Holidays With Children

August 17th, 2010

Holidays with children can often by difficult to plan. You want to find that perfect vacation location for your kids that is kid friendly and fun for the entire family. When trying to find this perfect location for your holidays with children, then you need to keep several things in mind.

1. Kids would list the most wanted vacation location as Walt Disney World. This resort has something for everyone, no matter what age. Your children can enjoy the many kid friendly activities, restaurants, and experiences ad they spend time with Mickey Mouse, the Princesses, and other characters. There are four different theme parks that your family can choose from and two water parks, so that you can find the right activities for your family. You will be amazed at how much there is to do at this resort. The only problem will be fitting everything in!

2. If your holidays with children are much more fun when relaxing on the beach, then you will want to consider the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. This beautiful resort has many different activities for every age of child. It is the ultimate in kid friendly with the many different pools, snorkeling, golfing, and other activities. They even have a camp for children that are younger than 12 years old that can allow them to learn more about sea life through activities and visits to the aquarium on site. For you parents, there are many activities as well, including a comedy club, dance clubs and shopping. No matter what age your family is, there are sure to be activities that everyone will enjoy.

3. If snow is more your family’s desired vacation spot, then you will want to think about a vacation to Snowbird Resort in Utah. As far as your kids, they can ski free at the resort, but there are other activities that you can do, too. Families can take part in activities like luging, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowboarding, and more. You will never run out of snow-oriented activities. Kid friendly ski camps and schools are available for your kids and there is childcare if you want to slip off to the spa or fitness club.

4. If you and your family enjoy adventure, then you will want to think about visiting the Treesort that is located in Takilma, Oregon. This is a wonderful trip for those Swiss Family Robinson lovers, because it features 18 different tree houses for you and your family to spend the night in. There are also platforms, forts, wooden swings, and swinging bridges for your family’s fun and enjoyment. There is also a 160-foot zip line, a fresh water swimming pool, and lots of scenery to enjoy.

5. If you prefer to take your kids on a trip where they can learn as well, then you will want to try out Williamsburg, Virginia. Kingsmill Resort has many kid friendly activities that you can enjoy, from golf and tennis to a marine and more. There is even a Kids Camp that will allow your children to swim in a kid friendly environment and they can spend time in the game room. Busch Gardens is not very far away and you can visit Williamsburg, too. For the perfect mix of knowledge and fun, Williamsburg has it all.

Concentrating on informating about Spain, Johnathan Bakers writes mostly for . His work on detailed map of Spain can be found on .

A Golfers Delight in La Manga Spain

August 17th, 2010

There are few holiday resorts within such easy reach of the UK that can boast as fine golfing facilities as those demonstrated at La Manga Club. Many holidaymakers time again to indulge in a relaxing beach holiday that offers luxury, tranquillity and arguably the best golfing facilities on the Mediterranean.

Whether visiting in the summer or the winter months, golf enthusiasts can be guaranteed their fair share of superb sunshine. Golf is not restricted to one playing area, instead golfers can test their putting, chipping and driving skills on a range of courses including the South Course, North Course and the West Course.

La Manga Club is the official winter training base of the German PGA in Spain and the resort has also played host to several international tournaments such as the Spanish Open, the Spanish PGA Championships, the Spanish Junior Championships and the Ladies’ Spanish Open as well as the Senior Spanish Open for men.

However, for amateur players, tranquil surroundings, breathtaking views and great coaching staff provide a top combination for improvement. The Golf Academy offers tutoring for groups and individuals of all levels including beginners and experienced players.

The West, South and North courses provide golfers with a variety of holes and a range of difficulty levels in terms of greens. Additionally, there is a large practice area with driving range along with putting and chipping greens for training purposes.

The floodlit driving range offers 90 practice bays and those needing tuition can receive it from qualified golf professionals in five-day courses which are taken in three hour morning session. Visitors who do not have their own clubs can hire equipment from the Golf Administration. Those playing on the courses must fit their golf shoes with soft spikes – a fitting service for which is available.

And for those on family holidays in Spain, more laid back golf can be enjoyed on the the pitch and putt course. For those looking to enjoy alternative or more laid back sports while on a holiday in Spain can find a variety of activities on offer at La Manga Club.

The tennis centre offers a variety of leisure options for active and less active holidaymakers including access to a gym and spa where personal trainers and physiotherapists are on hand to offer support and assistance. For a relaxed sport with a more laid back pace and beautiful surroundings, try your hand at a game of bowls on the bowling green or a game of boules on the petanque court.

A climbing wall located is also located at the tennis centre for the more adventurous holidaymakers. And for those who simply insist on practicing their putting but wish to do so in a more novel setting, try the crazy golf course, a fun activity for kids and adults alike.

Michael Lee manages a luxury villa and apartment rental website offering the 5 star Spanish holiday resort of La Manga Club in Spain see La Manga Club in Spain

Finding the Perfect Family Vacation at the Perfect Price

August 17th, 2010

I have been in the travel business for 15yrs, and I am often asked the best times to travel to the Caribbean. My personal opinion is between the end of Thanksgiving thru December 19. The weather is great, the prices (especially this year) are low and the resorts are not crowded.

