Mike Nolan

Winter Golf Getaways: Rock Solid

A NEW VILLA IS JUST A STONE’S THROW FROM THE BOULDERS’ COURSES The new $8,000-per-night Villa Retreat at the Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa in Carefree, Ariz., comprises two modern adobe homes connected by a courtyard with an infinity-edge swimming pool. Though the estate is 5,000 square feet and sleeps as many as 12 […]

Winter Golf Getaways: Player’s Club

THE ULTIMATE SOUTH AFRICAN GOLF SAFARI WITH THE ULTIMATE SOUTH AFRICAN GOLFER.   Gary Player has designed more than 250 golf courses, some among the most exclusive in the world. But no Player course is more selective than the one he built at his stud farm in Colesberg, South Africa—located 400 miles northwest of Cape […]

Everything Under the Tuscan Sun: Tuscan Golf Tour

Golf may not be the most obvious reason to visit Tuscany, but these resorts and courses make it worth the effort to pack your clubs when traveling to the region. Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort Located two hours north of Rome by car, in the Maremma region of Tuscany, the 140-room resort and […]

Journeys: Everything Under the Tuscan Sun

My golf ball sits deep in the gully, and as I consider my next shot, I hear only water trickling in the creek at my feet and the faint cries of kestrels, which soar in the sky above me as they look for lizards in the hills that ring the valley. Ahead lies the 14th […]

Golf: Kidd’s Club

David McLay Kidd waves his hand toward the beach just beyond the dunes that border the 16th hole at Scotland’s Machrihanish Dunes. “When I was a child we would come down here in the summer, and I would run on that beach and hide in those dunes,” says Kidd, a golf course architect whose portfolio […]

Best of the Best 2008: Resorts

The Carlton Hotel (+41.81.836. 70.00, http://www.carlton-stmoritz.ch), a nearly century-old institution in St. Moritz, Switzerland, reopened in December after a $65 million, 18-month renovation that might have the resort’s grande-dame neighbors considering face-lifts themselves. The Tschuggen Hotel Group reconfigured the formerly 100-plus-room property into a boutique resort with 60 suites, all with views of Lake St. […]

Best of the Best 2008: Vacation Properties

Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Keowee in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina is the Cliffs at Keowee Springs (866.435.5127, http://www.cliffscommunities.com), a vacation-property development with an unusual value proposition: Membership includes a commitment to the wellness of all members. Here, not far from Clemson University, Lake Residences (from $1.5 million to $5 […]

Best of the Best 2008: Golf Courses

Canadian designer Doug Carrick took both the high road and the low road when building the Carrick at Cameron House (+44.1389.755.565, http://www.devere.co.uk), which plays along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland. The front nine of the 7,086-yard course follows the lake’s level shoreline and incorporates several links-style features, such as sod-walled fairway bunkers […]

Spirits: Pot (Still) of Gold

Too many chefs usually spoil the pot, but this was not the case during the blending of the Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve. So claims Dave Quinn, the master of whiskey science for Jameson, the Irish whiskey maker. Quinn collaborated on the blend with Barry Crockett, Brendan Monks, and Billy Leighton, Jameson’s masters of distilling, maturation, […]

Golf: Power Play

The 16th tee of the Powerscourt Estate’s West Course invites lingering. You will want to stop at this hillside spot 12 miles south of Dublin, Ireland, and enjoy the sweeping views across the valley to the 1,700-foot-tall Great Sugarloaf Mountain. You also might need a minute or two to compose yourself before confronting the 574-yard […]

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