Saddle Creek Resort Announces Special ‘March Madness’ Golf Packages

Saddle Creek Resort Announces Special ‘March Madness’ Golf Packages

(COPPEROPOLIS, Calif.) – Saddle Creek Resort – the Castle & Cooke golf community in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County – announces its new ‘March Madness’ golf packages.

Through March 31, enjoy 18 holes of golf on the acclaimed Carter Morrish-designed course for only $75 per person. The rate is available seven days a week and includes golf cart and range balls.

A stay-and-play package is also available with accommodations in Saddle Creek’s luxurious course-side bungalows for $129 per person, per night. This option includes golf cart and range balls, as well as a $25 resort credit that may be redeemed anywhere on property.

“The overnight package offers exceptional value and is perfect for golfers making the drive from Sacramento or the Bay Area,” says Bob Higgins, General Manager. “The bungalows feature all the modern comforts of home with panoramic views of the golf course and surrounding hillsides.”

Situated along the first and ninth holes, they are equipped with a full kitchen and dining area, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a living room with cozy fireplace and satellite TV. Saddle Creek’s miles of hiking and biking trails are steps away from the cottages.

Not to be missed, Saddle Creek is widely recognized for its award-winning cuisine at the Copper Grille – located in the clubhouse and featuring more than 500 wines including the highly-praised local Petit Syrah.

Packages are exclusive of taxes, gratuities, and other charges unless otherwise noted, and cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations required. Offer valid for groups of eight or fewer.

For more information or to make reservations: 209.785.7415, SaddleCreek.com, SaddleCreekGolf.com.

About Saddle Creek Resort

Situated in the rolling foothills of the Central Sierra region just two hours from the Bay Area and 1.5 hours from Sacramento, Saddle Creek Resort is located in the heart of the Copper Valley in Copperopolis. Golfers will discover stunning vistas of the towering Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, while an ethereal collection of shimmering lakes, native trees, indigenous grasses and 100 bunkers provides a challenging, thought-provoking experience from tee to green. To create an atmosphere of tranquility and isolation, golf course architect Carter Morrish devised a routing in which no two holes run parallel to each other.

In proximity to Saddle Creek Resort is Copperopolis Town Square, a traditionally-designed, Gold Rush era-themed “country town” that is the retail and event hub of the Copper Valley in the Central Sierra region. Featuring charming boutiques, eateries and specialty shops, the pedestrian-friendly Town Square is the perfect place to spend some time after a round of golf. For more information, visit CopperopolisTownSquare.com.

PGA Golf Club Announces Spring Training ‘Stay-and-Play’ Packages

PGA Golf Club Announces Spring Training ‘Stay-and-Play’ Packages

PGA of America Home Offers Iconic Pete Dye, Tom Fazio Designs

(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) – PGA Golf Club – featuring 54 championship holes by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye – announces spring training “stay-and-play” packages through March, starting at $187 (one night, one round).

Located an hour north of West Palm Beach, PGA Golf Club at PGA Village is annually ranked as one of America’s best golf resorts. In February and March, it serves as an ideal setting for Major League Baseball (MLB) fans escaping frigid temperatures to tee it up in South Florida while cheering on their favorite team.

PGA Golf Club is located adjacent to the St. Lucie Mets stadium (High-A affiliate). With only a short distance between first base and the first tee, this pure golf destination features three diverse, challenging layouts along Florida’s Treasure Coast.

Lodging options include comfortable resort villas or luxurious hotel accommodations, perfect for relaxing after a round of golf or MLB game.

“This time of year, course conditions are pristine and pace-of-play is crisp,” says Corey Aurand, Senior Director of PGA Golf Properties. “We encourage golfers of all abilities to visit us and see why more than 27,000 PGA Professionals call PGA Golf Club home.”

Looking to tune up your game? Also located on-site, the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance offers 100 full swing stations and nine bunker types to simulate play from around the world. For beginners or lapsed golfers, Get Golf Ready classes are available year around (five lessons for $99).

Not to be missed, guests at PGA Golf Club receive complimentary admission to the world famous PGA Museum of Golf, featuring the game’s four major Championship trophies.

