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Stallion Mountain's course up to par

My house and yard aren't that big, and the yard is landscaped and maintained by yours truly. It has a lot of rock, wood decks, planter pots and planter areas where mature shrubs, palms and trees are growing. Little or no grass, by choice. Ignore it...

Running a golf course isn't all fun and games

"Take this job and shove it. I ain't working here no more." Those words from my favorite country song occurred to me last week in my day job, following a particularly busy week. Running a golf course could be fun. Running two would probably double the excitement.

The loneliest golf course in the world exists in Pioche

It's early Thursday morning, and I'm on the loneliest highway in America heading toward Ely. Earlier in the week, I played golf in the boonies, in Mesquite, Hawthorne and Fallon. Today, it's the White Pine Golf Course in Ely. Stick with me as I drive this loneliest Highway 50 to Ely, some 255 miles away, for a great story.

What I did on my summer vacation

There are a couple of pleasures that I enjoy in my life. Family and friends are, of course, No. 1. But there's a certain mystique for me of old towns and history, fast cars and golf. Fast cars beckon to my youth. Golf is thankfully covered with these columns. Old towns and their stories intrigue me.

Tending golf turf takes attention to detail

It's 4:30 in the morning, and I'm at Angel Park Golf Club, 100 S. Rampart Blvd. It's dark outside, but there's a hubbub of activity. There's an associate mowing the practice green, a kitchen worker heading toward the restaurant, a staff member using a blower to clear the main concourse to the clubhouse and equipment is buzzing everywhere. There are sprinklers watering the course.

Club pours on the water traps

Two things before we get into the golf stuff. First, let me ask a question: Am I the only one who believes in the notion of karma? Chance, fate, destiny, providence, luck, fortune, coincidence, accident, kismet or design. Why, a year ago, did I...

Rio Secco in Henderson a classic Las Vegas course

There are a lot of reasons why I love playing golf in Las Vegas, the latest being the recent round I played at Rio Secco Golf Club, 2851 Grand Hills Ave., Henderson. I say this because the folks at Rio Secco have managed to include everything I love about Vegas into their golf club.