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The New Year has only just begun, leaving you plenty of time to start planning your holidays for the remainder of it. Instead of just laying on the beach in the Caribbean, why not plan your holiday around one of your favorite past times; golf. Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

The Scottish Highlands

Scotland is king when it comes to the sport and enthusiasts from all over the globe come here just to check out the courses. The views are absolutely stunning and the actual courses are impeccably designed. Check out the courses here.

Scotland

Suggested Course

The Queens Course: It’s one of the most beautiful in the Gleneagles region; full of woodlands and the occasional roaming deer. It was opened in 1917, has a challenging par of 68 and is actually less than 6000 yards.

Where to Stay

Gleneagles Hotel: Stay here for a luxurious experience with fantastic views. It’s a five star resort with exclusive dining options and a great location for people heading to the golf courses.

What to do

When you aren’t on the golf course, there is plenty to explore in the Scottish Highlands. Visit Cairngorms National Park, tour the Dunrobin Castle or wander through Inverewe Gardens.

 

Catalonia, Spain

One of the most beautiful regions of Spain, Catalonia is located in the northeast and is characterized by its beaches and the Pyrenees Mountains.

Barcelona

Suggested Course

Bonmont: It’s located in the hills of the surrounding mountains and offers views over the Mediterranean. The course is also quite versatile so golfers at most levels can have a good time here. 

Where to Stay

Hotel Ciutat de Tarragona: Situated in an ideal location, guests can easily walk to the beach and the historical center. It also has a rooftop lounge, pool, and spacious, modern rooms.

What to do

Take some time to visit Barcelona and taste the tapas, wander through Sagrada Familia and lounge on the beaches. If you can, rent a car and check out the beaches of Costa Brava, climb up Montserrat and visit the Dali Museum.

 

Antalya, Turkey

It’s the largest city on the country’s Mediterranean coast and is also the gateway to the Turkish Riviera. The city is also a great starting point if you want to visit the region of Belek, a natural beauty and great place to play golf.

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Suggested Course

Carya: Opened in 2008, the course is quite new and is made up of 7,186 yards and has a 72 par. You can also play golf here well into the evening as it has plenty of lights.

Where to Stay

Voyage Belek Golf & Spa: This hotel overlooks the beach and is only a short drive from Montgomerie golf course. It’s an absolutely huge resort with swimming pools, plenty of dining options and entertainment.

What to do

Wander through the old quarter of Antalya to view the mosque, make a visit to some of the beaches and check out the zoo.

 

Paphos, Cyprus

This coastal location is a hot spot for tourists due to its history and cultural treasures. While it has been a holiday destination for years, the area is increasingly becoming known for its golf courses.

Paphos

Suggested Courses

Aphrodite Hills: It’s an award-winning course that is well manicured and full of native plants. It also features a challenging, 130 meters-long gorge to work your shots around.

Where to Stay

Aphrodite Hills Hotel: This hotel is five stars and known for its elegance. Guests are offered fine dining and entertainment as well as pools, outdoor Jacuzzis and garden views.

What to do

Wander through the archaeological park, visit the Tomb of Kings and spend some time learning a bit at the Episkopi Environmental Center.

 

Lisbon, Portugal

The weather is fantastic and the golf courses are in abundance around Portugal. While there are courses all over the country, the bustling city of Lisbon makes a great place to stay.

Lisbon Portugal

Suggested Course

Aldeia dos Capuchos: It features 9 holes and is one of the newest courses in the country. The ocean serves as the backdrop here and visitors will love the strategic bunkers, sloping greens and large lake.

Where to Stay

Sesimbra Hotel and Spa: Located right on the beach, this hotel is four stars and is in walking distance of restaurants and bars. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment after a long day of golf.

What to do

It’s impossible to get bored in this thriving city. Visit the various parks and gardens, wander the historic streets and dig into the night life if you have the energy.

 

Costa Brava, Spain

It used to be an unlikely golfing destination but now has been voted one of the most up and coming spots to golf. While the resorts are modern and lush, there are plenty of quaint fishing villages and culture to explore when you’re finished your game.

Catalunya Resort

Suggested Course

Emporda Links: The fairways are fast and wide with very little tree coverage. To have success on this challenging course, make sure that your shots are precise!

Where to Stay

Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort: It’s a five-star hotel that is actually located right on a 36-hole golf course. Enjoy the spa, outdoor pool, hot tub and hammam when you finish your game.

What to do

Wander the fishing village of Tossa de Mar if you want to add a little bit of culture and beauty to your trip. The old Jewish quarter of Girona as well as the Dali museum and marine park make great destinations as well.

 

Algarve, Portugal

This destination offers fantastic value as a golfing vacation spot. The course options are pretty wide and amongst the large hotels, there are also interesting fishing villages to explore.

Lagos

Suggested Course

Alamos: This course offers a variety of holes as well as undulating fairways and small sized greens. Conditions are great and the whole course is delightfully secluded.

Where to Stay

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort: It’s one of the most famous golf resorts in Europe and has quite a loyal following. It has charm, personality and offers elegant amenities on top of the fact that it has superb golf facilities.

What to do

Make sure to visit the old inner city of Lagos and see the red stone castle, Silves. Wander through the trails of Monchique mountains and try out one of the activities like mountain biking or a boat trip.

 

Cape Provinces, South Africa

This stunning area is characterized by good weather and is home to the country’s most famous city, Cape Town. The area is also full of vineyards and stunning desert scenery.

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Suggested Course

Arabella Country Estate: This estate is home to one of the most highly ranked courses in the country. There are tricky bunkers, pristine grass and an infamous closing hole.

Where to Stay

Arabella Hotel and Spa: It’s highly rated and offers rooms with private terraces to overlook the scenery. There is a swimming pool, plenty of elegant dining options and an award-winning spa.

What to do

Make sure to explore all of the museums and restaurants in Cape Town and take a drive to the wine growing region of Stellenbosch.

 

Vienna, Austria

This city is famous for the river that runs through it as well as the distinct culture. While it may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a golf getaway, it’s actually home to some pretty amazing courses.

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Suggested Course

Adamstal Golf Club: You’ll find this course amongst the alpine foothills. The holes are actually quite flat while still offering up a challenge. There is also a bonus 19th hole!

Where to Stay

Diamond Country Club: It’s located an hour west of Vienna but is well known as the home of the PGA European Tour Lyoness Austrian Open.

What to do

There is an overwhelming amount of sites to see here but try to make it to the MAK museum, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the outdoor markets.

 

Bruges, Belgium

Known for its Medieval architecture, cobblestone streets and fairytale-like atmosphere, Bruges makes a lovely destination for your next golfing vacation.

