PGA Golf Club – Dye Course (restoration)

PGA Golf Club – Dye Course (restoration)

PGA Golf Club – Dye Course (restoration)

It’s during this time of year when much of the U.S is under a blanket of snow and frigid temperatures, which is always a good time to focus on those warm weather destinations that offer the finest hospitality and golf to our northern friends.

There’s a big revitalization going on at the PGA of America’s flagship golf property – PGA Village in Port St.Lucie, Florida. Jimmy Terry, the club’s General Manager is leading the effort of a five year improvement plan and it shows. During the season it’s not uncommon for PGA Golf club to host 600 rounds per day on its 72 holes of Championship Golf. When we arrived on a gorgeous sun drenched January afternoon the club was playing host to the annual PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship.

PGA Village

I have to admit it was our first time at PGA Village in many years, word had reached me from my travel scribe brethren that the recently renovated Dye Course was worthy of our attention. Since PGA Village is just an hour from our home base in West Palm, it became front and center on our radar as we learned of the Dye re-opening last fall. After an amazing lunch at the club’s Taplow Pub, it was off to our round on the Dye.

Taplow Pub at PGA Golf Club

Taplow Pub at PGA Golf Club

The Dye course was the third championship layout built at PGA Golf Club, opening in 2000 after the two Tom Fazio designs – Wanamaker and Ryder (formerly known as the North and South courses). St.Lucie Trail rounds out the stable of championship routings for the club (originally designed by Jim Fazio, it has also undergone a similar facelift back in 2014). PGA Village is obviously very involved in growing the game, and the 6-Hole Family Short course is a great example of that. If tuning up your game is the focus, the 35 acre PGA learning center is one of the finest of its kind in the world.

PGA Learning Center

PGA Learning Center features a massive sand bunker complex where you can practice virtually any type of sand shot imaginable.

After 15 years the Dye layout had lost some of its luster, so an overhaul was in order. Although Pete Dye gave his approval on the work, it was Head Agronomist Dick Gray and staff that went to work restoring the links style beauty. “All we did was restore the greens back to Pete’s original intent, and put new skin on them, Gray said.”  “Then we just re-faced the bunkers.” Gray and his staff also uncovered bunkers that had become overgrown by bermuda turf over the years. New Celebration turf in the fairways and Tif-eagle greens restored to Dye’s original dimensions have it looking and playing better than ever.

par-5 seventh hole

As you can see from the photo above, it was a picture perfect January day in South Florida for our spin around the Dye course. The par-5 seventh is very gettable, but the task becomes robust if your tee shot finds this wicked combination of sand and turf that guards the right side of the fairway. Not sure what it says about you if you fancy this bunker compound, but I do . . . maybe it’s because Pete Dye has a way of creating demonic golf landscapes that are beautiful. Whatever the reason, I find that the more I experience Pete’s designs, the more affinity I gain for his sinister work.

PGA Golf Club

The tranquil setting at the Dye is a blend of some of the best natural Florida surroundings – mature Slash and Loblolly Pines, wetlands, coquina waste areas and of course clear blue skies. There are no hardscapes to be seen (other than the halfway house snack bar between the ninth green and tenth tees). The complex around the 11th green (shown above) offers more extreme obstacles the further you get from the putting surface. Note the angled and raised pot bunker that’s circled by 6 ft of thick bermuda rough some 40 yards from the pin. Is it Picasso, mad scientist or genius? Perhaps all three, but one thing it’s not – is ordinary.

PGA Golf Club

Pete Dye gives the golfer a less intimidating visual from the tee here than on many of his more famous layouts like Kiawah Ocean, Whistling Straits and TPC Sawgrass, but just like those, hitting the correct side of the fairway is paramount to having the best angle for each approach. 

Spending the day on the updated Dye was a blast, conditions were superb and the course provided more than it’s fair share of challenges (we used every club in the bag). Coming down the finishing holes at gloaming is a sight and a day that we won’t soon forget. We look forward to our next visit to PGA Viillage, where later this spring we’ll feature the St.Lucie Trails Course.

