Relief from the heat, great golf in Northern Michigan

As I went though security this afternoon at the Traverse City, Mich., airport, the TSA agent checking my driver's license said, "Can you send us some of your heat?"What she was referring to was the fact that my hometown in Texas has been in triple di… more »

Leading the LPGA Tour into golf prosperity will be a huge undertaking

So we got the formal announcement on Monday that Carolyn Bivens is out as the commissioner of the LPGA, and Marsha Evans, a retired Navy rear admiral, is in as interim commissioner.Evans, who has also led the Girl Scouts of USA and the American Red… more »

Whether it's golf or entertainment, boredom in Branson isn't an option

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After spending a few days in Branson, Mo., I offer these observations: First, Branson offers top-notch Ozark Mountain golf. The new Payne Stewart Golf Club has terrific views and is plenty challenging. Tom Fazio's Branson Creek Golf Club is as good or… more »

Branson, Mo., adding great golf to its wholesome setting

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I spent a part of my youth in the Delta of northern Mississippi. I've lived the majority of my life in Texas. But I've never been anywhere more country than Branson, Mo. This really is a trip back in time in so many ways. Branson is simply a visit… more »

New groove rule in golf won't affect most of our games, but it does create a disconnect

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Does anybody really care about this new groove rule? You know, the one where essentially all irons sold in the modern era would be non-conforming -- at least at the higher level of tournaments. The PGA Tour considered delaying the new groove rule a ye… more »

Livin' large at Horseshoe Bay (golf) Resort near Austin, Texas

When you think of Texas golf resorts, Barton Creek in Austin is probably the first place that comes to mind. But the folks at Horseshoe Bay Resort, which overlooks Lake LBJ in the Texas Hill Country, could be making headway in their quest for recognition… more »

Las Cruces is a pretty cool little New Mexico golf destination

While Santa Fe and Albuquerque often garner much of the attention when it comes to traveling to New Mexico, you may want to consider Las Cruces in the southern part of the state near El Paso for your next golf trip to the Land of Enchantment. This we… more »

Give Lucas Glover his due and Phil Mickelson a pass; U.S. Open was most entertaining

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Driving into El Paso, Texas, Monday afternoon, I had a good chance to listen to mainstream media discuss the outcome of the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. Many of the comments I heard were laughable, including the one that Phil Mickelson choked this one… more »

Nice try, Tiger Woods, but 11 off the pace might be too much at U.S. Open

Has a guy 11 shots off the lead ever got so much coverage? Or how about one who was 20 off the pace?Watching the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black this week has been surreal. Missing was the usual jockeying of position that you normally see on Saturdays b… more »

Satellite subscribers can get plenty of bonus coverage of U.S. Open golf this week

If you're planning on being glued to the television set this week for the U.S. Open at 7,426-yard Bethpage Black and you're a DIRECTV subscriber, then you should be in heaven.DIRECTV is offering a four-in-one screen HD Mix channel and interactive se… more »

Valley Course great addition to Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa on Vancouver Island, Canada

On my first trip to the Westin Bear Mountain Resort & Spa near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, this week, I played the newly opened Valley Golf Course there first. (I'll be posting a review soon on the Valley Course.)The resort, which is wher… more »

Plenty of adventure on Vancouver Island, Canada golf trip

Sometimes you just have to push yourself, which was the case yesterday at a place called WildPlay Element Park in Nanaimo, British Columbia, about 75 miles north of Victoria on Vancouver Island.This is a place for the young at heart. Here you get to… more »

Travel to Vancouver Island to find a perfect Canadian climate of great golf, fishing and sightseeing

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With its temperate climate, the people here on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, love the outdoors, whether it's riding bikes, walking, fishing or playing golf. And so far, I'm finding out the golf here is great. My first couple of days have been a… more »

Catching a sneak peek of the new Old American Golf Club at The Tribute north of Dallas

Recently, I had the pleasure of playing The Tribute Golf Club in The Colony, Texas (north of Dallas), which pays homage to great Scottish courses across the Atlantic. Designed by Tripp Davis, The Tribute will let you play all those run-up and wind-ch… more »

Sushi for breakfast; great golf and dinner in the High Sierras near Reno-Lake Tahoe

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Thursday night, we got a little taste of what the Village at Northstar had to offer. Northstar, which is located just outside of Truckee, Calif., is probably better known as a ski resort, but does a pretty bang-up job hosting golfers, too. So Thursday… more »