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Luxury golf holiday breaks

- by Andy Cornish

Golf vacations have grown significantly in popularity over the past few years. It is now possible to take a golfing holiday to numerous countries in the world owing to the growth of the Internet and budget airlines.

Nowadays most golfers book on the web for direct luxurious golf holidays and there is no shortage of great deals on offer for those prepared to shop around.

For a great golfing experience you can take along your own golf equipment but that is not always possible.

You don't have to take your whole set with you during your golfing holidays. Carrying a half-set with you is more straightforward, and that should be enough to enjoy your golfing break to the full.

You may not have to purchase golf gear when you are there as many holiday golf resorts will rent equipment out or it may even be included in the package golf holiday deal.

You may have other golfing buddies with you on tour and, every one of them will bring their own equipment thus it would be prudent to arrange for a large vehicle to tour around with during your trip.

Tips for your golfing holidays

As earlier mentioned, a player must know what to expect from a golfing vacation. You can surf the Internet looking for great golf holiday deals and many companies now advertise in golfing magazines.

Furthermore, you can also approach the golf course hotels direct and make inquiries about golfing opportunities.

First-hand testaments are the best if anybody wants dependable golfing trips.

Prior to carrying out research, you should determine the budget, the period of the golfing vacation and the number of people who are to accompany you on holidays.

Some golf courses require evidence of your handicap so carrying a certificate with you from your golfing club secretary may be a great idea.

Also, make sure that the golf courses you are visiting are not closed off for maintenance purposes at the time you are planning the golfing vacation.

In actual fact, it's a good idea to schedule a golfing tour to destinations that have other golf courses nearby so that in case of unanticipated dilemmas, you will still be able to have your golfing games.

Choosing the best golf courses for your holiday

A full golfing experience is a great way to relax, unwind and just enjoy the game.

When deciding on the best golf courses, the number of alternatives is many, and you can set out for an enjoyable golf holiday to almost any destination in the world.

Before selecting any golf resort, you must know the number of courses that the resort boasts of and if they are open to holidaymakers or not.

Some golf courses are open to everyone only during specific periods of year or holidays thus; it is a beautiful idea to be in terms with this all well in advance.

There are online companies now that offer luxurious golf vacations at resorts throughout Europe and beyond.

Golfing holidays in Greece

Golf holidays in Greece are growing more and more in popularity. Greece is known primarily as a beach holiday destination thanks to its beautiful sands, stunning scenery and sunny climate,

But Greece is also the perfect place for a golf holiday break with many links courses giving glorious views over the sea.

On the mainland, the west coast region of Messinia has hotel resort golf courses that are helping put Greece on the golf holiday map.

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, for example, hosts five-star facilities and two signature golf courses, one designed by German golfing great Bernhard Langer

Golfers can enjoy views over the Ionian Sea at the par-72 Dunes Course as it winds its way through olive groves and along a small river.

The nearby Bay course is a par 71 and imaginative layout tests the golfing skills of amateurs and pros alike while players can enjoy panoramic ocean and mountain views.

Kalamata international airport is only 50km from the resort and there are direct flights from the UK every week throughout the year.

For those who fancy playing a few rounds on the Greek islands, there are the Porto Elounda Golf and Spa Resort on the islands of Crete or the Corfu Golf & Country Club at the Palace Hotel in the Ropa Valley at Eermones. These are fantastic destinations for a luxury golf holiday in Greece.