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Guide to Golf at JJW Hotels in the Algarve

When to accomodation, golf and the Algarve, JJW Hotels are a huge part of that story. We take a closer look at the venues and given an insight behind what you can expect from a golf break to an incredible destination in Portugal.

Stay & Play at Telford Golf & Spa Hotel

Telford Golf & Spa Hotel is situated in the rolling Shropshire Hills, and is a venue that combines a fine parkland golf course with highly regarded facilities within the resort. Golfshake's Rob Treanor recently went to experience it for himself.

Which Venue to Choose for a Ryder Cup Stay & Play?

Le Golf National is hosting this year's Ryder Cup, with Europe having been victorious in each home match since 1993. We take a closer look at each of those venues, tapping into the knowledge and experience of our ambassadors, to provide this guide to these famous courses and resorts, helping you identify the best for a stay & play golf break.

Guide to Golf at Quinta do Lago & Magnolia Hotel

Quinta do Lago is one of the most popular destinations for golfers who choose to visit Portugal. We take a closer look at this spectacular venue and its three golf courses.

Guide to Golf in Thailand

Thailand has become increasingly golfers looking for an all-inclusive break. We take a closer look at the incredible resorts and courses that are available in a country that may just be a dream destination for you.

Stay & Play at Belton Woods

Belton Woods is a highly regarded venue that boasts two 18-hole golf courses alongside an impressive hotel and spa facility. Golfshake's Andrew Picken recently went to experience it and report on what makes this such a popular spot.

Guide to Golf at Whittlebury Hall

Whittlebury Hall may be one of the best kept secrets in England. Featuring a striking hotel with five restaurants and an award-winning spa, not to mention 36 holes of golf, this is a potentially attractive destination.

Guide to Algarve Golf at Pestana Resort

Since the game was introduced to the region half a century ago, Portugal and the Algarve has become synonymous with golf travel and providing an experience that is arguably unmatched. Discover what it's like to experience the Pestana hotels and why they are the ideal gateway to sampling golf in the Algarve.

The Lumine Golf & Beach Community

The Lumine Golf & Beach Community is a spectacular destination for golfers and perfect for families. Situated just a short drive from Reus Airport in Costa Daurada on Spain's north-east coast, an hour away from Barcelona.

Fairmont St Andrews Travel VLOG

Visiting St Andrews is a pilgrimage and essential experience for any golfer, and just outside the town boundaries is the spectacular Fairmont St Andrews. Discover what the resort and this famous town can offer in our Travel VLOG.

De Vere Staverton Estate Stay & Play Report

The De Vere Staverton Estate combines an upmarket hotel and spa with a superb 18-hole championship golf courses. There is much to savour at this venue, and Golfshake Ambassador Rob Treanor has all the information you need.

10 Tips For Organising a Successful Golf Trip

It can be tricky being in charge of organising a golf holiday with your family or friends, so we’ve decided to put together a list of top tips that you should keep in mind when sorting your break.

2018 Best UK and Ireland Summer Twilight Rates

Here are many of the best courses in the UK & Ireland - frequently ranked within the Top 100 in the British Isles - that have twilight rates on offer to visitors this summer. 

Course VLOG - Ballyliffin and Rosapenna

Owen Davies travels to the North of Ireland to play two of the stand out courses in the area - Ballyliffin, home to the 2018 Irish Open and Rosapenna. 

Golf in Kent Travel Trip

Having recently enjoyed an incredible golf break to the magical county of Kent, Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken has put together this report on his trip, delving intothe research he conducted to explain why this has grown into a classic golf destination, and showcasing the variety of other attractions that are avalilable to experience.

10 Things To Take On a Golf Break

If you're embarking on a golf break abroad or in the country, knowing what to pack can be an additional stress that you want to avoid. For some help, Golfshake's Joe Hughes has picked out ten items that are essential to bring on your holiday.

9 Top 100 Golf Venues Where You Can Stay and Play

If you're looking for a quality but affordable stay and play venue this summer, Joe Hughes has picked out nine destinations that have been ranked inside the Golfshake Top 100 as rated by regular users of the website.

Carnoustie Country - Golf and So Much More

Golfshake Ambassador Andrew Picken recently experienced Carnoustie Country, home to 34 golf courses and many other attractions. Discover his journey to the region, and see why it's a must visit destination for all golfers.

