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Hotel Guadalmina Special offer

Hotel Guadalmina Spa & Golf Resort – Autumn Offer

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Enjoy a great autumn golf break at the fantastic 4* Hotel Guadalmina Spa & Golf Resort. Enjoy four nights at this quality hotel and test your golf skills on the adjacent Real Guadalmina Golf Club with rounds included on both the clubs two courses North and South. in addition a further round can be played at the superb Rio Real Golf Club one of Andalusia oldest golf clubs. We have also included car hire or for groups transfers (minimum numbers are required) groups can also benefit from a 1 in 8 free.

Hotel Guadalmina Special offer

To take advantage of this offer bookings must be made before 31st July 2019. Travel dates are from 1st October 2019 until 28th February 2020. Dates are subject to availability.

to make an enquiry about this offer click here or call our office Monday to Friday on 01782 510800

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Ayla Golf Club - Aqaba Jordan

Jordan – Golf, Sea and quite a bit of sand

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The golfing spotlight this week is firmly focused on the amazing Ayla Golf Resort in Jordan’s Red Sea resort of Aqaba, with the inaugural Jordan Mixed Open. The event see’s Golf Professional’s from the Ladies European, Challenge and Senior’s Staysure tours competing together for the very first time.

Ayla Golf Club - Aqaba Jordan

The Jordan Mixed open will see the different classes of Professional golfers Men, Senior Men and Ladies play of different tee’s but for the first time in Professional Golf playing for one individual trophy and prize fund. The format is refreshingly different and gives some of the world most competitive golfers the chance to play head to head across three tours in a stunning golfing location.

So never heard of Golf in Jordan. Well Ayla Golf Course is part of a new and exciting multi million pound resort complex on the Red Sea resort of Aqaba. as well as the fantastic Greg Norman designed golf course & academy being used this week by some of Europe’s top golf professional there is also a new Marina, 5* Hotels and luxury Golf & Waterside apartments. entertainment complex and a great beach club.

The resort is directly on Jordan’s beautiful red sea coast and only 10 minutes from Aqaba international airport. Sandwiched between Saudi Arabia and Israels resort of Eilat, Aqaba itself is an established sea side resort with plenty of quality hotels and restaurants to choose from. Apart from lying by the crystal blue sea, Aqaba is famous for its scuba diving and snorkelling with a pristine reef system only yards from the shoreline in one of the Red Sea’s first protected marine reserves. With its new international standard Ayla golf course, World class windsurfing and amazing sight seeing close by Aqaba is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination.

Quality Golf Destinations Ayla Golf Course

Why should i consider coming to Jordan for my golf holiday instead of say Morocco or Turkey?

One of the most alluring features of Jordan and what makes it so different to many other places is what you do away from the golf course. if you enjoy playing golf 3 or 4 times over a week and spend the rest of your time exploring the area you are visiting, then Jordan could very well be your kind of destination. Two UNESCO world heritage sites are found close to Aqaba. The Jordan Red Desert safari at Wadi Rum, famed for Laurence of Arabia and one of the most spectacular natural landscapes on this planet is a must too experience one of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see. As well as visiting the desert in 4×4 vehicles which is great fun, you can also stay overnight in one of the luxury lodges and watch the stars.

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Jordan Desert Safari – Wadi Rum

  

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The other is the ancient city of Petra one of the modern 7 wonders of the world and again something worth going to Jordan for in its own right. Although the most famous spots in this huge archaeological site have been featured in many feature films its worth visiting here early in the day as it gets extremely busy later on. Petra is also one for people who like a day walking (you can hire a donkey but i would prefer my own legs) which for most golfers is not much of an issue.

There are literally hundreds of ancient tombs surviving here, along with a well preserved Roman amphitheatre and with a good guide its an amazing site to explore, one day may not be enough.

Quality Golf Destinations - Petra Jordan 

Having visited the so many iconic around the World. Petra and Wadi rum are up there with the best WOW places visited, ancient monuments and natures wonders combined for an unbelievable adventure.

if you would like a quote for an unbelievable holiday combining, Golf Sightseeing, great weather and superb hotels contact us at Quality Golf Destinations. All Tailor made for your exact requirements.

