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Golf in Central Vietnam - Montgomerie Links

Vietnam Golf- Destination Special – A paradise discovered

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Vietnam Golf has won a number of awards over the past few years as an emerging destination in the golf travel trade. We thought it was time we took a look for ourselves what Vietnam Golf has to offer the UK travelling golfer and as a holiday destination in general.

With the IAGTO Asian Golf Tourism Convention being hosted in the central Vietnam golf destination city of Da Nang (May 2017). It was too good an opportunity not to visit the country for the first time, and also to extend the trip with a holiday to see what Vietnam has to offer both on and off the golf course.

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Montgomerie Links Golf Club – Da Nang

Vietnam Golf  – Da Nang

Da Nang is Vietnam’s 3rd largest city with a population of just over 1 million, it’s a mostly low rise city with the exception of a small strip along the river in the city centre and a few hotels on the beach.

Most peoples first thoughts of Vietnam are the conflict that encompassed the country for almost twenty years. Finally ending in 1975 there are still occasional remnants you will come across, but the country is certainly only looking forward these days.

Now the country has without doubt embraced its history and heritage with some amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites in central Vietnam. They certainly are a great draw for visitors, but you don’t need to go far out of town to see that rural life is very much as it’s been for hundreds of years. The locals genuinely do wear the famous conical hats out working in the fields, its not just for the tourist photos.

Walk (or bicycle as we did one day) through the rice paddy fields and you will be greeted by many a wave and smile from the local population, just because that’s what they do.

Although this is still a communist country there has been no shortage of investment in the area. A number of extremely high end hotel brands such as Banyan Tree and Four-seasons are now firmly established here, but also some good quality local run properties to suit every budget.

The costs for most things outside the international 5 star hotels is very low, even by Asian standards. A glass of local beer in a restaurant for 20p, the local Banh Mi (french bread) sandwich for £1 ( the perfect lunch and recommended) and dinner for two in a local restaurant for less than £10.

The region has a spanking brand new Airport at Da Nang, and in true Asian spirit it was opened slightly before it was finished. It is still pretty impressive and once its fully completed will allow a greater number of international connections.

Vietnam Golf – What to do (apart from Golf)

The beaches along the coast line are as good as you will find anywhere in the world. To the north of Da Nang you find small secluded bays as the hills run straight to the coast line. To the south of Da Nang there is a coastal plain and 30 miles of unbroken beach with beautiful fine coral white sands.

Most are largely deserted apart from holiday makers, the locals come to the beach for the last hour or two of daylight when the suns strength is at its lowest. Unlike many places around the world you will not be harassed by beach sellers. Street sellers licences are strictly controlled in Vietnam and woe betide anyone without the correct permits.

All the beach front hotels have private sections of beach together with an array of infinity pools if sand is not your thing.

Away from the beach there is some amazing sightseeing to be done. My Son is an ancient ruined temple complex over 1400 years old in part and rediscovered by French explorers in the early 1900’s, now a UNESCO world heritage site and well worth a visit. Hue is the old capital and is home to a number of well preserved royal palaces and temples.

Hoi An (Another UNESCO World Heritage site) is 30 mins south of Da Nang, the old town has no motorised transport allowed during the majority of the day and night but really comes to life in the evenings when the towns traditional colourful lanterns are lit at sunset.

If you enjoy water sports (when you’re not golfing) then all the normal beach activities can be found at the hotels beach clubs, for snorkelling and scuba diving the nearby Cham Islands are certainly worth a visit. Approximately 1 hour from the coast finds a group of 7 islands which offer some very good diving and snorkelling between March and October. The best time for snorkelling is between June and August when the water is warm and crystal clear.

There are also a good selection of interesting days out, cycling tours can definitely be recommended and local cookery classes are a popular option where you buy all the ingredients at a local market then are taught to cook some of the delicious local foods by your chef.

Nearly all the hotels have excellent Spa facilities to pamper you after a hard day on the beach.

