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Mr Golf's Blog ( Written By Stewart Ewens - Golf sales, Golf Tee Time Service)


DATE: 20/7/2018 


DATE: 6/6/2018 

What to Choose as a Golfer In The Lisbon Region…Semi All-Inclusive or Breakfast Only?

When you are planning your next golf break the main thing to think about (besides your destination!) is what board type you are looking for to get the most out of the holiday. With most days of the holiday being dedicated to exploring and playing the local golf courses it is often the easiest option to enjoy lunch at a beautiful clubhouse to soak up the surroundings of the course you have just played. Alternatively, returning to the hotel’s restaurant or even venturing into a nearby town is a fantastic option but all of these are things to consider when you are choosing the hotel and board type best for your holiday…


Most golfers enjoy the bed and breakfast board option offered at many superb hotels which are close to towns with plenty of restaurants and bars in but there is also the semi-inclusive option which includes everything apart from lunch. This blog is going to explore some of the options you have for bed and breakfast or semi-all-inclusive options in the Lisbon region…


Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is a fantastic five-star resort which offers a superb bed and breakfast board option and has everything on-site that you could possibly want or need for your next golf break including an 18-hole championship golf course. the guestrooms are elegantly decorated and each feature a private balcony which boasts views of the ocean or the Praia d’el Rey course. The resort also boasts three lovely restaurants which serve a range of gourmet dishes both in the buffet and the a la carte restaurants. Just a 15-minute drive away from the resort are the towns of Obidos and Peniche where you can find a wide range of different restaurants and bars – a fantastic town to have in such close proximity. Besides from the fantastic golf on offer, the resort has a well-equipped health club and gym as well as a Turkish bath, a hot tub, an outdoor pool as well as an indoor pool. This is a beautiful hotel with so many top-class facilities and one of the best golf courses in the area on-site – a must visit on your next golf break to the Lisbon region.


The four-star Sana Sesimbra Hotel is situated right in the heart of the town of Sesimbra and is just a stones throw away from the golden, sandy beach. This hotel boasts an ideal location with a number of superb golf courses just a short drive away as well as the city centre just being a five minutes’ walk from the doors to the hotel. The guestrooms in the hotel are decorated with a chic and modern theme and the rooms with sea views have balconies from which you will get to enjoy breathtaking views over the Atlantic. With the city centre so close and the seafront promenade right outside, you will never be short of somewhere to  have a fantastic meal or a cold beverage which makes the bed and breakfast board option very appealing so that you can experience some of what Sesimbra truly has to offer! During the day, whilst you are not playing on one of the renowned golf courses in the area then you can enjoy the roof-top hot tub or the indoor and outdoor pool areas and if you are into culture and history then taking a walk into the city centre will certainly not disappoint. This is another excellent option for your next golf holiday to Portugal where you can enjoy fantastic golf in a beautiful hotel in a perfect location.


Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort & Spa is a five-star hotel set amongst the Portuguese countryside, vineyards and beautiful villages. The hotel is just a 30-minutes’ drive from Lisbon and less to several Atlantic beaches including Peniche and Santa Cruz. The guestrooms are individually decorated and boast either courtyard or golf views and are fully-fitted with the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Not only is there a superb golf course on site – Campo Real – but the Royal Obidos course is within a short drive away from the hotel. Besides the golf, there is plenty to do at the hotel including football pitches and tennis courts as well as an extensive spa for you to enjoy a range of treatments at and you can spend the days lounging by the pools whilst not taking part in the many activities available. The hotel’s semi-all-inclusive option allows you to enjoy breakfast, dinner and free drinks between certain hours so you can enjoy the hotel’s superb restaurant choices as well as the two bars without feeling guilty! This lovely hotel is definitely one to consider when you are planning your next golf break to Lisbon…


Last, but certainly not least, is the lovely five-star Bom Sucesso Resort just a 15-minute drive from Obidos. All of the villas have private furnished patios and are elegantly decorated with spacious living areas and kitchens. On the resort, there is the fantastic 18-hole Bom Sucesso course but there are several other top courses in close proximity of the resort so they are all easily accessible. The semi-all-inclusive package is fantastic value here as their restaurant serves fantastic international dishes and you can even enjoy meals at the golf clubhouse. With so much to do at the resort from tennis courts to the driving range to the beautiful outdoor pool area as well as so many fantastic golf courses being on offer to play in the area, there is no reason that this resort should not be at the top of your list for your next golf holiday to the Obidos area.


