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Sycuan Golf Resort

Sycuan Golf Resort Offers Memorable Golf and More

Sycuan Golf Resort

Sycuan Golf Resort

The Sycuan Golf Resort is found in the tranquil hills of Dehesa Valley in southern California. It was voted “San Diego’s Favorite Golf Course” by readers of the Union Tribune and SignOnSanDiego.com.

It offers 54 holes of award winning golf with three courses, plus it features first-class accommodations, spa services, on-site dining, a cocktail lounge and has a lighted tennis facility.

Sycuan Golf Resort

Unforgettable Golf Experience

Sycuan Golf Resort offers two challenging 18-hole champion golf courses that promise an unforgettable golf experience from start to finish.

These courses are designed with a few surprises along the way and natural features that offer a stunning landscape as you play. A third golf course offers 18 holes of fun to help improve your game.

Willow Glen Course

Willow Glen is a par 72 course that will put your golfing skills to the test. It is known for its arduous, narrow fairways and strategically placed bunkers.

On many holes, the Sweetwater River comes into play as it runs along the course adding an element of difficulty to shots. The course’s layout includes numerous dogleg holes, changes in elevation and water crossings which all combine for an unforgettable day of golf.

Sycuan Golf Resort

Oak Glen Course

The Oak Glen Course in another beautiful par 72 course featuring tight fairways, tricky undulating greens, and tough hazards which are nestled amid mature landscape elements.

The Sweetwater River also runs through this course necessitating an accurate drive on the beautiful yet precarious 5th hole which is considered one of the best golf holes in San Diego.

Pine Glen Course

Pine Glen is also an 18-hole par 3 golf course which makes the perfect choice for those working to fine tune their game. It has a reputation as Southern California’s most challenging par 3 golf course.

Along with three golf courses, the Sycuan Golf Resort also offers specialized Golf Academies geared for adults, children, juniors, couples, or women. They also offer vacation packages that provide access to their three courses as well as a relaxing stay on the hotel’s 425 acres.

The resort is conveniently located just 20 minutes east of San Diego International Airport and has 100 guest rooms and suites which feature views of the golf courses or pools.

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Gulf Buddy WT5

Golf Gadget Gift Ideas

Gulf Buddy WT5

Gulf Buddy WT5

Not every geeky golf gadget measures up to expectations, but these three gadgets for the golfer in your life offer some of the latest tech that’s lightweight and practical even when traveling.

The first helps alleviate the frustration of losing your ball, the second is designed to improve your game, and the third lets you play after the sun goes down.

Prazza Golf Ball Finder

Prazza Golf Ball Finder

Prazza Golf Ball Finder: Hitting a stray shot is frustrating enough for any golfer and a lost ball adds an unwanted hassle to the game. In fact, most golfers lose an average of four balls per round and searching for those lost balls adds about 20 minutes of play.

Now, the Prazza Golf Ball Finder is designed to save that time and money on lost balls, as it locates high performance Prazza golf balls when they stray from the green. (Effective within 110 yds.)

GolfBuddy WT5 GPS Watch: GolfBuddy WT5 GPS Watch features a slimmer design and more comfortable fit than its previous model. It’s a perfect gift choice for the tech savvy golfer.

The GolfBuddy is a fully functional digital wristwatch with a rechargeable battery that includes unique golf-related options including Dynamic Green View and movable pin placement features with simple press-and-hold buttons.

Additional menu items include:

  • Distances to front/center/back of the green
  • Distances to targets and hazards
  • Pin placement
  • Digital scorecard
  • Dynamic Green View Automatic course/hole recognition
  • Shot distance measurement
  • GPS tracking
  • Waterproof Rechargeable battery lasts 8 hours in golf mode 35 days in watch mode

Light Up Golf Ball

Night Sports Light Up Ball: The patented technology behind the Night Sports Light Up Balls has revolutionized the golf industry.

These specialized golf balls provide the high performance aerodynamics, control, accuracy, feel and distance expected from a professional quality ball but they can be seen in the dark.

They let golfers see the ball at twilight and are great for night golf tournaments. Among other accessories available is a backyard LED night golf pitch and putt.

