The following is an advisory list of things to remember before your trip along with some useful links to other relevant information.
Credit card, Travellers Cheques and/or cash currency
We recommend you take a mix of credit card and cash. Travellers Cheques are also useful if you are changing hotels a few times and holidaying for three or so weeks in one of the more adventurous destinations like Thailand.
Using your credit card means you may well be charged at a less than advantageous exchange rate and some cards also charge you a conversion fee so it is best to ask your bank to issue you with the most cost-effective card.
Cash currency is always useful for emergencies and for more secluded destinations and smaller establishments as not everywhere accepts credit cards yet.
Take a mix of leisure, casual and smart clothes as it's always best to be prepared. It is always best to overdress than underdress
Protect any liquids you pack and remember not to carry more than 100ml of liquid on your person or in your hand luggage as any more is not allowed on the plane. Avoid packing and carrying sharp objects and never accept anyone else to pack for you and never carry anything for anyone else
Make sure you take an adaptor for any appliances you wish to take.
Always take a spare supply of your particular medicine and carry details of the medicine as you may need to present these to a doctor or pharmacist.
Your tickets are emailed to you so in case you lose them you can always print them out again or, if your phone is compatible, you can download the tickets to your phone screen
Mobile phone upgrade
To avoid sometimes costly phone charges whilst abroad, contact your mobile phone provider and ask for a temporary roaming or mobile abroad package
The cost of golf equipment in the UK is reasonable. Generally, the cost of equipment elsewhere is more expensive with the exception of Asia and Northern America. Think about stocking up on balls and gloves before you go.
To avoid last minute panics and costly parking, you should always prebook your airport parking.
If you're holidaying for two or more weeks, it is often more cost-effective and relaxing for a taxi to collect you and to take you to the front door of the airport. The driver can also be there on your return.
Golf club Packing
Make sure your golf bag is well protected and the zips are closed. If you're flying, it's always best to invest in a golf holdall these provide extra protection and space for spare balls and your shoes. It is worth buying a lock for the holdall too.
Please note that we strongly advise all clients to take suitable Personal Holiday Insurance - either through your normal insurance broker or a specialist travel insurance company. We also advise you to inform the insurer, irrespective of age, of any pre-existing medical conditions (treated up to two years prior) or all cardio-vascular and any other serious conditions at any time prior to your holiday departure.
Hire car insurance is included in our packages featuring car rental so please read carefully the hire car agreement when collecting your hire car as you may be asked to pay for an insurance already included in your holiday cost.
Generally speaking, it is advisable to travel with a copy of your Handicap Certificate although these are not necessary for our clients with most clubs. However, if it is apparent that your standard is not suitable, the golf clubs do reserve the right to ask you to leave the course.
Passports and Health Regulations
A passport is still necessary for travelling and it is advisable to carry one for identification purposes. Passports, visas and inoculations are your responsibility. All passengers including children need their own passport and generally, passports must be valid for at least six months after the date of end of the holiday. Please note that some entry stamps can prevent entry into certain countries and that there may be certain restrictions on one parent travelling with a child. Further information should be sought.
Passport renewals and amendments can be obtained using the Premium same-day service through the UK Passport Service (call 0300 2220000) or via www.direct.gov.uk/passports to book an appointment and for advice, this service costs £129.50 per person. A one-week/fast track service costs £112.50. Lost, stolen or new passports will take one week minimum to replace. The standard service by post takes three weeks and costs £77.50. Passports are handled through Post Office branches together. Visas are obtained through the destination's UK embassy.
The best advice is PLAN AHEAD and CHECK YOUR PASSPORT NOW. It is advisable to obtain from your local DHSS office a copy of the booklet Protect Your Health Abroad and the European Health Insurance Card which offers your UK National Insurance to medical assistance in European countries.
