Travel Guide: Domestic suggestionsJanuary 8, 2013 Courses and Travel
Here are some brilliant homebased golf holiday suggestions
EAST SUSSEX NATIONAL
Sitting in the heart of the county,Â East Sussex National comprisesÂ two magnificent championship 18-Â hole layouts.
The East Course staged theÂ European Open in 1993 and 1994,Â and over the years has played hostÂ to the likes of Nick Faldo, ErnieÂ Els and Vijay Singh.
The resort offers a selection ofbreaks, with one-night winterÂ packages including dinner, B&BÂ and 36 holes starting at Â£130pp.Â Its four-star hotel has 104 roomsÂ and 10 luxury suites, as well as aÂ health club containing a 50-stationÂ gym, 20m pool and nine-room spa.Â www.eastsussexnational.co.uk
With resorts spread across bothÂ England and Scotland, MacdonaldÂ Hotels are the ideal companion toÂ any home-based golf holiday.
The championship course at theirÂ Portal Resort in Cheshire wasÂ voted Golf Course of the Year inÂ 1995, and the 5th at Spey Valley,Â near Aviemore, is, at 635 yards, theÂ longest hole in Scotland.Â
Despite the recognised pedigree ofÂ their courses, novice players willÂ enjoy a Macdonald golf break justÂ as much.
Expert tuition is available at theirÂ Botley Park venue, while theÂ Cardrona resort, with its wideÂ range of tee options, sums upÂ Macdonaldâs inclusive policy.Â
LA GRANDE MARE
Tucked away on the western coast,Â La Grande Mare Hotel, Golf &Â Country Club is one of GuernseyâsÂ finest resort destinations.
Perfect for any business orÂ recreational retreat, the clubÂ boasts an 18-hole parkland courseÂ that complements its magnificentÂ four-star hotel.
The original course was designedÂ by the reputable Hawtree andÂ Sons and comprised 14 holes withÂ four double greens before it wasÂ updated to its current 18-holeÂ layout in 2001.
The club actively welcomes greenÂ fees, allowing their guests to enjoyÂ a round and bask in the beauty ofÂ the adjacent Vazon Bay.
Flanked by the glorious hills ofÂ northern Hampshire, thisÂ championship 18-hole course is aÂ delight for novice and experiencedÂ golfers alike.
Commander John Harris wasÂ commissioned to design the courseÂ back in the 1970s, but sadly diedÂ before his plans were realised.Â The BBCâs âVoice of Golfâ PeterÂ Alliss took over developments andÂ the course was completed in 1981.
The club staged a competitiveÂ fourball to celebrate its grandÂ opening, welcoming Isao Aoki,Â Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus andÂ the then Open champion BillÂ Rogers to the HampshireÂ countryside. The card is displayedÂ in the Legends Restaurant.
Situated close to a range of theÂ regionâs finest courses, McMillanÂ Hotels provide the ideal base forÂ any golf break in southernÂ Scotland.
The jewel in the crown is mostÂ definitely the Cally Palace resort, aÂ picturesque venue that boasts itsÂ own 18-hole championship courseÂ designed by renowned courseÂ architect Tom Macaulay.
At any of the groupâs other threeÂ venues â Kirroughtree House,Â Fernhill Hotel and North WestÂ Castle â guests can enjoy theÂ beautiful Stranraer parklandÂ course at Creachland, or sharpenÂ their links game at the nearbyÂ Portpatrick and Glenluce courses.
Built into the sprawling parkland surrounding the ruins of a medieval castle, the championship course at Hawkstone Park matches the spectacular backdrop. LONDON GOLF CLUB
You can experience the first-classÂ facilities of the London Club andÂ play the International Course forÂ outstanding value this winter.
Conveniently located just 20 milesÂ from London, the club offers twoÂ championship courses and firstclassÂ service. Until the end ofÂ March, for Â£70 you can play theÂ International, after starting with aÂ breakfast muffin, tea or coffee andÂ enjoy soup at the halfway houseÂ and round the day off with aÂ Kentish meal. The offer is validÂ from Mondays to Thursdays andÂ includes use of practice facilities.
Built into the sprawling parklandÂ surrounding the ruins of aÂ medieval castle, the championshipÂ course at Hawkstone Park matchesÂ the spectacular backdrop.
The hotel owns two 18-holeÂ courses as well as a 6-hole academyÂ course that are sure to test allÂ aspects of your game and this isÂ where two-time Major championÂ Sandy Lyle learnt the game.
The resortâs rare blend of qualityÂ course architecture and naturalÂ beauty saw it recently ranked inÂ the top 20 golf holidayÂ destinations in the world.
This is the ideal base for a golfÂ break to Aberdeen, located lessÂ than half a mile from the TrumpÂ course, one of the finest inÂ Scotland. The resort sits less thanÂ 15 miles from several other topÂ courses. In 2011, it was awarded aÂ five-star rating by Visit ScotlandÂ and this spacious and well appointedÂ house boasts stunningÂ views over rolling sand dunes.
Set in the heart of Lincolnshire,Â the Petwood Hotel is the perfectÂ spot for a getaway. The nearbyÂ Woodhall Spa centre is home toÂ two 18-hole courses including theÂ championship Hotchkin course,Â consistently ranked as one of theÂ top 20 in the world. The team atÂ the Petwood will happily bookÂ your tee-times for you.
Until the end of March you canÂ get B&B and a round on theÂ Hotchkin for Â£80pp. Until AprilÂ 30, Â£139pp secures dinner, B&BÂ and two rounds.
LYTHAM GOLF BREAKS
The North West is rightlyÂ regarded for its stunning linksÂ courses like Royal Lytham, andÂ there are some great inland layoutsÂ too, like Lytham Green Drive.
Laid out in 1913, this lush, easywalkingÂ layout is known for itsÂ pristine fairways and the attractiveÂ trees that line the holes. St AnnesÂ Old Links is another North WestÂ gem and is regarded as one of theÂ top 100 courses in the country.
Take advantage of a wonderfulÂ offer allowing you to playÂ Fairhaven, St Annes Old Links andÂ Lytham Green Drive with a twonightÂ B&B stay for just Â£169pp.
Situated in the glorious NorfolkÂ countryside, the Wensum ValleyÂ Hotel provides guests with two ofÂ the countyâs best courses.
The par-72 Valley course demandsÂ accurate tee shots and finesse onÂ its undulating greens, while theÂ Wensum championship layoutÂ hosted the 2012 Motocaddy Masters, a EuroPro Tour event. ItsÂ water hazards will pose a challengeÂ even to skilled players.
The hotel offers 90 en-suite roomsÂ and boasts a leisure centre with aÂ well-equipped gym, swimmingÂ pool and spa.