Ideas for "value" group trips in US

You all have helped me focus a few terrific buddy trips over the years. I have a slightly different question...my apology if it is too open ended to answer, but I'm hoping you all might have some interesting ideas to share



Details:

*Group of us-- old dudes, between 15-20 golfers, get together twice/year. Guys come from all over US, so literally ANYWHERE in US works. Group has gone to Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Chicago, Indy, Innisbrook, etc--you get the idea...only condition would be reasonable (hour drive) from decent size airport



*Golfer skills are low-medium. Handicaps probably range from low of 8 to high of 36++++ Interesting, well conditioned courses, but no need for world class for sure!!



*2 courses minimum on site or close by, 3 courses even better, as the events are always 3 days/nights (some stay extra 4th day)



*Good food/drink always welcome, but all have known each other for almost 50 yrs, and with the right amount of booze/cards, etc, do not need a whole lot of entertainment or non golf stuff. Group is really self sufficient. Best facility may be Condos or some facility where late night "commotion" may not cause us to be thrown out! Basically a 3-4 day reunion twice/yr, built around golf



*Reason for asking ideas is basically cost--group is very mixed in terms of willingness to spend, so let's say upper cost limit for combination of room (doubles) and golf combined (so not including food, drink, travel, etc), would be $200/day/person. Real target might be even less. So the Bandon's, Steamsongs and Sand Valleys of the world are definitely out



If anyone reading this wants to share their experience with this kind of good solid "value" kind of place...would be much appreciated



Note--Group considering RTJ Trail already, but any comments on that welcome also



Thanks!
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  • RohlioRohlio Members Posts: 2,310 ✭✭
    RTJ trail is your answer.
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  • scottc25scottc25 Members Posts: 629 ✭✭
    edited Oct 6, 2018 #3
    Orlando is a good cheap option. Usually dirt cheap to fly into and hotel rates are always reasonable. I'm thinking Orange County National. Courses are relatively easy so the higher handicaps will like that.
  • mallratmallrat Members Posts: 2,873 ✭✭
    Bend, Oregon.



    3 hour drive from Portland or fly direct in Redmond and drive 20 minutes. If you want to stay somewhere on a golf course property you can choose between Sunriver, Eagle Crest, Pronghorn or 20 minutes away in Black Butte. At all of those locations or in Bend itself you have the option of lodging (hotels) or renting a couple house where you won’t have to worry about staying up late.



    Sunriver, Eagle Crest have more than 2 courses and Black Butte and Pronghorn have 2. Plus you have a ton of other courses around ranging from $60 to $250 and there are plenty of options for all handicaps.



    Add all that in to the craft breweries in Bend and its a great place to go.



    As for flying into Redmond, a smaller airport that is a 1/2 flight from Portland, a friend of mine travels a LOT for work. He says it is faster for him to fly out of Redmond and connect in Portland or Seattle than it is for him to fly out of Portland.
  • ShipwreckShipwreck Members Posts: 3,695 ✭✭
    Tucson has some cheap courses, even during our “season”. 1/2 the cost of Phx courses, granted they might not be as nice as the top ones but they are still good.
  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,392 ✭✭
    Shipwreck wrote:


    Tucson has some cheap courses, even during our “season”. 1/2 the cost of Phx courses, granted they might not be as nice as the top ones but they are still good.




    I was going to say Tucson since Myrtle and a few others were mentioned. OP is looking for a few days of good golf, not a lifetime of premium variety and Tucson gets him home here. Definitely a value over Phoenix or Palm Springs. Also Mesquite, NV. is inexpensive.
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  • puttnforthe8puttnforthe8 Members Posts: 2,767 ✭✭
    Another for Bend area, Albuquerque (very underrated), Colorado Springs - plenty of extra to do outdoorsy, St. George
  • RohlioRohlio Members Posts: 2,310 ✭✭
    I love bend... But definitely doesn't fit the "less than one hour from a major airport" bill.
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  • LithovtLithovt Posts: 90 ✭✭
    Have you been to Pinehurst? Tough to beat the quality for the price there. Staying somewhere other than Pinehurst resort you can stay well under $200/day for golf and lodging and play some nice golf courses. For example book through Talamore and stay at their condos, which are very nice. Play Talamore, Mid-South and add in a couple other top courses in the area: Pine Needles, Mid-Pines, Tobacco Road, Dormie Club, Pinehurst #8.
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  • Central Coast of California, San Luis Obispo area. Hunter Ranch, Cypress Ridge, Monarch Dunes are the best public courses - each 30 minutes from San Luis. Morro Bay, Paso Robles Golf Club are very playable ( I play most of my golf at these), a bit less expensive, and fun. Lots of good places to eat, drink, etc.
  • mallratmallrat Members Posts: 2,873 ✭✭
    Rohlio wrote:


