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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This week’s blog is a guide to nine great golf courses situated within the UK that you should consider taking a trip to. The weather is slowly but surely starting to warm up, the days are longer, and summer is fast approaching. If you are not planning on taking a golf escape abroad and even if you are, make sure to get in some quality golf in the UK.


The Shire in London was designed by Ryder Cup legend Seve Ballesteros and it is the only course that he has designed in the UK. The course boasts a parkland Florida-style layout with six par 3s, six par 4s and six par 5s. From each hole, you can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas from woodland plantations with over 10,000 mature trees to links-feel holes with gorse and high-level fescues.

The course’s fairways follow the natural contours of the landscape, you will be rewarded for long, accurate shots but sometimes, taking the shorter option may be safer. There are fast, true greens with subtle slopes and borrows to challenge you right at the end of each hole. Water features heavily throughout the course, there are natural lakes and man-made lakes along the way. On the final hole, you will find a water feature in an “S” shape in honour of Seve.

This is a fantastic golf course which boasts a range of tee options to make it playable for those of all abilities. After your round, enjoy a great meal and a few drinks in the clubhouse.

Next, we have the Strand Course at Portstewart Golf Club which was designed by Des Griffin and opened for play in 1992. It is a very impressive course which stretches to over 7,000 yards from the back tees. The Strand Course is great fun to play with a brilliant opening nine holes which are carved out from huge dunes and boasts stunning views over the Atlantic mouth of Lough Foyle.

Right from the 1st tee, you can enjoy the stunning views of the beach and the links hole beneath you. The course boasts a wide range of different and uniquely designed holes throughout the course including two fantastic par 3s on the front nine. This is a brilliant course situated in Northern Ireland and perfect for those looking for a fun and challenging course which will stay in your mind for long after the round is finished.

The Royal Belfast Golf Club is one of only a handful of golf clubs that have the prefix “Royal” to their name. This is the oldest golf club in Ireland and boasts a brilliant clubhouse filled with old golfing memorabilia. The course was designed by the great Harry Colt who designed the course so that its holes roll over the parkland beautifully. There is no doubt that this course is a stern test of golf despite its shorter than average length with some very long par 3s, challenging opening and closing par 4s and 5s and some difficult bunkering to navigate your way around. From some of the holes, you can enjoy stunning views across the Loch.

You begin the round with some very long and challenging par 4s but the 9th, 10th and 11th are very enjoyable holes which you will play along the shoreline. There are three difficult par 5s to conclude the round. After your round, make sure to make your way to the clubhouse where you can enjoy a great meal and a few drinks whilst reminiscing over this brilliant course.

Castle Stuart is a great course, even before you reach the course you will be impressed by the three-tiered clubhouse and the magnificent views. The Championship course opened for play in 2009 and runs along the Moray Firth with beautiful views of Kessock Bridge and the Black Isle.

Four Scottish Opens have been held at Castle Stuart, one of these was within the first year of the opening of the course. This is a wonderfully impressive course and is one that will stay in your mind for long after you make your final putt on the 18th hole. After your round, you can enjoy a meal and drinks in the club’s impressive clubhouse. From the clubhouse, you can enjoy beautiful views over the course whilst you reminisce over this challenging round. If you are looking to make a golf break out of it, you can rent one of the properties surrounding the course so that you never need to leave this stunning area.

Situated in Wales is the brilliant Nefyn and District Golf Club. The course boasts a dramatic and impressive location situated on the cliff tops at the foot of the Porthdinllaen headland. There are only a few seaside courses from which you can actually enjoy beautiful views of the sea from every hole but, you can here at Nefyn.

The course’s opening holes take you out from the clubhouse to the clifftop holes on the edge of the headland. You will enjoy the back nine as you play eight holes along the Point peninsula from which you can enjoy spectacular views whilst you tackle the fairways and tees situated above secluded coves and inlets. After the 15th, you can take a footpath down to the Ty Coch Inn which is situated on the beach and offers you the perfect option to enjoy a few drinks whilst you take a break.

With 18 very different and special holes, this is a superb and memorable golf course with breath-taking surroundings and great facilities. If you are looking to enjoy a golf escape to the area, take a look at the great Royal Sportsman Hotel.

Situated at the rear of the estate at Carden Park is the brilliant Cheshire Course. The course is reminiscent of the finest British heathland courses and offers stunning, panoramic views across the Cheshire countryside to the mountains of Wales.

The course can pose a challenge to even the most discerning golfer due to the wealth of natural hazards that are situated along the course. There are many bunkers which have been designed to flow with the natural contours of the landscape – you will need an accurate shot if you are to avoid them all.

