Archives for: December 2010

In a time of mega deals, how come you haven't joined a private golf club yet?

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I admit I think about it form time-to-time, joining a local private club as a junior member. It actually seems pretty affordable in Austin if you find the right place, between $250-400 a month minimum. A lot of clubs say there has never been a better… more »

Stuck in the New York blizzard - and why you should take a Christmas golf vacation

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No one actually wants to be in the sea of humanity, but hundreds of thousands of Christmas visitors to NYC had their flight cancelled, they're out of money and can't afford a hotel room, and shoulder-to-shoulder Times Square is the only place to stay warm for free in this town until they can hitchhike their way out. more »

Donald Trump pulls 'Heritage' card to fight proposed wind power complex near his Aberdeen golf development

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Does a distant wind farm make a golf course experience worse? Donald Trump thinks so. In looking up the status of his golf course development north of Aberdeen, I came across a flurry of articles, like this one from the Daily Record. At issue is… more »

See the best of the north with new Ireland golf package including Royal Portrush, Royal County Down

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If you're looking for a prime Ireland golf vacation from Santa this Christmas, a new package has popped up on that features a collection of my favorite links in Ireland's north. Guests will be met by a Carr Golf expert representative at… more »

Fairmont Presidents Club rewards guests with free rental clubs and more travel perks

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Last week when I was playing the Old Blue course at Wailea, I was paired with the new General Manager of the Fairmont Kea Lani, Charles Head (who transferred here from the Fairmont St. Andrews). He mentioned something casually that struck me "We have… more »

Tale of two Mauis: Wailea Golf Club's Gold course vs. Kapalua Plantation

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WAILEA, MAUI -- The Plantation Course at Kapalua is generally rated Maui's top golf course in all the big mag rankings. Wailea Golf Club's Gold Course usually nips at its heels. It leads to an obvious comparison, and I had some readers asking me for… more »

Bring home your Maui golf instruction with Kapalua internet lessons

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KAPALUA, MAUI -- One of my favorite things about golf lessons is the ten minutes or so after, hitting some balls with a new tip, and wondering just how far you could take it. A 2-handicap? Scratch? US Amateur finalist and a Masters invite? I love… more »

After golf: Maui is the 'Sushi Isle'

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KAPALUA, HAWAII -- Golf doesn't necessary put me in the mood for sushi, but the more social, casual, order as-you-please aspect makes it great for eating light on an island vacation. One thing about sushi in maui, is that its different everywhere yo… more »

24 hours in Maui: From volcano sunrises to peaceful golf on Wailea's Old Blue

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WAILEA, HAWAII -- Maui may be a vacation destination that lets you kick back and relax, but my past 24 hours or so have been It started last night, checking into the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea. We checked into the suite thinking we had been somehow… more »

USGA's Mike Davis sounds off on Pinehurst No. 2 restoration progress in new video

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In the three-minute interview, there are some accompanying shots of the new rough areas, and they are quite a departure from the greener look No. 2 has had for many years. It will certainly add a more penal element off the tee - and a little bit of chance, too, as the waste areas won't be groomed like regular, raked sand bunkers. As the new look takes shape leading up to the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, Pinehurst will certainly bring "sand" back to the "sandhills." more »