• From: Hartpury College Golf Academy
  • Date: Tuesday 07th February, 2017
  • Subject: Some comments from Hartpury College Golf Academy players and officials further to their 5 -day winter training camp between the 29th January – 03rd February, 2017 at Desert Springs Resort

Matt Ellis, Golf Academy Manager & PGA Instructor, Neil Jones, Level Two Tutor, Paul Johnson, Level One Tutor & and Joanne Cawthorne, P.A to the Performance Director at Hartpury College Golf Academy, accompanied thirty-one (31) students aged between 16 – 18 years for 5-days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort between 29th January & 03rd February.

Team Photo

Student George Bryant-Stroud of the England Regional Squad remarked:

 

“The practice facilities here are just awesome!

This was the perfect preparation for the season ahead, see you next year!”

 “What a brilliant week at Desert Springs, I got so much out of the training camp to take forward into my season, thank you to all of the staff!”

 

“A sensational training camp and a stunning golf course, thank you for looking after us so well.”

 

“I just love coming back to Desert Springs, everything is just so good here to allow a player to hone their game. The golf course was in just stunning condition!”

 

Those are the verdicts of Alexandra Giles of the England Regional Squad, Alex Talbot of the England Regional Squad and Reece Swain, all full time students from the Hartpury College Golf Academy.

 

The training camp utilized the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy where the PGA Instructors were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy prior to the students embarking on their rounds on The Indiana course.

 

The students and officials were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining each evening in the ‘The Crocodile Club’ Restaurant.

 

Matt Ellis: Golf Academy Manager & PGA Instructor at the Hartpury College Golf Academy remarked:

 

“This was my first visit to Desert Springs, what a resort!

We were made to feel welcome by everybody and the facilities are first class.

Thank you for a sensational training camp, the students have got so much from their week and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2018!”

 

Paul Johnson, Level One Tutor at the Hartpury College Golf Academy commented:

“I am very familiar with Desert Springs Resort and have to say that the experience and the standards just get better and better, thank you so much and see you next year!”

  • From: Irish Ladies Golf Union
  • Date: Monday 09th January, 2017
  • Subject: Some comments from the Irish Ladies Golf Union players and officials further to their 4-day winter training camp between the 3rd – 7th January, 2017 at Desert Springs Resort

Between Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th January, three (3) officials from the Irish Ladies Golf Union accompanied seven (7) girls aged between 15 – 23 years for 4 days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort.

 

“Great facilities, great golf course and great service!”

That is the verdict of 16-year-old Valerie Casey, one of the ILGU International Squad members.

 

The training camp utilized the Gym at the Sierras Sports Club and the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy where the ILGU Coaches were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy.

 

Johnny Foster, ILGU Head Coach commented:

 

“This was my first visit to Desert Springs and I am very, very impressed. Wonderful staff and service with top class facilities and a lovely environment, ideal for a high performance training camp or a family holiday, I will be back!”

 

Paula Grant, 23-year-old ILGU International Squad member, remarked of her experience at Desert Springs:

 

“Desert Springs Resort provided a first class golfing experience with both great facilities and hospitality.”

 

Clodagh Hopkins, ILGU Director commented:

 

“We all really enjoyed the complete golfing experience at Desert Springs. Both the golf course and facilities are fantastic and all of the girls got great value from their experience here. We could not have been looked after any better and we are looking forward to our return visit at the end of February.”

 

The students and officials were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining each evening in El Torrente Restaurant.

  • From: Chris Low
  • Date: Friday 09th December, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Chris following his golf break at Desert Springs Resort in December 2016

Golf is great despite poor weather for the time of the year.

Very good course and excellent service from the golf team…… Overall the golf resort of Desert Springs is well worth a visit.

  • From: Mala This
  • Date: Monday 28th November, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Mala This following her golf break at Desert Springs Resort in November 2016

My husband and I have been playing this course at least once a year, one week per visit.

Everything is perfect about this golfing holiday, the course, weather, the stay, staff…. We are going again in a month’s time!

