The Best Way to Book a Golf Trip (and 6 Great Reasons Why!)
Among the biggest reasons Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is “The Golf Capital of the World” is its abundance of hotels and vacation planning companies, any of which can serve as your personal concierge to making the Grand Strand the destination for your one-of-a-kind golf getaway.
Here are six compelling reasons why they’re your best option for helping you pull all the necessary elements together:
1. They Can Be Your Local Golf Experts
At PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com we’ve got dozens of them, standing at the ready right now, and we’re proud to have them as partners. These are the people who know Myrtle Beach, and they’ll be your new best friends! Like a travel agent, the golf courses and hotels pay their fees – there is no cost to consumers to use their services.
One point of contact, inside Myrtle Beach, who has already helped hundreds, if not thousands of people design golf trips before you.
Area resorts and hotels will have an in-house “Golf Director,” and vacation planning companies – or “Package Providers” – whose sole purpose is to arrange Myrtle Beach golf vacations.
Your golf packager has all of the Myrtle Beach area tee sheets and prices in front of him (or her), so use this to your advantage. Calling four golf courses to check price and availability for a group of 12 (beginning with the 8:04 a.m. tee time) can make your head hurt just thinking about it.
Unlike other destinations, PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com’s “Stay & Play Experts” actually live in the Myrtle Beach area. They’re not a faceless voice in an international call center. The golf courses you’re talking about? They’ve played them many times. They have their finger on the pulse of the local golf and entertainment scene, and can make recommendations based on exactly what you’re looking for.
2. They Can Combine Your Lodging and Tee Times Into a “Stay & Play Package”
Some brave souls prefer to construct their itinerary individually, but if you need accommodations for a group of golfers, and a number of rounds of golf, you’re best served to book them all together. Sure, you can spend your time searching hotels, booking your room nights, and then calling around hunting for available tee times.
But is that really a good use of your time?
The cost? Nothing. In fact, bundling it together typically saves you money.
Now that you’re aware of our Stay & Play Golf Package Providers, you’re already poised to take advantage. Talk to them. Tell them about your stay. There may be incentives if you stay for just one more day, or travel midweek, that you weren’t aware of.
You’ll receive a customized blueprint for your golf trip that can be easily shared with, and divided by, the members of your group.
3. A Golf Packager Can Make Recommendations
Share the details about your group – the more you share, the more personalized your experience will be. Here’s a list of valuable information that your Myrtle Beach golf expert can use to make your golf trip perfect – for your group:
- Have you been to Myrtle Beach before?
- Do you have any golf courses you know you want to play?
- What would you say is the skill level of your group?
- Are you looking for a premium, middle-of-the-road, or budget-friendly vacation?
- Would your group like to stay at the beach, on a golf course, or somewhere in between?
- Is your group made up of “early risers,” or not?
- Are you interested in replays? (27 or 36 holes)
- Does the group want solitude and quiet at night, or would they prefer to be close to “the action” that makes Myrtle Beach so fun?
You’re probably starting to get the picture here. The answers to these questions can have a tremendous impact on your trip.
These (and more) questions will ensure that your golf courses are delicately matched to the skill levels of the group, the scheduled tee times are appropriate for everyone, and your accommodations are suited to the desires of the group.
4. Your New Golf Packager Is a Great Go-To Resource for Planning Your Return Trips!
Hey, we know a golf trip isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing – unless we’re talking about Scotland! If your group takes a trip every few years, every few months, or every few weeks, it’s nice to work with a company that has your history of where you’ve played, where you’ve stayed, and your group dynamics. Those of us who go on golf trips with regular frequency know it’s a chore to start from scratch every time you want to get the guys together.
Golf is a record-keeping sport. We track our handicaps. We can easily recall our best (and worst) rounds. Most of us could even tell you how many golf balls we have in the bag at any given moment. But keeping track of who was on the last trip, what courses you played, and which ones would be the next logical choices – leave that to the experts! They’ll be able to track all those pesky details that, if managed the right way, can make planning your next trip a breeze!
5. Group Leaders Don’t Have to Be the Group Bankers!
If you’re the designated “group leader” charged with organizing on behalf of a large group, most golf packagers have the ability to take a major task off your plate. Instead of making you the point person in charge of providing payment on behalf of the entire group, they’ll give your group members access to an online portal where they can each pay their individual share of the total expense directly – rather than you having to engage in a “cat herding” process of chasing these shares down yourself.
6. Group Leaders Play Free with Many Providers
If you’re bearing the responsibility of acting on behalf of a group of 20 or more, many golf packagers offer the added incentive of picking up the tab for your share – a small way for them to say “thank you” for making them your preferred provider.