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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week’s blog is a Lisbon special and will give you the details of some of the best hotels and golf courses that you can enjoy if you decide to take your next golf break to Lisbon. Lisbon is the perfect place for an unforgettable golf escape with vibrant culture, rich history, brilliant hotels and superb golf courses. With brilliant weather almost guaranteed between spring and autumn, this is the ideal destination for your next golf break to Portugal…

The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is a brilliant modern four-star hotel which boasts a fantastic location surrounded by the Arrabida Natural Reserve, situated on the beachfront with direct access to Sesimbra’s beautiful sandy beach and within walking distance of the town of Sesimbra’s bars and restaurants. The hotel was refurbished in 2015 which means that all of the guestrooms boast a stylish and modern décor and are fitted with all of the amenities and facilities that you could possibly need including a flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a minibar and a private balcony from which you can enjoy views over the stunning surroundings of the hotel and maybe even the Atlantic Ocean. Whilst you are not enjoying a round of golf on one of the excellent local golf courses like the Aroeira courses or Quinta do Peru then you can either venture into town to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a few drinks and a meal or relax at the hotel. The spa within the hotel offers its guests a wide range of health and beauty treatments including a hot stone massage or you can just enjoy the facilities which include a heated swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a Tropical Shower. Besides the spa, the hotel boasts a large outdoor infinity pool for you to relax around and soak up some of the Portuguese sunshine. It is so easy to venture into town to explore the restaurants there but if you prefer to eat within the hotel then the Aquarius Restaurant won’t disappoint with its lovely traditional Portuguese menu featuring some delicious fish dishes. 

If you are looking for a fantastic golf club to visit when you are next taking a golf break to Lisbon then have a look at The Lisbon Sports Club which boasts a brilliant 18-hole parkland course situated in a stunning location just 20 minutes’ drive from the city. As the course is such a short drive from the city and the airport, even if you don’t decide to stay near the course, it is easy to stop at the course and enjoy a superb round if you are on your way to your hotel or the city and is a great way to begin your golf break straight off of the plane. The course was designed by Hawtree and Sons and was founded in 1922 which is brilliant as you can really enjoy playing an excellent course in an untouched location with picturesque surroundings. The course is by no means long at 5,278 metres off the back tees which makes it the ideal holiday course as besides from the stream that comes into play on no fewer than 12 of the holes, the course is not too challenging. Make sure that you make a round here your priority when you are planning your next golf escape to Lisbon…

The four-star SANA Lisboa boasts a central location just 400 yards from the famous Marques de Pombal Square and is a perfect base from which you can easily enjoy some of the best golf courses which surround Lisbon. The hotel is situated in the centre of one of Lisbon’s best nightlife areas and boasts an excellent range of bars and restaurant within a short walking distance from the hotel and many of the best golf courses of the region are within 45 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Each of the rooms is spacious and modern and boasts incredible views of the Old City, Tagus River or Eduardo VII Park. You can enjoy a large buffet breakfast each morning and if you decide not to venture out to one of the many bars and restaurants in the local area then you can enjoy the hotel’s traditional Portuguese restaurant Contemporaneo for both lunch and dinner. Whilst you are not on one of the local golf courses then you can relax in the hotel’s spa by enjoying a massage or lounging in the hot tub, sauna or steam bath. This is a brilliant hotel which offers excellent value for a hotel situated in the city centre with local bars and restaurants to enjoy and excellent transport links within the city.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these fantastic hotels when you are planning your next golf escape and currently, we are offering an exclusive Callaway super-dri Polo Shirt with every booking to the Lisbon area which shouldn’t be missed out on…

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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This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to Sicily and all of the great things it has to offer you for your next golf escape including brilliant beaches, luxurious hotels and great golf courses. Although Sicily might not be the first place that you think of when you are planning your next golf holiday, there is so much to do, see, eat and drink here that it would be a shame not to come and enjoy some of the brilliant courses that are situated here whilst taking advantage of the lovely Sicilian culture.

Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa is a charming and beautiful four-star golf resort located right at the foot of Mount Etna and inside the Mount Etna Nature Park. As the hotel is located 2,133 feet above sea level, the hotel and its surrounding areas are kept at a lovely temperature due to the sea breeze. Whilst you are not out on the golf course or exploring the local beaches and ancient Greek ruins that are nearby you can spend your time relaxing in the resort’s comprehensive spa which boasts everything from a swimming pool to a gym to a sauna and different massage treatment rooms. The hotel’s main restaurant, La Ghiandaia serves traditional Sicilian dishes and after your game of golf you can enjoy a varied lunch menu at the club house there. This is the ideal destination for your next relaxing golf escape with beautiful surroundings, facilities, top service and the fantastic Il Picciolo Golf Club right next door.

Il Picciolo Golf Club is a brilliant golf club situated within Etna National Park. The fairways wind their way through the ancient lava flows that have been carved out by Mount Etna which makes the course truly unforgettable. Although the course is not particularly long at only 5,881 metres from the championship tees, it is filled with hazards including water and natural twists and turns as the course winds through the natural landscape. Il Picciolo is the oldest golf club on the island and boasts a tranquil atmosphere and a stunning setting with Mount Etna. the National Park as well as oak trees, vineyards and hazelnut trees lining the fairways. There are many fantastic and unique holes on this course but the signature one, without doubt, is the very short par-3 5th hole where Mount Etna is the backdrop to a three-tiered green that you can rarely score anything less than par. This is a beautiful and atmospheric golf club with a great course and a great clubhouse – one that isn’t to be passed up on when on the beautiful island of Sicily.

The five-star Verdura Resort is situated on 230 hectares of stunning Sicilian countryside and olive groves and borders 2km of golden coastline. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy the two Verdura courses, relax on the hotel’s private beach, swim in the infinity pool or take advantage of the extensive spa and wellness facilities – this hotel truly has it all. The spa boasts four thalassotherapy pools as well as a range of different massages and treatments available and there is also a fully-equipped gym and running trails as well as two tennis courts if you are looking to exercise beyond the golf courses. All of the rooms here feature their own private balconies from which you can see out across the hotel’s stunning surroundings and some of the rooms even have their own private courtyard and terrace which overlook the Mediterranean Sea. For dining and drinking, the resort’s restaurants and bars serve a variety of different cuisines and there is always somewhere that you can find a cold beverage or two! If you are looking for a luxurious golf break then there is no place more suited to you than the Verdura Resort.

The Verdura Golf Resort boasts two courses – the East and the West. The East Course has been designed impeccably to provide you with an unforgettable round of golf whilst you can still see out across the Sicilian coastline. The wind is always a huge factor on gameplay on this course which can make it especially difficult to score well, particularly when there are many strategically placed bunkers and a few water features lying in wait to catch errant shots. This is a great course with a very interesting design and some spectacular views. The resort’s West Course boasts a more traditional layout and whilst you play you can experience some incredible but different backdrops including an old railway line, the countryside, the Mediterranean and the coastline all in one round. These courses are ones that you must play and are fantastic additions to the already brilliant Verdura Resort…

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa which is nestled in the South East of Sicily in one of Sicily’s most fascinating regions. The resort is a golfer’s paradise with two brilliant golf courses on site as well as shuttle buses in the summer to the resort’s private beach area and there are two bars and three restaurants on site. Aside from the resort’s extensive golf facilities, there is a fully-equipped gym and spa where there is a sauna, a steam bath and an indoor pool. Both and airport and nearby city Ragusa can be reached by car in under 30 minutes’ drive from the resort. This is a very luxurious resort with some great facilities and you will always experience excellent service. Another destination that is perfect for your next luxury golf escape to Sicily…

There are two courses at the Donnafugata Resort – the North Course and the South Course. The North Course was designed by Gary Player and is a challenging and fun course for golfers of all abilities. The course blends effortlessly into its natural surroundings and carob and olive trees line the fairways. This is a stunning course with some interesting natural features for you to see along the way. The South Course is the Links course and is entirely different to the North Course which means that whilst you are here you can truly sample the best of both worlds. This course is very close to the sea so there is always wind present which makes it hard to score well, especially when there are artificial lakes lying in wait for any shots that are even slightly off target! This is the perfect course if you are looking for a thrilling golf course. Make sure that the Verdura Resort and its fantastic golf courses are in your mind next time you are contemplating booking your next golf break…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider Sicily as the destination for your next golf escape with its fantastic weather, culture, food, drink, hotels and golf…what more could you need?

