Angel Fire RV Resort Now Open

Angel Fire Resort, located in the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico, has opened its RV resort for its first summer season. The new state-of-the-art RV resort offers guests a scenic 35-acre location to camp and play.

Angel-fire-entrance-slider-960x360Some places start with RVs and call it a resort. Angel Fire started with the resort and added the RVs. The luxury resort, constructed on mountain meadowland at the foot of Carson National Forest, is now open with 102 RV spaces and will grow to offer 325 spaces in later phases.

The new RV resort includes a well-appointed private clubhouse, paved roads, fully concreted, over-sized spaces with easy pull-through access, and 30/50-amp electrical pedestals, DirecTV access, bathrooms, showers and laundry facilities, convenient Wi-Fi access and Jacuzzis, a putting green, horseshoes, a dog park and more.

With frontage access to U.S. Highway 64, the multi-million dollar resort will offer guests access to golf, fine dining, horseback riding, a zipline adventure tour, fishing and a mountain full of outdoor activities.

Additionally the resort is located on the Enchanted Circle and is in close proximity to world-class fishing in Cimarron Canyon and Eagle Nest State Park, guided hunting, and ATV trails. Guests also have access to Carson National Forest for biking and hiking.

The resort’s popular Bike Park, ranked No. 1 Bike Park in the Southwest for the second year in a row, has nearly double its trail access to more than 100 miles making it one of the largest bike parks in the North America. Additionally, the bike park is launching a new Global Gravity Season Pass—which allows season pass holders from any bike park in the world to purchase a single day pass for half price.

Entrace to Angel Fire RV Resort
Entrace to Angel Fire RV Resort

The resort will open a fully stocked fly fishing lake at the summit and offer fishing camps, lessons, and rental equipment. The resort is already home to New Mexico’s largest zipline tour, an 18-hole PGA championship golf course, and mountain lodge.

Continuing to build on its reputation as one of the largest world-class mountain biking destinations in the country, the Angel Fire Bike Park’s goal is to engage more beginners and intermediates to the sport and expand its cross-country trail network throughout the Angel Fire region and nearby Carson National Forest.

The park will also expand its new blue trail, Devinci’s Code, by two additional miles and will open to the public at the 5th annual Gravity Games and Bikes, Blues and Brews Festival, happening over Labor Day weekend. Rounding out the improvements for the park bike carriers have been added to the Chile Express chairlift for an easier transport to the summit.

A year in the making, the resort will officially open a fully stocked, fly fishing haven at the summit July 1. Summit Lake will be home to colorful Rainbow Trout and will host a series of fly fishing clinics, private lessons, and full rental equipment.

The resort is continuing to improve on its ever-popular Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventure Tour, which takes thrill-seekers through multiple zipline stages at the summit. The tour is the second highest elevation zipline tour in the United States and the largest in New Mexico.

Angel-Fire-ResortThe six-segment tour opened in 2012 and has been so popular that the resort is now adding additional early-morning tour times to give adrenaline seekers more opportunity to fly 200 feet high above the forest floor.

A zipline tour connects multiple ziplines of varying lengths and descents. The adventure begins with an introductory zipline of only 100 feet and works up to the Super Zipline, which carries guests on a 1,600-foot cable 200 feet above the forest floor.

Situated at 8,600 feet elevation, Angel Fire Resort’s high-altitude, 18-hole Championship golf is rated as one of the top five courses in New Mexico by Golf America, the course winds through two unspoiled canyons of aspen and spruce high up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Located at Olympic Park just south of the Lodge at Angel Fire Resort on Highway 434, the Angel Fire Resort Tennis Center includes six hard courts. Clinics, lessons, tournaments, and weekly play are available and start in June.

Details

AngelFireResortAngel Fire RV Resort

Some places start with RVs and call it a resort. Angel Fire is starting with the resort and adding the RVs.

Rates: $45 (May 1-June 30; October 18-December 10); $55 (July 1-October 17)

Pet Policy: Pet Friendly; Dog Park on site; 2 pets maximum on a 6-foot leash at all times: do not leave your pets unattended

Location: In Angel Fire, New Mexico in the Northeast corner of the state

Address: 10 Miller Lane, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Directions: From Taos, 24 miles east via US-64 & North Angel Fire Road

Phone: (844) 218-4107

Website: www.angelfireresort.com

Worth Pondering…

If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life.

—Georgia O’Keeffe

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Good Sam Announces Top RV Parks for Golfers for 2014

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its list of Top Parks for Golfers for 2014.

Good Sam 2014-Top Golfing-ShieldGood Sam editors and consultants chose the list of Parks for Golfers from the annual publication’s database of 8,000 private parks.

