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This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our best packages in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. The Costa de la Luz Cadiz is known for its stunning cities, authentic culture, and great food, making it an unbeatable option for your next golfing getaway with the best highlights thrown in from a city break. The cities here are full to the brim with 16th-century cathedrals and old cobbled streets that all golfers can spend their afternoons meandering around, to then finish off with a late lunch at one of the many tapas bars. Aside from its history, architecture and culture, the Costa de la Luz Cadiz is also a great choice for your next golf holiday in Spain with its fantastic selection of golf hotels and resorts, as well as an abundance of fantastic golf courses. The Costa de la Luz Cadiz is a strong competitor to all the other main golfing areas in Andalusia, and it is known well for its beautiful beaches and world-class golf courses.

First up is the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort, a five-star resort home to the Fairplay Golf Club, making it the ideal choice for a luxury golf holiday in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. Here, guests can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding Andalusian countryside and the Los Alcornocales Nature Reserve. The resort itself is set as a classic white-washed Andalusian town, as the rooms are set apart by cobbled pathways and small squares. In the evenings or on their non-golfing days, guests can head out to Benalup-Casas Viejas, with a wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants set across this beautiful town. Or alternatively, if guests are looking to stay local, then they can just make the most out of the resort’s excellent leisure facilities, including the Fairplay SPA, offering a range of treatments and massages. Located on-site to the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is the Fairplay Golf Club, a fantastic golf course designed by the world-renowned golf architect Baron Paul Rolin. The Fairplay Golf Club is easily considered to be one of the most sought-after golf courses in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz, so the opportunity for a round of golf here must not be passed up on. Conveniently for even amateur golfers, the Fairplay Golf Club is playable for golfers with all levels of ability with its spacious fairways and generously large greens. Just like the resort itself, on the golf course, all players can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding countryside so they can enjoy an idyllic round of golf. With one in every eight going free, a package deal here is an unbeatable choice.

The perfect option for all those golfers looking for a golf package holiday in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz which is filled with great golf, a fantastic hotel and stunning beaches is the four-star Iberostar Royal Andalus. Here, guests are in the ideal position to make the most out of the beaches that Andalusia is known so well for, as well as being just a stone’s throw away from both the A Course and the B Course located at the Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club. Golfers could not be in a better location to play all five of the golf courses located in the Novo Sancti Petri region, as they are all located within a ten-minute drive of the hotel. Even on their non-golfing days, guests will never find themselves short of things to do or see, as the hotel is just a short walk away from the neighbouring La Barossa beach and the hotel runs a shuttle bus service to Chiclana, a classic small Andalusian seaside town. Alternatively, if golfers decide to not venture outside of the hotel, then they can just walk a minute to the La Barossa beach to catch a tan, or they can lounge around one of the two outdoor swimming pools. Guests also need not worry about there not being a huge range of options to dine out surrounding the hotel as the Iberostar Royal Andalus has an impressive four restaurants and three bars, so guests will never find themselves short of choice. The hotel also offers a fantastic half board or all-inclusive option which always mean great value for money.

Yet another great option for your next luxury golf holiday to the Costa de la Luz Cadiz is the Barcelo Montecastillo Hotel. This five-star hotel is positioned just next door to the Montecastillo Golf, one of the most prestigious golf courses in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz region. The Montecastillo Golf holds a high reputation in Spain as it was the first-ever golf course designed in a classic Spanish layout. Since its opening, the Montecastillo Golf has set the standards for all the future creation of golf courses in Andalusia, and many would say it is wholly responsible for the huge growth of golf here. With a stunning landscape, a unique challenge and its world-class status, it comes as no surprise that Jack Nicklaus has claimed that this golf course is one of his best pieces of work. At the Barcelo Montecastillo Hotel, guests are in the perfect position to enjoy a round of golf at the Montecastillo Golf, as well as explore the neighbouring town of Jerez, which is known for its historic quarter, home to a range of tapas bars serving authentic Spanish cuisine. Not only is the hotel a great choice for all those looking to play the highly sought-after Montecastillo Golf, it is also perfect for couples looking for an idyllic golfing getaway as the hotel has an intimate boutique-style feel to it as it does not have many guest rooms and it is set away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy resorts. There are plenty of opportunities to unwind and relax, whether it be at the in one of the hotel’s garden areas, in the spa, or at the hotel bar enjoying a well-deserved drink.

 

For an unforgettable golf escape filled with sun, sea and golf, then the Elba Costa Ballena Beach and Thalasso Resort is the hotel for you. The resort is set just a stone’s throw away from a long stretch of sandy beach, so guests are never far from an opportunity to catch some rays. Furthermore, the resort has a fantastic golf course on site, the Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club. For a classic Spanish layout with a unique twist, then the Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club is the perfect golf course for you. The golf course comprises of twenty-seven holes overlooking the neighbouring beach, so all players can enjoy stunning coastal views throughout. The Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club is relatively flat and is generally considered to be easily walkable, so it is the perfect golf course for amateurs to fine-tune their game, but by no means is this golf course boring. Aside from a fantastic golf course on-site, the Elba Costa Ballena Beach and Thalasso Resort is also a great accommodation option for your next golf break in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz due to its impeccable service, spacious guest rooms and range of leisure facilities. Furthermore, a regular feature of a package deal with the Elba Costa Bellena Beach and Thalasso Resort is a semi-all-inclusive boarding option. The resort is home to a restaurant located in the centre of the resort and down at the beach, as well as a few bars, so this boarding option offers great value for money.

The Hacienda Montenmedio is yet another fantastic golf resort located on the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. Set in the heart of the rolling hills in the countryside, guests here can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway and beautiful views throughout the hotel. The Hacienda Montenmedia is the perfect option for all those looking to escape all the hustle and bustle of a busy holiday to set back in a secluded yet natural location to enjoy some truly fantastic golf. Guests can enjoy the best of both worlds here as they are not totally secluded; just a ten-minute drive away from the hotel lies Vejer de la Frontera, a classic whitewashed town with many options for a meal out or an evening stroll. Alternatively, if guests are more interested in catching some rays, then a fantastic beach is just fifteen minutes away from the hotel. The Hacienda Montenmedio is home to an excellent range of facilities so that guests will never find themselves short of things to do, even when they are taking a break from challenging the greens at the Montenmedia Golf and Country Club. This par-72 golf course is kept in immaculate condition throughout the year, so it is playable all year. Furthermore, with a wide range of tee-off options, all golfers are accommodated for, regardless of their skillset or handicap. Aside from the golf course located on-site, the hotel has a great range of facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, surrounding garden areas and the MNAC Contemporary Art Museum is also located just next door.

Set slightly away from the centre of Seville is the new four-star Hotel Sevilla Green Suites. Seville is without a doubt one of the best cities located in southern Spain, home to beautiful architecture, culture and history. Guests here could spend days meandering around the cobbled streets to explore the best tapas bars and cafes. With the centre of the city just twenty minutes away by car, the Hotel Sevilla Green Suites offers the perfect medley of golf, sun, and culture. The Hotel Sevilla Green Suites does not just have a great location to explore the captivating city of Seville, but it is also perfectly positioned for golfers to play the world-class Real Club Sevilla Golf. This fantastic golf course is located literally across the road from the hotel, and it is known amongst all golfers that frequent in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz as one of the region’s showpieces for golf. Players must not be too distracted by the stunning views across the Guadaira River as they must anticipate a stern test of golf here. For an unforgettable round of golf on your next golf break in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz, the Real Club Sevilla Golf is an unmissable golf course.

Last but not least is the Iberostar Selection Andalucía Playa, yet another fantastic accommodation option for an unforgettable golf escape in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz filled with sun, sea and golf. This hotel is five-star in every aspect, and it was recently renovated in 2018, so guests are guaranteed a truly luxurious stay. The guest rooms here are especially spacious, even for a five-star resort. They all offer stunning views of the neighbouring golf course or hotel gardens, and with all of the modern essentials included, guests are sure to have a fantastic stay. Furthermore, even on their non-golfing days or whether the guest is a non-golfer, there is still plenty for them to do. Furthermore, the hotel has three fantastic restaurants on site, so their half-board accommodation option offers great value for money. Located just a five-minute drive away from the Iberostar Selection Andalucía Playa are the 36 holes located at the Novo Santi Petri Golf Club, so guests are never far away from an unforgettable round of golf. The A Course at the Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club offers an invigorating round as it forces all players to utilise each and every club in their arsenal. The neighbouring B Course is just as challenging; however, the terrain here is generally flatter. Both golf courses were designed by the world-renowned golf architect Seve Ballesteros, so a fantastic round of golf is guaranteed.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our best packages for a great golf holiday on the Costa de la Luz Cadiz. With plenty of short-haul budget flights available and regular deals on offer, a package deal here is too good to pass up on. To catch up on the latest deals and the best offers, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to help you have an unforgettable golf escape.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our best golf packages for an unforgettable golf holiday on the Costa del Sol. Featuring fantastic golf courses and luxury hotels at an unbeatable value, any one of the packages we offer are guaranteed to ensure a great golf break. The Costa del Sol is a consistent favourite among golfers for its warm climate, popular resorts and cheap flights. Whether golfers are looking to have a fun golf holiday with lots of evenings out, or whether they are just after a relaxing golfing getaway, the Costa del Sol has something for everyone. Furthermore, with great deals popping up all the time, such as group offers, free transfers and early booking discounts, these packages are too good to ignore.

First up is the Chaparral Golf Club, one of the most played golf courses on the Costa del Sol. While the golf course is not very long, it still provides a great round of golf and an exciting challenge. Here, golfers must play with more emphasis on precision instead of length, so long hitters must approach it with caution. The Chaparral Golf Club is a highly sought-after golf course as it is the only golf course on the Costa del Sol with a composition of six par 5s, six par 4s and six par 3s, so golfers have all the opportunity to show their skill. While the layout is by no means boring, golfers can enjoy a relaxing round here. The golf course is set in an idyllic location, just a stone’s throw away from the coast, and it is also submerged in the heart of a pine forest. During their round of golf, players can admire some of the beautiful coastlines that the Costa del Sol is known so well for at nearly every hole across the golf course. The golf course is situated just 700 metres away from the coast, and while its coastal location provides stunning views throughout if the prevailing winds are particularly strong that day, then a steady scorecard can easily be hindered. At the 10th hole, players can enjoy some of the best views as they play their shot to the green from an elevated tee position. With a varied layout, a fantastic challenge and peaceful scenery, golfers are guaranteed to have a great round of golf.

