“Hav’ing a Ball at Bridgewater Links

Bridgewater Links

The Bridgewater Links Golf Course at the London Bridge Resort is a 9 hole, 1,769 yard executive length course. Ideal for beginning players, the course is also challenging enough for veteran golfers.

Recently the pro shop was renovated with new carpeting, tables and bar stools. Out went the old tube television and in came two flatscreens for non-stop viewing of The Golf Channel. There is a full rack of tees (yes, a full rack) from H2 Golf; for refreshment there’s Bud, Bud Lite and Michelob Ultra on tap; and plenty of snacks.

Just make sure you don’t mistake the bowl of golf balls for chocolates. “You don’t eat them, you play them,” pro shop manager Darlene Craig tells us.

These are silver, green, pink, blue and gold Chromax balls, a huge favorite at Bridgewater, especially among women players.

Chromax high visibility, reflective colored golf balls, which sell for $4.50 each, are found on the U.S.G.A. and R&A Conforming Golf Ball List. The durable reflective coating gives golfers a competitive tracking advantage, reduces lost balls and minimizes strokes for a better score.

The patented, unique inter-illumination, between a reflective inner layer and a translucent outer layer, makes the golf ball appear larger and brighter. Losing less golf balls lowers your score and keeps more golf balls in your bag. If a provisional is required, you have another color to shoot, so when your golf balls are found, you know which ball was your first shot. Practicing different strokes or techniques on the putting or chipping green? You have different colors for testing your effectiveness.

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While golf purists might shudder, most of us will have a ball using them.

Learn more about the Bridgewater here:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/golf/bridgewater-links.aspx

The More You Play, the More You Save

Island Golf Club at the Nautical Beachfront Resort

 

Become a PlayAround pass holder and you will enjoy golf on some of our area’s premier courses, while enjoying an incredible value. For one low price, you can play as much as you’d like at these participating courses: Emerald Canyon in Parker, Huukan in Fort Mohave, and Bridgewater Links here in town.

That’s unlimited golf with a cart at three unique courses, with up to seven-day advance tee times. From May through September, it all costs as low as $295 for one month, two months for $550, and three months for $775, according to Buck Reynolds of PlayAround.

Let’s see, based upon our rudimentary grasp of sixth grade math, if we played every day for two months, that’s 60 days into $550 = $9 per day for a round of golf. As they say, it sure beats working for a living.

Lloyd and Nancy Williams, repeat winter visitors to Lake Havasu from Ontario, love the money they save.

“We saved a significant amount of money on golf last season vs. paying per round. In fact, we kept track. Compared to what we would have paid without the membership, we essentially played the last few weeks of our membership for free,” Lloyd says.

“The PlayAround Pass also makes for convenient budgeting. We know exactly what we are going to spend on golf for our entire stay. No surprises, and no checking rates.”

Purchase your PlayAround seasonal pass at: http://playaroundaz.com. Or visit the sales office below the London Bridge at Havasu Gear.

Research all the golf courses in the area at:

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

Pimp Your Golf Ride

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Premier Golf Cars, located at 2707 Maricopa Avenue, is the largest E-Z-GO authorized dealer for golf cars, golf car batteries, parts and more along the lower Colorado River. Heather Lombardo, co-owner, tells us some visitors buy street legal cars from Premier, use them on golf courses, and store their vehicles during the off-season.

Premier can make the cars street legal by installing head and taillights, brake lights, a windshield and mirror, horn, and license plate light and bracket. They can also register cars at the time of purchase with the DMV.  Registered golf cars can be driven on streets marked 35 mph or less within Arizona (check local laws). Then assuming the tires are turf-friendly, they can be used on courses as well.

Some visitors have their golf cars custom pin striped to match their boats.

Cars start at about $6,100 for gas, $6,500 for electric, plus accessories, says Heather, who was born and raised in Lake Havasu City and has co-owned Premier with her husband for three years.

“Just don’t call them ‘carts.’ Our saying goes, ‘you push a cart, but you drive a car.’”

For more information: www.premiergolfcars.com, 928 680 1770.

Search for the golf course that’s right for you by logging onto:

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

Hot Dog! Summer Prices Drop at The Courses at London Bridge Golf Club

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Now through September 30, a round of golf costs as little as $25 at The Courses, located at 2400 Clubhouse Drive. Here are the deets:

Play from 6 a.m. to 12 noon, and it’s $35 per game. The price drops to $25 between noon and closing time which in the summer could be anytime from 2 p.m. to 5 or 6 p.m., depending upon the temperature and other weather conditions.

The rates include sales tax and half a cart (despite what we’ve written above, at The Courses, motorized vehicles are still called golf “carts”).

