Commonly Asked Questions

You will find below Golf Trip Junkie’s FAQs.

If a question or an answer to one of your questions is not on this page, simply connect with us through on our Contact Us page, and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

How much of a deposit is required?

Typically, the deposit is no more than $50 per golfer. In some cases, it will be more. You will be informed of the required deposit when you receive your golf vacation quote. The deposit does not guarantee the proposed tee times and lodging, it simply starts the process. More often than we get what we are looking for. That said, tee times and lodging availability is dynamic, always changing, so if necessary, we will make revisions to ensure you get as close to what you are looking for. The $50 deposit per golfer is due at time of booking.

Do you book our flights?

No, Golf Trip Junkie does not book flights at this time. We find that the majority of people want to book their own flights, often times using points from their rewards programs. However, we do book private charter flights, exclusively from Golf Trip Junkie, to our valued customers with a company that exceeds the highest of industry safety standards.

Is golf attire required at the courses?

In general, resort wear is expected. Golf shoes (we suggest spikeless) and collared shirts are required at all times for men. Shorts are acceptable; however, courses with strict dress codes expect shorts to be at least 16" in length. Please do not wear jeans, cut-offs, tank tops, or sneakers. For women, we recommend golf shoes with socks, collared shirts, and slacks, shorts, or golf skirts.

Is there a fee to change my reservation?

Golf Trip Junkie’s golf experts are on hand during office hours to assist you. In almost all instances there are no change fees. We don't like them! If there ever is one that we can't avoid, when working with a partner of ours, you will be notified prior to the change. In those cases, we still do our best to avoid them. Like we said, we don't like them.

What does my package include?

Your golf package will include hotel accommodations, confirmed tee times, green fees, and shared golf cart, as well as all appropriate taxes (unless otherwise noted). 

What if it rains on our day of play?

Green fee refunds or Pro Shop credits will be given, by the golf courses, or refunded by Golf Trip Junkie, once notified by the resort or golf courses, for any closures due to inclement weather. If there are rainy conditions while the course is still open for play, refunds will not be granted. At all times, the issuing of refunds or credits are at the sole discretion of the Pro Shop Staff.

What is your cancellation policy?

Terms of the cancellation policy will be outlined in each golf package. Any golf package may be canceled prior to the cancellation date. A $50 processing fee per person may be imposed for all canceled golf vacation packages. A $50 processing fee per person will be imposed for all canceled golf vacation packages. For cancellations inside the stated cancellation date, we reserve the right to impose a penalty of up to 100 percent on all money collected. This will vary by package, resort, hotel, and golf course, as there are different cancellation policies that we are contractually obligated to honor. For more details specific to your golf package, speak to your Golf Vacation Specialist.

All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations will be assessed cancellation penalties imposed by the hotel, golf courses, and/or car rental companies (for International travel). It is important to note that some hotels and golf courses have non-refundable deposits and strict cancellation policies, many of which vary from one golf destination to the next. In all cases, upon receipt of your quote and confirmed golf package, you will be informed of these policies.

What methods of payments do you accept?

We accept most major credit cards including American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, etc., and U.S. currency in the form of money orders and certified/cashier checks. Late payments (within 14 days of arrival date) must be in the form of a certified check or credit card. All payments are made to Golf Trip Junkie for the complete package including all surcharges (unless otherwise noted).

When is the balance due for the golf trip?

For most golf packages, the balance for the entire package is due no later than 30 days prior to your day of arrival. In some cases, this will vary, however, you will be informed of the terms.

Can you play Innisbrook courses without staying at the resort?

Unfortunately no, all four courses at the Innisbrook resort are private, meaning they are reserved for people staying there. This is less of a setback than it might appear at first sight, however, as price rates are significantly more affordable than most of what you will find in the US.

And don’t let the prospect of Canadian weather scare you either, Innisbrook is fairly south, close to the American border, and enjoys somewhat milder temperatures than the rest of the country. Don’t get your hopes too high, though, the resort is still north of Minnesota, so don’t make any plans for late autumn and most of the spring if you abhor the cold. For example, on the 20th of December, 2020 temperature around Innisbrook is 2 degrees Celsius.

You could conceivably play the courses without actually staying at the resort, after all, they’re not sequestering you there, but why would you want to pay the rent for an unoccupied room is quite beyond us.

Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be any word on whether guests of guests are welcomed to stay, but we are certain that a phone call to the resort will get you all the information you require.

Speaking of guests, the resort also organizes weddings, which you can crash for free food and “meeting new people” if you lack the necessary decency. Make sure to prepare your ground right, or you may end up with a reception reminiscent of that Ilya Repin painting.

How much does it cost to play golf at Innisbrook?

