How To Organize Amazing Golfing Holidays In Portugal
For someone looking to organize a golfing holiday to Portugal, there is an embarrassment of riches to choose from. This, however, present many problems in itself as many options can be paralyzing.
What part of Portugal?
Our advice for you is to start the circle big and get smaller and smaller. For example, choose the region, then find your area and then finally your course or resort. Every area or Portugal has its advantages and disadvantages. The Algarve has the most choice for golfers and the climate is ideal but the region lacks culture and can feel like you are still in the UK. You are surrounded by brits and eating a full English breakfast everyday. The only difference is the weather is much better than in blighty. You might be keen to experience real Portuguese life and you will not find much of that in the Algarve.
Lisbon has all the advantages of a big city if you are there for business and tourism but the golfing infrastructure is not as developed. You might find the people not as knowledgeable about the game and the weather is not as consistent as in the sun-drenched south.
The golf holiday detective
A good way to start your research is by speaking to club professionals in the UK. Many of these professionals will spend the winter in Portugal as golf teachers at various resorts and they will be knowledgeable about golf holidays in the country.
Once you've exhausted those options, talk to the other members at your club. You never know, you might find that a member who has a second home in the Algarve and he will let you stay there for a reduced fee. You might end up only having to find the flights and the golf courses yourself.
Burn time or money?
If you are brave enough to organize the trip yourself is much cheaper than getting somebody else (a golf travel agent) to do it. However, it all depends on how much free time you have. Doing the grunt work yourself, although cheaper, is very time intensive. A golf travel agent will take a fee for their services and if you are busy you might think it makes more sense to outsource the holiday organization to somebody else. You might spend a bit more than a do-it-yourself holidaymaker but you will save all the headache and hours of googling.
Book The Best Golf Resorts
Review green fees and other expenses not included in your golf holiday package. You want to make sure there are no hidden fees or surprises that could make your trip a bust.
Make plans flexible. Be open to doing other activities besides golf. Make the most of your time on the course and be considerate of other golfers.
Have a list of must-pack items created before you pack. You can get this information from other golfers you know that have taken a similar holiday. You can also review this information through trusted golf publications offering travel tips. You will also want to learn about how to take items you will use on the course such as golf clubs. You could have them sent ahead to your destination before your arrival.
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