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The prize includes;
Competition ends on August 11th. Winner announced on August 15th 2016!
- 5 Nights accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis at Melia Hacienda del Conde
- 3 Rounds of Golf at the fantastic Buenavista Golf Course
- Valid for 2 people (sharing a twin/double room)
Why book a Winter Break to The Sun?
The first reason is blindingly obvious. While the average temperatures in the UK during winter months hover around freezing, Tenerife boasts a positively balmy average of 17 degrees C during the same time period. Needless to say, this is much more conducive to enjoyable rounds of golf.
Throw in the fact that Tenerife only averages around 5 or 6 rainy days per month during the winter months – we won't go into how many such days we get here in the UK – and rather than donning waterproofs and cowering under an umbrella while out on the course, you'll be dabbing on the sun tan lotion and sipping on an ice cold beer; if that's your thing of course.
And it's not just us as golfers that the weather has an effect on...
2) COURSE CONDITIONS
Instead of muddy, waterlogged fairways and rough, you're likely to find springy, green fairways that have the benefit of near year round sunshine beating down on them from above. Of course bumpy, hollow-tined greens are prevalent in the UK throughout winter too and short of routine maintenance – we suggest you check with the resort before booking – you won't find any of that at Buenavista. No excuses for poor putting is the only downside!
Of course fairways are likely to be in decent shape too so you can add some yards to your drives. No pitch and stop or plugged balls here!
3) CLUBHOUSE vs VERANDA
While holing up in the clubhouse in order to get dry and warm after a day on the course in the depths of a UK winter, hot cup of coffee or perhaps even a hot toddy in hand is a wonderful thing in its own right, it doesn't quite measure up to taking a seat on a veranda or balcony overlooking the 18th green in a sun-kissed country and sipping on an ice cold beer. Inevitably on a golf holiday the decision to just stay on said veranda all evening, or head back to the hotel will have to be taken but however long your little session in the sun lasts, it's always one of the best things about a golf holiday in the sun!
4) YOU'LL SUDDENLY BECOME A BIG HITTER
Time for some science...
Air becomes lighter as temperature rises, with warmer air also rising more than cold. What effect does that have on your golf ball? Well the answer is two-fold; with both less drag and less lift being imparted on your ball resulting in longer carries despite lower trajectories.
Subject to your swing speed, going from 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 100 degrees could result in up to 8 yards extra carry on a 6 iron according to Trackman Golf, and just shy of 9 extra yards with a driver, which works out roughly to just more than 1 extra yard per 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Other factors such as increased muscle elasticity, less layers being worn and even increases in ball speed due to ball temperature can augment these gains further still. Throw in nice firm fairways and you might just be belting your biggest ever drives on your next golf holiday!
5) HIT THE GROUND RUNNING WHEN THE UK GOLF SEASON BEGINS
Well know what it feels like to come back to golf after a significant spell on the sidelines. Swinging a golf club feels totally alien and whatever touch you managed to cultivate on and around the greens during your last spell of playing as regularly as you can, will be all but gone, with duffed and thinned chips, as well as some seriously questionable lag putting fairly common until you've regained your confidence.
So if you're a fair weather golfer who rarely sees the golf course during the winter months, a golf holiday to the sun can provide some much needed warm weather training! Taking yourself away to sun-kissed destinations such as the Costa del Sol in Spain, or the Algarve in Portugal, will give you the best possible chance of being fresh and ready to go for your 1st Monthly Medal of the season once the time comes to tee it up again in the UK.
Oh...and then there's always the promise of cultivating a strong golfer's tan which we all know are things of supreme power and beauty!
WIN a Trip for 2 to Melia Hacienda del Conde
Get to know Melia Hacienda del Conde
Situated on the most North Westerly point of the island, overlooking Punta Negra beach and the Atlantic Ocean, with the dramatic Teno Mountain range serving as an idyllic backdrop, Melia Hacienda del Conde offers luxury abound, world class leisure facilities and dining options, as well as easy access to the Seve Ballesteros designed Buenavista Golf which sits just a stone's throw from the hotel.
Spectacular Ocean Views
Decorated in a colonial Canary Islands style, the guestrooms here are supremely well appointed, with luxury furnishings, flat screen satellite TV, air-conditioning, WiFi, security safe, mini bar and an ensuite bathroom complete with luxury Melia amenities.
Boasting spectacular views of the ocean and ranging from the standard Melia Rooms, right through to The Level Junior Suite, the most luxurious accommodation on the property come complete with its own outdoor whirlpool. Not only that, each Junior suite on The level also has there very own walk-in wardrobe and a private terrace, perfect for enjoying The Tenerife sunsets. There's something to suit every requirement at this fantastic resort.
How to get there
Hacienda del Conde is located in the most North Western corner of Tenerife. There is the choice of two airports in Tenerife. Tenerife Norte Airport is 60 km away and Tenerife Sur Airport is 69 km away. There are regular flights from London to both airports and flight time is approximately 4 hours and 35 minutes. A taxi from Hacienda Del Conde to Tenerife North Airport is €98 euros, but it is highly recommended that you rent a car to get around easily.
Seve's Spectacular Buenavista Golf Course
Since its opening in 2003, Buenavista has emerged as a ral favourite for golfing visitors to Tenerife, with a number of truly amazing holes which are laid out on cliff tops overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Like many courses designed by Seve, Buenavista features an unusual combo of six par 3s, six par 4s and 6 pars 5s, offering unashamed holiday golf at its very best, with generous fairways and superb putting surfaces. Any sufficiently stray shots could well make their way into waste areas where you'll encounter thick vegetation and volcanic rocks but in general, Buenavista offers a relaxing round where you can score reasonably well while enjoying the sun on your back and the truly breathtaking landscape on which the course is perched.
What Hacienda Del Conde offers away from the course
Dining options include both a la carte and buffet restaurants, as well as a charming cafe, lobby lounge bar and a pool bar – perfect for those lazy afternoons by the pool – and during your time away from the fairways, you can also make use of leisure facilities including a magnificent lagoon pool as well as a heated pool, solarium, fully equipped gym and the heavenly YHI SPA. Checkout below to see what you can expect at The YHI Spa...
- Turkish Baths and Foot Baths
- Bio - Thermal Showers & Hydro Massages
- Ice Fountains
- Heated dynamic pool
Tenerife is known for the perfect climate ideal for a winter golfing break when in the UK we struggle to even get out on the course. Playing golf in a shirt & shorts sounds a whole lot better then trying to swing with 4 layers on! The average temperature for January in Tenerife is 17 C where in London the average is 7 C. Come summer time, temperatures rise into the high twenties with an average of 28 C.