. Aroeira II was designed by Donald Steel to meet European Tour recommendations and opened in 2000. This is a much longer course at over 7,000 yards from the back tees and is made even more challenging due to there being water hazards on no fewer than nine of the holes on the course. Both of the Aroeira courses were carved through heavily wooded and gently undulating terrain and they both offer golfers of any ability a brilliant round of golf.

Ribagolfe I has been previously described as the “Valderrama of Portugal” and proves to be a stern test of golf for those with even the lowest of handicaps. However, those with higher handicaps can play from the more forward tees and have an equally exciting and challenging round of golf. The course measures 7,370 yards from the back tees and plays longer and much tighter than its sibling, Ribagolfe II. Treacherous lakes come into play during the back nine holes and these lakes can damage your scorecard heavily if you are not playing accurately and strategically. Both Ribagolfe I and Ribagolfe II were carved out within a huge cork oak forest. Ribagolfe II is a shorter course than its sibling and was designed by former Ryder Cup player Michael King. The course boasts huge and moderately contoured greens which pose a stern test to golfers of all abilities.

Quinta do Peru boasts a beautiful location as it is framed by the stunning Arrabida Natural Park. The course was designed and crafted by Rocky Roquemore and is considered to be one of the best courses in Continental Europe. The course is set within a pine forest and has the Arrabida Mountains as its backdrop which means that from any point along the course, you can have the fortune to enjoy beautiful views. This course is a serious test of golf from the back tees with its huge American-style bunkers and many water hazards, but its natural beauty can make up for a poor scorecard.

Last, but certainly not least, is the brilliant Santo Estevao course which was designed by Donald Steel and opened for play in 2004. The course is set within the rolling landscape of the Northern Alentejo region and boasts more than 7,000 yards of brilliant golf from the back tees. The course features many strategically placed bunkers and greens which means that the layout of this course will challenge golfers of all abilities but because the land is only gently undulating, you can enjoy the round on foot. Santo Estevao will provide you with a scenic and enjoyable round of golf for most months of the year due to the mild climate here.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf escape, remember these brilliant courses as there are very few places where you can go and stay and enjoy so many fantastic golf courses that have such high rankings.

Algarve Special

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best resorts that the region of the Algarve has to offer anyone looking for a great golf escape. The Algarve is just a short flight away from any of the UK’s major airports and boasts excellent weather for most of the year which makes it an ideal destination for your next golf escape. The Algarve is widely considered to be one of the best golfing destinations in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. The region boasts many luxurious golfing resorts and so many fantastic golf courses for you to enjoy here. For a golf escape filled with culture, great weather, amazing golf courses and a wonderful resort, look no further than the Algarve…

The Monte Rei Golf & Country Club boasts spacious villas which are fully-fitted with well-equipped kitchens so that you can enjoy the luxury of being able to self-cater or enjoy the brilliant international cuisine that is served at the Vistas Restaurant. Alternatively, you can venture into the brilliant town of Tavira where you can find a wide range of great bars and restaurants to enjoy. You can choose between one, two, three and four-bedroom villas and they are all decorated beautifully in a typically Portuguese style. Within the resort, there is the Veranda where the restaurant and bar are situated. During the day, whilst you are not enjoying a fantastic round of golf on the fantastic Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, you can relax around the pool, take the short drive to the sandy beaches or enjoy the other facilities at the resort which include tennis courts, a fully-equipped gymnasium and spa facilities. The Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course at Monte Rei opened in the summer of 2007 and has already earned itself a brilliant reputation. The course is bordered by indigenous trees and plants and features five lakes which means that this course poses a stern but fun challenge of golf. From the minute that you tee off here, the holes just get better and better! If you are looking for a special resort with a very special course, then look no further than the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club and its superb golf course for your next golf break to the Algarve…

The five-star Tivoli Carvoeiro is a spectacular hotel situated just 10 minutes’ walk from the beautiful town of Carvoeiro and boasts everything that you could need or want for your next fantastic golf break including a brilliant golf course on-site and the perfect location. The hotel is perfectly positioned on a cliff top overlooking the Vale Covo Beach. All of the rooms are light and spacious and equipped with everything that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, a minibar, a TV and a lovely ensuite bathroom. For those of you looking for a relaxing golf escape, you can enjoy the Tivoli Spa where you can experience a variety of different treatments and relax in a wonderful atmosphere. As you are only 10 minutes’ walk from the lovely town of Carvoeiro, you may choose to enjoy the many different bars and restaurants that you can find there but the hotel’s restaurant is also excellent. The Med Food and Wine serves delicious seafood which is accompanied by divine wines and stunning views of the sea. The hotel offers a wonderful buffet breakfast which is excellent for both cooked dishes and fresh fruits. Whilst staying here, you can enjoy a few rounds on some of the Algarve’s finest courses – Alamos, Morgado and Salgados. The Tivoli Carvoeiro is a true gem of a hotel with first-class service, facilities and a prime location for you to experience the best golf holiday that you possibly could.

