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February 21, 2011 | 4:38 p.m.

Wet & wild

Royal Kunia Country Club
Royal Kunia Country Club

OAHU, Hawaii – As the most-watched meteorologist in Hawaii, Guy Hagi has a handle on local weather patterns. 

If only his tee shots were as easy to predict.

It was just past daybreak on Oahu, and the tradewinds had conducted their early-morning business. Blowing off the ocean, they’d carried in rain clouds that wrung themselves like sponges on the island’s windward side, softening the turf at Ko’olau Golf Club, where Hagi stood and waggled on the first tee.

In such tenderized conditions, a Tour pro could go low. But Hagi kept his forecast modest, realistic. It called for ...

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Categories: Travel, Destinations
February 10, 2011 | 3:06 p.m.

Report: Woods received $55M for Dubai design

Tiger Woods in front of a poster showing the planned development of the Tiger Woods Dubai community at a venue in Dubai.
Tiger Woods in front of a poster showing the planned development of the Tiger Woods Dubai community at a venue in Dubai.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A United Arab Emirates business magazine says Tiger Woods received $55.4 million from a developer to promote a local golf resort that has yet to be built.

Arabian Business reported Thursday that it has seen documents confirming Woods received the payments to promote the $1 billion project, with the course at the centerpiece of a complex of 100 villas, 75 mansions and 22 palaces.

Woods refused to comment Wednesday on the contract he signed with the course developer, part of a conglomerate controlled by Dubai’s debt-squeezed ruler. But he said he hoped to meet ...

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February 7, 2011 | 6:40 p.m.

Seeking Sanctuary

Martin Kaufmann
St. Martin (background) provides the backdrop for No. 10 at Temenos Golf Club.
St. Martin (background) provides the backdrop for No. 10 at Temenos Golf Club.

Even by the standards of golf’s go-go era of course development – which ended only a few years ago, yet seems as distant as the Roaring ’20s – the 2006 opening of $50 million Temenos Golf Club on Anguilla was big news.

In golf circles, accustomed to new-course announcements from less exotic outposts such as Myrtle Beach, S.C., or Scottsdale, Ariz., the news raised two questions: 1. Where is Anguilla? (Answer: It’s one of the northernmost Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, about 180 miles east of Puerto Rico.) And 2. Does that part of the Caribbean have gold-flaked ...

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January 31, 2011 | 7:47 p.m.

‘Why not?’

Martin Kaufmann
No. 2 at Laucala was carved from the forest.
No. 2 at Laucala was carved from the forest.

David McLay Kidd first came to Laucala Island more than five years ago to build a golf course in a jungle so dense that King Kong could get lost in it. At the time, hundreds of workers had just arrived to carry out a fantastical mission: They were going to turn the north side of the 3,000-acre former coconut plantation into a private, seven-star resort.

Kidd recently recalled those days while sitting in Laucala’s small Teppanyaki bar that hangs off a cliff above the South Pacific, eating fresh wahoo caught the day before by a friend whose biggest ...

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Eyeing our golf bags, Leonard, who had picked us up at the airport, asked, “So you’re golfers?”

“Yep. That’s what we’re here for. You?”

“No way. But did you know Tiger was married here? Sandy Lane. Took over the whole place.”

And we all know how that turned out, I thought.

“Get a lot of golfers?” I asked.

“Sure.”

No surprise. Barbados, the eastern-most island in the Caribbean chain, is perhaps better known for its rum. George Washington, who visited Barbados before becoming president, liked it so much that he served a barrel of it at his ...

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Categories: Travel News, Destinations
January 10, 2011 | 4:43 p.m.

Indomitable Ireland

Martin Kaufmann
The par-5 sixth hole on the Faldo Championship Course at Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
The par-5 sixth hole on the Faldo Championship Course at Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

DUNSANY, COUNTY MEATH, Ireland – In the lead-up to the 2011 Solheim Cup, there undoubtedly will be some chirping about how wonderful it would be if one of the great Irish links – Royal County Down, say, or Portmarnock – were to host the event. Instead, the U.S. and European teams will meet at Killeen Castle, a fine, if unabashedly American-style, property.

Killeen Castle, however, might just be the ideal Irish showcase, and for reasons that Yeats, who was born not far from here, probably would appreciate. For just as Yeats neatly captured the Irish experience in those 17 words – the ironic ...

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October 18, 2010 | 4:49 p.m.

Check in

Bradley S. Klein
Oxford Hotel
Oxford Hotel

When you spend half the year on the road as I do, you pay attention to where you stay. Small touches can make a huge difference in how you feel, how (and whether) you sleep and how much you look forward to playing golf.

Just as a fine golf course conveys a distinct sense of style and place, an interesting hotel makes you feel as if where you are spending a day – or night – is special. It doesn’t have to be expensive. The issue here isn’t luxury; it’s sensibility, aesthetics and a certain whimsical form.

I crave ...

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October 11, 2010 | 3:37 p.m.

The Golden Boys

Chambers Bay
Chambers Bay

SEATTLE – Sometimes you compromise your commitments.

The four of us were Cal grads, the class of 1963, notable that we were not the anarchists you might have imagined, but instead the laughable legacy of the longest-suffering class in the school’s history.

Cal went to the Rose Bowl when we were seniors in high school and Eisenhower was president. It hasn’t been back since. We’ve committed to getting together when and if the Bears make it, but in the meantime won’t let incompetence stand in the way of good golf. And haven’t.

We’ve played golf ...

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Categories: Men, Destinations
October 5, 2010 | 3:29 p.m.

