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Tips on Packing for Your Golf Holiday

/ 09/05/2018 / -

When packing for your golf trip or holiday, you do not want to omit any important equipment. However, you should take into consideration the size of your luggage and the extra payment that you may have to cover if your luggage is too heavy, especially if you are travelling by air.

The secret to avoiding this? Learn to pack economically. We have provided some tips that will help you make the most out of your limited luggage space.

1. Do not bring too much hold luggage.

The only hold luggage that you should have is your travel bag. All the essentials for the trip should be placed inside your travel bag and the valuables in your hand luggage.

2. Maximise the available space.

When packing your travel bag, remember that all space is important. If you have three shoe pockets but will only be bringing two pairs use the other pocket for items that will fit or can be scrunched, like socks, nightwear or gloves.

3. Check the allowable weight allowance.

When going on any trip, make sure that you check your airline’s permitted weight allowance. For travellers with golf equipment and bags, budget airlines allow 20kg, while other airlines allow 23kg. Generally, golf bags weigh around 12kg leaving you with a few kilograms to spare.

4. Don’t mind scrunched-up clothing.

Items such as seersucker clothing and jackets can be scrunched up to make sure that they fit inside your luggage.

5. Go light.

When packing for your golfing holiday write a checklist of items required. When looking a second time you often find there are items not necessary.

6. Choose clothes that you can wear on or off the golf course.

If you need to pack economically, be clever in choosing the items of clothing that you will be bringing. Pack clothes that you can wear, not only for the golf course but for socialising too. Instead of needing different clothes for various purposes, you can use one shirt for various occasions.

7. Check the weather forecast.

Before packing, check the weather forecast. If it’s going to rain pack the relevant waterproof clothes required, but remember the space limitations.

8. Use your shoes as additional storage

Did you know that you can use your shoes as additional storage for small items? Items like socks, undergarments and ties can be easily stored in your shoes.

9. Use clothes to wrap items

If you plan on buying items from your golf trip, you can use a bubble wrap or your clothes as cushioning so you can pack light even with purchases when returning home. You can also be assured that the items will not get damaged inside your golf travel bag if you make soft clothes as padding.

These are just some of the tips to help you pack for your next golf holiday. Keep in mind that travelling light does not mean travelling without the items you require. You have to ensure that you will have everything that you’ll need for your golf break.

Golf South West will take the stress out of booking your next golf tour. We offer consultancy and specialist advice to golfers looking to book golf breaks and tours to Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. We have access to the widest selection of golf courses in the south-west and are able to utilise our relationships with the venues to provide you with the best impartial advice available and offer you a trusted single point of contact. All our packages can be tailored in a bespoke manner to your group’s requirement. Just ask! Call us on 0117 256 5966 and let us help you plan your next unforgettable golf break.

Top Things to Consider When Choosing a Golf Resort

/ 06/05/2018 / -

Early planning helps to make an enjoyable holiday, that’s why we have made a guide to help you decide on which golf resort to visit. These are a few factors you could consider so that you can maximise your time having an excellent golf resort holiday.

1. Budget

A good plan starts with a good working budget. It is important that you set a budget at the beginning of your planning. Plan your vacation choices around this budget selecting the finest courses. When choosing a golf resort, check out the accommodation prices and start narrowing down your choices.

2. Period of your stay

Another item you have to consider when choosing a golf course is the duration of your stay. This will not only help you stay within your budget, but it will also help you plan the activities that you want to do. Additionally, knowing how long you’ll be staying can also help you get packages and special discounts.

3. Check the Facilities

When choosing a place to stay, you need to make sure that the quality of the golf resort is worthy of the money you have paid. Make sure that the facilities are available and in good order. Check other amenities such as the spa, swimming pool and restaurants that you may require. It is best to check the reviews of the venue to gain an insight from those who have experienced the facilities of the resort and its service. This way you will not be misled by advertising.

4. How far or near it is to your preferred golf course

If you have plans to play on not just one but different golf courses, you should choose accommodation as central as possible to the facilities you have chosen. You should also take into consideration how you will be able to go from one golf course to another. Would you hire a car or does your accommodation offer services that will transport you? The more you know, the less trouble that you might encounter so you can enjoy your holiday.

