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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.

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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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Special Promotion & Costa Navarino

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SPECIAL PROMOTION

 

Rio Real Golf Hotel Receptionrio-realRIO REAL GOLF & HOTEL

Winter Special 2016/2017

 

 

 

 

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  • All bookings made before the end of November for stays between 07/11/16 and 28/02/17 will receive a free upgrade to the next room class and 1 free round of golf per person.

For more information and inquiries please contact our office on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

Rio Real Golf Hotel ReceptionHOTEL RÍO REAL GOLF

The hotel’s homely decor, from the lobby to the pool, and its spectacular views over the golf course, make this small, 30 room hotel an idyllic spot for those sports loving travellers, in search of tranquillity.

Río Real Golf Hotel is the leading Boutique Hotel in Marbella, in an authentic Andalusian setting. The hotel stands out for its elegant and contemporary comfort and was decorated by renowned interior designer Pascua Ortega. The property is located in the very heart of the Río Real golf course that runs from the Sierra Bermeja Mountains, right down to the Mediterranean Sea. Don’t leave without trying the unforgettable experience 0f playing 18 holes of golf in its purest of forms, or alternatively get started in this exciting sport or learn new techniques at the Academy with the help of our club pro.

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The Rio Real golf course was designed by the legendary Javier Arana, considered to be the best Spanishrio-real-4 designer of all time.

Located in the most prestigious area of Marbella, just 5 minutes from the city centre, this golf course opened in 1965. The golf course runs alongside the Rio Real River, from which it takes its name, and forms an integral part of the course, right up until it reaches the Mediterranean Sea.

Its design makes it a spectacular course. With 18 holes (par 72) and more than 6,000 m in length, the Royal Spanish Golf Federation (Real Federación Española de Golf) considers it to be a prestigious golf course and one of the best in Spain, both for its layout, as well as its unique beauty. The course has a wide variety of different species of trees: Pine, Palm, Casuarinas, Olive, Cypress, etc. which make it the ideal place to play golf, both on foot and in golf carts.

Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, one can play all year around, with seafront holes and spectacular views.

The course is suitable for every player, thanks to its more elevated holes, which make them even more appealing as they require the use of various clubs.

For more information and inquiries regarding this special promotion please contact our office on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 

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COSTA NAVARINO – A Greek Golfing Masterpiece

Golf in Greece? I was having a conversation a couple of years ago with a good friend and PGA Professional who was raving about a new golf resort development he had visited in Messinia Greece, a few hours drive from Athens. He assured me this was going to be something special in the future. We regularly hear about the next big thing in golf resorts at trade shows and in the travel press but sadly grand plans and reality don’t always come to fruition. Thankfully on this occasion, the grand plans of the Costa Navarino Resort have not only come to fruition they are being expanded to be  the best golf resort in the whole of Europe, and its pretty amazing already. Two golf courses are currently in operation and are both superb in design and setting with another two in the early construction stage this, without a doubt, has lived up to the initial excitement.

 

Costa Navarino - Getting hereCosta 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 Messinia, south-west Peloponnese. Costa Navarino philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messinia 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.

Getting there – During the summer season (May – September) flights are available to Kalamata a 45 minute transfer from the Costa Navarino resort from a number of UK Airlines including British Airways and Easy Jet. in the spring and autumn when the weather in the Messinia region is great for golf the best option is to fly to Athens and transfer by road to the resort.

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THE WESTIN RESORT COSTA NAVARINO

imagesRelax, recharge and discover Messinian inspiration. Located next to the Ionian Sea coastline of The Dunes Beach, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino features 445 rooms and suites, inspired by its design by old Messinian mansions that spring from nature and create an ambience of genuine hospitality.

Most of the accommodations enjoy unobstructed views of the Ionian Sea, individual infinity pools, and a smoke-free environment while at the same time you can enjoy your best sleep ever with the ultimate comfort of the Heavenly Bed.

All the Deluxe room grades are superbly appointed, upgrades are available from the Deluxe level Rooms to Sea View Room, Premium Deluxe Sea View Room, Infinity Room with their own plunge pool, Superior Room and Superior Infinity Room. Families can be treated to a special Family Suite and for those who want the ultimate in luxury or have a special occasion the Infinity and Premium Suite are the perfect retreat.

All room types offer the following amenities as standard, Air-conditioning with, fan, 2 direct telephone lines,  Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet, Satellite TV with movies on demand (at a fee), Mini bar and Electronic safe.

The luxury bathrooms all feature shower cabin and separate bathtubs, Westin amenities to help pamper yourself, Bathrobes and Slippers. Hand sinks have a useful magnifying mirror and hair dryer

Eat & Drink at The Costa Navarino Resort

A wealth of fresh, organically grown ingredients and a devotion to authentic gourmet cooking define the dining experience at Costa Navarino. Eat well in a stunning variety of exclusive dining venues, where our award-winning chefs serve a range of ethnic, continental, Greek fusion and local fare based on the lush flavours of the area’s countryside and the finest Kalamata olive oil.

