Homewood Suites Package Helps Drive Daytona Beach’s Golf Offerings

Homewood Suites Package Helps Drive Daytona Beach’s Golf Offerings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona Beach is well-known for its white sand beaches, family vacations, and its reputation as the World Center of Speed, but golf is an increasingly vital part of the Central Florida oasis.

The area’s popularity as a golf destination is enhanced by the package offerings of Homewood Suites, which is perfectly-equipped to host a foursome or two taking a golf buddies’ trip. The hotel offers studio and two-bedroom suites along with a complimentary, hot breakfast buffet each morning and cocktail hours each evening from Monday through Thursday.

Packages at Homewood Suites, located directly across from Daytona International Speedway, start at $348 per person for a three-night and three-round offer. The courses available in the package include:

— The Hills Course at LPGA International was designed by Arthur Hills in 1997 and stretches out to 6,894 yards from the back tees. Hills created a layout with pine tree-lined fairways bordered by water hazards and marshland with small greens. There are five sets of men’s tees at the Hills Course along with three sets of women’s tees. It will be a challenge no matter which tees are chosen.

— DeBary Golf & Country Club has been a U.S. Open qualifying site three times and been a U.S. Senior Open qualifying site, a testament to the quality of the layout. Designed in 1990 by Lloyd Clifton, DeBary was created from land that was once an orange grove and runs through a residential community. However, on most holes, houses are hidden by a buffer of trees and vegetation. DeBary plays 6,776 yards from the back tees.

— Halifax Plantation Golf Club in nearby Ormond Beach was designed by Bill Amick in 1993. It plays through corridors of oak trees more than 100 years old intermingled with native pines. It’s a hefty 7,128 yards from the championship tees but there are four sets of men’s tees and two sets of women’s tees from which players at every handicap level can find a comfortable yardage.

Homewood Suites enjoys an ideal location – it’s just yards from ONE DAYTONA, the area’s newest retail, dining and entertainment complex – making it an ideal spot for golf groups looking to have a good time on and off the course.

For more information on a Daytona Beach golf trip, visit https://www.daytonabeach.com/things-to-do/golf/.

Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Golf Club Set to Re-Open Following Hurricane Michael Cleanup

Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Golf Club Set to Re-Open Following Hurricane Michael Cleanup

Premier Destination Golf Course Features New Greens and Bunkers

Panama City Beach, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2019)Bay Point Golf Club at Sheraton Bay Point Resort and KemperSports announce The Nicklaus Course at Bay Point will re-open for public play on March 1, 2019, following extensive cleanup and repairs from Hurricane Michael.  As the only Nicklaus Design in Northwest Florida and one of the premier destination golf experiences in the Florida Panhandle, the course presents newly renovated greens and bunkers.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the work our team has put in at Bay Point to get The Nicklaus Course back into playing shape,” said golf general manager, Ryan Mulvey.  “It has been a very difficult time for our community since the storm hit in October, but this golf course has been a real rallying point for our team and the work we’ve done has helped provide a sense of normalcy for all of us.”

Hurricane Michael hit Panama City and the eastern tip of Panama City Beach where Bay Point is located as a Category 4 storm. Cleanup of the Nicklaus Course included the removal of trees, extensive debris removal and repairs to the clubhouse and cart storage facility.  Clean-up and debris removal continue at the almost 50-year-old Meadows Course.

Prior to the storm, the overhaul of The Nicklaus Course, which began June 25, 2018, included the conversion of all 18 greens from Tif-Dwarf Bermuda grass to Ultra-Dwarf Tif-Eagle Bermuda, creating more consistent putting surfaces with a better tolerance for lower mowing heights and faster green speeds year-round. Twenty-three renovated green-side bunkers complement the greens and include sand and drainage throughout, promoting a better playing experience from around the greens

Originally designed by Bruce Devlin in 1986 (as Lagoon Legends) and renovated by Nicklaus Design in 2005, Bay Point Golf Club is the only Nicklaus Design golf course in Northwest Florida. The par-72 Nicklaus Design championship layout stretches over 7,100 yards from the back tees with a challenging course rating of 74.3 and slope of 143. The course has hosted numerous regional and local events, including the USGA U.S. Open Qualifier in 2016. Bay Point Golf Club is also a home course of the Florida State University Women’s Golf Team.

Bay Point Golf Club is owned by Torchlight Investments, LLC and managed by Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports.

