There are a number of reasons why golfers love going on golf holidays; some live for the sunshine, others just enjoy playing different courses but for many, it’s about being on holiday with your mates.
I’m here to delve into what makes travelling in numbers so appealing, as well as some top tips for when you plan your next trip away.
When deciding on who you should go on a golf holiday with, the criteria might look something like this:
Must be able to play golf
Must be able to afford the trip
Doesn’t annoy the life out of me
We recommend not excluding too many friends, though, because when it comes to golf holidays, more is always merrier…
Everyone loves a bit of banter amongst friends, even if you’re at the butt of the jokes, but camaraderie on the golf course is what makes it that much better.
Quite simply, our very own YGT Rory sums up the importance of having fun with your mates perfectly:
“There’s nothing more fun than being sat on the clubhouse veranda, beer in hand, watching your mates struggle their way up the final hole before joining you for a drink. Being the golfer doing the struggling while your pals jeer you from the veranda is also pretty funny if you have a good sense of humour.”
Getting a group of people to do anything is a challenge regardless of the price, but the more it costs, the less likely everyone will commit.
Same goes for a golf holiday, but unlike a drink at your local pub, getting everyone together will actually save you money.
The fact of the matter is, the more people you travel with, the cheaper it’s likely to be; on many of our packages we offer a free trip for one guests when you travel in groups of eight, 12 or 16.
Then, if you book during one of our promotions, you can also receive even more added extras like airport lounge passes, a new driver or even a separate free golf break.
The long weekend is a favourite with travellers around the world; three nights, four days (depending on flight times) seems to be the perfect length of time for city breaks, excursions and now golf breaks.
Thursday to Sunday are popular days to travel, but if you wanted to save on some money, how about considering Saturday to Tuesday; the courses might be a bit quieter too.
Mainly though, these three night, four day packages are perfect for experiencing all the golf, enjoying a local night out and keeping your friendships intact.
Hangover + Hungover Friends + Early Tee Time = Bad Golf
All inclusive holidays for large groups have become the most affordable, convenient and popular choice for golfers in recent years.
Firstly, finding holiday accommodation for large groups is tough enough, so when you get the opportunity to all stay together, close to the course, you should really take it.
And while they are often more expensive than any self catering packages, your spending money is significantly less; it seems concept of eating and drinking at your will without having to pay is one many enjoy.
With large groups come more opinions, more chance of disagreements and someone not getting what they want. This usually comes when deciding where to eat or go out drinking, which is no problem with all inclusive packages, as everything is onsite and requires a lift down from your room.
At this stage your group golf holiday is looking a bit more structured, we have a large group heading to an all inclusive resort for a long weekend.
But where to?
At risk of sounding like a broken record, Turkey really is the mecca of all-inclusive golf holidays, with Belek home to some simply outrageous five star resorts.
The effortless luxury is incredibly appealing to all golfers, with the plush resorts, championship courses and welcoming locals all coming at an affordable price.
Cornelia Diamond is certainly up there with the best that Belek has to offer, and for a group holiday, has it all.
Telling your mates you’re planning a group golf holiday to sunny Spain, close to the Andalucian coastline and you’ll get to play at one of the region’s best courses, is sure to make you popular.
Montecastillo is able to offer everything Andalucia has built its reputation upon; the Jack Nicklaus designed course, met with a five star hotel and an enviable location are all perfect for large groups.
Want to sample a snippet of what it’s like at Montecastillo? Check out the 17th from our Greatest 18 series
Despite being one of the most sought after golf destinations in Europe, the Algarve isn’t actually renowned for all-inclusive golf holidays, however is great for groups.
Sao Rafael Suites provides fantastic accommodation in a central Algarve location, just 35 minutes from Faro Airport and amongst many of the region’s top courses, including Morgado Golf & Country Club.
Morgado’s golfing pedigree shouldn’t go unnoticed; host of the 2017 Open de Portugal and home to three amazing courses, the venue is perfectly set up for large groups looking for both quality and variety.
So you have some inspiration on where to go, but how will you make it interesting? We have some ideas…
Whether you like to admit or not, whenever you and your mates get together for a round of golf, there is always an element of competition.
I’m not judging, we all do it.
But if you’re going to compete, at least have fun while winning, here a couple of great formats for group golf holidays.
Why not create your own Ryder Cup?
If you take our advice and have three days to play, split into two teams and have the first two days as Fourballs/Foursomes and finish with singles.
In time for the last night of your holiday, the losers can get dinner or drinks to celebrate their victory and the end of your trip.
This is a fantastic format for getting the most enjoyment out of the week. It takes the pressure off each individual which often brings out the best in everyone’s game and still allows for some friendly competition. Ideally you would hope to be under par for each round so why not stick with the same teams all week and award the team with the lowest aggregate score with a bountiful prize?
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