Your 116-page guide to great golfing holidays in Malaysia, Thailand, Egypt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Alabama USA, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Balearic Islands Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Belek/Antalya Turkey PLUS the Marriott GOLF hotels collection
Son Gual in Majorca, Spain.
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fter a long and cold winter, the sprouting of spring bulbs and blossom can only mean one thing – the domestic golfing season will soon be in full swing. But if you are fed up with your golf clubs gathering dust because of snowbound or waterlogged courses, don’t despair. There’s a world of golf just waiting to be played, at any time of the year. So let us give you some golfing getaway suggestions with this, Golf World’s annual Golf Escapes guide. Near or far, you’ll find plenty of ideas for golf-based holidays within its 116 pages. We begin with a focus on Marriott Golf, a collection of 17 superb golf resorts across the UK and Europe where a family golf break won’t break the bank, thanks to Marriott’s Kids Golf-4-Free programme. We then catch the ferry to look at a couple of Irish gems. Egypt is our next port of call, travelling through the land of the pharaohs from the White Med coast along the Nile to the Red
Sea Riviera, seeking out its wonderful fairways. The Mediterranean beckons again, this time Spain’s sunny Balearic Islands. We take a detailed look at Majorca, the Med’s biggest golf island, and its siblings, Minorca and Ibiza. Our Asian swing takes in the top-quality courses of Malaysia and Thailand, followed by a tour of the United Arab Emirates for a focus on Abu Dhabi’s amazing golf and tourism developments as well as the golf offerings of established neighbour Dubai. Crossing the Atlantic, we suggest some flydrive tours around Alabama with great-value golf including its Robert Trent Jones Trail. South America’s golf capital, Argentina, and the Caribbean’s Dominican Republic are next, both offering golf with a Latin twist, then Jamaica for tropical golf with a reggae flavour. Back in Europe, we spotlight Bulgaria’s developing Cape Kaliakra region, twin-centre golf breaks in the Czech Republic combining Prague and West Bohemia, and the golfing feast served up by Emilia Romagna and the rest of Italy.
DESTINATIONS 4 Marriott Golf 10 Ireland 14 Egypt 31 Balearic Islands, Spain 48 Malaysia 52 Thailand 56 Dubai and Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 68 Alabama
72 Argentina 74 Dominican Republic 76 Jamaica 78 Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria 82 Czech Republic 86 Italy 90 Emilia Romagna, Italy 92 France 98 Belek, Turkey
We finish with a look at France, and the Turkish delight that is Belek. What are you waiting for? Get booking! Peter Ellegard Editor, Golf Escapes
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Golf Escapes is published by Bauer Media in England. Tel: 00 44 1733 468000 www.bauermedia.co.uk Editor: Peter Ellegard (email@example.com) Design: Top Corner Editorial and Design Ltd Publisher / Travel Director: Ken Gill Tel: 00 44 7810 377146 firstname.lastname@example.org Travel Accounts Exec: Samantha Bland Tel: 00 44 1733 468133 email@example.com Illustrator: Graham Gaches Printer: PCP Printers Telford, Shropshire Colour origination: Gildenburgh Ltd, Peterborough Cover graphic: Graham Gaches; Cover golf course image: Golf Son Gual, Mallorca, Spain www.son-gual.com
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M A R RIOTT GOLF
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Setting the standards across Europe.
ime for a golfing break? Look no further than one of 17 Marriott operated golf resorts located in idyllic locations across the UK & Europe. Held in high esteem for their consistent levels of first-class accommodation, championship golf, restaurants and service, Marriott golf resorts provide guests with so much more than just golf. A number of resorts have hosted prestigious professional tournaments and each venue is blessed with at least one championship course.
£35 million investment across Europe
With a continued commitment to investing in every single one of its golf resorts, visitors
to Marriott venues in the UK & Europe will be able to take advantage of a recent refurbishment programme worth over £35 million. Added to that, free use of fully-equipped leisure facilities, a choice of restaurants with award-winning dining and supremely-comfortable Marriott bedrooms and you needn’t look anywhere else for a golfing break.
ing room upgrades, special bonuses, gifts and other exclusive privileges. Individuals can join Marriott Rewards by visiting www.marriott.co.uk/rewards.
The Marriott Rewards® programme is a prime example of Marriott’s commitment to providing its most loyal guests with access to a whole host of special deals and access to exclusive deals including hotel offers, holiday offers, spa offers and much more. Marriott Rewards points may be redeemed for more than 250 rewards including hotel stays, airline miles, car rental, cruises, spa treatments, shopping vouchers and more. Frequent users of the programme can also enjoy Elite status benefits includ-
Families visiting any Marriott golf resorts can take advantage of the fantastic Kids Golf-4Free initiative. The programme is designed to make it easier for adults and children to play and learn golf together as well as attracting more youngsters into the game. Guests can take advantage of a free round of golf for children under 15 years old, provided they are accompanied by a full-paying adult and book a tee time after 3pm. In addition, kids up to 15 years of age receive a free lesson when accompanied by an adult who is taking a fully-paid lesson from a
Lingfield Park is the UK’s first combined hotel, racecourse and golf club.
Approach to the Forest of Arden’s 16th hole.
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