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Enjoy Winter Golf at Estoril Golf Course


Playing golf during winter months has become widely accepted and more popular. In the suburb of Lisbon in Portugal, easily accessible from the Lisbon International Airport and just two hours from one of the finest cities in Europe lies Estoril Coast where golfers can experience and enjoy sunshine all year-long.

Estoril Coast in Portugal is endowed with superb hotels and restaurants, large beaches with beautiful sands, big casinos, and vast shopping areas. Having seven excellently laid out golf courses with a year-round of good weather, it is therefore a great golf travel destination. Tourist-golfers will have lots of options to enjoy the quality of the courses whether they are on a golf vacation, spending some time off work, having school vacations or just enjoying a simple holiday break.

Estoril Golf Course is a classic course laid out close along the coast showing off the charm of the old world from way back 1930s. Designed by Mackenzie Ross, it may be a bit short compared with modern standard course distances but every golf shot in this course would require challenge and skill to map the way around. Several holes are excellently designed and positioned to provide tests and challenges during the golf game.

Golfers will surely enjoy every step within the best greens of the world as they roam around accompanied by the wonderful aroma of eucalyptus, pine and mimosa trees. The natural scenery simply provides the peace and relaxation which is what almost everyone looks for in any travel vacation.

The new features added to the course are the motorway and bridge where golfers have to cross midway during the round. Not many courses offer the same which takes you after the 8th hole and brings you back for the 16th hole.

The temperature from October to March averages around 20 degrees. These are warm, dry and sunny days which is best suited for golfing. Night time however is a bit chilly at around 8 to 10 degrees but thanks to the new base layer clothing technology, this won’t be a problem any longer.

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Dubai Golf Courses

Night time at an Arab country may feel mysterious and enchanted but the day brings a sense of freshness and renewal especially for golf travelers in Dubai. First class golf courses offer unique facilities and unmatched hospitality fused with uniquely laid out holes, magnificent sceneries of the desert and rich fairways for golf enthusiasts coming from all over the world.

More and more corporate professionals choose to include golfing as part of their business itinerary or corporate programs. The Managing Director of Dubai Golf, Rod Bogg says, “We have fabulous golfing facilities in Dubai. We have some of the best courses in the world and without doubt some of the best clubhouses.”

One example is the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club with the awesome view of the shoreline and uniquely designed clubhouse. The 18-hole golf course offering a par-72 covers over 6,800 acres and is located along the well-known Dubai Creek.

The Emirates Golf Club which was the home of the PGA European Tour Dubai Desert Classic attracts both golfer- and non-golfer tourists worldwide. The first grass course in the Persian Gulf area is the par-72 Majlis Championship Course which spans over 7,100 yards. The course’s highlight is its 8th hole which tests the golfers’ skills in driving the ball in an uphill turf.

Two golf courses are housed within the Abu Dhabi Golf Club by Sheraton, The National Course and The Garden Course. Both professionals and budding golfers will surely enjoy these course layouts designed by Peter Harradine. The 18-holes are carefully laid and blended with the natural desert setting with scattered palms, lakes and bunkers. Other amenities include night time golfing, practice driving ranges and personal coaching. Shopaholics will surely enjoy the Pro Shop while other wellness enthusiasts can spend time at the different fitness facilities like fitness gym, pools, tennis, as well as other facilities.

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Golfing in the Canadian Mountains

Golf is a sport that allows the players to commune with nature which is why most golfers prefer courses set in naturally beautiful background. Statistics prove this right. Tourism rates in mountainside courses stand better than of the lowlands. The same is also true with the Canadian Rockies. Unless there is a course developed at the foot of Mount Everest, nothing beats so far with the golf courses in mountainous regions of Canada.

The Canadian Rockies is part of the province of Alberta which is geographically similar with Colorado. That is, mountainous on the western side while vast and fruitful plains on the east. Going by air requires visitors to enter through Edmonton and Calgary which are big, clean and appealing cities.

