Golf Escapes 2017

  • The Insiders guide to Portugal

    21 September 2017

    In three areas on the mainland and in its islands in the Atlantic, Portugal has something for everyone Portugal is not a huge country, yet has as many as five different areas to consider for a golf break. They vary in style, cost and accessibility but there are several themes that connects them all. These three theme help to make Portugal...

  • The insiders guide to Sotogrande

    Written by David Burrows on 31 August 2017

    Find out why Sotogrande is a long-established Spanish hotspot with some of Europe’s finest courses  But for the vision of a former US army colonel called Joseph Rafael McMicking, the world-class resort of Sotogrande would not exist. McMicking, who served alongside General MacArthur throughout World War II, wanted to create the perfect retreat with unspoilt beaches, good airport access and quality golf...

  • 10 secretly brilliant golf trips in Continental Europe

    22 August 2017

    We've managed to narrow it down to 10 secretly brilliant trips in Continental Europe you might not have heard of, starring Estonia, Belgium, Sweden and the Czech Republic  We might be divorcing mainland Europe politically, but the British golfer has never had closer ties with the continent. Whether Brexit is hard or soft and whatever shades of red, white and blue it...

  • Fancourt Golf Estate: South Africa's No 1 Destination

    22 August 2017

    With 54 holes and a luxury hotel on site, it’s hardly surprising that Fancourt Golf Estate is renowned globally Fancourt is located in George, part of the captivating Garden Route region in the Western Cape of South Africa. It stretches for 400km along large expanses of panoramic Indian Ocean beaches, with beautiful mountain ranges and natural forests. Fancourt has become a global...

  • Golf holidays: The best of Spain

    22 August 2017

    Our verdict on the best Spain has to offer, from family holidays to winter breaks and seaside escapes How do you sum up the myriad options of such a large, diverse country so steeped in golf? You decide eight categories and award prizes accordingly. Whether you're in need of a perfect winter break, want to plan a last minute holiday or start...

  • Undiscovered: Golf in the Czech Republic

    22 August 2017

    The Czech Republic has serious golf pedigree, but now has a better offering to the travelling golfer than ever before. Looking for a different destination for your golf weekend or holiday? The Czech map is overflowing with beautiful cities marked as UNESCO world heritage sites underlining historical landmarks and events which have become renowned getaway destinations and synonymous with charm, character,...

  • Insiders guide to golf in Mauritus

    21 August 2017

    The Insiders guide to Mauritius: Sun, sea, sand... and an awful lot of golfing pedigree, as it happens  Would you be surprised to learn that golf was first played on the island of Mauritius 173 years ago? This paradise destination in the Indian Ocean conjures up visions of sprawling luxury resorts, still sparkling from being built little more than two decades...

  • Insiders guide to golf in Morocco

    21 August 2017

    Inside Morocco: A splendid climate, plenty of intrigue away from the fairways and a wide variety of courses... and all just four hours from Britain  Morocco was our ‘One to Watch’ in last year’s Golf Escapes and developments since then have borne that suggestion out to be a prescient one. It wasn’t exactly a declaration from left field, because Morocco already...

  • Cyprus: Europe’s All-Year Round Paradise

    21 August 2017

    Seeking winter sun without a long-haul flight? Head for the four courses on the island of Cyprus Cyprus is the short-haul golf destination with long-haul attractions. Blessed with one of the most consistently good climates in the world – with along summer season extending in to late October – this is patently a year-round destination. Even in the winter months, temperatures...

  • Luxury in Tuscany at Argentario Golf Resort & Spa

    21 August 2017

    Enjoy Tuscany’s delights – the weather, food, and scenery – from exquisite Argentario Golf Resort & Spa. For many decades, Tuscany has been revered as a holiday detination for holidaymakers seeking history, culture, art, and beautiful scenery. In the past few years it has also started to establish itself as a favourite for golfers too – not least due to the...

  • Insiders guide to golf in France

    21 August 2017

    Heading to France for a golf holiday? We help narrow down your array of choices for a golf holiday over the channel. France has quality golf courses in every corner of the country, so finding out which area or resort is most suited to you - it can seem quite daunting.  Admittedly, it's not an easy choice because the options are both extensive...

  • United Arab Emirates: Insiders guide to Abu Dhabi

    21 August 2017

    Inside Abu Dhabi: Just three courses... but one extremely attractive year-round golf holiday destination Dubai began the UAE golf adventure, but Abu Dhabi has caught up quickly. Not in terms of numbers, for it has only three courses we're focusing on, but in terms of calibre. And at the top of its high-class list is undoubtedly Yas Links. This Kyle Phillips design, host...

  • Top 10 British Golf Breaks

    Written by Chris Bertram on 21 August 2017

    Why go abroad? Top 10 British Golf Breaks We'd argue Britain has better courses than anywhere in the world. Chris Bertram selects his favourite areas for a long weekend (and, yes, we are aware there is a links bias...) We didn't forget the Home of Golf, St Andrews - which is indeed a phenomenal UK golf break - but we felt it...

  • Links golf in the Bahamas

    07 August 2017

    Dream Destination: Play links golf in The Bahamas at The Abaco Club The pot bunkers were all neatly raked. The sloping fairways immaculately groomed. The roly-poly greens were set to run at 10 on the Stimpmeter – as fast as anyone would ever want them. And the wind was up – gusting to 40 knots. At first glance, it may have looked...