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Suggested Course 

Royal Zoute Golf Club: Only 25 minutes from Bruges, this course is one of the most premier in the country. It was designed by Harry Colt back in 1907 and is one of the top links courses in Europe. It resembles an English golf course and has hosted the Belgian Open for many years.

Where to Stay

Grand Hotel Casselbergh: It’s a historic hotel located in the center of Bruges. Guests can enjoy the wellness center, the bar, sauna and Turkish bath. All of the amenities are perfect for relaxing after a long day of golf.

What to do

Make sure to check out the Brewery De Halve Maan to learn all about Belgian beer making and the Choco-Story Museum to learn all about how Belgian chocolate is made. There are actually enough museums to keep your schedule filled throughout the entire trip.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Another fairytale city, Prague is home to Medieval architecture, a 9th-century castle and an old town square. The outskirts of the city are home to some prestigious golf courses that have seen some pretty prominent players over the years.

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Suggested Course

Albatross Golf Resort: Opened in 2009 and located just outside of Prague, this course sits at 420 meters above sea level. Due to its own distinct micro-climate, this course has the longest golf season in central Europe. It has 65 sand bunkers, seven lakes and is comprised of 50,400 square meters.

Where to Stay

Hotel Majestic Plaza: This hotel is located right in the center of Prague and offers a prestigious and elegant experience for guests. Guests can enjoy the outdoor and indoor pools, sauna, hot tub and restaurant which serves up some international cuisine.

What to do

Make sure to wander around both new and old town, walk along the Charles Bridge, and get a photo in front of the Dancing House.

 

Basque, France

Located in southern France, the Basque region has a French elegance with some Spanish flair. The natural scenery here is stunning, especially with the Pyrenees Mountains as a backdrop.

Basque

Suggested Course

Golf de Chantaco: This golf course is especially interesting as it’s located in the small fishing village of St. Jean de Luz. The course is family owned and was designed by Harry Colt. Golfers here can look forward to both coastal and woodland views.

Where to Stay

Grand Tonic Hotel Biarritz: This boutique hotel is located right in the heart of Biarritz. Guests here can walk to the casino, old port and 4 different golf courses.

What to do

Look at the architecture of the churches, visit the Museum of The Sea and spend some time lounging on the beaches.

 

South Coast, Ireland

This region of Ireland is full of history from castles and abbeys to stately homes. There is so much that visitors can see here aside from the pristine golf courses.

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Suggested Course

Dingle Links: The scenery here is breathtaking and makes it worth visiting even if you aren’t playing golf. The course is a bit challenging but well worth it.

Where to Stay

Hayfield Manor: It’s said that this is the grandest hotel in Cork as it’s perfectly secluded and rated five stars.

What to do

Have a look at the Ring of Kerry, view the lakes of Killarney and wander through the lovely fishing villages of Waterford and Wexford. Also, head to Cork if you want to spend a little time wandering a city.

 

Western Gulf, Thailand

This popular area of the country is home to some of Thailand’s most visited places like Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Ko Pha-Ngan. While each of the islands are great for beach lounging and partying, Hua Hin is especially good for golfing.

Hua Hin

Suggested Course

Banyan Golf Club: Rolex named this course one of the top 1000 in the world. The course is 7,361 yards par-3 and has plenty of sand traps, waste bunkers and water hazards.

Where to Stay

Wannara Hotel: This four-star property is located in walking distance of Hua Hin beach. It’s modern in style and offers an outdoor pool, hot tub and on site restaurant.

What to do

If you can, head on over to the islands for a relaxing getaway once you finish your golfing. While in Hua Hin, try to get to the Railway Station, Klai Kangwon Palace, and Sam Roi Yot National Park.

 

Arizona, U.S.A

It’s full of desert, cacti and of course, the Grand Canyon. The weather here is ideal and the golf courses are abundant.

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Suggested Course

Boulders North Course: Designed by Jay Morrish, this course is considered one of the very best in the area. It is 7000 yards with a par 72 and is surrounding by spectacular landscapes of desert and mountains.

Where to Stay

Hyatt House Hotel: It’s located in Scottsdale and is only a short walk from a nice selection of bars and restaurants. They have suites available that offer plenty of comforts like a lounge and equipped kitchen.

What to do

Make sure to visit the Grand Canyon! It should be the top destination on your list. Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are also gorgeous, natural sites that are worth visiting too.

 

North Region, Puerto Rico

This region of the country is full of caves, lagoons and rugged coastline. It’s all about the nature here which make the golf courses particularly beautiful.

Royal Isabela

Suggested Course

Royal Isabela-The Links: It’s a challenging 18-hole course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is run by one of Puerto Rico’s most respected golf professionals.

Where to Stay

Royal Isabela: This hotel is the best place to stay if you want to be close to the golf course. Plus, it also overlooks the ocean as well as all of the other natural scenery.

What to do

Check out the bioluminescent bays, hang in the casinos and go snorkeling or scuba diving if you’re up for it.

 

Marrakech, Morocco

This city will take you back in time while offering up all of the best of the country’s culture. It has a stunning backdrop and plenty to do.

morocco

Suggested Course

Al Maaden Golf Course: It’s a par 72 course that measures 6644m and has strategically placed bunkers and plenty of water. The course can be quite challenging, but in a good way!

Where to Stay

Riad Cinnamon: This boutique hotel is tiny, housing only 5 suites. However, it offers the chance to stay amongst the winding streets of the ancient city and has pretty gardens, a roof terrace and dipping pools.

What to do

Make sure to wander around the souks, get a glimpse at the tanneries and view the architecture of the mosques. Don’t forget to drink the mint tea too.

 

Check out our destinations page for more inspiration of where to go on your golfing holiday. If you’d like to discuss this further, please do get in touch.

The world is full of incredible golf courses. Whether you want to head to the Scotland or Ireland for some truly iconic green, or to the United States for some classic courses, you’ll need to pack your gear to go.

Taking you golf clubs abroad may not be as simple as you think, so we’ve created a little guide to help you out. Between making sure that they are correctly packed, to checking in and getting them to the right destination, here is everything you need to know about taking your golf clubs abroad.

Taking Your Golf Clubs Abroad VS. Hiring Golf Clubs

When taking a golfing trip abroad, you’ll need to decide whether to take your own golf clubs, or hire some when you arrive. For most serious golfers, taking their own clubs is usually preferred, however, there are some limitations and costs involved.

Taking your own clubs can be beneficial as you’ll be used to playing with them, and won’t have to spend money and time on hiring them once your arrive. However, depending on your airline and budget, taking your own clubs could be more hassle than what’s it worth.

If you’re playing an important game, or participating in a competition, taking your own clubs may be worthwhile. However, if you’re just taking a vacation, and looking to get in a good game of golf, it may not be necessary to bring your own gear.

