Golf­plan’s Ugan­dan 18 de­buts along head­wa­ters of The Nile

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LAKE VIC­TO­RIA, Uganda — Lake Vic­to­ria Ser­ena Golf Re­sort & Spa, now a fully fledged, 18-hole de­sign from the hand of Golf­plan’s Kevin Ram­sey, cel­e­brated its of­fi­cial grand open­ing 6-8 Oc­to­ber by host­ing the in­au­gu­ral Ser­ena John­nie Walker Open, an event claimed Ugan­dan pro­fes­sional Phillip Ka­sozi who carded a 54-hole to­tal of 222 over the 7,262-yard, par-72 course.

Ka­sozi’s vic­tory (and a 200-mem­ber proam staged the next day) capped a devel­op­ment process some 10 years in the mak­ing. This slow road has nev­er­the­less pro­duced the finest course in the di­ver­si­fy­ing tourist re­gion of East Africa.

“The first nine at Lake Vic­to­ria took 7 years start-to-fin­ish; the last nine took just 2,” said course ar­chi­tect Ram­sey, a part­ner with Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Golf­plan ( www. golf­plan.com). “In new golf mar­kets like this one, flex­i­ble time­lines are the way to go. It serves no one to ar­ti­fi­cially ad­vance a project ac­cord­ing to ar­bi­trary sched­ules. It’s bet­ter to get things ex­actly right.”

Ka­sozi was cer­tainly im­pressed. He called the de­sign “bril­liant”, adding that these 18 holes at Lake Vic­to­ria Ser­ena will ad­vance the game in Uganda: “On be­half of the pro­fes­sion­als I thank all who have made this pos­si­ble,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Ram­sey, who was on site for the grand open­ing fes­tiv­i­ties, first among those is re­sort de­vel­oper Ka­trick Halai, CEO of the Kenya-based con­tract­ing firm Ce­menters. The ar­chi­tect also sin­gled out project man­ager Theodor van Rooyan and the artistry of Phase II shaper Joe Smith.

But surely some credit should be re­served for Ram­sey him­self, whose de­sign Van Rooyan and Smith fol­lowed, and whose devel­op­ment savvy helped re­al­ize Uganda’s first in­ter­na­tional-stan­dard course.

Formed in 1972, Golf­plan has brought proper golf fa­cil­i­ties to more new mar­kets than any course ar­chi­tec­ture firm in the game, hav­ing cre­ated more than 217 orig­i­nal de­signs in 32 dif­fer­ent coun­tries (if ren­o­va­tion and master plan­ning are con­sid­ered, make that 85 coun­tries). This fall, in ad­di­tion to Lake Vic­to­ria Ser­ena, Ram­sey chris­tened the first in­ter­na­tional-stan­dard course in the for­mer Soviet Repub­lic of Ge­or­gia (Ta­bori Hills GC) and the back nine at Sam­sun GC, Tur­key’s first course on the Black Sea coast.

Half a world away, the week of 18-21 Oc­to­ber, Ram­sey’s part­ner in Golf­plan, David Dale, watched the world’s top play­ers tackle his much feted de­sign, The Club at Nine Bridges. Reign­ing world no. 1 Brooks Koepka topped that field, at the U.S. PGA tour’s CJ Cup, with a win­ning to­tal of -21.

“New course devel­op­ment in South Ko­rea and Uganda can’t get much fur­ther apart, ge­o­graph­i­cally and lo­gis­ti­cally, but the com­mon­al­ity here is get­ting things right — no mat­ter how long it might take,” Ram­sey said. “In a ma­ture mar­ket like Ko­rea, where we’ve done two dozen orig­i­nal de­signs, no course takes 10 years to com­plete. In Uganda, it’s a dif­fer­ent ex­er­cise: We es­sen­tially cre­ated the devel­op­ment stan­dard from scratch. And that would not have hap­pened, ever, were it not for the com­mit­ment and pas­sion of our de­vel­oper, Mr. Halai, who en­sured that not a sin­gle cor­ner was cut. His com­mit­ment to qual­ity never flagged. We de­ployed all the best ma­te­ri­als, Toro ir­ri­gation, and the per­fect tur­f­grass for this cli­mate and site, Sea Spray Pas­palum, which, like most every­thing (in­clud­ing bent­grass, for the putting sur­faces), re­quired im­por­ta­tion.

