Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Launches 2016 Spring Packages

Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Launches 2016 Spring Packages

 It won’t be long until the chill of winter gives way to the sunny feel of spring. And the perfect opportunity to welcome the season is with a few rounds on the incomparable Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Welcome to the sweet spot.

With 468 holes of championship golf on 11 sites across Alabama, you’ll have your swing working to perfection before you know it. Play the same courses where the LPGA plays in May and the PGA TOUR in July or venture across the Trail to discover new ones for yourself. From renovated courses along Mobile Bay to the 8,092 yard Fighting Joe course along the Tennessee River, the RTJ Golf Trail locations offer 26 challenging courses, friendly professionals and great values for Spring in 2016. 

Reserve your place in the warm Alabama sunshine online at www.rtjgolf.com or plan your trip with the RTJ golf reservations experts by calling 1.800.949.4444.

RTJ Spring Golf Specials for 2016

2 Days or More Special

Play one round of golf per day for two or more days with cart and unlimited range balls starting at $76 per day. Play a variety of the 26 golf courses along the RTJ Golf Trail or be bold and try them all. Ideal for golf groups looking for great courses and value in Spring.
Starting at $76 per person per day March 22, 2016 – May 24, 2016.

Spring Unlimited Special

Play unlimited golf with cart and unlimited range balls. How much golf can you handle in a one trip? Enjoy great weather and unlimited golf in Sweet Home Alabama.
Starting at $107 per person per day March 22, 2016 – May 24, 2016.
Valid at Ross Bridge starting at $199 per person per day March 22, 2016 – May 24, 2016.

 

Spring Swing for $134

Special includes one round of golf at Magnolia Grove, one round of golf at Lakewood Golf Club, cart fees and range balls. Magnolia Grove has hosted several LPGA tournaments in the past and is located in Mobile, Alabama, home of America’s original Mardi Gras and the cultural capitol along the Gulf Coast. The Lakewood Club’s two courses overlook Mobile Bay and are part of one of Marriott’s top resorts in North America. Lakewood’s new practice facility is scheduled to open in Spring 2016.
Valid March 22, 2016 – May 24, 2016.

 

Spring Magic for $199

Special includes one round of golf at Oxmoor Valley, one round of golf at Ross Bridge, cart fees and range balls. Ross Bridge is the fifth longest golf course in the world at 8,191 from the tips. Oxmoor Valley is one of the original Trail sites which opened in 1992 and is less than two miles from the Ross Bridge golf course and resort.
Valid March 22, 2016 – May 24, 2016.

 

Easter Special

Play unlimited golf with cart and unlimited range balls at every site, excluding Lakewood, for $107 per person per day.
Valid March 22, 2016 – March 29, 2016.

 

RTJ Locations – North to South

  • Shoals – Florence/Muscle Shoals – 36 holes of golf
  • Hampton Cove – Huntsville – 54 holes of golf
  • Silver Lakes – Anniston/Gadsden – 36 holes of golf
  • Oxmoor Valley – Birmingham – 54 holes of golf
  • Ross Bridge – Hoover – 18 holes of golf
  • Grand National – Auburn/Opelika – 54 holes – site of PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship
  • Capitol Hill – Prattville – 54 holes – site of Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic
  • Cambrian Ridge – Greenville – 36 holes of golf
  • Highland Oaks – Dothan – 36 holes of golf
  • Magnolia Grove – Mobile – 54 holes of golf
  • Lakewood Golf Club – Point Clear – 36 holes of golf.

Island Resort & Casino’s Sweetgrass Golf Club Rated a “Best U.S. Casino Course”

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(HARRIS, Michigan) – Sweetgrass Golf Club – an amenity of Island Resort & Casino here in the bucolic Upper Peninsula – was rated one of the nation’s finest in Golfweek’s “2015 America’s Best Casino Courses,” an annual compendium published last week and accessible via Golfweek.com.

You can read GolfBlogger’s Review of Sweetgrass here.

Sweetgrass and Island Resort & Casino are owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi. The course was designed by golf architect Paul Albanese of Albanese & Lutzke.

Hundreds of Golfweek raters examine overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety and memorability of holes, conditioning and maintenance, landscape management and other criteria to determine the nation’s best courses.

“We targeted earning these types of accolades when we decided to build Sweetgrass; we knew that many people find them credible, ‘best-in-kind’ judgments and therefore consult them when determining where they want to play,” said Island Resort and Casino General Manager Tony Mancilla. “We’re gratified to be included in this list, and we’re committed to providing our visitors and guests with the best experiences possible.”

Sweetgrass has previously received best-of honors from GOLF and Golf Digest magazines; this latest superlative distinction comes one week after the resort and tribe announced it was building a second course, also designed by Albanese, planned to debut in 2017.

Like with Sweetgrass, the tribe and resort have instructed Albanese to design the as-yet unnamed course with the objective to be instantly considered for critical acclaim.

“I’ve said this before, one course is a course, two is a destination; we want Island Resort & Casino to be known as the home of two of the finest courses in North America,” said Mancilla.

