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|You'll do plenty of walking on San Antonio's River Walk, a series of canals that weave throughout downtown landmarks and restaurants. (Courtesy of VisitSanAntonio.com)|
SAN ANTONIO - If you're thinking of taking a golf vacation in Texas, then you might want to consider the Alamo City of San Antonio.
In recent years, San Antonio has blossomed as a tourist destination, and along with it, as a golf destination. From the recent restoration of the historic golf course at Brackenridge Park to the city's wonderful Texas Hill Country golf resorts, there's plenty to choose from.
If you go, however, you'll want to make sure you pack the right gear. Here are a few pointers:
• San Antonio is hot in the summer and warm in the spring and fall, so shorts are usually the order of the day at most golf courses. Bring plenty of them because for most of the year, it's also warm at night and wearing a good pair of shorts and short sleeve shirt is appropriate for a night on the town as well.
• If you're traveling to San Antonio in the wintertime, expect anything. It's not uncommon to have an 85-degree day in December followed by a cold front where the highs are in the low 50s. So if you're traveling then, bring everything from shorts to outerwear. And check the forecast. While San Antonio rainfall totals are generally low, every once in a while you will get thunderstorms or cold drizzle in the winter.
• Bring a camera. You'll want to take plenty of pictures at scenic resorts such as La Cantera and the Hyatt Hill Country Resort. And you'll also want to carve out a little time for sightseeing. There's the world-famous Alamo, and the fabulous River Walk, which continues to develop with more shops, restaurants and walking trails.
• Speaking of the River Walk, be sure to pack a comfortable set of walking shoes. You can take a canal boat on the River Walk, but most people choose to walk the miles of shops, hotels and restaurants that now include the River Walk Museum and Pearl Beer Brewery Village. The River Walk also hosts vibrant festivals during the year.
• And finally, here's a tip on flying with golf clubs. With airlines charging more and more these days for checked bags, you might want to try this strategy: Stuff some jackets and outerwear and an extra pair of shoes as well as your golf shoes in your golf bag. That might enable you to take a carry-on and just check your golf bag, which can add up to significant savings. Most airlines now are charging $20 for your first bag, $30 for a second checked bag. Checking just one is a $60 savings, which is better spent on a few drafts and a steak.
October 28, 2009
Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.
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