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Sunday 18 August 2019

Golfers have opportunity to savour Seve masterpiece on perfect break

Iberostar Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club is one of Spain's outstanding complexes Photo: Richard Kohler
Iberostar Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club is one of Spain's outstanding complexes Photo: Richard Kohler Sportsdesk

The Sunday Independent have enlisted the services of Sean Skehan and Killester Travel to create the perfect golfing holiday for our readers.

Skehan has been arranging group golf holidays since 1975 and having played golf in 67 countries during that period, his qualifications are impeccable.

His recommendation for our readers is the beautiful resort of Royal Andalus, run by Iberostar near Cadiz in the south-west of Spain.

Fly from Dublin to Seville followed by a direct transfer to your superior four-star hotel boasting three outdoor pools, an indoor pool with superb spa and overlooking seven kilometres of the most magnificent beach.

Included in your package will be breakfast, lunch and dinner - snacks if you still feel peckish - and all drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Wine is of the best quality and premium brand drinks are included.

Of course we are there to play golf and what a magnificent venue it is for that. Shortly after winning his last Major in 1988, Seve Ballesteros was approached with a view to designing a golf course at the site, overlooking the Atlantic. He later described his creation when it opened in 1990 as a course "with its own personality which demands intelligence and skill from the golfer to play. The wind is one of its greatest risks and you need dexterity to play on it."

Then a 27-hole lay-out, Iberostar Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club was extended to 36 holes in 2000 and today it is one of the country's outstanding complexes, attracting both the holiday golfer as well as underage national squads from many European countries.

It was also in the running to be the venue for 1997 Ryder Cup, which eventually went to Valderrama. Novo Sancti Petri would have been a worthy choice.

What makes it an ideal location are the facilities. Besides the two par-72 courses which are relatively flat with a choice of four teeing points, it also includes a challenging par-three course, four putting greens, three chipping greens, bunker areas and three driving ranges that can accommodate more than 100 golfers.

Your itinerary includes three days golf and competitions and prizes will be organised enabling you to meet golfers from all over the country. All are welcome on the trip and whether you are two, four, a group or a single, you will be sure of meeting like-minded people.

There will also be an opportunity to improve your game or learn to play if you are a beginner. We are bringing two golf professionals - one man and one lady - to assist you with that.

The cost of the trip is €1,195 but remember you are staying in a super hotel and you cannot spend money while in residence. Extras to this price will be a checked-in piece of luggage if required and the carriage of your golf clubs or to have rental clubs delivered to the resort, both of which costs €60.

For non-golfers, the exceptionally well designed hotel is spacious and with just about every facility that the holiday-maker would require, including a television of gigantic proportions used for major sporting occasions.

If you like your entertainment live, a variety of musical groups take to the stage each night while bridge players are catered for with a private room and of course Irish people are very good at organising their own entertainment.

A half-day tour to Cadiz is really enjoyable and a full day in the beautiful city of Jerez, incorporating a visit to a winery, full lunch and the famous Royal Andalusian Equestrian show, makes for another great day out.

We think this is a really great trip. Please don't hesitate to contact Paul Curran in Killester Travel on 01-833 6935 or for further details.

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