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Top 5 Play & Stays

Top 5 Play & Stays

As you can imagine this created some debate in the team! It wasn’t easy to narrow down our choices. To keep the peace, we are recommending fantastic golf hotels where you would be happy to stay, play and dine, so the only driving involved is off the tee.

1. Golf Hotel Le Manoir, Le Touquet. If it’s your first time playing golf abroad, this is a must. A very clubby three-star hotel with 45 holes on site. Play your choice of the challenging Le Touquet La Mer overlooking the Channel, the tight and tricky La Foret or the relaxing nine-hole Le Manoir. It’s just an hour from the Eurotunnel, so your time in the car is really kept to a minimum. The hotel has a welcoming traditional bar and great value restaurant. Ask us about their unbeatable winter deals.

2. Trevose Golf and Country Club. If you want to leave your passport at home, the UK has some fantastic golf hotels. Our absolute favourite is Trevose Golf and Country Club in North Cornwall. The Championship course was designed by Harry Colt and is ranked as one of the top links courses in Great Britain. Peter Alliss opened the Headland Course in 1993 which has equally spectacular views out to sea and is in great condition all year round. For a more leisurely outing or an afternoon round, try the short course, it may help to correct the kinks…The modern accommodation is self-catering, but do treat yourself to a delicious dinner at the club’s gourmet restaurant Constantine.

3. Oubaai Hotel Golf and Spa. It was more or less impossible to narrow our South African choice to one venue, but we plumped for this luxurious venue at George on the well-known Garden Route. The outstanding Ernie Els 18 holes championship course overlooks the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean. There are four excellent restaurants on site and the accommodation is superlative. Of course, you will want to visit more than one golf venue during a holiday to South Africa, but a stay here will recharge your batteries and leave a lasting impression.

4. Chateau des Vigiers, Bergerac. Enjoy one golf holiday here and we can guarantee you will want to head back again and again. There are 36 holes around the beautiful chateau and lake. The excellent accommodation options include the chateau, larger dependances and a newer ‘green’ lodge. The two restaurants are superb and you can choose the wine grown from the vines dotted around the course, we particularly recommend the rose!

5. Palmares Beach House hotel, Lagos, Portugal. A veritable feast for your eyes, with the deep blue of the ocean facing every bedroom at this gorgeous adult-only hotel. The lush golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II is made up of three spectacular loops of nine. Tackle Praia, the nine links holes running alongside the Bay of Lagos, or turn inland and test your game on the 18 parkland holes making up the Alvor and Lagos tracks. It’s Portugal at its very best.

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Golf in South Africa

Golf in South Africa

There’s so much on offer in South Africa, it can be difficult to know where to start when you are looking for a winter sun golf holiday in this beautiful country.

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Can golf ever be environmentally friendly?

Can golf ever be environmentally friendly?

Golf doesn’t have the best reputation for being environmentally friendly as it is generally associated with high water consumption, heavy use of fertiliser and destruction of trees to create the fairways, but golf is fighting back.
Through its partnership with the non-profit international GEO Foundation, golf is now striving to emerge as a world leader in sustainable sport.
GEO stands for the Golf Environment Organisation which is dedicated to helping golf courses all over the world deliver and celebrate great golf environments which are proud of their sustainable credentials.
Examples of environmentally friendly golf courses
Hardelot Pines and Dunes in Northern France have achieved the desired standard to be GEO certified.

The Pines was built in 1904, centring on the small chateau in Hardelot. Recently Hardelot gave over some of its land to the Chateau to protect this cultural landmark.

On the two beautiful courses Hardelot is now using fungicidal treatments that minimise the impact on the environment. Dead wood is sometimes left uncleared to provide valuable habitats and better use of groundwater for irrigation means the lake has been left to develop, already attracting a colony of cormorants.

Tecina Golf on the beautiful island of La Gomera just off Tenerife is taking part in the GEO Foundation’s OnCourse programme, committed to continually improve in the important sustainability areas of nature, water, energy, supply chain, pollution control and community.

Designed by Donald Steel, the 18 holes are surrounded by numerous examples of Canarian plants, such as cardones, tabaibas ass well as fruits such as bananas, avocados and mangos. La Gomera was declared a World Biosphere Reserve in 2012.

The Ladies European Tour

The Ladies European Tour is also leading the way with help from GEO Foundation.
LET’s plan includes
 Encouragement for all LET venues to be actively engaged in credible sustainability programmes and ideally accredited to international standards
 Guidance made available to staging and promoting teams, to help extend the integration of best practices across key operations, including waste, energy, transportation, catering and water
 Joint development of new outreach and legacy opportunities around events, to support local communities and their environments
Guidance and support for communications and spectator engagement

How can I play golf and be kind to the environment?
• Use a sports bottle for your drink rather than buy a single use plastic bottle. If you add some ice cubes the water should stay cool.
• Take your litter home with you – the golf club may not be able to recycle.
• If you are having a drink after your game, try a locally produced brew.
• Enjoy your time on the golf course! Being outside is exceptionally valuable for your mental wellbeing.
• When you get new clubs, sell or give your old ones away rather than throw them away.
• Cut back on golf tops! Clothes should be worn at least 30 times now to be sustainable,

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What is Slope Rating and why you should use it on holiday

What is Slope Rating and why you should use it on holiday

We show you why you should go on your next golf holiday armed with some knowledge about Slope Rating - it could make all the difference and help you come out on top!

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10 Top Tips for choosing a Golf Holiday Destination

10 Top Tips for choosing a Golf Holiday Destination

When it comes to booking the perfect golf holiday - experience counts, so here are our tried and tested tips to help you work out what you really want from your next golfing break. Think about these things before you book and you're certain to get it right!

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Hosted Golf Tour to South Africa’s Western Cape - March 1-11, 2020

Hosted Golf Tour to South Africa’s Western Cape - March 1-11, 2020

Hosted Golf Tour to South Africa’s Western Cape - March 1-11, 2020 With Nigel Burch, PGA Leave the cold of the UK winter behind in March 2020 and join Nigel in sunny Cape Town to enjoy a magnificent escorted golf tour of the Western Cape courses and the wonderful hospitality South Africa has to offer.

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Top 5 Play & Stays

Top 5 Play & Stays

Golf in South Africa

Golf in South Africa

Can golf ever be environmentally friendly?

Can golf ever be environmentally friendly?

10 Top Tips for choosing a Golf Holiday Destination

10 Top Tips for choosing a Golf Holiday Destination