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Santa Barbara – Five Charming Hotels, One Spectacular Location

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Inn by the Harbor

Inn by the Harbor
Best Western Plus Encina Inn and Suites Interior

Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites Interior
Brisas Del Mar, Inn at the Beach Pool

Brisas Del Mar, Inn at the Beach Pool

Stay with Santa Barbara Hotel Group for your Winter Golf Escape

The unique coastal flair and natural beauty of Santa Barbara beckons travelers from all over the world. Located 90 miles north of Los Angeles and deemed the American Riviera, the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains fade into the charming downtown – laden with red tile roofs and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture – before meeting the crystal blue sea. Looking into the horizon, the Channel Islands appear in the distance, creating an environment that is remarkably beautiful in every direction.

With six stunning golf courses, more than 300 days of sunshine each year, and a year-round moderate, Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara is the ultimate golf destination and an ideal winter escape. Santa Barbara Hotel Group offers five unique hotels, each featuring lush courtyards, heated pools and Mediterranean flair. Save 20% off green fees at Glen Annie Golf Club when you book our Tee and Sea Package. Glen Annie Golf Club is a 6,420-yard, par-71 course with lush fairways, quick greens and spectacular ocean and mountain views. Additionally, you won’t want to miss the ocean front greens at Sandpiper Golf Club. Recently named one of America’s 100 best public courses, this bucket-list worthy, championship course sits at the edge of the Pacific Ocean and offers an inspiring combination of challenge and beauty.

When staying with Santa Barbara Hotel Group, enjoy thoughtful amenities including

  • Complimentary parking and wifi
  • *Complimentary airport and Amtrak shuttle,
  • *Complimentary beach cruiser rentals
  • *Deluxe continental breakfast
  • *Evening wine social hour
  • No Resort Fees

* Available at select properties

For those who seek to escape the winter weather for a longer stay, three of our hotels offer monthly rates with fully equipped suites and apartments.

Soak in the sunshine, play on world class golf courses, and enjoy genuine hospitality with Santa Barbara Hotel Group. Now is the time to make your way to our seaside paradise.

Rates Starting at $159.00+tax. Book our Club Santa Barbara rate direct for the best available rate online.

Direct flights available from Seattle and Portland

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PNGA Members receive discounted tickets to Vancouver GOLFEXPO

Vancouver GOLFEXPO
Vancouver GOLFEXPO

Vancouver GOLFEXPO

Vancouver GOLFEXPO

Vancouver GOLFEXPO, owned by the National Golf Course Owner’s Association Canada, returns to the PNE Forum for its second year on February 9 and 10. Presented by the GolfBC Group, over 75 exhibitors will be on hand from golf courses across the province of BC along with U.S. destinations including Washington state as well as a variety of golf products and hotels and resorts. Many exhibitors will be offering exclusive show-only specials for gift cards, green fees, play passes, and memberships. All show specials and promotions will be listed on

While at the show, stop by the Peak Golf Retail space and stock up for the 2019 season. With over 3,000 square feet of space, golfers will find massive deals on clubs, gloves, carts, footwear, apparel, golf bags, used balls and more.

Check out the latest equipment on the expansive Demo Range from Callaway, Cobra, PING, Titleist, Cleveland and Srixon. Golfers who purchase new clubs from Peak Golf at the show will receive 10 percent back in Peak Golf Gift Cards to be used at their retail store later.

Get your game ready to go for the golf season at the Vancouver GOLFEXPO and stop in at the PGA of BC Presentation Stage with seminars happening daily at 11:00am and 1:00pm led by member golf professionals from across the province. Visitors can either enjoy these instructional sessions in the seating area or relax with a beverage next door at the beer garden with unobstructed views of the stage.

Take your game to the next level and stop in at the Eaglequest Learning Academy Putting Challenge. PGA of BC golf pros from Eaglequest Golf will be on site to offer tips on how to improve your game. You can also show off your putting skills at the Eaglequest Golf Putting Challenge or challenge yourself at The Eaglequest Long Putt Competition. Both putting surfaces, including the 30×20 golf green, are provided by Precision Greens.

Be sure to also make a stop at the GolfBC Skills Challenge brought to you by Golfzon North. Match your skills and ability against other golfers, with prizes being awarded daily. On Sunday, February 9, members of the Vancouver Canucks Alumni will be on hand to sign autographs from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

One booth that golfers will want to visit is the Golfer’s Red Book booth. This is your opportunity to pick up a Red Book at the show-special of only $20 including tax (regularly $29.95 plus tax). This golf savings book is a must in BC and offers golfers discounts at 115 golf courses from across the province with many exclusive to this book only.

This year the online silent auction will kick off in early February, and while the 50+ golf packages, equipment and experiences will be on display at the booth at the GOLFEXPO, check out the amazing items that are available and be sure to bid online (bidding ends February 17).
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Vancouver GOLFEXPO tickets are $13 for adults and kids are free, save $2 and buy your ticket online now using the coupon code PNGA. All online ticket purchasers are entered into a draw to win a GolfBC Stay and Play package in Kelowna.

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The 17th Hole at TPC Danzante Bay Challenges the Best in the World

Danzante Bay
Danzante Bay

Danzante #17
Danzante Bay

Danzante aerial shot

Golfers around the world are always talking about the best courses and their most memorable game, but few focus their discussions on the individual holes that truly define what it is to play golf.

While the complexity of a course and its distinguishing characteristics
will always be up for discussion, it is holes such as the par-3 17th at TPC Danzante Bay that are changing the way golfers talk about the game.

Rather than summing up their overall golf experience, those who play this legendary course in Loreto, Mexico will find themselves enthusiastically recollecting the mesmerizing views, distinct challenge, and perfectly laid-out fairway. The 17th at TPC Danzante Bay is a hole that challenges the best in the world.

Playing long at 178 yards, the 17th is a standout hole that could easily be played by itself and still considered one of the best in the game. As golfers approach the tees, it quickly becomes clear that this is not a hole to be rushed. Not only will the remarkable vistas of the Islands of Loreto in the distance cause you to slow down, but you’ll also likely be delayed by the obvious challenge that is presented by a green surrounded by dramatic cliffs that drop off into the abyss of the Sea of Cortez on three sides. While truly rewarding in one sense, even the pros will find this par-3 a challenge. Regardless of the reason, this is a hole that will make you stop and think, and that will most certainly leave an impression.

Without a doubt, the 17th hole at TPC Danzante Bay magnifies the magic of the town of Loreto for those seeking an unparalleled vacation experience. The destination has rich history, unbridled natural beauty, and world-class accommodations that make it one of the best travel destinations in the world.

It is perfect for those seeking relaxation, adventure, and culture, but it also happens to be the perfect destination for those who wish to stay and play at one of the top golf resorts in the world. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto and TPC Danzante Bay are a haven for all things luxury. While it is easy to be swept away by the impeccable service, indulgent spa therapies, and large variety of Loreto activities, it is by far the 17th hole on the TPC course that will leave a lasting impression and simply take your breath away.

For the ultimate vacation experience, golfers should take advantage of the vacation packages offered by this sensational golf resort, such as the Golf or Spa package. This comprehensive package is just one of the many opportunities offered at TPC Danzante Bay that allow you to cater your vacation the way you’d like.

Guests choosing the Golf or Spa package can play the course and relax at the award-winning Sabila Spa for a special discounted price. When you combine a three-night stay with a $25 spa certificate, access to the wet areas at the Sabila Spa, and a round of golf, vacationing becomes extremely rewarding.