Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Golf Vacations as Romantic Getaways

A romantic escapade is a wonderful opportunity for couples who wish to spend time for each other. Although there had been countless vacation spots designed for honeymooners or married couples, many golf vacation resorts have opened their gates as romantic getaways for couples. Some of the world's luxurious golf resorts dedicated perfect amenities and services for newlyweds and this is one reason why many couples choose to relax, recreate, ad have romantic dates on golf resorts.

Most golf resorts are known to maintain a serene and picturesque surrounding. Moreover, since golf resorts have several wide and open areas, these places became ideal wedding venues. Weddings proved to increase tourist exposure to the resort aside from raising revenues. In addition, newlyweds can spend their honeymoon on the resort. Because of this type of niche marketing, many golf resorts created various golf vacation packages mainly aimed for couples. Vacation packages ranged from wedding packages, couples golf packages, even Valentine's Day packages.

Golf resorts are usually the primary choice of couples who like to plan golf trips and spend quality time for each other. As a result, several golf resorts innovated their amenities and created attractive love nests for couples so that they do not only come to the resort to play golf but they can extend their stay by enjoying other romantic activities. Golf resorts targeted couples by pampering them with wines and chocolates upon arriving at the accommodation area. They also offer VIP discounts for dinner dates on the resort's classy restaurants or pubs. Aside from the usual golf game packages, many golf resorts offered spa treatments for couples only. Other resorts offered tours and sightseeing activities which are also exclusive for couples.

Several resorts also upgraded their hotel amenities and designed rooms which are dedicated for couples or honeymooners. Some added private balconies on each rooms so that couples can enjoy a tranquil view of the lush countryside or a panoramic view of the sunset over a quiet lake. Large golf estates even built small cabins or lodges for more private and cozy accommodations. Golf resorts which are located near stunning beaches also proved to be favorite choices of newlyweds. These areas were not only ideal wedding venues but also perfect honeymoon locations.

Since most golf vacation destinations are geared toward attracting couples to spend romantic getaways on these locations, many golf resorts created other non-golf activities which are exclusive for couples. Most of these encouraged couples to do the activity together rather than seeing a scenario where the spouse plays golf separately while the wife stays inside the hotel room. Examples of fantastic activities for couples are horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, swimming, and shopping in local malls. Golf vacations are indeed great picks for any type of couples.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Trendy Water Designs on Every Golf Vacation Resort

Every golf game becomes more interesting and challenging most especially if the golf ball lands in a water hazard. Basically a water hazard is any natural or man-made body of water which is situated within the golf course's premises. Since water hazards add more fun to a typical golf trip, many golf resorts meticulously design water hazards as an additional attraction and beautification element of the golf course.
Every golf game becomes more interesting and challenging most especially if the golf ball lands in a water hazard. Basically a water hazard is any natural or man-made body of water which is situated within the golf course's premises. Since water hazards add more fun to a typical golf trip, many golf resorts meticulously design water hazards as an additional attraction and beautification element of the golf course.

During the 1960's, several major golf games were televised. Water hazards boosted interesting features to the golf course and and at the same time water hazards were sources of excitement to both player and spectator. Because water hazards became important golf course and golf game elements, most golf vacation destinations architecturally planned and created unique water hazards. Landscape architects however always make sure not to over design water hazards throughout the course as hazards generally decrease a player's playing performance. If a golf ball always ends up in a water hazard, there is a great chance that the golfer gets more annoyed thus enjoyment is reduced.

Water hazards can be a man-made or natural feature. A golf vacation resort that is situated beside an ocean, lake, or river utilizes this body of water as hazards in the golf course. Most of the time, these natural water features are used as main attractions of a golf resort. They give unique characteristics to a golf course which distinguishes them from other resorts. A man-made water hazard consists of an artificial lake, pond, waterways, canals, or other constructed passageways. Landscape architects carefully design these artificial water hazards to avoid damage to the natural environment. Moreover, water features should blend in with the natural environment so that it will look more natural and dramatic.

A good landscape architect will design water hazards such as lakes, which are visible from a far. Water hazards should not be situated uphill as they will not be easily spotted unless the golfer is close enough the hazard. Naturally, water forms around low and shallow areas. If a water hazard is placed on a higher location, it will look more artificial aside from it will have a more difficult time to naturally gather water from rains.

Many water hazards are designed to please a golfer's eye. Landscape architects should consider good breeding grounds for flora and fauna around water hazards. In addition, creating good water hazards also require high expenses. A certain golf vacation destination which has abundant rainfall throughout the year is lucky to enough to save from water and maintenance expenses. Landscape architects normally create canals to transport abundant water supplies. As a result, they can design meandering streams or rivers within the course. On the other hand, other areas which has less rainfall may need higher maintenance costs to preserve water hazards. Creating large water hazards for these places may not be very practical. Given different scenarios and weather conditions, landscape architects should consider budget costs, environmental synergy, and playing performance.

