Inn At Harbour Town Receives 2014 Forbes Four-Star Award

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) — The Inn at Harbour Town — the acclaimed 60-room boutique hotel at The Sea Pines Resort – has once again been honored with the prestigious Forbes Four-Star Award in recognition of its extraordinary customer care and luxurious accommodations.
This is the 56th annual list of Star Rating winners named by Forbes Travel Guide’s — the yardstick by which hotels, restaurants and spas around the world are measured. Expert anonymous inspectors visit thousands of properties yearly to evaluate standards, quality, value and a superior experience. The Inn at Harbour Town is one of only 296 hotels to achieve this coveted tribute.

“To be annually named by Forbes as one of the best hotels in the world is testament to our continual commitment to providing extraordinary guest experiences,” says John Munro, Vice President of Hospitality, Sales and Marketing. “Savvy travelers know the Star Ratings system provides peace of mind when choosing where to spend hard-earned vacation dollars.”

The Sea Pines Resort recently added a luxurious pool exclusively for guests of The Inn. Its features include a relaxing spa under a shade trellis; rim flow edge; travertine stone deck; poolside food and beverage service; and terrace with chaise lounge chairs and seating area overlooking Harbour Town Golf Links – Pete Dye’s seminal masterpiece and host of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage.

The resort additionally offers two superb courses and a full slate of activities including tennis with 21 clay courts, five miles of sweeping Atlantic seascapes, hiking / biking in the enchanting 605-acre Forest Preserve as well as simply strolling along the nearby Harbour Town Yacht Basin and superb shopping.

The Inn at Harbour Town golf packages start at $219 (per person, per night), the “Sweet on You” romance package starts at $269 per night and “Extended Stay 3 Nights” offers a 10% discount for a three-night stay. The Sea Pines Resort also offers the “Escape Vacation Package” with up to 15% off nightly rates for selected villas and homes.

For more information:, 866.561.8802.

About The Sea Pines Resort
One of the true crown jewels of American golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to legendary Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s The Heritage) designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.

Pebble Beach Resorts Celebrates Grand Opening of New Pebble Beach Golf Academy & Practice Facility

Pebble Beach, California (PRWEB) January 24, 2014 — Pebble Beach Resorts officially opened the new Pebble Beach Golf Academy & Practice Facility on Thursday, January 23, marking the beginning of a new standard for instruction, training and technology for golf destinations around the world. In front of numerous dignitaries, guests and colleagues, Pebble Beach Company Chief Executive Officer Bill Perocchi cut the ceremonial ribbon and welcomed invited guests to tour the new Golf Academy building and practice facility.

“Today marks an important milestone for Pebble Beach Resorts,” said Perocchi during the grand opening event. “We now have a practice facility and golf academy that rivals any in the world, but most importantly, one that is befitting the legendary golf, unparalleled customer service and stunning beauty of Pebble Beach.”

Located across the street from the former Pebble Beach driving range, the new practice facility features a 350-yard, double-ended driving range with natural grass hitting areas spacious enough to accommodate up to 85 golfers. Nearly twice the size of the old range, the new range also features multiple, sculpted target greens with surrounding bunkers which offer a look and feel to mimic shots found throughout Pebble Beach Golf Links, America’s number one public golf course. A 40,000-square-foot short game complex with bunkers, chipping areas and a 4,500-square foot practice putting green also allows guests an unparalleled venue for perfecting shots on and around the greens.

The Practice Facility is also home to the new 3,000-square-foot Pebble Beach Golf Academy, which features three instruction studios. The Academy boasts some of the most substantial and extensive golf learning and training technology found in one location. From beginners learning the basics to scratch golfers looking to fine tune their game, guests are offered a wide-ranging menu of personalized tools designed not only to lower scores, but to ensure a better experience on the course. These include the revolutionary robotic swing trainer, 3D motion capture system, HD video analysis, computerized putting stroke evaluation and indoor golf simulator. The Academy will also host numerous golf school programs throughout the year, ideal for those players looking to improve their game and experience the legendary golf courses and accommodations at Pebble Beach Resorts.

“The new Pebble Beach Golf Academy & Practice Facility isn’t only about the physical space,” added RJ Harper, Executive Vice President of Golf & Retail. “We’ve also created a seamless customer service experience from the moment the guest arrives on site. With new luxury shuttles, multi-layered guest service touches and an environment custom built for the practice-minded golfer, we’ve taken the practice range model from ordinary to extraordinary. There is a distinct ‘wow factor’ around every corner.”

For more information on the new Pebble Beach Golf Academy & Practice Facility, the new Pebble Beach Golf Schools, or to book individual or group instruction, visit or call 831-622-8650.

