Luxury Golf, Luxury Vacation – All In One Small Country

To many Golfing enthusiasts the best vacation is a Golfing vacation. It's a great way to get a group of friends together and bond in ways only golfers know. Golf is very revealing about ones personality. There are few poker faces on the golf course and the physical and mental demands of the game take…

To many Golfing enthusiasts the best vacation is a Golfing vacation. It's a great way to get a group of friends together and bond in ways only golfers know. Golf is very revealing about ones personality.

There are few poker faces on the golf course and the physical and mental demands of the game take hold of the persona and shake out that solid corporate person you left at the office. There are some wonderful northern hemisphere locations for golfing vacations: Ireland, Scotland and Florida. But for those who want to venture further a-field in off-season, consider heading south to New Zealand.

Basking in temperate climate ideal for outdoor pursuits, New Zealand proudly boasts a number of internationally graduated golf courses, and in recent years, adjunct accommodation has reached a similar standard. With favorable exchange rates, New Zealand is a perfect golf vacation destination.

Golf is a national pastime in New Zealand, with one of the highest golf players per capital world-wide. It's people are sporting, friendly and not too timid to take on a Northerner on the golf course. But if you prefer to get away from the golfing masses, New Zealand has a selection of top class golfing resorts.

It's hard not to sound like a travel brochure when describing these courses, but being familiar with each of these locations, I am only too eager to share my top picks heading from North to South.

Carrington Resort – Northland

Carrington Resort is located on the Karikari Peninsula, halfway between Doubtless Bay and the northern spit. With panoramic sea views from several holes, the course lies within the boundaries of an extensive vineyard and winery – the perfect combination for a golfing vacation.

The course is relatively new, opening in 2002, and was recently redesigned by Matt Dye to give an interesting and challenging test for golfers of all levels. For those that prefer to see sand on the beach rather than the golf course during their vacation, you will be delighted that the course in not heavy bunkered.

The accommodation matches the course in terms of quality with a members area providing common meeting ground for rehashing the golfing prowess of the day before relaxing to dine in an equally superb restaurant, naturally with its own excellent wine cellar. And for partners not into the golfing frenzy there is a range of fitness and exploring options ideal for unwinding after a long flight.

Kauri Cliffs – Bay of Islands, Northland

Moving down the coast a bit we come upon Kauri Cliffs, with 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett and the Cavalli Islands. Opened in 2000, the 6510 metro par 72 golf course was designed by David Harman, Orlando, Florida. Kauri Cliffs will test the best, and was named 49th best golf course in the world by Golf magazine and awarded Best New International Golf Course in 2001 by Golf Digest.

Its holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland, and of the 15 holes with sea views, six are played along sea plunging cliff-tops. There's no returning those water shots here!

Non-golfers can enjoy the spa and pool facilities, or venture to one of three private beaches. For a little more adventure, try fishing, sea kayaking or hunting possum or wild boar with a resort guide.

Gulf Harbor – Whangaparoa Peninsula, North Auckland

Gulf Harbor, just 40 minutes north of Auckland is another cliff hugging course, designed by American designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. It hosted the 1998 World Cup of Golf and 2005 NZ Open. As an important part of a residential / hotel / marina complex, the course claims to offer “one of the best golfing experiences for players of all handicaps”.

Gulf Harbor Country Club has an association with nearby Gulf Harbor Lodge to provide accommodation packages, giving it a pseudo resort persona. A magical area for a relaxing after dinner stroll around the marina.

Lakes Resort – Coromandel

Moving further down the North Island, on the eastern coast you will find Lakes Resort on the Coromandel Peninsula, well known for its white sand beaches, boating and adventure activity. The Lakes Resort golf course, designed by Canadian firm Sid Puddicombe Associates, claims to have 'the best back nine holes in New Zealand'. Its wetlands, native bush and white sand bunkers typify the diverse landscape that makes New Zealand so beautiful.

Non-golfers are not forgotten with deep sea fishing, sea kayaking tours, swimming with dolphins, snorkelling and diving in some of the clearest and most beautiful coastal waters of New Zealand. But do not let all this talk of natural splendor fool you. The greens at The Lakes are without question among the best in New Zealand; being made from L93 Bent grass developed at the University of Georgia in the US

Wairakei International – Bay of Plenty, Taupo

Moving inland to the center of the North Island is another NZ, golfing showcase, the Wairakei International. Wairakei borders the spectacular Lake Taupo at the southern end of the countries main volcanic region. One of New Zealand's oldest courses, its grand wooden boundaries and recent upgrades maintain its status of one of New Zealand's finest golf courses.

