Saturday, August 25, 2007

TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship

Continuing the tour of the PGA TOUR's Fedex Cup Playoffs venues is the third of four tournament stops, TPC Boston.

The Deutsche Bank Championship takes place next week, August 31-September 3. Although this wouldn't be the time of year to try and play the course, it should be considered one of the "places to play before you die."

A beautiful setting and tour-caliber course is all the avid golfer can ask. TPC Boston has those things, as well as a wide variety of family activities, from historic places to kid friendly activities.

Have a look at TPC Boston.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta

Just took a look at the website for East Lake Golf Club, site of the Tour Championship and culmination of the inaugural Fedex Cup in about three weeks. All I can say is "Oh my gosh!" It's a gorgeous course, the clubhouse looks better than any home I've ever seen.

You can actually play this course, but there are a few things to know before you go. 1) call for a tee-time, obviously, 2) it is a walking only course, carts can be used only by persons with a state issued handicap certificate, 3) no cell phones or similar device. The standard attire (no cut-offs, collared shirts required, etc.).

If you want a spectacular, historic golf experience, near one of the South's cultural centers, Atlanta, East Lake is quite possibly the best choice.

Remember, the Tour Championship/Fedex Championship is coming in a few weeks, so you'll likely not get to play from here on in. Call ahead. Check out the website, it's great.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New Mexico Desert Golf Package

GolfPac Travel is offering a great golf package in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area.

From August through October, families and golfers can stay at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, near Albuquerque, for three nights for between $753 and $810.

The package includes three nights at the resort and three rounds of golf at the following courses: Hyatt Regency Tamaya - Santa Ana; Hyatt Regency Tamaya - Twin Warriors; and the Sandia Club.

The resort is located on 500 acres of protected land situated along the Rio Grande. It has beautiful views of the Sandia Mountains and luxurious accomodations. On-site amenities include two tennis courts, a basketball court, a 40-horse stable, three swimming pools, and the 18-hole, Twin Warriors Golf Club. The two other courses mentioned are situated nearby.

Not normally on your short list of places for a golf trip, but temperatures and weather in October should be optimal.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Definitive Packing List for a Guys Golf Trip

How about taking a golf trip, for two days or 10 days, and being certain you have everything you need. Everything is packed for the course, for dinner, for everything. Well, keep this checklist and you'll be set.

  • Money - Cash, credit/ATM cards, and checks (just in case they don't take cards)

  • Plenty of golf balls - Don't wait until you get to the course, or you'll have to empty your wallet and bank account.

  • Plenty of tees - No one likes to get to the 1st tee box and realize they don't have tees.

  • Cool divot tool - Just makes you look like you can play, even when you maybe can't.

  • Sunscreen - No matter who you are, for or five hours in the sun is bad without protection.

  • Power/protein bars - Pack them in your golf bag and forget about it. You're stomach will remind you when it's time.

  • Two bottles of water (at least) - Again, you will be reminded at the right time.

  • Golf towel and one extra - If it's hot, that bottled water and an extra towel will come in handy to keep grips and hands sweat-free.

  • Rain gear - If you pack rain gear, you can be assured it won't rain.

  • Golf shoes

  • Golf clubs - Don't forget those.

Take clothes for the course and a change for afterwards, for each day of the trip. Remember, weather appropriate.

Now for the things we always forget one or more of:

  • Underwear for each day, maybe some extras
  • Socks (for golf and otherwise)
  • Belts
  • Shoes (casual and event-appropriate)
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Toothbrush
  • Tootpaste
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Tylenol/Aspirin/Excedrin, etc.
  • Shampoo/soap (travel size)

Pretty comprehensive list. Minimal baggage required and you're prepared for California or Maine or anywhere in between. If you think of anything else, post a comment.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Orlando's Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Packages

Save some money at one of Orlando's and Florida's top, new destination hotels with one of two golf packages: Deluxe Golf; and Golfer's Retreat.

Available August through December 2007, The "Deluxe Golf" package offer golfers the best of Central Florida golf experiences and starts at $181 per night, single occupancy and $240 per night, double occupancy (inclusive of tax and subject to availability) and includes: Luxury accommodations (among the largest guestrooms in Central Florida at 436 gross sq. ft.) One round of golf per person at Shingle Creek Golf Club, golf cart, range balls, GPS, club cleaning, locker and storage Breakfast buffet per person at Café Osceola Complimentary scheduled shuttle based on availability and discounted tickets to Sea World and Universal Orlando Optional one-hour lesson at the onsite Brad Brewer Golf Academy for an additional $130 per person.

