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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Garcia (73), Fleetwood (74) off to slow starts at BMW
PULHEIM, Germany – Sebastien Gros carded a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to lead by one shot after the opening round of the BMW International Open on Thursday.
The Frenchman had four birdies to take the lead before the turn, and a six-footer on the 15th hole moved him two ahead. But a bogey on the next hole left the 28-year-old Gros just one ahead of Jorge Campillo, Scott Jamieson, Aaron Rai and Henric Sturehed.
Sturehed eagled the par-5 No. 13 to take the lead in the morning at the Gut Laerchenhof club.
Christofer Blomstrand, Nico Geyger, Mark Tullo, Victor Perez, David Howell and Nicolai von Dellingshausen are a further stroke back on 2-under 70.
Defending champion Andres Romero was among a large group at 1 under, including 2013 winner Ernie Els and three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.
Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.
Local favorite and 2008 champion Martin Kaymer shot 72, ahead of Sergio Garcia (73) and Tommy Fleetwood (74).
Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park
So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.
She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.
So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.
“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”
So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.
“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”
Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.
World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.
“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”
Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups
Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.
He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament
In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.
River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)
CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.
Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.
Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.
“It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”
Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.
While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.
It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.
“I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’”