Reasons to Visit Diamante Golf Course and Country Club

Cabo is an ideal location for anyone who is planning to go on a holiday. Aside from being one of the oldest and continuously inhabited parts of the world, it is also considered as one of the best tourist destinations in the world.

Aside from the white sandy beaches, there are also a lot of golf courses in the area. Diamante Golf Course and Country Club is one of them. Whether you’re beginner or a professional golfer, we highly recommend that you check it out. Here, you’ll enjoy great weather, beautiful scenery and some golf too.

If you need any more reasons to head to Diamante Golf Course and Country Club in Cabo other than those mentioned above, keep reading. In this blog post, we’ll give you 3 great reasons why you should make a trip and book a tee at this stunning golf course.

The practice range itself is stunning

The practice range at Diamante provides a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. It’s so beautiful that you can spend an entire day on the practice range. Did we mention that there’s a bar located right next to it? No kidding!

The Dunes Course

Every hole on the course has creative elements and character, but the Dunes Course is something you wouldn’t want to miss. The said course was designed by Davis Love III. It provides a stunning view of the neighboring Pacific Ocean and flows seamlessly through natural sand dunes. It is everything a golfer travels to the end of the Earth to find. The course is undeniably beautiful; it ranked #38 in Golf Magazine’s list of Top 100 Courses in the World.

El Cardonal

This Tiger Woods design course was inspired by the old style courses of Southern California where he grew up in. Featuring native dunes, mature vegetation, natural arroyos, dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean, plus, some unique challenges, it’s going to provide an amazing golf experience. It will be one of those rounds where you’ll remember every shot you hit.

Golfers of all skill levels will be able to enjoy a round at this course. It will provide options for this with higher handicaps, but will also challenge expert players.

4 Most Beautiful Golf Courses in the U.S.

People play golf for a variety of reasons. For some, they consider it as a form of exercise. Others, however, head to the course to relax and unwind. After all, who wouldn’t feel relaxed when you’re playing outdoors, basking in the sun, breathing in fresh air and enjoying the picturesque views of the course?

In this blog post, we have made a list of some of the most beautiful golf courses in the country. These courses are incredibly refreshing and beautifully constructed; they’ll leave you in awe. Since beauty is a subjective thing, there may be courses that you think are more beautiful than those on the list.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Course location: Coos County, near Bandon, Oregon

Situated along the Oregon Coast is a multiple-course resort that will blow you away. From its imaginative putting course to its sporty par-3 track, to its quartet of 18-hole stunners, there is no denying that Bandon Dunes is one of the best courses in the country. That, combined with the magnificent Pacific Coast as your backdrop, it’s not surprising why it rose to popularity and became one of the top golf destinations in the country.

Cypress Point Club

Course location: Pebble Beach, California

The calm and peaceful atmosphere, combined with its beauty will make you want to spend more time in this place. Cypress Point enters the Del Monte forest for the first 9 holes and re-emerges on the rocky coastline for the succeeding holes. This golf course is popular for having the best golf holes in the world, with holes 15th, 16th, and 17th being played along the Pacific Ocean. Its beauty is very mesmerizing and most golfers consider this as a very lovable golf course.

Cypress Point Club was consistently rated as one of the top 3 golf courses in the world since it opened in 1928.

Pine Valley Golf Club

Course location: Pine Valley, New Jersey

This place is famous for its pine cone collection and abundant natural habitat. It also prides itself on being one of the toughest courses, providing golfers consistent level of challenge and conditioning on each hole. The variety of every aspect of the course is unparalleled. It ranked number 1 in the list of “top 100 Courses in World” by Golf Digest in 2012 and 2015.

Shinecock Hills

Course location: Southampton, Long Island, New York

Established in the early 1930s, Shinecock Hill is one of the oldest formal organized golf club in the U.S. The architecture of the 126-year old course hasn’t been altered until 2012. The beauty of this place is almost impossible to describe. Because of the beautiful distractions, you are surrounded by, it can be quite difficult to focus on your game.

Shinecock Hills has already hosted the U.S. Open 4 times. It will be hosting the U.S. Open again in 2018 and in 2026.

