Winter conditions with frozen greens can be quite challenging in some countries around the globe when it comes to golfing. While some golfers store their clubs in the cellar and wait for the spring season to come back with some sunshine, others seek to improve their swing in warmer places where golfing is possible year- round. Kempinski Hotels offers a variety of luxurious hotels in beautiful locations within easy reach, where players can enjoy quite mild temperatures that often exceed 15 degrees during the day.
Located right on the beach frontline between Marbella and the charming town of Estepona and not far from two international Spanish airports, Malaga and Gibraltar, golf aficionados will find the elegant Kempinski Hotel Bahia. This luxury hotel on the Costa del Sol coast, also known as the “Costa del Golf”, offers the perfect combination of culture, cuisine and golf. Special Golf Concierges are located in the lobby of the hotel to advise on the more than 40 golf courses in close proximity, including some of the world’s most famous, such as Valderrama, Sotogrande and Finca Cortesin. In this part of the world, golf can be played all year round; however, the truly spectacular golfing months are during winter. Soft warm sunshine, long days and agreeable golfing temperatures combine with courses in impeccable conditions, all to create a golfer’s dream. Kempinski Hotel Bahia offers a variety of Golf packages, such as “Golf Break”, “Golf Anyone” and the most popular and exclusive package “Golf for a lifetime”, where guests get the opportunity to play on Spain’s finest golf courses.
When the frosty season reaches Europe or other parts of the globe, Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay, located on a private peninsula on Egypt’s Red Sea coast, is the place to escape to for golfing enthusiasts. With its gentle climate, Soma Bay has been established as the perfect year-round golf destination and is suitable for each level of player. The multi-award-winning course designed by the South African grandmaster Gary Player, The Cascades is the first championship golf course in the Middle East region and has been ranked as the number one in the world outside of Europe for the fourth year in a row by the readers of Golf Journal. Thanks to the well-developed infrastructure around the area and the short distance of only 800 m, the championship golf course of The Cascades is easily accessible from Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay by shuttle bus. Adjacent is the nine-hole course as well as the 3 Par challenge, where guests may take lessons for beginners, intermediates and even more advanced players. Extensive practice facilities include a 60-bay driving range, and pitching and putting training greens.
Counting among Europe’s premier golfing venues, Kempinski Hotel The Dome has hosted some of the biggest legends in the world of golf. Situated in Belek, in the heart of the Turkish golf riviera, the resort has staged numerous high-profile tournaments starring the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose. The par-71 PGA Sultan course measures 7,083 yards, and players must negotiate the number of hazards to score well on the narrow as the layout of the course is very challenging, littered with a dozen lakes and 122 bunkers. The Pasha, which was designed by David Jones in association with European Golf Design, is wider and more inviting as it meanders through a mixture of towering pine trees and woodland. The courses are complemented with great practice facilities, including a 300-metre driving range. The hotel offers two different Golf packages, one with two rounds and one with four golf rounds per person, luxury accommodation with full access to sports and leisure facilities, the hotel restaurants and a free shuttle service to the courses.
Home to a wide blend of Chinese history and modern metropolitan development, Kempinski Hotel Suzhou is surrounded by the stunning natural landscape of Jinji Lake and Dushu Lake and close to the 27-hole Jinji Lake International Golf Course. The golf club is fully managed by IMG (International Management Group) and provides a first-class service. In 2010, the 16th Volvo China Open tournament was successfully hosted here and received remarkable feedback from worldwide professional golfers and the media within the golf industry.
In total, Kempinski Hotels offers golfing in 13 deluxe hotels, of which eight are open during the winter season.