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Ocean Club • Paradise Island, Bahamas

Silverado Resort and Spa • Napa, California

The Phoenician • Scottsdale, Arizona

Palmilla Golf Club • Los Cabos, Mexico

Ocean Edge Resort & Club • Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Kapalua • Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

Lake of Isles • North Stonington, Connecticut

Indian Wells Golf Resort • Indian Wells, California

Pronghorn • Bend, Oregon

Princeville Makai Golf Club • Princeville, Hawaii

Golf Club of Estrella • Goodyear, Arizona

La Cantera Hill Country Resort • San Antonio, Texas

Red Ledges Golf Club • Heber City, Utah

Troon North Golf Club • Scottsdale, Arizona

Ocotillo Golf Resort • Chandler, Arizona

The Ridge • Castle Pines, Colorado

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Troon Golf & Travel delivers compelling content covering the unique and expansive lifestyle around the game of golf. Issues will preview enticing travel destinations from around the globe, spotlight exciting Troon-managed facilities, share interviews with the game’s most interesting personalities, preview Major golf tournaments, provide a glimpse into the changing business of golf, review the latest products and equipment, and much more.

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Troon Golf & Travel

July/August 2015 Issue:

Cover Story: Troon Arrives in the Home of Golf—Featuring two greatly enjoyable cliff-top courses — the Torrance and the Kittocks — overlooking St Andrews and St Andrews Bay, the stately Fairmont St Andrews has quickly become one of the most prized destinations in the world of golf. Get your Fife on and check it out.

PROfile: Ageless Wonder—Ask Gary Player about winning the 1965 U.S. Open and his memories are so clear that it hardly seems like five decades have passed. While it might seem like yesterday, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Knight's career Grand Slam. He is forever young.

Equipment: Shrunken Heads—Last summer marked the debut of a slew of driving irons — full-size driver alternatives — and now we are seeing mini-driver introductions. Callaway and TaylorMade have both come out with new models. They are easier to hit, but will they catch on?

Spotlight: Centennial Golf Club—Centennial Golf Club, in Carmel, New York, is many things to many people. Set upon 340 craggy acres of prime New England landscape, the course is typically buzzing with activity, from its teaching and practice facilities, to its 27 delightful holes.

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Troon Golf & Travel

May/June 2015 Issue:

Cover Story: The Ultimate Golf Vacation—There are more than 1,000 golf courses in Florida, most of any state in the U.S. But there is only one that combines the game's illustrious history with two delightful courses, a renowned teaching facility, and Four Diamond luxury: The World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine.

Operation Troon: Mike Ryan—As SVP, Troon Golf Operations, Mike Ryan oversees daily fee and resort courses in the U.S., Mexico, and Caribbean. Hear his take on dynamic pricing, generational challenges facing golf, and why he's optimistic about the future.

Privé: Salina Country Club—There's something special about Salina, Kansas. It's a place where traditional values are held dear, and family and community are everything. It's on the back of these values that, 104 years ago, the Salina Country Club was built.

The Loop: Best New Products—Among the best new products in golf that we ran across recently are spiff new women's fashions from Lizzie Driver; Jack Nicklaus ice cream; and a zesty recipe for one of our favorite cocktails from our friends at Zacapa Rum.

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Troon Golf & Travel

March/April 2015 Issue:

Cover Story: Troon at 25—Twenty five years ago, Troon Chairman & CEO Dana Garmany saw a better way of managing golf courses: provide superior service, unparalleled agronomy ... a club member experience. In essence, he created the "upscale daily fee" experience, and set the bar for every golf course at which we tee it up today.

Memory Lane: Looking Back at Troon's First 25 Years—Dana Garmany, Tom Weiskopf, and three of Troon's earliest employees - Ron Despain (VP, Golf Course Development), Jeff Spangler (SVP, Science & Agronomy) and Scott Heideman (General Manager) - share their memories of the early days.

Show Stoppers: 2015 Merchandise Show's Top Products—It wasn't easy picking game- changing new products at the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. But our intrepid equipment guru, Scott Kramer, found eight that stood out at the annual golf industry extravaganza.

The Loop: Improving Your Game, Body, And Mind—One of Troon's newest partners, EXOS, a sports training facility in Phoenix, Ariz., has been helping PGA Tour pros and professional athletes improve their games, bodies, and minds. They can help you too.

