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Tournemant Golf Weeks - Vale do Lobo

Tournament Golf Weeks 2015

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With the Christmas holidays quickly approaching many of you will be thinking of getting away during the early months of 2015 for some winter sun and a bit of friendly golf competition! Here are our recommendations for some of the best tournament golf weeks over the next few months. The events below are great holidays for small groups, couples, and single golfers

 

1 – 22nd Amateur Week – Vale do Lobo – Portugal from £535

 

25th – 31st January 2015

Tournemant Golf Weeks - Vale do Lobo

One of the oldest and most popular Amateur tournament golf weeks on Portugal’s Algarve. Played at Vale do Lobo Golf Club over its two championship golf courses the Royal and Ocean sees between 80 and 140 golfers from all over Europe converge to play in a mixture of daily tournaments.

 

Sunday 25th – Practice day and evening cocktail party at Spikes Brasserie

Monday 26th – 1st Round Single Stableford Qualifying (Men’s & Ladies divisions 0-14 & 15- Max handicaps 26 men, 32 Ladies)

Tuesday 27th – 2nd Round Single Stableford Qualifying – top 8 net scores in each category qualify for Quarter finals of Singles Match play trophies,

Wednesday 28th – All Categories Match play Quarter Finals, & Greensomes Stableford

Thursday 29th – All Categories Match play Semi Finals, & Peter McGuinness Singles Stableford.

Friday 30th – All Categories Match play Finals, & Better-ball Stableford

Saturday 31st – Four ball Better Ball team Stableford – Prize giving Cocktail party and Dinner.

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 Package is based on 2 or 4 people sharing a 1 or 2 bed apartment on Self-catering basis. Package also includes airport transfers and full golf tournament entry as per above itinerary.

 

2 – Orizonte Lisbon Golf Trophy £445

 

10th – 15th February 2015

Tournament golf Weeks - Lisbon

Some of Portugal’s best golf courses are found around the Lisbon area. Take this great tournament golf weeks format to discover four of the best and largely unknown courses to the south of Lisbon.

The tournament golf week includes 5 nights’ twin share accommodation in the 4* Sesimba Hotel & Spa, 4 rounds of golf at Quinta do Peru, Aroeira, Ribagolfe and Santo Estavao. All Airport and golf transfers included, Wine cellar visit with tasting, Fado dinner & Prize giving dinner.

tournament golf weeks - Quinta du Peru

Excellent range of prizes for winners including a week’s holiday for 2 with golf.

 

3 -Tunisia Golf Festival Third Edition – £745

 

8th – 15th March 2015

Tournament golf weeks - Tunisia golf festival

Tunisia is fast becoming a popular winter golf destination. With some excellent golf courses, top class hotels and a great winter climate. This is the third year of the very successful Tunisia Golf Festival and flights for this event are available from London, Manchester, East Midlands, Birmingham and Glasgow Airports. Staying at the excellent 5* All inclusive Riu Palace Hammamet Hotel this is a true all inclusive golf week.

The Tournament Golf Weeks Package includes:

7 Nights on ALL INCLUSIVE at the RIU PALACE HAMMAMET MARHABA HOTEL 5*
5 Rounds of competitive golf to be played on YASMINE HAMMAMET x 2 + CITRUS HAMMAMET x 2 + EL KANTAOUI GOLF x 1
Cocktail Party with Canapé on 9th March.
Gala Dinner with entertainment & drinks on the 14th March followed by Prize Presentation Ceremony
Guided visit of PORT EL KANTAOUI for NON-GOLFERS
1 Massage per Golfer
Transfers: Airport –Hotel –Airport
Daily transfers: Hotel – Golf – Hotel

 

 

4 – Penina Golf Week – £635 – Algarve Portugal

 

26th April – 2nd May 2015

 

Tournament Golf Weeks - Penina Golf Week

Enjoy a fantastic tournament golf weeks at the Algarve’s premier luxury Golf resort the JJW Penina Hotel and Golf Resort. Penina Hotel & Golf Resort has an 18 hole Championship course, 9 hole resort course and 9 hole academy course together with some of the best practice facilities in Portugal if not Europe. To complement the excellent golf facilities Penina has four on site restaurants with every taste catered for from fine dining at Le Grill to a succulent post golf snack at the Henry Cotton Bar and restaurant where golfing memorabilia adorns the wall’s. A fantastic place to spend a week in the sun, meeting new friends and enjoying some great golf

