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     Hope all of you are off to a great start to 2017.  Many areas have enjoyed warmer than usual temps for the first three months. Now that Spring is here we can breakout the golf clubs and plan for days on the links, long weekends and summer vacations.
     We've found some great packages for golf and vacations that should fit just about any budget.  We continue to bring you the best deals from all over the U.S. and the World. Check them out and enjoy!
     If you don't find the right place to play golf or vacation in this newsletter, then let us encourage you to check out our more than 200-plus golf course reviews at Featured Articles.  We believe you'll find many of interest.
     A new section has been added to called the Florida Historic Golf Trail. Mike May, a full-time Florida resident is reviewing all 53 courses on this trail. Mike is touring Great Britain this summer and will bring us interesting stories and places to play when he returns in late June.
     You are encouraged to visit and read some of our reviews of courses, destinations and golf/travel products.  We're sure you'll find something of interest. Hit 'em straight!

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Golfing Central, Southern & Coastal Oregon
12 courses, 189 holes, 1003 miles in 8 days!
Bandon DunesThe State of Oregon is recognized for its dramatic and captivating Pacific coastline. Golf is certainly included in this overall image. Recently, took on the challenge of some of Oregon’s 125-plus courses, open to the public, beginning with two of the finest at the Black Butte Resort near Sisters, then on to Aspen Lakes, Brasada Canyons, Tetherow, Crosswater, Running Y, Centennial, Bandon Crossings, Old Bandon Golf Links, Bandon Dunes and ending with a real classic at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach.  Check then all out: CLICK HERE.

Golfing In Maine is As Good
As the Lobster!

SugarloafWhen you think of Maine, you think of lobster, fall foliage, beautiful coastline but not necessarily golf.  Maine has all of this and so much more…including some 140 golf courses across the approximately 33,200 square miles of what is called the "Pine Tree State." With only 10-days to experience the New England states of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, experienced three of Maine’s outstanding golf layouts…Sugarloaf in Carrabassett, Samoset in Rockport/Camden and Sable Oaks in South Portland. Each one different, each one worth playing again…and, again.  Check them out CLICK HERE.

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Destin, Florida - The #1 Golf Getaway
(Multiple packages for different dates)

Sensational Golf this Spring!
Sandestin’s Classic Golf Package

Enjoy the best golf packageSandestin_687 deal of spring at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort with rates starting at ONLY $121*

  • Deluxe accommodations,
  • 1 round at The Links
  • 1 round at Baytowne Golf Club,
  • plus many extras.

Book Online or call 866.369.6012. Promo code: SDGOLF.

Sandestin Golf SunsetEnjoy Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Player’s Package with rates starting at ONLY $138*!
  • 2 rounds on 2 scenic courses, Raven & Baytowne
  • Deluxe Accommodation
  • Plus Many Extras!
Book Online or call 866.369.6012. Promo code: PLAY.
Raven_6Enjoy the Raven Experience this spring at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort with rates starting from only $167*!
  • Deluxe accommodations each night,
  • 1 round at Raven and
  • 1 round at the semi-private Burnt Pine Golf Club,
  • plus many extras!
Book Online or call 866.369.6012. Promo code: DM4GLF.
Sandestin BurntPine_14Plan your summer golf getaway at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast.
  • Play on 2 scenic courses and
  • enjoy deluxe accommodations
  • plus many extras
  • packages starting at ONLY $137*.
Book Online or call 866.369.6012. Promo code: SDGOLF.
golfball_sandestin_logo_1Enjoy the Player’s Package at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort this summer with rates starting at ONLY $154*!
  • 2 rounds on 2 scenic courses, Raven & Baytowne
  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Plus Many Extras!
Book Online or call 866.369.6012. Mention promo code: PLAY.
  • *Rates valid 5/26-8/5/17.
  • Restrictions and blackout dates apply.

Homestead from golf course 2The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA, offers world-class golf in one of the most picturesque resorts in the south. The resort’s Old Course recently celebrated its 125th anniversary and launched their newest package, “Grip it or Zip it,” in honor of the brand new Zip Line on property. For more booking information and package details please click here.

