(GULF SHORES, ALABAMA) – The arrival of winter doesn’t mean golfers in northern climates must stow their equipment until spring. In fact, golfers are encouraged to escape Nor’easters and lake-effect snow with a snowbird vacation to Gulf Shores, Alabama – a 32-mile stretch of Gulf Coast beach that offers mild off-season temperatures.
“The Gulf Coast’s winter weather is very pleasant, especially for folks who otherwise would be shoveling snow in bitter wind chills,” said Duncan Millar, executive director of Golf Gulf Shores. “The attractive rates on our nine courses, great food and beverage options and a host of area activities make Gulf Shores the perfect winter golf destination.”
Here’s a list of winter to-do activities in Gulf Shores to combine with great golf:
Go Fish: Winter is perfect for Bull Redfish and charters will continue daily in Gulf Shores. Jump on an early-morning charter and be on the links by afternoon.
Eat Local: Royal Reds – deep-water, locally caught Gulf shrimp that are sweet and tasty – are the favorite in Gulf Shores. If you’re visiting for a few days, try Live Bait 2 at the Wharf to find a sample. Staying longer? Try Blalock’s Fish Market and cook them in the condo. Several other restaurants offer a bounty of fresh seafood daily on the waterfront.
Shop for Deals: Golf couples can finish Christmas shopping at Foley and Tanger outlets –popular areas for deals and specials. Gulf Shores also prides itself on local boutiques and galleries, including the must-see Orange County Art Center, which has artists in residence.
Scenic Drives: Driving along the water’s edge is fun, but don’t miss the 10-mile slow drive through the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The slower time and smaller number of tourists returns this ecosystem back to life in the winter.
Pub Crawl: There are plenty of bars and restaurants in Gulf Shores. Start your trek at Lulu’s. The sister of Jimmy Buffett, she’s been serving local favorites in a fun atmosphere for years.
Other great winter activities to blend with Gulf Shores golf include the Blue Angels Homecoming on Nov. 11-12; the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Dip; visiting historic Fort Morgan, which celebrates its 151st anniversary on Jan. 29, 2012; and the nightlife, including The Wharf’s 10-hour happy hour.
Check out the below "starting-at" package prices for family, buddy trip and couples getaways – including all taxes and fees – from a few of Golf Gulf Shores’ accommodation partners. Each is valid from Nov. 7 through Feb. 26, 2012.
Family Golf and Gulf Trip: 2 Bedroom Gulf Front Condominium
Starting-at Rate: $82.38 per person per night for golf and room
Description: Starting-at rate based on 4 people staying in a two-bedroom condominium with Gulf Coast views, with one king bed, two twin beds and a sleeper sofa.
Buddy Trip: 2 Bedroom Golf Course Condominium
Starting-at Rate: $73.31 per person per night for golf and room
Description: Starting-at rate based on 4 people staying in a two-bedroom condominium with golf course views and four queen beds.
Couples Golf Getaway: Double Queen Hotel Room
Starting-at Rate: $81.00 per person per night for golf and room
Description: Starting-at rate based on 2 people staying in one room with two queen beds and a deluxe continental breakfast.
All packages are based on a group of four golfers staying four nights and playing three rounds of golf at three different pre-determined courses. Visit www.golf.gulfshores.com/stay/allrates.aspx for more information.
Customized quotes can be requested at golfgulfshores.com – a quick, easy way to get the most from your winter escape.
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