Resort briefs: Turtle Dunes opens in Acapulco

Turtle Dunes CC recently opened in Acapulco. (Courtesy Turtle Dunes CC)
Turtle Dunes CC recently opened in Acapulco. (Courtesy Turtle Dunes CC)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Acapulco, Mexico – Turtle Dunes Country Club, a Tripp Davis design, has opened on the grounds of the Fairmont Acapulco Princess and the Fairmont Pierre Marques.

The 7,250-yard layout is located within the master-planned community of Princess Diamante and will be accessible only to members and guests of the two Fairmont hotels. Turtle Dunes is home to the only Lorena Ochoa Golf Academy, and Ochoa’s coach, Rafael Alarcon, directs the teaching program.

Troon Golf, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., manages Turtle Dunes.

The golf course’s name is derived from the fact that Revolcadero Beach is an annual nesting ground for the Olive Ridley, Black and Leatherback turtles. Each year staff from the Pincess hotel gathers the eggs, hatches the turtles and returns them to the sea.Visit

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Brewster, Mass. – Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club on Cape Cod is in the midst of a $5.3 million room renovation on The Mansion side of the property.

All 90 Mansion guest rooms are being overhauled, with work scheduled to be completed April 1. Linda Snyder Associates Inc., a Torrance, Calif., firm, did the interior design work.

The work includes: romanticized betting, which include custom embroidery on pillows and duvets; custom entertainment centers with work and dining space; enhanced dressing rooms with an additional sink and vanity area; and bathroom upgrades.

The second phase of this renovation will involve upgrades to the resort’s two- and three-bedroom Bay Pines Villas. That work is scheduled to be done in the fourth quarter of 2012.

More than $40 million has been spent over the past five years upgrading Ocean Edge. The resort is home to a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.


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Kiawah Island, S.C. – Bill Lacey was promoted to hotel manager at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Lacey, 44 years old, has worked at luxury hotels for more than 25 years, including stints with Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons. He started working at The Sanctuary prior to its 2004 opening. He initially was the rooms division manager, and for the past four years has served as executive assistant manager.

The Sanctuary is a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel. It will be the host hotel for this year’s PGA Championship, which will be played on Kiawah’s Ocean Course.

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