Is there anything better then a golf trip?
Whether you’re planning a couples retreat or a guys trip, there’s not much better than traveling to play new courses. Anytime you tee it up is a good day… but going on a golf trip is 10X the fun.
It’s a chance to play new courses, meet new people, make new memories, and create new friendships. But to enjoy your golf trip the most, it’s crucial to not forget anything at home. To make the most of your vacation and not stress out (let’s leave that for the real world) we made a comprehensive packing list to help you out.
Continue reading to learn how to prepare for your next round of golf. Whether you’re going to sunny South Florida or battling out winter golf season, we got you covered.
Golf Trip Packing Liste
Here are 20+ golf gadgets, apparel, and other accessories you don’t want to forget on an epic trip. To make it easier to pack, let’s break it down into four main categories; Equipment, gadgets/accessories. Golf clothing..
Equipment is the most important thing that you need to begin your golf trip. I’ve always said as long as my clubs make it, I can buy anything else.
Here’s what to grab from your car, garage, and locker at the country club to prepare for the trip.
Golf Clubs and Travel Bag
Your golf bag is undoubtedly the most important thing you need to bring. I’d say the chances of you forgetting this are slim, but just in case, it felt like we needed to make this top of the packing list.
Additionally, if you are flying with golf clubs you will need a sturdy, reliable travel bag. Since the TSA doesn’t care about your golf clubs like you do, it’s necessary to pack them in a safe travel bag. It’s also not a bad idea to unscrew your driver or fairway woods and store them in your bag as well.
Golf balls and Tees
Once you have your clubs in your bag, make sure you bring enough golf balls. While we hope you only play one golf ball during the round, it’s best to play it safe with extra sleeves.
Buying Pro V1s in a pro shop at a bucket list course makes them even more expensive so pack plenty. It’s also a good idea to restock your tees, and check for ball markers, and divot tools.
Once you have all your clubs, make sure that you pack at least 1-2 pairs of golf shoes.
Most travel bags have outside pockets and I’ve found that golf shoes fit perfectly in them vs. inside the bag. Pack your comfy shoes and if you’re going for a longer trip, think about another pair too.
Don’t forget to stuff your shoes with golf socks too. Plus, having some extra spikes isn’t a bad idea either.
Like golf balls, new gloves are more expensive at the pro shop. They might not have your size. Pack several golf gloves and consider rain gloves if you’re playing in wet or humid weather.
Pack 2-3 golf towels in case you lose one (or if you’re playing golf in the rain) to keep your equipment dry. Also, make sure to pack them in between your clubs so they don’t get damaged on the flight.
If you’re playing in the rain, bring several smaller towels to keep your hands and grips dry. If you’re playing somewhere hot, think about investing in a small cooler towel to keep your neck cold during the round.
I don’t trust the TSA (I’ve just read too many horror stories) and therefore always carry an extra driver shaft. If the airlines break any other club it’s not that big of a deal but the driver sets you up during the round so I always suggest having a backup in the garage.
It’s nearly impossible to find your exact driver shaft in short notice so I always pack it in my travel bag.
Before packing your clubs, don’t forget this expert hack; buy an Apple AirTag and leave it somewhere inside your golf bag. This basically acts as a GPS to help locate your clubs.
If they are lost or stolen, you can find them quickly and avoid a disaster.
Depending on where you’re going, you might want to make sure you pack for the weather. If you’re planning a trip to Bandon Dunes for example (or anywhere the weather is unpredictable) don’t forget your rain hood.
A rain hood is a must-have piece of equipment in bad weather. Always carry it in your bag so you’re prepared for anything.
Speaking of rain, don’t forget about packing an umbrella too. They’re a fraction of the price if you buy on Amazon vs. buying new in a pro shop at the course.
Sunscreen and/or insect spray
If you’re playing somewhere warm and sunny, make sure to protect your skin with sunscreen for UV protection as well. Plus, a small can of bug spray isn’t a bad idea either (especially if you’re playing in humid weather conditions). It is a good idea to wear long sleeves that protect from the sun.
Next, make sure to pack all your favorite accessories and gadgets for the trip.
Range finder, Watch, or Golf GPS
Your range finder, GPS, or golf watch are all small items that can play a significant role in your round. Don’t forget these items as it’ll make it much harder to navigate the course without them. While some golf courses have them in the cart, they don’t always work properly and always suggest bringing your own distance device.
You can also pack a yardage book (they’re available online) for even more course knowledge too. Hire a caddy for the day to get the best experience. They will save you many strokes during the round.
A Bluetooth speaker will make your golf trip even more enjoyable.
It’s fun to listen to music (if the golf course allows it) throughout the day. You can bring something small to protect your investment. It will be appreciated by other golfers as well!
The good news is that most golf carts have USB charging ports. You should bring an extra cord to charge your devices and other accessories throughout the round.
Golf Cooler Bag
If you want to bring a few drinks on the golf course, it’s not a bad idea to bring a cooler sleeve. These sleeves can hold 6-8 cans and can be stored in your golf bag.
