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North Downs Golf Club RTH DOWN O S CLUB N GOLF WOLDINGHAM

SOCIETY GOLF IN SURREY Just a stone’s throw from London, in England’s south east corner, Surrey boasts some excellent golf courses... including the challenging NORTH DOWNS GOLF CLUB, the perfect place for your Golf Society to test their golf skills, and take advantage of the many facilities available to its’ members and visitors alike.

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Established in 1899, North Downs Golf Club has a reputation for the warm welcome extended to visitors and Golf Societies, all of whom are able to experience a scenic and enjoyable game of golf at what is said to be ‘the highest course in Southern England’, at between 800 - 850 feet above sea level. The height of the course offers views of the surrounding countryside as well as London’s skyline with the Shard skyscraper visible from the 14th ‘pond’ hole and 15th tee. On clear days keen bird watchers have also spotted Red Kites soaring overhead. Whether you prefer to play 18, 25, 29 or 36 holes and whatever your catering requirements, North Downs will be happy to provide you with an individually tailored package to suit your specific needs, as the Club’s Secretary Keith Robinson explained: “Our dedicated staff will be on hand to ensure that your day runs smoothly from start to finish including organising any prizes you may wish to give out to your winners.” Often described as a ‘hidden gem’, North Downs Golf Club is set on the edge of Woldingham Village, only 7 minutes from the M25 junction 6, and 5 minutes from Caterham. This 5815 yard, par 69, SSS 69 parkland course offers a challenge to all golfing abilities and requires careful shot selection and accuracy. Although not long, the course has some risk and reward holes, especially the signature 9th hole a scenic downhill par 3, and the dog-leg 17th.


North Downs Golf Club RTH DOWN O S CLUB N GOLF WOLDINGHAM The clubhouse at North Downs is a comfortable, traditional style building with an extensive bar and excellent new catering facilities: “Visitors and guests are welcome to take advantage of all facilities available at North Downs including our Clubhouse and our well-stocked Pro Shop, run by our PGA Professional Mike Homewood.”

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In the Pro Shop you will find a wide range of golf equipment, accessories and clothing including irons, woods, putters, golf bags and golf balls, from leading brands such as Titleist, Footjoy, HiTec and Motocaddy trolleys plus many more.” Buggies are also available for hire. As well as providing custom fitting for Callaway clubs, the Club also offers one-to-one tuition via the Rob Dalton Golf Academy, where assistant PGA Professional Rob is able to use the latest video technology showing footage of your swing to help you improve your game. The final word goes to Keith: “We run several Open Tournament events throughout the year: Junior, Ladies, Seniors and Mixed. So why not come along to North Downs where you can enjoy a great day out, with good food and excellent company on a great course.” For further information visit the website: www. northdownsgolfclub.co.uk

email: secretary@northdownsgolfclub.co.uk North Downs Golf Club Northdown Road, Woldingham, Caterham, Surrey CR3 7AA Secretary: 01883 652057 Pro Shop: 01883 653004


Murrayshall House Hotel & Golf Courses

Set within our own 350 acre estate, Murrayshall boasts a 41 bedroom 4 star hotel with two restaurants and two 18 holes golf courses. Our luxurious rooms, relaxing lounges and award winning food, complemented by two great courses, makes an ideal venue for your golfing break. For groups we can offer private dining facilities and for companies, event management for your golf day. Residential breaks start from ÂŁ100.00 per person inclusive of dinner, bed and breakfast with one round of golf and day packages from ÂŁ35.00 per person inclusive of golf and catering. To book your next golf event at Murrayshall contact us on

01738 551 171 or

golf@murrayshall.co.uk Murrayshall House Hotel & Golf Courses Scone, Perthshire PH2 7PH


SURREY'S 'HIDDEN GEM' CHIPSTEAD GOLF CLUB Welcomes Visiting Societies

If you are organising a day out for your Golf Society you are sure of a warm welcome at CHIPSTEAD GOLF CLUB. Since it opened for play in 1906 CHIPSTEAD GOLF CLUB has achieved an enviable reputation for providing a well-maintained course that will test the skill of golfers of all abilities. In a recent interview Chipstead's Director of Golf Gary Torbett went on to say: "We are delighted to welcome visitors and Golf Societies and will do our utmost to ensure they experience a wonderful game of golf combined with first class food served within the Club's friendly, comfortable environment." As part of a philosophy to provide a truly customer-focused service, the Club's experienced catering staff will be happy to discuss your individual catering requirements, including any special dietary needs you may have. Members and visitors alike can take advantage of the excellent facilities available at Chipstead including its' purpose-built Clubhouse, boasting four private function rooms all of which are Wifi enabled and are suitable for private and corporate entertainment including Wedding Receptions, Dinner Dances, Private Dinners, Lunches, Christenings, Celebrations of Life, Birthday and Anniversary Parties, Conferences, Meetings and Exhibitions, along with any

other special occasions. As you would expect from such a quality-conscious Golf Club, Chipstead offers a well-stocked Pro Shop where you will find an array of golf equipment, accessories and clothing from leading manufacturers such as Callaway, Benross, Under Armour, Calvin Klein, Glenmuir, Proquip and Footjoy: Gary added: " We strive to compete with any High Street and Driving Range store to ensure that our customers receive not only the best price but more importantly the best advice!!" By utilising the Club's wide range of teaching facilities Professionals Gary and Nicholas Torbett are able to offer expert advice covering all aspects of your game; with the Club's well-maintained chipping/ bunker area, accompanied by an undulating putting green, enabling players to sharpen up their short game. The Club's commitment to encourage visiting Societies is highlighted with its NEW WEEKEND SOCIETY PACKAGES FOR 2013 consisting:

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Golfer’s Bunch followed by18 holes of Golf for just £36.95 per person Coffee and Bacon Bap on arrival, followed by 18 holes of Golf, after which you can enjoy a delicious 2 course carvery - all for just £48.50 per person!

TO ENSURE YOUR GOLF SOCIETY HAS A DAY OUT THEY WILL REMEMBER FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS CONTACT:

CHIPSTEAD GOLF CLUB How Lane, Chipstead, Surrey CR5 3LN Tel: 01737 555781 Email: office@chipsteadgolf.co.uk Website: www.chipsteadgolf.co.uk


Established in 1993 and set in stunning parkland with mature woodland is Mid Yorkshire Golf Club. Hosting a championship standard 18 hole, 6,300 yard course this golf club is hosting a number of Open competitions this year including the annual Stonacre Pro AM. Originally designed by Steve Marnoch, this course was the first privately owned golf course to be constructed in Yorkshire since World War II and has developed leaps and bounds since then. As well as the golf course there is also a 23 bay floodlit driving range that can either be a warm up before a round for a more experienced player or practice for the more novice individual. The well stocked, newly refurbished pro-shop has the option to have custom fitting using Flightscope technology. Along with this it also stocks a comprehensive range of golf clothing, equipment and accessories in a variety of top name brands such as Callaway, Taylormade and Adidas. If the ladies want the same attention to detail as the male golfers require then Mid Yorkshire Golf are on hand to help with this too by having a dedicated ladies shop alongside the pro-shop, making sure that the female fanatics get exactly the same attention and quality. Once you’ve been kitted out with all the latest equipment you can go either straight for the course or you could take advantage of Mid Yorkshire Golf Club’s very own golf school, Stonacre Golf Academy. This academy offers both on and off course coaching and caters lessons around the individual’s ability. If the individual is a junior then this isn’t a problem either with junior lessons having the option of being in a group or one on one. Again this isn’t just for men and the younger golfing generations, ladies coffee mornings are available, allowing aspiring women golfers to come along, have a coffee and a natter as well as some golfing tips and technique pointers. Stonacre Golf Academy pride themselves on offering a first class service and helping you develop to the standard that you require, whether a beginner or an ambitious player they will help you reach your goals. Described by Yorkshire Golfer Magazine as ‘possibly the most accessible golf club in the country’ it is no wonder than Mid Yorkshire Golf as been nominated for the Golfers’ Choice Award 2013. The award measures the quality of customer service, facilities and value for money provided by clubs by asking players to rate them. This leaves nothing to the imagination where customer service is concerned, with a big emphasis on the welcoming of new members this golf club has really is the hidden gem of Yorkshire.


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PRESTIGIOUS AWARD IS PRESENTED TO CLYNE GOLF CLUB! T hroughout the year, the Directors at the Golf Yearbook Online select Golf Clubs that have best demonstrated a proven ability to go that extra mile in not only meeting but exceeding the needs of their members and visitors alike. Therefore, in line with this philosophy, it gives us pleasure to announce CLYNE GOLF CLUB has been selected to receive the AWARD FOR THE HARRY COLT SOCIETY GOLF CLUB OF THE YEAR 2012, a totally independent Award Programme, recognised both in this country and abroad.

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ot every Golf Club can walk away with one of these accolades, that have become the hallmark of success, but those that do all emerge from the process more successful; with many having gone on to become acknowledged leaders in the marketplace. Just 10 minutes travel west of the City of Swansea, Clyne Golf Club has the honour of having a challenging course designed by Harry Colt, a leading golf

course designer who was born in Highgate in 1869. In 1928 Harry joined forces with Charles Alison, John Morrison and Alister

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pursue a in golf; with many leading golf clubs around the world extremely thankful he made that decision! One of many landmarks in his life arrived in 1897, when he became a Founder Member of the Royal & Ancient Rules of Golf Committee, which now administers the Rules of Golf worldwide. Clyne Golf Club had this to say about its connection with Harry and the course he designed… ‘ Designed by Harry Colt in the 1920’s, the course offers a fine test of golf for all levels of handicap and we are justifiably proud of our connection to a man whose design and influence can also be seen at Muirfield, Sunningdale, Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Real Golf Pedrena (Seve’s course), and many other courses around the world.’ ‘Our fabulous club and course, which is in the very best of health, has a long and rich history, from our first professional Percy Alliss, among the finest players of his generation, through to his son Peter who listed us in his top 200 clubs, right up to our current Lady Champion, Louise Fleet who is Chairman of the Golf Union of Wales’. Clyne Golf Club’s outstanding moorland course is enhanced by the facilities on offer to members and visitors alike. A new spike friendly Coffee Lounge has views of the course, and seating is provided both inside and on the veranda for warmer days! The Clubhouse has large panoramic windows upstairs, and from the bar / restaurant spectators can watch the players on the 9th and 18th greens as well as the 10th tee area. There are ladies, gents and junior changing areas, and an indoor golf practice area. At the rear of the Clubhouse is a snooker room resplendent with a full size snooker table, its own bar area and Sky TV – which is available in both bars; with the juniors also having their own lounge and pool table. As Head PGA Professional at Clyne Golf Club Jonathan Clewett offers coaching right through from beginners to more elite players; using the most up-to-date computer analysis software for both coaching and club fitting. Jonathan also runs the Club’s Pro Shop, where visitors and members alike can buy a wide range of golf equipment, accessories and clothing from top names such as Titleist, Scotty Cameron, Cobra and Wilson, to name but a few. Receiving this accolade serves as a distinguishing factor that ranks Clyne Golf Club amongst the best in its field, as well as acting as a seal of approval to prospective members and visitors. ommenting on receiving this accolade, John Hollis, the Club’s General Manager, went on to say: e are naturally honoured to have won this award especially when you consider the prestigious course associated the Harry Colt Society. n addition to being General Manger at Clyne I have also been a member for over 40 years so I feel I can say with some authority that Clyne offers its members and visitors excellent value for money. A course that is challenging for both beginners and experienced golfers alike set in excellent surroundings on the Gower Peninsular which was the first area in the UK to be designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. n the spring of 2013 we hope to open our 6 bedroom 4* Dormy House alongside the clubhouse and would be delighted to welcome fellow Harry Colt Society members and those outside the society to what we feel will be an excellent addition to our facilities.

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Nailcote Hall – a multi use venue for business and pleasure England's most Located in Berkswell, Nailcote Hall is a historic retreat set in 15 acres of the leafy Warwickshire countryside. One of England’s ďĞĂƵƟĨƵůƐŵĂůůƐƚĂƚĞůLJŚŽŵĞƐ͕EĂŝůĐŽƚĞ,ĂůůǁĂƐĞƐƚĂďůŝƐŚĞĚĂƐĂŚŽƚĞůŝŶϭϵϵϬĂŶĚďŽĂƐƚƐĂůŽĐĂƟŽŶǁŚŝĐŚŝƐƐĞĐŽŶĚƚŽŶŽŶĞĨŽƌ beauti ful small stately homes, Nailcote Hall was established as a hotel in 1990 and boasts a location which is second to none for both business and pleasure. The 17th Century house, which played host to Cromwell’s troops at the time of the destruction of Kenilworth Castle towards the dŚĞϭϳƚŚĞŶƚƵƌLJŚŽƵƐĞ͕ǁŚŝĐŚƉůĂLJĞĚŚŽƐƚƚŽƌŽŵǁĞůůΖƐƚƌŽŽƉƐĂƚƚŚĞƟŵĞŽĨƚŚĞĚĞƐƚƌƵĐƟŽŶŽĨ<ĞŶŝůǁŽƌƚŚĂƐƚůĞƚŽǁĂƌĚƐƚŚĞ end of the English Civil War, is situated just a ten minute drive from Birmingham International Airport, the NEC, the Midlands’ ĞŶĚŽĨƚŚĞŶŐůŝƐŚŝǀŝůtĂƌ͕ŝƐƐŝƚƵĂƚĞĚũƵƐƚĂƚĞŶŵŝŶƵƚĞĚƌŝǀĞĨƌŽŵŝƌŵŝŶŐŚĂŵ/ŶƚĞƌŶĂƟŽŶĂůŝƌƉŽƌƚ͕ƚŚĞE͕ƚŚĞDŝĚůĂŶĚƐΖŵŽmotorway network and represents a convenient meeting point for business people from across the UK. ƚŽƌǁĂLJŶĞƚǁŽƌŬĂŶĚƌĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚƐĂĐŽŶǀĞŶŝĞŶƚŵĞĞƟŶŐƉŽŝŶƚĨŽƌďƵƐŝŶĞƐƐƉĞŽƉůĞĨƌŽŵĂĐƌŽƐƐƚŚĞh<͘

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“NAILCOTE IS A TRUE TEST OF SHORT GAME ABILITY” Tony Jacklin CBE Open Champion 1969 & US Open Champion 1970

Weddings Ideally located for Warwickshire, Birmingham International Airport, Coventry and Solihull, Nailcote Hall is the perfect wedding /ĚĞĂůůLJůŽĐĂƚĞĚĨŽƌtĂƌǁŝĐŬƐŚŝƌĞ͕ŝƌŵŝŶŐŚĂŵ/ŶƚĞƌŶĂƟŽŶĂůŝƌƉŽƌƚ͕ŽǀĞŶƚƌLJĂŶĚ^ŽůŝŚƵůů͕EĂŝůĐŽƚĞ,ĂůůŝƐƚŚĞƉĞƌĨĞĐƚǁĞĚĚŝŶŐ venue. The 17th century luxury hotel oozes elegance and the beautifully maintained grounds represent the perfect setting for ǀĞŶƵĞ͘dŚĞϭϳƚŚĐĞŶƚƵƌLJůƵdžƵƌLJŚŽƚĞůŽŽnjĞƐĞůĞŐĂŶĐĞĂŶĚƚŚĞďĞĂƵƟĨƵůůLJŵĂŝŶƚĂŝŶĞĚŐƌŽƵŶĚƐƌĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚƚŚĞƉĞƌĨĞĐƚƐĞƫŶŐĨŽƌ those special wedding day photographs. Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships, Nailcote Hall allows the couple to hold their ceremony and reception >ŝĐĞŶƐĞĚĨŽƌĐŝǀŝůǁĞĚĚŝŶŐĐĞƌĞŵŽŶŝĞƐĂŶĚĐŝǀŝůƉĂƌƚŶĞƌƐŚŝƉƐ͕EĂŝůĐŽƚĞ,ĂůůĂůůŽǁƐƚŚĞĐŽƵƉůĞƚŽŚŽůĚƚŚĞŝƌĐĞƌĞŵŽŶLJĂŶĚƌĞĐĞƉƟŽŶ in one stunning location. ŝŶŽŶĞƐƚƵŶŶŝŶŐůŽĐĂƟŽŶ͘ Rick’s Garden Café and Bar, Terrace Suite and Lant Suite are all licensed ZŝĐŬΖƐ'ĂƌĚĞŶĂĨĠĂŶĚĂƌ͕dĞƌƌĂĐĞ^ƵŝƚĞĂŶĚ>ĂŶƚ^ƵŝƚĞĂƌĞĂůůůŝĐĞŶƐĞĚ to hold civil wedding ceremonies and partnerships - between 30 – 150 ƚŽŚŽůĚĐŝǀŝůǁĞĚĚŝŶŐĐĞƌĞŵŽŶŝĞƐĂŶĚƉĂƌƚŶĞƌƐŚŝƉƐͲďĞƚǁĞĞŶϯϬʹϭϱϬ guests in each. A marquee is also offered in the hotel’s grounds as an ŐƵĞƐƚƐŝŶĞĂĐŚ͘ŵĂƌƋƵĞĞŝƐĂůƐŽŽīĞƌĞĚŝŶƚŚĞŚŽƚĞůΖƐŐƌŽƵŶĚƐĂƐĂŶ outside alternative for summer weddings and special events - catering ŽƵƚƐŝĚĞĂůƚĞƌŶĂƟǀĞĨŽƌƐƵŵŵĞƌǁĞĚĚŝŶŐƐĂŶĚƐƉĞĐŝĂůĞǀĞŶƚƐͲĐĂƚĞƌŝŶŐ for up to 250 guests. ĨŽƌƵƉƚŽϮϱϬŐƵĞƐƚƐ͘ Wedding guests are able to stay overnight too. The Hotel features tĞĚĚŝŶŐŐƵĞƐƚƐĂƌĞĂďůĞƚŽƐƚĂLJŽǀĞƌŶŝŐŚƚƚŽŽ͘dŚĞŚŽƵƐĞĨĞĂƚƵƌĞƐϰϬ 40 well appointed bedrooms furnished to high standards well appointed bedrooms furnished to high standards and and boastboast atattractive views of the beautifully manicured gardens and the golf ƚƌĂĐƟǀĞǀŝĞǁƐŽĨƚŚĞďĞĂƵƟĨƵůůLJŵĂŶŝĐƵƌĞĚŐĂƌĚĞŶƐĂŶĚƚŚĞŐŽůĨĐŽƵƌƐĞ͘ course. Nailcote’s team of friendly staff provide a truly personal service, EĂŝůĐŽƚĞΖƐƚĞĂŵŽĨĨƌŝĞŶĚůLJƐƚĂīƉƌŽǀŝĚĞĂƚƌƵůLJƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůƐĞƌǀŝĐĞ͕ŵĂŬmaking day perfect and memorable forthe all right the right reasons. ing youryour day perfect and memorable for all reasons.


