Ahhh, you’re back on the course. After being locked down you’re stood on the first tee box again, a tricky hole, and one you’ve struggled with in the past, lots of danger on the right, and red stakes lining the fairway. Perfect.
You’re lacking confidence and not sure what to expect. Bang, the dreaded slice returns, your ball sails out of bounds and before you know it, you’re three off the tee. But how can your thoughts before the shot influence this dreaded start to a round?
Your expectations before a shot can have major influence not only on your mental game, raising or lowering anxiety or confidence, but also your physical game, with the ability to loosen or stiffen your body as a result. Therefore it is important to manage your expectations throughout your round, importantly before every shot.
The theory behind expectations
Expectations are a combination of both your perception of the task or shot at hand, and also what you put this down to. Are the factors influencing the outcome of your shot within your control or not? What have you put your performances down to in the past and how do these translate into future performances?
Let’s start with your success. When you have a good round what do you put this down to? Is it something stable, like your ability or do you put it down to something unstable, like a few lucky shots? If you put it down to your ability you naturally become more self-confident in your ability, you believe that you can continue these performances going forward and you’re well on your way to lowering your handicap. If, however, you put it down to luck on the course, you retain humility, understanding that although you must be improving, your success isn’t guaranteed next time.
By the same token your failures can also be put into these two brackets, if you have a bad round and begin to relate it to your ability, you can reduce your confidence and expect to play the next round, or certain holes poorly based on these experiences. An often preferred attribution is something unstable, if you feel you were unlucky with a few putts or chips you can protect your confidence, and you understand that next time you play, you might get a lucky bounce, or play the hole in a better way.
It is unhealthy for an athlete to lean too heavily one way or another. The athlete must be able to praise themselves when it is deserved, and understand that they have hit an excellent shot, however this mustn’t go to their heads. Similarly, if you hit a bad shot, don’t be too critical on yourself, golf is full of factors you’re unable to control, particularly as we’re in the midst of the winter months, with poor ground, and even worse conditions, but you must also be able to take responsibility when it’s warranted.
As we’ve mentioned, it is unhealthy to lean too far in your attributions. Don’t be afraid to congratulate yourself if you hit the shot of your life, and don’t be too critical if you hit a poor shot, we’re all capable of it…me more than most apparently…
But take your previous experiences and use them to benefit your future rounds, don’t step up to the tee and be petrified of hitting a poor shot, just because you did last time. This time will be different, step up, take a deep breath, and bomb it down the middle.
To find out more
For more psychology resources visit psych-chek. To learn more about altering your attributions within golf make sure to give this a read.
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“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Vince Lombardi
We’ve all been there, a ropey round of golf with a variety of miss hits and a LOT of balls lost, right…? But all is not lost, surely all you really need is a bucket of balls on the range hitting that damn driver and you will magically solve all your problems! Fool-proof.
Whilst you’re on the range, you do hit a few good ones that convince you that you’re cured, but then, you step up to the first tee, and BANG, another lost ball.
So why doesn’t this perfection on the range translate onto the course?
It may have something to do with the face that consistently hitting 50 – 100 drivers in succession isn’t what you’d do on the course! So with that in mind how can you best utilise your time on the range in order to reduce your handicap and get back to, maybe, enjoying golf?
Practice with purpose!
Different practice types are beneficial for different levels of golfer, and unfortunately there’s no firm guide on when you should change your practice type, so use your judgement, but if you see no benefit, don’t be afraid to try a different type of practice.
There are typically three main practice types, blocked, serial and random and as aforementioned use your own judgement when deciding which is best for you. It is important to leave your ego in the car, practice according to your actual ability, not the ability you want. If you practice enough and with real intent, your handicap will come tumbling down!
Blocked practice is repeating the same shot with the same club over and over again, learning the movement and grooving it to your tailored needs. For example hitting 50 – 100 drivers in a row.
Hitting a variety of clubs / shots but in a set sequence, reducing how often you hit the same club and making it more round specific. For example, hitting your driver, 7 iron, sand wedge and repeating these shots in this order.
Hitting set clubs in no particular order, making it the most round specific practice, practicing as though you were playing and adapting after each shot. For example hitting driver, 7 iron, sand wedge, driver, 9 iron, 6 iron.
Making the most of your practice
Whatever practice method you choose, make your range time as round specific as possible. Go through your pre shot routine and imagery before every shot, if you’re unsure of how to implement these then head over to my previous blogs (yes, two shameless plugs in one sentence!) to learn more about these techniques.
By doing this, you will mentally and physically ready yourself for every shot; this will translate onto the course with your body knowing when you’re about to swing. This, implemented with your best suited practice method, will work together to help you not only groove your swing, but also increase repeatability of the swing.
In order to best utilise your practice time you have to be realistic with where you’re at with your game. Doing this will help you best select the practice method you need and your time at the range will be more beneficial when you do.
Don’t just think hitting a bucket of drivers is exactly what you need, you may be at a level where you need to hit a variety of clubs to see the most improvements in your game.
To find out more
For more psychology resources visit psych-chek. To learn more about the different practice types and how you can use it in accordance to your skill level make sure to give this a read.
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“The foundation of consistency is a sound pre-shot routine.” – Bob Rotella
With golf courses having been reopened for nearly a month now, many of us can feel the rust falling away from our golf game. We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the slice, over the past few weeks but boy does it feel good to be able to play golf in the summer sun.
As time goes on the golfer that was present before lockdown is re-emerging, which isn’t necessarily a good thing; but we’re just happy to be back playing the game we love. Since restarting play we’ve been subject to some excellent shots, some that leave a little to be desired, and if you’re anything like me, some truly horrifying shots!
But with the return of the PGA tour and world-class golf we are seeing consistency on an unrivalled level once again, leaving us in awe of their games, and striving to improve ourselves. But what techniques do the elite golfers use throughout their round to maintain high performance? Can we implement them within our own games?
Many elite athletes utilise pre-shot routines to prepare themselves both mentally and physically for the shot they are about to hit. These routines typically follow the same basic principles but the specifics are malleable for each athlete, and offer a chance for a level of consistency throughout your game, regardless of the shot you are faced with.
These are the key steps of an effective pre-shot routine using the specific example of a tee shot on any hole.
This is where you mentally prepare for the shot being faced, maintaining self-confidence, emotional control and realistic expectations. For example, you’re confident you’ll hit the green on this par three, or the fairway on a longer hole.
Picture yourself performing the shot to the best of your ability, culminating in a successful outcome. For example, hitting a drive straight down the middle of the fairway.
Focus on the surroundings
Take a moment to focus on the factors in the environment which could influence your shot, such as the wind or your lie. Similarly, take time to focus on your target, for example, the middle of the green, or the pin.
During the swing
Whilst swinging the club, avoid excessive thoughts. Try your best to perform the shot with as little thought as possible. The few thoughts that are going through your mind should be related to the task and helpful.
Evaluating the swing and thoughts
After hitting the shot, take some time to assess the quality of swing execution and pre-shot routine. Taking these evaluations with you into the following shots.
As aforementioned these steps are structured in their order, but fulfilling these steps is a personal experience. Implementing this will take more than a couple of holes. I recommend playing rounds alone whilst you tailor your focus and add these steps to your own game. This can help optimise your focus, with as few distractions as possible.
In order to see the maximal benefits of a pre-shot routine you have to spend the time working on the steps, and tailoring them to your personal needs. By having a repeatable, structured routine you can offer some consistency to a sport which offers a diverse experience with every round.
By controlling the controllables you can offer yourself a more consistent, and (hopefully) enjoyable experience with lower scores as you begin to keep as much of the game under your control as possible. What more could you want as you shake off that lockdown rust?
To find out more
For more psychology resources visit psych-chek and to learn more about pre-shot routines take a look at these research papers which highlight the implications for coaches and how pre-shot routines have been utilised by golfers in their own games.
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“If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.” – Horace G. Hutchinson.
The year started with such optimism, not just a new year but a new decade, a clean slate, and a chance to finally cut our handicaps. But no sooner had 2020 begun, we were locked down due to COVID-19, the courses were closed, and dreams of playing on tour were dashed…
Finally, in mid-May, the restrictions were eased, courses were re-opened and the mad-dash to the first tee began. But what a lot of us, ourselves included, overlooked, was the rust that had set in over the 6 weeks. With courses opening before many ranges, people went straight to the course without so much as a practice swing expecting to play just as they had done pre-lockdown.
