Archives for: April 2006

Golf and travel in Ireland: the good, bad and ugly

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Any American golfer who's traveled in Europe, especially for the first time, knows it's radically different over here. Aside from being divided by a common language, for the most part, a lot of things might bewilder the first-time American visitor. In Ir… more »

Golf in Ireland: Try Mt. Temple in the heart of Ireland

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Played a little course in the heart of Ireland yesterday I absolutely loved. It isn't one of the famous Irish links courses. It's just a friendly, little place in Mt. Temple, well away from the coasts. It's the American equivalent of that little muni you… more »

Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer sparked golf revival in Ireland

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It used to be that golf in Ireland, like many European countries, was the domain of the rich, moneyed and titled. But, in 1960, the Canada Cup came to Portmarnock, and all the Irish wanted to see Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer. The demand for courses the… more »

Playing links golf in Ireland is fine, but don't limit yourself

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Americans come to the United Kingdom, certainly Scotland and Ireland, to play true links golf. That's understandable, but they are missing out on some great golf courses. The Woodenbridge Golf Club, south of Dublin in County Wicklow, looks like it was… more »

Ryder Cup venue favors Americans

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So I'm walking down the fairway of the Palmer course at the K Club, not far out of Dublin, Ireland, and I ask the European guy I'm playing with who he thinks will win the Ryder Cup. "The Americans, obviously," he said. "I mean, look at this course. Th… more »

Golf in Ireland -- but first, battle of the British brats

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I thought Americans led the world when it came to over-indulgent parents and spoiled kids. But, the British may be worse. On a golf trip to Ireland and Scotland, I boarded a British Airways Jet in Orlando. Almost all the passengers were British, and a… more »

Can The Masters be boring? Yes, with Phil Mickelson

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Yes, it was a masterful performance put on Sunday by Phil Mickelson. He tamed Augusta National, the rest of the high-falutin' field and, by extension, the television audience. This is not to take away from Mickelson's round -- maybe the most impressiv… more »

Ben Crenshaw at the Masters: Is Augusta National a time capsule?

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I started watching the Masters a little late Friday, and when I turned it on they were talking about Ben Crenshaw. Good, I said, I didn't miss much -- they're showing old, highlight reels. But, the Crenshaw they showed was a little, gray-haired old ma… more »

Hills at the Gulf? Rock Creek Golf Club near Mobile, Alabama

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I really didn't expect to find any elevation when I came to Mobile, Alabama. Having not played much golf in Alabama, I figured southern Alabama, down by the Gulf, was flat as the beach. At least it's been that way the hundreds of times I've driven throug… more »

Azalea City in Mobile, Alabama a great muni

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In my continuing hunt for good municipal courses, I've found another -- Azalea City in Mobile, Alabama. The conditioning could rival that of a resort course. The fairways are luscious and green, the greens are in impeccable shape and even the tee boxe… more »

Michelle Wie's putt at Nabisco was no choke

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Much as I hate to disagree with Chris Baldwin, who is doing the world good with his ongoing, winning battles against the whacked-out Michelle Wie Warriors, I think Wie's putt on the 18th at the Nabisco was telling on Sunday. This wasn't a putt she ble… more »

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