Pinehurst Resort to Debut Gil Hanse Reimagination of No. 4 on Sept. 20

 

Pinehurst Resort to Debut Gil Hanse Reimagination of No. 4 on Sept. 20

(PINEHURST, N.C.) – Pinehurst Resort & Country Club will unveil a completely reimagined No. 4 course on Sept. 20, the work of renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse.

Visually stunning from tee to green, exposed sand areas, vast cross bunkers and native wire grass meld with the site’s rolling topography and natural ridge lines to create dramatic vistas and strategic options on every hole. Hanse’s design of No. 4 is a brand new and bold expression of pure, timeless Carolinas Sandhills golf.

“We’ve returned the original landscape to the course, and from there, we then created the features, slopes and green locations,” says Hanse, architect of the 2016 Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro. “We believe golfers are going to appreciate how No. 4 fits into the Pinehurst lineup and elevates the entire golf experience.”

The par-5 9th hole is a shining example of how No. 4 has been reinvented through Hanse’s vision and touch.  More than 25 pot bunkers are replaced with sprawling, sandy native areas, and a massive crossbunker spans the width of the fairway, connecting with nearby holes and tying together the natural landforms. Green complexes throughout the course have been lowered to fit the landscape, and are complemented by Hanse’s unique bunker designs.

“Among Pinehurst’s nine golf courses, No. 4 has always held a special place in the resort’s history,” says Bob Dedman, Jr., in speaking for the Dedman family, the owners of the resort. “We entrusted Gil and his team to interpret and execute the vision of making No. 4 more natural and authentic to the Sandhills of North Carolina. Gil, Jim and the team have been great to work with and have far exceeded our expectations.”

The USGA has already named No. 4, along with No. 2, as co-hosts for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. It marks the third time the prestigious event will be played at Pinehurst and the first since 2008. Stroke play will be contested on both courses with the match play championship held on No. 2. Hanse says this is exactly the type of symbiotic relationship that should exist between the two courses.

“No. 4 is a companion in the landscape, but it is not a tribute to No. 2 in the features,” Hanse says. “The greens are different, the approaches are different and we wanted to take advantage of the landforms, which are much more dramatic than those on No. 2.”

Completion of No. 4 is bittersweet for Hanse, who spent parts of the past two years onsite with partner Jim Wagner and his construction crew, “The Cavemen,” working both on No. 4 and Pinehurst’s short course, The Cradle.  He describes living in the Dornoch Cottage – Donald Ross’s home in Pinehurst – as “one of the most meaningful things that has ever happened to me.”

The reimagination of No. 4 is the latest in a series of bold moves for one of the world’s most iconic golf destinations. The restoration of No. 2, acquisition of No. 9, the opening of The Cradle and an expansion of the 18-hole putting course Thistle Dhu are complete, as are restorative enhancements to Pinehurst No. 3. The Pinehurst Brewing Company will open this fall, located in the village’s historic steam plant.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to visit Pinehurst,” says Tom Pashley, President of Pinehurst Resort. “All of the recent changes and enhancements have resulted in a new energy level and fun factor that’s contagious. I can’t wait for visitors to see the stunning transformation with the new Pinehurst No. 4.”

About Pinehurst Resort & Country Club

Established in 1985 in the Sandhills of North Carolina, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club is a 2,200-acre property featuring nine outstanding golf courses, a 9-hole par-3 course, 16 clay tennis courts, an award-winning spa, other recreation and social activities for families, and elegant accommodations across one hotel, two inns and condos.  Widely known as the Cradle of American Golf, Pinehurst hosted more single golf championships – including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and PGA TOUR Championship – than any other site in North America.  In 2024, it will again welcome the U.S. Open. The resort is slightly more than an hour from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, 90 minutes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and only a half-day drive from many east coast cities.

To book tee times and golf packages: www.pinehurstresort.com, 855.235.8507.

From Donald Ross to America’s Longest Running Mini-Tour Event, Daytona Beach Has A Rich Golf History

Daytona Beach Golf Cypress Head
Daytona Beach Golf Cypress Head

From Donald Ross to America’s Longest Running Mini-Tour Event, Daytona Beach Has A Rich Golf History

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Daytona Beach is a national destination, attracting vacationers from across the country to attend NASCAR races and take a drive on the area’s famed beaches. What people are less familiar with is Daytona Beach’s rich golf history.

