Golf Vacations: Augusta National Golf Club. Pebble Beach. Oakmont Country Club. The Old Course at St. Andrews. For professional golfers, these names represent some of the best greens in the world. And on April 9, 2010, Leading Hotels of the World announced that their Leaders Club members would have the opportunity to play at these golf courses. Signature Events are an integral part of Leading Golf, The Leading Hotels of the World's recently announced travel planning and course booking service, which serves as a one-stop shop for discerning golf enthusiasts.
First Signature Event:
The Old Course at St. Andrews is known as "the home of golf" and is one of the world's oldest and most revered golf courses today. The course demands good strategy and can be played in either direction, clockwise or anti-clockwise which makes it so unique. Golfers also will have the opportunity to play Kingsbarns, the Duke's Course and the Castle Course, each among Scotland's most highly respected designs and easily accessible from St. Andrews. Non-golfers will enjoy exploring the town of St. Andrews, which takes its name from Scotland?s patron saint and offers a number of historic attractions, delectable dining and quaint shopping.
In between rounds of golf, the four-day itinerary includes wine tastings, a Champagne reception, lunches as well as two dinners. Tour cost for golfers is $4,995 and $3,295 for non-golfers (prices are per person, based on double occupancy).
Second Signature Event:
The Gleneagles Hotel, set in the Perthshire countryside in the heart of Scotland, is the site of the second Signature Event, from September 26 to 29. The resort hosted world leaders during the 2005 G8 Summit and is renowned for its luxurious accommodations, elegant restaurants and award-winning spa.
In addition to the PGA Centenary Course, a Nicklaus design that will host the 40th Ryder Cup in 2014, Signature Event golfers will play the King's Course, a classic layout created by five-time Open Championship winner James Braid; and Kingsbarns, a modern interpretation of the best of Scottish links golf. Tour cost for golfers is $2,850 and $2,150 for non-golfers.
Through an association with golf and lifestyle tour operator PerryGolf, which helped create the Leading Golf program, guests of the Signature Event at Gleneagles may extend their stay to include the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales.
All tour costs are exclusive of airfare, meals and beverages other than those specified, caddie fees and gratuities.
Third Signature Event:
Leading Golf's third event for 2010 will be at the Tortuga Bay enclave of the Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic which offers a vastly different, but equally inspiring, golf experience from Scotland's history-laden Old Course and Gleneagles venues. From November 3 to 7, guests will play the P.B Dye-designed La Cana and Corales Golf Courses. La Cana boasts 14 ocean-view holes, which in part explains its comparison to Pebble Beach and its ranking as the top course in the Caribbean. The Corales course is a recently completed Tom Fazio design that abuts the sparkling Caribbean Sea on six holes.
Ecologically sensitive Tortuga Bay, which shows off the décor of the Dominican Republic's own Oscar de la Renta throughout its villas, also features the Six Senses Spa, regarded by many as among the world's premier spa and wellness centers.
In addition to great golf, each of the Signature Event properties is a member of Leading Spas, Leading Hotels' global evaluation and accreditation program for luxury spas.
"Whether golfers are interested in an authentic Scottish experience or golf with a more contemporary feel, these Signature Events offer the best of golf travel complemented by the highest standards of style and service," said Claudia Kozma Kaplan, senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications, The Leading Hotels of the World.
In addition to Signature Events, the Leading Golf service includes custom golf touring and golf traveler stay-and-play packages that can be enjoyed at Leading Hotels throughout the world.
The amenities and convenience of Leading Golf can be accessed at lhwgolf.com, where travelers can browse destinations and make online reservations at Leading Hotels of the World properties in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia/Pacific and the Caribbean.
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