17 of the Best Golf Shoes

17 of the Best Golf Shoes

Half of golf is about the gear. If you don’t have the right equipment, you’ll never be able to play your best game. Sure, the clubs are important, but so are other items, like your shoes. Golf shoes can affect your game by playing a role in your posture, your comfort, and your athletic ability. And, because of the nature of this outdoor sport, weather plays a role too.

If you don’t have shoes that are well equipped for the outdoors, you may be putting your performance at risk. If you’re going on a golfing holiday, its best to take a couple of pairs with you to suit all weather conditions. Here is a breakdown of some of the best golf shoes on the market right now. Which ones will you need?

The Best Golf Shoes For Winter

1. Oregon Mudders CM300:

This golf shoe is made for any and all weather conditions. They’re lightweight and have a membrane bootie that’s waterproof. The upper portion of the shoe is made from waterproof microfiber as well. The sole is rubber spiked so that you can be sure to have good traction. They are designed for lateral stability, cushioning, and comfort

Oregon Mudders CM300

2. FootJoy Hyperflex:

These shoes are unique and stylish, which is good to have during any time of the year. The guaranteed waterproofing makes them especially perfect for winter. They are built with soft spikes so that you can keep your traction despite ice or a slippery green. The material is also quite soft and flexible so that the shoes will keep their shape no matter how many times you swing. Made with FTF 2.0 cushioning, these shoes perfectly support the arch and ball of the foot. They are slip resistant which is great if you have issues with sweaty feet. And, the design features a narrow heel that helps hold your foot in place throughout your game. They also feature a stabilizer that helps keep your ankle and foot in place while you take your swing. Best of all, these shoes are pretty affordable.

3. Nike Lunar Bandon 3:

These shoes are the equivalent of sweatpants on a rainy day, but for your feet. The inside of the shoes have been designed to keep in the warmth while the outer layer is waterproof. And, because the shoes have a zipper instead of laces, you won’t have to worry about them dragging in the mud.

 

The Best Waterproof Golf Shoes

1. New Balance Men’s NBG1701 Spiked Golf Shoe:

This shoe features a microfiber leather on the upper area and is made of rubber. The Ndurance outsole helps to keep the shoe especially stable during use. This pair also features EVA foam mid-sole cushioning for comfort and support. The spikes are made to be lightweight using the Slim-Lok cleat technology. They can be worn for any weather conditions but are particularly useful when it rains.

New Balance Golf

2. Puma Men’s BioDrive Golf Shoe:

This waterproof shoe was designed with functionality, style, and stability in mind. The main components of the shoe are the FusionFoam midsole and the OrthoLite sock liner. They also are breathable and help reduce odor so that the shoes will last longer and be more comfortable. The shoes have a spike-less outsole, compression EVA foam to keep them light, a mid-foot axis TPU, and a waterproof guarantee for two years.

3. Adidas Men’s Adizero Tour Golf Shoe:

These shoes are some of the lightest around as they weigh only 10.6 ounces. The sole of the shoe is made from a lightweight, synthetic material and the upper area is made from microfiber leather. There is a 2-year warranty on the waterproofing too. With ten spikes in the cleat, you won’t have to worry about slipping on the green when it rains. Coming in multiple colors, you’ll have your pick for the pair that suits you best.

4. Sketchers Performance Go Golf-Bionic Golf Shoes:

While many people don’t realize that Sketchers makes golf shoes, more people might be interested to know about these. They launched in 2014 and are now the official shoe of Matt Kuchar, a well-known PGA player. While they are undeniably waterproof, these shoes were also made to be comfortable and durable. The mesh is so waterproof that the company claims that golfers can walk through puddles all day without getting wet. They are designed with a spike-less grip that helps keep the traction strong. Looking much different than a traditional golf shoe, this look will certainly make you stand out on the course.

 

The Best Golf Shoes For Beginners

1. Callaway Footwear Men’s Chev Aero II Golf Shoes:

These shoes are known to be some of the best on the market for beginners. They have exceptional grip so you won’t have to worry about slipping when taking your swing. Shoes that are designed to be more enclosed are best for beginners because they provide the ultimate support. This way, you can worry about the game rather than what’s on your feet. And, aside from support, you can expect plenty of comfort with these shoes too. The upper have a mesh panel which makes them even more comfortable. They aren’t the type of footwear that need to be broken in extensively before wearing them. These shoes also have spikes made from durable and strong rubber. Beginner golfers also love them because they feature a 3D comfort sole. Sturdy, durable, and comfortable are the features that make these shoes so lovable.

