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

Bend in the Road

Discover Bend, Oregon By Tony Dear Some climates, terrains, topographies and backgrounds are obviously better suited to golf than others. The Fife coastline, Sonoran Desert, Melbourne Sandbelt, and yes the Rocky Mountains give us more memorable golf than what you find in flatland suburbia. The well-traveled golfer has been fortunate to tee it up in … Read more

Bucking the Trend

Jon Rizzi More golf courses are closing than opening these days. But two audacious projects within easy reach of Colorado—The Prairie Club and Huntsman Springs—boldly debuted this summer. THE PRAIRIE CLUB (VALENTINE, NEB) While not on par with the discovery of gold in California, the 1995 opening of Nebraska’s Sand Hills Golf Club triggered a … Read more

La Q Factor

Ted Johnson La Quinta’s five courses, Hollywood bloodlines and elegant intimacy continue to make the oldest resort in the California desert one of the west’s foremost destinations. As you drive down Washington Boulevard from I-10, it is not that difficult to look around the apartment buildings, strip malls and hospitals and see the land as … Read more

They Call the Wind Awarii

Jon Rizzi Designer Jim Engh blows into Nebraska with Awarii Dunes, a stirring sandhill layout just minutes from the Interstate, hotels and downtown Kearney. “You’re not going to write about the windmill, are you?” Jim Engh asks as we walk the first fairway of Awarii Dunes Golf Club in central Nebraska. The “Elgin Wonder,” a … Read more

The Prairie Club Ultimate World Class Golf Experience

Colorado Avid Golfer Enjoy an inclusive Ultimate Golf Experience with 3 days golf and 2 nights lodging, cart & forecaddie services, Breakfast buffet and $30 golf shop credit.  $749 per golfer based on double occupancy. Subject to availability. Set in the Sandhills of Nebraska, The Prairie Club is one of the most talked about golf … Read more

Texas Tee

Austin shines in the Lone Star State. By Tom Ferrell Dust off your boots, tune up the guitar and lay a fire in the pit. We’re going to Austin. Oh, and don’t forget your sticks. Dallas may be the business center of Texas. Houston may be the gateway to and from the world. But Austin … Read more