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Troon Golf & Travel

January/February 2015 Issue:

Cover Story: Rocking The High Desert—Quietly — but deservedly — St. George, Utah, has emerged as a legitimate world-class golf destination. Without question, the region's greatest stay-and-play option is the Inn at Entrada and Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club. Between the scenic surrounds, the luxurious accommodations, and the delightful amenities, this Troon Privé property is an experience without equal.

Profile: Ernie Els: Big Easy Does itTroon Golf & Travel recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with The Big Easy at the launch of his first ever golf course creation in South East Asia. The Els Club Teluk Datai, in Langkawi, Malaysia, is as spectacular a course as there is.

The Loop: Hero: Hot Wheels! Golf Cruser Sport Car—The options for getting around the golf course without using your feet are increasing in both form and function. One of the most innovative is the new Golf Cruser Sport Car, a sporty green machine you'll be proud to drive.

Destinations: Magnificent Makai at Princeville—Visiting golfers frequently remark that Princeville Makai Golf Club, set against a backdrop of sharp green mountains plummeting down to oceanfront bluffs and a churning Pacific, is one of the most spectacular courses they have ever played.

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Troon Golf & Travel

November/December 2014 Issue:

Cover Story: Valley of the Golfers—Troon's Arizona courses are second to none. Sometimes, standing on a manicured tee box, surrounded by mountains in the distance, with emerald green fairways rolled out in front of you, and absolutely perfect weather ... it all can seem like a mirage. But in Troon's Arizona, it's oh so real.

Destinations: The Natural Charm of Bahia Beach—On Puerto Rico's northeastern coast, luxury meets tropical adventure and delightful golf at Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club, which in less than five years has established itself as the Caribbean island's top luxury home, resort, and club destination.

Profile: Kyle Phillips: Golf Course Architect—Although his office is located in California, course architect Kyle Phillips has worked extensively around the world. Troon Golf & Travel spoke with him in England, where he was visiting his 18-hole creation at The Grove in Hertfordshire.

Wish You Were Here: Lowcountry Lovely—This issue we visit The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in historic Savannah, Georgia, one of the Lowcountry's most enchanting destinations. Visitors find the best of Southern charm, cuisine, and a very good golf course.

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Troon Golf & Travel

September/October 2014 Issue:

Cover Story: The PGA Tour Returns—Silverado Resort is already renowned as the premier golf resort in Napa Valley and one of the best in Northern California. With the return of the PGA Tour with the Frys.com Open (Oct. 6-12) this iconic resort will gain even more richly deserved national attention and prominence.

Profile: Matt Jones: First Time, Long Time—On April 6th, 2014, 34-year-old Matt Jones joined "The Club." It was on that day, in sudden and spectacular fashion, that he won his first PGA Tour event, the Shell Houston Open, some 12 years after first qualifying for the Web.com Tour.

Troon Privé: Audubon Country Club—What's in a name? In the case of Audubon Country Club, in Naples, FL, it's everything. The private, member-owned club, just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico, is a thriving enclave of great golf, natural beauty, and yes, birds of many varieties.

Equipment: Beam Me Up Scotty—Well, the transporter beam from Star Trek is still a few years off, but in the meantime there are some fun new ways to get around a golf course, and several Troon courses are at the forefront of the transportation trend. Have you tried one out yet?

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Troon Golf & Travel

July/August 2014 Issue:

Cover Story: Norcal's Hidden Gem—The Capay Valley, 90 minutes northeast of San Francisco, is home to one of Northern California's true hidden gem golf courses: Yocha Dehe Golf Club at Cache Creek Casino Resort. Set amongst golden rolling hills with no homes lining the fairways, players rave about their experience on this scenic design.

Apparel: A Passion For Fashion—For the past dozen years, Kevan Hall has been known for his fashion-forward women's clothing designs. At the PGA Merchandise Show in January, Hall unveiled a new look for those same trendy women to wear on the golf course.

Spotlight: Potomac Shores—Potomac Shores, in the bucolic Virginia countryside south of Washington, D.C., is already considered one of the most desirable residential communities near our nation's capital, and now boasts the region's first Jack Nicklaus daily fee course.

State Of The Game: 15-Inch Madness—Regular readers of our "State of the Game" columnist Malcolm Campbell know that slow play is one thing that will drive him absolutely batty. But is the 15-inch cup rage that seems to be sweeping through golf really the answer? Uh, no.

