Nov 24, 2020

Rancho San Lucas Offering New Golf Villas

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  11/24/2020 01:00:00 PM   No comments

Having had my golf travel outside of Canada shut down since March due to Covid; I've had a nice little list of places started including the amazing Rancho San Lucas when travel outside of Canada will be safer (ex. vacinne).


Why Rancho San Lucas:


First Greg Norman design philosophy is grounded in a “least disturbance approach” that blends golf courses with their surrounding environment to enhance the properties’ natural features. The area looks amazing for playing golf in a spectacular setting.






The Call of Los Cabos





If you're looking into a location for a second home with golf in an amazing setting with pristine weather. Look no further then the new golf villa homes Rancho San Lucas has to offer below. 

The newest way to capture a slice of golf bliss is The Golf Villa homesideal for golf aficionados seeking a stress-free and seamless second home option in one of Los Cabos’ most privileged settings. The Golf Villa offering includes 34 beautifully designed single-story homes available for sale, with prices starting in the mid $400,500 USD and there is limited financing available on select villas. Located just steps away from the new 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course, each Golf Villa enjoys a generous 1,528 square feet with two en-suite bedrooms and spacious, open-concept indoor living. The large patio offers options for dining al fresco and watching the sunset. As Villa homeowners, residents can also purchase an annual golf membership and have access to resort amenities, based on availability. Rancho San Lucas residents also enjoy 1.2 miles of prime Pacific beachfront and expansive hiking and biking trails.

 

Rancho San Lucas has been designed by some of the most recognized names in land planning, architecture, landscaping, and golf design, including Greg Norman Golf Course Design, LandDesign Inc. and HKS Architects. The thoughtfully planned resort community embraces a timeless Mexican–Spanish architectural theme throughout. The Golf Villa homes are the latest addition to the real estate offering at “The Ranch”, which also includes The Villas at Rancho San Lucas and The Norman Estates. A key differentiator, Rancho San Lucas includes the RSL Design Studio that offers owners one-of-a kind interior design experiences to customize their dream homes and outdoor spaces. The RSL Design Studio also offers hand-selected furniture options from around the world.

Nov 18, 2020

Cabot Revelstoke: Cabot Branches Out To The B.C. Mountains - The Cabot Pacific Golf Course 2023

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  11/18/2020 11:36:00 AM   No comments

Really wasn't surprised to hear this week that Ben Cowan Dewar, CEO and Co-founder of Cabot were expanding their wings out West to the Revelstoke area of B.C. 

Creating a thing of beauty in B.C. seems perfect for the minds behind  Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia.

By announcing Cabot's third resort with Cabot Revelstoke in British Columbia it seems a great way to showcase out west what they've been able to do magnificantly in Nova Scotia.

I've been lucky enough to stay and play at Cabot Links and play Cabot Cliffs. Two world class golf courses. Although not easy to get too that's part of the charm and intrigue and Cabot Revelstoke will surely be the same.

If you're like me and a bit of a golf architect geek then check out the public records submitted by Rod Whitman Golf Course Design Ltd., some great preliminary plans for “Cabot Revelstoke” (You have to scroll to the bottom). Thanks to the Hutch for this great find.


Cabot Golf Course Design






Press Release below:

"When we look for extraordinary golf sites throughout the world, we so rarely find the natural beauty that drew us to Cape Breton and Saint Lucia. I was immediately inspired by the grandeur of the mountains that surround Revelstoke and reminded why people have been drawn to the mountains for generations," said Ben Cowan-Dewar, CEO and Co-founder of Cabot. "We are excited to build upon the amazing foundation that exists and be part of the thoughtful Revelstoke Mountain Resort expansion."

Located in Central British Columbia, two hours north of Kelowna International Airport, Revelstoke Mountain Resort boasts one of the world's best mountain experiences and North America's greatest vertical drop at 5,620 feet. Winters bring record snowfall with an average of 34 feet of powder annually. The destination is beloved for its varied seasons, exquisite beauty and bountiful outdoor adventures, including water sports on the nearby Columbia River and some of the world's best hiking.

Surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges, giant old-growth forests and glaciers, the pinnacle of the Cabot Revelstoke experience includes an 18-hole golf course designed by Rod Whitman and his new company—Whitman, Axland & Cutten. As an Alberta native with deep Canadian roots, and the designer of Cabot's first golf course, the award-winning Cabot Links, it was only fitting to have Whitman design Cabot's first mountain course, Cabot Pacific. The course will be routed overlooking the Columbia River with views of towering Monashee and Selkirk peaks in every direction. Set on a bench of land high above the river valley, it takes advantage of the diverse landscape and rolling natural topography. Golfers can expect great natural contours and play among and around cliffs, creeks and large rocky outcroppings set against the stunning vistas mountain golf is loved for.

"Having the opportunity to build a mountain course with the Cabot team in this spectacular destination is a true honor and lifetime achievement for me," said Rod Whitman. "This setting rivals the best in Canada—and across the world. Our main goal is to create inspiring golf that will bring people together and stand the test of time, and we hope that this will do both of those things."

The Lodge at Cabot Revelstoke, a 150-room hotel, is planned for the base of Mount Mackenzie, just steps away from the gondola and overlooking the first tee. Accommodations at Cabot Revelstoke will combine the tradition of ski culture with the highest quality modern-day comforts. The Lodge will offer a mix of rooms and suites, serving as a hub for year-round adventures to the delight of golfers and skiers alike. Amenities will include a ski concierge, a range of dining venues, a full-service pro shop, The Spa at Cabot Revelstoke, meeting facilities, an all-season outdoor pool and hot tub complex and more.

An exclusive real estate offering is being planned for those seeking a more permanent address with close proximity to world-class golf and skiing. The Residences at Cabot Revelstoke will feature mountain-style exteriors with sumptuous interiors that envelop homeowners in comfort and luxury. Residents and guests of Revelstoke enjoy the privacy, small-town charm, and shorter lift lines compared to other ski resorts of this caliber.

Clearing for Cabot Pacific will begin in December and the course is expected to be ready for play in 2023. For more information, please visit: www.cabotrevelstoke.com.

Exciting developments and enhancements continue throughout the rest of the Cabot portfolio. Cabot Cape Breton recently unveiled a new short course for preview play, as well as an events barn and a collection of new seaside residences, with three still available for purchase at just over $2 million USD. A new clubhouse, putting green with full-service bar and wellness center will round out the amenity offerings on the property. Real estate sales are currently underway at Cabot Saint Lucia with a limited number of Founder Memberships for lots starting at $750,000 USD.

About Cabot Revelstoke:

Cabot Revelstoke will feature the exceptional golf, amenities, lodging and real estate you have come to expect from the Cabot brand, upstaged only by the jaw-dropping natural beauty surrounding them. The Cabot Pacific golf course from Rod Whitman and his new company—Whitman, Axland & Cutten—will feature 18 holes routed overlooking the Columbia River with views of towering Monashee and Selkirk peaks in every direction. The Lodge at Cabot Revelstoke, a 150-room hotel planned for the base of Mount Mackenzie, will offer a mix of rooms and suites, serving as a hub for year-round adventures to the delight of golfers and skiers. Amenities will include a ski concierge, a range of dining venues, a full-service pro shop, The Spa at Cabot Revelstoke, meeting facilities, and an all-season outdoor pool and hot tub complex. For more information, visit www.cabotrevelstoke.com.

About Cabot:


Cabot is the developer and operator of a diverse collection of residential, resort, golf club and master-planned communities. The portfolio includes the award-winning Cabot Cape Breton in Nova Scotia and most recently added Cabot Saint Lucia. Cabot continues to build upon a legacy of excellence in golf, luxury residential offerings and boutique resort lifestyle across each unique property, where owners and guests have exclusive access to destination specific experiences and an unparalleled quality of service. For more information, visit www.cabotlinks.com.

