Golf Your Way to the Alabama Gulf Coast!

By: April Boone

Does your idea of a vacation involve catching a glimpse of birdies and eagles, but not the feathered kind? Do you look forward to saving some mileage by parking your car and driving with a golf club instead? Does your dream vacation involve the use of a 3-wood and an attempt to make par on a challenging dogleg right? It sounds like you have your priorities in line for a golf vacation to remember!Grab your clubs and sunscreen and head to the links in the Gulf Shores / Orange Beach area. You'll find scenic and challenging courses designed by the greatest names in golf. Tread on fairways designed by Arnold Palmer and Jerry Pate, and on greens masterminded by Earl Stone, Bruce Devlin or Robert Von Hagge. Whether you're a scratch golfer or still trying to break into the double digits, you'll find great golf on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Nine signature golf courses await you, with customized golf packages available that let you take advantage of the area's best golf and unforgettable recreational/dining opportunities off the course.

You can begin planning your golf vacation right now, by visiting www.thebeachiscalling.org to take a look at all the Gulf Shores / Orange Beach area has to offer!Match your skills to such courses as Cotton Creek at Craft Farms, an Arnold-Palmer designed course with year-round lushness on its undulating fairways, and experience what Golf Digest rates a 4.5 star course. Or book a stay at Kiva Dunes Resort and make plans to walk a Jerry-Pate-designed, award-winning course on a beautiful piece of land for some exceptional golf, just your clubs and you. Or make group plans with some golf buddies for a marathon golf-playing vacation extravaganza! Plan ahead to take advantage of one of the Stay-N-Play golf packages, and you and your group can take your rest in one of the participating accommodations - from beach resort to condo to hotel to beachfront house rental. You can even build your schedule and get a quote online for your golf vacation through www.thebeachiscalling.org. Is Scottish links-style golf your cup of tea? Then check out the Dunes course at Glenlakes Golf Club in Foley, considered one of the best values on the Gulf Coast. The Dunes course favors the golfer who can manage the low, accurate shot. Picture rolling fairways ending in large, undulating greens bordered by unforgiving pot bunkers. Glenlakes also features the Lakes course - a more forgiving, resort-style 9-hole course. Both courses are designed to challenge all styles of players, from beginners to pros.If, after a few hours of world-class golf, you find far too much enjoyment hitting your ball out of the sand traps, it might be time to hit a different kind of beach for some R&R. Head south toward stunning white-sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico for dining, surf-gazing, deep-sea fishing, charter-boat renting, fun in the sun. Bring your camera and a thirsty towelBusiness Management Articles, but leave your sand wedge in your bag to resume tomorrow's golf adventure!

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