Unless you’ve been living in a cave since the start of September, you’ll have seen that here at Your Golf Travel we are running quite an exciting promotion….introducing Early Eagle!
The premise of the promotion is simple, if you book a golf holiday for 2018 before the end of October you will be able to make savings of up to £1000 or receive rewards including brand new TaylorMade equipment.
Booking your golf holiday this early brings many benefits beyond clubs and cash. Getting in the door early will secure the best accommodation, the most convenient tee times and will also allow you to bag all the extras you might want or need like club hire or buggies.
However, before you reap the rewards of the Early Eagle, you’ll have to take on the small task of choosing the destination for your 2018 golf holiday. If you’re struggling for ideas or simply have too much choice in front of you, this article can help. We have asked some of Your Golf Travel’s most travelled (you can probably guess one of them) and our fantastic Twitter audience where they want to play in 2018…
Now, when you book through the Early Eagle, the benefits you receive depend on where in the world you book and with what group size. So we decided to ask, independently, where our Twitter faithful want to go in 2018 in the UK, Europe and in the rest of the world.
Before moving on to the more exotic golfing venues around the world, we started with the UK. We sent a tweet out to our followers asking where they want to play in the UK in 2018 and we received a great mix of premier golfing destinations, local favourites as well as some hidden gems. From the responses, we noticed the three top venues that the majority of our followers want to play in 2018…
Wales’ top golfing destination was host of the 2010 Ryder Cup and is home to three championship courses. While Roman Roads and the Montgomerie course play much shorter than the Twenty Ten course, they still provide challenges for all golfers due to the undulating fairways, bordering woodland and ultimately a demand for accuracy over length.
However our Twitter followers, like many golfers around the world, are extremely keen to play the renowned Twenty Ten course…and who can blame them?
Built for he 2010 Ryder Cup (hence the name), it is one of modern golf’s greatest creations with immaculate fairways, lightning fast greens and tournament standard tests at every turn. From 18 holes ranging across over 7000 yards, the stand out is the par 4 14th where players will have to choose between laying up or going for the long carry with two lakes either side of the fairway.
Despite the many wonders of the Twenty Ten course and the Celtic Manor resort being an obvious attraction, we get the feeling that a certain promise from the club may have been turning heads on Twitter.
The home of golf is one of the most historic, iconic and respected golf clubs in the world with the Old Course a true bucket list destination for golfers everywhere. Considered as golfing paradise, a round in the shadow of the R&A clubhouse with iconic landmarks such as the Swilcan Burn, Swilcan Bridge and the Valley of Sin in play, it is something every golfer should experience at least once in their lives.
The signature hole is one of the most famous in all of golf. The par 4 17th is commonly known as the Road Hole and the tee shot is played in the shadow of the spectacular Old Course Hotel as you hit blind over the left side to the fairway. To play this hole, you must decide your strategy on the tee, a fade to keep right of the fairway gives the best approach shot to the green which has the daunting Road Bunker to the left.
“The reason the Road Hole at St Andrews is the most difficult par 4 in the world is that it was designed as a par 6.” – Ben Crenshaw
Ten time host of the Open Championship, two time host of the Ryder Cup and widely regarded as one of the best links courses in the UK, playing golf at Royal Birkdale is a truly unique experience. An extremely rewarding course is typical of links golf with dunes and hills throughout which add character to the holes as well as providing great vantage point for spectators for the many tournaments held there. Despite its prestige, the course is extremely fun to play and will test all aspects of your game so if you can, follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest Open champions ever.
The signature hole is the par 3, 12th which plays at 181 yards but has a green which is scarily well protected by four deep bunkers. To avoid these bunkers, you must reach the green but once you’re there it doesn’t get any easier as subtle contouring makes for a difficult read.
If you were booking a European golf holiday for 2018, which of these destinations would you most like to visit? ⛳️🏌️🌞😎
— Your Golf Travel (@yourgolftravel) August 29, 2017
As we move into European golf holidays, our Twitter following voted in numbers for Portugal as their preferred destination for a 2018 golf holiday. Of course, the Algarve is synonymous with everything golfers want with a golf holiday; fantastic, championship courses, amazing weather and the added extras such as the beautiful beaches, rich culture and bustling nightlife to make it the complete golfing destination. With so many courses to choose from, draw some inspiration from one of our own, Rory has travelled far and wide playing golf and the Algarve is one of his specialities, here are his top 5 courses in the Algarve.
