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This week’s blog is a guide to eight of the best hotels and resorts with the best spa facilities and golf courses. For the perfect golf escape, golfers need to find the perfect balance between getting some well-deserved ‘R and R’ and challenging the greens of the local golf courses, and luckily for golfers, all eight of these hotels and resorts offer just that.

First up is the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa, a fantastic hotel situated in one of Europe’s top luxury golf holiday destinations, Vilamoura. Golfers continue to flock to Vilamoura year after year in huge numbers with its great climate, superb golf courses and its well-known marina. Just a ten-minute drive away from the Hilton Vilamoura takes guests into the centre of Vilamoura where they can enjoy a spot of leisurely lunch around the marina, or alternatively enjoy some well-deserved retail therapy at one of the many upmarket shops on offer. Vilamoura is a great destination for all those looking to enjoy the finer things in life, including some fantastic golf. The Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort could not make it easier for its guests to enjoy all of the fantastic golf that is on offer in Vilamoura as the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the local golf courses. The hotel is positioned just across from the Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course, so a great round of golf is never far away. For guests to unwind after challenging the greens of the local golf courses, they can head to the Falesia Beach which the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to in the summer season, or alternatively, guests can just make the most out of the hotel’s excellent facilities. The hotel’s 7Seven Spa is said to be the biggest spa in Portugal, so the guests here are in a great position to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation in the spa’s unique water tunnel experience.

Another great resort for the perfect golf and spa escape is the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort. The resort is set in the beautiful rolling hills of the South of France’s countryside, so guests can enjoy beautiful views throughout the resort during their stay, as well as an unbeatably idyllic atmosphere. Just to add to the resort’s idyllic atmosphere, the layout is set like a village of small villas with just 115 suites and villas, so there is the perfect boutique-hotel feel. The service here is impeccable, and with so many great facilities and a relaxing atmosphere, meaning Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf is an unbeatable option for your next golf escape. The excellent quality of the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf has not gone unnoticed in the travel industry; the Terre Blanch Hotel Spa Golf Resort was voted the Golf Resort of the Year in 2013, and more recently awarded the World’s Leading Golf and Villa Resort in 2019. The Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf is the perfect resort for both a golf escape and a spa retreat with a comprehensive spa facility on-site, as well as two spectacular golf courses. Both the Le Chateau Course and the Le Riou Course at Terre Blanche are widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in the French Riviera region, and conveniently for all golfers looking to challenge its greens, they are located onsite at the resort. Aside from its fantastic golf courses, the resort’s best facility is its spa centre with 14 treatment rooms, a private terrace, and a wide range of facilities to help guests relax.

The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is the ideal choice for all those looking for the perfect mix of sun, sea, and spa. This four-star hotel boasts an ideal coastal location positioned on a stunning white sandy beach, so guests here are never without an opportunity to catch a tan and make the most out of one of the beautiful beaches that Portugal is known so well for. All of the guest rooms here are spacious and modern in design, and they are all facing the coast, so beautiful sea views can be enjoyed by the whole hotel. The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is not just ideally located to make the most out of the region’s stunning beaches; it is also ideally located to make the most out of exploring one of the region’s most charming coastal towns, home to a great range of bars, restaurants and shops. Once guests here have had enough of lounging on the neighbouring beach or exploring Sesimbra, they can focus their sights on playing some of the region’s best golf courses. Both of the Aroeira golf courses are located just a forty-minute drive away from the hotel, so a great round of golf is always in easy reach. To relax after a gruelling round of golf, guests can head to the spa for a well-deserved session of ‘R and R’ with a massage or treatment. Alternatively, the more active guest can head to the outdoor swimming pool for a swim or a session in the gym.

Yet another great choice for your next golf and spa escape in the Lisbon region is the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, a stunning five-star hotel located in Estoril, one of the region’s most sought-after towns. Estoril is one of Portugal’s most upmarket areas, but it is fair to say that a golf escape here is worth every penny with the great weather, beautiful beach, and charming town. This luxury destination is widely considered to be among one of Europe’s best golf destinations, and it is not difficult to see why. At the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, guests are in the perfect position to make the most out of all that Estoril can offer as it is set just a stone’s throw away from the centre of town where there is a great selection of bars, restaurants and shops, as well as a stunning sandy beach. The hotel opened its doors in the 1930s, but it has still maintained all of its charms throughout its stunning architecture and décor. The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa’s beautiful décor has never gone unnoticed; the hotel was the setting for a scene in a well-known James Bond film. The hotel’s best facility to help its guests unwind has to be the Estoril Wellness Centre with various treatment rooms, a Pilates and yoga studio, and an indoor swimming pool. For all guests looking for a leisurely round of golf, there is no need to look far, as the Golf do Estoril is set just a five-minute drive up the road.

Perfect for all those who are looking to stay local on their next golf escape, but they are still looking to enjoy some spectacular golf, the East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa is a great option. The East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa is the perfect choice for golfers who do not want to have to deal with the cost and stress of flying and going abroad, as they can still play some superb golf and enjoy some well-deserved ‘R and R’. The resort is set in the heart of the English countryside, so guests can enjoy an unbeatably idyllic golfing getaway, but the resort is still perfectly positioned next to great transport links, so it is highly accessible for all prospective guests. The hotel is relatively small in size, with all of the guest rooms overlooking the stunning rolling hills of the South Downs and the two neighbouring golf courses, the East Sussex National East Course and the East Sussex National West Course. Both of these golf courses offer a fantastic round of golf which can be enjoyed by golfers of all handicaps. However, golf is not the only thing that the East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa offers its guests; it also boasts an excellent spa facility to help all guests unwind on their golfing getaway. The Horsted Spa offers a wide range of treatments and massages to guests should they choose to indulge in some well-deserved ‘me time’.

The Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is a consistent favourite amongst all golfers, and it is hardly difficult to see why with its fantastic facilities, impeccable service, and most importantly, its spectacular golf course located on-site. This resort is truly five-stars in every aspect, ranging from its spacious and modern guest rooms to its comprehensive spa facility. Set in the Los Alcornocales Nature Reserve, guests here can enjoy beautiful views across the surrounding landscapes, as well as the superb golf course next door. The Fairplay Golf Club was designed by the world-renowned golf architect Baron Paul Rolin, and with its generous fairways and well-thought-out layout, it welcomes golfers of all handicaps and skill. Perfect for all golfers who are looking to challenge the greens of the Fairplay Golf Club, this fantastic golf course is located on-site, so a fantastic round of golf is never far from reach. However, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is not just perfectly located to enjoy one of the Costa de la Luz Cadiz’s best golf courses; it is also perfectly located to explore one of the region’s most charming towns. Benalup is home to a good range of bars, restaurants and shops to suit all budgets and preferences, and it is located just a twenty-minute walk away from the resort. If the guests here want to stay local and relax, then the resort is also home to a great range of facilities to help them do just that. Guests can lounge around the outdoor swimming pool, or head to the Fairplay SPA, one of the most luxurious spas in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz.

The Quinta do Lago Resort has often been described as the ‘California of Europe’ with its beautiful beaches and warm climate, meaning it is a top option for your next golf break in the Algarve. The Conrad Algarve is a fantastic five-star hotel located in the heart of this resort, home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, stunning 18th-century architecture, and great service. The Quinta do Lago offers absolutely everything a golfer could ever want and more for an unforgettable golf escape; world-class golf courses, stunning beaches, and a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops to suit all preferences and budgets. Both of the Vale do Lobo golf courses and both of the Quinta do Lago golf courses are just a stone’s throw away from the Conrad Algarve, so a superb round of golf is never far from reach. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms here are especially modern in design, providing the perfect base for guests to relax. Arguably the Conrad Algarve’s best facility is its world-class spa, the Conrad Spa, home to an infinity pool, a private lounge, as well as an extensive menu of treatments and massages.

Last but not least is the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, a coastal golf resort positioned in the heart of the Costa Navarino. With its great facilities and location, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is not just the perfect choice for your next golf and spa escape; it is also a superb option for a family holiday. The resort boasts a beachfront position in Messinia, so guests here are always just a stone’s throw away from one of the many stunning white sandy beaches that Greece is known so well for. With its picturesque beach location, all guests here are set to have an unbeatably idyllic golfing getaway. The resort itself is set out in small low-rise buildings across manicured gardens, with all of the great facilities in easy reach of its guests. The Westin Resort Costa Navarino’s best facilities include its two world-class golf courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course, both of which are located on-site. For all non-golfers and for younger guests, there is still plenty of things going on. The resort is also home to two swimming pools, an aquapark, a cycling tour activity school, and a unique spa centre which focuses on the use of locally grown olive oil.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best golf and spa escapes. All eight of these hotels and resorts offer the perfect mix of golf and relaxation, meaning anyone of them would be an unbeatable option for your next golf escape.

This week’s blog is a guide to eight of the best courses in for the UK for your next golf escape. For an unruly challenge, beautiful landscapes and a varied layout, any one of these golf courses will provide players with an unforgettable round of golf. Whether you are looking to enjoy a leisurely round of golf, or show off some of your best talents, then any one of these golf courses would be an unbeatable option for your next golf escape. For all those that do not want to deal with all of the costs and stresses associated with flying but still want to experience some of Europe’s best golf, then all eight of these golf courses would make a superb choice.

