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Top spa hotels for golf beginners

Golf and spa go together like strawberries and cream, but you don't have to be a pro to make the most of it. Here, our very own golf pro turned spa expert, Chris Beeson, recommends some of our top spa hotels for golf beginners...

The Belfry

The Belfry, Birmingham

The Belfry is well known for its golf facilities, attracting the good and the great from across the country. However, it's also a wonderful place to relax, unwind and learn. Unpretentious and relaxed, the modern hotel welcomes you to stay and enjoy quality time with friends. Simply THE Spa has everything you need to unwind including a Fire and Ice thermal suite as well as 12 treatment rooms.

Meanwhile, it's the UK headquarters of the PGA, with three golf courses including the Ryder Cup course, The Brabazon, as well as The Derby, which is suitable for beginners. They also offer world-class golf tuition at England’s only PGA National Golf Academy. There's a driving range so you can practice your swing, TopTracer technology so you can monitor your progress, and you can even arrange for coaching during your visit with one of their pros.

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The Abbey Hotel, Worcestershire

The Abbey Hotel is warm and welcoming, surrounded by 175 acres of Worcestershire countryside but conveniently close to Birmingham for those who want to head into the city. The health club is fully equipped with a pool, gym, sauna, steam room and spa bath - perfect for unwinding after a day on the golf course.

Outside, there's a championship-standard parkland, 18-hole golf course combined with good practice facilities to encourage guests of all levels of experience and skill. The par 72 course is accompanied by a putting green, pro shop and custom fit centre with TrackMan technology and a two-storey floodlit driving range.

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Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa, South Wales

Bryn Meadows is a firm favourite amongst spa goers, always promising relaxing surroundings and innovative spa treatments. Surrounded by 100 acres of meadowland in the Brecon Beacons, the hotel is contemporary and stylish. Food is local with a distinct Welsh theme, and the spa is a wonderful combination of facilities and treatments. There's a hydro spa and Jacuzzi, sauna, steam, aromatherapy suite and gym, as well as four treatment rooms and a mud rasul.

The mature tree-lined, par 71 parkland golf course stands at 6021 yards. Each hole offers a different challenge, and it's won multiple awards. Alongside the course itself, it has coaches available and it has good practice facilities as well.

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Macdonald Portal, Cheshire

A countryside setting but close to Chester itself, Macdonald Portal is a modern hotel with everything you need for a relaxing getaway. It has an award-winning restaurant, as well as a leisure club complete with a gym, 18-metre pool, aroma steam room, infrared sauna, rock sauna, two experience showers and an ice room. The spa also offers therapies using a combination of the Macdonald brand's signature product lines alongside Elemis.

The hotel looks out onto the three golf courses that wrap around the destination. There are two 18-hole courses (Championship and Premier Golf) as well as the nine-hole Arderne course. Unpretentious and welcoming, the course is beginner-friendly (which is not to say it's without challenges), and it has good practice facilities including the largest indoor golf academy in Europe.

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Shrigley Hall Cheshire Spa gardens

Shrigley Hall Hotel Golf and Country Club, Cheshire

A rural retreat bringing guests the best of heritage style and modern hospitality, Shrigley Hall Hotel Golf and Country Club is a historic Manor House turned four-star hotel in the Peak District National Park. Surrounded by 262 acres of countryside, the main building dates to 1825 and is every bit as grand as you might expect. However, modern additions have created a sense of contemporary luxury as well. For example, the BAZAAR Spa is opulent and fully equipped with a gym, pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool spa and outdoor infinity pool, as well as Decléor treatments.

The hotel is surrounded by its own 18 hole, par 71 golf course, which takes you on a journey through woodland and open parkland. There's a practice area and putting green, a six hole par 3/footgolf course and the course is suitable for those new to the game.

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