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One and Only

One and Only Luxury Bahamian Style

One and Only

The One and Only Ocean Club Resort is nestled along pristine white-sand beaches and picture-post-card azure waters where it offers luxury and legendary elegance to visitors looking for a beach destination offering modern convenience and breathtaking views.

This unique resort stands ready to welcome guests to a tranquil destination that has shown hospitality to the world’s traveling elite for generations.

One and Only

Accommodations

The One & Only Resort was once a private colonial manor and still reflects glamorous ambience as a modern-day luxury oasis offering a selection of rooms, suites, and capacious villas.

No matter which of these accommodation you choose, you will find elegant luxury, modern conveniences, and the discreet services of a personal butler.

Rooms and suites are found in two different wings, Hartford and Crescent. All provide spacious private balconies or patios. Some enjoy a garden view while others look directly across the white sands to the ocean. Villas offer spacious residential-style living overlooking the beach and also feature a private infinity pool.

One and Only

Things to Do

Along with water activities, the Resort features daily yoga, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and an outdoor fitness center that makes it easy to stay fit while you soak up the beauty of the manicured grounds.

When you return to your room after a day in the sun, you’ll find strawberries and champagne awaiting you in your room.

Kids Only Club

The One & Only Resort is an ideal getaway for couples but is also a perfect destination for families. They offer a complimentary KidsOnly club with activities for kids from ages 4-12 years old.

This is not your typical kids club though. Here your children have an opportunity to experience the culinary academy, learn tips from golf experts, and learn from tennis professionals, too. Children younger than 4 can also attend but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Babysitting Services

Babysitting services are also available so parents can enjoy some grownup time knowing their kids are in good hands. The professional babysitting services are provided by warm, friendly caring staff who is also CPR certified.

Babysitting services can be arranged before arrival by calling the Babysitting Department directly at +242 363 2501 or you can take care of it though the concierge once you arrive.

For those looking for a way to stretch their vacation dollar as they wrap themselves in beachfront luxury, the One and Only Resort offers special advance packages through their website.

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Royal Isabella

Golf in the Caribbean at Royal Isabela

Royal Isabella

Royal Isabela is ideally situated on one of the highest elevations on cliffs along the rugged coast of Isabela, Puerto Rico. Here it enjoys the gentle Caribbean seabreeze and stunning Atlantic views for guests staying at Royal Isabela Golf Resort.

Royal Isabella Ocean View

Royal Isabella Ocean View

Royal Isabela Casitas

Guests staying at the Royal Isabela Golf Resort enjoy the ambience of a private country club blended with the charming comfort of the resort’s 20 free-standing Casitas. These “little houses” are 1,500 square feet including indoor and outdoor space, and feature breathtaking ocean vistas.

Each Casita features a spacious living room and bedroom furnished with wood floors and ceilings, and enjoy a large private bath with a soaking tub and shower room which opens to a private deck.

Amenities include two LCD TVs, Frette linens, wet bar, complimentary high-speed Internet, and your own private pool.

Royal Isabella Private Deck

Royal Isabella Private Deck

Royal Isabela Golf Course

The Royal Isabela oceanfront golf course’s fairways and greens were inspired by the landscape of wind-sculpted trees and cliffs carved by the Atlantic Ocean. You won’t find a more idyllic Caribbean setting as you take advantage of this rare opportunity to play golf at this private community’s Caribbean location in northwestern Puerto Rico.

The area’s native grasses, natural sand dunes, and deep canyons have all been incorporated in the layout of these links in an eco-friendly effort to design a course that evolves from the land itself.

The addition of sod-faced bunkers adds a Scottish flair to the links. These same elements that add such a unique ambience also work to challenge your golfing skills.

Each hole is different and offers a unique challenge different enough there is no one signature hole that stands out. Instead, Mother Nature has provided one after another from the start of the course to the final hole.

Royal Isabela’s natural setting is unrivaled. Terraces, patios and other outdoor settings offer natural opportunities to soak up the sunshine, breathe deeply of fragrances of the higuerillo trees, or study the constellations in the starry night sky.