    I love bend... But definitely doesn't fit the "less than one hour from a major airport" bill.




    But you can fly into Seattle, Portland, SF and others and get a connector to Redmond which might be the easiest airport to fly in and out of in the US
  • eboettneeboettne Posts: 168 ✭✭
    edited Oct 8, 2018 #13


    Another for Bend area, Albuquerque (very underrated), Colorado Springs - plenty of extra to do outdoorsy, St. George




    This might be the first time I've ever seen Colorado Springs recommended as a budget golf destination. Outside of The Broadmoor, which seems to be out of their budget, what other courses are you thinking of?
  • TheLarchTheLarch Major Winner Members Posts: 964 ✭✭
    Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, AL. Lake course is great and is as tough as anything out there. Plantation course is much shorter but still enjoyable. Plenty of lakeside cabins available across from the lake course. Very affordable. A group of us go there every year.
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  • babyfadebabyfade Posts: 537 ✭✭
    edited Oct 8, 2018 #15
    Northern Michigan? (Around Traverse City.)
  • tommgtommg Posts: 131 ✭✭
    Look at The Loon in Gaylord Mi. We do a weekend there every year $325 a head, 4 rounds, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners. There are 3 courses with a shuttle between them. Enjoyable golf and quite good food. Nice condos that sleep 8. Closest major airport is Flint, about 2 hours.
  • puttnforthe8puttnforthe8 Members Posts: 2,767 ✭✭
    eboettne wrote:



    Another for Bend area, Albuquerque (very underrated), Colorado Springs - plenty of extra to do outdoorsy, St. George




    This might be the first time I've ever seen Colorado Springs recommended as a budget golf destination. Outside of The Broadmoor, which seems to be out of their budget, what other courses are you thinking of?




    Well it has been some time since I lived there, But my list was: Patty Jewitt, Antler Creek, Pine Creek, Springs Ranch, Silver Spruce and Kissing Camels.
  • eboettneeboettne Posts: 168 ✭✭

    eboettne wrote:



    Another for Bend area, Albuquerque (very underrated), Colorado Springs - plenty of extra to do outdoorsy, St. George




    This might be the first time I've ever seen Colorado Springs recommended as a budget golf destination. Outside of The Broadmoor, which seems to be out of their budget, what other courses are you thinking of?




    Well it has been some time since I lived there, But my list was: Patty Jewitt, Antler Creek, Pine Creek, Springs Ranch, Silver Spruce and Kissing Camels.




    Went to school there for 4 years, would not recommend a specific trip to play Patty Jewitt or Pine Creek. They were consistently in disrepair and were for the most part uninspiring besides the views but that's the view virtually everywhere in the springs. I'm not familiar with the others.
  • puttnforthe8puttnforthe8 Members Posts: 2,767 ✭✭
    eboettne wrote:


    eboettne wrote:



    Another for Bend area, Albuquerque (very underrated), Colorado Springs - plenty of extra to do outdoorsy, St. George




    This might be the first time I've ever seen Colorado Springs recommended as a budget golf destination. Outside of The Broadmoor, which seems to be out of their budget, what other courses are you thinking of?




    Well it has been some time since I lived there, But my list was: Patty Jewitt, Antler Creek, Pine Creek, Springs Ranch, Silver Spruce and Kissing Camels.




    Went to school there for 4 years, would not recommend a specific trip to play Patty Jewitt or Pine Creek. They were consistently in disrepair and were for the most part uninspiring besides the views but that's the view virtually everywhere in the springs. I'm not familiar with the others.




