Unlimited Golf Packages at Luxury Resorts in Mexico, Florida and Puerto Rico

Casa Velas (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
Golf lovers rejoice this fall at Mexico’s Casa Velas resort, featuring unlimited golf, daily spa credits, city tours and more. With the package, guests enjoy unlimited time on the turf at Marina or Vista Vallarta’s championship golf courses. The 18-hole Marina Vallarta course offers 6,701 yards and a par 71 layout designed by Joe Finger. Vista Vallarta, a short drive from the hotel, has two courses. The easier Jack Nicklaus 18-hole course is a par 72 with 7,073 yards with grassy hillsides, a dense forest of Palm and giant Ficus trees and natural creeks. The Tom Weiskopf course, also 18 holes, is a par 72 with 6,976 yards and a more extreme terrain of dense jungles, deep ravines and swift creeks. Additional discounts include $30 USD spa credit per adult per night, 10% off at the Resort Boutique, and a guided City and Shopping Tour or Cultural & Tequila tour. Nightly rates start at $190 per person per night, based on double occupancy. At Casa Velas luxury accommodations, gourmet meals, premium liquor and wine, 24-hour suite service, use of the fitness center facilities, WIFI, taxes and gratuities are included in a single price. $55 cart fee is not included. For more information on Casa Velas, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit http://www.hotelcasavelas.com.

 

Golf at PVIC

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (Ponte Vedra, FL)
Set amidst lush landscapes and Atlantic beachfront shores, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club invites golfers to put themselves to the test on its two championship 18-hole golf courses with its new Unlimited Golf Package. Designed in 1928 by famed British architect Herbert Bertram Strong, the Ocean Course is a par-72, 6,811-yard course, with 99 strategically positioned sand bunkers. A par-70 course, the 6,022-yard Lagoon Course was co-authored by two design geniuses – Robert Trent Jones with the front nine holes in 1961, and Joe Lee with the back nine holes in 1977. In 2007, Bobby Weed fully restored the layout, including new tees, fairways and greens, routing changes on several hotels, new turf standards, improved irrigation and drainage, and a greatly enhanced landscape theme where water is a dominant feature on 11 holes. The resort complements its golf offerings with newly-refreshed oversized guest rooms and suites, most overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The luxury resort also offers nine restaurants, bars and lounges ranging from gourmet to casual; 15 Har-Tru hydro tennis courts; three oceanfront pools; and a 30,000 square foot luxury spa. The Unlimited Golf Package is available for two guests per reservation and starts at $259 per night. Cart fees are not included. For more information or to make a reservation, call 888-839-9145 or visit www.pontevedra.com.

 

 

El Conquistador Golf

El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village, Waldorf Astoria Resorts (Fajardo, Puerto Rico)

For an unforgettable golf experience, El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village, Waldorf Astoria Resorts in Puerto Rico, offer an Unlimited Golf Package for golfing aficionados on the Island of Enchantment. To kick-start the day, complimentary breakfast is included before hitting the resorts’ renowned Arthur Hills designed 18-hole golf course. With the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean and El Yunque Rainforest as its backdrop, the 6,800-yard par 72 championship course boasts perfectly manicured links on rolling hills lined with swaying palms. When not on the course, golfers can enjoy luxurious spa treatments at the Waldorf Astoria Spa; relaxation or watersports on the resort’s 100-acre private island; thrills at the state-of-the-art seaside Coqui Water Park; and more. Nightly rates start from $289 at El Conquistador Resort and from $349 at Las Casitas Village with the Unlimited Golf Package, including golf fees per paying adult. For reservations or more information, please call 1-888-543-1282 or visit www.elconresort.com and www.lascasitasvillage.com.

