Archives for: March 2009

After Guatemala, Pete Dye and Perry turn their attention to the Black Pearl off the coast of Honduras

With Fuego Maya at La Reunion in Guatemala, Pete Dye and son Perry have completed their first golf course in Central America, but it's not their last. Some of the partners of La Reunion Golf Resort near Antigua, Guatemala, also are working with the Dyes… more »

Forecaddie program at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Dove Mountain spot on

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MARANA, Ariz. -- I'm not always a big fan of forecaddie programs, but the one at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain deserves kudos. Our forecaddie, Shaun DeSilva, went above and beyond in a quiet, unobtrusive manner. He was there when you needed h… more »

Jack Nicklaus fires a few shots during grand opening at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain

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MARANA, Ariz. -- Although the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain has been open since January, today was the official opening as designer Jack Nicklaus flew in to join owner/developer David Mehl for opening ceremonies. With a good bit of fanfare tha… more »

Golf in the morning at Pete Dye's new Fuego Maya; Antigua, Guatemala at night

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Playing golf at the new Pete and Perry Dye-designed Fuego Maya Golf Course here at La Reunion in Guatemala has been a great experience, but what really sets off a trip like this is having a chance to explore nearby Antigua.I got a crash course yester… more »

Playing golf in Guatemala at La Reunion: Pete Dye still makes them tough

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Having been in Guatemala and at the new La Reunion resort near Antigua for a little more than 24 hours, here are some of my initial impressions on my first trip to this beautiful country: Pete Dye, even at age 83, hasn't mellowed a whole lot -- at lea… more »

Tom Lehman leading the Transitions Championship proves there is golf beyond Tiger Woods

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I don't know about you, but I want to tune in tomorrow to see if 50-year-old Tom Lehman can take it to the house at the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., near Tampa. The fact that Tiger Woods and Phil Mi… more »

Computer golf at its finest in the Challenge

Over on, we just posted a story I wrote on a nine-hole computer golf skills challenge contest the folks at are sponsoring with the World Golf Tour.The World Golf Tour is a new Internet-based computer golf game, and e… more »

Hope renewed: Phil Mickelson to share his secrets in new video

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I really try not to bite the hook of every new golf video or instruction book, but it's difficult sometimes. Now, we learn that Phil Mickelson has a new DVD series on the short game coming out called " Phil Mickelson: Secrets of the Short Game." Consi… more »

St. Patrick's Day brings back fond memories of golf in Ireland, Guinness and corned beef in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Suddenly, I've got a hankering for Guinness and corned beef and cabbage. Must be St. Patrick's Day.Oh, the memories are fond.I've been across the pond twice to play golf in Ireland. And both times, the weather was pretty much miserable. It was co… more »

This Butch Harmon guy can teach golf; just ask WGC Doral winner Phil Mickleson

The measure of success is results, and Butch Harmon's results continue to impress.Sometimes the big-name teachers get a little too much credit. But in the case of Harmon, it's apparently all deserved. Pretty much everybody this guy has worked with ha… more »

Mickelson's magic, Tiger's presence could make for interesting weekend at Doral

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How many guys could hit it in the water twice and still shoot 65? Not many, but if you had to guess who, it would probably be Phil Mickelson. How good is this guy's short game? On one of the instances when he found the water during the opening round a… more »

Golf near South Padre Island comes with a few distractions

Over on, we just posted a story I wrote on El Angel course at Rancho Viejo (Texas) Resort & Country Club. Located just a few miles from South Padre Island, the timing couldn't be better or worse, depending on your perspective.This w… more »

It's easy to root for Erik Compton

If you didn't catch Jimmy Robert's report on Erik Compton during the final round of the Honda Classic at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., this week, you missed one of the best three or four minutes of NBC's tournament coverage… more »

Bring on daylight time, more twilight golf

In case you haven't noticed, daylight-saving time is almost upon us. It used to be that this didn't happen until April. But now, not only does it come earlier, but also it sticks around longer to November instead of October. Starting this Sunday, you can… more »

Taking a beating at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona

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I wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago about how nobody cares about what you shoot on the golf course, and today I got a note from colleague Brandon Tucker about a recent round I had. Apparently, your golf performances don't make the billboards, but they d… more »