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!

Bethpage Black Course Review

Bethpage Black Course Review

A Summer Day at Bethpage Black

by: Jason Bruno

Bethpage Black welcome sign

The sign speaks for itself. A longtime favorite of ours, it doesn’t get much better than the facility at Bethpage Black that includes 5 eighteen hole golf courses: Blue, Green, Yellow, Red and the world famous Black course – regarded by many as A.W Tillinghasts’ best work.

Bethpage Black Clubhouse

Our first trip to Bethpage Black in over a decade was on a beautiful summer day in late July. Fresh off the 6am flight from West Palm Beach into La Guardia, I had just enough time to grab a quick brunch at the local Bethpage diner (and a meeting with a longtime friend, who I hadn’t seen in years) and bolt for a quick warm up for my 12:51 starting time on the Black course. Since I was in town to cover the PGA Championship at Baltusrol, the hierarchy at Bethpage saw fit to give me a primo time slot, but since I was in that tee time as a solo player – the starter paired up a father and son duo to join me. I was relieved, because nobody wants to walk a top 100 layout for 5 hours by themselves. Meeting new people is part of the experience when you travel, especially on the links – it certainly makes for a much more enjoyable afternoon.

Bethpage Black Scorecard front

Mark and Sean were my playing partners for the day (Sean attends and plays a bit of college golf in Georgia and was home for the summer), natives of Long Island’s North Shore, Sean tries to get out on the Black a few times each summer before returning to school. Mark and I choose to play the middle tees at 6704 yards – with a rating and slope of 74.0/145, while Sean played the back tees that have a staggering rating and slope of 78.1/152 (although listed at 7465 yards, many tees were pushed forward just behind our tee box for daily play. I’d estimate it played at 7000 yards). The remarkable thing is the rating/slope are on an 80 year old classic design – no OB stakes and the only water hazard is a small pond that fronts the par 3 eighth green. Also, the putting surfaces on the Black are fairly pedestrian in their undulations and pitch (The green speeds were perfect – a smooth 10 on the stimpmeter). When people ask, I always refer to the Black as the toughest totally fair layout you’ll ever play. You’ll use every club in your bag, will be required to maneuver the golf ball in all directions and likely will not suffer a single penalty stroke during your stroll on the routing that hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S Open Championships (and will be the host venue for the 2019 PGA Championship & 2024 Ryder Cup). I’ve never come close to scoring to my handicap on Tillinghast’s “Mona Lisa” (and either does anybody else), but a day of hitting golf shots on a design of this ilk is always a treat (and a challenge).

Bethpage Black First Tee Sign

By now this sign on the first tee is as famous as the course itself. Even for the most highly skilled players, the layout requires supreme ball striking to score. Stay out of the gnarly rough and you have a chance to post a decent number. High handicap players need not apply.

Bethpage Black 4th Tee

Bethpage Black was in prime shape just four weeks prior to hosting the Barclay’s and kicking off the Fedex Cup playoffs. If there is a better parkland par 5 in America than the fourth on the Black, than I haven’t seen it yet. My best drive on the outward side flew the left fairway bunker and left only a 5 iron in, but after just missing the green on front left side, par was all I could muster after a mediocre greenside chip from the heavy rye rough. As you’ll quickly learn (it took me a few holes to remember how to best escape from the Northeast nasty stuff), use as much loft as possible. At times, my 58 degree seemed inadequate.

Bethpage Black 5th Tee

The fifth is every bit as “ALL TIME” as the fourth, and in my opinion is the best shot makers hole on the property – a soft fade off the box is required to set up the proper angle to this elevated green that has a bit of a bowl effect (it sits perfectly into the landscape). The approach just begs for a smooth right to left shot shape on one of the best inland par 4 holes in existence. After I play the fourth & fifth I wanna turn around and play them again, (there is no greater compliment to a great design than that) similar feelings to the seventh and eighth at Pebble, fifteenth and sixteenth at Bandon Dunes, the sixteenth and seventeenth at Merion, the fifteenth and sixteenth at Streamsong Red and thirteenth and fourteenth at Seminole just to name a few.

Bethpage Black 14th Tee

The grandstands for the upcoming Fedex Cup Playoffs were already in place on many of the holes. The fourteenth on Bethpage Black is the shortest par 3 on the layout and played about 150 yards to the back left pin position (right in line with the middle of the small white VIP tent. Note the exquisite design of the front right bunker. For all of the criticism Rees Jones takes for his U.S Open restorations, his work on the Black that began nearly 20 years ago is worthy of the highest praise.

Bethpage Black 15th Tee

Everybody that plays this game for a period of time has their nemesis holes. For me that has always been the 15th on the Black. For a hole with no hazards, boundaries or fairway bunkers, it has always had my number. I’ve always referred to it as the “Beast”. Not on this day though . . .

Bethpage Black 15th Fairway

The wind was of the helping variety and slightly left to right. Normally a long iron to a severely elevated putting surface, a busted tee shot left a gap wedge approach. Crisp contact resulted in a straight 12 foot uphill birdie attempt on the most undulated green on Bethpage Black. After leaving the birdie putt on the front lip, the group remained birdie-less, but par was secured on the “Beast”. Breaking that dubious streak was one of the goals before I even boarded the airplane in Florida. Finally, a first in six attempts over a 20 year span. The Beast is dead, at least for that Sunday it was.

Bethpage Black 17th Green Bethpage Black 17th

Just off the green on the 17th, you can see how healthy the rye rough has grown in. The tee was up a few yards on the toughest one shotter at Bethpage and played 185 yards into a left to right breeze. A solid 6 iron left this putt for a deuce, but as with the 16 holes previous – feathers were not to be had. However, I’ll always take a 3 on this hole and bolt up the hill to the tee on 18th hole.

Bethpage Black 18th Hole

The view from the tee box on the last. Never regarded as the toughest hole on Tilly’s classic, it does present the need for a striped tee shot down the center – anything else is an act of sheer folly. The new championship tee, some 60 yards behind the 394 yard middle tee will present the proper challenge for today’s elite players.

Bethpage Black 18th Fairway

A piped 3 wood center cut into the shortgrass left this 138 yd uphill approach in. Desperately striving for birdie (our group remained without paydirt thru 17 holes), I took dead aim but slightly over clubbed and ended up 30 feet above the hole. The last attempt narrowly missed, but there were no complaints on this end after posting a workman like 75 (Bethpage Black is a par 71).

Gorgeous weather, better company and another great memory on my favorite “Muni” in America. Exhausted from a long day of travel and toting around Tilly’s finest design, I made my way towards the Garden State where the assignment of PGA Championship week was on the horizon. This was a summer day in Gotham that was certainly one to remember.

Bethpage Black Score Card

Bethpage State Park: http://nysparks.com/golf-courses/11/details.aspx

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Jason  Bruno
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Golf Travel: El Cid Resorts

Golf Travel: El Cid Resorts

The Beautiful El Cid Resorts

Are you looking to go on a family vacation, have a destination wedding, spend time with your friend for a bachelor/bachelorette party, El Cid Resorts is the perfect play for you! Golf Life had the opportunity to see first hand what the talk was all about. El Cid Resorts has beautiful beaches, blue skies and an amazing 27 hole golf course! The people are the nicest people you will meet, the food is to die for and the activities from deep sea fishing to paragliding are right at your finger tips.  Check out the video above and see why we had so much fun at this Resort!

Here at Golf Life we are always trying to feature the best courses in the world. If you, a family member or friend know of a course that you would like to see on our TV show or website let us know. Send us and email at info@golflife.com with the details and we will try to make that happen for you!

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