Special Golf Breaks

We’ve learnt a thing or two over the 32 years we’ve arranged golf holidays – whether that’s knowing the “who’s who” or the destinations which work well and the destinations to steer clear or developing the expertise and inside knowledge of what a golf holiday can form part of.  And with 32,000+ golf courses spread around the world, the wonderful world of golf provides a myriad of opportunities to play, explore, experiment and learn.

Celebrations

For anniversaries, birthdays, family occasions or just wanting to have a good time we have unrivalled expertise on how to maximise the “wow” factor in your holiday. Perhaps a Paris show, a private tour of the Alhambra, a cooking lesson at Lake Como, tickets to a Barcelona football match, a heads-up on the secrets that will change you from an unsuspecting tourist to an explorer rightly immersed in the local history. And whether it’s your own celebration or you want to travel to a destination with a famous festival, we can combine your holiday with great experiences and as much golf as you want.

Golf & Business

Forget the mobile, WhatsAp and even Skype, the best deals are still done face-to-face and what better way than to understand your rival, client or supplier than having a golf weekend with them? The “correct” hotel, the most suitable golf courses and those extra-touches that show how much you value the relationship are all par for the course with our Golf & Business trips. Meeting Rooms are a clever way to make sure the deal is done and to maximise the tax breaks too.

Golf & History

Some destinations offer more than just golf and pretty sunsets. History and culture abound in certain places – Sicily, Tuscany, Granada, Marrakech, Northern Portugal, Argentina…These are all places that have been tried and trusted, are proud of their culture and know how to show it off and places where we have great contacts to make the holiday arrangements and visits and tours super smooth. Tell us what you like to do, what you’d love to see and your preferred style for the holiday and we’ll put it together using our, and our partners’, expertise and experiences.

Hip, hip, hooray! Your money goes further

With the Euro/Sterling rate nibbling at €1.40 and petrol being reasonably priced, the driving holiday in Europe is back in fashion with France being top of the league with its increasingly impressive choice of boutique hotels, classic resorts, amazing history and easy access. And nowhere knows France better than French Golf Holidays. Tell us how many nights you want away, how many places you want to stay at and what you want to and do and we’ll come up with a tailor-made itinerary just for you – with maximum fun and maximum value guaranteed.

Here’s a few of our ideas:

Take a wine tour – fairly obvious but so very, very enjoyable with Burgundy, Loire and Bordeaux made for those lazy wine-golf-fine hotel holidays.

Have a combo-tour – Sample two or more beautiful regions: Normandy and Brittany are a fine fit, Chantilly and Champagne work very well, Bordeaux and Biarritz are perfect for combining culture and beach and Champagne/Rhone Alps and Provence were made for each other.

Gourmet Golf – we know the restaurants and we know the golf. Ask us to come up with a special tour taking in your tick-list courses and a tasty mix of local brasseries and Michelin star treats to tickle your tummy.

Just drive baby, just drive! – We’ve driven most of the roads in France in various vehicles and we know where it’s best to stick to the motorways or when it’s far more fun to go “off piste”, take it slow and take in the countless hidden gems that France has to offer. For example, skip the A16 motorway in Northern France and take the old D940 coastal road from Calais all the way to Le Touquet – it sets you up for the weekend ahead with spectacular Channel views. Another favourite route is the Route de Napoleon which links the Riviera with Grenoble…It’s a big wow and only takes six hours compared to the 4 ½ if you go by the A8 and A7 motorways…You go through Castellane, Sisteron and Veynes and you’ll be hard pressed to find better driving roads in Europe.

And that’s where our special golf breaks come in – in the office we call them a niche within a niche!  Golf & wine, golf & battlefields, golf & wine-tasting and gastronomy, family golf…The list goes on.  Take a peek below to see exactly how niche we can make your golf holiday.

We’re Europe’s oldest golf holiday company and we know how to obtain discounts on golf green fees. Through personal contacts, well-earned contracts and the sheer number of green-fees we organise, golf courses offer us generous discounts on green-fees and sometimes buggies. Golf discounts can come in the form a percentage discount off the public price, a number of people playing for free, free buggies or an overall discount on the golf, food and the buggy.

 

Golf discounts can range from just a free trolley to a good reduction off the public green fee plus free afternoon rounds and/or a further golf discount for groups. And not only can offer discounts on golf green fees but also golf equipment – through our special relationship with a reputed and fast-delivering golf equipment reseller you can get great discounts on balls, equipments, bags – everything you need for golf.

Golf Special offers

Depending on the season and destination, we offer golf special offers throughout the year. These special offers for golf holidays come in various forms – added-values such as free nights , a general reduction in the cost of the offer or special offers such as free golf green-fees or room upgrades or a special price for a second week.

