Course Reviews/Travel


A Day at Sailfish Point Golf Club PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

In a state that boasts over one thousand golf courses and clubs,

redundancy is the norm in the sunshine state. Sailfish Point Golf

Club is one that truly stands out in its location and lifestyle. A private

member owned club that's ranked among the best residential golf

courses in Florida and the U.S, Sailfish Point is located 45 minutes

north of the Palm Beaches in the tranquil town of Hutchinson Island.

The 532 acre parcel that encompasses the Sailfish community, features

5 miles of shoreline stretching along 3 surrounding bodies of water -

the Atlantic Ocean, St.Lucie inlet and the Indian River (Intracoastal

waterway).

 

 

The 7,088 yard par 72 Jack Nicklaus signature layout weaves its way

along each waterway changing directions throughout, challenge comes

in the form of persistent coastal winds that can shift and change in an

instant. Although water is in play on several holes, the landing areas

offer generous fairways from the tee with few forced carries. Nicklaus,

who's been a South Florida resident since 1970, knows the importance

of exactly when and where to use water features for aesthetics, site

drainage and when to apply as in-play hazards. The layout is a bona fide

second shot golf course set in a zero elevation landscape.

 

 

 

 

The 420 yard gentle dogleg right fifth is one of five holes where

water doesn't come into play on the approach, this oblong green

narrows severely in back section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The routing makes good use of the natural elements, and caters to those

who can shape shots and control trajectory. Although a par 5, the 614 yard

fourteenth is the brute of the layout, featuring a lengthy approach into the

prevailing southeast breeze - 5 here is a good score.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The greensite views on 14 are about as good as it gets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Golf Club is led by their superb Director of Golf Vic Tortorici, who

hails from Syossett, N.Y where his golf career began in the PGA Met

Section before arriving at Sailfish Point over 32 years ago. Tortorici

gave me the scoop on the upcoming Nicklaus renovation that will take

place in the spring of 2021 (plans above). The routing will remain

unchanged, here's what's on the agenda: new turf throughout (trials

of several different Bermuda varieties and paspalum are presently

being grown on hole 17 to track wear, aesthetics, growth habits, etc),

re-designed greens, bunkers, an updated irrigation system. A few major

tweaks will take place, the 3rd green will be shifted to its new location

- 20 yards closer to the river. The 11th green will also be shifted slightly

left of its current location and the 14th green which sits right on the

inlet will get a slight alteration to its green complex as well with the

addition of a new (much needed) bunker behind the green.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

The clubhouse is the epicenter of onshore activities, and what's more

enjoyable than savory food and fine spirits after a day on the links. Truly

great vibes are in play at the Terrace Grill, Oceanside Beach Club ( I

highly recommend the shrimp tacos) and the aptly named Cross Roads

Cafe that is ideally positioned at the intersection of the tenth tee and

the driving range/practice area. Golf is the headliner, but the club's Spa,

Fitness Center and Tennis Center deserve praise for outstanding facilities

and their seasoned professional staff.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boating and fishing is quite naturally part of the culture at Sailfish

Point, boasting one of the largest privately owned full-service

marinas in the Sunshine State. Anglers will find the inlet teeming

with Trout, Tarpon, and Snook, while the Gulf Stream offers Sailfish,

Wahoo, Kingfish and Dolphin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Window on the Sea" is the 443 yard finisher that plays directly

towards the coastline. The green here is slated to be raised slightly

during the renovation to provide better views of the ocean. Big kudos

to 15 year Superintendent Scott MacPhee and his staff for providing

outstanding playing conditions to the members and guests everyday.

 

The 266 golf members never have to worry about tee times, they don't

exist at the club (Saturday's are typically the busiest day). Tortorici and

his golf staff typically hold 100 member events during their season that

concludes in mid-May each year.

 

Perhaps our biggest takeaway from our experience at Sailfish Point

Golf Club beyond the atmosphere, spectacular scenery and fine lifestyle

was simply the unassuming and friendly nature of the members and

staff at the club.

 

 

 

Certainly, not all oceanfront property is created equal.

