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 »

In time for Father's Day, Prince Edward Island is a great spot for family golf getaways

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Few golf destinations have the type of family-friendly atmosphere as great Prince Edward Island. For starters, the island is friendly and tight-knit. I don't know if residents ever leave. I'm not a dad yet, but I'd imagine a place like PEI would mak… more »

What's a golf lesson worth? At Treetops Resort in northern Michigan, you can name your price

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It sounds like one of those new age yoga studios or restaurants with no set price, but rather pay what you feel appropriate. At Treetops Resort in northern Michigan, that philosophy has been extended to their Rick Smith Golf Academy. The academy is… more »

The links between golf in Scotland and Canada's Prince Edward Island

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Golf courses from Myrtle Beach to Malaysia use "Scotland" as a marketing tool. Prince Edward Island's connection is a little more authentic. Maybe it's because the golf trip I was on before this was to Scotland - or perhaps it's because I teed it up… more »

A little victory in the fight versus the critters who steal food from our golf carts

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An ongoing war is being waged between golfers and those little on-course critters that loot our golf carts for candy, keys, wallets, etc. Today, I battled a malicious crow who came after my Snickers bar. Myrtle Beach has some particularly smart squirrels who have been known to run off with everything from candy bars to cell phones (keep an eye on ebay for a user named "SquirrelboyMB" and it's probably one of them pawn… more »

A couple Pinehurst-area golf courses in foreclosure get a second chance with new management

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Two distressed golf properties in the Carolina Sandhills near Pinehurst have been turned over to the bank, but they're not closing. Foxfire Country Club and the Country Club of Whispering Pines, both 36-hole properties, were recently seized through… more »

Planning a St. Andrews guaranteed Old Course tee time golf vacation for 2012 can start now

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The peak summer months of the Scotland golf season haven't even hit yet, but that doesn't mean you can't start planning for 2012 already. In 2012, the Old Course Lottery will change its announcement period from 24 hours to 48 hours. It's tough to sa… more »

Duff Goldman puts the icing on the golf cake

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Hosting a golf tournament and looking for someone who will put the icing on the cake? I was sent this sweet image of Duff Goldman, showing off his skills at the KitchenAid Fairway Club PGA Senior Championship this week at Valhalla. In 2012, the event will be held at Harbor Shores Golf Club. Perhaps in an attempt to spread a little word of mouth, Goldman unveiled this creation of Harbor Shores' 7th hole, which sits beside the dunes of Lake Michigan. Though I'd never heard of him, Goldman is the proclaimed "Ace of Cakes" and judging by this cake he built, a replica of Harbor Shores' 7th hole. more »

How do you actually convince golfers to 'Tee it Forward'? You could charge by the tee box

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The PGA of America and USGA have partnered up to promote their new "Tee it forward" campaign, which begs and pleads bad golfers to play from the right tee box. I don't think any PR campaign is going to change the minds of the common golfer. Their log… more »

Kauai Marriott Resort announces new golf special to celebrate unveiling of completed Mauna nine

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At long last, the Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club has unveiled its spectacular back nine stretchI played the coruse back in 2008, when the entire closing stretch and ocean holes were closed. I later saw it in 2010, when there were several hol… more »

Bandon Dunes Resort's Mike Keiser hints new par 3 golf course will run $100

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Reports from I have no doubt the par-3 course at Bandon Dunes will become one of the best public-access par 3s in America. When playing Bandon Trails, I always thought the dunes to the right of the first hole would have made for some good holes, I ha… more »

Orlando's Waldorf Astoria Golf Club adds new teaching academy

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One of Orlando's top luxury golf experiences, the new Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, has added a new golf academy for 2011. The new golf club boasts a Rees Jones classically-designed championship golf course, firm and fast playing conditions, and a secon… more »

PLAYERS fever? Golf package offers three rounds of golf and a free night at TPC Sawgrass

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If four rounds of PLAYERS action has you salivating to take on Pete Dye's TPC Sawgrass Stadium course, you're not alone. When the PGA Tour ships out on Monday, hackers will be back on the course, unloading buckets of balls into the pond that houses t… more »

What's the best Pete Dye course worth traveling for?

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I'll admit that I'm not the biggest fan of Pete Dye. I will say that almost every time I talk to a golf course architect about their greatest influences, Pete Dye is always at the top. And writers and raters all seem to adore him. For me, it's a litt… more »

Sunday evening in St. Andrews: They're still thinking of Seve - and other sights and sounds

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ST. ANDREWS -- You can do just about anything on the Old Course in St. Andrews on Sunday except hit a golf shot. So unlike my colleage Mike Bailey who had the chance to play the course for the first time earlier this week, I spent my one evening here so… more »

Details galore at thrilling Castle Stuart Golf Links in the Highlands of Scotland

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INVERNESS, SCOTLAND -- If details make or break a property, Castle Stuart should thrive. That's the impression I got today after 18 holes and a coffee with one of the owners, Grant Sword. Sword is an accomplished hotelier in the Scottish Highlands. I… more »