Fine Dining Dining is provided through the venue’s intimate Tudor style, Oak Room Restaurant. Chosen by the AA as one of Great Britain & Ireland’s most romantic hotels, the restaurant offers an intimate beamed atmosphere, within which to indulge in a variety of traditional and cuisine including classic ambé dishes prepared at your table, such as steak diane and crepe suzettes with carvedonal straight from the straight trolley every traditi roasts carved from Sunday. the trolley.

Weekend breaks Nailcote Hall is renowned for offering wonderful golf hotel breaks. Breaks can be booked inclusive of delightful accommodation, ne dining, and use of leisure facilities including the 9 hole Par 3 golf course. Golf tuition is also available from The Mark Mouland Golf Academy. The hotel is located close to many of the Midlands’ best tourist attractions with Warwick Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace; ford Avon,Avon, the Cotswolds and much moremore all within easy easy reach. StratfUpon ord Upon the Cotswolds and much all within reach. The hotel also offers guests an excellent range of leisure facilities including a tness room and swimming pool. The high-specication nish, décor and latest equipment which can be found within Nailcote Hall’s leisure spa include a 14 metre Roman bath-style swimming pool, fully equipped gymnasium, steam room and jacuzzi. The venue’s beautiful grounds also feature ture a purpose jogging a purpose built built jogging track.track. A choice of membership levels are available and all leisure facilities are open to guests staying at Nailcote Hall. 'Rick's ‘Rick’s Bar' Bar’ hosts hosts various various entertainment entertainment nights nightsthroughout throughoutthe theyear yearincluding includingMotown Motownand andSoul Soulevenings, evenings,tribute tributeacts, acts,race racedays, days, gala balls and wedding fayres.

For further information about the beautiful Nailcote Hall, the Cromwell Course or the British Par 3 Championship please Rick Cressman pleasecall callProprietor, the Nailcote Hall Team on:on: 02476 466 174, email info@nailcotehall.co.uk or visit www.nailcotehall.co.uk

Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship returns to Nailcote Hall The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship will this year celebrate its 80th anniversary. The event which runs from 6th - 9th August 2013 is set to return to Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire and will be, once again, hosted by sporting legend and pioneer of Europeanan golf, Tony Jacklin golf, Tony Jacklin CBE.CBE. Each year, Nailcote Hall’s Cromwell Course plays host to Europe’s most prestigious Par 3 competition. Televised on SkySports, the four-day event features celebrities, amateurs and professionals playing together on the challenging Par 3 course with professional players competing for the £100,000 prize fund – the third biggest prize fund on the UK golng calendar. 2013 will feature no captains, in in thethe shape of Jacklin Ryder CupCup Captain fromfrom 19831983 2013 no less lessthan thanthree threeformer formerRyder RyderCup-winning Cup winning captains, shape of Jacklin Ryder Captain to1989; Sam Sam Torrance Torrance(2002) (2002)and andformer formerMasters’ Masters winner Ian Ian Woosnam Woosnam OBE OBE(2006). (2006).Ladies Ladiesmajor majorwinner winnerand andSolheim SolheimCup Cupwinner, winner, to1989; Alison Nicholas MBE will also be competing at the show piece event. During the run up to the event, Nailcote Hall’s Owner and Sole Proprietor, Rick Cressman seeks the involvement of inuential businesses and individuals to give the British Par 3 Championship the kind of festival atmosphere that it has become renowned for over the years. The four-day event will feature a tented village housing a host of retailers offering everything from luxury goods and golng gadgets to food and refreshments.

To sponsor or play in the event please call: 08453 31 30 31 or visit www.britishpar3.com


GASTON GOLF TOURS Bespoke Golf Holidays........

It’s official......the UK is experiencing the wettest summer since records began! Little wonder then many golfing enthusiasts are yearning to spend time in a warmer, kinder climate, where they can enjoy their favourite sport, whilst soaking up a few rays of sunshine! However, in the current economic climate, you may well be thinking you can’t afford to take a golfing break..........THINK AGAIN! Boasting offices in Southern Spain, Gaston Golf Tours S.L. specialise in arranging tailor-made Golfing Holiday Packages to meet your exact requirements and budget, as a spokesman for the company explained in a recent interview: “Having negotiated highly discounted rates with top golf courses, hotels and car hire companies we are able to pass those savings onto you.” “Your golfing holiday can consist of as many rounds of golf as you wish, incorporating several different courses, airport and golf course chauffeured transfers or your own hire car if preferred and hotel or apartment accommodation.” The company’s tailor-made golfing holidays in Spain cover the Costa del Sol and the Costa de la Luz, where the golfing courses and facilities are considered to be some of the best in the world. The Costa del Sol: Affectionately known as the ‘Costa del Golf’ is the top destination for golfers in Spain, due to the sheer number of top quality golf courses available for you to choose from: “With over 50 courses offering Gaston Golf clients discounted green fees we are able to design an amazing Golf Tour that will not only meet, but exceed your expectations.” Costa de la Luz: Located on the South Western coast of Spain, the Costa de la Luz is known for its unspoilt coastline. Although not as crowded as the neighbouring Costa del Sol, there is no shortage of quality golf courses for you to choose that will test your golfing skills on your golfing holiday. “With golfing in Portugal rapidly growing in popularity, why not try your hand at a round of golf on some of our hand picked courses, playing with the stunning landscape of the Algarve as a backdrop.” GASTON GOLF TOURS can offer the very best prices for Hotels, apartments, rental vehicles, chauffeured transportation and golf programmes anywhere in Spain or Portugal including Gran Canaria, Mallorca and Madeira. Tel: (+34) 952 936 803 - Fax: (+34) 952 936 802 - Mobile: (+34) 666 056 367 Email: info@gastongolf.com - Website: www.gastongolf.com


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Visitors and societies are always welcome. Full bar and catering facilities. Contact details: Haddington Golf Club, Amisfield Park, Haddington EH41 4PT Website: www.haddingtongolf.co.uk Email: info@haddingtongolf.co.uk Tel: 01620 822727

Ideally located close to the A1, Haddington Golf Club enjoys peaceful walled surroundings with the River Tyne on its north boundary. Set in 130 acres, the course contains many natural features as well as much indigenous wildlife. Changes made to the course in recent years, including three new ponds help explain why many visitors describe the course as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a course forthe thinking golferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The club provides a first class practice area and buggies that can be rented.


KING JAMES VI GOLF CLUB

Where Visitors & Golf Societies are given a Warm Scottish Welcome!

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ince its inception in 1858, King James VI Golf Club has built-up an impressive reputation for providing a challenging and testing experience for golfers of all abilities. Designed by ‘Old’ Tom Morris, the legendary winner of multiple British Open Golf Championships, the King James VI is one of the oldest surviving Golf Clubs in the UK, and believed to be the only Inland Island Golf Course in the country. Visitors, parties, societies and corporate golf days are welcome to the Club’s excellent 18-hole parkland course, located right in the centre of Perth. You are sure to receive a warm Scottish welcome from the dedicated team at King James VI, as well as having an opportunity to take advantage of the Club’s excellent facilities, as the Club’s Managing Secretary - Mike Brown explained in a recent interview: “We strive to not only meet but exceed the expectations of visitors and are more than happy to tailor the

day to their specific needs. After their round they can enjoy a refreshing drink and appetising meal in our comfortable elevated Lounge Bar, which boasts magnificent views down the starting and finishing holes.” The Club’s Steward Marion Richardson will be delighted to cater for any special dietary needs you may have. Run by Professional Allan Knox, the Club’s well-stocked Pro Shop offers an array of high quality golf equipment, accessories - including items suitable for giving out as prizes, together with clothing from leading brands at competitive prices. By drawing on his experience as Assistant at British Open Qualifier course Dunbar Golf Club, then Head Assistant at Crieff Golf Club, King James VI’s Head Pro Allan Knox has the necessary skills to provide professional one-2-one tuition for golfers of all levels, including championship, as Allan teaches at the

British Open and the Johnnie Walker championships. Acknowledged by Perth Provost, John Hulbert as “A Jewel in Perth’s Crown”, the Club regularly receives glowing commendations from visitors, such as the following sent by Craig McDonald in who visited the Club in March 2013: “I just wanted to convey heartfelt thanks to all at your club. I called today to see if I could play a round, as Gleneagles, where we are staying this week, is snowbound. Your professional was very welcoming and your course a credit to all involved in its maintenance. Very beautiful, very challenging but very fair. A tremendous couple of hours and a gem of a club. Many thanks.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: KING JAMES VI GOLF CLUB Moncreiffe Island, Perth PH2 8NR Tel: 01738 632 460 Email: mansec@kingjamesvI.com Website: www.kingjamesvI.co.uk


LEAMINGTON & COUNTY GOLF CLUB Golf Lane, Whitnash, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 2QA Club Secretary / Manager: Mr David M Beck Tel: 01926 425961 Email: secretary@leamingtongolf.co.uk Website: www.leamingtongolf.co.uk

SOCIETY GOLF IN WARWICKSHIRE If you are organising a day out for your Golf Society LEAMINGTON AND COUNTY GOLF CLUB ticks all the right boxes....offering a challenging 18-hole course providing a test for golfers of all abilities, together with superb facilities, set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. Where else could you enjoy such a diverse course - made up of two loops of nine holes that start and finish tree-lined and hilly. This diverse course certainly is a testament to the skill and ingenuity of Hawtree & Son, the company that re-designed the original course created in 1908 when the Club was first established. Ideally located just off the M40 motorway in the heart of Warwickshire, visitors to the Club will find lots of interesting places on its doorstep, including historic Warwick with it's legendary Castle and the birthplace of the Bard - Stratford-upon-Avon. In a recent interview the Club's Secretary/Manager David Beck had this to say: "We welcome, individual, group and society visitors and can package single round or full day events." "Our restaurant, bar and catering facilities will help make your visit truly memorable. Run by Tracey Partridge and her team, our beautiful Club Lounge boasts magnificent views over the golf course, particularly from the Restaurant patio area, which is perfect on summer evenings to watch the sun set over the course while relaxing after a long game. Our restaurant is managed by Head Chef Andrew Ford, who trained at a French Michelin-starred restaurant and has worked at some of London’s finest hotels. He and his friendly and expert team welcome members and visitors alike and can also arrange bespoke menus for you if you have a special occasion and would like more than the standard club lounge meals." As you would expect from such a quality- conscious golf club, the new professionals Chris Thornton (PGA Head Professional) & Paul Aitkens (PGA Professional) started a complete overhaul of the retail facility and indoor teaching academy. The shop is part of one of the largest independent buying groups in the Midlands area enabling all those

who visit the club to purchase a wide range of all the latest products at highly competitive prices. Having being highly praised by visitors as ‘the best in the county’ it comes as no surprise that the club is rightly proud of its indoor academy which is one of only a few within Warwickshire. A full refurbishment of this has been completed and is known as the ‘Inclusive Golf Academy’. The academy offers all aspects of golf coaching from starter groups through to elite golfers. The facility includes the latest ball flight monitoring system which consistently measures ball characteristics with the tightest tolerances in the industry. For further information please feel free to contact Chris and Paul on 01926 425 961 (option 3) or www.inclusivegolfacademy. co.uk The Club’s commitment to encourage junior and beginner golf was highlighted when last year Leamington and County Golf Club was selected by a judging panel from the England Golf Partnership as one of three finalists from 600 nominated clubs for Golf Mark Club of the year 2012. After due process, the Judges singled out the Club to receive the Runners-Up Award 2012. We all wish the Club good luck in the 2013 Awards! The Club’s continual commitment to extend the range of services it provides members and visitors alike is evident in that Leamington and County Golf Club now offers playing members and playing visitors personal insurance, providing worldwide cover, personal liability and personal accident cover, completely free of charge.

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NEWPORT GOLF CLUB

Offers New Members Amazing Joining Deals Located in Gwent, NEWPORT GOLF CLUB ticks all the right boxes for those wishing to enjoy a beautiful yet challenging course and experience the friendly and welcoming hospitality of a traditional members' club. A seaside golf course in the traditional sense, Newport's course was designed by the prolific James Braid; with the course's tight, undulating fairways, and postage-stamp greens providing a test to golfers of all abilities. as the Club's Secretary Brian Rigby explained in a recent interview: "Standing 300 ft above sea level and extending to over 6,500 yards, the course is situated in the spectacular setting of the Llwyni Wood, an ancient Oak woodland, surrounded by rolling parkland, which contributes to the overall beauty and challenge of the course. Our highly dedicated Greenkeepers, led by Head Greenkeeper Paul Handy, strive to maintain the course to the highest standards with large teeing areas, well manicured fairways and excellent putting surfaces, providing a testing challenge to golfers of all standards." Newport Golf Club is recognised as boasting one of the most prestigious inland golf courses in South Wales, together with a well established members' club, offering the latest in facilities to meet the needs of its' 21st Century members and visitors alike. Since its' inception the Club has grown and gathered momentum and today welcomes new members who are able to take advantage of the following amazing offer: SPECIAL OFFER: THE CLUB HAS AN EXCLUSIVE NUMBER OF VACANCIES FOR FULL-PLAYING MEMBERSHIP WHEREBY THE JOINING FEE CAN BE SPREAD OVER TWO OR THREE YEARS!!! ADDED TO THIS, THE CLUB IS CURRENTLY DISCOUNTING 50% OFF THE MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR THE FIRST TWO YEARS: THAT'S ONLY ÂŁ475 PER YEAR!!! Visitors and members alike are able to take advantage of the Club's historic Clubhouse, which complements the magnificent surroundings: "From the lounges, you can indulge in the views of the first hole and the Bristol Channel beyond. We run several Open Tournament events throughout the year for men, ladies, seniors, juniors and mixed. Our events are well established in the county and you can enjoy a great day out, with good food, excellent company on a great course for as little as ÂŁ30 per person." The Club is rightly proud of its Pro Shop which offers the very latest in technology from top manufacturers including Titleist, Callaway & Footjoy. Whether you are just starting out......want to improve your short game......need another 10 yards off the tee..... Book a lesson with the Club's PGA Pro Paul Harris - Tel: 01633 893271 Email: paulharris762@ hotmail.co.uk. TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE NEW MEMBERSHIP DEALS CONTACT: NEWPORT GOLF CLUB (GWENT) Great Oak, Rogerstone, Newport, Gwent NP10 9FX Tel: 01633 892643 Email: secretary@newportgolfclub.org.uk Website: www.newportgolfclub.org.uk


FULFORD GOLF CLUB

Where Visitors Receive a True Yorkshire Welcome! Just one mile from historic York lies the magnificent FULFORD GOLF CLUB, a Club steeped in history itself. After getting the thumbs up by no less than James Braid, the current layout was designed by Major Charles Mackenzie, brother and business partner of Dr Alistair McKenzie designer of the championship Augusta course. Since its inception in 1906 the Club has played host to many important amateur and professional tournaments including 23 consecutive European Tour Events such as the Benson & Hedges, Sun Alliance, and the Murphy’s Cup, as well as hosting the first British Ladies Open Championship in 1973; with Major champions such as Ballesteros, Faldo, Lyle, Norman, Trevino and Woosnam having achieved success at Fulford. Built predominantly on sandy heathland, Fulford features superb turf and provides a true test of championship golf. Undoubtedly, Fulford’s quality greens were vital in enabling Ian Woosnam to blitz around the course in just 62 strokes in 1985; still the ‘all-comers’ record. But it is surely the image of a flaxen-haired Bernard Langer clambering 20 feet up the magnificent ash tree by the 17th green to play his third shot from the branches that sticks in the memory, an event that was televised around the world. Fulford is proud to be hosting the European Ladies Amateur Team Championships in July this year, for further details please visit the club web site. Fulford welcomes visitors and Society Group, all of whom are not only able to enjoy a testing and challenging game on a championship course, but also able to take advantage of the excellent facilities available at the Club including its

Clubhouse, where you can relax after your game and enjoy great hospitality. The Club’s General Manager, Gary Pearce explained in a recent interview: “Many visiting groups build a package to include food, with rates available for the day and round. No matter what size your group is, your party can be sure of a great day out. A wide choice of menu, excellent facilities and 18 holes of golf on our championship course ensures everyone has a memorable day. Our clubhouse and pro shop staff are on hand to assist you in the organisation of the day.”

