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

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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

The Courses… Of Course.

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The Courses at London Bridge Arcis Players Club (APC) program offers anyone interested in the game of golf a chance to improve without the anxiety that goes with learning while trying to play on the course.

For $50-$60 per month for each person, you will have access to the practice facility and extras such as: a lighted driving range, range balls, unlimited visits and participation in complimentary clinics and play dates.

From December through March consider participating in the APC Scramble at 2:30 p.m. every Thursday on Nassau. Sign-ups must be completed prior to the day of the event and is limited to 40 golfers, with an additional wait list.

The $25 entry fee includes: green fee, cart, and prize fund. All teams must use at least one tee shot from each player on their team.

The Nassau course, opened for play in 1977, features narrow fairways and medium-sized greens that are fast and well bunkered. It offers many elevation changes that provide fabulous views of Lake Havasu and the surrounding city. But beware: the largest water feature on the property is at holes 9, 10, and 11.

Also, ask about this fall’s VIP Card offers. If purchased by Sept. 30, receive $20 off the already low price of $95 that includes a free round of golf by Apr. 30, 2017, a 20 to 50 percent discount off posted rack rates, unlimited play on both courses, and a $5 savings every time you play in a league. Card is valid Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017.

The Courses is located at 2400 Clubhouse Dr. Learn more about the Arcis Players Club here:

http://londonbridgegc.com/-arcis-players-clubapc

Research all the courses in Lake Havasu City and the surrounding area at:

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

“Hav’ing a Ball at Bridgewater Links

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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

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.

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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

Beat The Heat While Golfing in Lake Havasu

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We know we’ve broken the back of summer. Those cool days of fall are just ahead. But meanwhile, yeah, we know it gets plenty hot out there. We live here remember? So we checked with Paul Lepler, general manager of the Courses at London Bridge Golf Club, for his favorite advice on how to “beat the heat.”

  • Play Early or Late. For example, you can schedule at the first light when the temperatures are still quite mild. If you are lucky you will finish your round before it starts to get uncomfortable. Or play later in the evening. It’ll get cooler as the sun sets.
  • Hydrate. Playing in the summer heat will suck the moisture right out of you. It’s extremely important that you bring plenty of water with you to stay hydrated, so you can keep your body cool. It may help to freeze a few water bottles before heading out to play. Also it’s good to be sure to take advantage of water stations around the course.
  • Use a Visor Instead of a Hat. It’s much better to use a visor rather that a hat. Most of your body heat escapes through your head. When you wear a hat you will get protection from the sun, and shade your face, but you will also trap all of that heat trying to escape your head. By wearing a visor you can still have your shade while allowing your head to blow off some steam.
  • Wear Light Colored Clothes and Shorts. The lighter colors are better because they reflect more of the sun’s rays, unlike dark colors which will absorb them and pass the heat inward through to the skin.
  • Try to Ride and Not Walk. Although you don’t receive as much exercise riding as walking, on a late summer day with high temperatures, it’s best to ride.
  • Use Sunscreen. Be sure to wear plenty of broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against harmful UV-rays.

Follow this advice and you won’t mind the heat so much. “Instead, you can concentrate on your game,” Paul says.

Learn more about the Courses at London Bridge Golf Club and other Lake Havasu City area golf courses.

New Lake Havasu Dining Option at the Island Golf Club

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For more than 50 years The Island Golf Club at the Nautical Beachfront Resort has been a golfer’s favorite thanks to the surrounding desert landscape and breathtaking views. The resort is famous for having the “Best Views in Havasu” and over 300 days of sunshine a year. Now, teeing off from the Island has become a whole lot tastier.

As the Golf Course at the Island Golf Club begins overseeding for the new year, they’ve announced plans for locating a brand new “La Tortuga” (Spanish for “The Turtle”) food trailer on premises, offering guests a contemporary flair on favorites such as tacos, sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs. Award-winning chef John Andreola will be creating the menu of mouth-watering dishes.

Opened in 1964, and designed by Robert “Red” Lawrence, the Island Golf Club will take players on a journey through the resort’s 18-Hole Executive par 72 course. Lawrence, who was known for building a course using the natural terrain of the area and including the original aspects of the region in his designs, created a Lake Havasu City golf experience that has stood the test of time. The course hugs the shores of Lake Havasu’s Thompson Bay in a picturesque setting that includes one of the region’s iconic lighthouses.

In addition to La Tortuga is the 19th Hole at Bogey’s Bar & Grill. Overlooking the Island Golf Club, Bogey’s serves up sandwiches, burgers, cocktails and more, including bespoke Bloody Marys made from scratch using a secret mix and garnished with olives, limes and lemons.

La Tortuga will move to a new home by the Nautical’s docks in the spring, perfect for boat-up dining.

For other golf options in Lake Havasu City, visit the Golf section of GoLakeHavasu.com.