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Jul 25, 2013 | 06:49 AM

La Dolce Vida

Seeking Mediterranean-style glamour at one of the most beautiful places in Italy? The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has opened the Costa Smeralda Villa Collection at Hotel Pitrizza and Hotel Romazzino on Sardinia’s Emerald Coast. This upper-crust hideaway was built from scratch by jet-setting billionaire Prince Karim Aga Khan IV in the 1960s. The resort's new villas were artfully blended into the rocky shore above secluded bays and hidden beaches. Among other inspirations, the Aga Khan hired Robert Trent Jones Sr. to build a golf course for his budding destination. Opened in 1972, Pevero Golf Club straddles a promontory separating a pair of glittering bays. So unyielding was the rockbound site that Jones was forced to shelve his usual trademarks and follow the natural rise and fall of the terrain in his routing. The result: a hilly, rugged layout with jaw-dropping views of the sea. Villa prices are available on request, but as a guideline, the lowest-priced standard room at the Hotel Romazzino this summer is 1,825 euros per night (that's about $2,400).

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Jul 24, 2013 | 10:37 AM

The Next Ultimate Driving Machine

Despite the fact that most Open Championship courses disdain buggies, Muirfield was the setting last week for the first look at a Mercedes-Benz golf cart. It’s all-electric and features LED headlights, joystick control, heads-up display, solar roof panel, heating and cooling, refrigerator, cup holders that both warm and chill beverages, something called a “Fore button,” and all sorts of other out-of-the-box ideas, plus, of course, storage space for golf bags. The features were suggested, Mercedes swears, by real golfers around the world. And like other “concept car” designs, there’s little likelihood such a vehicle will ever actually be built. Which may be why only sketches were shown and no price was given.  

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Jul 23, 2013 | 06:17 AM

Soldiering On

While we’re in the heart of the season of majors, there are other majors—as well as lieutenants, privates, sergeants, captains, and corporals—golfers should be thinking about, America’s soldiers and veterans. One way to help them is by playing in the third annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing,” to be held around the county on Monday, August 12, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The outing is hosted by course owner-operator Billy Casper Golf on 110 of their facilities in 28 states and is open to golfers of all abilities, no handicap required. Entry fees vary and along with golf, cart, range balls, lunch, awards, contests, and prizes include a donation to WWP, a non-partisan organization that honors and empowers injured servicemen and women, some of whom will play in the event. Last year more than 7,800 golfers participated. This year, participants will be encouraged to post photos and updates during the day. For more information, locations of participating courses, and registration, go to worldslargestgolfouting.com.

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Jul 22, 2013 | 08:24 AM

The Road To Redemption

If there has been a common theme to the first three majors of the season, it is one word: redemption. Adam Scott put last year’s British Open collapse behind him with a steely win at Augusta; Justin Rose, the teen prodigy who all but vanished in his 20s (once missing 21 cuts in a row), capped his return to the top with a victory at Merion; and now Phil Mickelson has followed an excruciating loss at Merion with an emphatic win at Muirfield. So the question begs, who will surface at Oak Hill? Can Rory conquer his demons and silence his critics? Can Tiger end his Sunday slumps and get number 15? Or can Lee Westwood do as Phil did, follow his most painful loss with the triumph of his life? We’ll know in a couple of weeks.

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