Black Friday Special Golf Holiday offer

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Costa Del Sol Golf Special offer

Located in Malaga, on the Costa del Sol, The Sol Principe Torremolinos beachfront hotel has direct access to Playamar Beach. True family fun in a beautiful year-round Mediterranean climate. Choose from a range of rooms with stunning views of the sea or pool area Add Form. Dining options for everyone, a children’s play area, lagoon-style pools, sun terrace and sunbeds, beauty salon and access to Playamar Beach come together to make Sol Príncipe Hotel the perfect family holiday.

Valid for New bookings from 11th January until 31st March 2019

   

 

5 nights in BB + 3 Green Fees to choose at Parador, Lauro or Guadalhorce Golf Clubs

Per person in DBL: £ 299 

5 nights in HB + 3 Green Fees to choose at Parador, Lauro or Guadalhorce Golf Clubs

Per person in DBL: £ 399 

Single Supplement: £25 /day

 

7 nights in BB + 5 Green Fees to choose at Parador, Lauro or Guadalhorce Golf Clubs

Per person in DBL: £ 465 

7 nights in HB + 5 GF to choose at Parador, Lauro or Guadalhorce Golf Clubs

Per person in DBL: £ 605 

Single Supplement: £25 /day

 

Package based on twin share accommodation in Standard rooms, room upgrades are available.

The package does not include, international flights, transfers or car hire. we would be happy to provide a quote for an all-inclusive package.

non-golfers prices available on request.

For more details and to check for available dates or Alternative dates

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We also specialise in Golf training academies. Perfect for the golfer who wants to improve their game on some of Europes best golf resorts under the tuition of top PGA Professionals.

Whatever your perfect holidays entail let us know and we will use our experience and expertise to create that holiday especially for you.

Here at Quality golf we have spent many years ensuring we have the best selection of Golf Holiday Destinations, whether it’s an adventure playing golf in the Far East, Safari and Golf in South Africa or the firm favourites in Spain or Portugal we cover all aspects of your golfing trip.

We can cater any type of Golf Holiday

  • Short Weekend Golf breaks
  • Birthday Trip
  • Group Holidays
  • Golf Training
  • UK Trips
  • Europe
  • Worldwide

and much more

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

Office +44(0)1782 510800  or Email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

 

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Stopover Special – Marina Bay Golf Course – Singapore

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A New feature for Quality Golf Destinations is our Stopover Special feature where we showcase superb golf courses around the World. Perfect to play when you have a few days break or are on a City Stopover on a long haul holiday.

 

 Marina Bay Golf Course – Singapore

Stopover Special - Marina Bay Golf Course Singapore

Marina Bay Golf Course is Singapore’s only 18-hole public golf course and one of Asia’s best public golf courses. Located strategically in the heart of town, the course offers golfers great accessibility and a picturesque view of the city skyline, be it day or night. The award winning course is also Singapore’s first to introduce the longest and only Par 6 hole measuring 651 meters.

Being the only links-styled golf course in Singapore, the design of the par 72 course attempts to connect to the history of golf – traditional links of Scotland and the beginning of golf – with its few water hazards and, its 85 pot bunkers. These bunkers not only serve as one of our dramatic features, they are also geared to provide hours of challenges and excitement to golfers.

Besides being one of the few golf courses in Singapore to offer night golfing from Wednesday to Friday for busy executives, Marina Bay Golf Course also offers golfers an enhanced golfing experience using the Global Positioning System on its full fleet of buggies. With only a short taxi ride from the city centre hotels of downtown Singapore this course is perfectly located for the visiting golfer

The Marina Bay Golf Course has won a huge number of awards since opening including Best Public course and Best maintained course in South East Asia. It also has ranked in the top 10 courses in South East Asia as well as consistently appearing at the top of the rankings for best value for money experience.