  • From: Mark Bright
  • Date: Thursday 10th November, 2016
  • Subject: Some comments from Mark Bright after his 3 day golfing break between the 7th and 9th November 2016 at Desert Springs Resort

I would like to thank the management and staff at Desert Springs Resort in Almanzora for a fabulous few days in the November sun. Everyone was so helpful, the accommodation was great and the food superb. It was my first visit to the resort, I doubt it will be my last. Special thanks to the Golf Operations Manager Alfonso Castineira Marcos for the tips on the range and the course.

Kind regards 

Mark Bright 

  • From: Jamie Cantelo
  • Date: Friday 28th October, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Jamie following the hosting of the 2016 PGA EuroPro Tour Championships at Desert Springs Resort

Hello Simon,

I hope all is well. I can’t believe it’s been a week already!

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the staff at Desert Springs. The hospitality was fantastic and the accommodation was superb, it’s definitely a place I would return to. Myself  and the referee’s thought the course was set up fair and the greens were fantastic, praise goes to Anthony and his team.

I hope you have an excellent end to the season and best wishes for 2017.

 

Many thanks

Jamie  

Jamie Cantelo

Tournament Controller

  • From: Players and Staff attending the 2016 PGA Europro Tour Championship held at Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club
  • Date: Monday 24th October, 2016
  • Subject: A few comments from some of the players competing in the 2016 PGA Europro Tour Championship and PGA and Europro Tour Staff

“Great week, great facilities, keep up the good work and fantastic food in the clubhouse.”

Paul Dwyer

 

“Fabulous week, the course is lovely, great facilities and accommodation.”

Ben Hall

 

“Fantastic week from start to finish. Hospitality and course was first class. See you soon again.”

Dave Coupland

 

“All the staff are a credit to the course. Course was very enjoyable”

Jack Harrison

 

“Fantastic course and really enjoyed my week. Thank you”

Richard James

 

“Fantastic course, great staff, thanks for all your help”

Sandeep Grewal

 

“Thanks to Alfonso and his team”

Liam Murray

 

“Superb greens on a great layout! Many thanks to the kitchen staff for looking after us this week. Best tuna steak I ever had”

Andrew Marshall

 

“Thoroughly enjoyable few days here, the facilities were second to none. (Despite losing many euro’s on the chipping green!)”

Sam Forgan

 

“Awesome facilities on a great resort! 

Very well looked after and thoroughly appreciated by all the players!”

James Maw

 

“Massive thanks to Desert Springs for hosting and presenting a successful tournament”

Jamie Cantelo – PGA Tournament Director

 

“Really enjoyed returning for a second time. A great resort, golf course, and facilities. Many thanks for your hospitality”

Matt Cort

 

“Thank you so much! Great course, great place.”

Peter Tarver-Jones

  • From: Anne Hardisty
  • Date: Tuesday 18th October, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Anne Hardisty after a Golf School Holiday at Desert Springs Resort

‘We booked a golf break with some trepidation, but we need not have worried. My non golfer husband and I both had a great week.

 

The booking process, standard of accommodation and mechanics of the holiday were all great, designed to meet our own particular needs and very well organised.

 

The golf experience was a revelation. Neil is an excellent coach. His straight forward instruction, based on careful observation, is easy to implement – and it works! My handicap is on the way down and I’m already looking forward to the next time.’

  • From: Colin McKenzie
  • Date: Tuesday 18th October, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Colin McKenzie after a 5-day Golf School Holiday at Desert Springs Resort
‘Just back from an excellent five day break including tuition with Neil which was thoroughly enjoyable in every respect.

 

Desert Springs is a must if you like first rate facilities, accommodation and food in a very relaxed atmosphere but undoubtedly the icing on the cake for me was the time spent with Neil learning and improving my golf.

 

Neil is an excellent teacher who gets the best out of you through his relaxed style and individual  approach and his attention to detail is second to none. He and his wife Tracey were superb hosts and nothing was too much trouble for them. I felt that I could have stayed another few days so I will the next time.’
  • From: Sir Ian T Botham
  • Date:
  • Subject: Kind words from Sir Ian

Both throughout my playing career and after, I have been privileged to have been invited to participate in numerous golf events at some of the most luxurious locations all around the world.

