Leaving your Clubs at Home
Why would anyone think of leaving their clubs at home when they go to Hawaii? How about when the inconvenience of lugging 20 pounds or more around the airport? With a bad back, 20 pounds can easily trigger pain in the lower back. So what are the alternatives?
I've been to Hawaii many times and every time, we have brought our clubs. We had a bad experience once in San Diego when the airlines misplaced our clubs and couldn't find them for 24 hours. We had to rent clubs and buy new shoes, balls and accessories because the airline said they would cover the costs. After a crappy round with crappy clubs, we were out by $200 because the airline refused to cover accessories like balls, gloves, tees and golf shoes.
Bringing your clubs and playing with your own set has its advantages but if one of us had a bad back or cannot carry heavy luggage then what alternatives do we have?
Every golf course in the country (including Hawaii) provides rental clubs to rent. The cost is usually between $20 to $50 per day depending on the quality of the clubs and the golf course.
The only way you can justify the cost of rental clubs is if you paid a discounted rate for green fees. For example, if you booked a Deal Time with TeeOff.com and got a 50% saving then renting clubs is ok. In other words, the amount you saved on the green fees went towards renting the clubs. If you plan to do that, I would recommend you call the golf course after booking the tee time to reserve a set for you. You don't want to end up with no golf clubs to play with when you check in.
Another thing to do is to ensure you can play with rental clubs before you book a round. You don't want to book a round then find out the golf course only stocks a brand that you can play with. Some people can pick up any stick and hit it well. Others can't. Call or find out the details on their website such as the type of clubs they rent ,how many sets they have onsite and the cost. I just don't want you to be disappointed or surprised when you get there.
Another alternative if you plan on leaving your clubs at home, is to ship your clubs. If you're staying at a hotel or a timeshare, I don't recommend you use UPS or a local courier to ship your clubs directly to where you're staying. Instead you can use a golf club shipping company to ship your clubs from home to your vacation destination.
These companies will require you to drop off your golf clubs at designated golf clubs around where they will pick up the clubs. They will prepare them and pack them accordingly. Then when you arrive at your destination, your clubs will be waiting for you on the other end. When you are done, you bring your clubs back to where you picked them up from and they will ship it home for you, as long as you have bought the roundtrip package.
There are a few companies you can check out:
If you're heading to Hawaii then you might want to consider a hybrid solution where you bring a subset of your clubs and rent the rest. The subset you will bring will consists of your favourite clubs. In my case, I bring my driver, 4-hybrid, 7-iron, 9-iron, A wedge and putter. In most cases, I can play a decent round with just these clubs. To round off my set, I would rent a 3-wood, 5-iron, 6-iron, 8-iron, PW and SW. If your spouse plays then you can rent one set and share the clubs among the two of you.
In Hawaii, check out these providers for rental clubs. They rent clubs out for the week to save you some money but you want to figure out the most cost effective route and how many days do you plan to play. Remember, there's a lot of water sports and places to see in Hawaii.