One course that has gained worldwide respect is the Jasper Park Lodge Course which was laid out by the prominent designer Stanley Thompson with the concept of ‘marrying the course to its surroundings’. And with that concept, you may foresee that the course is indeed worth your time and effort to go to.

Just after the Royal and Ancient clubhouse in St. Andrews, there you will find the Banff Springs Hotel which is one of the structures easily recognized by golf lovers in the area. Halfway between Banff and Calgary is where Kananaskis Country located. Three hotels and two golf courses are available to accommodate and provide services tourists. The two courses are designed by Trent Jones who is known for laying out courses that are fun to play at.

This is one thing you can be sure of. It will be difficult to leave such an enjoyable place and you will surely find a way to go and visit the Canadian Rockies again.

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Golf Travel Vacation Destinations

Summer season is a great time to go out and enjoy quality time with the family and close friends. One summer adventure worth considering is going into a golf travel vacation where all members of the family can love. Daddy can practice golfing while mom takes time off to relax and enjoy the sceneries. The children can enjoy the different amenities offered by the course. What a happy time indeed!

Picking your golf travel destination must be carefully done so the family won’t get disappointed. But, this isn’t difficult at all since you can find the best golf destinations in the different states across the US like Florida, Arizona, California, North and South Carolina, and Nevada.

If you want to go outside the US for a change, the next place to look at is Europe where Portugal and Spain boast about their superb golf courses. If your budget permits you to, the Caribbean is also a good destination to consider. On the other hand, places like the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Barbados also reflects good feedback when it comes to golf opportunities. Groups of people and families loved them because a lot of other activities are available to choose from for non-golfing visitors.

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Scotland is This Year’s Golf Travel Destination

The Golf Travel Destination of the Year is… … Scotland. The winner is selected by the prominent 2012 China Travel and Meetings Industry Awards which is run by the travel trade publication Travel Weekly China. The publication aims for the travel professionals in mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong, as well.

The award is an accomplishment for Scotland and the VisitScotland Long Haul and Emerging Markets. Both teams worked hard to promote the different golf destinations of Scotland in the Chinese market resulting to over 4.6 million total votes for all categories. Philip Morgan, the First Secretary of The Scottish Government received the honor during the awarding ceremony held in May at Shanghai, China. Winning the second and third places are Hawaii and Melbourne, Australia, respectively.

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said “This is an excellent award that reaffirms and showcases exactly what Scotland has to offer and confirms our position firmly at the epicenter of the golfing fraternity. With over 550 golf courses the length and breadth of the country, including world famous Open Championship courses, hidden gems, and of course the home of the 2014 Ryder Cup matches at Gleneagles, Scotland really does have something for everyone.”

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Golf Trips are On

As the global economic situation bounces back from its downturn several years ago, golf tourism also makes its upswing in the different golf destinations worldwide with Spain and Portugal garnering the highest popularity. Statistics report that 60% of the 90 golf tour operators from 35 countries have experienced booking increases for 2011 from 2010’s 38%. LateRooms.com, an internet based company specializing in hotel room reservations also marked a 46% increase in their featured golf hotels.

The increase may be associated with the lower costs offered by the golf courses to aid golfers during the economic downturn. Some courses even had their membership fees cut significantly and offered lower costs for equipment. Golf also became more widely accepted in countries with budding economies like Brazil, India, Russia and China. Many countries also have invested in new golf courses and infrastructures like Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Italy and Dominican Republic. These destinations make golf even more popular attracting more and more tourists from all over the world.

Golf tour operators also have become strategic in their packages offering course fees combined with hotel accommodations and spa treatments. Golf travel packages are also incorporated at corporate event programs as part of the executive traveler’s itinerary. All these programs make golf more affordable which is just great for both professional and aspiring golfers.

The head of ATP Select, Gareth Hunt, said, “Golf has become more accessible on the international stage and is less stuffy and elitist. It’s not just die-hard golfing enthusiasts, but also the casual or inexperienced golfer who are keen to participate.”

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