There is no doubt that the end to your round will be wonderfully dramatic and scenic due to the tough 16th and 17th holes followed by the 18th which is set atop the sandstone cliffs overlooking the resort and Welsh hills. There is no doubt that a round at Carden Park, Cheshire course is one that you will never forget. Take a look at the Carden Park Hotel if you are looking to make the most of this course and the stunning surroundings.

The Donald Steel designed Championship Golf Course at the Macdonald Portal Hotel opened for play in 1990 and has since gained a great reputation for providing golfers with a fantastic round of golf. The course stretched to over 7,000 yards over historic land and a former battlefield. Due to the length of the course and the fact that it boasts many undulating fairways, we would recommend that you may want to consider getting a buggy to make the most of the round.

There are some particularly brilliant holes including the 3rd which is a monster 602-yard long par 5 which boasts an elevated tee. Only the longest hitters will be able to reach the green in two. The course winds its way through an exciting parkland layout boasting charming water features and mature trees and each of the USGA standard greens comes with breath taking views over the Cheshire countryside. Right from the first tee to the very last, this a special golf course and one that will leave you with an excited feeling, even if the scorecard isn’t great! The only thing that could make this course any better is a stay at the lovely Macdonald Portal Hotel.

There are two courses at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club – Gainsborough and Constable. The championship Gainsborough course opened for play in 1972 and has matured beautifully into being one of the region’s best golf courses. The course is routed along the edge of the beautiful Dedham \Vale which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Gainsborough course measures a great 7,000 yards and due to the varied nature of the course, golfers leave the course and remember many of the holes for long after they finish the round. There are long holes, short holes, doglegs in many directions, uphill, downhill and other various tough holes for you to contend with along the course. Two of the best holes along the course are the 10th and the 11th holes. The 10th is a great hole, a 418-yard par 4, you must drive over a lake in order to reach a position 150 yards from the green with the same lake waiting to catch your approach shot.

This is a fantastic round of golf and in 1999, the Stoke by Nayland Club added a luxurious hotel, health club and a conference centre perfect for those looking to enjoy the fantastic courses at this club.

Last, but certainly not least, is Mottram Hall Golf Course. This course is situated within 270 acres of Cheshire’s finest parkland, it is open all year round and boasts an interesting and challenging layout with stunning fairways, well-guarded greens and beautiful countryside.

The course stretched to just over 7.000 yards long from the back tee and was designed by the renowned architects, Dave Thomas. The course played host to the 2013 European Senor’s PGA Championship and it isn’t hard to see why the course was picked to host a great event. The course’s front nine holes are a fairly easy set of holes and boast the impressive backdrop of the 18th century Hall whilst they gently roll over meadowland.

The back nine of the course winds through lush woodland and puts golfers of all abilities to their test. There is no doubt that this course is an exciting challenge for those of all abilities. One of the best things about this course is the fact that it is onsite of the Mottram Hall Hotel where you can enjoy a relaxing and luxurious golf escape.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on nine of the best courses in the UK that we would recommend you take a trip to play. Wherever you are situated in the UK, one of these courses will be situated near you. Make sure to give us a call on 01342 811777 if you are interested in booking a golf break to one of these courses as we know our stuff and we can definitely sort you out with the perfect UK golf escape for you and whoever you are travelling with.


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

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

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

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

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

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

This week’s blog is a blog on our driving golf holidays. If you are looking for inspiration for your next 2018 golf break then we hope to provide you with some here. The advantages of going on a driving golf holiday are that you don’t have to worry about how much you pack and paying extra baggage allowance for your golf clubs and that once you are at the hotel, you can venture out to many different golf courses and explore the local area easier.

Galgorm Resort and Spa is situated in Northern Ireland and boasts a beautiful location situated within 163 acres of lush parkland and the River Maine flows through the estate. In 2016, Galgorm Resort and Spa won the IGTOA award for “Large Golf Hotel of the Year” and it isn’t hard to see why with its unique setting, impressive facilities and amenities as well as easy access to some world-class golf. The hotel boasts an excellent spa and Thermal Village which comprises of both indoor and outdoor spa facilities and the access to these facilities is included within your B&B rate. Each of the 122 guest rooms is beautifully luxurious with spacious ensuite bathrooms and many of them offer stunning views out across the River Maine and the surrounding countryside. Whilst you are here, especially if you have a car, you have so much to do, see and explore as you are within close proximity of both Belfast and the North Antrim Coast. Whilst you are not out in the local area, you can enjoy relaxing at the hotel and dining at one of the three onsite restaurants including a traditional Italian, a Bar and Grill and a fine dining restaurant. Not only does Galgorm Resort and Spa offer all of these great facilities but you can easily drive out to the nearby golf courses of Galgorm Castle, Portstewart Golf Club and Royal Portrush. This is the perfect place for your next golf break.

