Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Golf in British Columbia - Big Sky Golf & CC opening day April 21

Shelley, Golf Zoo’s “Canada Guru” was lucky enough to play on opening day at Big Sky Golf & Country Club.  (see photo for evidence!)
Big Sky opened for the summer on April 21 with their annual Charity Day.  100% of green-fee revenues went to the BC Lupus Society and Arthritis Research Center of Canada.   The day was beautiful and the tee-sheet was packed!  And check out the views of Mount Currie in the background – jaw dropping!!!


The golf season in Whistler gets into full swing in early May, but Big Sky, located about 25 minutes north of Whistler, is in a warmer climate zone, and traditionally opens about 1 month prior to the other courses in Whistler.  Once all of our courses are open, you won’t find better mountain golf anywhere!  Choose from the Arnold Palmer design of the Whistler Golf Club, to Jack Nicklaus' Nicklaus North, Robert Trent Jones Jr's Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course and Bob Cupp's Big Sky.

Come and play some of Canada’s top courses in a setting that will stay in your mind’s eye for a long time after you’ve gone home…

For great golf & accommodation packages, contact Shelley - I'm happy to answer any questions that you have, and make sure that you have an awesome time in Whistler!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Golf in Palm Springs

A desert city that lies within the Coachella Valley of California, Palm Springs is home to the vast land areas that provide endless outdoor adventure opportunities. With the perfect blend of modern architecture and nature’s finest beauty, both the local and foreign guests flock this golf vacation destination for a casual relaxation. Aside from its breathtaking sceneries of canyons and mountains, Palm Springs is also home to amazing golf courses that were designed by famous golf course architects and designers. Some of the pristine greens that have been attracting all sorts of golfers include the North Course of Indian Canyons Golf Resort, the Golf Club at La Quinta, the Cathedral Canyon Golf Club, the Palm Course of Desert Springs, and the Valley Course of Desert Springs.

Indian Canyons Golf Resort – North Course

The North Course of the Indians Canyons Golf Resort is a 36-hole layout designed by the renowned golf course architect William P. Bell. This classical 6,943-yard par-72 layout also features the 6 challenging water hazards, the historic Walt Disney fountain, thousands of native trees, and the majestic mountain views that greets every golfer while on play.

Golf Club at La Quinta

In the beautiful natural California desert landscape lies the Golf Club at La Quinta, an 18-hole championship golf course. Being home to various PGA Tours including the LG SKINS GAME in 2006, this well-designed layout has been tested by golf champions over time. The sand perils and dramatic water features that complement the layout’s fairways all the way to the rolling greens are among the noticeable features that makes this course different from the rest.

Cathedral Canyon Golf Club

Designed by the California golf course specialist David Rainville together with the renowned golfer Billy Casper in the early 1970’s, the Cathedral Canyon Golf Club offers the challenging courses for golfers of all handicaps. The golf course also features the rolling hills with strategically placed bunkers and the tree-lined fairways that meander through the array of lakes. While taking the exciting tee times, guests will also have their fair share of the San Jacinto Mountains’ breathtaking views.

Desert Springs – Palm Course

The Palm Course of the Desert Springs is an 18-hole layout that was designed by the famous golf course architect Ted Robinson. This modernized golf facility features the state-of-the-art computing systems that even from the cart; golfers can already monitor the pace-of-play or compute the exact yardage all the way to the pin. The Wedge and the Sand Trap will serve as the means to end the great round of swings.

