Columbia Sportswear expands its collection of good golf gear

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My first introduction to Columbia Sportswear’s line of golf gear came last year (see a review here) while writing about the caddies at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort who were using the company’s rain suits. Columbia launched as a small hat distributorship… more »

Bell Micro LPGA Classic returns to revamped RTJ trail site at Magnolia Grove

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While I was in Mobile, Ala., in March, I met Lorena Ochoa for the first time.Well sort of. I met the cardboard cutout of the LPGA star as “she” was traveling the state to promote the Bell Micro LPGA Classic. I even had my picture taken with her on… more »

Consider the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City as a great family golf resort

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One of the unintended consequences of taking a golf vacation to northern Michigan is the guilt that comes with it. The feeling that you’re spending too much money and time away from the family can be self-defeating: You’re there to relax but it’s really… more »

Dreaming of a green jacket from Augusta National? An online auction could answer your prayers

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Is it really possible?A green jacket from Augusta National for sale at an online auction?It is, if you believe the folks at AmericanMemorabilia.com, the self-proclaimed "Trusted Leader in Sports and Celebrity Auctions." I never believe anythi… more »

Women love their Sandbaggers shoes

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What’s the ultimate litmus test for golf shoes? I think my wife’s new SandBaggers just passed with flying colors. As soon as she put on her new golf sandal, she blurted out, almost surprised: “These are so comfortable.” Funny thing is, as comfo… more »

Alpha Sherpa: A traveling golfer's best friend

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Anybody who travels these days knows that strong, flexible, versatile luggage is the only way to survive. To avoid those dreaded fees on checked baggage, I’m trying to jam more and more into my carry-on and backpack that doubles as a computer bag. I… more »

Jerry Rice set to play at Fresh Express Classic on Nationwide Tour

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The Nationwide Tour isn’t on the radar for many golf fans. I’ll casually watch the coverage on The Golf Channel, more to get a glimpse of the courses than the players. But here’s one upcoming tour event worth watching … the Fresh Express Classic at T… more »

Raffle winner could score a dream golf course home in Palm Springs, California

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I’ve never been a gambling man. But this one sounds like it’s worth the gamble … and for a good cause. The winner of the 2010 Palm Springs Dream Home Raffle™ can choose from a trio of unbelievable prizes -- a $575,000 luxury 3-bedroom home on the… more »

St. Patrick's Day special: A few good reasons to tee it up in Ireland this year

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Who doesn't love St. Patrick's Day? The excuse to skip work in favor of green beer. The positive vibes with spring in the air. The NCAA Tournament. It's just an all-around great day. To celebrate all things Irish, here's a few good reasons to schedul… more »

Golf in Midwest open for business

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The e-mails are streaming in one by one pronouncing the wonderful news. Golf, in the upper Midwest, is open for business. I've gotten e-mails from some of the best public courses in metro Detroit -- Boulder Pointe, Moose Ridge and Shepherd's Hollow t… more »

Updated version of Golf Magazine Private Lessons out just in time for golf season

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Unless you’ve been hording Golf Magazine since 2002, you’ve probably let all of the best tips just slip out of consciousness once you tossed the issue away. To be honest, I read over most of them, too, without a second thought. I once had a friend cal… more »

Knetgolf brings credibility to used-ball market

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I tend to laugh at folks who buy those used balls culled from ponds. These bargain hunters sift through the bucket in the pro shop before a round, searching for that magic bullet that hasn’t become cracked and yellowed. I’m cheap on a lot of things b… more »

What the bankruptcy filing at the Sawgrass Marriott, and other golf resorts, really means

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I'm not surprised when a major golf resort files for bankruptcy anymore. In fact, I'm amazed more of them haven't done it in this Great Recession. The race to get bigger and better meant spending millions of dollars to keep up with other resorts that… more »

Crystal Mountain Resort near Traverse City, Michigan a jewel in winter, too

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Hard as this is to write, I might have had more fun at a golf resort in freezing temperatures last week than under the summer sun last July. There are a hundred or so golf resorts around the country that transform into ski resorts in winter. I’ve playe… more »

Prohands, Hank Haney team up to strengthen the grip on your game

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When it comes to the golf swing, strength creates speed and speed translates into power. We all know what a good exercise regimen can do for a person's game. But I'll bet even the most dedicated golf fitness fanatics forget to exercise vital, yet o… more »

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