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August 16, 2005 | 6 p.m.

2005: Saddling up to top-notch golf

James Achenbach

Copperopolis, Calif.

The next time you think bungalow getaway, think Saddle Creek. Located about two hours east of San Francisco in the middle of what seems to be nowhere, Saddle Creek is a golf gem now being discovered much as gold was discovered in these hills some 150 years ago.

The bungalow getaway enjoys a long history among serious golfers. Usually lasting for two or three days, such a getaway is designed for total immersion in golf yet also is a form of therapy in its escape from the responsibilities and rigors of everyday life.

Required ingredients for such a ...

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Categories: Resort Courses
September 28, 2004 | 2:49 p.m.

2004: Daunting Nakoma offers just rewards

Golfweek Staff

By Joel Zuckerman

Graeagle, Calif.

Any Tahoe-bound traveler should sidetrack to the amazing Nakoma Resort and Spa, located about an hour north of the lake in a tiny wooded town. This high-end hideaway has some remarkable assets, not the least of which is an unforgettable clubhouse that’s an honest-to-goodness Frank Lloyd Wright original. This ultra-imaginative building features five teepee-like roof structures made of red cedar wood and decorative copper banding. Its 23,000 square feet of low slung passages lead to soaring, cathedral-like spaces, massively elaborate wooden sculptures and a four-sided, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. It’s a clubhouse that ...

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August 28, 2004 | 10:31 a.m.

Cable Beach resort illuminates golf

The Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort, which was renamed to include “Golf” after completing a $4.5 million redesign in 2003, continues to add to its golf experience. The resort is unveiling a lighted range that will stay open nightly until 9 p.m.

“We are committed to giving the best experience possible to the growing number of guests who consider golf when planning a Caribbean getaway,” said Christopher Lewis, leisure manager of the golf course.

The Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort is the only resort in Nassau to offer unlimited green fees as part of its all-inclusive program. Other ...

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Categories: Resort Courses, Travel
March 27, 2004 | 12:50 p.m.

Barona Creek: Picture of patience

Bradley S. Klein

The elements of a fine golf course design don’t emerge suddenly; they evolve, and only during repeated site visits and reworking of the original plan. Daily-fee golfers at Barona Creek Golf Club, 25 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, can be excused for thinking that the daily-fee/resort course they play earned its ranking of No. 82 on Golfweek’s America’s Best Modern Courses list thanks to its native site features. But the design team that created the course in the late 1990s knows better.

Veteran architect Gary Roger Baird had some concerns when he first visited the ...

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