If you are parents of kids under 6, this could be perfect. However, for those of us who can not take our children out of school, we will have to deal with the extra expense of holiday travel, the long lines and crowded pools. Or do we?

As all of the deals pass my desk, I look for value and pick the best ones to share with my readers. I have NEVER seen prices this low for holidays and winter travel. Holiday travel usually is 3-4 times the regular rates, this year, it is the same or lower. If you still have your travel budget put aside – use it now, take advantage of these deals – because I have never seen rates like these before.

In thinking of family vacations, the first one that comes to mind is Club Med. Last time I was there, we still had to pay for drinks, now it is truly all inclusive – drinks, sports, you name it, it is included in the vacation cost. There are many resorts through out the Caribbean that I can recommend for families, but we will focus on Club Med right now, as their prices are phenomenal for the experience and memories the entire family will come home with.

If you do not feel like reading all of my descriptions – go straight to the deal, the best prices are from now to December 19, however, if you keep clicking, you will also find never before seen prices during the holidays and winter!

The basic deal is: 7 all-inclusive nights for the price of 3, which usually is $793per person ($114 a day).  Book by December 15 for travel between 9/15/08 – 4/25/09.

Kids Clubs:
Baby Zone 4mos -23mos: There is no day care for babies under two; however, when you make your reservation, you will tell them how old your children are so you are given the proper room and amenities. They will set you up in the “baby zone” including crib, changing table and all the comforts of home with a small baby.  Adapted to the nutritional needs of children, the meals are created by a team of specialist chefs from the Baby Restaurant. This Baby Restaurant is located in the Baby Club Med At the Baby Restaurant, the G.O® takes on the entire responsibility of lunch but parents can share this time with their child(ren) if they wish.  Children ages 2-4 can utilize the “Petit Club Med”, this is a parents; dream day care center. There is an additional charge for this day care.

Kids 4-10yrs old “Mini Club Med”: this is where if gets really fun and different! This club and all others are included in the basic price. The children are divided up into their age groups and given a plethora of activities to choose from whether it is learning how to sail, flying trapeze, and crafts are playing in the Kids only pool. The staff is dedicated and will teach the children new skills for sports, circus, crafts, etc..

Tweens & Teens: In my former life as a travel agent – these are the ones who had the most fun at Club Med. The activities are perfect for each age group ranging from water sports, learning how to be a DJ and mix, hip hop dancing, hang out rooms, teen only activities at night. There is even a theatre class where children can perform at the end of the week. These kids have a blast and the beauty is you do not have to worry about them as they are always somewhere on the property and there is always staff around to keep an eye on them.

Club Meds Best for Families that are part of this great deal:
Sandpiper: Located in Florida, a bit North of Palm Beach, easy to get to, but once you are there; you are in complete vacation mode. This Club Med has all the kids clubs from babies to teens. Sandpiper is a great, inexpensive short, family get away. Though you are still in the states, you will completely feel like you are away from it all as you feel that Club Med vibe as soon as you walk in. There are special family rooms, a kids room and an adults room; golf for the adults, five swimming pools and more.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: All the rooms are large suite like rooms – with different sizes depending on the family size. Renovated Resort with a long private beach bordered by palm trees. Circus school for the little ones, flying trapeze or fitness for adults. From babies of 4 months (at Baby Club Med® – extra charge) to teens, a club devoted to every age. Relax in the sun by the pool or through massages and treatments at the Club Med Spa (extra charge for spa).

Cancun, Mexico: This used to be a run down Club Med for singles – but not anymore! As the newest upscale discovery resort, Cancun Yucatan offers something decidedly different. Enjoy a free excursion and discovery the wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula with your family.
They offer luxurious Jade Suites, with an exclusive bar, concierge, room service and other upgraded amenities. Let your ‘teens and tweens hang out at their very own clubhouse while you take a cooking class. Enjoy an evening Mini Club MedTM performance, where your 4 year old presents a folklore dance on stage. Discover new cosmopolitan flavors at any of the three innovative restaurants at your own speed—Cancun Yucatan provides gourmet dining to satisfy your cravings at any hour.

Ixtapa, Mexico – On the West side of Mexico, easier to get to if you are in the South West or West Coast, this is the newest of the Club Med family. Facing the Pacific Ocean, an elegant hacienda it is coined as “The happiness of having a taste of everything”. The architecture hacienda style offers a new type of elegance.

In summary, if you want a Island type, but different kind of family get away, where you know the kids will have fun and you will relax and try new sports, take advantage of this sale before all the rates go up again.

Whether it is a 3 day weekend from $250pp or weeks’ vacation, from $350pp, take advantage of these incredible prices – if you add up everything included – you will see the savings!