First up is the Castle Stuart Golf Links located in the heart of the stunning Scottish countryside. On this golf course, golfers could not be in a better position to enjoy some of the breath-taking views that the Scottish landscape is known so well for. Despite the golf course only being created in 2009, it has already established itself as one of the best golf courses in Scotland and it has helped set the standards for the creation of future golf courses in the area, making it an unbeatable choice for your next golf escape. If our recommendation is not enough to encourage you to book in a round of golf at the Castle Stuart Golf Links, an impressive four Scottish Opens have been hosted at the golf course, one of which was hosted in its first year of opening, so it is clear that the Castle Stuart Golf Links has not failed to make an incredible first impression for all those who attempt its unruly fairways. Throughout the golf course, players will struggle to not be distracted by the beautiful views spanning across the neighbouring Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse, some of the Scottish Highland’s most eye-catching sights. Despite the immaculate conditions of the Castle Stuart Golf Links’ fairways and greens, the golf course has been incredibly adapted from the area’s natural landscape to create the spectacular golf course that stands today.

The Belfry is widely considered to be the UK’s centrepiece for golf, and with a round of golf on the Belfry Brabazon golf course, it is not difficult to see why. If the very fact that this golf course has hosted the Ryder Cup more than any other golf course does not persuade you to come and play it, then its unruly challenge will. Despite the golf course’s lengthy history and impressive golfing legacy, with recent renovations, the golf course plays to the same standard it did when it was originally created. With a unique layout, some tricky shots and plenty of challenges, golfers are encouraged to bring plenty of balls with them on their round. The Belfry Brabazon Course is undeniably one of the most challenging golf courses in the UK, meaning it is a great opportunity to show off some great talent should you succeed, or alternatively, golfers will have to face some slight embarrassment should they fail to manoeuvre around one of the many water hazards across the golf course. Golfers must anticipate a truly challenging round of golf here, as the bunkers are strategically placed in the best position to hinder a steady scorecard, and even the greens are unforgivingly fast, so there really is nowhere for golfers to try to redeem themselves should they slip up. To follow in the footsteps of some of the golfing world’s biggest names including Sam Torrance and Paul McGinley, then the Belfry Brabazon golf course is an unbeatable choice.

 

Located in the heart of the surrounding Portstewart Strand countryside next to the coast lies the Strand Course located at the Portstewart Golf Club. Since its opening in 1992, the golf course has steadily improved its reputation to now be recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s best golf courses, making it a superb option for your next golf escape in the UK. Golfers never fail to return to the Strand Course year after year to challenge its perfectly manicured greens and open fairways to enjoy an invigorating round of golf. Measuring to an impressive 7,000 yards, the Strand Course mostly welcomes the more experienced golfer to challenge its fairways. The Strand Course is the perfect choice for all golfers who are looking to test their skills while enjoying a fantastic round of golf. The layout is varied in its design, but the beautiful coastal views are consistent across the golf course. The front nine and back nine vary in their views; the front nine are positioned weaving in and out of huge dunes dominating the landscape, whereas the back nine are equally as challenging and offer even more dramatic views. No hole at the Strand Course are remotely similar in their features or layout, so golfers should expect to be kept on their toes consistently throughout their round. With some tight doglegs, the potential for a prevailing coastal wind and a varied layout, it comes as no surprise that the Strand Course at the Portstewart Golf Course is on the bucket list of so many golfers in the UK.

Yet another great golf course for your next golf break in Ireland is the Cork Golf Club, widely considered to be among one of the most breath-taking golf courses in Ireland. For an unruly test of golf where you are sure to find every aspect of your game challenged, then the Cork Golf Club is the perfect golf course for you. This championship golf course has accommodated for both major professional championships since its creation, as well as amateur competitions, meaning golfers of all skill sets and abilities will be accommodated for. The golf course is truly unique in its landscape and design as it has hints of a links golf course for all those players who favour an American-style golf course. Furthermore, holes six to ten are positioned in a historic limestone quarry, so it is imperative that players make good use of studying the course map prior to their round. With a new challenge around every corner, golfers are set to have one of their best rounds of golf to date. The Cork Golf Club is a consistent favourite among golfers in the UK, and it is hardly difficult to see why; the golf course offers all who attempt it an invigorating round of golf, and combined with a beautiful layout in one of the most dramatic landscapes in the Cork region, golfers can easily see what all the fuss is about.

The Twenty Ten Course at the world-famous Celtic Manor Resort made its debut at the 2010 Ryder Cup, and since then, it has made a huge name of itself in the golfing world. The Twenty Ten Course should be a top golf course on any serious golfer’s list of must-play golf courses in the UK due to its outstanding reputation, beautiful landscapes and its unique challenge. The golf course itself was designed to host on the world’s most famous golf tournaments, meaning it should not fall short of any expectations for a superb round of golf. The Twenty Ten Course scales back an impressive 7,493 yards, therefore the sheer size of the golf course is a challenge in itself, regardless of the hazards in its design. The designers of the golf course were sure to incorporate plenty of water hazards as to trip up a steady scorecard wherever possible; water hazards are introduced on half of the holes here, so any amateurs must be sure to bring plenty of spare golf balls. While the Twenty Ten Course offers a stern test of golf it has many risk and reward elements to it, so if golfers can get their wits about them, then they are sure to prevail. However, even if golfers find themselves doing well, the final 18th hole can trip up even the most experienced golfer as shown in some of the most unforgettable Ryder Cup moments. While the challenge is consistent throughout the Twenty Ten Course, each of its 18 holes have a unique character, and many of them have a real links feel to them.

Another fantastic golf course in Wales to play on your next golf holiday in the UK is the Nefyn and District Golf Club, a beautiful coastal golf course lining the Porthdinllaen cliffs. The golf club comprises of 27 holes of superb golf set across its Old Course and the modern extension. Throughout their round of golf, players can take in breath-taking views across the sea and all along the dramatic coastline across the peninsular. On a clear summer’s day, golfers should be able to see the Wicklow Mountains from across the Irish Sea. However, the views at the Nefyn and District Golf Club is not its only dramatic aspect; the golf course is known to offer an unruly challenge that even experienced golfers find themselves tested and intimidated by. However, with a good range of tee-off options, even amateur golfers can enjoy a spectacular round of golf here. Despite its creation over one hundred years ago at the start of the 20th century, the greens and fairways at the Nefyn and District Golf Club are kept in immaculate condition in all seasons, meaning a great round of golf can be enjoyed here throughout the year. The Nefyn and District Golf Club comprises of three loops of nine which can be selected depending on the individual skill set and preferences of golfers; the Old Course combines the front and middle nine, and they are typically the favourite choice among golfers due to its fantastic views and holes played directly across the cliff edges.

 

Designed by the world-renowned Jack Nicklaus, on the Nicklaus Course at the St Mellion Golf Club, you are set to have an unforgettable round of golf. While the Nicklaus Course is Nicklaus’ first golf course design in Europe, he has not failed to leave his mark since its opening in 1988; Nicklaus has even commented that he managed to exceed his own expectations with the design of this golf course, meaning it is truly an unmissable golf course on your next UK golf break. The Nicklaus Course is the perfect golf course for players who are looking for the perfect mix of course with American roots, mixed with a contemporary European design. This golf course is not for the faint-hearted and it is sure to test each and every aspect of your game with several multi-tiered greens and some really tricky tee shots. With its fantastic range of hazards and its unforgiving greens, the Nicklaus Course is best suited for lower handicappers who are looking to push their golfing talents to the limits on one of the UK’s best golf courses, and one of Jack Nicklaus’ finest pieces of work.

Last but not least is the Hunting Course located at the Slaley Hall Golf Club. Commonly labelled as the “Augusta of the North”, players should anticipate a gruelling round of golf here, and it is certainly a must for your next golf break in the UK. This superb golf course was designed by the world-famous golf architect Dave Thomas; so golfers should expect nothing less than an unforgettable round of golf. While the Hunting Course poses as a challenge to even the most experienced of golfers, with a great range of tee off options, even the more amateur players can enjoy a round of golf here. Set in the heart of a pine forest, golfers can enjoy an idyllic and leisurely round while being kept on their toes throughout. Dave Thomas did not fail in his ambitions to create a superb golf course that blends in perfectly with its natural landscape to host its original features. While the dense pine forest areas are undoubtedly aesthetically pleasing, with many trees dotted around the edges of the narrow fairways, they are sure to capture any wayward shots to taint even a steady scorecard. Demanding the perfect balance of length and accuracy, amateurs should be sure to bring plenty of extra balls!

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best golf courses in the UK to make your next local golf break your best one yet. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777 to hear more about why it is best to stay local for your next golf escape.

This week’s blog is a guide to ten of our hotels with the best reviews. All ten of these hotels are more than worthy of their five-star ratings with a wealth of spectacular golf on offer, impeccable service, and luxurious facilities. While these hotels are definitely up there with some of the most luxurious options we offer, they are truly worth the price tag and you certainly get what you pay for. Whether you are looking to totally relax, enjoy some great golf or explore some of the most sought-after destinations, we have something to offer to make your next golf holiday your best one yet.

First up is the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, a fantastic five-star hotel located in the heart of the quaint coastal town of Estoril. At the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds; they are just a short train journey into the centre of Lisbon, so should they want to explore this vibrant city for a fun evening out, then they can do so with ease, but they can also enjoy an idyllic stay on top of a stunning sandy beach in a charming town. The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is not just a great option to explore the city; it is a great base to make the most out of the region’s best golf courses as the hotel is positioned just a stone’s throw away from the Golf do Estoril. The location of the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is not the only thing that makes the hotel worthy of its five-star reviews; with its fantastic facilities and superb service, it is the ideal choice for your next luxury golf holiday. Even for a five-star hotel, the rooms here are particularly spacious and lavishly furnished, and guests are never without an opportunity to relax at the hotel’s comprehensive spa facility.

