Whether accompanying your husband, partner, family, or group of golfing pals, there’s no doubt about it, female golfers like to travel and we hold the purse strings!
Whether accompanying your husband, partner, family, or joining a group of golfing pals, there’s no doubt about it, female golfers like to travel, and don’t forget, we hold the purse strings!
Of course, everyone wants different things from a holiday, but for women, and generally more so than men, whilst the quality and variety of golf courses is important, a high standard of accommodation, beautiful beaches, a great choice of restaurants and bars, on-site spa and health club, easy accessibility, security, and visitor attractions, will also feature high on any agenda. It’s not all about the golf!
This is why Women & Golf have put together an exclusive traveller guide, available FREE with this month’s issue. Inside you’ll discover worldwide golf destinations, luxury travel and perfect girly weekends away!
Here are a few examples from the different sections:
Golf & Spa
UFFORD PARK HOTEL, GOLF & SPA
Within easy access of the A12, the family and friendly run Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa is set in 120 acres of woodland with glorious views across the Deben Valley and just two miles from the charming village of Woodbridge in Suffolk. The hotel has 90 en-suite bedrooms, many with balconies offering panoramic views over the golf course and a relaxed restaurant and bar.
The course at 5,243 yards from the forward tees presents an enjoyable and interesting 18 holes where good club selection and course management is required to ensure you score well and overcome the strategically placed bunkers, numerous water hazards and some devilish greens. Other facilities include a 24-bay, two storey driving range, an American Golf shop, and adults and children alike will enjoy the Congo Rapids Adventure Golf that’s located at the entrance to the hotel.
The spa is the perfect environment in which to chill out with a range of beauty treatments to choose from. Based on the ancient ritual of bathing, the Thermal Suite treats the body to a variety of heat and cooling experiences, or you might prefer to join your partner or a friend in a private chamber for a mud Serail Bath. The pool area also features a sauna, steam room and whirlpool spa bath.
UK & Ireland
Aberdovey Golf Club
Nestling on the north side of the Dyfi estuary in a quaint seaside village, Aberdovey is one of the best links courses in Wales. Steeped in history, the links runs between the water and the old railway line, and will thrill throughout with a collection of exciting and immaculately maintained holes. The club’s dormy accommodation is a short distance from the clubhouse and offers homely and spacious rooms, with only a few steps separating them from the well-stocked ladies’ section in the pro shop.
£69pp for 1 night B&B, 1 round of golf, or £100pp for 2 rounds.
DER ÖSCHBERGHOF, GERMANY
GOLF & SPA RESORT
If you’re looking for the ultimate experience in perfection and luxury the privately owned Der Öschberghof Golf and Spa Resort in the Black Forest could be the answer to your prayers.
The resort is owned and financed by the reclusive Albrecht family who own the hugely successful Aldi and Lidl supermarkets, and no expense has been spared to make it the golf experience of a lifetime. Besides two superb golf courses, the Old Course was the first to be constructed and more recently the East Course, the ultra trendy and creatively designed luxury hotel was officially opened last May with 126 rooms and suites in nine different categories. The hotel’s ground floor is full of bars, restaurants and rooms to relax in, while the hotel’s basement houses the resort’s huge spa where special rooms offer a variety of massages and beauty treatments. There is also a huge indoor swimming pool and a smaller outdoor infinity pool, Jacuzzis and several types of saunas, plus an enormous gym full of state-of-the-art equipment with two full-time trainers on call to help with exercise routines.
All facilities are within walking distance of the hotel. The indoor practice range has large private cubicles, while the nearby outdoor range boasts a practice bunker, a pitch and putt practice green and a putting green. All these facilities are free including unlimited practice balls. Much thought has gone into making this a special experience for discerning golfers.
Unusually for a five star hotel, mini bars in all rooms are free, as is the afternoon buffet in the dining room, especially laid on for hungry golfers after a round of golf, and is open from 2.30- 4.30pm.
Madeira, otherwise known as ‘the islands of eternal spring’, is just a short, three-and-a-half-hour flight from London. On the same latitude as Morocco, the Atlantic archipelago has a sub-tropical climate, a rich volcanic soil and a unique eco-system. It is one of the only places in the planet where banana trees grow next to vineyards.
The amazingly mild year-round climate is also ideal for golf, a sporting tradition on the island that dates back to 1937, when the Englishmen Miles, Leacock and Blandy built the first 9-hole golf course, Santo da Serra. Robert Trent Jones Snr redesigned this course in 1991 and today it’s a 27-hole complex in a natural landscape with views of Porto Santo and the bay of Machico. The other course on the island is Palheiro Golf, and at nearly 1,640ft above sea level, the views from this location are also spectacular, across Madeira’s mountainous skyline and the Atlantic Ocean.
A short, 20-minute flight or a pleasant two-and-half hour cruise takes you to Porto Santo and its Severiano Ballesteros-designed golf course, host venue of the Madeira Islands Open between 2009 and 2011.
The island has a variety of accommodation to choose from and the best and most cost effective way to enjoy the golf courses is with a Madeira Golf Passport that is available from most hotels.
Aside from playing golf, there is plenty to see and do. The Madeiran flowers are world famous, there are hundreds of miles of walking trails, and clear Atlantic water combined with colourful fish and reefs mean
Madeira is a - somewhat surprisingly - underrated destination for scuba diving. Also, the chance to experience turtles, dolphins and whales in their natural environment should never be missed.
Funchal’s ‘Old Town’ offers lively bars and cafes, highly rated restaurants and attractions in a maze of narrow streets and you can’t visit Madeira without sampling the wine that bears its name!
This is just a selection of what is included in The Traveller, other sections include South Africa, USA, Thailand, Portugal, Spain, Bermuda and Italy. Pick up your copy today with Women & Golf Magazine.