The Golf Channel makes history: What of Kelly Tilghman, first female golf anchor for PGA Tour?

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Quick first impression of the first, historic, female anchor in a PGA Tour broadcast booth:Not bad. Not bad at all.If Kelly Tilghman was nervous about making history, she didn't show it during The Golf Channel's own historic opening shot with the… more »

New course to open at Ocean Ridge Plantation on Grand Strand

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Ocean Ridge loves its cats and it's set to open another one to the public on January 15, called Leopard's Chase.It's a 7,200-yard, par-71 layout designed by Tim Cate, who also designed the acclaimed Tiger's Eye at the plantation, as well as Panther's… more »

New luxury resort in Myrtle Beach

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To all those who thought Myrtle Beach embodied low-end, discount lodging, take heart: a new luxury resort has just opened. It doesn't have golf, but the new Island Vista recently celebrated its grand opening in the heart of Myrtle Beach, in the so-cal… more »

New golf trail in Myrtle Beach

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Any golfer who has thoroughly explored Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand knows the area is sort of like Old Dixie in microcosm. The South Strand is much more laid back than the Central. And both are very different from the North. To that end, 12 cours… more »

Myrtle Beach loses another airline; Delta steps up

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Airlines continue to be schizoid when it comes to Myrtle Beach. The come in, they drop out, they return, they fold, they give up, they try again. The latest is Air Tran Airways' decision to not return in the spring for its cheap Atlanta-to-Myrtle Beac… more »

Golf is pricing itself out of the game: Tiger Woods' turn to help out

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Bad news for my home state. Golf courses are getting more expensive in Florida, as they are elsewhere. I thought the golf gods had started to address this issue, one of the main reasons golfers drop out of the game and why non-golfers often never start.… more »

Sorry, I won't get all misty-eyed over Gerald Ford's death

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One of my favorite short stories was by, I believe, a writer named Harlan Ellison. I read it many years ago, so the details may be off a bit. Basically, a group of people were sitting around after having attended a friend's funeral. "What a great guy," t… more »

Ocean Course picked to host PGA Championship in 2012: How many of us will be alive?

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The Ocean course at Kiawah Island was recently picked to hold the 94th PGA Championship in 2012. Observation: Many of us, hopefully not including me, won't be around in 2012. Why do they have to pick these things so far ahead of time? Any number of th… more »

Tiger Woods already rich as a golf architect: Only in America -- or Dubai

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It is a triumph of modern-day marketing suckers that Tiger Woods is demanding fees of $25 million to design golf courses. It's all about "branding." Those suckers in Dubai couldn't care less that Woods has never designed a golf course, never served an… more »

Michelle Wie will never be a junior at Stanford

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I hereby offer any odds, for any amount of money, from any bettor, golfer, housewife or bricklayer, that Michelle Wie will not last longer than two years at Stanford. That's about how long Tiger Woods made it at Stanford before turning pro. Don't g… more »

You must like Nike: heart and soul, birth to grave

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I understand we're living in the age of global terrorism, and we must all be hyper-vigilant. I myself am constantly scanning the danger zone for Al-Quaeda, from the Piggly-Wiggly down the street where I buy my Skoal, to the Red Dog Saloon where I occasio… more »

Biltmore Hotel golf course in Coral Gables excavating Donald Ross

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I’m not one of those golfers who bows to the east and says hosannahs every time the name Donald Ross’ name is invoked, but I’ve always enjoyed playing his courses. I like his small greens, false fronts and the fact you have to be high and extremely… more »

Blue Monster at Doral all spruced up and ready for new PGA tournament

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The Blue Monster at Doral just re-opened after closing for three summer months and a $1.5 million renovation. This Miami classic looks great, though if you haven't played it for a few years, it will look quite different. First of all, it's lost about… more »

Golf in Lakeland, Florida is sweet, like its citrus

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As a native Floridian, one of the good things about this job is re-visiting areas of the state I haven’t seen for 20 years. Despite the fact I should have learned by now, I’m always a little surprised at the changes. I used to come to Lakeland as… more »

Florida public golf: Try Cleveland Heights in Lakeland

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Found another good muni for you, though anyone who lives or visits Lakeland, Florida regularly knows about Cleveland Heights. Those of you who read this blog regularly, and they extend to the farthest reaches of the globe, know I'm always on the hunt… more »
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