"The Sandhills area of North Carolina is blessed with a great climate that provides year-round playing opportunities," says Mike Floyd, executive director of the Sandhills Golf Association. "When you combine ideal weather with outstanding golf courses and southern hospitality, you create one of the country's favorite golf destinations."
In fact, Golf Digest ranked the Sandhills area as one of the "Top three Greatest Golf Destinations In The World," along with St. Andrews and California's Monterey Peninsula, and as the "Number One Golf Destination on the East Coast." A panel of the magazine's readers also cited the area as having the "World's Best Quality of Golf."
One of the Sandhills Golf Association's specialties is helping golfers plan and book custom vacations quickly and easily. Golfers can submit an online request at www.sandhillsgolf.com, and receive a detailed quote within 24 hours. Assistance is also available by calling toll-free 888/926-GOLF. Packages include accommodations, guaranteed tee times with carts and complimentary breakfasts. The area is easily accessible by air into Charlotte, Greensboro or Raleigh, and is within a day's drive of virtually the entire eastern United States.
"Spring is a beautiful time to visit the Sandhills, especially April and May when many parts of the country are still experiencing winter weather that rules out golf," Floyd points out. "Here you'll find everything in full bloom and the golf courses in excellent condition."
The free golf guide can be requested by visiting their website or calling toll-free 888/926-4653.
All cruises include accommodation in twin outside stateroom, all meals, and facilities of the vessels, roundtrip transfers to/from the ship if airfare purchased through PerryGolf, all transportation to/from golf courses and scheduled sightseeing, scheduled green fees and starting times, welcome & farewell cocktail parties, services of PerryGolf Cruise Staff, all golf bag handling, all shipboard gratuities, port charges, scheduled non-golfer sightseeing program, and local taxes.
IRISH LINKS BY SEA - JULY 2 - 11, 2004
POST CRUISE - THE K CLUB - JULY 11 - 13, 2004
Join the Irish Links By Sea post cruise extension and enjoy a two night stay at the luxurious resort of the K Club. Relax in luxury at this resort, and enjoy the delightful views across the estate, following your cruise. The extension includes golf at the K Club, host venue of the 2006 Ryder Cup and Portmarnock Golf Club, widely regarded as one of the finest courses in Ireland.
The Extension Includes: Two nights accommodation with breakfast at The K Club based on twin occupancy of a standard room - Green fees and starting times for two rounds of golf - The K Club and Portmarnock Golf Club - All ground transfers - Services of PerryGolf UK Office - All local taxes
BRITISH OPEN BY SEA - JULY 10 - 19, 2004
Combine the 133rd Open Championship at Royal Troon with five rounds on legendary British links layouts and you would have an exceptional golf vacation. Add a luxurious floating hotel -- like the 122-passenger M/S Clipper Adventurer - and your experience becomes extraordinary. Each evening you'll relax at sea. Each morning you'll awaken to a new vista and a new links layout including Royal Liverpool, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Westin Turnberry Resort (Ailsa Course) and Machrihanish. Sights to see include historic city of Chester, the Giant's Causeway, Culzean Castle and the Kintyre Peninsula.
POST CRUISE - GLENEAGLES - JULY 19 - 21, 2004
Join the British Open By Sea post cruise extension and enjoy a two night stay at the world famous Gleneagles Hotel. Relax in luxury at this resort, and enjoy the delightful views across the estate, following your cruise. Our extension includes golf on the King's and Queen's Courses at Gleneagles, both designed by the legendary James Braid and offering the best of Scottish moorland golf.
For more information on PerryGolf or to receive PerryGolf's 32-page, 4-color brochure featuring the art of Ray Ellis and/or the new 2004 Grand Touring brochure, call 800/344-5257. PerryGolf may also be reached by fax 770/641-9798, information@PerryGolf.com or at www:PerryGolf.com
PERRYGOLF ANNOUNCES SPECIAL AIR SERVICES IN THE BRITISH ISLES
PerryGolf has also announce their Special Air Services, available on golf itineraries in the British Isles. These Special Air Services utilize private aircraft and helicopter transportation to effectively combine with their fleet of VIP Golf Coaches in maximizing valuable time and especially when visiting courses not otherwise easily accessible.
The helicopters and private aircraft may be used continuously throughout a schedule but recommended for use on a selective basis. On what would normally be a traveling day across the country or to Ireland, it is possible to leave your hotel in the morning, effortlessly play a championship course en route or at a remote location, and be at your next hotel by dinner, where your VIP coach will be waiting.