Alternatively, for guests who are looking for a more chilled out golf holiday without the stresses of having to find somewhere to eat in the evenings, then the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences is the choice for you. The Aphrodite Hills Resort is widely considered to be among some of the best golf resorts in Europe, and it is not a struggle to see why with its great range of accommodation options and most importantly, its spectacular golf course, the Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus. Guests here can enjoy a relaxing golf break with such a fantastic golf course next door and an ideal coastal location. The resort runs a complimentary shuttle service into the centre of Paphos should guests want to explore the local area or head to one of the stunning beaches that Greece is known so well for. The Aphrodite Hills Residences offers a range of self-catered accommodation options ranging from luxury villas with their own private swimming pools, to modern apartments. Aside from the superb golf course on-site, there is a huge range of facilities for guests to enjoy when they are not at the beach of playing one of the local golf courses; they can take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, enjoy a leisurely game of tennis, or head to the resort’s spa.

Another option for your next golf holiday is the Hotel Alay, positioned in Benalmadena, one of the most popular areas of the Costa del Sol. The Costa del Sol is a consistent favourite amongst golfers for their European golf break with its buzzing towns, great beaches, and superb golf courses, and Benalmadena is no exception. The Hotel Alay is perfectly located for all guests who are looking to enjoy some warm weather with a beach just a stone’s throw away, as well as some great golf courses and a vibrant town. There is a huge range of bars, restaurants and shops just a few minutes’ walk outside of the hotel at the Benalmadena marina. If guests are looking to play some of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses, then they can do so with ease and the Chaparral Golf Club, the Cabopino and the El Paraiso are all just a short drive away and guarantee a great round of golf. Even non-golfers will not struggle to find something to do here; they can head to the neighbouring beach to make the most out of the sunshine, grab some lunch at the Benalmadena marina, or catch a tan around the outdoor swimming pool.

The Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is yet another popular favourite amongst golfers who are seeking their best golf holiday yet. The resort is unparalleled in its quality in every aspect; therefore, it hardly comes as a surprise that it is so highly rated and recommended by all those who visit. For all those who are looking to enjoy some well-deserved sunshine, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort enjoys approximately 300 days of sunshine a year, meaning all of the region’s fantastic golf courses can be enjoyed with the perfect weather to match the perfect round of golf. The resort is home to the Fairplay Golf Club, designed by Baron Paul Rolin, is home to a varied layout to challenge even lower handicappers. Aside from the superb golf on offer, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort should also be a strong contender for your next golf holiday with its spacious guest rooms, unbeatable location and great facilities. There is a wide range of bars and restaurants offered just a fifteen-minute walk away from the resort, alternatively, there are three restaurants located within the resort should guests wish to stay local.

For all those willing to go that extra bit further for an unforgettable golf escape, then the Fancourt Hotel is the option for you. The hotel is positioned in the heart of the Western Cape, one of the most idyllic and stunning regions in South Africa. The Western Cape is widely considered to be an up and coming golf destination, and it is not difficult to see why with its beautiful landscapes, great climate, and the discovery of some superb golf courses. Furthermore, the size of the hotel just adds to the idyllic atmosphere; the Fancourt Hotel has just 115 guest rooms, meaning all golfers here are guaranteed to have an unbeatably relaxing golf holiday. The Fancourt Hotel is not just a great choice for your next golf holiday due to its two world-class golf courses located on-site; the hotel is perfectly positioned on the Garden Route where many of South Africa’s beautiful natural areas are also positioned, such as the Knysna Waterfront. However, if golfers are just looking to enjoy some of South Africa’s best golf courses, then they could not be in a better place. With the Fancourt Montagu and the Fancourt Outeniqua located on-site, a great round of golf is never in far reach.  

Yet another up and coming golf destination is Abu Dhabi, the perfect destination for all golfers who are looking to have their best golf holiday yet with the perfect balance of luxury, golf and sun. The Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island has everything a golfer could ever want and more for an unforgettable golf escape, so the resort is truly worthy of its five-star rating. Just a five-minute walk away from the hotel takes guests to a stunning sandy beach, and more importantly, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, one of the most popular golf courses in Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, the Yas Links Golf Club and the Abu Dhabi Golf Club are also just a stone’s throw away, so a great round of golf is always in easy reach. Alternatively, for non-golfers, they can make the most out of the resort’s fantastic facilities when they are taking a break from lounging on the neighbouring beach. To totally relax, guests can head to the resort’s huge spa facility for a well-deserved massage or treatment, or enjoy a leisurely round of tennis. One of the key attractions of the Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island is its fantastic all-inclusive option, so guests can treat themselves all they want to without having to worry about the bill at the end of their stay. With an impressive eight restaurants on offer, the all-inclusive accommodation option is a great choice.

 

The Hotel Peralada is nestled in the heart of Catalonia, in the Alt Emporda wine region. With its beautiful and idyllic location surrounded by the Castillo de Peralada Castle and a nature reserve, a stay at the Hotel Peralada would guarantee an unbeatably peaceful stay so that guests can take advantage of the fantastic golf on offer. The Peralada Golf Club is widely considered to be among one of the best golf courses in the region, and conveniently for all golfers at the Hotel Peralada, is it just next door to the hotel. Aside from the superb golf course located just next door to the hotel, the Hotel Peralada is also a great choice for your next golf break with its excellent range of leisure facilities that make it worthy of its five-star rating. Guests can either catch a tan around the outdoor swimming pool or head to the hotel’s wine spa for a relaxing treatment. While there is a small authentic Spanish village located just down the road from the hotel, the hotel has its own fantastic restaurant should guests choose to stay local in the evenings.

One of the best options for a drive and stay golf break is the Old Thorns Hotel, situated in the heart of the rolling hills in Hampshire. Despite its popularity and high reputation, the Old Thorns Hotel has managed to retain all of its original charm. The hotel itself comprises of a 17th-century building which has been converted into a luxury hotel. Even for non-golfers, they will never find themselves short of things to do here with its five-star facilities. To relax, guests can head to the modern health club, or the comprehensive spa facility, then take a dip in the swimming pool. However, the Old Thorns Hotel’s best facility is undoubtedly its world-class golf course located on-site, the Old Thorns Championship Course, opened by Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros. Aside from the fantastic golf and facilities on offer, the Old Thorns Hotel is also a great choice with its excellent range of accommodation options on offer, ranging from modern self-catered apartments to luxurious guest rooms. For all those who do not want to have to deal with the stress and cost of flying to have a great golf holiday, then the Old Thorns Hotel is the perfect option for you.

For the ultimate luxury beach and golf holiday, the Thanos Hotel Almyra is a perfect choice. With its impeccable service, unbeatable location and modern facilities, it is no wonder that golfers continue to return here year after year. The hotel is positioned just next to a long stretch of sandy beach which has been accredited with a Blue Flag status, so guests are never without an opportunity to make the most out of the almost guaranteed sunshine. Furthermore, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel is the centre of Paphos where there is a huge range of bars, restaurants, shops, as well as a beach. Furthermore, with three of Cyprus’ best golf courses under a twenty-minute drive away, guests here could not be in a better position to make the most out of all that Cyprus has to offer. However, the location of the Thanos Hotel Almyra is not the only aspect that makes it worthy of its great reviews; the service here is unbeatable, and the resort is home to a wealth of facilities and accommodation options to guarantee golfers an unforgettable golf escape.

Last but not least is the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, a beautiful golf resort nestled in the heart of the South of France. This resort is worthy of its five-star ratings in every aspect, ranging from the great service on offer, the facilities, and the accommodation itself. The resort is set out in the style of a village with suites and cottages dotted across the resort. All of the accommodation here is furnished to the highest standard with classic French décor and all of the amenities to ensure that all guests have an unbeatably comfortable stay. For guests to totally unwind, they can enjoy a well-deserved massage or treatment at the spa, or alternatively enjoy a leisurely round of golf on either the Le Chateau Course or the Le Riou Course, both of which offer a fantastic round of golf, and are widely considered to be among the best golf courses in the region, if not country. With impeccable service, luxury accommodation and two superb golf courses on-site, it comes as no surprise that it has been awarded ‘France’s Leading Resort’ in 2019 and the World Golf Awards.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on ten of our best-rated golf resorts and hotels. With great facilities, unbeatable locations and fantastic golf on offer, all ten of these golf resorts and hotels are worth their high ratings and guarantee an unforgettable stay.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our best options to escape for cheaper. With fantastic deals and great value for money, an unforgettable golf holiday need not break the bank. Anyone of these golf courses or hotels are an unbeatable choice for your next golf holiday, offering impeccable service, great facilities, and of course, the opportunity for a spectacular golf holiday on a budget.

