How to organise a group golfing break

Date Posted: 24/07/2013

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Whether you’re a group of keen golfers or a mixed-ability party simply looking for a fun trip away, here are some top tips for organising a great golfing break in the UK or abroad.

As golf is such a sociable sport, it’s a fantastic option for a big group event; be it a birthday weekend, a stag do, a work social, or simply a break with friends.

However, it’s not always that easy to plan a round of golf for a large group, especially when you’re making plans for different skill sets and interest groups. Often the skill set is divided, with a few keen golfers mixing in with people whose experience is limited to pitch and putt, or it’s possible that some of the group have never picked up a golf club in their lives.

There’s also the consideration of where to go for the best group golfing experience; should you stay in the UK or head overseas to soak up the best courses abroad?

Where to go in the UK

Cities are a great option when choosing your destination for a golf break with a group.

Whatever event or celebration you may be organising your trip around, choosing a golf course that’s within easy reach of bars, restaurants or nightclubs makes it a lot easier to plan the evening celebrations. 

According to stag do company, Eclipse Leisure, Newcastle is one of its most popular destinations for golf enthusiasts, thanks to its bustling night life as well as the volume of great courses in the area, which include the centrally-located Merewether Golf Course.

Other popular UK destinations for group golfers include major cities with plenty of action, such as Bournemouth, Bristol and Leeds - all of which offer a huge variety of nightlife as well as top golf courses.

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Where to go overseas

One of the more obvious destinations to visit in Europe for a golf weekend is the Algarve.

Albuferia in particular has an infamous nightlife, with the notorious ‘Strip’ boulevard, but is also home to a number of golf courses to suit all abilities. The Pine Cliffs course run by Hotel Sheraton offers two rounds of its nine-hole course and takes pride in the views from the ninth hole, from where players can tee off over a ravine overlooking the nearby sandy beach.

Or you could try the Algarve’s Christy O’Connor golf course which is better suited to slightly more experienced groups, with a number of water hazards making an appearance.

Benidorm, Marbella, Barcelona and Tenerife are among the top most popular group golf destinations, with Bratislava also becoming a popular option. The capital of Slovakia only really boasts a couple of full outdoor courses, but has a number of driving ranges, six-hole training courses and indoor simulator centres that are appealing to mixed ability groups.

How to please the masses

If everyone in your party is a keen golfer then planning your trip is likely to be fairly easy, as everyone will know how to navigate their way round the course.

If, and this is far more likely, the group is mixed ability, then you may find that lower level or inexperienced golfers won’t find a full round of golf as exciting as those who play regularly.

This is where fun multi-player games come in, allowing groupings that will keep the game moving fluidly in a way that's more exciting for those with less experience. Popular options include ‘Foursomes’ and ‘Bingo, Bango, Bongo’.

You could also consider booking an indoor golf simulator. Here, you can often play any course in the world, but still enjoy a few drinks at the same time. The group is far less likely to get bored and won’t need to be worried about slowing down other players or remembering specific etiquette.

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How to prepare for your golfing holiday

Group travel organisers should make sure that everyone is aware of the etiquette, rules and behaviour codes expected on the course you’ll be visiting.

Some golf courses have specific dress regulations and expect a certain level of behaviour, so messing around on the golf carts or shouting loudly is unlikely to be accepted. You can still have plenty of fun without offending other golfers, just by making sure your whole group is up to speed on what’s expected of them.

Your whole group will obviously need clubs and these can usually be hired at most destinations. If you book through a group holiday specialist, they will usually be able to help you arrange these.

If members of your group prefer to take their own, make sure the clubs are packed carefully and, if flying, you know the specific allowances for your airline so you can prepare for any additional costs you may incur.

For more group travel information or advice on planning your group golfing break, contact Eclipse Leisure.

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