How To Squeeze A Round Of Golf Into Your Travels

Golf is a popular sport to plan a vacation around. Places like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina have over 4 million games of golf played on year on its courses. With so many hungry golf travelers, it only seems fair that they deserve a price break. When you book as a package deal you can save on every part of your trip from hotel stay to course and cart fees. Packages also offer perks and discounts for groups and more. Not only is traveling with a package deal a smart financial idea, but it saves time on booking and researching the area’s accommodations and courses. Before you book a golf travel trip, don’t forget to see if there are package deals available in the area. Generally, if it is an area that is popular for the sport then you will find many different package deal options.

If you are booking a package at one of the Las Vegas golf resorts, know the cancellation policy. Your booking agent should be able to tell you the guidelines. Many facilities will require a one-to-two week notification. If you are booking golf only, you may have to give notice 48 hours or more to cancel tee times. If you need to make changes or upgrades before or during your stay, always call your booking agent. He or she will give information and pricing on upgrades and handle any required changes or cancellations to your reservation. Oh yes, about rainouts. Make sure that if the course is closed due to a “rainout,” the course will refund the greens fees to your booking agent who will then credit you.

Cascata Golf Club – The course is so exclusive they don’t even provide an address. This Rees Jones designed course once required a $100,000 credit line at local casino properties just for the privilege of a tee time. Now it will only cost you $350 to $500.

Myrtle Beach golf courses have set tee times. Usually they double tee, meaning they start simultaneously off # 1 and # 10 tees. Typically, there are 17 tee time available, in the morning, from 7:30 through 9:38 at eight minute intervals. They then close the tees to new golfers to allow the golfers that started on #1 to crossover to # 10 and the ones that started on #10 to crossover to # 1. The first golfers off of each side are expected to turn and be ready to start on the other side at 9:46 (2 hours and 16 minutes. A foursome should come off of # 9 and # 18 every 8 minutes. The afternoon rounds runs from 12:00 to 2:08. A round of golf is scheduled take 4 and 1/2 hours not much less, hopefully not much longer.

2) Course Surcharges – Many golf packages allow golfers to “upgrade” to better courses. This fee is normal in the Myrtle Beach golf market. However, many golf packages up sell visitors on better golf courses. Then, after paying more, the vacationing golfer plays a course that is no better or sometimes worse than the original one. Do your homework before paying a surcharge to play a better golf course.

The elite and picture-perfect St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore offers Harbourtowne Masters Thoresta prices at $239 (in 2006). The package includes 18 holes of golf with cart for 3 days, plus waterfront room for 2 nights, continental breakfasts, practice range, bag tags, club storage and cleaning.

The next package is called the Sea Trail Masters. This runs from $204 per person based on a three night and three round visit. Four nights and four rounds is also available. Highlighted courses for this package are the Sea Trail Byrd, Sea Trail Maples, and Sea Trail Jones. Condo options are the Myrtlewood Villas, River Oaks Resort, and Sandpiper Bay. Hotel options include the Springmaid Beach Resort, Holiday Inn Express Shalotte, or the Sea Dip. The golf courses in this option have bend grass and have been rated four stars.

The benefits of booking golf trips as a package deal outweigh any other type of vacation booking method. By booking via package deal you save time and money. Trips are customizable and getting quotes is simple and user friendly when done online. To enjoy even more savings, try playing around with dates or traveling in a group.

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