Top 3 Winter Golf Breaks
Who says golf can't be enjoyed during the winter months? Xclusive certainly don't! Pack your passport and take a took at our top picks for the coming cold season.
1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Why Dubai? Dubai is the fastest growing city in the world and is a dazzling cosmopolitan destination, complete with gleaming skyscrapers, excellent climate and some of the most pristine hotels and golf courses in the world.
Where to Play: The phrase 'spoilt for choice' comes to mind. Every course in Dubai is immaculately presented, has first-class practice facilities and boasts enormous state-of-the-art club houses, meaning it's actually very difficult to pick them apart from one another. Perhaps not one of the most well known courses, Xclusive recommends you take a trip to The Faldo, located at the Emirates Golf Club. A par 72, measuring a little over 7,000 yards, also offers an unparalleled experience of 'night clubbing'. It is the only fully floodlit 18-hole course in Dubai, and thanks to its central location, the stunning night time cityscape acts as a dramatic backdrop.
Where to Stay: Dubai is home to the world's 'only' 7 star hotel, The Burj al Arab. A stay here will certainly not come cheap, however it will be a tick off the bucket list for many. Most golf courses also have their own on-site accommodation which lack nothing in the way of luxury. Away from the course, a stay at the Palm Jumeirah's Atlantis Hotel comes highly recommended. First class dining options and by no means short of things to do, this stunning new hotel is one of the most well known in Dubai.
Things to Do: A visit to the Mall of the Emirates to see the Middle East's first indoor ski centre is an experience not to be missed. Take a ride on a traditional Arabic abra to the famous spice and gold souks. Dubai is also home to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, where you can catch a ride to the top (in the world's fastest lift) and take in the stunning panoramic views of the city. An afternoon/evening desert safari offers the chance to get a flavour of the Bedouin existence of when the Dubai skyline was more sand than super-city!
Where to Eat: Dining options in Dubai are nothing short of endless. From seafood, to typical Arabic cuisine, the city has a destination for everyone. Winner of numerous culinary awards, Pierchic, set on a bedecked pier stretching into the Arabian Gulf at the Madinat Jumeirah, offers the finest selection of seafood with truly breathtaking views to match. Alternatively, for a taste of Arabia, Al Dawaar is Dubai's only revolving restaurant. Located on the twenty-fifth floor of the Hyatt Regency Dubai, it offers some of the finest Mediterranean, Japanese & Arabic food. Although a slight drive away from the city, it is definitely worth the trip!
Nearest Airport: The Dubai World Central Airport, opened in 2014, is now the only airport that private jets can land at. Built to ease congestion at the cities main airport, DWC offers VIP transfers to your end destination and is actually the same distance to the city than it's International counterpart.
2. Scottsdale, USA
Why Scottsdale? A golfers paradise. Situated just north of Phoenix, Arizona, and surrounded by nearly 200 courses, there is no way that any discerning golfer would pass up an opportunity to take a golf break here. The climate is magnificent and the city has a nightlife to boot!
Where to Play: Scottsdale's crown jewel. Troon North Golf Club, situated in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, is a true desert experience that any golfer would be crazy to pass up. Two 18-hole courses stretch through natural ravines, where granite boulders lie strewn across the fairways, Troon provides some of the most iconic views in golf.
Where to Stay: Only minutes away from some of the best golf courses in the region is the 5-star Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Located within are some of the finest restaurants in Arizona, along with some of the most luxurious spa and leisure facilities. Scottsdale isn't short of luxury hotels either. The Phoenician and The Boulders Resort are also great alternatives.
Things to Do: A visit to one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of the World', the Grand Canyon, is something that can't be missed when travelling to Arizona. Three and a half hours north of Scottsdale by car, you will find many different ways to explore the Canyon, however Xclusive recommends a helicopter tour which allows you to soar high above the Canyon and take in expansive views of the horizon.
Where to Eat: Located in The Four Seasons Hotel, Talavera offers fine dining with stunning views of Pinnacle Peak as well as a modern steakhouse menu with a southwestern twist, dished up by Executive Chef, Mel Mecinas. Alternatively, if ever there was a place to enjoy a sophisticated dinner amid the slight flicker of a candlelight, The Mission is the place for it. This casual, upscale restaurant specialises in modern Latin cuisine and infuses it's food with traditional Spanish and Latin American flavours.
Nearest Airport: Scottsdale Airport is conveniently located only a 20 minute drive away from the centre of the city. Airport transfers can be arranged to pick you up and take you straight to your hotel, or straight to the golf course so you don't miss your tee time!
3. Gran Canaria, Spain
Why Gran Canaria? Located on an island off the cost of Northwestern Africa and known for it's sandy white beaches, Gran Canaria is the perfect European winter golf break. A year round warm climate allows golfers to embark onto this Canary Island where some of the courses are rated as the best in Spain. Each course offers an oasis of tranquility where every level of golfer can enjoy the peace and serenity in order to improve their game.
Where to Play: Xclusive recommends a trip down to the South coast to test your game at the challenging par 72, Anfi Tauro Golf Course. The course is set amongst a quite spectacular landscape of palm trees, lakes and volcanic mountains providing an idyllic visual backdrop on every shot. The course is maintained to PGA standards meaning the best golfing conditions all year round. A buggy would be recommended due to the mountainous back nine terrain and infamous warm climate. A truly unique golfing experience awaits, but be sure to bring your 'A game'.
Where to Stay: The island has a number of luxury 5-star retreats including the Sheraton Salobre resort which boasts two fantastic 18-hole golf courses and also the Hotel Riu Palace which has excellent spa and dining facilities. However, Xclusive recommends a stay at the Radisson Blu Resort which has fantastic sea views & also sits centrally to the airport and golf course.
Things to Do: Luxury yacht cruises, night-time outdoor cinema screenings and tandem skydives, there is plenty on offer to keep yourself occupied when away from the golf course.
Where to Eat: Fish is the order of the day in many restaurants around the coast and that should come as no surprise to anyone that visits. An evening at La Aquaria comes highly recommended, where it offers diners the pleasure of tasting refined cuisine in a privileged environment.
Nearest Airport: Gran Canaria Airport is located on the East coast of the island alongthe Bay of Gando. It is only a short drive from many of the popular tourist destinations in the South. Arrive at your hotel in style by opting for either a luxury limousine or helicopter transfer to take you to your final destination.