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Fall golf trip to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin shows its true colors

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I could be feeling sorry for myself right about now. I had tickets to the ALCS game between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers with my family Tuesday night, but instead I'm out of town for work. While I'd love to be watching the Tigers beat up on… more »

Gaylord Golf Mecca offers free golf October 10-16

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The fall version of the Gaylord Golf Mecca's Customer Appreciation week, set for October 10-16, is always bittersweet. The deals are great - free golf with affordable lodging -- but unfortunately, it signals the end of the golf season in northern Mi… more »

Star athletes to tee it up at the Walt Disney World Resort pro-am during the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic

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The PGA Tour pros aren't the only stars who will tee it up at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Oct. 20-23, at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. A new date a month earlier than last year and rock-star lineup of celebrities… more »

Putting guru Dave Stockton Sr. partners with The Grand Del Mar near San Diego

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I didn't get to experience all the wonderful golf instruction programs when I visited The Grand Del Mar Resort north of San Diego this summer, but I was amazed at their lineup of choices. * A 2,000-square-foot Titleist Junior Performance Center.… more »

U.S. women looked great in Solheim Cup gear by Sunice, Antigua

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The U.S. women's team didn't retain the Solheim Cup in Ireland, but the ladies sure looked good trying. The Americans were outfitted with outerwear by Sunice, a Canadian company that specializes in outdoor gear, and regular golf gear by Antigua, bas… more »

Observations from a memorable 2011 Solheim Cup

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It's too bad I was stuck on a plane when Europe was making its stirring comeback at the 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle just outside Dublin in Ireland. I could sense the Euros were going to win as early as Friday afternoon when I was walking the… more »

Golfers shouldn't ignore Temple Bar in Dublin when visiting Ireland

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I asked a local Irishman today where a "golfer" would go to eat at the Temple Bar, the touristy night spot in Dublin. He laughed and scoffed: "Golfers don't go down there." It's always fun to prove a stereotype so wrong. It took some extra effor… more »

It's alway sunny the first day of a golf trip to Ireland

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Considering all the hurdles it takes to get here -- a ride to the airport, two planes, customs, a rental car -- I'd call my first day in Ireland a success. I didn't get the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow -- see the perfect shot of the clubho… more »

U.S. Solheim Cup team could learn valuable lessons from U.S. Walker Cup kids

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The American Solheim Cup team could learn a little something from the U.S. Walker Cup team. Don't fall behind and expect to come back your singles prowess to make up the difference. And they better be ready to grind it out every point in all kinds of… more »

Book "18 Greatest Irish Golf Holes" a perfect primer for upcoming trip to Ireland

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I'm gearing up for my seventh trip to Ireland, this time to experience the 2011 Solheim Cup Sept. 23-26. I've already packed my rain gear and umbrella (check the raging debate here). I even boiled myself a fine brisket of corned beef just to get in… more »

Michigan's Manistee National, Otsego Club golf resorts up for auction

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"We are Michigan Golf." The marketing slogan of Osprey Recreational Properties the past couple years made sense. After all, Osprey is one of Michigan's largest course owners and operators. The company formed in 2003 as a division of a successful com… more »

Most courses in the Outer Banks open for business after Hurricane Irene

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The golf courses of the Outer Banks in North Carolina took a punch from Hurricane Irene but not a knockout blow. Most of the region's golf courses were able to open for the long holiday weekend but not Nags Head Golf Links. The area's southern-most… more »

Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes, "America's Most Beautiful Place," boasts good golf too

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When I posted on my Facebook page that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was in the running for "America's Most Beautiful Place," one cranky old friend sniped it might not be among the five most beautiful places in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.… more »

Tiger Woods tunes up game with pal Notah Begay at Turning Stone Resort in New York

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The Turning Stone Resort Casino near Verona, N.Y., might have lost its PGA Tour event, but it gained something it would have never gotten on Tour … a Tiger by the tail. Tiger Woods, along with a host of other star golfers, will play in the Notah Beg… more »

Erin Hills shines during 2011 U.S. Amateur won by underdog Kelly Kraft

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During my first visit to Erin Hills Golf Course last summer, the course's fescue shimmered in the setting sun during my stay. It was a stunning sight in the middle of Wisconsin's corn belt 35 miles west of Milwaukee. Hard as it is to believe, Erin Hills… more »
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