You don’t have the time. You don’t have the money. The recession has got you down. The litany of excuses on why golfers hesitate taking a golf getaway these days is seemingly inexhaustible.
My advice: Start planning your next golf getaway now.
Maybe these words by golf great Ben Hogan will get you going. “As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round,” said Hogan.
Photo by Ed Schmidt Jr.
So, how do you start the planning process?
First, answer these questions:
- Whom should I go with?
- What is my budget?
- When is the best time to go?
- Where have I always wanted to tee up?
- How can I get the best rates?
- What type of courses do I like to play?
- What type of experience do I want in terms of other resort amenities?
- Do I want to walk or ride a cart?
- Do I want a resort with caddies?
- Do I want to visit a golf destination with a variety of courses or a secluded resort?
- Do I want to drive or fly?
- Should I use a golf tour operator?
Obviously, the previous list is a short one just to get you started. No doubt, other questions will come to mind.
The most important component in designing a successful golf getaway is determining the type of trip theme you want to execute. Are you seeking a romantic getaway with your spouse where golf is just one of many activities you’ll pursue, or do you want a trip with your golf buddies where you’ll chase the white dimpled ball from sunrise to sundown and throw down a few brewskis afterward? Other getaway themes include family trips, where you play golf while your spouse and kids enjoy other resort activities; a golf instruction getaway, where you attend a resort golf school for an intense, multi-day program to upgrade your skill level; a walking-only golf experience at a resort that features a caddie program; and a budget trip, when the sole concern is saving money.
If the entire planning process proves to be too time-consuming and confusing, I suggest contacting a tour operator that specializes in golf excursions. Some of the best I’ve worked with previously, include: Haversham & Baker, Golfpac, PerryGolf and Myrtle Beach Golf Packages.
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