Organising a golf holiday or a golf break, especially for a large group of people such as a golf society is often a complex and long drawn out process. It can test the planning skills and patience of even the most seasoned golf traveler however we thought we’d put together a quick guide of things to consider in an effort to make the task a little easier!
Where To Go On Your Golf Holiday Or Golf Break
This is going to be the first question you and your fellow golfer/s ask yourself and it’s better to do it as early as possible. The earlier you start planning, the better chance you have of getting your preferred tee times and accommodation choices. This is particularly true if you are planning on going to the Algarve in Portugal as some of the most popular regions like Vilamoura where the best tee times are often booked up early.
Things to consider which will influence your decision are what your budget is, what time of year you are looking to travel and what sort of golf you want to play. Those looking for a short, cheap golf break for a group often head to the Costa Del Sol, Costa Blanca or the Algarve whereas those looking for a slightly longer stay might consider Turkey which has a great Winter climate for golf and attractive all inclusive options.
Stay At A Golf Resort Or In A Town
Once you have decided on a location and a budget for your golf holiday or golf break, one of the key things to consider is where your group would prefer to stay. One option is staying on a golf resort where everything is on site, from the golf during the day, evening meals to the entertainment. These resorts such as La Cala Golf Resort in the Costa Del Sol and La Finca Golf Resort & Spa in the Costa Blanca, or Amendoeira Golf Resort in the Algarve have a wide range of onsite facilities such as Spa’s and gymnasiums to keep you entertained when you are not on the fairway.
The popular alternative is to be located in a town or close to a beach which would require transport (either private transfers or via a car hire) to and from the golf courses every day. This is often preferred by groups who are seeking lively nightlife and a variety of evening meal options. Golf courses are often less than 30 minutes away making this a great alternative.
What Board Basis On Your Golf Holiday Or Golf Break
2015 was the year that all inclusive golf breaks really took off! Turkey is infamous for it’s all inclusive golf breaks and has long been popular with groups looking for a hassle free holiday however we have got some superb options at the Riu Costa Lago in the Costa Del Sol and also the Real Bellavista in the Algarve for those looking for all inclusive with a smaller budget or prefer their golf in Spain and Portgual.
We’ve also seen some great alternative options pop up at golf resorts across Spain and Portugal who provide a ‘semi all inclusive’ option – this means there is an open bar in the evening and you have an evening meal included however it doesn’t include lunch or the option to snack during the day. Morgado Golf & Country Club, El Rompido Golf Resort and NH Sotogrande all offer this and it proves popular with golfers whom are out on the course playing most days anyway!
Also worth considering bed and breakfast and self catering options if you prefer the variety of eating out at different restaurants each night or you like the flexibility of not being required to eat at a particular time in a particular place.
At Glencor Golf we don’t provide flights – the cheapest way to obtain them is direct so you aren’t lumbered with the administration fees that some tour operators add on to the cost of a golf holiday. It’s easy enough to book them yourself after checking comparison sites such as Sky Scanner or Net Flights which makes the whole process incredibly simple!
Our top tip is to check as soon as the airlines release their flight schedules for the best value deals – you can find these release schedules on their website and it’s worth signing up to their mailing list as they will provide plenty of notice.
Equipment / Club Hire
Once you’ve selected your courses and where you’d like to play, you might want to consider the terrain – you can check the course descriptions on our website and decide whether you need a buggy or not. We can pre-book buggies and trolleys ahead of your arrival which is often recommended on popular resorts however if you want to play it by ear, you can select to rent buggies and trolleys on the day.
For club hire, we recommend ClubsToHire.com who have a depots in a number of airports including Faro and Malaga. You can pre-select the clubs you would like to hire and they will be ready for you when your flight lands. To return them is equally as simple – simply drop them back off before checking in for your flight home. We like the convenience and the quality of clubs which can sometimes be a gamble when hired directly from golf courses.
Finally, transport is the last piece of the puzzle! For large groups, private transfers are often the most cost effective way of shuttling around golf courses and airports however those with 4 passengers or less might want to consider car hire.
Some regions like Vilamoura and Costa Dorada provide transfers for free either from the golf course or the hotel as an incentive to stay with them. For those on a budget it is well worth considering this destinations in order to keep costs down. However we are on hand to provide you with advice about any region and the best way to travel on your golf holiday or golf break.
Feel free to contact us on 01904 406650 to speak to an expert in arranging golf breaks and golf holidays for you and your group!