Golf Travel Tips

In the GolfLink Golf Travel Tips section, you will find great insider information about golf travel, golf vacation packages, golf trip planning, golf resort visits, and more. Our contributors provide you with useful advice for staying and playing at some of the finest golf courses and golf resorts anywhere around the world, allowing you to make the most of your precious vacation time.

For more travel information, see our Travel Guides.

  • Matching Golf Destinations to Your Golf Personality
    by Julie L. Moran
    There is a literal golfer's smorgasbord out there, consisting of hundreds of golf courses you can play - including many of the world's finest layouts. While this translates into dozens of great golf destinations to choose from, choosing the right one for your "golf personality," and for that of your companions, is essential. It's not a bad idea to check out golf travel magazines, such as Golf & Travel, which profiles many of the world's greatest golf destinations, and books, such as Golf Digest's "Places to Play," which provides ratings and somewhat detailed descriptions of U.S. courses, as a solid starting point.
  • School Daze: Picking a Golf School
    by Julie L. Moran
    Every serious golfer knows that to improve his or her game, at some point, instruction from a golf professional is required. By now you should know to ignore gratuitous critiques from your golf buddies (unless they happen to be PGA professionals). And if you think that playing in itself, even frequently, will improve your game, think again.
  • Using Travel Service Providers When Planning a Golf Vacation
    by Julie L. Moran
    When making vacation plans, a good travel agent can help save you time and money. The catch is that the travel industry, like others, has its share of scams and fraudulent operators. Consumers need to know how and where to look for reputable golf travel service providers, what to look for when choosing a provider, and what to do if they experience problems. This 3-part series gives you the answers.
  • Stranger On A Strange Course
    by Julie L. Moran
    One great thing about golf travel is the excitement of playing new courses, often based on the challenge and beauty of the layout. Do you 'jump right in to play', much like an impulse buy is to choosing a souvenir - or 'warm up' first?
  • Maximize Time on Premium Courses
    by Julie L. Moran
    If booking a one-night stay at a pricey resort to play a specific course or courses, you can often work in two rounds at one, or one round at two - provided there's no minimum stay where you're headed.
  • Traveling With Your Clubs
    by Julie L. Moran
    Talk about a ball and chain! Clubs are heavy and make traveling tiring - not to mention special considerations when traveling by plane. But it's usually worth the extra effort.
  • Tips On Making Tee Times
    by Julie L. Moran
    Many resort courses give preference, or even exclusive access, to resort guests, so pick courses first and accommodations second. Book tee times early. Plus tips on tee times for single golfers.
  • Planning A Golf Vacation
    A General Overview of Things to Consider
    by Julie L. Moran
    A few things to consider when making your plans: What will a golf vacation cost; who will be in the group; where should you go; and getting information on possible destinations.


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