A Golfers ++ Holiday Diary: – North Portugal Tour

August 17th, 2010


Last year was our first trip to Oporto in North Portugal, via a week’s cruise down the Douro River, brilliantly organised by PortGolf. At the end of that week, Peter Evens, who runs PortGolf, suggested we should return for the festival of S. Joao and perhaps play some golf. This seemed a good idea so on our return to the UK we organised a dinner for two other couples, one of whom (Gerry and Catriona) had played golf around Oporto and Jim and Margery. We discussed the idea and it was agreed that eight would be a good number. Shortly after we had supper with another couple, John and Marion who volunteered to join us. None of us had ever holidayed together before so it would be a test of friendship. Due to other commitments Gerry and Catriona and John and Marion would stay for a week whilst we and Jim and Margery would stay for twelve days.

There follows a Journal of that Trip:-


Thursday 21st June:-

We decided to catch the first Porto flight out of Gatwick at 6.30am whilst the others were catching the 1.30pm flight. We were met at Oporto Airport at 9am by Peter Evens who whisked us off to the four star Hotel Fenix, conveniently placed close to the Boa Vista area. The weather was bright with a light shower around midday. Having unpacked in our spacious room on the 9th Floor with splendid views of a truly magnificent cemetery and the city we set off on our first adventure to walk to the city centre and explore the area. We had a pasta and wine lunch at the Simbiose Restaurant (€30) overlooking the river and watched the Port wine boats ferrying people to and fro. Walked back uphill to the hotel calling in at the local supermarket for gin and whisky for nightcaps. The rest of the gang arrived at 6.15pm somewhat late due to delays. Having checked in we all got into the lift to travel to the 9th floor. Now this lift has a notice that says it is for 10 persons – unfortunately, they mean 10 Portuguese persons who happen to be somewhat smaller in stature than 8 Brits for the lift decided to descend to -5 floors before coming to a halt with a resounding bang. Not exactly the start we were looking for, but we managed to extract ourselves and walk back to the ground floor we proceeded to travel in the 2nd lift and the service lift – time for a drink! Peter found us in the bar at 8pm when we were taken in two vehicles to the Maria Moita, a local Porto restaurant for dinner. Peter stayed on to interpret as not much English is spoken and take photographs of the evening. Fun food with an interesting menu and carafes of wine. Bed by 11.30 somewhat exhausted.


Friday 22nd June:-


Up at 8.15am, dry, but grey with a smattering of blue. Breakfast, then a quick look round the local shops. Peter and Paolo collected us at 12.30 for our first game of golf at Estela.

The course lies about an hour from the centre of Oporto on the Atlantic coast. The drive was pleasant and informative and the entrance guarded by two automatic gates. A drink and a toasted sandwich started the event which was a four ball better ball with husbands partnering wives. Typically for a links course, the wind blew like hell and was a contributing factor to the round taking 4½ hours. Gerry and Catriona were the winners and copious amounts of gin & tonic and beer was consumed. Showered and change before whisked off to Casa do Frango in a nearby town – problem was our driver dropped us at the wrong place which held up proceedings, but didn’t stop the wine flowing before the chicken and chips arrived – turned out to be a fun night and tested some people’s ability of alcohol consumption. On our return to the hotel John and Marion joined us in our room for a nightcap and left at 1.30am.

Saturday 23rd June:-


Up at 8.30 am and a glorious summer day. Everyone into city centre to sightsee, but for us it was to shop for prizes meeting up with the gang at Majestic café – the ‘in place’ to be seen – coffee and brandy was the order of the day. Off to lunch to Foz at Praia da Luz, a super restaurant on the beach which we had sampled last year – great food and wine with a variety of local dishes, ridiculously cheap at €30 per couple. Back to the hotel at 4pm to rest before the night’s activities. At Midnight Oporto celebrates the S. Joao festival.


Peter and cab collected us at 9.10pm and we are taken to Taylor’s Port Wine Lodge where the atmosphere is electric – a couple of hundred people are seated at round tables for a set menu of Kale & Potato Soup; breads; sardines; Roast Kid & Vegetables followed by Almond tart and ice cream. The best wines are served and we tried a couple of bottles of 20 year old vintage Port. The lodge is situated at Gaia on the southside of the Douro River and at 12.05am we adjourn to the terrace to watch a firework display over Porto which was out of this world – we are all stunned by the magnificence of the scene. John & Marion have to leave by cab due to John’s bruised Achilles heel while the rest of us have to walk as no vehicles are allowed in the area other than for medical reasons. The crush is worse than a cup final at Wembley, but everyone is in such great humour and it seems the whole of Oporto’s inhabitants are bashing you over the head with a plastic hammer or a long garlic plant (both old traditions) – we eventually stagger across the bridge, which had been closed at one point due to too many people on it causing it to sway. Street parties, dancing and singing all the way back to the hotel and so to bed at 3am having survived a most enjoyable adventure.


Sunday 24th June:-


Up for breakfast, lots of orange and black coffee seemed to the order of the day. Later collected to go to Amarante Golf Course another hour drive away. Seems we had the course to ourselves. Said to be hilly, true, difficult to find your way round at times; some spectacular holes accompanied by bangs all afternoon as S. Joao continued to be celebrated. Men versus Ladies this time, the men had no chance. Showered and changed off to a restaurant in Amarante – problem was our driver seemed to have forgotten until he was informed by Peter via mobile phone then he proceeded to drive at 120 kph to get back on track. No English spoken at all at the restaurant which made life a tad difficult. Food quite nice, but we appeared to be in a quieter mood – at our age very late nights can play havoc with some people’s constitution.


