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This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best winter sun packages we offer. For all those suffering from a severe case of the winter blues, there is light at the end of the tunnel now. There is no need to wait around for spring to pass to enjoy a good round of golf, as we have seven fantastic winter sun packages to cure even the worst cases of the winter blues. Available for January 2020, these golf packages offer everything any golfer could possibly want for an unforgettable golf escape; excellent golf courses, luxury hotels and resorts, and of course, a warm climate.

First up is the five-star Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity, home to two of Gran Canaria’s most sought-after golf courses, the Salobre Golf Old and the Salobre Golf New golf courses. The Canary Islands are known for their mild climate throughout the year, making them an ideal destination for your next winter golf holiday. Gran Canaria’s temperature for January averages out at approximately 21 degrees Celsius, so it is the perfect time to take the opportunity to stay and challenge some of its best golf courses. At the Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity, guests can enjoy an idyllic golfing getaway set back away from all of the hustle and bustle of the popular resorts. The resort blends beautifully into its natural surroundings with an abundance of palm trees and cacti to match the terrain of the neighbouring rolling landscape. The resort is home to an impressive seven outdoor swimming pools, as well as a huge spa complex so golfers can well and truly relax after a great round of golf. The Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity is a five-star resort in every aspect, and its golf courses are no exception. Guests here are never far away from a fantastic round of golf with two excellent golf courses on-site at the resort, both the Salobre Old and the Salobre New golf courses. Out of the pair, the Salobre New is known to offer the best views, as its architect, Ron Kirby, was so intent on creating a golf course that perfectly showcases Gran Canaria’s natural beauty. Alternatively, the Old Course is more challenging with tight greens and deceivingly generous fairways ready to trip even the most experienced of players up.

Another great option for your next January golf break is the Elba Carlota, also situated in the Canary Islands in Fuerteventura. Just like Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura also boasts a warm climate throughout the winter, meaning it is also a strong contender to help any golfer beat the winter blues. The Elba Carlota offers an all-inclusive accommodation option, the perfect option for all those looking to indulge without having to worry about the bill at the end of their stay. Here, guests are in the ideal position to make the most out of both Fuerteventura’s amazing golf courses and its stunning beaches as the resort is situated just next door to the Fuerteventura Golf Club and the Caleta de Fuste beach. The Fuerteventura Golf Club is undoubtedly a must-play golf course, and conveniently for guests at the Elba Carlota, this fantastic golf course is just a stone’s throw away. This golf course is known for its wide and open greens, allowing its players to fully appreciate the beautiful views of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean. The Elba Carlota is not just a great option for your next winter golfing getaway due to its beach location and fantastic golf; the hotel itself is superb with a great range of leisure facilities and spacious guest rooms. There is a casino located within the resort, as well as two outdoor swimming pools, and a wide range of sporting activities including tennis and golf. The resort is also home to two great restaurants for guests to make the most out of the all-inclusive accommodation option, but if guests ever feel like venturing outside of the resort, then there are plenty of other bars and restaurants located just a short walk away.

A consistent favourite amongst golfers for an unbeatably luxurious golf holiday is the Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds set back from all the noise and foot traffic found in the busy resorts in Tenerife, so they can make the most out of the warm weather and fantastic golf. For impeccable service, excellent leisure facilities and a stunning coastal location, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a perfect choice. On the doorstep of this fantastic resort is the Abama golf course, designed by the world-famous golf architect Dave Thomas. This golf course has repeatedly been labelled the ‘Augusta of Europe’, so it comes as no surprise that the Abama is one of the most played golf courses in Tenerife. With beautiful landscapes, a unique layout and a stern test of golf, the Abama is truly a must-play golf course for your next winter golf escape to Tenerife. With its huge guest rooms and fantastic leisure facilities, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is certainly deserving of its reputation. The accommodation options here vary, with a range of suites, guest rooms and villas set around the resort, all of which include all of the modern necessities to ensure that all guests have a great stay. On their non-golfing days, guests can make the most out of the five-star facilities here, including a tennis academy and an impressive seven swimming pools. Admittedly, the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is set back a fair distance out the way from all of the major towns and areas in Tenerife, but the resort has everything and more to ensure guests have a fantastic golf break.

The Canary Islands is not the only golf destination that promises a great winter golf break; Dubai is also a great choice with its guaranteed warm weather and luxury hotels. The Zabeel House Greens by Jumeirah is a great four-star hotel that offers great value. This hotel is perfectly positioned for guests to make the most out of the world-class golf courses that Dubai is known so well for. In January, Dubai’s temperature averages out at approximately 24 degrees Celsius, so when guests are taking a break from challenging the fairways at one of the many golf courses on offer, they can also catch a tan. The hotel is set just a few kilometres away from the beach, and the hotel offers a complimentary regular shuttle service for guests. Furthermore, right on the doorstep of the hotel is a huge range of bars, restaurants and clubs to suit every budget and preference. At the Zabeel House, guests are not just in an ideal position to make the most out of all that Dubai has to offer; they are also just a stone’s throw away from some of the best golf courses in the emirate. Included in our January packages for the Zabeel House Greens is the Trump International Golf Club Dubai, the famous Montgomerie golf course, as well as the Els Club and the Dubai Hills Golf Club. Aside from its great location and range of golf on its doorstep, the Zabeel House Greens by Jumeirah is also a fantastic choice for a January golfing getaway with its spacious guest rooms, all of which come with a private balcony or terrace with panoramic views across downtown Dubai.

Yet another fantastic package offer for a golf holiday with some well-deserved winter sun is the Fancourt Hotel, a luxury five-star golf hotel in the Western Cape in South Africa. With two golf courses on-site, the Montagu and the Outeniqua, guests are never far away from an unforgettable round of golf. Both the Montagu and the Outeniqua golf courses were designed by the world-famous golf architect Gary Player, so all golfers must anticipate a challenging and a fantastic round of golf. The Fancourt Outeniqua has been ranked 14th in the country by Golf Digest, and it is definitely worthy of its reputation with beautiful views of the neighbouring Outeniqua mountains and its unique layout. Alternatively, the Fancourt Montagu has been ranked number 8, and it is generally considered to be the more challenging of the pair. Situated in the heart of the Western Cape, whether guests are on their round of golf or lounging around one of the hotel’s four swimming pools, they can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas. The Fancourt Hotel is the perfect option for a relaxing golf break to start the year off right; the hotel has just 115 guest rooms, so guests can enjoy a low-key and quiet stay. Due to the Fancourt Hotel’s fantastic location in the heart of the Western Cape, golf is not the only item available on their holiday itinerary; the Fancourt Hotel is also placed on the Garden Route, home to some of South Africa’s most captivating natural sites, including the Knysna Waterfront.

If you are really looking to treat yourself for your winter golf break, then the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa is the perfect place for you with impeccable service, modern guest rooms and a fantastic range of leisure facilities. To make the most out of the winter sun, guests can head to the Corniche beach to catch some rays. The Corniche beach is conveniently located just a twenty-minute drive away from the hotel. Another option for guests on their non-golfing days includes the world-famous Yas Marina Circuit which hosts the Grand Prix. Alternatively, guests can stay local and enjoy the resort’s excellent leisure facilities that earnt the resort its five-star status. All guests have complimentary access to the luxury Saadiyat Beach Club located on Saadiyat Island, and to unwind, guests can head to the resort’s wellness centre for a well-deserved treatment or massage. Included in the packages for the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort is the National golf course located at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club and the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club has earnt itself a world-class reputation, and to prove its high standard and quality, the golf course regularly hosts the HSBC Golf Championship, the largest sporting event in Abu Dhabi. Alternatively, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, designed by the world-famous golf architect Gary Player, offers some truly stunning views across the Saadiyat Island with its clear blue sea and white beaches.