Calllaway Chev Aero


2.Nike Golf Men’s Lunar Cypress High Performance Golf Shoe:

Most people are familiar with the Nike brand, which makes this shoe great for beginners. The shoes are versatile which makes them perfect for both beginners and professionals. So, once you up your game, you won’t have to buy new shoes. The interior is padded so that you can wear them all day long and still feel comfortable. With a rubber outsole and large spikes for grip, you will be able to stay sturdy throughout your game. They are light on the feet and can be counted on not to slip when you take that swing.

3. Adidas Men’s Pure 360 Lite Golf Shoe:

Adidas is yet another brand that will be familiar to new golfers. In fact, these shoes have been designed specifically for beginners and shouldn’t be worn by more professional golfers. They provide maximum cushion due to their cloud foam sock liner. And, they feel more like sneakers than golf shoes, making them quite easy to get used to. They are known to have great arch support which is useful for new golfers who are spending a lot of practice time on the course. Because of their synthetic leather, the shoes are durable, will last a long time, and are easy to move around in.

 

The Best Budget Golf Shoes

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response 4.0 Golf Shoe: 

These budget golfing shoes have been professionally designed and created with quality at the forefront. They are known to be comfortable and durable, making them a great budget buy. They have a reputation for fitting nicely from the very beginning, and don’t require a lot of use before feeling comfortable. Features included in this model are: AdiWear, Thintech, TRAXION, and Thintech Clea. All of which make the fit even more comfortable and the traction impeccable. Plus, they were designed with an anti-slip technology which solves the problem of playing on slippery grass.

Adidas Tech Response

2. Adidas adiCOMFORT2: 

This shoe is designed to be comfortable as soon as you take them out of the box and put them on your feet. They are waterproof and have a two-year warranty on that promise. The uppers are made of soft leather and the midsole features about 3 millimeters of extra foam. The shoe really focuses on comfort and the price is around $80 which really can’t be beat. The base of the shoes are built wider for extra comfort and stability. And, they are designed with the adiTUFF technology which protects the toe area from wear so that the shoes look good for longer.

3. Callaway XFER Sport: 

These shoes feature an X Cage design that helps create stability. The insoles are Superfeet Pro which help golfers keep their body in perfect alignment. These insoles also help with balance so that you have the best chance of achieving the perfect swing. The fluidity of your swing is also something that these shoe designers kept in mind. Mixing the Xfer Dynamic Traction Technology with the Pro Flex PINS spikes helps golfers keep their swing in line. And, you won’t have to worry about your foot moving around when you go to take your swing. The Xfer Power Wall keeps the sides of your foot in place for ultimate stability. These shoes are great for budget golfers as they will run you less than $50.

 

The Best Spike-less Golf Shoes

1. Ecco Cage Pro:

These shoes look great but also work to give golfers the best grip. They have a heel cage and a sole that is organically structured. This cage wraps around the midsole and the heel before moving across the toe box. The outsole features Ecco’s SPYDR-GRIP technology which helps keep stability no matter what the conditions. In fact, this grip technology targets the pivot points in the foot so that traction and grip are enhanced even further. And, because there are no spikes, golfers won’t have to worry about dirt clogging up the soles as much as spiked shoes. The upper portion of the shoe is made from polyurethane which is known to be both durable and flexible.

Ecco

2. Ecco Golf Casual Hybrid:

Ecco has a strong reputation for providing shoes that are casual, comfortable and stable enough to play your best game. Their golf line is particularly loved as the shoes seem to mold right to the feet. The skin of these shoes is water resistant, making them one of the best options for playing in the rain. The brand has also made comfort a top priority with this design from the laces to the soles. While many brands pay little attention to the comfort of the shoe’s tongue, Ecco is different. The plush tongue prevents the laces from digging into your feet while on the green. You can lace these shoes up as tight as you want so that you get stability without the unpleasant pressure of the tongue on your feet. The interior of the shoe is also plush and wide so that your feet are always comfortable. With a wider midsole, these shoes are great for anyone who has wide feet. And, the removable sole allows you to make more room for your feet if you need it. Although these shoes are spike-less, they still have great grip. They feature the E-DTS Hybrid Technology on the outsole which makes them incredibly stable.

