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If you’re taking a golf holiday in Europe, you won’t want for fantastic courses. Europe is absolutely flooding with them. The hotel choices around Europe, they are incredible too.

Ingeniously, sport and luxury accommodation have been paired to produce golf hotels. And, Europe has quite a few of them.

What better place to stay on a golf vacation than a golf hotel? Wake up, get right on to the course, and start every day with a quick round before venturing to other great greens in your destination.

If you’d like to make your golf vacation even better, here are the best golf hotels in Europe.

Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, UK

Housing royalty for centuries, this mansion has been converted into a luxurious golf hotel.

The estate offers a 50-acre lake, tennis courts, fine dining onsite, forest walking trails, and landscaped gardens.

The championship golf course here stretches for 7,000 yards and was designed by Mike Smith.

It has an inland links feel, is challenging, and follows USGA specifics. Players tend to love the back nine which takes them all over the estate.

The hotel spa offers an infinity pool, Swedish massage, hot stone massage, ESPA facials and more.

All rooms are unique and stylishly designed to fit the theme of a luxurious estate.

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Acaya Golf Resort, Italy

This resort can be found in the center of the Italian countryside.

It’s just a short drive from the southern coastline as well as the historical center of Lecce.

Guests can easily get to the beach, a selection of fine restaurants, and plenty of bars.

The hotel has a gym, spa, sauna, steam room, outdoor pool, and terraces for guests.

Guests will have access to the onsite restaurant which offers traditional, Italian fare.

The 18-hole golf course can be seen from the hotel rooms, making the view extra special.

Celtic Manor, UK

This 5-star hotel features more than 300 guest rooms. It was designed with large windows that let in plenty of natural sunlight. And, there are multiple terraces for guests to enjoy the view.

There are multiple bars and restaurants onsite so that you can sip a craft cocktail while enjoying live music.

The hotel includes three golf courses. The Roman Road course looks out over Seven Estuary and has a par 70.

The Twenty Ten course has a par 71 and spans over 7,000 yards. It has a few water hazards and a links-like feel.

The Montgomerie course spans more than 6,000 yards. It has a par 69, bunkers, valleys, and downhill shots.

Golfers love to relax in the spa after their game. It’s comprised of 16 different rooms, all offering ambient lighting and aromatherapy.

Try a hot stone massage, deep tissue massage, or facial.

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Aldeia dos Capuchos Hotel, Golf & Spa, Portugal

 This 4-star hotel is located in the village center of Capuchos. The town is full of history, is close to the beach, and has its own 9-hole golf course.

There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two restaurants, a spa, and a fitness center. Portuguese and Mediterranean food are available for guests when they decide to dine onsite.

The golf course here is a highlight for guests. It features seven par 3s, and two par 4s.

It’s close to Lisbon and the stunning golf courses that surround it as well. So, golfing guests can get out and enjoy the sport even more.

Stoke By Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa, UK

A site within itself, this resort exudes beauty and luxury, as it’s set on 300 acres of English countryside.

The luxurious suites are just the start as the resort has restaurants, a health center, and a fitness center.

Golfers will have access to two courses here. The Gainsborough course is filled with challenges, yet is suitable for all skill levels. It has been voted one of the best courses in the area.

The Constable course was built in the 1970s . It has beautiful views of the lake, is well manicured, and features an array of water hazards.

The onsite spa offers a collection of international and traditional treatments. You can find a Hammam, steam room, Jacuzzi, mud therapy, and a sanarium.

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Alhaurin Golf Resort, Spain

Located in Costa Del Sol, this golf resort offers absolutely stunning views and atmosphere both inside and out.

It’s small and intimate, creating a scene where guests can mingle and enjoy the onsite golf course together.

If you aren’t interested in socializing, that’s OK too because this hotel is considered one of the most relaxing and sedate in Europe.  

The design is modern and the rooms are big and comfortable. Guests tend to rave about the resort’s restaurant as it offers incredibly made dishes.

The property offers an 18-hole championship course, golf practice facilities, a driving range, outdoor pool, sauna, tennis courts, and massage therapists.

Macdonald Portal Hotel Golf & Spa, UK

Located near the town of Chester, this golf hotel is a luxurious getaway for golfers.

It has three golf courses, an award-winning restaurant, gigantic bathtubs in each room, and access to the restaurants and shops of Chester.

Their championship course spans 700 yards and was once the location of a battlefield.

It has a USGA standard green, water hazards, and various pars along the course. Plus, the countryside makes the perfect view during the game.

This resort is also known for its spa. After a long day on the green, head over for a scalp massage, facial, or mani/pedi.

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Anahita Golf & Spa Resort, Mauritius

This resort can be found amongst tropical plants, and well-manicured gardens on the east coast of Mauritius.