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Morias Restaurant – Outside Terrace. Start the day with a wholesome Greek breakfast buffet featuring a selection of fresh local produce such as delicious yoghurts, several varieties of honey, homemade marmalades, cheeses and cold cuts from nearby farms. Diverse evening buffets showcasing a wide array of international cuisine provide the opportunity to choose your favourite bottle of wine from our extended wine selection.
Flame Restaurant – Classic and signature cuts, some exclusive, are served on large wooden platters, complemented by the freshest ingredients from carefully selected small-scale producers in the surrounding area. Many of the speciality herbs and vegetables are handpicked by our chefs, direct from the restaurant’s purpose-built gardens.
Da Luigi – An authentic Italian experience. From the Alps to Sicily, the creativity and diversity of Italian cuisine is vividly portrayed with an antipasti buffet, à la carte selections and traditional pizza-making. An Italian experience that can be combined with the time-honoured Greek tradition of outdoor cinema, as you savour your meal while watching a film on the Agora Cinema screen.
Taverna – A Greek quality dining concept. Discover authentic Greek flavours at “Taverna” restaurant, a casual quality dining concept based on simple homemade-style dishes, prepared with great care and pride. A culinary experience consisting of the freshest local produce found in the area and cooked with traditional Messinian and Greek recipes. “Taverna”, simplicity at its best!
Barbouni Restaurant – A unique beachside spot for lunch, late lunch and early dinner to savour a superb menu by the renowned Chef Chrisanthos Karamolegkos. Enjoy freshly caught fish and signature delicacies, in a fascinating setting by the crystal clear Ionian Sea.
Perovino – A new Gourmet Experience. Offering an intriguing menu expertly designed by four-times Michelin-starred chef Andrea Fusco, this gourmet restaurant specialises in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine prepared with the freshest local ingredients. Contemporary and signature dishes from various regions imaginatively interpreted with respect for tradition and a contemporary flair.
Inbi Restaurant – is a fusion Japanese restaurant, offering exceptional tastes, unsurpassed quality, and a journey through time. The ethos behind Inbi  is the respect of the Japanese tastes and traditions, combined with a sense of style and class, delivering the intimate dining experience In a cosmopolitan ambience, enjoy exceptional tastes and unsurpassed quality, along with extraordinary cocktails in the wonderful lounge area.

Armyra by Papaioannou – Fresh fish, seafood and Greek culinary delights by chef Yorgos Papaioannou of Piraeus, acclaimed for the freshest fish and seafood specialities. Sourced from local fishermen, combined with the best ingredients and accented with local herbs, vegetables, and olive oil, Armyra offers a unique gastronomic experience. Taste dishes like lobster risotto, mussels with ginger, tuna tartare with ginger and bitter apple as well as fresh salads with kritamo, local cheese talagani and much more.

1827 Lounge & Bar – Discover the art of tea service courtesy of Jing fine loose leaf teas. Try one of our vodka infusions, or an exotic Jasmine Pearl Martini, amidst elegant décor dominated by dark wood and native stone.

Pools, Beach, and other Activities

A short stroll from the hotel brings you to a spectacular sandy beach stretching for over a kkilometre with sunbeds and umbrellas available for hotel residents, a beach restaurant means there is no need to return to the hotel for lunch or drinks during the day. For those we want a bit more excitement than lying on a sunbed there is a selection of motorized and non motorised  watersports available at the beach or why not try Scuba diving and explore the underwater world with the resort’s PADI dive center Aqua Divers Club. Closer to the hotel there are 3 outdoor pools with sun loungers and umbrellas, 1 heated indoor pool and a Kids pool with waterslides.

The Navarino Outdoor Academy makes full use of the unspoiled countryside around Costa Navarino to offer a full suite of exciting sports and other recreational activities. Whether your idea of fun is hiking, mountain biking, or climbing, Costa Navarino can offer you all of this, and to the highest of standards. Our experienced team of professionals will be on hand to provide any assistance needed, whether this means offering instruction and guidance to outdoor novices or working alongside experienced hikers, mountaineers or cyclists.

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COSTA NAVARINO GOLF

Costa Navarino offers to all guests a unique, world-class Greek golf experience deserving of its historical seafront setting. A premier golf destination featuring two 18-hole signature courses, dramatically different in terrain and characteristics, both however situated on seafront properties, boasting wonderful views in all directions.

The Dunes Course

The seaside Dunes Course at Navarino Dunes, designed by former US Masters Champion and Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer, in association with European Golf Design, opened in May 2010 and is the first signature golf course in Greece.

This 18-hole par-71 championship golf course includes some links-style features in areas closest to the sea. Parts of the course venture into olive and fruit groves, while several holes run along a small river. Combined with large undulating greens, wide fairways and steep faced pot bunkers, the links element of the course adds to its unique style and playability so that each of the 18 holes presents a matchless challenge.