The Innisbrook golf resort is home to four golf courses, including the famous Copperhead. Even when expressed in Canadian Dollars, its prices are fairly low. However, you will need to stay at the resort or be a member of the country club to play here.

Without opting for any of the value packages, a round on Copperhead will set you back $115 CAD during the weekend and $85 CAD during working days. The other three courses are even more affordable, although the difference is rather negligible.

By opting for any of the four packages available you substantially reduce the cost of a tee. The most expensive one is $1,895 CAD, but for this money you’ll receive no less than 40 rounds of golf, coming at $47 CAD each. For the 20-round platinum, each green fee will take you down a little more than $50 CAD while the 10 rounder is the poorest value with $54 CAD a pop.

The gold is more affordable, at $41.75 CAD, $44.70, and $47.65 for 40, 20, and 10 rounds respectively. There is also a special package for those over 55, with rates starting at $1,499 for 40 rounds and $425 for 10.

By far the easiest on the wallet is the Junior package, aimed at people who are under 18. With the 40 round option, a round will only cost you some $25.54 CAD. For 20 and 10 rounds, you’ll have to fork over around $27 and $29 respectively.

Can you play Kiawah Island without staying there?

Although being a guest will give you some perks, like significantly lower green fees and a free-of-charge caddie, you can play on any of the five public courses at Kiawah Island Resort without staying there. Among them, the world-famous Ocean Course is the primary destination for most one-day golfers. The list of public courses also contains Osprey Point, Oak Point, and Cougar Point.

Cassique and The River Course are out of bounds to everybody but club members and their guests, but neither of the two is as highly rated as Turtle Point or the Ocean Course anyway.  

How can day visitors get into Kiawah Island?

Most areas of Kiawah Island are private so you will have to pass a security check and pay an additional fee to drive your car here from Parkway road. The booth is located past Mingo Point, which is paid parking for non-resident. Prices fluctuate, but some golfers find that leaving their cars here and bypassing the check on bike is the cheaper option. Car access is severely restricted for non-residents either way.

No matter the mode of transportation, you have to prove that you are on the island to play golf or patron one of the local establishments to be allowed to stay on the island whenever you meet any of the guards patrolling the area. Showing a reservation should be enough.  

Can you rent golf carts on Kiawah Island?

Both the Kiawah Island Resort and the private Kiawah Golf Club provide golf cart services to their guests, daily visitors, or members. Depending on the deal you opted for when booking for your stay at the resort, access to a golf cart might be included in the green fee. However, during the summer months, golf buggies must be accompanied by a forecaddie. While technically free, the costumery tip for forecaddie is around $50 per person at the Kiawah resort. Visitors may rent golf carts if there are any available – the guest’s needs take precedent. The price for a cart rental on Kiawah varies significantly depending on the season, but like with everything else on the island, it is far from low.

What other rules and regulations for carts on Kiawah Island?

Pushcarts and special medical carts are allowed on all five courses belonging to the Kiawah Island resort, although these types of vehicles are not available for rent on the premises.

For all intents and purposes, carts are forbidden on anything else than golf pathways on Kiawah Island. You cannot take a cart on the main road crossing the Island, nor on the bicycle lanes.

For short-distance travel on the island, you can rent a NEV from nearby Seabrook at a fair price; although be warned that you will have to drive this slow vehicle on the main road linking to Kiawah, and faster motorists might take issue with your stunt.   

Recent regulations concerning COVID-19 stipulate that only one person is allowed per cart unless the two people have been socially distancing together. 

How hard is it to play the Kiawah Island golf course?

The five courses open to the public at Kiawah Island resort are designed to provide enjoyment to players of all skill levels; from novices who just want to have a leisurely time, to hardened veterans that are up for a real challenge.

Some courses are there to test your metal, others allow you to have a fun day in the sun, while most will challenge the intermediate player.

The courses on Kiawah island in order of difficulty

  1. The legendary Ocean Course is designed by pros for pros. Namely, by Pete Dye for the players of the 1991 Ryder Cup. Set in the midst of unpredictable oceanic winds, this fiendishly difficult course cannot as much be mastered as tamed from time to time. If you want to complete, the style you adopt needs to change as often as the wind. Hole #17 in particular deserves to enter the pantheon of modern-day horrors.
  2. You have to be a Kiawah Island Club member or one of their guests to play here; but what sort of a friend would subject you to the River Course? Undulating along with the river like a Dali painting, it demands a high degree of precision to plant the ball safely into the next hole. If it lands anywhere near the water, or on any of the deep bunkers, prepare to kiss it goodbye!
  3. Turtle Point was designed by Jack Nicklaus back in 1981 when golfers were golfers and women were as tough as men. Although it is located near the center of the island, several holes are adjacent to the ocean, so you don’t miss out on any of the fiendishly unpredictable winds. Fourth in difficulty after the Cassique and the two courses mentioned above, Turtle Point should give an experienced player a run for his money.
  4. In fairness, Tom Fazio’s Osprey Point is not “easy”, but accessible; and interesting even for the novice player.
  5. Oak Point, however, can summarily be described as “leisurely”

How many golf courses are on Kiawah Island?