Golfers know the area as the home of the LPGA’s headquarters and, of course, LPGA International, a highly acclaimed 36-hole facility, but Daytona Beach has been attracting players for more than 100 years.

Here are three things you likely didn’t know about Daytona Beach’s long-standing ties to the game.

— Donald Ross, who was born in Scotland before later becoming an American citizen, is widely regarded as America’s most important golf course architect. He designed Pinehurst No. 2, Oakland Hills, East Lake Golf Club and Seminole Golf Club, among many other high profile layouts. Ross also left his mark in Volusia County, designing the South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club and New Smyrna Golf Club. Like many Ross designs, the challenge at the South Course lies in the greens complexes. New Smyrna, which opened in 1953, is the “new” Ross course. Boasting outstanding year-round conditions, it is one of the area’s hidden gems.

— When it comes to competitive golf, Daytona Beach is, understandably, closely associated with the LPGA Tour, but did you know the area is home to golf’s longest running mini-tour event – the Riviera Open? Riviera Country Club has hosted the tournament since 1960 and future PGA Tour champions are among the event’s past champions, including 7-time Tour winner Bert Yancey, Morris Hatalsky, and Billy Hurley III.

— Spruce Creek Country Club isn’t just a quality William Amick designed golf course, it’s the centerpiece of America’s largest fly-in community. That’s right, Spruce Creek is built around what used to be a U.S. Navy landing strip during World War II. Playing the eighth and ninth holes you might have a plane just a couple hundred feet over your head, adding an adrenaline rush to your quest to make birdie.

The Great American Race and the World’s Most Famous Beach are Daytona Beach’s calling cards, but the area has plenty to offer golfers in search of a memorable of trip.

For more information, go to DaytonaBeach.golf.

PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship Nears 3,000 Entrants

 

PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship Nears 3,000 Entrants

Entries Are Up More Than 10 Percent Over 2017 Pace

Myrtle Beach, S.C. — The 35th annual PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship is more than two months from teeing off, and more than 2,850 players from 48 states and 25 countries have already registered for the tournament.

A 72-hole, net stroke play event, the World Am annually attracts 3,000+ players, and it’s tracking more than 10 percent ahead of last year’s pace. The surge has been driven by an increased number of international, female and first-year players.

The cost of entry is $575 and players can register until August 1 at www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.

“The PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Am is golf’s most inclusive event,” said Scott Tomasello, the tournament director. “We are thrilled to see the increase in female and international participants, area’s of great potential growth for the tournament. We are looking forward to celebrating the World Am’s 35th birthday.”

The World Am will be played August 27-31 on more than 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses as players are placed in tightly grouped flights based on age, gender and handicap. After four rounds of play, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff, an 18-shootout that crowns the event’s champion.

Players are flighted into nine divisions – men 49 and under, senior men (50-59), mid-senior men (60-69), super senior men (70-79), seasoned seniors (80+), women, the gross division, senior (50+) gross division. There is also a “Just For Fun” flight, created for players who want to enjoy the World Am experience without the pressure of competition.

While the competition is initially what lures players to this bucket list event, it’s only part of what keeps them coming back. At the heart of the World Am’s appeal is the camaraderie among its participants and much of that kinship is fostered at the World’s Largest 19th Hole.

Each night of the event, the 19th Hole overtakes all 120,000-square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, providing participants with free food and drinks, live entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, a golf expo and more.

Among the big names that have appeared at the 19th Hole in recent years are David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee, Charlie Rymer and John Daly.

Players will also receive a gift bag that perennially includes a logo’d hat, shirt, PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies.

For more information, visit www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.

The Ashford Short Course scheduled for August opening


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The Ashford Short Course scheduled for August opening

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – (May 24, 2018): The newest addition to the award-winning golf offerings at The Greenbrier and The Greenbrier Sporting Club will follow in the tradition of excellence that has become synonymous with America’s Resort, but it will also provide a fresh and unique option for today’s modern golfer.

