Golf & Spa with the Best Deals by Far

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best hotels which boast fantastic spas and even better deals. When you are going on your next golf break, it is important to think about the facilities and activities available at the resorts beside the fantastic golf courses, especially if there are non-golfers going on the trip and so this blog is perfect for you – especially if you are looking for a great deal as well.

First up, we have the brilliant four-star Acaya Golf Resort and Spa which is situated in the beautiful Italian countryside just five minutes’ drive from the stunning coastline of southern Italy. All of the rooms here are elegantly designed and have lovely views overlooking the golf course, the garden, or the Puglia countryside and there is so much to do around the resort. You can spend time relaxing by one of the two outdoor swimming pools, take a walk through the hotel’s garden, play at Acaya Golf Club which is the great 18-hole golf course on-site or enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s extensive spa. The extensive spa boasts everything that you could ever need for a relaxing experience including a sauna, a steam room, a whirlpool, Jacuzzi and a Turkish Bath as well as a wide range of different treatment options. This is a superb hotel with some excellent golf and facilities to enjoy and the best part is that there are some spectacular deals on which makes this an ideal destination for your next golf break to Italy.

Next up is the Doubletree by Hilton Golf and Spa Emporda which is situated on the Costa Brava. The hotel is small and modern but boasts two onsite 18-hole golf courses, Emporda Forest and Emporda Links. Just a few minutes’ drive from the hotel is the charming town of Toroella de Montgri where you can find an array of different bars and restaurants but if you prefer to dine in at the hotel, the hotel’s restaurant specialises in Catalan dishes and afterwards you can enjoy a cocktail or two in the lounge area. The spa at the hotel is available at a small extra charge but it is more than worth it as you can enjoy a range of treatments there as well as the Turkish Bath, the hot tub, the sauna and the fitness centre. This is another superb hotel with great golf, a great spa and great prices.

Set in the Sant Llorenç del Munt Natural Park, just 25 minutes’ drive from Barcelona and five minutes’ drive from the world class Real Golf Club El Prat, is the four-star Doubletree by Hilton Hotel La Mola. This is a beautiful hotel in relaxing surroundings and boasts a spa in line with the atmosphere of the hotel. The well-equipped spa is the perfect place for you to relax with a fitness centre, sauna, outdoor pool and massage services. Whilst you are here, take the chance to sample local tapas at the Sofora Café or enjoy fresh meals at either of the hotel’s two superb restaurants. This is an ideal destination for your next relaxing golf break to the Barcelona area…

The Doubletree by Hilton Venice North is a stylish hotel located in the countryside but also just 20 minutes’ drive from Venice. Whilst staying here, enjoy a round at Golf Club Ca Della Nave before returning to the hotel for a dip in the outdoor swimming pool where you can relax on the sun terrace on a lounger or a visit to the luxurious spa and wellness area. At the spa you can enjoy some great facilities including a sauna, a Turkish Bath and the gym as well as a range of different massage and treatment options. This is a brilliant hotel with stylish rooms, a warm welcome and all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. This is an ideal hotel for you to stay and play at when on your next golf break to Italy, especially if you are looking for somewhere luxurious with an excellent spa and some even better deals…

Situated amongst 90 acres of wooded parkland with panoramic views across Oysterhaven Bay is the lovely four-star Macdonald Kinsale Hotel and Spa. This hotel boasts a superb location as you can soak up the tranquillity of the hotel’s immediate surroundings or take short drives into the nearest towns including Cork and Kinsale where you will find so much to eat, drink, see and do. Whilst staying here, you are also just two miles from Kinsale Golf Club and whilst you are not out having a round of golf you can enjoy the extensive spa and wellness facilities at the hotel. The spa boasts a relaxation room, a sauna, many different treatment rooms, a steam room and a large indoor pool to keep you occupied and fully relaxed! This is a lovely hotel situated in a stunning location and with so much to do and see both at the hotel and in the surrounding areas it is no surprise that we suggest this hotel for your next golf break to Ireland if you are after great spa facilities and a great price.

Last, but certainly not least, is the four-star, stylish Hotel Barriere Le Westminster which is in Le Touquet in Northern France. This luxurious hotel is just 500 metres from the beach and boasts an extensive spa with a heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a hot tub as well as five treatment rooms, one of which that is for two people, where you can enjoy a range of different massages and treatments. Whilst here, you can enjoy dining in the hotel’s 30’s style restaurant and drinking in the oak-panelled bar here but if you are looking to venture out of the hotel, Le Touquet’s bars and restaurants are a very short distance away. With all of these facilities as well as five brilliant golf courses within a short distance of the hotel it is no surprise that we recommend Hotel Barriere Le Westminster for your next golf holiday to France.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that it has inspired you for your next golf break, especially if what you are looking for is some great deals, great golf and great spa facilities.

Spotlight on All-Inclusive & Golf in Belek

This week’s blog is a guide to the fantastic all-inclusive resorts and golf courses in Belek. Belek, in Turkey, is a fantastic destination for your next golf break with warm weather almost all year round, great golf courses and the service, food and amenities at all of the resorts here means that each resort is worthy of its five-star ratings.

First up, we have the brilliant Gloria resorts. Gloria Golf, Gloria Verde and Gloria Serenity each offer something unique and different which may sway your choice but each of them are within easy access of both the Gloria Old course and Gloria New.

Gloria Golf Resort offers guests a free shuttle to the golf courses which are just a few minutes’ away from the hotel. Gloria Golf Resort is the perfect destination for a quieter golf break in Belek where you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the resort and venture out onto the beach which is just across the bridge over the picturesque Acisu River. Spend your time here at Gloria Golf Resort sipping ice cold drinks by the pool, enjoying the private beach area or taking part in the many activities available onsite.

Gloria Verde Resort is the sister hotel to the Gloria Golf Resort and can offer you the same levels of service and facilities at the other Gloria Resorts but for a slightly lower price. The great thing about both the Gloria Verde and Gloria Golf Resorts is that there is a free shuttle between the hotels so that you can benefit from all the facilities and activities based at each one. At Gloria Verde, you must take a visit to the Thalasso Therapy Centre where you can choose from a wide range of lovely treatments.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Gloria Serenity Resort which is arguably one of the finest hotels in Belek and it isn’t hard to see how the resort acquired this reputation with its beautiful architecture, relaxing atmosphere and excellent spa. The Gloria Serenity Resort is very popular among couples who are looking for the ultimate luxury during their golf break as well as easy access to two fantastic golf courses which is possible here with free transfers to the nearby Gloria courses.

The two Gloria golf courses are great holiday courses and a couple of rounds on each course here is a welcome addition to any golf break to Belek. Gloria Old was one of the first golf courses to open in Belek and is now one of the most popular with stunning views, narrow fairways and deep bunkers. This is a firm but true test of golf and one not to be missed out on. Gloria New is a long course at over 7,000 yards from the back tees and with very fast fairways, strategically placed bunkers and other hazards along the way this is a tricky course. Both the courses here make for great rounds of golf and perfectly top off a stay at a luxurious resort…

Next up, we have the Cornelia Resorts: Cornelia Diamond Resort and Cornelia Deluxe Resort which are both luxurious and modern resorts with so much on offer including easy access to Cornelia Faldo golf course.

The Cornelia Diamond Resort offers guests the ultimate luxury in terms of both the facilities and the service that is offered here. With multiple swimming pools, restaurants and bars as well as a private beach area, an amphitheatre and a great spa as well as a two-minute free shuttle bus to the Cornelia Faldo golf course it isn’t hard to see why this is a fantastic resort for your next golf break to Belek. This resort is a fun and lively one with so much going on at all times of the day which makes it ideal for a fun and busy golf holiday.

