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HAPPY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2017

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Merry Christmas & A Prosperous New year  From Everyone at Quality Golf Destinations

 

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank you who made 2016 another successful year. We hope you enjoyed travelling, working and golfing with us over the last 12 months.

This year we have expanded our portfolio of destinations to give you more choice when deciding on your golf holiday, but we have still remained true to our principles of having personal knowledge of all our featured destinations. We believe this approach gives you the best possible holiday.

Our monthly newsletters have been very well received this year; we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy writing them and also it gives you plenty of Ideas for future holidays.

Please don’t forget that we don’t just do golfing holidays, Quality Destinations offers high-quality tours and tailor-made holidays to many of the world’s most fascinating regions. Or you just want a City Break which is a great way to holiday and discover new cities around the world.

So keep us in mind for all of next years Golfing Trips, Holidays or City Breaks, we have access to over 100,000 Worldwide hotels for 2017!  As always all our holidays are fully tailor-made to suit your requirements so if you want something different, Please contact the office on  01782 510800 or Email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 

From our Visits, over the last 12 months, the Team has put together their top 10 Golf courses that we could recommend to you.

 
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Cascata Golf Club(Las Vegas)

Cascata’s private gates open to a spectacular landscape that forms a regal backdrop for a golf experience like no other.

The par-72 course provides stunning vistas at every turn, including the 3,600-foot peak at Red Mountain, lush fairways, lakes, and streams. Class A PGA professionals attend to equipment, fashion or instruction needs, and players are accompanied on-course by a Tour-class caddie.

The Tuscan-style, 37,000-square-foot clubhouse offers an Old World ambience of unpretentious luxury, where attentive staff members oblige your every need. The dining room features an appetising menu sure to impress every taste. An excellent collection of rare and fine tobaccos is stocked in the cigar lounge’s custom-designed humidor.

The golf shop carries an array of equipment, stylish apparel and accessories. The men’s and ladies’ lounges are equipped with every conceivable amenity, including sink-side, flat-screen TVs.

 

Pinehurst No. 2, the centrepiece of Pinehurst Resort, remains one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. It has served as the site for more single golf championships than any course in America and hosted back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in 2014. The U.S. Open will return in 2024.

Opened in 1907, No. 2 was designed by Donald Ross, who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” Ross was associated with the course for nearly a half-century, improving the course continually until his death in 1948. No. 2 is best known for its crowned, undulating greens, which are some of the most complex and widely hailed in the world. Ross believed in providing golfers with strategic choices, and Pinehurst No. 2 was intended to epitomise that philosophy.

 

 

The Idaho Club is home to Idaho’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. As one of the world’s preeminent golf course designers and the greatest golfer who ever played, Jack Nicklaus turned the design into an art form as he carefully weaved fairways and greens into this exceptional panoramic landscape. The result is an impressive 18-hole championship golf course that, through the combination of breath-taking beauty and picturesque course architecture, delivers an unforgettable golf experience.

Beyond the championship golf, you can hike along mountain wetlands frequented by moose, elk and deer, and relax your body and mind while enjoying breathtaking sunsets followed by the brilliant patterns of the Northern Lights.

These are only a few of the reasons the western edge of the Rocky Mountains has quickly become a favourite destination for adventure seekers. The splendour of the Idaho landscape, with its high mountain peaks, alpine lakes and lush forests, provides the perfect retreat for families, outdoor enthusiasts and those just looking to reconnect with nature.

 

Costa Navarino Resort, is home to two 5-star Hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, part of the Starwood Hotels portfolio, a conference centre, Anazoe Spa and thalassotherapy, The Dunes Course – the first signature golf course in Greece, two specially designed children hubs, Cocoon and Sandcastle, along with numerous culinary venues and a wide variety of sports, outdoor and cultural activities on offer. Navarino Bay, just a few minutes from Navarino Dunes, is home to the second signature golf course, The Bay Course.

Costa Navarino is located in an unspoilt, breathtaking seaside landscape in the Greek region of Messenia, south-west Peloponnese. Costa Navarino philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messenia while protecting and It comprises a number of distinct sites featuring 5-star deluxe hotels, luxury residences, conference facilities, spa and thalassotherapy centres, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of unique year-round activities for adults and families. 

 

PGA Catalunya Resort is the culmination of more than 20 years’ work that continues to deliver on – and goes beyond – the vision of its founders. It incorporates two established championship-standard golf courses located near the picturesque town of Girona, Spain. The resort is owned by Irish entrepreneur Denis O’Brien and who also owns Quinta do Lago in Portugal.

This infrastructure includes two world-class golf courses – a Stadium course, recently voted the No.1 course in Spain for the third year in a row, and more gentle Tour course – a Golf Clubhouse, a Membership Clubhouse with private lounge, restaurant, and an exceptional Residents Club for owners, complete with indoor and outdoor swimming pool & children’s pool, indoor spa pool, tennis courts, fitness centre and treatment rooms.

 

 

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Monecastallio – (Spain)

18 hole golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus and considered as one of the best golf courses in Europe. The course was the home of the Volvo Masters for 5 consecutive years 1997-2001 and of Peugeot Tour of Spain during 3 years 2001-2003. It has also hosted in 2009, the Barcelo PGA Tour of Spain.

Montecastillo is one of Spain’s best value golf resorts and owned by Barcelo Hotels, who have already invested heavily in bringing the golf course back to its very best condition, with new bunkering which is great news, as this really is a Jack Nicklaus masterpiece. The hotel lies to the right-hand side of the spectacular cliff top18th hole, where a slice will put you out of bounds and into the hotel gardens! 

The course has hosted the Volvo Masters 3 times and is in close proximity to the lovely historic town of Jerez, which is famous for its wine and sherry cellars. The golf clubhouse is set in an old Castillo, with a superb spa treatment centre and a great indoor swimming pool. 

