ISABELA, Puerto Rico – Royal Isabela, a 426-acre property perched more than 150 feet above the Caribbean Sea in northwest Puerto Rico, now has 20 casitas available for guests.
Each casita is 1,500 square feet, with a private terrace, plunge pool, and indoor/outdoor space with ocean views. The casitas have one bedroom, two LCD televisions, a wet bar and complimentary Internet access.
Overnight rates are $799, and rise to $999-$1,199 on Dec. 16.
The club also recently opened Restaurant at La Casa, with farm-to-table dining using ingredients grown locally.
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Old Palm Golf Club reopened its course this month following renovations to the course and practice facility.
TifEagle Bermuda was installed on all of the greens, three practice holes and the club’s 19th hole. Some greens were enlarged and reshaped, creating more slope from back to front to enhance receptivity. Old Palm’s golf studio also was upgraded with the installation of TrackMan golf radar.
Old Palm has become a popular destination for international players competing on the PGA Tour. Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Ousthuizen recently bought homes at the club, and Darren Clarke is a member there.
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NOTEWORTHY: CaddieMaster has begun supplying caddies to Troon North Golf Club and The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz. Both facilities are managed by Troon Golf. Caddies are guaranteed when reserved 48 hours in advance, or a week in advance for groups of eight or more players. Walking caddies cost $90 per player. . . . Troon Golf was hired to manage The Gallery, a 36-hole private club in Marana, Ariz., just north of Tucson.