Golf Holidays

In terms of popularity, there has been a major change in direction when it has come to booking golf holidays, with golfers who are making online golf travel reservations, having a much wider choice.

In the days of old, golfers typically booked a holiday package for groups of eight or more to go to warmer climates as the stereotype trip. Often this package was booked for large parties from the local club, who were often accompanied by their local PGA Club Professional. Another popular travel selection at that time was for the PGA Professional Golfer to accompany three others golfers to an overseas Pro Am in places such as the Costa del Sol, Spain and Algarve, which were the most popular golfing destinations of that era. At that time, online travel bookings were not fully explored and most of these trips were arranged on an oral basis by way of telephone conversation with the local travel agent or via the PGA Golf Professional.

At that time, families who were looking to go on a trip were often left with the option of either going for a 7 night break or the standard 14 night package holiday, which sometimes required tee times to be booked separately as part of the travel arrangements or when the families arrived at their destination.

As things evolved, there was a move towards Breaks where golfers could book their travel for one night, a golfing weekend, and right up to 3, 5, 7, 10 and 14 night golfing breaks. As part of this golfing trend, there was the introduction of self catering breaks which combined staying in the likes of an apartment, whereby the golfing package included rounds of at nearby courses.

Luxury holidays have always been an option if money was no object and there was for many the introduction of long haul packages to golfing destinations such as South Carolina and Florida. Also, exotic golfing destinations such as Mauritius, South Africa, Thailand, Dubai and the Bahamas, started to become more popular at far greater expense. To make this type of travel sound very romantic, luxurious and exotic, these trips tend to be known by the terms of Getaway or Escape, which tend to suggest peace and tranquility, perhaps away from the rigors, stress and strain of modern day business life .

In terms of tranquility luxury breaks, there has been the introduction of global & spa breaks and there are more more resorts. This travel option is very popular with couples, where one golfer is perhaps wishing to play the best courses while their partners chill out at the pool or indulge themselves with the aid of 5 star health and leisure facilities. As part of this trend, this has taken another quantum leap forward with a number of golfing resorts being designed on a Beach Break strategic basis.

Other golfing destinations such as France and the Republic of Ireland started to become more popular with UK golfers, who also wanted to play the best courses in Scotland (the Home of Golf), England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Such is the popularity with in Ireland, approximately 100,000 golfers each year make their way over from England to play in the Emerald Isle.

Nowadays, on the market, Your Travel has become so much easier to make online if travel arrangements and we are spoiled for choice. We can all pick up online bargains from as little as £ 36 for an overnight luxury break at 4 star accommodation from Your, Europe's Number 1 Travel Company. These cheap breaks are at quality hotels such as the McDonald Hotels brand, which is renamed for first class golfing accommodation.

If you are looking for winter sun holidays that are not long haul, new golfing destinations such as Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Cyprus have started to emerge. In terms of long haul, places such as Australia, Caribbean, the Far East, and New Zealand have become more more appealing to the masses. These cheap luxury breaks can be booked reliably easily by way of the worldwide web.

If you are looking to play in Turkey, the Antalya and Belek region has many 5 star hotels on offer from prices ranging from £ 400 for a 7 night break. The Aphrodite Hills Resort in Paphos, Cyprus is another high quality destination which is available at very affordable prices. Another destination which is worthy of a visit is the JW Marriott Hotel, Cairo, with championship course, which will host the European Tour Egyptian Open 2010.

I earlier mentioned the introduction of Beach Holidays, and nowadays travel companies are delivering far more interesting trips. These travel arrangements for example, include & Racing Breaks and & Whiskey Breaks, which encompasses visits to the nearest racing day or a visit to the local whiskey distillery as opposed to the more traditional Play and Stay Break. Another popular option within the business community is and Conference Breaks.

Just when I thought that these travel arrangements seemed to have covered every golfing angle, there has now been the introduction of Half Board Breaks and All-Inclusive Breaks. More recently, Cruise Holidays through the likes of Fred Olsen are a travel arrangements option, with the Canary Cruise, Caribbean & Cuba Cruise and Western Med Cruise being three of their most popular travel choices.

Golf beginners may find that going to a School or Resort, with nine holes facilities or a Academy with PGA Teaching Professionals, as a better option when learning how to play the game of. Whatever level of you are at, the travel companies seem to have it covered and prices are significantly lower, delivering far better quality of accommodation and value for money. This is perhaps as a result of the introduction of new golfing destinations which are competing with one another.