Vietnam Golf - UNESCO world heritage My Son

UNESCO world heritage site of My Son

Vietnam Golf  – Golf in the Da Nang area

There are only currently four courses in the area, but you will be hard pressed to find four better Vietnam golf courses in the country. All have some spectacular holes and great designs, are in superb condition and have impressive clubhouses and facilities. Caddies are compulsory at all the courses as they are in many other Asian countries and generally were excellent but buggies are optional and worth having in the summer months

Vietnam Golf - Ba Na Hills           Ba Na Hills Golf Club

Newly opened in 2016, 25 km from Da Nang this great new course has a spectacular back drop of the local mountains. Water comes into play on a number of holes without dominating the course, look out for some excellent par 3’s from raised tee’s. This is one of Luke Donald’s first ventures into golf course design, measuring a massive 7,800 yards from the black tee’s its every bit a tour course, however with 5 different tee boxes the length can come down to a little over 5,100 yards so its playable and enjoyable for all levels of golfer.

 

Vietnam Golf - Laguna Lang GC      Laguna Lang Co Golf Club

Designed by Nick Faldo ( I am a big fan of his course design’s) this is a great technical course set in a beautiful beachfront location. The course has a very traditional links style layout with the 9th green being the furthest point from the clubhouse .

Many holes feature sandy waste area’s which certainly frame the features extremely well. You have to think off the tee to put your ball on the fairway.

There are some excellent short par 4’s and par 5’s which tempt you to go for the green in two, but they are very much risk and reward. The course runs along the beautiful beach for 5 holes although you can only see the sea for a short spell. Great fun to play even when your game isn’t on top form.

Par 71 and plays just under 7,000 yards of the back tees, however the ball runs extremely well on the sandy turf so plays slightly shorter off the tee.

 

Vietnam Golf - Montgomerie Links  Montgomerie Links Golf Club

A great Colin Montgomerie designed course. For anyone who has played his courses in Dubai or Turkey is sure to enjoy this course.

Although it’s classed locally as a links design, the course has tree lined fairways with the local pines, a number of lakes and a lot of very well placed bunkers. Some of the greens are quite tricky to read with subtle breaks so a good caddie here will save you a bag full of shots.

A very fair course, play well here and you will probably score well.

I didn’t have the opportunity to play the fourth Vietnam Golf course at Da Nang Golf Club. Designed by Greg Norman and is similar in looks to the nearby Montgomerie course, it has an excellent reputation and was the first course built in the area. The club also has a second course by Jack Nickalus Design currently under construction.

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Laguna Lang Co Golf Club – designed by Nick Faldo

Vietnam Golf –  Accommodation

There is a vast selection of superb resorts along the 30 km beach front which stretches from Da Nang to Hoi An. Many are in the luxury hotel bracket, some of our recommendations include;

Premier Village Da Nang – Luxury beach front villa resort, great for families, good selection of restaurants on site and walking distance to local attractions.

Furama Resort Da Nang– One of the original 5* hotel complex on Da Nang beach, still a stunning location.

Fusion Maia Da Nang – Top quality boutique all pool villa resort, inclusive spa and amazing accommodation.

Naman Retreat – Boutique resort with some unique bamboo architecture, quality spa and beachfront location.

For the more budget traveller

Holiday Beach Da Nang – Traditional beachfront 4* hotel, beach club, Spa and rooftop pool. New wing currently under construction 2017.

 

Further south in the historic town of Hoi An, the following properties are a short stroll into the UNESCO old town.

Anantara Hoi An Resort – Classy colonial 5* hotel on the river front in historic Hoi An, 10 minute stroll to the UNESCO old town.

Green Heaven Resort Hoi An Budget 3* hotel centrally located on the river front 5 minute walk from the Japanese Bridge, great selection of local bars and restaurants close by. Great value for money.

If you would like a super luxury beachfront hotel, I would recommend the Banyan Resort adjacent to the Laguna Lang co golf club. Amazing spa and a secluded private bay location makes this a popular choice for honeymooners and those special anniversaries.

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Furama Resort on Da Nang beach

Vietnam Golf  – The Climate – When to Go

There are definite regional variations in the climate. The South of Vietnam is a tropical climate the same as Thailand or Malaysia. Hot all year round with a distinct rainy season mainly influenced by the South West Monsoon from May to October. Central Vietnam has a good year round climate as its sheltered from the South West Monsoon by mountains but its best to avoid in September and October as these months have the greatest risk of typhoons. Summer temperatures are in the mid to high 30’s C, during our winter months 18-22c is more normal. For the travelling European golfer December to May gives some of the best conditions for Vietnam golf.

The north of Vietnam has a much cooler winter (as low a 5c at night in Hanoi in the winter) and generally has more rainy days than the central and South of the country.

