I had the opportunity to enjoy extraordinary golf, savor the flavors of awesome local restaurants and meet some very nice and hospitable folks.
I was hooked, ready to sell the house in Toronto and settle down in one of the tidy, frame houses painted deep blue or bright yellow that hang on the edge of the tiny harbours that still dot the coastline.
That feel-good vibe, which wraps both the course and the entire village of Whistler, is as predominant as the surrounding coastal mountains that poke up on the horizon.
This is heathland country, a mix of spruce and birch groves, whin and purple heather, bracken as thick as steel wool and turf that springs with the trampoline bounce of an outlawed driver.
For avid golfers, those 12-hour shore leaves are made even better when you know you can bring your clubs along and play some of the most beautiful courses in the world.
The Georgia State Parks cover some 840,000 acres of diverse terrain and offer some of the best golf courses and golf values in the state.
The RTJ Trail currently includes 11 locations with 26 courses, spanning the entire state of Alabama from the Gulf of Mexico to the Tennessee border.
According to Fairways columnist Jim Deeks, there are plenty of things to see and do in Northern Ireland, even if you don’t take your golf clubs.
Where else could you find a Scotch Library, a Tequila Goddess and some of the best desert golf in the world just a short plane ride from home?