The Dunes Course includes a full-size driving range and a short game practice area with the largest green in Europe, Dunes Clubhouse with a well-appointed dining and function areas, for pre and post round activities, a designated members lounge with terrace and an exclusive Pro shop.

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ON-COURSE FACILITIES

  • 18-hole, par-71 course measuring 6,018 m from the back tees and featuring four sets of tee positions.
  • The Dunes Clubhouse covering 3,500m² with full-service locker and guest changing facilities, as well as an extensive members’ lounge with private terrace. A fully equipped pro shop offers the latest in golf equipment and apparel from a range of international brands.
  • Extensive practice facilities including a well appointed full-size driving range, putting green and short-game practice area. A team of golf professionals is available for private lessons and individual coaching sessions.
  • Fleet of state of the art golf carts available for hire. Golfers may also experience the course on foot.
  • A wide selection of the latest quality equipment is available to guests traveling without their clubs.
  • Full-service group and tournament activities, including scoring and tournament services for 10 to 140 players.
  • Team-building golf packages can be tailor-made regardless of playing level.

The Bay Course

Open since October 2011, The Bay Course at Navarino Bay – just a few minutes from The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and next to the historic Navarino Bay, promises a different set of challenges and choices, with greater emphasis on strategic play and positional golf. With the majority of tees offering inspiring sea views, the 18-hole seaside Bay Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II, meanders through three distinct natural landscapes. The Seaside, Canyon, and Grove holes provide striking contrasts that make for an intense and memorable golf round.

The Bay Course plays to a par of 71 from a variety of lengths designed to challenge golfers of various skill levels. Crafted across the natural terrain, the layout is offering panoramic sea and mountain views, having also some holes that play directly along the sea.

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ON-COURSE FACILITIES

  • 18-hole, par-71 course measuring 5,614 m from the back tees and featuring four sets of tee positions.
  • Fleet of state of the art golf carts with GPS available for hire. This is a buggy only course.
  • A wide selection of the latest quality equipment will be available to guests travelling without their clubs.
  • Full-service group and tournament activities, including scoring and tournament services for 10 to 120 players.
  • Team-building golf packages can be tailor-made regardless of playing level

For more information on Costa Navarino please contact the office on 01782 510800 or email  info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 

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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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.

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PO Box 3186 | Biddulph | Staffs | ST8 9AY

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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It’s now time to think about your 2017 golf group trip with Quality Golf Destinations.

Are you a Golf group organizer and thinking of where and when you would like to go for your 2017 golf group trip. Well now is the best time to start planning, here are 5 good reasons to make your plans early

 

  1. Best choice of destinations

  2. Early booking discounts at many hotels

  3. Early booking gives you the golf tee times you want during peak times

  4. Book your flights early for the best prices and group rates

  5. Gives you time to plan your golf holiday with the experts

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Where will you be going in 2017 ?

 

You would be amazed how many people think that Spring and Autumn are quiet months around Europe’s sunnier resorts. Although many hotels are quieter at these times the ones in the best locations can still be busy. It’s not only golfers who want to get away for early or late sunshine, it’s a very popular time for people not tied to the school holidays or for those people who want to get away but don’t want the high temperatures of the summer months.

Although places like the Costa Del Sol or Algarve seem to have golf courses at every turn in fact compared to the UK there are still relatively few. The whole of Spain’s Andalucía region stretching 450 miles along the cost from the Portuguese border in the west, across southern Spain’s Costa del Sol to Northern Almeria in the east has 97 golf clubs, that’s 2 less than golf clubs affiliated to the Cheshire Golf Union one of the UK’s smaller counties. Which is why in the prime golf season, when golfers from not only the UK but most of northern Europe converge to the southern resorts, tee times can be at a premium.

Golf in the Andalucía region is very popular so why not consider an alternative. The Costa Blanca (Alicante), Costa Daurada (South of Barcelona) or Costa Brava ( North of Barcelona) In these regions not so noted for their golf you can find some of Spain’s best courses (PGA Catalunya, El Prat, Lumine and Las Colinas to name a few). Even in the Andalucía region it self the Costa del luz region around Cadiz offers some excellent value for money options.

 

2017 Golf Group Trip - Las Colinas

Las Colinas Golf Club in Spain’s Costa Blanca

 

The same can be said for the Algarve, golf continues after Vilamoura and the Western Algarve has some great options. Palmares Golf Club being a 27 hole Robert Trent Jones jnr gem while Penina Henry Cotton Championship, the original course on the Algarve still holds its own as one of the best 50 years after its opening. Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon is easy to fly to and also has a great selection of courses both north and south of the city, a great road network and a superb choice of accommodation, not to mention the year round nightlife. Portugal’s oldest courses can be found around the City. Both Estoril and Lisbon Golf Club’s were formed in the 1920’s so will soon be celebrated their centenaries’. Combine this with great courses such as Oitavos Dunes, Praia del Rey and Penha Longa, all regular Portuguese Open venues  and a host of local gems which are great value for money.

