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Travel:Playa Azul, Port St. Lucie’s Perfect Drive Golf Villas & Golf In Orlando
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John Torsiello
 
By John Torsiello
Published on 10/12/2011
 


Travel: Playa Azul, Port St. Lucie’s Perfect Drive Golf Villas & Golf In Orlando

All Playa Azul Guests Enjoy
  ‘UNLIMITED COMPLIMENTARY GREEN FEES’
  at the Nicklaus-designed Cozumel Country Club

Yes, you read it right, by being a guest at the Playa Azul Cozumel Hotel and during your whole stay, you are entitled to play as many rounds of golf in Cozumel as you want for free, except for carts, and other rentals, or any other incidental expenses.
  Rated as one of the best places to play by the Golf Digest Magazine and the only golf course on the Island of Cozumel, you will find that this is, without a doubt, a world class golf course. In words of some of our guests, which have played all over the US and the world at some of the top golf courses, this is one of their favorites.
  Yes, it is hard but fair, has several risk and reward opportunities, has many hazards to contend with, and is tough to string 18 good holes together but that is the challenge that everyone enjoys. Each and every time you get to the Cozumel golf course you will think to yourself that today is the day you are going to conquer it.
  Most of the time you will fail but that is what will keep you coming back. Even those that have played the Cozumel golf course many times look forward to playing it again and again.
  Staying in Cozumel is a wholesome experience besides your golf game.  The Playa Azul is a quaint, small, independent property located at one of the most beautiful beaches in the Island.  Snorkeling is a must since a wide array of fish and coral are just a few steps from the shore.  Because of the size of our resort we can offer our guests a personalized, professional and friendly service. 
  It is not like the huge all inclusive places where you have to stand in line for breakfast or take a bus to go back to your room if you forgot your sunglasses.  At Playa Azul everything is handy and near you yet you have privacy and a quiet atmosphere.
  We run the place and know exactly what our guests like and wish for.  What a difference it makes when you can solve a problem directly with the owners or simply enjoy a nice conversation or a golf game.  We love what we do and try to have our employees convey the same feeling to all our guests.
  If you are an “all inclusive fan” you can ask for it as well.  Unlike many other experiences, at Playa Azul you get the real premium drinks and upscale food at all times.  Your best memories from your trip might be the margaritas or the ceviche.  We know what it takes.
  Everything is near Playa Azul :  you are only two minutes away from the Cozumel Country Club golf shop, eight minutes away from downtown and shopping area as well as airport.
  If you choose to bring your golf group for a special experience we can always organize your tournament, award dinner and special activities for the non golfers. 
  The Savia Spa will provide the best Mayan treatments and sports massages to help you play again and again.  The Dive Shop can certify your spouse while you play golf and take him or her to the best diving reefs in the world.
  Where in the world can you be more happy?
  For more information go to www.playa-azul.com and www.cozumelcountryclub.com
 
  Perfect Drive Golf Villas at PGA Village: Your Ultimate Golf Destination
  Port St. Lucie’s Perfect Drive Golf Villas at PGA Village is your ultimate golf destination
  PGA Village offers 54 holes of championship golf,  the 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance featuring PGA of America Golf Schools and the PGA Historical Center.  The well-equipped, fully-furnished Perfect Drive Golf Villas are an ideal home away from home for a day, a week or even a month.
  The three golf courses located on the grounds of PGA Village at The PGA Golf Club, four if you count the six-hole short course, are some of the best kept secrets in the golf-rich state of Florida and all are open to the public. 
  The Dye Course is a links-style layout that doesn’t stray from Dye’s distinctive design approach while the Wanamaker Course is a classic Florida layout set against a backdrop of wetlands, palm trees and palmettos and the Ryder Course is filled with rolling hills, majestic pine trees and challenging water hazards, elements that give the layout a distinctive Carolina feel
  At the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance golf practice and instruction park you can discover a better game through top PGA Professionals at a one-of-a-kind facility that enables you to focus on each aspect of your game. 
  Perfect Drive Golf Villas include all of the comforts of home like washer, dryer, whirlpool tub, fully-equipped kitchens, internet access, and other luxury amenities. Compared to other luxury resorts throughout the state of Florida, Perfect Drive Golf Villas at PGA Village is a great value and delivers a secluded, relaxed feel. 
  PGA Village is located in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and offers easy access to a wide variety of local attractions including shopping, dining and nightlife. Port St. Lucie is 45 minutes from West Palm Beach and is also home to 21 miles of stunning white sand beaches.
  More information:  1-772-873-0515 or visit www.perfectdriveatpgavillage.com
 
  Golf In Orlando
  There Has Never Been a Better Time to Visit
  By Mike Jamison 

It is no secret that Orlando continues to mature as the world’s No. 1 vacation destination. The new Harry Potter village at Universal Studios has enjoyed packed crowds since opening. And all the other world-renowned amusements parks continue to add attractions to keep the tourists excited and returning.
  But in Orlando, it doesn’t stop with family attractions. Golf, as well, continues to prosper in beautiful Central Florida.
“Orlando continues to be one of the country’s most attractive golf destinations,” says Jeff Hamilton, president at Golfpac Travel that oversees the GolfOrlando.com marketing efforts. “Along with the great weather and nightlife, Orlando offers great golf that fits any budget.”
Orlando is extremely accessible, both through air and by car. Orlando International Airport offers direct flights to and from nearly every major market in the country. Interstate 4 bisects Orlando, with tremendous golf choices at nearly every off-ramp.
Every major golf architect in the business has left his signature on the Orlando landscape, and many of them will tell you that some of their very best work can be found in Central Florida.
 
