News for Saturday, March 4, 2006

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2006: Wigwam: Buffing up a desert classic

Avoid the drink at Wigwam Resort, including the Blue Course’s 15th hole above, until after the round in the Southwestern-style bar.

2006: Recovery shot, post katrina

After Katrina, the Gulf Coast’s golf industry plots comeback; sailboats in the fairway

2006: The coast with the most

A souped-up Audi coupe. The Greek Sponge Docks and Cuban stogies. More top-flight courses than you can shake an 8-iron at. That can only mean a road trip along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

2006: The First Tee of Iraq

A soldier’s quixotic mission to bring golf to a golfless, war-torn country

2006: Homes away from home

Can’t decide whether to take that golf vacation in Scottsdale or Naples? Tired of maintaining a second home in Palm Springs? Destination clubs, with their premium pads in popular resort areas, claim they have a better idea.

2006: ‘Janice’ goes back to basics

The oldest girls break the standard of wanting ‘study, shop or watch films.’

2006: cultural exchange

In the first visit by a Chinese team to America, junior golfers learn finer points of the game.

2006: Thirteen unlucky for Wie

Michelle Wie looked right at home with a Sunday 66, but Meena Lee played the role of uninvited guest by ending Wie’s hopes, then winning a playoff.

2006: From out of nowhere

Overlooked and underappreciated, Geoff Ogilvy plays 129 holes, escapes a few certain defeats, beats four major champs, then calls it a week

2006: La Costa, Pinehurst catch fitness bug

Stretching expert Roger Fredericks has brought his teachings and techniques to the La Costa Resort, while Pinehurst has teamed with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on its fitness lab (inset).

2006: love the burn

After growing up in fear of what exercise might do to his swing, Davis Love III has lunged onto the exercise caravan

2006: Two approaches aim for similar results

A test of two fitness labs

2006: Fitness Evolution

Those seeking perfection on the course are discovering that a golfer’s success can depend as much on the condition of the body as what the body does during the swing. Thus, today’s players are the latest generation in the fitness evolution.

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