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Tee & Sea – Royal Porthcawl Golf Club Wales

Published July 17, 2014 in Europe , Wales - 0 Comments
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club Wales

Porthcawl, Wales – On July 24th Wales will welcome their first ever major golf Championship when the 2014 Senior Open takes place at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. Wales has hosted many national and international events including the Walker Cup, four European Tour Welsh Classics and The Amateur Championship six times, but a Major has always eluded them, until now.

Porthcawl dates back to 1891 and comes with a fine pedigree. It is currently ranked #1 in Wales and #86 in the world according to the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World. From the clubhouse, you can see the beachfront views to the south and across the Swansea Bay to the rugged coastline of the Gower Peninsula to the northwest.

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Off Kilter Bike Ride in New Brunswick

Published July 11, 2014 in New Brunswick - 0 Comments
Off Kilter Bike

St. Andrews-by-the Sea, NB – I am not an extreme sports person. Heck, I’m barely a sports person. So off-road biking has never been high on my list of must-do activities, especially since I have a history of toppling off bikes that dates back to the 1970s.

But then I heard about Off Kilter Bike. Riders with this company, based in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, wear cute little kilts as they explore roads and trails around the pretty Maritime village. Kilts! How hard could it be?

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Golf in Kamloops BC

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

Rocky Mountain High! Kamloops, BC

by Dave Finn: Kamloops is about a four hour drive from Banff, Vancouver or Seattle and is actually the northern-most part of the Sonoran Desert that is tucked in between two mountain ranges – the Coast Mountains and the Monashee Mountains.  Their semi-arid desert climate is perfect for golfers plus the topography changes dramatically offering a tremendous diversity of golfing experiences.

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Putt Then Pint – Les Brasseurs de Montebello Quebec

Published June 20, 2014 in Canada , Quebec - 0 Comments
Chateau de Montebello Golf Club

In Montebello, Quebec, there’s good news for thirsty golfers. Two local couples—Alain Larivière and Patricia Pesant, and Luc and Linda Proulx—have opened a new brewpub called Les Brasseurs de Montebello. You can choose from 19 Quebec craft beers on tap, including two brewed by the pub: a hoppy blonde ale called Le Fantôme d’Ézilda and a refreshing honey blonde called La Reine du Mont Vinoy that is just the ticket on a hot summer day. Continue reading

Ambassador Golf Club Windsor ON

Published June 12, 2014 in Canada , Ontario - 0 Comments

The Ontario Bridge to Michigan Now Shines Brighter

Windsor, Ontario – Niagara Falls now has a serious contender in Windsor for anyone who wants to golf and gamble. Our brief layover began at the Caesar’s Windsor.  After leaving our car with the free valet parking, we checked in to an awesome room with 2 queen size beds, wall-to-wall full height windows, and an incredible view overlooking both the Detroit River and the Detroit cosmopolitan skyline. The next morning brought a short 8 minute drive to the course. The Ambassador Club opened in 2005 and was immediately nominated the “Best New Golf Course in Canada” by Golf Digest and OG Magazine.

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Great Golf Getaway at Garland Michigan

Published June 5, 2014 in Michigan , USA - 0 Comments

Golf at Garland Lodge & Resort Michigan

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!

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Take Me Home – Golf West Virginia

Published May 20, 2014 in USA , West Virginia - 0 Comments
Oglebay - Jones Course

Take Me Home West Virginia

– 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.

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“Asolo Mio” Golf Veneto Italy

Published May 8, 2014 in Europe , Italy - 0 Comments
Golf Venice Italy

Asolo Mio” Asolo Golf Club – Italy by Dave Finn

Not exactly the words penned by the famed Italian poet Giovanni Capurro in 1898 for the classic song “O Sole Mio” but the lyrics definitely inspired me as we left behind the hustle and bustle of the Venice train station.

What a beautiful thing is a sunny day … But another sun, that’s brighter still…It’s my own sun that’s upon your face!

My ever smiling face reflected how truly blessed I was to be able to freely enjoy Italian history, heritage, food and wine in my quest to write these articles for you, but I had another reason to smile that I am sure you will appreciate. You can’t go to Italy and not check out the cathedrals, museums, famous fountains and statues. Everything we saw was fabulous, don’t get me wrong but I was feeling the need for wide open spaces, preferably with a club in my hand, and I knew I was less than a couple of hours away from hitting the links!

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Four on the Shore – Golf in Yarmouth Nova Scotia

Published May 1, 2014 in Canada , Nova Scotia - 0 Comments
Cape Forchu Lightstation

Four on the Shore … Plus More! Yarmouth, NS Canada by Dave Finn

Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores are located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, stretching north along the world famous Bay of Fundy in Clare County to East Pubnico and the Atlantic Ocean in the south. For centuries the sea has been the mainstay of this economy and continues to influence all aspects of life here including the golf. Blessed with the longest golf season on the Atlantic Coast this region, believe it or not, has one of the best climates in Canada due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. The area is also rich in heritage, culture and community spirit that begs to be explored after a round or two.

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Secrets of Siena Italy

Published April 24, 2014 in Europe , Italy - 1 Comment
Enoteca Italiana Siena Italy

The Secrets of Siena Italy

by Jane Finn

Siena Italy – If you are a history buff or a horse-racing fan then more than likely you know that Siena continues to operate as a true medieval city. Ruled by its 17 contrades, every year the city hosts the world renowned Il Palio, a serious, no-holds barred, bareback race around the stunning Piazza del Campo, where the winning team earns nothing more than the all important victory flag and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

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