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By: Brian McCallen

Forest Dunes, a nationally-acclaimed course by Tom Weiskopf located in north central Michigan beside Huron National Forest, will open the Lake AuSable Lodge this spring. Featuring 14 rooms and suites, the 8,500-square-foot lodge, its Adirondack-style architectural theme echoing that of the clubhouse, overlooks a lake and the first tee of the golf course. Stay-and-play golf packages, starting at $149 per night, can be customized to include golf, meals, and accommodations in either the new lodge or existing golf cottage. There’s also a spa and fitness center at the club. In addition to the golf course, carved from a thick forest of pines and native sandy areas, visitors can experience world-class fly-fishing and canoeing on the nearby AuSable River. Biking and hiking on wilderness trails is also available. 

Golf Trip Genius, an online golf trip manager used by nearly 10,000 golf trip captains worldwide since its launch in 2010, was designed to save golfers the time and trouble of dealing with spreadsheets of handicaps and scores, organizing pairings and tournaments, calculating results and payouts, and monitoring golf, hotel, and dinner plans. The company recently introduced Golf League Genius, a comprehensive way to manage social and competitive golf leagues. The company’s user-friendly, cloud-based software is designed to be intuitive for league organizers and golf pros who want to save time and create a more efficient system for pairings, tournaments, and standings. 

A new promotional push is underway to highlight golf in Porto, the birthplace of the game in Portugal. A new destination consortium called Porto Golf Group has been formed to promote five of the area’s finest clubs as well as a selection of top-class hotels and resorts to an international audience. Golf venues range from Oporto Golf Club, founded by British ex-pats in 1890, to the firm, fast links at Estela Golf Club, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. “Golf in Porto offers a range of golfing experiences from traditional links courses to modern resorts with sumptuous spas and fantastic dining,” noted Alexandre Barroso, spokesperson for the Porto Golf Group. 

Canadian Rockies Golf (CRG), an elite group of six properties in western Alberta, will open its golf season April 26, with most of its member courses formally opening for play in early May. Stay-and-play packages starting under $200 are now available at Canmore Golf and Curling Club, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Banff Springs, Kananaskis Country GC, Stewart Creek Golf & CC, and Silvertip Resort. Golfers have multiple lodging options, from classic hotel rooms to deluxe log cabins. In addition, golf adventure packages include Pins and Fins (golf and fly-fishing), the Canadian Rockies Heritage Tour (golf and helicopter tour), and others. “Guests playing alongside herds of elk, glacial blue-green lakes, and towering mountains are blown away by the scenery and adventure here,” said Darren Robinson of Kananaskis, home to pair of Robert Trent Jones-designed courses. 

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and Ambassador Golf & Beach Vacations are offering a “Southern Beach Deal” package featuring play on a choice of seven Grand Strand courses plus spacious resort accommodations. Starting at $268 per person, the program features four rounds—with a complimentary fifth 18—on a choice of the River Club, Litchfield CC, Wachesaw Plantation East, Blackmoor, Tradition Club, Wilbrook Plantation, and Pawleys Plantation. In addition to its sweeping Atlantic coastline in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the area’s attractions include The Alabama Theatre, House of Blues, Broadway at the Beach, and Murrells Inlet. 

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