These RV parks provide challenging, fun-filled golf courses for RVers who seek out great links on their travels.

Some of the RV parks on this list feature golf courses and driving ranges on their property; others are located in regions with several nearby golf courses. In all cases, these parks are up to par when it comes to attracting folks who are always ready to tee off.

Highlights of this list include:

  • Some RV parks attract golfers in part because of their proximity to world-renowned courses. Eagle View RV Resort at Fort McDowell is located just two minutes from the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 New Public Golf Courses in the World.
  • Parks that offer links within the resort include Pueblo El Mirage Golf and RV Resort, which boasts a 72-par course designed by golfing champion Fuzzy Zoeller.
  • RV/Golf travel packages help some of these RV parks attract golfing customers. Mallard Creek Golf Course & RV Resort, for instance, offers packages for stays as long as a month that include unlimited golf on the resort’s course.

Facts about Golfing RV Travelers

By 1900, The Jekyll Island Club (Georgia) membership included the Rockefellers, Morgans, Cranes and Goulds and represented over one-sixth of the world’s wealth.  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
By 1900, The Jekyll Island Club (Georgia) membership included the Rockefellers, Morgans, Cranes and Goulds and represented over one-sixth of the world’s wealth. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Since 1980, the number of golfers in the United States has grown by 50 percent, with more than 30 million enthusiasts hitting the links.

There are approximately 15,500 golf facilities in the U.S., many of which are in or near or within RV parks.

In 2012, golfers played 490 million rounds on U.S. courses, up 5.7 percent from 2011

Top RV Parks for Golfers

Arizona
Eagle View RV Resort at Fort McDowell, Fort Mcdowell
Pueblo El Mirage Golf & RV Resort, El Mirage

California
Emerald Desert RV Resort – Sunland, Palm Desert
Pomo RV Park & Campground, Fort Bragg

Florida
Grand Lake RV & Golf Resort, Citra
The Glades RV Resort, La Belle

Michigan
Signature Motorcoach Resort at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor

Missouri
Mark Twain Landing, Monroe City

Montana
Fairmont RV Park & Campground, Anaconda

Oregon
Mallard Creek Golf & RV Resort, Lebanon

Texas
Parkview Riverside RV Park, Concan

Winter weather is close to perfect in Palm Springs and the other desert resort cities in the Coachella Valley. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Winter weather is close to perfect in Palm Springs and the other desert resort cities in the Coachella Valley. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Washington
Lake Pleasant RV Park, Bothell

Good Sam RV Travel Guide

A different category of Top Parks will be featured each month in articles released by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide.

In addition to comprehensive listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features travel itineraries, helpful maps, and informative tips that RVers need for a journey anywhere in North America.

Additional camping and RV Travel information is available on the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory Camping Blog.

Worth Pondering…

Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots—but you have to play the ball where it lies.

—Bobby Jones

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Discover the Golden Isles: Jekyll Island

The southernmost island of the Golden Isles, Jekyll Island was inhabited by Indians several hundred years ago; in subsequent years it has been used as a place for settlers and for a Civil War encampment.

By 1900, The Jekyll Island Club membership included the Rockefellers, Morgans, Cranes and Goulds and represented over one-sixth of the world’s wealth.  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
By 1900, The Jekyll Island Club membership included the Rockefellers, Morgans, Cranes and Goulds and represented over one-sixth of the world’s wealth. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jekyll Island was purchased in 1886 by a group of wealthy families as a private retreat. The Jekyll Island Club was formed and members built a fine clubhouse and a neighborhood of “cottages” to be used for a few months in the winter.

By 1900, The Jekyll Island Club membership included the Rockefellers, Morgans, Vanderbilts, Goodyears, Pulitzers, Cranes, and Goulds and represented over one-sixth of the world’s wealth. (Mr. Crane’s cottage boasted 17 bathrooms.)

These vacationers came by train to Brunswick and crossed the river to Jekyll, or arrived in their yachts with family members, servants, and supplies aboard.

The men relaxed and hunted while the ladies had tea, planned parties, and went to the beach.

By 1942 most of these elite vacationers departed the island, never to return. World War II and the economy had taken their toll. Some of the wealthy families left their homes fully furnished, and the buildings fell into disrepair.

In 1947 the state of Georgia bought the island for $650,000 and set a provision that 65 percent of it must always remain undeveloped. Some of the wealthy families’ cottages have been restored and are open for tours.

Today, this era of Jekyll Island’s history can be dramatically revisited with a tram tour of the National Historic Landmark District, including many of the opulent mansions their millionaire owners called “cottages”.

