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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:12 PM

Well I'm going to be transitioning out of the military this summer. As a form of celebration/decompression/preparation for college I'm thinking about taking a little golf adventure. Don't have many friends who could go with me so this is just going to be a solo outing. My budget will be $5k and that's going to have to include all costs that would be incurred on the trip. That includes airfare, lodging, course fees, caddie fees, food and of course entertainment also. I will be residing in southern California at the time so if I could fly out of Burbank or LAX if necessary.

I'm also open to a trip planned around California if that makes the most sense. I'm also open to a resort trip a la Bandon Dunes if that is in the budget. I'm a low handicap golfer so any course that's fun with some challenge is fair game. Priorities for the trip would have golf coming first, lodging,  food, and then anything else is really just extra. Night life isn't required but outdoor activities after golf would always help. Time frame for the trip would be last week of june or first two weeks of july(most likely after the 4th).

Open to suggestions and to hear other WRXers experience with summer/last minute trips.

Edit: I was browsing bandon website and I stumbled on there summer academy info. See here. These fall just around my time frame and airfare is relatively reasonable. Also within budget and I could possibly add another day/round. Does anyone have any experience with these?

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:27 PM

Bryan thank you for your service to our country!

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:53 PM

Yes, thank you for your service. Bandon is a must if you love golf, weather can be unpredictable but it will add to the fun.

You can also find many beautiful public tracks in San Diego.

I'd head to Bandon you'll never forget it and want to return.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 07:53 PM

There is some darn good golf in Cabo, with the added bonus of nightlife. Recently played Quivira, Cabo del Sol, and Diamante and they're terrific.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 08:34 PM

Thanks guys. Haven't really thought of cabo. Wouldn't of guessed its in my budget range. Ill have to give it a look.

On the bandon note. During summer how many days would I really need to stay to get the most out of the golf courses. I heard the days are long and the replay rates are reasonable and should be taken advantage of.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:03 PM

Checkout ballyneal in Colorado and the Nebraska sand belt courses. Also look at rtj trail in Bama if you donít mind the heat. Also Biloxi Gulfport gives rooms and golf away plus your close to Nola also could look in to Utah Salt Lake City/park city or Denver area as well up in the Rockies. Dm me if you want or need more suggestions.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:39 PM

Bandon or Monterey

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:13 PM

Well put in a request for reservations at Bandon. Figured this could be once in a lifetime. Nothing is set in stone yet. Fingers crossed they will be able to accommodate.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:24 PM

Mexico and other warm locations will be to hot near july. I would aim for the northern states.

Bandon would be awesome.

Ireland or Great Britain would be nice that time of the year.



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 06:46 AM

View Postsmb4ua, on 14 April 2018 - 07:53 PM, said:

There is some darn good golf in Cabo, with the added bonus of nightlife. Recently played Quivira, Cabo del Sol, and Diamante and they're terrific.

I go there quite often, but  would not go in the summer.


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 06:47 AM

For a summer trip, I suggest the Beaver Creek area of Colorado.  They have several excellent courses in that area.  Also Lake Tahoe.  

Both have great summer weather.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:48 AM

If Bandon doesn't work out, the Lake Chelan, WA area is worth a look in the high desert. Great golf including Gamble Sands plus hiking, boating/fishing on Lake Chelan and the Columbia River, zip lining, wineries, and incredible scenery. Warm, sunny, low humidity conditions.

Gamble Sands would be the highlight. It's about 40-45 minutes from Chelan and they have lodging right on site. A pure golf set up.

Southwest flies into Spokane and then drive west from there.

A great all-around vacation area.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 12:09 PM

Well bandon is booked up and it doesn't look like there is a chance of me sneaking on as a single. Going to be looking at some of the other places brought up in this thread to see what my options are.

Looking at maybe San Diego as it's within driving distance.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 04:23 PM

if Bandon is out, then as Buckeyerball suggested, Monterey California is great.

About a 4.5 hr drive from Burbank airport, as active duty military, you could play both Black Horse & Bayonet for greatly reduced rates (because the property used to be the old Fort Ord base).  Both courses are fun & challenging.

