Do you like a challenge? Do you want to tame championship courses?
There are many championship courses around the world, from 18 to 36 hole. Some have been designed by champion golfers such as Nick Faldo. Each offers its own particular challenges which, of course, is what makes golf such a fascinating game.
Travelling to these courses is, naturally, not difficult but the costs of doing so and staying in suitable accommodation may make it prohibitive, especially if you are having to take the present economic situation into account.
Recently, a form of Club has changed the way they gathered new members for a wide range of luxury holidays around the world. Instead of personal invitations to special high pressure presentations in hotels to offer their resources, membership is now being offered direct, still by word of mouth but without the geographical restriction and without the pressure.
Accommodation is in 4 and 5 star luxury apartments and villas, mostly on a self catering holiday. This means that you can arrange your game whenever it suits you and not to conform to laid down schedule of meals and other activities.
The accommodation usually comprises 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, lounge, dining area, fully fitted kitchen, often a balcony, , etc. Apartments are typically in Marriott or Sheraton Hotels or similar. All will offer extensive facilities apart from Golf, so members of families who do not play can still enjoy a wonderful holiday.
Typical will be the GreenLinks Golf Resort in Florida. It’s the only luxury hotel condominium resort located right on the fairway in Naples, Florida, featuring 36 holes of championship golf. Their luxurious suites offer you all the comforts of home and more.
You can relax in their heated pool and Jacuzzi bask in the sun on their expanded sun deck or improve your tennis game on one of their private courts.
Downtown Naples and Marco Island are each about 10 minutes away, and both offer world class boating, fishing, shopping, and miles of white sandy beaches. Spa services at The Players Club, located within walking distance, are also available.
Some resorts do offer an all inclusive holiday where, for a reasonable daily charge, all food, drinks, facilities, etc. are provided. This can be a good way to control expenditure, perhaps important in these times.
Many of the properties are actually Time Share but there is no annual maintenance charge and instead of being limited to a single location you will have a choice of over 5000 in many different countries.
Cost of joining this Club is far less than buying a Time Share and, as we indicate, far more flexible. You will be able to recover the cost of membership within two or three weeks holidays. From then on you will be saving.
An unusual aspect of membership is that it can be used by other family members and also friends. It can even be bequeathed to your heirs, so it is not time limited.
Prices will vary according to size, quality and location but will be a maximum of $ 799 for one week. That is for the villa or apartment, not per person. Although the minimum is $ 298, there are often special last minute bargains from an incredible $ 99. The normal prices through Travel Agents would be in the range of $ 1500 to $ 3000. Savings of well over $ 1000 for a week are commonplace.
More information can be found on www.golfingsplendour.com.
Geoffrey Lover is a retired Company Director who came across this resource recently and felt that many other golfing enthusiasts would like to be made aware of it. When we are all having to tighten our belts it makes sense to search for the best deals.