Want to Avoid Crowds? Play Bridgewater Links on Weekends

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How often do golf courses ever say weekends are less crowded? For visitors with only two or three weekend days to spare this season, this could be the best thing to happen to golf since players stopped wearing lime green pants.

Leagues are hugely popular at the Bridgewater Links 9-hole Executive Golf Course and it’s easy to see why:

Bridgewater is a 1,769 yard nine-hole executive course considered the most challenging in the city, according to the PGA. The first two holes, for instance, really get your attention.

“Be wary of Holes #1 and #2. They’re long, the greens are small, and there’s a desert wash bordering the fairway and greens,” says Paul Thomas, general manager.
“If you take a six on either of these two par 3s, you’ll be working hard to get your score back over the next seven.”

The par 3 #9 has a beautiful view of the resort and to the far left, a picture-perfect look at the famous London Bridge.

A dozen or so different leagues love Bridgewater because it’s a mental challenge, but at only nine holes, players still have some energy left the rest of the day.

Never boring, the Bridgewater is no easy walk in the park, which makes it appealing to all kinds of leagues during the week. That brings us to the good news: no leagues on the weekends, which loosens up tee times Saturday and Sunday, according to Thomas. “We still have tee times midweek, but there’s more availability at the end of the week. Just be sure to reserve in advance.”

Check the website for money-saving Stay and Play packages offering all-suite accommodations, unlimited golf at the Bridgewater, and one round of golf for two at The Courses at London Bridge Golf Club. Prices vary by time of year. Contact them by phone at: (928) 855-4777 or 800-624-7939

To book packages view:
www.londonbridgeresort.com/eat-play/golf

For a hole by hole guide see:

http://media.londonbridgeresort.com/d/londonbridgeresort/media/PDF/BridgewaterLinksGolfCourseHolebyHoleTour.pdf?_ga=1.138688817.367644690.1480367014

Read about all the golf courses in the Lake Havasu City area at golakehavasu.com

Island Golf Club Shortens to Nine Holes

The Island Golf Club at the Nautical Beachfront Resort, Lake Havasu City

No matter how fond you are of golf, sometimes you don’t have the energy to play 18 holes. We know, it’s a big chunk of time, even for vacationers who have all the time in the world. Now, Lake Havasu City has a new nine hole course that you may have already played before. Let us explain.

We love playing nine holes – they’re just as scenic as any other. Not to mention they’re perfect in a time crunch, short courses are much more attractive for beginners, and nine holes are also a lot more walk-able, assuming of course, you actually want the exercise.

This season, the Island Golf Club at The Nautical Beachfront Resort has shortened to nine holes from 18 previously. Our favorite hole of the newly configured 2,250-yd. par 32 course is the fifth hole; a 436 yard par 5. It’s the longest hole, giving expert drivers a good chance to soar, and can “putt for dough” for a birdie or eagle.

The Island Golf Club has been a foundation for Lake Havasu City golf for more than 50 years, surrounded by the Mohave Mountains and featuring breathtaking views of the lake.

It welcomes tee time reservations up to one week in advance. What’s more, its fairways and greens were overseeded last September, making for some excellent playing conditions.

And when you’re done, head to Bogey’s Bar & Grill which offers indoor and outdoor seating, in a lush setting overlooking the course. Ask for manager Kim Byers’ world-class Bloody Marys made from scratch. You want a pre-packaged, preservative-filled Bloody Mary mix? Sorry, Kim wouldn’t hear of it.

Details at:

http://www.nauticalbeachfrontresort.com/lake-havasu-golf/golf-course-details

Learn more about the Island GC and other golf courses in Lake Havasu City at:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/golf/

Conditions at The Courses Make Other Golf Clubs Green With Envy

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The Courses at London Bridge – the Oldé London and Nassau – are reporting the best course conditions in at least 10 years, not an easy accomplishment in a tourist destination that reaches 120 degrees in the heat of the summer. It’s not easy being green, but course maintenance is where the Courses shine. Besides, if you like golf and you like breakfast, they have “eggsactly” what you’re looking for.

The condition of fairway and greens surfaces are the ultimate measure of all great golf courses. Clubs make every effort to protect and preserve the finest playing surfaces available. The greens need to offer evenly comparable pace, smoothness, firmness and overall uniformity. General manager Paul Lepler says last summer’s commitment to improving the quality of the turf has paid off immeasurably. More efficient water pumps were installed, upgrades were completed on the irrigation system, and summer seeding has resulted in a consistency in the playing surface, from tee to green.

