I first started going on annual golf trips abroad about 20 years ago when I was a member of a golf society back in the UK. It really was the leader for the start of the golf season back home where a lot of the courses were playing winter greens. Sixteen of us would head off to warmer climates from Scotland around the end of April. We tried to keep it in April because flights tended to be cheaper then and even golf green fees seem to be slightly cheaper then as well.
The trips would last for 8 days, with days 1 and 8 being the travel days. Our usual schedule was to play 5 rounds of golf, with a day off in the middle where you can laze around the beach or do a bit of holiday shopping or both.
The first 4 rounds were always individual Stableford of which 3 rounds counted to your overall score. We always had prizes for the winners every day as well as the overall annual trophy which we took with us from the UK. Prizes for nearest the pins and two’s were contributed by the members. The 5th round of golf was a team Texas scramble and normally conducted over one of the more trickier courses, Las Ramblas in the Torrevieja region would be the type of course we would use for that.
Our nights were filled with visits to the local watering holes like the Stray Sod, which was great for a bunch of guys for a bite to eat and watch the live football. We also had a trip to one of the restaurants in La Zenia Boulevard during our stays, which was 5 minutes in a taxi from our accommodation. We never hired cars and used the local minibus and taxi companies to get around the courses.
The Costa Blanca is ideal for golf societies on golf trips from the UK or Ireland as everywhere caters for the English speaking tourists. The area is also very popular with Scandinavian golfers as well. Like ourselves they probably like a bit of early sun on there backs when the temperatures are not so great back home.
Returning home after a tough weeks golfing (sometimes to the snow in Scotland) and it must be said socialising, you feel you need another weeks holiday to recover. After that your thoughts drift back to the Costa Blanca, the sunshine, great golf and great company and you can’t wait for next year to come around when you do it all again!