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best options for both hotels and golf in and around the Lisbon region. Lisbon is a fantastic golfing destination and one that has to much to offer in terms of some world-class golf and stunning, luxurious hotels. One of the great things about Lisbon is the weather and there is still prime golfing weather into autumn so it really isn’t too late to start thinking about your golf break to Lisbon this year…

First up we have the four-star Montado Hotel & Golf Resort and boasts a tranquil and idyllic location set amongst vineyards and just 30 minutes’ drive south of Lisbon. The guestrooms are decorated with a contemporary theme and have their own flat-screen TVs, coffee rooms and a private balcony with views across the golf course. Whilst you are not playing around on the fantastic Montado golf course, you can relax in the spa or around the pool. The hotel’s own restaurant, All in One, serves delicious regional and international dishes for you to enjoy and the Pitch and Putt bar is great for a few cold drinks and a lighter meal. On-site of the resort is the 18-hole Montado golf course. The course is a fairly flat course but that doesn’t make it easy, it provides all golfers with a great challenge with the amount of strategically placed hazards throughout the course. This course has recently been upgraded and is definitely one to add to your itinerary if you are in the Lisbon area

Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort & Spa is a beautifully designed five-star hotel located in the Portuguese countryside amongst vineyards and small villages. All of the rooms are individually decorated and boast either courtyard or golf course views. There are three different restaurants at the hotel and two bars as well as many Portuguese towns and villages nearby that you could venture out to find a great restaurant there too. You will never be short of things to do whilst staying here as the hotel has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an extensive spa, tennis courts, horses. a football pitch and the beaches of the Silver Coast are also very nearby! On top of all of that of course, there is the brilliant Campo Real course. The course is surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards and fits into its surroundings well with its dramatic hills along the course and wooded valleys. The views are spectacular from both the clubhouse and the course, especially the 17th hole where you can see right across the resort and the vineyards. This is another fantastic Lisbon special…

The five-star Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is another top choice for your next golf holiday to Lisbon with so many golf courses in its surrounding area as well as the fabulous Praia d’el Rey course on-site of the resort. All of the rooms provide you with beautiful views across the Atlantic Ocean and the golf course. Asides from the brilliant golf here, there are other activities for you to enjoy besides relaxing by the pool such as using the spa facilities or venturing into the nearby town of Obidos. There are two restaurants and a bar at the hotel which offer you beautiful views of the ocean or the pool whilst you are dining. The Praia d’el Rey course is a classic links course with a variety of holes through lush forests to coastal dunes where you can enjoy tremendous sea views. It is no surprise that this is one of the most popular golf courses with fantastic conditions and an interesting layout as well as beautiful surroundings. With one of Europe’s finest courses on-site you cannot really go wrong with booking your next Lisbon getaway to the Praia d’el Rey Marriott

Last but not least we have the four-star Sesimbra Hotel and Spa which is located just two minutes’ walk from the beach and in the fishing village of Sesimbra. The rooms are luxurious and stylishly decorated with Atlantic views from the private balconies as well as flat-screen TVs. Whilst you are not enjoying one of the fantastic Orizonte courses which are all within a short distance from the hotel, you can spend your time relaxing on the beach, by the pools or in the spa where there are a wide range of treatments offered. At the hotel’s restaurant you can enjoy some delicious traditional Portuguese dishes. Within such a short distance from the hotel are five fantastic golf course which can each offer you something unique and interesting.

The Orizonte courses are fantastic holiday courses which you must take the time to play. Aroeira I and Aroeira II are situated on the same resort close to the hotel, Aroeira I’s undulating fairways run through pine forests and so you have to make accurate shots in order to avoid the pine trees, it is a challenging and fun course. Aroeira II features strategically placed water hazards on nine of its holes and with the fairways also lined with pine trees there is no room for error. Quinta do Peru was built as an upmarket Lisbon members course but through Orizonte the green fees aren’t too steep but you can tell that you are playing an upmarket course. Along the way there are plenty of water and sand hazards waiting to catch your errant shots. Last but not least when you are staying at the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is the Ribagolfe golfing resort. Both Ribagolfe I and Ribagolfe II are firm favourites with us here and if you give them a chance we are sure that you will see why as you get to play a superb round golf in such a natural surroundings!

