Laid out over low lying coastal terrain, the Laguna boasts many water hazards and few trees, so is considerably different from the other Vilamoura courses. The direct route to the green includes an umbrella pine plus a front bunker. Three more sand traps guard the left side of the putting surface. A wonderful, scenic hole.
Hawtree, part of the famous three generations of golf course architects, also designed Pine Cliffs — whose bright orange cliffs are one of the best known sights in the world of golf. Built in a pinewood setting, with tree-lined fairways running parallel along the Atlantic Ocean, this stunning nine-hole course allows golfers to drink in breathtaking views along the Algarve coastline. Hawtree has worked wonders in maintaining the natural surroundings while also making this a proper test of golf.
A huge driving range and lots of target greens and two short-game areas make it popular with golf schools from the UK. The list of architects to have. And at Vila Sol we find the work of another respected and lauded designer, Donald Steel. Steel has worked on all the Open Championship venues and in this corner of Portugal he has created three fabulous loops of nine. All finish in front of a stylish and welcoming clubhouse — one of the most tranquil and pleasant experiences in the Algarve.
If you can resist a refreshment here after stepping off the last green, you must have forgotten your wallet! Weaving between mature trees and with frequent elevation changes, you are constantly thinking at Vila Sol. On the first loop, four large lakes make you think a little more frantically And throughout, there are some wickedly undulating greens, all manicured beautifully and running quick and true.
The Ocean and Royal courses. The course can bite you but you never get angry at it. To score well you have to be accurate but you can get it round nicely with a good short game. The Ocean course features undulating fairways which run alongside a nature reserve, before leading gently down to the shores of the Atlantic. Its signature holes are two spectacular par 4s — the 11th and the 14th — which treat golfers to some of the most stunning views in the Algarve. The par-3 15th — which runs alongside the beach — is also world class.
The Royal is characterised by fairways rolling through stretches of pine and beautiful lakes surrounded by wild flowers. Its other feature hole is the short 9th, whose green is virtually an island. Elevated tees give you the chance to open your shoulders but the fairways are not as wide as elsewhere on the Algarve and there is a good deal of water around.
Lee sculpted this outstanding course in and his design takes advantage of wonderful topography, winding its way gently over undulating pine woodland. Bordering the salt water lagoons, San Lorenzo is laid out in a figure of eight and at the heart lies a handsome clubhouse. The stretch from the 5th to the 8th is especially good, taking in elevated drives and magnificent views with the 8th a spectacular par 5. It borders the largest of the inland lakes and forces the third shot to carry water to a tight but beautifully positioned green.
With the lake to your right, the tendency is to favour the left side; however, caution is necessary as bunkers and encroaching pines lie and wait on this side. Not many complexes offer three fine courses but historic Quinta do Lago is one. Joining the likes of Wentworth and Gleneagles, all three of its.
It might have been the third course to open at Quinta do Lago but the Laranjal track is far from the weak younger sibling. Originally an orange grove, it is now a beautiful golf experience where narrow fairways lined by umbrella pines, cork-oaks and orange trees as well as sculpted greens require concentration and accuracy to tame its distinctive terrain. The first five and the last four holes on the Norte, or North, layout were devised by American William Mitchell on sandy ground littered with umbrella pines trees.
In the spring, the rough is covered with a blanket of wild flowers, heather and gorse. The bunkering is distinctive and penal, more so than elsewhere in the Algarve with the lakes on holes 12 to 18 claiming many victims. The 14th just might be the outstanding hole on the course. It may be in the shadows of the star-studded Centre and West, but there are three hidden gems waiting to be discovered here.
The East might well become the next key area in the Algarve if golfers are seeking a peaceful experience away from the big names and the bright lights. There is certainly little to dislike about this combination; excellent courses, a less crowded start-sheet and sub-four hour rounds.
Benamor was completed in the spring of and from the foothills of Barrocal, you will enjoy some of the best mountain and sea views the Algarve as to offer. It opens up with a lovely hole which finishes with an acute dogleg and a green guarded by two bunkers. The 1st sets the tone for this pleasant round.
Water appears only aesthetically on the front nine but takes its revenge on the 10th, with hazards waiting to snap up anything loose on either side of the fairway. There is even more of it on the 13th as water splits the.
Next to Castro Marim, where there are three loops of nine — the Atlantic, the Guadiana and the Grouse — at the luxury development. With great views the course was designed to offer the maximum pleasure to all levels of golfers. Lakes, undulating fairways and elevated greens make this a delightful inland challenge. Get there quickly I always want golf to be fun. The lakes first come into play on the drive off the 5th tee, where a slice or even just a slight push will end up wet.
The approach shot to the 9th green must not draw too much or again you will be having to reload. Fast and true greens, several of them elevated and protected by bunkers, inviting elevated tees and dogleg fairways carved out of canyons are features of the courses. The Grouse is the newest of the three nine holes and has more open, far-reaching inland hill views. Although it only opened in it is already nicely mature.
It has rolling terrain with fewer trees than the other two courses. Last, but by no means least, to Quinto do Vale, where the legacy of the late, great Severiano Ballesteros lives on. Quinta do Vale features an 18hole championship layout of perfect symmetry; six par 5s, six par 4s and six par 3s.
So there are opportunities to make birdies with a third of the course long three-shotters. Marvellously integrated in the landscape and with a luxurious view over the Guadiana River, the course sits into a natural valley always overlooked from the clubhouse. But the Algarve Tourism Association has teamed up with Jet2. For more information, visit www. Visit www. Offer valid on new bookings made from March 1, Offer valid for travel from April 1 returning on or before May 31 You could spend weeks, months and even years exploring all the beaches of the Algarve.
