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Bermuda’s National Drink is a Little Like Her National Dance. Unique, exciting and passed down for generations.

It’s true for our exotic Gombey dancers, who duck and twirl in practiced moves handed down since the 1700s. And it’s true for our notorious Dark ’n Stormy® cocktail. Made with two oz. of Gosling’s Bermuda Black Seal Rum, twirled with Gosling’s Ginger Beer over ice, this exciting drink’s been helping Bermudians keep cool for generations. Happily, you’ll now see it at more and more fine establishments here in the States. And Gosling’s Black Seal at more and more spirits retailers. But to see a Gombey in person, you’ll need to board a plane and come to Bermuda. And would that be so bad?

Gosling’s. For Seven Stubborn Generations. www.goslingsrum.com We make it slowly, stubbornly. Please enjoy it slowly, responsibly. 40% ABV. Product of Bermuda. Castle Brands, NY, NY.


FEA TURES LIVE A CHARMED LIFE AT PUNTA MITA RESORT – MEXICO Punta Mita located on the West Coast of Mexico is the home to two Jack Nicalous golf courses and the St Regis and Four Seasons Resorts.

10 EXOTIC GOLF ESCAPES Top 10 locations from around the world from Dubai to the Caribbean. Check out these great locations and start booking your flights.

GOLF ON THE HIGH SEAS: A CARIBBEAN DREAM Travel over the open ocean in a luxury yacht and play the great courses on some of the exotice islands in the Caribbean.

AUSTRALIA: LIKE A WORLD ON ITS OWN The land down under well known for its underwater sports and shrimp on the barbie also has several of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

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The newest clubs from Callaway and Nike

Tips to improve your game, stylish golf bags, cool products on and off the course

Weekend at the Fairmont Turnberry, with golf and resort fashions from Greg Norman, Fairway & Green, Lija, and Island Company

Three Giants of the Game & Vine, Aston Martin DB9, Garia Golf Car

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Follow in the Footsteps oF Champions Get on course for great golfing action at Marriott’s collection of 11 Hotel & Country Clubs in the UK. Test your skills on our 16 world-class courses - including 10 Championship courses – where golfing legends have competed in a wealth of prestigious tournaments. From a 13th century priory to a Scottish baronial manor, each hotel is set in acres of beautiful parkland and offers lavish on and off-course facilities including practice areas, award winning dining and heath, beauty and fitness facilities.


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LIVE A CHARMED LIFE AT PUNTA MITA RESORT MEXICO By Jennilyn Q. Salvador

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This tropical haven redefines luxury living and sets new heights in world - class golfing – all set against the backdrop of nature’s wonders. - Punta Mita Pacifico Golf Course Hole 18

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LIVE A CHARMED LIFE AT PUNTA MITA RESORT – MEXICO This tropical haven redefines luxury living and sets new heights in world-class golfing – all set against the backdrop of nature’s wonders.

Punta Mita Resort offers a wide range of real estate properties to suit any buyer’s unique needs and preferences. From trendy condo units to traditional Mexican-themed villas, Punta Mita has it all. For shorter stays, this gated community also features two prominent international hotels, the Four Seasons and St. Regis.

By Jennilyn Q. Salvador

Ancient people revered Punta Mita as a site of spiritual renewal. One glance at the breathtaking landscape and you’ll be convinced too. Owned by premier real estate developer DINE, Punta Mita is a discreetly sophisticated resort and residential community spanning 1,500 acres of beachfront property. Featuring everything from lavish accommodations to designer golf courses, Punta Mita is Mexico’s most coveted address for celebrity homeowners...and golfers. Mexico draws visitors from around the world who are looking to experience a tropical paradise. An intricate tapestry of pristine nature, cultural diversity, and local charm, Punta Mita Resort is nothing less than a microcosm of the best that Mexico has to offer. A spear-shaped peninsula bordered on one side by the Pacific Ocean and on the other by the heart of Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita offers residential lots and recreational amenities amidst unspoiled forests and white-sand beaches.

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Just outside the residential premises await limitless opportunities to commune with nature. Whether you prefer watching whales, swimming with dolphins, sailing, diving, or snorkeling, you will not be let down by all that Punta Mita has to offer. And those who prefer to stay dry can enjoy scenic hiking or horseback riding. For a dose of Mexico’s vibrant charm, the quaint laidback town of Puerto Vallarta is just an hour’s drive away. Amidst old-world cobblestone streets and traditional Mexican architecture, you’ll discover a thriving arts community, gourmet dining, and vivacious nightlife. While you will be impressed by the impressive array of amenities and residential properties, what firmly puts the Punta Mita Resort in a class of its own is its pair of signature golf courses. Designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, these courses offer spectacular ocean views and world-class play.

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Pacifico is the stunning championship course that inspired Conde Nast Traveler readers to name Four Seasons Punta Mita as the world’s number one golf resort in both 2006 and 2008. Pacifico uniquely features an optional par 3 “19th hole” called the “Tail of the Whale.” Unlike the 19th holes you’ll find at most courses, where you’re toughest decision is between “straight” or “on the rocks,” here, club choice will be your toughest call. The hole has you targeting the world’s largest natural island green some 200 yards away. Bahia, the latest addition to Punta Mita’s golfing empire, opened in late 2008 and features six ocean holes. Playing between 5,180 and 7,030 yards, Bahia is every bit as amazing as its sister course ad provides golfers with a challenging counterpart to Pacifico. Punta Mita Resort is located on Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico. For more information on the resort - www.puntamita.com.

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CALLAWAY RAZR The future is here and Callaway is leading the way. With the release of the Callaway Razr line of clubs every level of golfer has the ability to improve their game and showoff new found accuracy with friends. Callaway repositioned the weight to the lower portion of the club to create a large sweet spot. During our tests it was difficult to hit the ball of line and we definitely picked up several more yards. The all-stainless steel irons produced high ball speeds this combined with a stronger lofts will definitely give you more yards on your shots. The Razr Tour are designed for the better players who need more workability but still give you a little forgiveness. The forged irons made from 1020 carbon steel are perfect for single digit handicappers, the design has a classic address mostly from the slightly narrow sole and top. www.callaway.com

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NIKE DRIVER The Nike SQ Machspeed Black Driver pushes the boundaries of technology to produce explosive distance and amazing control off of the tee. The Driver’s aerodynamics and light weight allow the player to generate greater club head speed with less effort, resulting in longer drives. Club head design also provides for a lower ball flight with less spin, again resulting in greater club head speed and increased distance off of the tee. In addition to explosive distance, comes the Driver’s adjustability. An eight position hosel allows the club to be set for any type of swing or shot shape - helping to correct even the worst hooks and slices. The Nike SQ Machspeed Black Driver has a striking sleek black profile and comes in both a square and round model. The square head version offers more forgiveness and stability, while the round version is designed for the better player in mind and provides for more workability and shot shaping. Feedback and feel are exceptional in both models and allows the player to feel precisely where on the club face the ball was struck. www.nike.com

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EDITORS CHOICE Sassy Caddy Class y Bag www.sassycaddy.com

One of the most functional yet fashionable bags from Sassy Caddy is their Classy Bag selection, featuring their signature weatherdefying fabrics and a light-weight bag that comes in at 8 lbs. 10 velvet-lined slots allow for superior protection and access to clubs, as well as various pockets both interior and exterior for valuables, cell phone, balls, tees and more. The Classy Bag comes complete with a detachable cosmetic bag as well as a silver-plated key ring for towels.

