Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wonderful Places for Golfers to Stay in the Algarve

While much of the world had its eyes on Portugal and its run into the semifinals of the European Championship soccer tournament, a good portion of the golf world always has its eyes fixed on the Algarve Region of Portugal.

It is a golf-rich area with more than 40 golf courses and some very fine Algarve golf hotels, as well, adding to the allure of the destination.

Two of the newest are the Hotel CS Salgados Dunas and Suite and Spa and the Hotel CS Salgados Grande and Spa, both which opened in 2011.

The Dunas has 162 modern luxury bedrooms and two and three bedroom suites. Located on the dunes on the beach. 9 pools, Spa & Health Club, 3 tennis courts and Kids Club.

Grande features 228 luxury bedrooms and suites, four restaurants, three swimming pools, three bars as well as a spa and 15-meter indoor pool.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Thailand, an Exotic and Wonderful Place to Golf

In November of 2010, I spent 10 days golfing in Thailand. I was part of a group made up of golf tour operators from around Europe, and North America, as well as one other golf writer. Our journey took us from the Huan Hin region, to Bangkok and Pattya and north to Chiang Mai. In no uncertain terms, it was a fantastic time.

The one aspect of the trip we were all struck by was the genuine friendliness of the Thai people, whether it by the delightful women caddies that are fixtures at every course, the vendors of the famous street food or shop owners. On our visits to famous temples, we were also awed by the Thai culture that dates back thousands of years.

While green fees can be well over $100 in the Phuket region, the steepest price of any course where we teed it up as in the $80 price range with most between $35 and $50. Caddies are one of the best deals in golf at $15 a round in most places. The golf courses, most of which also have a large member contingent, are solid and a tee times gets access to the locker room and restaurant.

Although the journey from the United States is a long one, book Thailand golf for an experience like no other.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Spain Golf Holidays

The European PGA Tour is truly a world-wide affair with tournaments in over 20 countries on four continents. So it says something about the caliber of Spanish golf courses when five events are contested on them. It's also a great indication that Spain golf holidays are world-class affairs.

The very popular Costa Del Sol region of Spain has nearly 50 layouts including the famed Valderrama Golf Club and its nearby neighbor, Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, the first Robert Trent Jones design in Europe.

If island golf is what you seek then Gran Canaria is for you with its nine courses including Salobre Golf and Resort, and Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas that dates back to 1891. The layout was designed by Scottish architect Mackenzie Ross, best known for the Ailsa Course at Turnberry.