June 23rd through the 30th, 2018
WHAT IS IT?
A unique, luxury, eight-day golf and travel experience that offers golf at five of the finest golf facilities in Spain, first-class accommodations, and optional cultural tours for both golfers and non-golfers. Participants will enjoy golf instruction on the range as well as playing lessons with our U.S. and Spanish golf professionals, (Bobby Lopez and Mario Fernandez). Upon arrival our guides will handle all group logistics and serve as your personal concierge during the entire week, which includes golf and visits to Madrid, Marbella and Granada. This is truly a once in a lifetime golf and travel adventure and is limited to 12 golfers and their guests, if participants desire to travel with a non-golfing companion.
– Welcome reception
– All transfers
– All first class train tickets
– All accommodations in luxury hotels
– All golf fees and carts
– Alhambra visit
– All breakfasts
– Personal concierge service for group during the entire trip with luxury vehicle for both golfers and non-golfers
– Two Spanish cell phones for group to use during our stay
– Play with,and receive personal golf instruction from our pros Bobby Lopez and Mario Fernandez
– All luggage and golf club transfers
FOR ACCOMPANYING NON-GOLFERS:
Personal concierge service during the entire trip. Non-golfers and players alike who may want to take a break from golf, and/or take advantage of the many attractions and activities at our various venues each day, will enjoy access to our experienced English and Spanish speaking guides lead by Ms. Dona Andrea Acha.
Ms. Acha and her staff will be available to meet daily with non-golfers to review options for excursions. Trips to the world-famous Prado Art Museum in Madrid and specialized shopping or cultural visits that will be convenient and effortless, allowing you to pursue your interests without worrying about logistics or language issues.
Transportation will be provided utilizing the group’s own luxury van to take you comfortably to and from your destination. Guides will have cell phones with them at all times.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
Airfare is not included. Participants will make their own flight arrangements which may include extending their stay.
Lunches and dinners are not included, except as indicated, but our guides will personally assist in making dinner or other arrangements for individuals or group members throughout the entire trip. Magnificent side tours like Rhonda or Nikki Beach will be available for purchase as an add on.
Our concierge service will handle your golf clubs everywhere we go. However, if you would prefer to rent golf clubs, they are available at approximately $65 per day. Minimum dress code on the golf course is a collared shirt and typical dress golf shorts or pants.
WHO ARE OUR EXPERIENCED HOSTS, GUIDES, AND
GOLF PROFESSIONALS FOR THIS TRIP?
FROM THE USA: BOBBY LOPEZ PGA CLASS A PROFESSIONAL
Bobby Lopez is a PGA professional with nearly two million views on Youtube and featured on www.golfswing.com. Creator of Quick Fix Golf, and a teaching professional for over 43 years. Instructor to amateur golfers as well as major tournament winners on tour. PGA National Award Winner in 2010.
Also a past member of the Real Federacion de Golf as a tour player on the European Tour and past Director of Golf at one of the courses you will be visiting in Marbella.
Chosen by the USO to entertain the troops as well as the retirement gala for General Dick Myers, U. S. Air Force Chief of Staff. Bobby hosted his own radio show on ESPN 1310 in the Tidewater, Virginia area and also hosted a television program in Richmond, both featuring golf instruction.
SPANISH PRO: MARIO FERNANDEZ MEMBER OF THE REAL FEDERACION DE GOLF, (PGA of Spain)
Mario Fernandez, golf professional since 1996 and has served as an instructor for educating and examining potential new member professionals to the Federacion de Golf Espanola, (Spanish PGA).
Mario is Founder of GOLF EEUU (Golf USA) specializing in deluxe vacations for Spanish golfers to destinations like Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgrass, and Augusta for the Masters.
In addition, Mario knows our trip destinations intimately and is well respected for his quality of service and professionalism. Mario is regularly featured on the Spanish Golf Channel for commentary on golf travel.
OUR LOCAL EVENT COORDINATOR: DONA ANDREA ACHA
Andrea is a professional communications and marketing expert. She studied Business Management at the University of California, La Jolla, and worked for eight years at the Public Relations firm Edelman whose clients included Starbucks, EBay, and Johnson & Johnson. Andrea also consulted for the Harvard Business Review and MIT Technology Review.
Andrea and her staff will serve as personal concierge for the group with special attention to non-golfers during play time.
DAY ONE – Madrid, Saturday June 23rd, Reception
Welcome reception at 5 p.m. in the lounge of our hotel with wine and tapas, The URSO Five Star Hotel (or similar quality) in Madrid. Participants will meet each other and our golf pro hosts and guides. A detailed agenda of the trip will be reviewed. Early arrivals are encouraged to stroll the nearby shopping area and visit famous Spanish retailers like Barrio Salamanca or Corte Ingles prior to the reception.
