My Turn

Golf Vacations - - Contents - by Chris and Heather Booth­man

What bet­ter way to be­gin a va­ca­tion than by plan­ning a golf va­ca­tion to Gulf Shores, Alabama. Ev­ery year I tell my­self I will play more golf – and the Alabama Gulf Coast tops my list. You may be won­der­ing what makes Gulf Shores so spe­cial and why it is any dif­fer­ent from other golf des­ti­na­tions. Let’s take a look at five things that set Gulf Shores golf apart. Gor­geous Golf Cour­ses Whether you are head­ing over to the world­class golf re­sort at Kiva Dunes or the 27-hole spec­tac­u­lar com­plex at The Penin­sula Golf and Racquet Club, you can be as­sured Gulf Shores is home to myr­iad golf links un­like any­where else we have ex­pe­ri­enced. Not only are these high-qual­ity cour­ses that will test ev­ery level of golfer, they are af­ford­able, in pris­tine con­di­tion and, most im­por­tantly, they will in­spire you to keep want­ing to come back to play more. Both Kiva Dunes and Penin­sula epit­o­mize the beauty along the Gulf Coast. For those of you who want to chal­lenge your­self even fur­ther, head over to Craft Farms to ex­pe­ri­ence cour­ses de­signed by the one and only Arnold Palmer. It’s fair to say that if “The King” ap­proved of the Alabama Gulf Coast for avid golfers, this is a good enough rea­son on its own to jus­tify a visit! Great Weather All Year The Alabama Gulf Coast is a great year­round golf­ing des­ti­na­tion. With a min­i­mum av­er­age tem­per­a­ture in the mid-50s dur­ing the win­ter, you can en­joy the im­mac­u­late golf cour­ses through­out the year. Grab your sweater and hit the links to start your golf­ing sea­son in Gulf Shores.

Im­prove Your Golf­ing Skills

Guy’s Golf Week­endAre you ready to start fine-tun­ing your swing? Or per­haps you are just start­ing out and want to hit the links with some top tips? Head over to the pro shops at any of the golf cour­ses in Gulf Shores and ask about sched­ul­ing an in­di­vid­ual les­son – or per­haps a group les­son if you are en­joy­ing an ul­ti­mate man­ca­tion! Pre­fer to re­main self-taught? For as low as $15, you can start im­prov­ing your tech­nique and be­gin mas­ter­ing the very best cour­ses in Gulf Shores. Kiva Dunes and Penin­sula Golf Club are home to great prac­tice ar­eas with a driv­ing range, chip­ping green and per­fect putting sur­face to help you suc­ceed.

It’s More Than Just Golf

The beauty of vis­it­ing the Alabama Gulf Coast is that it’s more than just about the golf­ing Big Beach Brew­ing Com­pa­ny­ex­pe­ri­ence. Yes, you could eas­ily spend your whole golf­ing trip hit­ting the best cour­ses along this stretch of coast, but what about all the other attractions and ex­pe­ri­ences you will want to en­joy? When you’re ready to re­lax on the beach, the 32 miles of pris­tine white sands will al­ways be a wel­come op­tion. Af­ter a long day on the course, head over to Big Beach Brew­ing Com­pany to sam­ple a flight of the very best craft brews on the Gulf Coast. When you hear that all the beers on tap are made in-house and the com­pany is owned by a Gulf Coast fam­ily, you know you are vis­it­ing a place that is pas­sion­ate about pro­duc­ing qual­ity brews. If you are vis­it­ing on the week­end, you’ll en­joy the bonus of re­lax­ing to live mu­sic.

Fam­ily Golf­ing Get­away

Long gone are the days when golf was just for a se­lect group of in­di­vid­u­als. Now the whole fam­ily can en­joy the sport. Gulf Shores cer­tainly em­braces this and en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to pick up their clubs and hit the links. Glen Lakes Foot­golfEven if golf isn’t re­ally your thing, there is a new sport be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar: FootGolf. A com­bi­na­tion of soc­cer and golf, this is a great way for ev­ery­one to get on the golf course. Gulf Shores is the ul­ti­mate par­adise for the golfers in your life. I hope you are now con­vinced that this is the best spot for your next golf­ing get­away. I know I am, and I can­not wait to start my golf sea­son along the Gulf Coast this year! Chris and Heather Booth­man are the co-founders and edi­tors of A Brit

and A South­erner, a travel blog de­voted to shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences around the world. Fo­cused on “ex­plor­ing the world one week­end at a time,” Chris and Heather are part-time trav­el­ers hop­ing to in­spire oth­ers to re­al­ize their dreams even with a 8-5 job.

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