Recently I've been really busy at work putting together Lehigh Valley travel packages for next year, and I got to thinking about which package I'd choose if I were traveling to the area. Since I'm a golfer, I'd probably choose the Lehigh Valley Stay & Play Golf package.

Given my job, I may be a bit biased, but this package really is great because it makes planning a Lehigh Valley golf experience easy. All I'd have to do is ...

1. Call the hotel to book my room. 2. Tell the hotel which participating course I want to play at and they'll set up my tee time. 3. Check into the hotel and pay for everything. 4. Hand in a voucher from the hotel at the course and hit the links.

Another reason I'd pick the Stay & Play package is because we got two new courses in the program for next year. They are both private clubs, but they're opening up their doors (or should I say greens) for this program only.

The first is Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville. I've played this one a few times and I must say that it is quite challenging. The course is super long at 7,090 yards. I would never consider walking this one, but I've seen people do it! It also offers an excellent all-grass practice range to warm up on.

The second, my former home club, is Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton. This is a fantastic course with a beautiful layout and awesome views. Speaking of views, I've seen lots of wildlife on the course, from deer, bear, tortoise, all kinds of birds, weasels and raccoons to name a few. The course boasts 6,683 yards from the gold tees but you need to be precise to hit the greens - most of them are pretty small.

Are you still playing this year or are your bags in storage for the season?