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Reflecting upon my recent golf journey to New Zealand

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Lying awake at 4 a.m. the past two nights, I've had plenty of time to reflect upon my recent golf trip to New Zealand. The 17-hour time change between Michigan and New Zealand has left my body befuddled. I'm wide awake at 1 a.m. I'm dead tired 12 ho… more »

A study in golf course architecture on New Zealand's North Island: Why Tom Doak gets it

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HAWKE'S BAY, New Zealand - You don't need to travel halfway around the world to understand why Tom Doak remains such a popular golf course architect. But never was the Doak difference more on display than the past two days during my tour of the grea… more »

The magic of New Zealand's North Island softens the blow of leaving Queenstown and the Remarkables Mountains behind

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I miss them already. The Remarkables Mountains surrounding Queenstown are too beautiful for words and pictures. They'll never fade from my memory. I've played golf around them and driven between their peaks in a off-road jeep and even hit a golf bal… more »

Traveling in a Spaceseat on Air New Zealand remains the best way to reach Middle Earth for a golf trip

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand - I should feel like a train wreck, but I don't. I'm sitting in the Auckland Airport after the dreaded 12-hour flight from Los Angeles, and I feel pretty spry. The secret? Traveling in a cocoon isn't so bad. That's what the… more »

Amateur Lydia Ko set to tee off with the men at the New Zealand PGA Championship in Queenstown

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A tournament where the highest ranked player is No. 82 in the world doesn’t tend to register on the international golf radar. But Lydia Ko, a 15-year-old amateur, has done something Brendan Jones (No. 82) and three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwi… more »

The Golf Channel's Big Break will showcase Mexico's Riviera Maya and the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso and Playa Paraiso Golf Club starting in May

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I tried to tell the golf world how awesome the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso and Playa Paraiso Golf Club in Mexico's Riviera Maya is after I visited last fall. I gushed about my experience there, something I rarely do, but that's how thoroughly surp… more »

Irish golf-writer-turned-architect Pat Ruddy, designer of The European Club, releases his latest book

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I got a package in the mail the other day from a new friend. It was a pleasant surprise from Pat Ruddy, the interesting Irishman I met last summer while playing his magical links, the European Club south of Dublin in County Wicklow. Ruddy was ki… more »

Ocean Club Resorts in Turks & Caicos honored by Travel + Leisure magazine

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Right about now I could use some TLC from Ocean Club Resorts. There's no snow on the ground, but it's plenty cold here in Michigan. To make matters worse, I've been holed up for almost three weeks writing stories in my office with little break.… more »

Ireland's Carton House set to host the 2013 Irish Open - and Rory McIlroy - and upgrades its O'Meara course, too

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Carton House is busy preparing for the 2013 Irish Open on its Colin Montgomerie Course in County Kildare near Dublin. The European Tour event last visited Monty's trap-laden inland links in 2005 and 2006. It's big news that Northern Irishman Rory McIlro… more »

Go celebrity sight-seeing at golf courses in Florida and Arizona during spring training

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My timing has been a bit off my last few golf trips. I stayed at the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa in Ko Olina just a few days before the NFL Pro Bowlers invaded the resort for what could end up being the NFL's last all-star game. My… more »

Golf architects jockey for position to redevelop a new links for Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort in northwest Ireland

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Connecting with John and Frank Casey at the PGA Merchandise Show was a great way to get the latest news regarding the Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort, the fine resort the Casey family owns and operates in County Donegal in northwest Ireland. It se… more »

Gauging Phil Mickelson's golf legacy after a near-59, a tale of almosts and what ifs

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As a big Phil Mickelson fan, I've been snooping around the record books lately. As Mickelson, 42, enters the twilight of his career, I'm curious to see how Lefty ranks among the all-time greats. Sadly, his near-59 yesterday at the Waste Manageme… more »

Enjoy the unpretentious golf of Florida's Space Coast

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VIERA, Fla. - It always amazes me how many golf courses there are in Florida. I've been on more golf trips to Florida than anywhere else, and I've still seen just a small fraction of the state's 1,000-plus courses. Too many of them are courses built… more »

Streamsong Resort makes a splash at its golf grand opening in central Florida

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STREAMSONG, Fla. - Streamsong Resort officially made its transformation from a hole in the ground to one of Florida's best golf destinations with its grand opening celebration. It was a first-class affair put on by Kemper Sports - which manages the… more »

The 2013 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando showcases its annual collection of golf stars, equipment, clothes and gadgets galore

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ORLANDO - I've heard plenty of wild tales about the PGA Merchandise Show from colleagues over the years. Some love it. Others hate it. I found it to be wildly fascinating in my first go round this weekend. It's an incredibly overwhelming experien… more »

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