Situated just three minutes’ walk from the beach and overlooking the famous Old Course in St. Andrews centre is the brilliant Macdonald Rusacks Hotel. This is a wonderfully traditional pub which features a brilliant gastro pub and a luxury champagne bar which is in keeping with the style of this plush hotel. There are only 68 guest rooms, but they are all luxuriously decorated and boast high quality facilities and amenities including air conditioning, designer toiletries, a satellite TV, a hairdryer and Wi-Fi. Besides from the brilliant The One Under Gastro Pub which serves traditional Scottish food accompanied with an extensive wine list, there is the Rocco Bar and Grill which serves a rustic Italian menu and boasts views over the West Sands Beach. You are situated in a prime position here to enjoy some excellent golf including the Jubilee Course and the Old Course and there is so much to do within the local area as you are just 10 minutes’ walk from St Andrews Castle and 20 minutes’ drive from Dundee. With two fantastic restaurants, luxurious rooms, an excellent location and some world-class golf within close proximity of the hotel, it is no surprise that this is a recommendation of ours for your next driving golf holiday.

In Northern France, in the centre of the wonderful town of Le Touquet and nearby to several excellent golf courses is Hotel Red Fox. Whilst here, you are just five minutes’ walk from the beach and 150 yards from the brilliant Casino. Each of the guest rooms features air-conditioning, Wi-Fi access and a satellite TV. In the mornings, you can enjoy a buffet breakfast with fresh pastries and fruit in the breakfast room and for other meals, you will be sure to find somewhere excellent to eat in the local town. This is a great value hotel where you can enjoy the charm of the local area and get the chance to play some of the best golf courses in Northern France. In Le Touquet, you can explore the local area in style by going on a Segway tour or visit the Marche Couvert market to do a bit of shopping and appreciate the French culture of the town. You are also nearby to the beach and a brilliant waterpark which is situated on the beach. If you are looking to explore some of the history of the region and don’t mind venturing a little further by car then you can drive 90 minutes to Nord Pas de Calais where there are some fascinating World War sites. This is a very popular hotel with golfers and it isn’t hard to see why as you are within such close proximity of fabulous courses like La Touquet’s La Mer and La Foret courses and if you are happy to drive a little further afield, 40 minutes away are the renowned Hardelot’s Les Dunes and Les Pins courses. This is a great destination for your next driving golf holiday as you can get to many of the brilliant courses in the area easily with your car.

The Martins Brugge is a great three-star hotel which boasts an excellent location just a few steps away from the main market square, Grote Market and the 13th century Belfort Tower. This little hotel is the perfect place to base your golf break in Bruges with a central location and easy access to some brilliant sites and golf courses. There are many historical sites within close proximity of the hotel including the Belfry of Bruges, the medieval bell tower which you can climb up to enjoy panoramic views of the city. There is also the Sint-Salvators cathedral and the Picasso Exhibit. The hotel boasts a modern theme and all of the guest rooms boast a flat-screen TV as well as air conditioning, complimentary WI-Fi and a well-stocked minibar. Whilst you are not exploring the local area and enjoying the many restaurants and bars that are to offer in the city, you can enjoy the Arthies restaurant which serves delicious Belgian cuisine which is created using locally sourced produce. Of course, the most important benefit of this hotel is that it is not far from some fantastic golf courses. Just 35 minutes’ drive away is the Executive and Championship course at the Royal Zoute Golf Club and you are 40 minutes’ drive from the Langleed Golf Course. There are other golf courses closer to the hotel including Damme Golf and Country Club and Golf Club Oostburg. This is a brilliant hotel for your next driving golf break for 2018 and is one that provides you with an excellent base to explore the exciting city of Bruges from.

These are just a few of the brilliant tours that we offer within the UK, Northern Ireland, France and Belgium so make sure that you have a browse of the website or give us a call to find out the full range of options including a range of hotels and B&Bs from three to five-star as well as various exciting golf courses ranging in levels of difficulty – the world is your oyster with all of these different options to explore.

The best Scottish golf courses are difficult to narrow down. As the birthplace of the sport, it’s no wonder that some of the world’s top courses can be found in Scotland. From rolling hills and postcard-like scenery to impeccable green and famous courses, Scotland has it all. Planning a trip to this golfer’s paradise? Fantastic, you’re going to want to determine which courses you’ll choose.

