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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. 

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.

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