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by Jane Finn, Photography by David Finn as published in Issue 23 of Planet Golf Review

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If I were asked to describe India in a single word, that word would be incredible. Jane Finn discovers the many faces of India on her way to a wedding.

Rich in history and steeped in tradition, India is a country of contrasts. It’s spicy with a bit of bite like the chili chicken I would grow to love on this trip. It’s a mix of congested cities, rural settlements, and large tracts of uninhabited land where wild animals roam free. It’s also a spiritual hub where mind, body and soul align if you allow it. Here, the threads of architecture, culture, and ritual weave together to create a tapestry as stunning as the silky, rainbow-coloured sarees I admire wherever I go.

Before I even land, India engages all my senses. As we descend into Mumbai, the plane’s cabin fills with the scent of camphor, incense, and cooking fires. It’s just after dawn, and the soft morning light shines upon the encampments nestled up against multimillion-dollar condos. From my window seat, I can see that even though it’s early in the day, throngs of people line the streets, and traffic appears to be moving at a crawl.

Everything about India evokes my curiosity and my desire to explore. Still, I admit to being a little intrepid about what I will discover, not only about the country but also about myself on this trip. Continue reading

Moe Norman – A Canadian Golf Legend

The unique, quirky, uber-talented moe norman, by paul knowles.

Moe Norman is a legend among golfers everywhere. Moe, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 75, was renowned for consistently making perfect golf shots. His swing has been praised and admired by hundreds of golfers up to and including Tiger Woods himself. Moe was also known as the quirkiest good golfer ever – an introvert, described as “slightly autistic” as well as “a savant.” His skill was unquestioned, but his struggles with learning disabilities and self-esteem robbed him of the success he could undoubtedly have achieved on the biggest stages of golf.

He was born in Kitchener, Ontario, and during his finest playing days, was primarily associated with Rockway Golf Course, the municipal course in the heart of Kitchener. But in his later years, Moe was mostly found hanging around Foxwood Golf Course, west of Waterloo, because Moe liked to spend time with his friend, advisor, and advocate – Gus Maue, at that time owner of Foxwood.

You can find dozens of Moe Norman anecdotes through a simple search on the internet. And in the works is a Moe Norman movie, the project of Canadian moviemaker David Carver, who told me that some big Canadian names are on board: famed Canadian comedian and actor David Steinberg and his wife, Robyn Todd “are executive producers, and Wayne and Janet Gretzky are co-producers.” Carver hopes to start production of the movie this fall, depending on the availability of a still-to-be-named director and actors.

This movie will tell the Moe Norman story to the world. But Gus Maue has a store of other, more private, and poignant Moe Norman stories – and he sat down to share some of them for this article. So, this is not an exhaustive, biographical piece – it’s a collection of powerful stories about Canada’s quirkiest – yet internationally revered – golf legends, a man who Gus simply describes as “a golf genius.”

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Surfing Portugal’s Silver Coast

Silver surfer, jane finn discovers a 60’s vibe while searching for hidden gems along portugal’s silver coast.

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Words by Jane Finn Photography by David Finn

As published in the April 2022 Edition of Planet Golf Review Magazine. To read the entire issue click here

I ease the car onto the Vasco da Gama bridge, admiring the bluebird sky above that’s mirrored in the cool, blue waters of the Tagus River below. It’s November, and Portugal is enjoying “St. Martin’s Summer.” The sun is beaming, and my heart does a little skip as I leave the hustle and bustle of Lisbon behind, feeling like an explorer, embarking upon a quest to uncover the secrets of the largely undiscovered Silver Coast.

In a little over an hour, my husband Dave and I are checking into the luxurious, five-star Evolutée Hotel at the Royal Óbidos Spa and Golf Resort . Stepping onto the balcony, I can taste the tangy, saltiness of the sea in the afternoon breeze as I catch a glimpse of the wild Atlantic Ocean in the distance. It’s too late in the day to play a round, but there’s plenty of time for a Mandalay massage before heading into town.

Moorish Fortress and Castle Óbidos

Óbidos is delightful during the day but even more enjoyable in the evening after the tour buses have departed. Driving west towards the ancient town, I can’t help but be impressed by the well-preserved Moorish fortress that dominates the skyline. It feels like a place where time has stood still. As I step through the Porta da Vila gates, I’m immediately transported back to an era of intrigue where royalty reigned supreme. It was here that with the help of the Knights Templar, King Afonso I defeated the Moors to reclaim Portugal.

Gus Maue – The Legendary Canadian Golf Professional

Gus maue: a life in golf… and he ain’t done yet.

A chat with Ontario golf icon Gus Maue is never really over – his supply of fascinating stories about golf and golfers is unending. We talked about a slew of golfing greats who have crossed paths with Gus – Arnold Palmer, David Feherty, Raymond Floyd, Al Balding, Moe Norman, and many more.

So, when Gus called me the day after our interview, to tell me about some important characters he had forgotten to mention, I wasn’t surprised – until he told me who these “characters” were. Their names were Willie and Bowdy. Willie was a black Labrador Retriever. And Bowdy was a yellow lab who gained national attention for his ability to find and retrieve golf balls.

Gus Maue has been involved with several golf courses, both as the pro and as owner – over the span of his storied career. One such – Foxwood – is located west of Waterloo. Foxwood is now part of the Golf North chain, which acquired it from Gus 19 years ago – but during the years Gus owned and operated the course, his pet dogs lived on the property. Continue reading

Queensland Australia – Of Beauty Rich and Rare

Of beauty rich and rare, jane finn heads to australia and discovers the rich and rare wonders of queensland.

