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Costa Brava Holiday – 10 Best Things to Enjoy at Torre Mirona Golf & Spa Resort, Costa Brava

By Helen Palmer

Costa Brava holidays invariably means a huge choice in holiday accommodation and the inevitable, anxious feelings of, “How will I know what it’s like?” Large, impersonal hotels, poorly serviced self-catering accommodation can leave you feeling frustrated and angry.


Come with us as we review one Costa Brava holiday we know you will love, as we show you 10 best things to enjoy at TorreMirona Golf & Spa Resort, Costa Brava.

TorreMirona Golf & Spa Resort is an exclusive holiday destination situated to the west of Figueres in the Empordà region of the Costa Brava. With its famed rugged coastline 20 minutes away, natural beauty of the Aigüamolls de L’Empordà wetlands and the magnificence of the Pyrenees Mountains, this is the ultimate Spanish vacation spot.

Here in no particular order are 10 of the best things to do whilst staying at TorreMirona Golf & Spa Resort.

1. Relax and unwind on your terrace in the privacy of the garden with a complimentary bottle of Cava in an ice bucket beside you and listen to the song of the swallows on the wing in the setting sun. The tranquil and serene surroundings will have you chilled out in moments, allowing you to start your vacation the instance you arrive.

2. Enjoy a round of golf on the picturesque course at TorreMirona Golf and get 15% discount off your round by staying at the resort in either Villa Amora or Vila Birdie apartments. 15 % discount is also given on TorreMirona’s sister course, Golf d’Aro.

3. Spend a pleasurable evening dining in El Canigo Restaurant at the resort’s luxury hotel. Indulge your tastebuds in the sumptuous Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine, whilst your eyes feast on the stunning views across the golf course towards those impressive Pyrenees mountains. Even better, when you stay on the resort, no worrying about taxis to take you home! A short walk in the warm, balmy evening air will have you arriving at your front door in no time.

4. Hire a bicycle and explore the countryside and medieval villages that abound in this region. Besalu is one such village with a magnificent bridge crossing the River Fluvia.

5. Unwind at the spa. TorreMirona Golf & Spa Resort boasts a state of the art spa facility based on holistic philosophies. Relax and recharge your batteries far from the stress and tension of everyday life in an unparalleled, peaceful environment.

6. Play some tennis. Courts can be hired for an hour at a time or for better value become a member of the sports club.

7. Grab a bucket of balls and practise your swing at the golf driving range. If your golf needs some rehearsal, spend some time perfecting your putting and fine-tune your game before hitting the fairways on the 3 practice holes.

8. Swim in the crystal clear waters of the large swimming pool below the terrace of your home-from-home holiday villa. A private shared pool, available to the residents of the horseshoe of homes on Golf Royal, the pool is set in beautifully landscaped gardens a few steps from the end of your garden. Enjoy the views, space and peace a few steps from your villa.

9. Partake of a “Menu del Dia” at the superb restaurant at the Sports Club. Terrific value for money in attractive surroundings over-looking the large outdoor pool of the sports club, you won’t be disappointed.

10. Work up a sweat in the state-of-the-art gym. Perfect for making room for all that gourmet food!

I invite you to use these tips to plan your own trip to TorreMirona Golf & Spa Resort and to making the most of your holiday on the Costa Brava.

About the Author

And with your permission, I’d also like to offer you free access to my short report, Costa Brava Holiday – What Else Is There Apart From Sun, Sea and Sangria on a Costa Brava Holiday? You can download it by going to

From Helen Palmer – The Exclusive Vacations Guide and Costa Brava Spain

Top Notch Golf Courses

By Aazdak Alisimo

A discussion of top notch golf courses is a lot different than a discussion of favorite golf courses. Although each golfer might have his own favorite, there are a few that have always stood out.

Anyone with a serious interest in golf will have heard of St. Andrews in Scotland. This is not only a Mecca for serious golfers, but is also where the game originated. St. Andrews is really a whole series of different world class courses that surround the town and run along the rugged Scottish coast near the town of St. Andrews. Although some of the courses are over 100 years old, there are some new and modern courses mixed in for variety. Despite year round play, these courses are among the best maintained in the World. It appears that the Scotch have the experience to do this job correctly. They are known for hosting the British Open.

The courses at St. Andrews are across an ocean which poses a slight disadvantage for the American golfer and many who make this journey are a bit shocked by the higher costs and green fees here. Most people are too blown away by the awesome scenery and the sense of golfing history to notice and the thrill of playing St. Andrews is rarely a disappointment.

