Preparation is Key
When I go golfing, I like to be prepared for the day since I’m never too sure how long I’ll be out on the links. Sometimes, I finish my round within 2 and a half hours. Other times, it can take up to 4 hours (this is especially true if I’m going with buddies who aren’t that great and who like to drink, both qualities that seem to fit me).
Preparation is key in so many aspects of life, though. You wouldn’t head to a little league game to watch your kids without some sort of snacks, a lawn chair, and even your phone or a camera, would you? You wouldn’t stop by your friend’s get together without some sort of dish and your own soft drink either, right?
The same applies to golf. You need snacks on a long hot day just to keep you going and curb the hunger. You need hydrated with some water or even soft drink. You’ll even wish you brought a speaker for some tunes.
There are those who go into a weekend of golfing with just the bare essentials (i.e., clubs, attire, and balls), but I”m not one of them. I like to be more relaxed, more well stocked, and have more fun when I hit the greens.
That’s why I always try to bring one or two shipping boxes as cheap “storage” for my snacks, speaker, and drinks. I usually set them in the back of the cart wedged between my bag and the cart itself so that A) it’s not easily seen and B) it doesn’t become jarred loose. The reason I prefer shipping boxes, though, is that they’re typically small enough to be discreet but also big enough to hold the things I want without coming loose as I’m driving around.
I sometimes understand why courses care enough to prohibit your own snacks and alcohol since they’re selling their own, but since I already pay enough to play and ride the cart, why would I not bring my own stuff? I’m often guilty of sneaking candy into theaters and other things into sports or music venues, so what’s the difference when out on the course? I’m not harming anyone, nor am I getting rowdy. It’s all a matter of saving some cash and I don’t think there’s anyone out there that can blame me on that. Also, it’s not like I’m on high maintenance courses that have a lot of good golfers visiting. I go to the run down courses so that I’m not impeding the play of anyone else who may be better than me.