Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Introduces The Club, Europe’s Finest Golf and Wine Experience

The golf course at The Club at Castiglion del Bosco, Europe’s finest golf and wine experience. (photo credit – Aidan Bradley)
The golf course at The Club at Castiglion del Bosco, Europe’s finest golf and wine experience. (photo credit – Aidan Bradley)

(Montalcino, Italy – February 21, 2018) Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, has introduced The Club, Europe’s finest golf and wine experience at Italy’s only private members’ club.

The exclusive new invitation to membership combines golf on an exquisitely presented private golf course with privileged access to one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, prized for its internationally acclaimed Brunello wines.

For discerning golfers and wine lovers, membership of The Club at Castiglion del Bosco offers unparalleled privacy and a rare opportunity to retreat to the peace and natural beauty of the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Members and their guests also benefit from invitations to exclusive international golf and wine events at some of the most prestigious private clubs around the world, hosted by Castiglion del Bosco’s founders and proprietors, Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo.

David Waters, General Manager of The Club at Castiglion del Bosco, said: “By creating The Club we are introducing a unique private club experience combining exclusive golf and wine within an historic, 400-year-old Tuscan estate.

Castiglion del Bosco features one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, prized for its internationally acclaimed Brunello wines.

“In the same way Castiglion del Bosco’s Brunello wines are recognized the world over for their excellence, The Club also has a global presence and our exclusive international golf trips and wine events will ensure the refined taste of Tuscany is celebrated and savored wherever Members come together.”

The golf course at Castiglion del Bosco is one of the finest private courses in Europe and the only Continental European design of Tom Weiskopf. The former Open Champion famously added a short 19th challenge hole, The Brunello Hole, where Members play for a Magnum of Brunello.

The estate’s organic-certified vineyards occupy 62 hectares of stunningly beautiful Tuscan hillsides, planted solely with the Sangiovese red wine grape variety responsible for the sought-after Brunello di Montalcino wines, of which Castiglion del Bosco is now one of the five largest producers. The state-of-the-art winery, named one of the top ten wineries to visit in Tuscany by Decanter magazine, regularly hosts tours and tastings, as well as private social events.

Members of The Club also enjoy privileged access to Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, a five-star resort and spa within the estate. Offering 23 suites and 11 luxury villas set in restored 17th- and 18th-century farmhouses, it provides convenient accommodation for Members, their families and guests during visits to Castiglion del Bosco.

“Under the stewardship of Massimo Ferragamo, Castiglion del Bosco has become an internationally recognized estate,” continued David Waters. “An invitation to Membership of The Club at Castiglion del Bosco is a rare opportunity to join a unique private club and global family brought together by a shared passion for exquisite golf, Brunello wine and a love of Tuscany.”

Colorado Golfers Rank Arcis Golf Clubs Among “Best in State”

Colorado Golfers Rank Arcis Golf Clubs Among “Best in State”

Annual readers’ choice awards presented by Colorado Avid Golf Magazine cite four Arcis clubs

DALLAS, TX (February 21, 2018— Four Arcis Golf properties in Colorado have been honored for excellence in Colorado Avid Golfer magazine’s 2018 CAGGY Awards for the readers’ choice “Best in State.”  The 16th annual CAGGY awards for the Best of Colorado Golf were determined by close to 100,000 online votes tabulated by Colorado Avid Golfer, the leading golf lifestyle publication in the Rockies.

The venues – Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton and Park Hill Golf Club in Denver, along with The Pinery Country Club and The Club at Pradera, both in Parker – garnered numerous honors.

Arrowhead Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, was ranked No. 1 golf club in three categories, earning six “Best of Colorado Golf” honors in the Public and Resort division:

  • No. 1 Best Par 3
  • No. 1 Best Wedding/Party Venue
  • No. 1 Best Charity Tournament Venue
  • No. 2 Best Denver Region Course
  • No. 2 Best Opening Hole
  • No. 2 Best Après-Golf Experience

Also in the Public and Resort division, Park Hill Golf Club, the 1931-era classic design by Clark Hamilton, was named No. 3 Best Course For Women in Denver.  In the Private Club division, The Pinery Country Club and The Club at Pradera were cited the best in several categories.

