It's good to go on a golf vacation.
When you can put down the pen that time of the year, switch on your out of the office and prepare on the fairways for a while away.
We enjoy hearing about your journeys around the globe here at Golf Holidays Direct, whether it's a short break to Celtic Manor, a weekend on the Costa del Sol, or a sunshine lapping journey to Barbados.
And while we're completely focused on getting you the highest possible rates, we know there's no affordable golf holiday, but what can be achieved?
Actually, a lot of things....
Collectively, we have called on our golf travel specialists to provide you with the 10 best tips to save on your next golf vacation!
Try To Avoid Peak Tee-Times
Most golf courses have a peak of play in the morning between 9 and 11.
Well, all the golf travellers want to enjoy their morning golf, leaving to explore, drink or chill the remainder of the day.... And who could blame them for that?
But if you're prepared to break the mold, it could literally pay off.
For example, Monte Rei, one of the Algarve's best golf courses, offers a discount of around £ 60 on getting a twilight round in the peak seasons rather than one.
Make Sure To Go ‘Out Of Season’ By One Day
Now, I know I'm not alone in thinking that when most of us are looking for summer vacations, we're particularly looking at one thing.
And that's why. While here in the UK we have a host of championship golf courses on our doorstep, we definitely aren't blessed with excellent weather.
So consider booking from the' peak summer seasons' of June, July & August when booking a golf vacation; it will bring down your price....
Would you like some evidence? Islantilla Golf Resort will cost you £ 190 more if you travel on 31 August rather than a day later on 1 September for 5 evenings, playing 3 rounds of golf.
Oh, and by the manner, if the weather is concerned...
Flexibility With Your Traveling Dates
While most of these tips are most efficient for golfers traveling overseas, for those who appreciate UK golf breaks, we still have some.
This one is simple–not only will you experience a quieter golf course and hotel, but you can also save up to £ 100 if you take your journey on a Sunday night instead of a Saturday night.
Change The Weekend Break
Going away for a long weekend, particularly for town breaks, is an incredibly common form of vacation.
You can see and do most of what you want 3 evenings, 4 days in the region without recycling operations or restaurants.
Travelers want to experience the finest nightlife on offer, most often on a Friday and Saturday night, are most prevalent from Thursday to Sunday.
The same applies to a golf vacation; if you visit the Algarve and want to experience the Albufeira strip's hustle and bustle, the weekend is probably the best time to go.
But if you're not fussed, go on a long weekend, but turn it up.
Take Multiple Rounds At The Same Golf Course
You will have several incredible classes accessible for you to go and play when you go to an area, or even some resorts.
And while this is going to be highly tempting, it will be cheaper to choose to stick to one of the classes than testing your game on the various paths.
To be sure, this may not be as exciting, but there are some advantages of twice playing the same course other than the price.
Take Penina as an instance–three courses on offer but the primary attraction is the layout of the Championship, and for many, it could be quite a shock to come upon the first day and play that course–particularly that difficult 7th hole.
So returning the next day could be met with a sigh of relief with an understanding of what you are facing, enabling you to correct your first day's mistakes!
Travel With Friends Or Relatives
While getting a group of friends to commit to a golf vacation can be a problem, persistence is almost definitely worthwhile.
Traveling in a bigger group not only enables additional on-course competition and off-course banter but also helps save cash for everyone.
This is a fairly easy yet efficient way to save on your golf vacation... If either phrase is displayed in the resort, hotel or course of choice, and you can get 8 to 12 individuals to join your golf group, then one of you will travel free!
Then all that remains to be done is to split the saving between the group and save some cash for you all.
Book Your Golfing Holiday In Advance
When you book a holiday, being organized comes in very handy; it enables time for any modifications in the timetable, provides you the greatest opportunity to secure the lodging you want, and soon takes away a lot of pressure.
Things aren't different from a golf holiday, though this time you'll also get the tee times you want. (See Tip #1) More importantly, the previous you book, the cheaper it will be for this article. Let's create a scenario... In June, you want to go to Turkey for a golf holiday and wonder when to book; if you had to book now, tariffs can be as low as £ 250 and that includes a carriage for golf clubs.
If you were to leave it until February, however, the prices could rise to £ 150 per person by a huge £ 100!
Look For The Best All-Inclusive Golf Break Deals
Let's be honest, while golf is the most important part of your trip, it's almost always about finding the entire package so you can enjoy things away from the fairways.
It's as convenient as it is cost-effective to choose an all-inclusive package; you won't have to go looking for a breakfast place or worry if the bar you've been researching will have more than five individuals in it, as everything is on-site.
And all is already paid for, which is why the all-inclusive deals are going to be more costly, but they are going to massively reduce your expenditure expenses.
Turkish resorts are the champions of all-inclusive deals, mainly due to their amazing hospitality and jaw-dropping hotels... not to mention world-class golf courses.
Decide Whether To Take Your Own Clubs
I'm sure everyone would choose to take their clubs with them if money wasn't an object, and rightly so.
You're using these clubs week in, week out and of course, know what you can and can't do with them and help you on the course.
But it's not always that easy... EasyJet can charge you for taking your clubs with you between £ 72 and £ 92, while Ryanair is between £ 60 and £ 70.
Fortunately for you, we have a nice little partnership with British Airways that allows you to book long-haul flights with FREE golf club carriage.
Golf holidays direct can help you get there