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The 18th hole at Doral Golf Resort & Spa
The 18th hole at Doral Golf Resort & Spa

In a long-anticipated move, a reorganized General Motors announced Monday it will showcase its Cadillac brand as title sponsor of the World Golf Championships event at Doral Golf Resort & Spa.

The multiyear agreement calls for renaming the tournament, WGC-Cadillac Championship, and having Cadillac serve as an umbrella sponsor of the WGC series. The deal plugs a sponsorship vacancy that was created when CA decided to leave the event hosted at the famed South Florida resort.

GM’s decision to invest again in golf sponsorships renews the automaker’s half-century commitment to the sport as a marketing platform. While under bankruptcy ...

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November 13, 2010 | 10:32 a.m.

Black Pearl sets Dec. 1 soft opening

Martin Kaufmann
View of the Black Pearl course at Pristine Bay resort
View of the Black Pearl course at Pristine Bay resort

ROATAN, Honduras – Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise-ship passengers will get the first look at the new Black Pearl Golf Course, a collaboration between Pete Dye and Perry Dye.

The course, part of the new Pristine Bay Resort, will be open to Carnival and Royal Caribbean customers starting Dec. 1. Cruise ships dock between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. several times each week.

Black Pearl is a par-72, 7,179-yard layout that will be fully open to the public on Jan. 1.

Pristine Bay Resort spans more than 400 acres on Roatan, an island located 35 miles off the ...

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November 9, 2010 | 1:43 p.m.

CostaBaja Resort opens Player course

Golfweek Staff
CostaBaja Resort & Spa in La Paz, Mexico.
CostaBaja Resort & Spa in La Paz, Mexico.

LA PAZ, Mexico – CostaBaja Resort & Spa, a 550-acre property on the Sea of Cortez, last week opened its new golf course, the first designed by Gary Player in Mexico or Latin America.

The course sits on a rugged, arid hillside overlooking the resort and the town of La Paz, which is located on the eastern coast of Baja, about a two-hour drive north of San Jose del Cabo.

“The landscape of the CostaBaja site in La Paz excited me from the beginning,” Player said. “There is so much contrast in what we were able to create there with the green ...

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Categories: Travel, Resorts
November 1, 2010 | 4:44 p.m.

Shark group to buy Valderrama

A view of the 6th green during the final round of the 2010 Andalucia Valderrama Masters at Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain.
A view of the 6th green during the final round of the 2010 Andalucia Valderrama Masters at Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain.

Valderrama Golf Club, a former Ryder Cup venue, and its adjacent property in Sotogrande, Spain, has agreed to be purchased by the Greg Norman-owned Stripe Group.

Soto Properties, controlled by Spanish businessman Jamie Ortiz-Patino, will sell the property for an undisclosed sum. The deal was expected to close within weeks.

The Stripe Group said it will purchase Valderrama to strengthen its position in the business of golf events in Europe. The course, site of the 1997 Ryder Cup, recently hosted the Andalucía Masters. Last year, the Stripe Group created the Dubai World Championship, the European Tour’s season-ending event.

It ...

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October 26, 2010 | 2:31 p.m.

Poipu Bay set for December reopening

Martin Kaufmann
Poipu Bay
Poipu Bay

POIPU, KAUAI, Hawaii – Poipu Bay Golf Course, which has been closed since April 1 for greens refurbishment, is scheduled to reopen Dec. 16.

The original Tifdwarf Bermuda greens were replaced with a Sea Shore Paspalum hybrid (Supreme). The new grass is drought-tolerant and requires less fertilizer and almost no herbicides.

Poipu Bay also is repainting its 21,000-square-foot clubhouse, renovating the locker rooms and installing new carpeting.

The course, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994-2006.

Visit www.poipubaygolf.com.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Kingsmill Resort has hired Peter Pahk as its senior executive ...

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October 5, 2010 | 3:19 p.m.

Greenbrier, West introduce private-label wine

Martin Kaufmann
North Entrance of The Greenbrier
North Entrance of The Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va.– The Greenbrier introduced a private-label wine, Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon, that will be served in the resort’s Prime 44 West restaurant.

Jerry West, the West Virginia legend for whom the restaurant is named, and his wife Karen selected the wine in a blind tasting.

“We love Trefethen wines and think this Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect compliment to the Snake River Wagyu Tenderloin, Milk Fed Veal Chop, Colorado Double Lamb Chops and many of the other entrees on the menu,” West said.

The Wests, family friends of Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, were involved in the ...

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Categories: Travel, Resorts
September 20, 2010 | 2:20 p.m.

Seaview Resort acquired by public college

Julie Williams
Seaview Resort's Bay Course
Seaview Resort's Bay Course

It’s not every day that a public college acquires a golf resort, let alone one that includes a Donald Ross design and ties to the LPGA.

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey closed recently on a $20 million deal for Seaview Resort, which features a historic hotel and The Bay Course – home of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

What may seem a peculiar acquisition for a college actually makes plenty of sense, officials say.

Stockton, located in Pomona, about 20 miles from Atlantic City, long had sought a hotel conference center – even considered building one – for use with its hospitality ...

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September 14, 2010 | 12:58 p.m.

Troon hired to manage Lansdowne

Martin Kaufmann
The Golf Club at Lansdowne in Leesburg, Va.
The Golf Club at Lansdowne in Leesburg, Va.

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon Golf has been picked to manage The Golf Club at Lansdowne, a 45-hole facility located at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va., about 35 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.

LaSalle Hotel Properties owns the resort, which is managed by Benchmark Hospitality Intl.

Lansdowne has two 18-hole layouts – one designed by Greg Norman, the other by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Norman also designed the nine-hole Shark Bite Course. In addition, the facility has a 16-acre driving range and an 80-yard short-game area.