Scheduled for an August  2018 opening, The Ashford Short Course at The Greenbrier Sporting Club will be a walking-only 9-hole loop of par 3 holes ranging from 56 to 112 yards in length. The holes will pay tribute to revered architects and courses around the world and provide a relaxed family environment that will be entertaining for golfers of all levels and abilities.

Available for both members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and guests of The Greenbrier, the newest golf offering will perfectly complement the courses already in place – The Old White TPC, which hosts The Greenbrier Classic annually, the redesigned Meadows Course, which features signature stacked sod bunkers, and The Snead Course, an award-winning Tom Fazio design exclusive to members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

“The Greenbrier is known around the world for first-class golf, and this is just another example of our commitment to giving guests what they desire,” said Robert Harris, Vice President of Golf at The Greenbrier. “The Ashford will provide an opportunity for something new and different on days where guests and members just don’t have time to play 18 holes. We’re incredibly excited to add The Ashford to The Greenbrier collection.”

In addition to providing a place for beginners to learn the game or an experienced golfer to work out the rust in his or her short game, the course will host unique events like night golf and closest to the pin contests.

The new course’s name, The Ashford Short Course, pays tribute to the rich history at The Greenbrier and remembers a unique moment in The Greenbrier’s more than 240-year past.

In 1942, the historic resort was sold to the United States Army, and it became a hospital for sick and wounded soldiers during World War II. Named for Army physician Col. Bailey K. Ashford, Ashford General Hospital treated more than 25,000 soldiers from 1942 through 1946. It employed 45 doctors, 100 nurses and 500 enlisted men, along with hundreds of volunteers. The recovering servicemen benefited by using The Greenbrier’s immaculate facilities – including the pool, the golf courses and the tennis courts – during their recovery.

“We’re incredibly proud of our history at The Greenbrier, and we want to do all we can to make sure it isn’t lost,” said Dr. Jill Justice, President, The Greenbrier. “The Ashford name honors the men and women who spent time here in service to this great country, and it fits perfectly on this exciting new course.”

Set in the valley floor with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, the course will be accompanied by seven new home sites for members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

“With its close proximity to the Members Lodge, the course is convenient for all of our members before or after lunch or dinner or anytime they have a little extra time,” said Larry Klein, Vice President and General Manager of The Greenbrier Sporting Club. “We can’t wait for everyone to try it.”

For more information on The Ashford Short Course, visit www.greenbrier.com/ashford.

 

About The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is a distinct and spectacular luxury mountain resort situated in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. It’s best known as “America’s Resort” and is synonymous with world-class, authentic, southern hospitality. The Greenbrier experience, beginning in 1778, offers a luxurious respite to discerning guests from around the world. The grand scale architecture, Dorothy Draper décor, immaculate attention to detail and legendary gracious service set The Greenbrier apart from all others. Guests walk in the footsteps of Presidents, celebrities and generations of families who regard The Greenbrier as a “one of one” destination. The 710 perfectly appointed Signature Resort Rooms, Classic and Historic Suites, Legacy Cottages and Estate Homes are situated on our breathtaking 11,000-acre playground. Play championship golf courses or experience more than 55 activities, including professional indoor and outdoor tennis, Off-Road Driving and Falconry. America’s only private casino features table games, slot machines and simulcast racing. The Greenbrier’s full-service, 40,000-square-foot world-renowned spa is widely recognized as one of the most luxurious mineral spas in the world, and the Retail Collection is comprised of 36 boutiques, shops and hand crafted works of art. In addition to The Main Dining Room, The Greenbrier Restaurant Collection is comprised of 19 restaurants, cafés and lounges featuring traditional, award–winning southern-inspired cuisine. The Greenbrier Clinic has been practicing diagnostic medicine since 1948 and in 2014 was expanded to include a full-service MedSpa and Plastic Surgery Center. The Greenbrier Sporting Club is the pinnacle of luxury real estate, offering exclusive home sites within distinctive neighborhoods across The Greenbrier estate.Follow The Greenbrier on Facebook at The Greenbrier, on Twitter at @the_greenbrier or on Instagram at the_greenbrier.

