In just about every country in the world, you can find a top-class golf course or resort to hone your swing and practice your short game. Golf tourism has become one of the biggest sectors of the travel industry, with hundreds of thousands of golf tourists taking trips every year to fantastic destinations and well-known courses to combine their favorite hobby with a luxury vacation.
Before you take a trip to a golf resort or start to plan your own itinerary to visit one of the world’s best golf courses, there are some things that you should know about golf tourism so you can ensure you get into the swing of things right away.
Plan Carefully and Do Your Research
The world is filled with some amazing golf courses, but some are not all they advertise themselves to be. The explosion of the lucrative golf tourism market has led to many courses that may promise the best facilities and excellent views, but the courses themselves can be quite mundane and pose little to no challenge to even the most amateur golfer.
Fortunately, there are plenty of websites you can check to get honest reviews of courses from experienced golfers so you can avoid disappointment and experience top-class facilities on an interesting and challenging course.
Taking this approach can also lead you to some hidden gems. Some courses may not look like much on paper, but when you play their eighteen holes, you will be in your element amongst fantastic views and a well-designed course that not many people know about.
Practice Before Your Trip
Before making the journey to your golfing destination, it is a good idea to get some practice in before you go. If you have a tee-time at a world-class course, the last thing you want to do is waste your time or your strokes getting a feel for the game again. The best way to get the most from your trip is to play a few rounds at your local club or course before you go to get back into the swing of things. A great idea would be to purchase a golf simulator. You can use one of these to practice at home, which will help you get every aspect of your game in line before you take your first swing on your vacation.
Consider Renting Clubs at Your Destination
Traveling can be stressful at the best of times, especially when checking in and out of hotels and airports. Lugging around a full set of golf clubs and all their accessories makes this even more stressful, and what happens if your clubs are lost or damaged during travel?
Consider making the traveling part of your trip easier and a lot less stressful by renting clubs and accessories at your destination. This may add a little to the cost but it is definitely worthwhile, and the clubs available to rent at a top-class resort club shop may be an upgrade on what you are used to using. Be sure to pack some of your favorite accessories and clothing in your bag, and your golf shoes, but leaving your clubs and some of your larger accessories at home can save you a lot of stress and help you concentrate on your game.
Golfing vacations are a great way to experience new challenges and styles of golf courses, while also enjoying a fun trip to a new destination and taking in all the sights, sounds, and cuisine of a foreign land. Hopefully, the information here will help you make your trip one worth remembering for all the right reasons – and not for losing your clubs at the airport, wasting your time on a substandard course, or having a tough time playing your game while you get your swing back.