You should mask the beam deflector part of your headlights with tape and carry a first aid kit. A set of spare bulbs, warning triangle, nationality sticker and insurance documents are obligatory. Speed limits abroad are generally 110 kilometres per hour on auto routes, 90kph on other major roads, and 50kph in towns. You may be fined or your licence confiscated if you exceed any speed limit. Check all your tyres and tyre pressures, oil levels and coolant systems before going on holiday. Never drive when you are tired - stop and rest or share the driving. Remember to drive on the correct side of the road. We do provide detailed maps with your tickets but please ask us for step-by-step route-planners if needed. You must have your driving licence with you (and other drivers of your car must also have theirs), the registration document of your car (or, if you are not the owner, a letter of permission to take the car abroad) and it is still advisable to obtain a green card from your car insurance company.
Luggage on Aircraft
Weight entitlements vary depending upon the airline but our prices include hand luggage, hold luggage (between 15 - 23kg per person) and golf club carriage if you are a golfer. Please ask us for full details as every airline is different. Excess luggage will be charged locally at Check-In. Business or First-Class passengers are allowed to take more luggage.
All cars reserved by us will be fitted with all necessary equipment to adhere to the local requirements. Your ticket pack will contain information regarding speed restrictions and driving law. Your licence may be confiscated if you exceed any speed limit. All drivers must present their two-part (paper and card) driving licences and credit cards when collecting the car, all drivers must be aged 21 or over and must have held a valid driving licence for at least two years.
The car hire companies are well-signposted and tend to be just outside the main airport terminal - follow the signs for car hire. Hand in your car hire voucher at the booth. You will be asked to present your licence, credit card and be given a form to sign - please ensure you do not sign for extra insurance unless you want it. You will then be asked for an imprint of your credit card - this will only be used in case of damage to the vehicle. It is a good idea to check the car for damage before you drive away. Please take a few moments to get used to the controls before you leave the car park and do remember to drive on the correct side of the road! Thieves can sometimes tell if a vehicle is a hire car by the registration - be extra careful and never leave valuables on show. When returning the car, allow an hour for checking it in. Always return the vehicle with a full tank of fuel as the refilling charges can be very high.
British Consular services
The Consuls protect the interests of their citizens abroad and can help issue emergency passports, contact relatives, advise on how to transfer funds and make representations on your behalf to the local authorities in certain circumstances. A Consul cannot intervene in court proceedings or pay bills or book accommodation. Travel advice for British citizens can be obtained by phoning 020 7008 1500 or on fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad
Foreign alcohol is often stronger than at home and spirits can be served in more generous measures - watch how much you drink. Most of our suggested destinations are credit-card orientated so only a minimum of cash need be carried. Respect the law and avoid any involvement with drugs.
All the establishments offered in our programme have been inspected by us or third parties with whom we have a working relationship. Although we make every effort to ensure that our suppliers comply with national and/or local fire and health and safety laws, please bear in mind that safety standards vary from country to country and may not always be as stringent as in the UK. Liability insurance requirements also vary considerably from country to country, as does the responsibility placed on organisations by law. The monitoring, enforcement and compliance with such regulations and standards is the responsibility of the respective local authorities and the supplier of the services concerned.
We advise that you take all reasonable precautions to protect yourself and your party while on holiday. For example, you should familiarise yourself with the hotel layout and emergency escape routes of your accommodation, check the depth of a swimming and do not swim until at least an hour after eating. Do not leave children unsupervised in or around the swimming pool area. At beaches, be aware of depths, tides and currents and swim along the shoreline and not out to sea.
Watch out for terrace balconies at the hotel, never climb balcony railings and keep furniture away from them. Always accompany children in lifts particularly if the lifts do not have internal doors. Some hotels have beams or alcoved rooms so mind your head as it may take you a little time to get used to them.
If you take medication, ensure you have enough to last while you are away, for advice on taking medicines abroad visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/index.htm and enter medicines abroad in the search facility.
Many hotels offer safes in the bedroom, if these are not available, ask the hotel reception to keep your valuables for you.
Always check if service is included before you pay the bill. It is becoming more common that service is included.
Many parts of the world are warmer than the UK so don't take a chance with sunburn. Use suitable suntan lotion and don't sunbathe too much, too soon, and consider wearing a visor or hat.