 

If you don’t want to travel so far then we can recommend many great trips nearer to home. Explore the links golf of North West Ireland, Open Courses in Scotland or England, or simply some great courses you may never have heard of but are well worth visiting. We have organised trips to over 20 countries around the world so if your stuck for ideas ask for recommendations.

Remember everywhere we recommend we have visited so we only give first hand advise. All our quotes are tailor-made for our clients, anything from All inclusive resorts to a simple apartment, transfers and car or Van hire and of course the golf !!! We have special arrangements with many courses where our added benefits include free golf buggies or free golf for group organisers.
So if it’s your turn to organise this years golf tour, contact us for a truly personal quote

  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.

 

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The Real Deal – Rio Real Golf Hotel Marbella

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Rio Real Golf Hotel Review – June Newsletter

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Rio Real Golf Hotel on the Costa del Sol, only a couple of kilometres from Marbella town is such a resort. Many of you will have played at Rio Real Golf Club without realising the clubhouse also has a 30 room boutique 4 star hotel on site. The hotel has a Andalusian hacienda type feel to it and is a low level property with most of the facilities on the top floor. We visit many hotels every year, and you soon find that one hotel room looks remarkably like the next so its very refreshing when you visit somewhere that still has some wonderful old school charm whilst still having all the mod con’s you come to expect in a quality resort.
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All rooms have great views of the 11th hole from the large balconies, the superior rooms are very well appointed and decorated in a unique style inviting rest and relaxation in the most demanding of guests. The bathroom is a combination of ceramics, wood and marble, offering his and hers sinks and a spacious ergonomic bathtub. Each room offers TV, minibar, free WIFI and a safe, as well as beds that inspire rest and relaxation.

For a special occasion or for those people who like a bit more space to relax, both the “birdie” and “eagle” suites will not disappoint in the slightest. The “Albertros” suite is the rarest of the golfing birds and it is the perfect choice for a luxurious get-away. Featuring more than 100 sq. m of space and views out over the golf course from its spectacular terrace. This bedroom is all about comfort, with a living room for catching up on and enjoying the day’s activities, a fireplace and a Jacuzzi bath that have been specially designed to allow a relaxing soak after your round of golf.

The hall ways leading to the rooms are lined with photo’s (some with a few very famous faces in) from 50 years ago when Marbella became one of the most hip place to be seen in Europe. The town still has a very chic feel to it and is one of the best places to shop with its tax free shopping zone. The hotel’s restaurant serves a very good a la carte breakfast, (as well as lunch and dinner) so everything comes to you freshly cooked and exactly to your liking. With all of Marbella’s restaurants and bars within a few minutes drive by taxi your evenings will certainly have plenty of options.

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To compliment the rooms the hotel has a small spa area where treatments and massages can be arranged by appointment and the hotel also has a very attractive pool area which offers hotel guests the maximum level of privacy. Adjacent you will find a solarium where you can rest and relax, and the pool bar offers drinks and light snacks to enhance your poolside chill time.

The Rio Real Golf Hotel on site course at first view looks relatively flat, but don’t be fooled by this as it slowly winds it way up the valley. One of the features that stands out and sets it apart from many other of the Marbella courses is the maturity of the trees that line the fairways. Although there is little rough on the course and a wayward tee shot is usually quite easily found, the size of the trees make them a hazard in their own right and a low pitch and run back to the fairway is the players only sensible option. Water comes into play on a few holes at Rio Real but it is a major factor of the 12th, one of the course’s signature holes.

Rio Real Golf Hotel Marbella course

Playing a little over 150 yards from the normal tees (175 yards from the back tee) water comes in to play on three sides of this short par 3, it’s an intimidating tee shot and could possibly be the inspiration to many other par three designs around the world.

To summarise Rio Real Golf hotel is a perfect retreat for the golfer who doesn’t want to be in the hustle and bustle of beach life on the Costa del Sol, especially for those who like the finer details which make this such a lovely location to stay and play. We are pleased to give Rio Real Golf Hotel Marbella our recommended hotel status.

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Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

Tivoli Hotels – Spring Special offer

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Save 15% with Tivoli Hotels – Spring special offer in the Algarve

Stay in Some of the Algarve’s best hotels with this great Tivoli Hotels -spring special offer. Book a break for a minimum of 3 nights during April 2016 and save 15% on selected dates between now and the start of June**. The offer covers Tivoli’s wonderful 4* hotels in Carvoeiro, Lagos and Portimao and their 5* properties in Villamoura, The Victoria and Residences plus the ever popular Marina. Tivoli hotels are great bases for golf holidays or a family beach holiday. We can package your break to include golf, car hire, private transfers and flights from your chosen airport.

Tivoli Hotels - Spring Special offer

Please make sure to quote Tivoli Hotels – Spring Special Offer  when enquiring.

