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 »

Sports writers under attack! First Ron Mon now Mariotti

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First rule of the "Op Ed" world: If you're gonna dish it, better be ready to eat it. TravelGolf.com's own playground spat has Chris Baldwin calling blogger Ron Mon a teacher's pet for his remarks on Balls Out's latest post. On a more serious scal… more »

Miami's title has the NBA/LPGA going in opposite directions.

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It's not fun to watch refs decide games on touch fouls, especially if a championship is on the line. I've got to give props to my boy Bill Simmons - whom I had a slight falling out with when he was Miami-biased last year - for this column on Page 2.… more »

US Open Sunday in review

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Sunday's first tee times are a few hours away, but there's nothing more fun than throwing a bunch of predictions out the night before, especially when everyone has penciled in Phil by now. And I agree with Tim, by the way, about having some balls whe… more »

Play with the PGA pros including Mickelson at Treetops' Par 3 Shootout!

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Threetops Par 3 Shootout is right around the corner, and believe it or not, the resort is having a heck of a time finding some regular folk to play in the Pro-Am. Regular folk with $6500. . . Ford pulled out its sponsorship since its having a bit… more »

Wie, Webb, Pak make LPGA way more exciting than the Vijay and the boys on Sunday

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I don't know if it was because a major championship was on the line, or because I've always found Asian women cute (a little of both of course) but I was giving the LPGA way more viewing attention on Sunday than Vijay and the boys in New York. And I'… more »

"Playable for all skill levels" is golf course marketing gone genaric

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"The course is playable for all skill levels" I've heard this from designers and golf PR guys about few dozen times, read it even more, and I've never really thought it's an effective way to market a golf course. "Google" it and about 10,000 courses… more »

Don't let all the Mexican Immigrants take over our hospitality industry juuust yet

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Let's not go overboard about Mexican hospitality, Chris. It's still a long way from Grandma's house. Mexico is by no means the Valhalla of unshady, feel-good service by any stretch of the imagination. And the service folk are after your money as muc… more »

18th at Pilgrim's Run in Grand Rapids, Mich. is a little too fun

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I was told the 18th at Pilgrim's Run, just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan was an "exciting hole" in the clubhouse by employees there. But what I witnessed yesterday took the cake. As I approached the 18th tee, I saw six guys with their complimentary… more »

In defense of Nicklaus and the spelling bee kids. . .

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I basically watched ESPN all day Friday, so in an attempt to convince my bosses I was "working", I'd like to share some thoughts. . . First off, I think Jack's got the right idea as far as this whole bunker mess. Since when did it become okay to have… more »

Won't find me on the golf course this Memorial Day

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A long time ago I gave up on playing golf on holidays. There's too many golfers on the course, most of which haven't played since last Memorial day. Rounds end up taking six hours and I can never use the little coupons I cut out of the Sunday paper.… more »

Many Michigan country clubs are struggling, aww shucks!

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The mass-exodus out of Michigan thanks to the auto industry means the hundreds of private clubs are scrambling to fill memberships, leaving members worried about the future of their exclusive playgrounds. To quote Cuba Gooding in Jerry Maguire: "Well… more »

Palm Springs golf the best? What about Northern Michigan?

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Damn Chris, you're a fellow Michigan man, right? You've been spending too much time at Bob Evans in the desert without your visor and 'sun'brella. I'm in northern Michigan again and I've reaffirmed that THIS is where its at, especially in May. Fine s… more »

Pistons Game 6 win means I'm not trashing my Traverse City hotel room

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I made up my mind that I'd blog tonight--- sometime during my morning drive up to Traverse City, MI for my first summer golf trip of 2006. I also decided the topic would be largely based on the solid summer vacation destination of Traverse City, and… more »

I didn't watch one shot of the U.S. Open. . .

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Yes, Chris, I've been a bit M.I.A. Between the Pistons' run and me moving home from Florida after my great "Real 9-5 Job Experiment" (which was short-lived, I have diagnosed myself with "Job A.D.D."), I haven't had many thoughts on golf aside from "would… more »

Caribbean golf: not quite hell, but short of paradise

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I'm glad to see a little scrutiny on the Caribbean coming from this site, to the dismay of any old editors. It seems like the only things ever written about the Caribbean are how sandy white and sparkling blue the water is. Rarely is it brought to anyone… more »