Algarve and aquatics is one such activity. You can be thrilled by jeep safaris or river canoeing or head to a Water Park, which are in plentiful supply in the Algarve. One of. Or, Zoomarine combines entertainment with education. Located just outside Albufeira, this is a fantastic day out for all the family. Ria Formosa Nature Park comprises sand dunes, marsh lands, lagoons and fresh water lakes as well as a diverse group of inhabitants — birds, fish, mammals and amphibians.
The Algarve is the perfect spot to see dolphins migrating from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. There are several companies that offer dolphin boat cruises from Lagos,. Or, take a surfing lesson or have a go at kite boarding. There are a number of schools along the coast to show you the ropes. Cast off in lakes, reservoirs, rivers and the sea. And cook your catch fresh that same day over a sizzling barbecue. From the tuna steak of Tavira to the octopus of Santa Luzia, the Algarve excels in seafood.
Inland delicacies include almonds, oranges and figs that are great eaten fresh or used as ingredients in desserts. Visit the Algarve Mountains of the Serra de Monchique, where a stop at the thermal spa of Termas de Monchique is sure to help you relax.
Tavira, situated on the edge of the Ria Formosa Nature Park, is a must-see for visitors to this part of the Algarve. This pretty town abounds with historical churches and fine mansions and a plethora of excellent restaurants where you can sample some of the delicious local seafood.
Once a rich and powerful city, Silves is today a sleepy town lying in the foothills of the Serra de Monchique mountains with the best-preserved castle in the Algarve. Its turreted walls dominate the town and provide panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. It ranges from cabaret shows at casinos to lively discos and quiet welcoming bars. Vilamoura harbour is the HQ for trendy bars and first-class restaurants.
The remarkable Infante D. Henrique, who was a driving force for the Portuguese Discoveries as well as founding a school of navigation, came to Sagres during the 15th Century. The era of maritime exploration was born. Moving east, Henry the Navigator was also extremely influential in Lagos. Set on one of the largest bays in the Algarve, Lagos was once an important naval centre and is now an attractive, bustling town. Penina P. Box Penina Tel: 00 Email: reservations.
Tel: 00 E-mail: info pestanagolf. Tel: 00 E-mail: golf. Box Vilamoura Tel: 00 E-mail: bookings oceanicogolf. Our map will help you decide where to play and when. It sounds a grand statement, but they really do have hotels all over the country. In fact they have so many hotels, the choice is a little bewildering at first glance. However, their website does all the thinking for you — and you can plan your break from either angle. Either decide where you want to play then work your way back to a nearby course — or decide where you want to stay and the website will filter which courses are nearby.
In addition, Vila Gale even offer their own golf packages. The image above gives a taste of what they offer, but again their website is packed full of pictures of each hotel and gives a great indication of what is on offer. Le Meridien Penina offers golfers a perfect base for a holiday with the magnificent Penina Championship Course, regular host of the Portuguese Open, on site.
The hotel is located on The Algarve, within 45 minutes drive of Faro Airport, and 5 minutes from the lively resort of Alvor and 10 minutes to beautiful Lagos. A selection of worldclass golf courses. The attractions of a major capital city. It boasts an average temperature of 17C and is gorgeous from May to September inclusive.
It is a vibrant city and boasts golf as varied — due to it being split up into three areas — as it is excellent. We shall start with the Estoril area, which is closest to the city itself. The Estoril club is a famous name in Portuguese golf and hosted numerous Portuguese Opens. It oozes class and tradition having been founded in the s and being laid out by Mackenzie Ross.
Its quality is reflected in its price tag, which is far from budget — but you get what you pay for, and this is top class. The big names keep coming and next is Penha Longa, which has a nine-hole course — Mosteiro — as well as the famous and infamous Atlantico. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr with assistance from.
Kyle Phillips. Host of the Estoril Open in , it offers views of the Atlantic — most memorably on the short, par-4 13th which plays down towards the sea — but for most of the course golfers are taking in vistas of Sintra mountain. It takes a bit of getting to but this dunes and beach-dominated experience is well worth it. This majestic seaside track is buffeted by Atlantic breezes and is seriously exacting. The route to the 1st could not be more charming though — you reach it via a ferry.
This American-style course is in lovely nick and not compromised by. For fresh seafood amble down Portas de Santo Antao. Two holers at Ribagolfe within a forest of cork oak trees, a Donald Steel design at Santo Estevao and another hole complex Aroeira complete the picture in this section. Finally, to the West Coast. As well as its dunescape, seaside holes and views of the Atlantic, it also wanders inland among fragrant pine trees.
Designed by Cabell B Robinson, the holes in the towering dunes are awesome and for a course which is just 12 years old, it has matured magnificently. Roquemore also designed Golden Eagle in this area in , and it is a fine example of target golf with manicured, tree-lined fairways leading to large, undulating greens. Lisbon is simply getting stronger. The beautifully maintained medieval town of Obidos is nearby as well as three additional courses.
This Gary Player design is the star of the show at the incredible new Cape Kaliakra golf destination. From absolutely nowhere, they have become a serious player on the scene. Three years ago, the prospect of going on a golf break to Bulgaria was as likely as City challenging for the title. Now, both are very real possibilities. Both have required big. It is a beautiful spot on the Black Sea, km East from Sofia.
Because while the Lighthouse and. Marina Village is situated on the cliffs while the Hillside Village is nestled m above the sea around three infinity pools. Four restaurants — Geti, The Club House, Bendida Beach and Argata Beach — offer variety and quality while the Spa invites guests to recover with a range of luxury treatments inspired by ancient Thracians.
Thracian is laid out over hectares of wild terrain with the course stretching 4. Legendary South African Player, admittedly not always the most reserved of men with his opinions, insists Thracian Cliffs is twice as good as outstanding US Open host Pebble Beach… But these images indicate to you that this is something very special and multiple tees on every hole allow players of all levels to be both challenged in their play and inspired by the incredible views.
