Inspiration for 2018 – UK

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Golfing in the UK

This week’s blog is a UK Special on the great golf resorts and course that are on offer right here in the UK. Although it is a little cold outside, there is nothing better than a great round of golf in some refreshing and bright conditions which you can get without travelling too far. Take a look at some of these brilliant resorts and their courses and book your next UK golf escape for 2018 now…

 

First up, we have The Oxfordshire which is an excellent four-star hotel with luxury rooms and extensive spa facilities just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Oxford. Each of the rooms is very spacious with luxury furnishings and in each of the ensuite bathrooms, there are luxury toiletries. You can also enjoy access to your private balcony from your room from which you can look out across the beautiful surroundings of the hotel. In each of the rooms, there is also a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Whilst you are not playing a round on the fantastic championship Oxfordshire golf course, you can spend time relaxing in the hotel’s Tempus Health and Fitness Centre where you have access to a swimming pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a modern gym as well as an array of different health and beauty treatments to choose from. This hotel boasts a fantastic location nearby to many cities as well as excellent services and facilities for you to enjoy here.

The four-star Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club is situated in the heart of the East Sussex countryside and boasts everything that you would need to have an excellent golf break including two 18-hole golf courses, beautiful scenery, a modern leisure centre and an award-winning restaurant. Each of the bedrooms boast private ensuite bathrooms, cosy seating areas and work desks and some of the rooms boast balconies from which you can look out onto the stunning golf course from. The award-winning Wealden View Restaurant serves delicious British cuisine and boasts an extensive wine list that would suit any diner! You can spend time relaxing in the hotel’s elegant bar where you can find a range of different drinks and snacks available. Whilst you are not out playing on one of the impressive golf courses where you can soak up magnificent views of mature woodland and parkland, you can relax in the hotel’s leisure centre where you can find an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym. This hotel boasts two fantastic golf courses on site as well as easy access to Royal Tunbridge Wells where you can find an array of different bars, restaurants and shops as well as activities to enjoy – this is a perfect destination for your next UK golf break.

Next up is the excellent four-star Sandford Springs Hotel and Golf Club which is situated in the heart of Hampshire and boasts three challenging 9-hole golf courses on site where guests can enjoy preferred tee times. Each of the luxurious rooms within the hotel has an ensuite bathroom with a power shower and complimentary toiletries and in the bedroom, you can find a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. You can enjoy having breakfast served in your room each morning and for other meals, you can enjoy eating at the clubhouse’s Kingsclere Bar and Restaurant. This hotel boasts a great location halfway between Newbury and Basingstoke where there is so much to do and see. This is the perfect choice for your next golf holiday within the UK if you are looking for a small and luxurious hotel to enjoy with extensive golf facilities.

The impressive four-star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa is set amongst beautiful Cheshire countryside just ten miles from the city of Chester. The hotel itself boasts two fantastic golf courses (Championship & Premier), extensive spa facilities, an award-winning restaurant and an indoor pool onsite of the hotel. Each of the spacious rooms within the hotel boast impressive ensuite bathrooms which have walk-in showers and huge bathtubs. Whilst you are enjoying your luxurious room, you can also look out onto stunning views of the surrounding countryside with views of the rolling hills and the two superb golf courses in sight. After you have enjoyed a round of golf, you can take a dip in the pool or enjoy the spa facilities available before returning to your room to prepare for a delicious meal at one of the hotel’s restaurants. Whilst you are staying here, you can explore stunning surroundings, play some brilliant golf and relax in a luxurious hotel which makes the Macdonald Portal Hotel an excellent choice for your next golf break.

The four-star Macdonald Aviemore is a fantastic family hotel which is located within the Cairngorm National Park. The Macdonald Aviemore Hotel is situated within the Macdonald Aviemore Resort which boasts seven different restaurants and bars, extensive leisure facilities and a nearby championship golf course. Each of the rooms within the hotel feature a flat-screen TV, a private ensuite bathroom with either a shower or bathtub and free Wi-Fi. If you are looking to stay here with your family, you can book one of the family rooms with bunk beds or pop-up beds. The hotel’s restaurant, Spey Burger, is a contemporary American-style family diner which serves delicious burgers, burritos and milkshakes as well as other American diner favourites. There are many other restaurants within the resort including Aspects Restaurant and Giovanni’s Italian Ristorante in another nearby Macdonald Hotel. This is a great hotel if you are looking for lots to do and see within a short distance of the hotel, including the brilliant Spey Valley Golf and Country Club.

The four-star Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel and Country Club is set in a 13th century building within 300 acres of private parkland. The hotel boasts extensive facilities on-site including a spa, two 18-hole golf courses(Moorland & Priory), an indoor pool and a fitness area. Each of the bedrooms are situated within th 13th century building but boast all of the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities. You can enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel’s Priory Restaurant which is set in an ancient wine cellar and boasts excellent food and wine. You can eat in the Tempo Restaurant and Bar for a more relaxed atmosphere but still excellent food and drink. This is a beautiful and interesting hotel with the Breadsall Priory golf course within easy access from the hotel.

Another excellent Marriott Hotel is the five-star Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club. The hotel is set within a 17th century house which is situated within 200 acres of private parkland and boasts its own PGA championship golf course as well as other impressive facilities like an award-winning restaurant and an extensive leisure centre. After you have enjoyed a round on the fantastic Hanbury Manor golf course, you can spend time in the leisure centre where you can find an indoor pool, a sauna, a gym, a hot tub and steam rooms to enjoy. The hotel is the perfect blend of modern luxury and old-world charm with traditionally decorated bedrooms fitted with luxury amenities including flat-screen TVs, work desks and laptop safes. The hotel boasts a great sports bar, Vardon’s, which is an old wood-panelled bar serving afternoon teas, drinks and cocktails as well as light meals and snacks. For a more substantial meal, you can enjoy sitting out on the terrace of the Cast Iron Grill enjoying a fantastic meal and looking out onto the 18th hole of Hanbury Manor golf course. If you are looking for a luxurious and beautiful hotel with a simply breathtaking golf course then look no further than the five-star Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club for your next golf holiday within the UK.