 

About The Greenbrier Sporting Club

The Greenbrier Sporting Club, a residential sporting community, is the pinnacle of luxury real estate in West Virginia, offering exclusive home sites from $300,000 and homes from $1 million within distinctive neighborhoods set across the 11,000-acre estate of The Greenbrier. Homeowners who become members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club, Inc., a private equity club, enjoy access to an array of private amenities, including: two members’ lodges; outdoor pools; award-winning golf at The Snead – an 18-hole, Tom Fazio- designed golf course; Eastern-inspired spa (Ananda in the Alleghenies); full-service equestrian center; private access to miles of trout streams and a sports complex with indoor squash courts and a 25-foot climbing wall. Membership in the private Club also provides access to more than 55 amenities and activities at The Greenbrier resort.

 

 

Island Resort & CasinoPrepares for New Sage Run Course this Summer

 

Island Resort & Casino Prepares for New Sage Run Course this Summer

Golf packages are now available at the Upper Peninsula’s premier golf destination

Escanaba, MI – Spring and golf season have finally arrived in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula, and Island Resort & Casino, located just outside of Escanaba, and its award winning Sweetgrass Golf Club have opened for the season. The resort is also preparing to open the third new golf course in Michigan in three years, Sage Run, when it comes online July 10.

Michigan has long been known as one of the top states for golf and the scenic Upper Peninsula region has quickly joined the ranks as a top golf destination thanks in large part to the growth and expansion of golf at the Island Resort & Casino.

Sweetgrass, designed by Paul Albanese, ranks among Golfweek’s Best Courses, as well as recognition by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as a Best in State. Sweetgrass features an open layout with some of the game’s most exciting greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island, and Double-green). In addition, the course features some wonderful strategic holes including the famous island green No. 15, and some spectacular finishing par 5 holes on each side.

Sweetgrass is also part of the “Road to the LPGA” with its Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship (June 22-24) featuring the future of women’s professional golf.

Opening July 10, 2018 will be the Sage Run course, also designed by Albanese, which provides a different and fun golf experience. The land at Sage Run is 180 degrees in contrast from its sister course Sweetgrass with its prairie links style. The course meanders through beautiful Upper Peninsula hardwoods and open vistas including up and around a natural drumlin or ridge providing a scenic variety of shots creating a fun thrill ride for golfers.

Golfers seeking to escape the stress of the big city and experience a scenic and peaceful golf vacation among the rugged beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula should plan a trip to the Island Resort.

The Island Resort & Casino golf packages combine the best golf in the region led its Sweetgrass and new Sage Run courses. The fully customizable packages offer 1, 2, 3, and 4-night lodging options with up to four rounds of golf. Package prices range from $95 – $758 depending on the time of year and single/double occupancy. Golfers will also receive $5 promo cash, $5 Bingo coupon, $5 drink coupon, $5 dinner coupon per night, and $5 off spa services at the luxurious Drift Spa.

The destination is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette connecting through Detroit, Saginaw, Lansing or Grand Rapids.

 

About Island Resort & Casino

Located in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula 13 miles west of Escanaba, Island Resort & Casino is one of the Midwest’s largest golf, casino and entertainment resort destinations spanning over 408,000 square feet. The resort features over 300 guest rooms including elegant suites and a 42 –site RV Park. The casino offers an all new poker room, craps, blackjack, Spanish 21, three card poker, let-it-ride, roulette, and bingo.

The resort amenities also include the luxurious Drift Spa offering a variety of high-end spa services with access to the resort’s salt water pool, steam rooms and sauna.  Multiple dining options include the signature 5 Bridges Steak and Seafood House, 5 Bridges Pub, Firekeepers Restaurant, T. McC’s Sports Bar, Coral Reef Grille, Signature Subs & Pizza and The Coffee & Custard Shop featuring items from The Bakery. The Island regularly hosts headline entertainment in the intimate 1315 seat Showroom as well as weekly bands and comedy entertainers in Club 41.  The Island Convention Center provides the perfect venue for special events, business meetings, and weddings.

