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Golf Mountain Majesty in British Columbia

Published March 9, 2016 in British Columbia , Canada - 0 Comments
Fairmont Hot Springs - Riverside Course

Golf Mountain Majesty in British Columbia by John Mooshie

British Columbia, Canada – August in Florida is hot, humid just about unbearable. Why anyone would want to play golf that time of year when there are northern alternatives is hard to understand. So I decided to take my game to British Columbia and spent 10 incredible days playing a collection of outstanding and picturesque courses.

The best time to play golf in British Columbia or Alberta is mid-August to mid-September. The weather is typically incredible and the courses are in superb condition. Their relatively short golf season usually opens in late March or early April and courses begin closing in early October.

For the most part, golf courses in that area are as good as most courses found in the USA. What makes the Canadian courses excel are the stunning 360 degree panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies and a pallet of colors as the leaves make preparations for winter. It was the Columbia Valley Golf Trail, serving up a collection of 8 golf courses that got my attention.

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Golf Club at Rainmakers – Best in New Mexico?

Published February 10, 2016 in New Mexico , United States - 0 Comments
The Golf Club at Rainmakers - New Mexico

The Golf Club at Rainmakers…Arguably New Mexico’s Best Course

by John Mooshie

Alto (Ruidoso), NM – When it comes to golf courses, many of those in New Mexico are as good as what are found in Arizona, Texas, and Colorado. New Mexico’s Black Mesa, Outlaw, Paa-Ko Ridge, Sandia, and Twin Warriors are great designs, well maintained, and highly acclaimed. But I found The Golf Club at Rainmakers to be a cut above in many respects.

In 2008, Robert Trent Jones II crafted Rainmakers to blend a variety of design elements to fit into the natural setting that only the unique topography and characteristics of the Sacramento Mountain foothills and southern New Mexico can deliver. Featuring a variety of plateaus and corresponding valleys, winding arroyos, unusual rock projections, and intense elevation changes, each of Rainmaker’s features blends perfectly into and is consistent with the dramatic surroundings of the landscape.

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Alberta Rockies – Feel the Rush

Published February 3, 2016 in Alberta , Canada - 0 Comments
Canmore Golf & Curling Club

Alberta Rockies Golf – Feel the Rush in Canada by Tim Cotroneo

Alberta, Canada – Rush is one of Canada’s most famous rock bands. A rush is also the sensation you can’t help but feel when playing golf in the Alberta Canadian Rockies.

Where else in the world do golf courses embrace skyscraping mountain vistas on every hole? Where else is there a 50/50 chance of spying an elk or a bear at any moment? Where else can you top off a picturesque round with the thrill of adding 10 yards to each shot by playing in altitude with an attitude?

Arrive for your Canadian Rockies golf experience by flying into Calgary’s airport, and then breathe the freshest air known to man. Prepare to revel in an all-natural mountain theater and a golf setting that is second to none. From Calgary to Jasper, you’ll find five rarified 18-hole options for taking in the best of Rocky Mountain golf.

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Travels with Dad: Lessons Learned – by Jane Finn

Published January 22, 2016 in Travel Stories - 0 Comments

The start of a new year is for many, a time to make resolutions. For me, it is more a time for reflection. In that spirit, I started reminiscing with my sisters how all three of us caught the travel bug. It was then that I remembered an article that my sister Laura wrote several years ago about travels with our Dad. I’d like to share that article with you now and invite you to think about what motivates you to travel, and if you are so inclined, please share your stories with us. Enjoy and happy journeys!

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Mystical Magic in Myrtle Beach

Published December 3, 2015 in South Carolina , United States - 0 Comments
The Wizard in Myrtle Beach

Mystical Magic in Myrtle Beach – by Dave Finn

Myrtle Beach SC – A year and a half ago my wife and I had the fantastic opportunity to tour Wales and England. Ever since we visited Tintagel England, I have been fascinated by Arthurian legend. According to folklore, the “Lady of the Lake” gave King Arthur his infamous sword Excalibur. Viviane was a tale of two personalities – the evil and deceitful villainess but also a kind and benevolent maiden, who raised Lancelot as if he were her son. Merlin the mystical on the other hand, was the guardian of young Arthur and served as King Arthur’s advisor until he was bewitched and imprisoned by the Lady of the Lake.

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Monkeying Around at Four Seasons Nevis Golf Course

Published July 15, 2015 in Mexico/Carribean , Nevis - 0 Comments
Four Seasons Nevis Golf Course

Four Seasons Nevis Golf Course

Memories of a Volcano, the Caribbean Sea, and Robert Trent Jones by Tim Cotroneo

Nevis Caribbean – When was the last time your retelling of a round of golf included the words volcano, vervet monkeys, and Robert Trent Jones? Those once-in-a-lifetime utterances will all come spilling out after playing 18 holes at the Four Seasons Nevis Golf Course. The thumbprint-shaped island of Nevis is just 36 square miles and is home to 11,000 people. By comparison, there are an estimated 12,000 vervet monkeys that inhabit Nevis. Many of these green-tinted climbers take up residence in the mango, banana, and palm trees woven throughout the Four Seasons 6,800-yard golf wonderland. The golf course is wonderfully positioned at the rising base of a cloud-topped volcano known as Nevis Peak.

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Chambers Bay and Salish Cliffs Washington State

Published June 18, 2015 in United States , Washington State - 0 Comments
Chambers Bay Seattle

Chambers Bay and Salish Cliffs Golf Course – The Jewels of the Pacific Northwest

Seattle, WA – Typically in my articles I talk about holes and yardages, conditions and considerations when you’re choosing a course to play or a destination to visit. Today, I’d like to take a slightly different tact and give you a bit of the back story on two magnificent courses that without a doubt, you’ll want to play when you visit Washington State.

While this week all eyes will be focused on Chambers Bay host to this year’s US Open, let’s start where I began at Salish Cliffs Golf Club, a course that was built to quote Superintendent Bob Pearsall, “In harmony with habitat.” You see, Salish translates to ‘People of the Water’ and as soon as I set foot on the property I immediately understood the connection to the land.

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Ladies to Legends – World Golf Hall of Fame

Published February 13, 2015 in Florida , United States - 0 Comments
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

Published January 27, 2015 in Florida , United States - 0 Comments
TPC Sawgrass Ponte Vedra FL

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

Published January 25, 2015 in Florida , United States - 0 Comments
Omni Amelia Island Plantation

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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