 

The Penina Golf week package includes;

6 Nights’ twin shared Accommodation in a Classic Room

Daily Buffet Breakfast at the Restaurant

1 practice round on the Championship course including pull trolley

3 competition rounds on Championship Golf Course including pull trolley

Pre-Dinner Welcome Cocktail

Welcome Dinner including house wine, soft drinks, mineral water and coffee

Gala Dinner including house wine, soft drinks, mineral water and coffee

50 driving range practice balls on golfing days

Private Airport transfers

Tournament Golf Weeks - Penina

 

Upgrade to a pool view room and single room occupancy are available at a supplement.

 

5 -Singles Trophy £599 – Costa Daurada Spain

 

7th – 12th May 2015

Tournament golf weeks - Singles trophy

If you are single and a golfer you are most welcome to participate in “The Singles Trophy” in Costa Daurada. You will have the chance to enjoy some great golf combined with sunshine, gastronomy, entertainment and social events where you will meet other single golfers from all over the world.

 

This tournament golf weeks package includes 5 nights’ accommodation in a single room at 4* Hotel Palas Pineda with daily breakfast buffet, 4 days of golf (2 practice days and 2 tournament days), free range balls, all transfers, a wine tasting, a Spa visit, 5 dinners with wine plus 2 nights of musical entertainment with dancing! If you prefer to share a room with a friend then the price reduces to £499 per person.

Single golfers from all over the world will join this event so if you are looking to meet new golfing friends in a relaxed and international environment sign up for the trip today!

 

DAILY PROGRAM: the Singles Trophy 2015

May 7th: Arrival to Barcelona or Reus Airport where you will be met by the organizers, followed by a bus transfer to the hotel. Welcome reception in the evening followed by dinner with wine included.

May 8th: First Practice Round to be played at Costa Dorada GC, the oldest course in the region. Tee-off from 10h30. We will play an informal Team Event where you will be able to play your own ball the whole round. In the evening after dinner there will be musical entertainment at the hotel!

May 9th: Second Practice Round will be at Bonmont GC, a true championship layout designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. First tee-off is at 10h30. With new team pairings we will play an informal Team Event where you will be able to play your own ball the whole round. At 19h00 we offer a wine tasting at the hotel.

May 10th: First Tournament Round at Lumine Lakes, designed by Greg Norman. Tee-off from 09h30. From 17h00 onwards guests can enjoy the adjacent “Spalas” Spa at the 5* Gran Palas Hotel.

May 11th: Second (and last) Tournament Round at the spectacular Lumine Hills with tee-off from 09h30. In the evening, Gala Dinner with price giving ceremony and music entertainment at the nearby 5* Gran Palas Hotel.

May 12th: Departure day with transfers to Barcelona Airport and Reus Airport.

Non golfer options are available for all the above holidays. Flights are not included in any of the above packages however we are happy to arrange these for you. All holiday packages that include flights have the added security of ATOL cover.

Tournament golf Weeks - Lumine Golf Club

 

Finally thank you to everyone who has made 2014 another successful year. We hope you enjoyed travelling, working and golfing with us this year and helping us making it our busiest year ever.

 

Our monthly newsletters have been very well received again this year; we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy writing them.  Hopefully they give you plenty of ideas for future holidays.

We also have an active Facebook page, if you enjoy using social media please like our Facebook page, we update regularly with our latest offers, newsletters, golf news, golf photos and a few golf based observations that we find amusing! Click on the Facebook Icon to find our page.

 

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

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Quality Golf Team.

 Neil, Rachel & Rob

Quinta do Lago North Course

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Reopening Quinta do Lago North Course

 

The eyes of the European golf industry are set to be on Quinta do Lago in October when it unveils its eagerly-awaited totally revamped North Course – predicted to become one of the new stars of European golf.

 

Redesigned by renowned American architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, the new layout has been built to the highest specifications with a €9.6m investment programme and is in line to become the new number one course at the prestigious family resort.

