Friday, December 01, 2006

The Vale, Glamorgan

Luxurious 143 bedroom, four star hotel, 2 championship golf courses, Wales' largest health spa, dining in both formal and casual surroundings and exceptional sporting facilities only 15 minutes from Cardiff city centre and International Airport. It is set amidst over 600 acres of beautiful parkland, which was once part of the estate of Hensol Castle.

Vale Of Glamorgan

4* Resort with Two Championship Golf Courses

The Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort
Hensol Park
Nr Cardiff
Glamorgan CF72 8JY

Tel: +44 1443 667800
Fax: +44 1443 667801

Luxurious 4* 143 bedroom hotel

Wales' largest spa, established five years ago under the expert guidance of industry consultancy leader "The Sanctuary," is superbly equipped with 19 treatment rooms, a lavish changing facility and extensive relaxation room.

Health & Racquets Club
20 metre indoor pool,
Fitness studios
Squash courts
Tennis courts
Steam rooms
Whirlpool bath.

Independent private medical out-patient facility dedicated to dealing with all aspects of investigation, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
Available to the general public, corporate sector and professional sports men and women.

9 conference and meeting rooms for groups of 10 to 280 delegates. They all benefit from natural light, are fully air-conditioned and can be personalised, including any specific seating arrangements or sound and vision systems required.


2 championship 18 hole golf courses - the acclaimed Wales National and the Lake course.
All-weather driving range
Golf academy
Putting greens

Golf Packages
A variety of packages for golf breaks, golf holidays, corporate golf days, golf societies.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, Inverness-shire

Located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, the newly re-developed Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort offers boundless opportunities to experience numerous outdoor activities all year round and to enjoy the best of Highland hospitality.


Highland Resort with 18 Hole Golf Course

Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort
Inverness-shire PH22 1PN

Tel: +44 845 608 3734

Four hotels: The Highlands Hotel, The Academy, The Aviemore Inn and The Four Seasons Hotel
Highland Lodges with spacious living room, en-suite bedrooms and fully fitted kitchen

Leisure Arena swimming pool
Vital Beauty Spa
Children's Club
Luxury outdoor shopping complex

Conference Centre withe 650 seat auditorium
8 meeting rooms
Facilities for from 8 to 1000 delegates

Golf Course

Spey Valley 18 hole championship golf course

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Hilton Templepatrick, County Antrim

Tee off at the 18 hole woodland golf course. Swim in the pool or play tennis on one of 2 all-weather courts. Savor Irish beef in Treffner's restaurant. Just 15 minutes' drive from Belfast International Airport by free shuttle, this hotel has 10 meeting rooms for 2-500

County Antrim

Hotel with 18 Hole Golf Course

Hilton Templepatrick Hotel & Golf Club
Castle Upton Estate
County Antrim
BT39 0DD
Northern Ireland

Tel: +44 28-94435500
Fax: +44 28-94435511

Accommodation is in traditional guestrooms, junior suites, deluxe and executive rooms

Conferences & Functions
10 meeting rooms for from 2 to 500 delegates

Health & Leisure
Livingwell Health Club

Golf Course

18 hole championship golf course

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ramside Hall, County Durham

County Durham

Hotel with 27 Hole Golf Course

Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club
Carrville, County Durham DH1 1TD, England
Tel: +44 191 386 5282
Fax: +44 191 386 0399

About Ramside Hall
Today's venue
was formerly the home of the Pemberton family and was transformed into a hotel in 1963. Whilst the tradition of friendly service, good value and a warm welcome remains, the structure is now vastly different, and Ramside is proud to be the North-East's largest privately-owned Hotel, with golf.

All bedrooms are individually decorated and furnished and there is a choice of rooms - Standard, Premier, Premier 4 Poster and Presidential Suites.

Conferences & Functions
The Bishops Suite is a multi purpose Conference and Banqueting Suite which divides into five separate areas - the Reception Foyer, Conservatory, Beaumont Suite, Neville Suite and Hatfield Suite. The suite can cater for from 2 to 400 persons.

Golf Facilities
Golf Shop
Conservatory bar & restaurant
Billiards room
Steam room & sauna
Driving range

Golf Course

The Ramside Course comprises of three loops of nine holes - the Princes, Bishops and Cathedral Courses. Each loop has its own individual features, but all blend well with each other, and allow different Courses of the Day.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Plassey, Denbeighshire

My Golf Break Venue of the Day

Today's venue is a multi-award winning Leisure Park is set in 247 acres of magnificent park and woodland in the beautiful Dee Valley, near to the picturesque the villages of Overton and Bangor-On-Dee.