For the luxury seeking, Huka Lodge, on the banks of the Waikato River above the Huka Falls, is only a few minutes drive. Relax at the end of the day with fishing pole and superb NZ wine. A real mans dream.

Cape Kidnappers – Hawkes Bay

Venturing back out to the East Coast from Taupo to the Hawkes Bay we have Cape Kidnappers, well known for its gannet colony, but better known amongst golfers for its wineries. Natural features as, we have another cliff top surprise for you with the Cape Kidnappers course.

Built on a ridge-and-valley landscape with spectacular sea views, this course boasts one of the great golf holes of the world. Cape Kidnappers is a par-71, 6400metre course and an ideal location for your teams long drive contest. The back tees are more suited to single-figure handicappers long and straight off the tee. But do not fret – there are four other tee boxes. A spectacular and challenging course.

There is a wide range of private lodge style accommodation in this region to choose from and its winery based cuisine is world-class. There is no boredom for either golfers or non-golfers in this region.

In the next article we will take a detailed look at our South Island golfing trips at:

Clearwater Resort – Christchurch Terrace Downs – Canterbury High Country Millbrook Resort – Queenstown

New Zealand has taken a unique step in recognizing the high quality demanded by international golfers, Tourism New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, New Zealand Golf Association, and the New Zealand PGA formed a quality-control group 'The Best of Golf New Zealand '. All of the above courses have met their approval.

Scottsdale Arizona Golf Vacation

If Myrtle Beach is the Golf Capital of the East Coast, then Scottsdale Arizona Golf is the capital of the golfing southwest. Upscale neighbor to the sprawling golfing metropolis of Phoenix, Scottsdale hosts scores of world-class courses, and a wealth of comforts, conveniences and activities to provide everyone with an awesome vacation. The desert climate…

If Myrtle Beach is the Golf Capital of the East Coast, then Scottsdale Arizona Golf is the capital of the golfing southwest. Upscale neighbor to the sprawling golfing metropolis of Phoenix, Scottsdale hosts scores of world-class courses, and a wealth of comforts, conveniences and activities to provide everyone with an awesome vacation. The desert climate assures a great blue-sky visit year round. Courses designed by the likes and caliber of Arnold Palmer ensure a great time with quality, picturesque clubs and resorts, with more public courses than you could play in a month!

The Golf Vacation Resorts are top-notch all the way; I was left wanting for nothing. Fairmont, for example, hosts two exemplary championship course, one of which is home to the PGA's annual FBR Open (which used to be called the Phoenix Open.) The luxurious pampering at their Willow Springs Spa left me more relaxed, truly at ease, than I've been in years. It's the attention to detail that sets such places apart from less places I'd simply call hotels.

While the Raven and Greyhawk, Troon North, Boulders and We-Ko-Pa are legendary, but some of the best kept secrets are … well, secrets. Places like Coyote Lakes, with that stone wall, Sanctuary's tough desert course, or Gold Canyon's Dinosaur Mountain (and the rare rare 9-hole rate) will provide you with challenges and memories to make this the trip of a lifetime. I was glad to be able to take in a second play most days of the trip, and the vast variety of choices made all the difference. Budget is a factor, so knowing that there are some quality affordable places to enjoy that second play of the day helped Scottsdale earn a special place on my list of Return To destinations.

Much as I had liked to spend the entire trip playing golf, I'm glad I took the time to break away and enjoy some Scottsdale has to offer. No, I'm not talking about shopping for southwestern style art, (though there's plenty of that to have had as well. The tour by Hummer, although hard plush, was an extraordinary experience, and a great way to see the true desert. I would not have missed either of them. The horseback trail rides, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and night vision excursions may appeal to some. I've put the hot air balloon ride on my list for next time. Nightlife is plentiful, as is the evening entertainment. Most of the time, I found I preferred to enjoy a relaxing evening and be up for a seven o'clock tee-off.

Flying in to Sky Harbor was easy enough, and the hotels all seem to have shuttles available. Quality car rentals are also available available, and I found I preferred this, as it gave me a lot more flexibility, let me pick and choose the courses I wanted to play on any given day.

