For the serious golfer, there is no better vacation than to spend on the golf courses, competing in beautiful weather against a tight-knit group of friends. There are many ways to structure a golf vacation and many golf destinations and packages to consider when planning the perfect excursion. Here are some pro tips on how to get it right:
Put your crew on the same wavelength
The first step to a successful trip is making sure everyone agrees on how to structure your vacation time. Gather your friends and put their heads together to determine exactly what kind of experience you want. Not everyone will want to wake up at dawn and play eighteen holes before lunch. The same goes for off-field activities – if you plan on spending a few nights in town, make sure your companions don’t burn out when you return to your room in the wee hours of the morning.
Take the road less traveled
Famous places like Pebble Beach and Myrtle Beach are must-see destinations that every serious golfer should visit at some point. However, do some research on the lesser known courses. The states of the US have impressive places to play, each with a different feel depending on the climate and landscape of the region. Ask around and consult golfing guides and magazines to find the hidden gem that you like best. There may be fewer people than those big-name places
Golf resorts vs. Game packs
Golf packages are generally divided into two main categories: resort packages and game packages. The first variety places you in a resort right at the links, giving you access to this course during your stay. Rather, the games option will place you and your group in a hotel located near several fields. The package includes reserved spaces on some courses, so your itinerary will have you bouncing around the map to play. Again, check with your group to determine what kind of experience you want.
Alternative accommodation options
If you want to skip the hotel experience, it can be fun and cheap to pool your money and rent a condo or golf villa. This gives you more freedom to rest in your own place. While you’ll miss out on the perks of room service and wake-up calls, you won’t have to beg the hotel kitchen to stay open when you want a late-night snack. It also provides you and your friend with a comfortable and common environment to chat and relax during downtime.
Plan in advance
There are many golfers in this world and there are not enough places for them to all play at once. Courses are booked months in advance, especially during peak season. Once you’ve decided where to go, know that you’ll need to book your trip well in advance. The added benefit of booking early is that your airfare will be cheaper if you buy it at the same time.
With research, coordination, and a little enthusiasm, you and your team can have the golf vacation of a lifetime, even if you spend some of it in the sand trap.