The difference between a golf holiday and a ‘normal’ holiday is the fact that you are going to play golf. Just how much golf you want to play depends on many different factors but as its probably the most important element of the holiday it is important to choose golf courses that you are going to enjoy. The really keen golfers might want to play 36 holes in a day whereas others might only want to play a couple of rounds a week. If you are going abroad then it is probably a good idea to try to play on different types of courses to what you play at home. It is also a good idea to try to get a good mix of the type of courses you are going to play so that you sample the best that the area you are in has to offer.
If you are really keen look for a holiday that includes unlimited golf. Then providing there is availability you can play as many holes in a day as you want. This type of holiday is usually available at the larger resorts where the Hotel has its own golf course or more than one course. The Montecastillo Golf Resort in the Costa de la Luz near to Jerez is one such destination.
For most golfers that’s too much golf and most people will generally play 3 rounds of golf if they are away for 5 days and will pay 4 or 5 rounds of golf if they are away for 7 days. What you do on your days off depends on what your interests are and whereabouts you have traveled to. A combined ‘Gastronomy and golf holiday’ is becoming more popular. This is especially so in Spain and France where several regions are promoting combined holidays. In the Costa Brava around the town of Girona there are 13 restaurants with one Michelin star, two with 2 stars and two with 3 stars. The latter includes the famous El Celler de Can Roca run by the Roca family which was recently voted the world’s best restaurant. You do need to plan well in advance if you want a table there but it would be a shame to visit the region without sampling at least one of these great restaurants.
For those who prefer sampling wine to eating there are many possibilities to satisfy both golf and your taste buds. A visit to a vineyard when in France, Spain or Portugal when you have a day off from Golf is really a must and can easily be arranged and booked in advance. Whatever your preference there will be somewhere for you to enjoy your favourite tipple. On a recent visit to Jerez there were several possible bodegas to visit to taste some of the finest sherry in the world and see how the wine was put together and it proved very popular with all the group.
In the football season its now possible to combine golf with a ticket to watch a game. This has proved extremely popular in Spain where it’s a great idea to watch either Barcelona or Real Madrid in action when you are playing in the region. Beyond Spain, Lisbon is a fantastic region to enjoy football too with both Benfica and Sporting Lisbon playing in the city. Tickets for all of these events are available via a registered ticket distributor.
By far the most popular combination holiday is to play golf and stay in a hotel that has a spa. Most of the modern 4 and 5 star hotels have a spa or wellness centre as they are called. These vary from a couple of rooms for massage treatments to huge areas offering every form of treatment you can imagine.
When you are considering your next golf holiday think what other activities you could include to make the trip more worthwhile and interesting. It can only add to the experience.