Archives for: March 2009

In Spain's Costa Del Sol, save room for cured ham, tapas & drink on your golf holiday

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Not to brag or anything, but I'm pretty sure if you got my friends and I together, I'd know way more than them about the art of cured ham in Spain. I ate tons of it over there during my golf trip earlier this month, and learned a little over every th… more »

Tiger Woods loves Orlando's Bay Hill Golf Club, but what's the best PGA Tour stop for us: the travel golfer?

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Another electrifying, 72nd hole win by Tiger Woods at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Invitational, and suddenly this Orlando jewel is on that many more golfers' bucket lists. Hosting a PGA Tour event is big business. Clubs must not only renovate and length… more »

Travel advice: Myrtle Beach golfer looking for value-oriented, wife-friendly golf vacation

Send feedback » reader Carl has written to us asking for help planning his Myrtle Beach golf trip. Here's what he's looking for: My wife and I would like to play about four rounds while in MB the last week of May. Where would you recommend playing wit… more »

At the Bay Hill Invitational, a reminder to PGA Tour players to start actin' Arnold

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My old english teacher and I were gabbin' golf when I was having lunch with him last year during my visit in Eugene. He's a huge golf nut and recalled a golf tournament he attended years ago, where Arnold Palmer and Ken Venturi were headlining and playin… more »

PGA Tour players don't appear to be heeding commissioner Tim Finchem's request to play more tournaments

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The Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in metro Tampa is considered to be one of the PGA Tour's finest venues, now host to the Transitions Championship. Unfortunately, the game's top players don't really care, as nine of the world's… more »

Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach: Grand Strand Granddaddy back open after two-year renovation project

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Just in time for Myrtle Beach's annual peak spring season, Pine Lakes Country Club is back online and ready to play in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Pine Lakes is Myrtle Beach's oldest golf course, established in 1927. Since then, it's carried a reputat… more »

Biloxi, Mississippi's best golf courses among the nation's best according to 2009 Golfweek rankings

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A year or so ago my aunt and uncle asked me about a possible golf and gaming destination for their anniversary. Something affordable, but they wanted top notch golf, casinos and eats. No settling. With little hesitation, I directed them towards Bilox… more »

Now playing: international travel tips for your next golf vacation

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We just posted a new Planet Putter column of mine over at International travel tips for you next golf vacation. I actually filed the column before my trip to Spain I just returned from (in fact, I wrote the majority of it on a flight… more »

Valderrama & Finca Cortesin Resort: A golf holiday as good as it gets on Spain's Costa Del Sol

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SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN -- As stated in my previous blog entry, there is a Costa Del Sol golf trip for every budget in Spain. The following is not an itinerary for every budget: As my guide for the majority of the trip, tour operator Jonathan Snell (wh… more »

Spain's Costa Del Sol: The Myrtle Beach of Europe for golf holidays

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MARBELLA, SPAIN -- About four days into my visit in Spain's Costa Del Sol, I find myself noticing endless similarities between it and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as a golf mecca. Don't get me wrong, there are stark differences too (in Costa Del Sol… more »

Golf in Marbella, Spain Day One: So that's why it's the 'Costa del Sol'

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MARBELLA, SPAIN -- About 16 hours into my journey in Andalucia on Spain's southern coast, I'd see nothing but constant rain. And as we showed up to our first golf course of the trip, the Gran Flamingo Golf Club, there seemed to be no sign of a break.… more »

Finishing up a Myrtle Beach golf trip with a little class: Barefoot Fazio and Umi Pacific Grille

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- You've got to wrap up a great six-day golf trip on a high note. On my Myrtle Beach golf trip this past week, I ended mine not only on a fine one, but a rather upscale, classy one to boot. The day started with 18 holes at t… more »