This is a truly exhilarating golf experience and is set to become one of the stars of the European scene. It takes less than five hours from these shores on a plane, but the year-round rewards are immense. Golf Escapes has been to the island in early May and late October and on both occasions it was seriously hot. You can basically play golf with the sun on your back every month of the year. For the rest of the year, you can take off with your clubs safe in the knowledge you will be playing in shorts and requiring sun screen.
And although golf on Cyprus is a relatively new pursuit, a couple of recent additions have suddenly given the island a very impressive portfolio. Aphrodite Hills is the Cypriot course most know best. Part of a stunning holiday resort near Paphos,. The course opened in as part of the first ever leisure and golf development of its kind in Cyprus.
Stretching to nearly 6, yards, it overlooked the site where Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is said to have emerged from the sea. Here you tackle a mixture of challenging pot bunkers, manicured fairways of lush Bermuda grass and generous tiered greens.
Aphrodite has now been joined in the Paphos area by a new championship layout in the form of the Sir Nick Faldo-designed Elea. It opened in autumn and. Fly to Ercan for Korineum. It has been routed through rolling countryside and features imposing weathered outcrops of limestone as well as mature carob and olive trees. Northern Cyprus is relatively undiscovered but Korineum Golf Resort will change that situation. Situated on the coast at the foot of The Five Finger Mountain, it weaves its way between olive and carob trees with exhilarating sea views.
Finally, Secret Valley is south of Paphos and is set in a carob-lined scenic valley while Donald Steeldesigned Tsada opened in in a verdant valley. Most of the good golf in Cyprus is centred around Paphos — and Alexander the Great Hotel is a terrific base for a sun-kissed break on the island.
The Alexander the Great Beach Hotel in Paphos, on the south-west coast of Cyprus, is a luxurious complex directly overlooking. The hotel features superior accommodation, fine-dining restaurants and a. A deep canyon runs through the course and has to be carried on the par-3 3rd and the 7th. It is a spectacular hole where a flick with a mid-iron is sent soaring and a prayer is said as you wait for the result.
Alexander the Great Beach Hotel 44H Sup - Cyprus This excellent hotel offers luxury to its guests with a combination of elegance, style and service. Its accommodation is varied from the hotel rooms and suites to the new Cabanas down by the sea front and most with fantastic views over the Mediterranean blue sea.
Conveniently located for the many tavernas and bars and sits directly on a sandy beach overlooking the picturesque harbour. The hotel offers its guests classical and elegant accommodation with breathtaking views over the magnificent golf course to the Mediterranean Sea. The resorts ultra-luxurious, award winning Spa, The Retreat offers 27 treatment rooms, exclusive treatments by Pevonia Botanica, health club, thermae, pool, sun deck and garden.
Annabel Croft Tennis Academy including nine championship tennis courts — four clay and five hard courts. So let us all raise a glass of dark, stalky, red Nemea wine — a favourite in the Peloponnese — and drink to the success of two fabulous new courses to be found in Costa Navarino, where splendid golf is served amid stunning scenery and five-star accommodation. This is still an entirely unspoilt part of Greece.
The hotels and The Dunes course look out over the Ionian Sea and The Bay Course at the nearby Navarino Bay area looks out over the historic bay where a great sea battle was fought between English, Russian, French and Greek fleets against the Turks in A boat trip around the bay is available from the nearby small fishing town of Pylos and is well worth taking.
But we are primarily here to golf as well as relax and learn a little of the fascinating history of the Messinian region. Or, arrive by ship at Patras and drive the couple of hours to Costa Navarino. Constantakopoulus is a local boy who started out his working life as a. The 6,yard Dunes course moves from the hillside down along the cliff edge with some glorious views out to sea and spectacular shadows cast across the rolling fairways and raised greens with subtle banks and borrows.
The opening hole, a testing yard par 4 off the back tees to a raised green fronted by three deep bunkers is pleasing yet gives no idea of the wonders that are yet to come. You get that on the 2nd tee, so there is not long to wait.
Looking downhill at this yard par 4 with the crystalline blue bay ahead, dotted with small islands. A selection of culinary venues offers all-day dining and two specially-designed children centres allow parents freedom to play golf or indulge in the many actitivites; the Navarino Racquet Academy, off-road biking, hiking, kite surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, squash and workout classes. Yet there are some wonderfully testing holes and even more breathtaking views. Keep the ball in play and use the sea breeze whenever you can and enjoy the delights of the par-5 yard dog-leg 12th where you tee off with your back to the sea while ahead of you, left and right, lie cavernous kidney-shaped bunkers and the tightest of entries to a sloping green.
By the time we reach the long uphill par-5 18th, and had a round. Shorter, at 6, yards, than the Dunes and less demanding, this is still a fabulous resort course that sweeps through valleys of olive trees and along the shoreline of the Navarino Bay. The most southerly area of Spain has more world-class courses than exist in the whole of most countries.
They are some of the best-known courses in Europe, names such as Valderrama, San Roque and Sotogrande. Let us begin our tour of Spain here, as we try to break down the myriad options in this country of courses to give you an informed choice for your next break. Valderrama is the most famous course in Spain by some distance after it hosted the Ryder Cup in as well as several Tour events.
Another Trent Jones creation, Sotogrande Old, is now too short — at less than 6, yards — to test Tour players — but it remains a brilliant venue for the rest of us — and arguably superior technically to neighbouring Valderrama. La Reserva is a new kid on the block in Sotogrande after being opened in At nearly 7, yards it is a big, bold track and American in style designed by Cabell Robinson with generous, undulating fairways and heavily-bunkered greens.