“We can also now roll the greens to eliminate imperfections to help the ball stay on target without any surprises,” Paul says. “Members tell us these are the best playing conditions at the Courses in 10 years.”

Paul continues, “You can’t blame the grass anymore when you putt.”

Now for a deal that’s “eggsactly” right for hungry early birds ….

In the song, We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About, Jimmy Buffett sings, “I like Cajun Martinis and playing afternoon golf.” Hmmm, that’s because he has yet to hear about the nine hole Earlybird breakfast special at The Courses. Play nine during the first hour of the day and receive a cart and a hot breakfast for only $30 on either the Nassau or Oldé London courses.

“If you can manage to get up early, we’ll feed you and send you on your way starting at 7:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday,” says Paul Lepler, general manager. “Besides, it’s the coolest part of the day and there’s less wind. The wind tends to pick up around noon and is usually at its lowest speed early in the morning, which is also why hot air balloons prefer mornings.”

Want to sleep late and skip the breakfast, ask for the Nine Hole Regular. You can play with a cart for $30 on both courses. One day advance reservation only.

Learn more at:
http://www.londonbridgegc.com/-current-rates

Read about all the golf courses in the Lake Havasu City area at golakehavasu.com

Disability is No Handicap for Lake Havasu Golfer

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When an industrial accident in 1984 deprived Lake Havasu resident Leighton D. Kidder of the use of his legs, he was determined not to let his disability keep him from participating in his favorite sports. Now he plays golf as good as he ever did.

Leighton Kidder is a retired telephone technician who once repaired dial phones, or what was called POTS – Plain Old Telephone Service. After his accident 32 years ago, the former resident of Wauconda, Ill., is relying on technology to help him pursue his love of golf. A member of The Courses at London Bridge Golf Club, and a league player who plays three to four times a week, Leighton uses a specially-designed adaptive SoloRider cart.

The SoloRider uses hand controls for steering, acceleration and braking so there is no steering wheel or foot pedals; it can be operated with one hand. The SoloRider’s electric seat gives the golfer the ability to position themselves in the desired hitting position and then return them more easily to the seating and driving position after they’ve played their shot.

Often you’ll see Leighton driving his SoloRider 10 minutes from his home, towing a wheelchair behind. With the SoloRider, he can drive right up to the ball, rotate the seat so it’s facing the side of the cart, and take a swing.

He swings right-handed with Cleveland and Cobra drivers, sometimes as far as 160 yards. The only outside assistance he needs is to have someone tee up the ball. He drives right up onto the green with turf-friendly tires. In fact, according to the cart manufacturer, a SoloRider exerts less pressure on the turf than someone who is walking.

Whatever he’s doing seems to be working: he consistently shoots in the 80’s and 90’s.

Leighton, 66, has been married for 42 years to his wife Kris, and has two grown boys and one girl, and two grandchildren. He moved to Lake Havasu full-time in 2001 because his father lived in the city and, “I was tired of trying to navigate in my wheelchair in the snow.”

He continues, “The Courses is especially accommodating. There’s no place I can’t go without a cart. All the employees make it easier for me to get around, allowing me to drive right up to the entrance.

“One time I was in the parking lot and my whole wheel assembly fell off. A pro shop staffer took it to the maintenance area and fixed it. I can’t say enough about the employees at The Courses.”

Paul Lepler, general manager of The Courses, says, “Golfers around the world love to tell everyone how difficult this game is to play. Now imagine the added difficulty for someone who doesn’t have the use of his legs?

“Leighton can tell you firsthand just how challenging that circumstance can be and he does it three to four days a week and he does it with a smile. If that doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.”

Leighton adds, “Having a lower disability is no reason to avoid doing what you love to do, just figure out how to make it work for you.”

Leighton also kayaks, plays wheelchair basketball and softball, owns a side-by-side ATV and is a member of the Havasu Side by Side Trail Association. But that’s a whole other story.

Learn about all the courses in Lake Havasu City and the surrounding area at golakehavasu.com

London Bridge Graffiti Mystery Solved

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Thousands of visitors each year sign up for a walking tour of the London Bridge led by local historian Jan Kassies, director of visitor services of the Lake Havasu City Visitor Information Center. The most fascinating part of the tour besides seeing the bullet holes from the London Blitz of WWII, is the graffiti left by two previously unknown American soldiers. We’re happy to report the mystery of the graffiti has been solved.

