FORE! A golfing vacation

Marcel O. - Occidental Vacation Club1I consider myself very fortunate. I live and work in the Dominican Republic and spend much of my time in Punta Cana where there are plenty of great opportunities to golf. My role takes me all around the Caribbean to great resorts and great golf courses. Even with all that, one of my favorite vacations is (you guessed it), golf, golf and more golf.


Each year a group of my golf buddies and I get together for a golf trip. Before we even leave we are counting down to the excursion. Three weeks. Two weeks. One week. We even shop for the perfect attire; making sure to match our socks with our belts. It can be a bit extravagant.


For six years, our tradition has been to go to a great location and play a round of golf every day for seven days. Sometimes we even play two rounds the same day. We tee off early enough to go for 36 holes on many days.  And certainly, by the time we get to the 19th hole we are reliving the first 18 holes all over again…which certainly makes it seem like we have played two rounds at the end of the day.


Most years we have gone to Myrtle Beach, SC to be challenged with the great courses that the area is known for – TPC Myrtle Beach, Barefoot courses, among others. This year, however, we changed the destination to Florida and tackled a course at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando and Copperhead Course in Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club near Tampa. We also played on some other great courses, such as Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course and the Reunion Resort’s Palmer, Nicklaus and Watson courses. Whether it’s a Fazio-designed or Nicklaus-created course, no matter what, we are there to have fun and challenge the course.


We are setting our goals high as we start planning next year’s trip and the next.  Our group hopes to get to destinations like Pinehurst, or maybe England, Ireland and…Scotland…where it all began.


This may not be the Masters, but it certainly is the best “tournament” ever to a group of guys from the Dominican Republic.  We are already counting down to next spring!


PS:  handicap 2, wishing to be 0 hcp, one day!!!

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Hawaiian Wedding 2007

My husband had been an RCI subscribing member for many years before we met. We used the unit at his home resort a few times, but after our engagement on Feb. 14, we decided to go to Hawaii for our wedding...We stayed in Kona for 4 days before island jumping over to Maui for a week. Both resorts were wonderful. Two days before flying back home to Virginia we got married on the beach. Just us, the minister, a photographer, and two sea turtles who crashed the ceremony. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. Almost two years later we are beginning to plan another vacation through RCI, this time to Walt Disney World for our new son.


- Russell K. from King William, VA

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Florida Vacations - Bay Lake Tower @ Disney's Contemporary Resort

Bay Lake Tower at Disney is ideally located next to Disney's Contemporary Resort, just outside Magic Kingdom Park. Bay Lake Tower offers a distinctive modern design balanced by a warm and inviting decor with the feel of an urban boutique hotel. An enclosed sky bridge connects this property to Disney's Contemporary Resort-with a wide array of shopping and dining options. Relax at Bay Lake's sandy white beach or enjoy some parasailing, fishing or cruising on your own rental boat. The Monorail is next door. Visit the Top of the World Restauant/Lounge to view the Disney Property.

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Florida Trip 2008

Went to Orlando, Florida with my family and an extra person my daughter invited. We stayed at a beautiful resort (Buena Vista) about 3-5 miles away. The place was breathtaking with beautiful furniture, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It had a patio overlooking the pool area. We visited Walt Disney World (Magic Music Days), Universal Studios (Indiana Jones), Epcot (restaurants), and Busch Gardens (fun screaming rides) in Tampa and Daytona beach (awesome). We were so exhausted by the end of the week but we didn't want to waste any time. We had a very memorable time which we will never forget and we still talk about it even today. The best part was the wonderful weather and lots of shopping to do. RCI made it happen...

- Rosanna G. from Kennewick, WA
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Christmas in Orlando

I chose to take my daughter and one of her friends to my resort in Orlando, Florida during her Christmas break. I was a little apprehensive as it was our first time being away from home during the holidays. My apprehension turned to excitement as soon as we drove in to the resort!! One of my and my daughter's favorite things about Christmas is the joy we get out of decorating for the occasion and the resort was so festive...we even had a tree in our room.

Universal Studios and Walt Disney World were so close we decided to visit both!! All of the people at the resort were so nice and accomodating.

On Christmas day we decided to go to the beach. We found a lot of really neat shells and right before we left there was a rainbow!! Thanks to RCI and life's simple pleasures we had a very memorable vacation!!

- Stacy C. from Elizabeth, IN
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Florida 2004

We took our large number of Points and scheduled three units in Daytona Beach, FL for our family over New Year's week. It was a blast. We had a nice unit on the beach and a wonderful swimming pool that we really enjoyed. We visited Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center and Walt Disney World. Both were within about an hour's drive. Nice resort and warm temperatures. It was great.

- Brian H. from Salt Lake City, UT
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