3. Puma Ignite Sport Spikeless Golf Shoe:

This strong and well-performing shoe looks great both on and off the green. They are known for the comfort that comes from the Ignite Foam that is used in the insole. This feature provides a cushion for the sole while being responsive to movement. The Grip Zone Traction provides excellent stability and is designed with 24 chevron slugs and more than 30 hexagons that are carefully placed to keep things solid. The upper is made of mesh and leather which gives the shoes added flexibility and comfort.

4. Under Armour Performance SL Golf Shoe:

These shoes are said to have the grip of a spiked shoe without the spikes. The brand uses Rotational Resistance Traction to keep the shoes from slipping during your game. The sole also features a stud design which makes traction and stability even better. Inside, the shoes feature an EVA footbed and cork which can be removed for more comfort and room. These shoes are considered a hybrid in all senses. They look good enough to wear off the green but also professional enough for the courses. And, when it comes to function, they work just as great as spiked shoes.

There are plenty of shoes to choose from when it comes to golf. Check out the options and evaluate what’s most important to you when it comes to comfort, stability, and performance. Once you’ve found a pair which you love, you can then book a golfing holiday to celebrate!

Focus on Lanzarote

This week’s blog is a focused piece on the brilliant Canary Island – Lanzarote. Lanzarote boasts great golf-playing temperatures almost all-year round with a mild and dry climate which also makes it perfect for holidaying. This is a beautiful place to talk a golf break to and with so many brilliant hotels and golf courses it isn’t hard to see why…

Costa Teguise Golf is a brilliant golf course which is a firm but fair challenge of golfers of all handicaps. This is arguably one of the most prestigious courses in the Canary Islands due to the fact that it boasts spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean, excellent training facilities and a varied course design that anyone will most certainly enjoy. The course features a range of different holes including doglegs and those that are filled with hazards which means that you will have to rely on your accuracy and strategy if you are looking to score well here especially as its seaside location means that there is always at least a soft breeze making things a little trickier. This is a scenic and impressive course and one that must not be missed out when you are planning your next golf escape to Lanzarote.

Another impressive course the Lanzarote Golf Resort which is set in the heart of Puerto del Carmen and from the course you can enjoy picturesque views of volcanoes. The golf course was designed so that it is playable for golfers of all handicaps which is one of the things that makes it so brilliant as it is a fair challenge for everyone. The course blends into its natural landscape which is very hilly which means that this course has wide undulating fairways which are lined with indigenous plants and mature palm trees which are lying in wait for errant shots. The 12th hole which is a par-3 is considered to be the signature hole here as it is played from the highest point on the course where you can experience simply breathtaking views. This is a brilliant round of golf for golfers of all abilities – a true gem.

If you are looking for a luxurious and peaceful hotel to stay in in Lanzarote then you need look no further than the Barcelo Teguise Beach which is an adult-only hotel just three minutes’ walk from the beach in Costa Teguise. Whilst you are not lying on the beach or by the large outdoor pool you can spend time on one of the nearby golf courses (including Costa Teguise Golf) or if you are looking for a luxurious experience, you can enjoy time in the wellness centre where there is a Turkish Bath as well as some sensation showers and a sauna. Each of the spacious rooms boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating as well as a private balcony and outdoor furniture. This is a great hotel in a brilliant location – the perfect destination for your next golf break.

Also close to Costa Teguise Golf and LanzaroteGolf Resort and located just 200 metres from the lovely Playa Grande Beach is Apartamentos Fariones. This lovely apartment resort boasts a brilliant location close to the beach, the promenade where there is an array of shops, bars and restaurants as well as close to two excellent golf courses. There are 138 apartments here and each of them boasts excellent views as well as either a private balcony or terrace, a fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom as well as Wi-Fi. After you have enjoyed a round on one of the excellent golf courses in the area, you can spend time relaxing on the beach or around one of the outdoor pools and this resort is perfect both for families and couples as there is a designated adults-only pool as well as a kids’ club. If you are looking for a place to stay where you are at the centre of all of the action then this is perfect for you.

The four-star Sol Lanzarote Resort is an all-inclusive resort that is set in the centre of Puerto del Carmen on Playa de Matagorda. Within easy distance from the hotel you have access to a wide range of different restaurants and bars as well as 6km of beaches and some brilliant golf. There is so much to do and see within the local area including Cueva de Los Verdes which is one of the world’s largest volcanic tunnels or the Timanfaya National Park where you can enjoy untouched scenery of a volcanic park. All of the rooms at the hotel are spacious and decorated beautifully as they were all renovated recently in 2015. Each of the rooms boasts a private and furnished terrace where you can relax and enjoy either garden, sea or mountain views. With everything that there is to do and see in the area as well as three outdoor pools, a gully-equipped gym, a tennis court and a spa you will never be short of something relaxing to do here.

