Experiencing the KIA Classic

By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Events
March 29, 2013

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If you know me, you know that our family lives on a golf course!  I have been golfing and love it, but I have never attended a live LPGA event.  However, I did this past week – the KIA Classic.  My family and I were invited to Carlsbad to stay in the gorgeous Park Hyatt Aviara Resort.  During our trip, we visited the KIA Classic and LEGOLAND.  KIA is the official sponsor of the Professional Women’s Golf Tournament, so attending the KIA Classic was a pretty awesome thing!

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At the KIA Classic, there were KIAs everywhere!  Plus, displayed at the event was the KIA Cadenza, not yet released.  It is a gorgeous car and I so badly wanted to get in and check out the interior.  Fingers crossed we have that opportunity in the future.  As a part of the KIA Classic Event, we had the opportunity to drive the 2014 KIA Sorento from our home to the event.  I love that car and will be sad to see it leave next week!

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As we arrived at the KIA Classic, we were given autographed pictures of professional golf pro, Michelle Wie.  They were not only autographed, but personalized for each member of our family.  We loved it!

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The Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Course was gorgeous!  It is the only coastal California course designed by Arnold Palmer and features a memorable layout: par 72 over 18 holes and 7,007 yards uniquely sculpted around rolling hillsides, native wildflowers, and plenty of bunker and water challenges.  Hole after hole, the Aviara Golf Course will stimulate the senses with colorful flowers and flora.

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At the KIA Classic, we had the opportunity to watch the golfers practice on the putting green, tee off, and play the 18th hole.  Plus, on the 18th hole was the Kia Cadenza floating in the water.  That was so cool!!

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One of the things I love about blogging events is having the opportunity to connect with online friends I have known and grown with in the blogosphere in real life!  Not to mention the new friends I meet!  I had a great time hanging out with Jen from The Mom Reviews and Jasmine from Simply Real Moms.  I can’t wait to connect with them again soon!

A big congratulations goes out the to the winner of the KIA Classic – Beatriz Recari and thank you to KIA for an amazing experience!

KIA provided travel, hotel and accommodations for my attendance at the KIA Classic.
All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

19 Responses to “Experiencing the KIA Classic”

  1. The Mom Jen says:

    I think when we go back to the area next week we should play a round! LOL 😉 Great post! See you soon!

  2. Mary says:

    We just had the Bay Hill Golf tournament here in Orlando. So much fun!!

    Looks like you had a great time. 🙂

  3. Mariah says:

    Looks like it was a beautiful day for this fun event! My husband would have loved it!

  4. michelle says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun and looks like a beautiful course.

  5. What a fun event! And, look at the weather you had! Stunning!

    • Shannon says:

      It was a little overcast at first, but that made for awesome pics! The weather cleared up in no time and it turned out to be a gorgeous weekend. 🙂

  6. Amiyrah says:

    We pufffy heart Kia, and my husband loves golf, so going to the Kia Classic would be a family dream! I love all of your beautiful pictures and it looks like you had an awesome time.

    • Shannon says:

      We love KIA too! You have to check out the 2014 KIA Sorento, even if it means heading to the dealership and test driving one. So amazing! Seeing all the KIA signs at the KIA Classic was an awesome experience. 🙂

  7. mel says:

    What a truly awesome event! We love Kia here!! Our friend has one and it is such a fantastic car!

  8. Tami says:

    My friend’s husband would go crazy over this. He is a total Golf fanatic. I have to share this post with her. Looks like it was an awesome event. 🙂

  9. Michelle says:

    What a fun opportunity – especially meeting fellow bloggers face-to-face at a great event!
    Thanks for sharing your experiences!

    • Shannon says:

      I always love going to events and meeting fellow bloggers. It’s amazing the network of bloggers and friends that I’ve made since I started almost 5 years ago! 🙂

  10. […] the opportunity to test drive a gorgeous car (the 2014 KIA Sorento SX), visit LEGOLAND California, walk the grounds of the KIA Classic, and stay in the luxurious and family-friendly Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California. […]

  11. […] was first introduced to the KIA Cadenza at the KIA Classic a little over a year ago.  I remember thinking, “Wow, that is a gorgeous car!  When do […]

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