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Saturday, 18 January 2014 01:45

January 17, 2014 Beer Pick of the Week

port brewing company wipeout ipa 22oz btl Picmonkey

Wipe Out

 

Port Brewing

San Marcos, CA

Style: IPA

Alcohol: 7%

IBUs: 78

Serving Style: Bottles and kegs

(our sample from draft)

Availability: Year-around in most of California

 

Appearance:  “It's a light-colored, mild-appearing IPA.”

Aroma:  “Subtle.”

Taste:  “It's smooth. It's easy. It's not bitter, but has the IPA bite to it. You could drink several.”

Food Affinity:  “California cuisine—a chicken sandwich or with a salad.”

Colin Aiken 17 Jan 2014 Picmonkey

 

 

Reviewer Colin Akin plays keyboards with Home by Dark

 

South Course at La Costa PicmonkeyTeeing off at the South Course.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (August 19, 2013) – Golfers can get in the best shape of their lives while learning or improving their golf skills at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, which is introducing its new TOURAcademy Golf & Fitness Program.

This program combines expert golf instruction from its well-established TOURAcademy with the fitness and wellness expertise of the award-winning Premier Fitness Camp (PFC) – two of the special offerings available at Southern California’s only GOLF Magazine Gold Medal Resort. The certified instructors at the TOURAcademy will take the student’s game to the next level while PFC’s comprehensive and life-changing exercise, nutrition, and wellness program help them meet their weight-loss and fitness goals.

Designed for all golfers, beginners to low-handicappers, each day starts with high-energy workouts at PFC’s state-of-the-art Omni La Costa facility. Throughout their stay, participants enjoy healthy cuisine prepared by the resort’s culinary team.

Spa Entrance at La Costa PicmonkeySpa Entrance at La CostaThe PFC weight-loss program has helped thousands reach their fitness goals by tailoring individualized programs incorporating daily caloric needs to favorite exercises. The expert staff ensures health and wellness success by teaching proper nutrition, exercise, motivation, and personal accountability. And the proprietary program continues at home, with on-line assistance for staying on track to reach long-term results.

In the afternoon, guests move to Omni La Costa’s championship golf courses to work with top golf professionals on a custom-designed course of instruction. The TOURAcademy mixes expert personalized instruction with state-of-the-art technology to help every golfer identify his or her strengths and improvement areas, learn ball-flight laws, correct mechanics, and ensure proper club fitting. From start to finish, the name of the game is game improvement.

 

 

Along with everything mentioned The TOURAcademy Golf & Fitness Program includes:

Spacious room at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Gourmet healthy meals and snacks (3 meals and 2 snacks per day of stay) curriculum

Complete baseline health and fitness evaluation with blood work and Polar Heart Rate Monitor

Half-day fitness training and education classes

The Real Life Transformation 12-week at-home coaching program complete with book, meal and fitness plans

All golf instruction

18 holes of golf at one of Omni La Costa’s legendary championship golf courses, Champions or Legends

Single occupancy rate is $4,945 per week; double occupancy is $3,945 per person, per week.

Omni La Costa is about to complete a second major renovation project on its award-winning courses, completing a long-range golf-renewal project at the iconic championship venue. Under the direction of Pascuzzo & Pate Golf Design – which remodeled La Costa’s Champions Course in 2011 – the renovated Legends Course is to reopen in late 2013.

More information about the TOUR Academy Golf & Fitness Program can be found at www.premierfitnesscamp.com.

La Costa Champions Hole 18 Picmonkey18th Hole at La Costa Champions CourseLa Costa Resort and Spa, one of golf’s iconic venues, is hosting the 102nd California Amateur Championship in 2014, the first time the prestigious event has been held at the legendary San Diego County destination. Next year’s tournament is scheduled for June 16-21.

Recently undertaking a second major renovation project on its award-winning courses, La Costa will next summer see its two new courses – the Champions Course and the Legends Course – tested together by a field of competitors that will certainly include some of the future stars of the game.

“We’re thrilled to bring such a prestigious championship to La Costa,” said California Golf Association President Chris Clark. “When you combine La Costa’s history of hosting prestigious tournaments with its new renovations, we’re confident this will be a terrific championship. Players from all over the state should be excited to be a part of this historic event.”

Virtually every generation of California golfing greats has taken a swing through the “State Am,” from Gene Littler and Ken Venturi to Johnny Miller and Bobby Clampett, to John Cook and Mark O’Meara to Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Past champions include Littler, the San Diego legend (in 1953 over Venturi), Clampett (1978, 1980), O’Meara (1979) and Duffy Waldorf (1984).

“It’s an honor for La Costa to be chosen to host the California Amateur,” said Paul McCormick, vice president and general manager at La Costa Resort and Spa. “La Costa has been synonymous with the top echelon of golf for more than 40 years, having hosted 37 PGA Tour and LPGA events. Now we are adding one of the game’s most distinguished amateur championships to the next era of our golf legacy.”

That next era includes the much-anticipated completion of renovations to all 36 holes at La Costa. Under the direction of Pascuzzo & Pate Golf Design – which remodeled the Champions Course in 2011 – the new Legends Course is to reopen in late 2013.

“It will be interesting to see how these top amateurs handle the two new golf courses and the different challenges they will present,” said Damian Pascuzzo, whose design partner, Steve Pate, is a former contestant in the California Amateur. “La Costa is an ideal place for an event like this, with its long history and tradition.”

This will be just the fourth time in the 103-year history of the California Amateur that the event will be contested in Southern California.

La Costa’s first 18 holes opened in 1965, with nine holes added in 1973 and the final nine holes in 1984. Since opening in the coastal foothills north of San Diego, La Costa Resort and Spa has had a distinguished relationship with the greatest players in golf, dating back to the Tournament Of Champions in 1969. La Costa’s list of winners includes legends from various eras, starting with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to Woods and Mickelson. La Costa hosted the Match Play Championships for seven years until 2006 and in 2010 and 2012 was home to the Kia Classic on the LPGA Tour.

One of the nation’s oldest state amateur golf championships, originating in 1912 at Monterey’s Del Monte Golf Course, the State Amateur was held at Pebble Beach Golf Links from 1919 through 2006. The event began rotating in 2007 to selected courses throughout the state, alternating years in Southern California and Northern California. It was first played in Southern California in 2008. This year the tournament is at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach, June 17-22.

The tournament consists of 156 players who play 36-holes of stroke play before determining the 32-player match play field. The final match is played over 36 holes.

For more information on La Costa Resort and Spa visit www.lacosta.com.

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