Another all-inclusive four-star resort is the Hotel Grand Teguise Playa. The hotel is located right on the beachfront of Teguise where you can enjoy different watersports as well as easy access to the bustling Pueblo Marinero square which is lined with restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel boasts two sea water pools and a botanical garden as well as brilliant fitness amenities and the option for a luxurious massage or a trip to the sauna. Whilst you are not out exploring the local area’s different restaurants and bars, you can enjoy brilliant food and drink in the hotel with the hotel’s El Jabillo Restaurant which serves lovely Mediterranean food for lunch and dinner. This is another stunning resort with lovely rooms (some of which boast their own private balcony with sea views) and great facilities in an excellent location.

The five-star Hesperia Lanzarote is a scenic and luxurious resort which is located close to Puerto del Carmen and the brilliant golf courses in the area. Puerto del Carmen is just 10 minutes’ away from the hotel which means that you are within easy access of lots of different bars and restaurants but there are some excellent restaurants at the resort including the a la carte restaurant El Risco which serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Each of the 331 rooms at the resort are light and airy with a private balcony or terrace attached to each room from which you can enjoy the breathtaking views. On the resort, there are four swimming pools, a spa and sports club where you can find a gym, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a Turkish Bath. There is also a kid’s club if you are planning on bringing your family. This is the perfect resort for your next golf break to Lanzarote.

Yet another brilliant resort which boasts easy access to both Lanzarote Golf Resort and Costa Teguise Golf is Seaside Los Jameos Playa which is set just a stone’s throw from the stunning Playa Pocillos Beach in the area of Puerto del Carmen. This four-star resort boasts an excellent beach front location and is only ten minutes’ walk from the town of Matagorda where you can find excellent beaches as well as many different restaurants and bars to enjoy and Puerto del Carmen is only ten minutes’ drive away. All rooms feature the amenities that would be expected from a hotel of this standard as well as either a private furnished terrace or balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views across the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are not out exploring or on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy spending time relaxing by one of the outdoor pools or in the Finnish Spa which is arguably one of the best on the island. This is the perfect resort for you if you are looking for a quieter golf escape but somewhere where you can access lively places easily.

Last, but certainly not least, is Suite Hotel Fariones Playa which is another brilliant four-star complex from which you can have direct access to the beautiful beach as well as easy access to the two brilliant golf courses – Lanzarote Golf Resort and Costa Teguise Golf as you are situated in Puerto del Carmen. The Playa Grande is arguably the most popular beach on the island and it isn’t hard to see why with its white sands and crystal-clear waters and by staying at this resort, you have direct access onto this beach. Each of the luxurious suites within the resort features its own kitchenette and private terrace from which you can enjoy the magnificent views of the local surroundings. With direct access onto the beach, easy access to two brilliant golf courses, several outdoor pools, a spa and a gym you really don’t need much more when you are looking for somewhere lovely to stay for your next golf break to Lanzarote.

With all of these fantastic resorts and hotels as well as the two excellent and scenic golf courses and of course, the year-round mild temperatures – there truly is nowhere better for you to start planning your next golf break to than the beautiful island of Lanzarote.

Your Guide to some Very Special Golf in 2018

This week’s blog is a guide to some very special golf resorts and their courses that are perfect for your 2018 golf escape. With 2017 almost coming to a close it is time to start thinking about when you will next be taking a golf break and where it will be to. These resorts and their courses are certainly worth booking right now for 2018 to avoid disappointment so that you can get the best tee times and dates at these brilliant courses.

First up we have the four-star Chervo Golf Hotel Spa and Resort which is situated in the province of Bresia just a few minutes from the shores of Lake Garda. The hotel boasts 75 rooms and suites and four different room types for you to choose from so that you can tailor your stay here to exactly what you want it to be like. There are two restaurants and three bars to choose from so you are never short of somewhere to eat and drink, even if you remain in the hotel for the duration of your stay! Whilst you are not in one of the pools or at the Wellness Spa Centre, we know that you will be out on the golf course enjoying a round at Chervo Golf San Vigilio. The course boasts 36 holes and 27 of them are championship standard. The course is always in excellent conditions and with very few out of bounds areas and wide fairways, it is an excellent holiday course with exceptional views. This is the perfect place for your next golf escape for 2018 and with all of its excellent facilities as well as 36 holes of golf to play here, it isn’t hard to see why.

