Get the Rewards You Deserve with Wyndham Hotel Group‏

September 9, 2014 on 3:08 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



We all deserve to be rewarded and no one understands this better than Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company.

Wyndham Rewards is the free-to-join loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group that ties together the company’s family of 15 diverse brands to offer the most flexible rewards options available and is also the only hotel loyalty program to offer members guaranteed rewards after just one stay.

For your upcoming articles on travel deals and discounts, as well as holiday travel tips, below are current promotions offered by Wyndham Hotel Group and Wyndham Rewards.

· Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? – Now through September 15th, Wyndham Rewards members can enter for a chance to win up to $1,000,000! Two winners will each receive $500 spending money and travel for 2 to the Event Prize Drawing, with a chance to win up to $1,000,000.

· Plan Ahead & Save – Book a hotel reservation online at least seven days in advance at a Wyndham family of brands hotel and get up to 25% off a participating hotel’s Best Available Rate. Additionally, you’ll receive 500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points!

· Free Night Delight – From now until December 31st, book three consecutive nights at a participating Wyndham resort or hotel and get the fourth night free!

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort announces off-season “Golf or Gourmet Escape” packages savings‏

September 9, 2014 on 3:02 pm | In Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, Southwest | Comments Off



Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesLate-fall & winter with up to a 45% savings over peak season rates

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – Kiawah Island Golf Resort today announced special fall and winter “stay-and-play” or “stay-and-dine” packages. Kiawah’s “Golf or Gourmet Escape Packages” provides great deals for staying at the resort and either playing golf or dining in its award-winning restaurants with up to a 45% savings over peak season rates.

“Whether you’re a golfer or a gourmet, this fall or winter is the time to get away to Kiawah Island Golf Resort,” said Tom Bewley, the resort’s Sales and Marketing Director. “Guests can pick their passion with the Golf or Gourmet Escape allowing a choice of luxury golf or culinary experience while staying on Kiawah Island Golf resort in a private Villa or the luxurious Five-Star Sanctuary hotel. To make this deal even sweeter, guests staying in The Sanctuary will receive valuable resort credits, room category upgrades, late checkouts and arrival amenities for three or four night stays,” explained Bewley.

From November 9, 2014 to February 27, 2015, guests on the resort’s “Golf or Gourmet Escape Package” have their choice of accommodations (Sanctuary Hotel or luxury villa) plus either two rounds of golf, two dinners, or one of each. Guests have the option of the “Champions Choice” or “Players Choice” packages depending on their taste in restaurants or courses.

Champions Choice

Nightly accommodations and your choice of either:

Two rounds of golf at any golf course (including The Ocean Course)
or
Dinner for two at any restaurant (including The Ocean Room or The Atlantic Room)
or
One round of golf (any course) and one dinner (any restaurant)

Sanctuary $400/night*

Villa $300/night*

Players Choice

Nightly accommodations and your choice of either:

Two rounds of golf at Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Cougar Point or Oak Point
or
Dinner for two at Jasmine Porch, Tomasso or Cherrywood BBQ
or
One round of golf (Turtle/Osprey/Cougar/Oak) and one dinner (Jasmine/Tomasso/Cherrywood)

Sanctuary $300/night*

Villa $200/night*

EXTEND YOUR STAY AT THE SANCTUARY AND RECEIVE**:

3 night stays receive a one-time $100 Resort Credit.
4 or more night stays receive a one-time $200 Resort Credit, a two room category upgrade based on availability, a late checkout (3pm) and an arrival amenity.

20% Spa discounts also available. Please call for details.

*Rates are based on availability for a Sanctuary garden view room or a one bedroom scenic view villa. Sanctuary room upgrades available at an additional cost. Tax and villa resort fee additional. Offer valid 11/9/14-2/27/15; blackout dates include Dec 12, 13 and 31. Minimum night stay may apply. Not valid for groups or special events and cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.

**Extend Your Stay rewards are only valid for Sanctuary reservations (not Villa) and nights must be consecutive.

For more information on Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s “Golf or Gourmet Escape Packages,” go to www.GolforGourmet.com or call 800-654-2924.

Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort was recently named the No. 1 golf resort on the U.S. Mainland by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The publication also named Kiawah as the No. 3 overall resort on the U.S. Mainland. TennisResortsOnline.com named it the No. 1 tennis resort in the in the world for six of the last eight years. Kiawah Island is also known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S., and its beach was named one of the 10 best beaches in America by famed “beachologist,” Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach. In addition to Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, the resort manages close to 400 private villas and luxury homes, nine restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course, host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship.

For more information on the resort, visit www.kiawahresort.com  or call 800-654-2924. Visit www.kiawahgreen.com to learn more about Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s environmental commitment.

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PGA National Re-Opens Nicklaus-Renovated Champion Course‏ `

September 8, 2014 on 6:18 pm | In Beachbooker, Florida, Golf Resorts, Miami | Comments Off



Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best Prices(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa’s acclaimed Champion Course – the Jack Nicklaus-designed host of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and home of the famous Bear Trap – has re-opened after a major re-grassing with cutting-edge Celebration Bermuda, and renovation of the 14th hole.

Celebration Bermuda grass is now on fairways, green surrounds and tees of The Champion Course, making the popular layout even more eye-catching and playable. The new turf will resonate with the world’s best golfers who annually play in the Honda Classic – one of the top events in professional golf – as well as the thousands of resort guests who play the course.

In addition to seven Honda Classics, The Champion Course hosted the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, 18 Senior PGA Championships and this year’s final stage of the Web.com Q-school.

“The Celebration Bermuda will provide us with major-like conditions,” says Lukus Harvey, PGA National Resort & Spa’s Director of Agronomy. “The Honda Classic field is perennially on par with golf’s four majors, and now we have the turf to provide similar conditions. Our resort guests and club members will love it because it provides a better year-around product, including upgraded irrigation. The grass is so dense you won’t get a bad lie.”

With the new turf, The Champion Course will no longer require over seeding during the off-season, allowing for faster, firmer conditions that golfers enjoy.

“We can all use an extra 20 yards of roll,” says Harvey.

Four of The Champion’s greens – No. 1, No. 9, No. 15 and No. 17 – have been expanded to their original size, creating more exciting pin locations for the event that kicks off the PGA TOUR’s Florida Swing. The greens remain TifEagle, one of the world’s truest putting surfaces.

The Bear Trap Evolves

The Champion is well known as home to the legendary “Bear Trap.” The daunting 15th, 16th and 17th holes are one of the most brutal three-hole stretches in the game, with water prominently in play on each hole. USA Today called The Bear Trap “one of the toughest stretches in golf.”

As part of the renovation, Nicklaus moved the green on the 14th hole – which leads into the feared Bear Trap – 17 yards to the right, bringing water into play on the approach shot. The tee also was moved back 10 yards, and bunkers were built in front and behind the green to further strengthen the 465-yard hole.

“It seemed a shame not to have the water nearer to the green,” says Nicklaus, who re-designed the original George and Tom Fazio design in 1990 and makes tweaks to the course every year in consultation with Harvey’s staff. “It produces a little more freedom and it produces a very strong par 4 going into the Bear Trap. I honestly believe it will be more exciting, but I don’t think it will be any more difficult.”

To accommodate the large crowds that aid in raising millions for the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation every year (the Honda Classic set another attendance record this spring with more than 190,000 fans flocking to PGA National) 20,000 square feet of spectator mounding has been added to the 14th hole, giving fans a bird’s-eye view of the 14th green, the 15th tee and the 15th green.

“Probably some of the toughest three holes in world golf, really,” says 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell about The Bear Trap. “You kind of just have to man up and hit the shot. You start bailing out, and you’re in trouble.”

Sergio Garcia, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, agrees, “They’re very challenging holes, all of them. Without hitting terrible shots, you can make a double, a par and a bogey, and you leave those holes shooting 3‑over and you don’t feel like you hit bad shots.”

Hail to The Champion

“The revered Champion Course is a major component of our puzzle when it comes to creating championship experiences and makes us a world-class golf resort and lifestyle community,” states Joel Paige, Vice President and Managing Director of PGA National Resort & Spa.

Played as a par 70 and 7,140 yards in tournaments, The Champion has ranked as the most-difficult course on the PGA TOUR (for non-majors) three of the last five years. It ranked second overall in 2010 and 2011.