Jekyll Island offers an abundance of recreational activities that are sure to please visitors of all ages.

The duBignon Cottage built in 1884. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The duBignon Cottage built in 1884. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A variety of amenities include ten miles of white sand beaches, 63 holes of golf, an outdoor tennis complex, a waterpark, fishing pier, nature centers, 20 miles of bike trails, and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, which boasts a small interactive museum as well as access to a fully-functional rehabilitative center where visitors can see live sea turtles in the recovery tanks being treated for their injuries before returning to the wild.

To see more of the island’s eco system, the Jekyll Island Authority offers guided tours that last for 90 minutes, routing through beaches, maritime forests, and salt marshes.

Accommodations are varied and include a grand historic hotel, oceanfront properties, and RV camping at the Jekyll Island Campground which offers 18 wooded acres on the Island’s north end with 206 campsites.

Amenities include tent sites to full hook-up, pull through RV sites with electricity, cable TV, water, and sewerage. Wi-Fi and DSL Internet is free for registered guests.

Rates range from $23 for a primitive tent site to $37 for a fully-serviced RV lot.

The island will boast three new hotels, an all-new beachfront convention center with more than 78,000 square feet of function space, a beautifully redesigned  gateway corridor to the island, a beach village shopping and dining district, and many more enhancements.

Twenty miles of flat, mostly paved bike paths encircle the island. You can spend a whole day riding beneath canopies of live oaks, along the beach, and through the historic district.

Bikes can be rented at Jekyll Island Campground, the shopping mall, and various hotels around the island. Restaurants are at these stops, or you may want to tote your own meal and enjoy it at any of the many picnic grounds situated along the way. Tram tours, Victorian carriage history tours, and nature and landscape walks are available from the visitors center, located on the Jekyll Causeway.

A fishing pier is located across from Jekyll Island Campground, and fishing is available along the beaches.

Owned by the State of Georgia and managed by the Jekyll Island Authority, the island’s development is limited to just 35 percent of the available land area to preserve the critical barrier island ecosystem. Great lengths have been taken to honor this ratio while the revitalization of Jekyll Island moves forward.

Indian Mound, 1892 © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Indian Mound, 1892 © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jekyll Island, once a haven for America’s elite, now beckons to all.

Please Note: This is Part 3 of a 5-part series on Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia

Part 1: Discover the Golden Isles: Rich in History & Beauty

Part 2: Discover the Golden Isles: St. Simons & Sea Island

Part 4: Discover the Golden Isles: Little St. Simons Island & Historic Brunswick

Part 5: RV Camping in Brunswick and the Golden Isles

Worth Pondering…

The Marshes of Glynn

And what if behind me to westward the wall of the woods stands high?

The world lies east: how ample, the marsh and the sea and the sky!

A league and a league of marsh-grass, waist-high, broad in the blade,

Green, and all of a height, and unflecked with a light or a shade,

Stretch leisurely off, in a pleasant plain,

To the terminal blue of the main.

—Sidney Lanier (1842–1881)

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Discover the Golden Isles: St. Simons & Sea Island

Four beautiful isles—St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea—and a nearby coastal town are known collectively as Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia.

St. Simons Island

In 1736, three years after the founding of Savannah, James Oglethorpe established Fort Frederica to protect his southern boundary. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
In 1736, three years after the founding of Savannah, James Oglethorpe established Fort Frederica to protect his southern boundary. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The largest of The Golden Isles, St. Simons Island continues to reveal the remarkable beauty and fascinating history of what 16th-century Spanish explorers called San Simeon.

Visitors come year round to swim, stroll, and sail along its miles of lovely beaches, to challenge its 99 holes of superb golf and numerous tennis courts, and to explore its countless shops and restaurants.

St. Simons Island lies across the immortalized Marshes of Glynn, made famous by English poet Sidney Lanier. Moss-draped oaks line the winding island streets, creating a picture-perfect image worthy of a William Faulkner novel.

The island’s villages offer a charming and unique selection of shops, plus a variety of restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual outdoor fare. Visitors and residents alike enjoy outdoor recreation at Neptune Park and its Fun Zone, which includes a public pool, miniature golf, and a fishing pier.

As we discovered during a recent visit, St. Simons Island is dotted with historic sites and attractions, from the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum—a working lighthouse built in 1872—to the Bloody Marsh Battle Site, where, in July 1742, British and Scottish soldiers protecting colonial Georgia defeated a larger Spanish force in a battle that helped end Spanish incursions north of Florida.

