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How Covid-19 May Effect the Golfing World.

/ 11/05/2020 / -
Covid-19 Blog

How Covid-19 May Effect the Golfing World

There is no subject more relevant in the world right now than that of Covid-19, and we are all part of the global effort to fight against the virus. Therefore we think it is important to look ahead and discuss how Covid-19 may affect where and how we play our golf in the future, so that we know what to expect and can be prepared for any changes that will need to be made to ensure everybody remains safe while playing.

There are numerous ways that Covid-19 will effect the world of golf, mostly involving our behaviour on the course and where people choose to travel for their annual golf tour. There will be numerous ways that Covid will change the way we conduct ourselves in and around our favourite courses, from pulling up in the car park to finishing on the 18th. For the purpose of the blog I have broken down things down into three different areas, The Clubhouse & Proshop, On the Course, Golf Travel. Many of the possible changes have been discussed at recent Q&As with course directors and a framework has been laid out by England Golf.

The Clubhouse & Proshop

There are likely to be significant changes when using the facilities at any golfing venue in the wake of the Covid pandemic. One likely change that is expected to be implemented is that only one member of any golfing group will be allowed to enter the clubhouse and sign a group in, with no cash being accepted as payment. Clubhouses including any bar area will most likely be closed until further notice with limited essential access to bathrooms. As we are aware of the importance of hand hygiene in stopping the transmission of the virus,  then any guests that do enter the clubhouse should be expected to sanitize their hands before entering, with hand sanitizer that will be supplied by the venue.

There will also be significant changes in the way we enjoy a bite to eat from any onsite restaurant, it is likely that many venues keep their restaurants shut to those who want to sit and enjoy a meal after enjoying their round, although this could vary depending on the size of the eatery. It’s possible however that venues who offer food suitable for takeaway may offer a grab-and-go option if guests are hungry.

There are also likely to be changes to buggy rental, with a maximum of one golfer per buggy although there could be leniency around this depending on whether the individuals live together. It goes without saying that the cleaning process in place in clubhouses will change dramatically with any places that are touched being sanitized frequently

On the Course

St Enodoc Golf Club

Due to the nature of the wonderful game, implementing and maintaining sensible social distancing measures when out on the course may actually be quite easy. When playing we naturally enjoy wide spaces and are most of the time at least a shot or a hole ahead of the following group, while within groups the size of fairways and greens can easily accommodate a distance of 2m between players when taking shots. One measure likely to be put in place is the limiting of tee times, or at least longer gaps between groups as to avoid groups catching up with each other, while as mentioned earlier cart use may be restricted to 1 person per cart, although this could be relaxed if the players cohabit.

Further measures being put in place will be to remove rakes from the golf course, ball washers and drinking fountains to be covered and bins and benches to be removed or covered, all measures to avoid hand to hand transmission. Similar measures to reduce hand to hand transmission have already been seen on the green, with the pictured ball retrieval measure allowing players to pick up their ball without the need to insert the whole hand into the cup.

Other golfing facilities such as driving ranges and practice areas will need to be closed unless the venue can guarantee safe sanitizing practices, meanwhile further sanitising practices will be put in place with staff wearing the correct cleaning equipment and regularly cleaning any high risk surfaces. At the end of a round players will be expected to leave the venue immediately as to avoid any social gatherings around the clubhouse area.

Golf Travel

Currently the entire golf travel industry is on pause, courses are closed, planes are grounded and nobody is travelling to play. As we look forward to how the UK and other European countries plan to ease their lockdown, it may be safe to assume that golf courses will be some of the first leisure facilities to re-open, with the open spaces making sensible social distancing easy to enforce. This is fantastic news for the industry as courses are being hit at what would normally be a busy time of year, and the opportunity to recoup some of those losses will be welcome. However, there will likely still be travel restrictions in place and it is likely that for a while courses will be members only, as it can be assumed that they will be travelling from somewhere quite local.

