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

Steve Friedlander talks about business at Pelican Hill GC in Newport Coast, Calif.

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.

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, traveled the globe over the course of his career, including stops in Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona and Canada in 2012.

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 Miami course because he refused to change his cargo shorts. Other course administrators feel “the message (from the Jordan episode) is not good for 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 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.

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.

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

offers the highlights and lowlights of PGA Championship coverage on TNT and CBS.

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

Kaufmann on PGA

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

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

Kaufmann on Fox Harb'r

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

Kaufmann on Cabot Links

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

Open Championship

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

Kaufmann on TopGolf

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

Travel: Delaware

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.

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

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

found Kauai an attractive destination for golfers traveling to the Hawaiian islands.

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

Kaufmann on Greenbrier

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.

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

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

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

says the media shouldn't be so quick to defend slow players such as Kevin Na.

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

says Icefields Parkway is one of Canada's most scenic drives.

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 Life Canada

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.

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

Travel: Hilton Head Island

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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Pine Dunes: The best little course in Texas

Golfweek's Best: Pine Dunes

Pine Dunes Resort & Golf Club - a Lone Star hideaway in Frankston, Texas - delivers a sandhills-type thrill.

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Prince Course reopens following renovations

The Prince Course in Kauai, Hawaii has reopened following a year-long renovation overseen by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

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Getting Tour access proves to be a 'Stretch'

PGA Tour Entertainment's "Down the Stretch"

PGA Tour Entertainment touted its new reality series, “Down the Stretch,” as a chance to get inside a contender’s mind. But have the producers taken on a near-impossible task?

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Honda TV coverage hints at the future

Golf Channel-NBC TV coverage

With simultaneous weekend coverage of the Honda Classic, golf fans finally got a taste of the Golf Channel-NBC combination - which led to several observations. Martin Kaufmann

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Ugadale Hotel reopens at Machrihanish

Machrihanish Golf Club is still difficult to reach, but a big step recently was made to solve the accommodations problem. Southworth Development last week opened the renovated Ugadale Hotel.

NBC promotes Solomon to Golf Channel post

NBC Sports Group promoted producer Molly Solomon to serve as executive producer and senior vice president, production and operations, of its Orlando-based Golf Channel unit.

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Savoring Mexico's best, one sip at a time

On a recent trip to Los Cabos, Mexico, our Travel Editor Martin Kaufmann decided to see what Mexico had to offer on the tequila front. Let's just say it was a good experience.

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In Los Cabos, golf and views are perfect pairing

Travel: Los Cabos, Mexico

In Los Cabos, the golf and the views form a perfect pairing says Travel Editor Martin Kaufmann.