Australia is an island, a country and a continent. The perfect destination for the young and the young at heart. A place as diverse as the topography, the people, the plants and wildlife that inhabit it.  I loved sophisticated Sydney and pretty Adelaide, driving the Great Ocean Road, navigating the Snowy River Mountain Pass, and sampling world-class wines in the Mudgee, Barossa and Hunter Valleys, but it was Queensland that captured my heart.

Described as both the Sunshine State and the Northern Hinterland, these contrasting and differing perspectives dance together to weave the kind of magic that causes you to spread your wings and take on bold new challenges. I find myself embracing the philosophy, ‘ the more you do, the more you can do!’ to ensure I remain an intrepid traveller – at home and abroad.

Crossing over the border from New South Wales into Queensland, we head north along the Gold Coast to Surfers’ Paradise, Australia’s equivalent of Miami but with a much more laidback vibe that is underscored by welcoming energy. The two-kilometre stretch of golden sand beach and rolling surf is lined with skyscrapers and condos that dominate the horizon, but it is at sea level where all the action takes place.

Born To Be Wild – Costa Rica

Born to be wild, jane finn immerses herself in nature and discover why costa rica may be “the happiest place on earth”.

By Jane Finn, Photography by David Finn

As published in the April 2021 edition of Planet Golf Review

Is it catching the perfect wave, thundering across a deserted beach on horseback or playing a round of golf beneath a jungle canopy? Is it meeting new people, savouring the local cuisine, volunteering or a combination of all or some of these pursuits?

For me, ¡Pura Vida! means doing more of what you love to do. Walking your happy path, wherever it may lead, and on this trip, it led us to the magical, majestic Pacific Coast.

I have to admit as I touch down in Costa Rica, I am not too impressed with San Jose. It’s boisterous, crowded and sprawling.  Where is the peace and serenity, the nourishment I crave to feed my soul? However, within minutes of leaving the city, I get the answer to my question.  Zipping along the highway en route to Jaco, the buildings that lined the narrow city streets soon give way to green, verdant rainforests, and the rallying cries of scarlet macaws replace honking horns, welcoming me to a piece of paradise on earth.

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Jasmine Ting EVERYONE TO THE TABLE “The most challenging part of this trip was finishing all the food by myself,” says the New York City–based journalist, who spoke with innovators in Asheville, North Carolina, one of America’s hottest culinary destinations. “It truly was a good problem to have.” Samantha Falewée WIDE-OPEN SPACES On a scouting trip for this month’s Adventure Travel section, the T+L associate editor checked out Under Canvas Bryce Canyon, a glamping retreat near Utah’s famed national park. “Talking with cowboy Joseph Steed, as we rode horses through narrow slot canyons, was the highlight,” she says. James Rajotte COCINA MADRILEÑA “I often found myself squeezed into a corner, dodging waiters and trying not to bother diners,” says Rajotte, who photographed the food world of Madrid. “Capturing that authentic atmosphere is important, so I tried to be…

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YEARS AGO, before social media gave rise to our obsessive need to document every waking moment, it was enough to book a “sit and flop” beach vacation. Americans were tired, vacation-starved, and content to go to a lovely hotel, order a sugar bomb of a cocktail and a wilted salad for lunch, and call it a day. The food could be middling, but if the views from our lounge chairs were spectacular, we didn’t worry that much about it. That era is long gone. In the decade or so since I started as an editor at Travel + Leisure, I’ve watched as the popularity of culinary travel has slowly and steadily changed the face of the hospitality industry. Beach resorts now have hydroponic farms and teams of chefs using tweezers in…

OCCITANIE La Manufacture Royale de Lectoure About five years ago, while walking the Camino de Santiago with her family, the Parisian stylist Christele Ageorges fell in love with the village of Lectoure and its 18th-century limestone buildings. She eventually bought an abandoned tannery and transformed it into this five-bedroom property filled with handmade objets, antiques, and flowers and foliage from the surrounding gardens. On warm days breakfast is served in the garden, which has stunning views of the Pyrenees. lamanufactureroyaledelectoure.com; doubles from $310. — Gisela Williams PARIS LA MAISON FAVART My husband and I first came across this romantic hotel while planning a trip to Paris in 2015. Located on the edge of the Second Arrondissement, the 39-room gem appealed to us primarily because it’s within walking distance of several marquee sights, including the Louvre…

MANI Kyrimai Situated on Greece’s wild Mani Peninsula, Kyrimai is a complex of stone buildings that dates back to the 1870s, when the region’s then-mayor turned the small harbor of Gerolimenas into a major trading post. Today the descendants of that visionary politician run this atmospheric resort, which has 23 rooms and suites, each uniquely decorated—try to book the three-story Tower Room, which has panoramic views of the Mediterranean. In the heat of the afternoon, you can float serenely in the pool, race the waves in the bay, or lounge in a deck chair listening to the rush and slap of the water against the pier. The restaurant is a local destination and may fill up in the evenings—in which case you can stroll to the nearby seaside tavernas for fresh octopus.…