We’re always looking for and negotiating golf special offers to help maximise the attraction for our clients and to help them save money. We promote our golf special offers to our clients in various ways – our fortnightly newsletter (subscribe here), over the phone to clients when they call us, our printed Gimme magazine and the various golf special offers on our Home Page (link).

Golf breaks

From weekend golf breaks to golf breaks with championship golf, we at golfholidays.com and Golfplanet Holidays have been creating golf breaks for nearly 35 years. Golf breaks can be just for a golf day to a long golf weekend or longer and involve you, your mates and a round or more of golf.

Our golf breaks feature destinations around the UK, Europe and beyond. Golf courses range from low-key local tracks to the finest championship golf designs in the wold.

Championship golf Most serious golfers have a “wish-list” of golf courses they want to play before they have to put their clubs away.

We at golfplanetholidays.com, can arrange golf at any championship golf course in the world – you name it, we can arrange it: St Andrews, Les Bordes, Cypress Point, Augusta, Loch Lomond, Pebble Beach, Wentworth…Just a few of our own magic list of over 440 very exclusive and championship golf courses, many of them having hosted Majors and PGA golf tournaments.

Masters Golf

The Masters Golf at Augusta is arguably the most famous and sought-after golf ticket in the world. We can arrange, through our own special contacts, access to Augusta National Golf Club either during the Masters Golf Championship or as a private guest.

British Open

The British Open is the oldest golf championship in the world and it’s probably the biggest golf major too. We have privileged access to the tournaments with tickets and VIP tented village so you can be part of the greatest golf event in the world, The British Open.

European PGA Golf Tour

The European PGA Golf Tour is the most successful golf tour in the world right now and we at golfholidays.com can arrange tee-times to any of the European PGA golf courses and, of course, tickets to the events.

Family Golf Holidays

Whether you’re a family of golfing fanatics or you’re looking for a holiday to please the non-golfers and golfers in your family, we know all the best family resorts around the world.  Whether it’s a family golf resort, luxury holiday destination or self-catering villa, we’re able to provide just what you’re looking for.

Golf is a fabulous family sport as it’s the only active sport where you can play properly from the age of 5 until you drop!  Many golf courses provide forward tees for juniors and are very welcoming to players of a very young age whilst players who are not so young and sprightly can whizz around in a buggy.  What’s more, nearly every golf course offers us special rates for young golfers so the family green-fee needn’t hurt your wallet too much.

Family golf holiday needs change as children get older but we can advise as to Kid’s Clubs, baby-sitting, family tee-times, sports facilities, family bedrooms and suites and villas, shopping, nightlife, beaches and sightseeing.

Call our friendly team – several of whom have personal experience in arranging their own Family Golf Holidays – or have a look at our website Search Filter for “Family Resorts”.

Golf & Fishing

If you like softly-tread fairways you may like the ancient hush of lake fishing.  Or playing on a wind-swept links and then fishing for your supper in a fast-moving stream.  Or how about playing a big Championship course in the morning and then big-game fishing in the afternoon?

Sounds tempting?  No problem.   We’ve got the low-down on where to go for every type of golf and most types of fishing.  Fishing equipment can usually be hired and you don’t need to worry about taking the bait along either!

Here’s a quick guide to where and what to fish

1.  Northern France for trout and lake fishing

2.  West coast of Scotland and most coastal parts of Ireland for deep-sea fishing

3.  Brittany for lake fishing

4.  Florida, South Africa, Mauritius and Caribbean for big-game fishing

Golf & Wine

There are three sorts of golf breaks . . . Golf your brains out with 36 holes a day; saunter through an attractive part of the world with golf almost as an incidental; or – a favourite with many of our GolfPlanet Holidays and French Golf Holidays regulars – 18 holes in the morning, a light lunch, an afternoon enjoying local delights, then dinner to set you up for tomorrow.

What better local combination of delights than golf and wine? And where better in France than the Médoc area near Bordeaux for great golf, great wine and accommodation ranging from comfortable to luxury?

First the golf . . . Just 15km north of Bordeaux are the two courses of Golf du Médoc, Les Chateaux (a world-class course which hosted the French Open before Golf National was created near Paris) and Les Vignes. A further 15km north is Margaux, a picturesque course on the banks of the River Gironde. Then 20km to the west near the Atlantic is Lacanau, a top-class course with trees lined with towering pines. And just to the south of Bordeaux is Pessac with 27 holes of charming parkland golf.

Now to bring together wine and golf . . . Médoc and Haut-Médoc is the land of some of the greatest red wines (think Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Margaux). Several of the chateau vineyards are pleased to welcome visitors – to see how the wine is created, from the grape harvest to the bottling, to taste the wines and to buy them at fairly reasonable prices (and if you don’t want to lug a case all the way home, then the vineyard will ship it on for you and put you in touch with its British or Irish agent).

