Preparing for your golf holiday: Car rental vs. transfers

Published on 16th April 2020 by Dan Thomson

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In the lead up to our holiday, all you may be thinking about is your golf swing and how to get the better of your opponents on the course, however there are a few things you’ll have to consider during this time such as transport to and from the airport to your resort. Is it better to rent a car or use the airport transport?


In this article, we take a look at the options and when each one is likely to be best suited to your circumstances:

Airport Transfer


Most certainly the less stressful and easiest of the two, as you can arrive at your destination you’ll be able to load your bags in the transfer coach and then get settled in for a quick journey to your hotel. This method is particularly easier, as you won’t need to queue for a car at the rental stand, nor will you have to worry about fitting your clubs in the boot, particularly if you have come with friends. Additionally, it is considerably cheaper to use the airport transfer than it is to rent a car, and you don’t have to worry about any pesky potential charges at the end for accidental damage.


Moreover, if you are travelling to a resort to focus on purely playing golf then you might not need to worry about renting a car as you’ll either be staying in the resort, or using a hotel provided shuttle to visit the different courses, if there is more than one. You could also use a taxi if you fancied visiting any of the local towns or beaches for the day, and thus a car could be an unneeded expense.

Car Rental

Alternatively, renting a car for your golf holiday does have a number of advantages as well. Primarily, the last thing you may want when you arrive at your destination is to have to wait on a shuttle, and sometimes these buses can be slow at dropping groups at individual hotels and this can cause some unwanted stress at the start of your unforgettable getaway.


Secondly, having a car would allow you to bring as much as you wanted on the trip, if researched properly. Additionally, you would have the freedom to travel out of the resort if need be to visit the local beaches or towns and really soak up the customs of the region. Therefore, you could combine your golfing during the day, with dinner and drinks out without having to find a taxi or worry about using public transport.Last but not least, renting a car may also be a better option depending on your lodgings. For example, if you are staying in a self-catered apartment it would be much easier to do the shop and buy essentials than have to constantly use a taxi or embark on energy sapping walks in the sun.



It is entirely up to you how you spend your money on a golfing holiday and for larger groups of friends it may be advisable to use the airport transfer, however for families who are self-catering, you may want to consider the car rental option.


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Dan ThomsonDan Thomson
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Dan is the owner of The Golf Travel People and has many years of experience in golf travel

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