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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 »

Links golf at the end of Ireland: Ballyliffin isn't easy to get to, but that's sort of the point

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Ballyliffin on the northern tip of Ireland was probably my most out-of-the-way stop during my two-week golf tour on the Emerald Isle. In fact, it was a bit frustrating to get to. I was supposed to take the Foyle ferry from Limavady, which was to cut of c… more »

The big buzz in Northern Ireland is on phenom Rory McIlroy

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After four days in Northern Ireland, I can't have a conversation without a mention of teen sensation Rory McIlroy from Holywood, N. Ireland. Over in the States, we're all Wie-wild and Fujikawa-fevered. But if you ask anyone around these parts, McIlro… more »

What does a slicer's nightmare look like? Probably the 14th at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland

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I used to play a fade that could turn into a little slice on a bad day in high school. After four years of not playing much during college, it has since turned into a draw/hook somehow. I can't explain it. But when I encountered the 14th hole at Royal Po… more »

Scenic Causeway Route up Northern Ireland coastline to Portrush well worth the detour

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Royal Portrush on the northernmost coast of Northern Ireland is only about an hour or so from Belfast if you take the direct route. If you're a tourist and have the time to make an hour or two detour, the Scenic Causeway Route (A2) along the northeast co… more »

Some courses like Royal County Down can void golfers of common sense

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Anytime you go on a golf trip, fair or not, you look forward to one or two courses more than others. For my two-week trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland, I was probably looking forward to Royal County Down the most. So when I showed up on Monday for… more »

Wild weather reveals pretty rainbow in Ireland

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On my first hole today at Portmarnock Golf Club, there was blustery wind and rainfall, a far cry from Myrtle Beach. By the second fairway, it had cleared up and was warm again. Go figure. I don't think I've ever captured a rainbow on a golf course un… more »

White posts outlining fairways in Ireland: gimmicky or genius?

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I'm thumbing through all the photos I took in Scotland, and don't remember ever seeing what I saw today at Portmarnock Golf Club, just outside Dublin, Ireland. All of the fairways are lined with little white posts that look like O.B. stakes or 150-ya… more »

Golf around the Emerald Isle: A two week tour in Ireland and Northern Ireland

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I was out playing golf in Las Vegas this week, and while at Bali Hai, a Pacific-themed course with waterfalls, exotic fish and nearly 2,500 palm trees, it snowed. Yes, it snowed in Vegas - and it was real snow, I think. You can never be too sure on t… more »

Fuzzy Zoeller not the only dispute regarding golf in Wikipedia: St. Andrews not the birthplace?

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Golf discrepancies don't start and end at Wikipedia with Fuzzy Zoeller, who claims defamatory material was added to his biography in 2006. The "Encyclopedia anyone, seriously, can edit" is calling Musselburgh Links in Edinburgh - not St. Andrews the birt… more »

Alligator spotting at Aberdeen Country Club in Myrtle Beach

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Just one six-foot reason why us northerners dig golfing in the swamp. We don't have critters like this in our neck of the woods. (Apologies for not getting the extreme close up.) Photo below... An alligator takes advantage of sunny, 70-degree F… more »

Gilbert Arenas & Shaq's giving spirit far more entertaining than Mickelson's at NBA All-star game in Las Vegas

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Phil Mickelson's under-the-radar donations to former NFL player Conrad Dobler was an unnecessary act of giving and helped to expose the NFL's lack of appreciation to the stars who helped put the league where it is today. The NBA All-star Game took pl… more »

Bogey on the 18th at Riviera shows Phil Mickelson's head still isn't there

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Phil Mickelson is driving the ball better than ever and the "incident" at Winged Foot only made him wiser for the rest of his career. At least that's what he's telling anyone who asks. After driving the ball well all tournament, Mickelson missed… more »

Is there finer Grand Strand golf than Caledonia on Pawleys Island?

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I've only been in Myrtle Beach two weeks now. So far, my hands-down favorite course is Caledonia Golf and Fish Club. As a Michigan native, playing southeastern golf can get redundant, since many of the courses are in residential communities, flat, wi… more »

No. 1 at Willbrook Plantation toughest starting hole in Myrtle Beach?

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I played Willbrook Plantation on Pawley's Island south of Myrtle Beach yesterday. I went off the back nine and the twosome I paired up with crapped out after six holes. They were seniors and had been playing 36 holes a day all week. The intermittent rain… more »

Nicklaus' The Bear in northern Michigan ranked in Golf Digest's 50 toughest

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A recent feature at Golf Digest ranks America's Toughest 50 golf courses. The state of Michigan scored one track: the infamous Bear at the Grand Traverse Resort near Traverse City. It placed 18th.While this course definitely put a hurting on me w… more »