For more information about Bay Point Golf Club or Sheraton Bay Point Resort, visit www.baypointgolfclub.com or www.sheratonbaypoint.com and connect with the Bay Point Golf Club socially on Facebook and Instagram.

About KemperSports
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events, including nationally ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort,  Sand Valley Golf Resort, Streamsong Resort, Desert Willow Golf Resort and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, visit http://www.kempersports.com.

About Sheraton Bay Point Resort

As a quintessential Florida vacation destination, Sheraton Bay Point Resort, is nestled along the historic St. Andrews Bay, creating a distinct coastal experience as the only AAA Four Diamond rated hotel in Panama City Beach. Speckled by palm trees, pines and moss-draped oaks, the 320-room resort features a modern design, five dining options, 60,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space, a private bay beach, two pools as well as a full service spa, tennis courts, watersports, boating to Shell Island and the only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida. Following Hurricane Michael, the property is currently closed and making preparations to welcome guests back to the celebrated resort. For more information, please visit www.SheratonBayPoint.com or connect with Sheraton Bay Point Resort on FacebookInstagram or LinkedIn.

Sheraton Bay Point Resort is managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts and is the only full-service Marriott International property in the region. 

Inaugural Kissimmee Family Golf Classic June 20 – 23

From the Nicklaus Course At Reunion

Inaugural Kissimmee Family Golf Classic to be Played on Three of Central Florida’s Premier Courses June 20-23

First-Ever Event Will Celebrate Familial Bonds Golf Helps Create

Kissimmee, Fla. — With a star-studded golf course lineup and an idyllic host destination, the first annual Kissimmee Family Golf Classic will be played June 20-23, 2019. The 54-hole, team scramble event is open to any combination of family members and will be a celebration of the bonds the game helps create.

Cost of entry is $799 for a team of four. Tournament rounds will be played at the Nicklaus and Watson courses at Reunion Resort, one of Florida’s premier golf facilities, and Celebration Golf Club, an unforgettable co-design of industry legends, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr.

Entry also includes a VIP welcome gift package, breakfast and lunch each day at the tournament, and on-course contests.

“Kissimmee has so much to offer as both a golf and family vacation destination, the decision to launch this tournament was a natural one,” said John Poole, Executive Director, Experience Kissimmee. “Golf and family are inextricably linked for so many players. It’s a multi-generational game, allowing for special time spent with parents, grandparents, and children in a fun, stress-free environment.”

The schedule of events for the Kissimmee Family Golf Classic:

June 20: Welcome Reception

June 21: Nicklaus Course at Reunion Resort, 8:30 a.m.

June 22: Watson Course at Reunion Resort, 8:30 a.m.

June 23: Celebration Golf Club, 8:30 a.m.
       Closing Ceremonies/Farewell Awards Reception, 1:30 p.m.

Reunion Resort features three award-winning golf courses and the brand-new Nicklaus Clubhouse. It is the only place in the world where players can test their skills on signature-designed courses by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson. The Nicklaus and Watson layouts will be hosting the Kissimmee Family Golf Classic, allowing tournament participants to enjoy nationally-acclaimed courses.

The Nicklaus Course, featuring a new state-of-the-art clubhouse, is a Parkland-style layout that is smooth and flowing with long horizon lines and elevated tee boxes and greens. It can be as deceptive as it is beautiful. An eight-time major champion, Tom Watson’s layout at Reunion is one of his finest architectural works. The layout, a Top 100 Resort Course, showcases wide fairways and large undulating greens, placing a premium on creativity.

“This is the first year of this event, and we believe it will grow quickly,” said Kevin Baker, General Manager of Reunion Resort. “The quality of golf, value, and beautiful weather will make the Kissimmee Family Golf Classic a favorite destination event.”

Celebration Golf Club has been ranked among the top 25 family golf courses in the U.S. and has drawn rave reviews for both the quality of its design and its commitment to customer service. Among the six sets of tees at Celebration are four between the 5,958 and 6,817 yards, helping ensure an enjoyable challenge for players of all skill levels.
 
“Families from around the world visit Kissimmee to enjoy its close proximity to legendary attractions. Plus, the value they receive at our area resorts, hotels, and restaurants is unmatched,” said John Bixler, General Manager of Celebration Golf Club. “The Kissimmee Family Golf Classic will combine all those elements in a tournament that will place equal emphasis on fun and competition.”

