JAMES A. FRANK

Golf: Playing a New Tune

Every few years, the golf world begins to buzz with news of the Next Great Destination. It happened with Oregon’s Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in the late 1990s, and more recently with Scotland’s Castle Stuart and Nova Scotia’s Cabot Links. The latest in this line of highly anticipated resorts is located miles from civilization, in […]

Golf: Time Tryall

In the 1950s, a group of prominent Texans acquired an idyllic stretch of coast near Jamaica’s northwest corner, about 12 miles from Montego Bay. The new owners—a group that included future senator Lloyd Bentsen and former governor John Connally—soon started developing what would become one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive communities, marked by a stately […]

Golf: Links to the Old World

Befitting its name, Nova Scotia is a verdant, windswept coastland that looks just like Scotland. With the opening of Cabot Links—a delightfully authentic links golf course on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island—the Canadian province now plays like Scotland, too.   Located in the wee village of Inverness, Cabot Links possesses all the traits that mark […]

Golf: Old Dog, New Tricks

If golf architect Pete Dye ever decides to retire, Teeth of the Dog will lead his legacy. More than 40 years after it opened in 1971, the magnificent seaside layout (think Pebble Beach with palm trees) at the Dominican Republic’s Casa de Campo resort remains the Caribbean’s premier golf course. The 86-year-old Dye, meanwhile, is […]

Golf: Father of Pearl

At 86, golf architect Pete Dye is still in full swing. The energetic octogenarian has a half dozen new projects in Latin America alone, most in conjunction with his son Perry. The duo’s latest collaboration, the Black Pearl, opened last year as the cornerstone of Pristine Bay, a sparkling resort community on Honduras’s Roatán Island. […]

Golf: Brotherly Love

In the 1960s, the Pasarell name meant tennis: Brothers Charlie and Stanley Pasarell dominated the game at the junior and college levels before going on to successful professional careers. (Charlie was America’s top singles player in 1967.) Now in their 60s, the Pasarells have traded passing shots for pitch shots in their homeland of Puerto […]

Vacation Homes: Grand Slam

While many vacation homes offer golf course views, few look out over the game’s seminal playground: the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. Next summer, however, a handful of individuals will be able to call the world’s oldest and most famous links home when Hamilton Grand—a collection of 26 luxury residences located just paces behind […]

Golf: Baker’s Dozens

Peter Whalen, the head pro at the new Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club in the Bahamas, predicts light traffic for the community’s Tom Fazio–designed course. “We’re projected to do around 1,800 rounds a year,” says Whalen, adding that this figure translates to about five rounds per day. “So we have no excuses for not […]

Golf: Car and Driver

Golfers and car enthusiasts share at least one passion: a love of long drives. Now, two of the highest-powered names in the golf and automotive worlds have joined forces to invent a material that produces benefits both on the golf course and the racecourse. Traveling back and forth between Carlsbad, Calif., and Bologna, Italy, representatives […]

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