Take a browse through our range of Lisbon Golf Holiday options >




DATE: 15/03/2018 




We are delighted to share with you the experiences of clients who visited Gran Canaria last week on a weeks Golf Holiday with us. 

Peter sent us the following report and images from the trip to share with everyone. If you are interested in a Golf Holiday to Gran Canaria please visit

Date: March 2018   

Hi Stewart,

At your request here is a brief resume of my recent trip.

Overall everything went to plan with no  mishaps.


Antonella was charming and very helpful and the bungalow was more than adequate with some provisions already provided for – e.g.water, cakes, fruit etc.

I would have preferred a washing machine to avoid a lot of dirty laundry being transported home.


1.       Real Club de Golf La Palmas - Club founded in 1891 high in the hills – although only at that site since 1956. Spectacular views with holes hewn out of volcanic remains. Both 9th & 18th holes end at the historic clubhouse.


2.       Salobre – 2 very contrasting courses. The new (2008) very quirky with lots of carries over volcanic land whilst the old (1999) is more of a traditional parkland course with some very good par 3’s and interesting water hazards. Superb greens all-round.

3.       El Cortijo – fairly ordinary front nine with a little water but after the 11th a spectacular clifftop back nine with 15,16 & 17 being the standout holes – wouldn’t rush back – in need of a lot of TLC.

4.       Maspalomas – 1958 – traditional flat Spanish parkland course very similar to numerous courses on mainland Spain. 15 & 16 are the only holes to have water – greens were in need of a mow. You could have been anywhere in Spain.

5.       Meloneras – 2006 – perhaps second on my list – palm tree lined front nine with some strong holes but after the short downhill 10th the course opens out to a spectacular back nine with divine views of Parito Blanco and many gorges to negotiate. Holes 11 thru’ to 16 are of special note.

6.       Anfi Tauro – Best of the lot  - great pedigree of designers – stand out par 3’s all round ( 5 in all ),particularly the 6th. Back nine rises to stunning views hewn out of volcanic rock.

If you wanted me to rate I would go as follows:-

1.Anfi Tauro


3.Real Club

4.Salobre Old

5. Salobre New


7.El Cortijo

At all venues the pro staff, buggy handling and caddymasters were all outstanding and very accommodating bringing forward tee times to suit, ensuring buggies were available. In fact Maspalomas were so good I tipped one of the buggy guys.

I would certainly go again and maybe play Anfi Tauro twice, Melonares twice and both Salobre and therefore avoid the travelling to the North even though Real is a great course.

I hope this helps – let me know your comments.

Best regards

Peter Bosworth


DATE: 15/03/2018 

Subject: Which is better - Golf when it's too hot or too cold?

I was browsing the Telegraph’s online travel section and I stumbled on a recent article on Golf Holidays entitled “Five of the best places to play golf in winter”.

What stopped me in my tracks was the fact that the five places they listed were all outside Europe. It must have been assumed that you and everybody else in your golfing group are wealthy enough to dig deep into your pockets and set off to exotic places like The Oman, Barbados et al. What also made me chuckle was a slightly dismissive comment about Spain and Portugal saying, “temperatures during the winter are merely mild rather than offering true winter sun”.

Now I don’t know about you, but I hate winter golf played from frozen tees, winter greens and layers of clothing that make you akin to the Michelin Man. So “mild” is definitely good for me. Because when it's over 25 degrees I'm uncomfortable on the golf course – made worse by high humidity. And you’ll notice I’ve not even mentioned the cost and time spent getting to some of these more distant, exotic winter golfing regions.