The Augusta National Golf Club is another top notch course. It was designed and built in 1933 by golf legend Bobby Jones and has hosted the Masters Golf Tournament since 1934. It is a private club golf course that has been in the news recently for more than just the Master’s Tournament. There are only about 300 members. The membership fees range fro $250,000 to $500,000 a year and in its entire history no female has ever been a member. Although women are allowed to play the course as guests of members, they are restricted from membership. This caused a bit of a stink recently as the National Organization for Women put pressure on the club to change its policy.

Pebble Beach in California is like St. Andrews in Scotland. It is not just one golf course, but rather a series of top notch golf courses all in one location. Pebble Beach could be better called a golf destination than a course. There are seven public or private courses located at Pebble Beach. The Pebble Beach Golf Links is one of the public courses and is possibly the most top notch course in America. It is the one of only two courses in America to make the top of the “best courses” list in Golf Digest.

St. Andrews, Augusta, and Pebble Beach might be the most top notch golf courses in the World, although another writer might pick another for this list. In the end, the choice might be personal. The most top notch course in the world, to an individual, might be where they shot their first par or even where they first learned to play and love the game.

About the Author

Aazdak Alisimio writes about golf courses for

Top 25 Golf Vacations – part 3

This is the last of 3 articles on the top 25 golf vacations in the States.

17. Destin

The Jewel of the Emerald Coast is the name that is given to Destin because it has water that is emerald blue in colors and lovely white sandy beaches. It was once a tiny fishing village but now it has become a well-known destination for golf, tennis and beaches. There are four excellent golf courses in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and they are The Raven, The Links, Burnt Pine and Baytowne. You can consider staying at Days Inn or Emerald towers.

18. Dallas- Fort Worth

Here you will find golf courses that are private, semi-private and public. It is a place where you can expect finest golf courses. Apart from golf courses there are public parks and lakes, museums and different other types of entertainment. You can stay at the Crowne Plaza Suites Arlington.

19. Columbus in Ohio

There are more that 80 public golf courses and 35 private courses in Columbus. According to the Golf Digest in the year 1993, EagleSticks Championship 18 holes course was the top public golf course in Ohio. When in Columbus you can stay at Hyatt Regency, Crowne Plaza Hotel or Hampton Inn and Suites.

20. Colorado Springs

Apart from the Seven Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Garden of Gods, Colorado Springs is also famous for its golf courses. It does not have many golf courses but still, it’s the quality that counts and not the quantity. The scenery in Colorado Springs is excellent and the beauty is there is natural and not artificial. You can stay at The Broadmoor Hotel or Sheraton Colorado Springs Hotel.

21. Coeur d’Alene

It is a town which is considered as the promising location for golf courses. Accommodation at any of the four well-known and excellent resorts would be worth it: Coeur d’Alene Resort, Stoneridge in Blanchard, Hidden Lakes in Sandpoint and Highlands in neighboring Post Falls. The magnificent Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course has been built near the lake, creek and hills. There are lovely lowers, fairways and greenery here. It is one great place to relax too.

22. Chicago Suburbs

On the suburbs of Chicago there are more than a hundred and ten golf courses. There are also a huge number of championship courses that have 36 or more holes. After playing golf there are other forms of entertainment as the city of Chicago has a huge number of entertainments. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites or Hilton Garden Inn are places to stay in if you happen to be on a golf vacation in Chicago.

23. Austin

Apart from being the Live Music Capital of the world, Austin is also one great place to go for a golf vacation. You will find four excellent award winning courses in Austin at the Bartin Creek Golf Resort. These courses are the traditional Crenshar Cliffside, the lovely Palmer lakeside, the latest Fazio Canyons and the high-ranking Fazio Foothills. As for the accommodation, you can stay at Omni Hotel, the Driskill Hotel or the Intercontinental Stephen F Austin Hotel.

24. Augusta

This is one town that will give golfers the feel of pro golf legends and pro golf. Here there are public as well as private golf courses. You can stay at the Marriot Augusta Hotel, Ramada inn and Convention Center or Country Inn and Suites.

25. Atlanta

You will find a huge number of excellent golf courses in Atlanta. Apart from golf there are water parks, theme parks and various historical places.

What You Can Expect On Your Jamaica Golf Vacation

By Dottson Bando

With the wide array of spectacular scenery and gorgeous weather, Jamaica golf is the perfect relaxation activity for your vacation. There are only about twelve courses to choose from but you’ll be kept entertained by the wide variety. The fact is, each course has distinctive qualities… and each course has its own unique character which will provide you with many memorable experiences.

