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.
21. June 2012 23:26
As the saying goes, every journey begins with one single step and our journey would have been no dissimilar if we had known which direction to take it.
One of the most difficult things we had to overcome during our time in Ireland, was trying to understand the reason behind having such a large country with no postcodes. After 20 minutes in the car trying to convince the satnav that the K Club did exist, someone rightly pointed out that it was called The Kildare Hotel and Golf Club. The satnav finally agreed and More...
1. May 2012 23:49
As always going away with your friends is a very much anticipated affair and I can safely say that Ireland left us all far from disappointed. After leaving Windsor for Dublin on what was a long but extremely hassle free journey we finally arrived at our first destination – Druids Glen Resort in County Wicklow (just 30 minutes outside of Dublin). The weather was superb and seeing as that is one of the small drawbacks when going to Ireland in comparison to sunnier climbs I knew that we were in for a real treat of a weekend.
To accompany the weather we received a very warm welcome from the reception team at Druids Glen Resort, in which they explained the facilities on offer and confirmed our tee times for the next day. After assessing the options the group was split and while some decided to practice for the following day’s golf on the on-site driving range, I chose the much more relaxing and least frustrating activity by visiting the Spa facilities. Druids Glen More...
7. March 2012 02:05
In case it escaped your attention, last Thursday was St David’s Day. This begs the question of why the pubs of Birmingham, Bournemouth and Blackpool weren’t decked out with dragons and daffodils…
as they surely will be with shamrocks and all things green come March 17th?
When it comes to marking the Saints Days (or any other occasion for that matter) we’re very quick to jump on the bandwagon... any bandwagon actually, especially if it’s of the noisy, drink-fuelled variety. From the Fourth of July or Australia Day to Chinese New Year or St Patrick’s Day, we just love to join in. More...
23. February 2012 02:38
After a short flight from the UK, we were welcomed by our transfer company at Antalya airport and driven to the nearby town of Belek; home to 14 of Turkeys 18 golf courses and currently one of Europe’s most popular golf destinations. The gentleman who greeted us was responsible for all our golf and airport transfers for the week but was also a knowledgeable and willing source of information for the resorts and the area in general.
The first half of our stay was spent at the Maxx Royal Hotel, the newest and arguably the most impressive hotel in Belek. We mistakenly assumed we had been given suites but in fact these were the largest and most luxurious standard rooms I have seen. The facilities and service were impeccable throughout our stay and as a result I would have no hesitation in recommending the Maxx Royal to anyone seeking a ‘top end’ 5 star hotel for their golf break.
We were fortunate enough to play some of Belek’s best courses during our stay. The Faldo course was my personal favourite; not just because of the wonderfully designed golf courses More...
7. February 2012 21:12
There can be little doubt that 2011 was one of the best golf seasons
in living memory for the European Tour and its members. We had
Schwartzel’s remarkable run at Augusta, Rory’s miraculous redemption at Congressional and the glorious sight of the old warhorse Darren Clarke showing players half his age how to tame the links of St George’s. And that’s saying nothing of an Englishman dominating the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic and claiming the coveted World No.1 slot. There were first-time winners, multiple winners and 40-something winners. And after a handful of events in 2012, that trend seems to be continuing again.
I love watching professional golf – especially in the flesh - but for all the heroic deeds of the players, I always think that the great courses are the real stars. 2011 was a great year for this, with the Tour taking in the stellar venues we’ve become accustomed to, as well as issuing timely reminders of places that hadn’t been visited for a while. From the pine forests of El Prat to the dunes of the Kent coastline – as well as a first look at a stunning new addition in the form of Castle Stuart – we were treated to some wonderful Tour stops last year. More...