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"GOLF SCHOOL FOR WOMEN"
The Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia announces the fifth annual "Golf School For Women," a favorite event for intermediate and beginning golfers alike. This year's school will be offered on two successive weeks, from April 6-10 and April 13-17. The sessions will be under the direction of LPGA Professional and University of Virginia Women's Golf Coach, Jan Mann.
"We are delighted that Jan is joining us for these outstanding events," said Martin Winters, Director of Golf at Birdwood Golf Course. "We are confident that our guests will benefit greatly from her unique experience both as a tour player and coach, and look forward to two excellent weeks of golf."
Rates for the four-night golf Golf School For Women program are priced at $995 per person, based on double occupancy and $1,320 per person, based on single occupancy. The package includes:
Located on 500 spectacular acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Birdwood Golf Course is known for its spectacular vistas and challenging terrain. The course is consistently rated as one of the top 10 collegiate golf courses in America by Golf Digest, and has also been rated as one of the Top 100 courses in the Mid-Atlantic by Washington Golf Monthly.
BONITA BAY OPENS SHADOW WOOD PRESERVE
"We are all very excited in anticipation of the grand opening of the Shadow Wood Preserve course on January 22nd, 2003", stated Susan Stiegmann, General Manager of the Shadow Wood Country Club.
Members will soon have another gem to call their own located at the new Shadow Wood Preserve community, which opened earlier this year. The 18-Hole Championship "Preserve" Course has been carefully routed around existing wetlands, ponds and forests just to the north of Naples in south Lee County, Florida. Hills There was more preservation than clearing at Shadow Wood Preserve as the developers wanted to take advantage of the natural beauty of the site.- The new course will treat golfers to a playable, challenging and secluded golfing experience.
The Shadow Wood Preserve course will be known and remembered for its beauty. Many of the holes have mature wetlands, oak hummocks, islands of palms and palmettos which are permanent. There are many beautiful green settings. There was also great attention spent on the extensive vegetative planting of ponds, pond banks and planting buffers. The course is moderate in length, fun to play and every hole is strategic.
Some of the most intriguing holes include the short par 4 5th hole which looks easy but requires an excellent second shot to a well guarded and small green. The 420 yard par 4 13th hole requires an accurate tee shot to avoid water running down the length of the right side of the fairway before hitting a second shot to well positioned green that is guarded by water on the right. The 18th hole is a short but challenging par 5 where players can choose to lay-up off of the tee or to drive the ball to a smaller landing area where they can then to go for the green in two.
The course winds through some wetland areas where from the tees a forced carry is required on a few holes. Hills stated, More than anything the course is fair for all skill levels.
Bob Darland, co-owner of Golf Forms, Inc. and Tim Maxwell, the construction superintendent did a fine job of building and shaping the course. "Golf Forms is a leader in this business and the work that they completed on the Shadow Wood Preserve Course is a testament to the quality of their workmanship," stated Grady Miars, Project Manager for The Bonita Bay Group. For more info visit www.ShadowWoodPreserve.com.
COLUMBUS COUNTRY CLUB REGAINS PREEMINENCE
The Country Club of Columbus in Columbus, Georgia was originally founded in 1909. The 18 hole golf course was completed by Donald Ross in 1925 and was updated by him again in 1938. The "triple C" as it known by its members, possesses a rich golfing pedigree, playing as annual host to the prestigious Southeastern Amateur Championship. The Club is also home to the Fred Haskins Award, given to the best male collegiate golfer each year. Fred Haskins, a close friend of Bobby Jones and long time head golf professional at CCC, was quite an accomplished golfer and teacher during the middle of the twentieth century. As a tribute to his teaching abilities, his young pupils went on to win more than 150 championships.
With such an historic past, the Club took the initiative to examine their facilities as a means of assisting the Club regain its preeminence in the southeastern region of the United States.
"The goal of the Club was a combined effort of renovation and restoration. The facilities were certainly adequate and the course is very well conceived, but the course was just tired in appearance. Very few things had changed there in the past 60 years," stated John Shinkle, President of the Country Club of Columbus. "Trees had grown, cramping the corridors, the ponds had silted, the greens were domed from sixty years of topdressing, the tees were too small to handle modern playing pressures and many holes did not have multiple tee positions to meet the various skill levels. Additionally, improvements were to be made to the irrigation and drainage systems and the irrigation storage pond was to be enlarged to expand the capacity to retain valuable water. The maintenance facility was small, outdated and needed a new home. The turf was largely contaminated with common Bermuda grass and the greens were older Tifdwarf Bermuda.