Read on for a breakdown of the costs associated with taking your clubs abroad, as well as some tips for cutting the costs and making things a little easier.

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Different Allowances From Different Airlines

Ryan Air

This airline charges £30 for golf clubs if you book your flights online, and £35 if booking in the airport. The maximum weight of the clubs is 20KG but if you go over the limit, expect to pay around £10 per kilo.

British Airways

This airline allows you to use your free checked baggage allowance for your golf bag. However, if it weighs more than the allotted amount, expect to pay an extra fee. The price varies depending the on your destination and the class that you’re flying. For example, first class is allowed two free checked bags, neither of which can weigh more than 32KG. Economy class passengers can only have one free checked bag that cannot exceed 23KG. Golf bags cannot exceed 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in.)

Lufthansa

This airline will transport your golf clubs for free as long as you use them within your normal baggage limit. If you fly economy, you can bring a bag that weighs no more than 23KG and not pay extra. However, if you fly first class, you can bring three bags weighing 32KG each without being charged extra. If you want to take your golf clubs along with other baggage, you should expect to pay around £50 extra for each trip. There are limitations within this too however. For this extra fee, you can bring a pair of golf shoes, tees, golf balls, and one set of clubs.

EasyJet

This airline charges a ‘sports equipment fee’  that allows you to bring a bag that weighs no more than 32KG. If you opt for the ‘small sports equipment’ package, you can transport equipment that weighs no more than 20KG, but this will cost £30 each way.

Air France

This airline considers golf equipment to be standard checked luggage and doesn’t charge extra for it. For economy passengers, the weight limit is 23KG and for business class, the limit moves up to 32KG. If you exceed the limit, you will need to pay a fee which depends on where you’re traveling to. Travel within Europe will cost you a fee of £70 each way. It’s also important for you to get the customer service approval of the airline before taking your golf equipment on the plane.

Insurance

Another cost to keep in mind when it comes to flying with golf clubs is the insurance costs. You’ll want to get insurance just in case the clubs get lost, stolen, or damaged while traveling to your destination. However, these fees can often be quite steep. The costs will vary depending on the cost of your golf equipment, but £60 is a good figure to go by.

It’s also important to take a look at the overall fees of hiring golf clubs versus bringing your own, and deciding which one is cheaper for you.

For example, the baggage fees and insurance on golf clubs flown on Air France is £160 more expensive than just hiring a caddy and some clubs. And, when comparing these prices for all airlines mentioned, the situation is the same. Plus, if you hire instead of bringing your clubs along, you will be dropping any stress that may be associated with packing them. This, for some people, is enough to leave the clubs at home.

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Tips For Taking Golf Clubs on an Airplane

While you may recognize that the savings and stress are greatly reduced when you hire golf clubs, you may still want to bring your own. It’s understandable that you want to hit the green with the clubs you know and love.

So, if you just can’t stand to part with them, here are some tips for taking golf clubs on an airplane.

Golfing Travel Insurance:

If you look, you’ll find that there is actually specific travel insurance just for golfing. This kind of insurance will provide plenty of coverage for your clubs but also other important factors as well. Insurance for a golfing holiday often includes: damage or loss of your clubs, theft, coverage for the actual transportation and vacation, and coverage for loss of green time that you paid for.

Clearly Label Your Golf Bag:

Labeling your golf bag is just as important as any other kind of luggage. You will want to put a luggage tag on both the inside and the outside so that it can be identified by both you, your hotel, and all airplane staff. Put as much information as possible on the tag as well. Write down your name, phone number, hotel name and contact information, home address, and flight information. This will help you make sure that your clubs are returned to you if they get misplaced.

Store All Equipment in One Bag:

Most golfing bags have extra pockets and space for storage. You should definitely take advantage of this when flying with your golf clubs. Put all of your accessories and shoes in one bag so that everything is ready for you when you get off the plane. You won’t have to worry about your gear or wonder if you left one of your shoes back at home.

Packaging That is Secure and Safe:

Make sure that your bag is in tip-top shape before trying to bring your golf clubs on a plane. If there are cracks, holes, broken zippers, or pointed edges sticking out, your bag could be refused by airport officials.

Know The Weight Allowances:

Each airline has their own restrictions when it comes to transporting golf bags. Weight is a primary concern, and you should know the allowances and associated fees before even booking a flight. We break down some of these weight restrictions in the previous sections, but it all depends on the airline and their exact procedure. Knowing and understanding how their golf equipment fees work can save you a ton of money and stress on the day of travel.

Golf Club Protection While Traveling:

You’ve probably spent a good deal of money on your golf clubs, and if you’re bringing them on a flight, you probably are a bit emotionally invested in them. Be aware that just like luggage, your golf bag will get tossed around a lot by the airline staff as they enter and exit the plane. In this case, you’ll want to make sure that your clubs are protected by a hard case. If you typically use a soft one, it may be time to upgrade for your flight. See our guide to the best golf travel bags here.

Checking Your Golf Clubs:

Don’t expect to keep your golf clubs with you on the plane. They need to be checked just like your luggage. This is vital to know so that you can prepare accordingly with a hard case and a budget for the checked bag fees.

Booking Your Golf Clubs Onto a Flight:

Booking your clubs onto a flight is pretty straightforward. While booking your ticket, look for the ‘sports equipment’ option, which should be available on most airlines. You’ll find out all of the weight and size restrictions, as well as the costs. While being charged for your ticket, the airline will take care of the fees for your golf clubs too.

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Tips on Saving Money

Taking your golf clubs with you on vacation can get costly. However, there are a few tips and tricks to cut down on the fees. Here are a few ways that you can cut costs, enjoy your golfing vacation, and still keep to your budget while doing it.

Two Sets in One Bag

If you’re able to fit two sets in one bag without exceeding the weight limit, you should definitely try it. This will save you massive amounts of cash as two bags will be twice as expensive. Even if it does exceed the weight limit, it may actually still be cheaper to pay the weight fee instead of paying to take a second bag on the plane.

Use a Pencil Bag

These types of bags are known for being light-weight and easy to handle. You could cut down on some of the bulk of a regular golf bag by opting for one of these. You may be able to fit two sets of clubs is this kind of bag more easily than others too.

Wear Your Golf Clothes

A great way to cut down on fees associated with overweight baggage is to wear your golf gear. It doesn’t really matter what you wear on the plane, so why not save yourself some cash by throwing on your gear. You could double up on shirts, add a jacket on top, and make sure to wear your golfing shoes and hat. You may just find that you have enough room in your bag for another set of clubs.

