This year, avoid the winter chill and opt for an island golfing holiday in the sun. Your winter escape is easy to plan ? just choose a destination and book your flights and hotels through a reputable golf holiday specialist. Within a few hours you can be at your island destination preparing for a round of golf and contemplating an after match dip in the hotel pool. Whether it?s the Canary Islands or Majorca in Spain, Mauritius, Cyprus, or the Greek island of Corfu, the sunshine and local ambience combined with a relaxing game of golf will lift your winter blues.
Canary Islands golf holidays are a winter favourite
Renown for their year-round sunshine, magnificent beaches, and rich heritage, Gran Canaria and Tenerife are perfect winter golf destinations. The Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas was founded in 1891, and Gran Canaria now has five first class courses. Given the quality of the courses and the facilities available, the green fees are reasonable starting from 50 euros a round. The island?s beaches are a major drawcard and Maspalomas, with its fine white sand and wind-sculptured dunes, is one of the island?s best.
The most popular of the Canary Islands is Tenerife, with its distinctive volcanic landscape. Perfect for winter golf holidays, there are six golf courses on the island. Spain?s highest peak, Mount Teide, dominates the island and the black volcanic sand beaches meet warm, clear seas. The bustling resort of Playa de Las Americas, in Adeje on the south-western coast, and the coastal fishing village of Los Cristianos, are epicenters of Tenerife golfing holidays. A round of golf in the morning, a nap on the beach in the afternoon, and a visit to the trendy bars and restaurants of Los Cristianos in the evening make up a perfect holiday.
Majorca offers quality golf and a vibrant nightlife
Reasonable green fees and an improved standard of course are making this Spanish holiday island destination increasingly popular for golf holidays. Scenic walks and excellent shopping provide visitors with plenty to do besides golf. The island?s 19 golf courses offer all levels of golfing challenge in a relaxing Mediterranean setting. Expect high standard facilities and services such as changing rooms, club rental, lockers, buggies, pro shops, cafeterias and qualified PGA instructors. Two fantastic courses are part of the five-star Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, just 15 minutes from Palma International Airport.
Mauritius ? golfing in a tropical paradise
This stunning Indian Ocean island, with its idyllic white sandy beaches, is a tropical paradise that offers golfers a choice of three courses. Culturally diverse, the warm and friendly people are welcoming, and the food, a blend of Indian, Creole, Chinese and European, is a highlight. Belle Mare Plage, a luxurious four-star golf resort in beautiful beach surroundings, has two championship golf courses. Set on a beach protected by an offshore coral reef, the hotel is also perfect for swimming and water sports. All the well-appointed rooms have sea views.
History, culture and golf on Cyprus
One of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, Cyprus has a stunning coastline and pine-clad mountains, along with a warm climate. Its excellent golf courses have challenging greens and fantastic views. You can also sample wines at the many vineyards, visit historic sites, and dine at excellent cafes and restaurants. Paphos Amathus Beach, just 20 minutes? drive from Paphos airport, and the closest resort to the courses, provides luxurious accommodation. Stunning gardens surround a huge pool and the beach is out the front. The resort?s restaurants serve delicious food and a 20-minute walk to Paphos harbour will reward you with more dining options.
Corfu is home to top quality greens
Stunning beaches, diverse architecture and a busy nightlife are all part of a Corfu holiday. In Corfu Town you can wander the streets and narrow laneways on a shopping expedition, or soak in the ambience of Spianada Square from one of the many caf bars. For island accommodation with a golfing association, the quiet and well-appointed, four-star Louis Grand Glyfada, just 25 minutes drive from Corfu airport. Is ideal. The hotel overlooks Glyfada beach, one of the island?s best. All-inclusive tariffs include a sumptuous buffet evening meal. Set in the Ropa Valley, the Corfu Golf Club has one of the finest layouts in Europe, with man-made hazards that test your game. The clubhouse has all facilities including a bar, lounge and restaurant and the weekly golf ticket is great value for money.
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Rod Ritchie, a travel writer and editor, writes for many publishers including AA Publishing and Fodors. Bill Goff Golfing Holidays at http://www.billgoff.com
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