Unnecessary Spending on Golf Trips

Saturday February 17th, 2007
Danny Hellman

Skyrocketing fuel costs have picked the pockets of even the most thrifty traveling golfers. Airfare, car rentals and greens fees have all gone up. Does that mean it's time to clip your wings and play your local muni forever? Don't be silly — we've got you covered! You just need to pinch some different pennies. We asked several travel experts for advice on how to conserve coin, and they weighed in on everything from cell phones to luggage weight to plucking your cash from a foreign ATM.

Weigh in before you checkin

Learn the luggage limits of the airline you're using. Some have a 50 lb. per bag limit and assess a surcharge for anything higher.
If you don't listen: At Delta Airlines, any bag that weighs between 51-99 pounds will be docked an extra $50. Anything 100 pounds and over will have to be sent as cargo. Other airlines have similar policies.

Don't rage against the machine

Traveler's checks provide protection and reimbursement, but ATMs are the easiest and least expensive (overall) way to get cash as you need it. And never, ever change money at the front desk of a hotel.
If you don't listen: Tom Meyers, editor of EuroCheapo.com, attests, "You'll get the highest transaction fees and the worst exchange rates."

Forget room service

If you don't listen:

Pump it up


If you don't listen:


Ask Travelin' Joe



Your Eskimo blood will help. The good news is that the average high is 61 degrees. That's sweater weather for most, but you guys will probably feel like going shirtless! The bad news: it's been known to snow in Kansas City in late October. But if you don't see snow, play Tiffany Greens, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, followed by Shoal Creek and Swope Park, a value-priced muni with an A.W. Tillinghast pedigree.



October in Tallahassee means Florida State football, so local courses will be empty on Saturday afternoons. Don't miss the Seminoles' home course, SouthWood, a Gene Bates/Fred Couples design. It's the best public course in Tallahassee. Across the border, go with Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, a Davis Love III track that stretches through hardwoods and ravines.

askjoe@golfonline.com

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