Tee off on a golfing holiday!

After the aftermath of the Ryder Cup and the interest that it created, I am sure there are many of you who are motivated to dust off your golfing clubs and get out on the course to demonstrate your golfing prowess. If you happen to be booking a holiday in Europe there are some great opportunities to play at some of the best golfing resorts in the world. In this blog we will look at some tips to help you prepare and get the most out of your golfing holiday as well as a selection of 5 destinations to play.

Book yourself or through a specialist company
When planning your trip, you have to decide if you want to do it off your own back or choose a recognised company where everything is taken care off. You may decide that you can have more flexibility by organising it yourself, and for some people it is nice to be able to set their own itinerary if they are with friends or family as you can do things at your own pace. When selecting a company you should be looking for one that offers golf booking, hotel reservations and car hire as an all in one package. Make sure that you check what is covered in the ‘all inclusive’ charges as a respected company should provide insurance coverage and there should not be any hidden charges.

Choosing the ideal resort
You need to decide your priorities in terms of what you are hoping to get out of the trip. Do you want a once in a lifetime opportunity and stay in top class accommodation whilst playing on some of the most spectacular courses in the world? Or would you prefer a low key destination, but still get the satisfaction of playing on courses that in its own unique way provide just as much joy as the well known courses in the world.

La Manga
La Manga Club in Spain has one of the most renowned reputations in the world and no matter what standard you are, it is sure you to provide you with an unforgettable experience. If you are looking for a relaxing family holiday or looking to take on the golfing academy, you won’t find a better place around. To find out more check out their website: http://www.lamangaspain.co.uk/.

Valderrama

There is no doubt that if you venture to the Costa del Sol there won’t be a shortage of golf courses to choose from as after all, it hasn’t been named the ‘Costa del Golf’ without good reason! Playing at the Valderrama Golf Club you will be playing at what many people have called a very similar version of the famous Augusta course in America. Valderrama is ranked among the top 100 courses in the world, one of the top 10 in Europe and 1st in Spain. It is certainly an exclusive place to play and doesn’t come cheap, but if you visit The top 100 Golf courses of the world website you should find that the temptation of playing there is too good an opportunity to miss!

Praia D’El Rey
How about going to Spain’s neighbour country Portugal? There is certainly a wide range of spectacular golf courses to choose from. For example, if you want to stay in luxury accommodation by a spectacular sandy beach, as well as combining your passion for golf, then Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort is certainly the place to go.

Saint-Malo Hotel Golf
Over the channel and you can find Northern Brittany’s Emerald Coast in France as a very appealing and picturesque destination for a proposed holiday. Staying at the Saint Malo Hotel Golf you will have some fantastic sea views whilst staying in a 19th Century Manor House. So combining all this with your time on the golf course should make it a very rewarding experience indeed!

St Andrews
St Andrews in Scotland has a very revered reputation. To be able to tell your friends and family that you have had the pleasure of playing at this world famous golf club would certainly make them sit up and take notice! It certainly isn’t called the ‘home of golf’ for nothing, with 11 courses designed to suit all ranges of ability and experience. St Andrews is steeped in history and the views are quite spectacular, making it a must for all golf fans.

Don’t forget your insurance!
When going for a Golf Holiday, there is no doubt that taking out Golf Insurance and Travel Insurance is vital to put your mind at ease – very important when playing golf!
There are a number of specialist golf insurance providers that cover golf equipment, public liability and accidental damage to property. One worth looking at is Golfplan which is one of Europe’s largest specialist golf insurance providers and is endorsed by the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA).

Travel insurance is also important to give you cover before and during your trip with Cancellation and emergency medical expenses. 24/7 Travel Insurance offers cover for 7 days in Europe from only £7.77*.

* Premium £7.77 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on 1 adult aged under 55 taking out a ‘Standard’ Single Trip policy for 7 days in Europe and travelling within 14 days of purchase. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (October 2008) and are subject to change.