Golf is a game that takes time, both physically and mentally, and consciously we all know this…but somehow, just knowing it doesn’t help. So what can you do to mentally prepare for the course after a long time away?
Mentally, golf can be difficult. When things don’t go your way like a missed putt, or a lost ball, it’s easy to get despondent. We easily lose focus and motivation. Therefore, it is important that during these times of rust, you take particular care of yourself (mentally) on the course to avoid falling out of love with the game you’ve waited so long to play.
It’s easy for others to say, “don’t be so hard on yourself” or “just enjoy it” but how can you help yourself? Take your time, relax and reflect after each shot. If you top one 3 yards, remember it’s been a while and you haven’t been to the range. Simply reset before your next shot. Don’t sprint to the ball and try to take the paint from the ball, be realistic with what you expect to happen, or what can happen on the course.
Similarly, if you know what you want out of golf, take the time to utilise goal setting. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it, but how many know how to effectively use it to your advantage, both short and long term?
Quite simply, goal setting is the use of attainable targets to enhance motivation, performances, or both.
A golfer commonly has one, overarching outcome goal, this is your desired end performance result in comparison to another golfer, for example, bettering your playing partners on the course. To do this, there are a set of smaller, more attainable, performance goals that should be used. These are goals about your desired performance compared to your previous performances, for example, parring a hole you bogied last time.
In order to achieve these successfully, you must focus on the processes involved. These processes are entirely under your control and help you achieve both short term performance goals and your overarching outcome goals. For example, if you want to find more fairways, you would work on your driver at the range.
Utilising these goals can be a simple way of helping get back into the swing of the game you love. By setting and achieving simpler, attainable goals, you’ll break down your larger, more daunting ones, benefiting both your performances and your motivation to continue playing.
Throughout the coming months we will be providing more ways to improve your psychology both on and off the course, and hope to help you reduce your scores and increase your enjoyment.
Even if I can’t help myself…
To find out more
For more psychology resources visit psych-chek, and to learn more about the different types of goal setting this book chapter explores and breaks goals down in golf-specific settings.
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This week’s blog is a guide to nine of the best golf courses, hotels and resorts located on the Lisbon Golf Coast. With stunning beaches, spectacular golf courses and a great range of accommodation, it comes as no surprise that golfers flock to the Lisbon Golf Coast in huge numbers year after year. In addition to booking themselves the best golf escape they have had to date; golfers can enjoy our new exclusive deal. All golfers that book their golf holiday to the Lisbon Golf Coast will receive a FootJoy polo shirt (while stocks last).
First up is the Aroeira I, one of the Lisbon Golf Coast’s golden members. This superb golf course is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in Europe, meaning that it is undoubtedly a must-play golf course on your next golf break to Lisbon. The Aroeira I offers its players the perfect round of golf set on a stunning pine woodland landscape with a new challenge to be found around every corner. While the Aroeira I is considered to be the superior golf course to its more modern twin, the Aroeira II, both golf courses are widely considered to be must-play golf courses for any golfer on the Lisbon Golf Course. The golf course is set 6,080 metres from the back tees, and it consistently demands its players balance the perfect mix of accuracy and skill as they approach the many challenges across the course. The perfect base to enjoy the Aroeira I golf course is the new Aroeira Lisbon Hotel, a fantastic four-star hotel positioned in the heart of the Aroeira Resort, with a beautiful sandy beach set just a few moments away.
Yet another golf course that is widely considered to be among some of the must-play golf courses on the Lisbon Golf Coast includes the Ribagolfe II. While the Ribagolfe II is slightly shorter than its sibling golf course, the Ribagolfe I, it still bears a great challenge that can be appreciated by all those who challenge it. The Ribagolfe II boasts an open landscape dotted with indigenous cork oak trees, sweeping undulations and plenty of water hazards. Even for the more skilled golfer, with contoured greens and a range of hazards, players are kept on their toes throughout their round. This golf course is ideal for a leisurely round of golf amongst friends with its beautiful landscape and unique layout, so it really comes as no surprise that so many golfers return here year after year to challenge its fast greens. Despite the Ribagolfe II being a relatively new addition to the golfing family in Lisbon, it has not failed to establish itself as one of the region’s best golf courses. With the perfect balance of par threes, a beautiful landscape and a great challenge, the Ribagolfe II is undoubtedly a strong contender on your itinerary for your next golf break on the Lisbon Golf Coast.
Located in the heart of the Lisbon Golf Coast is the West Cliffs Golf Links. The West Cliffs Golf Links is easily considered to be one of the region’s most stunning golf courses, and just as the name suggests, it is positioned right on the edge of the Lisbon Golf Coast, meaning golfers could not be in a better position to enjoy some of the area’s most beautiful views across the sea. Throughout their round of golf, players will find themselves mesmerised by the course’s stunning coastal views, however, their attention must remain transfixed by the challenge at hand. The architects of the West Cliffs Golf Links have perfectly incorporated the natural landscape of the area into the superb golf course that currently stands today. Despite the West Cliffs Golf Links only opening in June 2017, it has easily managed to establish itself as one of the most prized members of the Lisbon Golf Coast. The landscape and layout here are very varied across different terrains and undulations, so it is fair to say that golfers do not need to worry about having a dull round of golf here. There are masses of sand dunes dotted across the course, with the landscape’s original fauna acting as unique hazards to trip up golfers.
One of the Lisbon Golf Coast’s best known and most loved resorts is the Bom Sucesso Resort, home to a superb golf course and luxury five-star self-catered accommodation. The resort itself comprises of many modern private villas and apartments, all of which have been individually designed by different architects in contemporary designs with modern décor. All of the spacious villas here have their own private swimming pools, as well as access to the resort’s tennis club. Furthermore, the resort is also home to a large swimming pool for the use of all its guests, as well as sunbeds and parasols. For the perfect luxury golf escape to the Lisbon Golf Coast, the Bom Sucesso Resort is a great choice. Guests here have it all; great facilities, superb accommodation, and most importantly, a spectacular golf course located on-site. Located on-site at the Bom Sucesso Resort is the Guardian Bom Sucesso, a European Tour Destination designed by the world-renowned golf architect, Donald Steel. After having undergone complete renovations in previous years, the golf course is consistently kept in immaculate condition throughout the year. With a new and improved layout, the Guardian Bom Sucesso has challenged and entertained all the golfers that have played its greens.
The Troia Design Hotel is perfect for all those looking for an unforgettable golf escape with the ideal mix of sun, sea and golf. The hotel is set next to one of the Lisbon Golf Coast’s most stunning beaches, meaning that all guests here are never without an opportunity to make the most out of one of the many beautiful beaches that Portugal is known so well for. Just next door to the hotel lies the Setubal Bay, which has even been labelled as one of the ’35 Most Beautiful Bays in the World’, so all guests at the Troia Design Hotel have the perfect spot to catch a tan and soak up the rays while they are taking a break from challenging the greens of the local golf courses. However, the Troia Design Hotel is not just ideally located for its guests to make the most out of one of the region’s beautiful beaches; it is also ideally located for its guests to play one of the region’s best golf courses. Located just next door to the Troia Design Hotel is the Troia golf course, a superb golf course that is responsible for setting the standard of golf in the area so high.
Host to the Portuguese Open and widely considered to be a true gem of the Lisbon Golf Coast, the Penha Longa Atlantic is one of Europe’s most respected golf courses. This golf course is truly not one to be attempted by the faint-hearted; its unruly layout is widely accepted to be a true challenge. While there are several risk and reward elements on offer throughout the round, golfers should proceed with caution and make good use of the course map in order to anticipate any challenge the best they can. Should golfers finish with a steady score, then they are sure to be deserving of a celebratory drink in the clubhouse! The Penha Longa Atlantic is located on-site to the Penha Longa Resort, the perfect base to play this superb golf course. The Penha Longa Resort is truly a five-star resort in every aspect, whether it be in reference to its spectacular golf course, its impeccable service or its modern guest rooms; whatever golfers are looking for out of their next golf break, the Penha Longa Resort is sure to offer the perfect golf escape. The resort is home to eight restaurants to suit every preference, a huge spa facility, and a range of great facilities to keep all guests entertained, whether they play golf or not.