The Club now has a brand new golf course in every sense. The holes follow the pre-existing routing and many of the original Ross features have been recovered back into play. We made use of the old Ross sketches to recapture some of his design elements. All of his recommendations were not applicable due to some hole reconfigurations over time by the Club. The result is a brand new old course," stated Rogers. "The features are classic in every sense. The tees are rectangular with squared corners. The bunkers are mostly grass-faced and built to the depths they were originally intended. Some have a small amount of sand flash in order to be seen. The greens remain as characteristically small targets, averaging 3500 square feet, with added cupping areas and new Tifeagle ultradwarf Bermuda grass."
In addition to the new greens, Rogers created many collar extensions where the Tifeagle extends from the green surface into collection areas. "These areas are to be mowed tightly, just like the greens, creating more varied shot options around the putting surfaces," stated Rogers. The fairways have been improved with additional drainage, a moderate amount of grading and new Tifway #419 Bermuda grass. The practice facilities have been upgraded by creating almost three times the teeing space, along with multiple target greens, a large classic putting green shared by the first and tenth tees and a remote short game facility.
"This has to be one of the finest golf courses built on under 100 acres in the country," said Rogers. "The holes seem tight on paper, but the members are quite comfortable with the cozy dimensions. There are many postcard shots now. Holes that just looked really plain before have really come to life," stated Shinkle.
MARRIOTT'S STONE MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB SENIOR DISCOUNT - At Lakemont & Stonemont Courses
Marriott Golf, the nation's largest corporate resort golf operator, announced a senior citizen discount program for its Stone Mountain Golf Club. Senior citizens, 60 years and older, will receive a discounted rate at both the Lakemont and Stonemont courses, Monday through Friday.
"After spending the first four years getting the courses into the kind of shape we would all be proud of; we decided to give something back to tat special group of players who have supported us during all the improvements and down-time on weekdays," said Steve Hupe, General Manager of the Stone Mountain facility.
Located just 18 miles from downtown Atlanta at the Evergreen Marriott Resort Conference Center, the Stonemont and Lakemont courses are surrounded by 3,200 acres of natural wooded beauty in Stone Mountain Park. The Stonemont course, built in 1969, is a classic, traditional layout beautifully sequestered among Georgia pines. Highly rated by Golf Digest since it's inception, this Robert Trent Jones Sr. classic offers a pure test of golf from all tees. The Lakemont course, built in 1988 and 1991 by John LaFoy, has a resort feel with its granite rock outcroppings and scenic vistas of Stone Mountain Lake. For more info call 770/465-3278.
NEWPORT NATIONAL RECEIVES RAVES
Newport National Golf Club, Rhode Island, has opened the first of two courses, the Orchard Course, which lies on high ground overlooking the Sakonnet Passage and the Atlantic Ocean. The course occupies a site that was once a sprawling landscape nursery and orchard, hence the origin of it's name. The views from this golf course are magnificent and hard to match anywhere. In addition, Brad Faxon and Brad Booth were in attendance to promote the soon to be built resort course at Newport National which is scheduled to be completed in 2004.
Arthur Hills, who formerly served as president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, has designed more than 170 new courses around the world. Other notable designs include the Bay Harbor Club in Petoskey, Michigan, Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, California, Links of Lighthouse Sound in Ocean City, Maryland, Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio, The Golf Club of Georgia in Atlanta, Georgia. Hills and Rogers recently completed their first effort in Europe, Quinta da Marinha Oitavos Golf in Cascais, Portugal. In addition, the Arthur Hills / Steve Forrest Architectural firm, which is based out of Toledo, Ohio, also serves as the consulting architect of record at historic golf venues, Oakland Hills CC in Bloomfield, Michigan, and the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
Hills and senior design associate Drew Rogers completed the Orchards course in late 2001. On the condition of the course, Rogers offered "because of the maritime setting and the constant coastal winds, we had to be mindful of the desire for most players to keep shots beneath the wind, along the ground. The course is maintained to be firm and fast, to the point of reaching an off color appearance. These type of conditions are becoming of such windswept layouts."
The course was designed to host the best players in the country as was recently showcased in the 9th Annual Collegiate Adams Cup tournament which included collegiate teams from around the United States. Matt Adams, Chairman of the Adams Cup and President of Newport National stated that "The Orchard Course is the canvas upon which Arthur Hills and Drew Rogers have crafted their masterpiece. The modern links design proved to be a formidable test for the countries' finest collegiate golfers with all agreeing that it is destined to be a significant national venue." This kind of thinking goes into everything that Newport National stands to achieve. The club will begin building the resort course later this year. .
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RETURN TO GLORY GOLF PACKAGE - Post Presidents' Cup Package Returns Golfers to Site of American Glory
The eyes of the international golfing community were on picturesque Prince William County and Manassas last fall as the Presidents Cup played out its amazing finish with a win for the American Team.
