Golf Travel News 4 June 2023

Golf Travel News 4 June 2023

This roundup of golf travel news includes items from Rumbling Bald, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Sea Pines, Reynolds Lake and Craguns Resort.

Rumbling Bald Spring, Fall and Weekday Golf Packages Available for Groups of All Sizes

Golf Retreat on N.C.’s Lake Lure Features Apple Valley, Bald Mountain Golf Courses

(LAKE LURE, N.C.) – Rumbling Bald – the 36-hole golf sanctuary on Lake Lure an hour east of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains – offers Spring/Fall Packages on weekends and Weekday Packages for groups of all sizes throughout the year. 

Spring/Fall Packages (Thursday – Sunday) start at $363 per golfer for two nights lodging in a vacation rental and two rounds on Apple Valley and Bald Mountain golf courses. Three-night, three-round and four-night, four-round options are also available for $501 and $640 per golfer. Rumbling Bald’s popular Weekday Packages (Sunday – Wednesday) began April 1, with rates starting at $330 per person for two nights and two rounds, $452 for three nights and three rounds, and $574 for four nights and four rounds. 

Lodging options geared specifically for golfers include the Apple Valley Studios (across from Apple Valley) and two-bedroom Fairway Villas situated along Bald Mountain just steps from its first tee. Via its wide variety of spacious vacation rentals, Rumbling Bald can accommodate golf groups of all sizes. Luxury vacation homes are also available for extended stays and golf rounds can be added a la carte. 

“As the days continue to get longer and sunnier, this is the peak golf season here in North Carolina and the Lake Lure area,” says Rumbling Bald General Manager Jeff Geisler. “The Bermuda turf grass has greened up, especially the Champion Bermuda greens on Apple Valley installed in 2020. For many folks, it’s been a busy start to the year. We’re excited to welcome golfers to Rumbling Bald for some real rest and relaxation.”

Rumbling Bald extends complimentary golf rounds to leaders of groups of 12 or more when booking their first trip to the property. The Large Groups 12+ Comp is ideal for PGA Professional-member trips, small tournaments, or large golf buddy trips. The shoulder- and off-seasons are ideal for group play, with ample value and typically a faster pace of play than the peak spring and fall periods. While situated near the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rumbling Bald enjoys temperatures similar to Charlotte, the largest neighboring city. To learn more about Rumbling Bald’s golf courses and packages, visit or email To book packages directly or to speak with a golf vacation planner, call (828) 694.3072. Golfers are advised to call, email or check the website for course maintenance and closure schedules. Rates include all taxes and fees and are based on full occupancy (four players in a two-bedroom villa or two in a one-bedroom studio.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Celebrates Women’s Golf Day

Tuesday, June 6, is Women’s Golf Day. Celebrate girls and women playing golf and learning skills that last a lifetime. This is a great opportunity for any woman who wants to try golf for the first time, enhance their skills, or meet new friends out on the course. Women’s Golf Day is for new and experienced golfers.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is hosting a special Women’s Golf Day event. Join us for a one-hour clinic, lunch at The Grille, and specials on greens fees and Pro Shop merchandise, plus, closest to the pin, longest drive, and putting contests after the clinic. Our teaching professionals will cover full swing, short game, and putting during the clinic. The event is $50 and begins at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6. To sign up for the clinic, please contact Mark Hill at

In addition, all girls and women receive 50% greens fees on all three courses – The Bear, The Wolverine, and Spruce Run – plus, 30% women’s retail in the Pro Shop on Tuesday, June 6.


Golf Resorts Customize Golf-Learning Programs for Juniors, Families

Carmel, Calif. (May 24, 2023) – Three top golf resorts around the country have class in session this summer, much to the delight of visiting parents. Whether it’s a golf camp, clinics, or private lessons, these resorts put clubs in hands and get youngsters into the swing of things in no time.

The Sea Pines Resort, South Carolina

On Hilton Head Island, The Sea Pines Resort offers two-day camps for ages 6-9 throughout the summer. According to lead instructor Marcus Hunt, sessions cover the FUNdamentals of the game, including long- and short-game technique, rules, etiquette, and athletic skills with a maximum of six students per group.

The resort features plenty of fun family activities—on the beach, on horseback, on a bicycle, or on the water in search of the dolphins in Calibogue Sound. And don’t miss three, 18-hole courses, including the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, a Pete Dye masterpiece that has been a mainstay on the PGA TOUR for more than 50 years.

The Sea Pines Resort also offers golf clinics and programs for Future Stars and Elite Golfers, as well as Mental Performance Coaching for all golfers.

For the full list of offerings, access the website at

Reynolds Lake Oconee, Georgia

Conveniently located between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, Reynolds Lake Oconee offers cottage, condominium, or hotel accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, all with access to customized junior instruction through the world-class Kingdom at Reynolds Lake Oconee. 

Junior programs focus on long-term athletic development and extensive skill building and can be a feeder system to the newly introduced Reynolds Elite Performance program, designed to help students achieve their full potential.

First Move Junior Golf

A fun, supportive, and positive learning environment for future players, the First Move Junior Golf blends physical movement with the skills needed to play golf well. There are two levels of First Move: Little Rippers (ages 4-7) and Rippers (ages 8-10)

Project Scratch

On-course instruction in a low-stress environment. Led by instructors Blake Adams, Taylor Crosby, and Ryan Rios, this program is designed to teach students of all abilities how to score from a “Green to Tee” perspective.

Pod Training

This is a cost-effective group instruction program, suitable for a group of juniors or their families.

Surrounded by more than 350 miles of majestic shoreline on Lake Oconee, this golf destination resort community also features six championship golf courses by a who’s who of golf course architects—Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Bob Cupp, and Jim Engh.

Call 866-499-5366 for additional details.

Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake, Minnesota

At Minnesota’s popular family resort, Cragun’s on Gull Lake, a dedicated team of instructors has created a half-dozen junior learning programs, from S.N.A.G. (Starting New at Golf) up to USA Junior National Team instruction and every level in between.

Logan Jackson, the PGA professional who oversees junior instruction, employs a graduated, developmental learning philosophy, where boys and girls are introduced to playing the game and to key movement fundamentals, including athletic movement skills, golf fundamental movement skills, and overall sports skills.

From there, students learn key concepts, including grip, stance, alignment, scoring, etiquette, and chipping, pitching, and putting. Students can progress from one level to another during their stay at the resort, or from season to season. 

In the second level of instruction (Developmental II – ages 10-14) one hour of instruction is followed by an hour and a half of supervised, on-course play. 

Cragun’s Resort has a nine-hole Par 3 Course, which offers the perfect place to work on short irons or to introduce a beginner to the game. A 5,500-square-foot practice putting green is popular for after-school practice, in addition to the resort’s 36 holes of championship golf.

For additional information, access the website at

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