** Certain dates are unavailable for this offer dependant on hotel

 

Tivoli Hotels - Spring Special offer - Marina Vilamoura

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura Marina great nightlife and beach

With the famous Marina on one side and its own concessioned beach, Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is a reference for luxury tourism in the Algarve. A stage for large events, important meetings and the launch of new products, the congress centre of this 5-star Vilamoura hotel has a capacity for 3200 people simultaneously. The lively social and nightlife of Vilamoura attracts many local celebrities from different areas who come to enjoy the holidays and weekends of complete relaxation, where there is plenty to do such as shopping, a visit to the casino and golf. In the gardens of this resort in the Algarve, guests can pamper themselves at the Angsana Spa choosing from a vast range of invigorating treatments in the best oriental tradition and enjoy delicious delicacies in the hotel’s restaurants and bars.

 

 

 

Tivoli Carvoeiro

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Stunning cliff top location with its own private beach

In the picturesque town of Carvoeiro, where the sea has carved endless, intriguing little bays into the cliffs, stands a unique 4 star hotel in the Algarve, ideal for a beach holiday or business meetings. With a privileged location on the cliff top overlooking Vale Covo, the meeting rooms at this resort provide the perfect backdrop for unforgettable congresses and banquets or great family holidays. The excellent cuisine in the great bars and restaurants at the Tivoli Carvoeiro promise to satisfy even the most demanding of palates. If blue is your favourite colour, go on an in-depth exploration of the Algarve sea with our Diving Centre. However, if green is your colour you might want to opt for one of many excellent golf courses.

 

 

 

 

Tivoli Victoria

Tivoli Victoria & The Residences at Victoria
Vilamoura – located at Victoria Golf Club, perfect for the golf addict

Located in Vilamoura, the Tivoli Victoria is pure sophistication.  From the amazing rooms to the panoramic views out over the beautiful fairways of the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course, designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, the surroundings of this 5 star resort make it an authentic 360º experience.
For Conferences, events and meetings which require the highest quality, the facilities at the Tivoli Victoria include rooms with a total area of 900 m2 and capacity for up to 950 people as well as the latest in audio-visual technology. And for pure leisure, at this hotel near the beach in Vilamoura in the Algarve, take a dip in one of the 4 amazing swimming pools (one exclusively for adults – +16 years – from 1 July to 30 September) or sit down to some culinary delicacies prepared our chefs in one of our many  restaurants and bars. For a touch of the Far East, revive your spirits by pampering yourself at the Elements Spa by Banyan Tree.

 

 

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TIVOLI HOTELS – SPRING SPECIALOFFER BOOKINGS CLOSE ON 30th APRIL 2016

 

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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.

 

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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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Golf in Ontario - The forgotten golfing oasis

Golf in Ontario – The forgotten golfing oasis

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The words “hidden gem” is often attributed to a golf course that may not promote itself to the wider domain and prefers to keep what it knows is a great product to its own membership. On this occasion it can well be attributed to a nation that may well have some of the best golf courses in world, in some of the most spectacular settings.

Golf in Ontario - The forgotten golfing oasis

Ask anyone about golf in North America and they will probably roll off a string of courses they would love to play. Most if not all would be in the USA, Pebble Beach, Augusta, Pinehurst No2 are individual courses on a dream list, but if you look at the Carolinas, Florida, Arizona, California and Nevada they all will have you playing on courses played on the PGA tour and market themselves as major golfing destinations in their own right.

What of Golf north of the USA border? (Don’t go reaching for a map we mean Canada)

Well a very good question and the main reason of this newsletter/blog. Quality Golf Destinations were invited to join the first ever Golf Familiarisation (FAM for short) trip organised by six of the regional tourist boards that are part of the huge state of Ontario. With a landmass big enough to fit three of Europe’s top golfing nations, Spain, Portugal and France into it, Ontario also has enough space to be home to over 700 golf courses most of these are in the more populated region within a two hour drive from the main city and our arrival airport of Toronto.

With just seven day to look at what the area had to offer, we only had time to see the proverbial tip of the iceberg but after seven rounds of golf plus a couple of site visits the first impressions were outstanding.

Golf in Ontario Canada can be split in to two camps, private member clubs and public golf courses. Many private member clubs like some of their UK counterparts are there primarily for their member’s. However a limited amount of green fee income at less busy times can be more than welcome in the right circumstances. The public golf courses should not be confused with many of the cheap green fees, pile them high course here in the UK, these are more on the lines of top quality commercial course such as the Grove or London Club but with a price tag of a local UK green fee.

Golf in Ontario - GroupThe overwhelming thing that struck me about all the clubs we visited was the superb condition of the courses. This is even more remarkable considering last winter was one of the harshest of recent times in Canada. Golf in Ontario is a summer sport, by mid-November the snows are arriving and the clubs closed for the winter. The season generally starts in May (mid-April if the weather permits) and end in October when the trees are in their full fall splendour. The Canadians do love their golf and one of the nicest things was the pace of play, anything over four and a half hours was frowned upon, our quickest round was a very pleasant 3 ½ hours around the stunning Briars course and the average on the four hour mark, very refreshing.

