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MISSION INN RESORT’S EL CAMPEON CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL

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2017 Will Be Something Special at Iconic Central Florida Resort

2017 is a milestone year for Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, as its historic El Campeón Golf Course celebrates its 100th birthday. The course—which opened its first nine holes in 1917—is an original member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail and was named No. 2 in the U.S. based on Golf Advisor player surveys.

El Campeón—“The Champion”—was built on land formerly planted with citrus groves in central Florida’s rolling hills. Businessman William John “Bill” Howey started buying acreage in Lake County in 1914, built the Bougainvillea Hotel, then hired golf professional and architect George O’Neil of Chicago to design a world-class course to be part of the burgeoning resort.

The resulting Florida Chain-O-Lakes Country Club course was one of the first in Florida with grass greens rather than the oiled-sand greens common in the early 20th century. Such as significant, the Chain-O-Lakes course was one of only two courses in the state built to the regulation length of 6,300 yards. In 1926, the design was enhanced by Charles E. Clarke of Troon, Scotland and subsequently renamed the Floridan Country Club.

Years later, in 1964, Illinois businessman Nick Beucher spotted an advertisement in The Wall Street Journal that ultimately led him to purchase the Floridan Country Club. Beucher renovated the golf course and clubhouse in 1969, and created a new resort inspired by Spanish Colonial architecture.

Mission Inn Resort & Club has dramatically expanded since then: It now now features 176 hotel rooms, fresh-water fishing, marina, full-service spa, three restaurants, and 30,000 square feet of group space for meetings, weddings, and special events.  But it remains in the Beucher family, with the second and third generation actively involved in daily operations.

A second course, Las Colinas, opened in 1992. Designed by former PGA Tour Player Gary Koch, Las Colinas —“The Hills”— celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Las Colinas lives up to its name with wide fairways rolling over gentle rises. Its large, undulating greens are surrounded by tropical vegetation, and large water hazards distinguish many holes. Golf Digest named it a “Best New Resort Course” when it opened.

Mission Inn is preparing for numerous other milestones in 2017:

  • 220 PGA club professionals will compete for the annual Pro/Pro Championship, the first of four years that the resort will host this event
  • Men’s NCAA Division III Golf Championship, the 21st consecutive year the resort has hosted a major or regional collegiate golf championship. And in 2018, the Women’s NCAA Division II Championship returns
  • NAIA 2017 Spring Invitational men’s and women’s tournament
  • The Florida High School State Golf Championship (Fall)
  • George Mason University Invitational (April)
  • Mission Inn Junior Classic on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (February)

In honor of the many anniversaries, the “100th Anniversary Golf Getaway Package” the other resort amenities.   The package is available throughout 2017, with the most favorable rates available if booked by February 15, 2017.

Rates for the 100th Anniversary Golf Getaway (two-night minimum stay) range from $171 to $232 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Additional nights may be added to the package.

For additional information and reservations, visit www.missioninnresort.com or call 800-874-9053.

 

FIRST ROUND STILL ‘ON THE HOUSE’ AT REYNOLDS

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Free Golf & Drinks At Easily Accessible, Premier Southeast Destination

Golfers visiting Georgia’s Reynolds Lake Oconee can continue to enjoy being treated to a free round of golf on the afternoon of arrival, as well as their first round of drinks “on the house,” with the extension of the popular “First Round’s On Us” stay-and-play package through March 2017.

The “First Round’s On Us” package includes unlimited access to five award-winning golf courses and a spacious private cottage, with two to four bedrooms, for a resort-style vacation with all the comforts of home.

Available now through March 31, 2017, the “First Round’s On Us” golf and cottage package includes:

  • Complimentary round of golf on day of arrival (after noon EDT)
  • Complimentary round of drinks (one per person) following each day’s round of golf
  • Choice of cottage for one to three nights
  • Breakfast daily
  • Same course, same day unlimited golf on Oconee, Great Waters, National and Landing ($50 signature course upcharge for play on the Great Waters and Oconee course is applied to the first round of the day)
  • Pricing from $249 per person, per night (minimum two people per cottage)

The Landing Cottages surround The Village at The Landing – an amenity complex consisting of a recently renovated and award-winning clubhouse, golf shop, Bob Cupp designed golf course, playground, bocce ball and tennis courts. Woodland, golf, and lake views are available.

