As the season starts to wind down and have some time to reflect on the year, I promise that I will be doing some writing and shooting some videos to help play and teach the game a little better. Until then, I am always entertaining articles from guest writers. Here is another one from Beth Myers from East Coast Golf Sales. Thank you Beth for your submission.
Get Your Vacation on Track by Picking the Right Tracks
There are few things better than a golf vacation. First of all, vacations are great to begin with. Add in sunshine and golf courses you have never played and it is hard to go wrong. One challenge can be selecting which courses you are going to play. If you are heading to a
golf hotspot, there are likely dozens of choices to pick from, with a variety of designs and greens fees. In addition, some courses are friendlier to women players than others. Following are a few points to keep in mind when selecting your vacation golf stops.
– Keep it Easy. Even if you are a good player, nobody likes to get beat up on vacation. Choose courses that have relatively low slope ratings, and therefore are easier on your scorecard. Save the challenging tracks for a regular old Saturday – you are on vacation and should get to post a good score to go with your good mood.
– Research Pace of Play. One way not to spend your vacation is waiting for the
group in front of you to get off the green. Check web forums and review sites for insight into pace of play issues on courses you are considering. If a particular course seems to have a slow play problem, skip it in favor of quicker options.
– Don’t Break the Bank. Vacations are not cheap, especially in the days of $4.00 per gallon gasoline. You do not need to stretch the budget even farther by playing super-expensive courses. You are going to have fun playing golf regardless of how much the greens fees are, so take it easy on the pocketbook. A good rule of thumb is to play one high end course on the trip, and play the rest of the rounds on less expensive tracks.
– Picture Perfect. You will want to have some photographic memories of your trip, so pick courses that have great natural scenery. A course near a mountain or lake will provide an awe inspiring day of golf, regardless of how well you play. Be sure to remember the digital camera and take a quick moment to get some great shots for the scrapbook once you get back home.
– Play With Others. If you are traveling with less than four golfers, always try to get paired up with another group at the course. In touristy areas, you are very likely to meet people from a wide range of places. This can be a great experience and makes for a fun day on the course chatting with someone from a different place.
Some of my favorite memories are from golf vacations. Golfers love trying new courses anyway – trying new ones far from home is even better. One other tip I have is try to play earlier in the day if possible. Sometimes an afternoon tee time can eat up your entire day and leave no time of other vacation activities. By getting up and playing early, you will probably have a better pace of play and finish your round with plenty of day left to explore.
Beth Myers is a passionate golfer, mother & wife…not in that order J. She writes for East Coast Golf Sales on all things women’s golf – you could say she is a little obsessed. Be sure to follow her on twitter @GolfBeth
What are your top 5 golf destinations? Leave your ideas in the comment section and feel free to share this article. Thank you Beth 🙂
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