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Eaglewood

Eaglewood Resort Championship Golf in Chicagoland

Eaglewood

Eaglewood Resort and Spa offers something for everyone.

With 295 spacious guest rooms and suites, ample meeting and event space, and amenities including a spa, indoor pool, private bowling area, and 106 stunning acres of manicured landscape, Eaglewood is perfect for business and makes an ideal romantic getaway for couples or families looking for a destination with exciting activities including championship golf.

Accommodations

Rooms and suites at the Englewood Resort and Spa feature rich décor including cherry and mahogany furnishings and pillow-top king or queen beds. Rooms are equipped with flat HD TV, iHome Stations, wireless Internet, as well as private walk-out balconies.

Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, they have everything you’ll need. In fact, guests can customize their experience to fit their personal desires. Just call ahead.

Eaglewood

Eaglewood Resort and Spa Championship Golf

Eaglewood is a Midwestern resort inspired by nature and designed by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright who is known for his Prairie Path style architecture in the Chicagoland area.

Rooms overlook rolling greens, majestic trees, and the sparkling lakes found on this amazing 18-hole golf course.

Green Fees and Tee Times

Green fees for Eaglewood Resort and Spa’s golf course include the use of a shared golf cart. Those who don’t want to lug their golf clubs along on the plane can also rent tailor-made clubs for just $42.00.

Book individual tee times 60 days in advance of your stay. For free tee times, just call (630) 773-3510 or resort guests can visit the resort’s tee times link online to request a tee time, but be aware that inclement weather may delay tee times.

Eaglewood

Dress Code

The Eaglewood Resort course does have a dress code. They request men wear shirts with sleeves and collars. Moc turtlenecks with a one-inch collar or higher are acceptable.

Denim, cut-offs, athletic shorts, tank tops and tee shirts are not allowed on the course, however, Bermuda-style and mid-length shorts are acceptable. Lastly, Eaglewood is a soft spikes-only facility so golf shoes are recommended. No hard-soled shoes are allowed.

If you’re looking for a relaxing resort destination in the Midwest, Eaglewood Resort and Spa is designed to help you escape the hectic pace of everyday life and is conveniently located close to downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport.

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Merion Hole 8

Experience Championship Golf at Merion Golf Club

Merion Hole 8

Merion Golf Club has a rich history as a champion golf course with 18 USGA Championships. It’s been ranked 7th on Golf Digest’s 2013-14 Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in America and takes the number 2 spot in the state of Pennsylvania.

When it comes to golf courses, Merion (East) is considered a masterpiece. Designed by Hugh Wilson, this course is limited to less than 120 acres but never feels short. In fact, it offers one of the most challenging golfing experiences in America.

This walking only course features bunkers known as the “white faces” — the first to have raised lips on the back side so they appear to be looking at the golfer as they approach.

Greenside bunkers beside the putting surface also feature deep, elevated lips which have built up from sand flying out of the bunker over time.

Hole 2

Walking Only Course with Time Limit

The Merion Golf Course is a walking-only course and the play guidelines require players to complete their round in four hours.

While this may sound impossible to some, another requirement which is strictly enforced is that players never take a mulligan. And the time restriction becomes part of the challenge.

Wicker Baskets

Merion is also well-known for the wicker baskets on top of the flag sticks instead of flags. These baskets are red on the front nine, and orange on the back nine, and they offer no hint of wind direction or speed.

Hole 4

Signature Hole

Hole number 17 is probably the most talked about hole on the Merion links, but it really is difficult to choose one hole to be the signature hold of the course.

While some claim the 18th hole should have the honor of the title because of its 1-iron approach shot made by Ben Hogan, the 17th hole at Merion is a long 220 yard, par 3, one-shotter which plays to a tiered green and a challenging slope at the front of the putting surface, which many think earns it the place as the signature hole.

While people talk about the 17th and 18th holes, there isn’t a bad hole on the entire course. Sloping greens, short holes that challenge golfers to flirt with trouble to make par, and features like tight tree shots will test your skills with excellent variety.

Golf doesn’t get any better than this.

