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Top 10 Winter Sun Golf Breaks

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This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best winter sun packages we offer. For all those suffering from a severe case of the winter blues, there is no need to wait around for spring to pass to enjoy a good round of golf, as we have seven fantastic winter sun packages to cure even the worst cases of the winter blues.

These golf packages offer everything any golfer could possibly want for an unforgettable golf escape; excellent golf courses, luxury hotels and resorts, and of course, a warm climate.

Vidamar Resorts Madeira

With direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, Vidamar Resort Madeira boasts a privileged location. A variety of shops, bars, and restaurants are within walking distance of this modern resort in Lido, making it a prime base for a winter golf holiday.

Santo da Serra provides 27 holes that lie over mountain slopes and ravines. For more than ten years, the annual PGA Tour’s Madeira Open has been played at Santo da Serra, and the pros’ comments confirm the high standard of this course.

Palheiro golf course is only a 10-minute drive from Funchal, the capital city of Madeira. The course was designed by Cabell Robinson and opened in 1994. At a lower altitude than Santo da Serra but in places just as spectacular, two-thirds of Palheiro lies within pine forest and botanical woodland.

When you’re not playing golf, the hotel offers a variety of facilities, including three pools, a fitness center, squash courts, and a spa. Featuring excellent half-board service, the hotel has five restaurants catering to all tastes, including an Italian, International buffet, seafood, and sushi restaurant. Vidamar Madeira has it all, what more could you want for a winter golf holiday in Portugal?

Elba Carlota

Another great option for your next winter golf break is the Elba Carlota, also situated in the Canary Islands in Fuerteventura. Just like Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura also boasts a warm climate throughout the winter, meaning it is also a strong contender to help any golfer beat the winter blues.

The Elba Carlota offers an all-inclusive accommodation option, the perfect option for all those looking to indulge without having to worry about the bill at the end of their stay. Here, guests are in the ideal position to make the most out of both Fuerteventura’s amazing golf courses and its stunning beaches as the resort is situated just next door to the Fuerteventura Golf Club and the Caleta de Fuste beach.

The Fuerteventura Golf Club is undoubtedly a must-play golf course, and conveniently for guests at the Elba Carlota, this fantastic golf course is just a stone’s throw away. This golf course is known for its wide and open greens, allowing its players to fully appreciate the beautiful views of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean.

The Elba Carlota is not just a great option for your next winter golfing getaway, but the hotel itself is superb with a great range of leisure facilities and spacious guest rooms. There is a casino located within the resort, as well as two outdoor swimming pools, and a wide range of sporting activities including tennis and golf.

The resort is also home to two great restaurants for guests to make the most out of the all-inclusive accommodation option, but if guests ever feel like venturing outside of the resort, then there are plenty of other bars and restaurants located just a short walk away.

Ritz-Carlton, Abama & Las Terrazas de Abama Suites

A consistent favourite amongst golfers for an unbeatably luxurious golf holiday is the Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Here, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds set back from all the noise and foot traffic found in the busy resorts in Tenerife, so they can make the most out of the warm weather and fantastic golf.

On the doorstep of this fantastic resort is the Abama golf course, designed by the world-famous golf architect Dave Thomas. Abama is one of the most played golf courses in Tenerife, with beautiful landscapes and a unique layout. Abama is truly a must-play golf course for your next trip to Tenerife.

The accommodation options here vary, with a range of suites, guest rooms, and villas set around the resort, all of which include all of the modern necessities to ensure that all guests have a great stay. On their non-golfing days, guests can make the most out of the five-star facilities here, including a tennis academy and an impressive seven swimming pools.

The Las Terrazas Abama de Abama Suites are located just a 30-minute drive from Tenerife (South) airport and is arguably the best place to stay in Tenerife for your Golf Escape. There is plenty of golf, including the fantastic Abama Golf Course, and other activities for you to enjoy. Tenerife is a very sought-after location for a winter golf break in Europe.

Tenerife is a great option for winter sun golf holidays and has some of the best golf courses in the Canary Islands for you to choose from. With its volcanic terrain that makes for dramatic scenery, you can rest assured you have made a good choice when you choose this for your next escape.

