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The New Year has only just begun, leaving you plenty of time to start planning your holidays for the remainder of it. Instead of just laying on the beach in the Caribbean, why not plan your holiday around one of your favorite past times; golf. Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

The Scottish Highlands

Scotland is king when it comes to the sport and enthusiasts from all over the globe come here just to check out the courses. The views are absolutely stunning and the actual courses are impeccably designed. Check out the courses here.

Scotland

Suggested Course

The Queens Course: It’s one of the most beautiful in the Gleneagles region; full of woodlands and the occasional roaming deer. It was opened in 1917, has a challenging par of 68 and is actually less than 6000 yards.

Where to Stay

Gleneagles Hotel: Stay here for a luxurious experience with fantastic views. It’s a five star resort with exclusive dining options and a great location for people heading to the golf courses.

What to do

When you aren’t on the golf course, there is plenty to explore in the Scottish Highlands. Visit Cairngorms National Park, tour the Dunrobin Castle or wander through Inverewe Gardens.

 

Catalonia, Spain

One of the most beautiful regions of Spain, Catalonia is located in the northeast and is characterized by its beaches and the Pyrenees Mountains.

Barcelona

Suggested Course

Bonmont: It’s located in the hills of the surrounding mountains and offers views over the Mediterranean. The course is also quite versatile so golfers at most levels can have a good time here. 

Where to Stay

Hotel Ciutat de Tarragona: Situated in an ideal location, guests can easily walk to the beach and the historical center. It also has a rooftop lounge, pool, and spacious, modern rooms.

What to do

Take some time to visit Barcelona and taste the tapas, wander through Sagrada Familia and lounge on the beaches. If you can, rent a car and check out the beaches of Costa Brava, climb up Montserrat and visit the Dali Museum.

 

Antalya, Turkey

It’s the largest city on the country’s Mediterranean coast and is also the gateway to the Turkish Riviera. The city is also a great starting point if you want to visit the region of Belek, a natural beauty and great place to play golf.

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Suggested Course

Carya: Opened in 2008, the course is quite new and is made up of 7,186 yards and has a 72 par. You can also play golf here well into the evening as it has plenty of lights.

Where to Stay

Voyage Belek Golf & Spa: This hotel overlooks the beach and is only a short drive from Montgomerie golf course. It’s an absolutely huge resort with swimming pools, plenty of dining options and entertainment.

What to do

Wander through the old quarter of Antalya to view the mosque, make a visit to some of the beaches and check out the zoo.

 

Paphos, Cyprus

This coastal location is a hot spot for tourists due to its history and cultural treasures. While it has been a holiday destination for years, the area is increasingly becoming known for its golf courses.

Paphos

Suggested Courses

Aphrodite Hills: It’s an award-winning course that is well manicured and full of native plants. It also features a challenging, 130 meters-long gorge to work your shots around.

Where to Stay

Aphrodite Hills Hotel: This hotel is five stars and known for its elegance. Guests are offered fine dining and entertainment as well as pools, outdoor Jacuzzis and garden views.

What to do

Wander through the archaeological park, visit the Tomb of Kings and spend some time learning a bit at the Episkopi Environmental Center.

 

Lisbon, Portugal

The weather is fantastic and the golf courses are in abundance around Portugal. While there are courses all over the country, the bustling city of Lisbon makes a great place to stay.

Lisbon Portugal

Suggested Course

Aldeia dos Capuchos: It features 9 holes and is one of the newest courses in the country. The ocean serves as the backdrop here and visitors will love the strategic bunkers, sloping greens and large lake.

Where to Stay

Sesimbra Hotel and Spa: Located right on the beach, this hotel is four stars and is in walking distance of restaurants and bars. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment after a long day of golf.

What to do

It’s impossible to get bored in this thriving city. Visit the various parks and gardens, wander the historic streets and dig into the night life if you have the energy.

 

Costa Brava, Spain

It used to be an unlikely golfing destination but now has been voted one of the most up and coming spots to golf. While the resorts are modern and lush, there are plenty of quaint fishing villages and culture to explore when you’re finished your game.

Catalunya Resort

Suggested Course

Emporda Links: The fairways are fast and wide with very little tree coverage. To have success on this challenging course, make sure that your shots are precise!