Legacy of Spain’s 2022 Ryder Cup Bid will help promote female a & disabled golfer participation

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Legacy of Spain’s 2022 Ryder Cup Bid will help promote female a & disabled golfer participation
As a key cornerstone to its legacy of hosting The 2022 Ryder Cup, Spain aims to use the enhanced profile, awareness and investment of the biennial event to help increase the country’s female and disabled golfer participation levels.  
The Royal Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG) intends to change the way golf is perceived in order to inspire the next generation of players and boost development and participation levels.
As part of its 12-year ‘Ryder Cup Plus’ strategy, the RFEG will continue to invest in the game, to address some of the specific aspects raised by both female and disabled golfers, such as flexible playing options, access to facilities and coaching opportunities.
Jorge Sagardoy, General Secretary of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG), said: “We are committed to increasing golf participation levels among female and disabled golfers.
“The Ryder Cup’s universal appeal provides a huge opportunity for the country to raise interest and awareness of the game and to encourage more people to enjoy golf.
“Already, over 30% of our members are women, which is a much higher proportion than other leading Spanish sports such as football or basketball. If we are successful in our bid, we aim to use the ‘2022 effect’ to help increase female membership levels to more than 40%.
“Research has shown that, as young female players progress through the age groups, golf can feel intimidating and inaccessible, but the RFEG aims to counter this by introducing a girls-only competition for 6 – 16 year olds. The concept has already been successfully piloted in Madrid and as part of our ‘Ryder Cup Plus’ strategy, all regional golf federations will implement the scheme over the coming years.”
In addition, Spain’s ‘Ryder Cup Plus’ plan will also see increased investment aimed at attracting more disabled golfers to take up the game should the 2022 Match come to Catalunya. This would complement the already established Spanish Adaptive Championships, which attracted 29 competitors from across the country in 2015 and continues to see participation levels increase each year.
Jorge continues: “The Adaptive Golf Committee in Spain has already successfully set up 33 schools across the country for disabled individuals. These schools run specialised golf tuition courses, which are led by qualified professionals and help to support learning and progress.
“We will continue to invest in schools and learning facilities to help encourage more people to play and enjoy this great game.”
Ryder Cup Europe will announce the successful host nation in Winter 2015.
Find out more about our bid: www.costabravabarcelona2022.com

RORY MCILROY RETURNING TO CHAMPIONSHIP FORM

 

RORY MCILROY RETURNING TO CHAMPIONSHIP FORM

Napa, California, September 23, 2015 – An early commitment for the October 14-18 Frys.com Open at Napa Valley’s Silverado Resort and Spa, Rory McIlroy played well in last week’s BMW Championship, tying for fourth with rounds of 68-65-67-70 for 270, 14-under par, at Conway Farms near Chicago.

It was McIlroy’s best performance since injuring his left ankle in early July, which kept him out of tournament play for nearly two months. It was his seventh top-10 of the season and first since the U.S. Open Championship in June. Currently ranked No. 2 in the world, McIlroy is 11th in the FedExCup standings going into the Tour Championship, the 2014-15 season finale on the PGA TOUR.

McIlroy, 26, a four-time major champion from Northern Ireland earned his way into this week’s playoff final in Atlanta primarily by winning the World Golf Championship Match Play at Harding Park in San Francisco in March and the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte in May. He is expected to be a favorite when he makes his debut in the Frys.com Open this fall.

“We are going to have a very impressive field,” said Frys.com Open Tournament Director Jeff Sanchez. “We are expecting some additional star players to join us at Silverado Resort and Spa for the season opening tournament. TOUR members have until Friday, October 9th at 2 p.m. Pacific to confirm their entry into the tournament.”

Several other players committed to opening the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season at the Frys.com Open also are competing this week, including Rookie of the Year candidate Daniel Berger, 2013 U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose, 2014 Memorial Champion Hideki Matsuyama, and 2014 McGladrey Classic Champion Robert Streb, as well as several FedEx Cup contenders – No. 18 Kevin Kisner, No. 20 Scott Piercy, No. 22 Paul Casey and No. 23 Brandt Snedeker.

For tickets and more information, visit www.frysopengolf.com

About Frys.com Open
The Frys.com Open is the lead tournament on the PGA TOUR’S FedExCup schedule. Launched in 2006, the Frys.com Open is an official PGA TOUR golf tournament benefiting many local and national charities that are working to improve the lives of others. Title sponsor Fry’s Electronics is a privately owned retailer with 34 nationwide locations headquartered in San Jose, California. More information is available on FrysOpenGolf.com or onFacebook and Twitter.