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Callaway Gardens - Pine Mountain, GA

     Play where the PGA Tour School's First Stage took place last October and compare your skills to the pros on the renown Mountain View, or try the less challenging Lake View course.  Play as many holes as you can fit in your visit, based on tee time availability, with The Ultimate Unlimited Callaway Golf Cottage Package. This package is available through December 31, 2017.

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Tee it up at PGA Golf Club - Port St. Lucie, Florida
This is home to four award-winning golf courses designed by Pete Dye and Tom Fazio. Starting at $399, the Fantastic Four at PGA Village package includes three nights’ accommodations and four rounds on the Dye, Ryder and Wanamaker courses and St. Lucie Trail Golf Club.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, PH: 877.567.6513

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Hilton Head, SC

Birdies and Beer Package ($180 per person/per night through May)

  • 4 days /3 nights in a 2-bedroom villa at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
  • Three rounds of golf on your choice of three championship courses (includes green fees and cart fees)
  • Breakfast and Beers included
  • Two hours of court time per day per villa or home at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center
  • Complimentary Range Balls
  • Pro Shop Merchandise & Dining Discounts at Big Jim's & The Dunes House
  • Preferred rates and priority access to all resort activities and amenities
Mystical Golf, 843-282-2977

Myrtle Beach, SC

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Mystical Golf offers "Myrtle Beach’s finest 54 holes of golf” on its acclaimed Witch, Man-O-War and Wizard courses. The Witch and Man-O-War courses are ranked in the “Top 15 Courses in South Carolina” in Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor rater reviews. Through Sept.6, the exceptional three-day Gold Package starts at $99 (per person, per day, taxes included). 


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Skip Work. Play Mach Dunes: From May 1st – September 30th, visit Sunday – Thursday and enjoy a luxury golf getaway starting at $107.66 per person! Package includes:

  • One-night stay in a luxurious 2-bedroom cottage (for four) or 4-star hotel (for two)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Unlimited golf
  • Discounted fees at Machrihanish Golf Club and Dunaverty Golf Club
  • One soup and sandwich lunch per person at the Golf House
  • A wee bottle of locally distilled whisky
  • BONUS:  Extend your stay and get $25.04 off your second night
Includes VAT and $3.76 per night resort fee.  Rates reflect starting from rate for four staying a Ugadale cottage. Rates at the Royal and Ugadale Hotels are slightly more per person. Subject to availability.

Machrihanish Dunes 18th GreenTwo-Night Group Offer at Ugadale Cottages at Machrihanish Dunes: Two night’s accommodation in a 2-bedroom luxury cottage, daily breakfast, and unlimited golf.

  • April: $111.41 per person per night*
  • May thru September: $133.94 per person per night* (Sunday – Thursday) / $153.97 per person per night* (Friday & Saturday)

*Rates are for a 2-night’s stay based on 4 people sharing a 2-bedroom cottage, a minimum of 8 people and includes VAT and $3.76 per night resort fee. Subject to availability.


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Little Creek Casino Resort, the Western Washington entertainment destination and A-5-salish-cliffshome to award-winning Salish Cliffs Golf Club, recently announced large scale hotel renovations to be completed in time for summer. The wide-ranging room upgrades include larger bathrooms, updated carpeting, paint and décor as well as new amenities.



Kuai HawaiiKauai, Hawaii

Golf’s Ultimate Island Greens: Imagine turquoise Pacific waves crashing.  Warm, sun-kissed breezes caressing.  Lush mountain waterfalls cascading. This is Kauai, the “Garden Island,” where no building can be taller than the tallest coconut tree and the vibe is sensual. Stunning courses and luxurious resorts beckon. Learn more at


Branson LakesBranson/Lakes Area, Missouri

Golf’s Ozark Mountain Oasis: With a Gary Player-designed course opening this spring at Big Cedar Lodge – the third course to open in three years – coupled with complementary existing ones, the Branson area is the fastest-growing golf destination in America.  Learn more about these courses and other activities at


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Harris, MI: Home to award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club, with 18-hole sister course Sage Run to debut in fall 2017, Island Resort and Casino is an amenity-rich destination nestled in the state’s pristine Upper Peninsula. Sweetgrass joins two other acclaimed courses to offer the popular “Perfect Foursome” stay-and-play package.


PRGC No. 3Pound Ridge Golf Club

Visit Pound Ridge Golf Club – the only course in New York designed by the legendary Pete Dye. Located in Westchester County, it is less than an hour north of New York City and less than 15 minutes from Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut. Pound Ridge Golf Club is the premier high-end, public course in the metropolitan New York area.