Where to Stay

Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort: It’s a five-star hotel that is actually located right on a 36-hole golf course. Enjoy the spa, outdoor pool, hot tub and hammam when you finish your game.

What to do

Wander the fishing village of Tossa de Mar if you want to add a little bit of culture and beauty to your trip. The old Jewish quarter of Girona as well as the Dali museum and marine park make great destinations as well.

 

Algarve, Portugal

This destination offers fantastic value as a golfing vacation spot. The course options are pretty wide and amongst the large hotels, there are also interesting fishing villages to explore.

Lagos

Suggested Course

Alamos: This course offers a variety of holes as well as undulating fairways and small sized greens. Conditions are great and the whole course is delightfully secluded.

Where to Stay

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort: It’s one of the most famous golf resorts in Europe and has quite a loyal following. It has charm, personality and offers elegant amenities on top of the fact that it has superb golf facilities.

What to do

Make sure to visit the old inner city of Lagos and see the red stone castle, Silves. Wander through the trails of Monchique mountains and try out one of the activities like mountain biking or a boat trip.

 

Cape Provinces, South Africa

This stunning area is characterized by good weather and is home to the country’s most famous city, Cape Town. The area is also full of vineyards and stunning desert scenery.

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Suggested Course

Arabella Country Estate: This estate is home to one of the most highly ranked courses in the country. There are tricky bunkers, pristine grass and an infamous closing hole.

Where to Stay

Arabella Hotel and Spa: It’s highly rated and offers rooms with private terraces to overlook the scenery. There is a swimming pool, plenty of elegant dining options and an award-winning spa.

What to do

Make sure to explore all of the museums and restaurants in Cape Town and take a drive to the wine growing region of Stellenbosch.

 

Vienna, Austria

This city is famous for the river that runs through it as well as the distinct culture. While it may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a golf getaway, it’s actually home to some pretty amazing courses.

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Suggested Course

Adamstal Golf Club: You’ll find this course amongst the alpine foothills. The holes are actually quite flat while still offering up a challenge. There is also a bonus 19th hole!

Where to Stay

Diamond Country Club: It’s located an hour west of Vienna but is well known as the home of the PGA European Tour Lyoness Austrian Open.

What to do

There is an overwhelming amount of sites to see here but try to make it to the MAK museum, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the outdoor markets.

 

Bruges, Belgium

Known for its Medieval architecture, cobblestone streets and fairytale-like atmosphere, Bruges makes a lovely destination for your next golfing vacation.

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Suggested Course 

Royal Zoute Golf Club: Only 25 minutes from Bruges, this course is one of the most premier in the country. It was designed by Harry Colt back in 1907 and is one of the top links courses in Europe. It resembles an English golf course and has hosted the Belgian Open for many years.

Where to Stay

Grand Hotel Casselbergh: It’s a historic hotel located in the center of Bruges. Guests can enjoy the wellness center, the bar, sauna and Turkish bath. All of the amenities are perfect for relaxing after a long day of golf.

What to do

Make sure to check out the Brewery De Halve Maan to learn all about Belgian beer making and the Choco-Story Museum to learn all about how Belgian chocolate is made. There are actually enough museums to keep your schedule filled throughout the entire trip.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Another fairytale city, Prague is home to Medieval architecture, a 9th-century castle and an old town square. The outskirts of the city are home to some prestigious golf courses that have seen some pretty prominent players over the years.

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Suggested Course

Albatross Golf Resort: Opened in 2009 and located just outside of Prague, this course sits at 420 meters above sea level. Due to its own distinct micro-climate, this course has the longest golf season in central Europe. It has 65 sand bunkers, seven lakes and is comprised of 50,400 square meters.

Where to Stay

Hotel Majestic Plaza: This hotel is located right in the center of Prague and offers a prestigious and elegant experience for guests. Guests can enjoy the outdoor and indoor pools, sauna, hot tub and restaurant which serves up some international cuisine.

What to do

Make sure to wander around both new and old town, walk along the Charles Bridge, and get a photo in front of the Dancing House.