Above the border

Martin Kaufmann
The first hole on the St. Laurent nine at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu.
The first hole on the St. Laurent nine at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu.

LA MALBAIE, CHARLEVOIX, Quebec – The golf clubhouse at the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu sits nearly a mile above the hotel, on a bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River. At first blush, this might seem like a logistical headache: Golfers exit the hotel, which sits on the western bank of the river, hop in a cart and spend the next several minutes heading skyward toward the first tee of the St. Laurent nine.

“That has by far the most challenging transportation element, but it gets the best feedback,” says Justin Wood, executive director of golf and retail operations for Fairmont Hotels ...

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Categories: Travel, Destinations
October 5, 2010 | 2:27 p.m.

Kohler prepares for 10th annual food festival

Golfweek Staff
The American Club will be one of the host hotels for the 10th annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience.
The American Club will be one of the host hotels for the 10th annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience.

KOHLER, Wis. – A number of celebrity chefs will be on hand Oct. 21-24 for the 10th annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience.

The list of food and wine experts who will be presenting at the festival include:

• Anne Burrell, host of Food Network’s “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef” and “Worst Cooks in America”;

• Sara Moulton, host of Food Network’s “Cooking Live” and “Sara’s Secrets,” and food editor for ABC’s “Good Morning America”;

• Graham Elliot, owner of Graham Elliot Restaurant in Chicago and a judge on Fox’s “MasterChef”;

• Aida Mollenkamp, host of Food Network’s “Ask Aida ...

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Categories: Travel Blog, Destinations
September 28, 2010 | 4:35 p.m.

Finding religion

Martin Kaufmann
No. 15 at Blackthorn Golf Club
No. 15 at Blackthorn Golf Club

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Patrick Michael Mulligan – retired cop, career civil servant, defender of the public – stood in the middle of the bar that bears his name, an unopened, 16-ounce can of Miller Lite protruding, magically, from his forehead at a 90-degree angle, like a unicorn’s horn.

Mulligan, a cannonball of a man, smiled, apparently delighting in the awe this trick inspired in first-time visitors.

Then Mulligan removed the beer from his forehead and raised his arms, like a priest welcoming the flock to Mass.

“Boys and girls, girls and boys,” Mulligan announced. “Welcome home!”

Mulligan’s feels like home ...

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Categories: Travel, Destinations
September 9, 2010 | 2:59 p.m.

A vision for Vietnam

Matt Nelson
Greg Norman's new Dunes Course (No. 16 shown here) at Danang Golf Club in Vietnam.
Greg Norman's new Dunes Course (No. 16 shown here) at Danang Golf Club in Vietnam.

They have a vision.

Two resorts, two courses and a tourism operator have launched a private tourism consortium – called Vietnam Golf Coast – to compete with southeast Asia’s top golf-and-beach destinations.

For years, Vietnam’s central coast was forgotten as the country gave rise to more than 20 golf courses, mostly concentrated to the north in Hanoi and the south near Ho Chi Minh City. That changed last year when semi-private Montgomerie Links – reminiscent of Colin Montgomerie’s native Scotland – opened in Quang Nam.

“In our first year of operation, we have seen a large, diverse demographic ranging from European ...

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Categories: Destinations
September 7, 2010 | 3:54 p.m.

Golf beckons on Vietnam’s central coast

Matt Nelson
Greg Norman's new Dunes Course (No. 16 shown here) at Danang Golf Club in Vietnam.
Greg Norman's new Dunes Course (No. 16 shown here) at Danang Golf Club in Vietnam.

They have a vision.

Two resorts, two courses and a tourism operator have launched a private tourism consortium – called Vietnam Golf Coast – to compete with southeast Asia’s top golf-and-beach destinations.

For years, Vietnam’s central coast was forgotten as the country gave rise to more than 20 golf courses, mostly concentrated to the north in Hanoi and the south near Ho Chi Minh City. That changed last year when semi-private Montgomerie Links – reminiscent of Colin Montgomerie’s native Scotland – opened in Quang Nam.

“In our first year of operation, we have seen a large, diverse demographic ranging from European ...

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Categories: Travel News, Destinations
August 24, 2010 | 8:16 p.m.

Chambers Bay: Not for the faint of heart

Tim Peterzen blasts out of a bunker at the third hole at Chambers Bay.
Tim Peterzen blasts out of a bunker at the third hole at Chambers Bay.


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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Ten feet. That’s often the difference between a great shot and a bad one at Chambers Bay.

NCAA champ Scott Langley hit 4-iron to Chambers Bay’s par-3 15th hole during Tuesday’s second round of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur. The left-hander pulled it 10 feet right of his target, then watched his ball bound through the green and into a bunker. Had Langley hit his mark, his ball would’ve funneled down a slope and likely ended up close to the hole.

“It’s like ...

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August 23, 2010 | 8 p.m.

The wow factor

Martin Kaufmann
No. 10 at Shooting Star
No. 10 at Shooting Star

JACKSON, Wyo. – When the real-estate market caught fire a decade ago, a lot of outsiders belatedly discovered scenic Teton County. John Resor already was here.

His family has ranched the valley just south of Grand Teton National Park since 1929. Four years ago, he secured approval to build Shooting Star, a private golf community, on 500 acres of family land.

Seeking “the wow factor,” Resor recruited Tom Fazio to design his golf course, which opened last year. Fazio shaped 250 pancake-flat acres by moving 1.6 million cubic yards of dirt. It’s largely a core golf experience, with most ...

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