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Desert Horizons CC  

Clark Unveils Renovated Desert Horizons CC in CA
Former British Ryder Cup player and BBC commentator Clive Clark has completed renovation work on Desert Horizons Country Club in Indian Wells, CA. The 18-hole private course was designed in 1979 by Ted Robinson and features elevated greens amidst palm tree-lined fairways. The renovation work was performed with nearly $2 million in voluntary contributions collected from club members. Alterations included re-positioning and shaping sand bunkers along with redesign of all green complexes*675/tx+whiskey.jpg  

Fort Worth’s Whiskey Ranch To Open in January 2018
Once the site of the historic golf club where Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson learned to play, the former Glen Garden Country Club is now the home of “Whiskey Ranch,” a 112-acre whiskey wonderland that features both a distillery and an 18-hole championship golf course. Owned and operated by Firestone & Robertson Distilling, the complex includes a production facility for award-winning TX Whisky and TX Straight Bourbon and also features a visitor center, a 2,000 sq. ft. retail area, a cap-making station, and a tavern for tasting. The golf course is open strictly for private and charity events.

Characterized as “long, smooth, and slightly sweet,” TX Blended Whiskey was recognized as “Best American Craft Whiskey” at the 13th Annual World Spirts Competition in 2013. Whiskey Ranch will open for daily tours beginning in January.  For more information, visit


Travel Insurance  

Travel Insurance Places A Premium on Risk-Free Fun
Experienced vacationers are well-aware of the possible obstacles that stand between bliss and disaster. Bad weather, damaged or stolen equipment and sudden illness can put asunder even the best laid plans.

Launched in 2013, simplifies the seemingly complicated world of travel insurance by providing consumers with an easy way to compare and buy trip insurance coverage online. Typically, a comprehensive travel insurance plan will range from 4% - 8% of total trip costs. Coverages can range from lost golf trip days (with benefits of $250 - $500) if a round is significantly delayed or cancelled; damaged equipment, and severe weather.

“While there is no doubt that disappointment can be greater when traveling to destinations for a specific sport only to have it not go as planned,” explains Stan Sandberg of, “you can mitigate the risk by ensuring that you are covered if and when something goes wrong.”

Quotes on most any type of travel insurance desired can be located at the firm’s website:


Rick Smith

Rick Smith


Rick Smith Performance Center Opens at Miami’s Doral Golf Club
Acclaimed golf instructor and former Director of Golf at Treetops Resort in Northern Michigan, Rick Smith has announced plans to open the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump National Doral Miami on January 1st. The timing of Smith’s new center coincided with a PGA Tour victory at the Safeway Open by long-time student Brendan Steele.

“I can’t say enough about how excited I am for Brendan and the work he has put into his golf swing,” Smith said after the October win. “The changes we have been implementing over the past few years are taking shape and putting him in a great position to become on the of the top players on the tour.”

Smith, whose resume includes course designer, TV analyst, spokesma, and instructor, said that going forward he plans to devote the majority of his time to instruction. He has previously been ranked as one of the country’s top three teachers in the world by various national golf magazines. His students over the years have included Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, Greg Norman, and John Daly. 

“I have had tremendous opportunities around the world to teach and design courses,” he said. “But my true passion has always been teaching all aspects of the game of golf to help people get better.”

Along with assembling a team of world-class instructors to run the performance center, Smith has acquired state-of-the-art swing technology and video analysis to serve resort guests, club member,s and visitors. The facility will provide a wide range of instruction options, including private lessons, half-day, full-day and multi-day programs, group clinics, junior camps, and on-course programs.

Smith currently operates the Rick Smith Golf Academies at both Forest Dunes in Roscommon, MI, and Oakland University in Rochester, MI. 

For more information about Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Doral G.C., visit


Omaha Beach Golf Club

Omaha Beach Golf Club


Heroes & Legends Golf Tour – Normandy Beaches and Scottish Lowlands
Know a special golfer in your life who loves history as much as s/he loves golf? The Heroes & Legends Tour takes a select group of golfers to Normandy Beach and other historic battle sites in a unique travel package that is sponsored by the National WWII Museum. Award-winning author and historian Donald L. Miller is guest speaker on the tour that also features special guest golf celebrities Lanny Wadkins and John Mahaffey. Stops include Tour Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach, Brecourt Manor and Utah Beach, the Normandy American Cemetery and Scotland’s East Fortune Airfield & National Museum of Flight. Golf courses to be played include Omaha Beach Golf Club, Golf Barriere Deauville Red and White, Gleneagles Golf Club and Edzell Golf Club. The trip ends with tickets to the final day of the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

The Golf & History Tour runs for eight nights at luxury hotels and includes elegant dining and ground transportation. Dates are July 17 – 25, 2018. Price is $12,999 per person based upon double occupancy (airfare not included). Book by November 17, 2017 and save $2000 per couple.

For more information, visit the Travel tab at the National WWII Museum website:


Diamante Cabo San Lucas  

Diamante Cabo San Lucas Vacation Rentals
The beauty and luxury of Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas area is the stuff of legend. Diamante Cabo San Lucas now offers direct booking on the company’s website for vacation rentals. Choose from studios to six-bedroom villas to enjoy all of the amenities of this resort-style private community located along 1.5 miles of stunning Pacific Ocean coastline and dunes.  Golf at Diamante starts with the Dunes Golf Course designed by Davis Love III and ranked #36 in the world by GOLF magazine. The Dunes is complemented by El Cardonal, the first Tiger Woods design in the world which features natural arroyos, dunes and magnificent ocean views.

