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Practical Golf Says: Ship Sticks is “Relief for your golf travel woes”

Ship Sticks’ solution to one of the biggest hassles of traveling with your golf clubs is now considered to be the best way to ship golf clubs. Ship Sticks reviews rave about how practical golf club shipping is compared to lugging heavy bags through airports or taking up valuable cargo space in vehicles. Golfers are discovering that the Ship Sticks cost could well pay for itself in terms of convenience, safety, availability, and other shipping options.


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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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Ten reasons it makes more sense to ship your golf clubs rather than fly with them

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Golfers can travel with their clubs all they want, like my staff and I do for a living, and it never really gets easier. I’ve schlepped my golf clubs around airports all over the world, and it’s still a pain rolling the bag from the economy parking lot, or loading and unloading them on rental-car shuttles, squeezing them onto an escalator. At most airports, you have to drop off and pick up the bag at a separate location from your regular baggage.

At the most basic level, checking a golf bag is often a little cheaper than shipping them. (Ship Sticks offers a base rate of $39 for bags under 42 pounds.) Southwest Airlines still costs nothing as long as it’s one of your first two checked bags. On other airlines, it’s $20-$100 to check bags.

But looking beyond the black-and-white math of the airlines’ $0-$100 vs. Ship Sticks’ $39 and up, there are still a lot examples where shipping your luggage makes more sense. PGA members as well as PGA Tour pros have made a habit out of using the service. Here are 10 reasons why it might make sense to give Ship Sticks a shot on your next golf vacation: (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 when you book your golf package to Whistling Straits.

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Reunion Resort

Reunion Resort

With world famous attractions such as Disney World, Sea World, and Islands of Adventure only a short drive away, Reunion Resort should be ranked among these top tourist attractions. Reunion Resort has its own 5-acre water park, with five pools, a peaceful lazy river and water slides galore.

However, the main attractions at the resort are their golf courses. Reunion Resort is the only golf resort destination that is home to three championship courses that were designed by three of golf’s greatest legends: Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer. These three signature courses beautifully conform to their natural surroundings to provide a challenging, yet enjoyable experience for golfers.

Legacy Course

The Legacy Course designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, is just as beautiful as it is challenging. The roller coaster-like terrain spans over the entire 6,916 yards of this par 72 course. The creation of a wide variety of risk/reward shots comes as a direct result from these significant changes in elevation.

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Although the fairways tend to be quite wide, there are 80 bunkers and waste traps that have been strategically placed across the entire length of the championship course. Arguably the best hole on the Legacy Course, the par four 7th, is one of Palmer’s all-time best designs. The hole plays over a stunning water feature, through numerous bunkers, ending with a magnificent view of the towering resort behind the green.

Independence Course

The Independence Course was the first course to open at the Reunion Resort and was Tom Watson’s first Florida Signature Design. This links-style course is windswept and features fast, firm and wide rolling fairways. This 7,257 yard, par 72 course focuses on both strategy and power thanks to Watson’s creatively placed bunkers. The greens are fairly large and undulating which places an important emphasis on club selection.

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Since the course serves as a frame to the property there is a nature preserve located on the side of each hole which provides amazing scenery and captures Florida’s natural beauty perfectly. Even though the resort is relatively close to the tourist hub of Orlando, the course offers a very rural atmosphere.

Tradition Course

Considered to be the most difficult course of the three, the Tradition Course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son. The parkland-style course is very smooth and flowing, and although it is very beautiful, it is also very deceptive. The course is spectacular at tempting golfers into taking risky shots in the hopes of gaining large payoffs. Unlike the other courses, the Tradition Course features small greens, narrow fairways, and has an abundance of water hazards.

The Tradition Course is the newest course at Reunion Resort and is also the largest, stretching to an impressive 7,300 yards from the championship tees. The tight fairways are lined with hundreds of oak, maple, and palm trees. With water hazards on nine of the eighteen holes, the course is as striking as it is tough. The course is hardly a walk through, but it is certainly destined to become one of Florida’s best golf courses.

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Myrtle Beach Golf

Myrtle Beach Golf at MBN

The Grand Strand is a large stretch of beaches and coastal towns in charming South Carolina. Within the 60 mile span of the Grand Strand there are over 250 golf courses. Myrtle Beach is located directly in the center and functions as the heart of the Strand. Myrtle Beach is home to some of the best golf courses on the East Coast. There are so many spectacular courses here that choosing which to play can be an overwhelming decision. Here are our top 3 courses that we think deserve special attention and have earned not only our commendation, but have been acclaimed by many lead golfing authorities.


Voted as the one of the best courses on the Grand Strand, Caledonia was first opened in 1994 and was the first design by the late Mike Strantz. In the 1800’s, South Carolina was home to many plantations. Caledonia is situated on top of an old plantation and thus the grounds are extremely fertile. The course is dotted with live oaks and is perfectly landscaped, featuring dozens of flowers beds, tall pines, and several creeks that line the fairways and calmly flow under old stone bridges.


