Lucero hosts golf tournament to raise funds to help kids stay in sports

Saturday, May 20, Lucero Golf & Country Club is pleased to host the XIII Lexus Cup Golf Tournament in support of Club Activo 20-30 David, a professional organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children participate in sports.

Perched 3,600 feet above sea level in Panama’s Boquete Highlands, Lucero Golf and Country Club features a world-class, par-72, 18-hole championship golf course. Every hole offers its own stunning view of the surrounding mountains, the ocean and the city of David.

Golfers of all levels are invited to participate in this fun event on Saturday, May 20, which will be played using Mexican Best Ball rules. Prizes will be awarded.

The $120.00 donation per person includes:

  • Welcome kit
  • Green fees (taxes included)
  • Golf cart
  • BBQ lunch provided by Seasons Restaurant
  • Happy hour

Join us for a great day of golf, and support Club Activo 20-30 David in their important work of making sports accessible to less-fortunate children.

To register, call 721-0030. For information on Lucero Golf & Country Club, visit www.lucerocountryclub.com.


Lucero auspicia torneos de golf para recaudar fondos para mantener a los niños desamparado activos en deportes.

El sábado Mayo 20, Lucero Golf & Country Club se enorgullece en auspiciar el XIII Torneo de Golf Copa Lexus para apoyar al Club Activo 20-20 de David, una organización de jóvenes profesionales dedicada a ayudar a niños desamparados a participar en deportes.

Ubicado a 3,600 pies de altura sobre el nivel del mar en las Tierras Altas de Boquete, Panamá, Lucero Golf & Country Club,  está caracterizado por ser una cancha de campeonatos de clase mundial par-72 de 18 hoyos. Cada hoyo ofrece vistas maravillosas de las montanas circundantes, del océano y de la ciudad de David.

Golfistas de todos los niveles están invitados a participar en este evento lleno de diversiones este sábado, Mayo 20, el cual será jugado utilizando las reglas de las Mejor Pelota Mexicana (Mexican Best Ball rules). Se otorgarán premios.

La donación de $120.00 por persona incluye:

  • Kit de bienvenida
  • Green fees (impuestos incluídos)
  • Carrito de golf
  • Almuerzo BBQ provisto por el Restaurante Seasons.
  • Hora Feliz

Únete a nosotros  para un gran día de golf, y apoya al Club Activo 20-30 de David en su importante labor de ayudar a hacer accesible los deportes a niños desamparados.

Para registrarse, llamar al 721 -0030. Para información acerca de Lucero Golf & Country Club, visite www.lucerocountryclub.com.

Lucero Tennis Pro Trains Rosaline Chavez For The World Stage

Rosaline Chavez, a tennis player from Panama, has a dream.

She wants to become a professional tennis player ranked in the ITF (International Tennis Federation) by the end of this year.

As a Panamanian athlete, Rosaline would be the second female athlete in Panama trying to reach a high worldwide rank. Her predecessor is Darlene Khan who reached the 465 ranking 26 years ago.

Rosaline’s love for the game of tennis began at a young age. She was trained by her father until she was 18. Under his guidance, Rosaline began competing at 11. In her junior years, Rosaline won several championships and marked many achievements: she was the number one female tennis player in Panama, won the first place at “Copa del Café” in the doubles category at the age of 13, won Jitic (Junior International Tennis Championships) and CONTECA (Central American Tennis Confederation) titles, and she was a three-time member of the Panama Fed Cup team.

By the end of her junior years, Rosaline received two offers for full college scholarships: one from a university in Texas, and other from a school in Puerto Rico. She declined both because she wanted to study something related to the health field in her own country. Rosaline is now she is a certified nutritionist. While she was studying, she took a break from tennis to focus on her education. But the game never left her and Rosaline knew that she would someday return to the court.

“Someday” has arrived.

Now that Rosaline has finished her studies, it’s time to focus on her dream of becoming a high-ranked Panamanian tennis player.

In order to achieve her goal, Rosaline has turned to Andrew Sznajder, the tennis pro at Lucero Golf & Country Club. Andrew achieved a career high singles ranking of World No. 46, was a finalist of the Rio De Janeiro ATP Tour event, competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics, and was a record six-time winner of the Canadian National Singles Championship and three-time Tennis Canada singles player of the year. Andrew continues to play competitively having captured the 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006 ITF sanctioned Wilson/Mayfair Senior Circuit Over-35s.

