Desert Golf vs. Target Golf

What’s the difference between the two? Chris Duthie | Photos © By Chris Duthie Heeding the architectural nuances of “desert” and “target” golf can be the difference between a casual afternoon on the links or a harrowing, three-sleeve root canal. Here are the basics: Desert designs generally offer players generous tee-ball landing areas, with approaches … Read more

Aviara: An Earthly Eden

Carlsbad’s Park Hyatt Aviara Resort sets the bar high Jon Rizzi | Colorado AvidGolfer Alive with botanical and avian bounty, Carlsbad’s Park Hyatt Aviara Resort also provides a serene sanctuary for golfers and their guests. Like the men and women carrying binoculars, cameras and tripods along the verdant trails between Batiquitos Lagoon and Aviara Golf … Read more

A Brunswick Stew

The tranquil beauty of North Myrtle Beach’s Brunswick Islands makes for a feast of great golf, food and memories. Vince Recine Every spring most avid golfers are treated to the visual feast of color, tradition and championship golf known as the PGA Tour’s southern swing. But why should the pros have all the fun?   … Read more

Dreaming of Bandon

Sabold’s new photography book “Bandon Dunes – Golf As It Was Meant To Be” Tony Dear Wood Sabold and Bandon Dunes Golf fans have enjoyed Wood Sabold’s images of Bandon Dunes ever since construction of David McLay Kidd’s original course began there in 1997. The resort’s official photographer, Sabold is a former landscape architect who … Read more

Royal Isabela

Named Puerto Rico’s top golf resort at the World Travel Awards Tony Dear Ever hear of Royal Isabela Golf Resort? Well, two weeks ago, the “Pebble Beach of the Caribbean” on Puerto Rico’s lush northwestern shore, beat out some pretty strong competition from properties owned or managed by Gran Melia, Wyndham, Waldorf Astoria, St Regis, … Read more

Remember Old Brack!

Tony Dear San Antonio’s municipal masterpiece is a must-play. Given the Lone Star State’s unofficial motto – “Bigger is Better” – it perhaps shouldn’t come as too big a surprise to learn that four of its cities are listed among the 11 most populous in the United States. But did you know that San Antonio … Read more

Red + Blue = Solid Gold in Florida

Tony Dear It’s probably enough to tell your friends you’re going to play golf in Louisiana. You really need add nothing when you tell them you’re taking a golf trip to Maine or Nebraska, New Mexico, Mississippi, or even Arizona. Mention you’re taking your sticks to any of them and whomever you tell is going … Read more

Can’t-Miss Mississippi

Tony Dear I remember, about ten years ago, the first time somebody recommended I go to Mississippi to play golf. I didn’t actually laugh out loud, but I certainly wasn’t about to entertain the idea. Visiting Mississippi at all seemed to me a strange notion; visiting for golf was surely the suggestion of a crazy … Read more

Oakhurst: Links to the Past

Tony Dear There are probably three of four courses in the United States that claim to have been the first in the New World, the very first place on this side of the Atlantic Ocean where eager young sportsmen swatted at their imported gutta balls with their imported hickory clubs over whatever spare ground they … Read more

The Napa of The Northwest

Tony Dear We golfers are usually urbane, sophisticated, and discerning fellows (and fellowettes, of course) who like nothing better than pairing a good golf trip with a visit to an acclaimed vineyard or three. The best golf/wine tours take travelers to Bordeaux in southwest France; Stellenbosch outside Cape Town in South Africa; Adelaide in South … Read more