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Moseley, Virginia - serves as the centerpiece of Magnolia Green – a resort-style community planned for 3,000 homes. The course, a Nicklaus Design in association with Tom Clark, has broken ground on a brand new 15,000 square foot golf clubhouse, set to open Fall 2017.




Golf Tips From The Pros.
Sharpen your game with tips from some of our favorite golf pros. CLICK HERE FOR "HOW TO HIT THE FAIRWAY 3-WOOD."  Contact Bill May at: 239-207-5676  or E-mail: for lessons.

United_States_Golf_Association_Logo.svgOur friends at the United States Golf Association (USGA) have a great website to help you keep up with all of their many golf tournaments throughout the year.  Click here to see the USGA schedules for the New Year as well as into the future.


During the recent 2017 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, was introduced to the Bermuda Sands Apparel.  Very impressed with the look, feel and variety of this brand, we wanted to make our readers aware of this brand of golfing sportswear.

Bermuda Sands is relatively new to the market, having been created in 2009.  Bermuda Sands Apparel provides innovative golf apparel.  

Quoting from the company’s website, they “use a vertical company design to create garments of impeccable quality. Being vertical allows us to maintain a level of control so every garment is our best. We design, source, manufacture and market in-house, with singular focus. We have several different collections that are designed with our customers in mind. From our Bermuda Sands Collection, through our BSXP and Storm Cotton™ lines, we have just what you're looking for.  At Bermuda Sands, we have a singular focus. We are driven to deliver outstanding craftsmanship and superior golf apparel at unrivaled prices.”

Reviewing the latest in golf sportswear for 2017. Featuring fashions from Antigua, Bermuda Sands, Callaway Apparel, Carnoustie and others. You'll also see scenes of some very nice golf courses from around the World. CHECK IT OUT!
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Orange Beach, Alabama

Turquoise Place Towers

Turquoise Place

Turquoise Place, the premier resort of the Gulf Coast. Located in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama, Turquoise Place sets the new standard for luxury with its two glass towers soaring 26 and 30 stories high above the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and spacious vacation residences all featuring gulf front balconies with outdoor grills and hot tubs.

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NEW Air Force One  Air Foil Fairway Woods were recently introduced. The woods are offered in a 15-degree 3-wood and 19-degree 5-wood.  "The Air Force One  brand is known for producing easy-to-hit equipment that increases ball speed for more distance," says AFO President Ross Kvinge.  The launch of the fairway woods follows a very successful launch earlier this year of the Air Force One player and game improvement irons.  The Air Foil fairway woods enables Air Force One to carry on the tradition of edge to edge sweet spot well known in the DFX driver to give additional forgiveness on off-center hits. Though independent testing the Air Foil fairway wood proved to be one of the easiest fairway woods to hit off the deck, creating a high trajectory on-line to the target. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE.

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Opening July 2017, Oregon's family boutique resort with only America's second 18-hole reversible golf course, plus a 9-hole par-3 and a 7-hole Gauntlet Course. Get a taste of the Old West in a setting with upscale accommodations, dining and lots of family activities.  We've interviewed Dan Hixon, the golf course architect and placed a pre-opening article on the website.  CLICK HERE to read the story.

Thistle06-NewSkyThe Spring Elite Package, which starts at $238, is one of Myrtle Beach’s hottest deals, offering four rounds, anchored by Thistle Golf Club and Tidewater Golf Club, two of the Grand Strand’s premier layouts. The Spring Elite courses are completed by Prestwick and Arrowhead, a pair of 4+ star courses.

Puakea Golf Course, 808.245.8756

Kaua’i, HI

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Designed by Robin Nelson, Puakea's 18 diverse holes are set at the base towering Mount Ha’upu and weave through deep ravines, cross mountain-fed streams, reveal views of the Pacific Ocean and treat golfers to stunning island beauty. Its proximity to the airport and downtown Lihue make the course as conveniently located as it is breathtakingly beautiful.


Wailua Golf Course, 808.241.6666

Kaua’i, HI

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Conveniently located just north of the airport and a few miles from Lihue, Wailua’s 18-hole course is one of the best municipal courses in the United States. It’s also one of the island’s most popular due to its fun and challenging layout and views of the stunning mountains along the Coconut Coast.


