7 of the Best Short Breaks this Easter

This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best short breaks that you could choose for this Easter. Whether you are travelling alone, with a couple or group or with your family – there is something for everyone. Take a look at these fantastic hotels and resorts and see whether any of them catch your eye…

 

La Manga Club boasts a brilliant hotel as well as a village full of self-catering apartments. The resort is just 20 minutes’ drive from Murcia airport which means that if you are only going for a short break, you don’t need to worry about spending half of your holiday in the car! The third brilliant thing about La Manga is that it boasts over three hundred days of sun every year, making it perfect for this time of year when we are not sure whether we will see the sun in the UK.

The Five-star Hotel Principe Felipe is considered to be the centrepiece of the resort and boasts the perfect location surrounded by fantastic facilities and three brilliant golf courses within the resort. There are almost 200 guestrooms within the hotel and each of them is luxuriously decorated and fully-fitted with all of the things that you could want or need whilst you are away. There are plenty of leisure activities to enjoy around the resort including the spa and you can find two brilliant restaurants situated within the hotel.

Las Lomas Village boasts four-star apartments and offers a great self-catering alternative to those who are happy to cook for themselves a few times! As the apartments are situated within the resort, you can find all of the leisure activities as well as the three golf courses within striking distance of your front door. The apartments are all built into a hillside so you can enjoy stunning views over the North course and out to sea. You can choose from spacious townhouses and modern apartments dependent on your group size, each of the houses and apartments boasts all of the modern facilities you might need including Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen as well as a private balcony.

La Manga Club is the ideal golf break destination with so many brilliant leisure facilities from the 200 square metre Spa La Manga Club to the three different swimming pools to the tennis courts – you will never be bored here! Of course, the main highlight is the three brilliant golf courses onsite you will not be disappointed by. Take a look at La Manga Club for your Easter golf escape today.

 

Next up, we have the five-star Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort which boasts a spectacular location beside one of the most breath-taking beaches in Europe. The Praia d’el Rey golf course sits onsite of the resort and has been ranked as 13th in continental Europe meaning that if you choose this resort, you will have a world-class golf course to enjoy. Nearby to the resort, you can venture into the town of Obidos or enjoy golf at West Cliffs Golf Links, Royal Obidos Golf Club and Bom Sucesso Golf Club.

Not only is there brilliant golf both onsite and nearby to the resort, but you can enjoy access to the extensive spa, free Wi-Fi and a health club which features an indoor and an outdoor pool. Each of the rooms is decorated beautifully and boasts either ocean or golf views. They are all fully-equipped with the amenities that you may need throughout your stay. There are two restaurants on site and a bar, each offers either ocean or pool views for you to enjoy whilst you eat your meal or relax and have a few drinks. This resort boasts a brilliant location with easy access to the beach and some truly superb golf courses – book Praia d’el Rey for your next golf break this Easter.

 

The four-star Magnolia Hotel is situated in the heart of the great resort of Quinta do Lago. The hotel is the perfect destination for your next golf break to the Algarve for an abundance of reasons including the brilliant facilities, excellent service and the two prestigious golf courses which are within a ten-minute drive of the resort. Whilst you are here, you can spend time relaxing on the white sands of the Quinta do Lago beach or take part in the exciting water sports down there, alternatively, you can relax around the pool or in the spa.

If you are looking to go away this Easter to play some brilliant golf course, look no further than this hotel. You can enjoy rounds on both of the Quinta do Lago courses and the Vale do Lobo courses very easily as they are within such close proximity of the hotel. Each of the guestrooms is beautifully decorated and fitted with all of the essentials that you might need for your golf break including a hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. Each of the standard rooms boasts a private balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s surroundings.

Whether you are looking to enjoy leisure facilities, play lots of excellent golf, relax on the beach or explore the local area, a stay at The Magnolia Hotel is one that you certainly won’t regret. Take a further look at the hotel on our website or give us a call to discuss your Easter golf escape now.

 

Situated on the Costa de la Luz is the brilliant, five-star Precise Resort El Rompido. The hotel is located onsite to the two outstanding golf courses at El Rompido Golf Club and just a few minutes’ drive from the fishing town of El Rompido. Here, you will find impeccable service, brilliant golf, excellent leisure facilities and a beautiful town nearby. El Rompido is lovely and boasts an excellent selection of shops and authentic Spanish bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. However, if you don’t want to venture out, you can find everything that you could want or need within the hotel including a brilliant buffet restaurant and an a la carte Italian restaurant.

You can choose from a range of options at the hotel from comfortable double rooms to lavish apartments which are ideal for those travelling with their family or friends. There are also suites if you’d prefer. Each of the rooms boasts a spacious balcony or terrace as well as air conditioning, a satellite television and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The apartments are larger with a living room and a terrace which overlooks either the resort, the gardens, the pool or the golf courses. The resort is family-friendly and offers leisure facilities for children as well as adults like a mini-club and music shows. Whilst you are here, you can relax around the large outdoor swimming pool or enjoy the spa facilities. This is a truly brilliant resort and one that should not be passed up on. This hotel is a Golf Escape’s favourite, so make sure that you give us a call to talk about your next golf holiday to El Rompido today!

 

Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is a brilliant four-star hotel situated in the lovely fishing village of Sesimbra. This beachfront hotel boasts stunning rooms which boast Atlantic Ocean views and extensive leisure facilities including an outdoor infinity pool and a spa. Each of the guest rooms were refurbished in 2015 and they all boast a stylish and modern décor, they are all equipped with the facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a safe and a private balcony.

