We were a group of 6 Lady golfers looking for good golf on challenging courses. John recommended Montecastillo in Jerez, Spain. We had played there twice before back in 2009 and were very excited about returning.
We stayed in the five star hotel on the golf resort. Being so close to the course ensured that we were able to play as often as we liked. We played 5 games of golf and the tee times were booked in advance of us travelling which was a real bonus as we got the tee times that suited us.
We were very pleased with the service that we got from golfbreaks.ie, transfers to and from the airport were organised, tee times booked and the complete package from end to end was superb and great value. They even gave us recommendations for restaurants and places of interest to visit.
Our Alvor trip went really well. The hotel was fantastic (Alvor South Beach), the transfers very efficient, and the golf courses really good. We all had a fantastic time and will recommend you, and Golf Breaks.ie, to everyone we know !
I am handing over the ‘bainisteoir’ role for 2017 (everyone has to take a turn) so I am sure she will be in touch. Thanks for all your help over the last two years, it was a pleasure dealing with you.
I would like to thank Golfbreaks, and you in particular for organising the recent Glen of the Downs Oaks trip to Tavira.
The organisation was first class. The hotel was ideal for golfers, and the buffet, which was very good value, was used by most of the group. The transfers were always on time and the drivers were most helpful.
Your choice of courses was excellent, and thank you again for the efficient way that you were able to switch days for us due to a forecast of rain on the Thursday.
Tavira is an ideal location for golf groups, if we were to return , I would suggest that we would substitute Quinta de Vale for another course, maybe play one of the others twice, or try to get a good deal with Monte Rei. The first nine on Quinta de Vale were extremely difficult, particularly for my Group of “Senior Golfers”, it had water everywhere and most of my group lost 3/4 balls on the front nine,the average score was 9 points!.
Again Ross well done, the trip was a great success, and enjoyed by all.
Just a quick mail to thank you for the organisation on the trip. It was one of our better trips, transport was fantastic. Will be looking for something the same next year if you can keep me in mind.
Flawless! Every pick up transfer was on time. Return transfers were also all on time and at times we chose.
Dom Joao is a grand golfing hotel with a decent breakfast and good bar times and an easy walk to the ‘metropolis’ of Alvor. The Front Desk there staff were exceptionally efficient and accommodating.
Gramacho & Silves were great once again. Gramacho is the real deal. Silves is a bit rough around the edges (no proper changing room) but a great course to play and very nice people. Alto has some good holes and we’d go back. Vila Sol is too difficult for 16-26 handicappers. We averaged 22 points there whereas 28-32 other days. It was a slog. Every 2nd shot a 3-5 wood! Our only single figure handicapper loved it!
The buggy cert notifications had all been received and were all honoured. That was vital because Silves is always short of buggies.
I can’t think of a single criticism!
Just let me know when next years deals start to get announced and we’ll do business again.
Ross, we had a ball, hotel and facilities excellent. Played five days, there was no concession on the fifth day despite having played four days consecutively beforehand. We swopped from Alamos to Morgado on the Thursday as the latter is far superior, Alamos is easily the worst of the tree, surprisingly lost no ball on salgados despite my fears.
Thanks again for the excellent service,
Everything went very well with Transfers ,Hotel and Golf we all enjoyed it.
Each course was different with different challenges but all were playable and in good condition. Lumine Hills was in the best condition , Bonmont next and Costa Dorada was maybe not up to the same condition as the other two but it was top of the list in terms of layout.
We actually played Lumine Ruins 9 hole course on the Sun…
Food & rooms were great in the Hotel but Hotel was busy mainly with families on Holiday there. .
Well…. needless to say we are all a bit wrecked. Great time and everyone interested in perhaps Lagos again next year. We keep finding
new places and things to do.
The three golf courses were great – Boavista and especially Palmares were fab – Espiche was lovely but difficult and for us girls who come from very wide fairways with little trouble it certainly put manners on us. Loads of lost balls!! Palmares is definitely a course to play earlier in the day when there is some hope of getting a buggy – we only got three which was fine but pulling a trolley around there was a bit tiring.
