We booked more golf holidays for more than 200,000 golfers in 2015 - but where do the staff at Golfbreaks.com like to play & stay?
Here’s a few of our favourite trips of last year and top tips for 2016…
Joe Bowrey, ROW Sales - Yas Links, Abu Dhabi
With views of the sea to one side, the Abu Dhabi race track on the other and some of the best par threes you’ll ever play, this Kyle Phillips desert links is unbelievably good.. I loved it. Fully deserves its tag as one of the world’s best new courses.
Thomas Duncombe, Marketing Executive - Royal Lytham and St Anne’s, Blackpool
Despite my terrible play, I’ve never had so much fun on a golf course. Royal Lytham is a pure links layout, with so many challenging and rewarding holes – not to mention a warm welcome and a great club sandwich!
Andrew Stanley, Chief Executive - Golf de Chiberta, Biarritz, France
A great test of golf with a mixture of stunning links and lovely tree-lined holes. Everyone in our group loved this course and it was a highlight of a superb tour of the area. Biarritz is a great option if you’re after somewhere new to try.
Nick Roberts, UK Product Manager - St Andrews, Fife
I played the Old Course six weeks before The Open… what an experience that was! You can’t beat the adrenaline rush off the first tee and the warm round of applause you receive when you hole your last putt on the 18th! A post-round drink in The Jigger Inn is a must!
Michael Birch, Group Partnerships Manager - Quinta do Lago (North), Algarve, Portugal
I loved this superbly re-modelled course by Paul McGinley, set within the great backdrop of the Quinta do Lago estate. Conditioning is amazing and the greens are lightning fast… a Tour course in the future perhaps.
Francis Cox, EU Sales - La Manga, Spain
The best course I played in 2015 this year was the South Course at La Manga. Challenging for low handicappers and enjoyable for low handicappers, it’s got the lot. The Venue Hotel Principe Felipe is fantastic value for money and has wonderful service.
Daniel Grave, Founding Director Golfbreaks.com & CEO of Golfbreaks USA - A trip to the Masters
Walking through the gates of Augusta National for the first time and seeing the most beautifully manicured golf course in the world will blow your mind! Combine with pre/post trips to Kiawah or Hilton Head for the ultimate bucket list trip!
Tom Clayton, PGA Sales - Las Colinas Resort, Alicante, Spain
A fantastic resort just 50 minutes from Alicante airport with an unexpectedly excellent course on what is a vast plot of land. Definitely my tip for a great value trip away.. book for June for the best prices and free buggies!
Richard Green, PR Manager - Belle Dune, France
A golf break to Le Touquet rarely disappoints and this year’s certainly didn’t. The newly renovated courses at Hardelot were excellent, but we all look forward to playing the aptly named Belle Dune above all others. Dinner at Perard is also a must, if only for the legendary fish soup.
Gary Williams, Marketing Executive - Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai
The Earth course hosts the Tour Championship but I actually preferred the Fire course… with its red sand bunkers it’s an amazing visual spectacle. And the greens are probably the best I’ve ever putted on.
Rhys Howell, ROW Product Manager - Grand National Golf Club, Auburn, Alabama
The Lake Course is the best on the Robert Trent Jones Trail, with 12 holes hugging the shore of Lake Saugahatchee. The signature hole is the island green par-3 15th which is played from an elevated tee...just the 230 yards off the tips! This course is also home to the PGA TOUR's Barbasol Championship and will only cost you around $60 to play...bargain!
Nick Liddle, Digital Marketing Manager - Fairmont St Andrews, Fife
If a visit to St Andrews is something to tick off, do it in style and stay at the luxurious Fairmont, making sure you play onsite at least once. I’ve played lots of resort courses across Europe and I have to say the Torrance course really stands out, with great views and some challenging holes. The hotel is great too.