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SWEDEN Wanås Restaurant Hotel This captivating hotel in southern Sweden holds special appeal for art lovers: it’s located on a rural estate that’s home to an extraordinary sculpture park. The 11-room hotel, which occupies two 18th-century stone farm buildings, is outfitted with mid-century furniture and contemporary art. Outside, winding paths through gardens and woods lead to site-specific installations, like Eleven Minute Line, a land-art piece by Maya Lin that curlicues through a field of cows. The estate’s gardens and organic farm supply its excellent restaurant. wanasrh.se; doubles from $166. — G.W. A-LIST PICK I love the Hotel St. George (stgeorgehelsinki.com; doubles from $265), in Helsinki, Finland, for its natural light, calming color palette, and overall relaxed feel. But what makes me want to return again and again is the artwork and design finishes throughout…

NAPLES Palazzo Doria Napoli On September 7, 1860, Giuseppe Garibaldi declared a unified Italy from the balcony of a palazzo on the Piazza Sette Settembre. Today that building is the six-room Doria Napoli, and a marble bust of the Italian patriot stands in one of the many restored galleries of the guesthouse, which opened in 2022 after a lengthy restoration. The décor is outrageously ornate: every inch of the hotel is festooned with Murano chandeliers, Baroque furniture, and trompe l’oeil frescoes. Book a room with a balcony overlooking Via Toledo and you’ll feel instantly in sync with the city below. The well-connected staff is at the ready to offer local intel—a must in always-on Naples. palazzodorianapoli.com; doubles from $320. — Jackie Caradonio PUGLIA NATURALIS BIO RESORT & SPA I stayed at this masseria, located on…

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Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine Folds

American Express has decided to cease publication of its’ Travel and Leisure Golf magazine after the March / April issue. The bi monthly publication had a circulation of bi-monthly circulation of 625,000. That’s no small potatoes. But its ad pages were down 13.9 percent in 2008. And that’s what killed it.

“While the award-winning editorial product has enjoyed a loyal and passionate following, the current advertising climate has severely impacted the magazine’s bottom line to where the short-term and mid-term prospects for the magazine are not viable,” said president and CEO Ed Kelly.

Here’s what a lot of people don’t realize about the periodical publishing business: subscription fees don’t even begin to cover the cost of the magazine. In a good many cases, they don’t even cover the costs of delivery and the administration of the subscriptions. That’s sort of what happened to the Detroit Free Press newspaper. In a month or so, Detroit’s daily newspapers will offer delivery only three days a week. They’ll still be on a seven day publishing schedule, but the paper will only be available on the newstands most days. Cutting the expense of delivery makes the publications viable.

Magazines don’t really have that option.

I wonder if this also means that American Express will be cutting its other golf offerings. They also have a golf oriented website for card members and at the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, had a significant presence. I especially appreciated the portable score keeping / television device they lent to me as a cardmember.

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ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Travel + Leisure Group, a new business line from Travel + Leisure Co. (NYSE: TNL) today launches Travel + Leisure Club , the only travel subscription service with the power to turn the aspirational pages from the iconic Travel + Leisure magazine, the world’s most influential travel brand, into real life, bookable experiences.

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The new, members-only subscription travel club, Travel + Leisure Club, brings the trusted content from the storied Travel + Leisure brand to life, allowing travelers to dream, plan, book and go – all in one place. (Photo: Business Wire)

The new, members-only subscription travel club, Travel + Leisure Club, brings the trusted content from the storied Travel + Leisure brand to life, allowing travelers to dream, plan, book and go – all in one place. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Travelers can explore these new itineraries online at Travel + Leisure GO and then call to create their customized dream trip, with Club members enjoying preferred pricing.

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Travel + Leisure Club and Travel + Leisure GO are the first consumer offerings from Travel + Leisure Group , a new business line from Travel + Leisure Co . (NYSE: TNL). The new consumer offerings are a part of the group’s larger mission to take the Travel + Leisure brand beyond inspirational content and bring it to life through a curated suite of consumer products and services. As previously announced, Travel + Leisure’s successful multi-platform media assets, renowned for journalistic excellence, will continue to be operated by Meredith Corporation.

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Travel + Leisure Group offers travelers a way to turn vacation inspiration into exceptional experiences through a suite of products and services that bring the world’s most influential travel brand to life. Travel + Leisure Club is a subscription travel club where members can dream, plan, book and go – all in one place, while enjoying preferred pricing, personalized concierge and travel planning services, exclusive experiences and more. Travel + Leisure GO is an online retail travel site that connects trusted inspirational content with bookable travel services and expert-curated itineraries. Travel + Leisure Group is also expanding the offerings of the storied brand through licensing agreements and a growing collection of branded consumer products. The business line is a part of Travel + Leisure Co., the world’s leading membership and leisure travel company, with a portfolio of nearly 20 resort, travel club and lifestyle travel brands. Learn more here or follow Travel + Leisure GO on Facebook , Instagram , Twitter , or Pinterest .

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Nick Faldo was on hand to launch the latest Vietnam Golf Coast leisure draw last month when he helped unveil the revamped 67 Clubhouse Bar at Laguna Golf Lang Co.  Faldo was in Vietnam to host the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, held at the end of April at his Sir Nick Faldo Signature Design at Laguna Lang Co. And the UK golf legend took time out of a busy schedule of events that included golf clinics and awards presentations to relax in the newly refreshed 19th hole.

Premium drinks, luxurious lounge chairs, a pro-standard pool table and grandstand views of the spectacular closing holes on the championship layout are just a few of the perks awaiting golfers and their guests at the sleek watering hole, which benefits from a new menu of British-inspired dishes.

