Golfing & Gambling in Las Vegas

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By: Andrew Penner

Golf and gambling go together like cake and ice cream. Beer and nachos. Steak and potatoes. Or, in Vegas, Kobe beef and a bottle of Bordeaux. Indeed, swinging with some swagger – and going for broke whenever possible – on Sin City courses is just par for the course. Read more »

Something is brewing in Mexico

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By Ted McIntyre

We’re sitting waterside on the sprawling deck of La Laguna restaurant at the Fairmont Mayakoba, about 40 minutes south of Cancun in Riviera Maya, Mexico, as the occasional thatch-roofed tour boat slowly slips past. Mayakoba, which also includes a Rosewood and Banyan Tree resort, is the Venice of Mexico, with a system of waterways slithering through the mangroves of this 1,400-acre, environmentally sensitive, five-star property, and there is no end of colourful waterfowl making their presence known as the sun prepares to drop and the air cools. Read more »

Texas Wilderness Retreat

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Centerpiece of the comfortably luxurious, conveniently secluded Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa outside fabled Austin, Wolfdancer Golf Club is forging a reputation as one of the game’s most scenic and challenging resort layouts

By Brad King

The Wolfdancer Golf Club roared onto the Austin, Texas golf scene almost a decade ago. Buoyed by an incredible setting and a thought-provoking, challenging layout — all under the respected Hyatt brand flag — Wolfdancer was immediately bestowed prominent national awards including GOLF Magazine’s “Top 10 New Courses You Can Play” while at the same time storming to the top of regional and state rankings. Read more »

Golf En Panama

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Resting between Costa Rica and Columbia lies a growing golf player, rooted in culture, and home to a golf industry that continues to grow.  Panama is home to 9 championship golf courses and scenic views that rival all other Caribbean golf giants.  The Web.com and Euro Tours have both hosted events here, but why?  What draws them to Panama?  It doesn’t have the reputation like Mexico, or the Dominican in the golf world.  It isn’t front of mind when planning your next big golf vacation.  But quietly, Panama is taking steps to become a force in the Central America’s and with the properties described here…there is no doubt they will be front of mind sometime down the road.   Read more »

Torrey Pines Golf Course

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By Robert Kaufman

Anyone who plays golf understands the first swing on the first tee can instill a certain level of angst. Naturally, world-class courses may amp up that sensation a notch or two. Then, as you prepare for your initial shot on a layout that has hosted, not only a PGA Tour event every year since 1968, but also one of the greatest duels in United States Open history, the anticipation can conjure a variety of unwanted images in the mind. Such is the case at Torrey Pines. Read more »

Rick’s Picks – January 2015

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By Rick VanSickle

I release a list of the top Niagara wines at the end of every year on my website winesinniagara.com. Unfortunately for consumers, because of limited choice at Ontario LCBO stores, most of the wines are hard to find.

I’ve picked some wines that made the list that are available at Vintages/stores. They are among the best wines released from Niagara in 2014. I’ve also provided some new releases from around the world. Read more »

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