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Wales & SW England: Golf’s Road Less Travelled (Part 6)

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Playing Royal North Devon (a.k.a. Westward Ho) is akin to using a time machine. Honest to God, it feels as though anywhere - on the course or in the wonderful old clubhouse - Braid, Taylor, Vardon or even Old Tom himself might walk right up and start ta… more »

Wales & SW England: Golf’s Road Less Travelled (Part 5)

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Roughly an hour’s drive from Porthcawl, beyond the seaside city of Swansea, lies the small village of Mumbles, which is home to magical Pennard Golf Links. In many ways, Pennard would be the antithesis of Royal Porthcawl. And surprisingly, in this cas… more »

Wales and Southwest England: Golf's Road Less Travelled (Part 4)

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After a good night's rest we next tackled Royal Porthcawl which, if you are unfamiliar, is THE championship links in Wales. This is a magnificent test and has that Open Championship look. You can get a good viewing in 2014 when the Senior Open Champions… more »

Wales & SW England: Golf’s Road Less Travelled (Part 3)

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Pyle & Kenfig, known affectionately to the locals as P&K, was the perfect start to a golf trip focused on true links courses. The road from Porthcawl bisects the golf course, with the front nine on the side of the road furthest from the sea. Thi… more »

Wales & SW England: Golf’s Road Less Travelled (Part 2)

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Don’t know how you feel about it but when my buddies and I travel to the U.K. to play golf, we never schedule an inland course. There are many wonderful parkland and heathland courses there, to be sure, but we’ve got something on the order of 18,000… more »

Wales & SW England: Golf’s Road Less Travelled (Part 1)

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What took my friends and me to Southern Wales and the countryside of Southwest England for golf, you ask? To be honest, it was because Lucky Lew’s Mom passed away. Before you take us for cads, allow me to tell you a little story. She was born and… more »

Fantasy Golf Being Ignored

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Call me Grumpy if you want but exactly when is broadcast television and Golf Channel going to recognize that there are a significant number of fans playing some form of Fantasy Golf? As some of you know, I am never averse to a small wager for entertainm… more »

Olazabal & Europe Ignore Sportsmanship, Waste Big Opportunity

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Tony Jacklin probably has incurable indigestion at the moment. Having been on the receiving end of The Concession from Jack Nicklaus in 1969, I'll bet an appalled Jacklin somewhere was looking on in horror as European Captain Olazabal instructed Frances… more »

ESPN hates golf, loves Tiger Woods

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Your boy Shanks took the lovely Mrs. Shanks to Las Vegas last week to celebrate a landmark birthday for her. Only good sense culled from many years of marriage prevents me from saying which birthday it was. We arrived at the Paris Las Vegas resort on We… more »

Tiger Woods, Steve Williams and winning golf tournaments

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Well, there it was, big as day. If you wanted to know why, ultimately, Tiger Woods decided to end his working relationship with his now-former caddie Steve Williams, the reason was in plain view during a virtually unprecedented live tv interview of the… more »

In the wake of the British Open at Royal St. George's, Dustin Johnson's harsh critics are ridiculous

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The criticism being leveled at Dustin Johnson for hitting his second shot out of bounds on Royal St. George's par-5 14th hole is nearly ridiculous. For the most part it is coming from people who have never even played dead into a 30 mph wind on a links… more »

Going to Myrtle Beach to play golf? Use TravelGolf.com as a resource

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On a recent golf trip to Myrtle Beach I was a single paired with two great guys, Jerry and Lee from Michigan. During our round at the terrific Tidewater Golf Club in the Cherry Grove area, we had a somewhat surprising discussion. The place they were sta… more »

Gallery psychology at Congressional during the U.S. Open

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Lee Westwood crushed a drive on the fifth hole Thursday at the U.S. Open, way past playing partners Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald, leaving only a sand wedge to the green -- a green light special. He proceeded to stick the wedge in the ground, winding up… more »

Outrageous US Open Ticket Prices

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And the players think they are tortured at the US Open. The blue bloods running the USGA just love to tout how they're using public access courses for some of their championships now, as if they care about the average golfer playing municipal tracks.… more »

Tiger Woods will dominate again

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Sportswriters are hilarious, not even as accurate as weathermen when it comes to forecasting. As they are giving you their best educated guess, it makes me wonder about the education. So, it is with that warning that I tell you this:Tiger Woods will… more »

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