Away from the golf Ontario is blessed with some of the most draw droopingly beautiful countryside. Woodland and lakes dominate the scenery, picturesque small towns, Tim Hortons (A Canadian coffee tradition) great food and superb hospitality, whether you are visiting one of the many bistro-bars or small bed and breakfasts. The service and welcome is second to none.

 

The Canadians – There is definitely a different feel to Ontario, it’s not America with a different flag on the pole, although there are many similarities. Being part of the commonwealth they have an affinity with the British isles, so many people have relatives in the UK or emigrated themselves that at times you have to remind yourself you’re not back at home. You can get a passable pint of beer (usually called Red) rather than light larger and in certain micro-breweries or Craft brewery’s there was some stunning beers (Old Flame IPA and Dumb Blonde to name two).

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Food in Canada has without doubt an American influence and the BBQ selections from the big brother down south dominates many a menu, however Canada’s other influence, France also makes an impact with a bit of refinement to the more subtle pallet. Whichever way you look at it food is a big part of life and your belt will probably be needed to expand a notch by the end of a trip. Any Canada road trip is not complete without a visit to Tom Horton’s. Canada’s favourite Coffee outlet and can be found literally everywhere. As well as coffee (the dark ground can be recommended) they also have an amazing choice of donuts and pastries to keep you going between meals.

Golf in Ontario

53 of the top 100 public golf courses in Canada are in Ontario

Angus Glen Golf Club

Angus Glen Golf ClubA 36 hole complex featuring North & South courses, Both North and South course have hosted the Canadian Open, as well as the 2015 Pan-American Games and has a definite tournament feel about it. Millions of dollars have been spent over the last two years upgrading the course to a full modern championship facility. A great clubhouse and practice facility compliment the golf courses and all green fees include cart rental including GPS and free use of the range before play. As a public course with easy reach to downtown Toronto this is a very popular course for corporate golf and strangely to a UK golfer is more expensive to play during the week than at the weekend.

Golf in Ontario - Angus Glen golf club

GF $175 – $125 North – Par 72 7,403 – 5462 yards 5 tees. South Par 72 7,299 – 5,460 yards 4 tees

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club

Royal Ashburn Golf Club18-hole Public club but with a large membership in Durham County which has hosted the qualifying school for the Canadian Tour for over 30 years. The course has been owned and run by the Patterson family since its initial design stage in the early 50’s. The course its self has a rolling parkland feel with a few water hazards to focus the mind. The courses main defence are its greens which have some wicked breaks if you get on the wrong side of the pin.

Golf in Ontarion - Royal Ashburn Golf Club

GF $90 – $65. 7,104 – 4,783 yards par 72 5 sets of tees Black, Blue, White, Gold, Green

Bay of Quinte Golf Club

Bay of Quinte logo Set on Lake Ontario the course runs inland rather than along the lake shore, is a very friendly local member’s golf club with some of the best putting surfaces I have played on in over 12 months.

The signature hole for me would probably be the 262 yard 14th. The hole suckers you in to having a dig for the green but it’s pretty well all carry over water, there is plenty of room right which you can’t see from the tee or it’s a mid-iron short of the water hazard. A classic risk and reward hole.

An interesting mixture of holes you could easily be playing on a parkland club course anywhere in the UK. Although golf buggies are available here, as at all the courses in the region, this is an easy walking course.

The club is currently building a new club house which should be ready for 2016.

Golf in Ontario - Bay of Quinte Golf Club

GF $ 55 – 30,   6,571 – 5,063 yards par 72 5 sets of tees Black, Gold, Green, Blue, Red

Black Bear Ridge Golf Club

Blackbear Ridge Golf clubOne of my favourite courses we played, a great driving course with lots of raised tee’s which gives you a great view of the hole. Two thirds of the course is played along tree lined fairways, a ball hit into the woods was usually found pretty quickly as like Augusta there was just a pine needle covering under the trees, but normally the only option was a chip out to the pretty generous fairways. Again another perfectly manicured golf course. Out away from the trees a wetland area has to be negotiated including the monster 11th a par 6 from the very back tees at 690 yards. It was still a tough dog leg Par 5 of 550 yards off the whites which was plenty long enough for me.

The Clubhouse and pro shop sit on the highest point of the course with some excellent views of the woodland. Where there any bears? No but watch out for the horseflies and apply insect repellent if you’re in the trees, sunscreen only needed on the fairways.