The renovation of the restaurant and patio has been completed, all the better to take advantage of the club’s Golf & Hot Dog Special – an all-beef frankfurter, chips and non-alcoholic fountain drink for an additional $5. Just come in with a coupon you’ve printed off londonbridgegc.com

The Courses has a free iPhone or Android App which, combined with the website, allows you to book tee times directly up to seven days in advance without paying a booking fee or having to make a phone call. The reservation goes directly to the pro shop’s tee sheet.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

The deal is valid at the par 71 Oldé London, the first course to be built in Lake Havasu City.
 It has a traditional layout with numerous water hazards and sand bunkers throughout the entire course and stretches out to 6,466 yards. It features Bermuda grass on fairways and greens which are over seeded with rye grass during the winter months.

You can also play and save on the par 72 Nassau course – at its maximum yardage of 6,140, the Nassau features narrow fairways and medium-sized greens that are fast and well bunkered.

Learn more at: www.londonbridgegc.com, (928) 855-2719

For a map of local golf clubs, log onto:

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

Lake Havasu City Named Finalist in America’s Best Communities Award

Lake Havasu City AZ

When we see the promotional video for the America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition, our heart skips a beat for this is truly one giant outdoor playground. In fact, it makes us want to drop everything and come to Lake Havasu City. But then we remember, wait, we’re already here. Happily, the city has won a boatload of cash as one of eight finalists, money that will improve the visitor experience for all our guests.

The  $10 million award program that has inspired small towns and cities to pursue innovative solutions for revitalization, named Lake Havasu City one of eight finalists. Each of the eight finalists received a $100,000 prize grant from competition sponsors Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel. This funding will empower the finalists to bring their new economic revitalization strategies to life.

“America’s Best Communities prize campaign challenged small towns and cities across the country to dream big and pave their own way to a brighter future,” said Maggie Wilderotter, former CEO of Frontier Communications. “More than 350 communities answered the call, and now eight remain in the running.”

Lake Havasu City will now continue its journey towards earning a portion of the  competition’s $6 million in top prizes.

In April 2017, the top three communities making the largest impact and fostering long-term growth will be selected as the grand prize winners. The first-place community will receive $3 million and the second-place community $2 million, and $1 million for third.

“The opportunity to collectively develop a defined revitalization plan utilizing community support was too hard to pass up,” says James Gray, director of Lake Havasu City’s Partnership for Economic Development, in an interview with the Arizona Republic’s Alicia Clark.

“Also, a $3 million first prize is a healthy incentive.”

How will visitors benefit? Plans call for creating an amphitheater in the downtown area surrounded by eateries, pubs and shops.

What’s more, through water education and research, the city hopes to ensure the health and sustainability of Lake Havasu City’s namesake water source.

More than 350 communities across the country began submitting applications in September 2014. Reaching the finals is already considered a great win for Lake Havasu City. The final awards will be announced in April 2017.

To explore the communities’ revitalization strategies and for additional information on the competition, please visit www.americasbestcommunities.com.

To see Lake Havasu City’s promotional video, log onto:

https://americasbestcommunities.com/meet-the-communities/5525/

Lake Havasu Lighthouses Shine a Light on Boater Safety

Lake Havasu lighthouse

Here’s a trivia question: Which city in the U.S. has the most lighthouses? You might think it would be somewhere in Maine or maybe the San Francisco Bay Area. But you’d be wrong.

It’s actually Lake Havasu City.

The 25 lighthouses around Lake Havasu are all smaller replicas of real lighthouses in the U.S. But make no mistake, these replicas are fully functional, writes Annika Cline on the local KJZZ.org website.

“Our lights are Coast Guard approved and they are navigational lights for safety up and down our lake and around our island,” said Lyndia LeCours, treasurer with the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club, the all-volunteer group that creates and maintains the lighthouses.

Before the lighthouses, Arizona Game and Fish had some range lights around the lake. Field Supervisor Deanna Pfleger said the lighthouses helped fill in the gaps. “The lake is undeveloped, for the most part, in a lot of locations,” Pfleger said. “And on those dark moonless nights, those lights do a lot to help boaters navigate, particularly if they’re unfamiliar with the lake.”

It costs a few thousand dollars to construct one, and the upkeep can get expensive. LeCours said those Coast Guard-approved lenses are about a thousand dollars a pop. And sometimes they can’t stand the heat.

The latest lighthouse is a replica of Pigeon Point in California. The club plans to add one more within the next year.

Read the entire story here:

http://kjzz.org/content/288274/lake-havasu-lighthouses-shine-light-boater-safety

Read more about the city’s other lighthouses here:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/activities/more_to_do/lighthouses.aspx

It’s a Blast!

