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 »

Monday morning caddie: What is Rory McIlroy doing hitting driver at the Masters?

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On Wednesday during the Masters practice round, we walked down the left side of the 10th hole at Augusta National Golf Club, where you pass the handful of houses just off the tee box. If you would have told me a professional golfer would land his bal… more »

Is it the pollen - or is it Masters fever? Pictures, impressions and more

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AUGUSTA, GEORGIA -- As those of you who have been to the Masters know, once you've been, TV coverage looks just a little different. Now, I know that behind the 18th is the first fairway, that just beside the 15th fairway is the 18th tee. I know how easy… more »

Instant reaction: Golf on the new, old Pinehurst No. 2 after Coore and Crenshaw restoration

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PINEHURST, NORTH CAROLINA -- I'll publish a full review on Pinehurst No. 2 next week. But just like catching Tiger Woods walking off the 18th green after a scathing 74, here are my first impressions, straight from the Ryder Cup Room at the Carolina H… more »

Trade in your home for golf course real estate at west Michigan's Tullymore

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Trade in your house for a new golf course property at Tullymore? Interesting...From the release today: For anyone dreaming of owning a home at one of the country‚Äôs top golf destinations but is stuck with a house you cannot sell, the owners of the Res… more »

Stay and play Torrey Pines in style at the Hilton La Jolla in San Diego

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LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA -- There are golf resorts in San Diego of all shapes in sizes. Few have the setting of the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines The hotel has nearly 400 guest rooms but certainly feels a little cozier than that. Each guest room has a pri… more »

Golf travelers: Check out the new heavy duty line of Wilson Staff luggage

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Wilson Staff released a brand new line of golf travel gear for 2011, and I've had the chance to try a couple pieces out the last couple weeks as I've traveled to Bahamas and San Antonio. They're certainly more heavy duty than the discount stuff you'r… more »

Interview with Greg Norman: Shark makes his Olympics pitch, bearish on U.S. and more

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If you're going to run into The Shark these days, it probably won't be in the U.S. We caught up with him last week in Bahamas' Great Exuma Island, where he was overseeing the final stages of improvements to revamped Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club. He… more »

Want Tiger Woods' golf swing? Really?? Download his new swing app on iPhone

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Tiger Woods is Tweeting, now he's on your iPhone, if you're willing to pony up $9.99. Apple's "App of the week" is the new Tiger Woods: My Swing program, which lets golfers shoot video of their swings and compared it to Tiger Woods, who also offers s… more »

So what do you do with a butler, anyways? Finding out at Sandals Emerald Bay

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GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, BAHAMAS -- If you caught any of Golf Channel's Big Break Sandals recently, you know all about "Paaaul the Butlerrr." He's mine for the two days I'm at the Sandals beachfront villas, where I'm enjoying the pleasantries of all-incl… more »

GolfNow.com tee times presence beefed up for 2011 golf season in northern Michigan

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If you're a big fan of golf in northern Michigan like me, you'd be happy to know that GolfNow has added a slew of the region's top plays leading up to the 2011 summer golf season. Last week, Treetops Resort, home to five of the north's most dramatic… more »

Myrtle Beach National Prime Time Signature Package gets better and better

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If you've ever looked up golf packages in Myrtle Beach, you've probably come across the Myrtle Beach National Prime Time Signature Package. It's one of the most well-known packages among Grand Strand golfers, and with good reason. It's an easy-to-und… more »

Idiot Alert: How NOT to drive a golf cart

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SAN ANTONIO, TX -- When you drive down the hill of a golf course and see this, your curiosity spikes: Turns out, the group ahead of us had a mishap at the Palmer Course at La Cantera's 18th hole. Apparently one of players drove their cart past wh… more »

Get a nose for Texas wines at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO, TX -- Westin La Cantera Resort Sommolier Steven Krueger tells the story of how one of Texas' first winemakers, Bunny and Richard Becker began Becker Vineyards near Fredericksburg. 
After touring much of Europe, they learned that pa… more »

Follow your Alma Mater to the NCAA Tournament's March Madness - and play golf too

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If you're like me, the thought of watching March Madness is a little sickening. But if you didn't go to Indiana University and you're team wasn't a gigantic, 3-15 Big Ten disappointment in 2010-2011, you may very well be headed to the Big Dance to wa… more »

Which course architect deserves to build Brazil's Olympic golf venue?

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In a story from the Associated Press released this week, it appears that, not so surprisingly, many golf course architects are vying to build Brazil's golf course to be used in the 2016 Olympic Games. Robert Trent Jones Jr. visited Brazil this week a… more »