Golfing in Europe

Revised March 26, 2007

You aren't likely to carry a set of clubs to Europe and, unless that is the focus of your trip, you'll find plenty of other activiities to keep you busy on the continent, but if you'd like to experience golf on the other side of the pond, there are beautiful courses throughout Europe. There are also some amazing golf packages in Europe that will let you experience the art and history of the continent after an early round of golf.

 

The rich green grasses of Ireland have long been natural spots to play a round but the French have discovered the sport and now have almost as many courses as Ireland. Purists will head to Scotland or England to experience the real game but the warm, dry weather of Spain is much like the climate of the southwest and some spectacular courses can be found there. Hotels in Italy are combining great food with good golf to create unforgettable experiences. Even northern nations like Denmark and Finland have places you can tee up.

Like the US and Canada, the prices for a round range from reasonably priced courses with fees of about $30-35 to those atmospheric courses that collect hefty charges for a once in a lifetime experience.

Check with your airlines about restrictions on golf equipment. For example, Delta allows you to check golf clubs as one of your free pieces of luggage if it doesn't have more than 14 clubs, 12 balls and a pair of shoes. If you need to bring more balls or a second pair of shoes (or any other equipment, squeeze them into your other bag. You are not allowed to carry your clubs onto the plane.

Airlines do not accept responsibility for the condition of clubs shipped in soft travel bags so you may want to think twice about bringing golf clubs to Europe. One of the ways to safely pack your clubs is to save a club box when you order a club online. When you pack, put your clubs into the box, protect the heads of the clubs with covers and carefully secure all of the equipment in the bag. Then slip the box into your travel bag. If the box is too big, carefully open the top edge and fold it in until you can get the box into you bag.

But if you expect to travel often with your clubs, you may want to purchase a bag designed specfically for travel with wheels on the bag to get you through the airport. From time to time you will find travel bags and other golf equipment at a great price through Overstock.

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When I fly with golf equipment, I pull the clubs that I rarely use and get down to my driver, a prized Big Bertha, a putter, a few favorite irons, a hybrid and my favorite trouble wood, a Synchron II. Remember, you will have other luggage to carry and, on a European vacation, you may have to pass through an inspection station multiple times upon arrival. Make your load as light as possible. Also, evaluate how much golf you plan to play. If you sign up for a golf package, you will want your own clubs; or if you've decided that you are gong to splurge to play St. Andrews, bring your clubs. But if you just think it would be cool to say you've played golf in Ireland or France, leave your clubs at home and rent a set for the round.

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