Tee Times

Andrea DaRif

St. Regis Monarch Beach

The St. Regis Monarch Beach, located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego on a seaside stretch of the California Riviera, is the perfect venue
for a luxurious Pacific sojourn. Everything about the resort, from exotic treatments at Spa Gaucin to the singular culinary pleasures found at restaurants like Aqua and Motif, exudes glamour and sophistication. Whether cruising the Pacific Coast Highway in a
cherry red Thunderbird, touring the historic Spanish mission at San Juan Capistrano or experiencing the wonders of the ocean on a dolphin safari, the wealth
of activities offered by St. Regis Monarch Beach are sure to thrill guests of any taste.

The Monarch Beach

Golf Links is one of the quintessential golf experiences in the Golden State. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the layout is distinguished by superb conditioning all year long and ample strategic challenge for even the best of golfers. Each season the course hosts a stop on the PGA Tour, the Hyundai Team Matches. Playing atop dramatic bluffs and along a pristine stretch of the resort’s private beach—with the sweep of the ocean in view on no less than 13 holes—the links is a work of sheer beauty. A post-round cocktail on the patio of Club 19 in the Tuscan-inspired clubhouse, is the perfect place to cool off while watching the sun set over Catalina Island and the Pacific. www.stregismb.com.

Four Seasons Great Exuma

The largest of over 300 islands that make up the
Exuma archipelago in the Bahamas, Great Exuma has
long been known for its
tranquil beauty and superb bonefishing. Now, with the opening of the Four Seasons Great Exuma at Emerald Bay, there is a bigger fish in its waters. The Great White Shark, golf legend Greg Norman, was brought in to design an 18-hole championship layout along scenic Emerald Bay, and the result is a spectacular oceanfront course destined to make a real splash in the region. Featuring paspalum, an environmentally friendly seashore grass, the course has two distinctly different looks. The front nine winds through a mix of seaside dunes and mangrove preserves, while the back nine runs along a rocky peninsula that affords a dramatic vista of the ocean. Played from the tips, it has real teeth, challenging low handicappers with narrow landing areas that are well guarded by tropical rough or water. The other tees offer more open fairways, yet still test accuracy, and players of all abilities will find the breathtaking views and the variety of holes make for a memorable round.

The resort itself offers all of the luxurious amenities and services that are synonymous with the Four Seasons name. The spa, staffed by therapists from Bali, offer a variety of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments with an Asian influence, along with homeopathic treatments that use local salts and indigenous herbs and flowers. A wellness program, including yoga and meditation, complements a fitness center and tranquillity garden. A wealth of water sports are also available, and the range of dining options showcase both local flavors and a sophisticated blend of international cuisine. www.fourseasons.com


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