    Bummer...PJ used to be such a fun muni and always in good shape. And PC, while not the best course was kept in good shape and good value.
  • BirdieRollBirdieRoll Posts: 355 ✭✭
    What time of year is the next trip?
  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,615 ClubWRX
    Ill second Mesquite. I think we go for a week (In November) for about $800. Not much for ambiance or food, but we enjoy the golf for the price.
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  • Snowman9000Snowman9000 Members Posts: 1,062 ✭✭
    Ohio, Michigan... Even Lafayette/Indianapolis. Midwest golf is a great value.
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  • tideridertiderider Members Posts: 1,480 ✭✭
    don't know the time of year ... streamsong drops their rates considerably starting june 1st ... even more in july ... yes, it's hot, but it's hard to beat the quality of those courses & the hotel room for right at $200 a night ... as for rtj, it's def a trip worth making as there are multiple sites within an hour or two of each other, so you could easily play multiple courses over the trip ... plenty of places to stay and eat/etc ... courses are decent for the money ... b'ham/oxmoor valley are about 1.5 hrs from grand national in auburn, so you could easily change places, and both are close to atlanta's airport if you needed there instead of b'ham ...
  • stringbean502001stringbean502001 Posts: 117 ✭✭
    Wow--thanks for all the terrific responses. Had not thought of Pinehurst. I've played most of those over the years and you are right, it could be a great value pick



    In terms of timing, the next trip is mid April (right after Masters--a few in group usually luck out in the lottery), then Sept/Oct again.



    Group is leaning toward RTJ in April, all of your other suggestions will definitely be on the list to check out



    Appreciate your input greatly, as always!
  • bluefishercatbluefishercat Posts: 86 ✭✭
    Vermont is beautiful in September October and you have a number of choices, might have to do a couple of vans for some but that is available.

    You can do a craft beer tour too!
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  • WildcatGolferWildcatGolfer Posts: 154 ✭✭
    No better value than in the Ventura/Santa Barbara area. Rustic Canyon, Ojai Valley Inn, Soule Park, Olivas Links, Buenaventura are all great courses. Could play all 5 for under $300 total. Throw in Sandpiper up the road in Santa Barbara for some ocean front golf and you've got a great trip.
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  • ShakesterShakester Members Posts: 426 ✭✭
    Lake Tahoe should be considered. Lodging isn't all that expensive and you can probably get a cabin or lodge. Genoa Lakes course is great and is a place they use to hold tour card events. Edgewood Golf, Resort at Squaw, Old Brockway, Old Greenwood (Jack Nicklaus) and South Lake Tahoe are all great courses. Edgewood would run you the most money at around $150 but all the others would be $80 or less. Awesome if you want to play mountain golf. They're all within driving distance from each other as well. The longest drive would be to the Resort at Squaw which is around 30 minutes.
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  • 1puttTUT1puttTUT Lefty with occasional game Members Posts: 3,356 ✭✭
    Shakester wrote:


    Lake Tahoe should be considered. Lodging isn't all that expensive and you can probably get a cabin or lodge. Genoa Lakes course is great and is a place they use to hold tour card events. Edgewood Golf, Resort at Squaw, Old Brockway, Old Greenwood (Jack Nicklaus) and South Lake Tahoe are all great courses. Edgewood would run you the most money at around $150 but all the others would be $80 or less. Awesome if you want to play mountain golf. They're all within driving distance from each other as well. The longest drive would be to the Resort at Squaw which is around 30 minutes.




    I love Tahoe but I found the golf to be pretty expensive when I was there a month ago. It was $230 to play Edgewood on a Monday! We opted to drive an hour to play Coyote Moon instead and that was still $160.
  • 1puttTUT1puttTUT Lefty with occasional game Members Posts: 3,356 ✭✭
    babyfade wrote:


    Northern Michigan? (Around Traverse City.)




    ^this
  • kaschreiberkaschreiber Posts: 90 ✭✭
    A random one, but the peninsula of Washington. You can fly into SeaTac and drive out within an hour. If you want to do one "big" round, you have Chambers Bay, then can rent a house out on the peninsula (Bremerton, Kingston, Belfair, Port Orchard). There are stay and plays with Gold Mountain (I say the best value in the state, which has 36 holes), Home Course, Chambers, and you can also book on Salish Cliffs, McCormick Woods, Washington National.



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