Ben Gayton, EU Product Manager - Quinta da Ria, Algarve, Portugal
I love the Algarve to bits, but in the height of summer it can be a bit crowded – so Quinta da Ria, in the Eastern Algarve, was a real find. Close to the lovely little village of Tavira and with two immaculate courses, it’s a lovely place to play.
David Orchard, UK Sales - St Mellion (Nicklaus), Cornwall
Not one for the faint hearted, this is a true test of golf for all abilities. Watch out for the 12th - quite possibly the trickiest, tree lined par 5 I have played. Bring your ‘A’ game!
Sam Barker, Head of Sales - Old Corkscrew Golf Club, Naples, Florida
This went straight into my Top 10 courses of all time! A stunning tree-lined course with some of the best par 5's I have ever played. Each was over 500 yards with water well placed to make it interesting but playable. A real hidden gem.
Michael Birch, Group Partnerships Manager - The Grove, Hertfordshire
I’m really looking forward to the British Masters taking place there in October. Five-star all the way, this is an amazing venue with incredible facilities and a stunning hotel.
Joseph Dent, USA Sales - Marriott Marco Island, Florida
A perfect getaway destination for relaxing, sunshine and amazing golf, it’s ideally situated to combine as part of a tour with Miami or Naples. One of my favourite US destinations.
Joe Bowrey, ROW Sales - Marrakech, Morocco
Wonderful hotels, amazing site-seeing and cheap flights from the UK – not to mention some truly excellent golf courses – have put Marrakech well and truly on the golfing map. Definitely one to tick off the list in 2016.
Nick Roberts, UK Product Manager - Royal Cinque Ports, Kent
A thoroughly enjoyable links course that’s hosted two Opens. Beware the wind factor - you may think after 11 holes the course is easy, but as you turn for home on the 12th it becomes so tough.
Cameron Ritchie, EU Product Manager - Pestana Vila Sol, Algarve, Portugal
If you want a weekend escape I can’t recommend this place highly enough. It’s semi all-inclusive (meaning breakfast, dinner and evening drinks included) and within just a few minutes’ walk of the famous Vilamoura marina, making it perfect for groups.
Andrew Stanley, Chief Executive - Turnberry (Ailsa), Ayrshire
Like everyone else in the company I can’t wait to play the new layout. The new holes look amazing and will breathe new life into the course. Sign me up now!
Nick Liddle, Digital Marketing Manager - Take a UK City Tour
Granted you don’t get the same sensation of ‘going on holiday’, but there are some fantastic golf destinations just waiting to be discovered. Yes there are the big-name areas like East Lothian and Southport but don’t ignore likes of Nottingham, Bristol, Swansea and Bournemouth.
Gary Williams, Marketing Executive - Le Golf National, Paris
I’m really looking forward to experiencing the 2018 Ryder Cup venue. Lots of renovation work has been going on and I can’t wait to see the finished product… particularly the closing stretch with so much water in play.
Thomas Duncombe, Marketing Executive - Aberdovey, Wales
Sadly we were unable to experience the signature par 3 12th due to it being destroyed by a storm earlier in the year… but what a course this is, I’m really looking forward to playing it again in 2016. A truly vintage links!
Richard Green, PR Manager - Northern Ireland
With Golf Digest ranking Royal County Down as the World’s No.1 course and Royal Portrush being awarded the Open in 2019 I can’t wait to get over to Northern Ireland. Add in Portstewart and you’ve got a truly great triumvirate. Castlerock, Ballycastle and Ardglass should supply a ‘hidden gem’ fix.
Ben Gayton, EU Product Manager - Amendoeira Golf Resort, Algarve, Portugal
Given that it has two brilliant courses (from Faldo and Christy O’Connor) and a range of apartments and villas for all party sizes, I can’t think of a better value resort in Europe. All just a short drive from Faro airport too.
Tom Clayton, PGA Sales - Go somewhere different!
Although it is tempting to stick to the old faithfuls of the Algarve and Costa Del Sol, I’m looking forward to visiting some of the hidden gems of Europe, especially around the Lisbon area and Spain’s Costa Dorada.