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April 27, 2009

Golf Resort Villages:

Golf Yes, Hassles No

In the past two decades, innovative developers have created the golf resort village, a self-contained, walkable complex that gives guests, especially non-golfers, a selection of on-site activities and reduces logistic and transportation hassles.

Two well-known examples are North Carolina's Pinehurst and Florida's World Golf Village, home to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Others include:

  • Boulders Resort & Golden Spa in Carefree, Arizona, outside of Scottsdale. It spans approximately 2,000 acres in the Sonoran Desert foothills. Two golf courses, a Golden Door Spa, five swimming pools and El Pedregal, a shopping, dining and cultural marketplace.
  • Lake Las Vegas in Nevada, 17 miles from the Strip, is one of the most extravagant in the golf-village genre.
  • Celebration, near Orlando, Florida, is a Disney-concept town with a golf course, hotels, movie theater, shops and restaurants.
  • Casa de Campo, in the Dominican Republic, has three golf courses, a hilltop Italian-style village and a marina village.
  • Sandestin in Destin, Florida, contains four golf courses, a marina and Baytowne Wharf pedestrian village.
  • WaterColor, near Panama City, Florida, is a coastal resort/residential community with a core village, hotel and Tom Fazio golf course.

April 8, 2009

Steve Williams Speaks Out

Partners Magazine caught up with Steve Williams near Sunriver, about 180 miles southeast of Portland, where he spent most of the summer in 2008.

You've been in a few scuffles with fans in which some have depicted you as a bully. Does that bother you?

Not a bit. ... Sometimes you should not take things into your own hands, but in the two or three incidents I've had a right to do what I've done. Maybe I should have gotten somebody else to do it, but that's not my nature. And like I said, come and spend a week dealing with what we have to deal with, week in and week out, and I think you'll get a different opinion.

We know Tiger can beat you in golf. He can, right? What can you beat Tiger at?

[Laughs] We like to do some running things. He can get me over the 100 [meters], 200 and 400. But I get him over the 1,500 and 1,800. Yeah, we are both competitive. ... Tiger is a gifted athlete. I was totally blown away when he had a go at motor racing in New Zealand in 2006.

Read the interview with Steve Williams.

April 6, 2009

Driver Quest IV:Buying a Brand New Big Dog

Goal: Buy a 2009 driver

Why? Callaway Hawkeye ain't cutting it anymore (buy for $9.95)

Plan: Before purchasing, test drivers from Adams, Callaway, Cleveland (reviewed), Cobra, Nike, Ping (reviewed), TaylorMade and Titleist (reviewed)


Cobra L5V ($400)

  • Very cool—an adjustable hosel that changes face angle by 1 degree. "You may be able to fix an early season fade by adjusting the clubhead," says Brian Johnson of Golfsmith in Richfield, MN. "Later, in mid-season form, you can adjust the clubhead back to neutral."
  • Tall titanium face and very large face area (46 cm.).
  • Weight-saving carbon composite in crown and sole.

Cobra S9-1 ($300)

  • All titanium, slightly smaller than L5V in order to increase CG. Also, narrower front-to-back dimensions and smaller face (43.7 cm.).
  • No adjustable hosel and weight is 6 grams lighter than L5V to increase clubhead speed.

Choice of Gary Legwold (Web Editor): S9-1 performs and feels better no matter what the hosel setting for the L5V. Increasing the size and MOI is nice, but it seems harder to return the clubhead to square with both clubs. The Ping Rapture V2 remains the frontrunner.

Video review of Cobra L5V.

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April 1, 2009

Family Members Shoot Aces ...On a Par 5...All at Once!!

About that headline: It's April 1st, so this is a reminder to roll with the tradition.

Question: Speaking of tradition, many families do an annual golf getaway. But, truth be told, not all are totally into this all-in-the-family golf. So, what should you do to make everyone happy?

Answer: Visit golf resorts and golf-oriented destinations that focus on entertaining the entire family.

Examples: Here are three:

  • Callaway Gardens Resort (see photo), in Pine Mountain, Georgia, is home to a butterfly conservatory and miles of bicycle trails through colorful gardens and forests.
  • Hershey Resorts, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a complex with 36 holes of golf, a nine-hole junior course and easy access to Hersheypark, with 60 rides and attractions and the ZooAmerica North America Wildlife Park.
  • Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon, has 63 holes of golf and activities such as canoeing, indoor rock climbing and pony and wagon rides.

Destinations with a slew of family-friendly activities and lengthy menus of championship golf include: