Fore! Play: How to improve your game on and off the course

Fore! Play golf getaway at Fairmont Orchid Hotel promises lots of play

Fairmont Orchid HotelThe Fairmont Orchid Hotel is where your “Fantasy Dream World” becomes your reality. From the moment your step in to the open air reception, taking in the unobtrusive views of turquoise blue water, palm trees situated between colorful, fragrant tropical flowers and the sound of waterfalls flowing between the lava rocks. Your mind allows you to forget about the world you left behind. It is the beginning of your magical, memorable adventure.

The Fairmont Gold Team will escort you to a private concierge floor. The room has sweeping views of the ocean; waterfalls and a staff that wants to make your every wish come true. The Gold floor is a “hotel within a hotel.” It is your own private retreat where you may eat, sleep and play in intimate luxury. The lounge is full of wonderful snacks, hot finger appetizers, full bar and delicious cookies and deserts available to enjoy from morning till night in the lounge or in the privacy of your ocean view suite.

Want to make a tee time, couples massage, adventure tour or dinner reservations? Just call Stacy and she will arrange everything. You have 3 great courses to choose from. The Mauna Lani North or South Course and the Manuna Kea Hapuna Beach course. With 5 days on the island, how about 3 days of golf and 2 days just to play around!

The Fore! Play golf experience on Big Island Hawaii

The 15th holeWe played The Mauna Lani South Course. With emerald green fairways are situated on open, black forms of lava with striking views of the blue Pacific, resulting in dramatic color contrasts. The 15th hole on the South Course may be one of the most photographed holes in Hawaii golf due to its tee-off from a rock pedestal topped with brilliant green grass driving across a stark black lava chasm where the beautiful waves of the ocean crash against the shore. We guarantee this shot will take your breath away!

The Mauna Lani North Course, has brown/black forms of pahoehoe (smooth) lava, emphasize rolling fairway and is a bit more challenging. Groves of twisted kiawe (mesquite) trees along the fairway edges. Water hazards come into play on nearly every hole, and several holes are contiguous with the ocean.

There are as many as five different tee positions on most of the holes to give golfers a wide range of options in meeting the challenging conditions.

The Mauna Kea Hapuna Golf Club. Sits on the hill above the landmark Mauna Kea Resort. The Mauna Kea Resort is scheduled to reopen in Nov. 2008. Hapuna North Course is challenging with magnificent views of the ocean from every hole. Bring along your a game of long and straight, otherwise, bring along a lot of balls! Tee times are available up to a year in advance. So, if you have a preference, book early, especially during the holiday and busy season.

Unwind and relax at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel’s “Spa without Walls”

Spa without wallsYou may choose to get your work out on one of the challenging golf courses or in the newly remodeled gym which features all new high end Technogym Treadmills, Elliptical Machines each with its own TV and full Natalis equipment and an array of yoga, pilates and water classes, which over look the magnificent ground and ocean views. You may opt to meander in to the “Spa without Walls.”

Upon arriving at the Spa, you will unwind outside in a shady grove in low-slung teak chairs and lounges or absorb the sunshine on a sunny plateau overlooking the cascading waterfalls. The treatment we recommend is a “Couples Massage” right on the waters edge. It is magical and memorable. The masseuses are highly trained and if you have any tension in your body, it is guaranteed to be gone after your treatment. The Spa was rated as one of the top 10 best spas in the world – and it’s no wonder!

At the end of your day, you’ll be off to your spacious suite for a wonderful night’s sleep or some “cuddle time” atop a Plush feather top mattress pad, a snuggly feather duvet and fluffy feather pillows.  It is luscious to climb into bed and cuddle with the one you love!

If you want to feel close to Heaven on Earth, then you must experience “Fore! Play Golf” at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii

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