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 »

Now playing: The 2008 golf travel awards

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The first draft of my 2008 "Best Of Golf Travel" column was over 2000 words. Alas, there's still a lot of fond memories in my mind heading into 2009... It took me about two weeks to cut it down to half the size, though maybe one day when I'm famo… more »

United States Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin doesn't have to reinvent the wheel at Wales in 2010

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The worst thing Corey Pavin could possibly do as he assumes the United States captainship from 2008 hero Paul Azinger is try and do too much leading up to Wales in 2010. Don't mess around with the dinner schedule, don't make Tiger Woods sing karaoke… more »

You can get in the Christmas spirit with your golf in Muslim Malaysia, too

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA -- In the mall next to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, they've got a Christmas tree so tall it'd give the Rockafeller Center tree in New York a run for it's money. Rest assured, Christmas is celebrated in Malaysian cities and… more »

Come for the golf, stay for the fried bananas in Melaka, Malaysia

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MELAKA, MALAYSIA -- I suppose at it's most basic, the reason we plunk down big cash to travel to foreign lands is for the opportunity to see and do plenty of "firsts". Two days into this Malaysian golf trip, my first ever voyage into Asia, I've had my fa… more »

Taking off for Malaysia golf

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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY -- My cabbie in Austin couldn't stop gushing about Malaysia as he drove me to the airport at 6 a.m. this morning. "It's muslim, but very tolerant, and very beautiful," he described, though warned me that dealing drugs over there ca… more »

Is Annika Sorenstam's early retirement in dire times leaving the LPGA Tour out to dry?

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It's all teary eyes and sentimental moments at the ADT Championship as Annika Sorenstam plays in her last LPGA Tour event for awhile. While there has been a ton of fanfare about her "retirement", we should remember she said this is more of a "steppin… more »

Donald Trump's Aberdeen golf resort is finally coming to Scotland - for real this time

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It's official (pretty much). Donald Trump's $1.5 billion golf resort has been given the green light by Scotland's national finance secretary. After being thwarted by local Aberdeen environmentalists and officials last year, it appears the economic benefi… more »

With PGA Tour out of the way, Walt Disney World's four golf courses shine

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With the Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart long gone from the land of Mickey, now is the time to pencil in the family vacation getwaway to Walt Disney World, and reap a foursome of golf courses in tip-top shape. I visited Disne… more »

Airport thoughts on golf & travel in Morocco and the Hassan II Trophy in Rabat

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- As I often do whenever my layover allows, here is another installment of "Airport Thoughts", where I serve up a few closing opines on a recently completed trip. This time, I come from JFK airport after spending six days in Morocco's… more »

Big Ticket Ernie Els brings home the King Hassan II Trophy in Morocco

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RABAT, MOROCCO -- It's no secret who the big ticket was this week at the King Hassan II Trophy in Morocco (aside from Prince Moulay Rachid residing over the tournament, of course), but it was none other than the Big Easy, Ernie Els. This is the first tim… more »

Golf course spotlight: Royal Dar es Salam Golf Club in Rabat, Morocco

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RABAT, MOROCCO -- Morocco has a much longer history with golf than you might expect. It's famous neighbor to the north, Spain, generally receives most of the ink, but many Europeans spend their golf holidays in Morocco, too. They don't have the sheer qua… more »

Discovering the post-Bush world of golf travel in Morocco

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RABAT, MOROCCO -- Normally I try and avoid any political topics in my golf blog, though I think we can all agree it is not a "normal" time in the world this week. And the big news in America is especially notable for me because today is my second day… more »

NFL should stay out of Wembley: United Kingdom is golf, soccer and rugby country

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In the roughly eight weeks of my life I've spent in Great Britain & Ireland, not one observation or conversation has led me to believe the NFL could ever be successful there. Yet here the NFL is on Sunday, storming into London's Wembley Stadium.… more »

It's official: the Scots can't golf

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Hey, don't look at me, look at the latest edition of the World Golf Ranking. For the first time in it's 22-year history, a Scottish golfer is not on the list after Alistair Forsythe slipped from 98th to 102nd. Colin Montgomerie has slipped down to 11… more »

Full disclosure: Ann Arbor native pens feature on Columbus and Ohio State golf and football

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Debuting on TravelGolf.com this week is our newest installment of TravelGolf.com On Campus: Ohio State and Columbus. As the byline indicates, I wrote it. But what the story doesn’t disclose, and what I must tell you now, is that I spent the first 18… more »