I was scheduled to play a round yesterday at a course west of Philadelphia and the rain/cold had other ideas for me. It's still raining today which made me think this would be a great time to write about golf trips.
How It All Began
In 2005 I had my first golf trip. When I graduated college, my cousin gave me a card with two options, a suit or a golf trip. Knowing I needed a suit to go on job interviews I promptly chose golf trip. Later, it was my uncle who said he'd like to take me on a golf weekend for as a present. The momentum was building right before my eyes... I put the two of them in touch and when it was all said and done, we were going to the Seaview Marriott in Galloway, NJ for our trip (This course is now a Dolce Resort).
We created a cup, named after my grandfather who had passed away that year (I don't think he golfed once in his life but we needed a name) and decided whoever wins will get their name and the year. I didn't know it at the time, but a tradition was born. I wish I had more pictures from that first year but going forward I'm sure to document as much of the trip as possible. I'll go into more detail as to why in a future post.
In 2006 we almost didn't have a trip but some last minute heroics had 5 of us packed in one AmeriSuites room in Mystic, CT. We played 3 rounds at a course in Stonington, CT, I won and hopped a flight out of Hartford to Disney World (This is actually not a joke, I had to fly out right after for work).
2007 we got our act together and went to Myrtle Beach... this would be the first golf trip I booked online. I was nervous because it involved coordinating flights and times but it worked out for all 7 guys.
2008 was Ocean City, MD. Again this time we booked online going to place we had never been before. It was a great time and we had 8 guys.
2009 was our 5th Anniversary trip so we went to Atlantic City, NJ which was close enough to play at the Seaview Marriott again as a reunion of sorts. We had 10 guys.
In 2010 I have 3 golf trips planned:
- Portsmouth, NH (May)
- Ocean City, MD (June)
- Annual Trip in September (I think Myrtle Beach but not confirmed yet)
I'll be documenting everything so I can give as much detail as possible for everyone.
Golf Trip Posts: What Can I Expect?
I'll try to touch on as much detail as possible. I'll let you know websites I use, cost saving tips, things to make it competitive, how to select courses, etc. I'll give an inside look into what I have been doing for the past 5 years to make sure every guy has a good time when he pays for the trip. In the end it's really about getting away and having a good time.
Stay tuned for golf trip posts!
Note: Congrats to Jason Bohn on his 2nd PGA Tour win at the Zurich (New Orleans, LA). If you saw his post round interview, you would see this guy is genuinely excited to win! Congrats!