Buy a Second Set of Gear and Keep it Where You Travel

If you travel to the same destination often, it may be worth it to purchase a second set of golf clubs and keep them at your holiday destination. The upfront costs may be high, but it will pay off over time when you don’t have to pay any of the fees associated with bringing your golf clubs abroad.

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Research and Hire Golf Clubs

If you do the proper research, hiring a set of golf clubs might not be so bad. It’s usually much cheaper to hire the gear once you arrive in your destination, and if you do the proper research, they should be just as good as the ones from home.

Shipping Golf Clubs

Depending on where you’re going, and what service you plan to ship with, it could save you money to ship the clubs instead of bringing them on the plane. Consider this option while planning your next trip and find out the exact fees for your location.

Research Airline Fees Beforehand

Before purchasing plane tickets, make sure to do plenty of research beforehand. You can avoid fees by switching up which airline you choose to fly with. Some have more expensive fees than others, so choose wisely.

Consider a Road Trip

Do you really NEED to take your golf clubs on the plane? Unless you’re going on a long-haul flight, why not consider taking a road trip to your holiday spot of choice instead of flying. It could save you cash and end up being pretty fun too.

Taking golf clubs abroad can be tricky. Make sure to do the proper research, weigh the pros and cons, and be in-the-know when it comes to airline fees before booking your next golf holiday.

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Golf Educational to South Africa

April 2017

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

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

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

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

Day 1

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

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

Day 2

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

Day 3

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

Day 4

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

Day 5

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

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to the best resorts with unlimited golf packages. When you are planning your golf break, the first thing that you think about is the number of rounds that you plan to play on your trip. With these packages, there will be no problem when you want to play as many rounds as you can possibly fit in to your holiday and to make things even better, the deals are great.

First up we have the luxurious five-star Penina which is situated amongst beautiful gardens in the Algarve, just over three miles from Portimão and Lagos. Here, you can enjoy your stay in the spacious and light rooms some of which feature balconies from which you can enjoy views of the surrounding gardens and golf courses. There are five restaurants available for you to choose from here with all different cuisines on offer from Portuguese to Italian to International dishes. You can enjoy relaxing around the large outdoor swimming pool or in the spa having a massage but there are also many leisure activities to enjoy here too. The hotel features a fitness centre, five tennis courts and three fabulous golf courses and with the unlimited golf package you will not be able to get enough of playing the courses here. The Penina Championship course is a fantastic test of golf with many bunkers, trees and water hazards waiting to catch your errant shots! The Penina Resort course is a very enjoyable round of golf and is a test to golfers of all abilities, making it a perfect holiday course.

Up next, we have Islantilla Golf Resort which is a lovely four-star hotel just a 15-minutes’ walk from the beach and only an hour from Faro airport. The rooms here are all stylishly furnished and each feature their own private terrace to enjoy the hotel’s surroundings from. Whilst staying here, you can enjoy all of the spa facilities as well as the time relaxing on the private beach area or around the pools. You are also offered a range of dining options including the buffet restaurant, the Andalusian grill, the Italian restaurant and the restaurant at the Beach Club. The unlimited golf is perfect for the Islantilla course as it is a 27-hole complex which means that with the unlimited golf offer you will get to play the three loops of nine as many times as you wish to! All 27 holes wind through pine woods and feature breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean but apart from that, the three loops are very different. The first nine holes are across hilly terrain where there are many blind shots to navigate around, the second nine are across undulating terrain and the final nine are long holes but not as difficult as the others. This is a great holiday course and with the unlimited golf offer you can take full advantage of it…

Pestana Carvoeiro is a four-star resort just five-minutes’ drive from Carvoeiro where you will find bustling nightlife and beautiful, sandy beaches. The resort offers accommodation in spacious villas and apartments, each of which have their own private balconies and a fitted kitchen. You can spend relaxation time here lounging by the pool or on the local beaches or having a massage. The restaurant at the resort serves a range of traditional regional dishes as well as international dishes but with Carvoeiro just a five-minute drive away, you are never short of somewhere to eat and drink! Whilst staying at Pestana Carvoeiro with the unlimited golf package, you can enjoy unlimited golf at five different golf courses: Pinta, Gramacho, Silves, Alto and Vila Sol. Each of the five courses can offer you a different golfing experience and with the unlimited golfing offer you won’t have to miss out on getting to play any of them. This is a fabulous resort in a great location with the option for self-catering as well as five different golf courses – an ideal golf holiday in the making.

Next, we have the luxurious, five-star Cornelia Deluxe Resort which is situated on the shores of Belek. This is a superb all-inclusive resort with beautifully decorated rooms, each with their own private balcony. You could never be bored whilst staying here with many different outdoor pools, water slides, tennis courts and other activities all on offer to you. There is the main buffet restaurant which serves a range of traditional regional dishes as well as international foods and there are also five different a la carte restaurants which offer dishes from Turkey, Italy, France and the Far East. Asides from all of the leisure options you have here, there is the Cornelia Faldo golf course. This course will give you an excellent round of golf time and time again, many of the holes do require careful consideration if you are not to misplace your ball but it is a great holiday course and unlimited rounds of golf at the Faldo course will round off your golf break to Turkey very nicely!

Situated in Sotogrande, Spain, are the Albayt Nueva Alcaidesa apartments which are all located in a superb location just next to the two golf courses: Heath and Links as well as just five-minutes away from the sandy beaches of the Costa del Sol. All of the apartments are decorated with a contemporary theme and are each fully-fitted with a bathroom, a kitchen and a dining area as well as a terrace. The Heath course is designed as a heathland style course with wide fairways and spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and local mountain ranges. Although this is a great holiday course, there are plenty of water hazards waiting to catch errant shots and when the wind picks up this course can be tricky! The Links course here is considered to be one of the best links courses in the whole of Spain, this course’s level of difficulty is also determined by the wind speeds on the day of play which makes the unlimited golf package here handy for when you want to get the chance to play again to improve your score (and ego)! This is another fantastic option for your next golf break where you can make full use of the unlimited golf package.

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and you are looking forward to booking your next golf holiday where you can enjoy unlimited rounds on golf at superb courses whilst staying in some amazing resorts…

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This week’s blog focuses on the famous La Manga Club resort, and also takes the opportunity to look at the 5-star Principe Felipe Hotel and the 4-star Las Lomas Village packages that are very popular with Golf Escapes clients. La Manga Club is an ideal resort for groups, offering a host of leisure, sports social and dining options to fill your day and night coupled with some superb packages available for all year round! Our packages include offers such as the “one free in eight” deal, plus Early Booking Discounts and other value adds so for value for money this is an excellent option.

