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Special offer September/ October 2017

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SPECIAL OFFER FOR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017

Costa Nararino - Dunes 18thEnjoy an amazing trip to Costa Navarino, just awarded by IAGTO as the Best Golf Resort in Europe.Costa Navarino Sunset

Book by: 31.07.2017

Stay period: 01 September 2017 to 31 October 2017

Booking code: UK MARKET GOLF – 17 (must be noted as part of the booking)

Rates: As per cooperation contract of The Westin Resort Costa Navarino for 2017

 

7 nights stay in a Deluxe Garden View room at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino with breakfast
4 Green Fees to be used on The Dunes Course (2) and The Bay Course (2) –The buggy at the Bay Course is included
7 days Half board with buffet dinner menu
Transfer with Shuttle bus from/to KLX airport return trip
1-day complimentary access to the Thalassotherapy pools
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort
Complimentary use of The Westin Fitness Centre, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna & steam
Unlimited use of practice facilities including range balls (only on the green fee days)
Complimentary use of golf luggage room
Tee time reservation
Welcome gift
Complimentary transfer to Bay course
Complimentary use of golf changing facilities
1 complimentary bottle of water per person per round

How to book: Directly with The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, Reservations Department
reservations.westin@costanavarino.com

The rates for this superb trip are as follows

SEPTEMBER from £1280

OCTOBER from £999

Flights are not included and based on a twin share 

Flight Options

London Gatwick- Easyjet

London Heathrow – British Airways

More information please contact the office on 01782 510800

 

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 it’s 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.

Beachfront located by the coastline of The Dunes Beach, in the Greek region of Messinia, south-west Peloponnese, and overlooking the Ionian Sea, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is the ideal destination for golfers of all levels. Two award-winning signature golf courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course, 18-hole and par-71 each, exceed your expectations and set Costa Navarino as the new luxury golf destination in Greece. In a landscape of diverse topography with spectacular sea and river views, both golf courses have been designed to create a unique rhythm and flow, perfectly balancing excitement, challenge and breathtaking vistas. Crafted across natural terrain to reflect the rugged outlines of the distant mountains – with several holes playing directly along the sea, these beautiful courses are also complemented by a well-appointed clubhouse for an unforgettable golfing experience.

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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 kilometre 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 motorised 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 centre 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 unspoilt 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.

Costa Navarino - The Westin Resort

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Costa Navarino - Flames resort

Costa Navarino - Westin Resort

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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.
  • A 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 travelling 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.
  • A 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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Venue of the Week

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Every Two weeks we will be having a promotion to showcase a particular venue or a Golf Course or it could be a Hotel.

 

This weeks Showcase is Real Club de Golf Guadalmina

 

  Guadalmina was discovered in 1933 by Norberto Goizueta, who sailed with his family on his boat along the coast. He decided to live there. He first grew maize and after the war, a special type of grass, because he already had plans to build a golf course,

The grounds of Guadalmina is relatively narrow at the coast and go inland. Along the ground to the west, lies the Rio Guadalmina. Located on the coast, most of the holes are located further inland.

The golf club was founded in 1959. An 18-hole golf course right away was constructed which have only a few holes sea. The club now has over 2000 members from seventeen different nationalities.

In 1973, the second runway was built and the par-3 course was developed in 1989. The old hotel has been renovated and now has four stars. In 2008, the club received the predicate Royal. 

At Guadalimina there are 2 courses The North and the South Courses plus a Putting Green and Driving Range.

South Course

This is the oldest course, is renowned for its difficulty, thus making it more suitable for experienced players. Fairways are narrow and well protected by old trees requiring more straight shots.

South Guadalmina, the first 18 holes of the 45 that make up the golf course of Guadalmina, was opened in 1959 and is the second oldest in the Costa del Sol. It is characterised by the fairways that wind through the shade of ancient trees.

The fairways are wide and are virtually free of rough. In 2002 the Guadalmina Sur course was completely renovated and is now, to all intents and purposes, a new course with new tees including “Super-Seniors”. The greens were rebuilt and the fairways re-seeded.

White 6082 m Par 72
Yellow 5820 m Par 72
Blue 5431 m Par 72
Red 5031 m Par 72
Black 4376 m Par 72

North Course

Guadalmina North is considered less complicated than Guadalmina Sur. Although it covers more ground, is more undulating and contains more trees and water hazards.

