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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 »

Quote of the day: Garrison Keillor on golfers

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Garrison Keillor has a great travel column in the New York Times today. Click here to read it. It's a great read start-to-finish, but maybe that's because he talks about Scotland and San Francisco, destinations of which I just returned and are headed to… more »

Slow play solution: keep out the riff-raff with golf's version of 'adult swim'

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We published our weekly newsletter this morning, and today's topic is a sore one for me, and apparently lots of you out there too who have left comments: Slow play. It's golf's inconvenient truth, because the longer rounds get, the mor… more »

From hot dog stands to authentic Thai cuisine, dining out in Toronto is criminally good

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TORONTO, CANADA -- A few months back, I was feeling ambitious enough to try and make pad thai myself. Aside from forgetting to put in the sprouts, I thought my effort was acceptable. Having eaten at one of Toronto's great thai joints on my last nigh… more »

Pinehurst Resort offers first ever golf package with two rounds on famed No. 2

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On the heels of the announcement that Pinehurst No. 2 will host both the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open on back-to-back weeks, the Pinehurst Resort is offering their first ever golf package that provides two rounds on No. 2. I haven't played No.… more »

Tee it up with hickories, play the original Thompson routing at historic Fairmont Banff Springs August 15-16

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I played with hickory shafted golf clubs at Musselburgh's Old Links in Scotland a few months ago, and I loved it. There's nothing quite like playing an old golf course with hickories. Your entire body tingles when you hit the sweet spot. And in a cou… more »

Canadian Open host Toronto: where little frosted doughnuts for dessert can be 'trendy'

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TORONTO, CANADA -- The restaurant we ate at tonight for our welcome dinner in Toronto is so chic, there is no sign in the front window. You've gotta find it the old fashioned way: by address. Even our cab driver wasn't really sure where this place was.… more »

Bear:30 in Alberta's Canadian Rockies - Kananaskis Country Golf Course goes Grizzly

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KANANASKIS, ALBERTA - Our last round of the trip in Alberta's Canadian Rockies and we'd all seen plenty of elk, deer, coyote cubs, mountain sheep, ambitious squirrels running off with our Twix... But alas, no bear sighting. Lo and behold, on the 4… more »

Will Tiger Woods have to be Open hero Tom Watson's age before he stops slamming his clubs?

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Reflecting back on such an eventful Open Championship at Turnberry, I'm most thankful for Tom Watson reintroducing himself to a younger generation golf and sports fans. This was important, because a lot of us are too young to remember Watson in his p… more »

Win or lose the Open Championship, the Scots adore links-loving Tom Watson like no other

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I don't think there is a soul alive aware of the Open Championship not pulling for Tom Watson tomorrow at Turnberry. And looking at the leaderboard, the good news for Watson is that it's hard to believe anyone is capable of really blowing the field a… more »

Save cash, play superb Canadian Rockies golf at Banff Springs, Jasper Park Lodge with the Stanley Thompson Cup

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BANFF, ALBERTA - Quite a special/competition is happening way up here in the Canadian Rockies at two of the finest classic mountain valley golf courses you're bound to see in your golf travels. This summer, the two Fairmont Hotels here in the Canadia… more »

Golf's most scenic 19th hole in St. Andrews just got better at the Old Course Hotel's new rooftop terrace

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I was at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews for two nights back in April, where I enjoyed a Road Hole view from my guest room and soaked in the views from the Road Hole Bar and Grill with their recently-added floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the cou… more »

Time for U.S. Women's Open star, 14-year-old Alexis Thompson to compete on the PGA Tour

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Now that 14-year-old Alexis Thompson has not only made the cut in a U.S. Women's Open, but finds herself in the Top 10, and Michelle Wie is noticeably absent this week, it's time to start the media discussion about when Thompson starts competing on the P… more »

With no Wie, Gulbis at the U.S. Women's Open plus Bivens controversy, it's a bad week for the LPGA

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The U.S. Women's Open is usually the LPGA's biggest week of the season. Not only is it our nation's tournament, it's slotted against the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic, who aside from Zach Johnson, no one really cares about as we all start looking towards… more »

Paspalum turf: even old school Tom Doak is using golf's hot new grass at Bahia de los Suenos in Mexico

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I hadn't heard about paspalum turf, a newer, bermuda substitute that is heat tolerant and easily watered until less than two years ago. Now, it seems like I can't go on one dang golf trip in a warmer climate without playing on it - or hearing that a… more »

After Independence Day golf in Myrtle Beach, take the foursome to Freestyle Music Park for $17.76

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When I lived in Myrtle Beach, my favorite weekend was probably July 4th weekend. Friends were in town, the bars were packed, and on the night of the 4th, going out to the beach at night was a pretty wild scene. With all the explosions lighting up the sk… more »