10 of the Best Family Golf Resorts in the UK

Golf breaks with the family are becoming increasingly popular, and we have taken a look at ten of the best resorts across the UK that are ideal for those looking for a venue that is suited to children and have excellent on courses on-site or nearby.

8 Tips to Find Your Ideal Golf Break

If you're planning a golf break, we believe there are some common sense tips that you should follow to ensure that you find the best value for money. Take a look through our advice to make your break the greatest possible experience.

10 UK Resorts That Deliver Golf and More

Golf resorts have become more rounded, delivering a more extensive experience for guests, with a wide variety of activities and entertainment being offered. Here look at ten resorts in the UK that golf and much more.

10 Great UK Golf Resorts You May Not Know

When you are looking to book a golf break, whether it be for a small party or a large group, one of the most difficult things is finding a venue that is a little bit different. Here are ten of the best venues in the UK that you may not have heard of.

Guide to Luxury Aphrodite Hills Resort in Cyprus

Discover the spectacular five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel, situatued in the beautiful hills above the historic town of Paphos in Cyprus, which boasts a breathtaking location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and features a luxury range of facilities and superb golf options.

Travel VLOG - Golf in Marbella

Golf in Marbella has long been on many peoples bucket list, but often it can be expensive with swanky hotels sometines the only option. Step-in Vacation Marbella, a self catering apartment rental company that offers a little luxury at affordable prices. 

Vacation Marbella - Luxury Apartment Rentals in the heart of Spain’s Golf Valley

Golf in Marbella has proven hugely popular obver the years, but it has been the mainstay of those able to splash out on swanky hotels, there is however another way. Vacation Marbella specialise in luxury self catering apartments and can not only supply great accommodation, but your golf as well! 

North East Italy Really is Golf and More

More than 50 million people visit Italy every year. It is a stunning country, known for its food and wine, fashion, history, sports cars, football, lakes, scenery and climate. However, it is also fast becoming known as a destination for visiting golfers

Celtic Manor a Must Play Society Stay & Play Venue

Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently visited Celtic Manor as part of a society organisers trip.  Find out how he got on and why this is a must visit venue for golf societies.

Le Golf National Review

How is the the 2018 Ryder Cup course shaping up, how is it going to play and maybe most importantly will it help make the the 2018 Ryder Cup a great one? Owen Davies recently headed to Paris and Le Golf National to find out. 

Travel VLOG - Golf in Northern Italy

Golfshake's Owen Davies and James Reeson recently headed over to Northern Italy to play and stay at the Palazzo Arzaga Golf Club. Check out how they got on and their thoughts on golf in Italy. 

10 Reasons to Stay and Play at the Vale Resort

The Vale Resort is a 4-star resort located in South Wales.  The hotel facilities combine with this to provide a resort that is dedicated to the highest standards in fine dining and comfortable accommodation, along with an exciting and entertaining golfing experience.  Here are 10 reasons why you should stay and play at this fabulous resort.

Golf in North East Italy - Royal Park Roveri

Golf in Italy is on the rise and one of the stand out courses in the country is open and looking forward to welcoming UK golfers. Royal Park Roveri near Turin has held the Italian Open on a number of occasions. Learn more about how you can stay and play at this stunning venue. 

The Vale Resort Stay & Play

The Vale Resort is a luxurious 4-star golfing resort located in South Wales, between Swansea and Cardiff featuring 2 courses and excellent stay and play facilities.  Find out how Golfshake staff writer Alex Picken got on during his visit in August 2017.

Stay and Play Report - Luton Hoo

Golfshake's Josh Carr recently stayed and played at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa while taking part in the Challenge Tour's Bridgestone Challenge Pro-Am. Take a look at his report here.

10 UK Golf Holiday Destinations You Must Visit

Most of us like to feel the sun on our back abroad, but there are plenty of reasons to stay at home, especially if you happen to be a golfer. Here, we look at ten of the best UK destinations for golfers and their families.

5 of the Best Resorts to Visit in Portugal

Portugal is a haven for golfers. It is a perfect place to take the family too, with hundreds of miles of unspoilt beaches, hotels to suit all pockets and amazing local drink and cuisine. And as an added bonus, the Portuguese are a friendly, hospitable people who make tourists feel welcome. Here, we look at five of the best courses/resorts.

