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
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 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. Touring with a larger group and dividing some of the fixed costs is also a good way to save some money. Use your ingenuity when trying to think up ways to enjoy your trip while reasonably reining in the cost.
Where to Go
This may be a bit tricky. While it’s tempting to play all over the country, it can be draining and costly, and keep you from maximizing your time. Many people pick a region or two as their base instead of traveling all he time.
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’re going with a group (most probably you are), renting a car is a good option. If you’ll be in Europe, be sure to have 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, public transportation is another option. This may not be the easiest, but it sure is scenic and entertaining. 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. There may be limited guest play in some courses, in which case you’ll really have to book early. Feel free to inquire about their replay rate if that’s necessary. You can find amazing deals at some courses if you play again that same day or within that same week.