Friday, March 28, 2014

Getting Ready For Golf

Most golf vacation resorts offer some teaching lessons to their guests who are interested to play golf. In golf, a lot of factors that must be considered in order to create a good round to your fellow players; not just about strong swings. There are many benefits that you can get while playing golf. Because of that, more people have become willing to take on a new sport. By playing golf, people can stimulate their minds by calculating accurate distances, as well as trajectories. Not to mention the fact that the wind also affects the outcome.

Given these facts, you don't have to be a super computer to do the calculations. Fair estimates will work and applying the right amount of force during swings is the key. In order to deliver the best swing, golfers must know the basics which include the right position and body posture when hitting the ball. As long as the players have mastered the basics, then having golf vacations can be as enjoyable as watching your favorite football team score their winning shot. The only difference is that you're the one making the shot in golf.

Strategically placed sand bunkers test every player's shot making skills all throughout their golf trip. Golf requires players to analyze the course before diving in it. A golf course can have various and surprising elevation changes in which affect the rolling of the ball when it hits the grass. Aside from that, the type of grass being used in a course also affects friction (when the ball is rolling) thus making it difficult for players to arrive in the most accurate estimate. Putting these factors together, the sand bunkers, water hazards, elevation changes, and grass variation from greens, fairways, and roughs, makes golf an interesting sport that combines physical abilities to mental advancement in order to have a good round. This is a very good physical and mental stimulation which can regulate blood flow, burn calories, and tone muscles.

Imagine having all these challenges in one sport. Golf can render the adrenaline rush and the relaxing ambiance at the same time. Furthermore, several golf trips allow you to interact and have fun together with your family, friends, or co-workers that's why having to question why people love golf is a big understatement. For someone who may not have given golf a chance yet, go for it. You won't regret the decision to take a swing at trying something new!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Staying Healthy and Fit By Golfing

A golf trip with the family is truly a relaxing way to enjoy a vacation. Most of the time, people get a lot of stress from work and at home. One of the ways to cope up with stress is to have a quality time with family and loved ones. Stress is not something that can be easily avoided. However, anyone can manage coping up with stress especially if an individual has the right attitude to get involve with various activities. If stress is not managed well it can cause more problems, especially when it comes to an individual's health. A person can obtain a lot of health problems if he allows stress to ruin their healthy lifestyle.

In this generation, more people have become worried about gaining weight. While it is not too late, many people are encouraged to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Too much work is not healthy, the body needs to rest and relax once in a while. There are plenty of healthy activities that you can do to relive any kind of stress. Taking a vacation is a great time to start doing these stress-relieving activities. One of these activities is learning how to play golf - or if you already know how to play, use it as a break from everything else you have going on. An individual can burn calories simply by playing golf. Walking, swinging and balancing are some of the requirements necessary to golf. Also, people who are committed in playing golf will usually join in a professional competition or make it their recreational activity every weekend or break.

Golf is a relaxing sport where people are surrounded with plush green golf courses. Golf courses are usually surrounded with beautiful scenery and a unique landscape. Aside from that, golf resorts are best known for having a peaceful and soothing environment. Golf vacations resorts are not only a place for people who desire to play golf since there are also other activities and entertainments depending on your chosen vacation package. Most golf resorts have swimming pools and beaches if their guests want a dip in the water after a day out on the green.

People who are interested to go on a vacation with their family can check out some hot deals from different travel guide and vacation destination sites. Apart from getting information online, other people can go directly to a vacation expert or a trusted friend to hear out if they have a perfect place for a golf trip to recommend.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Key To A Successful Golf Vacation

Having golf vacations allows an individual, a family, or merely a group of people to relax and take time off from their tiring jobs and day to day activities. By visiting several destinations, one can effectively release stress and improve health and wellness while at it. However, some novice visitors, guests, or golfers, find their vacations the other way around. Unsatisfied with meals, bad experiences on the course, bad customer service, super high rates and charges, and hundreds of other reasons can really ruin a supposed-to-be good vacation. Luckily, everyone can avoid this kind of experience with proper research and planning. The steps below show how you can really appreciate your golf trip for the rest of your life.

Careful planning ahead of time is the key to a successful vacation. Planning involves deep and thorough research in terms of various golf vacation destinations including their daily rates, weekly rates, or monthly rates, not to mention that the prices vary from season to season. Since distance is a hindrance (second to budget), it is quite easy to first pin point locations near you before taking your budget into account. The closer destination, the better. But don't let this concept cloud your decisions when it comes to finding places to stay and play. After picking out a handful of locations, you need to list their pros and cons. This may include rates, amenities, travel distance and cost, quality of service, as well as quality of courses. 

