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Bobby Weed Golf Design Completes Renovation at…

Bobby Weed Golf Design Completes Renovation at Long Cove Club

Bobby Weed Golf Design ( announces that its renovation of the golf course at Long Cove Club, in Hilton Head Island, S.C., is now complete. The course was designed by Pete Dye in 1981.

This project was especially significant to Bobby Weed Golf Design.

“Long Cove was my first assignment with Pete and the genesis of Bobby Weed Golf Design,” Weed said. “After having met him at Amelia Island Plantation in the mid-seventies, Long Cove was the beginning of my career in design and construction and of my nearly forty years’ relationship with Pete.

“To be back at Long Cove was very special for Bobby Weed Golf Design and to me personally.”

Alongside contractor MacCurrach Golf, Bobby Weed Golf Design commenced construction on April 20.

The scope of the project was specific and sensitive, preparing the course for the next several decades of its life. It included:

• Restoring all bunkers and native waste areas to their original limits with new drain lines, sand and coquina shell material;

• Re-grassing greens and fairways with updated turf varieties, reflecting the original color and texture contrast between fairways and roughs;

• Replacing lake connectors and drain lines throughout the golf course;

• Reconstructing wood bulkheads, carefully recreating the irregular lines and outward rusticity that distinguished the original walls;

• Repair and overlay of cart paths;

• Select tree removal  and a return to the original palette of native plant landscaping.

“For me,” Weed said, “returning to Long Cove conjured up fond memories of insane hours of construction, working alongside Pete Dye every day and fashioning a course out of the Lowcountry with a passionate team of golf junkies. And doing all of this while covered in sunscreen, no-see-ums and chiggers!”

Weed affirmed that the original construction crew of the Long Cove golf course is rightfully touted as one of the most eccentric and legendary in the modern era. Weed and Dye assembled a crew of college graduates, interns and low-handicap golfers for the project. Many Long Cove alumni later embarked on their own careers in the golf design business, including Weed, Tom Doak, PB Dye, Scott Pool and Ron Farris.

always interaction with the sea      @ Cape …

always interaction with the sea 

     @ Cape Wickham Golf Links, King Island, Australia

Golf at Adare Manor has been named a CHAD CLAR…

Golf at Adare Manor has been named a CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 experience as being the ‘ultimate golf experience’

Virtuoso’s ‘Hotel of the Year 2018’, Adare Manor, adds another honour in being named a CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 experience 

What do paragliding to your hotel in Oman, having breakfast in the shadows of Mount Everest and a round of golf at Adare Manor have in common? They are all considered some of the world’s most unforgettable experiences.

These are just a few of the extraordinary adventures highlighted in the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25, an initiative to annually list the world’s most interesting and exciting travel experiences. 

Luxury travel advisor, Chad Clark, was one of the first high-end agents to embrace the experiential travel trend. In 2014, Clark began “certifying” unique experiences he considered musts for travellers, curating a list of hotels, restaurants, tours and hands-on encounters that go well beyond the norm. The awards have also been dubbed as the travel equivalent to the Michelin guide for restaurants.

Chad Clark and other luxury travel advisors named Adare Manor to the list for being the perfect golf experience. It begins with a warm and friendly Irish welcome when you check-in, before being shown to your beautifully appointed bedroom in the historic Manor House. Venturing onto the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, you instantly appreciate the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings, whilst incorporating the very latest technological innovations to ensure year-round playability and outstanding service. Afterwards, golfers are encouraged to celebrate their day of unforgettable golf with an expertly mixed drink or beer from the bar and an exquisite meal at The Carriage House, The Golf Course at Adare Manor’s luxurious clubhouse.

Alongside Ireland’s ultimate golf experience at Adare Manor, CHAD CLARK’S CERTIFIED 25 is full of wonderfully unique and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This places golf at Adare Manor alongside trekking through remote and beautiful Himalayan villages, navigating Antarctica on a Russian icebreaker and a holistic immersion in the birthplace of yoga as an experience. 

After being named in the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25, Adare Manor CEO, Colm Hannon, commented: “This is a wonderful recognition for Adare Manor and the game of golf itself. To be named alongside some completely unique and wonderful experiences is fantastic to see.

“For Chad Clark to describe us as ‘the perfect golf experience’ is an outstanding endorsement of our approach. We pride ourselves on the experience guests receive at Adare Manor and have taken great care to ensure all of our visitors leave with long-lasting memories.”

Chad Clark, who has been traveling for as long as he can remember, seeking out the world’s most interesting and exciting experiences, said: “We received an overwhelming number of submissions from travel providers across the globe, so it was very rewarding to unveil the very best in luxury travel through the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25. 

