Travel Special Features

Tobacco Road Golf Club -- An acquired taste you’ll learn to love

By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... SANFORD, NC – It could be said that architect Mike Strantz’s golf courses are an “acquired taste.”... An “acquired taste” is something you may not like the first or second time you try it, but after a while, you become accustomed to it and... Read More

Puakea Golf Course -- A Place to Call Home on Kauai

By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Charles and Matthew Rendall... LIHUE, KAUAI, HI – “Playing the course so often enabled me to better understand how the wind came into play,” said Robin Nelson, course designer for Puakea Golf Course on the beautiful island of Kauai.... “As a result, I was able to... Read More

PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course -- Memorable Piece of the Golden Bear

By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Scot Rendall... LA QUINTA, CA – “As Jack often says, what ends up on the top of a piece of ground is a piece of him,” remarked Tom Pearson, Jack Nicklaus’ lead Design Associate at PGA West for the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.... Any piece of... Read More

Great Bear Golf Club -- Rock n' roll in the Poconos

By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... EAST STROUDSBURG, PA – Everyone knows some things get off to a rocky start, but this was ridiculous.... In pinpointing the one aspect of building Great Bear Golf Club (in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania) that sticks out the most in his mind,... Read More

Heron Point by Pete Dye -- It's not what you remember, it's better

By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by David Vier... HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – Have you ever been someplace and thought, ‘I’m sure I’ve been here before, but it looks nothing like what I remember’?... If so, you could experience a very similar feeling upon visiting Heron Point by Pete Dye, a relatively... Read More

Indian Wells Golf Resort's Celebrity Course -- What a 'Muni' Course Should Look Like

By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeff Janas... INDIAN WELLS, CA – “It’s akin to letting a climber believe he has scaled Everest, whereas in reality he has conquered the foothills of Tibet...!” exclaimed Clive Clark, in describing what it’s like to design a course that looks really tough but plays... Read More

Primm Valley Golf Club – Fazio Masterpiece Found on Nevada Border

By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall (Lakes Course only)... PRIMM, NV – If you’ve ever driven through the desert from the Los Angeles area to Las Vegas, you know it’s one of the most rugged, desolate places in the United States. Whereas many deserts in the southwest have... Read More

Colonial Williamsburg and the Golden Horseshoe -- Come Shatter Your Pre-Conceived Notions

By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall... WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Fifty years is a long time for a golf course, but just a drop in the bucket when talking about history.... 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course, the Robert Trent Jones designed... Read More