A light hearted competition run during the first week of October in the Strathearn area of Perthshire, surrounded by stunning Autumn scenery for only £55. The price includes a welcome reception on Sunday 30th September, 5 rounds of golf, and a dinner and prize giving on Friday 5th October. Local accommodation providers are offering good deals during the week. For example, Galvelmore House B&B is only £99 for the six nights.
For further information regarding the competition, please contact the Pro shop, Crieff Golf Club on 01764 652909 (firstname.lastname@example.org, and for accommodation contact Katy on 01764 655721 (www.galvelmore.co.uk).
LITTLE ST. SIMONS ISLAND AND JEKYLL ISLAND have long been an attractive destination for golfers seeking beautiful, challenging courses that can be enjoyed year 'round. Come October, they'll have an additional choice with the opening of Coastal Pines Golf Course in Brunswick. This new course will expand the total number of holes from 218 to 234, on 16 courses.
The Coastal Pines Golf Course opening is the latest in an ongoing series of enhancements and improvements at golf courses throughout the Brunswick & The Golden Isles. From the islands to the mainland, golf course operators have invested millions of dollars in improvements to courses and facilities. As the area grows in popularity, new courses will expand golf opportunities even more. Here's a rundown on the latest golf news from Brunswick & The Golden Isles of Georgia:
COASTAL PINES GOLF COURSE - Designed by Mark Bennett of Augusta Golf Designs in Augusta, GA, Coastal Pines Golf Course will feature 6803 yards on holes ranging from 150 yards to 563 yards. Green fees for 18 holes will be $25 for adults, $15 for juniors and $20 for seniors. Cart fees will be $12 per person for 18 holes; $7.50 for nine holes. The public course is expected to open in mid-October and is located on Georgia Route 99, between I-95 Exit 42 and US 341.
THE LODGE AT SEA ISLAND GOLF CLUB opened in March 2001 with 40 guestrooms and suites, each offering water or golf views. The $47 million facility offers the finest in luxury, refinement and service, in surroundings reminiscent of the finest private clubs from the Gilded Age. Guest services and amenities include concierge check-in, 24-hour butler service, two world-class restaurants, the Oak Room Bar and a Polo/Ralph Lauren-designed golf shop.
The Lodge serves as the clubhouse for the Sea Island Golf Club and features a trophy room, locker rooms and the Sea Island Golf Learning Center.
RETREAT GOLF COURSE at the Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, formerly the St. Simons Island Club, opened in August 2001. Designed by Sea Island touring pro and golf course architect Davis Love III, Retreat is the final leg of an extensive makeover of Sea Island's golf courses. Seaside Golf Course, designed by Tom Fazio, reopened in fall 1999.
The renovated course includes the former Marshside nine-hole course, designed by Joe Lee in 1973, as the front nine and the Seaside nine, originally designed by Colt & Alison in 1929, as the back nine. The Plantation Course, designed by Rees Jones, reopened in 1998.
SEA ISLAND GOLF LEARNING CENTER offers a new Training Center featuring a challenging short game area and state-of-the-art computer video analysis systems. The staff includes Jack Lumpkin, 1995 National PGA Teacher of the Year, and Gale Peterson, 1996 National LPGA Teacher of the Year.
SEA ISLAND COMPANY has invested more than $140 million in capital improvements and renovations, all aimed at improving accommodations, amenities and guest services.
SEA PALMS GOLF & TENNIS RESORT on St. Simons Island has completed a three-year, $4 million renovation and enhancement program on its three nine-hole courses: Tall Pines, Great Oaks and Sea Palms West. Work began in 1998 with the Tall Pines Course, followed by Great Oaks in 2000. Sea Palms West was completed in August.
The resort also completed a $4 million renovation to all guestrooms and suites in March 2001. The spacious rooms have been redecorated in traditional South Seas Island décor and feature spectacular views.
JEKYLL ISLAND GOLF CLUB has undertaken extensive renovations and enhancements on its three 18-hole courses and the historic Great Dunes 9-hole oceanside course. Intermediate level gold tees (called "Gould Tees" in a historical reference to Jekyll Island Club member Edwin Gould) have been added to Oleander, Indian Mound and Pines Lakes.
Other improvements have included rebuilt bunkers and new cart paths throughout the island's courses. The Jekyll Island Authority has invested more than $500,000 in golf course improvements during the past three years and has committed to millions of dollars in additional improvements.
PINE LAKES GOLF COURSE, designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee in 1968, will close later this fall for a one-year renovation. The $2.5 million project by designer Clyde Johnston of Hilton Head Island, SC, will include new lakes and bunkers, new irrigation systems and cart paths, redesigned greens and upgraded drainage.
The renovated course also will include special family tees designed in cooperation with U.S. Kids Golf of Atlanta.
Pine Lakes will feature the U.S. Kids Golf Personal Tee' Golf Learning Program. On each of Pine Lakes' 18 holes, new teeing areas will be built to correspond to distances suggested by the Personal Tee program. Three new sets of tees Green, Yellow and Red start young players nearer the hole and increase their enjoyment of the game.
Personal Tee instruction booklets correspond to the color of the tees and give young players and professionals a structured, fun way to develop skills and knowledge of the game. As players demonstrate proficiency in each area and shoot a required score, they gain certification from their pro and move to the next level and back to the next tee.
GLENORCHY, NEW ZEALAND Sept. 10 - Alex Dickson, project manager of Blanket Bay's construction effort has recently received one of the building industry's top honors for his work on this New Zealand luxury hotel: the 2001 James Hardie Award. The property also came first in the category for projects over $2 million. Mr. Dickson accepted these distinctions during a ceremony held in Auckland on Saturday August 11, 2001.
The James Hardie awards, established in 1993, recognize and honor the high standards of workmanship, integrity of design, technological innovation and skill. According to James Hardie general manager David Worley, "The awards are benchmarks of excellence in the building industry." Blanket Bay exemplifies these high standards by using such quality and uncommon materials as schist stone and old steamer wharf timber beams.
Blanket Bay's lakeside rooms and suites are situated to afford stunning views of Lake Wakatipu. Each suite features a 440-square foot balcony or terrace, spacious living areas, ensuite bathroom and stone fireplace.
Tom Tusher, from San Francisco, owns Blanket Bay and is the former President and C.O.O. of Levi Strauss. In 1974 he and his wife purchased 55 acres on Lake Wakatipu, 40 minutes north of Queenstown, and an additional 60,000 acres of adjacent land after retirement. Construction of Blanket Bay began in 1997. It took more than two years to complete and the lodge was officially opened in December 1999.
Blanket Bay, named to Conde Nast Traveler's "Hot List" 2000, is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and recent recipient of Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report Grand Award. Located on the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, five intimate, lakeside rooms have a balcony or terrace, king-sized beds and sitting area. Three 700-square foot suites offer bedroom and sitting areas along with stone fireplaces, bathrooms with steam shower and separate tub. Each suite comes with a 400-square foot private terrace. The chalet bedrooms have spectacular lake views, king-sized beds, stone fireplaces, and bathrooms with steam showers, separate tubs and double vanities. Each has a private courtyard entrance and separate terrace. For reservations at Blanket Bay call 64-3-442 9442, fax 64-3-442 9441 or e-mail email@example.com. Reservations can be made at any Small Luxury Hotel of the World by calling 800-525-4800 or visit www.slh.com. Travel agents may access the GDS code LX for LuXury. For additional information, visit www.blanketbay.com, www.purenz.com or www.tourisminfo.govt.nz.
September 14, 2001