A great time to travel to the Gulf Coast to play golf
There have been many casualties of the Gulf oil disaster, including tourism. The offshoot of that, of course, is golf, and it has been affected in a big way in places like Gulf Shores, Ala., and the coasts of northern Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Now that the leak has been capped, golf facilities and resorts along the coast are looking to rebound. I just filed a story on how Gulf Coast golf course operators really want your business. The golf courses themselves were never affected, but public perception of the situation caused vacationers to choose other destinations. The story appears on MSNBC.com. You can click here to read it.
The bottom line is there might never be a better time to check out some of the great golf on the Gulf Coast. Kiva Dunes G.C., a striking Jerry Pate design on the Alabama coast, is one of my longtime favorites, but there are loads of others. There’s also Fallen Oak, a terrific Tom Fazio. It’s the site of the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic, and although it’s private, it is open for stay-and-play packages.
In Louisiana, you can enjoy the courses of the Audubon Golf Trail, and in northwest Florida near Panama City Beach, there are venues like the Fazio-designed Camp Creek and Greg Norman’s Shark’s Tooth.
In short, because tourism has been down, you might also be able to catch some breaks on lodging. And if you like competition, check out the Golf Channel Am Tour. As part of the recovery efforts, the Gulf Shores Open will be played Aug. 21 at The Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club.
For more information about the Gulf Shores Open or the Golf Channel Am Tour, click here
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