Monday 25th June:-


Today we are moving to the Oporto Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club, so its bag packing time as six of us are off on an adventure – a day trip on a boat up the Douro. Gerry & Catriona have done this trip before so they go back to Estela for golf. Superb weather and the trip is just fine with breakfast and lunch provided and the river is so peaceful. We make friends with Lourdes who is the tour guide. Later she is surprised to find us drinking champagne – she asks what we are celebrating, we tell her a birthday, she asks whose birthday it is and we tell her we don’t know, but we are pretty sure it’s someone’s birthday somewhere. We arrive at Reguá at 4.15pm and are taken by coach for about 200 yards to the railway station where we are to continue our adventure by train back to Oporto a journey of about 2 hours. Peter meets us at the station and takes us to our new quarters at the O.C. & L.T.C. a little oasis in the middle of Oporto. Very colonial style and every one is so friendly. Shower and change and meet for drinks in the lounge before walking a couple of hundred yards up the road to Capa Négra 2 a local restaurant where we are served by Olivetti who speaks good English and advises on the local dishes. Plenty of wine and a fun evening all for the princely sum of €30 per couple. John and Marion insist on having a nightcap in our room – another late night.


Tuesday 26th June:-


Breakfast at 9am then walked around the grounds of the club and inspected the tennis courts, cricket pitch (thought we would bat first) and the swimming pool. We got ready for golf and soon we were on our way to Ponte de Lima on a lovely sunny day. Again about an hour drive to the golf course, but very scenic and somewhat mountainous – buggies a necessity. Drinks and a sandwich first, but you never need to be in a hurry in these places which was a good job as the round took over five hours, something we are just not used to, but we’re on holiday so what the heck. A quick shower and drink before setting off to Restaurant Acude. A limited menu and quite expensive for the region, but we enjoyed it. Drove back to the club and home by 12.30am – a long day.


Wednesday 27th June:-


Up at 8.15am nice shower and a leisurely breakfast. Today is a relaxing day where we all do our own thing. A day by the pool for some, shopping for some of the ladies and bridge for others. We all meet in the bar at 8pm for tonight we are eating in the club’s superb dining room and prize giving. It worked out that everybody got a prize of sorts and Margery and Jim won Peter Evens “PortGolf” prize for the best score on the Stroke Index 1 holes on all the courses we played. Food, wines, service and atmosphere could not be bettered a fantastic end for those departing the next day. Somewhat late to bed!


Thursday 28th June:-


Missed our farewells to Catriona and Gerry, but managed them for Marion and John who were catching a later flight. Today Peter is taking Margery and Jim and us for a road trip up the Douro Valley Tour. We set off at 9.45pm again with glorious sunshine. Our first stop is at the winery of Quinta de Aveleda.

A guided tour including tastings with cheese. We wandered round the grounds which have beautiful gardens including resident peacocks. In the shop, a loud mouthed American, who was buying a six pack of wine, was boasting to the young lady at the counter that back home he had a thousand bottles of wine – to which she replied, “And now you have a thousand and six, sir.” – priceless!


Our next stop was at Amarante to see the famous bridge and a quick walk round the town, very pretty. On through rolling hills filled with vines to Regua and stopped for lunch at the Pousada. Sat outside in the glorious sun and admired the views across the valley. We moved on to Quinta do Panascal – Fonseca winery/ port lodge, had a guided tour through the grape terraces with the aid of an audio tape and earphones giving a history and the workings of the company. Back to the lodge for more tastings then a return journey via Vila Real through mile after mile of hills laden with vines from top to bottom. Back to the club for a shower and change before Peter dropped us off at the Oporto Restaurant. We were all intrigued to see Jim’s starter as he had ordered ‘fish soup in pastry’. (the pastry was on the top!)


Friday 29th June:-


Breakfast at 9am – today we are back to Estela golf course, but what a difference, loads of sunshine and no wind. Girls versus the Boys (yes, of course the Girls won, but only at the 18th) – back to the club for a rest and shower.


A special evening as we meet Peter’s wife, Anabela, for the first time and we go to Praia de Luz for dinner. A great meal with lively conversation and a beautiful sunset, of which we have several photos if anyone wants a copy. Home to bed another long day.


Saturday 30th June:-


Despite last night’s sunset, we wake to a grey sky and much cooler temperatures. The girls, (I use the term loosely), go off shopping to Vila Nova de Gaia, “Corte Ingles”. Us chaps do our own thing reading and watching the members who are barbequing for lunch – Jim tries the sardines. Lorna and Margery arrive back at 2.15pm and after hearing of their adventures we have tea and scones – how civilized.


Peter collects us at 6.45pm as we are to have drinks at his house at Senhora da Hora. We meet up with Anabela again and also later with Jacquay one of his twin daughters who entertains us on the piano. Then we are off to a fish restaurant, O Manel in Matosinhos – no English spoken and we struggle with the menu, not the best place to eat in our opinion, also quite expensive. An early night for all.


