It’s what keeps bringing us back, year after year.
Aiken, South Carolina is one of those “roads less traveled." But, after the latest episode of the Traveling Golfer television show, it may have heightened status on the golf trip bucket list.
Blending the small town charm of Aiken, with the outstanding golf that is available in the surrounding countryside is the magic that brings the December episode of Traveling Golfer television show to life.
“Not only did we shoot this show in the Aiken area but we brought 16 golfers on a golf trip during the shooting” explains Tony Leodora, host of the Traveling Golfer television show. “It was sort of a field test for this different kind of golf trip. And Aiken passed the test with flying colors.”
The Carriage House Inn, situated conveniently in the heart of Aiken’s quaint downtown area, was the base of operations. It allowed golfers to walk to nightly restaurants and sports bars. During the day, it was a short drive to quality golf courses such as Aiken Golf Club, The River Golf Club, Mt. Vintage Golf Club and The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation.
“It is definitely a slightly different type of golf destination,” comments Ricky Saucier, owner of Golf Packages of South Carolina (www.golfpackagesofsc.com). “You are totally immersed in the culture of the Deep South. At the same time, you are right across the river from Augusta, Georgia. The people in this area settle for nothing less than first-class golf experiences.”
Those golf experiences are not only first-class, but quite varied. The Aiken Golf Club dates back to 1912 and is a wonderful mix of quirky, charming golf holes. The River Golf Club, as the name suggests, is dominated by water features, as it runs along the Savannah River. Mt. Vintage Golf Club sits in a spectacular country setting, with elevation changes, enormous green complexes and turf conditions that are reminiscent of Augusta National. And The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation is a private club, with limited outside access. It was designed by the Jack Nicklaus Design team and boasts championship conditions all year long.
The December episode runs throughout the month on the Traveling Golfer network of websites ... including The Golf Director Network (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com). It also will air a number of times in the month of December on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach. The Traveling Golfer also airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. Sundays, 11 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, "Tech Talk", hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.
Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. The show repeated for an unprecedented third straight year as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf Awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.
The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 17 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. Alternate shows also air in a two-month rotation. All old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.