Yes, there are good parkland golf courses in Ireland, too

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DUBLIN, Ireland -- Fresh off a redeye, I did something I've never done before -- play a non-links course. Not that I would ever schedule a trip to Ireland without playing links course -- especially given its rarity in North America -- but the parklan… more »

H-Town spotlighted on Golf Channel's Morning Drive this weekend

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HOUSTON -- This weekend, the Golf Channel's Holly Sonders and Matt Ginella are here in town doing segments for Morning Drive from TopGolf Houston. They're going to be hanging out at TopGolf Houston, which is located off I-10 near Katy. The new complex,… more »

Want to get better at golf? Try a Player Development Program

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Golf must be growing. It seems like I've talked to more people in the last few months who have just taken up the game than I have in the last decade. One question I keep getting is "where should I go for a lesson or to learn the game?" The answer is… more »

From Las Vegas, with love: Free Father's Day golf at Royal Links or Desert Pines

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Desert Pines Golf Club (Courtesy of Walters Golf) The best Father's Day present for your golfing dad certainly isn't a tie or even a dozen golf balls ?- it's treating dad to a round of golf. Even better would be doing it in Las Vegas, and Walters Go… more »

Father's Day, the U.S. Open at Merion and a couple of gift ideas for dad

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The best gift you could give your golf enthusiast dad would be, of course, your time. Spend Sunday with dad watching the likes of Tiger, Rory and Phil play the U.S. Open at Merion in Philly. But if you're like many, and that's not possible, make sure yo… more »

The unwritten rules of golf: As important as the official rules

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At a recent breakfast with golfers of various experience levels, the discussion of etiquette came up. Some of them knew most of these unwritten rules, while others knew very little. Experienced golfers take it for granted that most golfers know etiquett… more »

Here's hoping for great golf weather this summer to ease the sting of spring

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People often asked me for recommendations for golf vacations and I can't help but think of one of the most important elements -- weather. After all, few activities are affected by the weather as much as playing golf. For a golfer, having a weeklong golf… more »

By yourself? Booking golf as a single easy on GolfNow.com

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I don't really like to play golf alone, but I know plenty of people who do. If you often travel alone, finding a tee time by yourself or with a group can sometimes be a challenge. The good news is that on GolfNow.com, you can book rounds as a single… more »

The golf world lost a classy gentleman in Ken Venturi

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Nothing against Nick Faldo (I really do find him entertaining), but it really hit home this weekend how much I miss the Ken Venturis of the world. Venturi died this past weekend, just a month or so after another legendary TV sports personality, Pat Sum… more »

A travelin' golfer's 5 favorite and worst airports (Seattle, Charlotte among favorites)

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My chief complaint when I return home from a golf trip is that it takes forever for get my clubs at baggage claim in Terminal C at Bush Intercontinental at Houston. It's not so bad if I don't fly United because in terminals A and B, golf clubs come out… more »

Chicago loves the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area for golf and fun -- you will too

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The Brute at Grand Geneva (Mike Bailey/TravelGolf) LAKE GENEVA, Wisc. -- Although it's closer to Milwaukee, the Lake Geneva area is known as Chicago's playground. About an hour and a half north of the Windy City, Lake Geneva was founded by the Chica… more »

Got time for nine? Check out GolfNow's new features

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Lake Lawn Golf Course (Mike Bailey/TravelGolf) DELAVAN, Wisc. -- One of the chief complaints about golf is that it takes too long to play. In other words, four hours or more on the course -- plus getting there and back -- eats up a lot of your day.… more »

New York living, early American golf in Dallas

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NYLO South Side in Dallas (Mike Bailey/TravelGolf) DALLAS -- There are lots of wonderful resorts and hotels in this country, and many of them are unique, but until recently, I've never run across anything like the NYLO South Side in Dallas. I only g… more »

Golf on the Atlantic: Ocean City, Maryland isn't exactly Myrtle Beach North

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Lighthouse Sound Golf Club (Mike Bailey/TravelGolf) The comparison is a natural one. How does the Ocean City, Md., area, which includes southern Delaware, compare to Myrtle Beach? I thought they would be similar -- and they are in some respects -- b… more »

Fairmont Kea Lani Kō Restaurant on Maui snags culinary award

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Besides the golf, one of the things I enjoy the most about going to Hawaii is the cuisine. It's some of the most unique -- and often healthiest -- I come across on my travels and my recent trip to Maui was no exception. On this trip, we tried to mix… more »