Category Archives: Wei Goes Golfing

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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Dec
19
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing

I visited the Big Island of Hawaii from December 6-12 on a press trip, where I played five courses along the Kona 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. You’ll be hearing about all the courses where we teed it up, but I thought I start with the culmination of our week, which was playing in the Hawaii State Open Pro-Am.

Our 6-some on the signature par-3 15th

Our 6-some on the signature par-3 15th

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Dec
10
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
Teeing off at Kohanaiki

Teeing off at Kohanaiki

I should’ve written and published this post *before* I departed for the press trip to the Big Island of Hawaii last Saturday, but hindsight is 20/20 and last week was an unusually busy, hectic week (for a golf media person in December). As you’ve surely gathered from my social media channels, I’m staying at nice resorts, playing golf, eating well and taking in gorgeous sunsets on the Big Island. 

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Oct
27
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
Jubilee/New Course

Par-4 15th at the Jubilee Course

For one week out of the year when the Dunhill Links is contested, golfers can play a combination of the New and the Jubilee, the second and third courses built at the Home of Golf, which sit just north of the Old Course. When this option was initially presented to me, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea, to be honest. I thought it might be troublesome and that I might get annoyed with awkward, broken routings.

That said, it was a pleasant surprise when I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It’s perhaps not the most trying round of golf you’ll ever encounter, but it’s certainly a fun one. The wind, of course, is always a factor and makes it a tougher test. The composite of the Jubilee and the New is a good, solid challenge on traditional Scottish links — and it’s better than putting both courses out of play due to the infrastructure of the Dunhill event. 

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Oct
12
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
The signature par-3 14th

The signature par-3 14th

Crail Golfing Society‘s Balcomie Links is exactly the kind of course you want to play when you travel to golf in Scotland — an old, traditional proper links track that’s rich with history, along with stunning views of the ocean and coast.

The course was laid out by Old Tom Morris himself and opened in 1895. He designed Balcomie in a way to make the most out of its original landscape and gorgeous seaside location. Shots over rocky coves and from high ridges to greens and fairways laid out below, bending par-4s around sandy shores and long par-3s with greens resting on top of steep cliffs characterize the experience at this classic links course.

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Oct
6
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
View from 12 green

View from 12 green at Kingsbarns

The general consensus from both Scottish and American alike before I even stepped foot on Kingsbarns was, “You’ll *love* it” and “It’s spectacular.” I nearly didn’t play because I felt bad/guilty about playing hooky for one of the practice days at the Ryder Cup the Wednesday of that week, but everyone told me, “You *have* to play Kingsbarns.” So, I eventually made an executive decision and did just that. 

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Sep
22
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
Coming "Home" on no. 18!

Coming “Home” on no. 18!

When I walked from the car park onto the grounds at Carnoustie Golf Links, I immediately knew it was going to be a memorable experience. I was about to play a course that’s obviously in the Open Championship rota, so that immediately makes it special, but when you step onto a major championship golf course, you can feel something particularly distinct in the air.

The atmosphere at Carnoustie is welcoming and relaxed, but there’s a grandeur to the venue. After covering nearly every major over the last four years, you can sense that feeling right away. (Then again, you also show up at some major venues and don’t get that vibe, but I won’t go into naming some of those places.)

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Sep
21
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing

Golf Club House Elie

Just a bit off the beaten path in a picturesque old town along the water — though only about 15 miles from St Andrews — lies The Golf House Club at Elie, a quaint course played across classic links terrain. The game has been played at Elie since the 15th century and you can tell with the rich history seen in the clubhouse, starting with the row of old lockers lining the walls of the main entrance.

It’s not a course that will wow you or awe you the way some other gems in Scotland will, like North Berwick or Royal Dornoch (my two favorites), but it will certainly charm the heck out of you and want you coming back for more. In short, Elie was a fair and fun test, not to mention memorable. 

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