Another superb option for your next luxury golf escape to the Lisbon Golf Coast is the Oitavos Hotel, a fantastic five-star hotel located in Cascais. Cascais is one of the Lisbon region’s most sought-after towns with its great range of bars, shops and restaurants, as well as its great atmosphere. The Oitavos Hotel is very contemporary in its design, and guests here are never without an opportunity to enjoy the stunning views across the neighbouring sea. Guests at this hotel can enjoy the best of both worlds as they are sufficiently set back from all of the hustle and bustle of the centre of Cascais, but they are still just a short drive into the centre of town if they fancy a fun evening out or an evening of exploring. Furthermore, golfers at the Oitavos Hotel can also enjoy easy access to a spectacular golf course; the Oitavos Dunes golf course is positioned just next door to the hotel. The Oitavos Dunes golf course has been consistently ranked as one of the top golf courses in Europe, meaning all golfers should anticipate an unforgettable round of golf here. With strong prevailing blowing across from the coast, some tight doglegs and a range of tricky hazards, golfers are set to have every aspect of their game challenged during their round here.
The Praia d’el Rey is yet another superb golf course located on the Lisbon Golf Coast, set just a short drive away from the charming town of Obidos. Designed by the world-renowned golf architect Cabell B. Robinson, golfers here are guaranteed to have a spectacular round of golf. This golf course undeniably poses as an unruly challenge for even the most experienced of golfers, especially when the prevailing coastal winds from across the Atlantic come into play. With its beautiful coastal landscape, the unique layout and its perfect maintenance, it is hardly surprising that the Praia d’el Rey is consistently voted among the best golf courses in the world, and recently, it has been voted 13th place in the Best Golf Courses in Europe by Golf World Magazine. The perfect base to enjoy this fantastic golf course is the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort; as the name suggests, it offers all of its guests the perfect golf escape with access to a stunning sandy beach. Furthermore, if golfers here are looking for a bit more of variety on their golf break on the Lisbon Golf Coast, then the West Cliffs Links is also set just a few minutes away from the hotel, so a great round of golf is never far from reach.
Last but not least is the Royal Obidos golf course, a challenging golf course that is played uphill in the surrounding countryside around the charming town of Obidos. While this golf course has only opened its doors to the public in recent years, it is fair to say that the Royal Obidos has not struggled to make a name for itself among all of the other spectacular golf courses on the Lisbon Golf Coast. The Royal Obidos golf course is truly unique in every aspect, and it is said to differ completely from the Praia d’el Rey, so the Royal Obidos is a great choice for all those golfers looking to mix up their golfing itinerary on their next golf break to the Lisbon Golf Coast. With water hazards dominating every aspect of play on the back nine holes, it is strongly recommended that even the most experienced and skilled of golfers are sure to bring plenty of extra balls; you never know where the coastal wind might take you! The Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel and Spa offers an unbeatably relaxing stay with its impeccable service, modern guest rooms, and its boutique design. This hotel is the ideal accommodation choice for all golfers that are looking to challenge the greens of the Royal Obidos golf course as it is positioned just next door.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on nine of the best golf courses, hotels and resorts on the Lisbon Golf Course. With spectacular golf courses, beautiful beaches and a great range of accommodation, there is absolutely no reason why the Lisbon Golf Coast should not be your next golf break destination.
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This week’s blog is a guide to eight of the best hotels and resorts with the best spa facilities and golf courses. For the perfect golf escape, golfers need to find the perfect balance between getting some well-deserved ‘R and R’ and challenging the greens of the local golf courses, and luckily for golfers, all eight of these hotels and resorts offer just that.
First up is the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort and Spa, a fantastic hotel situated in one of Europe’s top luxury golf holiday destinations, Vilamoura. Golfers continue to flock to Vilamoura year after year in huge numbers with its great climate, superb golf courses and its well-known marina. Just a ten-minute drive away from the Hilton Vilamoura takes guests into the centre of Vilamoura where they can enjoy a spot of leisurely lunch around the marina, or alternatively enjoy some well-deserved retail therapy at one of the many upmarket shops on offer. Vilamoura is a great destination for all those looking to enjoy the finer things in life, including some fantastic golf. The Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort could not make it easier for its guests to enjoy all of the fantastic golf that is on offer in Vilamoura as the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the local golf courses. The hotel is positioned just across from the Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course, so a great round of golf is never far away. For guests to unwind after challenging the greens of the local golf courses, they can head to the Falesia Beach which the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to in the summer season, or alternatively, guests can just make the most out of the hotel’s excellent facilities. The hotel’s 7Seven Spa is said to be the biggest spa in Portugal, so the guests here are in a great position to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation in the spa’s unique water tunnel experience.
Another great resort for the perfect golf and spa escape is the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort. The resort is set in the beautiful rolling hills of the South of France’s countryside, so guests can enjoy beautiful views throughout the resort during their stay, as well as an unbeatably idyllic atmosphere. Just to add to the resort’s idyllic atmosphere, the layout is set like a village of small villas with just 115 suites and villas, so there is the perfect boutique-hotel feel. The service here is impeccable, and with so many great facilities and a relaxing atmosphere, meaning Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf is an unbeatable option for your next golf escape. The excellent quality of the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf has not gone unnoticed in the travel industry; the Terre Blanch Hotel Spa Golf Resort was voted the Golf Resort of the Year in 2013, and more recently awarded the World’s Leading Golf and Villa Resort in 2019. The Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf is the perfect resort for both a golf escape and a spa retreat with a comprehensive spa facility on-site, as well as two spectacular golf courses. Both the Le Chateau Course and the Le Riou Course at Terre Blanche are widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in the French Riviera region, and conveniently for all golfers looking to challenge its greens, they are located onsite at the resort. Aside from its fantastic golf courses, the resort’s best facility is its spa centre with 14 treatment rooms, a private terrace, and a wide range of facilities to help guests relax.
The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is the ideal choice for all those looking for the perfect mix of sun, sea, and spa. This four-star hotel boasts an ideal coastal location positioned on a stunning white sandy beach, so guests here are never without an opportunity to catch a tan and make the most out of one of the beautiful beaches that Portugal is known so well for. All of the guest rooms here are spacious and modern in design, and they are all facing the coast, so beautiful sea views can be enjoyed by the whole hotel. The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is not just ideally located to make the most out of the region’s stunning beaches; it is also ideally located to make the most out of exploring one of the region’s most charming coastal towns, home to a great range of bars, restaurants and shops. Once guests here have had enough of lounging on the neighbouring beach or exploring Sesimbra, they can focus their sights on playing some of the region’s best golf courses. Both of the Aroeira golf courses are located just a forty-minute drive away from the hotel, so a great round of golf is always in easy reach. To relax after a gruelling round of golf, guests can head to the spa for a well-deserved session of ‘R and R’ with a massage or treatment. Alternatively, the more active guest can head to the outdoor swimming pool for a swim or a session in the gym.
Yet another great choice for your next golf and spa escape in the Lisbon region is the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, a stunning five-star hotel located in Estoril, one of the region’s most sought-after towns. Estoril is one of Portugal’s most upmarket areas, but it is fair to say that a golf escape here is worth every penny with the great weather, beautiful beach, and charming town. This luxury destination is widely considered to be among one of Europe’s best golf destinations, and it is not difficult to see why. At the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, guests are in the perfect position to make the most out of all that Estoril can offer as it is set just a stone’s throw away from the centre of town where there is a great selection of bars, restaurants and shops, as well as a stunning sandy beach. The hotel opened its doors in the 1930s, but it has still maintained all of its charms throughout its stunning architecture and décor. The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa’s beautiful décor has never gone unnoticed; the hotel was the setting for a scene in a well-known James Bond film. The hotel’s best facility to help its guests unwind has to be the Estoril Wellness Centre with various treatment rooms, a Pilates and yoga studio, and an indoor swimming pool. For all guests looking for a leisurely round of golf, there is no need to look far, as the Golf do Estoril is set just a five-minute drive up the road.