The Club at Pradera, which features an adventurous, Irish-influenced design by Jim Engh, was rated the Best Overall Experience and Best Food, and golf professional Jason Witczak was named Best Instructor for Men.

The Pinery Country Club, which offers 27 holes of golf with panoramic vistas, and The Club at Pradera shared the distinction as Best Value in the Private Club division.

“These results are a testament to our unwavering commitment that every Arcis Golf property provides the ultimate club experience for our members and guests,” said Blake S. Walker, founder and CEO of Arcis Golf. “We are very proud that our Colorado clubs have been recognized for service, which exemplifies the top priority throughout our portfolio.”

An industry leader in providing inventive direction, unrivaled lifestyle amenities, and exceptional playing experiences, Dallas-based Arcis Golf has expanded its portfolio of owned and operated clubs to include 60 private, resort, and daily-fee clubs throughout the United States.

At every venue – whether owned or managed – Arcis Golf focuses on creating extraordinary experiences and forging emotional connections with members and guests. Over the past three years, Arcis Golf has invested more than $60 million in upgrades, amenities, personnel, training, and systems to maximize the growth and future success of its clubs.

Arcis Golf ranked No. 2 in ‘Travel & Hospitality’ and No. 171 overall on the 2017 Inc. 500 list recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in America.  In addition to its distinctive collection of clubs, Arcis Golf has built a best-in-class leadership team that is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more customized and relevant to the lifestyles of today’s consumer.

The CAGGY awards divided facilities into two categories (Private, Public and Resort), with voting for Instruction and Travel Destinations as well. The CAGGY awards can be viewed in the Spring edition of the magazine, as well as online at www.coloradoavidgolfer.com.

# # #

About Arcis Golf

Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties enhance the golf and country club lifestyle to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Capitalizing on the resources developed to support its growing portfolio, Arcis Golf also provides professional management services to third-party owners under its Arcis Advantage division.  The company is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC through strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position.

 

Media Contact:

ARCIS GOLF ACQUIRES TPC VALENCIA

ARCIS GOLF ACQUIRES TPC VALENCIA

 

ARCIS GOLF ACQUIRES TPC VALENCIA

DALLAS (Jan. 30, 2018) — Arcis Golf, the second-largest owner and operator of golf facilities in the United States, has acquired TPC Valencia from FivePointÒ, a developer of mixed-use, master-planned communities in California.  The upscale, private club is located in Valencia, Calif., approximately 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita Valley.

TPC Valencia, which opened in 2003, was designed by PGA TOUR Design Services, in consultation with two-time major champion Mark O’Meara.  The par 72 course stretches 7,218 yards at championship length with a routing that offers sweeping valley views, complemented by an adjacent majestic oak preserve, and large greens.  The club’s stunning 32,400 square-foot “Old California” ranch-style clubhouse evokes a feeling and sense of casual elegance.

Arcis Golf’s footprint in the Santa Clarita Valley now includes both this facility and Valencia Country Club, the venerable Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design, which the company also owns. The two clubs are literally “across the street” from one another along Interstate 5.  This burgeoning market includes several affluent communities throughout the valley and 21,500 future homes in nearby Newhall Ranch.

The company plans significant capital reinvestment in both golf courses and clubs, as well as enhanced service levels, a robust travel reciprocity program, amenities, and programming to further broaden the appeal for members and guests.  Upon completion, the club will be rebranded as part of a multi-club lifestyle amenity to the community.

“We are excited to add this facility to our growing collection of one-of-a-kind lifestyle properties,” said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO of Arcis Golf.  “This club fits perfectly with our strategy of owning and operating exceptional golf clubs and enhances our ability to deliver differentiated experiences to our members and guests within the greater Los Angeles region.”

