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At long last: Makai Golf Club at St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kauai lands Top 100 spot

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I guess the Makai Golf Club at St. Regis Princeville isn't the most under-respected golf course in Hawaii anymore. Three? years after an extensive redesign and upgrade of the property, Golf Digest has named it to its Top 100 list. Having had the… more »

Coincidence? National Geographic's top two 'Literary Cities' are big-time golf destinations

Golfers tend to love books, and folks like to read when it's raining. So perhaps it comes as no surprise that the top two "Literary Cities" as determined by National Geographic are also big-time golf destinations. Checking in at No. 1 is Edinburgh,… more »

Dallas golfers can now land grand with new Spirit Airlines service to Myrtle Beach

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In the last week, a few developments in air travel have caught my eye. First off, taxes and fees are now included in airline price quotes, a result of a new Department of Transportation mandate. While I wrote awhile back that it seemed like excessive go… more »

Maui's best finishing hole? The Kapalua Plantation Course's 18th has stiff competition

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LAHAINA, Maui -- We're all familiar with the Plantation Course at Kapalua's remarkable, 660-yard 18th hole that tumbles down the hill towards the island of Lanai. It would be natural to think of this scenic and captivating hole as the finest closing… more »

Get to know SwingFix: Quick, affordable online video golf instruction

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Most golf lessons at top schools have had some element of video analysis for awhile now. In the last couple years, I've had lessons that include a video component emailed to you afterwards, like at the Kapalua Academy on Maui and most recently at the Da… more »

You don't have to be a local to score a great deal on Maui at Kahili Golf Course

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WAILUKU, HAWAII -- Golf in Hawaii can be expensive if you don't have a coveted state driver's license that unlocks ka'amaina rates at just about every course, whether it's $10 to play Maui County's Waiehu Golf Course or upwards of $80 to play high-end r… more »

Last chance to win a trip - and get paid - to be a golf writer at Carson Valley's Divine Nine Media Tour

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This is the last week you can enter to win a trip to live the golf writer life in Carson Valley's Divine Nine Media Tour. The winner will get an all-expenses-paid trip, plus $500 to cover the Divine 9 Tour, one of the more unique junkets in golf tra… more »

Stay and play on Maui in style and space at Fairmont Kea Lani and Wailea Golf Club

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Of all the Hawaii resorts I've stayed at, what separates the Kea Lani from the rest is the space. Each room, some bigger than others, have spacious balconies, living areas, bedrooms and baths. there isn't a cramped room in the When you're in Hawaii,… more »

First the groove rule, now long putters are under attack? It's drivers, course setup and golf balls, silly

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Little whispers began when Adam Scott started playing well at the Masters and then won at Bridgestone. They grew louder when Keegan Bradley took home the PGA Championship with a clutch long putter down the stretch. Yep, long putters are officially u… more »

A new low for high gas prices: Orlando Airport-area station sneaks $5.79 gas into tourist tanks

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Orlando, FL -- Every destination, from Europe to Ohio, has its tourist traps. What I saw on my way to Orlando International Airport this afternoon zoomed straight past "tourist trap" en route to criminal. $5.79 regular unleaded gasoline: found a… more »

Flight oversold? Getting rebooked can mean travel cash and a better itinerary

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- The next time your flight is overbooked and an airline's gate agent is asking volunteers to give up their seat for travel vouchers, tell them you're interested. That's the lesson I learned this week in Vancouver, retur… more »

Michigan's Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club knows how to treat the ladies

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We just got a great review of Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club on our exit polls. Glowing reviews of Arcadia Bluffs is nothing new. Set above the shores of Lake Michigan, it's considered by many panelists as good as a top 10 play in the United… more »

48 hours in Bend, Oregon: Pronghorn golf, mountain biking and microbrews

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BEND, OREGON -- Making my second trip back to Bend for a short two days, I had outdoors on So I was eager to tackle my two short days in Bend head on with a lot of experiences outdoors. We went out for a late afternoon round on the Fazio course… more »

New amateur scramble event comes to the Strip: Las Vegas Par-Am at Bali Hai Golf Club

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For golfers looking for a Las Vegas splurge this summer, The Strip is getting a brand new golf tournament for amateurs this summer: the first annual Par-Am, staged at Bali Hai Golf Club. Slated for Saturday, August 13th, The amateur tournament will… more »

Sneak peek at the new Jim Engh-designed Awarii Dunes Golf Club in Nebraska

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KEARNEY, NEBRASKA -- Funny as it sounds, Nebraska seems to be one of the top links-style golf destinations in North America. That's thanks largely in part to Sand Hills, the Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-designed gem in Mullen. But other courses, like… more »