I chose to stay at resorts the entire time I was in Scottsdale. A friend I ran into opted to rent a course-side condo. I do enjoy my creature comforts, but had to hand it to him. There's something to be said for having your coffee on the patio while looking out at the course you'll soon be playing. I did not mind driving for the second play of the day. Driving first thing in the morning would've taken something away from the vacation, though so, if budget permits, I highly recommend either either a resort or a course-side condo rental.

All in all, my first golf vacation in the Phoenix area was a pleasure, but this second trip to Scottsdale was a dream, and one I could enjoy most any time of the year. I've given Scottsdale a permanent spot on my list of golf vacation destinations, and imagine you'll do so too.

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Phoenix Golf Vacation

When a buddy of mine suggested I come for a working vacation, I thought he was exaggerating as he described that “Phoenix has a golf course every block or two!” As it turns out, he was not lying, and only exaggerating a little. A Phoenix Golf Vacation has an incredible number of golf courses sprawled…

When a buddy of mine suggested I come for a working vacation, I thought he was exaggerating as he described that “Phoenix has a golf course every block or two!” As it turns out, he was not lying, and only exaggerating a little. A Phoenix Golf Vacation has an incredible number of golf courses sprawled across its sprawling boundaries. After a week's winter visit, I can understand why he chooses to live in Phoenix. With so many people having to travel through Phoenix on business, it only makes sense to pause and enjoy a few holes along the way.

Raven Golf Course had a Phoenix Golf Package Special and was on my To Play list. A Gary Panks design, this course got an honorable mention back in 2000. Something about the place has drawn my curiosity since, but I've never bothered to take the time during any of my runs down I-10 to stop in and play there before. The first of 5 good days out was well spent there.

One of the other surprises was the quality of instruction available. It seems Phoenix is ​​working hard towards making itself the golf capital of the world, both in terms of terms of public-access regulation courses, and by making as many great golfers as possible. Driving ranges everywhere, of course, and the views are not too hard on the eye either. The humidity may be a bit bolstered by all of the terraforming, but seeing that lush green everywhere makes it more than worth it.

Phoenix seems to have sprung up entirely from its geography; it's the place where I-10 takes its turn back west when heading towards the California coast. When I'm driving west, I see it as that home-stretch marker on my way towards Los Angeles. As a hub city, it serves a tremendous number of people, so having all these courses ends up making good sense. The wait on a reservation might be intolerable without them. Instead, one finds a pleasant fraternity and warm welcome. Each place looks comfortable with their piece of the pie. I like that I felt relaxed, at ease, able to take my time and enjoy the day without worrying about holding anyone up or having them play on through.

No trip to Phoenix would be near complete without a run up to neighboring Scottsdale. That's where the area really shines. There the resorts, spas and pampering kick in, and I get that big grin on my face at the end of the day. Those make the place a great destination for a couple or family. I get my golf in on top-notch PGA host courses, the Missus and clan get what they want too. They can play tennis, or take a tour of the desert in a Hummer, check out the arts scene … Scottsdale makes it a win-win golf destination most seasons.

A word of fair warning: Phoenix is ​​not the place to go during July and August. But with 10 other glorious months of the year that are all blue skies, mild temps and sunshine, I'm hard to say that's a problem. The sheer volume of clubs, resorts and public courses more than makes up for it. World-class resorts waiting to pamper you hand and foot after a pleasant day spent doing what you love the most – what's not to like? Phoenix may very well be the golf capital of the world.

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Palm Springs – Palm Desert Golf Vacations

It's no wonder that most think of Palm Springs as a golfer's paradise. With well over thirty challenging regulation courses, comfortable winter temperatures, world-class resorts and a dry climate to play in, there are a few places that can hope to rival Palm Springs for a Golf Vacation destination. Putting them all against the back…

It's no wonder that most think of Palm Springs as a golfer's paradise. With well over thirty challenging regulation courses, comfortable winter temperatures, world-class resorts and a dry climate to play in, there are a few places that can hope to rival Palm Springs for a Golf Vacation destination. Putting them all against the back of decidedly breathtaking mountain scenery makes this golfer's Mecca irresistible. You'll feel like a kid in an old-fashioned candy shop while you're there. The hardest part of writing this proved to be choosing which of these great courses to share.

