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 »

Tiger Woods isn't at the Byron Nelson, he's making friends with a new dominant athlete

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There is a bit of a sour taste at the Byron Nelson Championship this week, as eight of the top ten golfers in the world rankings aren't competing, including Tiger Woods. Many golf writers are calling it a slap in the face to the late Nelson, who passed a… more »

Looking for a last-minute golf trip? Check out this weekend's Free Golf Getaway in Gaylord, northern Michigan

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The only thing better than getting a good deal on great golf is paying nothing at all. The Gaylord Golf Mecca, a marketing partnership between many of the region's golf resorts and courses are offering their annual Free Golf Weekend April 27-29th, he… more »

LPGA needs to give Justin Timberlake a sponsor's exemption

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In part two of my blog series, "Turning tournaments into freak shows via sponsor exemptions", I argue it's time for the LPGA, not PGA Tour to give teen idol/golf nut Justin Timberlake a sponsor's exemption. Timberlake has let it be known he wants to… more »

While Wie is sidelined, can we get Natalie Gulbis some PGA Tour event exemptions please?

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Just because Michelle Wie is out with a wrist injury it doesn't mean the summer months on the PGA Tour should be void of women mixing it up a little in some events. I was just researching Natalie Gulbis on Google images and it hit me: why isn't she g… more »

Royal County Down in Northern Ireland overtakes the Old Course in St. Andrews in Golf Digest world rankings

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In their "outside the U.S." rankings, Golf Digest has a new number one: Royal County Down in Northern Ireland, upsetting perennial number one, the Old Course in St. Andrews. I've played them both in the last few months. So which course is better in m… more »

Cat fight! Are golf writers Olmsted and Baldwin the next Trump and Rosie?

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The lifeless blokes on the PGA Tour need to take a cue from golf writers once in awhile and get into the mud pit. Larry Olmsted of the USA Today's Golfer's World Blog, and friend of my podcast, Sweet Spots, has ripped TravelGolf.com's Chris Baldwin -… more »

Phil Mickelson - Mr. Optimistic - is five over thru seven at the Masters

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The early stages of a tournament aren't supposed to be where Phil Mickelson struggles. It's the back nine on Sunday that has been his problem in the past. But he can't even get out of the gate these days, starting off +5 after seven holes at the Mast… more »

I know who won't win the Masters - and who might

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Sergio Garcia will NOT win the Masters. You have to be a good putter to win there. Phil Mickelson will NOT win the Masters. He's got some work to do before he wins another tournament, albeit a major. Gary Player will NOT win the Masters. Mich… more »

Michigan well represented in new Golf Digest Top 100 golf courses

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Golf Digest's newest course rankings have been released from the vaults. I've been eating these things up since I was probably 12 years old. These days, I look at them with a grain of salt of course. But nonetheless, it valiantly succeeds in sparking deb… more »

Johnny Miller's 'Mickelson at Winged Foot' comparisons to Tiger at Doral is Busch league

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Did anyone else catch NBC color guy Johnny Miller idiotically mentioning Phil Mickelson's Winged Foot collapse while Tiger pitched down the 18th fairway en route to his win at Doral Sunday? Talk about a Busch League comparison. The two events really… more »

The Ireland and Northern Ireland golf tour awards

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My doctor tells me if I have more than 14 full traditional Irish breakfasts in a row, my arteries will begin to drip sausage fat. So I guess it's finally time to leave Ireland, but not without offering up some "Best Ofs"... Best hole: Almost every cou… more »

Lahinch Golf Club's 6th hole - one of Ireland's finest

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One of the top three holes I've played all trip comes courtesy of Lahinch Golf Club on the west coast of Ireland . It's the par-4 6th - and it's spectacular. (*Note: this used to be the 7th, but recent rerouting has it playing 6th now and the old 6th… more »

A bushy-tailed secret behind gorse on links courses in Ireland and Scotland

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Royal County Down, a lot like Royal Dornoch in Scotland has an overwhelming amount of gorse - a thick, weedy flower that grows all over the British Isles. In warmer months, it grows a yellow flower that can be very popular to North Americans discovering… more »

Shania Twain in an Irish Pub: is authentic travel dying?

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So here I am, drinking a pint of Smithwick's, munching on fresh seafood in what I think is an authentic Irish Pub in the little town of Tralee on the coast of southwest Ireland. Rugby highlights are on TV (there is upheaval about the Six Nations Cup matc… more »

Enniscrone Golf Club in northwest Ireland: tough to find this bargain, but that's changing

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I was a bit confused yesterday trying to find Enniscrone on my Ireland road map. I could only find a town in County Sligo named "Inishcrone". I'm told that is the town's Irish spelling, but the more used Anglo-Saxon version is "Enniscrone", only maps and… more »