There is an outdoor swimming pool, health and fitness centers, tennis courts, and a water sports center.

Guests can also enjoy both of the onsite, 18-hole golf courses. Both are championship courses and were designed by Bernard Langer and Ernie Els.

The onsite restaurants offer Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. And, if you choose to stay in a suite or villa, you’ll have a private terrace, pool, and kitchen.

There is also bike rental, snorkeling, windsurfing, and a kids club.

Bogogno Golf Resort, Italy

While it’s only been open since 2014, this golf resort in Italy has made quite the name for itself.

It is considered one of the best hotels in the Piedmont area, especially because of the two golf courses on site.

It’s only a 40-minute drive to the Milan airport, which makes it a great destination for a weekend getaway when visiting the city.

Despite its close proximity to Milan, the golf resort is a secluded sanctuary for golfers who want to relax.

It overlooks Lake Maggiore and is a great area for wine and cheese tastings.

There are 36 holes on site, two bars, a lounge, Jacuzzi, restaurant, solarium an outdoor pool, and tennis courts.

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Barcelo Costa Ballena Golf & Spa, Spain

This resort is located just minutes from the beaches of Costa de Cadiz.

The hotel is actually located on the property of Costa Ballena Golf Club, which has a 27-hole course.

The spacious rooms are reflective of Andalusian design and offer guests a subtle luxury.

Each room offers a view of the ocean as well as the golf course. The hotel also offers access to the fitness center and spa where they can choose from a variety of treatments.

There is a lobby bar for a quick cocktail or some socializing as well as a buffet restaurant.

Outside of the hotel, guests can easily access the nightlife in the city of Cadiz.

There are also game rooms, a Jacuzzi, solarium, horse riding, and gardens.

Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, Turkey

Opened in 2008, this resort borders the Cornelia Faldo golf course.

The resort can be described as opulent as it offers luxury and top-of-the-line services to guests.

It’s extremely modern and offers beach access, swimming pools, a variety of bars and restaurants, and an amphitheater.

And, the onsite spa is renowned for its beauty, relaxing atmosphere, and treatment options.

Resort guests get discounts on the green fee and shuttle services to the course.

During the winter, there are four onsite restaurants, and eight during the summer. So, you won’t have to go very far to get an exquisite meal after your game of golf.

The resort also provides a 24-hour bar so that you can have a cocktail no matter what time of day it is.

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Carton House Hotel & Golf Club, Ireland

This historic hotel is only 30 minutes from Dublin and is both traditional and luxurious.

Guests can choose from a wide variety of suites and rooms, but everyone will have access to the onsite golf courses.

The resort offers massages, a sauna,  a pool, bar, gardens, nearby fishing, a restaurant, and tennis courts.

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, UK

This course is located on 1,000 acres of parkland and looks out over Edinburgh Castle.

The hotel has more than 200 suites as well as restaurants and bars on site. Visitors will never get bored as there is a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a lineup of leisure activities.

The resort has two golf courses, the east and the west. The east was designed by James Braid in 1927 and has a par 73. The course is 7055 acres and the perfectly manicured green offers challenging bunkers.

The west coast is a par 68 and stretches for 5168 yards. It’s more challenging than the east as it has a smaller green and narrow fairways.

There is also a spa offering facials, nail treatments, massages, and more on site.

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Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club, UK

Situated on 450 acres of private land, this resort overlooks the countryside of Northumberland.

It was built in the 1800s and still looks just as grand today.

The resort is a destination within itself and hosts weddings, business meetings, and other significant events throughout the year.  It’s truly a luxurious place for guests who want to take a golf vacation.

There is an 18-hole golf course here that is secluded and beautiful. It was designed by Jonathan Guant and has a 72 par and USGA-specific green.

Golfers can expect bunkers, water hazards, a par 5 hole, and a lounge.

After a few games, guests love to hit the spa. There is a sauna, steam room, technogym, indoor pool, and a fitness club.

Some treatments include ear candling, waxing, reflexology,  hot stone massage, body polish, and aromatic massage.

Foxhills Clubs & Resort, UK

This family-run resort is located on a 400-acre estate. Guests here experience luxury as well as a feeling of being at home.

There are eleven tennis courts on the property as well as trails through the picturesque countryside.

Golfers will have access to the resort’s driving range as well as three golf courses on the property.

Two of the courses are 18-hole championship while the third is a unique, 9-hole course.

After a long day on the green, head to the spa for a sports muscle massage, Reiki, thermal therapy, acupuncture, and thermal therapy.

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Dolce Chantilly, France

Located just 45 minutes north of Paris, this golf resort is a perfect compromise between city life and countryside beauty.

The hotel has more than 200 rooms that are decorated with a modern flare. Each one overlooks the forest or the golf course.