Vietnam Golf - Halong Bay Cruise Vietnam Golf - Hoi An by night Vietnam Golf - Locals

Seeing the rest of the Country

Vietnam is perfect for a 2 or 3 centre holiday, the north of Vietnam capital city is Hanoi, an entry point for most long haul flights and worth the visit in its own right. Like any capital city its traffic is its biggest problem. A couple of hours out of Hanoi is the spectacular Halong Bay, and is a must on your Vietnam trip itinerary. Its best viewed while staying on a boat for one or two nights, it’s a popular trip and well worth it to see one of the worlds most famous bays and its hundreds of limestone islands.

South Vietnam’s main city is Ho Chi Min, although it’s still widely referred to as Saigon by many and is situated on the Mekong river delta. There are plenty of sightseeing opportunities in the city and in the regions local culture. Relaxation on the island beaches of Phu Quoc is also a popular option.

Vietnam’s internal flight network make travelling between the three regions extremely easy and flexible and avoids those long road trips.

If you want to extend your golfing outside of Da Nang the good news is Vietnam golf has currently over 35 international standard courses around the country with close on the same number currently under construction or in the planning stage.

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Da Nang Golf Club – designed by Greg Norman

Our Recommendation

As a golf destination you certainly will not be disappointed, if you have played golf in Thailand then expect a similar experience. As most of the courses have been constructed over the last few years by the worlds top designers the courses are extremely good and currently not overplayed. Caddies are included and buggies are optional on most courses but recommended while playing during the hotter months. It’s a perfect destination to sight see, relax and play some golf, but it’s a wonderful destination for non golfers or as a general holiday. With a great standard of hotel accommodation and fascinating tours to keep you occupied away from the golf course it’s an excellent holiday destination.

Vietnam is also a great destination to combine with a South East Asia city stopover, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong, all have direct flights so it makes a perfect combination

We personally loved Vietnam and it certainly wont be to long before we are returning there to explore more of this fascinating country.

Vietnam Golf packages to Da Nang start from £895 for a week in a 4* hotel, 3 rounds of golf inc caddie, private airport and golf transfers (based on a group of 4) we have a great selection of Vietnam Golf packages, please contact us for more details.

 

Vietnam Golf - Ba Na Hills Vietnam Golf - Caddies @ Laguna Lang GC Vietnam Golf - Locals Fishing

Quality Golf’s Rob Matthews at Ba Na Hills Golf Club, Caddies at Laguna Lang Co Golf club, Local fishermen on the river near Hoi An

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.

Costa Navarino - Golf the Bay Course

 

 

 

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.

Costa Navarino - Perovino Restaurant  Costa Navarino - 1827 bar Costa Navarino - Barbouni Restaurant

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

Costa Navarino - Westin room

Costa Navarino - Flames resort

Costa Navarino - Westin Resort

Costa Navarino - Glossa Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Costa Navarino - The Dunes Course  Costa Navarino The Dunes Course osta Navarino - Dunes Clubhouse

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.

Costa Navarino Bay  Golf-TheBayCourse3 Costa Navarino Sunset

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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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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2017 Spring Golf Training Academy

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Richard Ellis & Brian Green Golf Academies

 

2017 Spring Golf Training AcademyTournament Golf Weeks - Penina

24th  March to 29th March 2017

 

from £1235 per person twin share

 

 

Inclusive of 5 nights 5* BB, 3 Dinners, 4 Days of Golf Clinics, 4 Rounds of Golf on Resorts courses, Transfers & International Flights

Plus guest Professional Kevin Caplehorn

 

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JJW Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, Portimao, Algarve, Portugal

