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Golf at Europe's Highest 18-hole Golf Course

For golfers of all levels, Badrutt's Palace Hotel is situated at Europe's highest 18-hole golf course. This challenging championship course designed by Les Furber offers not only exceptional golf, but also spectacular scenery set amidst the breathtaking mountain panorama of the Engadine.

With additional golf courses for both beginners and advanced golfers, there are golf experiences at hand for every handicap.

Badrutt's Palace Hotel offers the Golf Delight Package which includes three nights' accommodation and two green fees per person to two of St. Moritz's most challenging and exclusive greens at Zouz-Madulain or Samedan. For a more challenging course, opt for the 18-hole Zuoz-Madulain designed by Les Furber to blend into its natural surroundings.

The Golf Delight Package includes three nights' in a Superior Room; two green fees per person at Zouz-Madulain or Samedan and return transfer from the hotel to the golf courses; set dinner for two in the cozy Chesa Veglia or the elegant Le Restaurant; buffet breakfast; welcome gift; tickets for all mountain railways and cable-cars in St. Moritz and public transportation within St. Moritz; use of the refreshment bar, movie channels, LAN internet and newspaper compliments of the hotel; and upgrade to next room category upon availability.

Iconic Turnberry Golf Resort in Scotland Re-Opens

Following a $65 Million Renovation Iconic Turnberry Golf Resort in Scotland Re-Opens as Part of the Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts to Host the Open Championship 2009.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced that the historic Turnberry golf resort will re-open as part of the renowned Luxury Collection brand at The Open Championship 2009 following a $65 million renovation by owner Leisurecorp, a division of Dubai World company Nakheel.

Following the $65 million refurbishment, which has focused on the iconic resort's public spaces and 40 of its 211 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, Turnberry will proudly host the word's oldest golf championship, on its renowned Ailsa golf course from July 16 – 19, 2009.

This year's Open Championship will host the world's leading golfers who will compete on Turnberry's Ailsa Course, widely viewed as one of the best links courses in the world. The historic golf resort has previously played host to the world's oldest major golf championship in 1977, 1986 and 1994. Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, boasts two 18-hole Championship courses including the Ailsa Course and the Kintyre Course. In addition, the resort has a 9-hole Arran Course and renowned Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy.

The sophisticated transformation of Turnberry features a blend of indigenous Scottish charm and contemporary luxury that will uphold the resort's legacy as an iconic golf destination. Redesigned by Mary Fox Linton, founder of Fox Linton Associates, Turnberry's restored accommodations include subtle interior colours which give each room a soft, calming air inspired by the resort's majestic coastal setting. Floor to ceiling windows flood the resort with natural light and offer breathtaking views of the Turnberry Lighthouse, Ailsa Craig and the lush links golf courses. Ensuring that Turnberry's historical charm was preserved, Fox Linton Associates collaborated closely with Historic Scotland during the restoration of the 103-year-old resort. "Being privileged to work on an iconic building in such a beautiful coastal setting lent inspiration to the new concept," said Mary Fox Linton. "We wanted to pay tribute to the original design by James Miller and bring it up to date to create an ambience of contemporary luxury using a colour palate and textures that reflect the hotel's location looking out over the Irish Sea."

Silversea Announces Silver Links Golf Voyages for 2010

Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will once again host its popular Silver Links golf programme on 12 diverse itineraries aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper in 2010.

The programme offers golf enthusiasts the chance to perfect their swing on 30 of the most beautiful and challenging courses in 15 countries and island destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Americas.

"Our golf cruises are an excellent option for the affluent traveler looking to sharpen his or her game," said Steve Odell, Silversea's Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific. "Avid golfers of all levels can combine a luxury vacation with the chance to enjoy guided golf excursions and priority tee times at some of the world's most celebrated links and fairways."

The Silver Links voyages offer optional golfing excursions in multiple ports arranged and escorted by the ship's golf professional. From the breathtaking Pacific scenery of the Cape Kidnappers Golf Club in Napier, to the gently rolling fairways at the elegant Fairmont Pierre Marques Golf Club in Acapulco, to the ancient dunes and pine groves at Zeebrugge's Royal Zoute Golf Club, guests will have a chance to perfect their game at some of the world's most challenging and revered championship courses.