It’s not just the Algarve that can boast impressive golfing venues, though. Lisbon is a region which has often sat in the Algarve’s shadow but Portugal’s capital is also home to some incredible courses and resorts.
The Praia D’El Rey resort is one of Lisbon’s finest courses and boasts an exciting layout which makes for fun golf for everyone. Set on the Atlantic coastline, the course overlooks the vast dunes and undulation that run throughout, especially the back nine. With pine trees, sand dunes and bold, deep bunkers, the course is typical of some of the finest links golf in mainland Europe and was recently rated the 7th best in Europe by Golf World magazine, while the International Association of Golf Tour Operators voted Praia D’El Rey the best on the continent.
If you were booking a golf holiday for 2018, which of these destinations would you most like to visit? ⛳️🏌️🌞😎
— Your Golf Travel (@yourgolftravel) August 25, 2017
Next up we wanted to know where in the ‘rest of the world’ our Twitter followers want to play golf in 2018. With South Africa offering an obvious allure (see below) and Mauritius boasting a truly unique and exotic golfing experience, the USA still took the spoils with 46% of the votes.
Golf in America is popular beyond belief and the attraction of diverse, uniquely designed courses, stretches around the world. So it really isn’t surprising that our followers chose the US as their preferred destination for a golf holiday outside of the UK and Europe.
America boasts more golf courses than anywhere else in the world and naturally there is a solid selection of truly jaw-dropping golf resorts which are on the bucket list of almost every golfer. From the Amen Corner at Augusta to the 17th at Sawgrass, we run through your top picks for golfing in America.
Sawgrass Golf Resort is home to 5 championship courses but is definitely best known for the incredible TPC Stadium Course which is one of the most famous in the world. Every hole will present all types of hazards and obstacles for golfers but there is one that stands out and is testament to the brilliant and innovative design by Pete Dye & Deane Beman. The 17th at Sawgrass is probably the most famous par 3 in the world; it plays at just 132 yards but the island green surrounded by water strikes fear into the face of the best golfers, even professionals.
Augusta National Golf Club is very special for so many reasons. Back in 1933, the legendary Bobby Jones helped design the beautiful course and then went on to co-found the US Masters. Since then Augusta has hosted every single Masters to date and still amazes the hundreds of golfers that play, the thousands of visitors and millions around the world with its natural beauty. Every hole is named after flowers, shrubs or trees to pay homage to the former nursery that used the occupy the property but it still boasts bright and colourful surroundings with vibrant azaleas, especially on Amen Corner.
While playing at Augusta is an extremely exclusive experience, going to the Masters and seeing golf’s elite battle it out for the coveted green jacket is the next best thing. Packages to go and see the tournament often include tickets to the Masters, luxury accommodation and the opportunity to play at some of the amazing local courses so you can take note of the pros and put it into practice…
Ranked as the number one golf course in the world, Pebble Beach is located on the San Francisco coast and is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime golf course. It has hosted the US Open five times and will make it six in 2019, ready to challenge the best golfers in the world yet again. The championship course really comes to life from the 6th hole where it starts to run parallel to the cliff-side ad the course’s design demands strategic shots and rewards jaw-dropping views of the surrounding Pacific Ocean.
It’s safe to say that Pebble Beach is a favourite for many…
“This is one of the most special golf courses in the planet.” – Graeme McDowell
“A fantastic golf course and venue. It’s one of those places that you always look forward to going back to…no matter how many times you have been there before.” – Lee Westwood
“I don’t think you can get a better venue any place in the world.” – Ernie Els
“If St. Andrews is the home of golf, I think Pebble Beach feels like the home of American golf, like the home of championship golf. It has a real sense of history here.”- Stewart Cink
“If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach. I’ve loved this course from the first time I saw it. It’s possibly the best in the world.” – Jack Nicklaus
As you can probably guess, here at Your Golf Travel many of us are in fact, well travelled. Across the departments you can hedge a bet that someone will have played or visited a good chunk of the world’s courses. For this reason, we decided to ask the experts in golf travel where they would like to play in 2018.
