Golfers Love New York – Blazing a New Trail


By: Drew McAnulty

All golf groups have at least one – the organizer.

He, or she, is that one person who takes on the often-thankless job of pulling together the getaway, whether it be for few days of respite or a full-blown week of all-out golf and bonding.

In Rod Christian’s particular circle, he was the man. Christian was responsible for setting up golf trips in Upstate New York for his old college buddies – finding just the right courses, accommodations and booking all the tee times. Read more »

Bandon Dunes: Golf Perfection


By: Andrew Penner

Pressed along the wind-blasted Oregon Coast and boasting four stunning 18-hole courses, the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is – for good reason – one of the world’s premier golf destinations. I have visited Bandon three times now and each time I’ve left awed and amazed. But my last journey there was special in ways I didn’t think possible. It was a father/son pilgrimage that will be etched in my mind for years. Read more »

A Great Golf Tradition…and so much more!


Over a hundred years ago, a tradition of generous hospitality was started at the summer estate of Earl W. Oglebay in Wheeling, West Virginia. Today, Oglebay Resort and Conference Center offers 1,700 acres of year-round recreational opportunities and excellent overnight accommodations. Read more »

Birdies, Bogies & Baths in Bavaria


Hartl Resort boasts the largest golf and thermal spa facility in Europe

By Anita Draycott

Think about a holiday in Germany and you’ll probably conjure up visions of fairy-tale castles, beer gardens and cuckoo clocks. But golf? Although the sport is relatively young to the Germans, they have definitely got it right, especially at the Hartl Resort in sunny Bavaria. At this largest golf, thermal health and beauty and spa resort in Europe, you’ll find the ideal hedonistic/holistic getaway combining relaxing golf on a superb variety of courses, splendid scenery and world-renowned spa treatments. Read more »

Down by the Bay


New Brunswick Classic Celebrates 125th Birthday

By: Ian Cruickshank

St. Andrew by-the-Sea N.B. – We are driving hard through the rain, following Route 1 above the Bay of Fundy from St. John to the resort town of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. The rain is biblical in its proportions, flooding the windshield wipers and we breathe a sigh of relief when we reach the parking lot at Ozzie’s. Read more »

Life After the Belly Putter


By Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk

Like many players who have struggled with their putting I switched to the belly putter 3 years ago.  It helped me to create a solid triangle with my arms and lock my wrists to hit straighter putts that rolled not bounced.  PGA Tour major winners such as 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott, 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson and 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley have all found great success with anchored putters. Read more »

It’s an Instagram world, folks…


By Rick VanSickle

I’ve been thinking a lot about social media lately, the endless hours we spend frittering away on Facebook, Pinterest, Rebel, personal blogs and reading that wasteland of commentary you can find at the bottom of any online story where trolls spread their venom with anonymous posts.

It is Instagram that I find the most interesting and time-wasting. It’s an endless sea of photos with very little context and plenty of self-worth that can be the biggest time waster in an ocean of time wasting. Read more »

Rick’s Picks – April 2014

By Rick VanSickle

The appropriately named Wildass wines from the top-notch Stratus winery in Niagara dare to be different. And they excel in that brilliantly.

The new releases at Vintages stores across Ontario now, including the Wildass White 2009 and Wildass Red 2011, are quirky blends that definitely stand out in a crowd.

It’s all about the grape components at Stratus and both the new wines take a wild approach to the finished wine. The red blends Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo and Sangiovese into a kick-ass concoction that gets your full attention. The White is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Gewurztraminer and Riesling that sees 100% of the fruit aged in French oak for 593 days.

The Stratus Wildass wines lead off our Rick’s Picks for April. Read more »

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