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GOLF TRAVEL fi teeinG it up aCross the pond How to plan the perfect golf vacation to the UK and Ireland i f you enjoy golf and enjoy travel, then the UK and Ireland must be high on your list of destinations to visit. Below are some top tips from our partners at on what to consider when planning a golf vacation to the British Isles to make sure that it is the best ever: ••• 1) set your dates. You'll find the best weather in the UK and Ireland is mid- May to mid-September. However, you can also get lucky in April and October and score some fabu- lous weather. The green fees are typically a lot cheaper in the spring or autumn, so you will save some cash, but if you're unfortunate enough to get the wrong side of an Atlantic depres- sion the weather can bite you. ••• 2. decide who is on the bus. Invite your buddies and get their commitment! You want to be on vacation with good friends, but make sure that they are the type who you can spend the most part of every day with, as well as put up with their on- course habits or their antics on a night out when they are on their fifth pint of "Old Shipwreck." Also, ensure that when peo- ple say that they are coming on the trip they don't drop out last minute. ••• 3. agree on your budget. Discuss and agree with your group how much you are prepared to spend per person and make sure it corresponds to the standard of golf that you want to play, and that everyone in the group is in line. On one side, it is worth treating yourself and spending a bit more on your vacation. On the flip- side, you can play amazing golf on a min- imal budget – if you know where to go. ••• 4. book in advance. Book at least six months in advance to ensure that there are tee times available at the courses you want to play and rooms at the hotels where you want to stay (plus, the flights will be cheaper). If you are a large group or want the plumb tee times, then book 12 months in advance. However, don't ver.indd 1 12/1/1 ver.indd 1 12/1/1 ver.indd 1 12/1/1 ver.indd 1 12/1/1

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