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  1. I have been looking to schedule more golf travel vacations for my dad and I. My first trip was to Scotland. When I first started to plan the trip it was a little overwhelming with options and different providers. Some that could guarantee a tee time at St. Andrews Old Course and some that somewhat guaranteed but you weren't sure. I was fortunate enough to work with a great tour operator, St. Andrews Golf Travel. The two principals, Mark Gentles and Graeme Dawson, were fantastic and provided white glove service and an experience that made you want to go back as often as possible. I realized that I couldn't have been the only one who started off struggling with finding a good tour operator and wanted to spread the word about my great experience with St. Andrews Golf Travel so others could have as easy a time booking a memorable vacation. What golf trips have you planned and who did you use as a tour operator? Share your experiences so other golf enthusiasts can take advantage of great service. I recommend St. Andrews Golf Travel to anyone I know interested in a UK golf vacation. Who would you recommend to others? Love to see a sharing of service providers for great golf destinations.
  2. I’m staying at the Westin Punta Cana in January. What are the best golf options, not more than 1/2 hour drive away?
  3. Virginia is often overlooked as a premiere golf vacation destination as compared to more heavily advertised areas like Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head. Virginia Golf Vacations and Williamsburg Golf Packages are one company that offer packages that they can tailor to any group. My last trip there, we had 16 guys and no one had any negative comments about the whole experience. Do your homework and be specific about your needs. Chris Hartig and his professional staff can assist you in finding the right courses and accommodations for any size group. They offer up to date information on current course conditions and scheduled maintenance for all the courses they offer in their packages. They will also contact you if things change with a particular course and can offer alternatives for a course that may not be in top condition. I believe their Williamsburg Golf Package is one of the best on the East Coast. Must plays in the Williamsburg area are the Horseshoes, Fords Colony Courses, and Colonial Heritage. Kiskiak and The Club at Viniterra are among the 15 other championship courses they offer that are two of my favorites. Be sure to check on replay opportunities since this may influence your course selections. Lodging: Book early for the best choices in condos. Nine months out usually insures the best choices. The larger units go fast and by booking early you can usually keep your group in the same area of whatever complex you choose. It makes getting together to go over the events of the day and planning for the next day much easier. We stayed at the Powhatan Resort and it was perfect for our needs. You will want to make clear the number of beds required, not the number of people a unit will sleep. I have experienced bunk beds, pull out sofas and king and queen sized beds which left one guy sleeping on the sofa on occasion so be specific about your your needs. It's always nice to have a grill outside for your use and inquire about any other amenities that might be offered. Full kitchens are a must for us since we usually eat breakfast in before heading out to the course for the day and this can cut down the cost of a trip tremendously. So, if you are looking for a place to take a buddy trip that offers quality courses and comfortable lodgings at a reasonable price you might want to check here.http://gamesgolfandgo.com
  4. On a recent flight from Brussels to Agadir TuiFly broke one of my clubs. On the flight back, they broke one of my wife’s clubs. I said they are responsible for showing reasonable care. Their reply “we are not responsible for anything that happens to your clubs” Have you had similar issues with TuiFly/ other airlines ? Any thoughts/ suggestions on how to get them to pay for damages?