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Forest Dunes

Experience the Challenges of Pristine Forest Dunes Golf Club

Forest Dunes

The Forest Dunes Golf Club is situated on 500 acres of heavily wooded land inside the Huron National Forest.

The parkland-style classic course designed by British Open Champion, Tom Weiskopt, includes modern enhancements and today has a reputation for challenging for golfers of all skill levels.

“Forest Dunes replicates classic style and emulates a risk/reward involvement on most every hole. I consider this golf course to be in the top three which I have ever been involved in the United States.” – Tom Weiskopt

Forrest Dunes

Forest Dunes Challenging Landscape

Forest Dunes includes an intriguing set of natural challenges from open meadows, to hardwoods, to rugged native dunes, to scruffy sand areas mingled with water features and century-old red and jack pines.

The front nine offer parkland style holes which roam through corridors of pines framed with elaborate bunkering and sandy waste areas on the sidelines. The back nine grows a little more challenging with exposed rugged native sandy areas and scruffy underbrush bordering the fairways and greens.

The 16th hole measures more than 200 yards and challenges golfers to carry over a rustic dune area. The 17th hold is really designed to test your skills measuring just 302 yards that flow through spectacular native sand dunes bordered by fescue grasses.

The last hole offers a challenging 560 plus yards and plays through a rugged dune area with a lake lining up and around the left side.

Forest Dunes

Stay and Play Packages

Forest Dunes Golf Club offers a variety of Stay & Play Packages, which include golf, lodging and breakfast. Choices include 18, 36 or 54 holes, one-night stays or multiple-night options.

Accommodations are available at the Lake AuSable Lodge which features 14-rooms and is just steps from the clubhouse. Twelve of the rooms are located on the first floor, and a couple of two-bedroom suites are available on the second floor. Six of the first-floor standard rooms and the two suites upstairs overlook the first tee and feature a patio.

Along with the Lake AuSable Lodge, four well-appointed cottages are available on site. These cottages are completely furnished. Two of them are situated on or near Lake AuSable while the other two line the fairway of hole No. 7.

Whether you’re a couple, a single, or a senior over 55, the Forest Dunes has a stay and play package suited to your needs. Call (989) 275-0700 to book your package, or for more information and group rates submit an online request.

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Woodloch PInes Resort

All-Inclusive Poconos Family Vacation

Woodloch PInes Resort

The Poconos is known for its beauty and is a popular destination. For families wishing to vacation there, the Woodloch Pines Resort offers just what you’re looking for.

It’s a family owned resort, situated in a pristine mountain lake setting, with a reputation for traditional warm hospitality that has brought guests back time and again for over 50 years.

It offers four-seasons of endless activities the whole family will enjoy, along with top-of-the-line entertainment, all wrapped in an all-inclusive package.

Woodloch Pines Climbing Wall

Best All-Inclusive Family Resort

The Woodloch Pines Resort is no stranger to TripAdvisor’s Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts list, and this year it was named number 1.

It is an all-inclusive resort perfect for family vacation budgets with its meticulous accommodations, family-style meals, and a wide range of exciting activities for ages 2 to 92.

Woodloch Pines Zipline

Things to Do at Woodloch Pines Resort

If there is one thing parents won’t have to worry about when taking their kids to the Woodloch Pines Resort, it’s being bored. The Resort offers more than 30 scheduled activities each day including: spin-offs of well-known game shows, family-friendly competitions, Olympics, scavenger hunts, and holiday-themed games.

Guests are provided with a Woodloch Experience Bracelet, which gives them access to enough unique activities to keep everyone entertained day and night.

Along with these planned activities, your children can enjoy the many kid-friendly amenities including:

  • Six-sided rock climbing wall
  • 600 ft. Eagle Eye zip line
  • Indoor and Outdoor pools
  • Kiddie Splash Zone
  • Bumper cars
  • Go carts
  • Bumper boats
  • Kayaking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snow tubing
  • Ice skating

Nightly Entertainment

Night life at the Woodloch Pines includes a Broadway-style theme show or a comedic staff show, followed by live music, jugglers, comedy acts, or magicians.

