With Christmas fast approaching and the long cold winter setting in for the next four months, why not get the golfer on your list the ultimate Christmas gift. Send them to a warm, tropical destination to play some GOLF! With the North American economy on the slide, there are some amazing deals to destinations such as Mexico, Dominican Republic and Bermuda. Have a look online or in the travel section of your newspaper and you are sure to see some very enticing vacation packages. What could be better than deciding to use some of those holidays you have banked and get out of the cold weather for some golf. GolfPatio.com also offers some great Golf Vacation Packages.
Head to Mexico and play:
Palmilla Golf Club in San Jose del Cabo has been rated one of the top 100 in the world by Great Golf Resorts of the World and is a Jack Nicklaus design. There are five sets of tees for golfers of any skill level and the course is divided into the Arroyo nine, Ocean Nine and Mountain Nine. The course has features four lakes and many elevation changes. There are wonderful views of the Sea of Cortez while you play among fairways lined with towering cacti. Palmilla Golf Club truly ranks as one of the best golf resorts.
The Cabo San Lucas Country Club (formerly the Raven Golf Club) is an 18-hole design by Pete Dye that is carved out of the Cabo San Lucas Mountain and desert terrain. Its 745-acres is largely untamed desert terrain, and provide habitat for a wide array of plant and animal life. Equally stunning are the fountains and lush gardens at the entrance to the golf club. The beautiful Cabo San Lucas Country Club offers fairway views of Land’s End, San Lucas Bay and the Sea of Cortez. With elevation changes of 300 feet and subtle terracing up the hillside, this sensational course offers the area’s only fairway views of Lands End, San Lucas Bay and the Sea of Cortez.
Playa Mujeres Golf Club is located in the 930 tropical acres of Playa Mujeres Resort. It is only seven miles north of Cancun in Quintana Roo. This Greg Norman design course sits between the Caribbean Sea and Chachmochuc Lagoon. This ecologically friendly course is carefully crafted with water holes, jungle surroundings, and utilizes the site’s native plants and trees and offers excellent views of the Caribbean Sea.
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Head to Dominican Republic and Play:
La Cana Golf Course at the Puntacana Beach Resort in the Dominican Republic is innovative, challenging, beautiful and fun. The course plays long at 7,152 yards from the tournament tees, but there are a variety of tee boxes for golfers of all levels. The rewards include four fantastic holes playing directly along the Caribbean Sea and 12 holes with magnificent sea views. The course is a Pete Dye design and the Dye pot bunker is ever present. Hole seven has a cluster of 21 pot bunkers jokingly refer to as “Hecklebirnie” a type of golfer’s purgatory according to Scottish lore.
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Head to Bermuda and Play:
Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club is a private Club but visitors to the island are welcome. Opened in 1922 it is Bermuda’s oldest golf course. It is described by Bermudian golfers as “a real gem” and “the course you must play”. It winds along a peninsula, which at its widest measures only some 600 yards, the 5800 yards of this par 70, 18-hole course offer scenic delights and plenty of challenges, including two ponds and three ocean holes. These scenic links provide the golfer with a magnificent challenge to both his or her game and camera.
An Island gem designed to take your short game to new heights, The Fairmont Southampton Golf Course features 18 challenging par-3 holes. Taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings and dramatic elevation changes, this 2,684-yard course forces prudent club selection, with wind a definite factor. It was a winner of the 2002 Golf Digest, Best places to play golf. Whether tournament play, or just a friendly game takes you out on the course, you’ll be delighted with the myriad of bunkers, two water hazards and three tee offerings.
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