The Champion Course and Honda Classic have produced world-class winners including world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who held off Tiger Woods in 2012 when Woods charged the field with a final-round 62. Hall of Famer and local resident Ernie Els won the 2008 Honda Classic. Y.E. Yang, the 2009 winner, went on to claim the PGA Championship that summer, becoming the only golfer to chase down Woods in the final round of a major.

For resort guests, it plays to a par 72, with the 7,045-yard layout featuring generous landing areas and spacious greens. Though a challenging course, five sets of tees provide playability for players of all skill levels.

PGA National also features The Palmer, The Squire, The Fazio and The Estates courses. The legendary resort destination has the unique distinction of being home to both the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, along with offering a PGA TOUR-level fitting experience at the PGA National Club Fitting Lab.
For more PGA National Resort & Spa information: www.pgaresort.com  or call 561.627.2000.

About PGA National Resort & Spa

Fresh off its comprehensive $100 million revitalization, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, vacation and meeting destination. The South Florida locale offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses, including the famed Champion Course, home to the popular PGA TOUR Honda Classic and past host of the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and a litany of other prized professional golf tournaments.

The Champion showcases the legendary “Bear Trap” – one of the most difficult three-hole stretches in the game. Holes 15, 16 and 17 are where designer Jack Nicklaus famously said, “It should be won or lost right here.” On-site programs from both the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, along with tour level custom club fitting from the PGA National Club Fitting Lab, are available.

PGA National features customized suites ideal for weddings, golf “buddy trips” and spa aficionados; a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas; and new 19th hole bar and grill named “Bar 91.” Other distinguishing highlights include a world-class 33,000 square-foot health-and-racquet club with 19 Har-Tru tennis courts, 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference space and seven on-site restaurants and lounges.

Conveniently located within easy driving distance of major Florida population centers, the AAA Four Diamond resort is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 90 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA).

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Savings Up to 20% with Best Western

September 8, 2014 on 6:13 pm | In Beachbooker, Gaming Resorts, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



Best Western International, THE WORLD’S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILY®, is helping travelers make the most of the fall months with online booking savings. Now through November 23, guests can save up to 20 percent at participating hotels when they book at bestwestern.com.

In addition to big discounts, Best Western Rewards® members who register for the promotion and book their stay at bestwestern.com will also receive 1,000 bonus points for each qualified stay through November 23. Best Western Rewards Gold, Platinum and Diamond Elite members will receive an additional 500 bonus points per stay. There is no limit on the number of bookings and points members can earn during the promotion period. Guests can sign-up for Best Western Rewards, the hotel brand’s loyalty program, and promotion at bestwesternrewards.com and register for the promotion at www.bestwestern.com/fall.

“Our fall promotion will help travelers save and earn rewards easily when booking at bestwestern.com,” said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Best Western International. “We know fall can be a great time to be on the road investing in customer relationships, and we hope our business travelers can leverage this opportunity to grow their business.”

Best Western always remains committed to making the lowest rates available to travelers at bestwestern.com through its Low Rate Guarantee. Guests who find a lower rate on another website after booking at bestwestern.com are eligible to receive a $100 USD Best Western Travel Card®.

Offering the lowest redemption thresholds for awards, the Best Western Rewards program has continued to be one of the industry’s most generous rewards programs for more than 25 years. With more than 4,000* locations in 100* countries, Best Western makes it easy for members to earn points that can be redeemed for global free room nights with no blackout dates, the Best Western Travel Card®, dining, shopping and entertainment gift cards, gas cards, airline/partner rewards and more. Best Western’s Status Match…No Catch® program will match members’ elite status in any other hotel loyalty program free of charge. Consumers who are not members of Best Western Rewards can sign up for the free program at www.bestwestern.com

About Best Western International, Inc.
Best Western International, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand made up of more than 4,000* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS®, BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Now celebrating 68 years of hospitality, Best Western welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests nightly. Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales, marketing and promotional support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 20 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. The brand’s partnerships with AAA/CAA, Minor League Baseball, and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. In 2013, Best Western earned our highest level of brand recognition, including our fifth AAA/CAA Hotel Partner of the Year award, second Compuware Best of the Web Gold award, fourth No. 1 ranking in Brand Keys Consumer Loyalty Engagement Index for midscale hotels and seventh TTG Asia Best Mid-range Hotel Brand. Forty percent of Best Western hotels worldwide won TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards for customer satisfaction.