Training 18 hours a week with Andrew, Rosaline’s focus is on improving the physical, technical and tactical areas of her game, and her strength and endurance. She is making an impression on her coach who says, “Rosaline has grit and determination to be the best. She gives her all and always wants to hit one more ball in order to do it right and to have the desired outcome. Her character and youth provides a strong foundation to grow and learn at a rapid rate. She has solid strokes, a forehand weapon and a serve like a rocket. “

To show how dedicated she is, Rosaline traveled to Panama City for the Tennis Federation of Panama regrouping of the Women’s Fed Cup tennis team tryouts. She has been officially nominated as a designated player for Panama for 2017.


El tenista profesional de Lucero ha sido reclutado para ayudar a la esperanza de Panamá a conquistar el mundo.

Rosaline Chávez, una jugadora de tenis de Panamá, tiene un sueño.

Ella quiere clasificar como jugadora profesional de tenis en el ITF (Federación Internacional de Tenis) para fines de este año.

Como atleta Panameña, Rosaline sería la segunda atleta femenina en Panamá tratando de alcanzar una clasificación mundial. Su predecesora es Darlene Khan la cual alcanzó la clasificación 465 hace 26 años.

El amor de Rosaline por el juego de tenis comenzó a una edad muy temprana. Ella recibió entrenamiento de su padre hasta los 18 años de edad. Bajo su tutela, Rosaline comenzó a competir a los 11 años de edad. Durante sus primeros años Rosaline ganó varios campeonatos y alcanzó logros notables: fue la tenista número uno de Panamá, ganó el primer lugar en la “Copa del Café” en la categoría doble a la edad de 13 años, ganó títulos en Jitic (Campeonato Internacional de Tenis Júnior) y CONTECA (Confederación de Tenis de Centro América), y fue miembro tres veces del equipo de la Copa Federación.

Al finalizar sus años de secundaria, Rosaline recibió dos ofertas para becas completas; una de la Universidad de Texas, y la otra de una universidad en Puerto Rico. Ella rechazó ambas becas pues su interés era estudiar en su país natal algo relacionado con la salud. Rosaline es ahora una nutricionista certificada. Durante sus estudios universitarios, ella tomó un descanso del tenis para enfocarse en su educación. Sin embargo, ella nunca se olvidó del juego de tenis y sabía que algún día volvería a la cancha. Ese día ha llegado. Ahora que Rosaline ha terminado sus estudios, es el tiempo adecuado para enfocarse en su sueño de convertirse en una tenista Panameña con un alto rango.

Para poder alcanzar su meta, Rosaline se ha dirigido a Andres Sznajder, el tenista profesional de “Lucero Golf & Country Club.” Andrew alcanzó la Clasificación Mundial No. 46 durante su carrera en juegos sencillos, fue finalista en el evento de Rio de Janerio ATP, compitió en las Olimpiadas de Verano de 1992 y rompió un record al ser seis veces ganador en el “Canadian National Singles Championship” y tres veces nominado como el jugador del año en el “Tennis Canada.”

Andrew continua jugando competitivamente habiendo capturado la autorización del ITF “Wilson/Mayfair Senior Circuit de los años 2002, 2003, 3004, y 2006 para mayores de 35 años de edad.

Entrenando 18 horas con Andrew, el enfoque de Rosaline está en mejorar las áreas físicas, técnicas y tácticas de su juego, además de su fortaleza y resistencia. Ella está teniendo un gran impresión en su entrenador el cual comenta: “ Rosaline tiene coraje y determinación para ser la mejor. Ella da todo de sí en el juego y siempre quiere darle una vez más a la pelota hasta lograr su cometido. Su carácter y juventud brindan una base sólida para crecer y aprender con rapidez. Ella tiene golpes sólidos, un arma en su golpe frontal y un servicio como un cohete.”

Para mostrar su dedicación, Rosaline viajó a la ciudad de Panamá para la reagrupación de las pruebas del equipo de tenis de la Copa Federación para mujeres. Ella ha sido nominada oficialmente como la jugadora designada para representar a Panamá en el 2017.

A Memorable Stay at Lucero

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A RECENT VISITOR’S THOUGHTS ON HER VISIT TO LUCERO

My husband and I decided to do something different for Christmas this year. Instead of our usual jaunt to Florida or the Caribbean, we opted for a golf holiday in Panama.

We flew into David, and drove to Boquete.  Going up Calle Raideep, to our destination – Lucero Golf and Country Club, I couldn’t help but wonder how someone came up with the idea of putting a golf course in this secluded, mountainous region.

As our days at Lucero unfolded, so did the answer to my question.  We arrived with few turns in the road to a gated community with breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains with stunning, spanning golf course.

