Five simple steps to crafting your ideal golf vacation


It’s been on your bucket-list for an eternity, but there’s no reason why you can’t make that dream golfing vacation a reality. Besides, the sooner you start planning, the sooner you can make it a happen. If you don’t know where to start, we’ve put together five simple steps that cover all the aspects of arranging your own dream golf getaway.

Step 1: Do your research

Thanks to the digital age, there’s more information out there on golf courses and golf resorts than you can shake a nine iron at. Pick a destination or a specific course and use the internet to learn as much as you can about it. If you have a question that hasn’t been covered, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or send an email to find out what you want to know. Making contact with a member of staff can reveal a wealth of inside information you may not have considered.

Step 2: Pick your travelling companions

Will you be travelling with a group of fellow golf fanatics, taking your family or planning a solo adventure? If you’re going with a group, consider a round number that can easily be divided by four. You should also delegate some duties and responsibilities so that one person doesn’t end up doing all the dirty work.

With the family in toe, you’ll need to think about activities and entertainment for those who don’t share your passion for golf. Many golf resorts have any number of alternative attractions to keep the family happy while you pursue your golf. Going it alone offers you even more freedom in how you spend your time. You don’t have to choose just one course. You can travel around and play several courses quite easily.

Step 3: Budget


Now that you’ve decided where to go and who to bring along you can start making inquiries about costs. Larger groups will be eligible for better discounts and this can make it more affordable. Knowing what the costs are will help you to determine how long you’ll have to save up for to be able to afford the trip. Take into account all the expenses involved beyond airfare and accommodation. What about transport, insurance and other minor expenses that may crop up.

Step 4: Be prepared


Make sure all the necessary paperwork is taken care of before you step on the plane. This may include things like:

  • Passports and Visas
  • Handicap certificates
  • Copy of the club rules and regulations

Don’t forget any special equipment or clothing you might need, like soft spike shoes or club approved clobber.

Step 5: Expect the unexpected

While it’s impossible to anticipate everything you may encounter on your trip, it pays to be prepared! Add an extra bit of money to you budget to cover any emergencies. Basic travel insurance is a necessary evil, but the peace of mind it will give you is priceless.

In fact, you may want to make sure that your golfing equipment is also covered in your insurance policy. Shipping expensive gear always carries a risk so getting it insured is well worth the added cost.

If you work your way through these five steps you’re bound to put together a brilliant trip that would be the envy of any golfing enthusiast. Having a proper plan in place will also make your holiday more enjoyable as you’ll be able to relax knowing that you’ve covered all the bases.

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