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Masters quiz answers

Last week was Masters week and from everyone, at Quality Golf Destinations we would like to congratulate Sergio Garcia on his fantastic win,
We also had a Masters fun quiz in our last newsletter, (see below)  the answers are in red
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1 – The original Masters Tournament was played for the first five years as the Augusta National Invitational. In which year was this first held?:
a. 1924
b. 1934
c. 1944

2 – The Augusta Country Club and the Augusta National Golf Course are separated by:
a. The Okefenokee Swamp
b. Washington Road
c. Rae’s Creek

3 – While green jackets have been member’s uniforms at Augusta for over 70 years, the presentation of a green jacket to the new champion originated in 1949 – who was the first player to receive one?:
a. Sam Snead
b. Ben Hogan
c. Charles Coody

4 – The first sudden-death playoff in Masters history took place in 1979 and was won by Fuzzy Zoeller. It was a three-way playoff featuring Tom Watson and which other player ?
a. David Graham
b. Ed Sneed
c. Seve Ballesteros

5 – The first player to win two consecutive Masters was?:
a. Tiger Woods
b. Sam Snead
c. Jack Nicklaus

6 – Each of the holes at Augusta are named after a tree or plant – but which of the following is not found on the card?:
a. Chinese Fir
b. Pampas
c. Dutch Elm

7 – In 1991, a pumped up Ian Woosnam carried the left-hand traps with his drive at the 18th hole on his way to a winning total of 11 under par – a stroke ahead of whom?:
a. Seve Ballesteros
b. José María Olazábal
c. Fred Couples

8 – Who won The Masters in 2000, after winning the PGA Championships in 1998?

a. David Duval
b. Ernie Els
c. Vijay Singh

9 – What year did Jack Nicklaus win his last Green Jacket?

a. 1984
b. 1986
c. 1988

10 – Which player had the lowest final round to win the Masters?

a. Mike Weir
b. Gary Player
c. Jack Nicklaus

Hope you got them all correct.

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

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

That’s why in 2017, Quality Destinations and Quality Golf Destinations plans to take its goal of helping you play better golf to a whole new level. We have devised the ultimate golf teaching holiday experience exclusively for our clients that provides you with golf in the sun on some sublime courses – plus the opportunity to improve all areas of your game along the way.

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

Few Places left on our next training Academy which is the 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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La Cala Resort – Winter offers


Check our best golf offers at La Cala Resort.


These offers are from 1st December 2016 to 19th April 2017 
3 nights + 2 green fees per person.
Bed & Breakfast & Airport transfers included.
All dates inclusive.

Golf Holidays to Spain and Portugal

Package A

Groups of 4 – £248 or Groups of 8 – £225

1st December 2016 to 28th December 2016

1st January 2017 to 6th January 2017

8th January 2017 to 19th January 2017 

22nd January 2017 to 21st January 2017

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Package B 

Groups of 4 – £260 or Groups of 8 – £237

5th February 2017 to 8th February 2017

12th February 2017 to 15th February 2017

19th February 2017 to 22nd February 2017

La Cala Golf Resort

Package C

Groups of 4 – £270 or Groups of 8 – £255

2nd April 2017 to 5th April 2017

9th April 2017 to 12th April 2017

16th April 2017 to 19th April 2017


Groups of 8, one person will qualify for a free place 

General Conditions 

  • Flights not included but they can be arranged upon request.
  • Rates per person & package,sharing double/twin room including vat
  • All these prices are only Valid for new bookings made from the 1st December until 31st December 2016
  • Single use supplement per person £40
  • Superior room supplement per person per night £15
  • Combinable with 1 in 8 group offer – 1 free place
  • Any other supplements (extra nights, half board,extra green fees etc) will be as per standard rates.

La Cala Logo mainIt’s no secret that La Cala is one of the finest golf resorts in Andalucía. Three superb championship courses, each presenting its own unique challenges, slot seamlessly into a natural undulating backdrop of stunningly beautiful trees and flowers, rich with birds and

We’re passionate about our golfing pedigree and it shows. Designed by the renowned Cabell Robinson, each 18-hole course has been created to ensure a testing, yet truly exhilarating experience.