Kissimmee is a one-of-a-kind sunny golf and vacation destination, providing easy-access to world-famous theme parks, incredible outdoor adventures, and renowned cuisine. With an average high temperature of 73 degrees, January is an idyllic time for a golf getaway.

More information about the Kissimmee Family Golf Classic is available at www.kissimmeefamilygolfclassic.com.

Twitter: @FGClassic – Facebook/Instagram: @FamilyGolfClassic

About Experience Kissimmee:
Almost 50 years of vacation-making experience. More than 8,000,000 overnight visitors. And closer than a wave-of-a-wand away from world-famous theme parks and attractions, the Headwaters of the Everglades, extraordinary natural wonders, and plates for every palate. We’re Experience Kissimmee, the official tourism authority for Osceola County, Florida. (That means we oversee sales and marketing for the destination.) We’re also the Vacation Home Capital of the World®, with more than 45,000 accommodation options, including luxury resorts, family-friendly hotels, and over 22,000 vacation homes. Tap into the magic. Get inspired at EXPERIENCEKISSIMMEE.COM.

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BROKEN SOUND CLUB TOPS 2017 ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS IN GOLF HONORS FOR BEST OVERALL AND NATIONAL PRIVATE GOLF COURSE(S) IN THE COUNTRY

BOCA RATON, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2017) — Broken Sound Club (BSC) in Boca Raton, Fla., a 5-Star Platinum Club of America, has been chosen as the Overall and National Private recipient of the 2017 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA), which are presented annually by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird’s Golf Division. The private, gated golf and country club community that is home to the PGA Champions Tour’s season opener – the Allianz Championship for 10 consecutive years – ranks as the only Florida or Southeastern U.S.-based ELGA winner at the national or international leader level.

The Club, its two Audubon Sanctuary and GEO Certified golf courses and Golf Course Maintenance Director and Environmental Consultant Shannon Easter will be recognized Feb. 7 during the Opening Session at the 2017 Golf Industry Show and featured in upcoming issues of Golf Digest and GCSAA’s magazine Golf Course Management. Awardees are selected by an independent panel of judges representing national environmental groups, turfgrass experts, university researchers and valued members of the golf industry to recognize golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence and best management practices. Such practices include areas of water conservation, water quality management, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication and outreach and leadership. In addition to the national winners, 19 chapter and nine merit winners were chosen from GCSAA’s 98 affiliated chapters.

“The ELGA winners are not only stewards for the environment, but excellent examples of the focus our industry keeps on sustainable efforts,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. “They are on the frontline of how superintendents are making great playing conditions and environmental management practices work in tandem.”

According to GCSAA, BSC’s sustainability mission and efforts through the on-course stewardship of its Maintenance Director and Environmental Consultant Shannon Easter have led to using no chemical inputs for the past three years over the 36-hole facilities — the BSC’s Club Course and The Old Course — while leading the Club’s efforts to create a welcome habitat for native wildlife, including several endangered species.

“This great honor recognizes the high standard our board leadership, membership and golf course maintenance team set for ourselves every single day ‘on and off’ our golf courses,” notes BSC GM and COO John Crean, CCE. “Our sustainability mandate combined with hospitality is the Club DNA that drives us, encouraging other communities, clubs and courses to follow suit.”

BSC began its sustainability efforts on the greens with reclaiming water and adding birdhouses, a butterfly garden and true native areas. Looking internally at club operations, BSC moved to paperless accounting, cardboard and paper recycling and installing of water reduction toilets, shower heads, motion sensor lighting systems with LED fixtures and bulbs and replacing Styrofoam cups with biodegradable products made of corn starch before its large investment in on-site composting. Most recently, BSC became the first club community to install a Tesla charging station and employ a beekeeper to install/maintain 22 beehives on its golf courses where one million bees produce 1,000 lbs. of pure honey per year for members.

The Club’s 2013 transformational design and build of its Moonstone Spa and Fitness Center earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). BSC has received honors from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for its impressive 95% recycling rate that is consistently three times the statewide recycling rate for the commercial sector and was a Green Corporate Citizen award finalist at the department’s 2012 Corporate Recycling and Waste Conference. The Club was the second golf facility in the U.S. and 14th in the world to be GEO Certified, the sustainability assurance of the Golf Environment Organization, an international non-profit dedicated to supporting sustainability in the sport of golf.