The four-star Iberostar Costa del Sol is a popular choice among large golfing groups looking to make the most out of the buzzing nightlife at one of the Costa del Sol’s best spots. The hotel is positioned just a ten-minute drive away from Puerto Banus, where golfers can head in the evenings to explore some of the many different bars and restaurants, or on their non-golfing days, they can head here for a spot of shopping or a sophisticated lunch on the marina. Alternatively, guests can make the most out of the almost guaranteed sunshine here on the neighbouring beach located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. However, the location of the hotel is not its only selling point; the Iberostar Costa del Sol offers a great all-inclusive boarding option so that guests need not worry about the bill at the end of their stay.  Guests here will never find themselves short of things to do and see at the Iberostar Costa del Sol, whether guests want to make the most out of the hotel’s fantastic leisure facilities, or if they want to soak up some rays at the neighbouring beach, or even spend an afternoon meandering around the quaint cobbled streets of Marbella’s old town. Furthermore, the hotel is also located just a short distance away from the Santa Clara and the El Paraiso golf courses, and both of these courses can be enjoyed in a great-valued golf package. Despite the creation of many new golf courses in the Marbella region in the Costa del Sol, both the Santa Clara and the El Paraiso have maintained their high reputations, and never fail to attract golfers back to their fairways year after year.

Yet another fantastic four-star hotel located on the outskirts of Marbella is the Hotel Guadalmina. Here, guests can enjoy the perfect mix of sun, sea and golf with a beachfront location, and both the Guadalmina North and Guadalmina South golf courses are just next door at the Guadalmina Golf Club. A short drive away from the hotel will bring guests to the centre of Puerto Banus, known for its buzzing nightlight and upmarket marina, or Marbella’s old town, where visitors can spend their afternoons visiting one of the many authentic tapas bars or admiring the historical architecture. Marbella has a distinct charm and classic character about it with its beautiful buildings and cobbled streets, so it comes as no surprise that it is considered to be one of the Costa del Sol’s best towns for culture and food. The Hotel Guadalmina certainly has a great location, with so many options for a fun day out or a night on the town on its doorstep. Included in the Hotel Guadalmina package is a round of golf at both the Guadalmina Golf Club golf courses, as well as a round at the Rio Real. The Rio Real golf course is a classic Andalusian golf course as it first opened its fairways in 1965, so many consider it to be responsible for the huge growth of golf in the Costa del Sol, as well as setting the standards high for all new golf courses. Its layout is typically characterised by generous fairways, but the greens are known to be fast, so players are kept on their toes throughout.

Benalmadena is yet another resort in the Costa del Sol popular with golfers. It is situated just a stone’s throw away from the Benalmadena beach, as well as the Benalmadena marina with a range of bars, cafes and restaurants to suit every preference and budget. At the Hotel Alay, golfers can spend their days lounging on the beach or challenging the fairways at the local golf courses, and in the evenings, they can head into town for a meal and some drinks. Guests can take full advantage of the hotel’s stunning beach setting by opting for a sea view guest room with a private balcony. All of the guest rooms at the Hotel Alay are modern in furnishings and design, and they include all of the essentials to ensure that guests have a comfortable stay. When guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local golf courses, they can catch some rays around one of the three outdoor swimming pools at the hotel. But if they prefer a more naturistic setting, then the beach is also just opposite the hotel. Once guests have enjoyed some ‘R and R’ at the Hotel Alay, they can then focus their sights on playing some of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses. In the Hotel Alay package, golfers can enjoy a round of golf at either the Chaparral Golf Club, the Cabopino, or the El Paraiso golf courses. All three of these golf courses are hugely sought-after as they are widely considered to be among the best in the area. While the Cabopino is admittedly a fair distance shorter than the other golf courses in the Costa del Sol, measuring out to just five and a half thousand yards, it still provides a fantastic round of golf. Alternatively, the El Paraiso is one of Gary Player’s best classic designs with its unforgiving fast greens and plenty of water hazards to challenge players.

The Pyr Fuengirola is a popular package deal with big golfing groups due to its central location in the heart of Fuengirola, and with some of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses just down the road. At this hotel, guests are in a prime position to enjoy the resort’s buzzing nightlife, home to a huge range of bars and nightspots. Furthermore, guests are also located just a minute away from a long stretch of sandy beach, perfect for making the most out of the warm weather. At the Pyr Fuengirola, guests could not be more central to all the action. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds as not only are they located just a stone’s throw away from a great evening out, but they are also a short walk away from Fuengirola’s old town, with quaint squares, classic tapas bars and classic Andalusian architecture. The Pyr Fuengirola is not just popular due to its location; the hotel offers a great range of accommodation options as guests can choose to dine self-catered in one of the hotel apartments as they have a kitchenette and a separate dining area. At the Pyr Fuengirola, guests are not just in the perfect position to make the most out of Fuengirola’s buzzing nightlife and beach, but they are also just a short drive away from some of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses. The highly sought-after Marbella Golf and Country Club and the Torrequebrada golf courses are located under a twenty-five-minute drive away from the hotel. Alternatively, both the Cabopino and the Chaparral Golf Club are also great golf courses, and there are regular deals with these golf courses, including free buggies.

At the Hotel Almenara, guests can enjoy a relaxing golfing getaway, set back from all the busy resorts in the Costa del Sol on a hill top in the Sotogrande golf resort. Here, golfers can make the most out of playing some of the fantastic golf courses that the Costa del Sol is known so well for, including the Almenara Golf Club, the Valderrama Golf Club, and the Sotogrande Real Club. On their non-golfing days, guests can grab lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants located at the resort marina, then they can hop on the complimentary shuttle service to the local Trocadero Beach Club to enjoy an afternoon at the beach. Alternatively, they can make the most out of the hotel’s facilities with a well-deserved spa session, or a swim in the adults-only swimming pool. Lying just next door to the Hotel Almenara is the 27-hole Almenara golf course. The golf course layout comprises of three returning loops of nine holes, so players can customise their round depending on their preferences and skill set. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Dave Thomas, golfers here are guaranteed to have a great round of golf. The golf course is known to be challenging, but the test of golf is not always made obvious with the seemingly wide fairways. With dense oak tree areas and an abundance of bunkers, even the most experienced golfers will find their skills challenged.

Located on the famous ‘Golden Mile’ beach in the heart of Puerto Banus is the four-star Melia Marbella Banus. This hotel is the ideal option for all golfers looking to have a lively golf break in one of the Costa del Sol’s best spots. With a great location in the centre of Puerto Banus, modern guest rooms and fantastic facilities, at the Melia Marbella Banus, guests are set to have their best golf holiday yet. Just across from the hotel is a long stretch of golden beach, lined with a range of bars and restaurants, or the Puerto Banus’s famous upmarket marina is also just up the road. If guests are looking to experience some classic Spanish culture, then they can easily head into Marbella’s old town and dine at one of the many Spanish tapas bars. Aside from its location, the Melia Marbella Banus is also a popular hotel due to its spacious and modern guest rooms, with many of them overlooking the neighbouring beach. Furthermore, with three outdoor swimming pools and a beach just next door to the hotel, guests will never find themselves short of opportunities to make the most out of the sun. At the Melia Marbella Banus, guests are not only in a great position to make the most out of Puerto Banus’s nightlife, restaurants and beach, but they are also set just a short distance away from some of the most sought-after golf courses in the Costa del Sol. Conveniently for golfers, many of these golf courses are regularly included in package deals, offering great value for money. The Marbella Golf and Country Club and the Santa Clara Golf Club are located just a fifteen-minute drive away from the hotel, and the Los Naranjos Golf Club is just ten minutes away.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our best golf holiday packages on the Costa del Sol. With short and cheap flights, great deals and fantastic golf, a package holiday on the Costa del Sol should be the next item on your golf holiday itinerary in Europe. To catch up on the latest deals and the best offers, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to help you have an unforgettable golf escape. 

This week’s blog is a guide to some of Italy’s best golf courses and hotels. Italy is a favourite European golfing destination with its stunning countryside, cultural cities and most importantly, fantastic golf courses. A golf holiday here can easily be combined with a city break or even a beach getaway on one of the many stunning coastal areas. While a golf holiday in Italy normally demands a higher and a more flexible budget, it is fair to say that the quality on offer for both the accommodation and golf is well worth the price. All of the golf courses and hotels featured in this blog would make an unbeatable option for your next golf escape to Italy. For an unforgettable golf break with culture, fantastic food, excellent golf and luxury hotels, Italy is a great option.

 

First up is the Golf Club Bologna, located in the highly sought-after region of Emilia Romagna. The Golf Club Bologna is one of the original golf courses in Italy, responsible for the country’s fantastic reputation in the golfing world. On this golf course, players can truly appreciate the stunning Italian countryside with sweeping panoramic views across the neighbouring rolling hills of Bologna. This classic Italian golf course is situated in the heart of the hills surrounding Bologna, and it has recently undergone renovations so that the golf course could maintain its high standards while retaining its original charm. While the golf course itself here is the main attraction, the golf club restaurant is rumoured to be of a particularly high standard, and it has even been rated in the top ten golf club restaurants in the whole of Italy on multiple occasions.

This par 72 is widely considered to be a must-play golf course for any serious player on their next golf holiday in Italy. This golf course is not just known for its beautiful views; it is a golf course that players frequently return to in search for an invigorating round of golf on a truly unique layout. The architects of the Golf Club Bologna, Cotton and Harris, succeeded in their aims to utilise the natural landscape’s terrain to create a fantastic layout that can accommodate all golfers. This excellent golf course has hosted the Italian Amateur Championships multiple times, which hardly comes as surprising with its great reputation and impeccable condition.

For a luxury golfing getaway in Sicily, a beautiful region in the Italian countryside, the Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa is a fantastic option. The resort is set next door to the Il Picciolo Golf Club, set deep in the rolling hills of Mount Etna National Park. The Mount Etna National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage, and it is widely considered to be one of Italy’s best treasures. Alternatively, when guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways of the local golf courses, they can tour some of the best-known wine vineyards in Sicily. Aside from its fantastic location to help guests make the most out of the Italian countryside, the Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa is also an excellent accommodation option with its luxury guest rooms and range of leisure facilities including an extensive spa facility and a large outdoor swimming pool.