So which are the best places for a wine experience to add to golf?

At French Golf Holidays, we recommend from our own travels and those of wine-wise friends a visit to the amazing La Winery on the outskirts of Bordeaux – it’s a real world-class attraction - plus three individual chateaux. Advance booking is essential for all of them (it’s best to book through their websites) . . .

La Winery, Rond Point des Vendangeurs, Route du Verdon, Arsac (phone 05 56 390 460). It’s 30 minutes out of Bordeaux on the road towards Médoc. It’s a huge building of glass and stainless steel – a treasure house of just about everything to do with wine. The wine-tastings include one that informs you of your wine sign (for an hour, experts test your taste, smell, perception of wine and determine the wines best suited to your palate). There’s an exhibition of contemporary art and a stock of 1,000 different wines and a much-acclaimed restaurant). (www.winery.fr).

Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Le Pouyalet, Pauillac (phone 05 56 73 21 29). The art – sculptures and paintings from around the world, mainly related to wine – is almost as sumptuous as the wine itself. The charge for a tour is €6, but it’s worth paying an extra €12 to experience a comprehensive tasting (www.chateau-mouton-rothschild.com/contact).

Chateau Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (phone 05 56 73 24 00). A 4 ½-hour morning or afternoon tour costs €9 including tasting. This chateau also does half-day and full-day workshops if you want to take a day off from golf (www.lynchbages.com).

Chateau d’Agassac, 15 Rue du Chateau d’Agassac, Ludon-Medoc (phone 05 57 88 15 47). This chateau produces some superb wines and it’s a more relaxed environment for visitors; in fact, it won the award for Best of Wine Tourism (www.agassac.com).

 

Champagne Golf 

Champagne is the most northerly wine-producing area of France and its capital Reims (pronounce it rance) is little more than two hours down Autoroute 26 from Calais. Stop off at Laon, 50km from Reims, on the way there or back, stroll through the cobbled streets of the medieval capital of France, play the very pleasant course of L’Ailette – but, most of all, enjoy the sparkle of wine, food and golf in and around Reims.

The best of the golf there is Reims-Champagne in the village of Gueux. It’s never going to stage a Tour event but it’s a testing and attractive challenge to players of all levels, and you can celebrate your round (or console yourself) with a glass or two of bubbly from one of the 19 champagne houses which are partners of the golf club. In fact, there’s a story that Fontainebleau Golf Club won the four-day (six man) National Team Scratch Championship here with Champagne before and after each match and rounded their victory off with no fewer than 32 bottles shared between them and the beaten finalists.  Now that’s my kind of golf!

The clubhouse itself is worth a mention: it’s the Chateau des Dames de France, where the ladies of the great families used to stay while their husbands went off to war.

Most of the leading champagne houses in Reims and Epernay offer guided tours of their cellars with tastings (the charges vary from about €12 to €30 depending on how many vintages you wish to sample) and, of course, the chance to buy at as much as you can afford and/or carry away. It is important to book. My favourites for a tour are Ruinart, 4  rue des Crayeres, Reims (telephone 03 26 77 51 51) and Mumm, 34 rue de Champ de Mars, Reims (www.ghmumm.com; telephone 03 26 49 69 67). 

However, the best experience is to have it all wrapped up in one tailor-made package such as the one at the quite sumptuous Royal Champagne Hotel at Champillon amid the vineyards in the countryside south of Reims and just a few kilometres north of Epernay. 

Here’s an example: a glass of champagne on arrival, champagne breakfast, dinner served with champagne, a visit to one of the leading champagne houses plus a visit to a small family-run champagne producer – can there be such a thing as champagne-overload? Of course not! The price will be about £550 person for two nights, including cross-Channel travel, the golf and the Champagne “feast” and tastings.  

GOLF HOTELS

You want a great golf holiday in a hotel with its own good golf course and its own good restaurant and  set in a beautiful location, so you’re not driving here, there and everywhere?  Our choice of golf hotels is designed for you!

At French Golf Holidays and GolfPlanet Holidays, we’ve got just the answer for your personalised golf break with a choice from dozens of golf hotels and resorts – some by the sea, some deep in the countryside, some laden with luxury, some in the “comfortable” category, some in ancient castles, some created within the last few years. All of them are golf hotels created for the golfer with no desire to be travelling all the time.

Give us a call on 01277 284284 or email us at info@golfplanetholidays.com to tell us your requirements. Meanwhile, here are ten of our European golf hotel favourites no more than four hours away - plus one in Morocco (also just four hours’ flight from London) and a very special golf break at Gleneagles, home of the 2014 Ryder Cup . . .

BULGARIA (yes, Bulgaria!)