How to Have More Fun Playing Golf

After a brutal winter, golf courses in different parts of the country are welcoming avid golfers once again. Many of you are probably getting your equipment out of storage and preparing to play a few rounds. Here at Golfer’s Jewel, we want to make sure that you enjoy your time at the course.

This week, we compiled some tips and suggestions to help make golf more enjoyable. Read on for tips on how to have the most fun you can while playing golf.

Throw out the scorecard

Every golfer wants to shoot great scores. But if you pay too much attention to your scores, you may end up frustrated, especially if you hit bad shots. This will definitely have an effect on your game.

The next time you play, lose the scorecard and just enjoy the game. We challenge you to play your round with no focus on the scores at all. You might be surprised by the effect it will on your game.

Lighten your load

The rules of golf allow you to carry 14 clubs in your bag, but you don’t really need that much clubs in order to play a great game. Come to think of it. You don’t use all those clubs during your round, don’t you? So why carry all of them? If you do, you may feel exhausted mid-round since you need carry all those clubs while walking on a hilly course.

Lighten your load by carrying fewer clubs. To make the game more exciting, play some rounds using a half set of clubs. This will force you to create shots. The more you learn to think about shots, the better you play.

Lower your expectations

If you expect to hit great golf shots, you are putting more pressure on yourself to perform. Having too high expectations can affect both your confidence and perceptions of the shots you take. Later on, you may find yourself frustrated and be losing focus during the game. Remember, your expectations are killing your golf game.

Great Golf Destinations to Play in the Winter

great-golf-destinations-to-play-in-the-winterWhen the temperature drops, a lot of golfers start packing up their golf clubs and put it away for a few months. Luckily, there are several destinations that offer year round golf. These places are also the home to some of the finest courses in the country.

In this blog post, we have put together some golf destinations where you can tee up and continue enjoying golf with your family or friends under the comfort of a nice, warm sunshine.

Don’t let the winter weather stop you from playing the game you love. Pack your clubs and visit these places this winter.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This is probably one of the most popular golf destinations in the country. People flock to this area in spring and winter. Prices are affordable during this time of the year. The view is breathtaking. There are a lot of restaurants in the area. Plus, there are endless shows and events happening in the area.

With Myrtle Beach being a popular destination, some of you might be worried about the crowd. Don’t be. There are far fewer people in the Grand Strand area during the winter months. There’s never a better time to play golf in Myrtle Beach than in winter.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas golf is great year round. There are more than 50 golf courses in Las Vegas and most of them are open 365 days a year. While the rest of the country is shivering, you can head to Las Vegas to play golf.

Unlike in spring and summer, the golf courses aren’t as crowded in the winter.  In fact, you may still be able to book a tee time in popular courses like Reflection Bay, The Falls and Shadow Creek, even without booking in advance. When you’re done, you can always enjoy a great dinner, get a few drinks, watch world class shows and a little gambling action.

Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona is a haven for golf enthusiasts. Here you’ll find more than 300 golf courses, both public and private. During the winter, a lot of golfers visit Arizona to escape the cold weather and take advantage of the incredible deals.

Even if you decide to visit in winter, you can guarantee that you’re going to get sunshine 90% of the time. In fact, temperatures here are typically around 60-70 degrees. The warm winter weather is perfect for a round of golf.

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS AND THE BRITISH MASTERS

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS AND THE BRITISH MASTERSI have two “significant others” in my life.

The first is my son Ciaran, my firstborn child and now a grown man.

Last Friday, he was my chauffeur and chaperon for the day as I headed for Colchester Hospital and a date with a planned foot operation.  At 07.30, we arrived on the ward, me nil by mouth and dying for a cup of decaf tea and Ciaran (that’s Kieran for those of you who are Anglicised) looking like it was the first sunrise he’d seen in his entire 32 years.  I was in Colchester’s orthopaedic department and was seen first by the anaesthetist.

