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I am looking to go away to play golf for a few days possibly next May and was after advice on where is it best to go either the Algarve, Lisbon, South of France or Southern Spain and any names of hotels etc to stay at
 

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I've been to the Algarve a few times playing, and the courses out there are really good, albeit a bit "samey"..I've also been to Spain and played and whilst the courses weren't in quite as good a condition, they were certainly a little different and cheaper too!
The Algarve is nice, but is pricing itself out of my range now.
If you do decide to go to the Algarve I can give you my opinions on the courses I have played there if you need them.

A few of my friends have been to Turkey over the last two years and have come back raving about it.
The courses have been, in their words, fantastic..and it was much better value for money.
I think they got an all inclusive deal (as much as you can eat and drink!!) at a really good hotel including 6 rounds of golf for around £700.00.
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Only golfing I've done abroad is down the Costa Del Sol.

Staying in Puero Banus which is nice but hell of an expensive this year! Plenty of resorts to stay in along the coast and plenty of courses.

Andalucia Plaza is the hotel we've stayed at for the past 4 years. Can't fault the place. Really good.

Courses of note, La Cala, La Quinta, Santana, Santa Maria as well as the noteables if money is no object - Valderamma and Finca Cortesin, neither of which I've sampled....yet!

Average green fee 40 - 60 euros sometimes including buggy sometimes buggy extra.

We normally go around late August when the courses are slightly cheaper as its not full season, not sure if it would be cheaper or more expensive in May?

Coursemaster holidays has been used and they have been really good at organising the golf. We done everything else independently.
 

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Costa Brava is a good alternative to the Algarve or Costa del Sol.
Stay in Girona,Emporda Forest and PGA Catayluna would be my picks to play.

Have played those. Girona itself isn't a bad course.
PGA Catayluna was completely ruined for us when we went over. We had booked to play it twice because the lads had played it the year before and raved about it. But the whole course had been sanded. I don't just mean the greens, I mean everywhere.
Every shot you took was like playing out of a bunker.
Absolutely ruined the holiday for me and I didn't bother to go back for the 2nd round although I had pre-paid for both rounds.
 

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It isn't in yerp, but I recommend Florida. Food is terrible, golf is cracking, yanks are friendly, weather is good.

Turkey is the up and coming place. Gets good reviews. My swindle is going in March. All inclusive deals are grreat, but bad for the waistline and liver.
 

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Only one place to go for golf...head east to Prague,great courses,great beer and the ladies aint bad either oh and it is still dirt cheap compared to the usual places for a golf trip.Went this June and best golf tour I have had,couldnt believe how good the courses were,certainly as good if not better than Algarve/Spain.


www.abante-golf.co.uk is the golf company we went with.
 

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I have played most of the courses in the Belek area of Turkey and found them to be fantastic. It has been our family holiday for the past two years ( and will be next year as well ). Luckily I can go play just about everyday if I like as long a I am back for lunch which is fair enough.

The great courses are

The National
The Sultan
Pasha
The Pines
Cornelia ( Faldos place )

Prices are about 40-60 Euros per round which is very reasonable.
 

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Why not considering a trip to Italy ? ;)
There are many nice courses in Northern Italy (I'd recommend Le Betulle - Biella, which is considered the best course in Italy). I'd be happy to give advice, of course.
Or Austria: I go there every year in the Salzburg area, usually in June, and there are a lot of nice courses not too pricey. They even have a card you can buy with 3 or 5 prepaid rounds, for an average of 45€ a round.
In Spain I've played Girona, which is easily reachable with Ryanair: a bunch of friends and I went there for a one-day golf trip, leaving in the morning and returning late at night. The course is not bad, and they gave us a fantastic price for the green fee and the dinner, they even gave us a few complimentary polo shirts.
 

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Depends on how long you want to go for? For a short break, try Belgium - around the Waterloo area. Some cracking tracks thereabouts & there's some good deals to be had. A shame the £ to Euro rate is cack at present.
 

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A close friend of mine has just bought an apartment in Villamoura on the Algarve that he's looking to rent out when he's unable to use it. He's not a golfer so I don't think he actually realises how well it's situated for golf tbh :)

I'm a newbie so don't want to spam but if anyone wants to PM me I can happily send you the photos and details that I have and put you in touch.

njc.
 
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