Mission Inn Florida – Championship Golf Off The Beaten Path

Mission Inn Florida – Championship Golf Off The Beaten Path

Mission Inn – Championship Golf Off The Beaten Path

Photos and article by David Theoret 

Tucked away about 35 minutes north of Orlando, FL is a spectacular Central Florida resort that features an outstanding full-service spa, 4 restaurants and 2 top-notch golf courses. It’s the perfect location for a guy’s golf vacation, a girls’ spa weekend or a romantic getaway with that special someone.

Mission Inn features distinctive Spanish Colonial architecture and luxurious amenities. There are 176 studio, one, two and three-bedroom accommodations housed in three separate – but connected – buildings: “San Miguel”, “San Diego” and “San Angel”. All rooms are tastefully appointed with large, flat screen TVs, coffeemakers and well equipped work areas. As nice as this resort is, what really sets it apart is the golf!

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A Wild Tasmanian Ride In Australia

A Wild Tasmanian Ride In Australia

A Wild Tasmanian Ride In Australia

By Ron Perlman

I was finalizing the itinerary of our trip to Australia to visit my daughter and her Aussie husband, but an important piece of information was missing.  I called up my son in law.

“Byron, since you’re a member of Royal Queensland, can you get us on Royal Melbourne?”

“No problem, Mate.”  My heart jumped a beat.

“However”, he continued “since you’re flying half way around the world, I want you to check out these two courses.  They’re only an hour flight from Melbourne.  It would be a shame to miss them.”

Sometime later, I got on line and looked up “Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm”.  I only needed about twenty seconds to make a decision.  I looked at my wife.

“Nadine, I’m making a slight adjustment to our trip.  We’re going to Tasmania.”

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Fore On The Shore – Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Fore On The Shore – Alabama’s Gulf Coast

By Dave Finn as published in the February 2017 issue of TeeTimesPress.com

Gulf Shores Alabama – Walking through the doors of our condo at Kiva Dunes Golf Resort, I caught my first stunning glimpse of Mobile Bay. Hurriedly I dropped my bags and headed for the balcony to catch a better view when I noticed a tall silhouette perched on our railing. At first I thought it was a statue but upon closer inspection realized that this regal four foot bird was no pale imitation but a legendary Great Blue Heron. So calm, graceful and fearless was this magnificent creature that he remained perfectly still as I gently slid the door open to snap a close-up.

Native Americans recognize the heron as an expert hunter and believe seeing one is an omen that the hunt will be good. As I gazed across the 18th fairway, I knew that with my new avian friend “Kiva” as my guide, it was going to be a great week exploring 32 miles of uncrowded sugar-white beaches, a thriving culinary scene and seven of the best golf courses in the south.

To read the entire article visit page 14 and 15 of the February 2017 issue of Tee Times Minnesota Golf & Living at http://teetimes.epubs.forumprinting.com/publication/?i=382106&p=14

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Paradise in Panama – Doctor’s Review January 2017

Paradise in Panama – Doctor’s Review January 2017

By Jane Finn as published in Doctor’s Review Magazine January 2017

Boquete Panama – You know that expression “Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away?” When we stepped onto the deck of our tree house at the Lucero Golf and Country Club (tel: 877-727-2476; lucerocountryclub.com; US$395 per night, double occupancy, during high season), I literally experienced the latter. Standing 40 metres above the floor of the Caldera Valley, protected by the rainforest canopy and the Jaramillo Mountains, I felt a profound sense of peace. It was at least an hour before I tore myself away from the views to explore our very private, very romantic getaway.

Luxuriously appointed, our treehouse included a walk-in rain shower, cozy sitting area with kitchenette and deliciously comfy bed where we could see not only the stars, but the twinkling lights of David in the distance.

Nestled next to the tee off blocks at the third hole of Lucero’s mountain golf course, we were steps away from the clubhouse and Season’s, the community’s farm-to-table restaurant. Last year alone, the staff planted over 500 tropical fruit trees, 320,000 coffee plants and an extensive vegetable garden.

To read the entire article on why you need to visit Panama see http://doctorsreview.com/features/paradise-panama/
Abaco Club at Winding Bay – Where the Bahamas meets Scotland

Abaco Club at Winding Bay – Where the Bahamas meets Scotland

Abaco Club at Winding Bay

Where the Bahamas meets Scotland

by Tim Cotroneo

Scotland’s Old Tom Morris would love the ocean views, the plunging pot bunkers, and the balmy weather at The Abaco Club at Winding Bay. Old Tom would be proud to see how his rolling Scottish links thumbprint found its way to a Bahamian setting of palm trees, parrots, and pristine paspalum fairways.

In 2004, Golf Architect Tom MacKenzie brought Old Tom’s coastal sand dune legacy to the 90-mile long Great Abaco Island. When most golfers think links, thoughts revert to gray skies, brown-hued fairways, and donning layers to combat the elements. At the Abaco Club, links-style undulations enter a whole new world. Golfers thrive amidst exquisite fairways, perfect island temperatures, and ocean views worthy of a swimsuit magazine cover.

