This week’s blog is a guide to seven of our best four-star escapes. With spectacular golf, fantastic facilities and impeccable service, any one of these four-star hotels and resorts offer an unforgettable golf escape. As shown with these resorts and hotels; a four-star status does not necessarily mean that any of the value and luxury needs to be missed out on, as all of these offer the same standard as a five-star hotel for service, facilities, and most importantly, golf. For your next golf holiday, a four-star hotel is an unbeatable option; you get all the luxury and fantastic golf at a cheaper rate.

First up is the four-star Isla Canela Golf, a four-star hotel located in the heart of the Costa de la Luz Huelva. Just next door to the hotel lies the Isla Canela golf course, where golfers can enjoy a leisurely round of golf on a beautiful landscape, dotted with the terrain’s natural fauna and flora. Despite the layout being relatively straightforward compared to the other golf courses on the Costa de la Luz Huelva, the Isla Canela offers a fantastic round, meaning golfers are sure to return there year after year. The Isla Canela Golf is not just perfectly positioned to enjoy a great game of golf; the hotel is set in the countryside, but it is still in walking distance of a good selection of bars and restaurants, so guests are not completely isolated. For a wider selection of bars, restaurant and things to do, the Isla Canela Marina is just a few kilometres away, and the authentic Spanish town of Ayamonte is just a short drive away. The Isla Canela is a relatively small hotel with just 56 guest rooms, so with a quaint countryside location as well, guests can expect to have a truly relaxing golfing getaway. All of the guest rooms here have fantastic views spanning across the neighbouring Isla Canela golf course so that golfers know a great round of golf is never far away. For a lazy afternoon, guests can lounge around the outdoor pool area, then head to the hotel’s spa area for a session in the sauna. If guests choose to stay local for dinner, then they can either choose from the Thebussem Restaurant for a classic Mediterranean meal, or the hotel’s café which serves a range of tapas.

Yet another unbeatable four-star golf resort in the south of Spain includes the La Cala Golf Resort, set in the rolling countryside surrounding Mijas. The La Cala Golf Resort is undoubtedly one of the Costa del Sol’s best golf resort with a huge range of golf courses surrounding the resort, including the likes of the Chaparral Golf Club, the Calanova and the Santana Golf. However, the golf resort itself is home to an impressive three golf courses; the La Cala America, the La Cala Asia, and the La Cala Europe. With three fantastic golf courses located on-site, golfers are provided with plenty of options for their next round of golf. The resort is positioned perfectly for its guests to make the most out of the Costa del Sol’s best towns and golf courses as Marbella is just a twenty-minute drive away, and La Cala de Mijas is also just ten minutes away by car. At the La Cala Golf Resort, guests can enjoy a peaceful countryside setting and enjoy all of the fantastic golf on offer, but a short car journey will also take them into the popular towns of Marbella and La Cala de Mijas. Even if guests choose to stay in the resort on most days, they will never find themselves short of options to relax. Guests can enjoy a well-deserved session in the spa or catch a tan around the outdoor pool area. Furthermore, for a quiet night in the resort, guests are still given plenty of options to dine local as the resort is home to four restaurants to suit every preference and occasion. For an unforgettable stay filled with golf and relaxation, the La Cala Golf Resort is a great choice for your next four-star golf holiday.

For a self-catered golf holiday with all the perks of staying in a fantastic four-star resort, then the La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is an unbeatable choice. All of the spacious apartments here include all the necessities to ensure that all guests have a fantastic stay, including complimentary Wi-Fi, a separate lounge area, and a fully equipped kitchen. Guests can enjoy the perks of staying self-catered in a peaceful setting; all of the apartments and townhouses are arranged like a village in the La Manga Resort. While guests stay self-catered, they can also enjoy all of the fantastic facilities located in the La Manga Resort, including the huge health spa, a fitness centre, private tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool area. Furthermore, if guests fancy a night off cooking duty, then the La Manga Resort is home to ten restaurants as well as a selection of cafes and bars, so they are never short of options. The La Manga Club Las Lomas Village is the perfect option for all those looking to enjoy a relaxing stay in a four-star resort, while also being able to make the most out of all the spectacular golf courses in the Murcia region. The La Manga Resort has three fantastic golf courses located on-site; the La Manga North, the La Manga South, and the La Manga West. Therefore, it is fair to say that all of the guests here are in an unbeatable position to enjoy some great golf during their stay.

