Course news

  • The man who created the legendary La Manga dies

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

    La Manga Club has led the tributes to former owner Gregory Peters, the driving force behind creating Spain’s flagship resort, following his death at the age of 86. Peters (pictured centre with actor Sean Connery, left, in the early 1970s) opened La Manga Club in 1972, two years after he first began work on the ground-breaking project in Murcia, south-east Spain,...

  • New Provence course set to open later this year

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

    The iconic French region of Provence is the idyllic setting for an exciting new 18 hole golf course opening this Summer that observes and preserves all the traditional and historical values of design. The new course (pictured), part of the Domaine de Manville country “Palace” hotel which also includes 30 rooms and suites is just a short drive from Avignon and...

  • Night golf a big hit at Stapleford Park

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

    Golf is difficult enough in broad daylight, but intrepid players at Stapleford Park in Leicestershire, teed off in pitch darkness recently to help raise hundreds of pounds for the county's air ambulance appeal. Neon glow sticks were used to mark the boundaries of the tees, fairways and greens and a blue glow stick was attached to the flags while the 10...

  • Gallery Top 10 Europe

    Tuesday, 04 March 2014

    Planning a golf trip to Continental Europe? Check out our gallery of images from the Top 100 Golf Courses, as ranked by Golf World Magazine.  >> Click on the photo gallery and view our top 10!  For more information about the courses, or to leave a review if you've played at one, click on the links below.  1 Les Bordes, Orleans, France 2 Morfontaine,...

  • 2-FORE!-1 Six of the Best

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 03 March 2014

    From the cream of Cornwall in the deep south west of England to a bright northern golfing 'light' in Perthshire. Great quality 2-FORE!-1 courses are dotted all over the UK and below is ample proof... *Scarcroft, West Yorks - A quality undulating parkland course, laid out in 1937 by Major Charles Mackenzie, in its own right. *The Vale Resort (Wales National, pictured),...

  • Practice and play in sheer paradise

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 03 March 2014

    Developers of Velaa Private Island, welcomed their designer elect and two-time Major Champion, José María Olazábal to unveil one of golf's most captivating new projects. The new Velaa Golf Academy by Olazábal has been created in collaboration with the golfing legend and features a stunning golf course and academy. The all-encompassing facility sits proudly amidst an exclusive private island in the Maldives...

  • On a golfing high in the Alps

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 03 March 2014

    If you’re seeking a unique and unforgettable golfing experience the packages below – based on the classy alpine Kulm Hotel in St Moritz, Switzerland – will definitely meet your requirements. Package One: Golf & Spa: Enjoy playing golf in the Alps under deep blue summer skies against a backdrop of magnificent mountain panoramas whilst also relaxing in the Kulm Hotel’s state-of-the-art...

  • The ideal HQ for a visit to historic York

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 03 March 2014

    Aldwark Manor is the perfect base – and stay and play break – for a visit to the historic and magical city of York. Centrepiece of this Q Hotels venue is a 19th century Manor House which has been converted into a four star hotel with 50-plus rooms, a splendid restaurant serving great food and an impressive – and hugely popular...

  • Top Canaries resort makes record-breaking start

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 03 March 2014

    Gran Canaria’s premier golfing destination has laid the foundations for a record-breaking 2014 after enjoying its best-ever start to a year. Golfers from all over Europe flocked to the five-star Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa this winter, with the luxury venue reporting a 35 per cent increase in players staying in its hotel and 15 per cent more golfers using...

  • Top titles handed over at annual 59Club awards

    Written by Kevin Brown on Thursday, 27 February 2014

    The Belfry, Marriott Golf, De Vere and Wentworth were among the big winners at the prestigious, annual 59Club awards, presented by Europe’s leading golf-specific mystery shopper service. The 59Club awards, compered this year by BBC sports presenter Dan Walker, reward the very best in the golf industry, across 18 categories, and celebrate the achievements of outstanding individuals, teams and venues. A total...