For additional information: http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com/ or call 877-ISL-GREEN.

About Sweetgrass and the Island Resort & Casino

Owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi Nation, Sweetgrass Golf Club and the Island Resort & Casino are located in the unspoiled beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Designed by Paul Albanese, the 18-hole championship course is renowned for its historic, rescued bridges and its greens, including a Redan, a Biarritz, an Island and a shared green.

The resort’s highly popular golf package, the Perfect Foursome, starts at just $230 per person after Sept. 21 and includes a two-night stay and rounds of golf at Sweetgrass and nearby TimberStone and Greywalls, also ranked on Golfweek’s top-15 in the state. Various other package combinations – as short as one-night stay/one round of golf and as long as four-night stay/three rounds of golf – are also available. Sweetgrass provides a dedicated on-site golf concierge and VIP Room where groups enjoy comfortable living room-style seating, private dinners, gaming tables, beverage service, televisions and direct access to the golf course, pro shop and open fire pit.

Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino (www.islandresortandcasino.com) offers slot machines, craps, Blackjack, Spanish 21, Three-Card Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette, Bingo and more. The resort’s award-winning poker room features live action as well as a full tournament schedule.

The Island hosts top musical headliners from a variety of genres in the intimate, 1,327-seat Island Showroom. Lodging options at the resort include finely appointed guest rooms, 14 elegant suites and a 53-site RV Park, open until Nov. 30.

In addition to Five Bridges Pub and Five Bridges Steak and Seafood House, other on-site resort dining options are Firekeeper’s Restaurant, which specializes in casual dining, Coral Reef Grille and the new T. McC’s Sports Bar, with a menu that ranges from classic appetizers to burgers and specialty wraps.

The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette and is also an easy and scenic four-hour drive from Milwaukee and two hours north of Green Bay.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort to Renovate Turtle Point Golf Course in 2016

Nicklaus Design to consult on the renovation starting January 4 with scheduled reopening in early October

Kiawah Island, SC, (December 21, 2015) – The Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point Golf Course on Kiawah Island Golf Resort will closed on January 4, 2016 for a nine-month renovation. The Nicklaus Design team has been hired to consult on the renovations.  Jack Nicklaus surveyed the course in late October with other members of Nicklaus Design and made recommendations for changes.

 According to Brian Gerard, Kiawah’s Director of Golf, in addition to the design changes the tees, fairways and greens will be converted to Paspalum, the salt-tolerant strain of grass that is currently in The Ocean Course, Osprey Point and Oak Point on Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Nicklaus has prepared plans for rebuilding all 18 greens including moving five greens due to shade issues and to expand fairway sizes from 20 acres to 34 acres. 

“We’ll be adding new tees on multiple holes and raise a number of the tee boxes,” said Gerard.  “Additionally, we plan to add a pond to the par-3 seventh hole and expand the pond on the par-5 second hole and move the green to the right, behind it to change the second and third shot into that green.” he said. 

“One of the most exciting change will be on the oceanfront sixteenth hole.  On this par-3, the tee box will be moved away from the dunes so the player will be hitting his tee shot with the Atlantic Ocean in the background.” 

In addition to the course design changes, crews will work around the ponds and wooded areas of the course reclaiming overgrowth, the entire irrigation system on the golf course will be rebuilt and work done on the maintenance building as well as building a new pump house.

According to Roger Warren, President of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, “The goal is to both improve the conditioning of the golf course and make the experience more fun. When we get done people will be excited because it will feel like a totally new golf course.”

 During the renovation, the golf school, which is located at the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center adjacent to Turtle Point’s driving range, will be held at other resort courses. Tomasso, Turtle Point’s Italian restaurant, and the pro shop will remain open throughout the renovation.

 Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is rated as one of the country’s top resorts by Golf Magazine, Golf Digest andConde Nast Traveler magazines. It includes The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s ultra-luxury 255-room hotel and spa – and nearly 500 private villas and luxury homes, five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course – host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA championships and has been named the site of the 2021 PGA Championship. The resort also ranks as the number one tennis resort in the world by Tennis Resorts Online (www.tennisresortsonline.com), and features a renowned recreation and nature program. For more information, visit www.kiawahresort.com.

WHAT’S NEW ON OAHU JANUARY-MARCH 2016

OAHU – The island of Oahu, known as the Heart of Hawaii, sets the rhythm of the islands with exciting, new improvements, changes and additions on an ongoing basis. Below is a glimpse of new and dynamic updates with Oahu’sHotels & Resorts, Activities & Entertainment, Restaurants, Cuisine & Chefs, Shopping, Festivals & Events and other travel related information, which includes airline and transportation updates.

Hotels & Resorts

The Island of Oahu has a wide range of hotels and resorts for travelers of all ages and varying budgets. Oahu’s hotels are constantly updating and adding an array of activities and packages that are sure to make any trip to Oahu unforgettable.

