Welcome to 2018 and to some fantastic New Year Offers to make a head start on the new golfing season!

The Ritz Carlton, Abama

The ever popular winter sun destination Tenerife features the No.1 Resort The Ritz Carlton Abama offering excellent early season incentives.  Unlimited Golf is available from May 1-October 19 with best rates for booking until February 28.   In December 2018, 7-night packages allow for a FREE upgrade to Half Board.  And, The Abama Repeater programme offers Room Upgrades and Resort Credits for regulars!

La Cala Resort

On the mainland, La Cala Resort golf package rates throughout 2018 feature early booking discounts while stocks last.  With a choice of 3 great golf courses, buggy inclusive rates, access to Spa and easy access from Malaga Airport, booking is recommended early to ensure availability, great tee-times and best rates.   Group Leaders Stay & Play for FREE, with FREE Airport Transfers for selected dates.

Intercontinental Mar Menor

Mar Menor offers the Murcia Golf Trail, with a choice of 6 great courses and shuttle service from February 1.  Early Season offers include FREE Half Board for February & April 2018 at InterContinental Mar Menor.

West Cliffs, Praia del Rey

In Portugal, Praia del Rey now boasts 2 world class championship links golf courses, including the award winning West Cliffs as Best New Golf Course in the World, 2017.    With a choice of Marriott Hotel or Residences, Breakfast Board, Half Board or Half Board+, Group Discounts and Free Replays,  Praia del Rey offers an excellent destination for 2018!

Closer to Lisbon, Quinta da Marinha has launched an aggressive New Year offer, with golfers receiving 2 FREE Evening Meals for every stay of 4 nights, and 3 meals for every stay of 7 nights, until February 28.

Rocco Forte Verdura

In Sicily, European Tour venue Rocco Forte Verdura has extended an Early Booking offer for Spring 2018, until January 15 only. Packages include Half Board, with excellent a-la carte dining at Verdura.

Further north in Puglia, The impressive Borgo Egnazia offers daily golf at San Domenico included with your room rate for 2018.   Best rates throughout the season apply for booking before January 31.

Aphrodite Hills Cyprus

In Cyprus, Aphrodite Hills will reopen their signature golf course PGA National, Cyprus from January 19 following a 6 month redesign.  The new course is already receiving excellent reviews.  New Year offers include best rates for stays until February 28, Unlimited Golf in Summer and 2018 Early booking savings at Aphrodite Hills Hotel & Residences.  Groups also receive savings and value added extras with Ascot Golf.  Aphrodite Hills was voted Europe’s No.1 Golf Resort in 2017 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). Access via Paphos (15 minutes) and Larnaca (75 minutes)

Dunes Golf Costa Navarino

In Greece, Costa Navarino offers 5-star excellence at The Westin and Summer luxury at The Romanos, For best rates this summer, book by January 31.  Access is from nearby Kalamata Airport (KLX).

Mazagan Beach Resort

Mazagan Resort nearby Casablanca, Morocco continues to impress with Unlimited Golf, All-Inclusive Board and Airport Transfers.  Low Season rates extend until March 23, and with Easter Specials & Summer Specials for Families also on offer.

With so many great offers available, contact Ascot Golf and let us know what suits your game best for 2018.

Wishing you all the best for the new Golf Season.

Sergio Garcia Masters Champion 2017

The Masters 2017 has produced one of the finest Golf Tournaments of modern times.

Sergio Garcia’s performance on Sunday transformed what appeared be an orderly and imperious victory procession of Justin Rose into a brutal battle around Amen Corner and extra holes.

Sergio was down and almost out.   His remarkable par-5 on the 13th hole resembled a prize fighter staggering to his feet with the aid of the ropes, and hanging on for the bell before staging an all-time comeback to victory through the remaining holes and playoff.

Garcia holes for Par on 13!

Rose’s play was so impressive and resilient through the Masters week, it is hardly fair to form any critique. However, his post tournament tweet “that while tournament golf is tough it remains just a sport”, appeared to be overshadowed by the super human exploits of Sergio that both illuminates and transcends the game.  As Bob Paisley once said in football, “Football is not a matter of life or death.. it’s much more important that that”.

Garcia holes for Masters glory!

Golf, like other individual sports has in recent years become somewhat more of a team game, with at least a small entourage of coaches and family representing and cheering on their man from the players’ box or greenside.   In Sergios “team” at Augusta was his finance Angela, his ever-present father, and his idol Jose Maria Olazabal.  Ollie texted Sergio during Masters week to tell him to believe in himself and also with an invitation to share his own Champions locker at Augusta should Garcia prevail.  Europe’s Ryder Cup Captain for the “Miracle at Medinah” spoke at that time that the Captain’s job is to somehow “reach the Players” and Ollie certainly reached Sergio during Masters week 2017.