About Revelstoke Mountain Resort:

Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) offers the most vertical in North America at 5,620 feet of lift-accessed terrain, 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, two high alpine bowls and 65 named runs, including legendary glades and phenomenal groomers. Across the group of companies that include RMR and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing (STHS), skiers and snowboarders have access to a total of 515,000 acres of terrain. In the summer, RMR is home to The Pipe Mountain Coaster, North America's first Brandauer mountain coaster, an expanding network of lift-accessed and enduro-style mountain bike trails and breathtaking sightseeing via the Revelation Gondola. For the latest news, visit www.revelstokemountainresort.com.

SOURCE Cabot

Nov 10, 2020

Masters Week: Special Edition Masters Gear 2020

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  11/10/2020 12:08:00 PM   No comments
Even though we're getting more Spring like temperatures here in the Ottawa area it's November and yes in today's Covid year it's time for the Masters that sacred time of the year when all the golf world is a buzz with Amen Corner, Magnolia Lane, Pimento Cheese Sandwiches and of course Special Edition Masters Gear. 



While only those who have tickets to this years Masters can peruse the luxuries of the Masters we mere mortals can only drool over what patrons can buy this year. Although the Taste of The Masters looks interesting (including Pimento Sandwich) I'm not sure how that would travel up to the Great White North. Can't wait to see this stuff go to eBay.








Although Swag Golf is putting out some pretty sweet Masters inspired head covers and putters. The price and demand is way to crazy to even attempt. Christ you have to sign up to to possibly get the chance to purchase one of the head covers. I might have a better chance at getting 2021 Masters tickets. 




A peach inspired TaylorMade golf ball might be more up my alley and a little more easy to get my hands on too. Plus we might even be able to use them here in Canada before the season is over.


As well Asher Golf continues to impress with their "Augusta" Collection for all golfers. With "The Looper", "Pink Blossoms", and "Azalea Print". How can you not want to show off your Master's themed golf gloves.



Even Adidas golf has some Masters inspired golf shoes. Created with the Low Amateur in mind these lightweight golf shoes can be had for $180 CDN.






Nov 9, 2020

What is Tiger Woods serving at this year’s Masters Champions Dinner?

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  11/09/2020 10:59:00 AM   No comments
The 2020 Masters Tournament is set to be a very different event this year. Normally held during the pleasing conditions of April, the famous golf competition will now take place during the cold November. And most surprisingly of all, there will be no spectators in attendance, which will be hugely disappointing for many people.

However, not all the important traditions have been affected as the Champions’ Dinner, thankfully, will take place the next month. First held in 1952, the Dinner brings together all the past winners of the prestigious competition who sit together for a meal and the reigning champion gets to select the menu. It will take place on 10 November this year, and Tiger Woods will do the choosing as he is the champion of the previous edition.

The legendary golfer has selected sushi and sashimi for a starter, while steak and chicken fajitas will serve as his main course with strawberry and vanilla milkshakes to follow. It sounds like an enjoyable menu, and Woods has already treated the winners with those dishes in the past. Given he has won the Masters five times; it is understandable if he struggles to come up with something new. 

When he first won the major championship in 1997, Tiger opted cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches, French fries and milkshakes for the menu, and later said about his food choices "They said you could pick anything you want...Hey, it’s part of being young, that’s what I eat."

His 2002 menu featured porterhouse steak and chicken with a sushi appetizer, and the next year he included the same dishes while also adding sashimi, crab cakes, salads, asparagus, and mashed potatoes. 

Tiger Woods’ 2006 menu featured steak and chicken fajitas, Mexican rice, and refried beans for the main course followed by apple pie and ice cream for dessert. 

Most of the champions prefer to feature traditional food from their home country, and if the winner happens to be a non-American, then often it leads to more inventive and first-class menus. 