The bar’s name is a reference to Faldo’s final round score of 67, which helped him claw back a six-shot deficit on Greg Norman and clinch the 1996 US Masters, one of his six Majors victories.

“The 19 th  hole is an important element at any club and this is a space that anyone would want to linger in,” commented Faldo, who proclaimed himself a particular fan of the blueberry cheesecake.

Indeed, there’s more reason than ever for golfers and their families and friends to savour an indulgent extended stay in Central Vietnam, with Vietnam Golf Coast clubs wowing visitors off-course as well as on with a range of world-class leisure options.

These range from award-winning luxury hotels, restaurants and spa facilities to some of the nation’s most storied nature and heritage attractions.

At Laguna Lang Co, the golf experience is enhanced by resorts like the award-winning properties Banyan Tree Lang Co and Angsana Lang Co, as well as the Laguna Parkside Residences Lang Co that line the 18 th  fairway of the course. Both resorts—Banyan Tree Lang Co and Angsana Lang Co—benefit from luxurious spa facilities.

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Heading south towards Danang and Hoi An, golfers and their families can kick back in style at an array of alluring five-star resorts and hotels from some of the biggest-name brands in the world. There are also plentiful dining and leisure options within easy striking distance of Ba Na Hills Golf Club, and Montgomerie Links, mainstays of the Vietnam Golf Coast destination marketing initiative alongside Laguna Golf Lang Co.

At Montgomerie Links, the Colin Montgomerie-designed course is complemented by its clubhouse restaurant Birdies, which is famed for its dynamic staff, modern interior, and diverse menu. The restaurant offers golfers and other guests a spectacular view over the 18th green and has earned a reputation as one of the top choices in the area for sunset dining and drinks.

Montgomerie Links also offers a free shuttle service to Hoi An so that golfers and guests can experience the beauty of history steeped Hoi An. The UNESCO-listed ancient town is famed for its Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples, and French colonial buildings, as well as its incredible dining scene.

A few long-iron shots from Ba Na Hills Golf Club, where Luke Donald’s layout is regarded as one of Vietnam’s very best, is Sun World Ba Na Hills, which is home to the famous Golden Bridge: a 150-metre-long pedestrian bridge that is one of Asia’s most photographed landmarks. Golfers who play Ba Na Hills Golf Club can benefit from special rates on entry to the facility.

“Central Vietnam’s blend of world-class golf courses and luxurious off-course amenities, including award-winning resorts, fine dining, and rejuvenating spas, creates an unparalleled experience for golfers seeking both excitement and relaxation,” said Le Vo Hoang Van, the club manager at Montgomerie Links.

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With high-quality golf combined with incredible beaches and luxury resorts, Central Vietnam is Vietnam’s hub for golf tourism. It offers a range of attractions, including the heritage sites in Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary, the site of Vietnam’s most extensive Cham remains. Other highlights include stunning beaches such as My Khe and Non Nuoc near Danang and An Bang near Hoi An. Offshore, meanwhile, the Cu Lao Cham Biosphere Reserve offers aquamarine seas perfect for diving and snorkelling.

Further enhancing the appeal of the area are events such as the 2024 Hue Festival, which celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the former imperial capital via traditional music and dance performances. Also helping to elevate the destination is the Danang International Fireworks Festival—a two-month-long jamboree encompassing firework performances and cultural celebrations that returns in June.

“Central Vietnam is a destination where golfers can elevate their experience both on and off the course,” said Gary Dixon, general manager at Ba Na Hills Golf Club. “It’s this unique blend that makes it a must-visit destination for golfers across the globe.”

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The warm weather is finally here. It has us planning vacations that call for dresses, tanks, bikinis, and other clothes that bear more skin. Shorts are the obvious bottom option but don’t forget to grab a new pair of pants — the most versatile, easy-to-wear style for travel . If you run hot, you might not consider pants a 12-months-of-the-year piece of clothing, but there is a range of breathable, lightweight, and stylish pants to choose from, and many of them are on sale for under $50 during Amazon’s Memorial Day sale . 

When shopping for the best travel pants, consider the shape you want. Women can choose from leggings , joggers , wide legs , and capris that can be dressed up or down and are comfy to wear while on the go. There are equally cool styles for men, some with an active flare and others with a refined look. Amazon’s top-rated pants will keep you stylish in pictures, plus they also come in handy for chilly planes, offer sun protection, and are dressy for a nice dinner. Keep reading for 16 of the best Memorial Day deals on travel pants at Amazon now.

Baleaf Women's Quick-dry Hiking Pants 

Amazon's top-selling hiking pants are currently over 30 percent off. These pants are beloved by shoppers because they have a cool look and are made to keep you comfortable. With a drawstring waist and adjustable cords at the cuff, their fit is relaxed and easy. This pair of travel-friendly pants also offers UV protection and is quick-drying and water-resistant. Plus, there are a ton of options — lengths tall, regular, and petite, plus 20 colors and a range of sizes from XS to 3XL.

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Another popular hiking option is this pair of cargo pants. With joggers, you’ll have a polished silhouette with the comfort of sweatpants. Adding to the put-together look are the anti-wrinkle fabric and cuffed ankle. Five pockets, all with either zipper or hook-and-loop closures are handy to keep your goods secure. One shopper who bought the pants for a long-haul flight wrote, “I tried them out on a shorter domestic flight last week and they were perfect. Comfortable on the plane, soft elastic waistband, breathable fabric. I especially like the elastic ankles because it keeps the pant-leg from hitting the floor in public restrooms at airports and on the planes.” And, of course, they added that the pants are “cute, too!”