Twin Share room    Single room

                             Cost per Person     £1235                  £1355

Upgrade to Pool View room £125 per room

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

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Itinerary 5 Nights Spring Golf Training academy
  • Friday Day 1 – Depart London Gatwick Airport: Arrive Faro Airport – Group transfer to JJW Penina Golf & Resort in Portimao approximately 1-hour drive. Evening welcome dinner
  • Saturday Day 2 – Morning Golf Clinic (2 hours) at Penina Practice area PM Golf at either the Resorts Championship or Resort courses Evening at leisure
  • Sunday Day 3 – Morning Golf Clinic (2 hours) at Penina Practice area PM Golf at either the Resorts Championship or Resort courses Evening dinner in Restaurant
  • Monday Day 4 – Morning Golf Clinic (2 hours) at Penina Practice area PM Golf at either the Resorts Championship or Resort courses Evening at leisure
  • Tuesday Day 5 – Morning Golf Clinic (2 hours) at Penina Practice area PM Golf at either of the Resorts Championship or Resort courses Final Evening dinner in Restaurant
  • Wednesday Day 6 – Early Breakfast, Check out of the hotel after breakfast and group transfer to Airport for your flight home.
Included in package:
  • International flights with checked Golf Clubs & Luggage**
  • 5 nights B&B accommodation in Junior suite
  • 3 Dinners in Resort Restaurants inc drinks Return Group Airport – Resort transfers 4,
  • Return Group Airport – Resort transfers 4, 2 hour Golf clinics & 4 Rounds of golf. Not included in package: Holiday Insurance, Buggies or cart hire, Meals not stated on Itinerary Please note Flight supplements may apply for alternative airport departures and for late bookings ** Quality Golf Destinations are fully bonded with the Travel Trust Association for full financial security no U7420
  • 4, 2-hour Golf clinics & 4 Rounds of golf.
Not included in the package:
  • Holiday Insurance,
  • Buggies or cart hire,
  • Meals that are not stated on Itinerary

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

Quality Golf Destinations are fully bonded with the Travel Trust Association for full financial security no U7420

We have a number of trips planned through the winter months so instead of playing in the cold, rain and wind, sign up for a great golf holiday with our qualified PGA Professionals. A Spring Golf training academy is a great way of improving your game. instead of having a half-hour lesson every other week think how your game can improve with eight hours of structured lessons through the duration of the academy. Everything is covered from driving to the short game. once you have spent the morning with your PGA professional you can put what you have learned into practice on some of Europe’s top golf courses.

We organise a number of golf training academies throughout the winter each year and believe that as well as improving your game it’s also a great golf holiday. The weeks are open to golfers of all standards and dependent on your abilities the individual tuition is tailored to your needs. if you would like additional tuition on certain aspects of your game we will be happy to organise a special 1-2-1 session for you during the week. Numbers are restricted on each of our Golf training academies so you get the best possible attention and benefits out of your academy.

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Our featured Venue –Portugal

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

The Home of Luxury Golf in the Algarve

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Voted Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort by the World Travel Awards, Penina Hotel & Golf ResoPenina, Algarve, Algarve Trophy, Portugal, Golf, Golf Trip, Package, Hotel, Penina Hotel, Transfers, Flights, Escorted Trip, Portugal Tourism, Tourism, Portimao, Quality Golf Destinationsrt is the glittering jewel in the Algarve’s crown. The resort, locatedOur 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

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

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.

The Finest Rooms & Suites in the Algarve

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is proud to offer an outstanding selection of rooms and suites, in this stunning Algarve golf resort. EnjoyPenina, Algarve, Algarve Trophy, Portugal, Golf, Golf Trip, Package, Hotel, Penina Hotel, Transfers, Flights, Escorted Trip, Portugal Tourism, Tourism, Portimao, Quality Golf Destinations 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 RoomsSpread 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.

 

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort: The Home of Golf in the Algarve

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

Designed and completed in 1966 by the great Sir Henry Cotton, the course stands as a shining example of golfing architecture and one man’s passion for the great game of golf. Whether the former championship golfer had any inkling of the mark he was laying down when he first began implementing his vision upon the Algarve paddy fields from which his course sprung, we don’t know… what we do know is the staggering extent of the legacy that he created.

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.

Resort Course: Rules & Specifications

Holes: 9 or 18 Par: 35 or 71 Course Length – 9 holeWhite marks – 2987 metres (3267 yards)

Yellow marks – 2629 metres (2875 yards) Course Length – 18 hole:

White marks – 5964 metres (6522 yards)
Yellow marks – 5259 metres (5751 yards)

 

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-around holiday golf and a very enjoyable round. With reasonable short greens, accuracy off the tee, along with approach shots, provide all players with a chance to practice their short game with aplomb.

Holes:Par: 30

Course Length:
1851 metres (2024 yards)

 

 

 

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.

Penina Golf Academy: Features and Amenities

 

Driving Range – Putting Green – Pro Shop – Target greens – Chipping Green – Practice Bunker 

 

 

 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWThis holiday is provided by Quality Golf Destinations, a specialist golf tour operator that has provided tailor-made golf holidays to more than 100 destinations since 2008. They are members of IAGTO and are bonded with the Travel Trust Association for 100% Financial protection. All packages including flights come with full ATOL cover. The holiday is subject to minimum travel numbers being obtained.