Golf in Ontario - Black Bear Ridge Golf Club

GF $ 75 – 50,    7,238 – 5,145 yards par 72-74 5 sets of tees Black, Blue, White, Red and Green

The Briars Golf Club

Briars Golf ClubA private members club dating back to 1922 on the shores of Lake Simcoe and adjacent to the Briars Resort where guests can play at this exclusive club. It’s a superb 18-hole tree lined course in exceptional condition with some outstanding par 3’s, both the 5th and 13th are great holes from the back tees. The Briars is one of those courses where you will probably play it better the second time than the first, it’s a course where a bit of local knowledge will help you on a number of holes. But what better reason do you need to spend a couple of days here and enjoy the charming Briars Resort. Not the longest of courses you will play in Ontario but it will probably be one of your favourites.

Golf in Ontario - The Briars Golf Club

GF $ Guest at the Briars Resort 6,286 – 5,456 yards par 71, 3 sets of tees Blue, White and Red

 Lora Bay Golf Club

Lora Bay Golf ClubA public course set on Lake Huron and close to the popular winter ski resort of Blue Mountain, Collingwood. This course will have you mesmerised as soon as you stand on the first tee. Designed by Tom Lehman it’s a great layout which can be enjoyed by any level of golfer. We played the course from the Cobalt or “dirty” blue tees, still a good challenge of around 6,200 yards but it made for an enjoyable game. There are some challenging tee shots from the very back tee’s especially the Par 5 16th with a very long carry for amateur golfers of modest ability. There is plenty of water and trees on the front 9 but the back is more open until you come to the 15th which plays between 190 – 170 yards from a raised tee 100 yards above the green which looks as though you’re playing to a postage stamp.

Golf in Ontario - Lora Bay Golf Club

GF $ 135 – 75,   7,034 – 5,644 yards par 72, 5 sets of tees Black, Silver, Blue (Cobalt), White, and Red

 

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

Wooden-Sticks-Golf-ClubOne of the most popular courses in the Toronto area, set again in a mature wooded landscape the difference here is that a number of holes are “inspired” by some of the great holes in golf. They don’t try to make the holes exact replicas but instead try to give you a feel of playing some great golf holes including Amen corner from Augusta, the 17th at Sawgrass and a number of holes from St Andrews a course where the highest foliage is a gorse bush, but trust me it works.

Wooden Sticks prides itself on service and a full day’s experience. All green fees include golf buggy and a meal both prior and after your round.

Golf in Ontario - Wooden Sticks Golf Club

GF $ 195 – 155, 7,025 – 5,276 yards par 72, 5 sets of tees Black, Green, Blue, White, and Red

Caledon Country Club

Caladon Country Club LogoDesigned in the 1960’s Caledon Country Club is a public course and not long by modern standards, but beware the length of the course is misleading as there are a number of holes where doglegs and the terrain make a long iron or rescue wood a sensible option off the tee. The driveable first hole is always worth a blast and a fun course to play. The 3rd hole was probably my favourite, the Devil’s Corridor 385 yard par 4 dogleg left to right with a really tight drive and water all the way down the left, not one for the faint hearted. Again yet another course in good condition.

Golf in Ontario - Caledon Country Club

GF $ 70 – 35, 6,502 – 5,581 yards par 72, 3 sets of tees Blue, White, and Red

Hockley Valley

hockleyLogo3A resort course attached to the Hockley Valley Resort, two things make this course stand out from the norm. Firstly there are no bunkers on the course, great for those of us who are not so great from the traps, instead of bunkers grass mounds are used which for many courses is a much more natural hazard than a bunker. Second slightly unusual aspect is the make-up of the back nine which only features two par 4s. The remaining 7 holes are made up of 4 par threes and 3 par fives. The course has some stunning looking holes as the terrain undulates through the surrounding hills, again many framed by tree lined fairways.

The resort has its own rather good vineyard and during the winter is a Ski resort with a number of its own runs.

Golf in O~ntario - Hockley Valley Resort

GF $ 80 – 50, 6,358 – 4,678 yards par 71, 3 sets of tees Black, Gold, Green and White

* Green fees price guide are shown in Canadian dollars, current exchange rate is approximately $2 Can = £1

Accommodation choices in Ontario

In Toronto and its surrounding area’s there is every level of accommodation, from the high end 5* establishments to local bed and breakfasts the choice is yours.

Canada is blessed with a large selection of very good chain hotels such as Hilton Hampton Inns, Marriott Townplace and Holiday Inn’s, these are probably the equivalent in price brackets to the budget UK hotels. Many are only 3* rated but I would rate most as a 4* against a similar property in the UK (and better than a few so called 5* properties I have stayed in around the world).

There are also some exceedingly good resort hotels that are well worth considering. Many are set for both the winter ski season and the summer holidays.

The Briars Resort & Spa on Lake Simcoe is one example, owned and run by the same family since it was bought from its original owner nearly 140 years ago. It’s a wonderful old school and very non-corporate resort hotel with a number of lake side lodges. Set in its own vast acreage of land along the lake it’s an extremely popular destination out of Toronto. Guests at the Briars may play at the Briars Golf Club adjacent to the resort and reached by a 5 minute stroll through the woods.