First up is the La Vida Hotel at PGA Catalunya Resort, a new hotel in the prestigious PGA Catalunya Resort. With just fifty guest rooms, golfers can enjoy a peaceful golfing getaway here to make the most out of the two fantastic golf courses located on-site. Both the PGA Catalunya Stadium and the PGA Catalunya Tour golf courses are widely considered to be amongst the best golf courses on the Costa Brava, and conveniently for all guests at the La Vida Hotel, they are both a stone’s throw away. All of the thirty-six holes at the PGA Catalunya Resort are sure to provide a stern test of golf to any serious player, and with stunning views, great facilities and manicured greens, it really does come as no surprise that both golf courses are consistently ranked as some of the best in Spain. At the La Vida Hotel, fantastic golf, spacious guest rooms and excellent leisure facilities need not come with a hefty price tag as the hotel regularly runs superb deals. Therefore, golfers can enjoy a round at either of the PGA Catalunya Resort golf courses without having to worry about the cost. While the hotel is small, they are big on quality and providing everything guests need to have an unbeatable stay. There are few guest rooms, however, they are all spacious and open, with views spanning out across the neighbouring golf courses. When guests have taken a morning to explore Girona or enjoy a round of golf, they can head to the outdoor pool in the afternoon for a relaxing sunbathe, then grab dinner at one of the three restaurants located at the PGA Catalunya Resort.

Alternatively, the Magnolia Hotel is also a great choice for a resort-based hotel for your next golf holiday. The Quinta do Lago resort is one of the most popular golf resorts in the Algarve with its two fantastic golf courses and beautiful white beaches. The resort truly has something for everyone, whether they are looking to spending their days soaking up the sun on one of the beautiful beaches here, or enjoy an unruly round of golf on either the Quinta do Lago Laranjal or the Quinta do Lago South golf courses. Perfect for all golfers looking to enjoy a fantastic golf escape on the cheap, the Magnolia Hotel often runs excellent deals in collaboration with the neighbouring Quinta do Lago golf courses, such as free golf transfers for large groups. The Magnolia Hotel offers a great range of choice when it comes to its accommodation options, depending on the individual needs and budget of golfing groups, families or couples. The hotel has a range of guest rooms, lavish suites and small cottages, so everyone is accommodated for here, and they are the perfect setting to relax in after a gruelling round of golf. Aside from its guest rooms, the hotel also has a great range of leisure facilities to keep even non-golfers busy throughout their stay. To totally relax, guests can head to the hotel’s comprehensive spa facility to enjoy a well-deserved massage or treatment, or the more active guest can head to one of the nearby beaches to give water sports a go.

Belek is home to a huge selection of golf courses and resorts, however, the Sirene Belek Hotel has never failed to stand out. Many of the resorts in Belek offer fantastic all-inclusive accommodation offers, meaning guests never need to hold back in indulging on their golf holiday in fear of the hefty price tag at the end. Just like a majority of the other hotels and resorts in Belek, the Sirene Belek Hotel is situated on top of the sixteen-kilometre-long stretch of Blue Flag beach that Belek is known so well for. With a fantastic beach just next door and two spectacular golf courses in arm’s reach, golfers can expect to have their next best golf holiday, comprising of the perfect mix of sun, sea and golf. It is definitely fair to say that the Sirene Belek Hotel truly has something for everyone, whether golfers are looking to enjoy a round of golf on one of the many golf courses in Belek, or non-golfers are looking to catch a tan then enjoy a relaxing session in the hotel spa, there is something to keep all guests entertained and busy. Golfers return to Belek year after year to continue to take advantage of the great all-inclusive options and fantastic golf. Both the Pasha and Sultan golf courses lie either side of the Sirene Belek Hotel, meaning an unforgettable round of golf is never far away. Guests are also never without an opportunity to take full advantage of the all-inclusive board option here, as the Sirene Belek Hotel is home to five restaurants, all serving a wide range of great food and drink.

For all those looking to enjoy the benefits of a self-catered golf holiday, the Bom Sucesso Resort is a must. Here, guests can enjoy a luxurious golf break in five-star villas or apartments, with a world-class golf course just next door, designed by the world-renowned golf architect, Donald Steel. The resort is set in the rolling hills surrounding the beautiful town of Obidos, home to a great range of bars and restaurants, as well as a medieval castle. All of the villas and apartments here were designed by different architects, but they are all set around the Guardian Bom Sucesso golf course, meaning beautiful landscape views are consistent across the Bom Sucesso Resort. A stay at the Bom Sucesso Resort need not break the bank as guests stay self-catered and the resort often runs superb deals for golf on the neighbouring Guardian Bom Sucesso golf course. All of the five-star villas and apartments here are very modern in design and offer all of the essentials to ensure that all guests have an unbeatable stay. In recent years, the Bom Sucesso Resort has come under new ownership, therefore new renovations are underway to improve the resort further. All of the villas have their own private swimming pool, and other facilities at the resort include a driving range and golf academy located at the golf course, as well as tennis and squash courts. Or, for a fun day out, guests can head to either Peniche or Nazare and go to one of the many great beaches there.

Nestled in the heart of Andalusia is the five-star Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort. This resort is the ideal option for all those golfers looking to escape all of the hustle and bustle of the typical busy resorts in Spain, to just enjoy some downtime, and of course, fantastic golf. The resort is set in the rolling hills surrounding the Los Alcornocales Nature Reserve with the hotel itself set out in the style of a typical Spanish white village, making the resort one of the most picturesque resorts in the whole of Andalusia. All of the guest rooms here overlook the beautiful surrounding views and include all of the essentials to ensure a five-star stay. They are all open in design with different décor, ranging from Moroccan furnishings to classic Andalusian. Aside from the fantastic golf course on-site, the best feature of the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is undoubtedly the Fairplay SPA with its range of facilities to ensure guests can enjoy the relaxation that they deserve. Located on site at the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is the Fairplay Golf Club, designed by the well-known golf architect Baron Paul Rolin. This superb golf course offers golfers of all skillsets and handicaps a great round of golf as it is known for its accommodating layout. After a morning of golf, guests can either make the most out of the five-star facilities at the Fairplay Golf Club, or they can explore the local area, including the stunning town of Benalup-Casas Viejas. The Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is undoubtedly a five-star resort in every aspect, including its golf, newly refurbished guest rooms, location and facilities; and with regular deals and offers, it is a great option for your next golf escape.

Yet another option for your next golf holiday in the Algarve is the Pestana Dom Joao II hotel, set directly on top of a long stretch of stunning beach in the centre of Alvor. Alvor is a fantastic town for a golf holiday as it has the perfect amount of options for an evening out with a great range of bars and restaurants, and of course, it is home to a fantastic beach. Golfers are set in the perfect position in arm’s reach of some of the Algarve’s best golf courses, as well as a beach and a selection of bars and restaurants. The hotel itself has been recently refurbished, meaning its guest rooms and facilities have been upgraded to a high standard to ensure your best stay yet. Not only is Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel a great hotel to make the most out of one of the Algarve’s fantastic beaches, but it is also an unbeatable choice to play some of the best golf courses in the area. All five of the Pestana golf courses, the Vila Sol, the Pinta, Gramacho, Silves and Alto are within easy reach of the hotel, meaning there are plenty of options for guests to enjoy an unforgettable round of golf. Even when they are not playing golf or at the beach, guests will still never find themselves short of things to do with a great range of sports activities located at the Pestana Dom Joao II hotel and at the neighbouring beach.

Last but not least is the Draycote Hotel, the perfect choice for a drive and stay golf break. Located in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, golfers need not worry about the effort and cost involved in flying as they can simply just hop in their car, and the hotel even has free parking for guests. Furthermore, with just fifty guest rooms, guests can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway in a small hotel set in the countryside. All of the spacious guest rooms include all of the essentials to ensure that all guests have a fantastic stay, including complimentary internet access. The Draycote Hotel does not just have a great location to relax and enjoy the countryside, but it is also perfectly located to explore some of the Midlands’ best areas, including the stunning town of Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick Castle. Conveniently for all guests looking to enjoy one of the most highly-regarded golf courses in the area, the Draycote Hotel has its own golf course, the Whitefields Golf Club and Golf Course. This fantastic golf course stretches out to 6,289 yards, and due to its perfect course management and maintenance, it can be played throughout the year which is not a commonplace among many of the golf courses in the UK. A package deal with the Draycote Hotel and the Whitefields Golf Club and Golf Course offers fantastic value for money, especially if you are travelling in a large golfing group. As with any golf break in the UK, a huge cost is taken out when you do not have to fly, making the Draycote Hotel an unbeatable choice for your next cheap golf escape.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you have been given assurance that a fantastic golf holiday need not always break the bank. There are new deals and offers popping up all the time, helping all golfers play some of Europe’s best golf courses at a fantastic value. To keep up to date with our latest deals and group offers, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will ensure you have your best golf holiday to date.

This week’s blog includes seven fantastic inspirations to get you ready to think about your next golf escape. As the winter blues are finally starting to hit, the prospect of your next golf break might be the only thing getting you through. Any of the seven golf courses, resorts and hotels included in this week’s blog would provide you with a truly unforgettable golf escape, and many golfers find that they return to these spots year after year. They provide luxury, great golf and impeccable service, meaning your next golf break is guaranteed to be a great one.

First up are the Gloria Resorts. The Gloria golfing brand is known for its exemplary service, luxurious facilities, and its two golf courses, the Gloria New and the Gloria Old. All three of the resorts, the Gloria Verde Resort, the Gloria Serenity Resort, and the Gloria Golf Resort, are located in the heart of Belek, one of our most sought-after golfing destinations. Belek is home to a long stretch of Blue Flag awarded beach, as well as several fantastic golf courses and hotels. A stay in any one of the Gloria Resorts would provide any guest with the perfect blend of sun, beach, luxury, and golf. Just like many of the other golf resorts in Belek, the Gloria Resorts offer fantastic all-inclusive options to be enjoyed at one of their many bars and restaurants, so guests can indulge all they want without having to worry about a foot-long bill at the end of their stay. All three of the Gloria Resorts are five star in every way, ranging from their facilities, including multiple outdoor swimming pools and comprehensive spa facilities, their spacious guest rooms, and most importantly, the two spectacular Gloria golf courses. Both the Gloria Old and the Gloria New golf courses match the reputation of all of the Gloria Resorts, as they are two of some of the most highly-regarded golf courses in Belek. With two fantastic golf courses just a stone’s throw away, guests at either one of the Gloria Resorts will never be far away from a fantastic round of golf. As its name suggests, the Gloria Old is one of the original golf courses in the Belek area, and many consider it to be responsible for setting the standard for all of the future creation of golf in Belek.