Kaua‘i Golf Trail Card

Kaua’i, HI

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Tour some of the best courses in Hawaii and save over 15% off standard rates with the Kaua‘i Golf Trail Card. For $475 including tax, players can choose three rounds to play from among four participating courses – Ocean Course at Hokuala, Puakea Golf Course, Princeville Makai Golf Club and Poipu Bay Golf Course.


Princeville Makai
Golf Club, (808) 826-1912.

Kaua’i, HI

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The 3-Day Makai Unlimited Pass ($465) at Makai Golf Club lets golfers play as much golf as they can during a three-day period. For guest planning on extended stays, the Princeville Makai Premium Golf Pass ($750) includes six rounds of golf.  Both passes include practice area access and golf cart.


Poipu Bay Golf Course, 808-742-8711

Kaua’i, HI

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Poipu Bay Golf Course offers a variety of golf packages with special pricing for guests of the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa. The 3-Round Package includes three rounds of golf for $440 ($382 for resort guests). Other options include a 5-Round Package for $685 ($600 for resort guests) and 10-Round Package for $1,250 ($1,090 for resort guests).


Ocean Course
at Hokuala, 808-241-6000

Kaua’i, HI

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Featuring 18 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature golf, the Ocean Course at Hokuala boasts the longest continuous stretch of oceanfront holes in all of Hawaii, providing more than one-half mile of unobstructed Pacific Ocean views. Newly renovated, the course features TifEagle greens on every hole and added white silica sand bunkers.
Premier Golf
Travel Packages, 866-260-4409

Premier GolfPremier Golf, the nation’s leading golf travel package provider, offers an array of thrilling packages. Whether it’s an exotic golf safari to South Africa, a golfing tour of Australia and New Zealand or a trip to classic U.S. destinations like Bandon Dunes or Pinehurst, your trip will be managed by the foremost experts at Premier Golf.

Antigua continues to embellish textured solids this season by adding an abstract geometric all-over embossed interlock style. Style Survey creates an optical effect of light and shadow that brings this solid style to life with a golfer’s every movement. To enhance its sophisticated fashion appeal, it’s created using an un-embossed solid self collar and cuff interlock making for a truly handsome piece.

Ladies Sleeveless Jewel
The ladies sleeveless Jewel style features Antigua’s one-of-a-kind geometric jacquard Desert Dry moisture wicking knit fabric.  The textured face and flat-back fabrication is smooth against the body and allows for optimal wicking performance at the face.  The sleeveless Jewel is one of Antigua’s best-selling pieces because the fabric has a unique drape that women of any age find flattering.  The hidden ribbon and snaps at the top shoulder seam are great for holding a bra strap in place for a worry-free swing.

Antigua Sportswear Spring 2017 Collection

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For the 2017 spring fashion for Antigua,
this season’s polo offering is a sublimation print with strategically engineered front and back panels. Purposely designed with a color-to-white gradient and solid-to-geometric stripe detail, style Finesse fully demonstrates the depth of this season’s primary colors as they wash to white. It’s both a fun and active styling fit to the collection.

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To golfers, the putter is a personal thing.  It takes time to get use to using a putter and usually nearly one-half of your score is based on how well you putt.

Taking on the Miura KM-007 mallet putter became a very serious assignment.  There are literally hundreds of putters on the market.  So, how do we give one putter a review without taking on others?  But, we did.

For the first half-dozen balls I struck, the distance to the hole was short compared to the white hot I’m accustomed.  However, after a dozen or so putts, there was no comparison to the solid feel the KM-007 delivered.  I like the shape, the look, the feel and the positive response the KM-007 mallet putter gave me within less than 10 minutes on the putting green.

New for Spring '17 from Carnoustie

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New for Spring '17 from Carnoustie is a modern color block style that combines this mélange fabric with an awning stripe fabric, creating a fresh look. Also featured in the new performance collection is a mini floral print that's small enough in proportion to create an all-over look. Small prints are very much on trend and Carnoustie's is fun and colorful yet extremely wearable and appropriate for the season.

All of Carnoustie's performance styles include moisture management properties, stretchable comfort, odor management and UV protection.

  CLICK HERE to see more Carnoustie apparel for 2017.
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