After celebrating its 125th anniversary last year, and with its two championship golf courses in stunning condition following recent renovations, there has never been a better time to visit Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club for an unforgettable society or corporate golf day


Choosing the perfect venue for a society or corporate day can be an arduous task. Having to look for championship golf course facilities, along with a quality food offering ready to cater for hungry golfers, is not easy to find, especially when looking for an easily accessible location.

Event organisers need look no further than Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club in Richmond – the only 36-hole quality venue in central London, less than a 20-minute train ride away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and located a few hundred yards from the A316 – one of the main routes in and out of south west London.

Founded 126 years ago, Royal Mid-Surrey occupies an historic area of royal parkland and shares a bend in the river with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. And few golf clubs have as much right to the ‘Royal’ prefix. Its historic connections with royalty go back to Plantagenet times, when Henry V’s monastery stood where the 14th and 15th holes of the JH Taylor course are now played. Royal status was bestowed on the club in 1926, when the then Prince of Wales was captain, and it was a cousin of Queen Victoria, the second Duke of Cambridge, who was the club’s first president.

Due to its regal connections Royal Mid-Surrey prides itself on welcoming guests from many other ‘Royal’ golf clubs, with last year’s 125thyear anniversary celebrations seeing 22 other Royal clubs, some from as far away as Australia, making the trip to take part in the festival of golfing and social events held throughout the summer.

The club boasts two superb championship courses, comprehensive practice facilities, extensive clubhouse facilities, and top-quality catering that can be tailored towards any specific group or party – making it the ideal venue for a society of corporate event.

Recent golf days held at Royal Mid-Surrey featured up to 80 golfers hosted by some of the UK’s top companies, sports clubs and business organisations. The Association of Golf Writers also teed it up recently before covering the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event on the European Tour. “The praise for the course was universal – as was the welcome given,” said Peter Dixon, the AGW’s Captain of Golf.

36-HOLE CHAMPIONSHIP VENUE
Both 18-hole courses – the JH Taylor and the Pam Barton – have been upgraded in recent years to maintain the standards and challenges set by the legendary JH Taylor, a five-time Open champion and the club’s first professional in 1899, a role he held for 47 years.

RMS par 3The JH Taylor course is a beautiful par-69 parkland layout, which measures 6,402 yards off the white tees, and offers a real challenge for golfers of all abilities. With impressive views across to Kew Gardens and its spectacular Pagoda, the quality of the course was rewarded with the staging of the Men’s Surrey County Championships and the English Women’s Open Amateur Matchplay Championship last year.

The course benefitted from a £1.5m renovation at the hands of esteemed architects Thomson, Perrett & Lobb in 2014, which resulted in all 18 greens being re-laid to USGA specifications, ensuring excellent year-round putting surfaces, while the entire bunker system was also remodelled and restored to its former glory, adding to the aesthetic appeal, and increasing the challenge.

With 16 full-time greenkeepers, and a new fleet of Toro machinery, the courses are always presented in magnificent condition throughout the years.

IMG_8421Although not long by modern standards, there are only two par fives, and seven of the par fours are over 400 yards, while two of the par threes over 200, making this a course where accuracy and length are both at a premium. No sooner is this evident than the opening hole, a 225-yard par three played to a small green flanked by bunkers. The test continues as the next six holes wind their way through mature trees and the boundaries of Kew Gardens, whose magnificent pagoda can be seen in its full glory when playing up to the fourth green.

The 18th hole with Kew Garden's Pagoda in the background

The 18th hole with Kew Garden’s Pagoda in the background

Things start to open out a little from the eighth – a long par three played over a pond – but clever cuts to the fairways, numerous well-positioned bunkers, and Taylor’s mischievous and ever-present humps, still reward a well-placed tee shot, and the consequence of not hitting your mark will often be at least a stroke.

Things do not get easier after the turn either, as the long par fours start to take their toll. The 10th and 12th are 442 and 458 yards respectively, while the closing four-hole stretch almost rivals Carnoustie’s tough finish.  The 17th and 18th– which measure 423 and 405 yards respectively – and feature narrowing fairways, plenty of sand and raised greens, are particularly challenging holes that sweep gently uphill to the clubhouse to provide a suitably dramatic finish. This is certainly a course where a good score needs to be compiled early, and then bravely hung onto until you’re inside the safety of the clubhouse.

