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5th Annual Halloween Broomstick Sale Today in the Golf Shop

Halloween at Kissing Camels Golf Shop

Halloween decor at the KC Golf Shop

Happy Halloween from Kissing Camels Golf Shop here at Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs. It’s that time of year again when witches are out, jack-o-lanterns are glowing, and ghosts are making the rounds. Here in the Golf Shop, the scene is no different. The shop is decorated for Halloween, but more importantly, the 5th annual Broomstick Sale is here!

Today (Wednesday, October 31, 2012) from 9 am to 5 pm, stop by the Golf Shop for treats and tricks, as well as some “killer” deals.  This sale is so great that the witch BROKE her broom getting ready for the big day! Shopping in your costume is strongly encouraged.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping by scoring some excellent prices on unique items.  In addition to golf clothing and equipment, we carry fashionable jewelry and accessories, home decor items, and more.

If you are not a Garden of the Gods Club Member or a Kissing Camels resident, let the security guards know that you’re headed to the Golf Shop, and we’ll get you through the gates.  If you have any other questions about today’s sale, please call us at 719.636.2520.  Hurry in before everything gets picked to the bone!

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Why to Join Garden of the Gods Club During the Winter

The winter season is a special time here at Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs. As fall gives way to wintry days, Garden of the Gods Club Members can look forward to a buzzing social calendar, opportunities to stay fit and healthy, sunny and crisp days on the golf course, and much more. Keep reading to get an idea of how Garden of the Gods Club Members enjoy the winter season here at the Club–and learn why now is a great time to join!

Winter at GGC is brimming with holiday excitement and more.

Wintertime at Garden of the Gods Club is picturesque and festive.

Lively Holiday Events Make Family Memories

Garden of the Gods Club’s full holiday events calendar is full of opportunities to build memories with family and friends. “Garden of the Gods Club Members look forward to continuing family traditions and making memories at holiday events like a Charles Dickens candlelight dinner, gingerbread house decorating, and more,” Tracey Kalata, director of membership, said.

As the year winds down, Garden of the Gods Club Members and their friends and families enjoy events like our elaborate Thanksgiving Day buffet, family holiday brunch, Teddy Bear Tea, a gourmet Christmas Eve dinner, and more. “Each year, the family holiday buffet is very well attended,” Kim Medeiros, dining room manager, said. “Every year, the children look forward to seeing Santa, and it’s always fun to see how much they’ve grown since the previous year,” she continued. “The Charles Dickens candlelight dinner is also a very special event,” Kim explained.  “Members enjoy the spirit of the season with a candlelit dinner, carolers, and elaborate decorations around the Club. It’s a fun time.” We invite you to take a peek into some fun moments from Garden of the Gods Club’s holiday events by looking through the photo album below.  Click on each thumbnail to view the photo at a larger size.

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The Sports Club & Spa Enhance Well-Being

The Sports Club at GGC helps Members stay fit and energized.

The Sports Club at GGC helps Members stay fit.

In addition to enjoying a full social calendar, Sports Members also stay energized during the busy holiday season. A variety of group fitness classes, including Nia, Zumba, cycling, and yoga, help keep fitness fresh, even during the cold winter months. For those who prefer working out solo, our Sports Club also features a row of cardio machines that overlook the gorgeous red rocks of Garden of the Gods Park.

“Staying healthy and balanced throughout the holiday season can be a challenge,” Lauralee Beerman, sports club manager, said. “The support of personal training or group fitness classes during this time goes a long way.” Taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to work out will help you tackle long holiday to-do lists and social gatherings with more energy and peace of mind. In addition, for those who enjoy tennis, our climate-controlled tennis palladium with two indoor courts provides the opportunity to enjoy the game throughout the cold winter months.

Members can also find peace of mind during the busy holiday season at our Spa & Salon. In addition to an outdoor heated pool, spa goers can enjoy massage therapy, a variety of body treatments, nail and hair care, and incredible amenities, including men’s and women’s steam rooms and a coed hot tub.

Golfers Enjoy the Game During the “Off-Season”

GGC's 27-hole golf course is open year-round.

GGC’s 27-hole golf course is open year-round.

Garden of the Gods Club Members also have the opportunity to take advantage of milder winter days out on the golf course. Golfers can keep their games sharp during Colorado’s “off-season,” as our 27-hole golf course is open year-round. When they’re not outside enjoying the course, Golf Members have access to a wide variety of social/dining events, as well as the Sports Club and Spa.

