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You know what it is, everyone knows what golf is don’t they? Stag weekend golf is no different but preparation is important first to get the course and times you want and secondly so that everyone enjoys it.

what is it?

At its worst golf is a frustrating game where the clubs and the balls have a mind of their own. At its best it’s a fantastic sport where the challenge of hand eye coordination in a terrific setting gives you a very enjoyable 4-5 hours playing 18 glorious holes, followed by a few beers in the “nineteenth”. On a stag weekend the golf is split up into groups of between 2 - 4 balls (4 players at a time) teeing off at closely followed intervals. You should have your own clubs and you need to adhere to the dress code. On top of that there is a strict golf etiquette so you’ll need to respect the rules of the course and certainly your fellow golfers.

who can play golf?

Anybody can play, that’s the beauty of it, however some courses are a little stricter than others. The strictest courses require evidence of an established golf handicap, though this is rare. If you’re a novice that’s fine we’ll choose the best courses for you, we have selected courses all over Europe and we’ll fit the golf experience with your preferences, budget and skill level. If you guys are complete novices you may be better starting with pitch and putt – generally a short par 3 course using a limited selection of clubs. But don’t worry pitch and putt is still a lot of fun and because it’s easier the chances are you’ll enjoy it even more.

where can we play golf?

We have access to golf courses throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. Essentially wherever you are going to congregate for the stag weekend you’re never too far from a golf course – though selecting the right one is the difference between a great round and a painful experience!

what’s the standard golf equipment?

No prizes for the answer but if you’re playing a decent course you’ll need your own clubs, the right clothes and appropriate footwear. We can hire clubs for you but sets of clubs are usually limited and available on a first come first serve basis. Depending on the season you’ll also be able to hire trolleys or buggies on site. With decent courses there’s nearly always a golf shop on the premises where you can buy a range of quality golf equipment including, balls, tees, gloves, markers and so on.

how long does a golf session take?

That really depends on whether you’re going to play a quality course (9 or 18 holes) or pitch and putt. For a decent 18 holes allow at least 4 hours, for 9 allow at least 2.5 hours. If you’re on the pitch and putt 2-3 hours should do it. And don’t forget to add in transfers and enough time to grab a beer or snack afterwards.

how do I plan a golf session for a stag party?

Easy enough, just let us know the date of the stag and when you would prefer to play golf. Sunday morning is a great time, it finishes the stag weekend nicely and it sobers you up before you go home. Other than that it’s Friday afternoon for the early arrivals of Saturday afternoon prior to the big night. But ... be sure to book in advance as far as possible, golf is very popular especially when the decent courses are rare e.g. in Central Europe or very popular e.g. Ireland and the UK. Also on booking make sure you let us know whether or not you’ll need any clubs and transport. Then all you have to do is concentrate on your game, get down to the golf driving range a few weeks before. The better you play the more you’ll enjoy it. Another tip is not to necessarily force everyone to play; we have many groups who split the golf up between the golfers and non-golfers. The golfers will go and play a top course while the non-golfers will either just relax or do another activity e.g. clay pigeon shooting.

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