They take the game of golf seriously in Palm Springs. Palm Springs Golf Packages and vacations are immortalized as one of the ultimate golfing destinations. Palm Springs is home to an awesome list of PGA tours, and most of these resorts have hosted at least one of them! Many of these resorts offer 27 to 36 holes, playable in various challenging combinations. With courses like that, you could spend your entire vacation at just one resort course and still not get it all ironed out. But why would you, with so many wonderful choices available, all within a short pleasant drive of each other? Lakes, ponds, hills, traps and even waterfalls are all par for the course in this magic kingdom.

The list of courses and their designers is a literal Who's Who of the golfing world. The list of PGA tour hosts is about equal rival to that. Each of these courses offers its own pleasures, sweet spots and challenges. Each of them has beautiful vistas to share. Accommodations are accessible and luxurious, polite and friendly.

We all appreciate a day on the course, and the beauty of Palm Springs will not go wasted, but that's only part of the story in this lap-of-luxury town. It's great to be able to shed those winter clothes on the plane and be soaking up the sun a few hours later. Boasting clear, blue skies nearly every day of the year, (and a pool in just about every back yard,) you're actually guaranteed a trip full of wonderfully good days and comfortable rays.

There are a myriad of world-class resorts with luxurious day spas, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and cocktails. Each is served up by pleasant, knowledgeable, capable sun-wiping staff members. These are all part and parcel of the magic Palm Springs weaves for its visitors.

The desert nightlife includes everything from gourmet dining to surf & turf and sushi. Or if you've rather something a bit less formal, you can relax with a pizza or burger and a beer. That's the great thing about this place th there's literally something for every mood and moment. When the sun goes down, you can dance until dawn if you like. If a quiet evening out by the pool, taking in the desert stars is more your style, you're welcome to enjoy that as well.

The valley, which encompasses Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Indio, is indeed a magical place. Yet it's only a couple hours' drive from Los Angeles or San Diego and the ocean. If you're so inclined, you can play 18 holes in the morning and still make it to the mountains for a little downhill skiing. There are antique and Native American shops, art galleries, plenty of places to take in the Southwest feel of things amidst this hangout of Hollywood's most elite.

As you can see, in the end I decided not to decide. It's simply not possible to pick any one course or resort. They were all worthy of distinction, and each held sway during the time spent there. Naming any one place would be unfair to all of the others and their wonderful staffs, each of which went out of their way way to make sure my stay was both pleasant and memorable. Perhaps this is the best recommendation: Book a flight and stay in the Palm Springs area for your next golf vacation. Enjoy the wonderful weather, the world-class courses and resorts. You're certain to be back often. Try each of them out and decide for yourself which part of this golfer's paradise you like best. Bet you can not pick just one!

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La Costa Resort Golf Vacation

When you want your golf vacation to be exceptional and exceptional, at once relaxing and exhilarating, Carlesbad, California's La Costa Resort is the place for you. The coastal community's star resort, La Costa has an understated comfort and elegance few have the confidence to embrace. For decades, this world-class golf (and tennis) resort and spa…

When you want your golf vacation to be exceptional and exceptional, at once relaxing and exhilarating, Carlesbad, California's La Costa Resort is the place for you. The coastal community's star resort, La Costa has an understated comfort and elegance few have the confidence to embrace.

For decades, this world-class golf (and tennis) resort and spa has been serving the best on its two championship golf courses with golf vacation packages. Host to World Golf Championships, the North Course has been played by the Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Lee Trevino, Phil Mickelson, and Mark O'Meara, just to name a few. The wide fairways make La Costa a reasonably choice for such events, but that alone is not what makes a course world-class. Designed by Dick Wilson, the 7021 yard North Course is rated at 74.9, with a slope rating of 141. You will need strength, strategy and accuracy to play this course well. Water hazards and bunkers come into play regularly, often more than one at a time. Dececeptively simple in appearance, you'll enjoy the challenge, and want to play the course often enough to get it right.

The South Course is a bit more picturesque version with similar dangers and intensity. Rated at 74.8, this 7004 yard course describes the slope rating of 140. Those who think that equates to being just slightly easier than the North Course will be relieved of that ignorance in the last four holes, sometimes referred to as the “Longest Mile In Golf. ” Gratefully, those of us who are not pros can play from the other three sets of tees, but neither of these courses will ever be considered easy.

