Visiting the California coast is always pleasing to the eye and good for the soul. Morro Bay on Highway 1 offers both of those elements.
Set roughly 200 miles north of Los Angeles and over 200 miles south of San Francisco, Morro Bay is a quintessential town along this fabled highway. Just look for the 581-foot tall monolith for which the town is named.
Morro Bay State Park is one of the gems along the coastline. Its popularity is such that you should make reservations long in advance, especially during the summer months. This is not only an aesthetically appealing place to camp, but Morro Bay State Park is close to lots of attractions.
The pet-friendly state park features 140 sites, 30-amp electrical, water, pull-through sites, a dump station, restrooms, showers, and hiking trails.
The Museum of Natural History is also located within Morro Bay State Park. The museum overlooks Morro Bay and offers nature walks, exhibits, lectures, puppet shows, videos, and docent-led tours, among other activities.
Nearby is Morro Bay Golf Course. Built in 1923 on a hillside overlooking Morro Bay, this golf course was originally called Cabrillo Country Club with just nine holes. The course has since expanded to 18 holes, with the original nine holes from nearly a century ago now serving as the back nine. Currently, the course is one of the most popular in Central California, along with being designated an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
In addition, the National Audubon Society has designated Morro Bay as a globally important bird area since this is a major migratory stop for thousands of birds during winter and spring.
Subsequently, Morro Rock is a protected nesting ground for peregrine falcons. While there is no public access to Morro Rock, the falcons and a large variety of other birds can be viewed from the water and nearby locations.
The town of Morro Bay features an inviting Embarcadero with a variety of shops and restaurants. The Thursday Farmer’s Market is popular, as are many of the specialty shops like California Images or Embarcadero Fudge & Ice Cream. For more information on the area, visit www.morrobay.org and Campground Reviews.
The small town of Ajo in Southern Arizona is surrounded by 12 million acres of public and tribal land waiting to be explored.
Featuring a warm, dry climate, Ajo is located in the heart of the unique Sonoran Desert. Given that setting, it’s no wonder that Shadow Ridge RV Park is a favorite of those visiting the area.
The pet-friendly Shadow Ridge offers 125 sites with full hook-ups and lots of amenities. These include free cable TV and Wi-Fi, restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, a camp store, and nearby nature trails.
Also close to Shadow Ridge RV Park is the Ajo Country Club. Their golf course is built on naturally flat terrain and features elevated greens. Open year-round, the par 36, nine-hole course measures 3,093 yards.
It was built by locals and opened just after World War II in 1946. The signature hole is No. 9, a 123-yard, par 3, featuring water and tall palm trees protecting the front of the green. Golfers routinely share the course with roadrunners, coyotes, and deer. Another unique aspect of the golf course is the small airport runway adjacent to the course.
In addition to club and cart rentals, Ajo Country Club officials offer three days of free RV dry camping with use of the facilities. For details, call 520-387-5011.
Ajo residents are quite proud of their recent accolade, being named a Certified Wildlife Habitat, compliments of the National Wildlife Federation.
This town of 4,000 is the second Arizona Community (along with Mesa Community College’s Red Mountain Campus), and only the 65th in the nation to earn this distinct certification. The area is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals, many unique to the Southern Arizona region.
The area’s unpolluted skies have attracted countless astronomy buffs and stargazers. Kitt Peak National Observatory allows visitors to peer through massive telescopes and also enjoy educational programs and Native American exhibits.
Located in Central Texas between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos is where you’ll find the first golf course built in the Lone Star State in the last six years. Recently opened is the Gary Stephenson-designed Kissing Tree Golf Club.
The name is derived from Texas Gov. Sam Houston’s affection for the ladies, who were attending his gubernatorial speech delivered in front of a mighty oak tree in San Marcos in 1857. History aside, the course is sure to attract golfers far and wide. The par 72, 18-hole course is not long by any standards, measuring 6,522 yards from the tips. It is sure to become a popular track for those golfing in the Texas Hill Country.