Thracian Cliffs Golf and Beach Resort, Kavama, Cape Kaliakra. Thracian Cliffs, set high above the Black Sea, is the golf hotel with a fast-growing reputation. It hosted the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship (won by Graeme McDowell) and it’s been voted European Golf Resort of the Year 2014 by the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators (of which we at GolfPlanet Holidays and French Golf Holidays are proud members). The hotel is divided into two village-like centres with top-range accommodation, and the course is “the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in the world”, according to Gary Player (he would say that, wouldn’t he, as he designed it – but we’re not going to argue).

CANARY ISLANDS

Abama Golf and Spa Resort, Tenerife, Canary IslandsThis is as smart as it gets in the Canaries: a five-star golf hotel (with rooms and suites in the central Citadel building plus villas on the terraces leading down to the sea), a spectacular golf course (plus tennis courts if you’re looking for further exercise), formal restaurants (two with Michelin stars) and more casual dining areas, countless pools, a spa, a fitness centre and views across the Atlantic to the island of La Gomera – it all adds up to a truly luxury golf hotel.

FRANCE

Golf Hotel Le Manoir, Le Touquet. A favourite of French Golf Holidays for 30 years! It’s just 40 minutes’ drive from Calais and there’s quite a British flavour to the comfortable bars – so it’s perfect for the short golf break with few demands on your skills with the language and wrong-side-of-the-road driving! But the big attraction is that just a few yards from the front door are two splendid golf courses (La Mer and Le Foret) plus a testing nine-holer.

Golf du Medoc Hotel and Spa, Bordeaux. Just half an hour’s drive from Bordeaux airport, you’re deep into serious wine country – and nowhere is better than this golf hotel. It’s a modern building of wood and glass and there are quality touches everywhere – the wine bar, the restaurant and, above all, the two courses (Les Chateaux has staged the French Open). Don’t miss a visit to a wine chateau while you’re there.

ITALY

Verdura Golf and  Spa Hotel, Sicily. This is Rocco Forte’s creation - Italian style applied to a golf hotel: stylish rooms and villas (all with sea views), manicured gardens, five-star dining, a spa including a 25-metre indoor pool two golf courses designed by Kyle Phillips (Kings Barns in Scotland and The Grove near Watford are among his UK works), all set in a landscape full of olive trees.

MOROCCO

Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort, El Jadida. A new and exciting golf hotel in a vast estate alongside the Atlantic and not far from Casablanca – with an array of extra attractions (spa, night club, casino, floor shows, restaurants to suit all tastes and, if you want to make it a family holiday, there are three clubs for children). The star of the show is the Gary Player-designed links golf course which runs alongside the ocean.

PORTUGAL

Dona Filipa, Algarve. Dona Filipa, the queen of Algarve golf hotels and resorts, is fresh from a major make-over but it has retained all its classic virtues of high-quality comfort and access to golf galore. Dona Filipa is most closely associated with San Lorenzo, ten minutes away, but has special arrangements with the Vale de Lobo courses, which adjoin the hotel, and Pinheiros Altos, also ten minutes away.

Praia d’el Rey Golf and Beach Resort, Obidos. An hour’s drive north of Lisbon, this is a golf hotel that prides itself on its elegance and tranquillity away from the main tourist track. The hotel overlooks a long, sandy beach alongside the Atlantic and the golf course makes the most of the links-like dunes and the pine woods.

SCOTLAND

Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Perthsire. The ultimate golf hotel! In the hotel, choose between modern and traditional for your bedroom, four restaurants (including Scotland’s top Michelin rating), two indoor swimming pools and a spa. For your golf, choose from three courses, including the PGA Centenary course which stages the 2014 Ryder Cup. After your game, relax in one of the great golf clubhouses.

SPAIN

Vichy Catalan Golf Hotel, Girona. Set in the heart of the 36-hole PGA Catalunya layout (the Stadium course is again hosting the Spanish Open this year), this is real chill-out golf hotel. It’s not too big or overwhelming (it’s a modern low-rise building with 150 rooms), restaurant, gym, spa, swimming pool but it’s not too far from bright lights of Girona.

Golf Hotel Almenara, Sotogrande.  High in the hills above the Mediterranean and at the less crowded end of the Costa del Sol, Almenara is a smart, not-too-big golf hotel with its own spectacular 27-hole layout (designed by Dave Thomas). That’s great value on its own – and there’s easy access to Valderrama, La Reserva, Sotogrande, San Roque, Finca Cortesin and Alcadeisa ...A golf paradise.

TURKEY

Cornelia Diamond, Belek. Top-of-the-range “all-inclusive” for a relaxing yet classy golf hotel break. It’s not actually on the 27-hole Faldo golf complex but the free shuttle from the hotel to the clubhouse takes only a few minutes. There is one huge swimming pool and several smaller ones, a beach just a stroll away through the gardens, a spa, buffet restaurants and (for a €10 supplement) several a la carte restaurants.