Golf News for Monday, January 28, 2013 | Travel

Gulf Shores Golf Association announces special deal initiatives

GULF SHORES, Ala. -- The Gulf Shores Golf Association - a collection of nine fun, popular and acclaimed courses on Alabama's Gulf Coast - announces that Glenlakes Golf Club will provide free lunch as part of its golf packages this year, an example of the value-added approach the area's member courses offer players.

Golfers who book packages with tee times before 12 p.m. from now until March 11, and before 1 p.m. after March 11, receive a complimentary lunch at Glenlakes, the links-style, 18-hole championship course featuring new Champion Bermuda turf greens. Lunch includes a ham or turkey sandwich, chips, fountain soda and cookie.

"The Glenlakes special is indicative of how Gulf Shores' courses and accommodations offer special bonuses to ensure guests enjoy our destination and value their overall experience," said Gulf Shores Golf Association Executive Director Duncan Millar. "Our Facebook and Twitter pages are great ways to learn what's happening in Gulf Shores, both on and off the golf course."

Below is a sampling of "starting-at" stay-and-play rates, good through May 18, 2013. Prices include all taxes and fees and are based on four nights and three rounds of golf at three different pre-determined courses. An Unlimited Golf option is available with any package for a nominal fee:

Two-Bedroom Golf Villa
Rate: $76.77 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a two-bedroom golf villa with one king bed, two twin beds and a sleeper sofa.

Three-Bedroom Gulf Front Condominium
Rate: $113.16 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a three-bedroom gulf front condo with one king bed, one queen bed and two twin beds.

For more information, or to sign up for a free subscription to the Golf Gulf Shores monthly newsletter, call 1.888.815.1902, or visit The website offers quick, customized quotes based on golfers' preferences for accommodations, rounds and access to the destination's many events and activities.

Golf Gulf Shores Offers Free Trip Giveaway at Golf Shows
The GSGA will be giving away a beach golf vacation at several golf shows throughout the country in February and March. The grand prize package includes a three-night stay for four golfers in a two-bedroom suite, provided by Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores, and eight rounds of golf to be played at any of the nine signature courses.

The golf shows with corresponding dates are:
• Feb. 1-2: Oklahoma Golf Expo (Tulsa, Okla.)
• Feb. 8-10: West Michigan Golf Show (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
• Feb. 15-17: Minnesota Golf Show (Minneapolis)
• Feb. 22-24: Chicago Golf Show
• Feb. 22-24 Kansas City Golf Show (Overland Park, Kan.)
• March 1-3: The Toronto Golf & Travel Show
• March 8-10: Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Golf Show (Irving, Texas)

To view current news, photos, events and special offers, "Like" us on Facebook at or follow the GSGA on Twitter at

Golf Gulf Shores Adds New Lodging Partners
Golf Gulf Shores has added three new lodging partners to provide visitors with even more accommodation options: Gulf Shores Plantation (Mandoki Hospitality), Meyer Vacation Rentals and the Wharf Vacation Rentals.

Gulf Shores Plantation offers two- to five-bedroom fully furnished condos with kitchens and either a patio or balcony. Meyer Vacation Rentals features gulf-front condos and houses with as many as 12 bedrooms. Wharf Vacation Rentals has one- to four-bedroom condos overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and the Marina at the Wharf and is located amid shopping, dining, an amphitheater and marina.

Visit for more information on the wide array of lodging options available in the area.

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. Golfweek ranked Kiva Dunes the No. 1 public-access course in Alabama in 2012.

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:, 888-815-1902.

Gary Trask
Buffalo Communications

Dan Shepherd
Buffalo Communications