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Play like a pro during The Open Championship

Golf and spa with professional inspiration during one of the major golfing events of the year.

Summer's here which can only mean one thing... there's even more golf on the TV. From 16th to 23rd July golf fans around the world can delight in the drama of The Open Championship, the oldest golf tournament in the world, and one of the most prestigious.

Named because it is in theory 'open' to all professional and amateur golfers, in reality today the event is a professional tournament that's also played by a small number of the world's leading amateurs who join by invitation or qualification. Still - the rest of us can dream.

This year, the 151st Open takes place at Royal Liverpool, which last hosted the event in 2014 when Rory McIlroy lifted the Claret Jug. The event has been held and celebrated at the prestigious club on multiple occasions and this is bound to be just as special.

For those of us at home and inspired to get out on the course - these are some of our top recommendations.

Golf and spa break inspiration

Whether you're practically a pro or taking your first shots on the practice green, these are some of the best places to head for a golf and spa break.

The Belfry

PGA stamp of approval: The Belfry

The Belfry is a favourite spa destination for fun and relaxation with friends. It has a range of facilities, and as the UK headquarters of the PGA, it has three golf courses including the Ryder Cup course, The Brabazon, and a PGA National Golf Academy.

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Championship status at East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa

Surrounded by the South Downs and the Surrey countryside, East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa is a welcoming, modern hotel where you can relax, unwind and practice your swing. There are two championship golf courses on site, both of which are renowned for their quality. Then head to the spa for a massage to recover.

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Professional style at Mottram Hall

Set in 270 acres of Cheshire countryside, complete with a Champneys destination spa, and offering all the beauty of an 18th-century mansion, Mottram Hall is a treat for everyone who visits. Amongst its prize assets, the hotel boasts an impressive 18-hole Championship golf course which is perfect for amateur and professional players alike.

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Star status at The Grove

If you're looking for something extra special, it's hard to beat The Grove. The opulent hotel just outside London has recently updated its spa as well as its restaurants, so even if you've been before, it's worth going again. The award-winning golf course sets the scene and is a celebrity favourite. It has hosted a World Golf Championship event won by Tiger Woods, as well as the British Masters, and sits at 7,152 yards complete with excellent practice facilities. After your round, jump right into that ozone-filtered pool to relax.

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High standards at Heythrop Park Resort

Heythrop Park Resort is a feast of experiences, set in 440 acres of parkland in the Cotswold countryside. The spectacular manor house dates back to 1710, making you feel like royalty the second you rock up. The spa is a destination in its own right, set within the grounds, and other activities range from self-guided walking tours to archery, rifle shooting and laser clay sessions. Then there's the golf. The hotel has its own 18-hole golf course - the par 72 Bainbridge Course, which offers stand-out holes and strategically placed bunkers to offer a challenge for any golfer.

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