The Macdonald Cardrona is a four-star hotel which is situated in amongst the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside. Not only does the hotel boast a scenic location, but it is has good links with both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is very close to the town of Peebles which is a lovely place to venture out to. All of the rooms here are spacious but cosy and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. You can see beautiful views from your room across the Scottish Borders. The hotel boasts some excellent facilities including a spa with a sauna and Jacuzzi, a gym and an award-winning restaurant from which you can look out across the golf course and the Border Hills. The hotel’s onsite golf course, Macdonald Cardrona Golf Club, is a great championship course with undulating fairways and greens that stretch out over 7,000 yards. The course is a firm but fair test of golf and with the River Tweed coming into play on a number of holes, this course requires high levels of accuracy from players if you are to score well! This is arguably one of the most beautiful golfing venues in Scotland which makes it a top contender for your 2018 golf escape, especially if you are looking to stay in the UK rather than travel abroad.

Troia Design Hotel is a contemporary five-star hotel which is situated on the Troia peninsula just two minutes’ walk from the beach. This is a truly brilliant location as you have easy access to a lovely beach, the centre of Lisbon and beautiful views of the Arrabida Hills. The hotel offers you so much to do whilst you are there including: a casino, a fully-equipped spa which is the perfect place to relax and unwind and two large swimming pools (including one infinity pool). There are two onsite restaurants, B&G Restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine and the Salinas Brasserie which boasts an international menu with many seafood dishes. With all of these facilities as well as luxurious rooms and suites that all have their own private balcony, air conditioning and flat-screen TV, this is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Portugal and the golf hasn’t even been mentioned yet.

Aqualuz Hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Troia Peninsula and is an elegant four-star suite property. The hotel boasts 365 apartments and each of them is decorated with a chic style and boasts everything that you could need including a kitchenette, a private balcony and a flat-screen TV. This means that you can cater for yourselves whilst you are here. However, for when you don’t want to cook, the hotel has two onsite restaurants serving delicious food. There is so much to do and enjoy here including the spa which has all of the amenities that you would expect including a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool, a Turkish bath and a sauna. If you are looking for a more active holiday, you won’t be disappointed as there are many other sports to do besides golf including water sports, cycling and trekking. This is a lovely place to stay, especially if you are looking to be self-catered and you are situated in a prime location.

The Troia golf course is the perfect addition to your stay either at Troia Design Hotel or Aqualuz Hotel. Troia golf course is a mix of both parkland and links golf and although there are very few water hazards, there are many strategically placed bunkers along the course and some very penal rough which is lying in wait for any errant shots. This is a course with a friendly welcome, a stunning course with some very interesting and challenging holes and a modern clubhouse to enjoy a drink and even a meal in afterwards. Make sure that these hotels and this course is on your mind when you are next thinking about your 2018 golf holiday.

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of suggestions is the four-star Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club which is situated in Wales. This hotel is set in a stunning location and you can enjoy breathtaking views across over 400 acres of parkland here. The hotel boasts two golf courses, one of which is a stern test of golf and the other is a brilliant holiday course which means that when you are staying here you really do get the best of both world. All of the rooms are luxurious and are fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Whilst you are not on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s spa area or in the fitness club. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants are both brilliant. Morgans Restaurant offers Welsh inspired cuisine in a classic and contemporary setting whilst the Zest Lounge Bar and Eatery offers a more relaxed setting with contemporary dishes. This is a great hotel and one that will offer you the best service and a luxurious stay in a lovely location with excellent golfing options. The Mathern Course at St Pierre Country Club is the shorter and easier of the two courses but provides every golfer with a very enjoyable round. This course boasts a stunning parkland design and a layout that is perfect for golfers of all abilities. The Old Course at St Pierre Country Club has been ranked consistently as one of the top 120 courses in the world and it isn’t hard to see why. This is a long and testing course with some truly outstanding holes, its standout hole is arguably the closing 18th which is spectacular at 235 yards from the edge of the lake to a raised green which means that you must make a precise finishing shot for the putt. Make sure that this hotel and its fantastic golf is on your radar for your next UK golf break.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next 2018 golf escape, you will think about these hotels and golf courses and consider at least one of them for next year.

Courses Close to the Airport

This week’s blog is a guide to some great courses and hotels that are close to an airport. When you are looking for your next golf break, it is sometimes good to consider courses to base your break around that are nearby to an airport. This can be ideal for short golf escapes to a sunny destination, perfect for long weekends away or even if you are not keen to hire a car whilst you are away as transfers are obviously cheaper if you stay closer to an airport.

