Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Fun winter golf trips

When the snow flies in Kittrell, it's only a six hour drive to the deep south, with warm climate and lots of golf! My favorite winter golf spots include:

- Jekyll Island
- Hilton Head
- Scottsdale
- Palm Springs

This year our winter golf getaway was to Hilton Head. We chose the golf deal with Hilton, only $275 per night for a nice room and green fee for two on any of their three courses. It was the prefect winter getaway, warm days, great golf, reasonable prices, just perfect!

The Robert Trent Jones golf course in Hilton Head is great fun!

The Hilton hotel was dog friendly, and Noel enjoyed playing with us, as we slogged through over 100 holes during our six-day visit. My pedometer clocked about 2.5 miles of walking for each 18 hole excursion.

Bunker fun!

Hilton head Palmetto Dunes is bunker city, huge sand traps everywhere

Winter golf offer a chance to work on fairway bunkers

Other tips for Hilton Head include:

Play early - They let out the nursing homes at 11:00 AM, and you can expect to be on the course for 4.5 hours if you start late. Unless you like watching Grandma Mable use a driver for a 30 yard approach shots all afternoon, tip the starter $20, and get the first tee time at 8:30, and you can be done in time for lunch!

  • Play the forward tees - Unless you can carry at least 110 with a 9-iron, step back and play the up front tees. You will have a much happier day!
  • Eat in - The room service at the Hilton Head Hilton oceanfront resort is fabulous! Great burgers, fries, everything was great!
  • Avoid the geriatrics - Grumpy blue-haired old folks are everywhere, but most of them are in bed by 8:00 PM, so plan on dining late.

Hilton Head is sand city!

See my full notes on a great winter golf getaway at Hilton Head here.