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Stratford Ontario – Theatre of the Mind

Published August 11, 2014 in Canada , Ontario - 0 Comments
Avon River in Stratford ON

By Laura Byrne-Paquet

Stratford ON – We came for the theatre, but it was the swans and the food that captured our hearts in Stratford, Ontario.

First, the play. We saw Colm Feore in King Lear, and Feore was fantastic. However, after the show, we still had a few days to fill, and that’s where the birds and the restaurants came in.

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Weekend getaway in Saranac Lake, New York

Published July 24, 2014 in New York , United States - 0 Comments
Dragon Flly on Wild Life Center Canoe Trip

By Laura Byrne Paquet

We came for dinner but got a side dish of golf.

It all started when our daughter spotted a half-abandoned mini-putt course on the knoll behind the Eat ‘n’ Meet Grill, an off-the-wall restaurant in Saranac Lake, New York.

In the time it took for our tasty jerk chicken and fish tacos to arrive, Stephanie had tracked down the free putters and balls, and was partway up the hill. It took some persuasion to get her to come down and eat. After a quick nosh, she scampered off again to finish her game under the gaze of a huge Elvis statue on the restaurant’s balcony.

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Tee & Sea – Royal Porthcawl Golf Club Wales

Published July 17, 2014 in Europe , Wales - 0 Comments
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club Wales

Porthcawl, Wales – On July 24th Wales will welcome their first ever major golf Championship when the 2014 Senior Open takes place at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. Wales has hosted many national and international events including the Walker Cup, four European Tour Welsh Classics and The Amateur Championship six times, but a Major has always eluded them, until now.

Porthcawl dates back to 1891 and comes with a fine pedigree. It is currently ranked #1 in Wales and #86 in the world according to the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World. From the clubhouse, you can see the beachfront views to the south and across the Swansea Bay to the rugged coastline of the Gower Peninsula to the northwest.

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Off Kilter Bike Ride in New Brunswick

Published July 11, 2014 in New Brunswick - 0 Comments
Off Kilter Bike

St. Andrews-by-the Sea, NB – I am not an extreme sports person. Heck, I’m barely a sports person. So off-road biking has never been high on my list of must-do activities, especially since I have a history of toppling off bikes that dates back to the 1970s.

But then I heard about Off Kilter Bike. Riders with this company, based in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, wear cute little kilts as they explore roads and trails around the pretty Maritime village. Kilts! How hard could it be?

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Golf in Kamloops BC

Published July 5, 2014 in British Columbia , Canada - 0 Comments

Rocky Mountain High! Kamloops, BC

by Dave Finn: Kamloops is about a four hour drive from Banff, Vancouver or Seattle and is actually the northern-most part of the Sonoran Desert that is tucked in between two mountain ranges – the Coast Mountains and the Monashee Mountains.  Their semi-arid desert climate is perfect for golfers plus the topography changes dramatically offering a tremendous diversity of golfing experiences.

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Putt Then Pint – Les Brasseurs de Montebello Quebec

Published June 20, 2014 in Canada , Quebec - 0 Comments
Chateau de Montebello Golf Club

In Montebello, Quebec, there’s good news for thirsty golfers. Two local couples—Alain Larivière and Patricia Pesant, and Luc and Linda Proulx—have opened a new brewpub called Les Brasseurs de Montebello. You can choose from 19 Quebec craft beers on tap, including two brewed by the pub: a hoppy blonde ale called Le Fantôme d’Ézilda and a refreshing honey blonde called La Reine du Mont Vinoy that is just the ticket on a hot summer day. Continue reading

Ambassador Golf Club Windsor ON

Published June 12, 2014 in Canada , Ontario - 0 Comments

The Ontario Bridge to Michigan Now Shines Brighter

Windsor, Ontario – Niagara Falls now has a serious contender in Windsor for anyone who wants to golf and gamble. Our brief layover began at the Caesar’s Windsor.  After leaving our car with the free valet parking, we checked in to an awesome room with 2 queen size beds, wall-to-wall full height windows, and an incredible view overlooking both the Detroit River and the Detroit cosmopolitan skyline. The next morning brought a short 8 minute drive to the course. The Ambassador Club opened in 2005 and was immediately nominated the “Best New Golf Course in Canada” by Golf Digest and OG Magazine.

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Great Golf Getaway at Garland Michigan

Published June 5, 2014 in Michigan , United States - 0 Comments

Golf at Garland Lodge & Resort Michigan

Lewiston, Michigan – How’s this for an introduction?  Play 72 holes of championship golf without ever having to move your car!  Caught your interest yet?

Garland Lodge & Resort boasts four championship golf courses that all start from one pro shop.  Just park, check in and never get back into the car until you are ready to head home.  Imagine the convenience of having your golf, lodging, restaurants, bars and an outdoor patio all within stumbling distance of each other.  My kind of place!

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Take Me Home – Golf West Virginia

Published May 20, 2014 in United States , West Virginia - 0 Comments
Oglebay - Jones Course

Take Me Home West Virginia

– by Dave Finn

West Virginia – Even though some of you may not be old enough to remember the #2 hit on the U.S. Billboard from 1971, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, this John Denver song kept resonating in my head throughout my last visit to West Virginia.

Country roads, take me home…To the place I belong…

West Virginia, mountain momma…Take me home, country roads

His song certainly reflects the attitude of the 1.85 million residents who call this state home. In fact, on March 7th of this year, the West Virginia Legislature approved a resolution to make it the official state song. I was truly amazed by the number of people that I met who had left to learn their trade elsewhere but have come back home with outstanding credentials. All of them seem to be well grounded, humble, with a passion and pride for their home state. True Mountaineer fans and I can see why. The natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the small town atmosphere and friendly people with a more laid-back lifestyle, make it very conducive to family life and visitors alike.

West Virginia is also an outdoor adventure oasis. There is world renowned white-water rafting, bungee jumping, zip lining, fishing, hunting and some of the best mountain golf you will find anywhere.

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