The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Extends Exclusive Golf Getaway To Rewards Members With Legendary Hall Of Famer
NORTH LAKE TAHOE, CA – For the fourth year, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe has collaborated with World Golf Hall of Fame member Annika Sorenstam to offer members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Program an exclusive golf weekend getaway on August 10-12, 2018. The eventful weekend includes a two-night luxury stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, a golf clinic hosted by Annika, a round of golf at the Old Greenwood Golf Course in Truckee, hosted lunch, and round-trip transportation to all activities. Annika will also host a private reception for guests at the resort’s new lakeside amenity, Lake Club, The RitzCarlton, Lake Tahoe, which made its debut in June 2017.
The Annika Golf Weekend is a unique member experience that begins with guests arriving at the resort on Friday, August 10 and receiving round-trip transportation to the Lake Club for a private reception and the opportunity to meet Annika from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On Saturday morning, guests will be transported from the resort to the Old Greenwood Golf Course, where Annika will offer a 90-minute golf clinic, followed by an exclusive photography opportunity with Annika, and a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.
Annika is the greatest female golfer of our generation, and during her 15-year Hall of Fame career, changed the way women’s golf was played. Through her six global ANNIKA Foundation tournaments, Annika provides opportunities in women’s golf at the junior, collegiate and professional levels while teaching young people the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition.
Nestled among 600 acres of towering pines in the mountains near North Lake Tahoe, the Old Greenwood golf course offers world-class golf, and has been rated among the 10 Best New Public Access Courses in the Country by Golf Magazine, and rated number four among America’s Finest New Upscale Public Courses by Golf Digest.
The Annika Golf Weekend is available for $1,699.00 USD (plus taxes) for double occupancy, and includes:
• Two nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe King Guest Room at The RitzCarlton, Lake Tahoe
• Private reception on Friday evening with legendary golfer, Annika at the resort’s exclusive Lake Club
• 90-minute Golf Clinic with Annika at the Old Greenwood Golf Course • 18-holes of golf (per participant) • Golf cart and practice balls •Lunch provided by The Golf Academy • Round-trip transportation to and from the Old Greenwood Golf Course from the resort
• Round-trip transportation to and from Lake Club and the resort
Single occupancy is available for $1,299 + taxes. Club Level, Suite and Deluxe Two Queen Guest Room accommodations are available for an additional charge.
Space is limited and open only to members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Program, which is complimentary and easy to join. To become a Ritz-Carlton Rewards Member, visit www.ritzcarltonrewards.com. To book this exclusive Member experience, please contact The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe at 530-562-3028 or visit http://ritzcarlton. com/en/rewards/news-offers. Hundreds of golf courses tee up to help monarch butterflies
TROY, NY – Audubon International and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently partnered to launch Monarchs in the Rough, a program to assist golf courses in the United States, Canada and Mexico in creating habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators in out-of-play areas.
The program first rolled out in January 2018 with a goal of enrolling 100 courses. Today, the program has far surpassed its initial goal by enrolling more than 250 courses. The program has set a new goal of enrolling 500 additional courses, and launched a new website to feature participating courses.
“The response from the golf community to helping pollinators recover from dramatic declines in recent years has been tremendous,” said Christine Kane, CEO of Audubon International. “Habitat loss is a key driver of the monarch butterfly’s decline, and golf courses are uniquely positioned to help create new habitat and turn things around for this iconic species.”
Golf course properties occupy approximately 2.5 million acres in the United States. Audubon International estimates there are at least 100,000 acres that have the potential to become suitable habitat for butterflies and bees, if managed appropriately.
Monarchs in the Rough encourages golf courses to adopt conservation practices such as planting milkweed and other wildflowers that monarchs need to breed and feed, in addition to changing mowing practices to support the timing of the monarch’s migration, and protecting sites from pesticide treatments.
“This program is not only helping turn things around for the monarch – it’s also an opportunity for the golf community to change the assumptions many people have about golf courses being unsustainable,” said Yank Moore, land manager for the Jekyll Island Authority and Golf Club in Jekyll Island, Georgia. “We have a real opportunity here to showcase the stewardship ethic of golf course managers and superintendents, and to educate the public about conservation practices that support monarchs and other pollinators.”
Monarchs in the Rough provides course superintendents and staff with the information they need to incorporate monarch habitat into the unique layout of each course.
“We bring the scientific expertise and the technical support, and the golf courses bring the land and the staff who are already well positioned to implement conservation practices,” said Daniel Kaiser, senior manager of habitat markets at EDF. “As an avid golfer and conservationist, I couldn’t be more excited about this partnership and the potential it has to help change the trajectory for the monarch butterfly.”
Participating courses expect that golfers will share the enthusiasm.
“I can’t wait to hear what our golfers have to say about these conservation efforts,” said Isaac Breuer, golf course superintendent at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course at the University of Missouri. Breuer is an early program participant who has incorporated wildlife habitat management into the university course since 2010.
“We know that our golfers notice and appreciate every effort we make to improve the natural beauty and sustainability of the course, because it makes the whole experience more enjoyable for both the golfer and the butterfly,” Breuer said.