To book a package, visit http://www.PGAVillage.com/springtraining or call 800-800-GOLF.

About PGA Golf Club

One of America’s top-ranked resorts, PGA Golf Club at PGA Village features 54 holes of pure championship golf as well as acclaimed instruction at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance.

Highlighting this world class facility are courses designed by the legendary Pete Dye and Tom Fazio, as well as a six-hole short course created especially for families and beginners.

Providing the ultimate learning environment for players of all levels, the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance is a 35-acre, leading-edge golf park that offers practice areas for shots of all types. As the home of PGA of America Golf Schools, it employs world-class technology – such as the Sirgul Golf Simulator, LinxTracker/PGA PAR System and TrackMan Shot Performance game analysis programs – and pairs these with innovative training solutions from the PGA Center for Fitness and Performance.

Rounding out the on-site offerings is the state-of-the-art PGA Club Performance facility, which provides expert club repair and fitting.

More formation: http://www.PGAVillage.com, 800-800-GOLF.

Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts Announces ‘Play Three, One Free’ Golf Packages

Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts Announces ‘Play Three, One Free’ Golf Packages

Oceanfront Condo-Hotels, Championship Golf Combine for Unforgettable Getaway

(NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts (MBSR) – operator of the area’s premier oceanfront condo-hotel and vacation rental properties – announces “Play Three, One Free” golf packages featuring spacious accommodations and a free round of golf at two of the Grand Strand’s highest-rated golf complexes.

Featuring five nights in a deluxe hotel-condo with beach access, and four rounds for the price of three at an impressive roster of courses by vaunted architects, packages include:
Barefoot Resort – Rounds on the Love, Fazio, Norman and Dye Courses for the price of three. Rates start at $475 per golfer and include carts and breakfast.
Ocean Ridge Plantation – Rounds on the “Big Cats” in beautiful Sunset Beach, N.C.: Leopard’s Chase, Lion’s Paw, Panther’s Run and Tiger’s Eye for the price of three. Rates start at $305 per golfer and include carts and breakfast.
“These packages are perfect for golfers who want to enjoy all the perks of a beachfront, resort experience and the thrill of playing championship golf on some of the area’s highest rated courses,” says Chris Vest, Director of Golf at Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts.

All lodging options provide easy access to dining, shopping, sugar sand beaches and other area attractions on the world-famous Grand Strand. Through its knowledgeable golf desk, MBSR is able to completely turnkey golf vacations for any size group to meet any budget.

Rates are based on two-bedroom condos, quad occupancy and a five-night stay. One of the rounds must be played after 12 p.m. To book or for more information, log onto http://www.myrtlebeachseasideresorts.com or call (888) 571.4104.

About Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts

Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts is a collection of six oceanfront and ocean view condo-hotels in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Avista Resort, Prince Resort, Horizon at 77th, Grande Shores, Seaside and the Towers at North Myrtle Beach all provide the comforts of full-service resort hotels with the space and luxury of condominiums.

Each property features modern décor that reflects a coastal lifestyle and breathtaking views of the pristine northern region of the world-famous Grand Strand. Elegant yet affordable, units are spacious one to three bedrooms with fully-equipped kitchens, washer / dryer, and private balconies. All hotels have fitness centers, an array of indoor and outdoor pools, on-site dining and access to world-class beaches.

For additional information: http://www.myrtlebeachseasideresorts.com, (888) 571.4104

Indo 2013: Play where the pros play

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Indo 2013: Play where the pros play

JAKARTA, Indonesia (7 January 2013)—Holiday-makers with a desire to walk the same fairways as their golfing heroes should target Indonesia in 2013, as the courses comprising Golf Wonderful Indonesia will host this year, or have recently hosted, the biggest tournaments and biggest names world golf has to offer.

The primary attraction this year is the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters, scheduled for 2-5 May at Royale Jakarta Golf Club. Ernie Els and John Daly have already signed on to appear, complementing a full field of Asian Tour luminaries.

