Mike Bailey

Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.

  • 4.0 stars from 5

    Tiburón Golf Club - Black Course

    "Difficult but fair Greg Norman test"

    First off, playing this golf course from the back tees would be insane, even if you hit the ball a mile. Why? Because you're going to have to be able to thread your drivers and probably work the ball both ways,. You're better off playing this course with clubs other than the driver off the tee if you can. There are quite a few holes where a hybrid or a long iron off the tee is the more prudent play. Of the two courses at Tiburon, this one is definitely tighter. With that said, I do think it's a little better than the Gold because it's more interesting. And when it gets a renovation this year -- adding the really cool synthetic sodwall bunkers -- it'll definitely be better. The reason is that the Black course is more interesting than the Gold, but only marginally. They compliment each other well. more »

    5.0 stars from 5

    Wilderness Golf Course

    "Welll worth the drive from Houston"

    If only The Wilderness were a half hour closer, I would probably play it all the time. But with that said, it's certainly worth the drive if you've got a day to kill with your buddies. The layout, the natural beauty and Jeff Brauer's wonderful design make this a treat. And as an added bonus, the hospitality here is second to none. I love the rustic clubhouse, which fits the theme of The Wilderness, including the back porch, which is the perfect place to relive your round over a cold one or two. As for the course, there's a green that's 60 yards wide (Brauer knew that would be a talking point), but the course is anything but gimmicky. Just one solid hole after another. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Tiburón Golf Club - Gold Course

    "Very playable tour course"

    After a renovation last summer and fall, the Gold Course at Tiburon, home of the LPGA Championship and Greg Norman's Franklin-Templeton Shootout, is even more fun with new bunkering, new Tif-Eagle greens and general all-around improvements. Easier than the Black Course, there's plenty of room on most holes to hit driver and you can score out here if you play the right tees. The most beautiful enhancement, though, has to be the new Durabunkers, which have synthetic sod walls and give the course a certain Scottish look. The bunkers themselves require far less maintenance, too. As one of the few public options in the area, the Gold is worth checking out, even though it does come at a premium price. more »