44 men and 72 women and children arrived to build the fort and town, and by the 1740s Frederica was a thriving village of about 500 citizens. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
44 men and 72 women and children arrived to build the fort and town, and by the 1740s Frederica was a thriving village of about 500 citizens. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Fort Frederica National Monument, which preserves archaeological remnants of the local British colony and its defense against Spain, and historic Christ Church, Frederica—one of the oldest churches in Georgia, with worship held continuously since 1736—are located on the island’s north end.  Fort Frederica, Georgia’s first military outpost, was established by British General James Oglethorpe. A visitors center and museum are also located on the site.

Live oaks, the same trees that overshadow Frederica Road, were milled for use in Revolutionary warships, including Old Ironsides, also known as the USS Constitution. Because the trunks and branches of this tree naturally bend, they were perfect for forming the hulls of boats.

Toward the southern tip, the Maritime Center, in the restored U.S. Coast Guard Station, provides fascinating glimpses of the area’s natural evolution, while highlighting some of its maritime and military history.

Year round warm weather in the Golden Isles allow

Moss-draped oaks create a picture-perfect image worthy of a Faulkner tale. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Moss-draped oaks create a picture-perfect image worthy of a Faulkner tale. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

s visitors to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, biking, golfing, or relaxing on East Beach.

Visitors can tour the island’s historic sites on a variety of transportation options.

Sea Island

Reached by causeway from St. Simons Island, Sea Island is an internationally acclaimed resort. The Sea Island Company features two of the world’s most-exceptional destinations: the Forbes Five-Star Cloisture on Sea Island and The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond property located on the southern end of St. Simons Island.

Though much of Sea Island is residential, Island life centers around The Cloister, perennially honored as one of the world’s great hotels. Golf club, beach club, gun club, horseback riding, fine dining, and numerous other activities are among the amenities enjoyed by its guests.

Guests of Sea Island who enjoy the game of golf can appreciate the Golf Learning Center and three championship golf courses at Sea Island Golf Club.

The Seaside Course, home to the PGA TOUR’s McGladrey Classic, is a links course graced by majestic ocean vistas in the tradition of St. Andrews.

The Plantation Course winds enticingly through marsh and forest, while the Retreat Course offers a uniquely dramatic and challenging design cultivated by Davis Love III and Mark Love.

If golfing is not your game, enjoy the Sea Island Beach Club, Tennis Center, Yacht Club, Shooting School, and Forbes Five-Star Cloister Spa.

Sea Island offers cuisine to satisfy any taste with seven exceptional dining venues, including the renowned Forbes Five-Star Georgian Room, which offers “Refined Southern” cuisine amidst grand décor. The Georgian Room is open to the public with reservation required.

Did You Know?

Eugenia Price’s trilogy LighthouseNew Moon Rising, and Beloved Invader chronicle the history of St. Simons Island and Christ Church.

Please Note: This is Part 2 of a 5-part series on Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia

Part 1: Discover the Golden Isles: Rich in History & Beauty

Part 3: Discover the Golden Isles: Jekyll Island

Part 4: Discover the Golden Isles: Little St. Simons Island & Historic Brunswick

Part 5: RV Camping in Brunswick and the Golden Isles

Worth Pondering…

The Marshes of Glynn

By a world of marsh that borders a world of sea.

Sinuous southward and sinuous northward the shimmering band

Of the sand-beach fastens the fringe of the marsh to the folds of the land.

Inward and outward to northward and southward the beach-lines linger and curl

As a silver-wrought garment that clings to and follows the firm sweet limbs of a girl.

Vanishing, swerving, evermore curving again into sight,

Softly the sand-beach wavers away to a dim gray looping of light.

—Sidney Lanier (1842–1881)

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Warm Deals for Snowbirds at Georgia State Parks

The seasons have changed and winter has arrived, which means that Georgia State Parks has one for the birds — the sun-seeking snowbirds, that is.

SnowbirdSpecialIt’s time for the annual migration when residents from points north seek warm southern sunshine.

Georgia State Parks is offering some cool deals to RVers to nest for a while in the Peach State by offering a 50 percent discount off the regular campsite rates of $25 to $32 per night with a minimum of a 30-day stay from now until February 28, 2014.

To take advantage of this fine-as-a-feather offer when making reservations, use promotional code SnowBird50% (SEE Website below for details).

This snowbird of happiness half-off special discount is valid for campsites at six participating state parks peppered across South Georgia, including Florence Marina, Kolomoki Mounds, Magnolia Springs, Reed Bingham, Seminole, and Stephen C. Foster.

