How To Plan A Successful Golf Trip

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  • Top Buddy Trips Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Oregon Cabo san Lucas, Mexico Las Vegas, Nevada Myrtle Beach, SC Northern Michigan Pebble Beach, CA Pinehurst, NC Scottsdale, AZ Hilton Head, SC Point Person – Coordinates schedules, reservations, cancellation policies, tee times, room assignments, pairings, collection & payment of monies (deposits).
  • Trip of a lifetime – Any Major site, St Andrews, England, Scotland Always wanted to go there – sites of tournament play – Augusta National, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Doral, TPS courses.
  • Time of year – Daylight savings time, Scotland is best April to Oct (still bring a sweater), Florida is hot during summer, Scottsdale is a dry heat, Weather – Rainy season, windy in PM’s Time of day – same time each day
  • Individual cars, together in SUVs, flying, rental cars/SUVs, cruise – AAA can book or plan all of these Rental SUVs from Hertz feature the Never Lost GPS system – saves time, priceless! Car/Air/Cruise – Car allow extra time and remember long car trips effect backs. How much golf – it takes one day per hour of time shift to overcome jet lag. First day max 18 holes before switching to 36 holes after that switch between the two to let body recover.
  • Gas, food and lodging, entertainment at night Gas – AAA Fuel Cost Calculator Food - $8 breakfast, $10 lunch, $20 dinner
  • Carry-on bag – travel documents, handicap certificate (overseas), medications, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, glasses (sunglasses), digital camera, golf clothing for two days, golf shoes Hard-side / Soft-side – hard-sided offers greater durability and liability protection, soft-side weighs less and can accommodate dirty clothes and souvenirs. AAA carries TSA locks, passport applications, international document holders, luggage
  • Wait at least 1 week after overseeing or aeration to play (rain will help).
  • Wait at least 1 week after overseeing or aeration to play (rain will help).
  • How To Plan A Successful Golf Trip

