Travel 2021:  New Event Fiji Golf Week

Voyages.golf & its parent company Events Travel, in conjunction Fiji Tourism, have launched the inaugural Fiji Golf Week. Welcoming all golfers to Fiji's tropical shores in August 2021, Fiji Golf Week will see four rounds of golf played across a week, with daily prizes, accommodation, services and activities included. The amateur-participation event is all about celebrating fantastic golf, tropical weather and wonderful entertainment in the company of like-minded golfers.

The annual event will be held in Denarau on the main island of Viti Levu. Golfers of all abilities are welcome to Fiji Golf Week. Details are as follows:

  • Dates: 28 August – 4 September 2021
  • Hotels: Sheraton Resort & Sheraton Villas
  • 2 x 18 Holes at Natadola Bay Champion Golf Course
  • 2 x 18 Holes at Denarau Island Golf & Racquet Club
  • Shared golf carts, bottled water and use of practice facilities
  • There will be daily prizes, a huge overall winners prize and an incredible hole-in-one-prize to The 150th Open valued at over AU$20,000!
  • Non-golfer activities
  • Welcome Reception Sunday 29 August with drink vouchers and canapés
  • Buffet BBQ Wednesday 01 September
  • Farewell Dinner & Presentation Friday 03 September including sit-down dinner, free-flow beverages, prizes & entertainment
  • Welcome pack and travel kit upon arrival
  • All transfers, taxes and fees included

Fiji Golf Week is about celebrating wonderful island life in tropical Fiji, with a fun space to enjoy the country’s best golf courses. There are pre & post-event add-ons for those who want to explore more.

Packages are flight-inclusive with Fiji Airways and start at AUD 2,849 per person. Agents and group leaders are entitled to 5% commission. (subject to change)

 

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Ireland 2020: international stars lined up for northern ireland open at galgorm castle

This week’s Northern Ireland Open supported by The R&A marks the return of the European Challenge Tour and a truly international field is set to tee it up at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort.

 

There will be players from a host of different nations taking to the fairways of the Ballymena parkland from September 3-6, including South Africa’s Hennie Du Plessis and Jacques Kruyswijk.

Sweden’s Oscar Lengden, who lost in a play-off in last year’s Irish Challenge at Headfort Golf Club, will lead a Scandinavian group including fellow Swedes Jens Fahrbring and Henric Sturehed, while Gudmundur Kristjansson and Andri Bjornsson are two of an Icelandic quartet set to play in Northern Ireland.

 

Players from around the world will return to Challenge Tour action this week, with Australia’s Deyen Lawson and Dodge Kemmer, from the United States, set to compete in Northern Ireland.

Europeans Hurly Long and Nicolai von Dellingshausen, of Germany, Austria’s Lukas Nemecz and Stanislav Matus, of the Czech Republic, will make the trip to Ballymena, while a strong Spanish contingent including David Borda and Manuel Elvira will also feature.

 

Swiss pair Joel Girrbach and Raphaël de Sousa will join the field in Northern Ireland, as will a strong group from the rest of the United Kingdom. David Boote, of Wales, Scots Daniel Young and Craig Howie, plus Englishmen Daniel Gavins, Jordan Wrisdale and Richard Mansell, who is second in the Road to Mallorca standings, will also make the trip for the Challenge Tour’s return to action.

There will be a strong representation from home with 16 Irish players competing at Galgorm. The Irish contingent is headed up by Tournament Ambassador and five-time European Tour winner Michael Hoey, alongside local favourites such as Dermot McElroy, Ruaidhri McGee and JR Galbraith.

Brendan Lawlor will also tee it up in Galgorm after a historic week competing in the European Tour’s ISPS Handa UK Championship at The Belfry last week. Lawlor is one of the world’s leading disability golfers and continues to fly the flag for disability golf around the world.

Several notable Irish amateurs will also feature at Galgorm as Josh Hill and Tom McKibbin look to put local knowledge to their advantage as they compete once more alongside the professionals.

Terre Blanche Golf will be reopening its doors on 15th May

After several weeks homebound and further to French authorities' approval to play golf again, Terre Blanche Golf will be reopening on 15th May.

Terre Blanche, a European Tour Destination, prides itself in offering incredible spaces within an exceptional environment nestled in lush nature and attracts seasoned golfers from all over the world for its top-notch facilities and world-class service. Today, more than ever, guests' safety and that of the staff remains the highest priority. Thus, thanks to stringent health and safety guidelines, golfers can live their passion in total serenity.

 

From these dates onwards, the following facilities will be available strictly upon reservation : the two 18-hole golf courses « Le Château » and « Le Riou », the driving range and short game facilities, the Terre Blanche Golf Academy for individual lessons, the Biomecaswing Center as well as a the fitting & club repair. « Le Riou » course remains exclusive to Terre Blanche Golf Club’s members and their guests. To comply with measures taken by the health authorities, the Club House, clockrooms and bag storage will remain closed until further notice.

To reopen Terre Blanche Golf under the best possible conditions, the resort is taking the highest level of preventive measures and is following a new reinforced health protocol, available on Terre Blanche's website. These measures complement the health practices enforced by the French Golf Federation and approved by the French government. The resort is closely monitoring governement and local authorities policy changes and will continue to adapt its protocols and procedures as when necessary.

 

Located in the heart of Provence’s Côte d’Azur, just 30 minutes from Cannes and 45 minutes from Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport, Terre Blanche’s unrivalled location provides the gateway to the Riviera, enabling guests to experience the charm and character of Provence along with the chic ambience of the Côte d’Azur. As a European Tour Destination, Terre Blanche is one of the most outstanding estates in the South of France. The 750-acre luxury resort is a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and of European Tour Destinations, and as the only property of its kind in the region, provides refined hospitality rooted in authenticity and nature.

Tuscan 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr Royal Golf  La Bagnaia  welcomes new Head Teaching Professional

The 2020 golf season at the first Tuscan 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr is bringing some important news for Italian and international golf players and Royal Golf La Bagnaia is delighted to welcome the new Head Professional, Alessio Bruschi, to this 130-hectare golf course set in the heart of Tuscany.

