In 2019 my golf travels took me to a few different destinations that were all different from each other, but all amazing in their own ways!
My first trip was back in March where TJ and I went down to Bermuda for the Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship. The event is incredible, held at the Fairmont Southampton with 2 tournament rounds on Turtle Hill, the amazing Par 3 course on site and the Fairmont. Of course, we couldn’t just go for those 2 rounds, so we arrived in Bermuda a few days early to play some of the other fantastic courses that the island has to offer.
Clubhouse view at Mid Ocean
The amazing 16th hole at Port Royal
Our first day we went and played the Mid Ocean Club, ranked just outside the Top 50, but in the Top 100 in the world, outside of the US by Golf Digest, this course lived up to its rank! Some of the best views you’ll get on a golf course, along with being so well maintained and so many great golf holes. From that day, Mid Ocean has jumped up my personal rankings of courses I played, I just loved the course! Next, we played the other marquee course on the island, Port Royal GC, which recently hosted the Bermuda Championship on the PGA Tour. Another great course with some amazing holes including the incredible Par 3 16th hole. 16 is one of the most picturesque golf holes around and definitely worth a group selfie when you’re there.
We then played the 2-round tournament at Turtle Hill, an 18-hole Par 3 course which isn’t your traditional pitch and putt, it’s 18 legit Par 3s! The greens are small and tricky but the best on the island in my opinion. Unfortunately, I didn’t play very well myself, but TJ took home his 2nd win in the Amateur Division in the last 3 years.
After a great trip in the sun, I made my way to Wisconsin for what ended up being one of my favourite golf trips ever! Spending a week between Kohler, Erin Hills and the great city of Milwaukee was fantastic for not only the golf, but as a Raptors fan as well. I was in enemy territory watching the Raptors win the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks the whole week!
Playing 6 rounds of golf over the week, we played some fantastic courses including the Meadow Valleys course at Blackwolf Run, SentryWorld and Grand Geneva – Palmer, Sand Valley – Mammoth Dunes, Erin Hills and Whistling Straits! All the courses were amazing but Erin Hills and Whistling Straits stood out above the rest! Erin Hills, home of the 2017 U.S. Open, is such an amazing golf course and property with some very cool amenities for all guests that stay on site. Erin Hills is a must visit for anyone looking to head to the Wisconsin area. Check out the fly-over of the incredible Par 3, 9th hole below!
The other fantastic golf course was Whistling Straits – Straits Course, which in recent years hosted the 2015 PGA Championship and is set to be the host of the 2020 Ryder Cup! The Straits Course quickly become one of my favourite courses I’ve ever played! Just a beast of a golf course, with amazing views over Lake Michigan and not many weak spots at all across the 18 holes. It will be amazing to see Europe and the USA battle it out next year in that Ryder Cup!
Hitting my tee shot into the 12th hole on the Straits course at Whistling Straits
My last two trips were based around some of the big Golf Travel conferences in our industry with one being in Austin, Texas and the other in Morocco!
In June TJ and I made our way to Texas, which was to put it lightly, hot! TJ spent all his time in Austin at the Horseshoe Bay Resort while I spent a few days in the San Antonio area before making my way to Austin. If I’m being honest, I didn’t have high expectations for San Antonio, but I was pleasantly surprised with some great golf and an awesome downtown area with some great restaurants and bars. I would absolutely go back to San Antonio, but maybe went the weather cools down just a little bit.
San Antonio River Walk
Mazagan Beach Resort
Finally, back in October I attended our big International Golf Travel and Marketing conference in Marrakech, Morocco. Marrakech is an interesting city, with some nice golf but what stood out the most was the events that we attended as part of the conference. Everything felt like it was out of a movie, so big and magnificent presentations! After the Marrakech I spent a few days at some resorts on the way to Casablanca which included a round of golf at what was a great golf course at the Mazagan Beach Resort! Unfortunately we didn’t get to spend any time in Casablanca, but it looked like a nice city.
Next year I hope I can have another amazing year of travel along with many great memories like I have from 2019. It all gets started in a few weeks at the PGA Show in Orlando!