10 of the Best Golf Resorts in Florida

Increasing numbers of Britons are now travelling to Florida for golf breaks, and there are plenty to choose from. The quality of golf courses and hotels is astonishing. It hasn't been an easy task, but here we look at what we consider to be 10 of the best, based on the quality of the courses and accommodation. All of them are perfect for families.

5 of the Best Golf Resorts in Spain

Spain is one of Europe's leading golf destinations and is always popular with visitors from the UK. If you're looking to experience the setting, we have put together a guide to five of the country's best resorts that are worth sampling.

10 Reasons to Play Golf at Celtic Manor

Sir Terry Matthews had a dream. He wanted to create a stunning golf course in his native Wales. A self-made billionaire, he made his fortune abroad but his heart was always back home and he wanted to leave a legacy.  Here are 10 reasons why we think you should head to Wales and play this venue.

10 Things to do to Enjoy a Golf Trip in the Sun

Increasing numbers of golfers are now leaving these shores to play golf in the sun. If you pick the right destination, at the right time of year and get the best possible price, you can have a trip to remember. But get it wrong and it could be a disaster. If you are planning to organise a trip abroad there are some definite dos and dont's.

10 Reasons to Play Golf at The Belfry

It is a long time since a top professional event was last held at the headquarters of the PGA, but tens of thousands of golfers still flock to the course. So what are the top 10 reasons for making the journey?

Atlantic Links Golf Trip

The Atlantic Links along the South West coast of  the United Kingdom should be on every golfer's wish list of places to visit. We recently sent Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken to stay and play in the area.

Mallorca Golf Trip - Club De Golf Alcanada

Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken recently took a trip to the fantastic Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Find out how he got on staying and playing at Club De Golf Alcanada.

The Best New Course in Europe?

It is not often we title up a video or article as 'The Best New Course', but on a recent visit to Lisbon, Portugal I played what many will consider to be the best new course on continental Europe, if not Europe as a whole - West Cliffs.

A guide to Los Monteros Hotel, Spa and Golf in the surrounding area

Los Monteros Spa & Golf Resort is located just three miles outside Marbella in the Costa del Sol. Golf writer Josh Carr took a closer look at what the resort can offer.

A Guide to Golf at PGA Catalunya

PGA Catalunya is one of the leading golf resorts in Spain. Golf Writer Josh Carr has put together this handy guide to the Spanish golfing getaway.

Trip Report - Meliã Hacienda del Conde, Tenerife

Golfshake's Owen Davies recently headed to Tenerife to stay at the 5* Meliã Hacienda del Conde resort and play their Buena Vista Golf Course. Find out how he got on. 

Links vs Resort: Which Come Out on Top in the UK?

Links golf or resort golf? Golf writer Josh Carr has picked out three of the best areas for links golf and compared them to his three favourite golf resorts in the UK.

A guide to golf in Minnesota

Thinking of a golf trip to Minnesota? Golf writer Josh Carr has put together this handy guide to golf in Minnesota.

A guide to golf in Thailand

Not many golfers would choose Thailand as a golfing holiday, but that is all about to change. Golf writer Josh Carr has offered you this handy guide to golf in Thailand. 

Experience Close House, the 2017 British Masters Venue

Close House is set to host the British Masters later this year, and the venue is offering golfers the opportunity to experience the championship destination with exclusive stay and play packages available.

Gloria in Turkey Celebrates 20 Years with Ladies Open Week

Gloria Hotels & Resorts in Belek on the Turkish Riviera is celebrating 20 years with a series of notable events, with one of them being the Gloria Ladies Open Week (April 23-30, 2017), which includes five tournament rounds on the venue's two courses.

10 Destinations for Golf & Winter Sun

Do you not enjoy golf during the winter months in the UK? Golf journalist Josh Carr has picked out ten destinations you should check out if you are in need of a winter golfing getaway. 

Macdonald Spey Valley Aviemore Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook took time out to head up to the Scottish Highlands to stay and play at Macdonald Spey Valley.  Find out how he got on playing this fantastic championship course in Aviemore.

Macdonald Cardrona Feature Review

Golfshake ambassador Matt Holbrook took time out to head up to the Scotland early in October 2016 to stay and play at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Golf & Spar resort in the heart of the Scottish Borders.

