A trip out to the greens is always exciting. However, taking your trip international comes with even more elation.
Overseas golf tours require a little more planning than simply heading to your local club. When it’s an exotic location, such as Thailand, more time should be spent ensuring you have everything you need to make the trip as relaxing as possible. To help you prepare for your exciting getaway, we have put together a list of essentials, along with a few key tips.
This is a no brainer. Travel insurance will ensure that you are covered if you encounter any sticky situations such as medical costs, lost or stolen property or vehicle hire.
Protect your clubs
On all of our tours, you have the option to rent clubs or bring along your own. Bags can be thrown around in transit, so it’s wise to ensure your clubs are protected in a sturdy bag that clips at the top. It’s also worth considering a bag that has wheels for easy mobility when moving around the airport or city. We recommend cushioning your clubs with clothing and adding extra protection with head covers. Add a “Stiff Arm” device that includes a hood so it sits over the top of your driver and takes the brunt of the knocks and bangs your clubs will receive during handling; it’s a great low-cost investment to ensure your clubs arrive undamaged.
Prepare for the weather
For most of the year Thailand is a tropical and humid country. However, between November and May the weather is quite dry and hot. Prepare yourself for the heat by packing light clothing and SPF 30+ sunscreen to protect your skin during a day out on the course. Monsoon season is from July to October so it’s unlikely that you’d need rainwear outside of this time, however, it’s always a good idea to keep an umbrella in your bag ‘just in case’!
Have extra cash on hand
Although Thailand can be relatively cost-effective compared to other locations, most credit cards will incur a 3 percent foreign transaction fee. It’s always handy to have extra cash on hand, plus withdrawing a larger sum will save you money on transaction and local ATM fees.
Pack a universal power adaptor
You’ll want your phone or camera on your holiday, so make sure you prepare for the different types of power outlets. We recommend packing a universal power adapter to ensure you are prepared for a variety of power sockets. To level up, bring a power bank so you can keep your phone topped up while you’re out and about.