I would like to thank you for organising our trip to Vilamoura. We had an unbelievable time. Everything from the hotel (Vila Gale Marina) to the courses and transfers went perfect and the weather was excellent. We had a great time and are already taking about the next trip. (wife permission permitting) The winner of our company completion had a combined score of 70 points over the 2 courses.
All went well. Hotel lovely and we knew the golf courses. Antonio the minibus man was fine too.
Only downside was we got rained off the last day but we had 4 scorchers.
Hopefully speak to you for a trip next year.
Hotel was perfect (Hotel Carlemany), (PGA Catalunya) stadium course magnificent.
This year the tour course has a lot of new construction taking place so lots of noise and half built houses on some holes which was disappointing as we did not experience that last year. We paid a supplement on the Saturday to play the stadium.
Staff are excellent on the course and did a good job managing the card on our first day when the morning was very wet.. We went out later than planned and enjoyed a dry round.
Everything went great and all impressed with the hotel.
The rooms were lovely and very clean and a lot commented on how comfy the beds were and the quality of the bed linen and towels.
The golf was great, with good feedback on the course.
The only piece of constructive feedback I would give them is that at breakfast they seemed to be under staffed so was difficult to get a waiter to get tea etc. and the staff seemed a bit under pressure.
We will definitely be returning next year, so let me know the deals for last week in April/early May!
Thanks for all your help.
Just a quick note to say thanks for orgainising the trip for us. The Sol Timor was spot on for our needs with all the Irish Bars on our doorstep and we had two lovely meals in Spanish Garden and El Trillo again less than 100 yards from the hotel.
The La Cala golf was well organised and the courses were very well kept but some of the holes were irritating and to be honest need to be altered. Thanks for sorting out the buggies on the second day which was an excellent intervention by you after having a mishap of lost money on the first day! The only down side was the 50 minute transfer to La Cala which is a bit away from the Sol Timor but it was a small blip only.
Once again thanks a million and I hope we will be back to you September/October 12 months for a similar trip but perhaps back to Portugal again.
It was perfect for us. The hotel was clean and staff friendly. Airport Transfers were punctual. Food was good. We were delighted that we picked the championship course for the three rounds. Practice facilities on site are very good. My golf was mixed but I’ll blame you for that.
Thank you so much.
Thanks for organising a very good trip. Everything went like clockwork. Everyone happy and 3 of the 4 golf courses were very nice . The hotel was well located and weather was perfect. I hope we can work together again later this year.
As usual everything went according to plan, apart from the golf but that’s out of your control.
The hotel reception had a good makeover since last year.
Hopefully will chat to you later in the year to plan next year.
Again, thanks for everything.
I would like to compliment Golfbreaks on a recent trip to the Algarve. We are a group of 8 golfers & we used Golfbreaks for our golf holiday to Portugal in February.
From begining to end , the trip was organised in a very professional manner, coupled with an excellent Hotel & top class Courses. All told, I cannot speak highly enough about Golfbreaks & Ross Melody & we would certainly travel with them again.
It went perfect, very impressed will be arranging again hopefully October this year. Thanks very much for great service.
Fairways, tee box all great
Greens quite slick
Bunkers s little inconsistent on both courses.
Faldo greens the best.
All in all – very happy group
Hows it going Ross, great trip thanks, hotel was very central and very nice all delighted very tired today drank and eat to much but really enjoyed it roll on 2017
Everything was great. Courses very difficult but still good fun. La Cala Hotel and staff are highly recommended, particularly competition director who looked after us very well. And the weather was great too. Only thing that would stop me going back there would be courses are difficult for high handicappers.
Thanks for all your help.
2014: Many thanks for helping arrange our 20 person trip in April 2014 to Portugal. Your courses and hotel recommendations were extremely helpful and arranging all our transfers made life so stress free. Everyone on the trip had a great time and we look forward to booking again with you for 2015, many thanks again Ross.
2015: Great trip, all 30 very happy. Pinhal was the favorite course of the group by far, it had a nice blend of everything and was much better than I remember. The hotel was good perfect location and the marina was very busy. Everyone is buzzing for next year already and we have even more wanting to go next year. Again many thanks for your help it went down very well with the group.
Andy and Stephen “The too many bogeys Golf Society” – Pictured Below on the Algarve!