“Having created the first industrial composting project in Florida, BSC continues to ‘naturally’ save lives and dollars while improving the quality of life and healthfulness of those who live, work and play within its community,” noted Shannon Easter about BSC that holds a “Healthiest Club Designation’ from Prevo Health Solutions. “We save countless birds and other wildlife on our golf courses, while responsibly reducing landfill disposal and minimizing the adverse effects fertilizer and other chemicals have on golfers and residents.”

Broken Sound Club is located at 2401 Willow Springs Drive, Boca Raton, FL. For Club membership, contact Membership Director Maureen Schreiber at (561) 241-6800 or visit www.brokensoundclub.org.

About Broken Sound Club:

Whatever one’s passion or interest…their active enviable home life, business life, sporting life, and social life complement each other perfectly at BSC. Known as the “friendly” club for its signature blend of warmth, elegance and genuine hospitality, this award-winning private gated golf and country club community offers a choice of 27 lushly landscaped intimate residential villages, each with its own character. All are just minutes away from its main clubhouse with indoor/outdoor dining, two signature Audubon Sanctuary and GEO Certified golf courses, a two-acre $6 million poolscape with bistro, a $7 million 35,000-square-foot spa and fitness center and 23 tennis courts. Close to two international airports and private Boca Raton Executive Airport, BSC is a few miles from pristine beaches, Boca’s burgeoning Class A office parks, a vibrant Downtown, A-rated public and award-winning private schools, two universities, FAU Stadium, world-class shopping, dining, culture, sports, recreation and nightlife.

Visit BSC at www.brokensoundclub.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About GCSAA and the EIFG:

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

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Southwest Florida Reopens Championship Golf Course

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The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Southwest Florida

Reopens Championship Golf Course

After Dramatic $9 Million Redesign by Jack Nicklaus & John Sanford;

Resort Also Offering a New “Golf by the Gulf” Package

 

NAPLES, FL (November 17, 2016) – The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Southwest Florida has completed the dramatic renovation—almost reinvention—of its championship golf course. The total redesign of the AAA Four-Diamond beachfront resort’s course was done with input from golf icon and acclaimed course designer Jack Nicklaus in collaboration with noted course architect John Sanford. The Jack Nicklaus redesign of the course began in April, and the course is now open and fully operational, according to the resort’s General Manager Jason Parsons.

 This major $9 million project follows $50 million in impressive renovations and enhancements at the resort over the last few years. Set on 125 lush acres, complemented by seven miles of pristine white sandy beach, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is Southwest Florida’s only resort directly on the beach with an on-site championship golf course, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center.

 Notably, in redesigning the course Jack Nicklaus helped to celebrate his past and that of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, as he has a unique historical tie to the resort. It was in 1951, on a family vacation to Naples, and a friendly round of golf alongside his father, that the Ohio native accomplished the very impressive feat of first breaking 40 over nine holes on the resort’s course, shooting a 37. At just 11 years old, he came within a shot of shooting par, and just one year after he picked up golf clubs for the first time. This round, in particular, is what drew Nicklaus to the project–the scorecard is even archived in the Jack Nicklaus Museum, the 24,000-square-foot facility on the campus of The Ohio State University.

 “Being back at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is like a walk down memory lane for me,” Nicklaus said. “Returning to the same course where I broke 40, with my father by my side, brings back a lot of very special and very fond memories. At the same time, I am enjoying the opportunity to work with John (Sanford) on this rebirth, if you will, of a wonderful layout.”

 Nicklaus added, “I think those who have played The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club before are in for a pleasant surprise. I believe the golf course has been transformed into a fun, exciting, aesthetically pleasing layout, largely due to hard work of John Sanford and our own David Savic. I think the end product is something people will enjoy and have fun with in the Naples area for many years to come.”

 “We are very proud and excited about the opening of our dramatically renovated and redesigned championship golf course,” said Parsons. “The redesign is a unique collaboration between the greatest player of all time Jack Nicklaus, who also is one of the world’s most distinguished and celebrated golf course designers, and the very talented John Sanford. It really has been a pleasure to see them collaborate on this new, par-71 course, which features five tees, ranging from 4,800 yards to over 6,900 yards. Our guests, groups, and golfers of every skill level will absolutely love the truly beautiful new course, which is now in line with the rest of our AAA Four-Diamond resort. The new course is a terrific addition to the experience for our guests.”