The Village at Lake Club Pointe condominiums provide spectacular golf, lake, and woodland views. These fully-equipped residences are located near The Ritz-Carlton, The Lake Club Marina and Tennis Center, and provide immediate access to miles of walking trails and gracious outdoor living spaces from which to take in the beautiful views.

One of only 11 golf resorts in the country to earn the prestigious Platinum Medal from GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Lake Oconee is one of the most exciting golf experiences in the country. The collection features Great Waters (designed by Jack Nicklaus), The National (Tom Fazio), Oconee (Rees Jones), The Landing and newly renovated Planation (both by Bob Cupp).

While at Reynolds Lake Oconee, golfers also might want to “test drive” some of the latest equipment from TaylorMade at the newly expanded Reynolds Kingdom of Golf, presented by TaylorMade. The premier full-game improvement experience in golf features the TaylorMade MATT-T system; clubs built at the onsite TaylorMade Tour Trailer; two fully enclosed hitting bays; three covered and heated hitting areas; TrackMan 4 launch monitors; and high-speed Ximea cameras.

Besides golf, Reynolds Lake Oconee’s 19,000 acres and 374 miles of shoreline along Georgia’s second largest lake, provides fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, camping, picnicking, and water skiing. Other amenities include four full-service marinas and an award-winning tennis center, making it no surprise that Reynolds Lake Oconee is one of the Southeast’s most popular vacation destinations.

Since MetLife’s initial investment in Reynolds Lake Oconee in August 2012, five of the six golf courses have undergone substantial investment and improvements. The $40 million investment in ongoing renovations include the new golf village built at the National course, as well as renovated dining areas in the Great Waters reynolds-lake-oconee-hotel-room-picclubhouse. Also, all rooms, cottages, restaurants, spa, and pools of The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee have been redecorated and refurbished.

For additional information, access www.reynoldslakeoconee.com.

 

Swing Coach: The Only Golf Swing Aid You’ll Ever Need

swing-coach-logo-2Just 15 to 30 minutes of practice with Swing Coach is all that’s necessary to see real improvement.

If there’s a golfer in your life—or if you’re a player—then you know how important it is to constantly improve the golf swing. The new Swing Coach training club is the ultimate training aid—and the only one necessary—for helping any golfer, at any level, who wants to get better fast.

The new Swing Coach is simple to use: It looks like a golf club and you swing it like one, which propels a real golf ball attached to the special cradle in the club head. Make a swing, watch how the ball flies, and immediately know what is right and wrong with the swing.

Swing Coach will teach you to make the right swing at every speed, from pitch shots to drives, all with the same club.  The secret to Swing Coach is its patented cradle technology.

Developed with guidance and collaboration from the world’s top golf coaches—led by Dean Reinmuth, who has coached numerous tour players including Phil Mickelson and is both a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and Golf Digest Top 50 teacher—Swing Coach promotes making the proper smooth, accelerating swing by removing the urge to “hit” the ball.

Swing Coach is supported by a web site and full platform of instructional videos by Reinmuth, as well as simple explanations for analyzing ball flights and their meaning.

Just 15 to 30 minutes of practice with Swing Coach is all that’s necessary to see real improvement in golf swings and develop the muscle memory necessary to make perfect swings over and over again. It works for new and developing golfers as well as better players.

And if your game starts to slip, Swing Coach is in the bag to get you back on track in just a few minutes. No need to wait for an appointment with a teaching pro, get wired up, or stand still for video analysis. All you need is Swing Coach and your eyes and you’ll immediately know what you’re doing wrong.

Suggested retail price is $129. Swing Coach is available starting November 15, 2016, via online orders or at major golf retailers starting in 2017. For additional information, access the web site at www.swingcoachclub.com.