Golfers, both men and women, are becoming ever more conscious that fitness and a healthy lifestyle can result in better play.
Visitors to the fabled Shawnee Inn and Resort in Shawnee, Pa. can now find all the physical, emotional and spiritual healing they desire thanks to the opening of Spa Shawnee. The spa, which opened on June 21, is quite appropriately located near to the resort’s pro shop.
“The spa adds a completely new dimension to our resort,” says Eve Bergeron, spa manager. “I would say about a third of the people who have visited the spa since it opened have been golfers. I think everyone realizes how important it is to take care of yourself and spend the money up front to remain healthy in order to save on medical costs down the road.”
The spa is actually the dream of the resort’s owners, the Kirkwood family, says Bergeron.
“The Kirkwoods have spent a lot of time in Asia and wanted to bring the healing environment of that area back to the resort with them. There are a lot of Asian modalities fused with traditional western treatments on the spa menu.”
The second phase of the spa, which will include a salon for facials, nail and hair treatments, will open soon, Bergeron explains.
The resort has developed a number of extraordinary packages for golfers and their spouses and significant others to take advantage of. For instance, a “Golfer and Spa Package” entitles the holders to breakfast, overnight accommodations for golfer and non-golfer, one round of 18 holes on Shawnee’s superb golf course, with the non-golfer getting the choice of a spa treatment, all taxes and resort fees. Rates for this package range from $148 to $190 per person.
A “Golf and Spa” package features the spa’s “Eagles Glory Massage,” and also includes breakfast each morning, overnight accommodations, one round of golf for each adult in the room based on double occupancy, the signature “Eagles’ Glory Massage” for each adult in the room based on double occupancy, and all taxes and resort fees. Prices range from $226 to $277 per person.
“Our packages have been very popular with golfers and non-golfers,” says Bergeron. “The spa was a long time in coming and very anticipated, and now that it is here everyone is excited and taking advantage of it.”
Before or after a visit to the Spa Shawnee, the resort’s golf course must be sampled. Completed in 1907, the Shawnee layout was legendary architect A.W. Tillinghast’s first ever work. It went on to host the 1938 PGA Championship, the 1967 NCAA Championships (won by none other than a very young Hale Irwin) and many other tournaments. The stately trees, river and hills surrounding this unique layout grace the course with an old world charm.
Virtually all of the golfing greats of the first half of the 20th century played at Shawnee, including Walter Hagan, Lawson Little, Johnny Farrell and later Arnold Palmer. Celebrities that made the Shawnee Inn their regular haunt included such luminaries as Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball, Perry Como and Ed Sullivan.
Shawnee is shotmaker’s dream with water coming into play on a number of holes. The track demands thoughtful tee shots and approaches to the small, tricky greens. Depending upon which configuration of 18 holes is played the course measures from around 6,500 yards to slightly over 6,700 yards.
The White Course concludes with a very difficult 457-yard par-four, the longest four par among the 27 holes at the resort. The White Course ends with perhaps the best par-three on the track, a 231-yarder, and the Blue Course is an eclectic mix that has an equal number of threes, fours and fives.
The Inn and Shawnee is a charming building that opened its doors to guests in May of 1911. The resort’s original owner, C.C. Worthington built state-of-the art amenities into the resort, and his golf course, built mostly on an island, came to be known as “The Gem of the East.”The Shawnee Inn and Golf ResortShawnee, Pa.570-424-4000www.shawneeinn.com