The parks offer unparalleled natural surroundings, quietness and serenity, historical perspectives, and something uniquely different about each one for discerning cold-weather escapees.

Each offers Snowbird rates ranging from $12.50 to $16 per night.

At Georgia State Parks, it’s all about the outdoors for singles, couples, or families. For an extended stay with great rates, everyone can easily escape the cold and bask under the Georgia sun with a wide range of activities.

Florence Marina State Park

Florence Marina State Park Campsite
Florence Marina State Park Campsite

On the western edge of Georgia lies Florence Marina State Park in Omaha. While its primary design is for water lovers and water sports, it offers a natural deepwater marina, boat slips and boat ramp, and a fun fishing pier where the fishing is as fabulous as the birding.

Kolomoki Mounds State Park

Farther south is Kolomoki Mounds State Park, a historically significant park near Blakely that is the oldest and largest Woodland Indian site in the Southeast.

Magnolia Springs State Park

Wedged between Interstates 16 and 20 is Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen. While it is primarily known for its wildlife and crystalline springs that gush an astounding 7 million gallons per day, the dramatically beautiful site is historically significant in that it was once a Civil War stockade.

Adel’s Reed Bingham State Park

Near the major north-south corridor of Interstate 75 is Adel’s Reed Bingham State Park, another veritable zoo of rare and endangered wildlife such as gopher tortoises and indigo snakes. The park is also home to one of Georgia’s most bizarre natural spectacles when thousands of buzzards congregate here to roost for the winter and is truly a sight to behold.

Seminole State Park

On the 37,500-acre Lake Seminole in the far southwest corner of Georgia close to Donalsonville is Seminole State Park, which has the distinction of having one of the largest longleaf pine forests in a Georgia state park. The park is the place for myriad opportunities for boating, fishing, birding, and wildlife watching.

Stephen Foster State Park

Stephen Foster State Park Campsite
Stephen Foster State Park Campsite

For a taste of the enigmatic, darkly beautiful Okefenokee Swamp, an array of wildlife not found elsewhere, and melodic folk music, Stephen Foster State Park near Fargo is a remote and rare jewel. Here the nights are dark and quiet so that stargazing is an unreal experience.

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Georgia State Park System

Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the environments of the 48 state parks.

Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer eight golf courses to choose from. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding, and more.

Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park.

Among the 15 Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations, and even a gold museum.

Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book.

Annual ParkPasses are $50 (or just $25 for seniors 62 and older). Even better, membership to Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites includes a free ParkPass and more discounts.  Campers can pick up loyalty cards that earn them every 10th night for free.

Georgia State Parks: gastateparks.org

Snowbird Special: gastateparks.org/snowbird

Georgia State Parks Things To Know: gastateparks.org/thingstoknow

Worth Pondering…

Georgia On My Mind

Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through

Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.

Georgia, Georgia, a song of you

Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines

—words by Stuart Gorrell and music by Hoagy Carmichael

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RV Golf Club Offers Free Camping

Every day thousands of RV owners spend upward of $60 a night at RV parks across the country only to endure excessive noise, overcrowded sites, and out-dated facilities, said Jim Vernes, owner of RV Golf Club (RVGC), in a news release.

RV Golf CardRVers can park for FREE at a beautiful golf course or resort with access to all the amenities, be treated like members, and receive discounts on dining, shopping, and health spas.

“The thing I like most about RV Golf Club is you can save $30 to $60 a night on RV parking. I would use that money to have dinner in the clubhouse, so it’s like I enjoy a free meal every night,” said Doug Dulac, an RV owner from Las Vegas.

RV Golf Club has assembled the locations of hundreds of golf courses and high-end resorts around the United States and Canada that are welcoming RV owners—and the RVers don’t have to be golfers to get involved.

“We currently have 334 properties, some of the Top 100 and Top 50 courses in the nation, along with several luxury resorts with world-class accommodations,” said Vernes, who noted more are coming on board every week.

For a small member fee, RVers can save thousands of dollars while enjoying beautiful, un-crowded surroundings that have not previously been available to them.

An annual RV Golf Club membership allows you to combine four favorite past times: traveling, golfing, dining, and shopping.

The membership qualifies you for FREE RV parking, plus “Members” discounts on green fees, food and beverages, golf shop merchandise, and other services provided by the golf course and restaurant owners and operators.

An annual RV Golf Club membership allows you to combine four favorite past times: traveling, golfing, dining, and shopping. (Source: rvgolfclub.com)
An annual RV Golf Club membership allows you to combine four favorite past times: traveling, golfing, dining, and shopping. (Source: rvgolfclub.com)

The overnight parking at golf courses is for self contained RVs for one evening and does NOT include hookups. You are welcome to check with the golf course about staying an additional night. Engage in some commerce and they would be delighted to have you stay (space available).