Although shorter than the JH Taylor course, the par-67 Pam Barton course – which is named after the longstanding member who dominated the ladies’ amateur game in the 1930s – is no pushover, with cleverly designed holes and smaller greens sure to test the best players’ course management skills. The Pam Barton is home to The Mothers & Daughters Open Competition and hosted the Junior Surrey County Championship in 2014.

The Pam Barton Course

The Pam Barton Course

FIVE-STAR HOSPITALITY

Off the course, the club’s spectacular two-storey clubhouse is the perfect backdrop when completing your round.

Constructed in a modern style, but with a traditional feel, it provides members, guests and visitors with access to numerous bars and private rooms, each with a different ambience and charm.

With three private function rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 140 people, each area can be set-up for private dining and entertainment. Two of these rooms have panoramic views over the golf courses.

The club also hosts many non-golf related events in its banqueting facilities. The Shooting Stars Chase Luncheon (120 guests), the Victoria Foundation Annual Ball (130 guests) and the Small Steps Charity Ball (140 guests) have all recently held events at the venue.

“All of our guests very much enjoyed the venue, quality of the food and the speaker,” said Lorna Votier of the Victoria Foundation. “The evening ran very smoothly due to the fabulous organisation and support from all the staff,” she added.

GOLF NEWS SPECIAL OFFER
Golf News readers can book a special summer society package, starting from £100 per person, to include:

  • 18 holes on JH Taylor Course
  • Daily special or hamburger
  • Pint of beer or glass of wine

Minimum groups size is 12+ golfers

All enquiries to golfgroups@rmsgc.co.uk or call 0208 940 1894.

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Head to the Algarve with Your Golf Travel for world-class courses and much more…

The Algarve: Your Ultimate Golfing Getaway

The Algarve: Your Ultimate Golfing Getaway

It’s that time of the year again, when the grey skies and persistent rain challenge even the most staunch supporters of winter golf. The Algarve is a sanctuary, offering over 300 days of sunshine a year and a vast selection of first-class championship courses. It’s why it proves so popular with Brits time and time again.

In 2018, Your Golf Travel sent over 29,000 golfers on the ultimate golfing trip to the region. This year, it would like to send even more!

Right now, if you book a trip to the Algarve, you could take advantage of its ‘Great For Groups’ promotion. For a limited time only, you could receive up to seven dozen TaylorMade TP5 golf balls and a free night stay, including golf, at a selected UK venue. If that’s not attractive enough, Your Golf Travel has given a further boost by introducing three fantastic packages (see panel on right) to give you the chance to play some of the best courses in the Algarve – and at a fantastic price. Quinta do Lago features three stunning layouts.

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The South, designed in 1974 and home to the Portuguese Open on eight occasions, overlooks the Ria Formosa Natural Park and, for many, it’s the jewel in the crown, but all three boast super qualities.

The North was redesigned in 2014 by Beau Welling and Paul McGinley, whose first-class academy is also located on site, as is the TaylorMade Performance Centre. Meanwhile, Laranjal has matured wonderfully since opening in 2009, its lakes, sprawling bunkers and umbrella pines combining to create a wonderful collection of holes.

The newly opened Magnolia Hotel provides easy access to everything the luxurious Quinta do Lago estate has to offer, which includes The Campus, a state-of-the-art multi-sports complex, as well as a number of excellent restaurants. Bovino steakhouse is a favourite for many, with its cocktails attracting more than just red meat lovers.

Quinta Do Lago

Close by, San Lorenzo makes a strong case for the region’s number one course. It won’t be long before you find yourself staring out across the beach towards the Atlantic with a series of stunning holes that take full advantage of its undulating terrain. Such quality is matched at the Dona Filipa Hotel, a five-star beachfront hotel of the very highest standard.

When it comes to tournament golf, the European Tour is spoilt for choice in this part of the world. Morgado Golf & Country Club, situated between Portimão and the Monchique mountains, is one of the newer additions to the region, having opened for play in 2003. It’s here where England’s Matt Wallace burst onto the scene with his first European Tour victory at the Portuguese Open in 2017.

Morgado Golf and Country Club

Meanwhile, Dom Pedro Golf Collection features five more favourites, including one of the finest layouts in continental Europe – The Old Course.

There’s a sense of history here quite unlike anywhere else in the region, while Victoria, designed by Arnold Palmer, is also highly regarded and will host the Portugal Masters this year. Laguna, as the name would suggest, has no shortage of water, while Pinhal, the second course to be built in popular tourist resort of Vilamoura, is well protected with Atlantic pines lining the fairways.

