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You might think golf tour operators would’ve gone the way of buggy-whip manufacturers, what with the Internet and the rise of do-it-yourself booking. In fact, the best tour operators are thriving. They’ve met the online era with heightened service, creative product ideas and smart marketing partnerships. All our Editors’ Choice tour operators are great at
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You can find wonderful golf academy experiences in a variety of locations—from gorgeous top-end resorts where you’d expect first-class facilities to private clubs tucked away off the familiar path. Our list offers a mix in geography and type of experience, but all of the schools have top-of-the-line instruction at a variety of price points—from the
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When it comes to food that is portable, storable, easy to digest and somewhat satiating, it’s tough to match the ability of a meal-replacement bar to answer the needs of a hungry golfer. Sure, whole foods are always better in terms of nutrition. And things such as nuts and fruit are never bad options when
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It’s easy in golf’s technology craze to be transfixed at the complex sophistication of space-age, composite-crowned adjustable drivers or multiple-piece, ultra-thin-face irons or even the artificial intelligence and machine learning that inform our in-round statistics, yardage calculations and equipment-fitting sessions. Heck, guys at NASA and Boeing are jealous of golf’s launch monitors. But sometimes the
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Cigars are linked to golf the same way chewing tobacco and sunflower seeds are with baseball. It’s not a necessary component, but certainly one that can enhance the playing—or viewing—experience. But what kind of cigar complements a day on the course? Just like deciding between chipping or putting from just off the green, the choice
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First things first: Anything that protects your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is better than going commando. That being said, not all sunscreens are created equal. It’s important to understand that sunscreens fall into two main categories: those that contain mineral-based active ingredients that physically block the sun’s rays, and those that contain
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Before committing to a rewards program—you should pick one company and stick with it, to stockpile the points—consider the benefits each program provides. Whether it’s a company’s credit-card points or elite-status points, weigh the pros and cons of each program before picking one. One point of emphasis that shouldn’t be forgotten: Often, the airline whose
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Southwest Greens, with branches throughout the world, remains our choice for synthetic putting surfaces. We know its quality firsthand, because Golf Digest has a 450-square-foot putting green by the company in our office on the 27th floor of One World Trade Center in New York, a devilish nylon surface of subtle contours designed by Jack
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You’re probably familiar with NetJets and Wheels Up, if only because tour players will shout out these private-aviation companies quite often. These leaders in private-jet flights sponsor a number of tour pros—who get a number of flights as part of their deals—and they also work with players who can afford the cost to fly private
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When you think of foods you want to eat during a round of golf, a great thing to remember is how wood burns in a fireplace. (Stay with us for a moment.) Things such as pretzels, chips, cookies, crackers, etc., are like kindling. They burn super fast and leave you hungry, fatigued and distracted—feelings you
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No matter the budget, you can tee it up with the best options the simulator realm has to offer. On the luxury end of the spectrum resides GOLFZON’s Vision. Rather than a standard mat, a user can replicate various course conditions like fairway, rough or sand positions on a moving swing plate. This plate gives
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Getting to the golf course in style might evoke images of stretch limos or chartered helicopters, but how about a cruise ship? It’s a pretty cool idea, one that you might not have considered. Several cruise-ship companies, big and small, cater to golfers—with on-board offerings (you can hit balls on a ship!) or in-port excursions
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Walking the range at a PGA Tour event, it’s apparent that although there might be a few tour players who still don’t own launch monitors, there aren’t any who haven’t been on one and don’t know what the numbers mean. And that’s increasingly true not only for tour players but college players and top junior
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Many private country clubs are finding themselves in a conundrum: They need members, but the number of people joining clubs isn’t growing. Therefore, membership is now a market-share game, and clubs need to develop marketing plans to attract members from other clubs as well as those looking to join a club for the first time.
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It has never been easier to see your swing—and to do it, you don’t even have to go see an instructor with an elaborate teaching studio. The technology that was once the province of only professional-grade cameras has trickled down to the consumer market, making it easy and inexpensive to take high-quality video. The best
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