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bestwestern.com.

*Numbers are approximate and may fluctuate.

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The Cliffs Enhances Award-Winning Keowee Falls Golf Course in South Carolina

September 8, 2014 on 6:06 pm | In Golf Resorts, The South | Comments Off



Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesThe Cliffs yesterday announced the re-opening of The Cliffs at Keowee Falls Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course after the successful completion of a $450,000 planned enhancement and upgrade project.

As part of the strategic plan put in to place under The Cliffs’ new ownership by Arendale Holdings, the Keowee Falls course upgrade is one of many projects either already complete, in motion, or on the drawing board to continue to refine and showcase the standard-setting lifestyle amenities enjoyed by The Cliffs’ members.

“In addition to completing new projects, a large part of this year’s strategic plan is dedicated to modernizing those amenities already completed. We felt The Keowee Falls Golf Course conversion project was a perfect way to give our members a fresh experience while enhancing an already great golf course,” explains David Sawyer, Executive Vice President for The Cliffs Clubs.

The Cliffs at Keowee Falls’ Par-72, 7,171-yard course underwent a complete, 18-hole greens conversion, replacing the original Bentgrass with Champion Bermudagrass to enhance overall course performance. “By converting our greens, we minimize aeration cycles necessary to offer consistent, premium play during the peak season,” explained The Cliffs Senior Agronomist Jim Evans. In addition, six new forward tees and a short game facility were added to the course.

Keowee Falls is one of The Cliffs’ two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, and has been recognized with numerous accolades, including being honored within the Best Courses in South Carolina by Golf Digest, South Carolina’s Top 50 Golf Courses and Excellence in Golf Course Design by South Carolina Golf Rating Panel. Shortly following its opening, The Cliffs at Keowee Falls Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course was named among the Best New Courses of 2008 by Golfweek and Top 10 Best New Private Courses of 2008 by GOLF Magazine.

“The highest priority of this project was to preserve the integrity of the designer’s vision for the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course,” stated Director of Golf Brian Peeples. “Our members appreciate the pure, core golf experience Keowee Falls provides; our goal was simply to enhance that experience.”

Troy Vincent, owner of Vincent Design, LLC whose experience includes work on esteemed courses including Augusta National Golf Club and stints with both Jacklin Design Group and Nicklaus Design, joined Jim Evans to manage the greens conversion. Thanks to Vincent’s partnership in the project, The Cliffs was able to soften Keowee Falls’ greens and make slight slope adjustments on the course during the conversion.

“The Cliffs is revolutionizing the game of golf by stripping away factors that may intimidate our players. These small adjustments will provide a friendlier experience during play,” Peeples explains.

The Cliffs at Keowee Falls golf course re-opened to Members with a celebratory tournament held on August 29.

About The Cliffs

The Cliffs is a collection of seven premier private, luxury residential communities located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the western Carolinas, between two of the nation’s top award-winning cities for quality of life – Greenville, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina. The Cliffs’ suite of amenities for members includes seven championship golf courses, five wellness centers, 21 restaurant and private event venues, clubhouses, marinas, beach club, tennis complexes, equestrian center, hiking trails, wine clubs, an organic farm and more than 1,000 year-round social activities to create timeless experiences. Homes at The Cliffs range in price from $500,000 to $4 million; homesites, from $100,000. For more information about The Cliffs, visit www.CliffsLiving.com  or call 866-411-5771.

About Real Estate Scorecard:

Real Estate Scorecard writes unbiased real estate reviews providing in-depth information about popular gated communities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, all in an effort to help people discover where to retire in the Southeast.

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Shangri-La Celebrates China National Day with “Golden Offer” at all 85 Locations from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12‏

September 7, 2014 on 2:49 pm | In Asia, China, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



Hong Kong, September 4, 2014 – For the 65th China National Day celebration, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is offering a room package that promise travelers special treats and the brand’s renowned hospitality. Globally, the “Golden Offer” is available at all hotels and features free breakfast for two persons, late check-out and double points for registered Golden Circle members. The Golden Offer package can be booked for stays from September 26 to October 12, 2014.

