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GOLF TIPS: Equipment, Travel, Discounts and Deals

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August 31, 2009

The Ultimate Golf-Travel Blog

Noted golf-travel expert Edward "Ed" Schmidt Jr. recently debuted his new blog, called The Golf Travel Guru, to help golf-loving travelers.

Golf-travel tips, money-saving suggestions, destination overviews, opinions and on-location, up-to-the-hour posts are main features of the blog. As an example, check out Schmidt's recent post about where Tiger Woods might go on vacation. The ever-engaging Schmidt lets you decide: "If you were Tiger, where would you go?"

Widely recognized as one of the industry's foremost experts on golf travel, Schmidt has authored three books and written more than 2,000 articles and columns. Schmidt is travel editor for PGA TOUR Partners Magazine and golf editor for Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine.

August 28, 2009

Perfect Destination for Pensive Golfers

Yeah, yeah, golfers gush about spring golf, a fresh season and all that. But fall is when you fall in love with the game itself. The pace seems to slow, and appreciation for the colors, courses and camaraderie seems to rise.

So it's not news that fall is a big buddy-trip season. But where to go? Pensive golfers (aren't we all?) can fall prey to "paralysis from analysis," pondering and pressing to find the perfect play-and-stay package. Well, send the ponder yonder, so to speak, and pull the trigger on Endless Fun Golf Resorts.

In short, Endless Fun understands "great" at Myrtle Beach, as in:

  • Great golf - Convenient access to Top 100 golf courses.
  • Great fun - Ocean front accommodations and great dining, entertainment and shopping.
  • Great value - Packages from $69 per golfer per day. And you can enter for a chance to win an additional round of golf on your trip.

Speaking of packages, here are two specials from Endless Fun:

Fall Signature Package: Five nights at Ocean Creek, five rounds—plus two free rounds.

The Perfect Approach Golf Package: Three rounds and three nights at the Caravelle.

More Endless Fun Possibilities

August 26, 2009

The Best of 'Bama Golf—and the Gulf

Here's how to get a feel for playing the inviting courses of the Gulf Shores Golf Association (GSGA) of Alabama:

  1. Go to the Tin Top Restaurant.
  2. Order Pecan Encrusted Grouper or the Steer Butt.
  3. While waiting, get yourself a mess of fried pickles, crab claws in cream sauce, Dirty Dozen Oysters and a couple of Heinekens.
  4. Now, listen to Chad Leonard of Rock Creek Golf Club:

"Many courses don't make golfers feel good—they're too hard to play! So we're losing people to hiking, biking, whatever. Courses gotta make it friendly, and that's what we do here."

Amen, brother! Earl Stone designed Rock Creek and TimberCreek Golf Club so that a 15 can do some clean living and go low. Sure, there are ravines and rolling hills. And black pole pines line fairways, but they don't make you drop your big dog and back away from the tee box. The greens aren't tricked up—hey, anything's possible!

That's true for GSGA courses, including the Arnold Palmer-designed Craft Farms courses, Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend. They forgive and give you a shot at your personal best.

Now, for some key lime pie.

August 24, 2009

Easy-to-Hit Alternative to Long Irons

Cobra Golf is a pioneer in utility metal woods, having launched the original Baffler in 1975. For the next 20 years, Cobra's reputation was centered on the Baffler utility metals.

Cobra Golf now has its latest generation of utility metals, the King Cobra Baffler TWS. The company says a Triple Weighting System (see video) adds a third weight to increase the moment of inertia (MOI) and lower the center of gravity (CG).

Key Quote 1: "The Cobra Baffler has been the best-selling utility on the market since March of 2006," says Brian Zender, general manager of Cobra Golf. "The new Baffler TWS is designed for players seeking a versatile, easy-to-hit alternative to long irons."

Key Quote 2: In this latest generation, "We've lowered the CG location to create a slightly higher launch angle, and we've increased the MOI for even greater forgiveness and consistency across the entire hitting area," says Tom Preece, vice president of Cobra club research and development. "The face area has also been made slightly larger to drive higher ball speeds on off-center hits. And the contoured sole design ensures the Baffler's unique blend of forgiveness, playability and versatility."

King Cobra Baffler TWS 2009 Hybrids - LH Graphite

August 19, 2009

The OTHER Alabama Golf Destination

You know Alabama for Crimson Tide football (Roll tide!) and the famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. But y'all gotta check out 'Bama's other golf destination, a series of excellent and affordable—and forgiving—coastal courses in the not-so-famous-and-kinda-glad-of-it Gulf Shores Golf Association (GSGA).

Coastal courses? Check the map. Sure enough, Alabama has 35 miles of sugar-sand beach coastline east of Mobile that somehow escaped the long arm of Florida's Panhandle. Alabama's Gulf Shore is low-keyed, lovely and yet lively—and GSGA's courses reflect that. Plus, they're contained (no driving all over the state for golf) and "clued in," getting it that golfers don't enjoy being clobbered by a course, no matter how beautiful.

Peninsula Golf & Racket Club's course gives you beauty (pause at the water-and-fern-bordered Marsh hole No. 7) and every opportunity to score low. And when the morning gets toasty, flag a refreshment cart and an angel brings you ice for your drinks and iced towels for your soul.