Whilst you are not out enjoying the golf, you can relax in the spa which offers a range of health and beauty treatments as well as other spa facilities including an indoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a Vertical Hydromassage. Not only do you have the large infinity pool to enjoy, but you can enjoy direct access to Sesimbra’s lovely beach. Of course, the main attraction of this hotel is the great golf that you can play including rounds at Aroeira I, Aroeira II and Quinta do Peru which are all fantastic golf courses.

The hotel’s restaurant, Aquarius, serves delicious traditional Portuguese fish and shellfish dishes as its speciality as well as a range of other divine dishes. However, due to your location, you can easily venture into the town of Sesimbra where you can find a range of great bars and restaurants to enjoy. Make sure to check out this hotel as an option for your Easter golf break.

 

Next, we have one of Europe’s most famous golf resorts, Penina Hotel and Golf Resort is a very special resort and it is one that golfers return to year after year and it isn’t hard to see why. You can enjoy unbeatable service, great leisure facilities and a world-renowned golf course on your doorstep during your stay here. The hotel has undergone many renovations over the years, but it has always kept its unique charm and character which is probably one of the things that makes it so popular among golfers and non-golfers alike.

The hotel boasts a great location just outside of the pretty village of Alvor where you can find a beautiful beach, lots of bars and restaurants as well as shops to enjoy. Just a little further (10 minutes’ drive) is where you can find the towns of Lagos and Portimao where you can find yet more stunning beaches, bars and restaurants. Of course, if you choose not to dine out, you can enjoy one of the hotel’s four restaurants which serve a range of authentic Italian, Portuguese and international cuisine. There is also Bar Monchique where you can enjoy cocktails and live music in the evenings.

Each of the guestrooms boasts everything that you could need or want during your stay as well as a private balcony or terrace from which you can appreciate fully the hotel’s lovely setting. The resort boasts an extensive range of leisure facilities including tennis courts, a large outdoor pool area and a children’s club, you can also take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service that runs to the nearby beach or relax within the spa. Of course, the world-renowned Penina Championship course is often the reason that golfers will come back year upon year, this course is an excellent test of golf and boasts a beautiful setting. This is an ideal destination for your next golf escape, and it isn’t hard to see why – come and find out why this resort has been voted as Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort before.

 

Last, but not least, we have Macdonald Dona Lola Resort which is situated on the Costa del Sol. The resort boasts a fantastic beachfront location just a short walk from Calahonda where you can find an abundance of shops, tapas bars, restaurants and nightlife. The resort is built around the impressively large curved swimming pool, the resort boasts two swimming pools in total as well as an indoor pool, tennis courts, golf courses and excursions to the local area. You can enjoy regular entertainment in the evenings as well as other leisure facilities. Whilst you are not playing on one of the local golf courses, you can relax within the health and relaxation centre or take a trip into Calahonda. This is a brilliant resort if you are looking to go somewhere where you can easily venture out for meals and nightlife. Of course, the main attraction here is the brilliant golf that you can find locally at Cabopino and Chaparral Golf Club. Look no further than Macdonald Dona Lola Resort for your next golf escape this Easter.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one or more of these hotels and their courses may have caught your eye. Feel free to give us a call to chat through some of these properties and what you are looking for from your next golf escape. Wouldn’t it be nice to get away this Easter?

9 of the Best Courses in Murcia

This week’s blog is a guide to nine of the best golf courses in Murcia. The Murcia region sits in the South East corner of Spain and boasts more than 3,000 hours of sunshine each year as well as mild temperatures even in the winter months. There are many golf courses already open for play in Murcia and there are lots more currently being developed. There are several beautiful resorts for you to relax in and brilliant golf courses for you to enjoy. During the month of March, if you book any golf escape with us to Murcia, you can receive half-price return golf club carriage on any flight from the UK to either Murcia International Airport (RMU) or Alicante Airport (ALC). Take a look at some of these courses and choose which are going to make your itinerary this year…

La Manga Resort is one of the top golf resorts in Southern Spain due to its brilliant golf courses, beautiful scenery and excellent accommodation. The La Manga West course is known for being a stern test of golf, for its unique par 3s along the course and its undulating fairway. With blind spots, strategically placed hazards and fast greens, this course keeps its players on their toes. The front nine and the back nine of this course contrast beautifully both in difficulty and characteristics. The front nine are considered to be more challenging than the back nine due to the right greens that demand accuracy in drives in order to avoid the barrancos! The back nine are situated in an elevated position up in the hills with beautiful open greens. Do not be fooled by the fact that the course measures only just beyond 5,700 metres as it really is a challenging one.

Arguably, the signature hole on the course is the concluding 18th. The hole is set in an elevated position and you must make a steep climb up to the green, you will find the tee located on top of a small mountain elevated just above the fairway. On this hole, you can enjoy the most beautiful views across the entire golf course, over La Manga Resort and the surrounding countryside and coast. This is a very special round of golf with an invigorating challenge and breath-taking scenery. With immaculate greens all year round and all of the aforementioned features, you would be silly to pass up on a round here.

 

Next, we have La Manga South which has played host to the Spanish Open five times. The course measures an impressive 6,500 metres from the white tees and poses a stern test of golf that can be appreciated and enjoyed by those of all abilities. It isn’t just the length that poses a challenge but each of the strategically placed hazards, water hazards and palm tree-lined fairways that can damage your scorecard.

The course boasts an idyllic setting in the centre of a valley and each of the greens and fairways is beautifully manicured. The front nine holes are considered to be the more challenging holes due to the length of the holes and an array of different hazards to contend with. Although the back nine are shorter, they still prove to be a stern test of golf to those of all abilities. The course boasts some challenging par 3s along the course which are over 200 metres long as well as some tough, long par 4s which feature difficult doglegs. Once you reach the greens, they are fairly forgiving but you must be long off the back tees and accurate if you are hoping to score well on this course. Arguably, the signature hole on this course is the finishing 18th. On this hole, you will have to navigate your way around multiple bunkers and water hazards in order to reach the well-protected green.