“As a re­sult, we have a thor­oughly com­pelling golf course in a sin­gu­lar set­ting — with course con­di­tions the equal of any in Africa. And I in­clude South Africa in that as­sess­ment.”

The en­vi­ron­ment at Ser­ena is nat­u­rally dom­i­nated by mighty Lake Vic­to­ria, a pres­ence on all 18 holes but par­tic­u­larly the start and fin­ish. Ram­sey’s de­sign made el­e­gant use of an enor­mous, man-made la­goon that di­vides holes 1 and 9 from 17 and 18 — and ac­com­mo­dates the prop­erty’s sparkling new ma­rina.

“I’m not sure that’s ever been done,” the ar­chi­tect said. “Those are won­der­ful wa­ter holes, the 1st es­pe­cially — once you reach the land­ing area, all of Lake Vic­to­ria spreads out be­fore you. The 18th is an­other pic­turesque par-4, a sexy lit­tle fin­ish­ing hole that plays to an is­land green. But it’s some­thing quite spe­cial to have a gallery of plea­sure boats shut­tling in and out of this ma­rina, as the round be­gins and ends.

“It’s a pretty flat piece of ground there at wa­ter’s edge, but those are some of the most beau­ti­ful lake-side holes we’ve cre­ated as a firm — I’m re­ally pleased with the way our wispy, na­tive-grass ar­eas aes­thet­i­cally com­ple­ment the pa­pyrus reeds we pre­served at lake­side. At the same time, sev­eral holes at Ser­ena play up into nat­u­ral grass­lands dot­ted with aca­cia trees that re­mind me of mesquite trees from the Amer­i­can west. It’s a dis­tinct en­vi­ron­ment up there, and the long views — over the course, to Lake Vic­to­ria be­yond — are even more stun­ning.”

The ex­tended devel­op­ment time­line at Lake Vic­to­ria Ser­ena Golf Re­sort & Spa worked out quite strate­gi­cally. Lo­cated south of the cap­i­tal, Kam­pala, the Ser­ena prop­erty is to­day highly con­ve­nient to sev­eral mil­lion ur­ban­ites thanks to the newly com­pleted Kam­pala-En­tebbe high­way. Kam­pala is also the point of en­try for much of the coun­try’s sa­fari tourism in­dus­try.

“Uganda needs di­ver­si­fied tourist at­trac­tions and this re­sort def­i­nitely fits that bill,” said Ram­sey, who added that his18 holes at Ser­ena are an ex­otic wildlife tour in their own right. “There are dozens of ex­otic bird species on course, the Ugan­dan Crane be­ing the most spec­tac­u­lar. That’s the na­tional bird but the most a mas­sive bird is the strik­ingly ugly Marabou Stork, which looks like a ptero­dactyl! There are some lovely mon­i­tor lizards out there, too. There used to be a python liv­ing in the pa­pyrus reeds along no. 9 — but I don’t go out there look­ing for him.”

The Moun­tain Shad­ows Open Re­turns Dec. 19, 2018

Cap off 2018 by tee­ing off on The Short Course at Moun­tain Shad­ows in Par­adise Val­ley, Ariz. with the re­turn of the world­class Moun­tain Shad­ows Golf Open on Wednes­day, Dec. 19.

The Moun­tain Shad­ows Golf Open is mak­ing an ap­pear­ance once again as one of the Val­ley’s most ac­tion-packed tour­na­ments with breath­tak­ing views and com­pet­i­tive play. The tour­na­ment’s $500 en­try fee in­cludes a 9:00 a.m. morn­ing shot­gun, lunch at Rusty’s at The Short Course – boast­ing a stylish lounge and out­door shaded pa­tio over­look­ing Camel­back Moun­tain – and an af­ter­noon shot­gun fol­lowed by an awards re­cep­tion on Camel­back Over­look.

Moun­tain Shad­ows Golf Open tick­ets can be booked at www.out­law­tour. golf/18moun­tain­shad­ow­sopen and guests can even make a night (or week­end!) of it by en­joy­ing lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions be­tween Dec. 17-21 for a spe­cial Open rate start­ing at $169 plus re­sort fee.