Getting away for some in the sun or flying off to new golfing locations may not appeal to the traditionalist amongst us, who may wish to play in a Pro Am, Golf Days or a Week, which often includes coaching from qualified PGA Professionals. Golf Championship packages to cover the likes of the British Open Championship are often popular with such fanatics who may wish to see the world's top stars in stroke-play competitive action or at match-play events such as the Ryder Cup.

Some of us may have a 'Wish list' of some of the best courses we want to play. These are often links courses as opposed to inland or heath land course, which may have a long golfing history attached to them. A vast majority of these golfing destinations have moved with the times and you can book your travel or tee times online. Online Destinations for the traditionalist include St Andrews, Troon, Turnberry Resort, Ballybunion, Royal County Down, Royal Lytham & St Annes, Carnoustie, Pebble Beach, Cyprus Point, Muirfield & co., Which can be booked either individually or collectively, up to and including a Tour basis.

Some of the most popular Tours with travelers visiting the Home of are Fife, Ayrshire, and Edinburgh & Lothians, which include British Open Championship venues. The Tour concept has not only become very popular in Ireland, England and Wales but on a world basis. To the extent that this has been expanded to be far more exclusive, with the better known brands and golfing destinations introducing the likes of the Robert Trent Jones (RTJ) Trail in Alabama, Nicklaus Trail, Louisiana's Audubon Trail, Waccamaw Trail in Myrtle Beach, Orlando Trail, Murcia Trail, New York Trail, East Lothian Trail, Maine Trail, Tennessee Trail, Idaho Trail, Red Rock Trail, Niagara Trail, Austin Trail and Brunswick Isles Trail, to name but a few.

Whatever Your Travel requirements, we are all nowadays spoiled for choice and travel companies cater for every standard of play, budget, location and trip duration. If you are booking travel, it is essential you make such golfing arrangements through a well known, reliable and trustworthy resource. This is perhaps best done by way of credit card if this provides travel insurance.

South Carolina Golf Packages

Experienced golfers know that South Carolina golf packages are much sought after in the golfing community. This state is renamed for its fabulous golfing, as it is one of the top golfing destinations in the world. If you are an avid golfer then this golf vacation is for you. Once you take one trip here for golf, you will want to come back over and over again.

There are several popular regions in the state offering South Carolina golf packages. Around Charleston is the Low Country, which includes Hilton Head. The PGA stops here for an annual tournament. On Kiawah Island, is the Ocean Course where the Ryder Cup has been played.

Other areas of the state where you can find great South Carolina golf packages are the Midlands, which is in the beautiful rolling countryside. You will also find many courses in the Uplands, which is the mountainous region.

For those who are looking to attend a golf school, there are many to choose from and may be able to be included in your South Carolina golf packages. There are over one hundred and eighty different courses in this beautiful state. Some of the courses have been designed by golf greats such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Davis Love III. The best courses in the state are open to the public so that everyone can enjoy these fabulous courses.

Numerous websites online offer South Carolina golf packages. Just key in your search information in your favorite search engine and you will be presented with a wealth of valuable information. The clubs all have their resident professionals who are available to help improve your game. At Hilton Head, the pros use new technology to allow the golf student to see where they need improvement in their game. This technology helps you improve your posture, your grip, stance and your golf swing. These changes to your game will give you more confidence when you are out on the links.

The story behind Feinstein’s Ryder Cup book

The author was almost overwhelmed by the reception and cooperation he received in researching the book. Take his quest for a sit-down with Jordan Spieth, for example.

“The first thing that happened actually that was funny and tells you a lot about Jordan, he had to postpone twice for legit reasons, and when we sat down, the first thing he did was he apologized for postponing, and I said, Jordan, come on, you’re doing me a favor giving me this time, and he said, well, aren’t you doing me a favor putting me in your book?” Feinstein says.

“I’m like, really? Jordan needed to be in my book like I need to gain another 20 pounds. And so I laughed. And so then we sat and we talked for a long time, and at the end, like I said, I said, I’m going to need to circle back to you, and he said, yeah, yeah, let’s just make it simple, take my cell phone number and text me whenever you want to talk. You can’t ask for more than that.”

From Oct. 2 of last year, when the matches at Hazeltine ended in a hard-fought U.S. victory, to that Thanksgiving, Feinstein estimates he touched base with 16 or 17 of the players to get their take on the event, as well as Love and his European counterpart, Darren Clark. He also interviewed all of Love’s vice captains with the exception of Tiger Woods.

