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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to the fantastic Tivoli collection. All of these hotels and residences are situated in stunning areas on the Algarve, where you can experience luxury accommodation, beautiful weather and great golf. The great thing about a golf break to the Algarve is that the weather is perfect golfing weather right though until October/November time which means that it definitely isn’t too late for you to start thinking about one of these superb destinations for your autumn golf holiday…

First up, we have two fantastic options for the bustling town of Vilamoura where you can take walks around the marina and enjoy some superb restaurants and bars after a long day of playing golf and relaxing by the pool.

The Residences at Victoria are located in the centre of Victoria Golf course and comprise of luxury apartments with spacious living rooms, flat-screen TVs and a fully-equipped kitchens. However, if you are not looking to self-cater there are plenty of fantastic restaurants within close proximity of the apartments which serve different cuisines and of course, Vilamoura is just under a ten minute drive away. Whilst you are not playing golf, you can relax around one of the indoor or outdoor swimming pools or even visit Marina beach which is just a 12-minute drive away. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy golf at the Oceanico courses. Oceanico Pinhal is one of the older Oceanico courses but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t one of the best. The holes and their fairways blend effortlessly into the rolling landscape, although this is a tough course with tight fairways and a few water hazards it is a great, scenic course perfect for your next golf holiday. The other frequently played Oceanico course is Laguna which is laid out over flat ground which gives it a links-style feel and with plenty of water and sand hazards to navigate your way around this isn’t an easy course either. With luxury apartments, great leisure facilities and even better golf, this resort offers you everything that you could want for your next golf holiday to the Algarve and more.

Next up we have Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, the second property situated in Vilamoura. This stunning five-star hotel offers the same great golfing options as The Residences at Victoria but gives you the opportunity to stay right in the centre of Vilamoura between the Marina and the beach. All of the guestrooms are spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows from which you can experience panoramic views of the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are not playing one of the fantastic Oceanico golf courses you can relax by the large outdoor pool or take advantage of the extensive spa facilities. Dining at the hotel is fantastic, there are three restaurants: a Portuguese restaurant, an Italian and a steakhouse, which are all divine. As you are in the centre of Vilamoura, once you have tried the hotel’s restaurants you can venture out and experience some of the great eateries and bars that Vilamoura has to offer you. This is a beautiful hotel which has fully earned its five-star rating…

Next up, we have the Tivoli Marina Portimão which is situated in a prime location, in the middle of the marina in Portimão. This four-star hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beach and only five from Praia do Rocha. All of the studios and apartments here are decorated with a modern and contemporary theme and are each fitted with a kitchenette. Although being in the centre of Portimão means that you have extensive dining options, the hotel boasts two fantastic restaurants serving international cuisines and giving you the chance to dine and enjoy panoramic views over the sea and the marina simultaneously. Whilst you are here, there are three great golf courses within close proximity of the apartments: Alamos, Salgados and Morgado which each offer a different round of golf. Alamos golf course features a variety of different holes from those with undulating fairways and small greens to those requiring large drives and strategically placed hazards. The greens are very fast and hard here which means that in order to score well you must bring your putting touch! Salgados is fairly flat but features many water and sand hazards for you to navigate your way around which makes it a tricky round of golf as you will often find yourself losing a ball or two in the water if you are not playing your best! This is a very interesting and fun course to enjoy here. Lastly, we have Morgado which is set within tranquil surroundings and can be enjoyed by golfers of all handicaps with its wide fairways and fairly flat terrain (at least one the first nine!). This is a popular course here on the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why. With all of these great golfing options, fantastic facilities and the chance to stay in the centre of Portimão, it is no surprise that this is a top choice for your next golf break to the Algarve.