The renovated Poppy Hills is very good.  Spyglass Hill is excellent. (Obviously, if you want to pay $$$$, there's Pebble Beach.)   Some like Spanish Bay.

Near Santa Cruz is Pasatiempo, a truly awesome course.

And Pacific Grove's #11 - 16 are a lot of fun, for less than $80 per round.

Monterey is just beautiful.  (Will never forget my first time, driving south from SFO & seeing the large dunes north of town.)

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:45 AM

I did a solo trip to Monterey last July (http://www.golfwrx.c...ey-trip-report/). Awesome trip with 9 rounds in six days. No issues booking as a single.

In 2016 I did a Nebraska trip, Omaha to Denver, which included the Sand Hills area (http://www.golfwrx.c...-nebraska-trip/).  10 rounds in 6 days. A ton of driving, and not much in the way of night life. If I had a few extra days, I would have played a few rounds in Colorado.

Alabama is decent, but it's going to be too hot and muggy in the summer. I'd skip it.

I'd suggest looking at Wisconsin (Kohler, Sand Hills, Erin Hills, etc.) or Michigan (Traverse City area, Arcadia Bluffs). 'Plenty of excellent courses, and fine weather. If you have the time, a full loop around Lake Michigan would be fantastic.


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:52 AM

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Well bandon is booked up and it doesn't look like there is a chance of me sneaking on as a single. Going to be looking at some of the other places brought up in this thread to see what my options are.

Looking at maybe San Diego as it's within driving distance.

San Diego is ok,  I used to live there so I am a bit biased.   You could play a few solid courses and there is a ton of additional stuff to do outside of golf.   However, If you try and go much east it can get a little bit warm.  Courses to play would be , Aviara, Maderas, Torrey, Barona, and then a few others that are solid.  You would be driving up to 45 minutes to any given round.


Within driving distance is tough from so cal.   The two best trips IMO would be Tahoe and Monterrey area.  

There are a few threads on the Northwest golf trips and you might want to look into that also for affordable golf trip.   Seattle,  Bend Oregon,  Colorado.  


You can also go to the great lakes area and have some amazing golf.


Too Hot for that time of year,  Palm Springs, Arizona, Vegas, Mesquite, ST George, Texas, Florida, ect.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:59 AM

Why not plan a tour of military golf courses? You could stay at lodging on the different bases/posts.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:02 PM

Come up to Canada. In June or July you can play from 6am to 10pm, plenty of time to get in 36 or more if you wish. I would recommend anywhere in the mountains: BC or Alberta. Vancouver Island, Kelowna, Invermere area, Banff / Jasper / Canmore are all good options if you like mountain golf. With the exchange rate you would do quite well in terms of costs too.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:19 PM

View PostArgonne69, on 16 April 2018 - 09:45 AM, said:

I did a solo trip to Monterey last July (http://www.golfwrx.c...ey-trip-report/). Awesome trip with 9 rounds in six days. No issues booking as a single.

In 2016 I did a Nebraska trip, Omaha to Denver, which included the Sand Hills area (http://www.golfwrx.c...-nebraska-trip/).  10 rounds in 6 days. A ton of driving, and not much in the way of night life. If I had a few extra days, I would have played a few rounds in Colorado.

Alabama is decent, but it's going to be too hot and muggy in the summer. I'd skip it.

I'd suggest looking at Wisconsin (Kohler, Sand Hills, Erin Hills, etc.) or Michigan (Traverse City area, Arcadia Bluffs). 'Plenty of excellent courses, and fine weather. If you have the time, a full loop around Lake Michigan would be fantastic.

Can you recommend a summer trip? Trying to plan somewhere for 3-6 days to get out of the Scottsdale heat.

Priorities are great value golf, Cooler Weather, easy flights & not a ton of driving

Monterey-been 3 times in the last 15 months. Love it but want to try somewhere different

SD-Is the golf really that good?

Traverse city-would love to go back. But lots of driving and flights from Phx to TC are pricey

Hawaii-rather expensive. Good that are nonstops. With tim change tough to work while traveling

Iíve also done la, SF, seattle & Denver

Places Iím thinking about: banff, Victoria, Vancouver, bend & Spokane.