Millennium completes this fine quintet and presents an enjoyable test.

The options keep on coming: Pestana Gramacho Residences, where you can opt for luxurious self-catering apartments or B&B in the hotel, brings another collection of fine courses into play. On site you have the delightful Vale da Pinta, up there with the best in the western Algarve with its rolling hills and tight fairways, and the Ron Fream-designed Gramacho.

San Lorenzo

If Your Golf Travel’s highly tempting ‘Unlimited Rounds’ forms part of your package, then Vila Sol (host of the Portuguese Open in 1992 and ‘93) should feature on your itinerary. Alto Golf & Country Club and Silves Golf are your final two options, the former set in landscaped gardens on the outskirts of Alvor and latter located at the foot of the Monchique mountain range.

Such landscapes offer a wealth of diversity for off-course adventure. Hiking is very popular in the Algarve, but the water is hard to resist, too. Go on a ‘seafari’, head out deep-sea fishing or get your adrenaline pumping with something new – rock climbing perhaps. You’ll soon discover the Algarve offers far more than just world-class golf – and it won’t be long before you’re planning your next trip.

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Situated just above Birmingham, we take a look at the best golf courses in the county of Staffordshire.

Best Golf Courses In Staffordshire

The Best Golf Courses In Staffordshire

Mention the County of Staffordshire and many people immediately think of heavy industry, from the Potteries of Stoke-on-Trent to the innumerable metal-bashing factories of Wolverhampton and the Black Country.

In point of fact though, it is generally a very rural county and has many attractive features. In the north, Leek provides a gateway to the high moorland of the Peak District, whilst the south-west corner is largely devoted to lush rich farmland interspersed near the villages of Kinver and Bobbington, with large tracts of heather and birch clad common-land and, in recent years, the inevitable pine-forests.

Given this type of countryside, and the insatiable appetite of the nearby towns and cities for golf, it is perhaps little wonder that this area can boast some sublime golf courses.

Little Aston

This highly regarded Harry Vardon course plays over parkland in the grounds of the former Little Aston Hall estate. With just three par 5s and three par 3s, there’s a strong and varied cast of par 4s ranging from the testing 446-yard 2nd – where a well-bunkered, narrow final approach makes par hard to come by – to the 317-yard 4th, which is eminently more scorable if you can stay out of the trees flanking both sides.

The approach to the 17th will test your nerve as the green is surrounded by water on three sides, with steep banks running down into it.

Whittington Heath

One of the oldest clubs in England, it was founded in 1886, Whittington Heath originally started as a nine-hole layout. Eventually it was extended to 18-holes and now it measures at a moderate 6,510 yards off the back tees.

A course that has gorse and heather to deal with, Harry Colt designed this hidden gem that has greens extremely well protected by bunkers.

Beau Desert

Beau Desert, otherwise known as ‘Beautiful Wilderness’ is no stranger to accommodating top golfers with the course hosting Open Championship qualifying on several occasions. With large undulating greens and narrow fairways, it may not be a long course but accuracy is the key.

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Sandwell Park

Few courses offer a more pleasant visual surprise relative to their final approaches than Sandwell Park, wedged between the M5 and the A41 in West Bromwich. Google Maps hails it a “venerable Victorian golf links” and that’s not a bad description of this Harry Colt heathland course, opened in 1895.

From what  should best be described as a proper golf clubhouse, there’s a delightful outlook over the 18th and a fairly generous opener, where you don’t want to miss the green left. The 4th is a superb par 3, while the dogleg 13th boasts a gorgeous bunker set into a mound 40 yards short of the green. The greens throughout were superb.

Enville (Highgate)

The Highgate Course is slightly the longer of the two, a 6,493 yard par 72 off the everyday yellow tees, and in general terms it is a driver’s course. Provided that you can hit it reasonably straight, and that you are alert for hidden dangers such as ditches, distance is a distinct advantage on Highgate. Indeed, on the 586 yard 9th it is essential, because this dogleg par 5, one of the longest holes in the Midlands, requires three text-book shots to reach the elevated green on which many players are thankful only to two-putt.