So below I have listed some affordable golf holiday options to places that are easy to get to and that allow you to play golf with some "mild" sun on your back. No need to soak your towel in ice or to guzzle cold water every 5 minutes.

Vannes, Southern Brittany – Beautiful Harbour Town located just 2 hours from the Port of Roscoff in Southern Brittany, temperatures even in late October can reach up to 20+ degrees and with some fabulous courses nearby including St Laurent, Baden and Ploumeur Ocean this is a golf holiday destination well worth a visit in 2018 – Travel over to France or Northern Spain with Brittany Ferries – check out our Brittany Ferries golf programme here -

Tavira, Eastern Algarve – Now everyone that talks about a golf holiday on the Algarve will initially think about Vilamoura, but trust me there is a lot more to Golf on the Algarve than the epicentre of Vilamoura. These days Vilamoura has become so popular that getting a decent tee slot and a 4 hour round is a wonderful achievement, que a whole host of new courses and new golfing agendas on the Algarve. Tavira is one place I love dearly, you really do get a sense of true algarvian culture here with its cobbled streets and quant bars and restaurants plus the beaches and coast here is spectacular. When you have the likes of Monte Rei and Quinta Do Vale on your door step and temperatures up to 20 degrees in February its no secret the Eastern Algarve is becoming a popular choice. Check out our Tavira Golf Holiday option here -

San Jorge, Catalunya – We recently held a Pro Am here a few weeks ago and well what can we say, this region is simply delightful! Temperatures rose to 18 degrees during early March, perfect Golfing Weather! When you have golf courses such as Emporda, Pals and PGA Catalunya at your mercy then this at an absolute must place to visit. Our Group stayed at the Silken Park Hotel in San Jorge, I truly wonderful experience and we cant speak highly enough of the outstanding service of the staff, the food, rooms and not forgetting the amazing sea views – packages will be coming soon on the website so check back soon.

Thanks for reading and if you would like to discuss any of the above option please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01822 618181

Kind regards



DATE: 15/2/2018  





Earlier this month, I thought we'd missed out on a large group booking to Spain. The lead organiser of this group had been wooed by a stunning offer from one of our competitors - an offer that looked too good to be true. It turned out that it was when it transpired the hotel rooms were "no longer available". Of course alternatives were being offered...but not at the original price. The trouble was the golfing group had already paid their deposits! So the group leader was faced with the unenviable task of rectifying things - either reclaiming the payment before looking elsewhere or accepting a higher priced alternative. Fortunately we were able to help him. It reminded me of the old adage that if something appears too good to be true, it's because it isn't true.

So even if you choose not to book with Golf Tee Time Service I urge you to invest a little more of your precious time to ensure everything is 100% confirmed by your suppliers before you get any nasty surprises! In a burning urge to shave a few quid off the price, you ultimately miss a few basic health checks that would make the booking process so much easier and hassle free. We regularly hear stories online that the 11.00 Tee Time the golfing group were promised, suddenly isn’t available and after 14.30 PM (Twilight) is the only alternative, completely ruining your overall holiday experience and plans! It is also interesting to see some of our competitors (it doesn’t take a rocket scientist who) now do not have any facebook review option – WHY? There were so many bad reviews from clients that it was no longer in their interest to have a review section!

Always Check the company facebook reviews before considering who you are booking with.

Price is important but service is paramount!

As an independent Golf Tour Operator we take pride in our commitment to our clients, assuring you get exactly what you have been offered, let alone what you have already paid for!

Don't be lulled into paying deposits too soon - How to make sure your golf holiday plans are not disrupted.

I Hope this helps and that we can assist with your next trip (rest assured we will not ask you for any payment whatsoever until your accommodation and your golf is 100% booked and you are happy with the itinerary).

Stewart Ewens 
Golf Tee Time Service

01822 618181


DATE: 12/02/2018 




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The R&A finally made official on Monday what everyone basically understood: the Open Championship will return to the Old Course at St. Andrews in 2021 as part of the celebration of the championship’s 150th playing.