To Book simply please complete the booking form, please click here to download and return to; Richard Ellis & Brian Green Golf Academies Quality Golf Destinations Ltd Booking form or ring 01782510800 for more information.

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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HAPPY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2017

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

 

Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 
cascata

Cascata Golf Club(Las Vegas)

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

montecastallio

Monecastallio – (Spain)

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

North Granite Ridge – (Canada)

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Neil, Rob, Rachel, Kelly, Kevin

 

 

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

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

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

+44(0)1782 510800

 info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

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Rio Real Golf Hotel - Course view

The Real Deal – Rio Real Golf Hotel Marbella

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Rio Real Golf Hotel Review – June Newsletter

Rio Real Golf Hotel - Course view

Rio Real Golf Hotel on the Costa del Sol, only a couple of kilometres from Marbella town is such a resort. Many of you will have played at Rio Real Golf Club without realising the clubhouse also has a 30 room boutique 4 star hotel on site. The hotel has a Andalusian hacienda type feel to it and is a low level property with most of the facilities on the top floor. We visit many hotels every year, and you soon find that one hotel room looks remarkably like the next so its very refreshing when you visit somewhere that still has some wonderful old school charm whilst still having all the mod con’s you come to expect in a quality resort.
Rio Real Golf Hotel - Pool Area  Rio Real Golf Hotel Reception   Rio Real Golf Hotel - Golf

All rooms have great views of the 11th hole from the large balconies, the superior rooms are very well appointed and decorated in a unique style inviting rest and relaxation in the most demanding of guests. The bathroom is a combination of ceramics, wood and marble, offering his and hers sinks and a spacious ergonomic bathtub. Each room offers TV, minibar, free WIFI and a safe, as well as beds that inspire rest and relaxation.

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

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

Rio Real Golf Hotel - Superior room  Rio Real Golf Hotel marbella Spa  Rio Real Golf Hotel Marbella - room terrace

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

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

Rio Real Golf Hotel Marbella course

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

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

Rio Real Golf Hotel - Club house

 

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

Tivoli Hotels – Spring Special offer

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

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

Tivoli Hotels - Spring Special offer

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

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

 

Tivoli Hotels - Spring Special offer - Marina Vilamoura

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura Marina great nightlife and beach

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

 

 

 

Tivoli Carvoeiro

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Stunning cliff top location with its own private beach

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

 

 

 

 

Tivoli Victoria

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

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

 

 

To Enquire click on the Tivoli Logo

TivoliHotels - Spring Special offer

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

 

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2016 Algarve Trophy

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2016 Algarve Trophy 

 

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

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

 

Venue 

Portugal Hotels - JJW Penina

 

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Our featured Venue – Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

The Home of Luxury Golf in the Algarve

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

The Finest Rooms & Suites in the Algarve

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

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

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

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

Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course

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

Resort Course

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

Academy Course

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

Penina Golf Academy

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

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the prices for this superb trip are as follows

Golfer Twin Share                      Single Supp.

Cost per Person                 £1230                                      £245

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

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

Room upgrades and private transfers available at a supplement

Itinerary 5 Nights Algarve Trophy Escorted Golf trip  

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

optional afternoon practice round at Penina Resort.

Evening welcome drinks and dinner

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

Evening dinner in a choice of restaurants

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

Evening dinner in a choice of restaurants

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

Evening dinner in a choice of restaurants

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

Final Evening Prize presentation and dinner in Restaurant

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

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

Included in package:

International flights with checked Golf Clubs & Luggage,**

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

Dinner in Resort Restaurants (

Return Group Airport and offsite golf transfers

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Great daily and weekly prizes

Not included in package:

Holiday Insurance,

Buggies or cart hire,

Please note

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

 

 

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

Reservation department

Quality Golf Destinations Ltd

PO Box 3186

Biddulph

Staffordshire

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

 

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Training Academies

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Golf in Ontario - The forgotten golfing oasis

Golf in Ontario – The forgotten golfing oasis

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

Golf in Ontario - The forgotten golfing oasis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Golf in Ontario