For more information, visit


Omni Amelia Island

Omni Amelia Island Offers Ultimate Golf Vacation Packages
While Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc across much of Florida, Omni Amelia Island reports that the elegant Triple Diamond Resort escaped without much damage across its property. The 54-hole property just launched two "Golf Channel Academy” packages inviting avid players to enjoy the ultimate golf vacation. Available now through March 31, 2018, this beachfront retreat has curated full and half day resort packages golf-fanatics do not want to miss. Imagine luxurious oceanfront accommodations, state-of-the-art training, and picturesque greens and fairways bordering the Atlantic ocean and salt marshlands. Both packages include oceanfront accommodations, lunch at the members-only Long Point Clubhouse, on-course instruction on the Tom Fazio Long Point Golf Course, commemorative gift, daily Art of Breakfast in Sunrise Café, and 50-minute Swedish massage (per person).

With the "Guys Golf Getaway,” take advantage of a weekend away and enjoy a three-night stay with unlimited golf each day, daily breakfast, a $50 golf retail credit, a bucket of beers, a food and beverage welcome amenity upon arrival, and more. The perfect option for a group of guys that want to golf to their heart's content.


Harbor Shores

Harbor Shores Announces New Benton Harbor Neighborhood
Resort and waterfront community Harbor Shores has announced plans to open a seventh neighborhood. Inspired by the character of the historic St. Joseph area. Harbor Village homes will feature front porches and waterfront views over an 11-acre site. Housing options range from townhomes to single-family homes and will open to residents in summer, 2017.

As with every neighborhood at Harbor Shores, residents of Harbor Village will have access to all amenities on the property, including the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, home of the Kitchen Aid Senior PGA Championship. Other offerings include a marina, an athletic club and a brew pub.

For more information on the development, visit:

Quintero   Scottsdale’s Quintero G.C. A Desert Gem
A Rees Jones design, the desert course was introduced in 2000 as an exclusive club, but has since evolved into a public facility. The property’s rolling topography distinguishes the layout from most other Scottsdale courses, and its dramatic par 3s are memorable, to say the least.

Ranked as the #1 Public Course in Arizona by Golfweek, Quintero G.C. also offers an array of luxury fairway villas that offer spectacular views of the surrounding desert.

For reservations and more information, visit


Embassy Scottsdale

Stay & Play Packages At Embassy Suites in Scottsdale
The “Suite Golf Retreat” package served up by Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort offers lodging, a round of golf at the elegant McCormick Ranch Golf Club, a sleeve of golf ball,s and transportation to and from the resort for a package price as low as $229 per night depending on the dates of a guest’s stay.|

McCormick Ranch operates two distinct golf courses, both designed by Desmond Muirhead. The Palm Course serves up spectacular views of Camelback Mountain and a signature hole #9 which was called one of the top 18 water holes in America by Golf Illustrated. The Pine Course was named for the mature pines lining its fairways.

To book a room at the brand new Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort visit or call 800-528-1456.


We-Ko-Pa Offers Outstanding Vistas, Premier Golf Experience
Two award-winning golf courses set in the Sonoran Desert highlight We-Ko-Pa Golf Club in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. Breathtaking views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, Four Peaks, and the Superstitions complement the stunning features of the Saguaro Course (by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw) and the Scott Miller-designed Cholla Course.

Even with the national acclaim the courses have received through the years, design tweaks have been made recently to improve the We-Ko-Pa experience. A $1.8 million renovation project included irrigation infrastructure improvements, and new greens and bunkers. The formidable 8th hole, which plays as long as 605 yards from the back tees, was also revised to allow for a more intriguing risk/reward experience. A rock desert wash running across the front of this green has been reduced to allow long-hitters to go for the green in two from the right side of the putting surface.



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“Golfers enjoy having the option of firing for the green on par 5s,” says amiable head pro Eric Dettman. “This adjustment maintains the beauty and integrity of the hole,but provides guests more strategic options.”

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is just one of the amenities at the AAA Four Diamond We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. The complex features 246 beautifully appointed rooms and suites; a delightful outdoor pool; the Amethyst Spa and Fitness Center; a 25,000 sq. ft. conference center; and a deluxe casino.

For reservations and more information, visit


Monarch Beach

Fun, Sun, Luxury, Golf Found at Monarch Beach
As the polar vortex sets its eyes on Chicago, golfers seeking a respite from cold garages and smelly bowling alleys should consider a visit to California’s Monarch Beach Resort. Originally opened as the St. Regis Monarch Resort in 2001, the seaside property received a $40 million facelift and reopened as a luxury resort this past summer. Master designer Robert Trent Jones created picture-postcard holes along the water to create a spectacular yet playable 6,645-yard layout.

Named a Gold Medal Resort by Golf magazine, the expansive property incorporates restaurants, a spa,and luxury accommodations along with other amenities. A “Swing & Spa" package available in the holiday and winter months includes a round at the Monarch Beach Golf Links and a 50-minute treatment at Miraval Life in Balance Spa.

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