Archives for: February 2007

Jack Nicklaus spouting off again, wants to make U.S. golf courses harder

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You say golf's too hard? You're not alone. The difficulty of the game is often cited by those who give the game up for good. There is a loud contingent that is calling on golf course architects to make courses easier. Jack Nicklaus is not among the… more »

Martin's Superstore in Myrtle Beach plans grand re-opening

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If you're a golfer and you've been to Myrtle Beach, chances are you've stopped by Martin's PGA Tour Superstore. It's a huge place that has pretty much everything you need, except cart girls.It's gotten even bigger. Martin's is having a grand re-openi… more »

Mississippi Gulf Coast golf courses need help

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The Mississippi government has already helped out the Biloxi casinos, which have been one of the driving forces behind the economic recovery of the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Now, it needs to do the same for the golf courses. S… more »

Kiawah Island: Not a bad place to learn golf

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort has two-day junior golf camps this summer, starting in June and running through Labor Day. I hope they don't turn them loose on the Ocean course. They'll quit on the spot. The two-day camps cost $305 and have, at most, a 5… more »

The "Golf Jerk" amusing, but just another way to sell you useless golf tips

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I like a good jerk as much as the next guy. Face it, some of the best comedians are jerks. Remember the movie, "The Jerk," with Steve Martin? Hilarious. That's why I decided to take a look at the Golf Jerk Web site, after I was alerted by a PR release… more »

TPC Myrtle Beach working to fix problems with greens

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If you've ever played the TPC Myrtle Beach in the fall and loved the course and hated the greens - and I've heard the complaints, believe me - take heart. The club is re-doing the greens. The TPC is scheduled to close this summer for two months while… more »

No surprise: Ocean course at Kiawah Island is toughest golf course in the land

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No surprise to me the Ocean course at Kiawah Island was ranked the hardest course in the U.S. by Golf Digest. I've played the course. First, it sneered at me as I strode up to the first tee. It landed a few early jabs, toying with me, then began to wo… more »

Phil Mickelson's nerves as soft as his jelly-belly

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I'm glad Phil Mickelson doesn't have his finger on the nuclear red button. This guy is supposed to be one of the best golfers in the world – many will tell you he's second only to Tiger Woods – and he folds like a jackknife under pressure. I u… more »

National Golf Club in Pinehurst following Jack Nicklaus' advice

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He came, he saw, he made suggestions. Usually, when Jack Nicklaus makes recommendations, you follow through. Nicklaus visited the National Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., just outside Pinehurst, on a routine course inspection last year. He liked… more »

Biloxi's future: A mini Las Vegas?

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Fallen Oak, Biloxi's newest post-Katrina golf course, is a humdinger, a big, bold, even spectacular track by an "A-list" architect, Tom Fazio.It's financed by MGM Mirage and only guests of the Beau Rivage Casino are invited to share the glory. That's… more »

Biloxi has two new, post-Katrina golf courses

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Biloxi, Mississippi has two new golf courses born after Hurricane Katrina, or partly anyway.The Preserve was designed by Jerry Pate and Fallen Oak was laid out by Tom Fazio. The two have co-designed courses before, and their friendly rivalry has been… more »

The Shed: Great barbecue in Biloxi, Miss.

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As many of you long-time, rabid Tim McDonald fans know, I'm always looking for great barbecue joints in my travels, and Biloxi, Miss. has one of the best, both in terms of ambience and food.The Shed in Ocean Springs ( is a local le… more »

A great Italian restaurant in Biloxi

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Ever heard of Italian soul food? I’m always on the lookout for great, local barbecue joints, but I can’t resist talking about the Italian restaurant I ate at here in Biloxi the other night. It’s called Bragozzo, and it’s the focus of the I… more »

Golf courses in Biloxi, Mississippi both thriving and suffering

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Biloxi, Mississippi is suffering from both an image and a perception problem. The image problem relates to New Orleans, such a forlorn place since Hurricane Katrina flooded the grand old city in August and September of 2005. All you hear from New Orle… more »

WorldGolf quiz: Is it The Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open or the PGA Championship?

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I will send out a valuable WorldGolf gift and leisure coupon packet to anyone who can quickly name the only championship in all of golf that still uses an 18-hole playoff system. You must respond within 10 seconds from the time of this posting to clai… more »
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