So my boyfriend is a great golf player and so when it was sunny the other day in London, I agreed (reluctantly) to accompany him to the golf club so that he could practice some shots at the driving range. Sitting there is never fun, so I had a quick go and actually was pretty fun. Tell me what you think of my new swing! Haha
It is quite funny how sports clubs can often be more strict on dress code than a Mayfair nightclub. Even at school we weren’t allowed on the tennis courts if we weren’t dresses head to toe in white. My uncle once got turned away because he was wearing white socks and was forced to buy a new pair with a “more suitable” color. This was the case even though he was the golf club’s President! Another one of my friends had a to buy a whole new outfit for a date she was asked on to a golf course. So, it was naively that I went on to put on my pair of very smart grey Nike running track trousers and sneakers. Huge mistake. To a golf club, you never wear a tracksuit , or shorts, or jeans – Jeans I understand, but the others…It just doesn’t really make any sense – I know golf is quite sedentary, but it is a sport right?! I started to re-think my decision to go…
So having looked through all my things and having no Chinos (because really how many girls do!), I decided on my new baby blue trousers, which are jean (also forbidden), but don’t really look like jeans and a white crochet top, slip ons. Finally, as I wasn’t going to really be playing myself, I combined it with a grey pin stripped jean jacket, which is adorned inside with Tartan fabric. After all the Scots do have the most famous courses in the world right? What I love about the jacket is the detail in the buttons and I tend to refer to it as my “Michael Jackson jacket” with “all them zippers”. What do you think about sports and etiquette? Do you think it prevents a whole swathe of the population from participating? Do you think that these dress code rules are meant though for that? Or is it necessary in order to prevent people playing in the wrong kit, injuring themselves and damaging the greens?
Blue Amelie Super skinny Jeans – RIVER ISLAND
Printed Leather slip-ons with track sole – ZARA
Charm Bracelet – THOMAS SABO
Multi Button Pin Strip Jean Jacket with Tartan Lining – PEPE JEANS (Sold out)
Lace top – H & M (sold out)
Diamond Bangle – MACY’S NEW YORK
At only a 70km drive from Faro airport,the stylish resort of Islantilla can be found on Spain’s ‘Coast of Light’, often referred to as the ‘Spanish Algarve’ or ‘Spain’s Best Kept Secret’. Its beautiful sandy beaches stretch for miles and its lack of over-development means that it has retained its natural beauty with its backdrop of sand-dunes and pine trees between the sea and the promenade.We found beautiful star fish and walked past a lagoon to a deserted beach.
I particularly liked the small fisherman’s village with its little white chapel. At night after a hearty meal we would walk about along the promenade and see their little lights bobbing out at sea. In the morning we went and bought fresh fish straight from their nets and saw how they pulled their boats in and mended their nets. Islantilla is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a lovely scenery in a very stylish and beautiful Spanish town. There are many shops and restaurants, some cocktails bars but no night clubs. In the summer half of Madrid and Sevilla escape the hot sun and come down for a couple of weeks to play golf, tennis and eat some of Spain’s best sea food. Make sure you can speak Spanish or don’t mind giving it a go, as there are not many foreign tourists here and lots of people can’t speak English.
Here are my recommendations of where to stay in Islantilla:
A lovely two bedroom house in one of the most exclusive urbanisations of Islantilla, ‘Mirador del Golf’, 5 minutes walk from Islantilla Golf Club- rated Top 100 Best Courses in Europe by Golf Digest, and 8 minutes from the beach. It is a peaceful & securely gated complex with a stunning pool, sea views and own parking. It was really clean and had been newly refurbished to a great standard. The pool was beautiful and the kitchen was really well equipped. We enjoyed using the DVD player and watching the wide screen TV. This is a really cheap but good quality alternative to a hotel as prices start at £350 per week and the house sleeps 6!
Another wonderful place that I have stayed in is the 5* Islantilla Golf Resort, which is 3 minute walk from the house Mirador del Golf. It is very large and its grounds are really impressive. With both indoor and outdoor pool, a beautiful and world famous golf course right in front, this is the place to go for all golf lovers. It is around 10 minutes from the beach, but a little train goes passed every half and hour and it is free for guests. An additional perk of staying here is the ability to use the Beach Club which is a luxurious pool and lounge area right on the sea front reserved for members and guests of the hotel. The golf coaches are great and when we went they offered a free lesson to anyone who came every Saturday morning. The rooms were large and had great views. The only slight downside would be that it was a little empty and thus the services normally on offer at a 5* resort were slightly absent.
Lake Hills Anseong Golftel is located in Anseong’s Yangseong-Myeon Area, a 1-hour drive from Yongin City. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a nearby golf course and a fitness centre. This is where our team stayed during the World Soft Tennis Championships.
The modern rooms at Anseong Golftel Lake Hills come with both air-conditioning and heating. Flat-screen TVs and tea/coffee makers are included. All rooms are fitted with a kitchenette and kitchenware. Our room had incredible views over the golf course.
The hotel features a fully-equipped fitness centre and a skin care salon. Bookings for golf games can be made on weekdays at the golf course directly opposite the hotel. Other facilities include massage services and a 24-hour front desk.
Boiling hot water makes you feel cool and refreshed when you emerge from the pool.
Guests can enjoy meals and drinks at the onsite restaurant.