  • The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort will be redesigned, extensively upgraded and reintroduced as Oahu’s first Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. The integrated luxury beach resort, which is slated to open in mid-2016, will diversify Oahu’s tourism base and introduce a new era of luxury to Ko Olina, Hawaii. www.koolina.com
  • Hilton Worldwide announced plans to open its first Hilton Garden Inn on the island. The 623-guestroom Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach is set to open in early 2016 after undergoing extensive renovation of the former OHANA Waikiki West. Upgrades will be made to the hotel’s public spaces and guestrooms. Design plans include a contemporary Hawaiian aesthetic, the addition of a full-service restaurant and lounge, a grab-and-go market, a welcoming modern lobby, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Guest rooms will be completely re-envisioned, adding poolside family suites and maximizing Hawaii’s scenic vistas. The hotel will also feature an enhanced pool deck complete with a bar and grill and poolside cabanas. www.hgi.com
  • In 2016, the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach will add a premier, luxury experience to Waikiki’s product mix and introduce the Ritz-Carlton brand to the island of Oahu. The first tower of the property is slated for completion by April 2016. www.theresidenceswaikiki.com
  • Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort recently started offering guests a complimentary one-hour oceanfront yoga class every Saturday morning.  This relaxing yoga class is taught on the beachfront lanai fronting the iconic shores of Waikiki Beach to connect mind, body and soul. The property has also extended wellness-inspired offers into 2016 with the “Wellness with a Twist” package and “Oceanfront Indulgence” package for a more luxurious experience. www.outrigger.com
  • Ala Moana Hotel will unveil chic, modern guestrooms after completing upgrades to all accommodations at the end of 2015. The stunningly restyled guestrooms feature new carpet, drapes, chairs, bed scarf and decorative pillows, sofa sleeper and ottomans. www.alamoanahotel.com
  • Ko Olina Resort will celebrate its 4th Annual Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal with a non-denominational beachfront ceremony. Resort guests and local residents are welcome to sign up for the free vow renewal service and celebrate with loved ones at one of Ko Olina’s beach coves. Participants will also have a chance to win prizes. www.koolina.com
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is celebrating its 40th anniversary with special activities and promotions throughout the year. As part of the commemorative initiatives, the famed Lucky Cat formerly of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas – will make its home at the resort, dispensing fortunes and surprises to guests. www.waikiki.hyatt.com
  • The Spa at Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk introduced a new menu of exquisite services including the Oxygen Body Perfection treatment which provides deep hydration, the Diamond Rose Exfoliation Massage which utilizes ultra-nourishing oils for a luxurious massage experience, and the Bamboo Exfoliation treatment which uses micro-particles from bamboo to purify the skin. Additionally, the spa introduced a new personal training menu for guests who would like one-on-one instruction customized to their fitness levels and performance goals. www.trumphotelcollection.com
  • In early 2016, Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites will unveil a new cocktail pool terrace offering stunning views. A brand new floor of luxury suites will also offer boulevard, city and pacific views. www.ilikaihotel.com
  • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa recently completed a $22 million renovation featuring new designs of its lobby area, front desk registration and porte cochere. The property’s main ballrooms and special events rooms have also been refreshed. The crowning touch of the transformation is a 60 by 20-foot-high carved wooden artwork made by local artist Kaiwi Nui Yoon which is intended to reflect Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani, and her love for the people of her kingdom. www.marriotthawaii.com/waikiki-beach-marriott-resort

Activities & Entertainment

The Island of Oahu is brimming with fun-filled activities that everyone can enjoy. Visitors to Oahu can explore Hawaii’s special culture and iconic history, or choose from a wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities that are sure to energize the spirit.

  • Located at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore, the North Shore Bike Park offers exciting activities for friends, families, couples or the solo adventure seeker. Bikers can flow down professionally developed mountain bike trails, and twist and turn through lush jungle vegetation while an experienced guide shares interesting facts about local geography and history. www.turtlebayresort.com
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort launches into the New Year with Waikiki Escapes. Guests can save up to 20% off of all room categories from resort view to oceanfront accommodations and enjoy a winter in paradise on 22 acres of Waikiki’s widest stretch of beach. www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com
  • Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor invites guests to view the one and only “Swamp Ghost” in the restoration shop of Hangar 79. This legendary B-17E aircraft that crashed during WWII in the swamps of New Guinea was acquired by the museum and is the subject of a special “B-17 Swamp Ghost Tour.” www.pacificaviatonmuseum.org
  • Oahu Air Tours presents a holiday special from January through March 2016 with their popular hour-long Circle Island Flight Tour in the luxurious Robinson R-44 helicopter at a discounted rate. The Circle Island Flight Tour offers family fun with a door’s off experience, showcasing prime scenery of Oahu including Koko Head Crater, Makapuu Lighthouse, Sacred Falls, North Shore Windmills, and more. www.flynhawaii.com
  • Atlantis Cruises offers guests to experience seasonal Whale Watching aboard their many tours. Enjoy a light breakfast during an 8:30 a.m. tour including breakfast burritos and baked goods or lunch during the 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. tour. www.atlantisadventures.com.
  • Kamaka Hawaii, Inc. celebrates 100 years of manufacturing the world’s premier ukulele with a limited edition custom Kamaka pineapple ukulele. In 1916, Sam Kaialiilii Kamaka founded his one-man shop and today three generations continue his legacy. www.kamakahawaii.com
  • Iolani Palace has two new kahili on permanent display in the Throne Room. The two white feather standards were fashioned by a cultural expert and master kahili maker in the traditional manner using more than 22,000 individual albatross feathers and closely resemble the historic Pili kahili that were used in King David Kalakaua’s coronation. www.iolanipalace.org
  • Bishop Museum has extended an exhibit that honors the legacy of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. On display until Feb. 2., the exhibit highlights his extraordinary life as an Olympian, surfer, ocean hero, movie star, ambassador of aloha, and family man with a unique collection of archival video, photographs and objects from his life. Interactive elements allow visitors to challenge one of Duke’s Olympic swimming records, and replicate his famed mile-plus long wave surfed at Waikiki via a 3D videogame. Additionally, the museum started serving Hawaiian food favorites on its historic grounds at Bishop Museum Café by Highway Inn. www.bishopmuseum.org

