Golfing in Europe has a different set of rules. Follow these suggestions if you are bringing a group:
When You Pack Attendees are allowed two pieces of luggage each, including their golf bags, plus one carry-on. Golf bags should have a cover and be wrapped in a golf cover bag, preferably one with a lock.
Check First Most clubs in Europe are private; if they have accreditation, they do allow outside guests. Book all tee times in advance, preferably through an agency.
Dress Code In some countries, private country clubs may have dress codes, on and off the course. Men may need a tie and jacket to eat in the clubhouse. Guests should also bring clothes that can be layered. Slacks are preferable to shorts, except in summer. Hats and/or visors should always be removed before entering a clubhouse.
Caddies/Buggies/Pull Carts Some clubs will have caddies, but most have either buggies (golf carts) or pull carts. Guests should be prepared to carry their clubs or, if no buggies are available, put them on a pull cart.
Handicap Cards Guests should be prepared to show their USGA handicap cards. If they are a member of a club, they should carry an official letter signifying their good standing as well as their handicap. (It's a good idea to make a few copies.)
Attitude Counts Although the game can be extremely frustrating, it is important that players conduct themselves properly on the course. Throwing clubs and/or the use of profanity, for example, will not be tolerated. Most clubs will want guests to play in 3.5 hours for 18 holes. (Remember, you're not playing the Open-- you're there for fun.)
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Tried and True Tournaments Scramble-Each player hits a tee shot. The best drive is selected, and all the players hit their second shots from there. This process continues until the ball is in the cup.
Use this format when: You have a significant number of beginners, you want to encourage teamwork and camaraderie rather than competition, or time is an issue.
Best Ball-Each player plays his or her own ball. The two lowest scores on each hole make up the team score for the hole.
Use this format when: You're playing a well-known course where serious golfers want to play their own balls, but you'd still like a team atmosphere.
-Sources: Brad Doyle, Grand Cypress Resort, and How to Plan Great Golf & Tennis Events for Groups, published by The Wailea Golf and Tennis Club. For a free copy, call (808) 879-4465 or log on to email@example.com.