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Things to Do This 4th of July Weekend in Colorado Springs

4th of July 2010 at Garden of the Gods Club

From last year's 4th of July celebration here at GGC

From mystery to history, great meals to automobiles, and nearly everything in between, you’re sure to find something happening in Colorado Springs this weekend that will  delight you and your family.  4th of July, which is this Monday, is a particularly special holday to Colorado Springs, a community known for inspiring Katharine Lee Bates’ classic patriotic song, “America the Beautiful.”  How fitting that one of this weekend’s most fun events will be at Colorado Springs’ own America the Beautiful Park.  As you review our weekend event highlights below, please join us in pausing for a moment to honor the great country that we’re fortunate enough to call home.

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!

Weekend highlights in the Colorado Springs area:

  • “Pain of Glass” Dinner Theater – Friday, 6 pm to 8 pm, Cave of the Winds.  Some 130 years after it was opened to the public, mystery and intrigue can still be found at the Cave of the Winds. Audiences will travel back in time to mingle with characters from the cave’s past and help search for clues to solve the all-new “Pain of Glass,” an old-fashioned whodunit with a shattering ending. NOTE: Tickets for this special dinner theater production ($49.95 for adults, $39.95 for children, $11.95 for 5 and under) are limited, must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance and are available ONLY online at www.caveofthewinds.com.
  • First Saturdays Car Show — Saturday, 8-10 am, First & Main Town Center (Powers/S. Carefree).  This car show, located in First & Main Town Center’s Dick’s west parking lot, features vehicles from local clubs, dealers and individual owners. Whole Foods will be onsite selling their fantastic coffee and breakfast goodies to get your motor running! Start your engines, and your summer off right, by seeing a unique assortment of vehicles while enjoying a cup of coffee from Whole Foods at the car show. If you and your family enjoy gorgeous, classic, fast, and unique cars, you’ll be happy to learn that admission is free. For more info, please visit www.firstandmaintowncenter.com
  • Pikes Peak Arts Fest — Saturday 10-7, Sunday 10-6, Monday 10-6, America the Beautiful Park.  Beer and wine gardens, food (BBQ, Mexican classics, cinnamon roasted almonds and pecans, ice cream, homemade root beer, kettle corn, and more), live music, fine visual arts and crafts, booths, rides, a four-story fountain…  FREE admission…  Need we say more?  Don’t miss this fun tradition in Colorado Springs.  For more information, check out www.pikespeakartsfest.com.
  • Pre-Independence Day Celebration – Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm, Cheyenne Mountain State Park.   Celebrate Independence Day on July 3 at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Educational and fun ongoing activities and programs will begin at 10 a.m.  Starting at 7 pm, visit the amphitheater for a sing-along and patriotic trivia, followed by viewing of Fort Carson fireworks at 9:30 pm.  For program reservations and information, please call (719) 576-2016.
  • Family Fourth – Monday, 10 am to 5 pm, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.  Visitors have an opportunity to walk through the reenactment of a revolutionary war camp, hear General William Jackson Palmer read the Declaration of Independence, talk to Katherine Lee Bates as she discusses her inspiration for “America the Beautiful,” or visit a Civil War encampment and a Buffalo Soldier bivouac. Carnival games will be available in the barn with prizes! (Tickets will be available for a nominal fee.) Buy a hot dog, taste homemade ice cream, and enjoy it on the Orchard House lawn while listening to patriotic music performed by the Fountain Creek Brass Band!  Tickets: Adults $, seniors (55+) $4, students (ages 13-18) $4, youth (ages 6-12) $2, children under 6 free. (719) 578-6777 www.rockledgeranch.com
  • Independence Day Celebration — Monday, all day, Garden of the Gods Club.  Members of Garden of the Gods Club are encouraged to join us on Monday for a full day of July 4th festivities, starting with a patriotic golf tournament, tennis mixed doubles social, and Recreation Center games, contests, and swimming.  We’ll serve lunch and dinner buffets at the Recreation Center, with live music during dinner, as well as a special prix fixe (fixed price) dinner menu at Kissing Camels Grille.  Then we’ll cap off the day with a fireworks display over the driving range (weather permitting).  To learn more about membership in Garden of the Gods Club, please contact Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com.  Guests of our Lodge may also join the festivities; to book a guest room, please call our front desk at 719.632.5541.

