Concierge Golf Highly Recommendeds Acros Gardens

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Having been aware of Arcos ……..for some time now we finally took the opportunity to spend some time at the 4* Golf Venue in Arcos De la Fontera close to Herez on the south western part of Spain. This is a different type of golf holiday, this is a golfer’s golf holiday for people who want to pay the proper attention to their game, regroup and come home relaxed with a tighter game and a practice method to improve even more.

This is not a trip that will involve lots of travel to different courses, sampling the night life and generally rushing around. This is about you and your game and benefitting both in luxurious surroundings with great facilities.

The first part of this is the itinerary and this is a 4 day golf and golf coaching experience to Arcos Golf Club and Country Estate.

Day 1

Aerlingus flight 7.30am from Dublin to Malaga arrival at 11.30am

Avis Preferred rental van

Lunch at San Roque en-route to Arcos

Check into the estate, play the front 9 holes at 3pm and a soft coaching practice session on the range after golf to collect the golfers Trackman Data.

Dinner at the club house at 8.30pm

Day 2

Warm up on the range at 7.30 am (group coaching session, stretch and hit a few balls)

Breakfast at 8am

Followed by tee times at 9am, nine holes in the morning and nine holes in the afternoon

Afternoon practice group & individual coaching sessions from 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Dinner at the club house at 8.30 pm

Day 3

Warm up on the range at 7.30 am (group coaching session, stretch and hit a few balls)

Breakfast at 8.00 am

Followed by tee times at 9.00 am – 1 x competitive round stroke-play followed by 9 holes at 6pm

Afternoon practice & individual coaching sessions from 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Dinner at the club house at 8.30 pm

Day 4

Warm up on the range at 7.30am (group coaching session, stretch and hit a few balls)

Breakfast at 8.00 am

Followed by tee times at 9.00 am

Lunch & Check-out of the Estate

Departure from Arcos Golf Club at 3.00 pm and arriving into Malaga airport for 6pm

Flight from Malaga to Dublin at 8.30 pm and back into Dublin at 10.30 pm that night.

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Our notes:

The golfers who would typically take this trip usually have an idea what they are lacking in their game, their areas that need improvement and a desire to making the most from the individual and group coaching intensive sessions that I John Dooley PGA Professional for over 15 years offer.

With technology like Trackman we can get to any issues immediately for the golfer. Working with one particular player last week  we were able to work on something as minute as the players launch angle which in a very short space helped add 10 yards to their drive from the tee consistently.

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Arcos is held in high esteem as a golfing facility. It hosts the winter training for the Swedish, Finnish and English golf elite teams and was considered to be a high service residential golf property, which is moving into a niece golf resort. There is a two-sided golf range along with chipping greens, practise bunkers and a gym. Space is plentiful and the group coaching sessions (which consistently prove to be very beneficial according to client feedback) that I can give to groups of 8-16 can be managed perfectly

Of course although Arcos is a pretty golf-centric destination it also fun options for all the family with paddle courts, equestrian trails, swimming pools, mountain biking. A wonderful beach (NAME) awaits you 40 minutes by car away and Cadiz gets give or take 200+ days sunshine a year. Good information to have aboard if you choose to bring the family

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Here is a little on the history of the Town of Arcos which is no more than 9kms from the Arcos estate.

One of Andalucia’s most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages), Arcos balances atop a rocky limestone ridge, its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stopping abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the fertile valley of the river Guadalete.

Declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture and impressive location, the old town is a tangled labyrinth of cobbled streets that lead up to a sandstone castle, the Castillo de los Arcos. As you’d expect from such a spectacular vantage point, there are exhilarating views over the town and the rolling plain below.

Although its time under the Moors was one of its most successful, Arcos has had a long history of occupation, as shown by the discovery of numerous archaeological remains from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Tartessian, Phoenician and Roman periods. Plentiful water and its superb defensive hilltop location were the main attractions for settlers.

Arcos’s population of 28,000 is divided between the newer town on the lower slopes of the ridge and the old town, which you reach by following Cuesta Belén up the hill. In the heart of the old town is the cobbled Plaza de Cabildo, its picturesque situation somewhat marred by its dual function as a car park. On the southern side of the square there are some stomach-churning views, where the mirador (viewpoint) ends in a steep 150m-high cliff.

Among the most memorable of Arcos’s pretty and often strikingly narrow streets are the alley-like Calle Cuna and Calle Maldonaldo, lined with elegant palacios built by the town’s 18th-century nobility and overhung by wrought-iron rejas of windows.

Tapas bars in the old town are concentrated on or near the central Callejón de las Monjas. Try the Mesón El Patio, an atmospheric cave-like bar near the Santa María church that serves good-value tapas. If you want something more formal, one of the most upmarket restaurants in town is El Convento on Marques de Torresoto, which is in a 17th-century palace and has plenty of game dishes on the menu. The terrace at the luxurious Parador on Plaza del Cabildo is the place to go for a leisurely drink in style and enjoy the best views in Arcos.

Down below the town is the Guadalete river lined with olive and orange groves. There is also a reservoir (embalse), the Lago de Arcos, which is good for a swim in summer. Part of the reservoir is a protected area, the Cola del Embalse de Arcos Natural Area.

Concierge Golf suggests!

I recommend a four day golf coaching trip to Arcos Golf Club & Estate from Ireland and I would advise that to maximize your time and enjoyment that you be accompanied by PGA the group should be accompanied by your Club PGA Golf Professional. You can enjoy his/hers coaching skills and all the extra aspects that he/she offers to help you and the group play better golf. Generally for this itinerary, this included:

  • 3 night’s single room B&B
  • PGA coaching
  • Unlimited golf at Arcos Golf Club
  • Transfers to and from Malaga Airport.

If you are looking for a holiday or a break to play other golf courses within three or four days, this may not be the option for you.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

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