Mid-Round Meals

Jan18

Yes, stop and smell the tacos … or taste the tequila … or both. On-the-course eateries are raising the bar these days. At Whistling Rock Country Club in South Korea, a tea house finishes each of the three nines. Quivira Los Cabos offers several “comfort stations” that feature full bars and hot, freshly made local specialties. Medinah Country Club has a roving food truck (purchased from the Texas Rangers) and at Cowboys Golf Club in Dallas food and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the green fee.

Shed Some Light

Jan18

Speaking of views, the awe-inspiring Quivira Los Cabos boasts two lighthouses (one at 700 feet above sea level and the second high atop the 14th hole), while Bayonne Golf Club’s lighthouse is an architectural feature of its stunning clubhouse…with downtown Manhattan views that will distract and inspire.

On The Waterfront

Jan11

Hole locations with views and … water, water, water. We’ve got ’em everywhere — from the spectacular 17th at the acclaimed new Danzante Bay Golf Club (Baja California), to the fabulous 12th hole at Manele (Lanai, Hawaii). Be on the lookout for a renovated Great Waters course (coming in Fall 2019 to Reynolds Lake Oconee, Georgia) and the debut of Hogs Head in Waterville, Ireland, this spring.

Welcome 2018…

Jan04

Now that it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions, we have one for you: Depend on HPR and our clients to fit into your assignments and themes in the coming months. We have the client roster and creative ideas to fit your needs. Need more ideas? Check out our Hunter News.

2018 buzz words:  Experiential. Personalized. Custom.

Food For Thought?

Jan04

HPR’s clients offer an incredible range of culinary options—from burgers and cotton candy to 15-course dinners. We cover the whole table…the soon-to-be-famous Crush Burger at Arcis golf courses across the country, Mission Inn’s all-you-can-inhale seafood buffet every Friday night in their golf clubhouse, the cotton candy finale in the Linger Longer Steakhouse at Reynolds Lake Oconee, and, not to be outdone, the 15-course dinner in Nobu at the Four Seasons Lanai. If we’re making you hungry, we can sate that appetite.

Practice Makes Perfect

Jan04

We’ll get you on the right track with newly unveiled short courses and practice areas that hone skills and make practice fun. Check out the “Quick Six” at the Preserve Course, Reynolds Lake Oconee; The Ridge 9 at Hunt Valley CC in Maryland; the Putting Park at Boot Ranch near Fredericksburg, Texas; the 12-hole course and Jim McLean Golf School at Red Ledges in Utah; and the indoor simulators at Golf & Body NYC.

Star Gazing

Jan04

Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii and The Towers at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica in Los Cabos, Mexico, offer star-gazing packages. In fact, the Los Cabos package includes a personal astronomer. Meanwhile, we’ll be on hand for another type of star-gazing at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, keeping tabs on celebrities like Mark Wahlberg, Carson Daly, Josh Duhamel, Chris O’Donnell and Kelly Rohrbach. (We’ll keep a lookout for “Dirty Harry,” too.)

RTJII / Eagle Point Course of Year

Dec13

For years, Bob Hyer was an avid golfer always on the lookout to play a course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

In 2013 Hyer heard about an RTJII course in Eagle Point, Ore. – which Jones designed, built and owned when it opened in 1996. Hyer not only played it, he bought the place.

“There was always something about his courses that felt like a special experience,” said Hyer, a successful financial planner from Vancouver, Wash., and now owner of The Resort at Eagle Point, which he operates with wife Chana, along with Patrick Oropallo, who doubles as head golf pro and general manager, and long-time superintendent Dave Stevens, who worked for Jones building on the course and never left.

The “mom and pop” operation obviously has been doing the right things, with The Resort at Eagle Point being named West Region Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association.

“The award is very humbling,” said Hyer, who has kept a tight 2-handicap into his 60s. “We are just a little boutique destination in a special place that people from all over the country will want to come.”

The Hyers not only restored the luster to the golf course, they saved Eagle Point before a local bank could close it down. Jones, who was Eagle Point’s original owner, was so thankful that his “orphan course” was rescued, he volunteered to help Hyer – who had zero experience in the golf business – any way he could.

“Bob Hyer is someone who loves the game, and that makes all the difference,” Jones said. “He bought the course because of his love for the game. Success like this, as well as earning recognition by golf course owners from around the county, usually happens for larger companies who control multiple golf courses. This is a marvelous accomplishment. I could not be happier for Bob.”

Jones and Hyer quickly became friends – playing golf together and rafting the nearby Rogue River, for example – and Jones has returned to Oregon to help Hyer with a benefit event for the Eagle Point high school golf program.

“I treasure his friendship,” Hyer said. “Our meeting is all very serendipitous. So many positive things have happened. Because of Bob, I have met people (in golf) that I never would have been able to meet.”

With three new chalets (12 total guestrooms) now in place, along with a new restaurant in the clubhouse, The Resort at Eagle Point now begins a new phase, which Hyer sees as attracting not only golfers, but river rafters, and serving as a retreat for tourists on their way to Crater Lake, or visiting the annual Shakespeare Festival.

“All I ever heard was, ‘Stay away from the golf business,’” Hyer said. “But here, I saw positives when everyone else saw negatives.”

As Jones puts it, “The golf course is back in the hands of a good family.”

Montgomery Country Club Debuts Exciting New Restaurant

Nov01

LAYTONSVILLE, Md. (Nov. 1, 2017) – Montgomery Country Club, located just north of the metro Washington, D.C. market, has opened a new member restaurant that builds on the history and tradition of the region. Read more…

Hunter PR Year End Memo

Jan04

Hunter PR 2017 – Here's to the New Year!