Glencor Golf are on the road again this time in the Costa Blanca. 99 holes of golf packed into 4 days and spending 3 nights in 3 different hotels was certainly a taxing agenda but it turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable though very tiring experience.
Having arrived early at Alicante airport on an excellent flight with Jet2 and being met by the Tourist Board we set off South to la Finca. Arriving about 45 minutes later we were shown into very comfortable large rooms in what is a very impressive modern five star hotel. We were looking forward to having a light lunch whilst meeting the hotel management. When paella arrived as the fifth course we realised that their idea of a light lunch was different to ours ! We managed to make it out to the first tee on the adjoining golf course and played 18 holes. The course was very enjoyable and an ideal course for players of a any standard. There were several standout holes most notably the 17th. This a dog leg left with water from tee to green forcing you to hit out right and then carry your second shot over the water in front of the green. Those long enough might take on the challenge to see if they can carry the water and hit the green in one but it takes a very good shot to make it. Overall the course was very enjoyable and well worth playing. The hotel is fantastic and true five star quality and a most enjoyable place to stay .
Early start the next morning as we were off to Las Colinas to play there. Despite being only four years old it has already hosted three PGA qualifying schools tournaments and it is easy to see why. Designed by Cable Robinson who designed La Cala and several other great Spanish courses it is a serious golf course without being too punishing to wayward shots. There are several tees to play from so you can make it as challenging as you want . Definitely worth playing. The food in the clubhouse was excellent and if you like sushi there is a very good sushi restaurant on site at reasonable prices.
After lunch we set off back towards Alicante and the Bonalba resort. Here a four star hotel has been built next to the existing golf course. It would be a great place for a family holiday as it offered plenty of facilities to keep everyone occupied. A short walk to the golf course and off on the back nine . It was sometime since we last visited the course and there had been problems with the greens but I am pleased to say that they have all been sorted out and the course was in very good condition. The back nine are quite tight with several challenging tee shots but the front nine which we played the following day were more open though still demanding accurate driving to get a good score. Still a good test of golf and again depending on which tees you use very playable.
Up early again the next day to head to the Villaitana Resort. There are two Jack Nicklaus designed courses here one a championship par 72 and a very challenging “Executive ” par 62 course which is well worth playing. The championship course is a typical Nicklaus course with elevated well protected greens. Depending on which Tees you play from you are faced with an array of bunkers that have to be negotiated with an accurate drive many of which are strategically placed at just the right distance to catch the slightly wayward drive. A very good course and playable for all standards of golfer.
The hotel there is very good. There are two standards Available the five star Level Hotel and the four star Resort Hotel offers the last word in luxury and service. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and the facilities are first class. It’s an interesting design based on an old Spanish town with a plaza and the restaurants and bars are set in old style buildings. Both hotels have excellent swimming pools and there are many shared facilities. Both hotels offer the discerning holidaymaker a great location for the perfect holiday.
Finally we arrived at the Husa hotel in the San Juan area of Alicante. I loved this hotel there are outstanding views over the golf course from the large balconies and the rooms are bigger than average. It used to be a five star but is now a four star but to me it still offered everything I would expect of a five star hotel. If you walk about 15 minutes you come to San Juan beach which has a long beach faced by bars and restaurants. They are traditional Spanish places populated by the locals and provide a great experience of the real Spain. The centre of Alicante is only minutes away by tram which charges one euro for the trip!
The golf course is unusual in that it is a Seve Ballesteros design that is actually playable and enjoyable. It’s a most unusual design as it winds it’s way through numerous properties that at times seem very close but offers some really enjoyable challenges. Unusually there are 6 par threes , 6 par fours and 6 par fives. The 18th is an outstanding finishing hole and the 7th with its semi island green is another highlight. A huge clubhouse offers great food and it was a most enjoyable experience.
Would we recommend the Costa Blanca for a golfing holiday we most certainly would. It has something for everyone starting with an abundance of flights to Alicante from all parts of the UK . You can have the peace and luxury of Vilataina the quality at a value for money price that is on offer at la Finca or the more boisterous nightlife that Benidorm has to offer but combine this with some very good golf courses and hotels and you have an outstanding golfing holiday destination.