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that it has provoked some of your thoughts for your next Lisbon golfing getaway…

This week’s blog is a guide to the six golf courses that have the best facilities in Europe. Whether you are planning your next golf escape based on a few superb golf courses you want to play or you want to know where to get to experience the best facilities in Europe this is a guide to help you out in both of those areas…

 

First up, we have the PGA Catalunya resort which boasts two superb courses – the Stadium and the Tour course. The Stadium course is considered to be one of the best courses in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. It is a long and hilly course with some very challenging holes but with five different sets of tees it is playable by golfers of all handicaps. The Tour course is slightly easier than the Stadium course but is still a challenge for golfers of all levels with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. There are many practice facilities here from the large natural grace practice tee to a 2,000 square-metre putting green and chipping area to the upgraded driving range with four greens, each surfaced with different grass! The resort also boasts a stunning clubhouse which has the perfect atmosphere for relaxing and enjoying a cold beverage after a fabulous round of golf on one of the courses.

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The Belas golf course in Lisbon is a beautiful and hilly course that offers you fabulous views of the Sintra hills as well as the nature reserve. This course is definitely one to hire a buggy for otherwise your golf as well as your legs may suffer! The Golf Academy here is one of the most well-known in the Lisbon region and has impressive training areas including two short game areas and two putting greens. The course also boasts its own lovely clubhouse where you can relax and enjoy views out onto the course whilst sipping on a cold drink or enjoying a good meal. This is a beautiful, well-kept course with some first-class facilities and is not one to be missed out on!

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Next up we have the Sueno courses in Belek, Turkey. The resort boasts two great courses, the Pines and the Dunes course which are great holiday courses to play and are always kept in perfect condition. The Dunes course is the shorter and easier of the two courses but still has some spectacular views and an interesting layout for players of all abilities to enjoy! The Pines course is a long and challenging course at 6,434 metres from the back tees with some strategically positioned bunkers and water hazards along the way! Both of the courses here will provide you with a great round of golf and a drink in the Birdie Bar afterwards is definitely not to be passed up on!

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Lumine Golf Club features two fabulous golf courses, the Lakes and the Hills courses. These are both very different courses but offer the same high quality round of golf and facilities that come with the round. The Lakes course offers some simply breathtaking views of the Sèquia Major wetland area but is a challenge with water hazards appearing on 14 holes which means that accuracy is key if you hope to score near to your handicap on this course! The Hills course boasts stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea as well as a tricky round of golf! Just like its sister course, there are many strategically placed hazards but on the Hills course they are bunkers rather than lakes, these hazards combined with the length of the course make this a challenging but fun round. At the golf club, there is a putting green, a chipping green and a driving range for you to make use of before your round if you are feeling a little rusty and not ready to take on these challenging courses!

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The Albatross Golf Resort, just outside the city of Prague is another fabulous course with great facilities. The course is set 420 metres above sea level which means that it has its own micro-climate and boasts the longest golf season in Europe. It is a truly stunning course with water hazards and sand bunkers just adding to the beautiful design of the course. At the resort, there are some of the highest class facilities available with a world-class golf academy as well as an updated driving range and an extensive short game practise area. The resort also boasts a superb clubhouse where you can enjoy a cold drink or a delicious meal after a round on this impressively designed course. This is another top-class course and a round here is certainly not to be missed out on.

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Last, but not least is the Amendoeira Golf Resort which boasts two stunning courses, the Oceanico O’Connor and the Oceanico Faldo. The Oceanico O’Connor course is heavily dominated by water hazards which makes it a tricky round where you will have to play accurately in order to achieve a scorecard that reflects your handicap which is similar to the Oceanico Faldo course as there are many holes that require you to think about your shots carefully before teeing off! There are also some great practise facilities here and the clubhouse is very luxurious with spacious changing rooms and lounge areas as well as a great restaurant and bar area for you to enjoy after your round!

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We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and it has provoked thoughts of your next golf break to Europe and which courses you are going to aim to play!

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Well known course designer, Pete Dye, once said, “Golf is not a fair game, so why build a course fair?” This has sort of become a signature, a trademark attribute of every good golf course out there – the challenge, the notorious holes, the twists and turns. Win or lose, some of these golf courses are punishing enough to make professional golfers cry on global television. Some of sport’s most unforgettable moments (of joy or of defeat). Which explains why some of the toughest golf courses are the most famous ones. Here at Golf Escapes, our team has over 60 years of collective experience in travel and over 40 years of collective experience in golf travel, so we know a thing or two about golf courses by now, including the best ones, the hardest ones, the most scenic ones, and the most iconic ones. Here are 15 of the most famous golf courses from around the world!

