Archives for: January 2011

The Prince Course at Princeville Resort on Kauai closes for five-month renovation project

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Another golf course on Kauai is going under the knife. The Prince course at the Princeville Resort, considered by many rankings to be Kauai's best, is closing to undergo a five-month renovation and upgrade project. Said Director of Golf Steve Mur… more »

LPGA players like Pettersen, Creamer are right to question the Groupon-like Founders Cup deal

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The big news out of Orlando yesterday was that Suzanne Peterson is the first big name to outwardly say she's not playing in , as announced at Demo Day yesterday at the PGA Merchandise Show. I've given commish Michael Whan the benefit of the doubt aft… more »

Travel Video: The new White Clouds golf course and more at Sun Valley Resort in Idaho

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Last summer, I made a visit to Idaho's Sun Valley Resort, one of the west's great ski retreats, to check out the summertime vibe. There's a lot of new stuff going on for summer visitors lately, including a new 9-hole golf course, White Clouds, and a… more »

Castle Stuart becomes new host of European Tour's Scottish Open

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Castle Stuart, a Scotland course that is getting more buzz than just about any recently opened course in the world, will host the 2011 event July 7-10th announced by the European Tour today. more »

It's true, women golfers are faster players than men

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Every time some old man on the golf course sees a foursome of women golfers and grumbles to me about how slow they are (which is often, actually), I usually just smile and shrug my shoulders. For every time a foursome of women are holding me up on the course, there are ten male foursomes doing the same thing. more »

Travel Video: Golf and wildlife in Australia on Queensland's Sunshine Coast

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Queensland is home to such wonders as the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands, and plenty of Australia's exotic wildlife. A trip to the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane lets visitors take in the Hyatt Regency Coolum Resort, host of the Austra… more »

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country celebrates their anniversary with an unlimited golf deal this weekend

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The JW Marriott Resort San Antonio Hill Country Resort is celebrating its year anniversary this January with an unlimited golf stay-and-play deal this weekend. During their anniversary weekend January 20-22nd, guests can stay at the JW Marriott Resor… more » goes mobile: Book tee times instantly on your iPhone

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If you have buddies who regularly talk about how they don't play enough golf when you're with them at the bar, now you can take instant action and have a tee time booked and confirmed before they head back to the day jobs, wives and other real life responsibilities that make them forget about the game. The IPhone interface is a little different than the website. It can use your location to find courses nea… more »

Pebble Beach vs. Bandon Dunes: Reader compares the two American links giants

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Tom rated all four courses five-star experiences, even though his comments on Pebble Beach weren't 100% positive: The ocean holes are beautiful. It is unfortunate that fifty percent of the lay out is populated with unsightley architecture. It seemed… more »

Oregon vs. Alabama (Auburn) as a golf destination: Which state wins the golf travel BCS?

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My prediction for tonight's BCS title game: Nike University at Eugene over Auburn 44-39. Debating the two respective states as golf destinations, I also have to give Oregon the nod by a duck's bill. more »

New Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards program is one step closer to winning me back

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Before the holiday season I wrote up a travel column on how to save money on airline bag fees, join frequent-flier programs and more. In it, I praised Southwest for their golfer-friendly policy allowing two free checked bags, but wasn't so kind about the… more »

Want to buy a remote Scotland resort? Historic Machrie Hotel & Golf Links for sale

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U.K. news outlets are reporting that Machrie Hotel and Golf Links, on the Hebridan Island of Islay, has been put under "administration" and is currently looking for a new owner. The reports say 15 of 18 employees have been laid off, so it's hard to belie… more »

A chilly golf travel alternative: The Ice Tee Tournament on Lake Wallenpaupack near New York

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If all my recent posts about sunny golf in Maui has you sufficiently bored, here's something from the chilly side of the golf travel spectrum: The 20th Annual Ice Tee Tournament on Lake WallenpaupackThe event takes place in Hawley, PA, about a tw… more »

Kapalua's Hyundai Tournament of Champions puts Maui golf in the sunny spotlight

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The 2011 season is kicking off this week in Kapalua, where 2010's tournament winners are greeted with sunny skies and Hawaiian hospitality - plus a limited field/guaranteed payday for the entrants. I spent eight days over in Maui at the beginning of… more »