Golf combines sport and travel so well. You get to play and see the world, discovering new friends, places, or pro tips from fellow golfers. With golf resorts and courses scattered in the four corners of the earth, you simply won’t run out of destinations for your next holiday.
It’s a working trip as you put your setup in action and test how you hit the shots. Golf remains a sport that requires precision and coordination when you swing and get into the golf position. This golf holiday should provide the perfect setting for practice and progress as you play leisurely or prepare for a competition.
From the esoteric to escape to somewhere, here are worthwhile destinations for your golfing adventures this year.
- Private Island, Maldives
A nine-hole golf course on a private island in a paradise like the Maldives—what’s not to like? CNN Travel included this resort on its list of luxury golf destinations. The private resort takes golf seriously as evidenced by its choice of designer, José María Olazábal, who is a two-time Masters champion. The resort has private tutors who are PGA-qualified to give you instruction. A lake in the greens, a spa, and a beach represent one of the best ways to do a golf holiday if you have money to burn.
- St. Andrews, Scotland
Scotland is widely touted as the home of modern golf, and it is in St. Andrews where you can probably imbibe the gameplay that dates back to the 15th century. Pay this link a visit to plan your trip thoroughly.
St. Andrews has seven courses, including the prominent and historic Old Course, which has sprawling greenery. Because these courses are popular, their schedules get filled quickly, so you have to check the St. Andrews online calendar periodically. Or better yet, inquire directly to make reservations.
- Costa del Sol, Spain
If its name is any indicator, this sunny coast in Andalusia looks promising for a holidaying golfer like you. You’ll come across over 60 golf courses (as stated by Costa Golf Guide) during your Costal del Sol adventure.
You can drop by any time of the year and expect sunshine to greet you in this Spanish coastal region. A top tourist destination in Europe and the world, Costa del Sol has some of the most expensive resorts.
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
From one coastal stretch to another, Myrtle Beach was once voted as the number one golf destination in the US. The Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach, in particular, is home to beaches, resorts, hotels, and golf courses that total to more than 100. These greens and attractions catapulted Myrtle Beach as a top choice for domestic and international golfers. With a wide variety of golf courses as choices, you’ll find the right resort that suits your play and budget.
- Bali, Indonesia
Bali’s temples, mountains, and beaches have long attracted tourists to Indonesia’s shores. But it wasn’t in recent years that the island focused on golf as one of its main offerings. You’ll get overwhelmed when you hear about Bali’s over 140 golf courses.
Nevertheless, you can start with the 18-hole course of the Bali National Golf Club. You also check its close contender, New Kuta Golf, which is aptly known as the Cliff Hanger.
- Hawaii, USA
Golf is one of the major activities in Hawaii. You can look into over 70 golf courses located in the Big Island, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, and Molokai, per the Hawaiian Tourism Authority. Some of these courses are designed for players across all skill levels to enjoy the game. Imagine tee times with a volcano, ocean, and lush vegetation as a picturesque backdrop.
- Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand is another major golf destination in Asia where beaches and golf courses go together. Chiang Mai’s golf courses are nestled in valleys surrounded by forest trees and flowers. Take your pick between old-style golf courses and modern golf courses or with challenging or straightforward layouts such as Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort, with the misty northern mountains looming over you.
While You Are Away . . .
It’s unfortunate that you can’t bring your durable golf cart this time. That would have been an experience, driving your familiar golf vehicle in new terrain.
Golf carts require little maintenance, and that contributes to their long life span. If you are going to store your cart, such as on multi day golfing holidays, be sure it’s adequately protected from the rain and the sun. Winter and fall are also critical times for your golf cart parts, so be sure to winterize by inflating your tires, charging batteries in full, and clearing any signs of corrosion on the batteries.
Here’s to a great golf holiday ahead and more adventures to come!