Having said that distance is an advantage, Highgate does not give in that easily, for the real card-wrecker is the 5th, a seemingly innocuous short hole of a mere 158 yards. However, the green is very narrow, with cavernous bunkers in front and to the sides, a vicious slope in the middle, and little or no bail-out area. Since the green-keepers often seem to delight in placing the hole on the slope, it’s a certain fact that the 5th does not play anywhere as easily as its stroke-index would suggest.

Handsworth Park

Handsworth, like close neighbour Sandwell Park, is another 1895 vintage, with the fledgling nine-hole club extending to 18 in 1899. The overall test is not long, but with 70 bunkers, acres of trees and the occasional water hazard to negotiate, you need to be accurate. Water on the right keeps you on your toes on the 1st tee, but length isn’t really an issue until the 8th and 9th, two of the toughest par 4s on the golf course. The 13th is then the shortest par 4, but with a narrow fairway, out of bounds right and a well-guarded green, it’s not one to be taken lightly.

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Limited spaces remaining – Join us at St,Pierre golf resort in Chepstow -next April 14th/15th Golf event inclusive of the following 2 shot gun starts, Private suite evening dinning with Sean Holley and guests, then Augusta Masters Final, prize giving, auction raising money for charity stay over in class twin rooms, awaking to Breakfast and another prize giving – 10am Register with Bacon Roll and coffee, 11am shot gun Sunday 14th Championship Old Course, 7pm welcome meeting before drinks and presentation and food, shot gun start after breakfast at 9.30am on the Mathern course ending with short presentation at 2.20pm for just £135pp – 16 Spaces remaining call Richie on 07952377422 for more.🏌️‍♂️🏌️‍♂️🏌️‍♂️🏌️‍♂️

The Montgomerie Golf Course

Offering a spectacular par 69 challenge, the legendary Colin Montgomerie has called on all his Ryder Cup experience to create a course with many exciting tests of strategy.
Architect: Colin Montgomerie / Ross McMurray

Holes: 18 | Par: 69 | Yardage: 6,294

Played it last week – almost every hole has some kind of feature of stunning views – very hilly course that we would recommend a power caddy or buggy for the not so fit.

Every green was consistent to the next and run true and in fantastic condition – Possibly the best we have played on this summer – Lush green and well looked after.

Lots of holes with much danger but at the same time much reward if taken on. There is everything from lakes, ravines, hazards, OB`s, streams and deep overgrowth if shot isn’t executed correctly.

With 5 par 3`s on offer, I would truly say each one is difficult and well designed with the traps in perfect areas avoid them and test your putting ability as not one has a flat landing zone and very undulated.

Highly recommend this course for a day out or even a stay and play and include one of there other fantastic courses – Pop in the Society drop down page on society deals and look at what deals can be had or contact us for more and we can sort the right price out .

What Jim says: Spent a glorious afternoon playing the Montgomerie course in mid August. Teeing off at about 3pm we managed to just about squeeze the full 18 holes into our visit. The views on the course are spectacular and you can really sense the atmosphere of all the previous big tournaments held here. The greens were fab and the holes were challenging but not to hard for an 10 handicapper. Clubhouse is first class and not too expensive and the pro shop is stacked with the latest kit. Great visit all round, thanks Team GG at Generation Golfer and all the team from Celtic Manor Resort – Will be returning very soon. 5* Resort

Peterstone Lakes is a stunning 18 hole golf course set in acres of peaceful Welsh countryside, just outside Cardiff. The course was designed by Bob Sandow and is a par 72. It is a fair but challenging flat course with plenty of water hazards en route.

Peterstone Lakes is also an outstanding venue for weddings, private functions, corporate events and social dinners. Conveniently located just 10 minutes off the M4 between Cardiff and Newport you can be assured of a warm welcome coupled with high standards both on and off the golf course and excellent levels of service.

Peterstone Lakes is a favourite choice of venue when planning a society day, company or corporate golfing occasion. Where else could you host the evening presentation dinner in your own private suite for up to 150 guests.

Team GG was invited to join the Samlet golf society on a fabulous sunny Sunday at PeterStone Lakes Golf Club, been a few years since we last played there. The warm welcome we received from the staff was very nice to say the least. 38 golfers arrived early for nice food and beverages before teeing it up from 10am.

