27. February 2014 22:59
A few Golfbreaks.com employees (myself included) were lucky enough to venture to Florida recently, visiting some of the best golf resorts and courses in the Sunshine State - all in the name of work! We played an array of magnificent holes, experienced great American hospitality, saw a number of excellent sites and met a few inspirational people, in particular Jack Nicklaus. I thought it would be rude not to share my thoughts on the great 'Florida Swing'.. so have a read and don't get too jealous, if you do take a look at our best packages in the area.
27/2/14 - 2/3/14 PGA NATIONAL RESORT & SPA
PGA National Resort & Spa offers the complete golf resort experience. A $100 million renovation that revealed its final flourishes in 2012 has transformed the resort, allowing it to boast modern-day luxury combined with grand history as one of the world's greatest golf resorts. Located in Palm Beach Gardens and featuring 90 holes of championship golf – this resort is just over an hour's drive from Miami International Airport - the ideal getaway for British golfers craving some championship golf in the sunshine state. In addition to hosting the Ryder Cup in 1983, PGA National has set the PGA TOUR's 'Florida Swing' in motion with The Honda Classic since 2007. Standing between the competitors and victory is The Champion Course and its infamous 'Bear Trap' - the toughest three-hole stretch on the PGA TOUR named after Jack Nicklaus who re-designed the course in 1990. The tournament will be won or lost within More...
17. January 2014 19:34
On a recent holiday to Abu Dhabi I was fortunate enough to sample three of the most spectacular and challenging golf courses I have ever played. The first of these testing courses was the stunning Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, designed by undisputed golf legend Gary Player. This was the first ocean course to open in the UAE and features numerous beach-front holes on a course that weaves in and out of several five-star hotels lining the private, white sand beach (the only private beach in Abu Dhabi!)
As I was staying at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, it was very convenient to be able to see the pool from the fairways of the 6th and 7th holes in order to ensure that my sun lounger and an ice-cold beverage More...
8. January 2014 23:22
Found just outside of Portimao, Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is a 360 acre resort that combines a world renowned golf course - the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course – along with superb practice facilities and a spectacular hotel.
The stunning grand entrance typifies the facilities on offer. Be sure to make use of the superb practice grounds that are on offer at the resort. Complete with a golf academy, four putting greens [More...]and two chipping greens, the highlight is More...
23. September 2013 20:34
On our summer holiday to the Costa Del Sol this year my Dad and I honourably responded to the call of freshly cut grass and San Miguel’s patiently waiting on ice and ventured out to try some of the awesome golf on offer in the area. Not too long into our trip we kindly left our ladies to bake in the Spanish sun whilst we slipped away and drove up to Los Naranjos Golf Club in Marbella.
After driving 5 minutes uphill from Puerto Banús through some beautiful residential estates you arrive at what can only be described as a golfer’s paradise with the beautiful white and blue coloured clubhouse providing a stunning entrance to the course. We headed down to the 1st tee and were met by the starter who offered us a few friendly- though evidently intimidating for my Dad- words of advice before we teed off.
The undulating front-nine proved to be a real test as we wound through the tree-lined fairways, trying to avoid More...
11. September 2013 01:43
Last summer we ran a Kiawah Island competition in association with Sky Sports…. Andrew Sutcliffe and son Graeme were the lucky winners, and earlier this year they enjoyed a golf break they will never forget.
Congratulations to Rory McIlroy in winning the USPGA at Kiawah last summer – and thanks for playing so well that we watched all the coverage on Sky Sports. Without that, we might not have entered the amazing competition draw being provided by Golfbreaks.com.
I couldn't believe it when we actually won the prize... this sort of thing never happens! A week-long golf trip to Kiawah!! It was the stuff of dreams and we couldn’t wait for it to happen.
2. August 2013 01:06
In less than a weeks time, a busy two-month stretch culminates in the PGA Championship, the fourth and final major championship of the season. This year, it takes place at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York – one of the most prestigious and historic golfing venues in the United States. The PGA Championship is intriguingly positioned in the wider context of the golfing season, something that often adds to its excitement. Those who played well at the Open and over the course of the last month will fancy their chances, and those struggling for form will look to kick-start their season ahead of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup play-offs. The PGA Championship is arguably the most open and unpredictable major of the season, and all parties will be seeking success before the eight-month wait until the 2013 Masters.
The PGA Championship is traditionally held at long, American-style golf courses with severe penalties for straying significantly off line, and Oak Hill’s East Course is no exception. The 7,134-yard layout may not seem overly long by modern standards, but there are only two par 5s, half the par 3s play more than 216 yards and five of the par 4s measure more than 450 yards. The par-70 course is characterised by narrow fairways, penal green-side rough, tens of thousands of oak trees and a brutish closing stretch. The 17th plays 500 yards and the 18th 482, so the eventual winner will need to show immense skill and control of emotion to conquer these demanding two holes.
Oak Hill has previously staged three US Opens More...
12. July 2013 17:43
This month, the world’s best players will descend upon Muirfield for the Open Championship, the most prestigious golf tournament in the world and the one most young golfers dream about winning when they embark on the long and arduous path towards becoming a professional.
The Open Championship is invariably in the top two tournaments for any golfer in the world, and few can deny it’s the most complete test of golfing aptitude and the purest form of the game. It isn’t just the golf, though, it’s the whole allure of the championship. For one week, the entire golfing world unites in a celebration of a game that’s as enthralling and captivating as it’s ever been, and it’s fitting that such a prestigious golf course plays host to a tournament that could go down as one of the real classics.
This year, Muirfield Golf Club in East Lothian will host its 15th Open Championship, making it one of the most revered links layouts in the world. More...