Award-winning golf has become the centerpiece of the Island Resort & Casino. Sweetgrass, ranked among Golfweek’s Best Courses, as well as recognition by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as a Best in State ranking, features an open layout with some of the game’s most fun greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island, and Double-green). Sweetgrass is also part of the “Road to the LPGA” with its Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship featuring the future of women’s golf. New for 2018 will be the Sage Run course, also designed by Paul Albanese (Sweetgrass) providing a different kind of golf experience where holes flow through the hardwoods and around a drumlin ridge.

For more information, visit www.islandresortandcasino.com.

 

Island Resort & Casino: Sweetgrass Opens, Destination Prepares for New Sage Run Course this Summer

Golf packages are now available at the Upper Peninsula’s premier golf destination

Escanaba, MI – Spring and golf season have finally arrived in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula, and Island Resort & Casino, located just outside of Escanaba, and its award winning Sweetgrass Golf Club have opened for the season. The resort is also preparing to open the third new golf course in Michigan in three years, Sage Run, when it comes online July 10.

Michigan has long been known as one of the top states for golf and the scenic Upper Peninsula region has quickly joined the ranks as a top golf destination thanks in large part to the growth and expansion of golf at the Island Resort & Casino.

Sweetgrass Hole 1, a 320 yard par 4
Sweetgrass Hole 1, a 320 yard par 4

Sweetgrass, designed by Paul Albanese, ranks among Golfweek’s Best Courses, as well as recognition by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as a Best in State. Sweetgrass features an open layout with some of the game’s most exciting greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island, and Double-green). In addition, the course features some wonderful strategic holes including the famous island green No. 15, and some spectacular finishing par 5 holes on each side.

Sweetgrass is also part of the “Road to the LPGA” with its Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship (June 22-24) featuring the future of women’s professional golf.

Opening July 10, 2018 will be the Sage Run course, also designed by Albanese, which provides a different and fun golf experience. The land at Sage Run is 180 degrees in contrast from its sister course Sweetgrass with its prairie links style. The course meanders through beautiful Upper Peninsula hardwoods and open vistas including up and around a natural drumlin or ridge providing a scenic variety of shots creating a fun thrill ride for golfers.

Golfers seeking to escape the stress of the big city and experience a scenic and peaceful golf vacation among the rugged beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula should plan a trip to the Island Resort.

The Island Resort & Casino golf packages combine the best golf in the region led its Sweetgrass and new Sage Run courses. The fully customizable packages offer 1, 2, 3, and 4-night lodging options with up to four rounds of golf. Package prices range from $95 – $758 depending on the time of year and single/double occupancy. Golfers will also receive $5 promo cash, $5 Bingo coupon, $5 drink coupon, $5 dinner coupon per night, and $5 off spa services at the luxurious Drift Spa.

The destination is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette connecting through Detroit, Saginaw, Lansing or Grand Rapids.

About Island Resort & Casino

Located in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula 13 miles west of Escanaba, Island Resort & Casino is one of the Midwest’s largest golf, casino and entertainment resort destinations spanning over 408,000 square feet. The resort features over 300 guest rooms including elegant suites and a 42 –site RV Park. The casino offers an all new poker room, craps, blackjack, Spanish 21, three card poker, let-it-ride, roulette, and bingo.

The resort amenities also include the luxurious Drift Spa offering a variety of high-end spa services with access to the resort’s salt water pool, steam rooms and sauna. Multiple dining options include the signature 5 Bridges Steak and Seafood House, 5 Bridges Pub, Firekeepers Restaurant, T. McC’s Sports Bar, Coral Reef Grille, Signature Subs & Pizza and The Coffee & Custard Shop featuring items from The Bakery. The Island regularly hosts headline entertainment in the intimate 1315 seat Showroom as well as weekly bands and comedy entertainers in Club 41. The Island Convention Center provides the perfect venue for special events, business meetings, and weddings.

Award-winning golf has become the centerpiece of the Island Resort & Casino. Sweetgrass, ranked among Golfweek’s Best Courses, as well as recognition by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as a Best in State ranking, features an open layout with some of the game’s most fun greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island, and Double-green). Sweetgrass is also part of the “Road to the LPGA” with its Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship featuring the future of women’s golf. New for 2018 will be the Sage Run course, also designed by Paul Albanese (Sweetgrass) providing a different kind of golf experience where holes flow through the hardwoods and around a drumlin ridge.