Ogio SULTAN www.ogio.com

Featuring all of the latest amenities from the Ogio design team, the Sultan bag is a complex melding of technology and durability, all packed into a 7.1 lb frame. With four different colors and twelve different pockets to choose from, including a weatherproof fleecelined pocket for valuables, it also includes a cell phone pocket, a zipperless ball pocket, a 10 inch Uniter 15-way top and magnetic flipup pockets to give secure strapping on the cart while still allowing instant access.

IZZO Pilot www.izzio.com One of the latest high-tech bags combining technology with functionality, the Izzo Pilot comes complete with a 14-way organizational top and over a dozen different pockets. In addition, it is specifically built with the SWAMI 1500 GPS unit in mind and includes a custom-designed slot along with waterproof and apparel pockets. Standing at 36 inches and weighing in right at 8 lbs, the unique blend of TriWeave Hybrid and padded Nylon twill makes for a light-weight yet durable bag for all seasons.

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TOP FIVE REASONS TO PLAY INNISBROOK® 5. 72 holes of championship golf and no surcharge to tackle the famed Copperhead Course – home of the PGA TOUR’s Transitions Championship.

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10 EXOTIC GOLF ESCAPES By Jennilyn Q. Salvador From its humble beginning as a way for Scottish shepherds to kill some time, golf has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry and a game that’s played just about everywhere on Earth. For the adventurous golfer, that means that there’s no reason to leave the clubs at home when heading off on a business trip or vacation. Whether you want to play eighteen holes against a backdrop of jungle, desert, ocean, or snow-capped mountain, there are tee times available. And once you get out on the course, there’s no reason to worry about language barriers; the international language of golf is spoken everywhere. Here are ten of the best travel destinations to consider when you decide to make your passport the 15th club in your bag.

HAWAII Anyone who’s ever spent a January in a cold, snowy climate watching the PGA Tour kick off its season in Hawaii knows how beautiful golf can be on this island state. Because the state is composed of eight main islands, the golf can be different depending on which island you decide to tee it up on. First timers to this tropical paradise should probably opt for an island-hopping tour to get a feel for the perks of the individual areas. Each will have something that makes it stand out. For instance, Oahu, the most populated of the islands, is home to the greatest number of courses. On the Big Island, the golf offers some of the most spectacular ocean views of any courses in the world.

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Playing a few rounds in the birthplace of golf is still probably tops on the Bucket List of most golfers. Aside from the Old Course at St. Andrews, which is considered sacred ground to fans of the sport, the list of hallowed courses in Scotland is beyond impressive. Just the thought of being able to tee it up at Royal Troon, Carnoustie, or Muirfield should bring a tear to the eye. In 2014, The Ryder Cup will come full circle when it returns to Gleneagles, the site of an informal match between Americans and Europeans in 1921. The 2014 event will be played on the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course. If you’re planning a golf pilgrimage to Scotland, Michael Murphy’s “Golf in the Kingdom” is required reading.

The home of Lorena Ochoa offers American golfers the unique ability to hop on a plane in the morning and tee off in a foreign land by lunch time. Just south of Cancun, in the Riviera Maya, is the El Camaleon Golf Club. The club is the host of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, the only PGA Tour event played in Mexico. The event, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, is played on the club’s Greg Norman-designed course. If you get tired of coastal golf, don’t worry; Mexico is home to over 150 golf courses. Head inland and see how much more yardage you get from your driver when you play elevations of up to 5,000 feet.

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Dominican Republic Punta Cana Resor t & Club www.godominicanrepubli.com

Las Vegas Badlands Golf Course www.visitlasvegas.com

Scotland St. Andrews www.golfscotland.com

Pacific Nor thwest Oregan Golf View of Mounthood www.traveloregon.com

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“Golf” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of Spain, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your clubs behind when traveling to this beautiful and diverse European country. There are over 300 hundred courses in Spain, but Valderrama is by far the most famous. The site of the 1997 Ryder Cup, this Robert Trent Jones course is one of the world’s finest locations for a round of golf. Also high up on the list is the Stadium Course at PGA CatalunyaGolf Resort. The course has been host to the final round of the European Tour’s Qualifying School for the past three years.

If you’ve never had your round of golf held up by moose walking across the fairway, then it may be time to experience what the sport is like north of the border. The Canadian Rockies offer some of the most interesting and unique settings for golf in the world. No trip to the Rockies would be complete without a trip to see the Banff Springs Resort Hotel. Now a Fairmont property, the hotel is one of the most spectacular in the world. The area is also the home of the equally memorable Banff Springs Golf Course. The course, which cost over a million dollars when it was built in 1928, is where you’ll get a chance to play one of the sport’s most famous -- and challenging -- holes: The Devil’s Cauldron. It’s a par 3 that has you aiming at a pin that’s 170 yards away and 70 feet below you. Oh, and if you leave it short, it’s in a pond. That hole, alone, will make your golf trip to The Rockies one that you’ll remember forever.

PALM SPRINGS The legendary playground of “The Rat Pack” is also home to some legendary golf courses. The most famous of these are located at PGA West, the site of the Bob Hope Classic. The resort’s six courses -- designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Greg Norman, and Pete Dye -- make this the premier golfing destination on the west coast. But don’t worry if you can’t grab a convenient tee time at PGA West; there are more than 100 other courses to play in the area. And this is some of the most visually dynamic golf you may ever play. Lush greens set against desert brush set against the distant mountains make for some spectacular scenery.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST The Pacific Northwest is more than just the home of Starbucks and Microsoft. It’s also home to some top-shelf golf courses. To get a taste of everything has the region has to offer, head over to Desert Canyon Golf Resort in Orondo, Washington. With the mountains, the desert, and the Columbia River as your backdrop, the resort’s course -which is a regular on just about everyone’s list of “Top 100” courses in the country -- is a treat for the senses. And a treat for your golf game will be the course’s signature 6th hole -- a 679-yard, par 5 monster that features a 150-foot drop in elevation.

LAS VEGAS While Las Vegas is known for its casinos that never close, its ‘round-the-clock nightlife, and its outlandishly over-thetop theme hotels and resorts, it’s rapidly making a name for itself as a golfing destination. And since Vegas is Vegas, even the golf has a celebrity connection. If you want to tackle the same eighteen holes as the pros do, check out TPC Summerlin. The course is the home of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open, which is part of the PGA Tour’s fall series. But just because you’re escaping from The Strip to enjoy some of the country’s finest golf, it doesn’t mean you have to leave the spirit of Las Vegas behind; a friendly wager -- or two -- on the course can make things even more exciting.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC For true island golf that’s literally in this country’s backyard, grab your clubs and some sunscreen and head down to the Dominican Republic. This small island nation has more and more golfers flocking to the Caribbean than ever before. And that’s due to the country’s perfect blend of sun, sand, and the incredible golf that can be played at places like the Roco Ki Golf Club. The club’s Faldo Legacy Course -- the first of three courses that are planned for the property -- offers both breath-taking views and breath-taking golf. The course’s signature 18th hole -- “Los Dos Rezos” or “The Two Prayers” -- has you crossing not one, but two ocean inlets.

