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 »

Stay and play one of Hawaii's top daily-fee golf courses: the Dunes at Maui Lani

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You don't have to have to be a golf resort to boast a golf package in Maui. Check out a new golf package offered by the Dunes at Maui Lani and partnering property, the Maui Coast Hotel. more »

The excruciating airport rental car pick-up experience

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Airlines take it on the chin all the time for their added fees and surcharges and questionable service. Quite frankly, I don't even fear the airline ticket counter anymore. I fear the rental car counter. The process of picking up an airport renta… more »

Near Village of Pinehurst, the new Coore-Crenshaw Dormie Club is now open and you can play it

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Before Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw put their stamp on a new Pinehurst No. 2 restoration project, they had their hands on a nearby design, the Dormie Club. While it had a soft opening last year, the club is now fully open just in time for the peak spring… more »

A little win for golfers in the golf vs. golf course real estate owners fight

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It looks like golfers can breathe a little easier the next time they're facing down a long par 4, into the wind with houses on both sides of the fairway. You may have to reload if you hit it O.B., but at least there's a decent chance you'll beat the lawsuit coming your way. more »

A real, real quick sneak peek at famous muni Coronado Golf Course in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO, CA -- With a little extra time to spare before I was due back at San Diego Airport (which I like a lot, by the way), I thought I'd go check out one of America's great, affordable (and busy) municipal golf courses, Coronado Golf Course.I wa… more »

Golf-loaded San Diego has a little something for everybody, all year round

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SAN DIEGO, CA -- I'm wrapping up my first visit to San Diego county. It's a golf-loaded region well-known for Torrey Pines of course, but there are 90 other courses that await golfers. I think the best way to sum up the region as a golf destination i… more »

Golf on a budget: Stay and play at tour-worthy Carlton Oaks in San Diego

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SANTEE, CA -- When big-time events aren't being held at Torrey Pines, a lot of times, they're held just a little off the coast at Carlton Oaks Country Club. I played there today and it's a real treat, especially if you like courses that are set on mo… more »

Golfing in Tucson? Play Arizona National for a good cause: The La Paloma Kids Golf Classic

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I'd pay $95 to play Tucson's Arizona National Golf Club during Arizona's peak spring season any day of the week. This April, you can pay that much and play it for a good cause, plus get a lot of other goodies. The La Paloma Academy is sponsoring… more »

In Tribute to the Riviera's famous 10th, what are the best short par 4s you can play?

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The 10th hole at Riviera Country Club is one of the holes I'd most love to play some day. Seeing as though my Hollywood/SoCal connections probably couldn't get me free George Lopez Tonight tickets, I'm left with settling for some of the great short par 4… more »

Start your golf trip planning for the Pinehurst No. 2 reopening in March

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Pinehurst No. 2 is about to reopen in March, and the PInehurst Resort recently launched a new website exclusively dedicated to its restoration. The website features soundbites from Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, plus photo and video sneak peaks.… more »

Happy Valentine's Day: some of my favorite golf resorts for couples

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If this evening's Valentine's Day dinner conversation turns from romance to golf travel, I've gone through some of my recent resort stays and sorted out the best from a couple's perspective. more »

Machrihanish is a little less 'end of the world' with new ferry to Northern Ireland

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If the only thing keeping you from a visit to remote Machrihanish and new Machrihanish Dunes is the travel time, it's getting a little easier. New ferry service has been announced between Machrihanish and Ballycastle, a small town on the northern coa… more »

Video: Sneak peak at Gozzer Ranch, a luxury golf community on Lake Coeur D'Alene

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As I noted in my Best of 2010 Golf Travel Awards, few golf clubs do V.I.P. quite like Gozzer Ranch Golf & Lake Club, a relatively new community overlooking Lake Coeur D'Alene in northern Idaho. Superintendent and Discovery land Company veteran Ji… more »

Scratch that TPC desert golf itch with unlimited golf at La Quinta, PGA West

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If the TPC Scottsdale and the Waste Management Phoenix Open have piqued your interest for some winter desert golf, you can head just west for a special new "unlimited golf" special in La Quinta. Starting at $229 per person, the package includes unlim… more »

Just how icy cold was it on the golf course in Scottsdale this week?

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Today was the first day of the week that it finally started to feel like it should in the Valley of the Sun. While frost delays still plague the Waste Management Phoenix Open, plus scores of golf courses for the daily duffer around it,… more »
 
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