Sunday 1st July:-


A free day – weather a bit grey and not very hopeful. Margery and Jim decide to tour the city by open-top bus whilst we decide to walk to the Palacio de Cristal a spacious park which houses a circular building for concerts; there are also some nice views of the river and across the city. We continue our walk through to S. Bento Metro Station where we attempt to purchase from a machine two day tickets – we fail miserably despite the help of a couple of locals, but were rescued by a station security guard who helped us to purchase the correct tickets. The Metro is very modern and is a cross between a tram, a trolley bus and an underground train – very clean and quiet. Out first journey takes us across the very top of the Ponte do Luis and up to the terminus outside “Corte Ingles”. We return back down, but alight at Jardim do Morro where we have been advised there are some good photo opportunities across the river. We then decide to walk over the top of the bridge rather than ride. In hindsight this was not a good idea as we reckon that the bridge is similar in construction and height to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia – we wouldn’t walk across that even if they do chain you to the railing so what on earth are we doing here? So being English, we put our heads down and just keep walking until, somewhat relieved, we get to the other side – phew! I have to add that the Metro trains are passing by you just inches away which tends to add to the excitement. We did get some nice pictures of the trains crossing the bridge and entering the tunnel below us. With shaking legs we descended hundreds of steps and through winding alleys to get to the riverside where we had a bottle of wine and lunch and watched the world go by. We returned to the station and went as far as the Estadio do Dragáo, a recently completed stadium before returning back down to our nearest station to home, the “Casa da Musica”. The weather had much improved by this time so we walked back to the club in sunshine.

We met with Margery and Jim by the pool and exchanged stories and adventures, then snoozed for a while before getting ready to embark for our last night to the “Cafeina” Restaurant. A very smart establishment and nice food, but again would not be in our top five. Peter collected us and returned us safely back to the club.


Monday 2nd July:-


One wonderful attribute of the club is that clients are not required to vacate their rooms until midday. We took advantage of this by having time to pack in a leisurely manner and having stored our bags we were collected by Peter to take us for lunch at “Ar de Rio”, a modern riverside restaurant in Cais da Gaia. We sat inside by an open wall looking out across the Douro River in glorious sunshine. Peter collected us and took us to Crofts Port Wine Lodge for a tour and tasting – a lovely way to end a holiday in Oporto.

We collected our baggage from the club, said our goodbyes to the staff and Peter dropped us off at the Airport in good time for the flight which was delayed for fifty minutes.


All in all a most enjoyable holiday, well organized by PortGolf in the shape of Peter Evens whose care and attention of his clients is second to none.

Without a doubt we shall return once again to this most interesting of cities.


Mike & Lorna Gizzy


Mike Gizzy and friends joined Peter Evens for this holiday, who is a specialist in Tourism in Northern Portugal : For information on your Holidays throughout Portugal email or look at the website

Release The “Inner Tiger”

August 17th, 2010

Tiger Woods has inspired a whole new generation of golfers! What a thrill it is to watch all of these youngsters taking golf lesson programs all over the region. Parents and young golfers alike all want to be “the next Tiger.”

Parents desperately want to see their child excel at this game which often absorbs their own free time. Knowing this, my parents casually introduced my sister and I to the game as soon as we were allowed on the golf course. They began by just having us walk along or pull their carts-there was no forcing the issue of actually playing.

It was because my parents spent so much time at the golf course that my sister and I began to want to try this game that my parents were so good at. I believe looking back that wanting to try the game was a big motivator. There was no one dragging us to the golf course and demanding that we take lessons or play, otherwise I probably would not be where I am today.

A student’s success comes from having an instructor that the he/she can relate to, understand, and can ultimately see improvement in their own game. In some cases students enjoy instructors who are rigorous and demanding while others enjoy an instructor who is patient and pushes the student at a slower rate. In any case, parents need to ask their kids about the instructor and stay with them if it’s a good thing for the junior golfer – not just the parent!

Playing tournaments is a whole new element for those being introduced to the game. Again, encourage your child to compete but don’t force the issue. Many students are afraid of being put in a win-lose situation especially if they are not confident with their game. They don’t need to have a 10 or less handicap to play tournaments as most people believe.

As with adult tournaments, most are “flighted” according to whatever handicap you have. Therefore, a junior will be competing with others of his or her own ability. Tournaments and programs are offered in my city, Colorado Springs, as well as throughout the state of Colorado during the summer months. I have been involved with most of the local programs and would like to share them with you.

LPGA Girls Golf Program of Colorado Springs: The only program just for girls in the area. Designed to introduce girls to the game with weekly instruction and playing privileges at Cherokee Ridge Golf Course. Call 576-9176 for more information.

Parks and Recreation: Offers a summer program for juniors at Valley Hi. This includes once a week instruction along with playing privileges. Call 578-6926 for more information.

Pikes Peak Junior League: If your son or daughter already has some golf skills and knows how to play the game on the course-then there is the Pikes Peak Junior League where juniors compete for a spot on a weekly team at their golf course. Then, those qualifying get to play a different course each week around the area-very affordable and promotes great interaction among local junior golfers. Contact your local pro shop for information.