TO GIVE YOUR SOCIETY MEMBERS A DAY TO REMEMBER .......... CONTACT: Gary Pearce - General Manager/Secretary FULFORD GOLF CLUB Heslington Lane, York, Yorkshire YO10 5DY Tel: 01904 413579 Ext 4/5 Email: gary@fulfordgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.fulfordgolfclub.co.uk


PEOVER GOLF CLUB A Hidden Gem in Cheshire How would you like your golf society members to experience a superb day's golf at a Club nominated as one of the Top 10 favourite new courses in the past 20 years? That's the accolade the National Club Golfer bestowed upon PEOVER GOLF CLUB. Set in mature Cheshire countryside, Peover Golf Club has a fine reputation for providing its members and visitors alike with a well-maintained 18-hole par-72 course, that measures 6702 yards off the back tees. Covering 165 acres of varied terrain, the course also offers a dedicated practice area situated next to the 16th fairway. With the Peover Eye River at its' heart, this challenging parkland course is considered one of the country's sternest tests for any golfer, as Secretary of the Club Ben Pearson outlined in a recent interview: "The tees and the greens have been positioned to maximise the benefits of the natural contours of the land. There is an excellent mix of holes varying in design and character with many doglegs and water hazards including the Peover Eye River which three of the fairways cross, including the first, so there's no relaxing from the offset." The undulating landscape has been enhanced with thousands of new trees which, with the existing mature trees and woodland, give aesthetic appeal as well as privacy, safety and space between holes. These credentials make Peover Golf Club one of the most exciting and sternest tests for any golfer seeking a real appreciation of their abilities. Peover extends a warm welcome to visiting Societies and Corporate visitors, who, along with the Club's members, are able to take advantage of the fine array of facilities provided including its truly unique Clubhouse. Built in solid oak, the Clubhouse offers first class facilities, including a fully equipped Pro Shop offering golfing equipment, accessories and clothing from leading brands at a competitive price."

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After your game the friendly environment of the Club's Acorn Bar makes the perfect place to relax and socialise with fellow players, whilst choosing from the wide array of beers, lagers, fine wines and great food. Ben added: "The Clubhouse is also available for business meetings and conferences however large or small and we are happy to discuss visitors' individual catering needs, including any special dietary requirements."

Plumley Moor Road, Lower Peover, Nr Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 9SE Tel: 01565 723 337 Fax: 01565 723 311 Email: mail@peovergolfclub.co.uk Website: peovergolfclub.co.uk

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EDZELL GOLF CLUB hroughout the year, the Directors at the Golf Yearbook Online select Golf Clubs that have best demonstrated a proven ability to go that extra mile in not only meeting but exceeding the needs of their members and visitors alike. Therefore, in line with this philosophy, it gives us pleasure to announce EDZELL GOLF CLUB has been selected to receive the James Braid Course of the Year Award 2013, a totally independent Award Programme that is recognised both in this country and abroad.

Acknowledged as one of Scotland’s true hidden gems, Edzell Golf Course nestles in the delightful village of Edzell, midway between Dundee and Aberdeen, at the gateway to the Angus Glens, reaching into the foothills of the Grampian Mountains. Athough originally heath land in nature, a major tree-planting programme started in the 1960s has brought a ‘parkland air’ to the picturesque and peaceful setting.

The Award Scheme was created in order to recognise those businesses and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their particular field. The Golf Yearbook Online is always keen to bring attention to those who are providing a product or service that stands out from the crowd and deserves to be appreciated not only by its’ readers, but also by a wider audience.

In 2001 the original course was complemented by the 9-hole West Water Course designed by Graeme Webster, as the Club’s PGA Professional Alastair Webster outlined in a recent interview:

With its tranquil setting in the foothills of the Grampians, providing fine views at every corner of the course, award-winning Edzell Golf Club offers an unforgettable experience, as players are given the chance to play on not one but two well-maintained courses.

“Players will soon realise why this course was so named, with both the 7th and 8th holes bordering the West Water. Whilst the course’s par-32 layout is predominantly flat parkland, players can enjoy beautiful scenic views from all of its tree-lined fairways.”

SECURES THE PRESTIGIOUS JAMES BRAID COURSE OF THE YEAR AWARD 2013

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Designed by top golfer and architect Bob Simpson, Edzell’s 18-hole par 71 course was originally laid out in 1895 and amended some thirty-nine years later in line with recommendations from the legendary James Braid.


The Club prides itself in the warm welcome offered

to visitors and Golf Societies, all of whom are not only able to experience the best in golf, but also social facilities. Little wonder then so many visitors and Societies come back year after year! Key to securing this award was the commitment on the part of the Club continually to develop and improve the golf facilities it provides. The Club’s Secretary Andrew Turnbull added: “One of life’s certainties is that things will change! This is also true for our golf courses and facilities at Edzell Golf Club. Over the years, alterations and upgrades to the course and facilities at Edzell have been occurring almost on an annual basis, with new greens, tees and bunkers, practice facilities and a 9 hole golf course being added.” “In the autumn of 2011, the committee sought the services of a highly regarded golf course architect Martin Ebert of MacKenzie & Ebert, with a view to developing a course improvement plan, to ensure that future improvements would be based on a professional assessment. During the summer of 2012, the 18 hole course was surveyed and a comprehensive report, including proposals to improve the course, were submitted to the Club. The architect was also asked to advise on improving the driving range and his proposals for this are included in the report, which has subsequently been approved by the members.” As a consequence, a programme has been developed to implement the changes; with a budget drawn up

on the basis of a 3 to 4 year implementation period: Andrew added: “There are no financial borrowing requirements or exceptional member’s subscription increases necessary to implement the proposals.” In presenting this award, the Judges were also impressed with the Club’s dedication to maintain the high quality of its fairways, no matter what the weather. In line with this philosophy, the Club’s experienced Greenkeeper Graham Mackie has still managed to make improvements, despite experiencing the worst winter for decades: “We have taken the opportunity during the long winter to undertake some key maintenance tasks in order to keep the greens in excellent condition. As the weather has now started behaving, we have been able to get going with top dressing, green treatments, rubber crumbing, fairway and rough scarifying to name but a few”. Graham’s efforts have not gone unnoticed with comments on the Club’s Blog including the following: “Hello Graham, This past summer will long be remembered for rain, rain and more rain. You coped with this admirably – a credit to you and the team.” Lindsay Clark December 2012 “Hi Graham, Your staff and yourself are to be congratulated on the way the course is being maintained, especially in the extreme circumstances.” Phil


The Club organises a number of Open Events throughout the year for which you can book online at www.edzellgolfclub.com Forthcoming events include: DATE: 2013 Saturday, 8th June Tuesday, 2nd July Sunday, 21st July

Tuesday, 16th July

Sunday, 18th August

Friday, 13th September Saturday 21st September

EVENT:

GENTS 36 HOLE OPEN: MAXIMUM HANDICAP - 15: SENIORS’ OPEN:MAXIMUM HANDICAP - 28 MIN: AGE - 55 MIXED OPEN FOURSOMES: MAXIMUM HANDICAP- 30 (Lady) MAXIMUM HANDICAP - 24 (Men) LADIES’ SENIOR OPEN: MAXIMUM HANDICAP 36: MIN.AGE -55: AM/AM OPEN TEAMS OF 4 (MEN, LADIES or MIXED) MAXIMUM HANDICAP 28 (Men), 36 (Lady) LADIES’ OPEN MAXIMUM HANDICAP 36: GENTS’ 18 HOLE OPEN MAXIMUM HANDICAP 24

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22 16 18 Per Couple 10

80 Per Team 12 20

As well as enjoying a challenging game of golf on the Club’s championship courses, members and visitors alike are also able to take advantage of the excellent social facilities available at Edzell, including its catering. From bacon rolls to the legendary Sunday lunch carvery, the quality is outstanding.

Edzell is rightly proud of its Clubhouse, which forms the ideal place to relax with family, friends and colleagues. Whether you are an individual, one of a small group or part of a large gathering, you can rely on courteous, efficient and prompt service. If you fancy a quiet drink, tasty bar snack or a more substantial menu in the Dining Room, you can unwind and enjoy the attractive surroundings. Soak up the warmth as friendly faces from all walks of life gather in anticipation of an interesting round, or relax afterwards to discuss the latest golfing dramas from around the course: “Full bar and catering facilities are available including a wide range of meals, including breakfasts, lunches, high teas, carveries and dinners. Our dedicated catering staff will be happy to meet the catering needs for visiting


Societies and other Groups of visitors.” With its friendly and genuinely welcoming atmosphere, the Clubhouse also provides the ideal venue for private celebrations and corporate hospitality: “We can accommodate special functions, celebrations and a wide range of family or business events and will be pleased to discuss your specific requirements. Our helpful staff will be on hand throughout your event to ensure it is a resounding success that is remembered for all the right reasons.” Run by PGA Pro Alastair Webster, the Club’s Pro Shop offers an array of superb golf equipment, accessories and clothing, all from leading manufacturers at reasonable prices: “Clubs, trolleys and buggies are available for hire and we also offer an excellent club repair service, Alastair added. The Club’s friendly staff are always on hand with help and advice and are committed to ensuring you enjoy your day at Edzell. If you want to take home a memento of your day, you can choose from a wide selection of logo goods, ranging from club sweaters to brass ball markers. Having won the Scottish Boys Strokeplay Championship on two occasions and represented Scotland at boy, youth and senior level, PGA Pro

Alastair has the necessary expertise to provide professional tuition on a one-2-one or group basis. Sessions are focussed, friendly, affordable and specifically matched to your personal requirements. As one of just six approved Callaway Custom Fitting Centres in Scotland, Edzell offer an excellent range of Callaway and Odyssey equipment tailored to your individual needs, as well as boasting the largest range of ladies golf clothing in the area. When you consider the quality of the two courses, together with the exceptional facilities, it comes as no surprise to learn Edzell regularly receives testimonials from visitors such as the following: “Edzell is easily one of the finest inland courses certainly in the East of Scotland. Not only is the course exceptional but the clubhouse facilities also get our vote as some of the best you will find. The food and waitress service is on a par with any fine-dining experience - so make sure you include a meal in your schedule.” - David Whyte. Receiving the James Braid Course of the Year Award 2013 is a milestone for the EDZELL GOLF CLUB and forms the final piece of the jigsaw that confirms the Club’s success, as well as acting as a seal of approval to prospective members and visitors. Commenting on receiving this accolade Ron Caithness, the Club Captain, said: “We’re delighted at the recognition this award provides. It reinforces the Club’s status as a destination of choice for casual visitors and society golfers alike. The investments we’ve continued to make in the overall facilities and the course in particular are fully justified if it leads to an excellent overall experience that both members and visitors believe gives real value for money.” EDZELL GOLF CLUB High Street, Edzell, Angus, Scotland DD9 7TF Tel: 01356 647283 Fax: 01356 648094 Email: secretary@edzellgolfclub.com Website: www.edzellgolfclub.com


Stay and play the Old Padeswood Golf Club

Old Padeswood Golf Club is situated on the Cheshire and North Wales border in the county of Flintshire and has been a golfing site for over 100 years. The current club was established in 1977 and increased to 18 holes in 1985. Old Padeswood is an easy club to find, located close to the town of Mold, 7 miles from Wrexham and 10 miles west of the historical city of Chester. The A55 runs close by, so the club is within an hour’s drive of Manchester, Liverpool and the North West. The club has an enjoyable course which is in very good condition. The course has one of the most difficult opening holes in North Wales and two of the most memorable finishing holes frequently commented upon by visitors. The 17th hole is a feature hole with a rolling fairway and the green in a bowl at the end, although this par 5 looks straightforward, your work isn’t finished when you reach the green. Old Padeswood prides itself on being a friendly Golf Club and welcomes visitors and societies. The club house can provide a wide variety of refreshments from a light bite to a full three course meal. Old Padeswood has got together with the Beaufort Park Hotel and other golf clubs in the area to offer you an affordable golf weekend in Wales. The winter package (Oct – March), costs £65, and the summer package (April – Sept) costs £70. Both package deals are based on 2 people and include 2 rounds of golf per person on 2 different courses and overnight accommodation (sharing a twin room) at the Beaufort Park Hotel. There is a £10 supplement for single occupancy and tee off times will be arranged at the time of booking.

INTRODUCING THE AWARD-WINNING OLD PADESWOOD GOLF CLUB

As part of our Corporate Policy to recognise outstanding achievements made within the business community, London & Home Counties Today, has selected a number of forwardthinking companies that displayed a continual commitment to recognise best practice, innovative business processes and overall high quality customer-focused service. From these nominees a short list of finalists was then formed, who were assessed and scored on their individual merit. In line with this philosophy, it gives us great pleasure to announce that OLD PADESWOOD GOLF CLUB has been successful in winning the prestigious BA AWARD FOR BEST WELSH GOLF BREAK 2011. As a completely independent Award Programme, recognising business excellence across a wide range of disciplines, the Business Achievement Award is recognised both locally and nationally. These packages have limited availability, to book or for more information visit www.oldpadeswoodgolfclub.co.uk Tel: 01244 550414 Email: sec@oldpadeswoodgolfclub.co.uk


BANGOR ST. DEINIOL GOLF CLUB Welcomes Societies & Visitors

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onsidered as one of the premier golf courses in North Wales, Bangor St. Deiniol Golf Club's superb 18-hole championship standard course, designed by golf legend James Braid, sets the benchmark for even the most seasoned golfer. Founded in 1906, the Club has grown and gathered momentum over the years and now boasts over 300 members. The Club welcomes visitors, societies and corporate customers all of whom will find a traditional club with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, as Secretary of the Club David Davies outlined in a recent interview: "Both visitors and members alike are able to benefit from our challenging course, majestic Clubhouse complete with Bar Restaurant and Seminar Room, together with our Pro Shop run by Glyn Hughes, who is available to offer guidance. Our members enjoy the fellowship and companionship that defines the golfing fraternity and the Club is pleased to receive the support of many groups and associations annually, all of whom are able to take advantage of our well-maintained greens which are in use 365 days a week, only closing for snow!" He added: "Our friendly staff strive to meet the needs of all our visitors, whether its for food, drink, buggies, prizes, gifts, accommodation and wonderful golf on our spectacular James Braid designed course. We are confident that once you have played here you will want to return to enjoy our exceptional golf facilities, together with unparallel views over Snowdonia, the Menai Strait and the Irish Sea." "Visitors are able to play a full day of golf from just ÂŁ18 per day and we also operate a 'half price voucher scheme' so that when you pay a full green fee, you qualify for a half price voucher, enabling 2 golfers to play for the price of one on their next visit." The Club also accepts the 2-Fore-1 voucher from FORE golf magazine. Forthcoming Events taking place at the Club include: Saturday May 25th: Captains Charity Day ...Ysgol Pendalar, Team of 4 Best 3 to count. On Saturday June 29th, St Deiniol will once again play host to the annual 'Pink Day' charity golf event. David added: "In excess of ÂŁ18,000 has been raised since the first event and charities such as Breast Cancer Care, The Stroke Association and Crohns & Colitis Care has benefited from the incredible generosity shown by participants and event sponsors alike. In 2013, the event will be supporting the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) and we look forward to another successful and enjoyable weekend of golf. As part of this years` fundraising, 3 of our members will also be attempting an 18 hour golf marathon on Friday 28th June."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE CLUB's FACILITIES, OR THE FORTHCOMING EVENTS .......CONTACT: BANGOR ST DENIOL GOLF CLUB Pen Y Bryn, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 1PX Tel: 01248 353098 Email: Secretary@st-deiniol.co.uk Website: www.bangorstdeiniol.co.uk St.Deiniol Golf Glub on Facebook or @bangor_golf on Twitter


Strathmore Golf Centre Known as ‘the friendly place to play golf ’ Strathmore Golf Centre offers everything from a first class warm welcome to some of the best inland greens around. Boasting not just one but two courses set in the beautiful Perthshire countryside there isn’t a better place to have a round of golf, whether you’re a seasoned player or a novice Strathmore is most definitely worth a visit. Opened in 1996 by Ms Kathryn Marshall both the 18 and the 9 hole courses have been a great success. The 18 hole, par 72 Rannaleroch course, designed by John Salvesen has been described as a ‘classic’ course that wraps generous fairways and rolling greens into 6,454 yards of pleasurable play. The 9 hole, par 29 Leitfie course is ideal for either beginners or a warm up round at just 1,666 yards.


Strathmore Golf Centre Leroch, Alyth, Blairgowrie Perthshire PH11 8NZ

Telephone: +44 (0)1828 633322 Fax: +44 (0)1828 633533

Email enquiries@strathmoregolf.com

With no booking required, access to both the courses and practice facilities is open to members and visitors alike. The 10 bay driving range and golf academy just add to the list of reasons to go to Strathmore Golf Centre as well as offers such as the ‘Silver Ball Savers’ deal, offering groups and societies food and beverage options along with their rounds of golf from as little as £28! Strathmore have a family aspect too, with family tickets and fun days available from just £28 it’s the perfect family day out that would be brilliantly finished with a trip to the family run restaurant to top everything off.


