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All About Golf Travel Bags: What You Need to Know

Golf is a sport adored by many because it is a fun way to initiate a little competition through a game that offers exercise, social interaction and reduced stress (particularly if you are playing well). The beauty of golf is that anyone and everyone can play it – from the young kid hitting balls with his dad to the senior woman trying to stay active and busy in retirement.

Anyone who is interested in golf will tell you that one of the things that make it such an appealing sport is the opportunity it presents to travel to various destinations and beautiful courses around the world. Each one you visit will give you different challenges and scenery, making every round unique and exciting. It’s also an excuse to take a vacation or treat a client to a personal, relaxed meeting.

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The World’s 7 Toughest Golf Courses

Toughest Courses

Learn about Some of the Most Challenging Golf Courses in the World

Are you up for it? While many courses cater to players of all skill levels (and rightly so!), some courses are intense enough to tempt even the most laid-back personalities to commit murder and mayhem in sheer frustration.

Displaying a little of your dark side is not necessarily a bad thing, though, if you’re looking for a way to pit your skills against the diabolical genius of a course designer and the elements. Will you be bored playing any of these courses? Absolutely not. Will you list any of them as your top favorites for frequent play? Maybe, maybe not. But rest assured that you will not walk away the same player as you started, and the experience you have at any of these courses will haunt you forever. In a good way.

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15 Golf Courses for Every Golfer’s Bucket List

Luxury Tropical Golf Course

Any serious golfer needs to have a bucket list of courses to visit in a lifetime. These courses should represent the best aspects of the game that you hope to capture: the courses, the views, the locations, and the pleasure of playing.

We have 15 amazing golf courses you can add to your list. Whether you’re just creating your bucket list or adding to it, make sure these courses make the cut.

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4 Romantic Golf Getaways Even Non-Golf Partners Will Love

Treating yourself and your partner to a romantic getaway is a must-do for every couple in order to rekindle the flame, enjoy each others’ company, and just relax away the stresses of demanding careers and/or family needs.

But if you’re into golfing and your partner is not, how can you sneak in a few rounds without looking like a complete jerk? Why, by picking a golf getaway that caters to your need to hit the greens while also offering entertainment and activities that will keep your non-golf-playing significant other perfectly occupied and satisfied, of course! Here are four luxurious and excitingly romantic getaways that cater to your desire to play pristine courses and still romance your beloved. (more…)

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Featured Resort: Whistling Straits

Whistling Straits, located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is home to one of the greatest championship courses in the United States. Owned by the Kohler Company, Whistling Straits features championship golf courses, a highly ranked golf academy and several casual and fine dining restaurants and bars. Whistling Straits offers guests a spa and five-star lodging at the American Club, the Inn on Woodlake or Sandhill, a backwoods cabin.

Straits Course

Designed by Pete Dye, the Straits Course is one of the finest golf courses in the world. In fact, the Straits hosted the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, 2004, 2010, 2015 PGA Championship and the future site of the 2020 Ryder Cup. The Straits is the recipient of several awards including Golfweek’s #4 Best Resort Courses and #22 in America’s Greatest 100 Golf Courses.

The Straits offers a links-style layout that stretches along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. The walking only Straits features an open design that is susceptible to high winds and rugged terrain. The course replicates the links courses found in Ireland with several elevation changes, deep pot bunkers, grass-topped dunes and eight holes along the water. The challenging layout stretches 7,790 yards from the championship tees and plays to a par 72.

The Irish at Whistling Straits

The Irish at Whistling Straits offers guests a spectacular experience and complements the Straits. The Irish is ranked #35 in GolfWeek’s Best Resort Courses and #47 in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. The Irish is located inland and features a grassland and dunes layout. The Irish is also designed by Pete Dye and plays to a par 72 and shorter and friendlier 7,201 yards from the championship set of tees.