 

Basque, France

Located in southern France, the Basque region has a French elegance with some Spanish flair. The natural scenery here is stunning, especially with the Pyrenees Mountains as a backdrop.

Basque

Suggested Course

Golf de Chantaco: This golf course is especially interesting as it’s located in the small fishing village of St. Jean de Luz. The course is family owned and was designed by Harry Colt. Golfers here can look forward to both coastal and woodland views.

Where to Stay

Grand Tonic Hotel Biarritz: This boutique hotel is located right in the heart of Biarritz. Guests here can walk to the casino, old port and 4 different golf courses.

What to do

Look at the architecture of the churches, visit the Museum of The Sea and spend some time lounging on the beaches.

 

South Coast, Ireland

This region of Ireland is full of history from castles and abbeys to stately homes. There is so much that visitors can see here aside from the pristine golf courses.

ireland

Suggested Course

Dingle Links: The scenery here is breathtaking and makes it worth visiting even if you aren’t playing golf. The course is a bit challenging but well worth it.

Where to Stay

Hayfield Manor: It’s said that this is the grandest hotel in Cork as it’s perfectly secluded and rated five stars.

What to do

Have a look at the Ring of Kerry, view the lakes of Killarney and wander through the lovely fishing villages of Waterford and Wexford. Also, head to Cork if you want to spend a little time wandering a city.

 

Western Gulf, Thailand

This popular area of the country is home to some of Thailand’s most visited places like Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Ko Pha-Ngan. While each of the islands are great for beach lounging and partying, Hua Hin is especially good for golfing.

Hua Hin

Suggested Course

Banyan Golf Club: Rolex named this course one of the top 1000 in the world. The course is 7,361 yards par-3 and has plenty of sand traps, waste bunkers and water hazards.

Where to Stay

Wannara Hotel: This four-star property is located in walking distance of Hua Hin beach. It’s modern in style and offers an outdoor pool, hot tub and on site restaurant.

What to do

If you can, head on over to the islands for a relaxing getaway once you finish your golfing. While in Hua Hin, try to get to the Railway Station, Klai Kangwon Palace, and Sam Roi Yot National Park.

 

Arizona, U.S.A

It’s full of desert, cacti and of course, the Grand Canyon. The weather here is ideal and the golf courses are abundant.

grand canyon

Suggested Course

Boulders North Course: Designed by Jay Morrish, this course is considered one of the very best in the area. It is 7000 yards with a par 72 and is surrounding by spectacular landscapes of desert and mountains.

Where to Stay

Hyatt House Hotel: It’s located in Scottsdale and is only a short walk from a nice selection of bars and restaurants. They have suites available that offer plenty of comforts like a lounge and equipped kitchen.

What to do

Make sure to visit the Grand Canyon! It should be the top destination on your list. Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are also gorgeous, natural sites that are worth visiting too.

 

North Region, Puerto Rico

This region of the country is full of caves, lagoons and rugged coastline. It’s all about the nature here which make the golf courses particularly beautiful.

Royal Isabela

Suggested Course

Royal Isabela-The Links: It’s a challenging 18-hole course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is run by one of Puerto Rico’s most respected golf professionals.

Where to Stay

Royal Isabela: This hotel is the best place to stay if you want to be close to the golf course. Plus, it also overlooks the ocean as well as all of the other natural scenery.

What to do

Check out the bioluminescent bays, hang in the casinos and go snorkeling or scuba diving if you’re up for it.

 

Marrakech, Morocco

This city will take you back in time while offering up all of the best of the country’s culture. It has a stunning backdrop and plenty to do.

morocco

Suggested Course

Al Maaden Golf Course: It’s a par 72 course that measures 6644m and has strategically placed bunkers and plenty of water. The course can be quite challenging, but in a good way!

Where to Stay

Riad Cinnamon: This boutique hotel is tiny, housing only 5 suites. However, it offers the chance to stay amongst the winding streets of the ancient city and has pretty gardens, a roof terrace and dipping pools.

What to do

Make sure to wander around the souks, get a glimpse at the tanneries and view the architecture of the mosques. Don’t forget to drink the mint tea too.

 

Check out our destinations page for more inspiration of where to go on your golfing holiday. If you’d like to discuss this further, please do get in touch.