Darenth Valley Golf Course Founded in 1973 by Mr Michael Cross, Darenth Valley Golf Club is still a family run business to this day. Set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this 18 hole, par 72, parkland golf course is a real hit for all golfing abilities. The 6,193 yard, all year round course is able to cater for both individual, society and corporate golfers. As a well known and respected golf course, the services offered are second to none with a welcoming clubhouse allowing guests to feel like the valued customers that they are. Possibly a main focus for this golf club in recent months has been their ability to host wedding ceremonies, breakfasts and receptions, for up to 200 guests, with an air conditioned bar and dedicated restaurant team the focus is most definitely upon the bride and groom. The same could be said for charity golfers. The golf course welcomes groups that want to host a Charity Golf Day, with the capacity for up to a hundred guests there is plenty of space to host such an event. The same area could also be used for things like parties or conferences, the options available from

Darenth Valley cater for almost every need. With regard to the 2013 society golf packages, available for 12 or more players, there are four packages available. All offer a full round of golf with the option of food included too. These packages can be adapted due to the seasons as well as being given the option to tailor a bespoke package individual to you and your society. Along with the beautiful countryside course and welcoming clubhouse, Darenth Valley gives you access to well trained professionals in the Pro Shop that will be able to kit you out with all of the essential things needed for an enjoyable round of golf. For those that want to have a round of golf but have never really experienced the game or played before there is the offer of the Teaching Academy, with two Master Teaching Professionals youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in more than capable hands. Starting at ÂŁ30 for an hour, whether you want to learn the rules from scratch or just improve youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re style and ability this is the perfect place to do so.

For further information on the Society Packages contact the Clubhouse Office on: 01959 522944, or visit the website at www.dvgc.co.uk


Yorkshire Coast Golf If you’re looking for top quality golf courses and accommodation in and around Bridlington, Yorkshire Coast Golf is your answer. With excellent relationships with eight local golf courses you don’t have to worry about having limited choices. Offering great value for money golf play and stay packages in the 4* accommodation you are getting nothing but an exceptional golfing experience within the most desirable of settings. With some of the neighbouring clubs sporting both 9 and 18 hole courses you will be able to decide how much golf you actually want to play per day. Ranging from ‘the friendliest’ to ‘the oldest’ clubs on the east Yorkshire coast you’ll be spoilt for choice. One of the larger clubs is Bridlington Links Golf Course that is set in 210 acres and offers an 18 hole, par 72 course as well as a 9 hole, par 29 course that is perfect for the novice golfer. Along with both of these fantastic courses there is plenty of space to practice too with an under cover, floodlit, 20 bay driving range. If the driving range is the place where you would like to get practice or even warm up before a round then you don’t even have to be a member to use it, inviting visitors to come and use the facilities opens the doors to new prospective members. Flamborough Head Golf Course was founded in 1931 and is known as ‘the friendliest club on the coast’. This is partly because of the excellent staff on-site as well as the 6,010 yard, 18 hole course that is said to be a good test of golfing skills but still an enjoyable experience for all level of golfer. Beverley Golf Course, ‘the oldest club in Yorkshire’, founded in 1889 offers a 5,700 yard course and is another must see golf course on offer through Yorkshire Coast Golf.

For More Information TEL : 01262672433 EMAIL : info@yorkshirecoastgolf.co.uk WEBSITE : www.yorkshirecoastgolf.co.uk


A Warm Welcome Awaits Society, Corporate and Charity Golf Days

Summer Packages

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£46 pp Coffee & Bacon/Sausage roll 18 Holes Championship Course. Light Golfers Lunch.

FACILITIES AT HEVER CASTLE GOLF CLUB • 27 holes Championship Golf Course • Castle Golf School: Individual lessons or group clinics • Conferencing & Functions in our Private Prince’s Suite • Stay and Play packages at Hever Castle

For further details and bookings: Telephone Claire : 01732 701003 Email : golfdays@hever.co.uk www.hever.co.uk

• Wide variety of Memberships, including Flexi and Corporate • Practice facilities Range, Putting and Chipping • Fully stocked Pro Shop • Astor Lounge with terrace & restaurant

HISTORIC • PICTURESQUE • INSPIRING


Experience the luxury of golf at Hever Castle For a prestigious golfing experience featuring stunning holes, carries over water and small slick greens set to a backdrop of beautiful surroundings; Hever Castle Golf Club has it all. Set within 250 acres of the historic Hever Castle Estate, the golf club represents a memorable experience for all who visit. The 27 hole Championship golf course located in the heart of the Kent Weald countryside and offers an inspirational setting for golf, bordering the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Comprising three loops of nine holes over the Kings, Queens and Princes’ courses, Hever Castle’s professional team pay attention to detail to provide a memorable day’s golf, whether it be for a high profile televised event or a small gathering of friends, the club takes pride in delivering a day that exceeds expectations. Hever Castle’s 7002 yards, Championship par 72 Course, comprising the Kings and Queens, fits seamlessly around mature native English trees. The Hever Estate is a rich haven for wildlife and golfers often spot the fallow deer on the course that have roamed the grounds for centuries gone by. Constructed in harmony with its picturesque settings and featuring inspiring, memorable golf holes, each hole on the Championship Course has developed its own distinct character. The Championship Course has been showcased on Sky Sports and has played host to many prestigious events including the Kent Amateur Championships, Euro Pro Tour and Kent PGA Championships. The stretch of holes from the eleventh to the thirteenth has even been described as having similarities to Augusta’s ‘Amen Corner’, while the par 5 seventeenth measuring 644 yards is one of the longest holes in Britain. Whilst, the Hybrid Course which stretches out over the Princes & Kings loops, features

narrow, tree-lined fairways, challenging water hazards, strategically placed bunkers and small greens. The clubhouse at Hever Castle caters for all manner of events and celebrations and can cater for up to 160 guests at any one time. The top floor of the clubhouse building is home to the Princes Suite – a self contained function suite complete with its own exclusive bar and break out areas. Visitors to the club can also enjoy the exquisite dining catered for by the Astor Restaurant, where a team of highly experienced chefs offer freshly prepared classic English dishes with a unique, modern twist. Hever Castle Golf Club offers a warm welcome to all. The club’s extensive golf facilities can be experienced by members and visitors alike with a range of packages available for visiting groups and societies, from coffee and a bacon rolls on arrival to a full English breakfast; combined with 18 holes of Championship golf and followed by a light golfer’s lunch with alternative dining and upgrades are available by request. Hever Castle also boasts unique and luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation, which is open throughout the year - the perfect way to enhance a golfing trip.

Booking 8 weeks in advance the accommodation is available through Hever Castle’s 18 well appointed, luxury bedrooms, or within Medley Court, a luxurious 5 star private holiday let on the Hever Castle Estate with 4 bedrooms accommodating up to 7 guests, available for weekly bookings or for last minute shorter lets subject to availability guests are provided with personal golf buggies and a private entrance to the course, an experience not to be forgotten.

For further information, please call Society Golf Organiser, Claire Jones on 01732 701 003 or visit www.hever.co.uk


THINK..........GOLF SOCIETY DAY OUT THINK...........PYECOMBE GOLF CLUB Memberships are available and Visitors and Societies are very welcome. Please call to enquire.

Since it opened on Saturday 6th October 1894 Pyecombe Golf Club has built-up an excellent reputation for the warm welcome it extends to visitors, golf societies and corporate visitors. Located six miles north of Brighton, Pyecombe Golf Club is set in the heart of the South Downs National Park, offering members and visitors alike a challenging course with panoramic views of the Sussex Weald with its famous windmills, known as Jack and Jill. All are made welcome at this friendly ‘downland gem’, which boasts a challenging course maintained to the highest standards by the Head Greenkeeper Simon Wells. Measuring 6266 yards, this testing 18-hole Par 71 course gained the seal of approval from the iconic James Braid, who thought highly of the course, which is beautifully situated on the South Downs. Ewen Murray, Sky Sports Golf Commentator described Pyecombe as a lovely old Downland course that unquestionably has an enviable charm. “I was impressed by the keenness of all of staff and the attitude and work ethic of Simon Wells, Head Greenkeeper, whose work is akin to a labour of love and it shines brightly in his presentation of your old gem.” Since it celebrated its Centenary in 1994 the Club has remained committed to consolidating its position as a leading downland golf course by investing in improvements both on the course and in the clubhouse. In a recent interview the Club’s Assistant Managing Secretary Matthew Bolton went on to say: “Visitors are assured of a warm welcome at Pyecombe where they can experience our superb course and take advantage of the many other facilities we have available at the Club.”

Pyecombe’s Clubhouse is the perfect place to relax and unwind before and after your round. You can chill out with a refreshing drink in the friendly Lounge bar, enjoy one of the Clubs breakfasts, aimed at people looking to replenish the calories burned off on the course, or partake in a light snack.- there is something for everyone’s taste. Matthew added: “When it comes to visiting Golf Societies we will be happy to discuss your individual catering needs, including any special dietary requests.” Visitors to the Club are also able to take advantage of it’s well-stocked Pro Shop run by Head Professional Jason Bowen, supported by Michael Stoner Assistant Pro. Facilities offered include a fully comprehensive Club Custom Fitting Service. Jason also offers a professional, friendly and easy to understand approach to Golf Coaching, suitable for beginners through to accomplished players who wish to improve their game.

For Further Information on Society Packages Contact:

PYECOMBE GOLF CLUB Clayton Hill, Pyecombe West Sussex BN45 7FF Tel: 01273 845 372 Email: info@pyecombegolfclub.com Website: www.pyecombegolfclub..com


Pleasington Golf Club Set in 142 acres this beautiful golf club provides an 18 hole course that is available for use all year round. Established in 1891 and designed by George Lowe Senior, the original 9 hole course was extended by Alexander ‘Sandy’ Herd to 18 holes in 1909. Following this, the clubhouse was then opened in 1910 to then be completely rebuilt and refurbished in 1997. This course plays host not just to history though, it is the home of a 6,144 yard golf course and extensive practice facilities that include a driving range. These facilities allow golfers of all abilities to either improve on their skill and technique or have their first golfing experience. Pleasington don’t just welcome their members though, visitors and societies are most welcome too. Societies and corporate companies can take part in their own golf days with bespoke packages that are designed around the individual. The packages include the Green Fees as well as food; sometimes the famous Pleasington Burger is on offer too! It’s not just members that get to experience the perks of Pleasington either. The new Pleasington Golf Club Internet Golf Reservation Service means that a new visitor, a member, just about anyone that wants to, can book a tee time over the internet and receive instant on-screen and email confirmation; a novel way to book a tee time. If visitors pay Pleasington a visit they can also take a look in ‘Club Professional’ the on-site shop for all of your golfing needs. The stock includes top brand named clubs, putters and balls along with clothing and various other accessories. One round at this club may convince you to become a member there once and for all! If this is the case there is more than just one membership on offer. They range from student all the way to social memberships; this means that you can have complete access to the clubhouse and all its facilities. Pleasington Golf Club will not let you leave disappointed with the superb packages and facilities as well as the fantastic service on offer.

For more information please contact: 01254 202177 secretary-manager@pleasington-golf.co.uk


SOUTH BEDS GOLF CLUB For a Truly Memorable Society Golf Day in South Bedfordshire If you are organising a day out for your Golf Society..... South Beds Golf Club has everything you need to make your day really memorable. Where else would you find not one but TWO distinctive golf courses on which to play! This combined with excellent catering facilities, a well-stocked Pro Shop and helpful staff make the South Beds Golf Club the No.1 choice for visiting golfers of all abilities. The Club's location on the chalk hills to the North of Luton provides excellent drainage for both the Galley Hill and the Warden course. Measuring over 6400 yards from the back tees, for over 100 years the 18-hole Galley Course has been providing a good test for the golfers with four par 5s and five par 3 holes. Situated on the edge of Galley Hill, this Course crosses an ancient ditch - Dray's Ditch, which can be clearly seen on holes 13 and 16. Despite being a 9-hole course the Club's Warden Course will still test your golf skills. With many of its' holes dating back to the early years of South Beds Golf Club, it measures 4700 when played as an 18 hole course. Visitors and members alike are able to take advantage of the South Beds excellent Clubhouse - the ideal place to relax and socialise after your game. The Clubhouse can also be hired for private or corporate functions up to 150 people: Paul Burgess on the Club's Management Council commented: "Andy & Diane Shaw of Devotion Catering have been working in Golf Club Hospitality for 13 years and have always prided themselves on providing quality, fresh, home-cooked food at reasonable prices." " Whether you just want a snack after your round of golf or you want to celebrate a special event at the club, we have the perfect choice of food for you. We have an extensive menu to suit all tastes which caters for light bites after golf or full meals for matches, functions and parties. We are always willing to tailor our menus to suit your needs." During your visit you must browse the wide array of golf equipment, accessories and clothing available in the Club's Pro Shop, run by PGA Professional Michael Davis, together with Assistant Pro Darren Close.

MAKE YOUR NEXT SOCIETY GOLF DAY A DAY TO REMEMBER AT SOUTH BEDS GOLF CLUB Warden Hill Road, Luton, LU2 7AE Tel: 01582 591 500 Email: office@southbedsgolfclub.co.uk Website: www.southbedsgolfclub.co.uk


Rated by many as the finest course on the coast this James Braid designed 72 par golf course is a tough but fair test of all golfing abilities, it is both a delight and a challenge to play and is available at any time of the year. The club dates back to 1909 but the present course that consists of mainly parkland with a cliff top start and finish, was established in 1928. The 6,130 yard course is not the only attraction for Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club though, the restaurant and clubhouse boast panoramic views of Scarborough’s North Cliff and Castle. Described as ‘one of the friendliest clubs in the area’ the clubhouse offers the perfect meeting place after a round with a well stocked bar and catering facilities that can provide hot and cold snacks to more formal dining. This golf club welcomes golfing societies and small groups for either a full day or single round of golf. There aren’t any specific packages for societies but days or rounds can be tailored around the needs of each individual society or group.

For more information contact: 01723 355397 info@northcliffgolfclub.co.uk

Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club As long as there are at least eight in the group, you can take advantage of the flexibility on offer. You choose when and how long you’ll be playing for, as well as which food options you want. By not working with a set package you’ll be able to design the day around you and your requirements. The service offered by Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club is second to none, pairing nicely alongside the excellent facilities on offer at this coastal Yorkshire club.


KILMACOLM GOLF CLUB 'Described as a miniature Gleneagles'

If you are organising a day out for your Golf Society.........KILMACOLM GOLF CLUB ticks all the right boxes for a challenging game of golf and a splendid day out that your members will remember for all the right reasons! Since its inception in 1891 the Kilmacolm course has seen very few changes - the notable one taking place in 1924 when James Braid, the most famous professional of the day, was consulted and under his guidance several new bunkers and mounds were created. The result is the superb moorland course you see today, situated on a plateau some 400 feet above sea level, that lies on either side of the Houston Road. Described as a 'miniature Gleneagles', the course architects have made full use of the natural hills and hollows to create one of the most attractive of inland courses, as the Club's Secretary Victor Weldin explained in a recent interview: "One of the great attractions of the course is the fact that very few holes run in a similar direction. Whilst not overly long by modern standards, 5961 yards (SSS 69) off gents medal tees, and 5445 yards (SSS 72) off the ladies tees, accuracy is required to score well. "

The Club has built-up a reputation for the warm welcome it extends to visitors, who are able to take advantage of not only the Club's magnificent course, but also its superb facilities: "Kilmacolm boasts a friendly Clubhouse where visitors and members alike can partake of delicious snacks and meals, as well as a full range practice facility so you can perfect your swing and short game before tackling 18 holes. Having recently been voted one of the top 100 courses in Scotland, it comes as no surprise to learn that on the occasion of the Club's Centenary Bernard Gallacher, who succeeded Tony Jacklin as Captain of the European Ryder cup team, played an exhibition match, and afterwards wrote "It was a joy to play over your inland moorland course with all its heather, whins, bracken and fine backgrounds of fir trees." Belle Robertson, the renowned Scottish lady golfer lists Kilmacolm as one of her ten favourite Scottish Golf courses. TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE CLUB's SPECIAL OFFERS CONTACT: The Club Secretary THE KILMACOLM GOLF CLUB Porterfield Road, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire PA13 4PD Tel: 01505 872139 -Fax: 01505 874007 Email: secretary@kilmacolmgolfclub.com Website: www.kilmacolmgolfclub.com


THE VALE OF LEVEN GOLF CLUB Extends a Warm Welcome to Visitors & Societies

Founded in 1907, the VALE OF LEVEN GOLF CLUB has grown and gathered momentum over the years. Today both members and visitors are able to test their golfing skills on the Club's 18-hole course; with its' undulating fairways and fast greens providing a challenge for golfers of all abilities, as the Club's Secretary Richard Barclay outlined in a recent interview: " Often described as a 'hidden gem', the Course consists of an interesting mix of park and heath land, which overlooks the southern tip of Loch Lomond. The view from the 17th (The Ben) with its variety of woodland, moor, pasture, loch, glen and everlasting hills, can truly be described as breathtaking. From the highest point of the course the view extends as far as Dumbarton Rock and the Clyde estuary. Many changes have taken place over the years with several new greens, tees, bunkers, watering system etc all being completed. The improvement to the course is on-going. And it is with great pride we can look at our club and thank the committee, the Green Keeping Staff, the House Staff and members." The Vale of Leven Golf Club's Clubhouse is further evidence of its' continual commitment to improve the facilities it offers. Having started life as an old railway carriage that was transported from the local station by horse and cart, the Clubhouse today has been transformed, thanks to the support of many of its members, who volunteered their help to provide players with a warm, friendly environment in which they can relax and socialise with fellow players. "The club has recently undergone another major renovation, in way of our new extension to the Clubhouse building. The new build now hosts our Gents, Ladies, Veterans and Junior Locker rooms augmented by the refurbishing of our old locker rooms. This has given the club the ability to provide a locker to every member joining the Golf Club. The development has also freed up a section of the building which has now been converted into a Junior clubhouse area complete with pool table and TV." Visitors and Societies are made really welcome at the Vale of Leven Golf Club: "We extend a warm welcome to visitors, including visiting Societies, all of whom can enjoy a challenging game on our well maintained course, set against a panoramic background of Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond." After your game why not relax in the Club's friendly Clubhouse where you can savour freshly cooked meals. The Clubhouse is also available to hire for private functions and corporate hospitality for which individually tailored catering packages can be arranged. Members and visitors alike are also able to take advantage of the excellent range of golfing equipment, accessories and clothing available at the Club's Pro Shop including leading golf brands such as Titleist, Ping, UnderArmour, Taylor Made, Motocaddy, Adidas, Galvin Green and Pro Quip. The Club's Golf Pro Robert added: "We also provide an excellent repair service, as well as offering one-2-one tuition. So whether you are a beginner or an accomplished player looking to improve your game, we will be happy to provide bespoke tuition to enable you to achieve your goals." For details on tuition or special offers call the Pro Shop - 01389 757880.

