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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Ladies to Legends – World Golf Hall of Fame

Ladies to Legends – World Golf Hall of Fame

Ladies to Legends – The World Golf Hall of Fame’s Suggs, Whitworth, and Zaharias by Tim Cotroneo

St. Augustine, FL – If you want to get the Historian of the World Golf Hall of Fame fired up, ask him about Louise Suggs. In the year since Dr. Anthony “Tony” Parker made his way from St. Andrews to St. Augustine, FL, increasing public awareness of Louise Sugg’s impact on the game of golf was near the top of his priority list.

Louise Suggs – World Golf Hall of Fame

Louise Suggs – World Golf Hall of Fame Class 1951

Parker was able to prominently showcase Suggs’ story by featuring her in a new pictorial exhibit in the Hall of Fame’s front entrance. Just 15-feet down the hall from a life-sized photo of Jack Nicklaus’ 1986 Masters moment is a huge image of Suggs, one of the World Golf Hall of Fame’s first female inductees.

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Top 5 Reasons to Play TPC Sawgrass

Top 5 Reasons to Play TPC Sawgrass

Top 5 Reasons to Play TPC Sawgrass

Home of The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra, FL By Tim Cotroneo

If you’re a golfer, there are certain courses around the world that are considered sacred ground. One such layout is the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra, FL. This Pete Dye-design is where The Players Championship is held each May. The Players is believed by many to be the PGA tour’s fifth major. There aren’t too many courses on the planet whose clubhouse alone will stop you dead in your tracks. Built in 1982, this Mediterranean style icon is no less than 77,000-square feet.  This Taj Mahal-like presence has a golf history all its own. Continue reading

Amiable Amelia Island Florida

Amiable Amelia Island Florida

Amiable Amelia Island Florida by Dave Finn

Summer Beach Resort Amelia Island

“Golfing on Amelia Island is the best.
We love to visit when we need a rest.”

Fernandina Beach, FL – Amelia Island is located in the northeastern coastal region of Florida. Even though it’s only two miles wide and thirteen miles long, it’s a naturalist’s wonderland. Anchored by park reserves at each end, the city is bordered by the expansive white quartz sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and mounded sand dunes that naturally protect the fauna and wildlife. On your strolls you may encounter nesting loggerhead or green turtles, egrets, herons, whitetail deer and bobcats. Small in size but big on stature, it’s no wonder Amelia Island was voted one of the “Top 25 Islands in the World” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2013 and for eight consecutive years has been awarded a spot in the “Top 10 Islands in the United States”.

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Ocean Reef Golf Club in Key Largo, FL

Ocean Reef Golf Club in Key Largo, FL

The Dolphin, The Hammock and the Scent of Vanilla

Ocean Reef Golf Club in Key Largo, FL By Tim Cotroneo

For the golf purist, to play a course where the pro hails from Scotland has a certain mystical quality to it. After meeting the Ocean Reef Club’s Director of Golf and learning he is from the sport’s birthplace, the mystical factor begins to skyrocket.

Scott Kirkwood, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, has a family tree dripping with golfing lineage. Kirkwood’s office located next to Ocean Reef Club’s Dolphin Course, is a virtual shrine to golf’s long-time international popularity. In addition to photos revealing his Great Great Grandfather positioned in front of his home course in Gullane, Scotland, Kirkwood’s office wall also reveals a samurai sword trophy from Scott’s tenure as a pro in Saudi Arabia. Once Kirkwood realizes his visitor lives and breathes golf, he’ll even share stories from his college playing days in Tennessee.

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Synergy Florida Keys

Synergy Florida Keys

Synergy in the Florida Key West Tropics by Bruce Bishop

Closer geographically to Cuba than Miami, Key West is perfectly off the beaten path

Vacationing at the tip of the United States on the island of Key West affords the most spectacular sunsets. They’re so strikingly beautiful that people sit on the beach nightly and applaud the celestial handiwork in the multihued western sky.

The city of Key West also attracts visitors who might describe themselves as more than a little individualistic, which is an apt description of the destination itself. On this island, you’ll find all manner of wanderers and mavericks, hungry for a party, a quick buck or new experiences.

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Best Rain Out Day Ever – Ponte Vedra FL

Best Rain Out Day Ever – Ponte Vedra FL

The Best Rain Out Day Ever…Ponte Vedra/St. Augustine Florida by Dave Finn

Ponte Vedra, FL- It is nine in the evening and I am sitting on my second floor balcony with my buddy Steve overlooking the sandy beach, only 100 feet away, while being serenaded by the constant pounding of the Atlantic Ocean lapping up on the shore.  We are staying at the opulent Five-Diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, a historic oceanfront gem that has aged very well since its birth in 1928 and, home to two championship golf courses.  Our plans for the day were to play their Ponte Vedra Ocean Course, the selected site to the cancelled 1939 Ryder Cup. Unfortunately the weather man had something to say about that.

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