Perfect for all those who are looking to stay local on their next golf escape, but they are still looking to enjoy some spectacular golf, the East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa is a great option. The East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa is the perfect choice for golfers who do not want to have to deal with the cost and stress of flying and going abroad, as they can still play some superb golf and enjoy some well-deserved ‘R and R’. The resort is set in the heart of the English countryside, so guests can enjoy an unbeatably idyllic golfing getaway, but the resort is still perfectly positioned next to great transport links, so it is highly accessible for all prospective guests. The hotel is relatively small in size, with all of the guest rooms overlooking the stunning rolling hills of the South Downs and the two neighbouring golf courses, the East Sussex National East Course and the East Sussex National West Course. Both of these golf courses offer a fantastic round of golf which can be enjoyed by golfers of all handicaps. However, golf is not the only thing that the East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa offers its guests; it also boasts an excellent spa facility to help all guests unwind on their golfing getaway. The Horsted Spa offers a wide range of treatments and massages to guests should they choose to indulge in some well-deserved ‘me time’.
The Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is a consistent favourite amongst all golfers, and it is hardly difficult to see why with its fantastic facilities, impeccable service, and most importantly, its spectacular golf course located on-site. This resort is truly five-stars in every aspect, ranging from its spacious and modern guest rooms to its comprehensive spa facility. Set in the Los Alcornocales Nature Reserve, guests here can enjoy beautiful views across the surrounding landscapes, as well as the superb golf course next door. The Fairplay Golf Club was designed by the world-renowned golf architect Baron Paul Rolin, and with its generous fairways and well-thought-out layout, it welcomes golfers of all handicaps and skill. Perfect for all golfers who are looking to challenge the greens of the Fairplay Golf Club, this fantastic golf course is located on-site, so a fantastic round of golf is never far from reach. However, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is not just perfectly located to enjoy one of the Costa de la Luz Cadiz’s best golf courses; it is also perfectly located to explore one of the region’s most charming towns. Benalup is home to a good range of bars, restaurants and shops to suit all budgets and preferences, and it is located just a twenty-minute walk away from the resort. If the guests here want to stay local and relax, then the resort is also home to a great range of facilities to help them do just that. Guests can lounge around the outdoor swimming pool, or head to the Fairplay SPA, one of the most luxurious spas in the Costa de la Luz Cadiz.
The Quinta do Lago Resort has often been described as the ‘California of Europe’ with its beautiful beaches and warm climate, meaning it is a top option for your next golf break in the Algarve. The Conrad Algarve is a fantastic five-star hotel located in the heart of this resort, home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, stunning 18th-century architecture, and great service. The Quinta do Lago offers absolutely everything a golfer could ever want and more for an unforgettable golf escape; world-class golf courses, stunning beaches, and a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops to suit all preferences and budgets. Both of the Vale do Lobo golf courses and both of the Quinta do Lago golf courses are just a stone’s throw away from the Conrad Algarve, so a superb round of golf is never far from reach. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms here are especially modern in design, providing the perfect base for guests to relax. Arguably the Conrad Algarve’s best facility is its world-class spa, the Conrad Spa, home to an infinity pool, a private lounge, as well as an extensive menu of treatments and massages.
Last but not least is the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, a coastal golf resort positioned in the heart of the Costa Navarino. With its great facilities and location, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is not just the perfect choice for your next golf and spa escape; it is also a superb option for a family holiday. The resort boasts a beachfront position in Messinia, so guests here are always just a stone’s throw away from one of the many stunning white sandy beaches that Greece is known so well for. With its picturesque beach location, all guests here are set to have an unbeatably idyllic golfing getaway. The resort itself is set out in small low-rise buildings across manicured gardens, with all of the great facilities in easy reach of its guests. The Westin Resort Costa Navarino’s best facilities include its two world-class golf courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course, both of which are located on-site. For all non-golfers and for younger guests, there is still plenty of things going on. The resort is also home to two swimming pools, an aquapark, a cycling tour activity school, and a unique spa centre which focuses on the use of locally grown olive oil.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best golf and spa escapes. All eight of these hotels and resorts offer the perfect mix of golf and relaxation, meaning anyone of them would be an unbeatable option for your next golf escape.
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This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best accommodation in Cyprus. With great weather, spectacular golf courses and fantastic deals, it comes as no surprise that Cyprus is widely considered to be an up and coming golf destination. For the perfect golf escape filled with sun, sea and golf, Cyprus is truly an unbeatable option. Whether you are looking for a luxury golf holiday at a five-star hotel, or a fantastic golf break at great value, a Cyprus has something for everyone.
First up is the Aphrodite Hills Hotel, a luxury five-star hotel located in the well-known Aphrodite Hills Resort. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is the perfect choice for all those looking to make their next golf holiday their most luxurious yet; the hotel is undeniably five-star in every aspect, ranging from its facilities, service, and guest rooms. The hotel is set in arm’s reach of the centre of Paphos, one of Cyprus’s key destinations. Conveniently for all guests here who are looking to visit the stunning sandy beach or have a fun evening out, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service into the centre of Paphos. Therefore, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds here; they are set in an idyllic position on a plateau overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, but they can also easily venture into the nearby town to do a spot of exploring. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is not just perfectly located for guests to make the most out of Cyprus’s best towns and beaches; it is also perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy some of the area’s best golf courses. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel neighbours one of Cyprus’s best golf courses, the Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus, so a fantastic round of golf is never in far reach from guests at the hotel. Even for non-golfers, the Aphrodite Hills Hotel has plenty of things to do and see; the Aphrodite Hills Hotel is home to one of the best spa centres on the island, so guests here are never without an opportunity to indulge and relax. Alternatively, the more active guest can head to the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy for a leisurely game of tennis or some private tuition.
Alternatively, for all those looking for the same standards of accommodation as the five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel but with a self-catering accommodation option, the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences is a great choice. The Aphrodite Hills Residences neighbours the Aphrodite Hills Hotel in the Aphrodite Hills Resort located in the outskirts of Paphos, so guests can enjoy a wonderfully relaxing golf holiday in an idyllic spot overlooking the sea, but they can easily travel into the centre of town if they are looking to explore the local area. The Aphrodite Hills Residences comprises of a range of luxury villas and apartments, all of which are very spacious in their design with all of the necessary essentials to ensure that all guests have an unbeatable stay. A self-catering golf holiday is a perfect choice for all those looking to have a relaxing stay without the need to always have to find somewhere to eat; even if guests find themselves looking for an evening off of cooking duty, they can simply head into the centre of Paphos where they will find a huge range of bars and restaurants to enjoy some authentic Cypriot food. Guests staying in the Aphrodite Hills Residences are never without an opportunity to appreciate the resort’s stunning setting from their own private balcony or terrace which overlooks the neighbouring Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus, or the Mediterranean Sea. All of the accommodation here, whether guests choose to stay in a spacious luxury villa or a modern apartment, come fully furnished with fully equipped kitchens, a seating area, en suite bathrooms, and the villas come with their own spacious outdoor swimming pools.
Yet another fantastic accommodation option for your next golf holiday in Cyprus is the Thanos Almyra Hotel, yet another superb five-star hotel located in the vibrant and charming town of Paphos. Guests at the Thanos Almyra Hotel truly could not be in a better position to make the most out of all the region has to offer; the hotel faces a long stretch of Blue Flag status beach, so guests here are never without an opportunity to make the most out of one of Cyprus’s beautiful beaches. For an afternoon of exploring or a fun evening out, guests can walk a few minutes down the road into the centre of Paphos where they will find a great range of bars, shops and restaurants. While the location of the Thanos Almyra Hotel is undeniably a key selling point, positioned just a stone’s throw away from a beautiful beach and the centre of Paphos, the entire hotel has very recently undergone a four-million-euro complete renovation, meaning all of the guest rooms, public areas and facilities have been refurbished to the highest standard. The new décor in guest rooms mirrors the hotel’s coastal setting with light and modern furnishings, and as many of the guest rooms face the Mediterranean Sea, guests can easily appreciate the hotel’s stunning setting from their own private balcony or terrace. As the Thanos Almyra Hotel has just 187 guest rooms, guests can enjoy personalised service from staff to help them have their most relaxing golf holiday to date. When guests have had enough of relaxing and want to seek an opportunity to set their hearts racing and their temper rising, then they can just visit one of the many spectacular golf courses surrounding the Thanos Almyra Hotel; the Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, PGA National, Minthis Golf Club and the Elea Golf Club are all located within a twenty-minute drive of the hotel.