Restaurants, Cuisine & Chefs

The Island of Oahu is known for its diverse culture, which is exhibited by the island’s assortment of foods. With wonderful choices and a vibrant array of cuisine options, there’s sure to be a restaurant for everyone.

  • The Battleship Missouri Memorial is now serving North Shore style shave ice at the Wai Momi Shave Ice Stand on the pier. Visitors can enjoy 15 local favorites such as pineapple, mango, guava, Blue Hawaii and more, while they make their way through the museum learning about the history of the Battleship Missouri. www.ussmissouri.org
  • A fun and nostalgic burger joint, Franky Fresh Burgers, has opened on Waialae Avenue. Adorned with cassette player boom boxes, Super Nintendo game stations, and 80’s vinyl records, Franky Fresh serves flavorful burgers and sandwiches named after 80’s hip-hop chart toppers as well as their popular cereal milkshakes. www.facebook.com/Itsfrankyfresh
  • Urban Bistro, located in the new 808 Center opened quietly this past fall. Their modern space has urban industrial accents with an open kitchen for patrons to watch their food being made. Urban Bistro serves up an eclectic menu offering modern twists on favorites such as tacos, pizza and sliders. www.facebook.com/urbanbistro808/
  • The Dumb Coq, opened its doors bringing a new bistro offering to downtown Honolulu. Coq meaning rooster in French is also the animal sign that owner Yoon Kim was born under. The bistro menu features French-inspired dishes such as the croquet monsieur, steak and potatoes and other delicious sandwiches. www.thedumbcoq.com
  •  Ai Love Nalo, a new café in Waimanalo, offers delicious and healthy vegan food. Their unique take on the roasted veggie Lau Lau, specialty sandwiches and refreshing smoothies have gotten the attention of locals and visitors alike. Patrons can dine at the cozy café which offers outdoor garden seating. www.ailovenalo.com
  • Oahu chef Chai Chaowasaree has reopened one of his eateries as Chai’s Waikiki. Marked by an upscale Hawaiian fusion concept, the restaurant focuses on the use of local ingredients and features a marketplace space featuring edibles and other curated items from chef Chai. www.chaiswaikiki.com
  • Sunny Days is a new café featuring a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Patrons can enjoy its signature dishes including the Sunny Bowl, Loco Moco & Quinoa, and Caramel Banana Pancakes. The café also serves vegetarian and vegan options along with cold pressed juices from Japanese label, Parachutes. www.sunnydays-hanafru.com
  • The spirit of aloha and relaxed Tommy Bahama vibe come together in the latest Tommy Bahama Restaurant Bar & Store which opened on Oct. 30, 2015 in the heart of Waikiki. The impressive three-level, 19,200 square-foot flagship houses a ground-floor retail space, a second story restaurant, and a lively rooftop lounge with sand patio. www.tommybahama.com
  • Turtle Bay Resort will welcome Roy’s Beach House in early 2016. Hawaii chef Roy Yamaguchi’s newest creation will overlook Turtle Bay Resort’s Kuilima Cove, providing an exceptional new offering to the Turtle Bay Resort and North Shore experience. www.turtlebayresort.com

Shopping

The Island of Oahu is home to hundreds of fashionable designer stores, as well as markets that carry locally-made crafts. Visitors are sure to love the shopping experience no matter where they go.

  • Construction began on the revitalization of the International Market Place in early 2015. Scheduled to open in August 2016, the 360,000-square-foot shopping center will feature open-air retail, dining and entertainment located in the heart of Waikiki. The International Market Place will include approximately 75 retailers, 10 restaurants and the island’s first full-line Saks Fifth Avenue. www.shopinternationalmarketplace.com
  • Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest open-air shopping center in Honolulu, has undergone a multi-million dollar expansion project. The expansion project, which was debuted on Nov. 12, transformed the Ewa end of the Center into an expanded three-level retail space and upgraded other common areas throughout the Center. This retail expansion featured 650,000-square-feet of retail, including Bloomingdale’s department store (Hawaii’s first), large format retailers, dining, entertainment, and 200,000 square feet of inline retailers. The Center also announced a number of first-to-Hawaii stores set to open including AllSaints, Céline, Cynthia Rowley and Kiehl’s. www.alamoanacenter.com

Festivals & Events

The Island of Oahu is home to the largest number of festivals and events in Hawaii. Each year, visitors have the opportunity to connect with the local community and experience renowned events that showcase the island’s rich arts and culture scene, the world’s top amateur and professional sporting competitions and championships, and the many ethnic celebrations that are exclusive to Hawaii.