1. St. Andrews Old Course, Fife (Scotland)

Scotland’s courses make the big lists every single year and few have beaten the fame or the popularity of St. Andrews. The club boasts seven courses in total but it’s the Old Course that really has people talking. This par 72 course spans 6721 yards and anyone who plays here will be following in the footsteps of legends. St. Andrews Old Course is one of the oldest and most acclaimed courses in the world, and the Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised as seriously tough obstacles by golfers worldwide. Despite its status though, this course remains open to the public so it’s as accessible as it is prestigious.

And in addition to its shining reputation, the course is also incredibly well managed – in a sustainable and responsible way – to ensure that every golfer has the best possible experience.

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‘Erik Thörnqvist på golfresa i St Andrews 2015.’ by Erik Thörnqvist

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2. The King’s Course, Perthshire (Scotland)

Often referred to as “the best moorland course in the world”, King’s Course remains a favourite amongst amateur and professional golfers. The course itself is designed by renowned architect, James Baird, and is best known for blending all 18 holes seamlessly into the landscape for a scenic and utterly soul-soothing experience. An absolute visual masterpiece, with the rugged natural beauty of rural Perthshire serving as its backdrop, the King’s Course is a test to even some of the best players in the world. A unique challenge with unbelievable views of the surrounding moorlands.

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3. The Stadium Course at Sawgrass, Florida (USA)

The Stadium Course at Sawgrass in Florida is a regular contender for the Top 100 lists in well-known golf publications and the notoriously tricky 17th island green is one of the reasons that makes this course such a famous one. Designed by Pete Dye, this is one of the most recognised courses across the globe. And with 44 average balls in the water according to 2013 stats, it makes for a riveting watch during the annual Players Championships. The 17th is the course’s shortest hole and one of the most dramatic. It can easily go one way or the other. Plenty of pro players manage to score a birdie here, but you can cut the tension with a knife between player and audience every time, because no matter how seemingly achievable it is, golfers are always just one swing away from a double bogey.

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4. Oakmont, Pennsylvania (USA)

This par 4 course opened back in 1903 and was built by the father-son team of Henry and William Fownes, two highly regarded designers who set the standards of golf and took it to a whole new level. Henry and William said of the game, “A shot poorly played should be irrevocably lost.” And that has been the concept behind their challenging course architecture. One slight mistake, one minor error and all chances could be blown. Created to be the most punishing and difficult course in America, Oakmont makes you work for it at the Church Pews bunker and also on the left side of the 4th hole.

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5. Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia (USA)

If the spectacular scenery doesn’t blow you away, the history and the long list of world famous players sure will. The course was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie, and has been the home grounds for the Masters Tournament ever since 1934. This is the only major tournament played at the same course every single year, making Augusta National Golf Club one of the most famous across the globe. It goes without saying that it ranks as one of – if not, the – best course in numerous publications and tournament experiences are always a fantastic and memorable experience for visitors. Our packages include hotel and breakfast with Masters tickets and transfers (with custom holiday packages also available).

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‘Augusta National Golf Club’ by Dan Perry

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6. Trump International Golf Links, Aberdeenshire (Scotland)

Made up of majestic sand dunes, rugged grassland and breath-taking sea views, golfing at Aberdeenshire’s Trump International Golf Links course is a truly memorable experience. Switch perfectly manicured greens for something wonderful and wild, and bring the whole family along for a great holiday exploring the area’s natural beauty and many nearby beaches. Set along the coast in Balmedie, this golf course is one of the most dramatic and golfers will enjoy staying at the grand five star Macleod House.

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7. Cypress Point, California (USA)

Cypress Point is another world famous course that never fails to be listed by big golf publications. Set along the stunning coastline of Pebble Beach in California, this 18 hole golf course offers the most awe-inspiring views. The natural beauty of the surrounding area is unmatched by any other golf course in the US, and the course boasts a timeless feel for classic playing. The course was designed by Alister Mackenzie, with a view of allowing the golf course to take a natural and organic route, blending the holes flawlessly with the beauty of the landscape. Watch out for the 16th hole and beware of The Pacific – the ultimate water hazard.

