Golf for a cause
By : Wyatt Myers
There's an easy way to feel good about your golf game, even if your scorecard has more bogeys than birdies. Every year, some of North America's finest courses host tournaments that benefit charity. For the price of an entry fee, you can take your turn on the links while helping those in need.
5th Annual Loving Hearts, Caring Hands Golf Tournament
BlackHorse Golf Club, Cypress, Texas
Nov. 15, 2010
Entry Fee: $250
The MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the nation's premier centers, and their Chaplaincy Fund helps provide spiritual comfort and support to cancer patients in a nondenominational setting. All the proceeds from this tournament at the beautiful BlackHorse Golf Club outside Houston go to the Chaplaincy Fund.
Phoenix Children's Hospital Golf Tournament
McCormick Ranch Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Nov. 19, 2010
Entry Fee: $3,000 (per foursome)
In 11 years, this tournament has raised more than $2.3 million for the Phoenix Children's Hospital and become one of the premier charity tournaments in Arizona. With a major expansion under way, the hospital needs support now more than ever.
Pro Players Classic Golf Tournament
Terravita Golf and Country Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dec. 3-4, 2010
Entry Fee: $500
Stay in Scottsdale a few extra weeks, and you can play at the Pro Players Classic. This year, proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships to military personnel to attend the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Bob Hope Classic
Various golf courses, La Quinta, Calif.
Jan. 17-23, 2011
Instead of playing in a charity tournament, you can watch some of the world's best professionals and celebrities play in one of the world's most famous pro-am tournaments. Since 1960, the Bob Hope Classic has raised over $47 million for more than 190 local charities.
National Charity Pro-Am Championship
Boulder Creek, Las Vegas, Nev.
Feb. 21-22, 2011
Entry Fee: $495
The National Charity Golf Association, which was founded to support charities and help charities organize golf tournaments, holds its own championship tournament in Las Vegas each year. You can either qualify for this event through another tournament—or just come to watch some of the finest charity golfers in action.
Book your trip today! Visit www.aa.com, call American/American Eagle reservations at 1-800-433-7300, or call your travel agent for more information.