The Guadalmina River divides the course from north to south and comes into play on the 17th. If this were not enough, there are lakes on holes 7, 9, 11 and 18. The course was designed by Folco Nardi and opened in 1972. It is shorter and Hiller than the south course and has more water obstacles. 

The course requires straight drives down the middle of the fairways as failure to do so may have one ending up in one of the numerous water hazards hidden in the rough. 

 

White 5600 m Par 72
Yellow 5470 m Par 72
Blue 4795 m Par 72
Red 4790 m Par 72

Besides the two 18 holes golf courses, Guadalmina complex offers a par 3 nine hole course. 

Also, there is the Driving range Real Club de Golf Guadalmina has a 40 bays grass driving range, 21 bays covered area, chipping and putting green and practice bunker.

The driving range and the practice areas, like the chipping and putting green make of Guadalmina a great reference of the Golf in Spain and Andalucía.

 

 

For more information on the Real Club de Golf Guadalmina  please visit their website www.guadalminagolf.com  or contact our office on 01782 510800 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staying at the superb 4star Hotel Guadalmina 

This modern beachfront hotel with Andalusian influences is set in a private residential area adjacent to the South Course of Guadalmina Golf Club and 3.7 miles (6 km) from Puerto Banús.

Golf, pools, spa

Guests can start the day with a buffet breakfast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea or golf course, and enjoy facilities including outdoor swimming pools, thermal spa centre, and on-site golfing with discounted access for guests.

Andalusian décor

Spacious guestrooms and suites feature light decor with pale marble floors and cream walls; all extend to outdoor patios or balconies and include cable TV,

 

 

Prices start from £245
Complimentary use of Sun Beds by the swimming pool. 
* Free WIFI
* Complimentary use of Fitness Centre
* 1 access to Spa per person and Stay
* Special rates in all the golf courses around the area and in our Spa Center
* Baby cot (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 InternationalAssociation of Golf Tour Operators who support golf tourism worldwide.

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

+44(0)1782 510800                         

 info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

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Latest News

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There’s no denying that we all enjoy golf much more when we are playing well and golf holidays are a great way to escape the gloom of the UK winter weather, have fun with your friends and meet new people. This holiday is perfect for golfers travelling alone or couples and friends.

But when you step on the tee of that stunning, sun-kissed par 3 you’ve dreamed of playing for so long and hit a horrible shank, you begin to wonder if it was worth the investment.

That’s why in 2017, Quality Destinations and Quality Golf Destinations plans to take its goal of helping you play better golf to a whole new level. We have devised the ultimate golf teaching holiday experience exclusively for our clients 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.

Are you interested in improving your golf during the winter? Then why not sign up for a winter golf training academies!

Few Places left on our next training Academy which is the 

2017 Spring Golf Training Academy

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Richard Ellis & Brian Green Golf Academies

2017 Spring Golf Training Academy

24th  March to 29th March 2017

 

 

Penina, Algarve, Algarve Trophy, Portugal, Golf, Golf Trip, Package, Hotel, Penina Hotel, Transfers, Flights, Escorted Trip, Portugal Tourism, Tourism, Portimao, Quality Golf DestinationsOur featured Venue –Portugal 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 the 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.

For more details please click here or contact the office on 01782 510800 or visit the website – www.qulitygolfdestinations.com 

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Quality Golf Destinations App

Welcome to the Quality golf Destinations Genius APP 
Our digital Genius app is compatible with all devices, PCs, tablets and every make and model of mobile phone. And, because it’s cloud base it doesn’t use up any device storage.

 

If you would like our app please use the QR Barcode below, you need to scan it with a free QR reader from your app store.

 

If you need any help in downloading our app please contact the office on 01782 510800

 

 

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The Best Golf Destinations – The Best Golf Holidays

 The Best Golf Destinations -The Best Golf Holidays.

Welcome to our world. 

Worldwide custom built golf holidays – Telephone 01782 510800 – email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 

As golfers ourselves, we understand the specific requirements of Holiday golfers. Dealing directly with golf courses, golf resorts, hotel and travel partners in some of the most breathtaking Golf destinations worldwide, we can offer you the Best golf holidays of a lifetime -it’s our speciality.