Make sure that the overall or the total cost of staying and playing in one resort is accounted for properly. After tallying the rates and the total cost to be spent while staying in a certain resort, consider the top 5 or 10 golf vacation resorts for further evaluation. Assessment in regards to customer service can be done by asking previous clients or by using the internet to find reviews from past clients who went to various resorts on your list. Do not just read one review per resort, as you need to read more than that to know if the reviews are reliable. Make sure you tally the positive and negative reviews, as well as their weight in your judgment. After doing this, discard the resorts with the most negative reviews and narrow down your choices to the top 5 resorts.

These resorts should offer competent golf vacation packages in order for you to save a little during your vacation. Listing all the amenities provided by each resort can help pin point which amenities and services matters to you the most. When you're down to your top three, select the resort with the most affordable rates and try it out for at least a day before booking your whole weekend. If you are not satisfied with the services, then you can transfer to another resort of your choice and enjoy your golf vacation.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Three Reasons Casa de Campo is Recognized as One of the World's Leading Golf Resorts

Three 18-hole Pete Dye golf Resort courses, plus Golf Zoo can now provide access to the private La Romana Country Club for a total of 90 holes of world-class golf!

Whether you choose to travel in peak golf travel season (November-March), or off-peak season, golfers must plan to visit and play. Today, it is easier and much better value to travel to Casa de Campo due to the special Stay & Play Packages offered by Golf Zoo, plus more flights, from more North American and European cities than ever before.

Teeth of the Dog Hole #5
"El dente de perro", or Teeth of the Dog, opened in 1971 and has been ranked in the Top 50 of the World's Greatest Courses since.  Without proper heavy machinery to crack the ultra-hard and white seaside coral, tireless workers used sledgehammers, pickaxes and chisels to carve greens and tee boxes out of coral formations, resulting in 7 spectacular holes on the Caribbean Sea.  Four seaside holes on the front-nine, three on the back-nine, plus the best series of par-3 holes you can play anywhere - #5, #7, #13, and #16.  Hole #5 is one of the most photographed holes on the course...and the world! 

Teeth of the Dog is a course you could play every day and never get tired of playing it.  Every hole is very different, every hole has a different intimidation factor (thanks to Mr. Dye), but all players will enjoy the course.  No matter your round score, you will be delighted to have played this great course.

This equally scenic Club features three nines that meander from high above the El Chavon River, across steep elevations down toward Casa de Campo Marina before returning to the Dye Fore Clubhouse at the edge of Altos de Chavon Village.  The views are simply spectacular and big is the word to describe Dye Fore.  The fairways are wide, the bunkers over-sized and the large greens have huge undulations for players to navigate.  Golfers of all levels will be challenged to play shots from different lies, with many significant elevation drops and rises.  After a round at Dye Fore, spend the afternoon, or evening in the Altos de Chavon Village dining and/or enjoying a cocktail at one of the local village sidewalk cafes or restaurants.  

Altos de Chavon at Casa de Campo
Located adjacent to Teeth of the Dog, The Links course winds through the interior of Casa de Campo where rolling hills, lakes and woodlands create plenty of challenges.  Both courses share the same Pro Shop and Practice Facility offering a perfect setting for 36-hole days.  Mr. Dye oversaw a course renovation in 2011/2012 - re-creating a beautifully landscaped, conditioned and little more challenging course. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Golf Destination Wedding Plan for 2014

Couples who love the same sports have many opportunities to enjoy their leisure time together. Golf is one of the best choices because anyone can participate and enjoy it. Looking for some golf vacation destinations could be so considerable for couples who are planning for a memorable and fun wedding, who love golf at the same time.

There are a lot of ideas you may consider to achieve a very memorable wedding. You can take it to some beautiful golf resorts that have the advantage of being near a gorgeous coastline, or beautiful beaches that line the coast, or directly on a couple’s favorite fairway. You should consider a golf vacation destination that offers an award-winning golf experience for players that are of any level of expertise.

