I don’t know about you, but when I go on holiday I want it all. Yes of course, golf is still my main priority but recently I am also looking into those holiday destinations that can offer activities that go beyond golf.
One reason is that I often travel with buddies that want to do something else besides going on the green.
Then, on some days the weather might not be optimal so you’re looking for an alternative on those days when you can’t play.
Recently, some of my fellow travel buddies got heavily into horse racing, mainly because one of them, Harold won a nice sum some months ago which led to many of us now showing a keen interest in the races as well. The optimal golf holiday location for us is now the one with a great horse race track not far away. Fortunately there are some nice places that offer both, nice golf courses and great horse racing tracks.
When we go to the races it’s always a lot of fun but it’s of course most enjoyable when we got some solid betting tips that can help to make a little cash on the side too. This is not always easy since those horse racing tips are not exactly easy to come by.
Those tip you can find in The Guardian or similar newspapers are often not worth squat. In my opinion, the best racing tips I came across so far are from The Horse Racing Pro. I got this tip from Harold – ever since I heard about them I am hooked on this guy’s insider knowledge on horse racing which I think is the best you can get today. I can highly recommend that you check the Horse Racing Pro if you want to learn about winning at the tracks.
Golf clubs and courses oftentimes offer much more then simply a green for golfers to play on. A number of clubs these days will also provide services such as golf lessons to learn the perfect swing, amongst other things. It is not uncommon that the established clubs of today employ golfing professionals that can provide golfers from the bloody beginner to the advanced golfer such lessons.
For that reason, seasoned golf professionals are high in demand with many golf clubs in the country. Obviously, not everyone is qualified for such a position. Pretty much like with any other occupation, only the right professionals will be able to get such a job.
For that reason it has become ever more important for golf clubs today to look at their hiring process in order to make sure that they will in fact get suitable candidates for the job. And in the same way as is the case in other professions already, golf clubs and venues today may take advantage of what is called talent management to find those people.
Talent management simply spoken is a refined hiring and recruiting process with the goal get the best and most suitable candidates right away with out having to spend money and time on hiring and training less qualified persons.
Talent management likewise not only will streamline and make easier the hiring process but can likewise help to make sure that the talent that is hired will stay motivated and committed to the organization or company.
The principle here is rather simple: Motivated and committed employees are the best employees.
With talent management the golf club of today can avoid high turnover rates, they can cut their costs and expenses in regards to training and hiring plus it can make for an overall better experience for everyone on the course knowing that the employee years, whether it be golf teachers or maintenance staff is the best they can get.
A golf club as an organization is pretty comparable to any other type of business. This means that costs need to be saved and the numerous operations should be as effective and profitable as it can get. For that reason you should also consider talent management software because it can greatly benefit your venue or club.
I happen to really make it a priority not to skimp when it comes to my home’s furniture.
I mean, there are situations where it makes sense to save money and others where this might be a rather foolish thing to do.
I always say that a good bed, a quality mattress or a top quality ergonomic chair will always pay for themselves since nothing can be more important than one’s own health.
You will hopefully agree with me there. From that point of view, even a very expensive ergonomic chair that might set you back several hundreds of pounds I see it more as being an investment into good health and sure anything but a waste of money!
Now you will know that I like golf a lot and this means that I am also travelling often to see nice courses such as those in Biarritz or the fantastic greens in northern Italy.
While I have never encountered a problem with the amazing golf courses there, the food or drink offered in the clubhouses it’s a different story when we’re talking about simple things such as chairs for spectators or efficiently want to lounge for an afternoon.
This is the reason I’m now always making sure that the venue visit has ergonomic chairs. For some of the golfing clubs I visit often I actually brought nice desk chairs which they keep so I always know there are available when I arrive. It’s great for my back, whether I want want someone else’s game or in those times when I just want to read a good book on the balcony.
I know I am not the only one with muscle pains, especially in the wrist and arms! There are at least three of my buddies who complain about the same thing. Obviously, this can be a big downer for golfer. Nothing can be worse than trying to improve your golf swing and then having to endure those pains. In a worst case scenario this means even having to take a break from golfing in the hopes that the pain gets better after some time.
Liam came up with a good idea I want to share with you today.
He read about magnetic bracelets and got all excited when he come across this magnotherapy on the internet.
He showed me some studies where they tested whether magnetic bracelets work for arthritis and muscle pains and the studies actually found that the magnetic jewellery was pretty effective.
Now, let me say ay this seems like a much better solution to me as compared to taking pills.
The mens magnetic bracelets really look sharp as well. You cannot even see that this is some special jewellery that can help with the treatment of pains (among other benefits so they say) – it looks very classy and stylish. The one I found goes very well with my watch too.
So what we did was that we ordered three of them, me, Liam and Hendrik. We want to see whether they can really help with wrist pain as several websites claim. I mean, what can happen? If it won’t work it’s not that we lost like a lot of money, the bracelets will still look great on the course.