Would like trees &/or water (I live in the desert). Also somewhere Iíve never been with good golf would be great thx .

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:20 PM

Banff,Jasper & Canmore are fantastic golf/hiking area's, God's Country shouldn't be missed, a train ride through the Canadian Rockies is a must too!

I'll throw Santa Barbara in the mix, Sandpiper,Ranch San Marco's,LaPurisma, river course Alisal , Mission Club

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:22 PM

View Postryu123, on 15 April 2018 - 04:23 PM, said:

if Bandon is out, then as Buckeyerball suggested, Monterey California is great.

About a 4.5 hr drive from Burbank airport, as active duty military, you could play both Black Horse & Bayonet for greatly reduced rates (because the property used to be the old Fort Ord base).  Both courses are fun & challenging.

The renovated Poppy Hills is very good.  Spyglass Hill is excellent. (Obviously, if you want to pay $$$$, there's Pebble Beach.)   Some like Spanish Bay.

Near Santa Cruz is Pasatiempo, a truly awesome course.

And Pacific Grove's #11 - 16 are a lot of fun, for less than $80 per round.

Monterey is just beautiful.  (Will never forget my first time, driving south from SFO & seeing the large dunes north of town.)

Well said. However, my friend & i found bayonet & BH a bit overpriced and too challenging (not fun). We both play off around 13

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:24 PM

View Postjjr, on 16 April 2018 - 12:20 PM, said:

Banff,Jasper & Canmore are fantastic golf/hiking area's, God's Country shouldn't be missed, a train ride through the Canadian Rockies is a must too!

Can you recommend a hotel? Are the courses walkable?

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:29 PM

Unfortunate that Bandon is booked. I would check out Sand Valley, same Owner as Bandon with a similar setup/accomodations. They'll have two 18-hole courses and a Par 3 open this summer.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:34 PM

Banff and Jasper are walkable Jasper is a good drive from Banff ( 4 hours but well worth it, Icefields, hot springs much to see.)

Banff Springs hotel & Jasper Park Lodge both 1st class and your wallet will feel it!

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:44 PM

View Postjjr, on 16 April 2018 - 12:34 PM, said:

Banff and Jasper are walkable Jasper is a good drive from Banff ( 4 hours but well worth it, Icefields, hot springs much to see.)

Banff Springs hotel & Jasper Park Lodge both 1st class and your wallet will feel it!

Is there anywhere comparable to a hampton inn (clean & $150/night) in or near banff?


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 01:06 PM

View PostQMany, on 16 April 2018 - 12:29 PM, said:

Unfortunate that Bandon is booked. I would check out Sand Valley, same Owner as Bandon with a similar setup/accomodations. They'll have two 18-hole courses and a Par 3 open this summer.

Throw in Erin Hills, Lawsonia Links, Sentry World, the four courses at Kohler, and The Bull at Pinehurst Farms, and you have the makings of a great trip.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 01:31 PM

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View Postjjr, on 16 April 2018 - 12:34 PM, said:

Banff and Jasper are walkable Jasper is a good drive from Banff ( 4 hours but well worth it, Icefields, hot springs much to see.)

Banff Springs hotel & Jasper Park Lodge both 1st class and your wallet will feel it!

Is there anywhere comparable to a hampton inn (clean & $150/night) in or near banff?
I would look to stay in Canmore. Its a smaller town that is just outside the Banff Park gates, so you would not need to buy a national park pass. Hotels would still be pretty expensive. There are numerous courses: Jasper Park Lodge, Banff Springs, Stewart Creek, Silvertip, Kananaskis are all world class. Costs would probably be in the range of $150 to $200 CDN for round. I bet hotels would be at least $200 to $300 per night, again CDN. So with the exchange to USD you would still be looking pretty good I bet. You can walk all the courses, I have. May not want to walk if you play Silvertip it is right on the side of the mountain. But you can walk Jasper, Banff, Kananaskis for sure. Google some images of these courses, they are unreal.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 01:38 PM

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View PostBUCKEYERBALL88, on 16 April 2018 - 12:44 PM, said:

View Postjjr, on 16 April 2018 - 12:34 PM, said:

Banff and Jasper are walkable Jasper is a good drive from Banff ( 4 hours but well worth it, Icefields, hot springs much to see.)