    1. 1. How to Plan A Successful Golf Trip Presented By
    2. 2. Important Questions <ul><li>Who? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of experience? </li></ul><ul><li>Where? </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><li>HOW MUCH??? </li></ul><ul><li>The Course </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodations </li></ul>
    3. 3. Who? <ul><li>Is this a Buddy trip? Family trip? Group Trip? </li></ul><ul><li>Golfers and non golfers? How many? </li></ul><ul><li>Skill level – handicaps? </li></ul><ul><li>Point person? Coordinator? </li></ul>
    4. 4. What Kind Of Experience? <ul><li>Trip of a lifetime </li></ul><ul><li>Always wanted to go there </li></ul><ul><li>Club or organization event </li></ul><ul><li>Competition </li></ul>
    5. 5. Where? <ul><li>Domestic? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Florida </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Myrtle Beach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hilton Head Island </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kiawah Island </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alabama - RTJ Trail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arizona </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tennessee - The Bear Trace </li></ul></ul><ul><li>International </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scotland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>England </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mexico </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dominican Republic </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. When? <ul><li>Time of year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daylight savings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Length of stay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rainy or dry season </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Time of day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of holes played </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At the Course </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. How? <ul><li>Do we get there? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we rent SUVs? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The benefits of a GPS in your rental </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do we get transportation from the airport? </li></ul>
    8. 8. How Much? <ul><li>Have a fixed budget </li></ul><ul><li>Estimate as many costs as possible? </li></ul><ul><li>Overestimate </li></ul><ul><li>What is included? </li></ul><ul><li>Take Debit and Credit cards </li></ul><ul><li>Some courses require caddies and/or carts </li></ul><ul><li>Expect to tip </li></ul><ul><li>Golf to play? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>18 holes max first day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>36 holes the next day then alternate to recover </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Packing <ul><li>Begin at least a day in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Use a list </li></ul><ul><li>One golf shirt per day </li></ul><ul><li>One pair of golf slacks/shorts for every other day </li></ul><ul><li>Dress slacks for every third day </li></ul><ul><li>One pair of dress and golf socks per day </li></ul><ul><li>Swimsuit </li></ul><ul><li>Inquire about the dress code </li></ul>
    10. 10. Luggage <ul><li>Golf clubs may be subject to excess baggage charge </li></ul><ul><li>Check the airline’s specific website for guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Carry-on bag should house essentials </li></ul><ul><li>Hard-side / soft-side golf bag? </li></ul><ul><li>Use TSA locks on all bags </li></ul><ul><li>Take a rain suit and golf umbrella </li></ul><ul><li>However many balls you expect to take, double it! </li></ul>
    11. 11. Miscellaneous <ul><li>Sun block </li></ul><ul><li>Aspirin/Aleve </li></ul><ul><li>Leave a copy of itinerary at home </li></ul><ul><li>Make a copy of documents and put in checked bags </li></ul><ul><li>Carry a cell phone and have everyone’s cell phone number </li></ul><ul><li>Load courses in your SkyCaddie </li></ul>
    12. 12. The Course <ul><li>Ask about conditions prior to booking </li></ul><ul><li>Over-seeded fairways & aerated greens </li></ul><ul><li>Drought conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive in time to visit the Clubhouse & use practice facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to take pictures </li></ul>
    13. 13. Accommodations <ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Roommates? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Buddies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of beds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who gets the pull out couch? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kitchen? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Billing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it pre-paid or pay as you go? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Distance from the courses </li></ul><ul><li>Restaurants </li></ul>
    14. 14. Why <ul><li>Over 100 years in business </li></ul><ul><li>The purchasing power of 50+ million members </li></ul><ul><li>Preferred Partners – Perry Golf </li></ul><ul><li>Local offices all across the country </li></ul><ul><li>One stop shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Travel Counselors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can make recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can review reservations for accuracy and details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can handle special needs </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Questions <ul><li>What does handicap mean? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A golf handicap is a numerical measure of an amateur golfer 's playing ability. It can be used to calculate a net score from the number of strokes actually played, thus allowing players of different proficiency to play against each other on somewhat equal terms. Handicaps are administered by golf clubs or national golf associations. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why would a course ask for a copy of the player’s handicap? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses like St Andrews in Scotland requires an Advanced Reservation application and men must have a handicap of 24 or lower and 36 or lower for ladies. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Would anyone play less than 18 holes? Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Normally 9 holes would be the minimum played. Sometimes courses offer replays (additional holes past 18) at a reduced rate. Darkness could prevent completing all 18 holes. </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Questions <ul><li>How expensive are Greens Fees? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Varies by course and time of year – High season in Florida is November 1 – April 30. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are Caddies and are they expensive? </li></ul><ul><li>How long does a typical 18 hole round take? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most courses expect you to finish 18 holes in 4 to 4 ½ hours. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some course employee Rangers to keep the pace of play on time. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do people always bring their own clubs? Can you rent clubs? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most courses have rentals but it’s a good idea to call ahead to find out and reserve. Make sure you know if they are right or left handed! </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Caddies <ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Golf first developed in St Andrews over 600 years ago, and caddies have been a colourful part of that history. Their original role of carrying clubs and running ahead to check if the way was clear has developed considerably over the centuries. Today's caddie is expected to be guide, advisor, storyteller and psychologist - and has to understand the needs of the golfer. </li></ul><ul><li>As the Home of Golf, St Andrews Links is the place every golfer aspires to visit. Golfers coming to St Andrews have high expectations and it is important that every aspect of their visit lives up to their dream. One of the key elements of the experience is the caddie service. A good caddie, as every golfer knows, makes all the difference to a game of golf. The combination of local knowledge, sound judgment and experience can transform a round of golf into something really special. </li></ul><ul><li>Our Caddies are trained to assist in all aspects of enhancing the player's experience. On the course, the caddie will give the player detailed information about the technical aspects of course strategy as well as locate shots, calculating exact yardage, clean the clubs and golf balls, replace divots and read putts if requested. </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum of one bag per caddie </li></ul><ul><li>Caddie Rate: £40 per bag. </li></ul><ul><li>Trainee Caddie Rate: £25 per bag (available from May to September) </li></ul><ul><li>Caddie Gratuity: All gratuities are at the player's discretion. Based on custom and practice, the average tip is £10 - £15 </li></ul>

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