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Looking for a good value in golf this fall or winter? Try the Alabama/Florida coast.

The golf is well above average. Weather conditions are usually pretty nice in the late fall and early winter. You can stay right on the beach, and there are lots of terrific dining and entertainment choices. It's fairly easy to get to with airports in Pensacola, Fla., and Mobile, Ala. (as well as New Orleans). And you can get all this on the cheap compared to most other golf vacation destinations.

Having just returned from the area a couple of months ago, I can attest to all of the above, and you can currently book group packages that include golf and overnight stays for as little as $61 a day per golfer. For example, a group of four can rent a two-bedroom condominium right on the Gulf of Mexico for as little as $244 a night, and it includes a round of golf for a foursome.

The setup makes for a great buddy trip or inexpensive family vacation. Throw in a fishing excursion, and you're really got something.

The list of golf courses is pretty good as well, including what many consider to be former U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate's finest design, Kiva Dunes. Other courses available as part of the packages include Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend at Craft Farms; Glenlakes Golf Club; Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club; Rock Creek Golf Club, TimberCreek Golf Club; and The Golf Club of the Wharf.

For more information or to book a package, visit www.golfgulfshores.com.