The hotel restaurants offer top-notch dining that is authentic and made with attention to detail.

There are bars, a clubhouse, and a piano bar for live entertainment and cocktails.

The 18-hole golf course is both challenging and manageable for less experienced golfers.

Guests can enjoy beach volleyball, a health and fitness center, a jogging trail, indoor pool, mountain biking, an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and table tennis.

Europe is full of incredible golf hotels. If you’re planning a golf getaway, make a hotel with a golf course your home base. While you can still explore the courses around your destination, there’s nothing better than walking out of your bedroom and right onto the course!

If this has inspired you to book your golfing holiday, please do get in touch today. Already got a holiday planned? You might enjoy our guide to taking golf clubs abroad.

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.

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

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

Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Foxhills Club & Resort

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Celtic Manor

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa 

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

The Golf Course

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

 The Spa

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

Cameron House

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa 

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

The Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel & Spa

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Hallmark Welcombe Hotel Spa & Golf Club

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Belton Woods 

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Barnham Broom Hotel

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Herons’ Reach

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Stoke By Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Macdonald Portal Hotel Golf & Spa

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

Gleneagles

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

The Golf Course

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

The Spa

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to the luxury that awaits you with a holiday to the Algarve. Summer is fast approaching us and in order for you to get some guaranteed sunshine as well as all of the other fabulous things the Algarve has to offer you then take a look at these luxury resorts and start planning your next luxury golf break to the Algarve

First up, we have the five-star Lake Resort situated in Vilamoura, just two minutes’ walk from the beach and easy access to the fantastic town of Vilamoura. This hotel offers its guests the height of luxury with three lovely pool areas and a private sandy beach solely for use of the guests here. The hotel has been recently refurbished and its rooms are beautifully decorated and spacious, asides from the hotel rooms, there are apartments in which you can stay in here which have fully-fitted kitchens giving you the option of self-catering. The resort boasts two restaurants: the Fusion restaurant where you can enjoy Oriental cuisine and the Marenostrum restaurant in the gardens where you can taste delightful fresh fish. The location of this resort is unbeatable, with easy access to the Oceanico courses, Vilamoura town and just 20 minutes’ drive from Albufeira. With a great location, great golf within close proximity and luxurious facilities it is no surprise that this is a recommendation by us, to you.

Next up, set amongst green pine forests in Castro Marim, just a five minute drive from Monte Gordo and a stone’s throw away from the stunning Praia Verde beach is the four-star Praia Verde boutique hotel. The suites here are all fitted with a fully functional kitchenette, giving you the option of self-catering here. They also all feature a private balcony, Wi-Fi and a separate lounge area to enjoy. If you are looking to take a break from cooking you can enjoy the homemade cuisine served at the À Terra restaurant or venture into Monte Gordo. Here, you can enjoy a few rounds at the Quinto do Vale golf course and spend time relaxing on the fantastic beach or by the pool making it a luxury destination and somewhere that you can enjoy some peace and quiet. The hotel is very close to the Spanish border where you can take a trip into Spain just for the day if you wish and when it comes to accessibility to airports, you are just under 40 miles from Faro meaning that this can be a perfect luxury golfing getaway even if just for a long weekend!

Another fantastic and luxurious resort for your next golf break to the Algarve is the five-star Quinta do Lago. All of the villas and townhouses here are fully-fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating and are in close range of the fantastic Quinta do Lago golf courses. You are also within nine minutes’ walk of the beach, where you can enjoy the privacy and tranquillity that Quinta do Lago’s private area on the beach has to offer you. If you are not so much into playing golf every day, then you will not be disappointed with the alternative facilities that are offered here like the indoor and outdoor swimming pools and the well-equipped spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments. Whilst staying in the villas gives you that all important self-catering option, you can enjoy delicious Algarvian cuisine or Venetian cuisine at one of the resort’s restaurants. This is considered to be one of the most sophisticated destinations on the Algarve and it really isn’t hard to see why.

The five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort in Vale do Lobo is one of the finest resorts in the Algarve and offers its guests top-class services and facilities. Whilst you are staying here, you have the opportunity to pre-book your tee times at the Algarve’s premium course, San Lorenzo which is just a ten minute drive from the resort. Whilst you are not playing at the fabulous San Lorenzo course, you can enjoy your luxurious golf break relaxing by the pool, on the beach or at the spa. Vale do Lobo’s plaza boasts a good selection of restaurants, bars and shops for you to mooch around and choose your destination for that evening! This resort is the height of luxury and it is no surprise that it made our list of recommendations for luxurious golfing destinations on the Algarve…

Last, but not least, we have the four-star Pestana South Beach which only opened in 2014 and is located just a few steps away from the beach. The rooms are all decorated with a modern and contemporary theme and feature Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. With Alvor just a five minute walk away you are never far from a great restaurant or bar to enjoy but there are also dining options on-site too where you can enjoy traditional dishes. Whilst you are not relaxing on the beach, spend time relaxing by one of the three outdoor swimming pools or in the spa and outdoor fitness centre. The Pestana golf courses are all within easy reach of the hotel so you can golf whilst staying here until your heart is content! This is a beautiful destination which offers all of its guests a luxurious stay in a superb location.