Now everyone can experience the variety of championship golf courses that draw the world's best golfers to this region. From the waterfront holes on the scenic Potomac River to the mountainous terrain set between Civil War battle sites, golfers can meet the challenges and rewards of this popular sport in one complete package.
The Prince William County/Manassas Conference created the "Return to Glory Golf Package" and Visitors Bureau to offer a unique package that can be customized to fit every golfer's needs. Visitors can choose from golf at one of the following courses:
The Ospreys at Belmont Bay - Set along the shores of the scenic Occoquan River, this course plays 5,000 yards and is a par 66, requiring accurate tee shots and approach shots. Hole #17, with a spectacular view of the Occoquan River, challenges players with an elevation change of approximately 200 feet on the second shot.
General's Ridge Golf Course - Renamed from Manassas Park Golf course, this mountainous course has significant changes in elevation, long and narrow fairways and water hazards that will bring out the best in anyone's game. The course plays 6,651 yards from the back tee, and with four tee boxes, is accessible for golfers of all levels.
Forest Greens Golf Club - This course offers a resort golfing experience for professionals and novices alike, with spacious, driver-friendly Bermuda fairways winding through towering woodlands. Elevated tees add spice to the par threes and the rolling greens bring a different challenge to every pin placement.
Virginia Oaks Golf Club - With stunning Lake Manassas as a backdrop, this course offers 18 holes of championship golf cloaked in the serenity of long fairways lined with stately oaks. Large, undulating bent grass greens and tees make this course a departure from the ordinary.
Bull Run Country Club - Set in the foothills of historic Bull Run Mountains, this course is challenging and beautiful, with a blend of holes that pros and amateurs will find appealing. Bent grass greens, tees and fairways-coupled with a sense of the past-make playing on Bull Run a memorable experience.
The Return to Glory Golf Package can including lodging in the Manassas area plus a round of golf at as many courses as a golfer may need to get his fix of championship golfing.
And how much more convenient could it be? Located just 30 miles south of the Nation's Capital, Prince William County and Manassas offer the best and most convenient golfing in the capital area.
For more information on the package, log on to www.visitpwc.com or call 800/432-1792 for full golf and visitor information.
BAYSHORE GOLF COURSE NOW MIAMI BEACH GOLF CLUB
The throngs of international and domestic visitors who visit South Florida every year will once again have access to one of the most historic golf clubs in Florida. The City of Miami Beach will reopen Bayshore Golf Course, has been renovated and is now named Miami Beach Golf Club. This unique property serves as a Central-Park-like oasis for the Miami Beach Convention Center, its world famous beaches, and the Art Deco district.
Beyond the spectacular golf, which features a devilishly strategic 6815-yard, par-72 course, players will experience hundreds of indigenous plant and wildlife species. The tenth hole is a 525-yard par 5, winding around two freshwater lakes and past a hillside blanketed with flowering bougainvillea before finishing at an elevated green fronted by three seemingly harmless but strategic bunkers and a 65-year-old native Ficus tree.
What once was a forgotten gem and an eyesore in the community is now a recreational and environmental asset. Included in the renovation was a new irrigation system to lessen the impact on an already stressed fresh water aquifer, and the installation of a new salt-tolerant turfgrass - Seashore Paspalum. "Imagine a turfgrass that provides a carpet- like playing surface, an emerald green color year around, and can be irrigated with saltwater. Seashore Paspalum is revolutionizing the golf course industry," says Jim Torba, Head Golf Course Superintendent at Miami Beach Golf Club. All non-native plant species were also removed in the renovation effort.
Architectural team members worked within very challenging environmental and stormwater management constraints to produce a course that is so multi-faceted that players will continue to discover the subtleties round after round. A classical style is evident in the rectangular tees and strategic bunker placement. The short seventh hole, a par 4 measuring 360 yards, can quickly become treacherous if the tee shot is not accurately placed between four fairway bunkers. The longest of the par 3's, the fourteenth, measures 210 yards from the back tee and plays over water to a gently-contoured putting surface. A less than courageous shot missed right will either find its way into a tightly mowed run-out area four feet below the green or nestle into the paspalum on the undulating mounds that frame the front right side of the green.
RENAISSANCE, OPENS COURSE IN FORT MYERS
An 18-hole Championship Course in Fort Myers, Florida, opened to its members and guests on January 18th, 2003. "I think everyone is in for a big surprise. We knew this course would be great when we saw the original routing, but it wasn't until recently with the grow-in almost complete that we realized how good it really is," said Joey Rassett, Head Golf Professional at Renaissance. What once was mostly open pasture has now been transformed into an oasis with a gently rolling golf course and lush plantings throughout the community.