 

 

For more information visit: https://www.sailfishpoint.com/sailfish-point-golf-club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
California Golf Club of San Francisco - CAL CLUB PDF Print E-mail

 

 

By Jason Bruno

California Golf Club is true to its name, pure golf is the ethos of this

members only club. Founded in 1918, Cal Club (as it's known within the

global golf community) was originally located in the San Francisco town

of Ingleside. In 1924, the club purchased a 425 acre parcel eight miles

further south on the peninsula. The newly acquired land featured rolling

terrain that was once a part of the original Baden Farm located in San

Mateo County.

 

 

 

 

 

ORIGINAL DESIGN / EVOLUTION:

To say a few course designers have had their hands on the property at

one time or another is an understatement. A.Vernon Macan and Willie

Locke were architects of the original routing and design when ground-

breaking began in 1924. The course opened on May 26, 1926, but just

two years later (just as work was about to commence 120 miles south

on Cypress Point Club), Dr. Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter of the

American Golf Company were brought in to redesign several bunkers

and a few greens.

 

 



 

 

Byron Nelson at the Cal Club in 1953 conducting a clinic. 53 years later

(just months before his passing in 2006) he signed this photo that adorns

the walls of the club today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the mid 60's the state of California enforced an action of eminent

domain to create a roadway just off of the new interstate 280 - west

of the course. Around that same time, Robert Trent Jones Sr made

changes to the course that only added to the club's lost identity. After

decades adrift, the club found its way through the leadership of long-

time member Al Jamieson (committee chair & club President during

the days of reckoning in 2005 and 2006 ).

 

 

 

 

In 2005, course Superintendent Thomas Bastis was dealing with an

uncontrollable nematode problem and the club decided it was the right

time to embark on a search for an architect to do some partial renovation

work and upgrades to the greens. While conducting several interviews

and meetings over a 12 month span, some sage wisdom was imparted

by 1964 U.S Open Champion (and former club member since 1949) Ken

Venturi who told the project committee, "Gentleman, you only get one

chance to do this right." Venturi's influence on the club's old guard and

Jamieson's leadership formed a coalition that championed the cause for

a complete renovation/restoration.

 


Kyle Phillips was the architect chosen for his big picture vision of the

finished project and in 2007 he began a comprehensive 16 month

transformation of the entire property. The project included discarding

the old eighth hole, creating a new driving range, the ambitious re-

purposing of a 17 acre hill that was previously used for organic refuse -

which is now the seventh hole and the restoring of the 13 original holes

to their golden age identity (complete with MacKenzie-esque bunkers).

Phillips left no detail to chance, he was able to unlock the angles and wide

corridors by initiating the removal of thousands of trees that over time

had strangled site lines and blocked the crisp Bay Area winds. Another

daunting endeavor was bringing in five thousand truck loads of sand

that was essential to change the soil profile, solidifying Phillips' masterful

plan of creating a firm and fast (fine Fescue) playing surface. Coupled

with pure Bent grass greens, the signature of the club since its reopening

has been its pure and lean "feed the ball" links type conditions.


The union of Kyle Phillips' vision and Al Jamieson's club presence was

nothing short of a golf super nova. A project this worthy only succeeds

long term with a group of highly talented personnel that tends to the land.

Fortunately, Cal Club was already equipped with a duo of California's finest

- Thomas Bastis and Joshua C.F Smith (their young Jedi apprentice Javier

Campos was just beginning his journey at the time). Bastis notes that it

took the course legitimately 3 years to mature. "The entire course was

hydroseeded, not a stitch of sod on the property during the renovation,"

said Bastis. Seed germinates in random sequences and in an irregular

manner and as a result the front nine was closed to carts until the grow

-in was complete. During that time, the club made serious inroads in

changing the culture to a walking club. Cal Club moved towards recruiting

new members that exhibited a high golf I.Q and as Bastis noted, "Just

because someone plays a lot of golf, doesn't mean they're an educated

and informed golfer. It just means you play a lot of golf." Today, the club

is a walking club with a solid caddie staff. As a result of the cumulative

efforts of all parties, California Golf Club has gone from relative obscurity

to becoming a Top 50 course in the World.

