TURFUNDERGROUND TAKES YOU TO THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Eric von Hofen at the Cannes Film Festival
For over 60 years during the month of May, actors, film makers, directors, investors, and on lookers from around the world take over the French Riviera for the Cannes International Film Festival. I have been lucky enough to be invited to Cannes and think it is the best festival in the world. When you arrive at the airport in Nice, you know you just landed in a special place. The French put on a show like no others. Everything is first class and the access to the movers and shakers is top notch. Champagne flows on the yachts and the deals are made on the next big movie release. Which by the way, the yacht parties are where you want to be.

The rules are if you are attending one of the movies, small or short, you wear a tux period. This unwritten dress code just sets the stage and the feel of the event. Another point, if you are attending a movie showing and you don’t speak the language suck it up and watch it. Remember it’s an international festival. This brings you closer to the film makers and you just might learn something. I have meet people in the crowds from around the world and have stayed in touch with them. It’s pretty cool. Last point, take the time to fill out the grading card when the movie if over. Everyone involved in the production of it really wants to hear your comments.

This video shows you a quick look on the action taking place in Cannes. Enjoy.

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Turfunderground Takes You To the Abaco Club, Bahamas


Looking for a weekend trip this winter to get out of the cold, you should check out the Abaco Club in the Bahamas. This gem of the islands is the work of Englishman investor Mr. Peter De Savary. Mr. De Savary has teamed up with Ritz-Carlton to take his dream to the next level. The Club has a 18 hole golf course that was designed by architects Donald Steel and Tom McKenzie. They have created a wonderful links style course in the tropics. The course is a par 72 and it measures 7,100 from the back tees. The course was grassed with paspalum and it looks great, some of the best I have ever seen. The greens are large, like The Old Course, and take some time getting use to them. The views you get during your round of golf are amazing. The first par 3 on the front nine takes your breath away. Hit two balls to enjoy very minute of it. You feel like you are hitting over a sand dune to a large section of green carpet on the beach. Holes 17 and 18 have put Pebble Beach on guard.
The property is now being managed by the Ritz-Carlton Clubs so the service is top notch to match the golf course. They have cottages you can rent that provide the views of the Winding Bay. The beach and pools provide plenty of access to fill anyones swimming needs. You can fly into Marsh Harbour Airport and have a car service take you on the 30 minute trip to the property. Check out my video below showing my day trip to play golf and have lunch at the Abaco Club. We flew out in the morning from Palm Beach International and landed at Marsh Harbour. After a great day of golf we flew back and were home by 6:30 in the evening. Thanks again Mr. De Savary for a wonderful day.

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