The decision won’t be easy, but here are 17 of the best Scottish golf courses to get you started.

New Course at St. Andrews

St. Andrews is one of Scotland’s most famous courses. And, while the old course garners a lot of attention, it’s the new course that is really impressing players. Like the old course, it runs along the coastline, offering sea views and a peak at the steeples jutting from the town below.

The new course is slightly more difficult than the old and it goes clockwise so that much of the challenge is on the left. The course was built in 1895 by Tom Morris, and is a classic links course with challenging green and fairways.

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Jubilee Course

Also located at St. Andrews, the Jubilee course is one of Scotland’s favorites. It has a par 72 and is 6742 yards. This third championship course is considered to be one of the most challenging links in the area.

Jubilee was built in 1897 and was originally meant for beginners and women golfers. However, players noticed that its location was prime, and they decided to make it a championship course in 1988.

Golfers play this course in an out-and-back way, although there are no shared fairways or double greens. It’s full of par threes, has gorgeous views of the bay, and offers a landscape with modest dunes. This course has been the home of quite a few amateur championships.

Old Course St. Andrews

And finally, the Old Course at St. Andrews must make the list. It is 6721 yards and has a par 72. This course is the oldest and most famous in the entire world, which makes it a must-visit no matter what. What’s even better is that this Scottish golf course is public so that anyone can have the experience.

Its best-known features are the Hell Bunker, Swilcan Bridge, and the fact that it has double greens. In fact, only four holes have their own green. The course can be played in any direction and it also is home to 112 bunkers, all which have their own history. On Sundays, the course actually shuts down so that it can ‘rest.’ Although sometimes, it is opened as a park area for the public.

Muirfield Gullane

The links here are privately owned and used for The Open Championship on rotation. The course has seen a lot of famous winners like Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Henry Cotton, and Ernie Els.

The course sports a links that is a little different from the norm. Instead of the usual layout, Muirfield was the first to establish two loops with nine holes each. One loop is counterclockwise while the other goes clockwise.

This usually means that each hole faces a different wind pattern, which can make the game more challenging. And, this course is home to one of the oldest golf associations in the world, ‘The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.”


Royal Dornoch Course

This course is infamous amongst the golf community. Players come from all over the world just to experience it.  In fact, it was voted the best course in Scotland and the 5th best in the world, according to Golfer’s Digest in 2016. It’s a natural links course that is secluded amongst the wild, making it an attractive destination.

The course was founded in 1877 and features white sandy beach as well as plenty of challenges. It’s the third oldest course in the world, and has been the talk of the golfing town well before it was officially established.

The layout is out-and-back, and there are raised dome greens and plenty of par 4s. There is even a long par 4 at the 14th hole that measures nearly 445 yards.

North Berwick West Links 

Golf has been played on this links land since the early 17th century. However, it was in 1832 that the official golf club was created. While there was some dispute about the land in the beginning, the course eventually took shape. Since then, this true links course has been the site of many Championship events. Golfers love the course beach and the challenge that the sea brings in at high tide. There are even walls in the middle of the fairway that make it even more of a challenge.

This course has three holes that are most well known; The 13th ‘Pit,’ the 14th ‘Perfection,’ and the 15th, ‘Redan.’ With the course running along the outskirts of the town, players get to straddle two worlds throughout the game.


This course is located right on the coastline and is made up of three links courses, a 5-star hotel, and a golf academy. The land was originally used as an airbase during the first world war. After the war ended, the first two courses were built on the property.

During World War II the course was used again for military purposes. However, in 1949, the Ailsa course was constructed here. The Kintyre course was opened in 2001 and the Arran course opened in 2002.

Across the courses, many championships have been won by some of golf’s biggest names like Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. The Ailsa course has been compared to Pebble Beach and many of the holes offer a great view of the famous lighthouse. Visitors can also get a glimpse of the Isle of Arran, right from the course.

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Royal Troon 

This course was founded in 1878. There are actually two courses, but the old is considered the best. It’s a traditional links course that offers one of the most challenging greens in the game. Players will face plenty of wind, gorse, broom, and a deep rough.

In 1923, the old course was redesigned in preparation for the Open Championship.  Some of its noteworthy features include the seaside opening which offers lots of space and two blind tree shots.

The course is also known for its long finish and famous holes. It’s par 3 8th hole is known as one of the best in the world. And, the longest and shortest holes in Open Championship can be found here.

Loch Lomond

This golf course and club are considered to be the most exclusive in all of Scotland. Top golfers fly in from all over the world to get the 5-star treatment at the clubhouse.

