Scott Armstrong

High Rollers

Trek Travel takes cyclists to the top in style.  “If you are going to do the climb,” Wiebe Moeys told me, “you should skip wine with lunch.” Moeys, a guide on my Trek Travel cycling trip through Tuscany and the Italian Riviera, offered wise but disheartening counsel—especially considering we were at a charming outdoor trattoria […]

Golf: Home in the Highlands

Scotland’s Royal Dornoch Golf Club has long been considered one of the world’s great courses. But the location of the Old Tom Morris design—in the remote Highlands county of Sutherland—has kept the club off the itineraries of most golf pilgrimages to the British Isles. That could change with the opening of Links House at Royal […]

Golf: High Societies

Originated in Scotland in the 18th century, golfing societies have long been popular in the British Isles. But the concept—a membership group that hosts matches and other events, and offers access to various courses—has never caught on in the United States, where the local country club has been the affiliation of choice. In recent years, […]

Leisure: Above and Beyond Par: Going Pro

When selecting a pro-am tournament, you should consider the obvious (quality of course, strength of field) and the not-so obvious (three rather than four amateurs per pro, walking and caddies, tee times rather than shotgun starts, additional special events). Individual spots typically cost between $4,000 and $10,000 and may include VIP passes and extra tickets […]

Leisure: Above and Beyond Par

My approach shot to the 15th hole at Mayakoba’s El Camaleón course has caught the greenside bunker. It is not my first time in the sand today. I have been struggling, and now I need to get up and down to help out my teammates—one of whom decides that now is an opportune time to […]

Vacation Homes: Full Steam Ahead

Chad Fleischer knows something about ski towns. The longtime U.S. Ski Team racer and two-time Olympian grew up in Vail, and he visited mountain villages around the globe before settling in Steamboat Springs, Colo. “I wanted my kids to grow up in Steamboat, because it’s such a great community,” he says. Fleischer apparently is not […]

Pinnacle of Perfection

The value of a scientific experiment lies in the fact that, when repeated under the same set of conditions, it always yields the same result. However, more than a decade ago, timber entrepreneur Tim Blixseth conducted an experiment of his own that, even if another attempts it, is unlikely ever to produce a comparable—much less […]

Insider’s Las Vegas: Best Bets: Big Deal

Everyone knows about the World Series of Poker, the game’s most public stage, where main-event buy-ins begin at $10,000. But the poker world’s most competitive—and financially exclusive—forum is the Big Game at the Bellagio resort. Just ask Andy Beal, a banker who in 2004 lost an estimated $15 million in the Big Game. Said to […]

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