Golf the Aloha in Magical Maui Hawaii by Dave and Jane Finn
Maui, Hawaii – Picture this……It’s just before dawn and the sky above the Au ‘aa Channel that runs between Maui, Lana’i and Molokai is tinged with pink as the sun kisses the top of the West Maui Mountains. You’re savouring the last sip of a perfectly brewed Royal Kona coffee before heading out to play your first round at one of Ka’anapali’s two resort courses when out of the corner of your eye you spot a spout on the horizon just before a majestic humpback whale breaches and dives deep. Aloha… welcome to paradise.
Synergy in the Florida Key West Tropics by Bruce Bishop
Closer geographically to Cuba than Miami, Key West is perfectly off the beaten path
Vacationing at the tip of the United States on the island of Key West affords the most spectacular sunsets. They’re so strikingly beautiful that people sit on the beach nightly and applaud the celestial handiwork in the multihued western sky.
The city of Key West also attracts visitors who might describe themselves as more than a little individualistic, which is an apt description of the destination itself. On this island, you’ll find all manner of wanderers and mavericks, hungry for a party, a quick buck or new experiences.
Omni La Costa: All is Good in Carlsbad
Omni La Costa Champions & Legends Golf Courses By Tim Cotroneo
Golf’s most dramatic victories often occur when a champion makes a winning charge on the finishing holes. Like a Rory McElroy golf swing, Architects Damian Pascuzzo, Steve Pate, and Jeff Brauer’s Omni La Costa redesign has placed a premium on the follow through. This architectural trio’s vision is for golfers, of all levels, to be given the chance to make a move as they near the 18th hole.
Fore Reasons to Play & Stay in Myrtle Beach & Grand Strand, SC by Dave Finn
If you are a serious golfer, you have to tick Myrtle Beach off your list of “have to play before I die” destinations. A number of years ago I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of having lunch with Mr. Clay Brittain Jr. at his Sea Captain’s House Restaurant. Mr. Brittain is one of the “fathers of golf” for Myrtle Beach.
Birdies and Bogies in Bavaria – Saginaw MI by Dave Finn
“Am I in a holodeck on Star Trek’s Voyager?” – because suddenly I had been transported into the quaint Bavarian-style tourist town of Frankenmuth which could very well have been transplanted from the German Alps. Frankenmuth, “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” is billed as Michigan’s number one tourist destination hosting over 3 million visitors each year. It hosts several festivals throughout the year and is known the world over for their fabulous chicken dinners.
Imagine waking up and stepping outside your room to the mist gently rising from the immaculately manicured 10th or 18th fairway while the sun slowly peaks over the Blue Ridge Mountains. A sight to behold indeed!
I’ve been fortunate enough in my lifetime to not only play some of the most outstanding and recognizable golf courses in the world, but also many of the finest new courses. Recently I had the privilege of playing the 2008 Golf Digest #1 ranked “America’s Best New Public Course over $75”. What a treat indeed! Possibly my favorite mountain course ever!
By Laura Byrne Paquet
We came for dinner but got a side dish of golf.
It all started when our daughter spotted a half-abandoned mini-putt course on the knoll behind the Eat ‘n’ Meet Grill, an off-the-wall restaurant in Saranac Lake, New York.
In the time it took for our tasty jerk chicken and fish tacos to arrive, Stephanie had tracked down the free putters and balls, and was partway up the hill. It took some persuasion to get her to come down and eat. After a quick nosh, she scampered off again to finish her game under the gaze of a huge Elvis statue on the restaurant’s balcony.
Lewiston, Michigan – How’s this for an introduction? Play 72 holes of championship golf without ever having to move your car! Caught your interest yet?
Garland Lodge & Resort boasts four championship golf courses that all start from one pro shop. Just park, check in and never get back into the car until you are ready to head home. Imagine the convenience of having your golf, lodging, restaurants, bars and an outdoor patio all within stumbling distance of each other. My kind of place!
– by Dave Finn
West Virginia – Even though some of you may not be old enough to remember the #2 hit on the U.S. Billboard from 1971, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, this John Denver song kept resonating in my head throughout my last visit to West Virginia.
Country roads, take me home…To the place I belong…
West Virginia, mountain momma…Take me home, country roads
His song certainly reflects the attitude of the 1.85 million residents who call this state home. In fact, on March 7th of this year, the West Virginia Legislature approved a resolution to make it the official state song. I was truly amazed by the number of people that I met who had left to learn their trade elsewhere but have come back home with outstanding credentials. All of them seem to be well grounded, humble, with a passion and pride for their home state. True Mountaineer fans and I can see why. The natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the small town atmosphere and friendly people with a more laid-back lifestyle, make it very conducive to family life and visitors alike.
West Virginia is also an outdoor adventure oasis. There is world renowned white-water rafting, bungee jumping, zip lining, fishing, hunting and some of the best mountain golf you will find anywhere.
Are You Up for the Challenge? – by Dave Finn
Myrtle Beach S.C. – My knees were knocking, my palms were sweating and my toes were actually tingling as I approached the tee blocks. All I could think about was “don’t make a fool of yourself on the first drive of the day”.
Normally, I don’t get unnerved very easily but I can recall in vivid detail how I felt preparing to lead our fearsome foursome into battle last August. I was playing at the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, reportedly the largest amateur golf tournament on the planet, and I certainly did not want to embarrass myself.