There are certain ways to ask a demanding question of anyone and the art is to ask it in such a manner that ensures it will rank well in the annals of social politeness. Being educated by the Sisters of What-Mercy!, you learn the subtleties of those approaches at a very young age.  It was what Darwin meant when he talked about “survival of the fittest”. Those years of learning deserted me in one fell swoop as I cast my eyes on that consultant anaesthetist. He looked young enough to be my son and I wondered if he was suitably experienced to see my vital signs through an operation.  I can only blame the leprechauns operating a no-holes-barred policy in my brain as I pole-axed him with a lancing gaze and asked him if he was actually old enough to take my airway.  For the uninitiated: keeping an airway viable during the administration of an anaesthetic is vital to staying alive.  When he stopped laughing, he assured me he’d been doing his job for thirty years and all would be well.  I still don’t believe him.

The admitting nurse then came to review me and wanted to know if I’d ever been suspected of having CJD.  In my book, there is only one way to answer that sort of daft question so I trotted out my standard reply.  “I have often been called a mad cow but no one has ever considered me as full blown CJD yet”.  I don’t know why her shoulders were shaking and she dropped her pen on the floor but she seemed to lose concentration after that and she couldn’t finish her routine set of questions.  At this point I should report that my son did not know whether to die from laughter or embarrassment and kept his face buried in his hands.  There are points in life when you know your children would like to disown you – I think this might have been one of them – for, on her departure, he reminded me that I was to keep silent and only answer the questions in a suitably contained and mature manner.  As I consider my children among the best of my teachers, I took his words to heart and resolved to keep quiet.

That’s when I was seen by a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) prevention nurse who explained to me very nicely what a DVT, pulmonary embolism and cerebral vascular accident can do to the body and how to prevent it all happening – then she actually read my notes and realised what I did for a living.  At that point, she crept away quite sheepishly.  I still got in trouble with Ciaran even though I’d said not a word to this nurse but smiled and nodded as if I was interested throughout her spiel.  There is no pleasing that son of mine.

All was now ready for me to go to theatres…

…and that’s when I was told my consultant had phoned in sick…

… which is how I came to be foot loose and fancy free at the back end of last weekend…

Instead of the required post-op pose of “toes above nose”, I found myself still on my feet with nothing planned to do.  And those feet were itching to do something.  That’s when I fell into the clutches of my other “significant other”.

He’s my grandson and I care not a hoot when I say in a totally biased fashion that he is drop-dead gorgeous.  He is five and I get to be five, too, when we tag along together.  I have worked very hard at being a grandmother and, after years of watching me interact with him, my children have labelled me well.  In the family circle, I am referred to as “soft-touch Nanna”.  I wear it well.

And so it came to pass that we found ourselves, me and little legs, on our way to The Grove, near Watford, in a sheets-of-rain deluge on Sunday morning for the final day of the British Masters tournament.  My back seat driver was in fine fettle as we wended our way along the motorway and he was uber excited to be heading for his first-ever live tournament.  Meanwhile, as driver, I was contemplating the horrendous drive and thinking: should have stayed at home and watched it from the comfort of my sofa.

The British Masters was founded in 1946 and was originally known as the Dunlop Masters, which, in turn, was a continuation of the Dunlop-Metropolitan Tournament that began life before World War II.  It was designed as a seventy-two-hole end-of-season event with a restricted field and was held every year up to 2008.  It has been held at many prestigious courses around the UK and, despite its numerous name changes, was one of the most lucrative events on the European Tour.

It disappeared for five years, making its comeback on the European Tour’s schedule in 2015, where it was hosted by Ian Poulter at Woburn from 8-11 October.  I was privileged to be at that event and follow young Matt Fitzpatrick as he won his maiden professional title.  This year, tournament ambassador and a former world number one, Luke Donald, chose The Grove to host the Sky-supported 2016 British Masters.

This is where we were headed and I had in my charge one excited little boy.  “Will Rory be there?” was the first inquiry.  When I responded in the negative, back came the next question “Are we going to see Justin Rose?”  I explained why Justin would not be playing so the next question was “Well, I want to see Jordan Speiff.  Will he be there?”  Sorry, Jordan, but your surname is just a tad too much of a tongue-twister for my grandson.  Finley was becoming dejected with my constant negative responses so I took charge of the flow of conversation and said, “You will see Andrew Johnston”.  In the rear-view mirror, I watched the penny of dawning knowledge drop all the way from the top to the bottom of the well and saw his cherub face light up and eyes pop.  We both shouted together “Beeeeeeef!”.

