Paradise? We all want a little of that, right? And if it comes with a little golf, so much the better. I cover a lot of such venues here. Most of them are expensive, some not so much. So, when the opportunity for good deal comes along, it makes sense to spread the word. Just a couple of weeks ago, I learned of two such opportunities: The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa and the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa Now look, these things tend to change over time, but it's always worth checking them out for the latest rates and deals. So, here you go:
The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa
The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Golf Resort in Puerto Rico certainly qualifies as paradise. I've visited the propery several times, and it only gets better. The Courses: there are two of them, and with both the El Yunque National Rainforest and mile-long section of tropical beach surrounding you, golfers will truly be in paradise. The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa is located in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico and rightfully proud of of its two amazing golf courses - I've played both of them. They are terrific - the River course is located next to the Mameyes River and was designed by PGA legend Greg Norman (I never played a golf course designed by Greg that I didn't like). The Ocean course is a stunning layout designed by award-winning golf course designers Tom and Georgia Fazio.
Now to the Package: Grab the opportunity to spend a few days in paradise, play the The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Golf Resort's two amazing golf courses, the magnificent views, hike the trails through the El Yunque National Rainforest, chase the sun on the beautiful beach, and live the good life for a few days at least in the resort's newly renovated guest rooms with the Golf Stay & Play package. Package includes overnight accommodations, one round of golf per golfer each day per day, full daily breakfast, shared golf cart and pre-booked tee times, one bucket of range balls daily, casino credit, and a discount at the resort's Mandara Spa. The rate for this package varies according to the date, so please give them a buzz, or drop by their website for full details at: The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa
Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
Country Club in the Desert
The next little corner of golfing paradise is a world away from the Caribbean in the Arizona desert. Nestled in the foothills of Arizona's Santa Catalina Mountains, the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson provides the perfect backdrop for a golf getaway, and a magnificent 27-hole layout designed by the master himself, Jack Nicklaus. The Westin La Paloma's Nicklaus Signature layout provides three distinct nines of immaculately landscaped golf features a challenging experience set against the magnificent Santa Catalina Mountains and the beautiful Sonoran desert. Yes, this is indeed paradise.
And here's the Package: Take a break from the daily grind and head to Tucson and spend a few days is paradise. Challenge yourself on the green with The Westin La Paloma's Unlimited Golf Getaway package. Enjoy any and all of the three nine-hole courses - Canyon, Ridge and Hill - as much as you like, with rates starting at $179 per night (2 players per room). Then relax at one of the five pools in the oasis, home to the #2 swim-up bar in America-- Sabino's Bar & Grill or experience the property's weekend BBQs poolside. For more information and to book your spot in paradise, visit the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa website, or call 520-742-6000.
And there are many, many more exceptional opportunities for great golf in Paradise, not just in the Caribbean and Arizona, but in Mexico, Italy, Spain, all over the world. If you're stuck for ideas, why not check out some of my special favorite locations, including Scotland, Florida, the American Southwest, Bermuda, the Bahamas, all over the Caribbean and Mexico and many more. For up-to-date golf travel news and information, be sure to Subscribe to my weekly Newsletter.