The Nam Hai Introduces Golf Experiences in Vietnam

The Nam Hai, Vietnam's premier luxury resort and The Montgomerie Links, Vietnam's exclusive golf club, have teamed up to Tee Off Golf Experiences in Central Vietnam.

The Nam Hai and The Montgomerie Links, Vietnam's premier resort and golf club, respectively, have teamed on an exclusive golf program that gives beginners a chance to learn about the game and earn a proficiency certificate in less than a week.

The world-class properties, separated by five kilometers of highway along the stunning Central Coast, launched three and five day teaching sessions to promote golf and the region that is fast becoming the country's most attractive holiday destination.

"From three UNESCO World Heritage sites to miles of unspoiled beach, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy this area," said Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, General Manager of The Nam Hai. "Now there's golf, championship golf, by European Tour legend Colin Montgomerie, no less and we want the world to come and experience it."

The three-day class begins at The Golf Academy at The Montgomerie Links with an 'Introduction to Golf' hour, led by the club's team of certified PGA professionals. Lessons in putting and chipping follow, before the day concludes with a 30-minute review.

The focus shifts on Day 2 to the swing, then on the morning of Day 3 to bunker play. The curriculum wraps on the afternoon of Day 3, with players taking to the links-style course for a two-hole practical assessment. All golfers walk away with a diploma that conveys their new skill level.

"Nothing like this has ever been offered in Vietnam," said Jon Tomlinson, General Manager of The Montgomerie Links. "To go home with proof of standard, which residents of, for example, Singapore can use to secure tee times at their local clubs, is both rare and valuable."

Turks and Caicos Golf - Sounds Good to Me

"Silence is golden." There should almost be a sign on the first hole at Provo Golf and Country Club in the Turks and Caicos Islands, alerting golfers to the sensation that tees off with every new group. When one is so used to the frantic noise that accompanies life back home, island quiet will become a golfer's new best friend.

Silence is more a feeling than it is a sound at this 6,700-yard golf masterpiece of swaying palm trees and lush Bermuda grass. Provo grows on first time golfers like a favorite song on the radio. Newcomers to this course Golf Magazine called "one of the 10 best in the Caribbean" will reflect: Island golf sounds good to me.

Provo Golf and Country Club burst on to the island golf scene in 1992. That's just a few years after Providenciales, the most inhabited of the Turks and Caicos Islands, christened its first hotel on stunning Grace Bay Beach.

Today, Providenciales hosts two-dozen spectacular oceanfront hotels, villas, and resorts, along Grace Bay's 12-miles stretch of powdery white sand and turquoise water. Provo's first tee is just a three-wood drive from the epicenter of this stunning beach. The convenient synergy of posh beachfront digs and world-class golf gives new meaning to the term surf and turf.

Resting on one's laurels has never been the Provo Golf Club way. Golfers seeking something unique in a Caribbean getaway will marvel at the recently implemented design changes found at the new and improved Provo. In addition to planting 900 new palm trees, Provo's landscape team also added exotic bushes and flora throughout the course. Provo's seventh and 17th holes feature dramatic new looks. First time and returning golfers will especially love the photographic moment provided by the 17th hole's island green.

As beautiful as Provo is visually, the sense that most golfers take from a round is the serene sound of silence. Provo's ambiance is one of trade winds whispering quiet and calm. This feeling massages one's shoulders like an environmental muscle relaxer. If one could bottle the elixir that is Provo, drug companies would pay a fortune for the patent.

At Provo, one of the few sounds that can be heard is the verbal exchange of island bird life. Many of Provo's resident birds are not ones you'll find visiting your feeder back home. That is unless one happens to have a pink flamingo as a lawn ornament.

Provo's redesign is not limited to the golf course. Upgrades to the clubhouse, pro shop, and driving range all help to make Provo an extraordinary Caribbean golf experience.

Guests from around the world will also enjoy the panoramic view of golf flags adorning the interior walls and ceiling of the clubhouse bar area. The chances of seeing a flag from the oldest course in Scotland, to a flag autographed by Arnold Palmer is sure to create a buzz. Another way to heighten this feeling is to quench your thirst with a locally brewed Turks Head beer or Bambarra reserve rum.

