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explore Fairways Golf Getaways Hot Spots GreatGreens & ★ Great Greens - And Then Some Five golf resorts where first-rate amenities match the great course play. By Larry Olmsted ★ PHOTOS COURTESY OF REYNOLDS PLANTATION, CRYSTAL SPRINGS, AND SUNRIVER RESORT New York City is a cultural and sports mecca, yet when it comes to something as pedestrian as a decent public golf course, the metro area is pretty much a black hole. But golfers traveling to the Big Apple should not be too quick to leave their sticks at home - the nation's second-largest golf resort sits just 60 miles from Midtown Manhattan, is even closer to the Newark airport, and is a little over two hours from Philadelphia. It's hard to imagine Crystal Springs being a hidden gem, given its sheer size and accolades, but it is the poster child for the unsung American golf resort. Absent professional tournaments, TV coverage, and the A-list celebrities that visit resorts like Pebble Beach, Crystal Springs gets little press. But what it does have is astounding: seven courses totaling 117 holes (four 18s, one 27, and two 9s), three hotels spanning a range of price points, rental condos, a spa, a water park, a town center with shops and bars, and more than a dozen restaurant and bar choices. There is also a David Leadbetter Golf Academy. The play is very good all around, the highlight being Ballyowen, an homage to Ireland that sprawls over 250 mostly treeless acres in the tradition of the classic links designs. Ballyowen is awash in awards and is repeatedly ranked number one in the state by Golfweek, NJ Golf, and Jersey Golfer magazines. Many golf resorts in this country have just a single undistinguished course and an equally bland hotel. Like Crystal Springs, every one of the following hidden gems has multiple courses with exceptional quality golf, plus other notable resort facilities that warrant your attention. The most luxurious unsung resort, Reynolds Plantation is beloved by golfers in the Atlanta area. It's less than an hour away from the city, but largely unknown in the rest of the country. That's a shame: All five of its public courses (four 18s and a 27) are first-rate, designed by Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones, and Bob Cupp. All have waterfront holes on gorgeous Lake Oconee, and four of the courses made the 2012 Golf Magazine list of "Best Courses Near You." The resort is home to a worldclass golf academy and TaylorMade's Kingdom, Clockwise from top left: Great Waters' 11th hole, fishing on Lake Oconee, and the 18-hole putting course at Sunriver Resort MARCH 2014 37

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - March 2014

US Airways - March 2014
Table of Contents
Perspective: CEO Letter
From the Editor
Making It Happen
Wine & Dine: Irish Whiskey
Connections: Everybody's Business
Great Escapes: Manchester, England
Great Escapes: Lisbon, Portugal
Adventure: Skiing in Alyeska, Alaska
Style Spotlight: Tee Time
Diversions: It's Just Lunch
Golf: Five Great Resorts
Gear Up: Going Green
Travel Feature: Winter Park, Florida
US Airways Feature: The Sky Is the Limit
University Spotlight: University of Dayton
Great Resorts: Phoenix
Special Section: Atlantic 10 Conference
Best of Health: Miami Beach Foot & Ankle Surgery
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - March 2014