Greetings Golfers,

A week ago I wrote that we were planning on staying open until Nov.1. Hmmm. Looks like I didn’t make a good call. My sympathies to the local weathermen. They get beat-up around here pretty often … everyone’s a Monday Morning Quarterback (just ask Mike Zimmer).

Though the forecasts aren’t always perfect … we do  know that the next few (4) months probably won’t be golf weather in Minnesota.

Now might be a good time to start planning a winter golf trip. Of course everyone thinks of Arizona and South Florida. But, I said golf trip … not hang-out at the pool trip. So … that opens the door to a much larger swath of the country.

Here are some places to consider that are golf-able and probably pretty affordable:

*    Pinehurst, NC

*    Myrtle Beach, SC

*    Hilton Head, SC

*    Savannah, GA

*    St. Augustine, FL

*    Panama Beach, FL

*    Alabama Golf Trail

*    San Antonio, TX

*    Albuquerque , NM

*    St. George, UT

*    Laughlin, NV

I’m sure there a lot of places that I missed, but I’ve played golf in most of those places during winter months and had a great time.

Can I guarantee great weather? Hardly … I’m not even  good at predicting the weather next week in Minnesota. But, I can predict that it probably won’t snow in those places and you will be able to play golf.

I know these golf simulators are fun … but, they’re just to prepare you to play golf. Real golf. And real golf doesn’t have to be shorts and short-sleeves.

Sweaters and golf are a good fit. You don’t need hot weather to play golf. And some of us (me) are better off not hanging-out at swimming pools.


Tom Abts
GM/Head PGA Professional

Deer Run Golf Club
8661 Deer Run Drive
Victoria, MN 55386
(952) 443-2351