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north america 10 amazing GOlF ReSORTS B 14 may 2011 We’re serving up some fabulous greens in North America, complemented by striking resorts and top-notch amenities. boca raton resort & club Florida is synonymous with golf, so it’s no coincidence that one of the top golf resort programs in the world, as ranked by Golf Digest and Golfweek magazines, is located in the state—at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf=Astoria Resort. This is no slouch of a resort, offering 1,047 guestrooms inclusive of 58 suites, 76 jr. suites and 60 1-bedroom Boca Bungalows, although for those who like romanticizing the past, recommend the rooms in the Cloister. This is the resort’s original structure built in 1926 and reflecting Spanish-Mediterranean, Moorish and gothic influences and characterized by hidden gardens, archways, intricate mosaics, fountains and beamed ceilings. But we’re here to talk about golf and boy is there lots to talk about, with two courses, a putting green and practice area, and the Golf Academy with Dave Pelz Scoring Game School. The 18-hole par 71 Resort Course, which was originally built in 1926 and was reconstructed in 1999, offers 12 acres of lakes, meaning water comes into play throughout most of the course, and each hole offers five sets of tees. The 18-hole, par 72 Boca Country Club Course is another beauty with subtle hills and valleys, complemented by a 6,000-sq.-ft. putting green. Adding to the greens themselves is a 36,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse, which includes the pro shop and locker rooms with, get this, butler service. More goodies come in the form of 30 tennis courts, an array of dining options, the Spa Palazzo, seven pools, a 32-slip marina and a half-mile of private beach with watersports activities…oh, not to mention the countless dining options, from beachside to ultra-posh. The Uniquely Boca Summer package, available through Oct. 10, offers rates starting at $219 per night, and includes free and discounted activities for guests such as 25 percent off greens fees and spa services. Contact: (888) 543-1286; innisbrook Another Florida gem and one that has garnered its own share of top accolades, including Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Golf Resorts in America” is Tampa’s 600-room Innisbrook, with not one, not two, but four championship courses, including the famed Copperhead Course. There’s even the 9-hole Fox Squirrel family walking course. The Copperhead, the most heady of all, offers tree-lined fairways and rolling terrain and a lengthy challenge for even the longest hitters at more than 7,300 yards. Nature buffs will love the surrounding lakes and ponds, home to abundant wildlife, including fox squirrels, bald eagles, alligators, and blue herons. And if that doesn’t make your golfers sign on the dotted line, tell them about the par 72 Island Course, with tight fairways and intimidating water hazards, or about the par 71 South Course, which is reminiscent of a links-style design, not to mention the par 70 North Course, known for its daunting par 3s and which some say is one of the resort’s most challenging courses. But because teeing off is not all a luxury vacation is about, the resort, which spans 900 wooded acres on the state’s Gulf coast, also knows how to shine in other departments,

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend May 2011

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: Autograph Collection by Marriott
Tour Talk: Avanti Destinations
10 Amazing Golf Resorts
Dominican Republic Greens
Tee off, Barbados-Style
Teeing Up in Bermuda
Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Planner
A Quartet of Courses
Portugal & Spain Serve Up a Banquet of Great Golf
Touring the U.K. With Rail Europe
Uniworld's New "Super Ship" Antoinette
Savoring Exotic Asia
Coming Back to Egypt

Recommend May 2011