Golf Wonderful Indonesia, a cooperative of premium courses, hotels and lifestyle outlets, has gathered these tourism partners in order to provide custom golf travel packages that leverage the country’s unique standing as a golf destination—and host to the region’s top tournament events. Those packages are available via the branded web portal, http://www.golfwonderfulindonesia.com, which also serves as a clearinghouse of information centered on golf and tourism activities in country.

In 2013, Golf Wonderful partner Royale Jakarta GC will host its third consecutive CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. But other Golf Wonderful courses offer similar opportunities to play where the pros play:
* Cenkareng Golf Club in Jakarta, the Indonesian Open in both 2005 and 2008.
* Emeralda Golf Club, another Jakarta venue, and host to several Indonesian Opens, in addition to the Johnnie Walker Super Tour, Dunhill Asian Masters and the Volvo Masters Asia.
* New Kuta Golf, a stunning cliff-top design on the island of Bali—and a new Golf Wonderful Indonesia member for 2013—hosted the 2009 Indonesian Open, a joint stop on the European PGA and Asian tours.

“I would add to that list the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Taman Dayu in Surabaya, which hosted the Asian Development Tour in July 2012, and will holds its annual Jack Nicklaus Birthday tournament on 18 January,” said Harmony Thomas, president director of PT Panorama Wisata Nusantara, the tour operator managing all in-bound traffic for Golf Wonderful Indonesia. “Jack designed the course so playing Taman Dayu certainly means walking in his shoes—just as playing Nirwana Bali GC means walking in those of designer Greg Norman.

“The pulse of most every golfer is quickened by playing prestigious tournament sites, in addition to those courses designed by tour legends. Golf Wonderful Indonesia was created to serve traveling golfers on this gut level: You see the course on TV and naturally you wish to play it for yourself. You see Lee Westwood win two Indonesian Masters on the trot—as he did in 2011 and 2012—and you want to test yourself over the same layout. That’s part of what makes Indonesia a special golf destination—nor does it hurt that none of these courses are private. The best Indonesian tracks all welcome public play.”

One traveling golfer in particular is excited about his trip to Indonesia: Reigning British Open champion Els. “Everyone who knows me knows that I love playing in Asia and I am excited about returning to Indonesia,” he said upon announcing his commitment in late November. “I thoroughly enjoyed playing in Bali many years back and I am sure playing in Jakarta at Royale Jakarta will be as good an experience for me.”

The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters field—Els, Daly, 120 members of the Asian Tour and 20 more from the Professional Golfers Association of Indonesia—will vie for a purse of $750,000 USD. There will also be four invitations extended to top local amateurs.

However, the organizers behind the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters have taken this “play where the pros play” dynamic to a whole new level in 2013. One tournament berth has been reserved for the champion of The Amateur League of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. This league, which runs from January to March 2013, affords amateurs the opportunity to play a minimum of three rounds at Royale Jakarta GC within the qualifying period. Their average scores will be entered into an Order of Merit, which will rank their position on the event website, http://www.indonesianmasters.com. The winner will earn a spot in the main event.

“That is a brilliant idea, in my estimation—the perfect way to generate and maintain local interest in the event,” said Golf Wonderful’s Thomas. “We will definitely be following that Order of Merit race closely at http://www.golfwonderfulindonesia.com.”

The Golf Wonderful website is not merely the definitive source of information on golf in Indonesia. It is complemented by interactive media components including the Golf Wonderful Blog, the GWI Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/golfwonderfulindonesia) and Twitter account (follow GWI @golfwonderful). For more information on Golf Wonderful Indonesia, call +62 21.536.4469 or drop an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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Camp Creek, Shark’s Tooth and WaterColor Inn Announce ‘Tee-riffic Golf Package’

Camp Creek, Shark’s Tooth and WaterColor Inn Announce ‘Tee-riffic Golf Package’

Beachfront Accommodations, Golf at Highly-Ranked Fazio, Norman Courses Highlight
Fall Stay-and-Play

(WATERSOUND, Fla.) – Camp Creek and Shark’s Tooth – two of Florida’s highest-rated golf courses – and and the award-winning WaterColor Inn & Resort on the Gulf of Mexico, announce the “Tee-riffic Golf Package” for the peak fall golf season.

