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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 »

Golf real estate intrudes on a would-be gem in Portugal at Praia D'el Rey

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Beautiful golf courses that fall victim to heavy surrounding real estate are nothing new in golf. Golf is a business, and if you can sell homes on fairways that will profit, so be it. That's why we call it "Capitalism" and not "Pretty-golf-course-ism… more »

18th at Oitavos in Portugal more difficult than Open venue Carnoustie's closer - has meltdown to back it up

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When I played Carnoustie a few weeks back, site of the 2007 Open Championship, scoring a seven on the 18th wasn't too hard. It makes you sympathize with Jean Van de Velde's meltdown (but it's still funny and Carnoustie seems to find great pleasure in cat… more »

Free TV on the internet thanks to TVU - ideal for travel

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I've learned two valuable tidbits of information over the past week while enjoying spirits with friends. One: if your French girlfriend or wife tells you she's taking off to Senegal for the weekend, be very suspicious. Two: You can get free TV on your co… more »

Siding with Donald Trump's new golf resort in Aberdeen, Scotland

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I never liked The Apprentice. Then again, office politics are about as relatable to me as keeping the materialistic ego of your supermodel girlfriend in check. It's easy to knock Donald Trump. In fact, I do it all the time. It's fun. I hold weekly "I… more »

Tiger Woods Golf Design sounds expensive

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Anyone ever see that Seinfeld where George buys a car because he thinks the former owner was Hollywood actor Jon Voight? Well in a few years, golfers will be shelling out big cash to play what they think are courses finely crafted by golf's Best Sell… more »

No time for elections when you have golf, dinner in Cascais, Lisbon Portugal

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So rumor has it in America the Democrats are triumphing and Donald Rumsfeld is the first conservative casualty. What would I know? I've been at dinner the past week, where in Portugal, it lasts about as long as a round of golf -- and is equally, if n… more »

Final thoughts (for now) on travels in Scotland and St. Andrews golf

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All good things must come to an end. Which is why I will be golfing again tomorrow. Man I suck these days. What ever happened to the baby fade I had in high school? But sadly I am home from Scotland. What an experience. Scots told me "sorry about… more »

Watching golfers on the Old Course from Rusacks Hotel in St. Andrews better than any TV

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I don't watch TV much these days. Maybe it's because I live in a foreign country and can't understand much Czech, or maybe its because I can simply pirate old South Park episodes to my computer, which is really all the entertainment I need at the moment… more »

Sundays at the Old Course in St. Andrews a cruel tease

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Any golfer knows one finite fact: guaranteed tee times on the Old Course in St. Andrews are a bit hard to come by. So imagine: you were entered in the ballot on Saturday and failed, only to walk by the course at 10 a.m. the following day and see the… more »

Scotland shows there isn't much "open" about exclusive U.S. Open golf venues

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Okay, you got me. I've been in Scotland for two weeks, Europe for four months, and I've somewhat converted to how they handle golf, from walking to the accessibility of their famous courses. Every single British Open venue in Scotland, from Carnousti… more »

You won't find championship tees at golf courses in Scotland

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Even the worst of duffers get the urge to play the championship tees from time to time. Sometimes it's because you're lucky enough to play a course the pros play on TV, and you want to see just how far off you are from competing in the Open Championship… more »

Royal Dornoch edges out Turnberry in my Scotland "Best Of" golf courses

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They say good things come to those who wait. In the case of Royal Dornoch, located in the Highlands of Scotland, good things come to those who drive. When is the last time you were truly sad to finish a round of golf, and was it 50 degrees, windy… more »

The Carrick in Loch Lomond will add to Scotland's world class golf offerings

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So you thought Scotland has so many world class courses built from the beginning of the century or older, it doesn't need any more? Wrong. The Cameron House Hotel, a stunning five star resort on the shores of Loch Lomond north of Glasgow is getti… more »

My first blind date with Old Tom Morris at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland

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Today I stand before you a changed man. Three days after my arrival in the UK, I proudly admit I can drive on the left side of the road and roundabouts are cake (but I didn't say I agree with them...). However, I still never fail to walk to my car and st… more »

Learning "roundabouts", loving Turnberry and a shot at the Ailsa course record

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Before my trip to Scotland, I spent a lot of time sorting through glossy Scotland tourism mags and scanning websites of St. Andrews, Turnberry, Prestwick and other famous gems. Nowhere was I warned about the country's dirty little secret: The Roundab… more »