Those booking the “Golden Offer” for stays in China can pay an extra RMB11, about US $2, (in Mandarin “eleven” is pronounced the same as “1 October”) and enjoy a host of benefits at all Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders hotels in China, including an upgrade to the next room category, free breakfast for a third person and two entry tickets to local sightseeing spots.

In conjunction with the offer, guests can enjoy Shangri-La’s complimentary Wi-Fi and Children’s Meal Plan. Under the plan, up to two children under the age of six of registered guests staying at city hotels and those under the age of 12 staying at resorts can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in all-day dining and pool cafes when accompanied by a paying adult. Additional children or those between ages six and 12 staying at city hotels will receive a 50 percent discount on the buffet price.

The China National Day “Golden Offer” is not valid in conjunction with other offers or promotions and is subject to availability at time of reservation. Please visit www.shangri-la.com for full details and reservations.

“From Beijing to London, from Lhasa to Maldives, the group’s entire 85 hotels are participating in this Golden Offer specially designed to cater to those vacationing during National Week”, said Kent Zhu, chief marketing officer of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. “Guests can enjoy an attractive offer to celebrate the 65th birthday of China along with Shangri-La signature benefits.”

Photos available for download:
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul Turkish Tea Setup: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=9393
China World Summit Wing, Beijing Premier Suite Bedroom: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=7129
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives Villa
Muthee Deck and Infinity Pool: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=6555
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Phillipines Lounge Area: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=6418
Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa Garden Gazebo: http://www.shangintranet.com/Guest/Photos/NYC/20140403_Shangri-la_Lhasa_GardenGazebo_F2.jpg
Shangri-La, At The Shard, London Exterior: http://www.shangintranet.com/Guest/Photos/NYC/SLLNexterior%20-%20APPROVED.jpg
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris La Suite Shangri-La Terrace: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=7641
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat AL Beri, Abu Dhabi Rooftop Pool: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=5560
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok CHI, The Spa: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=5560
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney Altitude Private Dining Room: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=8172

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, currently owns and/or manages more than 80 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 34,000. Over four decades the group has established its brand hallmark of ‘hospitality from the heart.’ The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com

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“Surf the Earth” at Tetherow Golf Course with the New Fleet of Golfboards‏ in Bend OR

September 3, 2014 on 2:37 pm | In Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, New England | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe Wave of GolfBoards Across the Country Begins at Tetherow

= Bend, Oregon – Not a skateboard or a golf cart, Tetherow Golf Club in Bend, Oregon, introduces a new adrenalin-pumping mode of transportation around the golf course, the GolfBoard. Tetherow is the first golf course in the country to host a fleet of GolfBoards as an alternative to using golf carts.

Golfing with a GolfBoard, or “GolfBoarding” as they like to call it, changes the golfing experience, without changing the game of golf. The ancient game and all its traditions are safe. Traversing from shot to shot across the golf course, however, has now taken on a whole new dimension of fun, action, and excitement while improving speed of play, reducing turf wear, and allowing golfers to “Surf the Earth” in a way previously reserved for surfers and snowboarders. Young or old, every golfer will now have the opportunity to enjoy golf with an added adventure.

The GolfBoard is powerful, while stable and safe for the rider. The electric board is fifteen inches wide, contributing to its secure platform and is operated with a wireless remote and has two speeds – low (five miles per hour) and high (10 miles per hour). It can be operated with a bag mount and stability handle or by carrying the clubs. It can travel up to 36 holes between charges, depending on conditions such as rider weight, turf conditions and grade. The battery powerhouse is designed to give users confidence and is sized to carry a heavy rider (250+ pounds) over 18 holes on some of the longest and steepest courses in the world. Not to mention, easy on the turf, designed with four-inch turf-saver tires from commercial lawn mowers that are wide and secure.

The history behind the GolfBoard reads like a “who’s who” in the sports, fitness, and technology world. The concept of a GolfBoard was formulated when self-described snowboard addict Don Wildman, founder of Bally Total Fitness, had the original idea to use an electric skateboard to ride the steep slopes of his local Malibu course as a fun way to “get in some turns” during the summer months. But as much as he tried, an off-the-shelf, one wheel drive skateboard wasn’t safe or powerful enough for some of the steeper fairways.

