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  • Ensure your passport is up-to-date. Some countries insist passports be valid for six months after arrival.

  • Before you book, check if a visa is required for your chosen destination.

  • Ask your doctor if any vaccinations or anti-malaria medications are required for travel to your destination. Get your jabs at least six weeks before your trip.

  • Organise travel insurance with a reputable company and make sure the policy covers golf holidays.

  • Check the weather of your destination here and pack suitable clothing.

  • Bring smart golf wear. Jeans and non-golfing t-shirts are not permitted.

  • Bring a jacket and tie for clubhouses with dress regulations.

  • Bring a rain jacket for unexpected cold or wet conditions.

  • Don’t forget: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, toothbrush and other toiletries.

  • If you require medication, leave it in its original packaging and get a letter from your doctor.

  • Take photocopies of your passport, airline tickets and itinerary.

  • Carry a mix of cash, ATM card, credit card and travellers cheques.

  • Bring your own clubs or ask us to arrange hire at the destination.

  • Consider taking half a set of clubs to avoid excess baggage charges – and a sore back.

  • Bring your own golf shoes. Hired shoes are never as hygienic or comfortable as your own.

  • Most overseas golf courses do not allow shoes with metal spikes. Change to soft spikes before you leave and remember to bring some spares.

  • Pack your golf shoes in your hand luggage in case your checked-in bag goes missing.

  • It’s also a good idea to have a full change of clothes in your hand luggage.

  • Get a handicap certificate or, at the very least, written confirmation of your playing ability from your local pro or club secretary. Many overseas clubs insist on handicap certificates.

  • If you are travelling independently and would like to be met at the airport, ask us to arrange a meet-and-greet service and transfers to accommodation.

  • If you are playing on your own, choose a quiet course or start early in the morning because you must let groups behind you through without delay.

  • If you would like a golfing partner, ask us or the golf resort to pair you up with other guests, or enter a tournament.

  • Tee times usually need to be booked at least four months in advance. We do this for you on our tours but it helps to get in early.

  • We can also book caddies, pull carts or electric buggies for you, if required.

  • Take it easy on the first day. After a long flight and sleeping in an unfamiliar bed, your body may be more prone to strains and sprains.