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Amateur Golf Tournament is Coming to Rancho Mi…

Amateur Golf Tournament is Coming to Rancho Mirage

The Westin Mission Hills Hosts First Amateur Golf Tournament in the City

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is hosting The Rancho Mirage City Amateur Championship Golf Tournament. Sponsored by the City of Rancho Mirage, this is the first of its kind in this city and will become an annual event. The two-day tournament, for amateur golfers with an established GHIN handicap index, will be held on March 26-27th.

The tournament will utilize both of the resort’s championship golf courses, the Pete Dye Course and the Gary Player Course. Whether playing the Pete Dye Resort Courses’ challenging yet forgiving design, or the Gary Player Signature Courses’ great and friendly layout, each will deliver the finest golf experience in the Palm Springs area. At a medium to advanced level, each course offers some of the best greens in the desert and features stunning desert scape and mountain skyline views.

The tournament format will be an individual aggregate stroke play event over 36 holes of competition. There will be five flights – Championship, Sinatra, Davis Jr, Martin & Bishop. The top three places for each flight will receive a trophy.  Practice rounds are available at the resident card rate after 11am the week prior to the event.

The entry deadline to participate in this tournament is March 19th. Residents of Rancho Mirage can register for $225 per player, non-residents are $250 per player. Each registry includes green fees, catered breakfast and catered awards celebration.

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Golfplan unveils Thai resort 18 in shadow of B…

Golfplan unveils Thai resort 18 in shadow of Buddha Mountain

With a December christening here at Chee Chan Golf Resort, the course architects at Golfplan ( have again showcased their skill at integrating world-class golf holes with signature elements in the local landscape and culture.

Here by the Gulf of Siam, the dominant element is the Chee Chan Buddha, whose serene likeness has been carved into a limestone escarpment some 110 meters high. “Buddha Mountain” is one of the region’s best known tourist and devotional attractions. Today, his gilt-edged visage is visible from nearly every spot on the 220-acre property, including the entire opening hole.

“We couldn’t afford to miss that opportunity — to start golfers on their spiritual journey under the watchful eye of Siddhartha Gautama,” said Golfplan Partner David Dale. “The Buddha invites a decision on the very first tee: play conservative to the right/lower landing area and approach the green uphill, over deep bunkers — or drive more aggressively (left of the center bunker) to create a downhill approach to unguarded putting surface.

“We have much to learn from the Buddha, who taught us a ‘Middle Way’ between sensual indulgence and uncurbed asceticism. For golfers the larger message is unambiguous: Relax and keep it in the fairway.”

The Dec. 12 grand opening at Chee Chan Golf Resort punctuates a busy end-of-year period during which Dale and his partner in Golfplan, Kevin Ramsey, unveiled and otherwise celebrated a series of projects that cannily place golf in disparate cultural contexts:
• In October, the firm opened the full 18 at Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa, in Uganda, where Ramsey designed an enormous man-made lagoon that divides holes 1 & 9 from 17 & 18, accommodates the property’s sparkling new marina, and integrates the entire property directly with its primary attraction, mighty Lake Victoria itself.
• Ramsey also applied the finishing touches this fall to Tabori Hills, a resort track to open next year in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Thanks to Ramsey’s routing, this cliff-top design will afford golfers stunning, long views of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi (where downtown patrons can access the resort by gondola).
• Dale couldn’t make Chee Chan’s grand opening; he was in Korea, debriefing with PGA Tour officials following The CJ Cup, which is contested over his feted design at The Club at Nine Bridges (#41 on GOLF Magazine’s world top 100). Dale watched most of October CJ Cup from the sleek, modernist teahouse behind the 14th green.

“South Korean designs must, according to local custom, feature teahouses in the middle of each 9,” Dale explained. “We spent months routing and rerouting that stretch of the back nine at Nine Bridges — to create the perfect perch for that teahouse. We did the same on the homeward stretch to create dramatic views of Mt. Halla, which is sacred to the Korean people.