Conveniently for guests at the Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort and Spa, a fantastic round of golf is never far away. The Il Picciolo Golf Club is located just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. This golf club was designed by one of the most prestigious golf architects in Italy, Luigi Rota Carenmoli, so a great round of golf is basically guaranteed. Just like the resort, the golf club is set next to the stunning landscapes of the Mount Etna National Park, meaning golfers can enjoy beautiful views throughout their round. Despite the creation of other modern golf courses in the Sicilian golf courses, the Il Picciolo Golf Club has never failed to attract golfers back to play year after year. Golfers can enjoy a stern test of golf here with a unique and tight layout that is sure to test every aspect of their game.

 

Another great accommodation option for a luxury golf holiday in Italy is the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa, situated in an idyllic position on the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. The resort boasts an ideal location, just a stone’s throw away from one of the many stunning beaches that Southern Italy is known so well for. At this resort, golfers can easily combine their golf break in Italy with many cultural excursions, including the well-known Basilica di Santa Croce. If the location of this fantastic resort is not enough to draw in the likes of golfers, then the guest rooms and leisure facilities are sure to sway them. All of the guest rooms here give guests the opportunity to fully appreciate the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa’s beautiful setting in the Puglia countryside. Aside from the neighbouring Acaya Golf Club, the resort is home to a wide selection of leisure facilities including two outdoor swimming pools and a large spa facility, giving guests the opportunity to completely relax.

The Acaya Golf Club offers players a great round of golf in a stunning setting in the Puglia region. This golf course is not for the faint-hearted, but with multiple tee-off options, even amateurs will not have to miss out on the golf course’s beautiful landscapes and unique layout. The Acaya Golf Club is known for its several tricky holes that force golfers to carefully select their next club or iron in order to maintain a steady scorecard. While its stunning landscape creates multiple beautiful panoramic views throughout, it can also add to the challenge at hand. Players must manoeuvre their shots across the dense areas of forest and greenery, as well as an abundance of water hazards that are generally found more on the back nine. While the most stunning views can be found on the front nine holes here, players are swiftly thrown into the challenge in the back nine where they will find their skills tested the most.

 

One of the most luxurious accommodation options in Italy includes the Borgo Egnazia, an architecturally beautiful hotel located in close proximity to Lecce. In Lecce, guests can find a great range of bars and authentic Italian restaurants to serve every taste and budget, as well as many cultural excursions, including the Castle of Charles V. The hotel is a sight in itself with its stunning architecture set out like a traditional village, overlooking the neighbouring rolling hills of the Italian countryside. Guests will never find themselves short of things to do or see here with a wide range of luxury leisure facilities, including an impressive four swimming pools, creating the perfect setting for guests to truly relax and soak up the Italian sun. Guests are provided with the ideal opportunity to indulge in relaxation at the hotel’s award-winning spa, the Vair. After a round of golf at the San Domenico Golf, guests are sure to need a good relaxation session! The San Domenico is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in Italy, and the challenge it presents to even the most experienced of golfers is said to be unmatched. Conveniently for golfers staying at the Borgo Egnazia, an unforgettable round of golf here is never far from reach.

The Borgo Egnazia is truly a five-star hotel in every aspect, and this does not stop at its restaurants. Lecce is just down the road from this hotel, home to a wide range of Italian restaurants. However, if guests decide to have a relaxed evening and stay local, then they are still guaranteed to have a fantastic meal at the hotel’s Due Camini restaurant, a Michelin-starred restaurant. After a great meal, guests will not struggle to find an idyllic setting for a well-deserved nightcap as the hotel is home to three great bars serving a wide range of alcoholic and soft drinks.

 

The Bogogno Golf Resort is yet another new addition to the fantastic range of accommodation on offer in Italy. Ideal for golfers, the Bogogno Golf Resort is home to two spectacular golf courses, the Del Conte and the Bonora. Both of these golf courses offer a stern test of golf across a stunning landscape with panoramic views of the Lake Maggiore, and the best part is that they are only a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Here, golfers can truly take in the peace and idyllic atmosphere of the Italian countryside, away from all of the hustle and bustle of Milan, located just an hour’s drive away. Alternatively, the Golf Club Castelconturbia is also just a ten-minute drive away from the resort, so it is fair to say that golfers here are in the best position to enjoy all the golf that Italy has to offer.

The location of the Bogogno Golf Resort is not its only attraction; the hotel offers a personal boutique-style stay with just fifty guest rooms. The guest rooms here are particularly spacious, even for a four-star hotel. All of the guest rooms have a private balcony where guests can enjoy stunning views across the two golf courses next door and Lake Maggiore. Guests can have a truly relaxing golfing getaway here with the hotel’s fantastic leisure facilities including an excellent spa facility, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and private tennis courts. In the afternoon, after a gruelling round of golf in the morning, guests can have some ‘R and R’ lounging around the adults’ only swimming pool. In the evening, after a great meal at the hotel restaurant, guests can enjoy a well-deserved drink on the roof terrace overlooking the Monte Rosa.

 

Last but not least is the Mare Pineta Resort, the perfect option for a relaxing golfing getaway for all those looking to enjoy some of the excellent golf that Italy has to offer. The Mare Pineta Resort is a popular choice for golfers looking for an unforgettable golfing getaway comprising of sun, sea and of course, fantastic golf. The hotel is set in an idyllic pine forest, just a few minutes’ walk away from the beach where the resort has its own private stretch of coastline with designated sun loungers, a bar and parasols. Guests here can enjoy the best of both worlds, located a short distance away from the beach and the lively tourist centre of Cervia where guests can find a wide range of bars and restaurants to suit every budget and preference. Alternatively, if guests fancy a more relaxed evening and decide to stay local, then the hotel has a great restaurant in the resort and another located at the beach with a sun terrace overlooking the sea.

The Mare Pineta Resort is five-star in every aspect, from its leisure facilities, private beach club, and modern guest rooms. The resort offers guests a range of rooms, suites and apartments, all luxuriously furnished and with all of the modern necessities one would expect at a five-star resort. The apartments are perfect for families or small golfing groups as they can accommodate for up to five guests. However, the resort’s beach club is arguably its main selling point, with designated sunbeds and ‘Bali beds’, as well as a restaurant and lounge bar area. Here, guests can understand the popularity of Italian coastal regions with such easy access to the neighbouring stunning beach. Alternatively, if guests would prefer a more upbeat golf holiday, then the resort will definitely have something for them with several private tennis courts and a tennis club for tuition.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog highlighting Italy’s best golf and its most luxurious resorts and hotels. Italy is a fantastic option for your next golf break in Europe with great food, stunning beaches, luxury resorts and most importantly, world-class golf courses. For all those looking for an unforgettable golf escape with the perfect balance of sun, sea and golf, then Italy is certainly the unbeatable option for you. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to change your mind.

This week’s blog is a guide to six of the Algarve’s best golf courses, resorts, and hotels. Despite the development of budget golf holidays in other areas in Europe, the Algarve has remained to be one of Europe’s best kept golfing treasures. The Algarve has resisted the competition and has never failed to prove itself to be a fantastic golf destination. With options to suit every budget and preference, and a range of excellent golf courses and hotels, it comes as no surprise that the Algarve is a consistent go-to option for many golfers in Europe. Better yet, this coming September, all those that decide to book an unforgettable golf escape in the Algarve will be in with the chance of winning a full set of Titleist golf clubs with a golf bag included. Here, there is well and truly something for everything; two of the most popular destinations include Albufeira, most popular with golfers looking for a vibrant nightlife and cheap restaurant options, or for a luxurious golfing getaway, Vilamoura is an unbeatable option. Regardless of your budget or preference, the Algarve is sure to have something to offer each and every golfer.

 

The Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is a fantastic five-star option for a self-catered golf holiday in the foothills of Tavira. With Portugal’s best golf course located just next door, luxury villas and some stunning Portuguese villages just a short drive away, it comes as no surprise that the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is one of our most popular accommodation options in Portugal. All of the villas here offer guests an unbeatably luxurious stay, with modern décor, large outdoor terraces and spacious living areas. While the resort comprises of self-catering villas, guests can easily opt for a night off cooking duty with one of the four restaurants located in the resort. Alternatively, the towns of Tavira, Monte Gordo and Cabanas are all located within a twenty-five-minute radius of the resort, so guests will never find themselves short of things to do or see during their stay here.

It is fair to say that while the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club offers golfers a fantastic five-star stay due to its excellent facilities, stunning location and modern villas, its main attraction is undoubtedly the Monte Rei golf course located just next door to the resort. The Monte Rei golf course was designed by the world-renowned golf architect Jack Nicklaus, so golfers are guaranteed an unforgettable round of golf here. With an impressive five lakes, a unique layout and some truly stunning landscapes set across the Serra do Caldeirão mountains, the Monte Rei golf course is an unbeatable option for a round of golf on your next golf holiday in the Algarve, providing your budget permits it! Despite only opening fairly recently in 2007, the Monte Rei has not struggled to prove itself to be one of the best golf courses across the whole country.

 

Another fantastic option for your next golf holiday in the Algarve is the Magnolia Hotel, set in the luxury Quinta do Lago resort, home to three excellent golf courses. The Quinta do Lago has aptly been labelled the ‘California of Europe’, and it is hardly difficult to see why. Home to stunning white beaches, some great golf courses and exclusive bars and restaurants, the Quinta do Lago resort is easily considered one of the most sought-after areas in the whole of the Algarve. The Magnolia Hotel is a great accommodation option to act as a base to enjoy all of the best highlights of this fantastic resort. The four-star hotel offers great value for money with three golf courses just a stone’s throw away, as well as some stunning local beaches. At the Magnolia Hotel, guests are in an unbeatable position to enjoy an unforgettable golf escape comprising of sun, golf and relaxation.

Just a stone’s throw away from the Magnolia Hotel in the Quinta do Lago resort are three of the area’s most popular golf courses; the Quinta do Lago Laranjal, the Quinta do Lago North, and the Quinta do Lago South. All three of these golf courses offer golfers a fantastic round of golf and an unruly challenge. The Quinta do Lago South is the ideal option for long hitters, as there is little demand for accuracy here, despite the abundance of water hazards. With fast greens, dense forest areas and beautiful landscapes, players are set to have a great round of golf here. Alternatively, the Quinta do Lago North has recently undergone dramatic renovations to bring it up to the standards of its sister golf courses in the Quinta do Lago resort, meaning it offers fantastic playability throughout the year. The Quinta do Lago Laranjal has often been described as the most challenging of the trio with its unforgiving narrow fairways with subtle undulations to test even the most experienced of players.

