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    golf d e s t i n a t i o n Fairmont Turnberry Isle, Miami m a g a z i n e VOLUME 2 : ISSUE 1 INSIDE from Miami to Dubai Jamaica to Virginia Ireland to New Zealand Mexico to the Dominican Republic a short drive to New York and a few stops in between - put on a pair of comfortable shoes (oh yes, we covered those two, too) Biltmore SuperClubs Tale of the Whale Holiday Valley CapCana Tremblant interactive ISSUE

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    One of America?s Top Golf Destinations According to Golf Digest

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    destinations 6 38 40 34 FLORIDA a GolfScene style investigation into two of Miami?s golf hotspots. VIRGINIA Known for ?lovers?, Virginia is fast becoming a place for golfers SUPER CLUBS No, not the invincible kind you hit farther, but an all inclusive look ... QUEBEC Tremblant boasts two of the best courses in the country ... just a train ride away. 22 32 28 18 NEW ZEALAND The view from this side of the world is, well, spectacular ... NEW YORK Known for its winter season, Holiday Valley is an option year ?round. DUBAI A golf experience like no other. From the tee, Emirates is booming ... PUNTA MITA Jack Nicklaus has designed a couple of interesting lay-outs on a little piece of paradise. 28 destinationGOLFmag.com 2009 Jack?s Point, New Zealand image: New Zealand Tourism on the cover The Miller Course Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Miami. Cover image courtesy of Fairmont Hotels toc

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    4 from the publisher Welcome to the digital version of destinationGolf, a format that I hope you will find interesting to read, watch, listen to, and explore. When we launched destinationGolf a year ago in print the response was positive from both travelers and destinations alike. This year we decided to move the magazine into an exclusively online format in an effort to allow our readers to also enjoy some rich media elements as they learn about a few more of the world?s great golf destinations. We may not be able to make the sunshine but technology is getting us a little closer to the true experience. And another big plus is the ability to access more information about a particular product and or destination via links instantly. Once again, we have some well known and respected travel writers and photographers whose contributions and stories we hope you enjoy. Golf is growing around the world and golf courses as well as resorts are now seeing more and more golf travelers, all of whom are looking for something new from tee to green. It is no longer out of the question to travel to places like New Zealand and or Dubai to tour, dine, explore, and golf. We?ve got some very interesting information and images from both, as well as Miami, Jamaica, Virginia, Quebec, New York and more while Doug Ball offers up a great photo from Scotland, and Hal Quinn serves up some must read banter from a recent stay in Ireland. As always, we encourage you to make some travel plans this winter and enjoy a great golf destination. And, by the way, if you have the time, upload some pictures and send them our way at destinationgolfmag.com. It?s always fun to share your experiences with others as we journey on in this ever changing world of social media and global golf. Bon Voyage! Destination Norm Woods, Publisher (IAGTW) destinationGOLF | 2009 golf d e s t i n a t i o n m a g a z i n e A GolfScene Media Publication publisher Norm Woods associate Linda Woods editor Steve Woods production seventyOne on the cover The 18th hole on the Miller Course at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Miami, Florida. Photo: Fairmont Hotels 2009 Destination Golf Magazine. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the expressed written permission of the Publisher GolfScene Inc. 2009 : Volume 2 : Issue I Opinions expressed in signed articles are those of the author only and not necessarily those of the Publisher. Advertising rates and publishing schedules are available on request. FOR SUBSCRIPTION OR ADVERTISING INQUIRIES VISIT: destinationgolfmag.com No trees were harmed in the non-printing of this publication. Unfortunately, we can not say the same for the golf games of our contributers. PRODUCED IN CANADA