Banff Springs hotel & Jasper Park Lodge both 1st class and your wallet will feel it!

Is there anywhere comparable to a hampton inn (clean & $150/night) in or near banff?
I would look to stay in Canmore. Its a smaller town that is just outside the Banff Park gates, so you would not need to buy a national park pass. Hotels would still be pretty expensive. There are numerous courses: Jasper Park Lodge, Banff Springs, Stewart Creek, Silvertip, Kananaskis are all world class. Costs would probably be in the range of $150 to $200 CDN for round. I bet hotels would be at least $200 to $300 per night, again CDN. So with the exchange to USD you would still be looking pretty good I bet. You can walk all the courses, I have. May not want to walk if you play Silvertip it is right on the side of the mountain. But you can walk Jasper, Banff, Kananaskis for sure. Google some images of these courses, they are unreal.
Similarly, if you wanted to save on costs you could rent a hotel in Hinton, a town just outside the Jasper Park gates. Those would be cheaper, then its about a 20 to 30 minute drive into Jasper. Depending on where you wanted to go you could fly into Calgary (then its only 45 minutes to Banff / Canmore or so) or Edmonton (about 3.5 hours to Jasper). If you wanted to do them all, you could fly into Edmonton, drive and stay in Hinton. Play Jasper Park Lodge, then drive down to Banff (beautiful highway). Play in the Banff / Canmore area, stay in Canmore. Then fly out of Calgary. That would be a nice trip.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 02:49 PM

View Postmikedejong, on 16 April 2018 - 01:38 PM, said:

View Postmikedejong, on 16 April 2018 - 01:31 PM, said:

View PostBUCKEYERBALL88, on 16 April 2018 - 12:44 PM, said:

View Postjjr, on 16 April 2018 - 12:34 PM, said:

Banff and Jasper are walkable Jasper is a good drive from Banff ( 4 hours but well worth it, Icefields, hot springs much to see.)

Banff Springs hotel & Jasper Park Lodge both 1st class and your wallet will feel it!

Is there anywhere comparable to a hampton inn (clean & $150/night) in or near banff?
I would look to stay in Canmore. Its a smaller town that is just outside the Banff Park gates, so you would not need to buy a national park pass. Hotels would still be pretty expensive. There are numerous courses: Jasper Park Lodge, Banff Springs, Stewart Creek, Silvertip, Kananaskis are all world class. Costs would probably be in the range of $150 to $200 CDN for round. I bet hotels would be at least $200 to $300 per night, again CDN. So with the exchange to USD you would still be looking pretty good I bet. You can walk all the courses, I have. May not want to walk if you play Silvertip it is right on the side of the mountain. But you can walk Jasper, Banff, Kananaskis for sure. Google some images of these courses, they are unreal.
Similarly, if you wanted to save on costs you could rent a hotel in Hinton, a town just outside the Jasper Park gates. Those would be cheaper, then its about a 20 to 30 minute drive into Jasper. Depending on where you wanted to go you could fly into Calgary (then its only 45 minutes to Banff / Canmore or so) or Edmonton (about 3.5 hours to Jasper). If you wanted to do them all, you could fly into Edmonton, drive and stay in Hinton. Play Jasper Park Lodge, then drive down to Banff (beautiful highway). Play in the Banff / Canmore area, stay in Canmore. Then fly out of Calgary. That would be a nice trip.

+1, I would change nice trip to awesome & unforgettable

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 01:32 AM

This turned into a buddy trip pretty quick. I have a friend in bakersfield who is due for some vacation time and we both thought san diego would be a fun time. Going down for a week near the end of June. It just made sense, being able to get an AirBnB centrally located in san diego while also having a good selection of courses to play. Torrey South will be the staple and then we will just plan for courses that we can find deals on and whatever is available. It's also help that its only a two hour drive for me and the things to do outside of golf are numerous.


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