 QDL as Built Rendering New - w color logo

The North Course has been redeveloped with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy. While many modern-day developments tend to focus on length, Welling and McGinley have been keen to design a golfing experience where accuracy and course management are the key factors, and a course that is playable and fun for golfers of all abilities.

 

Welling, who has worked on more than 90 projects worldwide, said: “We have kept the routing of the North Course intact, but we have totally reworked the golf experience within the existing corridors.  Specifically, we have worked very hard to make the experience more playable for higher handicappers while at the same time created precise target areas for the better player looking to score.  

 

“Paul has been great to work with. He is very passionate about golf in general, but he has a particular and keen interest in Quinta do Lago.

 

Quinta do lago North“We quickly realised we were very much “aligned” in  terms of what we wanted to see happen with the improvements to the North Course, so collaboration has been easy.  We both put a big premium on playability, but also in asking golfers to use their creativity when approaching a shot.    The new experience of the North Course is going to require strategic thinking and have a lot of shot values, no doubt a big imprint of Paul’s influence.”

 

Among the changes introduced on the 6,776-yard course which has been closed since last December, all greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation, drainage systems and cart paths have been rebuilt using the latest state-of-the-art technology, with four sets of tees introduced on each hole to accommodate players of all levels.

 

With the existing turf on all tees, fairways and greens having been stripped back, the final figures for completing such an ambitious project make impressive reading, with 379,800 tonnes of earth moved on site during the redevelopment.

 

An amazing 93.5km of new piping has been fitted on the redeveloped layout while the wide range of different jobs that have been carried have included:

 

  • Stripping existing grass
  • Earthworks
  • Sand extraction
  • Rough shaping
  • Lake installation
  • Drainage installation
  • Irrigation installation
  • Golf features construction
  • Cart path installation
  • Final grading
  • Sand capping
  • Final preparation and floating
  • Sod fairways and tees
  • Seed roughs and greens
  • Grow in
  • Environmental management

 

While the routing of the course has not changed, Quinta do Lago has addressed golf course strategy to make the par-72 layout significantly more playable for all golfers, while still being a challenging test for the better players.

 

A low-cut Bermuda grass approach has been introduced around greens to create a myriad of recovery shot options for increased satisfaction on all levels of play. The aesthetics of the golf course have also significantly improved through the introduction of a cool season rough grass and the select planting of native grasses and specimen trees to help the environment.

 Quinta do lago North

The renovation has also allowed Quinta do Lago to further reduce the impact on the environment by using recycled water and solar energy to maintain the course. The reduction of grassed areas will lessen the impact on the environment and the new design will include the creation of some new animal and plant habitats.

 

John Dwyer, chief executive of Quinta do Lago, said: “I think people will be blown away by the North Course.  It is going to be very different but very playable and a real challenge, and it will be one that members and visitors will want to play again and again.

 

“We have focused on building a course that will be the best presented in Europe once it opens and we couldn’t be happier with the work that has taken place.”

 

Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago is one of the most highly regarded golf and residential developments in the Algarve since opening in 1972. Located just 15 minutes from Faro airport, the resort offers residents and guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate, a variety of lifestyle pursuits and a strong sense of community.

 

Since its inception, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of European golf with three 18-hole championship courses – Quinta do Lago North and South courses and Laranjal – matched by outstanding practice facilities at the Paul McGinley Academy and the new Taylor Made Fitting Centre, which gives golfers the chance to enjoy the ultimate club-fitting experience by providing them with the tools and techniques used by professionals on tour.

Quinta do lago north  Quinta do lago North

 

Away from the fairways, the resort’s extensive leisure facilities guarantee there is plenty to keep everyone occupied with events, tennis, cycling and water sports just some of the activities available.

 

Quinta do Lago’s stunning location by the beach offers the perfect place to relax and unwind while the resort’s wide array of restaurants, both formal and informal, take advantage of the fresh Mediterranean produce that the region has become famous for.