The initial objective was to entice new golfers to the game, “a totally radical new way to play golf,” Radenbaugh said. It can still serve as an attraction to new, younger players, but the product has been tailored to golf “to make the game more enjoyable for every player.”

As fate would have it, Wildman had the good fortune to befriend surfing legend Laird Hamilton while on a visit to Hawaii. A periodic golf partner to Wildman when the ocean is too calm for surfing, Hamilton was interested in the concept and wanted to see this idea progress. Enter EV entrepreneur Star Faraon, a surfing friend of Hamilton’s who happened to have been forging the concept for an all-purpose and high performance electric mountain board. Faraon, with friends Paul Hodge (now company CEO) and Mike Radenbaugh (now Technical Director), teamed up to develop a highly robust and rugged electric mountain board that, with the influence of Wildman and Hamilton, was refined into today’s safe and easy-to-use GolfBoard. The group got together and over several years of intense design and testing efforts, utilizing Tetherow as their main proving grounds, built a product specifically for golf that was powerful enough to carry a golfer and gear for 18 holes, yet gentle enough on the turf that even Golf Course Superintendents eagerly welcome the concept. More at www.GolfBoard.com.

“Whether golfing or looking to “Surf the Earth” at Tetherow, in search of the perfect mountain views, we are thrilled to be the first course in the country to start the newest trend in golf course transportation that incorporates adventure into the traditional game of golf,” said Chis van der Velde, Managing Partner at Tetherow.

About Tetherow Resort

Tetherow is a 700-acre golf and recreational planned resort community in beautiful Bend, Oregon featuring stunning views of the Cascade Mountains near national forest land. Built around the award-winning, David McLay Kidd-designed Tetherow Golf Course, the community offers single-family home sites as well as townhome living. Its distinctive restaurants, The Grill and The Row, are open to its residents, guests and the general public. For more information, visit www.tetherow.com

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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Creative Culinary Expereinces

September 3, 2014 on 2:24 pm | In Dine Drink, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® is demonstrating its A Sense of Place® philosophy – one of infusing the locations’ culture, history and environs throughout each property – in delicious, authentic style with the debut of its new signature culinary program, A Sense of Taste.

A Sense of Taste offers extraordinary culinary journeys and experiences at the most luxurious hotels and resorts around the world. From exploring the region and local culture through curated Epicurean Encounters to delighting in customized and memorable Bespoke Dining, Rosewood has created a series of exquisite experiences tailored to each property. Additionally, as part of Rosewood’s Partners in Provenance commitment, guests enjoy fresh, locally sourced foods whenever possible, literally offering them a taste of the location.

Epicurean Encounters

Private, guided tours to exclusive locations in each Rosewood destination offer rare access to local culinary experiences, from diving for lobsters at Rosewood Little Dix Bay and a floatplane trip to Salt Spring Island to learn the art of cheese-making at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, to deep-sea fishing in the Red Sea with the catch prepared to perfection by chefs at Rosewood Corniche in Jeddah. Whether challenging the chef at Las Ventanas al Paraíso or blending one’s own wine at with a master winemaker at Rosewood CordeValle, each element of the Epicurean Encounters reveals the local culinary landscape’s history and traditions.

Partners in Provenance

Rosewood’s Partners in Provenance commitment is borne out of respect for local farmers, indigenous agriculture, and a dedication to delivering the highest quality foods. Based on each hotel’s unique location, a defined radius is established within which the chefs source artisanal ingredients to feature on menus. Rosewood chefs partner with local farms and purveyors that provide them with fresh, seasonal produce throughout the year, meat from resident farms, and fish line-caught in an ethical, sustainable manner. The concept emphasizes maintaining a seasonal and diverse menu featuring local fare.

This attitude is carried forward to each and every associate of the Rosewood food and beverage teams: build a relationship; know your product; and enjoy selling it with the same passion as if you would have produced it yourself.