The final fond memory one takes from Provo is that golf is a great way to rub elbows with like-minded friends from around the globe. Provo's member list reads like roll call at the United Nations. Golfers from Canada, America, Europe, Thailand, New Zealand, and all points in between, call Provo their home turf.

Recent guests who have teed it up at Provo include Derek Jeter, Richard Gere, and Tom Brokaw. During a recent Turks and Caicos vacation, Microsoft's Bill Gates was so enamored with Provo's hospitality that he showed up on its practice green and tennis court four days running.

Vietnam Becomes a Golf Resort Destination 

The Montgomerie Links to open all 18 holes making a quantum leap in Vietnam's status as a luxury golf resort destination.

The Montgomerie Links Vietnam, the first 18-hole course to open in Vietnam outside the orbits of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, has announced the completion of its final four holes and informal opening, on Aug. 17. Grand Opening ceremonies are slated for March 2010.

Two-plus years in the planning, design, and construction, The Montgomerie Links brings a world-class layout to a country already booming as a golf destination. The project is unprecedented in several respects, beginning with the golf experience itself.

"The course will take its place with the best and best-known courses, not just in Asia, but around the world," said General Manager Jon Tomlinson. "It was a long time coming, but as they say, 'If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well.' We expect golfers to find it was done to perfection. It's truly a one-of-a-kind venue."

Designed by European Ryder Cup captain and eight-time European PGA Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie, the layout capitalizes on the site's natural, dune-strewn topography for a visually stunning, memorable golfing challenge. A par 72 that measures as much as 7,090 yards from the back tees, it also has three less-daunting sets of tees, the forward-most being 5,119 yards.

"From the championship tees, this course will test the very best of players to the fullest," Tomlinson said. "At the same time, resort players will find it playable. It's become a bit cliché to say a new track accommodates players of all levels. But it's particularly important that Montgomerie Links plays so well from the middle tees, and from 5,200 yards.

"We have many female members and new players here. We understand that. In fact, we invested heavily in an academy specifically to introduce players to the game. It takes a special club to meet all these goals, and this is a special club."

Like classic links courses in Montgomerie's native Scotland, the sandy soil, rolling contours, and frequently blustery conditions make for hard-and-fast playing conditions. Huge greens add to the effect. But wispy casuarina pines and other indigenous vegetation, along with strategically placed water features and paspalum turfgrass, put these features in a more modern and exotic context. So do views of the Marble Mountains and South China Sea.

Waldorf Astoria Golf Club to Open in Orlando

Peter Kacheris, managing director of luxury resort hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Bonnet Creek, announced the addition of the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club to the destination's extensive list of amenities.

Created by acclaimed golf course architect Rees Jones, the 18-hole, 7,113-yard championship course is the centerpiece of the first golf club for the Waldorf Astoria brand. The Waldorf Astoria Golf Club will also feature a clubhouse and be open for play October 1, 2009, the same day as all of Bonnet Creek, conveniently surrounded on three sides by Walt Disney World Resort.

One of the few golf courses in the Orlando area to be free of real estate dotting its greens, the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club is open to all players -- those staying at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando or Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and those who want to experience a piece of history. Although designed with a five-tee system for all playing abilities, the course is challenging. Winding through a large wetland preserve, it has a par 72, slope 130 and 72.5 rating from its professional tees.

Insider Guide to Cartier International Polo

Lloyd Hudson, Concierge at the Sheraton Park Tower in London, a Luxury Collection Hotel, gives us his jet-setter's travel tips to getting set for Cartier International Polo.

With royalty, movie stars, music icons and a 25,000 strong crowd all in attendance, the Cartier International Polo Day is the highlight the British social season and the place to see and be seen in London this summer. So how do you get set for the big day?

With bright, bold colours—electric blue, orange and yellow—filling the catwalks for the 2009 summer season, there's no room for shy wallflowers this season…least of all at the Cartier Polo.