I uploaded a picture of one of the bracelets which I found nice so you can get an idea about how they look. I will sure let you know in another blog post whether the magnets do what all those health gurus claim.
When I travel I am not always happy with the safety and security of hotels I am staying in. This can happen even in the most expensive resorts and hotels.
In some countries they simply don’t care as much about safety as we do here in the UK.
It can well happen that I l spend a good amount of time in a “posh” resort abroad but spot significant fire hazards right away before I even enter the room I booked.
I am talking about blocked emergency exists, defective or entirely absent fire alarms, faulty wiring, very old fire extinguishers where it’s almost certain they won’t work any longer.
To have my holidays not spoiled entirely due to my fear about possible fires I always carry with me a portable smoke detector. I know it’s not really state-of-the-art in terms of fire safety but it still gives me some piece of mind at least in those hotels where their fire safety is severely lacking.
But of course I always try to make sure the the hotel is modern and up to standard in this regard before I even book a room for my golf holidays. Holidays are a time where I want to relax and not want to worry.
If you feel like getting away for a round of golf on the weekend but don’t want to spend it in the UK, an affordable alternative that also won’t take long to get to is one of the many golf resorts in France. France is a country famed for its wine and food, so what better place to thinking of going for your golf holidays. It also has plenty of good weather in the south, in addition to its various other charms, meaning you won’t have to worry about packing an umbrella or a raincoat.
There are a range of resorts available that will offer spectacular views you can enjoy while taking a swing, so you can combine the relaxation of a good game of golf with the enjoyment of the kind of beautiful scenery you might not be able to enjoy back home. If you don’t feel like taking your usual gear with your for such a short getaway there will be equipment available to rent at the resort so you don’t have to worry about checking your favourite clubs at airport security.
Although a golf resort might not seem like the obvious destination for a family holiday, if you’ve got a family to bring with you there are plenty of family-friendly resorts that cater to a range of interests to keep the little ones interested while the golfers in the family enjoy some time on the green. With pools, horse riding and a whole variety of indoor and outdoor activity for everyone of all ages to enjoy a golf resort can make for a surprisingly varied family break.
As obvious from my blog, I have had my fair share of golf holidays . I have used various companies to make bookings and really the one I stick to now is Biarritz Golfing Experience, they really are fantastic. I would definitely recommend them!
Whether you want to spend a lot, or are just looking for a cheap break, it’s important to realise that there are gold resorts out there that cater to everyone, not just wealthy businessmen.
Pretty much any time when I play golf with Jeff we’re talking business. Last time we had a really interesting talk on the course since he let me in on some of his secrets. You need to know that Jeff is definitely what I’d call “well off”, he’s very successful with his international shipping business.
He told me that his profits soared in the last 12 months and from what I understood he attributes this mainly to a certain type of export management software he’s now using in his company.
We talked a lot about this type of businesses and he told me that it’s anything but easy to manage and to handle. He said that the management part is actually the most important part of it since everything else relies on it. With the software package he got last year he was able to cut a lot of costs for the company.
The export management software he is using allows him to to more in a shorter time and a lot more effectively. He said that at first he needed to have two people just for organizing invoices, bills and documentation for custom. (He is importing and exporting goods internationally so he’s often doing business with China and other countries in Asia). Now with the freight forwarding software he could train people in his company to use it in such a way as to get things done a lot quicker.
“If you do business overseas, especially with China you need to make sure that all the papers are in order. If they ain’t you will lose a lot of money if your shipments are stuck at the borders or customs doesn’t let them through. The freight forwarding software I am using now cost me a few hundred bucks but I don’t know how much it actually saved me already. I bet it’s a fortune. So if you ever want to get into that business you need to know that”
I am really grateful since any time we play golf I learn something new.
I spend a lot of time golfing, both for networking with business associates and also for leisure either alone or with my family.
I am privileged to have a beautiful home that backs onto a fantastic golf course, however I also spend a lot of time traveling to golf courses overseas, including my favourite spot, France! Sometimes this is for leisure with my family and sometimes I am lucky enough to mix business and pleasure.
I am excited to be writing this blog, sharing with you some of my experiences golfing as well as reviewing different resorts, hotels, courses, equipment etc. I have a huge passion for golf and a lot of knowledge and information to share from my many many years spent playing golf at home and around the world! I am sure that many people will find these insights interesting and helpful for planning future golfing trips!
Golfing is a sport/hobby that can be enjoyed by people of any age, and it gets even more exciting when you start traveling around your country and the world visiting different courses. Not only does this give you a great opportunity to experience different courses and challenge your skills, it can also offer a fantastic opportunity for making new connections and having exciting new cultural experiences.
I will be aiming to post as often as I can on this website, and of course would love to answer any questions that you may have and cover any topics that you might find interesting. If there is something that you would like me to be writing about, please do get in touch!
I am already preparing the first golfing post, which should be ready soon, so please do check back, I hope that you enjoy it when it arrives!