 

 

 

 

The Course

Just steps from the pro shop, here's the view from the 535 yard par 5

opener. The Championship Venturi tees play 7,216 yards. Carry, pull

a trolley or take one the outstanding caddies. This is one of the best

strolls in the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first fairway runs downhill to the farthest northeast part of the

property, encouraging aggressive play right out of gate. San Bruno

Mountains provide the scenic backdrop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the first two thirds of the opener have you seeing opportunity,

the green complex is a handful to take in. Swales, hollows, mounds

and MacKenzie style bunkers guard the front and back, turning this

green light special into an examination of finesse and precision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This view of the 448 yard par 4 second illustrates the superb re-creation

of MacKenzie's bunker designs by Phillips and his team, but also the

detail performed daily by Javier Campos and his Agronomy staff.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 437 yard third is a downhill left to right stunner that encourages

a fade off the box and right to left approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unreachable 592 yard par 5 fourth features this long linear sand

bunker that's carved into the transition of berm to fairway. The length

of this sandscape defines the line of play and serves as an ideal

element of drainage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.Bastis image

Like many golden age gems, tees and greens are in very close proximity

at Cal Club (as seen here on the short 346 yard par 4 fifth). Not only is

this the shortest par 4 of the routing, but it's also the most secluded hole.

Playing just a bit longer than the yardage as it gently climbs within a mini-

valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This view from approximately 50 yards short of the back left hole

location shows the tight fine fescue lies that require your focus.

Local knowledge reveals a backboard just beyond this back left

hole location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mid-length par 3 sixth sits on high elevation with a clear view of

the mountains and the Bay Area suburbs below. Deep bunkers protect

the front left and the higher sloping right side. The right to left influence

gives this beauty a redan-ish feel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tee view on the seventh reveals the most dramatic Phillips original

on the course. Once used for organic refuse, Phillips converted the site

to a spectacular downhill 411 yard Cape hole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The slope spills dramatically left to right, while well positioned bunkers

guard the bold line to cut the corner. The ground game is a very viable

option here to feed the shot along the decline to an open entry green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green complex on the 241 yard downhill eighth features a large

surface that requires your full attention. No auto two-putt here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The present day range now occupies an area in the middle section of

the property that was once the Agronomy staff's maintenance area.

The club's new maintenance building is one of the projects presently

in the works.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.Bastis image

The 419 yard ninth features a blind tee shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The approach on the ninth is another that rewards the shot that

plans for the left to right pitch of the green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.Bastis image

An overhead of the 412 yard tenth is another example of how the

land flows at Cal Club. Notice the fairway bunkers and a centerline

mow pattern that moves right to left, then trundles downhill and

swings back in the opposite direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tough to see the back right pin here on the 412 yard tenth where the

green gently slopes away from the elevated eleventh tee (left).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 407 yard eleventh is the essence of ground game options at Cal

Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 232 yard twelfth is the most savage one-shotter on the property,

nothing less than your best will do here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bunker view on the twelfth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.Bastis image

The 433 yard thirteenth, note the difference in elevation from the

tenth green down on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note the flag whipping on the exposed smallish green here on the 13th,

late afternoon Pacific winds pack a punch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cypress dot the landscape throughout the property, but Phillips chose

wisely keeping the foliage that enhances the beauty of the routing

but rarely comes into play. The fourteenth is the third leg of the back

nine ball strikers exam and is the longest par 4 on the property at 479

yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the routing has a very back and forth side by side sequence

on the inward side, it never felt monotonous or lacking in variety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The greenside bunker here at fourteen is the most intricate at Cal Club

and my personal favorite on the course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.Bastis image

The overhead view of the 513 yard par 5 fifteenth green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This view of the fifteenth green complex shows just how much the lay

of the land influences ball direction, a subtle factor not always so easily

observed while in play mode. Note the sideboard to the right of the hole

location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The charming downhill 133 yard sixteenth. Just a precise wedge to

this well protected green, easy to make 2, easy to make 5. Looking

over the green is the seventeenth tee box that features a line of play

across the edge of the green. Jay Blasi noted that such a design is a

golden age trait that would likely never get built on a modern day

design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seventeen tee view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The approach on the 567 yard penultimate hole. Playing generously

downhill, a speed slot just short left of the green feeds the ball right

to this front right flag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long before you walk down the hill towards the finisher at Cal

Club, you know you've just experienced one of the world's finest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlike so many of the finest golf clubs in American golf, the Cal Club

is unassuming in its vibe. The bar and grill is the perfect friendly and

casual energy. Guests are made to feel like they belong. In fact, we

made it known, the day at Cal Club was our best golf experience of

2019.

