(PRWEB UK) 26 October 2012
American humorist Mark Twain said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” However, there are some who scream at the television screen for a putt to fall and wince at a shot gone badly. For these people, Protect Your Bubble, insurance specialists, have this list of ten great golf holiday locations.
1. County Kerry, Ireland - Best for weekend breaks in summer, rest and relaxing
Four courses and each with a view to remember for many rounds to come. The Ballybunion, Killarney, Waterville and Tralee boast an infrastructure of excellent tourism and atmosphere. Reasonable greens fees, stellar seafood and summers that are glorious to behold. Have a pint of Guinness to celebrate a good round.
2. Los Cabos, Mexico - Best for a complete holiday experience
Align a drive and look out across the Sea of Cortés at the same time. Designed by legend Jack Nicklaus, conditions are great year-round for golfing. For those who have played golf in Arizona, it is similar but with the salt air and crashing waves of the beach. Those who are not inclined to golf may take in pristine white beach sands or off-shore fishing. Settle in for a beer watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
3. St. Andrews, Scotland - Best for tourists and traditional golfers
The home of golf, this majestic course got its start in 1754. Edinburgh is as close as the other side of the Firth of Forth. In fact, the word ‘sacred’ comes to mind as tradition and authority reign on this course. Mind the season; the winds can send balls on errant flights into the famous bunkers. The R&A is also the ruling body for golf in the UK so if there is a dispute over a shot, expert authorities are only a cart ride away.
4. The Algarve, Portugal - Best for family holidays
Dozens of courses, all world-class, abound in this country. Find the Old Course at Vilamoura or the Royal Course at Vale de Lobo (photo) for a real golf experience. Mild climates from May to September with a mean of 28⁰. Find commercial centres, time-shares and first-class hotels.
5. Pebble Beach, California - Best for high rollers and serious golfers
Say Pebble Beach Golf and a golfer’s eyes sparkle and dream of lush greens, spectacular scenery and a superbly difficult challenge. Encompassing a total of four courses, each course at Pebble Beach has its own personality and difficulties. Old-fashioned luxury accommodations are not cheap, but rooms and amenities will more than exceed expectations for a golf holiday – guaranteed. The Lodge at Pebble Beach and Inn at Spanish Bay are two places to test whether or not it is true.
6. Portrush, Northern Ireland - Best for next generation golfers by day and clubbers by night
Two 18-hole courses with three holes nicknamed Himalayas, Calamity and Purgatory await the intrepid golfer. Three beaches outside of a town that wrap around a long bay of a mile-long peninsula are sandy and pleasant, but the brisk air of the north shore does not allow for much swimming or beach leisure. The internationally known Lush! nightclub is in Kelly’s complex and is home of big DJ’s, bars and restaurants.
7. Les Bordes, France - Best for lady golfers
A monster of a course and one of the most heralded in the country, the 18-hole record is only a single stroke under par. This is not the course for a weekend duffer. The style is French; island greens and enchanting forests surround the course. Romantically set, find spa facilities in the club and the allure of Paris less than 100 miles away. Female golfers, this is a heavenly escape.
8. K Club, Ireland - Best for an entire family holiday experience
K Club is not historical, but history is secondary to the comfort, luxury, quality and home of the 2006 Ryder Cup win over the USA. Golf is only one activity. Enjoy fishing, horseback riding, clay pigeons, cycling, or simply walking. The main restaurant has the prestigious Michelin Star and for the real foodie, a new Thai restaurant as well.
9. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - Best for Stag trips and bachelor parties
Think Las Vegas, and the ideas of casinos, glitz and glamour come to mind. Golf may take a back seat to the fantastic city life, but there are several quality courses in and around the city. Similar to Mexico and Arizona in scenery and play, the fact it is Vegas means everything. Find mountains in one direction and the city in the other. To see it is to believe it.
10. Asagiri Country Club, Japan – Best for Lamborghini drivers and trust fund babies
The Japanese call it ‘Shibui’ – elegant simplicity, and nowhere is it more true than on a course nestled at the foot of Mount Fuji itself. Stand in awe of a mountain known for its near symmetrical shape and find an experience that transcends a mere golf game. The snap back to reality is the exorbitant expense of flying to Japan and greens fees as high as the peak itself. For those who have the readies but lack real golf skill, who cares? Brag about the round at the foot of one of the most famous mountains in the world.
A golf holiday should be relaxing and stress-free apart from bad shots. Take some protection on the trip with trip insurance from Protect Your Bubble. With prices starting less than a round of 18, it is insurance against lost clubs, cancellations or missed flights. Visit Protect your bubble for more information and an instant quote.
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