Whistling Straits Restaurants

There are several fine and casual dining options available at Whistling Straits. Guests must try a few of the following can’t miss dining locations: The Whistling Straits Restaurant offers a scenic view of Lake Michigan in an Irish Farmhouse setting. The Immigrant Restaurant is an AAA Four Diamond Award Winner and specializes in contemporary American cuisine with modern European influences. The Irish Pub is known for signature fish ‘n’ chips and a premium selection of beers and fine scotch.

Kohler Golf Academy

Golf Magazine ranks the Kohler Golf Academy in the top 50 best golf schools in America. The Golf Academy offers year-round instruction with an indoor facility during the winter months.

Ship Sticks

Whistling Straits is one of the most popular golf resorts in the country, and Ship Sticks will transport your clubs to and from the resort. Ship Sticks picks your clubs up at your home and transports them to Whistling Straits in time for your first round of golf. Once you are finished, Ship Sticks delivers your clubs home in time for your next round. Ship Sticks allows you to skip the hassle of transporting your clubs on the airline and lugging them to and from your hotel. Check out ShipSticks.com when you book your golf package to Whistling Straits.

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Las Vegas Golf

Las Vegas has plenty of golf options with over 50 courses in the area. Las Vegas is known for the most elegant hotels and casinos, however; they also have some of the finest golf courses in the world. Check out the following must play courses during your next trip to Las Vegas:

TPC Las Vegas

Designed by Bobby Weed and Raymond Floyd, TPC Las Vegas presents one of the best golfing experiences in Las Vegas. The course plays to a par 71 and 7,104 yards from the championship set of tees. The course has hosted several championship events, including -the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Open, the Bard Capital Challenge, and the Las Vegas Senior Classic. The famous 12th hole is a short par 3 designed for you to hit over a canyon to an elevated green.

Las Vegas National

Designed in 1961 by Bert Stamps, Las Vegas National is located less than10 minutes from the strip. The par 71 and 6,721-yard layout is known for thousands of trees, strategic bunkers and a perfectly manicured golf course. The LPGA and PGA have hosted stops at the National since the 1960’s with many of the finest players in golf winning at Las Vegas National. In fact, Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour event at the National during the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational.

Shadow Creek Golf Course

Designed by Tom Fazio, Shadow Creek is open to anyone who registers as a guest of an MGM Resorts International destination. There is a total of 15 hotels and casinos in the MGM family of properties. The course is located just outside of Las Vegas, and the hotel or casino arranges for a limo ride to the course where a personal caddie awaits your arrival. The course is known for its outstanding layout and immaculate conditions. Shadow Creek rates #17 on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play. The challenging layout stretches 7,560 yards and plays to a par 72. Shadow Creek is known as one of the most expensive golf courses where the greens fee will cost approximately $500. Be on the lookout for professional athletes, celebrities, and politicians during your round.

Wynn Las Vegas

The Wynn Las Vegas Golf Course is located on the Las Vegas Strip. Steve Wynn is responsible for both the Wynn Golf Course and Shadow Creek. However, Wynn sold Shadow Creek and opened Wynn Golf Course in 2005. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course features unbelievable elevation changes, beautiful water features, and a spectacular layout. Wynn Las Vegas is ranked #66 on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play. The course plays to a par 70 and stretches 7,042-yards from the championship tees. Also, the Wynn Resort is known as one of the finest hotels in the world.

Ship Sticks

Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and boasts some of the finest golf courses around. Check out Shipsticks.com to help transport your clubs to Las Vegas in time for your first tee time. Once you complete your last round, Ship Sticks sends your clubs home in time for your next round of golf. Ship Sticks allows you to skip the hassle of lugging your clubs through the airport and paying expensive baggage fees. Let ShipSticks.com help plan your next golf vacation to Las Vegas.

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The Senior Open Championship at Sunningdale Golf Club

Sunningdale Golf Club, the quintessential English Club, is host of The 2015 Senior Open Championship. The Senior Open Championship at Sunningdale Golf Club is being held at the Old Course, which opened in 1901 and is ranked the second-best golf course in England by Golf World.

