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April 2017 Newsletter
Win A Golf Vacation to Mexico
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Win A Golf Vacation to Mexico

WIN a Dream 4 Night, All-Inclusive Golf Vacation for 2 People to Cancun on Mexico's East Coast

With an expanding hotbed of world class courses and resorts, Mexico is a destination that is becoming ever more popular and here's your chance to WIN a dream 4 night, all-inclusive golf vacation for 2 people to Cancun on Mexico's East Coast! Stay and play at the amazing 5* Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort and enjoy an additional game of golf at the fantastic El Tinto Golf Course... A vacation you certainly won't be forgetting in a long while!

The Prize
4 nights and 3 rounds of golf for 2 people to Cancun, Mexico. Valid for travel in 2017.

* 4 nights all-inclusive at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort 5*
* 3 rounds of Golf at - Moon Palace Golf Course and El Tinto Golf Course
* Airport and Golf Transfers for the duration of your stay

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MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center
MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center


MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center

Smoky Mountains Golf at Cattails at MeadowView Golf Course

Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and close to Bays Mountain Park, Bristol Motor Speedway and many more fun and beautiful attractions, the scenic MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center is the only full-service Kingsport hotel. Rated #3 in guest satisfaction by Marriott International (U.S., Managed), each of the 305 guest rooms features stylish decor, refrigerators, flat-screen TVs and wireless high-speed Internet.

Our hotel near downtown Kingsport provides a magnificent natural resort setting and a distraction-free retreat from the ordinary, complete with numerous dining options, indoor swimming pool & fitness center, and the
exciting Cattails at MeadowView Golf Course. Surrounded by lush, wooded terrain and tucked between the rolling foothills of the Appalachian and Great Smoky Mountains, this par 71 golf course sets the stage for an exceptional Tennessee golf experience.

Choose from one of our THREE Ultimate Golf Getaways:

Golf Getaway for One-Weekdays
* Deluxe accommodations
* 18 holes for one and a cart at Cattails Golf Course

Golf Getaway for Two-Weekends
* Deluxe accommodations
* 18 holes for two people and a cart at Cattails Golf Course

Golf and Dining-Weekend
* Deluxe accommodations
* Breakfast for two
* 18 holes for two people and a cart at Cattails Golf Course

So, grab those clubs, tee up, and Book Now!

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Golf In Alabama
Kiva Dunes


Golf In Alabama

All Kinds of Golf Opportunities Await

When it comes to planning a vacation, Alabama isn't usually at the top of the list. Golfers however may have a slightly different point of view. After all, the state is home to several high quality golf courses managed by Honours Golf as well as The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the Holy Grail of golf to many a golfer in the US. I recently had the opportunity to travel to Alabama and visit some of their top golf courses. Being from Florida, I'm used to flat terrain, and lots of palm trees, sand and water. What I found in Alabama was a pleasant surprise.

My journey started off near the water, in Gulf Shores, AL. I played a couple of different tracks managed by Honours Golf: Cotton Creek at Craft Farms and The Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club as well as the highly touted Kiva Dunes.

Craft Farms is a 36-hole facility. Both courses - Cypress Bend and Cotton Creek - were designed by the King, Arnold Palmer, who built the course to challenge golfers rather than intimidate them. I found that Cotton Creek provided a fitting challenge from the white tees. One of the most memorable holes was the par 5, 7th, a 453-yard risk/reward hole from the white tees, that winds around a lake. Hit a good tee shot down the right side and you'll have a decision to make. There's not much room for error if you decide to go for it in two, so choose wisely. Cotton Creek was both fun and challenging.

Kiva Dunes is a challenge regardless of the tees you choose. The greens were redone just a few months ago, so they don't hold approach shots as well as they should - or will. This Jerry Pate masterpiece has won all sorts of ccolades and is considered one of the state's best tracks. I have not so fond memories of Number 17, a 175-yard par 3 over water to an elevated green where the left side of the green can be measured with a yardstick above the right side. It requires pinpoint accuracy to land the ball on the same level as the hole with a left pin placement. Kiva Dunes will make you work for every good number you write on your scorecard. They offer vacation rentals as well as great golf and with several other great golf courses in the area, why not plan a mancation?

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University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, WI to Open Friday, April 7th
University Ridge


University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, WI to Open Friday, April 7th

Two Scrambles in May are Open to The Public

April 7 - May 11th Rates

Monday-Friday Walking Riding (NEW GPS CARTS!)
Before 2pm $39 $55
After 2pm $35 $45

Before 2pm $43 $59
After 2pm $39 $49

Two Public Scrambles in May!

We added a new scramble to the mix this season. The Big Cup, Little Cup Three-Person Scramble will take place Saturday May 6, at 2pm. The small cup will be in the most inviting of placements while the big cup will be in a more challenging position. Two 3-Person teams will play together in a six-
some for the event. $75 per player or $60 for Ridge Club members includes
hors d'oeuvres after play and the prize pool.

Also, in May is the 8th Annual He-Man Challenge Four-Person Scramble.
Superintendent Phil Davidson gets his revenge as he sets the course up with
nasty pins, 7300 yards of length, and he may even alter the weather! $110 per
player or $85 for Ridge Club members includes, great prizes, food after your
round, and your first drink on us!

To sign up for any of our Public Scrambles contact Andy Bacon at or 608-497-4453.

Tickets on sale for the American Family Insurance Championship

Tickets are now available for the second annual PGA TOUR Champions
tournament, the American Family Insurance Championship hosted at
University Ridge Golf Course. In addition to 2016 tournament champion Kirk
Triplett, this year's championship will feature Wisconsin natives Steve
Stricker, Jerry Kelly and Skip Kendall. Please visit
for ticket options and use promo code URIDGE for a 20% discount on
tournament tickets.