Ollie & Seve at Augusta

Sergios other idol of course is the late-great Seve Ballesteros, who would have turned 60 years of age on Sunday. Sometimes all the stars seem to align, and point in one special destination.

Sergio & Angela

Sport is not always fair, and in hindsight, Justin Rose must feel that the golfing gods were on someone else’s side.  Sergio however still had it all to do, and he answered the call in the most spectacular of fashion, almost holing out for an albatross on hole 15 before rocking Augusta when his eagle putt dropped shortly after.  From that moment on, Sergio had breached the defences of Rose, was in close and smelled victory.

Rose congratulates Garcia

Augusta afterall is golfing theatre.  Every hole is a masterpiece, technically and artistically.   The supporting cast of players delight in taking part.  Willett, Kaymer, Couples and Mickelson are all winners from the 2017 Masters, but there can only be one Champion.

Freddie at Augusta

At Augusta, mobile phones are forbidden, as are big screens.  The “patrons” follow the progress of the players throughout the course on traditional wooden score boards, with any positive movements cheered in unison as the boards change numbers.  Runner up Charl Schwartzel relayed after completing his round that Augusta was so charged on Sunday that roars from the 15th were off putting for his group finishing on 18!

The patrons were rooting for Sergio on Sunday, with chants of “Sergio Sergio Sergio” ringing out as a soundtrack to Garcia’s ecstatic reaction on holing the winning put on the first playoff hole.

Bravo to Augusta National and to Sergio’s 2017 Masterclass.

For travel to 2018 Masters at Augusta, please contact golf@Ascogolf.com

Trump Turnberry Resort

Playing golf in Scotland is as traditional as roast dinner on Sundays!  Play links golf in Scotland and you’ll get all the trimmings too!!

The 2016 British Open presented an epic duel with Henrik Stenson prevailing over Phil Mickelson – showcasing the fantastic challenge of Royal Troon.  With ever changing wind conditions, strategy demands on each tee, deep pot bunkers and the most cultured of golfing patrons, Royal Troon delivered a tournament and Champion to remember.

2016 British Open Classic – Stenson v Mickelson

You too can follow in the footsteps of Stenson, Mickelson and McIlory with stay & play packages at The Marine Hotel – overlooking the famous Troon links.   The Ayrshire coast is truly unique, with an endless line of links courses including Glasgow Gailes, Dundonald, Western Gailes, Kilmarnock Barassie and Old Prestwick.  Just a short drive away is the recently redesigned Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry.  Best access is at Prestwick Airport (10 minutes) or Glasgow International Airport which allows for a straight forward 45-minute drive to Troon.  Scotts Restaurant is recommended locally in Troon for a light snack, post round pint or sit down dinner.

Golf View Hotel Nairn

In the North, Castle Stuart played host to the 2016 Scottish Open won by Alex Noren.  Best visitor rates at Castle Stuart include 2 round packages to be played within 5 days.  Golfers visiting the ever popular Golf View Hotel in Nairn receive a FREE evening dinner until October 2016. Flight access is Inverness or Aberdeen Airports serviced by British Airways and Easyjet.

MacLeod House Aberdeen (Trump Scotland)

For those travelling to Nairn and Castle Stuart from Aberdeen Airport, the commute is 1 hour.  You can of course “top or tail” your trip to include play at the impressive Trump Scotland and 2014 Scottish Open venue Royal Aberdeen.  MacLeod House is Trump’s golfing lodge in Aberdeen, with 5-star service and best rates for Stay & Play on Trump Scotland.

Fairmont St Andrews – Atrium Restaurant

St Andrews is well renowned as the Home of Golf.   Fairmont St Andrews now offers attractive packages within Unlimited Golf.  Play on St Andrews’ famous Old Course is restricted for the remainder of 2016 to a daily ballot or draw, with a 30-70% chance of success each day depending on the season.    The Fairmont Unlimited Golf package provides excellent flexibility with guaranteed play each day on Kittocks and Torrance and the option to enter the ballot to play St Andrews Old Course.   Access to St Andrews is from Edinburgh Airport (75 minutes) with attractive rates on car rental or transfers with AscotGolf.com.  PGA Professionals receive FREE Hotel & Board for every 7 golfers.

North Berwick Golf Links

Further south near Edinburgh, the twin seaside towns of Gullane and North Berwick offer intensive links golfing visits, with Stay & Play packages at MacDonald Marine Hotel. Golfers booking with Ascot Golf for October 2016 receive 2 FREE evening dinners per stay.  Upgrade your package with play on the exclusive Muirfield links subject to availability for your travel dates. A Handicap limit of 18 applies for Muirfield and visitor tee-timees are restricted to week-days.

Whatever your preference for Golf in Scotland, link up with Ascot Golf and start plotting your trip to play the very best in golf!