When you're ready for some pampering and relaxation, Dr. Deepak Chopra's Chopra Spa takes the concept to the next level. The Roman waterfall, a massive, serene courtyard, suites adjoining those areas and facilities, and leading-edge therapies are combined to provide you with the very experience you long for. A consultation with the staff is all it takes to let your wishes be known. They'll take it from there. Whether you want to leave loose as a jellyfish, invigorated and refreshed, ready to take on the world (or play another round), or just want to be spoiled rotten, the team at La Costa's spa will make your dreams come true.

The ladies will appreciate celebrity hair stylist Billy Yamaguchi, who works his salon on the promises, and incorporates the ancient Chinese wisdom of Feng Shui into the designs that he and his staff create. Another example of the ways in which La Costa is extraordinary, the Yamaguchi Salon takes the time to have a personal consultation with you, and create a style which facilitates greater confidence and accentuates natural beauty.

Accommodations include flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet, and plush terrycloth robes to ensure that your stay is comfortable. The rooms and suites themselves, located among 400 garden-setting acres, are spacious and the décor is eye-pleasing, employing furnishings which speak to a calm sense of dignified comfort. Suites are made to accommodate guests and their visitors, and can provide dining for up to six people. With over one hundred and forty million dollars in renovations, La Costa is certain to afford you the comfort one would expect from so celebrated a resort.

With unlimited golf packages available, the La Costa Resort has made it even easier to decide. Their packages are very reasonable, a tribute to the golf course heritage which has been at the heart of this wonderful destination since they opened in 1965. If your companion is not a golfer, there are even packages that allow you to golf while your companion spends the day being pampered at the spa.

What a great way to spend a vacation; La Costa is one fantastic golf vacation destination!

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Top Arizona Golf Resorts

Arizona is a state located in the southwestern part of the United States. It is also called the Grand Canyon State. Arizona is known for its breathtaking locations, abundant wildlife, golf courses, and health spas. Several luxury golf resorts attract thousands of golf enthusiasts around the year. Professionals and amateurs alike frequent these golf courses…

Arizona is a state located in the southwestern part of the United States. It is also called the Grand Canyon State. Arizona is known for its breathtaking locations, abundant wildlife, golf courses, and health spas. Several luxury golf resorts attract thousands of golf enthusiasts around the year. Professionals and amateurs alike frequent these golf courses and enjoy the luxuries and amenities offered by the resort.

Top golf courses in Arizona include Gold Canyon Golf Resort, Meridian Condo Resorts, and the Camel Back Golf Resort. Many visitors choose accommodations in spacious casitas, small Spanish bungalows, which provide a host of modern amenities and services. These golf resorts may also include in-room or outdoor spas, fireplaces and private patios.

Dinosaur Mountain, which is considered the number one golf course in Arizona, offers golfers exciting and challenging golf experiences. These golf resorts also provide them with an opportunity to absorb the spectacular sight of the desert environment.

Many top golf resorts also arrange for golf tournaments for all their visitors. Many resorts also provide golfing tips and other essential details about this sport. There are golf resorts and lodging packages that offer the services of golf courses that are affordable. They also offer the facilities of lodging complexes, which are specifically designed for golfers. These packages offer real value for the money spent on them and make the holiday to Arizona an exciting trip. Many online sites provide details on the golf courses that are located in Arizona.

Arizona vacation guides are available on the net. Beside listing the top golfing resorts, they also have good knowledge about Arizona landmarks, places, and parks. They provide important tourist information, with maps and images of Arizona. People can register for vacation planners. They help travelers to find desirable accommodation and save a substantial amount of money.

Bahamas Golf Vacations

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is an independent nation in the West Indies. The most commonly used language here is English. An archipelago of 700 islands and cays (which are small islands) make up the Bahamas. Geographically speaking the Bahamas is located in the Atlantic Ocean, east of Florida in the United States, north of…

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is an independent nation in the West Indies. The most commonly used language here is English. An archipelago of 700 islands and cays (which are small islands) make up the Bahamas. Geographically speaking the Bahamas is located in the Atlantic Ocean, east of Florida in the United States, north of Cuba and the Caribbean. They are an ideal weekend getaway or an excellent short cruise option.

Golf, which is a very leisurely sport is in sync with the whole mood of the Bahamas, presents an ideal getaway for relaxation of both the mind and the body just as golf does. As a result of the beautiful blue skies and warm weather, golfing has become a very popular sport which has found its ideal location in the consistent sun of The Bahamas. Nassau which is one of the very popular islands of the Bahamas averages seven hours of completely sunny skies per day. As it seldom rains in this part of the world even during the rainy season, it is a perfect place to enjoy long hours of golf.

