How to Pack for a Golf Vacation
There are over 15,000 golf courses across the United States. That means that you are doing yourself a disservice by only playing at the courses that are local to you.
Going on a golf vacation requires you to pack more than just your bathing suit. You don't want to be "that person" on the trip that mooches equipment from everyone else.
Use this guide to make sure you pack everything you need to have an awesome golf vacation.
The Right Bag
You have two options for shipping your clubs. You can either buy a bag and take them with you, or use a shipping service.
If you plan to take them with you, look at ClubGlove or Sun Mountain. These bags tend to be pricey, but if you are going to golf vacation often, they are worth it.
If this is a one-time thing for you, then you are better off using a shipping service like ShipSticks.
Whatever bag you buy, look for ballistic nylon. This material will be able to handle all of the abuse that the airline will put through.
you also want a bag that has good quality wheels. This will make it easier to roll through the airport and to your hotel.
This is the bag that you need to carry all of your clothes and toiletries. Look for one that is big enough to hold all of your items, but not so big that it is cumbersome.
Pack your clothes with strategy. You only have so much space in your luggage. So pick clothes that allow you to go from the golf course to the restaurant.
You want to select pieces that don't scream "I just played golf!" Stick with a nice pair of slacks and a polo.
Think about the weather where you are going. If it is going to be especially hot, you'll want to select fabrics that are quick drying.
One traveling golf veteran we know said his strategy is to pack one shirt for every day. He wears his shirt for the next day of golf the night before. That way he wears a fresh shirt to dinner, but only needs to pack one shirt for each day.
You are going to need to pack more than one pair of shoes. Consider you'll need shoes to wear when you're not golfing. Then obviously, shoes for when you are golfing.
To be safe, you can even bring a second pair of shoes. This is wise if you plan on golfing more than one day in a row. Then you have a backup pair to wear when your first pair gets wet.
If you need to save space in your luggage consider wearing your street friendly golf shoes onto the plane. That way you don't fill your bag with shoes.
You can check the weather a million times. You are confident that the weather is going to be sunny for your trip. Then you get there are it pours.
No matter what the weather prediction is, pack your rain gear. This includes a small lightweight umbrella and your rain gloves.
Sunscreen & Bug Spray
You also want to pack your sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen. This will protect you from the sun's harmful rays.
Along these same lines, you'll also want to think about bringing bug spray. you never know what bugs you'll encounter while out on the course.
You may be on vacation, but you'll still want to charge your tablet, laptop, and phone. Make sure that you bring the right cables to charge all of your devices.
You may also want to consider bringing a car adapter too. This way you can charge your devices in your hotel room or in the car while you're out and about.
If you are like most people, you are probably used to playing once a week at most on the weekends. expect to be sore if you plan to play multiple days while on vacation.
Your sore muscles will thank you.
Before you take off, take an inventory of your golfing essentials. This includes how many balls are in your bag, gloves, and tees.
You may be on vacation, but you never know who you will run into while out on the course. Take the opportunity to network with those you meet while playing.
Throw a few business cards in your golf bag and wallet. This way you won't miss a chance to network.
Sure you are going on vacation to play golf. But that doesn't mean that the only thing you'll be doing.
Don't forget to pack your other miscellaneous items. This would include a bathing suit for that post game soak in the hot tub.
You may also want a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. This will come in handy if you decide you want to work out or need to unexpectedly share your room.
Most importantly, don't forget your toiletries. Your fellow travelers won't be happy if you forget your toothbrush or body wash.
Golf Vacation Essentials Packed
Now that you have the essentials down, you are ready for your golf vacation. You want to pack both your golfing items and your vacation equipment. Don't forget to pack items that you might need. This would be things like your rain gear.