Looking further into the future, airlines are already predicting between 20-30% capacity on flights for the next few years, meaning that far fewer golfers will be travelling outside of their own country for their golfing holidays. When you combine this with the fact that Spain is one of Europe’s major golfing destination and one of the countries hardest hit by Covid-19 it’s safe to assume that many European countries will be seeing an increase in domestic holidays over the coming years. This is amazing news as it will give a much needed injection of money into the sector but will also encourage people to explore and play courses in their own country that they may not have thought about visiting before.

At GSW we are very excited for golfing venues to re-open and to see players back on the course, however with the continued closure of hotels and courses only welcoming members,  it is unlikely that that our customers will be embarking on any golf tours until at least July. We are sure many of you are still yearning to take in a golfing holiday with your friends this year and if you are considering it, then we encourage you to book a tour for late summer or early autumn, so that you can enjoy the sport you love and give a much needed boost to the UK economy.

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Top 10 Must Play Golf Courses in Somerset

/ 04/05/2020 / -

The Top 10 Must Visit Courses for Your Golf Break in Somerset

Somerset is one of the premier golfing destinations in the UK, boasting a number of top-rated courses spanning from Bath all the way across to Minehead.

Outside of the golf courses Somerset is a luscious green county that contains numerous areas of natural beauty, including the Mendip Hills in the north and Exmoor National Park in the west. The northern coastline offers fantastic views as it stretches along the Bristol Channel, with fantastic links courses like Burnham & Berrow and Weston-super-Mare positioned to take advantage of the views on offer.

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club is a 27-hole members club that has hosted leading amateur tournaments The Brabazon Trophy and The English Amateur. This traditional links course is ranked as the #1 course in Somerset and 26th in the country. Part of the Atlantic links network, Burnham houses 27 holes of golf across the par 71 (6925 yard) Championship course and 9 hole, 18 tee Channel Course. The layout of Burnham tracks 9 holes along the coastline and 9 back to the clubhouse, winds blowing in from the coast can make for a challenging round of golf and ensures that no two rounds are the same. From the moment you arrive at the clubhouse in the shadow of the Burnham lighthouse its evident you are stepping into a club littered with a vast history of amateur golf. Winners around this great course include famous names such as a Mr J Rose.

Somerset has a reputation for the quality of its courses and Burnham and Berrow is widely regarded as head and shoulders above the rest, a good indication of the quality of this course.With many fairways and greens overlooked by sand dunes, Burnham and Berrow is the south west’s answer to Royal Birkdale and is now widely thought to be one of England’s finest links courses.

Recommended GSW Tour: 3 Night Somerset Special

Clevedon Golf Club

Golf has been played at this stunning parkland course since 1898 and in that time it has built up a reputation as one of the finest courses in the county. The course is situated upon an old castle farm and boasts a fantastically well kept course that enjoys  views of the rolling  Somerset Hills and out across the Bristol Channel. The course underwent some considerable changes during the early 90s, with the introduction of 5 new holes and the installation of 18 USGA specification greens, extending this par-72 course to a challenging  6557yrds. Clevedon is one of Somersets’ hidden gems and if you are planning on visiting the area then we highly recommend adding this wonderful course to your Somerset tour.

Recommended GSW Tour: Somerset Coastline Golf Tour 

 

 

Weston Super Mare

Weston Super Mare is one of Somerset’s premier links courses, designed by Alistair MacKenzie & Tom Dunne in 1892, the course runs 6245 yards and offers a true test of links golf with rolling fairways and constantly changing winds that make the course a different challenge each time you visit. Playable all year round, the course is an attractive links course situated on Weston Bay, enjoying superb views across the Bristol Channel, past Brean Down, Steep Holm and Flat Holm towards Cardiff. The course has plenty of natural undulations but is an easy walk for those that enjoy taking in the surroundings while enjoying a round, visitors are blessed with a view of horizons and masses of sky, during the summer the greens run fast and true with tight fairways and punishing rough that should be avoided at all costs, while in the winter the course is rarely closed and is always played off real tees.

