Awesome Ideas for Unforgettable Group Golf Trips

Think your group golf trips are fun and memorable?

On a recent trip to Ireland, your fellow reader Ken A. and his group of eight ramped things up by hiring a professional photographer to follow them around for 18 holes.

And that was just the start.

They also created a logo -- a play on Nostradamus and Doomsday 2012 -- and had it embroidered on a hat and sweater vest for everyone. Group members could then send in additional items they wanted logoed.

Pretty cool, huh?

These types of things do wonders for memorability and camaraderie...and they don't have to be expensive.

In Ken's case, it cost $300 to create and set up the logo for on-demand embroidery. The photographer's fee was 390 Euros (about $500), which four guys split as a gift to the group.

"By the time we finished dinner, our eight CDs were delivered with about 400 images and a slideshow with music," Ken told me in an email. "We love those pictures and they certainly beat the snapshots everybody else took." (See below.)

I've also heard of groups making a custom trophy that gets passed from one year's winner to the next; groups that commission custom cigars (or just the cigar bands); and, of course, all manner of wacky traditions and rituals that don't cost anything (unless betting is involved).

I want to thank Ken for sharing his group's ideas, which he did, in part, to open a discussion on what is probably a fertile topic:

What has your group done -- or considered doing -- to increase the memorability, camaraderie and fun-factor of your golf trips?

Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below.

Craig Better is one of the founding editors of Golf Vacation Insider. In addition to traveling to 15 foreign countries, he has twice traveled across America to play golf courses in all 50 United States. Prior to joining Golf Vacation Insider, Craig was a freelance writer who contributed to GOLF Magazine, Travel + Leisure Golf, Maxim Magazine, USAToday.com, and co-authored Zagat Survey’s book, America’s Top Golf Courses.
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