Golf News for Friday, September 13, 2013 | Travel

Alabama's Gulf Shores highlights Fall 2013 golf getaway packages

GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Gulf Shores - the vibrant beach town on Alabama's Gulf Coast, boasting nine signature golf courses - has unveiled new "Fall Getaway" packages starting at under $100 per person, taking advantage of mild weather, variety of activities and upcoming events.

The 42nd Annual National Shrimp Festival draws more than 300,000 visitors annually, highlighting a list of autumn activities in the area. Held Oct. 10-13, it features more than 80 hours of musical acts, 50 local and regional vendors and hundreds of pounds of shrimp per day. Running daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the schedule allows for golf by day, and live entertainment by night.

"With great golf weather and courses, and events like the Shrimp Festival, many groups target Gulf Shores for fall escapes," says Gulf Shores Golf Association Executive Director Duncan Millar. "Rates are below peak season, for accommodations and golf, so it's a budget friendly destination for all."

Fall temperatures extend through November and area golf courses - located within a 45-minute drive of each other - offer some of the best playing conditions in the country through the rest of the year. In addition to world-class golf, Gulf Shores also offers shopping, fresh seafood, fishing, entertainment and more along its 32 miles of sugar sand beaches.

Below is a sampling of "starting-at" stay-and-play rates, good through Dec. 1, 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 Golf Condominium
Rate: $82.03 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a two-bedroom golf condominium overlooking golf course with four queen beds.

Two-Bedroom Gulf Front Condo
Rate: $85.47 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a two-bedroom gulf-front condo with one king bed, two twin beds and a sleeper sofa.

For a quick, customized quotes 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.

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