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    CONTRIBUTORS Punta Mita - Bahia Course Ian Hutchinson is a veteran Canadian golf writer. When he?s not writing his golf column for Sun Media, Ian is busy running Golf News Now (GNN), Canada?s only online resource for golf trade news in addition to to being a regular contributor to publications and websites across North America. ?Hutch? has teed it up with the likes of Alice Cooper and Bob Uecker during his travels to places like Scotland, Ireland, Arizona, and Florida, but adds there?s a rush to playing the snowcovered peaks of the Swiss Alps off in the distance or discovering underrated golf products in less-traditional locations such as Holland, France, and Portugal or exotic locales such as Dubai, Qatar, and the Caribbean. Grant Fraser is the founder and president of the Golf Management Institute of Canada located at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario. He is the author and photographer of ?50 of Ontario?s Greatest Public Golf Courses? and ?Golf Access? and has traveled extensively to some of the best golf destinations in the world. Grant has an undergraduate degree in business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed his Master in Education at Brock University. Brent Long is an experienced scribe having spent 12 years in the daily newspaper business. In 2002, Brent started Better Golf Communications, a golf writing and photography business, and continues to contribute regularly to golf and lifestyle publications across Canada. He also has taken professional photos for 20 years and his landscape golf photography is widely published in magazines and on websites. In 2006, he authored his first book, ?Mississaugua Golf & Country Club ? The First One Hundred Years?. Hal Quinn is a writer/broadcaster whose articles and columns have appeared in magazines and newspapers across North America, England, and as far away as New Zealand. Vancouver-born, Quinn is the Western Canada Editor and national columnist for SCOREGolf Magazine and scoregolf.com, columnist for Golfstyles Magazine (U.S.), author of Shaughnessy GC: The Tradition Continues (2006), and is the former sports editor of Maclean?s Magazine. Quinn lives in North Vancouver with his wife, their two daughters, and their dog Mulligan. Doug Ball has golfed since he was eight years old beginning at the Thames Valley GC in London, Ontario. Next year will be his 25th Open Championship and he loves it, ?it?s the best?. Doug now plays at the Devil?s Pulpit ... he helped Chris Haney and Scott Abbott build it. Doug is a member of Golf Digest?s Course Ranking Panel and was the Photographer for Best New Golf Courses of Canada book, 2007. He has also photo-authored another book with brother, Lynn, entitled Life on a Press Pass. In 2005, he celebrated Forty years of Canadian Photojournalism. Takes golf tours to Scotland almost every year. In 2010, he has two groups of 24 heading over to Fife. Handicap 7 destinationGOLFmag.com 5

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    MIAMI 6 destinationGOLF | 2009 GSI MIA MIA

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    By Steve Woods MI GolfScene Investigation MI Fairmont Turnberry Isle : Soffer Course [inset] The Biltmore Hotel Story by Steve Woods The verdict is in, but the jury is out. (press to play the intro to The Who?s now doubly famed Don?t Get Fooled Again And, alas, we have the autocratic yet inane Horatio Cane quote signaling the beginning to yet another CSI episode ? the location, of course beautiful Miami. Whether you grew up watching those boys from Vice or are now hooked on twisting tales of murder and mayhem superimposed serendipitously against the glitz and glamour of south Florida?s sultan to sand, sun, decadence, and beauty - Miami tends to be on the ?must-visit-one-day? checklist. After all, it is the dominion of the Dolphins, home to the gators, land of the lascivious, a concubine of culture, mecca to fashion, all wrapped in sunshine or nocturnal neon ? this is an unusual place to say the least, but that?s what makes it so undeniably curious. Not necessarily known for its golf per say, the area does in fact have a fair share of great tracks in which to tee it up. [ + next page ] destinationGOLFmag.com 7

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    ? The Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Miami Beach is 300 secluded acres of golfing paradise, minutes from the ocean, world class shopping, 5 star cuisine, and service that is, dare we say it, way above par. ? 392 spacious rooms and suites, a private beach front Ocean Club, the award-winning Willow Stream Spa, tennis, three pools including a new lagoon-style pool featuring a waterslide, lazy river, private cabanas and poolside dining, a supervised children?s program and an endless array of recreational activities will keep you busy, or relaxed, after 18. 8 destinationGOLF | 2009 [ + ] continued from page 7 Our journey began with a stop at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle. Located minutes from Miami?s North Beach the resort encompasses no less than 300 acres and is home to two golf courses, the Soffer and Miller. Both courses have recently undergone major updates, via Raymond Floyd, as approximately a third of the recent 150 million spent on renovations went directly into the courses themeselves. The result: more contours and elevation changes not native to the region?s flatter topography, and a couple of grandiose, albeit manmade, waterfalls which provide added visual drama to the finishing holes ? adding a little excess beauty, something very native to the region. Insert a plethora of colourful indigenous flowers, tropical trees, immaculate landscaping, and you have yourself a very playable, very hospitable 36 holes of pure enjoy- ment. In fact, the grounds, greens, fairways, etc. were so well kept it almost felt like one was playing an incredibly oversized synthetic (Florida grasses will make you feel this way) rendition of an actual golf course in a virtual sort of way. If I lost you, I apologize, but you?d have to experience it to fully understand. THE VERDICT It was akin to something I have never experienced before. The round was very enjoyable (I played the back 9 on each of the 2 courses) and while the 64 foot waterfall and surrounding rock may not be the work of Mother Nature (hence irk a few traditionalists), remember, this was in fact in the middle of Miami Beach yet provided a very serene, peaceful atmosphere. Of the two courses the Soffer is the tougher and can stretch out beyond 7,000 yards as a par 71 while the