 

The Amendoeira Golf Resort is yet another excellent self-catered accommodation option for golfers in the Algarve. Located just a stone’s throw away from the prestigious Amendoeira Faldo and Amendoeira O’Connor Jnr, guests here are in the perfect position to enjoy some of the fantastic golf the Algarve has to offer. The Amendoeira Golf Resort comprises of a range of self-catered apartments and villas with panoramic views across the neighbouring Monchique Mountains, the Amendoeira Faldo and the Amendoeira O’Connor golf courses. All of the accommodation here is furnished in classic Moroccan décor with all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have a fantastic stay. Aside from the accommodation, the resort also offers a great range of leisure facilities to be enjoyed when golfers are taking a break from challenging the greens at the local Amendoeira golf courses, including several football pitches, tennis courses and a floodlit academy golf course to warm up for a gruelling round of golf.

Both the Amendoeira O’Connor Jnr and the Amendoeira Faldo golf courses are guaranteed to offer players a spectacular round of golf. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Nick Faldo, the Amendoeira Faldo is a demanding par-72 championship golf course that is guaranteed to test even the most experienced of golfers. Golfers here are eased into their round with a leisurely front nine, then they are swiftly thrown into the challenge at the back nine holes with hilly terrain and an abundance of desert bunkers. The terrain at the Amendoeira Faldo is generally characterised by desert shrubbery and strategically placed bunkers, however in contrast, at the Amendoeira O’Connor Jnr golf course, players must use their A-game to overcome several water hazards that make up a wildlife sanctuary. Across the golf course, players must manoeuvre their shots around many lakes, streams and orange groves in order to finish with a steady score.

 

At the Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel, golfers are in the best position possible to make the most out of the stunning beaches the Algarve is known so well for. The resort is situated in the heart of Alvor, home to a great range of bars, restaurants, beaches and most importantly, fantastic golf. The entire interior of the resort was completely renovated just a few years ago so that the resort could compete with the high standards of many of the other hotels in the Algarve. All of the guest rooms here take advantage of the hotel’s stunning coastal setting just a short walk away from the beach, as all of the guest rooms have their own private balcony or terrace. Even when they are taking a break from playing golf at the local courses or soaking up the sun at the beach, guests will never find themselves short of things to do with a fantastic range of leisure facilities on offer. This hotel is a great option for families with a ‘Kid’s Club’, and at the beach, guests can find a great selection of water sports including jet skiing and windsurfing.

Not only is the Dom Joao II Hotel a great option for guests to make the most out of the Algarve’s best beaches, but it is also an unbeatable option for golfers to make the most out of the Algarve’s best golf courses with an impressive five golf courses just a short drive away from the resort. All of the Alto, Pinta, Gramacho, Vila Sol and Silves golf courses offer players an unforgettable round of golf, and conveniently for guests at the Dom Joao II Hotel, they are just a short drive away. Here, a fantastic round is never far from reach.

 

The Tivoli Lagos is yet another great accommodation option located in the heart of the Algarve in Lagos. Lagos is a great destination for a golf holiday with a range of bars and restaurants, as well as authentic Portuguese charm found in the cobbled streets of the old town area. Furthermore, during the summer season, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the local Meia Praia Beach, a beautiful beach with clear waters and white sand. The hotel has its own private beach club here, with a bar and large swimming pool lined with parasols and sunbeds, so the Tivoli Lagos is a great option for golfers looking to make the most out of the Algarve’s famous beaches. Furthermore, if guests want to stay local during the evenings and choose not to venture out into the centre of Lagos, then the hotel is also home to a great range of bars and restaurants, including an Italian, Portuguese and international restaurant, as well as a cocktail bar.

We offer a fantastic range of golf packages with the Tivoli Lagos so that golfers can enjoy some of the Algarve’s best golf courses with great value for money. The golf courses on offer in the packages include the two spectacular golf courses at the Vale do Lobo golf resort, the Royal and the Ocean golf courses, as well as the Espiche, Boavista and the Onyria Palmares golf courses. The Vale do Lobo Royal is without a doubt one of the most photographed golf courses in the world, and with its stunning landscapes and idyllic setting, it is not difficult to see why. Its sister golf course, the Vale do Lobo Ocean is home to a unique landscape with many pine, olive and orange groves to create beautiful views and a great challenge throughout. The Boavista is the most accommodating out of the golf courses on offer, with its rolling fairways and naturistic scenery that can even act as a stern test of golf to low handicappers. However, the Onyria Palmares is without a doubt a must-play golf course in the Algarve, as it is widely considered to be one of the golf courses responsible for the take-off of golf in the Algarve, setting the standard for the future of golf.

 

One of the most popular golf packages we offer in the Algarve includes the highly acclaimed Espiche Golf Lagos, located in the western province of the Algarve in the outskirts of the Monchique Mountains. The Espiche Golf Lagos is undoubtedly a challenging golf course that demands skill from even low handicappers. The fairways are very tight in areas, and to add to the unruly challenge, large bunkers are thrown into the mix on one of the many undulating greens. Despite being a relatively new addition to the fantastic range of golf in the Algarve, the Espiche Golf Lagos has steadily proved itself to be a valued member of the many golf courses in the Algarve. With an unforgiving hilly terrain, natural scenery and some unique holes, it comes as no surprise that the Espiche Golf Lagos is widely considered to be a must-play golf course in the Algarve.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on some of the best golf courses and accommodation options in the Algarve. With short and cheap flights, fantastic golf and a great range of hotels and resorts, the Algarve undoubtedly deserves all of the praise it receives. Even in the winter months, golfers can still enjoy a mild climate here to venture out onto one of the many golf courses in the area. With a great selection of package deals on offer, there has never been a better time to book your next golf escape to the Algarve

To celebrate this fine destination, we are giving away a full set of Titleist golf clubs, along with a Titleist golf bag and full fitting experience. All you have to do is book an escape to The Algarve with us from now until the end of October to be in with a chance of being the lucky winner. Contact the team for more details.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best South African golf experiences. South Africa has frequently been labelled ‘a world in one country’, and it is hardly difficult to see how or why with its fantastic capital city and unique provinces with their own distinct cultures and characteristics. The Western Cape, home to the capital city Cape Town, is known for its wine vineyards and Boulders Beach. Alternatively, the Eastern Cape is home to some of the best golf courses in the country, including both the Fancourt and the Oubaai golf courses. To truly experience the all stunning scenery that South Africa has to offer, then golfers should head to either Mpumalanga or Kwa Zulu Natal. However, the Rovos Rail experience normally steals centre stage as it enables all golfers to experience the best highlights of South African golf and culture. Yet whatever golfers choose to do, they are guaranteed to have an unforgettable golf escape in one of the world’s most diverse and captivating countries.

The Rovos Rail is one of the most sought-after golf experiences with options ranging from 48 hours to 15 days, spanning across South Africa’s key areas in a golf safari. The train accommodates just 76 people, and the guest rooms range from a comfortable 76 square feet to the lavish Royal Suites that measure out to 172 square feet. This golf safari does not just provide players with an opportunity to play some of the country’s best golf courses, but they can also enjoy some of the country’s key sites and attractions, so it would be an unforgettable experience for even non-golfers. The Rovos Rail offers travellers the perfect mix of both golf and safari experiences, including the Addo Elephant Park, the famous KWV Brandy Distillery, and the stunning Kruger National Park. This golf safari truly provides a one in a lifetime experience, and it is without a doubt one of the best experiences that South Africa has to offer. The Rovos Rail is the perfect option for all those that want to experience the country’s best golf without missing any of the culture or beauty in between. It offers all of its guests a luxury golf holiday experience with impeccable service, fantastic facilities, and most importantly, unbeatable golf.

Another excellent option for an unforgettable golf experience in South Africa is the Fancourt Hotel, a five-star luxury golf hotel set in the heart of the Western Cape. There are just 115 guest rooms at the Fancourt Hotel, meaning guests can enjoy an intimate and personalised stay while they experience some of the country’s best golf. The Fancourt is one of the best-known golf hotels in South Africa due to its two fantastic golf courses located on-site, the Montagu and the Outeniqua. The Fancourt Hotel and its two golf courses are situated on the Garden Route, meaning its guests and golfers will never find themselves without stunning panoramic views of some of South Africa’s most stunning landscapes. Both of the Fancourt golf courses were designed by Gary Player, so players are guaranteed an unforgettable round of golf. Guests will never find themselves short of things to do, even when they are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local golf courses. They can make the most out of the Fancourt’s setting in the centre of the Garden Route with day excursions to its best sites, or they can take a trip to the Knysna Waterfront, one of the most beautiful areas in the Garden Route. Or alternatively, guests can make the most out of the hotel’s luxurious facilities, including a fantastic spa area or the hotel’s four swimming pools.

Another fantastic hotel located in the Western Cape is the Arabella Hotel and Spa with its beautiful setting overlooking a neighbouring lagoon and the well-known Arabella golf course, one of the best ranking golf courses in South Africa. The final 18th hole at the Arabella golf course has even been voted the best closing whole in the country, so its impeccable quality never goes unnoticed. The Arabella Hotel and Spa is the perfect luxury hotel for all those looking to fully indulge in the five-star relaxation and enjoy a well-deserved golfing getaway. The hotel is home to an excellent spa facility with a huge range of treatments and massages to ensure that all guests have their most relaxing golf holiday yet. Other leisure facilities include a fully-equipped fitness centre, tennis courts and a large outdoor swimming pool area. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms are particularly spacious with modern décor and a bright interior. If its guests can tear themselves away from the hotel’s fantastic facilities, then they can make the most out of the Western Cape’s main attractions, including wine tasting, great white shark watching and the local national parks.

Despite the Pearl Valley Hotel being a relatively new addition to the great collection of luxury hotels in the Western Cape, it has already earnt itself a fantastic reputation for a five-star golf hotel. The hotel is situated in the Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate which is also home to the prestigious Pearl Valley Golf Course, designed by the world-renowned golf architect Jack Nicklaus. The Pearl Valley Golf Course boasts a fantastic reputation, and its impeccable greens never go unnoticed; for three consecutive years, the golf course was awarded the Best Conditioned Golf Course in South Africa. Golfers can make the most out of the Pearl Valley’s stunning setting throughout their round here, as the holes wind through the neighbouring mountains, creating both an invigorating challenge and a beautiful landscape throughout. The hotel itself is set in the heart of three of best-known wine land routes in the Cape province, including Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, so a fantastic day excursion is never far from reach. Alternatively, the hotel offers its guests an excellent range of leisure facilities so they will never find themselves short of things to do, even if they do not fancy a round of golf. For a relaxing afternoon, guests can enjoy a cocktail in the sun around the outdoor swimming pool, or for the more active guest, they can take advantage of the 42 kilometres of mountain bike routes surrounding the hotel in the neighbouring vineyards.