 

 

 

 

 


We have several people to thank who contributed to this story, Thomas

Bastis was very generous with his time and insight on all things Cal Club

(including the Kyle Phillips transformation and several of his drone images

that are part of this feature). Glenn Smickley for his hospitality and finally

Superintendent Javier Campos who hosted us and allowed a couple of turf

guys to pick his brain.

 

To read our Q&A with Campos in our Designers & Turf Masters section,

click the link below:

http://linksnation.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=6&Itemid=11

 

 

To catch the flyover view of Cal Club from Puffy Jacket Productions

click here: https://youtu.be/JQ6NS4KY5q8

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Restoration of Medalist on Display for The Match: Champions for Charity PDF Print E-mail

 

Story by Jason Bruno / photos by Larry Lembrecht

Bobby Weed Golf Design’s restoration of Medalist Golf Club, in Hobe

Sound, Fla., will be on full display in Capital One’s The Match 2:

Champions for Charity. The televised 18-hole match play event on

Sunday, May 24 will feature Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against

Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.


Bobby Weed, who was mentored by Pete Dye and enjoyed a nearly

40-year relationship with him, restored the 1995 Dye layout in its

entirety. Living onsite during construction, Bobby Weed returned two

cornerstones of the original design that will be conspicuous during

the match: the revetted, stacked sod bunker faces and the nearly

endless vistas over the surrounding freshwater marshes.


“The restoration of Medalist was a flagship project for me, a chance

to recreate the flair and authenticity that only Pete could instill in a

course,” said Weed. “I am excited to see that originality showcased

by this weekend’s event.”

 

 

 

 

With spacious fairways that meander elegantly around and over the

marshes, Medalist offers numerous strategic lanes and encourages

players to hit driver. The low-profile green complexes were dropped

back to ground level, as Dye had built them. Finished personally by

Weed, the subtle contours in and around the putting surfaces allow

players to create shots that fit their games. The perimeters of the

holes are trimmed neatly with coquina shell and pine straw, enhancing

the layout’s Audubon-like aesthetic, while the ever-present sea breeze

offers a different challenge every round. Meticulously manicured to

tournament-like conditions on a daily basis, Medalist is the home

course of a number of PGA TOUR players. Woods, who frequents the

club to practice and play, lent his approval to several new “Tiger” tees

that Weed constructed during the project, and a number of them will

be used during the match.

 

 


 

Fundraising associated with the event will support national and local

beneficiaries aiming to assist communities affected by the COVID-19

pandemic.

 

For info: https://medalistvillage.com/play/medalist-golf-club/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Pasatiempo - The Must Play Public Access MacKenzie Design PDF Print E-mail

 

Story and images by Jason Bruno

Located in Santa Cruz, California - Pasatiempo was high on our list of

absolute must play experiences on our 17 day golf odyssey across the

Golden State this past summer. Perfect weather was on tap for the day

at Dr. Alister MacKenzie's must play public access gem. If you're not at

all familiar with Dr.MacKenzie and his work (that's highly unlikely), just

think Augusta, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne. Pasatiempo,

although lesser known to the recreational golfer, is every bit as worthy.

Allowing several tee times to public play each day (Pasa is a semi-private

club), should place it at the top of your list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pasatiempo opened in September of 1929 to a foursome that included

Bobby Jones. The great Marion Hollins was an essential partner to

MacKenzie in the design (just as she was at Cypress Point). Nearly

seventy years after its inception, the course underwent a lengthy

restoration over several years by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina.  In 2007,

the work was completed and "Pasa" as it's known to so many, was

back to being a proper "Golden Age" classic. One of the true jewels

in American golf was once again held in the highest regard.

 

 

 

 

Course Architect extraordinaire Jay Blasi, "Turf Yoda" Josh Lewis and the

pride of (New South Wales) Sydney, Australia - Dean Lenertz joined yours

truly on a crystal clear California afternoon. After a casual lunch in the

clubhouse with Pasatiempo's superb Superintendent Justin Mandon,

we headed to the tee at the 457 yard opening hole (sans warm up).

