Have You Ever Experienced "Golf Trips from Hell?

Most golf vacations go right, but when they go wrong, they can go very wrong.

Just listen to this story I received a few days ago from GVI reader Leon A.

Leon and his son planned a special trip to stay and play at a pricey, "bucket list" PGA Tour venue in Florida.

They were so excited, the nearly nine-hour drive from their home in Knoxville, Tenn., felt like nine minutes. Unfortunately, that was the best part of their vacation.

After hitting their first two shots on this epic golf course, the two slow, inexperienced players in their group attracted the attention of a "rude" ranger, who began hounding everyone to, "speed up."

This harassment continued for the first four holes and much of the remaining front nine, totally taking Leon and his son out of their games (they're both decent players) with disastrous results.

Wait, it gets better. The next day, the men reached the parking lot of their upscale hotel to find their car had been keyed...and the repair costs more than doubled the cost of their trip.

Leon's horror story reminded me of one of my own:

This past February, my wife and I went down to Florida with another couple to "warm up" from a typical cold New York winter.

A few hours after arrival, there was a hurricane warning, and it pretty much rained constantly every day and didn't get above 50 degrees for the next week.

So, on this weeklong "golf" trip, none of us hit a single golf ball.

Sure, the sun finally came out...on the way back to the airport.

Have you ever had a golf trip disaster like this?

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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