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The Golf Column: Teeing it up with Eagle Mountain’s Bobby McGraw

The Golf Column: Teeing it up with Eagle Mountain’s Bobby McGraw

June 16 2022

Vero Beach is somewhat off the tourism radar. (Those in the know may like to keep it so.) Vero attracts travelers with its golf courses, beaches and a luxury vibe, coupled with an Old Florida feel. Spend a few days at the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, and its understated elegance and sense of community will begin to lull you in more deeply.

The friendly staff—from the concierge to the desk, valet and housekeeping—offers professional service with genuine warmth. Their local tips and knowledge are gold.

The hotel is luxurious yet cozy, from the refined pool to the beachfront fire pit to the comfy “living room,” where guests are invited to enjoy morning coffee or tea and a wine happy hour. Get social–chat with the staff, and share stories with other guests.

This same character is found in the spacious suites, with details like robes with zebra stripping, a yoga mat, and Caribbean-style wooden sliders that open to large balconies overlooking the beach or pool. In the morning, wake up to a sunrise amidst a pink and periwinkle sky. At night, fall asleep to the rhythmic lapping of ocean waves on the shore.

The eyes of the golfing world are on New England this weekend with the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. It’s the first encounter between golfers who joined the new Saudi-financed LIV Golf Tour and those loyal to the PGA Tour. It’s created a bit of a feud, but is it good for golf?

Probably not. Press conferences at Brookline have focused more on the two separate tours than what golfers think of the fairways at The Country Club. British golfers Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, who joined the LIV circuit, were asked by a reporter earlier this week, “If Vladimir Putin had a tournament, would you play?”


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