From France to the Emirates. Four addresses warm for golf maniac
Swing sea view between Malaga and Gibraltar. Tech Academy in the center of Milan. Tournaments (also on sand) in the Emirates and games with gourmet côté in Provence
Pitted in the vineyards
The hand is that of the designer Ronald Fream, who signed spectacular holes on five continents. The nature of the Provencal coast between Marseille and Toulon, where sea, rocks, pine and lavender are the protagonists. The mix is worth the trip, to play eighteen holes in constant ups and downs in the woods always in view of the Mediterranean. Obligatory stop on the 10th tee, the hole from which you can admire the Bay de la Moutte. The hotel is a Provencal village in the hills, with the square and stone houses. Dolce Frégate is nestled among the vineyards of Bandol. A few kilometers away, they are worth a visit for those Terrebrune (vin-bandol-terrebrune.fr), where the family Delille began in the ’60s to produce organic wines. Here you can also book a table at La Promesse Valerie Costa (tel. +33 (0) 494 740 130).
Dolce Frégate Golf Club
Lieu-dit Fregate, Route de Bandol RD 559, Saint Cyr sur Mer, France.
The room on the ground: two nights in double “Bastide”, terrace with sea and forest, buffet breakfast, green fee 18 holes per person, access to tennis courts and parking from € 260 for two people, up to 31 March 2016 .
Why carry the bag on the plane if I can find a new waiting for me in the hotel? Andalusian organization, which of course are experts (Spain is second only to the United States for the number of guests golfers). We think testandrent.com: pockets Taylor-Made and Callaway new (46 euro per day, 149 per week), or with a couple of years in business (36/119 euro), delivery included. All that remains is to choose where to play between 110 campi0 Andalusia; 60 only on the coast, in the 160 km separating Malaga to Gibraltar. Each side of the “carretera” (in addition to the stalls of balls for sale, also 40 for 15 Euros) the insignia of the myths of the Spanish golf (Ballesteros, Olazábal, Jimenez) invite to play on routes signed by them. Do not miss the San Roque Club (photo), in the area of Sotogrande. Languages white sand, water and herbs overgrown around the greens. And the Rock of Gibraltar in the background.
The San Roque Club
Green fee up to 2.28: Old Course € 141, New Course 70. The room on the ground Three nights in a Superior double, breakfast, 2 green fees, sauna, pool, gym, 691 Euros per room, until 28 February.
Blue Team Golf Academy
To play warm even in the heart of Milan. Corso Magenta 83: crossed the entrance of a large building, go down some steps and you can breathe a concentration of courses. That’s what proposes the Blue Team Golf Academy, old school, new instruments. To give the current face has thought Acutis Carlo Alberto, who had started in 1991 with colleagues Alessandro Rogato and Giorgio Bordoni. Then they were among the first in Italy to use the video during class. Today the Blue Team Indoor 2.0 long game and short game are dissected by equipment of the latest design. How FlightScope (photo), to capture the impact with the ball, the speed of the stick, the angle of attack and more. Or Quintic, or 360 images per second to a surprising analysis of the putt. The first lesson lasts 75 minutes, 45 subsequent ones. Coat off, therefore, for an escape from the office and a full immersion in winter data, defects, and corrections. And for a seat fitting, perfecting his bag as the tailor. There is a pro shop to shop, courses for children and lessons that, on request, continue in the field.
Blue Team Golf Academy
Corso Magenta 83, Milan, tel. 02 468998.
Cost individual lessons: 75 minutes, from 100 to 135 euro; 45 minutes, from 60 to 80 EUR.
Landing in Abu Dhabi (530 € book eithad.com by 2 February and flying by 30 November 2016) the course already waiting for you at the airport. At 400 meters from the terminal, the Al Ghazal Golf is worth trying. No grass, playing since ’97 on the sand between undulating fairways and water hazards. The coolest event of the season, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (January 21 to 24, abudhabigolfchampionship.com) is going to bring the best of golf planetarium at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Buche quality and big investments around the pharaonic club house extravagant lines, those of a large hawk that observed on the last green. For the German champion Martin Kaymer (pictured above), a place of the heart. Here he won the Falcon Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2011, this time replacing Tiger Woods at the top of the world rankings. The perfect organization you pay, but it’s worth it. As with the other two great plays on the sea at Saadiyat Beach and the Yas Links.
Al Ghazal Golf Club
green fees from 38 to 50 euro.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Green Fee: 180 €.