Sep 07, 2015
Wild West Getaway

(DURANGO, CO)  The historic mining town of Durango, once the rough and tumble Old West domain of gamblers, cowboys, and the picturesque backdrop for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, is surrounded by snow-capped peaks that rise to 14,000 feet. It’s a magnificent setting any time of year, but with the colors of fall and the white snow of winter on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to visit. So the timing is ideal for the announcement of their “Discovery Package.” Beginning immediately and available through 2016, this program allows you to enjoy all the amenities currently available only to community members for a limited time. These include tennis, fitness facilities, pool, pond fishing, and hiking trails, as well as golf on the their Arthur Hills-designed Signature Course. (It’s a thrill teeing off the 1st hole of the Glacier nine with its 190-foot drop.) A three-day/two-night stay including use of any and all club facilities, one round of golf for four, and dinner for four in the Clubhouse dining room (a $250 value) costs $1,250 per package. Or you could to go in winter when the alpine skiing is spectacular.

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Sep 04, 2015
The Upstairs Wine Cellar

(VANCOUVER) Sure, Canadians love their beer, but wine is becoming the toast of the town in the country’s high-end real estate market. (Experts predict that Canada’s wine consumption will grow six times faster than the world average over the next decade.) The Globe and Mail reports that for homes on the market for $3 million or more in the Vancouver area it’s almost mandatory to have a climate-controlled wine room that holds at least 300 bottles. “The wine cellar is the new media room,” Geoffrey Croll, president of British Pacific Properties says. “Everyone wants a place to not just store wine but also entertain.” The trend is to bring the wine room out of the cellar and upstairs into the entertainment area where it can be easily enjoyed. Wine cellars have become so standard in luxury homes that one broker tells of a house that recently sold for $8 million. “It had everything – except a wine cellar,” she says. “The buyer, a very serious collector, had to put one in. It cost $500,000. He didn’t even blink at the cost.” Guess it’s time to think about upgrading that wine fridge in the garage.

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Sep 02, 2015
Living Well

(WELLINGTON, FL ) The city of Wellington is an appropriate location for Wycliffe Golf & Country Club, a private golf community that has long had a reputation for an emphasis on wellness.  One of the first clubs to offer the convenience of onsite physical therapy to its members, Wycliffe has now been formally honored as one of America's Healthiest Clubs.  The process of being chosen as one of America's Healthiest Clubs includes a detailed analysis of the club’s menus, activities, benefits programs and engagement tools. Rick Ladendorf, Executive Producer of America’s Healthiest Clubs, cited Wycliffe for a very active membership that plays golf, tennis and regularly visits the fitness center. When LINKS Magazine visited the club, we found an incredible array of year-round activities and clubs to satisfy every interest and whim, including a group of former New Yorkers who keep their love of stickball alive by playing in the Wycliffe stickball league. The gated community boasts two 18-hole golf courses, 16 Har-Tru tennis courts, state-of-the-art Fitness Center and Spa, as well as an expansive clubhouse with two dining venues featuring plenty of healthy dining options.

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Aug 31, 2015
326 Holes, 24 Hours

(MILL SPRING, NC) Mind boggling. Next Monday, Brian Stewart, PGA Professional and Director of Golf Operations at Bright’s Creek, will attempt to play 326 holes in 24 straight hours. It’s all part of Bright’s Creek’s 1st Annual Patriot Golf Day Charity  Tournament on September.  Their goal is to raise $50,000 for the Folds of Honor Foundation through 15 corporate sponsors and 100 golfers. If you are interested in playing, the cost of play is $400 for a foursome. If you can’t play, but would like to contribute to Stewart’s attempt to play at least 326 holes, you can click on the link below. 100% of these donations, which will be accepted until September 30, will go to the Folds of Honor Foundation. And in case you were wondering if Stewart can meet the challenge, he played 325 holes last year in 24 hours.  

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Aug 28, 2015
A Softer Dye

(HILTON HEAD, SC) Not all Pete Dye courses are meant to make you weak in the knees. At least not anymore. While the Heron Point by Pete Dye layout at  The Sea Pines Resort may have been daunting when it first opened, a series of subtle modifications in 2014 under the close supervision of Dye has made the course more player friendly. Dye’s team softened the green surrounds and contours, enlarged several greens, and transitioned the putting surfaces to Tif-Eagle Bermuda, the same strand used on Harbour Town Golf Links. Seven sets of tees allow you to play it considerably shorter than the 7,000 yards it measures from the back tees. All that work has paid off as Heron Point has been named “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association (SCGCOA). This honor automatically nominates it for the National Golf Course Owners Association’s “National Course of the Year” award.  

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