Be one of the first to play the Quinta Do Lago North course with Quality Golf Destinations

Penina Summer Holiday Offer

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PENINA SUMMER HOLIDAY SPECIAL OFFER at  

JJW Penina Hotel and Golf Resort

Penina Hotel and golf resort         

To celebrate Summer Penina Hotel and Golf Resort are pleased to present this fantastic Summer Holiday offer. Normally retailing at £865 pp we can now offer this package at an amazing price. All our rooms are upgraded to superior rooms with views over the pool and 18th/9th greens

 

7 nights NOW ONLY £ 715 p/p

16 July – 24 August Unlimited Golf at Algarve’s premier 5* Golf resort

4 nights NOW ONLY £ 440 p/p

 

 

Based on 2 persons sharing a twin or double Superior pool view room with daily breakfast, Unlimited golf is included on the resorts golf courses with return private airport transfers or car hire. (Flights not included), Single Supplement £75/night

Valid for new bookings up to 4th July 2014

OFFER EXTENDED 6th AUGUST 2014

For stays up from July 16th – August 24th 2014

 

 Penina Hotel and Golf Resort - Championship course

 

Golf included in Package

Golf available on Sir Henry Cotton Championship course, Penina Resort course and Penina Academy course.

Golf must be pre booked; handicap certificates are required for the Championship course only

 

 

 Penina Hotel & Golf Resort - Pool  Penina Hotel and golf Resort - Restaurant

 

 

Penina Video tour

 

JJW Penina Hotel and Golf Resort

 

Penina Hotel and Golf resort - classic roomLocated in a magnificent 140 hectares estate, JJW Penina Hotel and Golf resort reflects its culture through a natural fusion of English architecture, Portuguese hospitality and high standards of service. 188 rooms and suites totally renovated offer comfort, relaxation and stunning views over the pool, golf courses, gardens and Monchique Mountains. Five restaurants and two bars invite you to taste the international or Mediterranean cuisine and creative cocktails.

All guestrooms and suites have telephone with international direct connection, LCD screen TV, Hi speed internet access, automatic mini bar and in-room safe, individually controlled air conditioning satellite TV, pay-tv channels, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer.

Penina hotel and golf resortThe hotels privileged location allows you to discover the local sandy beaches, the Monchique Mountains or simply enjoy a round of golf. Golf facilities include 36 holes; the 18 hole Sir Henry Cotton Championship course which has hosted the Portuguese open 10 times, two 9 hole courses, The Resort and Academy, Golf Pro shop, 2 chipping greens, 4 putting greens and bunker practice area. The main practice range is widely renowned as being one of the largest and best in Europe.

The JJW Penina Hotel and Golf Resort has managed to retain the elegance of this iconic golf resort while still maintaining an exceptional standard of service, great facilities and superb attention to detail.

 

 

 

Penina Championship Golf Course

Penina Championship coursePreviously The Penina, but known as the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, the main 18 holes provide the most demanding test of a player’s skills in the Algarve, if not in Portugal. With the inevitable difficulty that a flat landscaping and terrain creates with club selection, the holes are crossed and flanked by a series of streams, ditches and water hazards, demanding precisely executed shots to avoid trouble and achieve par. The course is beautifully maintained, winding past tall stands of eucalyptus and clumps of palm to mainly elevated greens which have subtle slopes and sometimes treacherous speeds.

18 holes, Par 73, 6912 yards

To book please quote “Penina Summer JJW Offer” Contact Quality Golf Destinations by phone on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestination.com

Penina Hotel and golf resort

Penina Hotel and Golf Resort Special Offer

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Portugal Hotels - JJW PeninaSUMMER & AUTUMN SPECIAL OFFER at  

JJW Penina Hotel and Golf Resort

Penina Hotel and golf resort         

To celebrate Penina Hotel and Golf Resort joining the JJW brand of luxury hotels we are pleased to present this fantastic opening offer. Normally retailing at £685 pp we can now offer this package at an amazing price. All our rooms are upgraded to superior rooms with views over the pool and 18th/9th greens

 

7 nights NOW ONLY £ 585 p/p

Enjoy a golf holiday at the Algarve’s premier 5* Golf resort

4 nights NOW ONLY £ 370 p/p

 

Based on 2 persons sharing a twin or double Superior pool view room with daily breakfast, daily golf is included on the resorts golf courses with return private airport transfers or car hire. (Flights not included), Single Supplement £40/night

Valid for new bookings up to May 2014

For stays up from Mar 1st – Oct 31st 2014* Exclude school summer holiday dates

Great prices Summer Holiday prices available for 2014 please ask.