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

The W Abu Dhabi is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, a perfect location for a winter golf break. The hotel offers amazing views over Yas Island and Abu Dhabi and is truly a unique place to stay. There is plenty to do on Yas Island including famous attractions such as Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld, Clymb Abu Dhabi, and of course Yas Links Golf Course.

Designed over three years, Yas Links Golf Club covers 7,450 yards and uses almost two million cubic meters of sand to cap the course. The course was constructed by reshaping two miles of coastline and using two million cubic metres of sand. The clubhouse oozes luxury with its modern atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a dip in the infinity pool followed by a relaxing steam session.

Abu Dhabi Golf Club boasts 27 championship holes, stretching across 162 hectares. Known for hosting the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the Abu Dhabi Golf Club is growing in popularity. A tropical haven, this course weaves its way through ornamental trees, palm trees, and 7 picturesque saltwater lakes. Featuring lush fairways, hidden bunkers, and spacious greens, the course is in immaculate condition year-round. Why not play a round of 9 holes in the evening, with holes 19-27 featuring a floodlight facility?

Bed & Breakfast, All-Inclusive, and everything in between are available at this 5-star hotel. You can choose from 7 bars and restaurants, including an Indian and an Italian. There is a state-of-the-art gym, spa, and wellness area at the hotel. There are a number of resident DJs and a great bar in the pool area, so you can sip cocktails and dance the night away!

Fancourt Hotel

Yet another fantastic package offer for a golf holiday with some well-deserved winter sun is the Fancourt Hotel, a luxury five-star golf hotel in the Western Cape in South Africa. With two golf courses on-site, the Montagu and the Outeniqua, guests are never far away from an unforgettable round of golf.

Both the Montagu and the Outeniqua golf courses were designed by the world-famous golf architect Gary Player, so all golfers must anticipate a challenging and fantastic round of golf. The Fancourt Outeniqua has been ranked 14th in the country by Golf Digest, and it is definitely worthy of its reputation with beautiful views of the neighbouring Outeniqua mountains and its unique layout. Alternatively, the Fancourt Montagu has been ranked number 8, and it is generally considered to be the more challenging of the pair.

Situated in the heart of the Western Cape, guests can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas, whether they are on their round of golf or lounging around one of the hotel’s four swimming pools. The Fancourt Hotel is the perfect option for a relaxing golf break, with just 115 guest rooms, guests can enjoy a low-key and quiet stay.

Due to the Fancourt Hotel’s fantastic location in the heart of the Western Cape, golf is not the only item available on their holiday itinerary; the Fancourt Hotel is also placed on the Garden Route, home to some of South Africa’s most captivating natural sites, including the Knysna Waterfront. South Africa is a perfect long-stay winter golf holiday destination.

Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa

If you are looking to treat yourself, then the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa is the perfect place for some winter sun golf. With impeccable service, modern guest rooms, and a fantastic range of leisure facilities, the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa will make your trip an unforgettable experience.

As a guest on your non-golfing days, you can visit Corniche Beach to catch some of Abu Dhabi’s winter sun, as well as visiting the world-famous Yas Marina Circuit that hosts the Grand Prix. Alternatively, you can stay local and enjoy the resort’s excellent leisure facilities that earnt its five-star status. All guests have complimentary access to the luxury Saadiyat Beach Club located on Saadiyat Island, and to unwind, you can head to the resort’s wellness centre for a well-deserved treatment or massage.

Closeby to the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort is the Abu Dhabi Golf Club golf course with its world-class reputation, high standards, and quality. Plus it hosts the HSBC Golf Championship, the largest sporting event in Abu Dhabi!

You’ll also find the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, designed by the world-famous golf architect Gary Player and that offers some truly stunning views across Saadiyat Island with its clear blue sea and white beaches. 

Moon Palace Cancun

The Moon Palace Cancun is a fantastic option for all-inclusive winter golf holidays. Its location makes it the perfect destination for any type of golf trip as it is positioned directly on one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches Cancun is known for.

