It’s been a rough 18 months, with many avid golfers forced into putting their golfing getaway plans on the back burner. But now that lockdown has eased somewhat, golfers can safely dust off their irons and get back into the swing of things, by plotting their next annual golfing holiday with the boys (or the girls).
Realising that budgets may now be tighter than ever, Shaun Lamont, Managing Director of First Group Hotels and Resorts weighs in on how to make your golfing getaway more affordable. “With golf being one the most expensive (and addictive) sports to play, it generally wreaks havoc on your bank balance. Simply knowing how to get the most bang from your buck, means being able to play more rounds of golf at the end of the day – and who wouldn’t want that?”
Here are Shaun’s 4 tips to make your golf trip more affordable:
1. Avoid peak days: Most golf courses have certain days of the week that are less busy than others, and they offer reduced rates specifically to entice players on these quieter days. Doing your research to check which courses offer these discounts will result in some significant savings – if you’re flexible on dates. Also look for later tee-off times, which will not only be less busy, but a later start to your morning will be especially useful if you went big the night before.
2. Book at a golfing resort, out of season and avoid long weekends: Golf rounds are sometimes discounted if you are a guest of the resort you are playing at. For example, if you make a reservation through firstgroup-sa.co.za, you’ll have access to Selborne Hotel, Golf Estate and Spa’s exclusive 3 Day Golf Getaway special offer that promises you 54 holes of championship golfing, whether you’re a scratch or a hack! The package includes two nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 18 holes at Selborne Golf Club, 18 holes at Umdoni Park Golf Club and 18 holes at San Lameer Country Club, with cart hire at all three courses included. You’ll need to book at least 21 days in advance and excludes long weekends and school holidays.
3. Travel in numbers: The more the merrier (a happier pocket and a more festive 19th hole). The larger your group of golfers, the better your bargaining power to negotiate better rates for accommodation and green fees. Sharing rooms will also save you a whack, so couple up rather than booking single rooms.
4. Pack your golf essentials: This may sound rather obvious, but leaving some of your essentials (like balls, tees and gloves) behind may prove to be a very expensive mistake, if you are forced to buy these at the pro shop. So, make sure you pack everything!
Shaun concludes, “Always remember that a bad round of golf is better than a great day at the office, so get driving! You’re sure to find the most suitable holiday destination for your golfing getaway when you visit www.firstgroup-sa.co.za.”
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