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Gear up for golf in the winter with Links with History

Golfers can enjoy winter golf at its finest in the Kingdom of Fife thanks to a special offer from Links with History.

The unique initiative is offering a special rate of £90 for golf at all four member clubs between November 1 and March 31, 2014. A minimum of two courses must be booked to take advantage of this offer.

Ladybank 18th hole

Links with History is a partnership between four of Scotland’s finest and most historic golf clubs, which are all close to St Andrews, the home of golf: Scotscraig, Lundin, Ladybank and Crail.

The links and heathland courses are renowned for their all-year-round playability and the fact that golfers can normally play from the full greens and tees and without mats.

David Roy, the Managing Secretary of Crail Golfing Society, said, “Links with History brings together four historic clubs and five fantastic courses in the heart of Scotland. We offer outstanding value for some very high quality golf courses.

“The winter offer is a great opportunity for golfers to come and sample these courses at a special rate and benefit from playing on the links and heathland terrain which remains extremely playable throughout all but the worst winter conditions. I would urge anyone looking to keep their hand in over the winter to take advantage of this excellent offer.”

Three of the five Links with History courses have been qualifying venues for the Open Championship. Crail Golfing Society is the seventh oldest golf club in the world, dating back to 1786, and Scotscraig Golf Club is the 13th oldest club in the world.

Crail Craighead 14th Hole

The courses offer a mix of challenging links golf at the Balcomie and Craighead courses at Crail and Lundin, a testing combination of links and heathland golf at Scotscraig and a beautiful but demanding tree-lined heathland layout at Ladybank.

The Links with History Golf Pass enables golfers to book two, three or four rounds of golf. The booking can be made either by phone, email or an online booking form on the Links with History website. Payment is made by cheque or by credit card and no money is requested until the booking has been confirmed.

To take advantage of the special winter offer please contact Links with History on +44 (0)1592 649660; email bookings@linkswithhistory.com or complete the booking form at www.linkswithhistory.com stating your preferred choice of courses and dates/times.

Grado’s golf and gourmet autumn getaways

Golf Club Grado is marking the autumn season with two special offers for golfers looking for an authentic Italian getaway.

The packages offer outstanding value golfing holidays starting from October at the scenic North Eastern Italian resort which sits on the Adriatic Sea and is renowned for its warm climate and all-year-round golf. Grado is just one and a half hour’s drive from Venice.

GC Grado 1st hole

GC Grado 1st hole

The Golf and Sapori, or Flavours, package caters for golfers who enjoy fine dining after their rounds. Guests can enjoy a two night stay at the Tenuta Primero resort with a round of golf on Grado’s championship course and a gourmet dinner at the Al Casone restaurant which is renowned throughout the Friuli Venezia Giulia region for its authentic local cuisine. The package starts from €150 per person for a double room including breakfast.

For golfers looking for a chilled out golfing break the Golf and Relax package will be the ideal reason to make the trip to Grado. The package comprises a two night stay at the Tenuta Primero Resort, two tee times on Grado’s championship course, with pull trolleys included. The package starts at € 150per person for a double room.

Ivan Marzola, the President of Golf Club Grado, said, “We receive many visitors from Northern Europe in the autumn as our climate is warmer and more attractive for golf at that time of year. The new packages are aimed at golfers who either want to play golf and relax while they are here or those who particularly enjoy sampling Italian fine dining. Each of the packages offers excellent opportunities to enjoy golf on the Adriatic coast at very competitive rates.”

Grado is celebrating a successful summer season which saw it host the Friuli Venezia Giulia Open on the Alps Tour for the first time in July. The challenging 6650 yard, par 72 Grado championship course sits on the beautiful Grado lagoon and its stunning par three first hole boasts an island green which has led to Grado being hailed as the “European Sawgrass” by the golf media..

To book the Golf and Sapori or Golf and Relax packages email info@tenuta-primero.com or phone +39 0431 896900. For more information please visit: www.tenuta-primero.com. You can also like us on our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/golfclubgrado?fref=ts.

Enjoy exceptional summer golf with Links with History

A unique initiative bringing together four of Scotland’s finest and most historic golf clubs is offering outstanding rates for visitors for the remainder of the summer.

Links with History brings together four golfing gems in the Kingdom of Fife: Scotscraig, Lundin, Ladybank and Crail. The five courses are among the most historic and popular in the country and are located a short distance away from St Andrews, the home of golf.