As an RV Owner you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

Overnight parking at the RVGC golf courses and Resort Hotels, plus 2-nights parking at RV Resorts is free. You are welcome to stay at each golf course as often as you like, as long as you are spending money there and free at each RV resort twice.

You receive membership discounts on green fees, food, beverages, and merchandise in the shops and services at most RVGC golf courses and RV Resorts.

Golf courses and RV Resorts offer peaceful, quiet, and secure settings.

The landscaping is elaborate so you’ll probably find yourself smelling the roses.

It’s a pleasure to be within walking distance to golfing, dining, shopping, and services such as massages and golf lessons.

The membership qualifies you for FREE RV parking, plus “Members” discounts on green fees. (Source: rvgolfclub.com)
The membership qualifies you for FREE RV parking, plus “Members” discounts on green fees. (Source: rvgolfclub.com)

If you care to engage in conversation, you will share a common bond with other RVers and members and guests of the golf club.

Save a substantial amount on RV parking.

Details

RV Golf Club (RVGC)

The RV Golf Club is a conduit, introducing RV Owners to Golf Courses and RV Resorts in a mutually rewarding relationship.

Charter Membership: $49.00/year

Lifetime Charter Membership: $245.00

Address: 2235 E. Flamingo Rd. #100D, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Phone: (800) 520-0757

Website: rvgolfclub.com

Worth Pondering…

I played as much golf as I could in North Dakota, but summer up there is pretty short.  It usually falls on Tuesday.

—Mike Morley

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Good Sam Names Top RV Parks for Golfers

More and more RVers are adding golf clubs to their list of “must bring” items.

golfSince 1980, the number of golfers in the United States has grown by 50 percent, with more than 30 million enthusiasts hitting the links. Many of these golfers travel the country in RVs, often mapping out their vacations around prime golf destinations, according to a Good Sam news release.

To help recreational vehicle enthusiasts find the best fairways and greens, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the top RV Parks for golfers. Boasting RV parks from across North America, the list is tailored for RV travelers seeking campgrounds that feature golf courses on their property or are located near world-class golf courses.

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s top RV parks for golfers are:

Motorcoach Country Club, Indio, California

Sands RV & Golf Resort, Desert Hot Springs, California

Coastal Georgia RV Resort © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Coastal Georgia RV Resort © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Lakes RV & Golf Resort, Chowchilla, California

Crystal Lake RV Resort, Naples, Florida

Signature Motorcoach Resort At Naples, Naples, Florida

The Glades RV Resort, La Belle, Florida

Coastal Georgia RV Resort, Brunswick, Georgia

Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana

Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, Louisiana

Little River Casino RV Park, Manistee, Michigan

Fairmont RV Park & Campground, Anaconda, Montana

Seven Feathers RV Resort, Canyonville, Oregon

Oak Plantation Campground, Charleston, South Carolina

Alderwood RV Resort, Spokane, Washington

Lake Pleasant RV Park, Bothell, Washington

Links for RV Travelers

RVers can find a variety of golfing experiences as they travel.

At Oak Plantation Campground in Charleston, South Carolina, guests are a short drive from several world-class courses, including Kiawah Island Golf Resort, site of the 2012 PGA Championship.

At other RV parks, the first hole’s tee box is just a short walk from guests’ doorsteps. Sands RV & Golf Resort in Palm Springs, California, features an exclusive course only for guests and owners. The course winds through the property and features lush landscaping, devious sand traps, and lavish water hazards. Campground staff also can arrange reservations to some of Palm Springs’ world-famous links, including PGA West and Mission Hills Resort.

Good Sam Guide

Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Screen-Shot-2012-12-17-at-9.11.15-AMRV travelers can find more information about RV parks for golfers in the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, which combines two of the RV industry’s most popular and respected brands—the Trailer Life Directory and Woodall’s Campground Directory—into one comprehensive volume.

The guide contains detailed information more than 14,000 RV parks across North America; each campground is personally inspected and rated by the Good Sam’s consultant teams. The guide also includes lifestyle features, regional trip guides, and essential travel facts.

Readers can get vital tech tips, learn about must-see points of interest in all of North America’s states and provinces, follow a meal and fitness planner, and get Road Ready with a special products section.

Also included are guides to RV-related state laws and information needed for trouble-free trips into Canada and Mexico. For more information about the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, click on www.goodsamcamping.com

Worth Pondering…

Do not wait; the time will never be right.

