Travelin Joe Golf


by Joe Passov

Writer, Consultant, Speaker, Tour Host

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My love for the game of golf and travel has kept me on the go throughout the years. I enjoy seeing the beauty of the golf courses, resorts and all the different places in the world that I have visited.  I've been writing about golf since 1991 and hope you will enjoy reading about some of my experiences and keep coming back for more, as there is always more.  

Whether you call it the British Open or The Open Championship, by any name it is golf’s oldest major, dating to 1860. This week, it returns to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, for the first time since 1951. This will be only the second occasion in history that the Open has been contested outside of Scotland or England. One mere glimpse of the host venue will surely yield this question: How did it take so long to come back? 

Read More: 6 Must Play Courses in Northern Ireland

Gary Woodland wasn’t the only one celebrating at Pebble Beach on Sunday night of the U.S. Open. So were the fortunate few that had access to the five main hospitality suites that lined the 18th fairway, some 100 yards from the green. Not only did these privileged folks enjoy an elevated, unobstructed view of the action at one of the world’s most iconic golf holes, they also experienced a level of comfort usually reserved for the swankiest living rooms. 

Read More: The Other Pebble Beach Party

SPECTACULAR GOLF, CASINO GAMING, AND WATER WOWS IN COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO Just off the lobby of the Spa Tower at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel sits a small but remarkable tent-like room called the Storytelling Lodge. Peek inside and you’ll find a space that depicts a traditional tribal talk setting, complete with local flora and a stone-framed firepit stacked with sticks.

Read More: The Lake Effect

THE RETURN OF THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TO IRELAND MAKES AN EMERALD ISLE TRIP EXTRA-COMPELLING AFTER 68 YEARS, The Open Championship is finally returning to Ireland. Golf’s oldest major touches down in mid-July at Royal Portrush GC in Northern Ireland, the same venue that played host to the only other Open visit to the Emerald Isle, back in 1951. One glimpse of the fabled links will surely yield this question: Why did it take so long to come back? 

Read More: Portrush Redeux

The Big Three of Southern California golf courses — Riviera, Bel-Air and Los Angeles Country Club (North) — are among the most legendary layouts on earth, from the land they occupy to their superior designs to the important tournaments that are part of their fabric. So why isn’t the architect who designed all three, George C. Thomas, Jr., better known? The answer: It’s complicated.

Read More: Captain Fantastic: Architect George C. Thomas, Jr.

Great times and unforgettable moments have defined Lakeside GC since its inception. As the 95-year-old Toluca Lake landmark readies itself to host the 120th SCGA Amateur Championship (July 11–14), an anecdote from its opening day, November 14, 1924, perfectly illuminates the spirit of the club. As writer D. Scott Chisholm described it at the time, “The eighteenth green is located near to the menagerie where the wild animals used in Universal Pictures are housed or caged.

Read More: Hollywood Star, Lakeside Golf Club

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