At Vidanta Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico…
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA: The club’s bell in the tower tolls to mark the hour. Rosemary and bougainvillea color the hillsides. Neighbors spill into the main piazza en route to their favorite trattoria to socialize and savor fine wine and cuisine.It certainly looks and feels like a picturesque Italian hill town, but it’s not. You’ve just entered Toscana Country Club.
MONTGOMERY, TEXAS: The resort-style community with the first Tiger Woods design to open in America, works to reinvent the private club model. “Being a father has helped me realize the importance of non-golf amenities within a community,” said Tiger. “Bluejack extends far beyond my course with Blake’s Lake, The Playgrounds, and The Place."
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA: The wine country of California is big business. This year, more than 1,200 California wineries will gross over $24 billion. The wine region is the second biggest visitor draw in the state after Disneyland. Mayacama is a private club located eight miles from the tony town of Healdsburg, and in the heart of Pinot Noir country.
OCALA, FLORIDA: The sunshine state has the most robust golf market in the country. One out of every five rounds of private club golf is played in Florida. Incredibly, only one new private golf club opened in the state last year—Adena Golf and Country Club—located in the rolling hills and horse country about an hour north of Orlando.
“Before competing in the Legends Tour event at French Lick Resort, I only knew NBA player Larry Bird came from the area.”
John McConnell continues to reshape the golf scene with a portfolio of private clubs across the Carolinas and Tennessee.
He has covered virtually all of the network’s sporting events including the Super Bowl, the Masters, and the Final Four since 1985.
I was the youngest of nine children, growing up in rough-and-tumble South Boston. My troubles are well documented.
During her Hall of Fame career, she rewrote the LPGA’s record book and changed the way women’s golf was covered on television.
America’s most outspoken businessman and presidential candidate discusses the opening of his latest two golf courses.
A LOOK AT THE FINEST DESTINATION RESORTS IN THE WORLD
A place in golf history awaits the resort in July when the world turns its attention to CordeValle for the U.S. Women's Open.
The High Desert of Oregon (the sunny side of the state) is home to three of Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses in America.”
The Mauna Kea Resort Pro-Am has been a Big Island tradition since 1973. Last year, 22 teams competed for bragging rights.
Mii Amo Spa, Seven Canyons Golf Club, and Enchantment Resort offer the ultimate destination in a national park setting.
The Web.com Tour, the PGA Tour's developmental circuit, travels to the Corales Golf Course this June.
The Long Drive Contest in golf is akin to the Home Run Derby in baseball. The entertainment value is off the charts.
The Biltmore Hotel has been used as a set for the movie Bad Boys and the popular television show Miami Vice.
Stewart Cink discusses sneaking through the fence to play golf, his love of chick flicks, and a visit to Mayakoba, the Venice of the Yucatan.
A SELECTION OF THE FINEST COMMUNITIES
At many private clubs, children ‘age-out’ of the family membership. At Champion Hills, memberships are generational.
“When Phil Mickelson commented, ‘this is a place I want to be,’ I knew I had done my job,” said clubhouse architect Erik Peterson.
“It was one of the first, and remains one of the finest, master planned communities in the Southeast,” lauded Tom Fazio.
Creating “a destination within a destination” is no easy feat, especially in a city like Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world.
The 67,000 square-foot clubhouse, scheduled for completion this fall, will be the largest in Hawaii, and possibly the entire country.
The community, surrounded by water on three sides, was selected by Robert Redford for his movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance.
The private club is located on the ancestral wintering grounds for great elk herds. Some 500 of these magnificent animals live on-site.
Owned by MetLife, the community offers six championship golf courses, miles of lake frontage, and 2,400 residences.
“Our town only has a couple of hundred full-time residents,” said developer Jim Neiman. “I felt we could create a reason to live here.”
Developer Homer Wright rolled up his sleeves and made St. James the best selling community in the coastal Carolinas.
“It is not surprising that over a dozen PGA TOUR players are members,” said Tom Fazio. It is as good a golf course as you can get.”
With a brisk walk, you can access the Audubon certified golf course or be surf fishing on a quiet beach.
A program called ‘Adopt a Saguaro’ posts pictures of transplanted cacti online, similar to a ‘just had a baby’ announcement.
It is likely that no new development of this scale in California’s desert will be completed for a couple of generations.
When Henry Flagler, one of the original developers of South Florida, visited the area in 1893, he said: “It’s a veritable paradise.”
Red Ledges, located just minutes from Park City, Utah, shines as a four-season, family-oriented club…