—Napoleon Hill

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Palm Creek Resort Sold to Sun Communities

Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, long one of the premier operations of its type in the United States, has been sold to Sun Communities, owner or operator of more than 170 manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities in 18 states.

Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort
Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort

Palm Creek is a 5-star institutional quality, age restricted resort with 1,863 sites located in Casa Grande, Arizona, just forty minutes south of Phoenix. Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, pools, spas, and a world class pickle ball and tennis facility. The resort is rated very high with a 29 out of 30 rating by Woodall’s/Good Sam Club.

Sun Communities acquired the resort and related improvements, personal property, and associated intangibles for $70.4 million and a contiguous parcel of land being developed to add approximately 990 recreational vehicle, or approximately 550 manufactured housing sites, for $15.0 million.

The aggregate purchase price of $88.0 million includes the reimbursement of $2.6 million for certain construction costs incurred in connection with the development of the land described above. The Company assumed $41.7 million of mortgage debt secured by the community.

The announcement that the Casa Grande RV Resort was sold to the Southfield, Michigan REIT, came from a Sun Communities news release and the Wolfswinkel family, originators of the park, in a letter to Palm Creek residents.

“We believe that this is in not only the best interest of our family, but for the benefit of our residents, guests, and the community as a whole,” Ashton Wolfswinkel wrote to Palm Creek residents.

Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort Pickleball
Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort Pickleball

“Palm Creek started as a dream of my father, Conley, and has become one of the premier RV and mobile home communities in the United States. Through his vision, the hard work and dedication of many longtime staff members, countless volunteers, and the patronage of our residents and guests over the past 13-plus years, Palm Creek has continued to grow into a community that we as owners have been very proud of. I also believe this same pride and sense of community is felt deeply by our residents and guests.”

“The entire management team and staff will continue to serve our residents and run the property in the same fashion as it has always been, with a commitment to excellence,” Wolfswinkel wrote.

“Sun Communities is run by a group of high-quality individuals and they are committed to working to keep Palm Creek the amazing place it has become. I feel confident and am very comfortable knowing that Palm Creek will be in good hands and will build on the legacy that we have all been blessed to be a part of.”

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Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort

Palm Creek offers luxury living, whether for a few days or a lifetime.

Address: 1110 North Henness Road, Casa Grande, AZ 85122

Phone: (800) 421-7004

Website: palmcreekgolf.com

Sun Communities, Inc.

Sun Communities, Inc is a premier provider of manufactured home communities and RV resorts and currently owns and operates a portfolio of 173 communities comprising approximately 63,600 developed sites.

Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort
Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort

The company was established in 1975.

The Sun Communities has operations in Colorado (4), Delaware (2), Florida (27), Georgia (3), Illinois (1), Indiana (18), Iowa (1), Kansas (1), Michigan (70), Missouri (2), Nevada (2), North Carolina (3), Ohio (11), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (18), and Virginia (1).

Florida properties include Buttonwood Bay (Sebring), Grand Lake (Citra), The Groves (Fort Myers), Indian Creek (Fort Myers Beach), Lake San Marino (Naples), and Siesta Bay (Fort Myers).

South Texas properties include Casa de Valle (Alamo), Kenwood (La Feria), and Snow to Sun (Weslaco).

Address: 27777 Franklin Road, Suite 200, Southfield, MI 48034

Website: suncommunities.com

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Navistar Ends Sponsorship of LPGA Classic

The future of Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) golf tournament at the Robert Trent Jones (RTJ) Golf Trail in Prattville, Alabama is at risk after title sponsor Navistar withdrew from the event.

The golf event has been held at the Senator Course at the RTJ Capitol Hill facility from 2007-12.

“Navistar has been proud to be the lead sponsor of the Navistar LPGA Classic for the last six years and we’ve maintained a strong relationship with both the LPGA and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail,” Navistar spokesman Stephen Schrier said in a news release.

“However, our current business climate requires a reduction of our sponsorship activities, including our sponsorship of the Navistar LPGA Classic.”

Stacy Lewis, who this year became the first American to win the LPGA’s Player of the Award since 1994, won this year’s tournament in September by two shots over teen-ager Lexi Thompson.

According to LPGA Chief Communications Officer Kraig Kann, the LPGA is working on continuing the event in Prattville in 2013.

“The LPGA appreciates and applauds all that Navistar has done to support the Tour and Alabama. While they won’t return to partner with us in 2013, to say that the LPGA, the Robert Trent Jones Trail, and RSA won’t return to Prattville next year is premature, stated Kann.

“We’re all committed to continuing the tradition of women’s professional golf in Alabama and the city of Prattville and are working together to deliver on those goals in 2013.”

