You’ve been back at work for a month, the festive season sock-tan is starting to fade and the closest you’re getting to a course is something the HR department insists on you attending. It’s definitely time to start planning your next golf holiday.
If you’re dreaming about jetting off for a week’s undisturbed golfing then perhaps a little down-to-earth advice from South African-born English professional golfer and British Airways ambassador and US Open champion, Justin Rose, may come in useful.
1. Plan your destination.
What sort of golfer are you? Do you want four courses that will test you to the limit, or a mixture that might give you a breather? Base your plans on a preferred location too, if you you’re looking for a relaxing meal after a round don’t pick a course next to a crowded and bustling district.
2. Make sure your clubs are secure on the plane.
You can take them as part of the baggage allocation on some airlines, but it’s worth investing in a good travel cover too. Also, pack in your golf bag a broom handle a bit longer than your driver. It will help take the impact if your bag gets moved about en route.
3. When booking your holiday insurance, look out for special golf-related clauses.
Are you covered for an accident on the course, or if an errant tee shot lands in a nearby swimming pool, or even if you’re hit by delays and miss your tee time, will you get a refund?
4. If you’re hiring a car, make sure in advance that the car is big enough.
It sounds obvious but if you’re travelling with three mates and you’ve got bags of golf clubs and luggage too, a small three-door car just isn’t going to cut it.
5. Do your homework on the etiquette of a new course.
Will you need to use a caddie? If so, will they expect a tip and how much? Will you need a buggy? If so, make sure you’ve got one hired when you book your tee time. A good golf trip is all about the details.
6. Look after yourself.
Once you finish checking-in, pop in to the shops for some water to help you stay hydrated during the flight and sun cream for when you hit the course. Carrying clubs in the heat can be hard work too – if you’re not hiring a buggy, think about hiring a trolley.
7. Book your tee in advance
Don’t just book flights and accommodation and then turn up on spec at a golf course, you will normally need to book your tee time well in advance. Two advantages to this: one, you’ll get a better deal, and two, you can start dreaming about your round, months before you actually go.
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