Dream Golf Holidays Cadiz FAM trip September 28th- October 1st 2016
Dream Golf Holidays first FAM trip, exciting times.
Set off from Leeds Bradford airport at 9:35 am to Malaga.
First stop was Alcadeisa Links golf club, the only links golf club in Spain, so we were informed!!!! Right near the big British Rock!! A lovely Spanish tapas lunch was had, meats, cheese, fish, just the job, and just a drop of beer.
We had 9 holes on the course, gave me a good taste of the layout and the views. It feels linksy due to the position, surprisingly by the sea, but don’t expect a traditional British links course, you won’t be playing many chip and runs from 60 yards. It is still target golf with very soft green.
The views though, especially from the elevated 5th are stupendous, blue, skies, emerald green fairways, and the big rock in the background, impressive.
The course is certainly one to have played before, we can all say that though (though I did score 21 points), a few blind shots where my playing partners chose the wrong line and lost their balls.
There could still be a little tidying up done around the edges of the course. All in all a decent track, definitely a holiday golf course. I would rate the course 7/10
The clubhouse was very spacious, everything about is was quality, a good 9/10 there.
Back on the coach to our hotel, a further 1 ½ hours drive down to Chiclana de la Frontera for dinner, going to be a late one, it’s now 20:30, reckon dinner is going to be 22:00, mañana!
Chiclana de la Frontera
The hotel Barcelo Sancti Petri is a large complex though very nice and tastefully decorated, the rooms were spacious and what you would expect for a 5* hotel.
Food eaten, nice buffet style food, it was then a trip to the Dublin Bay bar which was internal to the hotel. Nice bar, amazingly with a bowling alley in it!!
Early start, 7am for breakfast then a coach journey to Jerez de la Fontera. First stop, first golf course of the day.
Barcelo Montecastillo Golf & Sport Resort.
This is a very nice resort. I played the back 9 and was very impressed with it. Some lovely holes, very well maintained. A course you have to think your way around. The hotel is a very grand looking building which is situated next to the Jerez racing circuit. We could hear the cars and bikes zooming around the track whilst we were playing golf, it isn’t a distraction, in fact I found it quite appealing, knowing that over the hill these people were travelling at such high speeds.
We had lunch there which again matched everything else about the place, just very good food served by some very nice people.
This resort is for people who want to play golf! Unlimited! And relax with a nice beer or wine! It is a fairly tranquil place. Golf course and hotel complex I would give 9/10
Urium Sherry House
From here it was a short journey to Jerez to visit a family run Sherry house. Urium was a great experience. Apparently some of the best sherry you can taste! Enjoyable, but not my tipple.
We then made another dash to Villanueva Golf Resort and by this time the wind was up which made the course a very tricky challenge.
This course is relatively flat. It is a little featureless though extremely playable. Definitely a good holiday course and should be one to keep the price down if that is what you are looking for. My personal score for this course again 7/10
Thursday evening saw us taken to the Timone del Roche seafood restaurant. This comes highly recommended. Absolutely first class. The food, the wine, the service were all first class………oh and the views!!!!
This is definitely the working day. Three hours of meeting hoteliers and golf course owners. 6 minutes per person so it is all a mad rush to get the information from them. I have to say it was very enjoyable and I learnt so much in that 3 hours. Lots of great information and lots of venues to start getting all you golfers interested in.
Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri
The afternoon was the Andalucia Golf Cup, the fourball I was in comprised of one other tour operator and two Spanish suppliers, two great guys, Hector and Fabricio. We soon realised we were not going to win the competition so we ended up having a great laugh, along with a few San Miguels.
The event finished with a lovely meal and presentation.
So, Dream Golf Holidays’ first FAM trip, really enjoyable, came away with so much information and new knowledge and more importantly for everyone, some new Dream Golf Holidays venues for you to enjoy.
Dream Golf Holidays looks forward to providing you with more information on the venues very soon.