How to Plan a Golf Holiday With Your Family At Your Favorite Golf Courses Around the World
Posted Feb 10 2012 6:00am
Planning a golf holiday with your family can be an ideal choice for any golfer, but there are certain aspects of your trip that it is important to consider. Above all, you need to decide how much golf your other family members are going to want to play, if any. If they are non-golfers to begin with, it is imperative that you also take their needs into account.
Fun for all the Family?
If you are planning golf holidays and you are effectively the only golfer, then to some degree you need to put the rest of your family first, particularly if you want to play at some of the world’s greatest courses.
Alternatively, if they enjoy playing the game with you, that makes your job a little easier, but it is still important that you pay attention to where you are going to play.
Location, Location, Location
If you are the solitary golfer in the party, then you must research your location in full before you depart. The Algarve, for example, is one of the most popular golfing destinations in the world, but don’t just assume that there are bars and beaches on hand to keep everybody entertained.
Some parts of this region are quite remote, with few facilities other than for golf itself and this would leave any non-players stranded with little to entertain them. So do plenty of research and, at the very least, provide a hire car for those that are left behind while you play.
Getting Everyone Involved
If the whole family wants to play, then that makes things far simpler when it comes to choosing a destination and it also opens up more of the world’s greatest courses for you. However, you must remember that many of these courses need you to be of a certain standard and provide a handicap certificate before you can even step onto the first tee.
If you are all competent golfers, then this shouldn’t pose any problem, but if some members of your party are just learning the game, this may limit you when it comes to choosing your course.
If the world’s top locations are closed to you in this respect, then look for courses that accept mixed-ability golfers so that everyone can enjoy the experience.
The question of your location is important to keep in mind, even if you are primarily there for the golf. Essentially, destinations for golf holidays can be split into two groups: those that are situated near major towns and cities and those that are unquestionably remote.
If, for example, you are lucky enough to play at some of the best courses in Scotland, such as the Old Course at St Andrews, you should make sure that your party are fully mobile in order that you can enjoy the best that Scotland can offer as a tourist destination.
Alternatively, if you travel to Spain and are based in one of the main cities, such as Barcelona or Madrid, there will be plenty of attractions to keep everyone entertained and most of these will be within walking distance.
Above all, planning is critical and when you’re looking into a holiday of this kind it pays to do your research. However, with a little forward thinking and by taking on board the needs of every family member, the world’s best golfing locations can make ideal holiday destinations.