This breaks from the recent timing of Opens at St. Andrews, which had been occurring every five years starting in 1990. But the six-year gap from Zach Johnson’s triumph in 2015 until 2021 was only appropriate given the expected pomp and circumstance that will go with marking the Open’s historic anniversary.

This will mark the 30th time the Old Course has held the Open.

“St Andrews has produced a revered group of outstanding champion golfers since the Open was first played on the Old Course in 1873,” said Martin Slumbers, the R&A’s chief executive. “Once again we look forward to seeing the greatest players take on the challenge of the world’s most iconic links course in their pursuit of the Claret Jug.”


Specifics on how the R&A will choose to honor the 150th playing of the Open are still being worked out.

An Open at St. Andrews brings with it traditionally the largest crowds to see the championship with more than 230,000 fans attending for the week in 2000 and 2015.

Experience Golfing History with a Golf Holiday to St Andrews:-



DATE: 19/01/2018 




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Amateur Golf Tournaments – Light-hearted competitiveness…

At Golf Tee Time Service, we send groups of all sizes and abilities around the world to play golf. We know that many create their own competitions and personal tournaments whilst out there, some having prizes or waging bets whilst others simply bask in the glory of the win!

But what if you could take part in a hosted event that includes a light hearted tournament overseas with these same set of friends and at the same time meet other like-minded golfers? It’s an occasion that some who’ve previously attended have asked how we can possibly do it for the price.

Well now you can…simply join us at our next annual amateur golf tournament, the Omaha Beach challenge set in Northern France with all your Ferry Travel included. Here you will play competitive golf on stunning golf courses and also enjoy a wide selection of first class après golf activities. We also have a selection of other overseas Tournament opportunities this year including our annual Brittany challenge in March & October and for those professionals looking to experience a little competitive action why not come and join us for our annual Pro Am Challenge in October which this year is being held at Golf National – home to this year’s Ryder Cup!

For those coming on our PGA Catalunya Pro Am at the end of February, we’ll see you soon!




DATE: 19/12/2017 



We know that booking a golf holiday can be a long process, particularly if you are in charge of a group. Here are our top tips for making yours as stress free as possible.

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Check the Reviews

A good way ensure you will be looked after is to check the travel reviews from previous clients from the company’s website or from online review pages such as the companies facebook page reviews, Check our facebook reviews here -

Don’t pay your Golf Holiday Deposit Too Early

Only pay you golf Holiday deposit once everything is 100% confirmed from the golf tour operator. We have heard too many stories of deposit’s being paid too early before arrangements have been nail stamped just to get the quick sale and then when company’s change the plans, you the customer are left to pay.  In a burning urge to shave a few quid off the price, you ultimately miss a few basic health checks that would make the booking process so much easier and hassle free. Make sure everything is confirmed before you pay a deposit.

Don’t be fooled by the Free Gift

Time and Time again we are hearing about the Free Gift that never materialised. To put things simple – There is no Free Gift! Ok granted it’s a great gimmick and to many this could be a deal breaker especially if you are the organiser and you are looking for a few prizes for the trip or that brand new driver that will change your game forever. In some cases Tour operators are able to offer shirts to the group or a few small freebies but in general terms you are paying for that so called Free gift as part of your package quotation! Think twice before going for the Free gift golf holiday as you may get an unpleasant surprise when you are due to travel. Remember service is just as important as price, its important you are being looked after by people who really care about your trip and not just about that free box of Srixons!   

Get Expert Advice

Who would know better than the people that live and breathe golf?

Our golf specialists are passionate about the game and understand how to tailor a golf holiday to suit your particular requirements. They have sampled many of the resorts, hotels and courses for themselves giving them a valuable insight into what you can expect from your holiday, where the best courses to play are, best value, most suitable location for the makeup of the group, whether buggies would be required from the terrain of the golf course, logistics of travel, where you can find the lively bars and best local eateries and more. With over 20 years experience in the golf travel industry we know you are in good hands!

