If you’ve recently made the decision to embark on a solo trip this holiday to hone your golfing skills, this article is for you. There’s a wealth of experience and fun to gain on your own, as you dictate the pace and the difficulty of your golfing journey. But how do you go about your solo adventure?
Golf isn’t necessarily a group activity, but it sure does sound like a lot more fun when done with friends. Add to that the minimized cost due to a shared room (and meals), traveling with someone now appears more enticing. However, you can still have a great time on your golf holiday traveling solo. Check out the tips below to better prepare yourself as you swing away on your vacation!
1. Book everything in advance
Golfing really is an expensive activity, so always plan ahead. This includes everything from flights, hotels, to golf tours. Some companies offer discounted packages months before the peak season, so keep a good eye out for them.
2. Pick the perfect spot
First off, location. Where are you planning to go? Once you have a specific place in mind, check out the hotels and resorts in the area. It also helps to remember that they want to have you and (more often than not) they are capable of creating great deals centered around your chosen activity.
3. Travel during the on-season
If you’re bent on getting the most out of your golf holiday, travel during spring. The US Masters 2019 will be held on April 11-14, and is arguably the best time to immerse yourself in the sport; professional and amateur golfers alike are welcome to the event. You should know that resorts offer multiple customizable packages for clients who are traveling during the peak season, so plan ahead.
4. Travel during the off-season
Say your April holiday plans fall through, consider going during the offseason. Doing so should present a totally different set of difficulties (the weather, costs, etc), but there’s so much to gain, too! Starting early gets you in a good groove, and working during the winter when the climate and the slopes are imperfect should help you gain so much more insights into the game. Think of it as a character building exercise!
5. Check out the local sites and activities
Your trip doesn’t have to revolve solely around golf. A survey from Golf Digest found that men often play up to 36 holes a day, with the women only half that. The latter often utilize other activities that resorts often offer, such as guided hikes, yoga classes, and zip-lining. There are also local tourist spots that you can hit while you’re in the area, so you’re never out of options.
6. Embrace the experience
Travelling alone is a practice in self-improvement, learning, and character-building. The brave traveler in you will be greatly rewarded as you gain insights not just in golf, but in life as well. Moreover, golf courses are ideal places to make new acquaintances and to expand your network.