Booking a golf holiday is great and there is no better way to enjoy golf than travelling and playing some of the best courses around the world.
However, going on a golf holiday is different to any other type of holiday. You will want to take you golf clubs with you for a start but what else should you pack when heading abroad for a golf holiday?
There is nothing wrong with using hire clubs if you do not want to take your own with you on a golf holiday but if you are travelling for a week or more and plan on playing several rounds of golf, there is no substitute for your own clubs. You will want to check you have enough balls, tees and other pieces of equipment with you, as they can be expensive in the club shop, especially balls.
Therefore, you are going to need a golf travel bag. This will protect your golf clubs during transit and although you may be tempted to buy the cheapest option, in this instance, we advise on going for the best you can afford. If your golf travel bag only lasts a couple of trips or breaks and leads to damage of your clubs, you will wish you spent a little more on a better one.
If you can help it, you do not want to have to check another bag into the hold on the plane. Not only will it add to the cost of your trip, it also means an extra bag to carry at the airport and beyond. Try buying a specifically designed golf holdall, which should cater for all your needs and can be carried onto the flight.
When packing your bag, think about the destination at which you will be playing golf. If you are travelling to California, will you need the shoes you wear when playing on a frosty morning in the United Kingdom? Probably not so best to leave them at home. If you are travelling to Scotland to play golf, at any time of year, you will want to pack your waterproofs because the weather can be unpredictable.
Consider your destination when packing for a golf holiday and leave behind the items you know you will not require.
If possible, it is a good idea to take a spare pair of shoes with you on a golf holiday. If anything should happen to the pair you are wearing, you know you have a back-up option and will not have to go shopping while on holiday. If you can take a pair and remove the spikes, so they double up as trainers at other times, this will help you save on space.
Finally, you do not need to pack separately for golf wear and evening wear. What you wear on the golf course, is in most cases smart enough for the evening. So why not wear at dinner, what you plan to wear the following day on the golf course? This will leave you with plenty of space in your bag for other items.