The course was in great condition and very happy to be working with such a class venue, each hole has appeal and several holes very scenic to say the least. The samlet society have been using the golf club for over 10 years which say it all. Speaking to many of them throughout the day, they all said much the same about “Value for money and consistently good all year round”

Load of risk and reward holes and many that will catch you out if club selection isn’t chosen, the society play medal and stableford and offered prizes for each hole making the day more exciting and each shot meaning something. Would recommend this venue to small and large groups and they can cater for over 100 plus guests due to the size of dinning facilities and layout of course.

The front nine is certainly easier than the back nine as lots of the holes have water that bring into play if your slightly off line with tee shot, also shot position is critical on around 6 of the holes (very challenging, but fun). Looking forward to a quick return and will showcase this venue to all. Thanks so much to both Samlets and all the team at Peterstone Lakes. 10/10

Peterstone Lakes Golf Club
Peterstone
Wentloog
Cardiff
CF3 2TN

01633 680 009
info@peterstonelakes.co.uk

Situated in the heart of the Gower Peninsula (Britain’s first designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Fairwood Park is set in 150 acres of fabulous woodland and parkland countryside and to this day remains the only golf course within the County of Swansea to have ever hosted a PGA event, a fact that means those who play here should be in no doubt as to the quality of golfing experience that awaits them.

With over 15,000 mature trees and water coming into play on nearly half of its holes, Fairwood Park is an outstanding example of woodland/parkland golf at its best with wide, forgiving fairways which nonetheless punish the most wayward of drives by forcing the overly ambitious to take some ‘wedge medicine’ out of the trees with their 2nd shot!

Invited to review club and course recently and very impressed with condition of course to say the least (Greens possibly the best around after heat wave we have been encountering). Welcomed by Erol and his staff to a very friendly atmosphere and well established venue.

The course has many risk and reward holes “Beware of the hazards and well established trees thou” The bunkers are placed in very good positions from any tee box played from. The greens where very receptive, possibly after the recent down poor and can imagine some would be difficult to hold unless approach was a high ball flight

Being a very flat course and not much of a walk between tee boxes its very well designed and set out, a few driveable hole and a few very long par 4`s specially if played from white tee boxes.

Would recommend this course to all ages and highly rate for society/corporate groups with great deals to be gained “Call us for more details or email us today” if you contact Fairwood Park direct speak with Erol and say Team Generation Golfer sent you “Thanks for a great day out from all the team” The One Stop Shop 4 Golfers”

Fairwood Park Golf Club

Fairwood Park Golf Club

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Luke Sampson

Luke Sampson

3 months ago

Great course, well tended. Members are very friendly also. Club house is to a good standard too

John Algar

John Algar

9 months ago

Excellent and very well maintained Golf Course in a secluded area of Gower. Great fairways, immaculately manicured greens, and besides avenues and avenues of trees, the mix of bunkers and ponds keep read more

Darren Hanmer

Darren Hanmer

5 months ago

Very welcoming, staff were very friendly and the food was also good.

Dean Mucha

Dean Mucha

4 months ago

Standards down there are shocking 1 kitchen never open 2 the club house is like a dive old and dated 3 bunkers are never raked down there always wet

Mike Lumbard

Mike Lumbard

11 months ago

A lovely course with friendly members, so much so that I joined.

 

Architect: Hawtree Ltd

Par: 73

Length: White 6644 / Yellow 6226 / Red 5490

Green Fees from £15.99 based on society group

Buggies: £20 per round

(they may be reserved subject to availability and ground conditions)

Society Deals

From – £15.99

 

 

Machynys Golf Club is the youngest course ever to be awarded an R&A championship. But, whilst Machynys represents a true test for the lower handicapper it is still a thoroughly enjoyable course for the higher handicapper and a corporate and society treat. This becomes possible by utilising up to five tees per hole so the difficulty factor of the golf course becomes the player’s or organiser’s choice making it the perfect venue for your corporate or society golf day.

 

November seen a decent turn out at Glynneath Golf Club on Monday 6th (12 Players arrived 09.30am).

Welcomed in to the very nicely laid out lounge by the golf manager Tim Cole. Overlooking the 1st tee we enjoyed coffee & fresh orange, this followed with a bacon bap for each of the group.

Weather was very kind with blue sky’s above, leaves dropping from the trees with light winds is all you could hear. The course is hidden on amongst the valleys of Glynneath, with views around the well laid out course very nice to say the least.

After playing several holes, it was very noticeable that much work was being carried out around the course. Drainage was much better than the last visit. Tee boxes in good condition considering the rain that had been present for several days prior. Almost all the greens run true to the eye and in very decent condition.