The Cornelia Deluxe Resort is beautifully designed and boasts direct access onto a private beach area as well as great a la carte restaurants, lively bars and large swimming pools. This resort is already a firm favourite for many guests that have stayed here since it opened and it really isn’t hard to see why. The Cornelia Deluxe Resort is a perfect choice for your next golf holiday to Belek.

The Cornelia Faldo boasts a great layout and is always kept in excellent condition which makes it the ideal holiday course. Cornelia Faldo is not an easy course as many of its holes require you to take a few minutes to decide how to best approach them if you are to avoid waiting hazards but, it is a firm but fair test of golf and the perfect addition to your stay at either the Cornelia Diamond Resort or the Cornelia Deluxe Resort.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Sueno Resorts. Sueno Hotels Golf and Sueno Hotels Deluxe are both very different hotels but each offer something fantastic that will appeal to almost any golfer for their next golf break to Belek. Both of these fantastic hotels boast easy access to both the Sueno Pines and Sueno Dunes golf courses.

Sueno Hotels Golf is a beautifully designed modern hotel with everything that you could possibly need for your next golf break within the hotel’s grounds – including two superb 18-hole golf courses. Enjoy relaxing by the outdoor or indoor pool or take a stroll down onto the beach to the hotel’s private beach area which consists of a great beach club area with a bar and restaurant as well as a pier which stretches out into the Mediterranean and hosts a bar and many sunbeds. This is a great destination for your next relaxing golf break to Belek.

Sueno Hotels Deluxe only opened in May 2015 and is already a hit with visitors to Belek and is isn’t hard to see why. No expense was spared on developing this luxurious resort with its beautifully decorated rooms and public areas. You can enjoy relaxing round one of the swimming pools or on the beach and when it comes to food you will never go hungry with the new Sueno Avenue giving you the option to try many different kinds of foods from different outlets. This is a great hotel for your next lively golf holiday to Belek where you can enjoy the hotel’s many bars and its nightclub.

Sueno Dunes golf course is a great course for golfers of mixed abilities due to its range of different tee options and the fact that it is both shorter and easier than the Pines course. The course boasts a very interesting layout with open fairways and spectacular views. Sueno Pines golf course is the more challenging of the two courses here as you have to be accurate with your tee shots or you may find yourself hitting into the trees which line the fairways or into the strategically placed bunkers. Easily, the best hole on this course is the 18th which requires you to get onto the island green which is sat right in front of the hotel – a great finishing hole.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these fantastic resorts for your next golf break to Belek as in Belek, there really is something for everyone.

South Africa Week – Part 2

Day 6

The day dawned with an impenetrable sea-fog engulfing the course and I was resigned to our run of sunny days coming to an end, and to not playing Oubaai. Warren though was unperturbed and over breakfast – great omelette, the fog magically cleared.  In 10 minutes – never seen that before. And there were the blue skies once more.

The Oubaai course (Par 72, 6,516 yards) was more to my liking and I began to get my confidence back and was notching up the odd par. Then we came to the 190 yard Par 3 over the tree lined gorge – you were either on the green or you were in trouble – and memories of ‘those’ holes at Pinnacle Point came flooding back. No problem though, I cleared the gorge and was the only one to score on the hole. Perhaps my fortune had changed? Fancourt next.

It’s a very short drive to George and Fancourt and takes us less than 15 minutes. We’re greeted with a glass of ‘fizz’ on arrival and had a few minutes to look at the communal areas of the bar and sitting areas and pro-shop. Impressive.

For the first time on the trip, we had the rest of the afternoon to ourselves

Dinner was hosted by Fancourt in La Cantina, an intimate restaurant offering some amazing Italian inspired dishes such as Octopus carpaccio.

Day 7

Today Marcos, Fancourt’s golf director, hosted us with a round on the Outeniqua course (Par 72, 5,986 yards off the middle tees). Outeniqua is one of the three courses offered at Fancourt; the other two being the Montagu and Fancourt Links, the latter being South Africa’s No. 1 rated course and one you can only play if you stay at Fancourt. It is a private course with just 46 members……….I wonder what their annual membership costs?

We booked a caddy, a black man called Whitey who lived in George, who was quite a character but early on I learned two valuable lessons early on with a caddy I had only just met; “here is your ball” really means “this may be your ball” and he had no idea of how far I could hit the ball – to be fair neither do I sometimes.

“Can I reach that bunker?”

“No”.

“Sand wedge please”

Outeniqua was a lovely course, with some challenging holes but not too much so – as long as you can hit your ball where you know it needs to go. If only!

I came off the course with a couple of pars and with a birdie on the Par 3 15th.  My glass of Windhoek Light tasted particularly sweet.

Following a sight inspection of the whole property including the exclusive Fancourt Manor, which is ideal for couples who desire some privacy and some pampering, we ate at Henry Whites in Fancourt Manor. What an exquisite experience, attentive but subtle service, a varied menu without too many choices and a great wine list.

 Day 8

We bade farewell to Fancourt and continued our drive eastwards down the Garden Route on the N2 through the beautiful Tsirsikamma National Forest to the St Francis Golf Lodge. The lodge is situated on St Francis Bay. The lodge offer a small number of rooms looking across the course and St Francis Bay, with Port Elizabeth in the far distance, where my journey would shortly finish.

The rooms were clean and comfortable and being on-site makes the whole golfing experience very easy.

Day 9

My last full day started a little grey with some light rain, a first for the trip, but soon cleared up to be another beautiful South African day.

We had buggies to drive the short distance to the clubhouse for our land round of golf. The course itself (Par 73, 6126 yards or Par 76, 6,656 off the Championship Tees) is a classic links course, set amongst the dunes of the bay, with many carries and blind tee shots to reach the fairway. Once (if) you reach the fairways the holes open out but I wouldn’t call many of the fairways other than a little tight. Any inaccuracy on this course will be punished; cries of “new balls please” were heard frequently and not just from me. The sub-10 handicap players in the party were having their own ‘moments’

I think it’s fair to say that I survived this course and although my swing deserted me half way round, I at least finished the course having recorded pars on each of the four Par 3 holes.

Day 10

Time today to say farewell to South Africa and get myself to the airport for a flight to Johannesburg and back via Dubai to Gatwick. Why does it always seem to take longer getting home than on the way out?

I would draw a number of conclusions from my trip:-

  • South Africa is a truly magical destination whether or not you’re a golfer with a superb range of accommodation, great food and well-priced local wines;
  • Definitely stretch your budget to a helicopter flight over Cape Town; it puts the whole place into context.
  • Spend more time in / around Cape Town; there is so much to see and do – three nights as a minimum; but then I wasn’t there on holiday;
  • Tailor the golf courses you play to your handicap – high handicaps will learn but probably not enjoy Pearl Valley and Pinnacle Point; there are others nearby that would suit better;

I’m going to return and I’d be happy to share my experience with you.

South Africa Week – Part 1

Golf Educational to South Africa

April 2017

In January I was invited to join a small party on a golf focused educational trip touring the southern-most coast of Africa from Cape Town via the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth. The invitation was accepted for mid-April.  My first visit to Cape Town in (too) many years and my first as a pretty average 18 handicapper.