Both nine- and eighteen-hole golf courses abound and the right course for each handicap can be found very easily through the island.

The Bahamas has some of the world's most beautiful and challenging golf courses, and also boasts of hosting many major and local tournaments. Most courses have different prices for in-season and off-season, as well as for guest and non-guests. Many courses are a part of resorts or hotels. Some of the more famous require carts and a mandatory caddy, however most offer club rentals.

Golf package vacations also include three nights in luxury one-bedroom suites, complimentary welcome drinks, coupon for complimentary poolside tropical drinks and daily continental breakfast. Round trip transportation between hotel and golf course, room tax and service charge is also often included. As a result of all the extras, these vacations are often quite expensive and tend to make a hole in the pocket.

Some of the popular golf courses which form a part of the golf vacation package are in Nassau. Other popular ones are the Paradise Island Golf Course, South Ocean Golf Course, Cable Beach Golf Course, Grand Bahamas Island, Bahamas Princess Emerald and Ruby Golf Courses, Fortune Hills Golf and Country Club and Lucaya Golf Course. Some of these provide a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop to the course.

Florida Golf Vacations

Many vacationers come to experience the unrivaled Florida golf vacations on the manicured greens of some of Florida's leading courses. There is a blend of over 1100 public and private membership golf courses throughout Florida. Given the massive recognition of golf throughout the state, it comes as no surprise to find that golf vacation packages…

Many vacationers come to experience the unrivaled Florida golf vacations on the manicured greens of some of Florida's leading courses. There is a blend of over 1100 public and private membership golf courses throughout Florida. Given the massive recognition of golf throughout the state, it comes as no surprise to find that golf vacation packages are available to suit all tastes and budgets. Tee Times USA is the world head in custom golf vacations and advanced tee time reservations in Florida. You can choose from more than 300 Florida golf courses and from hundreds of resorts, condominiums and hotels.

Florida golf vacations are particularly popular in winter when guests from the East Coast escape south to enjoy warm weather. The Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island features a course that incorporates the natural backdrop of the island, including sand dunes, palm trees and oaks. Great scenery and great weather is just a couple of reasons why visitors worldwide prefer Florida Golf Vacations for their weekend getaways. This extend of the Atlantic coast is lined with championship Florida Golf greens that are open to the public. Florida golf vacations initiate at the northern border of Florida and go on to the end of the Florida Keys.

Golf vacations and holidays in this state will offer exceptional challenges, including live alligators and other beasts of the unknown. Everyone knows Orlando has the world's best theme parks, from the magic of Walt Disney World Resort and the thrills of Universal Studios, to the pleasure of Sea World. But Orlando is also home to some of North America's best golf courses. Palm Beach is home to a number of top-notch golf courses mostly for the rich and famous. Panama City is also an excellent place to play golf on some of the most beautiful courses. With an average temperature of around 78 degrees, weather rarely interferes with year-round play. As the temperature decreases so do the prices of golf and lodging making Panama City a wonderful vacation bargain. No matter what the season, Panama City is one of the best places in Florida to play golf. Golf packages cost about $ 74 at Disney's Lake Buena Vista to about $ 130 at Disney's Mongnolia and Palm Course. There is single day as well as multi day package available. Such places offer complete entertainment during the golf vacation.

Golf Vacations to Cure Your Snowy Winter Blues

Winter is coming, and with that, coming the snow and the cold weather. This means that your golf clubs are already put away or are about to be put in storage for the season. With many if not all golf courses across the middle of the United States closing up shop for the season, how…

Winter is coming, and with that, coming the snow and the cold weather. This means that your golf clubs are already put away or are about to be put in storage for the season. With many if not all golf courses across the middle of the United States closing up shop for the season, how can you get your fix of the links other than watching some pros play on the Golf Channel? I will tell you how. Take a trip to a Myrtle Beach Golf resort. With temperatures across the US falling to freezing or nearly freezing, why not treat yourself to Myrtle Beach's temperature climate. During the months of December through March, Myrtle Beach has an average daily high of 62 ° F which makes this the perfect golf destination.