 

El Valle Golf Resort is one of the Nicklaus designed course situated in the Murcia region just 30 minutes’ drive from San Javier airport. The course opened in 2007 and has since won many awards for being a spectacular round of golf. The course is situated in a valley of natural desert and its fairways curve around the mountain range. El Valle is not an overly long or short course at 6,990 yards from the back tees, but it boasts many elaborately sculpted bunkers and three large lakes to test your accuracy as you make your way around the course.

You must not be distracted by the course’s beautiful scenery as there are a number of crowned greens which are surrounded by large, mown chipping areas so you have a variety of short-game options around the greens. There are also smaller, more subtly shaped bunkers which are all lying in wait for any errant shots you may hit. After your round, enjoy a drink and a meal within the clubhouse whilst you reminisce over your round and enjoy stunning views over the course. With a stunning setting and an interesting layout, make sure that El Valle is on your radar for your next golf break.

 

Another suggestion from us for your next golf holiday to Murcia is Hacienda Riquelme golf course which opened for play in 2008 as part of the Nicklaus Golf Trail. The same as El Valle, the course stretches to 6,990 yards from the back tees and can provide golfers of all abilities with an excellent and exciting round of golf. The course is nestled in the heart of a desert valley and boasts an idyllic landscape for you to enjoy whilst making your way around the course. Also much like El Valle, it is just 20 minutes’ drive from San Javier making it positioned perfectly for a golf weekend or a longer break.

Many of the natural features of the land have been incorporated into the course so it really blends in with its surroundings. Even though the course is not especially long, it boasts wide fairways and open greens which make it seem longer than it is. However, with these wide fairways, golfers should not be complacent as there are still many challenges for you to contend with throughout the round. The course routes its way in and out of olive groves, wildflower meadows and huge lakes and although you have space to manoeuvre, you still must be careful. This is a fantastic round of golf and is one that can be paired beautifully for a golf break with a stay at Intercontinental Mar Menor and other golf courses in the area.

 

The Roda Golf Course is widely considered to be one of the best courses in Murcia. The course was designed by Dave Thomas and you are guaranteed to enjoy your round here. The course is situated just a mile from the nearby beach resort of Los Alcazares and just five minutes’ drive from Murcia Airport. Roda Golf boasts a parkland layout which beautifully incorporates many of the landscape/s natural features in order to create this fantastic golf course. The greens are undulating, there are many strategically placed bunkers and often, there is the sea breeze in play, all of these features combine to create a challenging but exciting round of golf.

A lovely feature about this course is that although the greens are undulating, the fairways are fairly flat which means that golf buggies are not often required so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery on foot. The signature hole of the course is the par 3 7th which is without a doubt, the most scenic hole of the course and also one of the most difficult even though it only measures 174 metres long. The hole’s green is an island surrounded by water and you must use a medium of short iron in order to score well here. The Roda Golf Course is a brilliant and beautiful holiday course which is why it made our list of recommendations for your next golf break to Murcia.

 

Lo Romero Golf is up next; this course boasts a stunning location set within an orange and lemon orchard just a short distance from the beach. This course has been widely labelled as the “golf island” and it isn’t really surprising due to the layout of this special course. The course measures just over 6,000 metres from the yellow tees and spans its way across a beautiful and tranquil landscape. This secluded course means that you can enjoy your round in peace and really soak up the surroundings of this course and enjoy an unforgettable round of golf.

The course boasts an elevated position which means that you can experience sweeping views of the surrounding orchards throughout the round. This course is not especially long but it is brilliant for both amateurs and experienced players due to the range of tee boxes that you can choose from. However, it is a challenging but fair course characterised by wide fairways and many strategically placed bunkers. Due to its seaside location, it is not rare for there to be a sea breeze in play either which can add to the challenge. This is a unique golf course with breath-taking landscape and many distinctive holes – make sure to add this course to your list of must-play courses.

 

Hacienda del Alamo is a new course in the Murcia region as it only opened for play in 2016, this Dave Thomas designed course is a pristine golfing oasis which is surrounded by beautiful natural landscape and poses a stern challenge of golf to those of all abilities. The course stretches to over 7,400 yards from the back tees which makes it one of the longest courses in Spain. The fairways of the course wind their way through almond and olive groves and they feature several water hazards along the way. Although due to its length, you must hit long shots, you must also be accurate as there is some stern rough lying in wait for any errant shots from the tee.

The first nine holes of the course are fairly straightforward but feature many bunkers to contend with. The back nine pose more of a challenge as there are more undulating fairways and much smaller greens for you to tackle. The signature hole of the course is the par 5 18th which takes you up towards the elegant clubhouse and boasts a water feature on the left flank of the green. This is a brilliant round of golf and it is well worth the drive that you must take into rural Murcia to reach this course.

 

The Alhama Signature Course is also known as the Condado de Alhama Golf Course and is a brilliant 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The course only opened in 2009 and has already established itself as being one of the best courses in the region of Murcia and it isn’t hard to see why! The course is a little further away from San Javier Airport than the other Nicklaus designed ones but is still within easy access of the airport making it a perfect holiday course.