The Costa Blanca is one of our most popular destinations in Spain, and if you are looking to see what all of the fuss is about, then the La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort is a great choice. With a fantastic golf course just next door and plenty of facilities to keep all of its guests entertained, the La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort is perfect for both families and golfers. The resort is set in the perfect position to visit some of the stunning beaches that the Costa Blanca is known so well for, as well as to challenge the greens of the local golf courses. For a relaxing afternoon after spending a few hours on the beach or playing a round of golf, guests can head to the resort’s comprehensive spa facility, or enjoy a leisurely game of tennis. Then in the evenings, guests can head to the hotel’s nightclub, the Suite Lounge Club, after enjoying a great meal at the Mediterranean restaurant. The La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort is set around the stunning landscape of the neighbouring La Finca golf course. Not only does this mean that all guests are in easy reach of one of the best golf courses in the area, but it also means that they can enjoy some truly stunning views of the Callosa del Segura Mountains from their room or suite. While the La Finca golf course is a relatively new addition to the wealth of fantastic golf in the Costa Blanca, it has already established itself as one of the most prestigious in the area, offering a stern test of golf and unique layout to all that play it.

The Monte da Quinta Resort is yet another fantastic inspiration for your next golf escape. The resort comprises of a village of one, two- and three-bedrooms suites, all of which are unbeatably luxurious and furnished to a high standard. They all include all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have an unbeatably comfortable stay, and they are a great option for all those looking for a relaxing golf holiday with the opportunity for guests to stay self-catered. They are fully-equipped with all of the essential kitchen facilities, as well as a dining area and a spacious living area. If the luxurious suites are not enough to convince you that Monte de Quinta is not the best choice for your next golf holiday, then the fantastic leisure facilities will. The resort is home to two outdoor swimming pools, lined with ‘Bali beds’ and a neighbouring children’s swimming pool. To relax, guests can pop over to the Magnolia Spa for a well-deserved treatment, or they can head to one of the beaches located just next to the Quinta do Lago beaches. Not only is the Monte da Quinta Resort a great choice to experience some of Portugal’s most stunning beaches, but it is also a great choice to play all three of the fantastic Quinta do Lago golf courses; the Quinta do Lago Laranjal, the Quinta do Lago North and the Quinta do Lago South golf courses. 

Yet another unbeatable piece of inspiration for your next golf break includes the incredibly luxurious Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa, located in the upmarket area of Vilamoura. A classic go-to option for a luxury golf holiday always includes Vilamoura, with its spectacular golf courses, five-star hotels, and a wide range of bars and restaurants situated around its marina. Just like any other Hilton hotel, the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa offers impeccable service and luxurious guest rooms, so it is very worthy of its five-star status. At the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa, guests are in the perfect position for a wonderfully relaxing golf break as they are set away from the hustle and bustle of the busy towns in an idyllic spot, however, some of the area’s best spots are still in easy reach. Just a ten-minute drive away from the resort lies the centre of Vilamoura with its famous marina and wide range of bars and restaurants. Furthermore, guests here need not miss out on one of Portugal’s many stunning beaches, as in the summer months, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the nearby Falesia Beach. The Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa also conveniently runs a complimentary shuttle service to some of the local golf courses, so golfers can experience one of the many fantastic golf courses with ease. The Dom Pedro Pinhal golf course is positioned just next door to the resort, however, if the golfers here would like to travel slightly further afield to experience yet another spectacular round of golf, then the Vale do Lobo golf courses and the Quinta do Lago golf courses are all within easy reach, and the resort provides a complimentary shuttle service to all of these golf courses.

If you do not fancy the stress of flying or having to organise airport transfers, then a ‘drive and play’ golf break is the perfect option for you. Staying local does not always mean that golfers need to miss out on fantastic golf, as shown with The Shire London golf course, situated in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside. It has a truly unique layout, comprising of three totally different styles; links, parkland, and classic American. Home to a stern test of golf and a varied layout, it comes as no surprise that the golf course has been named London’s best golfing experiences. Despite the golf course only opening its greens to golfers in 2007, decades after the establishment of many of the other classic English golf courses, however, the Shire London golf course has never struggled to make a name for itself as one of the best golf courses in the entire country. Regardless of whether players prefer links, parkland or an authentic American-style layout, the Shire London golf course is sure to accommodate for every taste. This spectacular golf course was designed by the world-famous golf architect Seve Ballesteros, so players are guaranteed to have a fantastic round of golf here. His intention in designing the golf course was to create a golfing experience that provided “maximum variety and maximum enjoyment” to all that attempt to challenge its greens, and with such an innovative design that has been appreciated by so many over the years, it is fair to say that he was succeeded in his ambition.

Yet another incredible golf course that is sure to set you itching for your clubs is the Real Club Sevilla Golf. The golf course is set back just a fifteen-minute drive away from the centre of Seville, a captivating city located in the heart of the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. For golfers staying in the centre of Seville to enjoy all of its fantastic historical attractions, its beautiful architecture and wide range of tapas bars, the Real Club Sevilla Golf is the perfect choice for a great round of golf. Here, golfers can take a break from the buzzing city life in Seville to enjoy a leisurely round in an idyllic atmosphere. Throughout their round, players are provided with stunning panoramic views, spanning right across the Alcala de Guadaira and the Guadaira River. While the Real Club Sevilla Golf is undoubtedly a challenging golf course, its fairways are relatively forgiving, therefore golfers can play with a ‘risk and reward’ concept in mind. However, with nine lakes dotted across the golf course and dense forestry lining the fairways ready to capture any wayward shots, even the most technical of players can struggle to maintain a steady scorecard. As the Real Club Sevilla Golf has played host to many prestigious golfing tournaments, including the Spanish Open three times in the same decade, the golf course is kept in immaculate condition throughout the year.

Last but not least is the Aphrodite Hills Hotel, the perfect option for your next luxury golf holiday. The hotel has an ideal position to enjoy all of the fantastic golf situated nearby; lying next door to the hotel is the famous Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus Golf Course, and less than a twenty-minute drive away from the hotel takes golfers to the Elea Golf Club, designed by the world-renowned golf architect Nick Faldo. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is not only perfectly position to enjoy a spectacular round of golf, but it also has a great location next to Paphos, one of the most popular and upmarket resorts in Greece. Conveniently for all guests that fancy an evening out or a day on one of the stunning beaches here, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is truly a five-star hotel in every aspect, whether it be its spacious guest rooms, fantastic facilities, or one of its three restaurants located on-site. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms and suites are particularly lavish, and all guests are never without an opportunity to appreciate the hotel’s stunning setting with views spanning across the sea, pool area, or one of the hotel’s several peaceful garden areas. Furthermore, sun worshippers are never without an opportunity to catch a tan around the swimming pool or one of Paphos’ stunning beaches.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that all seven of these golf courses, hotels and resorts have provided you with new inspiration to seek out your best holiday yet. With many deals on offer with great value for money to provide you with an unforgettable golf escape, either one of these options seems very tempting. If you are still lacking inspiration for your next golf holiday, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to help you have your best golf break yet.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best ‘golf and drive’ packages for those living in the UK. All seven of these hotels offer fantastic value for money, great facilities, and of course, unbeatable golf. However, the main attraction to these hotels is that to stay in them, golfers need not bother with the stress, cost and hassle of flying. Instead, they can simply drive, which takes away a major cost involved in having a great golf break. Anyone of these seven hotels would be a fantastic choice for those looking to have an unforgettable golf holiday, without the cost and effort of flying.

First up is the Martins Brussels EU, a four-star hotel situated right in the heart of Brussels. This hotel is the ideal choice for those looking for a centrally located hotel whilst also being in easy reach to some of the fantastic golf courses that Brussels has to offer. Brussels is known for its stunning architecture, museums and quaint squares filled with bars and restaurants. Conveniently for guests at the Martins Brussels EU, most of Brussel’s best attractions are located just a five-minute journey away on the metro, so a fun day out is never far away. Not only is the Martins Brussels EU a popular hotel for those looking for a ‘golf and drive’ break due to its great location, but it also offers its guests spacious guest rooms and good facilities, especially for a city hotel. At the Martins Brussels EU, guests are not just in easy reach of the city’s best attractions, but they are also in close proximity to some of the region’s best golf courses, making it an ideal option for your next golf break. Brussels is a popular golf destination in Europe for all golfers that can appreciate a good parkland golf course, including both the Chateau de la Bawette Golf Club and the Golf du Bercuit. Both of these fantastic golf courses are approximately half an hour away from the Martins Brussels EU, so an unforgettable round of golf is always in easy reach.

The Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links is the ideal option for all golfers looking to indulge in an idyllic golfing getaway, positioned just a stone’s throw away from the beach. This four-star hotel boasts a truly stunning location on the ‘Velvet Strand’, a five-kilometre stretch of unspoilt coastline with beautiful views throughout, perfect for an evening stroll in the summer months. This hotel proves that you do not need to bother with the cost and effort of flying to visit some truly stunning beaches. Golfers here really can enjoy the best of both worlds as the hotel is tucked away in an idyllic location, but it is also just fifteen minutes away from the centre of Dublin. Dublin is home to a fantastic range of nightlife and historic attractions, including Dublin Castle and the Guinness Storehouse. When the guests at the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links are taking a break from exploring the best pubs in Dublin or taking scenic walks around the hotel, they can enjoy a fantastic round of golf at the Portmarnock Golf Club. This parkland golf course is a favourite amongst golfers in Ireland due to its stunning scenery and its distinctive links feel. Three sides of the golf course face the coastline of the Velvet Strand, so its golfers can enjoy some beautiful coastal views throughout their round of golf. On a clear day, both Ireland’s Eye and the Mountains of Mourne are visible from the golf course, creating a dramatic backdrop to a round of golf.

Located in easy reach of France’s famous capital is the Novotel Saint Quentin en Yvelines at the Le Golf National. Guests here are just moments away from two of the best golf courses in the country, the Aigle and the Albatros golf courses. The Albatros Le Golf National, in particular, is a must-play golf course, as any serious golfer would have it as a solid candidate on their golf bucket list. The golf course hugely benefitted from a seven-million-euro investment prior to it hosting the Ryder Cup, therefore golfers will find the greens to be in impeccable condition throughout the year. Alternatively, the Aigle golf course offers a more leisurely round of golf in comparison to the relentlessly fast greens at the Albatros. Designed with all players in mind, at the Aigle golf course, golfers of all abilities can enjoy a fantastic round of golf. Aside from the golf, the Novotel Saint Quentin en Yvelines at the Le Golf National is a great option for a ‘drive and golf’ option as it provides its guests with the opportunity to appreciate the local French history as well as enjoy some of the region’s best golf courses. The hotel is situated just a few miles outside of Versailles, home to the Palace of Versailles and the Royal Opera. Furthermore, guests are also less than an hour away from the centre of Paris, meaning guests here will never find themselves short of things to do or see. If guests at the hotel choose to have a relaxing afternoon, they can make the most out of the hotel’s fantastic leisure facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a fully-equipped fitness centre.

The Dorset Golf and Country Club is the perfect option for a luxury ‘drive and golf’ break in England. This five-star resort comprises of log cabins that sleep up to eight guests, ideal for large golfing groups. All of them include all of the essentials to ensure guests have a fantastic stay, and they are even fully equipped with self-catering facilities including a kitchen and dining area. Alternatively, there is also a small hotel at the resort with just sixteen bedrooms, so guests also have the choice of being catered for. Aside from the award-winning golf course on-site, the Dorset Golf and Country Club has an excellent range of leisure facilities, including a fitness centre, a sauna and fishing lakes. The resort itself is set in over three hundred acres of forest and stunning countryside, so guests can even spend their mornings enjoying a peaceful walk in the local forest. The Championship Course at the Dorset Golf and Country Club is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in the country. There are 27 holes to play at the Championship Course, all integrated into three distinctive loops of nine holes, meaning players can pick and choose their favourite loops depending on their skill set and preference. The golf course stretches out to an impressive 7,048 yards from the back tees, perfect for all golfers that are looking for a challenge. Golfers should not be deterred by the prospect of rain ruining their round of golf, as the Championship golf course has a great drainage system, meaning this fantastic golf course can be enjoyed throughout the year.

The Belfry has been awarded the Best Golf Hotel in Europe, and conveniently for golfers, they do not have to endure the cost and effort of flying in order to stay there. This hotel does not only offer a luxurious accommodation option for your next golf break in England due to its facilities and service, but it is also an amazing option because it has an impressive three world-class golf courses on-site. All of the 319 guest rooms and suites feature luxurious décor and all of the essentials to ensure you have a five-star stay. The hotel boasts a fantastic range of leisure facilities including a fully-equipped fitness centre, a sauna and an indoor swimming pool. If guests want to totally indulge in relaxation, they can head to the hotel’s spa, then enjoy some afternoon tea at the Brabazon Bar. Not only is the Belfry a fantastic option for your next luxury golf break in England due to its facilities and service, but it is also an unbeatable choice due to the three award-winning golf courses located on-site. Guests at the Belfry are never far away from an unforgettable round of golf as they have the choice of playing three fantastic golf courses; the Brabazon, the Derby and the PGA National. The PGA National is widely considered to be among one of the best golf courses in England, therefore it does not come as a surprise that it was the first golf course in Europe to be taken under the wing of the PGA brand. Alternatively, the Brabazon golf course also provides a great round of golf, and it has played host to the Ryder Cup on multiple occasions. For the more amateur player, the Derby golf course is a better option, however, that is not to say even the more experienced player will not find their skills challenged.

The Carton House Resort is one of the most sought-after golf resorts in Ireland with two world-class championship golf courses and a luxury four-star hotel. The hotel is a converted Palladian house with stunning architecture and classic décor throughout. The guest rooms are especially luxurious, even for a four-star hotel. if your budget permits, an upgrade to a suite is really worth it as they are located in the ‘Old House’, a timeless 18th-century building. Aside from the guest rooms, the Carton House Resort is also an excellent choice for your next ‘golf and drive’ break with a great selection of leisure facilities. When its guests are recovering from a round of golf from either the Montgomerie or the O’Meara golf course, they can head to the hotel’s sauna, steam room, or indoor swimming pool. Two of the best golf courses in Ireland are located at the Carton House Resort; the Montgomerie and the O’Meara. The Montgomerie, designed by Colin Montgomerie, is arguably the best of the two with its clever design which creates an unruly challenge; even those with a low handicap and plenty of experience will find it a challenge to play consistently well across all 7,300 yards of the golf course. Alternatively, the O’Meara too offers a great round of golf, with even better scenery than the Montgomerie. This golf course is set on a relentlessly hilly terrain which demands that all players utilise each and every club in their bag.

Last but not least is the Hotel Le Manoir, a three-star hotel located just five minutes away on foot from the centre of Touquet. Aside from the two fantastic golf courses located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel, guests will never find themselves short of things to do or see here. Touquet is a quaint French town with plenty of classic cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as the occasional market. The Hotel Le Manoir is the ideal option for all golfers looking for an idyllic golfing getaway, as the hotel offers a relaxing stay set in the heart of the stunning Le Touquet Forest with just 41 guest rooms. The hotel is based in a renovated 20th century English manor house, and its original character and décor have been maintained in all of the guest rooms. Furthermore, most of the guest rooms here have a private terrace so they can make the most out of the hotel’s stunning setting in the middle of a forest. Both the Le Touquet La Mer and the Le Touquet La Forer a fantastic round of golf, and the best bit is that golfers need not have to bother with flying to reach them. With a stunning landscape, a unique layout and perfectly maintained greens, it comes as no surprise that the La Mer golf course is consistently ranked one of the ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe’. For a tamer round of golf, the Le Touquet La Foret course is arguably a better option with its generously wide fairways and spacious greens.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you have been persuaded that flying really is not worth the cost and hassle when there are so many fantastic options accessible by car. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our very best to change your mind.

This week’s blog is a guide to nine great golf courses situated within the UK that you should consider taking a trip to. The weather is slowly but surely starting to warm up, the days are longer, and summer is fast approaching. If you are not planning on taking a golf escape abroad and even if you are, make sure to get in some quality golf in the UK.

 

The Shire in London was designed by Ryder Cup legend Seve Ballesteros and it is the only course that he has designed in the UK. The course boasts a parkland Florida-style layout with six par 3s, six par 4s and six par 5s. From each hole, you can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas from woodland plantations with over 10,000 mature trees to links-feel holes with gorse and high-level fescues.

The course’s fairways follow the natural contours of the landscape, you will be rewarded for long, accurate shots but sometimes, taking the shorter option may be safer. There are fast, true greens with subtle slopes and borrows to challenge you right at the end of each hole. Water features heavily throughout the course, there are natural lakes and man-made lakes along the way. On the final hole, you will find a water feature in an “S” shape in honour of Seve.

This is a fantastic golf course which boasts a range of tee options to make it playable for those of all abilities. After your round, enjoy a great meal and a few drinks in the clubhouse.

Next, we have the Strand Course at Portstewart Golf Club which was designed by Des Griffin and opened for play in 1992. It is a very impressive course which stretches to over 7,000 yards from the back tees. The Strand Course is great fun to play with a brilliant opening nine holes which are carved out from huge dunes and boasts stunning views over the Atlantic mouth of Lough Foyle.

Right from the 1st tee, you can enjoy the stunning views of the beach and the links hole beneath you. The course boasts a wide range of different and uniquely designed holes throughout the course including two fantastic par 3s on the front nine. This is a brilliant course situated in Northern Ireland and perfect for those looking for a fun and challenging course which will stay in your mind for long after the round is finished.

The Royal Belfast Golf Club is one of only a handful of golf clubs that have the prefix “Royal” to their name. This is the oldest golf club in Ireland and boasts a brilliant clubhouse filled with old golfing memorabilia. The course was designed by the great Harry Colt who designed the course so that its holes roll over the parkland beautifully. There is no doubt that this course is a stern test of golf despite its shorter than average length with some very long par 3s, challenging opening and closing par 4s and 5s and some difficult bunkering to navigate your way around. From some of the holes, you can enjoy stunning views across the Loch.

You begin the round with some very long and challenging par 4s but the 9th, 10th and 11th are very enjoyable holes which you will play along the shoreline. There are three difficult par 5s to conclude the round. After your round, make sure to make your way to the clubhouse where you can enjoy a great meal and a few drinks whilst reminiscing over this brilliant course.

