Our golf break took place at the Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club which has two golf courses the East Course and the West Course. Firstly the East course, the layout was excellent, hard but fair. Given the wet weather that preceded our visit we were just happy to play, however some parts of the course were very wet. The East course is good for all abilities; however given the length of course it meant high handicappers struggled. But it is reasonably forgiving apart from holes 13 and 14, which are very tough!
Now on to the West course, again the layout was very enjoyable with some excellent holes which wouldn’t have been out of place on the championship East course. Again given the wet weather, some areas of the course were very wet, however I think the course was not as badly affected by the weather as the East course, and the greens were in better condition. The West course definitely suits all golfers, some short par 4s to start, but some great holes and more playable generally to high handicappers than East.
The Clubhouse/19th hole was excellent, with reasonable bar prices and a nice atmosphere it was a relaxing and fun environment to unwind after a long day of golf. The hotel room and food were superb, nice public rooms, good leisure centre and pool, great stay.
My overall verdict is that it is the best hotel/golf holiday deal I have been on since I started playing the games, in terms of the value for money, quality of courses, hotel and food. I have previously stayed at Forest Pines, Oulton Hall, Ramside Hall, Linden Hall, Slaley Hall, Aldwark Manor and Shrigley Hall. Overall I would say 9/10 it was only a pity that it wasn’t drier to see the courses in peak condition.
The service that I received during the whole process of my golf break was excellent and speedy from Your Golf Travel, particularly liked flexibility with deposit after we cancelled the Turnberry stay. Welcome and thank You SMS messages were a nice touch also.
I would definitely recommend YGT to a friend and I am already looking at venues in UK and Europe for 2013 trips.