Archives for: March 2007

Michigan well represented in new Golf Digest Top 100 golf courses

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Golf Digest's newest course rankings have been released from the vaults. I've been eating these things up since I was probably 12 years old. These days, I look at them with a grain of salt of course. But nonetheless, it valiantly succeeds in sparking deb… more »

Johnny Miller's 'Mickelson at Winged Foot' comparisons to Tiger at Doral is Busch league

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Did anyone else catch NBC color guy Johnny Miller idiotically mentioning Phil Mickelson's Winged Foot collapse while Tiger pitched down the 18th fairway en route to his win at Doral Sunday? Talk about a Busch League comparison. The two events really… more »

The Ireland and Northern Ireland golf tour awards

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My doctor tells me if I have more than 14 full traditional Irish breakfasts in a row, my arteries will begin to drip sausage fat. So I guess it's finally time to leave Ireland, but not without offering up some "Best Ofs"... Best hole: Almost every cou… more »

Lahinch Golf Club's 6th hole - one of Ireland's finest

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One of the top three holes I've played all trip comes courtesy of Lahinch Golf Club on the west coast of Ireland . It's the par-4 6th - and it's spectacular. (*Note: this used to be the 7th, but recent rerouting has it playing 6th now and the old 6th… more »

A bushy-tailed secret behind gorse on links courses in Ireland and Scotland

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Royal County Down, a lot like Royal Dornoch in Scotland has an overwhelming amount of gorse - a thick, weedy flower that grows all over the British Isles. In warmer months, it grows a yellow flower that can be very popular to North Americans discovering… more »

Shania Twain in an Irish Pub: is authentic travel dying?

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So here I am, drinking a pint of Smithwick's, munching on fresh seafood in what I think is an authentic Irish Pub in the little town of Tralee on the coast of southwest Ireland. Rugby highlights are on TV (there is upheaval about the Six Nations Cup matc… more »

Enniscrone Golf Club in northwest Ireland: tough to find this bargain, but that's changing

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I was a bit confused yesterday trying to find Enniscrone on my Ireland road map. I could only find a town in County Sligo named "Inishcrone". I'm told that is the town's Irish spelling, but the more used Anglo-Saxon version is "Enniscrone", only maps and… more »

Links golf at the end of Ireland: Ballyliffin isn't easy to get to, but that's sort of the point

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Ballyliffin on the northern tip of Ireland was probably my most out-of-the-way stop during my two-week golf tour on the Emerald Isle. In fact, it was a bit frustrating to get to. I was supposed to take the Foyle ferry from Limavady, which was to cut of c… more »

The big buzz in Northern Ireland is on phenom Rory McIlroy

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After four days in Northern Ireland, I can't have a conversation without a mention of teen sensation Rory McIlroy from Holywood, N. Ireland. Over in the States, we're all Wie-wild and Fujikawa-fevered. But if you ask anyone around these parts, McIlro… more »

What does a slicer's nightmare look like? Probably the 14th at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland

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I used to play a fade that could turn into a little slice on a bad day in high school. After four years of not playing much during college, it has since turned into a draw/hook somehow. I can't explain it. But when I encountered the 14th hole at Royal Po… more »

Scenic Causeway Route up Northern Ireland coastline to Portrush well worth the detour

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Royal Portrush on the northernmost coast of Northern Ireland is only about an hour or so from Belfast if you take the direct route. If you're a tourist and have the time to make an hour or two detour, the Scenic Causeway Route (A2) along the northeast co… more »

Some courses like Royal County Down can void golfers of common sense

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Anytime you go on a golf trip, fair or not, you look forward to one or two courses more than others. For my two-week trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland, I was probably looking forward to Royal County Down the most. So when I showed up on Monday for… more »

Wild weather reveals pretty rainbow in Ireland

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On my first hole today at Portmarnock Golf Club, there was blustery wind and rainfall, a far cry from Myrtle Beach. By the second fairway, it had cleared up and was warm again. Go figure. I don't think I've ever captured a rainbow on a golf course un… more »

White posts outlining fairways in Ireland: gimmicky or genius?

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I'm thumbing through all the photos I took in Scotland, and don't remember ever seeing what I saw today at Portmarnock Golf Club, just outside Dublin, Ireland. All of the fairways are lined with little white posts that look like O.B. stakes or 150-ya… more »

Golf around the Emerald Isle: A two week tour in Ireland and Northern Ireland

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I was out playing golf in Las Vegas this week, and while at Bali Hai, a Pacific-themed course with waterfalls, exotic fish and nearly 2,500 palm trees, it snowed. Yes, it snowed in Vegas - and it was real snow, I think. You can never be too sure on t… more »