During the 1960's, several major golf games were televised. Water hazards boosted interesting features to the golf course and and at the same time water hazards were sources of excitement to both player and spectator. Because water hazards became important golf course and golf game elements, most golf vacation destinations architecturally planned and created unique water hazards. Landscape architects however always make sure not to over design water hazards throughout the course as hazards generally decrease a player's playing performance. If a golf ball always ends up in a water hazard, there is a great chance that the golfer gets more annoyed thus enjoyment is reduced.

Water hazards can be a man-made or natural feature. A golf vacation resort that is situated beside an ocean, lake, or river utilizes this body of water as hazards in the golf course. Most of the time, these natural water features are used as main attractions of a golf resort. They give unique characteristics to a golf course which distinguishes them from other resorts. A man-made water hazard consists of an artificial lake, pond, waterways, canals, or other constructed passageways. Landscape architects carefully design these artificial water hazards to avoid damage to the natural environment. Moreover, water features should blend in with the natural environment so that it will look more natural and dramatic.

A good landscape architect will design water hazards such as lakes, which are visible from a far. Water hazards should not be situated uphill as they will not be easily spotted unless the golfer is close enough the hazard. Naturally, water forms around low and shallow areas. If a water hazard is placed on a higher location, it will look more artificial aside from it will have a more difficult time to naturally gather water from rains.

Many water hazards are designed to please a golfer's eye. Landscape architects should consider good breeding grounds for flora and fauna around water hazards. In addition, creating good water hazards also require high expenses. A certain golf vacation destination which has abundant rainfall throughout the year is lucky to enough to save from water and maintenance expenses. Landscape architects normally create canals to transport abundant water supplies. As a result, they can design meandering streams or rivers within the course. On the other hand, other areas which has less rainfall may need higher maintenance costs to preserve water hazards. Creating large water hazards for these places may not be very practical. Given different scenarios and weather conditions, landscape architects should consider budget costs, environmental synergy, and playing performance.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Take a swing at this Myrtle Beach Golf School!

I had the opportunity to take the Ritson-Sole Golf School for a test drive about two months ago and it has really helped my game. The Ritson-Sole Golf School is one of the top 25 golf schools in the country per Golf Magazine's rankings. They are now located at both Pawleys Plantation on the south end of the beach and at Grande Dunes on the north end (their newest location). They offer three, two, and one day classes, as well as morning or afternoon part day instruction.

I was part of a small group, 2-hour lesson which had 2 instructors for about 8-9 golfers working on their game. We were able to work with Mel Sole and David Olberding who were great at helping all of us. From instructing the beginner on the basics to the pro with subtle changes, these guys were great.

In addition to the small group size and getting specific instruction for your own unique swing, they also offer video swing analysis which is a great tool to see the minute details of your swing. This really comes in handy and I will re-watch the video right before heading to my local range to know what exactly I need to be focusing on.

If you are interested in learning more about the Ritson-Sole Golf School, or would like to set up a session with them along with your Myrtle Beach golf trip give me, Mike Alfano a call at 888.276.9589 or email mike@golfzoo.com

Monday, September 24, 2012

Visiting a Golf Trip Paradise Through Pebble Beach Golf Links


Situated in Pebble Beach, California, the Pebble Beach Golf Links offer the most scenic views in the west coast of United States. Spending your golf vacation here by far will be the most memorable moment in your whole golfing career. The Pebble Beach Golf Links hugs rugged coastlines opening to the Pacific Ocean. Open views of Carmel Bay can be enjoyed by visitors who wish to stroll and explore the whole golf resort. Being the first public course ranked as Number 1 by Golf Digest in 2001, the Pebble Beach Golf Links is regarded as the most beautiful course in the world. In 2008, green fees start from $495 and an additional of $35 cart fee for non resort guests will be charged. World class tournaments are also widely held in Pebble Beach Golf Links including AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am and 11 USGA championships. The Pebble Beach Golf Links is the only resort to host both the Champions Tour event and the FedEx Cup in the same season yearly.

Opened in February 22, 1919, the Pebble Beach Golf Links was designed by Douglas Grant and Jack Neville. In 1990s, this golf vacation destination was bought by the Japanese investors. Several years later, the Pebble Beach Co. bought the golf resort from the Japanese investors. Throughout the history, the Pebble Beach Golf Links has been visited by famous people namely: Clint Eastwood, Teddy Roosevelt, Jack Nicklaus, Samuel Morse, Bobby Jones, Winston Churchill, Bill Murray, and Tiger Woods. As Neville intends to bring as many holes to the rocky coastline as possible, he designed the first two holes as inland while the third runs to the ocean. Along the coast lies the fourth and fifth holes. In 1998, various changes to improve the Pebble Beach Golf Links has been done. New bunkers are then added to each fairways to make each round more challenging for golfers of any skill level.

