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By Stuart B

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  1. Stuart B

    Stuart B

    It’s getting close the dreaded 50, end of May, and my family are asking for ideas for a holiday destination that will allow both the guys to golf and the girls to shop or what ever they do.

    Anybody got a recommendation? Ideally in Europe and warm?


  2. Quinta Do Lago in Portugal has all that you have described and I have personally had many good family and golfing holidays in the same location. Also shopping and spa's for the ladies!!
  3. Southern Portugal in May is excellent, though you are at the end of the "winter" season. The green fee prices actually go down in June.
    There is a range of potential locations stretching away from Faro airport only limited by activities for the ladies and the amount you are prepared to spend. Vilamoura, Albufuera, Quinta do Lago are all decent.
  4. Have you considered Dubai? More expensive but what an experience? Perfect for shopping, great weather and amazing courses
  5. Good call - You certainly couldn't be accused of scrimping if you went for Dubai!!
  6. Paul C

    Paul C

    I’ll second the Dubai shout, have played the Emirates several times over the years (family works for BA which helps with costs) and love it.
    For a tournament course it was quite reasonable too...just bloody hot!!
    There are loads of other beautiful places to play there also and for the Non-golfers several shopping malls and other things to do. As you’d expect there are also plenty of amazing places to eat in the evenings.

    Good luck with the decision and congratulations on the Big Birthday
  7. Tosh.


    Yeh can’t go wrong with Portugal it has plenty areas to choose from.......
  8. Stuart B

    Stuart B

    Would love Dubai but family said no, have been lucky enough to try Portugal for my 40th so might offer that up, I’m sure I will end up where ever I am told to go.

    Thanks for your inputs.

  9. Christopher W

    Christopher W
    Oxford, UK

    Another advocate for Quinta - fantastic destination and golf facilities to match, enjoy!
  10. Is that a dedicated golf resort?
  11. Denis C

    Denis C

    Vale de lobo in the Algarve would be really nice for an occasion like that. Beach so close by too. Probably not the best for shopping but taxi ride anyway. Congratulations by the way!
  12. Trevor P

    Trevor P
    Brentwood, Essex

    When I had my last significant birthday, I arrange a week at the ryder cup. Played 6 different courses and attending 4 days of the ryder cup, the US.

    Push the boat out, your only 50 once, book up for 2020 in the US
  13. SAVS

    Dorset, UK

    A few people saying Dubai, but what about Abu Dhabi?

    I’ve been to both and I found Abu Dhabi to be much better than Dubai

  14. Robert


    Can’t argue with Portugal. I loved Villamoura, great destination
  15. Stuart B

    Stuart B

    Thanks for all your reply’s , but apparently I’m not getting to pick, it’s being arranged for me
  16. Peter C

    Peter C
    Bedfordshire, UK

    I'll be there in 8 years time. My wife is already thinking about what I can do. By then my son will be 15 and hopefully he'll still be into golf. She really wants us to be able to enjoy a day or weekend somewhere as a family. So far, St. Andrews and the environs are topping her thoughts.
  17. Stuart B

    Stuart B

    Enjoy those remaining 8 years Peter, they go quick.

  18. Peter C

    Peter C
    Bedfordshire, UK

    Stuart B said:

    Enjoy those remaining 8 years Peter, they go quick.


    Oh god, don't. My wife hits it first so I'll ask her how it feels.

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