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‘View From Clubhouse to 16’ by Schnaars

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8. Pine Valley, New Jersey (USA)

Another impressive course that regularly makes the Top 100 and even Top 10 lists of the best golf courses in the world. And it isn’t without reason. Founder George Crump, who sadly died before the course’s completion in 1919, took a piece of desolate land in New Jersey and set about transforming it into a beautiful masterpiece. After public opening in 1919, it took more than three years before anyone could complete the course in 70 strokes and Pine Valley quickly earned its reputation as one of the most testing courses for even the best golfers. In the book Complete Golfer, Robert Trent Jones wrote about Pine Valley, “It fills you with dread and delight…..it takes your breath away…..it’s a monster…..but it’s beautiful”.

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9. Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle (Northern Ireland)

It’s no surprise that an Irish golf course has made it onto our list. With the incredible rugged landscapes and unforgiving coastal winds, golfing in Ireland or Northern Ireland is both a challenging and beautiful experience. The Republic of Ireland is fast becoming a key destination for golf holidays but we simply can’t go without mentioning a Northern Ireland course, the famous Royal County Down Golf Club and regular contender in Top 100 lists. It’s often compared to Royal Portrush, with the two clubs going head to head to be the best golf course in the Norther Ireland region. Nestled at the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and still upholding many of golfing’s old traditions, this is a great place to play.

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10. Kingsbarns Golf Links, near St. Andrews (Scotland)

Ranked in the ‘Worldwide Top 100 Golf Courses Outside the United States’, Kingsbarns is an 18 hole 72 par links course that every golfer should get to know. A dream to play for avid golfers, this course offers spellbinding views. And with such a beautiful seaside location along the Fife coastline, sunsets are pretty amazing too. Co-hosting the annual European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (together with the Old Course at St Andrews and Carnoustie Golf Links), this is one of the most prestigious places to tee off in Scotland.

The Kingsbarns experience is something of a traditional one and the club aims to deliver the most excellent service to all of its guests. So if you’re looking for prominent, high-status course together with a friendly service from a very passionate team, this is the place to be for your next golf holiday.

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11. Monte Rei Golf Course, Algarve (Portugal)

This signature golf course ranks as the number 1 golf course in Portugal. Set in the beautiful Eastern Algarve, a golfing holiday here is fantastic for the entire family. The towns of Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Monte Gordo are all worth a visit and the beaches will keep everyone happy. The course itself is designed by golf legend, Jack Nicklaus and shortly after opening to the public in 2007, this new course quickly established a reputation of being the best course in the country. The beautiful course features five stunning lakes and there is also a great driving range on site for practice.

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12. Muirfield, East Lothian (Scotland)

Having been ranked number 3 in the world several times, Muirfield is a must. A rite of passage even. Since 1892, Muirfield has hosted 42 national and international competitions, averaging about one every three years. And the course has seen some of the biggest golfing stars come and go, including James Braid and Sir Nick Faldo (who have both won two majors on the course), Harry Vardon, Tom Watson, Sir Michael Bonallack, Ronnie Shade, Cyril Tolley, Robert A Gardner, Lee Trevino, Tony Jacklin and many more. Known to the golfing world as a low-key yet highly admired golf course with straightforward links and challenging fairways, Muirfield is just fantastic through and through.

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13. Dubai Creek, Dubai (UAE)

The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club has had global attention in recent years and is listed as the 5th best course in the United Arab Emirates. A relatively new club, opening in 1993, Dubai Creek has already been dubbed a “golfer’s paradise”. Best known for its well-groomed fairways and manicured greens, this is a picture perfect course that creates a serious challenge from tournament tees. But don’t worry if you’re not up to a punishing play because the course goes a little easier from the forward tees, making it a good course for golfers of every level. Situated just 5 minutes away from Dubai city centre, it’s also in a very convenient location, especially for holiday makers who are bringing the whole family.

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14. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, New York (USA)

A superb golf course for anyone touring the US! The beautifully green and rugged looking Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is set in the town of Southampton on Long Island in New York. For anyone popping over to the Big Apple, this course is a must. Prestigious, extremely well managed, and a course that holds its own with other high status courses in the US, Shinnecock Hills offers an experience you won’t forget. It has hosted the U.S. Open four times in three different centuries and is scheduled to host again in 2018.

