Miami’s Turnberry Isle Resort Features Golf By the Beach

Turnberry Isle's golf course has everything you need: world class shopping at Aventuro Mall, oceanfront beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway, a waterpark, and restaurants. Watch Valeria instruct Steve on how to improve his bunker shot during a golf lesson.

Released on 10/17/2016

Credits

Produce for Golf Digest by Edward Jones

Transcript

00:00
(lighthearted Latin music)
00:03
I have the best job in the world.
00:04
Every day I come out here, look at this scenery.
00:06
I get to meet people from all over the world.
00:08
I've met people from every continent.
00:10
I've been playing golf for 50 years
00:12
so this is like paradise for me.
00:14
(lighthearted Latin music)
00:31
My name is Augie Natali.
00:32
I'm the golf starter and outside operations manager
00:34
at the Turnberry Isle Miami Resort in Aventura, Florida.
00:38
People that come to Turnberry
00:39
the first thing they always say
00:41
first of all it's beautiful
00:42
but the condition of the golf course is second to none.
00:44
One of the other allures,
00:46
we have a ideal location.
00:48
We are minutes away from the ocean,
00:51
actually the Intracoastal Waterway
00:53
is right on the other side of the condos,
00:55
right on the golf course.
00:56
From Miami it's about a 40 minute ride in
00:59
and from Fort Lauderdale airport
01:00
it's only about a 25 minute ride in.
01:02
You have world-class shopping at Aventura Mall,
01:04
you have golf here,
01:05
we have our restaurants
01:06
and you really don't have to leave the resort
01:08
once you get here.
01:16
I've been here 35 years or plus
01:18
so all the members know me by now obviously.
01:23
Augie's been here forever, I mean,
01:24
ever since I was a kid Augie was here.
01:28
His mother and father Joan and Erwin
01:30
were members here a very long time,
01:32
I've probably known Erwin probably for 30 years.
01:34
So I come here every Saturday with the guys
01:36
and I play 18 holds
01:38
and then after I play
01:39
then I'll meet my wife and my two daughters for lunch
01:41
and then we'll go swimming afterwards for the girls.
01:44
My children love the pool.
01:45
They have a lazy river which they love.
01:47
They have the water slide
01:49
and I love the gym, the spa treatment.
01:52
Ever really Turnberry has to offer is first class.
01:55
Before we were a very good course
01:57
but after the renovation the Soffer family
02:00
put $100 million into the resort,
02:02
$40 million into the golf course
02:03
to put us at another level
02:06
and by far it's the most well-conditioned course
02:08
in south Florida.
02:09
Hey, Steve.
02:10
Morning, Augie, how are ya?
02:11
Good, thanks, what's up?
02:12
I have a 10 o'clock golf lesson with Val.
02:15
Do you know if she's around?
02:16
Yeah, she's been expecting you.
02:18
Hey, Val.
02:19
Hey, Val.
02:20
How are you?
02:21
Good to meet you.
02:22
Hey, Steve, how are you?
02:23
Nice to meet you.
02:24
To win in golf it takes time and practice
02:26
but when you're experienced or at least get closer to it
02:29
that's when actually the motivation comes from.
02:33
The Soffer Course is our championship course
02:35
which feature our island green par 5
02:37
which you don't see very often.
02:39
We had an LPGA event, a seniors event,
02:41
and a big junior event on the Soffer Course.
02:43
Arnold Palmer played in his first senior tour event here
02:46
at Turnberry Island.
02:48
It's just so pretty
02:50
and when you chip it's like
02:52
if you were in the putting green.
02:53
Even on the fairway you feel
02:55
like you were in the putting green in any other golf course
02:57
because it's just perfectly clear and pretty and (laughs).
03:07
That was a dance move right there, your zumba.
03:09
De Janeiro (cheers).
03:11
(humming)
03:12
It's impossible not develop actually a friendship
03:13
because of the trust factor that they have in you
03:17
in their own golf game.
03:19
We just become really good friends.
03:21
I want you to follow through it high
03:25
like not close to club face.
03:27
You want to consistently coming up up up up up.
03:30
If it doesn't feel uncomfortable
03:31
you're doing it wrong.
03:32
Okay.
03:33
Okay, beautiful, good job.
03:37
The first thing I look at is your setup
03:40
then we go to the back swing
03:41
and the follow through will come along with it.
03:43
After that I want to know how you think
03:45
on the golf course
03:46
because that's what actually you're applying
03:47
what you've learned.
03:49
Pick a target
03:50
and I want to know which target is it.
03:52
Make that call.
03:53
I'm gonna pick that sand,
03:54
left side of that sand on that.
03:55
Beautiful, I like that.
03:59
Beautiful.
04:02
You see how easy it gets?
04:04
Every hole you have a different building to look
04:06
and actually as your target, as your helper.
04:09
The big tall building, I like it,
04:11
so that's where I'm going to focus.
04:17
Good shot.
04:18
Golf is an emotional sport.
04:19
Having a goal and then accomplishing
04:22
at anything that you do in life,
04:23
it gets you emotional
04:25
either happiness or it makes you angry
04:28
so it's challenging
04:29
but at the same time when it happens
04:31
it's just like heaven.
04:34
Bingo (cheers).
04:38
You just reach a point that you're like oh my God,
04:39
I knew I can do it.
04:41
(Cheers) good job.
04:43
That's awesome.
04:44
Thanks.
04:45
I thought she was great.
04:46
I definitely learned probably about three or four things
04:49
that I'm gonna use on Saturday
04:50
and bring my handicap maybe down two or three points.
04:54
I'm gonna probably go in and sign up for a series
04:55
after this with her.
04:58
Our relationship has actually grown here at the club.
05:00
We've shared so many special moments and events here.
05:03
My daughters' baby namings were here
05:06
and it's just really a beautiful place
05:08
to share so many special memories together.
05:10
(playing in pool)
05:17
This place is always like an extended family to me.
05:23
I used to come here with my parents
05:24
and now seeing my two young daughters grow up here
05:26
it's just a great environment for them
05:28
to just be a part of.
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