The course is set within beautiful landscapes and features the Sierra Espuna mountains as a dramatic backdrop to the course. The natural features of the land have been subtly incorporated into the design of this course, meaning that the greens are lined with pine trees as well as esparto grasses and herbs making for a brilliant and fragrant round of golf. Similar to other Jack Nicklaus designed courses, there are many strategically placed bunkers lying in wait for any errant shots. The course stretches to over 7,500 yards from the back tees and poses a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. Not only are there 116 sand-filled bunkers but there are four lakes strategically dotted across the course so you must anticipate a challenge at every turn on this course. Of course, along with the challenges come stunning views across the rustic countryside of Murcia – it isn’t hard to see why this course has gained a reputation for being one of the most attractive courses in all of Spain. With stunning scenery and an interesting layout, add Alhama Signature Course to your itinerary for your next golf escape.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Golf Altorreal which was designed by the world-renowned architect, Dave Thomas. The course opened for play in 1994 and is still recognised today as being one of Murcia’s most challenging golf courses. The parkland course is situated in the picturesque Murcia mountains and boasts perfectly manicured greens and excellent practice facilities. Much of the natural fauna and flora of the landscape has been incorporated beautifully into the design of the course to create a classically beautiful Spanish landscape. There are also many pine trees, olive groves and carob trees along the course.

Each of the 18 holes poses a different challenge due to the different features of each hole. On this round, you will use every club in your bag! Although the course is a long one, you need to be accurate and strategic in order to navigate your way around the tight fairways and finish the round with a good scorecard. The most challenging hole of the course is the strong par 5 6th hole which measures 540 metres from the white tees. You must hit an accurate tee shot in order to avoid the tricky lake which lies to the left of the green. However, if you hit too far to the right, you will find the out of bounds area. For a brilliant round of golf, look no further than Golf Altorreal.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that some of these courses have taken your fancy for your next golf escape to Murcia. If you need further reasons to book now then for a limited time only you can take advantage of our half-price golf carriage promotion in order to get yourself an even better offer. This deal is only available for a limited time so be sure to contact us for more details before it’s too late.

9 of the Best Courses on the Costa del Sol

This week’s blog is a guide to nine of the best courses situated on the Costa del Sol. Whether you are looking for courses to base your next golf escape around or for inspiration for a golf break, look no further than one of these superb courses.

 

Santana is one of the newest golf courses on the Costa del Sol and has been constructed to a very high standard by Cabell Robinson. The course has been built on an avocado plantation and boasts the backdrop of the majestic Mijas Mountains. Despite the fact that this is one of the newest courses to have opened on the Costa del Sol, you wouldn’t know it as the course blends so beautifully into its surroundings – it could have been here for years and years.

The course is not the longest course in the area at just over 6,200 metres from the back tees, but it still poses a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. There are many strategically placed bunkers and unusually-shaped, deep greens to contend with along your route round the course. There are also a few water carry-overs required as well. One of the most special holes on the course is the par 5 4th which is an incredibly long and spectacular hole with sophisticated bunkering, a little stream which lies in wait for your errant shots and a treacherous sloping green. With its unique ground, stunning scenery and an impressive layout has meant that this course will be on many players’ itinerary in the coming years. Make sure that this course is one you look out for an opportunity to play; the course is situated between Mijas and Fuengirola where you can find an abundance of brilliant properties to base yourself.

 

Next up, we have Real Club Valderrama which has been home to many prestigious golfing tournaments including the Ryder Cup in 1997 and the World Golf Championships in 1999 to 2002. This club regularly ranks within the top 10 courses in Europe and it really isn’t hard to see why. The club is an elite private members club, but you can still play during the set tee times for outside players. The green fee is not cheap but if you can justify it, definitely take your chance to play this incredible golf course as you really will remember the experience forever.  

The course is beautifully in tune with its surroundings and it is always in perfect condition as the course is never over-played. The closing holes are considered to be the most difficult holes of the round but if you choose your tee option correctly, the whole course is playable for golfers of most abilities. The 17th is particularly special and it boasts water situated just in front of the green. This special course is one that should be on every discerning golfer’s bucket list so make sure that when you can, you grab the opportunity to book a tee time here.

 

A superbly challenging course; San Roque Old is a challenge for those of all abilities and boasts gently undulating, narrow fairways, large greens and many water hazards. The San Roque Club lies nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja Mountains and the Old course is set within a 340-acre estate where a luxury hotel and spa once sat. The course was designed by Dave Thomas and Tony Jacklin and opened for play in 1990. From the moment that the course opened, it has been regarded as a great test of golf, even for those with the lowest of handicaps. The course measures just under 6,500 metres from the back tees and has been the home to many professional tournaments in the past.

Although the course is considered to be undulating rather than hilly, there are some shocking elevation changes which mean that you must make your club selection correctly. The front nine of the course meander their way through mature forests of cork oak which means that your drive must be accurate to avoid the trees which are all lying in wait to catch any errant shots. There are new bunkers and water hazards which make it that bit more challenging. The back nine holes are less undulating but there are deep ravines and many bunkers lying in wait for errant shots. On some courses, once you reach the greens, your work is pretty much over but on this course, the greens are superbly contoured, always fast and generous in size. This is another very special course and is close to Valderrama so you can plan a golf break around these superb golf courses.

 

Torrequebrada golf course was designed by Jose Gancedo and was actually one of his first designs back in the mid-70s. The course isn’t overly long at 6,400 yards from the back tees but do not let its length fool you into thinking that this course is an easy round of golf. The course hugs the contours of its hilly landscape and tests golfers of the lowest handicaps with strategically positioned water hazards, doglegged fairways and deep, greenside bunkers.

