Located just a few miles from the famed Sherwood Country Club in southern California, the Los Robles Greens Golf Course is one of the most popular municipal courses in the area. Many golfers, in fact, have said they will drive 90 minutes or more to play Los Robles Greens.
The town of Manor broke its water contract with ShadowGlen Golf Club during the summer drought of 2011, and the course baked. The city and ShadowGlen reached a settlement in the spring of 2012, so the course reopened March 15. And ShadowGlen is well on its way of regaining its place among the best public golf courses in the Austin area.
Located in the hills of San Clemente, set above the 'Spanish Village by the Sea,' Talega Golf Club is a picturesque course in a very pleasant setting. If you like great conditions, generous fairways and nice scenery, then Talega is a good choice. Its bentgrass greens roll true, no two holes are alike and the course features a terrific finishing stretch.
Golf and business meetings have gone together since the dawn of the game. Some golf facilities, however, are more conducive to doing business than others. Fortunately for Houstonians and those visiting the Bayou City, there are an abundance of such venues. Mike Bailey offers up 10, which are all open to the public.
The Golf Club at South Hampton had always been a popular track in the northeast Florida area, but now with new owners, better conditioning and a family atmosphere, play is picking up even more. From the time you check in to the starter, everyone seems to know your name. And with wide fairways and only forced carries for the low handicap players, the golf course is pretty friendly as well.
Playing golf in Houston, compared to the rest of the country, is cheap. In fact, when it comes to big markets, you won't find more affordable golf. And here's the kicker: It's a true 12-month season. The average high during the winter months is in the 60s. And while the summer months are little hot and humid, it's nothing you can't handle, especially considering the number of quality affordable courses, which is well more than 100 in the area.
The modern player has expectations and appetites that go beyond a tee-to-green experience. A stellar meal, a sound deal and the feel of personalized service are just as important to most golfers (especially vacationers) as the condition of a club's greens. To experience the full flavors of a Palm Springs-area golf day (or eve), here are four on-course dining establishments that are highly recommended pairings with your round.
It's a shock that Bermuda isn't an A-list golf destination in the winter. It's an affluent place, one that isn't plagued by the Third-World vibe of some Caribbean destinations. The 1-to-1 exchange on the U.S. dollar and the chance to clear customs on the island before the return flight are major reasons to choose Bermuda first.
Deer Creek Golf Club, located in the far southwestern fringes of Metro Denver, has a wealth of scenery and geography to keep one busy on an 18-hole journey that traverses protected wetlands, creek beds, rolling terrain, impressive conditioning and some tiered greens.
Grey Silo Golf Club in Waterloo, Ontario will host a new LPGA Tour event in 2012, but the course's greatest attribute is that it feels like a solid mid-level public or private club even though it's municipally owned. The course is run well, kept in good shape and is worth a visit, Peter Robinson writes.