After an illustrious amateur career, Alessio turned Professional in 2004. From 2004 to 2012 he was part of the Italian Professional National Team and, during these years played around 130 tournaments between Alps Tour, Challenge Tour and European Tour. In 2013, Alessio won the Italian National Championship, held at Royal Golf La Bagnaia.

In 2015 Alessio began to switch his attention and focus towards teaching golf with an appetite to learn from some of the game Masters and some of the greatest European coaches and has also completed the "Dr Kwon's Golf Biomechanics Instructor Training Program".

Alessio is a regular attendee of the PGA Merchandise show having attended the PGA show in Orlando the past 4 years. Alessio prides himself on continual coaching, learning and development that he achieves by participating in seminars and innovative courses relating to various golf aspects, such as the renowned Jim McLean Golf School Academy.

 

Certified for the most sophisticated and precise swing-analysis systems such as TrackMan 4, BodiTrak pressure plate, MySwing 3D analysis and Capto software for putting analysis, Alessio brings these modern technologies to his daily lessons.

Undoubtedly passionate about his role as a teacher and as a player, Bruschi enjoys helping his students improve their game almost as much as he enjoys playing golf himself. Whether he is introducing a beginner to the thrill of a purely-struck shot, watching active players progress and improve their games or helping a competitive player prepare for their next competition, Alessio is very skilled in laying out the steps and fundamentals that are required to take the student’s game to the next level.

 

A lesson guided by Alessio becomes truly unique at the Royal Golf La Bagnaia, the course that is perfectly harmonized with the gentle hills of Siena. The Tuscan landscape is a typical example of Inland Links, which refer to the Scottish Highlands with the “Rough” swaying in the wind. The course is enriched by beautiful lakes and a majestic Club House, from where you can enjoy a unique view on all 18 holes.

Alessio is available for lessons at Royal Golf La Bagnaia from Thursday to Sunday and is welcoming players of all levels, beginners to competitive players, making this also a perfect opportunity for the Resort guests curious about the world of golf.

Nestled in the enchanting Tuscan countryside and surrounded by incredible views over rolling hills and cypress trees La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton connects its guests to the very heart of Tuscany. An authentic medieval village, the Resort is a tranquil hideaway full of history, preserved across a 1,100-hectare estate. Featuring a spa with thermal waters, an 18-hole golf course, restaurants, bars, lush gardens and authentic experiences, the Tuscan accommodations provide the perfect getaway while the location is ideal for exploring Tuscany, with UNESCO World Heritage City of Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and San Galgano Abbey a short ride away. The Resort is the first Italian Curio Collection by Hilton property, welcoming its guests in a world of captivating stories

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi:   Tee of on Tuscany’s finest sustainable golf course

As Tuscany’s finest and largest championship golf course, widely recognised as a year-round mecca for golfers of all abilities, the new clubhouse design will uphold the resort’s commitment to sustainability and immersive experiences, elevating the golf offering to a new level of luxury for local members, guests, and residents who have purchased apartments, villas, and farmhouses on the estate.

Since its opening in 2007 by TUI Group, one of the world’s leading tourism companies, Toscana Resort Castelfalfi has become a beacon of luxury hospitality in the rolling hills of Tuscany, committed to promoting sustainability through its support of local community endeavours, recycling water on the estate, reconstructing historic local architecture with low environmental impact, and producing organic wine and olive oil. As the resort’s next restoration project, the new clubhouse will be housed in one of Castelfalfi’s ancient farmhouses, employing green building principles with recycled wood and reclaimed stone and incorporating authentic Tuscan design features such as wooden beams and terracotta ceilings. Once completed, the clubhouse will include luxury changing rooms, state-of-the-art-meeting and event spaces, and a fine-dining restaurant offering regional favourites prepared with local, organic ingredients and wine from the estate’s vineyards. Following the opening, which is scheduled for June 2020, a special calendar of events will be introduced, including talks from experts, golf workshops, culinary events, and wine pairings to complement the wider resort offering, and to appeal to golfers seeking diverse local experiences to enjoy around their golf holiday.

 

Golf Club Castelfalfi is comprised of a scenic 27-hole layout split into two modern courses by renowned golf architects Preissmann and Moroder. The courses span 9,000 metres of green hillside and have been created sustainably to follow the natural morphology of the landscape. Additionally, the club carefully manages the development of renewable energy by recycling its water resources and carries the internationally recognised golf eco-label GEO Certified™. The 18-hole Mountain Course is a more challenging option for experienced golfers while the 9-hole Lake Course is suitable for improvers and complete beginners who can take advantage of daily personalised lessons. Both courses offer an unparalleled golfing experience in a beautiful setting further enhanced by Tuscany’s mild year-round climate and accessibility to UK travellers.

 

A three-night golf package at Toscana Resort Castelfalfi starts from £820 (approx. 890€) per person. This includes three-nights’ accommodation at the luxury Il Castelfalfi 5* hotel with breakfast, 3 complimentary green fees for the 18-hole Mountain Course, and unlimited spa access. /subject to change

Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2020

OMEGA DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC 

Since its inauguration in 1989, The Dubai Desert Classic has become one of the flagship events on the European Tour.

So, get ready to experience golf as you’ve never done before with our Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2020 – this package. Guests can enjoy the comfort of the Clubhouse Terrace which offers unrivaled views of world-class golf. After the game, you can also choose to visit scenic places in the city, Make this your winter vacation Dubai

The package starting at US$ 1360 per person based on double occupancy comes with transfers and hotel accommodations, making it enjoyable and hassle-free

Includes

  • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel
  • 3 Nights' accommodation in 4-star Hotel situated amid Dubai’s ever-climbing skyscrapers in downtown Dubai- Carlton Downtown Hotel
    • Check-in: 24th Jan 2019
    • Check out: 27th Jan 2019
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Two Way transfer to the Tournament Venue from Hotel
  • 2 Days Terrace Hospitality Ticket - Watch the World's Best Golfers from the exclusive elevated deck overlooking the iconic 18th green on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club
  • Guests will also have access to the clubhouse overlooking the vast putting green and first tee.
  • Unlimited premium food at Terrace Hospitality
    11:00 Terrace Hospitality opens
    12:00 Buffet lunch is served
    16:00 Afternoon tea
    18:00 Terrace Hospitality closes

Optional

  • Extra Night
  • Golf Rounds
  • Tours and activities

For more information please ask  via E-Mail Terrace Hospitality package. All subicet to change.

