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May 20, 2010 | 7:48 p.m.

Fought selected

Golfweek Staff
Glaze Meadow Golf Course at Black Butte Ranch
Glaze Meadow Golf Course at Black Butte Ranch

Black Butte Ranch, Ore. – Course architect John Fought has been selected to do a $3.5 million renovation of the Glaze Meadow Golf Course at Black Butte Ranch, a 1,251-home vacation destination in central Oregon.

Fought will convert the 514-yard, par-5 first hole into a 395-yard par 4 and lengthen the 401-yard, par-4 second into a 553-yard par 5. He’ll also lengthen the entire course to 6,956 yards from 6,574 yards.

The other renovations will include: installation of a new irrigation system; redesign and reconstruction of several green complexes; rebuilding and moving tee boxes; reshaping and ...

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May 3, 2010 | 5:08 p.m.

Lodestone introduces trial program

Martin Kaufmann
Lodestone Golf Club
Lodestone Golf Club

McHENRY, Md. – Lodestone Golf Club, a new Hale Irwin design that’s set to open in June, will allow golfers to experience the club through a trial program established by OB Sports, which manages the property.

The 2010 Trial Use Privilege program costs $2,000 for an individual, $3,000 for a husband and wife, and $3,600 for a family.

The program includes: unlimited play during the golf season with only a $20 cart fee; unlimited use of practice facilities; ability to play the Wisp Resort Golf Course Sunday-Thursday for the $20 cart fee; discounts on items in the ...

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April 19, 2010 | 6:16 p.m.

Marriott, Troon launch family programs

Martin Kaufmann
Doral Resort & Spa will be one of the properties participating in Marriott Golf's Family Golf Festival.
Doral Resort & Spa will be one of the properties participating in Marriott Golf's Family Golf Festival.

Marriott Golf plans to launch its third annual International Family Golf Festival program in May, and Troon Golf got into the act this month with its own family golf program.

The Marriott Golf program encourages parents and children to play golf together at its properties by arranging for free golf instruction, interactive golf games, and chances to win prizes. The first festival will take place May 1 at La Iguana Golf Club in Costa Rica, followed May 22 by another at Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif. The festivals run through Nov. 21 at various Marriott-operated courses.

After ...

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April 12, 2010 | 7:49 p.m.

Fitness options complement Westin Kierland

Martin Kaufmann
Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – It’s often said that golf teaches humility, which is a trait that will come in handy if you decide to spend 90 minutes in the gym with Steve Heller.

For the past 12 years, Heller has been pushing golfers to their physical limits in his Fore-Max classes at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Fore-Max is designed to prime golfers to play their best through a regimen that improves flexibility, balance, core strength, aerobic capacity and nutrition.

It’s a wake-up call for new students who think they can coast through Fore-Max training. Heller said that new students ...

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March 29, 2010 | 4:14 p.m.

Air service expanded to The Greenbrier

Martin Kaufmann
No. 15 on the Old White Course at The Greenbrier.
No. 15 on the Old White Course at The Greenbrier.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS W.Va. – The Greenbrier announced that Delta Airlines will start providing daily, nonstop service to Greenbrier Valley Airport from Atlanta and New York’s LaGuardia Airport starting June 10.

The expanded air service comes as The Greenbrier is preparing to host a new PGA Tour event, The Greenbrier Classic, July 29 to Aug. 1 on its Old White Course (No. 15 pictured above). The resort also is building an underground casino adjacent to the main hotel.

The flights, which will utilize 50-seat CRJ-200 aircraft, will be operated by Delta Connection carriers Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines ...

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March 29, 2010 | 4 p.m.

Resort renovation

Martin Kaufmann
Sandestin Resort
Sandestin Resort

Northwest Florida developer Tom Becnel isn’t a golfer, but he had his eyes on one of the state’s most prominent golf resorts for years.

Becnel finally got the deal done, acquiring Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, which has four golf courses and sprawls across 2,400 acres near Destin, Fla., from Intrawest ULC of Vancouver, British Columbia.

In a recent conversation with Sandestin homeowners, Becnel said he had considered buying the property in the 1990s, before Intrawest acquired it. Now he not only owns the resort but recently moved into the Burnt Pine neighborhood in Sandestin.

John Russell ...

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March 10, 2010 | 5:59 p.m.

Resorts: Biloxi properties team up

Martin Kaufmann
The par-3 17th at Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier, Miss.
The par-3 17th at Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier, Miss.

Biloxi, Miss. – IP Casino, Resort & Spa has formed a marketing partnership with Shell Landing Golf Club in the nearby Gulf Coast town of Gautier.

The partnership will enable the resort and course to offer stay-and-play packages and develop golf-and-gaming tournaments. They’ll also be able to do e-mail marketing to each other’s database.

Shell Landing, a Davis Love III design, is ranked No. 5 on the list of Golfweek’s Best public-access courses in Mississippi. IP Casino, Resort & Spa is a AAA Four-Diamond property.

Visit www.ipbiloxi.com and www.shelllanding.com.