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    Miller plays about 500 yards shorter although to a petty par 70. This is resort golf but that does not mean it will play easy. Both courses are fair yet formidable tests. Player?s Note: The 18th of the Soffer is a par 5 with an island green. It should be reachable provided you are playing the proper tees and have hit your drive solid. The fairway is flat, wind should not be a factor, and so go the excuses. It is a perfect setting for a perfect shot and that perfect finish ? take it. I?m not one for superfluous superlatives (sorry) but the service at the Fairmont itself was nothing short of unbelievable. Granted, this is a high end resort and the theory of ?you get what you pay for? should hold true, yet it seemed to me that the attention to detail and ?personalization? of the entire experience was something that bordered on surreal at times. The staff knew me by name! That included everyone from the guys at the valet to the shuttle driver, the cabana staff at the pool, to the manager in the restaurant ? it was, as I mentioned to the staff on check-out, sort of spooky. And did that word ever cause a stir. No, no, no I had to elaborate, it was spooky good (as I jokingly looked around for the cameras that had somewhere, somehow captured my every move). Every conceivable amenity is accounted for and the Turnberry Isle is a mark of elegance and luxury. Wondering how to get back from the world class shopping at nearby Aventura, complete with well over 250 specialty shops, simply pick up the phone (the Fairmont phone) mounted intuitively at the Bloomingdale?s exit. Time for dinner? Look no further than Chef Michael Mina?s Bourbon Steak restaurant or the seaside casual and regional flavors of Cascata Grille both privy to rave reviews and conveniently located on the grounds. And in case you?re wondering about that garden you?ll pass on the way to the pool, that is where the Chefs grow their fresh herbs for a daily harvest to ensure the flavours are fresh and the cuisine memorable. [ + page 10 ] Travel NoTebook a n e c d o t a l e v ide n c e f r om t h e r o a d Lost in Translation Have to relay this story and I will make it brief, but it better sums up just how nice the Fairmont Turnberry Isle truly is. Following the map (well, GPS nowadays) we located the street on which the Fairmont is located. What we didn?t realize was that the entire area is commonly referred to as Turnberry Isle so there are in fact many hotels and businesses that use the area within their name / signage. So, in typical tourist mode we turned into the first available driveway that had Turnberry Isle on the sign and (for reference, you really can?t see too much due to the high and dense foliage) made our way up the drive to the valet area. And the place looked really nice, however, once the valet opened our door he mentioned a name that did not resemble Fairmont so I asked if this was in fact the correct hotel? He smiled sheepishly and politely replied ?no?. Then he smiled again and simply said, ?We only wish. Sir you need to go up about 3 more driveways and you will know it when you get there.? We thanked him, followed his directions, and in a minute arrived at our actual destination. And he was right, when we got there ... ... we knew. destinationGOLFmag.com 9

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    10 ? the absolute quickest way to get on the links >> www.fairmont.com/turnberryisle | www.biltmorehotel.com destinationGOLF | 2009 The Biltmore Hotel is a majestic landmark. If you can find Coral Gables you won?t miss this towering monument of historical importance and modern day opulance. Staying in South Florida we traveled a little bit farther south to the area known as Coral Gables. An interesting contrast from the bright lights of Miami this is a tranquil area and home to a majestic old hotel as its centerpiece. The Biltmore is as much a museum as it is a place to stay. Opened in 1926, a vision of land developer George Merrick and hotel magnate John McEntee Bowman, the Biltmore, a classic in Mediterranean architecture, is as much to be explored as it is to be enjoyed. This is a movie set on steroids. Part castle, part mansion. And if I mentioned that the first part our stay in Miami was a little spooky, this was far out haunting ? and I mean this in a good way. If the ghosts here could talk what a story that would make. Everyone has stayed there from Al Capone to Walter Hagen, from Ginger Rogers to Tiger Woods. The clich readeth, ?if we could only turn back time?, well, for a few days here one can certainly get into gimme range. The 6800 yard, par 71, Donald Ross designed golf course on the grounds is 85 years young. And while it lacks many of the diabolical design features evident in many of the lay-outs or redesigns of today it has something many of those courses lack, ?charm?. Built on flat terrain and without an overabundance of trees the course, at times, is only protected by, imagine this, angles and the odd man-made canal which meanders through the course. The simplicity of it all made the morning round very enjoyable and the fact that I was from the 1st tee to 18th hole in way under 3 hours added to a recurring thought that this was the way golf was meant to be played ? shot to shot sans extraordinary adventure. There it was all laid out right in front of me. Nothing blind. Nothing waiting, nothing lurking, and very little if anything circling my psyche. The onus was on me. The architect was my playing partner, an ally, and not some adversarial bully with an unwarranted hand on my scorecard. About the only thing I had to watch out for was getting a little nostalgia on my ball in the absence of lift, clean, and place. The course may be a throw back but that does not mean that the Biltmore does not have a little bit of high-tech hiding behind a rotating bookshelf or two. There is state of the art academy on the grounds with TPI certified professionals. Lesson packs, fitness programs, junior clinics and the like are available to guests and locals as is a whole slew of things from a world class spa, recently opened culinary academy, fitness centre, and last but not least, the largest hotel pool in the continental United States. The 700,000-gallon, 23,000

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