The luxury stay-and-play offer includes one complimentary round per day on Camp Creek, a Tom Fazio-designed daily fee course 10 minutes from the Inn; and Shark’s Tooth, a private, Greg Norman signature course on the banks of Lake Powell. Guests also receive full access to practice facilities and resort amenities including bikes, canoes and kayaks.

“The Tee-riffic Golf Package showcases one of Florida’s most sought-after boutique hotel experiences and two world-class golf courses with starkly contrasting designs,” says Camp Creek / Shark’s Tooth General Manager Mike Jansen. “Our fall weather, with temperatures in the 70s, is perfect for golf from sunup to sundown.”

Voted one of the “Top 50 Mainland U.S. Resorts” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler and “Best Hotel in Florida” by the readers of Travel + Leisure, the WaterColor Inn & Resort offers luxurious waterfront accommodations, award-winning dining at Fish Out Of Water, a full-service spa, and a multitude of recreational activities including three golf courses, tennis, biking, kayaking and fishing.

Camp Creek is a “core” Fazio course hewn from the coastal dunes and native grasses of northwest Florida. Holes are framed by the master architect’s elaborate bunkering, and feature massive, ornate green complexes – a Fazio trademark. Highly-rated by Golf Digest, Golfweek and GOLF Magazine, Camp Creek is a regular host of both U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur Qualifiers.

Routed along the shores and natural wetlands of scenic Lake Powell, Shark’s is ranked among the top ten courses in the state by Golf Digest. It is available for limited play by guests of the WaterColor Inn and Resort and is 10 minutes east of Camp Creek.

For more information and reservations: http://www.watercolorresort.com or call (866)426.2656; http://www.campcreekgolfclub.com and http://www.sharkstoothgolfclub.com.

About St. Joe
The St. Joe Company is a Florida-based real estate developer and manager. The Company owns approximately 571,000 acres of land concentrated primarily in Northwest Florida and has significant residential and commercial land-use entitlements in hand or in process. The majority of land not under development is used for the growing and selling of timber or is available for sale. The Company also owns various commercial, resort and club properties. More information about the Company can be found on its website at http://www.joe.com.

Iconic EGD design underpins Celtic Manor Resort’s reputation as ‘most popular golf destination i

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(Sunningdale, UK – September 28, 2012) European Golf Design (EGD) has been recognised for its role in creating the iconic Twenty Ten Course at the Celtic Manor Resort, recently rated the most popular golf destination in the UK by a leading golf travel company.

The 2010 Ryder Cup venue tops the list of Best Selling UK Golf Hotels on yourgolftravel.com with the resort reporting a 26 per cent growth in golf revenue in the second year since hosting the prestigious matchplay tournament.

Russell Phillips, Celtic Manor Vice-President of Facilities and Development, who project managed the course build and staging of the Ryder Cup, said: “It was fundamental to the success of the Ryder Cup and the legacy of hosting the event that the Twenty Ten Course be designed for play by both the world’s best and the golfing public.

“As the steady rise in popularity and revenue proves, that is precisely what the design team achieved.”

Owner of Celtic Manor Resort Sir Terry Matthews hired the expertise of EGD in 2001 with the vision of winning the bid to host the 2010 Ryder Cup and bringing the prestigious event to Wales.

The joint venture company of the European Tour and IMG set about designing the first ever purpose-built Ryder Cup venue as part of a £16 million development setting the stage for the dramatic 2010 event.

Describing how to create a course that offers the drama and spectacle required for a Ryder Cup, combined with playability for the golfing public, Ross McMurray, Designer of Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten Course, said: “With creative design, you can ensure that all golfers can enjoy even the most demanding of tournament courses.

“Our priority was to design a course fit for the Ryder Cup, which would challenge the professionals and create a sense of drama for the viewers, while also catering for the infrastructure around the venue required for the thousands of spectators, the world’s media plus all the event’s staff.

“However, one of the beauties of golf is that the fans can play on the same courses as the tour professionals, so it was also important that everyone could enjoy the course.

“This was achieved by ensuring the landing areas for public golfers are substantially wider than for professionals. We have to be careful that bunkers aren’t so difficult that golfers of all abilities can’t escape from them, while providing enough of a challenge to tour professionals. It’s a fine line, but it is possible.”

