Putting together the perfect golfing holiday requires forethought and imagination. Whether you’re looking to get your friends together for an unforgettable experience, treating yourself and your family to a relaxing break or striking out for an adventure on your own, there are many things you need to consider to ensure your vacation lives up to your expectations.
We’ve put together basic guides covering all the elements you should keep in mind as you plan your visit.
There’s no need to limit yourself to your own backyard. Broaden your options and consider playing some of the world-class greens in Europe. With proper planning and saving, playing a foreign country needn’t break the bank, and will make for holiday you’ll remember for years to come.
If you’ve decided that you’re up for a bit of adventure and want to try your hand at planning in a different country, you’ll need to decide when to go. Many Mediterranean countries have mild winters and booking out of season may also save you money.
Having a clear idea of how much you can afford to spend will help you make important decisions about your trip. Will you spend five nights in a five star hotel, or opt for a nearby bed and breakfast and stretch your stay to seven nights. Doing some research on the costs involved can tell you whether you need to save up for a bit longe
Don’t forget to arrange your essential travel documents, visas, passports and whatever else you may need, well before your departure!
If you don’t fancy the hassle of hauling your own clubs on the airplane, you may have the option to rent equipment at your destination. This also means that you’re spared the added expense of insuring them, and the anxiety that they may be mishandled in transport. If you can’t imagine playing with alien clubs, then be sure to invest in a sturdy flight bag cover.
Apart from the obvious cost of air travel, you also need to consider how you will navigate your way around a strange city. If you’re not staying within walking distance of the course, would you consider hiring a car for your stay? Perhaps you could rely on public transport while you’re there. Again, it’s easy to do some research on the net before you get to your destination.
The thing to bear in mind here is who you’ll be travelling with. If you’re going with fellow golf enthusiasts and you’ll be spending the majority of your time on the course, you could opt for renting an apartment. If it’s a family trip, a resort hotel with a pool and spa will give them plenty to occupy themselves with while you’re practising your putting.
Do you need something smart for the evening, or just casual, comfortable clothes for club house? If you’ve done your research and some careful planning you’ll be able to know what to pack and what to leave behind. Find out what kind of weather you can expect and always pack in something for that unexpected shower. It goes without saying that sunscreen and a cap should go in your suitcase first. You don’t want your memories of the golf trip of a lifetime to be spoilt by sunburn!
With so many aspects to take care of, planning a vacation in a foreign country can be a bit daunting. If you keep this guide handy and work through it step-by-step, planning your golfing vacation will be a breeze!
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