Wishing you a safe and memorable weekend!

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2011 Marked the 50th Annual Smoochers Tournament

Last week (June 20-22),we hosted the 50th annual Smoochers tournament.  The Smoochers, which had an invitational format this year, is Garden of the Gods Club’s premier Ladies’ Member/guest tournament. During the event, participants are treated to three rounds of golf at our own Kissing Camels Golf Course, a golf derby, daily breakfasts, dinner, and a cocktail party sponsored by Garden of the Gods Club. Each of the two rounds has a designated tournament color, which the participants are encouraged to wear for that day.  These traditional colors, yellow and orange, symbolize the colors of the wildflowers that grew on the mesa when the course first opened. Lyda Hill answered numerous trivia questions throughout the tournament, addressing the ‘Smoochers’ name, explaining what the colors signify, and sharing other intriguing facts.

2011 Smoochers Tee Gifts

2011 Smoochers Tee Gifts

The day of the practice round, temperatures only reached the 50s, but all participants still stopped by to register and receive their tee gifts. Thankfully, the sun came out the following day, and we kicked off the tournament with temperatures in the mid-80s and clear blue skies.

After completing round one, 30 teams returned to the course to compete in a golf derby. Teams were divided into three groups according to their handicaps. On each of the first two holes, three teams were eliminated, and then two more teams were eliminated on the following hole, leaving just two teams competing for 1st and 2nd place.

When round two was finished, all participants crossed the street to Garden of the Gods Club, where they enjoyed a spectacular lunch and awards presentation. The golf staff and tournament participants honored Lyda with a hand-painted glass set decorated with the Smoochers logo. Finally, during a slideshow presentation that compiled the last 50 years of Smoocher tradition and featured pictures, songs, and memories, this year’s winners were announced.

We are honored to have hosted yet another successful Smoochers event, and we look forward to many more!  If this sounds like an event in which you’d like to play, keep an eye out for details about the 2012 event, which will be shared here on the blog as well as through Member email communications.  If you any questions,  I would love to hear from you at cproehl@ggclub.com.


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2011 U.S. Women’s Open Is Right Around the Corner

There is ALWAYS something to do in Colorado Springs, and next week is no exception.  The 2011 U.S. Women’s Open is coming to The Broadmoor July 4-10, 2011. You will be able to see 156 of the best amateur and professional female golfers from around the world compete on the Broadmoor East Course for the title of U.S. Women’s Open Champion.  More than 125,000 spectators are expected throughout the week.  Plus, NBC Sports and ESPN will provide national television coverage, while international outlets will broadcast the Women’s Open to more than 50 countries.

  • Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam is the honorary chair for the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open.
  • Top players including Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen, Karrie Webb, Stacy Lewis, Sandra Gal, Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie, and defending champion Paula Creamer will compete for the title.
  • Kids 17 & under will be admitted free with a ticketed adult.  Tickets start at only $20.
  • More than 3,000 volunteers will be involved in 30 different committees.
Kissing Camels Golf Course

We hope that you’ll be able to make the trip to spend the day or even a few days in Colorado Springs next week and be a part of history.  I’d also like to mention that we still have a few rooms available at our Lodge.  For rates and information about the different packages that we offer, please visit our website, LodgeatGGClub.com. You’ll probably feel inspired after watching the ladies play, so we recommend taking advantage of our golf package, which will allow you to play our 27-hole  Kissing Camels Golf Course.  It’s a popular option this time of year!

