Today, I am thrilled to announce an exciting series coming to The World of Deej.
Every spring, the PGA Tour makes its way through the Sunshine State, with a series of events that has come to be known as The Florida Swing. The Tour visits some of the most renowned golf courses and resorts around the state of Florida, and the tournaments are among the most popular of the year.
Being a lifelong Floridian, and a lover of all things golf and hotels, I wanted to do my own version of this annual tradition which I'm calling Deej's Florida Swing. Original, I know...
Over the next 5 weeks, I will be featuring some of the finest resorts around the Sunshine State, many of which play host to the real life Florida Swing. If you love hotels, golf, or Florida, you'll want to stick around, because this promises to be one exciting series. If you don't love any of those things, well...actually, never mind because that's not possible.
Where I'm Going
Deej's Florida Swing will have me criss-crossing the state, from the panhandle to South Florida, and everywhere in between. Here's a preview of where I'm headed...
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
This jewel of the panhandle combines two things that are quintessential Florida...Golf and the Beach. Sandestin also formerly hosted the annual Boeing Championship on The Champions Tour.
Close to the mayhem of Orlando's theme parks, yet far enough away to find some solitude, the Reunion Resort offers three of the most challenging courses in Central Florida. And with designers named Palmer, Nicklaus, and Watson, what's not to like?
Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Arnold Palmer's Orlando outpost needs little introduction, and promises to be one of the highlights of Deej's Florida Swing. Bay Hill is home to one of the PGA Tour's most prominent events, appropriately named for "The King" himself.
A mainstay among Florida's great golf resorts, Innisbrook hosts the annual Transitions Championship. I'll hope to break 90 on the famed Copperhead course, but I wouldn't put money on it.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Opened in 2009, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando was the first resort to carry the storied name outside of Manhattan. I've eyed the Rees Jones designed course many times from the window of my hotel room, and know to take plenty of golf balls.
How to Follow Along
In addition to the many great articles coming to this site, you can tag along with Deej's Florida Swing by following me on Facebook and Twitter. There will be plenty of live posts from each resort, and Twitter users can keep up by searching #FLSwing.
Deej's Florida Swing is the most exciting project I've ever undertaken on this site, but it will also be the most challenging. Round after round of golf at some of Florida's most difficult courses, combined with grueling visits to one lush resort after another, will surely exact a heavy toll on me. However it is for you the reader that I willfully accept this challenge, and I have no doubt that I'm equal to the task.
~Insert Dude-like Closing Here~