 Golf Course Architect John Sanford said, “The course has been redesigned to challenge the best players but also be enjoyable for all golfers. The redesign takes advantage of the sandy soils so the course will play ‘firm and fast.’ The ball will roll out so tee shots will be longer and approaches are open to accept running shots to the greens. The greens are gently contoured to allow for multiple hole locations but have continuous movement that will challenge all skill levels. Many of the large trees were cleared to ‘open up’ the course and various types of palm trees have been planted to extend the beachfront character of the resort. The course has ‘grown in’ beautifully and is 100% ready to open which is rare in our industry. The greens are rolling nicely and the landscape has matured amazingly well this summer and fall. We are very excited about the reopening of the course.”

 Sanford added, “We have a number of great new holes at the resort course, which includes the ‘signature hole’ #16. It is a medium length ‘Redan’ par 3. The green is a peninsula with water in front, on the right and behind the green. It’s not long but will require accuracy to hit the green.”

 In addition to the new course, the resort has added a 300-yard practice and teaching range, and has new golf carts with GPS tracking systems to aid golfers with yardages on each hole, thus helping pace of play.

 A great way to experience the resort and the new course is by taking advantage of the resort’s new “Golf by the Gulf” package. Available December 1, 2016-April 30, 2017, the package is available for one golfer, two golfers, or for one golfer & one non-golfer. The package includes:  greens fees on the newly redesigned championship golf course, cart rental, bag storage, range balls, and golf gratuities. Note that a two-night minimum is required, and the cart rental is shared for the “two golfers” package. Also, the “one golfer & one non-golfer” package includes a 50-minute massage at the resort’s full-service spa for the non-golfer. Also of great appeal:  guests at the resort always benefit from no resort fees, complimentary valet parking and self-parking, and complimentary access to the resort’s fitness center.

 The “one golfer” package starts at $399 per night. The “two golfers” package starts at $553 per night. The “one golfer & one non-golfer” package starts at $555 per night. Note that the package is based on availability, and blackout dates may apply. The package may not be combined with any other offer, and is not applicable to groups. For more information or for reservations, call (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222 and ask for the “Golf by the Gulf Package.” Or, visit  NaplesBeachHotel.com . For golf rates and tee time information, as the course is open to the public, contact the resort’s Golf Pro Shop at (239) 435-2475.

 Rich in hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has been part of the Naples community since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, the resort also features: 1,000 feet of soft white-sand beach; the world-class spa; the fitness center; the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Kids Club, a complimentary daily recreational program for children ages 5 to 12; retail shops; beach rentals; 34,000 square feet of meeting space; and a variety of picturesque outdoor venues for receptions and events.

In addition, the resort features multiple restaurants and lounges. The selection includes:  the signature beachfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf; Broadwell’s, serving breakfast daily and providing panoramic views of the golf course; and the Seminole Store, which serves deli sandwiches, ice cream, gourmet coffees and desserts. The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill has been recognized as the “Best Place To View A Southwest Florida Sunset,” and was named “Naples’ Best Beach Bar” by Travel Channel.

Guest rooms and suites feature cool tropical-colored linens, fabrics and carpeting; flat-panel televisions; patios or balconies (with a view of the Gulf, the golf course or the lush resort interior); coffee makers; and refrigerators.

Among the recent enhancements was the November 2015 replacement of the brick balconies in the main Tower Building with beautiful glass balconies to showcase the gorgeous Gulf views.

Situated just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South, the resort is also within minutes of shopping at Venetian Village, Waterside Shops, Bayfront and Tin City.

Guests can further experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Corkscrew Swamp, The Botanical Gardens, or the Conservancy Nature Center. Boat and fishing trips can also be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure-time activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries.

Providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, the resort is an exceptional tropical getaway. The resort is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples, Florida. For reservations or for information about rates, contact the resort’s Reservations Department at (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, and visit NaplesBeachHotel.com . For golf rates and tee time information, as the course is open to the public, contact the resort’s Golf Pro Shop at (239) 435-2475.