Established in 1992, EGD has made its mark on more than 50 projects across four continents, from Ryder Cup venues to nine-hole academy courses and is involved with preparations for both the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Paris and the UK’s first European Tour Performance Institute at London Golf Club, Kent.

Jeremy Slessor, Managing Director of EGD, said: “The most crucial element of any development, golf or otherwise, is sustainability.

“The three Ps of sustainability are: Profit, People and Planet and each is as important as the other.

“At Celtic Manor, the infrastructure required was phenomenal.  When you’re anticipating crowds of 40-45,000 people that will travel around the course with only three or four groups you have to know how they’re going to get there, what they’re going to do while they’re there and how they’re going to get out.

“With the event taking place in Wales during October, we could be fairly certain that weather would be a factor and by installing extensive flood defences and fairway drainage we ensured that the course would stand up to the deluge it experienced.

“The success of the event not only for the European Team, but also for the global audience, ensured the longevity of profitability at Celtic Manor as golf fans from across the UK and the world now recognise the Twenty Ten Course as the venue for one of the most beguiling Ryder Cup’s in history.”

For more information, visit http://www.egd.com

Florida Golf Packages

WaterColor Inn and Resort: Tee-riffic Golf Package

Guests of the WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida now have access to two highly-rated private courses: Camp Creek, a Tom Fazio-stunner featuring coastal dunes covered in native grasses, and Shark’s Tooth, a Greg Norman signature layout that hugs the banks of Lake Powell.

Enjoy preferred rates and a complimentary daily round of championship golf when you stay at the WaterColor Inn, Northwest Florida’s only AAA Four Diamond rated hotel. Choose between the Tom Fazio designed Camp Creek Golf Club, rated 14th Best Golf Course in Florida by GolfWeek or the Greg Norman designed Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, rated #7 Best Golf Course in Florida by Golf Digest. Both courses offer stunning dunescapes and challenging holes.

Tee-riffic Golf Package Includes:

  • Beachfront accommodations at the WaterColor Inn
  • One complimentary round of golf per day on your choice of our two nearby championship courses
  • Complimentary use of the practice facility
  • Use of bikes, canoes, kayaks and WaterColor WorkOut

    Book online or (866) 426.2656

    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort: Raven Experience

    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – the 2,400-acre resort featuring four championship golf courses on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast – is rolling out its Raven Experience golf package for the fall.  For serious golfers and course collectors, it features a round at Rees Jones’ Burnt Pine Golf Club (a private club) and a round at Robert Trent Jones II’s Raven Golf Club (host of two PGA Champions Tour events).

    Raven Experience Includes:

    Accommodations include choice of:

  • LeCiel standard hotel room
  • Village of Baytowne Wharf standard hotel rooms
  • Grand Sandestin two bedroom unit
  • Lakeside Villa three bedroom unit

    Two rounds of golf

  • One round at Raven Golf Club
  • One round at Burnt Pine Golf Club
  • FREE replay rounds booked at the course the day of play – based on availability
  • Unlimited use of the practice facility and practice balls during stay
  • Golf car and greens fees

    Prices range from $143 to $165.

    Book online or call (888) 801-4388

  • Argentina Invitational Invitation

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    I got this flyer for the Argentina Invitational via email. Looks interesting. For more information:

    http://www.argentinainvitational.com

    NZ Tiger Tour returns for 2013   with private, commercial jet options

    NAPIER, New Zealand—The Tiger Tour, golf’s most intriguing and expensive itinerary, will return for 2013 with an upgrade: private jet service between venues all across New Zealand’s North and South islands.

    Incorporating the best of New Zealand’s many attractions—including two of the top-rated golf courses in the world—the Tiger Tour features nine nights at three award-winning lodges and access to dozens of out-of-this-world destination options, including the famous glaciers of Milford Sound.