“We are proud of our role in bringing this great golf club to our community,” said Don Kimball FivePoint’s local community president.  “TPC Valencia has established its position among prominent private clubs across Southern California and has elevated the quality of life here in Valencia and the Santa Clarita Valley. We thank the members and the entire community for its support over the past 15 years.  We are confident these member relationships and great memories will continue to grow under the new ownership.”

A club industry leader in providing inventive direction and unrivaled lifestyle amenities that complement exceptional playing experiences, Dallas-based Arcis Golf has expanded its portfolio of owned and operated clubs to include over 60 private, resort, and daily-fee club clubs throughout the US.

At every venue – whether owned or managed – Arcis Golf focuses its resources on creating extraordinary experiences and forging emotional connections with members and guests. During the past three years, Arcis Golf has invested more than $60 million in upgrades, amenities, personnel, training, and systems to maximize the growth and future success of its unique collection of clubs.

Arcis Golf ranked No. 2 in ‘Travel & Hospitality’ and No. 171 overall on the 2017 Inc. 500 list recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in America.  In addition to its distinctive collection of clubs, Arcis Golf has built a best-in-class leadership team that is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more customized and relevant to the lifestyles of today’s consumer.

To learn more about Arcis Golf, visit www.arcisgolf.com.

 

About Arcis Golf

Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties enhance the golf and country club lifestyle to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Capitalizing on the resources developed to support its growing portfolio, Arcis Golf also provides professional management services to third-party owners under its Arcis Advantage division.  The company is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC through strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position.

Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs Improves the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course

Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs Inc. (Holland, MI) Improves the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course (Schenectady, NY)

HOLLAND, Mich. – Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs Inc. is making progress with remodeling improvements at historic Schenectady Municipal Golf Course in Schenectady, N.Y.

“I am proud to report that our team completed Phase 1 of the remodeling improvements this fall,” said Raymond Hearn, president and founder of Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs, Inc. and member of the ASGCA.

Schenectady Municipal was one of the first courses built after The Great Depression in 1935 by Jim Thompson and A.F. Knight with funds from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration and Works Progress Administration.

Hearn said Union College (Schenectady, NY) supplied dozens of historic photos.

“Unemployed men savaged by the Great Depression were thrilled to work on the golf course when there was little work to be found if any in the United States,” Hearn said. “There are some remarkable photos of the original construction. In one photo, men using pick axes in 20 degree below zero weather are shown creating a trench for the herringbone drainage pipe and gravel.”

Hearn said his company’s goal is to restore lost features and remodel other features necessary to improve strategy and shot value considering advancements in ball and club technology that have rendered certain risk–reward scenarios obsolete. Also included are functional items such as improved tee size, drainage, irrigation, cart paths and tree removal.

“The site is a wonderful lay of the land routing that uses all the hills, kettles and kames created by glacier,” Hearn said. “This is municipal golf at its finest. It has been on honor for all the consultants involved to work with the City of Schenectady on this project.”

Brian Vinchesi of Irrigation Consulting, Inc. in Pepperell, MA, handled the irrigation design and Daniel Shrearer of Saratoga Associates in Saratoga Springs, NY, directed the permitting and engineering. XGD Systems of Stuart, FL, performed the construction and Mike Scesny, the golf course superintendent at Schenectady Municipal, oversaw the grow-in.

“It has been an outstanding job to this point by all involved,” Hearn said. “There is excitement generated by what we’ve accomplished so far, and we look forward to continuing with the other phases of the project as the City directs us.”