This course is full of little surprises like the remains of Rossdhu Castle behind the 8th hole. It’s also located on Loch Lomond National Park, so you can imagine that it’s quite scenic


Located close to Glasgow, this course is a classic links design. Visitors love the sandy beach features as well as the railroad tracks that run along some of the holes on the course. There is a river that runs through the property which is great for both nature lovers and those who like a challenge.

Players will find sand dunes, blind shots, and some infamous holes like the par 4 17th. Prestwick is like a pilgrimage for golfers who travel far and wide to play on this classic course. With plenty of quirks and tons of charm, this unique course has been deemed one of the best in Scotland.


The Gleneagles golf courses are considered some of the top in the world.  There are four to choose from and they each offer their own charm. The PGA Centenary course was create by Jack Nicklaus and was once the home of the Ryder Cup in 2014. It’s set in beautiful countryside and offers challenging tees at 6,815 yards as well as 5,322 yards.

The Queen’s course is set amongst beautiful woodlands and has been visited by famous golfers like Johnny Miller and Tom Watson. It’s 3,192 yards long and features challenges like water hazards and ditches.

The King’s Course was built in 1919 and is considered a masterpiece of design.  The views here are stunning with mountain faces, rolling hills, and tall peaks. Be ready for the challenging par 3 at the 5th hole.

Carnoustie Championship Course

This course is considered historic and has been the location for Open Championship rotation. Golf has been played here since the 16th century, and the course went on to host many great players over the years. The green is located along the sea and the course has been voted the most difficult in Ireland and Britain. So, if you’re a newbie to the sport, you may want to save this course for another time.

It is said to have one of the best back nines in the world. And, the last three holes of the course are considered the best closing holes in all of golf. While this course may not be the most scenic, it’s certainly challenging and iconic. Plus, it’s said that every hole here is absolutely unique.



This course was opened in 2000, even though there was a course there before it during the 1700s. The North Sea can be seen from almost every part of the course, which makes it one of the most scenic places to play.

It’s said that Kingsbarn is always in pristine condition and that the hollows and humps make it the perfect challenge. Kingsbarn is also considered one of the true links courses in Scotland. While the course is suitable for golfers of all levels, it still offers the challenges that pros will love.

Cruden Bay  

Seaside holes are part of the charm at this classic course. Visitors love the challenges that arise with the blind shots, deep valleys, and hills. The hills are part of what makes it so challenging, but they are also the feature that makes the course so beautiful.

Visitors will also have fantastic views of Slain Castle while they play on this classic, Scottish course.

Castle Stuart 

Opened in 2009, this course has received incredible views over the past few years. It was the venue for the Scottish Open four different years, which helped the course earn international attention.

Some of its most notable holes are the 18th, par 5 and the short par four 3rd hole. The course is quite wide from the tee but it offers plenty of challenges that even more advanced golfers can appreciate.

Machrihanish Championship Course 

Considerably remote, this old course is both unique and thrilling. The holes are surrounded by authentic, natural scenes and the twists of the course make it quite the challenge.

The course is most loved for its opener which is an icon for its difficulty. Players must take the tee shot which is played across the beach and the ocean.

A visit to this course is more than just a game. It’s a whole new experience.

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Gullane No.1 

This course is one of Scotland’s most charming golf destinations. The terrain is full of rolling green and the collection of bunkers gives golfers the right amount of difficulty to keep things interesting.

The views expand out towards Firth of Forth and all the way to Edinburgh. Players have been hitting the green here since 1884 and the par 5 3rd has built a reputation for being one of the best holes in the world.

Whether amateur or veteran, any golfer can come and enjoy this classic, Scottish course. 

Scotland is the birthplace of golf, and anyone serious about the sport should experience the courses there. Whether you want tried and tested golf resorts or some off-the-beaten-path gems, you’ll be sure to find it in this lush country.  

If you are planning a golf holiday in Scotland, make sure to add a few of these courses to your itinerary. And, if you can’t make them all in one trip, you’ll just have an excuse to return next year.

Happy Golfing!

This week’s blog is on a fantastic golf tour within the UK and should be your inspiration for 2018. Not only are we now offering tours in different counties within the UK and Ireland but there are so many brilliant luxurious hotels and golf courses that you can find and book on our website that are perfect for your 2018 golf holiday.


