Category: General

In New England, it doesn't get much more dramatic than The Shattuck

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The Shattuck in an unusual name for a highly unusual golf course in an unusually remote location in southern New Hampshire.  During my annual New England summer sojourn, I occasionally return to this funhouse of a golf course with some of my old running… more »

A Magic Milestone: Shooting under Par

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I accomplished something last weekend I never thought possible: Shooting a round below par.  The last time a chance like this came my way I choked like Heimlich.  One supernatural day some 15 years ago I managed to birdie the benign 17th, and lurched uns… more »

Staying put at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

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Just back from some fun times in San Antonio, where the Texas hospitality was as wide as the brim of a Stetson and as deep as the Rio Grande.  I wish I could report firsthand on the pulsing energy of the famed Riverwalk, or the sense of history awakened… more »

The Resurrection of Rose Hill Golf Club outside of Hilton Head

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I’ve been writing about golf in Hilton Head and the surrounding area for more than a dozen years. If I had a sawbuck for every time I craned my neck rightward while heading east towards the island on US 278, to see what was doing at Rose Hill Golf Club w… more »

Island West Golf Club in Bluffton, S.C. is one of the Lowcountry's Best

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While his good pal John Daly missed the cut at this week's Hawaiian Open, Fuzzy Zoeller is also saying "Aloha." Fuzz is banking on banking some serious coin at the Champions Tour Skins Game, where he has emerged victorious in both 2008 and 2009. Zoell… more »

Another take on Tiger Woods

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Rhino and I have been good pals for 30+ years. He's a successful businessman, and hell of a nice writer, as those of you who stick with this blog entry will see. He tried to respond to my "Tiger and The Pussycats" blog post in the "comments" section, but… more »

Tiger and the Pussycats

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Ever notice when you pick up certain newspapers, how the newsprint rubs off onto your fingers, and leaves you feeling dirty? That in a nutshell is why I never pick up rags like the National Enquirer. Not only is it embarrassing to be seen thumbing throug… more »

You've got to hand it to the Hammy Putter - just ask Natalie Gulbis

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To date, Natalie Gulbis has won only once on the LPGA Tour - the 2007 Evian Masters. She was wielding a uniquely effective putter that week, a flat stick she used not only in that lone victory, but also in a runner-up performance, an additional third-pla… more »

Big times at Minnesota's Giants Ridge Golf Resort

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Biwabik, Minnesota isn't likely to be on anybody's Top 10,000 golf destinations. (Let's get the pronunciation down first: "Bi," like a baby's bib, but without the final 'b. "Wa" like a baby's cry, and "Bik" like the namesake pen. Now say it out loud slow… more »

Tin Cup: A golf gadget worth your consideration

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My email inbox often serves as a clearinghouse for the PR reps of every crackpot, half-baked, trivial, ridiculous and downright unnecessary golf contraption known to mankind. Time and space constraints prevent me from any sort of comprehensive listing, b… more »

Brainerd Lakes is Minnesota's "go-to" golf destination

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You can burn through multiple tanks of gas traversing all of Minnesota's highways, byways and fairways in search of the state's best golf. But if time and efficiency are the watchwords, there's one single destination that will satisfy: Brainerd Lakes Reg… more »

Off to Minnesota - Land of Lehman, Lumpy and Lunke

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One decade, about 500-or-so golf courses, and some 60 FAM trips ago, I made my inaugural foray into the far reaches of the golf world - off I went to Minnesota. I was a 30-something cub reporter on that initial visit, and learned that the Land of 10,000… more »

Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio: As distinctive as its name

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A short time ago I blogged about the variety of private-club golf riches in Columbus, Ohio. But what if, unlike Tony Soprano, one isn't "connected?" Columbus-bound private club devotees are, as a Scotsman might say, "spoiled for choice," but in the publi… more »

The Luggage Club is Leading Edge

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With sticks in tow, I travel around more in a year than most golfers do in five. (This proclamation EXCLUDES members of the PGA Tour, Champions, Nationwide, Hooters, LPGA, Duramed Futures, etc.) I’ve long been used to dragging my casket-sized travel… more »

In Columbus, Ohio, Pinnacle Golf Club is well named

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The golf cognoscenti know that there are fewer cities, pound-for-pound, with a richer variety of quality private golf clubs than surprising Columbus, Ohio. The longtime "Big Four" include venerable Scioto Country Club, a recently restored Donald Ross… more »