Suffice it to say it was a totally successful outing.  I had one reservation going there.  My grandson is the sort of child who asks a thousand piercing questions in a nanosecond and expects a thousand perceptive answers in the same time space.  He keeps me young and my brain working.  I love it but I wondered how he would cope with the respectful silence that should accompany each player’s shot.  It never presented as a problem.  He was so enthralled by the “live” action on the tee boxes, fairways and greens, the use of different clubs, and swing versus putting techniques, that he remained uncommonly silent for long periods.

At one point, Finley was poised so close to the passageway of Beef from one hole to the next that he could have reached out his hand and touched him but Finley was overawed by the moment and is just a tad reserved in the presence of someone who is not of his immediate circle of family and friends.  I tweeted this reservation to Beef the next day and, as sure as night follows day, back came a wonderful “Hi Finley” greeting from Beef.  He is the man!  Finley and I respect this golfer.

As to my foot op…

…just don’t ask.

 

Tips for Preparing for a Golf Tournament

tips-for-preparing-for-a-golf-tournamentMost golfers who have played competitive golf will tell you that it’s a lot different than just playing golf with your buddies. With everyone watching how you perform on the course and the added pressure of beating other players, you want to make sure you perform your best.

Here are a few tips for preparing for a golf tournament.

Practice

Practice and prepare ahead of time. Polish up your swing and build your confidence in your short game. The more confident you are about your short game, the more likely are you to perform well on the course.

Use your practice session wisely. Practice with a goal in mind. Treat each practice session as you would on a regular golf game.

Mental preparation

Golfers tend to feel more pressured and anxious when playing in a tournament. It is important to get your mind used to the pressure. You also need to control your nerves. If you get nervous or anxious, do some deep breathing exercises. This will help you feel more relaxed.

Professional golfers follow a specific routine on every shot. This will help you handle the pressure, keep you focused on the task at hand and create a mindset for peak performance. Also, don’t forget to visualize. Getting mentally prepared can mean the difference between a good round and a bad one.

Familiarize yourself with the golf course

A few days or weeks before the tournament, we suggest that you visit the course where the tournament shall be held. This will give you an idea how tough the course is going to be. Walk it, view it and play on it if possible.

Take time to hit some shots around the greens and experience the course’s many challenges. Pay attention to the greens, hazards, trees, terrain etc. Don’t forget to take notes. Sometimes, it can be easy to forget about the small details, especially when you’re anxious or too excited for the competition.

Have fun

Now that you’ve done everything you can to prepare for a great round, all you have to do is to give it your best. Instead of focusing on the score, focus on the process. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the game. Good luck!

Is Joining a Country Club Worth It?

is-joining-a-country-club-worth-itWe all know that golf is an expensive sport. For some, a club membership is nothing but an additional expense. Others see it as an opportunity to rub elbows with the cultured and rich. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just new to golf, you can benefit from a golf club membership.

Here are 4 good reasons why you should consider joining a country club.

Priority tee times

One of the biggest advantages of being a member is having the ability play golf whenever you want. Because of fewer golfers on the course, some club allow members to jump to an unoccupied hole or walk up to the first tee unannounced. If the golf club is busy, you get the privilege to reserve prime tee times than the normal public.

Enjoy other amenities

Being a member, you get to enjoy different amenities the golf club has to offer. Your spouse and children can enjoy other amenities like tennis courts, swimming pools, gym or just have some snacks or refreshments in the restaurant while you play golf with your friends.

Widen your playing circle

Most country clubs organize some events or activities that give members an opportunity to socialize with their peers and meet other individuals who have the same interests as they do. Here, you can meet new friends, acquire some playing partners and even meet potential business partners. Joining a country club may be worth it for your social life and your career.

Save money

At first, the thought of paying an annual membership fee may seem expensive. But if you play a lot of golf, you may realize that it makes sense financially. This is especially true if you consider all the money that you’ll be saving on green fees, golf lessons etc.

Here, you can enjoy unlimited golf any time you want. You don’t have to pay green fee every single time. In addition, you also get discounts on golf lessons, repairs and others; hence allowing you to save money over the course of the year.