The Briars is also well known locally for its food and sources as much produce for its kitchens as possible from the local area.  Recipes however come from further afield and I have to admit myself their sticky toffee pudding was legendary and a real treat. Sitting around the log burner outside after dinner is the perfect way to end the day at the Briars, sipping a single malt or bourbon, chatting to new friends and watching the starry skies.

Golf in Ontario - The Briars Resort

 

Finally there is one exceptional place worthy of its own newsletter rather than a paragraph in this article. There are many different bed & breakfast accommodation choices in all the area’s we visited and many people enjoy the personal touch and service you receive from this type of accommodation. The Nestleton Waters Inn is probably one of the best bed and breakfast / small hotels I have stayed in and one I would not hesitate to return to tomorrow given half a chance.

Golf in Ontario - Nesleton Waters Inn

Set in the picturesque woods with its own spring fed lake where the brave can swim, it’s an idyllic setting and obvious why it’s a popular wedding venue. Each suite in the property is tastefully themed, many inspired from the host families travels around the world. Breakfast at The Nestleton Waters inn is also splendid and the best we enjoyed in Canada, a coffee on the terrace with a wonderful view over the lake followed by a home cooked breakfast will certainly keep you sustained until lunch time.

Golf in Ontario - Nesleton Waters Inn

Getting there and traveling around

Flights to Toronto are direct from both London and Manchester with Air Canada and Air-transat, a seven hour flight will get you to Toronto (slightly shorter coming home thanks to the Gulf Stream) alternatively fly with any of the main American airlines with a change via the USA. I would recommend flying direct to Toronto to avoid the stringent USA custom procedures, Canada’s are thorough which you would expect in this day and age and very similar to the UK. Tourist Visas for UK passport holders are on granted on arrival on completion of a simple form and valid for up to 180 days which will suit most people’s requirements for a holiday.

Canada is very much a fly drive destination although for groups transfers can be easily be arranged. The great thing for the travelling golfer in Canada is there is a great choice of vehicles with the luggage capacity to accommodate clubs and cases without breaking the bank and filling up with fuel in Canada is around half the cost per litre to the UK.  Roads are well signposted but with a satellite navigation to help you it’s a pleasant experience.

Overview

Ontario is a great destination which has unfortunately been too often ignored by UK travellers for the more popular Western Canadian City of Vancouver and British Columbia. For golfer’s it’s a superb golf holiday destination, if you’re looking for a family holiday with a couple of games of golf thrown in it offers some great options. Great accommodation and food, superb scenery with a vast range of activities to keep you occupied on your days away from the golf course. Good uncrowded roads (away from downtown Toronto!!) and the locals are both extremely friendly and of course speak English. More importantly they readily understand an English accent, something their close neighbours south of the boarder so often fail miserably at. I for one thoroughly recommend Golf in Ontario as one of the best summer & autumn golf holiday destinations you can find.

Golf in Ontario - !0th hole at Blackbear Ridge GC

 

A heartfelt thank you

Thanks must go to Bill at Golf Stream Travel on behalf of the Ontario tourist boards who organised the trip. Ontario’s Central Counties Tourism, Headwaters Tourism, Bruce Grey Simcoe Tourism and Bay of Quinte Tourism. Not forgetting all the hotels and golf courses we visited who, without exception, were all fantastic hosts and thank you all so much for helping introduce such a wonderful region to Quality Golf Destinations.

Our Introduction to Golf in Ontario “In the fall” package

From £849pp (trips between the 1/9 & 30/10)

Your chance to play some amazing golf courses to the backdrop of the world famous Canada Fall when the tree lined fairways are at their most spectacular. 7 nights twin shared accommodation in quality hotels throughout your stay with some amazing breakfasts included. We will also recommend some great places for dinner each night so you get the most out of this golf holiday. All the golf courses on this itinerary are memorable in their own right and always in superb condition. Golf carts are available at each course for a small additional fee with the exception of Wooden Sticks GC where they are included.

Golf in Ontario - Hockley Valley Golf in Ontario - Royal Ashburn Golf Club Golf in Ontario - Caledon Country Club

(Golf courses left to right – Hockley Valley, Royal Ashburn & Caledon Country Club)

Package includes

7 nights Luxury Hotel accommodation (Twin/Double room), 5 Rounds of top quality golf & daily breakfast, Transfers or Car Hire

Golf at Hockley Valley, Osprey Highlands, Caledon Country Club, Royal Ashburn and Wooden Sticks Golf Clubs (Inc Buggy)

Accommodation – Hockley Valley Resort 4 nights, Nestleton Waters Inn 2 nights, Westin Hotel Toronto 1 night.

Not included

International flights, Travel insurance, Golf buggies (Unless stated), Items of a personal nature, gratuities and tips.

If you would like us to add flights, or extend your stay we will be happy to tailor your package for you.

For more information contact us by email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com or phone 01782 510800

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For general information about the regions of Ontario click on the tourism logo above, for Golf club info click on the club logo’s

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