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

Angus Glen Golf Club

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

Golf in Ontario - Angus Glen golf club

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

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club

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

Golf in Ontarion - Royal Ashburn Golf Club

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

Bay of Quinte Golf Club

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

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

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

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

Golf in Ontario - Bay of Quinte Golf Club

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

Black Bear Ridge Golf Club

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

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

Golf in Ontario - Black Bear Ridge Golf Club

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

The Briars Golf Club

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

Golf in Ontario - The Briars Golf Club

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

 Lora Bay Golf Club

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

Golf in Ontario - Lora Bay Golf Club

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

 

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

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

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

Golf in Ontario - Wooden Sticks Golf Club

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

Caledon Country Club

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

Golf in Ontario - Caledon Country Club

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

Hockley Valley

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

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

Golf in O~ntario - Hockley Valley Resort

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

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

Accommodation choices in Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

Golf in Ontario - The Briars Resort

 

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

Golf in Ontario - Nesleton Waters Inn

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

Golf in Ontario - Nesleton Waters Inn

Getting there and traveling around

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

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

Overview

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

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

 

A heartfelt thank you

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

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

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

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

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

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

Package includes

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

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

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

Not included

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

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

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

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St Andrews - Home of golf

St Andrews – Golfing risk and reward

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There are times when you book something and you hope rather than expect the trip will meet your expectations. In March, instead of hoping on a plane in search of the sun, we headed north for the pilgrimage that every golfer should endeavour to do at least once in their lives and visited the Old Course at St Andrews.

St Andrews - Home of golf

There are three main ways for visitors (assuming you don’t include knowing an R&A member or qualifying to play in the Open Championship in the list) to play on the Old Course at St Andrews.

1) Pay though the nose for a guaranteed tee time, I can think of better uses of a minimum £1500 for a 2 night golf break staying at an excellent hotel admitted, and two rounds of golf, one on the Old and one on of the other excellent links trust courses.
2) The daily ballot, one of the unique things about St Andrews is that the majority of tee times on offer on the Old course are through the daily ballot. 48 hours before (i.e. Monday for the Wednesday) you can enter the ballot which is published on the Monday afternoon. During the summer months the ballot is always oversubscribed, and you will have something like a 3 in 1 chance of playing. During the winter months some days are not oversubscribed, free tee times after the ballot has been made are available to be booked but you have to be fast to get one of these.
3) The third and less publicised way than the other two is a ballot that takes place in mid-September each year. For two weeks the ballot is open for a number of tee times each day throughout the year. This ballot is open to groups up to a maximum of 8 golfers and you have to play an additional round at one of the St Andrews links courses. Once the draw has been made payment has to be made within the required time, the only drawback is that the ballot is entered with specific names and each player must have an official handicap and a certificate has to be shown to the 1st tee starter.  Everybody who plays the Old course has to have an official handicap certificate and its one of the few who will stick to it.

 

The September Ballot allows you to arrange a golf holiday around your Old Course booking with the knowledge that you will be playing on those hallowed turf on a certain day. We came out with a date in late March, June was our original preferred date but after having a wonderful set of new waterproofs I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to test them to the full.

North Berwick

We had a four night Schedule starting off in North Berwick in East Lothian and conveniently close to Edinburgh, staying at the Macdonald Marine Hotel and overlooking the North Berwick links. A stern test of golf at any time of the year and a host to many Open final qualifying rounds when the Championship is held at nearby Muirfield Golf Club a couple of miles away in the next village of Gullane.

As an alternative to golf at North Berwick a round at one of Gullane’s three courses is also a great option, this year’s Scottish Open is being played over a composite course of No 1 and 2. Tee times at Muirfield GC are harder to find than hen’s teeth being only available on a Tuesday and Thursday for visitors and then only a few of those each day.

 

Carnoustie

St Andrews - CarnoustieAfter North Berwick our next destination was Carnoustie, one of the toughest of all Open Championship courses, having hosted 7 Open’s, 1 Ladies Open and 1 Senior’s Open as well as plenty of top amateur events including this year’s amateur championships . Tight fairways, bunkers from hell and undulating greens make this course tough on a calm day and epically impossible when the wind is up. We only had an “interesting” breeze when we played but glorious sunshine. With 9 of the first 11 holes playing into the wind it had me waving the white flag at an early point of the round before rallying well. With a leisurely lunch in the Carnoustie Golf Club (one of the 10 oldest golf clubs in the world) clubhouse which gave an extremely friendly welcome and had the most interesting collection of Open memorabilia on the walls as well as being great value for money compared to the hotel behind the 18th green.

