How To Plan A Golf Vacation/Holiday
Ah, can’t you just picture it now? A golf vacation/holiday with good friends: great rounds of golf on a beautiful course in lovely surroundings, relaxing in a hot tub afterwards, then experiencing delicious food while dining out. What’s not to love about a golf vacation/holiday? It’s the perfect way to play your favorite game while enjoying new and beautiful surroundings. Fore!
If you’ve made up your mind that you want to go on a golf vacation (holiday as we europeans say), there are a few things to consider before you pack your golf bag.
1. Plan and book your trip in advance.
Take into account the busy season for golf, depending which part of the world you are in, and the popularity of some of the destinations so you can get your trip reserved when you want it. If you start planning early enough and are flexible, you might be able to find specials that will greatly reduce the price of your golf break.
2. With so many destination golf courses to choose from, you may want to talk to an agency that specializes in golf packages.
The pros for this are – less hassle, hotel/rental car/airfares/fees are all-inclusive, and perhaps cheaper than al a carte. The cons are – planned for the masses and may not include exactly what you want, and may be more expensive. One idea is to go with a package the first time and after that you’ll know what you want and don’t want with your golf vacation/holiday and can then handpick all the details yourself.
3. Chose a golf course that fits your style of play.
If your ball is attracted to sand traps, find a course that has few sand traps. If you’re almost ready for the pro circuit, find a course that will challenge you with long, curvy, or narrow fairways.
4. Ask around for recommendations.
If you play golf regularly, ask your friends at the club where they’ve been and what they thought of the course and accommodations. Sometimes word of mouth can link you up with the best links.
5. Consider the scenery.
Which part of the country do you want to visit? Do you want exotic, warm, or tropical? Do you want to play in the US? Or how about another country like Scotland, where golf began? If you’re going out of the country, make sure your passport is in order or allow yourself enough time to get a passport.
6. Who’s going with you?
If there are non-golfers or those not wanting to golf every day, make sure there are other things for them to do. Keep their interests in mind such as shopping, tennis, a swimming pool, spa amenities, or walking trails.
7. Decide how many holes you want to play per day.
You will want to book your tee times in advance, and you can do this online quickly and conveniently.
8. Another important consideration is the accommodations.
Do you want a 5 star hotel experience with dining out every meal or would you rather have a relaxed house or apartment where you can cook much of the time? A big deciding factor could be the costs involved. Take a look at the location of your hotel and determine if there is nightlife nearby or if you’re going to need a rental car so you can drive 10 miles to get to it.
There is a lot to consider when planning your golf vacation/holiday, but it is so worthwhile to get it right. Your perfect trip, the one with the beautiful setting, wonderful course, and favorite friends will be the filled with lasting memories of good times and low scores.
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