An October getaway on the Alabama Gulf Coast begins with golf

by Mac Lacy 13. October 2010 04:17

I was invited to join a good friend, Ron McConnell, and others from the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau for dinner and a round of golf during their annual Slice and Hook program for meeting planners during a getaway to the Alabama Gulf Coast.

We joined their group of 20 or so meeting planners for dinner at Felix's Fish Camp overlooking Mobile Bay. These planners from across the country who were in town to do some fishing, play golf and check out the meeting facilities in the Mobile area. I took the chance to reacquaint myself with two downtown properties that handle a lot of the city's convention delegates, the Renaissance Riverview Plaza and the Renaissance Battle House Hotel and Spa. The Riverview has been completely remodeled in the past several years and the Battle House was a restoration of one of Mobile's grand old hotels. They both look great and give Mobile more than 600 first-class rooms across from its convention center.

I played golf with the group the next day at the Falls Course at Magnolia Grove, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. I joined Ron, Bill Tunnell with the U.S.S Alabama battleship, and Kent Blackinton, the general manager of the Riverview Plaza. Paul Martino, the director of golf there, told me they have just re-opened the Falls course after extensive redesign. The Crossings course was also re-designed and in total, $12 million has been spent making these two layouts a bit more friendly to average golfers. They're still exceptional, but there are fewer shots into elevated greens. The greens are also larger and have less undulation.

We had our BankTravel Conference here in 2006 and it was good to see so many of the industry people who worked to make that meeting a success.

The Falls Course at Magnolia Grove included gorgeous fall-colored marshes on many holes

Bill Tunnell putted while Ron McConnell and Kent Blackinton looked on

The 18th on Crossings features a new lake since its re-design

We joined the Mobile group for a dinner at Felix's Fish Camp on Mobile Bay

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