It was nice to see Tim driving round the course and offering refreshments whilst we played the full 18 holes. This gives a very nice touch and hope it continues going into spring/summer months. If you require a buggy to get around the undulated course, there also at a very reasonable price to hire. Several scenic holes, 3, 9, 14, 15 & 16 I would say have much to offer. Many also have two teared greens that makes the club selection very important to come away with a birdie or par.

Would advise any golfer to take a visit and recommend golf society groups to book a day away, we look forward to a speedy return. After the game we enjoyed a few drinks and game of snooker. Food is very good and offer splendid package deals. Contact us today for more information, or just fill out the simple enquiry form located under society offers.

Thanks from us all “Because We Care”

 

So the last Friday Golf Society rocked up for their annual Match Play having completed another successful summer series, anticipation was building as for the next three days we get a small taste of what being on tour might be like. Upon arrival we was met by the golf services team who tagged our bags then showed us around making us all feel so welcome by the way that was the last time I touch my clubs (apart from playing with them) until I put them away on day three.

Roman Road was our first test which was in excellent condition, especially the greens that were running true and fast – also very difficult to read! Fairways were also very good and the rough was very punishing – so stay on the short stuff if you can! The course had a bit of everything from wide open fairways to some real tight golf holes that need very careful course management at times. The Match Play was a won by the Reds, which did have our handicap secretary playing for them and it didn’t go without notice that a few of the Reds were off their new improved handicaps! (bandits) Our accommodation for our two night stay was the Coldra Court Hotel which is off site but only a few minutes’ drive away from the courses and they actually provide a shuttle service that we took advantage of the following day, as it seem like the Yellows were drowning their sorrows to the early hours! Check in was amazing with 14 golfers all turning up at once and along with other guests arriving at the same time reception was well manned and took no time at all to get us all checked in and our evening meal pre-order list was waiting for us too – there was a slight issue as some of the guys were checked in to double rooms but the hotel staff rectified it straight away to the relief of their roommate. Dinner for both nights was the Rib Smokehouse and Grill with great décor and food alike, service was swift and smooth and kept our glasses top up, although breakfast was a bit of a slower affair when it comes to getting tea and coffee to the tables. You couldn’t fault the friendliness of the staff and the fitness facilities were well equipped.

Day two saw the whole society all getting the shuttle bus to the mecca of golf – The 2010 – now from the moment we were met by the golf service team until the moment we got back on the bus it had the wow factor. A full guided tour of the club house along with a few 2010 stories just to add to the occasion. The locker room, well what can we say very elegant but was surprised with the mood lighting, now we was allocated a locker each, I was lucky enough been allocated Phil Mickelson and when chipping in on holes 3 and 9 It left me think did the locker rub some of Phil’s magic off on me? They have a well stock Pro shop and the lads got well in to the merchandise so well worth a visit, now with the tee times looming we was whisked of VIP style to the range for our warm up – the free range balls went down well and was surprised to see the greens slightly slower than Roman Road and just slightly easier to read. The course itself is a gem which was in excellent condition and every hole seemed to be breath-taking! Be warned it’s a long walk and took us 5.5 hours to play but the well-stocked halfway house was just what the doctor ordered. A little tip is go one club up for all shots on this course it seemed to play long on every hole, this was soon worked out by two of our guys who both nearly got a hole in ones on our nearest the pin – one knocking it to within six inches only to be beaten by the group behind! Having finished on the superb par 5 18th with a testing third shot over the lake to an elevated green where even if you was slightly short you just rolled straight back down in to the waiting lake, it was time to have a post-match pint while the golf services team cleaned and transported our clubs to the Montgomery ready for day three and for us it was time to head back to the hotel for some well-earned R&R.

Day three and the Montgomery which having played The Montgomery in Marrakesh I was looking forward to comparing the two. It started off really well and the third par 5 for me is one of the breath-taking holes I have played to date, it’s a hole where a well-placed tee shot gives a nice downhill second that if correctly executed leaves the average golfer a nice little pitch in to the green. Unfortunately the weather was against us and the heavens opened and play was suspended on the seventh. The disappointment of not completing the round soon turned to joy when the rain check vouchers was offered and the realization that it was an excuse to return again to what was a magnificent golf destination with great staff, great courses, great practice facilities and at a great price thanks Generation golfer!

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