If you want some quality during your stay then Hotel Principe Felipe is a modern and comfortable five-star hotel built in traditional Andalucian style with a wide range of facilities and of course direct access to the three brilliant golf courses on-site. The hotel is situated in the centre of La Manga Club which makes it the perfect destination for anyone who wants to be able to access all the facilities of this vast resort very easily. This includes the 28 court tennis centre, impressive spa facilities but especially the many bars and resturants. You will never be short of somewhere to enjoy a brilliant meal or a few drinks when staying here as there are restaurants serving all different types of cuisine from Mediterranean food to Asian cuisine, or Italian and Indian foods options. At the hotel, all of the guestrooms feature a TV as well as a private balcony which boasts scenic views of the pool or the golf course.Principe-Felipe

If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the 5-star option but you still want all that La Manga Club has to offer than we suggest you take a look at Las Lomas Village. Packages here offer full acess to the golf and other facilities but are easier on the pocket and represent great value. Overlooking the North course, here you can also enjoy time relaxing by the pools, at the Club’s private cove or at the spa when you are not enjoying a round on one of the three golf courses here. Within driving distance, there are the beautiful unspolit beaches of Calbanque or the delights of the Mar Menor where there are is also a wide range of watersports available.Las-Lomas-Village

However, despite all this, for golfers the main attraction will always be the three 18-hole courses on-site and we start with the championship South course. This course is a stern test of golf, but the fairways are quite forgiving so don’t be afraid to open the shoulders. Although the fairways are wide, there are only a few holes which don’t feature some form of water hazard and there are many strategically placed bunkers ready and waiting to catch any errant shots! The course features a wide variety of different holes varying in length and difficulty from terrific par fives to short par threes and the 14th hole presents one of the largest sand traps in Spain with almost the entire length of the fairway on the right-hand side being bunkered.  The 18th is considered to be the signature hole where the tee shot is tough and with your initial shot you will find it difficult to avoid the many water and sand hazards and then to add to the challenge the green is well protected with bunkers. This course is a beautifully honest test of golf and the course demands some accurate shots in order for you to score near to your handicap, especially when the warm wind is against you! The greens are fast but this is a very fun and relaxed course – a perfect addition to your golf escape.South-Course

Next, we have the North course. This course was refurbished again recently and is very different to its sister South course, with the two meeting on several occasions during the 18 holes, it is much shorter and hillier. In order to score well on this course you cannot afford to lose concentration throughout the round as between holes 13 and 17 there are half a dozen ponds waiting to catch any errant shots late in the round. Out of the three courses at La Manga Club, the North course is possibly the easiest but that doesn’t mean that it is to be taken lightly, when the sun is shining (which is almost always is) the originally short par 3s seem long and the palm trees are there, lining the fairways, waiting to catch any wayward shot sent off course by the wind. Although this is a perfect course to play whilst you are on holiday or have a slightly higher handicap, there are also many challenging holes along the way such as the par three 4th hole with out-of-bounds to the left and a magnetic hazard on the right! This is a well-kept, scenic holiday course with large greens, lush fairways and lovely surroundings – definitely one not to be missed out on! Both the South and the North courses here at La Manga can be access straight from Principe Felipe Hotel being just a few steps away from the entrance to the hotel which means that no travelling or fuss is necessary to find a great golf course when you are staying here!North-Course

Last, but certainly not least, is the West course. This course is a 4-minute free shuttle away from the Principe Felipe Hotel and Las Lomas Village which means it is still easier than most to access! This course, although known as some as the Wild West due to the location in the hills, is beautiful with well-manicured fairways and spectacular scenery for you to enjoy throughout the round. Each of the holes here seems to be different and each one presents you with a different challenge whether you are a seasoned golfer or one with a higher handicap! The first nine holes are easier, and slightly less inviting than the back nine but they could not be described as easy with the 3rd hole presenting you with a challenging tee shot as well as a hidden green. Then you have the 9th hole challenging you to take on an uphill tee shot before you wind down to the protected green behind a ravine and in front of a large lake! Throughout the back nine holes you are up and down the mountains playing the difficult 12th hole and then the even more challenging par three 13th which although is a beautiful hole, will not look so beautiful on your scorecard! No one could question the signature hole after you have played the 18th, the tee is at the top of a small mountain overlooking the fairway and beyond across La Manga, the countryside and the sea – this is a superb finishing hole and you can only understand why once you have taken it on. This course is a fabulous addition to the two other La Manga Club courses and completes this as perhaps the perfect destination.West-Course

Travelling to La Manga is also very easy, Murcia (MJV) airport is just 20 minutes’ drive away and is a small airport which means that there are no long queues or walks and despite the fact that it is a small airport, plenty of airlines from the UK fly into there so La Manga Club is very accessible! There is also the option of Alicante (ALC) airport, just over an hour away, this airport is one of the busiest in Spain with a large number of UK flights landing daily. Footer

We hope that you enjoyed this blog and will be considering taking your next golf break to La Manga Club as it really does offer everything that you could possibly need or want, and is much more than just a golf resort. With recent investment, this resort is just getting better and better and so contact us to find out more and see for yourselves what the fuss is about.

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This week’s blog is an insight into the new UK golf tour packages that are currently being put together to give you the opportunity to stay in a fabulous hotel and  to play several golf courses nearby to get the most out of your golf break. With January finally over it is time to start planning for when the weather will get that bit better and you will get to go back to playing rounds of superb golf in the UK.  There is no better way to embrace the springtime weather and the courses that the UK has to offer you than by booking a tour…

 

Our Bournemouth tour offers you two nights at the stunning four-star Hallmark West Cliff which boasts an ideal location being just 10 minutes from the town centre and eight minutes from the beautiful beach. Whilst here, besides enjoying the fantastic golf that is on offer, you can enjoy the extensive leisure facilities from the heated pool and gym to the spa facility. Although use of the spa facility requires a small additional charge it is definitely worth it to get the full enjoyment and relaxation out of your golf break. Being such a short journey into the town centre you have unlimited dining and drinking options but the brasserie restaurant at the hotel is a fantastic option if your round on the golf course has taken it out of you! This is a lovely hotel and is no surprise that it is the base for the Bournemouth tour with its fantastic facilities and even better golfing options nearby…

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The Dudsbury Golf Club’s Championship course has been the venue for several prestigious golfing events such as the BMW PGA Order of Merit Championship and the PGA Europro Tour and if you want to see why this was the course picked then there is no better opportunity than this! The course is set in a beautiful location, amongst 160 acres of Dorset countryside which just makes the round here more enjoyable. There is no doubt that the 16th hole is a feature hole where you will have to show yourself to be a good driver in order to reach the green across two lakes! For after your round, the clubhouse is a fantastic place to sit and relax whilst enjoying more views of the Stour Valley and of course, a cold drink!

