Archives for: February 2009

True Scottish feel at Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale

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Beyond the expected luxury accommodations that you would expect at a Westin property, there's a lot more to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa here in Scottsdale, Ariz., than Heavenly Beds and massage treatments. First, as the name would imply, it… more »

Golf put in perspective at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

Golf can take on a different meaning at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., given the reverence the people who live and work at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa have for the land here.Early on, we got an appreciation for the history… more »

Spring training and golf in Arizona

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What a great day it is. It's the first day of exhibition games for major league baseball teams, and Tiger Woods is back in action. Later this week, I'll be taking in an Indians-Athletics exhibition game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. But first, there's… more »

Even after a long layoff, Tiger is the early heavy favorite at Augusta

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How good will Tiger Woods when he comes back this year? Pretty good, if you believe the Las Vegas oddsmakers. Out more than eight months following knee surgery last year, Woods' odds of winning this year's Master's Tournament are listed at 2-1. The ne… more »

Tiger Woods at Accenture: The most anticipated return in golf history?

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Not since Ben Hogan came back from his near-fatal car accident a half century ago has so much been made of the return of one player to the game. And even then, as remarkable as Hogan's comeback was, golf was a minor sport by today's standards, and Hogan… more »

Playing golf with the pro in Punta Mita

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Just a few holes into playing the new Bahia Course at Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico, the director of golf set me straight."What did you have yesterday?" Phil Ferrari asked after I just double bogeyed the difficult par-3 fifth hole."Eighty-five," I… more »

Picture perfect at Punta Mita's resorts and golf courses

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There are a few places on earth that can almost leave you speechless. Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico, is one of them. First there are the two Jack Nicklaus golf courses here. Nicklaus has apparently referred to the Four Seasons Pacifico Course (and the n… more »

More observations about golf and life on the Pacific Coast of Mexico

Here are three more impressions I'm taking away from my golf trip to the Riviera Nayarit:Dining outside in the cool breeze near the Pacific Ocean is the ultimate eating experience. Nothing like the crash of the waves as you sip on a Corona and chow d… more »

A perfect day of golf and spa at El Tigre in Mexico

We don't get to do this all the time, but one of the best parts of this job is living the life of the rich and pampered on occasion. Such was my fate today. After a round on the terrifically conditioned and fun El Tigre Golf Club at Paradise Village… more »

Checking out Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, preparing to play golf

Before I checked into the Paradise Village Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, my host, Richard Zarkin of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitor's Bureau, treated me to lunch and a little sightseeing this afternoon. What a great day.Here are some… more »

Arizona's resorts are as good as its golf

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I knew all along the golf was pretty good in Arizona, but had no idea of the quantity of great hotels and resorts. As it turns out Arizona landed 15 properties on the Travel+Leisure magazine's list of the 500 best around the world. The top resort in A… more »

Finding golf and treasure in the South Padre Island area

On a mission to sample great barbecue, Mexican and seafood on this golf trip to the South Padre Island (Texas) area, we hit the jackpot last night with Cap'n Roy's (1313 Padre Blvd.) on the island before today's round at South Padre Golf Club.The own… more »

Playing golf and eating Mexican food on the South Texas coast

On the surface, 6,400-yard El Angel, one of two courses at Rancho Viejo (Texas) Resort & Country Club, wouldn't seem that tough, except Mother Nature threw in a 25 mph sustained wind with gusts up to 40 mph.That means every draw was a hook, every… more »

Great Texas barbecue on the way to South Texas golf

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I can cross another one off the list of great barbecue joints after stopping at Joe Cotton's in Robstown last night on my way to play golf in South Texas. Joe Cotton's Barbecue, which is located off of State Highway 77 about 16 miles outside of Corpus… more »

Waiting for Tiger Woods and the 'next Tiger Woods'

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As Tiger Woods gears up for his much-anticipated return, the "next Tiger Woods" is apparently coming to America for a little competition. Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who just became the sixth teenager to win a European Golf tour event by winning the Dubai… more »