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Gamble on a golf holiday to Vegas

by Rhys Howell 21. January 2015 23:35

Welcome To NevadaWide-eyed, overwhelmed and, admittedly, a bit smug. That sums up how we felt for the first few hours, on our first ever trip to Las Vegas. I’d like to say that we didn’t let the stereotypical notions of Vegas cloud our judgement upon arriving in Sin City, but our entrance at the Vdara Hotel was pretty much scripted by Todd Phillips himself: pull up in our Chevy Suburban, chuck the keys to the valet, high five an Alexander Hamilton for his troubles and stroll in to the tune of Kanye West’s ‘Can’t tell me nothing’ for the first cold ones of the trip.

Surprisingly, there is more to do in Vegas than the adult-orientated night time activities that first come to mind, but I’ll get to that in a bit, as the first few hours were somewhat textbook. First thing on the list, enthusiastically play and lose it all. My travelling companions and I had been playing for money on every golf round of our West Coast trip up until this point, and the deal was that the unanimous winner had to put all winnings on red or black upon arrival More...

Penchant for perfect Porto

by Ben Gayton 17. December 2014 23:50

As I see it, Porto and its golf is the older brother of the Portuguese family and it is only now that it is starting to receive the accolades and reputation it deserves as a great golfing destination. With a combination of cultural, historical and modern options to choose from I was eager to find out myself what I had been missing out on all these years.

With great flight times and access to Porto in a couple of hours I was ready to make the short journey to the first golf course. I had heard great things about Estela golf course and seen stunning images. Being a fan of links golf I was keen to see how true this links was? Within the 30 minutes of getting into the car and arriving at the course it was clear to see the answer would be very and that my golf ball could be visiting the North Atlantic on a number of tee shots. We were fortunate to play the course in rather tame conditions but a tough test still ensued. Some fairways, tighter than Mouses’ ear holes and faster than rats up drainpipes demanded excellence off the tee with the only real rest bite being that the immaculate greens More...

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Golf in Mauritian Paradise

by Jo Dent 5. December 2014 20:52

It’s not often you find yourself surrounded by crystal clear blue seas and white sandy beaches encroaching onto the green carpet fairways, but in Mauritius this is becomes the norm. If you’re not surrounded by beautiful and idyllic ocean scenery then you will be sure to find a dramatic mountainous landscape.

Anahita Golf

I was lucky enough to recently find myself ditching the thermals and seeking the sun on this beautiful island in the Indian Ocean. With a direct flight from London, I was soon checking in at my hotel - the 5* Anahita Resort, welcomed with a refreshing cocktail and ice cold flannel. It was still early in the day (thanks to a great overnight flight), so it was straight onto the course for me – that’s the beauty of the resorts in Mauritius, complimentary daily green fees come as standard in most hotel packages; it would have been rude not to really! More...

8 things you need to know about Vilamoura

by Nick Liddle 15. October 2014 00:42

Amazing Golf: Well over 30 golf courses in close proximity of which six are in Continental Europe’s Top 100 rankings. The six in question are Monte Rei, Palmares, San Lorenzo, Quinta do Lago (South),Faldo and The Old Course with the North Course at Quinta do Lago having recently undergone a complete make-over and soon rumoured to be the 7th.

Massive Villas: Most courses feature stunning villas lined along the fairways and you can’t but be blown away by the size and scale of them….#dreamhouse!.

Palmares

Vilamoura Marina: The hub and epicentre of nightlife, restaurants and bars. English style pubs showing live sports, large restaurants with sun-drenched decks…a great place to relax and watch the world go by…or admire the yachts we’ll never afford!

Easy Access: So easy to get to, under two and a half hours on a flight and you’ve arrived in Faro airport with a maximum 30 minute drive to get to Vilamoura centre (Transfers are easy and cheap to arrange).More...

Marathon golf tour of Florida

by Rhys Howell 19. September 2014 18:50

Walking to the 18th tee in another sodden monthly medal I felt the familiar pang of desperation to book my next golfing getaway. It’s the topic of many a post-round chat, and trips to the likes of La Manga or Vilamoura are impressive enough, but golfing in the USA has a whole other ring to it.

In December 2013, two colleagues and I embarked on what can only be described as a marathon east coast USA golf tour. After flying in to Charlotte, NC we gradually made our way down the coast, stopping off at various 5* resorts (it would have been rude not to play a round or two - when in Rome and all that…). The weather hadn’t been too pleasant in the Carolinas, but upon entering the sunshine state of Florida low and behold the sun was beaming down on us. We were due to spend three days exploring the North East Coast and we couldn’t wait to get going: Home of the World Golf Hall of Fame, THE PLAYERS, and some of the world’s finest golf courses, Florida’s ‘First Coast of Golf’ ticks all the boxes.

Ocean Links at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

First stop was Omni Amelia Island Plantation, located right at the North East tip of the state. This part of the overall tour was definitely one of our favourites. The spiel: Striking live oak trees with cascading Spanish moss dominate the inland scenery, whilst beautiful white sand beaches lay but a stone’s throw away. There are plenty of restaurant options, swimming pools and activities to keep you occupied on non-golfing days (is there such a thing?). Fernandina Beach is the local town, which has a few great bars if you’re looking to unwind in the evenings. Now back to the important stuff, there are two courses within the resort – Oak Marsh and Ocean Links. Each course offers a unique challenge – Oak Marsh is a parkland course weaving in and out of the marshland while Ocean Links is a tighter course played right next to the beach which requires a bit more strategy. Both courses are only open to residents of the hotel ensuring they will always be in superb condition.More...

Many Things grand about Gran Canaria

by Ben Gayton 29. August 2014 22:56

5* Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort and SpaHaving never been to Gran Canaria, I was certainly intrigued and excited to discover what it had to offer. Many friends and colleagues have experienced golf on the island with glowing reports to hand and the following year’s golf break already pencilled in. Combine that with the accolade of Europe’s best golf destination of the year in 2013 I was itching to tee it up in the sunshine on some of Europe’s finest.

After a comfortable flight of only 4 hours, a few golf magazines and a handful of good tips logged to keep me in good stead for the coming days, the plane landed. From Las Palmas airport, a short transfer was in store to our base the 5* Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort and Spa. With large modern rooms, balconies with scenic views, great dining options and fantastic leisure facilities this was going to be the perfect location to relax after tales of fortune on the course or to lick ones wounds. Being able see the two courses from my balcony I had a feeling it could be the latter. More...

Costa Dorada - Spain's next golf destination

by Nick Liddle 26. June 2014 23:14

The Greg Norman designed Hills course at Lumine Golf ClubA weekend playing golf, dining out and consuming copious Spanish wine…where do I sign?!

The trip began at London Heathrow Terminal 5, all 8 of us, three pints in 45 minutes and before we knew it, we were comfortably seated, 10,000 feet up and climbing, sipping a gin and tonic courtesy of BA.

Our destination was the up-and-coming golf region Costa Dorada, located an hour or so south of Barcelona, with our hotel based in the scenic coastal town of Cambrils.

The itinerary included two rounds of golf at Lumine Golf Club, with its two Greg Norman designed courses, and a round on the prestigious El Prat Golf Club on the outskirts of Barcelona.

On arrival at Barcelona airport we were already one set of clubs down, but we didn’t let this diminish our anticipation and excitement. Fully stocked up on cans of Estrella we were whisked off by our transfer company down to Cambrils.

A very sociable 10 o’clock tee time the following morning ensued and after an eclectic range session, we were off to the 1st tee of the Hills course, a narrow fairway More...

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