March 4, 2013

Options for Booking Tee Times for Travel

Golf is more than a sport for exercise and relaxation; it’s also a time to be social and have fun with friends and family. Many people choose travel spots based on the available golf courses. With their rolling greens and tall trees, golf courses can be some of the most beautiful places in the world. Before you get in the car or on an airplane ready to travel to a fabulous course, make sure you book a tee time to avoid any hassles once you arrive. There are many options for booking tee times for travel. Finding the right time, right course, and right price are all up to you. Here are a few helpful tips:

Course website/call direct

Booking tee times can be as easy as a click on a website. Websites offer you information on the course, pictures, and special offers. Calling the course directly gives you access to the golf professionals on site who can tell you more about the course and help you determine the best tee time for your group and answer any questions about the rules or specific holes. Unfortunately, sometimes calling can be a hassle especially if you get passed through different people, are put on hold, or have to leave a message and wait for a call back. However, calling the course directly can also give you the opportunity to book a tee time even though it is very close to the day you want to play.

Tee-time booking sites

Tee-time booking sites are fast and easy. Most sites allow you to name a price and location and find specials tailored to your needs. Usually these sites cover all the details, asking what time is best, how many people are in the group, and if you have specific needs. Tee-time sites give information on many different courses so you can find the one that is best for you. However, be aware that some sites do not list all the courses in the area because they are sponsored by certain courses and don’t advertise the competition. You also might not stumble across as many specials this way. Also, be sure to read the fine print. Don’t sign up for something you don’t want and make sure you won’t be bombarded by spam mail in the future.

Promos via sites like Groupon and Living Social

Always keep a lookout for great prices for golfing on sites like Groupon and Living Social. These promotional sites often offer large discounts on some of the best golf courses in the country. With a click of your mouse, you purchase a tee time at a discount and then either call directly or book online for an exact tee time. Once you have your promo coupon, you are ready to hit! One thing to remember: Pay attention to the fine print to avoid hidden fees or the inability to experience the course the same way full price players do.

Booking tee times when you travel is about finding and confirming the perfect course for you. The end goal should be about the right time, right course, and right price. Good luck!

About the author:

Jeffrey Wright is VP Web Services of EZLinks.com in Chicago, IL.  EZLinks is a software and marketing company serving golf courses and golfers since 1996.  EZLinks operates the world’s largest network for golf reservations, as well as the highest volume tee time call center in the industry

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