Who says a golf vacation cant be competitive

By Brandon TuckerFebruary 4, 2010, 7:20 pm
There are tournaments you can play in where no one will be bickering about 'grandfather clauses' and 'groove rules.'

For some golfers, a golf vacation with buddies isn't enough, you want to go up against a full field.

I've noticed in recent years a surge in golf events worth traveling for, from Las Vegas' high stakes events to the Playboy Golf Scramble, which hosts tournaments coast-to-coast, including this weekend in Miami.

The Golf Channel Am Tour is also a relatively new way to compete at top golf courses across America, with events all year in some great golf destinations like Scottsdale, San Antonio and Palm Springs.

If you're not much of a player but somehow produced sharp-shooting offspring, the family-friendly Pinehurst Resort is hosting a Parent-Child Tournament end of June.

If you want to compete abroad, many of the top golf clubs in the United Kingdom host 'Open' competitions where anyone with a valid handicap can enter. Start looking now, because the popular ones sell out fast.

If you belong to a club, the best way to compete is to get a group of 8-12 members and call around to clubs in the United Kingdom. Over there, they love hosting 'Ryder Cup' competitions versus North Americans clubs on their home links. Many clubs in Europe, even in Spain or Sweden will be especially chomping at the bit to host a match during the Ryder Cup year.

Every golfer I've met raves about the experience and say that the post-tournament reception is always worth the trip alone, just don't go Scott McCarron and accuse anyone from the home club of being a cheater.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.