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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The UK is kind of a big deal when it comes to golf vacations. Did you know that? OK, maybe you did, but were you aware that many of these golf courses also pair themselves with spas? That’s right, the spa treatments that these resorts offer are just as incredible as the golf courses. Plus, after a long afternoon swinging your club, a relaxing evening at the spa may be just what the doctor ordered.

So, before you start planning your next golf outing in the UK, consider booking a resort that has the spa to match. Here are the best places in the UK for a golf and spa break!

Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club

Built in the 1800s, the country club is situated on 450 acres of private land. It overlooks the rolling countryside of Northumberland and has won awards for the food and drink offerings on site. In fact, this country club is such a destination that it’s a popular spot for business meetings, weddings, and other important events. The accommodation options are considered luxurious, and it makes the perfect getaway for couples looking for some romance.

The Golf Course

Spread across the large private estate is an 18-hole golf course that is just as beautiful as it is secluded. It was designed by Jonathan Gaunt and is a 72 par parkland course. The greens here are USGA specific and there are 4 challenging par 3’s. Golfers here can expect some strategically placed bunkers, water hazards, a par 5 hole, and a golfer’s lounge.

The Spa

The health and fitness club is home to a heated indoor pool, Technogym, sauna, and steam room. Some of the treatments include a hot stone massage, aromatic massage, body polish, ear candle, reflexology treatment, waxing, manicures and pedicures, and more.

Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa

This mansion has been the home to royalty for centuries but is now open for visitors to enjoy. A visit to this estate offers a 50-acre lake, woodland trails, landscaped gardens, fine dining, and tennis courts.

The Golf Course

Designed by Mike Smith, this championship course stretches for over 7,000 yards. The challenging green follows USGA specifics and a front nine with an inland links feel. The back nine will take players parkland and around the estate.

The Spa

The oak framed building is an oasis of luxury that is perfectly secluded to provide the ultimate spa experience. Guests can lounge in the infinity pool or vitality pool, enjoy the heat therapy, or just relax in the gardens. Some treatments include: ESPA facials, scalp treatments, eye firming treatments, body wraps and scrubs, firming thigh treatments, hot stone massage, Swedish massage, and more.

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

Situated on 1,000 acres of parkland, this hotel and country club has dazzling views of the Edinburgh Castle as well as the Forth Bridges. There are more than 200 suites and rooms that are filled with history and surrounded by a variety of restaurants and bars. With a state-of-the-art fitness center and plenty of leisure activities, visitors will always have something to do.

The Golf Course

The east golf course was designed by James Braid back in 1927 and offers a par 73. Guests can enjoy the bunkers and perfectly manicured green across the 7055 acre course. The west course stretches for 5168 yards and is a par 68. It has narrow fairways and smaller greens that make this course slightly more challenging.

The Spa

Luxury is the goal of this beauty salon and spa. They offer nail treatments, spray tanning, waxing, facials, massages, and more.

Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club

This is one of the UK’s premier resorts as it has 5-star dining options, and an award winning spa. In fact, the hotel has a little of everything including tennis courts, fully-equipped gyms, steam rooms, and a pool.

The Golf Course

The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus II and requires a lot of nerve as well as physical and mental strength to complete. Opening up in 1990, it has quickly gained respect and a status as one of the best resorts in the area. It’s seen many of the sport’s greatest players on its immaculately tended for green.

The Spa

Visit this spa at almost any time of day and enjoy their rejuvenating treatments which include: body wraps, facials, manis/pedis, waxing, massages, a steam room.

Foxhills Club & Resort

This 400-acre estate is family run and offers an experience of both luxury and home comfort. Play tennis on one of the eleven courts, or wander through the picturesque countryside where the resort resides.

The Golf Course

Take a few swings at the driving range before heading over to one of the three onsite golf courses. While two of them are 18-hole championship courses, one is a unique 9-hole course.

The Spa

Finish each day with a spa treatment to work out the kinks from the course. Try a sports muscle massage, facial, thermal therapy, Reiki, acupuncture, and more.

Celtic Manor

It’s a 5-star hotel with 330 bedrooms, all expertly designed to be unique and exude luxury. Imagine calming terraces and large, sun filled picture windows welcoming you to each new day. Listen to a piano player while you sip craft cocktails in the many onsite restaurants and bars.