  Here is a sampling:
 
  ChampionsGate Golf Club
  This popular resort features two premier 18-hole championship golf courses designed by accomplished architect and golfer, Greg Norman.
 The International Course brings a unique “down under” style of coastal links from Norman’s homeland to Orlando golf. The links style course is designed around scenic natural wetlands, and features long carries, deep pot bunkers, tall grass-topped dunes, and large undulating greens. The International course has hosted many of the top players in golf, at the Father Son Challenge.
The National Course is a completely different experience, and is designed in the “Florida golf resort” style. The lush Orlando golf course weaves its way through the naturally rolling central Florida plains, and features mature Pine, Oak, and Cypress groves, spring fed lakes, bunker protected fairways and greens, and small, challenging putting surfaces.
 
  Falcons Fire Golf Club
  One of Orlando’s top-ranked tracks, Falcons Fire is known for its plush conditions and private-club-like service. Reese Jones designed a challenging golf course that features wide fairways and challenging greens complexes. Hosted regional qualifying for the PGA Champions Tour. No. 13, Bunker Hill, is one of the most recognizable holes in Central Florida, with water challenging golfers to bite off as much as they dare on the tee shot. Water and bunkers make the approach shot a great challenge as well.
 
  Grand Cypress Resort
  This is one of Orlando’s most well-known golf complexes, having hosted several major professional events, including the LPGA Tour Championship. Jack Nicklaus designed 45 holes offering incredible variety.
  The North-South combination, host of the LPGA Tour’s season-ending event, is marked by sharply ledged fairways, tall shaggy mounds and plateau greens perched above water or sand, is a demanding, target-style test. The closing holes on each nine dogleg around the sides of a treacherous water hazard to a sloping double green, with bunkers providing additional obstacles. The sportier, more wooded East Nine is more generous, with less bunkering allowing for more run-up shots.
  The New Course provides a Scottish-flare, with several replica holes from the Old Course at St. Andrews. You’ll be challenged on the huge, sloping double greens throughout the layout. And watch out for those testy pot bunkers, just like the ones you’ll find in Scotland.
  The resort also features the roomy Villas of Grand Cypress, a Four Diamond AAA Award Winner consecutively since 1993, and some of the best dining in Orlando.
 
  Grande Pines Golf Club
  Renowned golf course architect Steve Smyers, in partnership with six-time major champion Nick Faldo, has designed one of Central Florida’s most dynamic new golf courses.
Nestled among lakes, tall pines, oaks and palms, Grande Pines Golf Club peacefully coexists with the native flora and wetlands. The course is committed to environmental stewardship, and is a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. The contoured, rolling fairways accept most tee shots; and the well-bunkered, multi-tiered greens reward accuracy on approach shots.

MetroWest Golf Club
  This Marriott Golf-managed course is one of the most popular in Central Florida. Ample fairways make driving a pleasure, but accuracy is demanded on approach shots to well-guarded greens. MetroWest is located just minutes away from Universal Orlando Resort.
The Robert Trent Jones Sr. signature design features spring-fed lakes, mature native trees, expansive rolling fairways with dramatic elevation changes, and large undulating greens surrounded by sculpted bunkers. The feature hole is the short 9th that bends around Lake Debra, serving up a terrific risk/reward challenge.

Orange Lake Resort
  This all-inclusive resort, located just west of the Disney World properties, features four courses that serve up a wide variety of golf experiences. The Legends course designed by Arnold Palmer is reminiscent of old Scottish-style courses. This wide-open front nine will bring windy conditions into play that can make club selection challenging. Strategically contoured greens require well-placed approach shots and precision putting, while towering pines, majestic oaks, winding fairways and flowing water create a serene setting on the back nine.
  Architect Mike Dasher transformed the former Resort Course, designed by Joe Lee in 1982, into a par 71 course winding through a myriad of water, sand and rolling greens. It was named The Reserve to highlight the perfect harmony between  the course and the carefully preserved surrounding wetlands, home to a variety of native plants and wildlife.
  Crane’s Bend, Orange Lake Resort’s newest golf course and a Dasher design, is a 9-hole, Par 30 course that winds around the resort’s picturesque fountain lake, while paying tribute wildlife - each hole spotlights a different species of bird.
Legends Walk takes golfers back to the early days of the game as they walk their way around the links. This 1,581-yard walking course is no ordinary pitch and putt, with holes ranging in length from 85 to 222 yards.

Shingle Creek Golf Club
  Located bear the International Drive, Shingle Creek is the gem of the beautiful Rosen Resort complex. The course features undulating fairways and interconnecting waterways bordered by the natural backdrop of dense oaks and pines along historic Shingle Creek.
  The club features a state-of-the-art practice facility, the Brad Brewer Golf Academy and a world-class clubhouse. The 18-hole, par-72, 7,228-yard, David Harman designed Golf Club has racked up numerous awards, included a four-star Golf Digest rating.
To book a golf getaway to Orlando, visit www.golforlando.com.