Our next edition of In The Know, we have one of our conference planning executives, Kelly Stevens, talking about the best golf resorts – venues that have everything in their own right to host the perfect event, but also that added extra for the golf enthusiasts amongst us!
The Celtic Manor Resort, situated in Newport, Wales, is a big contender within the events industry for its meeting facilities alone, but is really standout when combined with its golf facilities as well! Home to three world class championship courses, a golf academy featuring a floodlit driving range and two grand golf clubhouses, all available for hire and can be built into boutique packages with that ‘added something’ request.
Celtic Manor is celebrating its 10th anniversary of the Ryder Cup and was voted Europe’s Best Golf Hotel in 2015, in the World Golf Awards. It really does have something for everyone, including Forest Jump, archery, laser quest and spa facilities on site. Clients can choose to host their meeting within the resort to incorporate golf and team building as part of the package.
The Belfry Hotel & Resort is in Sutton Coldfield, and is legendary within the golf world. Hosting the Ryder Cup four times – more than any other venue in the world! Offering fabulous golf packages, and attracting keen golfers from worldwide, it is easily accessible being located in the heart of the UK and short distances to local train stations and an international airport. Clients can take advantage of world-class golf tuition at England’s only PGA golf academy, a definite added value for those keen on the sport.
The resort offers a host of other activities including fitness facilities and on site spa access. It has also been awarded England’s leading Conference Hotel at the World Travel Awards – you will get all you need and more at The Belfry Hotel.
The boldly magnificent Stapleford Park will guarantee a relaxing stay to any delegate. Located in Leicestershire, near Melton Mowbray, and surrounded by 500 acres of landscaped grounds it is the perfect Golf and Spa hotel, located within a traditional English sporting country estate. Whilst it has not hosted the bigger golfing events it goes without saying to those that visit that this course is just as prestigious and challenging.
Designed by the renowned architect Donald Steel, the course has been described as one of England’s greatest jewels. The grade I listed mansion embodies various architectural styles from Tudor to Victorian. If you are looking for somewhere quintessentially English and wanting to give a powerful company message or somewhere to announce the future legacy of a company, with a bit of fun after hours, then this is the place to do so!
Scotland’s AA Five Red Star hotel, Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, is known worldwide as “The Home of Golf”. The venue has 11 golf courses within the immediate area, and having hosted the 2014 International European Amateur Championship it is certainly one of Scotland’s most celebrated and luxurious resorts. It is paradise for both golfers and non-golfers alike, thanks to its multi-million-pound Kohler Waters Spa and outstanding dining options the resort ensures it caters for everyone.
The Dukes golf clubhouse comes with a highly recommended Scottish menu to satisfy your taste buds and is perfect for a lunch or dinner after a morning meeting and afternoon round of golf.
Now I know we may look biased including Gleneagles Hotel in this instalment as well, but it goes without saying that this resort is an absolute bucket list venue for any golfer. Gleneagles Hotel is one of Scotland’s most respected golf resorts and is found in Perthshire, Scotland. Famous for hosting some of the major golf tournaments, including the 2014 Ryder Cup and the 2019 Solheim Cup.
Last year Gleneagles celebrated its golfing centenary since the historic King’s and Queen’s courses were first opened there in 1919, a true legacy within the resort! Set in 850 acres in luxury landscape the resort also boasts an opulent ESPA spa and a 2-star Michelin restaurant. If golf isn’t your thing there are many different activities to try your hand at, including shooting, tennis, horse riding, off-road driving and falconry, to name a few! A perfect resort for those seeking 5-star luxury and sophistication, where service and scenery is a guarantee.