No better place to start the PGA Tour golf season than Hawaii

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The 18th hole on Kapalua's Plantation CourseI love this time of year. Not more than Masters week, mind you, but right after the holidays I already find myself missing the PGA Tour. And starting the season off in Hawaii with an easy-going event like the… more »

Bandon Dunes is best golf resort; TPC San Antonio buoyed by PGA Tour

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Golfweek magazine recently confirmed something most of us already knew. The best golf resort in America is the Lodge at Bandon Dunes. In the magazine's annual list of top 100 resort courses in the United States, Golfweek ranked Bandon Dunes' courses in… more »

With PGA Tour season around the corner, a golf trip to Torrey Pines might be in order

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Having just returned from a couple of trips to Southern California, I can tell you that it's not a bad location for winter golf. In fact, I'm particularly fond of the San Diego area. One venue that should be on every golfer's bucket list is Torrey Pi… more »

L.A. is an excellent golf destination if you stay off the road for most of the day

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ORANGE, Calif. -- It took an hour to drive three miles this afternoon after playing golf in Southern California. Such can be life on the freeways around Los Angeles. But you shouldn't let it deter you from taking a golf trip down here, especially if you… more »

Golf trip to southern California: Fast food heaven

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Rubio's fish taco MURRIETA, Calif. -- One of the things I love about California golf trips is that all my favorite fast food joints are located here. Yesterday, on the 15th hole at The Golf Club at Rancho California, I realized I was getting pretty h… more »

Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona: Worth the price of admission

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This is the time of year I think about golf in the desert. More specifically, I'm talking about the Scottsdale, Ariz., area and all the great layouts there in their overseeded perfection. At or near the top of the list for me (and most folks) is playin… more »

Las Vegas Golf Winter ParAm golf tournament sure to warm your spirits

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Here's something that will chase the winter blues away: the 2012 Las Vegas Golf Winter ParAm golf tournament. Not familiar with it? Let's just say it involves golf on a really fun golf course, plenty to eat and drink, beautiful women and a great party a… more »

Saddle up and head to The Boulders resort in Arizona for great golf, spa and dining

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December is a great time of year to head to Arizona to play golf. More specifically, the Phoenix-Scottsdale area with its 200 courses and incredible conditioning (due to heavy overseeding) beckons. And the temperatures, while they can sometimes be surpr… more »

Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach and Pinehurst top this golfer's bucket list of resorts

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What's the best golf resort in America? That was the question posed to me the other day by Charlie Ricks, who had me as a guest on the NOLA Golf Academy show he hosts on Fox Sports Radio 107 in the New Orleans area. More accurately, my task was to na… more »

Thinking Poipu Bay: Soon it will be golf in Hawaii time

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The President's Cup is over (and U.S. Captain Fred Couples feels vindicated for picking Tiger Woods), Thanksgiving is this week, and silly season is upon us. Before you know it, the PGA Tour will be cranking its season up all over again, which means it'… more »

Golf at Barona Creek near San Diego: A wonderful contrast from eight years ago

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The third hole at Barona Creek (Mike Bailey) LAKESIDE, Calif. -- Contrary to the popular song of the early 1970s, it does rain in Southern California. I found that out first-hand on Saturday when I made it through just 14 holes of the newly unveiled… more »

Yoga before golf at La Costa Resort and Spa in southern California? Sign me up!

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CARLSBAD, Calif. -- If you're going to give yoga a try, there's probably not a better setting than La Costa Resort and Spa, home of the world-famous Chopra Center. I'm here for the unveiling of the renovated Champions Course (formerly the North Course)… more »

Las Vegas, Walters Golf's Parmates getting national exposure

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Apparently the secret of Walters Golf's Parmate caddie program is out. This isn't one of those "What Goes on Vegas stays in Vegas" deals as evidenced by the December issue of "Golf Digest" magazine, which features an article on the sexy helpers. What… more »

Indiana Golf Course owners like French Lick's Dye Course

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What's the best golf course in Indiana? That's certainly up for debate, but the most spectacular may be one of the hardest -- the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. The course, which opened in 2009, was just named the 2012 Indiana Golf Course of… more »

Dallas gets another municipal gem with the redo of Stevens Park Golf Course

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The Dallas-Ft. Worth area has one of the best collections of municipal golf courses in the country, and it just got better with the reopening of Stevens Park Golf Course, which is just five minutes from downtown Dallas. Colligan Golf Design, which al… more »