Major League Baseball is just around the corner, and the Texas Rangers have already knocked it out of the park. The Rangers, based in Arlington, Texas are the first professional baseball franchise to team up with a local golf course.
In late February, the Texas Rangers Golf Club officially debuted a few miles down the street from Globe Life Park in Arlington, the Rangers’ home field that is sandwiched between Dallas and Fort Worth.
The new Texas Rangers Golf Club is constructed on the site of the former Chester W. Ditto golf course. Open to the public, the 18-hole, par 72 Texas Rangers Golf Club measures 7,010 yards from the tips and features baseball-themed names for each hole.
A few examples include hole 1 dubbed the Lead Off, hole 2 is the Line Drive, while the closing hole is aptly named the Walk Off. Additional amenities include a 23-acre practice area that features a double-ended range, a practice hole, and two short game areas—one with four greens and the other with one green. A new clubhouse is scheduled to open in early 2020.
Treetops RV Resort is also nearby. Featuring just under 170 sites and 2,000 shady oak trees, Treetops RV Resort is the perfect respite when visiting the greater Dallas area.
Located in the heart of this metropolitan setting, Treetops is a member of Sun RV Resorts. The resort offers full hook-ups, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, a pet area, and a swimming pool, among other amenities.
A few attractions in the immediate area include Six Flags Over Texas, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, the Stockyards National Historic District, and the Texas Motor Speedway to name a few. Of course, throughout the summer months, there are 81 Texas Rangers home games, along with that brand new golf course!
With the Santa Catalina Mountains as a backdrop, Tucson, Arizona is a popular destination any time of year. Featuring dozens of RV parks and more than 40 golf courses in the region, it’s easy to find the right RV-golf combination that works best for you.
One of the best RV parks around is the Tucson Lazy Days KOA. Offering 141 sites, the resort has numerous amenities and activities throughout the year. Their amenities include full hookups, WiFi, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a camp store, swimming pools, hot tubs, and more.
Golfers will definitely appreciate the nine-hole putting course. The final putting hole strategically finishes just outside the restaurant and swimming pool. The 10th hole can either be a dip in the pool or a cold libation!
If you’re looking to tee it up at an 18-hole course, consider one of the five Tucson City Golf tracks. The closest to Lazy Days KOA is the Randolph Dell Urich Golf Course less than five miles away. This par 70, 6,629-yard course initially opened in 1961 as the Randolph South Golf Course.
After an extensive renovation in 1996, it was rechristened the Randolph Dell Urich Golf Course. This municipal course offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
It also features a parkland-style layout with relatively flat, tree-lined fairways and large, undulating greens. Water hazards come into play on five of the holes. The Randolph Golf Complex Includes the Randolph Dell Urich Golf Course and the Randolph North Golf Course.
You could spend weeks exploring the many treasures of Tucson. One of the main attractions is the Mission San Xavier del Bac. Completed in 1797, Mission San Xavier del Bac is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest intact European structure in Arizona.
The exterior is as exquisite as the interior, which is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. More than 200,000 visitors step through the mission’s entrance each year. From downtown Tucson, the mission is just nine miles via Interstate 19.
Parnell Creek RV Park in Woodville is a comfortable year-round resort located about 25 miles east of Huntsville, Alabama. Featuring southern hospitality at its best, this RV park is a favorite of families and travelers alike.
Other amenities at Parnell Creek RV Park include full hook-ups, Wi-Fi, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a pet area, and rec room. Also, the remodeled Log Cabin Store is about a quarter mile from the park. This convenient store offers gasoline and limited food items.
Just down the road in Scottsboro, Goose Pond Colony Resort is set on the banks of the Tennessee River’s beautiful Lake Guntersville and nestled into the picturesque Cumberland Mountains. The resort offers two quality 18-hole tracks: The Lake Course and Plantation Course.
A George Cobb design that opened in 1971, the par 72 Lake Course stretches to 7,101 yards from the tips. The Lake Course offers an excellent layout with lake views on nearly every hole. The course gently wraps around the lake, but water is never an imposing hazard. The greens are in great shape year-round.
Goose Pond’s Plantation Course was designed by Don Croft and Phillip Green and opened for play in 1994. The par 72 track measures 6,855 yards from the back tees. Wide open fairways and excellent greens are hallmarks of this popular course.
While in Scottsboro, every visitor should explore the Unclaimed Baggage Center. If you love browsing in thrift stores, this is the place to visit. Everything in the store was left at the nation’s airports—yes, everything in the store.
When bags or belongings are left at the airport, the airlines conduct an extensive three-month tracing process. If they are unsuccessful in connecting the bag with the owner, airlines then sell the lost items to the Unclaimed Baggage Center.
Everything in the store is restored to like-new condition, or at good as it can get, then a price tag is affixed. Some of the items are also donated to charity throughout the year. Browsing the Unclaimed Baggage Center is a good way to spend an afternoon!
With the golf industry seemingly on an uptick, golfers around the country are expected to flock to the plethora of golf shows slated over the next few months. Roughly three dozen golf shows are scheduled through March in cities across the U.S. and Canada.
