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If you thought ranch holidays were just concerned with saddling up, you’d be wrong. At the higher end of the scale there are a growing number of resort properties catering to everyone from the hardened equine enthusiast to the keen golfer.
In 2010, Ranch Rider extended its portfolio to include two exclusive homesteads, one of which features its own award winning course.
The 20,000-acre Rancho De Los Caballeros in Wickenburg, Arizona comes complete with its own spa and golf course. The renowned par 72, 18-hole championship layout surrounds the ranch – the course featuring in Golf Digest's list of Top 100 U.S. courses and earning the Silver Medal Award from Golf Magazine. The front nine is made up of large greens and wide landing areas, the hilly back nine presenting fresh challenges to anyone who is looking to enhance their skills. A practice facility with a scenic driving range, groomed putting greens and a short game area round off the golfing experience.
Special packages include “Divot Divas,” for women who want to work on their game and “Guys, Guns and Golf,” the themed holiday incorporating a friendly tournament. After a day on the course, guests can also indulge in spa treatments or take a walk around the “labyrinth”. Ideal for anyone looking to focus on their “golfing psyche,” the elaborate maze claims to ease anxieties and eliminate stress.
7-nights with Ranch Rider from £1,239pp including full board accommodation, most ranch activities, taxes and gratuities. Excludes transfers from £125 per group. Return flight from £529pp.
Located in northwest Patagonia at the foothills of the majestic Andes Mountain range, the luxury Tipiliuke Lodge is surrounded by more than 48,000-acres of mountains and valleys. Not only a favourite with riders, the lavish homestead is just a 20-minute drive from the Chapelco Golf Club, the 18-hole, par 72 course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus.
As part of the estancia’s centenary year celebrations, the lodge will be hosting an Open Golf Tournament on 01 May 2010. Novices and professionals are welcome to take part in the Tipiliuke Centenary Golf Cup, riding, trekking and mountain biking forming part of the three-day package.
7-nights with Ranch Rider from £1,899pp including, full board accommodation, drinks, ranch activities, use of ranch facilities, transfers and taxes. Return flight from £695pp, excluding internal flight cost to Chapelco Airport.
All prices are based on two sharing and are subject to availability. For more information and bookings, visit: ranchrider.com