Despite there being just twelve courses in the country of Jamaica, there is a wide range of experience level. It doesn’t matter what level you are… beginner or experienced… you’ll find a course to suit you. This way you can enjoy the links with a challenge to your level of expertise.

If you are an experienced golfer, one of the top Jamaica golf courses is The Tryall Club. Tryall is located just an hour west of Montego Bay, which is the perfect location for tourists looking for a challenge. This resort is a collection of upscale homes by North Americans and Europeans, giving it an up-scale feel. A visit to the course can be arranged through hotel concierges although it is a private resort area.

If you are a beginner and are looking to have a good time, the hub of Negril’s all-inclusive resorts is one of the most popular courses. Being a beginner, you can fit right in at Negril Hills Golf Club as most of the golfers are first timers or golfers that go no more than a couple of times a year. And the location gives you a rare and novel experience as you travel up and down the elevated trees to the valley fairways.

Head out to Sandals Golf and Country Club if you’re looking for a little less upscale but equally challenging course as The Tryall Club. You will find some of the best golf in Jamaica here with a plethora of quality and experienced golfers. Although it was in rough shape just a few years ago, Sandals was recently purchased and has been completely revamped.

If you want to get a taste of history while visiting Jamaica, Manchester Country Club is the Caribbean’s oldest golf course. Found in the city of Mandeville on Jamaica’s south coast, it is truly an experience you cannot miss out on. In addition, it is over 2,000 feet above sea level… and is set in rolling hills and provides gorgeous scenery.

Jamaica golf is a popular activity among tourists and natives. There is something for everyone… although there are only twelve courses. With gorgeous scenery, courses of all degrees of difficulty, and a chance to relax and enjoy your time under the sun, Jamaica golf is an activity you do not want to miss out on while vacationing.

About the Author

Dottson Bando specializes in sharing well-researched travel information for prospective and returning vacationers to Jamaica. To learn more about Jamaica golf… and to get instant access to practical information for planning your vacation, visit: =>


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A Guide To The Best Golf Vacations

By Ian Botham

If you love golf, a golf vacation might be something that you like to do on a regular basis. For the avid golfer, the thought of going on a golf vacation where you do nothing but golf is the idea of heaven. Here are a few things to consider before you take your next golf vacation.

First, it’s always good to go on vacation with people who share your love of golf. Most often a golf vacation turns into a buddy trip, but there’s really nothing wrong with that. But make sure that you pick a destination that everyone can agree on. Take a vote if you must, but be sure everyone wants to go to the same place and that everyone can afford it.

You will also want to take into consideration everyone’s playing abilities when you plan a golf vacation. Someone with a 3 handicap will enjoy a challenging course while a person with a 13 handicap will likely just get frustrated and mad on the same course.

As a general rule when planning a golf vacation, you should consider the courses first and the accommodations next. Resorts, especially those with quality golf courses, are expensive. But all in all, if golf is a main purpose or highlight of your trip, decide where you want to play first, and then decide on accommodations. You can take a golf vacation where you stay at a hotel to gain access to a course and then move to a less expensive hotel later. It’s an inconvenience to have to repack and move during the trip, but can be well worth it in order to play top courses while not spending the entire vacation at posh resort prices.

Even if you are staying at a resort hotel which gives you access to its courses, find out how far ahead of your arrival date you can book tee times. All courses have specific rules for when they will make tee times, which you should take note of and follow carefully.

Some courses even have specific times you must call to reserve your time (e.g., between 7 and 9 a.m. on the Thursday eight days before the weekend you wish to play), though most guidelines are usually more general (e.g., a week before you wish to play or up to sixty days ahead).

You should book as far as ahead as possible, especially for high demand courses. Even as a resort guest, if the course is popular, you may be out of luck if you wait until a few days before arrival or check-in time to get a tee time

Once you’ve embarked on your golf vacation and are ready to play the courses you’ve chosen, don’t just jump right in with the excitement that we know you feel. You must take time to get a feel for the course and stretch properly. Arrive at the course well before your tee time to avoid feeling rushed and look around. Check out the scorecard to see the layout of the course and perhaps talk to the course pro to see if he or she has any advice for you.

A golf vacation is a great way for the golfer to enjoy some of the best courses our country has to offer. So plan carefully and then get out there and have some fun.

About the Author

Ian Botham runs his own online sports goods mail order business as well as several sports related websites. Check out these great Golf Guide tips and techniques as well as these great Golf Vacation articles and resources.