After annual golf tours to Europe for the last 11 years, (7 at La Manga and 4 at Vilamoura), our golf society decided to venture further afield this year and ended up springing for a USA golf holiday at the Doral Resort in Miami.
Having just returned I can confirm that we were not disappointed!
The 5 courses were all in excellent condition and very challenging, each in their own individual way.All of the golf courses had a choice of around 4 different tees to play from depending on your group’s ability which I guess makes the courses accessible to pretty much every golfer out there. On all of the golf courses, water was never far away, with at least 3 Island greens.Our golf week culminated with a round at The Blue Monster, which I would say is an absolute must play course. The signature hole is the 18th and I have to say it was one of the very best golf holes I have ever laid eyes on. The Champion’s Bar overlooks this hole and is a great place to enjoy a cold beer and watch the rest of your mates finishing their round.
The hotel is the stuff of dreams; we stayed as a party of ten in Lodge 1, which was a 2 minute walk away from all of the on-site amenities. The rooms are fantastic with ample room and fabulous en-suite bathrooms.On arrival, our clubs were taken to the golf lock up area, and the next time we saw them, they were on our golf buggies awaiting tee off. On finishing our round, our clubs were cleaned, taken away and we never saw them again until our next round... very impressive service indeed and unfortunately something we are going to miss at our local club!
A normal day on our American golf break would be spent around the pool in the morning, golf in the afternoon followed by a couple of cold beers, then onto the luxurious spa (all free in our package) to relax and get ready for our evening out. True bliss! Breakfast was included in our package and is well worth having. Eat as much as you like, and that gets you through to the evening. It even stays open till 11am for the late risers as well but we were up early every day to make sure we got the most out of this super golf resort. Our evenings would be spent eating away from the hotel as it was obviously less expensive and was fun to get out and about to sample the local restaurants and bars. We ate most evenings at either Tony Roma's (10 min walk) or Flannagan’s (10 min taxi ride). Both restaurants do fantastic Ribs and Flannagan’s have a continuous happy hour from 9pm...wonderful! 25 dollars per night was enough to get us plenty of food and beer. South beach was a good place to carry on the party and although it’s expensive I would recommend doing it at least once.
We took two days off golf to visit The Everglades, which was a great excursion, and to have a day on South Beach.
This holiday was my first experience of America, and I will definitely be returning. I found, not just the hotel staff, but American people to be the friendliest I have ever met.
My overall verdict of this holiday is as follows:Golf 10/10, Hotel Facilities 10/10, Location 7/10, Hotel staff 10/10, Yourgolftravel.com 10/10...pretty good scores I suppose!
My booking agent from YGT kept in touch from the day we booked right the way through the next ten months and even during the holiday. I was seriously impressed with the level of attention I got and that was backed up by efficiency, honesty and professionalism. I will 100% be booking our next golf break with YGT and cannot wait to do so!