The COVID-19 pandemic has reinvented how we
both work and play. While golf has enjoyed an increase in popularity as the
ideal socially distanced sport, the pandemic has placed restrictions on the
game and questions remain, like whether golf trips are possible during this
It turns out, golf trips most certainly are
possible but come with the COVID-19-related caveat that restrictions do apply.
Here, we take you through a few travel tips
and offer suggestions for what you should keep in mind before embarking on your
first golf trip during this persistent pandemic.
Planning Your Golf Trip During the
Before you embark on your first golf trip
since the start of the pandemic, you’ll want to keep in mind a few practical
considerations. There’s no need to miss exciting opportunities like playing on Tiger Woods’ first public golf course; but
before you travel to Payne’s Valley, take a look at our suggestions for a
successful golf trip.
The good news is, the game itself hasn’t changed much
-- or at least, the changes are arguably consistent from green to green with
restrictions enforced almost uniformly between clubhouses.
According to a course-ranking panelist for Golf Digest:
itself has actually been really consistent across the places I have played.
Masks and social distancing are expected in the clubhouse areas. Carts are
wiped down after each use. Rakes have been removed from bunkers. Ball stoppers
have been placed in the holes, so you don’t have to touch the flag. No water
coolers on the courses. Those are very minimal inconveniences for me; they
don’t really take away from the golf experience.”
The biggest changes that golfers need to concern
themselves with come down to logistics. We consider the following three -- travel, meals, and group size -- among the
Does your destination give visitors the green light?
Some states are deterring visitors and requiring any
who do arrive to self-quarantine for two weeks. Popular golf destinations
abroad like the UK have banned non-essential travel, making golf trips
impossible for now. Make sure you’re clear on the expectations of your intended
destination before you book anything.
Where will you and your fellow golfers eat?
Expect meal options to be limited, especially when it
comes to restaurants and bars. Patio dining is often the only option right now
(weather-permitting, of course) and clubhouse restaurants are not necessarily
operational. Unlike previous golf trips, you’ll have to put more thought into
size: What is manageable with respect to current restrictions?
As you know, “the more the merrier” is not exactly
the encouraged approach to gatherings and events these days. You might have to
knock down the number of travelers for this trip in order to better manage
social distancing requirements. That said, it might be easier than you think --
not everyone is comfortable traveling right now and some of your companions
might be happier sitting this one out and staying at home.
Ultimately, the name of the golf game during COVID-19
is don’t take anything for granted. Communication is key to ensuring that you
meet any necessary requirements. Make sure you know what changes will impact
your plans. Double check expectations and don’t leave anything, like securing your spot on the tee sheet, to the
By taking a proactive approach to your travel plans,
you can still enjoy a golf trip despite the changes caused by COVID-19. Before
you go, steady yourself against travel fatigue and the
stress of uncertainty with an IonLoop negative ion bracelet or IonLoop magnet bracelet.