Friday Deals: Honoring our military over Labor Day Weekend

Valencia Golf and Country Club is just one of hundreds of Florida golf facilities participating in Patriot Golf Day.

Going against the grain a little today in the Friday Deals, but this twist is worth your time—not to mention a great way to spend Labor Day weekend.

If you’re looking to play golf, do it in conjunction with the sixth annual Patriot Golf Day. It’s actually an entire weekend, from today through Labor Day, with golfers nationwide asked donate a minimum of $1 for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a terrific outfit that provides scholarships for children and spouses of military killed or disabled while serving.

In other words, a deal for our heroes.

More than 400 Florida golf courses and off-course golf stores are recognizing Patriot Golf Day in a variety of ways, check this list for a facility near you—or one down the road that you’ve been wanting to play.

Call ahead and ask what Patriot Golf Day specials are available. A quick search of my social media channels this morning turned up a 100 percent match of donations at the World Golf Hall of Fame box office in St. Augustine. Valencia Golf and Country Club in Naples is also matching 100 percent of donations, plus free greens fees for all active and retired military. And that’s just two places out of hundreds.

PGA Professional Dan Rooney, a former F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, is the founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation. Major Rooney has served three tours in Iraq.

“We have lost so many soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice. America can come together in the spirit of golf and have a dramatic impact,” Rooney said. “We have an opportunity to make a difference for the families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

More deals

Turnberry Isle Miami has a package for a full weekend of game-sharpening, led by PGA Teacher of the Year Gary Knapp, running every weekend through Sept. 30. Priced at $880 for two guests, the deal includes eight hours of instruction over two days and two rounds of golf on the resort's two 18-hole courses. Accommodations are available with nightly rates starting at $119. For more information, call 305-933-6929 or visit their website.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort: Free night with purchase of two consecutive nights. Call 866-657-7271 and mention code "FREE3."

Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami has a package starting at $119 per person (double occupancy) that includes rounds on the Red, Gold or Jim McLean Signature Course plus unlimited replay rounds (with cart fees), an introductory golf clinic from the Jim McLean Golf School and more. Deal runs through Oct. 7, then goes to $219 from Oct. 8 to Dec. 21. Course upgrades to the TPC Blue Monster or Great White Course are available for a surcharge. For more information or to book, call 800-71-DORAL or visit their website.

Through the end of the year, the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Beach Club is offering a Stay and Play package including a round of golf and privileges at the private Serenata Beach Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, with complimentary shuttle transportation. Free shuttles are also available to and from historic downtown St. Augustine. The package starts at $184 per room, per night for one golfer and $259 per room, per night for two golfers. Call 888-740-7020 or visit the resort’s website.

Perdido Key is offering up to $200 in American Express gift cards for visitors through Sept. 30, register at its “You Play” website before Sept. 10. Lost Key Golf Club and Perdido Bay Golf Club are ready and waiting for you.

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