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How to make the most of your golf trip to Portugal
Book before you go
Naturally you’ll book the big things like flights and accommodation well in advance. But do some research on the courses and try to book your tee times in advance. The same goes for any other activities you want to do while you’re there. Make a note of when places open and close and where possible, make advance bookings for those too.
Holidays are best enjoyed when everything runs smoothly so prepare as much as possible before you get on the plane. Although you should anticipate the odd hiccup, wasting time waiting for something to open or arriving to find an activity is sold out can be avoided with proper planning.
Travel with the right crowd
This is an important aspect of any golfing holiday. If you’re travelling with a group of keen golfers, be sure to select courses that suit everyone’s abilities. Select players with similar abilities and research the courses to make sure they’re suitable for your party.
If you want to make it a family vacation, then Portugal is ideal as it has a range of alternative activities to satisfy any holiday-maker. Many courses are situated close to beautiful beaches so the family can enjoy some sea and sand while you enjoy the greens.
Save your money
Some clever ways to save your cash include the following:
- Special offers: Take some time and shop around for the best deal. Golfing holidays in Portugal are extremely popular and the packages offered can be extremely competitive.
- Go out of season: Portugal has mild winters and plenty of sunshine all year round so you aren’t restricted to a particular time of the year to plan your trip. Many courses offer reduced rates out of season so make some enquiries and take advantage.
- Rent an apartment: You don’t have to stay at the resort hotels. Renting an apartment or villa can be more affordable, especially for groups and you’ll have the freedom to come and go as you please.
- Travel with a group: The more the merrier – and the cheaper! Having a larger party means you’ll be eligible for group discounts.
Portugal offers really good value for money for the golfing tourist. But saving where you can means you’ll have more money to spend on the luxuries.
Foreign courses may have different stipulations for using their facilities than you’re used to at home. Get a copy of the rules and regulations beforehand and make sure you pack the right clothing and equipment. You might be asked to produce a handicap certificate, so make sure you’ve organised the necessary paperwork before you leave.
You may incur extra costs and embarrassment if you arrive without the right gear or incorrectly dressed. Fellow golfers who have travelled abroad may also be able to give you more advice on what to expect when playing abroad.
A golfing holiday in Portugal can be an unforgettable experience that will broaden your golfing horizons and whet your appetite. With the above, in mind you’ll be able to plan a great holiday and make the most of a golfing holiday to remember.
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