Since there is such a wide variety of carriers that service this route I began, as all should do, by looking at my flight options, i.e. routing, timings, and costs. The only carrier that flies direct into Cape Town direct – and they know it, are British Airways from Heathrow; their fair came in at just shy of £1,000.  Convenient – yes, expensive – most certainly. So indirect it was and since I live near Gatwick my next thought was Emirates via Dubai. Bingo! The timings were great, with good connections, and the fare…just £445, and they allow you to take 30kgs of checked luggage in two bags; so my golf clubs could come with me. Why so much BA? And why only 23kg of checked luggage?

The flight out was on one of Emirates new A380’s, a really comfortable plane and great in-flight entertainment. Food – the usual. The flight from Dubai to Cape Town was on an A320, so not as good as the A380, but as I slept most of the way – it did its job and arrived on time.

Cape Town International was rebuilt for the 2010 Football World Cup and is a friendly easy-to-navigate point of arrival.

Day 1

I was met by the Adam, the MD of Gilt Edge – the arrangers of the trip – and taken to my overnight hotel – the Cape Milner; a contemporary boutique hotel in the quiet suburb of Tamboerskloof, just to the south-east of Signal Hill and a 10 minute drive to the V&A Waterfront. The room was large and well equipped with a great en-suite behind glass walls.

After a quick shower and a quick beer (obligatory), we drove to the V&A and met up with my host (Warren) and the other participants on the trip. Certainly an eclectic mix, one Czech, one Dutch, a
Finn and me. They would turn out to be superb company and to each bring something different to the group. A lovely fish supper was had in heart of the Waterfront, which has seen a massive amount of development and is now a vibrant place with a real ‘buzz’ about it.

Day 2

After breakfast, our itinerary showed a surprise activity for half an hour; it had to be Table Mountain – didn’t it? How wrong was I, as we pulled up outside the reception area for NAC Helicopters. What a way to start the trip – a 15 minute flight to view the City from the clear blue skies. It’s a great way to get to understand the layout of Cape Town, the views are spectacular and it’s not that expensive. NAC Helicopters also offer 30 minute and 1 hour excursions in 3, 4 and 6 seater aircraft.

It was time to leave central Cape Town for our first round of golf (one of six on the trip) at Steenberg Golf Club in Tokai at the back end of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles. The course is located on the Steenberg Estate, which has a long and esteemed history and now offers stylish accommodation in Cape Dutch style white washed and thatched buildings in the grounds of the old Manor House, all set within one of the oldest vineyard in South Africa. And yes their Merlot is awesome!

 

 

 

 

 
The course is within a parkland setting and despite the South Africans love of bunkers, it’s a playable course for most handicaps and great way to settle yourself into a golf holiday in South Africa, before you take on the challenge of the tougher courses you’ll experience. I managed to avoid a bunker until the 16th and water until the 18th. The odd par here and there and I sat in the clubhouse with a glass in hand feeling happy with my first outing.

Our overnight accommodation was at the Steenberg Hotel & Spa, a classically stylish property located between the course and the winery. We ate in the stylish and elegant the Catharina’s Restaurant in the old barn – the service was exemplary and the food exquisite.

Day 3

Another beautiful day dawned and following a Cape Malay omelette and strong coffee, we headed first up to the winery, where you can a have a tour, a sundowner or a full meal overlooking the vines and the mountains beyond before driving down to the district of Newlands situated at the back of Table Mountain where we visited the Vineyard Hotel. Set in 7 acres of parkland the hotel offers 208 en-suite bedrooms in a variety of grades of rooms, suites and cottages. Its location is ideal for those who want to stay neither in the heart of Cape Town nor in the winelands, yet close to both. Excellent coffee as well.

 

 

 

 

 
Leaving Cape Town behind us we drove towards the winelands town of Paarl and to Pearl Valley, home to Jack Nicklaus’s Championship Signature Course. Unlike my round at Steenberg, I found a bunker off the first tee and many more on my way round. Actually, it may have taken me until the 17th before I didn’t hit sand somewhere on each hole.  It just seemed as if Jack knew where my ball was going to land and put a bunker there for me!

The accommodation at Pearl Valley is not yet officially open but is of a high standard and consists of self-catering suites set in small blocks of 8 rooms just behind the practice green. If you do not want to self-cater, the clubhouse offers a range of meals, but a full service restaurant it is not.

Day 4

The sun was again in full attendance as we hit the road again leaving Cape Town behind us as we drove to the quaint wine-lands village of Franschoek (‘French Corner’). The village (it’s really a little too small to call it a town) is nestled between hills on three sides giving it an Alpine feel, and consists of a few top quality properties (e.g. Le Quartier Francais and Leeu House) and some beautiful vineyards. It’s ideal if you’d like a Cape winelands experience without the masses…for a few days…

From there we crossed over a mountain pass, with a magnificent view back over Franschoek and its vineyards, and dropped down (eventually) onto the N2, which runs along the length of the south coast through George, Knysna and Port Elizabeth before turning north along the Indian Ocean coast of KwaZulu Natal passing Durban. It eventually runs out of tarmac at near Johannesburg; a distance of some 1,400. It’s quite some road.

Our next stop was game reserve on the outskirts of Mossel Bay called Gondwana. Having travelled widely on safari in Southern Africa I was a little concerned that the experience would fall far short of my previous experiences.  How wrong I was to be proved…

We had barely cleared the two wildlife security gates for the short drive to the Kwena Lodge, when we spotted some shapes just below the crest of a hill some 1,000 yards away. The call went up ‘ellies’ but they were too small and not moving like elephants. Rhino? We got closer, yes five white rhino were ambling gently down the track towards us. Warren wisely pulled to the side of the road, turned off the engine and we sat as they walked up to the vehicle and then past us, almost within touching distance. A great introduction to Gondwana!

 

 

 

 

 
Our accommodation was a three bedroom house, a short distance from the main lodge – perfectly walkable but this is Africa so you don’t. Over the two game drives we came across elephants, rhino, a pride of lion and several different antelope species. The experience is a little ‘canned’ but in the context of the Garden Route golf & safari holiday, juts perfect for first-timers to Africa.

Day 5

Following our early morning game drive and yes, with the sun shining yet again, we bade farewell to Gondwana and drove the short distance down to Mossel Bay and Pinnacle Point Golf Club (Par72, 6,460 yarsd). Set on the edge of the cliffs, with the next landmass south being Antartica, I had identified the course as likely to be a challenge with seven holes teeing off alongside the cliffs or over the sea between the ‘pinncle’ of land jutting out to sea. Sadly, I was right. The course got into my head and a simple shot to a Par 3 became a nerve-racking shank into the ocean far below. So unnecessary!

The course is amazing and the 18th one of the best I have ever played. This course kept on giving right to the end. In my view, it’s a MUST play course when you’re in this part of the world.

From Pinnacle Point we had an hour’s drive to get to Herold’s Bay and Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa for an overnight stay before playing the Ernie Els designed Oubaai course the next morning.

17 of the Best Places in the UK for a Golf and Spa Break

The UK is kind of a big deal when it comes to golf vacations. Did you know that? OK, maybe you did, but were you aware that many of these golf courses also pair themselves with spas? That’s right, the spa treatments that these resorts offer are just as incredible as the golf courses. Plus, after a long afternoon swinging your club, a relaxing evening at the spa may be just what the doctor ordered.

So, before you start planning your next golf outing in the UK, consider booking a resort that has the spa to match. Here are the best places in the UK for a golf and spa break!

Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club

Built in the 1800s, the country club is situated on 450 acres of private land. It overlooks the rolling countryside of Northumberland and has won awards for the food and drink offerings on site. In fact, this country club is such a destination that it’s a popular spot for business meetings, weddings, and other important events. The accommodation options are considered luxurious, and it makes the perfect getaway for couples looking for some romance.