Situated just two minutes’ walk from Vale do Lobo Beach and within the exclusive Vale do Lobo estate sits the five-star Dona Filipa Hotel. The Dona Filipa Hotel is arguably one of the finest hotels and golf resorts in the Algarve and is somewhere where you can enjoy first-class levels of service, brilliant golf courses and Vale do Lobo’s plaza which boasts a wide selection of shops and restaurants. If you prefer relaxing in the spa to playing golf, you won’t be disappointed here as many of our packages allow for golf to be swapped for spa access. In the Estetica Spa, you can enjoy a relaxing body massage and enjoy the amenities within it like the sauna. The best thing about staying at the Dona Filipa is the access that our guests have to pre-booking tee times at the brilliant and exclusive San Lorenzo Golf Club. Not only would you have the option for pre-booking tee times at San Lorenzo, but you also can enjoy other golf courses in the area like the excellent Pinheiros Alto. For dinner, we recommend the brilliant Primavera Restaurant which serves extravagant buffets boasting both international and regional delicacies. For your next golf escape to the Algarve, if you are looking for a lovely hotel with excellent service, first-class golfing options and a great location then look no further than the brilliant Dona Filipa Hotel.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about the location for your next golf holiday, make sure that you consider the Algarve as it has so much to offer both golfers and non-golfers. There has never been a better time to book your golf break to the Algarve as we are including a J. Lindeberg golf shirt with every golf package booked…

Please note that the new shirts are of the JV design which is very forgiving for larger golfers!

Golf on-site

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our excellent resorts that boast brilliant golf courses on-site. This is perfect for when you are looking for a relaxing golf break that doesn’t require you to leave the comfort of your resort to find excellent golf. The beauty of each of these resorts is that they each boast everything that you could possibly want or need in order to have the perfect golf break…

Hotel Alicante Golf is a four-star resort which boasts an excellent location in Playa de San Juan where you can find a great array of bars and restaurants to enjoy and you can even jump on the Tram for 10 minutes and you will find yourself in the city centre of Alicante. During the day, you can enjoy relaxing on the beach which is just 10 minutes’ walk away and there is a free transfer to the beach from the hotel during July and August or you can enjoy relaxing around the outdoor pool. There are many different types of rooms that will suit everyone from double, twins and family rooms and suites so that whoever you are travelling with, you will be well catered for and comfortable. With Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a large outdoor swimming pool, many different restaurants and bars, a gym, a Wellness Centre and an indoor swimming pool as well as the fantastic 18-hole golf course on-site, it is no surprise that we recommend this resort for your next stay and play golf escape.

Alicante Golf Club was designed by Steve Ballesteros and consists of six par-3s, six par-4s and six par-5s which means that there is a real variety in layout as well as length for each hole. Since the course opened in 1998, there have been additions to the course in the way of artificial lakes and rivers which have increased the difficulty of the course. The course isn’t overly difficult but isn’t an easy round of golf by any stretch of the imagination and you must play strategically if you hope to leave with a good scorecard!

Roda Golf is situated in Murcia and can offer you a large selection of apartments and villas to rent and all of the accommodation is within walking distance of the resort’s fantastic 18-hole golf course. Whilst you are staying here, you have access to the pools which are situated around the apartments and you are only just over one kilometre from Mar Menor Beach. All of the apartments are well-equipped with a fully-fitted kitchen and a seating area with a TV as well as a balcony or terrace. There is a huge, luxurious clubhouse which boasts free Wi-Fi, an award-winning restaurant and a bar. Just five minutes away is Los Alcazares where you can find a supermarket, bars and restaurants.

Roda Golf Course is just a few minutes’ walk from any of the apartments and villas within the resort and was designed by Dave Thomas. The course is challenging with many water and sand hazards but there is no heavy rough and there are very few trees for you to watch out for which makes this a nice holiday golf course for golfers of all abilities. This is a brilliant resort with everything that you could need in order to have the perfect golf escape…

Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is located in southern Andalusia in the centre of Cadiz and was designed to look like a small white Andalusian town with narrow streets and squares. You can enjoy the outdoor swimming pools, the comprehensive spa facility as well as the fitness centre, tennis courts and the brilliant 18-hole golf course on-site. There are three a la carte restaurants onsite which serve everything from traditional Mediterranean dishes to international cuisine. If you are looking for a tranquil location in which to enjoy a lovely resort and all it has to offer as well as the lovely town of Cadiz, then look no further than the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort for your next golf escape.

Fairplay Golf Club was designed by Baron Paul Rolin and is a beautiful parkland course which stretches just over 6,000 metres and is situated within a lovely and tranquil area in the town of Cadiz. The course was built within a forested area and boasts many water hazards which will add an element of challenge to your round here. The course boasts lovely, wide fairways and large greens which means that it is an idyllic holiday course which is suitable for golfers of all abilities. From the course, you can enjoy beautiful views of La Janda valley, the Los Alcornocales national park and on a clear day, you can even see the coast of Africa.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that if you are looking for your ideal stay-and-play golf escape in Spain, look no further than one of these three special resorts and their fantastic 18-hole golf courses to enjoy…