Hi Ross, on behalf of Brona and myself, many thanks for a wonderful holiday experience. Yes, we were lucky with the weather but everything fell into place nicely for us to make a great holiday. Wonderful location! The course, as you knew, was ideal as it was flat but a great challenge. We look forward to travelling with you again this time next year.
Take care, Liz
Had a wonderful trip. Golf courses excellent though weather not great. On Wed. we had hailstones. Fairways white, greens white and hailstones almost cut the faces off us!! Still we soldiered on!! Friday we played my favourite golf course, Gramacho. (4 of us played it again on Sunday. We were the lucky ones because there was a dreadful thunderstorm in Alvor while we were away.)
Played Alto on Saturday. This was quite wet under foot. The best weather was on Monday when we played Pinta. Our hotel was fine though would have preferred more choice for breakfast. Transfers were brilliant. On the whole a wonderful experience.
Without doubt will use golfbreaks.ie again.
Many thanks for all your help.
All back safe and sound (always a relief for me) and looking forward to next year already.
The hotel was great. It actually suited us better than the Tivoli in Portimao, because it had a big bar and pool tables. The whole group could go out and then meet back in the hotel
Transportation was a luxury coach every day. We were a bit late finishing the golf on the Tuesday, so I asked the driver did he mind waiting for a short while. He had no problem. I paid him for waiting.
The golf courses were tough (for us anyway) but very enjoyable. As with our previous experience in Portugal the staff at the hotel/golf courses/transportation gave us first class treatment, always friendly and very helpful.
I would like to thank you and your company for your help in making the organising of the trip and the trip itself a very enjoyable experience.
I intend to start organising for next year even earlier than I did this year, so I will be in contact with you around the end of July early August to see what is available.
Regards and thanks,
Everyone very impressed with full package the way it was organised on your end top class, talks already of doing it again in two years time,thanks again for everything. Will talk again for definite!
Just to let you know that we are all back safe and sound!!! Had a great time – didn’t have time to scratch ourselves. Loved both courses. Everyone happy and already talking about next year!! Tivoli was great – didn’t realise just how close we were to the village until Monday when we eventually went out during daylight hours!!! Left a lot of money in the local bars!!!
Thanks again for your help and advice. Will be in touch.
Everything went very well. For starters the flights were at great times of the day especially when we had a few hours driving each end. Antonio Vieira was excellent for all the transfers, with a great knowledge of golf himself , the courses and places to go in Cascais. The courses were great, not overcrowded and relaxed and we would like to go back again. Hotel was fine, just a bit away from Cascais.
On behalf of myself and the lads we would like to thank yourself for your excellent work on a great package put together. We will be back to you before year end for something similar.
Many thanks, Nathy O Connell.
I just wanted to let you know that the Power Group (!) got on very well in Marbella. The Hotel was great, the golf courses were great and the transport to and from airport and golf courses could not be faulted.
Thanks so much for your help organising the trip. We may change the venue next year, just for a bit of variety, but will be back to you for recommendations.
Thanks again, Pam
We were very pleased with our golf break in Tavira. We had been to Vilamoura for the past few years and all members of our group would prefer to return again to Tavira. We were happy with the hotel which was ideally located near an Irish bar and good restaurants.
We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the golf courses especially the Quintas (Cima & Ria). The temperature was up around 30C so, we took a chance on getting an early tee time & got to play at 9:00am on a few days instead of the booked times of 12:00.
Best Regards, Jim Quinn,
The trip was very enjoyable. Accommodation was superb as was the golf. The golf clubs themselves were also very accommodating as, although on a couple of occasions we missed our tee time, they were very flexible and ensured we still got out.
We’re already thinking of our next trip and once we decide when, we will be in touch. Thanks again for everything.
Kind regards, Ross C
Everything was perfect, fair play to you delighted with the deal we will be back to you again next year.
We really enjoyed our first golf holiday. The hotel was very good but not a five star. The staff were very friendly and excellent service. We felt very relaxing hotel. really loved it…..
The golf course in Praia D’el Rey was very well maintained and well run. Royal Obidos was excellent too… challenging to say the least and would keep you fit. Worked off all those calories gained with the eating and drinking.
Bon Sucesso grounds are not in great condition but it suited us for the first round of golf as there was no one on the course on the Sunday and this settled us for our first day.
