Recent Golf Adventures

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john and jani hirsala gc helsinki 1John & Jani Hirsala GCAzamara PerryGolf 2016 Baltic Sea Golf Cruise

Another great experience with PerryGolf and Azamara – it’s a perfect combination. The itinerary sailed from Southampton to Stockholm and included 5 rounds of golf and 3 full days in St Petersburg.

The Journey and the Quest experienced major enhancements in early 2016. From bow to stern, both award-winning ships received complete makeovers. The new look has a blend of contemporary and traditional, updated technologies, upgraded suites and staterooms, and enhancements to their restaurants, spa, entertainment areas and public spaces.

Staff was exceptional! Everyone was professional yet warm and friendly. We recognized a few crew members from previous sailings (this was our 4th sailing with Azamara) and they remembered us as well.
Courses Played:
  • The International in Amsterdam – challenging but too close to the airport – lots of plane noise
  • The Scandinavian in Copenhagen – challenging but a nice track – would play again
  • Hirsala Golf Clun in Helsinki – our favorite – beautiful setting
  • Gorki Golf Club – near St. Petersburg – new course just opened in 2015 – still a little rough
  • Bro Hof Slott – Stockholm – amazing course and clubhouse – very challenging but worth it

valderrama 2014Jani & John Valderrama - a must play!

Golf & The Iberian Peninsula By Sea ~ Portugal, Spain & France onboard Azamara Journey

10 Nights | 6 Rounds | 3 - 13 September 2014 | Azamara Journey | Lisbon – Barcelona
We partnered with PerryGolf and Azamara Club Cruises for another exceptional golf voyage onboard the outstanding 694 guest Azamara Journey around the Iberian Peninsula. Our itinerary began in Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, and concluded in the vibrant Spanish city of Barcelona. The golf lineup included Valderrama, consistently rated #1 in continental Europe, plus PGA Catalunya ranked narrowly behind. The well regarded Spanish layouts of Montecastillo, El Saler, El Prat, plus France’s Golf St Cyprien, completed the six-round program. This is the 3rd time we’ve sailed with Azamara and the 2nd Azamara PerryGolf trip. It’s an excellent combination!

Prior to the cruise we spent two nights at The Oitavos Dunes Resort and enjoyed the experience. The rooms are huge, great fitness center, casual and fun dining. The pool overlooks part of the golf course and provided beautiful sunset views. The course was rated #65 of the top 100 in the world in 2013, but tough economic times in Portugal has had a negative impact on the course maintenance. Enjoyable but we would not recommend this as a ‘must play’ course in the area.
Jani & John Cabo del Sol Ocean CourseJani & John Cabo del Sol Ocean CourseLos Cabos Golf Vacation

We spent a lovely week in Cabo again in 2015. Our accommodations were in a private 3-bedroom villa called Monte Cristo – part of the Pueblo Bonito family. We also visited the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort . Offered by DL Vacations, this is the best adults only AI in the area. If clients stay at Monte Cristo or one of the Pueblo Bonito Resorts they received discounted green fees at the new Jack Nicklaus course called Quivira Golf Club.

This is by far the best golf course in the area today. Created as an exclusive amenity for guests of the Quivira community and Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas, this world-class layout offers dazzling views and breath-taking drops from tee to fairway. In a destination revered for its unique ocean-desert-mountain setting, Quivira offers more oceanfront exposure than any other course in Los Cabos, with views of the Pacific from every hole.

We also played Cabo del Sol Ocean Course. A world-renowned Jack Nicklaus Signature design stretching for more than a mile along a coastline of craggy rock outcroppings and sun-washed shores. This championship layout is praised by Nicklaus himself for having the “three finest finishing holes in all of golf.” The 5th and signature 17th holes are currently ranked among “The 500 Best Holes in the World” according to Golf Magazine (January 2000). Until Quivira entered the market, this was the best course in the area.

Jani Red Sky Golf ClubJani Red Sky Golf Club

Colorado Golf
Vail is one of the ultimate ski destinations but it also offers fantastic golf. In 2014 we played the Beaver Creek Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. If you can make it through the first three holes your golden - the views were awesome! The EagleVail Golf Club Created by the Devlin/Von Hagge design team, was a delightful course full of elevation change and unique play. Elevated tees guarantee gravity-defying drives in the rarefied air, and, at 6836 yards, beginners won’t be intimidated and experienced golfers will be well-challenged.

Our favorite was the Norman Course at Red Sky Golf Club. Golf Odyssey gives this course a perfect 20, as fine as it gets. Full of glorious panoramas and heavenly elevation, get ready for a day of spectacular views and uneven lies!

And you must stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village the friendly staff can arrange golf, white water rafting, mountain biking, and hiking are here as well as gourmet dining, boutique shopping and pampering treatments at the Allegria Spa and Fitness Center.

Betsy & Jani Pelican HillBetsy & Jani Pelican HillMy stay at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, CA was delightful and may have a new ‘favorite’ property on the west coast! The award-winning resort has something for everyone. Whether you seek a day of pampering at The Spa at Pelican Hill, championship golf or an epicurean experience as fresh and delicious as the ingredients in each dish, Pelican Hill is the best. 

With views of the ocean or the Italian-inspired landscape and all the comforts of home, the allure of the Bungalow Guest Room (850 square feet) is clear. With residential touches such as a fireplace and soaring 15′ wood-beam ceilings, it feels relaxed and luxurious, all at the same time. A spacious private terrace invites you to savor the quiet morning hours or the glorious sunset each evening over the Pacific.

Tom Fazio designed the 54 holes of golf, including 18 holes at nearby Oak Creek Golf Club®, and their 36 championship holes on the Ocean North and Ocean South courses, to be unlike any that you've ever played before. I played the South Course which was challenging, yet fun with gorgeous views!

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