We at Quality Golf Destinations recommend a round at this great course on your next visit to Singapore. for more information drop us a line info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

Marina Bay Golf Course – Evening Golf with a view

 

El Paraiso Golf Club Completes upgrades of its facilities

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Course Upgades at El Parasio Golf ClubOver the last 2 years El Paraiso Golf Club has invested a lot of money to improve the golf course and club house facilities so that visiting Golfers can experience a continued high standard of maintenance and service.

El Parasio Golf Club is situated near to Marbella in the Andalucia region of Southern Spain. The Clubs course improvement project commenced in 2016 and has recently been completed.

The new green at the 2nd Hole

With new greens on the 2nd, 12th and 14th holes all with USGA Specification designed by Steve McFarlane the senior designer of Gary Player Design. The 12th hole has seen the most changes, in addition to the new green the hole has also benefited from new approaches to the green and bunkers. The rock wall and stones around lake have been renewed together with a complete fairway renovation in three phases.

 

 

A New dedicated Short game area has opened next to the club house with USGA Specification to match the upgraded greens project. New tees have been constructed on 5 holes and to improve the aesthetics and practicality, New stone bridges crossing water hazards on the 8th, 12th and 18th holes.

  

 

Off the course the Clubhouse has been improved with a smart new terrace, perfect for after round drinks.

if you would like to play at El Parasio Golf Club on your next visit to Spain please contact us info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

or complete our contact us form 

 

Golf New Zealand Kauri Cliffs

Golf New Zealand – 100% Pure New Zealand

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With 400 Golf Courses spread throughout the Country, wherever you visit you will discover some amazing Golf in New Zealand.

There is as you would expect a tremendous variety, of course, types to suit every kind of golfer from stunning headland courses to rolling links, nearly all towns in both North and South islands will have a local golf club, the locals love golf, which is the biggest participant sport in the country. Where ever you play expect a stunning natural backdrop to the course you decided to play.

  Golf New Zeland Gulf Harbour

Golf New Zealand

 

So where to play? The New Zealand Tourist board have kindly categorised many of the top courses in the country into two bands.

The Marquee courses which are all internationally acclaimed, many designed by the worlds top golf architects and in superb condition year round.

The Majority of courses in this list are found in the North Island and include Kauri Cliffs in Maturi Bay on the North tip of New Zealand. Gulf Harbour Country Club a stunning Robert Trent Jones Jr design course in Auckland.

The Kinloch Club on Lake Taupo one of Jack Nicklaus best course designs worldwide.

Historic Royal Wellington Golf club over 120 years old and not forgetting the stunning cliff top course at Cape Kidnappers one of the most photographed courses in New Zealand.

The Marquee list continues on to the South Island with three courses surrounding Queenstown in the Southern Alps.

The Hills, Jack’s Point and Millbrook Resort all have stunning vistas to play golf in. finally, in the South Island’s capital of Christchurch, you will find Clearwater Golf Club, an upmarket resort designed by John Darby in conjunction with New Zealand Golf Legend, Sir Bob Charles.

 

Tourism New Zealand Golf Brochure  Golf New Zealand

 

The Second list created is the “Experience list” a selection of some quality golf courses that can be combined with the Marquee listing to create some excellent golf trails around New Zealand to match your itinerary or timescales.

The 24 Experience courses showcase local culture, Community spirit, country charm and value for money. Many of the golf clubs you will play will feel like a home from home very much like a traditional British Golf Club and you will find it hard to believe you are so far from home. Notable inclusions on the Experience list include Otago Golf Club (Formally Dunedin Golf Club) the oldest golf club in the Southern hemisphere formed in 1871. For more information about the fabulous New Zealand Golf courses together with suggested itineraries and sightseeing recommendations download the Tourism New Zealand Golf Brochure on the above link.

 

Together with excellent golf courses, we can organise top quality accommodation from luxury lodges to comfortable bed and breakfasts. Car hire and flights or organised tours. New Zealand is also famed for a huge range of outdoor pursuits apart from its excellent Golf. Anything from Mountain Biking to Hiking or Vineyard visits with wine tasting just let us know what your requirements are and we will organise your unforgettable New Zealand adventure.

