Author: Nina Africano

Palm Springs Golf: World Class Play and Celebrity Courses

Share: In the beginning, Palm Springs was born as a getaway for Hollywood’s top stars. Then came golf. The first 18-hole course was Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, which attracted stars like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Jack Benny and Desi Arnaz.  Perhaps one of the area’s brightest luminaries is golf legend and course designer Arnold Palmer, who won more than 90 tournaments, including the Masters (four times) and who often spends winters here. Today, Greater Palm Springs is home to more than 110 golf courses, many of which have been designed by Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye,...

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Scottsdale, Arizona: World’s Finest Golf Destination

Share: Scottsdale calls itself the world’s finest golf destination – and the numbers seem to back up the claim. More than 330 days of sunshine each year and almost 200 public golf courses add up to a golfer’s paradise. The fact that more than 40 current and former PGA and LPGA TOUR professionals live here attests to the quality of the courses. A recently conducted market study found the number of rounds played in Scottsdale was up approximately three percent in 2014 compared to 2013. (This comes at a time when participation in golf across North America has been...

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Golf for Gourmands: The Palm Beaches Beckon

Share: A long, long time ago, when Jack Nicklaus was winning tournaments sporting madras pants and a bowl haircut, golf was a spartan trek around the links punctuated by a hot dog and a warmish gulp from a drinking fountain–and a golf getaway was likely to translate to four guys in a room doing 36 holes a day. Today, resort golf is part of a total luxury experience, embracing precision equipment and expert teaching, soothing spa treatments and a slew of amenities like air-conditioned golf carts. But perhaps the most noticeable change from those austere times is in the food. Just...

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Uptown Comes Downtown: The New Whitney Museum Opens in New York’s Meatpacking District

Share: Most New Yorkers learned to love Marcel Breuer’s imposing concrete fortress on Madison Avenue, but it’s hard not to swoon outright over Renzo Piano’s new home for the Whitney Museum of American Art at 99 Gansevoort Street and the downtown end of the High Line. Floor to ceiling glass walls flood galleries with natural light and allow artworks big and small to shine. Whitney staffers are at least as excited as visitors, as their 21st century home provides virtually twice the gallery space of the old Whitney as well as on-site work space for curators and conservators, a...

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