Archives for: May 2011

How do you actually convince golfers to 'Tee it Forward'? You could charge by the tee box

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The PGA of America and USGA have partnered up to promote their new "Tee it forward" campaign, which begs and pleads bad golfers to play from the right tee box. I don't think any PR campaign is going to change the minds of the common golfer. Their log… more »

Duff Goldman puts the icing on the golf cake

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Hosting a golf tournament and looking for someone who will put the icing on the cake? I was sent this sweet image of Duff Goldman, showing off his skills at the KitchenAid Fairway Club PGA Senior Championship this week at Valhalla. In 2012, the event will be held at Harbor Shores Golf Club. Perhaps in an attempt to spread a little word of mouth, Goldman unveiled this creation of Harbor Shores' 7th hole, which sits beside the dunes of Lake Michigan. Though I'd never heard of him, Goldman is the proclaimed "Ace of Cakes" and judging by this cake he built, a replica of Harbor Shores' 7th hole. more »

Kauai Marriott Resort announces new golf special to celebrate unveiling of completed Mauna nine

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At long last, the Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club has unveiled its spectacular back nine stretchI played the coruse back in 2008, when the entire closing stretch and ocean holes were closed. I later saw it in 2010, when there were several hol… more »

Bandon Dunes Resort's Mike Keiser hints new par 3 golf course will run $100

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Reports from I have no doubt the par-3 course at Bandon Dunes will become one of the best public-access par 3s in America. When playing Bandon Trails, I always thought the dunes to the right of the first hole would have made for some good holes, I ha… more »

Orlando's Waldorf Astoria Golf Club adds new teaching academy

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One of Orlando's top luxury golf experiences, the new Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, has added a new golf academy for 2011. The new golf club boasts a Rees Jones classically-designed championship golf course, firm and fast playing conditions, and a secon… more »

PLAYERS fever? Golf package offers three rounds of golf and a free night at TPC Sawgrass

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If four rounds of PLAYERS action has you salivating to take on Pete Dye's TPC Sawgrass Stadium course, you're not alone. When the PGA Tour ships out on Monday, hackers will be back on the course, unloading buckets of balls into the pond that houses t… more »

What's the best Pete Dye course worth traveling for?

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I'll admit that I'm not the biggest fan of Pete Dye. I will say that almost every time I talk to a golf course architect about their greatest influences, Pete Dye is always at the top. And writers and raters all seem to adore him. For me, it's a litt… more »

Sunday evening in St. Andrews: They're still thinking of Seve - and other sights and sounds

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ST. ANDREWS -- You can do just about anything on the Old Course in St. Andrews on Sunday except hit a golf shot. So unlike my colleage Mike Bailey who had the chance to play the course for the first time earlier this week, I spent my one evening here so… more »

Details galore at thrilling Castle Stuart Golf Links in the Highlands of Scotland

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INVERNESS, SCOTLAND -- If details make or break a property, Castle Stuart should thrive. That's the impression I got today after 18 holes and a coffee with one of the owners, Grant Sword. Sword is an accomplished hotelier in the Scottish Highlands. I… more »

How do you cope with jet lag in Scotland? You could have Royal Dornoch all to yourself at sunrise

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DORNOCH, SCOTLAND -- I'm spectacularly horrible at adjusting to time trans-Atlantic zone changes, especially when I'm sitting back with the riff-raff in coach on the way across the Atlantic. So, no surprise to me, I couldn't get more than about two h… more »

Returning to the links of Scotland for a third time: Golf from Highlands to Fife

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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY -- After teeing up on the sun soaked fairways beside emerald water in the Dominican Republic, I'm off to Scotland, where the sea is dark and my bermuda shorts need not make the trip. I'd be lying if I said I didn't favor the latter… more »

Golf and travel guru Larry Olmsted launches new blog at Forbes

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Regular contributor to our golf network, Larry Olmsted has joined up with the people at Forbes to launch a new travel blog. Most recently, he's been filing regular dispatches for our Golf Course Realty site. Larry tells it like it is, and I'm especia… more »

'Golf the Island' package a fitting introduction to Canada's Prince Edward Island

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Summertime is right around the corner, which means its time to point your golf bag north towards some of the world's great summer golf destinations. Prince Edward Island is one of the many fine golf hotspots in Canada. With May upon us, it's official… more »