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

I won't detail every hole, but here at the first you can clearly see the

approach favors coming in from the right side of the fairway. Be aware,

if you make it out to Pasatiempo, this green has a much greater right

to left/back to front tilt than this image projects. Like most golden age

designs, rarely does being short on the proper side cost you. Recoveries

are do-able if you think your way around the "Good Doctor's" home ballpark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The slightly downhill approach at the 437 yard dogleg right second hole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view from greenside - notice the bold right to left tilt, and fall offs

that combine to make giant green surfaces like this one play much

smaller than they appear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stunning par 3 third is the first assault on your senses on the

property, and at 214 yards it plays longer due to being significantly

uphill. The tee is ingeniously cut up against the hillside, take an extra

bat and hit a gentle fade to land it softly into this brutal beauty. Alister

MacKenzie's brilliant bunkering guards one the most beautiful inland

one-shotters in existence. Par is a superb score here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not unique to Central California, this Santa Cruz property tilts and flows

in every direction throughout the routing. The 378 yard fourth is rarely

mentioned but deserves attention. With ample width, it's a true second

shot golf hole but hitting the fairway is imperative, especially when the

pin is tucked far right (see below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you manage to hit your approach here at the fourth pin high, you'll

be rewarded with a very make-able putt. Note the sharp detailing

around the bunker edges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green complex here on the 190 yard par 3 fifth is unlike many

you'll see or encounter anywhere. Designers today would likely be

persecuted for creating a twisty "winding road" shaped surface. That

back left pin location brings the center bunker into play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tee shot here on the sixth goes up through a chute of foliage and in

the direction of the game's most celebrated course designer's home in

history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This plaque, an ode to MacKenzie is on the path beside his house on

the sixth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The approach to the sixth green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the few confined tee shots on the property is defined by

majestic Cypress at the 347 yard seventh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green here at the seventh is a slightly elevated saddle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MacKenzie was extraordinary in his creation of short golf holes, the

collection at Pasa belongs in the discussion of the finest anywhere. The

downhill 176 yard eighth shown here features a magnificent green complex

that requires not only the correct club, but also the proper trajectory/spin.

When the pin is located on the back shelf, anything short of the ridge will

spin and roll all the way down the slope. A green in regulation here means

that your work has just begun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The eighth played down and the semi-reachable 492 yard par 5 ninth

plays back up the hill towards the clubhouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tee at the 437 yard tenth, one of the truly memorable inland par 4's

in all of golf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The downhill approach to the tenth is among the finest exams on

the course. Width and angles are the story here at Pasa, knowing

the hole location allows for setting up the proper approach, especially

to shallow and well guarded targets like the one here on the tenth.

Avoid the deep bunkering on the left at all costs. Another wicked

green that features backboards, sideboards and an inviting front

right section that includes a false front and back bunker. It's simply

a design marvel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The par 4 eleventh is well known for its bisected "S" shape design that

features a ravine and pedestrian bridge that transports the golfer to a

second fairway and a tucked-in green complex. The closer your drive is

to the hazard, the better the angle and shorter the approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The slightly downhill 532 yard par 5 thirteenth plays a bit shorter than

its measurement on the scorecard. Culminating at this massive complex

that's surrounded by a myriad of sand, this is the final par 5 on the par

70 design. As you head to the par 4 fourteenth, be keenly aware that

you're about to encounter one the truly extraordinary finishing stretches

in golf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view from the 426 yard fourteenth seems innocent enough, but

anything left could pose problems. . .

 

 

 

 

 

This view looking back towards the tee shows the gully that runs along

the left edge of the fairway leaving some tough uneven lies and stances

for the approach. This is just another example of the variety of land forms

you encounter at Pasatiempo.


 

 

 

 

 

 

The right side of the fairway brings sand into play, including this cross

bunker that Mackenzie used as more of a visual element of deception

rather than a strategic challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 142 yard 15th is the shortest hole at Pasatiempo and with the hole

positioned in the front as it was during our visit, it's no more than a wedge.

Although this "shorty" rarely gets mentioned in the pantheon of great short

holes, we put it in that category and certainly among our favorites in the

Golden State along with 7 at Pebble, 15 at Cypress, 17 at Santa Ana and

16 at California Golf Club. Like those holes, this lil gem will potently sting

you if you stray in distance or direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A really cool view of the 15th is this one while taking the short stroll

from tee to green. Pure rustic beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The magnificent 392 yard sixteenth begins with a semi-blind uphill tee

shot that must be played accurately over the peak to have a good look

at what awaits . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are several thrilling approach shots at Pasa, but none quite

like this one that plays from a downhill position to a massive surface

that tilts back up towards the player. Jay Blasi flushed the ideal draw

into this left hole location, easily the finest shot of the entire California

journey, nearly jarring it, kick-in birdie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This overhead view of the sixteenth green shows how well purposed and

designed the land on this parcel of the property is. Situated between the

boundary road left and the ravine on the right. The green is a remarkable

design that tilts severely back to front. Notice the false front that dangles

its "tongue" steeply downward - repelling any misplayed approach shot.