Golf New Zealand Kauri Cliffs

 

 

If you are planning a trip to New Zealand and you would like to include golf in your itinerary please contact us for more information. We are happy to provide a full trip

Tailor-made service, Golfing packages to add to your existing travel plans or if you just want a round of golf to compliment your trip please contact us on info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

or alternatively complete our contact us form here

 

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 Promotion & Costa Navarino

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SPECIAL PROMOTION

 

Rio Real Golf Hotel Receptionrio-realRIO REAL GOLF & HOTEL

Winter Special 2016/2017

 

 

 

 

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

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

Rio Real Golf Hotel ReceptionHOTEL RÍO REAL GOLF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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COSTA NAVARINO – A Greek Golfing Masterpiece

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

 

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

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

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

Costa Navarino - Golf the Bay Course

 

THE WESTIN RESORT COSTA NAVARINO

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

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

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

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

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

Eat & Drink at The Costa Navarino Resort

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

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

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

Costa Navarino - The Westin Resort

Costa Navarino - Westin room

Costa Navarino - Flames resort

Costa Navarino - Westin Resort

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COSTA NAVARINO GOLF

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

The Dunes Course

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

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

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

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ON-COURSE FACILITIES

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

The Bay Course

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

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

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ON-COURSE FACILITIES

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

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

 

Please Contact the office on 01782 510800 or email info@qualitygolfdestinations.com

We can arrange a Quality Golfing holiday at a number of other courses in England, please contact the office as other Courses  are available on request.

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Still time to think about your 2019 golf group trip with Quality Golf Destinations.

Are you a Golf group organizer and thinking of where and when you would like to go for your 2018 golf group trip. Well now is the best time to start planning, here are 5 good reasons to make your plans early

  1. The best choice of destinations

  2. Booking discounts at many hotels

  3. Booking gives you the golf tee times you want during peak times

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

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

2017 Golf group trips - where will you be going

            Where will you be going in 2019?

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

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

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

2017 Golf Group Trip - Las Colinas

Las Colinas Golf Club in Spain’s Costa Blanca

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

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

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

  1. First-hand knowledge of all our recommendations, for golfers by golfers

  2. 100% financial security with our TTA Bonding (u7420)

  3. Packages can have flights included with ATOL cover

  4. Fully tailor-made service, no off the shelf packages

  5. For groups, individuals pay directly so organisers don’t have to collect monies.

  1. No credit card charges on payments

Quality Golf Destinations are members of IAGTO  ( International Association of Golf Tour Operators) and founder members of Golf Tourism England.

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

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

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

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

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

Rio Real Golf Hotel Marbella course

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

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

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.

 

 

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Golf in Ontario - The forgotten golfing oasis

Golf in Ontario – The forgotten golfing oasis

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

Golf in Ontario - The forgotten golfing oasis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Golf in Ontario

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

Angus Glen Golf Club

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

Golf in Ontario - Angus Glen golf club

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

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club

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

Golf in Ontarion - Royal Ashburn Golf Club

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

Bay of Quinte Golf Club

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

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

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

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

Golf in Ontario - Bay of Quinte Golf Club

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

Black Bear Ridge Golf Club

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

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

Golf in Ontario - Black Bear Ridge Golf Club

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

The Briars Golf Club

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

Golf in Ontario - The Briars Golf Club

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

 Lora Bay Golf Club

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

Golf in Ontario - Lora Bay Golf Club

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

 

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

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

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

Golf in Ontario - Wooden Sticks Golf Club

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

Caledon Country Club

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

Golf in Ontario - Caledon Country Club

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

Hockley Valley

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

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

Golf in O~ntario - Hockley Valley Resort

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

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

Accommodation choices in Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

Golf in Ontario - The Briars Resort

 

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

Golf in Ontario - Nesleton Waters Inn

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

Golf in Ontario - Nesleton Waters Inn

Getting there and traveling around

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

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

Overview

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

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

 

A heartfelt thank you

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

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

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

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

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

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

Package includes

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

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

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

Not included

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

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

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

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

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