At just a little over 19 square miles Kiawah Island, is home to no less than seven golf courses. Such an agglomeration of top-rated, PGA-worthy courses is hard to find anywhere else in the world. Five of these are open to the public, while two are private.

  • The Ocean Course regularly hosts major American and international golf tournaments. The 18-holer was designed by Pete Dye and is regularly classified among the top five oceanfront courses in the world. Its secret? Variety; unpredictable winds ensure that the course won’t be played the same way twice.
  • Turtle Point bears the signature of the prolific Jack Nicklaus. His intent for Turtle Point was to “make the player use his mind ahead of his muscles”
  • Oak Point is a classic course that requires a lot of precision to get right. It meanders along Kiawah River and Haulover creek, giving the player a lot of opportunities to strike out. 
  • Cougar Point is arguably the most accessible course on Kiawah Island. Dramatic vistas and wide-open fairways are what define its character.
  • Osprey Point is another fairly casual course. Landlocked, it zig-zags through forests and salty marshes.
  • The River Course. Care to guess what this private course has in common with Osprey Point? River, however, only keeps along the main waterway for 8 holes, while the rest are scattered around marshes and ponds. 
  • Cassique is the other Kiawah private course. It resembles the Ocean Course when it comes to natural conditions but the Irish/Scottish classic links style design sets it apart.

Is Kiawah Island open to the public for golfing?

Since Kiawah Island boasts a government-run animal sanctuary and none of the shady business of places like Area 51, it is, of course, opened to the public. However, not all places on the small island are opened up to cars for everybody, as motor vehicles may scare off wildlife or just take away from the laid-back atmosphere of the surroundings.

A visitor can only drive some half-mile on Beachwalker lane after passing the first guard gate. It’s either biking or walking from then on. This really shouldn’t pose a problem for someone who’s used to playing golf, as the distances are quite short by any standard. And you might even spot a deer on the way to the course.

It is important to note that Kiawah is still a private island, so you can’t just prance around at your leisure. They only allow in people who come for the explicit purpose of golfing, touring, dining, etc. 

Public and private courses on Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is probably one of the best destinations for a day’s golfing, as it hosts some of the best public courses in the country. Among these, the Ocean Course takes the crown, although playing a round here can cost you quite the pretty penny.

The freshly renovated and slightly cheaper Turtle Point stands for many as a close second. In a two-in-one course, different strategies are required to win a round here depending on wind speed, as it stands wide-open to a beautiful Atlantic view.

Osprey, Cougar, and Oak Point complete the list of pay-to-play courses, while the River and Cassique require either club membership or a guest status to tackle.

Why is Kiawah Island a golfing destination?

The most obvious answer is that golfers all over the country are attracted to the island by the seven world-class golf courses to be found there. Five of them can be played by anyone at any time and only two are private.

But there’s more than just golf. A lot more. The place itself is renowned for its natural beauty and biodiversity, with stunning ocean views to be admired from nearly every spot on the island. An animal sanctuary opened here in 2004, spanning over beach, marshland, river, and woods ecosystems.

Packed in an area of just under 12 square miles, you can encounter brown pelicans, ghost crabs, loggerhead sea turtles, wrens, alligators, bobcats, deer, raccoons, painted buntings, and much more.

Kiawah Island is a destination for the whole family

With so many natural attractions around, a golfer’s family will find plenty to do while he is hitting the course. Hiking and biking are ever-popular, and those who want to know a little more about the animals they’re seeing can take a guided tour. Swimming with the dolphins is probably the crown attraction, although only available in certain seasons.

You can rest on the beach or go jet-skiing, kayaking, or dolphin watching. There are plenty of places to eat, covering the whole range of tastes and prices. Likewise, you can lodge at a $150-ish a night inn or a five-star hotel. Overall, prices are a bit steeper than what you might find elsewhere but still affordable for your regular Joe. 

Can anyone play PGA National?

If by “anyone” it is understood any person that stops by the resort and inquires the front desk about tee time, the answer is no.

All of the five courses hosted by the PGA National Resort and Spa are private, reserved for PGA Resort guests, PGA Club members, and their associates, but for the general public, golfers must be guests of the resort.

