Heading out for Pittsburg and West Virginia and a great golf adventure.
Five days, five resorts, five rounds of great golf. I’ve got my golf party hat on!
Later today I’m stepping up in more ways than one. Flying out of Boston, but once I reach Pittsburg, and step up on the bus, it’s all business — and fun of course. I am going to be surrounded by some of Golf’s best travel writers. I’ve got to get myself in the right mind set. OOOOohhhhhhmmmmmmm. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m certain I will enjoy myself. Just traveling through the northern panhandle of West Virginia, will be exciting for a start.
So who’s on the golf media tour bus?
- Bob Fagan, The A Position
- David Glasier, Northern Ohio News-Herald
- David Finn, BuffaloGolfer.com/BunkerShot.com
- Stan Awtrey, Golf Georgia/TheGeorgiaGolfer.com
- Joel Zuckerman, Cybergolf.com/Bluffton Breeze Magazine
- Alice & Danny Scott, New England Golf Monthly/CoupleofTravelers.com
- Tony Dear, GolfGetaways
- John Companiotte, Views Magazine/Portfolio Magazine
- and moi! Pat Mullaly, Tri State Golfer Magazine/GolfGurls.com
Between published books, news columns, magazines and product reviews, these professionals are going to present some fine networking opportunities for golfgurls.com and I hope to make the most of it all.
First night – we stay at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling. I got a note from them the other day letting me know my accommodations are already waiting for me: Premium King with Fireplace. I can get used to this.
We play the Palmer course at Oglebay’s Speidel Golf Club, first thing the next morning. The course ranges in distance from 6,800 yards from the championship tees, to 4,200 yards from the forward tees. Which is good news for me! My home course plays longer than that, so I should be ok as long as I stay out of the woods, sand and water.
Back at you later. Wish me luck.
Packing for a Golf Vacation is often a challenge.
I’m heading out early tomorrrow to visit and play golf at five fabu West Virginia Golf Resorts. Today I am dragging my suitcases out of storage and doing a last minute wash. Just got the itinerary. Every day is packed with golf, dining and travel on the luxury coach bus that will bring us through the hills of eastern West Virginia. There isn’t a lot of time for spas, pedicures or seaweed wraps. (I had one of those once at Amelia Island in Florida… Fabulous! — if you ever get a chance, go for it…. but I digress.)
The big question is what should I pack? Of course I need my camera, and my notebook and my iPad and even my digital recorder to capture my thinking. This is after all a media tour and I have to write reviews! But there won’t be a lot of time to write it all down and publish a post… that will wait a bit, but I can talk my way through and then record my thoughts in this blog at the end of each day. If I don’t do that there’s a chance each day will run into the next and my impressions will get muddled.
So that’s the technology handled. But what about clothes? I need a golf outfit for each day, and then something nice to wear to dinner each evening… lunch will be “off the course”… so don’t have to worry about that look. But I need one upscale outfit for dining at Greenbrier.
Here on Cape Cod we are going through that awkward time when cold weather clothes are good for early morning tee times, but are too much by the time you’re half way through a round of golf. West Virginia temps are going to be similar. 50 degrees in the early morning and 75 or 80 by lunch time. Bringing clothes that can be layered would be smart. It means packing more clothes, but better to have more than not enough. I’ve just gone through all my shirts and shorts and skorts and still need to fill in a few blanks. So last minute shopping later today is required.
What about golf shoes? I’ve got two pairs, I guess I should bring both… just in case one gets soaked in a brook! And of course, golf balls, and a couple of gloves, my visor, tees, all those bits and pieces that I stuff in my golf bag. And my clubs of course. A couple of years ago I bought a great golf travel bag, and it’s big enough to allow for some extra things – including my pillow. People laugh, but I can’t sleep unless I have my own pillow. Hotel pillows might be soft, but nothing is quite so comforting than my old feather pillow I can scrunch up each night. I stuff the pillow into the top of my golf bag as extra protection for my clubs. I get to take my pillow along and my clubs are guaranteed a soft landing just in case the bag gets tossed around in the cargo bay of the plane.
I’m off to make a list and pack. I head to the airport early Sunday.
And who else is on this tour bus heading to these fabu courses? I’ll let you know that tomorrow.