The "Golfer's Retreat" package offers world-class golf followed by a relaxing respite at the hotel's 13,000 square foot spa and an evening of culinary delights at Cala Bella. This package is based on a two-night minimum and starts at $606 single occupancy and $968 double occupancy (inclusive of tax and subject to availability) and includes:

Luxury accommodations (among the largest guestrooms in Central Florida) One round of golf per person at Shingle Creek Golf Club, golf cart, range balls, GPS, club cleaning, locker and storage, breakfast buffet each day per person at Café Osceola, lunch one day per person, dinner one evening per person at Cala Bella, the hotel's Italian fine dining bistro, one Shingle Creek Golfer's Delight per person, a massage created specifically for golfers, in which heated golf balls are used to relieve any discomfort and to restore proper balance and flexibility, special golf amenity per person, complimentary shuttle based on availability and discounted tickets to Sea World and Universal Orlando, optional one-hour lesson at the onsite Brad Brewer Golf Academy for an additional $130 per person.


The course, which opened in December 2003, features undulating fairways and interconnecting waterways bordered by the natural backdrop of dense oaks and pines along historic Shingle Creek. The club has received numerous awards including "Top 100 Golf Shop" designation from Golf World magazine and the "Greens of Distinction" from Corporate Incentive & Travel magazine. Most recently Brad Brewer, who heads Shingle Creek's renowned Brad Brewer Golf Academy offering first-rate golf instruction including computerized swing analysis, was named one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers for 2007-2008.


The 1,500-room resort is conveniently located at 9939 Universal Blvd., just off the International Drive tourist district and ten minutes from the Orlando International Airport.

A golfer's dream.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Golf Trip to the TOUR Championship

Be a part of history this year with a trip to Atlanta, Georgia for the Tour Championship, September 13-16. This year marks the first Fedex Cup, the PGA TOUR's new playoff system.

The first Fedex Champion will be crowned following the TOUR Championship tournament, held at Atlanta's historic East Lake Golf Club.

What can you do in Atlanta? Anything. There's the Braves baseball team, the Falcons football team, Underground Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park, MLK National Historic Site, The Varsity (best hot dogs in the world!).

The golf is great, too. Schedule a tee time at the award winning Atlanta Country Club, the Bobby Jones course, or any of the tons of others in the area.

This trip to Atlanta could be many things; a sports-lover's dream or a great family getaway.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Golfers Take Note, American Vacation Planning Habits

This article, "Travel: Vacations--Why We Go Where We Go", published today in The Wire, a Golf Press Association publication, explains the result of a recent survey of 1,000 vacationers.

One of the most interesting stats was that 66% of respondents said that place was the determining factor when deciding on a vacation. Interestingly, vacation packages were most popular among the 18-34 age range.

The article contains a number of other statistics that would be of use to vacation planners. Give the article a look. It should be useful in planning the next golf or family vacation. At least see the things other people find important.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

NASCAR and Golf, a Great Vacation Combination

The NASCAR circuit makes a stop in Fontana, California on September 2nd for the Sharp AQUOS 500 at the California Speedway.

The California Speedway website does a great job describing what race fans can do besides see the race. WOW! There are so many places to stay (though you'd better make some reservations this close to the race date), things to do and places to eat that making those decisions will be the toughest thing.

Before we get to the golf, here are just a few of the nearby things to do:
  • Disneyland
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Ultrastar Fontana (movie theatres)
  • Ontario Mills (mall)
  • Victoria Gardens (mall)
  • and GOLF!

Here are some highly-rated golf courses within a few miles of downtown Fontana, California:

That is by no means the entire list of golf courses, not by a long-shot. Just some of the most highly rated according to

A NASCAR race is, contrary to popular belief, a great event for the entire family. One thing NASCAR has done is keep the sport family-friendly.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Maine: An Early Autumn Golf Destination

The beautiful mountains of western Maine provide an awe-inspiring setting during early fall. Moderate temperatures and fall foliage provide the backdrop for a great family vacation.

The Sugarloaf Golf Club and School in Sugarloaf, Maine, is unbeatable in New England for a golf break amid your vacation. The golf course, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design, provides a continuation of the same backdrop. It is also ranked #1 in New England's Top-100 Must Play Courses by New England Journal of Golf, in the Top-100 of America's Greatest Courses by Golf Digest, and the list goes on.

Children's activitites in the area include most notably the Carabassett Valley Antigravity Recreational Complex, with Maine's largest indoor skate bowl, street park, trampolines and rock climbing. Nearby Rangely Lake has ATV riding, boats, canoes, personal watercraft, fishing and tons more!

Give Maine a serious look during your family golf getaway planning.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Undiscovered Paradise, Brasstown Valley

Not even on the radar-screen of most golfers, or vacationers for that matter, is the Young Harris, Georgia, in north Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Most people haven't even heard of the Brasstown Valley Mountain Resort located there.

Suite Golf Travel is just beginning to explore this gorgeous location, but it appears that stellar accomodations, fantastic golf and tons of other great amenities are on the horizon. We will have more information in a few days, but expect a great overview. In the meantime, take a look for yourself at this link: Brasstown Valley Resort.

The golf course looks fabulous. Its ranked as one of the best in Georgia and the nation by Golf Digest. Who knew?