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On The Road to The Adirondacks, Lake Placid, NY:

If you are a baby boomer like myself, when you hear Lake Placid there is a good chance the first thing that comes to mind is the Olympic hockey, “Miracle on Ice.”  The sleepy Adirondack village will forever be connected to the marvel of not one, but two Olympics and arguably home to one of the most stunning upsets in any sport. A chance for an Adirondack golf excursion brought us to Lake Placid to sample some fairways and greens, with a side trek to the ice rinks and ski slopes once traversed by Olympians.....

 

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A Local Taste at Beattie's Distillers, Alliston, ON:

Having errantly hit my fair share of golf balls into the local potato fields growing up near Alliston Ontario, the importance of that crop to the area is a lasting memory of my younger years. A chance encounter with a taste of vodka at a recent birthday celebration brought me back to my roots when I read the label and saw the splendid spirit was distilled a few minutes from where I grew up. ....

 

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On The Tee at Stone Ridge, Elliott Lake, ON:

Elliott Lake came to be a burgeoning Northern Ontario city back in the 1950’s with mineral discoveries and the influx of mining companies looking to reap the treasures of the Canadian Shield. Now a city rebranded as a retirement community with plenty of affordable homes, the city is also home to a wonderful golf experience....

 

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On The Tee at Shawneeki, Sharon, ON:

A couple of par fives from the Green Lane exit on the 404, is a golf experience filled with a fine mix of varied holes and beautiful rural landscapes. Shawneeki Golf Club calls Sharon its home, but could easily do the same for the sprawling town of Newmarket. The course has been a local favorite for decades and blends a creative design with historic charm and good value. Crossed by the creeks and surrounded by beautiful farms and forests, the short drive from the urban sprawl of GTA suburbia gets you back in touch with what brought the original settlers to the area....

 

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Stay & Play at Kilmarlic Golf Club, Powell's Point, NC:

 

The newest in the collection of golf courses along the Outer Banks Golf Trail is certainly the most complete facility for the traveling golfer. Kilmarlic Golf Club, located in Harbinger, North Carolina, offers a superb combination of stay and play. This creative Tom Steele design opened in 2002 and is proudly managed by former Canadian Tour player and Director of Golf, Bryan Sullivan. In a state already filled with an abundance of esteemed facilities, the course quickly became a highly regarded golf option in the region....

 

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On The Tee at Lora Bay, Thorbury, ON:

 

The southern Georgian Bay shoreline is dotted with beautiful tourist towns, ski hills and vast acres of apple orchards. Located a short drive west of the charming town of Thornbury lies one of Ontario's true must-play golf experiences. The Lora Bay Club, a premier public play and members-based club, is built along the Iroquois Ridge; a massive limestone cliff providing stunning views of the Bay.

 

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Shotmaking in the High Desert, Bend, OR:

 

The Pronghorn Resort is situated on the outskirts of the tony city of Bend in Central Oregon. With the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop this 36 hole luxury golf community is set in the high desert with both the golf courses and residential community set among lava formations and ancient stands of Juniper trees. On Pronghorn's secluded 650 acre compound you will be presented with two impeccably groomed designs by a pair of the games biggest names. The Jack Nicklaus Signature course (2004) is open for public play while the Tom Fazio Championship course (2008) is members only...

 

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On The Tee in Nashville , TN: (Part 1)

 

With the onset of the late fall cold weather closing down the golf business in Ontario, my longtime golf buddy and I turned our eyes south to look for warmer climes to get in a few more swings in an attempt to extend our golf season. Pointing our car south we headed to the intriguing city of Nashville for four rounds of golf and a nightly foray into the city's lively beverage scene.r...


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On The Tee at PGA Village, Port St. Lucie, FL:

 

A recent revist to the Atlantic Coast of Florida took us back to the sprawling PGA Village complex in Port St. Lucie. Home to everything golf including three championship courses and the PGA Museum complete with ample stay and play options. A short drive from the complex is Hop Life Brewery, the area's newest taproom experience. We had a chance to check it out and sample some of the fantastic brews created by a pair of local firefighters, turning their passion into a second career.....

 

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A Local Taste at Corsair Brewstillery, Nashville, TN:

There is no doubt that Nashville's reputation is based on the twangy notes of the country music industry. The Tennessee capital has been building on that identity, establishing itself as a cultural and economic hub of prominence within the south.  With the recent successes of its sports teams placing Nashville in the eyes of North America, The Music City has become more than a place to celebrate country music crooners. On a recent golf trip my eyes were opened to some of the other terrific Nashville must-see experiences...

 

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Shotmaking in the Appalachian Foothills, Pine Mountain, GA:

Mountain View is a shot makers paradise right from the driving range through to the 18th green. The course flows naturally along the contours of the Appalachian foothills that Callaway Gardens Resort calls home taking advantage of the wetlands, forests and the sloping landscape that graces the property. Characterized by narrow heavily tree lined fairways, tricky doglegs, green complexes guarded by deep face bunkers and putting surfaces that are devilishly slippery and bordering on miniscule.

 

The brain child of Dick Wilson, of Royal Montreal fame, and Joe Lee, Mountain View was born in 1963 and was crafted with the more skilled player in mind...

 

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