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  • Coastal Golf

    Snowbirds looking to retire in a golfing mecca can find plenty of courses along...

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    Gulf State Park Recreation Trail

    Learn about the Wildlife of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s “Pleasure Island” with a two-hour...

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    Catch Bluewater Golfing on the Coast

    Bluewater Bay Resort in Niceville, just north of Fort Walton Beach, has four nine-hole...

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    Casino Trips with Good Time Tours

    Good Time Tours has put together some great escapes for the 2016 snowbird season....

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    Perdido Bay Golf 2015-16 Snowbird Season

    Looking to save money? Purchase a Winter “Punch Card.” Options include a 10 round...

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    Club at Hidden Creek

    Hidden Creek is an 18-Hole Championship Public Golf Course and plays 6,823 yards from...

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  • Putting around the Marcus Pointe Golf Course in Pensacola, Fla.
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    Great Southern Golf Course

    After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, one of the nation’s venerable golf...

  • Golfing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    Originally posted December 2006 Winter visitors who want to mix gambling and golf can find...

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    USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park

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  • Tanglewood PGA Connection Training Ground for Boo, Bubba and Heath

    by Karen Harrell
    Originally posted December 2008

    Boo Weekley, Bubba Watson and Heath Slocum are all PGA Tour players who hail from the same Milton High School in Northwest Florida. They all share one other connection – they grew up playing at Tanglewood Golf and Country Club in Milton.

    In fact, Weekley – one of the stars of the U.S. Ryder Cup team the summer of 2008 – has won two PGA Tour events at the same venue that somewhat resembles the Tanglewood layout.

    It’s a narrow, tree-lined course.
    Many of the holes have doglegs, so it favors the straight hitters and golfers who can work the ball.
    The greens are small, so accuracy is a premium. Sixteen of the 18 holes have out-of-bounds on one side or both. There are three different men’s tees to match the varying level of skill of the golfer.

    “The course is very playable,” said Charlie Daniels, who is a club pro along with J.J. Dunn. “It’s not a difficult course and it’s walkable.”
    Fees are $24 with cart Monday through Thursday and $28 with cart Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    “Our rates are as cheap as anybody in the area,” Daniels said.
    In 1986, the course was expanded from nine to 18 holes. It is a par-72 that measures 6,330 yards.
    The facility includes a driving range, the putting green has been recently redone, pro shop, Grille and party rooms are available for rent.
    The pro shop is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and The Grille offers great food from 6:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
    Come by to play. Who knows.
    You might see a PGA Tour pro playing a round there.

    Directions: On I-10 take Exit 22, (Avalon Blvd.) Go north on Avalon Blvd.
    Approximately 7 miles, turn right on highway 90. Approximately 2 miles, turn left on Glover Lane (at 3rd traffic signal).
    Continue straight on Glover Lane, as it will turn into Northrop at intersection of Glover and Berryhill Road. In 1 mile Northup dead-ends into Willard Norris Road (Hwy 191), turn left. Tanglewood drive is on left, ½ mile, follow signs to clubhouse on left ½ mile.

    Phone: 850-623-6176 Address: 5916 Tanglewood Drive, Milton, FL
    http://www.tanglewood-golf.com/

    Phone: 850-623-6176 Address: 5916 Tanglewood Drive, Milton, FL

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    Military Golf Courses

    Steve Bobe, the golf professional at A.C. Read Golf Course at Pensacola Naval Air Station, recalls a recent conversation with a retired military Snowbird.
    “He said he had been retired from the Navy for 26 years,” Bobe said. “He never played golf at the course when he was a flight student. He went out and played and came back and said, ‘Holy mackerel, I missed it 26 years ago.’ He was all excited about it.”
    military_golf_courseA.C. Read is one of several military golf courses on the Gulf Coast that are available to Snowbirds, both retired military and civilians retirees alike. All offer great tests of golf in the usually quiet atmosphere, only broken by the sound of military aircraft taking off and landing.
    The A.C. Read facility has 54 holes, including the Lakeview and Bayview courses. Rates vary according to rank, as well as civilian rates.
    If Snowbirds join the Navy League at the course, they get a $4 discount off normal civilian rates for greens fees.
    Bobe said they get a lot of Snowbirds playing in the winter.
    “There’s a contingency of groups out there,” he said. “The course is in really good shape. It’s on a pretty piece of property in Northwest Florida with the live oaks, the bay and the Gulf.”
    Farther east is the Falcon Course on Eglin Air Force Base in Niceville, Fla.
    The course is built on a stretch of rolling hills, pretty rare for this part of the state. The greens are heavily undulated, so good putting skills are necessary.
    And the Falcon Course is the third-ranked golf course in the Air Force.
    Nearby at Hurlburt Field is Gator Lakes, so-called for its numerous lakes, as well as numerous alligators and other critters.
    Pelican Point Golf Course on Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City offers an incredible view as its stretches along the Gulf of Mexico.
    It also stands out in another way. It’s the only military golf course to use bright red golf carts.

    A.C. Read Golf Course
    Location: Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.
    Holes: 54.
    Fees: Varies by rank; civilian rates available.
    Services: Driving range, putting and chipping greens, cart and club rental, food service, locker room, restaurant, lounge.
    Information: (850) 452-2454

    Whiting Golf Course
    Location: Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Santa Rosa County, Fla.
    Holes: 18
    Fees: Military $8 for 9 holes; $11 for 18; DOD $9/$14; guests $12/$18; public $14/$22. Carts: $10 for 18 holes, $6 for 9
    Services: Driving range, putting and chipping greens, cart and club rental, food service, lockerroom, restaurant, lounge.
    Information: 850-623-7348

    Falcon Course
    Eglin AFB Golf Course
    Location: 1527 Fairway Drive, Niceville, Fla.
    Holes: 36
    Fees: Varies by rank.
    Services: Driving, putting and pitching greens, lockerrooms for men and women, lounge, snack bar, cart rental.
    Information: 850-882-2949

    Gator Lakes Golf Course
    Hurlburt Golf Course
    Location: 91300 Golf Course Road, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
    Holes: 18
    Fees: Varies by rank. Regular fees are $18 greens fees, $11 for cart.
    Services: Driving range, putting green, café.
    Information: 850-581-0007

    Pelican Point Golf Course
    Location: Sabre Drive on Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Fla.
    Holes: 18
    Fees: Varies by rank.
    Services: Driving range, putting and chipping greens, carts and club rental, snack bar/lounge, lockerroom.
    Information: 850-286-2565

  • Lost Key A Gem to be Discovered

    Robert Warner has played golf all over the United States, but recently visited Lost...

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    Origins Golf Club

    A unique golfing experience is available at The Origins Course, which is located in...