 Penina Hotel and Golf Resort - Championship course

 

Golf included in Package

Golf available on Sir Henry Cotton Championship course, Penina Resort course and Penina Academy course.

Golf must be pre booked; handicap certificates are required for the Championship course only

* Supplements apply for Christmas Period

 

 

 Penina Hotel & Golf Resort - Pool  Penina Hotel and golf Resort - Restaurant

 

 

Penina Video tour

 

JJW Penina Hotel and Golf Resort

 

Penina Hotel and Golf resort - classic roomLocated in a magnificent 140 hectares estate, JJW Penina Hotel and Golf resort reflects its culture through a natural fusion of English architecture, Portuguese hospitality and high standards of service. 188 rooms and suites totally renovated offer comfort, relaxation and stunning views over the pool, golf courses, gardens and Monchique Mountains. Five restaurants and two bars invite you to taste the international or Mediterranean cuisine and creative cocktails.

All guestrooms and suites have telephone with international direct connection, LCD screen TV, Hi speed internet access, automatic mini bar and in-room safe, individually controlled air conditioning satellite TV, pay-tv channels, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer.

Penina hotel and golf resortThe hotels privileged location allows you to discover the local sandy beaches, the Monchique Mountains or simply enjoy a round of golf. Golf facilities include 36 holes; the 18 hole Sir Henry Cotton Championship course which has hosted the Portuguese open 10 times, two 9 hole courses, The Resort and Academy, Golf Pro shop, 2 chipping greens, 4 putting greens and bunker practice area. The main practice range is widely renowned as being one of the largest and best in Europe.

The JJW Penina Hotel and Golf Resort has managed to retain the elegance of this iconic golf resort while still maintaining an exceptional standard of service, great facilities and superb attention to detail.

 

 

 

Penina Championship Golf Course

Penina Championship coursePreviously The Penina, but known as the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, the main 18 holes provide the most demanding test of a player’s skills in the Algarve, if not in Portugal. With the inevitable difficulty that a flat landscaping and terrain creates with club selection, the holes are crossed and flanked by a series of streams, ditches and water hazards, demanding precisely executed shots to avoid trouble and achieve par. The course is beautifully maintained, winding past tall stands of eucalyptus and clumps of palm to mainly elevated greens which have subtle slopes and sometimes treacherous speeds.

18 holes, Par 73, 6912 yards

To book please quote “Penina JJW Offer” Contact Quality Golf Destinations by phone on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestination.com

 

    

Algarve sunday special offer

Algarve Sunday Special offer

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5* Algarve Sunday Special offer

 

 

Come and play at San Lorenzo this September and stay for 3 nights at the wonderful 5* Hotel Dona Filipa with this great Algarve Sunday Special offer.

 Algarve sunday special offer

San Lorenzo is one of the most exclusive private members golf clubs in Portugal’s Algarve. Combine this with the newly refurbished Hotel Dona Filipa you have a truly five star short golf break this September. Arrivals must be on either a Sunday or Monday through out September to qualify for this Algarve Sunday Special offer.

 

  Algarve Sunday special offer Algarve Sunday special offer

 

3 nights twin/double share in a Classic room

With daily breakfast at the 5* Hotel Dona Filipa

Free daily round of golf at San Lorenzo Golf Club

Golf transfers via hotel shuttle bus

ReturnAirport transfers

 

Price: £285 pp

    

 Algarve Sunday special offer Algarve Sunday Special offer

 

 Algarve Sunday special offer

From 1st September to 30th September 2013

Single Supplement: £200 per person

Upgrade to Superior room with sea or pool view: £20 per room per night

 

Notes:

Prices include accommodation in a classic room with breakfast buffet,

Minimum 3 nights break, arrival must be on a Sunday or Monday

International flights not included.

 

Hotel Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort

 

Magnificently located overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort welcomes guests of all ages with a touch of glamour combined with an essence of true quality. This Portugal Hotel offers 154 rooms and suites uniquely complimented by professional staff that value the true notion of personalised service.