 

Royal Lytham & St Anne’s Golf Club was founded in 1886 and the present Course constructed in 1897. The Clubhouse celebrated its Centenary in 1998. It is one of the premier links courses in the world, host to ten Open Championships, two Ryder Cups and numerous other major tournaments including the Women’s and Seniors Open Championships. Northern hospitality has always been famous and Royal Lytham leads the way. You will be made very welcome.

The layout of Royal Lytham & St Annes has remained faithful to the original created by the Club’s first Professional, George Lowe, over a century ago. The only significant changes were made in 1919 when the club asked Harry Colt, the pre-eminent Course Designer of the time to make recommendations for improvement. It is renowned as a Course on which is it hard to scramble a good score, after all, there are 206 bunkers peppering the Fairways and surrounding the Greens. It may not be the longest of courses but it is one where careful thought and accurate shots are required.

 

Onyria P Golf  – links and parkland in a spectacular seaside setting  Within the natural amphitheatre of the Bay of Lagos, Robert Trent Jones II has fashioned Europe’s next great golf course, Onyria Palmares Golf. The brief given to this exceptional American golf course designer was to craft a 27-hole golf course which maximised the potential of its extraordinary environment.  The result is a golf course of breathtaking natural beauty which is a delight to play. The course opened 18 holes for play in October 2010 and the full 27 last June 2011 and it has matured nicely.

Robert Trent Jones II designed the golf course with the highest level of international tournament golf in mind as well as a pleasurable golf experience for members and tourists alike.  There is plenty of challenge if that’s what you want – especially from the white tees! Onyria Palmares Golf is composed of three returning nine-hole loops that can be played in any sequence. The genius in the routeing is that, depending on the sequence of play, each golf experience is different.  Each nine-hole loop has its own character and ambience.

 

In May 1990, the Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club started its journey with 27 holes, and today it has become one of the best golf courses in Europe. December of that year saw the official inauguration of the Clubhouse in the presence of HRH the Count of Barcelona, representatives of public authorities, founder members, and its designer, Severing Ballesteros.

Since that day, the Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club has changed considerably. Today it boasts a Golf Academy, Jack Nicklaus Academy, and even a children’s club. In 2000, the club was extended to 9 holes to complete the 2 full rounds you can currently play, named Mar (sea) and Pinos y Centro (pines and centre), totalling 36 holes. What is more, Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club offers 18 further holes, providing its clients with a total of 3 rounds of golf (all par 72) with different characteristics, that is to say, 54 holes in all. The practice course has been extended and equipped with sheltered facilities. Today it has more than 150 training spaces. They are 300 metres long, with several areas for chipping with a bunker, a pitch-and-putt course and 3 short holes, as well as 4 putting greens. Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club has undoubtedly some of the highest-quality practice facilities in the south of Spain

North Granite Ridge – (Canada)

Designing this golf course within this type of landscape was truly inspiring. The variety of golf holes that play through these boulders and trees or utilise the elevations provided by the granite ridges is second to none. It was easy to find fabulous green sites framed by trees and granite without altering the terrain. A number of tee decks are perched on the top of these granite ridges, providing long-range vistas over the forest, without a road to be seen or heard… it was beyond compare.

If there is a hidden gem in the world of golf, then North Granite Ridge sparkles brightly. It is up to you to come and discover this place for yourself.

 

 

 

 

We hope you all enjoy the Christmas and New Year celebrations and look forward to seeing you next year. 

 

Neil, Rob, Rachel, Kelly, Kevin

 

 

Please note Our offices will be closed over the Christmas & New Year period, reopening on the 3rd January 2017. If you would like to contact us or make an enquiry please drop us an email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

We are members of the Travel Trust Association so all bookings made with us are secure and your money is always safe, something we think is very important in the current economic climate.  We are also members of IAGTO, the InternationalAssociation of Golf Tour Operators who support golf tourism worldwide.

Quality Golf Destinations Ltd
PO Box 3186 | Biddulph | Staffs | ST8 9AY

+44(0)1782 510800

 info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

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La Cala Resort – Winter offers

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Check our best golf offers at La Cala Resort.

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These offers are from 1st December 2016 to 19th April 2017 
3 nights + 2 green fees per person.
Bed & Breakfast & Airport transfers included.
All dates inclusive.

Golf Holidays to Spain and Portugal

Package A

Groups of 4 – £248 or Groups of 8 – £225

1st December 2016 to 28th December 2016

1st January 2017 to 6th January 2017

8th January 2017 to 19th January 2017 

22nd January 2017 to 21st January 2017

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Package B 

Groups of 4 – £260 or Groups of 8 – £237

5th February 2017 to 8th February 2017

12th February 2017 to 15th February 2017

19th February 2017 to 22nd February 2017

La Cala Golf Resort

Package C

Groups of 4 – £270 or Groups of 8 – £255

2nd April 2017 to 5th April 2017

9th April 2017 to 12th April 2017

16th April 2017 to 19th April 2017

 

Groups of 8, one person will qualify for a free place 

General Conditions 

  • Flights not included but they can be arranged upon request.
  • Rates per person & package,sharing double/twin room including vat
  • All these prices are only Valid for new bookings made from the 1st December until 31st December 2016
  • Single use supplement per person £40
  • Superior room supplement per person per night £15
  • Combinable with 1 in 8 group offer – 1 free place
  • Any other supplements (extra nights, half board,extra green fees etc) will be as per standard rates.

La Cala Logo mainIt’s no secret that La Cala is one of the finest golf resorts in Andalucía. Three superb championship courses, each presenting its own unique challenges, slot seamlessly into a natural undulating backdrop of stunningly beautiful trees and flowers, rich with birds and wildlife.la-cala-2

We’re passionate about our golfing pedigree and it shows. Designed by the renowned Cabell Robinson, each 18-hole course has been created to ensure a testing, yet truly exhilarating experience.

