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Lone Star State is big enough for both new and old Valero Texas Open hosts: Westin La Cantera and TPC San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- That big, 1,001-room hotel that sits behind the 16th green was quite the As the TPC San Antonio and JW Marriott opened up last year, it meant the Westin la Cantera had to step aside to make room at the top. I just wrote a fe… more »

Jack Nicklaus and friends usher in the new Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Michigan

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BENTON HARBOR, MI -- While most of the attention in the golf world is on the other side of Lake Michigan at Whistling Straits, a pretty big event was held on the shores of southwest Michigan. The Golf Club at Harbor Shores hosted the Champions for Change… more »

How do you like your Myrtle Beach course rankings? Golf Digest panel, MB golfers rate favorites

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Two recent Myrtle Beach golf course rankings have debuted this year, which I think were long overdue. One comes from Golf Digest, serving up their "Super 60" of Myrtle Beach. The other comes, which bases its rankings on input from p… more »

Free beer and replays with your golf package in Myrtle Beach

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If there is a better marketing pitch than "free beer" I haven't seen it, which is what drew me to a new package deal up on today. The Arnold Palmer's Pick Three lets you choose between the three courses at Legends: Moorland, Parkland an… more »

24 hours in Sun Valley, Idaho: Bikes, golf and Garth Brooks

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SUN VALLEY, ID -- Sun Valley doesn't seem to be one of those "lounge by the pool" destinations. It's a pretty affluent crowd for the most part, but just about everybody is in Bally's Total Fitness commercial-type shape. I don't see many barbecue bellies… more »

Bangkok voted World's Best City for travel, and golf in Thailand is just that good too

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We recently published a news item on about the Hawaiian Island of Kauai being ranked the No. 2 island to visit in the world, according to Travel & Leisure's Reader Poll.One other result in the poll worth noting is that Bangkok was… more »

Every city - like my home in Austin - has a golf course that could be better off with fewer holes

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Just up this morning is a column I've written on a potential trend in golf: 18-hole clubs selling off a few holes for development and running a shortened layout of just 12-14 holes. Ever since I began thinking about this article, I consider some city… more »

Play golf, drink cheap and hit the race track in upstate New York's Saratoga Springs

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You'd think they were Saratoga Springs' version of buddha. Horse art is everywhere in Saratoga Springs, from statues downtown and at golf courses, to paintings in our hotel room. It's easy to see what the lifeline of this small college and horse town is.… more »

Sneak peek at Predator Ridge Golf Resort's new Ridge course in the Okanagan Valley

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VERNON, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- I can count all the brand new golf courses I'll be visiting on one half of one hand this year. There aren't many. But I did visit one this week: Predator Ridge's new Ridge course in British Columbia's golf-loaded Okanagan… more »

Play all four of Ocean Ridge Plantation's 'Big Cats' near Myrtle Beach for $285 including lodging this summer

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Some travelers to Myrtle Beach like to hit every corner of the Grand Strand on their golf vacation, from Brunswick County to Pawleys Island. Other groups understandably like to keep it centric to one resort, and Ocean Ridge Plantation is one of your… more »

Bizarre 2010 Open Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews makes Muirfield in 2013 more appetizing

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I expected a long-baller to win the 2010 Open Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews. More specifically, a long-baller with a hot putter. Guys like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, J.B. Holmes, even Bubba Watson had a chance in my book.… more »

Even U.S. Women's Open champ Paula Creamer can inspire a guy like me

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THe only time I interviewed Paula Creamer was after her 4th round at the U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles back in 2007. Creamer seemed visibly frustrated at her 5-over finish, which ended up putting her in a tie for 16th in an event Cristie Kerr would… more »

Just how good is U.S. Women's Open host Oakmont Country Club?

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If Oakmont offered some limited public tee times, would it be worth traveling to play? I'd have to say I've played about 400 golf courses in my life, and Oakmont is in the top 50 for sure - and probably top 20. It's certainly not… more »

British Open on the brain? Scratch your links golf itch in Ireland's northwest

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It's just one week away: Is the British Open and the magic of links golf on your mind yet? It is for Stewart Cink. He's making his way over to Ireland a week before the Open as he did last year, when he triumphed over Tom Watson for his long-awaited… more »

Butch Harmon brings new golf school, Pro-Am event to The Loon Golf Resort in northern Michigan

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The Loon Golf Resort is a course that wades a bit under the radar in Northern Michigan. I've been around Gaylord many times, and I've never even personally played it - and I'm not really sure why. That's just the way it goes in northern Michigan,… more »

Have you played more golf in the last 18 months than President Barack Obama?

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President Barack Obama has reportedly played 39 rounds of golf since his presidency began. So considering the Commander in Chief probably has a lot on his plate (though he can probably always find a babysitter), if you're a golfer, you have no excuse… more »