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Secret hideaway: Nicaragua's Mukul focuses on fun

Mukul and its entertaining Kidd course elevate the resort experience in Nicaragua says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Nicklaus, Phelps headline new Golf Channel season

The Golf Channel is set to debut new seasons of "Feherty" and "The Haney Project" tonight, and our Martin Kaufmann gives you a sneak peek at what you can expect.

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Experiencing golden moments in Southern California

SoCal, so good: Few places deliver more golden moments than scenic Southern California.

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Chamblee, Nobilo spark "State of the Game" panel

Golf Channel's "State of the Game" on Friday night seemed to be headed toward a channel flip, only to be saved by Frank Nobilo and Brandel Chamblee says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Q&A: Bret Baier, anchor of Fox News' 'Special Report'

Last week, Fox News "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier took a break to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Baier, a former college golfer who still maintains a 7 handicap, made the cut in his first attempt.

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Kaufmann: New 'Morning Drive' digs, but same ol' schtick

Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" has added the likes of Ahmad Rashad and John Cook, plus a sweet new set. But the show itself continues to be predictable and flat, says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Along the shores of Pacific, golf's brightest unwind on surfboards

In Southern California, where golf's equipment industry meets the Pacific, another sport holds a mystic sway. Our Martin Kaufmann took to the shores of Carlsbad to observe . . .

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Old-school style: Twentysomething tour rep pines for the ’60s

Philip Foster, a tour rep for Mitsubishi Rayon, pines for the days of the late 1950s and 1960s, getting some of his fix on the beaches of Southern California.

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Q&A: Steve Friedlander, VP, Pelican Hill Golf Club

Our Marty Kaufmann talked to Steve Friedlander about business at Pelican Hill GC in Newport Coast, Calif.

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Golf Channel's 'Spotlight' needs to take more chances

Golf Channel produced its first 'Spotlight' coverage on Sunday, intriguing our Marty Kaufmann. His post-round reaction? GC needs to take more chances.

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UA-ASU rivalry is heated, but the golf is just plain hot

A visit to one of the largest college football rivalries - Arizona vs. Arizona State - also offers up spectacular golf with the likes of Dove Mountain and Ventana Canyon.

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Q&A: Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, talked with Golfweek about golf tourism, plans for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the opening of Trump International Golf Links.

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Streamsong: Mining for golf gold

Only time will tell whether Streamsong Resort, easily the most ambitious domestic golf development of 2013, will be a financial and critical success. But this much can be said with certainty: The people who conceived and built Streamsong aren’t downplaying expectations.

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My Year in Golf: Martin Kaufmann

Our travel editor, Martin Kaufmann, has traveled the globe over the course of his career, including stops in Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona and Canada in 2012.

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Missoula mixes college community with western lifestyle

If you fancy the Western lifestyle but don’t want to sacrifice life’s creature comforts or have the means to spend seven figures on a home in a private golf community, Missoula (Mont.) might be just the ticket.

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Montana combines cowboy lifestyle, modern amenities

Looking for the cowboy lifestyle with modern amenities? Our Martin Kaufmann says that Montana has it in abundance.

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Wardrobe change: Dress casual comes to golf

Michael Jordan was banned from a high-end Miami golf course because he refused to change his cargo shorts. Other course administrators feel “the message (from the Jordan episode) is not good for golf.” And they're doing something about it.

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Kidd’s play: From bullets to birdies in Nicaragua

In February, David McLay Kidd and Carlos Pellas will open a golf course course at Guacalito de la Isla, a $250 million resort project along a part of the Nicaragua coast best known for its world-class surfing.

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Kaufmann: It’s growing season at FarmLinks

FarmLinks, which opened in 2003, sits at No. 2 on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in Alabama – not an insignificant accomplishment in a state that has lavished tens of millions of dollars on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

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Arizona: Ultimate destination package

From Sedona and Flagstaff, the Pink Jeeps and the Red Rocks, driving the curves of Oak Creek Canyon and reveling in the kitsch of Route 66, and ultimately arriving at the Grand Canyon, Arizona has it all.

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Course operators fight for market share

The golf industry isn’t growing, so course operators are left to fight for market share. The operators who master the basics of consumer loyalty marketing will be fine. The rest will continue to experience a slow, steady decline.

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Resort briefs: Royal Isabela introduces new casitas

Royal Isabela, a 426-acre property perched more than 150 feet above the Caribbean Sea in northwest Puerto Rico, now has 20 casitas available for guests.

