Golf

The view from the 13th green at the Shark’s Tooth golf club may be obscured, but few locations offer a clearer perspective of Greg Norman’s design philosophy. Looking back toward the tee of the 531-...
The remote location of his Argentine cattle ranch—some 1,000 miles from Buenos Aires—did not dissuade Jorge Taylor from converting a portion of Estancia Chapelco into a golf resort and community. Nor...
A wind blows across the hills of British Columbia’s backcountry toward the green of Tobiano’s par-3 seventh hole, which is set atop a sage-covered bluff. From the back tee, 189 yards away, the green...
Fans of Tiger Woods are familiar with the grainy home movies and taped television appearances that testify to the then-youngster’s penchant for the game of golf. Less well known is his early interest...
Thirty years ago this June, Al Geiberger became the first golfer to shoot a sub-60 round in a PGA Tour event. His score of 59, posted on the second day of the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic in...
FIRST IN FLIGHT Mountain Air Country Club (800.247.7791, www­.mountainaircc.com ) in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is known for white-water rafting, snow sports, and its 2,875-foot private...
Our process for selecting the top 10 golf communities in the United States was partly subjective—as all top-10 lists should be—and partly scientific. Each property offers everything one would expect...
While strolling across a practice green at the Keowee Falls golf course in Salem, S.C., Scott Tolley ticks off the critical points in the caddie’s code of conduct. "Keep out of the way, keep quiet,"...
Al Geiberger, who 30 years ago became the first golfer to record a sub-60 round in a PGA Tour event, agrees with the comparisons that equate his achievement with that of Roger Bannister, the British...
If, two centuries ago, a golfer believed that his equipment had to look good for him to play well, he would have wanted a set of clubs by Hugh Philp, whose talent for making wooden clubs has been...
Punta Espada No golf course can be all things to all players, but Punta Espada, which opened last fall on the Dominican Republic’s eastern shore, comes remarkably close. The first of three courses...
In February, the Fairmont Mayakoba resort’s new El Camaleón Mayakoba (888.252.5020, www.mayakoba.com ) hosted the first-ever PGA Tour event in Mexico. Perhaps it was appropriate that, on a golf...
Welcome to the Taj Mahal of golf courses,” says Dave Alvarez, a PGA pro at the Madison Club, as he leads me to the practice tee. An assistant dressed in a crisp white long-sleeve shirt and green...
On a breezy desert day in early December 2006, Ben Cren­shaw is tromping around the second green at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club’s new Saguaro Course with a furrowed brow. He has spotted what appears to be a...
In the early 1900s, Morven Park Mansion, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Leesburg, Va., was home to the state’s reform governor Westmoreland Davis. On the grounds of the estate, Davis also...
The prevailing trade winds blow from the northeast as head pro Hale Kelly steps to the 10th tee of the Temenos Golf Club on Anguilla. “You need to hit over there,” says Kelly, gesturing at a creek a...
The 300-acre Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club ( www.fairmont.com/turnberryisle ) in Aventura, Fla., has completed a $100 million renovation, devoting nearly a third of that sum to two golf...
A trip aboard the luxury barge Magna Carta ( www.magna-carta.co.uk ) offers a chance to visit four of Great Britain’s finest golf courses. The cruise, from London to Henley-on-Thames, includes a stop...
Archerfield Links in the village of Dirleton, Scotland, sits on land where bowmen once pitched their tents while helping Edward I of England earn the nickname the Hammer of Scotland during a punitive...
When presented with a visually arresting landscape for a golf course, some designers respond with a byzantine layout that is more frustrating than it is thought-provoking. But in building the new...
Sitting in a private study in the corporate offices of the company his grandfather founded in 1873, Herbert Kohler Jr. appears very much the magnate of modern industry that he is. Nevertheless, the...
Many golfers have surveyed the glacial pace of play ahead of them and fantasized about building their own courses. Few have acted on the notion, and fewer still have done so on the elaborate scale...
A 20-day trip for seven to play 10 Scottish and Irish golf courses of your choice. A past PGA champion will complete the pair of foursomes. A round of golf at Scotland’s Carnoustie, site of the 2007...
A golf makeover for four that begins with a custom club fitting at the Ely Callaway Performance Center in Carlsbad, Calif. Seven return trips to the center for instruction, club alterations, and...
A 1920s-era brochure for the Broadmoor shows an image of the then-new resort’s circular driveway, white facade, and vine-draped loggia, accompanied by a caption that states, “All four sides of the...
I first saw the Dalat Palace Golf Club in 1994, when my newlywed Vietnamese wife and I cycled past a long string of peasants in conical hats, planting grass by hand. “For what?” my wife asked the...
The 30-mile stretch between the firths of Forth and Tay in eastern Scotland is hallowed ground for golfers. Muirfield, Kingsbarn, Carnoustie, and the legendary St. Andrews Links courses all play...
Bandon Dunes became one of America’s top golfing destinations by taking an un-American approach to golf. Opened in 1999 and 2001, the southern Oregon resort’s Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes golf...
I had just settled onto a red leather couch in the Royal Canadian Pacific’s Mount Stephen lounge car when I had a change of heart. Although I was enjoying the vodka martini served to me not a minute...
“Let’s say you’re on Wall Street and you have a helicopter,” says Eric Bergstol, pausing for a moment to let this notion sink in. “What are you going to do with it?” The question had not occurred to...

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