Lansdowne Resort, a AAA Four Diamond property for 19 straight years, has 296 guest rooms, 50 ...

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September 9, 2010 | 2:45 p.m.

Naples Beach Hotel reopens course

Martin Kaufmann
Naples Hotel & Golf Club reopened its course this month following two months of renovations.
Naples Hotel & Golf Club reopened its course this month following two months of renovations.

NAPLES, Fla. – Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has reopened its golf course after two months of renovations.

Twelve greens and all 18 tee boxes were regrassed, and new bridges were installed over some of the water features.

The course opened in 1927 and has undergone periodic renovations – first by Mark Mahanna in 1948, then three times by Ron Garl between 1980 and 1998.

Visit www.naplesbeachhotel.com

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PRINCEVILLE, Hawaii – The Princeville Prince Golf Course later this month will open Roy Yamaguchi’s The Tavern at Princeville.

Yamaguchi opened his first Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine in Honolulu in 1988, and ...

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August 31, 2010 | 2:36 p.m.

Nicklaus launches travel site

Golfweek Staff
The Pronghorn Club near Bend, Ore., is one of the Nicklaus Design courses that can be booked through the new Nicklaus Travel Web site.
The Pronghorn Club near Bend, Ore., is one of the Nicklaus Design courses that can be booked through the new Nicklaus Travel Web site.

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Nicklaus Cos. and Emagineering LLC have partnered to create a Web site that provides information on more than 130 Nicklaus Design courses and the ability to arrange stay-and-play packages at those courses.

The Web site, www.nicklaustravel.com, provides club profiles, photos and video, a tee-time reservation system and exclusive packages.

Visit www.nicklaustravel.com.

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Fountain Hills, Ariz. – Eagle Mountain Golf Club, an OB Sports property, is continuing its program of offering substantial discounts to golfers who book 2011 tee times eight to 90 days in advance on the club’s Web site.

The program ...

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August 19, 2010 | 4:20 p.m.

First impression

Bradley S. Klein
The second hole at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
The second hole at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.


Complete Coverage | Amateur Blog | Twitter: @GolfweekSMartin, @Golfweek_Lavner



This year’s U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., would be interesting enough just given the unique nature of this links-style golf course. But there’s added interest for viewers at home since this year’s championship is a preview of the U.S. Open to be held here in 2015. Moreover, in the wake of the “Bunkergate” furor that saw last week’s PGA Championship end controversially, there’s reason to think the sandy hazards at Chambers Bay could make for a similar dilemma.

During the first two ...

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August 9, 2010 | 1:17 p.m.

Lodestone GC: Rock-solid attraction

Martin Kaufmann
No. 13 at Lodestone
No. 13 at Lodestone

McHENRY, Md. – Behind the 10th tee at the new Lodestone Golf Club, there’s a bench where players can take a brief, midround respite. It’s also a chance to admire the work of architects Hale Irwin and Todd Schoeder. There’s much to appreciate on this big, rugged layout.

Lodestone, which opened last month, rolls across 285 acres of mountainous terrain high above Wisp Resort and Deep Creek Lake, which locals have taken to calling the Lake Tahoe of the East. The $17 million project took three years of permitting and three years of difficult construction because of underlying ...

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Martin Kaufmann
Golfers visiting The Oxfordshire Golf Club now can stay at The Oxfordshire, a new 50-room hotel. No. 9 at the Oxfordshire GC pictured.
Golfers visiting The Oxfordshire Golf Club now can stay at The Oxfordshire, a new 50-room hotel. No. 9 at the Oxfordshire GC pictured.

Thame, England – The Oxfordshire, a 50-room hotel and spa northwest of London near the M40 motorway, opened this month, complementing the existing Oxfordshire Golf Club.

The hotel has 46 executive rooms and four penthouse suites, function space for up to 190 guests, and the Tempus spa, which includes a swimming pool and fitness center.

Also this month, The Oxfordshire Golf Club, a 1993 Rees Jones design, began offering golfers the translation services of Oxford University language students. The student will accompany players and caddies, translate caddie’s comments for international guests, and discuss the history of the area and what ...

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June 3, 2010 | 3:44 p.m.

Lodestone set to open June 5

Martin Kaufmann
Lodestone Golf Club in McHenry, Md.
Lodestone Golf Club in McHenry, Md.

MCHENRY, Md. – Lodestone Golf Club will open all 18 holes for play in western Maryland on June 5.

The 7,507-yard layout, designed by Hale Irwin and Todd Schoeder, is a mountain layout that sits at 2,973 feet, near Deep Creek Lake.

“We knew that Lodestone was going to be a challenge to present nature without overpowering the golf, and visa versa,” Irwin said. “We really worked extremely hard to uncover and highlight the many attributes that the site was blessed with . . . to bring out the land, bring out the natural topography, highlight the dramatic views.

“I feel we ...

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May 27, 2010 | 3:23 p.m.

Q & A: Todd Fishon, The Greenbrier

Martin Kaufmann
Construction on the underground casino near the front entrance of The Greenbrier.
Construction on the underground casino near the front entrance of The Greenbrier.

West Virginia businessman Jim Justice has been shaking things up at The Greenbrier since acquiring the 6,500-acre resort in May 2009. One of the cornerstones of his plans is construction of an 89,000-square-foot underground casino, tentatively scheduled to open July 2. During construction, the resort has been operating a much smaller casino elsewhere on the property.

Todd Fishon, who has worked in the gaming industry since 1987 and helped open Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, was hired to oversee casino operations. Fishon talked with Golfweek’s Martin Kaufmann about the resort’s casino.

What attracted you to The ...

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