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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...

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...

The Florida Swing

by Rhys Howell 27. February 2014 22:59

A few 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...


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Enjoy a Desert Classic - golf in Abu Dhabi

by Rhys Howell 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...


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A review of Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

by Oli Lindley 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...

Introducing... the Costa del Sol

by Rhys Howell 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...


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The golf trip of a lifetime

by Andrew Sutcliffe 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

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.



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