Hosting your own event, in your own name, for the charity of which you are President can be a daunting task. Certain criteria have to be met by the host venue both for the celebrity guests and the amateurs.

Desert Springs as a venue offers my guests a relaxing ambience, a unique experience and an underlying overall charm. It has lots of quality facilities to enjoy besides world class golf. Its staff afford a warm welcome and unrivalled professional service

That is why my decision to host the Ian Botham Charity Golf Classic in aid of Leukaemia Research at Desert Springs in October 2008 was an easy one and due to its phenomenal success, why I have selected Desert Springs to host the final of my next Charity Golf Series.

 

Sir Ian T Botham

  • From: Chris C
  • Date: Friday 14th October, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Chris following his break at Desert Springs Resort in October 2016
“Superb Place”

 

What a great resort!
I stayed at a friends house about a 2 minute walk from the clubhouse. I had a great time. 

 

The course is challenging but excellent and the food in the clubhouse was great. 

The staff are friendly and there is a deck menu for the day and a restaurant menu for the evening. 
Could not fault any of the food, there was plenty of choice and it was all very good.

 

I hope to be back!
  • From: Dah
  • Date: Friday 14th October, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Dah following his break at Desert Springs Resort in October 2016
“Golfing Break”

 

4 of us stayed here last week in one of the villas – 10 Desert Gold.
The villa itself was lovely and I think we were the only people staying in that area of the resort so we had the communal pool to ourselves. 

 

All the team members are really friendly and will happily go out of their way to help you. 
Breakfast is superb and there’s lots to choose from. 
The quality of the food produced in the restaurant in the evening was also 1st class. 

 

The golfcourse is in superb condition and is a real challenge. 
There’s lots of very picturesque towns a short drive away so plenty of things to do for the non golfers. 

 

We will definitely be returning.
  • From: Paul N
  • Date: Friday 14th October, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Paul following his groups round on The Indiana Course at Desert Springs Resort in October 2016

“Playing Golf”

 

26 golfers went to this fine golf course, the staff were excellent the course superb. only set back bar staff not enough and very slow.

5th time here and will recommend it to all golfers, a little tricky for the higher handicap

  • From: Ian Wallace
  • Date: Saturday 8th October, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Ian Wallace after his visit on the 2016 Brokenhurst Manor Overseas Golf Escape

Hi,

Just a quick email to say thank you for your making our stay very, very enjoyable. The delightful lady on reception, I think her name is Gulia, for ensuring that the bright red shirt was duly sold with an effervescent, fun attitude. Very efficient and a credit to your organization.

The food was excellent, well presented and very tasty. The restaurant staff were patience personified, bearing in mind some of our dreadful time keeping. The accommodation was as one would expect from a quality resort, and as this was my third visit, (The first 15 years ago, when the club house was the white marquee next to the putting green) the  4 days just flew by.

I will happily return in due course, and if I can persuade my wife, bring her with me. The golf would be academic in that instance.

Kindest regards

Ian Wallace

  • From: Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club
  • Date: Friday 7th October, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from participants of the 2016 Brokenhurst Manor Captain’s Overseas Golf Break at Desert Springs Resort between 03rd - 07th October
Desert Springs Resort was host to the ‘2016 Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club Captain’s Overseas Golf Break’ between 03rd – 7th October.
Brokenhurst Manor Club Captain Jimmy Campbell and Club Secretary Neil Hallam-Jones accompanied 14 members to enjoy 5 days of winter sun, utilising the excellent practice facilities at the Golf Academy and playing each day on the Championship Indiana course.
 
The players were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the requirements of the players dining each evening in the ‘El Torrente’ Restaurant as well as a private dining experience within the resorts infamous ‘Cave Bar’ restaurant.