That Southern service continues on the links-style Glen Lakes Golf Club. Following a tropical storm, bugs can start biting on the Vista/Dunes course. That's when a marshal drives up with bug spray. These guys are good!

August 17, 2009

Top 6 Picks for Fall in Myrtle Beach

The challenge with a place like Myrtle Beach, SC, is: Where do you start? So many courses, so little time. Well, we're going to make this real simple for you. Here are our top six picks for your fall road trip to this top golf destination:

  1. Two rounds free when you pay for three. Even from such requested courses as Blackmoor (Gary Player), King's North (Arnold Palmer), Long Bay Club (Jack Nicklaus) and Willbrook Plantation (Dan Maples).
  2. Name your price. Rather than dictating price to you, these three award-winning courses (the Witch, Wizard and Man O'War) let you say what you'll pay.
  3. Dunes Golf Club. Ranked among the "Top 100 Classic Courses in America," this Robert Trent Jones layout could very well be the highlight of your Myrtle Beach golf vacation.
  4. Arrowhead and Wild Wing Plantation. Combine these two popular layouts with more than 18 other courses—plus prizes.
  5. Caledonia and True Blue. Play Caledonia and True Blue and your third round at True Blue is half-price!
  6. Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. Find more deals at this official Myrtle Beach golf website. Register for a chance to win a Myrtle Beach golf vacation for four.

August 12, 2009

Small Courses, Big Fun

Some resorts have alternative golf experiences such as nine-hole short courses and miniature 18-hole putting courses to accommodate guests who don't have five hours to play a championship layout. Here's a sampling:

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania. The lighted Tillinghast Approach Course has six holes located throughout a driving range and three holes that are part of the famous Tillinghast Golf Academy.

Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley, Idaho. Like the famed "Himalayas Course" at St. Andrews, the "Sawtooths" 18-hole putting course (52,000 square feet) is family friendly but also a test for accomplished golfers.

Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Michigan (see photo). Recognized as one the of world's best par-3 golf courses, this nine-hole gem offers elevation changes from 90 to 170 feet. Treetops also offers four, championship layouts.

Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida. The Fairways course at Fantasia Gardens at Walt Disney World Resort measures 1,448 feet long and is the longest mini-course in the world.

August 10, 2009

Piggy-Back Golf Luggage

West Coast Trends (WCT) President/Founder Jeff Herrod is a licensed pilot who has owned three airplanes. But as much as Herrod likes to fly, he'd prefer traveling golfers take the train—the new Train Reaction System, that is.

This is a luggage-transport system that uses leverage to create a center of gravity for three pieces of luggage. The pieces are precisely balanced so that they feel almost weightless, says Herrod.

WCT, maker of the popular Club Glove line of golf-travel bags and luggage, says the Train Reaction eliminates 100 percent of downward and upward force on the luggage handle, reducing the amount of effort needed to pull or push gear. Herrod says the system is designed to maintain its balance even if the bags are not perfectly packed; because of that, he says, even a young child can easily move 100 pounds of gear.

The Train Reaction is available is in six combinations. Examples: Set 1 includes a Club Glove Carry-On bag, Club Glove Shoulder 2 bag and Club Glove Rolling Duffle. Set 2 features the Carry-On bag, Shoulder 2 and the Club Glove Last golf travel bag.

Video of the Train Reaction in action.

August 5, 2009

Top Swing School—25% Off!

Frankly, the only thing that has stopped you from signing up for a swing school has been the cost. The rest, a no-brainer:

  • Heck yes, after trying and, in the end, failing with this driver and that training aid for years (decades?), your game desperately needs the help of top-flight instructors and tons of on-site teaching technology.
  • Yes, in a New York minute you'd jump at the chance to get away to ultimate golf destinations like TPC Sawgrass, World Golf Village, TPC Las Vegas, TPC Scottsdale, Hilton Head and TOUR Academy New York for full submersion in bettering your game and a chance at besting some of the world's best courses.
  • Yes, but ...

Well, here's what could be called a "no-buts-about-it" offer from PGA TOUR Academy: 25% off TOUR Academy golf schools nationwide for Club members.

As a Club member, you can use this offer to bag a big-time, dollars-and-cents benefit?and your game's bound to get better! The only catch to this special offer: You must book and attend your golf-school program before December 31, 2009.

Call 1-877-611-0711. Also check online about TOUR Academy locations and programs.

August 3, 2009

Primo Personal Putting Green

Supposedly, you make something like 40 percent of all strokes with your putter. Well, for some, 40 percent would be on a good day. Too often, three- or even four-putting puts the big kibosh on a low-putting percentage and a keeper scorecard.

Good practice makes good putters, and to have good practice, it helps to have a good putting surface—something better than a carpet. Something like a Tour Links modular custom green. It replaces rock and gravel with a modular system that allows you to create a customized green of any size and contour.

This system, which has become the green of choice at golf expos, can be installed in as little as 15 minutes. It uses non sand-filled as well as sand-filled synthetic turf modules, and the 7-pound individual modules allow for any number of designs that can be moved indoors, outdoors, in condos, on rooftops, aboard cruise ships, etc. Check out the interlocking panels and pre-packaged designs.

Here's an installation video

Tour Links Mini Links 9 Holes

Tour Links 14'x14' Indoor/ Outdoor Putting Green

Tour Links 8'x12' Indoor/Outdoor Putting Green



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