Remember the great Kool & The Gang song “Celebration”?
Well, it’s time to start singing it: “Let’s celebrate, it’s all right….”
The U.S. dollar has been gaining strength of late and I’ve got a list of countries where the golf is superb at a very happy price (when you consider the excellent exchange rates).
Here are Five places to consider:
MEXICO–Bueno, Bueno, Bueno…The U.S. dollar to the Mexican Peso has risen more than 22% in value since February 2015. If you’ve been thinking about playing golf in Mexico, now is a great time with excellent value. You can tee up in all sorts of settings ranging from the all-inclusives in Cancun and Riviera Maya to Puerto Vallarta and the stunning, ruggedly beautiful courses in Los Cabos where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.
SOUTH AFRICA–If you enjoy stunningly picturesque golf courses, world class wines, luxury hotels and game lodges and safaris where you can see the Big 5 (elephant, leopard, buffalo, lion and rhino), you’ll absolutely love South Africa. Whether you decide to tee up in the Las Vegas-like Sun City area near Johannesburg in the north or the Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth in the south, or both, you’ll find excellent golf courses and great deals on hotels, dining and wine thanks to the favorable exchange rate.
THAILAND–Since February last year (2015), the U.S. dollar is worth about 10% more against the Thai Baht. Golf in Thailand ranges from the luxury beach/golf resorts in the south to the mountainous surroundings in the north. You can also tee up in Bangkok an Pattaya. In fact, there are more than 60 courses near Bangkok. Thailand has a great golf tradition dating back to 1923 so the sport is well ingrained in the tourism infrastructure. Top courses to play include Ayodhya Links, Amata Spring and Alpine Golf Club.
TURKEY–The U.S. dollar is favorable against the Turkish lira right now. While golfers don’t immediately think of Turkey as a golf destination, the country has quietly emerged as a great place to combine a beach/golf excursion. The Turkish Riviera on the country’s southern coast has 14 golf courses with designer tags like Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and David Feherty.
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