As the Ryder Cup tees off at Gleneagles later this week there is no better time to consider purchasing a home on one of the world's top golf resorts. JANE SLADE reports
PGA Catalunya resort, Girona, Spain (prices from £568,000)
Named ‘Best Golf Development in Europe’ at last year’s International Property Awards, PGA Catalunya Resort – located north of Barcelona, just outside the medieval city of Girona - has created a proven formula for success in its world-leading property development that borders two of the world’s best golf courses.
Owned by Irish entrepreneur Denis O’Brien, who also owns Quinta do Lago in Portugal, PGA Catalunya Resort has an acclaimed Stadium Course that has been ranked as Spain’s number one by Top100golfcourses.co.uk for three consecutive years and has also maintained its position among the World and Continental European Top 100 Golf Courses (Golf World) since it opened in 1999.
The villas, townhouses and apartments epitomise contemporary living and luxury lifestyle and have a cutting edge design. Villa plots are also available.
PGA Catalunya Resort enjoys a superb location that remains relatively undiscovered by mainstream travellers; the beautiful city of Girona (and nearest airport) is just 10 minutes away and the beaches of Costa Brava are just 20 minutes’ drive. Barcelona is 50 minutes by car and the Pyrenees (which has good skiing in winter) are an hour and a half away, and the French border is only an hour’s drive.
Four-bed, four-bed La Vinya villas are next to fairway 9 of the Tour course. All the bedrooms are on the ground floor leading onto the main terrace with outdoor kitchen and infinity pool. Priced at €2,3m (£1.8m)
Three-bed townhouses will have their own shared swimming pool, a private terrace at the rear, internal open-plan living/dining room. Construction to be completed in June 2015. Purchase price: €710,000 (£568,000)
Set in the resort’s La Selva neighbourhood, the three-bed, three-bath U-Selva villa enjoys magnificent views of the 15th hole of the Stadium golf course.
The inspiration for the villa’s design – whilst remaining distinctly modern – takes its inspiration from the Mediterranean ideal of the Roman villa with its ground floor rooms laid out in a U shape around a porticoed courtyard. Priced at €1,1m (£880,000)
For more information visit www.pgacatalunya.com
Golf doesn’t get much better than at Royal Westmorland’s world-class championship course - a 7,045 yard par 72 course of unrivalled beauty, with views of the shimmering ocean from every hole.
Sugar Cane Ridge is a new development of semi-detached three and four bedroom villas which are close to the estate’s amenities such as the golf Club House, the first tee of the golf course, short game practice area, the tennis garden, Rum Shak and the sanctuary pool and gym, all of which are just a short walk away.
Virginia Wade, Mike Gatting and Wayne Rooney are just some of the sportsmen who own properties on the estate, so you never know who you will meet on the green.
Prices for a three-bed, three bath villa or four-bed, three-bath townhouse range from US$1.250m (£780,000) to US$1.595m (£999,000). Plunge and leisure pools can be added as an optional extra.
For more information visit: www.royalwestmoreland.com /01524 889341
The Halcyon Retreat Golf & Spa Resort, Limousin, France (fractional price from £9,500)
Tee off in style against a stunning backdrop of glistening lakes, rolling countryside and the majestic Château de la Cazine luxury hotel.
The one bedroom suite (45m2), being sold either as full ownership or a fractional, consists of a bedroom, bathroom, large lounge and kitchenette. The suite will be furnished to the highest standard and located in a naturally stunning setting.
On site facilities include a Michelin-star restaurant, an indoor swimming dome with pools and flumes, equestrian centre and two well-stocked fishing lakes.
Full ownership costs £200,000. Fractional ownership is £9,500 for 1/26th fraction and £18,500 for 13th fraction.
Every property available in the Chateau and in Halcyon Retreat’s ‘Le Village’, whether they are fractional or full ownership and whatever price point, are deeded assets.
With the Chateau fraction purchases at £30,000, each fractional owner (they own a 13th of the property) receive four allocated weeks per year. You will receive 10 per cent net rental returns for two years if you do not use the property or alternatively use the property and get 50 per cent of the net room rate for any unused weeks. If customers give back two weeks of their four weeks the owner will not have to pay any running costs.
1. Buy full ownership of the property.
2. Buy a 1/13th fraction of the property, which entitles each owner to four weeks ownership every year. Completion costs and furniture included.
3. Buy a 1/26th fraction of the property, which entitles each owner to two weeks ownership every year. Completion costs and furniture included.
