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Category Archives: Midwest

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Awarii Dunes: Where Ireland Meets the Heartland

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AXTELL, Neb. – Awarii Dunes is where Jim Engh meets Nebraska. Ireland meets the heartland. It’s where a Texan reaches the 17th fairway and says, “where the hell is the green?” Then it dawns on me. This is Jim Engh — the guy that loves Irish golf. That huge dune up ahead is hiding a… Continue Reading »

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Giants Ridge: Minnesota’s “Double Diamond”

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While high heat and humidity can make late summer downright unbearable in many parts of the country, it’s perfect golf weather at Northern Minnesota’s Giants Ridge. The Biwabik golf resort, nestled in the unspoiled beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range, features two of the top-ranked layouts in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” With plenty of… Continue Reading »

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Hot Springs Village – A Golfer’s Paradise

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When you are on a golfing vacation do you wonder what it would be like to live in the area you are visiting and play golf on the area’s courses? In 2012, while on my 50-week, 50-state driving golf tour of the U.S., I continually evaluated areas of the country as to livability and the… Continue Reading »

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Destination Kohler Releases 2018 ‘Dye-Abolical’ and ‘Golf Kohler’ Stay-and-Play Packages

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KOHLER, WI– Destination Kohler – Wisconsin’s golf leader and home to four acclaimed Pete Dye-designed courses across Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run – is now taking 2018 reservations for the popular “Dye-Abolical” and “Golf Kohler” stay-and-play packages. Destination Kohler is the Midwest’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort-hotel and recently selected by Conde Nast… Continue Reading »

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Welcome to Northern Michigan

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The breeze off Lake Michigan is steady, and from the elevated 10th tee at Arcadia Bluffs, with massive sand dunes and menacing tall fescue waving, you could close your eyes and think this is Scotland or Ireland. There’s a sliver of green fairway snaking down toward the lake. That’s your target. The adventurous strike a… Continue Reading »

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3 Top Golf Destinations for Fall 2017

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BRANSON, MO. Each year from mid-September to November, the Ozark Mountains surrounding Branson change from luscious shades of green to the rich fall colors of red, orange, and yellow. It’s the perfect season to catch a glimpse of the Ozarks from afar at a scenic overlook or get up-close-and-personal by taking a stroll on one… Continue Reading »

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Historic Belvedere GC in northern Michigan Undergoes Major Restoration Project

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CHARLEVOIX, MI – Long recognized as a must-play experience in northern Michigan, the historic Belvedere Golf Club has turned back the clock thanks to a find that has purists and golf aficionados alike waiting in anticipation for this spring. In the summer of 2016, the demolishment of an old building in Charlevoix led to the… Continue Reading »

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On the Road to Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE, WI. – Sure it was beer that made Milwaukee famous, and rockabilly singer Jerry Lee Lewis a loser, but it has a golf history and its future seems unlimited. Milwaukee area golf is a winner. The 2017 U.S. Open is scheduled at nearby Erin Hills, a brawny 7,800-yard minimalistic beast designed by Michael Hurdzan,… Continue Reading »

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Fall is the Time to Play Golf

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Real golfers know playing in the fall is where it’s at. Comfortable temperatures, little or no humidity, the colors of autumn, plus the likelihood of smaller crowds after the bustling tourist months is appealing to those wanting to get as many rounds in as possible before stowing the clubs for winter. This sampling of courses… Continue Reading »

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Right From The Start: Opening Holes

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It’s not how you start, it’s… Wait a minute. Perhaps it is how you start, especially when talking about golf courses. Like the first chapter of a book, the first hole introduces the layout and offers a glimpse of what is to be expected throughout the round. And believe us, there are some opening holes… Continue Reading »

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