The fairways are all tree-lined and they rise and fall over the hilly terrain, twisting and dipping in all directions making this a fun, challenging and exciting round of golf for all players. There are some particularly scenic and unusual holes situated along the course including the 7th which boasts an elevated tee, you must take the tee shot over a city street to a very narrow fairway. We would advise you not to use the driver as there is a lake guarding the hole which is tucked into the left corner. Like many brilliant courses, the 18th is a superb finishing hole. It boasts a grand view from the tee which is situated to the left of the fairway at the top of a hill, from which you can see both the 18th and the 6th fairways, the clubhouse and the stunning mountain backdrop. The tee shot is across a ravine and if you miss the fairway you are in trouble as there are sharp slopes to the left and bunkers to the right. Your approach shot must also be accurate as you have the same steep hill to the left and a large bunker to the right – this hole can ruin many scorecards. This course is definitely worth the green fee and is one that you should take a look at when you are planning your next golf escape to the Costa del Sol…

 

Chaparral Golf Club is one of the most recognisable golf courses in the Costa del Sol. It is a superb parkland course situated just 700 metres from the beach and enclosed by a forest of pine trees. The course follows the beautiful coastline of Mijas Costa which is just a short drive from the centre of Malaga and each of the holes along the course boasts stunning sea views. It is no surprise that this course is one of the most requested courses and regularly ranks as one of the top courses in Spain due to its stunning layout and beautiful location.

The course boasts undulating fairways which meander through dense, tree-lined fairways, if you manage to successfully navigate your way through the trees, avoiding the strategically placed bunkers then you will reach big greens with big borrows! One of the standout holes is the 477-metre long, 3rd hole which looks like a straightforward par-5 but it actually doglegs left and your tee shot must be placed down the right-hand side of the fairway in order to see what you must do for your second shot. The green is very long and narrow and there is a ditch which cuts diagonally across the fairway 100 metres from the green. This is a very special course and it is no surprise that is one of our most requested courses.

 

Next, we have the Marbella Club which is a very impressive and exclusive golf course situated just a few miles west of Marbella, nestled in the foothills of the mountains. The course opened in 1999 and was designed by Dave Thomas. One of the great things about this course is that the club only allows 75-80 players to play the course each day in order to keep it in good condition and to make sure that you can enjoy your round at your own pace. The course was designed to test golfers of all abilities with its strategically placed bunkers, well-manicured greens and sloping fairways.

The course measured just over 6,900 yards from the back tees and has a hefty par of 73 to match the course’s yardage. The two loops of nine holes are routed over hilly terrain and both return to the impressive clubhouse at the lowest points on the course. A round on Marbella Club is a great, exciting one and due to its location, you can find other brilliant golf courses and some superb resorts to base your golf break from.

 

Alcaidesa Links is one of the best links courses in Spain. The course was opened in 1990 and then remodelled in 1999 where its playability was improved, fairways were widened and some of the more severe undulations of the greens were ironed out. This undulating, cliff-top seaside course boasts stunning views over the Mediterranean, the Straits of Gibraltar and the Atlas Mountains in North Africa in the distance.

The course boasts a classic out-and-back routing, the first four holes head towards the shoreline and the mile-long beach, holes five to 14 play out along the coast where the wind will challenge you. The fairways then head back inland to finish the round in front of the clubhouse. If you are looking for an impressive course with stunning views, an interesting layout and one that poses a challenge to golfers of all abilities then look no further than Alcaidesa Links for your next golf break.

 

Finca Cortesin was designed by the world-famous architect, Cabell Robinson. The layout of this course is simply spectacular, it is a long one at 6,808 metres and boasts a variety of natural vegetation like olive trees and corks around the course. It opened for play in 2007 and has since built up a great reputation and the course has played host to European Tour events including the Volvo World Matchplay Championship.

There are many great holes within the course but there are a few very special ones. The 3rd hole is a delightful par-5 which boasts a difficult approach shot over water. There is the 10th which is a long, down-hill par-3 which has far-reaching views of the Estepona Mountains. This brilliant hole is followed by the 11th which is a double doglegged par-5 which is a stern test of golf and an exciting hole to play. The club boasts excellent practice facilities and a lovely clubhouse. In 2008, the five-star Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa opened which is a perfect place for you to base your next golf escape from. Although a tee time at Finca Cortesin is not cheap, it is well worth it, and you will not be disappointed.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have Rio Real which is one of the oldest courses in the area as it opened in 1965. This course is one of the coast’s most requested courses due to its superb condition, excellent value and very convenient location just north-east of Marbella. This is a delightful, walkable golf course as the terrain is just gently undulating. The course has retained much of its original charm with its pine and palm tree-lined fairways, well-bunkered green sites and a few water hazards for you to contend with along the way.

One of the most memorable holes along the course is the par-4 4th hole which doglegs left from the background sound of the traffic on the tee to the crashing of waves on the seafront. The green is located right on the coastline. You can find another long, par-4 at the 8th hole which is a brilliant hole that veers left from an elevated tee position and ends with a downhill approach to a very small green that is situated into the hillside. This is a very special course and boasts the great Rio Real Golf Hotel from which you can easily play this stunning course and those in the local area.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will think about one, or hopefully more, of these courses next time you are booking a golf escape to the Costa del Sol. Make sure to give us a call to discuss these courses and the brilliant hotels in the area.

9 of the Best Courses you’ve never heard of but need to play…

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.

7 More Inspirational Escapes for 2019 (part 2)

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.

Top 5 Wine & Golf Tours for 2019

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.

T’is the season of great deals

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the fantastic deals that we have at Golf Escapes at the moment, whether you are looking for a short weekend away or a longer golf holiday, we have something for everyone this winter.

