Posts by Pat Welch

Combining A Family Vacation With A Masters Tournament Package

Regardless of your love for the sport of golf, the current fact is that you probably do not have as much time in your regular life to play. In fact, it is estimated that fathers have only about 2.6 leisure hours to spend on sports activities for the week and that is hardly enough time to do 9 holes, much less 18. Mothers have even less time. Unfortunately, you may also find that your family may not as enthused with the sport as there are only about 5 percent of the population below 30 years of age who play at all. However, when you are planning your family vacation, it might be a good time to combine your love of golf with family time.

So if you want to have your golf fix for the year with a 2016 masters package while catering to the non-golf needs of your family, consider the following points for having a combination holiday.

Make the best of it

The place to begin might be to ensure that you commit to the 14 days of vacation time that the average American gets per year but often does not use. For your vacation with the family, planning in this case is paramount. It is best to select a vacation planner who not only has the experience, enthusiasm and willingness to meet the needs of your family, but can find you an affordable all-in-one golf vacation.

Select a package that takes care of the hotel reservations, golf course reservations and transportation. A good package will also provide the necessary information for attractions and sites that your family can get to while you are off golfing.

Make the effort

The playing of golf is declining with an average of 137 courses, in the U.S., closing each year. One of the drawbacks to learning golf is that it can be a difficult, time-consuming sport in the face of more easily accessible and cheaper forms of entertainment that can be had on the latest tablet or smart phone. However, it is possible to plan, with the tournament package that you get, lessons for your family members, especially the little ones who might not yet be so set in their video playing ways. 

Doing so can help to foster an appreciation for the sport and may even foster another enthusiast like yourself. However, this should only be done if your package includes well trained supportive staff who are also committed to help saving the game and can do so while making it interesting and fun for the family.

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Sporting Goods Stores Too Pricey? Try Military Surplus For Your Camping And Hiking Gear

If you like to camp and hike, you’ve probably learned pretty quickly that the gear necessary to enjoy your hobby can add up to a lot of money. If you’re finding sporting goods stores are charging more than you can afford for camping and hiking equipment, why not try military surplus? Here are eight types of items you can easily find at military surplus stores or from suppliers online.


Real wool blankets are quite expensive, and while they aren’t as high-tech as some of today’s blankets, they can be just as desirable. Old military wool blankets have survived numerous washes, so you know they’re sturdy.

They can be cool to collect too, as suppliers often carry blankets from armies around the world. Popular blankets include those from Switzerland with the recognizable white cross on a red background and the Czech army’s two blue stripes.

Army blankets can be super affordable, so grab extras for your pets, your car, or your summer house.


Individual army tents meant to thwart mosquitoes are perfect for hike-in campers. They’re ultra lightweight and pack up in their own sacks. They’re easy to assemble, and you can use them with a sleeping bag or with a cot if you’re car camping.


Tarps are another common military surplus item. They make perfect rain flies for tents, but you can also use them as picnic blankets or for covering gear tied to your roof or an open trailer.

Emergency Kits

Emergency kits are a military surplus mainstay. You can find them already filled with sewing or medical supplies, or you can create your own. Add bandages, scissors, wound care, and the like, plus whatever emergency medications you might need, and you’ll be thanking yourself if you run into trouble far from civilization.

Mess Kits

Bringing cooking and eating supplies from home is bulky and risky if you lose something in the bush. Instead, use a military mess kit that nests all the pieces inside each other. You can find plates, cups, cutlery and cooking gear without too much trouble.

Storage Containers

If you’ve ever had your camping trip ruined by insects, critters or a bad storm, you know how valuable good storage is. Try a military fiberglass storage container to banish ants, raccoons, and rain. These are perfect for car or trailer camping trips.


Military backpacks are meant to take a lot of abuse and come with a host of hooks, loops, flaps, and pockets for all your gear and accessories. More modern packs are relatively ergonomic in their design, so they are more comfortable for long periods of use. If you buy a military backpack, you’ll likely have it for years to come.


Military surplus suppliers offer a wealth of clothing and accessories:

  • cargo pants
  • vests
  • sweaters
  • jackets
  • watch caps
  • gaiters
  • boots
  • gloves
  • capes
  • watches

Try some of these items on your next trip to keep warm and protected from the elements, which was their original intention.

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Boat Storage Made Easy: Simple Tips

There’s a popular saying among fishermen and avid boaters: “Make friends with someone who owns a boat, but never own one yourself.” Simply put, owning a boat can be time consuming and expensive.

One of the ways, however, that you can minimize the cost of owning a boat is to make sure you store your boat properly. These steps will show you how:

Step # 1: Motor Maintenance

Preparing your outboard motor for an idle season out of the water should be your primary boat storage concern:

  • Fresh Water Flush: you can achieve this process with a large container of fresh water or a flushing attachment. The least expensive and most efficient method though is probably the former. Start by filling up a plastic, heavy-duty, 55 gallon trash barrel with freshwater. It’s important to position the trash barrel so that you can lower your motor into the container after you’ve filled it with water.

