Archives for: August 2008

Underrated golf course architect in Myrtle Beach: Tom Jackson

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If you're one of those golfers who isn't impressed by a big-name celebrity golf course architect (and the usual high green fees attached), the next time you're in Myrtle Beach, consider a Tom Jackson-designed golf course. Myrtle Beach has all the big… more »

World Amateur Handicap Championship's best golf course: West Course at Myrtle Beach National

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The West Course at Myrtle Beach National isn't Myrtle Beach's best golf course. It's not even MBN's best course, that's King's North next door. But the West Course is the best course I've played in seven rounds of the World Am t… more »

World Amateur Handicap Championship Day 1: High scores abound at River's Edge

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- In a near delirious state, my playing partner, Bob Murphy muttered, "Hey, at least I'm having FUN!" I'm thinking to myself, "Nothing 'fun' about putting five shots in the drink on one hole..." Poor Bob went on to card a 14 on… more »

Sneak preview at "The Granddaddy": Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Pine Lakes Country Club is Myrtle Beach's oldest golf course, established in 1929. It's also been closed for two years now, undergoing an extensive renovation and upgrade of not only the golf course but of the clubhouse as well.… more »

LPGA stands to benefit more from Olympic golf than PGA Tour

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I've heard a lot of lobbying from Tim Finchem, the PGA Tour and Phil Mickelson in particular about including golf in the Olympic Games by 2016 when they will potentially come to golf-rich Chicago. But I haven't seen that same enthusiasm from the offi… more »

Michigan golfers: Local Bell's Oberon Summer Ale is your 19th hole beer of choice

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Visiting Michigan during the summertime and not golfing is painful for me. It's like going to Vail and not checking out the slopes. Like passing up an afternoon siesta in Spain. So over the weekend I was in Grand Rapids, Michigan's second largest tow… more »

Hats off to Southwest Airlines for their newer, cozier gates at Chicago Midway Airport

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Like a lot of travel publications, we here at are quick to jump on the airline-bashing bandwagon. Those fare-hiking, baggage-charging, ticket counter grouches who either need to be prescribed some Prozac or Focusin. I'm not exempt from… more »

After third Padraig Harrington major win, Justin Rose website needs an update

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I first stumbled across when I was writing a column about how it was Rose who should be feeling the pressure at the British Open and not the near-miss master Sergio Garcia. Rose, or at least his "people" obviously think pretty highly o… more » readers are golfing on my old college stomping grounds: Indiana and Michigan

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Browsing through the recent Reader Exit Polls has me taking a post-dinner stroll down memory lane. Turns out, readers have recently reviewed both a course in my hometown, the University of Michigan Golf Course, as well as my Alma Mater Indi… more »

Idaho has delicious potatoes, and that's okay

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I was just reading over a story recently posted about a trip to Teton Springs Resort & Lodge in Idaho earlier this summer, and something triggered my taste buds, stirring a salivating memory: I am suddenly reminded of how delicious my French fries we… more »

Look out for the silent assassin: Ji-Yai Shin at RIcoh Women's British Open

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I'm not going to be subtle: I'm pulling for Ji-Yai Shin to win the Ricoh Women's British Open today. At 12-under, Shin sits one shot back of leader Yuri Fudoh. In the hunt are the likes of Christie Kerr, Lorena Ochoa and Natalie Gulbis. I like al… more »

Mainstream media still pimping Michelle Wie PGA Tour shot over Ricoh Women's British Open

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Michelle Wie's first round at the PGA Tour's Legends Reno Tahoe Open is getting more attention than the first round at the Ricoh Women's British Open - at least in mainstream U.S. sports media. On ESPN News' looping coverage, they are showing several… more »