Anatomy of a Golfing Road Trip
Here in the North, those of us who are of the golfing persuasion spend these sub-freezing days dreaming of ideal golfing days in far off locations. This is the climate in which many a golfing trip is formulated. Nothing quite stokes the fire like planning out those road trips. The most common variety for my bunch of knuckleheads is the 2-4 nighter by car, going as far as a 5.5 hour drive to Pinehurst. (Sheer Heaven!)
Over the last few years, however, the number of trips has increased and now includes a big trip to go along with the occasional, shorter roadies. Recently, we’ve been to Scotland, to Augusta for the Masters and, last year, to Alabama to play the RTJ Golf Trail. So as Fall expires into Winter, we started making the long range plans for the annual big trip. Our group discussions, often in barrooms, were debating the usual suspects amongst our desired destinations and led us to the unanimous conclusion that this year we’re going to Kohler Resort, on the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.
Many details need to be hammered out. First, the dates: we’re going on Fathers Day weekend this time. Golf in the morning, watch the US Open telecast in the afternoon and there’s still time for a late 9 holes afterwards for those who haven’t had to much cheer already. Oh, Daddy! Second, the courses: play the big dog twice – Whistling Straits, the Straits Course. We’ve learned over time that enhances the memories. Third, get the right flight: whenever possible, get a direct flight. It lessens the chances of lost luggage or golf clubs. Fourth, arrange accommodations: my boys and I prefer less in the way of accommodations because we rarely spend any time in the room. Our forte is sampling the local atmosphere. Ahem.
Then there is all the minutiae such as collecting money, where to meet, getting to the airport, parking, rental vehicles, gas, etc. All of these tasks fall on one guy – me – because one thing I’ve learned: planning the trip enhances the anticipation. And I like that too.
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There are actually quite a few very good courses in that area that we considered extending the trip for but like you guys, RonMonster, we're just going to o.d. on the resort courses. One of the great secrets of Kohler is that after your first paid round of the day, you can play again (on a space-available basis only) at the Irish & Meadow Valley courses for just the caddy or cart fee.
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