If you are looking for a great golf break in Sussex then our Sussex Tour offers you the chance to stay at the fantastic four-star Ashdown Park Hotel which is a luxurious country house that boasts award-winning dining experiences and an outstanding spa and country club. You can walk from the main building to The Country Club and Spa where you can find the comfy Fairway Lounge to relax in and have a bite to eat or the spa which boasts a large indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a steam room and a Jacuzzi and you can enjoy a range of different health and beauty treatments here as well. Each of the rooms boasts free Molton Brown toiletries, a satellite TV and have stunning views across the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are staying at the Ashdown Park Hotel, you can play three fantastic golf courses which are in the local area: Piltdown Golf Club, Crowborough Beacon Golf Club and the Royal Ashdown Forest West Course. These are all exciting courses that will complete your stay and your Sussex Tour at this luxurious hotel.

The four-star Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club is just under four miles from Birmingham Airport and boasts extensive leisure facilities and very spacious rooms for you to relax in. The hotel features a spa Cedarwood Spa as well as a fitness centre and a pool complex, all of which you can enjoy whilst you are not playing a round on either of the Forest of Arden courses(Aylesford & Championship). Within the local area, there is the famous Bullring shopping centre which is in Birmingham’s city centre as well as the NEC complex. There are 36-holes of outstanding golf here, one of the courses has been used in the past for both the English Open and the British Masters so make sure that you come and see why this is a great hotel with some very special golf.

Situated in the beautiful county of Hampshire is the four-star Sandford Springs Hotel and Golf Club which boasts three different 9-hole golf courses which means that you can play a different 18-holes of golf up to three times! Whilst you are here and not on the golf course, you can enjoy a massage for a small extra charge, enjoy walking through the hotel’s grounds or spend time exploring the local area. This small but elegant and luxurious hotel is situated halfway between Newbury and Basingstoke and offers guests a chance to stay in a luxurious setting in the countryside but close to some exciting and vibrant cities and towns that you can explore. Every morning, breakfast is served in your room and you can enjoy your other meals in the clubhouse’s Kingsclere Bar and Restaurant which overlooks the course offering stunning views whilst you eat. With excellent golf, great location and elegant accommodation this is the perfect choice for your next golf holiday within the UK.

Set in the Cheshire countryside is the four-star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa. Each of the rooms within the hotel boast spacious ensuite bathrooms with large bathtubs and walk-in showers, there are also many luxury facilities and amenities in the bedrooms including a flat-screen TV and a minibar. From some of the rooms, you can look out onto the rolling hills beyond the hotel and the golf course. There are two brilliant golf courses for you to play when you stay at the fantastic Macdonald Portal Hotel, the Championship Course and the Premier Course are both situated at the Macdonald Portal Hotel and both of them offer every golfer an enjoyable and challenging round of golf. Whilst you are not playing golf, you can enjoy the extensive spa facilities where there is an indoor pool, a range of different health and beauty treatments available as well as a fully-equipped gym and salt and ice rooms. The dining options within the hotel are also outstanding, you can enjoy a steak in the award-winning Scottish Steakhouse or delicious and organic food within the Ranulf Restaurant. With brilliant golf, beautiful surroundings to explore as well as all of the brilliant facilities and restaurants here, it is no surprise that this is one of our top suggestions for your 2018 UK golf break.

Last, but certainly not least, if you are looking for five-star luxury and to stay in a prestigious hotel and play outstanding golf then there is nowhere better than the Gleneagles Hotel. This prestigious resort is set right in the heart of Scotland and offers 232 individually designed rooms which are all fitted with the amenities and facilities expected of a hotel of this rating. Whilst you are here, you can dine in the only two Michelin Star restaurant in the whole of Scotland and enjoy golf on the three different championship courses: PGA Centenary Course, The Kings Course and The Queens Course. Whether all of your group are going to play golf or not, everyone can appreciate the masterpiece which is the Gleneagles Resort and there are many other facilities and amenities for non-golfers to enjoy including horse-riding and the extensive spa and fitness facilities where you can find two swimming pools, a sauna, a steam room, an outdoor hot tub and a fully-equipped gymnasium. This is a fantastic and luxurious hotel where you can expect the highest service from all of the staff members as well as brilliant facilities, golf, rooms and dining options.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and have taken a note of some of these brilliant hotels and their courses that you could be enjoying soon…

This week’s blog is a guide to some very special golf resorts and their courses that are perfect for your 2018 golf escape. With 2017 almost coming to a close it is time to start thinking about when you will next be taking a golf break and where it will be to. These resorts and their courses are certainly worth booking right now for 2018 to avoid disappointment so that you can get the best tee times and dates at these brilliant courses.

