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Play on these tropical golf courses this winter

It’s been a wonderful summer filled with family, friends, and multiple rounds of golf. However, as the chill of fall begins to set in, the realization your hometown courses will soon be shutting for the season can be a bit of a buzzkill.

If you aren’t content to simply look up golf betting odds at William Hill so you can bet on golf tournaments all winter, then book a holiday so you can play on some tropical golf courses.

Below, we’ll share some getaways which have piqued our interest lately…

1) Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin, Thailand

Want to mix in a round of golf during a getaway to Thailand? If you plan on spending time in the resort city of Hua Hin, book a tee time at Black Mountain Golf Club.

Graced by limestone karsts that have given this course its name, players will be challenged at every turn by a course which has hosted European Tour golfers in the past.

Mixing exceptional beauty with a degree of difficulty which will keep you on your toes, it is no wonder why this course has won numerous awards for being the best course in Asia as recently as 2016.

2) Cabo del Sol (Ocean Course), Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

If you have no desire to play in a place with oppressive levels of humidity, get in some time in on the Cabo del Sol Ocean Course instead.

Situated at the arid tip of Baja California, this Jack Nicklaus designed gem will mesmerize you with its vistas of rolling breakers, saguaro cacti, and swaying palms.

If you can manage to keep your focus on the task at hand, the course itself will require your best effort, with it demanding numerous shots over unforgiving terrain.

3) Abama Golf Club, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

If you’re seeking out sunshine with just a touch of warmth on your golf holiday this winter, make plans to spend it on Tenerife.

Far south enough to avoid polar air masses, yet cooled enough by cold ocean currents to allow for an eternal spring climate where temperatures average between 18 to 24 degrees Celsius in winter, comfort won’t be a problem when you hit courses such as the Abama Golf Club.

Situated on Tenerife’s Ritz-Carlton resort, the topography of this course varies dramatically from hole-to-hole, making use of a golf buggy essential for all but the most physically fit of golfers.

With waterfalls, views across the ocean to the nearby island of La Gomera, and a challenging layout worthy of the European Tour, it will be a round you will remember for some time to come.

4) Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, Mauritius

Have you ever taken a boat to get to the tee box for the 1st hole? You will when you head out to play a round of golf at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club in Mauritius.

Located entirely on an islet in Mauritius’ largest lagoon, this course boasts mangrove forests, black volcanic rock outcrops, and the same sugar white beaches which draw hordes of visitors to Mauritius annually.

Designed by Bernhard Langer, it is the ultimate golf experience for those enthralled by all things tropical.

 

Exploring the cultural attractions in Cordoba, Spain

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Heading to Spain this summer, and looking to discover the cultural attractions in Cordoba, Spain? This article will give you a rundown of what to expect from its foremost points of interest. Check’em out below…

1) Mosque of Cordoba

Though it is presently a cathedral operating under the name Our Lady of the Assumption, the Mosque of Cordoba was the former name of this city’s most impressive structure.

After the success of the Reconquista in the 13th century, the structure was converted into a Catholic church, a denomination that it has remained loyal to ever since.

Though the altars and Christian iconography found here is very beautiful in its construction, the bones of this dazzling structure are irrevocably Moorish in their design, as you will note from the columns.

2) Alcazar de los Reyes

Serving as the palace from which the Caliphate of Cordoba ruled until the Spanish led Crusade wrested control from the Moors, Alcazar de los Reyes is a sight of splendor that reveals the breathtaking eye for design that the leaders of this civilization had back in medieval times.

Gardens, courtyards and reflecting pools are all highlights of this amazing structure … the only regret you’ll have is the fact that you can’t somehow make a deal for this choice pad (even if you had the money, the Alcazar de los Reyes is not for sale … sorry).

3) Roman Temple of Cordoba

Before the age of the Moors, the land upon which Cordoba is built was part of the territory of the Romans, widely considered to be one of the greatest empires to ever exist on the face of the Earth.

Discovered in the 1950’s during an expansion of Cordoba’s city hall, the remaining columns that marked where a Roman temple once stood were unearthed.

Dedicated to an Imperial cult, this religious structure was proof that this civilization was a bold one, spreading its influence and traditions far from the heart of its empire.

4) Calahorra Tower

If you have time, be sure to check out the Calahorra Tower before heading off to other parts of Spain. One of the last remaining gates that bound together a city wall that protected the settlement during the Moorish era, it also saw use over the years as a girls school and a prison.

Today, it is a museum which details a time when Cordoba experienced a peace where Muslims, Christians and Jews co-existed alongside in peace in this corner of Spain.

Four attractions in Barcelona for the cultured traveler

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Heading to the capital of Catalan and want to make the most of your time as a fan of all things artistic? The following attractions in Barcelona will please the pickiest of all culture hounds, so if you are stumped for place to visit, be sure to take note of our picks below…

1) Park Guell

Start your cultural crawl of Barcelona by wandering through Park Guell, a mix of a former urban housing development and a garden.

With many of the sculptures, structures and floral features coordinated and designed by native son and famed architect Antoni Gaudi, you won’t just be strolling through a sculpture garden – you’ll be doing it amidst a living, 3D masterpiece.

2) Sagrada Familia

There are many landmarks in Barcelona that inspire the muse inside of us, but none do the job quite as well as the Sagrada Familia.

A massive cathedral that is Gaudi’s biggest and most important legacy, it is finally scheduled to be completed in 2026, and while cranes might put some pickier tourists off, most of its haunting beauty can be appreciated by visitors that make the effort to check it out.

The amount of detail in this Catholic basilica is astounding, from stone tortoises at the base of pillars to carved art in each of the facades that depict everything from the birth of Jesus to the path of heaven for believers.

The roof in the nave is particularly mind blowing as well, but the little details in this building will keep architecture enthusiasts like Hustad Companies occupied for hours

3) Palau de la Musica Catalana

While there are grand concert halls that can be found all over Europe, few are as elaborate in their design as the Palau de la Musica Catalana.

Recognized by UNESCO in 1997 for being one of the boldest expressions of the Art Nouveau architectural style that was all the rage at the start of the 20th century, it is home to the finest symphonic and performing arts productions in the region, drawing over 500,000 patrons per year.

4) Museu Picasso

Picasso may have been raised in Malaga on the Costa del Sol, but when he was approached by a friend who intended to open a museum showcasing his paintings, he suggested he found it in Barcelona, where he had many connections.

Since the opening of Museu Picasso in 1963, it has acquired more than 4,000 paintings by one of history’s greatest visual artists, making it the best place to appreciate this cultural giant in the world.

Two of his earliest big hits, The First Communion and Science and Charity can be found here, so be sure to include this place in your itinerary if you want to soak in the works of an artistic genius.