On the Island-side of the bridge, near the abutment, two names are etched into the centuries-old stone:

Aug. 1942
Sgt. Fitzwater
Pfc. Smith

According to a story in Today’s News-Herald by Brandon Messick on Oct. 16, the letters were etched during World War II, when two American soldiers, of the 1st Infantry Division, were participating in field maneuvers with British commandos in Scotland. They visited the London Bridge while on weekend leave, and left their mark.

Merrill Fitzwater became a Montana State Game Warden after the war, until his retirement in 1978. He and his wife learned that the London Bridge had been bought and transported to Lake Havasu City, and Fitzwater stopped to see the bridge several times while visiting his daughter in Tucson. He’d left his name on another continent, only for it to follow him home 20 years after the war ended, reports Today’s News-Herald.

“His name on the stone is there, as if to say: ‘we were here,’” Kassies said.

Now in his 90s, Fitzwater is mostly deaf and resides in Montana, adds Kassies, a former educator from the Netherlands.

Take the London Bridge walking tour and be sure to ask Jan to show you where two members of the Greatest Generation left their marks.

Tours are scheduled 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from October-April. For more information, contact the Lake Havasu City Convention and Visitors Bureau at 928 453 3444.

Read the local newspaper story about the mystery here:
Etched in history: Montana man carved name near London Bridge abutment in 1942

Learn more about the London Bridge at golakehavasu.com

Arctic Canadian Pops the Question While Thawing Out on the London Bridge

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It’s a long way from Baker Lake in the Canadian territory of Nunavut to Lake Havasu City. In fact, 2,200 miles and four separate airplane stops. The reason Canadian William Bozman chose to travel so far to propose marriage may surprise you.

William, 35, and his girlfriend Beth Cowie, 30, of Baker Lake, live in one of the most remote Inuit communities in Northern Canada, a mining town with a population of just about 1,900. Even most Canadians haven’t heard of it. While Baker Lake doesn’t receive much snow by Arctic standards, only about 50 inches a year, the average temperature in November alone is a frigid minus 10 degree F., the recommended setting for most household freezers.

Beth is a registered nurse at a local clinic; William is a personal investor and day trader. One day while searching the web for their ideal future home, after entering “warm temperatures + lake + sunny + friendly people,” the results pointed to Lake Havasu City.

It was minus 4 degrees F. at home, 99 degrees F. in Lake Havasu, when totally on a whim, they flew four stops to Las Vegas, rented a car, and chilled out during a typical Lake Havasu vacation. They rented a boat and cruised to Topock Gorge, hung out at a beach on the Bridgewater Channel, went to fun restaurants, visited SARA Park, and hung out at a pool.

With a wedding scheduled for September 2018, both are planning for the day they will be leaving Baker Lake for a milder climate. Much milder.

By the way, Beth said “yes” when William sprang forth with a shiny bauble for her ring finger. “I was totally surprised when he popped the question. Everybody knew in advance and managed to keep it a surprise. I was very pleased.”

William chose the bridge because they’re both of British ancestry and wanted to make it a memorable occasion.

“Oh my gosh, it was so hard going back,” Beth tells us when the time came to return north. “The people we met were very, very nice. We didn’t feel like outsiders at all.”

We suspect the city will give them a warm welcome when they return in April to check out the local real estate market and make plans to possibly make the city their new home.

Come Drool at the Sand-Water-RV Expo, Nov. 19-20, 2016

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Visitors from through the Southland and the rest of North America will be coming to drool at the latest watercraft and off-road vehicles on display at the 5th Annual Sand-Water-RV Expo on Nov. 19-20.

The 2016 Sand-Water-RV Expo is an annual mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of off-roading, RVing and boating. Browse, compare and shop for the latest in off-road vehicles, trucks, sand rails (a lightweight off-road motor vehicle specifically built for traveling in sandy terrain), ATV’s, UTV’s, 4×4’s, buggies, golf carts, motorcycles, electric vehicles, RV’s, toy haulers, travel trailers, power boats, pontoons, personal watercraft, kayaks, paddleboards, and all related accessory products and services. Whew!

The fact that you can fish off many of these watercraft is, of course, an added bonus.

The Expo takes place at Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor 4). Admission: $3 adults; Kids 6 and under are free.

For more information visit golakehavasu.com

History? Yeah, We Got That

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Fifty years, give or take, is not very long considering New York, Philadelphia or Boston, but it is long enough for Lake Havasu to receive some loving from The History Channel. History, the American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by A&E Networks, recently focused on how the London Bridge ended up in Arizona. In a story posted by Evan Andrews on Oct. 7, the reporter explains that in 1968 industrialist Robert McCulloch was desperate for a way to draw tourists to the fledgling resort town, and he found it half a world away in England, which had placed its iconic London Bridge on the auction block.