In addition to enjoying amazing mountain views, anyone who books a Lodge room at the Club will have access to our free shuttle service to/from the U.S. Women’s Open. Our shuttle will transport our Members and guests from Garden of the Gods Club to the U.S. Women’s Open and back throughout the day (7:30 am to 7:30 pm) starting on Thursday, July 7th, and ending on Sunday, July 10th. So just leave everything to us, and we will take very good care of you!

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A Glimpse at Our Recent Lodge Room Enhancements

View from GGC Lodge guest room patio

View from guest room balcony

If you’ve ever stayed at our Lodge, you know just how spacious and comfortable our guest rooms are, with magnificent views to boot.  Even so, over the past few months, our designer and engineering team have been busy adding the following luxurious new touches:
  • New 42″ flat-screen televisions — With such incredible views from our guest rooms, most of our guests don’t even turn on the tv, but our new 42″ flat-screen televisions provide them with the option to catch up on the news in style.
  • New clock radios with smartphone docking – For those wanting to set the mood with their own romantic playlist, our new clock radios have smartphone docking built-in.
  • New mattresses and bedding — After days filled with hiking, biking, sightseeing, and more, guests of our Lodge deserve restful nights.  When combined with our quiet location in a residential neighborhood, our comfortable new mattresses and bedding – including soft, 100% Egyptian cotton sheets — keep the sheep at bay and ensure that our guests get all of the zzzzs they can squeeze into their schedules.
Flat-screen televisions at the Lodge at Garden of the Gods Club

New 42" flat-screen televisions

Guests of our Lodge have complete access to all of our private club’s amenities, including the 27-hole golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, dining, and fabulous social events.  This weekend, in celebration of 4th of July, we’ll be hosting a golf tournament, tennis mixed doubles social, all-American games and contests at our Recreation Center throughout the day, lunch and dinner buffets at the Rec Center, patriotic live music, and — perhaps most exciting of all — our very own fireworks display over the driving range!  A special prix fixe (fixed price) dinner menu will also be available at Kissing Camels Grille.  If this sounds like a fun way to spend your Independence Day weekend, we encourage you to make a reservation at www.lodgeatggclub.com or by calling our front desk at 800.923.8838.  Act quickly, as we have just a small number of rooms still available.  We hope to see you soon!

GGC Lodge guest room

New bedding in Lodge guest rooms

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Meet Sherry, Yoga and Aqua Therapy Instructor

Sherry, Fitness Intructor at Garden of the Gods Club

Sherry, Fitness Intructor at GGC

In the spirit of fitness Friday, we’d like to introduce you to one of our new group fitness instructors, Sherry.  Sherry hails from Victoria, Texas, on the Gulf Coast of south Texas.  She came to Colorado to complete college work and to live out her love of teaching wellness.  Sherry is certified by the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA), the Arthritis Foundation, and YogaFit.

Over the past nine years, Sherry has taught at Victoria’s two hospital fitness facilities and says that she expects all of her students to improve, become stronger, and become healthier.  “The water has amazing qualities,” Sherry explained.  “Water is tactile; it touches you.  This is a very positive element, like the hugging and holding that all of us need. The breathtaking views from [Garden of the Gods Club's] spa pool and nearby lawn, where I teach my classes, make exercising something to smile about, not just endure.”

Sunrise Stretch Yoga at Garden of the Gods Club

Sherry in a yoga pose

Sherry and her husband have a small vineyard in Texas that produces award-winning wines.  Each year, the couple gives their wine a new label and name based on something memorable that has happeneed durign the year.  “We’re open to suggestions for this year’s name,” Sherry said, “since I’ve spent an amazing year in Colorado working for Garden of the Gods Club.”

If you’re a Member of Garden of the Gods Club, we invite you to join Sherry at the spa pool for her Healing Waters class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.  She also teaches Sunrise Stretch Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 am to 8:30 am on the grassy area just south of the spa pool.  “You’ll feel better,” she promises.  She’s sure of it!

To access the group fitness schedule for Garden of the Gods Club, please log on to our Members Only website.  For information on our affordable sports memberships at Garden of the Gods Club, contact Tracey (membership director) at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com.  We hope to see you soon!

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