Talking GolfGetaways, Ep. 25: Up the Fun Factor by trying something new on your next golf trip
The 19th hole at Michigan’s Forest Dunes, the perfect cap to a round.
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Talking GolfGetaways 25: Up the Fun Factor by trying something new on your next golf trip


We hope this episode of “Talking GolfGetaways” will be a primer for planning your next great golf trip. Following up on a conversation about the difference between fun golf and crazy golf back in Episode 3, hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch now dive into a variety of alternatives to traditional scorekeeping — ideas to spice up your next golf getaway or buddy trip with competition and creativity.

We talk “actual” 19th holes at destinations such as Streamsong and Forest Dunes; embracing two-man-team alternate shot; how to get your caddies invested in “friendly” matches; playing “Winner Picks the Tee” to increase hole variety (a suggestion from Episodes 11-13 guest Michael Keiser Jr.); and how to finish a 50-hole marathon at Bandon Dunes in style with a double-dip off the 13th tee (with putter and wedge) on Bandon Preserve.

In addition, we raise the question: Which clubs would be your weapons of choice for a Three-Club Scramble tournament?
And we suggest everyone consider an Ultimate Golf-Travel Match: Make every hole count over a weeklong (or longer) golf trip, like Darin did this summer when he bested his nemesis, Joe Sas, in a 198-hole rollercoaster match contested across the Pacific Northwest’s best courses — including Tetherow, Pronghorn, Gamble Sands and Chambers Bay — closing him out 3-and-2 on Bandon Dunes’ signature No. 16, their 196th hole of the journey.

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The GolfGetaways crew of Darin Bunch and Mitch Lauarance have decades of golf travels and adventures to share, which they do here at GolfTripX, on their "Talking GolfGetaways" podcast.

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