Thanksgiving: With family, friends and a chance to play, golfers are a lucky lot
A few thoughts on some of the things I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving:
Readers not afraid to speak up - We've got a good crew of staff writers who make it their business to get out and play countless courses each year. But we still want more! That's where our readers come in. We get feedback about golf courses all over the world. Some tell of a diamond in the rough or of a recommended bargain play, others warn of a course to avoid. So, your turn: Tell us about your favorite and least favorite tracks, or rip one of our writers.
Video cameras and crap golfers - A cruise around YouTube.com gave one of the editors at BadGolfer.com the brilliant idea to spotlight a new bad golf video each day. Without the technology behind this fantastic platform, we'd get to see few hackers flailing away at their embarrassing worst, something guaranteed to make you feel better about your game.
Golf on the Gulf - While a full recovery from the devastation of Katrina and Ivan may be a long way off, Tim McDonald, who knows the area well, reports that there is a lot of golf to be played down on the Gulf of Mexico. Northern golfers looking to spend sometime golfing in the sun could do a lot worse than heading down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast or to the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area in Alabama.
Our legs - The only thing worse than being forced to pay for a golf cart are those nimrods who tool around in carts straight from MTV's Pimp My Ride. Even Brandon Tucker, who is young enough to have had his attention span permanently stunted by a childhood of video games and rap "music", came home from Scotland extolling the virtues of walking 18. There are people who need golf carts. For them, carts are a wonderful invention. Those of us who can walk 18, however, should be thankful for our health and do what we can to maintain it.
Family - I would be remiss in my duties as the alleged staff hanky man, if I did not mention loved ones. Dads. Moms. Husbands and wives. Kids. Brothers. Sisters. Grandparents. Hold 'em tight, folks, and enjoy your time together while you can.
Who says you can't combine romance and a golf trip? Even if you're no Casanova, you can still woo your golf-loving significant other around the links. Consider the Costa del Sol region of Spain, staying in a castle in Scotland or sharing dinners in style on the Mexican coast after playing Jack Nicklaus' epic Cabo del Sol Ocean Course. Famed Pinehurst and Kiawah Island are also great bets for a romantic ace.
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Bill Wolfrum tells "TravelGolf.com This Week" podcast host Dave Berner that the SoCal High Desert is a low-cost alternative to Palm Springs or Las Vegas. With the NBA All Star game coming to Las Vegas Feb. 18, hotel rooms and tee times will be scarce - so it's essential to book now. And, podcaster Bruce Stasch provides his take on Callaway Golf's e-commerce platform and what it means to golfers.
The Grand Strand is 50 miles of golf along unbroken beach, from the southern tip of North Carolina down to Georgetown, S.C. With stays averaging five days, few golfers can do more than scratch the surface of the Strand's 100-plus playing possibilities, and wise ones will stick to either the north, central or south Strand to make the most of their trip. There's a perfect itinerary for each portion. Here are a few tips for five days on the North Strand.
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