Though the coronavirus pandemic has temporarily limited where we can travel to, the hope is that we can return to a more normal state of affairs later this year. If you’re looking ahead and want to plan a golfing vacation with your friends, fear not: we’ve put together some tips.
Decide whether to take your own gear
Although you’ll no doubt want to use your own clubs and gear when you’re travelling to some of the world’s most iconic golf courses, the truth is they’re incredibly expensive to transport. In the UK, for example, you can expect to pay anywhere between £75 and £150 to have your golf clubs checked into a flight, and that’s without insurance. Look for carriers that offer free golf club carriage (some long-haul carriers do this) or consider renting clubs abroad.
Book your trip in advance
When you’re booking a holiday, it pays to be organised. The more time you have to plan and prepare for your visit, the more time you have to change your timetable, organize the right health insurance, and ensure you’re guaranteed a spot. What’s also important to note is that by booking in advance, you can access cheaper deals on flights and accommodation, and some golfing resorts even lower the prices on all-inclusive packages so you can save more.
Consider a midweek break
Though it’s most common for golfers to travel on Thursday for a long weekend in another country, you could tear up the rulebook and consider travelling midweek to access cheaper accommodation and have more options on the golf course. You’ll avoid fellow tourists and get to experience golfing like you’re a professional living there – that means more tee times and less competition on some of the world’s most prestigious golf courses, which is a bonus.
Take spending money
Though you’ll likely want to take clothing clothes and accessories with you in your carry-on, you should make sure you should take some spending money to add to your collection. It could be that you want a few golfing souvenirs to remember the trip, or a visit to a particular course could encourage you to invest in a new driver. Auchterlonies is one golf shop Scotland can be proud of, and it offers thousands of products from St Andrews Old Course.
Go out of season
If you’re looking for a way to save money on your next trip, consider going out of season. It’s common to want to play golf over the summer months, but June, July and August are peak summer months and mean that you’ll spend more on your accommodation. Choose May and September as travel months and more bang for your buck – but be cautious of the weather!
Do you have any other tips? Let us know and check back soon for some more advice.