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.