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4 Huge Reasons For Golf Travelers To Be Thankful

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From all of us at Golf Vacation Insider, Happy Thanksgiving Week.

There are certain fairly universal things everyone is thankful for this time of year. So we went a little outside-the-box to come up with reasons why you, the traveling golfer, should be particularly thankful. Let us know how we did in the comments section below.

So, without further ado, here are four big reasons for golf travelers to be thankful:

Sand

Thanks to folks like Mike Keiser, all the best new golf courses are being built on sandy sites. Wisconsin's Sand Valley, set to open in 2017, will no doubt continue the trend. (Sand Valley Golf Resort)

Thanks to folks like Mike Keiser, all the best new golf courses are being built on sandy sites. Wisconsin’s Sand Valley, set to open in 2017, will no doubt continue the trend. (Sand Valley Golf Resort)

Have you ever had a golf trip ruined by heavy rains either just before your arrival or during your stay? To us, there’s practically nothing worse than seeing perfect, bouncy fairways and slick greens turning to mush right before our eyes. Is there a more deflating phrase to an excited golfer than “cart path only”?

That’s why you should be thankful for sand, which forms the base for many of the best destination courses – especially those built this century. Bandon Dunes’ courses, Streamsong, Chambers Bay, Cabot Links and the new Cabot Cliffs, as well as the much-anticipated Sand Valley, in central Wisconsin – all of them sit on fast-draining, sandy sites, ensuring firm, fun turf in all but the most extreme cases. If you’ve ever been to the British Isles to play links or heathland golf, you know exactly what we’re talking about.

TSA Pre-Check

This is one of our favorite sites in any airport. (tsa.gov)

This is one of our favorite sites in any airport. (tsa.gov)

Safe air travel is obviously of paramount importance, but there’s no denying that waiting in seemingly endless airport security lines – especially during the Holidays – is a special kind of miserable. That’s why TSA Pre-Check, which allows travelers to use a shortcut to practically waltz through security like in the olden days, is such a key component of that rare, blissfully painless travel experience. Costing just $85 for five years, if you fly a couple times or more per year, it’s worth every single penny.

Free In-Flight Wi-Fi

Increasingly, the only innovation in air travel seems to be the creativity the major airlines seem to pour into coming up with new ways to nickel-and-dime travelers. That’s why you should join us in applauding JetBlue; they announced about a month ago that by the latter portion of 2016, not only will every single one of their aircraft be equipped with wi-fi, the service will be free on all flights.

Imagine you’re flying JetBlue from, say, New York to Orlando for a golf trip; leaving on Friday, returning on Sunday. Free wi-fi will net you about six house of connectivity – nearly an extra workday’s worth of time! Voilà – now you can devote an extra vacation day to emphatically not working.

ClubGlider (and a free ShipSticks offer)

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Lugging golf clubs through the airport used to be a nightmare, mostly because travel bag/case technology was never great and tended to take up huge amounts of space in cars. But the SunMountain ClubGlider has changed all that. It’s one of our favorite golf travel bags, and for a limited time, you can get a free, round-trip ground shipment alongside, courtesy of another awesome service called ShipSticks. And you can only get it from us.

What are you particularly thankful for as a traveling golfer? Let us know in the comments, and have a great holiday week!

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