Aside from the breath taking views that golfers can experience, the Pebble Beach Golf Links also offers various affordable golf vacation packages. These packages include Fall & Winter, Spring & Summer, and Year Round golf and spa packages. By visiting their website, golfers can view more special offers depending on the season. It's always cheaper to book tee times in off peak seasons and hotel accommodations are also cheaper in non peak seasons. Golfers in a budget can still enjoy the luxurious experience of staying in Pebble Beach by picking golf trip dates wisely and effectively. Visitors have the widest options to satisfy their stomachs with different menus served by varied restaurants along the resort. Visitors can also shop freely as numerous golf pro shops are accessible from the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Stonegate Golf Club

One of the best, but oft ignored ways of creating a Florida golf course is by drafting a course layout that meshes all too perfectly with the natural contours of the land. The diversity of the Florida terrain is more often than not, ignored. One too many golf course designers decide to move the earth a little too much to create a replica of this and of that, forgetting how unique and special their land is.

Thankfully, though, there still are a lot of golf course designers who have recognized this fact. And they have so lovingly created golf courses that not only respect Florida's natural endowments; they have made them the highlight of their creations bringing out the best in both Mother Nature and the genius of the creator.

One such golf vacation destination is the Stonegate Golf Club in Poinciana, Florida, just a little outside of Orlando. Stonegate's two courses are very distinct but very complimentary in that, a visit here would never be complete by just playing on one. Let the Oaks Course and the Cypress Course tell their own story.


Oaks Course
A Ron Garl original layout, the course is one with lots of water on the holes, and elevated greens set amidst a backdrop of well-preserved wetlands and marshlands. Its oversized fairway bunkers and waste areas and countless mounds snake through native vegetation. As its name implies, huge oaks – many of which are a hundred years or older – top the list of its native vegetation. This course has four sets of tees, measuring more than 7000 yards from the longest tees. Four sets of tees make this course especially inviting for golfers of all skill levels.

Cypress Course
Stonegate's Cypress Course is another testament to the great work done and reputation held by the Clifton, Ezell and Clifton design team here in Central Florida. As the trio did in all their other course creations, the Cypress Course brings that stunning quality of being perfectly meshed with the environment. Not only are native flora and fauna growing abundantly here; they provide the scenic backdrop for an even greater golf layout. The course may have really large bunkers that look too daunting, but the fairways are wide so as not to feel claustrophobic. Water plays on 14 of its 18 holes and follows the dictates and contours of the land. It measures 6,800 yards from the tips, par 72, with three other sets of tees for other handicaps.


The natural beauty of the Sunshine State cannot be denied. Whilst the bustling urban jungle is what's on the forefront of it, exploring places such as the Stonegate will better remind people how great Florida naturally is. And as for golf trips, it is always best to try both courses. Not that one course will leave you longing and unsatisfied; it is just always at best with seconds!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Grand Resorts Properties in Florida

I've been selling golf packages for Golf Zoo in Florida for around 7 years now.  Recently 3 resorts in Florida have been purchased by Salamander Hospitality group.  The three properties are Innisbrook in Tampa, Reunion in Orlando and Hammock Beach in Palm Coast.  These are all nice properties and are all unique in what they offer a group of golfers.  I'm going to give our readers my honest (as I always do) opinion of these three properties, again this is just my opinion.

Innisbrook/Tampa, Florida:
This property has been around for quite awhile.  The lodging portion of the property is 40+ years old.  The new owners have come in over the last couple of years and really upgraded the units. There is basically 4  room types - deluxe guest room, junior suite, one bedroom suite and two bedroom suite.  All the lodging types have upgraded furniture, bedding, tv's, etc...  The property has upgraded their dining options and even added a great bar and outdoor patio area at the main check-in office.  A nice thing for the client while staying there is access to shuttle service to get around the property, by just picking up the phone.

Golf - the resort has four golf courses on site.  The most talked about and know is the famed Copperhead Golf Course - home of a PGA Tour event.  I have played this golf course numerous times and really enjoy it.  It is a difficult golf course which offers a lot of different hole types.  My second favorite course at Innisbrook is The Island Golf Course.  This course also offers a great layout, but is more forgiving than the Copperhead course. The other two courses are the South and North and I prefer the South more than the North.  The South is a little different than the other courses on property and offers more of a links feel.  The North is a shot makers course for sure - not long, but very tight and penal if you game is off.