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

For more information on La Cala please click the hotel logo or here  

Please contact the office on 01782 510800 or email

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

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

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

+44(0)1782 510800

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Giving the Ball a good Craic – North West Ireland Links Golf


Golf in Ireland has been on the up over the last few years; it started with Padraig Harrington’s 3 Majors but has recently been dominated by Northern Ireland’s trio of Darren Clark, Graeme McDowell and possibly the most exciting Rory McIlroy. Where though is the best Ireland links golf ?  The South of Ireland is well publicised and the classic southern links courses of Ballybunion and Old Head are stunningly beautiful, but carry a price tag that would make the most well healed golfer wince. The K Club and Carlton House near Dublin are both good courses but are resort based and in truth could be anywhere in the world.


So where is the best region for Ireland links Golf ?

County Sligo and County Donegal, which are situated in the far top left corner on a map of Ireland, is the place to go to play a wonderful selection of world class ireland links golf courses. This small region comprising two counties has 5 Courses in the UK and Ireland top 100, (19 Courses in the Republic, and 3 in the North made the top 100 listings for 2012) it also can boast 9 Courses in Ireland’s top 50.

Ireland Links golf - Ballyliffin Old course

 We were invited by the Irish Tourist board, Failte Ireland, to visit the Sligo and Donegal regions too see first hand why we should be promoting North West Ireland as a golf holiday destination.

With a schedule that would keep an Olympic athlete in the peak of health Quality Golf Destinations Robbie (finally escaping from the office) and Rachel embarked on an adventure to find out exactly why this region was voted European Golf Destination of the year in 2011.

We experienced 10 golf courses (playing 7) in an action packed 5 days, stayed in a different hotel each night as well as visiting a few more on-route, made sure that Guinness taste’s better in Ireland than the UK (it does no question, we tried it many times to make sure) and sampled some fantastic food from top class hotels to local pubs.


Getting there

County Sligo is a three hour drive from Dublin (130 miles) the far North of Donegal is a four hour drive (175 miles) Belfast is within a 2 hour drive and the closest regional airport with decent connections to the UK is Knock 35 miles from Sligo town. Alternatively you can fly into Belfast or Dublin. The most popular and best value entry points for Ireland are usually the ferries, with your own car and no luggage restrictions it’s a good combination for the holidaying golfer who has time to enjoy the experience. Fast crossing are under two hours (Holyhead – Dublin) and a standard ferry takes approximately three and a half hours, ferry also run from Liverpool and Stranraer in Scotland. We took the High Speed ferry from Holyhead in North Wales to Dun Laoghaire just to the south of Dublin.


Driving in the Country

Ireland has an excellent road network out of Dublin, as you go further north (or any other direction) the good roads become fewer and farther between and a straight line is something a traditional Irish road builder dislikes. This makes getting from A to B or in our case hotel to golf course quite a time consuming pastime (especially if your behind one of the many tractors), always allow more time than you think to get anywhere in this part of the world, if you think 40 minutes allow an hour, life here though is at a bit more of a slower pace than the UK so relax and go with the flow and enjoy the scenery which is consistently spectacular. A good tip is to make sure you have a good road atlas, or an up to date Sat-Nav system as occasionally road signs can be somewhat intermittent when finding locations away from the main towns.



County Sligo

Castle Dargan 3rd hole  Ireland links golf - Co Sligo  Ireland Links golf - Strandhill GC  Ireland links golf - Rosses Point   


After arriving in Ireland and (eventually) making it on to the M50, Dublin’s Motorway ring road that all the national (N) roads link too, we were soon admiring the fruits of Irelands boom years as we made excellent time on very good and modern N roads, nearly all the towns are bypassed and before we knew it we were arriving at our first destination Sligo. We checked in to the very well appointed Radisson Blu just out side Sligo town, a great base for links golf in the area and close to the Famous Co Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point. Many rooms have great views overlooking the Lough in front of the hotel, great sized rooms, a large ground floor spa area and a very comfortable lounge bar perfect for that pre dinner drink. Unfortunately we did not have time to dawdle, golf clubs were drawn and we were off to the great Rosses Point course at Co Sligo Golf Club only 5 minutes from the hotel. We were greeted by David O’Donovan, General Manager at Co Sligo, and were soon walking down the 1st under blue sky’s, sadly we only had time for 10 holes the course is mostly classic ireland links golf with a few holes on the raised headland around the club house and is a wonderful opener to golf in the area and simply a great course. An empty belly was soon rectified at dinner in the Radisson’s excellent and busy restaurant before we happily enjoyed a good night’s sleep.


