10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Planning A Golf Vacation, Part 2
This is part two of a two-post series, catch part one here!
6. How much golf can we really play? Dread is not a sentiment that should occur to you while on vacation, yet that can happen if you bite off more than you can chew with your itinerary. Some clients are true marathoners who love nothing more than playing 36 a day, cramming as much golf as they can into their experience. Others are perfectly happy playing a round every other day, taking time off in between to enjoy the sights and sounds of the country. Even though this may be a “golf” trip, don’t let fear of missing out cause you to schedule too much of a good thing. Each group is different, and if you think you may be getting in over your head, speak with your travel consultant about any questions or concerns you might have.
7. Will I really need all this stuff? Everybody likes to look good, and we’re certainly not here to tell you to pack a pair of Ex-Officio travel pants and be done with it, but Americans, and golfers in particular, have a tendency to overpack. A good rain suit, a few outfits, and a couple pairs of shoes should be enough to last any golfer for the duration of their trip. Most hotels and guest houses have laundry service, take advantage of it. The devil is in the details, and one oft-overlooked detail is the liberating feeling of being able to maneuver through customs with ease while your buddies are trying to lug two suitcases and an overstuffed travel bag.
8. Is everybody on the same page? As the group leader, you should be considering all these questions and more, but you should also have a firm grasp on the pulse of the rest of the group. Ground rules should be laid out in the early planning stages with regards to who’s going (are children/spouses invited?), when the group’s intended dates of travel are, and what the priorities will be. Make sure to get consent from other group members to make decisions on their behalf. We will gladly accommodate individual requests within a group, but there’s little we can do if half the party is pulling in an entirely different direction from the other.
This is not a good look. Don’t be this guy.
9. Do I have a valid passport? This seems painfully obvious, but last-minute travelers in particular will occasionally overlook this major detail. Are you watching the British Open and have now decided that you must travel to the home of golf next month, reason be damned? With all the excitement and last-minute planning that goes into such a decision, make sure you don’t let your enthusiasm turn into despair as you slink home from the airport after arriving with just your driver’s license.
10. Have I tied up all my loose ends? Ideally, your vacation should be a total escape from any stresses and concerns in your day-to-day life. The last thing you want is an angry client calling to know why you missed a deadline or your wife telling you the power’s been shut off because you forgot to pay the electric bill ahead of time. Don’t leave things until the last minute; anything from failing to make copies of relevant documents to letting newspapers pile up on your doorstep has the potential to put a damper on your trip, so make sure.