The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is yet another fantastic choice for your next golf holiday. With a stunning location and a handful of the region’s best-known golf courses just a stone’s throw away, here golfers are in the ideal position to have a fantastic golf holiday comprising of sun, sea, and golf. This modern four-star hotel is situated directly on top of a stunning beach, so guests here are never without the opportunity to soak up the sun. The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is set in the coastal village of Sesimbra, so a great range of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops are just a few minutes away on foot. To explore the local area, Lisbon city centre is under an hour away by car, or guests can explore the neighbouring Arrábida Nature Reserve. Both the Aroeira I and the Aroeira II golf courses are a forty-minute drive away from the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa, and the Quinta do Peru is just half an hour away. Despite the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa being a four-star hotel, the guest rooms are particularly spacious and are very modern in design. The hotel is relatively new, therefore all of the facilities here are of a high standard. All of the guest rooms and suites here overlook the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean and beach and include all of the modern essentials to ensure that all guests have an unbeatable stay. Guests will never be without an opportunity to admire the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa’s stunning coastal location around the outdoor infinity pool. If guests fancy a quiet night in the hotel, then the Sesimbra Hotel’s restaurant, Aquarius, serves up a fantastic menu of seafood and classic Portuguese cuisine.

Another fantastic four-star hotel in Portugal is the Vila Gale Ampalius, set in the centre of Vilamoura, one of the most-visited areas in Portugal. Vilamoura is known to be one of the best destinations in Europe for an upmarket golf holiday with its excellent range of golf courses in the surrounding area, its stunning beach, and a great range of bars and restaurants. At the Vila Gale Ampalius, guests are just steps away from the Praia da Marina beach, one of Portugal’s many fantastic beaches. Furthermore, just a stone’s throw away from the hotel takes guests into the centre of Vilamoura; it’s luxury marina filled with bars, restaurants and shops. The Vila Gale Ampalius is not just a great four-star hotel to visit one of Europe’s most sought-after golfing destinations; it is also a great hotel to play some of the Algarve’s best golf courses. Some of the region’s most played golf courses are just a short drive away from the hotel, including the three Quinta do Lago golf courses, and conveniently for golfers, these golf courses are easily accessible with a complimentary shuttle service. The Vila Gale Ampalius offers luxury to its guests at every angle, from its fantastic location in the centre of Vilamoura to its spacious guest rooms and impeccable service. The hotel is relatively large with 357 guest rooms, yet they are particularly roomy, even for a four-star hotel. After a relaxing lunch at the Vilamoura Marina, or a round of golf on one of the many surrounding golf courses, guests can head to the beach or outdoor pool area to catch a tan, then enjoy a relaxing session in the hotel spa. Alternatively, more energetic guests can make the most out of the hotel’s sporting activities, including tennis.

Another unbeatable four-star hotel located on one of Portugal’s many stunning beaches is the Pestana Dom Joao II. The Pestana Dom Joao II has been recently refurbished, so all of the guest rooms and public areas here are very modern in design. Here, guests can have an unforgettable golf holiday filled with golf and afternoons at the beach, which is conveniently just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Guests can enjoy direct access to one of the Algarve’s best beaches, as well as one of its best towns. Alvor is a quaint white-washed coastal town, home to a great range of golf courses, and of course, its well-known beach. Much of the town is pedestrianised with cobbled streets, so visitors can spend hours meandering around the town, admiring the charming architecture. At the Pestana Dom Joao II, guests are not just in an ideal position to explore one of the Algarve’s most charming towns; they are also in an ideal position to play one of the five Pestana golf courses in the region. The Pestana Dom Joao II offers fantastic value for money with a great range of facilities, its coastal location, and modern guest rooms. On the nearby beach, guests can enjoy a range of water sports or a game of volleyball, alternatively, for guests to relax, they can just catch a tan around the outdoor swimming table. While guests here are spoilt for choice for places to eat out in the centre of Alvor, the hotel has a great restaurant and three bars.

