Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaMay 3, 2017


Since, the weather in London is clearly miserable. Here is our round up of the favourite spots around the world to jet off to celebrate #nationalgolfmonth … off course!

San Domenico Golf, Puglia 

With the Adriatic Sea to one side and olive groves to the other, San Domenico Golf Club was created to USGA’s highest standards by architect Andy Haggar as a classic links course. Stay at the family-owned, 5* hotel Masseria San Domenico that also offers a stunning Thalassotherapy spa.

Stay 3 nights starting from £1,196 per person on a B&B basis booked through Classic Collection (0800 008 7299; The price also includes return flights and private airport transfers. Green fee for hotel guests start from €50 per person or from €95 for independent travellers.

Golf Club Punta Ala, Tuscany

Boasting panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the nearby islands, it is one of the finest golf courses in Tuscany. Stay at Baglioni Resort Cala del Porto and take advantage of its pool, two restaurants and own private beach club, La Vela.

Book their Golf Package from €1,550 per person including a 3-night stay on a B&B basis, green fees for two and golf car for two days, a three-course dinner at Belvedere Restaurant and one massage per person at La Vela Beach Club.





Franciacorta Golf Club

A stone’s throw from Lake Iseo, the Franciacorta Golf Club, designed by Marco Croze and Pete Dye, is surrounded by woods, vineyards and lakes – just 6km from 5* L’Albereta with its renowned Henri Chenot Spa and Michelin starred LeoneFelice restaurant.

Stay 7 nights at L’Albereta from £1,995 per person, based on a couple sharing on a B&B basis including return flights and private airport transfers – booking through Scott Dunn (; 020 8682 5080).  Green fees from €60 per day.


Royal Golf, Marrakech

A choice of world-class courses with direct access from the hotel: Royal Golf, a legendary 27-hole course enjoyed by Churchill, Lloyd George and Eisenhower, and Al Maaden Golf, an 18-hole championship course conceived by Kyle Philips.

Stay at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech from €715 per person per night, including two green fees per day, complimentary golf equipment polishing and storage as well as daily breakfast at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech.







Marilyn StamonMarilyn StamonDecember 2, 2015


Your skis have been gathering dust in the back of your closet for a couple of months now, as it has been that long since your last holiday, and you do need to get out of London every few months to survive London. After your winter holiday spending a week in a ski resort, it is now time for your spring holiday. Go away for a week, to the sunshine and open spaces. I have the best suggestion.

A Holiday at the Lisboa Golf Coast
With beautiful beaches, everything you want from fantastic food to the best wines, sunshine, miles of open spaces and breathtaking scenery, this is what you need to relax. Lisboa region is the perfect golf destination. The tranquillity and satisfaction to be found on the greens are matched only by the quality, number and diversity of Lisboa’s golf courses. Over 20 golf courses can be found along Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra, Setúbal, Palmela and Sesimbra. All courses with their own characteristics, different scenery and charm. ‘the best thing about Golf is that every golf course is different, which makes every game different. A tennis field is  the same everywhere, but no golf course is the same’  commented a keen golfer enjoying a game in  sunny Portugal.

We spend the first night in the historic hotel Pousada de Cascais which was placed in the recovery of an old Fortress built over 500 years ago. The hotel includes an indoor pool,  sauna,  fitness centre and large luxurious rooms for the most pleasant stay. The best thing is that the hotel is right in the centre of the beautiful city of Cascais. Just outside the hotel you can walk along the beach towards the centre with a view that will stay imprinted in your mind forever. The Pousada de Cascais is one of the first hotels in Europe to have an Art District. Aside from the numerous art exhibitions and demonstrations inside Pousada, the Art District features six art galleries and six open studios where the most important artists of the country are working.

As a Londoner I was blown away by The Oitavos Hotel and Golf Course. When living in a city with so much lack of space this feels like you are set free. The relatively new hotel, build in 2010, was designed to give guests an ultimate feeling of space. The only walls on the ground floor are for the toilets and the kitchen, and the kitchen’s walls are from glass where you get to witness breakfast, lunch and dinner being freshly prepared. The rooms are extremely spacious and each face the breathtaking view to the golf course and the sea. From almost every corner of the golf course you have a sea view.

