Red Rock to the Moon Trail - Desert Bloom

By Bob CastellinoMarch 2, 2009, 5:00 pm

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Wolf Creek Golf Club, Bob Castellino
 
The approach to the runway in Las Vegas resembles little of what lies ahead on the Red Rock Trail to the Moon, other than the fact that theyre both in the desert. As the wheels of the plane touch down on the tarmac you may be recalling the dream you were having back home. Places west like Mesquite, Nev., Page, Ariz., and St. George, Utah. You dream of playing golf and fly fishing, and of taking in the desert sights with a camera at your side. Professional golfers, fishing guides and master photographers are with you showing you the best kept secrets about each place and how to do it right. You have signed on for an adventure excursion with Three Trails West.
 
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A view from the 13th tee at Sand Hollow (Bob Castellino)
Three Trails West has a new a twist on golf dream vacations, adding side trips for fishing and photography. Company founder Bob Castellino explains, Golf is at the core of our adventures. But there are additional activities provided so you can get more out of your trip than just a scorecard. We like to learn about places playing trail trivia, hold trail talks each evening, take short side trips to see the sites and practice some photography, or go fishing mid-trip to rest that golf swing for a half day. Thats all part of what makes this friendly company different.
 
Before a trail is planned, the team at Three Trails West plays each golf course, fishes the rivers, and explores each photographic location to assure the itinerary fits the flow as designed. The same is true for lodging, food, side trip excursions and ground transportation. The team is handpicked, and every one of the guides can work with the least to the most advanced players at each stop along the way. When you sign on with Three Trails West you are matched with people of your ability and interests whether you are playing a round of golf for fun or competition, casting for the big ones, or on a quest for the ultimate photograph.
 
The Red Rock to the Moon Trail is one such adventure this spring, so mark your calendar for April 18-26 and join us. The first three days youll find yourself in Mesquite, Nevada playing the Oasis Canyons, world renowned Wolf Creek, and the exciting track at Falcon Ridge. Youll stay at the Eureka Casino where youre treated with a range of activities and educational sessions on golf, fishing and photography. Sessions are planned before and after our golf outings. Some may choose to rise to attend morning fitness and stretching or meditation sessions to improve their mental game, while others take it easy on their own. Of course, youre not required to attend any activity on the trail, but we encourage you to get out and take it all in with our professional guides. The pace of the trip is set this way throughout the week so you can get as much or as little down time as you like!
 
Mid-trip youll arrive at Lake Powell International Golf Club for a mid-day round, then its out to the Canyon Princess for a cruise and sunset dinner on Lake Powell. The next morning make your choice between fly fishing on the Colorado River in Glen Canyon or a photographic excursion to Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Reservation south of Page, Ariz. Late afternoon, its a short shuttle to Zion National Park for an evening hike, dinner and down time at the Comfort Inn on the Virgin River, huddled beneath the massive sandstone feature called The Tower of the Watchman. The next morning the adventurous are summoned to a sunrise photo shoot at the Tower of the Virgin and then onto The Court of the Patriarch in Zion Valley. After returning for breakfast, you head to Coral Canyon for our next round of golf in St. George, Utah and our stay at the famous Red Mountain Spa at Snow Canyon just beneath the massive Red Mountain.
 
The incomparable Red Mountain Spa is the perfect place to finish the Red Rock to the Moon Trail. The setting at Red Mountain Spa makes it the finest on the trail with easy access for walks and early morning and evening photographic excursions into Snow Canyon. Coral Canyon, The Ledges and Sand Hollow are premier desert golf course designs set in one of the more beautiful locations of southwestern Utah. All have been ranked at the top of Golf Digests must-play best new courses in the state. Each in their own right, Coral Canyon, Ledges and Sand Hollow defines the golf experience on the Red Rock Trail in Saint George.
 
