Top Five Golf Courses in Naples, Florida

Golf Courses in Naples

Here in Florida, we get to enjoy nice weather nearly all year long. Because of that, Florida is the ideal place for golf courses and has some of the best and most beautiful in the country.

Here are the top five golf courses in Naples, Florida.

Cedar Hammock Golf & Country Club

This beautiful course was designed by Jed Azinger and Gordon C. Lewis. It is a 6675-yard, par-72 course ideal for championship golfers. The course is located within a home community and more than half of the site is dedicated to preserving wetlands, lakes, and wildlife corridors.

Forest Glen Golf & Country Club

This course is frequently rated one of the best in the country. In fact, in 2016, it was ranked #1 in the country for Best Course Conditions by Golf Advisor.

The Rookery At Marco

This course will both wow you with its challenges and amaze you with its beauty. The course was redone by famed designer Robert Cupp, Jr.

Calusa Pines Golf Club

This exclusive members-only course has 10 impeccably laid-out holes that seem to grow naturally out of the landscape.

Tiburon Golf Club

This course located at the Ritz-Carlton features two 18-hole championship courses.

Here at DeVoe Cadillac, we love a good game of golf when we can get one. What is your favorite course here in the Naples area?

Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid Coming Soon

CT6 plug-in hybridThe Cadillac CT6 was just introduced for the 2016 model year. Now, the stunning flagship sedan is becoming even more versatile with the addition of a CT6 Plug-in Hybrid model. This new fuel-efficient model will be coming to DeVoe Cadillac this spring.

Cadillac has said that drivers can expect a range of about 31 miles using electric power only. Once that is depleted, the CT6 will have a total driving range of more than 400 miles. With a fully charged battery, the CT6 should get an EPA-estimated 62 MPGe.*

“The CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, and by far the lightest car in its class, making it an ideal platform for electrification,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “In the CT6, Cadillac presents a new formula for prestige luxury. The advanced Plug-In system is a key addition, providing a combination of exceptional fuel economy, crisp acceleration and strong electric-driving range.”

Powered by a both a high-output 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a Two Motor Electric Variable Transmission (EVT) system, the CT6 Plug-In delivers a combined 335 horsepower and 432 lb-ft of torque. With this power, the CT6 can accelerate to 60 mph in as little as 5.2 seconds.

If you’re looking for sophistication matched with efficiency, be sure to experience the 2017 Cadillac cT6 Plug-in hybrid coming to DeVoe Cadillac soon.

 

*Estimates only. Actual efficiency may vary.

BOOK by Cadillac: Changing Your Driving Experience

BOOK by Cadillac

The Cadillac BOOK program is an innovative way to experience driving like never before. BOOK by Cadillac is the first-ever luxury vehicle subscription service, letting you pay a flat fee for access to the most popular Cadillac models. Unlike leasing, financing, or buying, BOOK lets you drive without making a long-term commitment.

Convenience

According to GM, this program is the first of its kind. This app-enabled on-demand program lets you access the best premium models on the market. Each vehicle is driven to your door by a special concierge service, and cars can be exchanged whenever you like. Plus, you simply pay a monthly fee for BOOK instead of signing a lease or making any long-term commitment.

“BOOK by Cadillac is an innovative new option targeted at a growing class of luxury drivers searching for access to various cars over time, dependent on their individual needs, coupled with a hassle-free white-glove exchange,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac chief marketing officer.

Advantages

In addition, the other major advantages to BOOK include maintenance, insurance, and detailing. All of this is performed by Cadillac as part of your membership. This program will  launch in New York first, and will likely extend across the country in the coming months. We can’t wait to see the new BOOK program revolutionize the way we drive.

The History of Groundhog Day: How Did it Start?

History of Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a tradition that dates back several years, and it happens every February. However, this got us thinking: How did it start? That’s why we’ve created a post on the history of Groundhog Day. Hopefully it’ll answer any questions you might have about the holiday, too.

