Archives for: March 2005

Short hitters rejoice!

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Surely, short hitters everywhere were celebrating Fred Funk's win at The Players, at the TPC Stadium course at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra. Funk showed you don't have to be a long bomber, like a Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods or those guys, to win on the PGA Tour.… more »

Courses in bad shape should give discounts!

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The Oaks golf course in Biloxi is having serious problems with its greens, as are a number of courses in the area. Officials there say freak weather in November is the culprit -- first it was unseasonably hot and then they got 10 inches of rain, destroyi… more »

Vegas Guru in lala land full-time

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Hmmmm, so Dennis Silvers, the Las Vegas Guru, doesn’t know what I do for a living. Hey Dennis, you might want to check out the site you blog for a little further. Check out who the National Golf Editor is, and you’ll find my name. This isn’t a diff… more »

Golfers will love Casino Magic in Biloxi, Miss.

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I didn't hit every casino in the Biloxi, Miss. area, but I hit enough. For my money -- and they have most of it -- the Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis is the best, especially if you're a golfer. Casino Magic has everything you need right there on the groun… more »

Favre from here

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The Favres are big in this part of Mississippi. I'm speaking mainly of Brett Favre, in particular, the extraordinarily talented quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, but also Favres in general. It's a popular name in this part of the South. Scott is Br… more »

Down around Biloxi

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The drive along U.S. 90 in the Biloxi area has to be one of the prettiest stretches in the country on the cross-country highway that starts -- or ends -- in my hometown of Jacksonville, which ain't so pretty. In fact, it's ugly, but that's another story.… more »

Damn Yankees!

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What is it with Yankees and beaches? Doesn't matter how cold it is, if they're on vacation, they're going to the beach. It's about 40 degrees, overcast and windy here, unseasonably cold for Biloxi, Miss., this time of year. And there they are, out on t… more »

Biloxi -- poor man's Vegas

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Biloxi is sort of the poor man's Vegas. You see a lot more RVs than you do limos, and they have Hank Williams and Minnie Pearl impersonators to go along with the usual quota of Elvis look-alikes. But, it's a low-key, unpretentious sort of place where yo… more »

Best barbecue, absolutely

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If you're in the Biloxi area, and you like barbecue, you must -- repeat, must -- go to the Shed. It's a little ramshackle place right off I-10 near Gautier, not too far from Mississippi National golf course. It looks like it was made from several differe… more »

Hidden Ross gem

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Actually, it’s hard calling the Great Southern Golf Club in Biloxi hidden – it’s been there for about a hundred years. I can see where a lot of big hitters might look at the yardage – 6,236 yards from the back tees – and scoff. Until they playe… more »

Diamonds in the rough

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So I'm in the motel parking lot, with the sparkling Gulf of Mexico shimmering behind me, rummaging through my car for that banana I brought with me but forgot to eat, when I hear a voice from behind me: "Big man! Come here for a second. Got something to… more »

Baldwin demented -- appearance fees a fool's game

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My young colleague Chris Baldwin is oh so typical of many of his generation: they've grown up being bombarded by commercials and are so brainwashed they have become oblivious tools of the vast marketing machine that has taken over America -- yes, we are… more »

Appearance fees will ruin PGA Tour

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The corporate fat cats are at it again. A sports management company, IMG, wants to get its tournament directors to lure big stars to tournaments by paying big "appearance fees" to top players like Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, John Daly, etc. for "corporate ou… more »

Back off Santee, Rebel!

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The Rebel Blogger blasted Santee, S.C. as a golf destination recently, and I think the guy is inhaling his own cigar smoke. Santee is a little place that tries hard. It's true, their marketing efforts are pretty hokey -- the place is definitely not a wor… more »

Lefty "underestimated" Tiger? Balderdash!

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Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle put forth a ridiculous premise in trying to explain why Phil Mickelson choked against Tiger Woods Sunday at Doral. Campbell said Mickelson "underestimated" Woods, and that was the reason he lost. Incredible. Mick… more »

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