How to Plan an Enjoyable Golf Trip
The secret to planning a successful golf tour is knowledge and good planning. It doesn’t matter if you book the trip through a travel company or on your own – there are tips that can guide you as you try to make wise choices and well-informed decisions.
Tour Company or No Tour Company
You can settle this issue simply by considering your budget and your free time. You’ll be spending more with a tour company, but the total convenience you get in exchange can be priceless.
Creating a Budget
Your budget is mainly your choice, but there are a few ways to maximize your available resources. For instance, a B&B will be cheaper compared to a hotel. If you tour with a bigger group, you can split some of the fixed costs and save more money as well. Try to be creative when thinking up ways to make the most of your trip.
Deciding Where to Go
This may be a bit tricky. Playing in all the possible places can be tempting, but you could end up so drained, physically and financially, that you won’t even enjoy the trip anymore. Many people prefer picking one or two regions as their base, instead of spending most of their time traveling.
Again, this is mainly a budget issue. You may think renting a home is expensive, but if you’re traveling with a group, this can actually be your most cost-effective option. Another big factor is whether you’d rather be traveling or just based in an area or two.
If you’ll be going with a group, a car rental is a viable option. If Europe is your destination, you’ll need a driver who can drive a manual car on the left side of the road. And tell them you want a larger car size. European cars are typically smaller and getting everything to fit, such as your clubs and bags – not to mention your golf tour buddies – could be a challenge. Of course, you’ll always find an option in public transportation. This will not be the easiest, but it’s fun and picturesque. Travel time can be used to relax after long, draining day of golf, or to relax and prepare for your next game.
Booking Tee Times
Booking tee times is usually not a problem at most courses, especially you do it in advance. There may be limited guest play in some courses, in which case you’ll really have to book early. Don’t hesitate to ask about their replay rate if necessary. You can find amazing deals at some courses if you play again that same day or within that same week.