Leisure Park with 9 Hole Par 66 Golf Course

The Plassey Leisure Park
Eyton, Wrexham, North Wales LL13 0SP

Tel: +44 1978 780 277
Fax: +44 1978 780 019

This is a touring caravan park which also has deluxe touring pitches. Facilities include a superb Amenity building with individual washroom cubicles, showers, toilets and dishwashing area, and special provision for babies and the disabled,

Leisure & Recreation
Craft & Retail Centre
Hair & Beauty Salon
Garden Centre
Coffee Shop

The 9 hole par 66 golf course is set in beautiful undulating parkland and was established in 1992.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

The Weigh Inn, Caithness

My Golf Break Venue of the Day

Today's venue is situated overlooking the Pentland Firth, with panoramic views to the Orkney Islands, and is set in 2 acres of grounds on the outskirts of Thurso.

The Weigh Inn has recently been rebuilt to the highest standards and is currently Scottish Tourist Board 3 star rated.

Scottish Inn offering Golf Break Packages

The Weigh Inn
Thurso, Caithness, Scotland

Tel: +44 1847 893722

A variety of accommodations consisting of 42 superior and standard lodges, and 16 deluxe bedrooms, which include a mixture of twins, doubles, 4 posters, family, and self-catering. All have private bath and/or shower. A choice of disabled accommodation is also available.

Leisure & Recreation
Thurso offers visitors a varied and entertaining selection of amenities to choose from, such as Surfing, Windsurfing, Sea Angling, Water Skiing, Sailing, Swimming, Bowls, Golf, Tennis, Boating, Loch & River Fishing, Rough & Clay Pigeon Shooting, Pony Trekking.

The hotel offers golf, fishing and surfing breaks.

Function & Conference Facilities
The Pentland Suite is one of the finest function suites in the North of Scotland, with its own bar and spacious dance floor, and can accommodate up to 250 delegates. Further meeting rooms for up to 12 & 20 persons are also available.


Golf is available at three excellent courses: Reay Links; Wick Links; and Thurso (parkland).

Golf Breaks
5 night golf break packages are available, starting from £1375.50 per person.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Donnington Grove, Royal Berkshire

My Golf Break Venue of the Day

Today's venue is set in a delightful and secluded position, on the outskirts of Newbury in Royal Berkshire, and is overlooked by the historic Donnington Castle.

Donnington Grove Country Club estate runs to 550 acres and is a mixture of parkland, farmland and woodland, with the River Lambourn running through it. The house on the estate was built between 1763 and 1772 in a style known as Strawberry Hill Gothic.

Royal Berkshire
24 Bedroom Hotel with 18 hole Golf Course

Donnington Grove Country Club
Grove Road, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2LA, England

Tel: +44 1635 581000
Fax: +44 1635 552259

The Hotel is located within a beautifully renovated 18th Century Gothic house. There are 24 bedrooms in total, all of which are en-suite and are equipped with satellite television and tea/coffee making facilities.

Leisure & Recreation
Japanese bath and sauna.
Hard tennis courts.

The restaurant offers both traditional and Japanese menus.

Conference Facilities
A choice of light and spacious rooms can offer a quiet and impressive location to hold any type of meeting, with equipment hire, coffee and meal breaks organised to your requirements.


The 18 hole course is over 7,100 yards long, and presents a stiff challenge for low handicap golfers. The course consists of two halves that are very different in character; the front nine is undulating on higher ground and has stunning views over the surrounding countryside, while the back nine is classic parkland, with an abundance of beautiful trees and water hazards.

Golf Breaks
Golf break packages are available, starting from £95.50 per person.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Doobeg, County Clare

My Golf Break Venue of the Day

Today's venue is described as Ireland's new premier luxury destination.

The Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club is located on the stunning south-west coast of Ireland, only 45 minutes from Shannon, and encompasses luxury suites, fine dining, spa, links golf, and golf shop.

County Clare
Lodge Suites with 18 hole Links Course

The Lodge at Doonbeg
Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland

Tel: +353 65 9055602
Fax: +353 65 9055247

The Lodge
15 Lodge Suites which are more than simply rooms with a seating area. Each of the individually designed suites are private residences, equipped with everything a discriminating traveller would require.

White Horse Spa
An extensive range of treatments and fitness programmes.