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Renovations under way at Black Diamond Ranch

Black Diamond Ranch, a residential community located 75 miles north of Tampa, has begun renovations to its clubhouse and 45 Tom Fazio-designed golf holes.

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Secret is out about Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island gains a reputation for its golf, cuisine, scenery and, um . . . moonshine

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Nebraska's Dismal River shows a softer side

The next stop in 'dude ranch' revival: A much-anticipated Tom Doak design at Dismal River Club in Nebraska.

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Celebrating links golf, vast dunesland in Nebraska

A celebration of links golf, vast dunesland and sublime silence just outside Omaha, Neb.

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Highlights, lowlights from PGA's TV coverage

The highlights and lowlights of Sunday's blanket TV coverage on TNT and CBS from our Martin Kaufmann.

PGA's TV broadcast simply disjointed and lethargic

Watching the PGA on TV was disjointed and lethargic. Suggestion: More golf, less personality.

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Future of Oakhurst Links in doubt

Oakhurst Links is back on the market. The historic White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., course that opened in 1884 was sold at auction July 28 for $410,000. That amount, however, was not enough to satisfy Sonabank, which holds a note on the property.

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Fox Harb'r is a tucked-away gem

It might be hard to find, but Fox Harb'r Golf Resort & Spa is a gem says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Cabot Links brings golf, and hope, to a troubled town

Cabot Links is not just the most anticipated course opening in North America this year, but also a long-sought lifeline for an economically depressed town.

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Highlands Links getting a thorough makeover

Canadian golf architect Ian Andrew has been working on a restoration of Highlands Links since 2009, re-working what Canadians feel is a national treasure.

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ESPN plans 72 hours of Open coverage

From "Virtual Aerial" to its crew on the ground, ESPN preps for 72 hours of Open Championship coverage.

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TopGolf’s successful mix: Swings, suds and socializing

TopGolf thinks outside the box to create a successful atmosphere that goes beyond hitting a golf ball says our Martin Kaufmann.

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New charity event honors Geoffrey Cornish

The International Golf Club & Resort’s Pines Course will host the inaugural Geoffrey Cornish Invitational Golf Tournament on Aug. 15.

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A trip to Delaware to see first state's finest

Delaware provides plenty of fantastic golf moments - including the Bayside Resort Golf Club - and nostalgia for the traveler in all of us.

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TV: Berman Open to criticism; North goes South

rewinds the U.S. Open and weighs in on the work done by ESPN and NBC.

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Auberge Resorts goes northwest; Justice expands

Boutique operator Auberge Resorts added its first Northwest property as Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier, continues to add to his growing resort business.

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Oakhurst on the auction block; future uncertain

Oakhurst Links, a pioneer in American golf that annually hosts the National Hickory Championship, is up for sale. Will is still exist by the time next year's championship is played?

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Renovations put best face on Kauai golf

Martin Kaufmann made his first trip to Kauai recently, and found the small Hawaiian island surprisingly attractive, especially for golfers.

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Owners hope big gamble on Greenbrier pays off

Deep-pocketed Jim Justice vows to make his big gamble on The Greenbrier pay off says our Martin Kaufmann.

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TV: Time to pull the plug on the Nationwide Tour?

As the Nationwide Tour grows in relevance, its presence and quality on TV have diminished.

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Kaufmann: Florida governor's recycled idea belongs in the trash

Florida Gov. Rick Scott needs to back off of his idea to add more municipal and state-run courses to Florida, says Martin Kaufmann.

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TV notes: Media quick to defend Na's slow play

TV anchors defended Kevin Na at Sawgrass, but his slow play should have been addressed long ago.

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Book review: The power of three

James Dodson insists we not forget three legends – Byron Nelson, Sam Snead and Ben Hogan – who all were born in 1912 and set the stage for Arnold Palmer’s generation and those who followed.

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The scenic route north to Jasper

Icefields Parkway is a 144-mile road that parallels the Continental Divide, connecting the Canadian national parks in Banff and Jasper.

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Mountain golf trek: The Canadian Rockies

Golf across the Canadian Rockies is worth the hike. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Boyne partners with Forest Dunes

Boyne, the northern Michigan resort operator, will be booking rounds at Forest Dunes Golf Club through its golf packages as part of a partnership with the Roscommon, Mich., course.

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Harbour Town, May River deliver high times

Martin Kaufmann: Harbour Town and May River deliver high times in the Lowcountry

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Bubba to 'Feherty': Augusta suits my game

On a recent episode of Golf Channel's 'Feherty,' Bubba Watson sounded prophetic about the Masters.

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