Our  Journey Around The World

Donnafugata, Sicilly Italy
Donnafugata, Sicilly Italy

Portugal: Delight as Troia is Voted Portugal's Best

Portugal’s Troia Resort has been voted the country’s best course by National Club Golfer (NCG) in its ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe 2019’ rankings.

The resort has further established itself among Europe’s elite venues by appearing in yet another top 10 ranking – this time rated number seven by NCG.

The news caps off an impressive year for the stunning Trent Jones Senior links – which also made a sensational nine-place climb up to number eight in Golf World’s prestigious top 100 rankings.

Rated five places above its nearest Portuguese rival, the ranking reaffirms that golfers and industry experts are finally taking notice of the resort after, perhaps, being underappreciated due to the exceptional standard of golf courses across the country.

Assessed over nine different categories – design, condition, consistency, setting, playability, challenge, variety, routing and charm – Troia scored an impressive 79 points out of a possible 100, with the magazine’s judging panel scoring the course highly in all criteria.

The par-72 layout stretches 6,317m along the beach, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Arrábida mountain range throughout the 18 holes.

 

But it’s not just the picturesque scenery that makes it one of Europe’s best. The challenging and diverse holes test even the top pros, as players are required to play a multitude of shots through a combination of pine trees and indigenous coastal plants, on a course with small, narrow greens and bold bunkering.

When announcing its top 100 rankings, the National Club Golfer judging panel remarked: “Troia offers the feel and look of a classic links and the routing is superb – never losing sight of the sea. And, while it is very difficult, our panel loved the Trent Jones classic. Portugal’s number one.”

Alexandre Barroso, Troia’s golf director, said: “Troia really is a golfing experience like no other and we’re delighted that it’s finally being recognised and rewarded for its special and unique characteristics.

“To appear in our second European top 10 and, of course, be voted the best course in Portugal is a dream come true for everyone involved with the resort, as we all know this is where it deserves to be.

“We invite any golfer from across the world to come and experience it for themselves and discover everything the course and resort has to offer – you won’t be disappointed!”

Located just an hour south of Lisbon on a beautiful sand-skirted peninsula, Troia’s excellent location is just a 15-minute unique ferry ride from Setúbal city centre, which is filled with a wide range of highly regarded and affordable restaurants, and just a short distance from Comporta – one of the trendiest, and most sought-after, destinations for Europe’s travelling cognoscenti.

England, London: New Head PGA Golf Professional at The Grove

The Grove, London's ultimate five-star retreat, has today announced the appointment of Tom Minshull as its new Head PGA Golf Professional.

Tom, from Preston, Lancashire, moves to The Grove - one of the UK's Top 100 Golf Resorts - from this year's Open venue, Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. Prior to this, Tom was an assistant professional at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.

The 30-year-old graduated as a PGA Professional in 2013, and has since gone on to further his education by enrolling in the PGA's Advanced Certificate in Golf Studies and PGA Director of Golf Certification.

Tom will oversee a team of five PGA Professionals at The Grove, taking day-to-day responsibility for managing the recently enhanced Golf Shop and leading the venue’s busy tuition programmes, including the unique Tour Truck Experience, launched in 2018.

Anna Darnell, Director of Golf and Leisure at The Grove, commented: "Tom's energy, enthusiasm and commercially astute attitude will be hugely valuable to our golf management team. His retail experience, custom-fit knowledge and ability to develop engaging player development programmes will help us as we continue to expand our golf business over the coming years."

Tom said: "The Grove is one of the finest leisure experiences in the UK and to be part of its golf management team was an opportunity I could not resist. I am looking forward to working within a group of very talented PGA professionals, who together, have an unbelievable platform to deliver a world class golfing experience."

Aligned to its headline billing as one of the UK's premier venues, The Grove boasts a Kyle Phillips-designed golf course that consistently features in many influential Top 100 rankings. It remains the only UK venue to have hosted a World Golf Championship event, won by Tiger Woods in 2006. It also staged the European Tour's 2016 British Masters, in association with Sky Sports.

Situated in 300 acres of historic Hertfordshire countryside, The Grove offers luxury accommodation in 26 historic Mansion rooms and suites, as well as 189 rooms within the contemporary West Wing, together with an award-winning spa, Sequoia, where guests can indulge in a variety of treatments.

Sustainability Award 2020: Jumeirah Golf Estate is the winner

Jumeirah Golf Estates – the annual host of the European Tour’s ‘Race to Dubai’ finale, the DP World Tour Championship – has been recognised for its dedication to sustainable practices and efforts to drive community engagement in the annual IAGTO Sustainability Awards.

Forming part of the prestigious IAGTO Awards that celebrate the best in the global golf tourism industry, the Sustainability Awards are staged by global golf tourism industry organisation IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) in conjunction with golf sustainability body GEO Foundation and recognise environmental and social excellence in golf.

 

The honour comes hot on the heels of Jumeirah Golf Estates gaining GEO Certified® status.

GEO Certified® is golf's internationally accredited ecolabel which is awarded based on the club demonstrating a commitment to continual improvement in six main areas of sustainability; water, nature, energy, supply chain, pollution control and community.

Efforts undertaken by Jumeirah Golf Estates to positively and actively engage with the wider community include:

  • Enhancing the community trails of the grounds to promote a healthier lifestyle of various stakeholders to encourage walking, jogging and cycling.
  • Introducing electric car ports within the club’s car park.
  • Hosting complimentary fitness activities around the ‘Dubai Fitness Challenge’ including mass participation Yoga events and colleague sports days. 
  • Launched a plastic-free agenda with the aim to remove plastic straws and bottles from the service chain in order to encourage the members, guests and the wider community to seek more ecologically-conscious options.

