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    golf destination magazine VOLUME 3 : ISSUE 1 MYRTLE BEACH | SCOTLAND | BERMUDA | NOVA SCOTIA NORTH CAROLINA | BRITISH COLUMBIA | AND MORE

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    One of America's Top Golf Destinations According to Golf Digest

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    destinations 6 10 16 MYRTLE BEACH remembering the old and the new of one of golf's staples BRITISH COLUMBIA The Okanagan is really starting to become a world golf destinaton STYLE just a few things to bring along for the 'a la carte' ride 22 28 36 SCOTLAND The Islay provides us with a purity that one can't just create NOVA SCOTIA Fox Harb'r is a 'shot' makers paradise BERMUDA 5 very good reasons to find the sand www.destinationGOLFmag.com 2010 28 on the cover The Ridge 18 Course Predator Ridge, Vernon BC. toc

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    4 Destination Here we are already into our 3rd annual destination GOLF eMagazine. Take some time to read, listen and enjoy what our golf travel experts have to say about some of the great golf destinations right here in Canada as well as around the world. Once again, we'll do our best to inspire, encourage, motivate, and perhaps even tantalize you with that one undeniable reason to begin looking and booking your ticket sooner rather than later. As in previous years, we have tapped some of the 'best golf travel scribes around' to help us craft this issue. Hal Quinn, a great writer of 'all things golf' takes us to Scotland and, in particular, to Islay and the Machrie Golf Links. Enjoy Hal's entertaining look at this unique part of the golf world. Ian Hutchinson, a longtime GolfScene and destinationGOLF contributor finagled his way behind the scenes at the 'not so private anymore' Fox Harb'r retreat in Nova Scotia - and almost got himself shot in the process. Good friends Tim O'Connor and Brent Long have jumped on board to share their recent golfing experiences from golf's capital Myrtle Beach and the tranquil beaches of Bermuda respectively. And as a break from your reading, take a few moments to listen to one of Canada's best-known golf course designers, Doug Carrick discuss his latest gem; The Ridge 18 at Predator Ridge in the interior of British Columbia. For those of you who crave the private course experience, the McConnell Golf Trail in North Carolina now provides golfers with a unique experience in and around the Raleigh -Durham region. Some long-time private facilities are now 'open to the public'. And staying in North Carolina, some of the best golf travel value / deals are available from Ontario resident Joe Mobilio and North Carolina Golf Vacations. Whether it's in Canada for a spring vacation or off to a sunny, warm clime in the dead of winter, there continues to be new and exciting places to visit. And play. » Norm Woods, Publisher (IAGTW) destinationGOLF | 2010 from the publisher golf destination magazine A GolfScene Media Publication publisher Norm Woods associate Linda Woods navigator Steve Woods production SeventyOne on the cover Another fantastic view of the newly opened 'Ridge' Course to go alongside the original 'Predator' gives us the 36 holes of Predator Ridge. Photo: Siren Communications © 2010 Destination Golf Magazine. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the expressed written permission of the Publisher GolfScene Inc. 2010 : Volume 3 : Issue I Opinions expressed in signed articles are those of the author only and not necessarily those of the Publisher. Advertising rates and publishing schedules are available on request. INQUIRIES: www.destinationgolfmag.com Absolutely no trees were harmed in the non-printing of this publication. Unfortunately, we can not say the same for the golf games of our contributers. PRODUCED IN CANADA

