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Go West for Wonderful Golf

Go West for Wonderful Golf

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To hire or not to hire – that is the question.

To hire or not to hire – that is the question.

Self-drive golf holidays can make it all too easy for us. We throw every piece of golf paraphernalia in the boot of the car, from rain gear to the odd gizmo we have never used. On our return we always promise we will be more sensible in our packing next time but it just never happens.
Fly-drive golf holidays are a different case (pardon the pun) all together. Most airlines now charge to carry golf bags on top of your standard luggage allowance, unless you are lucky enough to be turning left when you board a plane.
Hunting around, the average airline cost to carry golf bags short haul is around £70 return. Is it worth it?
Playing on a golf holiday with your own clubs should mean you play better, but you could use this as an opportunity to try some different clubs you’ve been eyeing for a while, or just choose the same set as at home.
Across the popular Golf Planet holiday destinations in Spain and the Algarve in Portugal several companies have now set up offering golf sets for hire. Depending on how much you are willing to pay, you can choose from the latest clubs on the market and either pick them up at the airport or have them delivered to your golf resort. Of course the sets of clubs are always clean and ready for action on the first tee.
We would recommend you take out the low cost insurance when you hire clubs on your golf holiday as even losing a golf head cover can be costly.
Some resorts, including Costa Navarino in Greece, are running special offers this year for Golf Planet Holidays clients including club hire in your European golf holiday cost.
If you do decide to take your own clubs, one helpful hint gathered from personal experience is to stick a tall broom handle in your golf bag. If it’s longer than your largest club it would be the broom handle that would be damaged, not your driver.

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Morocco – a winter sun destination with a difference

Morocco – a winter sun destination with a difference

If you still haven’t decided where to go on your winter golf escape, look across the Mediterranean at Morocco. Here on a Morocco golf holiday you can enjoy beautiful courses and immerse yourself in the exciting history of this exotic country.

Less than four hours by plane from the UK, the temperatures are now heading towards the mid-twenties and the sun is shining eight hours a day whether you head to the Red City of Marrakech, Agadir or Mazagan near Casablanca on the Atlantic coast.

There are seven great golf courses around Marrakech. You can always book a caddy to help you round the greens and avoid the hazards. The clubhouse facilities are second to none and after enjoying an unpressured round, take time to relax on the terraces and enjoy the views. The breathtaking backdrop of the Atlas Mountains will leave you in awe of your surroundings.

In contrast, the hustle and bustle of the Medina in Marrakech has to be experienced at least once during your golf holiday in Morocco. However determined you are not to spend money in the souk, you will be tempted to bring back a souvenir or two.

Just a few minutes from the Medina, in the central L’Hivernage district, is one of our favourite hotels, the Movenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech. With four restaurants set within the stunning resort there is no need to leave the premises, but we do recommend you enjoy some local cuisine on your doorstep.

The Fairmont Royal Palm is ideal if you wish to stay in the countryside surrounding Marrakech, the outstanding Royal Palm golf course, designed by Cabell B Robinson, is on site and should be at the top of your list, wherever you choose to stay.

If you’re looking for peace and quiet, turn your attention to Agadir on the Atlantic coast for your Morocco golf holiday, with its miles of beaches and equally attractive golf courses, including the links at Tazegzout. The elegant Mazagan resort near Casablanca is a stand out alternative for those looking for elegance and excellent golf on the course designed by Gary Player no less.

With the Moroccan dirham currently at a favourable rate to the pound, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy this North African country and experience a winter sun golf holiday which will stay in your memory long after the suntan has faded.

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Go West for Wonderful Golf

Go West for Wonderful Golf

Top 10 car-free GolfPlanet Holidays

Top 10 car-free GolfPlanet Holidays

Arizona by Nigel

Arizona by Nigel

South Africa by Nigel

South Africa by Nigel

To hire or not to hire – that is the question.

To hire or not to hire – that is the question.

Morocco – a winter sun destination with a difference

Morocco – a winter sun destination with a difference