1. Comfortable Golf Shoes (Plural)- Everyone wants to look good
on the golf course but don’t sacrifice comfort for style. Avoid wearing those
old “clodhopper” golf shoes that Rodney Dangerfield wore in Caddyshack. Bring
two pairs of waterproof golf shoes that you would want to walk 18 or 36 holes
in. We recommend “Ecco” or “True Linkswear” golf shoes if you’re looking for
comfort and style.
2. Rain Gear- You should always pack at least one waterproof
windbreaker even if you’re playing in Spain or Italy. Don’t forget your rain
suit when teeing it up in the UK and Ireland. Golf is much harder when the wind
is blowing 30mph with a little rain and you aren’t wearing any weather
protective gear. With unpredictable weather it’s important to be prepared.
Proper Rain Gear
3. Sturdy Golf Travel Bag- This is one of the most important
items you will need for your golf trip. After all, you can’t play good golf if
your driver has been broken in two on the plane ride over. We recommend using
the “Club Glove” brand.
4. Golf Gloves (plural)- Blisters and 36 holes a day don’t go
well together. Bring an ample supply of golf gloves. Include a pair of weather
proof gloves which break rain and keep your hands warm.
5. Sport Coat- Don’t be the guy that walks into Muirfield’s
clubhouse in a golf shirt and jeans. The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers
will not, under any circumstances, allow you into their facility without a sport
coat and tie. Sport coats are important to have if you’re planning on dining or
attending an event at some of the prominent golf clubs in the UK and Ireland.
Rodney Dangerfield in a proper sport coat
6. Handicap/Membership Card- Bring your current
handicap/membership cards with a current USGA index. Some clubs ask for these
cards and can deny your spot on sight if you don’t have one!
7. Valid Passport- Remember to check and then double check your
passport. You don’t want to show up at the airport ready to go and have a TSA
official inform you that your passport expired in 1965. They will not let you
leave the country.
8. Bathing Suit- Why should you bring a bathing suit to the UK
and Ireland? Many of the hotels and resorts have world class Spa facilities that you will want to take advantage of after a tough day on the course. We
recommend that you bring a bathing suit and a pair of gym shorts so that you
can utilizes these wellness centers. You won’t want to forget this if you’re
traveling to Spain, France, Italy or Portugal because the beaches are
Old Course Hotel Spa
9. Smart Phone- We live in the 21st century, let’s
utilize the technology available to us. Your smart phone can keep you in
contact with home, take pictures, follow Premier Golf’s social media sites and
access useful travel apps. For more info on travel apps read: Top 8 Travel Appsto Enhance Your Next Golf Trip
10. Duffle Bag or Backpack (Carry-on)- It’s a long flight over the
pond, bring a few magazines and a Slim Jim to keep you occupied while
traveling. We encourage clients to bring a backpack to hold these items. This
bag is also useful for travel because you can use it to explore great cities,
parks or castles you may visit on your trip.