Golf is a perfect hobby to combine with a love of travel. With the huge number of golf courses around the world, you can assemble an itinerary that will take you not just to some new places, but also to some terrific courses. Your game will improve by playing some new holes, and you’ll get a terrific vacation to boot.
What’s really great is that anyone can afford a golf vacation, and anyone can create an exciting and fun golf getaway. If this sounds like your idea for a great trip, sit down and plan your itinerary based on the factors that matter most to you.
International or Domestic?
It may be a simple trip to a resort area like Myrtle Beach, where you can hit several different courses in a few days without a lot of travel. Or it may be a jet-setting trip, where you check out the golf courses Singapore has to offer and then skip to other countries for an international tour.
Despite the wonderful golf courses in Singapore and elsewhere, you might not think that you’d be willing to travel there because of the language barrier.
Reconsider it. While it’s true that travel beyond North America is highly likely to place you in a country where English is not the primary language, you should bear in mind that these nations are also very friendly to tourists and will try to accommodate you in your language, even if their version may be a little broken.
So don’t rule out a trip abroad just because you think you’ll be unable to communicate. The fact is that any tourist-friendly destination will be fluent enough for you to enjoy yourself.
What Else Will You Want To Do?
Despite the fact that we’re talking about a golf vacation, you’ll still want to do some other things. Everybody has different plans for what they’ll get into when they are resting their swing, but no matter what you have in mind, spend some time on research to make sure that there will be lots of options for you. Remember, not only will you need to fill the hours when you are planning not to play golf, but you’ll also need something to do if your rounds are interrupted by weather or other unexpected developments.
If you’re traveling with your significant other, check on romantic opportunities for you to do things together. If you’re a foodie, review the restaurants in the area. Shoppers, bring your credit cards. You get the idea. Just have some ideas on standby for your non-golf time.
How Will You Improve Your Game?
While we all understand that we get better at golf by playing more golf, we can also benefit from some good instruction. Years and years with just a couple of different pros at our hometown country club could have taught us bad habits, or at least failed to help us break them.
As you plan a golf vacation, consider finding some expert help from a fresh set of eyes. Get some instruction from someone who’s never seen your swing and doesn’t know your bad habits. You may get a second opinion that forces you to acknowledge imperfection. You may discover something you’ve never noticed before. Any way you slice it (or hook it), a new pro or instructor might do your game a lot of good.
Golf is a great game. It allows us to relax, get some exercise, and still do some networking on the job. When we can tie in those results with a trip to some new courses, the benefit is even greater. Think of a golf vacation as a way to improve your happiness, your relationships, and your game.