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Under Armour leggings for under $20, almost 60 percent off the original price? This is a run, don’t walk, quickly-add-to-cart situation. Leggings are another style I personally love to travel in since they are comfortable and more polished than looser sweat styles. As a compression legging, this has a second-skin feel that’s super light, wicks sweat, and dries fast. The no-slip waistband and ergonomic flatlock seams keep comfort front and center. It also has a side drop-in pocket, my favorite for storing my iPhone when jet-setting. 

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As the no. 1 best-seller in women’s activewear leggings at Amazon, The Gym People jogger is a must-try. A smooth, wide waistband is always appreciated, especially when it's flattering and offers a bit of tummy control. The jogger is also crafted in a soft, stretch fabric that allows for easy movement. This review from a buyer who purchased the pants in three colors sold me: “They are perfect for traveling. They roll up well and don’t wrinkle that much. They wash and wear well. They are so comfortable and you can dress them up with a nicer shirt or wear them with T-shirts.” Choose from any of the neutral or bright 22 shades. 

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Joggers are personally some of my favorite pants to travel in. I love their sleek and flattering silhouette, which pairs nicely with a hoodie for a long flight and a tank for sightseeing. This top-selling pair also doubles as workout pants for those who love to exercise while away. Deep pockets are ready to hold essentials like phones, keys, and your wallet, while the soft, four-way stretch will feel good against the skin. A drawstring elastic waistband and a cuffed ankle lend a personalized fit that will stay put no matter your activity. From running in a new city to lounging in an airport, you’ll easily fall in love with this jogger. 

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Golf is booming at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays? Hybrid work has a few perks.

“courses are crazy profitable right now,” said a stanford economics professor who found midweek golf has soared since people started working remotely.

Ever wonder why some of your colleagues’ cameras are always off during Zoom calls?

Maybe, just maybe, it’s because they’re on the fairway mulling whether to hit a 6 or 7 iron to reach the green. Or perhaps they airmailed their tee shot into the woods and they’re searching for the ball.

Don’t rule it out. Work-from-home has been a disaster for owners of downtown office buildings , but golf courses and driving ranges are cleaning up — and not just on weekends. Courses are crowded at odd times as more people take advantage of their newfound flexibility to play a few rounds during the week, even if it means making calls while someone’s trying to sink a putt.

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“A good friend of mine was on a conference call on his AirPods for the entire front nine when we played,” said Dillon Malcolmson, the PGA golf pro at Red Tail Golf Club, a public course in Devens. “He was just listening to his meeting while playing. That’s a big change.”

Golfers putted on a green on a Wednesday morning at the George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park.

On days of the week when we all used to be shackled to our computers or otherwise on the clock, people are golfing. “Courses are crazy profitable right now,” said Stanford economics professor Nicholas Bloom, coauthor of a 2023 study that found midweek golf has soared since people started working remotely. A dramatic example: Golfing on Wednesday at 4 p.m. — hardly a hectic time on the course, historically – had increased 278 percent since 2019.

“Before COVID, we were doing about 30,000 rounds a year per course,” said Boston’s director of golf, Scott Allen, a PGA pro who oversees operations at the municipally owned George Wright Golf Course and William J. Devine Golf Course. “The last two years, we’ve done over 50,000 rounds per course.”

Is this uptick good? Depends on whom you ask. As one member of The Country Club — he can’t be named lest he be cast out of the intensely cloak-and-dagger club in Brookline— quipped: “No one on their deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at the office.’ ” But corporate bosses, including billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg , fret about remote work’s effect on the vitality of America’s urban centers and employee productivity. (At least that’s what they say — it may just be that the executive class wants us back in the office because it’ll be easier for them to get a Wednesday tee time.)

Either way, the culture of golf has become less priggish as courses have gotten busier. Want to wear your hat backwards or howl when you hook a tee shot? Have at it. People are paying less attention to etiquette ( don’t step in the path of a player’s putting line; find your ball within three minutes or hit another ) and attire ( no jeans allowed ). Some players and course operators are OK with a bit of bad manners, others not so much. Eric Still, superintendent of the municipally owned Meadow at Peabody, a hilly, 18-hole course on the North Shore, said an increasing number of novice golfers treat the course like a playground.

“There are guys in golf carts who blow doughnuts in the fairway or go past people who are playing,” he said. “Basically, you’re seeing a lot of people who don’t necessarily know what they’re doing.”

Or maybe they don’t care. Indoor facilities like X-Golf and Topgolf, with their fully stocked bars and big screen TVs, are nurturing a new breed of golfer. Rob Granahan, who owns X-Golf franchises in Wayland and Acton, said his patrons aren’t interested in proper attire or observing snooty pace-of-play rules. “We kind of have an anti-country club kind of feel,” he said. “It’s like the snowboarder-versus-skier thing. . . . My son is more likely to go to a place where he can hang with his friends, drink, and not worry about being yelled at for wearing a T-shirt.”

On the tee box with his driver, Stephen Gross from Gloucester was at work at 5 a.m. but was playing golf by noontime midweek at the Meadow at Peabody.

Golf’s popularity surged when Tiger Woods showed up in the late ‘90s, and got another boost in the early days of the pandemic. Because social distancing is a built-in feature of the game, golf became something to do if you were going stir crazy. And at a time when bars, restaurants, and movie theaters were closed, golf courses and driving ranges provided a rare opportunity to hang out.

