What’s to like about a golf trip to the British Isles? Good choice if you say it’s the courses. We can recommend 80 – 90 – 100 clubs in Scotland, Ireland England and Wales each well worth a tee time. This abundance promises a quality golf experience with a range of pricing because you can confidently mix the more famous clubs with the less famous in countless combinations.
If it’s your horses, even better. Who’s not going to have the time of their lives over here playing links golf with friends and family?
We can preview the experience for you several ways. One of our experts can prepare a custom schedule. Or, you can price your trip yourself using our online calculator. You can also surf our collection of 2014 Special Value Tours where you’ll find scheduling ideas galore.
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Celtic Manor, the host venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup, was named the Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). In being awarded with this highly regarded title, the resort follows in the footsteps of world renowned properties such as San Lorenzo in Portugal and The Turnberry Resort in Scotland. Before casting their votes, members of IAGTO were urged to take the following elements into consideration; service and facilities, maintenance and aesthetics of the course, customer satisfaction and value for money. I can speak from experience having attended the Ryder Cup Matches and I cannot say enough about the golf course as it was exposed to some brutal weather. The fact that the course was even playable was a minor miracle! Unfortunately I could not get access to the hotel, but I have had feedback from clients in the past and the property comes highly recommended. Click here for more information.
By Gary Sheppard. Gary has been with PerryGolf for over 4 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.
Following the Ryder Cup this year, Welsh golf is now firmly on the map. At PerryGolf we have been putting together trips to this area for many years and feel that it has a lot to offer our clients.
When considering a stay in WalesI would advise looking at the Castle Cottages in Harlech as a great option of accommodation. The welcome you will receive in the Cottages is the same as you are likely to receive all over Wales…warm and friendly.
The 5 star accommodations, in two 400 year old buildings, are thought to have been old farmhouses dating back to 1585. The Hotel is actually built around the restaurant which offers superb dining with local Welsh produce used wherever possible. The dining area has a log fire to sit by and enjoy a meal, whilst the view outside is of Mount Snowden (the highest Mountain in Wales).
The cottage consists of 7 rooms – all en-suite – with super king size beds. All of the rooms come with TV, DVD, iPod dock and Tea/Coffee-making facilities. A nice touch to note is that each room is individually named in Welsh.
For golf in the area, courses nearby include Royal St David’s, Aberdovey and Nefyn. Within a reasonable driving distance you can also play Conwy.
Castle Cottage in Harlech is a great option for your trip to Wales and will allow you to discover some fantastic golf and scenery with beautiful food and a warm atmosphere thrown in!
By Alan Bowman. Alan joined the PerryGolf team earlier this season.
It is hard to believe almost one month has passed since the wonderful drama at Celtic Manor. Many people may not have forgotten the unfortunate rain of Friday and Saturday but the Monday finish was so dramatic that it will forever record these Matches as one of the best. Jim Frank offers his thoughts on both Celtic Manor and Wales as a golf destination;
A month and a half ago, I played the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor. It was my final round in Wales after touring the country for two weeks, playing golf and blogging about the courses—and other amenities—throughout the country. Wales is a wonderful golf venue, with many great links courses. But it’s still rustic compared to Scotland and even Ireland, with tiny winding roads …
The mystique of the Ryder Cup continues to grow thanks to another exciting event. From a television vantage point at least the Matches appear to have been played in the spirit in which intended with sportsmanship displayed by members of both sides. The crowd, while clearly favoring the home team, were respectful to all of the players.
The course design looked ideal for the Matches. The closing hotels, fifteen onwards were terrific match play venues.
I think in general, given the electric finish to the Matches, the frustrating weather conditions were regarded as a thing of the past. I have seen some bloggers suggest the Matches be hosted in warmer climes, while the dates for Celtic Manor may not have been ideal there is no doubt it was a reasonable risk and well within “the season” to host such an event.
Looking forward, what will be the impact on golf tourism to Wales? From an American perspective I think Celtic Manor has certainly made it’s way onto the golf map and golf in Wales will enjoy a bump. If history is anything to go by, both Valderamma (Spain, 1997) and the K Club (Ireland, 2006) enjoyed short term activity but the longer term benefit from the U.S. marketplace has been more muted. Another dynamic that is now in play as more continental European countries are connected to the event by virtue of team members, e.g. Molinari brothers from Italy. Golfers from these countries are also now keenly aware of Celtic Manor as a golf destination.
For the last several years, and I suspect it will continue for the foreseeable future, the Welsh Tourist Board have worked tirelessly to promote golf in Wales. A number of noted golf travel writers and publications have been hosted in Wales during the last 18 months with commensurate exposure.
Longer term, the key for the Welsh is to sustain the interest generated at this event and continue to focus attention on many of the outstanding links courses which dot the coastline….coupled with unique hotel experiences.
About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him onGoogle+