Let us know where and when you want to go, with how many people, and for how long – then let us take care of the rest.

Book Early!

It’s simply really.  It doesn’t matter if you’re up with the larks or enjoy a leisurely breakfast with the papers and a morning massage, the earlier you book, the more likely it is that you’ll get the tee times you’d prefer.

Plan Time On and Off the Course

It may sound crazy, but if your schedule allows it’s important to book time on and off the course. Sometimes it pays to take a day to explore the local area, after all, golf courses are usually built in stunning settings, and a day to clear your head may improve your game for the last day! If you have any non-golfers in the group, you should make sure the resort has activities to keep the non-golfers occupied during the day whilst the golfers are out of the course, such as beaches and spas.And for the evenings, try and decide whether you prefer a resort with a buzzy marina and nightlife for the group to have nights out or if you prefer a hotel where you can have quieter meals to make sure you’re ready for a full day’s golf the next day!

6. The Money Bit

In general when booking a golf holiday, you are required to pay a deposit per person upfront when you book the holiday and then the balance 8 weeks before departure. When organising a group, it’s worth gathering the money up front and in advance of booking the trip. This will avoid delay in securing your holiday and avoids strain on the organiser’s credit card due to people delaying paying their share or changing their minds! Another vital element is to ensure the company you book with pays your supplier upfront BEFORE you are due to travel, this will ensure that there are no hiccups or nasty surprises when you arrive at your destination. Golf Tee Time Service pay everything up front with all the relevant documents and vouchers to ensure a stress free holiday.

Bring Your Own Clubs… Or Not.

Of course you can take your own clubs but many people now hire a set when they reach their destination.  The quality of hire clubs is excellent and the Golf Tee Time Service team can book an appropriate set for you.  But if you can’t bear to go without your trusty sticks, there are a few things to consider:

Pack your clubs in a durable travel case because they will need to be checked in

Pre-pay for their carriage (if your airline charges) as paying at the airport can be expensive

Don’t over-pack your golf bag.  Allowances vary by airline so check the permitted weight on your tickets

Service above and beyond everything else

Service…. Its in our name, price is important but service is paramount, if you remember this tip when considering your preferred golf tour operator then everything else will run like clock work for you

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A golf holiday is great fun.  It’s an opportunity to indulge in your hobby while enjoying warm weather and sunshine.

In the words of Groucho Marx, “I’m not feeling very well, I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course.”

So, our final, and perhaps most important tip?  Relax, take your mind off work and home, and enjoy yourself.

If you want to take advantage of our advice and book a golfing holiday, why not let Golf Tee Time Service take the hassle out of it for you?

 If you want to keep up to date, subscribe to our feed, like us on Facebook - or follow us on Twitter @golfteetimeserv, and if our blog posts whet your appetite for a golfing holiday, feel free to contact us and we will provide you with as much knowledge as you need about the holiday.

You can either phone us on 01822 618181 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  – we look forward to hearing from you





DATE: 14/12/2017 


Top 10 Christmas gifts for golfers


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Even if you do get a chance to hit the fairways during the festive season, the weather is unlikely to co-operate. Who wants to battle round 18-holes in driving sleet? Well, it’s better than nothing… On top of the weather, the course is liable to be in fairly lamentable condition: The greenkeepers will have been off for a week, and two months of rain will have left the place looking like the Norfolk Broads.

There’s no golf on the TV as the pro circuits are on holiday too. If you’re lucky you might find some re-runs of “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf,” but things have to be pretty desperate before you’ll sit through 90 minutes of Al Geiberger versus Peter Alliss from 1969.

Christmas Day might bring some cheer as the hopeful golfer looks optimistically at the presents under the tree. “Those could be golf balls…. Maybe, just maybe, it’s Ben Hogan’s Modern Fundamentals of Golf.” More likely it’s a pack of novelty soaps and Mary Berry’s Baking Bible.