Again there are multiple courses comprising the Carnoustie links, the Open Championship course together with the excellent Buddon and Burnside courses makes this a golf holiday on its own. The Championship course hosts the Open again in 2018 and the Senior’s Open in 2016. Other good courses close by and worth visiting are Panmure Golf Club and Montrose Links.

 

St Andrews

We then enjoyed the 40 minute drive from Carnoustie to St Andrews still in gloriously sunny weather. We stayed in St Andrews at the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel which overlooks the 18th fairway of the Old Course, one of the top hotels in the town. For fans of BBC’s Professional Masterchef 2015 winner, Jamie Scott has his two rosette restaurant Rocca at the Hotel. The only thing in our opinion that stops this being a five star hotel is probably the physical size of some of the rooms (not the décor or room facilities), everything else is superb. We especially loved the R Bar at the Rusacks, it provided a perfect spot to watch the 18th fairway through its panoramic windows in the warm for a couple of hours sipping some excellent Darjeeling tea.

 

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Find out about the Rocca Restaurant at Macdonalds Rusacks hotel St Andrews

Find out about the Rocca Restaurant at MacDonald Rusacks hotel St Andrews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Andrews splits into two half’s. On one side you have the golf and many of the tourists in the town are here for that, the other half is the University town. With all the students around means the pub prices are reasonable as are many of the restaurants in town, good to know if you are on a budget.

I have to admit to being quite star struck in St Andrews, I have visited there before but never played and with seven courses in the town and a few more a mile or two out of town it is a links golfers haven, this is before you get to the history of the place, the iconic skyline of the 1st and 18th hole of the Old course, the fact that you have to carry your bag or have a caddy gives it a unique feel.

 

St Andrews - Jigger InnOn our first full day in St Andrews we played the New Course, only a 120 years old but as far as golf in St Andrews goes its new. Super course and not as tight as I expected however the first 4 or 5 holes run alongside the adjacent holes of the Old course and you find yourself looking at that rather than concentrating on the course you were playing. By the end of the round I had enjoyed the new course in its own right. That evening we did what every golfer visiting St Andrews has to do! Visit the Jigger Inn by the famous 17th green, the infamous “road hole”. Although it has become part of St Andrews folk law it’s only been a pub since the 1970’s but the place has a sense of history with some great photos of past champions adorning the walls and the Jigger Ale is a very quaffable beer for real ale fans.

 

 

St Andrews - Old CourseDay 2 at St Andrews and the decision of a few whiskies in the Key’s Bar in the town centre the previous evening may have caused problem if it was not for a very respectable 11:30 tee time on the Old course. An extremely leisurely breakfast overlooking the 1st and 18th fairways made the morning go pretty quickly and before we knew it we were strolling over to the starters hut for probably the most nervous tee shot of my life. We need not have worried, two tracer bullet drives were fired down the middle of the fairway and we strolled down the 1st. The Old course is not the hardest links course you will ever play as long as you a) keep out of the fairway bunkers and b) don’t leave yourselves 70 yard putts (something I failed to do on a few occasions) but the condition of the course even in March was spectacular to say the least. You are also helped by the local course rangers who make sure you keep up with play but also let you know the correct line to hit on a few of the blind tee shots, very helpful and needed on probably the busiest golf course in the world.

It’s probably the only course I will ever play for the first time knowing the holes and what’s coming next.  All too quickly we found ourselves on the 17th tee, bottled the tiger line and found myself on the rough on the left, still with miles to the green a five was a realistic score so was delighted to have a chance of Par with a snaking 10ft putt (missed).

 

St Andrews - 18th tee Old courseStanding on the tee of the 18th I wanted to go round again, despite the fact the back nine playing into a stiff breeze and it was freezing, however the best was still to come my approach to the famous last green was straight down the pin and after a quick look at the cup it finished only a few feet from the hole. 5 foot for birdie with a slight left to right break, what 150 professional golfers would give for that in the middle of July this year and unlike the 17th it was in all the way. A great finish to probably our most memorable game of golf, truly wonderful.

 

If you would like us to arrange your St Andrews golf holiday please give us a call and we can help you organise what is every golfers dream holiday. There is a huge range of golf courses on the east coast of Scotland that will suite every level of golfer and budget. Green fees at the Old Course in the summer are currently £175 per player which is one of the cheapest of the Open Championship courses in the UK, play during the winter and the price drops to £80 and if you’re as lucky as we were played in perfect conditions.

