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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 > https://www.golfteetimeservice.co.uk/overseas/golf-breaks-in-portugal/lisbon.html

 

 

 

DATE: 15/03/2018 

 

A WEEKS GOLF IN GRAN CANARIA 

 

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 https://www.golfteetimeservice.co.uk/overseas/golf-breaks-in-spain/gran-canaria.html

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.

VILLA 

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.

GOLF

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

2.Melonares

3.Real Club

4.Salobre Old

5. Salobre New

6.Maspalomas

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?


Hello
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 - http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/golf

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 - https://www.golfteetimeservice.co.uk/maria-nova-lounge-hotel.html

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

Stewart

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