Archives for: September 2009

The Obamas are in Copenhagen lobbying for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics, but will golf be voted in?

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The final push for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games is on. The Olympic committee will vote on the host city October 2nd in Copenhagen, and also vote to determine if golf should make its re-entry into the games. President Obama and the First Lady are bot… more »

Verizon will discontinue sponsorship of PGA Tour's Heritage Classic on Hilton Head Island

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PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem foreshadowed a little gloom last week regarding the future of some PGA Tour title sponsors, and we've already got our first casualty: The Verizon Heritage Classic on Hilton Head Island, staged on Harbour Town Golf Links… more »

Best public golf course in the U.S.? According to Golf World Readers Choice Awards, it's Forest Dunes in Michigan

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Golf World magazine released their new golf course Readers Choice Awards this week, and while I'm always pretty skeptical of course rankings, I'm really liking the Golf World user-feedback ranking system. It produces a more honest list for the everyday g… more »

It's not too late to stop talking northern Michigan for the 2009 golf season

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Summer may be over in Michigan, but there's still golf amongst the changing of the fall colors to be played in October. So we're not adverse to rolling out more articles in the next couple weeks from my recent northern Michigan golf trip, where I played… more »

Loyalty pays off for foursome celebrating their 40th Myrtle Beach golf vacation

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Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has a special going at the moment: Buy 40 golf trips, get one free. Okay, I jest. But for a foursome from Pennsylvania, they celebrated their 40th Myrtle Beach golf trip in a row in with a complimentary golf vacation cou… more »

Here's an excuse to visit Spain's Costa Del Sol next spring: the Costa Del Golf Challenge tournament

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If you've been considering a Costa Del Sol golf vacation to Spain, here's as good of an excuse as any to take the plunge: The Costa Del Sol Golf Challenge, held March 9th-14th on four area golf courses around Marbella: Los Flamingos, Gran Flamingos,… more »

Poipu Bay on Kauai the latest Hawaiian golf course to convert to paspalum grass; River's Edge near Myrtle Beach reopens

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The paspalum turf domino effect is continuing along the world's island and warm weather golf courses. Following next door Kiahuna Golf Club and the Princeville Makai's lead, Poipu Bay Golf Course on the Hawaiian island of Kauai will close in April of… more »

Other sports should follow golf's lead and ban cell phones from events

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Is there anything more anti-climactic than when you're watching a football game on TV and there's a huge, 80-yard run to win the game, the crowd goes wild, and the camera cuts to a cluster of fans and 90% of them are, you guessed it, TEXTING!! It dri… more »

Myrtle Beach is finally getting a proper, beachside boardwalk

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This week, Myrtle Beach will celebrate the ground breaking of a new $6 million beachfront boardwalk that will extend from 14th Ave North to 2nd Ave North. Click here for info and artists renditions of the project. Apparently this boardwalk has been… more »

Time to start making San Francisco travel plans for the Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course

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Fresh up on is a feature on San Francisco Bay-area golf leading up to the Presidents Cup next month. I visited the Bay Area for the first time in August for four days, checking out municipal Harding Park Golf Course and Olympic Club's… more »

New Golf Magazine Top 100 rankings slight American southwest desert courses in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada

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I travel a lot to play golf, but I've never teed it up in Arizona, New Mexico or California's desert. According to Golf Magazine's latest Top 100 Golf Courses in America rankings, I'm not missing much. I've been perusing their new list a bit since th… more »

Brandt Snedeker collapse at BMW Championship helps to validate FedEx Cup Playoffs

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Serena Williams' meltdown at a defenseless (and what looks like correct) line judge at the U.S. Open this weekend was difficult to watch. Brandt Snedeker's Sunday four-putt on the 18th hole at the BMW Championship was gut-wrenching TV of a different vari… more »

Win free a free golf trip for two to Alberta's Canadian Rockies

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A noteworthy free golf giveaway just came across my desk: a five-night, six-round giveaway, including rental car and accommodations for two in Alberta's Canadian Rockies good for the summer of 2010. I visited the six clubs in July, and they offer a w… more »

Tale of two Engh's: True North and Tullymore in northern Michigan

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One of the Rocky Mountain West's most prolific modern golf course architects, Jim Engh, serves up two northern Michigan golf designs, and both are welcomed additions in the past decade to the state's already rich golf scene here: Tullymore Golf Club and… more »

Northern Michigan is a summer destination built for golfing benders

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CHARLEVOIX, MI -- Twice in my golf travel lifetime have I played more than 36 holes in one day, and both are courtesy of the courses of Northern Michigan. A few years back, my friend and I took on 54 holes at the Garland Resort, thanks to long summer… more »
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