Bespoke Dining

For the culinary connoisseur, Rosewood introduces once-in-a-lifetime Bespoke Dining journeys, offering extraordinary, private dining experiences arranged at unique and exclusive locations both on and off property, from wine cellars and desert tents to private islands. Whether stargazing dinners and Caribbean rum tastings at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, gourmet picnics in Vancouver’s beloved Stanley Park created by the chefs at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, or the ultimate romantic, fireside dinner at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, these epicurean experiences can be tailored to guests’ palates and preferences.

“Rosewood has always strived to offer guests authentic local experiences and fully immerse them in the community,” said Radha Arora, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. “It is our belief that one of the best and most satisfying ways to gain knowledge of a culture is to experience its cuisine.”

About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts:

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages 18 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in nine countries. Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place® philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture and sensibilities. The Rosewood collection includes some of the world’s most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek® in Dallas, Texas, USA. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts targets to double its portfolio within five years with 12 future hotels currently announced.

For more information: www.rosewoodhotels.com

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Hotel Wi-Fi performance now displayed on booking sites

September 3, 2014 on 2:17 pm | In Golf Resorts, Hotels, Mobile Apps | Comments Off



A firm which tests and tracks hotel Wi-Fi speeds has launched a browser extension displaying individual hotel Wi-Fi speed and quality on major travel booking websites Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com and TripAdvisor.

Average Wi-Fi speed and a ‘confidence’ rating are displayed on each hotel page alongside the hotels’ prices and customer ratings, and hotel searches can be filtered based on Wi- Fi speeds.

Previously this information was only accessible by first checking with the hotelwifitest.com website.

The browser extension is available with a one-click download for Firefox and Chrome browsers.

Studies continue to show free Wi-Fi is one of the most sought after perks for both business and leisure travelers but lack of fast internet speeds is also one of the major complaints.

A study carried out by the company earlier this month showed that selecting by hotel chain is a good predictor of Wi-Fi speed and stability.

In a study of the 20 most tested hotel brands, Radisson Blu came top with just 17% of its properties rated as ‘poor for Wi-Fi performance,’ while Homewood Suites came last with 90% of hotels offering substandard Wi-Fi connections.

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Novotel Vines Resort and Golf Club down under

September 1, 2014 on 12:52 pm | In Asia, Australia, China, Golf Resorts, New South Wales, Sydney | Comments Off



VINES RESORT TO LURE CHINESE TOURISTS

Golf the trump card with Reciprocal Agreement

Novotel Vines Resort and Golf Club has signed a reciprocal agreement with Mission Hills Golf Club in China – one of the most famous and best-known cluster of golf courses in the Asian region.

The Vines is the only Australian Golf Club that has the exclusive reciprocal agreement with all these seven courses, namely Leadbetter, Rose-Poulter, Annika, Els, Faldo, Ozaki & Vijay.

Recognised by the Guinness Book of records as the largest golf course in the world with the 20 kmsq complex featuring twelve 18 hole courses, the Vines Resort Golf Club Members will be able to play for free (no green fees) when they visit Mission Hills.

These courses have all been designed by golf’s greatest legends and architects, therefore Mission Hills is well established in the region as the “cradle of golf” in China, also hosting The World Cup of Golf and the Asian Amateur Championship.

All players are welcome to stay in-house at the magnificent Mission Hills Resort Hotel and enjoy the fantastic facilities available to Vines members.

In addition to having access to the seven golf courses, Vines members golf clubs will fly for free and enjoy a generous baggage allowance of 2 bags up to 23 kgs each (46kg total) in economy with China Southern Airlines, via Guangzhou.

Flying three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, China Southern has been locally training their pilots in Perth for the past 15 years, and they offer the only direct flight to China from Perth.

For bookings please call 08 9492 5320 or 08 9492 5319

But of course being a reciprocal agreement, Chinese Members can also play the magnificent 2 X 18 holes at The Vines Resort in the Swan Valley near Perth whilst utilizing the luxurious accommodation at Accor’s Novotel resort located on the golf course The Novotel Vines Resort is located in the picturesque Swan Valley, just minutes from the world renown wine region featuring award winning wines, etc etc

This is expected to boost interest in visitation to WA from big spending avid Chinese golfers & tourists who look for experiential travel in beautiful locations such as the Swan Valley, Perth

For more information (http://www.missionhillschina.com/en-US/ and also

http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-1980-novotel-swan-valley-vines-resort/index.shtml

 

 

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