First up we have the four-star Chervo Golf Hotel Spa and Resort which is situated in the province of Bresia just a few minutes from the shores of Lake Garda. The hotel boasts 75 rooms and suites and four different room types for you to choose from so that you can tailor your stay here to exactly what you want it to be like. There are two restaurants and three bars to choose from so you are never short of somewhere to eat and drink, even if you remain in the hotel for the duration of your stay! Whilst you are not in one of the pools or at the Wellness Spa Centre, we know that you will be out on the golf course enjoying a round at Chervo Golf San Vigilio. The course boasts 36 holes and 27 of them are championship standard. The course is always in excellent conditions and with very few out of bounds areas and wide fairways, it is an excellent holiday course with exceptional views. This is the perfect place for your next golf escape for 2018 and with all of its excellent facilities as well as 36 holes of golf to play here, it isn’t hard to see why.

The Macdonald Cardrona is a four-star hotel which is situated in amongst the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside. Not only does the hotel boast a scenic location, but it is has good links with both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is very close to the town of Peebles which is a lovely place to venture out to. All of the rooms here are spacious but cosy and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. You can see beautiful views from your room across the Scottish Borders. The hotel boasts some excellent facilities including a spa with a sauna and Jacuzzi, a gym and an award-winning restaurant from which you can look out across the golf course and the Border Hills. The hotel’s onsite golf course, Macdonald Cardrona Golf Club, is a great championship course with undulating fairways and greens that stretch out over 7,000 yards. The course is a firm but fair test of golf and with the River Tweed coming into play on a number of holes, this course requires high levels of accuracy from players if you are to score well! This is arguably one of the most beautiful golfing venues in Scotland which makes it a top contender for your 2018 golf escape, especially if you are looking to stay in the UK rather than travel abroad.

Troia Design Hotel is a contemporary five-star hotel which is situated on the Troia peninsula just two minutes’ walk from the beach. This is a truly brilliant location as you have easy access to a lovely beach, the centre of Lisbon and beautiful views of the Arrabida Hills. The hotel offers you so much to do whilst you are there including: a casino, a fully-equipped spa which is the perfect place to relax and unwind and two large swimming pools (including one infinity pool). There are two onsite restaurants, B&G Restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine and the Salinas Brasserie which boasts an international menu with many seafood dishes. With all of these facilities as well as luxurious rooms and suites that all have their own private balcony, air conditioning and flat-screen TV, this is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Portugal and the golf hasn’t even been mentioned yet.

Aqualuz Hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Troia Peninsula and is an elegant four-star suite property. The hotel boasts 365 apartments and each of them is decorated with a chic style and boasts everything that you could need including a kitchenette, a private balcony and a flat-screen TV. This means that you can cater for yourselves whilst you are here. However, for when you don’t want to cook, the hotel has two onsite restaurants serving delicious food. There is so much to do and enjoy here including the spa which has all of the amenities that you would expect including a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool, a Turkish bath and a sauna. If you are looking for a more active holiday, you won’t be disappointed as there are many other sports to do besides golf including water sports, cycling and trekking. This is a lovely place to stay, especially if you are looking to be self-catered and you are situated in a prime location.

The Troia golf course is the perfect addition to your stay either at Troia Design Hotel or Aqualuz Hotel. Troia golf course is a mix of both parkland and links golf and although there are very few water hazards, there are many strategically placed bunkers along the course and some very penal rough which is lying in wait for any errant shots. This is a course with a friendly welcome, a stunning course with some very interesting and challenging holes and a modern clubhouse to enjoy a drink and even a meal in afterwards. Make sure that these hotels and this course is on your mind when you are next thinking about your 2018 golf holiday.

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of suggestions is the four-star Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club which is situated in Wales. This hotel is set in a stunning location and you can enjoy breathtaking views across over 400 acres of parkland here. The hotel boasts two golf courses, one of which is a stern test of golf and the other is a brilliant holiday course which means that when you are staying here you really do get the best of both world. All of the rooms are luxurious and are fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Whilst you are not on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s spa area or in the fitness club. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants are both brilliant. Morgans Restaurant offers Welsh inspired cuisine in a classic and contemporary setting whilst the Zest Lounge Bar and Eatery offers a more relaxed setting with contemporary dishes. This is a great hotel and one that will offer you the best service and a luxurious stay in a lovely location with excellent golfing options. The Mathern Course at St Pierre Country Club is the shorter and easier of the two courses but provides every golfer with a very enjoyable round. This course boasts a stunning parkland design and a layout that is perfect for golfers of all abilities. The Old Course at St Pierre Country Club has been ranked consistently as one of the top 120 courses in the world and it isn’t hard to see why. This is a long and testing course with some truly outstanding holes, its standout hole is arguably the closing 18th which is spectacular at 235 yards from the edge of the lake to a raised green which means that you must make a precise finishing shot for the putt. Make sure that this hotel and its fantastic golf is on your radar for your next UK golf break.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next 2018 golf escape, you will think about these hotels and golf courses and consider at least one of them for next year.