Desert Springs – Valley Course

The Valley Course of the Desert Springs is another exceptional Ted Robinson masterpiece. Like the Palm Course, this 18-hole championship layout features the modernized navigational and computing systems. While on board the carts, golfers can use the onboard computer to solicit golf tips from a course professional while playing a particular hole, or view the graphic layouts of the course’s holes. To end the round, golfers are also allowed to order lunch or snacks as they tee off from the final 18th hole.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Golf in Mesquite

A city adjacent to the state line of Arizona and 80 miles off northeast of Las Vegas, Mesquite is a city that is home to the growing population of retirees, several casino resorts, as well as renowned golf courses. In the recent years, Mesquite has become the latest boomtown in Southern Nevada that has been luring foreign guests and the local settlers. This small city of dry grounds has now turned into an amazing vacation destination with 24-hour gaming, celebrity entertainment, fine dining, and spectacular views of the multi-colored canyons from the city’s finest golf courses. Some of Mesquite’s well visited golf layouts include the Wolf Creek Golf Club, the Chase at Coyote Springs, the CasaBlanca Golf Club, the Conestoga Golf Club, and the Canyons Course of the Oasis Golf Club.

Wolf Creek Golf Club

The Wolf Creek Golf Club is a breathtaking course set above the desert floor where guests can catch the best views of the red-rock canyon walls, lush green fairways and the glistening waterfalls. Just an hour off northeast Las Vegas, golfers from across the nation often flock the city to experience spectacular 4,169 to 7,018 yards of golf. Aside from the picturesque views and impeccably conditioned course, golfers of all abilities can also get first-class amenities.

The Chase at Coyote Springs

Designed by the famous Jack Nicklaus, the Chase at Coyote Springs is a 7,471-yard layout considered as the first among the series of his signature golf courses. The course features the rye-grass fairways and the deep white-sand bunkers with the picturesque mountain vistas which made the course one of the finest desert masterpieces ever conceived. The club also offers the Caddie program that gives every golfer an invaluable service.

CasaBlanca Golf Club

The CasaBlanca Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course designed by Cal Olson. The entire course winds through the natural desert wetlands of the region ringed by the majestic views of the Virgin River Mountains. The course also features the challenging 5 sets of tees as well as the practice range with multiple targets and year-round grass tees. The CasaBlanca range can also cater to full shots ultimate practices.

Conestoga Golf Club

Undulating through Nevada’s finest canyons, the Conestoga Golf Club is all about challenging scenic golfing. The layout which was creatively designed by Gary Panks features the tranquil water elements and rugged rock outcroppings through its rising and falling elevations. Golfers of all ability levels can have the best tee times on the course’s 18 holes all crafted to Mesquite’s spectacular landforms.

Canyons Course of the Oasis Golf Club

The Canyons Course of the Oasis Golf Club was created to compliment the scenic Palmer Course. This meticulously designed 18-hole course features the Bermuda greens and the large fairways paving the way for a player-friendly layout. Although the course has the rugged setting, golfers from all parts of the globe often test their swinging skills on the layout’s natural and serene atmosphere. While on vacation, guests can have a day on the greens and experience one of the finest tee times that no other courses in the state can offer.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Golf in Kiawah Island

A barrier island set 15 miles off south of Charleston is Kiawah Island, a popular beach and golf resort that is already considered as a major tourist destination in the United States. The island boasts of its spacious villas, highly acclaimed greens, famous beaches, and many other exciting attractions. Being hailed as one of East Coast’s premier golf destinations, the island boasts of its 5 award-winning golf layouts designed by Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, and Tom Fazio. With the courses that go through the dense woods all the way to the island’s breezy oceanfront, Kiawah is often flocked by golfers of all ability levels who want to experience not just quality tee times but also a quiet golf vacation destination and refuge. The Oak Point, the Cougar Point, the Osprey Point, the Turtle Point, and the Ocean Course are among the finest golf courses that the island boasts about.

Oak Point

The Oak Point is Clyde Johnston’s masterpiece that is set on the grounds of what was known as an old cotton and indigo plantation. Frequently dubbed as course with the Scottish-American style, this par-72 layout offers the fair test to both the experienced professionals and novice golfers. This stay and play facility also features a new clubhouse that is near the 18th green with the best views of the Haulover Creek.

