Nothing quite captivates the nation like a World Cup, whether it’s the back-window car flags, St George’s Cross face paint or drunken renditions of our national anthem; everybody seems to get involved.

So this year, we thought we would join in…

To celebrate the World Cup, we are running our biggest ever promotion which will send golfers on FREE GOLF HOLIDAYS. In short, if you book a golf holiday to any destination before the World Cup begins, and the country of your destination wins the World Cup, everyone who has booked to that country will stay and play for FREE.

For more information, be sure to check out our landing page for the promotion, but for tips on how to give yourself the best chance of winning a free golf holiday, stick around and read on.

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About the World Cup

I’m sure there are plenty of football fans reading this who don’t need to know how the World Cup works, if you are one of these people, click here. If not, take a look at this very brief summary of the tournament and then you’ll be good to crack on with some winning tips.

Where is the World Cup

The World Cup is being hosted by Russia for the first time in the tournament’s history.

When is the World Cup?

The World Cup kicks off on June 14th at 16:00pm GMT.

How does the World Cup work?

The World Cup is a relatively simple format but can be made complicated the more you delve into it, especially when you start predicting potential routes to the final.

However, with a free golf holiday at stake, why wouldn’t you pull out all the stops to make sure you give yourself the best possible chance?

  • The tournament will start with the 32 countries, split into eight groups of four.
  • Each country will play the other three in their group once.
  • Once that’s done with, the top two teams from each group will progress.
  • Then there are three rounds of knockout stages before the final

So that, in a nutshell, is what to expect over the next few weeks and now you know what’s happening, use it to help you win a golf holiday for nothing!

How to choose your World Cup destination

Many people will tell you who to back for the World Cup – you’ll have your patriotic neighbour convinced that football is finally coming home, the purist who backs Spain to pass their way to glory and the fantasist who reckons Iceland can shock the world and make history.

Our advice, don’t listen to them…instead, take ours!

Here are some excellent ways to make an educated decision on who to back for the World Cup, including some inspiration from some of the world’s best golfing destinations.

Look at the odds

As a golfer, this promotion is all about finding the balance between who you believe will win the World Cup and deciding where you actually want to book a golf holiday to.

So first things first, take a look at the odds; who are the favourites? who are outsiders? Use the bookies knowledge as a foundation to build yours and it will help narrow down your options.

By all means you can back Saudi Arabia, but 1000/1 tells you all you need to know as to their chances…

Route to glory

With a bit of research and some basic predictions, you can map out any one team’s route to World Cup glory. I mentioned earlier how two teams advance from each group, but what I didn’t mention is how the winner of each group will face the runner-up of another.

For example:

Group B consists of Spain, Portugal, Iran and Morocco. It is highly expected that both Spain and Portugal will progress from this group. However, the runner-up in this group will face the winner of Group A, which is likely to be Uruguay. Therefore, if you believe Spain will win Group B and Portugal will end up facing Uruguay, this might make you think twice, because Uruguay are certainly no pushovers.

Where to go on a golf holiday?

At this stage I’d expect you maybe have a handful of countries you believe will make the latter stages of the tournament and the only way to split them is to now consider their golfing pedigree.

I’m going to take a guess and say you have the following countries in mind:

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So, let’s take a look at my featured venue from each of these countries and hopefully you will have a better idea of where you want to go after some inspiration.

Golf Holidays in Spain

A good choice and a country that will no doubt be in consideration by all golfers taking part in our promotion; Spain won the World Cup in 2010 and more importantly, is home to some of Europe’s greatest golf courses.
Other than PGA Catalunya and a select few more, the majority of Spain’s golfing catalogue resides in Andalucia, a southern region which is littered with championship golf courses and resorts.
My featured course for Spain is La Reserva, a beautiful parkland layout set in the renowned Sotogrande region of Andalucia. Since opening in 2003 La Reserva has catapulted itself to the top of Spain’s best golf courses with stunning open fairways, immaculate, complicated greens and awesome views of the bordering Mediterranean Sea and Sotogrande mountains.
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The course is neighbours with the renowned Valderrama which hosted the 1997 Ryder Cup and is an annual stop on the European Tour. However despite the immense championship pedigree of Valderrama, La Reserva definitely gives it a run for its money and will no doubt feature with a tour event soon. Although don’t feel you have to choose between these two magnificent golf courses, we have some brilliant packages which see you taking to the fairways of both and experiencing the best of golf in Spain. If you want to get a feel for what La Reserva is like, check out this clip from our #Greatest18 Tour of Andalucia:

