Isle of Man is island golfing paradise

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Golfers looking for a great value destination close to the UK can now book a trip to play the nine impressive Isle of Man golf courses through a new partnership between Isle of Man Golf Tours and YourGolfTravel.com. 

YGT sends over 100,000 people on leisure golfing holidays every year and has chosen to feature the short breaks offered by the newly-formed tailor-made Isle of Man organisation, which is run by experienced Island golfers.

Set in locations every bit as scenic as their European counterparts, with a backdrop of sweeping mountains and the Irish Sea, there are nine golf courses to play on the Isle of Man, including the renowned Castletown Golf Links. 

With an Island population of around 80,000, the fairways are seldom crowded on any of the courses and booking a tee time is never a problem. 

The idea behind Isle of Man Golf Tours is to allow ultimate flexibility in the length of golfing breaks and the number of courses to play.  For this reason YourGolfTravel.com is offering seven different packages, with four valid for travel between now and the end of September.  These range from one-night, two-round breaks priced at £99 per person to four-night, five-course breaks from £379 per person, both with B&B accommodation included.

Three of the seven options offer significant savings for golfers who book to travel between October 2012 and 31 March 2013.  For example, a two-night, three-course accommodation-inclusive break with rounds at Castletown Golf Links, Mount Murray Golf Club and Rowany Golf Club costs £179 per person, saving £40 (18 per cent). 

For those golfers who choose not to bring their own equipment, the latest Taylor Made R11s and RBZs are available through Isle of Man Golf Tours, which is an agent for ‘Clubs to Hire’ on the Isle of Man.

Aside from superb courses, après-golf activities can also be arranged by Isle of Man Golf Tours.  These include fishing, target shooting, karting, casino visits, brewery trips and even an escorted tour around the world-famous TT course on a motor trike.

David McKevitt, UK Product Manager for Your Golf Travel, said: "Your Golf Travel is delighted to unveil an exciting new golfing destination to the UK market. Not only is the Isle of Man famous for its outstanding hospitality, it boasts a remarkable collection of nine fantastic courses.

"This destination is the definition of a hidden gem, and one that we think will appeal to golfers on many levels – simply put, the island offers a charm and experience that's hard to find elsewhere.’

Mr Geoff Corkish, MBE, MHK, Member of the Department of Economic Development responsible for Tourism said: “Golf has been one of the Isle of Man’s best kept secrets up to now but the tailor-made breaks launched this year mean that a much bigger audience from the UK and further afield will become aware of what our high quality courses have to offer."

The island's only stay and play venue is Mount Murray which also happens to be in 2-FORE!-1 and offers half-price green fees to 2-FORE!-1 voucher holders.

A good starting place to find out more about the Isle of Man is at www.visitisleofman.com, which provides detailed information about the Island’s attractions, both man-made and natural.

There are many choices of travel routes to the Isle of Man. Regular Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ferry services operate between Douglas and Heysham, Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin. Flights operate from most UK airports and Dublin with services provided by Aer Arann, British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Loganair, Blue Islands and Manx2.com.