If you are interested in becoming a Golf Member at Garden of the Gods Club, we invite you take advantage of this year’s winter golf membership program. Those who become Golf Members between now and May 1, 2013, will have the opportunity to save 50% on the initiation fee while enjoying a special payment plan. With this payment plan, half of the 50% discounted initiation fee would be due within 60 days, and the remaining balance would be due on or before May 1, 2013. As an added bonus, new Golf Members will enjoy reduced monthly dues of just $180 per month until May 1, 2013.

Winter at Garden of the Gods Club is a fun time filled with activity and plenty of opportunities to create memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. If you are interested in learning more about your place in the Garden of the Gods Club community this winter, we invite you to chat with Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com.

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Three Effortless Autumn Beauty Trends

This fall, looking great is all about letting your natural beauty shine through. As the days grow crisper, you will enjoy trends that involve relaxed style and naturally flawless makeup. Let autumn’s radiant beauty inspire you to experiment with your own look. Here are three trends to make your own this season.

This fall, brighten your look with warm highlights. Photo courtesy of www.makeupandbeautyblog.com

Brighten your fall look with warm highlights.
Photo courtesy of makeupandbeautyblog.com

1. Try a new ‘do. Consider using the transition to winter as a time of exploration for your hair. To match the rich colors of fall, add some warm honey or red highlights. This will brighten your face and refresh your look for fall. These colors also transition well into winter, a time when warm hair colors stand out against winter’s dull tones.

In her article for Elle Magazine, “Fall 2012 Hair Trends,” Tabatha Coffey recommends mixing it up with hair ornaments, buns that rest at the top the head, and creative braids and twists. This fall, experiment with your hair. You just may find a new look that you love!

Let your natural beauty shine through with minimal makeup.

Let your natural beauty shine through with minimal makeup.
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2. Embrace a natural look. If you don’t like to spend a lot of time primping in the morning, you will love this trend! The “in” look this fall is the “natural makeup” look. A self.com article explains that this look is all about enhancing your natural beauty. Rosy cheeks and a healthy glow will make you look as though you came in from the cold, without actually having to do so. This article also recommends taking it up a notch with shades like dusty rose eye shadow and pinkish-bronze blush and lipstick.

Relax your fall wardrobe with earthy layers and fashionable boots.

Relax your fall wardrobe with earthy layers and fashionable boots.
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3. Opt for relaxed style. If you’re looking to catch a breath of fresh air before the holiday season sets in, this fashion trend for fall will help you do just that. In her article “Naturally Gorgeous: 5 Great Looks for Fall,” Melanie Rud explains that effortless style is popular this fall. Rud recommends fashions such as soft, ruffled blouses and fall boots. Rud also recommends adding warmth without sacrificing style by carefully layering pieces like scarves and jackets. Pieces with rich jewel tones or earthy hues will complement fall well.

Enjoy this lovely fall season by experimenting with your look. Let your unique beauty take center stage as your embrace a polished-yet-natural look this season. If you need further inspiration, or would like a beauty consultation, we encourage you to pay a visit to our Spa & Salon. You can learn more or schedule a visit by contacting 719.520.4988 or ggcspa@ggclub.com.

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs This Weekend: Oct. 26-28, 2012

Happy weekend–well, almost!  Get a jump on your planning by checking out the Colorado Springs events and activities we’ve hand-picked for you below.  If you’re a Member of Garden of the Gods Club or will be staying overnight in our Lodge, remember also that we have a great Happy Hour in the Lounge from 4-6:30 pm on Fridays, fresh seafood menu additions in our dining room from 6-9 pm on Fridays, and a prime rib special in our dining room from 6-9 pm on Saturdays.  For reservations, call 719.329.6901.

