Love for the game of golf goes beyond what happens between tees and greens. A membership at a private club offers so much more than the Saturday morning scratch group – just as a resort weekend affords a lot more than $5 Nassaus. The comrade that surrounds the game is part of its charm whether it happens on the golf course, in the clubhouse, poker room or on the lawn. The golf course brings glorious people together, but it doesn’t always have to be about golf – here are some interesting golf gatherings happening around the world.
Festa dell’Autunno at the Resort at Pelican Hill, California
Festa dell’Autunno at the Resort at Pelican Hill at Newport Beach in beautiful Southern California puts on a string of fabulous entertainment in October. All manner of festivities take place in this superb five-star resort, which has at its heart 36 Tom Fazio-designed holes. Great food, magnificent music, dancing and a carnival combine to create an unforgettable few days in the Californian sun.
“Just as we do in my home town in Italy, Festa celebrates the abundance of the autumn harvest season with food, wine, music, art and entertainment,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “Pelican Hill guests from far and near consider the Resort’s signature epicurean event an anticipated annual tradition not to miss in their autumn itinerary.”
Great Irish Links Challenge at Lahinch Golf Club and Trump Doonbeg Golf Club, Ireland
Called the Great Irish Links Challenge, it attracts no fewer than 300 golfers from both sides of the Atlantic to tackle a couple of absolutely outstanding links courses. The two courses, which are only about a dozen miles apart, are the world-famous Lahinch and the spectacular Trump Doonbeg. The former was partly designed by Old Tom Morris himself and so you can imagine how old it is. Occupying a wonderful stretch of dune land squeezed between a river and the mighty Atlantic, it’s pure links at its absolute best and rightly belongs right up there among the greatest courses in the world. Play it and you join remarkably distinguished company, including a good many golfing legends, some of whom have been photographed by the pro and whose pictures now hang in the pro shop.
By contrast, the other course is the comparatively new Trump Doonbeg. Bought by you-know-who a few years ago, it is surely destined to join the ranks of the truly great courses. To be fair to its new owner, who is not short of critics, it has been improved dramatically of late thanks in no small part to the millions of dollars he has invested in it. Ravaged a couple of years ago by the fiercest of winter storms, it has been extensively remodeled, rebuilt and significantly improved so that today it is sensationally good.
The impressive accommodation to be found at Trump Doonbeg houses the Great Irish Links Challenge competitors, who are kept royally entertained throughout the four-day event. The prize-giving dinner provides a fitting climax to a truly special tournament.
Imbibe Wine & Food Festival at The Cliffs, South Carolina
The 3rd Annual Imbibe Wine & Food Festival comes to The Cliffs from September 23 – October 2. The 10-day celebration draws food and beverage experts from around the world to The Cliffs seven communities for dinners, demonstrations and events. Formerly exclusive to Cliffs members, the Grand Tasting event is now open to the public and tickets go on sale July 1.
Guests can experience over 150 incredible wines for sampling, a beer garden supported by local South and North Carolina breweries and handcrafted spirits from around the world. There are live culinary demonstrations, special food tastings and live music. Cliffs members can also enjoy private events including a French Wine Dinner with Importer Peter Weygandt, Sommelier Smack Down with Cliffs Sommeliers Tim Smith and Eric Cooperman, as well as events with Paul Hobbs Winery and Fisher Vineyards.
Music to Your Mouth at Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
The 10th Serving of Music to Your Mouth returns to South Carolina’s Palmetto Bluff community November 17-20. The three-day festival will once again bring together some of the biggest names in Southern food, drinks and music. Aimed at creating community through food, MTYM curates delicious special events and epicurean experiences with celebrated chefs and winemakers over three fun-filled days. This year’s chef lineup includes the return of Sean Brock (Husk), Kyle Jacovino (The Florence), Mike Lata (Fig), Anne Quatrano (Star Provisions, Bacchanalia) and many more. A collection of “Culinary Salons” invites guests to interact directly with chefs and other personalities in an intimate, creative setting.
A few of this year’s salons include Bourbon & Bacon Grace Cruise, on the community’s recently restored yacht Southern Supper. There is a family style Kiss the Pig Oyster Roast, set along the banks of the May River. The Hair of the Dog 5K kicks off with a Bloody Mary event, featuring the annual surprise concert from a surprise guest. Tickets go on sale August 1, five-percent of all ticket sales will benefit Second Helpings, a Bluffton charity that collects perishable goods from local food providers and distributes the food to non-profit agencies to help feed those in need in the area.