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Novo Sancti Petri – Cadiz – Rediscovering the lost art of losing a golf ball
Just when you think you know something you visit part of a region that totally changes your opinion. We were lucky enough to be invited to the west of Andalucía to inspect the golfing areas around Novo Sancti Petri Cadiz. The Costa de La Luz, not Andalucía most famous golfing region and our first visit to the area. To many people golf in Andalucía is golf in the Costa del Sol, but the region stretches all the way from Spain’s border with Portugal in the West to Almeria in the East, a good 7 hour end to end drive along everyone’s favourite Spanish road the A7.
Cadiz – Novo Sancti Petri
We flew in to Malaga Airport and it was a very pleasant 2 ½ hour drive along the A7 and AP7. I enjoy the toll roads on the continent, they are relatively cheap (around 10 euros for a 250 km trip) and no one drives on them. The scenery changes quite dramatically once you pass Gibraltar to a greener rolling hills landscape with vineyards on the best slopes, with river valleys and small lakes in between. If you can ignore the large amount of wind turbines on the hills you would definitely call it a pleasant land scape.
For those of you not wanting such a long drive the region is well supplied with flights to Gibraltar, usually slightly more expensive than Malaga flights (but not always) for the more adventurous of you Ryan Air fly into both Jerez and Seville which is also close by and an option from London airports. Novo Sancti Petri is one of the main summer resort centres for Cadiz, only 15-20 minutes’ drive away and well worth a visit with its heritage going back to Phoenician times, ancient city walls and the old town/harbour area. The beach at Novo Sancti Petri stretches for an amazing 8 miles of picture perfect sand and is known as La Barrosa Beach, also and slightly surprisingly, is an area of unspoilt dune land between the hotels and beach. This gives anyone lucky enough to have a sea view an amazing sight when they open the curtains each morning.
Novo Sancti Petri is a Spanish tourist resort, in the summer the hotels and beaches are packed with the inhabitants of Madrid on their family holiday (think of it as a very sunny Devon). There are a number of large resort hotels on the beach, Villa’s and apartments around the golf courses and a purpose built commercial centre with shops, bars and restaurants for those people who want to escape the “entertainment” the beach hotels insist on hosting in the evening. We were visiting both the Resorts Iberostar Hotels, Royal Andalus and the Andalucía Playa both excellent 4* hotels and only a few minutes’ walk from Iberostar very own 36 hole Novo Sancti Petri golf club with its excellent practice facilities.
Both the hotels have had recent refurbishments, with the Royal Andalus literally finished weeks ago, the majority of rooms have either some sort of sea or pool views, with a few at the Andalus overlooking the golf course. This has helped give both hotels an excellent feel, the feature that stands out more than the room décor or pools was the excellent food available through the complexes. I usually only opt for a buffet restaurant when there are no other options available or you have just arrived in a resort and have not got your bearings yet. Iberostar have for me reset the bar on an exceptional buffet dinner. With a superb range of choice, multiple show cooking and deserts that tasted every bit as good as they looked the cuisine went way above what you would have expected in any 4* hotel. Breakfast was almost as impressive as dinner and continued the five star gourmet treatment with HP sauce available (the true measure of a star rating in my book). The two Iberostar hotels at Novo Sancti Petri both have very different feel to them, the Royal Andalus caters for a more family market while I would describe the Andalucía Playa as more of a couple’s hotel, both however are excellent beach resorts that we would happily return to on holiday ourselves, always a bench mark when reviewing a hotel.
The Golf Overview at Novo Sancti Petri
Novo Santi Petri golf club is owned by Iberostar and as you would expect has excellent resident’s rates. The club has two championship 18 hole courses the A & B, designed by Seve Ballesteros. Water and Pine trees dominate the features of both golf courses, nice greens give you confidence to go for puts and despite its length if your eye is in you can score well on the greens. As well as the golf courses the club have a superb golf range with separate par 3 area and putting and chipping greens as well as a Jack Nicholas golf academy with its own dedicated facilities. The Academy area has its own mini club house/bar El Chozo, across the road is the main clubhouse with the normal full facilities including Restaurant, Proshop and Caddy Master.