Last but not least is the Moon Palace Cancun, a fantastic option for an all-inclusive golf holiday. The Moon Palace Cancun has the perfect location for guests to make the most out of the winter sun as it is positioned directly on a stunning white sandy beach that Cancun is known so well for. Furthermore, with an impressive fifteen restaurants and twelve bars, there is no better resort to offer an all-inclusive option. No matter what guests are feeling for dinner, there will always be something to accommodate them. The restaurants and bars are not the only features at the Moon Palace Cancun that comes in abundance; the resort is home to five swimming pools, so guests will never find themselves short of places to catch the tan if they do not feel like heading to the beach. With such a fantastic range of leisure facilities, a beach location and a huge selection of bars and restaurants, guests have everything they need and more for an unforgettable golf escape. When the golfers can manage to peel themselves off the sunbed, they can head to the Moon Palace Golf Course for a fantastic round of golf. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the Moon Palace Golf Course is widely considered to be wholly responsible for the development of golf in Mexico, and it has certainly set the bar high. The twenty-seven-hole golf course is a lengthy challenge as it measures out to seven thousand yards, so players must be sure to pace themselves. However, while the Moon Palace Golf Course is undeniably long, all players can enjoy a leisurely round here as all abilities are accommodated for.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are already tempted to book yourself a well-deserved winter sun golf holiday. To escape the winter blues to enjoy some sun and golf, give us a call on 01342 811777.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week’s blog is a guide to seven 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 the seven best golf escapes that have a bit of a twist on them. Whether you are looking for something luxurious and breath-taking or interesting and exciting, this blog has it all…

Rovos Rail was first established in 1989 and has since earned itself a fantastic international reputation for its world-class travel experiences, brilliant service and superb cuisine. You can choose from a range of different journeys in South Africa aboard the Rovos Rail that range from 48 hours right through to 15 days. The trains are beautifully intimate with just 76 passengers aboard the train at once. The African Golf Collage is a panoramic 10-day journey aboard the Rovos Rail. The train winds its way from Pretoria to Cape Town and boasts a variety of different golfing and safari excursions. Activities along the journey include a game drive in the Kruger, Hluhluwe and Addo Elephant Park, a visit to the KWV Brandy Distillery and tours of both Durban and Bloemfontein. The 9-day golf safari by Rovos Rail is perfect for even the most discerning golfer and also boasts excellent excursions for non-golfers. You will depart from Pretoria northwards towards Sun City before turning east to KwaZulu Natal and the Drakensberg escarpment. You will then travel onwards to the Indian Ocean coast near Durban before turning north and travelling up the coast into Swaziland. Finally, you will have the opportunity to visit the Kruger National Park before heading back to Pretoria. Whichever Rovos Rail adventure you may choose, you will stay in beautifully furnished suites, eat delicious food and drink divine African wines. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime trip where you will have the opportunity to play South African’s finest courses as well as enjoy the nature that South Africa has to offer, then look no further than a journey on the Rovos Rail.

Situated in Abu Dhabi is the five-star Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa. This hotel is situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi and is home to the 27-hole championship golf course of PGA Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The hotel boasts extensive leisure facilities as well as a brilliant location making it the ideal place for your next golf break to Abu Dhabi. Due to the hotel’s location, you are never far from something exciting to do nearby. You can find many of Abu Dhabi’s key attractions within close proximity of the hotel including the Corniche, Ferrari World and Yas Island where you can find Yas Mall and Yas Waterworld. Within the hotel, there is also plenty to do including two outdoor swimming pools which are both lined with sun loungers and the Heavenly Spa where you can choose from a range of health and beauty treatments. When it comes to food and drink, you could never be bored or go hungry at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa as there are five different restaurants. The Fairways Restaurant serves a delightful international buffet menu and for fine dining, you can venture to the Sacci Restaurant which serves the finest authentic Italian cuisine. The Lemon and Lime Restaurant is well-known for its delicious brunch and tapas-style cuisine. Whatever you are looking for from your next dining experience, this hotel has everything that you could possibly need or want. Each of the hotel’s guest rooms is beautifully appointed and are equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat screen TV, a private balcony and a Nespresso coffee machine. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf and Resort Hotel boasts excellent leisure facilities, a brilliant location and beautiful guestrooms, look no further than this great hotel for your next golf escape.

Casa Velha do Palheiro is a stunning five-star golf resort situated in Madeira next to the famous Palheiro Gardens. Within the hotel’s grounds, you can find a heated swimming pool as well as a sauna, steam room and a full spa within which you can choose from a range of treatments. There are some sporting facilities including a tennis court as well as croquet and billiards available. The hotel boasts its own private motor yacht “Balancal” which is available for coastal cruises, swimming, dolphin and whale watching as well as deep sea big game fishing. This yacht can be found at Funchal marina which Is easily reached via the free shuttle bus from the hotel. From the hotel, you can also enjoy direct access to the stunning Palheiro Golf Course with reserved tee times from the halfway house which is just a short stroll from the gate. The golf course was designed by Cabell Robinson and opened for play in 1994. Two-thirds of the course lies within a pine forest and botanical woodland, the fairways are very generous. Although the course is not very long, there are some very difficult bunkers to negotiate and many of the greens are both raised and small. This course is a brilliant course which provides players with a stern but fair test of golf. This beautiful hotel and the stunning golf course are the perfect pair for your next golf break to Madeira.

For those looking to enjoy delicious cuisine and fine wines, we would heavily recommend a golf escape to the city of Murcia. The Murcia region lies in the South East corner of Spain between Andalucía and Valencia and often boasts more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year with very mild temperatures year-round. You can enjoy easy access through most of the UK’s regional airports making this a popular destination for both short breaks and long, relaxing holidays. There are 12 golf courses already open in the region with more than 30 currently under construction. It is fair to say that this will soon become one of the most popular golfing regions in Europe and it isn’t hard to see why. There are some fantastic resorts which boast facilities for both golfers and non-golfers. The city of Murcia serves some of the best food in Spain, you can find an abundance of tapas bars but there are some great historical and cultural sights to enjoy, too. There is the cathedral on Plaza del Cardenal Belluga, the Casino on Calle de la Traperia and the convent of Santa Clara la Real. In the evenings, before your meal, enjoy a walk down the elegant riverside Paseo del Malecon before watching the sun go down from the Glorieta de Espana square. In the Plaza San Juan, you can then find an array of tapas bars to complete your evening adventure. This is a beautiful city and you can enjoy some of the great golf within the region whilst soaking up everything that this city has to offer in terms of delicious food, stunning wines and interesting architecture.

Situated on the captivating island of La Gomera is Hotel Jardin Tecina. This hotel stands complete with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and of the neighbouring island of Tenerife. The resort is perched on top of the village where you can find an array of great bars and restaurants as well as the beach. The resort is situated amongst over 70,000 square metres of lush greenery where you can find over 50 different species of plants and flowers from all over the world. From the resort, you can enjoy direct access to the fishing village of Playa de Santiago where you can find some great bars and restaurants. Alternatively, you can choose to dine within the hotel where you will find a daily buffet on offer within the main restaurant or great Spanish and Canary cuisine served within the Tasca Fandango. There are all five bars within the resort, including the terrace bar from which you can enjoy breath-taking views of the hotel’s scenery. Each of the guestrooms within the hotel boasts its own private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy garden or sea views depending on your room’s position. The rooms are also appointed with all of the facilities and amenities that you could expect from a hotel of this standard including Wi-Fi, a well-stocked minibar and a satellite TV. During the day, if you are not exploring the village or taking on the challenge that is Tecina Golf, you can spend your time relaxing around one of the five different pool areas or enjoy the sporting facilities. There is also a great spa in which you can opt to purchase a massage or facial. This is a superb hotel with wonderful facilities and a stunning location, look no further than Hotel Jardin Tecina for your next golf escape.

