Four! While images of lush green fairways dancing in your head can be distracting, there are a number of factors that golfers must take into account when planning their trip. After all, preparing accordingly can provide the groundwork for an irreplaceable vacation or time away.
For the avid golfer in your life or for yourself, a golfing vacation is a perfect idea. However, this is a unique sort of trip, so it requires some specific preparations. If you have never been on this type of trip before, we hope that this article will help you prepare so you can tee off fully equipped.
It might sound silly, but you need to know exactly what your package includes. Does your booking include accommodations, or do you need to book a hotel? Are there restaurants on-site, or will you need to check the local area? How many golf courses are part of the package, and where are they?
The best piece of advice we can give you is before you even book the vacation, know where you want to go and read all the fine print and message ahead of time. It’s best to confirm anything that isn’t immediately obvious.
You also want to check out the transportation and parking situation. There is nothing worse than walking up with all your clubs and finding you needed to pay for a parking ticket ahead of time or that there isn’t a parking lot at all.
You need to pack for the weather and have enough clothes to last the duration of your trip. You may also want to have some casual clothes too for the downtime you get between courses.
If you need to top up your wardrobe, look for shops such as Stitch Golf to ensure your wardrobe is appropriate for golf course attire.
To truly look at the part, and abide by the rules, check out the regulations of the clubs you are going to and make sure you have the right stuff.
Make sure before you travel, too, you grab some weather-appropriate gear. Throw something waterproof and something for cold weather in your pack, just in case.
TIP: It’s easy to remember the obvious things to pack such as clothing and clubs, but you’ll need to pay special attention to the things that might otherwise go unaccounted for: extra golf balls, a raincoat, and sunscreen. It’s also a great idea to make sure you have the proper apparel for the clubs dress code.
When it comes to packing your clubs, if you want all of your own, there may be some rules you need to follow. If you are taking the train or driving, you need to secure them properly for safety.
When it comes to air travel, though, you will have to determine what airlines have what rules. For example, British Airways explain that your clubs need to be packed separate from clothing and other items in a protective case or bag. The bag counts as one item of your checked luggage. Other airlines may also make you pay extra for your golf bag.
Consider asking the golf courses you are visiting if they can accommodate you with rental clubs of any kind. Even if they can only provide the basics, it might save you a lot of hassle whether flying or driving.
TIP: As a golfer, you’ll want to know if the course is hilly or flat and has sand traps, lakes, or ponds. By knowing this information, you can arrive ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead.
Planning for any holiday requires meticulous detail, but it is worth going a tiny bit further with something like this. Pack up everything, make your checklists, check the weather and travel options. That way, when you get to your destination, you are ready to hit the course and get around with ease.
TIP: Some of the top golf destinations have other great attractions in the area, which you can include as a part of your trip.