If that’s not enough, recharging your spirit between rounds is spent in beachfront and golf course accommodations that house a wealth of island amenities. The Abaco Club would have Old Tom believing he was born 150 years too soon.

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Danzante Bay Golf Course in Loreto, Mexico

Danzante Bay Golf Course in Loreto, Mexico

Danzante Bay Golf Course in Loreto, Mexico

by Tim Cotroneo

Rees Jones is listening. The man known internationally as “The U.S. Open Doctor” paid homage to golf industry pushback by designing a Baja peninsula masterpiece that he considers one of his finest creations. Jones sees his dance in the desert design to be a rare best-of-both-worlds golf communion.

The 7,400-yard Danzante Bay Golf Course in Loreto not only honors the scratch golfer, but also welcomes the occasional player seeking a one-of-a-kind golf experience. Jones’ latest creation features awesome elevation changes and dramatic mountains-meet-the sea-visuals.

At the November 2016 grand opening of Danzante Bay, Jones told his audience that it’s time to acknowledge what passionate golfers, occasional golfers, and industry experts have been saying for years. That is, a course doesn’t have to be too long or too punishing to exceed golf destination expectations.

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A golfer spends ‘fore’ days in Delhi in Travelife Magazine

A golfer spends ‘fore’ days in Delhi in Travelife Magazine

By Dave Finn as printed in the April Edition of Travelife.ca

NEW DELHI – From the moment I arrive, the sights, the sounds and the diversity of this city surround me. Within minutes, I know that without a doubt I have arrived in one of the most exotic destinations in the world — for golfers.

Okay, granted, New Delhi may not be foremost on golfers’ minds but for me, playing my favourite sport in India was the opportunity to combine two of my passions – travel and golf.

When you travel this far, though, you simply have to take in the numerous historical sites of Old Delhi, including the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, the Lotus Temple and the diplomatic enclave that includes Parliament House, India Gate and the President’s Estate.

“With a thousand years of history, it is a city of contrasts that combines a unique ambience of ancient and the modern,” my host Bharat Bedi so eloquently stated. It was a theme that resonated with me for the rest of my brief stay.

My advice to golfers is that between rounds, take the time to explore the area and experience the culture.

To read the entire article in Travelife Magazine click here

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4 spectaculaire reasons to visit the Laurentians in the fall

4 spectaculaire reasons to visit the Laurentians in the fall

4 spectaculaire reasons to visit the Laurentians in the fall – by Jane Finn

Despite the fact that the days are getting shorter, fall remains my favourite time of year.  I love the crispness in the air, the crunch of leaves under my feet and the smell of logs on the fire.  Autumn is the perfect time of year to don your sweater and comfortable shoes and get out there and explore.

Tremblant Elysium Suites Sur Lac

Tremblant Elysium Suites sur Lac

On our last trip to the Laurentians, my husband Dave and I arrived on the shores of Lac-Supérieur in the Laurentians in time to check in to our suite at Tremblant Elysium North and observe a lunar eclipse.  After grabbing a few provisions, including a nice bottle of wine or two at the onsite L’Etalage Gourmand Marché, we settled ourselves on the deck with our cameras and to watch the show.  As the earth slowly aligned itself between the sun and the moon, it cast a shadow across the entire moon, whose surface gradually turned red. That set the pace for the next few days, as we took our time discovering the Laurentians.

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Top 9 Golf Courses You Need To Play In Panama

Top 9 Golf Courses You Need To Play In Panama

Top 9 Golf Courses You Need To Play In Panama – by Dave Finn

Looking for the next “hot” golf destination? Do you prefer cityscapes, ocean views or the tranquility of the rainforest? Panama may be small in size but is big on style. Situated at the lower end of the continental divide that separates North and South America, the country’s topography has been used to its advantage to create links style, parkland and mountain courses. It’s easy to get around in Panama and with 13 uniquely different golf courses, you’re bound to find more than one that will challenge you and appeal to your style of play.

Earlier this year, I joined a group of 10 golf travel writers and tour operators from across North America to visit and play eight of Panama’s championship 18-hole golf courses. Fortunately, I returned to Panama a few months later and played a gem that they sadly did not get to experience, but more on that later.

During our tour, I polled my esteemed colleagues and asked for their opinions. Here are some of their comments and our countdown.

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7 Tips for Travelling Solo

7 Tips for Travelling Solo

7 Tips for Travelling Solo – by Jane Finn

On a recent trip to the East Coast, I found myself at loose ends while Dave attended a conference, so I hopped in the car and headed out on my own to explore PEI and then the Cabot Trail. Some people I met thought I was very ‘brave,’ I didn’t think so, and others said how much they wish they could do the same. Let me assure you that with a little planning and the right attitude; anyone can have a great time, travelling the road, solo.

Unplug and enjoy the solitude

Walk the beach, hike a trail, climb a lighthouse or stop at a lookout and take a picture. When you’re solo, you can appreciate the beauty of your surroundings and stay as long as it takes to feel relaxed and at peace with yourself.

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