How You Can Save up to 40% on Golf Vacations Because of the "Brexit

By now, you know the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the so-called "Britain Exit" or "Brexit."

The ramifications have already been significant and wide reaching, especially with regard to global and financial markets...and the futures of many people.

The effect on golf travel pales in comparison, but we would be remiss not to bring it up, especially when, for many golf travelers, it might mean the difference between EVER getting to take a golf trip across the pond.

For example, everything in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales could become about 40% less expensive compared to two years ago.

So, while most people were calling their brokers last Friday morning, we were calling our travel agents. Here's more on why you should do the same:

"Sunningdale on Sale"

Perhaps the biggest immediate effect of the Brexit vote for international travelers is the rapid weakening of the British Pound.

The currency fell to its weakest point against the dollar immediately on Friday morning, at $1.32/GBP, before rebounding somewhat.

As of the close of the markets yesterday, the rate was around $1.30/GBP. Some banks are predicting further weakening in the coming months, potentially as low as $1.05/GBP.

This means if you're an American golfer and have been considering a late-summer or autumn trip to play golf in the UK, the markets' volatility is to your advantage.

If you had visited the UK two years ago when the dollars-per-pound rate was $1.70 and paid the £315 rate to play Sunningdale's two phenomenal courses in the same day, that would have set you back $536.

If the pound does drop into the $1.05 range, that same amazing 36-hole golf day will set you back the equivalent of just $331.

That's nearly a 40% discount relative to just two years ago.

It's Not Just The UK, Either...

Thursday's vote has had a significant effect not just on the pound but the Euro as well.

Last year, we reported on the Euro offering a discount relative to recent years.

Unsurprisingly, the Brexit vote has sent the Euro weaker as well, dropping below $1.10 at one point on Friday.

For American golfers, this could mean a discount of as much as 25% on vacation golf in Ireland, as well as less-heralded golf destinations on the continent - Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, among others - if the Euro continues to sag in the coming months.

Will Scotland Secede?

The vote to remain in the UK narrowly won with 55% of the vote.

Brexit may change all that. Many people are predicting another Scottish-independence vote soon, and a number of Scots who previously voted to remain in the UK are now claiming that they will support independence.

So we ask again: do you think Scotland will end up breaking away from the UK? If so, will they seek to join the EU on their own? Again, not the most important question but...what effect will this have on golf vacations in Scotland? And how might it affect the Open Championship rota?

No More Northern Ireland?

Another significant effect of Brexit has to do with Ireland - both the island and the country.

Since the United Kingdom will be leaving the EU, that means the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will become more significant regarding trade, since it will serve as the only land border between the UK and the EU.

(At least, as long as Northern Ireland remains part of the UK. Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican party, is calling for reunification.)

This hardening of the border could have a negative effect on golfers visiting the Emerald Isle since many trip itineraries include courses in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

As recently as 1998, military checkpoints lined that border -- could they return in the future?

We know there are a lot of strong opinions on Brexit and what it means for the United Kingdom and Europe going forward.

What are yours as they relate to golf travel? Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below.

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for Golf Advisor and the Managing Editor of the Golf Vacation Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
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