Golf’s lush greens and scenic courses lure wealthy celebrities and world leaders to some of the most expensive vacation destinations in the world. So it isn’t surprising that typical households find the prices prohibitive when it comes to finding the family travel funds. Follow these tips for an affordable golf getaway.
Packages: A pretty penny can be saved by participating in package deals, and concierge services are a great way to find them. Northwest Golf Adventures assembles affordable packages to Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia based on the type of lodging, amenities and budget limits golfers want. Typical cost savings range from 10 to 20 percent. Similarly, Golf Maine helps travelers plan affordable golf getaways throughout the state.
Public: Private courses cost markedly more than public ones, many of which offer a comparable experience for a fraction of the price. Denver’s city park for example, offers a municipal 18-hole golf course located near the city’s science and nature museum. The Jekyll Island Club in Georgia is a popular public golf resort featuring 63 holes and a club hotel that is a national historic landmark.
Planning: Book a cottage or condo within easy driving distance to one or more golf courses at your chosen destination. The National Trust Holiday Cottages of Wales provide money-saving kitchen access in idyllic settings near several quality courses within the country. To save money in Scotland, the birthplace of golf, use Green Fee Savers for half-price savings at courses throughout the country. Golfholiday.com’s Chris King recommends later tee times and replays as two of the top ways golfers can save money. Afternoon and early-evening golf rounds routinely come with reduced fees compared to early morning sessions, and courses tend to offer discounted rates when you play a course for a second time.
Pairings: A single trip with multiple family activity options makes the most of your vacation dollars. For example, the Algarve region of Portugal offers beaches, thermal spas and historic architecture in addition to numerous golf courses. Golfing in the wine country of Washington state or California’s Napa Valley on the other hand, will bring numerous wine tasting opportunities. Lovers of tall, historic ships will enjoy the golf and sail getaways offered by the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine. For all-inclusive packages starting at $400, you can enjoy a round of golf along with a three-day windjammer cruise.
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