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    sort of like bringing a golf tee to page 30 a gun fight TRUSTED TRAVEL COMPANIONS Ian Hutchinson is a veteran Canadian golf writer. When he's not writing his golf column for Sun Media, Ian is busy running Golf News Now (GNN), Canada's only online resource for golf trade news in addition to being a regular contributor to publications and websites across North America. 'Hutch' has teed it up with the likes of Alice Cooper and Bob Uecker during his travels to places like Scotland, Ireland, Arizona, and Florida, but adds there's a rush to playing the snow-covered peaks of the Swiss Alps off in the distance or discovering underrated golf products in less-traditional locations such as Holland, France, and Portugal or exotic locales such as Dubai, Qatar, and the Caribbean. Tim O'Connor has been published in numerous golf publications including Golf Digest, GOLF, Golf World, LINKS, Golfweek, pgatour.com, and the USGA Golf Journal. He was also a golf columnist for Canada's The Financial Post for six years. Tim has written three golf books, including The Feeling of Greatness: The Moe Norman Story; The Ladies' 1924-1999: A History of the Ladies' Golf Club of Toronto; and Devil's Pulpit: The First Decade. Tim provides professional communications to the golf industry through O'Connor Golf Communications based in Rockwood, Ontario. Brent Long is an experienced scribe having spent 12 years in the daily newspaper business. In 2002, Brent started Better Golf Communications, a golf writing and photography business, and continues to contribute regularly to golf and lifestyle publications across Canada. He also has taken professional photos for 20 years and his landscape golf photography is widely published in magazines and on websites. In 2006, he authored his first book, "Mississaugua Golf & Country Club - The First One Hundred Years". Hal Quinn is a writer / broadcaster whose articles, columns, and photography have appeared in magazines and newspapers across North America, England, and as far away as New Zealand. Vancouver-born, Quinn is the Western Canada Editor of SCOREGolf Magazine, author of Shaughnessy GC: The Tradition Continues (2006), and is the former sports editor of Maclean's Magazine. Quinn lives in North Vancouver with his wife, their two daughters, and their dog Mulligan. www.destinationGOLFmag.com 5

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    6 This is no longer your Dad's Myrtle Beach destinationGOLF | 2010

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    ◄ an overhead view of Glen Dornach ... just one of the over 100 golf courses spread over 60 miles known as the Grand Strand. SOUTH CAROLINA During a recent visit to Myrtle Beach it struck me that my first trip here was-yikes!-20 years ago to the annual Golf Writers Association of America clambake, a boys-styleget-away with golf, a tournament, receptions with great local seafood and southern BBQ, and plenty of "celebratory libations," as one of the local writers put it. For seven years, I traveled to Myrtle Beach for the clambake, and I've made numerous other visits. With more than 100 golf courses spread over about 60 miles known as the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach had a reputation among Canadian golfers as a fabulous southern golf destination with tremendous value. But in spring and fall, aside from golf, Myrtle Beach didn't appear to offer much else to do (especially on rainy days), exceptional dining was the exception, and most accommodations and shopping seemed average. Getting there wasn't easy either: you either drove 14-15 hours from Quebec or Ontario, or you spent the day on a series of connecting flights. Story by Tim O'Connor At 53, I'm a geezer to my teenagers. I prefer to think that with age comes wisdom and perspective. Well, one out of two isn't bad. We'll go with perspective. Well, in the intervening 20 years since my first trip, Myrtle Beach has evolved into a golf destination that delivers something for everyone, including four-star hotels, marqueedesigner courses (including names such as Fazio, Norman and Dye). There's sophisticated dining, shopping and entertainment such as the House of Blues and Hard Rock Café nightclubs, the Marsh Walk restaurant row, the Carolina Opry, and amusements such as the Nascar SpeedPark and Ripley's Believe or Not. On a recent trip hosted by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, a marketing and booking collective, one member of our group opined: "This isn't your dad's Myrtle Beach." Now, it's even easier to get there. Our group flew out of Niagara Falls International Airport in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Direct Air. With Direct Air, you can-wait for it-fly direct from Plattsburgh, N.Y., which is close to Ottawa and Montreal, and from Niagara Falls, NY, which is great for golfers in Southern Ontario. www.destinationGOLFmag.com 7 [ + MORE ]

