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Weekend Golf Road Trips

Aug. 1 2017, Published 8:21 a.m. ET

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The phrase “golf vacation” may conjure pictures of warm fairways on a tropic isle or heather-backed greens in Scotland, but it also recalls crowded airports, long security lines and lost luggage. Forget the plane. Rather, call your girlfriends, load up the car, and get out of town. The golf vacation of your dreams could be just up the road.

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We’ve put together a few maps of various metro areas, complete with course recommendations within a roughly two-hour radius of the center (including GEICO Save Your Green options, which offer a lot of bang for your buck). Leave Friday after work, golf the weekend and be home in time for dinner Sunday night, refreshed and ready for the work week. Use these as inspiration to plan your own road trip. Just don’t forget to go through our pre-trip checklist before you get rolling.

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Sawgrass Marriott


Access to legendary course + a beach club

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GEICO’s Save Your Green Option

Plantation on Crystal River

1hr 30min

The 27 holes of golf at this eco-friendly resort are fantastic, but it’s the chance to swim with manatees that got us. Book a villa with your friends and enjoy the great on-site spa and dining as well.

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Streamsong Resort

1hr 30min

Stunning natural golf + spa

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PGA National Resort & Spa

2hrs 25min

90 holes of Championship golf + luxury amenities

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Road Trip Checklist

Tire tread

Insert a penny into your tire’s tread with Lincoln’s head pointed down. If you can see the top of his head, you need new tires. Do not embark on a road trip with bad tires.

Tire pressure

Recommended psi will be indicated on a sticker inside the driver’s side door or in your owner’s manual. A quick stop by the air pump at the gas station will ensure you’re all set.

Washer fluid

Ensure your windshield-washing fluid is topped up.

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If you’ve gone more than 3,000 miles since your last oil change, check with your owner’s manual to make sure you’re not due. If your vehicle is approaching a scheduled maintenance appointment, get it out of the way before you leave.

Car phone charger

Don’t forget it


Driver’s license, proof of insurance, credit cards and all the rest of it. Now’s not the time to leave these things at home.

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Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

1hr 30min

Beautiful wine country course + top amenities

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Silverado Resort & Spa

1hr 30min

Wine + spa + golf = perfect

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Saddle Creek Resort


Bungalows + golf in the Sierra Nevada foothills

GEICO’s Save Your Green Option

GEICO’s Save Your Green Option

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Pacific Grove Golf Links

2hrs 15min

It shares a coastline with Pebble Beach, which is just six miles down the road, and its back nine provides similarly epic views, but while a round at the famed track will set you back north of $500, Pacific Grove costs just $45 per player, making this municipal course the best deal on the Monterey Peninsula. Use your extra green to enjoy the dining and accommodations in nearby Carmel.

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Full Service

Here are a few ways GEICO can provide peace of mind on your next road trip—and beyond:


Get affordable, quality coverage on car, motorcycle, or RV insurance, and more!

Emergency Road Service

For as little as $14 per year per vehicle, GEICO can send help for common roadside headaches, including: jumping a dead car battery, replacing a flat tire with your spare, delivering gas when your tank is empty, sending a locksmith if you’re locked out, and towing (not related to an accident).

Local Gas Prices

GEICO’s online gas station locator can help you find the cheapest fuel in your area.

Car Purchase

The GEICO Car Buying Service, powered by TrueCar, can help you get the best information and pricing on a new or used vehicle.

Mechanical Breakdown Insurance

GEICO offers extra protection for new or leased cars that are less than 15 months old and with less than 15,000 miles to cover mechanical repairs aside from normal wear and tear.

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