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Group golfing trips are a great way for friends to relax, for business colleagues to get to know each other socially and for keen sportsman to enjoy competitive sport in a social setting. They should be fun and enjoyable, and that only happens when the trip has been carefully planned. Good planning should be ‘invisible’ but is absolutely essential for an incident free, enjoyable break.
1 – Choosing a Venue
This is not as easy as it seems, the choices are hugely varied both in cost and travel distance. The first things to look at is time available and budget.
A golfing break means great courses, travel and time away with friends. Here the world is your oyster. From the world famous courses of Great Britain, to the famous sun bathed ones on the Algarve, to the amazing courses that America has to offer and Asia (the fastest growing market in golf), the choices are endless.
Choose your market carefully, select a budget and a time frame that suits your guests, and only then start to plan. Remember to check local weather, Florida can be wonderful for golf, but not in the midst of a hurricane!
2 – Choosing the Type of Golf Course
There are many types of golf course and it is vital that you match the course to the players; both with regards to fitness and ability. There is no point in playing on a hillside course in Scotland if the level of physical ability within the group is not high. Links courses also can be notoriously challenging. Whilst judging the level of challenge it is important to study the Scratch Stroke Index of courses to judge their suitability to your tour.
As everyone wants to be a winner, remember to keep things interesting for the weaker players; create scoring systems that allows everybody to be a winner. There are many options for this, including playing for the hole instead of the entire game, scrambles, adding handicaps etc.
3 – Pick your Transport Carefully
Whether it is to be a bus trip, train travel or a flight abroad this needs checking out properly. What appears to be the cheapest flight might be far from it when the cost of carrying golf bags is taken into consideration. Make sure when booking that you stress the size of your group and the nature of the luggage. Do not be afraid to ask for a discount, groups are welcomed by most companies and discounts are available.
Make a choice early on regarding equipment rental. For most players other than professionals, hiring clubs will not make that much difference to your game and for a reasonable financial cost, the logistical differences can be huge.
4 – Choosing Accommodations
There are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group. The first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.
Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from other players who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.
Recommendations from other players are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!
You can view many of the most popular hotel booking service providers on the Hotels Section of DIYHolidays.com.
Private Properties are also another great way to rest up after an enjoyable day of golf. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!
The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.
B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.
5 – Extra Curricula Activities
Do your homework, when the golf is finished for the day and the group have eaten, they will expect to have some fun. Find out what is available in the area and plan accordingly. Don’t leave things to chance. There is nothing worse than having a group of people ready to party and with nowhere to go. Many Golf resorts of course have everything on site and this is worth considering.
6 – Keep your Group Informed
It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.
Collecting the money can also be challenging as this can sometimes create difficulty especially when deposits have to be paid. This is where you avail of the services of GroupandPay.com.
GroupandPay.com is a hugely popular online platform that is free for organisers to use when informing the group of what has been arranged for them and also provides an easy hassle free for collecting the money. It prides itself on being very user friendly.
Then, when all is done and dusted, don’t hide your light under a bushel, you are taking the responsibility for organising the trip, take the pats on the back, when they come your way.
Watch this video to see how it works!
7 – Travel Insurance
Many people overlook this, but it is so important especially if traveling abroad. Group insurance policies for golfing trips are readily available and do not have to be expensive. The peace of mind that it brings is worth it, especially for the organiser. Many companies specialise in this kind of cover. There are many service providers listed here on the Travel Insurance Section on DIYHolidays.com for you to choose from!
8 – Extra Touches
Many companies manufacture things like golf gloves, tees and balls complete with your logo. This makes for fun things to hand out at the start of the trip and a lasting memento for the group.
9 – Need inspiration for Planning your Golfing Experience?
Check out the Golfing Section on DIYHolidays.com as they inspire individuals and groups to travel, especially around their interests and hobbies.
Here you will see other golfers recommending places to go. You also see them sharing their experiences through videos, photos, and blogs. You can participate in live surveys, or ask questions and partake in live discussions. You can also view all the most popular online golfing stores from all over the world, all in one location, and you can even play online golfing games.
And as you have probably guessed it, DIYHolidays.com is a sister company of GroupandPay.com, so we are all about Inspiring Individuals and Groups to do more Traveling and enjoy more Social Engagement!!!
10 – Tell us about your Experiences and Offer Recommendations
If you have created a group travel experience for your fellow golfing buddies that turned out to be an awesome experience, then don’t keep it to yourself, tell us about it in the comments section below.
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