Golf News for Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | Travel

Alabama's Gulf Shores offers ideal fall golf and beach getaway

GULF SHORES, Ala. -- As golf season comes to a close for much of the country and chilly temperatures increasingly set in, Gulf Shores, Ala. is a preferred destination for warm escapes at a fun, popular beach town.

Visit www.golfgulfshores.com to discover why Gulf Shores is perfect for a fall getaway, including:

1. Variety: Gulf Shores offers nine golf courses - all within a 45-minute drive of each other - that range in structure and challenge. From Arnold Palmer to Jerry Pate to links-style designs, golfers will find many options, including the No. 1-rated course in Alabama, Kiva Dunes.
2. Weather: Gulf Shores enjoys optimal weather in the fall, with zero humidity and temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s.
3. Football: As an official sponsor of the Southeastern Conference, Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism knows how important college football is to the area. Gulf Shores is a perfect place to catch all of the exciting SEC action this season with many great venues to watch a game and grab a bite to eat. Try local favorites Tacky Jack's and LuLu's at Homeport Marina or The Village Hideaway at Spectrum Resorts with its large selection of craft beers, pool tables, shuffleboard and video games, in addition to an array of flat screen TVs.
4. Lodging: With 20,000 units on 32 miles of beach, Gulf Shores features a variety of lodging options, from condos to houses and resorts. For a customized quote, visit www.golfgulfshores.com.

"Fall is the best time of the year to visit Gulf Shores, with weather conducive to not only great golf, but to enjoy all of the other outside activities available," said Gulf Shores Golf Association Executive Director Duncan Millar.

Many stay-and-play packages start at less than $75 per person, per night. For sample rates, or to view a free interactive planner, visit www.golfgulfshores.com or "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GolfGulfShores.

Other News from the Gulf Shores Golf Association:

41st Annual National Shrimp Festival, Oct. 11-14
Gulf Shores will host the 41st Annual National Shrimp Festival, Oct. 11-14. The festival is free to attend and attracts more than 250,000 people each year.

In addition to plenty of shrimp and other seafood, the National Shrimp Festival also boasts more than 300 vendors, arts and crafts, live music and children's activities. Two musical stages will provide continuous entertainment with national recording artists Eddie Money, Phil Vassar and other local favorites.

Other events include the 10K/5K Shrimp Festival Run/Walk, with all net proceeds benefiting the local Gulf Shores and Orange Beach public schools, and a sand sculpture contest with a $100 cash prize for the "family" category.

For more information, or for a complete list of events in Gulf Shores, visit the News and Events page at www.golfgulfshores.com.

7th Annual Arnie's Army Golf Tournament at Craft Farms, Oct. 20
Craft Farms Golf Club, the 36-hole, Arnold Palmer Signature facility in Gulf Shores, will welcome the Cotton Creek Men's Golf Association for its 7th Annual Arnie's Army Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12:30 p.m. There will also be a live and silent auction on Oct. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Over the last seven years the event has generated more than $30,000 in donations for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

For more information, visit www.craftfarms.com.

About Golf Gulf Shores
Golf Gulf Shores is the moniker for the Gulf Shores Golf Association, the partnership that promotes the destination and its custom golf packages built by its partners, for golf groups, families and corporate outings. The destination features nine golf courses, countless lodging options and a wealth of outdoor activity on its 32-mile waterfront destination.

Course highlights:

Cotton Creek at Craft Farms - Arnold Palmer Signature Design with generous fairways lined by Southern Hardwoods, undulating greens and a championship test from 7,028 yards, and owned and operated by Honours Golf.

Cypress Bend at Craft Farms - The sister Honours Golf property to Cotton Creek, the Arnold Palmer Signature Design meanders through cord-grass accented lakes which come into play on nearly every hole.

Glenlakes Golf Club - Scottish-style links course designed by Von Hagge and known for its extensive bunkering and postage-stamp greens.

Kiva Dunes - A "Top 100 Course in America" by Golf Digest, the Jerry Pate design is the only beachfront resort course in Gulf Shores. Earlier this year, Golfweek ranked Kiva Dunes the No. 1 public-access course in Alabama.

Lost Key - The stunning course, redesigned by the Arnold Palmer Design Group in 2006, rewards accuracy off the tee and with approaches as it winds through woods and wetlands. It also boasts a new state-of-the-art clubhouse.

Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club - Owned and operated by Honours Golf, the 27-hole facility offers chilled apples on the tee. The 830-acre park includes 30 lakes and fairways surrounded by Bon Secour Wildlife Preserve.

Rock Creek Golf Club - Also owned by Honours Golf and boasting rolling terrain and fairways lined by pines, the Earl Stone design overlooks freshwater wetlands and the Rock Creek basin.

TimberCreek Golf Club - This 27-hole design was crafted by Earl Stone and feels like an inland Carolina course with fairways lined by loblolly pines, dogwoods and magnolias.

Gulf Shores Golf Club - Formerly known as The Golf Club of the Wharf, this was the Gulf Shores' first course. Opened it 1960, it was redesigned by Jay and Carter Morrish in 2005.

For more information: www.golfgulfshores.com, 888-815-1902.