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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sports For Those Visiting the Gulf Coast (Part 6) Destin/Panama City, FL:

Welcome to part 6 and the final part of our Sports For Those Visiting the Gulf Coast series. We hope you have enjoyed this whole series and have found it to be very informative and helpful.

Today in our final part of this series we will cover the areas of Destin and Panama City, FL.

As it was with yesterdays part 5 of Gulf Shores, AL and Pensacola, FL when people think of Destin and Panama City, FL they also think of them as beach destinations. Both Destin and Panama City have become top golf and yachting destinations. No matter what sport you love to participate in you can most likely find it in the area.


Dog Racing - 

The last of all dog tracks along the Gulf Coast is in this area. Located only minutes from both Destin and Panama City is the Ebro Greyhound Park and Poker Room for those that enjoy watching Greyhounds race. Don't want to watch the dogs race you can enjoy a game of poker instead. 

Fishing - 

If you are looking to get some fishing done in the area you will be in one of the most popular destinations for it. With the Choctawhatchee Bay in Destin and the North, West and Saint Andrew Bay's in Panama City as well as being directly on the Gulf of Mexico it's no wonder fishing is a popular sport here. You will also find many charters to accommodate the fishing you like. 

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Golf Courses - 

The areas of Destin and Panama city have some of the best golf courses along the entire Gulf Coast. Here a just a few of the top ones from the area. 

Bay Point Golf and Tennis Club - Located in the Heart of Panama City Beach this is not just a superb golf course, but it is a full resort with accommodations on site. 

Camp Creek Golf Club - One of the most played golf course in the area due to it's exceptional course conditions and wonderful layout. Located just west of Panama City Beach. 

Kelly Plantation Golf Club - This course is not only perfectly manicured but it has some very nice scenery as one of the holes is on the bay. A Fred Couples design that is a favorite of both locals and visitors to the area. 

Nature Walk Golf Club - Located on the Northwest side of Panama City this is an executive golf course perfect for those that want to get away for some golf, but not be gone too long. 

Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club - Another one of the gems of golf Destin has to offer. This is a semi-private golf course with great course conditions and a championship layout. 

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort - The name says it all, Golf and Beach Resort. Have everything you love about the area in one convenient location. With four golf courses to choose from you have variety of links-style, traditional, or a mix of both.



Motorsports - 

The only Motor-Sports you can find in the area is just north of Panama City. A bit of a longer drive from Dstin, but if you enjoy fast cars, the Breakaway Dragstrip is where you will find it. 

Running - 

Just as we have mentioned with all the other areas of this series, running is popular everywhere. Whether it's the Destin Beach Ultra Runs or the Color Run of Panama City there are a great number of races you can find to enter. More Destin Races Here  --  More Panama City Races Here



Sailing

If Sailing is your thing you will find many places to take a sailing charter. Fun and relaxing,sailing can be a great way to take in the sights of the area. Here are some of the top sailing charters for Destin area - Emerald Coast Sailing and Sail Away. For the Panama City area - Panama City Beach Sailing and Reef Runner Sailing

Tennis

Tennis is a big part of the resorts in the area. With places such as Hidden Dunes Beach and Tennis Resort and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, it is not hard to find a place to play tennis in Destin. The same goes for Panama City with places like Bay Point Golf and Tennis Club and Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort.

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For your convenience if you are considering visiting these areas, our parnet company, Hrubes Sportz is an Affiliate of Best Western and Hilton Worldwide. Hilton owns 13 brands including Double Tree, Hampton, Embassy Suites, and Hilton garden Inn just to name a few. 


We hope you have enjoyed our entire 6 part series and have found it to be both entertaining and helpful. Please consider following us for more Gulf Coast Sporting news and information as well as our reviews of the area's golf courses. If there is a particular topic regarding sports along the Gulf Coast you would like us to research or talk about please let us know. We thank you for taking the time to read the entire series of Sports For Those Visiting the Gulf Coast. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sports For Those Visiting the Gulf Coast (Part 5), Gulf Shores, AL/Pensacola, FL

Welcome to part 5 of our 6 part series. We hope you have enjoyed parts 1 - 4 so far and continue to enjoy the rest of this series.