About Pebble Beach Company

Pebble Beach Company, headquartered in Pebble Beach, Calif., owns and operates the world-famous Pebble Beach Resorts, including The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero. The company also operates four world-renowned golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay and Del Monte Golf Course. Its other famed properties include the scenic 17-Mile Drive and The Spa at Pebble Beach, and it annually hosts premier events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational, Pebble Beach Food & Wine and Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Site of the 2019 U.S. Open, Pebble Beach Golf Links has hosted five U.S. Open Championships, four U.S. Amateurs, one PGA Championship, and numerous other tournaments.


What is Great Golf Resorts of the World? Consider it a carefully curated directory of fantastic golf resorts – a listing of destinations that we know create the very best in must-play, must-stay experiences. It isn’t simply a collection of golf resorts that are very good: These golf resorts are truly great.

We’ve compiled this list as a way to help you plan the golf getaway of a lifetime, and then the next one after that. We hope you look to Great Golf Resorts of the World as an indispensable guide to finding amazing golf experiences, whether it’s traveling off the beaten path to discover a hidden gem or crossing a major championship host site off your bucket list.

At Great Golf Resorts, we look forward to being your travel companion and confidante. Enjoy your journeys, and we’ll be here when you’re ready to tee it up again.

Richard K. Summers

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GGRW Invites PGA Merchandise Show Attendees to Visit Booth #2176

Great Golf Resorts of the World will be exhibiting at the PGA Merchandise Show, January 22-24, 2014.  Visitors and PGA Professionals are welcome to meet resort representatives.  Booth #2176.  See our newly printed directories for 2014 and the new website.  For more information please reach out to Abraham “Abe” Summers, General Manager at

Peter Bonell Named to Advisory Board of Great Golf Resorts Of The World

Peter Bonell, chief marketing officer at Casa de Campo-the number-one resort in the Caribbean with the finest golf in the region-has been named to the newly created Advisory Board of Great Golf Resorts of the World (GGRW), representing the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.

A leading industry group, GGRW creates marketing tools, including publications, plans, surveys, and other materials, for the finest golf resorts worldwide. At the annual meeting held earlier this month at Pebble Beach Resorts, a nine-member Advisory Board was created for the first time.Along with Bonell, three trustees were named: Tim Ryan of Pebble Beach Resorts (representing North America), Arthur Yeo from Reignwood Pine Valley (Asia, Australia), and Jay Connolly of Waterville (Europe, Africa). Four outside trustees also were selected: Joe Steranka, former CEO, PGA of America; Robert Cowdrey, former VP Sales, Pebble Beach Resorts; Ian Ferrier, former GM Golf, Gleneagles; and Bob Prewitt, CEO, Dana Communications. Joining them is Abraham Summers, General Manager, GGRW.

“I’m pleased and proud to be representing one of the fastest growing regions in golf,” said Bonell, who has been at Casa de Campo since 2012. “There are already many outstanding resorts in this sector and more opening soon. My responsibility is to make sure new members of GGRW meet the organization’s high standards, while continuing to keep my home resort, Casa de Campo, at the forefront. Competition drives us all to be better and more responsive to our guests.”

The Board’s responsibilities include advising on GGRW marketing initiatives and strategic partnerships; acting as liaison with participating resorts; approving membership invitations to other resorts; assisting in planning future meetings and selecting future trustees; and other tasks as warranted.

At present, GGRW is open to no more than 50 member resorts. The overriding standard for membership is a property’s quality of golf based on course conditions, tradition and history, third-party ratings, the quality of the design, performance of the golf staff, and any past or future championships. At the same meeting, it was agreed that every member resort should have a written golf quality-assurance program in place.

The newly adopted rules for establishing the Advisory Board call for it to have nine members. In addition to the General Manager of GGRW, there will be four resort representatives and four outside representatives, each named to two- and three-year terms.

For additional information about Casa de Campo, access the web site at or call 1-800-877-3643. Great Golf Resorts of the World may be accessed at

The 7,000-acre Casa de Campo resort offers an unmatched array of experiences found in the Caribbean, including choice accommodations – hotel rooms, suites or spacious villa homes; a variety of dining establishments, including The Beach Club by Le Cirque and La Cana by Il Circo; The Sporting Life – unequalled sports experiences such as 90-holes of Pete Dye-designed golf; shooting center, polo, tennis, fishing, a world-class marina, private beaches, The Spa at Casa de Campo, and Altos de Chavon artists’ village, with a wide array of museums, art galleries, boutique shopping, a chapel, and 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, site of international touring concerts. Casa de Campo is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Great Golf Resorts of the World.

Karen Moraghan
Hunter Public Relations
(908) 876-5100 office
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