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The second course for this Bournemouth tour is the Championship course at Meyrick Park which is a demanding test of golf set amongst stunning Dorset countryside. It is an undulating parkland course with many challenges even for a golfer with the lowest handicap. The opening hole is a spectacular one where your driver is over a valley to the small green which is cut out of the hill. This is a great, challenging course which always seems to be in perfect condition and it is a fantastic addition to the Bournemouth tour.

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Our second tour is the Kent Golf Coast tour where you are based at The Lodge at Princes Golf Club. The Lodge is the former clubhouse of Princes Golf Club and has been extensively renovated to provide guests with luxury accommodation and breathtaking views of the two great golf courses as well as across the Sandwich bay. The Brasserie restaurant is situated on the bay and provides a great dining experience for guests here with the use of local Kentish produce as well as an outdoor terrace to enjoy a cocktail or beer on after your meal! The Lodge is just over a 10-minutes’ drive into the medieval town of Sandwich where you can find great pubs, independent shops, art galleries and some historic churches. This is a fantastic and unique place to get the opportunity to stay and with the two golf courses so nearby it is not hard to see why this is a sure winner for your next golf break to the UK…

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Princes Golf Club is a modern championship links course set on the Kentish coast. This is a 27-hole course comprising of three loops of nine holes: Himalayas, Dunes and Shore. This course has some of the best facilities with excellent practice facilities, attentive staff and a beautiful clubhouse for you to enjoy your post-round drink in! This is a long and challenging course at over 7200 yards but there are a few different tee positions from which those with higher handicaps can tee off from, making it less of a challenge and more of a holiday course!

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The Royal St George’s Golf Club is considered to be one of the finest links courses in England and has been selected to be the venue for The Open Championship no less than 14 times. This course requires accuracy and concentration if you are to score even close to your handicap due to the many blind shots that you will be required to take and bunkers that you have to avoid! This is a fantastic course and although can be a challenge for golfers of all abilities, it has some very interesting holes and scenery – the 4th on the Himalayas loop will definitely not disappoint! To round off the Kent Coast tour this course is perfect.

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These are just two of the fabulous UK golf tours and with more based in Norfolk, Northern Ireland and Oxford (just to name a few!) there is definitely something for everyone and in the unlikely case that there isn’t something perfect for you there are several other destinations that can be discussed just by picking up the phone…

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We hope that you enjoyed learning about our new UK golf tours and that you will consider them when you just need a few nights away to a lovely hotel to play some superb golf not too far from home or perhaps across the country!

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When you are planning your next golf break the main thing to think about (besides your destination!) is what board type you are looking for to get the most out of the holiday. With most days of the holiday being dedicated to exploring and playing the local golf courses it is often the easiest option to enjoy lunch at a beautiful clubhouse to soak up the surroundings of the course you have just played. Alternatively, returning to the hotel’s restaurant or even venturing into a nearby town is a fantastic option but all of these are things to consider when you are choosing the hotel and board type best for your holiday…

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Most golfers enjoy the bed and breakfast board option offered at many superb hotels which are close to towns with plenty of restaurants and bars in but there is also the semi-inclusive option which includes everything apart from lunch. This blog is going to explore some of the options you have for bed and breakfast or semi-all-inclusive options in the Lisbon region…

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Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is a fantastic five-star resort which offers a superb bed and breakfast board option and has everything on-site that you could possibly want or need for your next golf break including an 18-hole championship golf course. the guestrooms are elegantly decorated and each feature a private balcony which boasts views of the ocean or the Praia d’el Rey course. The resort also boasts three lovely restaurants which serve a range of gourmet dishes both in the buffet and the a la carte restaurants. Just a 15-minute drive away from the resort are the towns of Obidos and Peniche where you can find a wide range of different restaurants and bars – a fantastic town to have in such close proximity. Besides from the fantastic golf on offer, the resort has a well-equipped health club and gym as well as a Turkish bath, a hot tub, an outdoor pool as well as an indoor pool. This is a beautiful hotel with so many top-class facilities and one of the best golf courses in the area on-site – a must visit on your next golf break to the Lisbon region.

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The four-star Sana Sesimbra Hotel is situated right in the heart of the town of Sesimbra and is just a stones throw away from the golden, sandy beach. This hotel boasts an ideal location with a number of superb golf courses just a short drive away as well as the city centre just being a five minutes’ walk from the doors to the hotel. The guestrooms in the hotel are decorated with a chic and modern theme and the rooms with sea views have balconies from which you will get to enjoy breathtaking views over the Atlantic. With the city centre so close and the seafront promenade right outside, you will never be short of somewhere to  have a fantastic meal or a cold beverage which makes the bed and breakfast board option very appealing so that you can experience some of what Sesimbra truly has to offer! During the day, whilst you are not playing on one of the renowned golf courses in the area then you can enjoy the roof-top hot tub or the indoor and outdoor pool areas and if you are into culture and history then taking a walk into the city centre will certainly not disappoint. This is another excellent option for your next golf holiday to Portugal where you can enjoy fantastic golf in a beautiful hotel in a perfect location.

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Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort & Spa is a five-star hotel set amongst the Portuguese countryside, vineyards and beautiful villages. The hotel is just a 30-minutes’ drive from Lisbon and less to several Atlantic beaches including Peniche and Santa Cruz. The guestrooms are individually decorated and boast either courtyard or golf views and are fully-fitted with the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Not only is there a superb golf course on site – Campo Real – but the Royal Obidos course is within a short drive away from the hotel. Besides the golf, there is plenty to do at the hotel including football pitches and tennis courts as well as an extensive spa for you to enjoy a range of treatments at and you can spend the days lounging by the pools whilst not taking part in the many activities available. The hotel’s semi-all-inclusive option allows you to enjoy breakfast, dinner and free drinks between certain hours so you can enjoy the hotel’s superb restaurant choices as well as the two bars without feeling guilty! This lovely hotel is definitely one to consider when you are planning your next golf break to Lisbon…

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Last, but certainly not least, is the lovely five-star Bom Sucesso Resort just a 15-minute drive from Obidos. All of the villas have private furnished patios and are elegantly decorated with spacious living areas and kitchens. On the resort, there is the fantastic 18-hole Bom Sucesso course but there are several other top courses in close proximity of the resort so they are all easily accessible. The semi-all-inclusive package is fantastic value here as their restaurant serves fantastic international dishes and you can even enjoy meals at the golf clubhouse. With so much to do at the resort from tennis courts to the driving range to the beautiful outdoor pool area as well as so many fantastic golf courses being on offer to play in the area, there is no reason that this resort should not be at the top of your list for your next golf holiday to the Obidos area.

