Category Archives: Travel

Apr
8
2018

This is part 3 from golf party (#partiedegolf !!) in France for two weeks in December 2017. For part 1 and 2 of this series, go here and here — which are, of course, highly recommended!Like what you see? Check out and follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.

*Update: I wrote a draft of this post back in December/January, but then I traveled across the other side of the world to Taiwan to learn Mandarin and forgot I never published it! Better late than never and it’s obviously an evergreen post and I’m sure there’s even more anticipation now with the Ryder Cup just around the corner! Enjoy. 

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Dec
26
2017

This is the second part about my recent adventures playing golf and hanging out in France for two weeks earlier this month. For part 1 of this series, go here — which is, of course, highly recommended! Like what you see? Check out and follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat…what am I missing?

 

(Photo by Patrick Koenig)

After the quick jaunt in Normandy, we arrived in Paris. Oui! Who doesn’t love Paris? Oui! I mean, no! I’ve been a couple of times, but I don’t think I’d been in almost a decade, so it was definitely long overdue, not to mention it was my golfing buddy-in-crime Patrick Koenig’s first trip. Though we only had one (and a half) free evening(s),  and I made the most of it and hit up a couple of the main tourist spots, where we dressed like cat burglars and performed impressive stretch routines and high-kicked our way throughout the city.

We traveled from Normandy to the Paris area to experience Golf de Saint-Cloud, where we battled the elements (again) — sleet, rain, sun, hail, snow, wind, etc. — with nine holes (plus three-five more). There are two 18-hole tracks, the Green Course, designed by some architect named Harry Colt, and the Yellow Course.

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Dec
22
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Golf de Granville/Photo by Patrick Koenig

With the Ryder Cup headed to France in 2018, it seemed not only logical but practical to conduct a reconnaissance trip to play some of the country’s finest golf courses before the year end.

A couple of months ago, when I was contacted by Olivier from Private Golf Key, a Paris-based travel, golf and lifestyle company, about the potential journey to Normandy and Paris, along with Cannes, the host city for the 2017 International Golf Travel Market (it’s like the PGA Show, but for golf tourism), I felt like it would be a disservice to turn down such an opportunity, especially since interest will be piqued with Le Golf National hosting the always much-anticipated biennial matches between the premier golfers in Europe and the U.S.

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Oct
26
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Architecture

Fishers Island

Welcome to the first part of a very special series of episodes with friend of the pod and regular guest Patrick Koenig, who chatted with me about his solo and buddies trips to Ireland and Scotland this summer. When we recorded the pod, I mentioned he needed to come out to the NYC area and I claimed I could arrange tee times at Fishers Island, National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock.

Well, I lied and failed. I was only successful with NGLA (October 10) and Fishers Island (October 11), but we did get a bonus nine holes into the mix at Hay Harbor, the “other,” arguably the more exclusive club on FI, so we were told. Well, I’m not sure if Patrick has forgiven me yet, but hopefully he will soon.

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Feb
19
2016

[Ed. note: To read about Royal Troon, the site of this week’s Open Championship, scroll down past where I open with Turnberry… Troon is the second course out of the five.]

Royal Troon

Royal Troon

In the southwest of Scotland–not far from Glasgow–is a historic country called Ayrshire, which is home to at least a handful of top-rate links courses.  I’ve traveled to Scotland at least half a dozen times, but somehow, my trips hadn’t taken me to this area for some particular reason. I found out quickly how rich in golf history Ayrshire is and all that it has to offer from five of the best links tracks in the world.

The region is home to two courses in the Open Championship rota, Turnberry (Alisa) and Royal Troon (Old), where next summer’s Open is taking place this July, along with the birthplace of the Open Championship, Prestwick Golf Club. We also played a newer course, Dundonald, which is the links course for the prestigious Loch Lomond Golf Club, and Western Gailes, an old school, classic links track that is a favorite, must-play on the western coast of the country.

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Sep
13
2015
Par-3 no. 8 at Royal Troon, aka the "Postage Stamp"

Par-3 no. 8 at Royal Troon, aka the “Postage Stamp”

Apologies for seemingly abandoning this space and not posting for over a week — I swear I meant to write this *before* I left the U.S., but I had a deadline for an article on proper course setups for women (stay tuned!) and then I had a crazed travel schedule. I finally have a minute (but not very many) to breathe and write on this space. It’s certainly been an eventful week or so…

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Aug
31
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Travel

GMC Canyon

A few months ago, I was invited by GMC on a press trip entitled “Choose Your Own Adventure,” which was centered around featuring and showing off the automobile giant’s Canyon, a premium mid-size truck. I (obviously) don’t write about cars and I appreciated that the email invitation acknowledged that key fact, but the catch was the “adventure” part of the program involved golf, along with other intriguing outdoor activities.

Given the reality that I might not be able to say “yes” to escapades like this for an infinite amount of time, I enthusiastically accepted the generous offer. Besides, I’d never driven a truck before — I always found them a bit intimidating and out of my comfort zone. But, hey, YOLO!

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Dec
28
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Travel

I visited the Big Island of Hawaii from December 6-12 on a press trip, where I played five courses along the Kohala Coast. It was a phenomenal experience, highlighted by the awesome company, which included Ross Birch, the head of Big Island Visitor’s Bureau, Nathan Kam, the President of Anthology PR Group, Randy Sportak, sportswriter for the Calgary Sun, and Jason Deegan, senior writer for GolfChannel.com.

I already wrote about the culmination of our trip, playing in the Hawaii State Open Pro-Am with Parker McLachlin at Mauna Lani’s South Course. Here now, you can read about the rest of our trip…

Mauna Kea

Sunset at Mauna Kea Resort

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Oct
24
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Tiger vs. Rory, Part 2

Tiger vs. Rory, Part 2

As I’m in line boarding my flight to Shanghai, I realized I hadn’t put a note up here about my plans — while I have mentioned it on Twitter, but not everyone does social media — and I probably should share with you guys!

I’m heading to China for the next two and a half weeks…to exploit my Chinese-ness and Mandarin-speaking skills. JUST KIDDING.

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