A few general notes about attending golf shows. These generalities do not apply across the board, but most golf shows offer some or most of these particulars.
• Significant savings on name-brand clubs, equipment, and apparel as many quality brands tend to sell off their inventory at golf shows in preparation for the coming season. • Free indoor driving range lined with representatives of the game’s biggest manufacturers. • Free rounds of golf at local courses. • Putting, long drive, and short game contests for the chance to win golf and stay-and-play vacations. • Golf lessons from top PGA professionals. • Special areas for kids, including free lessons and junior golf presentations.
In addition to providing links to each show, a nearby RV park is also suggested. For those visiting the Seattle Golf Show, avoid the congestion of getting to downtown and stay across the Puget Sound at Fay Bainbridge Park and Campground on picturesque Bainbridge Island.
Simply take the Washington State Ferry from Bainbridge Island to downtown Seattle and then walk five minutes to the golf show.
One thing is for sure: If you attend a golf show, you know the season is just around the corner!
Full hookups and 40 sites are available at Fairway RV Park. Other amenities include 20/30/50 amp electrical, water, sewer, showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, and picnic tables at each site. This quiet, pet-friendly park is set on 110 acres.
Those planning on golfing can take advantage of the RV and golf combo packages. For $250, the weekly plan for two includes the RV site and unlimited golf at Woodland Hills Golf Club.
Open to the public, the course is nestled in the pines of East Texas. It features finely manicured greens, tree-lined fairways, and great scenery at every hole. There is also a full-service pro shop, driving range, and practice green, along with foot golf for all ages.
The 18-hole, par 72 Woodland Hills features four sets of tee boxes and stretches to 6,620 yards from the tips. This is an excellent golf choice any time of year.
At nearby Stephen F. Austin State University, you can find many fine attractions, none more picturesque than the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden. Billed as the largest azalea garden in Texas, this eight-acre garden is absolutely breathtaking during springtime. It also features lots of colors during the fall months.
Also worth a visit is Millard’s Crossing Historic Village, an authentic reconstructed historic village in Nacogdoches. The village portrays the spirit and ingenuity of pioneer settlement in East Texas with the goal of creating a greater awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the region’s pioneer and agricultural heritage. Founded in 1779, Nacogdoches is considered to be the oldest town in the Lone Star State.
On January 1, 2019, golfers around the world will begin using a revised Players Edition of the Rules of Golf. The latest updates include the most significant changes in the last 60 years. Golf’s governing bodies—the USGA and R&A—pared down the number of rules from 34 to 24.
Not only are there fewer rules to deal with, but they are also now easier to understand, thanks to the addition of graphics and photos to help illustrate the rule.
A few significant changes include:
In a bid to speed up play, local golf clubs will be allowed to install a local rule where golfers can drop a new ball in the vicinity of where their ball went out of bounds, with a two-stroke penalty.
Scratch golfer Paul Dawson from Cork, Ireland, shared his opinion on the new rule:
“It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace-of-play when a player is required to go back and hit the ball again (from the same location). The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions, but it does support pace-of-play at the club level.”
When taking relief from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, golfers will now drop from the height of the knee. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop.
“I think this is a great new addition as it will ensure a fairer drop, and will stop the ball plugging or even bouncing on impact,” said Paul.
Removing the penalty for a double hit
As of January 1, the penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball. Making a double hit is always an accident and it very rarely benefits the golfer.
“In my opinion, a one stroke penalty was too harsh a penalty,” shared Paul, who’s played some of the most incredible tracks in Europe.
Other changes that will help speed up the game include:
Allowing three minutes instead of five to search for a lost golf ball.
Recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke.
The flagstick no longer has to be attended or removed when putting; there will be no penalty if a golfer hits an unattended flagstick in the hole.
Since his passing on November 30, 2018, there have been dozens of tributes worldwide to the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. You can’t speak about this great American without mentioning golf in some way. He simply loved the game.
While in office, he had a putting green installed in the White House. While his handicap was in the mid-20s during his four years as president from 1989-93, he always appreciated a quick round of golf. Bush did not dally on the course, and reportedly finished most of his 18-hole rounds in less than two hours while in office.
The former president’s favorite course was his home course, Cape Arundel Golf Club a few miles from his Kennebunkport, Maine home.
To show its appreciation for his longtime patronage and friendship, Cape Arundel Golf Club’s historic hunter green clubhouse overlooking the Kennebunk River was renamed as 41 House in 2011 to honor the club’s most famous member and 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush.
Inside the clubhouse, which was originally built in 1900, the walls are filled with presidential memorabilia. Some of those items include his presidential golf bag along with numerous photos of celebrities and professional golfers like Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, and Arnold Palmer.
In 2009, the United States Department of the Interior added the iconic Cape Arundel Golf Club to the National Register of Historic Places. This listing indicates that the course and property are considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of America’s cultural heritage. The golf course isn’t too bad either.
The par 69 Cape Arundel Golf Club measures 5,881 yards from the longest tees. Though short in length, the course features spectacular greens, which were designed by Walter J. Travis. The course opened in 1896 and is a members-only, but guests are welcomed.