Weston’s 15th is known as it’s signature hole, a 458 yard par 4 modelled on the 17th at St Andrew Old Course. Starting with a blind tee shot and out of bounds hugging the right side, followed by a green set treacherously behind the dangerous bunker on the front corner, even the most proficient golfers are satisfied if they walk off the green with a par! Following this memorable hole is the tough finish, the par-3 16th with an approach into the prevailing wind, a tricky par 5 17th with a difficult dog leg and the final hole presenting a par 4 with out of bounds on the right and heavy bunkers on the left. This challenging and beautiful course is a must visit for those heading to Somerset,  offering a satisfying day taking in the surroundings and further satisfaction if you are able to step into the clubhouse having scored a decent round.

Recommended GSW Tour: Pride of Somerset Tour

 

Weston BLog

Mendip Spring Golf Club

Mendip Spring has quickly become a favourite of ours at GSW, Lying in the Wrington Valley and overlooked by the Mendip Hills, this course is nestled away in one of the most beautiful parts of North Somerset, just a stones throw away from the Mendip Hills area of outstanding natural beauty and a few miles from the coastal town of Weston-super-Mare, this course is ideally located for a relaxing weekend away. This fantastic venue boasts two golf courses to enjoy, the par 71 Brinsea championship course and the 9-hole Lakeside course. The Lakeside course is a well designed 9-hole course suited to those that may not have the confidence to tackle the championship course, full of par 3s and 4s that are the perfect challenge for the more inexperienced golfer, or a perfect warm up for golfers who are soon to challenge the Brinsea. With the comfortable accommodation available at Mendip Spring this course can be a perfect addition to a stay and play visit, creating a memorable 27-hole package in conjunction with the championship course.

Now for the Binsea Championship Course, a beautiful and meticulously designed course full of water hazards, long par 5’s, tricky par 3’s and an interesting mix of par 4’s, finished with immaculately kept greens that stay true throughout the season, combine all of these characteristics and you get a challenging course that is an absolute delight to play and presents a thorough challenge to golfers of any skill level.  After your round is finished head to the clubhouse,  centred around an original 16th-century farmhouse tastefully developed to be welcoming and full of character, the clubhouse offers a comprehensive bar stocking local ales, restaurant serving fresh pub classics and comfortable accommodation facilities.

Recommended GSW Tour: Mendip Springs Stay & Play

 

Mendip Spring Blog

 

Enmore Park Golf Club

Enmore Park Golf Club is a Somerset gem considered to be one of the counties finest parkland courses, formed in 1906 in the nearby village of Cannington, the club was moved in 1932 to it’s current location in Enmore and in 1969 was further developed by famous course architects Hawtree & Co to design and create this fabulous 18-hole championship course nestled within the lower slopes of the beautiful Quantock Hills. Two loops of nine holes start and finish at the course clubhouse, creating a par-71 course that stretches 6,434 yards, with ponds in play on five holes, par 3’s which are set up to test even the most accurate of hitters and the daunting par 4 10th, this course offers an immensely entertaining and challenging round of golf for all golfers. Enmore Park is perfectly located in the heart of Somerset, making it the perfect addition to any tour taking in the surrounding courses.

Recommended GSW Tour: Mid Somerset Tour

 

Enmore Park Blog

 

Orchardleigh Golf Club

Orchardleigh Golf Club is idyllically situated within the beautiful Somerset countryside, the stunning country estate includes a large Victorian estate, an island church, boathouse and numerous other listed buildings, creating an incredible location for a golfing getaway. The course is set within established parkland settings and offers picturesque views throughout the 6824 yard par 72, winding its way through mature trees with water hazards regularly coming into play. The course is located in serene surroundings and is considered to be one of the finest layouts in all of the South West. The front nine are laid on quite flat easy going terrain and includes the tough 6th hole, a 414-yard par 4 with out of bounds down the left of the fairway that leads to a tough two-tiered green, while the back nine is quite different with undulating fairways and some uphill climbs. Orchardleigh Park Golf Club also has fantastic practice facilities, including a full length covered practice range and everything you need in the pro shop.

