WaterColor Inn and Resort Offers Exclusive Access to Private Fazio, Norman Courses
Guests of the WaterColor Inn & Resort and WaterColor/WaterSound luxury vacation rentals in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida now have access to two highly-rated private courses: Camp Creek, a Tom Fazio-stunner featuring coastal dunes covered in native grasses, and Sharks Tooth, a Greg Norman signature layout that hugs the banks of Lake Powell.
Golfers can avoid the crowds often associated with Florida resort while soaking up a true member for a day experience (Sharks Tooth has a mens locker room with flat screens, full bar and card tables). If its a family-first vacation, the resort also offers the Davis Love III-designed Origins Course. Crafted specifically for juniors and beginners, the innovative layout plays as a six-hole regulation and 10-hole par-3 course.
All three courses are within 30 minutes of the WaterColor Inn. Closest airports: Panama City (45 minutes), Fort Walton/Destin (45 minutes). For more information on golf packages, visit www.watercolorinn.com or www.watercolorvacations.com.
Victoria Hills Just Off the Beaten Orlando/Daytona Golf Paths
Have clubs and kids will travel types heading to Orlando this fall or winter can escape for a quick round at Victoria Hills in DeLand. Ditto that for Daytona visitors; the course sits midway between these two popular Sunshine State destinations. What youll get for your money: an ornate Ron Garl-designed layout thats a far cry from the flat, palm-tree-and-pond lined courses of south Florida.
From first tee box to 18th green, theres more than 60 feet of elevation change, and holes are canopied with Spanish Moss-draped live oaks. But bring your A-game. In addition to hosting a myriad of collegiate and amateur events, a number of Orlando-area PGA players utilize Victoria Hills challenging circuit. Post round apps and cocktails are available in Mulligans Tavern, headed by former John Travolta personal chef Scot Choquette.
Victoria Hills is located just off Interstate 4, the closest airports are Orlando Sanford (45 minutes) and Daytona Beach International (30 minutes). For more information, visit www.victoriahillsgolfclub.com.
SouthWood Offers Cottage Stay, Play Option on Florida State Universitys Home Golf Course
From Miami to Gainesville, Florida is full of good college golf courses. One need only deviate to the Panhandle and the capital city of Tallahassee to play one of the Atlantic Coast Conferences most challenging layouts.
SouthWood Golf Club is home to both the Florida State University mens and womens golf teams. Like most modern courses, it tips out at over 7,000 yards. But the key to this Gene Bates, Fred Couples design lies in reading the greens on short to mid-range puts. Hasty strokes often miss, dare we say, wide right.
Fall is prime time to visit, what with football season in full swing and day time temps leveling off from their late-summer peak. Five Georgia cracker box style cottages sit on a hill just a mile from the golf course, welcoming golfers with front porches, mini-kitchens and gas fireplaces.
SouthWood is located 15 minutes from Tallahassee Regional Airport. For more information, visit www.southwoodgolfclub.com.
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Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.
Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.
''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''
They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.
''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''
Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.
''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''
Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.
Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.
Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.