The Clubhouse is only a minutes walk away from the hotel and features all the bar and restaurant facilities you would expect from a facility of this stature. Large Pro shop and changing rooms, Golf Club and buggy hire (which is included with your green There is also an excellent Academy facility which includes an open grass driving range, dedicated putting and short game areas and 6 hole par 3 course which has holes varying from 120-170 yards.

For more information on La Cala please click the hotel logo or here  

Please contact the office on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

We can arrange a Quality Golfing holiday at a number of other courses in Europe, please contact the office as other Courses  are available on request.

We are members of the Travel Trust Association so all bookings made with us are secure and your money is always safe, something we think is very important in the current economic climate.  We are also members of IAGTO, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators who support golf tourism worldwide.

Quality Golf Destinations Ltd
PO Box 3186 | Biddulph | Staffs | ST8 9AY

+44(0)1782 510800

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The Oitavos Golf Classic 2017

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SPECIAL OFFER

 

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History of Oitavos

oitavos-2The grandfather of today’s owner Miguel Champalimaud, Carlos Montez Champalimaud discovered this magnificent piece of land in 1908. With rare foresight, until his death in 1937, he worked to stabilise the sand dunes and plant pine forests to prepare for the development of a residential estate and tourist destination of exceptional quality.

Permits were secured by his son, Carlos Sommer Champalimaud in the 50’s and 60’s and the vision for Quinta da Marinha  was expanded. He constructed roads and developed the first home sites. Importantly, he drilled water wells in the adjacent hills and introduced sports facilities for horse racing and tennis.

When his son, Miguel Champalimaud (today’s owner) joined the family business he worked together with his father Carlos to secure final approvals over a 17 year period and since the death of his father, the family vision has come to fruition.

Over recent years, state of the art Health & Racket Club facilities, an Equestrian Center, and magnificent residential estates have been developed which add to the lure of Quinta da Marinha.

In 2001, the focal point of Quinta da Marinha was the Championship golf course Oitavos Golfe, designed by Arthur Hills to surround a 5-Star Hotel set to open in fall 2010. As the course became recognised internationally as a Links experience, the decision was made to change the name to Oitavos Dunes to reflect the natural sand dunes, impacts of the Ocean and Scottish like playing conditions, which all contribute to the way many view Oitavos Dunes as “Natural Links Golf.”

Today, Miguel and his four children remain committed to the family legacy and vow to continue to enhance the reputation and prestige of Quinta da Marinha in the years ahead.

OUR SPECIAL OFFER PACKAGE INCLUDES

 

  • 3 Nights stay in a superior loft – open plan suite
  • Complimentary Buffet Breakfast
  • Complimentary 3 Rounds of golf at Oitavos Dunes per person per stay
  • Welcome Cocktail at lplsylon Bar & Lounge
  • Closing Prize award dinner on the 25th at the lplsylon Restaurant
  • Prizes & Trophies

Double room £525

Single Supplement £209

 

Flights & Transfers not included but can be arranged.

Please Contact the office on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

We can arrange other Quality Golfing holidays at a number of other courses in World.

Please contact the office as other Courses are available on request or visit our website www.qualitygolfdestinations.co.uk 

We are members of the Travel Trust Association so all bookings made with us are secure and your money is always safe, something we think is very important in the current economic climate.  We are also members of IAGTO, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators who support golf tourism worldwide.

Quality Golf Destinations Ltd
PO Box 3186 | Biddulph | Staffs | ST8 9AY

+44(0)1782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

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SPECIAL OFFER FOR LISBON, PORTUGAL

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SHORT BREAK IN LISBON, PORTUGAL.

sporting-lisbon-1366x768-football-picturesWatch the Champions League Match Sporting vs Real Madrid and play Orizreal-madridonte golf courses

21st to 24th of November 2016 This Package includes
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Ticket for the Match
2 Green Fees (Quinta do Peru & Aroeira)
3 Nights at Sana Malhoa Hotel
Transfers to the golf courses (only)
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Quinta-Do-Peru

Quinta do Peru golf course is located 30 min drive from Lisbon, in the Azeitão region between the castles of Sesimbra and Setubal, which is well known for its palaces, wines and cheeses. With the Arrabida mountains as its backdrop, the Quinta do Peru Golf Course, near Lisbon, Portugal, rated in the top 100 courses by Golf World magazine (2014), offers amateurs a pleasant game, whilst also presenting a challenge for professionals. With its many trees and wild flowers, the Quinta do Peru Golf Course parkland layout provides a good test with astute bunkering, true-rolling and quick greens. Amongst the holes of Quinta do Peru Golf Course, attention is drawn to the short 8th hole, with a lake in front of its green.
The next nine holes of Quinta do Peru golf course, near Lisbon, are even more difficult. Take for example hole number 12, a Par 4 that, despite not being very long, has a lake running beside the fairway down to the green. Then comes, what is probably the most difficult test on the course, hole 16, a Par 3 of 178 metres, where one needs to get over a lake to reach the green.  

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Aroeira Golf Club

Set in a pine wood with several lakes, and benefiting from a microclimate that allows you to play golf all year round, the AROEIRA I and II golf courses offer players of all levels a stimulating and varied challenge
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Sana-Malhoa-Hotel

Located in a main financial district, this glass-fronted business hotel is a 7-minute walk from a metro stop and 5 km from Praça do Comércio’s trendy shops and nightlife.
The modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Suites add verandas and sitting areas with sofas. There’s 24-hour room service.