For stylish skirts and dresses that won’t get you in trouble with the stewards, my "sources" recommend Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs in Mayfair. For beautiful heels that won't give you that sinking feeling, Louboutin wedges are the shoe of choice.

Naturally the British summer season is the perfect excuse to don a fabulously flamboyant hat or simply mark your style signature with a discreet yet unique accessory. Gina Foster is one of the rising stars of British millinery and provides a bespoke service which is ideal for any event. Order online and have your hat delivered to you.

And, gentlemen, let's not forget that there's a degree of sartorial preparation on your side too. For the classic British look, Ede and Ravenscroft never fails. But if you’re looking for something a little less conventional, Richard James on Saville Row is the place to go. For those of us who tend to be pressed for time or struggle to make a decision alone on such occasions, my recommendation is to book a personal shopping appointment with Camilla Yonge. Always happy to accommodate even the most reluctant shoppers, Camilla will ensure that you are perfectly poised to meet London's most fashionable set.

And of course no truly British summer social event is complete without a picnic. Naturally, if you've just landed, compiling the perfect picnic can be more of a challenge. In my view, the only place in London to source the perfect picnic is Daylesford Organic. Specialising in organic, fresh, seasonal British produce, Daylesford Organic will create a perfect picnic with just 24 hours notice. The meats, cheeses and breads all come directly from their organic estate in Staffordshire and every single product is fully sustainable and free from any additives or preservatives.


Acroyoga

Individual postures and partner yoga is combined with chanting, meditation and discussion that’s meant to facilitate a sense of community within the class.

Reflections Yoga

(250 W 49th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave, second floor; 212-974-2288, reflectionsyoga.com). Single class $15–$20, packages available.

 

Types of yoga offered: Acrospace Yoga, plus vinyasa, kundalini, ashtanga, Mommy and Me, rasa

Name of class: Stretch, Flow, & Fly

Length: 85 minutes

What to expect: Class opens with the participants sitting in a circle, introducing themselves and answering a question (we were asked, “When you’re reincarnated, what will you come back as?”). Then they warm up in assigned pairs, engaging in traditional poses and some yoga-inflected conditioning. After a quick instruction, groups of three (a base, a flyer and a spotter) work at their own pace through various inverted yoga poses. For instance, the base lies on her back, using her feet to support the flyer’s hips, while the flyer hangs her head toward the floor. Returning to pairs, participants give one another a prolonged Thai yoga massage.

Level: Yoga newbies can do it.

The verdict: I was initially anxious, but a friend assured me that AcroYoga is “just a lot of airplanes and massage.” She was not far off. I was especially challenged by the conditioning warm-up, and the rest was just fun. The inversions are tailored to your skill level (as a newcomer, I mostly hung upside down and tried to avoid putting my face in my partner’s crotch) and are often accompanied by light massage; in other words, I wouldn’t call it strenuous. Unlike most yoga classes, this one is accompanied by upbeat, popular music, and the instructors are boisterous. Still, chanting, harnessing energy and a whole lot of hands-on activities are major parts of the class, so don’t attend thinking you’ll be your own meditative island. Prepare to touch and be touched. A lot. The Thai massage, which my partner described as “the really yummy part,” is a relaxing, therapeutic way to end the evening, and I went home feeling cozy and not at all sore


Halo/Air Salt Rooms

If the best thing you brought home from your Birthright Israel trip was glowing skin (thanks, Dead Sea!), you’re going to flip for the salt labs at Israelite Ron Rofé’s new spa. The concept is simple: Hang out fully clothed in a salt cave—a room in which the floors, walls and ceiling are covered in Ukrainian-imported salt. (The saline is believed to help cleanse the body and aid breathing.) The spa boasts five salt rooms, where clients can nap on lounge chairs, watch movies, and even log onto the internet. Mention TONY through March 31 to receive two 60-minute sessions for the price of one (regularly $100 per hour).

133 W 22nd St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (646-666-0554). Subway: F, V, 1 to 23rd St. Mon–Sat 10am–10pm.