Castle Stuart is a great course, even before you reach the course you will be impressed by the three-tiered clubhouse and the magnificent views. The Championship course opened for play in 2009 and runs along the Moray Firth with beautiful views of Kessock Bridge and the Black Isle.

Four Scottish Opens have been held at Castle Stuart, one of these was within the first year of the opening of the course. This is a wonderfully impressive course and is one that will stay in your mind for long after you make your final putt on the 18th hole. After your round, you can enjoy a meal and drinks in the club’s impressive clubhouse. From the clubhouse, you can enjoy beautiful views over the course whilst you reminisce over this challenging round. If you are looking to make a golf break out of it, you can rent one of the properties surrounding the course so that you never need to leave this stunning area.

Situated in Wales is the brilliant Nefyn and District Golf Club. The course boasts a dramatic and impressive location situated on the cliff tops at the foot of the Porthdinllaen headland. There are only a few seaside courses from which you can actually enjoy beautiful views of the sea from every hole but, you can here at Nefyn.

The course’s opening holes take you out from the clubhouse to the clifftop holes on the edge of the headland. You will enjoy the back nine as you play eight holes along the Point peninsula from which you can enjoy spectacular views whilst you tackle the fairways and tees situated above secluded coves and inlets. After the 15th, you can take a footpath down to the Ty Coch Inn which is situated on the beach and offers you the perfect option to enjoy a few drinks whilst you take a break.

With 18 very different and special holes, this is a superb and memorable golf course with breath-taking surroundings and great facilities. If you are looking to enjoy a golf escape to the area, take a look at the great Royal Sportsman Hotel.

Situated at the rear of the estate at Carden Park is the brilliant Cheshire Course. The course is reminiscent of the finest British heathland courses and offers stunning, panoramic views across the Cheshire countryside to the mountains of Wales.

The course can pose a challenge to even the most discerning golfer due to the wealth of natural hazards that are situated along the course. There are many bunkers which have been designed to flow with the natural contours of the landscape – you will need an accurate shot if you are to avoid them all.

There is no doubt that the end to your round will be wonderfully dramatic and scenic due to the tough 16th and 17th holes followed by the 18th which is set atop the sandstone cliffs overlooking the resort and Welsh hills. There is no doubt that a round at Carden Park, Cheshire course is one that you will never forget. Take a look at the Carden Park Hotel if you are looking to make the most of this course and the stunning surroundings.

The Donald Steel designed Championship Golf Course at the Macdonald Portal Hotel opened for play in 1990 and has since gained a great reputation for providing golfers with a fantastic round of golf. The course stretched to over 7,000 yards over historic land and a former battlefield. Due to the length of the course and the fact that it boasts many undulating fairways, we would recommend that you may want to consider getting a buggy to make the most of the round.

There are some particularly brilliant holes including the 3rd which is a monster 602-yard long par 5 which boasts an elevated tee. Only the longest hitters will be able to reach the green in two. The course winds its way through an exciting parkland layout boasting charming water features and mature trees and each of the USGA standard greens comes with breath taking views over the Cheshire countryside. Right from the first tee to the very last, this a special golf course and one that will leave you with an excited feeling, even if the scorecard isn’t great! The only thing that could make this course any better is a stay at the lovely Macdonald Portal Hotel.

There are two courses at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club – Gainsborough and Constable. The championship Gainsborough course opened for play in 1972 and has matured beautifully into being one of the region’s best golf courses. The course is routed along the edge of the beautiful Dedham \Vale which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Gainsborough course measures a great 7,000 yards and due to the varied nature of the course, golfers leave the course and remember many of the holes for long after they finish the round. There are long holes, short holes, doglegs in many directions, uphill, downhill and other various tough holes for you to contend with along the course. Two of the best holes along the course are the 10th and the 11th holes. The 10th is a great hole, a 418-yard par 4, you must drive over a lake in order to reach a position 150 yards from the green with the same lake waiting to catch your approach shot.

This is a fantastic round of golf and in 1999, the Stoke by Nayland Club added a luxurious hotel, health club and a conference centre perfect for those looking to enjoy the fantastic courses at this club.

Last, but certainly not least, is Mottram Hall Golf Course. This course is situated within 270 acres of Cheshire’s finest parkland, it is open all year round and boasts an interesting and challenging layout with stunning fairways, well-guarded greens and beautiful countryside.

The course stretched to just over 7.000 yards long from the back tee and was designed by the renowned architects, Dave Thomas. The course played host to the 2013 European Senor’s PGA Championship and it isn’t hard to see why the course was picked to host a great event. The course’s front nine holes are a fairly easy set of holes and boast the impressive backdrop of the 18th century Hall whilst they gently roll over meadowland.

The back nine of the course winds through lush woodland and puts golfers of all abilities to their test. There is no doubt that this course is an exciting challenge for those of all abilities. One of the best things about this course is the fact that it is onsite of the Mottram Hall Hotel where you can enjoy a relaxing and luxurious golf escape.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on nine of the best courses in the UK that we would recommend you take a trip to play. Wherever you are situated in the UK, one of these courses will be situated near you. Make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777 if you are interested in booking a golf break to one of these courses as we know our stuff and we can definitely sort you out with the perfect UK golf escape for you and whoever you are travelling with.

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This week’s blog is a guide to the best nine courses that you will (probably) not have heard of! Whether you are looking for a golf course to centre your next trip around or just interested in hearing about what is out there, this is the perfect blog for any discerning golfer.

 

Real Club Sevilla Golf was designed by Jose Maria and boasts one of the finest courses in Europe as well as a central location just a few minutes from the centre of Sevilla. The course boasts beautiful scenery, tree-lined fairways, numerous strategically placed bunkers, undulating greens and nine lakes to contend with. The course is relatively flat which means that you can easily walk your way around, but it does feature a testing layout. As you make your way around the course, you will find a challenge on every corner. This is a brilliant course ideal for both amateurs and professionals alike.

The first signature hole of the course is a 160-yard par-3 from an elevated tee over a lake towards a narrow green which is set at 45 degrees – you must control your tee shot on this hole. With each hole, the course increases in difficulty and the 18th is a spectacular finishing hole. It is a long, 440-yard par-4 where you must carry your tee shot over 200 yards in order to miss the water, your approach is then uphill to a green protected by more water both at the front and to the left. One of the best things about this course is that it is a little off the beaten track, which means that it is unspoilt and well-manicured all year round. With the beautiful and historic city of Seville on its doorstep and a brilliant round of golf on offer, you cannot go wrong with this club for your next golf escape. If you are looking for a great, testing round of golf which will offer you a delightful golfing experience, look no further than a round on the Real Club Golf Sevilla.

 

Up next, we have Crete Golf Club which was designed by the highly-acclaimed golfing legend, Bob Hunt. This stunning 18-hole course boasts a very special location in Hersonissos just on the outskirts of the resort of Malia. The backdrop of the course as you make your way around is simply breath-taking with views of the Mediterranean landscape. The course opened in 2003 and has since become popular with locals and alike, since then, the course has undergone extensive renovations and reopened in 2015. There is no doubting that this course will become even more popular among discerning golfers in the next couple of years.

The course boasts a complete technical challenge with both short and lengthy holes, its layout winds its way through rocks and ravines whilst offering its guests the most stunning views of Cretan landscapes. The course has a quartet of memorable par-3s along the course, two on the front nine and two on the back. Many players would say that the best of these is the 6th which is 198 yards long from the back markers. You must carry your tee shot over a deep gorge to reach the two-tiered green which has been cut into the foot of a hillside – many would say that if you score 3 on this hole, you have achieved a birdie. Stunning scenery, year-round beautiful weather and a brilliant round of golf – why wouldn’t you choose Crete Golf Club for your next golf escape?

 

Situated in Etnas Natural Park within the North-Eastern region of the mountains in Sicily sits the Il Picciolo Golf Club. This special course is one of only half a dozen golf courses that are currently open for play in Sicily – however, there are many more under construction. The course winds its way through a mass of oak trees, vineyards, hazelnut trees and even ancient lava flows which have been carved out by Mount Etna. This is a course where the holes will be etched in your memory long after you walk off the 18th. The club is very special as it was developed in 1989 but due to its remarkably unique landscape, it feels as if it has been situated here for centuries. However, you must make sure to not be distracted by the interesting scenery as the course boasts plenty of challenges including water hazards and brutal out of bounds to steer clear of.

The course measures just under 6,000 metres from the championship tees and plays to a par of 72. There are some brilliant highlight holes including the short par-4s like the 3rd hole where out of bounds run the length of the fairway to the left making it a tight hole to play. The course’s signature hole is considered to be the very short 15th (it measures less than 100 metres from the back tees) where the backdrop is Mount Etna and there is a three-tiered green, this hole rarely yields anything less than a “3” on the scorecard. Il Picciolo is a special golf club and with more courses coming to the region of Sicily, it will soon be a popular golfing destination.

 

The Al Hamra Golf Club is a brilliant, exciting and challenging golf course which is situated in Ras Al Khaimah. The course was designed by Peter Harradine and flows through four inter-connected open water lagoons which merge with the Arabian Gulf. The course measures a long 7,325 yards from the back tees and was designed in the manner of a traditional links course. This course is perfect as a holiday course as it is playable for all standards of golfers as there are five varies tee shots meaning that those from accomplished player to novices can enjoy their round. Water hazards come into play at several of the holes; most notably on either side of the fairway on the 3rd hole. The 18th is an intimidating par-5 where water is lying in wait to catch any errant shots along the right of the hole right from the tee to the triple-tiered green.