Jack Nicklaus And Nicklaus Design To Oversee Renovation Of Great Waters Course At Reynolds Lake Oconee

Jack Nicklaus And Nicklaus Design To Oversee Renovation Of Great Waters Course At Reynolds Lake Oconee

reensboro, Georgia (Nov. 28, 2017) – Great Waters, the highly-acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee, will undergo a total renovation starting in June 2018, and will involve personal input from Mr. Nicklaus and oversight from his award-winning Nicklaus Design Team. The Great Waters renovation will be led by Design Associate Chad Goetz, who has been with Nicklaus Design for 18 years and is one of the few designers in the world who has earned membership into both the American Society of Golf Course Architects and European Institute of Golf Course Architects.

Perennially ranked among America’s Greatest 100 Public Courses by Golf Digest, Great Waters—which celebrates its 27th anniversary this year—will receive a total turf replacement, new greens, bunkers, tees, water features, and irrigation systems, as well as cart path replacement. Drainage and other elements of the course’s infrastructure, plus an assessment of the trees, and the practice facility are included in this comprehensive reinvention of the community’s premier golf course. The Nicklaus layout has stood the test of time and will remain loyal to the original design.

Work is to begin in June 2018 with an expected re-opening in Fall 2019. This restoration is the latest in an ever-widening list of improvements made to the golf courses, clubhouses and other facilities since MetLife’s investment in Reynolds Lake Oconee in 2012.

“Our desire is to keep the course true to Mr. Nicklaus’s original vision while modernizing the course where appropriate – and prudent – and adding length where available,” said Rabun Neal, president of Reynolds Lake Oconee.

Great Waters is a dramatic layout that offers some of the most breathtaking golf scenery in the Southeast. The parkland-style front nine plays over rolling hills and through thick forest, with water in play on six holes, most notably the par-4 fifth, where a creek crisscrosses the fairway and cuts in front of the green; a stone wall and the Nicklaus Bridge add to the hole’s splendor. The gorgeous ninth is the first of the lake holes, the water edging in along the right side of the green.

The back nine is a completely different experience, as the final eight holes are on Lake Oconee. Playing on the lake-encircled peninsula, the back-nine holes include the short par-4 11th, where the green juts into the lake, causing left-side hole locations to make the flagstick appear to be floating. The par-3 14th is one of the most photographed holes in the Southeast, its green sitting along the Lake Oconee shoreline.

“The first time I went to Reynolds, I knew we had the potential to have a great golf course,” says Nicklaus. “I think we found it then, and now more than a quarter of a century later, a wonderful golf experience remains but is in need of a little updating. It’s one of the really great pieces of property with which I have ever had the experience to work.”

Already recognized among the “25 Best Golf Communities in North America” by GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Lake Oconee is not only fine-tuning one of its world-class golf courses, but is enhancing its long-established reputation as an outstanding place to live.

Reynolds Lake Oconee has 117 holes of golf, all designed by legendary golf architects, including Nicklaus, Rees Jones and Tom Fazio. In addition to golf, the Reynolds community offers a wide array of recreational opportunities along the more than 350 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline.

Vacation guests at Reynolds can choose from individual cottages within the private gates, while enjoying a variety of amenities. Accommodations also are available at The Ritz-Carlton. A variety of vacation packages are available.

For additional information contact Reynolds Plantation Properties at (800) 800-5250, or visit www.reynoldslakeoconee.com.

# # #

About Reynolds Lake Oconee

Famous as Reynolds Plantation for nearly three decades and now simply Reynolds Lake Oconee, located between Atlanta and Augusta, Ga., is situated along more than 350 miles of shoreline and featuring six championship golf courses, dining, swimming pools, pedestrian trails, marinas, a tennis center and a wellness campus. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is a 251-room lakefront resort and spa, which was named a 2015 AAA Five Diamond Lodging and 2014 Forbes Four-Star resort. The community is located about 90 miles from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. For more information, visit www.reynoldslakeoconee.com.