Dramatic Renovation of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Golf Course in Southwest Florida Nearing Completion

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Dramatic Renovation of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

Golf Course in Southwest Florida Nearing Completion

 

Golf icon Jack Nicklaus has returned to the AAA Four-Diamond resort

to help redesign the same course on which he first broke 40 at age 11;

The Jack Nicklaus redesign is in collaboration with noted architect John Sanford;

Renovation began in April, and will be completed this November

NAPLES, FL (September 2016) – Interested in taking a getaway?  Then you should consider heading to the AAA Four-Diamond The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Southwest Florida. Set on 125 lush acres, complemented by seven miles of pristine white sandy beach, the 319-room resort is Southwest Florida’s only resort directly on the beach with an on-site championship golf course, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center. Want more reason to visit?  The resort will complete the dramatic renovation – almost reinvention – of its championship golf course this November. The resort’s course is being redesigned with input from golf icon and acclaimed course designer Jack Nicklaus, who has a historical tie to the resort.

 The Jack Nicklaus redesign is being done in collaboration with noted course architect John Sanford of Sanford Golf Design. This major $9 million project follows $50 million in impressive renovations and enhancements at the resort over the last few years. The total redesign of the resort’s course began in April, and the entire project will be complete this November, with the course fully operational and reopening on November 17, 2016, according to the beachfront resort’s General Manager Jason Parsons. According to Parsons, this is almost a month ahead of schedule.

 Jack Nicklaus is helping to celebrate his past and that of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club by reshaping the future of this iconic golf course. It was in 1951, on a family vacation to Naples, Florida, and a friendly round of golf alongside his father, that the Ohio native accomplished the very impressive feat of first breaking 40 over nine holes on the resort’s course, shooting a 37. At just 11 years old, he came within a shot of shooting par, and just one year after he picked up golf clubs for the first time. This round, in particular, is what drew Nicklaus to the project–the scorecard is even archived in the Jack Nicklaus Museum, the 24,000-square-foot facility on the campus of The Ohio State University.

 “Being back at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club is like a walk down memory lane for me,” Nicklaus said. “Returning to the same course where I broke 40, with my father by my side, brings back a lot of very special and very fond memories. At the same time, I am enjoying the opportunity to work with John (Sanford) on this rebirth, if you will, of a wonderful layout. I think we have some great ideas and people will be excited about the end product.”

 The resort’s golf course brings together two of the world’s finest designers, who celebrated the grand opening of their collaboration on Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx, New York, in 2015. Sanford served as project manager for the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and among the many honors bestowed on the design, it was named to Golf Digest’s Best New Courses 2015 and recognized by Golf Magazine as the Best New Course You Can Play. It was also a top-three global selection by Golf Inc. as Development of the Year.

 “We are very proud and excited about the completion of the dramatic renovation and redesign of our 18-hole championship golf course,” Parsons said. “The redesign is a unique collaboration between the greatest player of all time Jack Nicklaus, who also is one of the world’s most celebrated golf course designers, and the very talented John Sanford. It truly has been a pleasure to see them collaborate on this totally new, par-71 course, which features five tees, ranging from 4,800 yards to over 6,900 yards. Our guests, groups, and golfers of every skill level will absolutely love the truly beautiful new course. The new course will be a terrific addition to the experience for our guests.”

 Golf Course Architect John Sanford said, “The course has been redesigned to challenge the best players but also be enjoyable for all golfers. The redesign takes advantage of the sandy soils so the course will play ‘firm and fast.’ The ball will roll out so tee shots will be longer and approaches are open to accept running shots to the greens. The greens are gently contoured to allow for multiple hole locations but have continuous movement that will challenge all skill levels. Many of the large trees were cleared to ‘open up’ the course and various types of palm trees have been planted to extend the beachfront character of the resort. We are very excited about the reopening of the course in November.”

 Sanford added, “We have a number of great new holes at the resort course, which includes the ‘signature hole’ #16. It is a medium length ‘Redan’ par 3. The green is a peninsula with water in front, on the right and behind the green. It’s not long but will require accuracy to hit the green.”

 In addition to the new course, the resort has added a 300-yard practice and teaching range, and will have new golf carts with GPS tracking systems to aid golfers with yardages on each hole, thus helping pace of play.

 “The completion of this renovation will bring our golf course in line with the rest of our AAA Four-Diamond resort and enhance the overall guest and group experience,” said Henry B. Watkins, co-owner of the resort.  “The added bonus of having Mr. Nicklaus collaborate on the redesign of the course where he first broke 40 for nine holes is wonderful, and further enriches the deep history of our property.”

 Rich in hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has been part of the Naples community since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, the resort also features: 1,000 feet of soft white-sand beach; the world-class spa; a fitness center; the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Kids Club, a complimentary daily recreational program for children ages 5 to 12; retail shops; beach rentals; 34,000 square feet of meeting space; and a variety of picturesque outdoor venues for receptions and events.

