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Let's hear where you're planning to tee it up with your group this year, be it just a weekend escape with a couple friends or 100 guys spending a week at Bandon. This year, I'll have a group of 8 taking the drive up I-75 from Detroit to northern Michigan. It's the second year for this group after a prior one I organized fizzled out due to major life changes (babies, cross-country moves, etc.) Last year we only had four guys and did a Bay Harbor+Boyne Highlands and Treetops (link to photos in my sig), but Boyne is demolishing their lodge this year so they were extremely short on rooms for our dates. A breakdown of our complete itinerary below. The total cost per guy including all golf and lodging worked out to just under $700 each. Not the cheapest, but far from breaking the bank to leave plenty of $ in the pocket for booze and bets. Sunday PM round @ The Loop (Black) Lodging @ Forest Dunes Monday AM round @ The Loop (Red) PM round @ Forest Dunes Lodging @ TreeTops Tuesday AM round @ Treetops Signature PM round @ Treetops Premier Twilight round @ Treetops Threetops Lodging @ TreeTops Wednesday AM round @ Treetops Masterpice PM round @ Treetops Tradition (likely changing this to be a second round at Signature to end on high note) Drive back to Detroit
Thought I share the below trip with you guysâ€¦ We were 8 guys who went to Ireland for a week to celebrate my 50th and played 5 courses. Normal fines were the order of the day like: 1 Tequila: on-course swearing | club throwing | 2 shots getting out of bunker | late for breakfast 2 Tequilas: go to bed before 2am | more than 2 shots out of the bunker (there were more) The results Day 1: 93 Tequilas Day 2: 2 Tequilas Day 3: 18 Tequilas (1 guy had 11 â€“ only took 5 and the rest the next morning before breakfast) Day 4: 33 Tequilas Day 5: All fines were cancelled â€“ could not handle anymore! What's the lesson we learned? The fines-master is your best and only friend, treat him with respect. Don't get too friendly with the gay barman after a round of golf and lock your door of your hotel room when you go to bed. The barman will use your toilet while you are sleeping, get undressed and jump into bed with you! Never visit a local pub after your golf round and try drinking Guinness Beer with the locals. Do not mix Guinness with Tequila. Your â€œnew friendâ€ will take you to his home and you will miss the next day's golf. Can you image how your friends will look for you in the morning, especially when they have no idea how they got to their hotel? Don't be surprised if most the caddies at some courses are over 60 years of age and carry two bags. If you go to bed at 4am, take 6 tequilas before breakfast and tee up at 8am, you will not break 120 even if you are a 7 handicap. It is also not a good idea to play skins worth $10 per skin. When you can't run fast (very fast), I will not advise you to start a conversation with a father of a lovely lady. To approach a total unfamiliar person, just because you saw him chatting to a girl, you can certainly not tell the guy how much you like the lady at the bar, how well she is build and have the courage to explain in detail what you will do with her. Yes, the guy will also â€œchip inâ€ with some thoughts of his own, but once he realized that you two are talking about two different girls and the one you like is his 22 year old daughter â€“ then you run and rely on your friends to apologize on your behalf. Not a regular alcohol consumer: It's not a good idea to play golf with 7 buddies if it's your 50th birthday and don't win the competition - not even if you are thousand miles away from home and your family (yes, including your wife). You will have 7 guys complaining about your mom giving birth 50 years ago, question why you are not a girl (just because they will have more â€œfunâ€ with you) and please do not try playing 18 holes the next day. You might just look down the first fairway after you're first shot and find the ball is still on the tee. Keep golfing ......
SPY ZINGER TRAVELS LIGHT In Early November, I traveled to Carlsbad, California, to visit the top three equipment manufactures in the area. Now, I am from Minneapolis, and my home golf course is closed for the season. There is no way I'm traveling to Southern California and not playing a couple rounds of golf, mixing business with pleasure. I don't care if you are trying to squeeze some golf in on a business trip, or planning a golf getaway, there is nothing worse than lugging your clubs in a travel case. Think about it for a minute. It's a pain in the crotch to say the least. Into the car, the ticket counter, baggage claim, the car rental shuttle, the rental car, your hotel, on and on. 45 pounds of misery, only to do it all again on the way home. If you're traveling with a couple buddies, you better be renting a mini-van. This time around, I decided I have had enough and was going to ship my clubs. I contacted Ship Sticks, and it was one of the best travel experiences I have had involving golf. Ship Sticks contracts with two companies: UPS and FedEx. That's it. They receive a volume discount, and pass the savings along to the consumer. The result is, you pay a lower rate than walking into a UPS or FedEx location to ship on your own. The process is simple. Contact Ship Sticks by telephone or fill out their online form. The rate you pay is determined by your home or shipping location, and your destination. Since I was leaving from Minneapolis to San Diego, ground shipping is $60 each way, for $120 total round trip. This includes $1,000 in insurance, and you can purchase more if needed. Expedited shipping options are also available if you are shipping less than five days out. Based on my route, UPS was the contracted carrier. Ship Sticks prepares a pre-printed UPS Label for both shipments, and sends it directly via email. I packed my clubs into a hard sided travel case, taped the label on with clear box tape, and brought my clubs into a UPS Store near my house. My clubs were shipped directly to the La Costa Golf Resort in Carlsbad, CA. You can track them with the standard UPS tracking number however, Ship Sticks will send you an email once they arrive at your destination. When I arrived at the course, the staff knew exactly where my clubs were, and the process was flawless. The last course I played on my trip was Torrey Pines. At the conclusion of play, I packed them up in the hard sided travel case again, taped the label on the box, and left them with the staff. The following day, UPS picked them up on their regular stop at the course, and they were on their way back to my front door. Simple service to use, and the added cost is worth the convenience. Obviously, it is more cost effective to pay the baggage fee at approximately $50-60 round trip. For the extra $60, I found Ship Sticks to be well worth the cost to avoid the headache of the process involved with lugging the clubs to and from your destination. I appreciated the fact that I could send them right in the travel case, it was easy to set-up, and the operation was flawless from start to finish. If you are planning a winter golf getaway this winter, Ship Sticks is worth the splurge. You've been lugging your clubs around long enough, take a break and enjoy travel without them. After this experience, I'll never travel check my bags at the airport again. http://youtu.be/QVka0BCrwTI