There are mainly two package types we offer at this resort - keep in mind that Innisbrook is a stay and play property, as all three resorts are - meaning, you have to stay there to play there.
Our first package is the Classic Stay and Play.  In a nutshell, you get a round of golf  for each night you stay at the resort, along with use of practice range.  This is my opinion is our more popular package because of the price point for our clients.  The second package we offer is the Preferred Stay and Play.  The main difference is you get a round on arrival and departure - basically an extra round beyond the number of nights you stay.  This package also includes breakfast, use of range and a small arrival gift bag.  In most cases this package can double the Classic Stay and Play package in price - not sure if the extra round and breakfast warrant the golfer to pay that much more - again, just my opinion.

Again, you have to stay at this resort in order to play the courses.

Reunion Resort/Orlando, Florida:
This is a fantastic 54 hole property, my opinion - one of the best properties in Florida.  The resort is a large property consisting of 3 restaurants and a couple of bars at the main check in area.  The property itself has numerous lodging choices that consist of 2 and 3 bedroom villas along 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 bedroom homes.  The villa types are either deluxe or superior villa's.  Both types are really nice, basically not a huge difference in villas.  The villas will have one more bed than the number of bedrooms, basically 3 beds in a 2 bedroom and 4 beds in a 3 bedroom.  As far as the homes, similar type description - deluxe and superior.  The resort has numerous pool through out the villa complexes, a great practice range and a water park.

Golf - There are three great courses on site.  Legacy is the Arnold Palmer designed course.  This is probably the easiest of the three courses.  This course is fairly forgiving, especially off the tee.  There is some water and bunkers, but nothing that is too penal.  Tradition is the Jack Nicklaus designed course.  This is the newest of the three courses and has grown in popularity with the golfers.  This particular course is away from the main clubhouse.  This is a tough golf course, but very enjoyable.  Independence is the Tom Watson designed course.  This is my favorite course of the three.  This has a variety of great holes with numerous bunkers, very well placed.

Again, you have to stay at Reunion Resort in order to play the courses.

Hammock Beach/Palm Coast, Florida:
Hammock Beach is a fantastic ocean front property, located about 30 minutes north of  Daytona Beach, Florida.  Due to its location, you have two options as far as International airports.  Jacksonville airport - 80 mile drive to Hammock Beach.  Orlando airport - 100 mile drive to Hammock Beach.  Two other airports that you can also check are Daytona airport and Sanford airport, both small airports - but may offer options.

This resort consists of four lodging properties, three types on site and one off site.  The three properties on site are the following:  The lodge, located on the ocean and consist of hotel rooms, both ocean view and ocean front. The main building, again on the ocean.  This building will have 3 and 4 bedroom villas, again both ocean view and ocean front (main tower). The Resort view buildings, located behind the main building and offer 2 and 3 bedroom tropical view units.  As with Reunion, the villas will have one more bed than the number of bedrooms listed.  The offsite property which is on the Inter-coastal and offer 2 and 3 bedroom units.  The Resort View units and the off site Inter-coastal units are the least expensive of the 4 unit types, but are very nice.  The resort has a restaurant on the second floor of the lodge.  It has a nice restaurant and a sushi bar in the main tower building, along with a bar area for dancing.  My favorite is the cigar lounge - large leather chairs and couches with a small bar area and it's own walk in humidor.  There is a fantastic pool and outdoor area between the main building and the ocean that offers food and drinks.  There is a lazy river, and two pools in the main area, along with a huge hot tub.  The lodge also has it's own adult only pool area - more secluded.

Golf - The property has two courses.  The Ocean Course is the Jack Nicklaus designed course.  Nicklaus considered this as his Pebble Beach of the East Coast.  This course has 6 holes with either the ocean behind the Green or Tee and two of those holes (9 and 18) are par 4's that run right along side the ocean.  Most of the inland holes are tree lined and bordered by water.  The Conservatory is the Tom Watson designed course.  This may be my favorite course of all the courses I have mentioned!  This is an offsite course, about 10-15 minutes max from the main building.  Tom Watson considers this, "one of his best designed courses".  This course is very pretty and offers a lot of different challenges for the golfer.

Again, you have to stay at Hammock Beach in order to play the courses.

Overall these are three unique properties that has something for every group of golfers.  None of these resorts I would consider inexpensive, but each one is worth the money in it's own way.  If  I had to rank each facility in order of the best overall package - I consider that lodging and golf.  I would rank them in this order - Reunion Resort, then Hammock Beach, then Innisbrook.  This doesn't mean that any of them are bad or lower end properties - just my preference and opinion.

I hope this helps our Golf  Zoo customers with some insight to some properties in Florida that we offer.  Please feel free to contact me to put together you next Florida golf package getaway.  I can be reached directly at 888.333.6103 or by email - glen@golfzoo.com.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Right Attitude to Become a Good Putter

In every sport, confidence is the main driving power to continue to succeed. Such is highly important in golf, especially in learning how to become a master putter. Having such will-power will allow anyone to get that ball in the hole even from a three feet distance. Once players are able to capture that confidence, it is time for them to think about getting into other attitudes in order to be come a tough putter.

