February 25, 2013
By Michael J.
Pack up the golf bag, put together a small carry-on and get ready to hit the road or hop a flight with your buds. It’s summer vacation time, Golfnow.com style. And as you wonder where to begin to plan your escape from reality for the ideal guys’ golf vacation, no need to worry - we’ve got you covered.
Affordability, location and great golf should be the three primary concerns as you plan your golf getaway. First thing’s first – can you afford this golf trip? Sure you can, but make sure that you have a good idea what everyone in the group’s budget is really like. Then, search for the best bang for your buck not only for golf, but for hotel and entertainment, too.
If you plan far enough in advance and are able to take advantage of specials that are provided by airlines, hotels/resorts and your golf destination, your trip’s price tag may actually make you smile. Web sites like Expedia and Yahoo! Travel offer discounts on hotel and flights, while GolfNow offers steeply-discounted tee times year-round, helping you plan a very affordable golf-centric vacation.
Next, you have to pick a location for your summer golfing extravaganza. This could also help with affordability, if you are willing to face some potential obstacles.
Consider the weather. If you don’t mind a hot climate, Phoenix and Las Vegas have some fantastic opportunities to take advantage of during the summer. This is not for the faint of heart though as temperatures can approach a balmy 120 degrees during the summer months in the desert. But, the restaurants are fantastic, the scenery is amazing and the entertainment is endless.
You could also go tropical. The Caribbean and Hawaii both provide some of the best golf that the world has to offer. Airfare and hotels might be a tad more expensive, but the scenery and weather will be absolutely beautiful and the golf courses will be exotic and lush. Maui and the Bahamas are two unforgettable golf getaway destinations.
Try to select a location near a major city or airport. Airfare tends be cheaper and there are likely more hotel options, as well. In addition, you’ll find more entertainment, dining and nightlife choices beyond what the golf resort offers. New York City – It’s The Big Apple… need we say more? Boston has the Freedom Trail,tons of pro sports options, and beer brewery tours. San Francisco is home to many Bay-area attractions, like Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, as well as Golden Gate Bridge.
Got Great Golf?
Finally, you can focus your trip based on some of the most historic and prestigious courses in the game.Try the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama or the Florida Tournament Track that follows all four of the PGA Tour’s event courses in Florida (TPC Sawgrass, Doral, Innisbrook and Bay Hill). There are also more affordable options in these areas, as well. While everyone wants to play Pebble Beach and Augusta, the bottom line is that some just cannot afford it. With GolfNow, you can easily find great golf at a more affordable price in all major U.S. golf destinations and beyond.
With some research and a plan, a fantastic golf trip awaits you and your friends. Stay tuned for a list of our favorite golf locations and courses that make for a great guys’ golf getaway but won’t break the bank.