The Golf Course

The Twenty Ten Course features more than 7,000 yards and has a par of 71. Expect a links-like feel in some areas as well as water hazards. The Roman Road course has a par 70 and provides views of the Seven Estuary. The Montgomerie course has a par of 69 and stretches for more than 6,000 yards. Expect bunkers, valleys and downhill shots here.

The Spa

Visit the Forum spa for an afternoon of tranquility. Ambient lighting and aromatherapy characterize the sixteen rooms that offer hot stone massages, deep tissue massages, facials and more.

Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club

This 13th-century hotel is located right between Nottingham, Derby, and the Peak District. Aside from its architecture and history, this destination is known for its luxurious spa and the perfection of the golf courses.

The Golf Course

The Priory course offers some of the best golf in the entire area. There are 6054 yards of parkland that wind their way around the hotel. The Moorland course was designed back in 1991 by Donald Steel and is known for its excellent views overlooking the countryside. It’s par 70 and has 6,028 acres to play on.

The Spa

The property has been put on the map party because of its opulent spa. Picture a candlelit room reserved for you and your relaxation. Some of the treatments here include: facials, body wraps, massages, manicures, body scrubs, and waxing.

East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa 

It’s nestled into the heart of the countryside and has become known as an epic destination for golf. The resort has been home to the European Open in 1993 and 1994, and is characterized by its luxurious atmosphere and elite spa experience.

The Golf Course

The East course was designed with the championship at the forefront, stretching more than 7,000 yards. There are two loops with nine holes, and the entire course as a whole is full of challenges. The west course is smaller and more scenic, yet slightly tighter with more challenges.

 The Spa

This spa offers some pretty exclusive packages like, “The English Garden Experience” which features a whole lineup of hot stones as well as “The Summer Body Treatment” package which features a salt scrub and full body moisturizer.

Cameron House

Look out over Loch Lomond as you ease into a new way of life at the laidback Cameron House. Take loch cruises, enjoy fine dining, stop in at the spa or play a game of golf while visiting.

The Golf Course

This 71 par course was designed by Doug Carrick, and has elevated holes that offer some pretty stunning views. While the course is certainly challenging, it makes it all worth it to look out at the beautiful views of the Scottish Highlands.

The Spa 

Take a journey into a tranquil and almost spiritual place. The spa at Cameron House will treat you like royalty and give you plenty of relaxing options to choose from. Try an ESPA facial, Carita facials, ESPA body experiences, and hair & nail treatments.

The Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel & Spa

Close to London, this hotel makes the perfect getaway into the countryside. It’s only 50 bedrooms which means it’s small enough to feel intimate but large enough to make you feel spoiled. With a sauna, swimming pool, and full gym, you will have plenty here to keep you busy. Don’t forget to visit the on-site restaurant and sample their world wine list.

The Golf Course

This course was built by the world renowned, Rees Jones and has been the site of multiple golf championships. With strategically placed lakes and bunkers, this course offers the perfect challenge.

The Spa

The ambient and calming atmosphere set the scene for an array of luxury spa treatments. While visiting, choose from: a full body massage, eco-chic facial, pregnancy treatment, and more.

Hallmark Welcombe Hotel Spa & Golf Club

Located in the northern Cotswolds, guests to this golf club will be welcomed with 157 acres of beautiful grounds. The building dates back to the 1800s but now has contemporary décor. Guests can keep busy on the green, at the tennis courts, in the thermal experience rooms or at the pool.

The Golf Course

This championship course is 18 holes and a par 70. The course stretches for 6,288 yards and offers par 3 and par 5 holes.

The Spa

It’s bright, light, and noticeably modern, making this spa a trendy place to relax. Check out the ancient Roman treatments, infinity showers, the Finnish sauna, or dual treatment rooms.

Belton Woods 

Set on more than 400 acres of countryside, this destination makes quite the escape. Not only is it beautiful and relaxing, but it also offers an exciting lineup of activities like squash, quad-biking, and croquet.

