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 »

Greece, Euro woes are the golf traveler's gain for Ireland vacations this summer

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Greece's economic struggles have weighed on the strength of the Euro, which means one thing for travelers: golf in Ireland keeps getting more affordable. Last year, prices came down considerably at the golf courses and resorts, especially in the sout… more »

For Mother's Day, bring mom along on your Scotland links golf trip

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"Do people even visit Scotland who don't golf?" I semi-joked in Scotland to some tourist officials the last time I was there. I don't think they found it was very funny. But Scotland has a lot going for it off the golf course, even though visitors li… more »

Quail Hollow 2010: The infamous weekend Tiger Woods passed on the torch to McIlroy, Ishikawa

An aberration or the start of something big? That's the debate after 20-year-old Rory McIlroy dominated the weekend at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte while Tiger Woods stayed home after missing the cut. And in Asia, Ryo Ishikawa shot a mi… more »

The year of Herb Kohler? Golf magnate hosts two major championships in 2010 at Whistling Straits, St. Andrews

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It's a good year to be plumbing king-turned-golf mogul Herb Kohler. The PGA Championship returns to the village of Kohler, Wis., two hours north of Chicago later this year at Whistling Straits.This week, three of the four courses in Kohler opened up… more »

Can the PGA Tour, LPGA court the new, profitable, cash-rich Ford back for sponsorship to a Michigan event?

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Hopefully by now, tour commissioners Michael Whan and Tim Finchem have sent Ford CEO Alan Mulally a fresh fruit basket with an invitation to possibly play a few holes together and talk future sponsorships. It's time for the auto companies to get back on board with the PGA Tour and LPGA. more »

Time for Boo Weekley to get his Ryder Cup game face on

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Boo Weekley has two solid finishes in a row, 10th at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans today and 12th last week at Harbour Town's Verizon Heritage. Now it's time to take it up a notch if he wants any shot at making the USA Ryder Cup team later this y… more »

'Most photographed hole west of the Mississippi' at Tucson's Ventana Canyon Mountain course: just doing my part

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TUCSON, AZ -- In total, I took eleven photos from the tee box of the Ventana Canyon Mountain course's famous par-3 3rd hole. For years, it's labeled itself as the "Most photographed holes west of the Mississippi." I've sat here for a few minutes trying t… more »

Westin La Paloma in Tucson fights back against airline baggage and rental club fees with 'No Hassle' package

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A few days ago I played with a guy in town for business at the Golf Club of Vistoso. He didn't bring his clubs, assuming he might not get on the course, but was able to find a great rate, about $35 twilight, so he took it. But he also ended up paying $50… more »

After the Masters, a perfect week for a golf bender in Tucson, Arizona

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TUCSON, AZ -- Masters week gets any golfer's motor running in a major way. While Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were holing out shots left and right over the weekend, I was doing everything from Googling "Austin golf memberships" to editing and adding to… more »

Finally, time for 'Phil Guys' to gloat over 'Tiger Guys' after Masters breakthrough

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Chances are you're either a "Tiger Guy" or a "Phil Guy" (or gal). "Phil Guys" love Lefty's bashful smile, his openness with fans and his go-for-broke playing style. Tiger Guys love Woods for making golf at times look like a contact sport, for the int… more »

Whether it's Tiger, Phil, Lee or Fred, brace for inevitable heartbreak at the Masters Sunday

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I'm expecting fireworks tomorrow in the final round of the Masters at Augusta National. But I'm also bracing for inevitable heartache. No matter who wins, there are going to be some gut-wrenching stories. Veteran, major-less Lee Westwood leads af… more »

St. Andrews vs. Pinehurst: readers take sides on the two historic golf destinations

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I penned a column on St. Andrews vs. Pinehurst thinking it'd probably get a good deal of feedback, andI don't think anyone is suggesting that St. Andrews and Pinehurst are sheer equals. Given no time or budget restrictions, I'd probably opt for St. A… more »

After Tiger Woods' first press conference at Masters, we still don't know how much he'll play golf in 2010

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I thought my fellow golf media did a pretty good job at Tiger Woods' first press conference at the Masters. I was bracing for a few bushels of tomatoes to be thrown at Tiger as he tried to answer the first question but alas, things are civil at the Natio… more »

Las Vegas Paiute Resort hosts ESPN National Golf Challenge qualifier April 30th

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April is an ideal time for desert golf, and if you're thinking Las Vegas, check out this affordable event: the ESPN National Golf Challenge qualifier at Las Vegas Paiute Resort's Snow Mountain Course. It's a two-man best ball event A local event,… more »

Golf at Puakea in Kauai comes up aces!

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Twice I've played Puakea Golf Club in Kauai and twice I've played in a group where someone scored an ace. Next time I'm headed back to Kauai and have Puakea on the rotation of golf courses, you might want to come with me. The first ace at Puakea… more »