Day 2 in County Sligo started with an hours drive to Enniscrone Golf Club. Under grey sky’s we set out on what is simply a remarkable golf course. Enniscrone is best described as Ireland links golf on steroids. Huge dunes line the fairways giving quite a lot of shelter in parts, best advice is don’t miss the fairway and you will be fine. Also leave the back tees to the low single figure handicappers the green tees still measure a very respectable 6400 yards not short by anybody’s standards. Excellent large greens, some with wicked breaks made putting tricky but we both played the course well, despite getting a soaking on the 15th hole. A quick look around the Diamond Coast Hotel which overlooks the links at Enniscrone and in a good position for golf in the area and has possibly some of the biggest standard rooms I have ever seen (and we have seen a lot of hotel rooms).

Ireland links golf - Radisson restaurant  ireland links golf - Raddison Co Sligo  Ireland links golf - Sandhouse 

Next stop was Castle Dargan Hotel a few miles from Sligo town and a change from the links golf so far. Castle Dargan has a new Darren Clarke designed course and makes a nice change for those of us more used to parkland golf. The greens here were absolutely superb (USGA greens and tees). We were due to play 9 holes but the weather decided to play mischief with a downpour of biblical proportions, a buggy was supplied and we had a drive around the course which was very good. Castle Dargan Hotel is a popular wedding venue, the hotel has great selection of well appointed rooms with out being too large. The restaurant and bar area overlooked the first and eighteenth holes and make a perfect back drop to relax to. The food at Castle Dargan was again excellent and gigantic in proportions.


Day 3 and beautiful blue sky’s welcomed us to a little gem of a golf course at Strandhill, as with many of the golf courses in the area the links sit on a peninsular between the Sea and Lough. Located 5 miles from Sligo town this course is still a good test of golf but not as long as other courses and a little more generous off the tee, this is countered with some small undulating greens to concentrate the mind. The clubhouse sits on the highest point of the course and gives excellent views over the course and coast.


County Donegal

Ireland links golf - Donegal GC

Donegal Golf Club

Crossing the border north in to Donegal, we visited The Sandhouse Hotel at Rossnowlagh Beach. One of the things that kept amazing us was the beautiful coast lines; The Sandhouse Hotel has one of the best sea views imaginable and set only a few paces from the beach in the sleepy village of Rossnowlagh. This coastal area also has a great surfing and water sport scene and makes a perfect location for a family holiday. We continued northwards past another links course we wanted to play but time would not allow at Bundoran (apologies Noreen, next time) onwards to our afternoon round of golf at Donegal Golf club (more commonly known as Muvagh to the local golfers and pronounced Merv with a good Irish drawl accent) a delight to play, with superb greens and interesting designed holes its easy to see why this is one of Darren Clarke’s favourite ireland links golf courses. We exited the course just before the rains started and thought it only right to see if the Guinness was up to scratch. The hospitality was as good as the golf course. The clubhouse has an upstairs lounge and balcony which has some great views over the links, and yes, the Guinness was excellent.  Our Hotel for the evening was the stunning 5 star Lough Eske Castle Hotel. Everything about this hotel lived up to its 5 star billing, excellent rooms, an amazing spa, top quality restaurant with perfect service to boot made us wish we had a few more hours to enjoy this wonderful hotel.

Ireland links golf - lough Eske  Ireland links golf - Lough esks   Ireland links golf - Lough Eske bar  Ireland links golf - Lough Eske pool

Day 4, after a splendid breakfast (full Irish for me, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for Rachel) it was an early start to travel to one of our favourite golf courses of the week Narin and Portnoo Golf Club. This course has a gentle first few holes as you play out to the proper dunes, once in the dunes however you are treated to some great golf holes and spectacular views of Gweebarra Bay as the course threads through the sand hills back to the clubhouse. We played the course with a good breeze blowing and the yardage book was soon assigned to the back pocket after playing a 3 wood to the “short” 150 yard 7th hole, great fun. After our windblown mornings golf we had been recommended a traditional Irish pub for lunch “Nancy’s” in the small town of Ardara, run by the same family for countless generations, Nancy’s specializes’ in some great seafood. The seafood chowder is apparently their signature dish, washed down with a pint of the black stuff in a packed pub was a great way to recover from a round of golf. We then had a very pleasant afternoons drive north to the very tip of Ireland and the beautiful seaside village of Rosapenna in the quaintly named Sheephaven Bay and the Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort. The resort has two championship courses, the Old Tom Morris links was originally staked out in 1891. All 18-holes are still in play but the “old” Coastguard nine is now used as an academy course with a new “Strand” 9-hole course bringing the old course back to championship standards.  In addition to this a new course “the Sandy Hills Links” was opened in 2003 and runs entirely through the large dunes. This course has won many fans since its opening with its elevated tees and somewhat strangely for a links course a lot of elevated greens.