Many of these golfers were newbies — hackers who, in some cases, had never played before and got hooked. Once remote work was normalized, it was game on. People began golfing whenever. Monday mornings, formerly so sleepy that Still and his crew at the Meadow at Peabody could spend peaceful hours doing maintenance — mowing, replacing divots, raking bunkers, aerating greens — are busy enough now that workers sometimes have to seek shelter.

“It’s gotten to the point now where by 11 o’clock, I’ll say to the guys, ‘Let’s get out of here. Let’s give them the course,’ ” Still said. “‘There’s no reason for us to be out there getting hit by golf balls.’”

Scott McGavick, a member of the private Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, said the number of people who are consistently available to golf during the week is startling. McGavick, who’s 62 and owns an advertising agency, said he never has trouble finding partners to play with on a Tuesday or Thursday.

“I’m astonished by all the younger guys who, A, can afford to be members and, B, can find time to play during the week,” he said. “That’s just not the way I grew up in my career.” (Private golf clubs don’t advertise the fee to join, however the initial cost for a family membership at most in the Boston area, including Nashawtuc, is at least $50,000.)

McGavick can usually identify players who spend a lot of time at places like X-Golf. “When you hit a ball into a screen, you never lose it,” he said. “But when you’re out on the course and start losing your ball, you slow everyone down and the people behind you get mad because you don’t know the etiquette and protocols.”

Seth Mitchell, a real estate broker, checked his email while on the golf course at the George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park.

Sneaking off to the course midweek can mean bringing work with you, and golf courses have had to adjust. Talking on a cellphone while playing used to be frowned upon — The Country Club in Brookline still requires members to take calls in their car or, if it’s urgent, out of sight behind a tree — but most public and private courses have relaxed such restrictions.

It’s not unusual anymore to hear players chatting on a phone or tapping away on their laptop as they wait to shoot. Some private clubs, like Nashawtuc, have designated business centers outfitted with soundproof phone booths and Wi-Fi, while accommodations at municipal courses tend to be more makeshift.

“We’ll have people show up two hours before their tee time, set up in our tavern with a laptop and AirPods, and do Zoom calls, take meetings, whatever,” said Malcolmson, the pro at Red Tail in Devens.

Sara Velardi, a general contractor from South Boston who golfs a lot during the week, agrees the culture of the game has loosened up — and she’s mostly fine with that. “I do think there’s etiquette that needs to be followed — like not wearing tank tops,” she said. “But I’m also the person who has a Bluetooth speaker on the course listening to music.”

In the pandemic’s first summer, Velardi created Girls Gone Clubbin’ , a group for working women who want to golf — or learn how — and maybe make business contacts on the course. “A lot of business happens out there, and it shouldn’t just be men,” she said.

Erica Soma from Boston, a registered nurse, played golf in the early morning at the George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park on a Wednesday.

But Velardi, whose speaker is typically tuned to classic rock when she’s playing, sees no reason a round of golf needs to be boring. If people want to tuck a couple of beers or canned cocktails into their golf bag, what’s the harm? “It’s not a horrible thing to have a little swing oil while you’re out on the course,” she said.

Likewise, the days of a strict dress code — collared shirts and pants for men, collared shirts and shorts or skirts for women — are pretty much over, at least at public courses, where seemingly anything goes these days, including cargo shorts, yoga pants, sandals, T-shirts, and even jeans.

“We’ve got guys showing up here in, like, sweat suits and it’s tough to turn them away,” said Dan Cronin, assistant golf pro at the Meadow at Peabody. “We just explain to them that we have an expectation with attire. But we don’t turn them away — unless they’re rude about it.”

“We’ve entered a new era of golf,” Malcolmson said. “Ten years ago, if someone showed up at the course wearing a hoodie, you’d be, like, ‘What are you wearing ?’ Now we sell them in our golf shop and they’re one of our hottest items.”

Bloom, the Stanford professor whose study charts the rise of golf in the work-from-home era, said people are definitely playing more, but that doesn’t mean they’re working less. They’re just rearranging their week. “If I decide to play golf during the day and work at night to catch-up, is that bad?” Bloom wrote in an email.

Allen, the golf pro who oversees operations at Boston’s two municipal courses, sees players on the course at all hours now.

“The first tee time is 6 o’clock in the morning, and when I get here between 4:30 and 5 there will already be people on the golf course,” he said. “A lot of courses won’t let that happen. I do because I know these people are doing it for a reason — they gotta get home for the kids or for work.”

Golfers at the Meadow at Peabody during the week.

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T&C got an exclusive look inside the event celebrating the upcoming Mark Cross for Aerin capsule collection.

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Among the guests in attendance at the Twenty Two, a tony private member's club in London, were Princess Beatrice, who wore a cream Self-Portrait midi dress with tan pumps, and her sister Princess Eugenie, who opted for an eggplant Diane von Furstenberg dress . Both sisters accessorized their looks with Mark Cross Romy clutches .

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During the event, Aerin Lauder—the founder of the global luxury brand—gave a congratulatory toast to Sean Spellman on becoming Mark Cross's new Chief Creative Officer. Princess Beatrice also spoke about the collaboration of close friends, and called Lauder "an icon for women in business" during her closing remarks.