 

Precise Resort El Rompido is a stunning hotel which boasts a brilliant location situated on a 36-hole golf complex and featuring stunning views of the Piedras River Marshes. The El Rompido courses are considered to be two of the best courses in southern Spain and it isn’t hard to see why. El Rompido South boasts two distinctive sets of nine holes which are beautifully contrasting to provide golfers of all abilities, a varied and exciting round of golf. The course boasts stunning, sweeping views, many different hazards and some very memorable holes to combine to make an unforgettable round of golf. The second course, El Rompido North opened in 2006 and is the perfect companion to the South course with a round which is set on a more elevated landscape to enable golfers to enjoy the breath-taking scenery from perfect points throughout the round. Both of these courses are difficult, exciting and offer guests within the hotel, the perfect chance to enjoy some of Spain’s best golf.

The great thing about this hotel is that due to its fantastic location, not only do you have easy access to both El Rompido courses, but you can also enjoy some of the “real” Spain with the Paraje Natural Park just next door and the centre of El Rompido just a five-minute drive away. Besides playing golf and exploring the local area, you can utilise the hotel’s leisure facilities which include a mini-club, music shows and entertainment as well as sporting activities including tennis and football. Of course, there is also an outdoor swimming pool and extensive spa facilities! Within the hotel, you can find a range of accommodation from comfortable double rooms to lavish apartments which are ideal for those travelling with family or in a group. There are also the suites which you can upgrade to if you choose to. Within all of the rooms, you can find all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly need to fully enjoy your golf break including a spacious balcony or terrace, air conditioning, a TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. With extensive leisure facilities, beautifully decorated accommodation and many different dining options, it is no surprise that this is a Golf Escapes favourite! At the moment, you can enjoy some fantastic group offers if you are looking to travel early 2019 and also, some excellent unlimited golf packages so that you can truly enjoy the two El Rompido courses ‘til your heart is content.

 

Next, we recommend the Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf and Spa Resort which is a new, luxurious golf resort nestled between Murcia and Cartagena. The hotel boasts extensive facilities for guests to enjoy including a tranquil spa area and a large outdoor swimming pool. There is also a range of outdoor activities available like football, tennis, cycling and hiking. Of course, the main attraction of this hotel is the brilliant Hacienda del Alamo golf course which only opened in 2016. The course is a pristine golfing oasis and is surrounded by beautiful, natural landscape but do not be fooled by its beauty as this course can prove to be a stern challenge to even the most discerning golfer. The course stretches over 7,400 yards and boasts original and unique holes to combine to make one of the longest courses in Spain which winds through almond and olive groves before concluding at the exciting 18th hole.

The Sheraton Hacienda Del Alamo Golf boasts an excellent golf course, great leisure facilities but also, 155 stylish bedrooms as well as 100 apartments which are all fully-equipped with all of the modern facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. When you are dining within the hotel, you will not be disappointed as you can find brilliant Mediterranean food, international favourites and light lunches and dinners at the eateries within the resort. Alternatively, you can take a trip to the nearby towns to enjoy the variety of restaurants and bars that you can find there. With brilliant prices on all of our rates for 2019, don’t delay and book this fantastic hotel today.

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa which is a stunning five-star hotel set within the Portuguese countryside and is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and villages. The resort features both indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as extensive spa facilities. With a great package staying within this lovely hotel, you get to play rounds on Campo Real, Bom Sucesso and Royal Obidos, all of which are fantastic golf courses offering golfers exciting and challenging rounds of golf. Campo Real is a real challenge with tight driving holes, undulating fairways and small greens and boasts stunning views of the surrounding vineyards and rolling hills. Bom Sucesso is a championship golf course which is always in impeccable condition with spectacular views over the sea and the Obidos lagoon as well as well-designed greens and strategically positioned bunkers to pose a stern test of golf. Lastly, Royal Obidos which is difficult right from the first hole which is a difficult, right-handed dogleg leading into a very special combination of testing holes which overlook the lagoon. With three fantastic golf courses, what more could you possibly want from your next golf break?

Not only is there plenty of brilliant golf available, but the hotel’s accommodation is lovely and well-appointed, there are some beautiful Portuguese towns nearby ready to be explored and the dining options are excellent. For your next brilliant golf escape look no further than the Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort, especially as the prices for 2019 are looking fantastic.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you have a very merry Christmas! Don’t forget t’is the season of great deals and book your next golf escape today.

Top 4 Escapes with Golf on-site

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the great resorts that we have available to you that have excellent golf courses onsite. These resorts are perfect for those of you that don’t want to leave the hotel to play golf. If you are looking for excellent resorts with excellent golf courses and excellent leisure facilities, then look no further than one of these properties for your next golf break.

 

Sueno Hotels Golf Belek is situated in Turkey just a few minutes’ walk from the beach (or a golf buggy shuttle!) and within close distance of Antalya airport. This is undoubtedly a first-class golfing property that boasts everything that you could possibly need or want in order to have the perfect golf holiday including superior rooms, a brilliant beach club during the summer months with a pier jutting into the ocean and hammocks to relax in as well as a great spa and outdoor pool area. During the day, you can enjoy a round on either the Dunes or Pines golf course, both of which are just a few minutes’ walk from the reception of the hotel and both will give you a fantastic and challenging round of golf. After your round, enjoy a drink in the Birdie Bar whilst overlooking the stunning course which boasts platforms on the lake in front of the lake and of course, is free of charge to those staying within the resort on the all-inclusive package! This a special and relaxing golf hotel with a great spa, great beach club and great 18-hole golf courses onsite. It is no surprise that we recommend this hotel for your next golf escape…

Next up, we have the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort which boasts a stunning location situated beside one of the most breathtaking beaches in Europe. The hotel boasts beautifully appointed rooms which boast stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the 18-hole championship golf course. The West Cliffs Golf Links is the perfect blend between links and parkland holes which has caused it to be ranked 13th in continental Europe and 80th in the world by Golf World Magazine. Not only does the resort boast a brilliant golf course but also a range of brilliant leisure facilities including the Kalyan Spa which boasts Turkish baths, a hot tub and an indoor and an outdoor pool as well as a health club with a well-equipped gym. There are two restaurants and a bar within the hotel. The restaurants serve a delicious buffet and a la carte dishes and boast ocean and pool views. If you would like to eat outside of the hotel, the hotel is located midway between Peniche and Obidos and both are around a 15-minute drive from the resort and both boast a fantastic array of restaurants and bars. The Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is the perfect destination for your next golf break with a fantastic golf course onsite.