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that your next golf break will be to somewhere perfect for you! Get rid of your January blues and book your next golf break today…

For the first week of the New Year, this week’s blog is on some of the best new hotels that are now ready and available for you to book through us! As 2017 is now upon us, it is certainly time to start thinking about where and when your next golf break to the sun is and there is no better way to start than by taking a closer look at some of the beautiful hotels that are on offer to you…

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First up we have the five-star Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel situated in Majorca. Not only is this a beautiful hotel which is elegantly decorated with each room having large French windows and a satellite TV but whilst staying here you have easy access to three great 18-hole golf courses! Not only is there easy access to these courses but you get preferential tee-times at these courses to make your holiday even more enjoyable. Whilst you are not on the golf course there are three swimming pools, tennis courts and a beach volleyball court to enjoy. If the facilities at the hotel and the golf isn’t enough to preoccupy you then just 10-minutes’ drive will take you to the sandy beaches of Mallorca! Es Carbo is the hotel’s own restaurant and features stunning views across the Son Vida golf course or if you prefer a lighter tapas meal then the poolside restaurant is another superb location for you to enjoy your meal! This is a stunning hotel with some fantastic golf and other facilities which is perfect for your next golf holiday to Mallorca.

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Next up is the four-star, all-inclusive resort of Elba Carlota which boasts a prime location within Fuerteventura Golf Club and just three-minutes’ walk from the beach. There is certainly not a shortage of things to do here with a casino, spa and sports facilities including a gym and a hot tub, the beach within such close proximity and an outdoor swimming pool! Of course, being situated within Fuerteventura Golf Club means that you have a brilliant golf course just a few minutes’ walk away but guests also play at Salinas de Antigua when staying here which is another fantastic course. When staying here, the resort offers you three dining options: Tindaya buffet restaurant, El Arrecife Restaurant which serves a range of tapas dishes and the Chiringuito Restaurant and Bar which serves delicious seafood. This is another superb hotel with high-class facilities and some spectacular golf – perfect for your next relaxing golf break.

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Situated on the Costa del Sol and on the beachfront of Playamar in Torremolinos is the four-star Sol Principe hotel. All of the rooms in the hotel have their own private balcony where you can enjoy views of either the sea or the pools. This is a beautiful all-inclusive hotel with the hotel’s main restaurant boasting buffet-style food of different cuisines of the highest quality and a lovely outdoor terrace on which to enjoy the food on! During the summer season, you can also enjoy a second buffet restaurant by the pool. With two huge, lagoon-style pools as well as a fitness centre with an indoor pool there are many places around the hotel for you to relax in and truly enjoy your holiday. For entertainment, there are nightly shows as well as a kids’ club if you are making this a family trip! Sol Principe is a lovely, all-inclusive resort and perfect for your next golf holiday with or without the family!

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Also on the Costa del Sol is the H10 Estepona Palace which boasts a fantastic location as it has direct access to the beach and is just over a mile from the centre of Estepona. All of the bright rooms feature free Wi-Fi, a satellite TV, a minibar and a private balcony or terrace where you can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. The hotel features three outdoor pools, two for adults and one for children, one of the adult’s pools is heated during the winter months. Alongside the outdoor pools, there is also the Despacio spa where you will find a Turkish bath, an indoor pool and a fitness centre to enjoy. This hotel is perfect for your next all-inclusive golf break to the Costa del Sol!

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Yet another superb property on the Costa del Sol is Hotel Melia Marbella Banus which is just three-minutes’ walk from the beach and if that isn’t enough then there are also three outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts as well as a charming spa area which features a Turkish Bath, a sauna and a Jacuzzi as well as an indoor pool. Each of the rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished and all have their own private balcony for you to enjoy the views of the surroundings of the hotel from. There are two superb restaurants on the property which serve a range of different cuisines to suit everyone and for after dinner or post-round of golf there are two lovely bar areas for you to sit in and enjoy a few drinks! With all of the hotel’s facilities and no less than five superb golf courses within close proximity of the hotel it is no surprise that this is one we highly recommend for your next golf holiday to Spain!

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Last, but not least, is the four-star H10 Salou Princess Hotel on the Costa Dorada. This hotel boasts a fantastic location as it is situated right in the heart of the bustling town of Salou and is just four-minutes’ walk from the beach! The hotel is set out around the large outdoor swimming pool and terrace area where you can relax and soak up some of the sun that we rarely see in the UK! The hotel also offers a gym as well as a spa including a Jacuzzi and a sauna. As you are situated in the centre of town there are many dining and drinking options but the hotel’s restaurant – El Tarraco – is a lovely option where you can enjoy a range of Mediterranean dishes and some great show cooking! As far as bars go, you won’t ever be short of somewhere to grab a drink with the hotel’s three bars as well as the ones you will find in town! This hotel is a superb option for your next golf break to Spain where you can enjoy relaxing on the beach or around the pool whilst getting the chance to play some excellent golf and enjoy some great food and drink – all in a great location!

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We hope that you have enjoyed this blog and it has sparked off some thoughts for where your next golf break could take you…

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Happy New Year from all of us at Golf Escapes and we hope that you have a good year full of plenty of great golf!

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This week’s blog is a guide to the best resorts for your next group golf holiday. When you’re planning a group golf holiday you have to make sure there is some fantastic golf, great bars and excellent restaurants for you to enjoy during the holiday. Spring is a perfect time to go on your next group golf break where you can enjoy the bright and dry weather that England rarely offers us at that time of year!

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Voyage Belek Golf & Spa is arguably one of the best resorts for groups and with Turkey’s climate you are almost guaranteed some fantastic weather from April through to October! This 5-star, all-inclusive resort offers everything you could need for a fantastic group holiday from the spa to the private beach to the fact that you can play two superb nearby courses – Montgomerie Maxx Royal and Titanic Golf Club. The resort boasts a wide range of different eating a drinking options with eight restaurants serving specialities from Mexican to Japanese to traditional Turkish dishes. There are also nine bars for you to all relax in after 18-holes on one of the golf courses or just if you fancy a few after dinner drinks! All of the rooms are beautifully furnished with a flat-screen TV each as well as private balconies for you to enjoy stunning views across the Mediterranean Sea or the golf course. The Voyage is a great resort for your next group golf break because of everything it has to offer in terms of a range of facilities, activities and the golf in the surrounding area is fantastic. With all of this as well as a great spa area and five swimming pools you cannot deny that this is a perfect destination for your next golf holiday as there truly is something for everyone!

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The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course has a fantastic layout making it one of the most popular courses in the Belek region. It’s a fantastic course with water featuring heavily throughout the round making it a tricky one! The 18th is certainly something to look forward to on this course as you will require accuracy in your shot to get to the well-protected green at the end. This course is a scenic one with wide fairways meandering through forests of pine and eucalyptus trees and is certainly one not to be missed. Voyage guests get prime tee times and discounted green fees at this course and if that doesn’t seal the deal for you then nothing will!