Yesterday's event came hours after Lauder and Spellman attended a special lunch and preview of the Chelsea Garden Show hosted by Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

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The Mark Cross for Aerin capsule collection includes four accessories, all inspired by the house's archival silhouettes and crafted in Italy from natural canvas and vachetta leather. There's the Garden Tote, which is outfitted with spacious pockets and comes equipped with five exclusive Sneeboer garden tools; the Tennis Racquet Cover for paddle sports lovers; the Magazine Tote, an elevated everyday tote with an exterior pocket; and then the Shoulder Bag, which is the quintessential crossbody for summer.

After dinner, women were sent home home with a monogrammed Shoulder Bag, and men received dopp kits, as well as Aerin fragrances and flower arrangements from royal-favorite floralist Willow Crossley .

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In regards to the collaboration, Spellman said: “Aerin is the ideal partner for my first collaboration with Mark Cross. The effortless American style that Aerin reflects in everything she does perfectly represents the brand ethos that I am communicating for Mark Cross."

Lauder added, "I have always been inspired by Mark Cross and the brand’s American heritage sensibility. Now, I am honored to be a part of the brand’s relaunch. Our capsule collection is perfectly stylish and feminine, yet sporty and timeless.”

The new capsule collection, retailing between $920 and $2750, is available to shop on May 30.

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24 Best Things to Do in Dubai

From exploring traditional souks to skiing indoors, here's how to get to this know this dazzling city.

In Dubai , it's possible to chill on the beach, stroll in the desert, and have a cocktail at the top of skyscraper all in the same day. “Dubai’s got a glorious magnetism to it," says Nada Badran, a Dubai resident for more than 30 years and experience curator and tour guide with Wander With Nada . "There’s so much palpable energy in the air, and every day the city offers a new opportunity for creative fulfillment."

Despite the above, Dubai is sometimes shrouded by misconceptions, says Isabella Sullivan, founder and editor of Near+Far , a travel magazine for modern Middle East travelers. “The first misconception is that it’s all glossy, fake, and superficial, which couldn’t be further from the truth," she told Travel + Leisure . Another misconception is that it’s not a safe place to visit. On the contrary, Dean Hayter, travel product manager at Origin , says that “living in Dubai is the safest I have ever felt in any city."

So if any of the above has kept you from booking a trip to this vibrant city, you can set your mind at ease. And once you've arrived, here are the best things to do in Dubai.

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Learn about local coffee culture.

The Arab world is known for its coffee — from traditional Turkish coffee to modern delights like cereal lattes — and Dubai has myriad cafes in which to get your daily fix. “[There are] so many cool, unique, artsy, and design-led coffee shops," says Sullivan. "Some have beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces, while a new slew of them have moody interiors and unique, immersive themes." Sullivan’s favorites are The Grey , Nightjar Coffee and Tom&Serg .  

Cruise Dubai Creek.

In the past, Dubai Creek was part of the trade route connecting ports in the Arabian Gulf. Today, it's a beautiful way to see the city , and one of Hayter's top suggestions in Dubai. “Go to Dubai Creek before sunset and hire an abra (traditional wooden boat) for a private cruise," Hayter says. "When you're in the middle of the creek and the sky turns pink and the call to prayer fills the sky, it is magical.”

Go stargazing in the desert.

Fascinated by the night sky? Book a night safari with ecotourism company Platinum Heritage , which includes guidance from an astronomer and use of a telescope. “The sky is so dark that you get to see the most incredible blanket of stars," says Hayter. "If you're with an astronomer who can explain everything you're looking at, it's an amazing experience."

Play a round of golf.

Golf may not come to mind immediately when planning a vacation to the Middle East, but Dubai has several recognizable courses, including The Emirates Golf Club – Majlis Course , which is considered one of the best in the destination. Kelvin Cheung, chef partner at Jun’s and a Dubai resident for two years, suggests checking to see if any of your credit cards include free rounds of golf as a perk. Note that the best time to golf here is between November and March, when the weather is more comfortable.

Relax at a Dubai beach.

“Dubai has some great and uncrowded public beaches, where you can just enjoy the warm Arabian sea and sunshine at no cost,” says Sullivan. Try Kite Beach, since it also offers fantastic showers and bathrooms, plus a handful of food stands and coffee shops. For an extra treat, rent a Careem bike and cruise along Kite Beach’s lengthy boardwalk.

Enjoy the diverse dining scene.

Between the innovative design of its restaurants and the exceptional diversity of its culinary offerings, Dubai is a fantastic place for foodies. When planning your meals, consider chic restaurants like Amazonico , which takes you on a sensory journey through the Amazon; SEVA , a laid back, plant-based cafe within a wellness center; and Jun’s , a fusion restaurant with the Burj Khalifa skyscraper as its backdrop and where the chef aims to introduce himself to each table. “The city offers a wide range of flavors and textures, and truly pushes boundaries," says chef Cheung of Jun's. "Because the Dubai food scene offers top-quality food and service in every corner of the city, my team and I stay motivated to deliver excellence with every experience. There are very few places in the world that cater to such a diverse set of people.”

Indulge in the facilities of a luxe hotel.

Visiting a world-class hotel in Dubai and enjoying its wellness offerings is a must. “Dubai has so many gorgeous hotels, and more often than not, you can purchase day passes to enjoy their facilities, including beaches, pools, and spas; some also have tennis and padel courts,” says Sullivan. "Apps like Privlee and Viya are great for tourists and residents; you pay a fee and have unlimited access to partner hotels, beach clubs, and gym facilities, so you can try somewhere new every day.”

Get lost in the streets of Old Dubai.