The Golf Course

The Lakes Course is a true challenge as it has lots of water hazards to work around. It’s a championship course with a par 72, and the lanes are long with tight fairways. The Woodside Course is a 73 par that runs along the wooded area of the property. It’s just over 6,000 yards long and is especially beautiful during autumn months.

The Spa

While at the spa, you can try an ESPA facial, ESPA body treatments, a mani/pedi or waxing.

Barnham Broom Hotel

The Norfolk countryside is home to this hotel, all 300 acres of it. It’s a four-star hotel with a contemporary design that is warm, welcoming, and quaint with its 46 rooms. There is also an award winning Brassiere onsite for when you’re feeling peckish.

The Golf Course

The Valley Course is characterized by its water features that blend into the natural landscape designed by Frank Pennink. It’s a 72 par course that has been operating since the 1970s. The Hill course is 71 par course with wide fairways and a real links feel.

The Spa

This luxury spa offers a wide range of holistic treatments. After a long game of golf, head on over for a body wrap, Indian head massage, Reiki, Hopi ear candle, or some reflexology.

Herons’ Reach

Guests here can choose from 172 bedrooms that have been modernly styled to make each guest feel at home. There are multiple restaurants on site as well as a Starbucks for all of the coffee lovers. Their wellness and beauty center, as well as the golf course, are what make this hotel so popular.

The Golf Course

Expect elevated tees, challenging holes, low-hanging trees and strategically placed bunkers. It’s a championship style golf course at its finest. Plus, they even have a floodlit driving range.

The Spa

Relax in the soothing spa with treatments that will relax your muscles after a long day on the green. Opt for a full body massage or get some work done on those shoulders.

Stoke By Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa

Located on 300 acres of English countryside, this resort is a site within itself. Guests to the luxury suites are welcomed to dine at the onsite restaurants or enjoy the health and fitness center. This is the perfect resort to visit if you’re a golfer but your wife just wants somewhere beautiful to relax.

The Golf Course

The Constable Course was built in the 1970s and is full of interesting water hazards. The green is well manicured and you will get lake views. The Gainsborough Course has been voted one of the best in the region and is filled with challenges that suit all skill levels.

The Spa

This spa has got it all from international treatments to the tried and tested favorites you know and love. Check out the Hammam, the mud therapy, steam room, Jacuzzi, and sanarium.

Macdonald Portal Hotel Golf & Spa

With an award winning restaurant, three golf courses, and gigantic bathtubs in each room, guests here can expect to seriously relax. There is also the town of Chester nearby which has plenty of shops and restaurants for guests to explore as well.

The Golf Course

The championship course is spread over 7000 yards that were once the site of a battlefield. With water features and USGA standard green, this course has an immaculate landscape in addition to the picturesque countryside. The 3rd hole has a 602 par 5 and the 14th hole has a par 3. The premier course has a par 3 7th hole and although smaller, is said to be the hotel’s most challenging.

The Spa

The spa is renowned and known for its expert pampering. Try a scalp massage, Elemis facial, a mani/pedi, and a whole lot more.

Gleneagles

This 5-star resort is one of the most luxurious destinations in the area. It’s in the heart of Scotland and offers 232 luxurious rooms for guests. While visiting, you can dine at the Michelin star restaurant before checking out one of the three championship courses. 

The Golf Course

The PGA Century Course was once the location of the Ryder Cup. It’s stunning views and expert design are something that you won’t want to miss. The Kings Course is fairly hilly with strategic bunkers and beautiful fairways. The Queens Course is the shortest but is a par 68 which makes it an interesting challenge.

The Spa

Indulge in both traditional and new-age spa treatments at this oasis for tranquility. Have a facial, try a foot ritual, or get a full body massage.

After a long day of golf, a little spa time is welcomed, so what better place to stay than a resort where you can do both. And, if you are traveling with someone who doesn’t necessarily share your enthusiasm for golf, why not book them a few spa treatments to enjoy while you play? On a rainy day in the UK, you’ll be pleased to spend some time soaking in the warm jacuzzi! Get in touch today to discuss your UK golfing plans. 

Golfers love to travel. In fact, golfing holidays has been one of the biggest travel trends in recent years. With the luxury travel market expanding and becoming more accessible to families, plus even more emerging overseas destinations beyond the well-known clubs of Scotland and Ireland, golf travel has never been more popular. With baby boomers retiring in great numbers too, the demand for bucket list golf courses has also grown.