Can’t Golf?

Give it a try. In every hotel and on every course. Members of staff will help you learn everything you need to know about golf and help you arrange everything you need to start your golf holiday. Consider getting a lesson at Oitavos, and before you know it, you’ll be coming back every year.

Miragem Hotel

The  Cascais Miragem Hotel  welcomes you with an eccentric fountain at the entrance and a palace-like hall. The large hotel offers a range of different rooms for your events, meetings, conferences. Also the hotel rooms come in six different characters, and a room with great scenic views which literally take your breath away is definitely recommended. When we walked into the hotel’s restaurant we were entertained by their resident  who played some lovely jazz.. We then proceeded to a private room for the evenings dinner.

Lisbon’s Sport Club

Somewhere in the woods, located in Serra da Carregueira, Belas, circa 20 kilometres from Lisbon,  where everything you see around you is greenery and golf cars, is the Lisbon’s Sport Club. Trees block the wind and give you the much need tranquil feeling.  Inaugurated in 1964, with nine holes designed by Hawtree & Sons, it was initially extended to 14 and finally to 18. The holes are characterized by an assortment of different designs, which implies a range of different and interesting game possibilities.
‘you can’t just walk in Barcelona arena and play football, or play tennis in Wimbledon, but you can play on golf courses where world famous players have played their biggest games’


A hotel and golf course with a large open space, with few trees, few hills and with many ponds for a more challenging field. The Montado Hotel & Golf Resort  was launched in May 2009 located on Portugal’s Costa Azul Algeruz (Palmela), near the Castle of Palmela, surrounded by vineyards and also  known as the famous wine region of Palmela / Setúbal (City of the wine in 2009). Wine here was developed in a harmonious whole of Cork Trees, where streams and lakes make the magical beauty of this Resort.
The Golf Course is carefully inserted in a landscape that helps to break the daily life routine, well known for its 18th hole with the green located on an island.
To extend your wine knowledge and get to know  a  little bit more about the Portuguese production, stop at Bacalhôa Wine Cellars for a wine tasting session. But don’t forget to also try the Portuguese sheep cheese, the combination is  absolutely fantastic.


We transferred to Lisbon where we stayed at the centre based Dom Pedro Palace Hotel. With 19 floors, a room on one of the top floors gives you a stunning view over the city, the Tejo River and S. Jorge Castle. Perfect for your stay in Lisbon. The hotel offers a wide range of meeting rooms, a business centre,  spa facilities, a bar and restaurant, fresh breakfast buffet and a classic design of the hotel’s interior, which does make you feel like you’re in a palace.
For our diner we went to Lisboa à Noite, a restaurant with Portuguese authentic and fine cuisine, specialised in Portuguese seafood accompanied by the finest wines.

City Golf

Near to the city centre of Lisbon is Paço do Lumair golf course, a unique 9 hole course . A great place to play a challenging round. The two floor covered Academy, has 32 bay lake range. It also has a large short game practice area, distance markings and various flags, a large bunker.


When in Lisbon, do take a day to go sightseeing. There is nothing like walking around an illuminated city like Lisbon discovering all it has to offer, from historical buildings best found in the area of Belém, to the city’s main square, to the shops in Rue Augusta. Visit Saint George’s Castle and look over the whole city being blown away by the view. After reaching the castle, on top of a hill, have a relaxing lunch at Casa do Leão restaurant. And last but not the least, you cannot leave Portugal without tasting a Pastéis de Belém. I mean it.

Our Verdict:
With a large range and variety of hotels, restaurants, golf courses, golf resorts and fantastic scenery including lovely weather, Lisboa Golf Coast is most certainly up there on our list of impressive golfing destinations guaranteed to offer you an all round experience.