Breakfast is included and served in a Mediterranean restaurant with an atrium dining room. Other amenities include a lobby bar/piano lounge, plus a health club with a fitness area, a sauna, and a whirlpool tub. Massage services are available. There are 7 meeting rooms and a business centre. Parking is complimentary.
Cost £495 Price per person sharing a twin or double room on B&B basis
Single Supplement £75
Extra Green Fee at Ribagolfe golf club £50
 
Flights & Transfers not included but can be arranged.
 

Please Contact the office on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

We can arrange a Quality Golfing holiday at a number of other courses in England, please contact the office as other Courses  are available on request.

We are members of the Travel Trust Association so all bookings made with us are secure and your money is always safe, something we think is very important in the current economic climate.  We are also members of IAGTO, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators who support golf tourism worldwide.

Quality Golf Destinations Ltd
PO Box 3186 | Biddulph | Staffs | ST8 9AY

+44(0)1782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

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Cadiz Trip 2016

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2016 Trip to Andalucia 

 

Our recent trip was to Cadiz which is in the region of Andalucia which is a largely autonomous region of hills, rivers and farmland bordering Spain’s southern coast. It was under Moorish rule from the 8th-15th centuries, a legacy that shows in its architecture, including such landmarks as the Alcázar castle in Seville, the capital city, as well as Córdoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra palace.

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We visited the province of Cadiz which has over 25 golf courses, stretching round the southern tip of Andalucia which include parts of the Costa Del Sol and Costa de la Luz, for some time this area has been a firm favourite for golf, and the great selection of golf courses all around the coast and inland gives you a fantastic choice.

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For those who love both golf and the sea.  Playing Parador De Malaga Golf  is a great choice, The hotel is located on the water, with direct access to a magnificent beach of soft white sand. You will also enjoy the swimming pool and tennis court.

The course itself was excellent and the hospitality was very good. the only thing I didn’t like was the planes flying over as it is very close to the airport. But what a great start to the week.

 

Please visit our website www.qualitygolfdestinations.co.uk 

 

 

 

In the afternoon of Wednesday, we played at the Alcaidesa Links golf course which was designed by Peter Allis and Clive Clark, and built in 1992, on the Costa del Sol, half way between Sotogrande and Gibraltar. The course has been the venue f1-27or a number of professional tournaments.

This is the only links course in southern Spain and the most southerly in Europe. It has  excellent views of the sea and the Rock of Gibraltar.

There is also a new 18 hole heathland course a little further inland which opened in 2007. The Links course is par 72, with a length of 5,020 to 5,846m.
The Heathland course is par 72 with a length of 5272 to 6373m

Facilities include a golf academy, driving range, practice bunker, restaurant. Accommodation is available. 

 

 

 

1-55Thursday we set off to play at Montecastillo Golf Club which is 1.5 km from the legendary Circuito de Jerez motor racing track, this upscale golf resort is also 13 km from the Moorish Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera and 9 km from Jerez Airport.

Refined rooms with chic decor feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Upgraded rooms have sitting areas and/or terraces with golf course views, while suites add separate lounges. Modern villas provide kitchens and gardens. Room service is offered 24/7.

Free perks include breakfast and green fees. There are also 2 stylish restaurants, casual bars and a seasonal vegan eatery, as well as an 18-hole golf course, and a spa with indoor and outdoor pools.

 

This hotel and golf course should be in my opinion a definite visit if you are in the Cadiz area, the facilities and the hotel are one of the best in the area.1-107

It’s an 18-hole, 72-par golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, which hosted the Volvo Masters for 5 consecutive years and the Peugeot Tour 3. Driving range, putting and chipping greens. Golf academy. Free lockers at the golf course.
Buggy is mandatory. 
if you are staying at the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf & Spa resort, we can arrange FREE unlimited green fees during your stay.

 

Click here to view other hotels & golf courses in this region 

 

 

 

1-120If you’re staying at the Barcelo Montecastillo Golf & Spa resort or in the area of Jerez then you must visit the Winery Urium & Sherry tasting,1-136

It is a family-owned bodega located in the centre of Jerez. The location, geographical orientation and the materials used in its construction all combine to ensure optimum conditions for wine maturation and ageing.

Bodegas Urium is a very old sacristy winery which boasts the full range of Jerez wines. We cherish the traditions, skills, processes and know-how of the wine-makers of Jerez and aspire to produce only the finest quality wines, stylishly and elegantly presented.

 

Our passion for sherry led us to establish a small family-owned bodega in the historic centre of Jerez. Bodegas Urium is the result of a lengthy and painstaking process of selection featuring wines from the most important soleras of the wine region of Jerez.

1-121The special situation and orientation of the bodega, as well as the materials used to construct its walls create a microclimate environment, which is essential to the maturing and aging of the wines.

Our bodega is a sacristy and houses the entire range of very old Sherry wines. Every year, an exclusively limited series of these wines, which have previously received the V.O.R.S. designation (wines that are at least 30 years old) are bottled.

We have preserved the ancient winemaking traditions of the bodegas from Jerez, and the skilful processes used by the expert winemakers. We take pride in our professionalism and attention to detail, as well as in the excellence of the wines and the elegance of our presentation.

 

Our next visit was to the Villanueva Golf Resort, we only played 9 holes but this was another course that’s worth a visit. 1-149

The Villanueva Golf Course is located in Puerto Real, a small town 10 minutes away from the city of Cadiz and only 2 kilometres away from the sea, and offers an 18-hole, par 72 golf course that will delight even the most demanding golfers.

This modern 6220-metre course opened in 2006 and is situated in Puerto Real, close to the city of Cadiz. It is close to the sea and set in beautiful surroundings.

The course has very large greens and Bermuda fairways all in pristine condition. The five lakes, 90 bunkers, and variable tee-positions give this course plenty to test the seasoned golfer.