In becoming GEO Certified®, Jumeirah Golf Estates joins some of the most famous golf courses in the world that have previously hosted Ryder Cups, Open Championships and European Tour events, including St Andrews, Turnberry, Gleneagles and Le Golf National, host venue of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Based in Dubai, Jumeirah Golf Estates (now in its 11th year of operation) has established itself as an iconic golfing venue in the United Arab Emirates.

The two Greg Norman-designed courses, Earth and Fire, were opened in 2009 and today boasts world-class golfing and premium practice facilities at the Peter Cowen Academy Dubai. The club is also home to a host of casual and fine-dining restaurants, swimming, fitness and tennis facilities making it a renowned all-encompassing leisure hub.

Christopher May, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Golf said: "We are delighted that Jumeirah Golf Estates is the latest golf club in the Dubai Golf portfolio to become GEO Certified®.  The drive to become GEO Certified® has been a key milestone in Dubai Golf’s long term environmental strategy focused on protecting our natural resources. It is an incredible achievement for Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and Jumeirah Golf Estates to hold this accolade, and I am personally very proud of the tireless efforts of the agronomy teams across Dubai Golf for their continual efforts.”

Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of GEO Foundation, said: “Jumeirah Golf Estates, UAE, takes first place in the community category for 2020. The facility engages with non-golfing locals in a variety of ways from the UAE National Sports Day and environmental awareness training for employees through to creating walking trails for residents and an annual mass participation yoga event on the 18th fairway. Jumeirah Golf Estates also provides its members and guests with stainless steel reusable water bottles free of charge to help cut plastic that could end up in landfill or the ocean.”

Additional highlights from the OnCourse report of Jumeirah Golf Estates have included the following:

  • 20% reduction in irrigation consumption over the past 3 years through auditing and best practices.
  • State of the art TORO irrigation system, able to control each individual sprinkler to maximise efficiency.
  • Use of treated effluent water from the adjacent communities as irrigation which uses the golf course turf as a method of recycling and cleaning the water as it flows through the water cycle into ground water aquifers.
  • Recycled water used for cleaning of workshop facilities and golf course maintenance equipment.
  • Commitment to environmental sustainability by enhancing the conservation and protection of desert habitats, with their wildlife and vegetation.
  • Creation of habitats for migratory and native bird species who seek food, shelter and sanctuary.
  • Community engagement programmes through various sporting initiatives; mass participation walks, yoga, sports days, cycling races.
  • Use of locally sourced materials from native sand used in bunkers and locally recycled plastic used for the production of water towers.
  • Committed to land stewardship though the use of organic and organic derived fertilisers for improved soil health and reduce reliance on carbon rich synthetic Nitrogen sources.
  • Commitment to protecting native species through the use of native grass in unmaintained rough areas the planting of the native Ghaf Tree (the national tree of the UAE).
  • Reduction of carbon footprint by the using carbon free/zero emission vehicles for golfers and maintenance.
  • Dubai Golf encourages colleague development through our ‘Service Culture’ education and training programme. Environmental sustainability is one of the primary pillars, and through regular training and colleague engagement, we aim to limit single-use plastics across the organisation.
  • Electric car charging points provided across the three Dubai Golf properties.

Portugal: Golf / Madeira during the winter months 2019/2020

Madeira is the perfect place to head to avoid the winter blues - and it has some amazing long-stay packages for golfers who feel frost should be limited to the outside of a beer glass.

Two Funchal hotels, the Dorisol Mimosa Hotel, and Dorisol Florasol Hotel, are offering 28-night stays - with unlimited golf at both Palheiro Golf and Santo da Serra - from just €61pppn.

The four-week breaks, available from October 1, 2019, until April 30, 2020, are available on a room-only basis, with both hotels - located centrally in Madeira's capital - providing a complimentary shuttle service to both golf courses.

The Dorisol Mimosa Hotel enjoys privileged views over Funchal Bay, and is within walking distance of both the seaside promenade and the city centre. It has an indoor pool with health club, sauna and Jacuzzi; a gym; spa; tennis court; games room; and a terrace bar and Europa restaurant - shared with two other hotels in the Dorisol complex.

Golfers will stay in the recently renovated studio apartments, containing a fully equipped kitchenette; cable TV; free wifi; bathroom with bath or shower; and a private balcony. The cost is €1,699 per person, based on two sharing.

The Dorisol Florasol Hotel is located just a 20-minute walk from Funchal city centre, close to the promenade, with great views over the ocean. Nearby are restaurants, bars, supermarkets and all the facilities one requires for a perfect self-catering break.

Accommodation is provided in recently renovated one-bedroom apartments, with a fully equipped kitchenette; cable TV; bathroom with shower and bath; and a private balcony. The four-week break costs €2,035 per person, based on two sharing, with a daily €6.50 breakfast supplement.

The par-72, 6,656-yard (6,086m) course at Palheiro Golf - designed by Cabell Robinson - is situated within the magnificent Palheiro Estate, which is more than 200 years old. At nearly 1,640ft above sea level, the location enjoys dramatic views of Madeira's mountainous skyline and the ocean, as well as - nestling below, just 10 minutes away - the island's capital, Funchal.

The original course at Santo da Serra, dating from 1937, was redesigned in 1991 by Robert Trent Jones Snr, who created a new and spectacular 27-hole complex. The third and fourth holes of the Machico course are regarded as the signature holes, sitting atop cliffs more than 2,200ft above sea level, providing views of the bay of Machico, where Portuguese navigators first landed in 1419.

Madeira, also known as ‘the islands of eternal spring', has a population of only 260,000. On the same latitude as Morocco, the Atlantic archipelago has a sub-tropical climate, a rich volcanic soil and a unique eco-system. It is one of the only places in the planet where banana trees grow next to vineyards.

In 1999 the archipelago was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and five areas have been declared nature reserves. The Madeira Nature Reserve covers a substantial two-thirds of the main island, where development is prohibited.