The Beginning

Groundhog Day was officially founded in 1887 in Punxsutawney, PA, according to the History Channel. Many people are familiar with the holiday’s traditions because of the Bill Murray comedy of the same name. However, there is more to the holiday than you might think. It actually has its roots in the Christian tradition of Candlemas Day. This is a centuries-old holiday that involves the burning of candles to see how long winter will last. The Germanic peoples of middle Europe expanded the tradition using hedgehogs to determine the weather—a strange substitution for which there is little explanation.

For those familiar with the state of Pennsylvania, where Groundhog Day was founded, you’ll probably recognize that the area was settled by many Germans. In fact, the term Pennsylvania Dutch is actually a corruption of the word for German, Deutsch, one reason the area has the name. In short, the Germans who settled in Pennsylvania carried on the tradition in the States using groundhogs.

Although many question the accuracy of the predictions, it’s still a fun way to celebrate the changing seasons. We can’t wait to see if this year’s prediction holds true!

Discover Cadillac’s New Direction at the V-Performance Lab

V-Performance LabEver wondered how you might handle a genuine track experience? Of course, the only way to do it is behind the wheel of a beautiful and brilliantly-engineered sports sedan. Thinking one of the V-Performance entries from Cadillac?

Cadillac is thinking the same thing. That’s why the automaker has created the V-Performance Lab at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. It’s a one-day track academy that involves, according to a journalist at The Drive, “evasive maneuvers, launch control testing, several slalom courses and braking and avoidance, and skidpad work on how to induce, hold and correct oversteer.”

If it sounds challenging, remember you will meet these obstacles commanding one of the new 2017 Cadillac ATS-V models, a 465-horsepower well-oiled machine engineered with the track in mind. Beyond the sheer power, the Magnesium paddle shifters and Magnetic Ride Control are sure to come in handy as well.

It’s all part of a new and exciting turn Cadillac is taking. From moving their headquarters to the center of style and innovation (New York City) to creating the stunning V-Performance lineup, Cadillac is clearly aiming to show us what happens when you combine the heights of power and comfort with equal measure inspiration. Find out firsthand at the V-Performance Lab at Lime Rock Park.

Three Ways To Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. DayOur country has seen a lot of extraordinary individuals who dramatically changed the cultural landscape for the better. These people went to extraordinary lengths to organize and inspire other like-minded people. One of whom we honor on the 20th of January. Here are three ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

# 1 – Take a road trip to Atlanta. In Atlanta, you can visit the birth home of Martin Luther King, Jr., where he gained the experiences, both good and bad, that ultimately motivated him to become the influential civil rights leader for which he is celebrated. Take a stroll in the peaceful “I Have A Dream” World Peace Rose Garden and contemplate King’s difficulties and triumphs as he helped to achieve equal rights for all.

# 2 – Watch “Selma” as a family. This is a great way to become more intimate with King’s narrative. It’s also a great activity for children. The film depicts the struggles that King went through even after he won the Nobel Peace Prize, including the famous march he led on Selma, Alabama to help secure voting rights for blacks.

# 3 – Use Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a time to get more involved. Take King’s incredible achievements as inspiration to get involved in issues that you care about. Whether it’s continuing the fight for equal rights or taking better care of the environment, do it with commitment and passion, just like King did.

Best Places to Spend Thanksgiving

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is a time to spend with your family, but this doesn’t mean you have to stay at your house for your traditional dinner. If you don’t want to spend Thanksgiving day in the kitchen rather than enjoying your family time, then venture out and enjoy the holiday somewhere new. Here are some of the best places to spend Thanksgiving.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee: During the fall, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, turns into an autumn haven. Known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this destination is the perfect place for those that love fall foliage and family-friendly fun. There is the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show on Thanksgiving weekend from November 22-27, which means you can get a head start on holiday gifts, too.