The Golf Course

Spread across the large private estate is an 18-hole golf course that is just as beautiful as it is secluded. It was designed by Jonathan Gaunt and is a 72 par parkland course. The greens here are USGA specific and there are 4 challenging par 3’s. Golfers here can expect some strategically placed bunkers, water hazards, a par 5 hole, and a golfer’s lounge.

The Spa

The health and fitness club is home to a heated indoor pool, Technogym, sauna, and steam room. Some of the treatments include a hot stone massage, aromatic massage, body polish, ear candle, reflexology treatment, waxing, manicures and pedicures, and more.

Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa

This mansion has been the home to royalty for centuries but is now open for visitors to enjoy. A visit to this estate offers a 50-acre lake, woodland trails, landscaped gardens, fine dining, and tennis courts.

The Golf Course

Designed by Mike Smith, this championship course stretches for over 7,000 yards. The challenging green follows USGA specifics and a front nine with an inland links feel. The back nine will take players parkland and around the estate.

The Spa

The oak framed building is an oasis of luxury that is perfectly secluded to provide the ultimate spa experience. Guests can lounge in the infinity pool or vitality pool, enjoy the heat therapy, or just relax in the gardens. Some treatments include: ESPA facials, scalp treatments, eye firming treatments, body wraps and scrubs, firming thigh treatments, hot stone massage, Swedish massage, and more.

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Situated on 1,000 acres of parkland, this hotel and country club has dazzling views of the Edinburgh Castle as well as the Forth Bridges. There are more than 200 suites and rooms that are filled with history and surrounded by a variety of restaurants and bars. With a state-of-the-art fitness center and plenty of leisure activities, visitors will always have something to do.

The Golf Course

The east golf course was designed by James Braid back in 1927 and offers a par 73. Guests can enjoy the bunkers and perfectly manicured green across the 7055 acre course. The west course stretches for 5168 yards and is a par 68. It has narrow fairways and smaller greens that make this course slightly more challenging.

The Spa

Luxury is the goal of this beauty salon and spa. They offer nail treatments, spray tanning, waxing, facials, massages, and more.

Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club

This is one of the UK’s premier resorts as it has 5-star dining options, and an award winning spa. In fact, the hotel has a little of everything including tennis courts, fully-equipped gyms, steam rooms, and a pool.

The Golf Course

The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus II and requires a lot of nerve as well as physical and mental strength to complete. Opening up in 1990, it has quickly gained respect and a status as one of the best resorts in the area. It’s seen many of the sport’s greatest players on its immaculately tended for green.

The Spa

Visit this spa at almost any time of day and enjoy their rejuvenating treatments which include: body wraps, facials, manis/pedis, waxing, massages, a steam room.

Foxhills Club & Resort

This 400-acre estate is family run and offers an experience of both luxury and home comfort. Play tennis on one of the eleven courts, or wander through the picturesque countryside where the resort resides.

The Golf Course

Take a few swings at the driving range before heading over to one of the three onsite golf courses. While two of them are 18-hole championship courses, one is a unique 9-hole course.

The Spa

Finish each day with a spa treatment to work out the kinks from the course. Try a sports muscle massage, facial, thermal therapy, Reiki, acupuncture, and more.

Celtic Manor

It’s a 5-star hotel with 330 bedrooms, all expertly designed to be unique and exude luxury. Imagine calming terraces and large, sun filled picture windows welcoming you to each new day. Listen to a piano player while you sip craft cocktails in the many onsite restaurants and bars.

The Golf Course

The Twenty Ten Course features more than 7,000 yards and has a par of 71. Expect a links-like feel in some areas as well as water hazards. The Roman Road course has a par 70 and provides views of the Seven Estuary. The Montgomerie course has a par of 69 and stretches for more than 6,000 yards. Expect bunkers, valleys and downhill shots here.

The Spa

Visit the Forum spa for an afternoon of tranquility. Ambient lighting and aromatherapy characterize the sixteen rooms that offer hot stone massages, deep tissue massages, facials and more.

Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club

This 13th-century hotel is located right between Nottingham, Derby, and the Peak District. Aside from its architecture and history, this destination is known for its luxurious spa and the perfection of the golf courses.

The Golf Course

The Priory course offers some of the best golf in the entire area. There are 6054 yards of parkland that wind their way around the hotel. The Moorland course was designed back in 1991 by Donald Steel and is known for its excellent views overlooking the countryside. It’s par 70 and has 6,028 acres to play on.

The Spa

The property has been put on the map party because of its opulent spa. Picture a candlelit room reserved for you and your relaxation. Some of the treatments here include: facials, body wraps, massages, manicures, body scrubs, and waxing.

East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa 

It’s nestled into the heart of the countryside and has become known as an epic destination for golf. The resort has been home to the European Open in 1993 and 1994, and is characterized by its luxurious atmosphere and elite spa experience.

The Golf Course

The East course was designed with the championship at the forefront, stretching more than 7,000 yards. There are two loops with nine holes, and the entire course as a whole is full of challenges. The west course is smaller and more scenic, yet slightly tighter with more challenges.

 The Spa

This spa offers some pretty exclusive packages like, “The English Garden Experience” which features a whole lineup of hot stones as well as “The Summer Body Treatment” package which features a salt scrub and full body moisturizer.

Cameron House

Look out over Loch Lomond as you ease into a new way of life at the laidback Cameron House. Take loch cruises, enjoy fine dining, stop in at the spa or play a game of golf while visiting.

The Golf Course

This 71 par course was designed by Doug Carrick, and has elevated holes that offer some pretty stunning views. While the course is certainly challenging, it makes it all worth it to look out at the beautiful views of the Scottish Highlands.

The Spa 

Take a journey into a tranquil and almost spiritual place. The spa at Cameron House will treat you like royalty and give you plenty of relaxing options to choose from. Try an ESPA facial, Carita facials, ESPA body experiences, and hair & nail treatments.

The Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel & Spa

Close to London, this hotel makes the perfect getaway into the countryside. It’s only 50 bedrooms which means it’s small enough to feel intimate but large enough to make you feel spoiled. With a sauna, swimming pool, and full gym, you will have plenty here to keep you busy. Don’t forget to visit the on-site restaurant and sample their world wine list.

The Golf Course

This course was built by the world renowned, Rees Jones and has been the site of multiple golf championships. With strategically placed lakes and bunkers, this course offers the perfect challenge.

The Spa

The ambient and calming atmosphere set the scene for an array of luxury spa treatments. While visiting, choose from: a full body massage, eco-chic facial, pregnancy treatment, and more.

Hallmark Welcombe Hotel Spa & Golf Club

Located in the northern Cotswolds, guests to this golf club will be welcomed with 157 acres of beautiful grounds. The building dates back to the 1800s but now has contemporary décor. Guests can keep busy on the green, at the tennis courts, in the thermal experience rooms or at the pool.

The Golf Course

This championship course is 18 holes and a par 70. The course stretches for 6,288 yards and offers par 3 and par 5 holes.

The Spa

It’s bright, light, and noticeably modern, making this spa a trendy place to relax. Check out the ancient Roman treatments, infinity showers, the Finnish sauna, or dual treatment rooms.

Belton Woods 

Set on more than 400 acres of countryside, this destination makes quite the escape. Not only is it beautiful and relaxing, but it also offers an exciting lineup of activities like squash, quad-biking, and croquet.