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Nordlichter in Finnland

Rot, grün oder lila – die Nordlichter erstrahlen jedes Jahr in den schönsten Farben am arktischen Horizont und faszinieren damit unzählige Menschen. Viele Mythen ranken sich um das Himmelsschauspiel, das auch Aurora Borealis genannt wird. Früher dachten die Wikinger zum Beispiel, dass die Lichter eine Erscheinungsform ihrer Götter seien und verehrten das Nordlicht deshalb regelrecht. Heute sorgen sie vor allem für große Augen bei denjenigen, die das einzigartige Naturschauspiel erleben dürfen.

Nicht umsonst stehen die sagenumwobenen Nordlichter daher bei vielen Menschen auf der Bucketlist und sind einer der Gründe für eine Reise nach Finnisch-Lappland. Wer die Polarlichter dort sehen möchte, hat mit fintouring zahlreiche Möglichkeiten. Der Experte für Finnlandreisen hat seine Top 5 für Sie zusammengefasst.

Geführte Foto-Reisen

Für Profi- und ambitionierte Hobbyfotografen gehört das Fotografieren der Nordlichter zu den Königsdisziplinen ihres Handwerks. Denn es erfordert einiges an Wissen und Geschick, um das Himmelsspektakel perfekt einzufangen. Bei einer geführten Tour haben Sie einen Profi an Ihrer Seite, der mit Ihnen auf Polarlicht-Jagd geht und Ihnen mit Sicherheit auch den ein oder anderen guten Tipp für das perfekte Foto verrät.

Schlittentouren mit Huskys, Rentieren oder einem Schneemobil

In vielen Gegenden Lapplands haben Sie die Möglichkeit, abendliche Touren mit dem Husky- oder Rentierschlitten zu buchen. Während der Fahrt durch die Dunkelheit können Sie dann den Himmel beobachten und vielleicht Polarlichter am Himmel entdecken. Ein Tipp: Wer es gemütlich mag, sollte sich für eine Fahrt mit dem Rentierschlitten entscheiden. Bei einer Huskyschlittentour sollten Sie Ihre Aufmerksamkeit während der Fahrt eher auf die Hunde richten, denn diese legen ein ordentliches Tempo vor.

Bevorzugen Sie die motorisierte Variante, dann empfiehlt es sich, mit dem Motorschlitten auf die nächtliche Jagd nach den Nordlichtern zu gehen. Hier haben Sie die Möglichkeit, entweder selbst zu fahren oder sich bequem in einem großen Schlitten, gezogen von einem Motorschlitten, durch die kalte Nacht kutschieren zu lassen.

Schneeschuhwanderungen in der Gruppe

Bei einer geführten Schneeschuhwanderung begeben Sie sich gemeinsam in der Gruppe auf einsame Pfade. Ihr Guide versucht dabei natürlich, die besten Plätze für die Nordlichtsichtung aufzusuchen. An einem Lagerfeuer, mit einem heißen Getränk und einem kleinen Snack erleben Sie dann die Stille des Waldes und haben gute Chancen das einzigartige Naturschauspiel am Himmel zu beobachten.

Abendessen in einer Wildnis-Grillhütte

Die typisch lappländischen Grillhütten, die in Finnland Kota genannt werden, liegen meist einsam in der Wildnis und sind nur zu Fuß, per Schneeschuh oder per Schneemobil erreichbar. Fernab von künstlichem Licht sind so beste Voraussetzungen für eine gute Sicht auf den Nachthimmel gegeben. Während Sie sich dann außerhalb der Hütte auf die Suche nach den Polarlichtern machen, erwartet Sie drinnen ein tolles Menü mit leckeren finnischen Speisen am Lagerfeuer.

Ein geselliger Abend mit Blick auf den Himmel

Möchten Sie es ganz ruhig angehen, können Sie sich mit ihren Lieben auch einfach im Gemeinschaftsraum Ihres Hotels oder Ihrer Hütte verabreden und dabei immer den Himmel im Blick behalten. Mit etwas Glück zeigen sich dann die Nordlichter am Himmel und Sie können schnell nach draußen ins Freie, um das Naturschauspiel genau zu beobachten.

Einzigartiges Erlebnis

Für viele Menschen sind die Nordlichter ein einzigartiges Erlebnis, welches sie einmal im Leben gesehen haben möchten. Bei einer Reise nach Finnisch-Lappland bieten sich glücklicherweise zahlreiche Möglichkeiten, um das Himmelsspektakel mitzuerleben. So ist für jeden garantiert etwas Passendes dabei. Nutzen Sie den Polarlichtexpress und machen Sie sich mit fintouring in Windeseile auf den Weg nach Finnisch-Lappland: www.polarlichtexpress.de.

Italian Golf offered sunny outlook at Rocco Forte Sicilian Open

The cream of Italian golf is hoping that a return to Sicily will help inspire them to success in front of their home fans when they take part in the 2018 Rocco Forte Sicilian Open at Verdura Resort this month.

Defending champion Alvaro Quirós, European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn and 2012 Sicilian Open champion Thorbjørn Olesen are among the names already confirmed for the event – which will take place from May 10-13 – but they will face a strong Italian challenge headed by Matteo Manassero, Nino Bertasio and Edoardo Molinari.

Manassero has won four European Tour titles to date and became the youngest winner in European Tour history after lifting the 2010 Castello Masters aged just 17 years and 188 days.

Bertasio is currently ranked inside the top 65 of this season’s Race to Dubai after becoming an established member of the European Tour in the last three years while Molinari remains a hugely popular figure in Italian golf after a memorable career – which included representing Europe alongside his brother Francesco at The 2010 Ryder Cup.

“I think that it’s a great event to play in for everybody. Verdura is such a great place and we all love it there. It’s also a great course and if the wind blows it will be really tough. As many times as we play in Italy I’m always happy and Sicily will be great,” said Manassero.

Quirós described Verdura Resort as “paradise” on his way to a sudden death play-off victory in the inaugural Rocco Forte Sicilian Open last year, and Bertasio and Molinari can’t wait for the opportunity to return to the exclusive venue.
Bertasio said: “We’ll be staying in resort on-site which is beautiful, and I think it is a fun golf course as well.

Obviously, it needs a bit of wind otherwise it’s going to be another five-under-par cut like last year, but it’s a great place.”

