Kauri Cliffs Food and Wine Festival
This oceanfront New Zealand resort—whose golf course is widely regarded as among the world’s best—will host a celebration of the nation’s food and wine August 15–17. Gourmet dinners will be hosted by acclaimed winemakers Tim Finn of Neudorf Vineyards and Blair Walter of Felton Road, and a cooking demonstration will be held in the Owner’s Cottage. Each day guests can choose between unlimited golf or an hour-long massage. The cost is $2,540 per couple, based on a two-night stay. Call 011-64/9407-0010 or visit kauricliffs.com.
Hot Stix Opens in New York
Golfers in the Northeast no longer have to hop on an airplane to be fit by Hot Stix for clubs. This Scottsdale-based company, which has custom-fit a hundred Tour pros and more than 25,000 amateurs, has opened an outpost at Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook, New York. Services range from a putter-fitting ($75) to a “game-fitting” ($795)—a comprehensive analysis of a player’s swing and shotmaking to determine the perfect set of clubs. Hot Stix also has locations in Denver and in Oak Brook, Illinois, as well as two facilities in Scottsdale. Call 877-513-1333 or visit hotstixgolf.com.
New Perry Golf Cruises
This seasoned tour operator has expanded its 2008-09 cruise offerings to include excursions on the Mediterranean and into southern France, South Africa, the Great Lakes and Canada’s Maritime Provinces. Among the new offerings are two voyages to Turkey and the Greek Islands this summer (August 27– September 6 and September 5–15) aboard a thirty-four-passenger yacht. Each trip includes four rounds at such courses as the rocky, ravined Crete Golf Club and the National Golf Club, carved out of a pine and eucalyptus forest outside the ancient Turkish city of Antalya. Prices for these two cruises begin at $5,995. Call 800-344-5257 or visit perrygolf.com.
Getting to Bandon
You can now fly from San Francisco to North Bend, Oregon, home of the nearest airport to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. On July 7, SkyWest United Express begins twice-daily service between San Francisco International and Southwest Oregon Regional airports. The nearly two-hour flights to North Bend depart the Bay Area at 11:05 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. The round-trip fare is $427. After landing, it’s less than a half-hour drive to Bandon. Previously, the only way to fly into North Bend was via a connecting flight from Portland or by private plane. Call 800-241-6522 or visit united.com.
New Lodge at Stowe Mountain
Long a favorite among skiers, Stowe, Vermont, is establishing itself as a destination for golfers, thanks to the opening of Stowe Mountain Lodge in June. The town’s first new resort hotel in fifty years, the 139-room lodge provides its guests with access to the private Stowe Mountain Club, a year-old Bob Cupp–designed course, where four hundred feet of elevation change makes for a scenic and challenging round. Lodge amenities include a 21,000-square-foot spa. Call 888-478-6938 or visit stowemountainlodge.com.