Ocean views, crocodiles, iguanas coati-mundi(raccoons) and one hell of a practice facility the Reserva Conchal Golf Club should be on your bucket list in Costa Rica if you enjoy golf as much as I do. This is a Robert Trent Jones designed layout that offers golfers a fantastic experience and challenge for players of all levels. My favorite hole is the number 4 par 5 that faces directly into the pacific ocean. The view is just spectacular off the tee and gets better as you approach the green. I was lucky enough to be one of the only golfers on this course during a nice, but very steamy hot day. I really enjoyed the golf cart as it had a terrific GPS system and also the staff in the bar & clubhouse who treated me like a king. You can book a tee time by calling or on their website, and you will receive a discount if you are a hotel guest at the W or Westin resorts. The Reserva Conchal is ranked 2nd in Costa Rica according to Top 100 golf Courses and you can find the Reserva Conchal at Playa Conchal Guanacaste Cabo Velas, 50308, Costa Rica.
Wow this course is a one of a kind. Big rocks that you can ricochet your ball off onto greens and a track that you will never forget. One of my Facebook friends posted this course on her timeline and I knew I had to go check it out. Living in So. California for over a decade, I had never heard of it. The clubhouse and cart barn are pretty standard, but the golf carts are top notch with awesome GPS and big comfortable chairs. The layout is unique to say the least with challenging tee shots and slick greens. I was hitting the ball well that day, but I found the course to be a perfect challenge of the need for distance, control and accuracy. My only complaint was the tightly packed grass in the fairways which have a matted down feeling when hitting iron shots, but that was probably due to the time of year in early spring. I highly recommend this course for the challenge and photo opportunities. Oak Quarry can be found at 7151 Sierra Ave, Riverside, CA 92509. Their website can be found by clicking here.
If you’re in Newport Beach, California and you want to play golf this is the premiere course(s) to play. Pelican Hills was designed by Tom Fazio, offers 2 courses to choose from(the north and south course), is open to the public and tee times can be made on their website or sometimes on GOLF NOW. Like most things in Southern California the resort was closed for intervals during the Covid 19 pandemic, but opened back up at the end of February 2021. I was looking for a spot to play with my friend Dave and jumped on the opportunity once I found out we could tee it up on these beautiful grounds. Situated just above the historic Pacific Coast Highway, with views of the ocean and Balboa Peninsula, Pelican Hills offers golfers of all levels a chance to test their skills. Although not the most difficult of layouts a golfer must keep their ball in the fairway in order to score well as the hazard areas will engulf your ball and will be unable to find. I recommend setting up a tee time in the afternoon to take advantage of the reduced twilight rate. The practice facilities are top notch with an uphill driving range, and a beautiful putting green next to the pro-shop. If you have time grab a nice lunch or breakfast at the Pelican or Coliseum grill which has a great view of the Pacific Ocean, or stop in for a drink after your round to soak up the experience. You can find Pelican Hills at 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, CA 92657. Please see my photos below to get a feel for the course.
I got a message from my friend Rocky about an upcoming PGA pro-am event sponsored by the Iowa PGA. I was happy to say yes to an amazing event held at 3 of Las Vegas’s premier courses. One of which has been on my bucket list for years, Southern Highlands. The other 2 Rio Secco and Cascata I had played before, but my round at Cascata was cut short due to inclement weather so I was happy to get back out to Boulder City to enjoy another 18 holes. It was great to hang out with my friends Frank, Rocky, Tilly and a new friend Jeff. I had not seen them in years and we had the chance to catch up on old times. We didn’t play that great, but we made up for the lack of scoring at some nice restaurants in town including Nora’s Italian cuisine and STK steakhouse at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.
I booked a reservation for 2:45 pm which gave me plenty of time to get an early morning walk around town. I headed down toward the lake and then veered off of State Line PKWY toward the golf course to see what I was in store for. The scenery around the property is breathtaking, and the climate in July is quite lovely. I snapped off a few photos, spoke with the guard at the course and found out I could get there as early as I want to practice on the range and putting greens. There were no time restrictions due to COVID-19 as you will find with other courses in Las Vegas. So after hearing that news I started walking back to the hotel to get ready and find something to eat. I noticed a BBQ place that was open, but the line was longer than I wanted to wait so I opted for the Fat Burger inside of Harrah’s. This Fat Burger was unlike any I had been to before. The staff made the burgers right in front of the customers on the grill and I noticed the employees making massive milkshakes with heaping gobs of ice cream. After ordering a couple of burgers, fries and two shakes I headed back up to the room to feed my dad and got ready for the round of golf. When I arrived at the course I spent some time in the pro-shop and opted to buy a beautiful light blue baseball hat that had the Edgewood Logo on it and a divot tool also with the Edgewood logo. After paying I grabbed a beer and headed to the practice facilities. The practice experience alone was enough to write home about. I had beautiful views of the lake and mountains while hitting balls. I thought to myself this is a little sliver of heaven. As my tee time approached I snapped off more photos, worked on my putting and chipping, and was finally paired up with two other guys who were local to the area. They were extremely friendly and we had a great conversation during our game. As the round progressed each hole had it’s own character and I found each one so intriguing it was like each was designed for a post card moment. The tall pine trees, lush greens, manicured fairways, and bunkers filled with sand from Pebble beach made for a most memorable golf experience. Looking back I would have to put Edgewood in my top two golf rounds of my life. Edgewood can be located at 180 Lake Pkwy, Stateline, NV 89449 and more information can be found on their website or by clicking here.
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I’ve been quite active this summer having traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and a few small towns in between. It’s been great catching up with friends and building on memories. I’ve been driving Lyft on the side to make extra money for my travel expenses and it’s been amazing meeting so many people from all over the world. I have truly found a part time business where I can make my own hours and cash in on my rides whenever I want. Las Vegas has been really good to me and I’m really happy here. Anyway, I have been slacking on my blog and have so much to share. I decided it was time to create a consolidated post and highlight some of my best pictures of food, golf, and travel over this amazing summer. I’ll get into details later…Enjoy.
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Reflection Bay is my new favorite golf course in the Las Vegas vicinity. Nestled around Lake Las Vegas, Reflection Bay offers 18 holes of pristine green lush fairways, bunkers filled with white sand, fast true rolling greens, and breath taking water holes. I found myself here after meeting the club pro who invited me to come check out this course. I was amazed with the sheer beauty of the layout and as a guest you really don’t feel like you’re in the Las Vegas. The course reminded me of being in Southern California or somewhere in Baja, Mexico. The place is just gorgeous and if you are looking to get away from the city Reflection Bay is the perfect place to do it. You can find Reflection Bay at 75 Montelago Blvd, Henderson, NV 89011.