A short drive from Lisbon’s city centre is the brilliant Belas golf course, just 25 minutes from Lisbon airport. The course meanders through mounds and from many of the tees you can enjoy stunning views across the Sintra Hills. From the white tees, this course is a long one at over 6,700 yards which makes it a fair challenge of golf, especially due to the other features of the course, including the penal rough where you could lose more than a few balls. Throughout the course, there is a selection of good par 3s including a few spectacular drop holes. There are some standout holes, including the 5th which is very long and has many strategically placed bunkers. The finishing four holes is brilliant beginning with the 15th hole which is a downhill rollercoaster par 5, there is then the heavily bunkered dogleg 16th hole, then the 17th which is exceptionally tricky with water on both sides of the green. The 18th is a fantastic finishing hole, it is a short par 4 where you are hitting downhill from the raised tee whilst avoiding the pond to the right. The course features some very memorable holes and views which makes it a great course to base your next golf holiday around, especially as it boasts such a great location between Belas and Lisbon. If you are looking to plan your golf break around this great course, look at the fabulous Sheraton Cascais Resort as you can play many more courses with that hotel as your base.

Next up, is the stunning four star Hotel Gran Ultonia – 18 minutes from Girona Airport. This hotel boasts a great location just a few hundred yards from Girona Cathedral and the Barri Vell District. Each of the rooms at this hotel is stylish and functional with elegant and modern bathrooms as well as all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. As the hotel boasts such a fantastic location, you are never far from great bars and restaurants but there are also two brilliant golf courses within close proximity of the hotel. The PGA Catalunya courses are both excellent but different which means that they are the perfect addition to your stay at Hotel Gran Ultonia. The PGA Catalunya Tour course may be a little shorter and easier to play than the Stadium course but with an abundance of pine trees and water hazards lying in wait for any errant shots, you cannot afford to not play with accuracy. It is a brilliant holiday course as it provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities.

The PGA Catalunya Stadium is arguably one of the best courses in Spain but it is a very challenging one, located just 7 minutes from Girona Airport. The course is very long and very hilly, however, there are five sets of tees to choose from so even golfers with higher handicaps are catered for here and may have a chance at scoring well if they can still play with accuracy! Right from the 1st tee you can see how brilliant this course is as you start off with an elevated drive to a dogleg left par 4 hole. Not only is the course a magnificent round of golf, but the scenery is beautiful – this is a world class course and not one to be missed out on when you are planning your next golf escape to the Costa Brava.

Alicante Golf Resort is located just on the edge of Alicante City, near San Juan Beach where the weather is great golfing weather practically all year round and as the course and Hotel Alicante Golf is 21 minutes from Alicante airport, so this is the perfect destination for a golf escape any time of the year. The course is a traditional one and since it opened in 1998, several alterations have been made including the addition of artificial lakes and rivers which have made the course a very tricky one. In order to score well, you must play strategically as there are many hazards along the course that can cause you to lose your ball. This is a brilliant course and Hotel Alicante Golf is a stunning hotel with brilliant facilities. This is the perfect hotel and course combination for a great golf break to Alicante regardless of the time of year…

Sandos San Blas Nature Resort and Golf boasts a stunning location just 10 minutes from Tenerife South Airport, and it is positioned right in the centre of its very own nature reserve and allows you to feel like you are separated from the rest of the world with nearby golf courses and the brilliant facilities at the hotel to enjoy. However, although everything here is peaceful and calm, just 20 minutes’ walk from the hotel is the town of Los Abrigos where you can find a wide array of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. The prestigious Golf del Sur sits just next door to the property and there are other courses nearby including: Amarilla Golf, Buenavista Golf, Golf Costa Adeje and Golf Las Americas. Golf del Sur is just 5 minutes’ drive from the hotel and the course runs along the stunning coastline. This is a truly scenic course with stunning views and interesting black volcanic sand bunkers, cacti and palm trees dotted around. Arguably, the signature hole of the course is the par 4 3rd hole on the North nine which is a lush and long hole and has a long and narrow green to reach beyond the bunkers and other hazards waiting. This is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Tenerife, especially with the tropical climate here all year round…

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf escape, consider somewhere easy to access from an airport so that you can make the most out of your time there – especially if it is a long weekend to blow away the cobwebs until we reach the summer months.

