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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: www.harborshoreslife.com

 

Fairmont Grand Del Mar   For the Golfer With Everything: San Diego Golf Packages
The Five-Diamond Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego is offering Christmas golf packages that include overnight accommodations; one round of golf on The Grand Golf Club designed by Tom Fazio; a custom-fitted driver, and a four-course dinner for two at the award-winning Addison restaurant.

Packages range from $1100 double occupancy. Available says now through February 28, 2017. For reservations and more information, visit: www.fairmont.com

 

Discounted Golf Passes For Saukville’s Bog G.C.
Perennially ranked among Wisconsin’s top 10 golf courses by Golf Digest magazine, The Bog G.C. is offering a discount pre-paid golf ticket program now through January 15th. Buy 12 tickets at $85 each and receive an additional ticket for free. Redemption values include 2-players-for-one tickets for early spring golf, as well as 4-players-for-three tickets on weekends after 10 a.m.

A long-time favorite of Chicagoans, The Bog is located 30 minutes northwest of Milwaukee in Saukville. New owners the Hammes family hired KemperSports to manage the facility, and have made significant improvements across all areas of the 297-acre property. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer and hosted the 2004 and 2013 Wisconsin State Amateur Championships. The practice center includes bentgrass tees, chipping areas, greenside sand bunkers and a large putting green.

“Wisconsin and great golf have become synonymous,” says Mike Hammes, referencing the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills and the 2020 Ryder Cup Matches at Whistling Straits. “Our goal is to provide a premier experience for our guests at The Bog in every facet of their round, from the golf course conditions to the practice facility to the food quality and to their interactions with our staff.” www.golfthebog.com

 

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Scottsdale’s Wildfire G.C. to Host LPGA Founders Cup in March
Looking for something to do in Scottsdale in between watching exhibition games played by your World Champion Chicago Cubs? The 7th annual Bank of Hope Founders Cup LPGA event returns to Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa March 14-19. Ticket packages include weekly and single-day general admission, and hospitality passes that provide exclusive access to venues with food and beverages. This year’s event is expected to include a top field including 2016 winner Sei Young Kim, Stacy Lewis, and Cheyenne Woods.  General admission tickets are $20. Admission at the 18th Green Villa are $105 per day which includes food and beverages.

For tickets, tournament updates and more information, visit: www.lpgafounderscup.com

Named one of Travel & Leisure Golf’s top 100 resorts in the world, the sprawling Marriott property features two spectacular 18-hole courses. The Faldo Course was designed by the former Masters and Open champion and features generous fairways, massive greens and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The 7,145-yard Palmer Signature Course was designed by the legendary champion and features huge greens and flashed bunkering.

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The recently renovated Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers 869 rooms, 81 suites, 29 meeting rooms, a wide array of dining options and a 2-story day spa featuring a lap pool, indoor and outdoor whirlpools, fitness center, steam rooms and various spa treatments.

For reservations and more information, www.theclubjwdesertridge.com

 

Crystal Mountain Celebrates 60 Years
Considered one of the Midwest’s finest ski and golf resorts, Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, MI, is commemorating its 60th year of operation with various promotions playing off that theme. A “6 for $60 Friday” on December 16th allows six or more skiers to buy a lift ticket for $10 each. That identical promotion will be run again on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Located in the heart of Benzie County, Crystal Mountain Resort offers spectacular lodging, 36 holes of championship golf, 58 downhill ski slopes, 30k of cross country trails, the award-winning Crystal Spa, and an art park. The family theme extends across all aspects of the resort, from the welcoming staff to the kid-friendly dining menus and entertainment options.

For reservations and more information, visit www.crystalmountain.com

 

Quintero   Scottsdale’s Quintero G.C. A Desert Gem
Chicagoans heading to the desert to watch their World Champion Cubs during the 2017 exhibition season should add Quintero Golf Club to their “must play” list. 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 course,s and its dramatic par3s 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 www.quinterogolf.com

 

 

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 www.scottsdale.embassysuites.com or call 800-528-1456.

 

Best of South American Golf
Offered in 20 Days, Over Six Countries
An unforgettable gift for world-traveling golfaholics is a nearly three-week tour across Brazil, Costa Rica, Barbados, Uruguay, Peru, Chile and Argentina. Private jet tour operator TCS World Travel offers a “Best of South America Golf Tour” featuring play on ten of the finest courses in the Americas.  The itinerary includes the Green Monkey Course in Barbados, designed by Tom Fazio and Buenos Aires Golf Club, host of the World Golf Championship in 2000. Tour dates are October 1 – 20, 2017.

In between rounds, guests spend nights in premier hotels and resorts across the route, and dine “like royalty” on local and international cuisine. The TCS World Travel private jet is decked out with Italia- leather 180-degree flatbed seats for 52 guests, rather than the 239 seats on a standard commercial Boeing 757. Prices for the deluxe golf package is $94,000 per person, double occupancy. For reservations and more information, visit www.tcsworldtravel.com or call 800-454-4149.

 

 

 

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 www.wekoparesortandconferencecenter.com

   

 

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Fairmont Princess Hotel in Scottsdale Celebrates a Desert Christmas
An ice skating rink, a dazzling light display, family campfires, and train rides are all part of the amazing “Christmas at the Princess” Festival offered by Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel in Scottsdal, going on now through January 1, 2017. Some 3 million lights are strung across the hotel and lead to special event areas including “S’mores Land,” “Nativity Garden,” “Desert Ice Skating,” and “Polar Guide Ice Slide.”

A visit to the Fairmont this past weekend was an absolute revelation as families walked across the hotel complex to watch musical performances, grab photos with seasonal celebrities, and draw greeting cards on picnic tables built for tots.

This is the seventh year that the Fairmont Princess has held the event. Located a short distance from the two Scottsdale TPC courses, the resort is a Five-Diamond facility as ranked by AAA. The 213-room property is located on 65 acres of Sonoran Desert in the shadow of the McDowell Mountains. Amenities include a spa, five heated pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, and five restaurants.

For more information, visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com

   

 

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TPC Stadium Course, Scottsdale

 

Holiday Ticket Partnership Announced For Two Scottsdale Pro Tournaments
The Scottsdale area will feature two professional golf tournaments this winter, and both have been linked together so that golf fans can enjoy the best of both worlds. The LPGA announced a holiday special now through December 25th, combining the purchase of a ticket to the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup March 16-19 with a free ticket to the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open Feb. 2 – 5th. As described elsewhere in this gift guide, the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup is a premier women’s event expected to draw the top names on the tour to the Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is considered by many fans to be one of the greatest spectator events in golf, as over 600,000 fans attend the event throughout the week to enjoy the comfortable Scottsdale weather, the best golf professionals in the world, and one of the prettiest golf courses on the tour, the TPC Stadium Course. The favorite gathering spot to enjoy the tournament is around the par-3 16th hole. Unlike most every other tournament on the circuit, the Waste Management Phoenix Open lures rowdy fans who support their favorite players.

For information on purchasing tickets and tournament updates, visit: www.go.lpga.com/go.lpga.com/phxtickets.

 

 

 

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. Other packages are also available to review at: www.monarchbeachresort.com

 

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Arizona’s Quintero G.C. Offers Holiday Rates
Now through December 31st, golfers can play the acclaimed Quintero Golf Club in Peoria, Arizona for the low price of $109 for non-residents and $99 for Arizona residents. Designed by Rees Jones, Quintero was ranked Best Public Golf Course in Arizona by Golf Digest in 2016. To reserve a tee time, visit www.QuinteroGolf.com or call 928-501-1500.