    The Tiger Tour is the vision of Julian H. Robertson, Jr., the American hedge-fund legend whose immensely successful Tiger Fund inspired the Tour’s name. Robertson’s 30-year love affair with New Zealand inspired him to develop the three luxury lodges and two world-class golf courses that form the Tiger Tour’s core. To all of this, The Tiger Tour adds an extra-special component: the unique, disarming charm of its Kiwi hosts.

    “The Tiger Tour is really Mr. Robertson’s invitation to see and experience this country as he sees it, and discover as he has the immense charm of New Zealand’s landscape and people,” said Ryan Brandeburg, director of golf at Kauri Cliffs GC in Bay of Islands, NZ, and its sister course, Cape Kidnappers GC here in Napier.

    “Mr. Robertson is a golfer, and he has experienced first hand the advantages and practicalities of traveling about the country by private jet. Accordingly, for 2013, we’re offering two separate Tiger Tour itineraries, one with flights provided by Air New Zealand, and another where guests travel by private jet and EC-130 helicopter.”

    The Tiger Tour by private jet, limited to a maximum of four couples, kicks off in Napier at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers on 11 March 2013. From there the Tour moves south to the alpine lake village of Queenstown, where guests stay at Matakauri Lodge, before proceeding to the subtropical far north and The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs. Pricing for this itinerary is NZ$24,900 per person (+15% NZ goods & services tax).

    The Tiger Tour conducted via commercial airline begins at Matakauri Lodge on 15 April 2013, before moving to Cape Kidnappers and concluding at Kauri Cliffs. The price tag for this option is NZ$13,900 per person (+tax) and space is limited to eight couples.

    Both itineraries are inclusive of all meals, green fees and ground transport between lodges, airports and excursions. It also includes air transport between the three lodges, though guests are responsible for delivering themselves to the initial property at the start of each tour. “This is the same way we ran the Tiger Tour in 2012,” said Brandeburg, “as we found it provides a lot more flexibility for people who want to add nights or other destinations within New Zealand and Australia.”

    For more information and to request a detailed itinerary for both tours, contact the Lodge Reservations Team at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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    . Further details can also be had at any of the three resort websites: http://www.capekidnappers.com, http://www.kauricliffs.com, and http://www.matakaurilodge.com

    Robertson started Tiger Management Corp., also known as The Tiger Fund, in 1980, with US$8 million in capital. By 1998, its holdings had climbed to $22 billion. After closing his Tiger Fund in 2000, Robertson started to use his own capital, experience, and infrastructure to support and finance (to “seed”) select up-and-coming hedge fund managers. By September 2009, Robertson has helped launching 38 hedge funds (“Tiger Seeds”) in return for a stake in their fund management companies. Apart from those Tiger Seeds, a considerable number of analysts and managers Robertson employed and mentored at Tiger Management went out on their own and continue to operate some of the best-known hedge-fund firms, known as “Tiger Cubs”.

    The Robertson family first ventured to New Zealand in 1978. The development of Kauri Cliffs, near the northern the tip of New Zealand’s North Island, came to fruition at the turn of the century. The golf club debuted in 2000, followed closely by The Lodge. The Tom Doak-designed Cape Kidnappers GC opened outside Napier in 2004, followed by The Farm at Cape Kidnappers a year later. Matakauri Lodge debuted in the South Island resort Mecca of Queenstown in 2010.

    While Tiger Tour 2013 provides an opportunity to experience some of the most unique, contrasting, untouched scenery on Earth—from private pink-sand beaches and spectacular volcanoes, to lakes, mountains and monolithic glaciers—the stars of the Tiger Tour are undoubtedly the five Robertson-developed properties that serve as hosts.

    In its 2012 ranking of all golf courses located outside the United States, Golf Digest U.S.—the definitive source of world course rankings since it pioneered the practice in 1966—placed both Cape Kidnappers GC (#6), and sister club, Kauri Cliffs GC (#19), in its prestigious Top 100. The ultra-scenic Jack’s Point Golf Club represents the golfing option for Tiger Tour guests in Queenstown.