2016 Brokenhurst Manor Captain’s Overseas Golf Break, from Left to Right: –  Paul Saunders, Richard Walker, Doug Lingafelter, Garry Jepson, Stuart McDonald, Keith Goodson, Roger Alexander, Ian Wallace, Nick Roddis, Jimmy Campbell (Club Captain), Steve Breaker, David Gray, Doug Lawson, Alex McRae, Neil Hallam-Jones (Club Secretary) & Jim Robinson

 
“Many thanks for looking after our group so well, we all had a fantastic week. 
Great food, great golf course, great accommodation, hope to see you again next year.” Jimmy Campbell (Club Captain)
 
“A wonderful week of golf in such a stunning setting, thank you to all the staff for looking after us so well, looking forward to the next time…” David Gray
 
“A beautiful resort. 
Thanks to all the staff for such excellent service throughout the week, couldn’t have been looked after any better.”  Ian Wallace
 
“What a golf course ! A real challenge. Thank you for a great week.” Garry Jepson

“Loved the golf course, a really unique challenge.” Doug Lawson

“A real test of golf, fantastic experience. Lovely food too. Thank you to all.” Paul Saunders

  • From: Louise R
  • Date: Friday 7th October, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Louise following her golf round at Desert Springs Resort

“Great Course”

 

A wonderful course, and the settings is magnificent. You can see what it would be like to own a property here! 

 

Slow round but the food buggy kept us fed and watered. A wonderful experience. 

 

Had a look at sales area, very interested in a future investment.

  • From: Eamonn Power
  • Date:
  • Subject: The success of Desert Springs

The success of Desert Springs can, quite simply, be put down to the standard of service maintained throughout… it is the epitome of service.

It has customer service honed to a fine art. It is service of the highest calibre carried out by staff who give the distinct impression that they enjoy what they are doing.

 

Eamonn Power in Andalucia Golf

  • From: Alan P
  • Date: Friday 30th September, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Alan following his short break at Desert Springs Resort in September 2016

“Great place to stay for golf”

 

Had 4 nights at this golf resort and was very pleasantly surprised. 

We upgraded from the town house to the villa which was on Powderhorn overlooking the 16th tee. 

The villa was spacious and clean with a great outside area and ample 6×3 pool.
Bedrooms where good sleeping 8 easily. 

Golf was cheap with our discount at €50.00 and a buggy €30.00. Golf club hire was €50.00 and clubs where Taylor Made M2 so good quality.
Range was good €2.00 for 35 balls. 

Restaurant was good value and can recommend the lamb. 

Will definitely return.

  • From: M Carbz
  • Date: Thursday 29th September, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Carbz following his break at Desert Springs Resort in September 2016
“Golfing Holiday”

 

We spent a week here in September and had a wonderful time, the golf was superb as were the guys that sort out your clubs, buggys etc. 

 

The lady at the golf reception was so helpful as we had problems with Goldcar rentals and a broken car window (don’t rent from them) with a language barrier she acted as translator, so thank you for that.
Would have been 5 stars but a lot of the amenities were closed.
  • From: Phil Neale OBE
  • Date: Saturday 20th August, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Phil Neale OBE after his four day family holiday at Desert Springs Resort
Phil Neale OBE, Operations Manager for England Cricket Board (ECB), recently visited Desert Springs Resort for a family holiday. Here’s what he had to say:
 
“My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Desert Springs. The golf course was in fantastic condition and the Caddy Masters and Neil , the golf professional, all went ” the extra mile” to ensure everything ran smoothly.
 
The two bedroom apartment had everything that we needed to be self sufficient if we wanted to be. When we chose to eat out the staff in both the Crocodile Club and the El Torrente Restaurant were courteous and helpful and the food was very good.
 
Alfonso Castineira Marcos, the Director of Golf, was always on hand to check that we were having a good time and we would definitely come back again. Great weather, great facilities and top class service! What more could you want?”
 

Phil Neale

  • From: Emma Hourican
  • Date: Thursday 14th July, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Emma following her villa holiday at Desert Springs Resort in June 2016
 

My boyfriend and I stayed at Desert Springs in June 2016, and I can’t express how good our holiday was. 

The resort is beautiful, with fabulous views and very helpful staff members. 

Our villa was very clean and spacious, with a fantastic pool. 

Everyday we would go to the clubhouse and ask questions about the local areas, where the staff would go above and beyond helping us, including organising a car for when we arrived. 

