Finding golf and treasure in the South Padre Island area

On a mission to sample great barbecue, Mexican and seafood on this golf trip to the South Padre Island (Texas) area, we hit the jackpot last night with Cap'n Roy's (1313 Padre Blvd.) on the island before today's round at South Padre Golf Club.The own… more »

Playing golf and eating Mexican food on the South Texas coast

On the surface, 6,400-yard El Angel, one of two courses at Rancho Viejo (Texas) Resort & Country Club, wouldn't seem that tough, except Mother Nature threw in a 25 mph sustained wind with gusts up to 40 mph.That means every draw was a hook, every… more »

Great Texas barbecue on the way to South Texas golf

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I can cross another one off the list of great barbecue joints after stopping at Joe Cotton's in Robstown last night on my way to play golf in South Texas. Joe Cotton's Barbecue, which is located off of State Highway 77 about 16 miles outside of Corpus… more »

Waiting for Tiger Woods and the 'next Tiger Woods'

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As Tiger Woods gears up for his much-anticipated return, the "next Tiger Woods" is apparently coming to America for a little competition. Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who just became the sixth teenager to win a European Golf tour event by winning the Dubai… more »

A good reason to bring your cell phone to the golf course

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This falls under the category of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." The folks who brought you the easy-to-understand, illustrated "Golf Rules Quick Reference" now have an electronic version that you can load on your iPhone. It's not like we're ever… more »

FBR was the golf undercard to a great Super Bowl

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All Kenny Perry had to do was par the final hole at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, and I wouldn't have missed the beginning of the Super Bowl. Of course, he bogeyed 18, then finally defeated Charley Hoffman on the third playoff hole to win the FBR O… more »

In anticipation of the New Course at The Tribute near Dallas

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Over on, we posted a story I wrote on the New Course at The Tribute in New Colony, Texas, which is just north of Dallas. You can read about it here. But if you haven't already played the "Old Course" at The Tribute, or the original cour… more »

The FBR Open's 16th: Truest of stadium golf

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This is really cool. This week, we're talking 15,000-20,000 fans on one hole after officials of the FBR Open added around 3,000 general admission bleacher seats and completely enclosed the par-3 16th at The TPC Scottsdale. Completely surrounding a hole w… more »

Check it out: Bayonet/Black Horse golf on Monterey Bay

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Over on, we just posted a review I wrote on Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside, Calif. Check it out here. Bayonet, which opened as a military golf course in 1954 on what used to be Fort Ord, is actually one of two courses at the Seaside… more »

Nice going, Pat Perez, in getting your first tour win

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It's hard to believe that Sunday's victory at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Hosted by Arnold Palmer in the La Quinta, Calif., area is Pat Perez' first win. After all, it seems like we've heard his name a lot in his seven-year career. But sure enough, h… more »

Hope Chrysler Classic: hole-in-one prize for the golfer who has everything

You know the tournament you're playing in isn't run by a redneck when the hole-in-one prize is the use of a private jet. Not exactly the $500 golf shop credit or even a car that most of us are used to.Anyway, amateur Andrew Goldfarb of Sherman Oaks,… more »

As golf deterioration looms, fend it off by getting in shape

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As I anxiously await the milestone of reaching a half-century on this planet, I'm finding myself breaking down physically, and it has certainly affected my golf game. First there was plantar fasciitis a few years ago, and just when I was just getting ove… more »

Now that Obama is sworn in as President, he needs to turn his attention to something really important ? his golf game

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Not that he really has time for it, but now that he's the leader of the free world, President Barack Obama essentially has a membership at any country club or course he decides to play, including, of course, nearby Congressional Country Club. Accordin… more »

Can golf weather be too perfect?

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We were told to pack pullovers and raingear, that the weather off Monterey Bay can turn in an instant, that it can be sunny one minute, foggy and drizzly the next. As the trip neared, however, it became quite apparent that we weren't getting any of that.… more »

Golf's Kodak Challenge may prove interesting

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There's a new twist this year on the PGA Tour, and it may turn out to have a better following than the FedEx Cup. Ok, that's not saying much, but the Kodak Challenge is worth $1 million to the player who wins the challenge, which is spread out over th… more »