The South African winner Charl Schwartzel’s 2012 menu could serve as a good example of a superior menu. Following a chilled seafood bar as an opening course, the 2011 Masters winner served braai, a mouth-watering barbecue that included lamb chops, steaks, and sausages.

While in 2017, English golfer Danny Willett chose a traditional British meal that was also quite first-rate. His menu included mini cottage pies as the starter, while the main featured a Sunday roast that is a traditional meal typically served on Sunday and consists of roasted meat, mashed potatoes, and Yorkshire pudding, etc as accompaniments. Apple crumbles and vanilla custard were served as dessert, followed by coffee and tea with English cheese and biscuits.

While the above two were examples of some cracking menus, unfortunately, the Champions’ Dinners have been more dominated by repetitive dishes than inventive ones. Over the previous 20 years, the most popular dishes have been Caesar salad (as a starter), filet mignon (as the main course), and vanilla ice cream (as dessert). This definitely will not help to dismiss the notion that golf players are boring. 



 

Nov 2, 2020

The Best Alternative Activities for Golf Lovers

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  11/02/2020 05:22:00 PM   No comments
There are few things better than a good round of golf on a warm day, but sadly this is not always possible, and often the weather can deter even the most avid golf fan. For times where you cannot play whether this is due to the weather or any other reason, you will want to find different ways to fill your time instead of dreaming about being out on the course. So, what are a few good alternative activities for golf lovers? There are lots of good options for activities which should give you a similar feeling to being out on the course. Here are just a few ideas.

Golf Video Games


When you can’t play in real life for one reason or another, a great alternative is to play a golf video game. There are a few excellent golf games to play with incredibly realistic gameplay and graphics which will make it a great alternative and a fun activity to pass the time. Whether you create yourself or you play as a legend like Tiger Woods, you are sure to get a similar feeling to being out on the course, and it could even improve your game in real life by allowing you to experience different courses and situations.

Football Betting

Watching sports on TV is always a good idea when you can’t play golf and few sports are as thrilling and exciting as football. You can make these games even more exciting with Unibet football betting and odds as placing a bet on the game will give you a stake in the action and help you to engage more. You can find a lot of tips and advice online when it comes to football betting to increase your chances of winning.

Yoga

Any golfer knows just how important balance, flexibility and core strength are when it comes to golf. Yoga is a brilliant way to improve all of these areas and could have a big impact on your game as well as your mental health and other areas like focus which is crucial when it comes to golf. Additionally, yoga is an activity which is easy enough to do at home, and there is a lot of helpful advice online for beginners.

Pool

Another fun activity which could also improve your game is pool. Pool is a game which is all about angles, technique and forward-thinking, so it certainly has its parallels with golf which also means that it is a game which most golfers enjoy. It can also be a fun social game to play with a few friends or simply to practice by yourself.

Any golfer should enjoy these activities which can be great alternatives when you are unable to fit a round in. In some cases, these activities could even help to improve your game, so they are certainly worthwhile for any golf enthusiast. Golf is a fantastic game, but it is not always easy to play, so having a few backup activities and hobbies is smart. 






 

Oct 5, 2020

Golf Course Review - Brockville Country Club

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  10/05/2020 04:51:00 PM   Ontario Golf No comments

Nothing like Fall golf and no better place then in my own backyard and a place I'd yet to visit, Brockville Country Club finally got crossed off my bucket list last week. It was great to finally get out and play this Stanley Thompson gem. Tucked off King St. West within a Bryson DeChambeau drive of the St. Lawrence River. It was great to get out and play golf in a beautiful Fall setting but as well having a chat  with two people I've worked with at Rideau View Golf Club before (Ryan Sloan - Course Superintendent, Jason Walmark - GM)


Only a short 48 min. drive from my house had me to the course and teeing off for my 10:30am round. I was hoping to get paired with some members being a single and all but the course was busy with many 4somes taking advantage of the great weather. 