Last but not least is the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa, undoubtedly one of our best golf resorts in Italy. At the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa, golfers can indulge in a luxury golf holiday set in the idyllic countryside surrounding Lecce. Guests could not be in a better position here; they are just a five-minute drive away to the beach, twenty minutes into the centre of Lecce, a classic charming Italian town, and there is also a spectacular golf course located on-site. Just next door to the hotel lies the Acaya Golf Club where the best views across the resort can be admired. The resort is set amongst olive groves and lush greenery, and as the golf course has maintained much of the original features of the former landscape, the views here are truly stunning. Whether they are playing golf, lounging at the beach or exploring one of the many sites in Lecce, at the Acaya Golf Resort and Spa, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic stay. Even when guests are taking a break from exploring the local area and challenging the greens of the golf course next door, they will never find themselves short of options of things to do as the hotel has a great range of leisure facilities, including a comprehensive spa facility and two outdoor swimming pools. 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of our best four-star golf hotels and resorts. A fantastic golf holiday need not break the bank; with any of these hotels and resorts, you can have all the benefits of a five-star hotel for the price of a four-star hotel. Furthermore, with regular deals and offers, especially for large golfing groups, there really is no excuse to miss out. To keep up to date on the latest deals and offers, give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to make sure that you have your best golf holiday yet.

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to nine tricky golf courses for those who like a challenge. It is fair to say that golfers often do not tend to go after the easy option; they would much rather seize the opportunity to show off to their fellow players. Here, we have hand-picked some of the most challenging golf courses in Europe. All nine of these fantastic golf courses offer a stern test of golf that can be best appreciated by players that like to be kept on their toes, and those that ultimately search for an invigorating challenge.

The Espiche Golf Lagos is a hidden gem in the Algarve, one of the most popular golfing destinations in Europe. Players must navigate around the 18 holes here, through a unique layout with a challenge characterised by the strategic placement of greenery and fauna. While the fairways may appear to be on the generous side, with dense forestry lining the edges and subtle contouring, golfers are guaranteed an unforgettable test of golf. This par 72 golf course has been designed to incorporate most of the landscape’s natural features, which in turn creates a stunning landscape, and of course a fantastic challenge. Not only must golfers anticipate masses of greenery and fauna to manoeuvre their shots around; the layout is also rife with bunkers and water features that run their natural course throughout the course. Despite the Espiche Golf Lagos being a relatively new golf course in the Western Algarve, it has already established itself as one of the most challenging and unique golf courses in the area. With this layout, players will find they will succeed more in course management if they prioritise accuracy over the length of their shots. There are some truly tricky tight spots throughout, therefore the general line of advice for those that want to attempt the Espiche Golf Lagos is to take plenty of spare balls! Golfers must anticipate the challenge at the par-4 3rd hole as it is widely considered to be the most difficult on the course with a 409-metre-long uphill fairway. Whilst the fairway here appears to be generously wide, the subtle undulations are sure to trip up even the most experienced player.