Molinari added: “Sicily is always a fun week. The resort is fantastic and the weather is always great. It is a great week to go out with the family play the tournament and relax a little bit.”

The 2018 Rocco Forte Sicilian Open will again be staged on one of the most spectacular and picturesque courses on the  European Tour calendar, with a composite course combining the finest holes from the venue’s two 18-hole championship courses, the East Course and West Course.

Measuring 7,217 yards, the par-71 lay-out will comprise of nine holes each from the two Kyle Phillips-designed courses and will include one of the most dramatic finishes in world tournament golf, with the final six holes running adjacent to the coast and set against the magnificent backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea.

Nestling on the coast in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, Verdura Resort – a Rocco Forte hotel and European Tour destination – is ideal for a golf break and features two outstanding 18-hole championship courses – the East Course and West Course – as well as a par-three nine-hole course, all designed by Kyle Phillips.

Complementing Verdura Resort’s outstanding golf courses are extensive golf practice facilities including a double-ended driving range and outstanding academy. In addition, guests can enjoy numerous other sports and leisure amenities including six tennis courts, an array of different watersports, a 170sqm fully-equipped gym and an award-winning 4,000sqm spa complex with thalassotherapy pools.

Situated on Sicily’s southern coast between Agrigento and the fishing city of Sciacca, an 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports, the resort features 203 rooms, suites and villas all with a sea view, as well as three new villas which offer a perfect solution for family holidays, each with its own private swimming pool.

Serving up a mixture of sunny skies, a temperate climate and breathtaking scenery, combined with a plethora of historical, cultural and gastronomic delights, Sicily has all the ingredients for a relaxing break, and Verdura Resort is the ideal base to discover this authentic part of the Mediterranean’s largest island.

There’s something truly magical about the volcanic island of Mauritius. At first glance, this magic is created by the unbelievable surrounds; vivid green blankets of sugar cane and tropical forests, ancient undulating volcanic terrain, idyllic golden beaches lapped by pristine azure waters and a host of endemic bird and animal life—it’s the epitome of a tropical paradise. But it has so much more than its natural beauty; the vibrant and friendly local people, the eclectic culture, sensational food, exciting festivals and the island’s fascinating history all make Mauritius an unforgettable holiday destination for those looking for immersive and authentic experiences that create memories that will last a lifetime.

If novel experiences are important to you when you travel, then there is a truly remarkable offering on Ile aux Cerfs that may be right up your alley; a stay at their exclusive eco-friendly Bubble Lodge on the esteemed island itself. Is your interest piqued? Then this is what you need to know:

It’s the only accommodation on Ile aux Cerfs

Ile aux Cerfs - which lies just off east of Mauritius - is a sensational haven for day trip revellers and golfing fans from around the globe. And one of the best things about this island is that it doesn’t have expansive areas covered in accommodation marring the islands natural beauty. In fact, the newly introduced Bubble Lodges are the first and only accommodation on the island itself which means that staying in one of them is a truly unique and exclusive experience. What’s more, there are only three Bubble Lodges in total, meaning that you will practically have the iconic island of Ile aux Cerfs to yourself in the evenings (apart from the other guests and Ile aux Cerfs’ security that is). If you are wondering if this would be a luxury castaway experience unlike any other, the answer is a definitive yes.

It feels as if you are staying in a normal hotel room - but even better

If you are worried that staying in a Bubble Lodge will be like camping or even “glamping”, the good news is; it’s nothing of the sort. In fact, staying in a Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs has all the bells and whistles of a luxury hotel room but you get to enjoy an extra element of privacy and the rare opportunity to be in the heart of Ile aux Cerfs’ gorgeous natural surrounds. The elegant Bubble Lodges are extremely comfortable and surprisingly spacious, with a lounge area and a small bathroom (there’s an outdoor shower with warm water) and the main areas have air-conditioning. Each unit has been tastefully decorated to blend in with the unique surrounds.

Each Bubble Lodge has its own personal butler

To ensure that your experience is all the more extraordinary at Ile aux Cerfs’ Bubble Lodges, each one has their own personal butler. The Bubble Lodge butlers go above and beyond to ensure that your stay is everything you could have dreamed of (and more!). If you need anything—such as a golf cart to go to the clubhouse or would like to request a special dinner—your butler will be on hand to help you.

Breakfast & dinner is included in the rate

When you book a once-in-a-lifetime stay in one of the magical Bubble Lodges, the room rate includes half board, with breakfast and dinner typically being served in the golf course clubhouse. However, if you are celebrating a special occasion, then you can arrange that your dinner is served somewhere truly remarkable for a night to remember (such as on the beach or in the garden of the big Banyan tree - if this is the Bubble Lodge you are staying in). Your butler will ensure that an amazing dinner is served with an equally memorable setup. Ile aux Cerfs has five restaurants to choose from giving you more than enough choice for outstanding lunches spent on this iconic island.

Looking to play some golf? Stay in a Bubble Lodge and the golf is complimentary

If you and/or your partner are interested in an exceptional game of golf on the fabled Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, then all the more reason to book a stay in one of the exclusive luxury Bubble Lodges. As a Bubble Lodge guest, you will enjoy numerous benefits such as the use of the private beach, Filibusters, and complimentary games of golf on the remarkable championship golf course designed by Bernhard Langer. For an avid golfer, there’s nothing more special than being able to embrace this iconic golfing island to the fullest and feel even if only for a second - as if it was your very own. To book, send an email to infogolf@iacgolf.mu.

The  Bubble Lodge has been created with the environment in mind

The Bubble Lodges on Ile aux Cerfs have been created to have minimal impact on the environment which makes them fantastic eco-friendly options. In order to build each Bubble Lodge, the use of minimal materials and energy is required, which contrasts starkly with the incredible amount of concrete, wood and other materials used to build any conventional hotel room (a normal room uses approximately 10 000 times more materials that needed to create a Bubble Lodge). Because each Bubble Lodge uses so few materials, very little energy is needed to create them as well as transport them (the units come from France), resulting in minimal CO2 emissions in the creation of the lodge. What’s more, each unit only uses 90watts a day, with additional energy usage from the air-conditioning which is only used when necessary.

