The green islands of the Azores, characterised by volcanic craters and stunning coastlines, offers plenty of quality golf.
Thanks to airline SATA International, the rolling fairways of Furnas Cedars, the demanding links and woodland combination of Batalha and the peaceful Ilha Terceira course are just four hours away.
With free carriage for golf clubs and direct return flights from the UK starting from as little as £338 per person, the Azores is becoming a desired destination for golfing enthusiasts.
Batalha GC in Sao Miguel has played host to two PGA EuroPro golf tournaments and is arguably the Azores most favoured course. With contoured bunkers, luscious greens and a chance to spot whales and dolphins in the Atlantic from the back nine holes, the course provides a memorable all round experience.
In addition to the first-class driving range, Batalha has recently celebrated the opening of a fun Pitch and Putt course and bound to prove a hit with all family members.
The island of Sao Miguel is also home to Furnas Cedars GC (pictured), a challenging course with fairways that require wise club choices and a high level of precision.
Set above the Furnas Valley the course is ideally located for golfers to enjoy a post-game soak in the island’s famous hot springs, to soothe any aches and pains.
The Azores’ most idyllic and picturesque course is Ilha Terceira. A haven of natural beauty, this course offers more than just 18-holes, boasting rolling hills, sun-dappled lakes and breathtaking views.
Located near the city of Praia da Vitoria and the UNESCO site of Angra Do Heroismo, island visitors can enjoy a perfect balance of golf and Azorean culture.
Green fees start from €80 (approx. £67) for a single round. For more information and to book visit http://www.azoresgolfislands.com/en/
Flights info: SATA International (0844 482 1678 or www.sata.pt) has weekly direct flights from Gatwick to the Azores from April 5, with prices starting from £338 pp return (including taxes and charges). SATA International flights will be operating every Saturday until 18 October 2014, with early afternoon departures from LGatwick to Ponta Delgada in Sao Miguel, the largest of the Azorean Islands.
Weekday flights are also available, flying from Heathrow via Lisbon. SATA International also offers the most comprehensive inter-island connections throughout the Azores archipelago, with prices starting from £56.70 pp one-way (including taxes and charges) for inter-island flights.