The Dolce Campo Real Lisboa golf course is situated just half an hour’s drive away from the centre of Lisbon. Here, golfers can enjoy an invigorating round of golf across a unique terrain with rolling hills and valleys. The challenge does not end here; not only is the landscape truly unique with consistent elevation changes, but there are also dense areas of greenery and forestry throughout. Golfers must play with the perfect balance of accuracy and length in order to manoeuvre their shot across the many water hazards and some tricky doglegs which demand a blind shot. Even the most skilled players will find every element of their game challenged at the Dolce CampoReal Lisboa as they must overcome the natural terrain of the original landscape. Donald Steel, one of the most famous golf architects in the world, has created a fantastic golf course built on the natural beauty of the former terrain. The golf course that stands today is rife with the original landscape’s features, including the natural greenery and fauna weaving in and out of the stunning valleys and hills. Players are wrong for assuming they have an advantage with an anticipated view from the elevated tees; the greens are subtly undulating, creating a surprising challenge.

The Shire is widely considered to be among some of the best golf courses in the UK, as well as one of the most challenging. Designed by the leading golf architect Seve Ballesteros, the Shire golf course is guaranteed to keep golfers on their toes throughout their game. Players can enjoy a fantastically varied round of golf; at this golf course, no hole is even remotely similar. The golf course comprises of six par threes, six par fours and six par fives, all of which offer a unique layout and a stern test of golf. Long hitters will feel right at home here as their skills will be utilised best with the challenge to overcome the many large water hazards. They can reap the benefits of the risk-reward system at this golf course, and those that cannot rise to the challenge will be penalised. The challenge here does not just end at the strategic placement of the water hazards and the sheer size of them; there are over 10,000 trees at this parkland golf course just waiting to swallow any wayward shots. Furthermore, the greens are unbeatably fast and feature subtle contours to trip up even the most skilled golfer.

The Salobre New, formerly known as the Salobre North, is a distinctive golf course that is guaranteed to set the hearts racing of all players, regardless of their skill set or experience. This golf course offers a unique round of golf to its players with an original landscape that is sure to be remembered for years to come. Despite the fact that this par 69 golf course is not nearly as long as its sister golf course, the Salobre Old, nor the other golf courses in the surrounding area, that is not to say that golfers will find a round of golf here a walk in the park. The Salobre New was designed with the emphasis on the use of accuracy instead of length, meaning golfers must be sure to play with their A-game throughout their round. Despite only opening in 2008 as a new addition to the huge variety of golf in Gran Canaria, the Salobre New has already created a steady reputation for itself as one of the most challenging golf courses on the island. A highlight of the stern test of golf on offer at the Salobre New includes the par-4 10th hole where players must utilise the use of their iron in order to cross an undulating fairway to reach the multi-tiered green.

One of the most unique golf courses in the Algarve includes the Monte Rei, which has accurately been labelled as “the jewel in the crown of Portuguese golf”. Conveniently for players, the Monte Rei is home to a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere to soothe any tempers raised from the challenging layout they have to overcome. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, one of the most famous golf architects in history, at the Monte Rei, golfers are guaranteed to have an unforgettable round of golf. Despite the huge range of golf in the Algarve and its constant expansion, the Monte Rei has continued to maintain a big name for itself in Europe. The main challenge here is characterised by the nature and placement of water hazards and bunkers; in order to maintain a steady scorecard, golfers must play with the perfect balance of length and accuracy across the 7,224-yard-long layout. Nicklaus certainly did not hold back in the use of water hazards for this layout, as they feature in eleven out of the eighteen holes here. The challenge does not simply end here; with original fauna and greenery, strategic bunkering and undulating terrain, the Monte Rei is not a good golf course for players to choose if they want to show off to their fellow players.

The par 73 Alferini golf course is a stand-out course in the midst of all the classic Spanish layouts in the Costa del Sol. Instead of just providing an attractive layout and a pretty scenery, the architect of the Alferini, Antonio Garcia Garrido, has succeeded in striving to create a fantastic golf course that offers a great challenge. Many of the golf courses in the Costa del Sol are typically attractive, and some might say they lack a certain edge to them. However, the Alferini puts this preconception to waste with a truly unique layout that is sure to provide a stern test of golf to all those that attempt it. The golf course was designed and created with its natural features in mind in order to preserve its original beauty and to maintain the landscape’s unique features. The par 5 16th hole is a particular stand-out to all of its players. At this hole, long hitters may initially revel in the lengthy and seemingly straightforward fairway. However, as any experienced golfer can advise – looks can often be deceiving! As the fairway approaches the green, it narrows significantly, therefore the element of accuracy must be focused in on as players soon find themselves surrounded by bunkers. With a unique layout that is sure to make low handicappers break a sweat, it comes as no surprise that Michael Campbell has labelled this hole as his favourite across the entire golf course.