Located just a forty-minute drive away from Cape Town in the heart of the Western Cape lies the Erinvale Estate Hotel. The hotel has just 57 guest rooms, meaning it is the perfect option for all those looking for great facilities with the perks of a boutique-style hotel. With a Gary Player-designed golf course on-site, an excellent spa facility and a great position located just a twenty-minute drive away from Stellenbosch, one of the most vibrant towns in the Western Cape, at the Erinvale Estate Hotel, guests are guaranteed an unforgettable stay. Guests here are in the perfect position to enjoy all of the fantastic experiences that the Western Cape has to offer, including olive picking, mountain biking, and of course, wine tasting at one of the many local vineyards. The guest rooms here offer its guests an unbeatably comfortable stay with modern décor and all of the amenities they could ever need. They are set around the hotel’s lush gardens and the courtyard with a large water fountain and a relaxing ambience. At the Erinvale Estate Hotel, players are guaranteed a relaxing stay so they are well rested to make the most out of the region’s best golf courses, including the Erinvale Golf Course. Players can enjoy a fantastically varied round of golf here with a contrasting front and back nine holes; the front nine are widely considered to be more challenging of the pair, but the back nine offers the best views across the False Bay.

The Western Cape is known for its beautiful beaches, huge nature parks and lush forests. At the five-star Oubaai Resort and Spa, guests are in the perfect position to make the most of all the Western Cape has to offer. The hotel is situated on the Garden Route which stretches from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean right up to the heights of the Outeniqua Mountains. With just one-hundred guest rooms, guests can enjoy a relaxing and personal stay to appreciate the resort’s impeccable service. There are 8 kilometres of hiking trails surrounding the resort, as well as a fitness centre, tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, and an excellent spa centre, so guests will never find their days to have an empty itinerary. The resort is home to a signature restaurant, the Waterside Grill, with show cooking and al fresco dining on an outdoor terrace overlooking the neighbouring Oubaai Golf Club. The Oubaai Golf Club is home to a traditional links layout which boasts stunning views across the neighbouring Outeniqua Mountains. The Oubaai Golf Club is a consistent favourite amongst golfers in South Africa due to its forgiving landing areas and stunning backdrop views of the Indian Ocean. With a unique layout, a good mix of short and long par fours and threes and impeccable maintenance, it is fair to say that Ernie Els succeeded in creating one of the most sought-after golf courses in the whole of South Africa.

Last but not least is the Cascades at Sun City, a five-star resort situated in the Northern Province of South Africa. The Northern Province is known for the famous Sun City and the Kruger National Park, as well as some fantastic golf courses. Perfect for those with a nasty case of the winter blues, the Northern Province boasts the best climate with reliable warm weather and sunshine throughout the majority of the year. Furthermore, with some of the country’s best national parks, a golf holiday to the Northern Province of South Africa could easily be combined with a safari holiday to create a holiday of a lifetime. Out of the most popular five-star hotels, the Cascades at Sun City is the most suitable for families with a range of facilities and services for younger guests, as well as specialised family guest rooms. Its main outdoor swimming pool is set in a faux sandy beach area, and the hotel also has a fantastic range of restaurants so guests will never find themselves short of options for a relaxing evening meal. The hotel is conveniently located on the edge of the final 18th hole of the Gary Player Country Club, with a unique location next to an extinct volcano. With a classic parkland layout, beautiful views across the neighbouring Pilanesburg National Park and US PGA standard maintenance, it comes as no surprise that the Gary Player Country Club is consistently ranked in the Top 5 Golf Courses in South Africa.

Here at Golf Escapes, we have tailored a fantastic experiences package consisting of the best attractions of golf that South Africa has on offer. The package is 14 nights long with six rounds of golf at six of the best golf courses, including the Pearl Valley Golf Estates and the De Zalze Golf Estate. For an unforgettable golf escape set in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and South Africa’s famous Winelands, this package is an unbeatable option. South Africa truly has everything any golfer could ever wish for in a golf holiday; unbeatable golf courses, luxury hotels, stunning landscapes and rich history. The package’s grand finale includes seven nights in the five-star Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius, one of the most luxurious hotels we offer.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of South Africa’s best experiences. All seven of these options provide all golfers with the perfect opportunity to enjoy a golf holiday of a lifetime in one of the world’s most diverse countries. With a variety of regions and provinces, South Africa truly has something for anyone and everyone. The main beauty with a golf holiday in South Africa is that there is so much more to it than golf; a golf break can easily be combined with a safari experience. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to change your mind.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best golf residences we offer. While the golf courses are just one aspect of any good golf holiday, the accommodation itself is a huge attraction. All seven of these golf residences offer their guests the most luxurious stay, and of course, they are all in close proximity to some of the best golf courses that Golf Escapes offer. Any one of these residences is sure to provide you with an impeccable stay with their excellent facilities, impeccable service and direct access to some fantastic golf.

The Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus is widely regarded as one of the best golf courses in Europe, and conveniently for all of the guests at the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences, this fantastic golf course is just next door. With fantastic facilities, a world-class golf course and an ideal location, it comes as no surprise that the Aphrodite Hills Resort was named the ‘European Golf Resort of the Year’ in 2018 at the IAGTO Awards. When its guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the Aphrodite Hills PGA National Cyprus, they can enjoy one of the many leisure facilities on offer at the resort. The resort has its own tennis academy and Zias Beach Club where guests can go to make the most out of the sun on some of Europe’s most stunning beaches. There is a wide range of self-catered accommodation options at the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences. Smaller groups and couples can opt for a luxury apartment, whereas families and larger golfing groups can splash out on a villa with their own private swimming pool. If guests choose to not make the most out of the self-catered option and choose to venture out to the centre of Paphos, then they can do so with ease as the resort runs a complimentary shuttle service to Paphos. Here, they will find a huge range of bars and restaurants, as well as some truly stunning beaches. Alternatively, the resort is home to an impressive eighteen restaurants, so guests here will never find themselves short of options.

The Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is the ideal accommodation option for all golfers wanting to make the most out of Portugal’s best golf course, the Monte Rei. This fantastic golf course boasts a classic Jack Nicklaus design which can be enjoyed by all players, regardless of their skillset or handicap. Recently the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club announced that they have commissioned the design of a second Nicklaus golf course at the resort which has come as music to the ears of many. While the Monte Rei Golf Course is obviously the main attraction of the resort, it also offers its guests an excellent range of facilities including tennis courts, a spa centre, swimming pools and a fully-equipped fitness centre. The resort is renowned for its luxurious villas, all of which are furnished in classic Portuguese décor with large outdoor terraces so that all guests can make the most out of the resort’s stunning views. Despite being in a large resort, guests never feel ‘locked in’ or isolated here due to the resort’s excellent position in close proximity to some of the region’s main towns where they can really appreciate Portuguese culture. Tavira, Monte Gordo and Cabanas are all popular towns located in the Eastern Algarve, and conveniently for guests at the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club, they are all located within a 25-minute drive away from the resort. Not only does this give them plenty of options for things to do during the day, but it also means that if they choose to have a night off cooking duty then they do not have to travel far for a great meal. However, the resort also has three restaurants, one of which is included in the Michelin Restaurant Guide for Portugal, so at least one meal in the resort is cannot be missed.

The Bom Sucesso Resort is situated just a fifteen-minute drive away from the stunning town of Obidos, and on-site to one of the best golf courses on the Silver Coast, the Guardian Bom Sucesso. This beautiful golf course was designed by one of the world’s best golf course designers, Donald Steel, therefore players are guaranteed a fantastic round of golf before they even set foot on the first green. In recent years the Bom Sucesso Resort has come under new ownership, therefore the golf course and the resort itself underwent major renovations so it could reach its maximum potential. To warm-up for the game ahead, guests at the resort can make use of the fantastic golf academy and driving range. Other leisure facilities at the resort include tennis and paddle courts, and the resort is also just a short drive away Obidos Lagoon, the perfect spot for sailing and windsurfing. The Bom Sucesso Resort is home to a huge range of apartments and villas all varying in size and design. The resort was designed by many different architects so that very few villas are the same, however, their luxurious features are consistent. All of the villas have their own outdoor swimming area and outdoor terraces so that guests can make the most out of stunning views across the golf course. Many of the villas back onto the golf course, so a fantastic round of golf is never far away. All of the apartments and villas are very modern in their design and furnishings, with clean white interior and lots of open space.

The La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is a fantastic self-catered accommodation option located in the heart of Murcia, one of the most sought-after golfing destinations in Europe. The resort benefits from its own micro-climate, therefore its guests can benefit from sunshine an impressive three hundred days a year! This resort is certainly the ideal option for those looking for a golfing getaway with guaranteed sunshine and of course, some fantastic golf. On-site to the La Manga Club Resort are the three award-winning golf courses, the North, South and West golf courses. With three excellent golf courses just next door, golfers will never find themselves short of opportunities for an unforgettable round of golf. Even for non-golfers, the La Manga Resort has a great range of options including swimming pools, a huge spa centre, tennis courts and a gym. Just like the name of the resort implies, the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is set out just like a village comprising of large townhouses or spacious apartments. The resort has been awarded four stars, however, the accommodation here is particularly spacious. All of the villas and apartments are luxuriously furnished and include all of the essentials to provide its guests with a fantastic stay. Furthermore, all of the accommodation options here have a fully-equipped kitchen to prepare meals, as well as a separate lounge area and dining table. Should guests decide to have a night off cooking if they are feeling a bit lazy, then they need not have to travel far for a fantastic meal. The La Manga Resort is home to ten restaurants and two cafes, so guests will never find themselves short of options.

Situated in the heart of the Costa Blanca in the popular tourist destination Alicante is the Las Colinas Residences, located next door to the prestigious Las Colinas Golf and Country Club. The resort is also located just a stone’s throw away from Torrevieja, a fantastic city with a great atmosphere, stunning beaches and a huge range of bars and restaurants. Guests here can enjoy the best of both worlds situated away from the busy hustle and bustle of the popular resorts in Spain, but they still have plenty of options of things to see and do just a short drive away. Of course, the main attraction of the Las Colinas Residences is the golf; the Las Colinas Golf and Country Club is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in Spain, and conveniently for guests at the Las Colinas Residences, this fantastic golf course is just next door. If golf is not the priority of guests here, then that is no problem as the resort offers other excellent leisure facilities to keep all of its guests busy. To make the most out of the sun, guests can lounge around the large outdoor swimming pool, or they can enjoy a game of tennis or paddle tennis. The resort offers its guests an excellent range of villas and apartments, all of which are fully-furnished with all of the essentials for a great self-catered holiday. They are feature modern furnishings and include outdoor seating areas on a terrace so that guests can enjoy the resort’s beautiful setting throughout their stay.