‘Le Village’ Property Prices
|‘LE VILLAGE’ PROPERTIES||FULL OWNERSHIP PRICE||13th FRACTION PRICE||26th FRACTION PRICE|
|2 bed apartment||£330,000||£30,000||£16,000|
|1 bed suite||£200,000||£18,500||£9,500|
For more information visit: www.halcyonretreat.com / 0800 1 303 101
"Huntsman Springs is, to me, my greatest golf architectural achievement," says Scottish award-winning golf course designer David McLay Kidd.
Eric Lyman, Director of Golf at Huntsman Springs, adds: “The course is built with replay value in mind, and lends golfers an array of options and strategies to get the most out of their game, including split fairways and a multitude of bunkers. It’s a good test of golf but the views are pretty, the course is in pristine condition and the hospitality is second to none. It’s a total experience in the Teton Valley.”
A four-season destination, activities in the area vary throughout the year, from exploring the Grand Teton National Park, to world-class fly fishing on the Snake and Teton Rivers. Activities include hiking and rafting through canyons, waterfalls and the surrounding mountains, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking and horse-riding. Previously populated by cowboys who herded the region’s wild horses in the early 1900s, the area is still teeming with wildlife such as wild buffalo, moose, elk, wolves and bears.
Homes currently for sale include Mountain View Homes with prices range from $1.69 million (£1 million) to $1.89 million (£1.125 million) including all furniture and furnishings estimated to be worth approximately £180,000. Also available are custom-home sites overlooking the golf course and nature reserve. There are also four-bed, three-bath Park Homes occupying 2,450 to 2750 sq feet of living space and priced from $749,000 (£464,000) to $769,000 (£476,000).
There are scheduled flights into Jackson Hole Airport, with United, Delta and American Airlines with routes connecting through New York JFK, Newark, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City, while smaller aircraft are accommodated at Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport, two minutes from the resort.
For more information visit www.huntsmansprings.com /0121 445 3106
Thracian Cliffs Resort, Kavarna, Bulgaria (prices from £131,000)
This quiet, Mediterranean-style resort offers amazing views across the Black Sea, and the world-renowned cliff-top Gary Player golf course.
The course, opened in 2011, hosted the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship and scooped the ‘European Golf Resort of the Year 2014' award, bestowed by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
Indeed, Player himself said of the course at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort: "You will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet."
Although the resort has now sold all of its studios, there are seven apartments remaining at the stunning Hillside Village, which along with Marina Village is one of two existing residential villages comprising 160 apartments
A new luxurious six-star resort comprising 40 apartments in nine buildings and 50 villas will be completed within the next two years, and built around the planned golf club house. The properties will be available for sale and rent.
Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort's real estate sales manager, Kalin Stoyanov, says: "Thracian Cliffs Resort now has more than 15 different nationalities of real estate owners including British, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish and the list keeps growing.
The ownership roster may be cosmopolitan but the resort itself is definitely Mediterranean in style and is proving itself to be a shrewd and rewarding investment.
"Properties at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort have bounced back spectacularly from the worldwide economic crisis and are dwarfing the returns shown in many other destinations. "The remaining seven apartments in the Hillside Village start from just €164,000 (£131,000)."
Offering a choice of two high-spec residential villages - many with panoramic sea views - gourmet restaurants, a bijou spa and its own beach club, Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort offers plenty for both golfers and lifestyle seekers, all within the unique environment of the Cape Kaliakra coast, which benefits from plenty of autumn sunshine, lying, as it does, further south than Florence, Monaco or Marseille.
That temperate autumn climate is ideal for the regular special events which take place on the unspoiled Bendida Beach, located directly on the seafront of the resort. And, with a bottle of beer in Bulgaria costing around 68p* - the lowest of all holiday hot-spots in Europe - and a three-course evening meal for two, with wine, available for under £28*, the country is clearly one of the best-value destinations around in 2014.
● For more information about Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort visit www.thraciancliffs.com /+359 570 9222
*Figures taken from the Post Office® Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer 2014
Seabreeze resort, Kavac, Montenegro (villa priced at £940,252)
On a hillside with panoramic views over Kotor Bay, a four-bedroom villa is part of the Sea Breeze development of luxury villas, which is built in the style of a Dalmatian hill town. The villa is a short walk or buggy ride away to the golf course at the Royal Montenegro Golf & Country Club which is due for completion in 2016.
The villa features open plan living on the ground floor with kitchen /dining area and lounge leading to a spacious balcony. The interior space of the villa is 297sq.m with the 600 sq m plot containing a private infinity pool and parking space for two cars. Sea Breeze is just ten minutes’ drive from the historic Venetian walled town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the international airport of Tivat.
Price €1,115,000 (£940,252) For more information visit www.seabreeze.me /+382 (0) 32 331 555