SCOTT ARMSTRONG

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 […]

Golf: Easy Does It

In person, on the course that he designed at the new Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita, Ernie Els does not look as imposing as he does on TV. But his swing—the one that, together with his 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame, earned him the nickname the Big Easy—is as smooth and seemingly effortless as ever. […]

Grand Openings: X Game

In many African countries, Land Rovers filled with tourists are more common sights than lions and giraffes. But in Botswana, permits place strict limits on the number of visitors who are allowed in a concession at any given time. Xaranna and Xudum, the newest Botswana camps from safari-lodge company &Beyond, create the illusion that you […]

Sport: Four for Four

Like a baseball fan walking into Wrigley Field for the first time, I felt chills go up my spine when I took my first trip aboard the tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort—and not from the cold. The 40-year-old tram at Jackson Hole, home to the nation’s longest continuous vertical drop, was more than a […]