Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa Open 2012 Golf Season with Incredible Golf, Ultimate Getaways and Unique Resort Experiences

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Eagle Ridge award-winning golf courses open earlier than usual with multi-million dollar renovations showcasing the event.

With Mother Nature showing some extra kindness to the Midwest this year, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa has opened its golf season over a month earlier than usual with all four championship golf courses open for business and proudly showcasing their multi-million dollar renovations. Seeing is truly believing.

“It’s almost as if we had planned to open the courses earlier than normal fresh off our “million dollar renovation” in the off season,” said Michael Stewart, Golf Operations Manager for the resort’s 63-holes of golf. “We are anxious for our guests and members to come out and” take us for a test drive” on any one of our award winning golf courses. They are all absolutely pristine and stunning in every sense of the word. This early in the season the golf courses are in mid-summer condition and actually look like our Golf Maintenance staff hand- painted these courses!”

Under the direction of the resort’s Golf Maintenance team the resort’s golf courses underwent a restoration project in the fall of 2011 with the assistance of Oliphant, an industry leading golf course development, construction, and management company. The reconstruction included the rebuilding of over 100 bunkers throughout all four golf courses, improved drainage by reshaping several creeks, removal of select trees to improve play, restoration of tee boxes, and several bridge repairs. One of the more impressive, final results of the redesign and reconstruction was the ability to bring back the bunkers to their original USGA quality.

And even though the resort is best known for its award-winning golf courses, the unique 6,800 acre property features a wide range of spa, family and romantic getaway options that sports activities that covers everyone’s agenda and a much more complete resort experience. Again, seeing, is believing.

Eagle Ridge even goes as far as to take the guess work out of a guest’s planning with value added packages designed to make their getaway plans effortless and painless from the start. And, the resort is even pet friendly! For special surprise promotions and value added components, the resort also offers special rates and packages all year round on the “Spotlight Special” page on their website at EagleRidge.com.

An Eagle Ridge getaway is just a phone call away with some of the resort’s most popular packages and more right at the customer’s fingertips:

•The Eagle Package - One of the resort's most popular packages and the ultimate experience for the serious golf enthusiast (available Sunday through Thursday), this weekday package gives the avid golfer a more personalized experience in a less competitive time frame. If you love golf, the Eagle Golf Package is a great way to get the perfect all-around golf and lodging experience.

oThe package includes accommodations for two days, one night in an Inn room; two rounds of golf (18-holes, with golf cart included) on any of the four courses; a $25 rate per round of golf on the East Course (9-holes); complimentary range balls; a hearty breakfast buffet at the Woodlands Restaurant; and a 10% discount on any spa service at Stonedrift Spa. Additional golf rounds may also be booked on the day of play with this package. Value season rates start at $149 per person and can be booked by calling 800-892-2269.

•The Eagle Ridge Getaway – The resort's signature getaway package and the perfect escape for couples needing time away together—or even for a girlfriends retreat, golf outing or family vacation. The Eagle Ridge Getaway package will help you relax and melt your worries away with deluxe accommodations, endless recreation activities, exceptional dining and incredible golf.

oThe package includes accommodations for two nights; $25 Eagle Ridge Dollars to be used anywhere at the resort for dining, spa, golf, merchandise and more; a large family size pizza and soft drink form Paisanos, the resort’s Italian-style pizzeria, or a bottle of Eagle Ridge private label wine; a 10% discount on any spa service at Stonedrift Spa; and preferred rates on golf tee times booked in advance. Value season rates start at $269 per unit and can be booked by calling 800-892-2269.