Today in part 5 we will cover the areas of Gulf Shores, AL and Pensacola, FL.

Although the areas of Gulf Shores, AL and Pensacola, FL are more renowned for their beaches there are plenty of sports and sporting venues one can enjoy. There are always the normal sports that go along with a beach destination like renting wave-runners and beach volleyball, but there are other sports to partake in besides those. You can go enjoy the areas professional baseball team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, a Double-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. It was also announced yesterday(Jan. 19th) that, PGA Tour player and native of the Pensacola area, Bubba Watson has purchased ownership in the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. (Click here for that article)

        

Dog Racing -

One of the other areas along the Gulf Coast to have Greyhound Dog Races is ideally located a short drive from downtown Pensacola and Gulf Shores. The Pensacola Greyhound Track and Poker Room has been a spot that many visitors to these areas have gone to, either just watch the races or place a bet or two. 

Fishing -

Whether you want to do some freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing you can do both in the area. With many bays, rivers, bayous, sounds, the Intracostal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico there is a multitude of fish species you can catch. There are many Gulf Shores Fishing options as well as Pensacola Fishing Options. You can choose to do some fishing on your own or hire one of the expert fishing guide services in the area.  

Golf Courses -

There are many great golf courses in the area. We wish we could name them all, but for the sake of space we will only name three from the Gulf Shores area and three from the Pensacola area. 

Craft Farms - A very beautiful well maintained property with 36-holes of championship golf. Outstanding service and facilities. Just north of Gulf Shores Beaches

Cypress Lakes Golf Club - A very scenic golf course built in Northern Pensacola. A great and fun layout for all skill levels of golfers. With great elevation changes it's not a typical Florida course. 

Kiva Dunes - A full beach front resort property. Rated #1 golf course in Alabama. Jerry Pate designed championship layout. Well manicured conditions makes this a great must play course. 

Lost Key - A beautiful resort golf course with  a great deal of amenities, well maintained conditions, and a very friendly staff. Conveniently located in Perdido Key between Pensacola and Gulf Shores. 

Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club - 27-holes of championship golf with great conditons and a very professional staff. Only minutes from the Gulf Shores beaches. 

Perdidio Bay Golf Club - A well conditioned championship golf course that has played host to many professional events. A short drive from downtown Pensacola



Motor-Sports -

For those interested in Motor-Sports and want to see some cars race, there is only one place in the area, 5 Flags Speedway. They are located in Northwest Pensacola and also conveniently located just off Interstate-10. Also offering driving experiences. 

Running -

Running has become a popular sport for many around the country. For those that love it they don't want to let a vacation get in the way of what they enjoy. Gulf Shores and Pensacola have many races in the area. One upcoming race this year is the 2015 Sweetheart 5k and Sea turtle Half Marathon or the Gulf Coast Half Marathon Series in Gulf Shores. There are many more races in the Pensacola area and you can check them out on Running in the USA.


Tennis - 

Although there are many tennis courts that can be found at some of the beachfront condo's and time shares you may be looking for something better. Not to worry there are great tennis facilities in the area. The George C. Myer Tennis Center in Gulf Shores and the Roger Scott Tennis Center are the tops in the area. 

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For your convenience if you are considering visiting these areas, our partner company, Hrubes Sportz, is an affiliate of Best Western and Hilton Worldwide. Hilton owns 13 brands including Double Tree, Hampton, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Garen Inn just to name a few. 

Keep a look out for part 6 tomorrow. Tomorrow culminates the ending of our series with the Destin and Panama City, Florida areas.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sports For Those Visiting the Gulf Coast (Part 4), Mobile, AL

Welcome back for part 4 of this 6 part series. We hope you continue to enjoy these articles.

