GEORGE FULLER

Golf: Castle on High

Considering scotland’s abundance of storied links, it would seem ludicrous to label a new golf course as “the best in Scotland.” And yet Scottish golf-course architect Graeme Webster used that exact phrase to describe Castle Stuart Golf Links following the course’s debut during the British Open week last July. Another observer predicted, “A round [at […]

Winter Golf Getaways: School of the South

GETTING INTO THE SWING AT THE BARTON CREEK RESORT & SPA The Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s recent renovation—which included the addition of an outdoor camp area with tepees and a s’mores fire pit—has made the Austin, Texas, retreat more conducive to family fun. But golfers have never lacked for diversions at this 4,000-acre Hill Country […]

Winter Golf Getaways: Turn for the Better

RAYMOND FLOYD TAKES TURNBERRY ISLE’S COURSES IN A NEW DIRECTION. Of the dozens of golf destinations in Florida, the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, located about midway between South Beach and Fort Lauderdale in Aventura, may be the best place to stay and play this winter. The resort completed a $150 million renovation in […]

Best of the Best 2008: Golf Courses: Chambers Bay

A former gravel quarry near Tacoma, Wash., is not the first place one would expect to find the world’s top new golf course. But then, Robert Trent Jones Jr., designer of Chambers Bay, believes it is his business to exceed expectations. “If someone says to me, ‘It’s a nice course,’ we will have failed,” he […]

Travel: Found Horizon

In the early 1920s, Ohio glass manufacturer Edward Libbey commissioned noted architects George Thomas and Wallace Neff to build, respectively, a private golf course and Spanish Colonial–style clubhouse in a rural valley northwest of Los Angeles. By the time filmmaker Frank Capra selected the same valley for his depiction of Shangri-la in 1937’s Lost Horizon, […]

Sultans of Swing: Points of View

You know that you have been posed a bit too long in your follow-through on the driving range at the Kapalua Golf Academy—watching a well-struck 5-iron sail into the blue Maui sky—because Jerry King, the academy’s directing professional, has moved over to your station to ask how things are going. In other words: Are you […]

Golf: Simian of the Caribbean

When the tom fazio–designed Green Monkey golf course officially opens at Sandy Lane next year, it will mark the culmination of the Caribbean resort’s long journey back to preeminence. But for hotel guests—who until then have exclusive access to the course—the transformation of this West Indies institution is all but complete. Sandy Lane opened on […]

Golf: Mountain-High Hat Trick

The ice skates, sticks, jerseys, and trophies on display in the pro shop at the Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club in Victoria, B.C., serve as reminders that hockey is king in Canada. But with several new courses in the country, and the recent success of native son Mike Weir on the PGA Tour (including […]

Golf: Up on the Bayou

“So Boudreaux and Thibodeaux were neighbors down in the parish,” begins Eric Kaspar in that lilting, singsongy way folks have of speaking down heah in Louisiana. The administrator of the new Audubon Golf Trail, Kaspar is standing at the head of a long dinner table in the clubhouse of the Tournament Players Club (TPC) of […]

Spas: Sacred Geometry

The months of August, September, and October are considered the season of birth and renewal at Maroma Bay, on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, because this is the time of year when giant green sea turtles come ashore to lay and hatch their eggs. Jose Luis Moreno set out to cultivate a year-round feeling of rejuvenation similar […]