I was very happy with the whole experience and was very pleased with the whole package. I would like to thank you for all your help and your services have been top class. Roll on next year…… or maybe sooner
Yours Sincerely – Aloma and Ian
Back last Sat. from trip to Alvor. ‘FANTASTIC’ Everything went so well.Hotel : Great. Transfers : 100 per cent. Weather : Brilliant Courses : Maybe would not go back to SILVES others ‘FAB. Golf : As I halved the best score for the week, it must have been good !
Thanking you for all your effort on our behalf. Hope we will talk again about another trip.
Kind Regards, Des
We had a wonderful week at Penina, the weather was glorious, the golf course was excellent and a beautiful place to stay.
The transfer arrangements went very smoothly and the drivers were on time and very courteous. The tournament was well organised and efficiently run. When you hear about the dates for next year, we shall be very interested.
Ray and Sue Hale – Penina Golf Week 2015
Everyone happy great trip and all want to return again next year. Hotel & Golf and all services met / exceeded expectations!
I was delighted with the service provided by Golfbreaks.ie and in particular Ross who worked on our behalf. The attention to detail, the selection of accommodation, the price and the flexibility offered were second to none.
The organisation from the Ireland end was absolutely perfect. When we arrived in Sueno the staff could not have been nicer, we were in our rooms before we knew it and everything was organised to a tee. The package that we got included unlimited golf and that is exactly what we got. The two golf courses are superb. The meals in the restaurant were varied and well done, my favourite was the desert table, in fact, it was a pity to take something off it as it was a work of art. All in all, the organisation of our holiday meant that we had nothing to worry about. All transfers from the airport both flying in and out were exactly on time. I and my husband have the holiday of a lifetime and would recommend Golfbreaks.ie any time.
Shay & Olivia Smyth
We had a great week in Vilamoura, thanks for all your help!! Hotel and courses were very good, Victoria was a very nice trek! The weather was a bonus, el scorchio all week!
Transfers all on time perfectly, Hotel staff in Tivoli Marina were 10 out of 10(Wonderful) and courses great especially naturalness of Morgado. The price was excellent for the service, hotel and courses we played. Well done, See you next year.
Initially I was slightly apprehensive about having to take 2 flights to Antalya. However, the change in Istanbul was seamless and bags and clubs arrived promptly at the other end. It was a bonus to find that Turkish Airlines carry the clubs free of charge too! The Belek area is an incredible golfing resort. There are about 16 courses to choose from and they are all top class. We played the Montgomerie (where the Turkish Airlines open is played), The Pasha, The Cornelia Faldo and The National. You have to see these to believe them! Without question they far surpassed our usual haunts in Spain and Portugal. We stayed at the Sirene Belek Resort. Great value for money, an all inclusive option with great food and drink. There are other Hotels but this one suited our budget. We are thinking of going back again and may look at staying in The Cornelia Diamond. Ross looked after our arrangements and it was great to talk to a golfer who knew his product. Everything he said he delivered on. I have no hesitation in recommending Golfbreaks.ie and Turkey as a destination.
The three of us who went on our golf holiday through your company had a great time. We found your company to be very easy to deal with. We found everything in Spain was as you organised and said it would be. We have no hesitation in recommending Golfbreaks.ie to other Irish golfers looking for deals on accomodation, courses and club hire.
Everything went fantastic, from the pick up at the airport on arrival to the return pick up. Hotel and its location was brilliant. All the golf courses were amazing and of course we were very lucky with the weather. The only criticism (for want of a better word) is the Pinhal course…we wouldn’t be inclined to play it again. Otherwise everything was fab!!!
Already talking of our return trip for 2015 (if we can’t squeeze one in later in the year!!!)
Thanks a million for all your help in organising this holiday.
We had a fabulous holiday…Frances says it was the best ever. We played 13 and 14 rounds respectively on the championship course and met very friendly people. The transport was spot on and the hired clubs were very good and clubstohire didn`t charge us for the extra day because of the Aer Lingus strike. We will certainly revisit Penina again. I should add that the weather was very good and not too hot.The resort is particularly well designed and the one complaint I would make is there wasn`t a place to get a quick snack after a game…the numerous eateries provided bigger meals than is good for my age group! All the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Many thanks for your help.
