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Prince Andrew 'loves to play golf while abroad'

UK royal Prince Andrew has revealed that he never leaves home for a trip abroad without his trusty golf clubs.

The Prince has a well-documented history with the sport, having formerly served as captain of the world famous Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews from 2002 to 2003 and having previously attended the US Open, according to the Times Online.

Prince Andrew tells the newspaper: "Yes, I travel with my clubs because there may be a time when I can play."

He adds that unfortunately his role as business ambassador for the UK does not allow him as much time as he would like for the sport, which is a popular feature of many Spanish holidays.

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Pitch and putt Spanish golf holidays in La Manga

Holidaymakers looking for a golf break can find a great opportunity for a spot of pitch and putt at La Manga Club in Spain.

The destination offers an 18-hole par 47 golf course for pitch and putt enthusiasts. The course has water hazards as well as numerous bunkers to challenge golfers who use the course on their family holiday in La Manga.

Additionally, the club has a golf academy with qualified professionals on hand to give tuition to those hoping to improve their golfing skills while enjoying the resort's facilities on their luxury golf holiday.

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Where to go after the golf in La Manga

After a hard day's putting, tourists on golf group holidays will no doubt be in need of a good night out, with La Manga offering Spanish holiday solutions to suit all tastes.

Nightlife in the favoured Spanish holiday town is plentiful and varied, attracting visitors from all over the country, from couples' getaways to family breaks and golf group holidays.

Those seeking the famous Spanish holiday club scene should head to party area Cabo de Palos, where clubs sit next to the golden sands and blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Tourists on gold breaks who have been working the green all day, however, may find themselves hungry for a more relaxed night out, with a wide variety of authentic and international restaurants in La Manga ready to cater to the fussiest palate.

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Spanish golf holidays 'increasingly popular with Americans'

Excellent facilities for golfing holidays in Spain have been cited as one of the reasons behind a swell of interest in Spanish holidays from US tourists.

The number of US tourists taking holidays in Spain has increased 20 per cent in 2008, which is partly down to an increased awareness of the world-class golfing holidays available in the country, according to PGAtour.com.

Spain has over 300 golf courses, while 27 of Continental Europe's Top 100 Golf Courses can also be found in the country and in neighbouring Portugal.

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Group insurance recommended for tennis and golf holidays

Groups heading off on golf holidays in Spain this year have been advised to take out group insurance by a leading broker.

Direct Line Travel Insurance state that group insurance offers sporty travellers a simple way to reduce costs, while ensuring their Spanish holiday fun in the sun is properly protected.

Head of the insurance company Chris Price comments: "If you and your mates are heading off on a sporting holiday, you can get together and benefit from a group discount."

A recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office report has stated that 31 per cent of British holidaymakers fail to take out adequate sports insurance cover when going on vacation abroad.

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Golf and tennis light bite lunches at La Manga Club

Ciao Surveys recently reported that food plays an integral part when deciding where to travel to on holiday.

On Spanish holidays in La Manga Club there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, including Italian and American burger bars.

However for those looking to enjoy light snacks and healthy cuisine between sporting pursuits, such venues are also in ample supply.

At the Deli-Cafe at Hyatt Lomas Village holidaymakers can enjoy breakfast on the terrace while taking in early morning views of the La Manga Club resort.

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Golf on the South Course at La Manga Club

Designed in 1971 and remodelled in 1992 by Arnold Palmer, the South Course at La Manga Club has hosted many major golf tournaments and is available for the pleasure of those on Spanish holidays at La Manga Club.

The South Course has hosted major professional tournaments such as the men's and women's Spanish Opens and PGA Championships as well as a number of businesses' corporate events.

The golf course is located in the centre of the resort and it boasts palm-lined fairways and a variety of water hazards and bunkers – many of which are strategically positioned.

Despite this, there are few hidden dangers on the South Course.

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'Greater range of golf holidays available'

More Britons are interested in incorporating sport into their holidays, such as their luxury holidays in Spain, it has been reported.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), an increasing range of sports-related holidays are now available from UK operators.

The news comes after figures from the Office of National Statistics Social Trends 2008 survey suggested that the number of UK residents regularly taking part in sport and exercise is on the increase.

"People are much more aware of health issues and the fact that our sedentary daily lives leave us open to potential heart attack and stroke problems in later life," Derek Moore, chairman of AITO, said.

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Golf holidays in Spain for kids

Golfing breaks need not only be for mums and dads, this summer why not take time out to let the kids brush up on their golfing techniques.

On a holiday at La Manga Club, children can practice on three 18-hole courses at La Manga Club while practice facilities are directly targeted at juniors.

The La Manga Club Academy of Golf provides courses for junior golfers as well as adults and runs from Monday to Friday all year round.

Children from the ages of eight or nine upwards with a keen interest in golf can even participate in the adult academy training sessions.

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Golf holidays in Spain for beginners this summer

Following a report by LV= that revealed that in the region of £1.1billion worth of golf clubs are lying idle in homes across the UK, armchair golfers may wish to consider a Spanish golfing holiday to brush up on their skills this summer.

On a Spanish holiday at La Manga Club, Tiger Woods wannabes and aspiring Arnold Palmers can attend the Academy of Golf where they can make the most of practice facilities, high-tech swing analysis and an experienced team of professionals.

Beginners or tour professionals can benefit from a golfing break at the La Manga Club Academy of Golf, where training is received via computerised video analysis as well as traditional teaching methods.

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