Below are some suggestions to achieve a fun golf-themed invitations and favors:
The couple may use a golf cart as their getaway vehicle and give the invited guests a golf-themed wedding favors. Bride and groom who plan a small, intimate destination wedding may regard a golf club as a give-away or a round of golf ball with a print of the couple’s name.
In fact, it is easy to integrate golf into an overall wedding theme. There are a lot of ways for awesome "save the date" cards and invitations. Start it off right with guests by sending green invitations. For the attire, it would always depend on the theme of the wedding. For this occasion, attire may be eccentric or delicate. The bride might want to wear a traditional white dress with a touch of some green accents in her dress and bouquet. For her soon-to-be husband, a matching green tie would be very fitting as well. Dresses in a vibrant shade of green for bridesmaids add some golf-themed touch to the event, while groomsmen may wear green vests and a little touch of green on their suits. Or the wedding party may be dressed with actual golf clothing, and if happened that the weather is sunny, they may wear golf visors and decorate the venue with golf clubs. To top it off, the flower girl can use a golf ball basket to hold her rose petals. And the ring bearer may be dressed something like a golf caddy.

A wedding at a golf club does not just allow the couples and their guests an experience of a golf vacation package but as well enjoy an amazing ceremony among the dazzling fairways of a golf course or any of the golf vacation destinations that a golf lover couple would want to go to. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Scott's Top 5 Hotels in Palm Springs

Below you will find my list of the 5 best accommodations in Palm Springs, which I composed with what I believe to be important factors when choosing a hotel.
  • Friendly/accommodating staff
  • Cleanliness
  • Location
  • Room quality
  • Bang for the buck
1. Renaissance Esmeralda Resort - This hotel is my favorite in the area, it is the most updated with spacious rooms and a very friendly staff. It doesn't hurt that there are two outstanding golf courses within walking distance that are affiliated with the hotel. The hotel has even has a sandy beach on site!

2. La Quinta Resort - It goes without saying that La Quinta Resort is one of the best places to stay because of the golf located within alone, but the lodging is just as nice. The resort features everything you can ask for and more. Every time you turn a corner at the resort you run into a pool of some sort. They have a large selection of rooms from Resort Rooms to a Starlight King Upstairs room and everything in between. This is a great choice if you are looking to only stay at one resort and play golf due to the 5 golf courses affiliated with La Quinta.

3. Marriott Desert Springs Resort - How could I not have a hotel that features a boat that takes you around the property!! That is just one of the many things you will love about this Resort. When not playing on one of the two championship courses, take in the 18 hole miniature golf course!(First mini golf course I have played where I lost a ProV1!!) This hotel is a popular destination in the off-season as well with great rates and a great place to just relax.

4. Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort - With a Pete Dye gem out your back patio, you can't go wrong with the Westin. Featuring an array of room types, this hotel is home to guys golf trips, couples trips, as well as many family trips(kids tend to love the waterslide). With a friendly staff and great location, the Westin is perfect choice for your next golf trip.

5. Marriott Residence Inn Palm Desert - This is one of my favorite hotels for a group of guys on a budget. The hotel is in a great location, minutes from awesome golf and restaurants. It is one of, if not the best Residence Inn's that I have ever seen. The rooms are so big, and the staff is awesome. If you are looking for a great hotel at a slightly lower price point consider the Residence Inn Palm Desert.

Honorable Mention goes to the Courtyard by Marriott, which is right next door to the Residence Inn and is a also a great hotel for the budget minded traveler. 

That's my top five, call me today to plan your next golf trip and reserve a room or two at one of these awesome Resorts/Hotels. 
Scott Curry 888-985-9170

Monday, February 17, 2014

How to do Southwest Ireland RIGHT by Mike Leary!

Take ir from a guy who's been doing guided tours to Ireland for over 20 years.... here's Mike Leary's ideas on how to do Ireland right...

My favorite golf destination in Ireland by far is the Southwest.  A mixture of it all awaits you there!  Great accommodations, championship golf, authentic pubs, fantastic restaurants and shops but most of all the Irish people with their genuine knack for making you feel like you’ve come home.

Let’s take it piece by piece....


Personally I love the Malton Hotel in Killarney.  This beautiful property, formerly the Great Southern Hotel, is located in the heart of Killarney and is moderately priced.  The hotel has good size rooms, great food & beverage and one of the most important amenities, a fantastic pub for that after golf or late evening libation.  The atmosphere is pure Irish!  The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Killarney and just across the street from the train station for effortless access to Dublin or other regions of the Emerald Isle.  In my opinion, the best value for accommodations in all of Ireland.  


Killarney Golf & Fishing Club:  Whether you want to play the Killeen course (home of the Irish Open) or the Mahony’s Point course, Killarney golf & Fishing Club, located on the outskirts of the town is a great venue for a day of golf where staying close to home is a priority.

