Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Indulging Your Active Side on a Golf Vacation

Golf is an interesting sport. It’s active, but it’s relaxing. It makes a golf vacation a perfect balance between relaxation and action—whether you enjoy a toned-down, easy-going round of golf or a more active game with a competitive edge.

And if it’s more the active aspect that (paradoxically) contributes to your relaxation, a Gulf Shores & Orange Beach golf vacation is ideal. Plan a Gulf Shores Golf Association golf package with a group of friends and turn the vacation into a tournament—the competition will be fun and friendly.

In addition to golf, the area is full of activities to keep you busy. Take the group on a deep-sea fishing trip out on the Gulf—spend just a few hours or make it an overnight fishing trip. Or find a nature trail and check out the Gulf Coast nature scene—places like the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail are excellent places for hiking and biking.

And your Gulf Shores condo may provide plenty of activity itself. Several accommodations offer amenities like pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, and exercise rooms. Many also offer hot tubs and saunas—necessities after all this active relaxing.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Why Golfing on the Gulf is Ideal in February

Here’s why I love golfing this time of year: you can actually golf in the afternoon, something I personally can’t tolerate in the heat of summer. And golfing in the afternoon usually means paying afternoon (lower) rates.

Of course, ability to play golf in the afternoon (or any time of day) really depends on where you are. Obviously, if you’re in an area that’s actually experiencing winter, golf may be out of the question until spring. But in a place like Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, it is absolutely an ideal time for golf. And you’ll find some excellent afternoon golf rates among the area’s nine signature golf courses. Courses like Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend at Craft Farms and Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club currently offer an afternoon rate of $59; Rock Creek has an afternoon rate of $49, and Lost Key drops down to $40, to mention just a few.

And there’s an additional reason why February is a particularly good time for a Gulf Shores golf vacation—Mardi Gras! Several Mardi Gras parades and celebrations are coming up later this month. It’s a good time of year to play a little golf, catch some beads, and make the most of winter.