Real Estate
A collection of ocean and links-side suites and cottages.

18 hole Greg Norman designed links course playing along 1½ miles of beach and dunes. The ocean is visible from the green, fairway, or tee of 16 of the 18 holes.

The par 72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back and plays 6,885 yards from the back tees.

Practice Area, Driving Range, Temporary Clubhouse, and Pro Shop are available.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Belleisle, Ayrshire

My Golf Break Venue of the Day

Today's venue, on the east coast of Scotland, is an imposing Country House Hotel, set in a public park with a 36 hole golf course.

It is quite a difficult hotel to find detailed information about, particularly as the website is still under construction. It is listed with a number of booking sites or you can just telephone them direct.

Hotel with two 18 hole Golf Courses

Belleisle House Hotel
Doonfoot Road, Ayr KA7 4DU

Tel: +44 1292 442331
Fax: +44 1292 445325

This stately and imposing country mansion hotel was originally the country seat of the Glentanar family and is situated within the grounds of Belleisle Park.

14 en-suite bedrooms

The 36 hole parkland course is considered by many to be the finest inland 'links' course in Scotland.

I do not receive commissions or fees for showcasing this or any other venue. The choice of venue and the information provided is impartial and only biased in as much as, where available, I use the venue's own description of their facilities.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Penrhos G & CC, Ceredigion

My Golf Break Venue of the Day

Today's venue is a Golf & Country Club Hotel set in 150 acres of lush green countryside in the Wyre Valley in West Wales.

Golf & Country Club with Hotel & Holiday Park

Penrhos Golf & Country Club
Llanrhystud, Ceredigion SY23 5AY
Tel: +44 151 606 9191
Fax: +44 151 678 5551

15 Junior Suites with twin beds, a double sofa bed, en-suite shower, bath and toilet, and mini kitchen with a microwave, kettle and fridge.

Holiday Park
Modern 12ft luxury mobile homes with two double bedrooms, bathroom with shower, fridge, colour television and microwave.

Leisure & Recreation
Gym, solarium, sauna, steam room, indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, tennis courts, crazy golf, bowls.

Day and residential conference facilities for up to 120 delegates.

18 hole championship length course; 9 hole course; driving range; golf & sports shop; professional tuition.

Golf Days
Society or corporate day pre-planned packages are available.
Prices start from: £25 per person

Golf Break Packages
All-inclusive golf break packages are available, including dinner and use of the swimming pool and leisure facilities.
Prices start from: £45 per person

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Leasowe Castle, Merseyside

My Golf Break Venue of the Day

This independent venue offers golf packages with a perfect combination of style, comfort and elegance in a tranquil setting with 6 acres of grounds overlooking Leasowe Golf Course and the sea.

The Castle part dates back to 1592 and was built for Ferdinand, 2nd Heir to the English throne, to allow him to watch horse racing on the Meols sands.

Most of the en-suite rooms have views over Leasowe Golf Course and the sea beyond. Sea views are available for a supplement.

Health & Fitness Club
unbed and 'The Quiet Room' treatment room.

Meeting rooms of various sizes; the largest suite can accommodate up to 400 delegates.

The hotel is adjacent to Leasowe GC and is located between the links courses at Royal Liverpool (host to the British Open in 2006) and Wallasey. Also within easy reach are Royal Birkdale, Formby and Hillside.

Golf Packages
The package are designed for the smaller golfing parties of up to 12 players to give players a good mix of the tough championship courses and more picturesque parkland courses that the Wirral has to offer.


Castle Hotel offering all-inclusive Golf Packages

Leasowe Castle
Leasowe Road, Moreton, Wirral, Merseyside CH46 3RF

Hotel with health & leisure club and conference centre.

Local courses include: Leasowe; Royal Liverpool; Wirral; Royal Birkdale; Formby

All-inclusive Golf Packages are available.

Tel: +44 151 606 9191
Fax: +44 151 678 5551
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One Night in Kiev

Some reflections on a very brief trip to the former soviet Republic of Ukraine

We were on the shortlist to design the very first golf course in Ukraine. We had decided to make our fees very competitive in view of the publicity that might be generated, but once we were there, we decided our fees were not nearly high enough to cover the hassle and discomfort.

The airport was like a mad time-share salesmen's convention but with constant accosting for taxi rides rather than holiday homes.