This course has several strong series of holes. In particular, holes 3 through 8 on the front nine offer the golfer a challenging and very scenic golfing experience. Holes 11 through 13 wind through a natural preserve area, offering the player seclusion and serenity.
Some of the more memorable holes include the par 4 - 371 yard 6th hole with its numerous bunkers and rolling hills. Shot placement on this hole will be key for a successful walk down the fairway to a well guarded green. Another outstanding hole is the par 3 8th hole with water guarding the entire right side of a large yet challenging green which slopes toward the tee to receive a well hit tee shot. Lastly, the par 3 12th hole will give golfers cause for reflection, as the shallow, 2-tier green is beautifully framed with water on the right, and bunkers, hills, and hollows on the left.
The low handicapper will experience a golf course that is a thorough test of their shot-making abilities yet provide for an exciting and visually stimulating challenge. The high handicapper will experience as much challenge as they wish to take with five different tee box choices. There is plenty of room in the fairways to be forgiving of an errant shot.
For more info visit www.DiscoverRenaissance.com.
NEW CAMELBACK GOLF CLUB OPENS
Redesign of Course & Clubhouse Is Marriott's Largest Golf Investment
Marriott's Camelback Inn has announced the opening of the newly redesigned Camelback Golf Club; The $16 million course and club represents Marriott's largest single golf course investment. the project features a complete redesign of the Resort Course (formerly called the Padre course) and practice range by renowned "golf course architect Arthur Hills, who has designed over 150 new courses and renovated another 100, including "classics like Inverness; Oakmont, and Oakland Hills; in his career. Also included is a new expanded clubhouse, pro shop and restaurant.
"As the most significant golf course investment in the history of the company, this course represents a whole "new direction for Marriott golf" said Camelback Golf Club's Director of Golf; Brian Creps. "With the latest in golf technology, the finest amenities and the highest level of service, the course and club also represent a new direction for golf in Arizona."
According to Chris Wilczynski, Project Manager, '"The golfing experience at the new Resort Course is very unique to the Southwest. Instead of the desert setting found at most golf courses in the area, this course features a parkland setting with large mature trees and lush green turf."
The finished product is a classic golf course with strategic bunkering, traditional square tees and very subtle land forms. Every golf hole features a new green, tees and bunkers: While some holes maintain their former routing, others have been re-routed to increase overall playability competitiveness and appeal. In addition to lengthening the course from 6,500 yards to 6,868 yards, three new lakes have been added to create extra beauty and challenge.
The new Clubhouse designed by Douglas Fredrikson Design was built on the site of the old club. It has been expanded to approximately 36,000 sq. ft., including the basement and ground floor. The architecture and design resembles Camelback Inn, with pueblo-styled buildings, peel-pine logs latilla trellises, flagstone patios and an outdoor fireplace. Clubhouse features include:
Located at 7847 North Mockingbird Lane in Scottsdale, Camelback features 36 holes of' championship golf; offering distinct challenges to players. of all skill levels and the Grill at Camelback Golf Club. For tee times or additional information, call 486/596-7050.
GOLD CANYON GOLF RESORT OFFERS GUEST TRANSPORT
Gold Canyon Golf Resort has made it even easier for guests to travel to the resort with the addition of direct shuttle service toand from Sky Harbor International Airport. Shuttle service is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with one way fees starting at $30 single and $40 double. Advance reservations can be made at the time of the Casita booking, and are recommended to ensure minimal pickup delays, or the day of arrival. Guests may also use the shuttle service to visit local merchants.
Shuttle service is also available to other Valley resorts with groups of 8 or more golfers who would like to enjoy a round on either of the resorts two golf courses; Dinosaur Mountain, recently ranked the #1 public course in Arizona, and Sidewinder.
When asked about the new services, General Manager, Cecil Ravenswood states, "This is just one of the steps we are taking to elevate the level of service our resort guests receive. We have experienced a tremendous response to the shuttle service just two weeks into adding it, which only demonstrates the need."
Gold Canyon Golf Resort, nestled at the base of the Superstition Mountains, offers 101 Casita's, with private patio's and many with spas, two restaurants: Kokopelli's, featuring upscale dining, and Greenwood's Sports Bar & Grill, with 9 satellite TV's to view your favorite sporting event, and 36 holes of championship golf. Gold Canyon Golf Resort is located just 35 minutes east of Phoenix and Scottsdale, easily accessible via US 60. For more information about the many amenities of Gold Canyon Golf Resort call 800/624-6445 or 480-982-9090, or visit www.gcgr.com.