A golfing holiday is the perfect escape from the day to day grind, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just learning your game.

Our leisure time is more precious to us than ever, especially when it comes to getting away from home and work commitments for a few days. Golfing holidays have soared in popularity over recent years, as they offer an opportunity for a taste of luxury but also provide something a little more engaging than simply sitting around in the sun.

There are golfing holidays to meet every taste and budget, and whether you are looking for golf breaks UK for a few days, or a week or two away overseas, it is worth exploring one of the golf tour operators to get the best deal. But there are some basic tips to keep in mind regardless of where you plan to go and how much you want to spend.

Get some impartial advice

Visit the websites of 20 golf courses and of course they will all tell you how wonderful they are. Sometimes they will be absolutely right, but on other occasions, those glossy images can look less impressive in real life. If you know someone who has personal experience, then that counts for a lot. If not, consult a tour operator who specialises in golf holidays. They will have a range of destinations available and will give you an unbiased view on each – after all, the success of their business depends on ensuring you have a wonderful time!

Get value from your hotel

A luxury suite with every available amenity sounds great, and if you are having a luxury break with your nearest and dearest, it could be perfect. But if it’s just you and a golfing buddy, and you are going to be out by 8AM every morning, returning for a quick shower, then changing late afternoon and spending the evening relaxing in the restaurant or bar, it’s possible that something clean and comfortable but more basic is going to serve you perfectly well at a fraction of the price.

Any time is tee time?

You might have raised an eyebrow at the mention of being out before 8AM. After all, this is supposed to be a holiday. However, while a leisurely breakfast and strolling across to tee off at 11:30 AM might sound idyllic, you risk finding yourself stuck in the golfing equivalent of the M25 at rush hour. If you can be on the course before 9AM, your round of golf will be far more relaxing, with little or no waiting around. If you have chosen an overseas resort in a hot climate, you will also be playing in far more comfortable conditions. What’s more, you’ll be done by early afternoon, and will have time on your hands to relax or explore before your evening activities.

Avoid hidden costs

Planning your own “no frills” golf tour might sound tempting, but if you go down that route, you need to be very careful. Make sure you read the small print, or you could end up facing hefty costs, for example if you require transportation or golf buggies. This is another reason it makes sense to book through an operator, as they will go through all your requirements and make sure you know exactly what you are getting and what costs are entailed.