The details of how you get to play on PGA National

The price for lodgings at PGA National is not prohibitively high, with it varying by season. Resort fees are included in the package price, which includes the following amenities:

  • in-room high-speed wireless internet access
  • daily self-parking
  • unlimited range balls
  • golf bag storage
  • daily use of new state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club
  • fitness
  • aerobics
  • yoga
  • page 9 of 11 spinnings, and select classes
  • tennis court time daily 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • daily newspaper
  • in-room coffee
  • 24-hour business center
  • local and toll-free calls up to 60 minutes per call
  • on-property transportation. (Estimated Total Value Over $100).

Golf Trip Junkie offers great value on PGA Resort Stay & Play packages.

How many acres is PGA National?

The PGA National resort extends over 2,000 acres and has dozens of sporting facilities and four golf courses on-site (a fifth one is just a short five miles drive away).

The Champion

The most famous of these is the Champion. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, it covers 7045 yards, has 18 holes and a par of 72. Near its end, there is the dreaded bear trap, between holes 15 and 17.

The Palmer

PGA National’s Palmer Course has an equally challenging close: A 5-par placed on an elevated green and guarded left and right by obstacles. It’s only slightly bigger than the Champion at 7079 yards.

The Fazio

The 7050 yards Fazio course bears the signatures of Tom and George Fazio. It has 18 holes with a slope rating of 139 and a USGA rating of 74 and a half. It was first opened in 1980 and can accommodate players of various skill levels.

The Squire

Tom Fazio’s Squire course was opened just a year later. It is relatively large at 6447 yards and has a slope rating of 140. The USGA rating is 72.1 and the course features 4 sets of tees for players of different skill levels. Like most courses at PGA, it features Bermuda grass. It is currently closed for renovations.

The Estates Course

Some five miles west of the resort you will find Karl Litten’s Estates course. It has a USGA rating of 73.1 and a slope of 134. It features five sets of tees and has 18 holes. The greens are Bermuda grass.

What golf course has the Bear Trap?

The famous (or infamous, depending on your attitude towards extreme challenges) bear trap is a three-hole stretch at the end of the Champion Course at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach. It consists of holes 15 – 3 par, 16 – 4 par, and 17 – 3 par and is the brainchild of non-other than Jack Nicklaus. At the 2011 PGA Tour’s Honda Classic the small stretch of course claimed no less than 150 balls, with numbers 15 and 17 requiring 60 and 65 respectively, while 16 settling for a more modest 25. This was a record.

Jack Nicklaus had this to say about his devilish creation: "It’s not about length. It’s about precision. It’s about guts. It’s about what do you have in your chest that you can finish those holes." What guts have to do with precision is beyond us, but one thing is certain: the bear trap is the most difficult area on anySouth Florida golf course.

When first opening up in 1981, the Champion bore the signature of George Fazio but was entirely redesigned in 1990 by Nicklaus.

Surprisingly enough, the course starts nice and easy, with the first five holes reported to be a breeze. At number 6 however, a mighty par-5 (par 4 in the Honda Classic) things start to get tough. This is placed on a thin stretch of green, between two bunkers. Another highlight is hole 11 situated dangerously close to a pond.

Where is the PGA National Resort & Spa the Champion course?

Most of us won’t need directions to the PGA National resort since there are plenty of taxis around nearby airports. However, if your rental is waiting for you at the airport these are the paths you should follow.

From Palm Beach International: Go east on Turnage Boulevard until you reach the ramp to West Palm Beach. Take the ramp into I-95 and follow the road all the way to exit 79B. This will get you on PGA Boulevard (SR-786 W). When you reach Fairway Drive, turn left. There is a traffic circle (roundabout) where you should take the second exit to Avenue of Champions. The resort is at 400 Avenue of Champions.

From Fort Lauderdale International: Upon exiting the airport you’ll see a ramp to I-595 W/I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike. Take the ramp and head west on I-595. About 5 miles in, you’ll need to turn right on the ramp to Florida’s Turnpike, which is a toll road. Follow the signs to Orlando/Florida’s Turnpike North until you merge with Florida’s Turnpike North (FTN). Take exit 109 from FTN into PGA Boulevard. Avenue of Champions should be at the first light. Turn left and drive until you reach the resort.

From Miami International: Head due west and turn left when you see the signs for High Vehicle/Parking & exit. Take the ramp to I-95 N/Beaches into Airport Expy/SR-112. Drive on the 112 until you reach the exit into I-95/SR-9A towards Orlando. At Florida’s FTN make a slight left following the signs for FTN and SR-826 W. Take exit 109 for Palm Beach Gardens and follow right at the fork. You should follow the signs for SR-786 W/SR-710/PGA National into PGA Boulevard/SR-786 West. When you reach Avenue of Champions, turn left.