Anticipation building for Kiawah Island

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There's only one thing better than playing at a world-class course ... the anticipation leading up to it. It's funny, even after all these years and all these so-called "ranked" courses I've notched on my golf bag, I still get that little twang in my… more »

"Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects" book worth a look

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As a prolific golf travel writer, Michael Patrick Shiels has traveled the world to visit some of the game’s great courses. He uses that expertise, and plugs into the minds of the game's most respected course architects, to create his latest book, "Secr… more »

Golf Magazine's "How to Hit Every Shot" a perfect winter read

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They say the winter is the best time to improve your game. You’re not worried about score. There are few tournament rounds for amateurs. It’s a time to reflect on your swing and your game. What better way to do that than read: “How to Hit Every… more »

Getting into Guiness by Larry Olmsted a good read

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"Getting into Guinness" by Larry Olmsted isn't officially a golf book, but there are some strong connections to the game, not to mention it’s just a good read. In the book, Olmsted, a veteran freelance golf writer from Vermont, uncovers the wild sto… more »

Best of 2008 Travel Awards part 2

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As I look back on my 2008 golf season (spurred on by my colleague Brandon Tucker's column), I can't help but feel every passing year gets better on the golf course. Even after playing more than 400 courses around the world, I still appreciate finding… more »

Simulator golf at Golf O Rama

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My first taste of a golf simulator in winter was a miserable one. I went about a decade ago while on vacation in Minnesota with my uncle and stepdad. I recall hitting miserable shot after miserable shot -- which wasn't uncommon for me back then (some… more »

December fun at Oakland Hills

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December fun at Oakland Hills Country Club in snow-ravaged southeast Michigan? Yes, it's true. Sadly, there were no clubs involved, but that's OK. That South course can be a real ego-crusher. Just ask Sergio Garcia, who lost another heart-breaker of… more »

TOMI putting system fun at Miles of Golf

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I got my first taste of the TOMI (The Optimal Motion Instructor) putting system while researching a story at Miles of Golf (www.milesofgolf.com) near Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was enlightening. I've always thought myself a horrible putter. TOMI (www.tom… more »

Golf 365 days: A History by Robert Sidorsky a truly unique book

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Why do I love Robert Sidorsky's book, Golf 365 days: A History? Let me count the ways. 1, The format is awesome. Really. I can't give it enough kudos for its small stature half the size of a tradition book. Yet it's sturdy enough to be a showcase c… more »

Tiger Woods laid off from Buick

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Even the world's richest and most recognized athlete isn't immune to the economic downtown. Yep, Tiger Woods got his pink slip from General Motors. GM and Tiger released a statement saying it was "mutual" that Woods' endorsement deal was done, but come o… more »

Perfect golf books for the holidays or a long winter

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It's been a busy year for golf publishers. I've probably gotten more than 50 new golf books within the past 6-8 months to read-review. Good for my game but bad for the books, many have been gathering dust on my shelf while I've been out chasing that li… more »

A new winter workout -- Wii golf!

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I've made it clear in previous posts how much I hate indoor golf ranges. I've found a better place to work on my swing this winter ... in front of the Wii in my basement. Wii golf is so much better than Tiger Woods golf on Xbox or Playstation. It's i… more »

Booze, golf and Republicans don't mix post-election

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Funny thing happened on the golf course today, the day after our historic election. I ran into a drunk republican. Seems he needed a bit of the sauce to stomach the next four years with Barack Obama and the Democratic-led Senate and House. It was one… more »

Golf on Election day? How irresponsible!

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I'm amazed that the stereotype lives on, that golf is a socially irresponsible sport. I saw a local newspaper voter guide that showed a golfer being dragged off the golf course to go vote. What's the message there, that golfers don't vote? Can't we l… more »

What's your favorite golf shirt?

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There's nothing truly special about my favorite golf shirt. It's an all-white NIKE mock T (you know, the ones with no collar). I got it at Harbor Town at Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head way back in 2004 when those shirts were cool. I guess that makes i… more »

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Dates: January 4, 2014 - October 12, 2014
Set in western Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh in Butler County, Conley Resort has it all! Year-round golf, a 56-room hotel, meeting facilities and family vacation amenities. Golf packages include lodging, unlimited golf with cart, free breakfast and all taxes.
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