Golf in Tenerife: Meliã Hacienda del Conde

Fancy somewhere different for a golfing holiday? Golfshake writer Josh Carr explores what Meliã Hacienda del Conde has to offer. 

Golf in Lisbon - Everything you need to know

We recently sent Golfshake ambassaor Andrew Picken to Lisbon on a golf trip to stay and play at 3 courses including Ribagolf, Aroeira 1 and Quinta de Peru Golf & Country Club.  Find out how he got on and insights for planning your golf trip to Lisbon.

A guide to golf in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is quickly becoming one of the top golfing travel destinations in the world and it is no wonder why. There are Golf in Charlestonmany top courses in the area including Ryder Cup and USPGA venue Kiawah Island and one thing is for sure, you won’t be disappointed with any of the courses you play.

A Guide to Gleneagles

Gleneagles is one of the world's leading resorts, and it is situated in the heart of Scotland. Josh Carr takes a closer look at what this stunning estate can offers visitors, from three brilliant golf courses to luxury spa facilities.

San Lorenzo Golf Resort Review

San Lorenzo is an 18-hole Championship Golf course, in the golfing mecca of Quinta Do Lago in Portugal.

Trip Report - 48 Hours Golfing in Dublin

Golfshake's Owen Davies heads to Dublin for a whirlwind visit. Check out what he got up to over just 48 hours and learn what Dublin has to offer Golfers looking for short trip abroad. 

Feature Review - The Mere Resort

Golfshake's Owen Davies heads to one of the North West's most famous golf venues - The Mere resort to play their 18 hole Championship Course

Heythrop Park Stay & Play in Oxfordshire

Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, Heythrop Park is a unique and luxury venue set in 400 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire Countryside. Whether you’re looking for an exceptional golfing break or a venue for a fairytale wedding, then this 18th century English county estate should be at the top of your list.

Trip Report - Q Hotels Slaley Hall

Golfshake's Josh Carr recently stayed and played at Q Hotels Slaley Hall. Check out his trip report of one of the UK's leading golf resorts. 

Feature Review - Hunting Course, Slaley Hall

Golfshake's Josh Carr heads to one of the North East's finest venues - Slaley Hall to stay and play at the famous venue. Check out his review of the Hunting Course. 

Experience the Best of Golf in France with Blue Green

If you are looking for a Golf Break in France, take a closer look at the golf courses in the Blue Green group where you will find consistently high quality golf courses across the country. 

A Guide to Golf in Ireland

What region in Ireland should you be visiting for you next Golf Break? We take a closer look at what this stunning country has to offer golfers. 

Top 10 Courses in Cornwall

Following our recent 'best of' series which included '10 of the best in Cornwall' the guys over at Golf South West put together their thoughts on the top 10 courses in Cornwell. Golf South West are a specialist golf tour operator providing custom tours and packages in and around the South West so who better to provide the definitive must play in Cornwall.

10 of the best stay & play golfing destinations

With so many great golfing destinations around the world, it is often hard to find the one best for you. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve picked out ten of the best stay & play golfing destinations around the world.

Stay & Play – Albufeira/Vilamoura

Thinking of a trip to the Algarve golfing?  then look now further than our guide to golf in Albufeira/Vilamoura the perfect golfing almost all year round.

Resort Review - The Mere

We take a closer look at one of The Mere Resort in Cheshire. A recently refurbished hotel and a James Braid designied course promised a stunning stay and play venue. Check out how we got on. 

Stay & Play - Mannings Heath

We recently sent Golfshake ambassador Andrew Picken along to Mannings Heath in Sussex to stay at the South Lodge and play both the Waterfall and Kingfisher courses.

Amendoeira Golf Resort

Thinking about a golf trip to Europe? Portugal? The Algarve? then look no further the the Amendoeira Golf resort that not only provides excellent accommodation, facilities & activities for all the family but is the gateway to 40 golf courses nearby. We recently headed over from the UK for a short trip staying at the Amendoeria and experiencing the 7 Oceanico courses that are located nearby.

Stay and Play – Northumberland

Heading to the North East for you next Golf Trip away? Check out our guide to golf in Northumberland which boasts a huge variety of courses, from renown parklands to world class links. 

