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Amiable Amelia Island Florida

Published January 25, 2015 in Florida , USA - 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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Ocean Reef Golf Club in Key Largo, FL

Published January 7, 2015 in Florida , USA - 0 Comments
Ocean Reef Golf Club

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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Golf the Aloha in Magical Maui

Published December 18, 2014 in Hawaii , USA - 0 Comments
Napili Beach Resort

Golf the Aloha in Magical Maui Hawaii by Dave and Jane Finn

Maui, Hawaii – Picture this……It’s just before dawn and the sky above the Au ‘aa Channel that runs between Maui, Lana’i and Molokai is tinged with pink as the sun kisses the top of the West Maui Mountains. You’re savouring the last sip of a perfectly brewed Royal Kona coffee before heading out to play your first round at one of Ka’anapali’s two resort courses when out of the corner of your eye you spot a spout on the horizon just before a majestic humpback whale breaches and dives deep. Aloha… welcome to paradise.

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Turks and Caicos Golf – Sounds Good to Me

Published December 16, 2014 in Turks and Caicos - 0 Comments
Provo Golf Club Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Provo Golf Club in Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos Golf – Sounds Good to Me – by Tim Cotroneo

Silence is golden.” There should be a sign on the first hole at Provo Golf Club in the Turks and Caicos Islands, alerting golfers to the sensation that tees off with every new group. When one is so used to the background noise that accompanies life back home, island quiet will become a golfer’s new best friend.

Silence is more a feeling than it is a sound at this 6,700-yard golf masterpiece of swaying palm trees and lush Bermuda grass. The sounds of Provo grow on first-time golfers like the reggae tune that unconsciously makes your body move. Newcomers to this course that Golf Magazine called “one of the 10 best in the Caribbean” will reflect: Island golf sounds good to me.

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Spectacular Golf Views Grand Isle Resort – Bahamas

Published November 24, 2014 in Bahamas , Mexico/Carribean - 0 Comments
Grand Isle Resort View

Spectacular Golf Views at Grand Isle Resort – Bahamas by Tim Cotroneo

You love to golf and your spouse loves the beach. Where can you go to experience the best of both worlds? Welcome to Grand Isle Resort in Great Exuma.

Great Exuma is the largest of the Bahamas’ 365 Out Islands and cays. On Great Exuma’s northeastern edge, you’ll find the luxurious Grand Isle Resort. The Greg Norman-designed Emerald Reef Golf Course wraps seven of its 18 holes directly under Grand Isle’s balconies.

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Synergy Florida Keys

Published November 17, 2014 in Florida , USA - 0 Comments
Key West Florida

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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Omni La Costa – All is good in Carlsbad California

Published October 27, 2014 in California - 0 Comments
Omni La Costa - Carlsbad California

Omni La Costa: All is Good in Carlsbad

Omni La Costa Champions & Legends Golf Courses By Tim Cotroneo

Golf’s most dramatic victories often occur when a champion makes a winning charge on the finishing holes. Like a Rory McElroy golf swing, Architects Damian Pascuzzo, Steve Pate, and Jeff Brauer’s Omni La Costa redesign has placed a premium on the follow through. This architectural trio’s vision is for golfers, of all levels, to be given the chance to make a move as they near the 18th hole.

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La Cana – Punta Cana’s Golf Nirvana

Published October 20, 2014 in Dominican Republic , Mexico/Carribean - 0 Comments
La Cana

Punta Cana’s Golf Nirvana La Cana Golf Course

By Tim Cotroneo

“Punta Cana is the nearest point to paradise in the middle of nowhere.” That’s how Olivier Brizon describes his home of the past eight years, located on the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic.

Brizon, the Director of Golf at Punta Cana’s La Cana Golf Course, noted that last year “nowhere” had two million tourists hit its shores seeking sun, surf, and increasingly, golf. A major factor in the area’s growing popularity is a surge in the building of world-class golf courses designed by some of the biggest names in the industry.

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Autumn Magic: Chez Montebello, Quebec

Published October 6, 2014 in Canada , Quebec - 0 Comments
Montebello Outaouais Quebec

Autumn Magic: Chez Montebello, Québec

By Jane and Dave Finn

Montebello Quebec – It’s the first week in October, my favourite time of year. The days are still warm and sunny but there’s a bit of a nip in the air at night. The leaves are turning and the trees that line the road to Montebello are a riot of colour; brilliant orange, burning yellow and blazing red. Breathtaking to say the least but even Mother Nature has some competition in this neck of the woods.

The World’s Largest Log Lodge

Venerable is the word that comes to mind as we drive through the portico to the main entrance of the Fairmount Le Chateau Montebello. The impressive hand-hewn, log lodge was built in 1930 and is reportedly the largest structure of its kind, in the world.

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ATV Expedition in Montebello

Published September 29, 2014 in Canada , Quebec - 0 Comments
Camp Explora Montebello

ATV Adventure at Camp Explora in Montebello Quebec – by Laura Byrne-Paquet

Montebello, Quebec – I have to admit, I was a bit nervous when I saw how my 16-year-old daughter Stephanie and I would be exploring the wooded trails around Montebello, Quebec.

Our vehicle for the expedition resembled a bright yellow golf cart on steroids. Rémi Tremblay, owner of Camp Explora in Montebello, Quebec, unplugged the electric ATV from its outdoor outlet and reminded us to put on the astronaut-style helmets he’d given us.

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