The New Year marks the start of the two coldest months on the UK calendar, the fair-weather golfers will be wrapped up indoors planning their summer trips while those dedicated to spending time on the course will be gracing the tee box with so many layers they can barely swing.
But it doesn't have to be this way.
While there are several fantastic UK Winter Golf Breaks, the idea of swapping the thermal vest for a t-shirt and some shades is enough to convince even the most dedicated of golfers to get some winter sun.
We asked some Your Golf Travel customers about what they thought the best reasons to go on a golf trip in the winter was, the weather and course conditions were the top picks!
No winter greens
Practice for summer
Courses are quieter
In January and February, the average temperature in the UK is 5 degrees celsius while somewhere like Morocco is 23 degrees, making it no surprise that 78% of golfers choose the weather as the best thing about taking a winter golf holiday.
Of course there are many more perks to jetting off in January, whether its avoiding the busy backlog on the fairways or those dreaded winter greens laden with divots and long grass. Perhaps you owe it to yourself to not lose your touch round the course - if you continue to play throughout the winter months, in the sunshine, you’ll be more prepared than anyone on the tee-box in the summer.
Found just off of the African coast, the Canary Islands a golfers paradise, boasting both sunshine and championship golf in abundance. You have your pick of several stunning islands, the most popular choices for golfers include; Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.
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Golf Course in Canary Islands
Former European Tour Host
4hr15m Flight time from London
Morocco is one of the rare destinations around the world which has it all and at an affordable price. Marrakech is the main attraction with traditional architecture, exquisite local cuisine and a host of hotels, resorts and courses set against a mountainous backdrop.
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Golf Course in Morocco
2018 European Tour Host
3hr40m Flight time from London
The rising star of Mediterranean Golf, Tunisia offers unbelievable value for money to golfers who are looking for an alternative to the well known European golf destinations. Offering a pleasant climate all year round, there are some real hidden gem courses waiting to be discovered.
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Golf Course in Tunisia
Best Value for Money in the Mediterranean
2hr45m Flight time from London
There are few places around the world that can rival Mauritius as a golf holiday destination. The beautiful island can only be described as paradise, surrounded by the breathtaking Indian Ocean and littered with premium golfing venues which are as unique as they are extraordinary.
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Golf Course in Mauritius
Ile Aux Cerfs
Award winning beaches
12hr Flight time from London
The ‘sunshine state’ is obviously hugely popular amongst golfers due to the climate, but Florida is also home to iconic championship golf courses, charming beaches and of course Disney World Resort.
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Golf Course in Florida
PGA Tour Host
9hr Flight time from London
UAE simply oozes luxury and class from the tips of the golf courses to the lavish hotels and resorts. The modern and constantly developing Emirate offers the perfect blend of Eastern and Western cultures for an unforgettable experience.
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Golf Course in UAE
Emirates Golf Club
Race to Dubai Host
8hr Flight time from London
The Algarve is one of Europe’s most popular golfing regions, offering the complete golf holiday package with championship courses, bright sunshine and bundles to do away from the fairways.
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Golf Course in Portugal
Europe’s most popular golfing region
2hr35m Flight time from London
There is a reason that Spain's Costa Del Sol is the go-to golf destination for thousands of holidaymakers each winter. With sunshine and championship golf in abundance, there is no better time to hop on a plane and take advantage of these fantastic winter deals!
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Golf Course in Spain
The original golf holiday destination
2hr40m Flight time from London
With a longstanding reputation for its wonderful beaches and unrivalled nightlife, Mexico has always been a popular destination amongst holiday goers. Now the spectacular Gulf of Mexico boasts magnificent five-star resorts and exciting championship golf courses.
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Golf Course in Mexico
Moon Palace Cancun
10hr15m Flight time from London
Thailand is a tourist’s dream with so many renowned regions to explore such as Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya and is now emerging as a fantastic yet affordable golf holiday destination.
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Golf Course in Thailand
Red Mountain Golf Course
Affordable and lively
11hr25m Flight time from London
South Africa’s awe-inspiring landscape, fascinating culture and incredible natural beauty need little introduction and the magnificent golf courses embrace all these things to create some of the most dramatic layouts in world golf.
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Golf Course in South Africa
European Tour Host
10hr45m Flight time from London
Barbados may just be 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, but is home to several breathtaking golf courses amongst spectacular surroundings. The island’s beautiful beaches, renowned hospitality and gorgeous climate makes it one of the world’s most popular golf holiday destinations.
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Golf Course in Barbados
World class hospitality
8hr30m Flight time from London
Bermuda is a fantastic golf holiday destination for visiting golfers with an average temperature of 28 degrees and so much to explore both on and off the course from playing championship golf by the coast or delving into crystal caves.
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Golf Course in Bermuda
Mid Ocean Club
Former PGA Tour Host
6hr35m Flight time from London
The average temperature in the UK during December through to February is 5 degrees celsius so this is a great time to get away to some sunshine.
Short distance winter sun destinations include the Canary Islands, Turkey, Morocco, Cyprus, Spain and Portugal. If you are willing to travel further then America, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mauritius, South Africa, Thailand and the Caribbean are great options.
Yes you can, with low cost airline fares to Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Morocco getting away for an affordable price has never been easier.