The club is situated 50 minutes’ drive from Dubai airport and right next to the five-star Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah where you can find world-class facilities and luxurious service. This is arguably the best links layout in the UAE, so make sure that it is on your radar next time you are planning a golf break.

 

Situated in the heart of a beautiful valley on the outskirts of Stellenbosch is De Zalze Golf Club. The course measures 6,369 yards from the back tees and boasts a mixed parkland and woodland layout. Golfers of all standards will find this course a challenge as accuracy is very important if you are to finish the round with a pleasant scorecard. The course’s signature hole is the short par-4 13th hole where you walk out onto a boardwalk where you can find three tees out in a lake from which you must carry your ball onto the fairway which is to the right-hand side of the water. Those who are big hitters may be tempted to go straight for the green but that would be inadvisable!

After your round, make sure to venture into the clubhouse as you can enjoy a few beverages whilst looking out across the Blauuwklippen River and the Stellenbosch Mountains. With a very special location, an interesting layout and beautiful scenery, make sure that you take a look into taking your next golf escape to South Africa as you will be surprised at the brilliant courses that you can find there.

 

The Emporda Links course boasts fast and wide fairways which have been defined with mounding and deep rough but very little trees. This course is a complete contrast to its neighbour, the Forest course, but it is a stunning test of golf which requires the utmost accuracy if you are to score well. It is no surprise that the course consistently ranks as one of the top 20 courses in Northern Spain due to its interesting layout and excellent condition.

Although the course is quite open, there are many strategically placed water hazards which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots as you make your way around the courses. One of the best things about this course is that it is rarely very busy which means that you can enjoy a leisurely round taking in the scenery and enjoying the layout of this brilliant course. If you are thinking about taking a golf break to the Costa Brava, look no further than Emporda Links for an excellent round of golf.

 

Now, technically, this blog contains information about ten impressive golf courses rather than nine as there are two brilliant courses situated at Ribagolfe which is up next on our list. Ribagolfe is located an hour’s drive from the city of Lisbon but it is well worth the drive with 36 brilliant holes of golf situated here.

Ribagolfe I is considered to be one of the best courses that we have ever played, although the course only opened in 2004, it is already mature with 18 very memorable holes. The course measures 7,370 yards from the back tees and is not an easy round of golf. Treacherous lakes come into play on the back nine holes on the 12th, 14th and 15th and these late holes can really damage your scorecard if you aren’t an accurate player. With cork tree-lined fairways, water hazards and undulating well-bunkered greens create one of the finest courses that you will ever have the opportunity to play.

Ribagolfe II is a slightly shorter but tighter round of golf than its older sibling but still enjoys the magnificent setting. This course is more suited to the club handicap golfer due to the extensive water hazards which must be taken seriously if you are not to damage your scorecard irreparably. The course boasts large, contoured greens and a beautifully balanced set of par-3s with the toughest being the 3rd where trees partially block the route to the green on the right-hand side. With two stunning golf courses at this complex, it is well worth driving that little bit extra to enjoy these courses when you are next in Lisbon.

Situated in Almeria is Aguilon which is a course that opened in 2007. The course boasts a very special location situated at the foot of the Sierra Aguilon mountains which means that the scenery is simply stunning. This course is definitely not one for beginners as there are many strategically placed bunkers, lakes, palm trees and ravines which you must navigate your way around successfully in order to finish the round with a nice scorecard. Besides from the hazards, there are further distractions due to the spectacular sea and mountain views that you can enjoy as you make your way around the course. If you are going to choose to stay in one of the popular golf resorts further to the south, this is worth the drive up to enjoy this gem of a golf course.

If you are looking for a firm but fair test of golf on a beautiful course, make sure that you make the journey to play at Aguilon as it is truly a round that you won’t forget anytime soon!

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Hanbury Manor which was designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus II. The course opened for play in 1990 and has since become to be one of the most well-respected golfing venues in the country and it isn’t hard to see why. The course is kept in brilliant condition all year round and has hosted the English Open on the European Tour.

Measuring over 6,660 yards from the medal tees, this course is not an easy one. The 8th hole is the toughest hole of the course, it measures 425 yards with out of bounds all the way along the right-hand side. The approach shot to the green is a difficult one, even if you are lucky enough (or skilled enough!) to be in the middle of the fairway when you take the shot. The green is elevated and protected to the left by a lake and a grassy hollow to the right, the green slopes towards the lake so watch out when you are making your putt. A variety of holes, beautiful scenery and a great location makes this an ideal destination for your next golf escape.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that a few of these courses have caught your eye! Make sure to give us a ring if you want to discuss any of these further or take a look around the website for further inspiration.

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

This week’s blog is a UK Special and is a guide to some of the best hotels and their golf courses that you can choose for your next golf escape within the UK. There are some beautiful places to visit within the UK where you can find great pubs, lovely hotels and fantastic golf without taking a long trip. The beauty of taking a golf break within the UK is that you can choose to travel near or far from where you live but wherever you choose to go to, you will be sure to find some excellent golf courses to enjoy.

In Ticehurst, sits the fantastic four-star Dale Hill Hotel which boasts an excellent location in the beautiful East Sussex countryside just 20 minutes’ drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells. Not only does the hotel boast a lovely location with stunning views across the High Weald Ridges but it also boasts some excellent facilities including a modern leisure centre with an indoor heated pool which overlooks the 18th hole as well as a fully-fitted gymnasium. On-site of the hotel, you can also find two great 18-hole golf courses which make this a great destination for your next stay and play golf escape to East Sussex. The hotel offers a great half-board package so for lunches you could explore the local towns and villages looking for a great Sussex pub or enjoy lunch at the golf club after a round on the superb Ian Woosnam designed course. The hotel’s restaurant, Wealden View Restaurants, serves a brilliant British menu which is accompanied by an excellent International wine list. With two brilliant golf courses, excellent facilities as well as a stunning location it isn’t a surprise that this hotel made our blog dedicated to the best of the UK…

Situated in beautiful Oxfordshire is The Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel and Spa which is a great four-star hotel which boasts 50 spacious guest bedrooms, a luxury spa, a brilliant golf course and the Tempus health and fitness centre. Each of the guestrooms is elegantly furnished and boasts all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including luxury designer toiletries, a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a private balcony from which you can enjoy lovely views of the hotel’s surroundings. There are some great local towns and cities that can be easily explored from The Oxfordshire including central London, Thame and the historical Aylesbury. Whilst there is so much to do and see outside of the hotel, a round on the Oxfordshire golf course and a meal in the hotel’s Signature Restaurant is an unbeatable combination. The restaurant serves a varied menu which can be accompanied by a world wine list and the seating overlooks the impressive golf course. After your meal, relax in the lounge bar or the Clubhouse Bar which boasts a brilliant terrace.  Just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Oxford and boasting excellent facilities as well as a superb golf course sits The Oxfordshire as a perfect destination for your next golf break…

Next up as one of our recommendations for a very special UK golf escape is Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club which is situated amongst 450 acres of beautiful Northumberland parkland. This brilliant four-star hotel boasts everything that you could possibly need for a great golf break whether you are a golfer or a non-golfer with a great spa, an excellent golf course and an award-winning restaurant just 15 minutes’ drive from the bustling city of Newcastle. Whilst you are not enjoying a round on the golf course which boasts stunning sea views, you can play a game of tennis or relax in the spa which boasts an indoor pool, a sauna, a gym and an array of different health and beauty treatments for you to choose from. Whilst you are so close to the brilliant city of Newcastle where you can find many different restaurants and bars to suit anyone’s taste, the 2 AA-Rosette Dobson Restaurant within the hotel serves a great international menu as well as local specialities. You can also enjoy log fires and a range of different beverages and snacks within the Linden Tree Country Pub. This is a great choice for your next golf break within the UK situated in an excellent location just 20 minutes from the sandy beaches at Hauxley and so close to the city of Newcastle.

The four-star Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club is situated just a few miles from Birmingham Airport and NEC complex as well as the other excellent things to do and see there are in Birmingham like the Bullring and Touchwood in Solihull.  Not only does the hotel boast an excellent location but it also boasts 36-holes of first-class golf situated in beautiful parkland. The Arden course is famous for being the venue for both the English Open and British Masters and in the last few years, the whole resort has undergone a major transformation to form what it is today. With a great location and glorious golf as well as Cedarwood Spa, a tennis court, a fitness centre and a pool centre, you will never be short of things to do or see when you choose the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country club as the destination for your next golf escape…

Last, but certainly not least, The Vale Resort is situated on 650 acres of the stunning Welsh countryside and exudes luxury both on the golf courses and within the hotel. The hotel boasts an extensive selection of different leisure activities for you to enjoy whilst you are not taking on the challenge of the two championship courses onsite of the hotel including a state of the art gym, a 20m indoor pool, a sauna, a steam room and a whirlpool bath. Not only is the resort fantastic, but it boasts an excellent location just 15 minutes’ drive from Cardiff where you can find so much to do, see, eat and drink! If you choose to stay at the hotel to eat, there are two restaurants onsite. The AA Rosette Vale Grill serves modern Welsh cuisine and boats picturesque views of the Lake Course or you can choose to eat in the friendly and relaxed clubhouse. This is a great choice for your next golf break to Wales with luxurious rooms, excellent facilities, incredible golf courses and the local city is the capital of Wales!