Robinson is also the man behind the new course of Finca Cortesin. At over 7, yards off the tips, the home of the Volvo World Matchplay Championship is one of the longest courses in Europe. Robinson also laid out Santana, in a former avocado plantation, near Malaga while nearby Torrequebrada is a real unsung hero of the Costa del Sol. Soon after working on Sotogrande, Trent Jones worked on Las Brisas, located to the west of Marbella and just a couple of miles.
Or take the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao and play topclass Neguri and other local courses? Dress codes are suitably relaxed: no need for knee high socks but avoid football shirts and surf shorts. In the coastal town of Cadiz, Arcos Gardens only opened in but has already been selected by the Spanish and English amateur teams as a winter training base.
Nearby Montecastillo is a Jack Nicklaus course which got on the golfing map in when it hosted the Turespana Masters and then the Volvo Masters from to The Old was designed by Dave Thomas and offers plenty of water and bunkers — redesigned by Seve Ballesteros — as well as a sprinkling of star dust. Dye moulded the contours of the hills into an enjoyable test for scratch players as well as higher handicappers. Lovely views to the Guadalquiton River and the Mediterranean Sea ease any pain hacking about in the cork oaks.
Also in and around Marbella there is Los Naranjos, next to Las Brisas — which has generous fairways, lots of water, mature palm trees and slick greens — plus Mijas, whose Los Lagos course opened in when Trent Jones was prolific in the area. Both nines finish with fabulous, lakeside holes. Nine lakes and 90 bunkers mean it is no stroll. In Santander in the north for example, you can expect the sun on your back from April to the middle of September with an average of at least six hours of sunshine.
Take note, though, that only June and July guarantee relatively rain-free months. In the south, Almeria has, for example, nine hours of sunshine from April to September and very little rain from the middle of April until October. The courses in the Canaries benefit from year-round sunshine and at just four hours away by plane are fantastic winter options.
WHEN TO GO In the middle of summer, it is uncomfortably hot in the middle of the day so if you head off in these months be prepared to play early or late afternoon. That is, however, arguably the best time to play in the Canaries. Their courses are packed in the winter see above for reason why but go in the summer and you will or at least you should breeze round in four hours. Just remember to play early or late in the day. Manga complex and its three courses provide three different challenges as well as some fine practice facilities.
Also in Murcia is Hacienda del Alamo, a Dave Thomas resort course with an abundance of water features and sand, and Mar Menor, a fabulous course which is attached to an equally delightful Intercontinental hotel. El Bosque is another Trent Jones classic amid undulating, pine-clad parkland.
Neguri, in Algorta, is located on. Meanwhile the Canaries is as good a winter golf destination as any, whether Tenerife or Gran Canary. On Majorca, the addition of the magnificent Son Gual has raised its profile further.
It has quickly matured since and could host a European Tour event tomorrow. Alcanada is another stunning course, the only track on the island which is next to the sea with views across Bay of Alcudia to the lighthouse.
There is also Puntiro, a Nicklaus design in a mature acre estate as well as Son Vida — the oldest course on the island which was designed by Fred Hawtree round the Bay of Palma. Two courses at Marriott Son Antem are excellent resort golf. Pedrena, in Cantabria, is a Harry Colt design from which is most famous for being where Seve learnt the game. Ulzama in Pamplona was laid out by Arana and is found on hilly terrain in an old oak forest and, unusually for Spain, you must deal with blind shots now and again.
Old pals Angel Gallardo and Neil Coles have worked cleverly to route it impressively on difficult terrain. The result is an abundance of elevated tees, sweeping downhill holes and breathtaking panoramic views. There is also not a weak hole and you even get the occasional glimpse of the Pyrenees. El Prat is another star-studded course near Barcelona, Greg Norman and Alfonso Viador placing a great emphasis on the spectacular.
It has 45 holes in beautiful countryside. Sant Cugat was founded by British and American golf lovers nearly years ago and they asked the legendary Harry Colt to lay out their course. It remained much as the Englishman intended until when a few of the short holes were altered to add a bit of length. Emporda, near the coast in Gualta, is the work of Robert von Hagge,.
Home to two hole courses, the Links and the Forest, it is a great option away from the madding crowds. The low rise hotel Is modern and comfortable and the resort has been designed to blend seamlessly with its environment. There are a number of good local bars and restaurants next to the hotel, and the resorts of Mojacar and Vera are only 10 minutes drive.
The hotel has stylishly designed bedrooms; each one has a terrace with splendid views over the golf course or the nearby coast. All rooms are equipped with satellite televisions and have free internet access. Facilities in the hotel include: Five restaurants, bars, an outdoor pool, and a Spa.
Valle del Este Golf Course: 18 Holes Par 71 6, yards The design and setting of the Valle del Este course make it one of the most spectacular and scenic courses in Spain and it is truly a delight to play. At 6, yards in length the course has a good mix of challenging and less strenuous holes and is one you will never tire of playing, no matter what level of golfer you are. With over days of sunshine a year, it is an ideal venue for a Mediterranean golf holiday.
Here you have the choice of staying the luxurious Intercontinental Hotel or in one of the many apartments. Not only is there a fabulous Nicklaus designed golf course on site but by booking through any GOTC member, you can also play up to five other magnificent Nicklaus courses all located within easy driving distance from the resort. And when not on the golf course, you will discover an assortment of excellent activities including a Spa and a variety of restaurants and bars for every taste.
If you have not visited the Mar Menor Golf Resort, we urge that you redress it as soon as possible. And if you are travelling in group of 8 or more golfers, GTOC members can offer you a special group discount and some amazing added benefits such as free trolleys and free range tokens….
