Are you wondering where to take a golf trip in 2022?
As we approach 2022 with unprecedented pent-up demand for golf travel to the British Isles on the most famous of links courses, I thought it would be useful to provide some insight into alternatives that currently have better availability and deliver similarly memorable British golf experiences.
Lancashire Coast – Arguably the best collection of links courses in close proximity to each other, this region of England contains three Open venues and a plethora of lesser-known courses. In addition to the benefit of being able to stay in one hotel to access all of the courses, Manchester Airport is 60 minutes away and provides a number of convenient trans-Atlantic flight options.
Northwest Ireland – As Irish golf has grown over the last many decades, the northwest area of the country has developed an enviable collection of great links courses, that unfortunately have been overlooked too often by international visitors. That is changing, for very good reasons. The new Tom Doak course at Rosapenna (St Patrick’s Links) and the refurbished Narin & Portnoo Links (by Gil Hanse) have added internationally acclaimed golf course architects to the myriad of great reasons to travel to this glorious coastline.
North of Scotland – The Highlands of Scotland delivers a very different landscape than the central belt which hosts Royal Troon and St. Andrews amongst other renowned courses. While the interior of the country provides lush and dramatic countryside, the linksland alongside the North Sea is well suited to the needs of golfers. Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart, Nairn & Royal Aberdeen are testaments to the quality and individuality of each course. Not to be overlooked is the concentration of whisky produced in this region which complements a perfect day’s golf.
Authentic Collection – The British Isles is blessed with a large number of challenging and memorable golf courses. Not all of them can host international events but many of them are equally enjoyable and worthy to include in a golfer’s visit. As a result, we developed the Authentic Collection of courses in Scotland and Ireland which highlight the less well-known but worthy courses in each destination.
St. Andrews in June/July 2022 (Pre-Open) – Finally, for the travelers who have enjoyed playing the Old Course at St. Andrews in prior trips, The 150th Open in 2022 presents a unique opportunity. Generally, when the Old Course is closed, as it shall be June 18 – July 18 for The Open, many of the other premier courses are also quieter and are available. Indeed, to stay in St. Andrews and watch the “Home of Golf” prepare for The 150th Open and all that it brings will be memorable in its own way.
Hopefully, some of these ideas strike a nerve with you as I know so many people want to resume their international travels, and the many golf courses and hotels around the British Isles are poised to welcome you with renewed appreciation. It is not too late to make plans for travel next year. Our Golf Travel Experts always welcome the opportunity to assist you personally on 800.344.5257 or Expert@PerryGolf.com.