How to Plan an Enjoyable Golf Trip
Knowledge and good planning are key to a successful golf trip. Whether you book the trip through a tour company or on your own, there are tips that can help you make sound choices and informed decisions.
Travel Company versus No Travel Company
This issue can be settled by considering how much free time and budget you have. A tour company will add to your costs, but they can make the entire trip more convenient from you, from booking hotels to getting a ride and all the rest.
Defining a Budget
Your budget is your personal decision, but you have a lot of ways to stretch your resources. For instance, a B&B will be cheaper compared to a hotel. Going with a bigger group and splitting some of the fixed costs is another way of saving some cash. Be creative and try to come up with ways to make the trip more enjoyable without letting your money run loose.
Where to Go
This part isn’t always simple. 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 usually boils down to budget. You think it’s costly to rent a home, but if you’re with a group, this my prove to be cos-effective. Another huge factor is whether you want to base yourself in one or two areas, or you would like to be traveling.
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 ask for a larger vehicle size. European cars are usually smaller than usual, and getting all of your stuff to fit, not to mention your golf trip buddies, can be difficult. Of course, you’ll always find an option in public transportation. This will not be the easiest, but it’s fun and picturesque. You can also use the travel time to relax for the next day’s event or rest after a long tiring day at the course.
Booking Tee Times
Booking tee times is usually not a problem at most courses, especially you do it in advance. Sometimes, some courses will have limited guest play, which means booking should actually be done early. If necessary, don’t think twice asking about their replay rate. You can find amazing deals at some courses if you play again that same day or within that same week.