Caledonia is not just all about beautiful aesthetics, there are many challenges and hazards that make this course a puzzling yet playable challenge. The 84 white sand bunkers are deep and strategically placed, the greens are quick and undulating while the fairways are wide, but filled with danger. These challenges make Caledonia a course that players must become acquainted with before they came dream of mastering it.

The Dunes Golf and Beach Club

As a host to many professional golf championships, The Dunes Golf Club demands respect from all who play it. Opened in 1948, The Dunes was designed by legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and has been ranked by both GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as one the “Top 100 Golf Courses in America”. The Dunes was host to the PGA Professional National Championship this past June where Michael Block won with a score of 286 (-2).

The Dunes Golf and Beach Club

Regarded as one of the most challenging courses on the Grand Strand, The Dunes features push-up greens that are well-guarded by fierce bunkers. The most iconic hole, Waterloo, the 13th hole, which is a 640 yard par-5, swings to the right around Lake Singleton which forces players to take three consecutive precise shots if they hope to make birdie. Waterloo was featured in the “Top 100 Golf Holes in America”.

The Love Course

To make the claim that you are going to love playing the Love Course at Barefoot Resort Golf is at best an understatement. In the heart of North Myrtle Beach, the Love Course’s location couldn’t be more ideal. The course is also maintained to perfection, even on good courses you expect to see some spots that need attention, but not on the Love Course. The fairways are often lined with hardwood forests that are filled with pine and oak trees which create a pleasant visual and golfing experience.

Love Course

Love Course will challenge skilled players, yet it provides playability and enjoyment for average players as well. On the fourth hole, there are two bunkers that guard the green, however, there is an unusual bank shot option that has been created by the presence of ivy-covered brick wall from the colonial era which brings a sense of the history to the course.

The golf carts at the Barefoot Resort come equipped with GPS that will assist in shot selection and ball placement. The device explicitly shows your location, distance to the green, and any hazards.

Ship Your Clubs

Ship Sticks makes it easy for you to send your golf clubs to any of the resorts that Myrtle Beach Golf at offers. Trust your precious clubs to the company that lives for golf. Ship Sticks will pick-up your golf clubs and deliver them right to the clubhouse. As a Ship Sticks user, you can avoid the headaches and stress of traveling with golf clubs by shipping your clubs to Myrtle Beach the way the pro’s do!

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Grove Park Inn Golf Club

Grove Park Inn and Resort

Spanning a modest 6,400 yards, this par-70 course is shaped by rolling hills and is framed by Red Maple and White Oak tree-lined fairways. Scattered around the course are dangerous bunkers to be weary of and avoided. At the Grove Park Inn Golf Club, accuracy will be rewarded more than strength.

Thanks to the immaculate maintenance, this historic course is considered to be one of the finest conditioned courses in the entire state. Even if your golf game is a little below par, a round of golf here in the splendor of North Carolina will be worth every minute of your time.

This historic course originally opened in 1899 and was later redesigned by master golf course architect Donald Ross in 1926. The redesigned course now features elevated tee boxes at every hole providing amazing views with each drive.

Surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, this Western North Carolina beauty certainly celebrates the spirit of mountain golf. From beneath the crest of Sunset Mountain, players will ascend from the flat and level front nine to the gentle and rolling slopes of the back nine where spectacular views wait as a pleasant reward.

Eat, Relax and Enjoy Your Visit

In addition to playing a round of golf, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy or help you relax. The Spa at Grove Park Inn is extravagant to say the least. Pamper yourself in their 43,000 sq. ft. subterranean spa which features cavernous rock walls surrounding the two waterfall pools and the warm mineral pool.

After going for a swim, there are three fireside lounges waiting to warm you up. These lounges are decorated with overstuffed chairs, warm blankets and offer light snacks, hot organic teas and herbal infused waters.

For dinner we recommend dining at The Blue Ridge, where the seating overlooks the Asheville skyline, the beautiful golf course, and magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition, the Sunset Terrace serves the finest hand cut steak, premier chops and fresh seafood which is always purchased directly from local farmers.

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If you don’t want to carry your golf clubs with you to Grove Park, there’s no need to worry.. Have your golf clubs ready and waiting for you to tee off when you arrive by shipping them hassle-free ahead of time with Ship Sticks.

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History of the Ryder Cup

The History of The Ryder Cup

Before the first official Ryder Cup took place in 1927, there were two unofficial matches played between British and American Professionals, both of which were won by the British.

The first match between the United States and Great Britain was in 1921 at The King’s Course in Gleneagles and the second one was held at Wentworth in 1926. Both matches were won by the British. The second match was undoubtedly the most significant of the two, because among those in the gallery was a man by the name of Samuel Ryder.

Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup Origins

After Abe Mitchell and George Duncan teamed up to defeat Jim Barnes and Walter Hagen, in a bar later that night, Ryder suggested that this competition should take place again. Ryder then donated a small, but rather striking gold cup that now epitomizes the good nature of sporting competitions.

The next year, 1927, at the Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts, the first formalized competition was arranged and a Ryder Cup “Deed of Trust” was established, creating the rules of the contest. In early 1928 it became evident that an annual competition was not practical. It was then decided that the Ryder Cup was to become a biennial contest.

The first 22 matches were exclusively between the USA and Great Britain/Ireland, with the venue alternating between the two countries. However, in 1979 continental Europe joined the Ryder Cup with the addition of two Spanish golfers, Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido.

Rules of the Game

Within the Ryder Cup, there are many different variations of match play competitions between players. Beginning on a Friday and concluding on a Sunday, the contest includes 28 matches played between two teams of twelve golfers. However, on the final day of the competition, all 12 players compete in 12 singles matches.

The winning team is determined by cumulative total points. In the event of a tie, if each team earns 14 points, the Ryder Cup is retained by the team who held it before the contest.

From the creation of the Ryder Cup back in 1927, the format has changed slightly over the years. For instance, in 1959 the Ryder Cup was only a two day competition. Then in 1979, the first years in which continental Europe joined the team, the format was changed to the 28 match version that is still in use today.

The most recent Ryder Cup took place in Scotland at the historic Gleneagles Golf Club, where the European Team won and completed a ‘hat-trick’ of three successive wins over Team USA at the most prestigious match play golf tournament in the world.

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Dismal River Club

Dismal River Club

Rugged, windblown, hard and fast, Dismal River Club is pure links golf at its finest. The sand-based grasslands of Nebraska create optimal conditions for playing golf and except for the absence of a coastline, the Red and White Courses are traditional Scottish-style linksland.

Out here in the wild, vast, untamed heartland of the country, Dismal River Club spans over 3,000 acres and is not only the perfect place to play golf, but is also a great place to get off the grid and relax. To get to Dismal River, visitors have to travel down a 17 mile single lane road that ripples across the rolling plains.

Dismal River CLub

The clubhouse features warm natural woods and high, open ceilings that combine to create a comfortable spacious atmosphere. The clubhouses also offer remarkable poker and billiards rooms and a 16 person home theater, and is referred to as the “wing of sin” by CEO Chris Johnston.

The White Course

Right away you get a feeling for how expansive the property is since the first tee is more than a mile away from the clubhouse. Finished in 2006, The White Course was designed by the legendary Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus and is one of his Signature Design courses.

On this unpredictable links style course, the creative golfer will be justly rewarded and the use of strategy is absolutely essential. The wind on the open, rolling plains can change direction at any moment and a blow from every angle is certainly possible. With all of this chaotic, erratic wind, the contours of the bunkers are constantly altered and golfers will have to adjust their shots to account for the changes accordingly.

The White Course

Enjoy peace and quiet on the White Course. Here there are no structures in sight, no roads approach the course, there is no asphalt, no beverage carts, no cell phones, or any other interruptions, it is only the course, your club and your swing.

Since its opening, Nicklaus has made several minor tweaks to the course. Most recently, he has made the final hole better and stronger. Reduced from 591 yards to a modest 520, players are able to tee off from a large dune onto the fairway sitting 100 feet below. From on top of the tee visitors will have a panoramic view of the majestic Nebraskan dunes.

The Red Course

Newly opened, the Red Course was designed by minimalist golf architect Tom Doak. Doak’s best work includes the Pacific Dunes in Oregon, Barnbougle Dunes over in Australia and Ballyneal in Eastern Colorado.

Doak claims that this course is unlike any other course in the dunes. Where other courses have holes that will start to blend together in people’s minds after a while, this course will not.

The Red Course

It seems odd that at 1,800 miles from the Atlantic and 1,000 from the Pacific, the high prairie of Nebraska would be home to terrain so similar to the ancient links courses of Scotland. Like classic links courses, the bunkers of Red Course are natural “blowouts” caused from the wind, erosion, and herding livestock.

According to Doak, “The land is fascinating because there are undulations that never end. But the land is also deceptive. A lot of the holes you see don’t work out. You walk out 200 yards and find a blind ridge. Or a feature that seems like it is 300 yards away is actually 800 yards. Or you find a great hole but you can’t go right from there to the tee of another hole that works.” His Red Course is certainly a challenging yet enjoyable course that should be seen and experienced.

As a Ship Sticks favorite, we highly recommend that you check out both courses at Dismal River Club

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Talking Stick Golf Club

Talking Stick

Building and designing golf courses in the desert presents a unique set of challenges. Two well-known golf course designers, Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, were able to overcome these obstacles and build two stunning courses. Talking Stick Golf Club is planted in the East Valley near Phoenix, the North Course is a tribute to traditional Scottish links style layouts while the South Course has a more parkland-style layout.


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