Emma Crawford's Wake

Image courtesy of Miramont Castle

    • Emma Crawford’s Wake — Friday, 6-7:45 pm, Miramont Castle.  From Miramont’s website:  “… In 1889 Emma came to Manitou in search of her health. She was accompanied by her mother and her fiancé, Mr. William Hildebrand. It was the young couples greatest desire that Emma, who suffered from consumption, would benefit from Manitou’s healing waters and crisp mountain air. She partook of them both abundantly and freely on her many walks in the area.  Emma rallied and was busily preparing for her wedding. Life was a blessing indeed. But fate held a different card and the Reaper was not to leave with empty hands. Emma succumbed… Father Jean Baptist Francolon and his mother Marie have graciously offered to open their magnificent home, Miramont, for Emma´s wake. Many of her friends that she had met on her travels seeking better health are making plans to attend. Some of the more notable are Dr. and Mrs. William Bell, Dr. and Mrs. Isaac Davis, and, of course, Father Francolon and his mother, Madam Marie Francolon. The cost of admission [$40 adult, $30 child 12 or under] will grant you entrance into Miramont, viewing of Emma laid out in the parlour in pure Victorian splendor, and a Victorian Wake, resplendent with a generous Victorian buffet dinner and beverages in the Great Hall. Since this is sure to be one of the year’s most talked about events, make your credit card reservations early. Space is limited.”
    • The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity — Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 pm & 7:30 pm, Sunday, 4 pm, Theatreworks’ Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater.  From Theatreworks’ website:  “Showboating, powerbombs, and drop kicks light up this media spectacle, both a pro wrestling match and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Really! This main event is unprecedented in theatre history, thrilling from first slam to final fall! Production sponsored by Nosh and Anheuser-Busch.”  Tickets $35.
    • Haunted Mines — Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm, Western Museum of Mining & Industry.  This thrilling and exciting annual event is unlike any other and is designed for adults of all ages and their older children (ages 13 & up). The all-volunteer charitable organization, which raises money for the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, uses historical-based scenes and situations from the American West and America’s mining legacy as the backdrop but with a new twist every year to keep visitors screaming! Tickets start at $20 each.
    • Parts of a Coin — Saturday, 10:30 am to 12 pm (ages 4-7), 1:30 pm to 3 pm (ages 8-12), American Numismatic Association Money Museum (downtown Colorado Springs).  Sign your children (ages 4-12) up for a free class in which they’ll learn about the anatomy and why each part of a coin is important.  To learn more, visit www.money.org.
Emma Crawford Coffin Race - Manitou Springs, CO

Emma Crawford Coffin Race in historic Manitou Springs (photo courtesy of colorado.com)

  • Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade — Saturday, 12 pm to 3 pm, downtown historic Manitou Springs.  Arguably one of the most quirky and unusual events of the year in the Colorado Springs area, the Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade offers spooky  fun for the whole family.  Watch the Parade of Coffins, followed by the coffins and Emmas racing up Manitou Avenue in historic downtown Manitou Springs.  Immediately following the coffin races, stay in town for the Emma Crawford Estate Sidewalk Sale with participating businesses in the Manitou Springs Historic District.
  • Philharmonic Pops:  Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales — Saturday, 8 pm, Pikes Peak Center.  Enjoy music from Tim Burton’s greatest films (and other creepy fun), including Edward ScissorhandsSleepy HollowPlanet of the Apes, and Batman.  Tickets $19-$59.

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4 Tips for Playing Golf During Autumn and Winter in Colorado

Fall colors at Kissing Camels Golf Course

Fall colors at Kissing Camels Golf Course

Summer has passed us by, and here we are again, facing the cold hard truth that winter is upon us.  As you prepare to hit the golf course on crisp autumn and winter days, please keep the following tips and etiquette in mind:

  1. Frost can be a major concern for the golf course and can cause major damage to the grass. Please make sure that before you practice or play, you check with someone who is in contact with the golf course superintendent. 
  2. Winter brings harder ground conditions, and it can be hard to find your ball marks on the green. Do your best to find the ball mark and repair it, as this can help save the green for the following year.
  3. When you are playing during the autumn and winter, make sure to account for the additional roll that you’ll experience with all of your approach shots; this will save you from a lot of extra strokes.
  4. When you are playing with a group, make sure to discuss how you will be playing the course for the day. Generally, when you play in the off season, you will play according to “winter rules”–in other words, you will be able to roll the ball in the fairway and make sure that you get a preferred lie. This is an acceptable procedure during the winter because we are not posting scores for handicap purposes. You are not allowed to post a score for the off season because you will generally shoot lower with the additional roll that you get with your drives.

Winter will leave as soon as it came, so hang on, and play hard!  Soon it will be time for spring and a new golf season.

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