The trip arranged by Golf Advisor in September 2018 with Matt Ginella as host was executed “dead solid perfect.” Their detailed focus was incredible, and Matt’s charismatic charm makes Golf Advisor a viable player in the golf travel business.
The value they are providing is unmatched. From your name engraved on bottles of wine and a book to a $500 Taylormade gift certificate, from arrival to departure, Golf Advisor flawlessly provides such a potpourri of sights, sounds, and experiences ranging from golf to cuisine to other activities, it is an unparalleled getaway. The highest endorsement I can provide is that I will personally look closely at each trip they offer hoping to participate again.
The sites they are selecting are impressive: Reynolds Plantation, Danzante Bay, and Big Cedar Lodge which is a must-visit for every sports enthusiast. Big Cedar Lodge will likely become the next “IT” golf destination for golf buddy trips
Big Cedar Lodge offers an amazing diversity of great golf. From fabulous golf on Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Coore/Crenshaw tracts, to tours of the largest Native American History Museum that is compelling, fishing, trap shooting, boating, this resort offers a first class western style experience.
Nicklaus’ Top of Rock, a Par 3 9 hole course makes you feel like you are at Disneyland with its curbed cart paths but the forced carries over the lakes are awesome. Player’s Par 3 13 hole Mountaintop course has holes ranging from 66 to 201 yards. The course offers vistas, rock formations, and fun green complexes. As for Ozark National, Coore/Crenshaw course that opens November 1, I think it is one of their best. Bring your game, especially your driver and the course sits atop perilous ridges that will capture stray shots. Payne Valley, designed by Tiger Woods, opens in Fall 2019, and to some locals, it may be the best of them all.
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Any disappointment encountered? Merely one. Steve Friedlander, PGA, Director of Golf, retired shortly after our departure. I was looking to return if for no other reason than to visit with Steve and have a nip of his favorite scotch. From Ventana Canyon to Doral to Whistling Straits to Pelican Hills, Steve has had a storied career and ensures one’s visit to courses he is responsible for is spectacular.