Don't dwell on mistakes.

There are unforgivable moments in a game. Missing a short putt on the last hole, for example, can become utterly unforgettable. Players can dwell on this unfortunate incident, or they can move on and recover just like a professional. Being haunted with such mistake for life is impractical. What a player can do is take note of the things that he or she should have done, and use it on the next attempt.

Praise yourself often.

It's not even about becoming narcissistic. Praising can do a lot of motivation to players. This means putting away with all the negative memory of missed putts, and dwelling on those that worked. Praising oneself is a confidence booster – something that all players from different fields use, and something that coaches are experts on.

Get Real!

Sometimes, players would assess a play as impossible. This is not the same as getting real. To get real means to shoo negative attitudes and just go beyond the present caliber. The human body is made to improve and go beyond borders, anyway. .

Capture the Jack Nicklaus.

Jack Nicklaus did not become a legendary golfer and architect for nothing. He also encountered missing  putts. However, Nicklaus chooses to recall the putts that he misses and uses it to do well with the present one to overcome.

Nicklaus also separates himself from the rest of the competitors. He tries hard not to compare his skills to other people's abilities. What he does is make an effort to outmatch his own records.

Change your thinking.

To become a great putter really means changing mindsets. This means that players should think more about the power of self-perception and visualize about getting better at a putt. “All the mind works best”, here. And it is supported by an unrelenting drive to improve.

No one was born to be an expert, but many were made to be one. With a positive self-perception and great effort, every amateur player would become an expert putter in no time.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Your Responsibilities and Order Play

As players, golfers are not freed from the constant responsibility and order of play. In fact, those details are the main driving standards at winning or loosing, aside from confidence and natural talent of a player. Below are the details to lay them all down.

A Player's Responsibilities
  • A player is responsible for determining his or her handicap and the specific holes where such handicap strokes are to be employed.
  • A player is given the responsibility to declare the handicap that he or she is entitled to. He or she can be subject to disqualification once he or she declares a lower or a higher handicap where he or she belongs.
  • In a stroke play, golfers may be disqualified if they record a higher or a lower handicap which they are not entitled to.
  • Players are responsible for any violation their caddie might do, and they are to receive the applicable penalty for it.
  • A player must play prompt and should not practice a stroke during a round.
A player's Order of Play
  • The first to begin the hole is the player who was determined by draw at the first teeing ground.
  • As a golf etiquette, Honor is made to allow players, with the lowest score, to tee off first at the next hole. In terms of tie, who ever held the honor on the previous hole makes a go first.
  • Honors also identify the first to shot in between the tee and the hole.
  • Anyone who is farthest from the hole is to play first.
Those are just some of the responsibilities and etiquette in a golf game. There are more things to consider as a player becomes an expert on the game. Of course, with being an expert on the skills comes being a specialist on the good habits. Take note of that!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Southern Hills Plantation

I recently had the opportunity to play a fantastic private country club - Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, Florida.

Nestled within the rolling hills of Brooksville, Florida, Southern Hills Plantation provides a unique terrain.  Elevations of 60 to nearly 250 feet provide a truly unique opportunity for golfers at the Pete Dye Signature golf course.  Designed to maximize natural elevations and views, the private 18 hole course is rated by Golf Week as one of the top 100 residential courses in the United States.

The golf experience is elevated to new heights with generous course corridors, expansive landing areas and natural buffers that frame each hole.  Pete Dye designed a superb practice facility including a driving range, chipping and putting greens and a six hole par three course.

Southern Hills is available for play through Golf Zoo.  The golf course is under the Natures Coast Golf Trail and is currently included on one of our Hot Deals for that area - http://www.golfzoo.com/-screen-scnSell_Special-_ispost-1-.htm  We have a couple of hotels in the Brooksville area along with a half dozen great courses to compliment Southern Hills Plantation.  The Brooksville area can be axis-ed from either Orlando or Tampa - about an hour drive from each area.

Please contact glen@golfzoo.com or mark@golfzoo.com for other details and any other great summer packages in Florida. 

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Desert Springs Resort, Palm Springs California

Palm Springs, California Is A Perfect 
Golf Vacation Destination!!


Palm Springs is a short drive away from Los Angeles making this perfect desert paradise a favorite go to escape plan for many of Hollywood's golf enthusiasts. Hollywood's famous names bring their superstar clubs and high profile selves when visiting the greens of Palm Springs. The celebrities choice for golf vacations are the Palm Course and the Valley Course located at the Desert Springs Golf Resort. 


Desert Springs Golf Resort is a 36-hole facility and has epitomes of high class treatment. The scenery and playable area on the courses will fulfill any golfer's dream vacation. The Palm Course and the Valley Course were designed by acclaimed architect Ted Robinson, "King of Waters-capes" and have made Desert Springs  the premier California golf resort that it is today.