  5. 6 of the best golf travel bags and what to look for when choosing a bag http://www.grumpygopher.com/best-golf-travel-bags/
  6. Hi Folks: One of my FAVORITE places for a golf buddy trip is Santee National Golf Club in Santee, S. C.... WHY? I think it is one of the best set up places for golfers to stay, play and carouse. The Santee area has a wide variety of golf courses, 17 in all, and hotels to fit your style and budget. Known as the “Value Destination of the East Coast”, Santee offers great golf for the money. Situated along Interstate 95, Santee is also probably the easiest to find golf destination. There are numerous places to stay but you would absolutely want to go with the golfers condos at Santee National Golf Club. They have 3 buildings along the 1st tee with 4 condos each and they are pretty much out of earshot of everyone. So, if you are like the golfers I traveled with, the more they drank, the louder they got, and here, you won't disturb anyone. We always seemed to run into a group or Canadians and they were FUN . They even brought their own bagpipers. That was interesting and entertaining. Drunk Canadians WITH bagpipes, what a HOOT. The condos are 2 bedroom, 2 bath and a full kitchen. The bedrooms have 2 double beds for 4 golfers per unit, so this is the way to go. Don't know about you, but I don't want to sleep in the same bed with another golfer, even after a few drinks. The 17 courses located int the Santee area offer more than enough choices for a week long trip. My favorites are Santee Narional, Lake Marion GC, Wyboo and Santee Cooper. They are all championship golf courses with tees for players of all skill levels. Dining is limited compared to larger places like Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head but there are enough places for variety in a week long trip and you still have your full kitchens and grills outside of your condo. Its always nice to have a juicy steak after playing 36. The ONE place that is a MUST is the Lone Star Bar-B-Que and Mercantile which is almost with in sight of the condos and is on Santee State Park road. This place is one of the most unique dining spots in the area and the locals and golfers in the know love it. Don't be put off by the 1920 look of the place, its worth checking out. It is only open Thursday to Sunday and I try to eat there at least twice when I am there. The price is right and I believe it is some of the best home cooking the South has to offer. They even had free live entertainment on a Saturday that we visited. So if you are looking for a destination that is less hectic and offers everything any group would need for a successful trip at a reasonable price, you might want to put this area on your list of places to go.
  7. With the Irish Open on this week in the K Club, http://www.realirishgolf.com/best-golf-courses-in-ireland-top-20/ aggregated all the most current "Ireland Best Golf Course" surveys to develop an aggregated summary. Here is their Top 20. Your thoughts? 1. Royal County Down 2. Royal Portrush 3. Ballybunion – Old Course 4. Portmarnock – Championship 5. Lahinch 6. Waterville 7. The European Club 8. Baltray, County Louth 9. Rosses Point, County Sligo 10. Doonbeg 11. The Island 12. Mount Juliet 13. Tralee 14. Old Head 15. Carne – Belmullet 16. Ballyliffin – Glashedy Links 17. Druids Glen 18. Adare Manor 19. Rosapenna – Sandy Hills 20. Enniscrone
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  9. 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
  10. Don't let you clubs crush when you travel.
  11. Don't let bad things happen to your golf clubs.
  12. Zach from BestGrips has returned to Vancouver for a week of golf with Nidine and I #BGinVancity14. From Monday to Friday we will be playing 5 straight rounds and joined by some industry folks. My/our goal this week is to showcase more great courses around the Vancouver area (and have crazy fun) and answer any questions from you guys via our industry friends. Today was our practice round and we were joined by forum member Snoopy MONDAY The Falls in Chilliwack with Dean Walters from Modern Golf TUESDAY UBC Golf Club with Andy Johnson from the TaylorMade Performance Centre WEDNESDAY Sandpiper Golf Course Just us here's my review http://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/9378-sandpiper-golf-course-bc-canada/ THURSDAY Northlands Golf Course with Ryan Cunningham form Nike Golf FRIDAY Riverway with Quite the Chap https://twitter.com/QuiteTheChap Follow along live via our socials: http://instagram.com/golfspymbp http://instagram.com/bestgrips https://twitter.com/GolfSpy_MBP https://twitter.com/bestgrips https://twitter.com/mygolfspy
  13. Don't be a fool.
  14. Don't take the risk of letting your clubs break next time you travel.
  15. From the Golf Channel: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golftalkcentral/spieth-plays-pine-valley-augusta-in-same-day/ So, how about this doozie of a double dip? On Tuesday, in the same day, Jordan Spieth played Pine Valley and Augusta National, the top two ranked courses in the country, according to Golf Digest's rankings. Fading daylight forced only an emergency nine at the National, but fear not: Spieth and his swing coach, Dallas-based Cameron McCormick, are teeing it up for all 18 holes Wednesday. For the record, Spieth shot 67 at Pine Valley. Oh, to be 20 and immensely talented …
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