With an impressive fifteen restaurants and twelve bars, there is no better resort to offer an all-inclusive option. No matter what you fancy for dinner, there will always be something to tickle your taste buds. 

The resort is also home to five swimming pools, so you will never find yourself short of places to catch a tan if you don’t feel like heading to the beach. With such a fantastic range of leisure facilities, a beach location, and a vast selection of bars and restaurants, you’ll have everything you’ll need and more for an unforgettable short or long-stay winter golf holiday.

The Moon Palace Golf Course with its vast 7000 yards course offers a fantastic round of golf if you’re looking for a challenge. Designed by Jack Nicklaus the course is characterized by strategically placed bunkering, wetlands, and jungle vegetation making wild rough areas. Although the twenty-seven-hole golf course is a lengthy challenge all players can enjoy a leisurely round as all abilities are accommodated. However, pacing yourself is a must!

La Cala Golf Resort

Situated on the Costa del Sol is the brilliant La Cala Golf Resort, an exclusive complex situated between the Sierra de Mijas National Park and the Mediterranean Sea. The resort counts with three golf courses, several swimming pools, and a luxurious spa for those who are less into golf and more into relaxing. Within the spa, there are hydrotherapy pools, a Turkish bath, a sauna, and a range of health and beauty treatments available. 

The rooms within the resort are spacious and equipped with all the facilities and amenities that you would expect from a place of this standard, including private balconies from which you can enjoy views across the stunning La Cala golf courses as well as satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Within the resort, there is a brilliant restaurant that serves delicious international and local cuisine as well as a clubhouse and a lobby bar. 

It’s no surprise this is one of the resorts we recommend if you are looking for winter golf holidays in the warm Spanish winter sun. Situated in the Costa del Sol means the weather will sure guarantee days of sun from around April until October.

With just a 35 minutes drive from Malaga and less than 10 minutes drive to the nearest beach, the La Cala Golf Resort offers excellent accommodation and facilities as well as three superb golf courses. 

Melia Atlantico Isla Canela

The four-star Melia Atlantico in Isla Canela is a very popular and modern hotel that boasts an idyllic beachfront location. Located just 5 kilometres from the town of Ayamonte, this option is perfect for short or long stay winter golf holidays.

This is a very luxurious hotel with high-class service, brilliant facilities, and lovely guest rooms. All guest rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of this standard, including flat-screen satellite TV, a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries, and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel offers a brilliant all-inclusive option, avoiding the need to leave the hotel other than to go and explore the local golf courses like Isla Canela. If instead, you choose not to go all-inclusive, you’ll find many local restaurants serving traditional Spanish and International cuisine.

If you want to combine your winter sun golf break with some local exploration, nearby the hotel you’ll find the beautiful sandy beach of Playa de Ayamonte where you can savor the local cuisine in any of its many chiringuitos, you’ll also find Isla Canela shopping centre with many local shop chains and independent boutiques.

Be Live Experience La Nina

Last but certainly not least is the stunning four-star Be Live Experience La Nina, in Tenerife. Located in the gorgeous town of Costa Adeje, only a 4.5 hour flight from the UK, Be Live La Nina is a great short or long stay winter break option.

All-inclusive packages offer guests access to most of the facilities at the hotel. There are many sporting activities, a buffet restaurant, and two bars in the hotel for you to enjoy. All rooms are equipped with necessary amenities, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, room service, satellite TV, and a private bathroom.

Guests are only 100m from La Pinta beach, in a prime location to access some of Tenerife’s finest golf courses, and just next door to Puerto Conlon Marina. There are plenty of pizzerias, burger joints, and more traditional options to choose from if you’re out for dinner. There is also a vibrant nightlife in Costa Adeje for those looking for an adventure in the evenings, especially if you like Karaoke!

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you are already tempted to book yourself a well-deserved winter sun golf holiday. To escape the winter blues to enjoy some sun and golf, contact us and start planning your next trip.

About the Author

Matt Standley

Role: Marketing Executive - Handicap: 15 - Home course: Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club - Favourite courses: Palmares, Aphrodite Hills, Quinta do Lago North, Monte Rei & La Manga Club South

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