Real estate and other amenities are owned by Oconee Land Development Company LLC and/or other subsidiaries and affiliates of MetLife, Inc. (collectively, “OLDC” or “Sponsor”) and by unrelated third parties. Reynolds Plantation Properties, LLC (“RPP”) is the exclusive listing agent for OLDC-owned properties within Reynolds Lake Oconee. RPP also represents buyers and sellers of properties in Reynolds Lake Oconee which OLDC does not own (“Resale Properties”). OLDC is not involved in the marketing or sale of Resale Properties. This is not intended to be an offer to sell nor a solicitation of offers to buy OLDC-owned real estate in Reynolds Lake Oconee by residents of HI, ID, OR, or any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law. As to such states, any offer to sell or solicitation of offers to buy applies only to Resale Properties. Access and rights to recreational amenities may be subject to fees, membership dues, or other limitations. Information provided is believed accurate as of the date printed but may be subject to change from time to time. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is a private commercial enterprise and use of the facilities is subject to the applicable fees and policies of the operator. For OLDC properties, obtain the Property Report required by Federal law and read it before signing anything. No Federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property. Void where prohibited by law. WARNING: THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF REAL ESTATE HAS NOT INSPECTED, EXAMINED, OR DISQUALIFIED THIS OFFERING. An offering statement has been filed with the Iowa Real Estate Commission and a copy of such statement is available from OLDC upon request. OLDC properties have been registered with the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salesmen at 1000 Washington Street, Suite 710, Boston, Massachusetts 02118-6100 and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection at 1700 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20552. Certain OLDC properties are registered with the Department of Law of the State of New York. THE COMPLETE OFFERING TERMS ARE IN AN OFFERING PLAN AVAILABLE FROM SPONSOR. FILE NO. H14-0001.

About the Nicklaus Companies & Nicklaus Design

The Nicklaus Companies is dedicated to promoting excellence in the game of golf, preserving its great traditions, and growing the game. For nearly 50 years, the mission of the Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience, and to bring to the national and international consumer, golf-related businesses and services that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of record 18-time major champion and golf course designer Jack Nicklaus.

Nicklaus Design, the global golf course design firm founded by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, is widely regarded as the world’s leading design firm. With a philosophy of working closely with clients, enhancing the natural environment, and creating courses that are both challenging and enjoyable for players of all levels, the company has 415 courses open for play in 45 countries and 39 states. Of those golf courses, Jack Nicklaus has been involved in the design of nearly 300 courses.

At least 70 Nicklaus Design courses have been ranked in various national or international Top-100 lists by major industry publications like Golf Digest, Golfweek, GOLF Magazine, and Travel & Leisure Golf. In 2016, Golf Digest recognized 45 Nicklaus Design layouts on its list of the Best Golf Courses in 206 Countries. In the United States, GOLF Magazine counts three Nicklaus Design courses on its list of the Top 100 Courses for 2017-18.

More than 145 Nicklaus Design courses have staged over 900 professional golf tournaments worldwide or significant national amateur championships, including events on the PGA TOUR, the PGA TOUR Champions, the LPGA Tour and the Web.com Tour, among others. Nicklaus Design has more courses on the 2018-2019 PGA TOUR than any other firm, including TOUR stops to Muirfield Village Golf Club for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and the Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa for The Honda Classic.

For more information on the Nicklaus Companies, please visit nicklaus.com.

Whistling Rock Country Club Earns Prestigious Recognition Among Top 100 Golf & Country Clubs of the World

Chuncheon, South Korea (Nov. 30, 2017) – Platinum Clubs® of the World has ranked Whistling Rock Country Club in its prestigious list of Top 100 Golf & Country Clubs around the globe for 2018-2019 – one of only two clubs in South Korea included in the rankings.

Whistling Rock, a private 27-hole golf club that opened in 2011 in the foothills of the Gangwon Provincial mountains, about one hour northeast of Seoul, is recognized for overall excellence and best practices by an international panel of experts, historians, and connoisseurs. Rankings are compiled by at the Club Leaders Forum every two years through confidential, certified balloting.