DAY TWO – Madrid, Sunday June 24th, Golf at Moraleja
Breakfast in the hotel dining area at 9 a.m. then transfer to and from golf course – La Moraleja III. You will enjoy playing with our local pro Mario Fernandez and our US pro Bobby Lopez.
Campo III at Golf La Moraleja, is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that opened in 2013 and enriches Golf La Moraleja’s already impressive offering of Nicklaus Design golf courses. The design has transformed a terrain that was originally flat by introducing small hills at different points, of varying significance, in order to achieve a course with multiple play options on almost all the holes.
It is configured as a long, classical, parkland-type course, measuring a total of 7,469 yards which is a good challenge for holding important tournaments. We will play the course from a tee marker that is pleasant for any amateur to play.
It has three enormous lakes which affect half of the holes and more than 1,200 trees and 68 bunkers. Strategy here is more important than distance. Course management is required for a successful round. La Moraleja III was voted the second best golf course in Spain by Golf Digest.
You will meet your guide in the lobby of our hotel and spend the morning learning about historic and artistic Madrid. You will visit the Old Quarter, Puerta de Alcala, Cibeles Fountain, Palacio Real and Plaza Mayor. You will also enjoy the famous Spanish food market called Mercado de San Miguel.
DAY THREE – Travel Madrid to Malaga Monday June 25th, – Golf at Los Naranjos
We meet in the lobby at 9 a.m., enjoy breakfast, and transfer from the hotel to the train station for the two and half hour bullet train trip, in First Class, to Marbella and then transfer to the Five Star Hotel Kempinski Bahía Estepona (or similar quality).
After check in we will transfer to and from hotel to Los Naranjos Golf Course. Los Naranjos is a typical Robert Trent Jones Sr. design with generous fairways and strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. The greens, with Penn A4-grass, are spacious and slightly undulated. The tees are long and have four markers: red, yellow, white and black with course lengths starting from 5,611 yards and reaching 7,143 yards at its longest.
Since the opening in 1977, Los Naranjos has been consistently ranked as one of the best golf courses in Spain. In 2005 and again in 2008 Los Naranjos was voted Course of the Year on the Costa del Sol.
A number of important tournaments, both professional and amateur, have been held at Los Naranjos over the years. In 1988 The Marbella Ladies Open, part of the European Ladies Tour, was played there. In 1989 the Spanish PGA Championship was held with José Rivero and Sevillano Ballesteros on 278 strokes. Rivero won the Championship at the first hole of the sudden death play-off. Other important championships played at Los Naranjos include the European Senior Amateur Championship, the Spanish Junior Championship and the Spanish International Ladies Amateur Championship.
Transfer to and from the luxury beach club (Nikki Beach Marbella). Our guides will accompany you and prepare an amazing poolside experience with double beds for sun bathing. (Beach outing charges are NOT included in trip fees.)
5:00 p.m. GROUP SOCIAL EVENT – The entire group meets for transfers to and from Casco Antiguo. This is undeniably the most enchanting place in Marbella and features traditionally whitewashed, Casco Antiguo (Old Town) – a post card-perfect maze of narrow streets that twist and turn, offering something lovely to see at every corner. After the visit we will dine in a nice local restaurant. (Dinner charges are not included in trip fees).
DAY FOUR – Marbella, Tuesday June 26th – No Golf – Visit La Alhambra.
We will meet in the lobby for breakfast at 9 a.m. and then depart for La Alhambra.
La Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-11th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.
Alhambra’s Islamic palaces, as we know them today, were built for the last Muslim reign in Spain. After the conquest of Granada by the Reyes Católicos (“Catholic Monarchs”) in 1492, some portions were used by Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was built in the Alhambra.
After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries and the buildings being occupied by squatters, Alhambra was rediscovered in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian buildings and garden interventions. Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for many songs and stories.
Lunch and dinner at local restaurants, (Lunch and dinner charges NOT included in trip fees.)
DAY FIVE – Wednesday June 27th, – Golf at San Roque Golf Course
Breakfast in the hotel dining area at 9 a.m., then transfer to and from golf course San Roque.
The club is set within 340 acres of peaceful and natural Andalusian landscape where the ancient Cork Oaks dominate the landscape. San Roque first opened its doors in 1991 and quickly became the golf resort of choice in Sotogrande. Designed by Dave Thomas, the Old Course along with Valderrama and Real Club de Sotogrande became known as the golden triangle of golf. In 1997, during the Ryder Cup held in neighboring Valderrama, San Roque hosted both the European and American teams and their families and to this day the plaques with the players´ names remain by the door to the suites they occupied.
The first event under the club´s belt was the European Tour Qualifying School Finals in 1993 held exclusively on the Old Course until 2003. Many players who have since become household names received their tour card at San Roque such as Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose to name a few. It is fair to say that The San Roque Club holds a place in the heart of many a European Tour professional. The club continues to welcome elite players from across the globe who come to take advantage of the outstanding conditions before important tournaments.