Elite Day Spa: Sea Salt Glow Scrub

24 W 39th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-730-2100, elitedayspa.net). 30mins, $45.

Technician Olivia began by massaging thick lotion onto my back, neck, shoulders and arms, telepathically finding all the spots where I hold tension. Next, she smoothed on a cool, fine-grained sea-salt mixture, which felt especially therapeutic when rubbed over my chapped soles and palms. After the process was repeated on my stomach, my chest, and the tops of my legs and arms, I was told to hop into the in-room shower to rinse off. I left with smooth, baby-soft skin. Best part: Though the scrub was billed as a 30-minute treatment, it clocked in closer to 45 and I didn’t get charged a dime more than the original price.


The Face and Body Shop: Tahitian body polish

40-21 23rd Ave between Steinway and 41st Sts, Astoria, Queens (718-204-9390, thefaceandbodyshop.com). 45mins, $50.

My aesthetician, Cleo, began by pressing her hands down on my feet, legs, back and shoulders, setting me at ease. Then she applied a silky, fine-grained scrub containing pomegranate seeds everywhere from my toes to the top of my neck, massaging it into my skin with quick, lateral movements. After a rinse in the in-room shower, I hopped back onto the table, now covered with fluffy towels, for a rubdown with a flowery perfumed cream. I emerged with a well-hydrated epidermis that smelled like a lovely pomegranate blossom.


Shade Bar Boutique Spa: Organic Body Butter

36-05 Ditmars Blvd between 36th and 37th Sts, Astoria, Queens (718-278-7892, shadebarspa.com). 30mins, $40.

Working up from my winter-cracked heels to my shoulders, aesthetician Eliza applied the vanilla-ginger-scented shea butter (which smelled like Christmas cookies; the others, tropical smoothie and pineapple-lime among them, smelled like spring break) all over my body, modestly uncovering each section only as she worked on it.

Take note: Eliza was right when she said that after five minutes the lotion would completely absorb into my skin—unfortunately, I hopped off the table after only four and nearly slid off the hardwood floor and onto my well-moisturized tailbone


Chopra Center & Spa at Dream

(1710 Broadway between 54th and 55th Sts; 212-246-7600, chopracenterny.com). Single class $15–$20, packages available.
Types of yoga offered: Three versions of hatha, including Calming, Centering and Invigorating
Name of class: Centering
Length: 75 minutes
What to expect: Designed for yogis of all skill levels, the moderately paced class incorporates gentle asanas and lots of breath work.
Level: Yoga newbies can do it.
The verdict: Juu’ll feel a sense of renewal just by stepping into the small but beautiful Chopra studio.. Under calming dim lighting, you’ll start your practice by concentrating on one of Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, which your instructor will encourage you to be mindful of throughout the session. Instructions—for poses, breathing and concentration—are clear, and attention is paid to those in need of assistance. Take advantage of the free meditation sessions 30 minutes before each class so you’re relaxed and ready to engage


The Numbers Game
The Challenge for Contemporary Sports Leaders

At the Second National Conference for Leaders in Australian Sport in Brisbane, Australia’s top 200 sports administrators and leaders redefined the future of the sport and recreation industry as vital and innovative, providing an essential and adaptable community service built around fun and friendships.

The leaders deliberated the future of their industry over the two days and were unanimous in their view that sport and recreation builds healthier and happier communities and stronger economies.

To ensure the survival of this important industry, organizations were urged to adopt sophisticated business practices in order to design and deliver services that meet the needs of a diverse range of community members.

Many sport and recreation organizations are steeped in history. Traditional values can threaten the ability of sport and recreation organizations to modify programs and services to stimulate and retain the interest of new, previously untapped client groups.

Delegates heard that more flexible structures and systems are necessary for the 1.4 million volunteers and 4.1 million participating Australians to promote a more inclusive culture and to create welcoming environments, so that everyone in the community feels they can ‘participate’.

Sport and recreation organizations were advised to invest more into understanding their communities by building alliances with other local businesses and attractions as a way to mobilize local support and raise awareness of their services.

While governments will continue to play an enormous role in implementing strategies to get more people physically active, the community as a whole must work together to promote the message that physical activity is about fun and friendships, and is for everyone.

The bi-annual conference was hosted by Sport and Recreation Queensland on June 20 and 21 at Brisbane’s Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

 


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