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We’ve got some weird airport restaurant news for you today, but you’re going to need to wait for a bit before testing out the menu. The latest in restaurant partnerships comes from the folks over at the PGA Tour, as apparently their next big marketing push is airport restaurants.
PGA Tour Grill—creative name—is on the drawing board for an opening later this year at San Diego International Airport. The assumption here is that business travelers and leisure travelers alike must be enamored with golf, and as a result they will pay a little bit extra for that cheeseburger to be surrounded by televisions and memorabilia. SAN sounds like it's just the beginning, as they're hoping to bring the new concept elsewhere as well.
The west edge of the Port Royal course
During the height of summer, all we want to think about are islands. All this week, Jaunted's transatlantic attaché Kai MacMahon will fill us in on what's up with Bermuda lately.
Pound for pound, Bermuda is one of the best golfing destinations on the planet. It's just the truth. With eight courses spread over 21 square miles, the island has the highest concentration of golf courses anywhere in the world; there's approximately one for every two and half square miles. For such a tiny place, that is quite remarkable and, for a little perspective, imagine nine golf courses on the island of Manhattan, which at 23 square miles is roughly the same size as the whole of Bermuda.
We’re talking serious, PGA-level golf too. The PGA Grand Slam will again be played here later this year (October 23rd and 24th 2012), just as it has been since 2007. For those that aren’t familiar, the Grand Slam is the tournament with the toughest qualification requirement of all: to get in, you need to win one of the year’s four majors. Over the years the event has been won by the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman and Nick Price.
Donald Trump is in the business of making money. Let's get that straight first and foremost. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Trump is now calling a proposed green energy windfarm a "disastrous and environmentally irresponsible" development...all because it's nearby his picturesque Menie estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The lengthy details of the fight against the building of the offshore windfarmread more here from Deadline Newsof course don't directly name the Trump golf course as the reason for Trump's opposition. For him, says Sorial of the Trump Organization, it's all about the greater effect on local tourism: "People come from all over the world to play courses that are unique to Scotland. They don’t want to look down on electrical turbines." Um. Need we refresh his memory that when the Earth faces a serious energy crisis, nobody's going to give a gosh-darn about the view from his precious golf course?
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In our Prime Plane Spotting series, we've discovered quite a slew of odd places to get right up near the big jets; there've been coffee shops, a pool, Venetian water taxis and even an IKEA, but never before have we found a golf course.
At Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport, an entire 18-hole, par 72 golf course sits between the two runways. It's called Kantarat. Seeing it is believing it, and even better is crossing from hole to hole in a golf cart, waiting for a red light to change so you can drive across the tarmac for your next shot.
Most volunteers dedicate one week a year or a few hours a week to their passion, but Faith Tanner isn't your average volunteer. She's put her life on hold to spend 37 weeks volunteering at every PGA Tour event this season.
For Faith it is a "a healing process" because she had originally planned to take the cross-country trip with her husband Larry, but sadly he died before they were able to complete their goal. So Faith is going it alone in Larry's honor, paying for her own travel expenses to every tournament and tracking each trip on her website, PGATourVolunteer.com.
And, along with documenting her own journey, Faith has some tips for those who want to become PGA volunteers themselves.
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If you want to take a break from the usual barbecue ritual for Father's Day, treat dad to a quickie getaway. There are still several last-minute deals that will make dad happy and make you look like the best child he ever had.
Check out these three last-minute trips for dad.
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If you’re looking for something to do between flights—and you always travel with your clubs—there might be a place convenient to both the fairways and the runways. Check out our picks for some of the best golf courses that are like only 10 miles from the airport or less:
· Colwood National Golf Club - PDX
There’s four courses that are within a short cab ride from Portland International Airport, but the easiest to access is Colwood National Golf Club. It’s so close to the airport—as well as the Air National Guard Station—that there are places where you can see the planes taxi and take off.
It’s a full 18-hole course, and this summer playing all the holes will set you back around $30. There are a lot of red-eye flights out of PDX back to the east coast—and beyond—so we recommend hitting up one of their twilight specials before heading to the airport. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays it's just $9 to play 8-holes as long as you begin after 3:00pm.
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So you want to go to North Korea but can't figure out a plausible excuse, hmm? How about golf?! That's right...golf. According to the Wall Street Journal, North Korea is hosting an Amateur Gold Open from April 26-30 and it may not be too late to enter (since we happen to know someone who just did).
The fee is 999 Euro ($1,375), but at least it gets you more than just a few hours' fun of hitting some balls around in the 18-hole Pyongyang Golf Complex; the fee also includes "travel by train into the country from China, visas, meals and accommodation, as well as a 3 day tour of the country." That's 5-star accommodation in Pyongyang, mind you.
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They have a Heineken bar, a library, a champagne bar, some of the first iPads in airline lounges, they were the first airport on Foursquare...and now they finally have free WiFi throughout all terminals. We're talking about Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport, of course! We just heard that the service is available from this week on, which, while just in time for Christmas, was not totally in time to help out the bulk of travelers delayed by the heavy European snowfalls. The only catch: it's only free for one hour.
To log on at AMS and claim that hour, access the KPN network and choose "Free WiFI." That's the hour-long option. If you go with the "Premium WiFi," you'll be charged like in the olden days, but you'll apparently get better speeds. For a more reliable option, they've still got Boingo there, so those of you with purchased Boingo plans need not even worry.
If you watched The Masters and wondered how you could have gotten tickets like we did, we have the next best thing, ticket information for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links in California will once again host the U.S. Open Championship on June 14-20, 2010 and surprisingly, there are still tickets available.
The USGA has closed the general public random drawing of tickets but has made the remaining 2010 U.S. Open Championship Tickets available. Ticket orders will be processed on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.
Business travel and golf go together like airlines and fees. We’ve already seen putting greens in airport lounges, but one airline is going a step further with their passion for golf. Etihad Airways is actually launching their very own golf club—a club for golf, not like the physical club.
With Etihad Golf Club, they want to provide their frequent flyers with access to different sporting events around the world, and they want to ensure exclusive events related to all things golf are just a phone call away. There will be vacation packages designed around the airline’s destinations including trips to London, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai. Experts are even around to give online tutoring to make sure your game is up to par—ha—when you finally hit the links.
Through their Etihad Guest program they are really trying to attract some high spenders; however, you’re more than welcome to spend frequent flyer miles on these golf related services and packages. That way you can save some of your scratch to buy a round following the eighteenth hole.
Related Stories: [Not a photo of an Etihad Airways golf course: eMaringolo]
· Etihad Airways Launches Golf Club [AsiaTravelTips]
· Etihad Slowly But Surely Getting The Word Out About Abu Dhabi [Jaunted]
· Etihad Airways coverage [Jaunted]
[Not a photo of an Etihad Airways golf course: eMaringolo]
Blah blah blah Tiger Woods. What he did or did not do, and what he did or did not hit with his SUV is all that seems to be in the news this week. It's practically unavoidable, and so we will look at the travel angle of the whole rotten thing: the destinations where Tiger Woods maybe knocked some boots with some girls a la Jon Gosselin. Shall we begin?
Tiger Woods has been accused of going down under on Rachel Uchitel, a VIP nightclub hostess from New York, who recently accompanied him on a trip Down Under to Melbourne. They spent time together in mid-November in Australia while Woods was playing in the Australian Masters. He won the tournament, and took home the prize of $1,500,000 in addition to his $2,787,000 appearance fee.