“But I had so much stuff from other guys on him, talking about how obsessed he became, and to me people always say, what was your biggest surprise,” Feinstein says. “My biggest surprise was definitely how into the whole thing Tiger became, especially given his past Ryder Cup participation when he was clearly just there because he thought he had to be.”

Even as he was in the midst of those follow-up interviews, Feinstein started writing some of the background and historical chapters the week after he got back from Minneapolis. The 320-page book was finished on Feb. 1 of this year.

“I’ve always said my newspaper training comes in because I can write fast and I can write on a deadline,” he noted. “I knew it was going to be a fast turnaround, but I was mentally ready to deal with it.”

While the competition is at the center of the book, the anecdotes Feinstein gleaned from the coaches and players are what sets it apart. Two of his favorites involve Clarke and Phil Mickelson, two long-time friends as well as keen competitors.

Clarke lost his first wife Heather to breast cancer shortly before the Ryder Cup matches in 2006. Mickelson’s wife Amy also has fought the disease, and among Clarke’s memories from that emotional year came at the opening ceremonies when members of the two teams walked in together.

“That year it was wife, player, player, wife, two from each side walking side by side, and Darren was supposed to walk in with Amy and Phil, and of course he did not have a partner,” Feinstein says. “And so when the music started and they were about to walk in, Amy walked around Phil, got in between Phil and Darren, took both their hands and walked in with them that way.

“And of course Darren never forget that, and Phil said that when Amy was diagnosed, the first phone call he got was from Darren saying, you know, I’m here for you.”

Another favorite story in Feinstein’s book came from Love, who remembers seeing Clarke and Mickelson deep in conversation into the wee hours on Sunday night after the U.S. victory.

“(He was) talking about sitting and watching Darren and Phil talking together at 2 or 3 in the morning and thinking, this is what Sam Ryder would have wanted the Ryder Cup to be, these guys who have been through so much more together than a golf match, coming back together after competing against one another for three days and sitting around and telling stories together,” Feinstein recalls.

Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

 There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.

It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

“The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.

Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

“You’re going to win majors and you’re going to lose majors, but you’ve got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You’ve got to put yourself out there. You’ve got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There’s a lot of pressure out there and if you’re not willing to enjoy it, then you’re not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.

Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.

Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to … the guy in red and black.

After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.

Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

“We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

How to Beware of Setting Selfish Goals

As I write the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament is taking place in South Wales and it is noticeable how all the golfers playing have their wives or girlfriends and families there with them. This is common in golf and I remember how at the end of 2010 Open Championship, the winner Louis Oosthuizen from South Africa had his wife and young child and other members of his family there to share in his success. His glory was all the greater for having someone to share it with.

Each golfer though is completely focused upon his success. When interviewed they talk of their goals for each shot, each round, each tournament, and for the years ahead. They know that they must set them in order to achieve what they desire. They use visualization to see how they will play each shot in order to reach their target of getting the ball in the hole. And they talk of the people – their coaches, their caddies, their sports psychologists, and their loved ones – who help them along the way. They have clear goals and a plan to ensure they reach them.

When you set your goals it is natural that they are about what you want from your life. They should be written in the first person and in the present tense. For example you may write something like, "On December 31st 2011 I wake up feeling happy and healthy in my 4-bedroom house by the river.

Your goals are your own and only you can decide what they are and what you need to do to achieve them. But be careful in setting and working towards your goals that you do not become too focused upon yourself. You too may need someone to share your success.

So take time to consider the following:

– Who is important to you and what do they want from their life?

– How will what you are planning affect others? Have you discussed it with them?

– What changes will be needed and will they affect other people?

– What compromises will you or others need to make? Will those affected be willing or able to do so?

– What help and support will you need from others? Have you asked them and are they willing or able?

– Who do you actually want to share your goals with and who do you want to come along on the journey?

– Successful people surrounding themselves with like-minded people and often will leave any negative influences behind in pursuit of their goals? Are there negative people you need to get away from or at the very least spend less time with? Are you prepared to do so?

One way in which to ensure that you consider others in forming your goals is to always think about what you can give rather than what you can take. The happiest and most successful people seem to be those that do just that.

So take care not to be selfish when setting out what you want to achieve and so ensure that your goal is not one that will end in loneliness. Take note of the example set by those great golfers – it's great to share!