  • On the third Saturday of every month, Kakaako comes alive with Honolulu Night Market, an evening event that combines fashion, live music, art, shopping and local food. Held under the Honolulu city lights, this monthly night market celebrates the best of urban island culture featuring local artists, designers, musicians and chefs. www.honolulunightmarket.com
  • Every last Thursday of the month, Art + Flea presents a unique monthly shopping experience for Hawaii’s talented creative’s to showcase their goods and talents. Over 60 independent artists, vintage collectors, food trucks, handmade aficionados and fashion designers are featured at each event, drawing an eclectic crowd of shoppers, music and art lovers alike. Additionally, on the second Sunday of every month Art + Flea hosts Sunday Funday Market at Ward Village.www.artandflea.com
  • Each winter, the world’s best big wave surfers are invited to Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore to compete in the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational In Memory of Eddie Aikau. “The Eddie” can only be held when surf measures at least 20 feet (Hawaiian scale) for a full day. The holding period for the event is between Dec. 1 and the last day in February. When the surf is big enough, thousands flock to watch the likes of Kelly Slater and Bruce Irons compete in this prestigious surfing competition. www.quiksilver.com
  • The Sony Open in Hawaii kicks off the PGA Tour by bringing 144 of the world’s best professional golfers to Oahu’s exclusive Waialae Country Club, Jan. 11-17. Past participants include notable golfers including 2005 winner, Vijay Singh, 2003 and 2004 winner, Ernie Els, and Hawaii’s own Michelle Wie and Tadd Fujikawa. The six-day event is one of the largest charity events in the state of Hawaii. www.sonyopeninhawaii.com
  • Wanderlust Oahu is returning to Turtle Bay Resort from Feb. 25-28. The festival brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts, renowned speakers, exquisite chefs and more. Single event tickets, and one-, three- and four-day passes are available along with special room rates. www.wanderlust.com/festivals/oahu
  • From March 11-13, the 22nd Annual Honolulu Festival will celebrate the people and culture of the Pacific Rim and Hawaii, offering dynamic dance performances, music, educational programs and exhibits. Under the theme, “Pacific Harmony,” the three-day extravaganza also features the ever-popular Grand Parade through Waikiki and the spectacular Nagaoka Fireworks Show over Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Festival activities are held at various locations throughout Oahu, making them easily accessible to residents and visitors alike. www.honolulufestival.com
  • Ala Moana Center’s annual week-long spring shopping event, Shop a Lea, will take place March 14-20. The event presents locals and visitors with more than 100 experiences in fashion, health and beauty, active lifestyle, home décor, travel and cuisine. Included as part of the Shop a Lea lineup are fashion shows and trunk shows, exclusive products, Centerstage events, gifts-with-purchase, mall-wide shopping and dining offers and much more. www.alamoanacenter.com
  • The 14th annual Waikiki SPAM JAM® is set for April 30. Rated as one of the top annual food festivals in Hawaii, this family-friendly street festival celebrates Hawaii’s affinity for SPAM®. Local residents and visitors alike head to Kalakaua Avenue to sample SPAM® dishes served by some of Honolulu’s finest restaurants. www.spamjamhawaii.com
  • Join the Polynesian Cultural Center on Jan.16 for the 2016 Moanikeala Hula Festival. Enjoy a true cultural exhibition showcasing both modern and traditional styles of hula throughout the day by numerous hula halau (hula groups) of various ages. www.polynesia.com
  • Turtle Bay Resort will host its first Surf Country Culinary Festival in spring 2016. In celebration of the North Shore’s diverse bounty of agriculture and aquaculture, guests will enjoy an evening of “farmer’s market-style” food prepared by local celebrity chefs, as well as wines, spirits and craft brews. www.turtlebayresort.com

Miscellaneous

  • Virgin America began its service to Honolulu on Nov. 2. Virgin America now offers daily non-stop service between San Francisco and Honolulu. The flights are flown on new Airbus 320 aircraft. Fares are currently on sale.www.virginamerica.com
  • Delta Air Lines will be returning to the Honolulu market with holiday season (Dec.-Jan.) flights from New York, along with new seasonal winter non-stop flights from Minneapolis, Minnesota (Oct.-March) and Portland, Oregon (Dec.-Jan.).
  • Canadian air carrier WestJet will launch Boeing 767 wide-body seasonal service from Calgary to Honolulu this winter (Dec.-April), using its own aircraft. In past years, WestJet had contracted charter carriers with smaller, narrow-body aircraft to operate these flights.
  • 808 Smart Car unveiled its new fleet of convertible Smart Cars for daily, weekly, or monthly rentals. The small vehicle is easier to park everywhere and spacious enough to fit two people and more. Now you can explore Oahu while getting 40 MPG and by leaving a small foot print while doing so in Paradise. www.hawaiismartcarrentals.com

All information is subject to change without notice. For more information, please go to www.visit-oahu.com follow OVB’s tweets at www.twitter.com/OahuVB, become a fan of Oahu on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OahuHawaii, and follow @OahuVB on Instagram.