We offer tailor made golf holidays packages to a choice of golf destinations including Uk & Ireland, Europe, Rest of the world. We also work alongside a number of Quality Hotels. 

The golf courses and golf resorts we offer include championship courses such as the Blue Canyon Course in Phuket which has hosted the Jonnie Walker Classic and Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria which has hosted the 2013 Volvo Match Play Championships, to the local gems which can be enjoyed by all.  We have visited all our golf destinations and played many of the courses so can give you first-hand advice and recommendations, enabling us to put the perfect package for you.  Our close links with the golf courses and golf resorts enable us to offer a competitive price and unique package. See our special resort features such as Celtic Manor Resort in Wales venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup or the La Manga Resort in southern Spain . In many locations as well as golf we can also offer escorted sightseeing trips to historical sights. Discover wildlife wonders in the most astounding locations, taste some of the best wines directly at the vineyards and find the best beaches for you to help you totally relax on.

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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European Singles Trophy 2017

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European Singles Trophy is returning to the region of Costa Daurada.
May 10-16th, 2017

If you are single and a golfer you are most welcome to participate in the popular “European Singles Trophy” that takes place in Costa Daurada between May 10-16th. Sign up now and you will have the chance to enjoy some great golf combined with the sunshine, gastronomy and social events where you will meet other single golfers from all over the world. Last year was great! This year will be even better!

 

 

The full package costs 895 euro and includes: 

  • 6 nights at Hotel Monica **** staying in a double room for single use
  • Daily breakfast buffet and 4 dinners with wine & water
  • 4 days of golf (2 practice days and 2 tournament days) and free range balls
  • All transfers (airport transfers according to schedule and all golf transfers)
  • Tournament organisation and prizes to those who play well!
  • Welcome gift and polo shirt with logo

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 EUROPEAN SINGLES TROPHY 2017

Wednesday, May 10th: Arrival to Barcelona or Reus Airport where you will be met by the organisers, followed by transfer to your hotel. Welcome reception in the evening followed by dinner at the hotel with wine included.

Thursday, May 11th: First Practice Round to be played at Costa Dorada, 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. Informal “Après-Golf” in the hotel bar from 19h00 where restaurant suggestions will be given.

Friday, May 12th: Second Practice Round will be at Lumine Lakes, a championship course designed by Greg Norman. Tee-off from 09h30. With new team pairings, we will play an informal Team Event where you will be able to play your own ball the whole round. Informal “Après-Golf” somewhere in Cambrils from 19h00 followed by dinner out on the town with wine included.

Saturday, May 13th: Free day to enjoy as you please. We will provide suggestions based on your preferences. Maybe you just want to relax on the beach? Or go shopping in Tarragona or Reus? Or perhaps visit Barcelona? Or take a wine tour to Priorat? You may even want to play golf? There will be several options available.

Sunday, May 14th: First Tournament Round at Bonmont a true championship layout designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Tee-off from 10h30. Informal “Après-Golf” in the hotel bar from 19h00 followed by dinner at the hotel with wine included.

Monday, May 15th: Second Tournament Round at the spectacular Lumine Hills with tee-off in reverse order from 09h30. In the evening, Gala Dinner in Cambrils with prize giving ceremony!

Tuesday, May 16th: Departure day with transfers according to schedule to Barcelona Airport and Reus Airport.

 
TRANSFER DETAILS

There will be three (3) scheduled Airport transfers on arrival and departure day. Please book a flight that is convenient to one of these transfers. Driving time between Barcelona Airport and Cambrils is approx 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Arrival day May 10th: transfer departing Barcelona Airport at 11h30 + 14h30 + 17h30
Departure day May 16th: transfer departing Cambrils at 08h00 + 12h00 + 16h00

If needed, times can be slightly adjusted in order to better accommodate the group.

If your Airport is Reus (REU) then you can arrive and depart at any time of the day. We will take care of your transfer regardless.

Flights can be arranged by calling the office on 01782 510800

 
GOLF TOURNAMENT DETAILS

The European Singles Trophy is an individual tournament played over 2 days (May 14-15th)
Stableford rules with full hcp apply (no adjustments for “slope” or similar). Hcp requirement: 36,0 or less. A certificate from your Golf Club stating your current hcp will be required.
The final number of participants will decide how many categories there will be.