VALE OF LEVEN GOLF CLUB Northfield Course, Northfield Road, Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, G83 9ET Tel: 01389 752351 Email: rbarclay@volgc.org Website: www.volgc.org


WELWYN GARDEN CITY GOLF CLUB Welcomes Societies & New Members

If your Golf Society is planning its next golf day, Welwyn Garden City Golf Club ticks all the right boxes, offering not only a well-maintained course that is suitable for players of all levels, but also the latest in modern facilities to meet the needs of its 21st Century visitors. The Club has grown and gathered momentum since its inception in the early 1920’s, when golfers would play armed with a few irons, a niblick and a scythe - an instrument used to clear the grass from around the ball to enable it to be seen. Players were also only allowed a maximum of 12 golf balls per player; with the game being deemed to have been finished when all 12 had been lost.

Thankfully today members and visitors alike can take advantage of the Club’s challenging 18-hole course; with its 19th hole to be found in its Clubhouse, as David Spring - the Club’s General Manager, outlined in a recent interview: “Thanks to a continual commitment to maintain the course to extremely high standards and improve its features, Welwyn Garden City Golf Club has been able to achieve an enviable reputation for consistently providing members and guests with a course to rival any in the area, whilst offering excellent dining and drinking facilities within a warm, friendly environment.” Set in undulating parkland, the course may at first sight seem a relatively easy test of golf, but with narrow fairways and small greens there are many scorecards that tell a different story. The course is a par 70 for men and, at 5,527 yards, par 72 for ladies, providing a fair and enjoyable test for any level of golfer; with our superb drainage making it a truly year-round course, providing a good venue for winter visitors and societies. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to learn that many societies, including some from as far away as the South Coast and Scotland, return year after year to enjoy the course and hospitality. Welwyn Garden City is particularly proud of the improvements made to the facilities, which, since the original clubhouse opened its doors in 1928, have undergone many refurbishments and changes including recent refurbishments to the locker rooms, pro shop and bar areas. David added: “On a warm summer day, there can be few things better than sitting on our newly refurbished patio overlooking the course, with a cool drink in your hand. It provides a wonderful panorama of the course, and a place to watch people playing the 17th and 18th”

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: David Spring - General Manager Welwyn Garden City GC Mannicotts,High Oaks Road, Welwyn Garden City,Hertfordshire AL8 7BP Tel: 01707 325243 option 2 Email: david@wgcgc.co.uk Website: www.wgcgc.co.uk

The refurbishment to the pro shop facility includes the introduction of a swing studio, providing an area where the Club Professional, Stuart Mason, can teach during dark evenings and wet weather. This is a facility not many clubs in the area are lucky enough to have and provides County Coach Stuart with the perfect place to teach and fit clubs. Stuart also puts together packages for societies ranging from prizes to scoring services and lessons.


The fact that Welwyn Garden City Golf Club is ‘home’ to prestigious players such as Sir Nick Faldo and Walker Cup player Tom Lewis, who won the 2011 Portugal Masters in only his third professional tournament, serves as a seal of approval to prospective members and visiting Societies. The last word goes to David: “We are happy to host a variety of days ranging from small societies to large corporate or charity days and are in the vicinity of three reasonably priced hotels and a vast number of local bed and breakfast establishments.” “You can play 18, 27 or 36 holes and our packages can be adapted to meet the smallest or largest of needs. We employ friendly staff to ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible and have excellent catering and bar facilities.” “Availability permitting, you can book any weekday, so don’t miss the opportunity to book your society on one of the best kept courses in Hertfordshire, as our 2013 Society package is booking up fast.”

TURNBERRY PERFORMANCE ACADEMY Helping Golfers to Maximise their Playing Potential For more information or book an experience at the Turnberry Performance Academy, please contact 01655 334 190 or visit www.turnberryresort.co.uk/performance-academy.

The sweeping links of Ayrshire are now home to the Turnberry Performance Academy, a centre of excellence offering a unique holistic approach to coaching the game of golf at Turnberry, a Luxury Collection® Resort, which forms part of an ensemble of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. Open now, the Turnberry Performance Academy’s aim is to help players maximise their golfing potential by assessing their equipment, as well as physical, technical and mental aspects of their game, in order to develop and achieve individual goals. The opening of the Performance Academy marks another major milestone in the enviable golfing history of Turnberry, which began in 1906 when it created a world first by opening a hotel next to an 18-hole golf course. The Turnberry Performance Academy offers tuition incorporating the principles of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), recognised as world leaders in studying the physical elements of golf coaching. Golfers will be able to book one-to-one and group tuition from TPI-qualified staff covering all areas of a golfer’s game, fitness level and lifestyle. The new TPA concept will complement Turnberry’s long-standing partnership with TaylorMade Golf. Turnberry is the only place in Scotland to host TaylorMade’s world-leading Performance Lab, in which players can receive a fully-customised golf club fitting experience. By utilising state-of-the-art 3D motion capture technology, the Performance Lab is able to match a set of clubs to an individual’s swing characteristics. World Class Technology for coaching The Turnberry Performance Academy will make use of Golf Analysis Software for Professionals (G.A.S.P.) which allows the professional to visually record and evaluate the golfer’s technique frame by frame and from a variety of different positions; above, face on and from behind. Alongside this, force plate technology at the TPA will present information on the golfer’s centre of balance and weight transfer during their movement, helping establish kinaesthetic movement. Finally, Flight Scope – arguably the world’s most accurate portable launch monitor – uses a radar to track the golf ball’s entire flight and will be invaluable to the professionals at TPA in establishing club/ball impact conditions, which cannot be visually seen, for changes in technique or for custom fitting for equipment. The last word goes to Jordi Tarrida, General Manager at Turnberry Resort: “It is unique advantage and a privilege for Turnberry to be able to offer a fully holistic golf academy suitable for all ages and skill levels and fitting that this should be located at the world’s first golf resort. With the Turnberry Performance Academy, players of all ages and abilities will be able to receive world-class training, coaching and facilities to improve all aspects of their game in one location.”


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DUFF HOUSE ROYAL GOLF CLUB Welcomes Visitors & Golf Societies

Duff House Royal Golf Course is one of Scotland’s premier golf courses. Although a Parkland course, it recently had the unique distinction of being ranked by ‘National Club Golfer’ in the top 100 Links Courses in the UK (the criteria of Links being one mile from the sea). The course was designed by two of Scotland’s finest golf course architects, the legendary James Braid and Dr. Alister MacKenzie (who later went on to design the world famous “Augusta National”, home of the US Masters). The course is a flat, beautifully manicured course with little rough and the large “Mackenzie” two-tiered greens, as well as many well positioned bunkers and trees make the course a pleasant challenge to golfers of all abilities. Why not organise a real treat for your Golf Society this year .... with a visit to Duff House Royal Golf Club located in Banff, only 45 minutes from Aberdeen and two hours from Inverness along the North East coastline. For the past 113 years Duff House Royal has enabled golfers of all abilities to test their skills on it’s well maintained, 18 hole course, as Gerry Fitzpatrick, the Club’s Manager outlined in a recent interview: “Over the years, Duff House Royal Golf Club has achieved an excellent reputation for providing a challenging and outstanding course with MacKenzie designed two tier greens, with the River Deveron featuring on a number of holes. Thanks must go to a hardworking and dedicated team of staff, led by Head Greenkeeper Gordon Leslie.” Visitors and Golf Societies will always receive a warm welcome at Duff House Royal Golf Club and the management will be only too happy to provide individually tailored packages for visiting Societies; with reduced rates also available for groups of 12 or more. One of the attractions for members and visitors is the high quality catering provided in the Club House by the Club’s caterer –

Lesley Allan and her team. This includes a range of snacks and meals which are served in the comfortable dining room. The Club is rightly proud of its Pro Shop run by the Club’s Head PGA Professional Gary Holland, supported by Assistant Professional Craig Goodwin. Whether you are looking for quality golfing equipment, accessories or clothing, you will find a wide array of products from leading brands at realistic prices in the Pro Shop. A former Scottish Boys international and Scottish Boys stroke play champion, Gary boasts over 10 years experience in the golf sector, giving him the necessary credentials to provide members and visitors with professional one-2-one tuition to help beginners through to accomplished players looking to improve their game. The Club is happy to recommend excellent accommodation in the vicinity so why not take the opportunity to visit a wide range of local attractions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON VISITORS RATES......... CONTACT: DUFF HOUSE ROYAL GOLF CLUB Barnyards, Banff, Scotland AB45 3SX. Tel: +44 (0) 1261 812062. Fax: 01261 812224 Email: info@duffhouseroyal.com Website: www.duffhouseroyal.com


RICHARD A. ROOKE

(OWNER OF VILLA VALUE) RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

this would change his live forever. As it was whilst viewing a property for sale that Richard was ‘head hunted’ by the owner of the Real Estate company who, upon hearing Having reached a stage in Richard could speak his life when he wanted to Spanish, French, enjoy a better Norwegian and Swedish, quality of life in the asked if he would like to relaxed environment and join the company, putting warm climate Spain his multi-lingual talents to offered, Richard Rooke set use in selling property in about looking for a Spain. property there. Little did he know that

Having made Spain his home, Richard accepted

the job in which he proved highly successful. Therefore, it came as no surprise that some years later Richard took a ‘leap of faith’ to open his own Real Estate business........ VILLA VALUE......and the rest, as they say, is history! Since its inception 30 years ago, VILLA VALUE has built-up an impressive reputation for providing quality property at a realistic price. Key to the success of the company has been the dedication on the part of Richard and his wife Virginia to go that extra mile in not only meeting but exceeding the client’s expectations. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to learn that in selecting a winner for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award the Directors of The Golf Yearbook Online 2013 voted unanimously in favour of Richard Rooke for his continual


commitment to source new and exciting properties for sale, as part of the company’s philosophy to provide each and every client with a truly customer-focused service. The Award Scheme was created in order to recognise those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their particular field. The Golf Yearbook Online is always keen to bring attention to those who are providing a product or service that stands out from the crowd and deserves to be appreciated not only by its’ readers, but also by a wider audience. There are several criteria for nomination, including the introduction of innovative ideas, first-class customer service and value for money, with the winners being those that truly deserve to be labelled as the “best of the best.”

Owned and run by Richard and his Spanish wife Virginia, VILLA VALUE offers a number of quality properties in Spain’s ‘Golfer’s Paradise’, namely the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida. Boasting some of the best all-year-round weather


conditions for outdoor sports in Spain, this region is justly being recognized as the greatest golfing destination in southern Europe. In a recent interview, Richard outlined that despite the current volatile economic climate, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the exciting opportunities

there are for you to own your very own property in Spain: “On Spain’s Mediterranean coast some of Spain’s leading developers, have already constructed really exclusively designed projects. New golf courses and new golfing resorts have appeared everywhere. Complete new villages, surrounded

by lush green fairways and beautifully designed lakes and gardens, are competing with each other for pride of place in the international property market stakes. Polaris World, for example, has 9 new Jack Nicklaus designed courses already completed, within 30 minutes of each other, and that’s just one developer.”


“We have a wide choice of new and resale golf properties for sale in various locations on the Costa Blanca and Costa Cálida, as well as other regions, including Campoamor, Corvera, La Serena, Peraleja Golf, Roda Golf, Villamartin, Las Ramblas, La Manga, Las Colinas de Campoamor, and the Polaris World courses, etc.” “Recently published surveys on developing coastal areas have shown that these two Costas have the greatest potential for growth, and provide outstanding opportunities for investment. With prices generally lower than those of other areas, together with improved standards of construction and notable all-round improvements in communications, including new roads and new airports, etc, PLUS SIX CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF SINKING PRICES, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the situation and invest in one of these stunning properties.” Richard continued: “Choosing the right location and property, is becoming more and more difficult to make, as the availability on offer just grows and grows. Knowing the area, knowing the developers and having full knowledge of the present day market situation, means, that for us, this choice is not so difficult, but for the average man in the street, it might be hard to make a final decision. The choice is enormous, and prices vary in accordance with the location, facilities available, type of property, etc.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON PROPERTIES AVAILABLE CONTACT: VILLA VALUE - Tel: 0034 965 320 024 Email: richarda@eresmas.net or visit website: www.villavalue.com for news of special offers, new releases, resale opportunities, prices and availability on existing courses, along with all the new courses under construction at the moment.


Get into the swing of golf at Run by The England Golf Partnership (EGP) - through its network of County Golf Partnerships - the national ‘Get into Golf ’ campaign aims to inspire people of all ages and all walks of life to TAKE UP GOLF. In line with this philosophy and as a means of ‘growing the game of golf ’ in Kent, the Kent Golf Partnership has recently announced the launch of The South East Golf Week 2013 which tees off with the ‘Get into Golf ’ initiative at Leeds Castle on 27 May.

Leeds Castle! The first lesson in the inflatable net at the golf zone will be available at 10am, with the last taking place at 4.30pm. Other golfing activities will also be taking place throughout the day. To celebrate ‘Get into Golf ’ week, Leeds Castle will be offering discounted golf lessons as an introductory offer for purchase between 27 May and 3 June. Book three 30 minute lessons with PGA Professional Steve Purves for just £49, saving you £28.50. Lessons must be taken before 31 December 2013. Throughout June, Leeds Castle is also be offering a Discounted Weekday rate for a 9 holes, 4 ball game for just £30. Located near Maidstone in Kent - just off Junction 8 of the M20 and only one hour’s drive from London, Leeds Castle Golf Course also

Combining stunning parkland views with challenging fairways, Leeds Castle’s par 33 2681 yard golf course makes golf at the ‘loveliest castle in the world’ a special experience for any day of the year. In a recent interview Manager of Leeds Castle’s golf course and Head of Tourism at Leeds Castle, Shane Guy explained: “Even if you have never played golf before, or are looking to get back into the ‘swing’ of it, then come and see us at the maze area on the 27 May where a golf zone will be set up for adults to try a FREE 15-minute lessons with a PGA professional, including our own PGA Professional Steve Purves. Whilst children and families can tackle special challenges and everyone can have a go at putting. Leeds Castle is a perfect teaching course as well as being challenging enough for the more experienced golfer. We are delighted to work with the Kent Golf Partnership in highlighting the social, health and leisure benefits gained from playing golf.”

makes the perfect venue for visiting Golf Societies and Corporate clients; all of whom can not only enjoy test their golf skills on this ‘Pay & Play’ nine hole course, but can also take advantage of the range of facilities available including changing rooms with shower facilities, a fully stocked Pro Shop where you can hire clubs and trolleys, as well as enjoy a refreshing drink and snack.

Further details can be found at www.leedscastlegolf.com or by calling the Pro Shop on Tel: 01622 767828.


THINK.........MEMORABLE GOLF SOCIETY DAY OUT

DIBDEN GOLF CENTRE

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he 1st April may be ‘April fools day’ but for DIBDEN GOLF CENTRE last year it marked the start of a highly successful relationship with Mytime Active, one of the leading ‘Pay & Play’ golf operators in the country. Owned by New Forest District Council, the Centre has over the past year been able to take advantage of the many advantages the Mytime Active initiative offers, including undertaking full management this popular Golf Centre. Situated on the eastern edge of the New Forest, Dibden Golf Centre overlooks Southampton Water, providing players with stunning views especially from the 18th green, the Clubhouse and the patio area. Visitors and Societies are sure of a warm welcome at Dibden Golf Centre, where they cannot only test their golf skills on the Centre’s 18-hole course but also take time to enjoy the Centre’s other facilities including an 18 Bay Floodlit Driving Range, as well as one-2-one coaching given by the Centre PGA Professionals Paul Smith & John Slade: The Centre’s Events Co-ordinator Joanne Tomey, added: “Societies and groups are very welcome at all Mytime Golf courses, and our team will give your group a day to remember!” Since its construction in 1974, the venue has hosted a variety of events ranging from Golf Society Days through to Corporate hospitality and lavish wedding receptions. The one thing they all have in common is the high level of service they receive from the Centre’s dedicated team; together with the excellent catering facilities, which can be tailored to meet your individual needs, including special dietary requirements. Dibden’s main function room, the Solent Suite is the perfect place for any event - it’s regal decor and stunning views will only add to the impact of your function. The function room is supported by the Bar, stocked with popular refreshments for all occasions; with an additional separate function room and car parking for up to

150 vehicles adding to its appeal. Whether you are visiting Dibden Golf Centre for business or pleasure the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest is certain to provide a relaxing and calming backdrop for your event. Joanne added: “We have a great range of meal and refreshment offers to keep the teams fully fuelled throughout their day, and fun competitions with our resident pro to keep your guests entertained. With a Mytime prize presentation over drinks in the Clubhouse Bar providing a fitting end to a great day’s golf!”