For more information go to Visit Lisboa
Pousada de Cascais Cidadela Historic Hotel & Art District
Rua Jau, 54 – 1300-314
Lisboa – Portugal
Tel: +351 214814300

The Oitavos Hotel
Rua de Oitavos
Quinta da Marinha
2750-374 Cascais
Tel: +351 21 486 0020

Cascais Mirgem Hotel
Av. Marginal n.8554
2754-536 Cascais – Portugal
Tel: + 351 210 060 600

Lisbon’s Sport Club
Casal da Carregueira – Belas
2605-213 Belas
Tel: +351 21 431 00 77

Montado Hotel & Golf Resort
Urbanização do Campo de Golfe do Montado
Lote 1, Algeruz
2950-051 Palmela
Tel: +351 265 708 150

Bacalhôa Wine Cellars
Tel: +351 212 198 067

Dom Pedro Palace Hotel
Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco, 24,
1070-109 Lisboa
Tel: +351 21 389 66 00

Paço do Lumiar
Rua Formosinho Sanchez, nº 79
Urbanização Quinta dos Alcoutins
1600-038 Lisboa – PORTUGAL
Tel: +351 217 591 719

Benjamin VogtBenjamin VogtFebruary 13, 2014


Last Thursday on Velaa Private Island in the Maldives, the Two-time Major Champion and Ryder Cup legend, José María Olazábal visits the all new ‘Academy Deluxe’ on Maldivian Paradise Island invited with the designer of the island by the developers to unveil one of golf’s most captivating new projects. The new Velaa Golf Academy by Olazábal has been created in collaboration with the golfing legend and features a stunning golf course and academy. The all-encompassing facility sits proudly amidst an exclusive private island in the Maldives that is home to 48 private pool villas, located in the northern part of the Noonu Atoll, just north of Malé. Velaa Private Island was born out of the passion for the region of owner, Jiri Smejc and his wife Radka, and their desire to create the “most Private place on earth”.





José María, who has achieved the highest accolades in the world of golf, was selected by Velaa Private Island’s ownership as the designer of the unique deluxe academy that will take centre stage in the island’s array of recreational attractions. The golf course has been crafted to give guests the option to fine tune their game as well as relax and enjoy the experience created by Olazábal’s acclaimed design team.

Jose Maria admires view at Velaa Private Island

“I have never seen such a luxurious location,” remarked Olazábal on his visit to Velaa Private Island today.

“I have  had the pleasure of working on some remarkable projects, but what Jiri and Radka have created here is simply awe-inspiring.”

The golf course itself has been designed with iron play very much in mind, a key strength of the Spaniard’s game during his prolific career as a notoriously accurate short and mid-iron player.

“We were given the opportunity to design something completely unique here at Velaa and our clear aim was to integrate the island’s charm and character into the Golf Academy,” elaborated the Major Champion & Ryder Cup legend. “Through careful use of the landscape guests can hit all the shots imaginable, from mid-irons to wedges and short-game. With six greens and nine tees we have been able to also create an exciting & challenging 9-hole Par 3 layout. Together with the high-tech Swing studio, complete with all the latest gadgets, golf enthusiasts will have the chance to refine all aspects of their game in the idyllic surroundings. In short, practise in paradise”

During a site visit with the management team from Velaa Private Island and Troon’s team of agronomy and operational experts, Olazábal stopped to hit some shots to demonstrate how his vision has been realised and showcase his much talked about touch around the greens.

The golfing legend hits the ceremonial tee-shot at the official opening of his Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal“I wanted the experience to be appealing for both young and old, beginners and experts. We hope visitors to the island will be inspired by what we have created and the experience enhances their enjoyment of the game that I am so passionate about,” exclaimed the Spaniard.

The course comprises 6 immaculately conditioned green complexes; all surrounded by uniquely shaped bunkering and eye-catching water features. 9 tee options give guests a range of hole choices at a variety of lengths, with the option for guests to book private tuition and reserve the academy for exclusive use at select times.

“José María’s distinct style & passion for the game was part of the reason he was chosen as our designer. Velaa is one of the world’s most distinguished destinations, and stands out from traditional resorts. We wanted to get the match between what the island stands for and the character of the golf course. Renowned for his crisp ball striking and fierce touch around the greens, the golf course personifies José María and is befitting of Velaa,” commented Hans Cauchi, General Manager & Executive Director.

Regarded as one of the world’s most exclusive experiences, quintessentially Maldivian with uncompromised luxury, the paradise island has already made its mark on international high end travellers. Operated by renowned international golf management leaders, Troon Golf, Velaa Private Island is committed to delivering only the finest golf experience for its guests.