 

On Friday we had the chance to enter the Andalucia Sol cup, which was played at the superb Golf Club, Iberostar Real Nova Sancti Petri Golf Club.

sancti-petri-hills-golf-courseIn May 1990, the Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club started its journey with 27 holes, and today it has become one of the best golf courses in Europe. December of that year saw the official inauguration of the Clubhouse in the presence of HRH the Count of Barcelona, representatives of public authorities, founder members, and its designer, Severiano Ballesteros.

Since that day, the Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club has changed considerably. Today it boasts a Golf Academy, Jack Nicklaus Academy, and even a children’s club. In 2000, the club was extended to sanctri-petri-29 holes to complete the 2 full rounds you can currently play, named Mar (sea) and Pinos y Centro (pines and centre), totalling 36 holes. What is more, Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club offers 18 further holes, providing its clients with a total of 3 rounds of golf (all par 72) with different characteristics, that is to say,54 holes in all. The practice course has been extended and equipped with sheltered facilities. Today it has more than 150 training spaces. They are 300 metres long, with several areas for chipping with a bunker, a pitch-and-putt course and 3 short holes, as well as 4 putting greens. Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club has undoubtedly some of the highest-quality practice facilities in the south of Spain.

The Sol Cup was played on the B course and the winner was Russ Ashman from Rhodium Events & Hospitality with a superb 33 pts 2nd was Bill Anslow from Grey owl Golf with 32Pts and 3rd was Bryan Moore from Golf fish with 31pts, i managed to score 25pts, well done to everyone who entered.

 

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The region of Andalucia is a superb area and if you haven’t visited, it’s one i can recommend.

To get the up to date rates please visit www.qualitygolfdestinations.com or phone the office on 01782 510800

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  1. First-hand knowledge of all our recommendations, for golfers by golfers

  2. 100% financial security with our TTA Bonding (u7420)

  3. Packages can have flights included with ATOL cover

  4. Fully tailor-made service, no off the shelf packages

  5. For groups, individuals pay direct so organisers don’t have to collect monies.

  1. No credit card charges on payments

Quality Golf Destinations are members of IAGTO  ( International Association of Golf Tour Operators) and founder members of Golf Tourism England.

Bordeaux Special Feature

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Bordeaux, Aquitaine, Gironde and the Dordogne –

 

Golf, Gourmet Meals, Sightseeing and Wine Tasting

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Too many UK travellers the Bordeaux, Aquitaine, Gironde and Dordogne regions means fine quality wines and wonderful scenery. Indeed the British love for the Dordogne region has resulted in more living there than on the Costa del Sol.  What most people don’t realise is these regions have an up and coming reputation for quality golf. Quality Golf Destinations Managing Director Neil Adams spent time re-acquainting himself with the region (and its wine) and also trying out the golf on offer at Chateau des Vigiers. This region is the perfect destination for a vacation taken in between April and October.

 

Getting There

 

To visit the regions of Bordeaux, Aquitaine and the Dordogne you have two main choices. You can drive, using ferry crossings from Portsmouth to St. Malo/ Caen (most direct route downFrance), or you can use the cross channel services and head down from there. The drive from St. Malo/ Caen takes around 6 hours and the Auto routes are very good, (beware of speed traps and tolls). You can also fly into Bordeaux or Bergerac and hire a car from either.

 

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the sixth largest city in France with a population of over 250,000. It is the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River. Bordeaux is the world’s major wine industry capital. It is home to the world’s main wine fair, Vinexpo, while the wine economy in the metro area moves 14.5 billion Euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the eighth century.

Bordeaux is a truly magnificent city with fantastic architecture and lots of café’s, restaurant and bars along the river side.  

 

Bergerac

Bergerac is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Dordogne department in south-westernFrance. With a population of around 30,000, Bergerac is most people’s idea of a regional French town. It is the centre of a very distinguished wine region and some of the most famous vineyards in France. These include: Bergerac, Côtes-de-Bergerac, Côtes de Montravel, Haut-Montravel, Saussignac, Monbazillac, Pécharmant and Rosette.

 

 


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âteau des Vigiers

Dating back to 1597, Château des Vigiers is an internationally renowned Hotel, Golf & Country Club situated in the Dordogne, South West France, just 20 minutes west of Bergerac Airport and an hour east of Bordeaux. Set in 450 acres of stunning countryside, in the heart of the wine districts of the Dordogne, Château des Vigiers offers an exceptional place in which to unwind and relax.

Having seen the web-site, www.vigiers.com I was really looking forward to visiting this golf complex set around a French Château. I flew from Birmingham to Bordeaux (really simple transfer of less than 2 hours), picking up my hire car and remembering to drive on the right side of the road! I arrived in Château des Vigiers in little over an hour and its pictures don’t lie. The Château looks stunning and the golf course holes that surround it just add to the splendour.

 

The Château forms the centrepiece of a spectacular 27 hole golf course designed by Donald Steel who is considered one of the very best “natural” golf course architects. The original 18 hole golf course opened in 1991 and is set amidst plum orchards, oak woods, lakes and vineyards. In 2008 a further 9 hole course was opened. It was also created by Donald Steel and was designed to integrate beautifully into the existing course. The result was three 9 hole loops which now combine to form three different 18 hole combinations. The three courses are the Valley, Lakes and Vines, all about the same length. I played the Valley and the Vines and had a tour of the Lakes course with the Golf Professional, Matthew Storm, who also showed me around the spacious practice facility and equally spacious pro shop.

 

My round was the usual mixed bag, but I consoled myself with the magnificent views and the prospect of a trip into Saint-Émilion later in the day!! Both courses were sufficiently tough off the back tees to challenge the best golfers but had generous fairways to suit us normal human beings.

