• From: The Swedish National Amateur Disabled Golf Team
  • Date: 5th March 2017
  • Subject: Comments from the The Swedish National Amateur Disabled Golf Team after their Pre-Season Training Camp at Desert Springs Resort

 

The 2014 World Amateur Team Disabled Golf Champions, The Swedish National Amateur Disabled Golf Team, are now back in Sweden having completed a successful seven (7) days of warm weather training between Sunday 26th March & Sunday 2nd April at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

During their time at the resort the players utilised the excellent practice facilities at the Golf Academy and played the Championship Indiana course.

Daniel Stark, Coach to The Swedish National Amateur Disabled Golf Team remarked:

“We have been coming to Desert Springs for some years now and we love the resort, the golf course and the weather, which is much better than in Sweden currently!

 

The service we receive is first-class and the course was in even better shape than last year and we are very much looking forward to returning next year!”

Squad members commented of their experience at Desert Springs Resort;

 “The resort is perfect for our needs; a great course in great condition, a fantastic villa for our resort accommodation and great service!” Niklas Viktor

“It’s great to be under the sun and playing on some smooth and quick greens!” Kristoffer Eklund

“It’s great to be back at Desert Springs Resort. The course is fantastic and in great shape!” Joakim Bjorkman

The players and officials where accommodated in one of the privately owned Country Villas 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 in the award-winning El Torrente Restaurant.

  • From: Alice
  • Date: 3rd April 2017
  • Subject: Comments from Alice after her family holiday at Desert Springs Resort in March 2017
Great for golf and tennis.
The villas are great with a private pool (not heated).
We went in March and the weather was perfect.
The resort was lovely and quiet so it was easy to get a tee time or to get access to the tennis courts.
We loved the local town and enjoyed lunch in the market square.
There is a also a fabulous restaurant nearby for the more adventurous food-lovers called Juan Moreno in Vera. It’s well worth the journey.

 

  • From: Somerset County Cricket Club
  • Date: 17th March 2017
  • Subject: Some comments from the Somerset CCC players and officials further to their 10 - day winter training camp between the 6th – 16th March, 2017 at Desert Springs Resort

Somerset County Cricket Club players are now back in England having completed a successful ten (10) days of warm weather pre-season cricket and fitness training between Monday 6th – Thursday 16th March at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Cricket Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

Seven Somerset CCC coaching staff accompanied twenty-two (22) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2017 season.

Somerset CCC Director of Cricket Matt Maynard commented:  Another top class training camp, most importantly the playing surfaces are improving year on year which is our number one priority. Thank you to all the staff for looking after us so well.

Jamie Thorpe, Somerset CCC Lead Physiotherapist remarked; “Another sensational trip to Desert Springs. Excellent facilities, food, and Golf Course. Thank you!” 
The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity that included golf on the championship Indiana course as well as a mountain bike ride!

Somerset CCC players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy:

“Yet again a great training camp at Desert Springs. Constantly fantastic facilities, alongside a great golf course. Once again leaving Spain fit and ready to go. Many thanks to all staff.” Peter Trego

“I had a fantastic time at Desert Springs. The facilities are superb and I would love to be back next year!” James Hildreth

Excellent facilities. The net surface was fantastic and the golf sensational. Very welcoming staff and quality food, thank you!” Josh Davey

“A great 10 days. The Resort keeps on improving every year we visit!” Jim Allenby 

“The net surfaces have really, really improved! Very friendly staff. Many thanks to all staff for another great visit!” Johan Myburgh

A very enjoyable 10 days. Great facilities, friendly staff!” Max Waller

“This was my first time at Desert Springs. Lovely facilities with great hospitality. Very good food and welcoming staff.” Dom Bess


  • From: Roelof & Eileen J.
  • Date: 11th March 2017
  • Subject: Comments received from Roelof and Eileen after their visit to Desert Springs following their Golf Tuition Holiday

It took us a while to research and find a quality golf resort with an English speaking golf pro and we found Desert Springs and Neil Evans. We only started golf a year and a half ago and had taken some lessons but we really felt we needed a boost. So we were looking for daily lessons and a game in the afternoons.

Neil organises not only the golf for you but also the accommodation and received us with a big smile when we first arrived at the resort.