  • Run to Empty: gasoline can corrode hoses, fittings, and other integral components of your motor. Thus, when you flush your motor, you should run the engine until it runs out of gas. To ensure that you get every last drop of gasoline out of your lines, you should shut off the gasoline supply near the end of the process to create positive pressure in your fuel lines.

  • Hot Oil Change: the last time that you have your boat in the water for the season, you should change your oil and oil filter while the engine is still warm. Changing the oil while everything is still hot makes it more likely that particulates and other detritus is viscous, which makes it more likely for the gunk to drain when you pull your oil plug.

Step # 2: Protection

Many boaters don’t have the luxury of storing their boats in a garage or covered carport.

  • Keep Under Wraps: unless you’re able to store your boat in a draft-free, completely enclosed environment, you should always keep your boat entirely under wraps. Boat lift covers and other tight-fitting covers are your best option. The key to covering your boat is to make sure that everything from bow to stern is covered snugly. Bungee-cords or tow straps will help keep your cover in place.

  • Scrub your Hull: even gentle boating can put stress on your hull. From water deposits to soot accumulated during the towing process, it’s important to give your hull a good scrubbing before storing your boat. A coarse bristled brush dipped in a simple solution of one gallon of water mixed with two tablespoons of dish soap makes the scrubbing process efficient and relatively easy.

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5 Great Reasons To Charter A Fishing Boat

People who are passionate about fishing understand that it is a unique activity that creates a challenge while bringing people together. There are many reasons to charter a fishing boat. Here are five of them. 

Birthday Party

Surprise your favorite fisher with a birthday celebration on board a chartered fishing boat. Choose from a deep sea fishing expedition, a day on the lake, or trying your hand at fishing for tuna. Invite a few of the birthday person’s best friends, and you have a birthday party to be remembered forever. 

Bachelor or Bachelorette Party

Do you know a bride or groom to be who either loves fishing or has always wanted to try it? Bachelor and bachelorette parties based on getting wasted are becoming a thing of the past. Today’s couples are looking for a good time with friends and family that they will actually remember and that won’t cause a hangover the next morning. 

A chartered fishing trip is great for a bachelor or a bachelorette, but it is perfect when the two parties are combined. Bridesmaids and groomsmen will get to know each other while they enjoy being outside and engaging in some lighthearted competition over who can catch the most fish. End the party by consuming your catch with a cookout on the beach. 

Family Bonding Time

Fishing is an activity that people of all ages can enjoy. That makes it a great way for grandparents, teens, young children, moms and dads to spend time together. Kids will find that fishing is a skill they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. 

Charter a fishing boat, and leave the smart phones behind for a day of laughter and time together. 

Romantic Adventure

A fishing expedition for two can be a romantic date for any couple. Whether you have been married for years or have just begun dating, fishing can be relationship building activity. It is also a great time to connect or reconnect through conversation and sharing. 

Retirement Celebration

Send a group of retired buddies on a fishing trip together. A day out fishing makes a good gift for a recent retiree. It is an opportunity to embrace a new life without work and to make memories that may just become tall tales for future generations. 

There is something special about fishing. It is a time to bond with friends and family as well as accomplish personal goals. Charter a boat from a company like Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Inc to discover the joys of fishing. 

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How to Mount Awning Brackets on the Side of an Enclosed Trailer

Enclosed trailers can be converted to campers. The wide open space inside allows you to place things where you want them, but the inside can become a little cramped once you put in all the things you need and want. You might have to go outside sometimes if you want a quiet place to relax. Installing an awning on the side of the enclosed trailer can give you a place to relax while escaping the hot sun and gentle rains of summer. Here is how you can install brackets onto the side of your converted enclosed trailer to hold your awning up.

You Will Need

  • Awning Installation Kit
  • Duct Tape
  • Marking Pen
  • Measuring Tape
  • Putty Tape
  • 3/4″ x 3/16″ bolts W/ nuts and washers
  •  ¼”  x 2″ hex screws
  • Drill
  • 3/16″ Drill Bit

Install Awning Rail

The first thing you should do is place markings where you are going to mount the awning rail at the top of the trailer. You are going to want the rail a few inches below the top of the trailer. Take your measuring tape and place a mark three inches down from the top every 8 to 10 inches—this will help make sure that the rail is completely level all along the side of the trailer. Place the awning rail against the trailer; you can use duct tape to hold the rail in place while you screw it to the side of the trailer. You will want to place screws about every 6 inches along the rail. You should put some putty tape between the back of the bracket and the trailer if you want to make sure rain water doesn’t drip down along the outside wall of the trailer when it is raining. Attach the sliding arms to the awning frame and then slide the the fabric end of the awning into the rail before you attach the top mounting brackets to the trailer.

Install Brackets

The top brackets are located on the upper arms of the awning frame. Drill 3/16″ holes through the middle of the awning rail and trailer, then secure the top brackets in place using 3/4″x 3/16″ bolts with nuts and washers. Place the bottom brackets along the floor line of the trailer. Mark where you want to install the brackets and drill 3/16″ pilot holes where the screws are going to go. Place the bracket into position and secure it in place using two ¼” x 2″ hex screws (a hex screw has six sides on its head). Connect the inner arms to the lower brackets. For assistance, talk to a professional like Camping World of Ocala.

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