TO ENSURE YOUR GOLF SOCIETY MEMBERS ENJOY A DAY THEY WILL REMEMBER FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS......... CONTACT: Joanne Tomey - Events Co-ordinator DIBDEN GOLF CENTRE Tel: 0238 084 5060 Email: joanne.tomey@mytimeactive.co.uk Website: www.mytimegolf.co.uk Youtube Video: http: //www.youtube.com/ watch?v=lqc_60ptCjM


Lullingstone Park Golf Course Whether it’s a round on a par 72 championship course or some practice in the 20 bay driving range, Lullingstone Park Golf Course has all the facilities you need for a brilliant golf experience. Offering two courses, one consisting of 18 holes and the other of a shorter 9 holes, all abilities are catered for. The 18 hole Castle Course was originally only 9 holes but was extended with more par 5 holes to create the 6,713 yards that it is today. The shorter 9 hole Valley Course may not be as long but is definitely a great test of all golfing ability and experience. Even though Lullingstone Park is available for anyone, so not just members, to have a go, there are perks involved with the memberships on offer, especially for the Privilege members. As well as 20% off both green fees and equipment hire, these members are entitled to exclusive offers from the Pro Shop so they can stock up on anything they may need before one of the competitions against the other Privilege members. These perks really are worth becoming not just a member but a Privilege member of Lullingstone Park. If becoming a full member for the year isn’t for you and you’re over the age of 60 there are specialist packages on offer for you. A choice between an annual season ticket and a summer season ticket allows you to pay a minimal fee followed by a small amount after each round of golf that you partake in. If society golf is more your style then there is plenty on offer to accommodate this too. Designed to offer flexibility, these bespoke packages allow you to choose which holes you’re going to play on as well as which catering options would be best for you and your society. As long as there are at least 12 players attending there is a choice of 9 to 36 holes available to play, this can be followed by various options of food, which is prepared daily in the clubhouse. If you don’t have much experience in golf, or even if you do but just want to practice or improve your technique, there are lessons available with a professional. Individual lessons start from just £25 and junior lessons can be available on a one-to-one basis. Juniors aren’t just given


the option of lessons though; memberships are on hand too, starting from £120 per year, Lullingstone Park aims to provide the best possible experience for all ages and abilities. If you believe your skills are up to scratch but you don’t have the kit, don’t worry! The Pro Shop will allow you to invest in or hire everything that you could possibly need. Ranging from Adidas shoes and clothing, Nike products and even Taylor Made clubs and demo clubs are available to try. The perfect chill out zone after a successful round or lesson is the clubhouse, or ‘The Lodge’, with a selection of food and drinks on offer there isn’t anything else you could possibly need. Not only is food readily available but it’s freshly made and prepared on-site daily, so you’ll be getting nothing less than the very best. Lullingstone Park has received excellent reviews both in the past and present, as a golf course it continues to uphold its reputation by providing first rate, quality service towards not just the members that attend but customers in general. Providing an excellent range of memberships across the age spectrum means that no one is excluded or missing the opportunity to experience an excellent round of golf or facilities to practice. The Pro Shop is also a valuable asset to this golf course. With another opportunity to provide the best service possible it is clear that this shop will meet your every need. The staff are able to assist with any questions or queries that you may have as well as have expert knowledge on hand about not just the equipment needed for golf but the game in general too. With a beautiful 500 acre setting it is an idyllic place for golf, however, you don’t have to play every time you pay Lullingstone Park a visit. You can take advantage of ‘The Lodge’ with the excellent catering facilities; it’s the perfect place to reconnect with your inner golfer, as well as the perfect society golfing venue. The ideal meeting place, courses and service for a society golf day, there’s no other place you’ll want to be.

For more information contact: 01959 533793


BLETCHINGLEY GOLF CLUB has so much more to offer than just a round of golf...... albeit on a superb, well-maintained course. At Bletchingley members and visitors alike are also able to take advantage of a range of excellent facilities including a comfortable Clubhouse; not to mention a well-stocked Pro Shop offering a wide array of golf equipment, accessories and clothing from leading brands at competitive prices.

Offers so much more than a Round of Golf!

For over 20 years Bletchingley has given pleasure to golf enthusiasts - with its 6,600 yard, 72 par/standard scratch, 18-hole Surrey golf course testing the skill of golfers of all abilities. Accommodating up to 180 people, the Club's dedicated Function Suite is ideal for all types of occasions from intimate family gatherings to large functions such as weddings, parties, conferences and exhibitions, Steve added: "We provide a totally individually tailored service at Bletchingley, ensuring the client's expectations are not only met, but exceeded! Bletchingley Golf Club has a long tradition of hosting societies and corporate days and we have always tried to be flexible with our packages. To this end we recently decided to move away from the traditional standard packages and introduced 'Build Your Own Society Day'. This method of tailoring your day to suit your requirements is proving to be very popular. During your visit why not book yourself onto a one-2-one clinic with our Golf Pro, who uses the latest computer/video technology to help you improve your game. When it comes to weddings we have liaised with a number of associated business to offer great discounts to couples including 25% of a local Hairdresser, as well as discounts from a Pastry Chef and a DJ." "We also provide an Outside Catering Service for business and corporate clients and currently have 3/4 menus from which to choose." Situated 5 minutes from Junction 6 of the M25, Bletchley is the perfect Surrey venue for golf.... weddings.... functions.... business meetings and Sunday lunches!

For more information please contact Steve Cookson, Golf Manager on 01883 744 848 or Email: stevec1412@yahoo.co.uk


BELLINGHAM GOLF CLUB Welcomes Golf Societies & Visitors

For a day’s golf that your Society members will remember for all the right reasons........you simply must visit BELLINGHAM GOLF CLUB. Set in the picturesque North Tyne valley between Hadrians Wall and the Scottish border, this well established Club offers a testing 18-hole par70 course that will provide a challenge to golfers of all abilities! Overlooking the village, with stunning views extending up the valley towards Kielder Water and the Border Forest Park, this well maintained course offers a variety of golf holes, each enhanced with its own distinctive change of direction; with the designer having utilised the abundance of natural features to their fullest to create a balance of design that would not be considered ‘out of place’ in more celebrated surroundings. In a recent interview George Cowan , PGA Professional playing the Europro Tour went on to say: “Bellingham boasts a pleasing mixture of testing par threes,

long par fives and a memorable collection of tricky par fours. With the result that members and visitors alike benefit from an overriding memory of the natural beauty of aspect and the unstinting challenge, ensuring continued enthusiasm to the very last putt.” The Club is rightly proud of its’ reputation for the warm welcome visitors receive: “We are delighted to welcome visitors and visiting Societies, all of whom are not only able to take advantage of our course, but also enjoy the excellent catering facilities available in our comfortable Clubhouse, the ideal place to relax and socialise after your game. The Clubhouse can also be hired for private celebrations or corporate functions and we can accommodate up to 80 people in our Bar for snack/buffet meals and up to 40 covers for a formal meal. In addition we can erect a marquee adjoining the bar for those events requiring more space.

Little wonder then Bellingham Golf Club regularly receives testimonials such as the one below: “I can’t think of a holiday course which gives better value for money or more enjoyment” Duncan Madsen, Newcastle Evening Chronicle Should you wish to stay in the area for a few days to explore the many attractions this picturesque part of Northumberland has to offer, the Club would be happy to recommend quality accommodation to suit all budgets from Hotels and Guest Houses through to self-catering, camping and touring caravan sites etc.

Our helpful staff will be happy to discuss your individual catering requirements, including any special dietary needs, prior to your visit.”

NEWS: The BRS Online Booking System is now active for Members, Visitors and Group Bookings. Click on the link http://www.brsgolf.com/bellingham/menu.php BELLINGHAM GOLF CLUB Boggle Hole, Bellingham, Northumberland NE48 2DT Tel: 01434 220 530 Email: clubhouse@bellinghamgolfclub.com Website: www.bellinghamgolfclub.com


7 nights - All Inclusive 3 Rounds Golf 2 Pasha 1 PGA Sultan From ÂŁ365 pp + flights As seen on Sky Sports Justin Rose shot a flawless 66 to beat Lee Westwood by a shot at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final after beating Tiger Woods in the Semi Final played at the PGA Sultan in Belek, Turkey. Stay 7 nights Ultra All Inclusive at the beautifully refurbished 5* Sirene Belek Hotel and play the stunning PGA Sultan and its sister course the Pasha.

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f you are thinking of organising a Golf Break for your Society......Turkey ticks all the right boxes....... with its' luxurious Hotels, world-championship courses.....and of course the sundrenched climate....... it's a win-win situation all around! As a UK based ATOL bonded Tour Operator TURKISH GOLF has achieved an impressive reputation for providing individually tailored Golf Holidays in which visitors have the opportunity to play on some of the greatest courses in the world, as well as relax and enjoy the high quality accommodation, facilities and service provided at the 5* Sirene Belek Hotel in the beautiful Turkey holiday resort of Belek, as the company's Golf Co-ordinator Laurence Kaye outlined in a recent interview: "Having partnered with the prestigious 5* Sirene Belek Hotel we are able to offer golfing enthusiasts an opportunity to play at the Antalya Golf Club which boasts some of the greatest courses in the world including the Pasha Course and the championship PGA Sultan Course." At an inviting 5731 meters, the par 72 Pasha Course may lead you to think that its' a walk in the woods but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fooled by the scenery. It's tricky dog-legs, cleverly placed bunkers and undulating greens ensure that even the more experienced golfer must think over each shot carefully." Undoubtedly 'the jewel in the crown' at Antalya Golf Club, the18-hole, 71-par, 7085-yard PGA Sultan Course promises a demanding round for golfers of all abilities, as well as offering spectacular views throughout. From the 1st tee shot with water on both left and right, through to the 18th, an elevated tee with more water comfortably in play, this superior Parkland Course will challenge even an accomplished player. Recognised as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World, it comes as no surprise to learn the Antalya Golf Club's PGA Sultan Course played host to the 2012 Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals held in Belek. It featured four of the five top ranked world class players: Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and winner of the 2012 tournament Justin Rose plus 2011 Masters winner plus Charl Schwartzel the 2012 U.S open champion Webb Simpson. Laurence added: "The Sky coverage of this event throughout the four days certainly raised the profile of golf in Turkey and since then we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of players wishing to enjoy their favourite sport in the warm Turkish climate." Antalyaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PGA Sultan Course was also chosen to host the 2012 Eisenhower Trophy, a biennial world amateur team golf championship for men organized by the International Golf Federation; with recent tournaments having featured teams from more than sixty countries.

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Just 3 minutes away, the Antalya Golf Course is on the Sirene Belek Hotel doorstep; with guests at the Hotel able to take advantage of the courtesy shuttle service to the Club, as well as special privileges, such as access to the private golfers lounge.

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The Sirene Belek Hotel offers a high standard of accommodation in a choice of rooms and suites, with either sea or garden views, as well as the latest in modern facilities including 24-hour service, together with a varied entertainment programme. Boasting 5 restaurants and 7 bars, the Hotel is rightly proud of the delicious and imaginative cuisine it provides including Italian and Seafood (depending on season).


As host to the Deer Park Masters, one of the most prestigious events on the Scottish PGA Tartan Tour calendar, and as a former qualifying venue for the Open Championship, Deer Park Golf Club has justly earned the reputation as one of the premier inland golf courses in West Lothian. Nevertheless, the course is just as exposed to weather as any club, and not immune to the challenges facing the industry. The fight against the elements culminated in a root and branch look at the types of rain conditions and the drainage to cope with it. John Muir, the Chairman of the Muir Group, as owners and operators of Deer Park, took a proactive construction approach to the modern rain downpours and categorised vis :Rain showers - can the course cope?- Yes Rain downpours - can the course cope?- Yes Severe biblical rain – days on end – can the course cope? - No

What followed was a hole by hole analysis of the ability of the golf course to cope with Noah’s Ark conditions. This led, in turn, to a comprehensive plan to remove the water from greens, pitching areas fairways and bunkers. The first phase of the project was to lay down main drains wherever required throughout the 18 holes. After these were installed, the pitching areas and fairways had connecting drains installed to remove the surface water underfoot. Finally, the entire course – greens, fairways and roughs were spiked and heavily sanded. John Muir noted, “All of the above required timing to get the job done and achieve a lasting solution without reducing the course to a mud bath. Yes, we lost members; yes, we had complaints; yes, we

spent far more than we intended to. We even compensated the faithful members by giving them cash back on the subscriptions to spend in the club on food and drink.” So, what’s happened? Firstly, the golf course is healing; secondly, the members are appreciative; thirdly, new membership has moved from a trickle to a flood. Inside the Club, lounges have been upgraded, locker rooms improved and heating, lighting and air handling all given energy reduction investment.

a swimming pool, steam and sauna facilities, multi gym and a spa. The finished effect has produced a root and branch game changing U-turn on the Club with bookings for weddings, golf, functions and new members all pouring into the venue in unprecedented numbers. John Muir also noted, “Nothing in a recession is easy - and against the elements even worse. But this has been a victory in commitment and confidence in the staff and the membership. 2013 promises to be the big turning point for golf and business at Deer Park.”

Unlike any other Golf Club, Deer Park has 16 lanes of 10-pin bowling,

"Golf and the Weather The Deer Park Story"


DON'T LET PAIN STOP YOU FROM ENJOYING YOUR GAME! When it comes to providing golf accessories specifically designed for players who experience difficulty in bending due to problems with their back, knee or hip, NORTHCROFT GOLF LTD ticks all the right boxes, as the company's Managing Director Kevin Bailey outlined in a recent interview: "We are committed to bringing you quality products that will help you to enjoy the game you love. Many golfers struggle at sometime in their golfing life, even trembling hands can stop you being able to perform simple tasks like 'Teeing up your ball'." "Robust, very light and easy to use, our patented Devices are the result of continued development and testing which has progressed to incorporate a total system. This system allows for Teeing up the tee and golf ball, Divot mark repairing, Marker placing, Marker retrieval and Ball lifting both on and off the green without the need to ever stoop or bend down." The first of many products designed to help those who suffer in this way, the Northcroft Backsaver System takes the 'bending' out of golf: The Ball And Marker Pickup: Described as 'the best at picking the ball up', The Ball And Marker Pickup also allows you to mark your ball and lift your marker too without bending; with the added bonus that it fits any size Putter grip! The Tee-Up: This is a golf teeing device which can be used to tee your golf ball without the need for you to bend over. Easy to use and very stable, the Tee-Up works effectively in enabling you to place the Ball & Tee into the ground and then again efficiently moving the device away from your tee'd up ball. With no sharp spikes used, the Tee-Up is very safe, using a rubber loop to enable you to pick it up from the ground after playing your shot - Unlike any other device that you may have seen or tried previously! The Backsaver Plus - Incorporating all of the above and more, including a unique bend-free Divot repair tool (Pitchmark repairer)The Backsaver Plus fits over standard sizes putter grips. The company also offer an extensive range of accessories/replacement products including: The Caddy (for Ball Lifter Plus); Ball Lifter Cup; Bag Attachment; Belt Clip and Putter Handle Clip. As you would expect from such a quality-conscious organisation, NORTHCROFT GOLF LTD is PCI compliant, in line with Security Metrics requirements; with regular tests being carried out by Security Metrics personnel to ensure the company's maintain their high quality rating. "We truly believe that we are unique as the only Company in the world offering a Total Bend-Free solution from Tee to Green, which is available to buy individually or as a Complete system. We are rightly proud of our product range, which our customers tell us really do work."

"For further information please visit our website: www.northcroftgolf.com where you can view videos of our product range." NORTHCROFT GOLF LTD Undys Cottage, 39 Charnham Street, Hungerford, Berks RG17 0EJ Tel: +44 (0) 1488 685038 Email: enquiries@northcroftgolf.com Website: www.northcroftgolf.com


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OLF is a rewarding and challenging sport that can be played by people of all ages and abilities. However, whilst those in their youth may find going round an 18-hole course a ‘walk in the park’......the same can’t always be said for players over the age of 50, many of whom suffer from back problems, arthritis and other illnesses resulting in them experiencing pain when bending or walking. Now, thanks to i-motioncaddys unique i-m4 Electric Single Seat Golf Buggy you can enjoy a relaxing game of golf ........ without the pain!

under the i-motioncaddys global patent. In a recent interview the company’s Sales Director Roy Moore outlined why its’ innovative Single Seater Golf Buggy has caused such a stir within the golf sector: “As you can see from the unique modern design, i-motioncaddys has broken away from tradition and designed the ‘future of single seat golf rides’. The i-m4 will easily complete 36 holes on a full charge and its superior 4 wheel

build quality allows for outstanding performance for both single and fleet The company’s ethos buyers alike. With the to be ‘dedicated to i-m4’s quick release excellence’ has enabled system enabling the buggy i-motioncaddys to build-up to be fully portable and an impressive reputation transportable by car, for providing quality, adding to its appeal!” reliable products; the latest of which being its’ i-m4 “Also, the introduction Electric Single Seat Golf of the road legal i-m4 Roadster, which is fitted Buggy. with a full electronic front Designed in the UK, it and rear lighting system, comes as no surprise to gives you the option to learn i-m4 Electric Single Seat Golf Buggy is enjoying drive to your course and sales all over the world, play!!”


serving as a seal of approval to prospective clients.

