A golfing trip can build long-lasting memories and friendships. However, coordinating one can be a challenge. Deciding on a place to visit can lead to conflict because different courses appeal to different players.
But unless you check into a golf resort, nothing stops you from playing multiple courses. In fact, doing so can enrich longer trips. That said, how many courses you should visit depends on your answers to the following questions.
Where Will You Sleep?
If you book accommodations at a golf resort, you will likely play there. Some courses provide incentives for their guests like preferred tee time and complimentary meals. Others build communities, offering amenities like restaurants and night clubs.
However, if you reserve a room at a nearby hotel, you open your trip to all the courses in the region. You can play a new course daily and head into the city after the fields. In such cases, you need to plan your transportation and arrange your itinerary around tee times.
How Long Will You Stay?
A two-day golf trip might feel more relaxed spent at a single course. Regardless if you shoot the same fairways back-to-back days, the experience will be different each time. After all, familiarity with the course might improve your strategy.
That said, a full week at one course might lack things to do. Of course, this depends on the amenities offered at the resort. Nevertheless, if you care only about golfing, then seek other courses to diversify your trip.
Where Will You Play?
Comparing golf courses can be difficult based on reviews and pictures. If the information exists, research the following to gauge the playability of a course.
- Conditioning: The tidiness of the field, the quality of the turf and the maintenance of its paths, driving platforms and more.
- Routing: The design of the field (i.e. bunkers, water hazards and tree lines), the direction of fairways and the variety of shots.
- Difficulty: The par of the golf course as well as what aspects of the game it focuses on (i.e. driving versus putting).