Orig­i­nally de­signed by Ar­chi­tect Arthur Jack Sny­der in 1961, The Short Course at Moun­tain Shad­ows quickly be­came a fa­vorite among Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties and so­cialites. As the new Moun­tain Shad­ows rose from the dust in 2017, renowned golf course ar­chi­tect For­rest Richard­son ( who worked with Sny­der) re­designed the course by com­bin­ing its sto­ried her­itage with mod­ern fea­tures. The Short Course at Moun­tain Shad­ows is the only 18-hole, par-3 course in Ari­zona. With an em­pha­sis on fun for the ca­sual golfer, as well as the se­ri­ous player, the newly con­fig­ured and fully re­built course com­bines more dif­fi­cult Di­a­mond Tees, in­ter­me­di­ate Square Tees and eas­ier Cir­cle Tees to be se­lected by the golfer to form their per­sonal course lay­out. Views of iconic Camel­back Moun­tain be­gin to cas­cade into the round of golf. At the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion, the course spills into the re­sort as if it were a ski slope wind­ing down from the moun­tain above. The course is playable in un­der three hours, leav­ing time for beers and bites at Rusty’s. Par-54 – 2,310 yards, 2,065 yards, 1,735 yards.

About Moun­tain Shad­ows:

Moun­tain Shad­ows de­buted April 1, 2017 as the new bou­tique re­sort in Par­adise Val­ley, Ariz. set in the shadow of Camel­back Moun­tain. The re­sort just marked the com­ple­tion of fully fur­nished lux­ury re­sort con­do­mini­ums, which come with se­ri­ous perks – from full ac­cess to the up­scale in­de­pen­dent bou­tique re­sort and high-tech well­ness cen­ter to Ari­zona’s only 18-hole, par-3 golf course, com­pletely re­designed by For­rest Richard­son, ac­claimed golf course ar­chi­tect. The re­sort fea­tures time­less mod­ern de­sign, 183 guest-rooms, a restau­rant with an ex­hi­bi­tion kitchen, two pools, a high­tech fit­ness fa­cil­ity, a fully re­vamped short course with a golf grill and lounge, an art gallery, and 37,500 square feet of in­door and out­door event space.

About The Short Course:

Set in the shadow of Camel­back Moun­tain, the course is in serene Par­adise Val­ley, ad­ja­cent to Scotts­dale. Hall­marks of the course are the ex­cep­tional greens sur­faces and dis­tinct holes, each with stun­ning moun­tain views. These, com­bined with the in­tense flex­i­bil­ity of tees, cre­ate an un­par­al­leled ex­pe­ri­ence. Holes play from 60 to 200 yards. The golfer will not only get to use an ar­ray of clubs, but also com­plete 18 holes in just a few hours - a respite to golfers in the Ari­zona sum­mers and bonus for guests look­ing to get a round in be­fore a day of re­sort re­lax­ation or desert ex­plo­ration!

Bal­sam Moun­tain Pre­serve Un­veils First Palmer Prac­tice Park

SYLVA, NC – Bal­sam Moun­tain Pre­serve, a con­ser­va­tion-ori­ented res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity in the Blue Ridge Moun­tains, re­cently un­veiled Palmer Prac­tice Park, a new state-of-theart golf prac­tice fa­cil­ity de­signed by Arnold Palmer De­sign Com­pany. The fa­cil­ity is lo­cated just steps away from Dou­ble­top Vil­lage, an up­com­ing moun­tain ham­let of 23 new res­i­den­tial cot­tages, din­ing and recre­ational ameni­ties all cur­rently un­der devel­op­ment and sched­uled to open in early 2020.

The unique­ness of the Palmer Prac­tice Park stems from its cut­ting-edge de­sign, which rep­re­sents golf’s evolv­ing na­ture by pro­vid­ing a richer, more in­ter­ac­tive golf ex­pe­ri­ence com­pared to stan­dard one-di­men­sional driv­ing ranges. The new Park also opens up the game to golfers of all ages and skill sets with the built in flex­i­bil­ity to play as a par 3 course or a “choose your own ad­ven­ture” pitch and putt.

“Arnold Palmer’s mis­sion was to share his love for the game in hopes of grow­ing the sport,” says Thad Lay­ton, Vice Pres­i­dent and Se­nior Ar­chi­tect for Arnold Palmer De­sign Com­pany. “Bal­sam Moun­tain Pre­serve is stay­ing true to that mis­sion with the new Palmer Prac­tice Park. As one of the few golf cour­ses im­ple­ment­ing this rad­i­cal de­sign, it is lead­ing the charge in in­tro­duc­ing golf to a whole new gen­er­a­tion.”