5. Access to amenities

Aside from the facilities, you should make sure that you have easy access to other amenities like the airport, shops, the beach and other places of interest.

These are a few of the many things you need to take into consideration when choosing a golf resort holiday. Planning will help determine the success of your holiday. However, if you are not into planning then allow professionals to help you.

6. Use good golf travel specialists

Golf travel specialists know the best deals and golf break packages. We, at Golf South West, provide our clients with bespoke golf tours and stay and play golf packages for small groups and golf societies. We work closely with our venues to ensure our customers receive the best value available for golf travel within the West Country.

Golf South West is the West Country’s premiere Golf Travel Specialist. We will take the stress out of booking your next golf tour. We offer consultancy and specialist advice to golfers looking to book golf breaks and tours to Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. We have access to the widest selection of golf courses in the south-west and are able to utilise our relationships with the venues to not only provide you with the best impartial advice available and offer you a trusted single point of contact, but we will save you money too! GSW has a range of packages to suit every trip. All our packages can be tailored in a bespoke manner to your group’s requirement. Just ask! Call us on 0117 256 5966 and let us help you plan your next unforgettable golf break.

What are 2018’s Major Golfing Events?

/ 26/03/2018 / -

There are plenty of things that golf enthusiasts, like yourself, look forward to this 2018. Aside from Tiger Woods’ imminent return, major golfing events for this year is something to be excited about. In order to help you plan your golfing trips well, we have compiled the major golfing events happening this 2018.

There’s nothing more special than watching the world’s best golfers play on the most breath-taking courses. This article will give you the basic information of each event, so make sure to write it down in your calendar and do not miss any!

42nd Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is a men’s golfing competition between teams from the United States and Europe. This competition is done every two years with the location alternating between courses in United States and Europe.

For this year, the 42nd Ryder Cup will be held over the last weekend of September. As mentioned earlier, the venue is alternating and for this year, it will be held at Le Golf National in France. Did you know that this will only be the second time that the competition will be held in continental Europe? Some of past competitions were held in Ireland, Scotland and the United Kingdom.

For this year’s course, they will be using the very difficult Albatros course. It is said to be very tricky and the final four holes to be used in this year’s Ryder Cup, are surrounded by water hazards. Surely, this will be a tense and nerve-wracking competition.

US 2018 Masters

The Masters Tournament, also known as The US Masters is one of the four major professional golfing competitions. The Masters is the first major competition of the year. This year’s Masters Tournament will be played on the first full week of April starting on April 2nd to April 8th. It will be held at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. One thing to note about this competition is that it is an invitation-only event.

2018 Open Championship

The Open Championship, or also known as the British Open, is considered to be the oldest of the four major golfing events. The Open is also the only major golfing competition outside the United States. This year’s Open Championship will be its 147th and will be held from July 19th to 22nd at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Did you know that the Carnoustie Golf Links is a natural seaside links course and is believed to be one of the toughest courses in Britain and Ireland? With its strategically placed bunkers, fairways and greens, an exciting competition is guaranteed.

PGA Championship

The US PGA is an annual golf competition hosted and conducted by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. It is also one of the four major events in professional golf. This 2018 will be the US PGA’s 100th year. It will be held from August 9th to 12th at the Bellerive Country Club in Missouri, United States.

If you are one of those golfers who want to see live action golf from the best players in the world, don’t forget to take note of the dates and book early. But if you don’t have time to visit these events that will be held in various parts of the world but you still want to view or play golf in your local area, Golf South West is here to help you!

Golf South West is the West Country’s premiere Golf Travel Specialist. We take the stress out of booking your next golf tour. We offer consultancy and specialist advice to golfers looking to book golf breaks and tours to Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. We have access to the widest selection of golf courses in the south-west and are able to utilise our relationships with our venues to not only provide you with the best impartial advice available and offer you a trusted single point of contact, but we will save you money too! GSW has a range of packages to suit every group. All our packages can be tailored in a bespoke manner to your group’s requirement. Just ask! Call us on 0117 256 5966 and let us help you plan your next unforgettable golf break.

2018 Masters Golf Giveaway

/ 06/03/2018 / -

The winners draw will be made on the Monday after the Masters has concluded.

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