The resort is really nice, spacious well maintained and so is the golf course. A bit tricky for beginners but nothing we were not able to deal with. While we very much appreciated the quality of the resort, first and foremost we would come back for Neil.

We can highly recommend him for anyone who is looking for a patient and calm way of teaching, and especially his skill in explaining movements in multiple ways. He helps client prefect their setup so as to increase the chance of hitting the ball exactly right, and covers all areas that one might need to perfect ones swings and techniques.

Thank you, Neil for seven days of intense improvement to be repeated asap.

Warm regards and hasta la vista
Eileen and Roelof

  • From: Lancashire County Cricket Club
  • Date: 2nd March 2017
  • Subject: Some comments from the Lancashire CCC players and officials further to their 4 -day winter training camp between the 26th February – 02nd March, 2017 at Desert Springs Resort

Lancashire County Cricket Club players are now back in England having completed a successful four (4) days of warm weather pre-season cricket and fitness training between Sunday 26th February – Thursday 2nd March at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Cricket Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.

Glen Chappel (LCCC Head Coach), Sam Bryne (LCCC Team Physio) and Warren Hegg (LCCC Business Development Manager), accompanied eight (8) players who completed bowling, batting and fielding practice as well as strength and conditioning training sessions as they stepped up their physical preparations for the upcoming 2017 season.

LCCC Head Coach Glen Chappel commented:  “It has been absolutely great for us to get some outdoor practice after a long winter of indoor training. The facilities have been outstanding and the service we have received has been first class. We already look forward to our next visit!”

Speaking of the grass wickets Glen remarked: “The wickets were a touch ‘spicy’ on day one but flattened out beautifully for the rest of the stay. The wickets lasted the full 4-days of heavy use, our ‘net’ wickets outside Old Trafford CG only last 3-days!

We are more than happy with the performance of the wickets, they are on a level with the ‘nets’ received at County Grounds back in England!”

The training camp worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity. Lancashire CCC players said of their pre-season training experience at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy:

 

“Brilliant facilities.” Simon Kerrigan

Top draw 4-days, definitely coming again!” Tom Bailey

“Brilliant trip, top class staff and an enjoyable week had by all.” Kyle Jarvis

Brilliant facilities and great food!” Daniel Lamb

“Great facilities and impressed with the quality of the wickets.” Karl Brown

 “Excellent facilities for cricket and golf and the villa we were accommodated in was excellent.” Josh Bohannon

Sam Bryne, Lancashire CCC Team Physio commented:  “Desert Springs Resort is an outstanding venue for pre-season training, both the wickets and gym are brilliant, what a place for getting fit!”

Warren Hegg Lancashire CCC Business Development Manager added: “Desert Springs Resort is a first class facility with excellent customer service!”

To view the video of the Desert Springs Cricket Academy Click Here

The players and coaches were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments and villas 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 in El Torrente Restaurant.

  • From: Irish Ladies Golf Union
  • Date: 26th February 2017
  • Subject: Some comments from the Irish Ladies Golf Union players and officials further to their 4 -day winter training camp between the 21st - 25th February, 2017 at Desert Springs Resort

Between Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th February, three (3) officials from the Irish Ladies Golf Union accompanied six (6) girls aged between 15 – 23 years for 4 days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort.

 

ILGU International Squad members Paula Grant and Annabel Wilson, remarked respectively of their experience at Desert Springs:

 

“We couldn’t ask for better facilities or hospitality, a first-class stay!”

 

“Desert Springs is such a brilliant place all round, we couldn’t ask for more!”

 

The training camp utilised 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.

Donal Scott, ILGU Head Coach commented:

 

“Desert Springs has a wonderful atmosphere and excellent staff with superb facilities for our high performance squad.”

 

Clodagh Hopkins, ILGU Director commented:

 

“Desert Springs has simply excellent facilities all round, just perfect for our requirements. The food is fabulous and all of the staff are so friendly and helpful. We very much look forward to returning!”

 

The students and officials were accommodated in some of the privately owned townhouses and villas 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: 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.

 

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: 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: 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: 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

 

Richard James 2016 PGA EuroPro Tour 'Rookie of the Year'

 

“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

 

Matthew Cort 2016 PGA Europro Tour Order of Merit Winner 
 

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

Matt Cort

 

Peter Tarver-Jones, Winner of the 2016 Matchroom Sport Tour Championship

 

"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: 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: 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.'