Palmer Prac­tice Park will pro­vide Bal­sam res­i­dents an ex­clu­sive, one-of-a-kind golf­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in an un­par­al­leled nat­u­ral set­ting. Sit­ting at 3,400 feet above sea level, the park is cen­trally lo­cated be­tween the 10th hole and the new vil­lage cen­ter and will over­look the Arnold Palmer Sig­na­ture golf course and Plott Bal­sam Moun­tain Range. Span­ning five acres, the prac­tice fa­cil­ity will fea­ture six unique greens, 3 bunkers and mul­ti­ple tee­ing grounds, cre­at­ing an un­lim­ited num­ber of ways to set the course up day to day. This va­ri­ety will in­sure the course never plays the same way twice, while also pro­mot­ing a low-pres­sure, smaller-scale game that will ap­peal to golfers of all abil­i­ties. Play­ers will still have the op­tion of a prac­tice range with a full length of 260 yards, in ad­di­tion to the par 3 and pitch and putt course op­tions.

To learn more about the Dou­ble­top Vil­lage visit www.bal­sam­moun­tain­pre­serve.com.

Casa de Campo Re­sort & Vil­las Show­cases Fall Golf Events

LA ROMANA, Do­mini­can Repub­lic – Casa de Campo Re­sort & Vil­las – home to the Caribbean’s pre­mier, lux­ury golf ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing the iconic Teeth of the Dog course – show­cases a trio of fall golf events ideal to en­joy its myr­iad ameni­ties and three marvelous cour­ses.

The leg­endary re­sort is home to Pete Dye-de­signed gems Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links. Since open­ing in 1974, Teeth of the Dog is widely rec­og­nized as the No. 1 course in the Caribbean. Golf course ar­chi­tec­ture afi­ciona­dos call Dye Fore “the most un­der­rated course in the Caribbean.” The Links show­cases Dye’s ge­nius for cre­at­ing in­ter­est­ing putting sur­faces and green com­plexes.

To be held Nov. 14 – 18, the 54-hole Casa de Campo Pete Dye Cel­e­bra­tion ProAm honors the amaz­ing ca­reer and legacy of Dye. Teams con­sist of one pro­fes­sional play­ing along­side four am­a­teur part­ners for the flighted event. Stay-and-play pack­ages start at $2,919 per player (dou­ble oc­cu­pancy) and in­clude two rounds on Teeth of the Dog, one round on Dye Fore, Elite room ac­com­mo­da­tions, awards ban­quet and much more.

The 13th An­nual Two­some Cham­pi­onship, sched­uled for Dec. 2 – 8, is a main­stay on Casa de Campo’s an­nual ros­ter of pop­u­lar tour­na­ments. Ac­cept­ing en­tries from both pro­fes­sion­als and am­a­teurs, the 90-hole hand­i­cap event in­cludes rounds on Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links. The all-in­clu­sive six-night pack­age starts at $2,709 (per per­son, per night) and is loaded with ex­tras.

The Casa de Campo Women’s Get­away with Suzy Wha­ley is a four-day / three-night event tak­ing place on Dec. 7 – 10. Wha­ley – a for­mer LPGA Tour mem­ber, renowned PGA Pro­fes­sional and one of the game’s top in­struc­tors – will host. The stay-and-play is all-in­clu­sive and starts at $1,899 per per­son (dou­ble oc­cu­pancy). The many high­lights in­clude un­lim­ited green fees on all three cour­ses and per­sonal in­struc­tion by Wha­ley at the re­sort’s new state-of-the-art Golf Learn­ing Cen­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion on all events, call 809.523.8115 or email [email protected] ccampo.com.do.

Belfair’s East Course Re­opens Fol­low­ing Four Month En­hance­ment Project

BLUFFTON, SC – Belfair, a pri­vate golf club com­mu­nity in Bluffton, South Carolina, re­cently re­opened its award-win­ning East Course fol­low­ing a four-month en­hance­ment and bunker ren­o­va­tion project. The East Course ren­o­va­tion is part of Belfair’s longterm strate­gic plan which will rein­vest more than $20 mil­lion into the club and com­mu­nity over the next ten years.