On both 18-hole courses: Golfer's can take a high tech drive in one of our new golf carts with state-of-the-art navigational and computing systems. Right from your cart, you can use your onboard computer to view graphic layouts of each hole, compute exact yardage to the pin, monitor pace-of-play, and solicit tips from the course's pro on playing a particular hole. The result is faster playtime, lower scores, and a more enjoyable game. In addition, your lunch or snack can be ordered as you tee off from the 18th hole and be waiting for you at Sand Trap & Wedge for the perfect end to a great round.


The Greens at Desert Springs Putting Course: Created to provide golfers of all ages and abilities an enjoyable golf adventure, The Greens at Desert Springs - our 18-hole championship putting course - is the perfect solution. The nation's first, all-natural turf putting course combines all aspects of a full length course: sand bunkers, water hazards, strategically placed trees, and rolling "fairways" all played with just a putter. The par 54, 1,435-foot course is truly "golf in miniature," but big-time fun for individuals, families, or group events.


The Palm Course and the Valley Course are park of the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, California. It provides visitors with stylish surroundings and views any well seasoned traveler desires. The emerald fairways for their Palm Desert Golf Courses and mountains that seem to touch the ski wins over any golf lovers heart. 

Please Contact Our Golf Zoo Travel Specialist To Book A Golf Vacation 
Please Call: 800-929-7300


Monday, April 02, 2012

Jacaranda Golf Club Resort Of The Year




All golf lovers should experience the courses at Jacaranda Golf Club Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida


The West Course and East Course are known to be magnificent, as well as one of the finest golf courses in the world! The West Course and East Course partner up to giving golf enthusiast 36-holes to enjoy. 


Both courses are rated with 4-stars and labeled "Best Places To Play" by Golf Digest. 



West Course
Complete facilities and  amenities, the West Course is known as the shot maker course with lagoons, doglegs, bunkers and rolling greens. It is made to stimulate all golfer's strategic skills. To provide golfer's with a little breathing room and time to mimic the professionals the West Course offers outward nines with green complexes and short cut areas. The West Course is about 6,778 yards and has 5-sets of tees to enable players of all levels to enjoy the well conditioned course. This Mark Mahannah designed West golf course just had a recent $10 million renovation bring a breath of fresh air to the golf in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The West Course recently won the "2012 Golf Club Of The Year" for the entire South Florida PGA. 


East Course
Known as "The Jac", the East Course shows a wide carpet of Paspalum Dwarf Bermuda tees and TifDwarf greens on the fairways. The East Course provides a challenging and friendly environment for all golfer's. The East Course is about 7,195 yards, it has a rare installment of bunkers and laps of surrounding green giving this course a vast option for a short game. 



Both the West Course and East Course has become the primary pick for golf vacation destinations due to their friendly staff that holds their special events and programs. The staff at Jacaranda Golf Club Resort always carries a welcoming smile that shows eagerness to assist all visitors.


Based on Jacaranda Golf Club Resort good ratings, it was awarded the opportunity to host most of the PGA and USGA tournaments including qualifiers such as PGA Tour Q-School, U.S. Open Qualifying, U.S. Amateur qualifying and Nationwide Tour Qualifying. 


Even with these amazing events Jacaranda Golf Club Resort continues to welcome and open its doors for every golf enthusiasts. This is why Jacaranda Golf Club Resort  continues to have a top rated reputation among golfer's around the world.



Contact Our Golf Zoo Travel Specialist And Book 
A Golf Vacation To Fort Lauderdale, Florida TODAY!! 
Please Call: 800-929-7300!! 



Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Best Stay and Play I've Ever Experienced


Being in the golf travel industry for almost 13 years now, I've had the privilege to stay and play at some of the most premier golf resorts in the world - The Boulders in Scottsdale, Reunion Resort in Orlando, Kapalua in Maui, Barton Creek in Austin, La Quinta in Palm Springs, and of course, Pebble Beach to name a few.

Sorry fellas, but move over - The Resort at Pelican Hill is simply the best I've ever experienced.

It started last Thursday with a quick flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles where we picked up a convertible, put the top down and took our time on the the hour drive south down the Pacific Coast Highway to Newport Beach. You can get there faster by taking the highway, but the views from the PCH are worth the extra time... Being a villa guest allowed us to skip the hotel lobby and go right to the Villa Clubhouse to check in. Within 10 minutes, we were back in the car, went around the corner and were greeted in our driveway by our personal butler Jarek. He had us settled in and on the back patio with champagne on ice within 15 minutes, and all was well with the world.

The 2500-square-foot, 3-Bedroom oceanfront villa is, in a word - ridiculous. Beautifully decorated, sub-Z refrigerator, every amenity you could think of... Even a "flick of the switch" fireplace, but the truth is you probably won't ever sit on the couch. It's all about the back patio. Enormous with lounge chairs, a table for 4, and directly facing the Pacific Ocean, the back patio is where we spent the majority of our time. Click below for a video of our villa. Had dinner at Andrea with the girls and was intimidated by the wine list, but somehow managed to struggle through.

