Well Traveled Golfer
On this page:
- Polishing the Gem
- Something Special is Happening at Silvies Valley Ranch
- Whistler – Canada’s Premier Golf Destination
- Ultimate Palm Desert Getaway Sweepstakes
- The Centerpiece of Lake Las Vegas is Reflection Bay Golf Club
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Polishing the Gem
Gearhart Golf Links prepares for Grand Opening celebration of its newest additions
Entering its 126th year, Gearhart Golf Links on the northern Oregon Coast is showing no signs of age, and is in fact re-energized and focused on the future.
Prior to this year’s 4th of July holiday, the storied resort will be unveiling its newest hotel addition, golf fitness center, and
20,000-square-foot family-friendly putting course. Visit the club’s website for all the dates and details of the celebration.
If you’ve played Gearhart in the past couple of years, you know that an extensive restoration project has returned the course to its true links identity, and the playing surfaces are spectacular. Hundreds of trees were removed, allowing for reshaping of the fairways and revealing of the natural terrain.
Fescue was allowed to grow long in certain areas, creating contrast in color that is truly beautiful. The course has always been walkable, but now it begs for it.
The mountains to the east and south provide a striking backdrop, and the sound and smell of the Pacific Ocean are but one dune away.
Improved agronomics allow the greens to roll at 12 feet on the Stimpmeter all summer long. Even during winter rains, the greens drain particularly well and are more than just playable.
The coastal resort has partnered with McMenamins to run their lodging and food and beverage amenities. Five years ago, 18 hotel rooms were added above the Sand Trap Pub, creating the fourth reincarnation of the storied Gearhart Hotel.
Whether for a wedding, family reunion, or annual trip to the beach, the destination has been so popular that expansion has begun. The “J. Beard Annex” will sit just north of the existing “Kelly House.” Designed by Ankrom Moisan Architects, the cedar-shingled structure will provide extended cart storage, house an additional 16 hotel rooms, and even a fitness center and virtual golf room – “The Swingers Lounge” seemed a playful and obvious choice for the name!
The fitness side of the room will have cardio equipment and golf-specific strength and flexibility machines to get you in your best golfing shape. The other side of the room will boast a state-of-the-art GC Quad launch monitor and virtual golf system by Foresight Golf.
Not satisfied, the management team – led by owner Tim Boyle, General Manager and PGA Director of Golf Jason Bangild, and Superintendent Forrest Goodling – wanted a way to extend the visitors’ golf experience, without necessarily needing to play 36 holes in one day. So, the “Clam Bed” was born.
Previously a non-descript and small chipping green, the Clam Bed is now a twisting and rolling 20,000-square-foot putting course sitting between the first green and ninth tee.
There was room for another small pub, which McMenamins is known for (think Red Shed at Edgefield), so the “Sand Bar” was designed to sit right by the Clam Bed, to provide needed refreshment for not only families enjoying the putting course, but also golfers making the turn after hitting their tee shots on No. 9.
All projects are scheduled for completion before the 4th of July weekend. A grand opening tournament and party is in the works, and the date will be posted on the club’s website.
If you haven’t been to the beach in a while, do yourself a favor and reintroduce yourself to all the fun that is Gearhart Golf Links!
Something Special is Happening at Silvies Valley Ranch*
(*PNGA members receive $100 off. Oh, and ‘Goat Caddies’ are available!)
The image of the American West brings to mind renegade spirits who value straight-forwardness, tradition, resilience and a comedic sense of relaxation. For the traveler seeking an undiscovered Western retreat, The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch, a storied operating cattle ranch and resort located in Eastern Oregon, is just that.
Opening in May 2018 for its first official season, the boutique eco-resort merges luxury and relaxation with an authentic Western ranch experience. The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch brings the Western mystique of the region to an intimate scale, full-service resort complete with lodging, two reversible 18-hole golf courses, unique dining options, exclusive outdoor experiences, a spa, and a private airstrip for guests looking to fly directly onto the property.