A course Par 72 7064 yards, B course Par 72 6639 yards
As well as Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club there are a number of other clubs close by we recommend.
The Sancti Petri Hills course which is situated behind the Novo Sancti Petri Golf club is a great par 68 course, designed by Manuel Pinero what it lacks in length it makes up for with strategically placed bunkers and water features. The driver can only be used on selective holes but its position that counts here. Don’t be put off with the Hills title of the club, this refers to the elevation as the land climbs gently away from the sea, it’s definitely not a hilly course and well worth a visit. Also don’t be fooled by the length of the card here there are 7 par three’s on the course the last two both around 200 yards and played over water
Par 68 5,211 yards
Campano Golf club is one of the oldest courses in the area. The original nine holes was laid out in a clockwise loop by Robert Trent Jones, and the quality of the design is easy to see and is a mature layout, there are some large pine trees that have to be avoided. The club was extended to 18 holes in 2006. The new nine is set inside the original course and has some interesting water features and plenty of olive trees but it allows you to open your shoulders on certain holes. All in all a gem of a golf club with a very nice bar and restaurant to relax in after your round.
Par 72 6,514 yards
Novo Sancti Petri – Area overview
Novo Sancti Petri is a great place to go on a golf holiday, there are more than enough golf courses to keep you happy for a week’s holiday. The beach is a wonderful endless stretch of sand and the City of Cadiz makes a great day out on a non-golfing day, as are the local wine and sherry vineyards that are famous the world over. Accommodation at both the Iberostar hotels is extremely comfortable with everything you would expect from a four star resort hotel. If I was being picky Wi-Fi in public areas for guests is pretty much a norm in hotels of this class around the world these days, it is lacking here but the hotel management are looking to rectify the situation in the near future, saying that a couple of minutes’ walk to the local bars will get you hooked up for some free Wi-Fi as you enjoy a coffee and brandy while keeping up to date with Facebook or Twitter accounts.
The golf is very enjoyable here and the courses were all in great condition (especially the greens) when we visited the region (May 2014). Be sure to bring a good supply of Golf Balls here, as with many resort courses, the designers love to put water features which make the holes look spectacular on the photo’s but can quickly ruin a golf score card. Also beware the old adage of tree’s being 90% air it does not hold true here, hit a ball in to the foliage and if you don’t see it bounce out the likely hood is, it’s still up the tree. Hence the title the lost art of losing a golf ball, we both only brought a few balls with us on this trip in a vague effort to keep within baggage limits on the last day despite playing some good golf we were feeling the real pressure of only having one ball left in the bag!!!
Quality Golf Destinations visited Novo Sancti Petri in May 2014, Hotels stay during the visit were the Iberostar Royal Andalus and Andalucía Playa. Golf Courses visited Novo Sancti Petri GC A & B courses, Sancti Petri Hill GC and Campano GC
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In our Next Newsletter we feature Barceló Montecastillo Golf Resort in Jerez
Quality Golf Destinations have teamed up with La Manga Club golf resort to offer an exceptional 5 star golf break for bookings during May. Your stay must be completed before the end of June.
Staying at the resorts award-winning 5 star Hotel Principe Felipe guests enjoy daily breakfast before your pre booked tee times at your choice of the resorts 3 championship golf courses. Also included each night is a two course dinner in a choice of four different restaurants.
3, 4 or 7 nights’ accommodation in the Hotel Principe Felipe 5*.
Daily breakfast at the Amapola Restaurant.
2, 3 or 5 rounds of golf at any of the 3 golf courses.
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International Golf Travel Market – Vilamoura Nov 2012
Newsletter December 2012
International Golf Travel Market or IGTM as it is normaly known as is the annual must do show for all golf travel professionals. This year’s show was held in Vilamoura and was attended by Rachel and Neil. Many people think it is just another jolly for us so we thought we would share with you a little of what goes on at these events and what we got up to during the week.