CJGA-Colorado Junior Golf Association provides tournaments for all ages across the state during the summer. Check with your local pro shop.

No matter the level or enthusiasm of your junior golfer, there is some program that should appeal to their needs. Remember to check out the instructor for experience and knowledge in the game along with their teaching style. Also, check to see the time involved in the program, expectations and goals of the instructor along with those of your junior’s. By supporting Junior Golf, you are ensuring the future of this great game and many “Tigers” to come!

Golf Tip Of The Month
We often have a lot of wind this time of year. If you can adjust accordingly, the day can be like any other without the wind. Wind causes us to be more anxious and speed up our swing.

Stay calm and if you are hitting into the wind you will need to use at least one club more. Going uphill try using two extra club lengths.

Teeing off-make sure you tee the ball a little lower so it doesn’t get caught up in the air as long causing you to lose distance. Generally, hitting into the wind you want to use a less lofted club(3,4,or 5 iron). However, downwind you want to use less club with more loft so the wind can help carry the ball(8 or 9 iron).

President Obama VS Tiger Woods At Andrews

Swing Like Tiger Woods

All-inclusive Vacations, One Size Does not Fit All!

August 16th, 2010

The old adage; â??one size fits allâ? has never applied to traveling.  Open up the travel section of the newspaper or plug in your favorite travel website and you are bombarded with a plethora of ideas on where to go.  From family getaways, to a weekend romp the simplicity of planning a vacation seems more complicated as the web gives you more and more choices.  Add to the state of our economy, making sure you pick the right vacation is just as important as picking up the best bargain.

All inclusive resorts have made a surge to the top of this vacationerâ??s list in recent years due to their convenience and pricing.  A beachfront paradise retreat nestled on long strips of sand and the bluest water is enough for any beachcomber style.  Most beach lovers will go along merrily to a tropical spot on the map, but throw in the fact that your meals and that fruity drink with an umbrella in it is included and it might even tempt the semi-beach lover.

My â??one size does not fit allâ? analogy applies perfectly to All-Inclusive travel.  The mere mention of â??All-Inclusiveâ? may not include alcoholic drinks or dining in restaurants.  Always double check the web site to see exactly what is included! Some may be for couples only, such as the famous Hedonism II which include just about everything you can eat, drink and do.  This adults only vacation starts at $729+: Air & 4nts Adults Only All Inclusive Resort. All Your Meals, Drinks & Activities

Other all inclusives are a nice mix of families, friends and couples. Most of them do a good job of separating the kids pools from adult pools, kid friendly restaurants to gourmet dining. The couples who do not want to hear the pitter patter of little feet, do not have to.  However, as the competition for the most cutting edge â??kids clubâ?? is high, the kids clubs are getting more creative and fun!  For example, I learned about the Meliá Caribe Tropical where the entire kids club is set up like Bedrock from the Flintstones! I wish this was around when I was a kid.

The first step to find the all-inclusive that fits your needs is to understand exactly what is included in the price. There are different types of “all inclusives”. The difference between a 24hr all inclusive and an all-inclusive that does not claim to be 24/7 is your access to food and drinks. Also, the more deluxe the resort, the more restaurant choices you will have and the longer time spans. The less expensive ones are still a great experience, however, however expect more buffet style restaurants open at specific times.

Here are two examples of Deluxe 24/7 all inclusive deals that will not break the bank:

The Dominican Republic, specifically Punta Cana, is known for their all inclusive resorts and reasonable pricing.  One in particular is the Ocean Blue Golf & Beach Resort.  This 24 hour all inclusive resort has everything you will need to make your vacation as relaxing or exciting as you want.  To make this deal even sweeter, they are offering one child free (food, activities, etc), so your family can take full advantage of all the food and activities you can handle�24 hours a day!  Enjoy a private Jacuzzi a gorgeous beach and a wide variety of themed restaurants and all drinks included in the price. I found the 7 night deal in that includes airfare for only $999 per adult.

Another 24 hour All-Inclusive resort in Punta Cana is the Majestic Colonial.  This wonderful resort is a beachfront exclusive facility and an ideal spot for a great holiday.  Enjoy 6 restaurants and 9 bars on this wonderful escape.  This amazing deal includes air for 4 nights starting at $677.

If you are also interested in Golf before relaxing in your hammock, check out the Melia Cabo Real located in Los Cabos, Mexico. Next door to the Robert Trent Jones II designed Cabo Real Championship Golf Course. the Melia Cabo Real puts a bit of a new twist on the all-inclusive genre.  Stay at this luxurious resort for $115 per person and enjoy free unlimited golf!  A round of golf followed by a refreshing dip in any of their pools might be exactly the vacation that any golfer would love.  Unlimited breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks add to make this the perfect trip.

The list for all-inclusive resorts is immeasurable.  You can find all of the best deals conveniently located in one place;  With a little homework, youâ??ll be able to grab your bag, hit the trail and wind up on that moon-lit bay that you have been dreaming about.