 

The four star accommodation at Château des Vigiers is spread over three unique buildings. The historic Château was restored to its former glory in 1992 and offers 25 individually decorated rooms. “Les Dependances”, created in 1995, uses traditional materials and has a total of 22 rooms and suites. The “Relais des Vigiers”, built to strict “eco friendly” standards, offers 40 spacious rooms which were designed with golfers and families in mind. There are 3 restaurants on-site, plus a wonderful terrace by the club house that overlooks the Château and the closing holes on the Lakes & Vines courses.

I stayed in a room in the Relais and it was very comfortable and provided all the facilities to make my stay very welcoming.

The rooms in the main Château were everything the publicity said about them, really wonderful.

 

The Wine Experience

Wine was always going to play an important part of this trip. So when offered the opportunity to tour St Émilion I just couldn’t say no. I have no idea how long the journey takes, (probably less than 40 minutes), as I was lost in the beauty of the vineyards, cornfields and something I was surprised to see, the tobacco fields. Apparently tobacco was one of the major crops around this region and although little production remains, the legacy for us all to see is the tall wooden buildings dotted around the landscape. These buildings are of course tobacco drying barns, (most gradually decaying but some preserved and being used for all manner of different things).

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Saint-Émilion is one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux along with the Médoc, Gravesand Pomerol. With a population of less than 3,000 it is the quintessential French town. Saint-Émilion wine obviously dominates the whole town and it’s the only place I have seen where you can buy Saint-Émilion Gran Cru by the glass! (Well I had to try it as it would be rude not to) I did a tour of the vineyards by train and it was fascinating to see all the famous Château names previously only seen on expensive bottles back home.

 

The visit was sadly over all too quickly and armed with a couple of named Gran Cru bottles it was back to Château Vigiers for dinner in the restaurant in the Château.

 

Château Vigiers offers a number of packages that include gourmet dinners, tours of Saint-Émilion and Monbazillac, coupled with golf and accommodation (bed & breakfast). All packages are based on self-drive (car hire & flights can be included in our packages). 

For our latest deals at Chateau Vigiers – please click here

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2016 Algarve Trophy

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2016 Algarve Trophy 

 

Quality Golf Destinations would like to introduce you to a fantastic trip the 2016 Algarve Trophy which will be taking place next June 5th – 10th 2016

This trip is a competition week and is Fully Escorted, Inclusive of 5 nights 5* Superior rooms, Half Board, 4 Rounds of Golf on 3 championship courses, Transfers & International Flights, Welcome Gift pack & Great prizes.

 

Venue 

Portugal Hotels - JJW Penina

 

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Our featured Venue – Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

The Home of Luxury Golf in the Algarve

Voted Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort by the World Travel Awards, Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is the glittering jewel in the Algarve’s crown. The resort, located in 360 stunning acres of perfect grounds, offers guests the choice of three on-site golf courses and is regarded by many as the spiritual home of golf in the Algarve. The Penina Hotel & Golf Resort boasts a selection of 188 traditionally designed and decorated rooms and suites, all of which enjoy spectacular Wi-Fi coverage, as do all public and common areas. In addition to the three spectacular golf courses at Penina, we are also pleased to offer you the most expansive selection of amenities and entertainment available anywhere in the Algarve. So, whether you are here for a stunning golfing getaway in the Algarve, or simply here to relax in the beautiful Portuguese sunshine with your family… Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is here to meet all your luxury needs. Penina Hotel & Golf Resort prides itself on offering the highest standards of amenities and services to all of our guests. From the moment you check in, until the moment you depart, we want to ensure you have the perfect stay.

The Finest Rooms & Suites in the Algarve

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is proud to offer the an outstanding selection of rooms and suites, in this stunning Algarve golf resort. Enjoy the golf of your life, sun yourself by the pool, indulge yourself in the spa, dine in the finest restaurants… and then retire for a night of ultimate relaxation in outstanding surroundings.

Classic Rooms – Spread over 4 stunning floors, all Classic Rooms offer spectacular views of the resort and the stunning Monchique countryside. All have been very recently renovated and deliver modern, contemporary design, whilst giving a nod to traditional Portuguese style and luxury.

Superior Pool View Rooms – All Pool View Rooms offer splendid views of the pool and across our golf courses. Benefitting from a stunning recent refurbishment, all of these rooms have been decorated to the highest possible standards of taste and luxury, combining contemporary chic with traditional Portuguese style Our

Positioned in the western Algarve, Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is widely renowned as the true home of Portuguese golf. This is the only resort in Portugal to offer three golf courses… one of which, The Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, is the first 18 hole course to have been constructed in the Algarve – and is legendary for some of the finest and most challenging golf in the world. Set in a stunning 360 acre estate, amidst an impressive array of natural landscape surroundings, the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort has been voted Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort by the World Travel Awards… whilst the marquee Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course has hosted 10 Portuguese Opens and scores of other prestigious tournaments.

Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course

Known as one of the most challenging – and satisfying – courses in the whole of Portugal, this marquee course is as unforgiving as it is beautiful. Flanked by streams, ditches and water hazards, the course is maintained to the highest standard… and boasts an extensive array of subtle slopes, elevated greens and breath-taking scenery.

Resort Course

A great combination course that provides 9 holes of solid, but gentle, practice for beginners… as well as 18 holes of challenging golf for the more seasoned player. With 18 well thought out holes, this course follows the principles laid down by the father of Portuguese golf, Sir Henry Cotton: the perfect course for golfers of every level and ability.

Academy Course

Weaving its way through the fairways of the Championship Course, this executive 9-hole course has been specifically designed for the intermediate golfer. Great for all-round holiday golf and a very enjoyable round. With reasonable short greens, accuracy off the tee, along with approach shots, provide all players a chance to practice their short game with aplomb.

