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 »

Last-minute Myrtle Beach golfers can save money with new TeeUpTomorrow.com membership

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This golf travel blog is always a friend to those who can help save money on green fees, and I've been made abreast of a new online, last-minute tee times program that could do just that for Myrtle Beach golfers. TeeUpTomorrow.com. Those who live… more »

Golf packager PerryGolf's new blog a must-read for any international travel golfers

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A new golf blog catering to those of us wanderlusting travel golfers is up and running a couple months now, and it's a good one, so bookmark it: Click here to check out PerryGolf's new travel blog. PerryGolf is one of the world's largest golf pac… more »

Congrats are in order for first-time LPGA winner Michelle Wie at Ochoa Invitational

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The scrutiny can stop, if just for this week at least. Michelle Wie is an LPGA winner, winning the Ochoa Invitational in Mexico Sunday by two shots over Paula Creamer. Wie closed in style, going up-and-down from a bunker for birdie on the 18th hole.… more »

Northern Ireland golf versus southwest Ireland: What's the better links tour?

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I've played about 20-plus golf courses in Ireland over two trips since 2006, and it's pretty evident the two best pockets of links golf courses are Northern Ireland and southwest Ireland's counties Kerry and Clare. Yes, I'm slighting the northwest an… more »

Cities Hua Hin, Bangkok and Pattaya present three very different Thailand golf vacations

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HUA HIN, THAILAND -- After a busy week of golf in Thailand, it's time to make the journey back home to Texas. Our group visited three very different cities while here that all offer varying speeds of life and golf styles, one of which would probably… more »

Tee box massages: One reason slow play is okay on Thailand golf courses

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BANGKOK, THAILAND -- Muang Kaew Golf Club is the closest golf course to sprawling Bangkok, a city that feels like there's no center and no end. It's a pretty urban-feeling environment in most spots, which includes a walk under a freeway and teeing off on… more »

Thailand golf vacations leave you suffering from reverse sticker shock

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PATTAYA, Thailand - Two days into our Thailand golf trip, and I'm already nervous about returning back home to the United States and the land of western prices. I can see it now: "Six bucks for lunch? Are you kidding me?" "Caddies are $60 plu… more »

Ballybunion in Ireland, Aberdovey in Wales: two spooky Halloween golf courses

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To get myself in the Halloween spirit for the weekend I was just reading William K. Wolfrum's feature on haunted golf courses, from Willbrook Plantation in Myrtle Beach for its old plantation ruins to Trilogy at Vistancia. I'd like to add a couple mo… more »

The Volvo World Match Play Championship visits Spain's newest posh resort: Finca Cortesin in the Costa Del Sol

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It may be golf's off-season to some, but there's a pretty strong field in tow this week on the European Tour. Pros like Anthony Kim, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen are competing at one of the most impressive new resorts I've seen in my golf travels this… more »

Is golf a sport? Parker McLachlin's mid-round tweet at Frys.com Open sets debate back an era

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Lets all give a special thanks to Parker McLachlin, the "groundbreaking" professional golfer who is the first to have tweeted during an actual PGA Tour competition round Sunday at the Frys.com Open at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, thus setting the "I… more »

Country Club mergers: the future of private golf facilities

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Here's a bit of news I came across this week that seems to represent a growing shift in the world of private golf and country clubs: The Detroit Athletic Club and Forest Lake Country Club have entered a merger agreement which would combine the downtown a… more »

Get the skinny on new Machrihanish Dunes from Larry Olmsted on ScotlandGolf.com

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Machrihanish Dunes is one of Scotland's most talked about new golf courses this year. Over on our sister site ScotlandGolf.com, we've got the most thorough review of the new course to date from Special Contributor Larry Olmsted. For those who have yet t… more »

Morocco's King Hassan II Trophy officially added to the 2010 European Tour schedule

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Reports from the European Tour this week reveal two tournaments are being added to their 2010 Race to Dubai schedule, while three existing events will be dropped. But one of the new events that caught my eye is by no means a new tournament: The King… more »

After 110 years, the Road Hole on the Old Course in St. Andrews will finally be Tiger-proofed

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For the first time since 1900, the Road Hole on the Old Course in St. Andrews will be lengthened. In preparation for the 2010 Open Championship, a new tee will be built about 35 yards behind the current tee box on the famous 17th, which requires a dr… more »

Olympics get golf inclusion right, stroke play singles format wrong

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Another 72-hole, stroke play golf event. Forgive me if I'm not giddy with excitement for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, when golf will be on the menu for the first time in over a century. True, it's no FedEx Cup format that requires M.I.… more »