Day 1 – The Golf Tournament and Welcome Reception
We were very lucky to be playing the Oceanic Victoria course which had hosted the Portuguese Masters just 3 weeks earlier. It is not a course we had played before and we always like to have first-hand experience of the courses we send our clients to so a good opportunity. If you are ever in Vilamoura it is one of the must play courses. There is a lot of water and the rough is very rough but it is a great layout and although there had been a lot of rain in the weeks leading up to our visit it was in great condition. We did okay although we didn’t win anything but it was a great start to what we knew would be a very busy week. (Those tiny people in the picture are Neil and I!!) In the evening there was reception for 1200 people at theTivoliMarinaHotel. It was a great evening and we caught up with some old friends and made some new, very useful, contacts. There is always a new hotel or golf course to find out about and meeting the representatives face to face always makes it easier to do business with them.
Day 2-4 – Meetings, Meetings, Meetings
During IGTM 2012 there were 11,500 scheduled meetings between exhibitors and buyers and many more impromptu meetings. We both had over 40 meetings scheduled during the 3 days and talked to many hotels, golf courses and ground handlers. Our intention is always to offer new and exciting destinations to our clients and all these meetings gave us a great opportunity to investigate what is new in the golf travel market. We also had meetings with destinations we are familiar with to discuss new offers and packages they have to offer. There were so many destinations present at the show it would be impossible to visit them all but we certainly had a good try! The days were long and tiring and we walked for miles between our many meetings but it was a great show for us and we returned home armed with lots of information and new ideas.
Outside all the meetings there was also a lot of networking and socialising going on. Many of the best meetings were held over a beer in the bar! IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) sponsored a bar on the Tuesday evening which was a superb night. The bar was across theMarinafrom the main show hotel and was rather a long walk although only about 200 yards as the crow flies. Somebody had thought of everything and there was a catamaran which sailed back and to all evening so we didn’t even have to walk. What a great way to go to the pub!
The final evening of IGTM was the IAGTO annual awards dinner where awards are presented to the best golf destinations around the world. The winners included Dubai, Gran Canaria, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic. The final award of the evening is the Honorary Award which this year was presented to Tony Jacklin, the most successful Ryder Captain in history, who was present to receive his award and was greeted with a standing ovation by the 1200 people present at the dinner. It was brilliant to see one of Europe’s great honoured by the golf industry. After the dinner there was a party at the Casino in Vilamoura which was attended by many of the people who had attended the dinner and was a fantastic end to what had been a tiring, busy, enjoyable and very worthwhile week for us.
Please keep an eye on our website as there will be lots of new deals and offers coming up as we follow up all the contacts we made in Vilamoura.
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Following last month’s Gran Canaria Golf Newsletter Escaping the Rain, when Rachel discovered the delights of golf on the island.
We will soon be launching a dedicated Gran Canaria golf page for this great holiday island.
This will include a review and information on the Golf Courses and a few sample itinerary’s to whet your appetite about Gran Canaria Golf.
In the mean time take a look at this great video showcasing the best of Gran Canaria Golf
Escaping the Rain Volume III – Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is one of those places that everyone has heard of and many people have visited on their annual holidays. It is not, however, somewhere people think of as a golf holiday destination. We had heard many good things about golf in Gran Canaria so when we were invited to attend the IAGTO Mid-Year Convention which was being held on the island we thought it was a great opportunity to see the island and find out just what it was like. Rachel (who is attempting to match our MD Neil at air mile collecting this year) attended the convention and here are her thoughts.
I had visited Gran Canaria on my summer holidays about 20 years ago but couldn’t really remember much about the place so I was looking forward to rediscovering this Spanish holiday island. I arrived on Saturday evening having flown from Manchester, there are direct flights 4 times a week so getting there is no problem. It was pleasantly warm with a gentle breeze blowing. The journey from the airport on took about 30 minutes and the roads were very good. I stayed at the Lopesan Costa Meloneras Hotel which is located in the south of the island close to the dunes of Maspalomas. The hotel is very well equipped with 4 restaurants and 4 swimming pools. My room was bright and airy and had a balcony overlooking the spa swimming pool.