"In our view it is not a simple air charter from Point A to Point B," commented Gordon Dalgleish, President of PerryGolf. "As with all the programs and services we deliver, we like to make sure your experience is as seamless as possible, that your day is special and memorable for a lifetime, and we will work with the helicopter or aircraft operator to make sure all of the little details are attended to, allowing you to focus on your golf and leave you worry free."
PerryGolf works closely with PDG Helicopters in Scotland and Links Helicopters in Ireland, each recognized for their high degree of professionalism and indepth knowledge of helicopter operations in these countries. Both operate modern equipment, all with forward facing seats, affording you an outstanding view as you witness the spectacular scenery.
For longer journeys a Jetstream 31 turboprop aircraft is recommended, provided in a VIP eight-passenger configuration (a Jetstream 31 normally accommodates 19 passenger). It is the perfect aircraft for around the British Isles, and is ideal to use on a traveling day if you are combining Ireland and Scotland, ensuring your travel time is minimized.
Play Machrie Golf Links followed by lunch
Depart Machrie for Campbeltown
Depart Campbeltown for Turnberry
Transportation price from $1,495 per person (8 passengers)
Depart Dromoland Castle for Ballybunion
Play Ballybunion followed by lunch
Depart Ballybunion for Doonbeg
Depart Doonbeg for Dromoland Castle
Overnight Dromoland Castle
Transportation price from $745 per person (based on 6 passengers)
Depart Prestwick for Campbeltown
Play Machrihanish followed by lunch
Depart Campbeltown for St.Andrews
Transportation price from $1,275 per person (based on 8 passengers)
VIP Jetstream Itinerary
Overnight Nairn, Scotland
Depart Inverness for Sligo, Ireland
Play Rosses Point followed by lunch
Depart Sligo for Dublin
The PerryGolf VIP Golf Coach, first introduced in 1998, sets the standard for small group transportation. They have taken a Mercedes motorcoach chassis which would normally accommodate fully 20 passengers, and created a luxurious atmosphere for just 8 golfers. It begins with spacious leather armchairs, each with its own armrests and facing a table. To complement the restful decor you can play music if you wish (radio, tape and 10 stack CD autochanger) or run a video. The vehicles are fully air-conditioned, and a "cool box" is stocked with cold drinks for your consumption.
A personal Concierge Driver will be with you throughout your stay. In addition to driving you safely, he will take care of your golf equipment, assist you on arrival at hotels and golf courses, make dinner reservations and sightseeing suggestions, and generally make your stay as worry free as possible.
Your clubs are also well taken care of, with a rear luggage compartment having been specifically designed for easy access to luggage and golf clubs. For the enjoyment of all guests, these vehicles -- like all in our coach fleet -- are nonsmoking vehicles.
This summer Nike Golf will once again travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to participate as title sponsor and golf equipment partner of The 2003 National Father & Son Team Classic, the largest three-day father and son golf competition in the world.
Each year, Myrtle Beach hosts the Classic, largest father and son golf competition in the world. Played on Myrtle Beach's most-requested golf courses, the championship is a 54-hole event offering a different format each day.
Four new premier golf courses will be added to this year's event. Barefoot Resort's Davis Love Course, Shaftsbury Glen Golf & Fish Club, Tidewater Golf Club and The TPC of Myrtle Beach will be new host sites and part of the15-course rotation in 2003.
"Our thanks go out to Nike Golf for its commitment to this family event and Myrtle Beach, and its dedication to the game of golf," said Robert Harper, Director of Golf Operations for Burroughs & Chapin Company. "Father & Son Week has become a celebration of both golf and family with the generational passing of the game."
Further Classic information is available at www.fathersongolf.com (Eds contact Dean Stoyer, Nike Golf, (503) 532-6018, Dean.Stoyer@nike.com)
The Alumni & Fans Golf Association, a nationwide membership organization, has been formed with its office located in Orlando, Florida. The Alumni & Fans Golf Association (AFGA) has as its goals to enhance the spirit and camaraderie of collegiate fans across the U.S. through golf and to raise scholarship funds for colleges and universities.
Over the past ten years, Michigan golf courses emerged to the top in the eyes of national golf publications. This type of attention has helped make Michigan one of the top golf destinations in the country. This year is no different, since Golf Digest has now honored two more Michigan courses.