Solmar Hotels & Resorts Announces Expansion

 

Solmar Hotels & Resorts Announces Expansion Along Los Cabos’ Pacific Coast with

Announcement of Exclusive Rancho San Lucas Community
Los Cabos, Mexico (September 24, 2015) – Dating back to the early 1970’s, the Solmar group has pioneered Los Cabos tourism, starting with the original 20-roomSolmar Resort and ultimately expanding to a five-resort group with the completion of its most luxurious property to date, Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, in 2015. Now, the brand is excited to announce further expansion along the destination’s Pacific coast with Rancho San Lucas, an exclusive, residential resort community.
The high-end, coastal resort community built on 835 acres of gentle, sloping oceanfront property, is set to break ground in December 2015 with the first phase of the master planned community expected to open to the public in late 2017. Rancho San Lucas plans to feature luxury homes, two resorts including Grand Solmar Rancho San Lucas, dining and shopping options, a Greg Norman-designed 18-hole golf course and more, all inspired by Mexican-Spanish architecture.
“We are excited about the expansion along the Pacific coast, said Ricardo Orozco, Vice President of Operations for Solmar Hotels & Resorts. “Its such a great location that not many tourists are aware of yet and the perfect spot for a second Grand Solmar resort.”
Located on Baja California’s most exclusive and private beach, Solmar Hotels & Resorts offers guests privacy while still being able to enjoy the excitement of downtown Cabo San Lucas. The collection of five all-suite resorts offers guests the highest quality of service and hospitality. Within the past year, Playa Grande Resort and Spa as well as Solmar’s All Inclusive Resort and Beach Club were awarded the RCI Gold Grown Resort Award. Additionally, TripAdvisor recognized Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa among TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards. The property was ranked 8th among the Top 25 Hotels in Mexico and received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.  Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort additionally ranked 5th among the “The Best Beachfront Hotels in Los Cabos” by USA Today.  Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort was also recognized by Travel + Leisure ranking 2nd among the World’s Best Family Travel Hotels in Mexico, and 99th in the Top 100 World’s Best Hotels.  For more information about Solmar Hotels & Resorts, visit www.solmar.com, follow us on Twitter @SolmarResorts, Instagram and Pinterest and visit our Facebook page.

Fall Savings At Kingsmill Resort in Virginia

 

‘You’re Away’: So Maybe You Should Get Closer to the Green and Save Some Green

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – September 24, 2015 – Golf is not like riding a bike; you have to keep at it to do it well. Shorter days and cooler weather are not excuses. So if you don’t like being told you’re away,” it’s time to get closer to the greens at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia.

While there are many golf courses in the United States, few are on former battlefields and sacred ground. At Kingsmill Resort, the only AAA Four Diamond condominium resort in historic Williamsburg, golfers literally walk in the footsteps of the Jamestown settlers and soldiers of the American Revolution and Civil War. The grounds are also home to the LPGA Kingsmill Championship held in May.

Not only is fall and early winter weather ideal for golf at Kingsmill, but the resort is also tailored for families, friends and foursomes traveling together with its new four-bedroom cottages on the James River, as well as one- to three-bedroom condominiums with kitchens and spacious living areas.

Right now, Kingsmill is offering a number of packages for golfers of all ages and skill levels, including children (Kingsmill is a family-friendly golf resort).

For starters, the Unlimited Golf Package offers the best of Kingsmill’s golf experience starting at $209 per person per night based on double occupancy for two nights and includes unlimited rounds of golf on the River and Plantation courses, breakfast, use of a golf cart, complimentary transportation to local attractions, accommodations and full resort access.

The Signature Golf Package offers one night at $189 per person based on double occupancy, and golfers are treated to a breakfast buffet and 18 holes of golf on the River or Plantation courses. If you are bringing an army of four, sign up for the Foursomes Golf Package. Accommodations in a three-bedroom condo for two nights, limitless rounds of golf – with cart – on the River and Plantation courses, and complimentary use of the driving range, fitness center and pools are included for a starting rate of $510 per person.

