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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.

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On 'Feherty,' stories from an 'awkward' man

Kaufmann on Feherty

David Feherty's wit is undeniable, but sometimes he simply tries too hard on his Golf Channel show.

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Grupo Questro CEO still bullish on Cabo

discussed the outlook for property development in Los Cabos with Eduardo Sánchez Navarro, CEO of Grupo Questro.

Grupo Questro is a major developer in Mexico, and particularly in Los Cabos, where three of its properties – Puerto Los Cabos, Cabo Real and Club Campestre – encompass 5,500 acres. Eduardo Sánchez Navarro, CEO of Grupo Questro, talked with Golfweek about those properties and the outlook for Los Cabos.

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Briefs: Fairmont Southampton to host Par-3 championship

The third annual Bacardi National Par-3 Championship will be held March 23-25 at the Fairmont Southampton Golf Course.

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Querencia CEO: Baja still has 'tremendous potential'

discusses Mexican tourism with an insider that's seen the best and worst of times.

Jorge Carrera, CEO of Querencia, has dealt with good times and bad in Los Cabos, Mexico. He recently talked with Golfweek about real estate and tourism in Mexico.

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TV blog: Delay in Sunday broadcast frustrating

TV blog: Sunday at Pebble

Tiger and Phil. Made for TV. Except for those 49 minutes we couldn't see it at all. #Frustrating!

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Value, 'craic' factor boost Irish golf tourism

Alison Metcalfe, vice president of marketing for Tourism Ireland for the past five years, recently discussed Irish golf tourism with Golfweek.

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Haversham chief: Travelers ‘tired of putting it off’

sat down with Sam Baker, founder of Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions, to discuss the state of golf travel.

Sam Baker founded Cincinnati-based Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions in 1991, and in the past 21 years has sent more than 10,000 golfers on trips to Great Britain and Ireland. Ninety-seven percent of Haversham’s customers are members of private clubs, and the company has provided travel services for more than 1,200 golf clubs.

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'Feherty Live' compelling, if at times uneven

Feherty's second season

There is the David Feherty we all love - the zany commentator. And then there is his show - which needs help.

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CostaBaja offers more than just golf

CostaBaja feature

At CostaBaja, you can come for the sea and stay for the golf. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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PerryGolf founder sees golf travelers 'resurfacing'

caught up with Gordon Dalgleish, co-founder of PerryGolf, to discuss the golf travel market.

Gordon Dalgleish and his brother, Colin, co-founded PerryGolf in August 1984. Since then, their company has organized overseas golf trips for nearly 50,000 travelers – mostly to Scotland and Ireland, but also to more far-flung destinations such as New Zealand and South Africa.

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Resort briefs: Turtle Dunes opens in Acapulco

Resort briefs: Turtle Dunes Country Club, a Tripp Davis design, has opened on the grounds of the Fairmont Acapulco Princess and the Fairmont Pierre Marques.

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St. Kitts and Nevis: Small in size, big in appeal

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis: Small in size, but big in appeal says travel editor Martin Kaufmann.

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Seventh heaven: Cabo's Ocean rises with new par 3

caught up with the director of golf at Cabo del Sol to discuss the golf business in Los Cabos.

As director of golf at Cabo del Sol, a 36-hole facility in Los Cabos, Mexico, Greg Tallman has overseen changes to the resort's signature Ocean Course, a Jack Nicklaus design that is ranked No. 6 among Golfweek's Best Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico.

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Modern links among GB&I's best tracks

GB&I's best courses

Modern links courses earn their own cachet among Great Britain and Ireland’s best tracks

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Miller-Faldo: A match not made in heaven

says Golf Channel’s dream duo of Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo didn’t work out quite as planned.

A dream duo of Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo turns into a dream dud for Golf Channel.

Golf Channel revamps executive staff

Fresh off its best year of viewership since its 1995 launch, Golf Channel is starting 2012 by shaking up its executive lineup.

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My year in golf: Martin Kaufmann

Martin Kaufmann

From exotic trips to private Fijian islands to in-depth features on personalities such as Brandel Chamblee, our travel editor Martin Kaufmann reflects on the year that was . . .

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Diamante raises the bar in Cabo

says even in the crowded Cabo golf market, Diamante stands out as a special experience.

Three years ago, during my first visit to Mexico’s Los Cabos, I jumped on an ATV and drove across enormous dunes to see the planned site for two Jack Nicklaus golf courses.

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A good golf trip starts with the right bag

It’s imperative that a travel case protect your golf clubs, and it’s helpful if the sheer weight of the loaded case doesn’t rip your arm out of your shoulder socket as you lug it through parking lots and airports.

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Dorado looking to reclaim top Caribbean status

Dorado Beach

Martin Kaufmann: Dorado Beach seeks to reclaim status among the Caribbean's best.

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Five favorites: The books on travel

Martin Kaufmann and Bradley S. Klein put together a list of five of their favorite travel books.

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Marco Island acquires Hammock Bay GC

says a visit to Marco Island Marriott, particularly after the addition of Hammock Bay, is well worth the trip.

Earlier this year, I made my first visit to the Marco Island Marriott in southwest Florida, and it turned out to be one of my “top finds” of 2011.

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Golf Channel's coverage: An endurance test

Prez Cup TV coverage

The Golf Channel provided nearly 12 hours of wall-to-wall coverage of the Presidents Cup. A bit too much?

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Highlights from Day 2's Prez Cup broadcast

In preparation of grinding out Friday's 11 hours of Prez Cup coverage, here are some highlights from Day 2.

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Thoughts on Golf Channel's Prez Cup coverage

Golf Channel's Presidents Cup coverage offers plenty of chances to laugh - with them and at them . . .

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Small-town America home to golf adventures

When Paul Schock got the idea a few years ago to build a large golf resort in the wild, remote Sand Hills of north-central Nebraska, he found inspiration for the project in a visit to a large golf resort built on the wild, remote Oregon coastline.

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Q&A: Michael Meldman, Discovery Land CEO

Discovery Land CEO Michael Meldman discusses selling luxury golf real estate in a lagging economy. Martin Kaufmann.

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Dorado East emerges from renovations

says Dorado Beach's East course should soar back up the rankings after a much-needed renovation.

The East Course at Dorado Beach arguably is the most historic course in the Caribbean, and for decades was considered one of the best.

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Golf Channel's 'Social Saturday': #needswork

'Social Saturday'

The Golf Channel experimented with 'Social Saturday,' and needless to say it is still a #workinprogress.

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Salamander expands Florida reach by adding 2 resorts

says Salamander Hotels & Resorts has expanded its Florida reach by adding two resorts.

Sheila C. Johnson is the latest hospitality executive to try to profit from one of Bobby Ginn’s numerous failures.

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Mayakoba exec: Mexico resorts weathering 'perfect storm'

Mayakoba resort

Despite a down market, Mexico resorts like Mayakoba, located along the Riviera Maya and host of the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Classic, are staying afloat.