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You’ve probably heard of golf courses that give complimentary green fees to juniors with paying adults. Now Troon Golf has put another twist on the concept: complimentary golf instruction for kids who take lessons with a paying adult. read more

The next time your flight is overbooked and the airline asks for volunteers to give up their seat for travel vouchers, tell them you're interested. That's the lesson I learned this week in Vancouver, returning home from a brief golf trip to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and some Sunday golf action at the RBC Canadian Open. read more

I had that opportunity last week, fulfilling a promise I made in January to play all five courses at Bethpage. All told, we played the five golf courses at Bethpage in three days. We had 36 holes on Monday (Yellow and Red) and Wednesday (Blue and Green) and a single round Tuesday on the Black. As warm-ups go, the Green and Yellow courses are less-demanding walks, but as challenging as the Blue. read more

I have a confession to make: The least-used accessory in my bag is my golf towel. I recently received the The Players Towel, and it just might change my Pigpen-like tendencies. read more

Spanish Peaks’ Tom Weiskopf-designed course, which opened in 2007, is a joy to play, with one spectacular view after another and perfectly conditioned fairways and greens. But the most important element of this experience isn’t the pristine layout; it’s the relatively untamed wilderness, a vantage point most Americans really never get to experience. read more

In case you’re wondering if Tiger Woods will tee it up again this year, wonder no more. According to his good friend Notah Begay's website, Woods will be part of the field for the annual Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation Challenge. An elite group will tee it up on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Turning Stone Resort's Atunyote Golf Club on Oneida Indian Nation lands near Verona, N.Y. The question is, of course, will that be Woods' first event back? read more

To this day, Lee Trevino will tell you he shouldn’t have made the statement that "if you're caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, just hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron." That was shortly before he was zapped at the 1975 Western Open. My guess is that these days, he's is off the course as soon as he hears a faint sound of thunder or sees a flash in the distance. read more

When I think of the U.S. Hickory Open Championship, visions of a great old Donald Ross courses start dancing in my head. There isn't a better place to hold the tournament than the restored 6,885-yard, par-70 Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort in southern Indiana. The allure of the resort and course is so strong that the combination attracted the largest field ever for the championship, which is set for this week. read more

Stellar reviews of Arcadia Bluffs G.C. are nothing new. Set above the shores of Lake Michigan, it's considered by many panelists as good as a top 10 play in the United States. But having played it myself, I wouldn't have thought this long, hilly course with some severe bunkers would be an ideal play for women. Then again, what do I know about the fairer sex? read more

To all Myrtle newbies: Spend a few minutes on's Myrtle Beach Golf Guide before you go. The site is a wonderful resource for golf course information virtually anywhere in the world that golf is played. Then you might know what to expect and look for on your next golfing vacation. read more

Stellar reviews of Arcadia Bluffs are nothing new. But having played it myself, I wouldn't have thought this long, hilly course with some severe bunkers would be an ideal play for women. Then again, what do I know about the fairer sex? read more

This year, Hillerich & Bradsby, parent company of Bionic (and Louisville Slugger and PowerBilt Golf) introduced a new Bionic model for golf, along with Bionic gloves for everything from motorcycle riding to gardening. So I thought I’d take the new Men’s Performance Golf Glove ($29.95) out for a spin over the long 4th of July weekend. read more

The La Paz area is ripe with boating, fishing and whale watching, and the golf scene is emerging as well. Besides the very playable and scenic Costa Baja Golf Club, which has more than a dozen holes with ocean views, there's also the Arthur Hills-designed Paraiso del Mar in La Paz as well as a dozen or so more excellent golf courses in the Los Cabos area. read more

If I said they treat you like family at FarmLinks Golf Club, which they do, that would be an understatement. Because as we all know, families aren’t always congenial, but at FarmLinks, you’re treated so well you wonder if there’s an ulterior motive. There isn't. I love the way they do business here. read more

There’s a new stay-and-play option for golfers who would like to play the Pete Dye-designed Pound Ridge Golf Club, just 40 minutes north of New York City. The club just announced a hotel partnership with Delamar Greenwich Harbor in Fairfield County, Conn., which is about 25 minutes from the course. read more