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Troon Golf & Travel

May/June 2014 Issue:

Cover Story: Giant Footsteps—If you're traveling to the north country fair, you might as go all the way. North of Minneapolis, past Duluth, just east of Hibbing (Bob Dylan's hometown), is Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort. Here, you're in a land of big footprints and spectacular golf.

Troon Privé: High Country Arizona—If you think Arizona is all desert, you have yet to discover Show Low and the unhurried residential community of Torreon Golf Club. Here, in the White Mountains, pine trees line the 36 fairways and on cool nights you might even need to light a fire.

Equipment: Shark Embraces Snake—Greg Norman reunites with Cobra, in a move that merges the company's focus on younger players and snazzy fashion with one of golf's most iconic figures. "He's a true promoter of game enjoyment, which is what Cobra has been about from the beginning," says Bob Philion, company president.

The Loop: Surf The Turf—Of the hundreds of new products premiering at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show this past January in Orlando, one stood above the rest: the GolfBoard. Created by big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, the GoldBoard not only took Best of Show honors, but it won over a lot of skeptics.

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Troon Golf & Travel

March/April 2014 Issue:

Cover Story: Reigning In Spain—Southern Spain's Costa del Sol has been Europe's favorite golf-sun-fun playground for a half-century now, but few destinations rate as highly as La Reserva - only a decade old, but rising to legendary heights.

Profile: Jimmy Walker: Reaching for the Stars—As Jimmy Walker rises high in the galaxy of PGA stars, he's also photographing the farthest reaches of the heavens. He is almost as passionate about his astrophotography as he is about golf ... almost. Author Jeff Williams fills us in.

Spotlight: Library of Earthly Delights—As if 27 holes of golf, delightful dining options, stylish rooms, and superior training and fitness facilities weren't enough, a new Scotch Library has opened at Scottsdale's The Westin Kierland, providing yet another reason to visit.

Equipment: Best of PGA Show—With literally hundreds of new products premiering at the PGA Merchandise Show this past January in Orlando, it's hard to pick the winners. But our intrepid equipment guru, Scott Kramer, reports on what he thinks qualify as Best of Show.

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Troon Golf & Travel

January/February 2014 Issue:

Cover Story: Terrific In Texas—Palmilla Beach Golf Club (formerly Newport Dunes) is Texas' only true links course. As if that wasn't good enough, these days, the course and development is experiencing a magnificent transformation, with a new clubhouse, a planned hotel and residences, and an air of excitement.

Profile: Ernie Els: The Perfect Blend—Ernie Els' passion shows through in his golf game, commitment to finding a cure for autism, and willingness to give back to the game. But he is just as passionate about making exceptional wines, as Jeff Williams reveals.

Equipment: Irons In The Fire—With new materials, weighting schemes, and shaping which directly benefit distance, forgiveness, and feel, 2014 is looking like a banner year for new irons. Equipment guru Scott Kramer has tried them all and reports his findings.

Q&A: A Conversation With Dave Pelz—Dave Pelz, the Austin-based short-game guru discusses plans for improving your game through a new partnership with Troon. "Golfers should understand: 80 percent of the shots lost to par are played from inside of 100 yards..."

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Troon Golf & Travel

November/December 2013 Issue:

Cover Story: Winter Escapes—As the days grow shorter and colder in many regions of the U.S. and around the world, it's time to start dreaming about your next getaway. Luckily for you, Troon has a plethora of choices for a sun-splashed, fairway-filled, much-deserved vacation. Here are a few of our winter favs.

Editor's Note: Still a Silly Season?—Other major sports shut down for at least a few months to let fans and players recharge their batteries. But with the 2014 PGA Tour season starting just weeks after the 2013 season ended, the golf season now feels like it slogs on forever.

Arizona Prime: The People's Country Club—Every club goes through changes—tweaks to the golf course, a renovated dining area. But rarely is a club purchased by its members. That's what happened at FireRock Country Club in Fountain Hills, AZ, and the results are very positive.

Holiday Gifts: 'Tis The Season for Giving...and for Hinting—Our editors suggest several golf goodies to give and — doing a little hinting of our own — several to ask for. From warm winter sweaters to training aids to golf balls, here are some great ideas for your holiday shopping list.

