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We’ve played El Chaparral several times before but enjoyed it so much that it was a course we wanted to play again.
If you’re driving, it’s easily found just off the N340 coastal road that runs all the way to Marbella. The car park has very tight sheltered bays, so large wide cars could be a struggle but at least you don’t need to run the car for 10 minutes before getting in because of the heat.
They have a great driving range along with a putting green of which we didn’t get to use on this visit, so give yourself some time to have a practice. Continue reading
With the ever growing demand for Golf Breaks in Europes warmer climates such as Spain, Portugal and Turkey, and the embarrassing fact we’d never actually played there before, we thought we’d visit Scotland to try and promote the home of golf.
Not having the time we’d like due to work commitments, we decided on a mini visit for 2 nights with 4 rounds and a couple of long drives either side. Planning where we would play was not easy with so many well known and historical courses to choose from. With 6-7 hour drives from just outside of London, we thought that this time we wouldn’t go too far North and try to stick to closer courses.
For the whole week leading up to what for us was a very exciting trip, the weather was being constantly checked and not once were we looking forward to being in waterproofs and under the umbrella for the entire trip, but that’s what looked like would happen.
With a 5am wake up call on the Friday, our first destination was the host of the 2014 Ryder Cup, Gleneagles. We were going to be playing the Kings Course, not the PGA Centenary which the USA and Europe battled it out on. Speaking to people beforehand and also since, the majority verdict has been that the Kings was a favourite…we can definitely see why. Continue reading
What a little gem this course was. Having played in the Costa del Sol for a number of years and also having a place just round the corner on nearby Mijas Golf, I was surprised to have never really heard of Santana Golf Club. Due to strict rules placed by the local Mayor, there are no signs or advertisements in place, which is a huge shame. Even when arriving at the main gates it didn’t feel like there could be a course hidden away. Continue reading
Playing golf in Spain out of season isn’t something we’d recommend but if you can cope with the heat then you’ll more than likely get a course to yourself. Finca Cortesin was a course that we had always wanted to visit after seeing it on TV when they hosted the Volvo World Matchplay Championships in 2009, 2011 and 2012. On arriving in the car park we were met by an attendant who took our equipment from the car and drove our buggy round to the practice area where balls were readily available free of charge. Continue reading
Having never played a proper Links course before, we were very much looking forward to this experience. So when waking at our hotel (about a 5-10 min drive from the course, where you will receive a discount if playing golf at Machynys) and hearing the rain pouring down, our moods were a little dampened… at least it wasn’t windy!! The course is easy to find and the SatNav picked it up no problem.
Having travelled from quite a distance and being held up by traffic, we unfortunately didn’t get to use the practice facilities which include a driving range, putting green, short game area and also two state of the art golf simulators. Continue reading
We were staying a mere 25 minutes from the course but unfortunately we arrived at a gate that stated this entrance was closed and to use the main gate. There were no signs or anything to help us find the main gate so after a further 30 minutes of searching, we pulled into a petrol station and were given directions.
As we approached the main gate we were still fooled as it only had signs for the hotel and smurfit course until you get a bit further in. Continue reading
With only a short drive (a shuttle service available) from the resort, we arrived pretty close to our tee time. We would advise to get there in plenty of time as they have a good practice area including a putting green, chipping area and nets.
It’s very difficult to put into words how visually stunning Druids Glen is. There are so many features all the way round, especially some of the par 3′s. The course is in excellent condition with fast and consistent greens, large fairway bunkers, and lots of water!! Continue reading
After a 6 hour journey over to Ireland we were rewarded with what I can only describe as fantastic service at the Druids Glen Resort. We played Druids Heath today and were lucky the weather held up.
We managed to do a lap of the hotel looking for the first tee and eventually had to ask where it was. (Perhaps better signage would help).
From the first tee we realised our course guide was a must and found it very helpful with blind tee shots or trying to avoid the many fairway bunkers.
The course was very undulating and had some very narrow fairways. The bunkers are very similar to that of European courses, not like the sand we are used to at home!! Continue reading