 

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La Cala Golf Resort – Spain Special Offers

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4* La Cala Golf Resort, Mijas, Malaga

 Group Special Golf Holiday 2016

 

NOW FROM ONLY £ 355 per person

 

Based 3, 5 or 7 Nights Half Board, twin share in a standard room, including 3, 4 or 5 rounds of golf at the resort’s 3 courses.

Golf Buggies( Certain dates & tee times excluded) and Airport transfers

Valid for new bookings only, based on group of 4

Additional discount available for groups of 8+

 

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                        Low Season   Medium Season      High Season     Single Sup

3 Nights 3 Golf             £ 350             £ 370                   £ 405              £ 99

5 Nights 4 Golf             £ 530             £ 555                   £ 610              £ 165

7 Nights 5 Golf             £ 660             £ 690                   £ 740              £ 230

Low Season – December, January, July & August

Medium Season – November, February, May, June & September

High Season – March, April and October

Golf included in Package on site at La Cala Golf Resort

Golf from either the America, Asia or Europa courses

Room & half board upgrade’s available. Non-Golfer prices available on request

 

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Additional information – The Hotel

With a four star rating, Hotel La Cala is one of the top Costa Del Sol hotels in Spain. It commands a central position between the golf courses. Built in a traditional Andalusian style and with 107 rooms, it has a choice of 3 categories of rooms:  classic rooms, superior rooms and junior suites., all of which have superb views of the golf courses. 

La Terraza Restaurant offers fine dining with a range of dishes that reflect the local gastronomy of Andalucía as well as international influences. Patrons can choose to dine al fresco on warmer nights, while seated beside the beautiful moonlit swimming pool. For just a quiet drink or nightcap you can relax in the Lobby Bar or if you wish to use the internet, look at satellite TV or play interactive games. There is also a speciality wine and tapas restaurant La Bodega to enjoy the real taste of Spain. Relaxed and informal, La Bodega captures the passion and personality that this part of Spain is so famous for. We’re proud of our Andalusian roots and this shines through in our delicious tapas tasting experience. Wafer thin slices of the finest acorn-fed Iberian cured ham, creamy Manchego cheese, fiery hot prawn pil-pil, this is a true feast for the senses. We’ll help you to navigate the menu to create the perfect balance of textures and flavours, or you can take it one dish at a time, at your own pace, paired with a delicious local wine.

The resort is the ideal base for enjoying your holiday. Just minutes from the coast and the towns of Mijas Costa, Marbella and Fuengirola, the estate is however totally removed from the bustle and hustle associated with the attractions of the coast. It is totally private allowing you to relax in one of our luxurious refurbished hotel rooms. Where else can you be only minutes from the centre of the action yet with the advantage of being able to shut out the distractions of the outside world – should you so wish.  

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

 

Additional information – The Golf

America Golf course

6009 m, par 72.

Formerly the North Course, Campo America is enhanced by spectacular views of the Sierra de Ojén and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s wide, linked fairways and relatively few bunkers make this a slightly easier driving course, though the hilly topography requires a lot of carry across steep brush-covered side slopes. There are water hazards on the 9th and 16th and five par 5s.

 

Asia Golf course.

5925 m, par 72.

Formerly the South Course, the spectacular Campo Asia has plenty of challenging holes, guaranteeing a testing round of golf which puts a premium on the approach shot. The oldest of our three courses and the one most respected by the professionals, it is narrow and short, with four par holes demanding skill and strategy.

Look out for the 1st with its classic design, and the 14th where the aim of your drive is especially critical. The 9th requires full concentration. Remember not to over-club off the tee or this lengthy par 5 could spoil your scorecard

 

Europa Golf course.

6014 m, par 71.

A dramatic course but easier for the average golfer, with generous fairways, flatter terrain and slightly larger greens than Campo America and Asia. Notable for one main bridge and four smaller bridges across the River Ojén, which features in eight holes, cutting across three fairways. There are four tunnels for golf carts.

Water hazards guard the 3rd and 14th greens. The 14th is at the maximum limit of what is allowed for a par 3 at 233 metres. The par 5 11th is the longest hole at 524 metres.

 

To book please quote “La Cala Offer” Contact Quality Golf Destinations by phone on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestination.com
Not exactly what you want? give us a call and we can customise your package to your exact requirements.

 

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