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The decadence of January golf in Illinois (or, "That's not my breath, it's smoke!")

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January 30, 2016: The high yesterday was a balmy 54 degrees in Urbana, Illinois, and a couple of my hardcore golf buddies and I thought we'd have Stone Creek Golf Club's generous fairways all to ourselves, considering the permafrost made it difficult to… more »

Lessons from 2015

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2015 was my 50th year on this planet. Considering I had a mid-life crisis at 17, I figure I'm way ahead in the poker game of life. Ahead in some respects, at least. Twenty years ago, as I was paying $60/hour to drunkenly pound balls with rented… more »

Spiked Seltzer: Great idea, great drink

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Some ideas are so simple, and so brilliant, I can't help but feeling sort of heartsick for not having thought of them myself. 40 years ago, I came up with an idea for a game that involved hitting a little ball across manicured landscapes toward a sm… more »

When Bae is not bae: On military duty, double-standards, and priorities

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If you've spent any time talking to teenaged girls during the past few years, you've likely learned a new word: bae. Bae is the acronym for "before anyone else." If you're a golf fan, you've likely heard of another Bae, Sang-moon Bae. Over the past f… more »

It's my birthday, and I'll blog if I want to

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I write a lot of golf gift guides here and as features for the Golf Channel websites: Valentine's Day, Christmas, Father's Day, Mother's Day. All those great gifts for other people. Nothing ever for me. What about me?? I've had enough, dammit. Thi… more »

Give your dad a new Vice this Father's Day

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Take a look at your dad. Yeah, over there. The guy snoring on the couch. Believe it or not, he used to be pretty wild. I mean, when he was in his prime, the weekends would say, "TGIM!" I won't go into details, but trust me, if you knew the ha… more »

Golf Pet Peeve #2: Unrepaired pitch marks on greens

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We all have out pet peeves. When it comes to golf, slow play is the king of gripes for most people. For me, a close second is golfers who fail to repair their pitch marks on the greens. I mean, how hard is it to bend over for a few seconds and fix up th… more »

Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia is not just for LPGA pros

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The Plantation Course at Kingsmill Resort is the little sister of The River Course, where the LPGA Tour is playing this week. This week's Kingsmill Championship is one of the more popular stops on the LPGA Tour among the pros and their families. One… more »

Woodtick on a workhorse

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Old guys like me don't get out much, so when Men's Association League starts up each spring, it's a big, huge, enormous deal. I don't know if "giddy" is the right word, but remember how you felt as a kid Christmas morning? That's pretty much how some of… more »

Do April pars bring May birdies?

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"I'm just so damned happy to be out hear with you guys again!" said The Mayor of The Lake last Wednesday. It was our first Wednesday evening nine holes after work, which will soon turn into Wednesday evening Men's League. The Mayor, Randy, and I were pr… more »

French Lick Resort tries to head off damage from Indiana's RFRA

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I've been a fan of French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana for a long time. In fact, I first wrote about the resort and its historic Donald Ross Course before gaming came back to the once-sleepy town, and long before the spectacular Pete Dye Course o… more »

Travel, golf, and history: WWII and you

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Golf is unique among sports for so many reasons. One of these is the connection of golf to travel. Golfers will circle the globe to play famous, picturesque, historical courses. Aside from maybe skiing or surfing, I can think of no other sport that spur… more »

What does Deflategate have to do with golf?

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2015 has started off strangely. A couple days after "Deflategate" broke, it occurred to me that the NFL might be asking the wrong question. Specifically, I figured it was possible that the question "Who deflated the balls?" might have no answer. My thin… more »

Best of 2014: Giblet gravy for the year in golf

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Cliché as they may be, year-end "Best of" lists" serve a useful purpose: You can pay little to no attention throughout the year to anything, but get all caught up with some concerted reading the last couple weeks of the year. So, in the spirit of the… more »

Golf Etiquette Quick Reference makes a great stocking stuffer

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Golf is an odd sport in a number of ways. One of these is that golf has both rules and etiquette. Moreover, for the casual player, the etiquette is arguably more important. No one else on the course (except *maybe* your own foursome) gives a caddie's fa… more »

Simply select where you want to play, find a tee time deal, and golf now!

Dates: November 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016
Play golf at Turnberry, Glasgow Gailes, Dundonald and Western Gailes. Includes 5 nights accommodation at the Gailes Hotel Irvine. Option to book additional or alternative golf is available. Includes auto-transmission, self-drive minivan. A Carr Golf Travel executive will assist in booking caddies, restaurants, sight-seeing options, etc.
Price range: £795