This year’s field hosts six past winners at Sunningdale, including Bernhard Langer, Sir Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Gordon Brand Jr., and Peter Senior who each won the European Open when it was held at Sunningdale, and Loren Roberts who won the Senior Open in 2009, which is the last time it was held there. This year, record-breaking German player Bernhard Langer will be defending the Senior Open Championship title he won by 13 shots at Royal Porthcawl last summer.

The Old Course

The Old Course was originally designed by Willie Park, Jr., in 1901 as one of the first inland courses. Many people believed that inland turf would not grow well so far from the seaside, but the course has more than proven this notion wrong. Over the years, Sunningdale has hosted numerous championships including the World Match Play, the British Masters, The Walker Cup, the European Open, and the Women’s British Open.
The course, which is laid out on a glorious piece of heathland, plays to a par 70 and totals 6,627 yards from the championship tees. Considered by many to be one of the best inland courses in the U.K., Sunningdale is always ranked in the Top 100 courses in international ratings lists.

Visiting Sunningdale

Sunningdale is open to the public year-round, Monday through Thursday, for golfers with a recognized golf club handicap certificate of 18, for men, and 24, for ladies. If you are planning on playing the Old or New Course at Sunningdale, allow Ship Sticks to assist you for hassle-free travel. Ship Sticks will deliver your clubs from your home or office directly to the clubhouse of either of the two courses. Once your golf is completed, Ship Sticks sends your clubs back home or to your next destination in time for the next round. Visit Shipsticks.com and let them simplify the way you travel.

The Senior Open Championship at Sunningdale Golf Club

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The Open Championship at St Andrews

The Open Championship at St Andrews

St. Andrews, known as the home of golf, is recognized as one of the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. In fact, golf began at St. Andrews in the 1400s. Today, the town of St. Andrews owns seven challenging public golf courses including the famous Old Course.

The Open Championship is the oldest major championship in golf and St. Andrews plays host every five years. The Old Course has hosted the Open a record 28 times dating back to 1873, more than any other course.

History and the Old Course

The inaugural Open at St Andrews was played in 1860 and has produced some of the most legendary champions in golf. However, the first Open Championship at St. Andrews was held in 1873 and won by Tom Kidd. Kidd was presented with the first Claret Jug and, to this day, the winner of the Open Championship receives the iconic trophy.

The Old Course is a links-style course that plays to a par 72 and 6,721 yards from the championship tees. The Old Course is famous for its use of double greens. Seven holes share the same green. The Swilcan Bridge is one of most famous landmarks on the Old Course. The bridge is over 700 years old, and players must walk over the bridge on the 18th hole. Many of the most iconic photos in golf occur on the Swilcan Bridge. The Old Course features 112 bunkers with the most famous 10-foot deep Hell Bunker on the 14th hole. The 17th hole, known as the Road Hole, is one of the most famous holes in golf.Players hit a blind tee shot over the corner of the Old Course Hotel, maneuver the difficult Road Hole Bunker short of the green, and sometimes face a bank shot off the stone wall, which lines the hole near the green.

Past Champions

Many consider The Open Championship the most coveted major. Due to the rich history of St. Andrews, players consider it even more special to win the Open Championship there. Naturally, some of the most influential names in golf have won at the Old Course. Notable champions include Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, among many others. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, James Braid, John Henry Taylor and Bob Martin all have the distinction of winning the Open Championship twice at St. Andrews. In 2000 while playing the Old Course at St. Andrews, Woods set the scoring record at the Open Championship with -19 under par.

Ship Sticks

St. Andrews is one of the most popular golf destinations in the world. Allow Ship Sticks to assist with your golf vacation to the Old Course at St. Andrews. Ship Sticks transports your clubs from home and ships them directly to your golf destination. Once your golf is completed, Ship Sticks sends your clubs back home in time for your next round. Visit Shipsticks.com and let them simplify the way you travel.

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