The high standards and quality of the Thanos brand is consistent across all of its hotels, including the Thanos Hotel Annabelle. The hotel is ideally located for all of its guests to enjoy the best of all worlds on their golf holiday; the Thanos Hotel Annabelle is set just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Paphos, a beautiful sandy beach, and the Paphos harbour is also just a few minutes away on foot. During the day, guests at the hotel can enjoy a gruelling round of golf on either the Aphrodite Hills, Elea Golf Club, Minthis Golf Club or the Secret Valley, then enjoy a spot of lunch at the Paphos harbour. While the centre of Paphos is home to a host of different bars and restaurants to suit every preference and budget, the Thanos Hotel Annabelle is home to four different restaurants and five bars, so guests are never without choice if they choose, they want to stay local in the evening. Even for non-golfers, the Thanos Hotel Annabelle has plenty of options to offer its guests, even when they are taking a break from lounging on the nearby beach or exploring the vibrant town of Paphos. Guests at the Thanos Hotel Annabelle can enjoy an unbeatably relaxing golf break as the hotel is set in six acres of tropical gardens facing the sea, views of which can be enjoyed from all of its guest rooms. However, once guests have had enough of some ‘R and R’, they can enjoy a range of water sports on offer at the local beach, or the can even head to the hotel’s comprehensive spa centre for a well-deserved massage or treatment.
Another spectacular five-star luxury hotel in Cyprus is the Olympic Lagoon Hotel; with great facilities, impeccable service and an unbeatable location, you could not find a better base for your next golf holiday in Cyprus. At the Olympic Lagoon Hotel, guests are just a stone’s throw away from a beautiful white sandy beach and the centre of Paphos. Guests at the Olympic Lagoon Hotel are guaranteed a fantastic stay here in the newly renovated guest rooms and refurbished facilities. Due to its excellent location and facilities, the Olympic Lagoon Hotel would not just be a great choice for a golf holiday with lots of friends; it would also be a great choice for a relaxing couple’s getaway or a family holiday. The hotel is home to a host of facilities to keep every member of the family entertained; the children can head to the hotel’s children’s club, or to enjoy some well-deserved ‘R and R’, guests can head to the comprehensive spa facility. Furthermore, as the Olympic Lagoon Hotel offers a superb all-inclusive accommodation option, guests can indulge all they wish on their golf break without the worry of a hefty bill at the end of their stay. While the hotel is just a short distance into the centre of the lively centre of Paphos, the hotel itself has plenty of options should guests choose to stay local and make the most out of the all-inclusive option; the Olympic Lagoon Hotel is home to five excellent restaurants and five bars to suit all tastes and occasions.
At the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel, guests could truly not be in a better position to make the most out of all that Paphos has to offer. Whether golfers are looking to challenge the greens of the best golf courses in Cyprus, catch a tan on the neighbouring Blue Flag beach, or grab a spot of lunch in the centre of Paphos. Just a five-minute walk down from the hotel takes guests to the harbour where they will find a great range of bars, restaurants and shops to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Guests are never without an opportunity to make the most out of the hotel’s beautiful coastal setting as most of the 202 guest rooms here include full or partial sea views which can be admired from a private balcony or terrace. The Alexander the Great Beach Hotel is the ideal choice for couples and golfers looking for a fantastic beach holiday with all a good dose of luxury and elegance; the service at the hotel is unbeatable, there are loads of facilities to keep all guests entertained, and the guest rooms are especially modern and spacious, even for a luxury hotel. To relax after a gruelling round of golf on either the Elea Golf Club, the Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus or the Secret Valley, guests can lounge around one of the two outdoor swimming pools or head to the hotel spa.
Last but not least is the Dionysos Central, a centrally located three-star hotel which offers golfers superb value for money. The hotel is positioned in the heart of the Paphos resort, meaning a fun evening out or an afternoon of exploring is always on the cards. The Dionysos Central has everything a golfer could possibly want for an unbeatable golf escape in Cyprus; the hotel is situated just a stone’s throw away from town and the beach, the staff are committed to ensuring guests have a comfortable stay, and there is a good range of facilities to preoccupy guests while they are taking a break from the local beach or challenging the local golf courses. The hotel offers guests to make the most out of both worlds; guests will find themselves positioned sufficiently far away from the centre of town so they can avoid all of the hustle and bustle and enjoy some well-deserved tranquillity, but they are also just a short walk to the harbour for a spot of light lunch or a fun evening out. If guests want to take a break from relaxing at one of the local beaches, they can head to the outdoor swimming pool, or enjoy a drink at the pool bar. However, if golfers want to dedicate their holiday to exploring all of the fantastic golf on offer, then the Dionysos Central is the perfect hotel for them; four of the region’s best golf courses are located within a half an hour drive away from the hotel.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on some of the best hotels and resorts in Cyprus. With such a great range of hotels, Cyprus should undoubtedly be a strong contender for your next luxury golf holiday. Home to spectacular golf courses, beautiful beaches and a warm climate, it has everything a golfer could ever need for an unforgettable golf escape.
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This week’s blog is a guide to eight of the best five-star escapes. For all those who are looking for an unbeatable golf holiday with plenty of sun, golf and luxury, then any one of these five-star hotels and resorts would be an ideal choice. While some of these resorts and hotels admittedly require golfers to loosen their purse strings more than the average golf holiday, they are all sure to be worth the investment by a mile.
First up is the Westin Resort Costa Navarino. With impeccable service, a huge range of facilities and luxury guest rooms, it really does come as no surprise that the Westin Resort Costa Navarino has been voted as one of the best resorts in Greece, as well as also being voted as a nominee for one of the Best Resorts in Europe by the Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards. As expected at any luxury five-star resort, all of the guest rooms and suites at the resort are huge and include all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have a great stay. Depending on their personal preferences and budgets, guests can choose from a comfortable Deluxe Room to a Premium Infinity Suite with its own private infinity pool. Guests at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino are truly never without an opportunity to completely relax on a well-deserved golf holiday with its beachfront location which also neighbours two of the region’s most loved golf courses, the Dunes Course and the Bay Course. Whether the guests at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino are looking to challenge the fairways at the local golf courses, catch a tan on the beach or explore some of the region’s charming local towns, they can do so with ease. Or alternatively, even if they are looking to stay local for a relaxing day, the resort has a huge wealth of facilities to keep all kinds of guests entertained, including an aquapark, ten-pin bowling, a surf school and a fantastic spa facility.
Alternatively, the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is another great option for your next golf escape, especially if golfers are just looking to kick back and enjoy some well-deserved ‘R and R’, as well as play some spectacular golf. With its ideal location, the resort is a great option for an extended weekend full of golf, sun, and exploring the South of France’s charming villages, towns, and beaches. The Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort is set in the heart of the countryside in Southern France, positioned less than an hour away from the West of Nice by car. Throughout the resort, guests can enjoy stunning views across the surrounding countryside and enjoy the idyllic ambience that is not commonly found at other popular golf resorts. The resort itself is set out in the style of a whitewashed village with just 114 suites and villas dotted around the resort’s beautiful landscaped gardens. At the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, guests could not be in a better position to enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway in a secluded position in the countryside while still maintaining the opportunity for a great round of golf as there are two fantastic golf courses just next door. Both the Le Chateau Course and the Le Riou Course at Terre Blanche offer a superb round of golf, and conveniently for the guests at the resort, they are both positioned just next door. Even for non-golfers staying at the resort, they can kick back and relax with a great range of five-star facilities on offer.
Set on 230 hectares of coastline neighbouring the Mediterranean coastline lies the Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel. This five-star resort is home to two of Sicily’s best-known golf courses, yet one of which is currently closed as it is undergoing a complete renovation. Golfers staying at the Verdura Resort are never far away from a superb round of golf with a fantastic golf course located on site, the Verdura Golf Course. The Verdura Resort is widely considered to be a premier golf resort and it is surely a very strong contender for your next luxury golf holiday. Guests can fill their days lounging on the neighbouring white beach or making the most out of the activities on offer within the resort. The Verdura Resort is known best for both its spectacular golf course and its comprehensive spa facility which helps all of its guests have an unbeatably relaxing stay. The spa is widely considered to be among one of Italy’s finest, so a treatment or massage here is an imperative for guests here. Alternatively, guests can also relax around the two-tiered infinity pool, or enjoy a leisurely game of tennis on one of the resort’s private tennis court. If guests are looking to stay local for their evening meal or fancy a quick spot of lunch, then the resort is home to four fantastic restaurants to suit every preference and occasion.