Situated in the heart of the Alt Emporda region is the five-star Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf. The hotel is nestled in the midst of one of the Costa Brava’s favourite golf courses – the Golf Club Peralada. Whilst you are here, you are just a short drive from the bet beaches in the Costa Brava. This hotel is perfect for golfers who are partial to an excellent wine due to the hotel’s position situated in the heart of the well-known Peralada wine estate. Besides from the great wine and golf, you can find a wide range of leisure activities within the resort including the outdoor swimming pool, the wine spa where you can choose from a range of treatments which use products sourced from its own wine vineyard. Within the spa, there is a jacuzzi, a sauna and an indoor swimming pool. As the hotel is a small, boutique hotel, there are just 64 guestrooms. Each of them is beautifully furnished and equipped with all of the modern essentials that guests may need in order to make the most of their stay. These essentials including air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a plasma screen TV. Due to the hotel’s position, you can venture into the village to enjoy a meal but, there is the excellent Restaurant l’Olivera which is the ideal setting for those looking for a great evening meal partnered with stunning views over the golf course. The Hotel Peralada is a beautiful hotel, perfect for a luxurious and relaxing golf escape to Girona.

Last, but certainly not least, we recommend the five-star Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech for those looking for the chance to explore the wonderful city of Marrakech whilst enjoying some excellent golf. The resort is set in the popular Hivernage district of Marrakech in the centre of the city, just a short walk to many historic monuments and the main market square. There is no way that anyone could ever find themselves with a lack of things to do and see whilst staying here. Whether you are out exploring the city’s souks and historical monuments or taking on one of the challenging golf courses situated nearby, you will always find yourself doing something enjoyable here. For those looking to relax as well as explore, the resort offers a luxurious poolside setting as well as a spacious spa. You can enjoy a full spa programme including a range of treatments within the O de Rose spa and yoga studio. Of course, due to the hotel’s wonderful location, you can venture into the market square to find somewhere excellent to eat, however, you can also stay within the hotel. The resort boasts numerous restaurants within which you can indulge in traditional Moroccan dining. There is also the Marcelona Restaurant which serves a delicious Catalan and Spanish menu. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms is decorated in a contemporary Moroccan fashion and all of them boasts a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, bathrobes, slippers and a private balcony from which you can enjoy the Moroccan sun and beautiful views. This hotel offers its guests the chance to explore this fantastic city as well as the nearby golf. Look no further than the Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech for your next golf holiday.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that one of these seven fantastic options may be what you are looking for from your next golf escape with a twist…

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This week’s blog is a guide to the best nine courses that you will (probably) not have heard of! Whether you are looking for a golf course to centre your next trip around or just interested in hearing about what is out there, this is the perfect blog for any discerning golfer.

 

Real Club Sevilla Golf was designed by Jose Maria and boasts one of the finest courses in Europe as well as a central location just a few minutes from the centre of Sevilla. The course boasts beautiful scenery, tree-lined fairways, numerous strategically placed bunkers, undulating greens and nine lakes to contend with. The course is relatively flat which means that you can easily walk your way around, but it does feature a testing layout. As you make your way around the course, you will find a challenge on every corner. This is a brilliant course ideal for both amateurs and professionals alike.

The first signature hole of the course is a 160-yard par-3 from an elevated tee over a lake towards a narrow green which is set at 45 degrees – you must control your tee shot on this hole. With each hole, the course increases in difficulty and the 18th is a spectacular finishing hole. It is a long, 440-yard par-4 where you must carry your tee shot over 200 yards in order to miss the water, your approach is then uphill to a green protected by more water both at the front and to the left. One of the best things about this course is that it is a little off the beaten track, which means that it is unspoilt and well-manicured all year round. With the beautiful and historic city of Seville on its doorstep and a brilliant round of golf on offer, you cannot go wrong with this club for your next golf escape. If you are looking for a great, testing round of golf which will offer you a delightful golfing experience, look no further than a round on the Real Club Golf Sevilla.

 

Up next, we have Crete Golf Club which was designed by the highly-acclaimed golfing legend, Bob Hunt. This stunning 18-hole course boasts a very special location in Hersonissos just on the outskirts of the resort of Malia. The backdrop of the course as you make your way around is simply breath-taking with views of the Mediterranean landscape. The course opened in 2003 and has since become popular with locals and alike, since then, the course has undergone extensive renovations and reopened in 2015. There is no doubting that this course will become even more popular among discerning golfers in the next couple of years.

The course boasts a complete technical challenge with both short and lengthy holes, its layout winds its way through rocks and ravines whilst offering its guests the most stunning views of Cretan landscapes. The course has a quartet of memorable par-3s along the course, two on the front nine and two on the back. Many players would say that the best of these is the 6th which is 198 yards long from the back markers. You must carry your tee shot over a deep gorge to reach the two-tiered green which has been cut into the foot of a hillside – many would say that if you score 3 on this hole, you have achieved a birdie. Stunning scenery, year-round beautiful weather and a brilliant round of golf – why wouldn’t you choose Crete Golf Club for your next golf escape?

 

Situated in Etnas Natural Park within the North-Eastern region of the mountains in Sicily sits the Il Picciolo Golf Club. This special course is one of only half a dozen golf courses that are currently open for play in Sicily – however, there are many more under construction. The course winds its way through a mass of oak trees, vineyards, hazelnut trees and even ancient lava flows which have been carved out by Mount Etna. This is a course where the holes will be etched in your memory long after you walk off the 18th. The club is very special as it was developed in 1989 but due to its remarkably unique landscape, it feels as if it has been situated here for centuries. However, you must make sure to not be distracted by the interesting scenery as the course boasts plenty of challenges including water hazards and brutal out of bounds to steer clear of.

The course measures just under 6,000 metres from the championship tees and plays to a par of 72. There are some brilliant highlight holes including the short par-4s like the 3rd hole where out of bounds run the length of the fairway to the left making it a tight hole to play. The course’s signature hole is considered to be the very short 15th (it measures less than 100 metres from the back tees) where the backdrop is Mount Etna and there is a three-tiered green, this hole rarely yields anything less than a “3” on the scorecard. Il Picciolo is a special golf club and with more courses coming to the region of Sicily, it will soon be a popular golfing destination.

 

The Al Hamra Golf Club is a brilliant, exciting and challenging golf course which is situated in Ras Al Khaimah. The course was designed by Peter Harradine and flows through four inter-connected open water lagoons which merge with the Arabian Gulf. The course measures a long 7,325 yards from the back tees and was designed in the manner of a traditional links course. This course is perfect as a holiday course as it is playable for all standards of golfers as there are five varies tee shots meaning that those from accomplished player to novices can enjoy their round. Water hazards come into play at several of the holes; most notably on either side of the fairway on the 3rd hole. The 18th is an intimidating par-5 where water is lying in wait to catch any errant shots along the right of the hole right from the tee to the triple-tiered green.

The club is situated 50 minutes’ drive from Dubai airport and right next to the five-star Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah where you can find world-class facilities and luxurious service. This is arguably the best links layout in the UAE, so make sure that it is on your radar next time you are planning a golf break.

 

Situated in the heart of a beautiful valley on the outskirts of Stellenbosch is De Zalze Golf Club. The course measures 6,369 yards from the back tees and boasts a mixed parkland and woodland layout. Golfers of all standards will find this course a challenge as accuracy is very important if you are to finish the round with a pleasant scorecard. The course’s signature hole is the short par-4 13th hole where you walk out onto a boardwalk where you can find three tees out in a lake from which you must carry your ball onto the fairway which is to the right-hand side of the water. Those who are big hitters may be tempted to go straight for the green but that would be inadvisable!