Ted a member and gentlemen in the 4some behind me made my round even better. I spoke to him several times during my round and he was great at giving me the "scoop" when it comes to playing Brockville CC. Had a great time golfing and taking pictures of this mature golf course. 



Stanley Thompson's design features were evident from the get go of the round including many angled approaches from the tee or from the fairway. The many natural hazards like trees and rock outcroppings plus the many uneven lies was reminiscent of my rounds at other Stanley Thompson designs like Highland Links and Lambton CC a few years back. 



Not a huge fan of doglegs but at Brockville CC they seemed to work better with many different tee offerings (7). 



The course was in great condition after a lot of rain overnight and the day before. Maintenance staff had the greens running smooth and true and for the amount of play and this late in the season the golf course held up beautifully. Brockville CC is continuing to work on updating their irrigation/drainage systems. Which for most better courses is an ongoing matter. 


Being long enough on your drives especially on the many doglegs at Brockville CC is paramount for scoring well that and playing from the right tee boxes. 


Majestic trees and beautiful rocky terrain frame most of the holes at Brockville CC.


Loved the blend of both long and short holes including #12 this great par 3 name the Signature Hole. At 179yds from the grey tees, wind will have you guessing what club to unleash. 

Wasn't a big fan of #11 Cardiac Hill more of what I see as a golf oddity then an actual golf hole. This short and steep uphill par 4 with a green that probably should be fixed from its tiers to me definitely needs some updating. As well the hill has got to go on #13 the Montreal hole. (Landing area is too small for most golfers).



A short par 3 #9 Little Misery is aptly name be sure and choose your club wisely. 

Brockville has one nice little golf course tucked away near the St. Lawrence River. I can't see why it's near 500 members wouldn't be happy. With a beautiful and varied choice of holes(7 sets of tees) you have not only a challenge for all levels of golfers but a variety of golfing experiences from day to day. Glad I finally made the trip to Brockville to experience this Stanley Thompson design for myself. Can't wait to return.


Great sign over the downstairs bar. Oh! to be 1960 again. 

Sep 29, 2020

Adamo Estate Winery Review - Hockley Valley Resort

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  9/29/2020 01:14:00 PM   No comments

When a Golf Resort also boasts a winery it immediately puts a smile my face because not only to I love golfing in different locales I love checking out local breweries, distilleries and yes wineries. A short drive uphill from Hockley Valley Resort will land you at the beautiful Adamo Estate Winery.


From their fact sheet:

 

Adamo Estate Winery is a small-batch boutique winery with 23,000 vines, focusing on organic and biodynamic practices. Starting with the best fruit from the estate, and from some of the top growers in Ontario, the fruit speaks for itself and the terroir-driven wines.


Needless to say we pulled ourselves away from the golf course to taste some Adamo wine.



We were thrilled with the various wines Adamo had to offer for flights and we all enjoyed tasting the many varieties of both white and red. We all had our favourites and those can be purchase in Adamo's extensive and cozy wine boutique. They also have sparkling and rose wines.

The food pairings including the Mista Board (selction of 2 cheeses, 2 cured meats, estate sourced preserves & pickles, estate made honey, crostini) were a hug hit and paired perfectly with the wines we had chosen. 




Melanie our server was awesome she was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful with our various questions and of course she was nice enough to take our picture.



The price for a flight of wines(2) was very reasonable depending on what series you were tasting from; bottles vary from $13 and up. If you want to see the Fall menu check it here for further prices.




The vineyard sits on top of a majestic hill with a view remnant of some of the more famous vineyards in sunny California. The Fall colours were just starting and the view became so relaxing it was hard to get up and make our evening dinner reservations at the Cabin.


I've been to many wineries but Adamo stands out do to it's relaxing atmosphere which includes the spectacular views as well as the great customer service. It was also easy to social distance there in part because they've done a great job using the extensive space and layout of the building. They also have a great variety of wines; something for everyone!
 

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