Golf breaks in England

England certainly aren’t favourites to lift the World Cup but as a country we have to have hope; this year with a young, fearless squad, who knows how far we can go?

The great thing about booking a golf break in England for this mega promotion is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to play some incredible courses, which would certainly soften the blow of an early exit.

One course which epitomises the standard of golf England can offer, as well as being affordable is The Belfry.

10th hole on brabazon course at the belfry

With The Brabazon Course attracting golf fans from around the world, the PGA National & Derby Course complementing it perfectly as well as resort accommodation and facilities of the highest standard, The Belfry is without doubt one of the best UK Golf Breaks you can go on.

The Brabazon Course is the main attraction having hosted four Ryder Cups and featuring several iconic holes, none more than the 10th (above) – a driveable par-4 which was made famous by legend Seve Ballesteros in the 1997 Ryder Cup. Your round on The Brabazon will end on the famous 18th as you play up towards the incredible hotel, but just make sure you hit the right green….

Golf Holidays in France

France were runners up in the Euro Championships two years ago and will be looking to go one better at this year’s World Cup – they’re devastating attacking frontline justifies their place at the top of the odds tables.

Northern France is packed with charming towns where brilliant resorts and courses reside, but you’d be hard pushed to find a better package than this one…

Travelling by Eurotunnel, you’ll head to the famous Le Manoir Hotel where you’ll stay for two nights before taking on three rounds of golf at the brilliant Golf D’Hardelot & Le Touquet Golf.

Le manoir, Le Touqet and golf d'hardelot

Le Manoir is simply perfect for travelling golfers, offering traditional accommodation, fantastic facilities and just a short journey to the two venues. Golf D’Hardelot boasts Les Pins and Les Dunes, two vastly different but equally as beautiful courses while Le Touquet’s La Mer Course offers a brilliant links test and has previously hosted the French Open (six times).

Back France for the World Cup and even if they don’t make it, you’ll just be happy you have committed to what is an unbelievable golfing experience.

Golf Holidays in Portugal

After winning the Euro’s ahead of France in 2016, Portugal go into the World Cup with confidence and with Cristiano Ronaldo in the team, anything is possible.

The Algarve is potentially the most renowned golfing region in Europe, home to so many championship courses, purpose built resorts and a bustling nightlife. Vale Do Lobo‘s par-3 16th on the Royal Course has become the unofficial adopted face of the region.

The exceptional 200+ yard par-3 is a breathtaking hole, neighbouring the southern coastline of Portugal and can give you some wobbly knees on the first tee. However it would be an injustice to simply talk about one hole on a single course at Vale Do Lobo.

In addition to the dramatic Royal Course, the Ocean Course is another memorable test again playing right up to the shoreline while the hotel has everything a visiting golfer could wish for including 15 restaurants.

Just 20 minutes from Faro Airport and close to the bustling nightlife of Villamoura, Vale Do Lobo is a great choice for your next golf holiday which might just be FREE.


Who are you backing?

So hopefully by now you have a better idea of who to back for World Cup glory and where you’re going to book your golf holiday. Don’t forget to read our terms and conditions and browse our region pages for even more venues which you can be visiting for free.

Keep up to tabs on more featured offers on our social media channels and if you want to make a booking then simply call 0800 043 6644 or enquire online.

George Blackwell

George Blackwell

High-handicapper who gets false confidence from last minute trips to the driving range. Playing in new countries every year and writing about them every day. Love a golf pun but they're never I've heard.

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