“Specifically, Adare Manor is a spectacular destination that is very worthy of being recognised as a top and luxury travel experience. Not only is the hotel and its facilities first class, but what Tom Fazio and his design team has done with the golf course is truly breath-taking. Any guests lucky enough to go to Adare Manor will definitely have the experience of a lifetime.”

For more information on all Top 25 Experiences that made the list visit and view the trailer here 

To find out more about Adare Manor visit or follow @AdareManorHotel (Facebook), @TheAdareManor (Twitter) and @TheAdareManor (Instagram).

The pedigree of Le Touquet Golf Resort, home t…

The pedigree of Le Touquet Golf Resort, home to France’s No. 1 links course*, has been recognised in an influential ‘Top 100 Golf Resorts of Continental Europe 2018’ ranking that sees it enter the Top 20 for the first time.

Recognising the successful transformation of the historic resort, experts at Golf World Magazine said the renovation work at Le Touquet Golf Resort had ‘transformed the entire visitor experience’, and by opening up the stunning dunescape it has ‘restored its original grandeur and revealed its original personality’.

It’s position at No. 20 in the new ranking was underpinned by the exquisite restoration of La Mer (The Sea) Course, including the recovery of four of Harry Colt and Charles ‘Hugh’ Alison’s original holes lost to the dunes during WWII.

The resort has received industry-wide praise since its ambitious renovation project began in 2011 and has also culminated in the rebirth of the charming Le Manoir Hôtel as a modern, boutique establishment as well as the construction of a new, striking architect-designed clubhouse.

Laurent Boissonnas, Chief Executive Officer at Le Touquet Golf Resort, said: “It is hugely encouraging to see the wealth of positive feedback and accolades we are receiving and it also underlines the important steps we have taken to position the resort as one of Europe’s must-visit golf destinations.”

Le Touquet Golf Resort provides 45 holes of outstanding golf surrounded by a natural landscape of sand dunes, pine forests and big skies.

Only an hour’s drive from the Eurotunnel’s Calais Terminus along the A16, it is an easily accessible destination for golfers from the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands, as well as the rest of France.

In recent months it has also claimed ‘Redevelopment of the Year 2018’ from Golf Inc. in the USA, seen rises in La Mer’s position in both Golf World Magazine and rankings, and Le Manoir Hôtel has been voted ‘France’s Best Golf Hotel’ for the second successive year by readers of the UK’s biggest-selling golf magazine, Today’s Golfer.

* Golf World magazine (UK)

PGA Catalunya Resort underlines its position a…

PGA Catalunya Resort underlines its position as one of the finest golf experiences in Continental Europe

PGA Catalunya Resort, home to Spain’s No.1 course*, continues to be recognised as one of Europe’s finest golf experiences, underlined by its rise in one of the game’s most influential rankings lists, published today.

In the newly revised Golf World Top 100 Resorts of Continental Europe 2018, PGA Catalunya Resort’s rise to No.2 has been aided by the positive impact its ongoing €53 million development programme has had on the European Tour Destination.

Enhancements include a bold clubhouse refurbishment, recognised by Golf Inc magazine in the USA as ‘Clubhouse Renovation of the Year 2018’, a new Forest Adventure Park that provides thrills for all of the family, and the opening of the new LAVIDA Hotel, a contemporary, new establishment aimed at golf and activity enthusiasts.

The estate’s evolution also includes a maturing vineyard which will produce fine wines for residents and guests in the coming years, and will include the opening of a new Academy and the development of a man-made recreational lake for water sports.

David Plana, Chief Executive Officer of PGA Catalunya Resort, commented: “We continue to significantly enhance the visitor experience and it is encouraging to see the investments we are making are being so positively received by leading experts in the game, and our golf and leisure visitors from across the world.”

Nick Wright, Editor of Golf World Magazine, added: “PGA Catalunya Resort remains one of my favourite getaways in Europe. It is a pure golf retreat. With two spectacular courses and some of the best practice facilities you can find anywhere, it’s a place you can fully immerse yourself in.”

In addition to its world-class golf facilities, PGA Catalunya Resort is fast becoming one of Europe’s premier luxury lifestyle destinations, with a 300-hectare forested estate offering multiple dining options, state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities, nature walks and bike rides, offsite adventure outings and much more, located within easy reach of charming Girona, vibrant Barcelona and the stunning beaches of the Costa Brava.

* As ranked by

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even the greens are undulating

even the greens are undulating

    @ Askernish Golf Course, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

        a true links adventure

a great place to rest between two holes    @ A…

a great place to rest between two holes

    @ Askernish Golf Course, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

clouds above the green

clouds above the green

     @ Valley Golf Course, South of Munich, Bavaria

the perfection of simplicity     @  Royal Port…

the perfection of simplicity

     @  Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, South Wales, Great Britain