 In addition, the resort features multiple restaurants and lounges. The selection includes:  the signature beachfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf; Broadwell’s, serving breakfast daily and providing panoramic views of the golf course; and the Seminole Store, which serves deli sandwiches, ice cream, gourmet coffees and a variety of freshly baked pizza, pastries and desserts in a café atmosphere. The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill has been recognized as the “Best Place To View A Southwest Florida Sunset,” and was named “Naples’ Best Beach Bar” by Travel Channel.

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Guest rooms and suites feature cool tropical-colored linens, fabrics and carpeting; flat-panel televisions; patios or balconies (with a view of the Gulf, the golf course or the lush resort interior); coffee makers; and refrigerators.

 Among the recent enhancements was the November 2015 replacement of the brick balconies in the main Tower Building with beautiful glass balconies to showcase the gorgeous Gulf views.

 Situated just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South, the resort is also within minutes of shopping at Venetian Village, Waterside Shops, Bayfront and Tin City.

 Guests can further experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Corkscrew Swamp, The Botanical Gardens, or the Conservancy Nature Center. Boat and fishing trips can also be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure-time activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries.

 Providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, the resort is an exceptional tropical getaway. Guests always benefit from no resort fees, complimentary self-parking and valet parking, and complimentary access to the resort’s fitness center. The resort is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples, Florida.

 For reservations or for information about rates, contact the resort’s Reservations Department at (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, and visit NaplesBeachHotel.com . For golf rates and tee time information, as the course will be open to the public, contact the resort’s Golf Pro Shop at (239) 435-2475.

STREAMSONG RED AND BLUE CLIMB GOLF MAGAZINE’S “TOP 100 COURSES IN THE U.S.” LIST

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STREAMSONG, FLORIDA – October 21, 2015 – Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue have been named to GOLF magazine’s list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S., adding to the resort’s growing list of accolades. In this year’s list, Streamsong Red ranked 47 and Streamsong Blue ranked 56, up from their rankings of 52 and 62 respectively in the list’s last edition.

The GOLF Magazine list, compiled biennially and based on input from a group of 100 international panelists, is published in the October  2015 issue. Panelists evaluate a ballot of 493 public and private courses in the U.S. The panelists recognized Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue for the following attributes:

“Tall, odd-shaped sand piles, significant climbs and drops, firm, fast-running Bermuda fairways and lakes submerged in the sand spice the play on the Coore-Crenshaw-designed Red course.”
“Streamsong Blue features a distinctive sand-based canvas that puts an emphasis on ground-game prowess. Tom Doak crafted fairways that cling to the terrain as if they’ve been here for thousands of years. Greens melt into their surrounds. Imaginative green contouring forces players to think before approaching.”
“We are incredibly proud of our team and are honored to see Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue ascend the rankings as two of the greatest golf courses in the nation,” said Rich Mack, CFO and executive vice president for The Mosaic Company, which owns the resort. “As we continue to evolve and meet our guests’ expectations, these rankings are a very positive indication we are headed in the right direction. In 2017, with the arrival of Streamsong Black, we will continue to work hard to make Streamsong an even greater golf experience for all of our guests.”

In less than three years since opening, Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue have received numerous accolades throughout the golf industry, including Golfweek’s “Best Modern Courses” and “Best Resort Courses,” as well as Golf Digest’s “Florida’s Best Public Courses.”

Tucked away on 16,000 natural acres in central Florida, Streamsong also offers guests a range of unique activities and amenities, including guided bass fishing excursions on the resort’s prolific lakes and streams, sporting clays, the grotto-style AquaPietra spa, tennis courts and a nature trail.

For availability and reservations, please call 863.428.1000 or visit www.streamsongresort.com.

About Streamsong Resort

Streamsong® Resort has been developed by The Mosaic Company and is founded on a commitment to its surrounding resources. From awe-inspiring golf courses and enchanting nature trails to sumptuous dining and ethereal spa experiences, Streamsong operates in concert with its environment. This appreciation for the land’s inherent beauty creates an unparalleled luxury resort. The resort is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts and the golf courses are managed by KemperSports. For more information, visit www.streamsongresort.com.

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

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

 

Golf at PVIC

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

 

 

El Conquistador Golf

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

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