With the beginning of college and professional football seasons, Tailgating at football stadiums is a time-honored tradition and sacred ritual for many RVers across the country. For some, golfing nine or 18 holes is the perfect way to round out that perfect weekend.
Tailgating is the custom of gathering in an RV outside the stadium before the game. Usually, fans of the same team enjoy BBQs, beverages, and socializing. As a result, this pre-game ritual is so pervasive that National Tailgating Day is officially observed the first Saturday in September. Its usually the beginning of the college football season. However, visit any stadium for a home game in the fall and you would believe that day is National Tailgating Day.
Round Out Your Weekend
Before or after the game, some RVers take advantage of the golf courses available near some college campuses. Some courses I’ve visited were at Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, and Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman, WA.
Carved into a broad expanse of rolling hills on the WSU campus in Pullman, is Palouse Ridge Golf Club, one of America’s finest public-access courses. This majestic 7,308-yard layout features undulating dunes and plenty of bucolic scenery. In South Bend, the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame is a classic links design. It features square tee boxes, undulating greens, and thoughtfully-trimmed native grasses. A public facility, Warren Golf Course rivals even the best private courses in the region. A series of campgrounds are also in Pullman and South Bend.
These are just a sample of the many great public golf courses available near most college campuses around the country. Furthermore, the next time you go tailgating visit the local courses to round out your sports-filled weekend.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.