When planning a normal holiday, our brains fill with ‘things we mustn’t forget under ANY circumstance’. And a golfing holiday adds yet another layer of stuff we must remember. Imagine arriving at the first tee only to discover you’ve forgotten your tees! But a little preparation and a checklist will ensure you can enjoy a week or two doing what you love most, stress-free.
Do you have all the clubs you need for the courses on which you’ll be playing? The courses might be substantially different to the ones you’re used to playing on. And if your clubs are past their best, it may be the perfect time to get some new clubs with a bit more welly and control (because let’s face it, the holiday won’t be anywhere near as good if you’re playing terribly!).
Also, if you’re able to go abroad this year, does your airline regard golf clubs as oversized luggage? This varies from company to company, so it’s a good idea to check for any extra costs before you go.
Different resorts have different dress codes (particularly in regards to footwear), so make sure you research exactly what’s required before you go. It would be pretty soul destroying to arrive only to be told you can’t play. You can also pack efficiently by taking attire that can be worn on and off the course. Cover wedges and irons in socks and store small items in your shoes (the ones you’re not wearing for the journey, of course!).
The right bag
A lightweight travel bag is ideal for carrying around with you, and if you want to travel in comfort this is definitely the way to go. But if you’re journeying by plane, you may wish to opt for a hard case that’ll better protect your gear. This will be trickier to lug around with you, but at least your clubs will arrive in one piece.
There are plenty of other things that are easily forgotten, but a thorough nuisance if you do. These include balls, tees, markers, gloves, towel, shoes, socks and gear that’s appropriate for the sort of weather you’re likely to face, such as waterproof jacket, sun cream and sun hat. Tick them off before you go!
Where to go
This year, you’ll most probably be sticking to the UK, and luckily we have some of the world’s finest courses in stunning locations, so you certainly won’t be short on choice.
One of the very best, according to travel company Golfbreaks, is the internationally-renowned Gleneagles Resort in central Scotland – designed by Jack Niklaus and host of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Others on the list include East Sussex National, The Belfry in Warwickshire and The Vale Resort in Glamorgan.
A golfing holiday is one of the best ways to unwind in beautiful surroundings, and a little prep before you go will take any potential stress away.