“At Chee Chan, the cultural aspect was ready-made and close by, but we accentuated the experience over and over again. By my count, holes 5, 6, 11, 14 and 17 all play toward Buddha Mountain — 11 and 17 afford golfers excellent views of a Buddhist temple nestled into a different hillside. The experience is unique precisely because it’s so unique to Thai culture.”

Formed in 1972, Golfplan has been introducing golf to new markets and maximizing cultural experiences for nearly 50 years. Based in Santa Rosa, California, USA, it is the most international firm in all of course architecture, having creating more than 218 original designs in 32 different countries (if master planning and renovation are considered, make that 85 countries). This sort of sustained, diverse productivity is one reason GolfInc magazine named Dale and Ramsey among the “Top 10 Most Powerful People in Asian Golf” for 2016.

Golfplan has worked extensively in Thailand. Their designs at Panya Park, Panya Indra and Mountain Shadow (down the road from Chee Chan, in Pattaya) all remain popular — and profitable, Dale is quick to add. But those courses were built in the 1990s.

“It’s a privilege to work again in Thailand, especially on a site so unusual. This is flat, coastal country here by the Gulf — but we had fully 25 meters of elevation change to work with at Chee Chan,” Dale reported. “The eye is naturally drawn to the escarpment featuring the Buddha, but the property is ringed by these limestone karsts — some are 150 meters tall! The perimeter holes play uphill to their bases, then back down again. These enormous features give the entire course both an amphitheater feel and a pleasing sense of seclusion.

“In this environment, it’s tempting to shape the golf course in competition with these large features. But I think we struck the right balance. The contour is flamboyant but toned down through the landing zones. There are several cavernous valleys that separate the holes, which tend to melt over and between these landforms. With the introduction of drought-tolerant bahia grass to frame and accent all this, it’s a pretty stunning tableau.”

Buddha Mountain was created on the northern face of Khao Chee Chan in 1996, to commemorate His Majesty the King of Thailand’s golden jubilee. It’s been a major domestic tourist draw ever since — enough to invite subsequent development of a water park, winery and shopping district. With new accommodations and world-class resort golf added to the mix, this corner of Pattaya (just 90 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport) is a fully fledged destination unto itself.

“I love golf,” said Narit Chia-Apar, founder of Chee Chan Golf Resort and chairman of the developing entity, Chartered Square Holding Company. “I know how golfers think and what they want. I know the level of service that is expected, and so I built the course based on the needs of myself as a golfer, and not just as an investor. Whatever I see fit to give the best impression for our visitors, I will make sure that we have it here.”

Broken Sound Club Unveils Plans for Bold $30 M…

Broken Sound Club Unveils Plans for Bold $30 Million Transformation

Contemporary Reimagination of Clubhouse Adds Dining Options,
Expands Card Rooms, and Increases Amenities

 Furthering Broken Sound Club’s mission as a premier, forward-thinking community in South Florida, the 5-Star Platinum Club has unveiled plans for a $30 million transformation of its clubhouse and expansion of member amenities. With more dining options, increased capacity for its growing membership and “a lot more sizzle” planned for the “club destination of choice”, the enhanced vibrancy and amenities encourage members to “live young” through every stage of their lives. The clubhouse re-imagination is designed by the nationally acclaimed architecture and interior design firm, Peacock + Lewis, with anticipated completion by late 2020.

According to BSC Chief Operating Officer and General Manager John Crean, the new clubhouse plans reflect and enhance the distinctive Broken Sound Club member experience of “enjoying a life well lived and a game well played”. Set amidst
27 intimate residential villages and one of BSC’s two award-winning Audubon Sanctuary Certified golf courses – this transformation offers a varied choice of dining, entertainment and shopping amenities, expanded card rooms, breathtaking views and a contemporary look and feel.