    The accommodations on the Tiger Tour are no less feted. Indeed, they have all three proved to be darlings of the international travel press:
    * The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, a veranda-wrapped plantation house with adjoining guest cottages, was named the 6th best hotel in the world, according to the 2011 Condé Nast Traveller readers’ poll, and this year received a first-ever perfect score for service, as part of Travel+Leisure magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards.
    * In 2010, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers was named to Travel+Leisure’s “World’s Top 50 Hotels”. It also earned Gold List status from Condé Nast Traveller for 2012.
    * Located in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Matakauri would, within a year of its grand opening, earn a place on Condé Nast Traveller’s “2011 Hot List”, while simultaneously making a comprehensive N.Z. golf tour feasible.

    “We’re certainly persuaded that no golf tour can top the Tiger Tour in terms of golf course and accommodation quality, but the Tiger Tour is frankly far more than a golf tour,” Brandeburg said. “There are just so many incredible activities included in these two itineraries: vineyard visits, horseback riding, ocean sailing, jet-boating trips down the Dart River, and heli-tours of Milford Sound and Hokianga Harbour at the very northern tip of New Zealand.

    “Dining in all three lodges is a true gourmet experience. Merely exploring the properties at Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs, each some 2500 hectares in size, is something special. Where else would one be able to track and observe rare Kiwi birds in a natural habitat?

    “We feel the Tiger Tour for 2013 is the quintessential New Zealand experience—the opportunity to best experience this country, in boutique luxury, while mingling with real Kiwis, human and otherwise.”

    PGA OF AMERICA OFFERS DELUXE VIP PGA GRAND SLAM EXPERIENCE PACKAGE

    PGA OF AMERICA’S DELUXE VIP PGA GRAND SLAM EXPERIENCE PACKAGE GETS A BOOST WITH U.S. OPEN CHAMPION WEBB SIMPSON JOINING MASTERS CHAMPION BUBBA WATSON IN BERMUDA

    Golf Excursion to Bermuda offers Exclusive Access to the 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf featuring the Year’s Major Champions

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—It’s a golf getaway like no other, as it offers the chance to see golf’s four major winners (The Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship) up close in a competition to determine the 2012 PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champion.

    The PGA of America’s Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience package offers a six-night excursion for golf travelers to the beautiful island of Bermuda to play multiple rounds of golf, while getting exclusive access to a season-ending showcase event that boasts the most difficult requirement in the game – a Major Championship victory.

    The 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which returns to the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, Oct. 22-24, has featured past champions such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson joins Masters Champion Bubba Watson to make up the first half of this year’s elite foursome, who will be joined by the winners of the Open Championship, July 19-22, at Royal Lytham & St Annes in Lancashire, England and the 94th PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.

    As part of the excitement surrounding the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and the island of Bermuda, which boasts seven spectacular golf courses, The PGA of America has created a Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience golf package. The package features six nights of luxury accommodations at The Fairmont Southampton; breakfast daily; three days admission to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf; daily transfers to/from the hotel to Port Royal and transportation to and from the Bermuda airport.

    Highlighting this package is exclusive access to the PGA Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, Oct. 21, and an invitation to the exclusive Champions Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 23, where guests will experience a fireside chat with the Major Champions and then enjoy a spectacular dinner. In addition, the Deluxe VIP PGA Grand Slam Experience package includes one round of golf at Fairmount Southampton Par 3 Golf Course and one round of golf at Port Royal Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 26, where the four Major Champions will battle it out earlier in the week.

    The package prices, which include tax, range from $1,869 – $2,728 per person, based on double occupancy, length of stay and rounds of golf. Golfers interested in purchasing the getaway packages from The PGA of America can visit http://www.premiergolf.com or call 1-866-260-4409.

    The PGA of America is also offering the PGA Grand Slam Experience package, which includes four nights of accommodations at the Fairmount Southampton; breakfast daily; transportation to and from the Bermuda airport to the Fairmont Southampton; daily general admission tickets to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf; and daily tournament transportation. The package prices, including tax, range from $742 – $1,177 per person, based on double occupancy and length of stay.

    The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000; second place $300,000; third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. TNT’s prime-time broadcast of the event is distributed to a worldwide audience of 500 million viewers in more than 100 countries.

    Hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was established in 1979 and has grown from an 18-hole, single-day charity event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf’s best against each other.

    The PGA of America

        Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.
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