Mónica Hotel in Cambrils is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful, relaxing holiday, without relinquishing the convenience of a town centre location just 100 metres from the beach.

Strategically placed in the heart of the Costa Daurada, the hotel offers 104 rooms of different categories designed to suit the individual needs of each of our guests.

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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.

rio-real-2THE GOLF COURSE

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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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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Travellers Advice – Airline Baggage

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Airline Baggage – TO PACK OR NOT TO PACK, THAT IS THE QUESTION?

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JANUARY NEWSLETTER – Airline Baggage  

Travelling around the world sounds like a glamorous life, but living out of a suitcase on a regular basis or just on your annual holiday can be a problem when you are restricted by the Airline baggage policy.

Here are our best tips, things to avoid and which carriers have the best Airlines baggage rules. 

 

You’re going away on that hard earned two week annual holiday or a short weekend city break and as you queue at the airport check in you regularly see people who have large amounts of bags to check in. I often think what on earth have they packed and do they really need everything in there Samsonite travel suitcase the size of a tea chest which they struggle to place on the bag drop conveyer belt.

I am not one to boast as a travelling golfer and a Professional dive instructor there are times when my Airline baggage has looked more like a six month expedition rather than a 10 day trip but I for one make sure nothing I take away with me is not used.

 

Tip 1 – Cabbin baggage

Invest in a good quality usable carry on travel bag. This in the long run will save you time looking for things at the airport, have room for all your needs for a short break and gives you options for a few extra kilo’s leeway for a longer trip.

What makes a good travel bag?

Airline baggage - carry on bagsThere are two main options, wheeled bag or rucksack. The wheeled bag usually gives the best packing options for clothes packing and easy transportation around airports and any other well paved areas.

Rucksack are often more practical if you are travelling to a more far flung destination or any situation where you know you will need to have your hands free or may have to hurry between forms of transport. Whichever one you prefer one of the most important features is to have a secure pocket where you can store your travel documents and passport safely but still have access to them when needed.

 

 

Things to consider?

  • Dimensions of bag – Strict Cabin baggage dimension limits on many of the low cost carriers.
  • Weight of bag when empty – remember you will have to lift into an overhead locker.
  • Document pockets – to keep you Passport safe and sound
  • Able to be locked – any added security is a benefit (but don’t lose the key)
  • Are you carrying toiletries or Liquids in your hand luggage, if you intend to consider buying in the departure lounge or on arrival in your destination (most  good hotels supply complimentary toiletries)

 

Most Airline baggage rules work on either a weight basis or dimension basis on average this equates to something between 7 – 10 kgs. Many low cost airlines restrict passengers to 1 cabin bag per person, a restriction brought in after the airborne terror attacks; the majority of Schedule national airlines allow 1 main cabin bag plus a laptop bag or handbag.

Important note

Please remember all airlines have restrictions on amounts of Liquids you can take through Airport security control.

If you do take liquids in your hand luggage then:

  • containers must hold no more than 100ml
  • containers should be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm
  • contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed
  • the bag must not be knotted or tied at the top
  • it is limited to 1 plastic bag per person
  • you must show the bag at the airport security point

For more details and changes in current regulations follow the link here

https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/overview

Liquids bought in the departure lounge of UK airports comply with all regulations,

Tip 2 – Checked Baggage

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Exciding your baggage allowance on a flight can seriously damage you wealth!!!

 

The first thing when choosing your flight either long or short haul is to consider the free Airline baggage allowance given by the airline. Even on a short haul flight when taking bags into consideration the so called “low cost carriers” can be more expensive than a national airline (the national airline will probably give you a free drink as well). If you are restricted to 20kgs for your trip, firstly think about the bag you are taking. Most wheeled bag are great to move around but unless they are of a modern low weight construction the chances are that will take up to 25% of your “free” Airline baggage allowance before you start to pack.

Don’t assume that all airlines give the same baggage allowances. Standard free Airline baggage allowances can range in economy class from 30kgs per person to a miserly 15kgs. The other consideration is if your Free weight allowance is calculated on a weight of piece restriction. Why is this important? Well a 30Kgs allowance on a weight bases will allow you to take maximum 30kgs over a number of bags (this is usual on most USA Bound transatlantic routes) so for example you can take a set of golf clubs weighing 13kgs and a case 17kgs and be fine. On a piece restriction you can check in the number of pieces of luggage allowed (often only one) to a maximum of the permitted allowance, so please read the small print!