President of the BSC Board of Governors Eric Bershad added that “With this exciting reimagination coupled with our special ‘home builders’ program for prospective buyers and flexible membership plans, it is an ideal time to call Broken Sound Club ‘home’.”

While celebrating its tradition of Mizner-inspired architecture, the new clubhouse design plans boast sophistication ‘inside and out’. With newly designed furniture and finishes, the new amenities will elicit an exciting and fresh vibe. More casual, alfresco and fine dining options with varied menus and flexible hours and expansion of member amenities will highlight changes.



MGM Resorts International’s Tom Fazio-Designed Course Selected as No. 2 Best Casino Course and No. 20 on Top 200 Resort Course List

Garnering more accolades for its majestic beauty, brilliant design and playability, Fallen Oak has again been lauded by Golfweek as one of the country’s best courses, earning the No. 2 spot on its Best Casino Course list and No. 20 on its list of Top 200 Resort Courses.

Among casino courses listed in Golfweek’s December 2018 issue, Fallen Oak ranks No. 2, a position its held since opening in 2007. Fallen Oak trails only its sister MGM Resorts International course Shadow Creek, which recently played host to “The Match,” a 22-hole showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, in the standings.

For the seventh consecutive year, Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed masterpiece at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest, once again landed in the top echelon on the publication’s prestigious list of Top 200 Resort Courses, as listed in Golfweek’s 2019 Ultimate Guide. Fallen Oak was the second highest ranked casino course, bested only by sister course Shadow Creek.

Every year, Golfweek’s elite team of course raters, which currently boasts more than 850 evaluators, surveys more than 3,600 courses – grading each nominated course on the basis of Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation, which include Routing, Quality of Shaping, Overall Land Plan, Greens and Surrounds, Variety and Memorability of Par 3s, 4s and 5s, Tree and Landscape Management, Conditioning and what Golfweek calls a ‘Walk in the Park’ test . Collectively, these knowledgeable raters have turned in more than 75,000 votes to compile Golfweek’s Best courses lists.

The 510-acre, par-72 Fallen Oak stretches 7,497 yards from the back tees and offers five sets of tees and strategic play options to challenge golfers of all skill levels. Each hole winds through an ever-changing terrain featuring dramatic elevation changes incorporated among more than 4,000 oaks and other hardwood trees, ponds, streams and wetlands.

The publication’s raters were as taken with Fazio’s gem as some of the most heralded names of golf who have played the course over the last 10 years on the PGA TOUR Champions. The tour returns March 25-31, 2019, when a field of 78 professionals vie for the Rapiscan Systems Classic title.

“Since its opening in 2006, Fallen Oak has earned a reputation as a must-play, destination course,” said Travis Lunn, president and chief operating officer of Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. “These honors solidify the sentiments made by our guests, as well as some of the legends of the game, that playing a round of golf at Fallen Oak is a complete golfing experience, and a round that they remember. I’m grateful for our talented team at Fallen Oak who care so much about our guests and the course experience. Congratulations to them as these honors are a testament to their unwavering commitment to excellence.”

The clubhouse and practice facilities alone put Fallen Oak among the top courses in the region. Built to resemble an Acadian-style Southern mansion, the 12,000-square foot clubhouse houses a 1,000-square foot pro shop and locker facilities. The 70-seat lounge and restaurant features top-level dining and a panoramic view of the 18th hole, as well as the majestic live oak that gives Fallen Oak its name.

Fallen Oak’s Director of Golf, Rick Gehr, was honored as the 2018 Gulf States PGA Merchandiser of the Year at the Gulf States PGA conference in December. The Merchandiser of the Year award recognizes Gulf States PGA professionals who have demonstrated superior skills as merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The pro shop at Fallen Oak offers a full range of men’s and women’s apparel, Fallen Oak logo merchandise, accessories, gift and golf equipment.

The course is open exclusively to Beau Rivage guests. To make a reservation, visit