Avid golf lovers know we’re about to enter the best time of the year for a golf vacation. We’re entering what’s known as the “shoulder season” of travel. It’s the off-season, where the edge of fall’s crisp cool mornings stretches into the summer’s warm, lazy days.
Passionate golfers love this time of year. The greens, once filled with summer travelers in bright Hawaiian shirts, empty into fall’s peace and tranquility. It’s a sublime time for those who love stay-and-play golf packages. Fall golf equals fewer players on the greens and more uninterrupted playtime.
If you’re currently planning a golf trip for the coming fall months, you, no doubt, know what we’re talking about. These golf trips are as much about conquering the fairways as they are about catching up with golf friends and family members you haven’t seen in a while.
As such, your golf trip packing list should reflect this. That is, you need to consider not only how the change in the weather affects your golf vacation but also how it will affect your time off the golf course. This post offers tips on what to pack when planning your stay-and-play destination golf vacation. It also provides suggestions for things to do in your off-time while vacationing at your favorite golf courses in the southeast.
Golf Trip Packing List: What to Know About Fall Golf
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again…the fall weather can be fickle.
This fact changes how you plan for a trip to any golf courses in the southeast during the fall months. In light of this, it’s important to pack a variety of clothing options.
In the mornings, the typically misty, dewy grasses on our Alabama golf courses turn a little crisper as the frosts of fall settle in. By midday, it’s golf as usual as the temperatures rise to spring and summer temperatures.
Wise golfers pack for both types of weather. They know that layers and lots of them guarantee that their mornings and afternoons on the golf course are going to be pleasant. They can bundle up in the morning and peel off the layers as the weather warms up throughout the day.
The following lists allow for all of this.
General Golf Clothing to Pack:
- Golf shirts and polos: Pack several of these if you plan to play several rounds of golf a day.
- Hat or visor: It still gets sunny and hot in the afternoon on golf courses in the southeast. A hat keeps the sun off your head and out of your eyes.
- Shorts or slacks
- Golf shoes and appropriate socks
- Golf gloves
Golf Vacation Packing List — Gear:
- Golf bag + clubs
- Golf balls
- Golf tees
- Divot tools/ markers
- Range finders/ GPS: You may find it helpful to get a preview of the golf course, too.
*Keep in mind that some stay-and-play golf packages include the use of equipment, as well as the use of the golf cart. Be sure to check to see what’s included in your golf vacation package.
Clothing for Different Weather Conditions:
- Rain gear: This can include a rain slicker, rain hat, and an umbrella.
- Sports jackets, sweaters, or sweatshirts
- Change of clothes: You should have duplicates of your most important clothing in case of rain. You don’t want that to interfere with your playtime.
- Cool-weather gloves or mittens
Golf Trip Packing List: Everyday Wear
The items on this list are for you to wear after hours. Most destination golf vacations include leisure time off the golf course.
- Long Johns or flannel wear for evenings
- Jeans, slacks, and casual shorts
- T-shirts (short- and long-sleeved)
- Workout and yoga clothing
- Swimming clothes
- Jackets, sweaters and cardigans, sweatshirts
- Gloves and mittens
- Shoes: sneakers, sandals and flip flops, high heels
- Dresses/ skirts
- Shirts: Casual, blouses, dress shirts
- Jewelry: watches, rings, necklaces, earrings
Golf Vacation Packing List — Electronics and Recreational Items:
- Laptop or tablet
- Phone + chargers (Solar chargers are nice to have because they allow you to charge up on the greens while you play.)
- Headphones/ portable speakers
- Fitbit or other activity monitors
- Sports equipment: Frisbees, tennis balls and racket, football, soccer ball, running or walking shoes, bikes + bike rack for your car
Destination Golf Trips: A Word About Your Off-Time
Stay and play golf packages have a lot to offer you. Granted, you’re going because there is a great golf course, but the best packages offer other activities besides golf. This is ideal if you’re traveling as a family or a group of friends and not everyone plays golf.
If you’re interested in doing something in your off-time, we offer a variety of activities at Pursell Farms that you and yours will love.
These activities include:
- A petting zoo for kids
- Pedal boats
- Bikes and trails
- Walking trails
- Archery and axe throwing
- UTV activities
- Yoga and spa activities
- Sporting adventures, like hunting and fishing
- Tennis and pickleball
Final Thoughts on What to Pack for Your Golf Vacation
At Pursell farms, we understand that, while your time on the golf course is important during these golf vacations, you want to experience everything a destination golf vacation has to offer. As such, we offer not only a supreme golf experience but also plenty of fun and recreation for you to enjoy in your off-time.
Additionally, if you’re onsite and you’ve forgotten something, like golf balls or a sweatshirt, we have a mercantile/pro shop where you can find items you need.
To learn more about our stay-and-play golf vacation packages, contact us today for more information or to book your spot!