The thing is; it’s very difficult to buy presents for a golfer, particularly if the gift-giver doesn’t know too much about the sport. It might be tempting to buy a golfing friend or relative a score-counter or a set of those rubber tees tied together with string, but they really won’t want them – golfers are a fickle bunch. Here then is a little help; listed below are 10 gifts that any golfer would be delighted to receive on Christmas morning.


A Golf Holiday with Us

A gift that keeps on giving: Is there a better present than a memorable Golf Holiday? Well we would say that, but perhaps if you are travelling too this is just the ticket for all parties.   

Golf is not a Game of Perfect by Dr Bob Rotella

This is the go-to book on golfing psychology and a must-read for every golfer. It’s common sense in the main but, if you follow the guidance, you will take a better mental approach on the course and your scores will, inevitably, come down. This is a gift that could lower the recipient’s handicap – surely that’s the ultimate present!

Hand warmers

A good one for the time of year: It’s pretty miserable out on the fairways when your hands get so cold you can barely make a grip. But you needn’t let it happen. There are various makes and types of hand warmers on the market that you can pop in your pocket (or a pair of mittens) and keep your fingers toasty warm. You can get one-use packs like “Little Hotties” that produce heat for up to eight hours when exposed to fresh air. Or, electronic warmers like the “HotRox” that can be recharged. They just make playing on those frozen winter mornings a little more enjoyable.

Customised Pro V1s

Admittedly not every golfer uses the Titleist Pro V1, but it’s a quality ball that any player should be grateful to receive. Speak to your local professional who will (for Christmas only) be able to order a dozen with a customised message printed on the side. Go for the recipient’s name or initials rather than something silly. Some people might be embarrassed to tee it up in the first Medal of the new year with “Best Grandpa in the world” emblazoned on the side of their ball.

A series of lessons

Winter is a great time to work on your game as you prepare to start the new season. Why not gift a course of lessons with a local professional? Even the best players could use a little fine-tuning to their games in the off-season.

Knitted Headcovers

These add a bit of class and colour to any golf bag: A retro look that will make your kit stand out from the crowd. Have a look at the ones from Flaming Golf.

A round at a top course

If you’re feeling generous then why not give a voucher for a game of golf at a famous venue? Perhaps if you play golf yourself, you might just benefit from this present too…

A night out in London

OK, so this doesn’t sound very golf-themed, but it will be if you factor in a trip to Urban Golf. At one of the three Urban Golf “clubhouses” (located in Soho, Smithfield and Kensington) you can play some of the world’s most famous courses on state-of-the-art simulators. You can also enjoy a few beers while you’re doing it. There are equivalent outfits in many UK cities.

A Trip to The Masters

This year saw Sergio Garcia break his Major Duck with an awe inspiring victory at Augusta, 2018 is set to be another big year in Major’s golf, not least the buzz surrounding Tiger Woods Latest comeback. The Masters is one of those “Must Do” Trips for any avid golf fan and here at Golf Tee Time service you can watch all the action unfold with us in 2018 with our Hosted Masters Trips, so if you are looking to really treat your loved one then why not purchase that 2018 Masters Golfing Adventure with GTTS!  

For last minute Christmas inspiration visit



DATE: 7/12/2017


Congratulations Portugal!

Portugal Wins Best World Golf Destination2017 at The World Golf Travel Awards

The World Golf Awards celebrates and rewards excellence in golf tourism through its highly-respected annual awards programme and Portugal has won the best World Golf Destination Award 201 (4th year in a row!) an outstanding achievement considering the level of competition which included nominees of Argentina, Australia, Morocco Vietnam, United States, Dominican Republic, and  Dubai.  


Playing golf in Portugal remains in the memories of all those who try it. And why? Excellent courses in stunning settings, a mild climate all year round and the friendly welcome given to golfers. 

It is difficult to find a better destination for a golfing holiday. Voted the World's Best Golf Destination by the World Golf Awards for the fourth year in a row (between 2014 and 2017), Portugal has a wide range of courses with characteristics to suit different levels of difficulty and different budgets.