Billy Morris (YGT Sales) – Woburn
Always hear nothing but positives about the Dukes course. Would probably play there in June – Aug to have half a chance of it being a sunny day.
Nicholas Goldie (YGT Marketing) – Kent Golf Tour
A Golf Tour to Kent to play the prestigious courses of Royal St Georges, Princes and Royal Cinque Ports. Links golf is probably my favourite type of golf and with these 3 great courses within touching distances, it’s an ideal trip for myself. I’ll probably look to head there next July, feeling inspired after The Open Championship and giving myself the best chance of good weather to enjoy the courses.
Callum Bruce (YGT Events) – St Andrews (Old Course)
Only one place for it, The Home of Golf. I have been lucky to play The Old Course a few times now, and every time I end up playing different shots from different angles and that’s what I love about golf!
Oliver Gunning (YGT Marketing) – Ireland
I know I should be looking to do something new but I’m actually looking to repeat a trip I went on a few years ago I went with Andrew Harding (YGT’s co-founder) to Dublin, we had an amazing weekend playing The K Club, Carton House, Portmarnock & Portmarnock Links. Things I remember from that trip are…playing golf in Ireland is amazing…even in the wind and rain…and the nightlife, or apres golf if you will, is excellent. We had some great nights out in Malahide and Dublin and when it comes to golf you’d have to travel quite a long way to find something better when it comes to championship parkland and incredible links golf within such a short distance of each other.
Billy Morris – Turkey
Couldn’t think of anything better than 7 days in the sun at an all inclusive 5* resort and playing 4 or 5 rounds of golf all in the same week!! Always wanted to have a floodlit round at Carya too.
Nicholas Goldie – Vale Do Lobo
Vale Do Lobo is next on my list to play in Europe. Having already been to the Algarve and played the Quinta courses, the Dom Pedro courses, as well as few others such as San Lorenzo & Monte Rei, I feel Vale Do Labo is the next big resort to explore in the Algarve this year, and considering how well known it is, I feel I’ve been missing out by not having played it yet.
Callum Bruce – Le Paris National
I would love to give Le Paris National a visit, due to hold the Ryder Cup next year. I always like to see how I play compared to the professionals, usually a lot worse than them but still a great experience!
Oliver Gunning – Italy
I have already booked my annual trip to The Algarve so I can’t really go with that. One destination that I’ve really enjoyed getting to know more about this year is Italy so am hoping to tick off one or more trips to Italy in 2018. I’d really like to experience a bit of luxury at somewhere like Verdura or Argentario and would like to head to Turin for a city break to play at Royal Park Roveri Golf Club. Italy is sure to become a big player in the golf travel market courtesy of The Italian Open, which is part of The Rolex Series, and The 2022 Ryder Cup which will take place at Marco Simone Golf Club, so it’ll be great to experience this as the country’s golfing scene grows.
Billy Morris – California
Although I’m not keen on Links golf, to play Pebble Beach in my lifetime would be an absolute dream (even if I was to shoot a 100+ round).
Nicholas Goldie – Fancourt, South Africa
Fancourt in South Africa would be my dream golf holiday, as not only is it a Top 100 Worldwide course, the off the course activities are second to none. From playing golf one day to exploring Safari’s and going Shark Diving the next would make my ideal trip. The time I’d be looking to travel here would be around April/May time as I understand this is the start of the dry period and a quieter season so the weather is nice for golf and also it means animals congregated around watering holes so it is the best time to see wildlife, therefore making the most out of a safari visit.
Callum Bruce – Barbados
Easy, Green Monkey Course at Sandy Lane, Barbados. It’s always appealed to me, so lets aim for that in 2017 with Your Golf Travel!
Oliver Gunning – Pebble Beach
Whilst I haven’t booked it yet, I am hoping to go to Pebble Beach next year. I’ve actually been there twice and not played golf which seems like a crime given what an incredible course it is. With the likes of Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Spyglass Hill within easy reach as well as the likes of Pasatiempo and Cordevalle under an hour away this is must visit golfing destination that doesn’t require an introduction or any selling, it is simply something that every golfer, including me, has to experience at some time in their life.
Rory Anderson – UK, Europe & ROW
High-handicapper who gets false confidence from visits to the driving range. Playing in new countries every year and writing about them every day. Love a golf pun but they’re never funny…so I’ve heard.