So, Christmas is now a distant memory, (Dry) January is over and it feels like we are zooming through 2018, but one thing still remains…Your Golf Travel’s Bonus Balls Promotion.
Teaming up with TaylorMade, we are giving away free TP5 golf balls with every group booking made before the 28th February. In January we sent out thousands of golf balls to our customers travelling in numbers to the world’s best golf courses, whether right here in the UK, a short trip to Europe or as far out as Dubai.
If you want to make the most of this promotion and bag yourself some free golf balls, there are some things you have to do first:
Now, nor I or any of my colleagues here at Your Golf Travel can get your mates to commit to a golf holiday. However, we do know a thing or two about the best golf destinations around the world, so have a read of this post and hopefully you’ll get some inspiration from some of our top choices in the UK, Europe and far overseas.
It will come as no surprise that The Belfry is one of our best sellers in the UK & Ireland. Having hosted four Ryder Cups bringing bundles of pedigree and history to the famed resort, golfers from all around the world, of all abilities are eager to take to the three championship courses on offer.
Naturally The Brabazon Course is the main attraction as golfer’s will have seen its excellence in 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2002 when Europe and USA battled it out in front of the world at the Ryder Cup. The 10th is one of the signature holes at the Brabazon Course where you have to choose between laying up before the big water hazard or going for the green in off the tee, cutting across the water and giving yourself a great birdie chance.
We recently asked our Twitter audience if they would take on the challenge on the hole and it was a close poll, with just three votes in favour of playing it safe.
The 10th at The Belfry, would you go for the green?
— Your Golf Travel (@yourgolftravel) December 28, 2017
The Old Course at St Andrews should be on every golfer’s bucketlist; the immense history and heritage at this course is plain to see, dubbed as the Home of Golf and featuring the incredible R&A Clubhouse.
With the Open Championship being held here 29 times, the course far exceeds the needs of a championship golf course, with even the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods winning several times, it is hugely respected by all in golf.
There are so many highlights throughout the course, from the wide fairway on the 1st & 18th to the daunting 16th, but none come close to the 17th or the Road Hole as it is more commonly known. Teeing off into the wind and towards the Old Course Hotel, the hole is a 495 yard par-4 but plays like a par-5 and gives golfers the perfect opportunity to test themselves on one of the world’s most iconic holes.
As we head outside of the UK and into the Algarve, we thought what better venue to inspire you than the region’s first built course; Penina’s Championship Course was established by Sir Henry Cotton in 1966 and was the foundation for incredible catalogue of courses which followed.
The Championship Course has hosted the Portuguese Open an astonishing 11 times, with the likes of Sam Torrance and Miguel Angel Jimenez winning there in 1982 and 2004.
With two other brilliant courses and 5* accommodation, the resort exudes class and is a hugely popular course. However, if you’re looking to let your hair down and have a few drinks, the lively town of Alvor is just 10 minutes away, which is somewhat of a tourist magnet with bundles of bars, restaurants and an all round good atmosphere.
Over in Andalucia, La Cala is one of the premier golf resorts, boasting three amazing championship courses, all with the stunning hills of Mijas as a backdrop. The Campo America’s course is probably the standout course and the toughest test. The dramatic layout features several elevation changes as well as some very strategic bunker placement, demanding accuracy for all .
If you follow either Your Golf Travel, YGT Rory, Mark Crossfield or Coach Lockey on social media, you will have heard about our big #Greatest18 tour of Andalucia. The gang took on 18 different courses in just five days. In Part 4, they kicked off at the Asia and America’s course at La Cala; take a look for yourself.
In addition to the golf, the resort also boasts luxury accommodation at very affordable prices, however the location is what many golfer’s are thankful for when visiting. La Cala is just 20 minutes away from Marbella, which is known for its bustling nightlife and within 30 minutes of Malaga International Airport, so it is completely possible to be off the plane and on the tee within 45 minutes and then head to the bars and restaurants before you’ve added up the scorecard after.
While any golfing venue in Mauritius can be deemed a Dream Golf Holiday, Constance Belle Mare Plage is definitely up there with the best. The 5* deluxe accommodation sits right on the beachfront, allowing guests to bask in paradise on the perfect white sand or taste the local cuisine at one of the seven restaurants.
The resort isn’t just about lavish suites and quaint bars, it also has two absolutely spectacular golf courses. The Legend Course was actually the first championship courses on the island and is easily one of the most beautiful, with an exceptional island green on the 17th…ring a bell?
Heading to Mauritius for a golf holiday is far more than just the golf though; the food is delicious, the beaches are surreal and everyone is just so friendly, long haul golf trips don’t get much better!
You didn’t think we’d leave out The Masters, did you?
Augusta National is probably the most famous golf course in the world, having hosted every single Masters since Bobby Jones started it back in 1934 and one of the few, if not only golf course which golfers know so much about without playing.
As a spectator you will get closer to the action as you can ever imagine, whether standing around the 15th green or heading to Amen Corner for a surreal experience, knowing millions will be watching on TV in envy.
Booking The Masters with Your Golf Travel doesn’t only allow you to witness the best players in the world fight for the coveted Green Jacket but you can also enjoy championship golf at the wealth of courses in South Carolina, including Kiawah Island, Hilton Head & Myrtle Beach.
Now, despite being able to talk about Augusta/The Masters for days on end, I’ve never actually been (hoping to change that), so here’s Rory giving you the low down on just how special it is.
If this blog post has helped you at all with inspiration for your next golf holiday, simply call 0800 043 6644 or visit yourgolftravel.com. Also, don’t forget to check out our Bonus Balls page.