If golfers are willing to go that extra bit further for an unforgettable luxury golf holiday, then there could not be a better option than the Moon Palace Cancun, located on the doorstep of the Caribbean Sea. The Moon Palace Cancun is a five-star resort in every aspect, and with an all-inclusive accommodation option that comes in at superb value, guests can enjoy all the luxury without the huge costs. All of the guest rooms here are very spacious and modern, even for a five-star hotel. They all include all of the modern essentials to ensure guests have a luxurious stay, and many of them face the sea. Furthermore, with an all-inclusive accommodation option, guests can indulge without having to worry about a hefty bill at the end of their stay. The resort is home to an impressive fifteen restaurants and twelve bars, so it is fair to say that guests will never be short of opportunities to make the most out of the all-inclusive deals, and that they will always have plenty of options for a great evening to round up a fantastic round of golf. The bars and restaurants at the Moon Palace Cancun are not the only feature that comes with a huge variety; the resort is also home to five swimming pools, so guests here are never without an opportunity to enjoy the almost guaranteed sunshine and warm weather. If guests have had enough of lounging about, they can head to the resort’s superb golf course, the Moon Palace Golf Course, for a great round of golf.
Set in the beautiful Sintra Cascais Nature Reserve lies the Penha Longa Resort. At the Penha Longa Resort, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds as they are set back in an idyllic setting surrounded by the rolling hills of a beautiful nature reserve, but they still have the charming town of Cascais just down the road. Cascais is home to a great beach as well as a huge range of bars, restaurants and shops if guests want to enjoy a fun evening out. Alternatively, guests can also just jump on the train and a short journey will take them into Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital with ease. With so many options available to explore all that the Lisbon region has to offer, the Penha Longa Resort could not have a better location. However, the local towns are not the only thing that the region has to offer; there is also a wealth of fantastic golf on offer surrounding the resort. The Penha Longa Atlantic is a great golf course, and conveniently for guests at the Penha Longa Resort, is situated just next door, so a great round of golf is never far away. Aside from the neighbouring golf course and the vibrant city of Lisbon just half an hour away, there is plenty of things for guests to do at the resort. For guests to totally unwind and relax, they can enjoy a well-deserved session in the spa, or they can enjoy a sociable game of tennis with friends.
Another great option for your next golf holiday if you are willing to travel the long haul is the Constance Belle Mare Plage positioned on a mile-long stretch of stunning sandy beach facing the ocean. The Constance Belle Mare Plage is not just a great option for your next luxury golf holiday; with a huge range of facilities and accommodation options, it is also a superb choice for a family holiday. With impeccable service, a beautiful coastal location and five-star facilities, it comes as no surprise that the Constance Bella Mare Plage was voted the ‘Best Luxury Golf Resort in the Indian Ocean’ at the World Luxury Travel Awards 2016. In 2016, the resort underwent huge renovations with a hefty investment, meaning all of the guest rooms here are unbeatably modern and many of the facilities have been redesigned. If guests fancy a break from lounging on the beach next door, then they can just head to one of the resort’s four swimming pools. Or alternatively, the more active guest can head to the beach for an opportunity to enjoy a range of exhilarating water sports including snorkelling trips, diving and jet skiing. For the younger guests, the resort runs a daily entertainment programme, so they can be looked after while the parents challenge the fairways of the two golf courses at the Constance Bella Mare Plage. Both the Legend and the Links Golf Courses offer a great round of golf, and conveniently for golfers at the hotel, they are both positioned just next door.
For something a bit different for your next luxury golf holiday, the Rovos Rail Golf Safari is the perfect mix of a golf and a safari holiday. Golfers can enjoy the best of both worlds with all of the best elements of a golf holiday and a safari combined. The Rovos Rail Golf Safari comprises of a nine-day trip which commences in Pretoria and then runs through many of South Africa’s most capitating regions and attractions, to then finish in the Kruger National Park. On the rail journey, golfers will have the opportunity to visit some of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches and charming towns, leaving no stone unturned to be explored. The Rovos Rail Golf Safari offers golfers the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful regions in the world while still being able to play some spectacular golf across the country. On the Rovos Rail Golf Safari, golfers have the opportunity to play five of South Africa’s most sought-after golf courses, meaning it is a great choice to make the most out of all the superb golf that South Africa has to offer. Guests on the Rovos Rail Golf Safari stay in suites on a train which include all of the modern essentials to ensure all guests have everything they need to have a great trip.
Marrakech has successfully established itself as an up and coming golf destination, making it a great option for your next luxury golf escape. There is a huge range of golf courses, hotels and resorts available to suit golfers of all preferences and budgets. Marrakech is the perfect destination for all those who are looking for a five-star golf holiday at great value for money as a huge number of resorts here offer an all-inclusive accommodation option, meaning guests can make the most out of their holiday. The Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech is a superb five-star resort which is ideally located for guests to make the most out of Marrakech’s rich culture, as well as the great range of golf on offer. The resort is conveniently located just a twenty-minute walk away from the centre of the city, so guests are never without an opportunity to enjoy a fun evening out, or spend an afternoon of exploring Marrakech’s most captivating attractions. However, if guests want to relax and stay local to the resort during their stay, there are five restaurants to choose from, as well as a great range of facilities including three outdoor swimming pools and a comprehensive spa centre.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best five-star hotels and that you have been given newfound inspiration to book with us to make your next golf escape your best one yet. If you are still finding yourself uninspired for your next luxury golf holiday, then give us a call on 01342 811777.
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This week’s blog is a guide to eight of the best courses in for the UK for your next golf escape. For an unruly challenge, beautiful landscapes and a varied layout, any one of these golf courses will provide players with an unforgettable round of golf. Whether you are looking to enjoy a leisurely round of golf, or show off some of your best talents, then any one of these golf courses would be an unbeatable option for your next golf escape. For all those that do not want to deal with all of the costs and stresses associated with flying but still want to experience some of Europe’s best golf, then all eight of these golf courses would make a superb choice.
First up is the Castle Stuart Golf Links located in the heart of the stunning Scottish countryside. On this golf course, golfers could not be in a better position to enjoy some of the breath-taking views that the Scottish landscape is known so well for. Despite the golf course only being created in 2009, it has already established itself as one of the best golf courses in Scotland and it has helped set the standards for the creation of future golf courses in the area, making it an unbeatable choice for your next golf escape. If our recommendation is not enough to encourage you to book in a round of golf at the Castle Stuart Golf Links, an impressive four Scottish Opens have been hosted at the golf course, one of which was hosted in its first year of opening, so it is clear that the Castle Stuart Golf Links has not failed to make an incredible first impression for all those who attempt its unruly fairways. Throughout the golf course, players will struggle to not be distracted by the beautiful views spanning across the neighbouring Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse, some of the Scottish Highland’s most eye-catching sights. Despite the immaculate conditions of the Castle Stuart Golf Links’ fairways and greens, the golf course has been incredibly adapted from the area’s natural landscape to create the spectacular golf course that stands today.
The Belfry is widely considered to be the UK’s centrepiece for golf, and with a round of golf on the Belfry Brabazon golf course, it is not difficult to see why. If the very fact that this golf course has hosted the Ryder Cup more than any other golf course does not persuade you to come and play it, then its unruly challenge will. Despite the golf course’s lengthy history and impressive golfing legacy, with recent renovations, the golf course plays to the same standard it did when it was originally created. With a unique layout, some tricky shots and plenty of challenges, golfers are encouraged to bring plenty of balls with them on their round. The Belfry Brabazon Course is undeniably one of the most challenging golf courses in the UK, meaning it is a great opportunity to show off some great talent should you succeed, or alternatively, golfers will have to face some slight embarrassment should they fail to manoeuvre around one of the many water hazards across the golf course. Golfers must anticipate a truly challenging round of golf here, as the bunkers are strategically placed in the best position to hinder a steady scorecard, and even the greens are unforgivingly fast, so there really is nowhere for golfers to try to redeem themselves should they slip up. To follow in the footsteps of some of the golfing world’s biggest names including Sam Torrance and Paul McGinley, then the Belfry Brabazon golf course is an unbeatable choice.
