|I started taking some of my students on golf trips 15 years ago and realized how much golf and travel go together. It is a great way to tour a destination city and play golf on great golf courses.
Later in my teaching career, I started taking groups to Solheim Cup matches to watch international golf competition. I have attended the last four Solheim Cups in Chicago, Dublin, Denver, and Manheim, Germany. Watching professional golfers, cheering for your country and visiting great cities are awesome adventures. You can also bring your clubs to play local courses near the tournament.
If you watch the Golf Channel, you’ve seen Matt Ginella, their travel expert, talk about “buddies” trips. These are typically guy trips, the golfers are serious, and it’s all about golf. Other concerns on where to stay and eat are secondary. These trips usually last three or four days, with 18 to 36 holes per day. They want to play courses with name recognition.
Women golfers are more likely to want to play 18 holes, then go sightseeing, which could include tours of museums, visiting natural wonders, spas, casinos, wineries and, of course, great restaurants.
Family trips or “golf on a budget” outings can include trips to Myrtle Beach, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama, Biloxi, Orlando, St. Augustine and Daytona Beach.
Then there are golfers who have a bucket list, and money is no object. For them, I recommend trips in the United States to Kiawah Island, Pinehurst, Sea Island, Bandon Dunes, Hawaii, and Pebble Beach.
Outside the U.S., bucket-list golf destinations include Scotland and Ireland.
Whatever your golf travel needs are, I am excited to let you know that I will be joining my colleagues at Women’s Golf and Travel Concierge (men can travel as well). We will be presenting a free seminar at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Pinecrest Clubhouse. There will be a discussion on how we can be your personal travel consultants and design an itinerary specifically tailored for your golf needs.
If you’d like to attend, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 23, and I will put you on the list.
Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at Brown Golf Management courses.