En­hance­ments on the Tom Fazio-de­signed East Course in­cluded up­dat­ing green com­plexes to their orig­i­nal size by uti­liz­ing GPS co­or­di­nates gath­ered from Fazio’s

orig­i­nal de­sign. Greens were resur­faced with Tif Ea­gle grass, while fair­ways, tees and col­lars were resur­faced with Lat­i­tude 36 Ber­muda grass. Bunker ren­o­va­tions in­cluded up­dat­ing the drainage in all green­side and fair­way bunkers uti­liz­ing a new cap­il­lary con­crete bunker sys­tem. The new bunkers are filled with G-An­gle bunker sand. Belfair’s Di­rec­tor of Agron­omy, Keith Ein­wag and Troon’s Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Golf Course Devel­op­ment, Ron De­s­pain over­saw the project, with Mary­land-based McDonald and Sons serv­ing as the gen­eral con­trac­tor.

“The West Course at Belfair al­ready ranks as one of the ‘Top 100 Pri­vate Res­i­den­tial Cour­ses in the US,’” said Ray Pilch, Pres­i­dent of the Belfair, POA. “With this ren­o­va­tion and en­hance­ment, we are hope­ful of achiev­ing sim­i­lar recog­ni­tion for the East Course as well.”

Belfair will host the 2019 PGA Pro­fes­sional Cham­pi­onship, the world’s largest all­pro­fes­sional event, April 28-May 1. The 312-player field will be com­prised of play­ers who ad­vanced from the 41 PGA Sec­tion Cham­pi­onships, along with past cham­pi­ons. The low 20 scor­ers at Belfair will earn a berth in the 2019 PGA Cham­pi­onship to be played May 16-19, 2019 at Beth­page Black in Farm­ing­dale, New York. All four rounds of the PGA Pro­fes­sional Cham­pi­onship will be broad­cast live on Golf Chan­nel.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Belfair, visit www.belfair1811.com or call (843) 757-0701.

Youth on Course Of­fer­ing In­di­vid­u­als a Chance to Win "Bucket List" Golf Ex­pe­ri­ences

PEB­BLE BEACH, CA — Youth on Course – the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing young peo­ple with sub­si­dized golf, col­lege schol­ar­ships, paid in­tern­ships and a cad­die pro­gram – will con­duct its an­nual on­line auc­tion Novem­ber 11-15, with all pro­ceeds used to pro­vide ju­nior golfers across the coun­try with rounds of golf for $5 or less.

Sup­port­ers will have ex­clu­sive ac­cess to bid on once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing a round of golf and din­ner at The In­sti­tute (one of Golf Ad­vi­sor’s “10 In­sanely Pri­vate Golf Cour­ses You Will Never Get to Play”). Other sought-af­ter des­ti­na­tions in­clude five-time U.S. Open host Merion Golf Club, Old Tom Mor­ris-de­signed Lahinch Golf Club, Winged Foot, Riviera, Sand Val­ley and many more which cater to a va­ri­ety of en­thu­si­asts. The auc­tion also con­sists of fam­ily travel pack­ages and al­lac­cess passes to sport­ing events.

“We think it’s an added value to bid­ders know­ing that they are get­ting an op­por­tu­nity to check a bucket-list item off their list, while also sup­port­ing the dreams of our mem­bers,” says Youth on Course Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Adam Heieck. “Thanks to the gen­er­ous sup­port from bid­ders in 2017, we raised $115,000 to con­tinue our mis­sion of pro­vid­ing life chang­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for kids through golf. To build off that mo­men­tum, we’ve in­creased this year’s goal to $150,000.”

Op­er­at­ing in ev­ery U.S. re­gion, Youth on Course has more than 45,000 ac­tive mem­bers with ac­cess to 18 holes of golf for $5 or less at 900-plus cour­ses across 26 states. Since 2006, ju­niors have com­pleted 750,000 rounds while the or­ga­ni­za­tion has helped gen­er­ate nearly $5 mil­lion in tee-time rev­enue re­im­bursed back to in­di­vid­ual golf cour­ses.

In ad­di­tion to sub­si­dized rounds, Youth on Course also fa­cil­i­tates col­lege schol­ar­ships, paid in­tern­ships and a cad­die pro­gram. Since the in­cep­tion of the schol­ar­ship pro­gram in 2008, They have awarded 222 stu­dents with schol­ar­ships to­tal­ing more than $1.4 mil­lion in fi­nan­cial sup­port. The cur­rent Youth on Course schol­ar­ship re­ten­tion rate is nine­tyeight per­cent, with 53 stu­dents al­ready grad­u­ated.