Dona Filipa Hotel provides guests with a vast variety of services and facilities, the prides itself in its excellent service and tries to exceed each and every guests’ expectation from the moment of reservation to the last minute of check-out. The Hotel’s swimming pool area, with mesmerizing views to the Atlantic Ocean, is the ideal place, not only for a tan, but to read a book, relax or simply have a drink or snack.

Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort caters for tennis enthusiasts as well as golfers with three ATP floodlit all weather hard surface tennis courts. It also has an exclusive area and Beach Club on the Vale do Lobo beach for hotel guests, situated a mere 200 metres away. Dona Filipa Hotel provides guests with 2 alternatives desiring a stay orientated to relax, revitalize and unwind: our in-house facility; the Estetica or access to the Vale do Lobo Royal Spa

 

 For reservations please contact: info@qualitygolfdestinations.com or call 01782 510800

Please quote “Sunday Special 2013” Offer with any correspondence.

 

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International Golf Travel Market – Vilamoura Nov 2012

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International Golf Travel Market – Vilamoura Nov 2012

 

Newsletter December 2012

International Golf Travel Market or IGTM as it is normaly known as is the annual must do show for all golf travel professionals.  This year’s show was held in Vilamoura and was attended by Rachel and Neil.  Many people think it is just another jolly for us so we thought we would share with you a little of what goes on at these events and what we got up to during the week.

 

Day 1 – The Golf Tournament and Welcome Reception

 

We were very lucky to be playing the Oceanic Victoria course which had hosted the Portuguese Masters just 3 weeks earlier.  It is not a course we had played before and we always like to have first-hand experience of the courses we send our clients to so a good opportunity.  If you are ever in Vilamoura it is one of the must play courses.  There is a lot of water and the rough is very rough but it is a great layout and although there had been a lot of rain in the weeks leading up to our visit it was in great condition.  We did okay although we didn’t win anything but it was a great start to what we knew would be a very busy week. (Those tiny people in the picture are Neil and I!!) In the evening there was reception for 1200 people at theTivoliMarinaHotel.  It was a great evening and we caught up with some old friends and made some new, very useful, contacts.  There is always a new hotel or golf course to find out about and meeting the representatives face to face always makes it easier to do business with them.

 

Day 2-4 – Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

 

During IGTM 2012 there were 11,500 scheduled meetings between exhibitors and buyers and many more impromptu meetings.  We both had over 40 meetings scheduled during the 3 days and talked to many hotels, golf courses and ground handlers.  Our intention is always to offer new and exciting destinations to our clients and all these meetings gave us a great opportunity to investigate what is new in the golf travel market.    We also had meetings with destinations we are familiar with to discuss new offers and packages they have to offer.  There were so many destinations present at the show it would be impossible to visit them all but we certainly had a good try!  The days were long and tiring and we walked for miles between our many meetings but it was a great show for us and we returned home armed with lots of information and new ideas.

Outside all the meetings there was also a lot of networking and socialising going on.  Many of the best meetings were held over a beer in the bar!  IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) sponsored a bar on the Tuesday evening which was a superb night.  The bar was across theMarinafrom the main show hotel and was rather a long walk although only about 200 yards as the crow flies.  Somebody had thought of everything and there was a catamaran which sailed back and to all evening so we didn’t even have to walk.  What a great way to go to the pub!

 

The final evening of IGTM was the IAGTO annual awards dinner where awards are presented to the best golf destinations around the world.  The winners included Dubai, Gran Canaria, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic.  The final award of the evening is the Honorary Award which this year was presented to Tony Jacklin, the most successful Ryder Captain in history, who was present to receive his award and was greeted with a standing ovation by the 1200 people present at the dinner.  It was brilliant to see one of Europe’s great honoured by the golf industry.  After the dinner there was a party at the Casino in Vilamoura which was attended by many of the people who had attended the dinner and was a fantastic end to what had been a tiring, busy, enjoyable and very worthwhile week for us.

Please keep an eye on our website as there will be lots of new deals and offers coming up as we follow up all the contacts we made in Vilamoura.

 

  

 

 

 

Post IGTM Special offer –

 

Play one of Lisbon’s best kept secret – Ribagolfe – A European tour qualifying school stage 1 venue since 2009. 36 holes of superb quality golf only 30 minutes from the centre of Lisbon.

