With the holidays upon us, many people will have time off from work, and planning a short trip - especially from the cold Northeast to the warm South - might be part of one's plans to ring out the old year and ring in the new.
With snow on the ground and temperatures the past few months not conducive to optimal outdoors activities like tennis or golf, heading to a lower latitude is probably the best way to avoid winter blahs and, so to speak, get back into the swing of things.
If golf is on the agenda, there are plenty of courses in the Southern states, especially the hot spots of Florida Alabama and Mississippi, so be sure to pack or ship your clubs and stock up on some premium golf balls to make your excursion not only enjoyable, but satisfying from a handicap perspective.
Another idea is to wait for the inevitable sales on golf equipment in January, where clubs, bags, shoes, caps and specialty items like distance golf balls will be on sale.
You can save, snatching up good deals by buying at the right time, then taking your gear down to the lush links of the sunny South.