Some may ask, why go on holiday for the purpose of playing golf when I can play anytime I want close to home? Well, there are plenty of good reasons. Besides the adventure of travel and the fun of a great round of golf, a golf holiday could be exactly the thing you need to get the most out of the sport. Here are four reasons why you should consider choosing to go on a golf holiday this year.
Variety is the spice of life, and there probably aren’t more than a few good golf courses near enough to you to play regularly. Taking a golf holiday abroad gives you the opportunity to play under completely novel conditions. Not only will the courses be designed differently from the ones you might be accustomed to, but the local plants will be different, the soil will have a different quality and feel to it, and the air conditions—humidity, density, and so on—might even affect your game. Playing under novel conditions will sharpen you up and renew the excitement of golf; it’s the kind of challenge that you simply cannot find by playing in your local area.
Trying out new golf courses a great way to challenge yourself in the sport, and it could very well give you the psychological edge you need to become a better golfer, too. Not unlike spicing things up romantically, a golf holiday abroad will expose you to entirely novel experiences in the sport that might never even occur to you if you stay in your comfort zone. By taking on a new and unique set of challenges, you will have to adapt and become more flexible, skills that every golfer needs in order to master the game. The novelty of an unfamiliar course is a wonderful thing to spark a passion for improving your game.
As in any other sport, golfers from the same area will tend to move in similar circles and learn from the same people. While this is by no means a bad thing, deliberately going to another place to play golf will expose you to how other golfers approach the game. After all, they learned from a completely different crowd. They have their own habits and tricks. You might pick up some unexpected tips and tricks by playing a few rounds with golfers from other parts of the world.
You might consider this putting the cart before the horse, but a golf holiday is a perfect excuse to go travel somewhere that you might never visit, otherwise. Unfortunately, we can’t play golf every hour of the day, but exploring a foreign land doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend time off the golf course. Socialise with locals and other visitors on the course, make some new friends abroad, and see what the locale has to offer!