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6 of the World’s Greatest Golf Courses Ahead of The Masters at Augusta

6 of the World’s Greatest Golf Courses Ahead of The Masters at Augusta

The greatest show in golf is almost upon as this year’s Masters gets set to kick off on Thursday.

And how many of you will be watching Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and the rest of the sport’s best fire balls around the lush green grass of Augusta and wish you were there?

Well, we can’t help you with that. You can’t just call up the world’s greatest course and ask for a half-price green fee.

But what we can do is give you six great alternatives to Augusta to get you in the golfing spirit.

Here, we take a look at some of the best courses in the world:

4* Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club – Birmingham, England

With two golf courses and a golf academy, this elegant country hotel is one of the top UK golfing destinations. There are also outdoor tennis courts, swimming pool and a fully equipped Fitness Centre on offer. After your workout, relax at the Cedarwood Spa, in your spacious room or dine at the on-site a la carte restaurant.

Dates: Fri 10th April – Sun 12th April

Cost of accommodation: £148, King Room
Travel not included.
Total: £148

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5* Precise Resort El Rompido – The Hotel – Andalucia, Spain

Located on a 36-hole golf course with views of the Piedras River Marshes, the Precise Resort El Rompido has a peaceful setting and boasts a spa and large outdoor pool. Set in picturesque gardens, the hotel offers bright, attractive rooms with balconies and sea views and the spa features an indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths and a sauna, as well as massages and facials.

Dates: Fri 10th April – Sun 12th April

Cost of accommodation: £117 Double Room
Flights p/p London Gatwick to Seville with Ryanair and Iberia: £137
Total: £254

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5* Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort – Kavarna, Bulgaria

Only 3 years after its official opening, Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort was awarded European Golf Resort of the Year 2014. Framed by rugged coastal cliffs and the vast blue of the Black Sea, the 18-hole course at Thracian Cliffs is one of the most dramatic golf courses on earth. The newly-built resort offers direct access to the beach and deluxe accommodation featuring an extensive spa and outdoor infinity pool.

Dates: Fri 10th April – Sun 12th April

Cost of accommodation: £107, Studio
Flights p/p London Heathrow to Sofia with Austrian Airlines: £210
Total: £317

BOOK HERE with booking.com

5* Vidago Palace – Vidago, Portugal

Set in the Portuguese spa town of Tràs-os-Montes, the star attraction of this royal palace is its 72-par 18-hole golf course. Built in 1936 in a picturesque valley setting, the majestic hotel is designed in a Belle Époque style with modern luxuries, including vanity pool and spa with hydrotherapy and rejuvenating beauty treatments made from plants grown on the Palace grounds. The course at Vidago Palace includes a golf academy, a 340m driving range, a chipping area and two putting greens.

Dates: Fri 10th April – Sun 12th April

Cost of accommodation: £307 Classic Double Room
Flights p/p London Stansted to Oporto with Ryanair: £141
Total: £448

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5* Argentario Resort Golf & Spa – Tuscany, Italy

Located in coastal southern Tuscany, this 5* resort offers spectacular views over its golf course up to the WWF-managed Orbetello Lagoon. Its 18-hole course is managed with natural products, and has received the AgriCert certification for its green credentials. After a long day, golfers can relax in the spa featuring a heated indoor pool, sauna and Turkish bath – or by selecting massages and beauty treatments, including specific wellness packages for golfers. Top it all off with a Tuscan gourmet experience in the elegant restaurant, serving original dishes prepared with fresh local products and the best Tuscan Maremma wine labels!

Dates: Fri 10th April – Sun 12th April

Cost of accommodation: £382 Superior Double
Flights p/p London Stansted to Pisa with Ryanair: £126
Total: £508

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5* Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort – Provence, France

This 300-hectare luxury resort is situated on an outstanding estate in the south of France and combines the charm and character of Provence with the chic of the Côte d’Azur. Recharge your batteries, savour the Provencal cuisine in one of the four restaurants, visit the region’s villages and vineyards or play a round of golf. The two golf courses there were inspired by the surrounding environment, blending into the landscape like the valleys, cascades and ravines that make them up.

Dates: Fri 10th April – Sun 12th April

Cost of accommodation: £571 Deluxe Suite
Flights p/p London Gatwick to Nice with Monarch: £154
Total: £725

BOOK HERE with booking.com

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