Golfing Equipment: What to bring, What to Leave


    Whether it’s a weekend away or a vacation with the entire family, golfing can provide the perfect outlet for your holiday. Whilst many golfing clubs in Hawaii offer clubs and other accessories for hire, many do not. Planning ahead is therefore essential to save yourself time, hassle and money.

    We have compiled a list of the most essential items for your next golfing vacation so that you can save yourself the hassle. Many of these items will be available for rent at most places, and these will be listed below.

    The most important thing to think about is space. You will always be limited by what you can bring with you on vacation. The second most important point is the purpose of your trip, and this should help you decide what you should bring, and what you should leave.

    Golf Balls

    Golf Balls

    Perhaps the most essential item of all, golf would involve little more than fist pumping the air without golf balls. There are several reasons to use your own golf balls. Using your own balls can leave your own print on the ground, making it easier to locate your ball once you have hit it.

    The balls weight will also differ based on the quality of the ball, so for the best chances of success you may want to use one familiar to you. Golf balls are easy to carry in your luggage so it’s not too hard to take. It doesn’t hurt if you may also take an extra couple of golf balls.

    If you do forget them, there is no doubt that clubs will have them, but be prepared to pay more for higher quality balls.

    Verdict: Bring with you



    In the same league as the golf ball are the clubs. Clubs are trickier to take on vacation as they are cumbersome, and airlines can charge you more to check them in as luggage. However, for some golfers nothing will come close to using their own clubs, so think about whether this is worth it.

    Most amateur golfers come to Hawaii without their own golf clubs and choose to hire them from the Golf Club that they’re playing at. This option will always be there. The best answer to this is the purpose of your trip, if it’s a golfing holiday then by all means, but a family vacation with a game or two of golf? Best to leave them at home.

    Verdict: Leave at home


    For the best chance of success, it’s best to bring a rangefinder with you. Hawaiian golf courses can be notoriously difficult, as we have such a hilly landscape. Rangefinders are not something to buy a limb, so do your research and pick one that is right for you.

    Generally, a laser rangefinder will be the most appropriate, as GPS rangefinders can hard with the Hawaiian landscape.

    Verdict: Bring with you



    Hawaii is hot year round so appropriate golfing clothes are essential. Not only is the heat of significance but many clubs impose a strict dress code of collared tops and appropriate pants/shorts, whilst others may be more lenient. Clothes also include gloves, you need a good pair with a good fit.

    It’s better to be prepared than sorry when it comes to clothes, so this is something that you should definitely bring with you.

    Verdict: Bring with you



    The right shoes for golfing is not only essential in the way of a dress code, but it helps you to play. Shoes are another bulky item that can take up excess space that sometimes you can’t afford to lose on holiday, but as you may be in flip flops most of the time, you may actually have the room! This is another thing we recommend bringing with you, however, hiring shoes aren’t impossible, just not desirable.

    Verdict: Bring with you

    GPS Watch

    A GPS watch can be handy as its worn on the wrist and can be easily used at any time on the field. However, it’s just not appropriate for golfing in Hawaii. They can be more hassle than its worth.

    Verdict: Leave it at home

    A pair of sunglasses


    If the weather is fine and sunny to play golf, you probably need a pair of sunglasses. Make sure that the sunglasses you choose to wear has a good and comfortable fit to last throughout the game, offers a clear vision so that you won’t miss a par as you’d tee for the next hole, but also has a great protection from the sun’s glare and UV rays. Plus, a pair of sunglasses doesn’t take much space in your bag; in fact, you can wear them even before arriving at the golf course, or hang them onto your collar.

    Verdict: Bring with you

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