After your round, make sure to venture into the clubhouse as you can enjoy a few beverages whilst looking out across the Blauuwklippen River and the Stellenbosch Mountains. With a very special location, an interesting layout and beautiful scenery, make sure that you take a look into taking your next golf escape to South Africa as you will be surprised at the brilliant courses that you can find there.

 

The Emporda Links course boasts fast and wide fairways which have been defined with mounding and deep rough but very little trees. This course is a complete contrast to its neighbour, the Forest course, but it is a stunning test of golf which requires the utmost accuracy if you are to score well. It is no surprise that the course consistently ranks as one of the top 20 courses in Northern Spain due to its interesting layout and excellent condition.

Although the course is quite open, there are many strategically placed water hazards which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots as you make your way around the courses. One of the best things about this course is that it is rarely very busy which means that you can enjoy a leisurely round taking in the scenery and enjoying the layout of this brilliant course. If you are thinking about taking a golf break to the Costa Brava, look no further than Emporda Links for an excellent round of golf.

 

Now, technically, this blog contains information about ten impressive golf courses rather than nine as there are two brilliant courses situated at Ribagolfe which is up next on our list. Ribagolfe is located an hour’s drive from the city of Lisbon but it is well worth the drive with 36 brilliant holes of golf situated here.

Ribagolfe I is considered to be one of the best courses that we have ever played, although the course only opened in 2004, it is already mature with 18 very memorable holes. The course measures 7,370 yards from the back tees and is not an easy round of golf. Treacherous lakes come into play on the back nine holes on the 12th, 14th and 15th and these late holes can really damage your scorecard if you aren’t an accurate player. With cork tree-lined fairways, water hazards and undulating well-bunkered greens create one of the finest courses that you will ever have the opportunity to play.

Ribagolfe II is a slightly shorter but tighter round of golf than its older sibling but still enjoys the magnificent setting. This course is more suited to the club handicap golfer due to the extensive water hazards which must be taken seriously if you are not to damage your scorecard irreparably. The course boasts large, contoured greens and a beautifully balanced set of par-3s with the toughest being the 3rd where trees partially block the route to the green on the right-hand side. With two stunning golf courses at this complex, it is well worth driving that little bit extra to enjoy these courses when you are next in Lisbon.

Situated in Almeria is Aguilon which is a course that opened in 2007. The course boasts a very special location situated at the foot of the Sierra Aguilon mountains which means that the scenery is simply stunning. This course is definitely not one for beginners as there are many strategically placed bunkers, lakes, palm trees and ravines which you must navigate your way around successfully in order to finish the round with a nice scorecard. Besides from the hazards, there are further distractions due to the spectacular sea and mountain views that you can enjoy as you make your way around the course. If you are going to choose to stay in one of the popular golf resorts further to the south, this is worth the drive up to enjoy this gem of a golf course.

If you are looking for a firm but fair test of golf on a beautiful course, make sure that you make the journey to play at Aguilon as it is truly a round that you won’t forget anytime soon!

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Hanbury Manor which was designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus II. The course opened for play in 1990 and has since become to be one of the most well-respected golfing venues in the country and it isn’t hard to see why. The course is kept in brilliant condition all year round and has hosted the English Open on the European Tour.

Measuring over 6,660 yards from the medal tees, this course is not an easy one. The 8th hole is the toughest hole of the course, it measures 425 yards with out of bounds all the way along the right-hand side. The approach shot to the green is a difficult one, even if you are lucky enough (or skilled enough!) to be in the middle of the fairway when you take the shot. The green is elevated and protected to the left by a lake and a grassy hollow to the right, the green slopes towards the lake so watch out when you are making your putt. A variety of holes, beautiful scenery and a great location makes this an ideal destination for your next golf escape.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that a few of these courses have caught your eye! Make sure to give us a ring if you want to discuss any of these further or take a look around the website for further inspiration.

This week’s blog is the second part to “7 destinations to inspire you for 2019” and we have 7 more brilliant resorts for you to learn a bit more about and maybe even consider one or two of them for your next golf escape…

The Arabella Hotel and Spa is situated within the Cape Provinces in South Africa and is a delightful five-star hotel. The hotel overlooks the spectacular natural lagoon and is surrounded by lush landscape, this golf estate is a beautiful place and if you are looking for indulgence, look no further.

The hotel itself is the perfect blend of old-world style and modern design to produce a hotel with soaring wooden beams, bright and warm interior and an eclectic aura that promotes relaxation. You can find a world-class spa within the hotel, where you can relax in the sauna or get a soothing massage. Alternatively, you can work out in the gym, hit some balls on the tennis court or take a dip in the pool. Each of the beautiful guest rooms and suites includes air-conditioning, a seating area, a desk and a TV and of course, they all boast their own private bathrooms.

The hotel’s Jamani Restaurant serves up delicious international and contemporary South African cuisine, but you can enjoy a lighter meal and cocktails at Barnabas Bar which overlooks the pool. The main attraction here is the fantastic Arabella Country Estate where you can find one of the top-ranked courses in South Africa. The course boasts pristine grass, strategically placed bunkers and challenging water hazards. This is a brilliant course and will offer golfers of all abilities an exciting and scenic round of golf. With so much to do from wine tasting, whale watching, horse riding and bike riding as well as a fantastic golf course onsite, what more could you be looking for when it comes to your 2019 golf escape?

 

Next up, we have the luxurious, four-star Villaverde Resort which is situated in the tranquil Fagagna Moraine hills in the province of Udine, Italy. The hotel boasts a brilliant location as just 1km away from the hotel, you can find the historic village of Fagagna and within two-minutes’ walk, you can take on the challenging Golf Club Udine.

The resort only opened in 2016 but it has already proved itself to be a well-loved, fantastic hotel due to its fantastic facilities and wonderful location. You can find a fully-equipped spa which features a sauna, Turkish bath, indoor pool, a seasonal outdoor pool and a fully-equipped fitness centre. Within the spa, you can choose from three exclusive treatments, including a floatation room. As the hotel boasts a great location, you can venture out to explore different bars and restaurants but, if you stay within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed. The hotel’s restaurant is accessible over a bride, serves a range of local delicacies in a wonderful setting overlooking the surrounding countryside and the golf course. You can also enjoy the show cooking where fine Italian cuisine is prepared. After dinner, enjoy a few drinks at the Degusto Lounge Bar.

Golf Club Udine is within minutes’ walk of the hotel and it is a stunning course. The club is positioned within the Friulian countryside and is surrounded by rolling hills and boasts a stunning backdrop of the Carnic Alps. This championship standard course boasts a combination of traditional English feel combined with Italian flair and will pose a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. Whether you are looking to travel with family, friends or just in a couple, look no further than the fantastic Villaverde Resort for your next golf holiday to Italy.

 

The stylish and modern five-star Hotel Camiral is situated on the 36-hole PGA Catalunya complex which is a first-class golf resort in the delightful setting of Costa Brava. Not only does the hotel boast an excellent location for playing some world-class golf, but there are two delightful towns which are under 15-minutes’ drive from the resort: Caldes de Malavella and Girona.

Each of the 145 guest rooms within the hotel is extremely comfortable with all mod-cons and brilliant showers! You can find everything that you could want or need for your stay within your room including a flat-screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Due to the hotel’s location, it would be easy to drink and dine out of the hotel, but the hotel offers some great options as well including the hotel’s own restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious a la carte cuisine and you can find a piano bar and pub for after dinner drinks. During the summer months, take your drinks outside and relax on the terrace.

Not only is there spectacular golf onsite but also Hotel Camiral’s spa which includes a sauna, a hot tub and Hamman as well as a range of different health and beauty treatments.

