Your golf travel plans depend on several factors – who you plan to take with you, the type of trip you’re taking, where you want to go, and what time of year your golf travel will take place.
Who does your golf travel plan include?
Couple getaways need different travel plans than a weekend road trip with your buddies. And if your golf travel will include non-golfers in the group, then you’ll want to make sure alternate activities are planned for them while you’re on the greens. Another consideration is the skill level of those who are going and who is ultimately in charge of planning your golf travel.
What time of year will your golf travel take place?
Whether you plan your golf getaway for a domestic or international destination, the season your golf travel takes place will be a factor in making plans. Different locations have different climates, depending upon what season you choose to go in. Be sure to research your location’s weather averages before planning your trip.
Here is a checklist to use when planning your golf travel:
- Where to go? Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Orlando, Arizona, Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Scotland are some of the most popular golf destinations.
- Budget – Find out exactly what’s included in your package, what payment methods are accepted at your destination, and whether or not caddies and carts are required. Overestimate on every thing, and be sure to include extra money for incidentals and tips.
- What to pack? Check in advance to see if your golf destination has a dress code. Pack your essentials in a carry-on bag, and make sure you use TSA approved locks. Double the amount of golf balls you think you’ll need, and don’t forget to take a golf umbrella, just in case.
- Be safe, not sorry. Copy all your documents and stick the copies into your checked baggage. Keep the originals with you. Give your itinerary to a family member or friend so someone knows where you’ll be when. Program cell numbers of your travel mates as well as important numbers from home into your phone before you leave.
- Will your clubs require an extra baggage fee? Don’t be blindsided at the check-in counter. Check your airline’s website for golf club guidelines before you buy your ticket.
- Accommodations – Avoid awkward moments by deciding in advance who is rooming with whom, and, if necessary, who will be sleeping on the roll-away. Who is responsible for the bill, and how will reimbursements be handled? How far is your hotel from the course? How will you get back and forth? And where is the nearest restaurant?
- Check with the club about course conditions before you arrive. Is it over-seeded? Has a recent drought affected the grounds? Arrange to arrive early and take advantage of the club’s practice facilities before your first tee time.
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