Golf News for Monday, June 24, 2013 | Tournaments

Golf Gulf Shores offers free foursome to SEC BeachFest Golf Scramble

GULF SHORES, Ala. -- The Gulf Shores Golf Association - a collection of nine highly acclaimed courses on Alabama's Gulf Coast - is offering a chance to win a free foursome to the SEC BeachFest Golf Scramble, Aug. 16-17.

The 36-hole event will be played on four of Gulf Shores' signature golf courses: Craft Farms, Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club, Gulf Shores Golf Club and Kiva Dunes.

The winning package, valued at $1,200, includes three rounds of golf for one foursome, four tickets to the SEC BeachFest, two days of complimentary buffet breakfast and lunch, gift bag, entrance to the pairings party and a chance to meet SEC coaching legends.

To enter the sweepstakes, visit the Golf Gulf Shores Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GolfGulfShores.

"The SEC BeachFest Golf Scramble was a big success last year and we are glad to be part of it once again," said Gulf Shores Golf Association Executive Director Duncan Millar. "The tournament showcases some of our most pristine courses and we look forward to once again welcoming fans and alumni back to this unique beach and golf destination."

Tickets for the Golf Scramble are on sale at www.secbeachfest.com for $1,200 per foursome.

The event is part of the SEC BeachFest, which runs Aug. 15-18 and serves as the official kick-off to the SEC football season. Activities include concerts, a FanZone, appearances by legendary coaches and players, alumni happy hours, a 5k and 1-mile Fun Run and fishing challenges.

The nine signature Gulf Shores golf courses are all within a 45-minute ride of each other and the area also provides a variety of outdoor activities and events along 32 miles of sugar-sand beaches.

Below is a sampling of "starting-at," family-friendly, stay-and-play rates, good through Aug. 4, 2013. Prices include taxes and fees and are based on four nights and three rounds of golf at three pre-determined courses. An Unlimited Golf option is available at a nominal fee with any package:

Two-Bedroom Gulf Front Condo

Rate: $122.33 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a two-bedroom gulf-front condo with one king bed, two full beds and a sleeper sofa.

Two-Bedroom Golf Villa

Rate: $69.53 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.

For a customized quote for groups of all sizes call 1.888.815.1902 or visit www.golfgulfshores.com.

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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: www.golfgulfshores.com, 888.815.1902.