The Amendoeira Golf Resort is undoubtedly one of the best golf residences in the Algarve, situated just a stone’s throw away from two of the region’s golf courses, the Amendoeira Faldo and the O’Connor Jnr Golf Courses. Both of these golf courses offer a fantastic round of golf, making the Amendoeira Golf Resort an unbeatable option for a ‘stay and play’ golf holiday in Portugal. The Amendoeira Golf Resort is also home to an excellent range of sports facilities aside from the golf course. To keep active, its guests can make use of the resort’s private tennis courts and football pitches, as well as the resort’s fully-equipped gym. The resort is decorated in a stunning Moroccan theme with unique stone architecture. The resort offers prospective guests an excellent range of accommodation, ranging from luxury apartments to spacious villas. The lounge areas in the apartments and villas are particularly large, and all accommodation here overlooks the two neighbouring golf courses, so they are provided with beautiful views throughout. They all include all of the necessities for a self-catered holiday, but if guests choose to venture outside of the resort for a meal, then Silves is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the hotel. Silves is a quaint Portuguese town which has retained its authentic character and charm despite the development of other tourist areas in the Algarve. Here, visitors can spend hours meandering around the quaint cobbled streets to discover some of the town’s best traditional restaurants and bars.

The Hunter Lodges at the Celtic Manor Resort are arguably the best golf residences in the United Kingdom. The lack of sun here compared to some of the other golf residences in Europe is compensated for in its luxurious features and fantastic golf. The Hunter Lodges comprises of a range of four-bedroom houses which overlook the neighbouring golf courses at the Celtic Manor Resort. These houses are ideal for those looking for a self-catered luxury golf break where they can indulge in five-star service and facilities. All of the houses come with their own private outdoor hot tub where they can spend their evenings overlooking the resort’s beautiful scenery. The houses are modern in their interior design with wide and open spaces, as well as luxurious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. All of the bedrooms here have king-size beds and televisions, and the houses even come with their own indoor sauna. The kitchens are notably spacious and well-equipped so that guests can prepare their own meals with ease. With five-star facilities and luxurious features, the Hunter Lodges at the Celtic Manor Resort are the ideal option for all those looking for an unforgettable self-catered golf break without the fuss of flying abroad. Aside from the several award-winning golf courses at the Celtic Manor Resort, the resort has plenty of things for its guests to see and do. Cardiff city centre is just a half an hour’s drive away from the resort, where there is a huge range of nightlife, a historic castle and restaurants. Alternatively, guests can make the most out of the resort’s naturistic setting and enjoy hikes through the woods and mountain biking.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our best golf residences. All seven of these resorts are the ideal choice for those looking for a relaxed golf holiday without the effort of having to go out to eat. If you are still having trouble being persuaded that a self-catered golf holiday is the right choice for you, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to change your mind. 

Morocco is an up and coming golf destination with its popularity on the rise year after year. Golf may not be the first thing to spring to mind when someone mentions Morocco, however with fantastic golf courses and a wide range of hotels, many of which offer an all-inclusive option, it comes as no surprise that more and more people are choosing Morocco for their golf holiday. Furthermore, with a warm climate throughout the year, there is never an excuse to not play one of the many excellent golf courses here. But golf is not the only thing to be enjoyed on a golf holiday here; Morocco is home to a rich history and culture that can be best explored in its many delightful areas.

First up is the Iberostar Founty Beach, located directly on top of Agadir beach. This four-star hotel boasts the ideal position to make the most out of all of the local golf courses and Agadir’s fantastic nine-kilometre beach. Agadir’s beach is one of its main attractions when people consider it for their next golfing destination. The beach is lined with a fantastic range of restaurants, cafes and shops. Guests at the hotel can enjoy direct access to the beach, where they will be met with sun loungers and parasols.  Furthermore, a huge attraction of the Iberostar Founty Beach is its all-inclusive option in which guests can enjoy unlimited food and drink, so they need not fret about the bill at the end of their stay. The hotel is home to three restaurants, so the all-inclusive option can certainly be made the most out of. Not only is the Iberostar Founty Beach the perfect hotel for those looking to explore Morocco’s unique culture, or for those looking to make the most out of the guaranteed sunshine, but it is also an excellent option for all golfers wanting to play some of the best golf courses in Morocco. Perfect for golfers, the hotel is just a fifteen-minute drive away from the Golf du Soleil, and the Golf Les Dunes is ten minutes away by car. Both of these fantastic golf courses are widely considered to be essential golf courses on any itinerary for a golf holiday in Agadir, and conveniently for prospective guests at the Iberostar Founty Beach, they are in easy reach. Guests at the Iberostar Founty Beach are just a kilometre away from the centre of Agadir where they will never find themselves short of something to do or see. Here, guests can spend hours meandering around the traditional bazaars and they can explore the local spice souks. In 1990, the new Medina was built however the city has still managed to maintain its authentic charm and character. The Medina is situated a few miles outside of the city centre; however, it is worth the journey. Here, visitors will find a range of classic Moroccan restaurants, a museum as well as many souks. All of the guest rooms and the leisure facilities are nothing less than what one would expect at a four-star hotel. Guests can enjoy the beautiful coastal setting from their room on their own private balcony or terrace. The hotel caters particularly well for younger guests with a mini club and a ‘fun park’, meaning that the adults can make the most of the local golf courses.

The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is the perfect option for a luxury golf holiday in Morocco. This fantastic resort is situated in a prime position in the heart of the captivating Hivernage district in Marrakech. Just a stone’s throw away from the hotel, guests will find themselves at some of Marrakech’s best attractions. The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is located half an hour away from the famous Jemaa El Fna Square and the Koutoubia Mosque, two of Marrakech’s most famous sites. Furthermore, just a few minutes away on foot, guests will find the Menara Gardens, a botanical garden constructed in the 12th century with stunning mountain views on show throughout. Should guests here decide to dine outside of the hotel, there is a huge range of authentic Moroccan restaurants just a short walk away into the city centre. Not only is the Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech in the perfect position for its guests to explore the most popular sites in Marrakech, but it is also fantastic for golfers to play some of Marrakech’s best golf courses. The Al Maaden golf course is just a twenty-minute drive away from the hotel, and the Montgomerie Marrakech, widely considered to be one of the most prestigious golf courses in the area, is literally just around the corner from the hotel. With such a fantastic location, golfers will never find themselves far away from a fantastic round of golf. The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is a five-star hotel in every aspect, and it’s guest rooms and leisure facilities are no exception to this. All of the guest rooms feature modern décor with Moroccan design and black marble showers. Some of the guest rooms feature views of the surrounding gardens around the hotel that can be enjoyed from their private balcony or terrace. The Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech offers its guests a range of guest rooms ranging from a comfortable Classic Room to a lavish Penthouse with its own infinity pool. Guests will never struggle to relax at this hotel with its excellent leisure facilities including its spa facility with a sauna, jacuzzi and hammam treatments. To totally unwind, guests can enjoy a spot of yoga or lounge on a sun lounger around the outdoor swimming pool.

For a luxury adults-only golf holiday to Marrakech, the Be Live Collection Marrakech is an unbeatable option. This five-star hotel offers a fantastic all-inclusive package, so guests can make the most out of the hotel’s excellent bars and restaurants without having to worry about the price tag. The hotel has three restaurants including a Moroccan a la carte restaurant, an international buffet restaurant and a snack bar so its guests will never be short of options. If guests can tear themselves away from the fairways at the local golf courses, then they can enjoy some of the hotel’s excellent leisure facilities. The Be Live Collection Marrakech is home to a huge spa centre with a jacuzzi, indoor swimming pool and a menu of beauty and massage treatments. For non-golfing days, guests can participate in the hotel’s sporting activities such as football, snooker and tennis. All of the guest rooms at the Be Live Collection Marrakech include all of the essentials to ensure that all of their guests have a wonderful stay. They are particularly spacious, even for a five-star hotel. if they wish and their budget permits it, guests can upgrade their room for a swim-up room with direct access to an outdoor swimming pool. The Be Live Collection Marrakech has a great location for both golfers and those that are just looking to explore some of Marrakech’s best attractions. The hotel is set in the Palmeraie district, home to many of the fantastic golf courses in Marrakech, making it an ideal option for your next golf break in Morocco. For example, both the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club and the Palm Golf Marrakech are just a half an hour’s drive away from the hotel. Both of these golf courses offer an unforgettable round of golf, and they are widely considered to be among some of the most prestigious in Morocco. Not only is the Be Live Collection Marrakech in the ideal position to play some of the surrounding golf courses; guests of this hotel are also in a great location to explore the best of Marrakech. The centre of Marrakech is just a fifteen drive away from the hotel where they can explore the Jemaa El Fna Square or the Saadian Tombs.

The Mazagan Beach Resort is home to Morocco’s largest casino, and it is located directly on top of the beach with a fantastic golf course just next door. Guests are positioned in an excellent location on top of a seven-kilometre-long beach where they can make the most out of the guaranteed Moroccan sunshine. Here they can properly relax away from all of the hustle and bustle from the cities and indulge in some fantastic golf. The resort is situated just a twenty-minute drive away from the captivating city of El Jadida, known for its beautiful architecture and authentic Moroccan charm which can be best appreciated at the Cite Portugaise, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not only is the Mazagan Beach Resort the ideal resort for golfers to enjoy the Moroccan sun and the sea, but it is also a great choice for them to play some of the region’s best golf courses. The resort is home to a fantastic golf course, the Mazagan. This Gary Player designed golf course was only opened in 2009, however, it has already earned itself an excellent reputation in the area for its impeccable greens and interesting layout. At this golf course, guests can really make the most out of the resort’s stunning coastal location as the golf course hugs the edges of the neighbouring sandy beach. For an unforgettable round of golf, the Mazagan is a fantastic choice on your next golf break to Morocco. When the guests at the Mazagan Beach Resort want to take a break from challenging the holes at the neighbouring Mazagan golf course, they can enjoy the vast range of leisure facilities at the resort. Regardless of whether the guests are golfers or not, they will never find themselves without something to do. At the beach, they can enjoy a range of water sports or they can soak up the sun on a sun lounger, or alternatively, they can take full advantage of complimentary access to the resort’s own casino or nightclub. The resort is great for accommodating for young guests as well as it has three different ‘Kid’s Clubs’ as well as a children’s swimming pool.

