Club charges: Know before you go!

APH reveals what different airlines, flying form the UK, charge to carry your clubs. Plus news from Spain, Italy and Egypt.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2006

Know before you go

Greg Norman at the Andalucian stud’>
Norman visits the Andalucian horse stud

Get your pass to St Boswell’s

Masseria Cimino guest house

There’s good news for golfers travelling from UK airports, most airlines will take your clubs for free or offer reduces charges.

Now,Airport Parking and Hotels has revealed that while golfers are generally welcomed with open arms, skiers and surfers may have to pay more for the privilege of seeking snow and sea.

To avoid confrontation and hassle, golfers can now check comparison charts for luggage limits for 22 of the UK’s leading airlines to help take the stress out of excess baggage costs and added extras.

Rates for checked-in luggage range from 20 – 32kg and hand luggage limits stretch from 5kg with Alitalia to the more original Easyjet rule, which states, a bag can be, "as heavy as the passenger can carry and lift above their head, in a case measuring 55x40x20cm." Travelling parents and grandparents will be glad to know that there is no charge for pushchairs on any aircraft - not even Ryanair!

APH has over 20 years experience of pre-booked airport parking offers a luggage weighing service at its Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester car parks. Former Open champion Greg Norman has visited three 3 Molinos Resort in Murcia, Spain to finalise plans for two signature golf courses his company is designing.

The resort, endorsed by ex-footballer and broadcaster Gary Lineker, a four-handicapper, will feature a variety of villas, townhouses, penthouses and apartments, two courses, athletics stadium, tennis centre and Andalucian Horse stud and equestrian complex. Construction of the first course and residential units is scheduled to begin shortly.

"We are excited that Greg Norman chose our project for his first course in southern Spain," said Josefina Alcaraz Marin, president of Mediterráneo Hispa Group. "His presence exemplifies quality and the level of excellence to be achieved at 3 Molinos Resort."

Scotland’s ‘Best Selling Golf Pass’ has exceed 40,000 passes sold, since its introduction in 1991 - generating nearly a quarter of a million rounds of golf.

Twenty-one courses in the Scottish Borders take part in the scheme with all but two offering tee times during extremely popular periods, including weekends.

The award-winning ‘freedom of the fairways’ pass is Scotland’s most popular scheme, offering value for money green fees to a range of nine and 18 hole courses The Roxburghe near Kelso and Cardrona near Peebles.

A five-day pass for up to ten rounds over five consecutive days, is now available for £99, while a three-day pass for six rounds on three consecutive days costs £72. Junior (under 17) five- and three-day passes cost £49 and £33 respectively while new Seniors (over 55) passes cost £57 and £44 respectively.

Accommodation packages linked to the scheme are also available. For further details call 0870 608 0404 or log on to A luxurious 15-bedroom guest house has been opened at the impressive new San Domenico Golf Club in Puglia, southern Italy, overlooking the 7,016 yard course created by European Tour Design and opened in 2003.

The links-style course, where wind is invariably a factor with water features on several holes has the 15-room Masseria Cimino guest house beside the ninth hole and close to an important archaeological site. It features a distinctive red tower.

Prices start at E110 per person per night, based on two sharing a double room and E160 in the high season.

The club also features a 5-star Masseria San Domenico hotel – with its choice of restaurants. Nearest airports are Brindisi and Bari, about 45 minutes away.

El Gouna resort

El Gouna, one of the Egypt’s premier leisure resorts beside the Red Sea, is fast gaining a reputation for its 18-hole course, designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates.

The challenging course features spacious bunkering, lagoons and desert rough for all abilities.

El Gouna is 22km from Hurghada International airport (a five-hour flight from the UK) and stretches along 10km of beachfront. There are 14 hotels at the resort, ranging from guest houses to five-star beachfront properties catered for by 85 restaurants.



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