Brandon TuckerThis Week at TravelGolf.com: Feb. 20, 2008

Traveling golfers are the real winners after Chambers Bay gets 2015 U.S. Open

No matter which golf course hosts the U.S. Open, it's safe to say the pros will curse its weedy rough, Herculean length and marble greens.

But the rest of us golfers should laud the USGA and its dedication to bringing America's Open to more and more public-access venues. They've just added another municipal course to the mix: The 2015 Open will be played at the Chambers Bay golf course near Tacoma, Wash.

What's extraordinary about Chambers Bay is that it isn't a renowned public links like Pebble Beach, Pinehurst or Bethpage Black. It's a brand new municipal golf course with a history yet to be written. Chairmen at Winged Foot, Oakmont and Olympic are probably squirming in their button tufted leather couches.

Traveling golfers, who would rather spend their cash collecting bag tags from far away lands than pay annual dues at their local club are the real benefactors of the USGA's shift in policy. Until recently, the U.S. Open was held almost exclusively at private country clubs, where the majority of golfers wouldn't even be allowed through the gates to take a picture, nonetheless squeeze in a quick 18. It meant that for most golfers, the thrill of being able to play a major championship course was, at best, a once-in-a-lifetime possibility.

Not anymore.

Today, golfers don't have to go to Scotland and England, or shill out the big bucks at Pebble Beach to get a tee time on a major championship venue - or in extreme cases, quit their job at the firm and caddie for the Monday afternoon employee playing privileges. Thanks to the USGA's recent shift, along with the PGA Championship going to Kiawah Island and Whistling Straits, there is a major championship course in each region of America that will accept your tee time - and expect the number to grow even more in coming years.

And that can only help the golf industry, because it will get more and more people excited about the game. Now, everyone who watches the majors googly-eyed on their HD TVs won't have to dream about what it's like to be in the players' shoes as they walk down the back nine on Sunday.

With ever-increasing odds, getting a chance of their own will likely be well within their own grasp.

As always, TravelGolf.com welcomes your comments.


Laterra Couples Golf Package

Saint Augustine Golf PackageDates: January 7, 2008 - December 25, 2008

Stay at Laterra Resort & Spa and play World Golf Village - King & Bear, World Golf Village - Slammer & Squire, Golf Club At South Hampton and Cimarrone Country Club starting at $578.00.

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Torrey PinesTorrey Pines' U.S. Open reality: North Course down to nine, while the South's rough runs wild

Forget Torrey Pines as you know it. Or watched it on TV. It no longer exists. At least not for the next six months. The San Diego-area's most famous golf complex, having been examined and tweaked by United States Golf Association officials for nearly six years, is entering its final stages of preparedness for June's U.S. Open. This means a completely different experience for regular golfers who come here in the months before and after the Open.

Column: Torrey Pines tee time flap overblown whining


Dave Berner's PodcastPodcast: 3-D golf instruction, the Titleist Performance Institute, Vancouver Island

In the 100th edition of the TravelGolf.com This Week podcast, host Dave Berner talks to PGA instructor Chuck Evans about 3-D instruction. Dr. Greg Rose of the Titleist Performance Institute says that understanding the patterns of your body’s movement in the golf swing will help you efficiently improve your golf fitness. And, Patrick Meagher of Golf Vancouver Island says the island is loaded with great golf, and the season is just beginning.

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Radisson Resort & Casino at Fort McDowell

Radisson Resort & Casino at Fort McDowell Dates: September 1, 2007 - March 31, 2008

Enjoy a 4 night stay at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and play 4 days of golf at We Ko Pa Saguaro, We Ko Pa Cholla, SunRidge Canyon and Eagle Mountain, starting from $1,000.

Price Range: $1000 - $1335

To book this package please call 1-800-767-3574 or click here for an online quote.


Golf RulesColumn: When it comes to golf, some rules are meant to be broken

Regardless of what the rule books say, there are in fact two sets of rules: those to follow and those to ignore, Jennifer Mario writes in her latest "A Girl's-Eye View" column at TravelGolf.com. If you're playing a friendly game, and the key word is friendly, you know that when it comes to golf, some rules simply don't apply. Stroke and distance is just one of them.

Blog: Lefty turns grumpy at WGC Match Play Championship


CLIENT FEATUREBear Mountain Golf Resort

Vancouver Island Golf Trail: Great golf and sweet dreams

Boasting some of the best golf courses in British Columbia - Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa, Olympic View, Arbutus Ridge, Cowichan, Duncan Meadows, Fairwinds G&CC, Morningstar, Pheasant Glen, Crown Isle and Storey Creek - nothing beats the Vancouver Island Golf Trail for a Canadian golf vacation adventure. Call * *(888) 465-3239 for more info.

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Dates: January 4, 2014 - October 12, 2014
Set in western Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh in Butler County, Conley Resort has it all! Year-round golf, a 56-room hotel, meeting facilities and family vacation amenities. Golf packages include lodging, unlimited golf with cart, free breakfast and all taxes.
Price range: $99