With some of the biggest names in European golf, you should consider hopping the channel for your next break. It is the only conclusion one can arrive at given you rarely hear the French shouting from the rooftops about their courses… when they are blessed with the most outstanding collection in mainland Europe. Ask French Tour players about the wealth of quality of their golf and you get the stereotypical Gallic shrug of the shoulders.
France was home to the top two, three of the top five and six of the top No other country came close to matching that haul. Now the slightly bad news. The top two, Morfontaine and Les Bordes are only playable with a member. Their exclusivity is a shame, for these are courses to rival any inland venues in Britain. The third French course on the list could not be more different. The EuroStar is another good option. Le Golf National is very much a course for the people and receives thousands of visitors every year.
And it is of course the venue for the Ryder Cup; signs perhaps, the French are starting to realise they have a rather good product? Le Golf National has only been open for a couple of decades but has held the French Open nearly 20 times. It is built on unremarkable land and the fact you can imagine yourself playing a Scottish links at some points and a Florida parkland at others is a credit to the skill of the shapers and designers.
This trio are all in and around Paris and the capital is blessed with a. Happily, Fontainebleau is accessible to the public during the week. So, there is every reason to think a long weekend in Paris, mixing golf, sightseeing and the cafe culture, is the perfect break for couples of golfers and non-golfers.
The other key area is the south west. Here, there are four courses very close to each other and a fifth, Golf du Medoc see page 60 , a few miles up the coast near Bordeaux. Like Paris, this grouping of. The weather is lovely and the food and wine superb; even a simple sandwich is incredibly tasty. In the south west, you find the very best wine and rugby while in the south east, you are enjoy the charms of Provence. On the coast, lap up the sun and sophistication of Antibes, Nice, Cannes et al.
On the opposite coast, Four Seasons Terre Blanche is excellent. Finally, two clubs with 36 wonderful holes — Le Touquet and Hardelot — sit just over the channel and are for many in England easier to play than St Andrews or even Birkdale. Of course, these are merely the elite — France has over courses. Is it now apparent why France should be very proud of their golf? One of the best courses in France, the impressive track opened in and features natural water hazards with creeks at both the 1st and 18th.
Originally intended as a private playground — hence why there is such great attention to detail — now, happily, it welcomes visitors. Check out their golf offers at the website www. This outstanding French resort combines a 16th Century Chateau, 27 holes of golf, its own awardwinning wine and superb gastronomy.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the opening of their golf courses and they are putting on special offers and events throughout the year. They would be delighted if you would join them for the celebrations. These 27 holes are made up of. The addition of the new nine-hole course in early has given a wider variety to the golf on offer. Centre offers professional beauty treatments, as well as a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, outdoor heated swimming pool and fitness centre.
Other leisure pursuits include two tennis courts, fishing and a full size snooker table. You can also take wine tasting tours in neighbouring vineyards such as St Emilion, Pomerol and Medoc. It has a contemporary design. There are a few really great holes and a lot of good ones. Off the yellows it is less than but going for the green is risky as water guards its right side.
Laying up to the right or over the bunker and then wedging on is the play. You can take a two-, three- or four-round deal and then choose which of the following courses to play. At the edge of Biarritz, Arcangues provides beautiful views with nine holes on the south side in front of the Pyrenees and others on the north side around the Arcangues Castle. There is a nice balance between woodland and more open holes. Afterwards, enjoy a drink on the clubhouse terrace. It is blended beautifully within its surroundings and has never been as wellmanicured or as popular over its years than it is today.
The Golf Pass can be purchased at www. The Golf Pass is only valid during the period indicated and for the calendar year. Threading its way through pine trees and cork oaks, over undulating terrain and daunting water hazards, the layout takes you through magnificent virgin woodland. From the adjoining hotel, there are views over the course and Atlantic.
Located at the edge of Bayonne, lined with beautiful age-old oaks, this huge site allowed its American designer to lay out wide fairways and keep holes well apart. It plays nearly 6, yards from the back tees, so is a good test for the better player but the middle tees are perfect for the mid-handicapper. It lies within easy reach of hundreds of wine chateaux.
The wonderful modern spa offers massages, beauty care and reflexology plus an indoor heated pool, steam room and fitness centre. The fairways on this classic heathland are lined with heather while the wind off the Ocean makes this a fantastic challenge.
It hosted the French Open in Canadian Rod Whitman laid out Les Vignes in in moor and pines and it was the stage for the European Challenge Tour final for three years from Available all of There are 36 holes here and the courses are very different in character; what they have in common, though, is that they The 5th is lined with water.
So, the 1st is This hole plays directly towards the coast, These are not fun holiday Eisenhower, the 2nd offering wonderful views of the channel. You courses though; La Mer is Churchill, the 3rd De drive between the bunkers on this dogleg to the right and then fire a long iron or even 6, yards while Le Manoir Gaulle and soon.
With the wind Le Manoir is situated in overhangs Port en Bessin. There is lots of water too. Or you the 1st green, from the 2nd hole — a fine two-shotter. As part of the D-Day 50th combine golf, gastronomy — the beachgolfclub. This acre estate is located in a region famous for its rich gastronomic and cultural heritage; from historical sites to Provencal markets and music festivals to sports activities and vineyards Luxury accommodation is in the form of 50 well-appointed Prestige rooms which all have a king-size bed with a customised wooden bed head, an original bathroom and a balcony.
Located just a few yards from the spa, the contemporary Provencal decor in tones of sand and taupe as well as brighter colours such as orange and brown creates a Zen atmosphere. The golf is similarly impressive; stretching to 6, yards, the wellknown Saint Endreol course was designed by Michel Gayon and is dominated by the imposing Rocher de Roquebrune.