There are 7 golf courses on the island and on the Sunday we played the oldest of them. Real Club de Golf Las Palmas or Bandama as it is also know is a Mackenzie Ross designed course which was built in 1957 although the club was formed in 1891. The club house has the feel of an old British golf club, not surprising as many of the club founders were British ex pats, and the course is very interesting. It is an old design with many tight drives and small greens with lots of undulations. It is not a particularly long course but it does not need to be. The challenge is finding the fairway in the right place to give you a chance of hitting the green. I really enjoyed playing here; the course was great and the welcome very warm.
Sunday evening was the final of the European Championships with Spain playing Italy. We were invited to spend the evening at Maspalomas Golf Club who had erected a big screen for the football and kept us all supplied with food and drink. After the game had finished and all the locals were celebrating we went off to play 4 holes of night golf. If you ever have the opportunity you really must try it. Flashing balls, miners’ lamps, glow sticks to mark the fairways and luminous flag poles. What brilliant fun if not the highest standard of golf! The facilities at Maspalomas Golf Club are great and although I couldn’t really see the course as it was very dark it comes highly recommended.
On Monday I attended a couple of seminars and had some meetings with the golf courses and hotels before we headed off to play Anfi Tauro Golf course. It was great. It is a course unlike any you have played before. It was built into the cliffs with the rock being blown away in some places to make room for the greens and the result is amazing. The fairways are generous but if you miss them you are in trouble. There is some water on the course but not too much and there are many very interesting holes. On the back 9 you have some lovely views of the sea. The greens are in excellent condition and the course is very enjoyable. Certainly one to add to your list of must play courses.
Our next course was the Lopesan Melonoras course which is only about 10 minutes from our hotel. It is owned by the same group and they provide complimentary transfers throughout the day. The course is lined with Palm trees and there are a couple of lakes and water hazards. The practise facilities are excellent so if you need a quick lesson or just too warm up before your round it is all there for you. The front 9 holes are a little inland but the back 9 play along the cliff with stunning views over the sea, this means it can be a little breezy but the views are worth it. There are some great holes with generous fairways but well placed bunkers mean you still need to think about where you are going. After golf we were treated to a BBQ on the patio outside the club house. It is a great place to enjoy a drink after your round.
My final game was at the Sheraton Salobre Golf. There are 2 courses at the Sheraton and we played the South course which is very nice. The course is in very good condition with plenty of bunkers and rather tricky greens. As with all the courses I visited the clubs are all very welcoming and everywhere we went was in very good condition. Salobre was no exception, nothing was too much trouble and the round was very enjoyable.
Overall I was very impressed with golf in Gran Canaria. All the courses are in excellent condition and everybody is welcoming. Gran Canaria is only a small island and the furthest away course we played was only about 40 minutes away and most of the courses were about 15 minutes from my hotel in Maspalomas. The roads are very good and the traffic light so getting around the island is very easy. The climate in Gran Canaria is perfect for golf. In the summer it is usually around 28-30 degrees Celsius but there is always a bit of breeze off the Atlantic so it does not get too hot while playing. In the winter the temperatures are around 18 degrees Celsius which is a very pleasant temperature for golf. There are lots of very good hotels to suit all budgets and with direct flights from all of the UK’s main airports it is very accessible. It was not somewhere I would have thought of as a golf destination, but I have certainly changed my mind and it is now firmly added to my list of quality year round golf destinations.
For more information on the hotel Rachel stayed in follow the link above
5 years ago
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4 * Valle Del Este Golf Resort – Vera, Almería, Spain
5 night’s Half Board – 3 rounds of golf at Valle Del Este Championship Course, 6 days car hire
From £ 310*
7 night’s Half Board – 5 rounds golf at Valle Del Este Championship Course, 1 Week Car Hire
From £ 370*
- Accommodation and car hire use based on twin share.
- Not included – international flights.
Valid only for holidays booked for the travel period 1st JUNE – 30th JUNE 2012
• Supplement for single use available on request
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5 nights all-inclusive – unlimited golf, 6 days car hire, 4 rounds buggy hire.
- Accommodation, car hire and buggy use based on twin share.
- Not included – international flights.
• Supplement double for single use per night: £20
•Offer on request and subject to availability of the Hotel and Golf Course
•All Inclusive description: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. National selection of alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, herbal tea, mineral
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