Ballybunion:  The Old Course at Ballybunion combines a mixture of beauty and difficulty that will have you telling tales of great shots or talking to yourself as to why you ever took up the game.  Regardless, a trip to the southwest is not complete without playing the Old Course.  Additionally the Ballybunion Cashen course provides a chance of revenge against Ballybunion.  While the Cashen course does not require the long ball, the smaller, elevated greens demands a great deal of accuracy.

Tralee:  This Arnold Palmer design is a tale of 2 nines.  The front nine has challenge holes with some beautiful views, too many golfers are lulled into a false sense of confidence with dreams of a beautifully filled out score card that will be displayed to everyone you know back home.  Well, the back nine will bring you to your knees and have you curse that the fact that you ever thought you could tame this monster.  The elevations, tight fairways and tricky greens will bring you to your knees. 

Waterville:  A true links course stays consistent in hole design throughout all 18 holes.  Many golfers leave Ireland stating that Waterville is the course they like preferred over all the rest.  Waterville was the site of the first transatlantic cable connection from the US to Europe.  Samples of the cable laid across the Atlantic are displayed in the clubhouse along with great photos of Tiger, Payne, Mark O’Meara and others as they used Waterville as a preparation site for many  Open Championships.

Old Head:  If you could find a stretch of coastal property to build a championship course that provided the best views in all of Europe, it would be Old Head.  Situated on a 3 mile long peninsula just south of Cork, this course will take you at least 1 hour longer to play than others simply because of the beauty of every hole.  It will be a toss up on your scorecard as to how many shots you hit vs. how many pictures you took.  When you finish a round at Old Head you will immediately want to inquire about a replay.   With that in mind, the course has created an overnight package, staying at the Lodge at Old Head with two rounds of golf included.  To top off this great golf venue, the marine village of Kinsale is close by and provides a fantastic afternoon or evening of shopping, dining and sightseeing. 

There are numerous sightseeing opportunities in the southwest including the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, the Blarney Castle along with many more.

A golf adventure to the southwest of Ireland is one that you will not forget and will want to repeat!

Click here for a great example of how to do Southwest Ireland right  This special includes 5 nights, 3 rounds with rental car, and is good now through September of 2014 for only $1399 per person! - feel free to call Mike Leary at 888.985.9165 for local advice, and a customized itinerary!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sea Pines Resort - Play Where the Pros Play

Play where the Pros Play - Stay and play at the Sea Pines Resort, home of Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the RBC Heritage each year. Also play the other 2 onsite courses, Heron Point and the Ocean Course.

This Spring, stay 3 nights, and play 3 rounds on these great tracks, and we will also include a $100 voucher to be used onsite at the property. Contact Mike Alfano or Craig Gordon at 888.765.0745

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Florida Swing – PGA Tour-Tested Courses Everyone Can Play