“The course offers all levels of golfers a fun and exciting round of golf,” said Josh Clay, general manager of Kissing Tree Golf Club. The course features drivable par 4s with picturesque water hazards around the greens, along with a few par 5s where golfers will have plenty of chances to make birdies and eagles. The course serves as an extension of the natural landscape, blending gradually into the slopes and contours of the fairways.
The pragmatic approach in Stephenson’s design has already earned Kissing Tree Golf Club certification as a Signature Program facility with Audubon International. The Audubon Certification Program for Golf is an award-winning, environmental and conservation assistance program created to help golf courses protect the environment, including wildlife and habitat management, and adhere to comprehensive sustainable resource management principles.
In addition to the 18-hole golf course, Kissing Tree Golf Club also features a short game practice facility, an extensive practice range, and an 18-hole putting course. A state-of-the-art clubhouse and restaurant are expected to open in 2019.
Though Kissing Tree is the first Texas baby boomer-centric community designed specifically geared toward the 55 and older crowd, Kissing Tree Golf Club is open to the general public.
In spite of its tacky tongue-in-cheek humor on the company website, the venerable Pecan Park Riverside RV Resort offers a quality setting in San Marcos. Located about nine miles from Kissing Tree Golf Club, Pecan Park Riverside RV celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018. Pecan Park features 116 sites on 24 peaceful acres paralleling the San Marcos River.
The pet-friendly park offers large concrete patios and pull-throughs at most sites, full hook-ups including sewer, water, restrooms, and showers. Additional amenities include free Wi-Fi and free cable TV, laundry facilities, a camp store, available propane, a recreation room, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and plenty of nearby trails.
Places to visit in San Marcos, Texas
Featuring an average annual temperature of 69 degrees, San Marcos also offers 275 days of annual sunshine. There are many activities and sites to visit while in town.
If you enjoy history, don’t miss the Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos, which is dedicated to the 36th President of the United States. Johnson spent his college years in San Marcos at Southwest Texas State Teachers College–now Texas State University–from 1927-1930. The museum hosts numerous events throughout the year, including an annual golf tournament in June.
A few popular attractions in this vibrant city of 65,000 include Dick’s Classic Garage. Part of the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History, Dick’s Classic Garage is a museum with more than 80 automobiles from 1901 through 1959. The museum preserves and displays historical vehicles and related memorabilia. San Marcos outlet malls are another popular attraction.
The San Marcos River also offers plenty of activities for the majority of the year. Visitors and locals alike take advantage of the many activities available on the tepid waters of the river and enjoy activities like rafting, stand-up paddleboarding, and canoeing, to name a few.
Just because you take the kids or grandkids to Walt Disney World Resort doesn’t mean you have to postpone your regular golf game. Stay at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in Lake Buena Vista just south of Orlando and you’re right in the heart of all the action.
Within a short distance, you can find four Disney-owned golf courses and plenty of Disney activities and attractions to keep everyone busy for a week or two.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is one of the premier resorts in the country, and the prices reflect its quality. But with almost 800 sites, there’s something for everyone. Amenities include full hookups, including 30/50 amp electrical, water, sewer, Wi-Fi, showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, a camp store, pool access, a rec room, recreational trails, a playground, and much more.
Golf is available to the general public and resort guests at Disney’s Palm, Magnolia, and Oak Trail Golf Courses (across from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort), and at the Lake Buena Vista course (near Disney Springs/Saratoga Spring Resort). As you would expect, appropriate golf attire is required.
The golf courses at Walt Disney World Resort are anything but Mickey Mouse. In fact, all the courses are run by the highly respected Arnold Palmer Golf Management company. Three of the courses hosted PGA tournaments for more than four decades through 2012.
Certified by Audubon International as a Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary and rated an impressive 4 stars by Golf Digest, the par 72 Lake Buena Vista Golf Course measures 6,745 yards from the tips. This classic country-club style course winds through pastel villas, pine forests, palmettos, and sparkling lakes.
Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course gets its name from the majestic magnolia trees that dominate the course. The par 72, 18-hole track is the longest of the Disney courses measuring 7,516 yards. It, too, is Audubon certified.
Disney’s Palm Golf Course is also a par 72, 18-hole championship course. Stretching to 6,870 yards, the Palm course will test your skills as it features nine holes with water hazards and 59 bunkers.
The Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course is a beautiful par 36, 9-hole course with rolling greens and exciting challenges. This Woodland Walking Course is also Audubon certified and measures 2,913 yards from the white tees, and features holes ranging from 132 to 517 yards.
You can book a tee time at any of the Lake Buena Vista area Disney golf courses by visiting the convenient Walt Disney World Golf Resort Guest Tee Time site. Also, if you don’t want to drive to the golf course, dial up the Minnie Van service.
Other activities abound
Get a bird’s-eye view of Disney World from 400 feet up in the sky aboard Aerophile, a tethered helium balloon. The balloon’s 19-foot-diameter basket holds up to 29 people who are treated to spectacular 360-degree views of the resort. During this 8-to-10 minute ride, airborne guests can appreciate stunning vistas up to 10 miles away!
Children are never too young to learn about nature and acquainting them with the Disney animal kingdom is a great place to start. Experience close encounters with exotic African wildlife on Wild Africa Trek—a privately guided VIP expedition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. During this three-hour tour, view wild animals of nearly every variety that live in their natural habitat in the Safi River Valley—an uninhibited environment that resembles their home turf in Africa.
Take in a 30-minute show called British Revolution offered several times daily. The four musicians that make up the talented British Revolution cover a variety of crowd-pleasing favorites from The Who, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and more. This high volume, high energy show will get you dancing in your seat!
Kids of all ages will get their Star Wars fix when they “Step Into Star Wars.” Discover new and updated Star Wars experiences that bring you closer to the epic saga than ever before. The blockbuster Star Wars movies are known for transporting viewers to a galaxy far, far away. And you can visit that galaxy at Walt Disney World Resort!
Kids will also love Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, a one-time ski resort that has melted into a watery wonderland. Zip down the slushy slopes of Mount Gushmore on one of the world’s tallest and fastest waterslides. Float down the tranquil river and sunbathe on the white-sand beach.
Discover yourself why Walt Disney World Resort is truly the happiest place on earth. You can read more about Fort Wilderness Resort on RV Park Reviews.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a weekly golf blog, The 19th Hole, for RV Life. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canada offers plenty of wide-open spaces with endless spectacular views. One area in British Columbia that offers both of those elements is Edgewater Hilltop Par 3 Golf & RV Park, located in the small farming community of Edgewater.
Set in the picturesque Columbia Valley, the family-owned and operated Edgewater Hilltop Par 3 Golf & RV Park is nestled between the Rocky Mountains and Purcell Mountain range and is a favorite of those who’ve been lucky enough to discover this hidden gem.
For the last 83 years, the Lautrup family has owned the property that now includes the nine-hole golf course and 12 site RV park. In 1994, 40 acres of the Lautrup farmland was converted into a golf course, and it’s been a popular draw ever since.
This bucolic track a few miles from Radium Hot Springs is a par 27 and a short 1,101 yards. A great place to practice your short game, the signature hole at Edgewater Hilltop Par 3 is the 83-yard, par 3, 7th. From an elevated tee box, your eye catches the pond on the right and the steep gully to the left.
Regardless of the outcome, you can’t help but enjoy the view! Walking the course takes about an hour-and-a-half, depending on how many photos you take!
In year’s past, the family owned and operated a small motel on the property. Keeping with that entrepreneurial spirit, current owners George and Jeannette Lautrup added a small RV park in 2015.
Seven of the sites offer full hookups that include 30 amp electrical, water, sewer, fire pits, and picnic tables. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, newly-constructed washrooms with showers, and laundry facilities.
In addition to the golf course and fantastic scenery, Edgewater Hilltop Par 3 Golf & RV Park is also known by the locals as one of the best places to dine. Visitors soon discover that everything is made fresh, including the homemade pies baked daily.