Recommended GSW Tour: The Bradford-on-Avon Golf Tour

 

Orchardleigh Blog

 

Bath Golf Club

Bath Golf Club is one of the oldest courses in all of England and has earned a reputation as one of the counties finest parkland courses, with its beautiful hilltop location offering serene panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and natural contours throughout the course. Established in 1880, this 18 hole par-71 parkland course was designed to take full advantage of the natural contours of it’s hilltop location to create a unique and challenging round. The course boasts a good variety of different holes, laid out over some of the most luscious countryside the region has to offer, shallow soil and limestone ensure quick draining, allowing the course to remain playable all year round. Baths’ uniquely small greens , filled with contours and borrows that make approaching and holing out a tough and unique challenge.

Bath is located at the gates of the South West and makes the perfect starting or finishing location for your Somerset golf tour, or as a home base to take in rounds at surrounding venues.

Recommended GSW Tour: The Bath Golf Tour

 

 

 

Taunton & Pickeridge

The original design for Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club was put together in 1892 by the legendary Mr Henry Fowler, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Blackdown Hills. This 18-hole parkland stretches 6109-yards and is a course full of undulating fairways that wind their way through terrain full of valleys and tiny hills, rewarding those who can be accurate from the tee, while those who hit a wayward shot will often find themselves facing a unique and challenging shot towards the green. The course is well kept all year round, boasting immaculately kept greens and beautifully maintained surroundings, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing and invigorating round of golf, where those who want to post a good score will need to be brave, especially if the wind is blowing. The venue also has a fantastic clubhouse where you can unwind after your round and enjoy a number of locally sourced ales or a bite to eat from the extensive menu on offer.

Recommended GSW Tour: Perfect Parkland Tour

 

 

Oake Manor Golf Club

Oake Manor Golf Club is a delightful 18-hole parkland course set in the beautiful surroundings of the Quantock, Brendon and Blackdown Hills.  The course stretches 6149 yards and features water hazards on 10 of the 18 holes and a variety of challenging holes throughout the course, all while enjoying the tranquil surroundings. Oake Manor always offers a warm welcome and a relaxed atmosphere for visitors, as well as first rate facilities that include a covered driving range, 9 hole par-3 course and both a short game practice area and putting green.

Recommended GSW Tour: Somerset Golf & Spa Break

 

 

 

Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club

Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club is an 18-hole par 72 that was founded in 1882 by Dr. Clark and is known as Somersets’ oldest course, boasting stunning sea views and fantastic links golf, all set against the rugged landscapes of the Brendon Hills, so if you enjoy great golf in a beautiful location this venue is a must visit on your Somerset golf tour. The course is a par-72 links course that runs at a length of 6200 yrds and features all the best characteristics of links golf while offering some Parkland features, creating a varied golfing experience. The course is always kept in excellent condition and is a delight to play all year round, visit Minehead & West Somerset to take in the beautiful sea views, while being challenged by the varied conditions and enjoying an invigorating day of golf.

Recommended GSW Tour: Somerset Coastline Golf Tour

 

 

 

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Top 10 Must Play Golf Courses in Devon

/ 02/04/2020 / -

The Top 10 Must Visit Courses for Your Golf Break in Devon

Devon is one of the largest counties in the country and is home to a number of stunning national parks, long sandy beaches and dramatic coastlines. The mild climate enjoyed by the south west makes Devon a popular tourist destination, with people being drawn to Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks, as well as the numerous pretty and idyllic seaside towns that stretch along the historic Jurassic Coast.