Undoubtedly, the main attraction of Hotel Camiral is the very special golf that you can enjoy during your stay here with two spectacular golf courses. The Stadium course is considered to be one of the best golf courses in Spain and ranks within Europe’s top 50 courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The course opened in 1999 and was already considered to be something special after hosting the 2000 Spanish Open. The course itself is very long and hilly with plenty of challenges along the way, however, there are five sets of tees which means that those with a higher handicap can still enjoy this magnificent course.

The Tour course is a slightly easier course than the Stadium but is dominated by pine trees and lakes which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots which means that it may be easier, but it is still a stern challenge of golf. With very special golf, wonderful facilities and a superb location, take a further look at Hotel Camiral online or give us a call if you think this may be your preferred next destination for a fantastic golf break to Spain.

 

Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is a five-star resort nestled amongst the stunning foothills in between the mountains and the ocean just 20-minutes’ drive from the town of Tavira. In Tavira, you can find lots of things to do and see as well as a range of authentic Portuguese restaurants and bars perfect for if you don’t feel like cooking one night. This exclusive resort boasts luxury self-catered accommodation, breath-taking golf at the Monte Rei Golf Course and stunning views across the Eastern Algarve.

Besides Tavira, you can find four excellent restaurants or bars located on-site of the resort, the Grill Restaurant offers a range of meals and light snacks and the Veranda is the perfect place for you to enjoy a couple of drinks in the sunshine.

The range of self-catered luxury villas range from one, two, three and four-bedroom villas and all of them have been built in a typical Portuguese style and furnished to a very high standard. Each of the villas boasts a large terrace with an outdoor dining area as well as all of the modern essentials like complimentary toiletries, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.

Within the heart of the resort, you can find the “Veranda” which boasts the leisure facilities of the resort including private tennis courts, a fully-equipped fitness centre and extensive spa facilities and swimming pools. Of course, the best leisure activity that you can enjoy within the resort is playing a round of golf on the Monte Rei course. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course opened in 2007 and has since established itself as being one of the finest courses on the Algarve. The course boasts five lakes which are bordered by indigenous trees and plants. From the moment that you tee off, the holes get better and better – this course is a real must-play for any discerning golfer. The Monte Rei Golf and Country Club is a perfect choice for your next golf break.

 

Situated in Tangier, in Morocco is the Lixus Beach and Golf Resort which is a superb four-star all-inclusive golf resort just 40 minutes’ drive from Tangier International Airport. The area enjoys a mild and dry climate which makes it the perfect destination for golfers between the months of April and October.

Within the resort, you can find a tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool and an 18-hole golf course which will challenge every aspect of your game. You can also enjoy a comprehensive spa where you can find a sauna, Hamman, indoor pool and yoga room. There are 224 rooms within the hotel and each of them offers a balcony or terrace and is fully-equipped with all of the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard.

You can enjoy an all-inclusive board basis and there are two onsite restaurants: Le Tingis and Zelis which both offer style and character as well as a range of international cuisine. There is also a lounge bar and pool bar where you can enjoy a varied range of cocktails and beers.

Port Lixus Golf Club is a coastal course but is relatively flat for a links-style course. However, there are a variety of water hazards that come into play, with four large lakes at the centre of the course. There is an added challenge with the coastal breeze from the Atlantic. This is a great holiday course as both beginners and professionals can enjoy a round here.

With a great golf course, so much to do within the local area and great facilities within the resort, what more could you be searching for your next golf escape?

 

The five-star Martins Chateau du Lac is an elegant five-star property which boasts an idyllic location on Genval Lake and a charming landscaped park. You can reach the centre of Brussels within a 30-minute drive as well as a range of superb championship golf courses.

The hotel boasts an extensive wellness area where you can relax after you have taken on some of the challenging golf courses in the area. Within the wellness area, you can enjoy the sauna, a solarium, an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a range of different massage treatments.

The hotel offers elegant, five-star rooms between Genval Lake and a spacious landscaped park. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar within all of the guest rooms.

The hotel’s lounge and bar combine gourmet cuisine with a casual modern setting, you can find a wide range of drinks including draught beers in the Kingfisher bar. In the mornings, you can choose to enjoy a hot and cold breakfast buffet with scenic lake views each morning at Genval Les Bains. This is a fantastic hotel with brilliant golf and great facilities in a great location outside of Brussels.

 

Last, but not least, is the five-star Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah which located on the beachfront of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. The resort is just a 50-minute drive from Dubai Airport and boasts an 18-hole championship course with a private beach which stretches over 400 yards of golden sands along the Arabian Sea.

The hotel boasts a luxurious spa which has been designed in an underwater theme and is where you can find a range of health and beauty treatments to choose from. There are a gym and two tennis courts for you to enjoy during your stay as well.

Each of the 346 elegant guestrooms is all designed in a plush style and boasts all of the modern amenities that you can expect from a hotel of this standard. From the rooms, you can enjoy beautiful views of either the sea, the golf course or the garden. The hotel boasts a variety of different restaurants including international favourites like Japanese cuisine at UMI, Steak and grill at Lexington Grill as local cuisine at Marjan and Qasr Al Bahar.

During your stay, you can enjoy a round at the Al Hamra Golf Club which is an exciting and challenging golf course which measures a whopping 7,325 yards. The course is playable for golfers of all abilities as it has five varied tee shots which means that it is a challenge for everyone. The course flows through four interconnected open water lagoons which merge with the sparkling blue Arabian Golf. This is a special course and shouldn’t be missed out on.

The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is a great choice for your next golf break to the United Arab Emirates and will offer you a wonderful stay with brilliant facilities and golf courses.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and if you haven’t already, check out the first part of this blog which you can find on the website.

Many discerning golfers also love delicious wines and this blog is a guide to our top five destinations for a wine and golf tour. Now that we are in 2019, it is time to start thinking about your next golf break and one of these destinations may just be perfect for you.

The five-star Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf boasts a brilliant location situated in the heart of the Alt Emporda region. The hotel is surrounded by the brilliant Peralada golf course which is a popular course among holiday golfers as it isn’t overly long but boasts some unique and challenging holes along the course. The 18th is a particularly special hole as it is a long par-3 over water which has been known to ruin a few scorecards! Not only is the hotel perfect for golf, but also for exploring the local area as there are some of the best beaches in the Costa Brava region within 15-minute drive.

There are just 64 guestrooms within the hotel and all of them are modern and feature bright décor as well as all of the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including plasma-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access. Besides playing on the brilliant Peralada course, you can work out in the gym, relax in the wine spa which offers a range of treatments or relax around the hotel’s outdoor pool. Guests within the hotel also have complimentary access to the casino which is situated in the medieval Peralada Castle just 800 metres from the resort. The hotel’s restaurant, Restaurant l’Olivera boasts an extensive menu filled with delicious Mediterranean cuisine and magnificent views over the golf course. Within the restaurant, you can also enjoy beautiful wines from the region and abroad which perfectly compliment your meals. Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf is a beautifully well-appointed boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Costa Brava which makes it the perfect base for your next golf escape.

 

Another recommendation for your next wine and golf tour would be Fancourt. You can choose between staying in the Manor House or the Fancourt Hotel but whichever you choose, you will have easy access to the three fantastic Fancourt golf courses as well as beautiful South African wines. The resort boasts four different restaurants which serve international cuisine made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The hotel also boasts a bar that offers regional wines and a spacious garden terrace. Whilst you are staying at either property on the resort, you can enjoy activities such as tennis, running and walking trails, bird watching and fishing.

The five-star Manor House is set on the 1,500-acre Fancourt Estate and was remodelled to create a boutique hotel which is a beautifully luxurious space for couples, families or small groups to enjoy. The Manor House boasts a garden and terrace on which you can enjoy a few glasses of wine and enjoy the views.