The world-wide rankings represent 30 countries, a testament to the international diversity of the elected clubs. This year, Platinum Clubs of the World includes 13 new Golf & Country Clubs on the Top 100. The ranking (No. 95) among the Top 100 Golf & Country Clubs comes after recent recognition of Whistling Rock being named the No. 1 course in South Korea by Golf Magazine Korea.

In 2016, Whistling Rock commenced a refinement of its core 18 holes, the Cocoon and Temple nines. Eric Iverson, Senior Associate with Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Design, was hired to lead the modifications, which focused on increasing variety and pin positions on the greens as well as improving playability on the entire layout.

Originally designed by Ted Robinson, Jr., the Whistling Rock golf course is known for its challenging, naturalistic design and rugged mountain environment. Since its debut, Whistling Rock has made an impression on golfers by emphasizing the harmony of art and nature, where design and natural elements blend seamlessly together in consideration of the mountain environment of Korea.

Whistling Rock Country Club is owned and operated by Taekwang Group, a large South Korean conglomerate with holdings in textiles, petrochemical, cable television, financial services, and leisure development.

The showpiece of the club is its massive clubhouse positioned on a mountain ridge, surrounded by the spectacular golf course carved into wooded foothills. The clubhouse resembles a museum, a place where members and their guests celebrate culture, cuisine, and nature. Paintings and sculptures can be viewed throughout the clubhouse, as well as around the grounds.

Reflecting the parent company’s pre-eminence as a wine importer, a prestigious collection of more than 30,000 bottles of wine from around the world, is on display in various rooms throughout the clubhouse, including the dining room, tasting room and temperature-controlled wine cellar.

The Whistling Rock clubhouse offers dining experiences from seasonal menus that include Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western selections, as well as display kitchens and eight private rooms for social and corporate events. The full-service men’s and women’s locker rooms feature plunge pools, Jacuzzis, and interior landscaping. The men’s locker room has a Zen-like bamboo garden illuminated by a large, overhead skylight.

On the course, three unique tea houses offer a relaxing stop during each nine holes. The tea houses are sculptural objects and vary from one another, serving as visual icons within the landscape. The teahouses are distinctive, relaxing stopping points where players savor the Whistling Rock golf experience.

For additional information about Whistling Rock Country Club, access the website at www.whistlingrockcc.com.

 Innisbrook Resort Re-opens North Golf Course After Greens Renovation

Innisbrook North

 

 Innisbrook Resort Re-opens North Golf Course After Greens Renovation

Restoration of all 18 greens still honors the original design of course architect Larry Packard

 PALM HARBOR, FL., November 3, 2017 – Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort has completed the renovation of the putting surface on all 18 greens on its popular North Course, one of four championship layouts at the Tampa Bay-area resort. The course officially celebrated its re-opening today with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the 18th green.

The six-month renovation process began on June 5 using a no-till method of turf replacement, resulting in a firmer, more consistent playing surface.  The greens were planted with TifEagle Bermuda Grass – the same exceptional putting surface the PGA TOUR professionals raved about in this year’s Valspar Championship on Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course.

“The North Course is re-opening with an exceptional putting surface that our guests and members will truly enjoy playing,” said Innisbrook Managing Director Mike Williams. “We never rest on our success as a nationally recognized PGA TOUR venue, and the popularity of the North Course offers yet another championship golf venue that attracts golfers from all over the world.”

The renovation project also included the conditioning of the bunkers, general maintenance and clearing of all storm canals, and some trimming and pruning to reduce shading and create access to the greens as originally designed by Larry Packard. The sizes of the greens were also expanded where shrinkage had occurred over the years, allowing for additional pin placements.

The North Course is one of four championship golf courses at Innisbrook, which is operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel company founded by Sheila Johnson. The North Course is the second Salamander course to re-open in two days. On November 2, the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach re-opened after a 13-month restoration. Both courses are part of the Salamander Golf Collection.