Last but not least is the Tikida Golf Palace, a five-star luxury boutique hotel nestled in the heart of a Eucalyptus forest. Guests can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway here situated next door to the Golf du Soleil golf course and in close proximity to one of Morocco’s best beaches. Agadir is one of Morocco’s tourist hotspots, and conveniently for guests at the Tikida Golf Palace, it is just a short drive away. Here, visitors can enjoy the guaranteed sunshine on the beach which runs for nine kilometres along the coast. To have a taste of authentic Moroccan culture, guests can head into the centre of Agadir to spend hours meandering around the traditional souks and bazaars, or they can enjoy a meal at one of the many Moroccan restaurants. With a 36-hole golf course just next door to the Tikida Golf Palace, guests will never find themselves far away from a fantastic round of golf. Both the Tikida and Championship golf courses are widely considered to be must-play golf courses in Morocco due to their impeccable quality and the invigorating challenge they offer. The Tikida golf course is rife with African fauna and vegetation that creates a beautiful landscape to be incorporated with a stern test of golf. Alternatively, the Championship golf course’s layout is dominated by water hazards, therefore players must make careful use of every club in their bag. The Championship golf course has hosted many international golfing tournaments which is clear evidence that it is widely considered to be one of the best golf courses in the region; in 2011, it hosted the Ladies European Tour, then it hosted the EPD Tour. The Tikida Golf Palace is a luxury boutique hotel, so its five-star service is guaranteed. The hotel has just 54 rooms, but they are all especially spacious, even for a five-star hotel. Most of the guest rooms overlook the neighbouring golf courses at the Golf du Soleil which can be enjoyed from their own private balcony or terrace. To relax when guests are taking a break from playing some of the local golf courses or exploring the captivating city of Agadir, guests can lounge around the outdoor pool or they can visit the hotel’s spa for a well-deserved treatment or massage.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are already looking forward to your next golf holiday to Morocco. For a golf holiday with guaranteed sunshine, challenging golf and luxurious hotels, Morocco is an excellent destination. If you still find yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to change your mind.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best golf hotels by the beach. All seven of these hotels boast a fantastic coastal location, just a few steps away from some truly stunning beaches. For all those that enjoy the perfect mix of sun, sea and golf, all of these golf hotels would be an unbeatable option. When golfers decide to take a break from challenging the fairways of the local golf courses, they can simply head down to the beach for some well-deserved ‘R and R’.

The Thanos Hotel Almyra is a fantastic five-star hotel, situated just a stone’s throw away from a Blue Flag beach and of course, all four of Paphos’s excellent golf courses. Paphos is known well for its stunning beaches, clear waters and excellent weather all year round, making it an ideal location for a luxury golf holiday. The Thanos Almyra is a five-star hotel in every aspect; the guest rooms are spacious and modern, and guests can enjoy a wide range of leisure facilities. The hotel has four swimming pools and a fantastic spa facility so that all guests can well and truly unwind. There are four golf courses in Paphos: the critically-acclaimed Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, the PGA National, Minthis Golf Club and the Elea Golf Course. Conveniently for golfers, all four of these fantastic golf courses are located twenty minutes away from the hotel; therefore, an unforgettable round of golf is never far away. The Alykes Beach lies directly opposite the Thanos Almyra, and here guests can find an unspoilt stretch of sandy coastline lined with a promenade packed with a range of bars and restaurants. Guests can rent sunbeds here to make the most out of the sun or take a dip in the clean waters. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the beach and the neighbouring Mediterranean Sea from the pool area of the hotel and in some of the guest rooms. Furthermore, the hotel is located just a ten-minute walk away from the Paphos Harbour where guests will find an excellent selection of bars, restaurants and shops. For a fantastic evening out, visitors can enjoy a meal at the harbour looking out across the sea.

Another fantastic golf hotel located directly on the beach is the Gloria Golf Resort. Belek is an up and coming golf destination and its popularity increases year after year. Many golfers flock here for the guaranteed sunshine, fantastic all-inclusive options and unbeatable golf. The Gloria Golf Resort is no exception; the hotel offers great all-inclusive rates at superb value and has two of Belek’s best golf courses on-site to the resort. Furthermore, just a few steps away from the hotel guests will find themselves on Belek Beach, a Blue Flag beach comprising of sixteen kilometres of stunning beach. Most of Belek’s resorts and hotels are positioned on top of this beach, and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy some water sports or indulge in a spot of sunbathing. At the Gloria Golf Resort, golfers are never far away from a fantastic round of golf. Both the Gloria Old and the Gloria New golf courses are located on-site at the Gloria Golf Resort, and they are both accessible by a complimentary shuttle service offered by the resort. The Gloria Old and the Gloria New golf courses are two of the best-known golf courses in the whole of Belek, therefore the Gloria Golf Resort is a fantastic option for all golfers in Belek as they are right on the doorstep of two excellent golf courses. Guests will never find themselves short of something to do at the Gloria Golf Resort, regardless of whether they play golf or not. There are five outdoor swimming pools, all of which are lined with sunbeds and parasols so that guests are never without an opportunity to get a tan and relax in the sun. Furthermore, there is also an aqua park and sports activities including tennis and mini-golf.

The Verdura Resort is situated in the south-west coast of Sicily, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. This golf resort is the ideal options for all those that want to escape the normal hustle and bustle of the busier resorts and enjoy an idyllic atmosphere in a coastal setting. The resort is set in a valley, surrounded by olive groves and citrus trees. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the naturistic setting throughout the resort, especially on the Verdura Golf Course designed by famous golf architect Kyle Phillips. The Verdura Golf Course is one of the most prestigious golf courses in Sicily; with a unique design, beautiful coastal setting and a fantastic challenge, it comes as no surprise that the Verdura Golf Course has such an excellent reputation. Sicily is renowned in Europe for its beautiful beaches with clear waters and white sand. At the Verdura Resort, golfers are in the best of both worlds just moments away from one of the best golf courses in Sicily and a long stretch of stunning beach. The resort runs along two kilometres of stunning coastline, and the hotel has its own stretch of private beach with sunbeds and parasols, as well as a range of water sports. Guests can take full advantage of the resort’s stunning coastal setting from their guest rooms as all the rooms here boast coastal views that can be best appreciated from their private balcony or terrace. Aside from its private beach, the Verdura Resort has many other fantastic facilities including tennis courts, a sixty-metre-long outdoor infinity swimming pool overlooking the sea and an excellent spa centre. For an unforgettable luxury golf holiday in a beautiful coastal setting, the Verdura Resort is a fantastic option.

The Hotel Le Palme boasts an unbeatable location nestled in the heart of the Italian Riviera on the Adriatic Coast. This four-star hotel is situated just a short drive away from the Adriatic Golf Club Cervia, one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the Emilia Romagna region. The Adriatic Golf Club Cervia is home to 27 fantastic holes that create a fantastic golfing challenge to be appreciated by golfers of all standards and ability. The Hotel Le Palme offers a shuttle service to the Adriatic Golf Club, so an unforgettable round of golf is always in easy reach. Furthermore, there are other great golf courses to be players in the vicinity including both the Rimini Verucchio Golf Club and the Riviera Golf Club. If guests can tear themselves away from the fairways at the local golf courses, they can make the most of the hotel’s leisure facilities, including its semi-Olympic swimming pool and rooftop terrace. The centre of Milano Marittima is just a ten-minute stroll away from the Hotel Le Palme where they will find an excellent range of shops, bars and restaurants. Milano Marittima’s beach is widely considered to be its main attraction, and conveniently for guests at the Hotel Le Palme, it is just a short walk away from the hotel. The beach stretches out to four kilometres and is filled with a selection of beach clubs and some restaurants. Conveniently for guests, they can admire the hotel’s stunning coastal setting at all times from their own private balcony in guest rooms. Furthermore, the hotel has its own private beach area with direct access.

Islantilla Golf Resort is one of our most popular golf resorts, and it is not difficult to see why. This four-star golf resort is located on-site to the 27 holes at the fantastic Islantilla Golf Course, where golfers can enjoy a varied round of golf on its three nine-hole loops. The Islantilla Golf Course is a great golf course for all players, regardless of their skillset or handicap because their round of golf can be individually tailored to their own abilities. For example, a higher handicapper might opt for the Yellow course and the Green, whereas a skilled player would select the Blue and the Green loops. The Islantilla Golf Course is not the only option for guests at the Islantilla Golf Resort; both the prestigious golf courses at the El Rompido Golf Club and the Isla Canela are situated less than half an hour’s drive away from the resort. The Islantilla Golf Resort does not just have a fantastic location in the eyes of any avid golfer; the resort is conveniently positioned just a short walk away from the Blue Flag Playa Islantilla beach. This beach is perfect for all those looking to catch some rays on their golf holiday with its warm waters and pristine condition. Also, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel is the centre of Islantilla where guests will find an excellent selection of bars, restaurants and cafes for every taste and budget. Its location is not the only attraction for the Islantilla Golf Resort; the guest rooms are particularly spacious and are fully-equipped with all of the essentials to ensure that all of their guests have a fantastic stay. The hotel even offers a selection of villas with two bedrooms, perfect for golfing groups or families. Furthermore, it offers guests a wide range of leisure facilities, including a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre.

Located in the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve lies the four-star Formosa Park Hotel. This luxury resort is the ideal option for a golfing getaway to Portugal, nestled in between the Quinta do Lago and the Vale do Lobo resorts. Furthermore, perfect for all golfers looking to make the most out of the sun on their next golfing holiday, the Formosa Park Hotel is located just a five-minute walk away from Ancao Beach, widely considered to be among some of the best beaches in the whole of the Algarve. At the Formosa Park Hotel, guests can enjoy the perfect mix of sun, golf and sea with such a fantastic beach located just a short walk away, as well as some of the best golf courses in close proximity. Two of the most prestigious golf courses in the Algarve include the Pinheiros Altos and the San Lorenzo, and conveniently for golfers at the Formosa Park Hotel, both of these fantastic golf courses are less than a fifteen-minute drive away from the hotel. When guests aren’t soaking up the sun at the beach or challenging the fairways at the local golf courses, they can enjoy some of the leisure facilities at the Formosa Park Hotel. This apartment complex is home to two outdoor swimming pools lined with sunbeds and parasols, and guests can also enjoy the use of the tennis courts at the Dona Filipa Hotel which is located just a few minutes away from the Formosa Park Hotel.