Golf Break went very well, easy to find, prompt check in friendly staff, lovely 4/5 star apartment well serviced great views over North & South courses 10 out of 10 for the courses Fantastic Greens Good layout Plenty of Practic areas. Supermarket ,Bars, Restaurants, Chemist Etc 3 Swimpools one indoor pool fitness center, Steam room Sauna, Jacuzi Overall Fantastic 9 out of 10 will go again.
We had an great holiday in Portugal. The accommodation was excellent and the golf courses were v enjoyable. We got v heavy rain on the day that we played Laranjal and gave up after 6 holes but on request they allowed us to play the following day. We appreciated this gesture v much. All on all a v satisfactory holiday for everyone.
Thanks for you help. We hope to go back around same time next year.
Thanks for your help in arranging the golf trip last week. Great time had by all, everything went smoothly……….hotel fine, the coach guys were very professional and 3 great courses played. Most importantly, I got them all back to their loved ones in one piece!!
Thanks again for your help, I will recommend your services to anyone I know planning one of these trips.
I visited Islantilla Golf Resort for the first time in 2013 and was so impressed that I returned with a group of 12 in 2014.
All arrangements from booking process and airport transfers to hotel accommodation and golf tee times went without a hitch. Very professionally handled. The quality of the hotel and golf course and the friendliness of the staff made for a very enjoyable holiday as echoed by all my travelling companions. I would recommend the location to all golfers.
Enniscorthy Golf Club Co Wexford
We used golfbreaks.ie in 2014 for our annual 5 day golf break and would recommend them without hesitation on the grounds of price , communication and problem solving. There was one slight glitch and we were so impressed with the speed and manner that it was resolved, we were kept in the loop at all times during resolution of the problem and that is what impressed me most. We hope to use them again next year!!
Back home safely but a bit tired still. We had a really enjoyable trip. Everything went smoothly, with no problems whatsoever. The courses were excellent. (Only gripe was the greens in Pinhal were very very slow) Victoria was quite challenging but we really enjoyed it. 5 star experience here. Thank you very much for organising us, and we certainly hope to repeat the trip or similar soon again.
Just to say thanks a mill for everything.
The week went really well, hotel & golf and transfers all worked out great.
No problems thankfully.
Would be interested in same again for next year – let me know when we need to get back to you!
The holiday was a fantastic success. The hotel was perfect as it was in a very central location. I have been to Lagos before so knew the area well. The most important point was the transfers and I can’t stress enough how impressed we were with the company who took care of us. They were always on time, always helpful, if we were having a few drinks after golf they never rushed us and all round they were exceptional. The weather was amazing which helped the golf. I personally loved all three courses and the new club house in Espiche was amazing. The general consensus was that Palmeras was the best course. Thanks again for everything.
We arrived after Mid night Saturday night to the resort. Immediately shown to our 2 lovely spacious apartments/Villas. Played Silves twice Monday. 15 mins drive from Gramacho. Again Lovely course and some fantastic holes. Had Dinner in Carvoeiro village that night. Played Vale de Pinta twice on Monday. Only a short spin. Again another lovely course with more great holes. Carvoeiro village again that night for dinner. Played Vila Sol twice on Tuesday. About a 40 minute drive. Another fantastic course and setting and a real test of your game. Stopped in Albufeira on way back for dinner and to get a taster for where to go for our final night out. Played Gramacho twice on Wednesday, Again another lovely course with lots of interesting Holes.
All the golf courses had beautiful carpet like fairways, Greens were lovely and the rough not over penalising. Its hard to pick your favourite course. Do you pick the course where you played your best or the course that was the biggest challenge. In all we enjoyed every single minute of every round we played. No problem getting a second tee time in the evening. Food was probably best at the Gramacho and Vila Sol courses. 43 euro per buggy was slightly steep but 30 euro per buggy for second round.
We had our final night out in Albufeira, great place for a night out. The Gramacho bar organised an 8 seater bus for us. He also brought us home at 5 in the morning I was told : )
I asked you back in December for a recommendation for a trip for 8 golf enthusiasts (age 31) you suggested this trip for us and to rent a car. You got it spot on. Everyone agreed it was great. We will be back probably with a few more golfers after they we told them how it was.