GOLFBUDDY LAUNCHES POCKET-SIZED MICRO GPS

GOLFBUDDY LAUNCHES POCKET-SIZED MICRO GPS

The Golf GPS company introduces the CT2, the latest addition to its line of distance measuring devices.

 

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La Palma, California December 15, 2015
GolfBuddy continues to shape the Golf GPS industry with the launch of the CT2 Micro-GPS. The latest addition to GolfBuddy’s full line-up of distance measuring devices, the CT2 features a compact, tactile design loaded with innovative features. Available on-line and in stores this month, the latest device from GolfBuddy is the ideal gadget for the golfer on your holiday list.

The new CT2 surpasses the competition with its best-in-class rechargeable battery, which provides up to 17 hours of golf in GPS mode. The versatile and lightweight design enables the device to be clipped onto a belt, pocket or golf bag, providing the ultimate convenience. The CT2 boasts a digital scorecard and an odometer which can track the distance traveled by the golfer over the course of a round.

“GolfBuddy is dedicated to providing golfers with a practical, user-friendly experience,” said Harry Jung, president of GolfBuddy. “With the cutting-edge CT2, golfers can expect incredible course accuracy combined with comprehensive functionality and an extended battery life, all in a modern pocket-sized design.”

The CT2 features all of GolfBuddy’s renowned technology, including: Dynamic Green View, pin placement feature, and includes up to 11 hazards per hole. The Micro-GPS also features large, easy-to-read numbers that are clearly visible in all weather conditions. The CT2 will automatically recognize the course and hole that the user is playing, and is waterproof up to 10 meters.

Color options include white/blue and white/green, and the unit comes with a lanyard for convenient access.

Like all GolfBuddy products, the CT2 is 100% fee-free with no annual subscriptions or course download charges to pay after purchase.

The GolfBuddy CT2 has a MSRP of $179.99.

 GolfBuddy is based in La Palma, CA, with product development and course data management centers in South Korea, one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality electronic products.

For more information about GolfBuddy visit: www.golfbuddyglobal.com.

Winter Golf Getaways At Hilton Head #LuxuryTravel

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Hilton Head Golf Island Unveils Winter Getaway Packages

Great Deals on Lowcountry Getaways, More Direct Flights, and Pleasant Temperatures Await

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – a collection of premier resorts and courses in one of game’s true “dream” destinations – announces a wide selection of stay-and-play packages available through the winter.

With world-class courses, exceptional values, pleasant weather and direct flights from many cities, Hilton Head Island is a premier destination for winter golf escapes. GOLF Magazine’s inaugural “Golfers’ Choice Awards” recently tabbed “Golf Island” a “Top 10 Most Dreamed About U.S. Golf Destination,” and Golf Digest ranked HHGI in the top 10 in seven categories including “Best Courses” and “Best Weather.” Winter temperatures on Hilton Head Island are typically up to seven degrees warmer than other South Carolina coastal locales.

Among the packages offered:

  • Fripp Island “Ultimate Golf Getaway” – Valid through March 1, 2016, groups of 12 or more can enjoy a three-bedroom Fripp Island cottage and unlimited golf on Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort’s two courses – Ocean Point and Ocean Creek. From $119 per person/per night, the package encompasses complimentary range balls per 18 holes, a hat, and special pro shop and dining discounts. Subject to availability, all taxes and fees are included.

  • Palmetto Dunes “Birdies and Beer Getaway” – Guests enjoy four days/three nights in a two-bedroom villa at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, and three rounds of golf on the resort’s championship courses: Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. Starting at $135 per golfer/per night, the promotion features breakfast and beers via a resort gift card. Also in the package: two hours of court time per villa at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, range balls, dining and pro shop discounts, and preferred rates and priority access to all resort activities and amenities.

  • Old South “Par-3 Package” – Priced from $329 per person/per night and valid through March 13, 2016, the Par-3 Package offers accommodations and breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, and three rounds at any combination of Old South Golf Links, The Country Club of Hilton Head, Oyster Reef Golf Club, Hampton Hall Golf Club, and the Arthur Hills or Fazio Courses at Palmetto Dunes. Call 843-837-2610 for more information or to reserve this package.

  • The Sea Pines Resort “Villa Golf Package” – This getaway features deluxe villa accommodations for three nights and three rounds of Pete Dye golf, including the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Starting at $205 per person/per night based on four players, the package also comprises of complimentary warm-up bag of range balls, wireless Internet and use of The Sea Pines Resort Fitness Center. Green fees also are waived for afternoon replays on Heron Point (based on availability, cart fee applies).