Today part 4 will cover the area of Mobile, AL

Mobile, known for it's southern charm, southern hospitality and the home of the Battleship USS Alabama, is also known for many sports activities. Also home to the Mobile Bay Bears, a double A Affiliate team of professional baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks, there is no shortage of what you can enjoy in this area. Mobile has also played host to the annual LPGA Tour event, the Mobile Bay Classic


Dog Racing - 

In the areas of the Gulf Coast that we cover, Mobile, AL is one of the only places to go watch Greyhound Dogs race live. If you enjoy watching the races and placing a few bets, then when you are in the Mobile area the only place to go is the Mobile Greyhound Park.

Fishing - 

Just like so many areas along the Gulf Coast, Mobile offers a variety of fishing options. You can catch fish in the inland marsh, the open water of Mobile Bay, or head offshore for some big fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Some charters, such as Crooked Hook Charters, specialize in inshore fishing while others, like Capt. Mikes Deep Sea Fishing, specialize in offshore fishing. Some others like A-Team Fishing Adventures will do a mix of both. 

Golf Courses - 

Azalea City Golf Course - This is one of the best golf courses along the Gulf Coast that is owned and operated by it's city. Great layout and friendly staff. 

Magnolia Grove - This is part of the well known Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Two championship 18-hole courses and a 18-hole short course (par 3 course). Also host to the LPGA Tour

Rock Creek Golf Club - Just across Mobile Bay with a spectacular layout and friendly staff. Well maintained course conditions, great facilities and has received numerous awards.

Timbercreek -  Also just across Mobile Bay. 27- holes of championship golf with great views of elevation changes, wetland preserves, and forest of Dogwoods, Magnolia and Pines. 


Motor-Sports -

For those that have a love of Motor-sports Mobile has two offerings. One is the Mobile International Speedway with events form March thru September with more traditional style racing. The other offering in the area is a drag racing track at the Mobile Dragway.

Running - 

For those runners Mobile does have a good amount of races you can run. If you are interested in participanting in any race in the area you can do so with Road Race Runner or Running in the USA

Tennis - 

With one of the largest public Tennis facilities in the world, Mobile Tennis Center, it is easy to find a place for those that love Tennis. Fo rother area public tennis courts or facilities - Click Here



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For your convenience our parent company, Hrubes Sportz, is an affiliate partner of Best Western and Hilton. Hilton owns 13 brands including Double Tree, Hampton, Embassy Suits, and Hilton Garden Inn just to name a few.

Tomorrow we will be talking about the Gulf Shores, AL and Pensacola, FL areas. So stay tuned to fined out what sports and sports venues you can find there. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sports For Those Visiting The Gulf Coast (Part 3), Mississippi Gulf Coast

Welcome back for part 3 of this series. Pleas keep enjoying these articles.

Part 3 will cover the areas and surrounding areas of Gulfport and Biloxi, MS. This is also know as the Mississppi Gulf Coast.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast has become a hot spot for for many vacationers. With its many casino's and beaches it has attracted people from all across the country. It is also a great sporting destination. People have come for the many great golf course and the easy access fishing. But there are so many other things for the sports enthusiast visiting the area to enjoy. Things like hunting, tennis, and motor sports are on the top of the list. For those that like more traditional professional sports, you can check out the Biloxi Shuckers a Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.


Fishing -

Fishing is big business for both Gulfort and Biloxi commercially. With their locations being right on the Gulf of Mexico you can surely understand why. Recreational fishing ranks right up there in the local economy. There are some bays and lakes to fish such as Bay St. Louis and the Back Bay of Biloxi, but most venture out into the deeper water of the Gulf for bigger fish and a bigger fight. There are many charter services but we recommend the following:

Golf Courses- 
There are many great quality golf courses in the area. Thanks to the Casino's that either built their own golf course or have partner with one you will hardly ever find any of these courses not in pristine condition. Here are our top five recommended courses. Being affil;iated or part of a csino you will always find a stay and play package available.

