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A Well Planned Golf Holiday Tour
If golfing is one of your favorite pastimes, then going on a golf tour might be something that will catch your interest. For the avid golfer the thought of going on a golf tour is likened to the perfect holiday. With so many choices, planning your own tour can overwhelm and at times even confuse you. Organized planning ahead of time can pay off in big ways when you take a few easy steps researching the different places and options available to you.
Where Should You Go
Picking your destination is the first step in planning your golf holiday. Of course your budget will determine whether to keep it casual and simple or go somewhere really special. Pebble Beach and Desert Springs are two of the more popular courses, but there are literally hundreds of great golf courses available all over the world.
You should always book as early as possible, especially for high demand golf courses. Even if you are a guest at a resort, if the course is popular, you may be out of luck if you wait until a few days before to book your tee times. Nothing is more frustrating than planning a golf holiday and finding out that a course is not available. Reservation for your flights, and rental cars should also all be booked well in advance. Always try to find out how far ahead you can book tee times. All golf courses have definite rules for when they will accept a tee time reservation.
Once you are at your destination on the golf course and ready to play the course you have chosen, do not jump right in and start golfing. Take time to get a feel for the course and stretch properly. Arrive at the course before your tee time to avoid feeling rushed. Checkout the layout of the course and maybe talk to the course pro for any advice.
It is always good to go on a tour with like-minded friends who share your love of golf but make sure every one is in agreement with regards to cost and location. As a general rule when planning the trip, consider the courses first and the accommodations next. You should also consider everyone's playing abilities when you pick the course. An advanced golfer will enjoy a more challenging course while someone less skilled might just become frustrated, lose his temper and spoil the holiday for all concerned. Some resorts are very expensive, but since golf is the main focus of your trip, decide where to play first and then where to stay.
If you are on a limited budget you may consider spending the first day or two at a resort to gain access to their course and then move to a less expensive hotel later. It may be an inconvenience, but can be well worth it in order to play the top courses while not spending the entire holiday at the expensive resort. Some actually find it interesting to discover other places to stay in the same area.
A golf holiday is a great way for the avid golfer to enjoy some of the best courses in the world, meet new people, get a lot of exercise and enjoy a fun and challenging activity. So carefully planning and researching your golf holiday will be worth the effort.
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