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 »

Sneak Preview: The new Pete Dye course at French Lick Resort in Indiana

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FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- I was offered a sneak preview of the new Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort in Southern Indiana this morning. The course isn't slated to open until the spring of 2009, but the first 16 holes on the course were playable today.… more »

Hurricane Ike blows into the Midwest: Ryder Cup host Valhalla damaged, power out in Louisville - golf writers gut it out

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FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- What's left of Hurricane Ike unleashed it's wrath on the Midwest today. I was in southern Indiana today at the French Lick Resort for a media event, where the storm made it's presence. High winds knocked down trees blocking the entra… more »

Elevated tee shots like at Timberstone Golf Course make northern Michigan golf shine

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. -- Northern Michigan does elevated tee shots better than anywhere. So much so I paid homage to my favorites awhile back - and I know I have only scratched the surface. It's the signature shot of the destination. Book a couple rou… more »

American Dollar is thumping the British Pound and Euro: Good for golf travel - and an omen for Ryder Cup squad?

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I don't want to jinx the American greenback, but lately it's been on quite a tear versus many of the world's foreign currencies, most notably the Euro and the British Pound. I was in the United Kingdom in May, and the rate was right around $2 to £1.… more »

No Rocco, No Ryder Cup for Captain Paul Azinger and American squad

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I was a pretty big fan of Paul Azinger's captain style in the Ryder Cup proceedings. I liked how he took some jabs at European Captain Nick Faldo in pre-tournament interview sessions and I like how he's been at Valhalla several times catering the course… more »

Underrated golf course architect in Myrtle Beach: Tom Jackson

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If you're one of those golfers who isn't impressed by a big-name celebrity golf course architect (and the usual high green fees attached), the next time you're in Myrtle Beach, consider a Tom Jackson-designed golf course. Myrtle Beach has all the big… more »

World Amateur Handicap Championship's best golf course: West Course at Myrtle Beach National

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The West Course at Myrtle Beach National isn't Myrtle Beach's best golf course. It's not even MBN's best course, that's King's North next door. But the West Course is the best course I've played in seven rounds of the World Am t… more »

World Amateur Handicap Championship Day 1: High scores abound at River's Edge

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- In a near delirious state, my playing partner, Bob Murphy muttered, "Hey, at least I'm having FUN!" I'm thinking to myself, "Nothing 'fun' about putting five shots in the drink on one hole..." Poor Bob went on to card a 14 on… more »

Sneak preview at "The Granddaddy": Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Pine Lakes Country Club is Myrtle Beach's oldest golf course, established in 1929. It's also been closed for two years now, undergoing an extensive renovation and upgrade of not only the golf course but of the clubhouse as well.… more »

LPGA stands to benefit more from Olympic golf than PGA Tour

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I've heard a lot of lobbying from Tim Finchem, the PGA Tour and Phil Mickelson in particular about including golf in the Olympic Games by 2016 when they will potentially come to golf-rich Chicago. But I haven't seen that same enthusiasm from the offi… more »

Michigan golfers: Local Bell's Oberon Summer Ale is your 19th hole beer of choice

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Visiting Michigan during the summertime and not golfing is painful for me. It's like going to Vail and not checking out the slopes. Like passing up an afternoon siesta in Spain. So over the weekend I was in Grand Rapids, Michigan's second largest tow… more »

Hats off to Southwest Airlines for their newer, cozier gates at Chicago Midway Airport

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Like a lot of travel publications, we here at WorldGolf.com are quick to jump on the airline-bashing bandwagon. Those fare-hiking, baggage-charging, ticket counter grouches who either need to be prescribed some Prozac or Focusin. I'm not exempt from… more »

After third Padraig Harrington major win, Justin Rose website needs an update

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I first stumbled across JustinRose.com when I was writing a column about how it was Rose who should be feeling the pressure at the British Open and not the near-miss master Sergio Garcia. Rose, or at least his "people" obviously think pretty highly o… more »

WorldGolf.com readers are golfing on my old college stomping grounds: Indiana and Michigan

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Browsing through the recent WorldGolf.com Reader Exit Polls has me taking a post-dinner stroll down memory lane. Turns out, readers have recently reviewed both a course in my hometown, the University of Michigan Golf Course, as well as my Alma Mater Indi… more »

Idaho has delicious potatoes, and that's okay

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I was just reading over a story recently posted about a trip to Teton Springs Resort & Lodge in Idaho earlier this summer, and something triggered my taste buds, stirring a salivating memory: I am suddenly reminded of how delicious my French fries we… more »