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Friday - Dropped Abby at Camp Pelican for a half-day to tee it up. There are 36 holes onsite- the Ocean North Club, and Ocean South Club - and the 18-hole Oak Creek Golf Club, about a 20 minute drive inland. All Tom Fazio designs, and all impeccably maintained. I played the Ocean North course in the morning, and then drove the South course in the afternoon. Being a desert guy, I was surprised at the elevation changes at both Ocean courses, as I thought Oceanside golf would be more flat and traditional. Greens were fast and true, and playing with a forecaddy makes a nice difference. The traditionalist will love the Oak Creek course, but I'm an Ocean North guy. Had an awesome lobster sandwich afterwards, sitting on the back patio at the Pelican Grill. Called our butler before going back to the villa to deliver a bucket of ice with champagne and a Scrabble game for the evening's entertainment. Michelle beat me as usual, but I managed to squeak out a win over my 8-year-old whiz kid. Took Abby to the private Villa Pool for late-night swimming, and alternated between the salt water pool and Jacuzzi.

Saturday - Drove the girls inland to check out Oak Creek, and then headed to Balboa Island and took the auto ferry across to endure Boardwalk-type festivities and ice cream for the kiddo while dreaming of the back patio at our villa... Ordered room service and had the sea bass with veggies, which was fabulous on the back patio - with you guessed it - more champagne. Went a different direction on this night, having our butler pick all three of us up and take us to the Coliseum Pool - taught Abby a new word to describe it... decadent. One feature that I didn't think I would use much, but ended up using A LOT, was the complimentary Mercedes coach transportation. Call your butler, and they're there within 5 minutes to take you wherever you want to go, which was super-convenient and safe.

Sunday - Sadly had to leave, but made it to LAX in about 50 minutes going highway this time. Was back at home in Phoenix in time to watch the final round of the Match Play with a big ole smile on my face.

What a weekend. What a place.
Contact Chris Parcell with any other questions at 888-867-6911, and I'll email you a customized itinerary for your own Pelican Hill trip.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Canada's Priced Gems: Whistler and Banff



Canada has many scenic sights and natural charm, which makes this unsurprisingly one of the most famous vacation destinations in the world. 


Ranking among the top favorites in Maple Country is the majestic Canadian Rockies. Tow of the most famous destinations in the Canadian Rockies are Whistler and Banff. These tourist towns are well know for being Canada's top golf vacation destinations!! 


Whistler
Whistler is known as a resort town north of Vancouver and the fun never ceases throughout the year. When golfing in Whistler you will enjoy an endless panorama view of snowcapped mountains, glistening natural lakes, the best greens the world has ever seen, the biggest names in golf, and the most unforgettable golf vacation ever!! Some of the most famous golf courses in Whistler carry the names of top golf course designers such as:


Banff
The town of Banff is large, tall, and extremely beautiful. This resort town is listed as having the second highest elevation in Canada an is the largest town in Alberta, Canada. Banff is surrounded by majestic scenery. The golf courses here are beautiful and awe striking. Banff's courses have earned no less than 4.5 star ratings from Golf Digest and are perpetual entries into the "best" list of countless golf magazines. These courses are:


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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Scenic Golf In Oregon


If you are looking for a premier Oregon golf destination, look no further than Sunriver Golf Resort!!

Featuring Oregon's finest golf, Sunriver Golf Resort is a golfer's paradise and an ideal choice for a Northwest Golf vacation. Each of Sunriver Resort's three golf courses were designed by an acclaimed architect. These courses are graced with carefully preserved wetlands, forested meadows, and sparking waters, Sunriver Resort offers 63 holes of the best golf in the West!

With their aesthetic grace, holes bordering the meandering Sunriver, and gramatc use of directional and for bunkers, the golf courses at Sunriver Resort serve up great challenges for golfers of all skill levels.  The three courses at Sunriver Resort are The Crosswater Course, The Meadows Course and The Woodlands Course.

Designed by Bob Cupp, Sunriver Resort – Crosswater Course got its name from the fact that it crosses over the Little Deschutes and Deschutes rivers as often as seven times in each round. Opened in 1995, this 18-hole, par-72 course features 7,600 yards of golf that has five different tee placements for each hole, bent grass fairways, and greens. It is a recipient of several National Golf Awards. In 1999, it was designated as a certified Audubon Sanctuary.