New Orleans, Louisiana: If you are looking to escape to somewhere warmer—that also has a party atmosphere—look no further than New Orleans, Louisiana. As you might expect from the Big Easy, Thanksgiving is just an excuse for the city to enjoy delicious Creole-inspired cuisine. This city was even the birthplace of a modern Turkey Day tradition—the turducken, which is a chicken stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey. Enjoy Thanksgiving in a non-traditional way in this great Southern city.

Plymouth, Massachusetts: The first-ever Thanksgiving happened in Plymouth, Massachusetts, so there’s no better place to enjoy the long Thanksgiving weekend. At Plymouth Plantation, you can explore live exhibits, including a 17th-century English village. This destination even has its own Thanksgiving feast, complete with a roast turkey and plenty of traditional New England trimmings.

Johnny O’Connell Comes Away with Cadillac Racing Win at Laguna Seca

CadillacCadillac is known for its luxury, but it is quickly becoming the go-to name in the performance field, too. Earlier this month, this was shown when Johnny O’Connell outdid himself during the Pirelli World Challenge Championship GT race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, bringing in a Cadillac Racing win.

O’Connell is a four-time Pirelli World Challenge Championship (PWC) GT champion and battled for the first-place position with Porsche driver Patrick Long. He started out from the pole during the October 10th race, and led the race throughout its duration, though Long did put the pressure on at some points.

For instance, Long tried to pass O’Connell on the outside of turn four after a Lap 27 restart. Luckily for Cadillac Racing, O’Connell didn’t let him, causing Long’s Porsche 911 to go off track and into the gravel.

After Long was no longer in commission, O’Connell then had to fend off Alvaro Parente in his McLaren 650S. With his veteran racing experience, Cadillac’s racer was able to hold off Parente and crossed the finish line first. His Cadillac Racing teammate, Michael Cooper, followed behind Parente in third place.

This Cadillac Racing win allowed the team to finish second in the team championship, coming in after the K-Pax McLaren team.

Naples, FL November Events: Explore the Area!

beachNaples, FL November events are around the corner. You can hop in your car and drive to some truly fun and exciting activities, many of which are great for all ages. From the BaconFest to a ladies fishing weekend, there is plenty to do in the area.

According to Paradise Coast, one of the most popular upcoming events is BaconFest Naples on November 12th. General admission is just $10, and all ages are welcome. You can find bacon upon bacon at this event, including some truly bizarre and exotic preparations. In addition to tastings, there will also be a contest for best bacon dishes. Restaurants and chefs from around the area will all be participating.

Looking to take a weekend off? Check out the Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Weekend. Naples is known for its sunny shoreline and superb fishing, making November 18-20th the perfect time to hit the water. This two-night experience will go to Chokoloskee Island, a true angler’s paradise, as well as the open water of the Gulf. Registration is just $75, though VIP options are also available.

These are just two of the many events and activities in the area. Hop in your car and explore the Naples, FL area. There is truly something for everyone.

The Benefits of Tire Rotations: Proper Tire Maintenance

Cadillac CTS TireThere are a number of important services you can have performed on your vehicle in order to properly maintain performance and extend its life. One of the basic automotive services is a tire rotation. This quick and easy service is more important than you might think, as it contributes to better handling, fuel economy, and safety. Read on to learn the benefits of tire rotations.

According to Pep Boys, a tire rotation is designed to maintain even wear on all four tires. Because your car is typically heavier near the engine, the tires nearest to the powertrain wear faster. Wear can also be affected by alignment or the drivetrain setup (e.g., front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive). Tire rotations prolong the life of the tires and they lead to a comfortable and smoother ride.

How do you know if you need a tire rotation? There are some basic signs to keep in mind. First, look for uneven wear. For example, if you notice that the front tires have less tread than the rear tires, it may be time for a rotation. Also, listen for tire noise and vibrations, as these can be a sign of uneven wear patterns.

How often is a tire rotation needed? The basic rule of thumb is to rotate the tires every time you get an oil change—every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. A tire rotation will lead to a smooth ride, even grip, and it can even extend the life of your tires. Be sure to ask for a rotation the next time you bring your car to a shop.