There are some ninety courses throughout the country, of which 57 are 18-hole and 9 are 27-hole, with a range of layouts and major golfing challenges recognised by the most experienced golf professionals.

Many of the courses were designed by famous architects such as Robert Trent Jones Jr., Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills, Nick Faldo, Severiano Ballesteros, Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore and Arnold Palmer, the creator of the award-winning Oceânico Victoria, one of golf's flagship courses, where the Portugal Masters has been held since it was first staged in 2007. One thing they all share is their environmental quality and the harmonious way in which they blend into the natural surroundings.

The Algarve and the Lisbon coast are well-known destinations for more experienced players and have won several international awards. They host major competitions on the professional tours, as does Madeira with its mountain courses. In the Azores, there's also rustic golf that is played in a rural setting. But it was in Porto and the North that it all began, where Espinho, the second oldest course in mainland Europe, is located.

But the biggest challenge while you're playing is not to have your concentration broken by the beauty and light of the surrounding countryside. Portugal has courses that overlook the sea flanked by cliffs and dunes with white sand. And others surrounded by lakes and mountains, where the perfumes of flowers and herbs blend and become impossible to distinguish one from the other.

And even though games can be relaxed or hotly contested, the encounter concludes at a table in the clubhouse, or the restaurant… to practise a "sport" at which the Portuguese excel: socialising.

Quinta South Wins Best Portugal Course 2017




The World Golf Awards celebrates and rewards excellence in golf tourism through its highly-respected annual awards programme and Quinta do Lago’s 72-par South Course, which also won the 2014 title, has hosted the Portuguese Open on no fewer than eight occasions.

Sean Moriarty, chief executive of Quinta do Lago, said: “To be voted as the best course in Portugal is a real honour and is the perfect end to what is our 45th anniversary.

“There is obviously a lot of competition for such a prestigious award, which is emphasised by the fact Portugal was again voted best world destination, so to come out top speaks volumes for the quality of the course.

The South Course has long been a favourite for Europe’s top professional players as well as amateurs and its brilliant to be recognised. We have received lots of fantastic feedback from visitors, guests and members, but that also goes for the North Course and Laranjal.

Looking to Discover Portugal? Take a browse at our vast collection of golfing getaways to Portugal including The Algarve, Lisbon and Madeira




 DATE: 12/11/2017






Tiger Woods is making another comeback this week at the Hero World Challenge, the same tournament he returned to last year before ultimately undergoing yet another back surgery after withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February. Woods has played in just one PGA Tour event since the 2015 Wyndham Championship -- the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open -- where he missed the cut at Torrey Pines for the first time in his career. Golf Tee Time Service take a look back on his career achievements to date and establish whether he can still make the grade.


It's been nearly 10 years since Woods last won a major championship (2008 U.S. Open). His prime was cut short by a combination of a scandalous divorce and tumultuous personal life mixed with knee and back injuries, but he's once again ready to return to competitive professional golf.

The game has gone through a dramatic transformation since Woods' dominant run. Instead of just a couple of big names, droves of young stars are sweeping the PGA and European Tours, making golf richer than ever in talent.

Woods, 41, hasn't won a tournament since 2013 (when he won five), and it may be unrealistic to expect him to contend right away, but his latest swing videos provided optimism that he may finally be here to stay.

Here are Tiger Woods' best golf achievements — to date:

1997 Masters win

It was hard to imagine a 21-year-old athlete dominating his sport — any sport — the way Woods did in 1997, highlighted by his 12-stroke Masters win. Woods earned his first of 14 major championship titles in style, making his classic Sunday red and black feared colors on the PGA Tour.

From the iconic hug with his father, to the backdrop of Augusta National's historic leaderboards showcasing Woods' name miles ahead of some golf legends, the 1997 Masters still stands as Woods' crowning achievement because it forever changed the game.