A Guide to Taking Golf Clubs Abroad

A Guide to Taking Golf Clubs Abroad

The world is full of incredible golf courses. Whether you want to head to the Scotland or Ireland for some truly iconic green, or to the United States for some classic courses, you’ll need to pack your gear to go.

Taking you golf clubs abroad may not be as simple as you think, so we’ve created a little guide to help you out. Between making sure that they are correctly packed, to checking in and getting them to the right destination, here is everything you need to know about taking your golf clubs abroad.

Taking Your Golf Clubs Abroad VS. Hiring Golf Clubs

When taking a golfing trip abroad, you’ll need to decide whether to take your own golf clubs, or hire some when you arrive. For most serious golfers, taking their own clubs is usually preferred, however, there are some limitations and costs involved.

Taking your own clubs can be beneficial as you’ll be used to playing with them, and won’t have to spend money and time on hiring them once your arrive. However, depending on your airline and budget, taking your own clubs could be more hassle than what’s it worth.

If you’re playing an important game, or participating in a competition, taking your own clubs may be worthwhile. However, if you’re just taking a vacation, and looking to get in a good game of golf, it may not be necessary to bring your own gear.

Read on for a breakdown of the costs associated with taking your clubs abroad, as well as some tips for cutting the costs and making things a little easier.

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Different Allowances From Different Airlines

Ryan Air

This airline charges £30 for golf clubs if you book your flights online, and £35 if booking in the airport. The maximum weight of the clubs is 20KG but if you go over the limit, expect to pay around £10 per kilo.

British Airways

This airline allows you to use your free checked baggage allowance for your golf bag. However, if it weighs more than the allotted amount, expect to pay an extra fee. The price varies depending the on your destination and the class that you’re flying. For example, first class is allowed two free checked bags, neither of which can weigh more than 32KG. Economy class passengers can only have one free checked bag that cannot exceed 23KG. Golf bags cannot exceed 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 29.5in x 25.5in.)

Lufthansa

This airline will transport your golf clubs for free as long as you use them within your normal baggage limit. If you fly economy, you can bring a bag that weighs no more than 23KG and not pay extra. However, if you fly first class, you can bring three bags weighing 32KG each without being charged extra. If you want to take your golf clubs along with other baggage, you should expect to pay around £50 extra for each trip. There are limitations within this too however. For this extra fee, you can bring a pair of golf shoes, tees, golf balls, and one set of clubs.

EasyJet

This airline charges a ‘sports equipment fee’  that allows you to bring a bag that weighs no more than 32KG. If you opt for the ‘small sports equipment’ package, you can transport equipment that weighs no more than 20KG, but this will cost £30 each way.

Air France

This airline considers golf equipment to be standard checked luggage and doesn’t charge extra for it. For economy passengers, the weight limit is 23KG and for business class, the limit moves up to 32KG. If you exceed the limit, you will need to pay a fee which depends on where you’re traveling to. Travel within Europe will cost you a fee of £70 each way. It’s also important for you to get the customer service approval of the airline before taking your golf equipment on the plane.

Insurance

Another cost to keep in mind when it comes to flying with golf clubs is the insurance costs. You’ll want to get insurance just in case the clubs get lost, stolen, or damaged while traveling to your destination. However, these fees can often be quite steep. The costs will vary depending on the cost of your golf equipment, but £60 is a good figure to go by.

It’s also important to take a look at the overall fees of hiring golf clubs versus bringing your own, and deciding which one is cheaper for you.

For example, the baggage fees and insurance on golf clubs flown on Air France is £160 more expensive than just hiring a caddy and some clubs. And, when comparing these prices for all airlines mentioned, the situation is the same. Plus, if you hire instead of bringing your clubs along, you will be dropping any stress that may be associated with packing them. This, for some people, is enough to leave the clubs at home.

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Tips For Taking Golf Clubs on an Airplane

While you may recognize that the savings and stress are greatly reduced when you hire golf clubs, you may still want to bring your own. It’s understandable that you want to hit the green with the clubs you know and love.

So, if you just can’t stand to part with them, here are some tips for taking golf clubs on an airplane.

Golfing Travel Insurance:

If you look, you’ll find that there is actually specific travel insurance just for golfing. This kind of insurance will provide plenty of coverage for your clubs but also other important factors as well. Insurance for a golfing holiday often includes: damage or loss of your clubs, theft, coverage for the actual transportation and vacation, and coverage for loss of green time that you paid for.

