United States – Pacific Northwest

Oregon’s Southern Coast Scores a New Par 3

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, known for its Scottish-like primeval grassy dunes, opens a new par-3 course, Bandon Preserve, on May 1. The 13-hole course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw—the same architects that designed Bandon Trails—is the resort’s fifth golf course and follows the 2010 opening of the 18-hole Old Macdonald, which won Robb […]

Best of the Best 2011: Golf Courses: Old Macdonald

More golf courses closed than opened in the United States last year, and the industry experienced a significant drop in rounds played. Yet at least one Amer­ican golf institution showed signs of life in 2010, thanks in part to a man who died more than 70 years ago. Charles Blair Macdonald, the country’s first homegrown […]

Big Sky’s the Limit

At Yellowstone Club—the roughly 13,600-acre private resort community in Big Sky, Mont., managed by the Discovery Land Company—the deer, elk, moose, and bears often outnumber the golfers and skiers with whom they share the grounds. “We always thought that the skiing at Deer Valley was great, because they limit the number of ticket sales to […]

Golf: Heartland Heroes

Golfers in search of a British Isles–like experience in America generally head to Oregon’s Bandon Dunes and other cool-climate coastal resorts. But some of the United States’ best British-style terrain can be found in the heartland, in the Sand Hills region of north-central Nebraska, where rolling hills, towering dunes, sandy turf, and long grass add […]

Four Seasons Seattle

Located on the first 10 floors of a 21-storey hotel and residential tower in the heart of downtown Seattle, the Four Seasons provides an intimate, peaceful oasis just minutes away from the city’s vibrant cultural community. The 147 guest rooms and 13 suites have floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of Elliott Bay, Puget Sound and […]

Sport: Happy Trails

In February, James Manley, owner of the Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana, spent a relaxing vacation at the 40-suite Amanyara beach resort in Turks and Caicos. The 56-year-old Connecticut businessman enjoyed his stay, but it was not an experience he cared to replicate back on the ranch. “No one talked to each other there,” […]

Sport: Raging Beauty

My rafting adventure last May on Idaho’s Bruneau River began well before our group reached the white water. Two hours into a drive across empty sage-strewn desert, our caravan of Suburbans transitioned from a gravel road to what appeared to be a cow trail. We halted abruptly in front of a hazardous crag, where our […]


It takes a lot of work to make a golf course look like the designer did not do much of anything to the land, and David McLay Kidd is a master of this craft. He has perfected the art with Tetherow (541.388.2582, http://www.tetherow.com), a new course in the golfing hot spot of Bend, Ore., which […]

Grand Openings: To the Nines

Portland, Ore., is a walker’s paradise, and the new Nines hotel serves as an ideal base for exploring the city by foot. Set near Pioneer Square in the center of town, the Nines—?a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel—opened last fall on the top nine floors of the century-old Meier & Frank department-store building. (A Macy’s department […]

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