But those are not the only ways the Bubble Lodges at Ile aux Cerfs are eco-friendly. Because of their incredible design, no flora and fauna were disturbed or destroyed in their creation (the idea is that each Bubble Lodge becomes a part of the natural surrounds) and because of their lightweight design, there was no need for invasive concrete foundations. This also makes the Bubble Lodges a wonderful option for the naturally beautiful island because one day, if they are discontinued, they can be easily dismantled and taken away (this can actually be done by one person), leaving no mark of their existence behind. And the best bit? All the materials from the Bubble Lodge are completely recyclable and they can be repurposed to make a new lodge using the same materials elsewhere.

It’s perfect for nature lovers

On top of being eco-friendly, each Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs is strategically situated in its own secluded part of the island - away from any of the day guests and wonderfully removed from any other guests staying on the island. One  is situated in the middle of an old Banyan tree and the other two are located on the exclusive Filibusters beach. Whether you enjoy falling asleep to the sound of the ocean or while watching for shooting stars, merely crave the gentle sounds of nature at night or would love the peaceful experience of staying in a Bubble Lodge while watching and listing to the rain, one thing is for sure, a stay in a Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs will allow you to connect fully with the stunning surrounds of this tropical oasis.

If you would like to experience a stay at the Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs, or simply would like more information, than you can get in touch with the golf club directly. One thing is for sure, a stay in a Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs promises to be a magnificent experience that will stay with you for the rest of time.

Bubble Lodge now on Ile aux Cerfs

Travel                                                           ITB Berlin 2018

Travel                                                           ITB Berlin 2018

Grand Finale at ITB Berlin 2018

Nordic music and exotic dance performances await visitors to the Grand Finale of the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show® – admission is free for holders of a visitor’s ticket on the Sunday of ITB

A spectacular conclusion to the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show®: the ITB Grand Finale on Sunday, 11 March 2018 will be the official final event of ITB Berlin, featuring dance performances from Zambia, Malaysia and the Dominican Republic. From 3.30 to 5 p.m., together with a host of different cultures, exhibitors, guests and visitors will be celebrating a spectacular ending to the 52nd ITB Berlin. Mary Amiri, the award-winning event and television presenter, will moderate the colourful programme of events which is traditionally organised by exhibitors. Admission is free for holders of a visitor’s ticket on the Sunday of the show.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, this year’s partner country of ITB Berlin, will bring events to a close in a maritime atmosphere with the all-male shanty choir ‘Plauer See’. Visitors are expressly invited to sing and join in. The tiny nation of Estonia will be represented with Nordic music. The eight-member female group ‘Naized’, founded in 2006, will sing a selection of traditional Estonian folk songs.

As well as to Nordic regions, the Grand Finale will also be taking visitors on a trip to exotic countries, for example Zambia, this year’s Culture & Convention Partner of ITB Berlin. The flowing movements of its traditional dance performances reflect the many different cultures of this African nation. The Kecak, a traditional dance from Indonesia, will have visitors longing for faraway destinations. It is one of Bali’s most famous artistic creations, and with its delicate hand movements the dance is also an expression of Hindu mythology.

Towards the end of the Grand Finale 2018 visitors can look forward to the ceremonial ‘passing of the baton’ from one partner country, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, to another, Malaysia, the partner country of ITB Berlin 2019. This country in southeastern Asia will be whetting visitors’ appetites with traditional music and dance performances for next year’s visit to the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show®.

The Delphic Games: a global stage for art and cultures

Ever since 2010 ITB Berlin has been organising the ITB Grand Finale in cooperation with the International Delphic Council (IDC), a global cultural organisation. The Delphic Games, which it organises, are literally the sister event of the Olympics. Just as fire stands for the Olympic Games, so their defining symbol is water. In ancient Greece the Delphic Games took place regularly for almost 1,000 years, always in the year preceding the Olympic Games. Nowadays, different venues host the Delphic Games and Delphic Youth Games every four years.

Travel

The Peninsula Club is Lake Norman’s premier private member owned Country Club. The Peninsula Club is situated just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, in the upscale Peninsula Community.
The Peninsula Club is Lake Norman’s premier private member owned Country Club. The Peninsula Club is situated just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, in the upscale Peninsula Community.
Golfplatz in Kronberg direkt am Schlosshotel verfügt über den ältesten Baumbestand traumhaft angelegt rund um den Schlosspark.
Golfplatz in Kronberg direkt am Schlosshotel verfügt über den ältesten Baumbestand traumhaft angelegt rund um den Schlosspark.

 

 

 

Lifestyle

Official Tickets & Hospitality Programmes for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush

Over the past 12 months The R&A has been undertaking an in-depth review of all ticketing and hospitality operations and processes, including our relationships with third-party agents, tour operators and travel agents.

Our objectives of this review have been to:

  1. To identify improvements for how we work with third parties for the continued success of The Open
  2. To identify opportunities to provide an increased level of support for third parties who enter into an agreement with The Open
  3. To provide clarity and reassurance to fans who wish to purchase official tickets and hospitality packages from approved third parties

The R&A is introducing two new programmes for the sale of official tickets and hospitality packages for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush in 2019 which reflect these objectives.

Programmes:

  1. ‘Authorised Ticketing Provider’ programme (592kb PDF)
  2. ‘Authorised Hospitality Provider’ programme (594kb PDF)

The introduction of the two new programmes means that any third party wishing to resell official  hospitality packages to The Open or include official tickets or hospitality packages in their own products for sale must join one of the above two programmes.

Each of the two new programmes will have two levels, Gold and Silver, for third parties to join and they offer a range of benefits and requirements. Please also find the link to the AUTHORISED PROVIDER PROGRAMME APPLICATION FORM (46kb DOCX).

Please note that any third party who does not wish to join either of the two programmes will not be permitted to purchase tickets or hospitality packages for onward sale.

Please note this does not mean your clients can not attend as part of their trip. They can still purchase the tickets or hospitality packages directly from The R&A.

The above changes will come into effect immediately for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush and applications for the new R&A Authorised Provider Programmes are currently being accepted.

