It’s tee time! Flying or traveling by car for a golfing trip, as well as looking forward to days of fun and relaxation, is a dream. But you have to deal with the reality of packing your bags (car and cart) first.
Unless you have the option to buy everything or have your stuff sent over, you have to pack your belongings and have a hassle-free vacation. Don’t worry; packing is part of the journey and fun, and this article will show you how to do it right.
Keep It Packed
- Give yourself time. The golden rule in traveling is to prepare everything ahead and thus reduce the likelihood of inconveniences and unnecessary expenses. Your golf bag will always be part of your starter kit and that of any master, for that matter.
Notwithstanding this key piece of baggage, consider these when you pack:
- The duration of the trip
- The kind of travel (i.e., does it entail air or car travel?)
- The number of holes (9, 18, or 36) as you will be walking or driving your golf cart and changing clothes often as the round and the weather dictate.
- Travel light. You are lucky to travel by car to a golfer’s paradise with your golf cart in tow—you can probably throw everything in and not worry about check-in baggage and weight allowance.
But as you are likely to travel by plane, only pack what you need to save energy from trying to fit everything in a bag and save money from expensive baggage fees. This extra money can go to souvenirs for your folks back home.
As seasoned golf travelers say, bring what you can carry or manage. You’ll do fine with the basic set of clubs and rent out if it’s necessary.
- Pack tight. Maximize space and utilize every nook and cranny of your luggage following the weight allowance, of course.
More useful reminders on packing:
- Prepare clothes for day and night play.
- Choose shirts, pants, and shoes that are versatile for on- and off-course use.
- Wear shirts repeatedly or use laundry service.
- Reserve your best-looking shirt for dinner or get-together with club members etc.
- Go for fabrics (like seersucker) that are lightweight, comfortable, wrinkle-free, and quick-drying too.
- Roll clothes to conserve space.
- Stuff smaller items and socks in shoes.
- Use clothing to cushion golf clubs or fill gaps in the golf bag.
- Assign liquids over the prescribed limit to your golf bag.
- Check with your airline and airport for guidance.
- Check the weather and prepare. How are humidity, wind, and rainfall in the area? Weather apps often have varied findings, but your goal is to use these data as a tool to pack correctly.
The weather is a contingency in itself, and an array of gear like waterproof jacket and gloves will prepare you for the elements. Sunglasses and caps are pretty much golf staples, so those are two items off your to-bring list.
- Bring relief to your muscles. Golf is a low-impact sport, and it’s a game where you can play it safe as far as proper posture and body conditioning are concerned. However, the sport has its fair share of injuries after playing a few rounds, notably if you do the following:
- Forgot to warm up and played right away and strained your body
- Swung too hard and stressed your joints
- Hunched too much and felt back pain and neck pain
You can relieve your tense or sore muscles by applying KT tape, a therapeutic patch tape targeting the pain in your knees, back, neck, shoulders, arms, or legs. This kinesiology tape also provides support to your muscles so you can carry on with your game.
- Run a check of your personal documents. It’s better to be a bit compulsive than be sorry when it comes to documents you need for travel. Check if you have packed or stowed these:
- Passport or driver’s license
- A hard copy of your booking confirmation (in case mobile check-in fails)
- Hotel booking details
- Wallet (hard cash and credit cards)
- Identification cards
- Schedule of your tee times and pertinent information about golf course use and regulations
- Pack or buy toiletries? It’s a common dilemma among travelers. Some prefer to bring their favorite brand of shampoo and soap to cut costs and to skip a trip to the store, only to find out these items are unavailable.
Others, however, are focused on saving luggage space when on a multiday trip and packing large containers of shampoo and lotion is not an option. Hotels usually offer basic toiletries, so the other personal effects you have to buy yourself.
- Organize electronics. Narrow down the list of electronic devices and gadgets to only those that you need. Unless it’s a working holiday, leave your laptop at home. Your smartphone will suffice to check emails and contact people at work. Your phone camera is also an excellent alternative to a bulky DSLR.
For cables, charges, and wires, store them securely and neatly in your hand-carry bag.
- Ensure your golf cart is in tip-top condition. Your golf cart is your mode of transportation to move from one hole to the next, reducing time and energy.
Upon confirming with the golf course(s) that you may use your personal golf cart, you will have to prepare and condition it for the hours and days of play. This inspection is an opportunity to determine whether to replace or to upgrade your golf cart accessories for improved safety and performance.
- Examine the reliability of your electric golf cart batteries. Well-maintained batteries can last five to six years.
As to how many hours or rounds your batteries can last, that depends on the age, usage, and the charger too. Indeed, private golf carts have it easier than those fleet cars in golf courses do; in that sense, you simply have to confirm that your golf cart batteries won’t die on you.
- Ensure your LED lights are working. Prepare for nighttime rounds by checking that your tail and headlights are not busted or dimmed when driving in a flood-lit course.
- Boost your golf cart’s street-legal status. Install a windshield as protection from tree branches and road debris. Other safety features are seat belts and rearview mirrors.
- Send the golf cart for an annual maintenance check to cover all your bases.
Don’t forget to send pictures from the trip. Enjoy!