This last stop marks the end of a great adventure of Three Trails West's Red Rock to the Moon Trail. Guests get their fill of golfing, fishing, photography and more along the way. Epic? Perhaps not. Memorable in the log of any adventure hound? Thats a resounding yes!
 

bob castellinoBob Castellino has been photographing and writing for more than 20 years. Bob is an accomplished, versatile, and multifaceted professional. He focuses his passion for Golf, Fishing and Photography by guiding the adventure bound on imaginative excursions to amazing out-of-the-way places. Go to Three Trails West for more about adventure and Bob.
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Ko part of 5-way tie for Mediheal lead

By Associated PressApril 27, 2018, 3:20 am

DALY CITY, Calif. - Lydia Ko was back on top at Lake Merced.

Ko shot a 4-under 68 on a chilly Thursday morning at the LPGA Mediheal Championship for a share of the first-round lead. Jessica Korda, Caroline Hedwall, In-Kyung Kim and Su Oh joined Ko atop the leaderboard in the LPGA's return to Lake Merced after a year away.

''This is a golf course where you need to drive the ball well and putt well,'' said Ko, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic winner at the course in 2014 and 2015.

Ko eagled the par-5 fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. The New Zealander has 14 LPGA wins, the last in July 2016.

''It's nice to come back to a place where you feel super-welcomed,'' Ko said. ''It just brings back a lot of great memories. ... My family and friends are here this week, so I'm hoping that I'm going to continue the solid play.''

She turned 21 on Tuesday.

''I don't think I feel a huge difference, but I know turning 21 is a huge thing in the U.S.,'' Ko said, ''So, I'm legal and I can do some fun things now.''

Korda, playing alongside Kim a group ahead of Ko, also eagled the fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. Korda won in Thailand in February in her return from reconstructive jaw surgery.


Full-field scores from the LPGA Mediheal Championship


''The score says one thing and my hands say another,'' Korda said. ''It was really cold out there today, so it was good that I stuck to kind of my process. ... Actually, this is still some of the nicer conditions that we've played in compared to the past. I'll take the cold as long as there's no rain.''

Hedwall and Kim each had five birdies and a bogey.

''I just love the city. It's really nice,'' said Hedwall, from Sweden. ''It's sort of a European-style city with all the shopping going on downtown and stuff. I love it here. I even like this weather, suits me really well, too.''

Oh had a bogey-free round. The Australian was the only one of the five players tied for the lead to play in the afternoon.

''It was cold and pretty windy out there and, because it's got a lot of elevation, it kind of swirls in the middle like in the low areas, so it was tough,'' Oh said. ''I hit the ball really solid today. Then the ones I missed, I made really good up-and-downs.''

Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, Charley Hull and Celine Herbin shot 69.

''This course is very challenging, especially when the wind picks up,'' the third-ranked Thompson said. ''It's chilly, so it's a little longer of a course. Some of the par 5s are reachable, so you try to take advantage of that, but pars were good and just take the birdie chances as you can get them.''

Moriya Jutanugarn, the winner Sunday in Los Angeles for her first LPGA title, had a 71 playing with former Stanford student Michelle Wie and ANA Inspiration winner Pernilla Lindberg. Wie had a 74, and Lindberg shot 79. Ariya Jutanugarn matched her sister with a 71, playing in the group with Ko.

Top-ranked Inbee Park matched playing partner Brooke Henderson with a 72. The third member of the afternoon group, second-ranked Shanshan Feng, shot 73.

Juli Inkster shot 72. The 57-year-old Hall of Famer grew up in Santz Cruz, starred at San Jose State and lives in Los Altos. She won the last of her 31 LPGA titles in 2006.

Stacy Lewis had a 74 after announcing that she is pregnant with a due date of Nov. 3. She plans to play through the Marathon Classic in July and return for a full season next year.

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Glover, Reavie share Zurich lead with Chinese pair

By Associated PressApril 27, 2018, 3:04 am

AVONDALE, La. - Chez Reavie had quite a few good moments at TPC Louisiana on Thursday. So did teammate Lucas Glover.

In best-ball format, the most important thing was those moments came on different holes.