  • The Heritage Golf Collection “Couple’s Great Escape Package” – Couples experience five nights in an ocean view room at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa and five rounds at The Heritage Golf Collection courses (Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, Shipyard, Palmetto Hall Plantation and Oyster Reef). Valid through February 2016, the offer encompasses breakfast daily, with each guest receiving a voucher to LagerHead Tavern and a one-hour massage at the Heavenly Spa by Westin. Starting at $215 per person/per night (based on double occupancy), taxes and fees are included.

“The winter packages offer outstanding opportunities for golfers to escape the cold and experience Hilton Head Golf Island at our lowest rates,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. “Golfers can play some outstanding layouts designed by the top names in course architecture, while also enjoying everything Hilton Head Island has to offer off the course.”

JetBlue Airways is currently running special non-stop flights from Boston (BOS) and New York City (JFK) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Rates are as low as $59 for one-way travel on select dates through the end of March. Fourteen other destinations offer non-stop service to Savannah / Hilton Head including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions, or to receive a quote:www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com, 800.523.3373.

About Hilton Head Golf Island

Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.

Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.” Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.

Luxury Technology Show In NYC, Beverly Hills, Miami

CHIC MIAMI IS THE NEWEST HOTSPOT FOR RAND LUXURY’S UPCOMING 2016 LUXURY TECHNOLOGY SHOWS

-An exclusive, invite-only audience will experience the world’s finest innovations in electronics at 3 events in 2016
 
-The one-of-a-kind Luxury Technology show to exhibit in New York City, Beverly Hills and Miami
NEW YORK, NY – December 15, 2015 – RAND Luxury announces the 2016 series of The Luxury Technology Show that will showcase in New York – March 23, 2016, Miami – July 15, 2016, and Beverly Hills – September 27, 2016. The world’s finest luxury technology brands will be displaying their latest, best-in-class products and services to affluent consumers, and press. These VIP guests, retail executives, media and entertainment industry professionals will have an outstanding opportunity to experience signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while interfacing with tech’s most future-looking innovators and products. 
 
The 2015 Luxury Technology Shows in New York and Hollywood sold out with a collection of top brands including Alcohoot, Apira Science, Audi, Autonomic Controls, Beddit, BioSensor Laboratories, ClearView Audio, Cloud9 Smarthome, Crestron Electronics, Inc., Cuff, Da Vinci Vaporizor, Fugoo, Geneva Sound Systems, GGMM, Inc., The HARMAN Store, InBody, Interaxon / Muse Headband, IO Hawk, ITEX, JBL, Keurig, KryptAll, LG Electronics, LugTrack, Lutron, McIntosh Labs, Panasonic, Peloton Cycle, Peroni, Petcube, Richard Clarkson Studio, Samsung, Savant, Séura, SIM2, Sonus Faber, Sony, Revel, RIVA Audio, Technics, Tonino Lamborghini Mobile, Vutec, and others. The 2016 New York, Beverly Hills and Miami luxury exhibits are sure to attract even greater numbers of press, media analysts and retail executives, along with affluent consumers who are interested in acquiring the world’s finest technology products and services.
“The 2015 Hollywood and New York City events were a sold-out success. This year will be another exciting experience with the addition of Miami to the tour,” states Bradford Rand, CEO of RAND Luxury. “New York City, Beverly Hills and Miami are magnets for luxury trend-setters and our guests will be treated with a VIP experience they’ll never forget.”
Brand ambassadors from a wide variety of industries will again be on site to highlight their latest technology. Product categories will include, but are not limited to: photography, 4K Ultra HD TV, wearable technology, robotics, 3D printing, home & business automation, high-end personal audio, exquisite home appliances, technology-advanced performance automobiles, smart watches, and wellness & fitness devices.
| 2016 LUXURY TECHNOLOGY SHOW DATES AND LOCATIONS|
ALL EVENTS:
4PM – 6PM | Press & Industry Execs
6PM – 9PM | VIP Guests & Press
THE LTS: NY | March 23, 2016
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, New York 10011
THE LTS: MIAMI| July 15, 2016
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Ave
Miami, Florida 33140
THE LTS: LA | September 27, 2016
The Peterson Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
| PAST SPONSORS | Partial list
Adlens, Audi Manhattan, BenQ US, BRIKK, Celestron, Consumer Electronics Association, CRP USA, DxO, ELAN Home Systems, Epilog Laser, Epson America, Inc., Fugoo, Global Outdoor Concepts, Hairmax, Hovertrax by Inventist, Hypercell/Naztech, Inada Massage Chairs, Martian, IO Hawk, Keurig, KryptAll, 4 Moms Origami Stroller, LG, Neato Robotics, Nespresso, Netgear, Newport Italian, Panasonic, PAX Labs, ProDrone, RIVA Audio, Samsung, Savant, Sengled, 4SeTV, Smartypans, Sony, Velodyne, Vifa America’s Inc, Wider Yachts, WiseWear