Commenting on receiving this accolade, Roy went on to say:

With a carrying capacity 200kg and weighing 153kg with batteries (100kg without batteries), i-m4 offers power combined with style and manoeuvrability. With an overall length of 49.5” 127.7 cm, width of 32.5” – 82.6cm, height of 42” - 106.7cm (Height folded 31” - 78.7cm and with quick seat release 27” 68.6cm, the i-m4 is compact enough to fit into virtually any vehicle. Boasting a steel frame construction, which has the added protection of a rustproof powder coating, together with a strong fibre glass body, the i-m4 is available in a range of colours. Able to travel a maximum distance of 50km, the i-m4’s 36V 1200 Watt Motor enables speeds of 6.4km (Low) up to 19km (High) per hour; combined with its’ electromagnetic magnetic braking system, providing the user with a highly reliable stopping facility. Whether you are on level ground or going uphill, this revolutionary Single Seat Buggy with its’ forward and reverse enabling easy manoeuvrability, has a slope climbing capacity of 17 degrees plus; and has not yet found a golf course slope that has defeated it!!! As you would expect from such a quality-conscious organisation, i-motioncaddys also provides a full range of optional accessories for the i-m4.

ISN’T IT TIME YOU STARTING ENJOYING YOUR FAVOURITE GAME....... WITHOUT THE PAIN!! FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE i-m4 ELECTRIC SINGLE SEAT GOLF BUGGY CONTACT: Roy Moore - Sales Director i-motioncaddys™ 99-103 Pritchett Street, Newtown, Birmingham, B6 4ES. United Kingdom Email: roy@i-motioncaddys.com Website: www.i-motioncaddys.com Tel: 0121 503 8109


LOOKING FOR A CHALLENGING DAYS GOLF FOR YOUR SOCIETY? Boasting over 10 years experience of organising golf breaks in Wales and other destinations throughout the UK and Europe, Welshgolfbreaks.com offers a wide choice of wonderful golf courses in the beautiful unspoilt Welsh countryside, as the Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Managing Director, Graham Ruth outlined in a recent interview:

To experience golf as is should be........Contact: Welshgolfbreaks.com Tel: 01822 618148 Email: sales@welshgolfbreaks.com


“With so many excellent courses to choose from the hardest part is selecting which one you want to visit first. How about Southern Wales for golf with The Celtic Manor Resort home to the Ryder Cup 2010 and the World Famous Royal Porthcawl? Or West Wales with Tenby and Ashburnham Golf Courses ? Mid Wales Golf Courses with Llandrindod Wells, Cradoc and Builth Wells? Or last, but by no means least, North Wales Golf Clubs, home to Royal St Davids, Nefyn & District and Conwy. Each course offers a very different challenge with one thing in common.......unhurried golf with panoramic backdrops of the unspoiled Welsh countryside.” Believe it or not, these courses are only the tip of the iceberg, with many more great golf courses in Wales waiting to be discovered, it’s little wonder discerning golfers are making Wales their first choice for a golfing break. The company regularly offer Group Discount Golf Breaks such as the following, which is ideal for visiting Golf Societies: Located in the heart of Swansea’s vibrant city centre, The Dragon Hotel is the perfect base for golfers and non-golfers alike. Minutes away from Swansea’s Train Station and a short drive from the M4. The 106 stylish en-suite bedrooms are furnished in a modern, relaxed design and offer excellent facilities including air conditioning and free wireless internet access. Guests also benefit from complimentary car parking as well as use of the Dragon Health and Fitness Club. With one in every eight staying for FREE on a Sunday night, the Break must include 2 nights at The Dragon. 2 Nights Bed & Breakfast and golf at Machynys Peninsula (Sun), Fairwood Park (Mon) & Gower (Tues) £170.00 per person / £140.00 per person (8th person) The comprehensive number of testimonials received by the company further highlights the high quality service it provides; with 73% of its’ customers rating the company’s customer service as excellent; 91% believing its’ golf breaks offer very good value for money and 100% of the company’s customers stating they would definitely return to Wales for a golf break organised by the company. Visit www.welshgolfbreak.com to view commendations received by the company. The last word goes to Graham: “Our key goal is to offer excellent courses, accommodation and facilities at a great price, as part of the truly customer-focused service we provide, ensuring each and every one of our clients remembers their golf break for all the right reasons.”


Penrith Golf Centre & Driving Range

Penrith Golf Centre & Driving Range

Tel: 0176892167

Website: www.penrithgolf.co.uk


Whether you are looking for a Golf Day for your Golf Society or a Golfing Break the Windmill Village Hotel ticks all the right boxes for golf enthusiasts looking for excellent, luxury accommodation, international cuisine and that all important golfing challenge. With roots dating back to 1510 when it was used as a working mill, the Windmill Village Hotel has a rich tradition and history including, if the legend is to be believed, the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin having stayed at the Inn. For over 300 years the Windmill has taken pride in the standard of excellence it offers. In this day and age, it's refreshing to find a family-run business that still holds fast to traditional values such as quality..........reliability............and good value for money. Yet that's exactly what you can expect at the Windmill Village Hotel & Golf Club. Whether you are browsing for golf courses, golf lessons, golf breaks, golf weekends or a golfing holiday, Windmill Village Hotel & Golf Club welcomes you with excellent, luxury accommodation, international cuisine and that all important golfing challenge! In a recent interview, the Hotel's Golf, Leisure & Spa Manager Oliver Thomas had this to say: "Boasting superb views over the lake and the surrounding West Midlands countryside, our 18 hole par-70, parkland golf course offers a wonderful array of testing holes that challenge golfers of all abilities. Our golfing facilities include a pro shop, club hire, locker rooms, breakfast, lunch & dinner, golf tuition and buggy and trolley hire. Added to this visitors can also take advantage of our luxury accommodation, exceptionally fine catering and state-ofthe-art Gym, Health Club & Leisure Club." Located on the outskirts of Coventry, the Windmill Village Hotel & Golf Club makes the ideal base for you to explore the many interesting nearby attractions such as The NEC, The National Motorcycle Museum, Shakespeare Country and Warwick Castle. It therefore comes as no surprise to learn the Windmill Village Hotel & Golf Club regularly receives testimonials from satisfied clients such as the following; "The event was well organisation, the course was in excellent condition and well marshalled." The last word goes to Oliver: "From the moment you place your booking, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll understand that our focus is on YOU...... Your enjoyment...... your comfort.....and your satisfaction."

Visit website www.windwillvillagehotel.co.uk to see the wide choice of Society Packages available. Alternatively, contact: WINDMILL VILLAGE HOTEL & GOLF CLUB, Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry, CV5 9AL (on the A45 West-bound) Tel: Golf & Leisure Dept: 02476 404041 Fax: 02476 404042 Email: glm@windmillvillagehotel.co.uk Website: www.windmillvillagehotel.co.uk


FAIRHAVEN LAKE LODGE

Excellent Accommodation..............Excellent Golf ...................Excellent Holiday

If you are thinking about having a Break Away combined with a few rounds of golf you won’t find better place to stay than FAIRHAVEN LAKE LODGE, a large Edwardian property situated on the North West coast, that has somehow managed to seamlessly blend its rich heritage with the latest in modern facilities to meet the needs of its’ 21st Century visitors. Golf enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice when it comes to quality golf courses in the area. Known as the ‘Golf Coast’, the North West coast boasts some of the most toughest links courses in the world, including Royal Lytham and St Annes, Royal Birkdale, St Annes Old Links, Hillside and Fairhaven to name just 5. The accommodation too will not disappoint. Offering comfortable accommodation for up to 8 people, the Lodge boasts a relaxing Lounge with soft leather furnishings including large 3 seater sofa, which converts into double bed for those extra guests, Complemented by another 2 seater sofa, chair and 2 large leather beanbags. Owner Nick Lanigan added: “We strive to make our visitors feel right at home, so provide luxury items such as the Smart 46 inch HD TV complete with Freeview in the Lounge, together with a Wii and Playstation with games to keep the kids amused.” Benefiting from central heating throughout, the Lodge has 4 Bedrooms comprising 4 Single beds, 2 small Double beds and with two fully tiled shower rooms on each floor and separate cloakroom, comfortably catering for larger groups. Guests are supplied with linen and towels.

WHETHER YOU ARE A GOLF ENTHUSIASTS OR JUST LOOKING TO ENJOY SOME LANCASHIRE HOSPITALITY........ FOR PRICES AND FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT:

NICK LANIGAN FAIRHAVEN LAKE LODGE Tel: 07738958 773 Email: nick.lanigan@gmail.com Website: www.fairhavenlakelodge.co.uk

In the fully fitted Kitchen you will find everything you need to make your stay truly enjoyable including Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer, Integrated Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer and Washing machine, together with Cooker, Plus a separate seating area and a 32 inch HD TV. In the Lodge’s pleasant Dining area you will find a large extendable oak dining table which seats for up to 8 people. If the weather permits you could also eat alfresco in the Lodge’s well maintained private back garden, where you will find a BBQ and patio area with seating facilities for up to 8 people. Alternatively, you may wish to take advantage of the fine food available at one of the Pubs or Restaurants nearby. Parking won’t prove to be a problem with a large paved driveway providing parking for 3 cars and ample on road parking. Aside from being the perfect base from which to explore the many superior Golf Courses nearby, this area also offers facilities for many other sports and activities including the nearest beach (Granny’s Beach) just 0.5km away


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PLAY GOLF AT DERBYSHIRES PREMIER GOLF COURSE. Situated within a rolling 300 acre estate on some of Derbyshires beautiful countryside. With 2 Courses with excellent views and differing challenges we are able to offer a perfect day for any golfing day out. Green fees available available from £28* Society group bookings from £39 per person including tea, coffee and bacon roll, 18 holes and a 2 course meal*

Book now for Superb Golf, Great Facility and Fantastic Hosts.

BREADSALL PRIORY, A MARRIOTT HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB Nr. Derby, Derbyshire, 01332836002 www.marriottgolf.co.uk

Terms and conditions apply, offers subject to availability. Please book green fees online for best rates


Call us on 01332836016 or to book a tee time log on to www.marriottgolf.co.uk/breadsallpriory

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owhere does the allure of history meet modern comfort more ele gantly than at Breadsall Priory, a Marriott Hotel and Country Club. Located in 300 acres of parkland in the heart of Derbyshire the club offers 36 holes - contrasting and challenging for players of all abilities. The courses stand in more than 300 acres of glorious Derbyshire parkland, just a stones throw away from Derby city center and within each reach of the M1 motorway. They offer exciting golf on 2 different styled courses with the added benefits of exceptional Marriott service. With breathtaking views, demanding holes and open, undulating fairways and small, well protected greens, the golf course stands among some of the best in the Derbyshire and the east midlands. It features two high-quality golf courses, The Priory and The Moorland, each with

its own challenges. Both courses are Par 70 and measure just over 6,000 yards. The Moorland Course The Moorland Course is considered some of the best golf in the region. Designed by Donald Steel, the Moorland Course opened in 1991, and features excellent views over the Derbyshire countryside. It offers a challenging layout of 6,028 yards and par 70, combining a fearsome rough with subtly contoured greens for a fair test of golf. The Priory Course Although the Priory Course at 6,120 yards is similar in length to the Moorland Course, it offers a much more challenging layout. The Priory Course at Breadsall Priory winds through steeply undulating parkland around the hotel and requires a high degree of accuracy through the treelined fairways. The very small greens add to the challenge of this course. The hotel also boasts an exceptional range

of hotel facilities, including 112 bedrooms, indoor heated swimming pool, gym and tennis courts as well as 2 restaurants and bars, conference facilities and a health & beauty salon for those wishing to pamper as well as play golf. Marriott has a long history of providing not only excellent facilities and great courses but superb hosting and great food. So if you are looking for a venue for a round of golf or a society event Breadsall Priory a Marriott Hotel and Country is the place for you


Individually Tailored Golf Holidays Secure Top Award for

QUALITY GOLF DESTINATIONS LTD Throughout the year, the Directors at the Golf Yearbook Online select organisations within the Golf Sector that have best demonstrated a proven ability to go that extra mile in not only meeting but exceeding the needs of their customers. Therefore, in line with this philosophy, it gives us pleasure to announce QUALITY GOLF DESTINATIONS LTD has been selected to receive the INTERNATIONAL GOLF TOUR PROVIDER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2013, a totally independent Award Programme that is recognised both in this country and abroad. This Award Scheme was created in order to recognise those businesses and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their particular field. The Golf Yearbook Online is always keen to bring attention to those who are providing a product or service that stands out from the crowd and deserves to be appreciated not only by its’ readers, but also by a wider audience. Not every organisation within the Golf Sector can walk away with one of these accolades, that have become the hallmark of success, but those that do all emerge from the process more successful; with many having gone on to become acknowledged leaders in the marketplace. When it comes to worldwide Golf Holidays..........the highly experienced Team at Award-winning QUALITY GOLF DESTINATIONS has achieved an impressive reputation for going that extra mile to ensure you remember your Golf Holiday for all the right reasons, as the company’s Contract Manager Rob Matthews outlined in a recent interview: “As part of our continual commitment to provide a truly customer-focused service, we only send clients to venues which we have been to ourselves. When it comes to


sporting holidays everyone has different expectations and it’s important that we have firsthand knowledge of the Hotels and Golf Courses we offer, in that way we are able to ensure each and every customer’s expectations are not only met but in many cases exceeded. As golfers ourselves, we understand the specific requirements of Holiday golfers. Dealing directly with golf courses, golf resorts, hotel and travel partners in some of the most breathtaking Golf destinations worldwide, we can offer you the best golf holidays of a lifetime -its our speciality.” The company offer individually tailored Golf Holiday packages to an extensive choice of golf destinations worldwide including Portugal, Spain, Thailand, South Africa, UAE (Dubai), USA, Turkey, Ireland & Scotland, Morocco the French Riviera and Eastern Europe. Rob added: “The Golf Courses and Golf Resorts we offer include championship courses such as the Blue Canyon Course in Phuket which has hosted the Jonnie Walker Classic and Thracian Cliffs on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, hosts of the 2013 Volvo Match Play Championships, as well as the local gems which can be enjoyed by all. We have visited all our golf destinations and played many of the courses so we can give you first hand advice and recommendations, enabling us to put the perfect package together for you. Our close


links with quality golf courses and golf resorts enables us to offer a competitive price and unique package. As well as golf, in many locations we can also provide escorted sightseeing trips to historical sights, enable you to discover wildlife wonders in the most astounding locations, taste some of the best wines directly at the vineyards and relax on idyllic beaches.” “As part of our philosophy to extend and develop the range of venues and services we offer, we have recently teamed up with Fairway Homes Travel, one of Europe’s leading providers of Golf Holiday Apartments and Villas, enabling us to now offer luxurious properties, all of which have access to Golf Courses. Whether you want a standard apartment in the Spanish Costas or a luxury villa in the majestic setting of Mauritus......Quality Golf Destinations offer hundreds of distinctive properties in 22 different countries around the world. Key to securing this Award was the fact that the company provides a ‘total’ Golf Package, organising every small detail including flights, accommodation, rounds of golf, car hire, transfers etc........so all you have to do is arrive at the Airport and make the most of your golf holiday experience. If sticking to just one golf course isn’t for you then the Costa Daurada Classic pair’s competition coming this October could be exactly what you’re looking for. Enjoy a tournament week in Spain Costa Daurada on a fully escorted golf break, playing on three different courses over three days with a choice of top quality hotels, brilliant golf courses and an array of fantastic prizes this year’s Costa Daurada Classic will be a competition that you won’t want to miss.


Demand for Costa Daurada will be high……. SO TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT TEL: 01782 510800 This year QUALITY GOLF DESTINATIONS LTD has joined forces with the National Club Golfer to take its goal of helping you play better golf to a whole new level: “We have devised the ultimate golfing holiday exclusively for NCG readers that provides you with golf in the sun on some sublime courses – plus the opportunity to improve all areas of your game along the way.” For more information visit the National Club Golfer website: http://www.nationalclubgolfer.com/features/articles/ ncg-winter-golf-academy-2013-algarve.html For your peace of mine QUALITY GOLF DESTINATIONS LTD is bonded to the Travel Travel Trust Association as well as holding a membership with IAGTO. Receiving the INTERNATIONAL GOLF TOUR PROVIDER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2013 is a milestone for QUALITY GOLF DESTINATIONS LTD and forms the final piece of the jigsaw that confirms the Company’s success, as well as acting as a seal of approval to prospective customers.

