Inside Upstate New York

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Local knowledge, easy access and exceptional value are luring Southern Ontarians to the New York Golf Trail

By Ted McIntyre

Rod Christian grew up in the Finger Lakes, and if you spend a day driving or hiking around the region, you get an idea of why the founder of the New York Golf Trail is still there. Named for a group of 11 long, skinny freshwater lakes stretching essentially north to south in the west-central section of Upstate New York, the enchanting region of rolling hills appears from above to have been vigorously scratched out by the hands of God as he carved those distinctive water elements. Read more »

Finding Golf Heaven in Ireland

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By TIM BAINES

It’s like a walk through time, a journey to a place steeped in history.
It’s not only a tremendous place to whack around a golf ball, it’s a destination that offers much more than golf. The Dublin East Golf Alliance, in particular, has plenty of aces up its sleeve – courses, hotels, restaurants and people creating postcard memories.

Ireland needs to go on any bucket list for golf experiences. You’ve got a course that’s hosted a Ryder Cup, another that’s been called the Augusta of Europe and another that’s a tremendous test of links golf, including a hole that’s 17 yards across at the 150-yard mark, its widest point. And there’s so much more. Read more »

Discovering Eastern Ontario Golf

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By: Scott MacLeod

There is no doubt that Ontario is the centrepiece of golf in Canada.  With more than 800 golf courses there is something to offer for just about every player.  What is largely unknown and under-appreciated, however, is that many of these golf courses can be found in South-Eastern Ontario. Read more »

Summer Sound Effects at North Carolina’s Outer Banks

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By Bill Kamenjar

With habitats ranging from sandy beaches to towering dunes, maritime forests to brackish marshes and inland hardwoods to open farmlands, North Carolina’s Outer Banks provides a natural haven for golf. Perhaps the only constants across the region are shifting winds, seagulls screeching out “huoh-huoh-huohs” through the salty air and the eternal roar of the Atlantic Ocean surf pounding against the barrier island’s resilient shoreline. Read more »

Beer & Golf – A Magic mix for Triple Bogey

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By TIM BAINES

Geoff Tait was sitting on his porch in Toronto’s Beaches area when the idea came to him – beer and golf … combine the two.

That was the launching point for Triple Bogey beer, which was soon being brewed. And as soon as golfers got a taste of the blond lager, sales began to skyrocket.

“I love drinking beer, I have beers on the golf course all the time,” said Tait, who was a co-founder of Quagmire Golf, a clothing company which knuckled under in 2012. “I saw the niche. We’ve been going with the pedal down and we can barely keep up. We’ve gone from golf courses ordering five cases a week to ordering 25.” Read more »

Rick’s Picks – June 2015

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By: Rick VanSickle

Rick’s Picks this month is an adventure into summer wines that will take the heat of those warm, hot days ahead.

From refreshing sparkling wines, including one that was named best Canadian bubbly, to lovely Rosés, I think you find something here to solve those summer cravings for a refreshing poolside glass of wine.

We’ve also got a couple of nice Riojas and a selection of B.C. wines that I tasted there on a recent trip.

All wines aside from the B.C. wines are available at the LCBO/Vintages stores in Ontario, while the B.C. wines are confined to stores in that province.  Read more »

Ocean City full of Fun, Sun & Golf!

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By TIM BAINES

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 »

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