Carolinas Golf Magazine

Winter 2018

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To see what Banyan Cay's hotel might look like, you can head to the Gulf Coast and check out LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, another Noble House property. The beachfront property offers a swanky, relaxed feel reminiscent of Miami, which pairs nicely with the fun Bob Cupp-designed golf course on property. If you're bringing the family or making this a couples getaway, LaPlaya's combination of golf, beach and spectacular sunsets makes it a must-stay. On a Mission near Orlando An easy drive northwest of Orlando – quietly away from the touristy Disney crowds – is Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills. One of the old- est existing golf facilities in state, the El Campeón course has been challenging golfers for more than 100 years. Recent renovations to El Campeón, the com- panion Los Colinas course, and the resort's upscale hotel rooms have made Mission Inn an inviting option for a multi-day golf stay. The resort regularly runs unlimited golf specials that include an amazing break- fast buffet, unlimited golf and range balls and the chance to made tee times well in advance. If you're looking for a hidden gem at an affordable cost, Mission Inn fits the bill. Doral's Monster Still Lurks The best-known golf resort near Miami's famed South Beach is Trump National Doral Golf Club Miami, which boasts four championship courses. Of course, the headliner is the Blue Monster, which bedeviled PGA Tour players for nearly 50 years and is still one of the most challenging rounds in the coun- try. It's a bucket list course, and recent upgrades to Doral's accommodations and dining options have added some glitter to the venerable property. The new Rick Smith Golf Academy is also an excellent place for traveling golfers to get a winter tune-up before challenging the Blue Monster. If Doral's accommodations are full – the resort is always packed during peak season – be sure to check out the historic art deco hotels along South Beach, like the Hotel Breakwater. Opened in 1936 and recently renovated, the Breakwater has been restored to its original glory, and now combines retro style with modern amenities. Cheers to Florida Beers The Carolinas are one of the top craft beer areas in the country, and Florida isn't far behind. If you're a beer connoisseur, you'll have plenty of options throughout the state – though Tampa is the epicenter of the Florida beer scene. Tampa Bay Brewing Com- pany is nationally known for its distinctive brews, like Old Elephant Foot IPA and Gingy, a winter imperial porter with chocolate, nutmeg and cinnamon. And the tasting room at Cigar City Brewing is the ideal location to try out experimental recipes and old favorites like Jai Alai IPA and Maduro Brown Ale. ■ 30 | | W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 TOP, RUSSELL KIRK/GOLFLINKS; BOTTOM, STEPHEN SZURLEJ Mission Inn – El Campeón, hole 16 Trump National Doral – Blue Monster, hole 15 La Playa, hole 18

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