Sil­ver­ado Re­sort And Spa Un­veils New Ex­pe­ri­ence Stay & Play Pack­age

NAPA, CA – Fol­low­ing an ex­cit­ing fin­ish to this year’s Safe­way Open in which Kevin Tway won in a three-hole play­off, Sil­ver­ado Re­sort and Spa – the host prop­erty for the PGA TOUR tour­na­ment – has un­veiled their new Sil­ver­ado Ex­pe­ri­ence Stay & Play pack­age.

• The Sil­ver­ado Ex­pe­ri­ence Stay & Play pack­age starts at $360 per per­son, per night and in­cludes: • Three nights in a two bed­room suite • Two rounds of golf per per­son • A de­li­cious daily break­fast in The Grill • One 50 minute Sil­ver­ado sig­na­ture spa treat­ment • A golf amenity per per­son Sil­ver­ado Re­sort and Spa is Napa Val­ley’s only 36-hole golf re­sort. The 7,166yard, par 72 North Course an­nu­ally hosts the Safe­way Open, while the 6,612-yard, par 72 South Course is a fa­vorite among re­sort guests. Both cour­ses were de­signed by golf leg­end Johnny Miller. In ad­di­tion to two 18-hole golf cour­ses man­aged by Troon Golf, Sil­ver­ado fea­tures 360 guest rooms, a full ser­vice Spa, 10 ten­nis courts and 10 swim­ming pools, all in close prox­im­ity to Napa Val­ley’s 540-plus winer­ies.

Just hours af­ter the con­clu­sion of the 2017 Safe­way Open, the At­las Peak fires erupted de­stroy­ing or dam­ag­ing more than 800 struc­tures in the area. Thanks to fast-act­ing first re­spon­ders and a bit of luck, Sil­ver­ado Re­sort and Spa sur­vived the dev­as­tat­ing wild­fires. Safe­way Open tour­na­ment of­fi­cials com­mit­ted to do­nat­ing 100 per­cent of ticket sales from the 2018 Safe­way Open to re­build Napa Val­ley and the on­go­ing fire re­lief ef­forts in the area.

“On the heels of a ter­rific Safe­way Open and a great per­for­mance by Kevin Tway, we in­vite golf fans to ex­pe­ri­ence Sil­ver­ado Re­sort for them­selves,” said re­sort owner Johnny Miller. “This his­toric prop­erty is truly a spe­cial place.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Sil­ver­ado Re­sort and Spa’s Sil­ver­ado Ex­pe­ri­ence Pack­age, visit www.sil­ver­adore­sort.com. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Safe­way Open, visit www.safe­way­open.com.

Club De Golf Al­canada Makes It Eight In A Row

Club de Golf Al­canada has se­cured its po­si­tion as Europe’s favourite course af­ter be­ing voted the best on the con­ti­nent by vis­i­tors to www.1golf.eu for a re­mark­able eighth year run­ning.

As part of a re­cent sur­vey by the pop­u­lar Ger­man web­site, the par­tic­i­pants were asked to name their three favourite cour­ses in Europe, with the to­tals added ac­cord­ingly.

With more than 1000 peo­ple sur­veyed, 84 per cent were from Ger­many, Switzer­land and Aus­tria, while the re­main­ing 16 per cent were from 34 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

Among the world-fa­mous cour­ses through­out the con­ti­nent, the course which bears the name of the fa­mous Al­canada light­house shone the bright­est once again as the ac­claimed Mal­lor­can lay­out, de­signed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, beat more than 28,500 ri­val Eu­ro­pean cour­ses.

It’s the lat­est in a long list of awards car­ried off by Club de Golf Al­canada, since its open­ing 15 years ago. And those awards should con­tinue to stack up into 2019 and be­yond with a €600,000 re­vamp of all 18 greens and fur­ther up­grades planned as part of the works. The new greens will be in play early next year, which will im­prove the Al­canada ex­pe­ri­ence to an even higher level.

Kristoff Both, di­rec­tor of Club de Golf Al­canada, said: “To win any award like this is a great priv­i­lege but to win the same award for eight years run­ning is a re­mark­able achieve­ment, es­pe­cially when it is voted for by our val­ued guests.

“It shows the pop­u­lar­ity and at­trac­tion of our course and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing more vis­i­tors once again in 2019. With the new greens and fur­ther im­prove­ments, we are cer­tain that the ex­pe­ri­ence will be even bet­ter for them.”