The Golf Course

The Lakes Course is a true challenge as it has lots of water hazards to work around. It’s a championship course with a par 72, and the lanes are long with tight fairways. The Woodside Course is a 73 par that runs along the wooded area of the property. It’s just over 6,000 yards long and is especially beautiful during autumn months.

The Spa

While at the spa, you can try an ESPA facial, ESPA body treatments, a mani/pedi or waxing.

Barnham Broom Hotel

The Norfolk countryside is home to this hotel, all 300 acres of it. It’s a four-star hotel with a contemporary design that is warm, welcoming, and quaint with its 46 rooms. There is also an award winning Brassiere onsite for when you’re feeling peckish.

The Golf Course

The Valley Course is characterized by its water features that blend into the natural landscape designed by Frank Pennink. It’s a 72 par course that has been operating since the 1970s. The Hill course is 71 par course with wide fairways and a real links feel.

The Spa

This luxury spa offers a wide range of holistic treatments. After a long game of golf, head on over for a body wrap, Indian head massage, Reiki, Hopi ear candle, or some reflexology.

Herons’ Reach

Guests here can choose from 172 bedrooms that have been modernly styled to make each guest feel at home. There are multiple restaurants on site as well as a Starbucks for all of the coffee lovers. Their wellness and beauty center, as well as the golf course, are what make this hotel so popular.

The Golf Course

Expect elevated tees, challenging holes, low-hanging trees and strategically placed bunkers. It’s a championship style golf course at its finest. Plus, they even have a floodlit driving range.

The Spa

Relax in the soothing spa with treatments that will relax your muscles after a long day on the green. Opt for a full body massage or get some work done on those shoulders.

Stoke By Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa

Located on 300 acres of English countryside, this resort is a site within itself. Guests to the luxury suites are welcomed to dine at the onsite restaurants or enjoy the health and fitness center. This is the perfect resort to visit if you’re a golfer but your wife just wants somewhere beautiful to relax.

The Golf Course

The Constable Course was built in the 1970s and is full of interesting water hazards. The green is well manicured and you will get lake views. The Gainsborough Course has been voted one of the best in the region and is filled with challenges that suit all skill levels.

The Spa

This spa has got it all from international treatments to the tried and tested favorites you know and love. Check out the Hammam, the mud therapy, steam room, Jacuzzi, and sanarium.

Macdonald Portal Hotel Golf & Spa

With an award winning restaurant, three golf courses, and gigantic bathtubs in each room, guests here can expect to seriously relax. There is also the town of Chester nearby which has plenty of shops and restaurants for guests to explore as well.

The Golf Course

The championship course is spread over 7000 yards that were once the site of a battlefield. With water features and USGA standard green, this course has an immaculate landscape in addition to the picturesque countryside. The 3rd hole has a 602 par 5 and the 14th hole has a par 3. The premier course has a par 3 7th hole and although smaller, is said to be the hotel’s most challenging.

The Spa

The spa is renowned and known for its expert pampering. Try a scalp massage, Elemis facial, a mani/pedi, and a whole lot more.

Gleneagles

This 5-star resort is one of the most luxurious destinations in the area. It’s in the heart of Scotland and offers 232 luxurious rooms for guests. While visiting, you can dine at the Michelin star restaurant before checking out one of the three championship courses. 

The Golf Course

The PGA Century Course was once the location of the Ryder Cup. It’s stunning views and expert design are something that you won’t want to miss. The Kings Course is fairly hilly with strategic bunkers and beautiful fairways. The Queens Course is the shortest but is a par 68 which makes it an interesting challenge.

The Spa

Indulge in both traditional and new-age spa treatments at this oasis for tranquility. Have a facial, try a foot ritual, or get a full body massage.

After a long day of golf, a little spa time is welcomed, so what better place to stay than a resort where you can do both. And, if you are traveling with someone who doesn’t necessarily share your enthusiasm for golf, why not book them a few spa treatments to enjoy while you play? On a rainy day in the UK, you’ll be pleased to spend some time soaking in the warm jacuzzi! Get in touch today to discuss your UK golfing plans. 

The Insider’s Guide to Sotogrande & Almenara

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to a couple of great hotels situated in the resort Sotogrande which is on the Costa del Sol. Sotogrande boasts a fantastic atmosphere with a world-class marina, a wide range of different restaurants and bars as well as some of the best golf in Spain. With everything that you could possibly want or need for your next golf escape as well as some great hotels, Sotogrande is a golfer’s paradise and when thinking about your next golf break, you should consider it…

Hotel Almenara is a luxury resort located in Sotogrande with spacious rooms which boast stunning views across the gardens or the brilliant on-site golf course. Whilst you are not enjoying a round on the golf course, you can relax by the large outdoor pool or in Almenara’s Spa where there is a hot tub, a sauna and a gym. At the spa, you can also choose from a range of different treatments or take part in the many classes offered. Although you can easily venture out into the resort of Sotogrande for food and drink, the hotel offers everything that you could want or need right on its own site including several restaurants. In the Gaia Restaurant, you can enjoy a wide range of different Mediterranean dishes whilst witnessing some of the beautiful scenery from the ceiling-to-floor windows. Alternatively, you can eat at the clubhouse which boasts a beautiful terrace and an informal setting for you to try some of the healthy meals which are made from locally sourced ingredients. There are also two bars for you to sit in and have a few drinks in including a poolside bar.

Almenara golf course is made up of 27 holes so you have alternative loops of 18 to choose from. Each loop of nine holes are brilliant and can prove a test of golf to those with all handicaps which makes it perfect for a golf break. After a round, you can enjoy a drink on the terrace at the clubhouse and look out onto the golf course. Hotel Almenara is a great golf escape destination with so much to do, see, eat, drink and play!

Hotel NH Sotogrande is a great and stylish four-star hotel which is located right in the heart of Sotogrande and right next to the beach. The rooms are all spacious and decorated with a contemporary design with traditional Andalusian décor. Whilst staying at Hotel NH Sotogrande there are some great packages for two great golf courses: Real Sotogrande Golf Course and La Reserva de Sotogrande but whilst you are not on the golf course, you can relax on the beach, by the outdoor pool or even spend time on the paddle courts. The Sotogrande marina is just a five minutes’ drive from the hotel so you are in a good base to explore Sotogrande and some great golf from. From the hotel, you can venture out into Sotogrande and enjoy some of the great restaurants and bars that it has to offer but there is a lovely restaurant and bar right at the hotel. The Sotogrande restaurant offers guests a beautiful setting in which to enjoy their meals with fantastic views across an ancient forest and at the Sotogrande Bar there is a laid-back atmosphere where you can enjoy a few drinks and a few snacks if you’re looking for a light bite, the bar also offers an outdoor terrace. With all of this as well as easy access to arguably two of the best golf courses in Spain it is no doubt that this is widely regarded as a great option for your next golf escape…

La Reserva de Sotogrande is a superb but a very long course at almost 7,400 yards from the back tees. However, as the fairways are quite wide, you can afford to take big but not wholly accurate shots. Although water hazards feature on six of the holes but on five of those holes, water is not blocking you from reaching the green as they were positioned mainly to catch errant shots. Despite the forgiving fairways, this course can be a challenge with many holes featuring guarded greens on more than one side as well as many interesting layouts which you must navigate your way around. One of the best things about the packages with the Hotel NH Sotogrande is that you are also given a complimentary buggy around this course which can be useful with its undulating terrains as well as its length.

