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BANDON DUNES

Mar 16, 2016 | 12:27 pm

Everyone's a Winner

What could be better than a trip to Bandon Dunes? A trip there to play in a golf tournament. The bucket-list resort on Oregon's southeast coast has opened up the sign-up page for its 2016 tournament schedule. The championship slate includes four events all costing $1,575 per person double occupancy: the Bandon Dunes Cup (May 15–18), a 72-hole team event with three different formats on all four courses; the Electic, held on Dunes, Trails, and Old Mac (May 29–June 1), a new event where 60 two-person teams try to better their hole-by-hole score each day; the Links Championship (June 26–29), a flighted, 72-hole better-ball event on all four courses; and the Family Fall Match Play, were 48, two-relative teams compete in a round-robin match play format. For marathoners, there's also the Solstice (June 21), where players attempt to play—and walk!—all four courses in one day, but the field is already full. Owner Mike Keiser has been known to stand on the 72nd hole and hand out $100 bills to anone who completes the quest. Come to think of it, getting paid to play Bandon tops it all.

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Mar 15, 2016 | 09:15 am

Close Match

As Donald Trump and John Kasich go compete in five state primaries today (notably in Kasich’s home state of Ohio) with the Republican Presidential nomination on the line, golf has entered the conversation. Kasich recently said the only TV he watches while on the campaign trail is Golf Channel, and Trump—a cable news junkie—yesterday took him to task for that on Twitter. Trump currently has a huge delegate lead over Kasich, but a match on the golf course would likely be much closer, with The Donald claiming a handicap in the neighborhood of 5 (which some insiders say is closer to 10) and Kasich (who will not divulge his handicap) rumored to sport around an 8. 
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Mar 14, 2016 | 06:54 am

A Taste Of Tucson

The Catalina Course at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort in Arizona has been a frequent tour stop since it opened 55 years ago. The Tucson Open was played there 30 times and won by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, and Phil Mickelson. The young guns don’t visit Tucson anymore, but the seniors do. In fact, the Champions Tour’s Tucson Conquistadores Classic returns for its second year this coming Friday through Sunday, and with such a rich menu of tournament history, the resort’s Executive Chef, Jonathan Stutzman, decided to cook up some new names for popular dishes. This week, twin slider hot dogs with chili are the “Chili Dip,” the shaved pork sandwich is the “Fried Egg” (because there’s one “buried” in the middle of its Texas Toast, as you can see above), and braised pork served with golden tomato and habanero sauce is labeled “The Shanks.” But we'll bet one of the most popular items will be “The King’s Martini,” which honors Arnie and is made from Deep Eddy Sweet Tea vodka, Pellegrino lemon sparkling water, and fresh squeezed lemon, served in a martini glass with a lemon twist.

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Mar 11, 2016 | 06:49 am

The Ultimate “Players” Experience

If you want the best seats at The Players Championship this year, you may have to be something of a “player” yourself. The “fifth major,” to be held on the famous Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass May 12–15, is offering a new hospitality package that includes almost as many goodies as the pros get. Called “The Players Club,” it opens the doors to exclusive viewing spots overlooking the tee of the island-green 17th hole (shown above) and the 18th green, plus daily access to the clubhouse, which has become very limited. There will be food prepared by top chefs, cocktails mixed by award-winning bartenders, and each package comes with a $500 gift card that can be used on a special selection of tournament-related gear—including authentic memorabilia and custom fittings of luxury brands available only in the clubhouse golf shop—plus concierge services, valet parking, and more. The Players Club costs $5,000 per person for tournament week (Tuesday—Sunday), but daily tickets can be transferred among different individuals. For more details, check out the tournament’s website.

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