“I am probably at my happiest when wandering in Old Dubai’s streets, sikkas (alleys), and souks , which are swarming with activity," says Badran of Wander With Nada. "The labyrinthine souks are where everyone wants to sell you something; ‘Shakira’ and ‘professor’ are heard countless times, as vendors appear to have unanimously agreed it's the best way to capture customers’ attention. People duck into beckoning small shops where stools are commonplace, as is a cup of chai, and every transaction involves a lengthy bargaining debate. Sounds of carts mingle with scents of aromatic spices and musky perfume."

Explore Al Serkal Avenue.

Al Serkal Avenue is an industrial warehouse district that has been transformed into a creative hub. “It’s an oasis of art, community spaces, and all things quirky," says Badran. "To visit is to be transported to another world of art galleries, cozy cafes, boutique shops, and plenty more." The venue's galleries are open to the public at no cost, and it's fun to wander here even if you’re not an art buff.

Go on a desert adventure.

Tour through the desert in a 4x4, or go extreme off-roading in a dune buggy or on a quad bike with Expert Rangers . And if you want the full Arabian desert experience, book the package that includes sandboarding, camel riding, an Arab dinner, and entertainment.

Get the best view of Dubai.

If you're a thrill seeker, consider a dive with Skydive Dubai . Divers fall 13,000 feet through the sky over the Palm Jumeriah — what a memory to take home with you.

Book a traditional spa treatment.

A hammam is a traditional cleansing ritual that involves hot steam, a revitalizing scrub, rhassoul clay, and vitamin-E rich products — you are bound to exit this experience feeling the softest you’ve ever felt. We recommend booking a hammam treatment at the Guerlain Spa at the One&Only The Palm.

Head to Hatta.

Hatta is in the Hajar Mountains, about 60 miles outside of Dubai. This is the perfect place to appreciate nature — go for a hike with spectacular views, kayak in the reservoir, or mountain bike on designated trails. There's also a heritage village that’s home to restored traditional houses and a defense tower.

Scuba dive in a pool.

Deep Dive Dubai isn’t your typical swimming pool — it’s the deepest in the world at about 197 feet deep. Scuba, freediving, and snorkel courses are offered here, and if you're already certified, you're welcome to explore this underwater world designed to look like a sunken city.

Visit the Museum of the Future.

This building is an architectural wonder in shape and design. The exterior is wrapped in Arabic poetry, and the structure's circular shape represents humanity while the abyss in the middle signifies the indefinite future. Inside you will find immersive exhibitions that ask observers to reflect on the world, the future, and themselves. Purchase tickets in advance, as the museum is a popular attraction and day-of tickets aren't always available.

Visit Expo City Dubai.

This venue is a future-forward miniature city that maintains much of what was offered during the World Expo (Expo City was part of the exhibitions, which took place in 2022, delayed due to the pandemic). The sustainable city offers educational experiences and attractions that revolve around global topics, plus multiple playgrounds and parks .

Spend a day at Dubai’s newest resort.

Beyonce performed an exclusive show for the opening ceremony of Atlantis The Royal — what a way to get the world's attention. This ultra-luxurious resort is worth checking out, even if you aren’t staying the night. It’s home to eight restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs (including Nobu by the Beach), a sky-high infinity pool, a club with panoramic views of the skyline, and dozens of other experiences.

Book a tour with Wander with Nada.

Nada of Wander With Nada is a fun and peppy guide, sure, but she's also incredibly knowledgeable about Dubai, and therefore just the guide you want to get to know the destination. Choose from several tour options, including one that highlights Dubai landmarks and another that focuses on Old Dubai.

Party at a beach club.

Beach clubs in Dubai are worth the hype, with Twiggy by La Cantine and Nammos being two of our favorites. Rent a cabana or beach chair and spend the entire day (or just a few hours) soaking in the sun with a drink in hand, listening to vibey beats.

Shop in Dubai Gold Souk.

The streets may as well be paved with gold in Dubai's Gold Souk , a fascinating marketplace with nearly 400 vendors. You will see gold of all karats and styles, from simple to elaborate. Note that if you do plan to purchase something special, don’t be shy about negotiating for a better price, as that is custom here.

Shop in a Dubai mall.

Dubai has no shortage of malls, where you'll find just about every brand you can name. Visit Dubai Mall to see one of the largest malls in the world (it's also home to the Dubai Aquarium); the textile souk for traditional shopping; or the Dubai Design District (D3), which is home to pop-up fashion boutiques and rotating art installations.

Go skiing indoors.

If you can dream it, Dubai can execute it, and Ski Dubai is proof. Want to ski indoors then step outside into warm weather? This is the place. Maintaining freezing temperatures all year long, this ski resort provides guests with ski suits to keep them cozy. Lessons are available, and there's even a chair lift — and penguins — inside.

Order a tailor-made outfit.

If there’s one thing foreigners may not know about the Middle East, it’s that the tailors are amazing, and that most locals have everything from simple, everyday outfits to wedding gowns tailor-made for them. A trip to Dubai is therefore an opportunity to have your dream design brought to life. Visit the textile souk for fabric, get measured by a tailor, and voila, you’ll have a new outfit within days. Getting fit for traditional dishdasha (for men) or abaya (for women) is a nice way to bring a bit of Dubai home, too.

Ride the Dubai Metro.

The Dubai Metro is an extensive and well-maintained public transportation system that connects major locations in Dubai at an affordable price. Residents typically use these trains for their daily commute, so hop on a train to feel like a local.

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