The IAGTO awards are the golf travel industries Oscars and in November last year Andalucia was awarded the accolade of European Golf Destination Of The Year for 2016. It’s always been one of our favourite destinations as with over 100 golf courses to choose from and with accommodation to suit all pockets and the multitude of flights going into Malaga it’s the perfect destination for a golfing holiday or break.
It’s possible to fly into Malaga from virtually any airport in the UK or Ireland and the large number of flights makes for extremely competitive pricing. As an example it’s possible to get a return flight for less than £50 in January and February if you are flexible with the dates you can travel.
Malaga is one of the most modern airports in Europe and is easy to navigate round. There are many car hire companies offering ultra-cheap deals there and if you are not staying on a golf resort then this will be the cheapest option to travel around. A note of caution however what at first glance appears to be an unbelievable bargain usually is too good to be true and when you arrive to pick up your pre-booked car you may well find that there are several extras that haven’t been included in the original price. In our opinion it’s better to pay what at first glance appears to be a more expensive offer but one that includes most of the extra bits that cheaper offers don’t. That way you will know what to expect when you pick up the vehicle rather than haggling over the additional costs that cheaper car hire companies apply at the desk. There are several companies offering this superior service but we recommend Helle Hollis.
Andalucia is a huge area and with over 300 days of sunshine on average there is every chance that you will get a tan whilst you are playing there. Such a large area offers every type of destination you would think of. From the bright spots of the Costa del Sol to the quieter more cultural regions around Seville or Cadiz there is something for everyone. It’s the Costa del Sol that first established itself as Europe’s number one golfing destination and with over 50 courses in that area alone its easy to see why. There are courses to suit all pockets and golfing abilities.
The jewel in the crown is the magnificent Valderrama course which in our opinion is still the best course in Europe. Okay its not cheap but it’s an experience not to be missed as the number of tournaments it has held testifies. You don’t host the Ryder Cup unless you are a great golf course.
There are many other extremely good golf courses providing excellent value for money golf starting from just around £40 a round. You won’t be disappointed and many of them have seen large scale investment to modernise them and improve the overall experience. With golf holiday packages starting from only a few hundred pounds for a week’s golf, there is no excuse for missing out on some sunshine in the Winter playing on great courses that aren’t on temporary greens or waterlogged.