The Links at Silvies Valley Ranch provides visitors with a one-of-a-kind golf experience as it is home to two reversible 18-hole courses, the Hankins and Craddock courses, designed by renowned golf course architect Dan Hixson. Play clockwise one day and counterclockwise the next to get the full appreciation for the Western landscape and architectural brilliance. Players can also take in Chief Egan, a 9-hole, par-3 mountain meadow course, to complete the golf experience. And, in July, Silvies Valley Ranch will open the much anticipated McVeigh’s Gauntlet, a stunning 7-hole challenge course carved into a razorback mountain, where guests will go to settle bets and take in the dramatic mountainous landscape. Together, these courses offer an unending number of golf experiences, bringing players face-to-face with the majesty and serenity of the West. It’s “Simply Amazing.”
Perhaps the most unique and whimsical offering in golf, Silvies Valley Ranch brings guests face to face with its world-famous goat caddies. Born and bred on the ranch, the professionally trained American Range Goat caddies are available for hire on McVeigh’s Gauntlet when it opens July 10. Saddled up with a custom-designed goat caddie backpack that carries drinks, golf balls, tees, and a few clubs, the goats join players on McVeigh’s Gauntlet, bringing an entirely new sense of entertainment and fun to the golf experience. Give them a few peanuts along the way and they’ll refrain from giving b-aaaa-d advice.
Whistler – Canada’s Premier Golf Destination
Take your game to the mountains this summer for an unforgettable vacation. Whistler is the ultimate destination for golfers with four championship designer courses offering exceptional views from green to sunny patio. Play to your heart’s content, and enjoy the culinary and cultural delights of Whistler Village on your recovery days.
Four Distinct Courses
When you visit Whistler this summer you will definitely want to stay a few days to discover our pristine courses created by four of the world’s top designers. Each course offers unique terrain with lakeside, mountainside and valley floor golf links.
- The Arnold Palmer-designed Whistler Golf Club is known for its broad fairways and 007 bentgrass greens
- The Nicklaus North Golf Course features impressive glacial mountain views and is only the second Canadian course ever to be designed by Jack Nicklaus
- The Robert Cupp-designed Big Sky Golf Club offers stunning tri-valley views
- The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club was carved right into the flank of Blackcomb Mountain by noted golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Ideal mountain temperatures, incredible 360-degree views and greens cut to perfection make Whistler a golfer’s paradise. Our courses also offer top-shelf amenities including practice facilities, stocked pro shops, lessons with CPGA instructors, on-course restaurants, beverage carts and scenic patios.
Off-Course Adventure, Dining and Rejuvenation
Whistler has a wide variety of entertainment and adventure that awaits you just off the greens, so when you’re between games, take some time to explore the abundant options for summer activities like fishing, ATV tours, ziplining, helicopter excursions and jet boating. For a taste of our inimitable mountain culture, wander through art galleries, people watch from a sunny patio or bike the car-free Valley Trail to see Whistler from a different perspective.
Golfing works up an appetite, so be sure to satisfy any hankerings you may have with our diverse selection of dining options. Hungry for a juicy grilled burger, cedar-plank salmon, a fresh summer salad or Spanish-style tapas? We have all this, plus anything else you are craving, from casual après-golf appetizers to award-winning cuisine.
Relax and rejuvenate after a well-played game with a soak or steam at one of our many spas, go for a refreshing swim at a nearby lake or work out any kinks at the gym. There’s always a way to find the perfect balance between playing hard and resting easy in Whistler.
Early Bird Packages
If all of this sounds like the ideal golf getaway, now is the perfect time to book your stay. Early Bird Stay & Play Packages start from just $119 USD per person, per night and include three nights of accommodation and three rounds of golf. Book by April 30 to receive the best rates of the season.