Dolores, who looked after us when we arrived, was so pleasant and lovely. 

The local towns surrounding Desert Springs, are so authentic and have some fantastic restaurants. 

I was very sad to leave and will be back very soon to have another wonderful holiday.

  • From: Tracey W
  • Date: Tuesday 5th July, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Tracey following her short break at Desert Springs Resort in June 2016

‘Second Visit – Birthday Treat’

This was our second time at Desert Springs.
We bought the first trip at a silent bid Christmas auction.
On the first trip we no where near spent the Euros included (very reasonably priced bar and restaurant) and management let us take the surplus over to this last trip (we arrived back in UK on Saturday 2 July).
My birthday fell during our week’s stay and the staff were amazingly accommodating – providing my husband with a card (!) a muffin for my breakfast the following day with a little candle on top and then that night at the restaurant sprinkling sparkly hearts etc over the table.
The staff came out singing Happy Birthday to me during the 3 course meal (great selection of food, well presented and only €18 pp).
Accommodation in a town house was great, clean and well presented.
We find the whole experience very relaxing.

We are returning again in September. Only one slight niggle – a dishwasher would be great but perhaps it might be a water problem though.

  • From: Jim Stembridge
  • Date: Monday 4th July, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Jim following his villa holiday at Desert Springs Resort between 24th June – 3rd July 2016

Dear Roxana,

We have been coming to Desert Springs at least once and sometimes twice a year since we first came in 2011.

It’s a lovely place in a beautiful location and we always have a wonderful relaxing time.

This June was no different, as usual the organisation was superb and the villa spotless. Not to forget the exceptional weather!

We arrived later than normal because of a flight change and were met at the gate by the Night Concierge who then did the meet and greet etc at the Club House.

Can we thank Delores for organising things and arranging the food pack in the Villa on arrival.

So can I thank the whole team at Desert Springs for a fabulous holiday once again.

The only saving grace when leaving was that we have already booked to return at the end of August, which we are very much looking forward to.

With best wishes,
Jim Stembridge  

  • From: Michael P
  • Date: Sunday 3rd July, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from Michael following his 10- day golf holiday at Desert Springs Resort during May 2016

‘Desert Springs Golf Resort’

Visited Desert Springs for 10 days.

We played golf twice at DS and it is a great course with some challenging holes SO LONG as you keep on the green stuff. The waste areas are difficult and easily found if you hit too long or slightly off line. Do not back into a cactus !!!

We were lucky to arrive 2 weeks after rain so every one was in flower. There are thousands of plants of fantastic shapes and sizes and over 2,000 different varieties.

The apartment was fitted out with every amenity and was very clean and cool.

The sun shone from 7.00 in the morning until 8.00 at night. Our apartment was beside a pool which we used every day and never had more than a couple of other users.

We had breakfast on the veranda and lunch by the pool.

You can pre-order groceries to be in your property when you arrive.

On some evenings we dined at the club house restaurant which was first class food and surroundings.

Sunday night is music night with the Boogie man on his keyboard. Will play anything you ask him. 

Our daughter lives and works in Vera so we had plenty of time to travel around on our own as well as visit with her friends.

It is like being in a Spaghetti Western as you drive around, but only 10 minutes away there are restaurants, La Dulce Casa in Palomares and Los Conteros just out side Villaricos, both are excellent, Travel a bit further and Mojacar offers all types of food.

Will definitely be back!

  • From: TripAdvisor
  • Date: Sunday 26th June, 2016
  • Subject: A few comments from a guests holiday experience at Desert Springs Resort

“Very special location, our favorite place in Spain”

This is our second visit to Desert Springs and again we loved everything about the resort.

We only visited for 3 days so being a bit isolated is not an issue but a positive as you really can get away from it all!

The apartment was well equipped and spotless.

The golf course is in excellent condition and once you know where the rocks are great fun to play. It was pretty quiet in the main restaurant. The staff in the restaurant are very friendly and efficient and the quality of the food excellent value for money at 18€ for 3 courses.

Can’t wait until we can return to this special location again!