How to Plan an Enjoyable Golf Trip
The secret to planning a successful golf tour is knowledge and good planning. Even if you book the trip via a tour company or by yourself, there are pointers that can assist you in making smarter choices and responsible decisions.
Tour Company or No Tour Company
You can settle this issue simply by considering your budget and your free time. Using a tour company will increase your costs, but they make your trip more convenient in all respects.
Defining Your Budget
Your budget is your personal decision, but you have a lot of ways to stretch your resources. For example, you can choose a B&B instead of a pricey 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.
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 pick a region or two as their base instead of traveling all he time.
Again, this is probably an issue of budget You may think of home rental as too expensive, but when you’re traveling with a group, this could well be your most affordable choice. Another big factor is whether you’d rather be traveling or just based in an area or two.
If you’re going with a group (most probably you are), renting a car is a good option. If you’re going to Europe, your driver should be able to drive on the left side of the road in what will probably be a manual car. And tell them you want a larger car 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, public transportation is another option. This may not be the easiest, but it sure is scenic and entertaining. You can use the travel time to rest from a long, exhausting day of play, or to relax for the events of the next day.
Booking Tee Times
It’s often easy to get tee times, especially if it’s done in advance. Some courses may have limited guest play, so you’re really going to have to book early. Feel free to inquire about their replay rate if that’s necessary. Deals can be great at some courses if you return on the same day or week.