(photo courtesy of Pasatiempo Golf Club)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing Pasatiempo means that you don't want the day to end, but it

concludes in grand style here at this euphoric amphitheater setting. At

dusk is absolutely the perfect way to experience this 173 yard beauty.

The target is vast, so take dead aim, but be mindful of the pin position.

The front right features a wide landing area but a steep false front, while

the back left narrows up quite a bit allowing for the perfect Sunday sucker

pin. Center of the green is never a bad play here, anything below the hole

will leave an aggressive uphill attempt to convert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY - Course/Club experience:

The club at Pasatiempo has a classic vibe and pays homage to its golden

age heritage, all while keeping a very casual atmosphere. At 6495 yards

from the tips the course is all you want. It challenges the accomplished

player, it inspires shotmaking and showcases the great master's design

prowess at the height of his powers. Kudos to Ken Woods for hosting us,

and to Justin Mandon and his Agronomy team for their fine work in

presenting one the fabulous gems in American golf design in fine form.

A rare MacKenzie classic that's open to the public makes Pasatiempo an

ABSOLUTE MUST PLAY.

 

 

 

 

For more info on Pasatiempo visit: https://www.pasatiempo.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Tewkesbury Park is fastest-rising in GB&I Resorts Top 100 PDF Print E-mail

 

Andy Hiseman Public Relations

 

TEWKESBURY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE - - Five star family-run golf hotel

Tewkesbury Park is the fastest-rising in the new Top 100 Golf Resorts

in GB & Ireland, published every two years by Golf World magazine.

It leapt from #84 in the previous rankings, to #57 in this year’s list,

a rise of 27 places – well ahead of any other resort.


Tewkesbury Park was also named among GB & Ireland’s Top 30 Luxury

Golf Resorts in the Top 100 feature, which appears in the January 2020

issue of the magazine.

 

The news follows soon after Tewkesbury Park was named among

Britain’s Top 100 Hotels by The Sunday Times, in October 2019 –

an accolade shared by just three other British golf resorts, including

Gleneagles.

 

After being named the UK & Ireland’s Best Hotel for Weddings, Parties

and Special Occasions by publishers Condé Nast Johansens in late 2018,

and listed in National Club Golfer magazine’s Top 100 GB & I Golf Resorts

rankings in early 2019, Tewkesbury Park has quickly become one of the

UK’s most acclaimed golf resorts after its recent £10m refurbishment

programme.


“To gain such recognition so quickly after our relaunch is a source of great

pride for the team here” said Tewkesbury Park’s General Manager, Patrick

Jones. “The McIntosh family has transformed Tewkesbury Park in the last

five years, and their passion for golf is obvious to every visitor who comes

here. “Golfers often remark, after staying here, how refreshing it is to be

at a truly independent hotel, where everything from the rooms to the food

to the staff is presented in a uniquely Tewkesbury Park way.


“It’s hard to describe, so the best thing is for golfers and their friends to

come and see for themselves. Our golf course, prepared by Paul Hathaway

and his team, features some of the best greens in the west of England,

and we are a PGA tournament venue in 2020”

 

 

At the resort’s heart is The Deerpark, a 6,554 Par 72 golf course designed

by Frank Pennink on a 200-acre site adjacent to the town’s historic War Of

The Roses battlefields. In 2016 it was refurbished by Peter McEvoy OBE,

the unbeaten GB&I Walker Cup team Captain and amateur golf icon who

turned to golf course design, working with world-class golf agronomists

Turfgrass.


With two golf courses, 93 bedrooms including nine luxurious historic suites

which offer the ultimate in comfort, plus comprehensive leisure and spa

facilities, two restaurants including the highly-rated Mint, and versatile

meeting spaces for up to 200 people, Tewkesbury Park is the complete

golf resort, offering golf breaks with distinction in a perfect balance of

memorable golf, memorable food and memorably different accommodation.

 

For more info visit: www.tewkesburypark.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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