Clearly Label Your Golf Bag:

Labeling your golf bag is just as important as any other kind of luggage. You will want to put a luggage tag on both the inside and the outside so that it can be identified by both you, your hotel, and all airplane staff. Put as much information as possible on the tag as well. Write down your name, phone number, hotel name and contact information, home address, and flight information. This will help you make sure that your clubs are returned to you if they get misplaced.

Store All Equipment in One Bag:

Most golfing bags have extra pockets and space for storage. You should definitely take advantage of this when flying with your golf clubs. Put all of your accessories and shoes in one bag so that everything is ready for you when you get off the plane. You won’t have to worry about your gear or wonder if you left one of your shoes back at home.

Packaging That is Secure and Safe:

Make sure that your bag is in tip-top shape before trying to bring your golf clubs on a plane. If there are cracks, holes, broken zippers, or pointed edges sticking out, your bag could be refused by airport officials.

Know The Weight Allowances:

Each airline has their own restrictions when it comes to transporting golf bags. Weight is a primary concern, and you should know the allowances and associated fees before even booking a flight. We break down some of these weight restrictions in the previous sections, but it all depends on the airline and their exact procedure. Knowing and understanding how their golf equipment fees work can save you a ton of money and stress on the day of travel.

Golf Club Protection While Traveling:

You’ve probably spent a good deal of money on your golf clubs, and if you’re bringing them on a flight, you probably are a bit emotionally invested in them. Be aware that just like luggage, your golf bag will get tossed around a lot by the airline staff as they enter and exit the plane. In this case, you’ll want to make sure that your clubs are protected by a hard case. If you typically use a soft one, it may be time to upgrade for your flight. See our guide to the best golf travel bags here.

Checking Your Golf Clubs:

Don’t expect to keep your golf clubs with you on the plane. They need to be checked just like your luggage. This is vital to know so that you can prepare accordingly with a hard case and a budget for the checked bag fees.

Booking Your Golf Clubs Onto a Flight:

Booking your clubs onto a flight is pretty straightforward. While booking your ticket, look for the ‘sports equipment’ option, which should be available on most airlines. You’ll find out all of the weight and size restrictions, as well as the costs. While being charged for your ticket, the airline will take care of the fees for your golf clubs too.

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Tips on Saving Money

Taking your golf clubs with you on vacation can get costly. However, there are a few tips and tricks to cut down on the fees. Here are a few ways that you can cut costs, enjoy your golfing vacation, and still keep to your budget while doing it.

Two Sets in One Bag

If you’re able to fit two sets in one bag without exceeding the weight limit, you should definitely try it. This will save you massive amounts of cash as two bags will be twice as expensive. Even if it does exceed the weight limit, it may actually still be cheaper to pay the weight fee instead of paying to take a second bag on the plane.

Use a Pencil Bag

These types of bags are known for being light-weight and easy to handle. You could cut down on some of the bulk of a regular golf bag by opting for one of these. You may be able to fit two sets of clubs is this kind of bag more easily than others too.

Wear Your Golf Clothes

A great way to cut down on fees associated with overweight baggage is to wear your golf gear. It doesn’t really matter what you wear on the plane, so why not save yourself some cash by throwing on your gear. You could double up on shirts, add a jacket on top, and make sure to wear your golfing shoes and hat. You may just find that you have enough room in your bag for another set of clubs.

Buy a Second Set of Gear and Keep it Where You Travel

If you travel to the same destination often, it may be worth it to purchase a second set of golf clubs and keep them at your holiday destination. The upfront costs may be high, but it will pay off over time when you don’t have to pay any of the fees associated with bringing your golf clubs abroad.

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Research and Hire Golf Clubs

If you do the proper research, hiring a set of golf clubs might not be so bad. It’s usually much cheaper to hire the gear once you arrive in your destination, and if you do the proper research, they should be just as good as the ones from home.

Shipping Golf Clubs

Depending on where you’re going, and what service you plan to ship with, it could save you money to ship the clubs instead of bringing them on the plane. Consider this option while planning your next trip and find out the exact fees for your location.

Research Airline Fees Beforehand

Before purchasing plane tickets, make sure to do plenty of research beforehand. You can avoid fees by switching up which airline you choose to fly with. Some have more expensive fees than others, so choose wisely.

Consider a Road Trip

Do you really NEED to take your golf clubs on the plane? Unless you’re going on a long-haul flight, why not consider taking a road trip to your holiday spot of choice instead of flying. It could save you cash and end up being pretty fun too.

Taking golf clubs abroad can be tricky. Make sure to do the proper research, weigh the pros and cons, and be in-the-know when it comes to airline fees before booking your next golf holiday.

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