Golf Courses with Microbreweries Nearby

golf-destinations-with-microbreweries-nearbyIt is virtually a given that golfers would happily play at any golf course that offers amazing golfing experience and breathtaking views. Add beer to the equation and golfers are sure to book a tee without a second thought.

Nothing tastes better than chugging down a cold beer with your best buddies after a round of golf. No, we’re not referring to commercial beer. We’re talking about local and rare craft brews.

Luckily, you don’t have to travel far just to enjoy a bottle or two of a good, satisfying beer with your golf buddies. There are actually some golf courses with microbreweries nearby or within the course waiting to whet your whistle after a round. And no, we didn’t dream up this idea after a few too many pints.

Grand Traverse Resort (The Bear) – Michigan

The Bear was designed by Jack Nicklaus and was named after the golf legend himself. It features deep pot bunkers, deep grassy roughs, tiered greens and Scottish terraced fairways. This course is said to be one of the toughest courses in the Midwest. It was even ranked as 18th toughest course in the country by Golf Digest.

The Traverse City area has seen a recent burst in the development of microbreweries and beer pubs. This is probably the reason why Draft Magazine named it as one of America’s newest emerging beer towns. North Peak Brewing Co., Right Brain Brewery, Jolly Pumpkin Brewery and Short’s Brewing Company are just some of the microbreweries within the area.

Canyon Lakes Golf Course and Brewery – San Ramon, CA

Canyon Lakes is a public golf course that was opened in 1987. The course offers guests and residents 18 challenging holes that meander through the community. If you are budget conscious, be sure to include this course on your list. They offer an annual membership fee, which costs about $1300 with no additional green fees.

The course is now under a new management and is just a few steps away from pouring you a specially crafted beer.

We would love to feature your golf course if it has a Microbrewery in it! Email us at GolfersJewels@gmail.com

Colorado Golf Courses

Best Public Golf Courses in Denver

Colorado Golf Courses

Every year, millions of people fly over to Denver to go skiing and snowboarding. What people fail to realize is that Denver has a lot more to offer. Offering the gamut from public to high end, private golf courses, Colorado’s largest city transforms into a golf destination in the spring and summer months.

Take a golf vacation in Denver to play, discover and experience Denver’s best golf courses. Here’s a look at some of the best public golf courses in Denver.

Kennedy Golf Course

Address: 10500 E. Hampden Ave. Denver, CO 80014

Located in the DTC area, Kennedy Golf course is known for its nice, convenient location and affordable rates. This golf course provides golfers with 27 challenging holes to enjoy, a par-3 course and 3 full-length 9-hole courses. Unlike other courses, you won’t have a hard time booking a tee time here. Not only is it reasonably priced, it is also fairly easy to book.

Arrowhead Golf Club

Address: 10850 W. Sundown Trail, Littleton, CO 80125

This Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course has been voted as one of the America’s “Top 75 Public Courses, as well as #1 public course in the Denver area by Golf Digest.

Featuring dramatic vistas, rolling terrain, abundant wildlife, extreme elevation changes, and gorgeous formation of sandstone rocks, Arrowhead is must visit golf course in Denver area. Here, golfers get to enjoy a great round while taking in the breathtaking view.

The Ridge at Castle Pines Golf Club

Address: 414 Castle Pines Pkwy., Castle Rock, CO 80108

The Ridge prides themselves as the best front range golf course in Colorado. It features a championship golf course in a luxurious vacation destination. It has a well-proportioned layout that provides golfers with open terrain, large rolling greens, sculpted bunkers and roomy fairways. It is definitely worth a visit.

The Rigde is considered as one of the best clubhouses in the state and offers top-notch dining service. It also has a gorgeous patio that offers view of the 18th hole. Because of its beauty and private club-worthy golf experience, it was consistently rated as the “Best Course to Hold an Event” by Colorado Avid Golfer Magazine.

Fossil Trace Golf Club

 Address: 3050 Illinois St. Golden, CO 80401

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“Palmer Villa” 
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Drop me a note if you have any questions or are interested to find out more about Luxury Villa golf or any golf holiday right across Asia.

Keep an eye out for our 2017 Tour which will be open to golfers from all around the World and we will take in 10 / 14 days if the best that Vietnam has to offer.