Outside of the towns and cities of Devon, the rural areas are blessed with glorious natural landscapes, rolling hills and untouched coastlines, the perfect environment for a golfing holiday. The county has plenty of courses that feature within the countries top 100, including the prestigious Saunton Golf Club with both it’s East and West courses, Royal North Devon, and the luxurious stay & play venue at Bovey Castle.

So here it is, in no particular order (But of course we do have our favourites), a list of 10 must play golf courses in Devon!

Saunton Golf Club (East)

Why not start this list with the course that is ranked as the #1 course in Devon. The East course at Saunton has been considered to be one of the premier golf courses in the West County since it’s design by Herbert Fowler in the 1920s. Located on the untouched and beautiful North Devon coastline, Saunton East is considered by many to be one of the finest seaside courses in all of the country, and one that would make a fine host of the Open Championship. The course is undeniably tough, with eight par fours that stretch further than 400 yards and only two par fives for you try and recover any lost shots. The stunning location and incredible design make the East course at Saunton a must visit for anyone visiting Devon.

 

Thurlestone Golf Club

Founded in 1897, Thurlestone Golf Club was originally a short nine hole course until it was later modified and extended by legendary course designer Harry Colt. The course is a cliff-top cum links course that runs along the coastline of Bigbury Bay, offering dramatic views that stretch for miles on a clear day. The first twelve holes offer a true links experience, with the holes weaving their way along the headland, offering stunning views of the Bolt Tail headland and easterly towards Plymouth Sound. As you make your way back to the clubhouse you will have the opportunity to pick up shots at a number of par fives before finishing with three of the courses finest holes.

 

 

Royal North Devon

Royal North Devon at Westward Ho! can proudly claim that it is the oldest golf course in England and the second oldest links course outside of Scotland. The course opened for play in 1864 and still plays on it’s original fairways to this day. From the clubhouse you are blessed with fantastic panoramic views of the Devon countryside, whilst the course, with almost no trees or bushes, seemingly blends into the surroundings. Don’t be fooled though, as there are plenty of reeds and rushes waiting to catch any wayward balls, and as is the way with most links courses,a breezy day can cause problems for even the most seasoned golfer. Royal North Devon is a must visit golf course that is steeped in history, with golfing memorabilia adorning the clubhouse, and you get this historic feeling the moment you arrive.

Bovey Castle Golf Club

Bovey Castle might be the most beautifully located golf course in all of the South West. Set within Dartmoor, the largest, wildest and most stunning area of countryside in the region, Bovey Castle is built within the grounds of the stunning house built in 1906 and is perfect for an immersive parkland golf experience. The newly fashioned course stretches an impressive 6,600 yards and begins with a number of challenging holes that begin winding their way through a valley, all the while surrounded by the quintessentially British countryside that will devour wayward balls. The back nine makes it’s way back towards the clubhouse with a mixture of parkland and moorland, before reaching the final hole, the much improved 18 that offers a spectacular ending to the course. With it’s location and fantastic golf Bovey Castle really offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle.

 

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Saunton Golf Club (West Course)

The second course at Saunton, the west course, is a course steeped in history. Original plans for the course started in 1935 when players decided saunton needed a second course, legendary Herbert Fowler was brought in to design the course but this was put on hold during WWII, when the course was occupied by the military and used for training. The course shares many of the best elements of the East course, with holes weaving their way between dunes, undulating links, grassy mounds and cleverly placed bunkers. The course provides an excellent challenge and a good strategic approach is required to post a good score.

 

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Exeter Golf & Country Club

Exeter Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole parkland course designed by the legendary James Braid and set within an impressive Georgian mansion. The course stretches 6023 yards, with many of the fairways winding through ancient Oaks, Lime and Redwood trees, all the while offering golfers stunning views of Haldon Hill. The course should be a good challenge for golfers of any skill, with no less than sixty strategically placed bunkers, tough par fives and a killer finishing stretch, posting a good score here is no mean feat. The club also boasts fantastic facilities with a grass driving range, large putting green and short game practice area, offering a complete package for a golfing break.