The Le Golf National Albatros is known as the most challenging golf course in the surrounding areas around the French capital, therefore it hardly comes as surprising that it was selected as the 2018 Ryder Cup venue. It is fair to say that this golf course has lived up to each and every one of its expectations, and this has been shown to be the case as players return year after year. Golfers push their skills to their limit to make the most out of the risk-reward system the golf course operates on. Golfers are thrown into the challenge here from the get-go; however, the real challenge lies right at the end of the round at the par 4 18th hole. This is the hole to make or break an unforgettable round of golf with a huge water hazard positioned to the left side of the fairway and areas of dense bunkering on the right side. Here, the determinant of success lies in the approach shot. Whether players are happy with the end result or not, their round at the Le Golf National Albatros is sure to be a memorable one.

The La Manga Club West is the perfect golf course for any golfer looking for a challenging yet varied round of golf. The front and the back loops of nine differ in both their characteristics and the skills that they demand. The front nine holes demand golfers play with precise accuracy, and while the back nine appear to be more open, any decent player knows never to take anything at face value. The back nine might comprise of a more open layout in comparison to the narrow and compact front nine, however that is not to say that they are any less challenging. Golfers will find themselves thrown into the challenge from the very first hole, and they must do their best to play consistently as the course rapidly changes in elevation. If players are able to focus on anything but the challenge at hand, they should take their time to appreciate the immaculately kept landscape here; spectators frequently comment on the fantastic condition of the West golf course. At the La Manga West, the best is saved until last at the final 18th hole. Here, golfers must push themselves for one last time in order to give a half-decent tee shot. If they cannot do this, then there is usually some leeway due to the width of the fairway, but golfers should not count on this.

At the Acaya Golf Club, the challenge lies in the difficulty of club selection. If players can manage this, then they have a chance to do well here. There is a huge range of challenges to be met at the Acaya Golf Club, therefore golfers must choose their club carefully. Players must overcome strategically placed bunkers and water hazards that come into play at many of the holes here in order to score well. Whilst the Acaya Golf Club is undeniably one of the most challenging golf courses in Italy, it is also one of the most breath-taking due to its stunning location in the heart of the countryside. The architects of the Acaya Golf Club sought to incorporate the features of the natural landscape with their vision to create a fantastic golf course that forces players to use all of the clubs in their arsenal. It is certainly a unique aim to want to encourage players to use all fourteen of their clubs, however it is fair to say that this has been achieved, and it simply adds to the challenge. With three huge lakes and dense green areas consisting of olive groves, players must anticipate a testing round of golf that they are sure not to forget any time soon. The main challenge here is characterised by water hazards as the three lakes at the golf course come into play mainly in the back nine holes. The 16th, 17th and 18th holes comprise of tricky par fours; therefore, players must be sure to save the best of their game until last.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog, and hopefully, we have inspired you to push beyond your boundaries to truly test your golfing skills on your next golf holiday in Europe.


This week’s blog is a guide to our 7 must-visit destinations. Summer is almost upon us and it is time to start thinking about where you will be playing golf over the next few months. There is no denying that it is nice to get away and play somewhere that you know will be warm! Take a look at these suggestions and start planning your summer golf escape.


First up we have Hotel Jardin Tecina which is situated on the beautiful island of La Gomera. The resort is sat on top of the village where you can find an array of bars and restaurants as well as a beautiful beach. From the resort, you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and of the neighbouring island of Tenerife.

