Golf

In January 2003, when entrepreneur Peter de Savary acquired the Manor House hotel in Devon, England, the property’s best years were well in the past. Viscount Hambledon, son of British bookseller W.H...
PGA member Roger Maxwell’s standing as one of the most powerful and influential figures in golf has more to do with his business than his short game. Maxwell, the former golf director for Marriott...
The Grove A modern classic at England’s finest new resort. Kyle Phillips’ work at Kingsbarns, neighbor to hallowed St. Andrews, has been universally hailed as an almost perfect modern example of the...
It was to have been nothing less than a triathlon of leisure, and I its bemedaled champion: 18 holes of golf in Scottsdale, followed by an afternoon of snorkeling in the crystalline lagoons off Cabo...
To qualify as one of golf’s hidden gems, a destination must meet three criteria: It has to offer exceptional golf, pleasant surroundings, and something extra. Additionally, of course, nobody can know...
It may seem sacrilegious for a golfer to visit the Monterey Peninsula and not stay or play at Pebble Beach. But an excellent alternative to that sacred ground along Seventeen Mile Drive has long...
This was not going to be just any vacation for this family of 10 from California. Wanting to enjoy an experience unlike any they had ever known, the group, which ranged in age from 25 to 65, decided...
No one sits still for very long in Park City, Utah. In the winter, of course, everyone in town is skiing on what the locals call "the world’s best powder" at Deer Valley, The Canyons, or Park City...
Every serious golfer can recite the feats he longs to accomplish before he hangs up his spikes—not the litany that names all of the courses he would like to play, but a checklist of what he considers...
Most golfers know more than just three friends who love the game. If you would like to include all of those people in the same round, the Lodge at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., has the answer:...
With the U.S. Open planning to visit the South Course in 2008, it is not going to become any easier to secure one of the coveted tee times at Torrey Pines, a 36-hole municipal facility in La Jolla,...
Adjusting her footing while setting up her tee shot at the 297-yard 15th hole, an English tourist was startled to notice a large red drop of what appeared to be blood on the left shoulder of her...
Before the dot-com bubble burst and shattered so many portfolios, it yielded the dividend of the Lodge at CordeValle. Golfers can consider it an even split. CordeValle, located in a secluded...
According to legend, the Luttrell family managed to retain possession of its vast Irish estates through roughly 350 years of interesting times by adroitly switching its religious affiliation...
Driving down the elegant Avenue of Oaks and pulling into the courtyard entrance of the Lodge at Sea Island is reminiscent of arriving at an English manor that has been in the same family since Tudor...
You learn to move slowly at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, a golf resort perched nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, overlooking the Vail valley. A run upstairs to retrieve something from your room...
Marketers love to use the term “links” when referring to a golf course, attempting to evoke that Olde Sod sentimentality. While most so-named courses are anything but bona fide links, Bandon Dunes...
Professional golfers—the recipients of gratis shoes, balls, gloves, clubs, clothes, and often club memberships— are not noted for being fast with the wallet. However, in a desert valley chockablock...
You can read Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons and Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book a thousand times each and watch every Nicklaus videotape until it frays, but the only sure way to shave strokes off your...
Treat your favorite foursome to an adventure that could go down in golf history. Wide World of Golf, a tour operator based in Carmel, Calif., has designed a 12-day vacation that will take your group...
It is a tricky business, building new links golf courses in Ireland. The standards for comparison, such as Ballybunion, Lahinch, Portrush, and County Down, are quite lofty. In fact, two highly touted...
Golf, sport, travel, and real estate come together in this unique package from the Carnegie Clubs, Peter de Savary’s exclusive members-only retreats. You and three friends will enjoy a week’s...
It’s hard to imagine a location in the continental United States more remote than Lajitas, Texas. The nearest commercial airport is almost 300 miles away. Even the nearest grocery store lies 90 miles...
Las Vegas, with all its diversions, is a noisy place where one’s senses are assaulted with a never-ending cacophony of sounds and pictures promoting the latest shows, nightclubs, restaurants, and...
Pinehurst Resort There are things to do in Pinehurst, N.C., besides playing golf. You could test your croquet prowess, ride a horse, shoot skeet, play tennis . . . but why would anyone want to do...
Link to Scotland Compare the courses at Bandon Dunes with the checklist of what defines a Scottish/Irish links. Desolate seaside location; raw, tumbling dunes land; constant drumming of surf; open,...
In 1999, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita made its debut in Mexico, and it has since become the star of the country’s Pacific Coast. Golfers came first, for the chance to play on the world’s only...
Pros’ Choice No matter how many PGA Tour players use a club that you’re thinking of buying—and in the case of the TaylorMade 300 Ti series of metal woods, the Tour count is somewhere close to 70—it’s...
What is it about Pine Valley that makes it a nearly unanimous choice as the best golf course in America and one of the best in the world? Certainly not familiarity. The course belongs to a...
Great Scot Once the summer home of Andrew Carnegie, Skibo Castle in Scotland’s Northern Highlands is now the setting for a year-round house party for the members of Peter de Savary’s Carnegie Club...

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