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 »

Sneak peak at the brand new Makai Golf Club at the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai

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PRINCEVILLE, HAWAII -- I had a look at the new and improved Makai Golf Club at the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai yesterday. The course opened this winter after closing for over a year to install paspalum turf and upgrade many of the holes. So… more »

Returning to Hawaiian Island of Kauai two years later, where the golf and resorts keep getting better

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PRINCEVILLE, HAWAII -- "Up with the chickens" isn't just an expression in Kauai. Personally, I like the community wake-up call so much I un-turned down my room at the Princeville St. Regis when I got in last night, opening the shades and windows, turning… more »

Barack Obama Club de Golf Cuba Nationale

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Forgive the rudimentary Spanish headline, but President Barack Obama could be finally giving golf a little stimulus boost - even if it is outside our borders. Some have scorned his omission of golf projects in the government's stimulus packages the l… more »

Even Arnie knows, all golfers love the par 5

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Bay Hill Club is a par 72 this year, following some course renovations and altering, and it looks like scores are on pace to be lower than they have in the last three years. On day two, three share the lead at 7-under (click here for the Arnold Palmer In… more »

Weekend Warriors gut it out at windy Golf Channel World Am Tour at Barton Creek in Austin

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The sound of snapping flags had become commonplace by the back nine Saturday in Austin at the Golf Channel World Am Tour Major event in Austin at the Barton Creek Crenshaw Cliffside course. I was playing with seniors both days and most admitted it wa… more »

When we can know Tiger Woods has really changed

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It appears Tiger Woods is ready to talk, in all likelihood to help diffuse curiosity so Augusta National isn't as much of a circus come tournament time. As we now welcome Woods back to the public eye, how are we supposed to know he's genuinely changed for good? more »

Hey Tiger, how dumb do you think we all are?

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Now, I didn't go to no fancy school like Stanford er nuthin'...But like many of you out there, I've read my share of embattled celeb statements, from Paris Hilton's "I really don't party as much as you think," to Britney Spears' "I don't understand w… more »

St. Patrick's Day: a reminder to start planning your Ireland golf vacation

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Some people just can't wait for St. Patrick's Day. I stumbled into a bar last night in Austin that was already celebrating. Here's an Irish joke the MC told: An Texas man walks into a bar in Dublin, and says to an Irish man: "Hey, I heard you Irish c… more »

Pinehurst Academy study reveals the right and wrong way to practice at the driving range

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The Golf Channel Am Tour event in Austin is this week, a two-day tournament at Barton Creek's Crenshaw Cliffside Course, and my golf game so far this winter has been an abomination: flashes of brilliance with enough triple bogeys to make me not even care… more »

The messy, contradictory world of golf resort and travel tipping

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I woke up this morning fresh as a daisy, chipper as a woodpecker, and before I could take my first sip of coffee, I stumble across Katharine Dyson's blog on tipping. And it set me off. My blood pressure will be off the charts through the weekend now.… more »

Dallas Morning News unveils the 50 best public golf courses in Texas

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Funny, the day it hits the high 70s in Austin, signaling the first real good spring day of the year, the Dallas Morning News unveils its 50 Best Golf Courses in Texas You Can Play list. Click here for the Dallas Morning News Ranking. As expected,… more »

Seriously, softy Palm Springs golfers, Classic Club can't possibly be that windy

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I had no idea there was such notoriety to the Classic Club, a former Bob Hope Classic site in Palm Desert. Talk to people around Palm Springs, and you'd think the course, located just off I-10, was actually built in a black hole. The receptionist at… more »

Traverse City's King's Challenge has a new name, design: Manitou Passage Golf Club

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It's never too early in the season to start talking about golf in Michigan. And I received a pleasant release this morning about a course reopening. King's Challenge, which was closed throughout 2009, has reopened as Manitou Passage Golf Club. From t… more »

At long last, an afternoon in Pinehurst with Tom Doak's controversial Confidential Guide to Golf Courses

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Last week when I was debating whether to tee it up in windy, sub 40 degree temps at Pinehurst, I took a stroll around the Tufts Archives. Much to my delight, I finally came across a copy of Like many golf course architecture buffs, I'd love to have a… more »

How tough are classic Donald Ross greens at Pinehurst? About 1200 yards tougher

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PINEHURST, NORTH CAROLINA -- Day one at Pinehurst I played No. 7, the longest of the Pinehurst courses at 7,216 yards and 6,819 yards from the blue tees, which I played from. I followed that up with a round today on classic No. 3, a Donald Ross desig… more »
 
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