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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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Mar 10, 2016 | 10:19 am

First Rounds in Rio

The first public rounds at the Olympic Course in Rio took place earlier this week. Geoff Shackelford reported that the one day test event, open to golf media and other golf figures, went well on a course that while young, looked great. The par-three 4th garnered the most attention on social media. This interview with Gil Hanse provides great insight into the project. After battling regulation, delays, and plenty of naysayers, Hanse and his team seem to have delivered a South American winner.

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Mar 09, 2016 | 11:59 am

Major Deal

Whether The Players Championship is the fifth major or not is still open for debate. What isn't debatable is that it's becoming as a big a VIP event as the Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship. Make that "VVIP" (VIP is so 2000s). The aptly named QuintEvents, which specializes in major-event travel to the Kentucky Derby, Super Bowl, College Football Playoffs, and other top sporting events, is offering "The Players Club" package for $9,500 that includes a Tuesday–Sunday ticket (May 10–15), six-night's accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn Ponte Vedra, and access to the clubhouse and private suits overlooking the 17th tee and 18th green. In addition to gourment food and open bar, "members" will also receive a $500 exclusive shopping experience at the TPC Sawgrass Pro Shop. Lesser packages without accommodations start at $799.

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