Reavie and Glover teamed to shoot a 12-under 60 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with China's Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng.

''Chez started well and I picked it up in the middle of the back nine,'' Glover said. ''He closed it off and then we both played really well on the front. Just kind of ham and egged it, I guess, as they would say.''

Reavie and Glover each had six birdies in the best-ball format, pushing through soggy weather early in the round before conditions cleared at TPC Louisiana. Six teams are two shots back in a tie for third after shooting 62.

''We were just rolling,'' Reavie said. ''I think we're comfortable. We like to laugh and have a good time when we're playing golf, and it definitely helps.''

Zhang and Dou birdied four of their final five holes. Dou made a 31-foot putt on No. 9 to cap the impressive rally and jump into the lead with Reavie and Glover.


Full-field scores from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans

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Tony Finau-Daniel Summerhays, Chris Paisley-Tommy Fleetwood, J.J. Henry-Tom Hoge, Michael Kim-Andrew Putnam, Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Troy Merritt-Brendon de Jonge shot 62. Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels shot 64.

It's the first time since last year's Tour Championship that the reigning champs of all four majors have been in the same field. None of them were among the leaders after the first round.

Masters champion Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay had a 65, and British Open winner Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer were at 66.

''I didn't feel like there was really any rust,'' Reed said. ''I felt like I hit the ball all right today. I felt I hit some good quality putts. A couple of them went in, a couple of them didn't.''

This is the second year that two-player teams have competed at the Zurich Classic. The unusual tournament features best-ball play in the first and third rounds and alternate shot in the second and final rounds.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and Marc Turnesa shot a 67. PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley shot a 70.

There are 80 teams in the tournament and the top 35, along with ties, will make the cut after Friday's second round.

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Lewis says she's expecting first child in November

By Randall MellApril 27, 2018, 2:18 am

Stacy Lewis is pregnant.

The 12-time LPGA winner confirmed after Thursday’s first round of the Mediheal Championship that she and her husband, University of Houston women’s golf coach Gerrod Chadwell, are expecting their first child on Nov. 3.

Lewis learned she was pregnant after returning home to Houston in late February following her withdrawal from the HSBC Women’s World Championship with a strained oblique muscle.

“We're obviously really excited,” Lewis said. “It wasn't nice I was hurt, but it was nice that I was home when I found out with [Gerrod]. We're just really excited to start a family.”

Lewis is the third big-name LPGA player preparing this year to become a mother for the first time. Suzann Pettersen announced last month that she’s pregnant, due in the fall. Gerina Piller is due any day.


Full-field scores from the LPGA Mediheal Championship


Piller’s husband, PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, withdrew from the Zurich Classic on Thursday to be with her. Piller and Lewis have been U.S. Solheim Cup partners the last two times the event has been played.

“It's going to be fun raising kids together,” Lewis said. “Hopefully, they're best friends and they hang out. But just excited about the next few months and what it's going to bring.”

Lewis, a former Rolex world No. 1 and two-time major championship winner, plans to play through the middle of July, with the Marathon Classic her last event of the year. She will be looking to return for the start of the 2019 season. The LPGA’s maternity leave policy allows her to come back next year with her status intact.

“This year, the golf might not be great, but I've got better things coming in my life than a golf score.” Lewis said. “I plan on coming back and traveling on the road with the baby, and we'll figure it out as we go.”

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Coach scores in NFL Draft and on golf course

By Grill Room TeamApril 27, 2018, 1:47 am

To say that Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had a good day Thursday would be an understatement. Not only did his team snag one of the top defensive players in the NFL Draft - Georgia outside linebacker Roquan Smith, who the Bears took with the eighth pick of the first round - but earlier in the day Fangio, 59, made a hole-in-one, sinking a 9-iron shot from 125 yards at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wis.

Perhaps the ace isn't so surprising, though. In late May 2017, Fangio made another hole-in-one, according to a tweet from the Bears. The only information supplied on that one was the distance - 116 yards.