The U.S. Open and Northern California golf -- gotta love it

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This week was vintage U.S. Open. It went right down to the wire on a great course. In the end, when Graeme McDowell missed a chance to force a playoff on 18, some fella named Webb Simpson won. Congratulations, Mr. Simpson, on surviving a great test on a… more »

Get fresh on the golf course with a product everyone can use

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Here's something you might find useful if you play golf in the summer -- sunscreen, bug repellent, shoe shine and deodorant wipes, in small convenient single serving packets. Sold by a company out of Chino, Calif., a pack of these, which easily carried… more »

U.S. Open week: Charlie Palmer's new restaurant a San Francisco treat

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Seeing the best golfers in the world at the U.S. Open is certainly a treat, but seeing it in a place like San Francisco is a bonus. First off, if you're like most people in this country, it's a break from the oppressive heat of the summer. But most of a… more »

Texas' Tapatio Springs golf resort gets the Troon touch

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Here's more evidence that The Resort at Tapatio Springs in Boerne, Texas, near San Antonio is being transformed into a top-notch operation. Yesterday it was announced that Troon has been selected to manage and market the 27-hole resort golf course, whic… more »

For a quick, fun, inexpensive golf vacation, head to Tunica, Mississippi near Memphis

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Before we get ahead of ourselves with Tiger Woods euphoria at the U.S. Open at Olympic Club, the PGA Tour does have another stop to make before it goes to San Francisco in a week. This one comes in Memphis, Tenn., courtesy of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.… more »

Beyond golf in northern California: They sure know how to cook

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The bratwurst plate at the Tap Room at Pebbel Beach. FAIRFIELD, Calif. -- From Half Moon Bay to Carmel and Pebble Beach to Fairfield, Calif., this has been one memorable trip. The golf has been great, to be sure, but my favorite memories from this ex… more »

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay -- an extraordinary American golf experience

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HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -- If you want to get a feel for the golf experience at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay and Half Moon Bay Golf Links, think Pebble Beach and Bandon Dunes in terms of striking scenery. Pebble Beach, which should be on every golfer's… more »

Northern California's Sharp Park Golf Course safe for now

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This past weekend, Sharp Park Golf Course, a Pacifica, Calif., seaside municipal golf links built in 1932 by master architect Alister MacKenzie, celebrated its 80th anniversary. But how many more will it get? The course has been threatened by a lawsu… more »

Summer golf, entertainment in Branson, Missouri

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It's hard to believe that Memorial Day is almost here, which means summer is just around the corner. It also means everybody's open for golf, including a destination I just returned from, Branson, Mo. This G-rated entertainment Mecca has a pretty dec… more »

To no surprise, Jacksonville, Florida area makes for great golf vacation

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. -- The PLAYERS Championship is obviously a showcase for the world's best golfers on the world's best stadium golf course. Sunday, I got to see for myself, hanging out at a villa by the 16th fairway across from the island green 17… more »

How about treating mom to spa, golf or brunch at Saddlebrook Resort in Florida?

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Trust me on this: Mother's Day is one day you don't want to mess up -- whether it's your own mother or the mother of your kids (often your wife). There are all sorts of ideas out there, but if the honoree on your list likes to golf, get spa treatment… more »

Plan ahead for the ultimate Fantasy Football draft party at PGA National in south Florida

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All my life, I've had a motto: It's never too early to start thinking about football season. And if you're like me, you probably play fantasy football. Add some golf to the mix, and you have the perfect weekend. Luckily, one of my favorite golf des… more »

What a day of golf at the Insperity with Palmer, Nicklaus, Trevino, Player and Co.

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Greats of Golf at the Insperity near Houston. (Mike Bailey/TravelGolf) THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- For a golf fan, it doesn't get any better than it did Saturday at the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands Country Club. Not to take anything away… more »

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with golf, drink and fajitas at Troon North in Arizona

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Living in Texas and playing a lot of golf in Arizona at great venues like Troon North, I'm well aware of the importance of Cinco de Mayo. It's the day I get to eat Mexican food and drink Margaritas without guilt -- in honor of Mexican Independence, of c… more »

Golf in Branson, Missouri enhanced by wholesome entertainment, genuine hospitality

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BRANSON, Mo. -- In all seriousness, Branson is one of my favorite golf destinations, and it has to do with a lot more than golf. The golf is pretty good and certainly affordable. But maybe the reason Branson, which is celebrating its centennial this… more »