Cougar Point

Stretching at a yardage of 6,861 from the back tees, the Cougar Point is nestled on the former site of Marsh Point Golf Course. The new design that was made by Gary Palmer is about 600 yards longer as compared to the old course. The layout also features the 3-hole stretch midway that runs through the front nine, the acres of spartina grass, and the dramatic par-4 18th hole. Aside from the majestic views of the Kiawah River, golfers can also see the countless wading birds while on play.

Osprey Point

The Osprey Point is a Tom Fazio classic layout that is characterized by variety and playability. The layout features the fingers of saltwater marsh, 4 large natural lakes, and the dense maritime forests comprised of the century-old live oaks, palmetto palms, pines, and magnolias. Tee times would include the par-4 453-yard ninth as well as the pair of threes that are longer than 200 yards. The layout also features the modernized cart paths as well as an immaculate driving range.

Turtle Point

The Turtle Point is a Jack Nicklaus gem where premier events like the 1990 PGA Cup Matches were held. The layout is considered as low-profile design wherein the green settings and fairways are blended with the area’s existing landscape with the absence of artificial mounding and other radical features. It also features the 412-yard 15th which is known as the hardest hole that the course takes along.

The Ocean Course

Designed by the famous Pete Dye, the Ocean Course has already hosted several major golf competitions including the “War by the Shore” of the Ryder Cup. In 2002 and 2003, Dye made some significant changes like moving the 40 yards 18th green toward the ocean as well as relaying all the tees and greens. A clubhouse was also added in order to provide guests with an ultimate golf vacation experience.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Jekyll Island Golf

What was once known as an exclusive winter vacation destination for the rich and famous in the 1800s has now turned into an ultimate getaway for the adventure seekers. This 5,700 acres barrier island is home to the sand packed flat beaches where guests can have fun under the sun exploring the island’s great outdoors and vast wilderness. Aside from the array of beaches and hiking trails that features the swaying pines and the moss-draped live oaks; Jekyll Island also serves as the haven for some of the world’s pristine golf courses. Among the island’s well-visited greens include the Jekyll Island Golf – Indian Mound Course, the Jekyll Island Golf – Oleander Course, the Jekyll Island Golf – Pine Lakes Course, the Laurel Island Links, the Osprey Cove Golf Club, the Sapelo Hammock Golf Course, and the Jekyll Island Golf – Great Dunes – 9 Hole Course.

Jekyll Island Golf – Indian Mound Course

Designed by the famous Joe Lee in 1975, the Indian Mound Course of Jekyll Island offers the perfect solitude retreat away from the busy world. This 18-hole golf facility features some of the island’s marshes and most pristine lakes where the strategically placed fairway bunkers run through. Large oyster shell middens believed to be deposited by the aboriginal tribes hundreds of years ago were also located in the area.

Jekyll Island Golf – Oleander Course

The Oleander Course of the Jekyll Island Golf is one of the finest masterpieces of Dick Wilson, a famous golf architect. The layout lies on the ground of what was once the oldest registered course in the United States. Being the local’s favorite, the layout features the numerous doglegs that will surely challenge every golfers even the professionals. The trade winds from the ocean are among the factors that will add up to the challenge.

Jekyll Island Golf – Pine Lakes Course

Set in the undisturbed hammocks and ocean forests, the Pine Lakes Course of the Jekyll Island Golf was an original Dick Wilson masterpiece that was completely renovated by Clyde Johnson, a renowned golf course architect. Johnson added the “Family Friendly” tee boxes to the layout making it as America’s only course that allows even competitions for all ages of golfers.

Osprey Cove Golf Club

Incorporating the traditional elements of balance, strategy, variety, and surprise, is what the Osprey Cove Golf Club is all about. From the first tee, all the way to the final hole, golfers can’t help but marvel about the layout’s aesthetic beauty as well as St. Marys River basin’s dramatic landscape. This Mark McCumber masterpiece was also cited among the “Top 100 Modern Courses” by GolfWeek’s Golf & Travel.