Hawaii Kauai Lagoons www.gohawaii.com

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Palm Springs, California PGA West www.palmsprings.com

DUBAI Dubai’s emergence as a high-end and world-class vacation destination has been well-documented. Its monolithic Burj Al Arab Hotel -- looming like an enormous steel-and-glass sailboat over the Persian Gulf -- has become as much of an international icon as the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building. And where well-heeled travelers flock, golf is sure to follow. Bringing golf to the desert isn’t an easy thing, but the people at Emirates Golf Club seem to have figured out the secret. The Club’s Majlis Course is home to the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic and was recently named as one of the top 100 courses in the world. The club’s sister course, The Faldo, is also considered one of the finest courses in the region.

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Canadian Rockies Kanaskis Golf Course www.canadianrockies.net

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TEE TIME A elegant timepiece on a mans arm is a statement that he has made it. regardless of the style or materials used a watch with a long heritage is a must. the watches featured on the following pages are prime examples of this hublot, breitling, tag heuer and the understated omega are a great start to your journey for the perfect timepiece.

BAUME & MERCIER RIVERA While a timepiece is intended to at least show you the time and date, class and elegance have become essential in the search for a modern watch, and the Rivera by Buame & Mercier is everything a person could want in a classic timepiece. Encased in PVD-steel with a vulcanized rubber wristband for pure comfort, a sapphire crystal face with an automatic, flyback chronograph, and water-resistant up to a depth of 200 meters, the Riviera is the perfect combination of style, durability and elegance.

HUBLOT BIG BANG

The Hublot Big Bang makes a powerful statement. The 44 mm Case is 18 k Red Gold the Bezel is Black ceramic and strapped to your arm with a black rubber strap for comfort. www.hublot.com

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Piguet Royal Oak from Audemars One of the most elegant and prestigious of diver’s watches on the market, one that has earned its reputation as having the highest degree of durability and reliability with professional underwater adventurer’s of all types, the Piguet Royal Oaks from Audemars is excellence in every way, exceeding every standard set by the NIHS. Encased in stainless steel with a self-winding chronograph and good to a depth of 300 meters, this is a watch for the most extreme conditions and the most extreme divers.

CORUM Admirals Cup Challenge 44 by Corum A unique blend of timeless perfection with functionality and luxury, the Admiral’s Cup Challenge 44 from Corum is the ultimate men’s watch. Black PVD coating over steel encases three counters and 12 nautical hour-markets as well as holds in place the cambered twelve-sided sapphire crystal glass lens, and the triple-folding steel buckle snuggly secures the watch to the wrist with a black, vulcanized rubber band for supreme comfort. It is water-resistant up to 330 feet with a self-winding chronograph and a power reserve for 48 hours. GWMAGTV.COM

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By Bradley Fink Everyone dreams. When I was young I wanted to play in the PGA. I wanted to be like Payne Stewart, a first-class sportsman. But my chip shot was awful, I lacked Payne’s finesse, and my game was over par. Instead I dreamt to be a writer. I would travel, see the world, work for magazines, and make my fortune along the way. Nowadays I dream a bit more lavishly. I want to return to Italy this summer, to swim in the Mediterranean. I want to order swordfish in Montorosso, at a trattoria on the Via Roma. And I want have a nap by the calm, blue water, as I’ll need some time to contemplate my greatest dream of all: To charter a luxury yacht in the Caribbean, and play amazing golf. I have this all planned out. I’ll cruise island to island, course to course, while exploring the allures of the Caribbean. I’ll hit Barbados, St. Vincent, the Virgin Islands, and make a detour in Antigua. I want it to be one of my best vacations yet. I’ll bring the family, my friends, my best set of clubs, and we’ll all hit the sticks in Paradise.

The first thing would be to find the perfect ship. I’ll want something spacious, with several staterooms. I’ll also want jet skis, a Jacuzzi, dive gear, fishing equipment, and plenty of refreshments on board. I’ve already done some research.

The Andreika is a 98-foot motor yacht that charters for around $60,000 per week. It sleeps ten guests in four spacious cabins, with a master cabin and a double bath. This ship is perfect for an intimate cruise. For something with a bit more room to spread out in, I may opt for the 120-foot Sovereign. This yacht sleeps 12 in six staterooms, and offers al-fresco dining, a barbecue, and an updated salon. The Sovereign charters for $70,000 per week and sets off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico

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Later, we’ll set sail for the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix -- just 50 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. On the north shore you can take part in sport fishing, enjoy a swim, or do some world-class

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scuba diving. You can also play the 18 holes at the Carambola

Once I’ve chosen my yacht I’ll need to sign a charter agreement, which generally requires a 50-percent down payment. The remaining payment will need to be made 30 days before departure. I will also need to pay an Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA), which will cover things like food, fuel, marina fees, and anything not included in the charter agreement. Once these expenses have been covered we’ll be on our nautical way. The first stop on our tour will be the shores of the Northern Coastal Valley in Puerto Rico. The scenery in Rio Grande, only 30 minutes from San Juan, is pristine. It’s the reason why Donald Trump chose this location for his 36-hole championship course. At The Trump International Gold Club, there are a thousand acres of Atlantic Ocean waterfront, designed with lakes, waterways, and exotic views of the Caribbean National Forest at El Yunque. After playing, we’ll dine at Trump’s 46,000 square foot clubhouse. The Paradise Bay Grill has ocean-view terraces, where guests can have local lobster tail, red snapper, or fresh catches of the day.

Golf & Country Club. This par-72 course winds through a lush, tropical valley, with uphill and cross-water shots. Built by Laurence Rockefeller in 1966, its design by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. is a true test of skills for any contemporary golfer. For something a little more upscale, we’ll cruise to the Four Seasons on Nevis. This island was once known by the locals as Oualie, which means Land of Beautiful Waters. And with a population of only 11,000, it’s as peaceful as can be. The par-71 course is definitely one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. Boasting a course rating of 73.6, and a slope of 132, The Four Seasons’ course will be a welcome challenge. With dramatic views of turquoise-blue water and the neighboring island of St. Kitts, I may want to stay a few extra days and put some work in on my chip shot. In Antigua, only another 50 miles or so away, we’ll stop at the Cedar Valley Golf Club. Opened to the public in 1977, this is Antigua’s only 18-hole championship course. It is a par-70, with more than 6,000 yards of inspiring tropical scenery. The first hole, which sits 400 yards from the back tees, is a high drive to the right, and may be one of the most challenging openers of the trip.

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Perhaps the place I’ve dreamed about the most is St. Lucia. The landscape here is known as one of the most romantic in the world. More mountainous than any other Caribbean island, the views in any part of St. Lucia are divine. We’ll find a wealth of nature’s charms at the St. Lucia Golf and Country Club. Surrounded by lush terrain thick with orchids and bromeliads, the course is designed with scenic fairways, and tricky, contoured greens. This par-71 will likely be the highlight of our cruise. But the adventure won’t end there. In Barbados we’ll play at the Sandy Lane Golf Club. This five-star resort and spa is also a self-proclaimed “golfer’s utopia”. With 45 holes on three unique courses, we’ll play on fertile fairways, over rolling hills, across lakes, on white sand, and finish with dinner at Bajan Blue. This beachfront restaurant offers delectable, globally-influenced dishes that range from Wagyu beef to barracuda filet to pumpkin soup. I’m saving the best for our last stop on this dreamy Caribbean tour: Canouan, St. Vincent. This tiny island is the Eden-esque home to the Trump International Golf Club. With sloping hills that fall to the sea, this course is the crème-de-lacrème. Holes 11 through 17 surround Mount Royal (877 ft.), and offer views of the neighboring Grenadines. In 2005, the Robb Report voted this the best golf course in the world. And now, unfortunately, as all things do, this dream must come to an end. But soon I’ll be back in Montorosso for that swim in the Mediterranean. And while I’m there I may take a day trip over to the boats in Monaco. The yacht club there is one of the world’s best, and I might just find the perfect ship for the golf trip of my dreams.