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Follow The Leader

August 16th, 2010


     Remember playing Follow the Leader? It’s a game I played on occasion as a kid at parties or sometimes after school. The format as I recall began with choosing a â??leaderâ? or “head of the line” and then everyone lined up behind the leader. The leader then moved around and everyone had to mimic the leader’s actions. Any players who did not do what the leader did were out of the game.

     In speaking with Clubs week after week and hearing what they’ve been doing, it seems like this silly kid’s fun game for recreation has actually migrated to the business side of the golf industry. Let me explain!

Some Specific Recent Examples

     I was speaking with a private country club last week that was struggling with membership. I asked about the Initiation Fee and was told that they didn’t have one because none of the other clubs in their market have one. I was told that once one of the â??nicerâ? clubs did away with their Initiation Fee, all the other clubs soon followed.

     I was speaking with another private club challenged with membership. It became quickly apparent that no matter how good their marketing effort to generate leads and prospects might be, they were not going to be successful because they did not have a person directly responsible for selling memberships. I told the owner that the first thing I would do is hire a membership director and get the person trained to sell the club. The owner replied that none of the other clubs in the area have a membership director and as such he believed that his club didn’t need one either.  

     I spoke with a public golf course recently. I was told that in order to get business the only thing to do was discount. All of the other courses in the area discount I was told! And further was told that once discounting began, it became a price war. Everyone followed the discount leader. And the market price for golf plummeted.

     I visited a high end public fee golf course in Florida. I asked about their marketing efforts. I was told that they were doing very little but were advertising in a local golf publication. When I asked why, I was told that everyone advertises in this publication. Now, placing an ad in a publication that is going to be seen by golfers is actually a great way to get your message out. But, in reviewing the ad for this course, it was remarkably similar to the ad for every other golf course. The ad contained the same type of picture as all other ads, the same uninspired copy, lack of an offer, no call to action, and no means to track its effectiveness.

     I could continue with more examples but by now I hope you see my point. All of these scenarios play out in thousands of clubs, courses, and resorts across the country every day. So many courses are taking the path of least resistance and following the ill-fated lead of the most desperate club or course in the market.

     A club eliminates its Initiation Fee and others soon follow. A Club has poor results in membership and decides to cut its marketing budget and membership salesperson and other clubs begin eliminating salespeople too. A public course desperate for play drops its prices and soon everyone else does so as well. Someone advertises in a golf publication with the promise that your club’s ad can be made to look exactly like every other club’s ad and believes that will help their situation. It’s a golf industry version of Follow the Leader.

The only problem is that the leader who winds up
being followed is the one who has no clue!


     So why does everyone follow along blindly? Well, they are usually under pressure to do something from a marketing perspective to drive revenue and they really don’t know what to do. They think that if someone else is doing it, it may be the right thing for their club too.
     They know intellectually that they should be doing some kind of marketing but lack the training, experience, and expertise in determining what it is and how it should be done. So, doing something makes everyone feel better, gives them something to tell their owner, but is totally ineffective as the rest of the flat, amateuristic effort everyone else is doing.

Dare to be Different!

     We are working with many clubs, resorts, and courses that are constantly testing new and different means of marketing. With our Marketing Commander technology everything they undertake is measured so we know what is working and should be continued and what is not and should be discarded.

     They are scheduling new and different events. They are open to trying new approaches and ideas, but MOST importantly they are TRYING every day. And understand this, there is no magic bullet. There is no â??one thingâ? that is going to magically turn your club or course into a cash machine. To be successful you have to grind it out. You have to plan, test, and measure. And then do it again, again, and again!

Ask yourself these questions!

Do you have a specific written quarterly plan that specifies all of your marketing efforts for bringing in new business and retaining your existing members, golfers, or guests? Is there a specific goal for each revenue source every quarter with a timeline and responsible party assigned? Is all of your marketing trackable? Are you focused on collecting data every day in every department? Do you have a trained salesperson to follow up on all of your leads?


So, what’s it going to be?

     Are you going to be one of the pack, following along, mired in mediocrity or worse, deferring to whoever decides to go first and spending money with no idea whether what you did is working or not?

     Or are you ready to forge your own path? Are you ready to be different? Are you ready to distance yourself from the pack? Are you ready to become the SAVVY NEW LEADER? Take a chance! Dare to Become Legendary!

Bob Devitz is the President and CEO of Legendary Golf Management and is an expert in the operations and marketing of Private Clubs. Bob has over 25 years of experience in the industry, primarily in senior management roles with ClubCorp, an industry leading “for profit” company. Bob has an MBA from The Florida State University, a BSBA with a specialization in marketing from The University of Florida, and is a member of the PGA of America. Having worked with hundreds of Private Clubs during his career, Bob brings a results driven, bottom line approach to the Club Industry.

Tiger Woods Apologize To School Parents

August 16th, 2010

Last time,Tiger Woods apologized to his wife, this time to parents of children at the preschool that his 2-year-old daughter attends, an Orlando television station reported Tuesday.

WFTV reported on its Web site that it has obtained a letter that Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, wrote to parents of children attending Premier Academy to apologize for increased media scrutiny around the school.

