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 »

Enough hating: time for the LPGA, golf fans to start pulling for Michelle Wie

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We've all taken our shots at Michelle Wie over the last two years as she went from a teen phenom with limitless potential, to a cautionary tale of young, misguided talent. But if the LPGA is going to stop the bleeding of sponsorships and events and e… more »

Hotels should ditch the Terminator wake-up machine and go back to humans

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Does anyone else hate the idea of a computer waking them up in the morning when they're staying at a hotel? I for one, can't stand when I'm asked to type in my wake-up time using military time in the evening, or when a radio station or computer voice… more »

Captain Corey Pavin wants Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to tee it up at Ryder Cup host Celtic Manor for Wales Open

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Recently named Ryder Cup Captain for the American team Corey Pavin is already trying to push his weight around a little - all 110 pounds or so of it. He's calling on his two top-ranked American players to participate in next month's Wales Open on the Eur… more »

A.W. Tillinghast golf courses are well represented in San Antonio, including new muni refurb Brackenridge Park

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I got my first look at an A.W. Tillinghast design yesterday in San Antonio at Brackenridge Park Golf Course. I'm surprised I haven't played a Tillinghast before (I've played a Tillinghast-inspired course, Shaftesbury Glen near Myrtle Beach), but I th… more »

Tiger Woods could learn something from Players Championship cool cat Henrik Stenson

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It's amazing how easy golf can be when you hit fairways off the tee. We see it every weekend playing our own ball (I hit four fairways this morning at the Quarry in San Antonio - and my iffy score reflected it). In the Players Championship, it was th… more »

Golf Digest lists its 50 best 19th holes: Some of my favorite watering holes around the world for a beer

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I was just perusing through Golf Digest's list of the "50 Best 19th Holes" between watching action of the Players Championship, and it inspired me to crack open a Bud - and go down memory lane, thinking about my own favorite 19th holes. Surveying the… more »

East Lothian vs. St. Andrews vs. Highlands as Scotland golf destinations

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One of WorldGolf.com's more passionate readers and writers of links golf in the U.K. and especially Scotland has written in asking for my opinion. From Shanks: BTuck, I'd love to read your comparison of golf in northern Scotland to the East Lothian a… more »

2013 British Open Championship is coming back to Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland (and how to get a tee time)

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Having just been in East Lothian for a week at the end of April, the rumblings around the area were that Muirfield was a lock for the 2013 Open Championship. That was confirmed this week, as it was just announced that Muirfield will in fact be the ve… more »

The USGA is ruining golf (according to Scotland's old school)

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ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND -- It's come to my attention on my second trip, more than once, that the old school Scots aren't very keen on the USGA's handicap system. A local Gullane legend, Archie Baird (who is in his 80s and still plays quite often on Gul… more »

Old Course at St. Andrews genius revealed after a second round (and in different wind)

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ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND -- There are those out there (and you knucklehead golf writers know who you are), who don't think there's anything to the Old Course at St. Andrews. They call it overrated and a glorified pasture. Moderately organized chaos, more or… more »

New golf course sneak peek: Tom Doak's Renaissance Club near Muirfield, Gullane in Scotland

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GULLANE, SCOTLAND -- Of all the recent golf course projects in Scotland, from the St. Andrews Castle Course to Machrihanish Dunes, Castle Stuart and of course, Donald Trump's Aberdeen resort, there is one project that's flown a bit under the radar, but i… more »

North Berwick Golf Club in Scotland's East Lothian region an influential, must-play links

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NORTH BERWICK, SCOTLAND -- Muirfield is unquestionably the most well-known golf course in Scotland's golf-rich East Lothian region just east of Edinburgh, thanks to its Open Championship pedigree. But for the traveling golfer, it might not be the are… more »

Musselburgh and St. Andrews in Scotland: The Cradle of Golf vs. the Home of Golf, Old Tom vs. Willie rivalry

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MUSSELBURGH, SCOTLAND -- St. Andrews and Musselburgh in East Lothian are separated, as the crow flies, by little more than about 30 miles on Scotland's eastern side. And both have their own very legitimate claims of "firsts" in golf. St. Andrews of cours… more »

Links? Or not to links? It's definition is the question at Dunbar Golf Club in Scotland

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NORTH BERWICK, SCOTLAND - When a Scottish golf club's historian pulls a chair up to your table in the dining room, be sure to sip your pint a little slower and soak in the knowledge. That was the case today following a round at Dunbar Golf Club in Ea… more »

Can't decide on a Scotland golf shoulder season? Lean on April

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NORTH BERWICK - The first time I went to Scotland in 2006, I arrived during the second half of the October shoulder season. The "shoulder season" is the two transitional months between the summer season and off-season, usually April and October for most… more »