Lundin Golf Club

Lundin Golf Club

Throughout the month of August golfers can book a fourball at all four venues for half price and save more than £100 per person.

As the summer draws to a close in September, golfers can take advantage of a special twilight rate to book tee times after 1.30pm for £120 for a fourball when a minimum of two courses are booked.

Speaking on behalf of Links with History, Barrie Liddle, Managing Secretary at Scotscraig Golf Club, said: “We are reaching the height of the summer in the busy golfing season and we wanted to run these special offers to give visiting golfers a little added incentive to book tee times with Links with History.

Crail Balcomie 14th & 2nd

Crail Balcomie 14th & 2nd

“The courses are in excellent condition and all offer a unique challenge combining traditional Scottish links with heathland golf. We know many golfing visitors from overseas relish playing links golf and golfers from other parts of Scotland and the UK look out for good deals so these offers should cater for everyone.”

The Links with History golf clubs enjoy illustrious histories with three of them having served as qualifying venues for the Open Championship. Crail Golfing Society is the seventh oldest golf club in the world, dating back to 1786, and Scotscraig Golf Club is the 13th oldest club in the world.

The courses offer a mix of challenging links golf at the Balcomie and Craighead courses at Crail and Lundin, a testing combination of links and heathland golf at Scotscraig and a beautiful but demanding tree-lined heathland layout at Ladybank.

The Links with History Golf Pass enables golfers to book two, three or four rounds of golf. The booking can be made either by phone, email or an online booking form on the Links with History website. Payment is made by cheque or by credit card and no money is requested until the booking has been confirmed.

To take advantage of the special offers in August and September please contact Links with History on +44 (0)1592 649660; email bookings@linkswithhistory.com or complete the booking form at www.linkswithhistory.com stating your preferred choice of courses and dates/times.

Catalonia celebrates 100 years of golf with new campaign

Catalonia is famous for its beautiful architecture, delicious food and rich culture but it will be celebrating sporting heritage this year as it approaches its golfing centenary.

Golf has enjoyed a long and rich history in the Mediterranean destination in the south west of Europe and a unique marketing campaign is being launched to mark the first 100 years of the game in Catalonia and promote its magnificent golf courses.

Greg Norman at El Prat

Greg Norman at El Prat

The Catalan Tourist Board has devised the campaign which will highlight the many top quality golf courses to be found throughout Catalonia’s four provinces of Barcelona, Lleida, Girona and Tarragona. Catalonia will play host to one of the golf travel industry’s most important gatherings this year when the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) is held on the Costa Daurada in November. Senior tourism officials will be using this as an opportunity to meet key influencers in the golf travel industry to promote Catalonia as one of Europe’s finest golf destinations.

Xavier Espasa Añoveros, General Manager of the Catalan Tourist Board, said, “Catalonia has a proud heritage in golf and as we reach such an important milestone in the history of the game here we will be highlighting our wonderful selection of top class golf courses. We have some of the most high profile courses in Spain and this is an ideal time for us to be telling people what we have to offer. Staging IGTM will be a focal point for our celebrations and through the 100 Years of Golf campaign we will be inviting some of Europe’s most influential golf travel operators and media to come here to enjoy the Catalonian golf experience for themselves.”

Golf in Catalonia dates back to 1914, when a group of Britons who were building the railway line between Barcelona and present-day Metro del Vallès, created the Sant Cugat del Vallès golf course. It was the first course in Catalonia and one of the first in Spain.

Today Catalonia boasts 38 golf courses ranging from European Tour venues to family-friendly nine-hole courses. Prominent among them is the PGA Catalunya Resort, whose Stadium Course was selected in 2012 as the best in Spain and the third best in Continental Europe by the prestigious Top 100 Golf Courses panel.

Other renowned courses include the Real Club de Golf El Prat, the Real Club de Golf Cerdanya, the Llevaneras Golf Club, the Pals Golf Club, the Costa Brava Golf Club and the Lumine Golf Club.

A range of Tour events have been held on Catalan courses including the Spanish Open, which is one of the oldest in Europe, on several occasions, the Catalonia Open, the Sanyo Open, the Sarazen Open and the Johnnie Walker Trophy. The destination has also played host to the European Tour Qualifying School tournament and the Catalonia Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour.

One of the inspirations behind the growth of golf in Catalonia was the legendary Seve Ballesteros’ exploits in winning Major Championships and leading the European Ryder Cup team. Seve was a frequent visitor to Catalonia to follow his beloved FC Barcelona.

For more information about golf in Catalonia visit www.catalunya.com.