Visit website: www.qualitygolfdestinations.com to subscribe to the company's Weekly Special Offers - giving discounted Golf holidays to destinations worldwide. MAKE 2013 THE YEAR YOU EXPERIENCE THE GOLF HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME BY CONTACTING AWARD-WINNING....... QUALITY GOLF DESTINATIONS LTD Reservations Department PO Box 3186, Biddulph, Staffordshire ST8 9AY Tel: 01782 510800 Email: info@qualitygolfdestinations.com Website: www.qualitygolfdestinations.com


LOOKING FOR A MEMORABLE DAY OUT FOR YOUR GOLF SOCIETY? Then look no further................ CAVENDISH GOLF CLUB has everything you need to enjoy a Golf Day you will remember for all the right reasons. Since it's inception in 1925 Cavendish Golf Club has achieved a reputation for the warm welcome it offers to visitors. The fact that the Club's course hasn't been altered in 88 years, highlights the skill and expertise of its' designer Dr. Alister MacKenzie, a renowned British golf course architect whose course designs, on four different continents, are consistently ranked among the finest golf courses in the world. In a recent interview, the head of marketing had this to say: "We welcome corporate groups and visiting Societies, who are all able to experience our challenging 18-hole course, which although shorter than many at 5721 yds off the medal tees, will still test the skills of golfers of all abilities." "Over the years, many notable visitors including Henry Cotton and Babe Zaharlas have played Cavendish. So, if you choose to visit the 'jewel in the Crown' of Derbyshire golf courses, you will be following in the footsteps of some golfing greats, and preceding Tiger Woods, who has yet to meet the challenge of Cavendish." Visitors and members alike are able to take advantage of the Cavendish Clubhouse, the perfect place to relax and socialise after your game. Boasting a comfort Lounge area, with a well stocked Bar where you can get anything from tea and coffee, to fine wine, spirits and various soft drinks. Other facilities within the Clubhouse include a full size snooker table, a Big Screen on which you can watch all the latest sporting events. We are proud of the excellent catering facilities that are provided seven days a week. These range from freshly cooked food made to order to formal dining in our Dining Room overlooking the golf course. For corporate groups and visiting Societies, we will be happy to discuss your individual catering requirements, including any special dietary needs.

Your Golf Day wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Club's Pro Shop, where you will find an array of golf equipment, accessories and clothing from leading brands at competitive prices.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shirley Davis - Secretary/Manager CAVENDISH GOLF CLUB Watford Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XF Tel 01298 79708 Email: admin@cavendishgolfclub.com Website: www.cavendishgolfclub.com


Padbrook Park Hotel Padbrook Park is a golf and country club with a difference; it offers the best sporting, leisure and conference facilities in a friendly, informal environment. Near the cathedral city of Exeter the superb location offers extensive facilities for anyone visiting the South-West be it for leisure breaks, business, functions, weddings or golf. Boasting a par 72 18 hole golf course that was only unveiled in 2009 you can have over 6,500 yards worth of golfing challenge. With interesting water hazards, natural woodland and rolling fairways this course offers a pleasurable challenge to every level of golfer. If you don’t want to go straight to the course there are other options available, such as the large 10 bay floodlit power tee driving range which is open daily from 8am. If you feel that you don’t have the right kit for the course, don’t worry! The onsite pro-shop can stock you with everything you need and even sort you out some advice with the PGA Advanced Professional, Stuart Disney. If society or corporate golf is more your game Padbrook Park caters for this too, even offering corporate memberships. Society days are available for 12 or more players with packages starting from just £29 per person; this includes coffee and a bacon roll on arrival and 18 holes of golf. However, if you’re part of a company the corporate membership is excellent value for money. With an annual golf day for up to 50 free guests and a golf clinic for you and your company with the PGA Professional from only £1100 a year, there is nothing else you could want. If meetings or functions are involved too there are 6 function rooms to choose from and the ability to cater for between 2 and 200 people. If society golf doesn’t appeal or you’re not involved in corporate golf but you want a weekend away, Padbrook is still the ideal venue. Offering a full English or continental breakfast, a 3 course evening meal, overnight accommodation and 18 holes of golf from just £80 per person per night there isn’t anything that you’re missing out on. If one round of golf isn’t enough you can buy more with 50% off the green fee rates if you’re a hotel guest. Padbrook Park Hotel really does cater for every type of golfer and each facility isn’t just limited to members, guests are most welcome to come and see what Padbrook is all about.

tel: +44 (0)1884 836100 fax: +44 (0)1884 836101 website: www.padbrookpark.co.uk


STAPLEFORD PARK HOTEL, GOLF & SPA Extends A Warm Welcome to All Its Visitors

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f you are looking for a venue for a corporate golf day, a day out for your golf society or simply a great place to entertain clients or friends, STAPLEFORD PARK HOTEL, GOLF & SPA ticks all the right boxes. An oasis of tranquility set in the Leicestershire countryside, Stapleford Park offers luxurious accommodation, award-winning cuisine, outstanding leisure and spa facilities and a fabulous thatched clubhouse, all of which are complemented with peerless service from dedicated staff. Designed by Donald Steel, Stapleford Park’s championship course not only offers stunning views of the surrounding, rolling Leicestershire countryside but also the opportunity to play against a backdrop of ever-changing views of the house, its lakes and 500-acre park. Weaving its way around the heart of the parkland in two extended loops, this championship course provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities. Woods, ponds and streams all challenge players’ abilities, together with the meandering River Eye which comes into play on four holes. Epitomising classic English countryside golf at its best, this 6944-yard, 18-hole, par-73 parkland course also features a number of Scottish-style, steep faced bunkers, which need to be avoided if you want to record a good score. In a recent interview, Richard

Alderson, PGA Professional at Stapleford Park, said: “The greens and tees at Stapleford Park are immaculately maintained to the highest championship standards. “As a result, Stapleford Park gives members, hotel guests and visiting societies the opportunity to play the course throughout the year, without the need for temporary greens and tees in the winter.” Little wonder then that Stapleford Park’s championship golf course became the East Midlands’ first venue for the European Senior Tour, hosting the Handa Senior Masters in 2010 and 2011. After 18 holes Stapleford members and visitors alike are able to unwind with lunch and a drink in the clubhouse or meet friends and family at the main house for an evening meal “Stapleford is perfect for a short golf break, offering a challenging course together with quality accommodation set in beautiful surroundings.” Golfers and non-golfers alike can really relax at Stapleford Park, where you can also try your hand at other sports including clay pigeon shooting, riding, falconry, quad biking, archery or croquet. Set in a beautiful, converted Victorian stable block, Stapleford Park’s cutting-edge leisure facilities have something to suit everyone’s needs. If you prefer something a little more energetic, the state-of-the-art

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STAPLEFORD PARK COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL & SPORTING ESTATE Stapleford, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 2EF Tel: +44 (0) 1572 787044 Email: clubs@stapleford.co.uk Alternatively, complete the golf enquiry form at: Website: www.staplefordpark.com

gym, boasting the latest in treadmills and elliptical trainers, free weights and fitness studio is available – or you could simply relax with a treatment upstairs in the luxurious spa. If you enjoy a relaxing swim, the main house complex includes a 22-metre heated, indoor pool, complete with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Justin Rose is just one of the many professional golfers to give the venue the thumbs up. “It’s the whole set up here that attracted me to Stapleford Park. I can’t think of anywhere more relaxing to come, to get away from the pressures of everyday life on the tour,” he said. The 2002 Ryder Cup winning captain Sam Torrance was also very impressed with the course saying: “I love to play Donald Steel courses and believe Stapleford to be one of England’s greatest jewels.”


Owned by the Stokes family, SHALL HILL GOLF & SPA HOTEL has somehow managed to seamlessly blend its rich heritage with the latest in modern facilities to meet the needs of its' 21st Century visitors. Shaw Hill provides everything you need for a relaxing Golf Break Away, including 30 ensuite individually styled Bedrooms, imaginative and exciting dishes served in the Hotel's elegant restaurant Vardons, together with a magnificent Leisure Club complete with an 18metre swimming pool, fully equipped gym, fitness classes, tanning machines, sauna, steam room, spa days, jacuzzi, beauty salon and hairdressing salon. Shall Hill is rightly proud of its' challenging and undulating 18-hole course, which measures 6283 yards in length from the white tees, 5965 from the yellow tees and 5417 from the Ladies tees, as Bernard Broderick, acting Golf Co-ordinator at Shaw Hill in the absence of Guy White, explained in a recent interview: "Designed by Laurence Allamby, our championship 72-par mature parkland course is popular with members and visitors alike, with many visitors returning again and again to test their skills."

"Yet the curious nature of the course rewards long hitting on the par fives in particular and accuracy on the shorter par fours and threes." It is said that more business deals are carried out on the golf course than in the boardroom.....making Shaw Hill the perfect place to entertain your corporate guests: "A Corporate Golf day at Shaw Hill is the ideal environment to network and develop relationships with existing customers and decision makers. Impress existing and future clients with our championship golf course and beautiful surroundings away from the distractions of the office. Our professional team can arrange a full Corporate Golfing Day that is guaranteed to keep your guests talking for months to come. With 30 bedrooms and situated in the heart of Lancashire it is the perfect venue for entertaining your clients and guests."

"The scenic charm of the golf course belies a stern test for every level of golfer," he added, For further information on the Hotel's Society Packages, Corporate Packages or Mini Golf Breaks contact: SHAW HILL GOLF & SPA HOTEL Whittle Le Woods, Chorley, Lancashire PR6 7PP Tel: 01257 269221 Fax: 01257 261223 Email: golf@shaw-hill.co.uk Website: www.shaw-hill.co.uk


KINGARTH HOTEL An Idyllic Place to Enjoy a Golfing Break! Looking to combine a break away with a round or two of golf? Then the KINGARTH HOTEL ticks all the right boxes; boasting its' own Bowling Green, as well as a 9 hole Golf Course a mere 5 minutes walk away! The Hotel has managed to seamlessly blend its rich heritage with the latest in modern facilities, to meet the needs of its 21st Century visitors, as Proprietors Maria and Simon Tettmar explained: "We pride ourselves in offering comfortable accommodation, together with home cooked food, made using the best local and home-grown produce."

Whether it’s a Break Away.....A Wedding or a Private/Corporate Event..... FIND OUT MORE AT: THE KINGARTH HOTEL Isle of Bute, PA20 9LU Tel: 01700 831662 Email: maria@kingarthhotel.co.uk Website: www.kingarthhotel.co.uk

Going on a golf break to the Scottish home of golf – St Andrew’s or Carnoustie in Tayside? We have the very accommodation awaiting you… A beautiful luxurious self-catering apartment ( 4 apartments in all) in a 16th century castle, with the use of a heated indoor swimming pool and sauna, set in a 120 acre estate of woods, streams, parklands and two ornamental lakes! Golfers will be in their element as Pitcairlie is especially good for golfers with an astonishing forty golf courses within ten to sixty minutes travel, including the world famous links of Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and the Old Course at St Andrews! There are five self – catering holiday properties in all, four apartments and one detached holiday cottage converted from the former lodge house. They sleep two to six guests individually or a total of twenty one. All have been refurbished to a very high standard and have been awarded four stars. All properties have DVD, WIFI, digital television, stereo, radio, and CD/ cassette player. Kitchen equipment is catered for consisting of a dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, hob and washing / dryer facilities are available . Pitcairlie House takes care of everything – so that you don’t need to worry about anything except maybe your golf handicap!

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Rosemary Jeynes, Pitcairlie Holiday Apartments, Pitcairlie House, Auchtermuchty, Fife, Scotland, KY14 6EU.


The Importance of Quality Golf Trophies Trophies, awards and medals are presented in nearly every modern day sport making them a commonplace but sought after item. Receiving a trophy or award represents success, as well as being a memento of private accomplishment. In some sports, but especially golf, the individual does not have to actually have won the competition overall but may have achieved something significant whilst competing, for example, a hole in one.

Golf trophies started with the ‘Champion’s Belt’ in the 1860s that was presented to the British Open winner until that was replaced in 1870 with the ‘Claret Jug’ that is still presented today. The current Masters prize is the ‘Green Jacket’ that is one of the most sought after sporting prizes, not far behind the Tour de France ‘Yellow Jersey’. These are just three examples of golfing prizes but they can come in all shapes, sizes and materials ranging from wood to crystal and gold with most of them being engraved.


Golf trophies have many different and bespoke designs; it is rare to see similar ones. They are designed to give a strong visual impact as well as to add a suitably prestigious note to the occasion. Anything that is a symbol of victory usually makes an impact on those not receiving the award, motivating them towards wanting to win it themselves as well as provoking a note of recognition and appreciation towards the victorious individual. There are many different awards across the wide range of sports played in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s society but golf trophies are probably some of the most prestigious. The illusive hole in one is

almost always rewarded with a trophy and has become a highly coveted award to receive. Golf trophies add to the gratification of a sport that is seldom conquered and never truly mastered. Warwickshire-based, EFX Corporate Awards & Trophies provide a range of excellent trophies and awards, as well as a personalised engraving service. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation for professionalism, quick turnaround times and high quality products was recognised in 2011 when EFX were awarded the Best Rural Family Business Award.

For further information please visit www.awardefx.co.uk or call the team on 01789 450 005


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PLAY THE HOTCHKIN AND STAY OVER FROM £115 THIS SUMMER

SUMMER OFFER 1st May - 31st October 2013 from £115 per person. One round of golf on the world famous Hotchkin Course and one night’s bed and breakfast at The Inn At Woodhall Spa. To make a booking or for further information, please contact the Booking Office quoting promotion code ‘GYO13’: The Broadway, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, LN10 6PU T: 01526 352511 F: 01526 351817 E: booking@woodhallspagolf.com

N.B. Terms and conditions apply for all offers.

THIS OFFER CAN ALSO BE PURCHASED AS A GIFT VOUCHER

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WOODHALL SPA GOLF The National Golf Centre Extends a Warm Welcome to Golf Societies & Corporate Visitors

Whether you are organising a golf day for your Society or looking for a quality venue in which to combine business with a round of golf....... you won't find better than WOODHALL SPA GOLF The National Golf Centre.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise to learn Woodhall Spa Golf is consistently rated among the world's finest heathland golf experiences and ranked consistenly in the top 50 Golf Courses in the world.

Located just 20 miles from the historic city of Lincoln, Woodhall offers not one but TWO world class golf courses; the original course - aptly named the Hotchkin after Stafford Vere Hotchkin, a local land owner and dedicated member who offered the sandy tract of land on which the original course was built - is today rated as one of the finest golf courses in the world. Equally challenging, the Club's second course - the Bracken was added in 1998.

When asked about the facilities for Golf Societies and Corporate visitors, Lisa commented: "We pride ourselves on catering fully for the needs of all our guests. We will give you the warmest of welcomes and fine hospitality, whether you're enjoying a golf break with friends, or visiting with a Golf Society or Corporate golf day."

Richard Latham , General Manager (position in organisation) went on to say: "The village itself has always been extremely popular and having two world class golf courses and an excellent Golf Academy certainly adds to its appeal."

Woodhall's outstanding facilities are ideal for gatherings both large and small; with its cosy Clubhouse dining room ideal for intimate gatherings, whilst its stylish and comfortable Conference Centre can cater for up to 180 people: "We are also happy to erect a marquee in the grounds for even larger groups."

So what gives Woodhall the edge over other Golf Clubs? "Visitors are not only able to take advantage of our excellent catering facilities but they can choose from TWO world-class courses that will test the skills of golfers of all abilities. Added to this, our rural location well away from the hustle and bustle of town and city, gives visitors time and space to think, relax and recharge their batteries."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON SPECIAL PACKAGES FOR VISITORS CONTACT: Lisa Brown WOODHALL SPA GOLF

Direct Tel: 01526 351809 Email: l.brown@woodhallspagolf.com

Download the FREE Woodhall Golf Club App for either the iPhone, iPad, Android at WOODHALL's website: www.woodhallspagolf.com


How refreshing it is in today’s volatile economic climate to find a family-run business that still holds fast to traditional values such as quality......reliability.......and good value for money! Yet that’s exactly what you can expect from GOLF TOURS INTERNATIONAL (G.T.I.) a family company run by Bill Stinson and son Rob. Having been in the Industry for over 15 years, both Bill and Rob take pride in providing a 1st class customer-focused service, as Rob explained in a recent interview: “We value our customers and want them to really enjoy their golf holiday arranged by GTI, thereby encouraging them to come back again and again.” The company offer a wide range of Golf holidays within the UK and Ireland, as well as throughout Europe in Spain, Portugal, Turkey and France. Other luxury venues worldwide include the USA, Dubai, South Africa and Morocco. Bill added: “Our Venues on the Algarve are extremely popular; with the lovely climate and world famous championship golf courses adding to their appeal. Whether you stay at the lively resorts of Vilamoura and Albufiera, or prefer the sleepy fishing village of Alvor, the one thing they all have in common is a high standard of accommodation and facilities, together with a choice of quality golf courses close by. In other words, everything you need for a perfect golfing holiday.” In choosing GTI you can relax in the knowledge that from the moment you get off the plane your every need will be met....... with transfers arranged to your chosen accommodation and golf venues.

Special Offer: Pestana Dom Joao II, Alvor, Algarve - 5th to 31st October 2013 - (Prices based on 8 people)   

3 night’s accommodation in twin rooms on a bed & breakfast basis 2 rounds of golf at Vale da Pinta & Gramacho Return airport & golf transfers

Cost: £165 per person Extra round of golf at Alto with transfers for £40

When you consider the high level of service provided, together with the quality of the venues, it’s little wonder GTI regularly receives commendations which you can see at www.golftoursinternational.co.uk. As you would expect from such a quality-conscious organisation, GTI holds accreditation to ABTA and The Global Golf Tourism Organisation, IAGTO. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

GOLF TOURS INTERNATIONAL

82 Greenloons Drive, Formby, Merseyside L37 2LR - Tel: + 44 (0) 1704 878494 Fax: + 44 (0) 1704 878494 - Email: info@golftoursinternational.co.uk Bill Mobile: + 44 (0) 7710 721 742 - Rob Mobile: + 44 (0) 7973 401 566 www.golftoursinternational.co.uk



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