What are the reasons that you would want to book a golf vacation in the first place, you are playing well enough on your local course and your gradually bringing you handicap down. You are playing in the medals against the guys and gals in you club. What can be better than that?
Well – let me run this past you for a second. I am a great believer in expanding your horizons and travelling is a great way to do this, added to the fact that you will be improving you game by playing on new courses that you are unfamiliar with makes it all the more challenging.
So what is the best way to go about researching a golf vacation package?
Obviously the Internet is going to play a big part because you can determine what the price bands are going to be for each specific category that you are interested in such as:
- Country to visit.
- Time of year to travel.
- Average weather conditions.
- Accommodation levels and types.
- Self catering, bed and breakfast, evening meal or all inclusive golf vacation.
- Golf courses to be played and number available.
- Facilities for the none golfer.
- Overall leisure facilities.
- Evening entertainment and restaurants.
These are just the main categories to consider when doing your research however remember that discounts are available to you when you travel as part of a large group (where you enjoy the benefits of economies of scale) and you want to play at non-peak times or travel in the off-season.
Once you establish a price from one supplier you can then try and get a price reduction from another supplier for the same golf vacation. Due to fact that the Internet allows you to search in your own time and make the price comparisons yourself you do not feel under any obligation or pressure.
There never has been a better time to go on a golf vacation and not only enjoy yourself playing golf on new testing courses you will meet new people and enjoy the culture as well. You will also get the relaxation that you would get from a ‘normal’ vacation as well.
Finding The Best Golf Vacation Packages
Once upon a time traveling far and wide to play golf was only for those that either played the game professionally or those who worked in the golfing industry as a club pro. This is not the case anymore and there are golf vacation packages around that will suit any size of wallet and that includes yours.
Another reason for this is that the US dollar can go further in many countries than it does in others due to the difference in foreign exchange rate fluctuations. A three course meal in Argentina does not cost the same as it does in the USA (in dollar terms) and a golf vacation package is no different.
The ability to be able to book a vacation on the Internet has also meant that ‘middle men’ are cut out allowing you to take advantages of discounted rates of more than 50% of the value.
If you are the more adventurous type you can also book your flights and connecting travel independently as well and this will be discounted in addition. If you also choose travel out of peak season the prices will be lower although you do run the risk of inclement weather conditions.
There are many places that will also do a price match or better so if you do find a vacation that you like the look of you can contacted other companies that you can find on the Internet and ask them if they can beat the price you have found.
There are some aspects that you need to consider first before you get your bargaining head on and get too excited.
If you are travelling with a larger group you will get bigger discounts than travelling with two or less. This is because of economies of scale. You may find that there is single person room supplementation if you are planning to travel alone.
It is worth signing up to some specialist travel companies mailing lists or subscribing to their news letters so that you can be notified via email when the offers come up as they do tend to go quite quickly.
There are many places that a cheap golf vacation can be found in from Indonesia to Europe and back across to the USA so do not place restrictions on what is possible before you have even tried.
Once you have caught the bug you will be surprised as to how many people do book golfing vacation packages and swear bu them as the best way to combine a break and enjoy our favorite sport at the same time.