 

 

Teignmouth Golf Club

Teignmouth Golf Club is located on the beautiful South Devon coast, and sits at 800 feet above sea level, offering spectacular views of the sea and the nearby moors. The club are understandably proud of the course’ heritage, having been designed by the legendary Dr Alister MacKenzie only nine years before he completed the design of Augusta National Park. The course at Teignmouth is routed across Haldon Moor, an area of moorland that is windy and exposed, making an easy round something of a novelty. The course has many of the classic Dr MacKenzie characteristics, with no less than 11 sloping multi-tired greens and many fast running fairways. This course is a real Devon gem and one that quite often slips under the radar when people are planning their golf break.

 

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Ilfracombe Golf Club

Ilfracombe is a well maintained course that offers a warm welcome to all players, and boasts some of the most spectacular views in all of the west country. The course boasts a breathtaking clifftop location set within an  area of outstanding natural beauty, and although the course runs relatively short, the undulating fairways and regular strong winds blowing in from the coast can easily make this a tough course to play. This course is a real treat on the eyes and is the perfect course for a evening round during the summer, as you can relax in the clubhouse after your round and enjoy the sun going down over the Bristol Channel and the distant Lundy Island.

 

 

East Devon Golf Club

East Devon Golf Club is an absolute gem of a course sitting 400m above the sea, offering fantastic panoramic views of Lyme Bay and out into the English Channel, all set within the East Devon area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. East Devon Golf Club is a top100 course that is one of the finest courses in the South West and has aspirations to be the number one course in the region. The course will be one of the prettiest you are likely to play, weaving it’s way through gorse and heather with undulations defined by it’s cliff side location, and a feeling of spaciousness as you sit high above the surrounding countryside. The Course has many memorable holes, including the 16th tee shot which Peter Aliss described as “The best view in golf”. Although East Devon measures only a little over 6200 yards, with a par of 70 and some unforgiving drives, this is definitely a challenging round of golf.

 

 

Woodbury Park Golf Club

Woodbury Park is a private 27-hole parkland course situated in the heart of the Devonshire countryside and is the perfect destination for a golfing getaway. The venue offers two golfing experiences, the par 73 18 hole course that stretches 7314 yards, and a par 32 9 hole course of 4582 yards in length. The impressive 18 hole course known as The Oaks, offers a challenging round of golf set in stunning parkland settings, boasting long rolling fairways lined with mature trees, fast well maintained greens and a number of water hazards dotted throughout the course. Woodbury Park is a particularly good venue for a stay & play break, with the additional 9-hole Acorn course, the luxurious Aura Spa and three on site restaurants, including The Terrace Bar & Grill where you can enjoy a drink while watching players approach and finish on the 18th green.

 

 

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Our Visit to China Fleet Country Club

/ 13/03/2020 / -

 

China Fleet Country Club

We’ve been lucky enough to be one of the only Tour Operators that have a relationship with China Fleet Country Club. Since our beginning they have been one of the most popular venues we’ve had.

In February 2020, we were invited to experience CF for ourselves.

After our stay it was clear to see why they have become so popular.

As a thank you to their golf team (Ben & Cameron), we have put together this short blog which we hope will inspire those looking to book and excite those that have already booked!

CF is in Saltash, Cornwall. Now, when we say Cornwall this sometimes scares groups, thinking they will have to drive hour after hour. However, Saltash is just over the Tamar Bridge, a stone throw away from the Cornwall & Devon border.

We’ve pulled apart our itinerary to best demonstrate the facilities…

Golf Course

Despite the recent storms (Ciara & Dennis), the course was holding up nicely. But due to the forecast on the day, we were the only souls left on the course.