Soviet roadbuilders share a common heritage with the Romans - the road from the airport into Kiev was absolutely arrow straight (and 8 lanes wide). The drivers also seem to share this Roman heritage - the driving was something like the chariot race from Ben Hur.

According to some of the websites I went onto, Kiev is supposed to be one of Europe's most beautiful cities. It isn't. The centre is fairly average but what is memorable is the mile upon mile of grey soviet-era prefabricated apartment blocks stretching as far as the eye can see in every direction.

I selected the Hotel Khreschatik
from the TripAdvisor top 10 Kiev hotels. It is without doubt the worst hotel I have stayed in anywhere. Heaven only knows what the bottom 10 are like.

I compounded my error by assuming that a junior suite would be the hotel's showcase room. If it was a showcase for post-modern post-soviet interior design irony then it succeeded. The decor and furnishings were various shades of beige. My feet stuck to the carpet. The air-conditioning didn't work and 5 lightbulbs were missing. The hot taps ran cold. I tried the cold taps and they ran hot. The 'mini-bar' was a domestic refridgerator plonked by the entrance door: unplugged and empty.

The access corridors were dirty, dingy and threadbare. There was a chambermaid doing the ironing in the corridor outside my room. The access staircase was completely undecorated: by undecorated I mean no plaster on the walls and bare concrete stairs.

At check-in we were given a breakfast voucher each and told not to lose it: no voucher, no breakfast.

The hotel had no breakfast room (or any other facilities that we could find) and breakfast was taken at a cafe a few doors away. Breakfast consisted of: a strange coloured liquid with an indescribable taste; a mini-croissant; a rubber omelettey-type thing with a lettuce leaf; one cup of coffee (no refills offered, thankfully).

Early the previous evening I had received a telephone call from a nice lady asking me if I wanted 'a relaxing massage and some sex.' I politely declined, saying I was too tired (why, for heavens sake, did I feel the need to make an excuse?).
She said 'what about tomorrow night'.
I said 'OK, come on over.'

I don't know what happened to the occupant of my room the following night: I was on a Georgian Airways flight to Tbilisi at the time.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Mount Wolseley, County Carlow

Mount Wolseley
My Golf Break Venue of the Day

Today's vacation destination is in Central Ireland and is a charming resort located amongst the gentle rolling landscape of County Carlow and the meandering River Slaney. It is an eclectic blend of contemporary design and lavish detail set in glorious, peaceful surroundings and only 80 minutes drive from the nation’s capital, Dublin.

Accommodation is available in 142 ensuite hotel bedrooms and also in 4 bedroom self-catering holiday homes.

Spa with a wide range of therapies and treatments.

Leisure club with 20m swimming pool, hydrotherapy area, sauna, steam room, whirlpool spa, fitness testing, air-conditioned gym, tennis court, indoor and outdoor children's play areas.

Erre Esse Boutique.

Activities for children are available both on the estate and surrounding areas, including: tennis; indoor and outdoor play area; swimming pool; horseriding; quadbiking; fishing.

Conference facilities for over 750 delegates and 10 additional breakout rooms for up to 120 delegates. Banquet facilities for over 550 guests.

18 hole par 72 7198 yard mature parkland, opened in 1995, with picturesque lakes filled with wildlife and fish. Water comes into play on eleven of the 18 holes. Designed by Christy O'Connor Jnr.

County Carlow

Country Resort with 18 Hole Championship Golf Course

Mount Wolseley Country Resort
Tullow, County Carlow, Ireland

142 bedroom hotel with spa, leisure club, boutique and conference centre.
4 bedroom self-catering holiday homes.
18 hole par 72 7198 yard championship parkland course.
Tel: +353 59 91 51674
Fax: +353 59 91 52123

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Day 4: 16 November 2006
I layed Oenologue at 2.00 in the 12.40 at Market Rasen and the little beauty was unplaced. I just love it when the first race produces the target winnings. I'll enjoy it while I can and bank another £5.

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I started with a £100 bank and a target return of 5% per day (as opposed to a savings account return of 5% per annum - although there are obviously different risk levels involved). The bank is now up to £120, so I will increase my target return to £6 per day.

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Today's selection
12.25 Kelso: Gringo at 2.60
12.50 Kelso: Three Mirrors at 2.64
13.10 Exeter: Dream Alliance at 2.32
13.25 Kelso: Rasharrow at 1.93
14.10 Ascot: Hawkridge Star at 2.58
Did you know that the longest hole in the world is the 7th hole of the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan? It is a 909 yard par 7.

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