Five tips for planning your golf trip
With golfing season in full swing, you have many opportunities to book an amazing golf trip at one of many beautiful destinations. Whether you plan to stay in the United States or travel overseas, there are some things to watch out for when planning your trip. Here are five tips that you must consider when planning your golf trip.
#1) Figure out your budget. Before even planning your trip you must look at your budget and how much you are able to spend for a flight, hotel, car rental, and green fees. If you are on a tight budget, look at golf resorts instead of individual hotels. Most golf resorts have packages that include your hotel, golf fees on their course (and sometimes on partner resorts’ courses as well), food, taxes, and tips. The only thing you will need to put money out for is your flight. Everything else is included in the golf resort price. You won’t need to rent a car as everything you would need is right on one piece of property.
#2) Decide on your destination. Take a look at different golf packages that your local travel agent or an online travel company and then narrow it down to the destinations you would most like to visit. Consider the price of the package as well as the price of your flight. Going overseas will cost more than staying within your own country. If you have it in your budget to spend a little more on your flight to experience some of the amazing golf courses across the world then go for it!
#3) Don’t get sucked into the “one-size-fits all” trap. There are many golf vacation packages that offer extremely low prices unless you are okay with staying in a run-down hotel and playing on below average golf courses. Golf packages that offer a three night stay with two rounds of golf for a price between $100 and $150USD, chances are you will have a below average experience. Don’t settle for cheap, cookie cutter deals. Make sure you are able to customize a golf vacation package that fits your needs and your budget.
#4) Make sure the travel company you are buying from knows the local golf scene. Most times travel agencies or travel companies don’t know what the golf scene looks like in the destinations they are trying to sell you. Most golf packages are sold through a phone bank fulfillment center where its operators only have outdated information and don’t know much if anything about the destination or its golf courses. If you thought getting a tee time at a lower class golf course was bad, imagine it being poorly maintained.
#5) Make sure the destination you choose fits your style. Don’t settle for anything less than what makes the perfect golf vacation in your eyes. Settling for a vacation inside your own country when you want to experience courses overseas is not the answer; follow your heart while keeping your budget in mind BEFORE you book your golf vacation.