Win a legendary golf outing from Hilton HHonors

Win an epic golf outing from Hilton HHonors!Are you a golf fan looking for an epic escape with your buddies this year? Than you’ll definitely want to enter the Legendary Golf Getaway contest from Hilton HHonors, which could send you and seven of your closest friends, on a once in a lifetime golf outing.

The contest, which launched last week, will award one lucky winner a fantastic prize that will take them, along with their guests, to one of three Waldorf Astoria Resorts for four days of fantastic golf. The grand prize includes airfare for eight, lodging at the resort, complimentary tee times for three rounds of golf, and a clinic with the local pro. They’re even throwing in a $5000 Hilton Worldwide gift card and 100,000 Hilton HHonors points for the winner and 50,000 points for each of the guests.

The three resort options that are available to the winner include The La Quinta Resort & Club located in California, The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Arizona, or the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Florida. Each of these locations offers a world class golf course to challenge players and plenty of fantastic fun while away from the course as well.

The contest runs through September 5th with a grand prize winner being selected a few weeks later. Six first prizes will also be awarded as well, with those prizes consisting of a TaylorMade R11 Driver and 50,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points.

To enter the contest click here, and then start pairing down your guest list to the lucky seven you’ll take along on this legendary golf outing.

[Photo courtesy Fevi Yu via WikiMedia]

Mumbai golf – DIY golfing in the slums of India


ESPN produced this short documentary on golfing in Mumbai that is 1 part informative and 3 parts awesome. The story frames the dichotomous nature of Old Bombay by contrasting the two very different types of golf played in the city. One type is played at prestigious clubs for the elite like the Bombay Presidency Golf Club, and the other is played in the slums with DIY clubs and narrow driving lanes between shops. The latter, slum golf, is a challenging sport filled with urban distractions and “garbage penalty strokes” – a stark contrast from the serene driving lanes and ponds at a conventional golf course.

The story tells the tale of Anil Mane’s rise from caddying and golfing in the slums to making the professional tour in India. His sponsor, Venture Capitalist Ashish Kacholia, narrates this terrific documentary.

Mumbai Golf – ESPN E:60 from Evolve IMG Films Ltd. on Vimeo.

Golf tip: no need to yell “fore”!

golfPlanning to dash off to a warm spot this winter for a few rounds of golf? Well, if your ball is shooting toward the head of another duffer, you can comfortably keep your mouth shut. No joke: a judge has even weighed in on this.

According to the New York Court Appeals, Business Insider writes, “being hit without warning by a ‘shanked’ shot while one searches for one’s own ball reflects a commonly appreciated risk of golf.” Who knew golf was so risky?

So, take note: the next time you step onto a golf course, you’re taking your life into your own hands. Maybe it’s time to don a helmet for 18 holes?

[photo by chispita_666 via Flickr]

Bermuda’s Port Royal Golf Course hosts PGA

While many people celebrate fall, there are people like me who still long for warm summer breezes. That’s why Bermuda is such a popular destination for people in the Northeast. It’s no surprise that the PGA Tour chose to have it’s Grand Slam of Golf at Bermuda’s Port Royal Golf Course. With temperatures still in the high 70s on the island and a course that rivals the best in the world, Bermuda in October is a great place to watch some of the best golfers on the tour battle it out. It doesn’t hurt that you can have a perfectly made Dark ‘n’ Stormy right at the club.

David LaHuta, an expat living in Bermuda, took a tour of Port Royal and made a pretty entertaining video of his experience. Check it out below and be sure to read his accompanying blog post. Sure beats throwing on another layer of clothes on this gray New York autumn day.

Photo courtesy of David LaHuta.

Kensington Tours announces dream trips for sports fans

Kensington Tours, a travel company that specializes in private-guided adventure travel, has announced a series of tours that are guaranteed to be a hit with sports fans. These trips include VIP treatment for travelers, offering up luxury accommodations, access to glamorous events, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and of course, excellent seats at some of the most well known and legendary events in all of sports.

This Championship Series of tours includes options to attend events on three different continents, including jaunts to Europe for Wimbledon, the Ryder Cup, and the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco. In North America the events include a chance to attend the Masters golf or the U.S. Open tennis tournaments, as well as the Kentucky Derby, or the Super Bowl, while travelers to South America can opt to experience the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix in Rio.

Attending these amazing sporting events is just the beginning however, as Kensington has taken great strides to offer travel packages that ensure an unforgettable experience. For instance, some of the luxuries include helicopter transfers, police escorts, and guided tours of the host cities, as well as a chance to play a round of golf on some of the top courses in the world and get the opportunity to take a drive in a Ferrari. Upgrade options include private luxury boxes, limos, a private jet, and VIP access to behind the scenes activities as well.

While most of these sporting events are still months off, the Championship Series tours are already filling up fast. There is a reason why these events are so exclusive, and if you’re looking for the ultimate way to experience any of them, Kensington is here to provide that experience. For sports fans, these tours really are a dream come true.