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 »

Win free a free golf trip for two to Alberta's Canadian Rockies

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A noteworthy free golf giveaway just came across my desk: a five-night, six-round giveaway, including rental car and accommodations for two in Alberta's Canadian Rockies good for the summer of 2010. I visited the six clubs in July, and they offer a w… more »

Tale of two Engh's: True North and Tullymore in northern Michigan

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One of the Rocky Mountain West's most prolific modern golf course architects, Jim Engh, serves up two northern Michigan golf designs, and both are welcomed additions in the past decade to the state's already rich golf scene here: Tullymore Golf Club and… more »

Northern Michigan is a summer destination built for golfing benders

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CHARLEVOIX, MI -- Twice in my golf travel lifetime have I played more than 36 holes in one day, and both are courtesy of the courses of Northern Michigan. A few years back, my friend and I took on 54 holes at the Garland Resort, thanks to long summer… more »

The Kohler touch: Duke's Course in St. Andrews climbs Scotland Top 100 ranking

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One of the United Kingdom's most comprehensive golf course rankings is giving a little more love to the Duke's Course in St. Andrews. Top100GolfCourses.co.uk placed them at 37th in crowded Scotland, up from 44th in its last rating. I've played the Du… more »

Best golf state in America? With accessible, diverse courses, it may just be Oregon

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My buddy and I were at the store yesterday looking for some casual Sunday six packs, and we left the beer aisle with two Oregon brews: Deschutes Mirror Pond and Widmer Hefeweizen. It got me thinking later that night, about a week removed from my seco… more »

After Solheim Cup win, time for Wie, Americans to bring on the South Koreans

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Before looking forward after a fantastic Solheim Cup, one that had me glued to the TV from practically start to finish and was more involved than any other women's golf event I can remember (except for those I've covered on the ground), lets give credit… more »

U.S. Solheim Cup Captain Beth Daniel spreads the wealth around vs. lopsided Europeans

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I know the Europeans are the socialists and all, but American Beth Daniel is the captain who has been spreading the wealth around in the first two days of Solheim Cup competition. Eurpean Captain Alison Nicholas was quite lopsided with her pairings Da… more »

Michelle Wie still can't close in morning fourballs at the Solheim Cup

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I feel a little bit guilty writing this, considering on the back nine of the Solheim Cup fourballs this morning, Michelle Wie seemed to be carrying her partner Morgan Pressel. But the fact is, Wie still couldn't come through on the last two holes of her… more »

My childhood golf course, Leslie Park in Ann Arbor, just named 'best muni in Michigan'

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Not every city can have a municipal gem worthy of professional tournaments like Harding Park in San Francisco or Chambers Bay in Seattle-Tacoma, two munis I just played on a Pacific Northwest trip I'm still unpacking from. I was just talking with a b… more »

Golf at U.S. Open host Chambers Bay is worth missing your Sea-Tac flight for

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PHOENIX, AZ -- I should be home by now, cuddling up in my own bed after 11 days in the Pacific Northwest from San Francisco up to Tacoma, checking out such prolific golf courses managed by Kemper Sports as presidents Cup host Harding Park, Bandon Dunes a… more »

Sneak peak at Bandon Dunes Resort's 4th golf course, Old MacDonald

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BANDON, OR -- The Man Upstairs must be an avid reader of WorldGolf.com, because the howling winds finally showed up at Bandon Dunes a night after my bickering about two days of uncharacteristic calm on the coast. In the stiff breeze Friday afternoon,… more »

Coping with calm, feeling out the fog on peaceful Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

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BANDON, OR -- It doesn't matter what links golf course you're on, no matter how bad the weather is, a local will tell you, "Oh, this is nothing. Not like this one time..." In Scotland, I've played in wind so bad my face went numb and I was hitting dr… more »

A year later, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is a little different, a little better

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BANDON, Ore. - I was last at the Bandon Dunes Resort last April, visiting for the first time. This year, I'm here on a pretty similar itinerary, but America's quintessential links golf resort is a little different for a lot of reasons. The facilities… more »

Tim Duncan may not have any personality, but San Antonio and its golf make up for it

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No, San Antonio isn't as boring as a Tim Duncan post-game news conference - and the Riverwalk is certainly more than a "muddy-watered thing," as rival Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban infamously said a few postseasons ago. I learned that earlier thi… more »

In California, Half Moon Bay's new 'links enhancement' project is more proof links golf is hot

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Maybe it's Tom Watson's display at the Open Championship at Turnberry, or maybe it's just been word of mouth from the droves of golfers who trek over to Great Britain and Ireland for an old world links experience and return with their gushing tales.… more »