 In addition to championship golf, the resort also features 500 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the luxury Salamander Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

 For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.

About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila Johnson in 2005, the company has a luxury portfolio featuring two distinct collections. The Signature Collection includes the stunning Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; The Henderson, a 170-room grand beach resort in Destin, FL; NOPSI New Orleans, a new 217-room luxury historic hotel re-imagined which opened in July 2017; and Hotel Bennett, a 179-room luxury hotel in Charleston, SC, opening in summer 2018. The Golf Collection includes the famed Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which hosts an annual PGA TOUR on its Copperhead Course; the elegant Reunion Resort in Orlando, which includes Signature Course designs from Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson; and the recently renovated oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL, home to layouts by Nicklaus and Watson. All Salamander properties are members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For additional information, visit www.SalamanderHotels.com.

 

LPGA International’s Acclaimed Jones Course Completes Greens Renovation Project

 

LPGA International’s Acclaimed Jones Course Completes Greens Renovation Project

Former Host of LPGA Season-Ending Championship Installed New TifEagle Putting Surfaces

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — LPGA International’s acclaimed Jones Course reopened on schedule Wednesday, September 27 following a summer greens renovation project, welcoming golfers back with pristine conditions and smooth, fast putting surfaces.

After extensive research, LPGA International installed TifEagle Bermuda, one of the newer strains of ultradwarf grass that will ensure golfers enjoy a premium putting surface throughout the year. The greens were also restored to their original size.

“The renovation went perfectly, and we can’t wait to welcome golfers back this fall,” said Michael Glenn, LPGA International’s general manager. “Players will find the greens are smooth and fast, and the course, from tee to green, is in superb condition.”

The Jones Course hosted the LPGA’s Sprint Titleholders Championship from 1996 through 1998, and World Golf Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb was one of the winners. The layout will host the final stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, and the Symetra Tour Championship Oct. 5-8.

A links style design, the Jones Course has five sets of tees that stretch from 5,131 yards to 7,088 yards, providing the appropriate level of challenge for players of all skill levels. Strategic mounding, expansive bunkers, natural marsh areas and lakes provide unforgettable visuals and have helped make the course one of Florida’s best.

LPGA International is also home to the highly touted Hills Course, and helps anchor the Daytona Beach golf scene. Daytona Beach is home to more than 20 courses and is an easy drive from multiple PGA Tour stops, making it an ideal destination for golfers in search of good times on and off the course.

With multiple package options, which allow groups the opportunity to bundle golf and accommodations, and the lure of the World’s Most Famous Beach, Daytona Beach is a fast-emerging golf destination.

For more information, go to www.DaytonaBeach.golf.

THE LINKS AT PERRY CABIN BY PETE DYE TO DEBUT IN SPRING 2018

THE LINKS AT PERRY CABIN BY PETE DYE TO DEBUT IN SPRING 2018

St. Michael’s, Md. (Aug. 15, 2017) – The Links at Perry Cabin debuts Spring 2018 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay. Created by renowned architect Pete Dye, the Links is an exciting, exhilarating 18-hole layout that plays through trees and over significant elevation changes.

“This golf course is exciting because it incorporates all of the Pete Dye mysterious things that he does,” commented Alice Dye, Pete’s wife and long-time design collaborator. “As you go along, it builds up and you see a little Pete Dye here and a few more Pete Dye elements there, and then you get to the 16th hole and the final three holes are so exciting.”

The Dyes describe The Links at Perry Cabin as a family “mulligan” because Pete worked on a course at the same site back in the 1960s with his late brother Roy Andy Dye before the developer went bankrupt. The new course—a total rebuild designed by Pete Dye with additional input from Alice and their son, P.B. Dye—is now part of the most luxurious resort in this part of the country.

It is also one of the most exclusive, being available only to club members and guests of the Inn at Perry Cabin.