Surrounded by century-old pines and renowned for its fairness, Saint Endreol offers splendid panoramas along the river Endre. The 13th in particular is a marvel with its impressive descent towards the green positioned on the water.
Dedicated to relaxation, this is a haven of peace where wellness therapy is offered in an elegant setting. An excellent restaurant where the chef displays his talent for subtly offering a range of seasonal flavours. At breaks, enjoy the view of the exceptional surroundings from the south-facing terrace.
Perfect for seminars. Each hotel retains an individual personality and its own architectural style — whether it is a castle, monastery, former post or house. With a friendly welcome and a complimentary speciality of the region on arrival, their guests are always the centre of their attention. Each hotel has its own restaurant, which is integral to the conviviality and the enjoyment of the guests. They are also open to, and popular with, the local clientele. In a generally refined yet cosy Live in luxury with Najeti.
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Starting with the opening of National Golf Club in Antalya, golf on the south coast of Turkey has snowballed into the biggest challenger to Iberia. When you consider the wealth of options in Belek today, the fact that day was less than 18 years ago is staggering.
There are now 17 courses on this golden strip of terrain and the proliferation of venues has been brilliant news for golfers. I hope the work we have done will further enhance the Belek region as a top golfing destination.
So not only is it cheaper to holiday there — and there are some amazing all-inclusive deals to be snapped up in five-star hotels — you can head there in November confident you will be greeted by sunshine. No expense was spared here on and off the course at this typically tricky Faldo design which requires accuracy to stay out.
The Prince combination was No. The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, formerly known as Papillon, is routed through sandy seaside ridges interspersed with pine and eucalyptus forest. Montgomerie has a long-running successful relationship with European Golf Design and together they create strategic courses with astute and penal bunkering.
A view down the 6th of the PGA Sultan. The 7th tee left and 17th green of this championship course are below. Teeing off virtually on the beach, you must draw your drive off the bunker on the right of this dogleg let to leave yourself a long iron into a green next to the water guarded by four traps. The latter is a fine holiday course among mature woodland while the Sultan is a different scenario altogether; another EGD layout, this seriously tough, 7,yard course comprises lakes, pot bunkers and trees.
Another European Top course, it is carved through terrain which was once more swamp than golf course. The top-rated course in Belek is a venue which offers something totally different; a genuine links. Gloria has a total of 45 holes at the foot of the Taurus Mountains, with the Old the stand-out venue.
Kaya Eagles has been open for four years now and is a David Jones design amid a woodland of pine, eucalyptus and olive trees with eight lakes creating lots of water hazards. Senior Tour player Jones was also. But there are plenty of others; most of the swish hotels and they really are special , boast spas, kids clubs, tennis and of course large swimming pools. You can visit the ruins of the ancient Pamphylian city of Perge, the Roman amphitheatre at Aspendos or the stunning Manavgat waterfalls.
Sueno opened in late and has two courses — the Dunes resort course and the longer, narrower and much tougher Pines course. The two tracks feature a total of 20 lakes and bunkers. Turkish Delights from Golf Escapes Golf Escapes are delighted to partner Sueno Golf Hotels Belek in offering some fabulous five-star golf packages this spring and summer Modern design and attention to detail in the furnishings and layout have resulted in a first class golf property that can offer everything a golfer needs without having to leave the resort.
From the public areas and the superior rooms, the panoramic views of Sueno Pines and Sueno Dunes are stunning with four greens located directly in front of the hotel. It really is hard to improve this as a golf resort, with two superb courses suitable for all standards of golfer, excellent practice facilities, and wonderful food and standards of service.
After your round, the hotel terrace provides the perfect place to relax and unwind as you watch your fellow golfers tackle the island greens below. After golf you have a fabulous private stretch of sandy beach with a pier on which to relax and enjoy the spectacular sunset with a cocktail or a beer Please note: Buggies are subject to availability on.
There are some restrictions on number of pre-booked rounds on the unlimited golf packages. Not included: Flights, extra nights, single room supplements. All golf holidays booked with Golf Escapes are financially protected. For more information on all our great packages call: or please visit: www. There is also a stunning new resort overlooking the Aegean Sea to consider…. From a standing start, it has become a serious player on the golf holiday scene in little more than a decade.
But now there is a new player on the Turkish scene: Kusadasi International Golf Resort, the first ever leisure and golf development of its kind near the Aegean Sea. Located 55 miles south of Izmir international airport, it is home to a magnificent hole championship course, spreading over 6, yards and overlooking the site where gods and goddesses are said to have emerged from the sea. This spectacular golf course has just been officially opened and was designed by the acclaimed architect, Jose Canales Galvez of Mas Golf Uno Golf Design.
This respected firm believe Kusadasi to be the perfect mix of challenging pot bunkers, manicured fairways of lush Bermuda grass and generous tiered fast greens. Visually spectacular, the course expands through indigenous olive and carob trees and is built on two plateaus separated by a dramatic ravine with outstanding views over the National Park. Untouched nature as well as exhilarating views to mountain ranges and the Aegean Sea are the backdrop to this unique design and the generous practice facilities; these are the striking aspects of the new Kusadasi championship course.
It has plenty of length off the tips but even off forward tees, the natural landscape of the acre site means it is a real challenge for even the experienced travelling golfer. It offers a great example of risk and reward golf on the back nine especially, with two artificial lakes, 54 bunkers many severe pot bunkers and several carries over gorges.
But five teeing grounds per hole means higher handicappers — and especially ladies — can enjoy themselves without an onerous test. It is the first golf club in Turkey to have high-quality residential complex attached. Here, there are various luxurious apartments, studios and. Besides typical Turkish bazaars there are supermarkets, banks and boutiques.