An added bonus to booking any of these superb hotels on the Algarve at the moment is our fantastic ATA promotion. This means that with every booking you will receive a J. Lindeberg golf shirt to enjoy and if your mind wasn’t already set upon one of these luxurious destinations then we are sure that it is now.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are looking forward to your next luxurious golfing getaway to the Algarve…

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 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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This week’s blog is the second instalment to our guide to Mauritius. Mauritius is an up and coming country for golfers with its beautiful white sandy beaches, beautiful resort and superb golf courses. Part one focused on the great hotels and courses you can find on the East Coast here and this will inform you of the gems that you can find on the South Coast.

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First up we have the Heritage Awali which is a stunning five-star beach resort surrounded by tropical gardens, swimming pools and the beach. The rooms all feature ethnic décor and a flat-screen TV as well as a private terrace or patio to enjoy the surroundings and warm weather. This hotel, like many others in Mauritius are all-inclusive and feature several restaurants and bars where you can experience everything from traditional Mauritian dishes to other international cuisines. If you are less into golf and more into relaxation then you will not be disappointed with the Seven Colours Spa where you can enjoy a wide range of different treatments. Besides relaxing by the many pool areas or on the beach there are also a range of different activities available including windsurfing and water-skiing. This is a stunning resort and is definitely one to take a look at when you are planning your next golf break to Mauritius.

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Just two minutes’ walk from the beach and set amongst tropical gardens with a beautiful 18-hole golf course on-site is the five-star Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort. This hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and it isn’t hard to see why. There is so much to do here from tennis courts, to the fitness and wellness centre to the watersports. The rooms here are beautifully decorated with an elegant theme each with a flat-screen TV and the facilities you would expect from a hotel of this standard. The hotel boasts two superb restaurants where you can either enjoy Mediterranean barbecues by the swimming pool or Pan-Asian cuisine down on the beach at Gin’ja restaurant. Not only can you experience the ambience of a small, elegant hotel when staying here but you can have access to the restaurants at the neighbouring Heritage Awali. This is another beautiful Heritage hotel on the South Coast and is perfect for your next relaxing golf holiday to Mauritius.

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Both of the Heritage hotels have access to the stunning Heritage Golf Course & Club which is a superb 18-hole championship golf course which boasts spectacular surroundings of rolling mountains on one side of the fairways and a lagoon on the other. This course is known for its wide fairways and sizeable putting surfaces but many of which require you to reach them with a blind shot! This is a great holiday course as with five different tee positions it is a challenge for experienced golfers but can be enjoyed by casual golfers too! The course is always in immaculate condition and has a wide variety of holes which are both testing and have beautiful views from them – a great course all-round.

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Last, but not least is Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa which is a lovely five-star resort surrounded by palm trees and white sandy beaches located on Mauritius’ Morne Peninsula. The rooms here are decorated with natural tones and all have free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV as well as spectacular views of the Indian Ocean from private balconies off of the rooms. This hotel offers a bed and breakfast option which means that you get to experience the delicious breakfast buffet at the Le Brabant restaurant and then choose which of the other three restaurants you want to dine in each evening. La Palma serves Italian dishes, Blue Marlin is a delicious seafood restaurant and La Ravanne serves traditional Creole specialities. The hotel offers guests so many areas to enjoy from the large pool area, the beach is just a stone’s throw-away and there are watersports available there including windsurfing, snorkelling and diving. This is a brilliant, lively hotel with all the facilities and activities available that you would expect from a five-star resort and you will definitely not be disappointed with a holiday here!

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Paradis Golf Club is a great 18-hole course on-site of the Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa. The course boasts a spectacular location nestled between the stunning Morne Mountains and the shores of the Indian Ocean. The front nine holes are rather narrow and the back nine feature water hazards on almost every hole making it a challenge even for the most confident of golfers. The views along the back nine holes are simply breathtaking as the course sweeps out and back along the coast before turning back towards the clubhouse. This gem of a course will give you a testing but consistent round of golf with some views that you could only experience on the exotic island of Mauritius.

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We hope that you have enjoyed both of the blogs on Mauritius and the gems that await you there both in terms of luxury resorts and superb golf courses. With January dragging on it is hard to even think about when we will get to experience some warm, sunny weather here in the UK and one sure way to take your mind off the January blues is to book your next golf escape to Mauritius…

 

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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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