Fallen Oak - Owned and operated by the Beau Rivage Casino and MGM property this course is also home to the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, a Champions Tour event.

Grand Bear Golf Course - This was one of the first casino golf course in the area. Operated by Harrah's Gulf Coast a Ceasers Entertainment property. Grand Bear has also hosted a Shell's Wonderful World of Golf event.

Shell Landing - A Davis Love design affiliated with IP Casino a Boyd gaming property is a beautiful well maintained golf course. Excellent staff, food and practice facilities.

The Bridges Golf Club at Hollywood Casino - This is the only Arnold Palmer design in the entire state of Mississippi.

The Preserve Golf Club - This course doesn't leave a stone un-turned. A very friendly staff with two distinct 9's, as one winds through trees and the other around marsh, is what makes this course special.



Hunting -

Even though most of the hunting in Mississippi is done further north in the state there is still hunting in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area. There are areas to go hunt for deer that are not far and some areas to go duck hunting. If you are looking to experience it all with lodging check out Antlers and Wings Hunting Plantation. They also have clay shooting, fishing, and lodging on property. If you are just looking more for a duck hunt then the guys over at Team Brodie Charters can help you out. Be sure and inquire at either/both places if the proper licencing is provided with their fee's.

MotorSports -

For those that are into car racing and drag racing there is only one place to do so in the area. For those that want to see a drag race can head over to the GulfPort Dragway.

Running - 

Although running has become more of a singular sport more than a group sport some still find it fun to run races. The areas of Gulfport and Biloxi have many fun and eventful races you can run. There are a number of benefit runs as well as runs tied into other events like the Gulf Coast Rod Run which is with a car show and BBQ throw-down. For runs in Gulport, Biloxi and the surrounding areas - CLICK HERE.


Tennis -

Tennis has become a somewhat harder sport to find a good quality tennis cort to play on that is open to the public. We have two places if you are looking to play that you can check out. One is the A.J. Holloway Sports Complex located in Biloxi. The other also in Biloxi is Bowman Tennis Complex.

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For your convenience our parent company, Hrubes Sportz, is an affiliate partner of Best Western and Hilton. Hilton owns 13 brands including Double Tree, Hampton, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn to name just a few.

Keep a look out for part 4 on Monday morning Jan. 18th. We will be covering Mobile, AL and all the sports and sports venues they offer.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sports For Those Visiting the Gulf Coast (Part 2), New Orleans, LA

Welcome back for the second part of this series. We hope you enjoyed reading part one and will continue to enjoy the rest.

Part 2 will cover the area of New Orleans, LA

For your convenience, our parent company Hrubes Sportz is an affiliate partner of Best Western Hotels and Hilton Worldwide, which owns 13 brands including Double Tree, Hampton, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn

 

Now when most people think of New Orleans they immediately think of Parties, Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street. There is so much more than that, after all they don't call Louisiana the "Sportsman's Paradise" for nothing. New Orleans has a great deal of sporting events you can go watch as well as sports you can take part in. 

To start off all the things you can do in the New Orleans Area we will first Highlight all the Professional Sports. The most popular of all Professional Teams in New Orleans is of course the New Orleans Saints football team. From September to at least the end of December when the team plays at home you can go see them in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Adjacent to the Superdome is the Smoothie King Center and the home of the New Orleans Pelicans. You can catch the Pelicans at home, during basketball season, between mid October and mid April. Also playing in the Smoothie King Center are the New Orleans Voodoo. The Voodoo are an Arena Football League team that plays between April and August. If baseball is your thing then head just out of the city to Metairie to Zephyr Field and watch the New Orleans Zephyrs. The Zephyrs are a Triple-A Afiliate of the Miami Marlins. And finally rounding out the list of professional sporting events in the area is The Zurich Classic of New Orleans. This is the areas only PGA Tour event and is held annually in April. this years event is being held April 20th - 26th. 


Now we get down to the more recreational sports that you can go watch or participate in. 

