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Sea Island Golf Club

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Sea Island Golf Club


Stay and Play at PGA Tour Sites

Sea Island and CordeValle Offer Views and Challenges


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Watching the PGA Tour is even more fun when you have played the course yourself. This time of year the tour stops at some very elegant resorts where you can play from the same divots as your favorite pro.

Sea Island

This past weekend the PGA Tour visited coastal Georgia for the McGladrey Classic held at Sea Island Golf Club. You know these guys really do it in style. Sea Island is high-class Low Country with two separate hotels to choose from. The Sea Island Lodge is where the event will be played. Staying here would be a golfer’s dream with 54 oceanfront holes to choose from right out your door. The rooms are upstairs in the clubhouse and have views of the golf and water here at the southern tip of St. Simons Island.

The Seaside Course is where the pros will play. This is a Tom Fazio redesign with many challenging fairway bunkers. It is ranked in the Top 100 courses by Golf Digest and always in fantastic shape. The Plantation Course is the work of Rees Jones, who made extensive changes to the original layout. The Retreat Course is just a mile or so down the road and was designed by Davis Love III and his brother Mark.

The most popular lodging choice at Sea Island is The Cloister, located on Sea Island itself. It does not get any better than this, with hundreds of millions spent before it reopened in 2007. The Spanish Mediterranean design could easily fit in California but is right at home here. The property sits on a small tributary, making for peaceful marsh views from most all its rooms. Guests at The Cloister will cross a gate-guarded bridge to Sea Island, which is home to scores of multimillion-dollar mansions. The Beach Club and Fitness Center are just across the street and could easily take up a leisurely day.

The easiest way to get here would probably be through Jacksonville Airport, which is only an hour to the south. The ride in is unforgettable as you cross the marshes and various suspension bridges. Go to SeaIsland.com for complete details.

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CordeValle Bungalow

CordeValle

A couple of weeks ago the PGA Tour stopped in San Martin, California, for the Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club. This is a Rosewood Hotel property offering some of the finest accommodations you will ever see. The options include Fairway Rooms, Bungalows, Villa Suites, and Fairway Homes. The Bungalows and Villa Suites are located on a high ridge looking out at much of the course below. They offer the finest in down bedding and state-of-the-art electronics that even dazzle the nearby Silicon Valley crowd. CordeValle has a luxurious pool area and an award-winning spa as well. This is the spot for a retreat or even a romantic getaway should you want to spoil yourself or someone special.

This course always generates a lot of excitement, especially on the closing holes. The drivable 17th hole is a classic risk-reward short par 4. The elevated tee offers views of the entire CordeValle property. A daring tee shot will have to cross the large lake fronting the green and right side of this dogleg right. In the event they use a short tee, allowing most pros to go for it, but the shot must be well struck. When Rocco Mediate won here three years ago, he laid up and holed his 100-yard approach. The 18th is also downhill and requires an accurate tee shot to avoid the lateral hazard running across the fairway and down the left side. Most pros use less than a driver here to secure accuracy.

CordeValle is located an hour south of Palo Alto and an hour north of Monterey. It would be an ideal choice if your travels required a stop in San Jose or the Silicon Valley — might also fit a San Francisco trip either coming or going. But this is worthy of a trip unto itself, and don’t forget to check out the winery on site. Visit RosewoodHotels.com for further details.

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