Fierworks over Lake Havasu, AZ

Lantis Fireworks and Lasers hosts our distinctive music, fireworks, and laser show starting at approximately 9 p.m. on Monday, July 4th. Lantis visual artists’ elegant choreography makes a magic mixture of music and fire, including immense, unfolding flowers, streaming comets, sparkling bows, cascading halls of fire, and stunning laser effects – all perfectly synchronized to classical arrangements, country songs, top 40 hits, romantic love songs, or patriotic tunes. Music will be provided on KNTR 980 AM

Best viewing locations:

Fireworks will be launched directly across the bay from Lookout Point (at The Nautical Beachfront Resort). Watch them here:

  • Rotary Park (plenty of free parking, straight view of the fireworks, coolers allowed, no alcohol or pets permitted)
  • Thompson Bay (via boat*, please anchor both bow and stern due to winds and current, anchor early as Thompson Bay fills up)

For more information:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1758/fireworks-over-the-lake-july-4th-fireworks-show/

“Stinking Rose” is the Sweet Smell of Success for Havasu Olive & Garlic

Lake Havasu City Downtown Shop

Havasu Olive & Garlic Co. grew from the “foodie passion” of owners Gregg and Tiana Staples. Yes, that would be Gregg “Major Garlic” Staples, who can often be seen wearing his signature garlic bulb headgear in local parades and events on Main Street.

He gave himself the rank of Major after people asked the guy in the funny hat what he did for a living. “Majorly I sell garlic,” he would reply with a glint in his eye. The eight-year-old business bottles its own balsamic vinegars and olive oils, and has a lively e-commerce site that attracts customers from all over the world.

The store, located in Arnold Plaza in the Main Street Shopping District, is behind The Red Onion restaurant, and offers fine pastas and sauces, the finest global EVOO’s, fused as well as infused olive oils, dressings and avocado oils, balsamic vinegars, a wide-ranging selection of olives, and a Bloody Mary mix, Jimmy Luv’s, you have to taste to believe. The Major sells pallet loads of the blood-red concoction which has won four Scovie Awards, an annual competition that recognizes the top fiery food products in the world.

What we liked best about their website are the dozens of recipes relying upon many of the products sold in their fascinating shop.

Major, we salute your good taste.

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You can access each recipe at: http://havasuoliveandgarlic.com/recipes/

Learn about Lake Havasu City’s shopping districts here:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/a
ctivities/shopping.aspx

Chow Time!

TripAdvisor ranks 125 restaurants in Lake Havasu City. There are 163 on Yelp alone. Beyond these two social media sites, there are dozens more vying for you to visit. This newsletter is too small, and your patience online is too short, to tell you about them all, but we can highlight the four newest additions to the local culinary scene, including one restaurant with 32 beers on tap. Yes, that’s right. Thirty-two. On tap. We’re calling a cab now.

> Grind N Grub is a locally-owned coffee and sandwich shop offering deli-style sandwiches, breakfast burritos and an array of flavored coffee drinks (hot or cold), as well as tea. Try their new specialty drinks, the Red Bull spritzer and mocha milkshake. You can drive through or walk up and enjoy their outdoor seating.

Owner Heidi Sines is from Washington State, a place that knows its way around a coffee cup. “When I moved here I had a difficult time finding coffee like I was used to. Not everyone loves strong, flavorful robust coffee, I get that, but we’re trying to introduce a good tasting, flavorful stout coffee that pleases everyone,” Sines writes.

Look for it at 3189 Maricopa Avenue.

> Niko’s Grill & Pub is the place to go for some favorite Greek standbys such as gyros, moussaka, souvlaki, and spanakopita. As the only Greek restaurant in town, their recipes are authentic and time-tested. The ingredients are always fresh. The result? A menu that bursts with flavor.

Says one happy customer online, “Puleeeze order the gyro platter! Ask for extra napkins and bring an appetite. The herb and spice mix was perfection. Good tszaziki, feta block with oregano and olive oil. Perfect warm pita.”

Look for Niko’s at 2690 Kiowa Blvd N.

> The relatively new Brew Shack offers 32 grilled cheese sandwiches, containing everything from bratwurst, cream cheese and Pepper Jack to green onions, spinach, and Munster. You can also select from four different types of breads, including gluten free, vegan and dairy free.

As befits the name, the Shack also serves 30-plus varieties of teas and coffee, most of which are available online. They also serve beer

Visit the The Brew Shack at 2018 McCulloch Blvd North and be sure to “say cheese.”

 

 

Ah, now for those 32 beers ….

> Fugs Beer and Wine Bar proudly offers 32 types of beer brewed from carefully selected breweries from around the world, as well as an impressive wine list. The place is so new, its cheeky slogan is, “Proudly serving you since last Tuesday.”

The place is named for Seamus “Fugs” O’Brien, an Irishman of moderate means who came to Lake Havasu City in the early days, having hitch-hiked down from the train in Kingman.