Golfers who need R&R after a day on the course may opt to take advantage of Kingsmill’s riverfront location and amenities: a brand new fitness center and spa, on-site restaurants, tennis courts, fishing, and indoor/outdoor pools.

Restrictions apply, check www.kingsmill.com for details. For more information, visit www.kingsmill.com for specific details or call (800) 832-5665.

Kingsmill Resort is an AAA Four Diamond condo resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Located on the James River off I‐64 between Richmond and Norfolk, the property is within minutes from Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

For more information, visit www.kingsmill.com for specific details or call (800) 832-5665.

San Diego a familiar host for 2016 Golf Industry Show

Lawrence, Kan. (Sept. 22, 2015) – The annual Golf Industry Show will be held in San Diego for the third time in the past seven years, with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) focusing on key issues ranging from water conservation to advocacy. GCSAA will also recognize its annual award winners, including Herb Kohler, recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award.

The 2016 Golf Industry Show (GIS) will carry the theme “Everything Under the Sun” and be held Feb. 6-11 at the San Diego Convention Center. The show kicks off each year with the GCSAA Golf Championships, followed by four days of an innovative education and trade show event designed for golf facility owners and managers, including the association’s 17,500 members, as well as for the industries that market to those facilities. The GIS was also held in San Diego in 2010 and 2013.

“San Diego is one of our most popular destinations for the Golf Industry Show, and our industry partners and members look forward to going back time and time again,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. “This is truly the place to be if you are in the golf management field, as a golf facility owner or an industry partner.”

More than 500 exhibitors are expected, with most coming from the four sectors of equipment, turf applications, golf carts and accessories. The next events are scheduled for Orlando in 2017 and San Antonio in 2018.

“The Golf Industry Show consistently provides a valuable opportunity for industry minds to come together to exchange ideas and strengthen relationships,” said Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager for Syngenta. “Our team is proud to partner with GCSAA to support turf education and honor the hard work that makes this industry so great.”

In addition to offering programs for industry professionals, the GIS also reaches students through the annual Collegiate Turf Bowl, a highlight of the week for hundreds of future industry professionals who test their classroom and field knowledge as part of a team representing their school. A team from Pennsylvania State University is the defending champion.

The GIS is presented jointly with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), along with supporting organizations: the Golf Course Builders Association of America, the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the National Golf Foundation and the United States Golf Association. For more information, visit www.golfindustryshow.com.

About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Golf Industry Show
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) presents the Golf Industry Show annually. It is an innovative trade show designed for the owners/operators of golf facilities, and the professional members of the golf course and club management industries. Featuring the always-popular Answers on the Hour and Tech Tips, as well as the largest exhibit floor in the industry, the event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course superintendents, owners/operators, general managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders.

The Golf Industry Show is presented jointly with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), along with supporting organizations: the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and the United States Golf Association (USGA).

 

Superstroke Golf Signs Deal With Sergio Garcia

SUPERSTROKE GOLF SIGNS MULTI-YEAR EQUIPMENT DEAL WITH SERGIO GARCIA,
LAUNCHES STAFF AMBASSADOR PROGRAM WITH TOP PGA PROFESSIONALS AND INSTRUCTORS

 

Sergio Garcia joins No. 2 ranked golfer in the world Jordan Spieth, along with Jason Dufner and Victor Dubuisson on Team SuperStroke PGA Tour athlete roster.

Recruitment of top PGA Professionals and instructors complement existing Team SuperStroke athlete roster playing SuperStroke grips on Tour.

 

WIXOM, Mich. (Sept. 16, 2015) – SuperStroke, the leader in oversized grip technology and the most popular oversized putter grips on the PGA Tour, today announced a multi-year equipment deal with Sergio Garcia, the No. 10 ranked golfer in the world. As part of the partnership, Garcia will play a SuperStroke Ultra Slim 1.0 grip on his putter and SuperStroke TX1 club grips on his irons, wedges and woods.