Penina Golf Academy

The Penina Golf Academy provides a one-stop golf clinic designed to meet your needs. The Academy also boasts a state of the art driving range, considered one of the best in Europe, that caters for up to 70 golfers and includes 12 covered practice bays. Whether you’re a grizzled vet or budding novice… our Academy will improve your game.

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the prices for this superb trip are as follows

Golfer Twin Share                      Single Supp.

Cost per Person                 £1230                                      £245

All prices are based on Twin share accommodation and include Half Board at the 5* JJW Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, Single supplements will apply for sole occupation of room. Return group transfers from Airport, and off resort golf courses.

Flights are from London Gatwick Airport and include golf club carriage, checked bag and carry on hand luggage. Flights from other airports are available but may incur a supplement.

Room upgrades and private transfers available at a supplement

Itinerary 5 Nights Algarve Trophy Escorted Golf trip  

Sunday Day 1 – AM – Depart London Gatwick Airport : Arrive Faro Airport – Group transfer to JJW Penina Golf & Resort in Portimao approximately 1 hour drive.

optional afternoon practice round at Penina Resort.

Evening welcome drinks and dinner

Monday Day 2 – after breakfast 1st rd Algarve trophy at Penina Championship course   Penina, Algarve, Algarve Trophy, Portugal, Golf, Golf Trip, Package, Hotel, Penina Hotel, Transfers, Flights, Escorted Trip, Portugal Tourism, Tourism, Portimao, Quality Golf Destinations

Evening dinner in a choice of restaurants

Tuesday Day 3 –after breakfast, 2nd rd Algarve trophy at Palmares Golf resort

Evening dinner in a choice of restaurants

Wednesday Day 4 – after breakfast 3rd rd Algarve trophy at San Lorenzo Golf club

Evening dinner in a choice of restaurants

Thursday Day 5 –  after breakfast final rd Algarve Trophy at Penina Championship course

Final Evening Prize presentation and dinner in Restaurant

Friday Day 6 – Check out of hotel after a leisurely breakfast, group transfer to Airport for your early afternoon flight home

(Please note, Itinerary is for information only and are subject to change, although hotels and golf courses will remain as shown)

Included in package:

International flights with checked Golf Clubs & Luggage,**

5 nights accommodation on twin share in Superior Pool view rooms,

Dinner in Resort Restaurants (

Return Group Airport and offsite golf transfers

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Great daily and weekly prizes

Not included in package:

Holiday Insurance,

Buggies or cart hire,

Please note

Flight supplements may apply for alternative airport departures and for late bookings **

 

 

To Book simply visit the website and complete the booking form and return to;

Reservation department

Quality Golf Destinations Ltd

PO Box 3186

Biddulph

Staffordshire

ST8 9AY

For more information or to download a booking form please click on this link Algarve trophy Booking Form x 2

 

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Training Academies

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Winter Golf Academies      La Cala Hotel    Golf Training Academies     Practice area La Cala 1     La Manga Club - North Course

 

Quality Golf Destinations specialise in tailor made golf holidays as we believe that every group want’s something different. That’s why on our website you will not see page after page of supposedly cheap golf holidays. Everyone wants to enjoy their golf and a course which a low handicap player might think is a superb test of golf, might be a high handicapper’s worst nightmare. That is why we play or visit all the hotels and golf courses we recommend, so we can give first-hand knowledge to our clients.

We prefer to talk to our clients and offer a custom built holiday which meets their specific criteria. All our quotations are fully inclusive and can include flights, accommodation, all your transport requirements, Practice area and tee time reservations, even in certain locations a recommendation of where to eat! If the clients prefer to use a hire car, in many areas we can give directions from the resort to golf the course.

We are founder members of Golf Tourism England, a new body whose aim is to create a central point for golf tourism in England on a similar basis to that which has been so successful in Ireland, Scotland and Wales over the last few years. We are also members of IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) which gives us access to a huge amount of Golf courses, Resorts, Hotels and other golf related operations around the world.

We have been successfully running Golf Training Academies with PGA Professionals for four years, if you have been thinking about getting some warm winter golf then we are the people to talk too.

We are hosting a number of Golf Training Academies and it’s our goal of helping you play better golf to a whole new level. We have devised the ultimate golf teaching holiday experience exclusively for you that provides you with golf in the sun on some sublime courses – plus the opportunity to improve all areas of your game along the way. We offer PGA Professionals full back up and try to make the experience as easy as possible for you. Once an itinerary has been agreed we provide a custom brochure and posters to give to your members and students

Quality Golf Destinations have hosted Golf Training Academies for some of the UK biggest golf magazines such as Today’s Golfer and National Club Golfer with great success. We also offer a hosted service for bigger groups where one of the Quality Golf Destinations staff will in effect be your tour rep for the duration of the trip, letting you get on with the teaching while we answer the questions and help with those little queries.

If you don’t fancy a traditional holiday but would prefer to lead a group, we can help you.

As well as overseas destinations we also have a wide range of options in the UK from 5 star resorts such as Celtic Manor and the Belfry to excellent club course tours. We also can help with Captain and Presidents away day’s and weekends.

If you refer a group from your club to us and they book then we pay you a referral fee. We have leaflets you can display in your pro-shop if you are interested.

Quality Golf Destinations aim to take the stress from the professional when organising a group. We take all payments directly from your clients and keep you up to date with your groups bookings. For extra piece of mind we are fully bonded with the Travel Trust Association (TTA U7420). All holidays where we provide flights as part of a package are also covered by ATOL.

As well as Golf holidays we also happy to provide general leisure holidays and city breaks, as well as airport car parking, travel insurance and airport lounge passes.

If you would like more information on the services we offer to PGA Professionals please let us know by either ringing 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

Neil, Rob and Rachel, the Quality Golf Destinations team will be happy to discuss with your requirements either over the phone or in person at your club.