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OCEAN’S EIGHTEEN Golf’s living legend, architect Pete Dye, gets rave reviews for the picture perfect, 18-hole Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. By Barbara Perkins

Warm up and get your head in the game by enjoying the panoramic oceanfront views from the driving range and the impeccably manicured putting green, which are located just steps from the course’s impressive clubhouse.

Ask your average person to name an epic confrontation between warring bands of gutsy Americans and vengeance-

Hopefully, you will have gotten enough practice in, because

filled invaders from Europe and you’ll probably get answers like

when it’s time to actually tee it up, you’ll quickly discover that

“The Battle of Bunker Hill” or “The Battle of Lexington.” Ask a golfer

this beauty can also be a beast. Again, the trade-off for being

the same question and the only answer you’ll get is “The War by

able to play on ten holes that are right on the water is that you

the Shore.” This classic battle -- fought on the The Ocean Course

have to deal with the wind that comes right off the water. We

at Kiawah Island in 1991 -- was not only the most exciting Ryder

found one secret to taming this course is to be humble -- very

Cup confrontation of all-time (the Americans won 14 1/2 to 13

humble. Choose very carefully when deciding which tee you

1/2), but it also permanently put this Pete Dye-designed course

want to drive from. Dye was very generous. You have six tee

on the destination list of every serious golfer.

boxes from which to choose.

Situated along the island’s easternmost shore, the course --

And don’t forget to bring your camera. You’ll not only want to

measuring just shy of 8,000 yards -- is enormous. With more

capture the jaw-dropping views of the Atlantic, but also the

ocean view holes than any other course in the northern

variety of wildlife that you’ll be sharing the course with. We

hemisphere, this Dye creation will take your breath away. Be

spotted ospreys and herons, but were most intrigued by the

forewarned, though. It might also take your game away. All

six-foot alligator lounging near a bunker on the third hole. He

those ocean views come at a cost. There aren’t too many other

seemed equally intrigued by our short game.

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The course has a couple of signature holes that are worth

This might just be the most relaxing place on the entire island.

mentioning. The 17th is a par three where the only thing between you and the cup is about 200 yards of the Atlantic’s

As far as dining goes, the resort offers everything from ice

finest. The 18th may just be the toughest hole on the course.

cream and sandwiches at the family-friendly Beaches and

It’s a long par four that’ll require you to get as much juice as

Cream restaurant to fine-dining at The Ocean Room, the resort’s

possible out of your driver. Making your way down the fairway

signature steak house. We were impressed at The Ocean Room

and onto the green, though, will give you a whiff of what life is

by its wonderful New York strip steak as well as by the chef’s

like on the PGA Tour. Make sure you smile at the folks hanging

special “Chocolate Box” dessert -- ricotta orange cake served

out on deck chairs outside the clubhouse that are watching

with Grand Marnier mousse and pistachio ice cream. We

you wrap up your round.

were tempted to cap off the night with a couple of snifters of Hennessy Ellipse, but at $850 a pop, we decided that a less

If you’re planning to spend a night or two on the island, we

pricey, but just-as-memorable walk along one of the island’s

recommend The Sanctuary Hotel. Despite looking like an

beaches was the perfect way to end our day.

historic manor house, The Sanctuary surprised us with facilities that were ultra-modern. Most of the hotel’s 200-plus rooms offer

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private balconies overlooking the water. The service is also what you’d expect from the island’s top-ranked resort hotel. When a pair of favorite sunglasses had somehow gotten misplaced, anarchy was avoided when our morning shuttle driver knocked on our door at 6 pm to return the missing shades. That’s when I knew we had chosen the right place to stay. The Sanctuary also offers plenty for those who want to do more than just golf. You can borrow one of the resort’s bicycles and explore miles of well-marked trails, go for a swim in one of the outdoor pools, play tennis under the lights, or hit the state-ofthe-art gym for a workout. Then, of course, you’ll want to hit The Sanctuary’s spa to soothe those aching muscles. Go for the spa’s “Carolina Cloud Nine.” It’s a 90-minute treatment that features a Mandarin orange, pineapple, and papaya scrub. In addition to massages and body treatments, the spa offers saunas, steam rooms, and a vitality pool.

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THREE GIANTS OF THE GAME AND THE VINE The Big Easy With more than 60 professional wins, an active family life, and a full-time commitment to philanthropy, it’s difficult to imagine Ernie Els has time for anything else. But The Big Easy has operated his own portfolio of world-class wines since 2000, lovingly crafted in his home country of South Africa. The Ernie Els Winery has the dual advantages of a location in one of the world’s premiere wine growing regions and the dedication of a talented wine maker. With a handful of awards for outstanding vintages, it’s clear Els’ winning nature transfers from his game to his grapes. Ernie Els wines are produced in the Stellenbosch region, an area known for its temperate Mediterranean climate, and its ability to produce outstanding Bordeaux varietals. Working with Jean Engelbrecht, famed proprietor of the venerable Rust en Vrede Estate, Els produces a classic Bordeaux blend that is consistently ranked among the best in the world.

The love of terroir is evident in each of Els’ wines, and the winery serves to further Els’ mission as unofficial ambassador for South Africa. Hard granite base, clay, and oak leaf soil help these wines showcase the best that the more than four-hundred-year-old Stellenbosch tradition has to offer. The new post-Apartheid generation of South African wines has already made a name for itself on the global stage, but as Ernie Els wines demonstrate very clearly, the world has only begun to experience the richness and depth offered by this unique region www.ernieels.com

The location of the vineyards is ideal for allowing the cool Atlantic air to keep the temperatures down during the summer, giving the grapes a longer ripening period than nearly anywhere in South Africa. This contributes to the deep flavor of the fruit. At just over 15% alcohol, these wines are bold, but the signature ripe cherry and blackberry flavors are as smooth as the man’s swing, making them ideal for enjoying at release, or laying down for twelve to fifteen years.

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The King Since his first amateur win in 1953, Arnold Palmer’s name has stood for excellence, both on the green and in the world of business. And since the first grapes were planted at Luna Vineyards in 1995, they have been recognized as being some of the highest-quality estate-grown grapes. The partnership between the golfing legend and the grapes of the Luna Vineyards has resulted in the private label Arnold Palmer Wines. Consistent and bold, these wines embody the same confidence and boisterousness that has made Palmer a household name for more than six decades. Palmer is a long-time lover of wine, with a cellar boasting selections from around the world – including an understandably deep collection of Château Palmer, from the eponymous ancient Bordeaux winery. He first became involved in Napa wine country in the mid-1980s, befriending Mike Moone, then president of Beringer. When Moone started Luna in 1995, Palmer quickly came on board as an investor, and in 2002 the two began discussing a signature brand.