Tivoli Lagos is a four-star resort hotel situated in the centre of Lagos and just nine minutes’ walk from the beach. The rooms are spacious and decorated beautifully and are each fitted with a private balcony. Through from March to October, the hotel offers a free shuttle down to its private beach of Meia Praia but you can also stay at the resort and enjoy relaxing around the large outdoor pool. Whilst you are here, you can dine at the traditional Portuguese outdoor grill, the Pateo Velho Restaurant or the international Lacobriga restaurant. This hotel shares the same golfing options as the Tivoli Marina Portimão so you will not be disappointed by the range of golf courses that you will have the opportunity to play on…

Last, but certainly not least, is the Tivoli Carvoeiro which is another fabulous five-star property overlooking the Vale Covo Beach. The rooms are all spacious and decorated with an elegant contemporary design. For relaxation, there is nowhere better than the Tivoli Spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments, the sauna or the Jacuzzi or you visit the fitness centre for a workout. Whilst you are not on the golf course or taking advantage of the spa facilities, you can relax besides the outdoor pool or take a short walk into the beautiful and picturesque town of Carvoeiro. Although there are plenty of great restaurants in Carvoeiro, you can enjoy eating at one of the three dining options at the hotel including a Portuguese restaurant and an upscale bistro where you can enjoy fresh fish caught the same day! The Tivoli Carvoeiro also gives you the chance to play the Alamos, Salgados and Morgado courses as they are in close proximity of the resort here too. This is a great place for your next golf holiday to the Algarve and it isn’t hard to see why…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that you can see all the great options that the Tivoli collection has to offer you both in terms of luxury accommodation and great golfing options. Another great thing about booking to one of these properties (asides from the golf and facilities) is the opportunity to get your hands on an exclusive J. Lindeberg golf shirt which we are giving out to you when you book your next golf break to the Algarve! Most of these properties are also situated in or very near to a great Portuguese town which is perfect for when you want to do some exploring and experience some traditional Portuguese culture…

If you work your way around all the destinations in Europe, there are so many golf courses out there that mean you can have a great Golf Escape without spending a small fortune. Every region has their signature course that all the group flock to play, but they usually come at a cost. Here is our advice on how to play great golf courses, but keeping it within a healthy budget too.el-chaparral

El Chaparral – A really fun course. The design is very different to others in the area and is a really interesting course to have in your itinerary. We always recommend to play it in the middle of your holiday as it is very tight and a tough one to start off with. The added bonus with El Chaparral is that shared buggies are included in the greenfee as well, just to make it even better value for money! After your round, stay for a drink as the staff are incredibly friendly and gives the superb clubhouse a great atmosphere. A real gem of the Costa del Sol.castro-marim

Castro Marim – In the East of the Algarve lays some great golf courses and with the town of Tavira in the middle of them all, it is a fantastic place to take your next holiday. Out of the local courses, Castro Marim is easily the best value for money. Three loops of 9 holes, the Grouse, Guadiana and Atlantico make up the resort and all three are great. The Grouse is the newest and perhaps the best if you wanted to take in the views of the rolling hills. The Guadiana is the tightest, set amongst pines trees. Several of the greens are elevated and are usually the fastest of the 9 holes. Beware of the bunkers! Finally the Atlantico. Plenty of water and similar to the Guadiana in that it is lined with pine trees. Definitely worth playing when staying in the East of the Algarve and an area in general that must be considered for your next Golf Escape.

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El Valle – Murcia is a golfer’s paradise with so many golf courses all in such close proximity to the sea front and to Murcia Airport and all brilliant value. You can play 6 different courses without travelling any further than 30 minutes from your base in Los Alcazeras. El Valle is the Golf Escape pick though. A vast open space littered with bunkers makes it a course that you have to think your way around. Tight fairways also add to the difficulty of the course. When you think you have mastered the fairways and bunkers you are then faced with huge expanses of water on the 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th. Tough, but a very pleasant walk taking in views of the hills surrounding you.

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Troia – A treat to play if you are staying anywhere in the Lisbon area and fancy a good day out. The course is situated in the Troia Peninsula and means getting a short ferry journey from Setubal. When you get there though, you will see why it is worth the journey. The course is stunning. If it was anywhere else in the world it would be a £150 round of golf easily. This is where location, location, location works in the guests favour. You can play this course for great value for money as long as you don’t mind the journey. Playing alongside a peaceful beach, it has a links feel to it at times with sandy wasteland for the 2nd cut of rough. A challenge, but a real favourite in the Golf Escapes office.

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