 

“Sergio has consistently been one of the most exciting players on tour, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the SuperStroke family,” said Dean Dingman, President of SuperStroke Golf. “SuperStroke remains committed to bringing innovation and technology to its grips. Any type of golfer, amateur or professional, can benefit from playing our grips.”

 

While Garcia has been working with SuperStroke to test its comprehensive grip lineup for several months, he officially made the switch to SuperStroke’s TX1 club grips on Tour prior to the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews in July, where he finished in a tie for sixth place. Garcia has consistently been playing a SuperStroke grip on his putter since 2013.

 

“There’s nothing more important than feel when it comes to selecting a golf grip,” said Garcia. “SuperStroke gives me confidence in every shot and putt I take. I look forward to seeing how this latest enhancement to my game will help me achieve even more success.”

 

During his professional career, Garcia has recorded 24 professional career wins, including eight PGA Tour and 11 European Tour victories. He has appeared in seven Ryder Cups, where he boasts an impressive 18-9-5 cumulative record. Other career accolades include being recognized as the 1999 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year, 2008 Vardon Trophy winner and 2008 Byron Nelson Award winner.

 

Garcia joins current Masters and U.S. Open Champion Jordan Spieth on the Team SuperStroke athlete roster, which also includes Jason Dufner, Victor Dubuisson, as well as PGA legend and pre-eminent putting instructor Dave Stockton. Beyond its well-known, high-performing roster of brand ambassadors, SuperStroke has been helping the best players in the world post better scores and improve their putting and ball striking. More than 125 professional golfers have used SuperStroke grips on their respected tours and this number continues to grow. In most weeks on the PGA Tour, approximately 30 players use a SuperStroke putter grip.

 

SuperStroke Staff Ambassador Program

To further expand its reach to inform and educate golfers about how the right equipment can help them “Play Better” and improve their overall golf game, SuperStroke announces the grip company’s newly created SuperStroke Staff Ambassador program consisting of some of the top PGA Professionals and instructors at the most prestigious courses in the U.S.

 

SuperStroke has already recruited more than 30 PGA Professionals and instructors, including Bob Ford of Seminole Golf Club and Oakmont Country Club, site of the 2016 U.S. Open. Other notable SuperStroke Staff Ambassadors include Rich Tock of Erin HIlls Golf Course, Derek Brody of Inverness Club, Cary Cozby of Southern Hills, Dave Henson of Flint Hills National Golf Club and Brian Manzella of Brian Manzella Golf Academy, to name a few. The full roster of SuperStroke Staff Ambassadors, which continues to grow weekly, will soon be featured on the brand’s website at www.superstrokeusa.com with a dedicated webpage for each member.

 

“We are honored to have such a talented and respected team of professionals representing SuperStroke,” said Dean Dingman, President of SuperStroke Golf. “Golfers are always looking for a competitive edge, whether that’s a new piece of equipment that can deliver immediate results or advice from a trusted expert. This program is designed to deliver both.”

 

As part of their exclusive membership in the program, SuperStroke Staff Ambassadors will be fully outfitted with SuperStroke putter grips and SuperStroke TX1 club grips for their irons, wedges and woods. In addition, SuperStroke will utilize this knowledgeable group of golf experts in an advisory role in the development, testing and creation of future product.

 

SuperStroke Putter Grips

SuperStroke’s patented parallel technology design allows for even pressure in both hands, eliminating wrist movement in the putting stroke. This helps the golfer swing the putter more freely, making it easier to use the big muscles in the arms and shoulders, and minimizes one hand dominating the other. SuperStroke grips are long lasting and extremely shock absorbent. They are designed with a high-tech polyurethane material featuring cross traction technology that improves feel and tackiness. Combined with SuperStroke’s patented parallel technology further increases consistency.

 

SuperStroke TX1 Club Grips

SuperStroke TX1 Club Grips are comprised of two premium rubber compounds, proprietary to SuperStroke Golf. The specific compounds emerged after testing 90+ formulations during the prototyping process, gathering and implementing feedback from Professional Golfers, and an extensive testing protocol. SuperStroke TX1 Club Grips are covered with our signature Cross-Traction surface texture, which is molded into the grip during the production process. The quantity and placement of the texture was designed to provide excellent moisture wicking with the comfort and security golfers desire.