 

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North Wales golf breaks – 4 great holiday golf courses

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North Wales Golf Breaks

 

Sometimes it’s nice to get away for a few days golf without driving for hours and short golf breaks are becoming more popular, with this in mind we sent our website guru Kevin to see what North Wales golf breaks were all about and in particular the improvements made last year to one of the region’s best known courses thanks to a popular Welsh tourist board advert, Nefyn & District Golf Club.

 

Bull Bay Golf Club 

North wales golf breaks - 1st Fairway & Green in the distance Bull Bay

North Wales Golf Breaks - The Club House Bull Bay

The Clubhouse                                                                              The 1st Fairway & Green in the Distance

LogoOur first Golfing Challenge in North Wales was playing at Bull Bay Golf Club, Anglesey; Most of the Tee’s gave you panoramic views over the Isle of Anglesey.

From the moment we arrived at Bull Bay GC we were made very welcome by the professional John Burns. Once we had booked ourselves in we decided to sample the hospitality of the club house where we enjoyed a superb meal with great views over the golf course, we then ventured on to the 1st tee.  Straight away it became apparent that this was going to be a challenging course and we were not wrong.

The Course has 10 Par 4s, 5 Par 3s and 3 par 5s

North Wales Golf Breaks - 18th Fairway and Clubhouse Bull Bay Golf Club

                    The View from the 18th Tee towards the Clubhouse

 

           Penmaenmawr Golf Club         

logoOur 2nd Course on our tour of North Wales was the superb setting at Penmaenmawr Golf Club, Conwy.

This course is a 9 hole golf course with 18 tees and has superb views towards the Great Orme at Llandudno and Anglesey.  The course has greens that are very well maintained and several of them are elevated.  Overall this Golf Club has a great atmosphere and you are made to feel a member, the course does not have any par 5s but trust me a couple of the holes feel like par 5s especially the 5th.

If you want to spend a morning or afternoon at a friendly golf club then the Penmaenmawr Golf Club is the one to visit.

       View from the 6th Tee

The Clubhouse                             The 12th                                  View from the 6th Tee

North Wales Golf Club

North Wales Golf Breaks - 8th Green from the tee North Wales GC

logoThe 3rd Course during our North Wales tour was the Links course of North Wales Golf Club situated in the sunny seaside town of Llandudno with excellent views over the Conwy estuary to Anglesey and the Snowdonia Mountain range.

This course is a championship links course and has held the Welsh team championships in the past; this course runs right along the coastline on the west shore of Llandudno giving you fantastic views as well as some challenging links golf.

Prior to our golf we again enjoyed a superb meal in the clubhouse where we found the staff very welcoming and efficient at all times.  The views from the club house could be a little nervous for some golfers as the 15th tee was directly in front of the clubhouse windows.  It was great for us as it helped us to choose which club to use when we played,  having watched a number of drives they did not make the tight fairways.

The Course has 9 par 4s, 4 par 3s and 5 par 5s the 16th & 17th Par 3s are two of the most interesting Par 3s you will play

 

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The 16th Par 3 North Wles GC

The 16th Par 3                                                                                                          The 9th Green

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The 17th Par 3

Nefyn & District Golf Club  

logoOn our short tour of North Wales we have so far played 3 fantastic Golf Courses and thought it couldn’t get any better but I must say I think we saved the best to last.

Nefyn & District Golf Club is a must for any golfer who is visiting North Wales.  During 2014 the course was hit by extreme weather and this caused part of the course (The Point as it’s known ) to be closed, in April 2015 The Point was re-opened, where it has been enhanced and extended.

When you arrive at Nefyn you’re automatically hit by breath taking views and the wow factor.

                                 

1st Fairway (Front)  The 4th Par 5

The 1st Fairway (Front)                                                     The 4th green (Par5)

The Old course is very challenging with some breath taking views with some magnificent golf holes.

On the Front 9 you will play only 1 Par 5 which is the 4th hole and, as it says in the superb course planner, it will demand a straight drive, the green is set close to the cliff edge.

The rest of the front 9 consists of 6 Par 4s and 2 par 3s

We were just taken aback by the front 9; the tees, fairways and greens are superb, we just couldn’t wait at this point to play the next 9 holes on the Point.

North Wales Golf Breaks - The Point

 The Point

North Wales Golf Breaks - 1st Fairway start of the Point

The 1st 9 holes were challenging but the next 9 holes on the Point are fantastic and again you will play fairways that will run very close to the coast line.

The 1st on The Point is a 327 Yard Par 4 where you can’t see the green, so for you long drivers of a ball an iron is needed off the tee, then it’s a wedge to the green but you can’t see the green and if you go too far you’re in the ocean!

One of our favourite holes on The Point was the Par 3 7th even though we didn’t par it, it was a challenging hole. You tee off from outside the RNLI tower with the coast guard watching every shot (what a job) over the 6th to the 7th.          

You finish The Point on a par 4 leading back to the club house.

On the point you have 1 par 5, 4 par 4s and 4 challenging par 3s.

Once you have finished your round there is nothing better than a well-earned meal & drink in the superb clubhouse.

The facilities at Nefyn & District Golf Club are excellent, not only the superb clubhouse, but they have a golf shop selling the very latest golfing equipment from all manufactures. There is also a driving range, putting green and chipping area.

Overall a superb golf club where you are made to feel like you’re a Member.

The 3 7th Tee in front of the RNLI TowerClub ShopThe Shop                                                                               The par 3 7th in front of the RNLI Tower

 

If you are interested in a North Wales golf breaks prices start from as little £99pp including golf and B&B accommodation. Packages featuring Nefyn & District GC start at £179pp. Many other North Wales golf breaks are available please contact Quality Golf Destinations by emailing us at info@qualitygolfdestinations.com or phone the office and speak to Rob or Rachel on 01782 510800

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