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In 2014, it was reported that golfers took more domestic trips than skiers, tennis players and sailors combined. So it’s truly an exciting time for golf tourism and this means that golfers are looking more closely at their travel and storage solutions. Especially for aviation and long haul flights. Airlines have tightened their rules on suitable golf bags to travel with too, making it more important than ever to ensure you have the right protective cover for your clubs before you jet off.

If you’re looking for a good quality, reliable golf travel bag cover, either for overseas or domestic travel, read on for our guide to the best travel bags on the market right now!

What to Look For in a Travel Bag Cover

The first thing you need to consider is the main purpose of your golf bag and whether you need a basic golf bag (for day to day storage), a golf bag with a travel cover (for golf holidays and travel), or a more substantial case (ideal for frequent flyers and professional players). Prices of golf bags and golf bag covers will vary from brand to brand, the type of bag, as well as the choice of material. But if you regularly fly overseas, you may want to look at the high-end options to keep your clubs fully protected when in transit. If you prefer to play locally, a low-budget option may be more cost effective.

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Some considerations when shopping for a golf travel bag are:

  • Weight – lightweight bags are much easier and more affordable to transport but please bear in mind that many lightweight designs do not come with the highly protective features of a hard case or heavyweight bag. For frequent fliers or pro players, a hard case may be a better investment in the long run.
  • Size – when shopping for a golf travel bag cover, you have to make sure that you get the right dimensions so it fits snugly over your existing golf bag. It’s important to measure your bag before purchasing online to ensure that the cover isn’t too small; but a cover that is too large can also be a problem as clubs could be left loose inside, encouraging movement and potential breakages.
  • Wheels – wherever possible, we always advise buying a golf bag with wheels. For domestic or overseas travel, a bag with wheels is much easier to carry and will make travel connections run a lot more smoothly. Some hard cases for flights even come with 4 wheels for multi-directional ease at airports and many fabric bag covers also come with handles or shoulder straps for stairs and tight spaces.
  • Water resistance – in most cases, a water resistant bag cover may not be a top priority. But if you expect your bag to be outside or you don’t want to encourage damp and rusting, a water tight travel bag may be the best option.

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  • Extra compartments – additional compartments such as a shoe pocket or garment storage bags can come in handy if your suitcase is running low on space. Being able to store your footwear makes getting straight on the course easy if you’ve had a long journey.
  • Locking function – for added security, you can choose a golf travel case with a built-in locking system. But don’t worry if your bag doesn’t come with a lock and key because most airports now offer bag wrapping before you check-in.
  • Padding / protection – is your golf bag sufficiently padded? Thinner lightweight bags may appeal to you if you want something that is easy to transport but remember that some of the lightweight bags aren’t as thick, therefore they aren’t as protective.

Different Types of Golf Travel Bags

There are a number of ways you can transport your golf clubs for air, rail or sea travel. Before travelling, please check with your travel company or airline that your travel bag clears all requirements for damage cover. For help on choosing the right travel bag, here are some different types of golf travel bags that you may find suitable

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Golf Bag Travel Cover

One of the more affordable solutions is a bag cover which can be easily placed over your existing golf bag. These are normally designed to be relatively lightweight and can be easily packed away / folded for hassle-free storage. Some bags come with a reinforced wheel base so you can manoeuvre your clubs easily indoors or out. But one of the biggest complaints with this style of design is that these bags are not always very successful at staying upright; so our advice is to try these bag covers out for yourself in a shop if possible.

Hard Case

Hard cases are the best for heavy duty use and long haul travel. These specialist cases are the best option if you want to protect your golf clubs as much as possible. But bear in mind that hard cases are extremely heavy and may not be as easy to transport as a lightweight bag cover.

Hard Top Travel Cover

If you want the best of both worlds, you could opt for a hybrid design; a golf bag which incorporates a hard shell top to protect the head of your golf clubs and a soft cover that is easy to carry or fold away for storage anywhere in the home.