 

The five-star Fancourt Hotel boasts luxurious accommodation, a wellness centre and elegant guest rooms which boast beautiful views of the Outeniqua Mountains. All of the rooms boast a minibar and a satellite TV as well as free toiletries and a private bathroom.  The hotel’s spa features an indoor heated Roman Bath as well as a leisure centre where you can find a kid’s club, a fitness centre, a cinema and an outdoor swimming pool.

The three golf courses situated at the Fancourt Resort are the main reason for you to choose this resort for your next golf holiday and it isn’t hard to see why. The Fancourt Links course is a prime example of a magnificently designed golf course and is undoubtedly the most impressive course in South Africa. This course frequently ranks as one of the top courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The Montagu course is beautifully landscape across lush countryside with the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as the backdrop and both this course and the Outeniqua courses also rank highly in the world rankings of golf courses.

 

With three superb golf courses, extensive leisure facilities, world-class restaurant and special surroundings, what more could you be looking for for your next golf break?

 

The five-star Vidago Palace is situated just an hour from the centre of the city of Porto and five minutes’ drive from the centre of Vidago. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful scenery and the hotel itself is the perfect blend between the Belle Epoque style and modern luxury. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy relaxing around the vanity pool, in the extensive spa or play a round on the fantastic Vidago Palace Golf Course. Within the spa, you can find indoor and outdoor swimming pools, vitality pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna, relaxation rooms, a juice bar and a gym as well as twenty different treatment rooms.

All of the rooms within the hotel boast essential amenities and facilities including LCD TVs and work desks as well as spacious seating areas and beautiful ensuite bathrooms. There are four different restaurants within the hotel, including the stylish main restaurant, a spa bar and the poolside bar and grill. For you wine lovers, you can enjoy the most famous export wine from Vidago’s wine cellar.

Of course, the main attraction at Vidago Palace is the very special Vidago Palace Golf. The course reopened in 2010 after extensive remodelling as a new, 18-hole championship golf course. The course has retained many original elements from the parkland holes and there are newer holes which have been carved through the valley. This course is the perfect blend of its original design and new, modern design. The greens were enlarged during the remodel and have been reshaped to USGA standards. Throughout the course, you can enjoy stunning scenery and four different tee positions from different heights as well as lengths to make sure that this course can be enjoyed by all golfers!

If you are looking for a special golf escape to Portugal where you can enjoy delicious food and wine, play a few rounds on a fantastic golf course and enjoy extensive facilities within the hotel then look no further than Vidago Palace. It is no surprise that this fantastic hotel made our list of recommendations for your next golf and wine tour…

 

Situated in the stunning region of Bordeaux is the new luxurious Golf du Medoc Hotel. The hotel is located within 200 acres of French countryside situated just outside of the city of Bordeaux and features two brilliant golf courses onsite. It is no surprise that this resort is considered to be one of the most renowned golfing destinations in France and is the perfect place for you to enjoy wonderful golf and wine in this wine producing region.

The hotel offers beautiful four-star accommodation which is set opposite the two 18-hole golf courses. Each of the 79 rooms and suites are decorated in natural tones and boast complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, a minibar, a safe and a hairdryer. Within the hotel, you can find extensive spa facilities which include an indoor heated swimming pool, a Hamman, a fitness centre and beauty treatments including reflexology.

 

You can find two different restaurants within the hotel; La Table du Medoc serves gourmet cuisine and boasts a very impressive wine list whilst Le Club serves a variety of snacks and is situated by the golf courses – perfect for a post-round snack. Besides the great wine, the two golf courses are the most impressive thing about the Golf du Medoc Hotel and it isn’t hard to see why.

Les Chateaux is the bigger course of the two and is highly regarded as being one of the best courses in France and has been awarded titles such as “The Best Course in France” in both 2014 and 2016 at the World Golf Awards. The course spans over 6,900 yards of French countryside and boasts large fairways and extreme rough areas. The idea of the course was to incorporate the best of the Bordeaux region and this course has not disappointed. This is a captivating golfing experience with heather-lined fairways, immaculate greens and strong, coastal breezes to pose a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. A fantastic course that will require you to use every club in your bag.

The other course situated at this brilliant golfing resort is the Les Vignes course. This superb course was created in 1991 and has been embedded into the landscape of this stunning, wine-producing region. The course is of similar length to its sister course at just over 6,800 yards and boasts plenty of long pars which are finished with immaculate, fast-paced greens which are almost always surrounded by strategically-placed obstacles. Much like its sister course, a round on this course will challenge your consistency and will provide you with an exciting round from start to finish.

A stay at the Golf du Medoc resort is a perfect choice for golf and wine lovers alike.

Our final suggestion for your next wine and golf tour is a stay within the Lisbon region. Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal and is considered to be one of the most vibrant and historic cities in Europe. You can find brilliant hotels and even better golf at Lisbon Sports Club within the area or, if you are happy to stay outside of the city you can venture up to the Obidos region. Of course, as a capital city, you can find an abundance of brilliant restaurants and bars where you can sample some exquisite food and drink, including very special wines.

 

Lisbon Sports Club was designed by Hawtree and Sons and is a charming 18-hole parkland course which is situated just outside the greater Lisbon area just 20 minutes from the city centre. This is a perfect course for you to play either when you just arrive or right before you fly home as it is situated just a short drive from Lisbon airport. The course is a short one at just under 5,300 metres off the back tees, so it is suitable for those looking for a great, holiday-style course which is playable by golfers of all abilities. There is a stream running through the course which comes in to play on 12 of the 18 holes but otherwise, this is a friendly course with lovely scenery and a great location.

Venturing out of the city, you can explore all areas of the Lisbon region including the Estoril, Sintra and Cascais triangles on the coast to the northwest and on the south, you can find several brilliant courses on the Costa Azul. An hour to the north, you can find Praia d’el Rey and Royal Obidos.

The key golfing areas include Obidos and Cascais. Obidos is widely considered to be one of the most picturesque towns in Portugal and boasts beautiful resorts and courses. The Royal Obidos course is a very special course with unique and challenging holes right from the first one. The second nine holes lie in the central and southern section of the development and six of them meander between an intricate ecosystem of lakes which are interconnected by cascading streams. Also, north of Lisbon, is Praia d’el Rey which is one of Europe’s finest courses, this classic links course is spread over dunes and cliffs with pines inland which are lying in wait to collect any errant shots. This course is a real test of golf to even the most discerning golfers and it is no surprise that we recommend this course to any travelling t the Lisbon region. No matter where you choose to holiday within the Lisbon region, you can find great wine, great golf and great weather and culture.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that next time you are thinking about booking a golf holiday, you think of the great golf and wine that you could enjoy if you choose one of these resorts or destinations for your next golf escape.

Happy New Year to everyone from all of us here at Golf Escapes, we hope that this year is filled with great rounds of golf, beautiful hotels and brilliant weather. Of course, as you may know, there are few places better to find inspiration for your next golf break than right here on the Golf Escapes blog page and this week you will not be disappointed. Here are our top seven golf escapes that should serve as inspiration for your next golf holiday…

Firstly, we have the four-star Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel which boasts an idyllic location on the shore of Agadir beach in Morocco where its guests can enjoy almost 10km of unspoilt coastline. The property was renovated just last year and now boasts plenty of leisure facilities including a large outdoor pool, a fitness centre, a spa and tennis courts as well as beautiful accommodation. Each of the guestrooms is air-conditioned and boasts a seating area, minibar, TV and a private ensuite bathroom. In addition, all of the rooms boast a private balcony or terrace from which guests can enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Whilst you are here, you are within easy access of some of the best golf clubs in the area including Golf du Soleil which boasts two courses, Golf Les Dunes and Golf de L’Ocean. Golf de L’Ocean officially opened in December 2009 and within a year had already built up a brilliant reputation for being a fantastic course with three uniquely characterised sets of nine holes for players to enjoy. Golf du Soleil is another 36-hole complex which has been separated into two combinations of 18-holes to create the Tikida and Championship golf courses. One of the best things about these courses is that golfers of all skills are accommodated for, so everyone is sure to enjoy a round or two here.