Since his first vintage in 2003, Palmer has created price-conscious wines built to be enjoyed with a meal or sipped alone. The Arnold Palmer Chardonnay is done in the classic Napa style, with toasted oak, citrus, pear, and marshmallow. Although more sophisticated than his signature iced-tea and lemonade, the well-balanced acid makes his chardonnay an ideal wine to enjoy on a hot day. The Cabernet Sauvignon is also in a classic style, with plum, cherry, and chocolate dominating the palate. The Reserve Cabernet has more intricate bramble fruit and a loaminess that adds to its complexity, and its firm tannic structure makes it well-suited for aging. . Although not as hands-on as some celebrity winery owners, Palmer’s love of the vine is evident in the quality of these wines, and his position as the People’s King is well served by the excellent price-to-quality ratio in each of his wines. The outlook of Palmer wines is sunny, with talk lately of a possible expansion into Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, and some of Luna’s other trademark varietals. www.arnoldpalmerwines.com

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The Great White Shark Greg Norman may not have had quite as impressive a career on the golf course as Palmer, but The Shark has outdueled The King in the wine cellar. In the mid-1970s, while touring France and America, Norman was first immersed in the world of fine wine, and was instantly hooked. By the mid-1990s, that passion had turned into something of an obsession, and he paired up with Chris Hatcher of Beringer Blass to create his own wines. Just over a decade later Greg Norman has become a well-respected name in wine, with estates in both California and Australia that showcase a wide range of varietals. Throughout his career in wine Norman has aimed for exceptional quality that reflects the strengths of the region. Every vintage of his Shiraz Reserve, which debuted in 1998, has consistently scored a 91 or higher in the Wine Spectator, and his non-reserve wines are equally respected. Although not a winemaker, Norman is involved in each and every step of the process -- from dictating the style which will define the wines, to tasting the barrels, to the marketing campaigns that help them find homes. His philosophy of wine is egalitarian and sensible: wine should be accessible, delicious, and compatible with a variety of dishes. Norman insists he is no connoisseur. Having sampled countless of the best wines in the world over the years, however, he knows what he likes. And his wines embody a populist style: soft and full, with ripe fruit, unobtrusive tannins, and crisp acid. In California, his Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc come from the North Coast, his Zinfandel from Lake County, his Syrah from Camatta Hills, his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, and his Petite Sirah from Paso Robles. In Australia, the Limestone Coast produces all the Shiraz, while the Chardonnay hails from Eden Valley and his Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra Reserve. This wide selection of source regions allows him to choose grapes that meet his exacting standards, leading to wines that continue to improve year after year. www.gregnormanestateswine.com

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Living / Aston

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ASTON MARTIN DB9 tara kelly Everyone who drives wants the most out of their vehicle. Some are content with the basics: modern

The DB9’s elegance and allure emanates not only

amenities, affordability, reliability and a solid design.

from its sleek design, but also from its subtlety.Those

Others believe that a car is more than just a

in the know will recognize that this understated

vehicle. Elite road warriors know that driving is more

car is not only capable of devouring any highway

than simply a means of getting from one point

known to man, but will handle flawlessly to allow

to another. With the right car, driving becomes a

that symbiotic relationship between vehicle and

transcendent experience to be savored in its own

driver for the ultimate driving experience. The DB9

right, like a bottle of fine wine. For these drivers, a

doesn’t shout, it whispers. A view into the car’s

car is a statement about themselves, an extension

interior reveals the breathtaking craftsmanship

of body and soul, their connection between Earth

and sumptuous materials that make this sports

and Heaven. It is their very essence transformed

car a true luxury ride. Inspired by hand-finished

into modern components and sleek aesthetics. For

contemporary furniture, the interior features high

the select few who yearn to own a slice of driving

quality natural components such as wood and

perfection, the only choice is the Aston Martin DB9.

leather. The supple, soft leather and the wood trims are all installed and perfected by skilled

Originally launched in 2004 as a result of the

craftsmen, to develop a quality and balance of

combined efforts of designers Ian Callum and

colors and contours that machines simply cannot

Henrik Fisker to replace the now-discontinued Aston

match. This custom-made approach is beautifully

Martin DB7, the DB9 is the epitome of elegance, a

integrated into the body of a vehicle that is much

powerful sports car with all the elements of a luxury

more than just a simple sports car.

sedan. The DB9 is available as a coupe as well as a convertible, known as the Volante. Each style comes

Aston Martin has maintained a reputation

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renowned sports cars in the world, achieving a

platform composed of aluminum and composites

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that are a full 25 percent lighter than the previous

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platform used in the DB7. The discerning driver can

is the ultimate combination of every element

make the choice between the two styles depending

which has given the company such a stellar

on taste and the subtle differences between coupe

reputation over the years. While other cars might

and convertible. The coupe has a standard two-

have flash and sizzle on the outside, the Aston

door configuration and the clean and distinctive

Martin DB9 outperforms in every way, creating an

profile of an Aston Martin design.The Volante, whose

unforgettable and unique driving experience.

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rigid to ensure drivers will feel like they are flying via its excellent handling and speed. In both cases, the essence of Aston Martin’s design heritage shines through. Both cars boast the aerodynamic efficiency which makes the elegant DB9 one of the most desired sports cars in the world.

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GARIA GOLF CAR The Garia is a Danish-designed Golf Car, the first golf cart manufactured in an automotive facility—the same factory where the Porsche Boxster and Cayman are built. Some of the features on the Garia include hand stitched weather-resistant seats, a roof-mounted air scoop that channels fresh air into the cabin and an on board refrigerator for a few cold ones. These beautiful golf cars come in a variety of colors and models which includes a street legal LSV version. The LSV model which stands for low speed vehicle has a max speed of 25 mph and is available in 3 colors, standard in the LSV are seat belts, side mirrors, interior lights, windshield wipers as well as a heated windshield for those cold days. For more information on the LSV and the other Garia vehicles visit www.garia.com

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What also makes yoga so rewarding is the sense of satisfaction that comes as you progress. Initially, a basic pose like the Triangle may seem frustrating. With legs spread wide and with one foot facing forward and the other turned outward ninety-degrees, you have to slowly fold at the hips enough to reach down and touch your foot with one hand, while the other hand reaches for the ceiling. It’s a posture that will show you exactly where you may have issues -- shoulder-wise, rotation-wise, and hip-wise -that are negatively affecting your golf game. Through continued practice, though, soon you’ll find the posture getting easier and more comfortable. Even more exciting is how this additional strength and range of motion that you’re adding to your body will make your golf swing seem easier and more comfortable.

THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR GOLF

A lot of golfers are of the mind-set that the only way that they can work on their game is to put in their time on the course, the driving range, or the putting green. Sure, practice will improve your game, but only to a point. What most golfers fail to realize is that their most important piece of equipment isn’t that new $400 driver, it’s their own body. And, surprisingly, the best way to keep this piece of equipment optimally tuned for golf doesn’t involve a roomful of fancy and cutting-edge fitness machines; it involves the ancient art of yoga. The way you swing a club is limited by the way your body can move. If your shoulders and chest are tight from spending 40plus hours sitting at a desk, there’s no way you’ll be able to have the range of motion that’s required for a sufficient backswing and follow-through. If the muscles that operate around the spine aren’t strong enough or are too tight, your ability to rotate your upper body will be limited and you won’t be able to generate either speed or power at impact. If your hips are overly tight -which is the case with most people...even athletes -- your swing will end up being performed using just your arms. Ideally, the golf swing is a full-body movement. Using just the arms to perform it and expecting power and distance would be like expecting race car performance while driving your car in first gear.

