The golf trip is among the last bastions of fraternity in our culture. People move away, start families, become wrapped up in careers. The annual golf excursion becomes one of the few junctures former partners-in-crime get to revive their camaraderie. Which is why it’s imperative the trip’s format and foundation are flawless. From a misinformed invite to a misunderstanding of the rules, just one slip can sink the entire (friend)ship. For those planning an upcoming golf trip, recognize the following faux pas to prevent your outing from falling into such despair.

Honorable Mention

Sharing beds on a destination outing; Wearing plaid pants or Scottish knickers; Imparting golf tips or lessons unasked; Quoting Caddyshack or Happy Gilmore more than three times per round; Going for that 3:00 a.m. taco when you have a 7:00 a.m. tee time; Teeing off at 7 a.m.

Worrying About Finding A Prestigious Venue

Given monetary factors and family/job responsibilities, traveling is not always in the cards. A pilgrimage to Scotland or navigating Pinehurst would be ideal, but it’s not integral to the golf-trip equation. Although there are myriad viable golf destinations in the U.S. and around the globe, I’ve found that it’s the people, not the panorama, that make-or-break this event. So don’t get caught up in the prestige, or possible lack thereof, in the course/destination you pick.

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