The immaculately conditioned Troon Managed Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal

“Velaa is without doubt one of the finest developments we have ever seen and represents the definition of luxury perfectly,” commented Bruce Glasco, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Troon International Operations. “We have all been impressed by José María and his team’s unwavering attention to detail throughout the design phase and have no doubt that it has the potential to attract guests from far and wide. To have such an inspirational figure as the designer matches the unequivocal commitment shown by the ownership in delivering a resort destined for iconic status.”


Credits for the pictures to Tom Tavee.

GraziellaGraziellaAugust 5, 2011


Attractive, well appointed and located three bedroom fully furnished semi-detached villa situated on a corner plot on a small Urbanisation in Estrella de Mar, Los Urrutias, in the region of Cartagena, Murcia renowned for its beautiful weather most of the year. Convenient for the beach and local shops and only 10 minutes drive to San Javier Airport, La Manga club (perfect for you golf fanatics) and Los Alcazares. This property is excellent for those requiring a lovely holiday home or a permanent residence on the shores of the Mar Menor (the largest salt water lake in Europe).
Situated on this small quiet development and over looking palm gardens with the mountains beyond provide a tranquil environment to relax. There are single & double gates to the front providing off road parking, all windows in the property have grills.

Porch: This area is big enough to fit a table and chairs comfortably.

Lounge/Diner: with ceiling fan and air con, wood-burning glass fronted fire, illuminated display area, flat screen TV, wall safe, telephone and plug points and security system.

Kitchen: fully fitted kitchen with new oven and hob, extractor fan,new fridge freezer,ceiling fan, microwave, dishwasher, ss sink, good storage , granite work top, table & chairs.

Downstairs shower room: newly fitted shower, toilet, sink, ceiling fan, heater and storage.

Court yard/ Utility room: large fully enclosed courtyard with 10 person Jacuzzi, table and chairs, various terracotta plant pots, outside shower(with hot & cold water). The Utility room has hot/cold water with ceramic basin, boiler, washer/dryer and storage cupboard.

Bedroom 1: Downstairs, this can be used either as a bedroom or a dining room, dining table and chairs,ceiling fan, telephone points and storage area.

Marbled staircase with hand rail, this leads to…..

Bedroom 2: spacious room at rear of property overlooking gardens, ceiling fan, two single beds, bedside tables, built in wardrobes.

Bathroom 2: ceiling fan, heater, mirror, generous sized bath with shower unit, toilet, sink and small window with grill.

Bedroom 3: Master bedroom with twin beds, bedside cabinets, fitted wardrobes, ceiling fan, includes extended area either to relax or use as a mini gym.

Sun terrace: This is situated off the master bedroom, there is a secure door leading out onto the spacious fully covered terrace, overhead light, table and chairs, overlooking the mountains(extremely relaxing).


On this select Urbanization home owners (and their guests) are able to enjoy the benefit of the exclusive club which includes a large sized pool (life guard included), restaurant/ bar, tennis courts, crazy golf, basket ball and beach. There are also plans for the development of a Universal theme park, which will be about 20 minutes away, so close enough without the hassle of tourists, which is a future investment if you were thinking of renting the property out or using as a holiday home.

Trevor or Beverley on 01752812714

GraziellaGraziellaAugust 5, 2011


Fantastic Golf Course Frontage Home for Sale in the Prestigious Palisades Golf and Country Club Community in Clermont, Florida overlooking the #6 tee box. This home is in pristine condition. 2106 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, den and 2 car garage. Home includes: Plantation shutters, Bottoms-up and wood blinds, ceiling fans and all light fixtures, money saving solar powered hot water heater, new zoysia sod and landscaping, screened and covered lanai. Den features wood laminate flooring and glass french doors. Spectacular custom Master Bathroom with wood ceiling. Home is immaculate and priced to sell. Low Homeowners Association fees include cable, community swimming pool, tennis courts, lakefront park and playground area with fishing pier and boat ramp giving you access to the fabulous Clermont Chain of Lakes for fishing, boating and water skiing. Community also offers onsite boat/trailer/RV paarking for a nominal monthly fee. LOCATED 25 MINUTES FROM DISNEY WORLD!

Email or call agent for more information or to schedule a showing of this beautiful, move in ready home.
Deena Gregory
Pallisades Realty Inc.

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