10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Planning A Golf Vacation, Part 1

1. What skill level are the golfers in my group? Everyone wants to play the courses the pros play. After all, what could be more fun than walking in the footsteps of the game’s greats? But you also have to remember that you, my friend, are no pro golfer. Many of the best courses in the world employ handicap requirements, particularly in the British Isles where conditions can be extremely demanding for beginners, and for good reason. Each destination we offer has world-class courses for every skill level, and understanding your own limitations is key to an enjoyable day on the links. So while you might be better off saving Muirfield for your next trip to Scotland, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy any number of amazing courses this time around. Besides, couldn’t you use a little extra motivation to get out there and practice once you get back?

2. How much am I willing to spend? Scotland and England feature many of the world’s top courses, as well as the entirety of the British Open rota, but this notoriety often comes with a hefty price tag. These top dollar these courses charge is well-deserved, but if you’re simply looking for a world-class links experience, you might be better served checking out Ireland, where the more favorable exchange rate and lesser-known courses can lead to hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in savings. Another important consideration is the time of year, as shoulder seasons in the spring and fall will offer substantial discounts.

3. Is golf the only thing that matters on this trip? Each destination we send our clients to offers a bevy of outstanding golf courses, but there’s much more to them besides golf. If history or whisky/whiskey are your thing, the British Isles have you covered, with some breathtaking coastal scenery to boot, particularly on the Irish coast. If sun, awe-inspiring wildlife and great wine sound like a better time, might we suggest South Africa? It’s hard to go wrong with such great locales, but it’s worth considering what other offerings you might want to explore before choosing a destination.

4. Can I stay awake once I get there? Most eastbound transatlantic flights are overnight, meaning our clients will often arrive early in the morning on their first day in-country. Most groups will take that day to acclimate to their surroundings, but this will only happen if they are diligent about making a full day of it. It can be quite tempting to steal what you think will be a quick nap upon checking in to your hotel. After all, it’s usually at least 7 or 8 in the evening back home! But doing so will only throw off your sleep schedule for the entire week, leading to less than ideal preparation for your once in a lifetime rounds of golf. For this reason, we urge our clients to consider playing a round on their afternoon of arrival, assuming the itinerary allows for it. When was the last time you fell asleep on the 14th fairway?


Ask Jean Van de Velde about being prepared for what the course will throw at you

5. Am I healthy enough to plan this trip? It may not be a possibility you want to consider, but every year clients are forced to cancel trips at the last minute due to nagging injuries or because they need more time to recover from procedures which they have had planned for months. This has nothing to do with age, as we have had clients who successfully traveled from ages 5 to 85, and it is a question which everyone should ask themselves before planning a trip that may be over a year away. This question is also a great reminder that you should always buy travel insurance for a trip of this magnitude.

Like this post? Check out part two here!