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Golf Gulf Shores (AL) Snowbird Specials, Contest Winners Announced


Golf Gulf Shores (AL) Snowbird Specials, Contest Winners Announced

SEC football is the gift that keeps on giving, especially for University of Georgia fan Karen Perkins.

Perkins of Atlanta won a pair of tickets to the Dec. 3 SEC Football Championship game between LSU and Georgia at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for winning the SEC Championship Ticket Giveaway Contest, conducted by Golf Gulf Shores and Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism.

The fantastic contest, based on which SEC fan has the best Team Spirit, was conducted on Golf Gulf Shores’ Facebook page.

Perkins posted a photo showing her with knife and fork in hand, prepared to eat a small, stuffed Tiger on a plate in her kitchen. The photo can be seen at

No. 1 LSU defeated Perkins’ Bulldogs, 42-10, to win the SEC title and will now face No. 2 Alabama in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9, 2012.

The contest is one of several programs planned by Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism as result of their sponsorship of the Southeastern Conference, announced earlier this year.

Snowbird Winter Ideas and Other News from the Gulf Shores Golf Association:

Beat the winter blues with a Gulf Shores golf vacation: One of the best ways for snowbird golfers to avoid Old Man Winter is by heading south, and no destination offers a better cure for the winter blues than Gulf Shores, Alabama – a 32-mile stretch of Gulf Coast beach that offers mild off-season temperatures.

Gulf Shores is such a popular winter destination all nine of Golf Gulf Shores’ member courses offer extended-stay winter specials specifically designed for snowbird visitors. Interested golfers can either call each course directly or visit each course’s website for more information on specific programs.

“Golfers love escaping winter’s cold and vacationing here on the Gulf Coast, where the winter weather is very pleasant,” said Duncan Millar, executive director of Golf Gulf Shores. “There are other reasons Gulf Shores is the perfect winter golf destination, including the attractive rates on our nine courses, great food and beverage options and countless area activities.”

Besides great golf, there are many other reasons why Gulf Shores was named a Top 10 Best Winter Retreat by Yahoo Travel. Here are five more popular ways to beat the winter blues in Gulf Shores:

1.     Bar Hopping: There are plenty of bars in Gulf Shores, all of them welcoming. A great place to spend a post-round afternoon chatting with your buddies and locals.

  1. Eating Out: Restaurants abound in Gulf Shores – serving every kind of food and clientele – and there are wonderful choices near all nine golf courses. Fresh seafood is king, especially the locally caught Gulf shrimp called Royal Reds.
  2. Gulf Fishing: Head out on an early morning charter for Bull Redfish and tee it up afterward.
  3. Shopping Around: Gulf Shores features plenty of local boutiques and galleries, not to mention major outlets like Foley and Tanger.
  4. Polar Bear Dip: Costume-clad participants in this New Year’s Day tradition either wade or slide into the Gulf of Mexico, then head to The Hangout restaurant for an afternoon of food, fun and football on TV. Play an early morning round and join them at noon.

Check out the below "starting-at" package prices for family, buddy trip and couples getaways – including  all taxes and fees – from  a few of Golf Gulf Shores’ accommodation partners. Each is valid through Feb. 26, 2012.

Sample rates listed on start as low as $73 per golfer, per night (based on a group of four). Packages are customized for each group, and can include golf on any of nine golf courses, and stays in a wealth of condos and hotels with Gulf or
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