Monday, March 16, 2009

Staying Close to Home

As I sit here I can’t help thinking about the state we Americans are all in right now with the economy. In talking with golfers every day by either phone or email each one has the same question for me, how do you see this year sorting itself out in the golf business? My response each time is the same, it is going to be trying but remember golf is a therapeutic sport. Just think you can get away out on a beautifully manicured golf course with no worries at all, just leave the cell phone in the car and tell your buddies no business talk for the next four hours. Breathe in the fresh air and smell the freshly mowed grass, look up to the see the beautiful sky and be thankful you are not in the office talking on the phone and just have fun. I know this sounds easier than done, but if you just leave all your worries and problems in the parking lot, you can get re energized and back to a happy place.

A tradition that many men and some women have each year is the annual golf trip for a long weekend, however with the times we are in, traveling to those familiar golf designations like South Carolina or Arizona might not be in the budget, however do not let that discourage you and keep you from that needed get away. Instead think close to home and look what great options we have here in Missouri to offer. Just last week my buddies and I changed our annual out of state trip to stay close to home and head down to the Lake of the Ozarks for a three day getaway of golf and fun. The trip is 75% less than what we would have spent on our normal trip and to be honest the courses we are playing are going to be better than what we usually play out of state. The Lake is not the only place you can play in Missouri; Branson has some great courses as well. Both of these locations have wonderful courses that will accommodate groups and help make a golf trip for you and the boys. Go to website or try the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Council web site and check out what you can do. Sometimes when we think golf trips we never think what we have here in Missouri to offer and that is a shame, so check it out and see what you come up with. I am betting that this year’s trip for us might be the best we ever had.

Until I see you on the first tee.