We settled into our three-bedroom rented villa with a quick unpack and a refreshing swim. After we booked our golf games for the week we headed back to the main town of Boquete, a mere 15 minutes drive. Boquete is such a charming town with quaint bakeries, cheese spots, wine stores, cafes, restaurants etc.  We filled our grocery needs amply, including fresh vegetables from the farmers’ stalls and fresh fish caught just that morning from a vendor near the local grocery store, Romeros.  We were settled in our villa in a few hours armed to enjoy our week ahead.

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Waking up each morning to bird sounds and glorious unhindered views of the golf course from our bedroom was a rare treat. The course with the side lies, uphill lies and elevated greens, is challenging. One that brings you back over again. When the golf score wasn’t  great, it didn’t matter.  The fresh mountain air with stunning views everywhere – especially like the ones on number 3 and 14, made up for it.

We loved having fresh foods; the taste is incomparable.  Our new find was the lemon lettuce…which became our choice of salad filler.  Other than the local market stalls, there is a weekly farmers’ market on Tuesdays where we found wonderful preserves and honey. We ran into many Lucero residents in town – it was like a weekly church bazaar where all the locals get together.

The villa’s fully equipped kitchen with a gas barbecue made making our farm-to-table meals a pure delight.  At our evening meals we were often graced with stunning sunsets followed by heavenly starry nights.

Of course, when we didn’t feel like cooking we ended up at the Seasons restaurant, part of the Lucero Clubhouse.  The pizza oven along with a full menu of  fresh fusion delights and the incredible selection of wines and fresh gelato made Seasons our favorite hangout especially when we didn’t want to go into town.  The chef became aware of our tastes  and surprised us with culinary delights to suit our palette. On Christmas Eve, he obliged us with a turkey meal that we could take to the villa to enjoy with our children who were joining us for Yuletide celebrations.

The clubhouse with an infinity swimming pool, a lounge area and bar was an oasis after a round of golf.  The beautiful red (clay) tennis courts with purple floral vine fences just steps below the clubhouse were almost always busy with lessons or games. We even got to watch parts of a local championship round robin match on the first few days of our week.

By week’s end, we were sad and in want of going back soon to this secluded haven. The tranquil days and nights, the fresh air, the challenging golf course and the fresh, easily available and very affordable food was a perfect vacation for us busy city dwellers. Next time we will aim to bring our tennis gear and try Lucero’s tree houses, which are spectacular and oh so well appointed.

A bientot Lucero.

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A LIFETIME OF LESSONS

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Lucero’s Head Tennis PRO Andrew Sznajder talks ABOUT HIS AMAZING JOURNEY with Tennis

Benjamin Franklin famously stated, “out of adversity comes opportunity.” While we’re not sure Franklin ever played much tennis, his adage very much holds true for Canadian tennis legend Andrew Sznajder’s relationship with the game. We sat down with Andrew to talk about his new role at Lucero and his life-long love for the game.

Like most seven-year old boys, I had a lot of energy and a very hard time sitting still.  To keep me occupied and out from under foot, the manager of the Howard Park Tennis Club cut down the handle of a Dunlop Fort adult tennis racquet, handed me a ball and pointed to a wall. “Go and hit over there,” he told me sternly.  Neither of us could have guessed that from that humble wall, something unprecedented in Canadian tennis was beginning.

As my love for the game grew and I began playing in tournaments but I did not fare well.  Every tournament I played I lost 6-0 or only won one game in each set.  And while I was frustrated and didn’t understand what was happening, I never gave up.  “No” and “It is impossible” were not part of my vocabulary. My failures pushed me to work harder and hit the ball even harder.

At the age of 14, I was chosen by Tennis Ontario to participate in five tournaments taking place in Europe.  These next few tournaments made me understand how to actually play this wonderful game, but through our rigorous training schedule led me to offer our coach a deal:  If I won the tournament, I would only have to train for two hours the following week. He laughed and said he would accept only I won both the Under 14 tournament AND the Under 16.  I was nervous about what I’d got myself into but I was so determined not train the next week that I played every match to win. And that is exactly what I did. That week was pivotal in teaching me value of hard work, focus and doing the best I could for every shot.

From that moment on, I won every Canadian National Championship as a junior.  But that didn’t mean I didn’t have lessons still to learn. During my last years as a junior, I had the chance be a hitting partner with Ivan Lendl when he came to visit Toronto.  Wow, was I excited!  After the first a few days of cooperative drills and hard paced rallies, I was beginning to be a bit more… confident.  On the third day Ivan came up to the net and said, “Andrew, we now play a set. I will show you where the lines are.”  And boy he showed me EVERY line on the tennis court. I did not win a single point, but I did get a lesson in what and how I needed to work in order to become a better tennis player.