 

For more information on SuperStroke, visit www.superstrokeusa.com or check us out on Twitter (@SuperStrokeGolf), Instagram (SuperStrokeGolf) and Facebook (SuperStroke Golf).

 

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Announces Golf or Gourmet Escape Packages for late-fall & winter

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Announces Golf or Gourmet Escape Packages for late-fall & winter with up to a 45% savings over peak season rates

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – Kiawah Island Golf Resort today announced special fall and winter “stay-and-play” or “stay-and-dine” packages.  Kiawah’s “Golf or Gourmet Escape Packages” provide great deals for staying at the resort and either playing golf or dining in its award-winning restaurants with up to a 45% savings over peak season rates.

“Whether you’re a golfer or a gourmet, this fall or winter is the time to get away to Kiawah Island Golf Resort,” said Tom Bewley, the resort’s Sales and Marketing Director.  “Guests can pick their passion with the Golf or Gourmet Escape allowing a choice of luxury golf or culinary experience while staying on Kiawah Island Golf resort in a private Villa or the luxurious Five-Star Sanctuary hotel.  To make this deal even sweeter, guests staying in The Sanctuary will receive valuable resort credits, room category upgrades, late checkouts and arrival amenities for three or four night stays,” explained Bewley.

From November 15, 2015 to March 3, 2016 guests on the resort’s “Golf or Gourmet Escape Package” have their choice of accommodations (Sanctuary Hotel or luxury villa) plus either two rounds of golf, two dinners, or one of each.  Guests have the option of the “Champions Choice” or “Players Choice” packages depending on their taste in restaurants or courses.

Champions Choice

Nightly accommodations and your choice of either:

  • Two rounds of golf at any golf course (including The Ocean Course)
    or

  • Dinner for two at any restaurant (including The Ocean Room or The Atlantic Room)
    or

  • One round of golf (any course) and one dinner (any restaurant)

Sanctuary $400/night*

Villa $300/night*

Players Choice

Nightly accommodations and your choice of either:

  • Two rounds of golf at Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Cougar Point or Oak Point
    or
  • Dinner for two at Jasmine Porch, Tomasso or Cherrywood BBQ
    or

  • One round of golf (Turtle/Osprey/Cougar/Oak) and one dinner (Jasmine/Tomasso/Cherrywood)

Sanctuary $300/night*

Villa $200/night*

EXTEND YOUR STAY AT THE SANCTUARY AND RECEIVE**:

  • 3 night stays receive a one-time $100 Resort Credit.
  • 4 or more night stays receive a one-time $200 Resort Credit, a two room category upgrade based on availability, a late checkout (3pm) and an arrival amenity.

20% Spa discounts also available.  Please call for details.

*Rates are based on availability for a Sanctuary garden view room or a one bedroom scenic view villa. Sanctuary room upgrades available at an additional cost.  Tax and villa resort fee additional.  Offer valid 11/15/15-3/3/16; blackout dates include Dec 11, 12 and 31. Minimum night stay may apply. Not valid for groups or special events and cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.

**Extend Your Stay rewards are only valid for Sanctuary reservations (not Villa) and nights must be consecutive.

For more information on Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s “Golf or Gourmet Escape Packages,” go to www.GolforGourmet.com or call 800-654-2924.

Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S.  Kiawah Island was named the No. 1 island in North America and No. 2 island in the world by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine in its latest “Readers’ Choice” poll. In addition to Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, the resort manages close to 400 private villas and luxury homes, nine restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has five championship golf courses, including the world-famous Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 PGA Championship.  It has also been named the site of the 2021 PGA Championship.

For more information on the resort, visit www.kiawahresort.com or call 800-654-2924. Visit www.kiawahgreen.com to learn more about Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s environmental commitment.

Inaugural Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship Finishes With Much Fanfair

Accor Vietnam World Masters Participants.
Accor Vietnam World Masters Participants.

