I had the pleasure this past weekend of heading down to Orlando, Florida to pop up shop at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Girl’s Championship at Championsgate Country Club. First of all, it was so nice to go down to the 85 degree weather, while the weather in Nashville is getting very winter-like. The journey started at 6:45 am sharp on a Friday morning and yes, I drove the whole way. You can ask anyone who knows me or my family and they will all tell you that we keep the road pretty hot. I am always down to go on a road trip, and most of the time I prefer itover flying. I don’t really know why. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I like to over-pack and bring way too many clothes. But hey, you never know when you’re going to need an outfit change!
My friend Hannah got to go with me on this journey and we had an absolute blast! We talked the entire way from Nashville, right until we hit the Florida line when we finally decided to turn on the radio. Having a travel buddy definitely makes the time go by faster.
When we FINALLY rolled into Orlando we got a quick bite to eat and what did we do next after driving all day? Hit the outlet mall of course. For those of you who have never been down there, Orlando has some of the best outlets and it’s imperative for you to go at least once.
The next day started at 5:45 am when we got ready and headed to the golf course. I absolutely loved it down there and it kind of held some special memories for me. When I was in high school and playing in junior tournaments, my dad took me down to Championsgate Resort to study with Dr. Bob Winters, a fabulous sports psychologist who specializes in golfers. He works with world renowned players like Michele Wie, Julieta Grenada, and Sandra Gal just to name a few. I remember Dr. Bob drove past Michele Wie while she was hitting on the range and she waved at me. I fan-girled just a little. I had the pleasure of making that trip a couple times with my dad and it is one of those father-daughter trips I will always cherish.
Any time I have a pop-up at a tournament it is a VERY long day. But it’s also a lot of fun. It gives me the opportunity to create a store front and bring it right to the girls. I wish I had something like that while I was playing in tournaments growing up! Not only does it offer the golfers a little something extra, but it gives their moms something to do while their daughters are warming up!
I love meeting all my customers and hearing where they are from, when they started playing golf, and really getting to know them personally. It is so neat for me to meet girls who have tagged me in their pictures on Instagram before. I love it!
Our tournament tour is coming to a close as the holidays approach, but I am excited to see what events we end up going to next year. I will be heading back down to Orlando next month for the PGA Merchandise Show and can not wait to see what that will hold.