Just announced, multi-platinum and GRAMMY-award winning singer, Darius
Rucker will help kick-off a weekend of competitive golf with a concert at
Breese Stevens Field in Madison on Friday, June 23. Tickets can be
purchased online at

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Bass Pro Shop Legends of Golf Tournament Offers Fans the Chance to See Golf Icons
Jack Nicklaus on the Tee of Hole #3


Bass Pro Shop Legends of Golf Tournament Offers Fans the Chance to See Golf Icons

Big Cedar Lodge and Top of The Rock in Branson, MO Make for an Elite Golf Destination

Visit Big Cedar Lodge in the Missouri Ozark Mountains April 19-23th and enjoy a legendary golf experience. The Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf offers a rare opportunity for guests to witness golf's living legends up close as they navigate the majestic courses at Top of the Rock Ozarks Heritage Preserve, the only Par-3 course to play host to a PGA TOUR tournament, and Buffalo Ridge Springs,
recently named the number one ranked public golf course in the state of Missouri by Golf Magazine. This year's participants include icons of the sport like Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson, and welcomes new Champions Tour participants including golf greats John Daly, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal, among many other elite golfers.

Champions Tour participants will play 54 holes, while the Legends Tour will crown a champion after 36 holes, making way for a special Sunday competition between golf royalty - Nicklaus, Player, Trevino and special guests - which will air during Sunday's live coverage of Legends of Golf on Golf Channel.

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Red Rock Golf Trail - Utah
Sand Hollow Resort - Utah's #1 Golf Course


Red Rock Golf Trail - Utah

What is the Red Rock Golf Trail?

Located just 90 minutes northeast of Las Vegas on I-15, St. George Utah is a golfer's paradise. Whether an advanced player or just getting started in the sport, we have the golf course for you! With 11 courses in a 40 minute radius, it's simple to book your hotel room and spend the rest of your vacation driving on the golf course!

It's the most spectacular golf trail you will play on this year. Stunning vistas, challenging shots, affordable hotels, and courses to remember for a lifetime!

The trail is a complimentary service provided by the St. George Tourism Office. Our Golf Trip Planner system will automatically calculate the golf green fees, with hotel prices, and gives you a total golf package rate. Planning a golf getaway to St. George Utah Golf Courses has never been so easy. Leave all the dirty work to us - besides; you need to keep those fancy white golf shorts clean for the tour.

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Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa Introduces New
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa


Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa Introduces New "19th Hole" Bar and Grill

Lexington, Kentucky Property One of the Bluegrass State's Finest

Completing the final stage of a multiyear golf course improvement project, The 19th Hole at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa is now open following a major makeover of the pre-existing golf lounge space. Guests will find a refreshed and modernized atmosphere with updated furnishings, new bar and the addition of an outdoor patio.

"We are excited to bring an updated style to guests for socializing and relaxing before or after a round of golf or as another dining option for resort guests," says Colin Gooch, PGA, Director of Golf. "The 19th Hole is more exciting and energetic than it was before, and the addition of outdoor seating adds to the new vibe."

The $200,000 remodel features new decor throughout the club, golf shop, and locker rooms including new furniture, carpet, and flooring. The golf shop has been brightened with new energy efficient lighting. Additionally, new carpet and wallpaper have been installed throughout the entire golf shop and The 19th Hole. Golfers will also enjoy new tables and chairs for the guest seating area inside or outside, and refreshed locker rooms.

Open to the public as well as resort guests, The 19th Hole bar and grill serves casual fare and beverages. A spring menu is now available featuring local Kentucky fare. A new back bar design provides added functionality for service

Sports enthusiasts will find a prime spot for watching their favorite competitions. The updated entertainment technology brings several large screen TVs and surround sound to The 19th Hole enhancing the viewing experience of all kinds of sporting events.

Touchdown! NFL fans will score big during football season. The 19th Hole will showcase NFL Sunday Ticket only by DirecTV on four TVs...Every LIVE game Every NFL Sunday!

The 19th Hole is open 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, with extended hours starting in May. It can also be rented out for private events.

A $1 million bunker renovation project, along with a complete greens complex refinement was completed at Griffin Gate Golf Club in July 2015 under the direction of renowned golf architect Rees Jones, the original Griffin Gate Golf Course designer. The innovative bunker system, Better Billy Bunker Method, is utilized throughout the course.

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RTJ Golf Trail Celebrates 25 Years
Grand National GC- Part of The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail


RTJ Golf Trail Celebrates 25 Years

By Brooke Peace Harris, Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National (RTJ) is celebrating 25 years. Since 1992, RTJ has seen a lot of pars, birdies, sunshine and few eagles too! Nearly 12 million rounds have been played on this beautiful course. Last year alone, brought in roughly 500,000 players. That's an incredible number for the Auburn-Opelika area.

RTJ spans 600 scenic acres. 32 of the 54 holes wrap along Lake Saugahatchee. It has been featured in Golf Digest's list of "America's Top 50 Affordable Courses" and was also listed among the nation's 40 Super Value courses by Golf Digest's Places to Play".

People from all 50 states & 20 international countries play the trail including the pros! Grand National is the host of the PGA TOUR's Barbasol Championship in July.

"The scenery is amazing. All of the courses are really beautiful. It fits any level of player. You can play the courses from over 7,700 yards or from under 6,000 yards. They're just really cool golf courses on really cool pieces of land..." said Patton Kizzier, PGA Tour member and Montgomery native.

If you haven't played Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National yet, we suggest you give them a call. Book a room at the Marriot at Grand National, schedule a tee time at RTJ, enjoy a cocktail at the clubhouse and stay out of the bunkers.

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