Free golf weekend for 2 provided by Traditional Golf Properties!

It’s prime time for people to begin planning their summer golf getaways.  For many avid golfers around the world, but especially those in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Williamsburg, Virginia is a top vacation spot.  It has a winning combination of amusement parks, historical attractions, shopping, golf and more that make it one of America’s favorite family destinations.

Golf has been a focal point in the Williamsburg area dating back to the eighteenth century.  These historical roots lay the foundation for Traditional Golf Properties and the incredible courses they manage throughout Southeastern Virginia — a total of five (5) clubs located between Richmond and Williamsburg.

The Local Golfer is excited to present our “Traditional Golf Stay-and-Play Sweepstakes”, an incredible opportunity to win a FREE two-person golf getaway in Williamsburg, VA.  This package includes a two night Hotel stay and three rounds at the Traditional Club of your choosing.  All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is visit The Local Golfer (FREE TO JOIN!) and post a new course review or a comment on the TLG Forum or Twitter account.  We will select at random a Stay-and-Play winner on March 31st.  It’s that easy!

Learn more about Traditional Golf Properties or the incredible golf packages they offer, and stay tuned to The Local Golfer for more Course Spotlights on many of the great public courses throughout the country!

Spotlight on Williamsburg — Golf Club at Brickshire

Amusement parks, historical attractions, shopping, golf and more — a winning combination that makes Williamsburg one of America’s favorite family destinations.  Whether churning butter in Colonial Williamsburg, riding a roller coaster at Busch Gardens, or hitting the links at one of the courses that makes the area one of the world’s Top 25 golf destinations, Williamsburg has tons to offer for people of all ages.

Over the next couple of weeks, The Local Golfer is going to highlight many of the courses in the Williamsburg area.  We’re going to start with the Traditional Golf Club at Brickshire, mainly because it’s widely regarded as the most “player friendly” course in the area, and with golf season just beginning, I know I’m in “baby steps” mode as I ease back into the game.

Brickshire was designed by U. S. Open Champion Curtis Strange and plays nearly 7,300 yards from the Tips.  While there is intrigue in the replicated holes from St. Andrews, Augusta National, Pinehurst #2 and Riviera CC, the wide & welcoming fairways, gently undulating greens and picturesque centuries-old tree line make this course a favorite among local golfers.

Keep checking out The Local Golfer for a chance to win a FREE stay-and-play Williamsburg Golf Trip at one of Traditional Golf Properties top courses!

Renditions – Golf’s Grand Slam Experience

After watching Tiger’s return and Mickelson’s triumph at Augusta a couple weeks ago, I had been itching to take my own cuts at Amen Corner.  Fortunately, living in Baltimore doesn’t mean that I need to head down to Georgia; all I have to do is throw my clubs in my trunk and drive less than an hour to Renditions Golf Club in Davidsonville, MD.

Over the years I’ve been afforded the opportunity to play “Golf’s Grand Slam Experience” numerous times, and right now the course is playing better than ever.  Tee boxes, Fairways & Greens are all in excellent condition, not to mention that the pace of play was fantastic.  The hard work of the General Manager and course staff is evident and they should be applauded for their efforts.  Try to look past the unique round of golf you’ll experience and just appreciate Renditions as just an all-around great golf course.

Check out The Local Golfer’s Course Spotlight on Renditions from 2009 — “Around the World in 18 Holes”

Baltimore Driving Range is Staying Busy

A lot has been made about the weather making it more difficult for golf courses to open up, but the past few days the sun has been out and the snow has continued to melt. While people wait for more courses to open, the Pine Ridge driving range has been packed with golfers from all over Baltimore.

When I went yesterday, I knew I wasn’t the only one who wanted to get outside in the warm weather. So as I drive to Pine Ridge and anticipated a crowd, I was pretty surprised by the amount of people there. Every tee was filled, and people were sitting around on the benches waiting to get a spot.

“I expected a lot of people here, and honestly with the weather being this nice, it’s worth the wait,” said Daniel Ersley, a 23-year-old Baltimore native who was waiting with me at the range. “I think we’re all waiting for the courses to be open and get back out there. But while I’m waiting, this is the best driving range to come to, so here I am.”

Now as I wrote about before, there are courses open throughout the area. From the people I talked to today, most people are just waiting for Pine Ridge because they have their players card for that course, or simply because it’s there favorite place to play. Either way, Baltimore golfers are anxious for the spring season.

In the mean time, the wait at Pine Ridge was only about 10 minutes, For how crowded it was, it’s really not that bad and you shouldn’t expect anything longer than that. The bonus is that it’s a full driving range, so you can bring the driver out.

They serve buckets until 6:30 p.m. and really provide good service. If you want to get ready for the next tee time, it’s a great place to go.

It’s part of the BMGC, and as Tom Pierce, the Director of Marketing, told me last week, “is going to get plenty of business in the next couple weeks.”