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Andalucía Costa Del Sol Open de España, La Qui…

Andalucía Costa Del Sol Open de España, La Quinta Golf & Country Club, Benahavís, Malaga Spain.

great golf     @    Ocean Dunes Golf Course, K…

great golf

     @    Ocean Dunes Golf Course, King Island, South Australia

riot of colors    @  Ocean Dunes Golf Course, …

riot of colors

    @  Ocean Dunes Golf Course, King Island, South Australia

undulating green    @  Barnbougle Dunes Golf …

undulating green

    @ 

Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links, Tasmania, Australia

great scenery   @ Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links,…

great scenery

   @ Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links, Tasmania, Australia

Something to dream about for lunch! Have you ever played #Nairn…

Something to dream about for lunch! Have you ever played #Nairn golflclub?
If not, this is an incredibly hot recommendation. Even the Halfway House is worth it with its large selection of whisky.
Nairn was simply gorgeous and I would like to play these links again.

PGA Catalunya Resort cements its position as o…

PGA Catalunya Resort cements its position as one of Europe’s premier golf venues

PGA Catalunya Resort, near Girona, continues to win critical acclaim, being crowned Spain’s Best Golf Course at the 2018 World Golf Awards and placing 4th in National Club Golfer’s Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe.

The two accolades close a year that has seen the European Tour Destination affirmed with the No.1 Course in Spain by top100golfcourses.com and ranked No.2 in Golf World’s Top 100 Golf Resorts of Continental Europe 2019-2020.

2018 has also seen the resort’s 5* Hotel Camiral commended at the prestigious European Property Awards for its interior design, created by the Lázaro Rosa-Violán Studio, to win the ‘Best Hotel Interior Spain’ category, while its clubhouse upgrade was named Clubhouse Renovation of the Year 2018 by Golf Inc magazine.

Chris Frost, Managing Director at World Golf Awards, said: “It was with great pleasure we presented the Stadium Course as the winner of Spain’s Best Golf Course at this year’s ceremony. Its layout is, without doubt, the best Spain has to offer and a challenge to all level of golfer.

“Set among towering pine trees and beautiful lakes within truly fabulous grounds, to stay and play at PGA Catalunya Resort should be on every golfer’s bucket list.”

The venue’s €53 million investment programme, which kicked off in 2016, has seen significant developments across the resort, both on and off the fairway: the opening of a second hotel, the seeding of a new vineyard, the implementation of ecological conservation programmes, numerous course improvements and residential developments, and, soon to come, an upgraded golf academy and a man-made recreational lake for water sports.

David Plana, CEO of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “Spain is blessed to have a great number of exceptional courses and venues, so it is tremendously encouraging to see PGA Catalunya Resort consistently ranked so highly by many of the biggest media brands in golf.

“Our vision has always been to deliver one of the world’s most memorable golf experiences, and with the confidence of the golf industry behind us, that mission will continue to define PGA Catalunya Resort in 2019 and beyond.”

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, all located within easy reach of charming Girona, vibrant Barcelona and the stunning beaches of the Costa Brava.

Tripp Davis and Associates Prepares to Transfo…

Tripp Davis and Associates Prepares to Transform Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club

Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) has been retained by Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, to direct the extensive renovation and restoration of the Perry Maxwell and Alister MacKenzie designed course that opened in 1929. 

The TDA plan will renovate drainage, cart paths, the structure of tees, greens and bunkers, and re-grass most of the course, to include using Latitude 36 Bermuda for tees and fairways, and 007 Bent Grass for the greens.  Work will include restoring the original rounded/irregular shape of the tees, returning strategic widths in fairways and removing many introduced trees, plus restoring the strategic intent and style of the bunkers and the size of the original greens. 

The work to the greens also will include preserving the existing contours, mostly original, while making minor changes to enhance them for modern play.  All greens had the existing contours scanned and each layer of the rebuilding of the greens will be carefully monitored with GPS equipment to make sure the important contours are artfully preserved.  TDA is also working with EC Design of West Des Moines, Iowa, to plan a completely new irrigation and pumping system.      

“Being given the responsibility to renovate and restore the Maxwell/MacKenzie course at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club is uniquely exciting for me given my history there and the many friends I have there,” said Tripp Davis, lead golf course architect.  “I first played the course in 1985 as a freshman on the University of Oklahoma golf team, and it has since been one of my favorite courses in the world.  Being able to bring the golf course back to more what it was intended to be by Mr. Maxwell and Mr. MacKenzie will be one the greatest thrills of my professional career.” 

The Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club was one of only a few courses that Maxwell and MacKenzie collaborated on, with Crystal Downs in Michigan, and the Ohio State University Scarlett Course being two of the more high profile courses they did together.  Davis has limited his workload so he can be on site, 30 minutes from his home, on an almost constant basis.