Woods still owns the record for greatest margin of victory at the Masters, and his four-round total (18 under par) has been matched only once, by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

2008 U.S. Open win

It was impossible to imagine at the time that Woods, basically playing on one leg after recent knee surgery and outdueling Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole playoff at Torrey Pines, likely had just won what could be his last (and 14th) major title. 

After the win, Woods immediately missed months with the knee problem and then saw his world rocked by his messy divorce from Elin Nordegren. But it still seemed like a matter of when, not if, Woods would catch Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major wins.

Woods often faced off against unheralded players during majors. Sometimes, like this tournament and the 2000 PGA Championship against Bob May, it went in Woods' favor. But others, like the 2002 PGA Championship loss to Rich Beem and the 2009 PGA Championship loss to Y.E. Yang, must seem like thorns in his side. The mystery surrounding Woods' 2008 U.S. Open win makes it one of his most memorable of all time.

'The Tiger Slam'

If 1983 was the year of Michael Jackson, then 2000 was the year of Tiger Woods. Still only 24 years old, the young phenom was picking up major championship wins like a trick-or-treater collects candy on Halloween.

Starting with a 15-stroke win at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Woods went on to win three majors in 2000. In order to claim a Grand Slam in golf, a player has to win all four majors in a given year. But Woods created his own slam by winning the 2001 Masters, earning four straight major titles.

What "the Tiger Slam" really showcased was Woods' ability to win on any style of course and by any amount of strokes. Some players get nervous when faced with large leads, slowly dropping back to the field. Woods, however, would smell blood and extend his lead to jaw-dropping margins.

2005 Ford Championship at Doral

Woods and rival Phil Mickelson rarely faced off in memorable duels, but Doral pitted the game's two most entertaining stars against each other in a thrilling showdown.

Woods went on to win by one shot with a late birdie on the 71st hole, while also breaking the tournament record at 24 under par. The win vaulted Woods back into the top spot in the world rankings, ending Vijay Singh's short reign.

While the tournament wasn't a major, nor was it even yet a World Golf Championship event, it marked one of the few times Woods and Mickelson went toe-to-toe.

2013's five-win season

Heading into the year, Woods already was facing criticism for dropping out of the top spot in the world rankings and for failing to win a major in four straight seasons. But at 37, he put together one of his best years on Tour with five wins and top-6 finishes in two majors.

He started with a win at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, which blossomed into back-to-back victories at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. After finishing T-4 at the Masters, he returned to win The Players Championship for a second time a month later. His most recent professional win was then collected a of couple months later at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Though Woods' career was always measured by majors — by himself, the media and fans — and he didn't collect one in 2013, the year should still go down as one of Woods' greatest triumphs.

On the eve of the Hero World Challenge, in which he will line up in an elite field of 18 players, Woods is going into the unknown regarding whether his body can again withstand the rigours of competitive golf at the highest level. For a man who went into every event thinking he would win, he will now be happy if he is able to compete with players ten to 15 years his junior and the big question on everyone’s lips is whether this is possible? Well we say class is permanent here in the office so you just never know! Its just great to see him back on the course playing again!   

WILL TIGER FINISH IN THE TOP 10? What do some of the GTTS Team think……………

Keith: No

Graham: Yes   

Jodie: No

Karen: No

Kerry: Yes

Stewart: Yes

Nick: No

Rhodri: Yes 


DATE: 9/11/2017 

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DATE: 28/10/2018 


Golf Tee Time Service Teams Up with Buzza Golf

As many of you are already aware Golf Tee Time Service have teamed up with Buzza Golf TV headed by PGA Professional Steve Buzza and his able assistant PGA Professional James Pickard.

The aim of this partnership is to bring our clients closer to our Golf Holiday products in a fun and interactive way.

Steve and James are two golf professionals and bring with them a wealth of qualifications and experience to take your golf game to the next level.

Through their YouTube videos, they have developed a strong online following and regularly publish updates of their latest experiences on the golf course.

Check out for all their latest golfing adventures.

This year we have sent the boys across the channel to Northern France and to some of the finest courses in the South West UK. You may also see one of our lads Stew getting involved in some of the course vlogs!





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