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The Machrie: A Scottish Legend Reborn

The restored Machrie hotel on the Isle of Islay, in the Scottish Hebrides, is a new addition to the American golfer's bucket list.

Willie Campbell: The Golf Legend Who Designed the Machrie Course

Willie Campbell was a successful golfer in Scotland who became an expert club- and ball-maker. He went on to become a course architect who designed the Machrie.

New Zealand 2014 Signature Tour Unveiled

This fall, an Andrew Harper Signature Tour will head to one of the most spectacular destinations in the world: New Zealand.

Newly Recommended Golfing Resort in Nicaragua

This month's Hideaway Report explored the remote and beautiful Emerald Coast of Nicaragua.

Nicaragua: a New World-Class Resort

Although Nicaragua has most of the ingredients required for success, its tourism has been slower to develop than expected. So I was intrigued to hear about a new $250 million Pacific coast retreat.

Palm Springs: Contrasting Hideaways

Large, comfortable resorts fill the spaces between the fairways in Palm Springs, but none could be considered a luxury hideaway. My favorite property in the city remains The Willows.

Last Word: Golf in Color Edition

Last year, I treated myself to a grand tour of Scotland and played a majority of the country's most celebrated courses.

Last Word: Specialist Advice on Golfing Trips

When traveling to far-flung golfing destinations, it is wise to enlist the help of an experienced travel company.

Australia: Seven Sisters of the Sandbelt

In the fall of 1926, Dr. Alister Mackenzie embarked on a monthlong voyage from Britain to Australia.

Where to Stay: Lavish Resorts

Although the hotels in the Dominican Republic do not number among the Caribbean's finest, there are nonetheless some luxurious places to stay.

The Dominican Republic's Peerless Water Holes

Golf is treated as just another amenity on most Caribbean islands. It's something to do between the last scuba dive and the first rum punch; it's seldom the primary focus of a vacation.

In Search of Old Tom

Standing on a 100-foot high dune on the Hebridean isle of South Uist, I have to remind myself that I am actually on a golf course. That is largely because the layout I am playing is also an archaeological dig.

Refreshments: The Best 19th Hole

The Golfer’s Corner Lounge Bar in The Dunvegan Hotel is a short walk from the 18th green of the Old Course.

Other Notable Courses in Scotland

Not even the most avid golfer can hope to play all of Scotland's great courses on one trip. Sadly missing from my recent tour were the King’s and Queen’s courses at Gleneagles.

Good to Know: Getting on the Old

Contrary to popular belief, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews does not own or run the Old Course.

In the News: Trump's New Links

Scots tend to be a reserved breed, which is perhaps why the brouhaha about Donald Trump’s new course on the Aberdeenshire coast seems so unexpected.

Scotland: The Ultimate Grand Tour

Nowadays, golfers can find brilliantly designed courses on every continent save Antarctica.

New Golfing Resorts in Fiji

One of the best new courses in golf is also one of the most private and remote. Designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd, the par-72 track is located on Laucala Island in Fiji, and is part of a new resort created by Dietrich Mateschitz. As Laucala Island resort accommodates a maximum of 80 guests on the 3,500-acre isle, players will frequently have the greens all to themselves.

Travel Tips: Gearing Up

Scotland, it is often said, would be the best country in the world if it had a roof. The weather is disconcertingly unpredictable, and it is essential to pack accordingly.

Last Word: Scotland Signature Tour

I have been fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time in Scotland. My ancestors came from Moray in the northeast, so the country has always seemed like my second home.

8 Days in Boston and Cape Cod

A sample itinerary from the Andrew Harper Travel Office: 8 Days in Boston and Cape Cod, with day excursions to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

Canada’s Scenic Okanagan Valley

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley had a lot going for it long before its wineries began making premium wines a decade or two ago. Generations of outdoor fun-seekers have flocked here from Vancouver and Calgary (five and eight hours by car, respectively) to hike, bike, climb, camp, boat, swim, fish, golf and party in naturally beautiful surroundings.

Tuscany comes to Newport Beach: The Resort at Pelican Hill

Sequestered south of Los Angeles in the verdant hills between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill takes its inspiration from Italy, and looks, from a distance, like a slice of Tuscany transplanted beside the Pacific.