With several excellent golf courses within the local area, wonderful amenities, a stunning beach and three different modern restaurants serving local and international cuisine onsite of the hotel, it is no surprise that we recommend the Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel for your next golf escape.

Up next, we have the five-star Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort which is situated in the region of Obidos besides one of the most breath-taking beaches in Europe. The hotel boasts beautifully appointed guestrooms which boast stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the 18-hole championship golf course as well as all of the other amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including TVs and air-conditioning. The Praia d’el Rey course is considered to be one of Europe’s finest and is a classic links course which is spread over dunes and cliffs. This course is a real challenge off the back tees and is a must-play for any discerning golfer due to its stunning views and setting. Along with playing the superb Praia d’el Rey course, you can also enjoy rounds at West Cliffs Golf Links, Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso.

Besides fantastic golf, the hotel offers a range of other leisure activities including the Kalyan Spa which boasts eight treatment and massage rooms as well as a range of facilities. There is also a health club with a well-equipped gym, a hot tub and an indoor and outdoor pool.

The hotel is located midway between Peniche and Obidos and within both cities, you can find an abundance of activities, great bars and restaurants to enjoy. Of course, being so close to a city means that you can easily eat out during your stay here but if you choose to dine within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed with the two restaurants that are onsite. The restaurants offer pool or ocean views and their dishes are created using locally sourced ingredients. This is a very special hotel boasting a fantastic location, whether you are travelling with a group, your family or in a couple, this is a perfect place for your next golf break.

The five-star Westin Resort, Costa Navarino is another one of our suggestions for your 2019 golf holiday and it isn’t hard to see why. The resort boasts an idyllic beachfront location in Messenia and is a picture-perfect resort as the design was inspired by old Messinian mansions, so the villa clusters use natural stone and local design elements to make this beautiful resort.

Each of the guestrooms runs in line with the design of the resort as they are all decorated with contemporary furniture, light wood and muted tones. Each of the rooms boasts its own private balcony overlooking the olive groves and landscaped gardens which surround the hotel.

Whilst you are here, you can experience the resort’s seemingly unlimited options for food and drink with over ten restaurants and bars serving delicious cuisine ranging from traditional Greek food to internationally themed eateries. There are three bars and lounges where you can enjoy some of the hotel’s signature cocktails and other beverages.

The resort boasts an abundance of leisure facilities with a health and fitness centre, an indoor pool, squash courts, tennis courts and water sports on the beach. Of course, for you, the main attraction is the wonderful golf that you have the chance to enjoy whilst staying here. The resort boasts two very special golf courses – The Dunes Course and The Bay Course. The Dunes Course was the first 18-hole signature-designed golf course in Greece and is highly regarded as one of the finest courses in Europe. The course meanders through olive trees and citrus groves and offers stunning sea and river views as well as spacious undulating greens, large fairways and strategically placed bunkers to provide all golfers with a fun but challenging round of golf. The Bay Course is a slightly shorter course than the Dunes and boasts holes of varying lengths and features as well as spectacular landscapes with holes running alongside the bay of Navarino making this a truly impressive course for you to play.

With two stunning golf courses, extensive facilities and a beautiful location, look no further than the Westin Resort, Costa Navarino for your next golf escape.

Next, we have the fantastic five-star Westin Puntacana Resort and Club which is an extensive golfing resort situated just steps from the beautiful sands of Punta Cana. This resort boasts stunning gardens, an abundance of recreational activities and beautiful guestrooms. Within the resort, you can find a swimming pool, a well-equipped gym, tennis courts and a large spa area which is the perfect place to relax after you have taken on one of the nearby golf courses. La Cana Golf Course and Corales Golf Course are within short distance of the resort and both offer superb rounds of golf. La Cana Golf club is a 27-hole championship course which has been described as being one of the best courses in the Caribbean and it isn’t hard to see why. The layout features 27 holes which have been split into three unique 9’s, the Tortuga, Hacienda and Arrecife. There are 14 ocean-side holes which boast amazing sea views making this course a must-play whilst you are here. The Corales Golf Course is a well-known course which has been designed along the natural cliffs, bays and coves which make the West Coast so popular. The course features six ocean-side holes but also meanders inland through lakes and coralina quarries. This is a long, scenic and challenging course for you to enjoy.

The Westin Puntacana Resort and Club is an idyllic resort with stunning golf courses nearby, wonderful facilities and beautiful guestrooms making it a perfect recommendation from us to you for 2019.

Next on the list of our recommendations for your 2019 golf break is the five-star Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa which boasts a great location set in the heart of Abu Dhabi and just 15 minutes’ drive from the National Exhibition Centre. There are many local attractions including Ferrari World, the Marina Circuit Yas Mall and Yas Waterworld as well as the Corniche which are all within 25 minutes’ drive of the hotel. The resort boasts the Abu Dhabi Golf Club – National onsite which is the home to the PGA Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championships.

The Abu Dhabi Golf Club provides 27 championship holes which stretch out over 162 hectares of stunning landscapes. The course is considered to be a tropical haven with rolling terrain, palm trees, saltwater lakes and lush fairways creating a very special golfing experience indeed. You can also enjoy a round at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club whilst you are here.

Each of the 172 open-plan guestrooms boasts a private balcony, flat-screen TV, Nespresso coffee machine and a large ensuite bathroom equipped with complimentary toiletries. Not only will you stay within comfort, but you will be able to sample some delicious cuisine from the five different restaurants onsite of the resort which range from a buffet restaurant to fine dining, tapas-style cuisine and authentic Italian cuisine. With extensive leisure facilities, beautifully-appointed guestrooms and brilliant golf courses both onsite of the hotel and within close proximity – what more could you be looking for from your next golf holiday?

The five-star Fairmont Zimbali Resort is another of our brilliant recommendations and it isn’t hard to see why this resort made the list due to its world-class service and stunning location within the exclusive Zimbali Coastal Resort eco-estate. The hotel boasts 154 rooms and suites which combine cosmopolitan flair with contemporary amenities, each of the rooms boasts all of the facilities and amenities that you could need in order to have a relaxing stay including Wi-Fi, a TV and complimentary toiletries. Onsite of the hotel, you can enjoy a luxurious spa and three outdoor swimming pools with serviced loungers.

You will never be short of somewhere great to eat or drink during your stay here as the resort boasts a range of dining opportunities including casual poolside dining, Indian Fusion cuisine, international flavours as well as a lobby bar and tea lounge. The hotel boasts wonderful facilities but also a brilliant location as whilst you are here, you can easily explore Durban, Umhlanga and the bustling holiday town of Ballito which is just five minutes’ drive from the resort. The main attraction, the brilliant golf, is also not far away from the resort. You can easily enjoy rounds at Durban Country Club and Zimbali Coastal Resort during your stay at Fairmont Zimbali Resort Hotel. Durban Country Club is a brilliant parkland course and boasts nine very tricky opening holes as well as undulating fairways and stunning views of the landscapes surrounding the club. Zimbali Coastal Resort boasts two brilliant golf courses. The Coastal Forest course is a challenge to golfers of all handicaps, even off the White club tees and the Zimbali Lakes course is a beautiful but challenging course as well.

