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- FINDING THE SILVER LINING IN IRELAND'S FISCAL CLOUD
As the banking and sovereign debt crisis continues to rock euro-zone countries, the Emerald Isle, Europe's most popular golf destination, has become a (relative) travel bargain. Hotel rates and green fees, already in decline due to the tourism slump of the last few years, promise to be . . .
- The American Club Gets a Facelift:
Is It America's Best Overall Golf Resort?
Every year, the American Club Resort contends with the likes of Bandon Dunes, Kiawah, Pebble Beach, and Pinehurst for top honors among America's golf resorts. Not bad for a resort that didn't even plan to offer golf when it first opened. Now, other than at Bandon Dunes, you won't find a single property with a stronger 72 holes of golf. . . .
- Royal Isabela:
Puerto Rico's Unique Private Star
Of late, no Caribbean island has been making bigger waves in golf travel circles than Puerto Rico. A luxurious, oceanfront Ritz-Carlton Reserve just opened at Dorado Beach in the shadows of Robert Trent Jones II's restoration of his father's formerly notable East Course. Since our last visit, a ritzy St. Regis Resort opened to accompany RTJ II's distinctive Bahia Beach Golf Course . . .
- Pinehurst Resort:
The Cradle of American Golf
Historic Pinehurst must be part of any discussion of the world's greatest golf resorts. Ever since the early 1900s when James Walker Tufts commissioned Scotsman Donald Ross to build four golf courses in the North Carolina sandhills, Pinehurst has been a magnet for golfers seeking both quality and quantity. As detailed in our July 2006 issue, history and fine golf from Donald Ross and other top designers also abound outside the Pinehurst gates. This spring, we were lured back to the flagship resort by its highly touted renovations to Pinehurst No. 1 and the Carolina Hotel. . . .
- The Phoenician: A Scottsdale Classic Gets a Facelift
March, when the desert blooms and spring training is in full swing, is among the best times to visit the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. In January, we reported on Superstition Mountain, a private club with 36 holes of solid Jack Nicklaus golf on the area's outlying eastern fringe. This month, we evaluate the recent facelift to the full-service . . .
The Private (& Even More Pampered) Side of Kohler
Ever since Golf Odyssey's editors began spanning the globe to reveal the inside scoop about golf destinations, no resort has so consistently thrilled and delighted us as the American Club. We have long considered Destination Kohler, the moniker that encompasses the entire scope of this Wisconsin mecca, the best overall golf resort for its combination of golf, lodging, dining, non-golf activities, and service. It also boasts the best 72 holes of any resort in the world--at least until Bandon Dunes Golf Resort opens its forthcoming Old MacDonald eighteen. . . .
- Trump Scotland:
First Take On A Must-Play Marvel
Has any golf course ever been subject to as much pre-opening anticipation, bombast, controversy, hope, praise, and bluster as Trump International Golf Links (Rating: A+) in Aberdeen, Scotland? Or has any golf-course architect-in this case Martin Hawtree-been given a more daunting assignment? From the moment Donald Trump first laid eyes on the site in 2005, he . . .
- Golf in the Shadow of Pebble Beach
Sooner or later, everyone who loves golf owes it to himself or herself to make a pilgrimage to the Monterey Peninsula to play Pebble Beach. Such journeys to "the most beautiful meeting of land and water nature has produced" invariably inspire thoughts of a return, and on return trips, golfers may be apt to explore other courses on or near the fabled peninsula. With this in mind, we present a passel of courses, accommodations, and restaurants that lie in the shadow of Pebble. . . .
- Dormie Club: Enjoy It Now and, Hopefully, in the Future, Too
Pinehurst No. 2 and the panoply of courses at Pinehurst Resort may bear the flag for the entire Carolina sandhills golf mecca, but worthy alternatives abound all around Pinehurst. This month, we turn our spotlight on the Dormie Club (Rating: A-), Coore-Crenshaw's first original design in North Carolina. In 2009-2010, just before turning their attention to the restoration of Pinehurst . . .
- Cashing in While in Las Vegas:
Three Pure Golf Escapes
In the dizzying orbit of Las Vegas, where daytime is indistinguishable from nighttime and reality morphs into fantasy, golf helps us stay grounded. Whereas in other destinations we crave rounds close at hand, in Vegas we revel in escaping the swirl of The Strip to pure golfing grounds that clear our heads and totally envelop us in the game. Esteemed eighteens like Shadow Creek (freshly redesigned with rebuilt greens) and Cascata provide just such a meditative interlude, although their stratospheric green fees never let us forget we're partaking in a high-rolling experience. This month, we examine three much more affordable, if still more remote, alternatives. . . .