When describing golf courses, we always run into the usual clichés such as; the holes are all different from each other, there is a high variety of holes, and the course has lots of strategically placed hazards, great views, etc…

All if the above is more relevant than ever when describing CF’s Course. As an example of variety, see this list of holes – (I would scan through this list so I don’t bore you, but it’s there in case you need proof)

  1. Mid length par 4, dog leg right
  2. Long par 5, blind tee shot, straight
  3. Short par 4, dog leg left
  4. Long par 4, straight
  5. Mid length par 3, down hill
  6. Short par 4, blind tee shot, straight
  7. Short par 3, uphill
  8. Mid length par 4, straight
  9. Long par 5, dog leg right
  10. Short par 4, straight
  11. Long par 4, straight
  12. Mid length par 3, flat
  13. Very long par 5, straight ish
  14. Mid length par 4, dog leg right
  15. Mid length par 3, down hill
  16. Mid length par 4, slight dog leg left
  17. Long par 4, slight dog leg left
  18. Mid length par 5, dog leg right

Check my maths here but I’m only counting 3 occasions where the holes are the same. Now, if you break down those 3 occasions –

1st and 14th – nothing like each other, the 1st has no water, the 14th (signature hole) is a drive across water

5th & 15th – Again, water is the difference, with the 5th tee shot being across the hazard.

4th & 11th – The fairway on the 11th runs out at 330 yards (from whites) Hazard stretches down the left. The 4th only has the left bunker as protection off the tee.

 

So, all in all, I think I’ve proved my point about variety.

To get away from all this nasty bulk typing, here are some images we snapped up during the round.

     

      

If you’ve been to CF before you will notice the clearing of trees and bushes behind some of the first 6 greens, this is offering a better view of the Tamar.

Accommodation

Not your typical hotel block where the room feels like you’re boxed in…The accommodation at CF are all apartments & cottages. We were in the 2 bed apartments, which includes; Double/Twin bedroom, En-suite bathroom, kitchen & living room.

Rated 4-star, these apartments are much better for golfing groups than a hotel. Mainly because of the living space which leaves plenty of room for golf clubs and golfing kit.

Also, if you like to have a private drink with your group, you can do so in the living room/kitchen area.

Some of our pictures below…

          

Bistro & Brasserie

After a wet day on the course, we ended up in the brasserie bar and dining area for dinner. If you’re a smaller group, this would be the best option for evening meal. On the brasserie menu you have £24 per person allocated for dinner, and it goes a long way here. If you fancy lots of extras and drinks, you can just pay the difference when ordering.
If you’re a bigger group eating together, you may be better off in the Bistro, where you can select 2-courses from the menu.

Breakfast we used the Bistro. We were delightfully served by Kevin, who was extremely pleasant. So much so, that I made an effort to grab his name afterwards because I wished to give him a shout out here. Nice work Kevin, Great way to start the morning.

Food was superb.

The Gym & Spa

Deciding to stick with our working day routine, we found ourselves in the gym at 6.30am.

Maybe 20% of golfers reading this will find it useful to know that the gym is open for guests and golfing groups, I must admit if I were away on holiday, I would be finding any excuse not to go. However, we were determined to test it out.

The gym is fantastic, variety of machines, weights and everything else. The trainers we active giving sessions from 6.30.

Although it seemed busy for that time of the morning, there was plenty of space to carry on with your workout.

The Spa is perfect for pre or post golf relaxation. Clean, crisp and just a soothing place to be. if you want to take your relaxation to the next level, there are treatments on offer which can be booked in advance.

Overall, we had an incredible experience at China Fleet, straight from the first welcome. It is easy to see why this has become one of the most popular golf resorts in the South West.

Thank you to Ben, Cameron & the CF team for looking after us and our groups so well.

We will certainly be itching to get back in the summer to update these wet and windy pictures of ours.

 

To enquire for your group visit – https://golfsouthwest.co.uk/package/china-fleet-stay-play-golf-breaks-2/

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