I’m Larry. I love golf and I love travel, and for the past 15 or so years, I have been playing golf and traveling the world for a living. I am one of the most widely published travel journalists in the United States, and a longtime expert on golf who has written books and articles on just about every aspect of the game, from course design to hotels to equipment, but first and foremost I am interested in playing the best courses possible at the best values while having the most fun, and I want to share that with you.
Even though I have written for many top magazines – and still do – travel magazines never tell you the whole story. They run only positive articles and rarely criticize a place or tell you not to go somewhere, but it is your hard earned money you are spending, and your time, so you deserve better than that. Also, some magazines pander to advertisers, and some editors to publicists.
In my blog, if I tell you I like a course, or hotel, or restaurant, it is because I do. If I don’t I will say so.
Ten years ago I founded a golf travel newsletter called The Golf Insider whose motto was “Play the Best and Skip the Rest,” just like those pizza box ads I grew up with. We had no advertising, and readers paid top dollar to subscribe because it was one of the only ways they could get honest to goodness critical judgment they could trust. We would say that the year’s subscription was a lot cheaper than one bad or overpriced round of golf we could help them avoid, and we meant it.
I sold The Golf Insider, but I still believe in the philosophy of telling you the truth about golf and travel.
Day in and day out, friends and relatives and even travel industry professionals contact me asking where they should go on vacations, golf trips, ski trips, honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and so on. They ask me for the best safari lodges in South Africa and the top city hotel in Hong Kong and best bistro in Paris and how to get a cheap room in New York. Oh, and what golf courses they should play.
They ask me these things because they know me and they know that I know the answers. I don’t want to go on and on about my qualifications, so I have listed a bio below. The short version is that I have covered, experienced and worked in every aspect of the travel journalism industry, and every aspect of the golf journalism industry and a whole lot more, including skiing, culinary topics, and all kinds of adventure travel. I’ve played golf with some off the world’s top pros, with celebrity chefs and with rock stars. I’ve also played with dentists and accountants and couples I met on the first tee, and it was all good. I’ve had dinner with Julia Child and I’ve had dinner alone in airport bars. I’ve played most of the best courses on earth, and some of the crappiest courses you can imagine. I’ve stayed in hotels where I had to push furniture against the door and still didn’t feel safe. I want to give you the advice you need to have the great experiences, and the warnings you need to avoid the bad ones.
Like I said, I love travel. The way I look at it, there is no amount of vacation time that is possibly enough. There is more of the world than you could see if you had every day of the rest of your life to try. So when you take a golf trip, or any trip for that matter, whatever your budget or taste is, it should be the best trip it can be, and I can help you do that.
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