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I "stole" this from The Golf Vacation Insider email today and wanted to share it with you......





I have a confession to make:

I steal ball markers, tees, and divot tools from the golf courses I play.

And I'm guessing you have done this at least once, too.

I'm going to tell you my reason, and then I'd love to hear yours.

Of course, “steal” probably isn't the right word, because I'm talking about the stuff golf courses and resorts offer on the pro shop counter or outside the starter's shack.

Again, pencils, tees, ball makers, divot tools…the kind of stuff they WANT you to take.

I only take one or two…but I always take them IF they include the course's name or logo.

No, I'm a collector.

Not of “stuff,” anyway.

But of happy golf trip memories; and these freebies are great at triggering them long after you return home.

Want to get a nice dose of happiness when you least expect it?

Just throw these things in your golf bag and forget about them.

The next time you're fishing around for a ball marker or divot tool, you'll randomly pull out one of these mementos…and smile.

You can do the same when you stay at “special” resorts or hotels.

For example, take home your little bottles of shampoo and mini soaps and you'll be reminded of your stay when you're in your own shower.

Or you could take your room's keycard and use it as a bookmark (people still read physical books, right?).

Or sign up for the email newsletter; whether you read it or not, you'll be reminded of your stay each time it arrives in you inbox.

If you fly, don't take the baggage stickers off your luggage when you get home; instead leave them on. The next time you pull out those bags, you'll be reminded of your last destination.

I know all this sounds corny, but these “happiness triggers” really do work in my experience.

Do you do anything like this to trigger fond memories of your golf trips long after they're over?


Last week while vacationing at Hilton Head Island, I took the scoring pencil from Port Royal and Shipyard courses.  They had their names embossed and had erasers.....love erasers on golf pencils....

Please share your thoughts below.


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I have 4 golf carts in my garage.


Not really but that was what I thought of when I first read the title. My wife bought me one of those golf ball collecting racks but I have only collected about 5 balls.

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Some peeps collect balls, some collect pencils, some collect other items. I don't collect anything, but I do have a few pencils in my collection.......until I use them and forget them somewhere....LOL

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I do not go out of my way to collect stuff like that but if I end up with a pencil or divot tool that they give away so be it. I can be Mr Cheapo any how. Like I do not buy golf towels even the super scrubber ones. Last week I bought a bunch of motel grade used towels at the Starvation oops Salvation Army store cheap 20 for 3 bucks. I will wash them over and over and when worn out use them in the shop. But whatever someone likes to do so be it I have absolutely no problem with it

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I usually grab an extra scorecard. Maybe some pencils and tees if they have logos. I like to collect other stuff. I have a collection of flags from 5-6 courses that have significance. I also collect bag tags, poker chips, and balls. When my group takes our annual golf trip I'm usually the one that pretty much puts the thing together. Therefore I have a folder of information from each trip. If we should decide to go to the same place again I've already assembled all the necessary information and don't have to reinvent the wheel.

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Score cards and yardage books for me but I always buy the book if they aren't free.  I have a box full of score cards and yardage books - drives my wife crazy but she knows not to mess with them.  It comes in handy when you can have the Whistling Straits score card out during the PGA. :)

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I collect pencils from every course I play. Started when I was young and didn't want to buy a logo ball. Have a nice display for it to (that isn't currently hanging up). I think everyone should take a memento.



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I'm not a collector, but I do keep my score cards after each round (only when I play good). If I don't, well that score card is going to be ripped up into pieces and thrown in the trash...lol


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I collect yardage books. That's my thing. Ball wise I don't collect them like most people. I have my hole in one ball and that's about it. 

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The courses I play do such a good job of stealing all my golf balls during the round that I feel it's only fair that I take a few things from them.

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I have a friend that I us to play with in Virginia that use to "Take" a small clipping of a divot on courses he played.  He took it home and planted it in his back yard with a nice display on his outside deck of the courses the grass came from.  Pretty cool idea.

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I will usually get a ball mark from the course I play.  Most of the time now they aren't free so I buy.  If the course has a yardage book I will get that as well and usually take an extra scorecard from a course if I am on  a trip that way I have a clean one to remember the course and maybe not my score.  

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I'll take pencils occasionally. But I only keep things from really nice courses I'll likely only ever play once.


I was actually really surprised and excited that Whistling Straits gave you a metal bag tag right before you head out to the course. It's a really nice "free" souvenir. I also managed to obtain a paper Whisting Straits coaster from the Irish Pub in the clubhouse. To be fair, I did buy a yardage book from the pro shop, too. And donated 4 balls to the course during my round!

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I will quaff those pencils and ball markers like there is no tomorrow!!!!!! Even bought back a piece of gravel I found on the fairway at ANGC ,

just recently.

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I keep a "research journal" of all the courses I have played. Others may refer to this as a "scrapbook" but trust me, it's a journal!

Overtime I play a new course, I add a new page. I add a scorecard and write notes about the course; memorable holes, tips for myself the next time I play, my score, even things like parking tips and good food at bar. I update the pages with new scores if I replay the course. 

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Love seeing old topics resurrected, gives those of us who weren't around back then a chance to join in.


I think pencils, plastic divot tools, tees etc are fine and we (speaking for courses) expect players to take those and have no problem with it.   I personally like to keep scorecards or yardage books from courses I've been to. 


On a related note, before golf I was a Hotel General Manager.  My OWN mother came to stay in my hotel for a week to visit.  The morning she was leaving, i went up to help her with her luggage.   In the bathroom I saw her makeup kit stuffed with at least 10 to 12 bottles of lotion and mouthwash each.    I said "MOM...WTH?"    She said, oh those are the things you tell want guests to take, because it's free advertising!!    I laughed and asked her exactly what TV Channel or Magazine was she going to be promoting my hotel on?    I was of course giving  her a hard time, but she completely thought nothing of stocking up the whole week and taking them all home....I had to shake my head.  

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I'm normally a scorecard/pencil guy. I generally have 3 or 4 pencils in my bag. Always good reminder of a different course when I tee off or am scoring the first hole of the day at my home course.



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