We're going green. Or rather, greens. Inspired by our new partnership with Chigwell Golf Club, we've assembled six of Europe's best golfing resorts.
They were chosen for premier facilities, the quality of their courses and the options they provide for the non-golfer.
This list will grow. Welcome to the launch of the Abbotts Travel Golf Collection…
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, Provence, France
Ranked as #1 Golf Resort for Continental Europe, this Leading Hotel of the World is affiliated to the European Tour Destination.
Sited just 35 minutes from Cannes and set out as a Provencal Village, Terre Blanche has 115 suites and villas and two championship courses.
Created by Dave Thomas, the Chateau (par 72 – 7,235 yards) and Riou (par 72 – 6,567 yards - reserved for members and hotel guests) courses offer unique challenges that stay true to the shape and beauty of the landscape.
In addition, there is the Albatros Golf Performance Center, which includes a two tier 64-bay driving range, a selection of practice greens and short-game areas, the world-renowned Biomecaswing Center, The Leadbetter Academy and a Taylor Made fitting studio.
Away from the green, the Kids' Club is a land of adventure and discovery, open to all from 2 to 12 years of age. It offers artistic and musical activities, botanical explorations, shows, games and a heated pool.
You won't be able to resist the Michelin-starred Le Faventia either. Featuring contemporary French gastronomy, its tasting menu reads like poetry.
Meliá Hacienda del Conde, Tenerife
This adults-only boutique spa hotel overlooks the spectacular Buenavista golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros.
The par-72 course features a host of enticing elevated tee shots to wide fairways and true greens with clever undulations and hazard placement. With several greens situated just a few metres away from the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the shoreline, it all adds up to a memorable round.
With the cliffs of Teno acting as the backdrop, the course design bears the hallmarks of Ballesteros’ mischievous personality, which makes the whole Buenavista experience an unforgettable opportunity to follow in the footsteps of a golfing legend.
And with the year-round climate averaging 22 degrees Celsius, it makes for perfect playing conditions.
The Meliá Hacienda del Conde also has two restaurants - one buffet, the other à la carte - and an excellent YHI Spa featuring sauna, Turkish bath, ice fountain, dynamic pool and more.
Gloria Hotels & Resorts, Belek, Turkey
This is a five-star venue boasting three exceptional hotels and three golf courses, as well as Gloria Villas, perfect for a sporting trip, family sunshine holiday, spa break, gourmet experience or leisure activity holiday.
Our links to this resort are long and well documented, but Gloria's versatility makes it worth repeating.
Alongside two 18-hole championship golf courses, the nine-hole Verde course and outstanding practice facilities, it is the premier golf resort in Turkey.
There are 23 restaurants across the three hotels to enjoy, numerous swimming pools, an award-winning spa and leisure facilities and a host of activities, even including its own Aquapark boasting eight water slides which, we know, kids love.
Gloria Serenity resort also dedicates itself to self-indulgence, with the Serenity Spa and its range of treatments, the Gogi Kids' Club with its fun jungle, mini farm and activity areas, plus numerous pools, beaches and pavilions.
PGA Catalunya Resort, Barcelona, Spain
Two world-class golf courses are at the heart of this delightful destination in the Costa Brava.
The Stadium course (voted Spain's best) is a players' favourite, but its beauty can distract from the many dangers waiting to do serious damage to your scorecard. It makes no concessions with its trees pressing onto fairways, strategically placed bunkers and the lakes that come into play on no fewer than seven of the toughest holes.
The gentler Tour course is dominated by pine trees, and most of the holes feature wide fairways and strategically placed bunkers, which can be forgiving of a less than perfect shot. Another feature sure to focus the mind is that it seems you are never far from a water hazard.
The five-star Hotel Camiral