Fishing - 

Fishing is a big deal in New Orleans. Especially since New Orleans takes pride in their fresh seafood. You do not have to travel far to get fishing in, even if you do not have your own boat. Just grab a pole and go dip it in Lake Pontchartrain. However make sure you have your fishing licence. If you have a boat there are so many places to go and they range in 10 min to 45 min from downtown. Feel like fishing in the Gulf of Mexico? You can be there in an hour. If you prefer a guide service there a many around, it just depends on what type of fishing you want to do and what fish you want to catch.

If you want to fish fresh, brackish, and saltwater marshes only a short drive away is Lafitte where you can find Jean Lafitte Fishing Charters and Big Dog Fishing Charters. Perhaps you want more of a coastal area strictly for saltwater trout and redfish? You can go down to an area called Shell Beach to see Salty Dog Charters. If you are looking to go offshore than head down to Venice, LA and use Super Strike Charters or Relentless Sport-fishing Charters. Most all charters will either have lodging or can assist you in any lodging needs close to them.

Golf Courses - 

Here are the area's top Golf Courses listed alphabetically by course name.
English Turn Golf and Country Club - Former home to the areas PGA Tour event and a Private Course that offers select tee times to outside play. 
Lakewood Golf Club - Located only minuets from downtown a very well maintained course with a very friendly staff. 
Oak Harbor Golf Club - Just 15 minutes from downtown this is one of the best 18-hole championship layouts in the area. 
TPC of Louisiana - Home of the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Play where tour players play. A great maintained and great quality golf course. 

For other golf courses in these areas and to book select tee times - Click Here


Horse Racing - 

The Areas only place for Horse Racing is the the Fairgrounds Race Course and Slots, a Churchill Downs Company. Also the home of New Orleans famous Jazz Fest, if you like placing a few bets on the horses this is the place to be. Races usually take place in the Fall and Winter months, but you may find a few in August or September.

Hunting - 

Although hunting is a big sport for those that live in the area, if you were to hunt close to the city you are probably going to be duck hunting. this is not to say you can't hunt things other than ducks, it's just with New Orleans surrounded by mostly marsh it is hard to find deer. For an accurate account of what you can hunt in the New Orleans area ask the experts of Louisiana Marsh Guide Service or the experts of Fin and Feather Guides.

Motor Sports- 

New Orleans only Motor Sports track is at NOLA MotorSports Park. This is not your typical MotorSport park, here you can drive a Race Car, Exotic Cars, and Formula One Cars. This park is North America's only Drive and Ride Grand Prix Experience. If you don't have what it takes to take a ride yourself you can catch their inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana being held April 10th - 12th, this year.

Running -

Running is a different style in New Orleans. Some races will take place going from bar to bar or you get dressed up like in the Red Dress Run. Even guys wear a red dress. There are some more traditional runs like the long standing Crescent City Classic, which now has five races throughout the year, and more that can be found by visiting - Running in the USA



Tennis - 

One of the only places to play tennis in the New Orleans area outside of a public park that may have a court or a private country club is the Pepsi tennis Center at City Park. Noted as one of the best tennis centers in the entire state of Louisiana. 

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Stay tuned for Part 3 that will cover all the sports and sporting venues in the Gulport and Biloxi,MS areas.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sports for Those Visiting the Gulf Coast (Part 1)

This is part one of a six part article that highlights what sports, sporting venues, and recreation anyone that visit's the Gulf Coast can partake in. The six parts will cover the most visited places along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

Each area has their own particular sports or sports venue's, but we throughout the entire Gulf Coast there are a multitude of sports visitors to the area(s) can enjoy and be a part of. The sports covered are not the same for each area, but will include professional sporting events and recreational sports. Those sports covered along all Gulf Coast area's are as follows:

Dog Racing, Fishing and Fishing Charters, Golf Courses, Horse racing, Hunting and Hunting Guides, Motor Sports, Professional Baseball, Professional Basketball, Professional Football, Professional Golf Tournaments, and Running and Races

As we start we will have each article cover either one particular area or multiple areas depending on the number of sports and sports activities it has in its area. Going from West to East we will start with the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and end with the Florida Panhandle.

