On TOUR: The West Coast Swing & Tampa too

On this Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share my love of travel with you. The past three weeks I’ve been traveling to some of the top golf destinations in the U.S. and loved every second of it! From Torrey Pines to TPC Scottsdale, it was incredible to experience some of the best stops on the PGA TOUR.

The TOUR tends to schedule multiple tournaments in a particular region of the country and at the start of 2017, we kicked things off with the West Coast Swing — a series of 5 tournaments all out in the western part of the United States.

I was fortunate enough to get out to Torrey Pines in San Diego, as my first stop on the West Coast Swing. And let me tell you, it was the most beautiful golf course I’ve ever see with my own eyes.

Unique, in the fact that it is, arguably, the top municipal course in the world — Torrey Pines is laid out on the cliffs of San Diego, gifting you the view of the Pacific Ocean at every turn. The sunsets here took my breath away and the photos don’t even begin to capture Torrey’s beauty.

A week later I jetted back out west to the Waste Management Phoenix Open — checking off the event on my sports bucket list.

WMPO is unlike any other golf tournament there is. It is one giant party and people flock to TPC Scottsdale for a week of fun, golf and concerts. Even people that aren’t golf fans find themselves having a blast in the desert.

The main attraction: the 16th hole — it’s the only hole in golf completely surrounded with stadium-like seating. Thousands pack into “the coliseum” to ruthlessly cheer or boo the top golfers in the world. Let me tell you, it gets rowdy.

On Wednesday, prior to the tournament, the Pro-am brings through celebrities of all kinds — who have come to cherish the unique experience that is the 16th hole. It was hands-down the coolest Pro-am experience I’ve ever had and made the two red-eye flights in the span of one week totally worth it.

The highlight of my day, aside from going live with Bubba Watson and Mark Wahlberg from the 16th, was my interview with the most decorated Olympian of all-time — Michael Phelps.

It’s not everyday you get to interview someone of that magnitude in the sports world, and it’s definitely rare to have a DJ on the tee box at a golf tournament.

Up next on the PGA TOUR after it’s stint out west, is the Florida Swing. A series of three (used to be four) tournaments in the state of Florida.

I got a head start on the FL Swing this past week, though, driving over to the Tampa area to visit Southern Hills Plantation Club. And it actually turned out to be one of the most unique courses I’ve been to in Florida yet. It’s very rare to have any sort of elevation change down here and “Southern Hills” definitely stays true to it’s name.

With undulation much like we are used to back in the Midwest, the Pete Dye design gives golfers a break from the flat terrain of the Sunshine Coast. You see it’s unique qualities immediately as you drive on to the property — the beautiful white-pillar plantation-style clubhouse sits high atop a hill in the distance, greeting you as you arrive and giving you a hint of what you are about to experience.

The private club is definitely worth a visit if you can get a member-guest invitation.

I’m so excited that 2017 is now in full-swing and that my adventures On TOUR are just getting started! I’ll keep you up-to-date throughout the year on my travels, right here on my blog. So stay tuned!

About Teryn Gregson

Teryn Gregson (formerly Schaefer) is an award-winning journalist, golf presenter, on-camera host, wife and blogger. Connecting with golf fans world-wide, Teryn is best known for her role as a broadcaster for the PGA TOUR.