Few experiences rival the euphoria of unwrapping a shiny new golf club. (It's way better than a shiny new pair of socks.) We want to make sure your next new club is the absolute right one for you. So we commissioned 40 ClubTesters to poke and prod the latest sticks under all playing conditions--on the golf course, at the driving range, in good weather and bad (including wind and rain)--at the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla.
A golf weekend with your buddies usually entails rounds at multiple courses and multiple bars, a golf-fest interrupted only by breakfast and beer. A weekend with your spouse is a much more delicate balance: a decent course for you to enjoy, plenty of luxurious diversions for her, and dining options that rise above the Buffalo wings at Hooters. That's where the Four Seasons Aviara comes in. Here's what you'll find at this Golf Magazine Gold Medal Resort near San Diego.
To paraphrase BenHogan's line aboutfinding the secret tobetter golf, the bestway to understand aclub's DNA is to digit out of the dirt. Sure, it's nice toknow who plays a certain club onTour, but the fact is those guyscould play with anything. The sizeof a company's marketing budgetdoesn't make a difference, either.Or what a brainiac R&D guy saysthe club should do. What mattersis how it performs when you areholding it in your hands.
Golf Trails are supposed to make planning your buddy trip easier: one decision reaps many rounds. But the U.S. now has almost as many trails as it does past presidents: nearly 40 collections of courses that run the gamut from master-planned marriages to ragtag unions. But even Mt. Rushmore only celebrates four of our 43 presidents, so here are our picks as the four best multi-stop shops for your next golf trip.
SI.com: Tampa Bayupdated: Mon Feb 19 2007 17:01:00
SOMETIMES being third has its perks. Tampa may lack Miami's party-town buzz or Orlando's status for family pilgrimages, but nor does it suffer from the overpriced courses and overcrowded fairways that come with popularity. Florida's third largestcity is the state's best destination for affordable, quality golf. This is best you can get in town for a handful of bills.
We've all emptied our wallets to tee it up at a trophy course only to spend the day hacking up the place like an Irish turf cutter. And there's nothing like a daylong pass on the bogey train to focus your mind on the expensive greens fee. Sea Island Resort in Georgia, long one of the Southeast's premier golf destinations, offers a perfect compromise: eye-opening instruction from the game's top teachers, and three quality courses to gradually test your new swing.