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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...
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,"...
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...
A leaden sky portends cold rain as old-fashioned London cabs—Belfast’s Black Taxis—sit parked along the Peace Wall with their motors running. Billy Scott, the self-styled “breakaway red commando,”...
Northern Ireland is small—about the size of Connecticut—and the countryside begins just a few miles from Belfast’s City Hall. Travelers have a choice of staying in the capital or visiting on day...
By the time the torch ceremony commences the XXIX Olympiad in August 2008, China’s capital will be home to several upscale hotels. Following are our picks for the 10 most promising places to stay...
As if by magic, an actor’s mask changes from the face of a red, gold, and white tiger into the battle-ready visage of a painted warrior. The illusion—part of a performance by the Peking Opera to mark...
What do you do between chukkas of a polo match when there are no divots to stomp back into place? At the Miami Beach Polo World Cup, where the matches are played on a sandy beach instead of a grassy...
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...
Get onto license bureau and trace that car,” Roger Moore—as British secret agent James Bond in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun —commands Mary Goodnight (played by Britt Ekland), a comely...
The 44-foot ketch Bonita , built in the shipyards of Buenos Aires in 1982, cuts through the water of Lago Nahuel Huapi. The snowcapped Andes of northern Patagonia—a region Argentines call the Lake...
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...
It was mating season in Oberstdorf, the brightly frescoed village in the south of Bavaria, and all over town the young folks were pulling on their lederhosen and hiking boots and packing lunches of...
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...
On a bluff overlooking Bali’s rugged Bukit peninsula, a chorus of men in black-and-white-check sarongs sit in a circle and chant in unison as a tangerine sun sinks into the Indian Ocean. Their...
Not far from Vumbura Plains, a posh safari camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Grant Harris is wheeling his Land Rover through a herd of a dozen elephants that have emerged from behind a stand of...
London’s May Fair Hotel ( www.radissonedwardian.com ) no longer resembles the property that King George V and Queen Mary visited upon its opening in 1927. Following a two-and-a-half-year, $140...
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...
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...
Beginning in the early 1960s, as the Aga Khan developed Porto Cervo, his reach extended along Costa Smeralda, where he built several hotels. He ultimately sold the properties to Starwood Hotels 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...
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...
Amanresorts was among the first luxury brands to establish accommodations on Turks and Caicos, the British West Indies islands on the Bahamas’ southeast fringe. The firm’s Amanyara resort, an...
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...
Weird does not typically top the list of attributes one seeks in an urban hotel–unless, of course, one is heading to the capital of Texas. Here, oddity is not merely accepted, it is embraced...
In the 1930s, white-gowned Southern belles made their debuts into society by descending into the Jefferson Hotel’s rotunda while suspended from wires overhead. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson was...
When the Frank Gehry—designed Guggenheim Museum opened in Bilbao in 1997, this industrial hub in northern Spain suddenly became an international tourist destination. The Basque city’s undulated,...

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