Danang, Vietnam, 15 September 2-15 — Almost 100 club golfers from 12 countries contested the inaugural Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship in Danang, Vietnam from 7 to 12 September.

The week-long tournament for players over the age of 35 included 4 rounds of Championship golf, nightly social and entertainment events as well as touring the region’s popular attractions and tourism experiences.

Golfers played 2 rounds at both the Greg Norman-designed Danang Golf Club and neighbouring Montgomerie Links. The Competition was segregated into divisions based on age and handicap.
The gross champion in the ladies’ division was Robyn Tait from Song Be in Vietnam. Playing off a handicap of 3, Robyn had rounds of 80, 83, 80 and a final round of 76. Kim, from Song Gea was the stableford winner, scoring a 4 round total of 150 points, the best of the tournament.

The mens’ 60+ B grade was keenly contested and after four rounds 3 players were tied on 140 stableford points. Hong Kong’s Jean Paul Cuvelier won on a countback, ahead of Datu Chuah Kim Seah and Felix Go, both from Wack Wack in the Philippines.

Vietnamese golfers performed well with Jonathon Tait (Song Be), Khan Nguyen (Van Tri) and Vinh Lam Hoang (Sky Lake) winning their divisions, while Tony Briffa (Headland) and Tim Gilder (Peninsula), both from Australia, were the other major winners.

Results for all players and photos from the tournament can be viewed atwww.vietnamworldmasters.com

Half of the participants came from Australia and New Zealand. The Philippines and Vietnam also had large contingents. Players also travelled from the USA, Canada, Hungary, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and India.

First time travellers to Vietnam, Ronnie and Wendy Triffitt from Australia loved Danang: “I really enjoyed the links design of Danang GC and the greens were so pure. The Montgomerie course was a little more forgiving and the conditioning of the course couldn’t be faulted. We were glad we stayed at the Pullman Danang which is located on a beautiful stretch of beach frequented by surfers. The resort staff were so nice to us. Wendy was a non-golfer and she enjoyed the organised day tours and cooking classes and meeting the other partners. Hoi An is just magic and we loved the fabulous Vietnamese cuisine.”

Pablo Soon from the Philippines has competed in tournaments all over the world and rates the Vietnam World Masters among the best. “I think Danang is perfect for golf holidays and we were spoilt with the event organisation and hospitality this week. The downtown is just beautiful and we enjoyed the restaurants and bars. We are already locked in to come back next year.”

The Accor Hotels Vietnam World Masters is a joint initiative between Australian-based Go Golfing, hosts of the world’s biggest tournaments for club golfers, and Golfasian, Asia’s largest inbound golf tour operator.

The second annual Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship returns to Danang from 4 to 9 September 2016. For event information visit www.vietnamworldmasters.com

CELEBRATE FALL AT SUN VALLEY RESORT WITH GOLF PACKAGES, FESTIVALS, AND MORE

Sun Valley

CELEBRATE FALL AT SUN VALLEY RESORT WITH GOLF PACKAGES, FESTIVALS, AND MORE

From Mountain Biking and Hiking, to the Sun Valley Jazz Festival and Annual Trailing of the Sheep, Autumn Calls Visitors to the Idaho Mountains 

Sun Valley, IDSeptember 8, 2015 — Fall has arrived in Sun Valley and with it comes glorious days perfect for exploring the area, whether it is cruising the miles of buffed-out singletrack trails on a mountain bike, hiking through spectacular fall foliage in the surrounding mountains, hitting the links on one of Sun Valley’s three stunning courses, or simply relaxing at the Spa at Sun Valley.

In addition, the Ketchum region boasts a variety of events to satisfy all types of travelers ─ from jazz aficionados to literary enthusiasts and western history buffs, complete with world-class lodging and amenities at the completely reimagined Sun Valley Resort.