 

 

Enjoy a weekend break Thursday – Sunday 3 nights B&B at the 3 star Alfoz hotel and 3 rounds of golf for only

£151 per person

   

 

  

Offer valid for travel until 31/3/2012

Group special – 1 in 8 go free

 

Call Rob or Rachel on 01782 510800 for special offers and prices or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

    

Last Minute Le Meridian Penina Special offer

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5 STAR SPECIAL OFFER

                

Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort

20 % Discount off Normal prices

Free Room Upgrade

 

NOW ONLY £ 455 p/p

 

Based 7 Nights B&B twin share in a classic room, including daily golf as listed and private airport transfers. (Flights not included)

Valid for new bookings during April, May & June*

*(No room upgrade available 15-23 June)

Must be booked before April 15th 2012

 

Single Supplement £40 per night

 

  

 Golf included in Package

April – 4 rounds on Sir Henry Cotton Championship course, 3 rounds on Resort course

May & June – Daily rounds on the Championship & Resort courses

*Golf must be pre booked

To book please quote “Penina Blasting Offer” Contact Quality Golf Destinations by phone on 01782 510800 or email

info@qualitygolfdestination.com

 

 

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October Newsletter | Portugal Yes, Algarve, Anywhere else?

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Portugal_1We are often asked by clients who love the Algarve to offer an alternative venue for their winter golfing break. Fans of Portugal are drawn back year after year to the Algarve with its excellent beaches, great climate and of course an unbelievable range of golf courses, but if you ask any Portuguese if the Algarve is a fair reflection of there country they will say no!

With that in mind we decided that in 2011 the Lisbon area ofPortugal would be added to our ever growing list of destinations. Lisbon,Portugal’s capital is a fascinating city in its own right (which will be covered in a newsletter very soon) but our focus was on the Estoril golf coast. This region covers the seaside towns of Estoril and Cascais and the hillier inland region of Sintra. The country side in this region is both varied and spectacular from Cascais wind swept dunes to Sintra’s forested hills, valleys and villages. The region has been populated for 1000’s of years and the diversity in the towns span back to historical eras of the Romans, Moorish and Medieval Portuguese. All this set only 30 minutes drive from downtown Lisbon.

Portugal_2The Seaside towns of Cascais and Estoril are iconic Portuguese resorts which are also the homes of many of the wealthier Lisbonites with some of the most expensive real estate in the area being housed on the coastal roads. From Estoril’s famous Casino (the original inspiration for Ian Flemings Casino Royal) to the Marina of Cascais there is as much “chic” found here as the South of France or the more fashionable resorts on the Costa del Sol. A huge selection of Bars and Restaurant line the streets many overlooking the sea and with the towns not being totally dependent on the tourist trade many stay open all year to cater for the locals with inside seating for the winter period. The Seafood restaurants in the coastal towns will not disappoint but if you would like some fine dinning try the restaurants at the Penha Longa resort as it houses the best Japanese restaurant in Portugal “Midori” and a Michelin 2* restaurant “Arola” both are advisable to make a booking before you travel the 7km from the coast. If you are a wine buff try the wines from the local vineyards in any of the restaurants, much of the Portuguese wines are kept for the home market so trust your waiter and you will find some great wines at very reasonable prices.

Portugal_3The choices for accommodation in the region are vast, from self catering apartments overlooking the golf courses, Luxury 5* resorts and great value tourist hotels in the resort towns. On our visits to the region we have stayed and visited a great variety of hotels and apartments all have been of excellent standard. Whatever you require the area has the range of accommodation to meet the most demanding needs or budget.

Eight great courses at seven locations make up theEstorilGolfCoast. All are located within a short drive of each other and the courses are well signposted and easy to find. Roads in the region are modern and well maintained, although some are toll roads the fees are very reasonable (1.25 euro) and the benefits of using the toll roads outweigh the charges. The professional tours have visited many of the courses in the region. Three have hosted the Portuguese Open but can still be played without breaking the bank, indeed one of the best way’s to play the region is with the Estoril Golf Coast passport which allows either 5 or 3 days unlimited golf on seven different courses at discounted rates. The only course not on the passport is the superb Oitavos Dunes. We have included a brief overview of the courses below:

 

Belas Clube de Campo 

Situated north west of Lisbon this championship course undulates along scenic valleys with panoramic views around the course, Belas is acknowledged as one of Portugal’s best constructed layouts measuring 6270m from the back tees the par 72 demands both skill and tactical play.

