Monday, October 8, 2012

Gulf Shores an Ideal Fall Golf, Beach Getaway

Many Stay-and-Play Packages Start at Less than $75 Per Person, Per Night; Shrimp Festival and Arnie’s Army Event Highlight Upcoming Destination Attractions

(GULF SHORES, ALABAMA) – As golf season comes to a close for much of the country and chilly temperatures increasingly set in, Gulf Shores, Ala. is a preferred destination for warm escapes at a fun, popular beach town.

Visit to discover why Gulf Shores is perfect for a fall getaway, including:
1. Variety: Gulf Shores offers nine golf courses – all within a 45-minute drive of each other – that range in structure and challenge. From Arnold Palmer to Jerry Pate to links-style designs, golfers will find many options, including the No. 1-rated course in Alabama, Kiva Dunes.
2. Weather: Gulf Shores enjoys optimal weather in the fall, with zero humidity and temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s.
3. Football: As an official sponsor of the Southeastern Conference, Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism knows how important college football is to the area. Gulf Shores is a perfect place to catch all of the exciting SEC action this season with many great venues to watch a game and grab a bite to eat. Try local favorites Tacky Jack’s and LuLu’s at Homeport Marina or The Village Hideaway at Spectrum Resorts with its large selection of craft beers, pool tables, shuffleboard and video games, in addition to an array of flat screen TVs.
4. Lodging: With 20,000 units on 32 miles of beach, Gulf Shores features a variety of lodging options, from condos to houses and resorts. For a customized quote, visit

“Fall is the best time of the year to visit Gulf Shores, with weather conducive to not only great golf, but to enjoy all of the other outside activities available,” said Gulf Shores Golf Association Executive Director Duncan Millar.

Many stay-and-play packages start at less than $75 per person, per night. For sample rates, or to view a free interactive planner, visit or “Like” us on Facebook at

Other News from the Gulf Shores Golf Association:

41st Annual National Shrimp Festival, Oct. 11-14
Gulf Shores will host the 41st Annual National Shrimp Festival, Oct. 11-14. The festival is free to attend and attracts more than 250,000 people each year.

In addition to plenty of shrimp and other seafood, the National Shrimp Festival also boasts more than 300 vendors, arts and crafts, live music and children’s activities. Two musical stages will provide continuous entertainment with national recording artists Eddie Money, Phil Vassar and other local favorites.

Other events include the 10K/5K Shrimp Festival Run/Walk, with all net proceeds benefiting the local Gulf Shores and Orange Beach public schools, and a sand sculpture contest with a $100 cash prize for the “family” category.

For more information, or for a complete list of events in Gulf Shores, visit the News and Events page at

7th Annual Arnie’s Army Golf Tournament at Craft Farms, Oct. 20
Craft Farms Golf Club, the 36-hole, Arnold Palmer Signature facility in Gulf Shores, will welcome the Cotton Creek Men’s Golf Association for its 7th Annual Arnie’s Army Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12:30 p.m. There will also be a live and silent auction on Oct. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Over the last seven years the event has generated more than $30,000 in donations for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

For more information, visit


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