Enjoy World Class Golf a Great Stays with Najeti Hotels

FOR British golfers, northern France is becoming an ever-more popular destination. And it is hardly surprising when you weigh up the quality of both the accommodation and golf courses on offer.

Celtic Manor - The Resort that has it all!

We take a look at one of Europe's leading golf resorts and hoe to the 2010 Ryder Cup - Celtic Manor. 

Get Golfing in Lisbon

We investigate on of Portugal's best golfing destinations - Lisbon. 

Vila Gale Hotels - The perfect base for a golfing break

If you are planning a golfing holiday to Portugal, you will need a great hotel that understands a golfers needs. That is where Vila Gale come in! 

Feature: The Belfry Resort

There can be no doubt The Belfry is one of the UK’s preeminent golf hotels.  Read Nick Bonfield's feature on the resort and recent trip where he took the opportunity to play both the Brabazon and PGA National.

Feature Lumine Mediterranea Beach and Golf Community

Recently senior staff writer Adam Smith took at trip to southern Spain to play and stay at Lumine Mediterranea Beach and Golf Community.

Destination Feature: Cork & Fota Island Resort

Tucked away on its own little island, the Fota Island Resort is five star quality and offers everything you could ask for when it comes to golf and/or a family getaway and an ideal base for golfing in Cork.

Must Visit: Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire

The very first comment I would make on Heythrop Park is that I wouldn’t hesitate for one second to go back. That in itself should say to you that the weekend I recently had there was thoroughly enjoyable

Stunning French stays and great golf - Najeti Hotels

Situated in various beautiful tourist hotspots around France the Najeti Hotel brand are one of a kind. Unique in their own way and stylishly French in another, a trip to one of their hotels and you won’t want to be going home.

St Mellion - Kernow Feature Review

St Mellion is the flagship resort of the largest UK course operator, Crown Golf. Nestled in the Cornish countryside it boasts two courses, The Nicklaus and the Kernow. Today we review the Kernow course

Combine Golf & Spa this Valentine’s

Valentine’s is almost here, and what better way to show your other half you care than by taking them away for a short break?

St Mellion International Resort

St Mellion International Resort is set in 450 acres of beautiful Cornish Countryside, in an ideal location, just 20 minutes from the Cornish seaside towns of Polperro and Loore.

Must Play: Visit Kent

Kent offers some truly unique golfing experiences in this picturesque county that is fast becoming a real golfing hotspot.  Kent is the Garden of England with a great range of golf courses, all just over an hour’s drive from London.

Must Play: Aphrodite Hills

Aphrodite Hills is a prestigious five-star sports and leisure resort in the Eastern Mediterranean with 5* accommodation, and 18-hole championship golf course with its own golf academy.

Golf Trip Report - Fife, St Andrews and golf on the East Coast

There’s not enough you can say about this beautiful and historic coastline in Scotland. The area on the East coast is host to many outstanding heathland and ancient links golf courses including the legendary Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie Golf Resort and Spa and Gleneagles which is due to welcome the Ryder Cup in 2014.

Golf Trip Report - La Manga, Murcia

Sitting in one of the most beautiful coastlines in the World, the Spanish region of Murcia is a haven for golfers. With 300 days of the year in sunshine and some of Spain’s best golf courses all within 20 minutes of each other, it is no wonder that you can find some of the best golfing breaks to this fantastic area.

Golf Trip Report - Blackpool

According to a very informative Website, Lancashire or more predominantly Blackpool is the place to be. The biggest and most popular seaside resort in Europe and depending on who you speak to it has been named the ‘capital of entertainment’. But what about the golf? Blackpool is situated on one of the most famous coastlines for golf courses in the U.K Royal Lytham and St Anne’s is a stone’s throw away from the Golden Mile but that’s not all. Southport and Ainsdale a Ryder Cup venue back in the Thirty’s is just down the coast but others such as Fairhaven and Saint Anne’s Old Links are well worth a visit.

Must Play: La Cala Resort in Southern Spain

The La Cala Resort Golf and Spa offers 60-holes on three fantastic golf courses and an 6 hole par 3 course.

Beginner's Guide to Le Touquet

Thinking about a little golfing break this year? Look no further as this gem is one of our recommendations for this year.

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