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 GolfBreaks.com 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 Travel.com, 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.