Golf

Along with all these activities, guests can grab their clubs and head to Woodloch Springs, home of their Pocono Mountains 4.5 star championship, par-72 gold course.

The Woodloch Pines Resort regularly offers special rates and packages to stretch your vacation dollar. For more information or to book your dates, visit their website.

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Golfing in Maine

Maine’s Golf Trail Offers a Smorgasbord of Courses

Golfing in Maine

Maine offers some of the best golf in the world with almost 40 courses to choose from. With a wide range of courses and prices golfers visiting the Pine Tree State can find a course for every budget and handicap.

Many of the courses offer “stay and play” packages, but what really makes Maine’s public courses stand out from other golf destinations is Maine’s Golf Concierge which is there to help you plan your golf trip or let you know where the best golf is once you arrive.

Golf in Maine

Maine’s Golf Trail and Free Golf Concierge

Maine’s Golf Trail isn’t a golf trail in the traditional sense. Instead, Maine’s free Golf Concierge service lets those visiting the state create their own personalized “trail.” This personalization is based on geography, budget or course type.

They can even offer suggestions on how to combine golf with other activities like mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or chartering a boat. They also will work to incorporate interests like eating lobster to visiting a Maine micro-brewery.

Golf in Maine

Save with Golf Maine Passports

Golfers visiting or living in Maine can take advantage of a unique program, the Golf Maine Passports program, which is designed to give golfers an inexpensive way to sample some of Maine’s finest courses.

This golf passport can be used once at each of Maine’s finest courses. However, there are restrictions at some courses with passports not being valid during certain times at specific courses, so it does require checking the specific details.

Plan Ahead

If you’re planning a trip to Maine, and hope to take advantage of Maine’s Golf Trail, you can contact them and discuss the kinds of courses that interest you and what part of the state you’ll be visiting. They will match you up with the right course for you, along with lodging, dining, and other recreational activities possible.

To learn about the course roster and pricing, you can sign up for the Golf Maine Newsletter to or check their website for updates. If you have questions, you can drop them an email at [email protected].

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Floating Green

Coeur d’Alene – the Golf Resort with the Floating Green

Floating Green

Hole 14 located on the famous floating green.

The Coeur d’Alene golf course in Idaho is known for many upscale specialty touches. For instance, custom luxury golf carts enjoy heated seats, tilt steering wheels, chrome wheels, and more.

This course is situated in a gorgeous setting with Lake Coeur d’Alene views on almost every hole. It’s not just upscale, it’s an experience and one of the most-talked-about experiences is the floating green.

Practice Range

Aim at flags in the water on the practice range.

Hole 14 – The Only Movable Floating Island Green

The green of the 14th hole at Coeur d’Alene Resort was built basically on a barge system. The structure and contours were added afterwards. It can be moved from about 100 yards out to as far as 270 yards. Steel cables attached to the lake floor keep this 15,000 square foot green in place.

Beneath the green is a control room, that makes moving the it as easy as setting the dial. This unique feature lets the course move the green in for a woman’s tournament and out when the big hitters are coming to town.

Golfers can take a maximum of two tries to land safely on the island green before taking a drop on the green if necessary.

Coeur D Alene massage

Enjoy a pre-round massage.

Floating Green Spring Golf Package

Coeur d’Alene Resort offers Stay and Play packages. One of the most popular includes overnight lakeside accommodations and golf for two players. April packages start at only $129 per golfer and include:

  • 18 holes of award winning golf
  • A personalized engraved souvenir bag tag
  • Forecaddie service for the group
  • Lake Shuttle transportation to the golf course (May – Sept)
  • Overnight luxury lakeside accommodations
  • Pre-round warm-up sports massage
  • Secured club storage over stay dates
  • Shared custom luxury golf cart
  • Unlimited lakefront practice range privileges on day of play

Practice Range

Take time to enjoy the practice range before you start. There’s no penalty for hitting balls into the water at this practice range. Here golfers aim at flags in the lake while using floating balls.

For a hole-by-hold description of the course and what you can expect, be sure to visit their website for more information.

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