As someone who loves the game of golf I am always interested in golf breaks, especially abroad but I am normally put-off by the high costs involved. For that reason, I never really considered this option until recently. Fact is that the courses around here locally are very overcrowded. The other problem is that you can bet that if I plan a weekend on the course in town that all weather-gods will likely be teaming up fiendishly all in advance….and I mean against me and not in my favour. I don’t know what their problem is. I can count those days where I went on the course in perfect weather with three fingers. And yes this is for an entire year.
When I mentioned this to my colleagues at work, they just laughed at me. Most of them spent their golf breaks abroad, some in Italy, the other guy in Spain and Jim was raving about how he already did three golf breaks France this year. I looked at them and asked straight out how they would be able to do that. No one makes significantly more money at my work compared to the other, so how should they be able to afford going to France for their favourite sport? And not only once…but several times per year. I was pretty stumped when I heard that, I have to admit.
Then they told me how they all book their golf holidays online and Jim showed me the site in question. I was pretty surprised since the costs for a golf holiday abroad (and this includes the flight!) was much less than I initially thought. Golf holidays in France were a little bit more expensive but this depended on the exact location where someone wants to go for their trip. Unless it’s the super-expensive high-society spots around Nice and St. Tropez, golf holidays in France are pretty reasonable priced while those in Italy are outright bargains.
So, as you can imagine I spent that weekend browsing the site about to plan my next golf break in Italy. My wife was pretty hyped since she had never been there. She’s not really much into golf but she liked the idea to stay in a resort where she can spend the day relaxing while I can enjoy my game away from all the hectic.
We finally settled on 3 days and nights abroad in the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily. Let me tell you, it was a total blast for both of us. The price included three nights dinner, bed and breakfast and three rounds of golf. They had two beautiful courses there, a West course and an East course. The weather was amazing seeing that we left home in the midst of a storm where it rained cats and dogs. No surprise there. When we arrived in Sicily, we were just overwhelmed by the sunshine and I admit it took a little to get used to it but this didn’t take too long.
My wife spent those days where we stayed in the wonderful spa that was part of the resort and at night she kept raving about the service and how they pampered her for hours.
As a guy I wasn’t really much interested in the spa (obviously I didn’t tell her that not to offend her) but for me it was all about the best games of golf I ever had. And I was certainly not disappointed on this very first golf break abroad! The courses were beautiful, the weather fantastic and everything else was just perfect.
As I am writing this we’re already planning the next one, this time we’re looking at further North in Italy, probably one of the great courses in the Toscana. I can highly recommend that you book a golf break abroad yourself so you see why I am raving about it that much. There is simply no reason any longer to put up with the bad weather and all the crowds at home when you can book an affordable and truly fantastic golf break right now.