“Fugs” O’Brien decided to open a pub on a dirt road where they said a downtown would one day be located. He found a few laborers whom he paid in beer and opened Fugs on what would become the corner of McCulloch and Media Center drive. This is where the tale goes cold until just a few years ago when, during a sewer repair under what is now The Media Center, an old beer can was found, confirming the legend of Fugs O’Brien.

The good folks who owned the building and some of their close friends got together to rebuild Fugs in its original location, a process fueled, no doubt, by some of the same craft beers served today.

Find them at 2068 McCulloch Blvd. N.

Learn about many more restaurants in the city at:

http://www.golakehavasu.com/dining/

 

Don’t Fight It: We’re All Hooked on Bass

New Horizons Pro-Am fishing tournament on Lake Havasu
You know you love to fish for bass. That’s good because this May, Lake Havasu will be the epicenter of the southwest’s bass fishing world for many of us. Consider what we already know: largemouth are known for their greater overall size and resistance when hooked, favoring short, powerful runs. They are great fighting fish and some may say the king of the sport fish. They escape to hide around submerged logs or weedbeds. Smallies tend to jump more and fight aggressively on the surface when hooked, in order to throw the hook. Arguably they fight harder than any other fish on a weight scale basis and is one reason why we love them so.

There are three tournaments to consider entering this May:

National Bass West Open, May 7

This is the last National Bass West Open tournament of the season and is open to anyone, no membership required. Similar to other bass tournaments, they’re looking for the best of five fish at least 13 inches long. The competition is 100 percent catch and release with penalties for any dead fish.
This event is a qualifier for the 14th annual Havasu Classic scheduled for Oct. 14 to 15, which brings together competitors from all four western regions.
Organizer National Bass West, based in Valley Center, Calif., says the event is open to anyone with a boat, anyone who knows someone with a boat, or anyone ready to rent one for the day. Of course, NBW co-owner Lynne Peterson will gladly sell you a 21-ft. Phoenix bass boat with a 250 hp Mercury or Yamaha, although that might set you back a bit more than the basic $195 entry fee.
The tournament starts at Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4 and is run by local retailer John Galbraith, 928-486-2502 (voice or text), Bass Tackle Master, 362 London Bridge Rd. On the day of the tournament, sign-up at Windsor Beach starting 1-1/2 hours before safe light.

Wild West Bass Trail, May 14

Husband and wives, boyfriends/girlfriends, women’s teams – all are invited to compete in the Wild West Bass Trail. Best of all, there is 100 percent payback – the $310/team registration goes directly into the prize pool thanks to major sponsors Evinrude Outdoor Motors, Lucas Oil and Ranger Boats. With over 70 teams expected, that’s a lot of prize dough.

It’s a seven fish limit, minimum 13 inches, artificial lures only. Fish must be live to avoid a .25 dead fish penalty.

Jim Kirkwood has been a tournament director for bass events on the Colorado river for 18 years and says of Lake Havasu, “The production of the fish is superb. You can go to Lake Havasu almost any time of the year and catch bass which is a great game fish.”

To register, teams first need to join Wild West Bass Trail for $60/year per angler. Online registration closes May 9. Teams can also register at Windsor Beach – just look for the 40-foot trailer with “Wild West Bass” on the side.

For more information, Mike Brillhart, director, 623-261-2159, mikebrillhart@aol.com or Jim Kirkwood, jim@wildwestbasstrail.com, 928-692 -5086.

JML Outdoors Weekend Warrior Bass Series, May 21

The Weekend Warrior Bass Series, based at Lake Havasu State Park, is designed for the beginner or average fisherman, rather than the professional. In other words, it’s for the rest of us. It’s a two-person team competition for large and small bass only, with a five fish limit. No live bait is allowed; artificial lures only. Boats must have a live well and ignition cut-off device. Phoenix resident Justin Locatis, who was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, is the tournament owner and promoter.

“What is it about the appeal of bass fishing?” we asked.

“They’re more challenging to catch, they move around a lot, and another reason we organize bass tournaments is that they are hardy and can remain alive until we weigh and release them.”
Entry fee is $200 per team. First place prize is $1,500 to $2,000 per the team. The WWBS will take place north of the London Bridge Channel under the group ramadas located at the south ramp of Lake Havasu State Park.

Justin continues, “We love Lake Havasu. Everything in town is within close proximity. It’s easy and affordable to get there, without a lot of driving around.
“It’s a phenomenal fishery, one of the best in the country,” he adds. “A lot of that credit goes to the local fish habitat program.”
In order to participate in any of these fishing tournaments, certain requirements must be met. Please review the rules, eligibility, and requirements at www.jmloutdoors.com
Contact: Justin Locatis, 602 791 0023, jmloutdoors@gmail.com

Learn more about all of May’s bass fishing events in Lake Havasu City on the GoLakeHavasu.com calendar of events.