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Ultimate Palm Desert Getaway Sweepstakes
Enter to win an unforgettable Palm Desert golf experience at Desert Willow Golf Resort, The Palm Desert Golf Academy, and experience select premier attractions and restaurants. Desert Willow Golf Resort is a premium public facility located in sunny Palm Desert, California and offers two championship golf courses, Firecliff and Mountain View. The Palm Desert Golf Academy at Desert Willow Golf Resort is a world-class golf instruction facility providing the finest in golf instruction, golf clubs, club repair, group clinics, and junior golf in Southern California. Premier Palm Desert attractions include a BMW Driving Experience, a Desert Adventures Jeep Tour, and much more!
Grand Prize Includes:
Complimentary Trip for 2 to Visit The City of Palm Desert, California with the following:
- Airfare, 2 round Trip Tickets (up to $500 Per Person) to Palm Springs International Airport
and Rental Car
- 4 night accommodations at Hotel Paseo
- BMW Driving Experience for 2 at the BMW Performance Center at the Thermal Club
- 1 Round of Golf for 2 at Desert Willow’s Firecliff Course with Breakfast or Lunch
- 1 Round of Golf For 2 at Desert Willow’s Mountain View Course with Breakfast or Lunch
- Choice of (1 hour Short Game Clinic for 2 or Trackman Experience for 2 at The Palm Desert Golf Academy ($250 Value)
- Meals at Palm Desert Restaurants including: $100 Gift Card for Castelli’s, Pacifica, and Cork Tree
- Shopping, including: Westfield Palm Desert $100 Gift Card, Whole Foods, $100 Gift Card
- Massage for 2 at JW Marriott Desert Springs Spa
- Living Desert: Feed the giraffe private tour experience for 2
- Desert Adventures Jeep Tour for 2
Sweepstakes will close on May 31, 2018 and one (1) lucky winner will be announced on or after June 1, 2018. Good Luck!
The Centerpiece of Lake Las Vegas is Reflection Bay Golf Club
Stay & Play package includes
- 4 nights at Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
- 3 rounds at Reflection Bay Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design
For information, visit www.westinlakelasvegas.com or call 702.736.0505
Golf is an integral part of the Lake Las Vegas experience. Located just 20 minutes east of the Las Vegas Strip are two of the nation’s top golf courses amid a luxurious resort residential community.
Having hosted prestigious professional, collegiate and private events and tournaments, the two courses at Lake Las Vegas, the resort Reflection Bay Golf Club and private SouthShore Golf Club, are recognized around the world as among the best designed and conditioned courses, as well as offering first-class service and attention to detail for individuals, couples, foursomes and groups of any size.
Reflection Bay Golf Club is set on luxurious Lake Las Vegas, with five of its holes running along the water’s edge. A 320-acre man-made lake, Lake Las Vegas is the centerpiece of this high-end residential resort community.
Built in 1998, Reflection Bay is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, the only such course located in Nevada. And with its reopening in 2014, after some touching up by Nicklaus that included renovating some of the greens and bunkers, Reflection Bay immediately reclaimed its place on the list of America’s top 100 public courses.
The lavish 32,000-square-foot clubhouse features a full golf shop, as well as casual and fine dining. The facilities at Reflection Bay provide an ideal setting for VIP golf groups, corporate outings, celebrations and weddings. In addition to world-class golf and dining facilities, Reflection Bay offers some truly unique lifestyle experiences including a private white sand beach, paddle boarding, and access to the La Contessa and Lady of the Lake yachts.
For resort guests and Lake Las Vegas residents alike, a fully connected resort and lifestyle experience is found right here at the lake. Lake Las Vegas is a lifestyle, and the luxurious Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa provides an integral part of the equation with its stay and play packages.
In 2017 Westin Lake Las Vegas completed an extensive $40 million renovation, including all guest rooms and suites, lobby, public areas, meeting space, ballrooms, pools, private beach and outdoor spaces. The hotel has 493 guest rooms and suites offering mountain, lake and golf course views.
With luxurious accommodations, spectacular dining, plenty of outdoor diversions, unique and exquisite residential communities, a brand new health and fitness club and of course some of the best golf in the country, Lake Las Vegas is once again on the radar as one of America’s top golf destinations for both visitors and residents.