“In one of the most harebrained marketing schemes in history, McCulloch bought the 19th century monument, shipped it across the ocean and reassembled it piece-by-piece in the desert,” Andrews writes.

The rest is, well, history.

In April 1968, for a final price of $2,460,000, Robert McCulloch became the proud owner of the world’s largest antique. The bridge was disassembled, packed away in crates and shipped to Long Beach, Calif., via the Panama Canal. From there, a small army of trucks carried it across the desert to its new home at Lake Havasu.

Andrews reveals the little-known fact that McCulloch dedicated the bridge in a ceremony that included skydivers, fireworks, marching bands, hot air balloons and a dinner banquet featuring lobster and roast beef – the same meal that had been served to King William IV during the bridge’s original unveiling in 1831.

There was a rumor – since discredited – that the Americans had been duped into thinking they were buying the more iconic Tower Bridge. But McCulloch was too smart for that.

Read the entire story here: How London Bridge Ended Up In Arizona

Lake Havasu Concert Series Features Range of Musical Expression

The Kat Trio

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You may not know what a theramin is, but it’s the only musical instrument you play without touching and has been a staple of many of the horror films we’ve all grown up with. The theramin, marimba, kalimba, and flute are all coming to Lake Havasu along with a range of performers in early 2017.

Thanks to the Lake Havasu Concert Association, now in its 44th year, visitors and locals alike can enjoy professional concerts of increasingly high quality. Performances include singing trio “Tenore” (Jan. 27), classical musicians “The Kat Trio” (Feb. 17), classical/jazz group “Kubecca” (Mar. 15), and the “Equinox Little Big Band” that will close the season on March 29.

Kubecca incorporates the aforementioned theramin in a diverse program featuring country, jazz and showtunes.

“Some very generous donors have allowed us to keep our prices down,” Concert Association President Bob Ketner tells Today’s News Herald, “We can offer this quality of entertainment at a reasonable price. Once you see it, there’s nothing better in this town.”

Season tickets are being sold at $70, and single tickets will cost $25. The performances are at Lake Havasu High School and start at 7:30 p.m. Students with a valid school ID will be allowed free admission. For more information about upcoming performances and ticket prices, visit www.lhcca.com.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know You Could do at the Visitor Information Center

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Consider the Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Visitor Information Center your home away from home. One hundred thousand visitors make this their first stop each year. You’d be surprised what you can do there. The Visitor Information Center at 422 English Village, conveniently located off London Bridge Road near the London Bridge, is the place for up-to-date information on special events, special promotions, and, well, all the special activities that make our city so (dare we say it?) special.

Why is this location in a former theater such an integral part of any Lake Havasu City visit? It’s more than the free parking and friendly staff. Consider eight things you didn’t know you could do there:

1. Buy a piece of the London Bridge, in a bottle no less. Don’t worry, we’re not out there chipping samples. Seems we had some leftovers from bridge construction in the early 1970s. Buy all you want, we have plenty.

2. Purchase a collectible London Bridge Rotary Club Coin. To honor the reconstruction of the London Bridge in Lake Havasu and raise funds for charities, the London Bridge Rotary Club sponsored the release of the first “Havasu Dollar” in October 1971. A new London Bridge Rotary Coin has been released every October since that time. You can buy one, buy two, or a complete set right here in river city.

3. Apply for a fishing license. We can’t promise you’ll land a record breaking redear, but at least you won’t have the law chasing after you.

4. Pose on a personal watercraft. We dragged one inside. You can pose on it with a photo of the lake in the background. Hokey, we know, but hey, you’re on vacation.

5. Visit our in-house Bill Spresser Art Gallery and consider supporting local artists by purchasing one-of-a-kind artwork in a variety of mediums.

6. Watch a movie about the history of the London Bridge.

7. Study the architectural drawings used to re-assemble the bridge just outside the door. Each and every stone was numbered, like a huuuuge jigsaw puzzle.

8. Book a 90-min. walking tour that delves into the history of our iconic bridge and see the little-known WWII graffiti that has intrigued visitors ever since the bridge was re-assembled along our shores almost 50 years ago. Wireless headsets make it easy to hear the guide’s live commentary.

9. Buy as many Lake Havasu-printed t-shirts as you want. We can always print more.

10. Last but not least, take a hit off our free WiFi. Spend a few hours, spend the day for all we care. We have plenty of space for you to get your digital fix.

Learn more about what the Visitor Information Center can do for you at golakehavasu.com