The Hotel Guadalmina boasts a superb location, situated directly on the beach and just a fifteen-minute drive away from both Marbella and Puerto Banus. Furthermore, with two of the region’s best golf courses, the Guadalmina North and the Guadalmina South next door, the Hotel Guadalmina is an unbeatable choice for your next golf holiday. The Guadalmina South is the original golf course at the Guadalmina resort, and it is highly regarded amongst golfers as one of the most challenging golf courses in the Costa del Sol. Alternatively, the Guadalmina North is generally considered to be more straightforward, but the prevailing coastal winds can always threaten this perception. Not only is the Hotel Guadalmina in the perfect position to make the most out of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses, but it is also an excellent choice to relax and make the most out of Puerto Banus’ stunning beaches and its vibrant atmosphere. The hotel is located directly on top of the San Pedro Beach, with its own stretch of private beach filled with sunbeds and parasols. Furthermore, there is also the opportunity to enjoy some water sports or visit some small cafes and bars. Guests can fully appreciate the coastal position of the Hotel Guadalmina as most of the guest rooms overlook the neighbouring beach and sea. The guest rooms and leisure facilities here are nothing less than what one would expect at a luxury four-star hotel; guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access, the hotel’s sun terrace and large outdoor swimming pool overlooking the beach.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you have some new inspiration for finding your next golf holiday by the beach. If you are finding it too hard to decide, just give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our very best to ensure you have the best golf break yet.

This week’s blog is a guide to seven courses for your golf bucket list. These seven golf courses are known for their unique layout and the incredible challenge that they offer, making them must-play golf courses for any serious player. Many of these golf courses are widely considered to be amongst some of the most prestigious in the world, therefore all players must endeavour to enjoy an unforgettable round here.

The PGA Catalunya Stadium golf course is widely viewed as one of the best golf courses in Spain, and even Europe, therefore it is hardly unsurprising that it has hosted so many PGA European Tour events. Known for its stunning views, invigorating challenge and its impeccable quality, the PGA Catalunya Stadium is certainly a strong contender for your golf bucket list. The challenge here is characterised by the regular undulations of the greens as well as the many uphill fairways. The 6th hole is the signature hole here, a tricky par four that demands excellent golf course management as players must anticipate a lengthy uphill drive. Golfers must balance the length of their shot whilst maintaining accuracy in order to avoid the huge tree positioned in the centre of the fairway, however, they must be sure to avoid the many hazards in doing so. Despite the many golf courses in the Costa Brava region, the PGA Catalunya Stadium does not fail to stand out and since its opening in 1998, it has certainly made its mark on golf in Europe. Set deep in the heart of the rolling hills surrounding the captivating city of Barcelona, golfers can enjoy a fantastic round of golf in an idyllic atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts in the south. Despite its calming setting, the PGA Catalunya Stadium is sure to raise some tempers with its unruly challenge. The greens here are known for the notorious placement of bunkers which have caused even lower handicappers to feel grateful for walking away from several holes with a bogey. While the PGA Catalunya Stadium undoubtedly poses as a challenge to even the most experienced golfer, those with a less refined game should not give this golf course a miss as it is widely considered to be among some of the most prestigious golf courses in the world.

The Fancourt Links golf course has been described by Gary Player as one of his biggest achievements as a leading golf course architect; that statement alone is a big enough reason to include the Fancourt Links in your golf bucket list. With a beautiful landscape and many well-designed holes, it is hardly surprising that the Fancourt Links has been voted the Best Golf Course in South Africa by Golf Digest Rankings. The Fancourt Links has set the standards for the future of golf in South Africa, and it is known and loved for its classic coastal links layout that never fails to attract golfers back, year after year. The golf course’s stunning scenery only adds to its character, as players can marvel at panoramic views of the neighbouring Outeniqua Mountains. Those that enjoy many of the UK’s best golf courses, including St Andrews, will enjoy the Fancourt Links as it comprises of many of its key features and characteristics including spacious greens and rolling fairways with undulations. The Fancourt Links is surely not a golf course for the faint-hearted, and it is an essential golf course for the bucket list for those that like a challenge. The challenge not only lies in the layout and characteristics of the golf course, but it is also due to its sheer length. Golfers are thrown in the deep end at the first hole to give them a taste of the challenge to come. Players must manoeuvre their shot down the narrow fairway to an elevated tee where they can enjoy some of the best views of the golf course.

Bulgaria is an up and coming golf destination in Europe and setting the bar for the future of golf here is the Thracian Cliffs golf course. This award-winning golf course opened in 2011, and already it is rumoured to become the most photographed golf course in Europe. This does not come as a surprise as the Thracian Cliffs is known for its beautiful coastal scenery with panoramic views across the Black Sea at every single hole on the golf course. Consistently ranked in the Top 50 Golf Courses in Europe, the Thracian Cliffs is an obvious choice for any golf bucket list. Like any Gary Player designed golf course, the Thracian Cliffs offers a unique round of golf with a new challenge to be overcome in each shot. Gary Player made the most out of the direct coastal landscape of the course, and with strong prevailing winds from the Black Sea coming at golfers from every angle, golfers must play with their A-game consistently in order to score well. Despite the Thracian Cliffs undoubtedly offering a stern test of golf, with multiple tee options, even amateur golfers do not have to miss out on a round of golf here. The views are unparalleled to anything else in Europe; it is truly unique to have a golf course that offers stunning sea views from every single hole. Due to its direct coastal location, it is heavily advised that players bring plenty of balls as any wayward shots will be carried away further than originally anticipated. The front nine holes are positioned directly on the cliffs, therefore the best views can be enjoyed here, however, the back nine holes wind through the resort more and are generally considered to be the most challenging on the course.

The Earth golf course is one of the two golf courses at the prestigious Jumeriah Golf Estates located in Dubai. The Earth course is a gem in the midst of a huge range of golf in Dubai, and it never fails to attract players back year after year. Designed by world-renowned golf architect Greg Norman, the Earth golf course offers a challenging round of golf that can be enjoyed by all players, regardless of their skill set and handicap. Widely considered to be the best golf course in Dubai, the Earth golf course is hugely responsible for Dubai’s excellent reputation as a key golf destination in the Middle East. This golf course is undoubtedly a challenge, stretching out to an impressive 7,706 yards from the back tees. Its challenging nature is not the only characteristic that makes this golf course one for the bucket list; the Earth golf course is set in a stunning landscape with the final 18th hole set on the edge of a breath-taking creek. Greg Norman had a vision for the Earth golf course; he wanted to merge all of the best characteristics found at the most famous golf courses in Europe and North America into one golf course. Therefore, the challenge here is mainly characterised by clever bunkering and undulating fairways, as well as dense areas of greenery and fauna. During their round, players can enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle that is Dubai and enjoy the naturistic setting. There are many lakes across the golf course, as well as forest areas. Four of the holes here are centred around a large white creek filled with water, and they will do well to avoid it!

The Dye’s Valley Course at the TPC Sawgrass is located in the heart of Florida and was hugely influential in the creation of the modern golf courses in the area. Even experienced golfing legends have commented on the challenging nature of the Dye’s Valley Course as it is not commonplace for water hazards to feature at every single hole on a golf course. This fantastic golf course plays to a par of 72 and is the perfect golf course for a player that is looking to have every aspect of their game challenged. Golfers are kept on their toes throughout the golf course with many water hazards and undulating fairways. Despite the fairways being relatively open and spacious, looks can be deceiving; the Dye’s Valley Course is located just a mile away from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean where harsh coastal winds can often take their toll on any weak shots. The Dye’s Valley Course is home to two fantastic par fives, however, players make the common mistake here of presuming they will be easy; the par-five 16th and 1st holes are by no means a walk in the park, even for experienced golfers. Players are thrown straight into the challenge at the very first hole, however, with careful club selection and patience, there is a good chance of scoring a birdie. The green here is one of the smallest greens across the whole golf course, and players will do well to manoeuvre their shot down the narrow fairway. The Dye’s Valley Course is known for its tiny greens, therefore the emphasis is largely on accuracy over length for players to score well.

A golf bucket list would not be complete without the mention of the Real Club Valderrama; this fantastic golf course has consistently been ranked as the best in Europe, and rightly so. If your budget permits, then the Real Club Valderrama should be at the top of your golf bucket list. Despite its creation over four decades ago, the Real Club Valderrama has managed to withstand the creation of new modern golf courses in the area and has consistently remained to be considered the best golf course in Spain. The golf course has been impeccably maintained thanks to regular renovations; however, it has still retained its amazing authentic character that it is known best for. With limited tee times available, the Real Club Valderrama is never overplayed, therefore it is always in perfect condition. The Real Club Valderrama comprises of some unique holes that demand excellent golf course management as well as the complete focus and patience from all of its players. Even if golfers feel they can’t play to their maximum potential here, they can enjoy the stunning landscapes and watching their fellow players face their peril. The greens are notoriously fast which make it even more difficult for golfers to manoeuvre around the many strategically placed sand traps and bunkers. Players must be sure to keep the best of their skill until last as the last few holes are widely considered to be the most challenging. The 17th hole, named the Los Gabiones, was reconstructed to intensify its challenge by adding a huge water hazard just to the front of the green.

The PGA Centenary Course is one of the three fantastic golf courses at the famous Gleneagles Golf Resort. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the PGA Centenary Course is the most acclaimed golf course in Scotland and is widely known for its beautiful landscapes and the invigorating challenge that it is home to. Jack Nicklaus admitted that he can only take limited credit for the success of the golf course as the original landscape he had to work with was already a “masterpiece” that required minimal construction. However, Nicklaus sought to create a unique golf course that would attract golfers back year after year. It is fair to say that Nicklaus achieved his vision, and since he has been commended for creating one of the highest-ranking golf courses in Europe. The PGA Centenary Course is undoubtedly one for the bucket list and is sure to be loved by all golfers that can appreciate a classic Scottish golf course with all the best characteristics of American courses thrown in. In 2014, the PGA Centenary Course cemented its reputation as one of Scotland’s best golf courses when it hosted the Ryder Cup. Since then, the PGA Centenary Course has received the exposure and praise it deserves. The golf course is a challenge for even professionals as it measures out to an impressive 7,300 yards from the back white tees. Throughout, players can enjoy some truly spectacular views of the idyllic Scottish countryside that are best seen from the two-tiered green at the second hole. Many of the greens here are well-protected, therefore long hitters will do better in their approach shots here than at other technical golf courses.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you have fresh inspiration for some new additions to your golf bucket list. All seven of these golf courses are critically acclaimed, designed by some of the best golf architects in the world. For an unforgettable and invigorating round of golf, all seven of these golf courses are a fantastic option.

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