By Torleif Sorenson on 11/29/12
I tend to follow trends because... well, I'm a trendy kind of guy.
(Insert snorts of derision and cackling laughter here.)
At any rate, one trend I am noticing is how golf courses around the warmer parts of the nation (read: Not where the ZIP codes start with 0, 1, or 5) are using golf for Christmas toy drives.
The concept is pretty simple: Bring a new, unwrapped toy (or a financial contribution in some cases) to a participating golf course... and get a reduced green fee.
In Las Vegas, such drives are underway at Angel Park, Legacy Golf Club, Painted Desert, Stallion Mountain, and Las Vegas Golf Club. In Missouri, LedgeStone Golf Club is offering free green fees on Sundays through Thursdays (through December 22) with the donation of a new toy.
The moral of the story is: Not only is it more blessed to give than to receive, but for the next month, providing a toy to a less-fortunate child could also result in a great excuse to go play golf.
So, oobers, it is not a bad idea to keep a few extra toys alongside your clubs in the trunk of your car. YMMV.
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Around SE Michigan it is a turkey drive prior to Thanksgiving. Bring a 12+ pound frozen turkey for a free round of golf on a designated day in mid-November.
Some of the courses here do the same thing, bkuehn. Weather-permitting, they actually have it the weekend before Thanksgiving.
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