Each of the guestrooms within the hotel boasts stunning garden or sea views which you can enjoy either from a private terrace or balcony. The rooms also feature all of the modern luxuries that you could want or need in order to make the most out of your stay here including complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV.

During the day, you can take a stroll into the fishing village of Playa de Santiago, enjoy a round on Tecina Golf or take advantage of the range of leisure facilities and activities offered at the hotel. There are five pool areas, extensive sporting facilities including tennis and squash courts as well as beach volleyball and table tennis. If you are looking to relax and indulge, take a visit to the hotel’s spa where you can enjoy a signature massage or facial.

Within the village, you can find an array of restaurants and bars, but you can also choose to stay within the hotel and make the most of the great half-board option that is on offer. In the main restaurant, there is a daily buffet and for those looking for true Spanish and Canary cuisine, you can enjoy a meal in the Tasca Fandango. There are five different bars for you to enjoy including the terrace bar which is the perfect place to relax and unwind with a cold drink! For your next golf escape to the Canary Islands, look no further than Hotel Jardin Tecina.


Vale do Lobo is Portugal’s biggest and most exclusive luxury holiday destination. The estate spans over 400-hectares and boasts beautiful scenery, two championship golf courses and a three-mile-long sandy beach. Within the estate, you can find dozens of bars, shops, bistros, cafes and even a nightclub as well as extensive sporting facilities. For those looking for relaxation, there is the brilliant Vale do Lobo spa where you can choose from a range of different health and beauty treatments or just enjoy the facilities including the sauna, hot tub and jacuzzi.

Within the estate, sits the brilliant five-star Dona Filipa Hotel. This hotel sits next to the Vale do Lobo’s Royal Course and within close proximity to San Lorenzo Golf Course. You can enjoy access to the stunning Vale do Lobo beach as well as the rest of the estate.

The hotel boasts a wonderful location, it is beautifully peaceful within the hotel, yet you are just seconds away from all of the leisure facilities within the Vale do Lobo Estate. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is beautifully decorated and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private, spacious balcony as well as Wi-Fi access and complimentary toiletries.

The hotel offers its guests a great range of leisure facilities throughout the Estate as well as the children’s Kangaroo Club, private tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool and a great selection of spa facilities.

Within the hotel, you can find the Dom Duarte Grill where you can enjoy a fine dining experience with authentic cuisine originating from India, Africa and South America. There is also a great cocktail bar with its own outdoor terrace where you can find live piano music during the summer months.

Alternatively, when you choose Vale do Lobo Estate you can opt to stay within the Deluxe Apartments. These are a great option if you are looking for a self-catering golf break. The apartments sit in the heart of the estate with the Vale do Lobo Royal and Ocean Golf Courses located just next door. You can choose from a one, two or three-bedroom Margarida apartment. Each of the apartments feature attractive décor and modern amenities to make sure that you can fully enjoy your stay at the Vale do Lobo Estate. The amenities within the apartments include an LCD television, DVD player, Wi-Fi access an air-conditioning. You have your own spacious living room, dining area as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. Of course, these are the perfect option for those wanting to self-cater, but you can take a night off to enjoy one of the many restaurants situated around the estate! Vale do Lobo Estate is the perfect destination for your next golf escape, whether you choose to stay within the Dona Filipa Hotel or within the apartments, you will have a brilliant stay.


Situated in Sicily is the Verdura Resort, the resort lies on the South West coast near to the seaside town of Sciacca. The hotel plays host to the fantastic Verdura Golf Course which is a stunning course and will test golfers of all abilities. It is no surprise that this resort has established itself as being amongst Europe’s premier golfing destinations and provides guests with an air of unspoilt exclusivity that very few places in Europe can rival.

There are excellent facilities within the hotel including an award-winning spa, the championship golf course and other sports facilities including six tennis courts, a two-tiered infinity pool, a fully-equipped fitness centre and various water sports. It is safe to say that you would never be bored during a stay at this fantastic resort.

