Last month I had a great HOG World Tour leg up to the American northwest. I stopped by the great new Salish Cliffs Golf Club and Chambers Bay Golf Club as well as staying at Little Creek Resort in Shelton, Washington. After tooling around in the Seattle area I headed up north across the border for my first ever time in Canada, aye? What’s that all aboot? I stayed in one of the coolest hotels ever in Vancouver called Inn At The Quay. Technically the location is in “New West Minister” but it is essentially a suburb of Vancouver as I understand it.
Inn At The Quay – New Westminister (Vancouver), BC, Canada
30 minutes from the heart of metro Vancouver, Inn At The Quay calls itself a “chic boutique” full service hotel. The hotel is located on the Fraser River boardwalk in New Westminister. From my room’s balcony I watched the waterfront activity of boats and ships coming and going. Sitting out on the balcony at night and watching that activity with a nice glass of vino is very relaxing. (more…)
Otsego Club & Resort, Gaylord, Michigan – click to zoom
Welcome to the final in a long series of reviews from my recent HOG World Tour stop to northern Michigan and the golf mecca town of Gaylord. Today’s piece is a quick review covering Otsego Club & Resort, a resort which I stayed in for a couple of days during my trip, and which has one course I posted a review on yesterday, the very fun Otsego Tribute course.
Otseto Club & Resort Overview
Otsego Club & Resort is a facility which features many winter and summer activities including two golf courses, skiing and snowboarding, dining, swimming, bar, meetings, weddings and more.
The resort has 117 guest rooms on site, in various buildings and condos, some dating back to the mid-1800’s. But don’t make a mistake about the rooms, they’re clean and modernized inside without losing that rustic flare.
Lodges at Otsego include the Tyrol Lodge, Hilltop Lodge, Blue Spruce Lodge, Loft Lodge, White Birch Lodge and the Chalets. Prices for the lodges and condos varies from $69 for the most basic lodge to $529 for a Chalet. (more…)
Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club is the 2nd of my two golf course reviews from my recent HOG World Tour stop in Los Cabos, Mexico.
I had a terrific time in the warm and sunny conditions of Los Cabos, knowing my golf pals back home where staring out their windows praying for the snow to melt.
Puerto Los Cabos Overview
Puerto Los Cabos (PLC) is currently an 18 hole course, located a short drive from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I said “currently an 18 hole course” because the plan is to expand to 36 holes. The current nines are each one half of their respective future 18 hole tracks, and play as an 18 hole course.
Mission and Marina Nines
The front nine is called the Mission Course and is a Greg Norman signature course. The back nine is called the Marina Course and is a Jack Nicklaus signature course. I’ll be referring to them as the Norman and Nicklaus nines.
The two nines are definitely different, as different as the games which their famous architects had in their prime. I’ll try to spell out the differences in the “tee, fairway, approach, green” sections below. And who wins? Can Norman top Nicklaus?
I don’t know how many times I’ve said this, and this time won’t be the last. There isn’t a better gig out there than running this golf blog. As a result I have the pleasure of reviewing some of the best golf courses and golf travel destinations in the world. Los Cabos, Mexico is home to many of those courses and is certainly in the top tier of resort destinations. My tough duty today is posting a review of the splendid time I had at the Palmilla Golf Club in Los Cabos.
Palmilla Arroyo Course, #7 Tee – Beautiful view of the fairway and the Sea of Cortez – Click for more images
Palmilla Golf Club Overview
Palmilla is a Jack Nicklaus designed, 27 hole facility comprised of the Arroyo, Mountain and Ocean nines. The track meanders through the hilly desert terrain of Los Cabos, taking advantage of the local scenery, cacti and views of the Sea of Cortez. A large percentage of the holes have ocean views. There’s something very cool and relaxing about the contrast of the green fairways and having that cool blue background of the ocean. Contrast that with the perfectly manicured and colorful local vegetation, numerous types of cacti, and you get 27 holes of photo opps. As a result, I shot about 120 photos during my round.
I played 18 of the 27 holes, so my review and image gallery features the Mountain and Arroyo nines. I’ll have to return soon to review the Ocean nine. Hint, hint.
Unfortunately my internet connection in Los Cabos was very bad, so I wasn’t able to do any updates while I was gone. But I’m back and new posts will be hitting tomorrow.
I got a bit sick down there and I’m still feeling the effects. I think it is possible that a cactus which poked me made me ill. I’m going to be doing some researching about that.
It was quite a shocker coming home. We left sunny skies and 85 degrees in Los Cabos, to come home to 31 degrees, nearly zero visibility due to fog, and air quality warnings saying not to go outside.