Bandon is a true links course that also captures many of the variable weather conditions found in Scotland and Ireland.  Its exposed coastal golf where rain and wind can be plentiful during winter, shoulder seasons and even the summer.  Below are the items that our team found to most valuable:

Must Have's:

    • Tops and bottoms: multiple versatile layering options for different weather conditions, comfort, performance and off-course
      • Tops
        • Long-sleeve water proof lightweight jacket that is lose for multiple-layers and flexibility. Gor-Tex is always a reliable choice and is breathable.  
        • Long-sleeve base layer: compression helps to reduce bulkiness and are normally breathable
        • Short-sleeve base: compression helps reduce bulkiness and are normally breathable
        • Heavier mid-layer with some form warmth/insulation 
        • Polos both long and short sleeve to wear with base or by itself. Polyester blend is comfortable and dries quickly.
        • Casual everyday and dress shirts for evening dinning and activities
      • Bottoms
        • Water proof lightweight pants that are lose for multiple-layers and flexibility. Gor-Tex is always a reliable choice and is breathable.
        • Base layer leggings (long john's, spandex w/insulation, sweats) that can be worn under pants for colder conditions
        • Golf pants worn in cooler conditions that also meet dress requirements.  Polyester blend is comfortable and dries quickly.  
        • Golf shorts worn in warmer conditions that also meet dress requirements with some courses forbidding. Polyester blend is comfortable and dries quickly.
        • Jeans for comfortable evening wear.  
        • Underwear: obvious reasons...your choice briefs, boxers or banana hammock
        • Dress pants: optional but certainly acceptable at dinner
    • Golf shoes: comfortable water resistant/proof (ideally 2 pairs)
      • You are going to be walking multiple miles (especially if you get in 36) over consecutive days
      • There is always a chance of rain and you want your feat to stay dry and warm
    • Other shoes
      • Casual performance shoes: sneakers, running shoes, etc that are comfortable with performance benefits for travel and walking
      • Dress shoes: to wear for dinner or social events.
    • Socks: multiple warm and performance sets for weather and comfort
    • Golf balls - few sleeves
      • You generally don't lose that many golf balls, especially if you have a caddy 
      • That being said, if you don't have strong control and you are playing on the coast you may lose a few into the water
      • You can always reload at course pro shops
    • Golf gloves: ideally bring a couple rain and regular gloves to provide you flexibility with rain and ability to use a different glove if the other needs to dry out
    • Hats: a couple caps and beanie (winter and shoulder seasons).  Again flexibility to change if weather is cold or gear gets wet.  
    • Belt: helps keep those trousers on the hips
    • Golf accessories: tees, ball markers, etc.  
    • Clubs: the basics you normally play
      • Depending on your game you may want to adjust pitching wedge selection with tight lies
    • Bag cover: always nice to keep your clubs dry if raining hard 
  • Golf travel bag: hard or soft bag to keep the clubs secure
  • Dopp Kit:
    • Usuals: for a trip 
    • Pain relievers: to help with knees, back or a hangover
    • Lip balm: sun and wind
    • Sunscreen: the sun does come out at Bandon
    • Contact solution: important if you wear contacts
  • Documents and $:
    • Drivers license: needed for plane, rental car and check-in
    • Credit card: you can leverage everywhere
  • Phone: you get reception throughout Bandon
  • Plastic bags: ziplock or other secure mechanism to keep valuables dry in golf bag if weather gets nasty
  • Medicine: don't forget it if the doctor ordered

Nice Have's:

  • Sunglasses
  • Water resistant/proof cap or bucket hat
  • Visor 
  • Extra pair of golf shoes in case yours are wet...can be hard to dry out with humidity at sea level.
  • Cash: easier for paying caddies
  • Water bottle: stay hydrated on course with all the walking
  • Down or sweater vest: perfect for cooler but not cold conditions with shoulder and arm freedom
  • Short-sleeve lightweight water resistant jacket: perfect for cooler and light rain conditions with shoulder and arm freedom
  • Camera: if you want high quality photos of your trip
  • Laptop/tablet: doesn't hurt to have a larger screen or check in with work if you're playing hooky.
  • Watch: get time, temperature, email, etc
  • GPS course accessory or programs: helpful if you don't have a caddy with limited distance markers on course
  • Scope: to shoot distances if you don't have a caddy
  • Neck warmer: doesn't hurt to have if its cold
  • Water proof phone case: no need to worry if it gets wet
  • Handkerchief of micro-fiber small towel: nice to have if conditions get wet and you need wipe your face nose or dry something else
  • Bandaids: if you get a blister on your feet or cut somewhere becomes a requirement

Optional Have's:

  • Earphones: to listen to music or watch movies on plane or ground transport
  • Book: to read on plane or ground transport
  • Playing cards: nice to have when traveling with friends for plan, ground transport and late night gambling action
  • Umbrella: wind may deem this useless so would recommend a small one that can be effective but doesn't take up much space

Other things to consider:

  • Pack a versatile single wearing of your golf gear in carryon in case your luggage is lost and you don't want to spend a fortune in pro shop getting completely outfitted
  • Load up your golf bag with your shoes and extras to free up room and potentially reduce additional luggage airline fees. 
  • Unscrew your woods from shaft to reduce likelihood of breaking during transportation
  • ShipSticks so you don't have to deal with carrying your luggage and golf bag
  • Use your smaller baggage piece as carryon so you don't have to take up additional space 
  • Buy versatile golf apparel that can be worn on and off course
  • Leave some luggage space for souvenirs