Top tips for organising a memorable golf break
- Whether you are organising your own golf direct or through a Golf Tour Operator you should be clear about the groups’ aspirations and expectations. This includes how far they wish to travel, what standard of accommodation is preferred, the type of golf courses that are to be enjoyed, whether a play & stay resort is better suited than a hotel base with travel to local golf courses, and, of course, the budget ceiling
- A critical issue that is sometimes overlooked is the standard of golfers in the party. For most groups and societies the range is rather wide with some being low single figures, a number being mid-handicap between 10 & 16 and a significant proportion falling into the aspiring golfer category of handicap 16 and over. The make-up of your group in this respect should be a key determinant in the selection of golf courses between championship standard, hidden gem and society orientated courses. There is absolutely no point in selecting an itinerary of championship golf if, at the end of the break, the group are totally dispirited and want to throw their clubs into the nearest water hazard. Holiday golf should be a satisfying and rewarding experience not an exhausting and frustrating trek
- If you choose to use the services of a Golf Tour Operator then ensure that it is well established, carries appropriate professional indemnity and is a member of a trade or affiliate organisation, such as The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). You are then more likely to receive professional and impartial advice, benefit from different options regarding your break and be content in the knowledge that your deposit money is secure
- Before committing your group to a golf break ensure that you speak with the Golf Tour Operator concerned and happy with their advice as well as their terms and conditions
- Once on your break you have the age old dilemma of managing the interface between enjoying the apres golf celebrations with playing reasonable golf during the day! Ian Richardson of Wales Golf Holidays and Rhys Harry, Head Professional at Tenby GC (and accredited Golf Union Wales Coach) have some helpful advice:
- Have a good breakfast at the hotel!
- Walk to the 1st tee with the positive thought that a good tempo will overcome the residual alcohol in your system!
- Ensure you have 1 pint less than the guy next to you in the bar that night!
More importantly Rhys says:
- Try and have a plan for your round and stick to it. If you hit the ball into trouble take the easiest route back to your game plan. Let the big drinkers take the big gambles.
- Go easy on the caffeine and energy drinks for they can make you shaky which is not a good thing when you have a clutch putt to make! Try and mix your energy drinks with water and take a small zip on every shot as part of your routine, balancing your intake over 18 holes and more importantly keeping you hydrated
- Don’t worry about swing thoughts, get target orientated and concentrate on trusting your swing to produce the goods. The more specific your target and the more detail you visualise the shot in the better.