| MEDIA INQUIRIES AND INVITATION REQUESTS |

Jim Noyd, Noyd Communications Inc., 310-374-8100, Jim.Noyd@NoydCom.com
| ABOUT RAND LUXURY | 
RAND Luxury, the producer of The Luxury Technology Show, is an international event production company that caters to the world’s finest luxury brands. Based in Manhattan, the RAND team is best known for their Invitation-Only events in the Hamptons, during the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. RAND Luxury has produced unveiling showcases, evening of luxury events and elite brunch events for Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Bentley & Maserati. The organization has also produced charity events benefiting The American Red Cross, City Harvest, Riverkeeper, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation & more.  At each exclusive event, the team creates a luxury lifestyle experience by inviting complementary brands to showcase their elite products and services to the distinguished list of guests and media.  Details: http://www.RANDLuxury.com and www.TheLTS.com.  

Island Resort And Casino Unveils New Golf Course Plans

Island Resort and Casino Unveils New Golf Course Plans
(HARRIS, Michigan) – Hannahville Indian Community is building a new golf course here in the Upper Peninsula as an amenity to its Island Resort and Casino, a complementary second course to award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club.

If Sweetgrass is indicative of what’s to come, the currently unnamed new course will be highly regarded; it is scheduled to debut in 2017. Sweetgrass has been named a top course in the state by both Golfweek and GOLF Magazine since opening in 2008 and annually hosts the LPGA Symetra Tour’s Island Resort Championship.“One golf course is a course, two is a destination,” said Tony Mancilla, Island Resort & Casino general manager. “We believe the new course and new spa we’re building – combined with our existing resort amenities and established golf-visitor appeal – will draw more people who stay longer and spend more.”

Paul Albanese, of the golf course architecture firm Albanese & Lutzke, was chosen to author the new course, which will be dramatically different than Sweetgrass. Ground was recently broken in open spaces but the majority of tree removal for fairways will take place this winter.

“The land is very hilly; a lot of vistas where you can see 20 miles,” said Mancilla. “The land is so good that we’re expecting the new course to be first class.”

Like with Sweetgrass, the Hannahville Indian Community directed Albanese & Lutzke to create a design that respects the land, making it fit the terrain as naturally as possible.

Golf industry veteran Albanese, who designed Sweetgrass, describes the main feature of the property as a “drumlin,” a long, sloping ridge that’s an outcome of past glacier movement in the region. He said it runs through the heart of the property and is prominent.

“The drumlin climbs 100 to 120 feet in some areas,” said Albanese, an East Coast native and Harvard grad. “The goal is to allow golfers to experience the drumlin throughout the entire course. It comes into play several times, in different directions; up, down, over and through. We are very happy with how the routing came out. We are really excited; I can’t see how it won’t be one of the top courses in Michigan.”

The new course, about six miles from the resort on adjacent Hannahville land, will be played roughly two-thirds through trees, with rugged features like non-manicured bunker edging. There will be a sprinkler system installed down the middle of each fairway but the intent is to allow the grass to brown out toward the fescue edges. Mancilla said there will be a drivable par 4 on each nine, and a good mix of long and short par threes and fours.

Regarding the overall look, Albanese said: “Think Royal County Down – lots of earth tones, browns and tans – it’s what the landscape calls for.”

Additional information:  http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com/  or call 877-ISL-GREEN.

About Sweetgrass and the Island Resort & Casino

Owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi Nation, Sweetgrass Golf Club and the Island Resort & Casino are located in the unspoiled beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Designed by Paul Albanese, the 18-hole championship course is renowned for its historic, rescued bridges and its greens, including a Redan, a Biarritz, an Island and a shared green.

The resort’s highly popular golf package, the Perfect Foursome, starts at just $230 per person after Sept. 21 and includes a two-night stay and rounds of golf at Sweetgrass and nearby TimberStone and Greywalls, also ranked on Golfweek’s top-15 in the state. Various other package combinations – as short as one-night stay/one round of golf and as long as four-night stay/three rounds of golf – are also available.

Sweetgrass provides a dedicated on-site golf concierge and VIP Room where groups enjoy comfortable living room-style seating, private dinners, gaming tables, beverage service, televisions and direct access to the golf course, pro shop and open fire pit.

Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino (www.islandresortandcasino.com) offers slot machines, craps, Blackjack, Spanish 21, Three-Card Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette, Bingo and more. The resort’s award-winning poker room features live action as well as a full tournament schedule.

The Island hosts top musical headliners from a variety of genres in the intimate, 1,327-seat Island Showroom. Lodging options at the resort include finely appointed guest rooms, 14 elegant suites and a 53-site RV Park, open until Nov. 30.

In addition to Five Bridges Pub and Five Bridges Steak and Seafood House, other on-site resort dining options are Firekeeper’s Restaurant, which specializes in casual dining, Coral Reef Grille and the new T. McC’s Sports Bar, with a menu that ranges from classic appetizers to burgers and specialty wraps.

The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette and is also an easy and scenic four-hour drive from Milwaukee and two hours north of Green Bay.

For more information, see http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com or http://www.islandresortandcasino.com/.