Yoga may even help you on the course in ways that have nothing to do with flexibility, body awareness, and strength. The relaxation and breathing techniques that are taught in many yoga styles may be just the things that let you stay calm and composed enough to sink that winning twelve-foot putt on the eighteenth. Traditional Eastern yoga styles will have a little more emphasis on the meditative mind-body aspect of the practice, while most Western styles tend to focus a little more on the purely physical side of things. Regardless of the ratio of exercise to meditation that you’re looking for, though, if you look around, you should be able to find a style that’s a good fit for you. You don’t need a mystical third-eye to see the benefits that regular yoga practice can have on many facets of your golf game. Pigeon Poses and Crow Poses will lead to more birdies and an initially challenging Downward Dog will help you deal with even the most challenging of dogleg rights.

Unlike traditional strength training workouts that may actually sabotage your golf game by creating unnecessary tightness in muscles that need to be strong, yet loose, yoga develops flexibility as it develops strength. The movements in yoga -- as in golf -- are generally full-body movements. This develops neurological connections between body parts that lead to greater coordination and body awareness. The golf swing involves just about every major and minor muscle group in the body. And it requires split-second interactions between these muscles. Yoga ties the movements of the muscles together and improves your ability to control how the muscles of your body interact with each other

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Breathing to Win! Jayne Storey

“Those who have tempered themselves are not afraid of encountering tigers”. - Lao Tse, Tao Te Ching The great Tom Watson once said “When I learned how to breathe, I learned how to win”, and many golfers struggle with this fundamental skill, which means they are prey to the emotional highs and lows of the game, simply because they don’t stay focused on their breathing and therefore let mental interference ruin their chances of success. In this article we’re going to take a look at the ancient art of Chi Kung – literally translated as breath or energy work – and how it can help improve your game. What’s this got to do with golf? Well, I’m sure many of you have read about the benefits of correct breathing and you may even have touched on it at some brain-training seminars, or when reading books about the “inner game”, but the simple truth is, unless you actually practise the discipline on a regular basis, you will never gain the many benefits it can bring to your golf and life. Yet, if you can incorporate into your weekly schedule, this basic Chi Kung exercise, which is thousands of years old, will help you develop a greater awareness of your mental state fear, anticipation, anger, excitement – (all of which are being experienced on golf courses around the world right now!) and you’ll have the tools to take yourself back to a more neutral and relaxed state, simple by focusing on your breathing.

Clients who’ve made a commitment to this simple practise have reported many benefits, including feeling more relaxed, recovering more quickly from poor shots, staying calm while on the way to winning a first club medal, better eye to the target, an absence of swing thoughts, better powers of visualisation and so on. How can you incorporate it into your game? Once you can comfortably stand for 20 minutes – and make no mistake, this may take you several weeks to master, as at first 5 minutes will seem like a lifetime! – you will start to gain greater awareness of your mind and body and can incorporate the learning into the following swing drill. Chi Kung Swing Stand at address and focus your mind on your T’an Tien – (your body’s natural centre of gravity, located approximately 2” below the navel). Take a few moments to relax and centre yourself as you breathe. Keep your shoulders down, keep your chest empty and relax your jaw. Breathe in while you move to the top of your back-swing, and then exhale all the way through to your finish position. Focus entirely on your breathing and trust your swing. Try this drill 6 times “empty-handed” (without holding a club) and then try it with your favourite club and/or driver, but without striking a ball. Note your feedback on a scale of 1 – 10. 1 = poor, 10 = excellent. Score in the following way for each drill:

Chi Kung – The Practise of Standing Meditation Stand in a natural posture, your feet shoulder-width wide, toes pointing outwards very slightly, your knees soft, your arms hanging loose at your sides and your head as if gently suspended from above. Allow your eyes to gaze gently, one mile into the distance and relax your chest, but without slouching or allowing your shoulders to roll forward.

#1 How focused were you on your breathing, did you manage to empty your mind of all other swing thoughts?

Now, place your attention in your lower abdomen, just below the navel, at a point called the T’an Tien. Allow yourself to focus quietly on your breathing, silently repeating “I am breathing in – I am breathing out” while you inhale and exhale. Gently soften and relax more as you stand with quiet awareness on your breathing and try to maintain a calm and steady focus on your centre-point.

Now step up to the ball and hit some great shots, while staying completely focused on your breathing. Relax and enjoy!

Sounds simple, right? Well, the challenge is to hold the posture and maintain awareness of your breathing for at least 20 minutes and then repeat the exercise 3 times per week.

#2 How relaxed did you feel during your swing? #3 Did you notice a greater feeling of stability throughout your swing?

Next issue we’ll look at the chi-power GOLF principle of ‘Stillness in Motion’ and how you can use it to enhance stability in your shot-making.

For more information please contact Jayne Storey, PGA Approved Mentor www.chipowergolf.com

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MORE POWER -WITH A TWIST JOEY DIOVISALVI & STEVE STEINBERG Two quick-and-easy ways to add distance to your game. THE PROBLEM: Not enough rotation in your swing. If you’re not able to rotate your upper body sufficiently in both directions, your game will suffer in more ways than one. If you’re a right-handed player, lack of rotation to the right side means that your backswing isn’t as deep as it could be. The less of a backswing you take, the less speed and momentum you’ll be able to create through your downswing and into impact. Less clubhead speed at impact means less power and less distance. A lack of rotation to the left side means that your follow-through isn’t as deep as it could be. This means you’ll be forced to decelerate -- or slow down -- your swing prematurely in order to maintain your balance after impact. Again, less speed at impact means less distance. When you put these two things together, if you have a lack of rotation to the right and to the left, it essentially means that you’ll be throwing the emergency brakes on an already weakened swing. Ouch.

THE SOLUTION: A two-pronged approach to increasing range of motion with your upper body. Lack of rotation could be the result of two things. The muscles that are needed to rotate the upper body at the spine -- deep-seated core and back muscles and muscles in the back of the shoulder -- may be weak. On the flip side, the muscles that need to be loose enough to allow this rotation -- chest muscles and muscles in the front of the shoulder -- may be too tight. What you get, as a result, is a situation where your body is basically playing tug-ofwar with itself. To get the most out of your swing, you need to strengthen what needs to be strong and loosen what needs to be loose in order to achieve optimal rotation. Exercise One: To loosen the muscles in the chest and across the shoulders, grab the end of a resistance band in each hand -- I like to use the GolfGym PowerSwing Trainer bands that I developed -- and loop it in back of you across your back and shoulders. You want it to be pretty tight across your back, so you might have to “choke up” on the band by grabbing it by the actual band -- and not the handle. Straighten your arms and come into your address position with proper posture and spine angle.

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EXERCISE ONE: To loosen the muscles in the chest and across the shoulders, grab the end of a resistance band in each hand -- I like to use the GolfGym PowerSwing Trainer bands that I developed -- and loop it in back of you across your back and shoulders. You want it to be pretty tight across your back, so you might have to “choke up” on the band by grabbing it by the actual band -- and not the handle. Straighten your arms and come into your address position with proper posture and spine angle. Without losing your posture, let the tension of the band pull your right arm back and up towards the ceiling. Try not to bend either arm during the movement. At the top of the movement, your two arms should almost be forming a straight line. You should also be feeling a pull across your chest and into your shoulders. That’s the feeling of those muscles beginning to loosen. Hold this position for a five-count.

