The Best Places to Stay & Play Golf This Autumn
THE nights are drawing in and, before we know where we are, the clocks will be changing and the early dark nights will have arrived. But that doesn’t mean we cannot carry on enjoying golf breaks. Far from it.
As the leaves start to turn golden brown, many golf courses look stunning. We have had a much shorter golf season because of the lockdown so most courses are in much better condition than they may otherwise have been at this time of year. We have also been blessed with some spectacular weather which has brought out the best in our courses.
And with resorts feeling the pinch towards the end of what has been a particularly trying and testing season, there are many incredible bargains to be had for those in search of an autumn golf break. The frosts haven’t arrived yet and it is a great time to be out there playing golf.
Our travel partners, Golfbreaks, have come up with some great venues that are offering wonderful deals.
(Fairmont St Andrews)
What better than a trip to the home of golf to play and stay at Fairmont St Andrews? Located on the Fife coast and set in a 520-acre estate, Fairmont St Andrews boasts two wonderful courses and five-star accommodation that provides wonderful cliff-top views over the town. Elegant and comfortable, the guest rooms, suites and villas at Fairmont offer plenty of space combined with luxurious Scottish touches, with stunning coastal views over the resort and historic old town of St Andrews.
There are two courses - the Torrance and the Kittocks. The Torrance, designed by Sam Torrance, is a par 72 measuring 7,230 yards. The front nine works its way around the hotel, while the back nine runs along the coast, offering beautiful sea views. The Kittocks, designed by Bruce Devlin and the legendary Gene Sarazen, measures 7,192 yards and features large, rolling greens, undulating fairways and a number of fairways perched on clifftops. See Golfbreaks.
One of the best and oldest courses in Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds Club is an undulating 6,284-yard par 72 featuring tree-lined fairways. The Cotswolds Hotel has 114 rooms, all equipped with flat screen HD TVs, wifi access and local magazines. There are 32 standard rooms and two suites situated over two floors. Classic rooms have a shower and deluxe rooms either a shower or bath with shower over.
The second floor of the hotel boasts a beautiful relaxation area leading to a roof top area with outdoor sauna. All ground-floor rooms have their own private terrace area and many first floor rooms have balconies, with some overlooking the golf course, with views of the Cotswolds Hills. Spa facilities are available at £20 per person for half day use. See Golfbreaks.
Hellidon Lakes is nestled within the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside with easy access from the M1, M40, and M6, offering the perfect setting for weddings, events, conferences, and leisure breaks.
The hotel is home to eight sparkling lakes set within landscaped gardens - offering a stunning backdrop for a meal in the restaurant, a place to enjoy a relaxing spa break or a round of golf. Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel boasts 110 contemporary bedrooms, all fully equipped and many offering exceptional views over the golf course and surrounding countryside. All rooms offer free unlimited internet usage, direct dial telephones, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities. The golf course at Hellidon Lakes is renowned for its water features, making the course a challenge for even the most competent golfer. It measures 6,187 yards and is a testing par 72. There is also a nine-hole course on site. See Golfbreaks.
Also set in rural Northamptonshire, the award-winning Whittlebury Hall and Spa offers one of the largest day spas in the country. It also boasts two AA Rosette restaurants and a state-of-the-art gymnasium. The elegantly decorated rooms provide free WiFi access and a host of modern comforts. Guests can enjoy complimentary use of the extensive leisure club facilities. The Leisure Club has a swimming pool, a sauna, a steam room, and a whirlpool spa. For a charge, guests can enjoy relaxing therapies and ancient bathing rituals in the luxurious day spa. Offering 36 holes, Whittlebury Golf Course is right next to Whittlebury Hall and Spa. Milton Keynes is a 25-minute drive away and Oxford can be reached in just under an hour by car. See Golfbreaks.
The Abbey is a four-star hotel and golf club situated in 175 acres in Redditch, North Worcestershire. It boasts 100 en suite rooms. The Abbey Golf Course was built in the late 1970s and has matured to become of championship standard measuring 6,173 yards. It hosted the Western Senior Masters Final in 2006 and is now a regular venue for county matches. Each en-suite room features cotton duvets, free wifi access, H2K toiletries and hospitality tray.
All hotel guests have access to a wide range of leisure facilities including a beautiful swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Furthermore, a fantastic gymnasium is available to guests with all the latest exercise equipment and unique video gym technology. Food is served at the Bramblings Restaurant. Panoramic views across the golf course provide a beautiful setting in which to enjoy a wide variety of international cuisine. See Golfbreaks.
Matfen Hall, built in 1830 by Sir Edward Blackett, is a magnificent country house hotel in the heart of some of Northumberland's most beautiful countryside. It underwent a £5m expansion in 2004, making this imposing ancestral home one of the finest hotels in the country. The par-72, 6569 yard Matfen Hall golf course is one of the best in the North East, and offers a challenge to golfers of all levels. Water features on a number of holes, including the signature par-three, 17th.
Each of the 53 bedrooms has individual character, combining modern facilities with traditional splendour. Finished to exacting standards, every Matfen Hall bedroom is en-suite and benefits from satellite TV, radio, direct dial telephone, trouser press and tea and coffee making facilities. The two AA Rosette Library and Print Room Restaurant, furnished with book-lined walls, is a genuine fine dining experience. There is a state-of-the-art spa and leisure club offering quality health and fitness equipment.
It is located in Matfen Village, Northumberland, a 20-minute drive from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. See Golfbreaks.
(The Newcastle George Washington Hotel Golf & Spa)
The four-star Newcastle George Washington Hotel Golf and Spa comprises 125 bedrooms including standard rooms, triple rooms, executive rooms and suites. Facilities include clubhouse, golf shop, driving range, leisure club, spa, restaurants and bars. The stunning par 73 parkland George Washington Championship course offers a good challenge. Each hole is secluded by trees and offers various natural hazards. This track is tight and challenging and calls for accuracy from the tee.
The hotel offers 125 fully refurbished and spacious en-suite bedrooms and provides all the comforts you would expect from a four-star hotel. It has a golf clubhouse and bar in addition to the Carter and Fitch Smokehouse, Pizzeria and restaurant, which serves a great range of cuisine, available to guests throughout the day. It is located in Washington, Tyne and Wear, five miles from Newcastle City Centre. See Golfbreaks.
If you fancy going a little further afield, Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort is well worth a visit. Located on the shores of Blessington Lakes, on a beautiful 200-acre woodland, it is bordered by the impressive rolling hills of County Wicklow.
The golf course, designed by Patrick J. Merrigan, is set across three peninsulas and features stunning vistas. It has hosted the PGA EuroPro Tour Irish Masters. Visitors need to be careful to focus on the task in hand and not get distracted by the sweeping panoramic views as ponds and wild grasses are part and parcel of the course design, testing golfers of all standards.
All rooms at the hotel are designed with comfort and relaxation in mind, the furniture is a stylish blend of oak and sumptuous velvets. There are 30 double bedrooms that offer spacious accommodation with a choice of double or twin configurations. Enjoy dining in The Lime Tree Restaurant, a blend of tastes and flavours where world cuisine meets the best of Irish. It is located 35 miles south of Dublin. See Golfbreaks.
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