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    SOUTH CAROLINA After flying down the QEW, you get U.S. Customs out of the way at the border, and the airport is only 10 minutes away. It's a tiny airport and parking is free, a first in my experience. Small airports are such a joy. Porter Airlines also offers direct, non-stop flights from Toronto's island airport with departures on Thursdays and Sundays. In Myrtle Beach, our group stayed at the swank Marina Inn at Grand Dunes, which features marble countertops, spacious rooms, and fabulous service. The Marina Inn is a good HQ because it's fairly central. It also features two courses, which are both on wildly undulating terrain that is unique for the region. Our first game was at the north end of Myrtle Beach at Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links, most of which winds through 80-100 foot pines. As the name suggests, there are links-style elements to the Clyde Johnston-designed course, including some massive dune-like bunkering. Glen Dornoch builds to a climax with three testy finishing holes, including the par-three, 212-yard 17th which is mostly carry with marsh left and pot-style bunkers right. At the opposite end of the Strand is The Heritage Club, ranked No. 46 by Golf Digest on its latest ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. Designed by Dan Maples, Heritage is big and beautiful with classic parkland features, notably majestic oak trees, some draped with Spanish moss, and enormous greens with sweeping slopes. The knock on Myrtle Beach courses used to be that many holes seemed like another dogleg through the pines, but every hole at Heritage has great character. While most Myrtle Beach courses are spread fairly close to Highway 17 and bypass 17, which parallel the Atlantic, The Legends 54-hole resort is a short drive 8 destinationGOLF | 2010 inland up Highway 501. We played The Moorland Course designed by P.B. Dye, which is broad with links features such as wood planks in bunkers, double fairways and elevated greens, some of which were enormous. As a resort, you could set up operations at The Legends, and even attend The Classic Swing Golf School, ranked by GOLF Magazine as one the top 25 golf schools in America. Our last stop was True Blue at the south end. I had played True Blue's sister club, Caledonia Golf and Fishing Club before, and I thought it was amazing with its grand entrance way though a canopy of trees, but True Blue really wowed me. Both are designed by the late Mike Strantz, famous for Tobacco Road in North Carolina. Caledonia and True Blue are ranked 86 and 87 respectively by Golf Digest in its ranking of top 100 public courses in the U.S. Strantz was an incredibly creative architect who conjured exciting golf holes that are inviting, captivating and very playable. True Blue has a lot going on, but it all seems to work into a seamless hole. He weaved multi-shaped waste bunkers sprinkled with love grass throughout the course that add eye candy and make it easy to scoot around in carts, rather than being restricted to a single cart path. I love how he runs bunkers into water. The finishing holes at True Blue are amazing. On the 18th tee, you face a giant pond flanking the left side and the blue, wooden clubhouse behind the green. Due to a tall bunker wall bordering the pond, you cannot see much of the fairway that turns left, so it's a semi-blind tee shot and a touch scary.

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    The new Myrtle Beach offers golf for every budget, and it also offers dining that ranges from down-home southern to high end. Just five minutes from True Blue is Frank's Outback, an eclectic place; we sat in a part of the restaurant made with canvas. Heaters like you find in hockey arenas hang from the ceiling keep you warm. The wonderful food ranges from seafood to steak, equally perfect for two or a gangsome of guys. Among the relative newcomers among Myrtle Beach's strong team of eateries are Greg Norman's Australian Grille, an elegant steak house with a lengthy wine list and comfy arms chairs, and Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, where servers bring 13 different kinds of steak, pork and lamb on giant skewers right to your table, and then cut off pieces that you select with massive knives. For southern hospitality and seafood that is part of the Myrtle Beach's heritage, we enjoyed an incredible meal at Sea Captain's House. I had my first meal at this beach-front eatery in 1989. Twenty years later, it delivered everything that I had remembered so fondly about my first visit to Myrtle Beach. . Tim O'Connor is president of O'Connor Golf Communications based in Rockwood, Ontario. ◄ The Moreland Golf Course is part of the Legends Golf Resort which operates 5 courses along the Atlantic coastline. Whether your preference is old world links inspired or traditional parkland, chances are pretty good - well 100% - that they can be accommodated. www.destinationGOLFmag.com 9

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    WESTERN CANADA 10 destinationGOLF | 2010 - enjoy the view - OKANAGAN Predator Ridge Golf Course, Vernon BC | Canada travelling with Norm Woods

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