Slowly return to the starting position and repeat the motion with the left arm. Again, hold for a five-count. Keep alternating arms until you’ve done five of these chest-opening stretches on each side. You may find that one side is tighter than the other. That’s perfectly natural. The goal, though, is to increase the range of motion as much as possible on both sides.

EXERCISE TWO: Exercise Two: To strengthen the muscle in the core, back, and shoulders that are responsible for creating rotation, anchor the ends of two resistance bands at floor level. (You can loop them around the leg of a heavy piece of furniture, for example.) Here, I like to use my doublebanded GolfGym PowerBandz. Grab the other ends -- one in each hand -- and assume your golf posture with a proper spine angle. There should already be some tension in the bands. Without losing your posture or spine angle and without buckling in at the knee, rotate your upper body by swinging your right arm out and in back of you. Avoid bending your arm during the motion. Ideally, at the top of the movement, your two arms will be forming a straight line. Hold for a two-count. Slowly return to the starting position and repeat with the left arm. Continue alternating arms until you’ve done five of these strengthening moves on each side. Again, one side may initially feel stronger than the other. That’s fine. The eventual goal is to create as much strength as possible and reduce any imbalances between your right and left sides.

One of the highlights of Joey Diovisalvi’s ten years on the PGA Tour as a biomechanics coach was helping Vijay Singh become the world’s number-one golfer in 2004. Coach Joey D now works with touring pros -- and those who are serious about their game -- at his D1 Athletic Facility in Jupiter, Florida. His biomechanical approach to golf fitness has worked with everyone from PGA Tour event winners Pat Perez, and Ryuji Imada to Champion’s Tour greats Tom Pernice, Jr. and Tommy Armour III. His winning philosophy is captured perfectly in his book, Fix Your Body, Fix Your Swing, published by St. Martin’s Press. GWMAGTV.COM

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ith animated cities and sweeping natural landscapes, Australia has all the makings of a distinctly unique holiday destination. And this holds true whether or not you’re up for tee! By Alexia McIntosh

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animated cities and sweeping natural landscapes, Australia has all the makings of a distinctly unique holiday destination. And this holds true whether or not you’re up for tee! By Bobby Harris Australia is the sixth largest nation in the world and the only country to govern an entire continent. Encompassing approximately the same size as that of the 48 mainland United States, it ironically has the lowest population density in the world: only two people per square kilometer. Don’t let the low population fool you into thinking there’s not a lot to do here, because Australia offers exquisite sightseeing and no shortage of activities to keep you busy. Oh, and it also offers world-class golf. Australia conjures up a kaleidoscope of images. And the Great Barrier Reef is definitely one of them. This spectacular site is the world’s largest reef system, stretching for over 344,400 square kilometers. The Great Barrier Reef is massive enough to be identified from outer space. If you prefer to stay dry while you see the sights, hop over to the island state of Tasmania, some 240 kilometers off the southern Australian coast. An archipelago of over 300 islands, it offers a treasure trove of national parks and nature preserves. For a more urban view of the country, Sydney -- on the east coast -- sports a lively arts and culture scene. It’s Opera House in internationally renowned. Further south, Melbourne also offers everything from quality dining to luxury shopping

Barnbougle Dunes Located on Tasmania’s northeast coast, Barnbougle Dunes showcases the island state’s extraordinary natural beauty. This course is set against a stunning backdrop of lush sweeping coastlines. Barnbougle Dunes mirrors the charms of coastal courses in Scotland and Ireland, but the landscape here has an Aussie charm all of its own. The Dunes has been voted top public golf course in the country and the seventh best in the world. on the planet. www.barnbougledunes.com.au

Joondalup Resort Luxurious accommodations, fine dining with panoramic views, and Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf is what you’ll find at Joondalup Resort. Just north of Perth -- on the country’s west coast -- The resort has established itself as a must-stay destination. Relax on the white sand beaches of the Sunset Coast situated just a stone’s throw away, challenge your golf game on an invigorating course where the landscape varies dramatically from luxuriant bushlands to daunting limestone quarries, and keep an eye out for the kangaroos freely roaming the wild floral setting. v www.joondalupresort.com.au

Just as Australia is a study in contrasts, so too are its golf courses. Australia is blessed with some of the most beautiful courses around, which makes it a prime destination for golfers from all over the world. Here are just four of the reasons why Australia figures so prominently on the golf map.

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Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks, Victoria, Australia.Hole 8

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Also on the west coast is The Cut at Port Bouvard. A newcomer on Australia’s golf scene, The Cut Course has already made a name for itself. It was Australian Golf Digest Magazine’s choice for top course in 2008 and continues to remain in the top ten. The golf course is set against a backdrop of ocean-front dunes and stunning views of the coast and offers eighteen challenging holes of James Wilcher-design.

Hamilton Island Golf Club sits serenely at the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef and, as a result, offers unparalleled ocean views. Located on Dent Island -- off the northeast coast of the country -- the golf course at Hamilton Island is the only championship island golf course in Australia. Don’t let that intimidate you though. Hamilton Island was designed to cater to golfers of all levels -- from beginners to pros. The exquisite and rugged beauty of the terrains and beaches surrounding the club guarantee a delightfully memorable experience -- both on and off the course.

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PAR NONE By Barbara Perkins

PAR NONE By Barbara Perkins While astonishing scenery lends this venerable resort its name, it’s the extraordinary golf, spa and dining that puts The Boulders over the top. Set in the whimsically named town of Carefree, Arizona, we had a hunch that The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa would be exceptional. A thirty-mile, nearly straight-shot drive north of Phoenix, the resort is situated on 1,300 acres of pristine Sonoran desert. Dramatic and preserved, the landscape is punctuated by spectacular 12-million-year-old granite rock formations, which engender the resort’s name. At The Boulder’s, discerning travelers

If you do overindulge, you’re in luck. The resort

We did, and thanks to LPGA teaching pro

seeking a well-deserved break will find a desert hideaway that does

boasts eight tennis courts, four swimming

Jean Crawford, we managed to right a grip,

not disappoint.

pools and plenty of bike and nature trails to

adjust a stance and fine-tune a swing all

Pampering begins in the spa. A modern complex; it features 24

work it off. For us though, one novice, and an

in less than two hours.

treatment rooms, a fashionable boutique and café, and a wing

infatuated not-quite-pro, whacking the little

At the end of the day, we cheerfully retreated

devoted entirely to fitness and movement studios. The expansive list

white ball on the Saguaro-studded desert

to our spacious and well-appointed casita.

of services is astonishing - from the spa’s signature turquoise body

terrain was the pleasure beyond compare.

Each of the resort’s 160 casitas and 60 villas

wrap and (in-season only) avocado citrus rub, to the rhythmic

Consistently ranked among the world’s top

blends seamlessly into the rugged terrain,

rocking of a 75-minute full body LomiLomi massage - - which just-so-

golfing destinations, The Boulders features

rendering them barely visible. We found ours,

happened to put us in la-la land.

two 18-hole Jay Morrish-designed courses.

with

Dining was another delight. Breakfast - hearty and/or healthy

We played the challenging, picturesque and

massive fireplace, oversized whirlpool bath

is served flawlessly in the semi-open air Palo Verde restaurant. For

impeccably maintained North course. If you

and private terrace, and tucked in for a night

dinner, we adored the romantic and recently refurbished Latilla, also

do, be sure to bring your sand game, the traps

of heaven-sent rest.

located within the handsome main lodge of the resort. Here the

here are both plenty and deep.