“Several holes have a links-style feeling with continuous movement and some mounding that almost looks like natural sand dunes,” explained P.B. “The 7th has the same philosophy as the 9th hole at Yale, a famous ‘Biarritz’ hole with a big saddle in the middle of the green. It’s definitely not a hole that you see on the Eastern Shore, so it’s going to stand out.”

P.B. continued, “At the turn, you enter into an almost parkland-type course, holes 10 to 15 are in the woods with majestic old trees. You feel as if the course has been there for years. Then the last three holes—what we call the ‘Good Night Kiss’—golfers are going to remember, with a short par 4, a replica of the island green from TPC Sawgrass, and the 18th will be one of the most majestic finishing holes in golf.”

Golf memberships are being sold, with playing and lodging privileges built into a limited number of founder memberships.

St. Michael’s, Maryland, is located about 60 miles from Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and 90 miles from Washington, D.C. The area is easily accessible from Philadelphia (2.5 hours) and New York City (4 hours). Easton Municipal Airport, 20 minutes away, accommodates private aircraft.

For additional information, access the web site at www.linksatperrycabin.com, call 410-745-2300, or email Membership Director Ty Krause at tkrause@linksatperrycabin.com.

“Golf with a Twist” Revitalizes Hunt Valley CC Near Baltimore

 

Hunt Valley Country Club,—an Arcis Golf property in the scenic Maryland countryside—has opened an innovative, three-in-one golf course designed to appeal to golfers, non-golfers, families, and anyone else with an imaginative new concept perfect for celebrations, events, and sporting activities of many kinds.

The newly renovated course, named “The Ridge 9,” offers nine holes of traditional golf along with 18 holes of two other games played on a golf course: Disc golf and Footgolf.  This three-in-one combination creates a family-friendly environment that make Hunt Valley much more than simply another golf club.

“This is the only place on the East Coast where you will find a country club with a championship golf course plus Disc and Footgolf courses,” said Jon Vodehnal, general manager of Hunt Valley Country Club. “The upgrades to The Valley, our 18-hole championship layout, have enhanced shot values and improved playability. On The Ridge 9 we’re offering fun experiences the whole family can enjoy, no matter how they like to play.”

The changes to The Ridge 9—now promoting a variety of “swing, sling, and kick” sports options—is part of a $2.5-million revitalization of the entire Hunt Valley CC.

“We can create all sorts of activities for our members,” Vodehnal said. “That could be anything from a tee shot accuracy contest or a dart game station, speed golf, and just about anything you can think of that applies to golfers, Disc golfer, and Footgolfers alike.”

The Ridge 9 also allows Hunt Valley County Club the ability to host different types of events, from kid’s birthday parties that are outdoors, active, and economical, to corporate outings and team building exercises.  Hunt Valley’s on-site experts are experienced in organizing charitable golf tournaments and with The Ridge 9’s flexibility, the staff can assist planners in creating a new, exciting twist on traditional events. The club will also be offering Disc golf leagues for those seeking some fun as part of a group.

Located 22 miles north of downtown Baltimore in a family-centric community once known for historic horse farms, Hunt Valley Country Club remains the region’s premier golf experience. The club’s 18-hole layout –The Valley—was redesigned in 2016 by Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design. Additionally, a new practice range features two elevated tiers with both grass and artificial turf hitting surfaces. The range also was extended to accommodate a full array of clubs, benefitting golfers warming up and practicing as well as the club’s staff of PGA golf professionals and their students.

The enhancements made to Hunt Valley Country Club are part of Arcis Golf’s commitment to allocating millions of dollars in major capital improvements to its portfolio of 68 public and private facilities nationwide, an indication of the dynamic direction the Dallas-based company is taking in the golf industry.

#  #  #

About Arcis Golf

Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties tailor each element of the golf and country club experience to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Established in March 2013, Arcis Golf encompasses exclusive private club and destination resort properties, as well as private and daily-fee golf operations. The Arcis Golf portfolio is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLCthrough strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position in upscale golf and club experiences.