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Troon Golf & Travel

September/October 2013 Issue:

Cover Story: Gallery of Greatness—Two outstanding courses, a full-service fitness center, and a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse that boasts excellent cuisine makes The Gallery Golf Club in Marana one of the very best golf clubs in Arizona. That is saying plenty for a state that boasts so many excellent facilities.

Profile: Craig Stadler: Return of the Walrus—Craig Stadler was fed up with losing. But a funny thing happened on the way out to pasture...he found his swing and won. Jeff Williams explains.

Preferred Destinations: Troon Middle East Trail: Arabian Days—The Troon Middle East Trail links great courses in the burgeoning golf meccas of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Bahrain.

Equipment: Callaway & TaylorMade: Late-Season Surprises—Major manufacturers rarely introduce new clubs late in the season, but this year both Callaway and TaylorMade did just that. Scott Kramer reviews.

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Troon Golf & Travel

July/August 2013 Issue:

Cover Story: Prince's Golf Club, Restored to the Throne—Wondering where to go in the UK this year? New lodging and retailored courses have made Prince's Golf Club in Sandwich, England, the hot ticket for summer 2013 travel. Prince's is adjacent to regular Open Championship host Royal St. George's, about 75 miles from the center of London and a couple of hours by car from Heathrow Airport. It is also just 45 minutes from the Channel Tunnel and ideal for a stopover at either end of a golf trip.

Profile: Brandt Snedeker: By The Numbers—Brandt Snedeker has steadily risen to the elite level of the World Golf Rankings. His 2013 got off to a tremendous start. What's his secret? Jeff Williams reveals.

Troon Privé: Blue Hill Country Club: Classic Lines—A historic past has seen the likes of Jack Burke Jr. win championships at this classic Canton, Mass., club. But an emphasis on family has launched it into a new era of relevance for members.

Equipment: Diamonds in the Rough and Fairway—Equipment guru Scott Kramer takes a special look at equipment for women, and concludes that it is every bit as good as clubs designed for men these days.

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Troon Golf & Travel

May/June 2013 Issue:

Cover Story: An American Classic: Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club—Golf is a gentleman's game and, not to be sexist, a gentlewoman's game too. In this issue, we travel to Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where gentlepersons have been playing the game for nearly 100 years, albeit not on the same level of quality they do today. After a complete renovation by Nicklaus Golf in 2010, the course nowadays matches the excellence of the hotel, and combined they truly are "An American Classic."

Profile: Nick Price: Master of a Maddening Game—Nick Price is one of golf's really good guys. These days his focus is on captaining the International team to a Presidents Cup win.

Spotlight: Reinvention of a Kapalua Legend—With a new chef and a tantalizing new menu, The Plantation House at Kapalua Resort is wowing locals and resort guests alike.

Equipment: Seeing Red: Nike Golf's Newest Clubs—When Rory McIlroy joined Tiger Woods as a Tour endorser, Nike Golf took another huge step forward. We think the product lives up to the hype.

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Troon Golf & Travel

March/April 2013 Issue:

Cover Story: OLYMPIC HEIGHTS—Alpensia Resort is quickly becoming known as South Korea's premier golf resort. When the Winter Olympics come to town in 2018, it will get a chance to show off to the world, plus:

  • CAROLINA ON THE MIND—Singer James Taylor put "Carolina" on the minds of many after releasing his classic song in the late 1960s. For residents of St. James Plantation in Southport, NC, it is a sweet song indeed.
  • BEST OF SHOW—There were thousands of new golf-related products introduced at the recent 2013 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Selecting the best of those goods was a daunting task. But we managed to pare it down to the top 10.
  • ADRENALINE JUNKIE—Davis Love III's universe is so much greater than golf. He's a snowboarder, snowmobiler, stand-up paddle boarder, hunter, skeet shooter, fisherman, kayaker, and motorcycle enthusiast...your classic thrill-seeker.
  • READY, PREP, GO—The "preppy" look has been a staple of American fashion since the 1940s and '50s, when the term was first used to describe the style of dress favored by Ivy League students. Since then, many purveyors have advanced the look, including Polo/Ralph Lauren and J Crew, but none with more fervor than Tommy Hilfiger.
  • SPOTLIGHT ON: TROON NORTH—If you haven't been to the Dynamite Grille at Troon North Golf Club for a while, both aesthetic and gastronomic surprises await. A renovated dining/bar area, plus a revitalized menu from Executive Chef Danny Woodbridge, have brought new life to the clubhouse at the famed North Scottsdale club.

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