Pinehurst Women's Golf Day Weekend (June 3-6, 2018), NC

North Carolina, with its lush golf courses and illustrious golf history, is an ideal location for Pinehurst Women's Golf Day Weekend (June 3-6, 2018) to commemorate Women's Golf Day (June 5, 2018)

Premier Golf and its Women's Golf and Travel Concierge (WGTC) division is offering the Pinehurst Women's Golf Day Weekend package to support the Women's Golf Day initiative. This package is guaranteed to be an exciting, multi-faceted event celebrating girls and women playing golf and learning skills that last a lifetime for both social and business use.
 
“I am thrilled to see how Women's Golf Day has expanded to a multi-day women's golf trip to Pinehurst,” said Elisa Gaudet, Founder of Women’s Golf Day. ”Barbara Gutstadt approached me with the idea and it is exactly this concept of working together and creating partnerships that is at the very heart of golf. Relationships and experiences last much longer than our low scores for the day on any course. To know this extended WGD experience is being held at Pinehurst is an honor and it’s like celebrating in a golf cathedral.”
 
North Carolina was recently selected as the IAGTO North American Golf Destination of the Year. A global trade organization of the golf tourism industry, the IAGTO is comprised of 600 tour operators from more than 60 countries.

 

"Between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Outer Banks, North Carolina has more than 400 resort and public golf courses with all kinds of bragging rights," said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina. "Pinehurst has been called the 'golfiest’ resort in America' with nine 18-hole courses."

Luxurious and amenity-laden Pinehurst Resort is a world-class resort setting for women to celebrate for three days their participation and contributions to golf.

"The combination of a fabulous, golf-loving destination, fantastic golf courses, elegant accommodations and variety of amenities makes this package a great way for women to celebrate Women's Golf Day and have lots of fun and camaraderie," said Barbara Gutstadt, a Women’s Golf Day Board Member, serial entrepreneur and Founder of Women’s Golf and Travel Concierge.

The Pinehurst Women's Golf Day Package includes three nights accommodations in the Carolina Hotel or Holly Inn, a breakfast buffet each morning, welcome and farewell dinner and drinks, two rounds of golf on Pinehurst Resort golf courses 1, 3, or 5, a 90-minute golf clinic at the  Pinehurst Golf Academy (June 4th), a Drive, Chip and Putt contest (June 5th) and all taxes and hotel service charges. Not included are airfare, meals not specified on the itinerary and items of a personal nature such as mini bar, shopping, internet, phone charges, etc.

For a stay at the Carolina Hotel, the package price is $1,371.00 per golfer, double occupancy and $1,881.00 single occupancy. For a stay at the Holly Inn, the package price is $1,242.00 per golfer, double occupancy and $1,755.00 single occupancy.

Das Trinity College in Dublin ist weltberühmt. Die Universität ist durch Oscar Wilde bekannt.
Das Trinity College in Dublin ist weltberühmt. Die Universität ist durch Oscar Wilde bekannt.

 

 

 

 

Gorsch fog in Dublin gesichtet. Ein beeindruckendes, geschichtsträchtliches Schiff
Gorsch fog in Dublin gesichtet. Ein beeindruckendes, geschichtsträchtliches Schiff

Medicus: Sportpark im Taunus

Experten raten zu dreimal Sport in der Woche. Das Herz Kreislauf System wird es danken. Man fühlt sich fitter und aktiver.
Experten raten zu dreimal Sport in der Woche. Das Herz Kreislauf System wird es danken. Man fühlt sich fitter und aktiver.

 Sportpark Königstein / Frankfurt

 

Alternativen gibt es im Gym genug. Kreativität bei den Übungen vertreiben die Langeweile.
Alternativen gibt es im Gym genug. Kreativität bei den Übungen vertreiben die Langeweile.

Gut ausgebildete Trainer, meist Bachelor of Arts „Sport und Sportwissenschaft“ (B.A.) geben zu Beginn eine ausführliche Einweisung. Ein abwechslungsreiches Kursangebot ( zum Beispiel Kick boxen, Five Training, #Yoga, #Zumba, #StepAerobic oder #Rückenfit) bietet für jedes Alter und Bedürfnis täglich wechselnde Stunden an. Die Trainingsgeräte sind modern und mit Computerprogrammen vernetzt, so dass das Absolvieren des Trainingsplans einfach zu handeln ist. Dadurch kann die persönliche Statistik oder Entwicklung leicht nachvollzogen werden.

Das Studio ist sauber und gepflegt, die Kommunikation freundschaftlich und offen. Getränke sind frei, ebenso wie die Sauna. Mir persönlich gefällt der Mix aus Kursen, anschließendem Training und wenn genügend Zeit ist noch ein Saunagang. So ist man nicht nur fit und ausgeglichen, sondern man hat gleichzeitig viel für die Gesundheit getan. Das Verhältnis Männer zu Frauen ist ausgeglichen und ein Trainer ist immer ansprechbar. Selbige werden regelmäßig durch Fortbildungen oder Workshops weiter ausgebildet. Das kommt allen Sportlern zugute.
Wer gerne Tennis oder Badminton spielt, kann sich Stunden mit Freunden oder Trainern buchen.
Golfer bereiten sich intensiv auf die nächste Saison vor, Angelique Kerber ( Tennis Weltranglisten No1) hat hier schon trainiert. Frankfurter werden im Studio ebenso wie sportbegeisterte aus dem Taunus gesichtet. Mittags sind Tanzgruppen von Jugendlichen zu beobachten und Jaguar lässt Mitarbeiter trainieren. Nur in einem gesunden Körper, steckt auch ein gesunder Geist.

7 Tage die Woche ist ganztägig geöffnet, das ist klasse. Zusätzliche positive Punkte sind: Physiotherapie, Beauty und ein Italienisches Restaurant mit WiFi sind direkt vor Ort. Hier muss man einfach zufrieden und glücklich sein.

I always appreciate a `good morning`workout here! Reminds me that I'm awake!
It was an amazing and fun experience.

Jai beaucoup aimé ma visite dans ce studio de fitness. Merci!