Recommended Brands / Bags

The most important factor to consider when shopping for the perfect golf travel bag is to find a bag that suits your budget and your personal needs. Every golfer is different so we can’t tell you which bag is the best. But here’s a list of some of our favourites (and some of the top rated bags by golf experts) so you can make an informed purchase.

Bag Boy T-2000

This awesome bag cover has been around since 2014 and has quickly become a favourite amongst keen golfers who need a reliable yet easy to use travel bag. Designed with a super ergonomic swivel grip, the Bad Boy T-2000 is much easier to turn corners with and it’s easier on your wrist too. The large opening at the front makes loading and unloading your clubs extremely easy and it comes with ample padding to ensure your golf equipment is fully protected.

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Samsonite Hardside

A very popular golf club hard case with fantastic reviews. It’s a bit pricier than fabric travel bags but it’s worth the investment if you are a frequent traveller and need maximum protection for your expensive gear. The outer shell is tough but lightweight, the 4 wheel movement makes travelling all the more easier, and being able to stand upright independently means that you won’t have to keep propping your bag up.

Tour Trek GTS Hardcase

As solid as a rock and extremely easy to manoeuvre at the airport with its 4 wheel system, the Tour Trek GTS Hardcase is a top choice of many amateur and professional golfers. Made from a lightweight plastic ABS protective outer, it won’t weigh you down at airports and it has a very attractive price tag compared to other similar models.

Nike Golf Travel Cover

The Nike Golf Travel Cover is reasonably priced and offers golfers added peace of mind with a hard moulded top section to keep club heads safe from being bashed about. It’s a basic but well-constructed product and makes a superb budget option!

Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian

This is one of the best golf travel bags on the market. What sets the Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian apart from other products is its unique integrated leg system which easily extends when you need it to. This makes it perfect for loading and unloading, and it’s also ideal for those with back problems who don’t want to keep bending down every time they take out a new club. The extended leg, complete with wheels, is also used when travelling so you can enjoy easy manoeuvring at airports and train platforms. The bag also has two pockets, internal cinch straps, pivoting caster wheels and comes in four different colours.

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The Club Glove Last Bag

If all the pros use it then it must be good! The Club Glove Last Bag is one of the most popular travel bags used by golfing professional. With a durable design and heavy duty materials, additional space for other gear and accessories, plus a soft cover that can fit into most spaces, it’s easy to see why. This travel bag pretty much ticks all the boxes and although it’s not one of the cheapest options available, it’s not overpriced either.

SKB Deluxe

The SKB Deluxe is reasonably affordable for a hard case and it even comes with warranty on various case defects so you can rely on it for years to come. It promises to get your golf clubs from A to B safely and will withstand all forms of punishment in transit. And because of the way it’s designed, it meets all or most airline requirements for peace of mind coverage for the cost of your clubs if they do get damaged.

Packing & Travel Tips

We all want peace of mind when travelling and we want to know that our prized golf clubs are looked after in transit and will arrive in one piece. They’re a big investment after all, so buying a decent travel bag for them is worth the extra pay out. Here are some great tips for travelling and packing:

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  • Always check with your airline before you travel – some airlines are clamping down on what golf bags are adequate and if passengers don’t meet these requirements, the airline will not be liable for any damages.
  • Get additional travel insurance – it’s important to understand exactly what will be covered if there is loss / damage to your clubs when travelling with your chosen airline. If your golf travel bag does not meet airline requirements, you may need to purchase additional insurance to cover the full cost of your golf clubs.
  • Keep all receipts for your golf equipment – keeping an inventory will help you stay organised when travelling. Hang onto all purchase receipts in case you need to make a claim.
  • Pack your golf clubs with towels – using towels to wrap around your clubs for extra protection is a good idea, especially if you expect your luggage to be moved around in transit between destinations. The cushioning will provide shock absorption for your clubs, preventing breakages.
  • Consider hiring your clubs instead – finally, as a last piece of advice, if you’re only expecting to play one or two rounds of golf whilst you’re abroad and you don’t have a suitable travel bag, why not consider hiring clubs on arrival? Top resorts and courses offer pro quality clubs for hire which will save you the hassle if you aren’t sure about travelling with your own.

If you’d like any more information about choosing the best golf travel bag, or about where to go when you’ve found it, please do get in touch with us.

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