If your travels take you to Maine, make Cape Arundel Golf Club a must-visit destination. Even if you are not a golfer, you will appreciate the beautiful setting, nostalgia, and history lesson about the 41st president of the United States.
How about parking your RV in the heart of New Orleans, and then teeing it up at a nearby Audubon Golf Trail Course? That plan may sound like a dream, but it is possible when you stay at the French Quarter RV Resort, which is a short walk to the legendary French Quarter.
This resort offers 52 RV sites with full hookups, including 30/50 electrical, water, sewer, Wi-Fi, showers, laundry facilities, a swimming pool, and a Jacuzzi. Its access to the heart of the Big Easy makes this a popular stay, thus reservations are highly suggested.
All the courses on the trail are members of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf Courses, a program dedicated to protecting the environment and preserving the natural heritage of golf.
The Golf Club at Audubon Park is unique in that it’s an executive course. The par 62 course measures just 4,220 yards and is a cart-path-only course, which accounts for its immaculate condition.
However, you can probably play a round faster if you walk. The course features plenty of water and sand to provide challenges, along with a few par threes that are more than 200 yards, with elevated greens. The picturesque oak trees and aquatic wildlife add to the ambiance of the course.
There is much to see and do in New Orleans, but one attraction that should be on your list is the National World War II Museum, and its special exhibit called “So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope.”
This newest special exhibit (through February 2019) tells the story of Hope’s unique place in the history of World War II and beyond, and the contributions he made that still reverberate more than 70 years later.
This incredible reflection on the past highlights how Hope helped lift the human spirit during one of the darkest times in American history. “So Ready for Laughter” is supported by the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation, with special thanks to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
For more information on the Big Easy, visit NewOrleans.com. To read more about the French Quarter RV Resort, check out the reviews on RV Park Reviews.
Branson, Missouri is always an exciting destination, no matter the time of year. With a brand new golf course opening in November, there’s now one more reason to visit.
Long known for its vast entertainment options, Branson also has several quality RV resorts like Cooper Creek Campground. Set on the banks of Lake Taneycomo, Cooper Creek Campground features nearly 100 sites with full hook-ups and all the expected amenities.
Some of those amenities include water, sewer, 30/50 amp electrical, restrooms, showers, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a camp store, pool access, and fishing in Lake Taneycomo.
About 10 miles down the road is Ozarks National, the spectacular new 18-hole course designed by Bill Coore and World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw.
The course plays to 7,036 yards from the tips, and joins an incredible line up under the Big Cedar Lodge umbrella that already includes Jack Nicklaus’s Top of the Rock Course, Tom Fazio’s Buffalo Ridge Springs Course, Gary Player’s Mountain Top Course, and Tiger Woods’ Payne’s Valley Course scheduled to open in 2019.
In addition to several quality golf courses, Branson is loaded with great shows, entertainment, and outdoor activities. The Branson Scenic Railway is one of the most popular attractions.
A few ways of experiencing the railway include taking the traditional scenic ride, or a four-course candlelight dinner excursion. The train departs from the historic 1905 depot in downtown Branson.
After you’ve caught your limit at one of the area lakes, check out the History of Fishing Museum. This incredible collection numbers more than 40,000 pieces and is valued at nearly $5 million and includes lures, rods, reels, boats, motors, and much more.
Not to be missed is Dolly Parton’s Stampede. This dinner show offers endless entertainment. The holiday shows are the most popular.
Located about 150 miles north of Minneapolis in central Minnesota, Pequot Lakes is home to Wildwedge Golf and RV Park. In addition to the 31-space RV park, Wildwedge Resort offers a nine-hole executive golf course, 18 holes of mini golf, and a 10,000-square-foot mystery maze.
Wildwedge Golf Course is a mere 1,061 yards. The par 27 offers holes from 75 yards to 170 yards. The course opened in 2003, and it is not your typical short course. Some of the holes are very scenic as they meander through the forest. It’s a great course to practice your short game! There is also a driving range, pro shop, and snack bar.
Mini Golf at Wildwedge Golf and RV Park is one of the best in the country. In fact, developers of the course visited numerous mini-golf courses around the country to get ideas for how to construct their 18-hole course. The result is fabulous!
Minnesota Monthly, a statewide publication, named it the best mini golf course in the state. Anyone can play; there are no age restrictions. Participants love the tranquil waterfall, and the course landscaping is ever-changing and challenging, but always fun.
Another fun-filled family activity is the amazing maze. This unique structure features more than 10,000 square feet of corners, pathways, and dead-ends that add up to more than a third of a mile of paths! You’ll be lost for a bit, laughing a lot, and loving it all the way! You won’t find anything as unique as this maze in the entire Midwest!
After all that activity, relax at your RV site, where all spaces include full hook-ups with water, sewer, 20/30/50 amp service, and cable TV. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and plenty of walking trails.
For a little exercise, you can explore a portion of the Paul Bunyan Trail. Pequot Lakes is part of the 123-mile trail that stretches from the towns of Brainerd to Bemidji.