During my professional career I had the privilege of training with Jimmy Connors, and believe his approach helped me reaching a career-high of No. 46 on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour. Jimmy is a player who trains as if it were a real match.  During our two week training session, we would drill and workout in the mornings and play matches during the afternoon. But there was a catch. Every game lost in the set would cost the loser $100.  After the two weeks, I owed Jimmy $2,800. As I got ready settle up, Jimmy asked me what I had learned. Looking down at the money in my hand I replied that I had learned to approach every practice session with the same intensity and focus as a match. Jimmy smiled and told me to keep the money.

The beautiful thing about tennis is that you are always learning and always improving, no matter what your level or how many years you’ve played.  I am so excited to share that love and learning with you on Lucero’s 3 beautiful Classic Clay courts. Come join me!

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Coming soon…Panama’s most luxurious new clubhouse. (Golf and spa lovers, take note!)

Soon to join our stunning championship 18-hole course? A brand new, very luxe clubhouse with all the perks you can imagine, such as:

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• A stunning infinity pool surrounded by private cabanas where you can relax and read in the sun or soothe golf-weary muscles in the hot tub. Set in lush gardens, flowers tumble around the pergolas and scent the fresh mountain air.

• An outdoor poolside dining deck, as well as ample and elegant indoor space. The clubhouse’s breezy restaurant is the perfect spot to meet for a drink, an intimate dinner – or to entertain that seemingly endless parade of out-of-town guests.

Grab an après-game cocktail, take a refreshing dip in the pool or simply lounge in the shade and enjoy the spectacular views of the Caldera basin and Volcan Baru, as well as the lush green of the first tee on our custom designed world-class, par-72 course created by renowned designer J. Michael Poellot.

We’ll see you summer 2016!

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Top 5 Reasons To Go Glamping In A Luxury Treehouse

1. Leave your worries behind (or below) you
40 meters above the ground you’ll experience complete tranquility and freedom, the only noise is from rustling leaves, tropical birds and the sound of a stream far below.
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2. Rediscover child-like wonder – in very adult luxury
Except this time your house in the sky is more than a few boards nailed to a tree: it’s totally luxurious with the comfiest beds and linens, a walk-in rain shower, and a cozy sitting room with kitchen.
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3. Get a true bird’s eye view on the world 
Watch tropical birds like quetzals and toucans come home to roost while you drink a cold, fresh pina colada overlooking the Caldera valley and out towards the Pacific ocean.
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4. Enjoy an authentic, unforgettable experience 
Handcrafted from local Panamanian wood, this is the opposite of a McResort. There are only 1 or 2 of its kind in the world, and it could be all yours.
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5. Did we mention the view?
An expansive wraparound deck offers panoramic views stretching out from every angle. There’s even a cozy reading nook with a giant picture window made for daydreaming while you gaze out at the valley below. Astounding maybe starts to describe it.
Read more about this magical luxury treehouse hotel.

Panama’s Best New Luxury Treehouse Hotel Is Ready to Book

Welcome to Lucero’s magnificent new treehouse – A luxury boutique hotel in the sky

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Set amongst the branches of ancient hardwoods, with clear views of Panama’s magnificent cloud forest in the Boquete highlands, you could hardly hope for a more romantic setting than one of Lucero’s new treehouses. This is not your 7-year-old hideaway – this is pure luxury, from a huge walk-in rain shower to sumptuous high thread count sheets, to the 360 views from the wraparound deck.

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Wake up to the world’s best coffee (estate-grown on adjacent hillsides), while listening to the forest come alive with the sounds of tropical wildlife. Breakfast is fresh papaya, pineapple, mango in season and the sweetest bananas you’ve ever had. Then it’s time to make some tough choices: golf, tennis, or lounge-time on the deck watching eagles soar over the Caldera valley.

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In the evening, sip cocktails made with award-winning aged rum as you take in the sweeping pristine countryside below, all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

 

 

When you finally fall into the lushly appointed bed, the astonishing skies may keep you awake as you count the endless stars.

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Treehouse Amenities:

–  Luxury Linens
– Sumptuous queen size bed, and 1 double bed overlooking the balcony (perfect day bed)
– Bathroom with walk in rain shower + luxury toiletries
– 2 comfortable bathrobes
– A la carte breakfast room service
– Kitchenette with mini-fridge, toaster oven and coffeemaker for self catering
– 40-inch LED Smart TV
– Wifi

On-premise:

– Clubhouse, infinity pool and restaurant
– Golf on a 18-hole championship course
– 4 Classic Clay tennis courts

Book now
From Panama: 507-730-8101
From USA/CANADA: 1-877-727-2476
email: sales@lucero.com.pa

 

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