I am turning 40 this year and the wife promised me a Vegas Vacation for my 40th birthday, totally unrelated to golf. With Covid, she's not wanting the up late, gambling, drinking, etc., etc., etc., Vegas trip. We've been tossing around the idea of going somewhere for golf, and she'd either ride along or drop me at the course and hang out at the hotel or go shopping while I play, then we'll go out and whatnot in the evenings. She doesn't play golf.
I'd like to play some nice courses and something that's different than what I can play here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I'd like reasonable temps but understand that's a crapshoot. I'd need accommodations to be nice enough for the wife to comfortably hang out solo during the day. She doesn't need spa etc., just something safe and decent enough to hang out and read a book. Beyond that is a plus. We'll rent/have a car but it would be nice to "stay and play" if possible.
I have looked at a few things but need to do more looking. I figured I'd reach out here to see if anyone had suggestions that could shorten the research curve. I am looking at 4 nights with 3 rounds of golf and the trip will fall between 12/19/20 and 1/3/21, but we can't be gone over Christmas day.
Orlando or Miami - They seem to fit the golf and accommodations bill nicely, but they're $$$$.
Phoenix/Scottsdale - Golf seems a bit cheaper than the stuff in Orlando/Miami, but still $$$.
Vegas - Cheapest flights and accommodations, and golf seems reasonable, but this may be a hard sell. Could be cooler/colder too. I am currently leaning Vegas and could likely convince the wife.
A wild card is Memphis/Tunica - She's been wanting to go to Graceland and it interests me too. There's casinos, food, the blues, etc., but I am worried it won't feel like the trip I want it to be. I have seen a few courses that interest me in the Memphis/Tunica area, but it will involve more driving since we'd likely stay down in Tunica and one of the courses I'd want to play is north of Memphis. A plus is that we can actually drive there (+/- 9 hours) so no flying with clubs, airports, etc. We could also stay in Memphis a few nights and Tunica a few nights.
New Orleans Area - Lots to do outside of golf and we love New Orleans, but how's the golf?
A few things I crossed off the list - I looked at some stuff on the Gulf Coast, outside of New Orleans, from Louisiana through the Florida Panhandle and it didn't really interest me. I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast and travelled most of the Gulf Coast from Texas through Florida. I am afraid that won't feel like a destination. I looked a bit at the RTJ trail, but it doesn't fit what I am looking for right now.