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 »

Happy hour golf: pay the twilight rate at Kauai's Puakea with 'It's 2 O'Clock somewhere" deal

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Here's one of the more creative promotions that has come across my desk recently - and it's also a great value to golfers - at least those on America's mainland. Puakea Golf Course on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai is offering an "It's 2 O'Clock Somewh… more »

Just how tough is a golf course like U.S. Open's Pebble Beach? It's all in the setup

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When we were compiling the list, no panelist even name-dropped Pebble Beach, though Monterey's Bayonet at Bayonet/Blackhorse did come up not only from panelists but other golf media as well. While I haven't been to Monterey yet, few who have tell me it a… more »

Salute McDowell's U.S. Open win with a links golf trip to Portrush, Northern Ireland

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The weekend's final pairing at the U.S. Open of Dustin Johnson and Graeme McDowell featured two upcoming players from two very good golf destinations. Johnson of course, is from Myrtle Beach. McDowell hails from Portrush, a can't-miss stop on your No… more »

Is your golf travel game ready for America's toughest twenty?

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Few golfers ever travel to play easy courses, but are you willing to tee it up at one of the toughest? A panel of golf writers and I have come up with twenty golf courses that standout as the toughest you can play - and they're all in top destination… more »

A modest tip of the cap to Tony Romo and the Edgewood Tahoe golfing celebs - plus Truckee mountain golf

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I normally don't end a day with more respect for celebrities than when it began. That said, I have a little more respect for some celeb's golf games having finally experienced American Century Celebrity Classic host Edgewood Tahoe Golf Club yesterday.… more »

Ten waking hours in Reno - and golf at Montreux

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MINDEN, NV -- I never thought I'd dateline "Minden, NV" in my career, but there's a first for everything. Currently I find myself in this tiny Carson Valley town (there's a couple fast food joints and a that's a gateway to the High Sierras and Lake Tahoe… more »

Summertime in Orlando: the ideal time for an 'Unlimited Golf Package' - just hear me out

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I just returned last night from a week in Orlando playing a ton of golf, despite summer temperatures creeping into the 90s. I even had a couple 36-hole days thrown into the mix. Crazy? I don't think so. In fact, playing golf till you drop in the Flor… more »

Sneak peek at the new Waldorf Astoria Golf Club in Orlando near Disney World

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ORLANDO, Florida -- Orlando has no shortage of golf courses, The course is a Rees Jones design, but Donald Ross's name was mentioned more than Jones during my round. The style of the course is very classical and reminiscent of Pinehurst. It's very ea… more »

Airline customer service tip: if they say 'no' once, try again with a new agent

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The mysterious world of airline customer service: it never ceases to puzzle me. Here's another reminder to never take "no" for an answer: Last week I needed to change my Continental flight home from Michigan from an A.M. to P.M. flight. To do this, I… more »

Golf package offers a taste of Ireland's lesser-known links gems

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For a long time, many have said that Scotland's roster goes deeper than Ireland when it comes to world class links golf courses. A new golf tour for 2010 will be sure to test that theory: Carr Golf's Great Value Ireland package. This value package of… more »

Speeding up pace of play idea: The three-and-a-half hour golf course guarantee

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If you were guaranteed a round of golf in three-and-a-half hours, would you play more golf? Sure, there are destination courses out there that are built on a lot of property, are a lot of yards, and require a bit of time to play. There are also cours… more »

Play all day at Las Vegas Pauite Golf Resort with unlimited golf and receive half-off rental club sets

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There's no better way to get away from the Las Vegas Strip for awhile than a day of blowout unlimited golf - and Las Vegas Pauite is a top Vegas golf club to do it. Home to 54 holes about __ miles, they're currently offering a GolfAPalooza Special, w… more »

Dye? Nicklaus? Fazio? Jones? Golf course architects that raise your blood pressure

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I've been doing some research today on America's toughest golf courses, and one thing has become very apparent: Pete Dye has a virtual monopoly on America's most difficult golf courses you can play. It's gotten me to thinking, what do you expect when… more »

With new TPC San Antonio and JW Marriott Resort, this year's Valero Texas Open is a whole new ball game

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The Valero Texas Open is back and bigger than ever this week, moving from the Westin La Cantera Resort Course to the new TPC San Antonio and JW Marriott Resort. The AT&T Oaks courseThe field appears to be better than ever. Sergio Garcia, who… more »

Hootie & the Blowfish Monday after the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am coming back to TV this week

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After high tension at the PLAYERS Championship, it's time for a little breather. The Hootie & the Blowfish Monday after the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am is coming back to television this week. And while there will be plenty of big names, including so… more »