For more info: https://www.pgavillage.com/

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Jason  Bruno
LinksNation.com & GolfLife.com
Myrtle Beach – Mystical Golf

Myrtle Beach – Mystical Golf

Myrtle Beach: Mystical Golf

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Mystical Golf is a triple layer of Myrtle Beach golf properties within the abundant golf locale of the Grand Strand. Recently we traveled to Myrtle Beach and experienced The Wizard, Witch and Man-O-War layouts, under perfect autumn weather just 3 weeks removed from the fury of Hurricane Matthew. The storm unleashed its wrath upon the area with damaging winds that took down over 100 mature trees on the Mystical trio of routings (dumping nearly 20 inches of rain). We’re always amazed by the work of agronomy teams after such damaging weather. The excellent playing conditions we were provided just a few weeks after the storm made landfall in South Carolina was a testimony to the entire Mystical Golf staff.

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The island par 3 – 17th at the Wizard.

Mystical Golf is the brainchild of owner and course operator Claude Pardue. Pardue is an old school golf entrepreneur who operates way outside of the modern business model (he doesn’t believe in POS systems, or layers of management. He believes heavily in giving back to the community’s youth and being visible to his customers nearly every day at each of his three courses (for a more detailed look into Claude Pardue and his business model, check out Trent Bouts’ in-depth feature “On His Terms” by clicking on the link:

http://www.golfbusiness.com/article.aspx?id=3592&bq=6yfv%5Eg433$ ).

Pardue hired golf course designer Dan Maples to craft the trio of routings, and Maples came through with three completely unique experiences for the avid linkster.

mystical-golf-clubhouse

The Wizard clubhouse is a replica castle that overlooks the ninth (shown) and eighteenth greens. A wide open links style design, the Wizard will test your ability to control your golf ball on windy days (of which there are countless in the coastal community of Myrtle Beach). Bent grass greens aren’t the usual surfaces this far south, but both the Wizard and Man-O-War courses feature smooth Bent that rolls pure (the Witch has a hybrid Bermuda greens).

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Man-O-War has the flavor of parkland Carolina but water is a feature in some part on all 18 holes (14th hole shown above). Many will choose M.O.W as their favorite course in the Mystical portfolio because of the playability and variety including generous fairways and mammoth sized Bent grass putting surfaces. Lag putt proficiency is a must in order to score here.

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The Witch is anything but what the name implies. Set within 500 scenic acres, the Witch offers perhaps the best test of golf anywhere within Myrtle Beach proper. “The Broomstick” has a bit of everything, rolling fairways, magnificent par 3’s, well-undulated hybrid Bermuda greens and the demand that your ball striking be its very best. The experience starts with a magnificent cart ride through a shaded corridor of nature’s canopy en route to the 1st tee. Dan Maples’ routing traverses through magnificent foliage and undisturbed wetlands where vibrant Wildlife is intimately up close here on the 6796-yard championship layout. Maples’ arrangement of eclectic topography within such a beautiful setting has the Witch easily as my personal favorite f the Mystical tracks- a certified LinksNation gem, and a must play if you visit Myrtle Beach.

mystical golf tee box

Tee markers resembling witches hats are made from the knees of Bald Cypress trees in the swamps within the 500 acres that make up the property of The Witch course.

mystical golf resort

Where to stay: Our group stayed at the Breakers Resort on the Ocean. Outstanding amenities, service and surreal ocean views are the norm at the Breakers. Vacation lodging & golf packages are available at http://www.breakers.com/.

mystical golf sunset

What’s better than waking up to this view each morning? The scene from my balcony at the Breakers Hotel on a cool autumn morning in early November.

If you’re planning a Myrtle Beach golf getaway, Mystical Golf is worthy of your objectives – quality, value, variety, and service are all standard fare. The coastal Carolina area also boasts some of the nation’s best weather – combine all of these factors and that’s why avid golf vacationers from around the globe continue to flock to the Grand Strand.

https://www.mysticalgolf.com/

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Jason  Bruno
LinksNation.com & GolfLife.com
Visit El Cid Resorts in Mazatlan, Mexico

Visit El Cid Resorts in Mazatlan, Mexico

Golf Life has traveled to many golf destinations over the years.  One of our recent destinations is the city of Mazatlan in Mexico, where we visited El Cid Resorts and the El Cid Country Club.  This wonderful resort offers four distinct properties, El Moro, El Castillo, Marina and El Granada Country Club.  With 27 Holes of golf, a tennis center, marina and six pools, this property has all this and much more to offer visitors.

For Golfers, the El Cid Country Club offers the El Cid Golf Academy, a great place to work on your game with Top 100 Teacher Dr. David Wright.  His approach to golf instruction is like now other, fitting a plan to work with your body type and increase your overall strength and performance.  The clubhouse is very comfortable and a great place to enjoy before and after your round.  The three courses are scenic, well designed and each provide a unique challenge for your game.