 

Airline baggage - iflybagsIf you want a great way to compare or check baggage allowances across the airlines and see what the potential costs of excess baggage could be there is an excellent website especially for this iflybags.com

http://www.iflybags.com/

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Make sure your bag is easily identified! As you stand waiting for your bags to arrive on the luggage carousel how often do you see someone peer at your bag, or you wonder if you can actually recognise the old black square bag you packed your prized possessions in. Tie something easily recognisable on your bag or handle or even purchase a bag that stands out from the rest. Always make sure you have a baggage tag with your contact details or forwarding address on and if the worst comes to happen and your bag disappears the bag can be forwarded to you or returned to your home address. Please also make sure your check in bag receipt is kept in a safe place this is the first thing they will ask you for when a bag goes missing.

 

Take what you need! Make a list, it sounds basic but a lot of people take things they don’t need and forget some pretty important things they do. Remember where ever you are travelling too in the world most day to day items are readily available (toiletries etc) in local supermarkets, nearly all Hotels offer a clothes washing service for you (Overnight if needed). Weigh your bags if possible before you leave, check in staff will sometimes be able to grant a few extra kilos grace so again it pay’s to be pleasant and smile at the baggage drop, if you are over consider an item you could put into your hand luggage, an offer to do so is often enough to allow your bag to go through, especially if it’s a piece of electrical equipment.

If you travel on a regular basis with the same airline, join there frequent flyers club, although you may have to circumnavigate the globe a couple of times to get a free flight they give you extra benefits, this may well be complimentary additional baggage allowance! What it will do when you present your card at check in or bag drop is let the staff know you are a regular customer of the airline, you will be far more likely to be given a few kilos grace on a busy flight, or that extra help if you are late for a flight.

 

Tip 3 – Sports Equipment (or other large items)

 

Airline baggage - golf coverThis is the point when many airlines’ start taking the “Mickey” especially the low cost carriers, some charging more for a sports bag than for the seat itself, we all know who they are but £25-£30 is the normal rate per leg of your flight, however go long haul and you may find it costing you far more than that. There are exceptions to these of course. Both Emirates and Ethiad Airlines allow free carriage of golf clubs, but not other sports equipment. TAP the Portuguese national carrier allowed until a few months free golf club carriage; however they now charge 20 euro a leg which over the last few months has been a discretionary charge at check in. The best advice before you book a flight is to check with the airline or tour operator as different rules and charges apply to different routes. Thomson’s charter flights should also be given a pat on the back at this point, yes they do charge for a set of golf clubs but at only £15 for a return flight its pretty good value in the sector they operate in.

Airline baggage - luggage labelsIf you’re a certified diver a number of airlines will allow a top up allowance (usually 5kgs) on production of a current “cert” card but you still have to pack it all into whatever the bag limits are on the flight. If you take an extra bag the chances are it will cost £££££.

When travelling with golf clubs remember to invest in a good travel cover for your clubs, a well padded bag is better than an unpadded bag with wheels especially if you want your prized possessions to arrive in the same condition you carefully packed them when you left home. If you regularly travel with golf clubs or plan to travel regularly in the future, spend a little more on your golf travel bag. Most budget bags although they come with an impressive list of features rarely manage to survive more than 4 or 5 trips, that’s fine if you only travel every other year or so, in the long run you will save money.

 

Things to remember?

  • Good quality bags – Carry on, checked luggage or Golf travel covers.  Buy the best while still being most suitable for the type of travel you do.
  • Make a list. It will help you pack what you need.
  • Make sure you can easily identify your bag and its luggage labels are correct for your journey.
  • Check the baggage allowances and baggage rules before you book, if in doubt ask the Airline or your tour operator.

 

Finally whatever you are doing, enjoy your hard earned holiday.

 

At Quality Golf Destinations we tailor make the golf package to meet your needs, if you are interested in a Holiday Golf based or not, Contact Rachel or Rob on 01782 510800 or email

info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 

 

                 

 

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