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15. Corballis Links, County Dublin (Ireland)

Ranked in the Top 100 list, we simply can’t forget to mention Corballis Links in Donabate, County Dublin. Less than 30 minutes from the city of Dublin, it’s in a great location for a golf holiday, with easy access to sightseeing and the great food and drink culture of Ireland. The course is over 100 years old and you stumble across some old quirks, a smattering of old fashioned course design even though the layout has been upgraded a number of times.

Corballis Links

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If you are interested in experiencing what it is like to play golf on one of the most famous golf courses in the world, please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

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This week’s blog is the second part to our U.K golfing blog. Although the last few weeks have definitely been a little chillier than we are used to with the weather having been so mild all last winter and this autumn but on the whole the weather has been much warmer through the low-season months. This is great news for golf here as the courses stay in better condition for longer and you get to play the fantastic courses here for low-season rates but whilst playing in mid-season weather!

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Tours in England and Ireland have become much more popular and we are constantly getting out to explore the hidden gems around the country looking for all the best golf courses that you can then book to play!

 

A key tip if you’re looking to book your next golf tour in the U.K is definitely to book early, big groups book their tee times very far in advance so to get the good ones you definitely have to get in there quickly!

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In this blog, we have a few different fantastic resorts and a few different great golf courses that you should definitely consider looking into when planning your next golf break in England or Ireland…

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First up we have the Dorset Golf & Country Club which is situated in a stunning, tranquil setting in the midst of a pine forest. This is a lovely resort and offers not only a lovely 16-bedroom hotel which is perfect for smaller groups but also some superb log cabins which sleep up to eight people in them. The log cabins are fully furnished and each have a fully-fitted kitchen so you have the option of self-catering very easily when staying here! The resort boasts a range of different facilities (aside for the magnificent golf course!) from fishing lakes to a fitness centre and sauna as well as an indoor championship bowls rink. There is plenty to do and see here but of course the highlight of the resort is the 27 holes of championship golf that are on-site. The Championship Course consists of three different loops of nine holes so you will be able to mix and match them to play the course you want to play. This is a beautiful location for your next golf break to Dorset and the golf here is not to be missed out on!

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Hotel Old Thorns is a four-star luxury hotel set in the rolling hills of the Hampshire countryside and has no fewer than nine different options for accommodation! All of the rooms feature lovely ensuite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. There are also several options for dining from the casual sports bar to the luxurious King’s Restaurant where you can get a fantastic carvery! The Championship Course here is a great course for golfers of all abilities and will test even those with the lowest handicaps whilst not seeming too harsh for those with a higher handicap! This is a great holiday course to play and if there are members of the group less interested in golf then they can enjoy the beautiful spa at the hotel where they can get a range of different treatments and enjoy the facilities there. This hotel is in such an idyllic location and is something very special – one to consider for your next golf break in England!

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Set in the Norfolk countryside is the four-star Barnham Broom Hotel. The bedrooms have been recently refurbished and decorated to the highest standard with a contemporary theme. Just like the other hotels, there are different room types to suit each and every person but each are fully-fitted with all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this rating and you are sure to enjoy your stay here. There is a lovely spa for guests to enjoy a whole range of different treatments from massages to facials to reflexology. For the keen golfers, onsite there are not one but two stunning Championship courses for you to enjoy here. This another superb option for your next golf holiday in England and with so much to do onsite and the accommodation being so lovely there is no reason to wait another minute to book your next golf break!

 

Next up we have three different courses which are well worth a play even if you don’t choose to stay in a resort nearby…

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East Brighton Golf Club is a beautiful downland course with some spectacular coastal views. The great thing about this course is that it is normally open for play all-year-round because it is built on chalk it rarely suffers from the poor weather conditions here that we sometimes get in England. The course is a genuine test of golf for those of all abilities and is known for being a fair round of golf to play! It is just a five minutes’ drive from the centre of Brighton where there is so much to do and see you will definitely want to stay and play here!

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The Old Course at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club is a very old course but is still consistently ranked as one of the top 100 courses on the British Isles. Although you may feel settled by the fact that the course doesn’t have a single bunker to catch your errant shots, it is still known for being a true test of golf for even those with the lowest handicaps! Along the course there are some beautiful views across Sussex, Surrey and Kent and its location is simply stunning as well. This is a great course to play even if you are not planning on staying!

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In Ireland, the Ring of Kerry course is set amongst lakes and mountains to produce a simply stunning course and a testament to that is its placing as one of the top in the province. It’s a stunning parkland course with exhilarating elevation changes and water coming into play on many of the holes. This course features a great variety of different holes and after you have enjoyed a round here you will not be questioning why this is rated as one of the best courses in the country.