Real Sotogrande Golf Club is the second course that you can easily play whilst staying at Hotel NH Sotogrande and it is rated as the 2nd best course in Spain and 7th in Europe and after you have played here you won’t question how it achieved these ratings. The course was designed by Robert Trent and opened in 1964 and proof of how brilliant this course is comes from the fact that even more than 50 years on the course is still enthralling players all of the time. To avoid all of the strategically placed hazards which are set out across the course, you must plan out and execute each one of your shots with accuracy, otherwise you will be left a few balls short with an unpleasant scorecard. Each of the holes is magnificent and offers something unique but there are a few very special holes including the 4th which is a very difficult par 3 with a harsh sloped green and the 7th which is another par 4 but with a narrow green and water guarding the green to the right. The finishing stretch of holes on this course is brilliant and you will leave a round here feeling very challenged but you will be able to remember each hole individually for a long time. With a recent renovation project on the course, this course is ready for another 50 years of brilliant golf and any discerning golfer should have this course on their must-play list.

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf escape to the Costa del Sol, the brilliant Sotogrande resort and all it has to offer you comes to mind…

The Insider’s Guide to Palacio Estoril & Golf do Estoril

This week’s blog is a guide to the brilliant five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa which is situated in the heart of Estoril, Portugal. This is a lovely hotel which boasts a fantastic location in Estoril which is a great beach resort located to the west of Lisbon. Here, you can find a wide array of different bars, restaurants and shops which means that you are never far from some great entertainment or food if you don’t want to stay in the hotel.

Being situated in Estoril also means that the weather is warm almost all year round which makes it the ideal destination for your next golf break, especially when the weather in the UK isn’t as good as you would like it to be…

 

Palacio Estoril Hotel, Golf and Spa really does occupy a brilliant location just a few minutes’ walk from the lovely sandy beach and adjacent to the casino. Both golfers and non-golfers alike will find plenty to love about Palacio Estoril Hotel as for golfers, you can take advantage of the fantastic unlimited golf packages whilst staying here which entitles you to unlimited golf on the fantastic Golf do Estoril. Whilst golfers are out enjoying a round on the golf course, non-golfers can enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s wonderful spa and fitness centre where they can enjoy a range of different treatments, work out in the gym, enjoy the sauna and Turkish bar or swim in the indoor pool. There is also a lovely outdoor pool area which is perfect for the summer months of the year when you can soak up the sun and of course, the beach is just a short walk away so you have endless options of relaxation areas.

From the moment that you arrive at Palacio Estoril Hotel, you will be greeted with a warm welcome and get to experience the wonderful old charm and character that this hotel emits. The service that you will receive whilst staying here is befitting of its five-star status and the staff will do everything they can to make sure that your stay is as luxurious as possible. All of the rooms here at Palacio Estoril Hotel are spacious and decorated with warm colours, they are all fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a luxury five-star hotel such as this including a flat-screen TV and a marble bathroom.

Being situated in the heart of Estoril means that you will never be far from a great restaurant or bar to enjoy but the hotel boasts two lovely restaurants and a great bar for you to enjoy without even leaving the hotel. The Bougainvillea Terrace Restaurant is situated on a terrace and is somewhere that you can enjoy a meal or just relax with a drink whilst overlooking the beautiful gardens of Estoril on one side and the Palacio’s limpid pool on the other. Whilst the Bougainvillea Terrace Restaurant provides a more chic and cool atmosphere, the Grill Four Seasons Restaurant boasts a more sophisticated atmosphere and is somewhere that you can enjoy a delicious meal from a menu filled with both traditional Portuguese dishes as well as international cuisine. Last but certainly not least, Bar Estoril is famous for being a haunt of spies during the Second World War but now it boasts a lovely, stylish atmosphere and is somewhere that you can truly relax and enjoy a few drinks whilst enjoying views of the poolside gardens.

If you are looking for a luxurious golf break, you really need to look no further than the five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel, Golf and Spa especially when within two kilometres there is the fantastic Golf do Estoril. Whilst staying here, you must take advantage of the unlimited golf that is available to you on Golf do Estoril as well as the free transfers between the hotel and the golf course which makes your life very easy and enjoyable as you have no worries about transportation and you can play as much golf as you like.

Golf do Estoril is a well-known and prestigious golf course which has hosted The Portuguese Open no less than 20 times. It is one of Portugal’s oldest courses and although it is a little shorter than most other brilliant golf courses at just over 5,200 metres, it should not be underestimated just because of its length. This course is filled with well-designed and challenging holes, tight, tree-lined fairways, undulating terrain and small greens which makes it a very challenging course and one that you may want to get a buggy for!

There are many notable holes which will leave long-lasting memories within you for long after you putt your final ball on the 18th. A particularly good hole is the downhill 3rd hole which is a par 4 and requires you to be wholly accurate if you are going to score well. Another terrific hole is the 14th which is a stunning 359-metres long dogleg and this along with the 16th which is widely considered to be one of the best par 3s in the whole country helps to round of your fantastic round before tackling the two finishing holes. This is a beautiful and challenging course with a fantastic layout and is well-worth adding to your itinerary when you are staying anywhere near to Estoril but staying at the Palacio Estoril Hotel will give you unlimited rounds on this course during your stay which really cannot be beaten…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are next booking a golf holiday to Portugal, you consider the luxurious five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel, Golf and Spa!

The Insider’s Guide to the Orizonte Collection

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Orizonte collection. The Orizonte courses are all situated in the Lisbon region and each of them offers you something different so that you will have a variety of rounds of golf when you play the Orizonte courses. The Lisbon region is an excellent destination for your next golf break and with its great weather, fantastic golf and brilliant accommodation it isn’t hard to see why.

The lovely four-star Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is situated in the beautiful fishing village of Sesimbra and is just two-minutes’ walk from the beach. Whilst you are not out playing one of the great Orizonte golf courses, you can relax by the pool or on the beach or even in the well-equipped spa here. Non-golfers are catered for well here with the spa as there are many different facilities there including a hot tub, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a range of different treatments available. Whilst you are here, you can venture into Sesimbra to explore the local bars and restaurants but the hotel’s own restaurant, Aquarius, boasts excellent traditional Portuguese dishes including delicious fish and shellfish dishes. This is a stunning hotel which boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating as well as a brilliant location as not only are you in a lovely little fishing village but you can also easily venture out to many of the great Orizonte courses.

Quinta do Peru is one of the most exclusive golf courses in the region but by booking far enough in advance you will be able to get tee times here. This is a stunning course which is a perfect addition to your holiday itinerary as it cannot be described as the most challenging course but there are still a few fair tests along the course including American-style bunkers as well as water hazards! Make sure that you especially watch out for the 8th and the 16th holes as you have to carry your ball over a large lake to reach the well- guarded greens. There are a great range of different holes here but the back nine are simply superb with a great set of finishing holes to complete your round here with. Make sure to add Quinta do Peru to your itinerary for your next golf break to Lisbon…

Up next is Aroeira I which has been widely claimed to be one of the finest courses in the whole of Europe which means that you must make sure that you play here if you are ever in the Lisbon region. As you play the course, you travel through a pine forest along undulating fairways whilst tackling a wide variety of different holes with unique layouts. There is no doubting that this course is a tricky one as it is difficult to navigate through the pine forest without losing a few balls to the trees, however, besides from the trees there are very few hazards in your way. The 11th hole is arguably the best hole on the course on which you have to navigate around the water which sits to the left of the green before you get to tackle the pine tree lined fairway before you can even get to the green! Aroeira I will provide you with a spectacular round of golf and is a course that should not be missed out on.