El Cid offers so much for the visitor.  We enjoyed the beaches, the pools, took a trip fishing, toured the marina and enjoyed all that Mazatlan had to offer.  The people and the location make Mexico and Mazatlan a great destination for your next golf vacation.  Please visit elcid.com to learn more.

Desert Princess Country Club

Desert Princess Country Club

DoubleTree Golf Resort & The Desert Princess Country Club

desert princess country club flyover

If you are considering a vacation in the fall, winter or early spring, the DoubleTree by Hilton golf resort and the Desert Princess Country Club in Palm Springs, CA is a perfect destination for you! With 27 holes of beautiful golf, a great tennis center, and great services, you are sure to have a great time in sunny Palms Springs, CA! Golf Life takes you around the Desert Princess Country Club and the DoubleTree to show you just how amazing this resort really is!

Palm Springs has become a “must visit” destination over the years. And over those years Desert Princess Country Club has become a well-known attraction in Palm Springs. The golf course was built in 1985 with the hotel on property. Surrounding the golf course are a little over 1,100 homes that are being renovated to have the modern architecture look. Homeowners, renters, and guests staying at the hotel have access to play this beautiful track. With lakes on 17 of the 27 holes, the Desert Princess Country Club is tough but extremely fair.

On top of the golf course, the resort also offers a tennis center, a spa center, and a workout facility where homeowners, renters, and guests at the hotel can take full advantage of the services. What is great about this location is if need be, the resort and the golf course can host golf tournaments of any size so the guest can stay in the hotel and play golf at the Desert Princess Country Club.

Check out the full video above to learn more about this unique piece of property in Palm Springs, CA! To learn more about this resort and to book your trip next fall or winter, head over to their website today!

Chelsea Piers Golf Academy

Chelsea Piers Golf Academy

Chelsea Piers Golf Academy: Golf On The Hudson

Chelsea Piers Golf Academy is located right on the Hudson River in New York City. It is a premier golfing destination that offers you, the golfer, an opportunity to play and learn golf right on the Hudson River. Golf Life takes you inside the Academy to learn more about all their amazing features and scenery.

There are several different activities to highlight at the Golf Academy. The first is the four-tiered driving range that extends out onto the Hudson.  The driving range has a 200-yard fairway for golfers to hit all year round. The driving range has nets the whole way around the driving range to protect the boats that are out in the water and in the marina. Chelsea Piers Golf Academy also offers a full-service teaching academy. With indoor and outdoor areas, you are able to get professional help any time of the year! Inside the Academy are full-swing simulators that allow you to play 56 simulated championship golf courses.

In addition, the Chelsea Piers Golf Academy also offers Junior Golf, Summer Camps and parties and events for any occasion. The Golf Academy is surely not an adult-only facilities. They have activities and programs for the youth golfers as well. Take a look at the video above to learn more about the academy and everything that comes with it!

Silver Lake Golf Club

Silver Lake Golf Club

Silver Lake Golf Club: The Working Man’s Golf Club

Silver Lake Golf Club is located right in the heart of New York City. They are 1.8 miles away from the fairy. All you have to do is fly into Staten Island, get on the fairy and play golf within the hour. Silver Lake Golf Club is better known as the “Working Man’s Golf Club.” New York City is filled with thousands of police officers, firefighters, city workers, and people who get their hands dirty every single day. This Golf Club is a perfect way to escape the madness of the city and play a little golf. Golf Life had the opportunity to play a couple rounds and find out why this golf course is so awesome!

The members and people that make up the Silver Lake Golf Club is what sets themselves apart from any other golf club around the nation. The people are everything you look for from a Golf Club. They are all nice, energetic and, occasionally, fireballs.  Being as that the Golf Club is in New York, you are sure to find your share of New Yorkers who love to talk and point out your mistakes. Most notably is on the first tee. The first tee backs up against the patio of the Veranda. From the patio, you can see the next four sum tee off. If you miss the fairway or don’t get it past the red tees, be ready, because you will get an earful.

This golf course has 18 challenging, yet satisfying holes. Between elevated tees and elevated greens, you are sure to go up and down hills and undulations. Silver Lake Golf Club is a perfect mixture of fun, nice people and great golf. Next time you are in New York, be sure to check out the “Working Man’s Golf Club!” Check out our course review in the video above!

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