The greatest travel offers the world of golf has to offer

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

It’s during these cold and snowy days of winter that many golfers yearn for the warmth and green grass that comes with the turn of a few more pages on the calendar in this region. I was reminded of that this past week when I opened up my e-mail and was the fortunate recipient of the greatest travel offers the world of golf has to offer.

I was made aware that because of my “exceptional talent” on the golf course, I qualified to partake of some of the most wonderful golf vacations that only a select few ever get the opportunity to experience.

The first trip was presented as follows: Take a trip to the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., and re-live the epic moments that made you fall in love with golf. Not only can you play at two of the best courses in the area, but you can also experience the thrill and challenge that only golf legends like Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus can offer. The Slammer & The Squire and The King & The Bear courses are located right at the World Golf Village. After playing an unforgettable round at each course, take a walk through the World Golf Hall of Fame where unforgettable moments in the sport can be revisited. The Golf Club of South Hampton is just as memorable as the World Golf Village courses, featuring views of 16 lakes and boasting more than 60 bunkers to keep you on your toes. The Comfort Suites at World Golf Village is in perfect location to each of these courses and will serve as your haven for rest and relaxation after each exciting round of golf. Sounds very nice, doesn’t it? The cost for that little trip ranged from $466-$792 per person. Air fare was not included in any of the featured trips.

There were at least three other once-in-a-lifetime trips outlined. They included the “Birdies in Birmingham,” the “Phoenix Fantastic Four” and the “Paradise in Palm Springs” tours. They ranged in price from $417 all the way up to more than $1,700, depending on the length of stay.

I really do appreciate being invited to participate in these great offers based on my “exceptional talent.” It’s obvious that whoever sent me this e-mail has never seen me play golf. I have no “exceptional talent” whatsoever when it comes to golf. But it is nice of them to assume that.

It’s also obvious they haven’t seen my checking account balance. As much as I’d like to take one of these trips, it won’t be happening this winter. I’ll patiently wait until late March or early April, when I can return to the courses around here for “Bogies and Double Bogies in Winnebago.”

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

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