Ocean City full of Fun, Sun & Golf!

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It’s amazing, really, how a burgeoning world-class golf destination, population 12,000 or so, balloons into the second largest city in its state (Maryland) in the summer.

Only behind Baltimore in numbers (with a population of 300,000) through June, July and August, Ocean City is a gem, a city with a 10-mile long sandy beach and three-mile long boardwalk – a happening place all summer, when families take over this electric golf destination. Read more »

The Insiders’ Guide to St Andrews – Part II

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From the Old Course to a 125-year-old nine-holer, two experts share their favourite hidden gems in and around the home of golf.


By Ted McIntyre

Welcome to St Andrews, where the Scots are so tight they won’t even shell out for a period after “St” or apostrophe for “Andrews.”

I’m of Scottish heritage, so I can get away with that. And truth be told, it’s a historical thing, “because the name of the town predates the use of the apostrophe, which dates from the 16th century,” observes the University of St Andrews.

You know a place is old when it predates punctuation. In fact, there has been a settlement on this site since at least the sixth century AD. The University itself was founded 602 years ago, while the Cathedral of St Andrews was constructed in 1160. Read more »

Northern Italian Adventure continues…

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By: Claudio DeMarchi – The Traveling Golfer

Le Robine in Milan was a great place to begin our trip in the northern part of Italy (if you misssed that article click on the link to the right under “Related Articles”) and only 10 minutes from the airport.  There were eight of us on this excursion, all tour operators and members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.  The Nickluas designed course provided great anticipation for what was yet to come.  Our tour guide for this adventure, Alessandro Cremon an Italian tour operator himself who’s company, 18 Holes Five Stars, specializes in inbound tours through Italy. Read more »

Come for the Golf, Stay for the Southwest Florida Lifestyle

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Thirty years ago a group of entrepreneurs set out to create a one-of-a-kind community in Southwest Florida. The standards were set high with oversized lots, world-class facilities and a golf program steeped in Scottish tradition. The idea of a community of this magnitude raised many an eyebrow back in the 80’s as the dedicated parcel was amidst a largely undeveloped area of Fort Myers. But under the premise of “if you build it, they will come”, this once-in-a-lifetime community became the place to live and play golf in Southwest Florida. And now today, several decades later, Fiddlesticks Country Club continues to be a thriving country club community of choice. The homes are spacious, the facilities are beautiful and every major golf tournament still opens with a traditional bagpiper send-off. Read more »

From Rhone to Niagara, It Runs in the Family

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By Rick VanSickle

It was an evening born of respect for deep family ties firmly rooted in the soils of two distinct terroirs — the Rhone Valley and the Twenty Mile Bench in Niagara.

It was a bold move for Vineland Estates to invite E. Guigal winemaker Philippe Guigal to Niagara to pour his wines beside Vineland Estate winemaker Brian Schmidt’s wines, but not surprising. Read more »

Rick’s Picks – May 2015


By Rick VanSickle

The wines of E. Guigal from the Rhone Valley in France are famous around the world. They are without question some of the most sought after wines made today with the estate enjoying a rich and colourful history of winemaking and family tradition.

I was able to try a range of Guigal wines in an unlikely place — in Niagara at Vineland Estate Wines — for a special evening recently that brought the Guigal family together with the Schmidt family.

What a fine display of wines it was as Guigal winemaker Philippe Guigal and Vineland winemaker Brian Schmidt poured their wines side by side.
Here are some of the highlights to lead off Rick’s Picks. Read more »

New York State of Mind

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Just south of the border awaits a golf trail teeming in affordable first-rate designs from master architects

By Ted McIntyre

So here’s the question: When you live in Ontario, why would you want to cross the border to play golf in the summer? It’s not as though we don’t have great golf courses here, right? In fact, many of the scenic tracks of cottage country are just a two-hour drive for Torontonians—OK, three hours on weekends.

But what if you had a bevy of memorable layouts at your disposal for, say, half the price, at the same distance? What if you could take a 90-minute drive to Seneca, N.Y., and play the 4.5-star Robert Trent Jones II design of Hickory Stick for less than $50 US, or a host of other equally impressive layouts along the New York Golf Trail for similarly modest fees—carts included? Read more »

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