Five Hawaii Golf Trip Travel Tips
Summer is in full swing and along with the warmer temps, the longer days, the summer season brings golfers opportunities to play leisurely in the cooler evening hours when the sun is low. For other golfers, summer brings vacation plans. Those who seek a unique and enjoyable vacation have Hawaii on their minds in the land of the Hyundai Tournament at Kapalua, the Sony Open, the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko Olina and the 2017 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualālai. Hawaii is a golf destination for the many including the masterful Jordan Speith who shot 7 under par at Kapalua in 2016 to Minjee Lee who danced the hula on the 18th green after a grand 16 under par at the Lotte 2016 at Ko Olina.
Dreams of golfing greatness can pale when confronted with the realities of air travel to Hawaii. Never fear. Let's make quick work of security lines, baggage fees and upgraded seating options. Here are some of the tips that have gained traction recently.
1. Pack Light – Hawaii is best experienced in a swimsuit, t-shirts, flip flops and shorts. Best part of it, is everyone does the same and no one judges you for it. Be sure to include a pair of good golf shoes and collared golf shirts so you can be a par above the beach crew.
2. Carry It On – The old adage of “they can’t lose it unless you give it to them” rings even clearer now especially you most likely end up paying a baggage fee for the “privilege” of them not being able to locate it, even if the bags have fancy bar codes.
3. Rental Clubs Are A Good Thing – If you are insisting on brining your prized $400 driver on a Hawaii trip read the paragraph above again. Same goes for your $2000 bag of beauties. Some people have realized that some bag handlers can spot these beauties at 40 paces in the dark and torrential rain and know how to use eBay. Besides, rental clubs have risen above their bent, rusted, ancient status and are truly a pleasure to use.
4. Save Money – If you carry on and leave your clubs at home, the likeliness for savings is huge. You’ll save on baggage fees, sporting equipment fees, tips and the potentially on car rental size because a trunk is not necessary for all the baggage. Waikoloa Beach Resort offers Stay and Play Package deals can save you cash.
5. Book Your Tee Time Early - Book a tee time before arriving in the islands. The morning tee times at both Waikoloa Beach Resort golf courses - Kings and Beach courses fill up quickly, but consider a twilight tee time for cooler temps, cheaper fees and more casual play. Also rescheduling is easy - just give their golf concierge a call (808) 886-7888.
Following these tips will improve your golf performance and even save enough cash for an extra round or one of those fancy umbrella drinks. And, remember to do the hula on the 18th green because that is what all real champions do including Jordon Speith in his pre PGA days when he lead University of Texas Longhorns team to victory 2012 at the Amer Ari Tournament at Waikoloa Beach Resort in 2012.