The younger sibling of Aroeira I is Aroeira II which was built to European Tour recommendations so is an interesting and challenging course to play. Like its sister course, the layout of this course is fantastic and throughout your round you will have to navigate through heavily wooded land whilst learning to control your ball to not let the undulating fairways affect your score. This course blends effortlessly into its surroundings with the long holes which have been cleverly shaped out using the natural landscape here which makes this a very scenic course. There is no doubt that the shining stars of this course are the finishing holes, the 18th in particular. To finish your round, you will be required to avoid the water which sits to the right of the fairway as well as stretches out to the left of the finishing green! Make sure that both Aroeira courses are on your itinerary for your next golf holiday to the Lisbon region.

Ribagolfe I is another superb course from the Orizonte collection. This course is a long one at 7,370 yards from the back tees but despite its length, this is a course that is playable by those of all handicaps – as long as they play from the further forward tees! The landscape of this course and its surroundings is simply stunning and there are a wide range of different layouts. Make sure that you look out for water hazards on the back nine as that can severely impact your score! Arguably one of the best holes on the course is the 15th hole which is a par03 and requires for you to avoid the water which is sat to the left of the raised green and for you to also avoid the bunkers which surround the rest of the green! There is no denying that the Ribagolfe complex is a little out of the way but it is definitely worth the trip in order to play the two courses here.

Ribagolfe II is the sister course of Ribagolfe I and is also routed through interesting scenery including stands of cork oak. This is a shorter and slightly easier course than its sister because there are less water hazards along the course. However, when water hazards do come into play, they make the hole much more interesting. For example, one of the best holes is the long par-5 13th hole where the stream cuts through the fairway and becomes a small lake which sits just to the right of the hole. This course completes the Ribagolfe complex and is well worth the journey to play.

Last, but not least, is Santo Estevao which is in the same area as the Ribagolfe complex. This is a superb holiday course as it is very much suited to those players with a higher handicap as you have more room for error here with very wide fairways and big greens. For when you are looking for a fun round of golf with some beautiful scenery and landscapes this is the ideal course.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next golf break you will think about the draw that the fantastic Orizonte collection of courses has and consider the Lisbon region

 

A Guide To The Best Sunglasses For Golf

A Guide To The Best Sunglasses For Golf

You NEED the right sunglasses if you want to play golf. I’m not just talking about style points here either. Think about it, you’re depending on your eyes to make the right swing, so it only makes sense to arm yourself with the best sunglasses for playing the sport.

The sunglasses you wear to the beach or in your car aren’t always the best option for eyewear on the green. Glare from the sun may not be much of a problem if you are golfing in the UK, but if you are planning a golf holiday, ensuring you’ve got the perfect sunglasses should be on the top of your to-do list.  So, while you may not have thought too far into which glasses are best for your golfing game, here is an entire guide to the best sunglasses for golf so that you can have your best game, keep your eyes protected and beat the competition!

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The Problems On The Green

Having the right pair of sunglasses for golfing is important for many reasons. Some of them include:

  • Eye Health: You’re outside, in the sun, all day when you’re playing golf. So, you’ll want to protect your peepers just as you would on any other outdoors occasion. Too much sun in your eyes, over and over again, just isn’t good for your health.
  • Standard Vision: Despite your golf game, you might have a lower standard of vision than most people. Do you need to wear glasses on a daily basis just to read or see while driving? This matters and will affect which sunglasses you need.
  • Sunlight: The sun is strong; it’s a good thing usually, but can significantly impair your ability to line up a shot or see the hole on the green. You’ll need sunglasses purely to block the sun so that you can see what you’re doing while playing the game.
  • Glimmer on The Green: Sunlight can skew reality and change what you are seeing on the green. A glimmer of white on the path to the hole can stop you from making the perfect shot. This, can be corrected with the proper sunglasses.

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The Importance Of Tint

While blocking the sun in general is extremely important for golfers, the tint in the sunglasses makes a big difference. When it comes to golfers, not all tint is created equal! Contrast is vital for golfers to play their best, so, these tints work the best for golfers:

  • Rose Copper: Sunglasses with a rose copper tint are perfect for the putting green as they remove yellow and red tones from the color green. This will allow you to read the grains and breaks of the green better while also seeing the contours of the course more clearly.
  • Brown: Contrast is important for golfers and lens with a brown or amber tint will work the best for this. These colors will heighten contrast, making them useful for reading the green when you are on the fairways. They will even help your distance vision by improving the grass contrast as well as the sky so that you can see the ball clearly as it travels through the air. They are also handy because they don’t skew your natural vision.
  • Gray and Green: These lenses are not ideal for golfing. However, they can be beneficial for people who have light sensitive eyes, especially if it is really bright outside. They also have little color distortion which is beneficial for contrast.

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What About Prescription?

If you need prescription eyeglasses in daily life, you’ll need them on the green. This is a no brainer. Don’t just settle for your prescription sunglasses during your games. Instead, find the right pair of golfing sunglasses and then take them to be altered with your prescription.

The Cut Matters

Yet another thing to keep in mind when finding the perfect sunglasses for golfing is the cut. Usual sunglasses are cut in a way that reduces distortion as the wearer looks ahead straight. This means that there will be little distortion in the lens center and more distortion around the edges.

While this might be good for doing daily activities, it isn’t ideal for golfers because we look down when we hit the ball. The distortion around the edges could cause the ball to look like it’s in motion during the swing. So, by getting lenses specifically cut for golfers, the distortion will be in all the right places that make it easier to hit the ball correctly.

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Make Sure The Fit Is Right

Even if you find the perfect tint and cut, there is no use in wearing golf glasses if they don’t fit correctly. Golfing takes a whole lot of focus and the last thing you want to worry about is your sunglasses drifting down the bridge of your nose every time you go to take a swing. Sure, you’ll want to get a pair that look good and flatter your face, but in reality, this pair might not be the best for your game.

First off, make sure that the lenses are not too big or too small for your face. It is also important for them to sit on the bridge of your nose without sliding down or pinching it too tightly. A good rule of thumb is to look for the ‘Three Point Fit,’ which means that the sunglasses touch the wearer’s face in only three places. These places include the bridge of the nose and behind each temple.

Features That The Top Sunglasses Have

The top sunglasses for golfers have certain features that you should pay attention to when shopping.

  • Clarity: Golf sunglasses should be enhancing the green of the golf course. And, they should never obstruct your vision.
  • Durability: The more you play golf, the more you will be transporting your sunglasses around in your golf bag. The ones you choose should be durable enough to withstand the wear and tear that comes with this sort of handling.
  • Comfort: Find a fit that is comfortable or else you won’t be able to focus on your game. Large or chunky sunglasses are unlikely to be as comfortable as you need them to be.
  • Ultraviolet Protection: All in all, sunglasses are meant to protect from the sun. By playing golf, you are committing to being outside, so make sure that your sunglasses are properly blocking the sun’s rays.

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The Best Sunglasses For Golf Suggestions

So, now that you are well versed in what makes some sunglasses better than others for golf, here are some suggestions of pairs that might just do the trick.

Oakley Men’s Flak 2.0 XL

Set in a plastic frame, this line has a few different polarized, multi-chromatic lenses to choose from. The clarity is exceptionally sharp as each lens has been optimized with Iconic High Definition Optics that Oakley provides. It makes it easy to gauge distances and provides the ultimate in polarization.

The Tifosi Crit

This pair comes with three interchangeable lenses so that you can change the tint depending on the need. The gray lenses help on sunny days while the purple lenses will help point out breaks in the green. The green lens option will reduce glare and sharpen the contrast.

