Golf tours are a dream vacation or leisure activity many of us dream to have and participate in at some point in our lives. We can spend hundreds of hours discussing plans with friends, family, and other golfing aficionados. But even after all this time of close consideration, there still may be a lot of confusion regarding specific booking and traveling details. Luckily there are several great golf tour agencies throughout the world specializing in regional golf excursions for small and large groups. We are ranking the top five companies:
- Algarve Golf Holiday
Some of the best golf packages we have seen come from Algarve Golf Holiday, based and specializing in golf tours throughout Algarve region in Southern Portugal. Their customized packages bring unique experiences to golfers at all levels and from all over the world. They even handle other sports tourism packages year-round if you want to plan on doing something different or supplement your golf experience with another memorable activity. Their passion for the region shows in their commitment to preserving the area’s culture, nature, and wildlife. Always a good sign if you are in support of tourism that is responsible.
- Flannagan’s Golf Tours
Looking for a way to save on an awesome golfing trip? Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Oregon is considered one of the more beautiful and affordable golf courses in the world. Flannagan’s Golf Tours provides three packages for small and large group tours, hotel stays, restaurant deals, and rounds of golf for both domestic and international travelers. Want to go somewhere else in the world? Flannagan helps plan trips for enthusiasts for a variety of other courses throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world.
- Celtic Golf
Ever dream of taking in the breathtaking landscapes in Ireland, England or Wales? Celtic Golf is a travel agency that plans a lot more than just golf tours. This full-service agency builds custom packages suitable for everyone in the family. However, it is the agency’s golfing tours for which they are most known for and is main reason it makes our list. It’s a family-owned business that is passionate about creating specially crafted trips built on any of their packages. They even deal with tours to other European destinations, including France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
- Carr Golf
Carr Golf is another family-owned and operated business that specializes in golf tours to Ireland and Scotland. It is the winner of “Best Tour Operator Award” (Golf Digest’s Editor’s Choice) four years in a row (2016 – 2019). In addition to partnering with and planning with some of the most recognized courses in the area, including Ballybunion, Royal County Down, St. Andrews, and Turnberry to name a few, it also provides transportation, scenic trips, dining, helicopter trips, and more. Indeed, Carr Golf needs to be on your list of considerations when planning any trip to this region of the world.
- Haversham and Baker Golfing Expeditions
This golf tour company prides itself in creating memories that will last a lifetime. As a family-owned and managed business since 1991, it has built a great reputation of keeping things simple without sacrificing any of the characteristics a vacationer looks for in a travel agency specializing in golfing trips. One of its best features is the Early Bird Prizes for travelers who book ahead of time (usually about a year). These include price freezes and free nights, meaning that if you book a year ahead you can lock in a rate and receive days and nights of free accommodations.
In each case, you will want to check with several regional agencies to compare quotes for your specified travel dates. If you are feeling like a savvy shopper and can afford to spend the extra time doing your own research, check out some of the prices yourself. It is certainly much easier to book with a trustworthy golf tour, but you may find this to be an excellent way of identifying the best agency.