Each of the guestrooms is beautifully appointed with Olga Polizzi-designed interiors as well as a private balcony or terrace from which guests can enjoy stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. The rooms are all equipped with the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. If you are looking for a luxury golf holiday, look no further than the Verdura Resort in Sicily.


Next, we have the stunning Acaya Golf Resort and Spa. This hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful Italian countryside but still boasts a great location as you can drive into the historical centre of Lecce in just 20 minutes and out to the beautiful coastline of Southern Italy in just five!

With a great golf course next door, a beautiful, historical town just a short drive away as well as easy access to a stunning beach, it is no surprise that this hotel made our list of must-visit destinations for your next golf escape. In the town of Lecce, you can take part in a range of different historical excursions and explore the local attractions.

During the day, whilst you are not exploring Lecce, sunning yourself on the beach or enjoying a round of golf, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include two outdoor swimming pools and an excellent spa. Within the spa you can find a whirlpool, a sauna, a steam room, jacuzzi and Turkish bath to help you relax after a testing round of golf!

Of course, you can find some dining options within the town of Lecce but, if you stay within the hotel, we know that you won’t be disappointed. The Acaya Golf Resort boasts an array of drinking and dining options. At the Gian Giacomo restaurant, you can enjoy a wide range of fine, Italian cuisine which is all created using the region’s freshest, local produce from a Michelin star chef. In the mornings, you can enjoy the daily breakfast buffet with a range of hot and cold breakfast foods.

For your next golf break, look no further than the Acaya Golf Resort for a relaxing golf escape to Sicily.


Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech is a great four-star hotel which sits overlooking the Atlas Mountains. The hotel offers an excellent all-inclusive option that is perfect for those wanting to eat and drink as they please!

The resort spans over 10-hectares and features a range of leisure facilities including three swimming pools, landscaped gardens and a small lake. There are plenty of sporting activities available as well as Spa Sensations where you can relax and maybe opt to purchase a treatment or two.

Whilst you are not enjoying everything that the resort has to offer, you can venture out into the city and take part in various excursions that will be offered to you. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service which runs six times a day from the hotel to the centre of Marrakech.

Of course, there are some great golf courses nearby to the hotel – nine to be exact! With nine different golf courses to choose from, we know that no one could get bored here. Golf courses in the area include Al Maaden, The Montgomerie, Noria and Tony Jacklin Signature Course, all of which are just a short drive from the hotel.

The hotel’s main restaurant boasts a vast and delicious menu, offering a wide array of different cuisines to cater for everyone. The hotel’s guest rooms are all decorated beautifully and boast private balconies as well as other amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

This is a brilliant hotel and a stay here gives you the opportunity to explore the brilliant city of Marrakech and enjoy some fantastic golf.


Last, but certainly not least, situated in Madeira, Portugal is Casa Velha do Palheiro. This is a stunning five-star golf resort which boasts just 37 luxurious guest rooms as well as a full spa. The hotel lies next to the famous Palheiro Gardens which were originally created over 200 years ago.

From the hotel, you can enjoy direct access to the stunning Palheiro Golf Course, guests at the hotel get the best tee times at this course. Whilst you are not playing a round on the golf course, you can take advantage of the hotel’s leisure facilities. These include a heated swimming pool with sauna, seam room and a full spa. There are other sporting facilities including a tennis court.

Something unique to this hotel is that you can make use of the hotel’s private motor yacht ‘Balancal’ which sits at Funchal marina, you can use the yacht for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching as well as deep sea big game fishing. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to Fuchal twice in the morning and twice in the evenings.

If you are looking for a luxurious golf escape to Portugal, look no further than a stay at the Casa Velha do Palheiro.


We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider some of these must-visit destinations for your next golf break. Whether you are looking to travel as a group, with your family or just with a partner, we can tailor-make a golf escape which will meet your needs perfectly. Make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777 to chat through some of your options!