Located in the heart of the surrounding Portstewart Strand countryside next to the coast lies the Strand Course located at the Portstewart Golf Club. Since its opening in 1992, the golf course has steadily improved its reputation to now be recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s best golf courses, making it a superb option for your next golf escape in the UK. Golfers never fail to return to the Strand Course year after year to challenge its perfectly manicured greens and open fairways to enjoy an invigorating round of golf. Measuring to an impressive 7,000 yards, the Strand Course mostly welcomes the more experienced golfer to challenge its fairways. The Strand Course is the perfect choice for all golfers who are looking to test their skills while enjoying a fantastic round of golf. The layout is varied in its design, but the beautiful coastal views are consistent across the golf course. The front nine and back nine vary in their views; the front nine are positioned weaving in and out of huge dunes dominating the landscape, whereas the back nine are equally as challenging and offer even more dramatic views. No hole at the Strand Course are remotely similar in their features or layout, so golfers should expect to be kept on their toes consistently throughout their round. With some tight doglegs, the potential for a prevailing coastal wind and a varied layout, it comes as no surprise that the Strand Course at the Portstewart Golf Course is on the bucket list of so many golfers in the UK.
Yet another great golf course for your next golf break in Ireland is the Cork Golf Club, widely considered to be among one of the most breath-taking golf courses in Ireland. For an unruly test of golf where you are sure to find every aspect of your game challenged, then the Cork Golf Club is the perfect golf course for you. This championship golf course has accommodated for both major professional championships since its creation, as well as amateur competitions, meaning golfers of all skill sets and abilities will be accommodated for. The golf course is truly unique in its landscape and design as it has hints of a links golf course for all those players who favour an American-style golf course. Furthermore, holes six to ten are positioned in a historic limestone quarry, so it is imperative that players make good use of studying the course map prior to their round. With a new challenge around every corner, golfers are set to have one of their best rounds of golf to date. The Cork Golf Club is a consistent favourite among golfers in the UK, and it is hardly difficult to see why; the golf course offers all who attempt it an invigorating round of golf, and combined with a beautiful layout in one of the most dramatic landscapes in the Cork region, golfers can easily see what all the fuss is about.
The Twenty Ten Course at the world-famous Celtic Manor Resort made its debut at the 2010 Ryder Cup, and since then, it has made a huge name of itself in the golfing world. The Twenty Ten Course should be a top golf course on any serious golfer’s list of must-play golf courses in the UK due to its outstanding reputation, beautiful landscapes and its unique challenge. The golf course itself was designed to host on the world’s most famous golf tournaments, meaning it should not fall short of any expectations for a superb round of golf. The Twenty Ten Course scales back an impressive 7,493 yards, therefore the sheer size of the golf course is a challenge in itself, regardless of the hazards in its design. The designers of the golf course were sure to incorporate plenty of water hazards as to trip up a steady scorecard wherever possible; water hazards are introduced on half of the holes here, so any amateurs must be sure to bring plenty of spare golf balls. While the Twenty Ten Course offers a stern test of golf it has many risk and reward elements to it, so if golfers can get their wits about them, then they are sure to prevail. However, even if golfers find themselves doing well, the final 18th hole can trip up even the most experienced golfer as shown in some of the most unforgettable Ryder Cup moments. While the challenge is consistent throughout the Twenty Ten Course, each of its 18 holes have a unique character, and many of them have a real links feel to them.
Another fantastic golf course in Wales to play on your next golf holiday in the UK is the Nefyn and District Golf Club, a beautiful coastal golf course lining the Porthdinllaen cliffs. The golf club comprises of 27 holes of superb golf set across its Old Course and the modern extension. Throughout their round of golf, players can take in breath-taking views across the sea and all along the dramatic coastline across the peninsular. On a clear summer’s day, golfers should be able to see the Wicklow Mountains from across the Irish Sea. However, the views at the Nefyn and District Golf Club is not its only dramatic aspect; the golf course is known to offer an unruly challenge that even experienced golfers find themselves tested and intimidated by. However, with a good range of tee-off options, even amateur golfers can enjoy a spectacular round of golf here. Despite its creation over one hundred years ago at the start of the 20th century, the greens and fairways at the Nefyn and District Golf Club are kept in immaculate condition in all seasons, meaning a great round of golf can be enjoyed here throughout the year. The Nefyn and District Golf Club comprises of three loops of nine which can be selected depending on the individual skill set and preferences of golfers; the Old Course combines the front and middle nine, and they are typically the favourite choice among golfers due to its fantastic views and holes played directly across the cliff edges.
Designed by the world-renowned Jack Nicklaus, on the Nicklaus Course at the St Mellion Golf Club, you are set to have an unforgettable round of golf. While the Nicklaus Course is Nicklaus’ first golf course design in Europe, he has not failed to leave his mark since its opening in 1988; Nicklaus has even commented that he managed to exceed his own expectations with the design of this golf course, meaning it is truly an unmissable golf course on your next UK golf break. The Nicklaus Course is the perfect golf course for players who are looking for the perfect mix of course with American roots, mixed with a contemporary European design. This golf course is not for the faint-hearted and it is sure to test each and every aspect of your game with several multi-tiered greens and some really tricky tee shots. With its fantastic range of hazards and its unforgiving greens, the Nicklaus Course is best suited for lower handicappers who are looking to push their golfing talents to the limits on one of the UK’s best golf courses, and one of Jack Nicklaus’ finest pieces of work.
Last but not least is the Hunting Course located at the Slaley Hall Golf Club. Commonly labelled as the “Augusta of the North”, players should anticipate a gruelling round of golf here, and it is certainly a must for your next golf break in the UK. This superb golf course was designed by the world-famous golf architect Dave Thomas; so golfers should expect nothing less than an unforgettable round of golf. While the Hunting Course poses as a challenge to even the most experienced of golfers, with a great range of tee off options, even the more amateur players can enjoy a round of golf here. Set in the heart of a pine forest, golfers can enjoy an idyllic and leisurely round while being kept on their toes throughout. Dave Thomas did not fail in his ambitions to create a superb golf course that blends in perfectly with its natural landscape to host its original features. While the dense pine forest areas are undoubtedly aesthetically pleasing, with many trees dotted around the edges of the narrow fairways, they are sure to capture any wayward shots to taint even a steady scorecard. Demanding the perfect balance of length and accuracy, amateurs should be sure to bring plenty of extra balls!
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on eight of the best golf courses in the UK to make your next local golf break your best one yet. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777 to hear more about why it is best to stay local for your next golf escape.
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This week’s blog is a guide to ten of our hotels with the best reviews. All ten of these hotels are more than worthy of their five-star ratings with a wealth of spectacular golf on offer, impeccable service, and luxurious facilities. While these hotels are definitely up there with some of the most luxurious options we offer, they are truly worth the price tag and you certainly get what you pay for. Whether you are looking to totally relax, enjoy some great golf or explore some of the most sought-after destinations, we have something to offer to make your next golf holiday your best one yet.
First up is the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, a fantastic five-star hotel located in the heart of the quaint coastal town of Estoril. At the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds; they are just a short train journey into the centre of Lisbon, so should they want to explore this vibrant city for a fun evening out, then they can do so with ease, but they can also enjoy an idyllic stay on top of a stunning sandy beach in a charming town. The Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is not just a great option to explore the city; it is a great base to make the most out of the region’s best golf courses as the hotel is positioned just a stone’s throw away from the Golf do Estoril. The location of the Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa is not the only thing that makes the hotel worthy of its five-star reviews; with its fantastic facilities and superb service, it is the ideal choice for your next luxury golf holiday. Even for a five-star hotel, the rooms here are particularly spacious and lavishly furnished, and guests are never without an opportunity to relax at the hotel’s comprehensive spa facility.