- The Kingsley Club:
Northern Michigan's Most Inviting Club
Northern Michigan, with its sandy dunes and glacier-formed kettle bowls, is a magnet for great golf. Heading the list is Alister Mackenzie's Crystal Downs, a private masterpiece perennially ranked among the nation's top 15 courses. No track in the state has done more to inspire homegrown golf architects like Tom Doak and Mike DeVries. While Doak's every move makes headlines, DeVries, who literally grew up at Crystal Downs (his . . .
- The Little Known Private Side of Kiawah
What if we told you that one of the country's premier golf destinations, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, with its luxurious Sanctuary Hotel, five golf courses headlined by the Ocean Course, world-class tennis facilities, and great spa, was only part of Kiawah's golf story? In fact, what if we told you that tucked behind the barrier island's natural bounty of stunning beaches and wonderfully preserved and flourishing . . .
- A Summer of Golf Travel Getaways
Of all the subscriber questions we receive at GOLF ODYSSEY, one of the most common is "Where do you recommend I go next?" There's no universal right answer to that question, of course, as any number of factors leads to a different recommendation. However, with that in mind, here are some suggestions for intriguing getaways that . . .
- World Woods:
Still a World of Its Own
Just months away from the eagerly anticipated opening of the Tom Doak and Coore-Crenshaw layouts at the Streamsong Resort southwest of Tampa, the possibility of two Florida courses assuming a place among the nation's top-rated links recalls another two-course opening nearly 20 years ago. In 1993, two Tom Fazio eighteens and a fantastic practice ground made World Woods the . . .
- The Weekend Conundrum:
How to Avoid the Weekend Blues When in the British Isles or Ireland
If you have ever planned a golf trip to the British Isles or Ireland, you are well familiar with just how challenging it can be to stitch together an ideal itinerary. Like in the US, the vast majority of top-ranked UK/Ireland venues are private clubs. Unlike the US, the overwhelming majority of these clubs welcome, to some extent, non- . . .
- Pinehurst Resort: The New No. 2 is "Old" Again
Next year, in an unprecedented "doubleheader," Pinehurst Resort's iconic No. 2 course will host the US Open and US Women's Open in back-to-back weeks. With its turtleback greens, extraordinary green complexes, and rich history, Pinehurst No. 2 is one of golf's sacred places. What a great treat it is to walk in the footsteps of the game's legends. On the 18th green, with the Payne Stewart statue providing inspiration, who doesn't get goose bumps thinking of the tragically-fated, knicker-clad champion triumphantly draining his par putt in . . .
- Cape Breton's Cabot Links:
A Preview of What Could Be "Bandon Dunes East"
Although new course openings have been few and far between since the bottom fell out of the market, this year promises to be a blockbuster. We've already previewed Trump Scotland Golf Links and Bandon Preserve, both set to open this summer. In December, Tom Doak and Coore-Crenshaw will unveil their respective inland eighteens at the . . .
- Orlando Privates You Can Play
What a shame. Poor turf conditions are spoiling Sugarloaf Mountain (Rating: C), a Coore-Crenshaw design circa 2008 that otherwise could be one of our top-rated courses in all of Florida. Perched on a spectacular site just past the venerable Montverde Academy, Sugarloaf Mountain was intended to be a private course and focal point of an exclusive real estate development. The course is as unlike Florida golf as any layout we've encountered. It features dramatic . . .
- Exclusive Subscriber Travel Opportunity
What if I told you that you could play seven of the world's best golf courses in eight days? Well, come join me in July 2013 and you can. Four of the courses (Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Royal Dornoch, and Carnoustie) are ranked in the top 25. The others are each terrific: Castle Stuart (#56), Portmarnock (#46) and Trump Scotland, yet unranked, but surely a winner. If desired, you can even extend your trip on either . . .
- TRIP NOTEBOOK - SCOTLAND
We recently returned from a five-day, eight-round trip to Scotland. We began in East Lothian with rounds at Gullane No. 1, North Berwick, and Muirfield, before making our way to Machrihanish and Turnberry. Here are a few of our takeaways:
We were again reminded that one of the great experiences in golf is a day at Muirfield. Once inside the gates, . . .
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