 TDA Shaper Jason Gold, who has been a TDA staff member for over 10 years, will be on site to shape the course, while Davis will personally oversee the shaping of the surfaces of the greens to preserve the existing character.  “Jason and I will be working to make sure every detail is right and that every strategic element is pure to how Mr. Maxwell and Mr. MacKenzie wanted the course to play.  They were extraordinary at making everything they did look like a natural part of the land, and using that to create beautiful strategic variety and interest, highlighted by the angles they created and the importance of precision when playing into the greens,” stated Davis. 

Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club will close its golf course for construction this winter and there are plans for a limited reopening in December 2019, with full play in Spring 2020.

About Tripp Davis and Associates

Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) was founded in 1994 and has offices in Norman, Oklahoma, and New York City.  TDA practices golf architecture with an unparalleled passion for craftsmanship of unique landscapes and strategic details.  Tripp Davis, a decorated amateur golfer, was a member of the 1989 National Championship Golf Team and a NCAA All-American selection while at the University of Oklahoma.  He continues to play in several prestigious amateur events each year. 

Tripp’s abilities as a world-class player give him a unique insight into those subtle details in strategy that can make a golf course an interesting challenge for better players, while proving an enjoyable test for the average golfer.  His knowledge of the game has also been incorporated into the development of innovative practice facilities that give players the opportunity to practice the right shots in the right way, thus expanding their golfing abilities and their appreciation for the game. 

Davis earned a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Oklahoma and is a Member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.  For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, please visit the website at www.tdagolf.net or call 405-447-5259.

Photo Credit: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club

European Tour Originals presents The QE2 Shoot…

European Tour Originals presents The QE2 Shootout with Francesco Molinari, Thorbjørn Olesen and Jon Rahm. Three golfers. An iconic ocean liner. One unique challenge. Ahead of the tenth anniversary edition of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, we set three top golfers a tough test aboard one of the most famous ocean liners in the world. DP World has 78 ports in 40 different countries. One of those is Port Rashid in Dubai, home to the retired Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner and now a luxury floating hotel. With a trio of Ryder Cup stars on deck, and one very special guest out on the water, we presented Francesco Molinari, Thorbjørn Olesen and Jon Rahm with nine targets out in the water – each representing former winners of the season-ending showpiece – and asked them to hit as many as possible within ten shots. Never has ‘Off The Deck’ been more literal…

Visit http://www.qe2.com for more details on the QE2.

Reflection Bay Golf Club Brings New Staff, Res…

Reflection Bay Golf Club Brings New Staff, Resort-Style Experiences to Lake Las Vegas

Award-winning Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas hit the proverbial hole in one with the addition of two key executives to its team. Director of golf operations Eric Dutt and general manager Jon Openshaw are enhancing the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course to provide more high-end golf experiences for its guests.  

Since 35-year golf industry veteran Dutt and Openshaw came on board in August 2017, the golf club has been remodeled and Bayside Grill opened, with a menu created by celebrity chef Scott Commings. Commings, who won season 12 of Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” is the executive chef for Lake Las Vegas and provides menus for not only Bayside Grill, but also Reflection Bay’s events and weddings. The 32,000-square-foot club can accommodate up to 300 people with both indoor and outdoor venues to host weddings, holiday and corporate parties and special events.  

“Our goal at Reflection Bay Golf Club is to surpass our guests’ expectations and give them a memorable resort-style experience,” said Dutt, who was previously vice president of Las Vegas golf operations for Caesar’s Entertainment and its Rio Secco golf course, Cascata golf course and Butch Harmon School of Golf. During his tenure there, Cascata was ranked among America’s Top Golf Courses by Zagat.  His golf career has also included serving as Tournament Operations Manager for PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and PGA Senior tour events in Las Vegas from 1985-1995 and opening The Badlands Golf Club in 1995.

Dutt has been building Reflection Bay and its golf related offerings over the past year, with the addition of former PGA Tour professional Craig Barlow and Jeff Gallagher. Barlow, a PGA Tour professional who has made 170 cuts on the PGA Tour and competed in eight major tournaments including the British Open and five U.S. Opens, is the club’s director of instruction.   Former professional golfer Jeff Gallagher is a golf instructor.

Dutt’s team is also working with Raintree Investment Corporation to develop golf amenities at the Lake Las Vegas Sports Club and partnerships with the Jack Nicklaus designed private course, South Shore Lake Las Vegas.

Dutt is one of the most sought-after experts in the Las Vegas golf industry with work that includes consulting for the Tiger Woods Foundation National Charity Event and consulting for the City of Henderson, among others. He is the current president of the Nevada Golf Course Owners Association and is on the Board of Directors for the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association. He is also chairman of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, PGM National Advisory Committee.

While Dutt focuses on the overall goals and direction of Reflection Bay, Openshaw manages course operations, dining and special events, including weddings and tournaments. His background includes several years as an assistant golf professional at Rio Secco Golf Club, Stallion Mountain Golf Club and Pronghorn Golf Club in Bend, Ore.

Reflection Bay hosts the annual Lake Las Vegas Classic, presented by Audi, coming this Fall. The food, wine, golf and music festival will be held November 1-3.