Audubon Coun­try Club Com­pletes Golf Course Ren­o­va­tion

NAPLES, FL – Audubon Coun­try Club re­cently com­pleted the ren­o­va­tion of its 18-hole Joe Lee-de­signed golf course un­der di­rec­tion of golf course ar­chi­tect, J. Drew Rogers, ASGCA and golf course su­per­in­ten­dent, Kenyon Kyle, GCSAA.

Dur­ing a six-month clo­sure, Glase Golf Con­struc­tion com­pletely re­built and re­con­toured all 18 greens with Tif-Ea­gle Ber­muda­grass and in­stalled new greens ir­ri­gation sur­rounds. Other im­prove­ments in­clude an en­larged and en­hanced short­game prac­tice area, a new brick paver golf cart stag­ing area, and ad­di­tional na­tive land­scap­ing, el­e­vat­ing the beauty of the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings. The green ren­o­va­tion project was a cul­mi­na­tion of im­prove­ments to the golf course com­pleted over the past three years dur­ing which time fair­ways and tees un­der­went a grass con­ver­sion from #419 Ber­muda­grass to Cel­e­bra­tion Ber­muda­grass in two phases in 2015 and 2016. The re­fine­ments made to the greens this sum­mer paired with past mod­i­fi­ca­tions to tee com­plexes and bunkers have im­proved playa­bil­ity of the course and re­flect the Club’s mis­sion to pro­vide and main­tain a first-class, mem­o­rable golf ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Our mem­bers have found the new greens to be chal­leng­ing and more fun to play,” said Rick Bint­zler, Green Com­mit­tee Chair at Audubon Coun­try Club. “This was a well-planned, phase ren­o­va­tion that demon­strates the Club’s com­mit­ment to

con­tin­u­ously im­prove our fa­cil­i­ties.”

Audubon Coun­try Club is a wellestab­lished, pri­vate, low-den­sity golf com­mu­nity with nat­u­ral pre­serve area along all 18 holes. Whether seek­ing cham­pi­onship golf or other recre­ational and life­style op­por­tu­ni­ties, Audubon of­fers an ar­ray of ameni­ties and an ex­ten­sive so­cial cal­en­dar for an ac­tive, healthy, and so­cial life­style.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Audubon Coun­try Club, please call 239-592-4000 or visit www.audubon­c­cof­naples.com.

Pga Golf Club Near­ing Sell-Out Of 2018-19 Pre­mier Sea­sonal Mem­ber­ships

PORT ST. LU­CIE, Fla. – PGA Golf Club an­nounces a lim­ited num­ber of 2018-19 Pre­mier Sea­sonal Mem­ber­ship prod­ucts de­signed around cham­pi­onship golf, ex­clu­sive of­fers and myr­iad so­cial events at the PGA of Amer­ica’s pre­mier 54-hole fa­cil­ity.

The Pre­mier Golf Mem­ber­ship ben­e­fits in­clude un­lim­ited golf, Mem­ber ex­clu­sive din­ing with food and bev­er­age dis­counts, pri­vate cart Mem­ber ac­cess dis­counts for all Mem­ber-owned reg­is­tered carts, and ac­com­pa­nied, un­ac­com­pa­nied and im­me­di­ate fam­ily guest rates. Non-re­fund­able Ini­ti­a­tion Fees start at $15,000 plus an­nual Dues, with no Mem­ber as­sess­ments and no min­i­mum spend re­quire­ments. All Mem­ber­ships in­clude a spouse or sig­nif­i­cant other, and any chil­dren 25 years of age or younger liv­ing at home, in school or in the mil­i­tary.

Ideal for the sea­sonal golfer, the Pre­mier Sea­sonal Mem­ber­ship fea­tures un­lim­ited golf valid Novem­ber – April, use of PGA prac­tice fa­cil­i­ties, 30-day ad­vanced reser­va­tions, com­pli­men­tary reg­is­tra­tion to the GHIN Hand­i­cap Sys­tem, and Mem­ber dis­counts on food and bev­er­age, mer­chan­dise and golf in­struc­tion. Mem­bers can also play as an ac­com­pa­nied guest six times per year at the ap­pli­ca­ble guest rate dur­ing the pe­riod when their Mem­ber­ship is not ac­tive.

