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Singled-Out on a Golf Vacation? Try a Fan Trip.

By Diane Redfern

You checked CSTN's trip calendars to no avail. You visited travel agencies. You even checked your local golf club for single-friendly tours sponsored by the club. Nothing quite fit, either the timing was off, the destination didn't appeal, or you were faced with an expensive single supplement charge to join a group trip.

Before you decide you've been singled out of a golfing holiday this year, have you considered taking a fan trip? A fan trip is when you create a holiday around a favorite special community or sport event, such as, for example, a golf tournament.

Volunteering

Most large scale events – festivals, tournaments, extravaganzas – only succeed because thousands of volunteers assist with crowd control, office work, as ticket takers, and go-fers. In return for helping out, volunteers get certain privileges such as reduced or free entrance and sometimes they are invited to VIP socials and ceremonies.

Volunteering is a fine way to meet like-minded friends. As a participant in the excitement, loneliness is a non-issue. You can control expenses by selecting accommodation you can afford, ranging from hostel to B&B to hotel. Combine volunteer hours with off-hours sightseeing, dining around, maybe get in on pick-up golf games at regional clubs – and presto! You have a full, varied, and satisfying vacation.

With ingenuity and creativity you might just give yourself the best holiday you ever had. And the beauty of it is that you can probably do it close to home or half way round the world, depending on what the budget allows.

Obviously the closer you live to the event, the easier it is to be a volunteer, but volunteering wherever your heart desires is not out of the question. The Masters? Well, no harm in trying.

Start by picking a town, city, golf course, or tournament you'd like to visit. Then set about finding out what likely events are scheduled, when and/or where, and who's in charge of volunteers.

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