This week’s blog is an insight into the new UK golf tour packages that are currently being put together to give you the opportunity to stay in a fabulous hotel and  to play several golf courses nearby to get the most out of your golf break. With January finally over it is time to start planning for when the weather will get that bit better and you will get to go back to playing rounds of superb golf in the UK.  There is no better way to embrace the springtime weather and the courses that the UK has to offer you than by booking a tour…


Our Bournemouth tour offers you two nights at the stunning four-star Hallmark West Cliff which boasts an ideal location being just 10 minutes from the town centre and eight minutes from the beautiful beach. Whilst here, besides enjoying the fantastic golf that is on offer, you can enjoy the extensive leisure facilities from the heated pool and gym to the spa facility. Although use of the spa facility requires a small additional charge it is definitely worth it to get the full enjoyment and relaxation out of your golf break. Being such a short journey into the town centre you have unlimited dining and drinking options but the brasserie restaurant at the hotel is a fantastic option if your round on the golf course has taken it out of you! This is a lovely hotel and is no surprise that it is the base for the Bournemouth tour with its fantastic facilities and even better golfing options nearby…


The Dudsbury Golf Club’s Championship course has been the venue for several prestigious golfing events such as the BMW PGA Order of Merit Championship and the PGA Europro Tour and if you want to see why this was the course picked then there is no better opportunity than this! The course is set in a beautiful location, amongst 160 acres of Dorset countryside which just makes the round here more enjoyable. There is no doubt that the 16th hole is a feature hole where you will have to show yourself to be a good driver in order to reach the green across two lakes! For after your round, the clubhouse is a fantastic place to sit and relax whilst enjoying more views of the Stour Valley and of course, a cold drink!


The second course for this Bournemouth tour is the Championship course at Meyrick Park which is a demanding test of golf set amongst stunning Dorset countryside. It is an undulating parkland course with many challenges even for a golfer with the lowest handicap. The opening hole is a spectacular one where your driver is over a valley to the small green which is cut out of the hill. This is a great, challenging course which always seems to be in perfect condition and it is a fantastic addition to the Bournemouth tour.


Our second tour is the Kent Golf Coast tour where you are based at The Lodge at Princes Golf Club. The Lodge is the former clubhouse of Princes Golf Club and has been extensively renovated to provide guests with luxury accommodation and breathtaking views of the two great golf courses as well as across the Sandwich bay. The Brasserie restaurant is situated on the bay and provides a great dining experience for guests here with the use of local Kentish produce as well as an outdoor terrace to enjoy a cocktail or beer on after your meal! The Lodge is just over a 10-minutes’ drive into the medieval town of Sandwich where you can find great pubs, independent shops, art galleries and some historic churches. This is a fantastic and unique place to get the opportunity to stay and with the two golf courses so nearby it is not hard to see why this is a sure winner for your next golf break to the UK…


Princes Golf Club is a modern championship links course set on the Kentish coast. This is a 27-hole course comprising of three loops of nine holes: Himalayas, Dunes and Shore. This course has some of the best facilities with excellent practice facilities, attentive staff and a beautiful clubhouse for you to enjoy your post-round drink in! This is a long and challenging course at over 7200 yards but there are a few different tee positions from which those with higher handicaps can tee off from, making it less of a challenge and more of a holiday course!


The Royal St George’s Golf Club is considered to be one of the finest links courses in England and has been selected to be the venue for The Open Championship no less than 14 times. This course requires accuracy and concentration if you are to score even close to your handicap due to the many blind shots that you will be required to take and bunkers that you have to avoid! This is a fantastic course and although can be a challenge for golfers of all abilities, it has some very interesting holes and scenery – the 4th on the Himalayas loop will definitely not disappoint! To round off the Kent Coast tour this course is perfect.


These are just two of the fabulous UK golf tours and with more based in Norfolk, Northern Ireland and Oxford (just to name a few!) there is definitely something for everyone and in the unlikely case that there isn’t something perfect for you there are several other destinations that can be discussed just by picking up the phone…


We hope that you enjoyed learning about our new UK golf tours and that you will consider them when you just need a few nights away to a lovely hotel to play some superb golf not too far from home or perhaps across the country!

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