Planning a Successful Golf Tour
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 vs. No Tour Company
You can settle this issue simply by considering your budget and your free time. A tour company will add to your costs, but they can make the entire trip more convenient from you, from booking hotels to getting a ride and all the rest.
Defining a Budget
Your budget is mainly your choice, but there are a few ways to maximize your available resources. A B&B, for example, will be less expensive than a hotel. Going with a bigger group and splitting some of the fixed costs is another way of saving some cash. Try to be creative when thinking up ways to make the most of your trip.
Where to Go
This part isn’t always simple. While it’s tempting to play all over the country, it can be draining and costly, and keep you from maximizing your time. For many people, choosing one or two regions as their base is better than constantly traveling.
Again, this is probably an issue of budget You may think renting a home is expensive, but if you’re traveling with a group, this can actually be your most cost-effective option. Another big factor is whether you’d rather be traveling or just based in an area or two.
If you plan to go on the trip with a group, renting a car will be a good step. 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 tend to be smaller, and you may have a hard time getting all your bags and clubs fit, not to mention the other golfers. Of course, you’ll always find an option in public transportation. This will not be the easiest, but it’s fun and picturesque. 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. There may be limited guest play in some courses, in which case you’ll really have to book early. Don’t hesitate to ask about their replay rate if necessary. Deals can be great at some courses if you return on the same day or week.