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March 4, 2010 | 12:09 p.m.

The simple pleasures

Bradley S. Klein
The lobby at Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort.
The lobby at Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort.

MARANA, Ariz. - There’s a certain kind of simple elegance that conveys luxury without really trying.

What makes the newly opened Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort work is that from the outside, it nestles into the foothills of the

Tortolita Mountains above Tucson with all the ease of a working dude ranch. And yet inside there is a recurrence of earthen tones, geodes and quartz crystal, woven leather textures, open space and natural light – all of it harmonized to make guests at the 250-room resort feel like they actually can relax in a native Sonoran setting.

The V-shaped building, which opened ...

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Martin Kaufmann
No. 13 at Great Waters.
No. 13 at Great Waters.

Reynolds Plantation is dealing with the same issues as its residential and resort competitors around the country: weak home sales and a sharp decline in its group business. But Bob Mauragas, vice president of golf operations, predicts an upturn in business by year’s end and notes that the Georgia development is upgrading its golf offerings and expanding its amenities for residents.

Mauragas says Reynolds Plantation’s business plan assumes that the first half of this year will remain flat, there will be evidence of improvement in the third quarter, and the final three months of the year should bring ...

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Martin Kaufmann
No. 6 at Conestoga Golf Club
No. 6 at Conestoga Golf Club

Like everything else in Nevada, the town of Mesquite is overshadowed by Las Vegas, located 80 miles to its southwest. But among golfers, Mesquite has earned a reputation as an emerging golf destination with a solid, and sometimes spectacular, collection of courses.

Mesquite’s lineup of courses was bolstered this month by the opening of Conestoga Golf Club, a Gary Panks design. The course is located within the Del Webb community of Sun City Mesquite.

Much of the landscape at Conestoga is dominated by dramatic, rocky landforms that might remind players of Wolf Creek Golf Club, another Mesquite layout that ...

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Categories: Travel, Resorts
January 11, 2010 | 4:09 p.m.

Construction complete

Martin Kaufmann
Baker's Bay
Baker's Bay

Abaco Islands, The Bahamas – The Discovery Land Co. reported that construction has been completed on the golf course at Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club, with the opening scheduled for early spring.

The 7,327-yard layout, which was designed by Tom Fazio, sits on Great Guana Cay, with views of the Atlantic Ocean or Sea of Abaco on 14 holes. Seven holes play along the ocean. In addition to the golf course, Baker’s Bay has a 200-slip marina that can accommodate yachts up to 250 feet in length.

Residential options at the community include: 248 custom estate home sites ...

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January 4, 2010 | 4:46 p.m.

Superstition acquisition

Martin Kaufmann
Superstition Mountain
Superstition Mountain

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. – JSH Time LLC has acquired Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club, a 36-hole property east of Phoenix.

JSH Time is a privately held firm whose principals include James Hladky, founder and president of Cyclone Drilling Inc., based in Gillette, Wyo.

Superstition Mountain, formerly the home of the LPGA’s Safeway International, was developed by Lyle Anderson Cos., which lost control of the property to its lenders in November 2008.

The new owners will maintain the recently adopted membership plan, which calls for daily-fee play on one course while members have exclusive access to the other course. Daily-fee play ...

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December 31, 2009 | 10:22 a.m.

Mighty Ritzy

Martin Kaufmann
Sunset at Dove Mountain.
Sunset at Dove Mountain.

The new host hotel for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the 250-room Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, opened Dec. 18.

The 850-acre resort – the largest Ritz property in the continental United States – is anchored by 27 holes of golf designed by Jack Nicklaus. After the 2009 Match Play, Nicklaus softened some of the greens.

Other amenities include three pools, a 235-foot water slide and a 17,000-square-foot spa with 14 treatment rooms.

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December 29, 2009 | 12:35 p.m.

Hyatt opens South African resort

Golfweek Staff

GEORGE, South Africa – The Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa, home to an Ernie Els-designed course, opened earlier this month.

The 100-room hotel is part of a 316-acre development that sits on Herolds Bay and overlooks the Indian Ocean. It is Hyatt’s second hotel in South Africa.

The project also will include residential villas, apartments and a shopping center.

Aside from the golf course, which actually was built four years ago, other amenities include the Freesia Spa, a fitness center and nearly 13,000 square feet of conference and banquet space.

Visit www.oubaai.regency.hyatt.com.

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December 20, 2009 | 11:33 a.m.

Spiritual conversion

Martin Kaufmann
Esperanza Resort at night.
Esperanza Resort at night.

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico – Christian Moya had a sober, almost professorial air, so it was easy to overlook the fact that he was about to get me a bit tipsy. Moya was my teacher, I was his student, and the subject was tequila.

Moya’s classroom is El Restaurante at Esperanza Resort, where he serves as master tequilero. In his weekly tequila classes, he takes it upon himself to help guests embrace Mexico’s iconic drink.

It’s hard to imagine a better setting for Moya’s class than Esperanza, which has been open just seven years but already has ...

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