With beautiful guest rooms, a stunning location and brilliant nearby golf courses, take a closer look at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort Hotel for your 2019 golf escape.

Last, but certainly not least, is the five-star Crete Golf Club Hotel which is situated at the Crete Golf Club. The hotel boasts a seasonal outdoor infinity pool which overlooks the golf course, mountains and sea as well as a fitness centre and beautiful gardens. The hotel’s restaurant overlooks the golf course and serves up delicious European and Cretan cuisine.

There are 25 modern suites within the hotel, and they are all fully-fitted with state-of-the-art facilities including a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi and private marble bathrooms. The suites also boast a large private balcony with partial views of the golf course, mountains and sea. For guests who are not keen golfers, you will not be disappointed with the Aquaworld Aquarium and the Labyrinth Park which are situated just over a mile from the hotel. Just 15 minutes’ drive away is the popular resort of Malia where you can find an abundance of bars, restaurants and nightlife.

Crete Golf Club is a spectacular 18-hole golf course which is set to become the next big golf course in Europe, and it isn’t hard to see why. The landscape surrounding the course is breathtakingly beautiful, you can enjoy 365-day long warm climate here as well as luxurious facilities. The course itself boasts a technical challenge with tricky short holes as well as lengthy power-play holes, the course meanders through rocks and ravines featuring magnificent views of the coast and mountains.

The Crete Golf Club Hotel is a special hotel with extensive facilities, a superb location and a magnificent golf course. For your next golf escape, look no further than this hotel.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these fantastic resorts and their courses for your next golf escape…

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The World’s Most Weird and Wonderful Golf Courses 

With such a wide variety of different golfing destinations in the world, there are countless weird and wonderful courses that any avid golf fan must visit. Whether you’d like a relaxing, spa style golf break, or you’re more interested in a unique and unusual setting to play a round of your favourite sport, here are 6 of the quirkiest courses around!

Prison View Golf Course – USA

Not your average, relaxing setting for a golf escape break; Prison View Golf Course in the Louisiana State Penitentiary is known for being home to the ‘bloodiest prison in America’. Its grounds are the same size as Manhattan and the immediate thing you notice upon driving in there is the Death Row Complex. The film ‘Dead Man Walking’ was filmed at this prison, but the true violence living behind these walls is far scarier than the fiction it famously housed – so much so that guests are required to go through high-level security checks before their round of golf.

Nullarbor Links, Nullabor Plains – Australia

Nullarbor Links in Nullarbor Plains Australia boasts the world’s longest Golf Course stretching to a massive 850 miles with one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre Highway. The word ‘Nullarbor’ originates from Latin meaning ‘no trees’ but there isn’t really much else here either – apart from the huge golf course that is. This impressive course was initially created to give Austrailian truckers something to do on the remote, long stretch of road as they passed by.

The Amazon Golf Course

Like the thought of playing a round of golf in the middle of the beautiful Amazon rainforest? The Amazon Golf Course located in Iquitos, Peru offers a whole new golfing experience. Not only will you be sharing the course with piranhas, caiman and snakes, but it is also standard procedure that each player is handed a machete on arrival, along with their clubs. This is definitely one for the thrill-seeking golfers out there!

Don Mueang – Bangkok

If you’re looking for adventure, then Don Muang Golf Course should be at the top of your golf bucket list. It’s owned by the Royal Thai Air Force and is positioned directly in between Don Mueang Airport’s two parallel and busy runways. The greens and fairways themselves aren’t particularly fancy; however, you can’t quite beat the location for bringing something unique to the table. What cooler interruption to your game is there than watching a Boeing 747 take off or land?

The Lost City Golf Course – South Africa

The Lost City Golf Course located in South Africa just beyond the Palace at the Lost City resort looks like something out of a film. The Lost City itself is inspired by the old African myth of a lost kingdom, and the entire setting of the palace and all of its surroundings replicates that through its exquisite architecture and impressive features. The Lost City Golf Course includes various different themes throughout from desert, to mountain and parkland. Be sure to be careful when you reach the 13th hole though – known for being unlucky for more than one reason, it is home to a group of terrifying Nile crocodiles!

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Golf Safari SA boasts beautiful safari golf breaks based in South Africa Pearl Valley, Pinnacle Point and Kruger Park Lodge. With stunning surroundings and plenty of wildlife to accompany you, their unique destinations are simply breathtaking, with each one offering something a little different, but each being equally as special.

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our brilliant South African escapes. These trips will offer you the trip of a lifetime where you will get to enjoy the culture, cuisine and golf that this wonderful country has to offer you.

Fancourt Hotel is a truly charming five-star hotel nestled between mountains and forests at the heart of the Garden Route. All of the rooms within the hotel boast elegant furnishings and private balconies from which you can see stunning views of the Outeniqua Mountains. Of course, they are all fitted with the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including toiletries, a minibar and a satellite TV. It is no surprise that Fancourt is considered to be South Africa’s premier leisure resort due to the three excellent golf courses situated onsite which were all carefully designed by Gary Player: Links, Montagu and Outeniqua.

The hotel offers a range of dining options from casual through to classic and all of the food is made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. There is also a bar which boasts delicious regional wines as well as a spacious garden terrace on which to enjoy these wines. Besides the three fantastic Gary Player designed golf courses situated onsite of this luxurious hotel, there is also a spa, a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool. With wonderful facilities, a stunning location and outstanding golf, it is no surprise that we highly recommend this resort for your next golf escape to South Africa.

Next up we have the five-star Fairmont Zimbali Resort which is situated within the exclusive and tranquil Zimbali Coastal Resort eco-estate. The hotel boasts 154 rooms and suites which are all fitted with contemporary amenities including Wi-Fi and a TV as well as complimentary Le Labo products and dressing gowns within the spacious ensuite bathrooms. Within the resort, you can find a luxurious spa, three outdoor swimming pools and eight different restaurants and bars which are all open to guests to enjoy. You can enjoy casual poolside dining at Ayoba, Indian Fusion cuisine from OSA and international dishes at the Coral Tree Restaurant. Not only does the resort have so much to offer its guests, but its location means that you can explore Durban and Umhlanga as well as Ballito which is just five minutes’ drive from the resort.

This hotel offers a luxurious and relaxing stay for all guests as well as the opportunity to enjoy some fantastic golf. Most of our packages to Fairmont Zimbali include brilliant courses like Durban Country Club, Zimbali Coastal Resort and Mount Edgecombe Golf Estate. For your next golf break to South Africa, look no further than this stunning resort.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Rovos Rail. The Rovos Rail can be considered as more than a holiday as it is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The Rovos Rail was first established in 1989 and since then it has earned an international reputation for its world-class travel experiences with brilliant service, delicious cuisine and some of South Africa’s finest wines. You can choose from journeys that last from 48 hours to 15 days and whilst you are aboard the train, you wind through South African countryside soaking up the best culture, golf and safari experiences that this beautiful country has to offer you. The trains are beautifully decorated, and you can enjoy being fully all-inclusive which includes champagne! There are a variety of different trips to choose from, but the golf safari is perfect for those looking to sample some of the country’s finest golf and non-golfers are equally well catered for with exciting excursions and safaris.

The Rovos Rail Golf Safari lasts for nine days and is perfect for even the most discerning golfers, but it also offers brilliant excursions for those who aren’t going to play golf at all. The train departs from Pretoria and journeys north towards Sun City before turning eastwards to KwaZulu Natal and the Drakensberg escarpment. You will then find yourself travelling towards the Indian Ocean coast near Durban before heading north and running up the Indian Ocean coast into Swaziland. The final visit for the train is to the magnificent Kruger National Park. This is a fantastic experience and for anyone looking for a once in a lifetime experience, look no further than choosing a journey aboard the fantastic Rovos Rail…