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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 »

Spirit Airlines adds five more direct Myrtle Beach flights

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Earlier this month, Spirit Air announced extended direct service to Myrtle Beach Airport that will take effect in May, 2011. The largest addition is Washington D.C.'s Reagan Airport, which is the city's close-in airport. The remaining four cities are… more »

New 36-hole golf resort coming to central Florida with Doak, Coore & Crenshaw designs

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It seems any new golf course construction announcement is worthy of headlines these days, but this new project that was announced today is especially intriguing. Streamsong Resort is a new 36-hole golf facility now under construction in Polk County, betw… more »

Post-trip golf and travel bites from Australia

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Queensland, like Indiana and Arizona, doesn't have daylight savings time, and its the only state in Australia that does so. People here say its because of the many farmers. The result is that during this time of year, it's light out by just after 5 a.m.… more »

19th hole with a wild side: Visit the Australia Zoo after golf on the Sunshine Coast

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COOLUM, QUEENSLAND -- Back in America, we all knew of Steve Irwin as simply "The Croc Hunter", the wacky Aussie with catch phrases who always got insanely close to deadly animals. A visit to the Australia Zoo in Queensland's Sunshine Coast (and near… more »

Australia's Whitsunday Islands: Home of the Great Barrier Reef and mini bar-raiding cockatoos

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HAYMAN ISLAND, QUEENSLAND -- Traveling to strange new places has a way of humiliating me, as was the case this morning. I'm currently on my first trip to Australia and the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland. When I arrived at Hamilton Island's Reef Vie… more »

Golfweek's Best New Courses of 2009-10 is loaded with high-end privates, but some value plays exist

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Good grief there are a lot of high-end private courses with accompanying residential communities attached to them in Golfweek's Best New Courses ranking. By my count, 7 of the top 10 are empty-the-trust-fund privates. The second ten are mostly upscale semi-private and resort courses.But within these forty courses served up by Golfweek, there are some bargain plays, which deserve a tip of the cap, because few developers seem willing to build a $40 golf course anymore. more »

Premier league manager bans golfing before matches: proof golf is a sport and soccer kills brain cells

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I stumbled upon this story from Yahoo! Sports: Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is banning golf 48 hours before soccer matches. "It is not a day off, it is about recovery," explained McLeish, who attended the 2010 Ryder Cup Matches at Celtic Manor. "G… more »

Win a chance to visit the pretty Great Barrier Reef and play with pretty boy Adam Scott in Australian PGA Pro-Am

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This is the last week you can enter Tourism Queensland's Adam Scott giveaway, where a lucky winner and their equally lucky guest will get an all-expenses paid trip for 13 nights to Queensland for the Included in the trip is a round in the Australian… more »

To keep up with Scotland and Ireland, Wales needs some new links golf courses

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When in Wales, the big question among travel and golf industry experts was whether the 2010 Ryder Cup surge in tourism would result in an sustained increase in visitors. Based on what I've seen in three Wales, versus a similar amount of time to Scotl… more »

In tribute to Anthony Kim: My top places to act a fool on the Las Vegas Strip

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I've partied pretty hard in Las Vegas in my day, but I sure never had the means to spray a $25,000 bottle of champagne all over a dance floor, as Anthony Kim reportedly did on Tuesday. Apparently the incident led to a flare-up in his thumb, and he ha… more »

The 2011 Amateur Golf Series: A new reason to plan a Thailand golf holiday

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If you're looking to get exotic with your golf competition, consider this brand new event from leading Asian golf packager, the 2011 Amateur Golf Series in Thailand. more »

Why is the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda a grind-it-out, stroke play snooze?

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I caught about an hour of action yesterday on TNT of the PGA's Grand Slam of Golf, and the four players, Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer and David Toms, had the competitive edge of a Bermuda looks great, and so does the golf course, Port Ro… more »

The Las Vegas Strip's Bali Hai Golf Club: Not going anywhere for now

Send feedback » contributor Bill Bowman reports Bali Hai Golf Club is alive and well, and that it will be three years at the earliest before the course goes anywhere. The course's future is currently up in the air, but officials report the course is i… more »

Getting to know new PGA Tour Fall Series hotshot CordeValle Golf Club and Resort

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A new host golf course to the PGA Tour, CordeValle Golf Club in California certainly debuted with fireworks. I caught the replay on Golf Channel last night and watched Rocco Mediate's hole-out and Alex Prugh's near-hole out with a driver. The course… more »

Ten ways to change the golf model by analyst Charlie Rymer hits some good points

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Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer recently posted a blog on about ten ways we can change the golf model. I admire his guts. Not every analyst would be willing to come out with ideas like making bigger holes and telling golf to learn… more »