The five-star modern Hotel Camiral is situated on the 36-hole PGA Catalunya complex which is a first-class golf resort situated in the beautiful Costa Brava. The hotel has been newly refurbished in a contemporary design and is decorated with warm and welcoming colours. Each of the 145 guestrooms is spacious and comfortable and equipped with all of the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, a minibar and an elegant, modern bathroom. Besides enjoying a round of golf or two on the truly brilliant PGA Catalunya golf courses, you can relax in the hotel’s spa which includes a sauna, a hot tub and a Hamman as well as a range of health and beauty treatments available.

Nearby to the hotel, you can visit the towns of Caldes de Malavella and Girona which are five- and 15-minutes’ drive respectively. These towns boast an abundance of bars and restaurants that you can enjoy which is great for when you want to explore the local area and enjoy a bite to eat at the same time. Of course, if you choose to remain within the hotel for food you won’t be disappointed as the airy restaurant within the hotel boasts a piano bar and a pub as well as delicious a la carte dishes. With an abundance of facilities, a beautiful location and some of the world’s best golf – look no further than Hotel Camiral for your next golf break.

Last, but certainly not least, is Bom Sucesso Resort which sits on the banks of the Obidos Lagoon, just 15 minutes’ drive from the medieval town of Obidos and boasts uniquely designed apartments as well as the brilliant Bom Sucesso golf course. All of the apartments and villas are beautifully appointed and located conveniently close to the clubhouse. They also all have a private furnished patio that leads into the garden as well as well-equipped kitchens and lounges. Whilst you can cook within the apartments and villas, you can either venture into Obidos and find an array of restaurants and bars there or eat within the resort at the restaurants and bars situated on the resort. During the summer months, you can enjoy the shuttle which transports guests to the beach and the town. The Bom Sucesso Resort is the perfect destination for your next golf escape where you can enjoy the great Bom Sucesso course as well as both Campo Real and Royal Obidos which are in the local area.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that one of these resorts will have caught your eye for your next golf holiday.

 

 

 

Top 3 Golf Escapes for a tight budget

This week’s blog is on booking your next golf break with a budget. If you are looking for brilliant golf and luxurious accommodation but for a lesser price then look no further than our suggestions within this piece…

Hotel Bonalba is a great four-star hotel situated in the heart of the Bonalba Championship golf course just over 100 metres from the clubhouse. The hotel is situated within one of the most exclusive and luxurious residential areas of the Costa Blanca and is surrounded by the golf course with a backdrop of the mountains.

Besides playing golf on the fantastic Bonalba Championship course, you can spend time relaxing in the world-class spa, scuba diving in the sea nearby as well as sailing. The Bonalba course opened for play in 1995 and has since then, become a firm favourite of golfers visiting the region of Alicante. The course boasts a great parkland design with wide, rolling fairways which boast stunning ocean and mountain views but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the openness of this course as there are many strategically placed bunkers which can damage your scorecard substantially! There are also vast lakes for you to contend with from various tee shots and approach shots which come into play on seven of the holes along the course. With the Bonalba course on-site as well as a few other great courses in the area, Hotel Bonalba is a great destination for your next golf break and not just for the golf!

The hotel is just 10 minutes’ drive from central Alicante and its port which means that you can drive into Alicante (or get a taxi) for little bother and enjoy some of the great bars, restaurants and nightlife that the bustling city has to offer. Alternatively, if you choose to remain within the hotel for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you won’t be disappointed as there is a large buffet restaurant and in the summer months. There are also shows in the evenings for three nights a week as well as barbecue dinners and late-night swimming in the pool.

With spacious guestrooms boasting all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard, beautiful and peaceful surroundings as well as the bustling city just 10 minutes’ drive away look no further than Hotel Bonalba for your next golf escape for that bit less…

Boasting a brilliant coastal location close to many of the region’s best golf courses is Melia Atlantico in Isla Canela. Just on the doorstep of this four-star hotel sits the stunning, white sandy beach as well as a commercial centre where you can find an array of shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy during your stay here and if you take a quick stroll into Punta del Moral, you can find even more restaurants. However, if you decide to remain within the hotel for food for a few meals or take advantage of the all-inclusive option, you can enjoy a large buffet restaurant which serves a wide selection of both Mediterranean and international cuisine as well as a weekly themed buffet.

During the day, play rounds of golf at Isla Canela and the other great courses like Costa Esuri in the region or relax on the beach or by the hotel’s outdoor pool. For those who aren’t as interested in golf, there is a wide range of leisure facilities on offer including tennis, paddle tennis, water aerobics and a wellness centre fully-fitted with a sauna and a fitness centre.

The rooms are all luxuriously decorated and most of them boast private balconies from which you can enjoy the hotel’s beautiful coastal setting. The rooms are also all equipped with the facilities and amenities that you need to enjoy your stay including complimentary Wi-Fi access, a minibar, a safe, air-conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Whether you opt for all-inclusive of half board, this hotel is fantastic value for money with everything that you could ever need to have a brilliant golf escape.

