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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 »

Kapalua's Hyundai Tournament of Champions puts Maui golf in the sunny spotlight

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The 2011 season is kicking off this week in Kapalua, where 2010's tournament winners are greeted with sunny skies and Hawaiian hospitality - plus a limited field/guaranteed payday for the entrants. I spent eight days over in Maui at the beginning of… more »

In a time of mega deals, how come you haven't joined a private golf club yet?

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I admit I think about it form time-to-time, joining a local private club as a junior member. It actually seems pretty affordable in Austin if you find the right place, between $250-400 a month minimum. A lot of clubs say there has never been a better… more »

Stuck in the New York blizzard - and why you should take a Christmas golf vacation

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No one actually wants to be in the sea of humanity, but hundreds of thousands of Christmas visitors to NYC had their flight cancelled, they're out of money and can't afford a hotel room, and shoulder-to-shoulder Times Square is the only place to stay warm for free in this town until they can hitchhike their way out. more »

Donald Trump pulls 'Heritage' card to fight proposed wind power complex near his Aberdeen golf development

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Does a distant wind farm make a golf course experience worse? Donald Trump thinks so. In looking up the status of his golf course development north of Aberdeen, I came across a flurry of articles, like this one from the Daily Record. At issue is… more »

See the best of the north with new Ireland golf package including Royal Portrush, Royal County Down

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If you're looking for a prime Ireland golf vacation from Santa this Christmas, a new package has popped up on WorldGolf.com that features a collection of my favorite links in Ireland's north. Guests will be met by a Carr Golf expert representative at… more »

Fairmont Presidents Club rewards guests with free rental clubs and more travel perks

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Last week when I was playing the Old Blue course at Wailea, I was paired with the new General Manager of the Fairmont Kea Lani, Charles Head (who transferred here from the Fairmont St. Andrews). He mentioned something casually that struck me "We have… more »

Tale of two Mauis: Wailea Golf Club's Gold course vs. Kapalua Plantation

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WAILEA, MAUI -- The Plantation Course at Kapalua is generally rated Maui's top golf course in all the big mag rankings. Wailea Golf Club's Gold Course usually nips at its heels. It leads to an obvious comparison, and I had some readers asking me for… more »

Bring home your Maui golf instruction with Kapalua internet lessons

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KAPALUA, MAUI -- One of my favorite things about golf lessons is the ten minutes or so after, hitting some balls with a new tip, and wondering just how far you could take it. A 2-handicap? Scratch? US Amateur finalist and a Masters invite? I love… more »

After golf: Maui is the 'Sushi Isle'

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KAPALUA, HAWAII -- Golf doesn't necessary put me in the mood for sushi, but the more social, casual, order as-you-please aspect makes it great for eating light on an island vacation. One thing about sushi in maui, is that its different everywhere yo… more »

24 hours in Maui: From volcano sunrises to peaceful golf on Wailea's Old Blue

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WAILEA, HAWAII -- Maui may be a vacation destination that lets you kick back and relax, but my past 24 hours or so have been It started last night, checking into the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea. We checked into the suite thinking we had been somehow… more »

USGA's Mike Davis sounds off on Pinehurst No. 2 restoration progress in new video

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In the three-minute interview, there are some accompanying shots of the new rough areas, and they are quite a departure from the greener look No. 2 has had for many years. It will certainly add a more penal element off the tee - and a little bit of chance, too, as the waste areas won't be groomed like regular, raked sand bunkers. As the new look takes shape leading up to the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, Pinehurst will certainly bring "sand" back to the "sandhills." more »

Get three guaranteed free replays with new Glens Golf Group Myrtle Beach package

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Most of the golf courses in Myrtle Beach love enticing golfers with free P.M. replays. The rub, in many instances, is that you can't book that replay round until you've finished your A.M. round that morning. That's what makes this new GolfPac Glens G… more »

Southwest Airlines lead new 2010 Zagat air travel poll

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According to Zagat raters, Southwest Airlines is the best airline in many categories in 2010, thanks to its free baggage policy and plenty reasons more. You can view the full results of the Zagat Survey here. Among the categories Southwest won we… more »

Giving thanks for an uneventful year of air travel, when others weren't so lucky

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There are a lot of crazy articles about air travel this time of year, from guys on TV saying they are suing TSA for violating their rights with these new scanners, to a hilarious article on CNN.com talking about all the things people try and sneak throug… more »

Stay and play at Pinehurst Resort this winter for $199 while No. 2 is closed

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Pinehurst No. 2 is closed this winter for its Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw renovation project leading up to the 2014 U.S. Open and Women's Open. But that doesn't mean Pinehurst is closing up shop. This winter, you can stay and play in Pinehurst for as low… more »