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Myrtle Beach Trip Tip: Package lets you play Mystical Golf's Witch, Wizard and Man-o-War courses for less

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The stock market's recent gyrations are enough to make even the most hardened financial pro seasick. One day we're in the black, the next day we're over a barrel. It's all too much, and makes you want to get the hell out of Dodge with your golf pals for… more »

A true tale about TRUE golf shoes

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True story about TRUE golf shoes:  I was wearing a pair of fairly uncomfortable, name-brand golf shoes as I pulled out of my driveway this afternoon, heading to the course.  I had these rigid-but-stylish shoes on for the third or fourth time, still attem… more »

Hilton Head double whammy: Play the superb May River Golf Club, and win a chance to play Harbour Town

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Jack Nicklaus made his first foray into architecture at Harbour Town Golf Links in the late 60s, working as a design consultant for Pete Dye.  Decades later, his design career in full flower, Nicklaus came back to the Hilton Head area and delivered the s… more »

Transformational Experience at New Zealand's Cape Kidnappers golf course

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Reason #863 why golf is sublime: I’m virtually alone on one of the world’s most thrilling courses, Cape Kidnappers, midway down the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, overlooking sparkling Hawke’s Bay. The 12th hole is a lengthy slightly-downhill… more »

The Comfort Suites in Bluffton, South Carolina gets the three most important things right

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There is no shortage of fine full-service resorts on Hilton Head Island, and for families with a wide range of interests, including golf, beach, biking and pool, the choices are many.  But many Lowcountry visitors are first and foremost golf-lovers, with… more »

Instructor Dave Pelz reduces golf's fear factor with his latest book

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Golf is a lot like Wall Street---fear vs. greed.  The fear is manifested in two factors. Anyone who has even the most modest expectations about their game—whether breaking par or breaking 120, plays with a certain amount of tension on every shot, or at l… more »

High Times abound at the Xona Golf Media Classic

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I’ve been on about 75 press or FAM (short for familiarity) trips in the past 10-12 years, but none that were as large and lavish as the recently-concluded Xona Golf Media Classic, in gorgeous Scottsdale, Arizona.  More than 100 media members from all cor… more »

Scala's Bistro in San Francisco is as memorable as a round on one of the city's great golf courses

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There were many highlights of my recent visit to San Francisco, golf and otherwise.  One off-course adventure that was particularly memorable took place at Scala’s Bistro, on Powell Street just a block from Union Square, and adjacent to the historic Sir… more »

Stiff-Arm the prospect of broken clubs with this no-nonsense product from Club Glove

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Generally I’m not much of a do-it-yourselfer, but for years I’ve been traveling with a Gerry-rigged club protector in my golf bag consisting of a towel—wrapped broomstick.  Not very inventive or original, but until recently, it served the purpose of prot… more »

Blisters are history with Kentwool golf socks

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I remember sitting and chatting with a Bandon Dunes bartender a few years back.  We were both gazing out the picture window, watching a group of golfers, several of whom were mincing about the green, walking gingerly, as if treading upon hot coals.  “It… more »

It pays to visit Gulf Shores, Alabama for a golf vacation

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There are so many great golf destinations in the Southeast, it’s easy to overlook a place like Gulf Shores, Alabama.  But the variety of courses, the sparkling scenery, the beautiful beach and the exquisite weather put it on par with other, better-known… more »

700 golf courses on the lifetime list

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I reached a milestone just last week in Golf Nirvana—otherwise known as Myrtle Beach.  I played my 700th lifetime golf course, a fine walk in the woods called Glen Dornoch, featuring a water-laden trio of finishing holes as gorgeous and dangerous as… more »

While in San Francisco, Boudin Bakery is a worthy substitute for big time golf

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Considering my raison d’etre is to play the world’s finest golf courses, one might think depression would have set in after missing my chance to play San Francisco Golf Club some ten days ago.  (Currently 26th in GOLF Magazine’s worldwide Top 100)  But t… more »

Meat-eating golfers rejoice: Make an ace, stuff your face thanks to Omaha Steaks!

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Not to overly generalize, but golfers are by and large a meat-eating bunch.  Heck, some of the most memorable nicknames in the game’s history are celebrated carnivores:  Tiger, The Shark, the Golden Bear and the Hawk.Now the world famous Omaha Steaks c… more »

Business is cresting at Crescent Pointe Golf Club in Bluffton, S.C.

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A brutal winter. A stifling summer. A moribund economy. A general malaise in the golf industry. All of these factors have conspired to make the greater Hilton Head golf economy as challenging as any time in recent memory, and the Lowcountry Golf Course O… more »