Portable Massage Gun
Getting older is part of life but it’s not always fun, especially for golfers.
Swinging, traveling, and sleeping on a different bed can all present challenges to your body. To help you relax before the round, keep a small massage tool in your bag.
Our favorite is the ultra-small, portable model Theragun Mini 2.0.
Apparel and clothing for golfers
Once you have all your equipment and gadgets ready to go, let’s get into the golf clothes you should pack for your golf trip. It’s a good idea to check the dress code to see if they allow golf shorts or if they require pants.
Your favorite golf shirts are the first thing you should pack. Chances are you’ll take some pictures to document the trip so buy some new ones or pack your favorite collared shirts.
Dress to impress. The better you look, the better you’ll play (it works for the pros at least).
Pants or shorts (and belts).
Next, make sure you have plenty of shorts or pants to match your collared shirt. It’s a good idea to pack a few extra shirts and pants in case you want a backup outfit or accidentally stain one of them. Ladies will want to bring shorts, golf skirts, and/or pants.
Make sure you have enough gear to keep you warm during the round. Your golf game can suffer if you’re cold so pack some jackets, rain gear, windbreakers, or hoodies so you can layer up before heading out. They can make all of the difference!
Golf hats, Visors or Beanies
Your favorite golf hats are a must-have. Pack 2-4 depending on the length of the trip and if it’s going to get hot. If you’re playing in the cold, a beanie will help keep your head and ears warm as well.
Finally, if you’re playing in warm weather, always pack sunglasses (in a case) to protect your eyes. Here are our top-rated golf sunglasses.
Miscellaneous items are the last category on your golf getaway wish list. This does not include golf-related items.
Here are the top essentials to keep in your bag.
- Day bag
- Lip balm
- Flip flops
- Phone charger
- Bathroom toiletries
- Reusable water bottle
- Driver’s license and/or passport
- Shoes, non-golf clothing, swimsuits, suits and exercise clothes, etc.
- Other sports gear (if you’re taking a road trip); Frisbee, football, basketball, tennis gear, pickleball set, yard games, pool games, etc.
FAQs on Packing for a Golf Trip
Are you looking for more information on packing the right gear for your golf trip?
What should I bring for a 7-day trip to the golf course?
A 7-day golf trip can be a long one so make sure you have everything on your list. If you don’t want to do laundry (and we don’t blame you for not wanting to) pack a week’s worth of shirts, pants, and/or shorts. Also, make sure to bring plenty of socks and underneath wear for long trips.
Not to mention, factor in if you’re golfing in the winter vs. summer months so you get all the right essentials for the season.
How can you prepare for a trip to the golf course?
Planning and preparing for a golf trip is key to enjoying the time you’re there. You should confirm all reservations, aside from packing, as we have discussed above.
You can book everything you need, including the hotel room, rental car and tee times. There’s nothing worse than having to deal with something at the moment (i.e. Not having a rental car, or golf course forgetting your time.
This happened to me once. I completely forgot to get my reservation number so I had to call the course the next morning. Although they allowed us to sneak on, it was almost a disaster so I learned from my mistake and plan ahead.
It’s also important to check into your flight ahead of time if you’re flying and weigh your golf bag to not exceed any airline weight limits. If you’re driving, fuel up ahead of time and make sure your car is good to go. Or if you rent a car, ensure it’s big enough to fit all your golf gear.
Finally, ensure everyone in your group is on a common page regarding details, times, etc. You can communicate easily with each other by setting up a group chat or email.
Is it possible to pack clothes in a golf travel bag?
While TSA frowns upon it I’ve added tons of different items to my golf bag over the years of travel. But it’s best to pack clothes inside your golf bag to make sure they don’t get lost if the TSA opens your travel bag.
You should be fine so long as your luggage does not exceed the weight limit for each airline.
What should I purchase for a golf vacation?
You don’t need to buy a ton for your next golf trip but just make sure to pack accordingly. A yardage book for each of the courses (or a GPS for golf) is two things you should buy. This makes it easier to navigate new terrain and can load up all the courses at your golf destination.
What are the essentials for a weekend of golf?
Planning for a weekend of golf is easier than planning for a 7-10-day trip. If you’re playing 18 holes each day make sure you have two golf outfits and possibly a third just in case.
One pair of golf shoes should be sufficient. Make sure you have a few sleeves of golf balls, sunglasses, tees or hats.
To avoid paying extra baggage fees, you can usually keep everything in a small backpack. You can also keep a few last-minute items in your golf travel bag.
Final Thoughts about Golf Trips
Golf trips are one of the most memorable experiences you can have. Enjoy every moment.
To make the most of your golf trips, make sure to plan ahead so you don’t cram like a final exam in college and forget your gear. You can usually buy the rest of your equipment and clubs as long you have your clubs.
If there’s one thing I can’t stress enough it’s to insert an Apple AirTag into your bag so you always can locate your golf clubs. It’s the best investment you can make, especially when traveling.
Lastly, don’t forget to confirm all reservations ahead of time so they don’t accidentally forget a tee time.