Category: General

My golf wish for the New Year: less pain

Middle age is starting to take its toll on my golf game. Rare are the days now where I want to play more than 18.In the past year, I've played with a pinched nerve and a pretty good case of tendonitis in the left elbow. I'm pretty much over the pinch… more »

A break from the Tiger Woods saga: Francoeur's cool golf trip to Scotland

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If you're looking for a golf story that will warm your heart this Christmas season, I've got one for you, and it actually involves a positive story about a professional athlete.Jeff Francoeur, the former Atlanta Braves baseball player, loves golf. An… more »

Pete Dye at French Lick, Palouse Ridge lead best new golf course list

Golf Digest magazine recently announced America's Best New Courses of 2009, and at the top of the public list is a course that has received a lot of attention this year ? the Pete Dye Course at French Lick (Ind.) Resort.While I haven't played it, u… more »

Honors continue for Monterey Peninsula's Bayonet and Black Horse golf courses

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It's been almost a year since I got to check out the new Bayonet and Black Horse golf courses at Bayonet/Black Horse in Seaside, Calif., on the Monterey Peninsula. Honestly, I was blown away by the quality of the two courses, and apparently I'm not alone… more »

Reluctantly, the Tiger Woods saga continues

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OK, a few more observations on the Tiger Woods disaster, and I'm done for a while. We always thought Tiger Woods took so much time off between tournaments to focus on the important and major events. Turns out he was really busy. Tiger says he's tak… more »

Golf is great, but spa treatments are special

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Sometimes the best part about going to a golf resort isn't the golf ? even if the golf is excellent -- but the spa.And there are few places better than the Scottsdale, Ariz., area to experience the best in spa treatments, especially for golfers. Fo… more »

Fun golf: TPC Scottsdale lives up to my pregame hype

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Finally, after six or eight trips to the Valley of the Sun, I got to play the TPC Scottsdale. It was well worth the wait.You often hear that certain PGA Tour courses are overrated, but I don't think the Jay Morrish-Tom Weiskopf-designed TPC Scottsdal… more »

Don't tell me Tiger Woods shouldn't be a role model; like it or not, we all set an example

This just in: Tiger Woods is human. I read that this morning in my local newspaper by a Johnny-come lately sports columnist who I think was trying to point out that athletes shouldn't be our kids' role models. No kidding, Tiger is human. I didn't… more »

World-class golf instruction at Grand Cypress and ChampionsGate

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Part of my assignment this week in Orlando included a couple of lessons from two of the best golf schools in the world -- the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf, followed the very next day by a session at the David Leadbetter Academy of Golf at ChampionsGat… more »

Forget the Tiger Woods 'accident'; there are other golf stories in Orlando

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I've resisted the urge. Even though I've been in Orlando since the weekend, I just haven't been able to make it to nearby Windermere. It just isn't my idea of fun.No, I'm in Orlando to do a few course/resort reviews, and that's just what I intend to… more »

Playing golf without a safety net at Old American near Dallas

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Recently I had the opportunity to play Old American Golf Club at The Tribute near Dallas months before it opens. The Tripp Davis/Justin Leonard design is pretty much ready to go with the exception of a few greens that need a little more maturity and a fe… more »

Golf's Skins Game trimmed from the Thanksgiving menu: Will you miss it?

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Is this is it for the Skins Game? After dismal ratings last year in which K.J. Choi defeated like the likes of Stephen Ames, Fred Funk and Phil Mickelson at the Indian Wells Golf Resort near Palm Springs,Calif., title sponsor LG pulled the plug, citin… more »

TaylorMade's new Penta TP golf ball adds a couple more layers of performance

During my trip to play golf in California last week, I got to try out TaylorMade Golf's new premium golf ball, the Penta TP, which will be launched to the public in the spring.That's Penta, as in five layers, which are about two more layers than you'… more »

Discover Monarch Dunes, golf on the central coast of California

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While the Monterey Peninsula and Southern California area enjoy a reputation for fine golf, often overlooked is the central coast of California.It's a little tougher to get to, but it's well worth it if Monarch Dunes Golf in Nipomo is any indication.… more »

Course marshals at The Bridges Golf Club tops in my book

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When I arrived at The Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon, Calif., this morning and was introduced to my playing companions, I knew it was going to be a good day.The Bridges is a fairly challenging Johnny Miller-credited daily fee course (It was really de… more »