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill, site of LPGA Classic

The SunBelt Golf Corporation and the Robert Trent Golf Trail is in search of a new event sponsor.

Jonathan Romeo, tournament sponsor and SunBelt Golf Corporation Director of Business Development, is in Florida for the LPGA annual tournament owners and director’s meeting.

When asked recently what type of sponsors they might be looking at, Romeo stated, “The LPGA is a world brand and it takes a world company to get the benefit of everything and there are a lot of those here.”

“We are working on a daily basis with the LPGA and with business in the state of Alabama and have for 12 years in a row,” said John Cannon, Sunbelt Golf Corporation President.

“We are working on these events and actually pursuing a new title sponsor and committed, if possible, to continue doing an LPGA event both in Mobile and Prattville.

“We can’t do it ourselves. It requires community and business involvement to make it happen.”

When asked what the deadline would be to have a title sponsor for an event to played in 2013, Cannon indicated that you would get a different answer depending on who you asked.

“In an ideal world, the LPGA would like some answers now,” Cannon said.

The LPGA traditionally announces its partial or full event schedule for the upcoming year in November.

The SunBelt Corporation said it is committed to pro golf in the state but would not rush into anything moving forward.

“We’re not going to jump into a commitment without knowing we can accomplish it and do the event the way we have done it,” Cannon said.

“It’s an expensive proposition. We are working with third parties and groups that have not done something with us.”

Runner up in 2012, Lexi Thompson won the title in 2011

Romeo said the event costs about $3.5 to $4 million annually. According to a study conducted by the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, the event has a $7 million impact on the region.

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a collection of championship caliber golf courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., distributed across the state of Alabama, as part of investments by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. The Trail started with 378 holes at eight sites throughout the state, and has grown to 468 holes at eleven sites.

The concept was created and executed by Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

Website: rtjgolf.com

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Navistar LPGA Classic Goes Ahead as Scheduled

Navistar LPGA Classic will go ahead as scheduled—from September 20-23 in Prattville, Alabama—despite a shakeup in the Navistar management.

The news of shakeup in the Navistar’s upper management triggered concerns of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) officials and players as they wondered what impact the management shakeup would have on one of the most prestigious LPGA tournaments, bettor.com reported.

Now that the company has undergone the change in senior management, the LPGA officials are keen to announce that the Navistar LPGA Classic will not be hurt, and it will be held according to its schedule.

Although players are happy to see the tournament’s schedule intact, the Navistar officials said that they will definitely be coming up with new plans regarding the sponsorship of the LPGA event for the future.

Navistar, which has been operating for years and boasts a massive presence in the market, was troubled by its engine strategy that put a drag on the company’s profitability.

Under pressure due to failure of the engine strategy, the CEO Daniel Ustian announced his immediate retirement.

Despite being hit by operational issues, the Navistar management responded quickly to the growing concerns of LPGA stars and officials, saying the tournament will remain intact.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill, site of Navistar LPGA Classic

However, the company’s officials did not tell what they plan to do about the future events of the tournament.

Steve Schrier, a spokesman for the Navistar, said the company’s officials are glad that they are going to stage another edition of the tournament and hope for the best.

“Dan Ustian’s retirement from Navistar will have no impact on our plans for this year’s Navistar LPGA Classic and we look forward to another great event in September,” Schrier said.

“We are currently re-evaluating all of our sponsorship initiatives, including our investment in the LPGA. We have developed a long-standing partnership with the LPGA and the team at (the) Robert Trent Jones (golf course) and we will provide clarity on future commitments later this year.”

The spokesman pointed out that the company wants to stick to Prattville in future as well, as most of the LPGA stars like the course.

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Navistar
Navistar International Corporation is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, Monaco RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse brand chassis for motorhomes and step vans. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services.

Website: navistar.com

Navistar LPGA Classic

Lexi Thompson returns to defend her 2011 title

The Navistar LPGA Classic is partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project to honor all those serving in the military. WWP’s mission is to “honor and empower wounded warriors” of the United States Armed Forces.

Website: navistarlpgaclassic.com

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a collection of championship caliber golf courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., distributed across the state of Alabama, as part of investments by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. The Trail started with 378 holes at eight sites throughout the state, and has grown to 468 holes at eleven sites.

The concept was created and executed by Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

Two of the courses currently host events on the LPGA Tour: The Senator course at Capitol Hill, which hosts the Navistar LPGA Classic, and The Crossings course at Magnolia Grove, home to the Avnet LPGA Classic.

Website: rtjgolf.com

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