Media coverage around Woods and his family has been intense since the Nov. 27 accident outside his home led to revelations that the world’s No. 1 golfer had been cheating on his wife. Tiger Woods did not make his first public appearance until Friday at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Woods’ wife did not attend his nationally televised appearance, and photographers were seen outside the Premier Academy that day. WFTV says an off-duty sheriff’s deputy has been hired to sit outside the school.

The station did not say when the letter was sent.

During his 13 1/2-minute statement, Woods lashed out at paparazzi for chasing after his family, including his daughter, Sam.

“However, my behavior doesn’t make it right for the media to follow my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter to school and report the school’s location,” Woods said. “They staked out my wife and they pursued my mom. Whatever my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and kids alone.” Otherwise, Woods have the support of his mother.

Woods thanks parents for their support and did not indicate he would remove his daughter from the school.

For Sam, that normalcy means attending the school that she enjoys so much.

Tiger Woods and Seven deadly sins

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2010–10 Movies You Should Watch(I)

August 16th, 2010

There’s no better time than take a breath, hereâ??s the list of top ten movies to look forward to in 2010, if you like it, just open your calendar and mark down a few to catch in the new year. Hope you’ll enjoy!


1. ”The Wolfman” (Feb. 12). 


Several delayed openings have resulted in this horror remake landing atop Valentine’s Day weekend. Surly Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) alights to England in the 1800s, where his father (Anthony Hopkins) fills him in on the family curse â?? just before Larry gets hairy following a werewolf attack. Before you can say “Maria Ouspenskaya,” the comely lass (Emily Blunt) Larry loves has to pack some Mace in her bodice when she walks the moors.It’s not fair for vampires to corner the market on romantic brooding.


2. ”Shutter Island” (Feb. 19).


Another movie shunted from 2009, but this one’s different: Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of a Dennis Lehane potboiler stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a 1950s detective investigating creepy goings-on at an island prison. Things, of course, are not as they seem. Mark Ruffalo, Jackie Earle Haley, Patricia Clarkson and Michelle Williams co-star. New York’s master filmmaker Scorsese tackles his first full-on thriller since “Cape Fear.”


3. ”Alice in Wonderland” (March 5).


The line “A perfect movie for Tim Burton” has been used so often, it almost means nothing â?? especially after such hit-or-miss projects as “Sleepy Hollow,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Sweeney Todd.” Still, it’s hard not to groove on the beautiful, weirdo synergy in Burton going through the looking glass to bring Lewis Carroll’s fantastical tale to the screen. Newcomer Mia Wasikowska is the girl who falls down the hole, Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway are the Red and White Queens, respectively. Because images this freaky usually come with a hangover, you gonna like it.


4. ”Date Night” (April 9).


A bored, suburban married couple (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) try to feel special by having a big evening out in NYC. Then, a case of mistaken identity throws them into dangerous situations that rekindle their interest in each other. Ray Liotta is around to cause trouble; Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum”) directs.


Why you’ll see it: If anyone can make a familiar comedy concept such as this seem like something wild, it’s Carell and Fey in the new decade’s first deadpan-humor-a-thon.


5. ”Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” (April 23).


After trading in his suspenders and suits for prison garb, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) serves his time and returns to New York, where he tutors another young hotshot (Shia LaBeouf) in the lies and lows of The Street. But this kid’s a risky investment, as he’s dating Gekko’s daughter (Carey Mulligan). Oliver Stone again directs. Greed may not be as good as it was in 1987, but it still makes the world go ’round.



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Tiger Woods Was Unsure About When To Return

August 16th, 2010

Tiger Woods reentered public life on Friday morning with a prepared statement delivered at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. By turns solemn, shaky and defiant, Woods repeatedly apologized for the “irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.” Woods told both his audience and a riveted TV viewership, “I know I have bitterly disappointed all of you. I have made you question who I am and how I could have done the things I did. I am embarrassed I have put you in this position. For all that I have done, I am so sorry. I have a lot to atone for.” 

Dressed in a blue blazer, Woods had glassy eyes and his voice was occasionally shaky, but he displayed a more characteristic fight in defending his wife, Elin Nordegren, and demanding privacy for his family during his 13-minute address. Woods did not offer any details about the car crash in the early morning hours of Nov. 27 that touched off the tabloid feeding-frenzy and ultimately devoured his image as a clean-cut family man. 

But alluding to speculation that a quarrel with Elin may have precipitated the smashup, Woods said, “There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage. Ever. Elin has displayed enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise, not blame.” Talking directly to the media, Woods said, “Whatever my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and kids alone.” 

Tiger Woods offered few clues to a golf community that is anxious to know when he will return to action. Acknowledging that he has been in therapy “receiving guidance for the issues I was facing,” Woods said that “starting tomorrow I will leave for more treatment and more therapy.” He added, “I do plan to return to golf one day. I just don’t when that day will be. I don’t rule out it will be this year.” 

But this solemn gathering was about Woods’s failings away from the golf course. Woods rightfully acknowledged that he has a long way to go to regain the trust and respect of his family, friends and fans. 

After completing his statement on Friday morning, Woods haltingly walked to the front row of seated guests and embraced his mother in a long, teary hug.


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Elin shows support for Tiger woods by wearing Nike

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