Alternatively, for guests who are looking for a more chilled out golf holiday without the stresses of having to find somewhere to eat in the evenings, then the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences is the choice for you. The Aphrodite Hills Resort is widely considered to be among some of the best golf resorts in Europe, and it is not a struggle to see why with its great range of accommodation options and most importantly, its spectacular golf course, the Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus. Guests here can enjoy a relaxing golf break with such a fantastic golf course next door and an ideal coastal location. The resort runs a complimentary shuttle service into the centre of Paphos should guests want to explore the local area or head to one of the stunning beaches that Greece is known so well for. The Aphrodite Hills Residences offers a range of self-catered accommodation options ranging from luxury villas with their own private swimming pools, to modern apartments. Aside from the superb golf course on-site, there is a huge range of facilities for guests to enjoy when they are not at the beach of playing one of the local golf courses; they can take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, enjoy a leisurely game of tennis, or head to the resort’s spa.
Another option for your next golf holiday is the Hotel Alay, positioned in Benalmadena, one of the most popular areas of the Costa del Sol. The Costa del Sol is a consistent favourite amongst golfers for their European golf break with its buzzing towns, great beaches, and superb golf courses, and Benalmadena is no exception. The Hotel Alay is perfectly located for all guests who are looking to enjoy some warm weather with a beach just a stone’s throw away, as well as some great golf courses and a vibrant town. There is a huge range of bars, restaurants and shops just a few minutes’ walk outside of the hotel at the Benalmadena marina. If guests are looking to play some of the Costa del Sol’s best golf courses, then they can do so with ease and the Chaparral Golf Club, the Cabopino and the El Paraiso are all just a short drive away and guarantee a great round of golf. Even non-golfers will not struggle to find something to do here; they can head to the neighbouring beach to make the most out of the sunshine, grab some lunch at the Benalmadena marina, or catch a tan around the outdoor swimming pool.
The Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort is yet another popular favourite amongst golfers who are seeking their best golf holiday yet. The resort is unparalleled in its quality in every aspect; therefore, it hardly comes as a surprise that it is so highly rated and recommended by all those who visit. For all those who are looking to enjoy some well-deserved sunshine, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort enjoys approximately 300 days of sunshine a year, meaning all of the region’s fantastic golf courses can be enjoyed with the perfect weather to match the perfect round of golf. The resort is home to the Fairplay Golf Club, designed by Baron Paul Rolin, is home to a varied layout to challenge even lower handicappers. Aside from the superb golf on offer, the Fairplay Golf and Spa Resort should also be a strong contender for your next golf holiday with its spacious guest rooms, unbeatable location and great facilities. There is a wide range of bars and restaurants offered just a fifteen-minute walk away from the resort, alternatively, there are three restaurants located within the resort should guests wish to stay local.
For all those willing to go that extra bit further for an unforgettable golf escape, then the Fancourt Hotel is the option for you. The hotel is positioned in the heart of the Western Cape, one of the most idyllic and stunning regions in South Africa. The Western Cape is widely considered to be an up and coming golf destination, and it is not difficult to see why with its beautiful landscapes, great climate, and the discovery of some superb golf courses. Furthermore, the size of the hotel just adds to the idyllic atmosphere; the Fancourt Hotel has just 115 guest rooms, meaning all golfers here are guaranteed to have an unbeatably relaxing golf holiday. The Fancourt Hotel is not just a great choice for your next golf holiday due to its two world-class golf courses located on-site; the hotel is perfectly positioned on the Garden Route where many of South Africa’s beautiful natural areas are also positioned, such as the Knysna Waterfront. However, if golfers are just looking to enjoy some of South Africa’s best golf courses, then they could not be in a better place. With the Fancourt Montagu and the Fancourt Outeniqua located on-site, a great round of golf is never in far reach.
Yet another up and coming golf destination is Abu Dhabi, the perfect destination for all golfers who are looking to have their best golf holiday yet with the perfect balance of luxury, golf and sun. The Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island has everything a golfer could ever want and more for an unforgettable golf escape, so the resort is truly worthy of its five-star rating. Just a five-minute walk away from the hotel takes guests to a stunning sandy beach, and more importantly, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, one of the most popular golf courses in Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, the Yas Links Golf Club and the Abu Dhabi Golf Club are also just a stone’s throw away, so a great round of golf is always in easy reach. Alternatively, for non-golfers, they can make the most out of the resort’s fantastic facilities when they are taking a break from lounging on the neighbouring beach. To totally relax, guests can head to the resort’s huge spa facility for a well-deserved massage or treatment, or enjoy a leisurely round of tennis. One of the key attractions of the Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island is its fantastic all-inclusive option, so guests can treat themselves all they want to without having to worry about the bill at the end of their stay. With an impressive eight restaurants on offer, the all-inclusive accommodation option is a great choice.
The Hotel Peralada is nestled in the heart of Catalonia, in the Alt Emporda wine region. With its beautiful and idyllic location surrounded by the Castillo de Peralada Castle and a nature reserve, a stay at the Hotel Peralada would guarantee an unbeatably peaceful stay so that guests can take advantage of the fantastic golf on offer. The Peralada Golf Club is widely considered to be among one of the best golf courses in the region, and conveniently for all golfers at the Hotel Peralada, is it just next door to the hotel. Aside from the superb golf course located just next door to the hotel, the Hotel Peralada is also a great choice for your next golf break with its excellent range of leisure facilities that make it worthy of its five-star rating. Guests can either catch a tan around the outdoor swimming pool or head to the hotel’s wine spa for a relaxing treatment. While there is a small authentic Spanish village located just down the road from the hotel, the hotel has its own fantastic restaurant should guests choose to stay local in the evenings.
One of the best options for a drive and stay golf break is the Old Thorns Hotel, situated in the heart of the rolling hills in Hampshire. Despite its popularity and high reputation, the Old Thorns Hotel has managed to retain all of its original charm. The hotel itself comprises of a 17th-century building which has been converted into a luxury hotel. Even for non-golfers, they will never find themselves short of things to do here with its five-star facilities. To relax, guests can head to the modern health club, or the comprehensive spa facility, then take a dip in the swimming pool. However, the Old Thorns Hotel’s best facility is undoubtedly its world-class golf course located on-site, the Old Thorns Championship Course, opened by Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros. Aside from the fantastic golf and facilities on offer, the Old Thorns Hotel is also a great choice with its excellent range of accommodation options on offer, ranging from modern self-catered apartments to luxurious guest rooms. For all those who do not want to have to deal with the stress and cost of flying to have a great golf holiday, then the Old Thorns Hotel is the perfect option for you.
For the ultimate luxury beach and golf holiday, the Thanos Hotel Almyra is a perfect choice. With its impeccable service, unbeatable location and modern facilities, it is no wonder that golfers continue to return here year after year. The hotel is positioned just next to a long stretch of sandy beach which has been accredited with a Blue Flag status, so guests are never without an opportunity to make the most out of the almost guaranteed sunshine. Furthermore, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel is the centre of Paphos where there is a huge range of bars, restaurants, shops, as well as a beach. Furthermore, with three of Cyprus’ best golf courses under a twenty-minute drive away, guests here could not be in a better position to make the most out of all that Cyprus has to offer. However, the location of the Thanos Hotel Almyra is not the only aspect that makes it worthy of its great reviews; the service here is unbeatable, and the resort is home to a wealth of facilities and accommodation options to guarantee golfers an unforgettable golf escape.
Last but not least is the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, a beautiful golf resort nestled in the heart of the South of France. This resort is worthy of its five-star ratings in every aspect, ranging from the great service on offer, the facilities, and the accommodation itself. The resort is set out in the style of a village with suites and cottages dotted across the resort. All of the accommodation here is furnished to the highest standard with classic French décor and all of the amenities to ensure that all guests have an unbeatably comfortable stay. For guests to totally unwind, they can enjoy a well-deserved massage or treatment at the spa, or alternatively enjoy a leisurely round of golf on either the Le Chateau Course or the Le Riou Course, both of which offer a fantastic round of golf, and are widely considered to be among the best golf courses in the region, if not country. With impeccable service, luxury accommodation and two superb golf courses on-site, it comes as no surprise that it has been awarded ‘France’s Leading Resort’ in 2019 and the World Golf Awards.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on ten of our best-rated golf resorts and hotels. With great facilities, unbeatable locations and fantastic golf on offer, all ten of these golf resorts and hotels are worth their high ratings and guarantee an unforgettable stay.
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