Tee Up Your Summer in Style: An Expert's Guide to Golf Vacations ⛳
As the summer sun starts to heat up, golfers all over look forward to their golf vacations. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, planning for such trips can be overwhelming. We emphasize planning because that part can make or break your trip. A summer golf getaway can provide relaxation, and lasting memories if planned out well. Let’s explore why golfing as a summertime vacation can be a blast and provide expert tips to make your trip a hole-in-one!
Figure out who’s joining you and what you want out of this vacation
Before you plan out your golf trip or plan to play some rounds during a vacation, figure out who you’re playing with. A trip with friends versus a trip with a spouse or family may require a different itinerary. Will you be staying on a resort or require driving to and from your lodging? How many people are going? Will a course or resort be able to accommodate a big group? What are your priorities, only to golf or enjoy other activities like hiking or luxury accommodations? If only golfing, will you play 18 or 36 holes per day? What’s everyone’s budget?
These are all important questions that you’ll have to answer as you begin to dial in your itinerary for your vacation. The most important consideration may be your budget. Some courses (especially if they’re private) can require a hefty deposit and leads us to our next tip.
Choosing the right golf course & book your tee times in advance
Choosing a course that aligns with your skill level and preferences is key to enjoying your golf trip. Consider researching different courses and identifying those that meet both criteria – from championship courses for more experienced players to resort-style courses that cater to beginners – so you can find one that suits you and your party best! To ensure that you can secure a spot on your desired course, it's essential to book your tee times as soon as possible. Summertime is typically peak season for golf courses and most offer online booking services, making the process quick and convenient.
You can also find special offers and packages. Many golf courses offer special deals, discounts, and packages to make summer golfing more affordable. Do your research ahead of time and you may be able to find a great deal that includes discounted greens fees, free rounds, or other deals that save you extra dollars on other accommodations such as dining or spa services.
And if you are vacationing with family, one more tip is to book early bird tee times to start your day before any big family activities or twilight options for the end of the day, post-family activities. These rates will typically be lower than peak times and provide a nice way to break up any given day during vacation.
Make sure you pack the right gear
No matter how good your golf game is, nothing will ruin your round or trip more than not having the proper gear. Golfing in the summer months typically means dealing with hot and humid conditions. Be sure to bring all the essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated throughout your rounds.
Additionally, wearing light, breathable clothing with moisture-wicking fabrics can help keep you cool even during hot days on the course. And, if you’re playing a private course or at a very nice resort, wearing the proper attire is key. So, make sure you pack for that.
One more tip here is to bring extras. If there is inclement weather, make sure you’ve packed raingear, extra socks, or even extra shoes! It will go a long way and you’ll be sure to thank yourself later. You might want to give that tidbit to your golf partners as well ;)
Decide if you’re bringing your own golf clubs or renting them
This one is completely your preference, but it also depends on your plan. If you’re planning to play an historic course and/or have to travel far, then it may be worth the hassle of bringing your own golf bag. If you’re traveling with family and already are bringing a few extra items, it may be better to rent clubs. If you are renting clubs, make sure to verify with the golf course that they will have the sizes and brands that work for you.
Finally, if you don’t want to carry your clubs during any round, then be sure to check out what the golf course offers, whether that’s a motorized cart, push carts, or caddies. And don't forget to factor in the cost of any hired services when budgeting your trip. It’ll be important to bring extra cash in case you do get a caddie!
Be prepared for hot weather and humidity
It’s important to find ways to stay cool or out of the sun. High temperatures are common during summer months, so be sure to prepare accordingly. Take regular breaks during your round in order to cool down and stay hydrated. Many courses offer refreshment stations strategically placed throughout if needed (and often, the welcomed drink cart) or you will want to be sure to grab a snack or another drink at the turn, after the 9th hole. Also, use any tree canopy out there for extra shade in between shots or if you’re waiting to tee off on the next hole.
Have fun and enjoy the experience
While improving or honing skills is important, don’t forget why you are on this vacation in the first place – to have fun! Enjoy every moment from breathtaking views of nature's beauty off the greens to camaraderie between fellow golfers on them. Take time between swings to appreciate all that this amazing sport offers. There’s no better way to spend your summer days than on a golf course!
With these expert tips in hand, it's time to start planning an unforgettable experience. And while you’re planning, be sure to take breaks and practice on that putting of yours! From scouting out courses to packing the right gear, everyone can make the most out of their summer golf vacation and create lasting memories. One final idea is to commemorate your trip with something special that you can look back on with joy. A great way to do this is to create custom putting mats with a design befitting to your trip. Our team here at Perfect Practice can help you. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your clubs and get ready for some summer fun!