Thursday, December 27, 2012

Book Golf-Only Tee Times in Gulf Shores

I know from experience—lots and lots of experience—that the best way to play golf on the Gulf Coast is to book a golf vacation package. You get your lodging and your choice of golf courses all in one packaged deal. Easy and done.

But apparently not everyone knows this, as I discovered after talking to a coworker recently. It’s still not clear to me if he intended to book a golf package and didn’t know how, or if he just planned a Gulf Coast vacation and then decided he wanted to play golf while there. Either way, he has a spring trip to Gulf Shores & Orange Beach planned and really wants to play golf while there.

Lucky for him, the Gulf Shores Golf Association website makes booking tee times as easy as booking an actual golf vacation. All you have to do is click on “golf-only teetimes” on the Golf Gulf Shores website, select the course you want to play, and fill out the tee time information. The web page even includes overview information, photos, videos, and rates for each of the nine signature golf courses—it’s convenience at its best.

Of course, if you really want convenient, start the entire vacation planning process by visiting the association’s “Customized Quote” web page—book your Gulf Shores accommodations and golf courses all together under one price. Start planning for spring, or take a break from winter now by escaping to the mild temperatures of the Gulf Coast.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Feels Like Spring…Why Not Plan a Spring Golf Getaway?

Maybe we’re in for it later this winter…but it just hasn’t been terribly cold lately. I was outside shorts and a t-shirt the other day and was perfectly comfortable.

I know we’re supposed to be getting ready for the holidays, but all this spring-like weather is making me think of spring-like activities—like golf, of course, and my yearly spring golf vacation in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach.

No, it’s not too early to plan a spring golf package, not with this inspiring weather—and the recent naming of Kiva Dunes as a Best Resort Course by Golfweek Magazine. If you missed this, basically, Golfweek has said that it will include the Gulf Shores golf course in its 2013 Best Resort Courses list. (And let’s not forget the courses’s previous honors, like being named Alabama’s #1 public golf course, again by Golfweek, this past spring.)

This is no shock to me. Gulf-front golf course, Jerry Pate design, beautiful landscaping—really, it’s a no-brainer. It’s also a no-brainer that Kiva Dunes will be on my list of must-play golf courses when I do plan my spring golf vacation. And the best part is this is just one of nine signature golf courses, so I have plenty of Gulf Coast golf courses to choose from.

Again, it’s not too early for a little spring preparation—just visit the Gulf Shores Golf Association website and start planning.