For more information, visit www.islandresortandcasino.com.

Great Weather, Variety of Golf Course Offerings Lead to Strong Spring in Daytona Beach

Great Weather, Variety of Golf Course Offerings Lead to Strong Spring in Daytona Beach

From Donald Ross to LPGA International, Daytona Beach Has Something For All Golfers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — While much of the nation battled a harsh winter and a late arriving spring, Daytona Beach, one of golf’s emerging destinations, has enjoyed idyllic spring weather, providing players with pristine conditions and good times on and off the course.

Known as the home of the “Great American Race” and the ‘World’s Most Famous Beach,” savvy group leaders are increasingly discovering the virtues of a Daytona Beach golf trip. As the spring golf season enters its final month and planning for the fall begins, Daytona Beach’s popularity is surging for several reasons.

  • Daytona Beach is home to nearly 30 courses, allowing golfers to build a trip that can accommodate any budget. As the home of LPGA International’s Jones and Hill courses, the area is anchored by a pair of the Sunshine State’s premier layouts, while Crane Lakes, Cypress Head the two designs at Daytona Beach Golf Club help deliver tremendous value.
  • Florida’s mild winters have long made the state a retreat for golfers in search of sunlight, and that winter warmth has another benefit: layouts enjoy optimal conditions during the peak season. With an average high of 74 in March, the Bermuda grass on Daytona Beach’s golf courses is thriving early in the season.
  • Golf is only half the fun, and Daytona Beach is in a class of its own off the course. From Daytona International Speedway to Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and enough nightlife to power a month-long trip, the fun is just beginning when the final putt drops in Daytona Beach.
  • The quality of Daytona Beach’s golf offerings are only enhanced by its proximity to other attractive destinations. The area is a short drive from Bay Hill Golf Club, host of Arnold Palmer’s PGA Tour event, and TPC Sawgrass, home of the Players Championship, providing golfers easy access to a pair of bucket list venues.
  • While there is talk of Daytona Beach emerging as a destination, the reality is the area has deep historical ties to the game. Three local layouts – South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club, New Smyrna Golf Club and Riviera Country Club – are part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail. The South Course and New Smyrna GC are Donald Ross designs, and Riviera, which oozes charm, is home to the nation’s longest running mini-tour event. All three are classic designs that fans of traditional architecture will appreciate.

For more information, visit www.DaytonaBeach.golf.

 

Reserva Conchal to Host Wine World Festival Sobre las Olas

Reserva Conchal

 

Reserva Conchal to Host Wine World Festival Sobre las Olas

May 19 Event to Include Live Music, Outdoor Cuisines, Gin and Tonic Mixology, Wine Tastings

 

(PLAYA CONCHAL, Costa Rica) – Reserva Conchal – the gated resort community in picturesque Guanacaste – will host the Wine World Festival Sobre las Olas on May 19.

The family-friendly event, which begins at noon, will occur at the community’s private beach club. Guests will enjoy world-renowned wines from around the world (with the opportunity to buy at the winery prices), outdoor cuisines from the best chefs in the Guanacaste region, gin and tonic mixology and wine tasting, and a live concert at sunset. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased online.

“We are thrilled about hosting the Wine World Festival Sobre las Olas,” says Irene Jimenez Gonzalez, marketing manager for Reserva Conchal. “Visitors will not only get a chance to sample the best wines from all over the world, but also experience the serene and beautiful beaches our residents and members enjoy daily.”

Set within Reserva Conchal’s vast 2,300 acres is the all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa, featuring a 60,000-square-foot private Beach Club. Highlights of the resort include an extensive swimming pavilion, modern workout facilities, fine dining, an exquisite spa and a Robert Trent Jones II-designed championship golf course.

Later this year, the W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal will open and place this part of Costa Rica among the elite in world-class destinations. The W will offer 151 guestrooms, and contemporary luxury touches and amenities such as a W Living Room lifestyle lounge, specialty restaurants, meeting space, a destination bar and lounge, an infinity edge pool and spa.