  • Get season off to a flying start at nine Crown Golf venues

    Written by Kevin Brown on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

    ‘Swing Into Spring’ is the seasonal motto at nine clubs in the south of England with over 100 different special offers available to get you a head start on your new golf season! After an unusually mild winter, ‘Swing Into Spring’ sees each Crown Golf club running a different daily green fee offer alongside other month-long incentives. The offers include price reductions,...

  • 2-FORE!-1 Best of Britain: Sussex

    Written by Kevin Brown on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

    The county of Sussex provides plenty of quality golf courses and fortunately a healthy selection belong to 2-FORE!-1 Golf - the biggest and best discounted green fee scheme in golf. *Brighton & Hove - This wonderful nine holer is the oldest course in Sussex and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012. The downland course is always in excellent shape - the exceptional...

  • Lumine strengthens European Tour connection

    Written by Kevin Brown on Wednesday, 26 February 2014

    Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community (pictured) continues to break new ground with the news that the Challenge Tour’s Challenge de Catalunya will be held at the Spanish facility on the Costa Daurada on April 24-27. “To be selected as the new home of the Challenge de Catalunya is an absolute honour and recognition of all the great work that has...

  • 2-FORE!-1 Six of the Best

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 25 February 2014

    Looking to start the new season in style? Then you'll struggle to beat these six belters, a mix of stunning inland and dramatic coastal layouts. Oh, and they're all in 2-FORE!-1 so are an absolute bargain to play... *Thorpe Wood, Cambs - This pleasant, challenging and gently undulating Peterborough Peter Alliss/Dave Thomas parkland is one of the country’s best pay-and-plays and...

  • Royal Norwich to move to Weston Park

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 25 February 2014

    After much and longtime speculation, the historic Norfolk club Royal Norwich is on the move. The members of Royal Norwich Golf Club (pictured) voted in favour of relocating to Weston Park, subject to satisfactory planning consents being obtained at both the Hellesdon and Weston Park sites. Royal Norwich members attended a meeting at Hellesdon High School in Norwich, where they were given...

  • Chance to up your game at Stapleford Park

    Written by Kevin Brown on Friday, 21 February 2014

    Stapleford Park (pictured) in Leicestershire is a great place to stay, play...and learn the game! The course itself is a quality Donald Steel design which has hosted European Seniors Tour action and is a relatively flat and open parkland layout with a meandering river coming into play on several holes. There's a thrilling par-4 finale too with water guarding the right...

  • 2-FORE! Best of Britain:Cumbria

    Written by Kevin Brown on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

    If you enjoy playing courses with great views you'll simply adore Cumbria, the home of the ultra-scenic Lake District...and some high class 2-FORE!-1 venues... *Windermere - Known as a ‘miniature Gleneagles,’ the 120-years-old course is at the heart of Lake District country but there’s not a single sand bunker to negotiate. But there are three 200-yards plus par-3s. *Carlisle - Cumbria’s parkland...

  • One in 12 stay & play for free at Marriott venues

    Written by Kevin Brown on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

    Marriott Golf UK are offering a “1 in 12 Goes Free” offer and as an added bonus each group member will receive a voucher for a pint of either Becks or Boddingtons to be used at any point during their stay. Marriott’s latest “1 in 12 Goes Free” deal is available both for group residential bookings made between the 17th February...

  • Emerald Isle as popular as ever

    Written by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, 18 February 2014

    Golf tourism to Ireland is bucking the trend and has outperformed the general Irish tourism market over the past five years. Golfers are coming back to the Emerald Isle with numbers increasing steadily year on year since 2009. The driving force behind these increasing numbers is coming mainly from UK golfers, whose appetite for good Guinness and great Golf seems to...

  • 2-FORE!-1 Six of the Best

    Written by Kevin Brown on Monday, 17 February 2014

    With courses slowly but surely drying out from one of the wettest winters on record, now is the time to start playing again and taking full advantage of 2-FORE!-1 Golf, the biggest and best discounted green fee scheme in the game. Once again, here are six of the scheme’s finest… *Fairmont St Andrews, (pictured) Fife, Scotland - Has hugely benefited from...

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