 

Part 1 will cover the area's of Lake Charles, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge, LA.

For your convenience our parent company Hrubes Sportz is an affiliate partner with Best Western Hotels and with Hilton Worldwide which owns 13 brands including Double Tree, Hampton, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn

Fishing -

Lake Charles is the only area of these three cities in Louisiana that offer guided fishing. Sure Lafayette and Baton Rouge have fishing, but you will not find a guide service in these areas or you will have a very hard time finding a pond or stream that you can fish.

Lake Charles fishing offers you multiple ways to fish. You can bring your own boat or find a guide, fish fresh water or salt water, fish offshore in the Gulf or inshore in the Marsh. The choice is up to you. If you decide to bring your own boat, don't forget to get a fishing licences. If you decide to fish with a guide check and see if they include the licences with their fee. For information on Guide Services, Boat Launches, Fishing Licences, and Fishing Guides/Maps - CLICK HERE

Golf Courses - 

Here are the area's top Golf Courses listed alphabetically by course name.
Contraband Bayou -  A L'auberge Casino Resort Course in Lake Charles. A true Casino resort golf course with immaculate conditions and friendly to golfers of all levels.
Gray Plantation - A semi-private golf course in Lake Charles that was ranked in the top 100 courses from 2001 to 2006. this has one of the best layout's in Louisiana.
The Bluffs Golf Resort - 30 minuets North East of Baton Rouge, this course is one of the most picturesque golf courses in the area.
The National Golf Club of Louisiana - A semi-private golf course just north of Lake Charles. A beautiful course and a fun challenging layout.
The Wetlands - A public links-style golf course in Lafayette. Always in great condition, with a friendly staff and good food.

For other golf courses in these areas and to book select tee times - Click Here


Horse Racing - 

For those that enjoy watching the Horses race and maybe placing a few bets can find two different tracks in this area. Both are owned and operated by Boyd Gaming, with one in Lake Charles and one in Lafayette. For those visiting Lake Charles wanting to see a race can go to Delta Downs just west of downtown Lake Charles. The other, know as Evangeline Downs, can be found just North of Lafayette. As well as Horse Racing both locations also have a full service hotel and casino

Hunting - 

Hunting is available in the Lake Charles and Lafayette areas during Hunting Season and does require a license to do so. In the Lake Charles area you can hunt for deer, dove, quail, rabbit, squirrel and turkey. you can also hunt and trap beaver, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, river otter, red fox, raccoon, and skunk. Ito find Hunting Guides and more information on hunting in the Lake Charles area you can do so by - CLICKING HERE

To find a guide for hunting near the Lafayette area is a bit more limited than the Lake Charles area. There are two guides just outside Lafayette with one for hunting duck and goose and the other for hunting quail. If you are interested in hunting for duck and/or goose that would be the expertise of David Smith Hunting. For those that want the expertise to go quail hunting should go see Louisiana Quail Hunting in the Bayou Tech Hunting Preserve.

Running -

For those of you that enjoy running whether it be in a marathon or just a 5k race and will be in the Lake Charles, Lafayette, or Baton Rouge areas can find a variety of races to run. Here we will highlight the next upcoming races in those areas. For more races in these areas of Louisiana throughout the year can check Running in the USA for a list of races that may be going on during your visit. The next race in Lake Charles is the 5k Mardi Gras Run on the River which will be held on Feb 14th, 2015. Just north of the Lafayette area in Carencro, LA is the Cherokee Chase 10K/5K Trail Run on Jan 31st, 2015. The next race in the Baton Rouge are is coming up real soon and is a two day race depending on the distance you want to run. The Louisiana Marathon will be held on Jan 17th with the 5K run and Jan 18th with the 10K Run



Stay tuned for Part 2 that will cover all the sports and sporting venues in the New Orleans, LA area.