 

Golf Do Estoril

The oldest course in the region and has hosted the Portuguese Open 20 times as well as many other professional and amateur events. The course has a reputation of always being in immaculate condition with a friendly clubhouse and bar. With views of theAtlantic Oceanand Estoril this par 69 5313m course is a gem to play, not the longest but then size is not always the best judge of quality.

 

Lisbon Sports Club

The Lisbon Sports club was originally formed in 1922 with a nine hole layout, the club moved to its present location in 1964 and for many years was only a 14 hole course, this was rectified in 1992 when the final four holes were completed. The course is said to have a Scottish feel to it as its 18 holes are accompanied by a narrow winding brook through beautiful green pine woodland. Not a long course by modern standard but one a visiting golfer will enjoy. Par 69 5285m.

 

Oitavos Dunes

Overlooking the Atlantic near the town of Cascais, Oitavos dunes is one of the regions golfing jewels. Listed in the world’s top 100 courses by Golf magazine the US PGA official magazine, and the only listed course in Portugal is currently the home of the Portuguese open. As well as a world class course the complex also boasts excellent practice facilities, a five star hotel and a top class restaurant/clubhouse.  Its par 71 stretches 6303m from the back tees, a real test when the wind blows.

 

Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort

A 27 hole Golf complex, the 9 hole Monastery course and Championship 18 hole Atlantic course.

Atlantic course

Host of the Portuguese Open on three occasions, this great course is played through the valleys of the Sintra hills. There are times when you could be forgiven in thinking you were playing a course in the Alps instead of Portugal with its Pine tree lined fairways and raised teeing grounds, water comes into play on a number of holes and position off the tee is key to scoring well. 6313m from the championship tees Par 72.

Monastery course

This course spreads around the historical heart of the resort and is a perfect complement to theAtlantic. Ideal for guests who arrive in the late afternoon but who would still like to play a round of golf. Par 70 5176m

 

Quinta Da Marinha Golf

The beautifully maintained course was designed by Robert Trent Jones jnr. It offers a great challenge along its umbrella pine lined fairways, crossing 3 large lakes and the occasional ravine; players are consistently made to think off the tee. Although the course measures 5870m in its par 71 it has 6 par 3’s that require precision off the tee.

 

Pestana Beloura Golf

The verdant foothills of the Sintra Mountains offer a breathtaking backdrop for the Quinta da Beloura Golf Course that will stretch both player’s imagination and ability while providing an enjoyable challenge to golfers of all levels. 5846m Par 73.

Costs of playing in the region vary depending on the season you travel, indeed one of the best way’s to play the region is with the Estoril’s Golf Coast passport which allows either 5 or 3 days unlimited golf on seven different courses at discounted rates. The only course not on the passport is the superb Oitavos Dunes.

As a rule the prices are similar if not slightly cheaper than theAlgarve, what you will find is less congested courses and with the quieter courses you can expect an excellent standard of course condition.

 

Quality Golf Destinations Recommendations for the Area

There are two main ways to play the region. The first is to base your self on one of the golf resort complexes such as Penha Longa, Pestana Sintra or Belas and enjoy reduced green fees in either the resorts hotels or apartments while still only being a 10 – 20 minute drive from the resort towns and beaches. The second is to be based in or around the resort towns Cascais or Estoril. 3 courses Quinta da Marinha, Golf do Estoril and Oitavos Dunes are close to town and take only a few minutes to transfer to by taxi and give the flexibility of the town’s nightlife in the evenings. Both Cascais and Estoril have a great selection of hotels and apartments to suit all budgets. Either way the one thing we can guarantee is a great golfing holiday in a beautiful region of Portugal, whether it is a short winter sun break or a longer summer holiday we believe you will not be disappointed.

 

If you would like more information about the region please give us a call on 01782 510800 and ask for Rachel, Rob or Neil. Alternatively email Rachel@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 


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