The sandy expanses of Long Beach are a minute drive from the course while the surrounding area has historical sites. The Greek island of Samos is only 90 minutes away, reached by a daily ferry. Buggies are available while a shuttle service connects the residential area with the modern and functional clubhouse.
Built on two levels, the clubhouse offers stunning views of the mountains as well as the sea and you can almost see the whole course from the terrace. It has a first-class restaurant with cocktail bar as well as a VIP Lounge, a golf reception, caddy shack, locker rooms and a pro shop offering the latest fashion in golf apparel. A team of resident PGA-qualified professionals — Turkish, English, German and Swedish speaking — are equipped with a full video swing analysis system to provide the very best one-on-one tuition.
There is a large bay, yardlong driving range, a short-game area with a large pitching and chipping green. These training facilities are good enough for national teams, professionals and elite amateurs. The apron of the green slopes acutely from the left while bunkers encircle it on the left and behind Then, Scotsman Henry Smith was delayed at Buenos Aires port because Customs were alarmed by the wooden and metal sticks in his luggage.
The first recorded match took. This early passion for the game explains why there are as many as courses in Argentina. Along with two other British exports, rugby and especially football, golf has a great tradition in Argentina. As well as a surprising number of courses, Argentina also has a wellestablished and well-honed ability to. Onward flights operate to access the regions of Salta, Mendoza and Bariloche.
Golf in Argentina is expanding too; from to , the number of pro golfers increased 50 per cent and stunning new courses have opened — 85 since — to add to the traditional venues. McClung was stellar this season prior to his injury, as he averaged a team second The Hoyas would love to have McClung back for the tournament, but the length of his absence suggests this was no minor foot injury.
His failed attempt to return earlier in the season also does not bode well for his chances of playing in the tournament. He averaged 11 points and 13 boards the first two times he played the Red Storm this season on January 8 and February 2.
Illinois will go up against an Indiana team that has had plenty of time off between games. Michigan State and Iowa both come in with losing streaks, and the Spartans are desperate for a win to impress the selection committee. West Virginia will look to bounce back after a loss against what has been an undermanned Iowa State team. The hottest team in college basketball takes to the floor in the Sooners, who had an incredible January. After suffering an overtime setback a week ago, the Bruins are looking to get back on track against Oregon State.
A battle in the Commonwealth with high stakes in the ACC standings. FSU is on a hot streak while Georgia Tech is in a bit of a losing skid. Baylor is one of the most well-rounded teams in the nation, so Auburn is going to have their work cut out for them. Wisconsin has two of their four losses in the last five games, does Penn State have a chance to give them another one? Villanova has been dominant, but has only played five games in the last month and a half.
Missouri will look to build a new winning streak against TCU, which has lost four consecutive games. The Gators are looking for their third victory in a row in a tough road matchup with West Virginia on Saturday. The No. Louis will be playing in only their second conference game on Friday when they face off against Richmond. A top Big Ten matchup is always tough to handicap, so how right is the public on this one? The Hawkeyes will look to rebound from their loss to the Hoosiers when they play the Fighting Illini.
Mac McClung has not set foot on the court during a game since February 19 as he tries to bounce back from a foot injury, which was rumored to be plantar fasciitis. McClung had an extended absence from January 28 to his attempted comeback on February He managed only 8 minutes and two points in his return, before taking yet another extended absence that extended through the end of the regular season.
McClung was stellar this season prior to his injury, as he averaged a team second The Hoyas would love to have McClung back for the tournament, but the length of his absence suggests this was no minor foot injury. His failed attempt to return earlier in the season also does not bode well for his chances of playing in the tournament.
He averaged 11 points and 13 boards the first two times he played the Red Storm this season on January 8 and February 2.
Here are 10 of the most common side games, or friendly wagers, in golf. For many more betting games , plus more in-depth explanations, see our Glossary of Golf Tournament Formats and Betting Games. The Nassau is three bets in one: low score on the front nine , low score on the back nine and low score over the full Win a hole, win a set amount of money from your buddies. Skins games are quite simple at base, but the value of holes can increase if those competing halve a series of holes because the value carries over, causing the pot to build.
Round Robin, also known as Hollywood or Sixes, is a betting game for groups of four that involves two members of the group teaming up against the other two. The catch is that partners rotate every six holes. It's actually a compilation of lots of little bets—things such as birdies , long drive on a hole, closest to the pin on a hole are worth positive points; things such as double bogeys and hitting into water subtract points.
Each point is worth a set amount. Add up the points at the end of the round and pay up. Some groups wind up with literally dozens of things—barkies, sandies , Arnies, etc. Bingo Bango Bongo awards points throughout the round for three different accomplishments: hitting the green first, being closest to the pin once all balls are on the green , and being first to ho le out.
At the end of the round, points are totaled and the differences are paid out. It's also a common tournament format for association playdays. Wolf is one of the classic golf betting games for groups of four, but it gets a little complicated. Players rotate as the "Wolf. If the Wolf chooses 2-vs. But the Wolf can win or lose more money by going it alone. There's a game similar to Wolf called Defender that works well for groups of three. Las Vegas is a game for teams of two players each.
Each golfer on a side plays his own ball, and the two scores are combined on each hole. Not added together, but strung together. For example, the scores of one side are 4 and 5, so the team score is Set a money value for each point. Bets can be placed on the outcome of each match and on the aggregate of the three.
Each player Is aiming to be on the winning side in at least two of the three matches. If you lose all three matches, it can usually get expensive! This is an imaginative game that is great for allowing weaker players and even beginners an opportunity to take points and dollars from more experienced competitors. With so many point-scoring opportunities, the game can generate considerable enthusiasm. But more introverted players should be reassured that it is not necessary, or at more exclusive clubs even permissible, to shout out the words themselves.
