- Select dates with precision. You CANNOT be gone for a significant other's birthday, your children’s birthday, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, you get the idea. Exception: You MAY seek special dispensation for an anniversary year that isn’t a multiple of ten.
- If possible, have a substitute golf tripper in the wings. Although the commitment to go on your golf trip is like a marriage vow, life happens. If you can quickly lay hands on a sub, life is good again.
- Communicate your tournament format schedule and payout amounts for the trip. Get those handicap disputes smoothed-over and get everyone’s competitive juices flowing. Make sure guys bring cash.
- Call the pro shop at your destination courses and make sure course condition is fine—recently aerated greens are an unwelcome surprise.
- Always pack an umbrella and rain gloves. If you don’t, it will definitely rain...hard.
- Line up some dinner reservations. Murphy’s law dictates that if you don’t, you will be in town for the week of the National Home Builders’ Annual Convention with not a table to be had ($20 grease notwithstanding). Hola, Taco Bell.
- If flying, upgrade to first class using those precious frequent flyers. It’s your golf trip and there is nothing more important than your personal comfort. If you’re driving, fill the cooler with top-shelf snacks and beverages. You don’t want to pull off and waste time when you could be on the range.
- Speaking of travel, make sure you have everyone’s cell number and travel plans in one place. Make sure everyone knows his tee time for the first round in case someone arrives late, which will always happen.
- Batten things down on the home front. You don’t want to be worrying about an unhappy spouse or a broken screen door when you’re lining up your six footers.
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