Unforgettably Epic Guy’s Golf Trips

It’s easy and fun to plan an epic guy’s golf trip!  If you haven’t taken a golf based vacation I suggest you rally some friends and family and start planning one now!  A guy’s golf trip is a great way to stay in touch and have fun with your friends as you get older!

This post was inspired by an old college pal of mine who has taken the trip of a lifetime – a golfing tour of the UK capped off by a trip to Paris to watch the Ryder Cup!

Thanks to this peer pressure I have started to think of an epic guy’s golf trip for next spring – don’t tell my wife!

Epic guy’s golf trips do not have to be long or expensive! Choose a trip that suits your golf crew! Below are the top ten on my list! I will be sure to update the post with my selection!

Guy’s Golf Trip:  Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is home to some of the finest golf in North America! The number of great courses is staggering. Plus, Oregon is home to a number of amazing breweries making it a perfect bachelor party or guys trip!

Guy’s Golf Trip to OregonBandon Dunes has wonderfully rugged vistas
Guy’s Golf Trip The brewery scene makes the Oregon trip even better

Guy’s Golf Trip: Scotland

I don’t believe in regrets, but I remain tremendously disappointed in myself for not having made the trip from London to Scotland for some serious golf during my expat assignment. The home of golf should be high on the list for any golfers. I dream of taking my son there someday, before that I would love to lead a trip with my college buddies. Golf, Scotch, great food add up to an epic trip!

Guy’s Golf Trip St. Andrews is a true bucket list trip!
Guy’s Golf Trip
Scotch Tasting will take any Scotland trip over the top

Guy’s Golf Trip: Ireland

Royal County Down has been ranked the best golf course in the World!

Ireland is an amazing golf destination! I have been lucky enough to play a few courses on the Emerald Isle – Lahinch and Athenry. The people in Ireland are so friendly and welcoming, there food is better than advertised and the weather can be adventurous. One great aspect of an Ireland tour is the fact that the entire country is very drivable. Pack your rain gear and head to Ireland!

Lahinch on the west coast of County Clare has great golf and is the surf capital of Europe
Irish Pubs offer a great atmosphere to relive your rounds over drinks
Old Head Course in Kinsale, County Cork

Pack your Pack your rain gear and go!

Guy’s Golf Trip:  San Francisco

A San Francisco swing makes an awesome golf trip! If you can manage to combine a tee time at Pebble Beach with some tee times at the jewels of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park you will have executed a perfect trip. Mix in a trip to Napa, Alcatraz and a ball game and you might just have your best week ever!

Harding Park in San Francisco is a top public course
Olympic Golf Club offers 45 spectacular holes
Alcatraz offers an epic “escape” from golf

Guy’s Golf Trip:  Charleston

The low country of South Carolina is home to amazing food, hospitable people and great golf! Skip the Florida trip and give Charleston a shot! Imagine waking up for shrimp and grits before hitting the courses.

Charleston style shrimp and grits!
Wild Dunes is great for a family focused golf trip

Guy’s Golf Trip: Arizona

Scottsdale is home to a number of amazing courses that can be played year round!

Again, I have been lucky enough to golf across a good bit of Phoenix and Scottsdale! I can not recommend it enough. Try to pair your trip with baseball spring training or better yet the best non-Major PGA Tour Stop the TPC! Look out for scorpions!

Guy’s Golf Trip:  Florida

TPC Sawgrass!

If you are looking for a quick golf weekend over the winter keep it simple and head to Florida! There is no shortage of great courses no matter where you decide to go! Beware of the gators!

Sarasota Offers some amazing public courses

Guy’s Golf Trip: Myrtle beach

TPC Myrtle Beach is one of the best courses in the area

For an inexpensive and easy trip don’t forget Myrtle! Myrtle Beach has a fun, honky think vibe but hosts a number of high end courses. Flights from the northeast are under 3 hours!

The Myrtle Beach boardwalk offers tons of entertainment after your round

Guy’s Golf Trip:  North Carolina

The Southern Pines area and Pinehurst offers another relatively inexpensive yet accessible area for great golf! There are a half dozen amazing courses in this small area. Easy flights into Raleigh or Charlotte make this a great trip!

Mid Pines in Southern Pines NC

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Don’t forget to make time for some bbq in North Carolina

Guy’s Golf Trip: Cabot Links Nova Scotia

I should really keep this to myself – the best golf destination in North America is Cabot Links Nova Scotia! The scenery is breathtaking, the food is incredible and it is just a few hours from the Northeast. Do yourself a favor and head north to Nova Scotia for an unforgettable golf vacation!

Nova Scotia lobster roll! The seafood is unbelievable

Now that you are sufficiently inspired grab your friends, pack your gear and get out there!

If you are looking for further inspiration check out these great books!

now that you are inspired check out Last Minute Travel for great deals on your trip!

It’s Simple To Spoil A Golfer: Great Gifts For Golfers

Great gifts for golfers

Great gifts for golfers can be both easy and inexpensive if you know where to look!  If you are having trouble picking out a gift for the golfer in your life fear not – this guide will help!  Follow these instructions and wow your loved ones with great gifts for golfers.

