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Near Silence

Peace comes easily here, just settles in and makes itself at home during one of the long, loping miles.

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American Links

British exports to the United States have a long and colorful heritage. Tony Dear—himself a British export to the U.S., asks whether links golf courses, with their fast running fairways, odd bounces and treacherous pot bunkers, have made a genuine transition across the Atlantic

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Scottish Links, American owned

The game evolved in Scotland before shipping to the United States. As Robin Barwick and Reade Tilley report, the relationship has now reached full circle

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New York City Game

It’s a jungle, not a fairway. A jagged, stone forest of hard grey and black. Everything’s paved, built up, built on, built out or on its way to being one of the above. There’s the odd vacant lot, but they’re not vacant for long, and the straggling patches of glass- and wire-strewn weeds are never replaced with putting greens. It’s not like there’s enough space to golf on any of them. And yet there are so many golfers here, moving and working among the 8.3 million people that inhabit the 302 square miles that is New York City.

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Happy Valley

The wedge of land across France’s midriff from the port of Nantes to the ancient city of Orléans some 200 miles to the east was the cradle of northwest European civilization in the Middle Ages. Today the Loire Valley is a cornucopia of cultural and sporting delights—from glorious historic châteaux and vast sweeping vineyards to […]

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Sicily Golf: Offers You Can’t Refuse

As Paul Trow discovers, this volcanic island off the south coast of Italy is now a serious tourist destination and is particularly keen to roll out the welcome mat to visiting golfers.

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Nebraska

Long known as a place for cowboys and railroad fans (this is where the Golden Spike united the East and West, after all) Nebraska is developing a fine reputation among golfers as well. Its fertile land and vast open spaces have inspired course designers, while its central location puts it within easy reach. If you […]

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Hogan’s Alley

Every morning, the same light that falls on the Pacific Ocean fills the lobby of the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. The clean, gold glow hits the statue of Ben Hogan overlooking the 18th green and washes over the Clubhouse. Uninformed critics of LA might point to the city’s obsession with trends, but longtime […]

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Gladiators’ Paradise

Set on a coastline that’s inspired generations of poets and painters; the product of an age that defined modern American elegance; built to push the best golfers of any period to their absolute limits. The iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links may be the most beautiful expression of the game anywhere. But don’t let the aesthetics fool […]

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Vin De Play

Wine and golf! Has there ever been a more delicious juxtaposition of delights? Paul Trow takes readers on a whistle-whetting tour of France’s standout courses, with considerably more than a passing nod to some degustation along the way. Despite dubious claims from jealous rivals, France is still the world’s leading tourist destination, welcoming more than […]

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Inland Game

Ice fishing, da Bears and lots and lots of wind come to mind when one thinks of the Great Lakes, but the same breezes that give Chicago its Windy City nickname also tickle many a fairway across the Upper Midwest. Both the P.G.A. and the U.S.G.A. chose Wisconsin to host several recent championships.

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