As for amateurs, the two courses offer some of the most beautiful holes they will ever play. It´s not only professionals who enjoy San Roque as thousands of amateurs will testify each year. The courses have been designed so that both low and high handicap players can enjoy them.
For non-golfers we go shopping to Puerto Banús in Marbella. Marbella is a wonderful shopping center, with several large shopping complexes, supermarkets, specialty food shops, designer boutiques, interior décor stores and much more.
Very few towns in the world have such a concentration of internationally branded firms offering luxury products. The main trademarks of the fashion world are along the harbor village, but beside these prestigious boutiques there are several department stores and commercial galleries.
Dinner: Group will go to Puerto Banús for a walk and have dinner by the docks. (Dinner charges not included in trip fees.)
DAY SIX: Marbella, Thursday June 28th, – Golf at Soto Grande Golf Course
Breakfast in the hotel dining area at 9 a.m., then transfer to and from golf course.
The Course Soto Grande is considered as one of the masterpieces of Robert Trent Jones who chose this course as one of his five favorites from more than 500 courses he designed worldwide according to what he wrote in his book “Golf – The Manificient Challenge.”
The course has a par of 72 and measures 7,099 yards. It offers tees for various distances comfortable to all level golfers, wide fairways and elevated greens delicately molded and very fast, which embody the biggest difficulty of the course. Of the 100 or so bunkers on the course 69 are placed around the greens which, warn the player to have great accuracy when attacking the pins. The variety of holes is another characteristic of Sotogrande, variety not only in shape and distances but in its vegetation. The mixture of cork oaks, pine trees, palm trees and an abundance of other species, provide the course with a wonderful personality and unique beauty.
The quality of the course is reflected by the quality of its champions over a period of many years including Severiano Ballesteros, Jose María Olazabal, Roberto de Vicenzo, Sergio García, Padraig Harrington or Rory Mcilroy.
We will organize a visit to Ronda with our personal guides. Ronda is one of the loveliest and more historical town in Andalusia. It is a mountain top city nestled on the dramatic El Tajo Gorge, which separates the old and new parts of the city. Ronda is one of Spain´s oldest towns dating back to Islamic times when it was an important cultural city. Hemingway described Ronda as the most romantic town in Spain.
DINNER – Our guides will book us tables at a local casual restaurant in Marbella popular with locals. (Dinner charges are not included in trip fees.)
DAY SEVEN – Friday June 29th, – Golf at Valderrama Golf Course
Breakfast in the hotel dining area at 9 a.m. then transfer to and from golf course.
Valderrama has been consistently ranked as number one in continental Europe since the late 80’s and has been included in the Top 100 in the World since 1999. The Par 71 Championship Course measures 6951 yards from the professional tees. The fairways have been described by top pros and leading golf writers as the best in Europe, if not the world. It is not an easy course nor was it intended to be. Course play requires thought and precision on every shot.
No championship course in modern times has so swiftly achieved such recognition. As early as 1988, Valderrama began to host the newly-launched Volvo Masters, the flagship tournament of the PGA European Tour, and continued to do so until 2009. In 1997 the Club hosted the 32nd Ryder Cup. The tone for the Ryder Cup event was set by Severiano Ballesteros, the Europe captain, when he walked the course with John Paramor, the chief tournament director. “I found everything perfect.” he said. “It’s impossible to imagine a golf course in better condition.”
Next, in 1999 and 2000, Valderrama went on to host the first two editions of the World Golf Championships – American Express Championship, which were won by Tiger Woods and Mike Weir respectively. Since 2010, Valderrama is home of the Andalucia Masters, one of the European Tour’s most prestigious tournaments.
A relaxing day at the beach or any guided tour you may wish to schedule. (Tour charges are not included in trip fees.)
DINNER – Transfer to train station for bullet train return trip to Madrid for overnight stay at our day one hotel. Dinner on your own and/or with group in Madrid.
DAY EIGHT – Saturday June 30th, – Return Home to the U.S.
Transfers to Madrid’s Barajas International Airport or enjoy an extended European stay on your own.
Below is a graph of the average temperatures in Spain.
What Does this Luxury Dream Golf Vacation in Spain Cost?
Golf Single Occupancy $6,950
Non-Golfer Companion $3,950
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Please make your initial payment of one third below ($2,316.66 for golfers single occupancy, accompanying non-golfer $1,316.67). A second payment of one third is due on December 1st with the final one third due on March 1st. Once we receive your initial deposit we will send you our Trip Registration Form.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: In the event this trip is cancelled by the promoters for lack of attendance or any other reason all payments made will be fully refunded. We also recommend trip insurance. List of insurance companies available on our Trip Registration Form.