Oakley Batwolf

These are a signature style of the Oakley brand. They are best suited for people with medium to large faces as the frame is wide. The lens is continuous and works well in bright conditions. They have interchangeable icons though, in case you are bored with how they look and want to change them up.

Oakley Batwolf

The Tifosi Jet Wrap

They are single lens glasses with the strongest type of lens on the market, the polycarbonate. While they are strong, these shades are actually quite light and provide complete UV protection. And, you can get them in a whole variety of colors.

Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL

Having a problem with sweating and then your sunglasses slipping off? These glasses have Unobtanium ear-socks to provide the best grip to avoid this. Optics are clear as well as the peripheral view due to the XYZ optics that are quite unique to Oakley. It will help your view of the course become more clear and also allow you to swap out the lenses if you feel the need.

Kaenon Hard Kore

The lenses in this pair are SR-91, polarized, and come in copper, gray, and yellow tints. With the collection of lens tints, players will be able to enhance color contrast, see details of the terrain, and avoid any kind of glare.

Kaenon

Under Armour Igniter 2.0

These semi-rimless sunglasses have the Armour Sight lens technology that is quite unique to the brand. This pair will be best if you care about comfort as they are designed with an airflow technology and adjustable nose pad. And, they are great for wear and tear as the lens has a multifunction coating that helps reduce the case of smudging and scratching.

The Stone Crushers By Maui Jim

These glasses are said to have a great balance of function and style. They come with polycarbonate lenses as well as three different colors to choose from. There is also a Polarized Plus 2 lens that protects from glare and drastically enhances color.

Tifosi Tyrant 2.0

These sleek sunglasses are perfect for golfers who care about looks as well as function. They come with polycarbonate lenses which add to their unique design. Regardless of your style, you will have plenty to choose from as they come in a variety of lens colors and frame styles.

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Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ

This pair is infused with nylon so it remains light while also being sturdy and flexible. They are entirely UV protected as they are made from Plutonite. And, they are made to be impact resistant so you won’t have to worry about them breaking every time they are dropped or fall. Because the bottom of the lenses doesn’t have a frame, you will have a clear view when you are looking down to take a swing. While they aren’t polarized, they are still made to increase contrast in a variety of situations.

JiMarti JM01

These are one of the lightest pairs of golf sunglasses on the market. In fact, they only weigh .60 of an ounce. The TR-90 frame is what helps them achieve their light weight but also makes them tough and flexible. And, you can expect them to adjust with perfection to your head as they are made with memory frame. There are a whole range of lens tints available, all of which are protected from UV 100%. The lens are made from polycarbonate with a mirror finish for style points.

Callaway Sungear Peregrine

The peregrine lens works to let more sunlight into the eyes while fully protecting from UVA rays. They don’t impair depth perception and work to help players increase their ability to quickly read the green. The fit is always comfortable due to the adjustable nose pads and while the glasses are sturdy, they are also quite light, weighing less than one ounce.

Peregrine

Nike Golf X2 Pro E

Nike teamed up with professionals to create a new technology that focuses on comfort during play. The frame is made up of nylon and comes equipped with a nose bridge that is ventilated. The frames at the temples are thinner so that a hat can be worn, and it is adjustable so you can keep yourself comfortable no matter what. The lenses here are made with Nike Max Optics technology that uses a distinct and somewhat unique tint that makes it easier to see the ball. Buyers can find the lenses in a red, navy, or gray tint. These lenses work to make the white color more visible while defining the green and the elevation of the area more precisely. And, the cut of the lenses was specifically made in order to maximize the view at any angle.

 

 

If you can’t decide which sunglasses you want, have a look at these social media pages to see what other keen golfers are wearing. Take a moment to think about the problems that a good pair of golf sunglasses can eliminate. Have any of these issues been preventing you from having your best game? Evaluate where you are falling short on the green and compare that to the benefits that these sunglasses can offer you. Perhaps your new shades can change up your whole golfing career.

Once you’ve got your perfect sunglasses, book a golfing trip somewhere sunny so you can show them off! 

Courses of the Costa del Sol

This week’s blog is on the courses of the Costa del Sol and the great packages that you can get for them. The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular places in the world for a golf break and it isn’t hard to see why. There are dozens of brilliant golf courses along the coast and some fabulous resorts to match them.

First up, we have El Paraiso which is one of the most established courses on the Costa del Sol. The course’s fairways run through a valley from the Mediterranean to the foothills of the Sierra Bermaja Mountains and are lined with a variety of fauna. Its signature hole is the dogleg 6th hole where you must avoid losing your ball to the lake positioned on the right before navigating the two-tiered putting surface. Another great hole is the 8th hole, purely for the views from the downhill fairways. The fairways are always in spectacular condition and unless you are able navigate yourself around the various water hazards on several holes and the fast greens, this course is a stern challenge to golfers of all handicaps.

Cabopino golf course is a short and tight course at just under 5,600 yards to play over hilly terrain between the towns of Marbella and Fuengirola. Although the holes are short, there is a wide variety of different layouts with some spectacular views throughout the course but in order to score well you will have to adapt to the lengths of the holes and navigate through the very narrow fairways. Arguably, the signature hole of this course is the par-four 3rd hole where big-hitters can reach the hole in one stroke from the tee but they will have to make it over the large bunker in front of the green in order to do so! This is a tricky and beautiful course and it is no surprise that it has made our list of the best courses on the Costa del Sol.

Next, we have El Chaparral which is one of the most requested courses on the Costa del Sol and it isn’t hard to see why. Although this is not an especially long course, it is one that requires a lot of accuracy if you are to come out with a good scorecard! Undoubtedly, one of the best holes of this course is the 3rd hole which doglegs to the left but when you make your approach shot you have to make a decision as to whether you are going to try and avoid the water to the left of the green in order to make the green in two shots or whether you will take the safer route. This is an exciting course with dramatic changes in topography throughout including dramatic valleys and barrancas which must be navigated with care!

Torrequebrada is one of the most beautiful courses on the Costa del Sol and boasts a prime location in Benalmadena. The course blends effortlessly into its hilly landscape and that is not the only challenge, there are many strategically placed water and sand hazards as well as the prevailing winds to watch out for whilst you are playing this course! The 18th hole is a special one where you tee off at the top of a hill, to the left of the fairway where you can look out upon the 6th and 18th holes with the clubhouse and mountains beyond them. Your tee shot is over a ravine and accuracy is key as there is a sharp slope on the left and a large bunker on the right and it isn’t much easier to reach the green either! This is a very fun course to play with some excellent and scenic holes including many doglegs to watch out for.

Last, but certainly not least, is Lauro golf course which is situated just 12km from Malaga airport. The course’s fairways are set amongst pine, cork, olive and citrus trees and there are many strategically placed bunkers to navigate your way around as well as some dramatic elevation changes on the later holes. There are some great holes on this course including the 7th hole which is a par-five 90-degree uphill dogleg which requires for you to take two good shots to even get a glimpse at the green and with your first shot being over a tree in the centre of the fairway this can be a little tricky! Another brilliant but tricky hole is the long par-four 16th hole which is an uphill hole and therefore very difficult to reach the green in just two shots. This is a very nice, enjoyable course to play which makes it a perfect addition to your next golf break to the Costa del Sol.

Two of our fabulous hotels, the four-star Hotel MS Amaragua and the four-star MS Aguamarina Suites provide excellent accommodation and facilities perfect for your next golf break if you are looking to stay and play some of these excellent courses.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf break you remember some of the great courses and hotels that can be found on the Costa del Sol…