Residents of Reserva Conchal can be as busy or carefree as they desire – and this “Pura Vida” lifestyle that embodies Costa Rica also characterizes the community. Property owners have access to Reserva Conchal’s Beach Club facilities – pool, gym, restaurants and spa.

In addition to the Wine World Festival Sobre las Olas, weekly social events occur at the Beach Club, and nearby activities for the entire family include hiking the numerous trails found inside the community, partaking in many events and happenings at the resort, or enjoying the nearby white-sand beaches and tranquil waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Reserva Conchal is ideal for both primary and vacation home ownership. Only 40 minutes from Liberia International Airport (LIR), it is close to exemplary schools, quaint restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals and endless outdoor activities. The famed beach towns of Guanacaste – Tamarindo and Flamingo – are just minutes away, and World Property Journal recently named Costa Rica the “Best Place to Live and Retire in 2018.”

About Reserva Conchal Beach Resort Golf & Spa

Perched on the edge of Costa Rica’s northern Pacific Coast on the brilliant white sands of Playa Conchal, Reserva Conchal Beach Resort Golf & Spa is the jewel of the Guanacaste region. Spanning 2,300 acres, it is home to the all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa Play Conchal, luxurious vacation residences and Costa Rica’s most renown golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Property owners enjoy access to the 60,000 square-foot Reserva Conchal Beach Club featuring an extensive swimming pavilion, modern workout facilities, fine dining and world-class spa.

The all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort and Spa, Playa Conchal sits on a pristine stretch of white sand and provides the ultimate in elegance – with personal concierge services at the Royal Beach Club and sumptuous amenities standard of the Westin brand. Additional five-star touches found at the resort include 10 on-site restaurants and bars, an award-winning golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, and a well-appointed spa that offers an array of services and treatments.

Later this year, the W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal will open and place this part of Costa Rica among the elite in world-class destinations. The W will offer 151 guestrooms, and contemporary luxury touches and amenities such as a W Living Room lifestyle lounge, specialty restaurants, meeting space, a destination bar and lounge, an infinity edge pool and spa.

FRENCH LICK RESORT – A Buddy Trip Golf Destination with Modern and Historic Charm

 

FRENCH LICK RESORT – A Buddy Trip Golf Destination with Modern and Historic Charm

Circle the item that best defines great golf buddy trip destinations:

  1. Quantity of golf;
  2. Quality of golf;
  3. Great dining and lodging venues as well as activities to do in addition to golf;
  4. All of the above.

Write us down for a 4, and note that destinations like French Lick Resort in southern Indiana, Bandon Dunes, Pinehurst, Streamsong, Kiawah and Kohler fit the profile and have earned reputations as great trip destinations for golfers.

Regarded as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the America’s by Golf Digest magazine, French Lick Resort is a top resort in the Midwest and a destination that circles all the items.

For quantity and quality of golf it features 45-holes of championship golf designed by Donald Ross, Pete Dye, and Tom Bendelow.

For dining, lodging and activities there is a choice between a pair of historic and iconic hotel destinations with great restaurants, a casino and many other amenities, as well as short, quick trip access to restaurants and activities like fishing and hunting in the welcoming resort community around French Lick.

Since the early 1900’s, golf has been an integral part of this resort area. Tom Bendelow designed the first course in the area in 1907, and the great Donald Ross designed a course 10 years later that has withstood the test of time. Speaking of time, in 2009 Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye designed a visually stunning masterpiece on timeless property, and it has quickly become one of the most highly acclaimed courses in the country.

The Pete Dye course achieved a rare double honor in 2009 by being selected as America’s best new course by the two leading golf publications in the country – Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. It is located on a dramatic hilltop, which is one of the highest points in the state of Indiana, and offers panoramic views of the Hoosier National Forest that stretch as far as 40 miles.

“I have spent over five decades designing golf courses all over the world, including courses on great coastal sites, and this course at French Lick is on arguably the best inland site I have ever worked on,” Dye has proclaimed.