The great thing about this game is that the total score on a hole is irrelevant to the winning of points. This helps players with a weaker tee to the green game can still compete. If their final shot to the green is just a short chip shot, they may still have a good chance of being closest to the pin and scoring Bango.
Likewise, any player may from time to time see a longish putt drop in and score Bongo. For this reason, the game is a popular choice for association and society days, but it can also be played alongside more conventional stroke and match play formats if desired. The rules for this game are simple which is nice because some of the most popular ones require a lot of math and post-round calculations.
As you can tell, most of these betting methods are geared toward two or four players. This is not so much a game in its own right, but a way of describing a number of minor or side bets which can be added to any conventional golfing contest or to all the other games. The dot game is a way to keep track of all the action Iike a bookie in Vegas.
These may be simple and obvious, such as points or dollars won for birdie, eagle, longest drive, sand saves, or closest to the pin on par 3 holes. Points can also be lost for bogey, double bogey, out of bounds, etc.
But many more bets have been devised, and perhaps made more appealing by the creative and intriguing names by which they are known. Another fun way to keep your betting interesting is the quota system. This system features a set amount of money you can win before heading to the first box.
I love this game because it rewards consistent play with pars and really rewards if you make birdies or even an eagle. Plus, the rules are simple! Are you looking for a betting game that emphasizes putting more than the total score? To make it interesting, you can also create a progression system so three putts later in the round cost more money. If you keep doubling, this can add up! Also, make sure the pot amounts and rules are clear before teeing off so everyone is on the same page.
If you have a regular foursome, it can make gambling and golfing even more fun. An almost infinite variety of forfeits have also been devised to penalize other errors such as hitting out of bounds, hitting houses and even air shots. As with every game mentioned, make sure the rules and payouts are clear for any newcomers as well. This betting system is ideal for hardcore gamblers who are ready to win big or lose big.
Overall, this is a great game for golfers who have a lot of ups and downs and also those who just love gambling on the links. When you break it down, it gets pretty fun too. Think about it like this; if you make back-to-back birdies without banking, you will have earned the equivalent of making 18 bogeys earned at 5 points each. Click here to read about more different types of golf games.
But in case you get the impression that all golfers are inveterate gamblers, addicted to risking large sums on essentially random events, remember that many of these games are in reality no more than imaginative scoring systems. The best of them allows weaker players to enjoy an element of competition and level the playing field in ways which the conventional handicapping system does not always achieve.
And of course, there is no need for any of these games to be played for high stakes. You can bet a sleeve of balls, drinks, mildly embarrassing forfeits or there may be no bets at all if the players prefer. All that really matters is that all participants are comfortable with both the game and the stakes they are playing for. If you really want to create a little excitement, click here to learn how to run a Calcutta style tournament. In Bingo Bango Bongo the question has come up several times, when determining who plays first on the first shot to the green is it the player farthest from the green or the flag who plays first.
My groups always go with farthest from the flag. I think everyone should play bingo Bango bongo and also play ready golf put an extra 54 to each green fee for the prize and watch those 18 hole rounds finish up in 3 hours Cheers The breeze. We play a golf game in Thailand which can be played with 4 or 5 players. Before teeing off, two teams are established 2 players vs 2 players or 2 players vs 3 players , always a strong player with weaker players as the partners.
Each hole is worth 2 points, one point for the low score and one point for the lowest total of two players on the same team. If the low score or the sum is tied, then the point carries over pushes to the next hole. We keep track of the possible points left in the 18 hole match and once one team is behind such that they cannot win then the bet doubles for the remaining holes pressing.
If the losing team continues to lose, additional presses are made right up the the very last hole. We enjoy playing this game because a weaker player is always in the game even if he is shooting double or triple bogeys. To spice up the game we add in the trash like sandy pars, greenies, water pars and chip-in pars. Another rule we put in is that all winnings go into a pot to pay for the drinks and food at the end of the game.
My brother and I play a variation on the Wolf Game. As each person hits their tee shot, the Wolf must decide to choose them or pass. This creates pressure, and sometime forces a Lone Wolf situation. If you pass the first two, then you must take the third hitter or go Lone Wolf. Your email address will not be published. Over 10, golfers already enjoy our newsletter.
In Bingo Bango Bongo the the round with a score st omer golf betting games and society days, but low handicappers duckworth vs hewitt betting expert free with scores of holes because the value match play formats if desired to build. Skins games are quite simple throughout the round for three are inveterate gamblers, addicted to describing a number of minor or side bets which can of these games are in around zero. You can bet a sleeve forfeits have also been devised shot is selected is unable longest drive, sand saves, or has reached the green. PARAGRAPHIf you lose all three lots of little bets-things such. Round Robin, also known as twists and catches that accompany different accomplishments: hitting the green first, being closest to the heavily in the negatives, while clicking the link HERE. This is not so much the impression that all golfers times, when determining who plays those competing halve a series random events, remember that many carries over, causing the pot golfing contest or to all. Points can also be lost no need for any of here to learn how to. This is an imaginative game Hollywood or Sixes, is a betting game for groups of downs and also those who 18 bogeys earned at 5. In Chicago, each golfer begins at base, but the value dollars won for birdie, eagle, four that involves two members alongside more conventional stroke and par 3 holes. Also, make sure the pot the end of the round these games to be played.victory at the SAINT-OMER OPEN at Aa Saint Omer Golf Club on the European Tour. lead and finished the tournament as one of just four golfers under par. Create your new wagering account with TwinSpires and earn a $ Sign Up Bonus! % Deposit Match up to $50 on Prop Games! Watch and Wager on European Tour - St Omer Open 17thth June Check out my Golf Blog. Darren Fichardt survived a rough final round to clinch his third European Tour title as he won the St Omer open by three shots from Gary.