Ireland links golf - Narin & Portnoo GC 9th Green  Ireland links golf - 1st tee Rosseapana  Ireland links golf - Sheephaven Bay  Ireland Links golf - Ballyliffin GC - Glenshedy 


Day 5, today was a 36-hole marathon, after breakfast we had the short walk from the hotel to the clubhouse to play “Sandy Hills” under a beautiful blue skies and no breeze to speak of. I am glad we played here under perfect conditions, the raised greens make a traditional links running shot into the green’s a very tricky task unless perfectly executed especially on a course of well over 7,000 yards. With probably some of the best putting surfaces of the week I managed to score more than respectfully but after leaving the course we both felt this course would defiantly take no prisoners when the wind was blowing.

 Ireland links golf - rossapena old course  Ireland links golf - Rachel  Ireland links golf - Strandhill Golf Club  Ireland Links Golf - Beautiful views

 We then headed east to Ballyliffin Golf Club for our final round on this packed trip. We had definitely saved the best to last, and that is saying a lot considering the superb quality of the golf courses up to now. Ballyliffin sits on the Inishowen Peninsula and is blessed with 36 holes of majestic proportions. The term hidden gem is often used to describe a great course which is not widely known about however it’s unusual to have 36 holes of truly world class Ireland links golf to enjoy in one location. This is honestly one of the planets must play golf courses, The Old Links and the “New” Glashedy Links (which looks and feels as if its been here for a hundred years) are simply superb and are complimented with a majestic clubhouse to match the splendor of the courses. The 18th Green of the Glashedy and its approach are in full view of the clubhouse. My run of 5 pars on the bounce came to a very tired end after finding the sand off the tee before shanking one deep into the cabbage, Rachel of course always plays to a crowed and just missed her birdie putt and took last day bragging rights as well.


Ireland golf links - Narin & Portnoo

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club



 That evening at dinner at the very comfortable Ballyliffin Lodge we sat contemplating what had been a great trip over another excellent pint of Guinness. We are extremely lucky to play a lot of different golf courses each year around the world, some are good and some are ok but you sometimes leave thinking that’s another overpriced golf course. It’s great to go somewhere where the golf is of such a high standard but priced so everyone can enjoy the game without breaking the bank.  Ireland Links golf is not everyone’s bag but even away from the golf course this area has a lot to offer.

Ireland links golf - Ballyliffin lodge  ireland golf links - ballyliffin lodge Bedroom  Ireland golf links - Ballyliffin lodge spa  ireland links golf - Ballyliffin lodge

There are exceptional country hotels and friendly bed and breakfasts, food seems to be more than just a meal and if you love seafood you will be in for a treat. The scenery changes as you drive north through the hills and the rugged coast line is impossible not to admire, every few miles a beach comes into view that would not be out of place in the most exotic holiday advert (although the sea temperature may need a touch of work). Whatever you do and where ever you go in this region you will always be met with a smile and everyone has time for a chat. We must thank everyone we met and reacquainted with, especially with all the golf courses and hotels we stayed in and visited, this is a place where friendly welcome is assured.


The North West of Ireland was the winner of the IAGTO golf destination of the year for Europe in 2011 so next year make a point of discovering for your self, head for the North West of Ireland and play golf as it should be played, you wont be disappointed.

Ireland links golf - Glenshedy course

Glenshedy course – Ballyliffin Golf Club

 The Quality Golf Destinations team visited the following Hotels & Golf Courses, Click on the logo to visit there websites or use the link to Quality Golf Destinations website


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Self drive Golf breaks in the North West of Ireland make a great alternative to Scotland or France

4 night B&B, 3 rounds of Golf from only £280

Call Rob or Rachel on 01782 510800 for more details and prices or email

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