Newbie's Guide To Planning Golf Holidays: How To Find Affordable Green Fees

Travelling abroad to play golf is an adventure. The Algarve of Portugal is a place that has built a good reputation for hosting golfers and for having a range of courses offering varying challenges. While summer is high season, the beauty of travelling south down to the Algarve means a nicer climate with good golf conditions available for more months in the year.

Portugal is within the Eurozone and so prices can vary with the exchange rate. The euro is not as strong as it was a few years ago so prices have not risen as spenders of pounds sterling will probably see that costs have not increased in recent times.


The Internet provides the opportunity to research the region, all of its golf courses and accommodation alternatives. The travel and leisure industry has benefitted enormously from the Internet because companies have been able to market their products direct into the homes of consumers and actually sell products and services. It applies to booking tee times on golf courses, accommodation, car hire and flights.

The process of booking a holiday is simple and there are questions to answer:

  • Where do you want to go and are there suitable flights for the dates you have in mind?
  • Is there accommodation in the town or complex you are considering?
  • What are the green fee costs for particular courses?


Many websites are interactive and electronic mail is a means of asking questions and receiving replies. There is no need to make decisions immediately and no question of being obligated to book simply because of making contact and asking questions.


Most people have a budget when it comes to a golfing holiday. Flights and accommodation obviously make up a sizeable proportion of that. The question then is the cost of golf. In the Algarve there are some courses that have built a reputation to genuine quality and in high season there is a price to pay. There will usually be special offers at many courses with low season being cheaper than high of course. It is a matter of spending the time to find the best deals to suit you and your party.

There is help online for those that want it. That includes advice from people who are well informed about the Algarve and the golf it has to offer. It is a great location both for its courses and the activities and cuisine for the hours away from golf.

Practice while you are on holiday

See if you can stay close to a driving range while on holiday. Your golf trip is going to be a lot more fun if you are on top of your golf game. The best way to do this is to practice while you are on your golf trip. Why interrupt your practicing regiment simply because you’re playing more? Your games will highlight your shortcomings. Tend to them immediately and test your new skills while you still have the time and luxury to do so.