As for the historic Donald Ross course, it underwent a $4.6 million restoration project in recent years that brought the course back to Ross’s original genius plans. If the Ross course could talk, what stories it could tell from a rich history. It was site of the 1924 PGA Championship won by the legendary Walter Hagen, and has hosted other golf greats and celebrities including Gene Sarazen, Chick Evans, and Bing Crosby.

It is a parkland gem that meanders up and down the rolling hills a few miles from the main resort. The wonderful routing of the holes takes full advantage of the many elevation points for classic Ross green sites, which are sloped dramatically and in classic form from back to front.

French Lick is the only resort in the world that combines the classic historic work of Ross with the extraordinary modern-day work of Dye providing a spectacular opportunity for golfers to experience two of the best designers in golf history on one trip.

A trip that scores a perfect 4 for buddies can be best experienced through French Lick Resort’s Hall of Fame Golf Package. It provides opportunities to play both the Ross and Dye courses all day over a two-day period. Golfers can opt to stay at either the French Lick Springs Hotel, which is connected to the 51,000-square foot casino, or the elegant West Baden Springs Hotel.

Whether the group opts to play 27 or 36 or more in one day, the value can’t be beat with an all-day one-price option. On the arrival day, golfers also receive a 9-hole welcome warmup round on the Bendelow course, which is a classic, fun parkland design.

If all-day golf is not everybody’s option, then beckoning are the spa, pool area or area activities such as private hunting and fishing experiences, a shooting range, or testing luck in the casino.

In the evenings the group can experience a variety of fine dining options at each hotel, or head into the town of French Lick and check out the likes of Brick 33, which is named after its beloved basketball son, Larry Bird.

Write us down for a 4: All of the above.

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Honours Even As The Golf Course at Adare Manor Is Unveiled To The World

HONOURS EVEN AS THE GOLF COURSE AT ADARE MANOR IS UNVEILED TO THE WORLD

Rory McIlroy & Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington & Shane Lowry share the spoils in ceremonial Exhibition Match to officially launch The Golf Course at Adare Manor and announce the return of the JP McManus Pro-Am in 2020

It was honours even as the combined talents of Rory McIlroy & Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington & Shane Lowry cut the ribbon on The Golf Course at Adare Manor, set to quickly become one of the world’s most celebrated layouts.

With each pair returning a four-ball better ball strokeplay total of four-under-par 68, the match was witnessed by 1,500 spectators and marked the official opening of the wholly reconstructed Tom Fazio-designed championship course at Adare Manor. As a result of their joint success, each pair will donate €250,000 to their chosen charities, including The Rory Foundation, The McGinley Foundation, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the Padraig Harrington Charitable Foundation.

Following the match, the players were quick to praise the quality of the golf course, which will now be fully open for play among members and guests, and complement the recently refurbished Manor House.

Four-time Major Champion, Rory McIlroy, said: “The Golf Course is absolutely incredible. With the weather we’ve had for the last few months, to have a course presented like this is phenomenal, so that’s credit to all of the work of the greens staff over the winter. It was a fantastic day.”

One of the most significant developments in Irish golf in recent years, the Exhibition Match drew much attention from global media, who earlier attended a press conference where it was announced the high-profile JP McManus Pro-Am will return to Adare Manor in 2020. The star-studded occasion, which has previously attracted the likes of 14-time Major winner, Tiger Woods, and World No.1, Dustin Johnson, and raised over €100 million for charity in five previous editions, will take place over The Golf Course at Adare Manor from 6-7 July 2020.

Following a two-year reconstruction commissioned by the ownership of the Adare Manor resort, the McManus Family, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is now open to the golfing world. In bringing to life the 7,509-yard championship layout using practices and products like no other in history, the Fazio Design team has established a course capable of hosting the world’s most prestigious golfing events.

Colm Hannon, Chief Executive Officer of Adare Manor, said: “The Exhibition Match to officially open The Golf Course at Adare Manor has been a huge success and we owe a great deal of thanks to each of the players – Rory, Padraig, Paul and Shane – who have made this such an entertaining and memorable day for all of our guests.

“With the support of the McManus Family, we are also delighted that this occasion will benefit a number of very worthy causes and create an instant legacy for the golf course.”