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Play Golf and Enjoy Wine, Safari and More in Winter 2020

April 24, 2019

Predictions are hard to make, especially when it comes to the weather. That said, you probably already know you’ll be seeking a nice, warm place to play golf next winter. You know you’ll want to escape shoveling snow, scraping windshields and frost delays -that’s a given.

While the winter of 2020 seems a long way away, it’s best to start planning a golf trip now to get the best deals, tee times and accommodations at spectacular warm golf destinations around the world.

Here are five important things to know:

Where to Go – While Florida is a desired location in the U.S. to escape the rigors of winter, an expanding list of international destinations are seeking bone-chilled American golfers. Among the more popular are Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Dominican Republic.

Escorted Trips – Pre-arranged with fixed itineraries, these trips allow you to fully immerse in a golf destination with attentive support by a local representative, who will guide you every step of the way. If you’re looking for a fantastic, well-planned golf trip to places like New Zealand, Australia and South Africa accompanied by a helpful professional guide, an escorted tour is a superb choice.

Flight Price Increases – International flights go on sale about 11 months in advance. According to recent statistics, the optimum time to buy is in the 7 to 9 month time frame. By delaying to the last few months, the prices rise incrementally.

Limited Tee Times – Regardless of where you are in the world, tee times for big name courses, especially those ranked in the Top 100, are at a premium. Like anything else, the earlier you can commit to a trip the better chance you have of securing a desirable tee time to your dream courses. View the top courses in New Zealand.

Adequate Lead Time – By booking early, you allow more time for consultation with your golf travel expert to customize the desired blend of off-course activities. You’ll be less likely to miss out on hugely popular attractions, activities and experiences.