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Titanic Golf Club is another beautiful course that you can play when staying at the Voyage and has 27 great holes for you to play. This course has a real mixture of holes from beachside ones to parkland to links style holes! This is a lovely course to play and can be a real test of ability!

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Another great resort for your group golfing holiday is the Tivoli Marina Portimão which is situated on the Algarve. This stunning 4-star hotel is situated in the centre of the marina in Portimão just three-minutes’ walk from the beach and five-minutes’ from Praia de Rocha. There are three fantastic courses within close proximity to the hotel – Alamos, Morgado and Salgados – so you will never be short of somewhere to have a good round of golf! Each of the studio apartments that you can stay in feature a kitchenette so it is possible to do a little self-catering if you don’t want to venture out for dinner or to one of the hotel’s two restaurants. If there are some of the group less into golf, then they can enjoy being in such a central location or just use the hotel’s swimming pools and fitness rooms whilst the others are golfing!

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Also situated on the Algarve is the Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa which is another resort to consider when you are thinking about your next group golfing holiday. This resort boasts an ideal location as it is so close to the centre of Albufeira which is well known for its busy nightlife and wide range of restaurants and bars. The hotel’s rooms are all spacious and fully-fitted with everything you would expect from a hotel of this standard and there is also a spa and health club for those of the group who may not want to go on all the golfing excursions! With all of this and the fact that there are several golf courses within close proximity of the hotel this definitely is a resort we recommend for the perfect group golf break.

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Hotel Melia Villaitana is a 4-star hotel situated just 20 minutes from Alicante and just between two fabulous golf courses. The hotel offers a wonderful spa area, outdoor swimming pools and an artificial beach all for guests to enjoy at their leisure. The hotel is designed to replicate an old Mediterranean village and all of the rooms have private balconies or terraces as well as a satellite TV. There are a range of restaurants for you to enjoy at the hotel but Alicante is a short drive away where you can find more restaurants, bars and nightlife to enjoy! The Villaitana courses are simply stunning and will provide great rounds for guests at the hotel. This is another fantastic option for your next group golf holiday to Spain and although you can venture out to get the nightlife and bars the actual hotel is a little quieter and more exclusive than other busier resorts.

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Mar Menor Golf Resort boasts some beautiful and well-appointed apartments which are perfect for when you are travelling as a group here. They are all spacious with well-equipped kitchens and either a private balcony or terrace for you to relax out on. The Residences give you that option of self-catering which can be great for when you are travelling as a group rather than eating out all the time but there are plenty of options for food and drink nearby as well! This is a great destination for your next golf break as there are a wide range of different courses within such close proximity of the hotel as well as the well-known Mar Menor course on-site!

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We hope that this week’s blog has encouraged you to think about your next group golf holiday that you will be taking, perhaps even in Spring 2017! There are plenty of fantastic options available and some of the best resorts are perfect for group golf holidays.

 

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This week’s blog is a guide to two fantastic hotels and their superb golf courses which are situated in the Lisbon region. Lisbon is a great destination for a spring golf escape where you are much more likely to get the sunny, dry weather expected of spring than you are in the UK! With the weather as atrocious as it is at the moment here in the UK make sure that you have something to look forward to for early 2017 and book your next golf break away today…

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Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel & Spa is located on the beautiful Silver Coast just an hour away from Lisbon and was the winner of the IAGTO Best Resort in Europe 201. This stunning hotel only opened in 2014 and has fast become a favourite of ours and it isn’t hard to see why. All of the beautifully designed guest rooms have private balconies that you can enjoy views out to Obidos Lagoon from or if you are on the West side of the hotel, you get infinite views over the Atlantic Ocean and of the world-class Royal Obidos golf course. The hotel’s main restaurant is the Kobe Steak & Sushi Restaurant where you can experience a superb meal in a lovely setting with fantastic views to enjoy whilst you are sipping on fine wine. There are three bars, one of which is a poolside bar, where you can enjoy a range of different cocktails, wines and beers either after 18-holes on the golf course or before you sit down for a fine meal in the hotel’s restaurant. If you are less into golf and more into relaxation then although during the spring months you might not get to do as much sunbathing by the outdoor pool as you may like to, the hotel boasts a great spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments, a Finnish sauna or the heated indoor pool. This is a stunning hotel which is perfect for your next spring golf holiday to the Lisbon region.

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Royal Obidos Golf Course will present a test to golfers of all abilities with around 7,300 yards (from the back tees) of stunning views and a range of different challenging holes. The signature hole on the front nine is the par-3 3rd hole where the green is on an island with spectacular views out to the Obidos lagoon as its backdrop. The 18th hole is definitely an impressive finish to the round, it’s a par-5 hole and you have stunning views across the back nine, the ocean and the clubhouse as you play the hole. With a variety of different challenges as well as beautiful views and an interesting round it is no surprise that this course won the Best Course in Portugal award in 2015.

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Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort & Spa is also situated on the Silver Coast in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by vineyards but is just 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon airport. The guestrooms are all individually decorated and have stunning views of either the courtyard or the golf course. The hotel features three great restaurants that you can enjoy as well as two different bars to enjoy a post-round cold beer at! There are plenty of activities to enjoy on-site if you are not into playing golf like tennis and horse-riding or just relaxing in the spa. The resort is in a great location as you have easy access to two fantastic golf courses – Royal Obidos and Campo Real as well as several traditional Portuguese villages nearby. This hotel is perfect if you are looking for a quieter golf break as there are some great deals here and not a lot of noise! This is another fantastic location for your next golf break to the Lisbon region – especially if you are looking to play a couple of different courses and explore some of the traditional Portuguese villages in the area.

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Campo Real Golf Course is another challenging golf course that will test all golfers regardless of how low their handicap score is and once you start to see the deep inclines, blind shots and hills you will understand why. This course is well-manicured and the service here is very high which always makes a round more enjoyable! This course is well integrated into its surroundings and makes use of the valleys and hills to make this course more challenging and interesting. The par-5 5th hole demonstrates this as you tee off downhill but then you have to get back up to a raised green after a sharp left turn in the course. The course has beautiful surroundings with rolling hills and vineyards surrounding the fairways and at the penultimate hole you can experience panoramic views across the whole of the course. This is another great but challenging course and when you are staying at Dolce Campo Real you get the chance to play both this course and Royal Obidos which makes for a perfect golf break!

 

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and it has made you think about your golf break for spring 2017 so that you can escape the dreary English weather and go somewhere like the Lisbon region to experience fabulous golf and stay in a beautiful hotel in a wonderful location!