Meadows Course
Paying tribute to the classic American courses of the 1920s and 1930s, the layout of Sunriver Resort – Meadows Course features the dramatic use of directional bunkers that serve up challenges for players of all skill levels. Each hole is lined with tall pine trees and harbors water. Most of the time, the water serves as amusing scenery more than a nuisance feature, but it can come into play particularly on the front nine and par 5 eighteenth. The white sand traps are the source of trouble because they are positioned along every hole and green. This 18-hole course has played host to a number of events like the USGA, NCAA, AJGA, and PGA. Playing on this course is a good way to test the players’ course management skills.


Woodlands Course
Debuted in 1981, Sunriver Resort – Woodlands Course is regarded as Oregon’s finest championship golf course because of its outstanding conditioning and lovely setting. It is a local favorite because it gives a challenging game to every player. This par-72 course features 6,913 yards of golf. It consists of tree-lined corridors and very tough greens. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the Woodlands Course offers many picturesque views of Mount Bachelor that adds to the visitors’ fantastic golf experience.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Pelican Hill Resort


The Resort at Pelican Hill In Newport Coast, California Offers A One Of A Kind Golf Experience!! 


The fundamentals of golf may not vary, but the way you experience the game certainly can. Tom Fazio designed these 54 holes of golf, including Pelican Hill's 36 championship holes on the Ocean North and Ocean South courses and the 18 holes at nearby Oak Creek Golf Club®, to be unlike any that you've ever played before. 


Ocean North
The North Course is 6,900 yards of pure golfing goodness – with views of the ocean from pretty much every one of its 18 holes and natural bushlands and wooded areas that combine to make you love antagonism. The par-71 creation has wider fairways and is basically more forgiving than its sibling, the South Course.


Ocean South
Heavily wooded in some parts, all rainbow-colored flower gardens on another, pristine greens still on another, and a panorama of the Pacific ocean on Newport coast – this is the cornucopia of sights and textures of the Ocean South Course. And they don't go as easy as they are beautiful. But yes, this course is extremely beautiful. It measures 6,500 yards from the longest tees and plays for a par of 71.


Oak Creek
The first of the Tom Fazio courses that are part of the Pelican Hill, the Oak Creek is not necessarily within resort premises but a little outside of it. But it definitely is within the standards of excellence set on Pelican Hill courses. Well, it set the bar for it. It was named after the creek that winds throughout the property and is surrounded by stunning lakes, fast greens, and narrow fairways that are a rollercoaster ride of easy and nerve-wracking shots. These features are further complimented by its array of bull-nosed bunkers and yes, the views of the Newport Beach. It measures 6,834 yards, par 71.



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Monday, January 30, 2012

Doral Golf Resort

Why Should Golf Enthusiast Book A Golf Vacation to Miami, Florida?? 
--- For The Love Of the Game Of Course!!


Doral Golf Resort & Spa is the perfect place for golf lovers!! It holds five championship 18-hole golf courses: the legendary TPC Blue Monster, the Greg Norman-designed Great White, and the distinctive the Red, Gold and the new Jim Mc Lean Signature Course.


TPC Blue Monster
45 years and counting. That's how long the Blue Monster has been hosting some of the most prestigious PGA Tour events. It is also the home of the World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship. And the biggest names that the golf-loving public has seen must have set foot and braved the many challenges of this massive 18-hole golf course. It measures 7,536 yards from the longest tees. Thankfully enough, there are three other tee options to counter the “monstrosity” of this golf course. But this has got to be the prettiest monster in the world with its long fairways, deep bermuda rough and assorted water hazards. The signature hole, the 18th with the fountain, is hailed by GOLF Magazine as on of the world's top 100 holes. Repeat: world's.


Doral Great White Course

Greg Norman knew how to make his signature seen, felt and remembered in this Miami creation. The Great White Course is the only golf course in the entire Southeastern USA that uses coquina for bunkers. Countless palm trees and shaped Scottish-esque bunkers line the fairways and pair with water hazards that make an appearance on 14-of-18 holes making the 7,171 yard, par 72 course as beautiful as it is challenging.

Doral Gold Course
Traditional Florida golfing – greens, sand, water, palms, and fairly challenging play, this is the best and most accurate description of the Doral Gold Resort. The 6,659 yard, par 72, course features three sets of tees for the enjoyment of golfers of varied skill sets.



Doral Red Course
Corporate tournament organizers prefer the Red Course amongst the Doral courses for their events. This is largely due to the fact that this is the course that offers the fairest brand of challenge that will be suitable for golfers of all skill levels. The medium length course measures 6,101 yards from the longest tees, par 70 and is known for its two island greens on the 6th and the 14th.


Doral Jim McLean Signature Course
Home of the PGA Q-Tour Finals, the Jim McLean Signature Course or the Silver Course is a challenge not only for golfers of varied skill levels, but a challenge to the traditional Florida layout. It features elevated tees and narrow fairways that give an interesting twist to the usual golfing experience in the Sunshine State. The McLean Course measures 7,105 yards from the longest tees, par 72.



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