An array of tropical courses, lodging venues, and an eclectic spectrum of eateries make traveler friendly Puerto Rico an island oasis where everyone’s tastes and preferences are welcomed and satisfied.
Arriving in Puerto Rico is a relative breeze. Air hub of the Caribbean, it is particularly appreciated by American citizens who don’t require a passport to enter the bilingual Island where the U.S. dollar is its currency. Further enhancing travel convenience, Puerto Rico features numerous non-stop flights from major cities in North America, particularly along the Eastern Seaboard.
Lodging choices proliferate, from boutique resorts (Royal Isabela) and first-class hospitality brands – Hyatt, Wyndham Grand, St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton Reserve – to hundreds of Airbnb locales, all located near one or more of the Island’s 17 golf courses. Choices range from romantic suites or sumptuous private villas, to a variety of amenity-rich hotels that cater to families, business travelers, or groups.
Golf choices include something for every level of player. For trophy hunters who want to play where the pros play, The Resort at Coco Beach, a Hyatt affiliated hotel with two 18-hole courses, is a top pick. The PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open is played there annually in February on the Championship Course, which features both mountain and ocean views. Located near San Juan, Coco Beach is one of many ocean view golf resorts on the Island. Others include TPC Dorado Beach, Royal Isabela, St. Regis Bahia Beach, Palmas Athletic Club, Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club, and Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Golf and Beach Resort.
Those who enjoy going to places outside of metro areas, or non-resort venues, have several popular choices. Punta Borinquen Golf Club sits stunningly on a promontory overlooking the sea in western Puerto Rico near where world surf championships have been held frequently. The courses at Rio Bayamon, El Legado, Club Deportivo del Oeste, and Caguas Real provide a set of playing selections that exude authentic Puerto Rican culture and diverse after-golf leisure attractions.
Puerto Rico gratifies food and beverage aficionados. Gastronomic delights accentuate stay-and-golf experiences in Puerto Rico, which is renowned for its flavors and food fusions. From Puerto Rican Street Food Tours to multi-course meals at five-star restaurants, everyone can find their culinary sweet spot. Birthplace of the Pina Colada, the Island’s Bacardi factory is a popular stop for tropical libations.
Late summer and fall are laden with travel value in Puerto Rico, where high season begins after Thanksgiving. It’s a prime time to enjoy special rates at lodging venues and the 17 public-access golf courses, which span from luxury resort to municipal, spread across all four sides of the Island and inland. Ocean front views, omnipresent palm trees, and mountain and rainforest vistas define their settings. Price points, terrain, layout style, and related amenities are varied and complementary.
Teams from Nine Countries Competed on Waterville Golf Links in 29th-Annual Event
Carr Golf – Ireland, England and Scotland’s premier provider of unforgettable golf experiences – announces Biff and Edward O’Reilly won the 29th-annual World Invitational Father & Son Tournament held Aug. 8 – 12 on acclaimed Waterville Golf Links in County Kerry.
Carr Golf hosted 98 teams from nine countries: U.S., Scotland, Bermuda, Ireland, Spain, England, the Bahamas, Wales and Barbados. The exceptional event featured four rounds on Waterville Golf Links, four nights’ accommodations, daily full Irish breakfast and lunch, welcome drinks reception, long drive competition, tournament sponsors gift pack, transfers within Waterville, nightly entertainment, gala dinner, prize ceremony and tournament concierge.
Participants additionally enjoyed a special treat on Friday evening as viral internet sensation and golf impersonator Conor Moore provided the entertainment.
Playing out of New York’s Winged Foot Golf Club and Westchester Country Club, respectively, Biff and Edward O’Reilly finished with a 125-point total in the three-day Stableford scoring competition to win the championship division by a decisive 10 points over the second-place team of Daniel and Oscar Masters from Scotland’s Murrayfield Golf Club.
With a three-day total of 104, Steven Lee and Steven Lee Jr. of Westchester Country Club won the Gross Division by a single point over John and Michael Anthony from Indiana’s Morris Park Country Club. The elder Lee previously won the gross division of the Father & Daughter Tournament with his daughter Kaitlyn in 2016.
The Adopted Division was also decided by one point as Chris Filasky (Encinitas Ranch Golf Course) and Wes Lyon (Country Club of Charleston) edged out Brett (Wisley Golf Club) and Derry Desmond (Elm Park Golf Club) for the title. The winning team finished with a 119-point total. View the final tournament leaderboards here.
“Once again, our father and son tournament was an incredible success filled with competition and camaraderie,” says Marty Carr, tournament host. “It’s amazing to see the friendships that have formed and flourished over the past 29 years as a result of this joyous event.”
Photos of the tournament may be accessed here. For information about next year’s 30th Anniversary World Invitational Father & Son Tournament to be held Aug. 7 – 11 on Waterville Golf Links, click here.
To celebrate the milestone, Carr Golf will also be hosting a special one-off Father & Son event at Pebble Beach Resorts on May 5 – 8, 2019.
Organisers of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters have confirmed that the 21st edition of the popular European Tour golf event will be held at Doha Golf Club from 22 – 25 February 2018.
The highly-anticipated event is organised by The Qatar Golf Association (QGA), the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), Doha Golf Club and long-term title sponsor, Commercial Bank. The tournament is considered Qatar’s annual ‘must-attend’ sporting and social event, first held in 1998 and widely known for bringing together the world’s best golf talent; the likes of Branden Grace, Sergio Garcia, Rory Mcllroy, Justin Rose, Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Henrik Stenson have all competed in past years.
The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters was attended by over 20,000 spectators in 2017 and broadcast to a global TV audience of over 400 million viewers. For the 21st edition of the event, all eyes will be on Doha as the biggest names in the sport vie for the Mother of Pearl Trophy on one of the most challenging courses on the Tour.
“The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters is a leading fixture on Qatar’s sporting calendar. Since its inception, the event has complemented the growth of golf in the country. The tournament also continues to contribute to encouraging young Qataris to take up the sport and learn from the European Tour stars,” said Hassan Al Naimi, President of QGA.
“Preparations for the next tournament are well underway, together with our partners who have played a vital role in enhancing the event experience for both players and spectators each year. We look forward to welcoming the players, golf fans and our valued sponsors to Doha Golf Club for another edition of world-class golf in February 2018,” added Al Naimi.
Joseph Abraham, Group CEO of Commercial Bank, added: “The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters is one of Qatar’s most popular annual sporting events and offers something for everyone – players, golf fans and families. Golf fans can watch the world’s best golfers in action and families can enjoy a weekend outdoors socialising in the family zone, public village and shopping boulevard. The event is also a huge opportunity for some of Qatar’s promising young golfers to play alongside the best players in the world. We are proud to be working with the QGA, QOC and Doha Golf Club again, to stage one of the leading golfing events in the region.”