Sun Valley’s fall offerings include:

Fall Golf Packages: Recognized by Golf Digest as one of top 75 courses in North America, Sun Valley Resort is offering two fall packages for stays beginning this month. Trail Creek, Sun Valley’s signature championship course, spans a sweeping 6,968 yards and affords a full complement of stream carries and ominous bunkers. The alpine links–style, nine-hole White Clouds course offers 3,600 yards of play, with 360-degree views of the Wood River Valley and incredible views of the surrounding mountains. The Elkhorn Course, a semi-private course, showcases one of the last collaborations between the father-son duo of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr. Packages include:

Aspen Glow Golf Package: Includes one night’s lodging and 18 holes of golf anytime from September 8 through September 27. Stay at the new Sun Valley Lodge for $229 per person, double occupancy, or at the Sun Valley Inn for only $184 per person, double occupancy. Package includes cart.

Golden Eagle Golf Package: From September 28 to the end of the season, enjoy 18 holes of golf and one night’s lodging at the new Sun Valley Lodge for $166.50 per person, double occupancy or at the Sun Valley Inn for $124, per person, double occupancy.

September 10-12/Earnest Hemingway Festival: This year, the Earnest Hemingway Festival will focus on a theme of “Hemingway at the Edges,” exploring the many ways in which Hemingway pushed boundaries ─ in the wild places he visited, in the writing style he crafted, and in the political realms and conflict zones he investigated. The Festival includes a dynamic range of scholarly presentations, group discussions of Hemingway’s work, and guided visits to local Hemingway sites. Visit www.visitsunvalley.com/events/ernest-hemingway-festivalfor more information.

October 7-11 / “Trailing of the Sheep”: The 19th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival honors and celebrates the history, heritage, and culture of sheep ranching in Idaho with storytelling, art, culinary events, championship sheepdog trials and, of course, the sight of thousands of sheep being herded through the streets of Ketchum. Visit www.trailingofthesheep.org/ to learn more.

October 14-18 / Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival: Now in its 25th year, the Sun Valley Jazz Festival arose out of a deep love and appreciation for jazz music, continuing to delight festival goers from all fifty United States, every Canadian province, and dozens of foreign countries. With five straight days of live music, the festival showcases more than 40 bands playing Vintage Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Zydeco, Blues, and more. In addition to live music, attendees enjoy free dance lessons, an amateur dance competition, and the Afterglow Dinner and Big Band Dance. Visit www.sunvalleyjazz.com/ to learn more.

Guests can also experience the modern lodging and amenities at the reimagined Sun Valley Lodge and brand-new destination spa. The renovated Lodge offers more spacious guestrooms ─ now 94, down from 148, and many doubled in size ─ with modern comforts and amenities, including expansive bathrooms with walk-in showers and soaking tubs. The Spa at Sun Valley offers 15 treatment rooms, a world-class fitness center, full-service beauty salon, yoga studio, and year-round heated saline pool.

Guests of Sun Valley Resort enjoy a myriad of amenities, including 13 restaurants, 45 holes of golf, the 18-hole family-friendly Sawtooth Putting Course, 17 tennis courts, outdoor skating rink, outdoor swimming pools, and world-class shopping, along with access to the Sun Valley Playschool, horseback riding, the Sun Valley Gun Club, and more.

For accommodations, or for more information, please visit Sun Valley Resort at www.sunvalley.com or call 800.786.8259.

About Sun Valley Resort

Founded in 1936 as America’s first destination ski resort, Sun Valley Resort in the Idaho mountains is a four-season resort. Perennially ranked “best of” by major international ski, golf and travel media, outdoor adventure enthusiasts enjoy championship-level skiing, snowboarding, skating, hiking, biking, golf, fishing, shooting, concerts, shopping, world-class restaurants, and conference and special event space, ranking Sun Valley above other destination resorts for its array of active pursuits.   Sun Valley is a member of the Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Snowbasin Ski Resort, Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, UT), The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, CA, Little America Flagstaff, AZ, Little America, WY, and Little America, Cheyenne, WY.

Sun Valley is served by Hailey’s Friedman Memorial Airport  (SUN). Sun Valley Resort is located 14 miles from the resort and is easily accessible from the gateway cities of San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Salt Lake City (SLC), and Denver (DEN). All Sun Valley Resort guests receive complimentary roundtrip airport transportation.

For more information about Sun Valley Resort:  www.sunvalley.com, 800.786.8259.