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Golf "The Rock"

Get away from it all in western Newfoundland

Golf In North America, golf destinations have typically sprung up in warmer climates. In the last decade, however, that model has changed, in particular with the emergence of the Oregon must-play, Bandon Dunes.

St. Andrews, Scottland

The home of golf is a must visit

St. Andrews, ScottlandLet's face it—people just don't have the money they once had. Unfortunately for golfers, this likely means a grand tour of the British Isles' great courses simply may not be in the cards.

A Wales Of A Good Time

This year’s Ryder Cup Host offers great golf and sightseeing.

A Wales Of A Good TimeLong passed over by golfers making a beeline for Scotland and Ireland, Wales will finally earn its place as a reputable golfing destination this year when it hosts the Ryder Cup.

Scotland

How to make the most of a short stay in Scotland.

ScotlandIf you go to Scotland, everyone will later ask if you played the Old Course at St. Andrews (standrews.org.uk, 01334-466666), and for good reason: It’s golf’s most famous course and a surreal experience to play. So if you’ve never been there, be sure to book it.

Discover Golf Mexico

Great golf South of the Border

Discover Golf MexicoTwenty-Six Million Americans play golf, and many of them travel each year to tee it up, but only about 500,000 of them do so in Mexico. This troubled Carlos Kviat, the President of Discover Golf Mexico, a new website (www.discovergolfmexico.com) devoted to making travel south of the border efficient and worry-free. “We [Kviat and founders Marcelino Barrenechea and Luis Velazquez] detected the five most important destinations that attract the most international golfers.” In doing so, Kviat created what he calls the “first premier Mexican golf tour operator.”

Head To The Water

The best golf by the shore

Head To The Water

Say "island golf" to someone and they’ll probably picture Hawaii or some other tropical destination. But the word “island” doesn’t always equal swaying palms and surfers hanging ten a sand wedge away from the fairway. After all, golf was invented on an island where weather is anything but balmy.

Focus On: The Grove

Focus On: The GroveCombining two distinctively different experiences into one that the consummate golfer and traveler will appreciate is a difficult challenge. Then again, this describes The Grove so naturally, you’d assume anything is possible…

Focus On: Southwest Ireland

Focus On: Southwest Ireland

For most folks who journey across “the pond” to play golf, chances are pretty good they’ll want to play in Scotland at courses like St. Andrews, Turnberry and Royal Dornoch. While those courses and the enchanting towns they inhabit are steeped in history, those wanting a more diverse and dramatic golfing experience should consider Ireland, in particular its southwestern quadrant.

United Kingdom-Ireland

Make your golf dreams come true

United Kingdom-Ireland

From the windswept dunes of Lahinch, Ballybunion, Portmarnock, Doonbeg and Waterville to the spectacular cliffs of Old Head and the rolling parkland of a former earl’s estate at Adare Manor, Ireland supplies golf that can’t be found anywhere else. In fact, if you ask most golfers who’ve vacationed in Scotland and Ireland which place they prefer, you’ll get a conflicted answer.

Ireland

Hidden gems and must-plays for the ultimate golf pilgrimage

IrelandGolf in Ireland, obviously, has existed for quite some time, and it continues to flourish in a pure state. Walking is the preferred mode of transportation; scores are more often measured by Stapleford scoring and matches than stoke play. Par is relative to the wind and weather conditions of the day, not the number on the card. Here, traditions are revered and respected. Unfortunately, most visiting golfers don’t spend enough time in one place to get to know the area’s history let alone its unique flavor.

Caribbean

Double-bogeys mean nothing when you're in paradise

CaribbeanThe lure of the Caribbean islands is strong. Prospects of warm weather and a needed respite from the perils of modern living make the region a fine escape. Pair that with a geography exceedingly tropical and seemingly remote, despite the fact that the islands can be reached via a twin prop from most Eastern cities, and you have a bona fide vacation winner. Now, throw in golf far better than most people have ever imagined, and you have the incentive to start packing immediately, especially if your itinerary includes Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

Mexico

From Cabo to Cancun, golf south of the border is hard to beat

MexicoGolf in Mexico isn’t as storied as it is in Scotland or Ireland. It isn’t as sexy as it is in Hawaii or as dreamy as its Caribbean counterpart. But this much is true: South of the border, the game and all of its resort trappings attract more American and Canadian golfers than any other international golf destination. In 2003, nearly three-quarter-million determined duffers made their way to first tees, from Los Cabos to Cancun.

Travel Tip: Northern Ireland

Travel Tip: Northern IrelandLike the mists that blow in off the Irish Sea, a sense of mystery tends to shroud golf in Northern Ireland. Indeed, the country itself possesses an aura of the unknown, particularly with Americans. It’s not as if the courses here are completely unknown, it’s just that they tend to be overshadowed by their more famous neighbors in Scotland, The Republic of Ireland and England. However, Northern Ireland has not only a rich golf history of its own, but also a collection of links layouts that stand up to any of its more heralded British Isles’ mates. Two, in particular, are capable of challenging for the title of best links course in the world: Royal County Down and Royal Portrush.
 
 
 
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