I know that to a non-golfer, the prospect of buying anything golf related can be super intimidating. I am here to help with great gifts for golfers.

It’s easy. Pick a few things from this list and the golfer in your life – whether it be a Dad, spouse or child – will be both thrilled with the product and touches that you went out of your way to better know their passion!

The list is broken down into four areas – you cannot go wrong with any of these. My main advice is to avoid clubs as those are best purchased during a club fitting – the one exception being if you know the specific club.

Basics

All golfers need the occasional restock of the basics. These all make great stocking stuffers for golfers and last minute gifts!
* Golf Balls

Great gifts for golfersGolf balls make a great stocking stuffer!

Do a bit of research…check your golfers bag to see what brand of golf balls they are using and purchase a few dozen of those! Or if you feel like a splurge you can pick up these Titleist Pro V1 or these Taylormades!
* Tees: every golfer needs more tees! These are great stocking stuffers! Have some fun with novelty tees!
* Gloves

Golf gloves make a great stocking stuffer

Again, an easy trick is to find out what they are already using and buy a couple new pairs!
* Towels: Towels for a golfer can make a fun and easy stocking stuffer or help your golfer show their school spirit!

caddyshack is the most quotable golf movie!

  • Club Head Covers help your golfer show some personality with their club head covers!
  • * Golf Kit: these little kits make golf course etiquette easy!

* Ball Stamp: these cool stamps allow golfers to mark their ball in style!

Show school spirit on the course

* Club Heads: help your golfer show some personality with their club head covers!

Rain gear is a great gift for the hardcore golfer!

Practice

Help your golfer improve their game with this variety of tools. Whether they need to work on their swing, short game or just love getting extra practice in any golfer will love these gifts!
* Putting Tools:

Get your putting practice in!

* Putting Greens

Create a golf practice area in your home!

* Nets

This swing net will let you get your practice in!

* Swing Tools

Improve your ball striking with the Bomb It!
This trainer will improve your form

* Practice Balls

Practice balls will let you practice your form in the backyard

Gadgets

For the golfer who loves gadgets there are a number of great options to help them feel put on the course!
* Range Finder

The range finder will impress any gadget loving golfer
Gadgets make great gifts for golfers
This laser plane will help fix your swing!

* Apps
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Experiences

For the guy who has everything – consider giving them an unforgettable experience! Depending on budget you can provide a nice lesson or day on the course all the way up to a once in a lifetime trip!
* Trips: grab your golfer a bag and a ticket and send them on an epic golf trip!

Pebble Beach is a great golf trip destination!
  • Lessons: even a seasoned golfer would appreciate some lessons! A good teaching professional can shave strokes from your score! Check with your local golf course for referrals.
  • Club Fittings: a serious golfer may want custom fitted clubs. Check out Mizuno or Titleist for scheduling!
  • Local around: any golfer will appreciate a gift card for a round at the best local course!
  • Consider pairing these golf gifts with something from my Whiskey Gift List for a memorable holiday.

Step by Step Guide to the Ultimate Game Room

Many of my fondest memories took place in the basement game rooms of my childhood home or those of my cousins and friends. We spent hours upon hours playing video games, billiards, darts and more. A game room can become the focal point of fun for a family – they are more interactive than a TV room and allow families and friends to bond over friendly competition. Once budget allows I plan on converting some space in my basement into a game room. I put together this post as a means to keep track of my ideas for the room. Of course not all of these will be included but the dreaming and planning are a big part of the fun.

  • Pool Table: the pool table is the centerpiece of most game rooms. I love the one from Houzz below.
  • Billiards

    • Bar: a game room without a bar is no fun at all. These two examples inspire me to strive for bigger bonuses!

    Half wall bar

    pub style basement bar

    Dartboard: Darts is a great, casual game for an adult game room. In most cases you only need a small amount of space to make this work! Dartboards to complete the look are available anywhere!

    Cork Dart Wall

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    • Kegerator – the perfect way to serve ice cold beer without the hassles of bottles.
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    The games is where you have the opportunity to make your game room stand out. There are nearly infinite options ranging from old school classics such as ping pong, card tables and fooz ball to outside the box ideas like golf simulators, arcade games and more. Don’t limit yourself – dream big!

    Golf Simulator: for the golfaholics – a golf simulator can make a long winter bearable. Imagine spending weeknight evenings playing famous courses!

    Optigolf

    Flight simulator: if golf isn’t your game and you fantasize of being a Top Gun style pilot maybe you would prefer this setup that doubles as a race car simulator! [Flight Simulator]()

    Putting green: for the golfer without space for a simulator – a putting green allows you to work on the game year round!

    Putting

    Shuffleboard: not just a game for Florida retirees. Shuffleboard is a game of skill that is a perfect addition to a basement!

    Shuffleboard


    Fooz Ball
    Ping Pong: my personal favorite – ping pong tables can bring out the competitive nature among family and friends.
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    Card Table: for the card sharks. Hosting a weekly game becomes a joy with this setup!

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    Skeeball: The classic game would be a great, unexpected addition to a basement gameroom! skeeball