Last, but certainly not least, we recommend the Isla Canela Golf Apartments for your next golf break on a budget. The apartments are situated between the Isla Canela golf course and the beach and are all two-bedrooms which make them perfect for groups looking for a quiet Spanish break with some brilliant golf courses in the local area.

All of the apartments boast a spacious living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, air-conditioning and a sun terrace. When you are staying within the apartments, you have use of the outdoor swimming pool, the communal gardens and the tennis courts and you can utilise the cycling path that runs from the apartments down to the beach and the resort town of Ayamonte which is nearby. The apartments boast a fantastic location within close distance to some of the best courses around including Castro Marim, Quinta da Ria courses and Monte Rei which are all within a 30-minute drive from the apartments. For a great self-catering option look no further than the Isla Canela Golf Apartments for your next golf holiday to Costa de la Luz.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will remember these brilliant options when you are looking to book your next golf escape that won’t break the bank…

Four of our Favourite Adult Properties

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best adult properties that we have at Golf Escapes. Whether you are looking for a quiet golfing getaway with a partner or with a group of friends, these hotels offer everything that you could need or want in order to have a relaxing and enjoyable golf trip. 

 

First up we have the five-star Iberostar Sabila which is situated on Fanabe Beach on Tenerife’s Costa Adeje. Within the hotel’s grounds, there are large gardens, an infinity pool, a chill-out area and you are situated just a short walk from the beautiful beach. Besides relaxing around the hotel, you can work out in the gym or visit the Spa Sensations which boasts a spa circuit and a range of different health and beauty treatments which is perfect for those who may not be playing as much golf.

For those who do enjoy a great round of golf, a holiday here will not disappoint you as you have easy access to some of the best courses in the region including Amarilla Golf, Golf Costa Adeje, Golf del Sur and Golf Las Americas. All of these courses are fantastic and access to these courses is one of the reasons that this hotel is so highly recommended by us. For food and drink, the hotel’s main restaurant serves delicious international cuisine and from Wednesday through to Sunday every week, there is a Gourmet Market where you can find seven different styles of cuisine as well as live music. With luxurious accommodation which includes all of the amenities and facilities that you may need as well as delicious food, activities within the hotel and brilliant golf courses nearby, there is no surprise that we recommend Iberostar Sabila for your next golf escape.

 

The five-star Thanos Hotel Annabelle is situated just eight minutes’ walk from the beach and overlooks the Port of Paphos. This luxurious resort boasts tropical landscaped gardens, a large swimming pool with swim-in caves as well as beautifully-appointed rooms and a brilliant location. The best thing about this hotel is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds; you are nearby to the vibrant and bustling resort of Paphos where you can find nightlife and great bars and restaurants, but you are also situated far enough from the town that you can enjoy peace and quiet and the beautiful scenery.

It is no surprise that the Thanos Hotel Annabelle is popular with golfers as the resort is so close to the four excellent golf courses which are situated within Paphos: Aphrodite Hills – PGA National Cyprus, Minthis Golf Club, Secret Valley and Elea Golf Club are all within 20 minutes’ drive of the hotel. Besides golfing, relaxing within the hotel and exploring Paphos, you can work out in the hotel’s gym or play squash or tennis. The hotel boasts 218 spacious guest rooms which all boast marble bathrooms, superb views from the balconies and all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. With everything that you could need for the perfect golf break to Paphos, look no further than the Thanos Hotel Annabelle.

 

Situated in Marrakech is the adults-only, five-star Be Live Collection Marrakech. The hotel is a brilliant all-inclusive resort which boasts a great position within close proximity of some of the great courses situated in Marrakech including The Montgomerie Marrakech, Royal Palm Golf and Country Club and Tony Jacklin Signature Course and it is also just four miles from the centre of the city where you can enjoy city tours or explore independently.

This is a new hotel and offers two outdoor swimming pools, one pool which has poolside activities and music and the other which boasts a swim-up bar and chill-out areas. Besides from playing golf, exploring Marrakech and relaxing around the pool, you can also enjoy the hotel’s extensive spa facilities.

 

There are three restaurants within the hotel, a traditional Moroccan a la carte restaurant which you have a complimentary meal at once during your stay, the buffet restaurant where you can find a variety of different dishes every night and the pool bar which serves light snacks and lunch food which you can enjoy out on the terrace by the main pool. If you are looking for a relaxing golf break where you can find exciting golf courses and wonderful culture within the city, then look no further than the brilliant Be Live Collection Marrakech for your next golf holiday.

 

Last, but certainly but not least is the Precise Resort El Rompido which is a fantastic five-star hotel located on-site to the two brilliant golf courses at El Rompido Golf Club. Not only does this hotel offer a prime golfing location but it is just a few minutes’ drive from the fishing town of El Rompido where you can find a few good bars and restaurants as well as beautiful scenery.

The hotel offers a range of different accommodation from double rooms to lavish apartments and suites so there is something to suit everyone and every type of golf escape! For food, the hotel features a great buffet breakfast and there are a lounge bar and restaurant where you can enjoy fresh, local dishes for lunch and dinner. Whilst you are not out enjoying a round of golf on one of the brilliant courses, you can relax within Rompido’s spa where there are an indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths and a sauna as well as a range of different health and beauty treatments available. Just an hour’s drive from both Faro and Seville Airports, with two spectacular courses on-site and brilliant facilities, look no further than Precise Resort El Rompido for your next golf break to Spain.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blogs and that one of these resorts has piqued your interest and inspired your next golf escape…