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Golf in Flint Michigan

Published March 17, 2014 in Michigan , USA - 0 Comments

Flint, Michigan – A Steal of a Deal!

By Dave Finn

It has been well documented that the economy in parts of Michigan has been weakened by the downturn in the North American auto industry. And Flint, home of the Buick, is no exception. But, for us out-of-state golfers, it means that great golf can be had at a fraction of the price of what we would pay back home.

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Golf in Norfolk County ON

Published March 10, 2014 in Canada , Ontario - 1 Comment

Ontario’s Garden of Eden Norfolk County, Ontario

by Dave Finn

Norfolk County, ON – For years my best buddies and I would pile into a minivan and endure a two hour drive just to play the Pine Valley Golf Club located south of Simcoe on the northern shores of Lake Erie. For those who do not know, Pine Valley has always been one of the first golf courses in Ontario to open each spring. It was certainly worth the drive to be able to play an 18-hole golf course on green grass in late March while the rest of our fellow golf enthusiasts were either heading to the deep-south to get their fix or waiting patiently in shin high snow for their local golf courses to open.

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Florence Golf Club Ugolino Italy

Published February 12, 2014 in Europe , Italy - 0 Comments
Golf in Tuscany Italy

Florence Golf Club – Birthplace of Golf in Italy        by Dave Finn

Have you ever dreamed of playing golf among the ancient landscapes of Europe, so steeped with history that you can almost taste it?  Well I can! It’s September and the roads and hillsides of the Chianti region of Tuscany are lined with row upon row of grapes almost ready to harvest. Last night, we’re in Greve celebrating the season and sampling wine and olive oil. Today I played my first round in Italy at the oldest Golf Club in the country.  How cool is that? 

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Kelowna – Canada’s Golf Capital

Published February 5, 2014 in British Columbia , Canada - 0 Comments

Wine, weather & a world apart – Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada by Dave Finn

It has been thirty years since I last visited Kelowna British Columbia.  My recollection was of a small quaint town of some 60,000 residents, nestled along the shores of the Okanagan Lake, completely surrounded by lush apple, peach and cherries orchards offset by the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Rockies in the distance.  What I do not remember from those days was any mention of golf or a large number of wineries that could be toured. Times have certainly changed since the early 80’s. 

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5 Day Golf Marathon in South Carolina

Published January 22, 2014 in South Carolina , USA - 2 Comments
SC - 5 Day Golf Marathon

Secrets of South Carolina – 5 Day Golf Marathon by Dave Finn

Have you ever tried to fly to a destination, play eight different golf courses in five days while traveling the entire length of a State?  Recently, I had the great pleasure of accompanying seven other North American golf journalists on a five day golf marathon in South Carolina.  We were lucky enough to visit three very different regions, two of which were completely brand new experiences for me.

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Los Cabos Mexico – Ocean golf at its finest

Published January 15, 2014 in Mexico , Mexico/Carribean - 1 Comment
The Desert Course

Come to Land’s End and Experience Ocean Golf at Its Finest! by Dave Finn

Los Cabos lies at the tip of the Baja California Sur peninsula also affectionately referred to as Land’s End. It’s here where the desert merges with the sea and its here where legendary golf course architects including the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Tom Fazio were wise enough to allow the natural landscape to dictate their designs.  

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Get Cooking in Los Cabos

Published January 13, 2014 in Mexico , Mexico/Carribean - 0 Comments
Los Tamarindos Cooking School

Get Cooking in Los Cabos Mexico by Jane Finn

It’s just after eight on Saturday morning. The hotel is quiet at this time of day with only a few people on the beach catching some early rays. With cafe in hand I thought this would be a great spot to sit and quietly make notes but I no sooner got settled into my lounger when I spotted a whale spout and then another and another.

It was game on as they arched and breached and cavorted along the ocean’s surface before making a deep dive that signalled they were moving on to entertain another group of onlookers.   What an awesome way to start my morning! I figure it was nature’s way of reminding me that you’ve got to do more than just sip the coffee, you’ve also got to savour the moment, wherever you are.

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of spending time with one of the most gracious chefs I have ever met and a man with a vision. Eighteen years ago Enrique Silva decided to move from “the front of the house” to the kitchen when he opened “The Tequila” http://www.tequilarestaurant.com/home.htm in the historical district of San José del Cabo and despite the challenges, he’s never looked back.

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Golf Lana’i Hawaii

Published January 1, 2014 in Hawaii , USA - 0 Comments

Lana’i Hawaii – Experience the Challenge then Challenge the Experience

by Dave & Jane Finn

Lana’i HI – The title is a bit of a play on words but aptly applies to golf in this Polynesian paradise. Unless you’ve been to the State of Hawaii before you probably don’t know much about Lana’i. It’s the smallest inhabited island in this Pacific chain measuring just over 35 by 13 miles and sits about 9 miles west of Maui but feels like a world away.  Formally known as the “Pineapple Island”, it’s now the place where Hawaiians go to get away from it all.

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Hola Lorena Ochoa Gracias

Published December 22, 2013 in Mexico , Mexico/Carribean - 0 Comments

Hola Lorena Ochoa! by Dave Finn

Riviera Maya Mexico – How often do you get the chance to play golf with a former number #1 golfer in the world? No, not Rory, Lorena Ochoa – the #1 female golfer in world for 157 weeks in a row and Mexico’s national icon.

That was my great fortune when I was invited to participate in the Annual Aero México Golf Tournament at the El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Course in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. While it was only a single hole and a single shot, I understand how Lorena has managed to win the hearts of not only her fellow Mexicans but fans around the world.

Lorena did more than simply lend her ‘Celebrity’ name to the event. From the Opening Celebration Dinner to the charity auction held to raise funds for her foundation and throughout the entire event, Lorena was engaged and involved creating magic ‘Mexican moments’ not only for the tournament participants but for others who did not have the same opportunity that I had to meet her personally.  More on that later…

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Golf in the Low Country – Pawleys Island SC

Published December 9, 2013 in South Carolina , USA - 0 Comments

Laid back in Low Country – Pawleys Island South Carolina By Dave Finn

Pawleys Island SC – The Myrtle Beach/Grand Strand area is a 60 mile stretch of coast line that is home to almost 100 top-ranked courses so choosing a handful to play can be a tough decision.  On this trip we ventured to the very south end of the Grand Strand to explore the Pawleys Island region, best known for its’ “low country-style” layouts.

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