Last, but certainly not least, is the four-star Vale Resort which is set amongst 650 acres of stunning Welsh countryside. This is a magnificent golf resort with two excellent golf courses on site – The Lake Course and Wales National. Whilst you are not playing a round on one of the great golf courses, there are plenty of other leisure facilities to keep you entertained or relaxed including an impressive gym, a large indoor pool, squash and tennis courts, a sauna, a steam room and a whirlpool bath! You can choose from the two restaurants onsite including the AA Rosette Vale Grill which serves modern welsh cuisine and boasts picturesque views over the Lake Course. Each of the rooms signifies luxury with huge luxurious beds, ensuite bathrooms with power showers and many of the rooms boast private balconies from which you can enjoy stunning views out across the Vale of Glamorgan. This resort is not only very luxurious with excellent facilities and golfing options, but it is just 15 minutes’ drive from the exciting city of Cardiff where you can find so much to do and see including extensive bars and restaurants. This is the perfect place to stay for a luxurious golf break close to a vibrant city.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will be entering 2018 by booking a brilliant golf escape with us…

Our Guide to the Best Tours of the UK

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Golf in England with Golf Escapes – Part 2

This week’s blog is the second part to our U.K golfing blog. Although the last few weeks have definitely been a little chillier than we are used to with the weather having been so mild all last winter and this autumn but on the whole the weather has been much warmer through the low-season months. This is great news for golf here as the courses stay in better condition for longer and you get to play the fantastic courses here for low-season rates but whilst playing in mid-season weather!

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Tours in England and Ireland have become much more popular and we are constantly getting out to explore the hidden gems around the country looking for all the best golf courses that you can then book to play!

 

A key tip if you’re looking to book your next golf tour in the U.K is definitely to book early, big groups book their tee times very far in advance so to get the good ones you definitely have to get in there quickly!

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In this blog, we have a few different fantastic resorts and a few different great golf courses that you should definitely consider looking into when planning your next golf break in England or Ireland…

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First up we have the Dorset Golf & Country Club which is situated in a stunning, tranquil setting in the midst of a pine forest. This is a lovely resort and offers not only a lovely 16-bedroom hotel which is perfect for smaller groups but also some superb log cabins which sleep up to eight people in them. The log cabins are fully furnished and each have a fully-fitted kitchen so you have the option of self-catering very easily when staying here! The resort boasts a range of different facilities (aside for the magnificent golf course!) from fishing lakes to a fitness centre and sauna as well as an indoor championship bowls rink. There is plenty to do and see here but of course the highlight of the resort is the 27 holes of championship golf that are on-site. The Championship Course consists of three different loops of nine holes so you will be able to mix and match them to play the course you want to play. This is a beautiful location for your next golf break to Dorset and the golf here is not to be missed out on!

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Hotel Old Thorns is a four-star luxury hotel set in the rolling hills of the Hampshire countryside and has no fewer than nine different options for accommodation! All of the rooms feature lovely ensuite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. There are also several options for dining from the casual sports bar to the luxurious King’s Restaurant where you can get a fantastic carvery! The Championship Course here is a great course for golfers of all abilities and will test even those with the lowest handicaps whilst not seeming too harsh for those with a higher handicap! This is a great holiday course to play and if there are members of the group less interested in golf then they can enjoy the beautiful spa at the hotel where they can get a range of different treatments and enjoy the facilities there. This hotel is in such an idyllic location and is something very special – one to consider for your next golf break in England!

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Set in the Norfolk countryside is the four-star Barnham Broom Hotel. The bedrooms have been recently refurbished and decorated to the highest standard with a contemporary theme. Just like the other hotels, there are different room types to suit each and every person but each are fully-fitted with all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this rating and you are sure to enjoy your stay here. There is a lovely spa for guests to enjoy a whole range of different treatments from massages to facials to reflexology. For the keen golfers, onsite there are not one but two stunning Championship courses for you to enjoy here. This another superb option for your next golf holiday in England and with so much to do onsite and the accommodation being so lovely there is no reason to wait another minute to book your next golf break!

 

Next up we have three different courses which are well worth a play even if you don’t choose to stay in a resort nearby…

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East Brighton Golf Club is a beautiful downland course with some spectacular coastal views. The great thing about this course is that it is normally open for play all-year-round because it is built on chalk it rarely suffers from the poor weather conditions here that we sometimes get in England. The course is a genuine test of golf for those of all abilities and is known for being a fair round of golf to play! It is just a five minutes’ drive from the centre of Brighton where there is so much to do and see you will definitely want to stay and play here!

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The Old Course at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club is a very old course but is still consistently ranked as one of the top 100 courses on the British Isles. Although you may feel settled by the fact that the course doesn’t have a single bunker to catch your errant shots, it is still known for being a true test of golf for even those with the lowest handicaps! Along the course there are some beautiful views across Sussex, Surrey and Kent and its location is simply stunning as well. This is a great course to play even if you are not planning on staying!

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In Ireland, the Ring of Kerry course is set amongst lakes and mountains to produce a simply stunning course and a testament to that is its placing as one of the top in the province. It’s a stunning parkland course with exhilarating elevation changes and water coming into play on many of the holes. This course features a great variety of different holes and after you have enjoyed a round here you will not be questioning why this is rated as one of the best courses in the country.

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We hope that you enjoyed this blog and are now considering which of these fantastic resorts or courses to base your next golf holiday in the UK around…

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