The Pre­mier Merid­ian Mem­ber­ship pro­vides Mem­ber play­ing priv­i­leges af­ter 12 p.m., and all the other Mem­ber ben­e­fits as above at a dis­counted Ini­ti­a­tion Fee and an­nual Dues rate.

De­signed for Mem­bers un­der the age of 50, the Pre­mier Ex­ec­u­tive Golf Mem­ber­ship of­fers all the Mem­ber ben­e­fits of the other Mem­ber­ships, and al­lows those un­der 50 years of age to pay half of the reg­u­lar Ini­ti­a­tion Fee and an­nual Dues.

Other Mem­ber­ships of­fered at PGA Golf Club in­clude the Pre­mier Sports Mem­ber­ship and the Pre­mier So­cial Mem­ber­ship.

“Our pre­mier Mem­ber­ships of­fer a unique op­por­tu­nity to en­joy our award­win­ning golf cour­ses and ameni­ties, all at one lo­cale,” says PGA Golf Club Di­rec­tor of Golf Jeremy Wier­nasz. “At PGA Golf Club, we are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing cur­rent and prospec­tive Mem­bers a dy­namic ex­pe­ri­ence that aligns with their pas­sion for golf and life.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about PGA Golf Club Mem­ber­ships, visit www.pgav­il­lage. com/mem­ber­ship.

Kiss­ing Tree Golf Club Opens In San Mar­cos, Texas

SAN MAR­COS, TEXAS (Oc­to­ber 1, 2018) – Kiss­ing Tree Golf Club in San Mar­cos, Texas, opened for daily-fee play on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1st. Man­aged by Troon Golf, Kiss­ing Tree is the first new pub­lic, 18-hole golf course to be built in Texas in the past six years.

De­signed by renowned golf course ar­chi­tect and Texas res­i­dent, Gary Stephen­son, the course en­hances the nat­u­ral char­ac­ter of the land’s foot­print in the Texas Hill Coun­try, bring­ing the slopes and con­tours of the land­scape into the fair­ways and greens. The 6,600-yard, par-72 golf course of­fers mul­ti­ple sets of tees for golfers of all abil­i­ties to en­joy. To pro­vide golfers with pris­tine and con­sis­tent year-round play­ing con­di­tions, Tifway 419 Ber­muda grass has been used on the tee boxes, fair­ways and rough, while greens are TifEa­gle Ber­muda grass.

As good stew­ards of the en­vi­ron­ment, Kiss­ing Tree Golf Club has al­ready earned cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as a Sig­na­ture Pro­gram fa­cil­ity with Audubon In­ter­na­tional. The Audubon Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram for Golf is an award­win­ning, en­vi­ron­men­tal and con­ser­va­tion as­sis­tance pro­gram cre­ated to help golf cour­ses pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing wildlife and habi­tat man­age­ment, and ad­here to com­pre­hen­sive sus­tain­able re­source man­age­ment prin­ci­ples.

“Kiss­ing Tree Golf Club puts true Hill Coun­try golf right in lo­cal golfers’ back­yard,” Dirk Gosda, pres­i­dent at Brook­field Res­i­den­tial Texas, said. “As our res­i­dents who have al­ready been pre­view­ing and play­ing the course can attest, the views and to­pog­ra­phy pro­vide a chal­leng­ing, yet ac­ces­si­ble and en­joy­able, golf ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one. The nat­u­ral beauty of the prop­erty re­ally shines through, and the greens are pris­tine. We can’t wait for the pub­lic to join our res­i­dents on the links.”

Fol­low­ing the nat­u­ral move­ment of the land, golf holes at Kiss­ing Tree of­fer wide play­ing cor­ri­dors, with green com­plexes ac­cept­ing shots from var­i­ous an­gles. In ad­di­tion to the 18-hole golf course, Kiss­ing Tree Golf Club also fea­tures a short game prac­tice fa­cil­ity, an ex­ten­sive prac­tice range and a prac­tice putting green.

Kiss­ing Tree is the first baby boomer­centric com­mu­nity de­signed specif­i­cally for the spirit of Texas, with the life­style, homes and ameni­ties geared to­ward the ac­tive adult life­style of those 55 and bet­ter. Homes range from ap­prox­i­mately 1,400 to 3,400 square feet and prices range from ap­prox­i­mately $285,000 to $500,000.

For more in­for­ma­tion on The Kiss­ing Tree Golf Club, visit Kiss­ingTreeGolfClub.com or call 512-749-1250.

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