The PGA Tour makes five trips to Florida every year, with four consecutive events in March and THE PLAYERS Championship in May. All are held at terrific courses, but unlike some others on the Tour’s schedule, all five courses are also open to the public.
On its annual golf barnstorm across the United States, the PGA Tour visits several iconic courses that practically reach out and tease fans through their televisions -- Augusta National, Muirfield Village, Colonial, East Lake.
They tease because unless you have serious connections, you and your buddies don’t have a prayer of playing the courses.
But every March, the Tour makes its Florida Swing, a four-week junket from South Florida to Central Florida that isn’t a tease at all. The courses that Tiger Woods and Co. have played and authored so many memorable moments on are all accessible to the masses.
Between the Florida Swing and one more return visit in May to the PGA Tour’s signature course, there are five tracks in all that should be on any golfer’s must-play list. The pros don’t visit any state more times than they visit Florida, and their playgrounds can be yours.
Here’s a look at all five.
PGA National Resort & Spa, Champion Course, Palm Beach Gardens (home of The Honda Classic, Feb. 28-March 3)
The PGA of America is based in Palm Beach Gardens, and its flagship resort features five courses and an acclaimed golf school, not to mention great restaurants and the spa. One could spend a week there without leaving the grounds.
Golf Digest recently named Palm Beach as one of the top destinations for a buddies’ golf trip, and among its recommended courses was PGA National’s Champion Course, home of The Honda Classic.
The course was originally designed by Tom and George Fazio for big tournaments (the 1983 Ryder Cup was played there) and got a facelift in 1990 from Jack Nicklaus. Holes 15-16-17, two par 3s and a par 4 weaving through water, are nicknamed The Bear Trap. The pros are happy to escape with three pars, and so should vacationing amateurs.
Doral Golf Resort & Spa, TPC Blue Monster, Miami (home of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, March 7-10)
Venerable Doral has hosted the PGA Tour for more than a half-century at the famed Blue Monster, whose name says it all.
The course is getting a facelift after this year’s Tour event, as developer Donald Trump bought the resort and has hired respected architect Gil Hanse to renovate the course. In some parts it will be more “Blue”, with bigger greens but also expanded water hazards.
“Doral can be the absolute best,” Trump told the Associated Press last year. “We are going to do this really right.”
Trump, for all his brash outspokenness, has an excellent track record in building great courses. Will be fun to see what becomes of the Blue Monster in 2014, for both the Cadillac Championship and the public.
Innisbrook Resort, Copperhead Course, Palm Harbor (home of the Tampa Bay Championship, March 14-17)
Among the hustle and bustle of north Pinellas County is an oasis in Innisbrook, a woodsy  resort with four championship courses including a gem in the Copperhead Course.
The Copperhead is a beast for the pros at 7,300 yards/par 71, but many have singled it out as their favorite Florida layout on Tour. There’s water, of course, but scoring is more incumbent on working the ball left and right and judging the various elevation changes that are rare for the area.
Innisbrook also features the Island course, which has hosted many pro events over the years and is strong enough to be a headliner. Except Copperhead is just down the street.
Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club, Orlando (home of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, March 21-24)
Bay Hill is in the heart of Orlando, just of I-4 and Sand Lake Road, having been built well before many of the attractions and vacation spots around it. The great Arnold Palmer first played the course in 1965 and then bought it in 1976, and ever since then it has been The King’s winter home.
Palmer’s fingerprints are all over the place, which is classy without being showy, respectful of the game without being suffocating. Gentlemen are asked to remove their hats before entering the clubhouse, like many finer clubs, but a starter’s loudspeaker welcomes guests to the first tee, like many municipal courses. The on-site Lodge is cozy, with Palmer photos and memorabilia spread throughout. (Visitors must stay in the Lodge to play Bay Hill.)
The course has been tweaked often and lengthened over the years by Palmer, assuring a good test for the pros. Amateurs should approach it like the owner – hitch up the pants and swing hard.
TPC Sawgrass, Players Stadium Course, Ponte Vedra Beach (home of THE PLAYERS Championship, May 9-12)
PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman had a vision in the late 1970s to create a great golf course, not only for pros but for spectators. The “Stadium” concept was born, and golf fans have been treated to great theatre at TPC Sawgrass’ famous Players Stadium course ever since.
For the public, it’s on the short list of absolute must-plays in American golf. The par-3 island green 17th hole is the star attraction and the calling card – tell a friend that you played the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass and they’ll first ask what you did on 17. Ideally, your ball(s) won’t be among the 120,000 fished from the lake annually.
Visitors will find that 17 is just one of the relentless tests on the Pete Dye layout. From the tips, the Stadium course plays to a USGA slope of 155 – the highest possible.


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Enjoying Valentines Day and Golf

Couples who love to play golf should be looking forward to this perfect opportunity to spend their time on a golf vacation trip. Even though there are plenty of great vacation spots to celebrate Valentine’s Day, golf vacation destinations are still at the top of those lists. 

If you are planning to make this Valentine's Day the best celebration among your usual golf play dates, planning ahead of time is the first step. Choose the best golf resort with the best golf vacation packages for couples. Golf resorts with state-of-the-art amenities and accommodations are very attractive. There are golf resorts that pamper couples by preparing wines and chocolates in their hotel rooms, while others offer spa treatments for couples only. Most golf resorts are also maintaining stimulating activities for couples to enjoy such as canoeing, hiking, swimming, and shopping at local malls. These activities encourage closeness among lovers.

Next, make sure to choose the golf trip that suits you and your significant other's style. If you both love the beach, then golf resorts near stunning beaches is the perfect choice. For newlyweds, it is a perfect honeymoon location. You have both the luxury of enjoying the game while feasting your eyes with beautiful blue waves. If you both love a calming and relaxing golf experience, numerous golf resorts have private balconies for couples to enjoy the scenic view of sunset in the countryside. 

Lastly, choose the golf resort that offers the perfect golf experience without compromising your budget. Make sure to check ahead of time for golf vacation promos and discounts since most golf resorts have various golf vacation packages like Wedding Day Packages, couple golf packages and Valentine’s Day Packages. Most golf vacation packages offer 2 nights stay and 1 night free stay to luxurious Penthouse while others offer free amenities like free access to fitness center and golf lessons.