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We hope that you enjoyed this blog and are now considering which of these fantastic resorts or courses to base your next golf holiday in the UK around…

 

In Portugal there are undoubtedly some fantastic golf courses and Orizonte golf can take you to a fair few of the best in the Lisbon region.

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Just under 15 minutes from the bustle and everyday life of the Lisbon streets sits Oeiras Golf Club with the rolling fairways it offers players an enjoyable as well as challenging game whilst enjoying some peace and quiet away from the city centre to enjoy a brilliant game of golf.

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Only 20 minutes from Lisbon is the estate of Aroeira which hosts two fantastic golf courses – Aroeira I and Aroeira II. Aroeira I is set with undulating fairways running through a pine forest making it a classic golfing location which requires accuracy in order to stay on the fairway. This course is a stunning green course and the challenging game makes it a fun course to play. Aroeira II has water in play on no fewer than 9 holes making it a challenging and scenic course. As the fairways are also lined by pine trees on this second course accuracy is very much needed both for the water hazards and the trees.

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With a backdrop of the Arrábida Natural Park and just 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Lisbon is the Golf & Country Club at Quinta do Peru. Long established favourite with golfers to the Lisbon area originally built as an upmarket Lisbon member’s course but we are able to offer green fees here through Orizonte at very reasonable prices. The course is invariably in tip top condition and with a superb layout designed by Rocky Roquemore. Plenty of lakes and bunkers waiting for your errant shots and a warm welcome in the traditional clubhouse awaits you after a superb round.

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The Ribagolfe Resort is one of Europe’s hidden gems and we don’t like to use this term lightly, carved between cork trees in the middle of a forest 30 miles from Lisbon sits this 36-hole complex. The Ribagolfe courses (both I and II) are firm favourites among golf escapes staff and clients. It is rare to experience golf in a fabulous natural surrounding with incredibly low green fees and you will wonder why a 36 hole was built literally in the middle of nowhere but after you have played you will realise that it is a truly brilliant complex and you will be desperate to return.

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Just a bit further from Ribagolfe is Santo Estêvão which is the newest course in the Costa Azul region. This undulating greens and strategically-placed greens and bunkers will make sure than even the most competent golfer is tested on their round here.

 

Hotel Do Mar features a wide variety of stylish rooms from old traditional Portuguese rooms to the bigger modern rooms which all boast a fabulous sea view. This quirky hotel is actually two separate buildings joined together with the reception on the top floor. Just outside of the centre of town the hotel is surrounded by lots of fantastic bars and restaurants whilst in keeping with a quieter and more tranquil feel.

 

The Sana Sesimbra hotel is situated in centre of the town. Their sea view rooms are spectacular and feel as if you are right on the beach as this hotel sits just on the edge of the golden sands. All the rooms are modern and stylish. The hotel features a lovely restaurant and bar area. With this hotel a stones throw away from the beach and right in the centre of town there is plenty to do and see including a stunning castle on the beach. This hotel is ideal for those looking for fabulous food and drink in a calm and beautiful town with a fantastic beach.

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The Sesimbra Hotel & Spa is a very impressive building with all their rooms featuring a stunning sea view from high up above the sand. Situated above a beautiful cobbled pedestrianised area near some lovely restaurants, bars, cafes and shops with spacious and modern rooms in which to enjoy the views nothing could be more ideal. We recommend Bar Ingles or La Villa Italian restaurant nearby!

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Those looking to travel a bit further north should look no further than the Obidos region…

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Just over an hour away from Lisbon sits the stylish and modern Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel & Spa. Featuring spacious and contemporary rooms with fabulous views of the fantastic golf course, the Atlantic Ocean and the Lagoa de Obidos this hotel is ideal for those looking for a quieter golfing break with some great golf around. With several bars and their very own steak and sushi restaurant you will never be short of somewhere to relax after a day on the golf course.

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Bom Sucesso is a short distance from the hotel with similar views of the Lagoa de Obidos and the Ocean as its backdrop. This course features fast and challenging greens and is recommended for all golfers looking for a challenge whilst in the Obidos region. With dense Mediterranean foliage, strategically placed bunkers and fabulous views there is no reason why this 18-hole Championship course should not be on your must-play list.