•The Family Time Package - Gather the entire family together for this getaway. With the Family Time Package receive your choice of accommodations in one of the resort's Inn rooms, villas or spacious distinctive homes. Whether your family is small or large the variety of accommodations will suit your needs. During the summer your family will also enjoy the wide array of family-friendly activities including boating, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, hot air balloon rides and much, much more! Bring the whole family (even the dog!) and a camera for the kind of fun you won't find anywhere else.

oThis package includes accommodations for three nights; $70 Eagle Ridge Dollars to be used anywhere at the resort for dining, spa, golf, merchandise and more; a large family size pizza and soft drink form Paisanos, the resort’s Italian-style pizzeria; a 10% discount on any spa service at Stonedrift Spa; and preferred rates on golf tee times booked in advance. Book a one hour pontoon boat rental on this package and get the second hour half off. Value season rates start at $409 per unit and can be booked by calling 800-892-2269.

•The Spa Getaway – This package provides a quick break with all the therapeutic benefits of a long vacation. So if you’re looking for a quick getaway with your girlfriends to catch up on each other's lives, a romantic interlude to share a great meal or two together or just to spend some concentrated time for some rest and relaxation, this package is the perfect one night stay.

oThe package includes overnight accommodations; choice of any 50 minute signature spa treatment at Stonedrift Spa; a 10% off any additional spa service; one hearty breakfast buffet in the Woodlands Restaurant; and preferred rates on golf tee times booked in advance. Value season rates start at $179 per person and can be booked by calling 800-892-2269.

About Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is located 150 miles west of Chicago in the heart of The Galena Territory, a 6,800 acre recreational, residential and resort community nestled amid the rolling hills of northwestern Galena, Illinois. Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is a full-spectrum resort and showcases superior golf with 63 holes on four acclaimed courses which include the North Course; the South Course; the East Course (9-holes); and the resort’s crowning achievement, The General, with over 250 feet of elevation changes throughout the 18 holes.

Lodging accommodations at Eagle Ridge are delightfully unique with 80 quaint Inn rooms and over 250 villas and distinctive homes to choose from throughout the property. For the resort’s corporate clients Eagle Ridge boasts 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, in addition to beautiful conference homes for small, elegant meetings. The entire facility is also the perfect venue for banquets, weddings and theme parties. Eagle Ridge offers three distinctive restaurants that include award-winning Woodlands Restaurant, along with Spikes Bar & Grill and Paisanos Italian Deli. Other amenities include the tranquil Stonedrift Spa, providing ten treatment rooms for a complete sensory experience, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a beautiful indoor/outdoor pool, sauna and steam room.

The resort lays claim to numerous industry awards and recognition, such as:

•In 2012, Golf Digest awarded The General their “Architecture Award” in recognition of outstanding design. The course was named No. 24 among golf courses in the state of Illinois 2011/2012 by the editors of Golf Digest Magazine and its national panel of course raters.

•Successful Meetings - Honored Eagle Ridge with the “Pinnacle Award” as voted by readers in the Hotels & Resorts category for 2011. The resort also won the award in 2008 and 2009.

•Golfweek - The General was named as one of the best resort courses in their annual "Best Resort Courses" listing for 2012. The resort laid claim to the ranking in both 2009 and 2010. In 2009, the same magazine named The General second in the state of Illinois for Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play listing.

•Meetings MidAmerica - Eagle Ridge was honored with the "Best of Mid-America" award for outstanding corporate meeting space as voted by readers in 2011. The resort was given the honor in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

•In 2010, Golf Magazine listed The General as the #4 “Best in Illinois” course to play alongside the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” ranking. In 2000, 2008 and 2010, The General was listed as one of the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" in the magazine's ranking

•In 2009, Golf Digest named The General one of the best golf courses in the state of Illinois for The World’s Greatest Golf rankings, 2009-2010. The General was named #24 in the state of Illinois. The rankings were put out as a supplement to the May 2009 issue of Golf Digest.

•In 2009, Zagat ranked Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa’s The General, North and South courses in the 2009 America’s Top Golf Courses, sixth edition as ranked and reviewed by players.

The property is the perfect backdrop to an incredible selection of outdoor activities including miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as tennis, hot air balloon rides, boating and fishing on the picturesque 225-acre Lake Galena. For reservations or additional information, call (800) 892-2269 or visit http://www.eagleridge.com.

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