[caption id="attachment_1270" align="alignright" caption="Coyote Crossing Course"][/caption] 2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard! Vacation, Relaxation, Fun; one image that comes into our heads is sand, sun and water. Locals travel south to find their peace and quiet, while adventure, history, the arts and entertainment, and more, can be found in our own backyard. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to 162 holes of championship golf and "stay & play" packages! Let's celebrate, it is March 23! Spring is here meaning our local golf courses are geared up for golfers to come and compete with their friends and family in the traditional sport of golf. My father, husband and father in-law are all avid golfers. They are competitive, yet enjoy just going out on the courses, hitting balls and having fun. They have shared that the courses in the area are enjoyable, yet challenging. My husband said golf helps him to unwind after a week of busy, stressful work and it gives him a chance to hang out with his buddies and relax. Our two great cities offer "Stay and Play" golf packages, that create an easy, three step process of booking a fun, golf getaway. First, golfers choose the courses where they want to golf. Ackerman Hills, Battle Ground Golf Club, Coyote Crossing, Elks Country Club, Harrison Hills and the Kampen Course are all participating golf courses who offer great rates for booking a "stay and play" package. The second step is picking the hotel that fits the individual or group's needs. Golfers can choose from the following hotels: Comfort Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn City Centre, Homewood Suites, TownePlace Suites, Purdue Union Club Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton. The last and final step is calling the hotel of choice and making the reservation. They will assist in booking tee times for all participants. Just remember the three step rule; pick your course, pick your hotel, call the hotel to book! We like to keep things simple and easy in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, to make your visit memorable and fun. For more information about our golf courses, packages and more please visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.