The area offers a variety of accommodations including Myrtle Beach Condo Resorts and packages for golf vacations. One option to plan is to book everything separately including accommodations and golf tee times. Sometimes this approach can take more time, effort and money to do. A better way to plan is to look into the many golf resorts with courses and accommodations right at the same location. When booking this way, you can save time, money and effort, as many of the resorts will give you first choice on tee times for the onsite course, or an affiliation with a nearby course that offers discounted rates. Many of these resorts will have a golf concierge that can give recommendations, or make tee times for you.

Myrtle Beach has many other perks, and one is the miles of sandy beaches. If you need a break from the fantastic golfing, or there there or, lounging on the beach can be a great way to relax or spend some time with family and friends. Other activities around Myrtle Beach include fine dining, a great nightlife, theme parks and other water sport activities.

Getting to Myrtle Beach could not be easier. The airport is located near the downtown area with many airlines flying in year round, and others fly seasonally. Either way, a good deal can be found. The airport features rental car agencies right on site, or you can arrange for a taxi or private shuttle service to take you directly to your accommodations. Most major airports have direct flights into Myrtle Beach, with smaller airports offering flights with layovers.

With golfing, beaches and many other activities, Myrtle Beach can be the winter destination you have been looking o escape the cold. Now is the time to plan your winter vacation getaway.

Island Golf – Ideas For Your Upcoming Golf Vacation

If you're like me, you like to find a vacation spot where you can engage in some of your favorite activities. Some people choose the destination based on its beauty or the weather, but I'm not to just sit and watch the sunset every day – I want a little action with my R &…

If you're like me, you like to find a vacation spot where you can engage in some of your favorite activities. Some people choose the destination based on its beauty or the weather, but I'm not to just sit and watch the sunset every day – I want a little action with my R & R.

Before you start planning a vacation, I want you to consider going to an island, but not because you can snorkel or surf – but because it's the most beautiful golf I've ever seen in my life.

Playing a round of golf on an island is the most peaceful mental game I've been exposed to. Of course, if there are jagged cliffs and shattering waves looming by the green, I'll admit it can get a tad intimidating.

Somehow, though, it's a little easier to accept your ball flying off over a cliff and into the big blue ocean than it is to see it sink into a stagnant pond on a main course. It may be the sea air or the fact that when I'm on vacation, nothing seems to matter much, but my game actually improves when I fly away to an island resort and reserve a tee time for the first morning I'm there.

So what do I look for when I want to go on an island golf getaway? Let's take a look at some of the most important criteria for me:

Is it family-friendly? Now I know not all kids belong on the golf course, but I drag my sons and daughter along with me and they hit the ball better than most adult players.

Still, we receive skeptical looks from those who do not know us and assume I'm going to ruin the course with my unmanageable brats. At the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, families get to use the Kiawah Island Family Tee Program from May 29-September 5th.

That means every day between 6 and 7 PM, families can tee up together without being rushed by other players to hurry up to the next hole. It's affordable (free for the kids) and everyone plays from the junior tees to encourage togetherness.

How many courses can I play? When you visit some of the islands, they'll have more than one course – and you'll want to play them all while you're there! It's not like you can drop by three weeks from today, so you want to get access to the various courses whenever you can.

If you order a golf resort package for a particular island, make sure you have access to the various courses, not just one. They may have different levels of course – from Championship courses to those for the average Jane.

How hard will it hit my pocketbook? I'm a savvy shopper, whether it's whole grains or a good golf resort, so I want the most play for my money. A good golf resort package will include more than 1 round of golf, and will include green and cart fees, range balls, and a breakfast, dinner, or meal or two along the way.

Of course the costs will vary depending on what time of year that you go, just as it does for any resort vacation. If you go to Kiawah Island in the winter, from January 1-March 15, for instance, you'll only have to pay $ 303 per person. But an Easter vacation from April 8-21st will go up in price to $ 446 per person.

There are always variations of packages. You can downsize the amenities and have a smaller villa or fewer meals for a reduced cost. Or, you can super-size your play and get golf instructions, sports massages, and personalized club fitting if you have the money to do it.

What else does the island have to offer? When we went to Hawaii, we loved exploring the flora and fauna on foot and renting mopeds to travel all around from the Pearl Harbor museum to Diamond Head for a beautiful view of Honolulu.

This, of course, was in between our trips to Coral Creek where we enjoyed a PGA lesson and enjoyed fine dining experience while the kids (along with grandma) went to a luau for the night.

Do not forget that planning a trip to an island golf resort is not very different from planning any other vacation. You want the best amenities for the least amount of money and there are always packages available to cater to your needs.