Restoration Puts New Shine on Donald Ross Jewel


Mid Pines has been among the elite venues for the game of golf for nearly a century. The course was designed by the esteemed Scottish archi­tect Donald Ross and opened in November 1921, the centerpiece to an opulent private club that includ­ed a four-story inn.

“Most golfers want to strike a happy medium of tastes,” Ross said in juxtaposing Mid Pines to music. “Wagner and Bach may be over-difficult for them to appreci­ate, and modern jazz may be too shallow for them to respond to. But opera and Viennese waltzes … that’s better.” Read more »

The Insiders’ Guide to St Andrews


Two experts share stories and suggestions for first-timers at the home of golf 

By Ted McIntyre

The Open Championship returns to St Andrews July 13-19, marking the 144th edition of the grandest of golf events. While a global field will be looking to pry the Claret Jug from the clutches of defending champ Rory McIlroy, rest assured the Old Course will once again steal the thunder. Read more »

Inner Beauty


Visitors to South Carolina’s historic Olde English District enjoy not only a wide variety of the Palmetto State’s most popular recreational activity; they also experience a walk back in time along the pathway of America’s foundation.

Although the good people inhabiting or visiting the Olde English District drive on the “right” side of the road, that doesn’t make the golf being played there any less proper.

That’s because this is not the game played in the British Isles links land, but rather on the cushiony soil of northern central South Carolina. Read more »

Buried Treasure


By Rick VanSickle

There is a passage in one of my favourite wine novels, The Billionaire’s Vinegar, which goes like this: “An ullaged bottle. Alas, but unsurprisingly ‘over the top,’ oxidized: colour dark brown; nose like pure balsamic vinegar; despite the rich components — undrinkable.” The words quoted are from British wine critic Michael Broadbent after tasting a bottle of Chateau Lafite from Bordeaux that was over 200 years old. Read more »

Rick’s Picks – March 2015


By: Rick VanSickle

For something a little different, we look at three out-of-the-ordinary wines that are often overlooked at the wine shop. Both Madeira and Sherry wines are best consumed as after-dinner sips and can provide a nice night-cap if you are willing to try something a little outside your comfort zone.

Madeira is a fortified Portuguese wine made in the Madeira Islands and produced in a variety of styles ranging from dry, which can be consumed on their own or as an aperitif, to sweet wines more commonly enjoyed with dessert.

Sherry is also a fortified wine but is made from white grapes grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. It is produced in a wide range of styles made primarily from the Palomino grape, ranging from light, dry versions to darker styles and finally sweet styles. Read more »

Golf & Blues Mississippi Style – This is how it will all go down!


By: The Traveling Golfer

We know that for most of you in the more northern parts of North America you are still anxiously awaiting your escape from the long cold winter.  We also know that many have gone and returned and are already looking forward to another escape later in the year.  That is what we are talking about…and if you are planning to come to the 8th running of the Golf & Blues Mississippi Style guess what?  The Traveling Golfer will be there with you! Read more »

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