For the really ardent golfer, vacation plans will usually include the desire to get in at least a couple rounds of golf. And the possibility of getting to play golf in a new and exotic place can be very exciting indeed. But, how do you plan these fabulous golf holidays so that the trip is smooth and uneventful?
Checking with a golf-pro might be a very good place to start. Some of them are surprisingly well traveled and may have some solid suggestions for good courses, as well as the amenities in the surrounding areas. If the pro does not, start talking to the other members of your club, consider every conversation to be a networking opportunity. If that does not turn up the right information, do some research on your own utilizing the Internet, and then compare what you find with a certified, licensed travel agent. Use the basic, no-frills prices that you find on your own as the starting point, and then see what kind of comparable prices the agent can find for you. Some resorts can only be booked by agencies, and some agents will have exclusive deals that can beat the web deals by a serious amount.
Once you have an idea of how much you are willing to spend for your vacation, you must decide how much golf will be actually played. Are you only choosing a destination for the golfing opportunities alone, or do you want to see some shows or tour historic sites as well? The world has many top-rated golf courses to offer, but there are other things to consider as well. How many people will be coming with you? What is the makeup of that group? Are you going with your family, for instance? Walt Disney’s various resorts offers excellent, top ranked golf, something to consider if part of your group will be the under ten age group. If you are the only golfer, your partner can visit the park attractions with the kids while you are golfing. Of course, there are other resorts to consider as well, and some are “adults only” if that is of any interest to you.
No matter what location you decide on, or what type of resort, once you make your final travel plans, make sure that you take the extra time to find out what all is included in your “all inclusive” resort, including whether you will need
to bring your own clubs, and exactly how much that will cost, and what the dress codes are for each portion of the day. Some resorts will have strict golf clothing rules, as well as a dress code for the more formal meals of the day,
and you will want to avoid looking like a fool.