If you’re adventurous, don’t leave town with

southwestern menu is heavy on local fare. If you don’t fill up on the

For those looking to wipe a few strokes off their

out checking out the local happenings in

hard-to-resist cranberry walnut rolls with homemade chipolte butter

scorecard, the practice area is phenomenal.

Cave Creek – a short drive down the road. We

you’ll have enough room for the hickory-grilled quail appetizer. For

With an endless supply of balls, you could

liked Buffalo Chips. This cowboy bar with live

entrées, an excellent selection is the huckleberry-drizzled loin of

spend an entire day there alone, pitching,

music, an all-you-can-eat-barbecue and live

elk, lean and tender it’s a welcome variation for those tired of the

chipping and putting away. But don’t. If you

bull riding contests on Friday nights, is the real

ubiquitous steak.

can, try a tune-up at the golf school.

thing. Like The Boulders, there’s no let

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PROPERTY

HACIENDA CABO SAN LUCAS There are few cities in the world as vibrant as Cabo San Lucas. Located at the far southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, this is one of the premier locations in the world due to a combination of perfect white beaches, phenomenal scuba diving opportunities, and the distinctive sea arch known as El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. While these features alone render the area a blissfully perfect coastal region, there is also the Las Cabos Corridor to consider. It’s the only high-end holiday destination of its kind in the world. With dozens of resorts and golf courses lining the thirty kilometers of coastline that make up the Corridor, there isn’t a better place on the planet for just sitting on the beach, enjoying the world-class sport fishing, or -- more importantly -- golfing with the spray of the sea on your face and the sun on your back.

have faded away, the Hacienda has withstood the test of time. If you are holding out for the absolute best, look no further than the Hacienda. This is perfection in every shape and form. Over the years the Hacienda has refined its flavor and has become an eclectic choice that stands out from the typical hotels and resorts you’ll find here. Combining a unique history with a stunning location, this intimate village exudes luxury from every stone. You can soak in the atmosphere from beneath beautiful palm groves and immerse your senses in landscaping that was designed to perfectly highlight views over the sea

For nearly fifty years there has been one resort which has stood out above the rest as the premier holiday getaway. Ever since the days when Cabo was nothing more than a sleepy little fishing village south of the border where the Hollywood elite of yesterday would come to vacation, the Hacienda Hotel has played host to the crème-de-la-crème. Unlike other hotels which Beach Club

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Staying at the Hacienda is more than simply visiting a luxury resort. It is owning your own slice of heaven that you can relax in for as long as needed. Each residence or vacation rental is designed to ensure total comfort, from the open floor plans to the spacious terraces that offer stunning views. The Resort and Penthouse residences feature majestic views over the Sea of Cortez, as well as Land’s End and the Marina, while the Beachfront Villa offers you a variety of secluded spas and pools. At the Hacienda, you can live exactly as your heart desires. Whether you crave culture, beaches, golfing, or any of dozens of other recreational experiences, if you are at the Hacienda, it’s literally right outside your door.

Because of its location on the Corridor, the Hacienda offers access to one of the premier golf courses in the world, the Palmilla Golf Club. The first Jack Nicklaus Signature Design in Latin America, it is not only one of the most challenging courses in the world, but also one of the most beautiful. It has been been considered the best course in Los Cabos for years. Every single hole offers views out over the Sea of Cortez and with five tee boxes from which to choose, you’ll be able to play a game that will be as challenging as you want to make it.

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But beyond the golf, the dining, the shopping, the marina, and the best nightlife in the world, Cabo San Lucas also offer some of the best scuba diving and sport fishing around. The water draws thousands of visitors to the Corridor every year. As a guest of the Hacienda, you get the added bonus of first-hand access to some of the best marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, and amberjack. Here, where the Pacific Ocean borders the Sea of Cortez, there is a thriving underwater ecosystem. The nutrient-rich environment is home to well over 650 different species of marine life. Whether you actively pursue marlin from over the bow of a yacht or leisurely catch dorado while resting comfortably on a panga, the variety of fishing trips will keep even the most enthusiastic fisherman well entertained. Cabo San Lucas offers enough adventures to happily occupy a person for years, and when it comes time to settle on a hotel for your vacation, the Hacienda is the only real choice. Hallowed since its days playing host to the likes of Bing Crosby and John Wayne, the Hacienda has matured into a fabulous resort. Throw in the sports and golfing, fishing and scuba diving, glorious days on the beach and wild night dancing, and the Hacienda is clearly the perfect-combination-of-everything-anyone-couldevery-dream-up-for-a-vacation-spot. No other place could match its claim of being “the best place in Cabo.� Come to the Hacienda to experience the absolute best in luxury and culture.

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Pebble Beach, California

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The number 1 golf resort in America according to Golf Digest Magazine in 2007, Pebble Beach is one of the most beautiful and majestic areas in California, and even if an individual is not into golf there are sights such as the legendary Lone Cypress or a trip down the 17 Mile Drive. Spectacular golf courses and picturesque coastlines culminate in a perfect coastal holiday destination for all ages.

With coastlines on the Mediterranean, the Aegean and Ionian seas, Greece is one of the most popular Mediterranean destinations for travelers around the world. Considered the birthplace of modern civilization, the history of the country goes back thousands of years, and with a mixture of craggy mountains and idyllic beaches combined with great food, beautiful people and the Mediterranean climate, it is without a doubt one of the most exotic places in the world to travel.

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Maldive Islands

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A double chain of 26 atolls stretching across nearly 90,000 square kilometers of ocean, the Maldives are made up of 1,192 different islets, with close to 200 of them inhabited and literally dozens of resorts and golf courses to choose from, such as the Kuredu Golf Club. In addition, the Maldive Islands are considered to be one of the premier scuba diving hotspots in the entire world, so no matter when a traveler comes there is plenty of fun in the sun.

Florida is one of the top golfing states in the U.S., with literally hundreds of courses to choose from. The state can actually be broken down into sub-sections such as Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Port Saint Lucie and beyond, and each city has its own unique set of courses and accommodations to choose from, not to mention plenty of beaches and forests. For the ultimate travel experience this is most certainly one of the best states to choose from.

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Bahama travel

Palm Springs, California

While many travelers assume that coming to the Bahamas means traveling to an allinclusive single resort, there are over 23 inhabited islands to choose from and literally thousands of unpopulated islets and hidden areas to explore. Whether a person spends their day golfing and enjoying the all-inclusive nature of their resort or heads out onto one of the many beaches or explores the hidden wonders of the surrounding islands, there is much more to the Bahamas than meets the eye.

Located in the Coachella Valley desert region, Palm Springs is one of the hottest golf spots on the planet in more ways than one, with over 125 different courses in the surrounding desert as of 2009, and more on the way every year. There are also the nearby mountains as well as plenty of other sports activities for visitors to enjoy, and with 354 days of sunshine every year there is plenty of time to get out and enjoy the weather and sports.

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